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Friday, October 24, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 128 16.01 feetLast Year: 15.47 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Festivals and holiday events ... Page 9 City council candidates quizzed... Page 5 OHS to play Bayside Bears ... Page 8 Miniature horse found mauled ... Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three people were arrested Thursday afternoon on felony drug and assault charges following a brief chase on U.S. 441 S.E. Shortly after the arrests, detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force were literally on their hands and knees searching for drugs tossed from a Ford Expedition during that chase. Arrested were: Christina Santiago, 25, N.E. 21st St., Miami; Absolom Henderson, 34, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee; and Melissa Carter, 24, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee. A detective with the task force said Henderson was being arrested on three felony charges, including the sale of heroin and the sale of prescription pills. Santiago was charged with the sale of heroin and the sale of prescription pills. Carter was charged with ” eeing and eluding a law enforcement of“ cer and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement of“ cer. Santiago was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Henderson, said a task force detective, has a criminal history in Florida and Georgia.Ž The trio was being booked into the Okeechobee County Jail late Thursday, Oct. 23, and more information on their charges was not available as of newspaper deadline. They will be held without bond until their “ rst appearance hearings Friday morning. Information was sketchy as detectives were busy searching a ditch on the north side of U.S. Task force arrests 3 after chase Clrng Or Cti! Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee Narcotics Task Force detectives Corporal Shane Snyder (bent over) and Rick Voss (on ground) searched the grass along U.S. 441 S.E. Thursday afternoon for drugs that had been apparently tossed from a ” eeing Ford Expedition. Three people were arrested on various felony charges. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Regulation of medical marijuana and handing out a key to the city highlighted the agenda when the Okeechobee City Council met Tuesday night. The council set a public hearing date for Nov. 18 to regulate medical marijuana. A statewide amendment will be decided on Nov. 4 by voters. The proposed ordinance would allow the city to impose a 180-day moratorium should the amendment be approved. It would be in effect until such time as regulations are formulated by the city allowed by law. Councilman Dowling Watford said several cities have already started to accommodate medical marijuana businesses in their codes and zoning. Under Sheriff Noel Stephen said the growers are very limited by the referendum. Four could legally operate inside Okeechobee County, he said. In other business, the council agreed to allow personal services businesses with the exclusion of pawn shops in the central profesCity to regulate medical marijuana By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A proposal to build a senior citizen development next door to a gun club hit a road block Thursday at the Okeechobee County Board of Commission meeting. The property, 235 acres, on N.E. 96th Avenue, is owned by the Southeastern Spanish District, Council of the Assemblies of God. Approximately 40 acres of the property is currently used as a retreat center. The rest of the property is in improved pasture. The proposed project would include 600 single-family residential units. The change would increase the maximum density from 1 dwelling unit per 10 acres to 3 dwelling units per acre. The project came before the county commission in the form of a request for an amendment to the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Retiree community proposed near gun clubsSee CITY „ Page 2 See NOISE „ Page 12 See TRIO „ Page 12 Depot demo troubles city ... Page 7

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sional of“ ce district. This would allow for Beasts and Barbells to open a “ tness center at 210 N.W. Fifth Street. The council approved a parking reduction of 20 percent for the business. The city code would require 35 parking spaces. 300 Plaza has allowed the use of “ ve parking spaces to meet the requirements. Councilman Devin Maxwell said there is no parking problem on this street and the city needs to address their parking regulations. This person wants to open a business, its an existing building and they want to have a business in the city.Ž City Attorney John Cook said the council can allow Penrod Construction Company to build a new monument sign in the city right of way at 210 N.E. Third Ave. Councilman Mike OConnor said he doubted the city would ever need the right of way. The city would be held harmless on this parcel. The council voted 5-0 to allow 50 percent of the sign to be placed in the right of way. The city approved a grant agreement w ith the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for $100,000 to continue drainage and storm water improvements. Work w ill be done on portions of Southeast 10th A venue. Gary Ritter, of the South Florida Water Management District, said they have additional grant money this year for drainage improvements without local matching dollars. Employees recognized at the meeting included Jackie Dunham for “ ve years, Patrolman Justin Bernst for 10 years and Sue Christopher for 15 years of service. Reverend Edward Weiss received a distinguished service award and a key to the city for his work on behalf of the Ministerial Association. The council proclaimed the week of Oct. 19-25 as Florida City Government week. Centennial Celebration Committee chairman J.D. Mixon listed a kick-off celebration on Jan. 9 in the parks, a 100-day scavenger hunt, historic bus tours, a centennial gala, a city birthday party, a heritage festival, a time capsule and burial ceremony, and a street frolic, as part of the year-long celebration for 2015. The committee has requested a city hall front walkway brick paver project and a monument at the proposed Taylor Creek Park to commemorate the celebration. In other business, the council approved closure of Southwest Fifth Avenue between Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Eighth Street on Oct. 24 from 4 until 9 p.m. for the Central Elementary Fall Carnival. They voted to close Southwest Fourth Street between Southwest Fifth and Sixth Avenue on Nov. 22 for a 5K race bene“ t for Open Hands Health Center to provide free medical care to the community. Mac Jonassaint was appointed as an alternate member to the city planning board for term that ends on April 30, 2017. Rev. Weiss received the distinguished service award from Mayor Jim Kirk. Rev. Weiss said he was extraordinarily grateful to receive this honor and accepted it not for himself but all members of the Okeechobee Ministerial Association. I think this award is one that surprised me the most. I never expected it and I dont see myself as personally deserving it, but I do accept the award with humility on behalf of all the “ ne people in the ministerial association.Ž Rev. Weiss said he is grateful that he and others have had the opportunity to pray at the beginning of every function of city, council and school board sessions and are allowed to hold the national day of prayer observance at the court house lawn. Rev. Weiss has a background in medicine and the military. He describes himself as a physician, teacher and priest. He started at a U.S. Navy hospital as a Corpsman during Vietnam serving in the 2nd Marine division, accepted a government scholarship, attended medical school and then joined the U.S. Air Force after his internship and fellowship in medicine. He retired as full colonel at the start of the “ rst Gulf War. He came to Okeechobee in 2000. He thanked his wife Josie for all her support during his career. I have dedicated my life to service and been blessed to be able to experience wonderful things all over,Ž he said. Despite what goes on in the world, Ive been able to “ nd places where the Lord is obviously present. Im grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve.Ž CITYContinued From Page 1 Today: Partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: A few clouds. Low 63F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Sunshine and some clouds. High 82F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy skies. Low around 60F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday : Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 82F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night : Clear. Low around 60F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. www.suncoastgunshows.com Concealed Permit Class Daily 10am & 2pm$49! Bring in this ad forOFFADMISSIONCOMING TO FORT PIERCE € Harvert L. Fenn CenterOctober 25 & 26 € Sat 9-5 | Sun 10-4$1 2 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyReverend Edward Weiss (left) received the distinguished service award from Mayor Jim Kirk Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayor Jim Kirk (right) and Police Chief Denny Davis (left), honored Sergeant Justin Bernst (center) for 10 years of service.

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Spoof cards€ The story on the spoof cards was a real eye-opener. Now the bad guys can disguise t heir phone numbers and make it look like a c all is coming from a government of“ ce. You c an no longer believe your caller ID. The important thing to remember, is never give out any personal or “ nancial information over t he phone. If someone calls and claims to be t he cops, say you will drive to the police stat ion or sheriffs of“ ce to meet with them. And if someone comes to your door, ask to see ID, and if you still arent sure call the sheriffs or police of“ ce and make sure they are really w ho they say they are. A mendment 1€ If amendment 1 is passed it would guarantee and lock Florida into a signi“ cant s pending mandate by placing a 33 percent b udget of all net revenue from doc stampsŽ for the next 20 years; this can easily total $648 million per year for a 20-year total of $1.26 b illion dollars that will be spent during the 20 y ear approval. Thats a lot of money for a program that has proven to be inherently wasteful and seems to help more friends and friends of the good ol boysŽ than the original s ales pitch and intent stated. Anyone who has been keeping up with these conservat ion corridors purchases of ranch/farm land purchases over the past 10 years soon realize t hat original owners were paid top dollar for t heir land, then allowed to turn right around and lease the property back from the government for pennies on the dollar, and operate at a fraction of the cost a private owner would b e footing as now all the land is shielded from taxation and takes taxpayer dollars for upkeep ... all the while the original owner has made out like a bandit! And although tax payers money purchased the land, the public has no recreational access to the land. € PLEASE vote NOŽ on Amendment 1 ... the Florida Water and Land Conservation T rust Fund can continue to operate from an assigned budget, the same as all other state programs do! Dont blindly hand them a constitutionally mandated budget that will not be restrained by the state of our economy or any other state budgetary needs. If this amendment passes, they get theirs regardless. € I vote no on ALL proposed amendments because these things should not be locked into our constitution. All of the issues on the ballot this year as amendments are things that should be dealt with by the legislature. If these things are done as legislation, and it turns out to not work the way people thought it would, it can be changed by legislation. If you lock something into the constitution, the only way to change it is to wait for an election and try to pass another amendment.County referendums€ The two referendums on the ballot for Okeechobee County residents have not been getting a lot of attention because there is no opposition. But it is important that people do vote to show their support. Both of these things are on the ballot simply because state law requires them to be voted on in order to continue. Vote yes to keep Childrens Services Council and the county economic incentive tax break. € Vote yes to keep the Childrens Services Council. The CSC does a lot of good in Okeechobee County and bene“ ts thousands of children. It funds programs that range from helping abused kids to providing summer camps. I suspect that most kids in this county have bene“ ted from one program or another that is sponsored in part by CSC. Its a good program and it works. Keep the CSC. € Vote yes to keep the countys economic incentive tax break option. We need that in order to offer FPL a deal that will be competitive with other counties. With the economic tax incentive, the county can give FPL a break on the tax on their new buildings and equipment for 10 years. It starts with them paying on 30 percent of the value and then over the years it goes up a little each year until it gets to them paying on 100 percent of the value by the 11th year. But over the years, the building will have depreciated so it wont be such a big hike for them. The tax they pay on the land is not affected. They dont get a break on the tax they are already paying on the land, which they already own. So we lose nothing and gain a lot if FPL builds the plant here, both in taxes and in jobs. We need this plant and other counties also want it and are offering tax incentives. Think about it, 30 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing. Blood RoundupIn advance of the upcoming 9th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 22 and 23, we will print stories of how donations of blood made a difference in lives of Okeechobee people. Rhonda Townsend is a nurse at the Okeechobee VA Clinic. She has lived in Okeechobee for 16 years. Her family consists of her husband, Shawn, and two sons … Kevin age 13 and Corey age 5. Rhonda is also a recipient of donated blood and this is her story: Rhonda has been battling anemia for six years. In order to boost her low hemoglobin levels, she was taking iron and Vitamin C but the supplements were not being absorbed by her body. In October 2013, the results of a mammogram revealed that Rhonda had Stage 3 breast cancer. A mastectomy had to be performed; however, prior to surgery Rhondas hemoglobin measured below normal so she needed two units of blood during the surgical procedure. After the surgery, Rhonda required two more units of blood to stabilize the hemoglobin level in her blood. Hemoglobin in the blood carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body where it releases the oxygen to burn nutrients which provide energy to power the functions of the body and collects the resultant carbon dioxide to bring it back to the lungs to be exhaled. Normal levels are 13.8 to 18.0 g/dL for men, 12.1 to 15.1 g/dL for women and 11 to 16 g/dL for children. Decrease of hemoglobin leads to symptoms of anemia and, while anemia has many different causes, the most common cause is iron de“ ciency. As a nurse, Rhonda knows how important it is to have a steady blood supply on hand for those in need of it. She sincerely appreciates the donors who generously gave their blood so she could have her lifesaving surgery. Rhonda donated blood until she became anemic and, although she can no longer donate, she wants to encourage everybody who is able to donate to get ou t to the Roundup this year. You can be someones hero by donating blood at the 9th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup to be held on Nov. 22 and 23 at th e Freshman Campus. All blood donors at th e Roundup will receive a T-shirt, goody bag, refreshments and be eligible for prizes. Susan Williams Okeechobee Blood Roundup Volunteer October 24, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee NewsRhonda Townsend understands the importance of a steady blood supply. Legislative delegation to meet Friday in OkeechobeeThe Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse located at 304 N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Discussion of issues regarding local legislation for the 2015 Legislative Session will be held at this time. Individuals wishing to address the delegation on local bills being considered should plan to attend the public hearing. Following the consideration of local bills, the public will be invited to address the delegation on state issues that are of concern.

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5 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 Six candidates are competing for three seats on the Okeechobee City Council. All of the candidates run together on the same ballot. City voters may vote for up to three candidates, but also have the option to vote for only one or two of the names on the list. Incumbents are Dowling Watford and Devin Maxwell. Clayton Williams did not seek re-election. They are challenged by Jim Baughman, Noel Chandler, Gary Ritter and Ray Worley. What would you like t o change about the City o f Okeechobee? BAUGHMAN: I would like to make Okeechobee more business friendly. CHANDLER: This is my home and we have already started the beauti“ cation program and will continue to enhance our city just as you w ould care for your home. MAXWELL: I would like to do something about the vacant gas station buildings along the main corridors. We need a two-pronged approach of code enforcement and economic development. Our code enforcement is complaint-driven, so we end up going after the guy w ith a car on blocks in a residential neighborhood. We need to be policy-driven, and focus our resources on, “ rst, encouraging use of these buildings if they can be used, and second, using code enforcement if they cant be put to use. RITTER: I would like to see more improvements to the citys stormwater infrastructure, an economic development plan that targets new businesses to come in and occupy our vacant buildings, create more recreational green spaces on lands owned by the city, and continue to w ork with Main Street, and the Chamber to improve appearance of the city especially entering from the east and the west on Highway 70. In addition, we can work with these organizations to help market our community through social media and smart advertising. Lastly I w ould like for us to develop a plan that would encourage our young adults to become more active in the community. WATFORD: I would like to see historic buildings preserved and utilized. We have improved the look of the city with assistance from a Main Street grant and added to the beauti“ cation efforts downtown. WORLEY: I think that Okeechobee should become more in tune with the de“ nition of quality places according to my work on the Heartland 2060 plan. Richard Florida, economic and cultural sage, underscores the importance of place as an integral component of prosperity. He documents the shift from generations that once chased the job and landed by coincidence in a particular city to the current cohort that selects geography “ rst and then lands the job. Our future depends on the preservation or enhancements of a wide range of integrated elements that together express the robustness of our culture and the perceptions of those things that make us healthy, safe, comfortable, secure and involved. Okeechobee can become a Quality Place with the right changes in leadership. Do you think city taxes are too high? Too l ow? About right? Why? BAUGHMAN: Taxes are always too high but this is necessary to maintain the high standards of services we presently have. CHANDLER: The taxes are right where they should be. MAXWELL: In the short term, the city has kept the taxes the same or lower, even while many cities have increased them to make up for declining property values. This means the city has worked with less ad valorem revenue, to maintain the same level of service. Over the long term, the taxes are still too high relative to the overall package of services that are given to city taxpayers in return. I would like to see city taxpayers get more for their money, and have proposed an annexation policy so the city boundary will follow new urban development. RITTER: No one wants higher taxes and the city has not raised its taxes in several years. Maintaining the millage rate, the city has continued to balance the budget without reducing services. However, unless property values improve along with some moderate business growth it will become more challenging to keep the current rate while maintaining existing services. The last several years weve relied a great deal on reserves to balance the budget which we simply cant continue to do in an environment with very little economic growth. With that said the tax rate is primarily driven by property values, economic activity and services. Tax decisions by the council will have to account for these considerations as well as other driving factors at the time. WATFORD: Taxes are probably about right and council has worked hard to keep millage rate constant. WORLEY: In the city our taxes seem to be about right. Again, according to my work with the Heartland 2060 plan, taxes are mostly used for civic and government services. Even the most ardent free-market supporters recognize the role of structures in place to deliver services, set rules that organize business and society, and provide vehicles for the public to engage in, in” uence, and change the way society works. These include things like constitutional integrity, ethics and elections, redundancy, government spending and more. So far the city has not had to go into debt to provide its citizens services. With that in mind I would think they are about right. Are you in favor of installing red light cameras in our dangerous intersections? BAUGHMAN: No. This is a back-door approach to collecting more taxes. CHANDLER: I am not in favor of installing the traf“ c light cameras because other cities who have installed them are in constant litigation as a result. I would, however, like to see surveillance cameras in high-crime areas. MAXWELL: No, because I think the negatives outweigh the good that they do. As I understand it, a company offers to install the cameras and send the violators tickets, in exchange for a substantial percentage of the “ ne revenue that they generate. The city would have to collect all the “ nes, “ eld all the complaints, and hold hearings on all the contested tickets. It would not be worth it, and its not consistent with our city. RITTER: I am not in favor of red light cameras at our dangerous intersections. There are just too many studies out there that suggest they are ineffective. They could also cost the taxpayers more money in equipment and services needed to maintain, monitor, and defend the data they generate. Several studies have suggested increasing the duration of the yellow light might be a more cost-effective way of reducing accidents at major intersections. WATFORD: No, I think the issue of cameras has not been adequately addressed as to the legality and the issue of personal rights. WORLEY: Most people feel that the use of these cameras is a feeble attempt to raise additional income without raising taxes. I feel that if the city were to put them in they should be focused on the recording of accidents and identi“ cation purposes to decrease the civil liability of the city. I do not believe they should be used for either tickets or enforcement purposes. Do you think police should wear video cameras and “ lm arrests? BAUGHMAN: If it makes our of“ cers safer, yes. CHANLDER: Yes, they should be equipped with these cameras. This will prove to protect the city and our police as well as the citizens. MAXWELL: No, not here in Okeechobee because I dont think we have a need for it. They are trying it in some large cities where there is a lot of street violence, like Ferguson, Mo. The cost of body cameras is high right now, and the agency has to store all the data collected. Twenty years ago, dashboard cameras were new, and now they are standard-issue. With todays technology, everyone on the street has a video camera on their cell phone, so I can see these becoming a tool, but we dont need to be on the cutting edge of it. RITTER: Body camera technology has come a long way for law enforcement and I would be in favor of our city police being able to “ nd grants to purchase this type of equipment. Without a doubt body worn cameras will increase accountability and are more effective than cameras in cars. However, one of the roles of a police of“ cer is also to foster an informal relationship with community members. We would have to be sensitive to the trade-offs that this technology might present in different situations and not compromise these relationships. WATFORD: If costs are not prohibitive and if they do not interfere with of“ cer safety, they could be helpful. I do think car cameras would be adequate in most cases. WORLEY: As a Trustee on the Police Pension Fund Board I am in constant contact with our of“ cers. I understand that they are out there day after day taking care of us. My job is to work for them to make sure that they have a good retirement income to live off of when they retire. They take care of us when they are working and the Trustees take care of them when they retire or are injured on the job. It is my understanding that our police department is already looking into body cameras for many reasons. Two of which are, if it is on video it has a better chance of standing up in court and I believe they would more than pay for themselves by decreasing our departments and thus our citys civil liability. What are your views on consolidation of the city and county “ re departments and/or police departments? BAUGHMAN: I would never vote against the people and they have repeatedly said NoŽ to consolidation. CHANDLER: I do not think this is necessary because we already have an interlocal agreement to respond with police and “ re services to the city or county as needed. MAXWELL: I approve the concept of sharing services to increase ef“ ciency, but consolidation of police and “ re is not the immediate solution for Okeechobee. We “ rst have to be able to work together, and I have promoted the concept as inter-governmental cooperation. I developed a plan called Recession Recovery, which includes a resolution of cooperation between the city, county and OUA, an Inter-Governmental Council of Local Public Of“ cials, a GRID Coalition, and Annexation Policy. We should start with Joint Planning, Infrastructure Development, and Building Regulation, before we look at police and “ re, which already cooperate the most.RITTER: Im not in favor of consolidation in the strict sense of merging city and county governments into one. Theres a large body of knowledge on this topic and the perception is consolidation makes government more ef“ cient and eliminates redundancies. However, approximately 1 percent of municipal and county governments across the country have consolidated and data show only threequarters of them have had some level of success. Our municipal and county public safety, public works and solid waste components already work together effectively to eliminate redundancy. Given what we already do to maintain ef“ ciency, consolidation would be a risky proposition in this community as it is in most small, rural communities. The other risk consolidation presents is one where the anchor city such as Okeechobee would loose its identity in the process. WATFORD: I do not support this type of consolidation. I think the added level of service the city “ re and police departments provide to our citizens is well worth the additional cost to the city. WORLEY: I am against the city police department being under the sheriffs of“ ce, because the sheriffs of“ ce is constantly under stress over its budget. The sheriffs budget will have to have us paying taxes either way. Currently our of“ cers are capable of covering the city completely and at a fairly low cost to the taxpayer. Both departments pay into two different pension funds. The “ re department is a little different, Our “ re department is in a position to increase funding to our city. How? We buy an ambulance and house it in our main “ re station. Our “ re trucks are called out every time we have a wreck in the city. It is the countys ambulance that shows up and takes our citizens to the hospital. This would require a little more education for some of our “ re department personnel. ALS, Advanced Life Support, requires more education and BLS, Basic Life Support, a little less training but allows you to transport. As I said, more training both ways but worth it in payments for ambulance usage inside the city limits. City Council candidates questioned on local issues Noel Chandler Jim Baughman Devin Maxwell Dowling Watford Gary Ritter Ray Worley

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Eagles plan steak dinnerCypress Hut Eagles, 7401 U.S. 441 S.E., w ill serve choice rib eye steak and seafood dinners Friday, Oct. 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Martin Music. Saturday is the Auxiliary Italian Night and the music will be provided by Hard Country. Sunday is fried chicken by the Eagle Riders from 2 until 6 p.m. Mondays sloppy dogs and joes will be served. Tuesday is the w eekly dart tournament with burgers being served. For information, call 863-467-1153. V FW hosting bingoVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, a liver and onions or cube steak dinner will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. For information, call 863763-0818.R.C. ” ight class is Oct. 24Big Lake Hobbies is hosting a free introduction to Radio Control Flight on Friday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 until 10 p.m. at 110 SW 14th St. This class will be followed on Saturday, Oct. 25, with a hands-on chance to ” y a radio controlled aircraft with an instructor at the Agri-Civic Center R.C. Flying Field on S.R. 70 East from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Both classes are free and open to the public. You may attend one or both. If you would like to reserve a seat in advance, call Big Lake Hobbies at 863-357-3592.Food Day to be heldFood Day will be held Friday, Oct. 24 Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable produced food that promotes healthier diets and food education. The Florida Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will host a farmers market between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.Community yard sale setA community yard sale, sponsored by the community action committee of Douglas Park and Deans Court Inc. will be held Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 810 N.W. 10th St. Vendor spaces are available. Fun and games for kids is all free. To make a donation, reserve a space or information call Ossie Fleming at 863-484-2350.Event aids burn centersJoin us in Okeechobee as we rally for the cause and unite for the good of our children when the Okeechobee Shrine Club holds a Shrine Paper Drive to bene“ t the Shrine Hospitals and Burn Centers. Your Shrine membership from any Temple quali“ es you to take part in our event. Bring your Fez and show up between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Publix, 3551 U.S. 441 S., on Saturday, Oct. 25 ; or Friday, Oct. 31, at Walmart, 2101 S. Parrot Ave. Donations to the Shrine Hospitals for Children can also be dropped off at Mims Veterinary Hospital, 275 S.W. 32nd St. For information, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; or, Dr. Randall Mims at 863763-9200.WOTM offers chicken dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Chapter #2036 WOTM, 1012 Linda Road, invites you to join them for chicken dinner on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2 until 6 p.m. The chicken dinner will consist of barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits and a brownie sundae for an $8 donation. Proceeds will go to Moose charities.VFW announces eventsBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 open to the public for the following activities. Sunday, Oct. 26 breakfast from 8:30 until 11 a.m.; plus $1 bloody marys, screwdrivers and drafts and then its “ ve-card bingo at 5 p.m. Dinner on Wednesday at 5 p.m. This week the VFW is featuring Swiss steak. Thursday bingo and food will start at 1 p.m. Friday night dinner will feature steaks, pork loin, “ sh and shrimp for a $7 to $8 donation. Live music will be provided by Private Practice from 6 until 10 p.m. Saturday nights entertainment is local favorite Phil Eddings All proceeds bene“ t veterans programs and their families. Call 843-467-2882 for details.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo Oct. 26 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 serving breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the “ xings Sunday, Oct. 26 from 8 until 11 a.m. for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Meeting on complex slatedA public meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. to discuss the development of the Sports Complex Phase I & II. The meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. The purpose o f this meeting will be to discuss two, $200,000 applications for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant to help “ nance the development of the site.Church hosting bingoThe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., invites the public to play bingo Monday, Oct. 27 Doors will open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Come early and get your favorite seat. There will be no reserved seating. We provide a fun, clean, smoke-free environment. Our kitchen serves a variet y of sandwiches, soft drinks, coffee, popcorn, snacks and desserts at reasonable prices.Dine with Doctor is Oct. 28Raulerson Hospital will host this months Dine with the Doctor seminar in the cafeteria Tuesday, Oct. 28 Dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m. for $5. The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. and is free. To RSVP or for information, call 863-763-9228. 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.Lawrence Russell Hackett, 69OKEECHOBEE „ Lawrence Russell Hackett died October 21, 2014. He was born October 26, 1944 in Washington D.C. to Fernw ood and Bonnie Hackett. He made a career as a P.E. teacher, Vice Principal and he worked w ith the Drop Out Prevention program. He enjoyed tennis, “ shing and motorcycles; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. Mr. Hackett is survived by his wife of 45 years, A nn Hackett; son, Todd Hackett (Kacy) all of Okeechobee; daughter, Kim Price (Tim) of Sebring; “ ve grandchildren, Mason, Tera Lynn, Kamryn, Brystal and Anslay; brother, Terry Hackett (Pam) of Stuart; two sisters, Debbie W illiams (Stan) of North Carolina and Pam Manning (Charlie) of Iowa. A gathering of friends and family will be held 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Bobby White will of“ ciate. In lieu of ” owers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or the Mof“ tt Cancer Center. 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. 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida IN TODAYS ECONOMY, CAN WE NOT AFFORD TO COMPARE PRICES! LOCALLY OPERATEDDirect Cremation $495 Direct Cremation (with family identi“cation viewing) $695 Cremation & Chapel Service $870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) $2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service $1,495 Ship-Out-Of-State $1,295863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com We accept pre-arrangements from all other funeral homes. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation! e NEWŽ Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory would like to welcome Melody Keith. Ms. Keith has joined the Seawinds Group as a Pre Need Family Counselor. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee city has little recourse when it comes to the demolition of the historic train depot according to a report completed by city attorney John Cook. He stated the pending demolition was reported to Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce before it began by the contractor B&B Site Development and that there were incorrect things stated in the permit application. He said he doubted that fraud or deceit could be proven. Unfortunately they either thought the city w as aware of the demolition, or neglected to pass along that information to Brian (city administrator Brian Whitehall),Ž he wrote. He wrote the contractor relied upon public record information available to him when he submitted the application for a permit to demolish the depot and that the property appraiser had incorrect or incomplete information in their records as to the location and description of this parcel. Our building of“ cial made some assumptions concerning the location and description of the parcel that turned out to be incorrect, and signed off on the permit w ithout further inspection or investigation,Ž he added. Mr. Cook noted once the city discovered the error the demolition could not be stopped. City building of“ cial Jeffery Newell conducted an onsite inspection of the property and found it was structurally compromised prior to the demolition. In his report he noted there was no reinforced steel in the construction which limited the strength of the structure. With the passing of time and neglect the structure weakens to a condition that becomes life threatening to the public,Ž he said. He also wrote the depot had been subjected to seismic vibrations from passing train traf“ c for a number of years which further degraded the structure. Under these conditions, hurricane force w inds in all probability, could have a catastrophic effect on the structure,Ž he added. He also mentioned termite damage, w ater intrusion and maintenance neglect. He said in order to restore the depot an extensive structural evaluation by an engineer w ould have been required. In my opinion, the structure was in a compromised condition prior to demolition, as I suspected, of extensive disrepair and presented a public health and safety condition that would be harmful and dangerous to the general public.Ž Mr. Cook suggested the city approve a policy similar to one in the City of Melbourne. He said a moratorium proposed on destruction of historic structures would slow down the process but wouldnt prohibit demolition. The property rights of private land owners are paramount and those rights trump any municipal restriction on disposition of private property,Ž he added. Mr. Cook said it still would be worthwhile to enact a historic structure ordinance because it will impose regulations and provide a means whereby careful study would be required before any renovation or demolition of these historic sites. City Councilman Dowling Watford said he didnt like the attorneys opinion but hell have to live with it. We have to learn from our mistakes. We need some kind of penalty. Perhaps we could double the fee for a permit if someone submits an application with erroneous information so we can have some recourse,Ž he said. The city changed their policy to require a site visit and a photo of the building that is being demolished before they issue a permit due to this demolition. Councilman Devin Maxwell said he felt serious penalties were needed but agreed photos of the building will help. The city for years, with assistance from Okeechobee Main Street, had tried to save the building through various conversations and letters with the former owner CSX. Once Amtrak built a new ADA complaint platform nearby for passengers in 2010, momentum to save the depot stalled. The property was sold in 2014 to Fort Drum Corporation. The attorney report found contractor Phil Baughman called the depot an abandoned warehouse without a parcel identi“ cation number or an address identi“ ed in the application for a demolition permit. It was misinterpreted by the building department that it was at a different location west of the depot, he added. The attorney, building of“ cial and contractor, maintained it would be nearly impossible to renovate the building and more expensive than construction of a new, similar building. Mr. Cook concluded in his report there would be no recourse in a court of law. While the words demolish and remove old abandoned warehouse (in the application) are troubling, fraud and deceit are intentional and knowing acts, and under these facts I sincerely doubt the licensing board, court or any other agency would “ nd that this contractor intentionally misled or deceived the city in the process,Ž he offered. Mayor Jim Kirk said he thought the council did all they could do on this project. He thanked Councilman Watford for leading the effort. It was unfortunate the way it ended, but we learn from our mistakes and move forward and hopefully make sure these things dont happen in the future,Ž he said. He said the photo and site visit should help prevent the loss of historic structures to demolition. If you go out to the site with a photo and dont see the building then you know youre in the wrong place. It has been a real learning experience for everyone involved,Ž he said. It might have been dif“ cult to salvage the building but at least we should have been given the opportunity.Ž Contact a sales representative today 863.763.3134 | GO@newszap.com Whether you enjoy shooting skeet, target shooting, hunting or archery, there are plenty of opportunities in the Big Lake area.Deadline for advertising: Monday, October 27 at noonNovember GO theme: Shooting sports popular in the Big Lake area. REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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Fifth A ve., will host a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 until 8 p.m. Join them for food, fun and games. V isit the Haunted HammockCalling all Halloween revelers. Highlands Hammock cordially invites little goblinsŽ and old ghoulsŽ to attend the second annual Haunted Hammock on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. Younger children can play games, make a scarecrow, participate in coloring and costume contests, and walk through the Friendly Forest, a non-scareŽ play area from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adults and teens can explore the Haunted House and take a ride on the Terror Tram from 7 to 10 p.m. Park admission to the Haunted Hammock is $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free of charge. Terror Tram tours are an additional $2 per person for all ages.Pumpkin Patch is openThe First United Methodist Church annual pumpkin patch is open! Take the entire family for great photo ops and remember purchase your pumpkin here as they are sold as a fundraiser for scholarships to the Youths Mission Trips. Visit First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Contact Pastor Jim for further information or to schedule a preschool visit 863-763-4021.Childrens costume partyChildrens Halloween Costume Party will be held at Buckhead Ridge VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary, 29012 State Road 78 West, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 until 4 p.m. Costume prizes, bobbing for apples, pumpkin decorating, games, food, drinks and treats. Bring your children out for this event. We support our local community plus veterans and families. Any questions, call 863-467-2882.Halloween dance is Oct. 25The B.R.A.T. Club is hosting a Halloween dance for children ages 10-16 Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Students are invited to come and enjoy games, music, treats and a costume contest with prizes. Parents must sign students in on arrival. The club is looking for candy donations to provide a goody bag for each student. To donate, call Allison Chandler at 863-697-9096; or, drop off your donation at the Okeechobee News, 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D.Ghostly fun is at DuPuisVisit the DuPuis Management Area, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway., in Canal Point for ghostly family fun under the stars at the annual Haunted Halloween Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 until 9 p.m. This popular event features: kids games and crafts, TrickOr-Treat Trail, hair-raising haunted house for ages 10 and up, a Howling Hayride through the woods for all ages, and creepy critters from the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. Refreshments will be on sale. A $10 fee per vehicle will go to support the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at DuPuis and the Indiantown Education Coalition. 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10 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Title I Schools hosted a family engagement workshop during the month of September entitled The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D.Ž The event w as coordinated by the Of“ ce of Grants & Special Programs as part of the districts plan to increase family engagement across the district. This interactive workshop inspired students, parents and community members to get excited about and involved with the new Florida Standards. The 1-hour program proved to be both educational and entertaining; with participants sporting 3-D glasses to more vividly experience the three dimensions that lead to college and career readinessDetermination, Destination and Dedication. The show explained why the Florida Standards are bene“ cial to all Floridians, and taught families speci“ c age-appropriate activities to support learning at home. The theme of the The Perfect BrainstormŽ revolved around blockbuster movies and Hollywood. Families arrived walking the red carpet, where they were greeted by school hosts. Each attendee was handed 3-D glasses to wear during the interactive show to reveal clues and answers. Dr. Angela Walker gave families a preview of what it means to be college and career-ready in all age groups and grade levels. The Florida Standards are like movie sequels; each year is built on previous learning and experiences. She explained that students are the stars of the show, but are also stars in the classroom. Teachers act like directors, guiding and assessing the progress throughout the year, and allowing time for extra rehearsal through homework. Homework is always rated PG: Parental Guidance suggested! Research tells us that the special FX of Family engagement is remarkable in raising student achievement. Parents and kids of all ages were encouraged to attend, and the turn-out was truly amazing! They were treated to refreshments and popcorn, supplied by Seacoast Bank at many of the schools. Seminole Elementary School even had hors doeuvres served on platters by school celebrities! Every show was well received and highlighted the dedication of Okeechobee schools, students, and families to academic achievement. The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D held in local schools Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESNES Students of the WeekCongratulations to North Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 29: Tony Perez, Cadin Simpson, Reese Darress, Alexis Rainwater, Aliyah Candida, Luis Aguilar-Morales, Derrick Lewis, Juan Luviano, Sopia Caves, Jazlynn Colon, David Salinas, Jared Rodriguez, Keaton White, Edwin Cortez, Romin Rucks, Linda Castillo, Jose Serrano, Nick Nunez, Selena Elliot Garcia, David Garcia, Clea Judilla, Elias Garcia, Brandon Perez, Ricardo Rios-Ramirez, Edward Munoz, Destiny Perez, Cruz Ponce, Victoria Salazar, Ashley Sparkman, Elyssa Sanchez, Kirsten Kennedy and Sam Melear. Thank you for being great role models at NES! Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Student Council of“ cersCongratulations to the 2014-15 Everglades Elementary Student Council Of“ cers: presidentMichal Jaskot, vice presidentZoe Evans, secretaryKimberly Hight and treasurerLexie Jennings. Everglades Elementary and Student Council Sponsor, Mrs. Hollin would like to also THANKSŽ to Supervisor of Elections Diane Hagan and her staff, for sponsoring our elections and special thanks to Megan Benbow for guiding our students in the election process. Thank you also to school board member Joe Arnold for being a part of our elections. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekCongratulations to these Students of the Week for OMS for the week of Oct. 3: Cynthia Sandoval, Lidia Arriaga, Rebecka Mims (not pictured), Megan Jones, Brendaesia Byrd, Andrew Bates, Gariesha Johnson and Luis Santibanez. These students are pictured with Mrs. Jarriel, OMS dean of students. Congratulations! Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESMiriam Hernandez walked the red carpet and took a moment for pictures with Dr. Walker at Seminoles premier of The Perfect Brainstorm in 3DŽ on Sept. 25.

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The developer has acquired right-of-way for a new access road to the site of the proposed development through the Faith Farm property. The design here is for a retirement community for those people who were involved in Assembly of God,Ž said Commissioner Joey Hoover. My big concern is that we have OK Corral and OK Shooting Sports out there operating commercial businesses and they are licensed to do that.Ž He said if a large number of retirees move in so close to shooting clubs, the noise from the gun clubs is going to be a problem for them. Commissioner Hoover compared it to people who move in next to an airport and then start complaining about the airplane noise. He pointed out that the gun club owners have invested millions of dollars in their facilities. While a senior citizen housing project is a good idea, next door to the gun clubs is just not the right location, he said. I just see this as another airport type deal. In a few years were going to be getting phone calls wondering why 5,000 rounds are being “ red on a Sunday morning,Ž he said. John Smith, representing OK Corral, said he sees access as a problem. Ninety-sixth street is an unimproved road on our east side,Ž he said, adding that with 600 homes they could anticipate 1,200 trips a day. He said the new access road would add at least 5 miles to each of those trips. I dont think those people are going to drive out to Dark Hammock Road,Ž he said. I think they will use 96th Street.Ž That road is barely adequate for the traf“ c it already has, he said. We have $5 million invested out there,Ž he said. We have plans to invest another million in the next 24 months,Ž He said they picked the OK Corral location for its rural, agricultural setting and because Okeechobee County is centrally located. The cows dont care if we shoot on Sunday mornings,Ž he said. It would be silly to assume that noise would not be a problem in the future if a senior housing development is allowed to be built in such close proximity to the gun club, he said. Shooting enthusiasts come to OK Corral from all over the state, he said. We have a good plan for the business,Ž Mr. Smith explained. When you look at changing your development code, one of the things you want to look for is the uniqueness geographically o f this piece of property,Ž said Commissioner Hoover. There is nothing geographicall y unique about that property. He said other areas of Okeechobee County would be much better suited for such a project. I have a list or realtors who can help you,Ž he added. Commissioner Hoover there would also be drainage problems. He said if a developer asked him to “ nd land for the project, that is the last place I would show you,Ž he said. It doesnt hold water ... well actually it holds a lot of water and that is part of the problem.Ž Seniors can be a very powerful block,Ž said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. He said adult communities become a living breathing organism of their ownŽ and the y put pressure on of“ cials to change things. I am all for the project but not in that location,Ž said Commissioner Margaret Helton. When this is developed, when people move into that retirement area, when the y listen to guns shooting, you cant tell me there is not going to be an issue,Ž she said. Commission Chairman Frank Irby said he had personal experience with a shooting club in another state, and when the area became developed, it didnt take long for the new residents to start complaining about the noise. I will guarantee you that you will be getting complaints about the noise,Ž he said. Edward Rodriguez, representing Assembly of God, said most of the people who are going to buy there are ministers, retired pastors. I presented this at our convention, Ive already got over 200 people committed to buy there.Ž He said those ministers would provide a valuable base of volunteers who would be active in the community. Facing the opposition to the requested county comprehensive land use change by the county commission, the applicant withdrew the request. The commissioners voted unanimously to allow the request to be withdrawn. NOISEContinued From Page 1 441 S.E. for drugs that had apparently been tossed from the ” eeing Ford Expedition allegedly driven by Carter. During that search the detectives found suspected powder cocaine and suspected roxycodone tablets. They also found approximately 30 suspected heroin capsules. One task force detective said those capsules sell for $25 each. None of the drugs had been “ eld tested as of newspaper deadline, so none had not been positively identi“ ed. According to detectives they went to room 201 of the Travelodge Suites, 1527 U.S. 441 S.E., to serve a search warrant. Santiago and Henderson had reportedly been living in that room. But when they arrived the pair were moving out of there today,Ž said a detective. Shortly thereafter a brief chase ensued and Carter rammed the Expedition into a vehicle being driven by a task force detective. No one was injured. Because the detectives vehicle belongs to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the crash is being handled by the Florida Highway Patrol. The trio were eventually stopped in the 4200 block of U.S. 441 S., near Garrards Bait and Tackle. A search of the large SUV turned up a few grams of suspected cocaineŽ along with suspected dilaudid and oxycodone tablets, said the detective. After the three were taken to jail by OCSO deputies, task force detective moved their investigation to U.S. 441 S.E. where they literally got on their hands and knees and began looking for the discarded drugs. And, they were rewarded for their efforts. Suspected powder cocaine and a few pills were found in the grass near the Oaks at Shannons Crossing, 833 U.S. 441 S.E. Suspected roxycodone tablets were then found near the Lucky Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 S.E., and the suspected heroin pills were found near the Mobile Home Depot on U.S. 441 S.E. The detectives were continuing to look for more drugs in the freshly mowed grass and weeds along the two-lane highway. TRIOContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee Narcotics Task Force detectives Thursday recovered suspected powder cocaine, prescription pills and heroin capsules like the one being pointed at by a detective. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A miniature horse had to be euthanized after it was attacked by some other animals „ possibly dogs that are allowed to roam free. According to a report by Deputy Bryan Holden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the incident occurred sometime during the nighttime hours on Monday, Oct. 20. The deputys report stated the horse was in a fenced-in area adjacent to the owners home on N.W. 262nd Street when it was attacked. The horse was bleeding about her head, throat and sides. There was blood in the horse stall and on the ground indicating this was a violent attack ...,Ž stated the deputy in his report. Deputy Holden said the owner of the small horse called a local veterinarian, but the animals injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized. As for expenses, the deputys report indicated the owner of the horse has suffered losses totaling $1,650. Those losses include the value of the miniature horse ($1,200), vet bill ($265) and burial ($185). The deputy indicated in his report that the owner of the horse suspects it was attacked by pit bulls that run about the neighborhood. Miniature horse found mauled

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man already out on bond following his arrest on a doctor shopping charge, has been arrested again on a felony drug possession charge. John Wayne Huff, 43, N.W. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 21, on a charge of sale/delivery of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $40,000 bond. Arrested with Huff were Lisa Nicole Williams and Christina Leigh Stokes. Williams, 29, New Housing Road, Clewiston, was charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance (opiate) without a prescription. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the county jail on a total bond of $25,000. Stokes, 29, N.W. 184th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (opiate) w ithout a prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a total bond of $6,000. According to an arrest report by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force they were watching for Williams because they knew a warrant had been issued for her arrest. That warrant charged her with the felonies of violation of probation uttering a forged instrument and violation of probation grand theft. The report states the detectives saw Williams in a black pickup truck that was being driven by Huff. The truck pulled into the Lock 7 area then drove down to the boat ramp where the trucks headlights were turned off. Task force detectives then approached the parked truck and found Huff in the drivers seat, Williams in the front passenger seat and Stokes in the back seat behind Huff. As Williams got out of the truck, detectives allegedly saw a white tablet in her hand. That pill was later identi“ ed as hydromorphone, according to the report. The detectives then searched the truck and allegedly found: an uncapped syringe containing a clear liquid; a black plastic spoon containing a white liquid; and, a white liquid on the carpet below the passenger seat. According to the detective those substances were “ eld tested and those tests all indicated a positive result for the presence of opiates. Arrest records also indicate Huff was already out of jail on bond after his Jan. 17 arrest on a charge of fraudulent attempt to obtain a duplicate prescription for a controlled substance. This is also known as doctor shopping. Court records show Huff is being represented by Stuart defense attorney Michael Berg. 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)www.nbc-okeechobee.orgRev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Oct. 24TH Thurs., Oct. 30THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “THE BOOK OF LIFE”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG II: “OUIJA”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 14 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 Report: Trio caught with pills, syringes Lisa Williams Christina Stokes John Huff The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Alfredo Ramirez Rivera, 48, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 21 by Trooper T.B. W hite on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in” uence and no valid drivers license. His bond was set at $750. € Jarterrion Marquez Howard, 29, S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a felony charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond w as set at $10,500. € Paulette Karol Smith, 43, N.E. 79th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a Polk County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation worthless check. She is being held without bond. € Bruno A. Tenorio-Santacruz, 32, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 22 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $2,500. € Robert Scott Verner, 62, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 23 by Deputy Matt Crawford on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $1,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Collaborative Council will meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of“ ce. The special guest speakers will be Lonnie Steiert, representing Okeechobee County schools, and Sara Frahm from CASTLE. 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. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.

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The Okeechobee County Real and Personal Property Tax for collection of 2014 taxes, both Okeechobee County and 34972For information regarding: Tax Collector Okeechobee County Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 15 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News € The Okeechobee High School bowling teams celebrated senior day Wednesday with the girls getting an exciting 4-3 win and the boys falling to Sebring 6-1. The Lady Brahmans won the “ rst game 548-433 and Sebring won the second 529-486. Okeechobee won two of the three baker games 131128, 151-131, and 145-155. The girls improved today. It was a special night for our four seniors. The entire team came together in the Baker games and pulled out the match,Ž coach Carole Olney said. Jessica Olney had the high game 190, and series, 319. Tejel Desei had a high game of 170 for the Blue Streaks while Jessica Chancy had the high two game series, 292. Adam Simmons had a strong match for the Brahman boys as he rolled a career high 199 and had a 353 series. Sebring won the two full-team games 894-705 and 783-744. Okeechobee pulled out one of three baker games 145-116. David Daniel rolled a 219 for Sebring and series 403. € The Lady Brahman volleyball team improved to 17-7 with a four-game victory over South Fork to reach another district championship match. Okeechobee dropped the “ rst 19-25, but responded with three straight wins, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-18. € The Osceola soccer team ended their season with a 2-2 tie against Gifford on Tuesday in Vero Beach, the team “ nished with a strong 7-2-1 season mark € The Okeechobee High School boys golf team “ nished eighth at the Region 8-2A tournament at the Largo Mar Country Club in Plantation on Monday. Zach Hudson led the way with a round of 79. Daniel Fulleda shot 88, while Kyle Mullins “ nished with an 89 and Eli Finney carded 91. American Heritage Plantation won the event with a team score of 281. Pine Crest w as second at 289. Okeechobee shot 352 as a team. The low round of the day was a 66. The cut for state quali“ ers was a 3-under 69. The Lady Brahman golf team “ nished sixth at the regional Monday at the same v enue. Cameron White led the girls with a round of 95, and Hannah Raulerson “ nished w ith a 98. The regional champion was Archbishop McCarthy with a score of 303. American Heritage Plantation shot 311, while Lincoln Park had a score of 379 and Jensen Beach “ nished with a 395. The low round of the day w as a 71 and the cutoff for state was 73. OHS coach Bruce Conrad said the putting w as a challenge for his girls as the greens w ere fast and dif“ cult. Conrad said it is dif“ cult to handle greens the girls dont get to see or practice on very much. Our ball striking was pretty good but the putting was the challenge and these super courses for districts and regionals are tough,Ž he explained. Fernanda Grisales shot a 125 and Meredith Hillard had a 127. Cameron White hit the ” agpole on the par 3, “ fth hole and barely missed the ace. Emily Faulkner of Jensen Beach led the Treasure Coach contingent w ith a 73 but missed the cut for state by one stroke. Overall it was a fun year and by far this was one of the nicest groups of girls Ive had the pleasure of coaching,Ž he added. € The OHS swim teams “ nished eighth (girls) and sixth (boys) at the Heartland regional invite in Lake Placid on Saturday. Brahman coach Stephen Neafsey said the OHS swim team put up some great times but missed a few students who had other commitments in band and other events Saturday. Only 18 swimmers competed for OHS. The squad also set a school record in the 200 freestyle as Nathanael Bean “ nished in 2:05.21. This broke the earlier mark set nine years ago by David Edwards. € The Pemayetv Emahakv volleyball team “ nished undefeated at 10-0 last week. The season “ nale with Clewiston Middle School was not played due to schedule problems. € Jayquavious Thomas scored two touchdowns in a losing cause as the Okeechobee Youth Football League Pee Wee team was eliminated by Sebring, 26-16, in the “ rst round of playoff action Saturday in Lake Placid. The OYFL Junior squad was also defeated by Vero Beach. The senior team did advance and will play in Okeechobee on Saturday, Nov. 1. The OYFL will host “ ve games at Okeechobee High School beginning at 9 a.m. € The OHS volleyball team got ready for their district tournament this week with an impressive showing at the Fort Pierce Central tournament last weekend. Okeechobee got revenge against Vero Beach a team that had beaten them twice this year by sweeping the Lady Indians, 25-21 and 25-19. They also defeated the host school 25-18 and 2521, Key West 25-6 and 25-11 and Sebastian River 25-14 and 25-20 to win the tournament. € Lady Brahman bowlers defeated Fort Pierce Central on Tuesday 4-3. Ashley Byrd had a key strike in the ninth frame and Jessica Olney had another strike in the 10th frame to lead Okeechobee in the “ rst game 777-765. The Lady Cobras took the second game 782-697. Okeechobee won 161-135 in the “ rst Baker game and then the Cobras took the next two, 178-147 and 170-122. Olney had a high game of 215 and series of 382 for the Lady Brahmans. Byrd had a 376 series. Kristi Carpenter had a high game of 197 and a 378 series for Fort Pierce Central. The Brahman boys were shutout by the Cobras, 7-0. Fort Pierce dominated the “ rst game 1092-739 and won the second game handily 897-707. Alan Jenbene had a high game of 268 and Kevin Markoniski added a high game of 246 and a 440 series. OHS was paced by Brian Chapman with a high game of 206 and a 407 series. The bowling team competes in districts Monday in Port St. Lucie. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Dinner, dancing offeredThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4 until 7 p.m. for $7 per person. Reservations not required. Music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. Contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.

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JOSH 634-9486 Employment Full Time Earn Extra MoneyDeliver the YP Real Yellow Pages St. Lucie Co, Fl Area FT/PT, Daily work, get paid in 72hrs Must be 18 or older, have driver’s license and insured vehicle.• Call (800)422-1955 Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM• Or email: deliverphonebooksse@directrac.com• Or log onto www.phonebookdelivery.info Mention “St. Lucie” Help Titan America is currently seeking a CDL driver in the Okeechobee area to deliver concrete to customers. Duties include the following: Safely operating truck; load & delivery of ready mix concrete; complete pre/post trip inspections; assist with plant maintenance & cleanup; complete forms & required paperwork in timely fashion. CDL Class A or B is a must. Interested applicants must complete an online application on our website at www.titanamerica.com/careers Job Code # 2014-JP24 MECHANICS! TWO OPENINGS!JUPITER Near Pratt. Diesel pump service mechanic. 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Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeThe South Florida Water Management District is recruiting for a Storekeeper 2 position (1229BR), which is a journey-level administrative warehouse position at the Okeechobee Field Station that performs a full range of administrative and manual tasks involving but not limited to, issuing of materials, supplies and equipment used in the construction, operations and maintenance functions; receiving and placing into stock materials, supplies and equipment ordered for speci c jobs or restocking materials, supplies, and equipment returned from jobs; and maintaining a safe, neat, orderly, and clean storage area, both inside and outside of a warehouse. High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years’ experience in stores or warehouse operations. For additional information and to apply, visit www.sfwmd.gov. EOE EXPERIENCED TECHNICIAN Alan Jay Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep is seeking an experienced Service Technician. Team player with excellent work ethics. Paid vacation, health insurance and 401k available. Please see David Garcia or David Bohlen. EOE / DFWP. 202 W Sugarland Hwy | Clewiston, FL 33440 863.983.4600 Insurance of ce looking for a FULL-TIME CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE. No experience necessary. Bilingual a plus. Hours are M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm. Email Resume to paulrieck@ embarqmail.com or apply in person at 1500 SR 70 East, Okeechobee, FL 34972 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeNeeded 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 5:00. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! NOW HIRING SHIFT MANAGERSLuihn Companies is a family owned restaurant franchise with over 80 restaurants in the South East. We are committed to serving our customers and promoting quality food at a fair price. We are currently recruiting Shift Managers in the Okeechobee Area. Requirements:• Must be 18 years old and over We Offer:• Competitive pay and a exible work environment Apply at: Taco Bell 3498 US 441 South Okeechobee, FL Apply at www.luihnfood.com and click on careers We are looking for a Quali ed Automotive Mechanic. ASE certi ed is a plus but not required Call 863-763-0564 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Employment Full Time MILK HAULERS and TANKER DRIVERSLOCAL TRANSPORT POSITIONS Okeechobee Terminal$15 per hour, plus BENEFITS!Drivers must have 2 recent years of exp, valid CDL-A, and acceptable MVR. For details, call (800) 598-7866. Download application online at www.southeast milk.org Fax to: (352)307-0499 EEO & Drug Free Workplace Employment Part TimeNEEDED PART-TIME EXPERIENCED BARTENDER CALL BILL 863-532-9782 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 16 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2014-CP161 JUDGE: GARY L. SWEET IN RE: Estate of RAY RUSSELL DOMER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate o f RAY RUSSELL DOMER, Deceased, whose date of death was August 17, 2014, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-0397, Case Number 2014-CP-161 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125 Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or unliguidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATE R OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of the rst publication o f this Notice is October 17th, 2014. CYNTHIA W. DOME R Personal Representative 204 SE 10th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative FBN: 0261521 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863) 763-3131 jdc@legal-one.corn pleadings@legal-one.corn 467713 ON 1017,24/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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. FurnitureCIRCULAR COUCH LIKE NEW, MUTTED COLORS, PILLOWS $150.00 CALL FOR MORE INFO 772-370-9085 FOR SALE OLD ROCKER, SOFA, LOVE SEAT, BAKERS RACK AND SLOT MACHINE. CALL FOR PRICES 863-632-0392 Pets/Supplies3 female Boston Terriors. Asking $400 each will be ready to go after 10/30/14 for info call 863-458-2514 BULL MASTIFF PUPPIES GOOD QUALITY WELL MUSCLED, AND YORKIE PUPPIES, PARENTS ARE 3.5LBS FOR PETS ONLY CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-261-3246 Wanted To Buy UP TO $100 each for Okeechobee County Florida License Plate Before 1964 Beginning with 57. Rusty Bent Tags OK. Jeff Francis 727-424-1576 email gobucs13@aol.com www. oridalicense plates.com Apartments2/1, BUCKHEAD RIDGE: Deck overlooking the water. C/Air, Nice & Clean. Garbage, Water & Lawn maintenance included. $550 mo. $300 sec. (772)284-5512 BEAUTIFUL, Large CBS, 2BR w/eat in kitchen & new carpet throughout. Screen room. Utility room. $725 mo. includes water, lawn & garbage. 863-467-2784 EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities & Direct TV w/all movie channels $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. FOR RENT 2B/1BA DUPLEX AND 1BD/1BA APARTMENT. 1ST MONTH AND SECURITY CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 863-801-9119 FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appt. Commercial Property4,800 sq ft CBS w/ 2br 1ba Loft apt, Lrg garg doors, secure fenced yard. Live in or rent apt. Off of hwy 70 $1,700/mo (561)346-4692 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1, Unfurnished. Very clean & quiet. Utilities included. $750 mo. 863-634-0663. Houses RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2BD/2BA, GREAT CONDITION, GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, CITY WATER & SEWER. $550.00/MO. 1ST AND LAST, NO BIG DOGS. CALL STEVE 863-801-1739 IN TOWN: 2 BR, 1 BA, W/D hookup. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet ok. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 941-504-3954 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Houses RentOKEECHOBEE CITY: 2/1 Home, 1 car carport, c/air & appliances included. 310 NE 4th Ave. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. required. (863)467-5965 Okeechobee -PERFECT COTTAGE HOME CLEAN & WELL KEPT 3/2 updated, 12 mile NE of town center, lawn, pest, trash, water and security included. $691.00 per month. Call M-F only. NO PETS. 863.467.9800 SEASONAL RENTAL OKEECHOBEE IN TOWN 2BD /1BA FURNISHED, SCREENED PATIO, FENCED YARD LAWN MAINT., W/D. NON SMOKING, 55+. AVAIL. NOV. 1ST $1,150.00/MO. 863-801-4220 TREASURE ISLAND: 4/2, Large fenced yard. No pets. $800 mo. + sec. dep. 863-634-0663. Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First Month Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500, 1000, 1300 SF. 863-467-0651 Commercial Property SaleM/H & RV Park on 3 acres (9 rentals & 2 homes). $180K. Property off Hwy 70. Selling due to health issues. Make offer! Call 561-346-4692. Houses SaleHouse 1,850 sq ft, renovated, 3br 2.5 ba, Ofce/Den, 2 lrg sheds on 1 acre lot fenced in, 8480 SE 59th Dr., Off 710 hwy & (15A) $89k Call 863-610-1600 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Clean Very Well Kept Unfurnished MH 2br1ba w/d, lawn service, NO PETS. $450/mo 1st & last & Sec Call 863-357-1732 FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appt. Office Space Rent Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleMOBILE HOME 60FT LONG, 2BD/2BA, FAMILY & LAUNDRY ROOM, NEW ROOF, 10YR LIFETIME WARRANTY. CALL FOR MORE INFO. 863-801-3849 LOCATED AT JIMS PARK PLACE. NICE MOBILE HOME, SINGLE WIDE WITH FLORIDA ROOM. 2 BEDROOMS SEPARATED, 2 BATHS, 2 CARPORTS, TOOL & LAUNDRY ROOM. PINE RIDGE PARK $14K 863-801-9295 Palm Harbor Homes Limited time offer! $5K towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K. Homes from the $60’s plantcity.palmharbor.com 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Mobile HomeSale TRAILER FOR SALE 1BD W/FL. ROOM, NEW A/C, DISHWASHER, W/D, RECENT REMODEL, NEW SCREENS/WINDOWS, ON RIM DITCH. 9750 SR 78 WEST LOT#44, LOT RENT $250.00MO. $3,500.00 OR CONSIDER TRADE/PONTOON BOAT 772-323-5803 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles02’ Dodge Ram 1500 auto, 165k, 6ft bed w/cap, bed liner, A/C Cruise, power everything $6,000 Call 863-467-0745 1988 TOYOTA MR2 SUPERCHARGE. COLLECTIBLE, MFG IN NORTH CAROLINA, ALL ORIGINAL, 5 SPEED, AC, SKY ROOF, 2 BOOM BOXES, MANY EXTRAS $16,999. 863-484-0642 OR 863-447-3367 98 CAMARO REALLY SHARP V-6 5 SPEED, A/C, NICE IN AND OUT. $2,500.00 CALL FOR MORE INFO 772-370-9085 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 7th day of NOVEMBER, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 2MEFM75W7XX733953 99 MERC GRAND MARQUIS LS Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 467911 ON 10/24/2014 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given that the following vehicles will be sold at public auction pursuant to F.S.. 713.78 on the sale dates at the locations below at 9:00 a.m. to satisfy towing and storage charges. 1993 Ford 1FACP41E2PF177785 Sale Date:11/10/2014 Location:Rapid Auto Disposal Incorporated 4870 US hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 Lienors reserve the right to bid. 467878 ON 10/24/2014 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee, Centennial Celebration Ad Hoc Committee (CCAHC) meeting will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 x215, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the CCAHC 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 CCAHC in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the Committee Secretary for the City’s records. By: J.D. Mixon, CCAHC Chairperson 467552 OK 10/24/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD117 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TOM FELDT 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: 1524 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 29 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 29 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00029-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KEITH B JONES RHONDA D BRINKLEY-JONES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according 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 4th day of December, 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. 467854 ON 10/24,31;11/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD119 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TRC-SPE 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: 1927 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: DIXIE RANCH ACRES THE EAST 155.82 FEET OF THE NORTH ONE HALF N1/2 OF LOT 12 AS MEASURED ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NINETY FIFTH STREET FORMERLY KNOWN AS THIRTEENTH STREET BLOCK 8 1-23-36-34-0020-00080-012A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEBORAH ANN LONG FKA DEBORAH ANN BURNEY KNA DEBORAH ANN PROVENCHER PETER JAMES PROVENCHER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according 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 4th day of December, 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. 467856 ON 10/24,31;11/7,14/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014, IN ROOM C-102 AT THE CLARE AND GLADYS WOLF HIGH TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON THE Indian River STATE COLLEGE CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 S.E. SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORIDA 34997. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE 2:15 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 2:30 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 2:45 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 467877 ON 10/24/2014 17 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in 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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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD121 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TRC-SPE 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: 2690 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: SOUTHERN PINES ADDITION LOTS 4 5 & 6 BLOCK D 1-15-37-35-0060-0000D-0040 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ARTHUR J RANDOLPH KEN’DRA I MCBRIDE KENNETHIA I MCBRIDE TESSIE THOMPSON AKA TASSIE THOMPSON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according 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 4th day of December, 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. 467860 ON 10/24,31;11/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD120 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TRC-SPE 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: 2150 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: PART OF SECTIONS 19 20 29 & 30 TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 19 RUN EAST 1 FOOT TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF RUCKS ROAD FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE RUN NORTH 01 DEG 37 MIN 40 SEC EAST ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 70 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DEG 22 MIN 20 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 366 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 01 DEG 37 MIN 40 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 80.6 FEET TO THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 19 THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 01 DEG 37 MIN 40 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 87.27 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 09 MIN 11 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 370.00 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF RUCKS ROAD THENCE RUN NORTH ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 95.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING ALSO KNOWN AS THE NORTH ONE HALF N1/2 OF LOT 105 OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT OF EDWARDS SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO A SURVEY PREPARED BY LEON WILLIS REGISTERED SURVEYOR 1-30-35-35-0A00-00001-1050 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNA J BURKE THOMAS D BURKE AKA TOMMY BURKE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according 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 4th day of December, 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. 467859 ON 10/24,31;11/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD118 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TRC-SPE 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: 1892 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: DIXIE RANCH ESTATES LOT 19 BLOCK 2 1-23-36-34-0010-00020-0190 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES R SHARPE KENNETH NELSON HALE STACI M HALE FKA STACI M SHARPE FKA STACI SHARPE FKA STACI L SHARPE STACI M SHARPE JAMES R SHARPE JR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according 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 4th day of December, 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. 467855 ON 10/24,31;11/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued by the County Court of Broward County, Florida, on the 30th day of September, 2014, in the cause wherein WESTPORT RECOVERY CORPORATION Plaintiff and JON S GOTTESMAN AKA JON GOTTESMAN & BONNIE N. GOTTESMAN AKA BONNIE GOTTESMAN Defendant(s), being Case No. 94-04655 COSO (62) in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida, have this day levied upon all of the right, title and interest of the Defendant JON S GOTTESMAN AKA JON GOTTESMAN & BONNIE N. GOTTESMAN AKA BONNIE GOTTESMAN in and to the following described real property lying and situate in Okeechobee County, Florida to wit:DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Lot 54, Block 51, BASSWOOD, UNIT 5, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, at Page 51, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida Aka: 3032 NW 35th Ave, Okeechobee, Fl 34972 I shall offer the above described real property for sale subject to all prior liens and encumbrances if any, on the 18th day of November, 2014 at 10:00 AM, or as soon as possible thereafter at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 504 N.W. 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, all right, title, and interest of said Defendant JON S GOTTESMAN AKA JON GOTTESMAN & BONNIE N. GOTTESMAN AKA BONNIE GOTTESMAN in said property. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 14th day of October 2014. Paul C. May, Sheriff Okeechobee CountyIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, ext. 5028.467774 ON 10/17,24,31;11/7/2014 18 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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R E D Over 100 Listings KINGS BAY~ SPARKLING 3 Bd/ 2 Ba, concrete block home with 12x20 screened room. Enjoy relaxing in the JACUZZI Hot Tub. Screened front porch. Fresh interior paint throughout and new window blinds. All appliances stay. Majestic Banyan tree canopies back patio. Storm Panels. On Cul-de-sac. HOACommunity Pool, tennis courts. A-1 CONDITION! $99,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457. 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 3005-M: Treasure Island 3br/2ba with 1,512 Total Sq Ft., Split $79,000 MLS $208322 4004-C: Big O RV Park & Resort $39,900 MLS # 208493 5051-H: Okeechobee Hills 15.80+/acres El$350,000 MLS # 208400 1021-M: Palm Village 4br/2ba DW, 2,482 total $80,000 NOW $70,000 MLS #208093 2004-C: Taylor Creek Isles, $67,000 MLS # 208444 • Pine Ridge Park $5,900 • 319+/-acres $4,000,000 • Conners Gables $6,000 MLS #208198 • 14+/acres $1,500,000 • Blue Heron • Palm Village Ranch $15,000 • Ok Acres $79,000 • Viking $11,000 5038-H: Quail Acres roof. $84,900 MLS #208313 REDUCED 3+/ACRES NEW LISTING Find your dream home here! Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE CBS beautiful new Call 863.763.3134 to advertise! Someone reading this ad right now could be searching for a new home. Why not have them looking at yours? Location, Location, Location 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 October 24, 2014

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, Jim ArrigoOwner & President John ArrigoVice President & General Manager J & ^ AS LOW AS AS LOW AS AS LOW AS + WAS WAS WAS ++ OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION, OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. ALL OFFERS FOR WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIF Y. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVERTISED OFFER. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT OR VARYING MODEL MAYBE SHOWN. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BASED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSLER CORP. AL L OFFERS EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SEE DEALER FOR FULL DETAILS. + ON SELECT MODELS, TERMS VARY, IN LIEU OF REBATES WITH APPROVED CREDIT. ^NOT ALL BUY ERS WILL QUALIFY, CREDIT APPROVAL IS REQUIRED. TERMS RATES AND DOWN PAYMENTS MAY VARY BASED ON CREDIT WORTHINESS. *PRICES PLUS TAX TAG TITLE $599.95 DEALER FEE AND LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. **WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID,PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RA M DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRI CE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. INCLUDING FA CTORY, DEALER DISCOUNTS AND REBATES. EXCLUDES TAX, TAG, TITLE & $599.95 DEALER FEE. .OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR FULL DETAILS. 30% OFF VEHIC LE 2014 CHRYSLER 200 … MSRP $26,690 … SALE PRICE $17,999. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SEE DEALER FOR DETAIL S. STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 AM 9:00 PM € Sun: 11:00 AM 6:00 PM SERVICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM 6:00 PM € Sat: 8:00AM 5:00 PM € Sun: Closed 5851 US #1, FT. PIERCEJust South of Midway Road Just South o f Midw ay y Roa d 1-855-979-4017 MonSat830AM900PM S n1100AM 85597940 www.Arrigo.net BASED ON REGISTERED SALES OF 3 LOCATIONS. WE WILL BEAT ANY ADVERTISED PRICE BY $ 500 OR PAY YOU $ 1000 ** FOR THE LOWEST PRICE AND BIGGEST SELECTION YOU GOTTA GO ARRIGO! RECEIVE A NO EXTRA CHARGE 2 YEAR MAINTENANCE PLAN + 24 HR. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCERESTRICTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. 2014 DODGE DARTORIGINAL MSRP $22,025$159LEASE AS LOW ASPER MO.FOR 39 MONTHS PLUS TAX $1999 DUE AT SIGNING, $0 SECURITY DEPOSIT PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE, LESSEE PAYS FOR EXCESS WEAR AND MILEAGE OF $.25/MILE FOR EACH MILE OVER 10,000 MILES PER YEAR, WITH APPROVED CREDIT AND QUALIFYING CONQUEST LEASE CASH. 108 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS2014 JEEPCHEROKEEORIGINAL MSRP $23,990$159FOR 39 MONTHS PLUS TAX $2599 DUE AT SIGNING, $0 SECURITY DEPOSIT PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE, LESSEE PAYS FOR EXCESS WEAR AND MILEAGE OF $.25/MILE FOR EACH MILE OVER 10,000 MILES PER YEAR, WITH APPROVED CREDIT AND QUALIFYING CONQUEST LEASE CASH. 83 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS2015 CHRYSLER 200ORIGINAL MSRP $25,490$169FOR 39 MONTHS PLUS TAX $2999 DUE AT SIGNING, $0 SECURITY DEPOSIT PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE, LESSEE PAYS FOR EXCESS WEAR AND MILEAGE OF $.25/MILE FOR EACH MILE OVER 10,000 MILES PER YEAR, WITH APPROVED CREDIT AND QUALIFYING CONQUEST LEASE CASH. 197 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 2014 DODGE AVENGER SE$15,999PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW AS PAY AS LOW ASPRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE.131 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP .............. $21,590 DISCOUNTS & REBATES ...-$5,591*2014 JEEPPATRIOT$14,99985 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP ..............$18,485 DISCOUNTS & REBATES .. -$3,486* *2014 CHRYSLER 300$24,99949 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP .............. $31,760 DISCOUNTS & REBATES .. -$6,761*2014 DODGE JOURNEY SE$16,999158 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP .............. $20,990 DISCOUNTS & REBATES ..-$3,991*2015 JEEPWRANGLER UNLIMITED 4X4$29,99992 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP ..............$31,876 DISCOUNTS & REBATES ..-$1,877*2014 CHRYSLERTOWN & COUNTRY TOURING$25,499138 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP .............. $31,760 DISCOUNTS & REBATES ...-$6,261* $1999 DUE AT SIGNING, $0 SECURITY DEPOSIT PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE, LESSEE PAYS FOR EXCESS WEAR AND MILEAGE OF $.25/MILE FOR EACH MILE OVER 10,000 MILES PER YEAR, TO WELL QUALIFIED LESSEES OF A COMPETITIVE BRAND VEHICLE, WITH APPROVED CREDIT. 123 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS2014 RAM1500 CREW CAB EXPRESSORIGINAL MSRP $36,890$279FOR 39 MONTHS PLUS TAX 2014 RAM 3500 MEGA CAB$58,280Stk#143909. PRICE PLUS TAX TAG TITLE AND $599.95 DEALER FEE & LEASE CONQUEST REBATE.ORIGINAL MSRP .................. $71,280 DISCOUNTS & REBATES .....-$13,000*2014 RAM1500 REG. CAB$19,99972 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP .............. $24,635 DISCOUNTS & REBATES ..-$4,636 2014RAM LONG HORN 4X4 DIESEL 20 2 15JEEP 20 14 J EE P 20 20 14 14 C C HR HR YS LE R R LEASE AS LOW AS LEASE AS LOW AS LEASE AS LOW ASPER MO.PER MO.PER MO. 20 Okeechobee News October 24, 2014