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Title: The Clewiston news
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Publisher: Louis A. Morgan
Place of Publication: Clewiston Fla
Publication Date: 02-07-2013
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BY PATTY BRANT e Clewiston NewsAfter their January 24 nding of Vernon Stevens guilty of rst degree murder in the 2007 killing of Antonio Beltran, the jury made its decision on his fate on February 7. The jury deliberated for only 20 minutes before returning with a recommended sentence of life without the possibility of parole. However, 20th Circuit Court Judge Christine Greider has the nal word in the young man's punishment: He could still face the death penalty. Stevens was also found guilty of arson and battery with a deadly weapon. He had pled not guilty to all counts. Stevens' partner in the crime, Raymond Diaz, pled No Contest' to second degree murder, rst degree arson of a dwelling and robbery with a deadly weapon in 2008 a plea deal with the State Attorney's Of ce. Stevens stood as the deputy clerk read the verdict. He had been subdued throughout both the guilt and penalty phases -only his ngers twitching as he clasped his hand behind his back betrayed any emotion. His girlfriend sat several rows behind him, quietly dabbing her eyes as the verdict became known. Over the next few weeks pre-sentencing investigations will go on for 45 to 60 days from when the verdict was rendered before the judge makes her nal decision. BY TIMOTHY SAENZ e Clewiston NewsThe Lady Tigers cycled through three pitchers on the mound but couldn't quite nd the right combination in time to halt the Glades Day Gators. The Lady Gators swung away in the rst, second, and sixth innings enroute to a 9-0 blanking of Clewiston Monday night at Sugarland Park. The loss followed a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Immokalee Indians in the home opener Friday night. The Lady Tigers have one more home game Valentine's Day night before they hit the road next week. The ladies began shakily, with senior pitcher Mandi Perry still searching for her groove. The Lady Gators whacked the ball with authority, hitting a single and double, and driving a hard liner at Perry that she couldn't control. Perry hit another batter with a pitch and combined with catcher Sydney Duckstein on some wild pitches and balls lost off the catcher's mitt. The miscues mounted, and the Lady Gators built a 4-0 lead at the end of their half of the rst inning. Perry and Duckstein weren't alone. Teammates dropped y balls, got caught looking where to throw, and weren't in sync. Rachel Morrell took the mound for the second inning. Though she whipped the ball across the plate, she garnered little Tigers Open With Two Losses FORMER SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS FACED CHARGES OF EXTORTION FOR VICTIM’S CLAIM OF INTIMIDATIONBY SAVANNAH ROUNDS srounds@newszap.comFormer Hendry County Supervisor of Elections of cial, Lucretia Strickland, is currently facing charges of extortion for allegedly using her position to in uence the results of an election. It all began in July of 2012, when Kathy Monacalli claims that Strickland made inappropriate comments to her, asking her to change her political af liation from Republican to Democrat. But it didn't stop there. Monacalli also claimed that Strickland told her to vote for Brenda Hoots as Hendry County Supervisor of Elections and that if Hoots lost by just one vote that she would break Monacalli's legs, according to Monacalli. Strickland did not deny that she said this when asked by FDLE of cials, but rather claimed that it was all in jest and not meant to be taken seriously. "I just think it's sad that this lady took her so seriously," stated Brenda Hoots, who is now currently the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections. "She was very obviously joking with her." Kevin Drummond, who was also running for the position with Brenda Hoots, explains that he was very surprised to hear the news, stating that he has not decided whether or not to ask for another vote to be taken. "She may have had an in uence on a few votes, but I don't think that she could have effected over 2,000 votes," stated Drummond. "If she did, I would say that she needs to be in congress." Drummond went on to explain that he believes the results speak for themselves and that he doesn't believe that she could have affected the election in such a drastic way. "I'm a straightforward type of guy," stated Drummond, "so I am not going to sugarcoat this." Strickland pleaded no contest to the charges, and was forced to pay a ne and cover her court costs. She was not available to be reached for comment. stk # 13c56 Image is for illustration purposes only.BUY A NEW 2013 FIESTA S FOR JUST $13995 AND PAY NO DEALER FEE. T, F GO E G S M J. M S P C P V. N SEE SPORTS  18 SEE MURDER  18 Strickland Guilty of Coersion? Jury Says ‘Life’ for Stevens PHOTO / JENNY WOODSOn Friday morning, shermen took off against the background of a perfect morning to kick off this year’s FLW tournament at Roland Martin’s Marina. For full story and results, see Page 2. Perfect Morning Start for FLW

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BY BRETT CARLSON FLWThe script couldn’t have been written any better. While rookie pro Drew Benton had a 1-pound lead heading into the nal day of the Walmart FLW Tour season opener, some of bass shing’s biggest names, notably Brent Ehrler and Bryan Thrift, were breathing down his neck. Day four on Lake Okeechobee marked the second consecutive day of cooler, blustery weather and Benton was struggling and just about out of time. Then a 7-pound behemoth bit and the rest is history. The fairy tale ending sounds even better considering this was the rst tour event of Benton’s career. And the 7-pounder bit with exactly seven minutes left in the day, on a lure (Hildebrandt spinnerbait) he hadn’t previously used all week. “I had been praying a lot this week and if that isn’t meant to be I don’t know what is,” said Benton. While Sunday was all about the late-day drama, Benton worked a solid one-two program all week. He located a productive prespawn area down in South Bay and he had some spawning bass identi ed in Turner’s Cove. He would throw reaction baits (mainly a custom PMG vibrating jig with a Bass Assassin Die Dapper trailer) in South Bay and mix in a variety of lures, most notably a Bass Assassin Vapor Shad, in Turner’s Cove. When he sightshed, he used a Texas-rigged Bass Assassin Pure Craw. “I started today in South Bay, then went to Turner’s. Nothing was happening there, so I went back to South Bay and checked it again. I shed there for three hours and was only able to catch two keepers. So I ran back to Turner’s and was able to nish out a small limit of bucks by 1:45 p.m. I told the cameraman that I had to run back down and try and catch a big one. So I made the run to South Bay, and that’s when I got the kicker. Up until then, I really felt like I was letting it slip through my ngers.” For the rst two days of the tournament, South Bay, with its white-bellied prespawn bass, was the more productive area. But the north wind trashed South Bay for all of day three and most of day four, meaning Benton had to spend more time than he wanted in Turner’s. On the nal day, the lone keeper that came from South Bay was the kicker. “The South Bay pattern was a timing deal,” Benton explained. “They need that sun to pop out for the bass to come in from the outside.” Benton’s day-four sack of cially weighed 13 pounds, 4 ounces. With a total of 75 pounds, 7 ounces, his winning margin was nearly 5 pounds. The 24-yearold will take a $100,000 check with him back to Panama City, Florida. “This is such a big step for me. Now I can actually relax and sh for the rest of the year and not have to worry about just making a check. I can’t even describe this; it’s a dream come true. I can’t really put it into words.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 See Better, Look Better, Feel Better No-Glare Lenses“The Optical Center” at Family Eye Care 100 N. Main St. LaBelle, FL 33935 863-675-0761 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 24-year-old Benton Claims 2013 Walmart FLW Tour Opener on Lake Okeechobee PHOTO / BRETT CARLSONPro winner Drew Benton holds up the 7-pound Lake Okeechobee bass he caught with only seven minutes left in the day. PHOTO / JENNY WOODS

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Since 2002, Nova Southeastern University of the Health Sciences has been sending their students and faculty to work with our local health care providers to administer free health care to the people of the Glades that are uninsured or under insured. Each year there has been a health fair held in Belle Glade and the next day in Clewiston. This year, the Hendry Glades Community Health Fair will be held on Sunday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m. to four p.m., at the Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston. Each year the Hendry Glades Community Health Fair has had over 500 area residents taking advantage of the many services offered. Services such as anemia screening, tobacco cessation, vision testing, mammogram vouchers, blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, HIV screening and education, safety helmets, and much more are made available. Many agencies will have tables under the tent to do testing, answer questions, and hand out valuable educational materials. Not only do these students and providers give the much needed medical assistance to our residents, but it also allows the students to see rsthand what it is like to live and work in a rural area. Glades and Hendry counties are a critical health care shortage area and there is the hope to acquire more health professionals interested in practicing in this area. Over the years we have experienced life-saving events. Many of the residents do not see a health care provider regularly and have no idea that something might be wrong. We have had an infant rushed to the ER after a NSU Pediatrician examined him to nd he was extremely ill. At another time, a student noticed an irregular heart beat on a 19-year-old and when the physician examined him, he was choppered out to Fort Myers and received a lifesaving operation. Volunteers have been able to help participants apply for free medications and gives them the tools to keeping themselves and their family healthy. Each year after the fair is over, the students and providers feel elated that they were able to help so many people. In addition to the services and vendors, members of the Lyons Club will be cooking and free food will be available to residents who take advantage of the services offered. We will have a Bounce House for the children as well as a snow cone and popcorn machine. Local radio station WAFC will broadcast live from the event. Sponsors of this event are Ace Homecare, Everglades Area Health Education Centers, Florida Community Health Centers, Hendry Regional Medical Center, Hendry Glades Health Department, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, and Nova Southeastern Univeristy of the Health Sciences. Organizers and volunteers give their time every year to make each year more successful than the year before. For more information, please contact Toni McDaniel, ARNP at HRMC Corporate Health 863-983-1123, tpavey@hendryregional.org., or Traci Owens at Ace Homecare 863-677-1100, traci.owens@acehomecare orida.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Talent FestIf you have a talent or a band and would like to win money and a chance to perform at Sugar Festival, enter Drug Free Hendry's Talent Fest. You can win up to $700. Please pick up an application from your high school or middle school guidance of ce. Auditions will be Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., and Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m., in Clewiston. First, second, and third place win cash and are invited to the county wide competition at Sugar Festival in Clewiston. Deadline to enter is Feb. 12. All talents are welcome: singing, split track, bands, rap, magicians, poets, dance, etc. For more information, please contact Bianca Ross at 863-674-4041 ext. 143.Property Appraiser’s Of ce Extends HoursHendry County Property Appraiser, Phillip Pelletier, is extending of ce hours for homeowners to le for 2013 exemptions. The of ces in LaBelle and Clewiston will be opened from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 28. Applications for all tax exemptions must be led in our of ce on the third oor of the Courthouse in LaBelle or at 100 E El Paso in Clewiston by 5 p.m., March 1. For those who are unable to come to either location, please call and arrangements will be made to assist you in ling your application. For more information, please call 863-6755270 in LaBelle and 863-983-1591 in Clewiston. Cougar SignupsThe Clewiston Cougars will be having signups for football and cheer every Saturday in February from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cougar's locker room.Mini Health FairsHealth fairs are free and open to the public. They will be doing free blood pressure, weight, pulse, and oxygen checks. Clewiston Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Tabitha Yebba at 863-233-1305.Focus on the HeartFirst Baptist Church of Clewiston invites you to join us for a weekend of focused attention on our hearts towards God starting Friday, March 1. Kenny Evans, a Southern Gospel recording artist and Dinner Theater entertainer in Pigeon Forge, TN, will speak and sing at each service. The schedule of events for the weekend is as follows: Golden Oldies Dinner Show on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. Focus on the Heart on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Focus on the Heart on Sunday, March 3, at 10:55 a.m. Tickets for the Golden Oldies Dinner Show can be purchased through the church of ce. A love offering will be taken at all events. For more information, please call 863-983-5555.Chemical Dependence Anonymous MeetingsChemical Dependence Anonymous (CDA) meetings are being held on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., at Clewiston Gospel Ministries Church, located at 6800 Flaghole Road. This is a 12-step program for drugs and alcohol. If you would like to know more about this group, please contact Gene at 863-983-4437.CHS Class Reunion ‘03Attention Class of 03, as the 10-year class reunion approaches we are asking all 03' graduates to please contact Dana Jo Alley-Vallejo at 863-599-1718 or by email at chs.classof2003@ yahoo.com with your contact information. The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013. Please help us contact all of our classmates by passing this information along.AA MeetingsThere will be AA meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., held at St. Martin's Church at 207 N. W.C. Owen in Clewiston. COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION Westside ElementaryThe 3rd grade class of Westside Elementary school joined in celebrating Florida's Literacy Week with a visit from local author, David Lopez of Bonita Beach, Fla. He entertained the students with his funny stories and narration of passages from his book series about Maddie and her Magic Markers. The students enjoyed the day as they were able to purchase their own personally autographed books by the author.Clewiston Christian SchoolUpcoming Events Feb. 18: President's Day No school Feb. 21: First grade "living museum" Feb. 26: Open house for new parents from 5 to 7 p.m. SCHOOL BRIEFS Free Hendry/Glades Community Health Fair

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 There’s a good reason that one of the rst things we teach children is proper tooth brushing technique. Dental health is crucial for overall health. And you may not think about it as often, but pets also require regular dental care. February, which is Pet Dental Health Month, serves as an excellent reminder for pet owners that good dental health is vital. And experts say that the stakes are a lot higher than maintaining pretty teeth and avoiding dreaded doggy breath. “Untreated plaque and tartar will eventually lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease in the mouth,” warns Dr. Rod Van Horn, a veterinarian and member of the American Veterinary Dental Society. “And those same bacteria could enter the blood stream, leading to heart disease or lter through the kidneys and liver.” With good habits and veterinary-strength pet dental products, pet parents can help avoid these serious health problems. Here are some top dog dental care tips that will keep teeth their sparkly best: Veterinarians recommend once-a-day brushing for optimum health. If you’re timestrapped or your dog is resistant, remember, the more often you brush, the better. Starting early is always best, as puppies can get used to brushing more easily. But even old dogs can learn new dental tricks. Start by letting your pooch taste pet toothpaste from your nger on several occasions. Then put some on their pet toothbrush to get them used to the texture. A paste with a food avor should make the process easier. For example, SENTRY Petrodex Veterinary Strength Poultry Fresh Mint Twin Power Toothpaste has enough poultry avor to encourage dogs to lick it up and a mint scent to freshen breath. When your pet is ready, (some dogs take days, others take weeks) gently rub your ngers on their gums and lips to get them used to the sensation. When you’re nally ready to start brushing, keep it safe, gentle and effective with a brush especially designed for dogs’ needs. One example is the SENTRY Petrodex Dual Ended 360 Brush. It has a soft bristle 360-degree head on one end and a traditional head on the other, as well as a plaque scraper. Opt for an ergonomic handle to make it easier to keep a rm grip while brushing. If your dog doesn’t take to the regular pet toothbrush, consider a nger toothbrush, which is softer. Chewing is great for dogs, helping to improve dental health by scraping away existing plaque and tartar. Give pets a better alternative than your slippers, such as a dental chew that activates the body’s natural defense system, killing plaque-forming bacteria. For dogs with bad breath, consider a breath spray that ghts odors and controls tartar. Opt for something easy-to-use that has a veterinarystrength potency. Use Pet Dental Health Month to brush up on more tips and tricks at www.SentryPetCare. com. “Want your dog to live a longer happier life? The answer is simple. Keep pets’ teeth and gums in tip top shape,” stresses Dr. Van Horn. Dental Health Matters for Pets Too COURTESY PHOTO

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In a world where fatty, fried and frosted foods are often the cheapest, quickest and most readily available options, it can be easy to forget the true purpose of eating -to healthfully fuel our bodies. “The higher-quality fuel you put in your body, the better you will function. The right diet can potentially prevent you from developing certain diseases and conditions,” says Gerry Cysewski, Ph.D., co-author of “Spirulina: Nature’s SuperFood,” and Chief Science Of cer of Nutrex Hawaii, a nutritional supplement manufacturer. And despite what many people think, healthful eating doesn’t have to come at the price of taste or time. Foods rich in nutrition can make quick snacks and be incorporated easily into your favorite dishes. Here are ideas for how to t three superfoods into your diet:BlueberriesSkip the sodium overload of chomping on chips and lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and even the common cold with some blueberries. Blueberries are full of avor as well as antioxidants, phyto avinoids, Vitamin C and potassium. While they make for a great snack on their own, blueberries are also delicious as a yogurt, oatmeal or cereal topper.SpirulinaFor a wealth of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, take a cue from the ancient Mayans and Aztecs and incorporate spirulina in your daily diet. Hawaiian spirulina, a microalgae-based superfood, contains more than 100 nutrients, and a three gram serving contains higher levels of key antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals than ve servings of fruits and vegetables. “A single serving of spirulina is like a rainbow of good nutrition, containing the orange of betacarotene for immune system support, the yellow of zeaxanthin for eye and brain health, the green of chlorophyll for anti-toxin health bene ts, and the blue of phycocyanin for in ammatory balance,” says Cysewski. What’s the best way to get your daily dose? Consider taking pill supplements, or if you prefer, mix spirulina powder in dips like guacamole or hummus. Or for a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack, try this smoothie recipe: Blend these ingredients together and serve immediately: 1/2 cup yogurt 1 cup of fruit juice (apple, orange or pineapple) 1 or more of the following: 1 papaya, 1 peach, 1 mango 1/2 cup of boysenberries or raspberries 1 teaspoon Hawaiian Spirulina powder More information on the bene ts of spirulina can be found at www.Nutrex-Hawaii.com.SpinachPopeye was onto something when he downed those cans of spinach. The dark leafy greens contain minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients that bene t eyesight, blood pressure, muscles, bones, skin and a healthy nervous system. For a low-fat, low-calorie source of iron and protein, put the burger down and eat spinach instead. Opt for the fresh variety, swapping out iceberg lettuce in salads, or saut lightly with olive oil and garlic for a great side. Spinach is also tasty in omelets and makes a healthy alternative to ground meat in lasagna. With a little creativity, giving your body the right fuel it needs to stay healthy can be convenient and delicious. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 SFVS(South Florida Veterinary Service)Providing ambulatory service to the South Florida area, focusing on food animal and equine medicine/surgery. In addition will provide house calls for routine care of small/ companion animals. Dr. JL Shewmaker III 863-673-2665www.MyVetDirect.com/jlshewmaker Three Superfoods That Can Improve Your Health Blueberries Spirulina Spinach

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Hundreds of species were documented in Everglades restoration areas in 2012BY GABE MARGASAK SFWMDHundreds of bird watchers had the opportunity in 2012 to observe endangered Everglades snail kites, roseate spoonbills and a vast array of Florida wading birds in wetlands built by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to improve Everglades water quality. This year, the District is once again partnering with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society and the Audubon Society of the Everglades to continue these highly popular tours and bird counts in wetlands, known as Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs), in Palm Beach and Hendry counties. STA1 East in Palm Beach County Since rst taking ight in January 2012, 15 guided bird-watching tours at STA-1 East have drawn about 300 people. Hosted by the Audubon Society of the Everglades, in partnership with the District, participants have identi ed 115 species of birds so far at the site just west of Wellington. With cameras and long-range viewing scopes, bird watchers typically caravan across 9 miles of the internal levees that separate the water-cleaning cells of the wetland. Frequent stops at choice locations offer excellent views of wildlife in the expanse of water and the STA's specialized plants that take up phosphorus before it enters the Everglades. For 2013, Audubon of the Everglades plans to host about 20 trips to STA-1 East, including the rst Saturday of each month. Tour dates and related outings are posted on the Audubon of the Everglades website. The STA-1 East tour program was modeled after the popular partnership with the HendryGlades Audubon Society, which has served 6,300 bird watchers and photographers from across the globe at STA-5 in Hendry County to date. STA-5 in Hendry County Continuing the tradition of world renowned bird watching at STA-5, the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society hosted 25 trips with 863 participants in 2012. The group also documented the 200th con rmed bird species the American gold nch at the site since tours began there in 2005. The northern icker was the 201st. During the 113th Christmas Bird Count in December, Audubon teams in STA-5 and the surrounding area documented a diverse array of 111 species, including American coot, fulvous whistling duck, blue-winged teal, endangered Everglades snail kite, crested caracara and tropical kingbird. A total of around 85,500 individual birds were counted over the course of the day. The more than 6,000-acre constructed wetland, just south of Clewiston, is one of 489 sites on The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the sites are selected for their proli c bird watching or bird education and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Audubon volunteers, in cooperation with the District, have led 163 individual tours at this site to date. Throughout South Florida, the District provides recreational access to its public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the District owns approximately 621,000 acres of land that are open to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, primitive campsites and hiking trails. For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District's 16-county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers m ay also request photos and links to online g uest books. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at www.newszap.com.George Franklin ‘Frank’ Primmer, 72George Franklin "Frank" Primmer, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, at the West Palm Beach, Florida V.A. Hospital, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Frank was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 18, 1940. He was raised in Valleyford, Wash., and attended Valleyford Elementary, Lindberg High School and Freeman High School, graduating in 1958. Frank entered the Army Reserves in 1957 and completed his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif. Frank entered the Army in 1963 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He graduated from A rmy Of cers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., earning the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1965. He served two tours in Vietnam where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Pleiku, Vietnam in 1966 and received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, and various other serv ice awards. After his discharge from the military, Frank settled in Belle Glade, Fla., where he w as an active and involved member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, as w ell as in the community. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite and Kelley Primmer of Valleyford, W ash. Frank is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Randy (Tina) Primmer of Longwood, Fla., Mark Primmer of Longwood, and Robert Cohran of Belle Glade, Fla.; daughters, Brenda Allen of Arcadia, Fla., Abby Garcia of Clewiston, Fla., and Libby Moya of Clewiston, Fla.; brothers, Dennis (Virginia) Primmer of Mims, Fla., Fred (Deona) Primmer of Mica, Wash., Dan (Donna) Primmer of Greenacres, Wash.; his sister, Helen (Del) Laird of Greenacres, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Washington and Florida. Frank's interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013. In lieu of owers, the family requests donations on his behalf to the Disabled American Veterans at w ww.dav.org Northwood Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, is in charge of arrangements.Magdiel Davila, 59CLEWISTON Magdiel Davila passed away Feb. 9, 2013 in LaBelle. He was born Apr. 18, 1953 in Mexico, to the late Valentine and Josefa (Cantu) Davila. He is survived by his wife, Emilia (Martinez) Davila; one son, Lazaro M. Davila; ve daughters, Emilia Davila, Gracie Davila, Diana L. Padron, Angelica Gonzales, Gabriela Hayes; mother, Josefa Cantu; three brothers, Jose H. Davila, Florentino Davila, Jose D. Davila; ve sisters, Dora Davila, Nora Davila, Maribel Davila, Maria Valentine Davila, Erica Davila; and 17 grandchildren Funeral services will be heldat 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Father Jiobani Batista of ciating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. 6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 OBITUARIES New Season of SFWMD, Audubon Bird-Watching Tours is Aloft Local photographers snapped shots of dozens of birds at bird-watching and Christmas Bird Count trips to Stormwater Treatment Ar eas 1 East and 5. From left, peregrine falcon, roseate spoonbill, palm warbler. Credits: Ken Corregan, SFWMD and Richard Hodgkins.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 BY BUTCH WILSON Clewiston MuseumThe keen eyes of the archeologist gazed upon the century’s old object, which now rested in her hand. Its rounded edges at rst gave the illusion that it was a fossil shell from the prehistoric past. However, a closer examination quickly revealed its true identity; a pottery shard. Images of slender mahogany hands, shaping and molding pottery, mesmerized the archeologist as she re ected back to the forgotten days of the Mayaimis people on Lake Okeechobee. Join us as Archeologist Katherine Higgens presents a program at the Clewiston Museum on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Miss Higgens currently works with the eminent Palm Beach County Archeologist, Chris Davenport, who has conducted extensive studies on Mayaimis artifacts found in and around Lake Okeechobee. Her lecture will portray the “Belle Glade Culture,” a term archeologist use today when describing a unique Lake Okeechobee society known as the Mayaimis, ancient people that are distinguished for their great ceremonial circles and plain, unmarked pottery. Katherine’s fascinating presentation will place emphasis on the pottery used by these early Lake Okeechobee inhabitants. It’s a free hour of entertainment that you can’t afford to miss. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Contact the museum at 863-983-2870 or email clewistonmuseum@embarqmail.com for more information. Re ections I Can Resist Anything But TemptationBY PASTOR JOHN HICKS First United Methodist ChurchSome years ago, 20/20 had an episode in which some young children were left alone in a room with a few M&M’s sitting in front of them. They were told they could have a whole package of M&Ms if they would wait ve minutes for a bell to ring before eating the M&Ms. The struggle of temptation was recorded through a two way mirror. It was a humorous study of human nature. These poor kids twitched, dgeted, wiggled, and twisted their faces up in knots trying not to grab those M&Ms. About half made it. We’re all familiar with that struggle. Maybe not for M&Ms, but we all have our weak spots. Not everyone is tempted by the same thing in the same way, and what may tempt you may not tempt me. For example, a beer doesn’t tempt me because I don’t like the taste and don’t drink these days. On the other hand, ice cream tempts me. I can relate to a boy named Bobby who desperately wanted a new bicycle. His plan was to save his money until he had enough to buy a new 10-speed. Each night, he asked God to help him save his money. Kneeling beside his bed, he prayed, “Dear Lord, please help me save my money for a new bike; and please, Lord, don’t let the ice cream man come down the street again tomorrow.” I have a friend who has an incredible weakness for homemade apple pie. Apple pies don’t have a long life-span around him. Regardless of what may tempt you and what may tempt me, temptation is an inescapable fact of life. Now, temptation does have its uses. As we grapple, we grow. The problem comes when we give into them. All of us know what it is to enter the wilderness of temptation. Think of the tests you and I face every day at work, in our family life, among our friends. We are constantly making decisions. At heart many of these are moral decisions. Should we speak the truth when a falsehood would serve our purposes better? Ought we to cut corners in order to maximize our pro ts? What is the harm in a seemingly innocent irtation? Can we stay on our diet? The list goes on and on, but many of these decisions represent one temptation or another. And should we give in to temptation, much can be lost. Discipleship Journal ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to those Christian readers who participated in their survey: 1.Materialism; 2.Pride; 3.Selfcenteredness; 4.(Tie) Anger/ Bitterness; 4.(Tie) Sexual lust; 5.Laziness; 6.Envy; 7.Gluttony; 8.Lying. Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when they had neglected their time with God (81 percent) and when they were physically tired (57 percent). The good news is that we do not have to give in to temptation. Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent). My dog Pepper has shown me another way to resist temptation. I place a piece of meat in front of her and give her the command to wait. Rather than look at the tempting meat and risk giving in to the urge to go for it, she has learned to look at me, her master, and wait until I tell her “okay.” There’s a lesson there for us to avoid giving into temptation: Always look to the Master’s face when facing it. Temptation is universal, and some temptations are deadly if they are not reined in. But with God’s help, and sometimes with the help of a friend, temptations are resistible. Religion Column Pastor John Hicks Clewiston Christian School held its 3rd Annual Skeet Shoot on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hilliard Log Cabin property on Flaghole Road. The fundraiser began with a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy provided by Beef O’ Brady’s as well as a variety of homemade cakes and cookies. There was even a bounce house to entertain the younger family members. After breakfast, the teams were given a brief rundown of the rules and the eleven teams of shooters then took their places at the Hilliard’s eight station skeet range. The weather was beautiful, as family and friends sat under the surrounding trees and cheered them on. Shooters, families, friends and workers were treated to a “Bang-up” BBQ lunch, provided by Jeff and Pam Davis, as winners were announced and prizes awarded. The “Top Gun” Award went to Mr. Dirk Kruzan, followed by rst place, Mr. Ray Holcomb. Second place, Mr. Tommy Greenwood. Third place, Mr. Dwayne Pollard and fourth place, Mr. Dyoll Turner. The Top Youth Shooters were Jonathon Hatton, rst place and Caleb Curry, second place. The Overall Team Winner was Quality Electric. Clewiston Christian School continues to “Aim for Excellence” and wishes to thank each and every individual who worked so hard to make this event a success! Thank you also to the Hilliard Family for providing such a beautiful place and to all the sponsors and shooters for your continued support! 3rd Annual Clewiston Christian School Skeet Shoot SUBMITTED PHOTO SUBMITTED PHOTOAnglers visit WestsideAnglers from the FLW tournament visited Westside Elementary. The students and staff had a blast listening to stories and learning about competitive shing.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Please be advised the Hendry County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Recycle Collection Center, located at 1360 Forestry Division Road in LaBelle is now open to the public by appointment only. The Clewiston HHW Center, located at 1381 Evercane Road continues to be by appointment only. You may call 863-673-0508 to make an appointment. No illegal dumping outside the gate is permitted. If you have questions, you may call the above mentioned number or 863-674-4162 or the Hendry County Special Districts Of“ce at 863-675-5252.HELPFUL TIPS: Household Hazardous WasteMany products we use in and around our home and discard with our trash are similar to regulated hazardous waste produced by bus iness and industry. Products that are corrosive, such as acids and alkalis, are ”ammable, reactive or toxic and are found in homes, garages, workshops or used in gardens. Some examples are: Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides & Insecticides Batteries, rechargeable and auto Mothballs Liquid Paint & Thinners Furniture Strippers, Finishers, Polishes & Waxes Motor Oil, Brake & Transmission Fluid, Gasoline & Antifreeze Solvents & De-greasers Nail Polish & Remover Oven & Drain Cleaners Metal Polish & Rust Removers Mildew Removers Swimming Pool Chemicals Cleansers: Upholstery/All Purpose, etc. Fluorescent Tubes (Containing Mercury) (Non-household may drop off up to ten (10) for a fee of $0.50 each.) Thermometers (Containing Mercury) Wood Preservatives Small Freon Bottles Propane Tanks Electronics (TVs, computers, phones, etc.) These items may be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers free of charge to residents.RECYCLINGAcceptable Items: Plastics #1 PET Drink Bottles Plastics #2 HDPE Frosted Milk Jugs Mixed Plastics #3 PVC, #4 LDPE, #5 PP & #6 Pigmented Jugs (laundry detergent) Tubs/Containers (jelly & butter) Bottles (shampoo, dish liquid & ketchup) Five-Gallon Pales (Rinse all recyclables, as necessary.)AVISO PBLIC AVISO PUBLICOPor favor, tenga en cuenta que el Condado Hendry Desechos Caseros Peligrosos (HHW) & Reciclaje Centro, ubicado @ 1360 Divisin de Silvicultura Carretera en Labelle se encuentra a disposicin del pblico slo con cita previa. El HHW Clewiston Centro, ubicado @ Evercane Carretera en 1381 sigue siendo nicamente por cita. Usted puede llamar 863-673-0508 para hacer una cita. Ningn vertido ilegal fuera de la puerta es permitida. Si usted tiene preguntas, usted puede llamar el mencionado nmero o 863-674-4162 o el condado Hendry distritos especiales O“cina @ telfono 863-675-5252.INFORMACI"N TIL: Desechos PeligrososMuchos de los productos que utilizamos en los alrededores de nuestra casa y de descarte con nuestra basura son similares a los residuos peligrosos producidos regulado por las empresas y la industria. Los productos que son corrosivos, como cidos y lcalis, son in”amables, reactivas o txicas y se encuentran en casas, garajes, talleres o utilizados en los jardines. Algunos ejemplos son: Pesticidas, herbicidas, fungicidas y plaguicidas Las bateras recargables y auto Las bolas de naftalina Lquido de Pinturas y Disolventes Strippers Muebles, “nalistas, Betunes y ceras Motor de fluido de aceite, frenos y transmisin, Gasolina y anticongelante Disolventes y engrasadores De* Esmalte de uas y removedor Horno y drenaje Cleaners Metal Polish & Removedores Rust El moho Removedores Productos quimicos para piscinas Limpiadores: Tapicera / All Purpose, etc Tubos ”uorescentes (que contienen mercurio) (No domsticos pueden dejar hasta diez (10) por un costo de $ 0.50 cada uno.) Los termmetros (que contiene mercurio) Los conservantes de madera Botellas Pequeas fren Tanques de propano Electrnica (televisores, computadoras, telfonos, etc) Estos artculos pueden ser llevados a las Peligrosos del Hogar Centros de recogida de residuos de forma gratuita a los resident es.RECICLAJE Artculos Aceptables Plsticos # 1 PET Beba Botellas Plsticos # 2 HDPE Frosted jarras de leche Plsticos mixtos # 3 PVC, # 4 LDPE, PP # 5 y # 6 Jarras pigmentadas (detergente para la ropa) Tinas / Contenedores (jalea y mantequilla) Botellas (champ, jabn lquido y salsa de tomate) Cinco galones Pales (Enjuague todos los materiales reciclables, segn sea necesario.) PUBLIC NOTICE 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 820 W. Sugarland Hwy. in Clewiston • 863.983.9105 Visit us online at: www.ecof.com David C. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S. Founder & Medical Director DO YOU NEED A RETINA SPECIALIST?Shailesh Gupta, MD, FACS, is Board Certi ed in Ophthalmology and specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous. He brings extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of retina disorders, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 SUBMITTED PHOTOFire department places smoke detectorsOn Jan. 11 a stove re broke out at Mrs. Verdell McKenzie’s residence in Harlem. The re was luckily contained to the stove and no one was hurt. It was noticed by the responding re crew that there were no smoke detectors in the home. On Feb 3, Fire Marshal Adam Marquith and Fire ghter Mike Pittman from Clewiston Fire Department placed smoke detectors in the home of Mrs. McKenzie. The smoke detectors were provided by HSM Consulting Inc and Florida Paninsula Insurance Company. Mrs. McKenzie would like to thank everyone involved with the donation and placement of the smoke detectors. Clewiston Fire Department would like to remind everyone of having and checking your smoke detectors. This could save your life or the life of a loved one. BY PATTY BRANT e Clewiston NewsIf you give less than your best, it’s a waste of your ability. Of all the things 2013 Hendry County Golden Apple Teacher Keri Alford has imparted to her students, that is the one that Brittany Thomas will never forget. Brittany introduced her own personal Golden Apple Teacher at the annual Golden Apple Awards dinner on February 7. Currently a fth grade inclusion teacher at Westside Elementary School (WES) in Clewiston, Ms. Alford gives 100 percent of herself to her students. In addition to the usual math, reading, science, and more, she even eats lunch with them, Brittany told the audience. “She might be a little hard on me sometimes, but that’s okay. It’s only because she wants me to do my best,” the fth grader commented in her emotional introduction. In accepting the honor, Ms. Alford acknowledged that she really “wasn’t ready for this,” as she recalled the backgrounds of all the other Golden Apple candidates. She said that she is passionate about teaching and about her students. This is her third year at WES after rst teaching at Clewiston High School. After school hours Ms. Alford serves on the Data Analysis Team, does after school tutoring and is the St. Jude’s Marathon Coordinator. One of her cherished accomplishments as a teacher came when she helped a high school student appreciate his own academic abilities. That young man graduated with a special diploma, went on to get a GED and is now proudly serving in the US Coast Guard an example of just how important good teachers are in the lives of their students. Sylvester Humphrey was also recognized that evening with the Heritage Award. He is only the second recipient of this award. Former Superintendent of Schools Bill Burke was the rst last year. Mr. Humphrey served the Hendry County School District for 37 years, from 1960-97. He served as a teacher, guidance counselor, adult education principal, adult education coordinator and, from 1983 his retirement, as Director of Transportation. His work ethic remains a model for employees even today. Keri Alford 2013 Golden Apple Teacher; Sylvester Humphrey Earns Heritage Award SUBMITTED PHOTOKeri Alford and her daughter.

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BY SAVANNAH ROUNDS srounds@newszap.comTuesday night’s Board of County Commissioners meeting ran much shorter than usual, as the consent agenda was taken almost completely from the discussion. This was done in order to allow commissioners to attend a reception held at Port LaBelle Inn for the county administrator nalists. One item brought to the board was the case made by Mark and Yvonne Sutter eld, two Montura Ranches residents who have been complaining about a noise disturbance from a local restaurant. This restaurant is located across the street from their home. The restaurant’s current license does not allow them to have live entertainment or have cover charges to certain events, which the Sutter eld’s claimed they were doing. The operator of the restaurant, Reed Bloomingfeld, spoke to the board, claiming that he did not know the “ ne tuning” of what was allowed under the current license held by the facility. He did not deny the claims made by the complainant’s, but did explain that after being made aware of the legalities, he stopped doing the things which required a different license. Mark Sutter eld explained that the problems didn’t begin until the noise level began to rapidly increase. “The noise is affecting my livelihood,” he explained, saying that his family cannot sleep because of the noise. “My three-year-old son thinks that someone is at his window because of the vibrations the music causes.” Chairman Karson Turner stated that the board heard the complaint “loud and clear,” and also stated that he felt local code enforcement had “dropped the ball” on the situation. Chairman Turner explained that there have been complaints similar to this throughout the county, where code enforcement has not been completely ful lling their job duties. Commissioner Al Perry was concerned as to why the situation was brought to the board so prematurely, feeling that it could have been handled by city staff without having to be brought up to the level that it reached so quickly. Chairman Turner explained that they would be “proactive rather than reactive” in resolving the situation. Another topic of the night involved the Hendry County FEMA Flood Insurance Study, which Taylor Engineering is currently working to present to Hendry County administrators. “I’ve met everybody other than Joe Biden and President Obama to discuss this thing,” began Chairman Turner, “and it aggravates me to no end to know that our constituents are paying money for ood insurance when, if you just go to the Palm Beach County line, you don’t have to pay. To me, that’s a crime.” Commissioner Perry explained that there is one section of town where only one street has to pay for ood insurance, while the other streets are not required to. Other commissioners also had comments to add regarding the situation, agreeing that something needed to change, with Commissioner Janet B. Taylor explaining that she would be involved in the meeting process. Shortly after, the meeting was wrapped up in an effort to allow commissioners the chance to attend their reception. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Short BOCC Meeting Focuses on Noise Pollution, Flood Insurance WANT TO SUBMIT NEWS? events? | photos? | tips? | stories? Send us an e-mail at clewnews@newszap.com

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BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry-Glades AudubonFor the rst time anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from Feb. 15-18. Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount. org. Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers will enter data for participants who don't have internet access. Please contact Margaret England to request a copy of the tally sheet which would need to be returned to Hendry-Glades Audubon before March 1st. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone. Last year 280 species were reported in Florida, including the Cooper's Hawk. The Cooper's Hawk is a crow-sized raptor with a slender body, broad rounded wings, and a very long rounded tail. They have a ap- apglide ight pattern. Females are larger and more powerfully built than the males. Adult plumage is steely blue-gray above with orange and white barred underparts. Juveniles are brown above with a golden buff head and well de ned dark brown streaks on their upper breast. The oldest known Cooper's Hawk was 20 years and four months old. These birds are usually silent. Their most common call is a loud grating "cak-cak-cak" made by either sex while defending their nest site or during courtship. In the eastern United States they are found hunting for birds in deep forests, leafy subdivisions, and backyards. Cooper's Hawks capture birds with their feet, which are killed by repeated squeezing. They have also been reported to drown their prey. Males usually take small to medium-sized songbirds while females prey upon larger birds like doves, Pileated Woodpeckers, and crows. In Florida most Cooper's Hawk nesting occurs from April through July in the northern twothirds of the state. The male builds a nest 25 to 50 feet above the ground in pines, oaks or other trees growing near a clearing. The nest is completed in about two week with very little help from the female. This stick nest, about 27 inches in diameter, is lined with bark akes and green twigs. The female incubates three to ve pale blue to greenish eggs for 30 to 36 days. The male provides most of the food for the female and hatchlings until the young are ready to edge at 30 to 34 days of age. You and your guests are invited participate in upcoming birding trips Saturday February 16, Sunday February 17 or Monday February 18th at STA5 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5). A few volunteers will be working on the Great Backyard Bird Count survey. Birders and/or photographers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the STA5 Deer Fence Canal Trailhead. To make a reservation or request a GBBC tally sheet, please e-mail Margaret England at sta5birding@embarqmail.com or phone 863674-0695 or 863-517-0202. The schedule of STA5 trips through December 2013 and upcoming Hendry-Glades Audubon programs is available on the HGAS website at www.hendrygladesaudubon.org. "Like" Hendry-Glades Audubon on Facebook. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DEADLINE FOR 2013 EXEMPTIONSPhillip Pelletier, Hendry County Property Appraiser, invites you to take advantage of your savings between now and March 1, 2013. We are located in LaBelle, in the Courthouse, third oor OR our Clewiston of ce at 100 E. El Paso Ave. Of ces are open 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Special extended hours for LaBelle and Clewiston of ces will be Thursday February 21st and Thursday February 28th from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM. YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS 1. Homestead Exemption $25 ,000 / $0 / $25,000 Applies to rst $25,000 of assessed value (all taxing authorities) Applies to $50,000 $75,000 assessed value (non-school district) 2. Disabled veteran discount based on disabled %, age 65+ combat related 3. Disabled Veteran’s Exemption based on % of disability (up to) $5,000 4. Con ned to wheelchair, service connected totally disabled (all taxes) 5. Service connected totally/permanently disabled veteran or surviving spouse (all taxes) 6. Surviving spouse of veteran who died while on active duty (all taxes) 7. Surviving spouse of rst responder who died in the line of duty (all taxes) 8. Widow’s or Widower’s Exemption $500 9. Non-Veteran Disability and Blindness Exemption $500(or more) 10. Additional Exemption 65 years of age or older w/an annual income of less than $27,590 per household (documentation is required) (up to) $50,000 11. Tangible Personal Property Exemption $25,000 12. Agriculture Classi cation (Green Belt) 13. Homestead Portability 14. Deployed Military Exemption If you have recently purchased your property, the previous owners’ exemptions do not apply to you. New applications MUST be led for new ownership or deed transfers. This would also include (name) changes in Agricultural Classi ed parcels. Homestead Exemption renewal (white card) and Agricultural Classi cations (green card) have recently been mailed. If you still qualify, keep your receipt; do NOT return it to our of ce. YOU NEED THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD: • Applicant must hold title to property and reside on the property by January 1, 2013 • If Recreational Vehicle Condominium Park, FL. registration of Motor Coach is required • Florida Driver’s License (if married, both husband & wife) • Florida Vehicle Registration • Hendry County Voter Registration OR Recorded Declaration of Domicile • Social Security Number (if married, both husband & wife required) • Permanent Resident Card (if not a US citizen) • Mobile Home Registration or Title in order to purchase the permanent “RP” sticker • The mailing address of your bank statement and/or a copy of your utility bill at homestead address may be required. For those who are unable to come to either of our of ces, please call and arrangements will be made to assist you in ling your application. PHILLIP L. PELLETIER HENDRY COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER PO Box 1840, LaBelle, FL. 33975-1840 In LaBelle: 863-675-5270 In Clewiston: 863-983-1591 www.hendryprop.org 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Inland Birding Fun: Cooper’ Hawk (COHA) Margaret England PHOTO / LARRY FROGGECooper’s Hawk.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Courtney Brown Brianna Davis Maegan Miller Corrina Meister Jocelyn Martinez Devyn Crouch Destiny Murphy Ashley Adams Emily Morales Miss Hendry County Pageant ContestantsThe Miss Hendry County Pageant will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hendry County Fairgrounds. The Tiger Wrestling team traveled to Tampa to compete in their Regional tournament on Friday, Feb. 8 and 9. Any wrestler who places in the top four in their respective weight class will advance to the FSHAA state tournament the following week. The tigers were once again led by senior captain Arelys Valles, who on Saturday, became the rst girl in Clewiston wrestling history to qualify for the state tournament. Coming off a district title, Valles won three matches, two by way of pin, earning 4th place in the region and punching her ticket to the FHSAA State championships held in Lakeland on February 15th and 16th; improving her season record to 30-9. "What she did was nothing short of amazing," said her coaches. "Qualifying for the state tournament was the result of all the sacri ce, hard work and dedication that she put in over the past year because nothing was given, everything was earned." From a setback suffered back in April of last year because of a knee injury, through adversaries during the whole year and a whole lot of tough matches, Arelys never lost sight of her goal. When most kids were sleeping in on Thanksgiving day, Christmas eve and New year's eve, she was up at 7am leading her team through a workout. Throughout the year, she was the rst one in the wrestling room and the last one out, always looking for ways to get better. Which is why it came as no surprise that she became the rst state quali er in wrestling Clewiston has had in three years. In a sport largely dominated by men, Arelys Valles, the only female to qualify for the state tournament this year, is now considered as one of the top 16 wrestlers at her weight in the state of Florida. "That's something that nobody can overlook, nor take away. She earned her spot and belongs in the big show. No matter what happens from here one out, everyone is extremely proud of her. What she's done is special, 16 competitors in her weight class in the region and only four advanced and she's one of them," said her coaches. Azeekwuia Bryant and Curtis Clay Jr. each won a match at the Regional level on Friday. Other tigers competitors were Oscar Matamoros, Matthew Vary, Michael Counts and Jared Escorcia. "We have a very young team with ve freshmen or rst year wrestlers in the lineup this year, it's a bitter/sweet feeling because of the growing pains us coaches have to go through when dealing with a young team, but the future looks bright and that's the sweet part of it. Every one of these guys has had a taste of glory this year and they've all seen what it takes to be a champion and it won't be long before that translates on the mat." Arelys Valles Becomes Clewiston High School’s First FHSAA State Quali er in 3 Years SUBMITTED PHOTO

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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. Singlewide “2005” 3bedroom/1bath. Located in back part of tropical. 2yr. old A/C unit & duct work. 10x16 superior shed fully electric. Asking 30,000. (863)228-5415 or (863)228-1557 GOT ROACHES? GOT BEDBUGS? 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Una casa nueva para tu Valentine!! $15.00 por costo Applicacion por person a!! 2 RECAMARRAS A $500.00 POR MES 3 RECAMARRAS A $553.00 POR MES 4 RECAMARRAS A $500.00 POR MES Horario de O cina Lunes a Viernes 8:30a 5:30p Sabados de 9:00a 3:00p Domingo CERRADO LOCALIZADOS EN: 6760 Sante Fe North, Labelle, FL LLAMENOS AL: (877) 255-7316 Greentree East Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments Spacious Apartment in quiet, country setting -Full time bilingual Site Manager -Rental rates starting at $535 plus Utilities Call 902-1577 TDD #:1-800-955-8771 701 W Ventura, Clewiston 8:00 AM -3:00 PM Mon-Fri Equal Housing Opportunity Moore Haven, 3br, 2ba home rent, 202 10th St. $700. mth + sec. 863-983-9480. RIVER HOMENear Clewiston, Hwy 80. Boatyard, Golf course, 2 BR, 2 BA, FL room, Large private yard. $850 mo. Call (970)708-9993. AUCTIONS AuctionFDIC.com AL-GA-FL-SCNoBuyersPremium 5%DownPayment $2,500CashiersChecktoBid BrokersProtected H&MCQ1035357,AB110;B.G.Hudson,Jr.,BK3006464,AU230866.509.4473 NLeeStreet,LabellePropertyConsists of1.09+/-Acres ofVacantCommercialLandAgent:FredKolbColliersInternationalSouthwestFlorida239.985.8081Wednesday,February27at11:00amEmbassySuitesFt.Lauderdale…17thSt.ManySelling ABSOLUTE! ABSOLUTE CLEWISTON In town Duplex (2 sep. 3/2 plus lrg yard). $37,500 ea. $75k total. Ideal to share w/relative or home + rental income. Call owner 863-673-5071. Clewiston 2 Bedrooms. $475 Monthly. 3 Bedrooms. $550 & up. 863-983-8106. CLEWISTON 3 Bed, 2 Bath 2013. Doublewide on NICE lot in City Limits. $550 Monthly. 863-983-8106. Hunting Camp 3 bedroom. As Is, Where Is. $4000 Obo. 863-983-3554. M.H. 2bd/2ba on large lot $30,000. 309 Pinecrest Ave, owner may nance M.H. on 1+ acre $35,000. 1408 Saddle Ln, owner may nance (863)983-9480 Montura Area -2 Bedroom. $4595 Obo. 863-983-3554. Moore Haven Doublewide 2bd/1ba. w/ porch on 2 acres, sm. pond w/ barn and pasture, $48,000, 1257 Hicpochee Lane SW, Moore Haven. Call 863-227-1975. Very large doublewide 4br, 2bath located on 1/2 acre lot in Horseshoe Acres. Ready to move in. Dealer nancing available with $5,900 down. Your credit has to be at least average. Price $59,900. Call Kenny 863-673-4325 or 863-675-8888 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2011-000960-CA JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION Plaintiff, vs. NOEL DE ARMAS A/K/A NOEL D. ARMAS; NOEL VIGIL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NOEL DE ARMAS A/K/A NOEL D. ARMAS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NOEL VIGIL; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the abovenamed Defendants,, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: NOEL DE ARMAS A/K/A NOEL D. ARMAS 520 W OBISPO AVENUE CLEWISTON, FL 33440-3266 OR 4306 EVERHIGH ACRES ROAD, CLEWISTON FL 33440 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NOEL DE ARMAS A/K/A NOEL D. ARMAS 520 W OBISPO AVENUE CLEWISTON, FL 33440-3266 OR 4306 EVERHIGH ACRES ROAD, CLEWISTON FL 33440 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: LOT 19 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 20, BLOCK 438, OF THE GENERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, BEING A SUBDIVI SION OF BLOCK III, IN THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 24, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Buckles, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and le the original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 3rd day of May, 2012. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Deputy Court Administrator whose of ce is located at Hendry County Courthouse, 125 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, Florida 33935 and whose phone number is (941) 675-5217 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 or toll free at 1-800-955-8771. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk 436361 CN 2/14,21/2013 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING EAST HENDRY COUNTY COMMUNITIES RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD Notice is hereby given that the East Hendry County Communities Recreation Advisory Board will hold a meeting February 19, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., at the Harlem Community Center, 2000 7th St, Clewiston, Florida. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. East Hendry County Communities Recreation Advisory Board 436305 CN/CB 2/14/2013 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND BUDGET HEARING The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (“FGUA”) announces a public meeting and public hearing to which all interested persons are invited. The FGUA is a legal entity and public body created pursuant to the provisions of Section 163.01, Florida Statutes, and an Interlocal Agreement among Citrus County, Florida; DeSoto County, Florida; Hendry County, Florida; Pasco County, Florida; Polk County, Florida, and Lee County, Florida. The meeting and public hearing will be held at 1 p.m. on March 21, 2013 at the East Pasco County Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave, Dade City, FL 33525. The meeting as previously advertised to be held by the use of communications media technology only, will not be held as such. The FGUA Board will address general operating issues of the FGUA. The meeting will also include a public hearing to consider adoption of the annual budgets and capital improvement programs for the water and wastewater systems of Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc., and Crystal River Utilities, Inc., which are proposed to be acquired by the FGUA. All customers of the FGUA, affected property owners, tenants or occupants, and all other interested persons, shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed annual budget and capital improvement programs and to le written comments with the FGUA. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the FGUA with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the Clerk to the FGUA Board at (877) 552-3482, at least three business days prior to the date of the hearing. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk to the FGUA Board at (877) 552-FGUA. 435373 CN 2/7,14/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 2012-187-CA TRAID FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., a Florida corporation, Plaintiff v. RAMON D. RODRIGUEZ, etc., et al., Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Ramon D. Rodriguez, a/k/a Ramon David Rodriguez, IF LIVING, AND IF DECEASED, HIS UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, CREDITORS, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDE R OR AGAINST HIM Residence(s): Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage upon on the following property in Glades County, Florida: All of Lot 12, Lot 13 less the West 68 feet of the South 35 feet and Lot 14, Less the West 68 feet, all in Block J. Horseshoe Acres, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, pages 49 and 50, of the public records of Glades County, Florida. has been led against you and Adelfa Rodriguez; William A. Marcotte and Betty J. Marcotte, his wife, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on LAWRENCE J. BERNARD, ESQUIRE, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 480 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32218, on or before 30 days from the rst date of publication of this notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal o f this Court on the 1st day of February, 2013. Clerk of the Court BY: Julie Braddoc k As Deputy Cler k 436622 CN 2/14,21/2013 AVISO DE LA REUNION REGULAR DE LA JUNTA DE SUPERVIS ORES DEL DISTRITO DE CONTROL DE AGUAS DEL CONDADO CENTRAL A travs de la presente se le noti ca que la Reunin Regular de la Junta de Supervisores del Distrito de Control de Aguas del Condado Central se llevar a cabo el mircoles, 27 de febrero de 2013 a las 7 pm en Montura Clubhouse, 255 N. Hacienda St. Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, Florida. El propsito de esta reunin es para tratar cualquier y todo asunto que pueda plantearse ante la Junta. Si una persona decide apelar la decisin de la Junta de Supervisores con respecto a cualquier asunto considerado en la reunin pblica o audiencia en referencia a este aviso l o ella tendr que asegurarse de que el procedimiento de apelacin quede asentado palabra por palabra en el acta, en el acta se incluye su testimonio y pruebas en la cual usted fundamenta la apelacin. 436201 CN 2/14,21/2013 NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT You are hereby noti ed that the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Central County Water Control District will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7 pm at the Montura Clubhouse located at 255 N. Hacienda St. Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to transact any and all business which may come before the Board. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting or hearing herein referred he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. 436200 CN 2/14,21/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce has found and impounded two horses from the Muse area. Please contact Sergeant David Hardin at 863-946-1600 if you have any information or to retrieve the horses. 436184 GCD 2/7;2/14/2013 NOTICE OF MEETING A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Barron-Hilliard-Alico Cooperative Drainage Plan will be held at 10:00 a.m.,Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Barron Water Control District Of ce, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, Port LaBelle, Florida, to conduct routine business. This meeting is open to the public. Lester B. Baird, Sr. Secretary 436526 CN/CB 2/14/2013 PUBLIC NOTICETHE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE FLAGHOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 AT 8:45 AM. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT HILLIARD BROTHERS OFFICE ON 5500 FLAGHOLE ROAD, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. JOE MARLIN HILLIARD SUPERVISOR FLAGHOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT 436663 CN 2/14/2013 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at 1233 N.W. Avenue L. Belle Glade, Florida. • Property of: Johnnie Dent, miscellaneous boxes, refrigerator, mattress and box spring, 2 TV’s bedroom set, portable heater, clothes. 435801 SUN 2/7,14/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE HENDRY-HILLIARD WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013, 9:30AM. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT HILLIARD BROTHERS OFFICE ON 5500 FLAGHOLE ROAD, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. 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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT RJS Realty, LLC the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 493 2008 1334528-A0000020000 Delta Aggrigate, LLC The South one-half of Section 33, Township 45 South, Range 28 East, Hendry County, Florida. LESS the West 60 feet thereof. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436414 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Euphonium V, LLC the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 492 2008 1334528-A0000010000 Delta Aggrigate, LLC The North one-half of Section 33, Township 45 South, Range 28 East, Hendry County, Florida. LESS the West 60 feet thereof. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436409 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 972 2009 1224331-010000H0120 John M & Tressy L Rogers The Northwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 22, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, in Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Lot 12, Block H, PIONEER PLANTATION, an recorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436449 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1741 2009 1254432-A0000450100 Adriana E. Calles The North one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5077 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436454 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1702 2009 1244432-A0000830000 Rosario H. Zamora The East one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the North 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5299 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436442 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1799 2009 1254432-A0001930100 Felipe D Ledesma-Garnica The East one-half of the East one-half of the South one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for ingress, egress and utilities over and across the East 30 feet and the South 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 554 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436461 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1727 2009 1254432-A0000190100 Guillermo Herrera The North one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast onequarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5155 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436450 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1806 2009 1254432-A0002190100 Jorge & Amerilis Rodriguez The North one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5030 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436443 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1247 2009 1134432-A0000220000 The Lyndel Group, LLC The Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 13, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the North 80 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Lot 5687 and Lot 5688 in Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436458 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 REQUEST FOR BIDS SKY VALLEY TURN LANE IMPROVEMENTS CLEWISTON, FL BID NUMBER: 2013-14 OPENING DATE AND TIME: March 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, “Sky Valley Turn Lane Improvements, Clewiston, FL”. In order to be considered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk’s Of ce) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by March 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, Florida 33935 (for pick up), Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585. Bidders are encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid Conference on February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Engineering Department, 99 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Florida 33935. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. Karson Turner, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 436106 CB/CN 2/7,14,21,28/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1789 2009 1254432-A0001660000 Alicia B Pajares and Maria l Cabral The South one-half of the East one-half of the South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for ingress, egress, and utilities over and across the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 533 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436459 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1763 2009 1254432-A0000970000 Eloy Nunez C/O Manuel A. Blanco ESQ The South one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for a drainage canal of the South 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 1149 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436457 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF LANDOWNERS OF SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of Sugarland Drainage District, and in accordance with Chapter 298, Florida Statutes 1941, and law amendatory thereto, the Annual Meeting of Landowners of Sugarland Drainage District, for the year 2012, will be held at the of ce of Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd., 5500 Sugarland Road, Clewiston, Florida on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 A.M., for the purpose of: 1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a term of three (3) years. 2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine. 3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Additionally, this notice advises that, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Sugarland Drainage District Board of Supervisors, with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, He will need a record of the proceedings and that, for such purpose, He may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Board of Supervisors Sugarland Drainage District By: Joe Marlin Hilliard President 436655 CN/GCD 2/14/2013 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF LANDOWNERS OF FLAGHOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of Flaghole Drainage District, and in accordance with Chapter 298, Florida Statutes 1941, and law amendatory thereto, the Annual Meeting of Landowners of Flaghole Drainage District, for the year 2012, will be held at the of ce of Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd., 5500 Flaghole Road, Clewiston, Florida on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:30 A.M., for the purpose of: 1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a term of three (3) years. 2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine. 3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Additionally, this notice advises that, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Flaghole Drainage District Board of Supervisors, with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, He will need a record of the proceedings and that, for such purpose, He may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Board of Supervisors Flaghole Drainage District By: Joe Marlin Hilliard President 436662 CN 2/14/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1605 2009 1224432-01000570050 Julio Diaz, Jr. Lot 6, Block 57 of MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, First Subdivision, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, at Pages 37, 38, and 39 of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436460 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the District One Of ce until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 21, 2013, for the following Proposals: E1L75 The improvements under this Contract consist of drainage improvements. Highlands Budget Estimate: $112,035.00 E1M33 The improvements under this Contract consist of Landscaping. Polk Budget Estimate: $ 175,000.00 E1M40 Performance Highway Lighting Maintenance, Manatee & Sarasota Counties Budget Estimate: $53,550.00; Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting on February 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m., 801 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida 33830. E1M41-R0 Tree Trimming and Removal and Power Shearing. Manatee & Sarasota Budget Estimate: $ 120,000.00 435417 CN 2/7,14/2013 PUBLIC NOTICETHE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013, 9:15AM. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT HILLIARD BROTHERS OFFICE ON 5500 FLAGHOLE ROAD, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. JOE MARLIN HILLIARD SUPERVISOR SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT 436658 CN 2/14/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop here first! The classified ads The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1708 2009 1244432-A0001020100 Francisco Pereiro Liz & Maria Carmen Gonzalez De Pereiro The South one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5231 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436447 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1801 2009 1254432-A0002010000 Manuel & Mercedes Quinteros & Estaquio F. Alemeida The North one-half of the West one-half of the South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 579 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436412 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1094 2009 1334331-A0002030000 Frank Fanelli Sr & Frank Fanelli Jr & Stephen Scarpone The Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 33, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 30.00 feet thereof. Also subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30.00 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 93, PIONEER PLANTATION, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436453 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 786 2009 1274329-01000E10360 Altagracia Puente From the intersection of the North line of the South one-half of Section 4, Township 44 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida, with the centerline of State Road 29, runs South 3 degrees 51’ East along the centerline of said State Road 29 a distance of 300 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence North 86 degrees 17’ East 450 feet, South 3 degrees 51’ East 50 feet; South 86 degrees 17’ West 450 feet; North 3 degrees 51’ West 50 feet to the Point of Beginning. Being Lots 36 and 37, Unit E-1, Section 4, Township 44 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida. Excepting and reserving the Westerly 50 feet for the right of way of State Road 29. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436446 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1707 2009 1244432-A0001020000 Francisco Pereiro Liz & Maria Carmen Gonzalez De Pereiro The North one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for a drainage canal of the North 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5234 in MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436411 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 CITY OF CLEWISTON REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS CDBG HOUSING PROGRAM The City of Clewiston hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of up to three (3) single family homes located in the City of Clewiston as a part of the City’s Housing Program which consists of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Proposals are due no later than 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and delivered or mailed to: Ms. Marilyn McCorvey, City Clerk, City of Clewiston, 115 W. Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 (the City will not assume any responsibility for proposals received past the bid opening time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in a separate sealed envelop marked “CITY OF CLEWISTON HOUSING PROGRAM RFP #2”. All bids must be accompanied by Pur-7068 “Public Entity Crimes Report”, proof of insurance, licenses and the “Vendor Drug Free Work Place” form. Forms must be fully executed by the responder and returned with the bid. For speci c project information, contact Ms. Nancy Phillips at 561-432-1524 or by email at nsp920@aol.com. Bids will be opened at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in the City of Clewiston Commission Chambers at the Clewiston City Hall. A mandatory meeting and contractor walk-thru for review of these projects will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers of the Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston. Any rm not represented at this meeting will be unable to bid. All potential bidders must be in the Commission Chambers no later than 10:05 a.m. in order to participate in this RFP. The City of Clewiston reserves the right to accept or reject any bids. The City of Clewiston is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. Phillip Roland Mayor 436408 CN 2/14/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1103 2009 1344331-01000000380 Stephanie C. Sanchez A parcel of land in the surveyed portion of fractional Section 34, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: West of canal known as the 42 foot canal and described in Book 56, Pages 541 to 547, inclusive, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest corner of said Section 34 run North 01 degrees 40’ 12” East, along the West boundary line of said Section 34 a distance of 4430.25 feet to a Point-of-Beginning of this description; thence continuing North 01 degrees 40’ 12” East along said West boundary line of Section 34 a distance of 242.96 feet; thence South 89 degrees 06’ 34” East a distance of 394.89 feet; thence South 01 degrees 40’ 12” West a distance of 242.96 feet; thence North 89 degrees 06’ 34” West a distance of 394.89 feet to the said Point-of-Beginning of this description. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30.00 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 38, PIONEER PLANTATION, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Third Thursday in the month of March, 2013 which is the 21st day of March, 2013. Dated this 6th day of February, 2013 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 436456 CN 2/14,21,28 & 3/7/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 17 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Carley Lamb Grayson Brooks Hanna Hayes Alexis Hernandez Alayna Esparza Camryn Curry Jennah Hernandez Montana Powell Jaylee Rangle Vicki Wheeler Vivan Haney Jr. Miss Hendry County Pageant ContestantsThe Jr. Miss Hendry County Pageant will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hendry County Fairgrounds. The remaining details of the trial will be tended to by 20th Circuit Court Judge Mason, who is assigned to Hendry County. Judge Greider heard the Stevens case because Judge Mason is not yet certi ed to hear death penalty trials. During the penalty phase, the prosecution presented evidence of "aggravating" factors in the case those that would add to the severity of the crime, while the defense attorneys mounted "mitigating" factors, intended to show that Mr. Stevens deserved leniency. As prosecutors, Assistant State Attorneys Dan Feinberg and Jennifer Gutmore laid out the state's case against Stevens while defense attorney Terence Lenamon and his team battled to show how a childhood of abuse and a "toxic" home life made the man less culpable. Mr. Feinberg began his opening statement of the penalty phase by telling the jurors that this would be one of the most serious decisions any of them would ever have to make. The rst step would be for them to hear the aggravating factors he and his team would present; then to hear the mitigation factors from the defense. Then they would have to weigh the two against each other to decide on an appropriate penalty. He ticked off possible aggravating circumstances including: whether the defendant had ever been convicted of a third degree felony or higher. Did the defendant commit a capitol felony while engaged in a robbery? Did he try to avoid or prevent his lawful arrest? Did he commit the capitol felony for monetary gain? Was it especially heinous, atrocities or cruel? For the rst time in the proceedings, the jury discovered that Stevens had a previous conviction for aggravated assault with a rearm. Mr. Feinberg promised that the prosecution would prove that the killing of Mr. Beltran was, indeed, "heinous, atrocious and cruel." For their part, defense attorneys presented witnesses as to their client's diminished ability to fully understand the gravity of his actions and his ability to control himself. Witnesses included Stevens' mother and younger brother, both of whom testi ed to the extreme abuse Vernon Stevens suffered throughout his childhood; abuse that virtually included the entire family. By the age of ten, Stevens was sleeping on the streets, running away from home. He spent years in foster placement and even attempted suicide as a child Both the prosecution and defense relied on expert witnesses. With the jury's guilty verdict, both sides put doctors on the witness stand who testi ed as to the level of the accused's culpability. The defense argued that brain damage sustained as a young boy from abuse at home precluded Stevens from being totally culpable. Mr. Lenamon admitted that "guilty" was a fair verdict for his client, but kept up a steady argument against the death penalty. Stevens' life was not an excuse for what he did, Mr. Lenamon told the jury, but an explanation as to why Stevens ended up where he is. Mr. Lenamon wondered why Stevens wasn't taken out of the home and said that a number of "cries for help" went unheard. He also claimed that Stevens suffered from symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder). The state never wavered in its support of the death penalty. Experts for the state testi ed that they found no correlation between any brain damage and Stevens' ability to fully understand and morally appreciate his actions in the murder. MURDERContinued  1 more success. The Lady Gators added three more runs to lead 7-0 after the rst two frames. Offensively, the Lady Tigers swung listlessly, failing to obtain a hit on the night. Walks and errors allowed them to mount a couple of minor threats but nothing that seriously challenged Glades Day. The performance left Head Coach Melissa Whitehead abbergasted. "Awful," she said disconsolately. "We're in trouble if we can't play better than that." Clewiston played without starting catcher Kaci Pittman, who's been sidelined with a stress fracture. Starter Brooke Flynn exited after the rst inning and got sick repeatedly in the dugout. The girls and the crowd sat or stood subdued for much of the game, their emotions chilled in part, no doubt, by Glades Day's early barrage. Still, an unusual, lethargic quiet hovered about the Tiger dugout and among the fans. Yet the nucleus of at least a solid team is there. Perry, her sister, Alee, Duckstein, Flynn, Morrell, Kendra Johnson, Jenine Hannam, and Kavien Robinson are all athletic and spirited, many of them multi-sports players. Savannah Ridgdill came on in relief for the middle and late innings and showed promise. She faltered only once, in the sixth, when she helped to allow two more runs to score. The Lady Tigers appear a bit raw, so they are going to have to raise up their intensity and concentration several notches. To do that, they will need a Top Cat. Someone needs to emerge as the team leader to demand more of herself and more of the others, exuding the right mixture of ability and courage, regardless of what happens. Time will tell if someone steps forward and who that will be. SPORTSContinued  1 FIND US ON FACEBOOK!Search ‘Clewiston News’

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013 Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a female Florida panther Thursday night at the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. The panther and its brother had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 near the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. “This panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare her for life in the wild,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader. “The goal in any panther rescue is to be able to release the animal back into the wild to aid in the recovery of this endangered species.” The release was coordinated in consultation with partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five other kittens of similar ages – three females and two males – have been raised at White Oak and released in south Florida. “We are grateful for the work the staff at White Oak has done to prepare this panther and others for release,” said Land. Biologists chose the Picayune Strand State Forest for the release of this panther after they evaluated the home ranges of other females in the region and found available space between them. An estimated 100 to 160 adult and subadult panthers remain in south Florida. Florida residents can support conservation efforts like the rescue and rehabilitation of this panther through the purchase of a panther license plate. Fees from license plate sales are the primary funding source for the FWC’s research and management of Florida panthers. To report dead or injured panthers, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone. For more information on Florida panthers, go to www. oridapanthernet.org. FWC Releases Female Panther Rescued as Kitten in 2011 Whether you are at-risk for developing a heart condition or you’re one of the 13 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease, arming yourself with the facts you need to stay healthy can help. February is National Heart Health Month and it’s a great time to learn about coronary artery disease, its symptoms and about the latest developments in treatment.Coronary Artery DiseaseCoronary artery disease is caused when plaque buildup creates blockages or narrowings in the arteries. The blockages restrict blood ow and reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, potentially putting a person at risk for a heart attack. Common symptoms of coronary artery disease include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and overall weakness. Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and manage coronary artery disease. These include managing obesity and high blood pressure, living an active lifestyle, making healthy dietary choices and stopping smoking.Improved TreatmentsStaying on top of the latest medical advances helps ensure you and loved ones secure the best treatment available. One advancement in treatment is supported by new results from the FAME 2 Study funded by St. Jude Medical and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that use of a bloodow measurement technology, called Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) during treatment of stable coronary artery disease will result in better health outcomes. FFR technology offers physicians a better assessment of where blood ow blockages occur in the coronary arteries and whether treatment to open an artery narrowing, along with medication, can help lower a patient’s risk of chest pain and heart attack. From less likelihood of a patient being readmitted to the hospital for urgent care, to a reduction in health care costs, FAME 2 research demonstrates that patients who receive FFR-guided treatment experienced better outcomes than those treated with medication alone. “The FAME 2 Study results offer further evidence that FFR should be considered the standard of care for treating patients with coronary heart disease,” said Frank J. Callaghan, president of the Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies Division at St. Jude Medical. If you believe you have coronary artery disease, consult your physician for additional information and to determine best treatment options. More information on FFR is available at: www.sjm.com/ffr-fact-sheet. New Treatment for Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2012 Chrysler 200 Touring SedanEconomical 2.4L, automatic transmission, alloy wheels, balance of factory warranty!SALE Wheelin’ & Dealin’ at Home of the $ 19.95 Oil ChangeRK20780 Prices plus tax, tag, title, $699 dealer fee. Vehicles subject to sale. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Exp 02/28/13 2012 Chrysler 300 LimitedRide in comfort and style. beautiful leather interior, touch screen radio. save thousands over new!SALERA394 2012 Chevrolet CamaroAwesome sport coupe w/3.6L, auto transmission, pw, pl, cruise control, upgraded sound sys low miles and under factory warranty!SALERN61107 2012 Jeep Grand CherokeeLaredo package, 3.6L engine with only 4,500 miles. amazing vehicle!SALEPCL4003 2012 Chevrolet CruzeLeather interior, automatic transmission, pw/pl, alloy wheels. rated at 38 mpg!SALERC5930 OIL CHANGE SPECIAL $ 14 95 TIRE ROTATION AND BRAKE INSPECTION Most Cars & Light Duty Trucks WARNING LIGHT ON? FREE SCAN AND DIAGNOSTIC CHECK Most Cars & Light Duty Trucks $ 19 95 Up to 5 qts, most cars and light duty trucks. Add’l charge for diesel & synthetic. Excludes taxes and disposal fee.was $19,775 $15,995was $20,995 $17,995was $28,875 $23,450 2012 Ford F-150 XLTRoomy four door crew cab with v8 engine, automatic, pw/pl, bedliner. nice truck! RK20785SALEwas $32,450 $24,995was $30,200 $25,995was $30,200 $26,895 20 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee February 14, 2013

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S t e e l M a g n o l i a s Steel MagnoliasThe LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre will present Steel Magnolias, Feb. 15-17. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly, so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-675-3066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. C h i c a g o ChicagoFORT PIERCE—McAlpin Onstage at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, will present the hit musical “Chicago” Feb.1317 with shows Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and three 2 p.m. matine performances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Individual tickets are $15 each, It’s the Roaring Twenties in Chicago and a jealous Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie meets fellow murderess and jailhouse competition Velma Kelly. They ultimately join forces in search of the “American Dream” of fame, fortune and acquittal. Marvel to the music of songs like “all That Jazz, “Razzle Dazzle” and “Mr. Cellophane.” Tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box o ce located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats. N i c e P e o p l e D a n c i n g t o G o o d C o u n t r y M u s i c Nice People Dancing to Good Country MusicLABELLE—The LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre will present “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” on March 15-17 and March 22-14. The play was written by Lee Blessing and will be directed by Dave J ohnson. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly, so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-675-3066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. F i d d l e r o n t h e R o o f Fiddler on the RoofBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present the O Broadway Booking’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, this family show is considered one of the great works of the American Musical Theatre. No other musical has so woven music, dance, and story into such an unforgettable experience. It is a universal story of love, hope and tradition set in the little town of Anatevka. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information call the box o ce at 561-993-1160. S F S C J a z z S e r i e s 1 0 t h s e a s o n SFSC Jazz Series 10th seasonAVON PARK—The South Florida State College Jazz Series, now in its 10th season, has a reputation for bringing in the best regional, national, and international acts to the Heartland. This season is no different, featuring several amazing and well-known jazz musicians. Jazz Series performances are held in the intimate SFSC University Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m.The Florida Jazz All Stars perform Feb. 23. The lineup includes Clyde Conner (drums), Mark Neuenschwander (bass), Allan Vache (clarinet), Charlie Bertini (trumpet), William Allred (trombone), and Jeff Phillips (piano), presenting an evening of swing music at its best. Coming March 2 is the Southern Fried Jazz Band. It offers some of the most refreshing and authentic Dixieland jazz music on the scene today. For ticket information, call the SFSC Box Of ce 863-784-7178 at the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 W. College Drive. B i l l y M c G u i g a n ’ s R a v e O n : Billy McGuigan’s Rave On: T h e B u d d y H o l l y E x p e r i e n c e The Buddy Holly ExperienceBELLE GLADE—Remember poodle skirts? How about car-hops, the twist, hula hoops and Buddy Holly? Well, the ‘50s aren’t just a thing of the past...this electrifying, high-energy extravaganza pays homage to rock ‘n roll’s immortal legend – Buddy Holly. Backed by a rockin’ band, star Billy McGuigan ignites the stage and breathes new life into such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “Raining in My Heart,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On.” But, that’s only part of it! In a unique twist, Billy as Buddy celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. “Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience” will be presented at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Tuesday, March 12, at 7: 30 p.m. The box of ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Frida y 9 a.m. to noon. The box of ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information, call the box of ce at 561-993-1160. T h e O d d C o u p l e The Odd CoupleOKEECHOBEE—Okeechobee Community Theatre will present “The Odd Couple,” March 8, 9, 15 and 16 in the Freshman Campus Auditorium, on Southwest Second Street (behind the Golden Corral Restaurant). Curtain goes up at 8 p.m. each performance. Felix Unger is a neat, tidy health nut whose wife has thrown him out. Desperate for a place to live, he moves in with his divorced longtime friend Oscar Madison. Oscar is sloppy and disorganized, and living on a fast-food diet. Inevitably the polar-opposite lifestyles clash, with hilarious results. For ticket information, call 863-763-1307 or email info@okeecommunitytheatre.com. Plays, concerts, dancing & more ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 PERFORMING ARTS

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On Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., visitors 55 and older will get a free breakfast, while supplies last. The free bag lunch and breakfast o ers are open to new or returning Player’s Club members. Not a member? It’s free to join, so sign up today. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m. On Sundays, the bus picks up at 11:15 a.m. and departs at 6 p.m. See the Player’s Club for promotion details.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a six-table poker room, live action e-tables blackjack and roulette, high-stakes bingo action and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Rd., in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Win a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster at Seminole Casino Brighton on Feb. 23 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, set for Feb. 15-17, 2013, originated in 1938 as a day of sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. William P. Boehmer and his wife Edith—teachers at the original Brighton Day School— originated the festival as a way to bring Seminoles from other reservations together for some friendly competition. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts “Kids Day” which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a rodeo and XTreme Bull Riding. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. the parade is at 10 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call 863467-6039 or go online to www. REZRODEO. com. 75th annual Brighton Seminole Reservation Field Day and Festival celebrates history and traditionsTraditional crafts are showcased in the native village.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 L Looking for an educational place to take the family where they can see wild animals? South Florida’s animal attractions o er a variety of choices. Meet the friendly deer at Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. See lions and tigers at Animal Adventures. Hold an alligator egg while it hatches at Gatorama. There are plenty of animals to see, photograph and even touch, in the Lake Okeechobee area.GatoramaGatorama, one of Florida’s original “roadside attractions” is a living piece of Florida history. Since 1957, visitors have come to P almdale to see alligators and crocodiles sun, swim and interact in their natural habitat—as well as jump out of the water at the feeding stations. In addition to the gators and crocs, v isitors who wander along the wooden w alkways can see panthers, bobcats, raccoons, peacocks and tropical birds. The facility, home to thousands of alligators and hundreds of crocodiles, was built in 1957 by Cecil Clemons. At that time, U.S. 27 was a two-lane road. Cecil decided that tourists visiting Florida w anted to see three things: the beach, orange trees and alligators. Alligators were already living in the area so Cecil bought the land, fenced the gators in and built a walkway so tourists could watch them from a safe vantage point. Alligators can live up to 70 years in captivity, and some of the big gators h ave been there since the park opened. The rst crocodiles were brought into Gatorama in 1968 before they were an endangered species. The natural range of the American Freshwater Crocodile is from Sanibel Island south. Gatorama has the only productive breeding colony of American Crocodiles in the United States and is one of few facilities permitted to accept nuisance crocs from the wild. The park is now home to seven species of crocodiles, including the rare Cuban Crocodile. David Thielen was raised in Lakeport. After a career as an army o cer he retired and purchased Gatorama. At about the same time it became legal to farm alligators in the state of Florida. The park has remained in the family since. The combination of tourism and aquaculture has been a successful one. Allen and Patty Register moved to the farm in 1989 and began managing it for her parents, Marietta and David Thielen. The Registers purchased the farm in 2006. Both are native Floridians. Patty’s family has been in Glades County since 1920. Allen’s family settled in North Florida around 1850. Their children, Benjamin and Erica are also involved in the business. Erica is a schoolteacher and is Gatorama’s education/and eld trip coordinator and writes the curriculum for school groups. Benjamin is a certi ed re ghter, EMT and is the park’s head trainer/entertainer. The Registers’ dream was to enhance the entertainment and educational opportunities o ered to guests and to begin special events at the park. In 1998 they began o ering two shows a day (previously one a week on Sunday had been o ered for 42 years) and o ered every guest the opportunity to hold a live gator. In 2004 they began o ering Gator Night Shinings and in 2006 they held the rst ever Hatching Festival, giving visitors a chance to hold an alligator egg as it hatches. While the park has been updated with new walkways and enclosures, the Registers have been careful to maintain the original look and character of the attraction. Photographers nd the park o ers a unique chance to photograph alligators and crocodiles in their native habitat. Gatorama is often used as a backdrop fo r commercial lms and photography. Gatorma’s animals h ave been seen on National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The Outdoor Channel, BBC World News, The Today Show, Animal Planet, Food TV and more. The attraction is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except fo r Easter, when they open from noon to 5 p.m. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Alligator shows are 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monda y through Saturday and 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. The park o ers discounts to seniors, military service members and teachers. There are also group rates and special education presentations. For more information online, go to www.gatorama.com. (Cover photo is from Gatorama show.) Animal attractions: Take a walk on the wild side Courtesy photoCrocodiles get some sun on their own island at Gatorama. One of Florida’s original “roadside atractions,” Gatorama has been thrilling visitors since 1957. See ANIMALS — Page 5 Courtesy photoVisitors to Gatorama can observe wildlife from the safety of covered walkways

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Animal AdventuresAnimal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Road in rural Glades County (o State Road 70 just west of the Kissimmee River Bridge), is home to tigers, lions, and a Tigon (cross between a tiger and lioness), as well as numerous other wild creatures including snakes, coatamundi and land tortoises. All of the animals are “rehomes” from other facilities and private owners. In many cases they started out as someone’s pet and the owner could no longer control—or a ord to feed—the wild creature. Sue Pearce, who calls the big cats, “my babies,” runs the facility which is located on her family’s 1,100 acre ranch. These animals must live in captivity in part because they were born and raised in captivity and don’t know how to fend for themselves in the wild. And for some, there simply is no “wild” left. “We, as rescuers, did not choose for them to be in captivity, but only to give them a good life and lots of love since they can’t ever be released into the wild,” she explained. “There has been a lot of controversy over the captive big cats. People are saying they should be left in the wild and be allowed to roam free. I totally agree with this, but if there is no wild, then where are they supposed to run wild? Man continues to destroy the natural habitat of the wild animals, and continue to poach and leaves no choice but to take care of the ones that are already in captivity. This is the only way to preserve the species.” Animal Adventures has special rates for groups of 10 or more. They also o er parties at the facility or transport animals to your party. For more information, call 863-447-6050 or go online to animaladventureslive.webs.com.The Talkin’ Monkeys ProjectThe Talkin’ Monkeys project in Hendry County provides a life-long home for animals that h ave been rescued from abusive private homes or released from research laboratories and breeding facilities. The main focus is to provide a home for these forgotten apes and monkeys while striving to connect people to earth-friendly lifestyles. At the heart of their mission is the desire to educate children and adults in the care required to provide these animals with a quality environment where they can thrive and enjoy the rest of their lives in comfort and security. Talkin’ Monkeys is a 501c3 nonpro t sanctuary. For more information online, go to www.talkinmoneyproject.org or call 863-983-2335. A NIMALSContinued From Page 4 Courtesy photoThe Florida panther is one of the many big cats who have found a home at Animal Adventures in Glades County. See WILDLIFE — Page 4 2012 / 2013 1977 College Drive | Belle Glade THE LAND OF OZ AROUND THE WORLDBUY TICKETS @ www.dollyhand.org BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 All dates, artists and programs subject to change. Cirque Zuma Zuma Fiddler on the Roof Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Neil Simons Biloxi Blues TAP The Show! The Wizard of Oz Street Beat, Inc. SOLD OUT! TEXAS RUSSIA AFRICA MISSISSIPPI

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterArnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., (AWRC) is a non-pro t 501(c) educational-based wildlife care facility in Okeechobee County. They are dedicated to bringing people and wildlife together to develop a community awareness of the value of Florida wildlife. The ultimate goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and return recovered animals to their natural habitat when possible. The facility is also now home to 13 endangered species. The non-native species nd a permanent home at AWRC thanks to donors who h ave pro vided special habitat enclosures to meet their needs. The newest residents, Black Ru ed Lemurs, are victims of the economy, said Sue Arnold. They came to AWRC from a Gainesville facility that went out of business. Also new to AWRC are Fishing Cats from Southeast Asia. While some exotic animals come from other facilities that can no longer care of them, others are dropped o by their owners or brought to AWRC after being con scated by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Mrs. Arnold said when animals are con scated, they try to work with the owners and sometimes the owners can reclaim their exotic pets. However, more often when the owners nd out the strict regulations that Florida requires for ownership of exotics, “they decide they’ll j ust visit them.” Florida law requires 1,000 hours of training at a licensed facility over at least a one-year period before a person can obtain a license to keep an exotic or wild animal. Some native Florida animals are also permanent residents. Some had injuries that left them unable to fend for themselves. Others were born in captivity and now lack the skills they would need to survive. AWRC currently rehabilitates over 1,000 animals each year. Visitors can see more than 50 di erent species of animals. Special events include star gazing, the annual open house and the annual butter y count. Arnolds Wildlife Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace in Okeechobee, o ers special programs for students and also hosts camps in the spring and summer. For more information online go to www.arnoldswildlife.org.Billie Swamp SafariGlide e ortlessly along the Airboat Trail through cypress domes, see alligators, turtles, sh, birds, raccoons and other animals in their natural environment. Splash through the swamp and view native and exotic wildlife such as bison, water bu alo, wild pigs, and ostriches up close while riding through the wetlands on a Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour, or sit back in the shade at Herpetarium Alligator and Snake Show, or Critter and Bird of Prey Show held daily. Catch an educational alligator feeding at the gator pit with stadium seating. Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation at 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston in Hendry County. The 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades is preserved in its pristine condition by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information, call 800-GOSAFARI or 863-983-6101. Online go to safari@semtribe.com.Lion Country SafariLion Country Safari o ers a unique and a ordable opportunity for visitors to take a wild African safari without having to leave the c ountry. Since 1967, the park has educated and entertained 22 million guests. With more than 900 animals from six continents, Lion Country Safari is home to the largest herd of zebras and rhinos in the country. “We have animals from six of the seven continents here, and they all do pretty well in the warmer climates,” said Jennifer Berthiaume, Director Public Relations & Marketing for Lion Country Safari. “However, when the weather is cooler, the animals are more active—and our guests know this, it seems, because we are busier on cooler days.” Lion Country Safari has more than 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including gira e, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more. Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (gira e feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, rides (ferris wheel, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water sprayground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. The park is located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the turnpike in Palm Beach County). The park is open daily. For more info call 561-793-1084. W ildlifeContinued From Page 5 Courtesy photoEndangered Black Ruffed Lemurs have found a home at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Okeechobee County. A special habitat will be constructed for them thanks to volunteers and donations. Rare birds also nd a home at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabiliation Center. A serval relaxes at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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H i g h l a n d s H a m m o c k Highlands Hammock S t a t e P a r k State Park Music in the Park, Feb. 23: Bring lawn chairs or blankets & ashlight-concerts are outdoors in picnic area. Proceeds bene t park improvements via Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is $5.00 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car) is w aived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Food v endors will be on site with refreshments for sale.  The Real Florida Run Series, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.: Age categories for this race are: 0-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 4044, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. or runners who participate in all seven runs of the race series, there will be a Grand Prize awarded to the top three men and women overall. There will also be a trophy for the top three boys and girls, ages 17 and under. For registration information, go to http://www.3dracinginc.com. Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. Call 863-386-6094 for more information. J o h n D M a c A r t h u r B e a c h J ohn D. MacArthur Beach S t a t e P a r k State Park Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Introduction to Kayak Fishing: Ranger Bill Wilson instructs kids and adults of all ages on the basics of kayak shing. Lessons will be on land. Come and learn what equipment, tackle and gear are necessary to catch the big one. For more information and reservations, please call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952. Free with park admission.  Feb. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Bluegrass Music: The Untold Riches bring their foot-stompin’ and hand-clappin’ bluegrass music to the park’s amphitheater. Just sit back and enjoy the music in Palm Beach County’s most beautiful setting. The concert is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952.  March 2, 11 a.m., Geology of the South Florida Coastline: Dr. Ed Petuch will give a presentation on the geology of the South Florida coastline. The cost for the program is $5 per person and reservations are required. Please call Janice Kerber, Education Director, at 561-776-7449, ext. 104 for reservations and more information.  March 3, 10 a.m., Learn to Kayak: Representatives from Adventure Times Kayaks will teach a land-based course that gives beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. Reservations are recommended. The program is free with park admission. For information and reservations call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952.  March 9, 10 a.m. to noon, Sand Around the World: Education Director Janice Kerber instructs children and their families on interesting aspects of sand. There will be sands from all over the world to look at plus hands-on activities. Reservations required, please call 561-776-7221, ext. 104. Free with park admission. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach. F o r t P i e r c e I n l e t Fort Pierce Inlet S t a t e P a r k State Park• Feb. 23, 9 -10 a.m., Preserving the Real Florida Hike: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will o er a rangerguided “Preserving the Real Florida” walk to highlight why and how the Florida Park Service manages the park’s natural resources on Saturday, Feb. 23. Participants will see exotic plants and learn how invasive species alter the natural landscape. Learn how park rangers use di erent methods to maintain the native plants and animals. Also tour parts of the park not normally open to the public. Program is free with regular park entry fees of $4 for individual and $6.00 for 2 to 8 people in a vehicle. For additional information or to reserve your place, please contact the park o ce at 772-468-3985. Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway. J o h n a t h a n D i c k i n s o n S t a t e Johnathan Dickinson State P a r k Park• March 2, 10a.m. to 4 p.m., Florid a Scrub Jay Festival: Join the fun on Saturday, March 2 for the 2013 Florida ScrubJay Festival. There will be kid’s activities, music, hayrides, exhibitors, and scrubjay walks. Admission is free.Directions: To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south: On I-95 take Exit 87 A go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north: On I-95 take Exit 96 go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right. Florida State Parks offer special events and activities 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur State Beach Park Courtesy photoHighlands Hammock State Park Courtesy PhotoFort Pierce Inlet State Park Courtesy photoJohnathan Dickinson State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 S e c o n d A n n u a l L o v e t h e Second Annual Love the L a k e 5 K 1 0 K Lake 5K-10KCLEWISTON—The Second Annual Love The Lake 5K-10K and half marathon w ill take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at the Roland Martin Marina Resort in Clewiston. For more information, call 863-983-7979. H e n d r y C o u n t y F a i r Hendry County FairCLEWISTON--The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair w ill be held this year from Feb. 15-23 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-983-9282 or go online to www. hendrycountyfair.com. S o u t h F l o r i d a A g E x p o a n d South Florida Ag Expo and E q u i p m e n t S h o w Equipment ShowCLEWISTON—The South Florida Ag Expo and Equipment Show will be held Feb. 15 at the old airstrip at 610 San Luis A ve. in Clewiston. The expo opens at 8 a.m. and will include a speaker forum, v endor demonstrations, a community luncheon, prize drawings and food vendors. Admission is free. For more information online, go to www.s agexpo. com. S w a m p C a b b a g e F e s t i v a l Swamp Cabbage FestivalLABELLE—The 2013 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 23-24. The festival is LaBelle’s hometown blast and it’s open to everyone! The town goes a little wild w ith a huge parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and of course great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage, raw swamp cabbage salad and swamp cabbage fritters. If you have an adv enturous palate, y ou can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route w ith glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The Swamp Cabbage Festival has something for everyone. Saturday: a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning you can take part in nondenominational worship at Barron Park, with entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. There is also a shing tournament, lawnmower races and a rodeo. Check out more information at swampcabbagefestival.org. T h i s B l u e P l a n e t This Blue Planet FORT PIERCE—The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning will present “This Blue Planet” with Alexandra Cousteau on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at Indian River State College 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. A National Geographic “Emerging Explorer,” lmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Phillippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the often weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. For ticket information, contact the IRSC Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915. O k e e c h o b e e C o u n t y F a i r Okeechobee County FairOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 12-17, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with entrance of State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions and more. There is even a Lego building competition and a Duct tape creations event. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be during the fair with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 16. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. MondayFriday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the a petting zoo, Okeechobee Idol contest, racing pigs, horse shows, a strongman contest and more. Opening night on Tuesday, March 12, is dollar night, with $1 entrance, $1 rides and $1 items at the food vendors. Opening night entertainment will include a reworks show. B i g C y p r e s s S h o o t o u t Big Cypress ShootoutBIG CYPRESS--The Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. For more information, go to bcshoot.com or call 800-949-6101 ext. 12125. C h a l o N i t k a Chalo NitkaMOORE HAVEN—2013 will mark the 65th annual Moore Haven’s Chalo Nitka Festival. Chalo Nitka is one of the state’s oldest continuing festivals. The festival grounds are located at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midway games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 1 and 2. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 2. For more information online go to www.chalonitka.com. S p e c k l e d P e r c h F e s t i v a l Speckled Perch FestivalOKEECHOBEE—The Speckled Perch Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Par k in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 9 and 10. The festival starts around 9 a.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. The festival began as a sh fry fundraise r for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took ove r the traditional event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perch—which is a game sh and not commercially harvested—cannot be served at public events. So the sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival is cat sh. B i g O B i r d i n g F e s t i v a l Big O Birding FestivalLABELLE—The Big O Birding Festival, the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida will be held March 12-16. The four-day event will h ave a registration “roost” at the Port LaBelle Inn o State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors will explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who are resident in the area from Octobe r through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. Visitors can choose a single bird tour or opt for all-inclusive four-day passes. The festival o ers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information online, go to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-675-0125. M e g a c o n MegaconORLANDO—MegaCon, the larges t comic book, anime, science ction, fantasy, gaming and multimedia event in the southeastern United States, will take place March 15–17, at the Orange Count y Convention Center, 9800 International Dr. in Orlando. The annual event attracts around 50,000 visitors—many of them come dressed as a favorite characte r from a comic book, movie or video game. Visitors can meet stars from movies and television, writers and artists. At the 2013 Megacon, the original cast of “Sta r Trek: The Next Generation” will provide a special event on Saturday, March 16, in Hall F, at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information online, go to www.megaconvention.com. 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