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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-18-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, December 18, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 151 13.78 feetLast Year: 12.52 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Holidays sealed with mistletoe ... Page 13 IRSC scheduling spring classes ... Page 16 HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Special EquestrianA holiday rideOkeechobee Special Equestrian celebrated the holidays during a visit from students from Seminole Elementary School. For more on the story, see page 5. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was sentenced three years in federal prison after he entered a guilty plea to fraud and identity theft charges in U.S. District Court in Fort Pierce. Ihap Abdallah “Tommy” Yamin, was sentenced by Judge Donald Graham to ve years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit a 2002 BMW after the U.S. Attorneys Of ce dismissed ve charges in the indictment. He was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, traf cking in counterfeit access devices and two counts of aggravated identity theft. FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin reported that Yamin was a clerk at Azteca, a general Convenience store clerk sent to prisonSee CLERK — Page 5 Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Florida Highway Patrol will be bee ng up its presence on state highways as it takes part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Targeting impaired driving, the campaign began Saturday, Dec. 17, and will end Jan. 2, 2012. “Impaired driving continues to be a priorit y for law enforcement in the state, and the Florid a Highway Patrol will be intensifying enforcement during the holidays,” said FHP director Colonel David Brierton. “Our goal is to create the safest possible driving environment by modifying driver behavior and helping drivers make better decisions. Impaired driving is one of the deadliest crimes, especially during the holidays. During the 2010 Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel period about 35 percent of the traf c fatalities in Florid a were alcohol related. FHP auxiliary and reserve troopers will help FHP targets impaired driversSee FHP — Page 5 Santa visits ... Page 17


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A dultery, character and politics The whole bunch of them politicians are nothing but self-centered, egotistical, greedy b rats as far as I’m concerned. And I think it’s t he Congress as a whole that’s the worst of all. By the way I’m not a Democrat. And by t he way many of Obama’s troubles did come from Bush. Acceptance is the answer to almost all my problems in any given day.  We all have de ciencies, but Newt has t he kind that concern me if he wants to be president. I want a strong candidate from every party so that the choice for president is a dif cult one, not an easy one.  Obama has the kind of de ciencies that c oncern me if he wants to be president.  Newt represents everything that is wrong w ith Washington and politics today. He is a hypocrite for moralizing about Clinton’s in delities when he was a cheater himself. He w as so terribly unethical in his dealings as a member of the House and as Speaker that he was hit with multiple ethics violations, w as the rst Speaker to ever be reprimanded w ith a vote from the House (395-28), and was forced to pay a $300,000 penalty for his unethical actions. He was eventually forced out b y his own GOP colleagues.  Why is Cain no longer running? Probably because he could not answer tough questions about foreign policy and people didn’t like his 9-9-9 scheme. He is not running because he decided to drop out of the race. During Clinton’s rst presidential race, it came out that he had a long-time mistress, w hich he denied, and that he was accused of all kinds of sexual misconduct, which he denied—just like Cain—and he got past it and w as elected. And while in of ce he was in the s candal with the intern, Monica, and still he got past it.Santa on the re truck I was wondering if any of you could t ell me why Santa stopped coming to Oak Park on the re truck. I’ve been told that he s topped coming here due to budget cuts.  City limits only?  I moved into Oak Park at the very end of 2009 and was told that he had come that year and for quite a few years before that. My neighbors have lived here for a really long time and said that he always comes. So, we waited with our kids and quite a few of their friends. They were all disappointed when he didn’t come last year. Heck, I’d even pitch in a few bucks for gas money for the truck with Santa to come! I know a few others who would too.  It’s a city re department tradition and the city re department is paid for by the city taxpayers. So it does not surprise me that they keep the re truck in the city limits. In their advertisement for the event, they stated it would be in the city limits. If the kids want to see Santa, take them down to Flagler Park. They can talk to him and have their photo taken with him. I believe the dates and time are in the paper. That’s better than just waving to him as he rides by.One by one It is becoming painfully obvious that the media and the left are steering the Republican primary in the direction they want it to go. One by one, the mainstream liberal media has demonized the Republican candidates, counting down to the one that they think will be the least effective against Obama.  Trump and Palin were never serious candidates. Perry and Cain only have themselves to blame as their campaigns imploded from the endless gaffs and the exposure of their unpreparedness. Newt is being assailed from the right just as much (if not more) than the left. I saw this morning that Bill Bennett is now critical of Gingrich too. Add one more to the laundry list. In the end I think Huntsman is the best man for the GOP to put up against Obama. I had my eye on him early on and recently I took an online poll of the GOP candidates and found that Huntsman was my best match. I also have heard that he was the one candidate the Obama administration was most concerned about.  I can’t see how what the “Liberal Media” writes affects anything the great, close-minded conservatives believe. Nothing they write can sway the opinion of the lock step right, so what’s the problem? If it doesn’t come from Faux News, Rush or Glen it is the Liberal Media.  I will admit Obama is not exactly doing everything he promised, but he sure as hell is doing more than moaning and groaning about people attacking his political agenda. But keep on at it, one day someone may give a darn that feelings get hurt in the lies that politicians and their supporters weave. The Missing KeyBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church John 5:39—“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” John called Jesus the Word in his prologue. I have pondered just what John meant by calling Jesus the Word; did John mean that Jesus was the only key that could unlock the Scripture? Maybe he was saying that Jesus is the Word and will of God made esh! That could be why Jesus told those who were trying to trap Him to “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” The “Logos” (Word) is the key to the Gospel according to St. John. The word logos has a great life history. The word was born in Greece and represents Christianity conceived by the Greek mind. Logos literally means “word.” It stands for the self-revelation of God’s love and purpose for His children.— Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations For centuries, men had been totally baf ed by the strange writings which were found in Egypt—the hieroglyphics. Then in 1799, there was discovered the Rosetta Stone. On that stone were three parallel columns, in hieroglyphics, demotic, and Greek. This was the key! Scholars knew Greek. Using what they knew, they unraveled the mystery of the hieroglyphics. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. THE KEYS—some folks think of life as a large ring of keys. It is interesting that Dr. F. B. Meyer had a dream which used the same analogy. He had come to a crucial, transitional time in his ministry. He sat dejectedly in his study. “My ministry is unfruitful, and I lack spiritual power,” he said to himself. Suddenly Christ seemed to stand beside him. “Let me have the keys to your life,” Christ said. The experience was so realistic that he reached into his pocket and took out a bunch of keys! “Are all the keys here?” “Yes, Lord, all except the key to one small room in my life.” Christ said: “If you cannot trust me in all rooms of your life, I cannot accept any of the keys.” Dr. Meyer was so overwhelmed with the feeling that Christ was moving out of his life because he was excluding Him from one interest in his life that he cried out, “Come back, Lord, and take the keys to all the rooms of my life!”— Walter B. Knight. Knight’s Treasury. We are given many keys in life—keys to buildings, lockers, homes, cars, valuables, etc. However, when we have all the keys to the world, without Christ Jesus, one key is missing. Jesus is the Key of understanding God’s Word. Without Him we have no understanding of the Bible and are without God’s blessings. THE KEY—Jesus is more than a maste r key—He is the Master Key. He not only allows us to understand God’s Word but His presence gives eternal life! He is the missing ke y in so much of our lives—especially in thes e trying days. In a book entitled Peace Child, Don Richardson records the moving account of ho w the Sawi people of Irian Jaya came to understand salvation through Jesus Christ. Fo r many months he and his family sought fo r some way to communicate the gospel to this tribe. Then they discovered the key for which they had been praying. All demonstrations o f kindness expressed by the Sawi were regarded with suspicion except one act. If a fathe r gave his own son to his enemy, his sacri cial deed showed that he could be trusted! Furthermore, everyone who touched that child was brought into a friendly relationship with the father. The Sawi were then taught that th e truth of (Jn. 3:16).—Our Daily Bread The Bible tells us that everything will b e locked up or unlocked by the name of Jesus: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongu e should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11). Looking at Holman Hunt’s picture of Chris t knocking at the heart’s door, and fascinated by the kind face of the man, the little girl was caught by the mystery and beauty of the portrait. She became en rapport with the kingl y gure knocking at the door. “Daddy,” sh e said, “why don’t the people let the nice man in when He knocks?” Her father had told he r never to disturb him at his reading and paid no attention. Left alone with her problem, still silently contemplating the strong patien t face, she said again, “Daddy, why don’t th e people let the man in?” Indifferent, her father met the question with a silent rebuff. This time the little girl was silent a long time, deeply immersed in her own thoughts. Suddenly she broke the silence with a ripple of laughter, as though sh e had discovered the answer. She ran to her father and cried, “Oh, Daddy, now I know wh y the people don’t let Him in. The people in th e house can’t hear Him or they have lost thei r key and can’t open the door.” —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations I would think it is possibly a little of both! Sunday, December 18, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone A Merry ChristmasDisplay AdvertisingFriday, December 23 @ 3 pm For Wednesday December 28 The Okeechobee News will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 5 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 convenience store in Okeechobee, where he often completed sales to customers who used credit and debit cards. The indictment alleged that Yamin would swipe a customer’s card once to complete the transaction, then swipe it a second time in another card reader to capture the account numbers and personal identi cation information of the customer. Yamin then used the stolen information to code gift cards and other credit cards with magnetic strips to create counterfeit cards, stated the indictment. Agent Martin said he met with the suspect on July 12, 2010, at the store and purchased three fraudulent debit and credit account numbers that could be used for internet purchases. The agent added that he returned again on July 19 and purchased two more cards. A third was reserved for future use from Yamin, stated Agent Martin. The indictment also alleged that Yamin fabricated and sold false identi cation documents that included federal permanent Alien Resident Cards, also known as green cards, as well as Florida driver’s licenses. A second suspect, Israel Angeles-Guzman, was detained in the investigation and deported from the country in July 2010. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce, the U.S. Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Fort Pierce assisted in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Cooperstein. CLERKContinued From Page 1 bolster FHP’s presence during the increased travel periods. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who comply with the state’s traf c laws and use sound judgement can help make the holiday season safer and less stressful for everyone. To help make the holidays safer, FHP suggests:  plan ahead;  use a designated driver;  if you are impaired: call a taxi; use mass transit; or, call a friend or family member to get you home safely; and,  call *FHP (*347) to report intoxicated or aggressive drivers, or if you vehicle breaks down and you need help. To request immediate emergency services, dial 9-1-1. Diver Sober or Get Pulled Over is organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traf c Safety Administration and focuses on combining high visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness. For more information on the campaign, visit www.Stopimpaireddriving.org. FHPContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Mimi ArnoldSpecial Equestrian Okeechobee Special Equestrian celebrated the Holiday Season with Seminole Elementary School class on their monthly trip. Special Equestrian is a non-pro t Organization providing Horse Therapy programs to persons with special needs in Okeechobee County. Located at Summerford's 7SL Ranch, Special Equestrian (OSE) is supported by Walpole feed, the Children's Services Council and private donations. An organization that is run by volunteers requires a lot of hours. They are in need of volunteers. Lesson volunteers are always needed, but they also need morning and evening feeders and grooming volunteers. "We need volunteers who just want to spend some time with horses or kids," said Mimi Arnold, Executive Director. With this hard economy its not easy to run these types of programs. They accept donations of cash, used horse tack and junk cars. For more information, call 863-393-3206-OSE to volunteer or donate.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Lois Jean Vick, 66OKEECHOBEE — Lois Jean Vick, age 66, of Okeechobee passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. She was born June 1, 1945, in Allen Park, Mich., to Louis and Emily Klein. She came to Okeechobee from West Palm Beach in the 1960s. She was the manager at the Speckled Perch Steakhouse. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed boating, shing, cooking, entertaining and family gatherings. Mrs. Vick was preceded in death by her mother, father, and sister, Sharon Miller. She is survived by her husband, Horace Vick; sister, Linda Chapman; stepdaughter, Tina Vick; stepson, Brick Vick (Beth); nephew, David Miller (Nancy); mother-in-law, Irene Vick; ve grandchildren; and many loving friends and family. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 SW 6th ST, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Hugh Duffy of ciating. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 701 SW 6th ST, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com BHR Ladies Auxiliary plans monthly breakfastBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary 9528 w ill hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday Dec. 18 from 9am to 11am, for a donation of $5.00. We will have eggs, sausage, biscuits, potatoes, coffee, juice. Everyone is welcome to join us. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!! If you have any questions please call our post at 863-467-2882.Eagles to host Sunday breakfastDec. 18 Eagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 N. w ill be having our famous breakfast. Donation is $5 for the best breakfast you’ll ever eat. Proceeds go to the Ladies Auxiliary for their community bene t fund.Historical Society to meetOkeechobee Historical Society members w ill have their regular monthly meeting, Monday, Dec. 19 beginning at noon in the Okeechobee Historical Society Museum on Highway 98. Anyone interested in joining the society is urged to attend. Dues for the y ear are $10. The only other requirement is to bring a covered dish to share and for this meeting, please bring a children’s book to be donated to deserving children.Eagles to host bingo nightEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 N. is having Bingo at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Come have fun with us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137, community bene t fund.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Dec. 20 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Dinner is served beginning at 4 p.m. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m., for your listening and dancing pleasure. All proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant plannedApplications are being accepted for the 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant. Queens will be chosen in four age categories: Miss, Miss Teen, Princess and Sweetheart. For an application, stop by Eli’s Western Wear or Southern Style for pageant. For more information, email Audrey@missrodeookeechobee.org, call 863-801-5258, or visit www.missrodeookeechobee.org Deadline is Dec. 30Call for Past Okeechobee Rodeo Queens & photosThe Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s Association is looking for past rodeo queens and their pageant photos for their website. Please call Audrey 863-801-5258 or email: Audrey@missrodeookeechobee.org with your name, title, year and photo. Community Events


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during Medicares Special Election Period. With plans from Universal Health Care, you can SAVE UP TO $96.40 per month with our Medicare Part B premium reduction. Thats savings of up to $1,156.80 a year! At Universal, our goal is to provide members with a familiar network of providers, so they can receive care from the doctors they know and trust, like those at Gateway Medical Group, L.C., and other local providers. Other providers are available in our network. The bene“ t information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive d escription of bene“ ts. For more information contact the plan. A Coordinated Care Plan with a Medicare Advantage Contract. 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THEATRE I: SHERLOCK HOLMESŽ Fri. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 Dec. 16 Dec. 16TH THDec. 22 Dec. 22ND NDFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 THEATRE III: NEW YEARS EVEŽFri. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 MISSION IMPOSSIBLEŽStarting Wednesday, 12/21 at 2:00 M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 THEATRE II: ALVIN ANDTHECHIPMUNKSŽFri. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 G Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 9 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 The International Association of Fairs and Expositions awarded the Okeechobee County Fair one of three scholarships to attend the 2012 IAFE Convention in Las Vegas on Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, 2011. Terry Burroughs, Treasurer of the Okeechobee County Fair, submitted an essay about the creation of the Okeechobee County Fair and was awarded one of three scholarships provided to small county fairs in the United States. “This opportunity provided a wealth of information to our organization extending from how to improve our competitive events process to exposing us to better fair management practices to assist in controlling our costs” stated Linda Syfrett, President of the Okeechobee County Fair Association. “There were approximately 1300 fairs represented at the convention which translates into a golden networking opportunity to extend our knowledge level on all aspects of our county’s fair” stated Mr. Burroughs. The IAFE Convention and Trade Show is the largest such gathering of agricultural fairs in the world with a trade show of more than 400 exhibit booths. Delegates attending the 2011 Convention came from the US, Canada, United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea, representing fairs of all sizes and operation types Delegates network and learn from each other and top professionals during the intensive four days of workshops, special seminars, round table discussions, and social events. The Trade Show allows companies to showcase themselves while serving as a one-stop shop for all your event’s booking, product, and service needs. The IAFE has around 1300 member fairs from around the world (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) and another 1300 members who provided services (known as Associates they are providers of entertainment, insurance, technology, equipment, consulting, etc.). County Fair awarded scholarship Okeechobee Livestock Market Report December 12 & 13, 2011Cows Breaking 62.00 74.00 Cutter 56.00 62.00 Bulls 1000-1500 76.00 86.00 1500-2000 79.00 93.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 941 1248 Cows 223 184 Str 14 4 Hfrs 28 10 Bulls 46 57 Y rlngs 59 16 Mix 0 0 Total 1311 1519 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 190-205 150-180 250-300 180-215 150-170 300-350 170-205 140-165 350-400 150-185 135-150 400-450 140-170 125-140 450-500 137-160 123-137 550-600 125-141 118-127 600-650 122-138 115-122 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 155-175 125-145 250-300 150-175 120-140 300-350 140-165 120-138 350-400 125-142 115-132 400-450 120-135 110-122 Well, prices were so high here on Tuesday, it caught the place on re—literally! A window AC unit shorted out in the buyer’s of ce, destroying everything in that of ce. We got it put out with help from the Fire Dept. but were back selling in about an hour. What a way to close out the year! Slaughter cows and bulls steady to a little higher. Feeder calves steady to $2 higher. If your check has soot on it when you get it, you’ll know why. Circle Y Grove, St. Cloud, topped the calf market with a high of $2.20 bought by Curt Wilson. Rob Mace, Vero Beach, topped the cow market with a high of $74, bought by Dairymen’s Marketing. Slaughter cow sale Tuesday, Dec. 27, noon. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See Ya’ on Jan. 2. Todd


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekCongratulations to Osceola Middle School’s Students of the Week for Dec. 8. Pictured with the OMS 2011 Teacher of the Year, they are: Anthony Richards, Adamari Lopez, Destinee Brower, Robin Bell, Eve King, Jennifer Buhlmaier, Masie Trent, Jasmine Moyett, Rigoberto Chavez, Manuel Ramirez and So a Medrano. Your local Salvation Army helps families who are experiencing a nancial crisis with their basic needs. The main source of income is the annual "Bell Campaign." Help us help others by "Ringing the Bells." If you, your business or employer can spare some time to ring the bells, please call Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or his cell at 863-610-6659. Salvation Army needs bell ringers for annual Bell Campaign Special to the Okeechobee NewsExceptional teacherSherley Jackson (left) was nominated as the Exceptional Student Education Department’s Teacher of the Year nominee for 2011-2012. Ms. Jackson is employed with the Okeechobee County School Board as a speech therapist. Congratulations Sherley Jackson and thanks for all you do for the children of Okeechobee. At right is Cathleen Blair.


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For dedicated years of serviceCathleen Blair was honored for 39 years of service to Okeechobee schools on Tuesday by Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. The award was presented at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA. Entering is simple.Beginning October 23, just use your MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signature-based (credit) transaction to pay for your everyday purchases „ and all your holiday shopping! Each qualifying swipe gives you an entry. And theres no limit to the number of times you can win.*Dont have a MIDFLORIDA debit card? Stop by any branch to have one issued to you instantly.***A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and a checking account (opening balances may vary depending on checking account opened) is required for access to a debit card. Credit approval is required. You will be automatically entered to win when you use your MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signature-based (credit) transaction during the promotional period and the transaction posts between October 23, 2011 Janu ary 14, 2012. One prize will be awarded each week for 12 weeks. Log on to MIDFLORIDA.com/swipeit for a complete set of rules. **James A. Haley, LRMC and Bay Pines branches do not offer instant issue debit cards.No monthly fee and no per-transaction fee D ont have a St op by any branch to ha Cred Cred C Cred Cred d d d d d d d d d d d d ed ta it a ita ita t it ita t a t t ppro pp p val val l val l l va a v a i sign sign g t atur atur b e-ba eba d sed sed ( (cre (cre ( dit) dit) dit) ) t tra tra 14, 2012 On e pr ize wi Entering is Beginning Octo b er 23, ju s MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signa t (credit) transaction to pa y for y ou r purc h ases „ and all y our h olida y s h op p qu alif yi ng swi pe gives y ou an entr y. A nolimittothenumberoftimesyou www.mid”orida.com/swipeit Toll Free (866) 913-3733OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S. ($1000 a week for 12 weeks) Skip the PIN to be entered to WIN your share of $12,000! 12 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTeachers who were honored upon their retirement Tuesday night included (left to right) Virginia Bryant, David Robertson, Letta Jordan, Sharon Flynn and Cathleen Blair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyVirginia Bryant was honored for 35 years of service to Okeechobee Schools. She retired this month. She received accolades from the school board and Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. Okeechobee District School Board meets to present awards Are you hungry for a hot dog? Come to George’s Hot Dogs, 3603 Hwy. 441 S. (next to Mid-Florida Hardware) through Dec. 22 and support, “Dogs for Dogs.” Make a donation of food or funds to bene t the dogs at the shelter and George will have a hotdog and a drink ready for you! This is the second year for the fundraiser. It was a great success last year with many donations for the pets. We hope to see a better year this time around and encourage everyone to tell family and friends. Do you have some extra time to donate to help a homeless pet? Call the shelter and come give a dog a hug. 863-357-1104. Dogs for Dogs continues through Tuesday, December 22 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySharon Flynn, reading coach at South Elementary School, retired after 38 years of service to Okeechobee Schools. She was honored at Tuesday’s School Board meeting by Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy


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I was always told that money didn't grow on trees, but I w asn't so sure. Up in the branches of bare Florida trees w ere clumps of green. I took a closer look and realized that this was an unusual plant associated with the holidays Mistletoe. My thinking went something like this: how about if I collect a whole bunch of Mistletoe, take it up home, and sell it to the orists up there for lots of Christmas present money! A classmate of mine helped shoot it out of the laurel oaks and pecan trees in his pastures; I lled up lots of large plastic bags of greenery and stuffed them in the back of my pickup. Soon I was on the road to riches. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the northern orist shops, they said I was too late in their holiday plant sales season for them to be interested. Other retailers I approached were scared of the poisonous nature of Mistletoe, and felt their customers would prefer imitation plastic sprigs that could be boxed up and reused another year. So instead of being ush with cash to be the King of Christmas Consumerism, everyone, except those with small kids and pets, got a pretty hanging bouquet of "Fresh from Florida" Mistletoe. Ever since, I've always wondered if this plant could be a cottage industry for Floridians to help spread the Christmas spirit, raise a little holiday cash, and help the health of our urban forest by removing this parasite from trees. Mistletoe facts and ctionWhat's the fascination with this plant? First off, it has an unusual habit of growing out of the trunks of certain trees. It has its own distinctive green leaves, stems and white berries with a sticky seed inside. As a small seedling, it roots into the bark and wood of a tree and makes a connection with the growing ring of the host. So it makes its own food, but this "Vampire plant" is a parasite, as it steals the water and nutrients from its host tree.Mistletoe berriesWhite fruit of the American Mistletoe contains one seed in a very sticky esh. When birds eat the fruit, they have a dif cult time getting it off their beak, and rub against tree bark to clean themselves. The seed remains on a new tree, ready to grow on another host plant. The American or Oak Mistletoe (Phorandendron serotinum) only grows in deciduous trees. In our area this usually means laurel oaks, but sycamores, hackberries, elms, and wild cherry are also know hosts. Oak Mistletoe can be found on trees from Kansas to New Jersey, but different species of Mistletoe are pests on certain western junipers and pines, while others are found on deciduous European trees. Because Mistletoe shows its evergreen foliage when a deciduous tree drops its leaves, it was thought to have some magical powers. That's where the Celtic Druids got the idea that it has magical powers. Here in the U.S., it's a Christmas tradition to displa y Mistletoe, while in Europe, it's more of a New Year's tradition.Careful with MistletoeThe accidental ingestion of American Mistletoe can be harmful in rare cases, so use caution when the display of this plant may come in contact with it.A holiday traditionSo if you want to help your trees, have a fun conversation piece, and maybe get stated in a new horticultural business, consider removing the mistletoe and making holida y decorations from the pruning. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when cutting branches out of trees, including head and eye protection. And it's probably a good idea to wash your hands well with soap and water after handling Mistletoe plants. Mistletoe Look up for the Florida holiday favorite Courtesy photo/ UF/IFAS Extension ServiceHigh above bunches of Mistletoe clings to host trees. 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Santa to visitThe Kiwanis will sponsor Santa in Flagler Park! Santa will be available for children and pictures Dec. 19-23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Okeechobee Community Choir presents their Christmas CantataA cantata that was recently composed by Frank & Brooke Carter especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir will be presented at the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets will NOT be required for admission. For more information, call Sandy Perry at 863-634-7714.Historic ornaments on saleThe Okeechobee Retired Teacher’s Annual Historic Christmas Ornament is now in and available for your Christmas Tree! This y ear’s numbered and limited edition ornament honors the 1914 Florida East Coast Railroad Station. This station was the reason “Tantie” became “Okeechobee.” The cost of the ornament is $15 and previous y ear ornaments are also available. You may also purchase an ornament from any OREA member or it’s President, Gay Carlton at 863763-5755.Sponsor a child for ChristmasIf you would like to help a foster or needy child for Christmas, please consider making a toy or gift donation to My Aunt’s House (501c3). Approximately 300 children receive Christmas through My Aunt’s House each y ear. For information, call 863-634-2306.Christmas Around the World event plannedChildren and families are invited to the multi-cultural celebration of ‘Christmas A round the World’ on the grounds of Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. through 7 p.m. The evening begins w ith a charming live nativity pageant. The pageant is followed by a variety show of delightful performances by American, Colombian, Mexican, Bolivian, Irish and Filipino entertainers. The evening concludes with Santa Claus delivering gifts to the children 12 and under and everybody joining in a lively v ersion of Feliz Navidad and Joy the World.Big Lake Missions sponsors toy driveBig Lake Mission Outreach is sponsoring their 16th annual toy drive for the needy children in our community. They need new gifts for ages infant to teen. Donations can be toys, gift cards, gifts suitable for teens or checks should be made out to: Big Lake Missions Outreach. Donations of toys, gifts and food w ill be accepted through Dec. 20. For more information, you may call 863-763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.Church plans candlelight serviceOkeechobee Christian Church will have a special candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 An inspirational message will be given by pastor Jim McCutchen; as well as a special music service. Communion will be served at that time. Then Christmas day after you have opened your gifts at home, come join us to share the true gift of Christmas, the good news of our Savior. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.Library hosts Storytime with SantaSanta Claus is coming to the Library for Storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Kids of all ages welcome! Eagles North plans New Years Eve Dance Dec. 31, Eagles North is having a New Years Eve Dance and Music by Our own Cabbage Patch Boys. Food throughout the evening, all you can eat, and a Midnight breakfast for a $5 donation per person, No take outs on the food. Proceeds from the food go to the Ladies Auxiliary Community Bene t Fund. Holiday Happenings... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. 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Despite what the headlines might lead y ou to believe, the economy is growing, jobs are being added, company earnings have set records, oil prices are lower and the nancial system in general is in better shape than the news indicates, according to a local company. "Most important is that individual investor's needs to achieve long-term nancial goals such as retirement, education and leaving a legacy for heirs remain the same," said Sharon A Ming, an Edward Jones nancial advisor in Okeechobee. "At Edward Jones, we take the time to understand our clients' nancial needs and risk tolerance and then provide tailored solutions through well-balanced, diversi ed portfolios of quality investments." Edward Jones' partnership structure means that associates share in good times and bad. Associates understand that the rm's success hinges on how effective they are at helping clients work toward their nancial goals. "The sense of camaraderie among associates at this rm is one reason I believe we consistently rank so high on the various best places to work rankings," said Ms. Ming. "It is extremely satisfying to work in an environment where everyone is working toward the same end delivering an excellent client experience to help our clients achieve their nancial goals." Edward Jones ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" 2011 list. This is Edward Jones' 12th year on the prestigious list. Edward Jones also ranked No. 2 for large-sized companies and No. 9 for work-life balance. "The fact that we've been on the list for 12 years speaks to the consistency of our business model and our commitment to working with individual investors," said Ms. Ming. Locally, Edward Jones has been ranked No. 2 in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. Also, Edward Jones nancial advisors ranked the rm highest in Employee Advisor Satisfaction among Financial Investment Firms, according to a study released by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010. Associates' con dence in Edward Jones mirrors its clients' con dence. The rm consistently earns top rankings from clients for delivering excellent client service. SmartMoney magazine named Edward Jones the No. 2 full-service brokerage rm in its May edition, its fth ranking among the top two spots since 2005. Serving individual investors through a one-broker branch of ce network enables Edward Jones nancial advisors to deliver personal service in convenient of ce locations. "The Edward Jones business model allows me to get to know my clients, educate them about appropriate investments and then make recommendations based on their individual needs," Ms. Ming said. "Clients appreciate this level of personal service and having an of ce in the community in which they live makes it convenient to do business with us." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The hiring of a Lawyer is an important decision that should not be based soley upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.Appointments in Clewiston,Lake Placid,Sebring and OkeechobeeW.Roy Wilkes,C.P.A.Attorney and Counselor at Law (888)645-1319 18 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 CARE awardTara Minton Rowley and Sandy Perry of the Economic Council of Okeechobee present Gretchen Robertson, owner of State Farm Insurance of Okeechobee, with the Community Award Recognizing Enhancement (CARE) certi cate honoring the appearance of the business located at 309 N.E. 2nd Street in Okeechobee. The Economic Council of Okeechobee developed this quarterly award to acknowledge and promote the beauti cation businesses such as State Farm Insurance have implemented to improve our community, realizing that rst impressions and aesthetics are important factors to visitors and potential investors. Construction of the new of ce building was completed by a local contractor in December, 2008, bringing to fruition Robertson's vision of a modern professional of ce building, where she says "It is a pleasure to come to work!" Robertson adds, "As an Okeechobee business owner, I feel it is very important to represent our community in the most professional way possible. Having and maintaining a professional of ce environment and giving back to the community is a must." She goes on to say, "I am so thankful and grateful for my customers and wanted to provide them a welcoming, friendly, professional environment. We have received wonderful comments and feel our customers enjoy our new of ce environment." Financial advisor says economy is growingSpecial to the Okeechobee News


Outta the woodsBy Tony YoungFWCThere’s nally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as most of us try to take time off from work to enjoy spending quality time w ith family and friends and re ect on the passing year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon, and while the holiday season is upon us, so are several traditional hunting opportunities. The second phase of waterfowl and coot season statewide is Dec. 10 and runs through J an. 29. In addition to the usual hunting license and permit requirements, duck hunters also must have a Florida waterfowl permit ($5) and a federal duck stamp ($15). The daily bag limit on ducks is six, but you need to know your ducks before you pull the trigger, because there are different daily limits for each species. For instance, within the sixbird limit there may be only one black duck, one mottled duck, one fulvous whistling-duck and one canvasback. Only two of your six-bird limit may be pintails, redheads or scaup, and three may be w ood ducks. And you may have no more than four scoters and four mallards (of which only two may be female) in your bag. All other species of ducks can be taken up to the sixbird limit, except harlequin ducks. The daily limit on coots is 15, and there’s a ve-bird limit on mergansers, only two of which may be hooded. When hunting waterfowl, hunters may use only non-toxic shotgun shells. Only iron (steel), bismuth-tin and various tungsten-alloys are permissible. For something different, try woodcock hunting. Woodcock season runs Dec. 18 – Jan. 31. Woodcocks are excellent game birds because they hold well for pointing bird dogs and provide a challenging shot when ushed. The daily bag limit is three. The third phase of mourning and whitewinged dove season opened Dec. 10 and runs through Jan. 8. The daily bag limit is 15 birds. Shooting hours for all migratory birds are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. However, you must get a no-cost migratory bird permit where you purchase your hunting license before you hunt any of these birds. The only rearm you can use to hunt migratory game birds is a shotgun, no larger than 10-gauge. Shotguns must be plugged to a three-shell capacity (magazine and chamber combined). Bows also are legal. Retrievers and bird dogs can be useful in hunting migratory game birds. Arti cial decoys and manual or mouth-operated bird calls also are legal and essential gear for duck hunters. You may hunt migratory game birds over an agricultural eld if the crop was planted by regular agricultural methods. However, don’t even think about “sweetening” the eld by scattering agricultural products over it – or anywhere near it – or you could wind up in serious trouble. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t the one who scattered the bait. If you knew or should’ve known that such bait was present, you’re accountable under federal law. Some other things you can’t do while hunting migratory game birds include using ri es, pistols, crossbows, traps, snares, nets, sinkboxes, swivel guns, punt guns, battery guns, machine guns, sh hooks, poisons, drugs, explosive substances, live decoys and recorded bird calls, sounds or electrically ampli ed bird-call imitations. It is also against the law to shoot from a moving automobile or boat and herd or drive birds with vehicles or vessels. December’s traditions include holiday hunting 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 5005-H: Lakeport Waterfront on a large corner lot. Concrete Seawall, workshop, porch, ceramic tile floors. Needs some TLC. $132,000 NOW $99,900 MLS #205347 1008-M: River Run Resort 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home. Seller is ready to sell. Make an offer! $39,999 NOW $29,900 MLS #204194(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 € Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 € Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485Acreage/Lots: € Foreclosed Indian Hammock 2.65+-acres $34,900 € Foreclosed 20.82+/acres in Cabbage Wood Ranch $43,700 € Foreclosed 10+/acres in equestrian gated Bridle Wood $34,900 € Foreclosed 5+/-acres in Lorida, great for livestock. (not buildable) $15,900 € Basswood Lot 3778 NW 33rd Ave. $6,000 MLS #205239. € Viking 6+/-acres (Owner financing a possibility) € 55.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D 1011-H In Town 3 bedroom 2 bath CBS home has been remodeled, new windows, new floors, fenced yard. Must take a look inside. $107,000 MLS #203354 7002-C: Tanning salon business, high traffic location. 7 tanning beds, 5 lay down tanners & 2 standup tanners. Lots of inventory. Only includes business, not real estate. $55,000 MLS #205434 3003-H: Kings Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 MLS #205169 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. 1126 S. Parrott Ave in White House PlazaLori, Holly, J.D., Sherry &Mandy(863) 763-6000www.MixonGroup.com Warm Holiday HugsMerry Christmas & BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 19 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman basketball got a hard-earned victory, 53-20, over Port St. Lucie in varsity girls basketball action Thursday at the Brahman gym. Freshman sensation Carley McCoin continued to impress with a game high 18 points. Ami Edwards added 12 points inside for Okeechobee. Thaddricka Sanders added nine points for the Brahmans who raced out to a 20 point lead in the rst quarter. The Lady Jaguars remained winless at (0-11). The Brahman junior varsity girls were also victorious 44-11.  The Brahman boys basketball team won on the road at St. Lucie West Centennial 70-66 Thursday night. Trewiston Pierce had 20 points and Eddie Neal added 16 points for Okeechobee, (5-4). The Brahman junior varsity squad fell 60-45 to the Eagles. The Brahman junior varsity did defeat Moore Haven last week 37-34.  The Lady Brahman weight lifting squad nished second at a meet held in Martin County this week. Martin County won the event with 61 points and Okeechobee had 47 points. Port St. Lucie nished third, Jensen Beach fourth, and South Fork in fth place. Highlights for Okeechobee included Elisia Garcia who won her weight class. Kathy Simmons, Lauren Hazellief and Sarah Davis set season highs and career best lifts during the event. The weight lifting team travels to Treasure Coast on Dec. 19.  The Lady Brahman soccer team fell to St. Lucie West Centennial in a competitive battle on Thursday, 4-1. Local Sports News in Brief


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OKEECHOBEE 6835 SE 88th Trail. 2br, 2ba, furn. or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not incld. (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. Rooms To RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 Waterfront RentalsFor Sale or Rent, BHR Adult community, 1 bedroom Park Model with attached Florida room and deck on the water, Call 863-824-6147 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale3bd/3ba on 4+ acres, secluded, move in condition, many upgrades, stocked pond, additional acres available, Located in the Viking area Call for more info 954-257-8048 Home Realty Services, LLC. Diane Dangremond, Broker. 863-801-4498 KINGS BAY 2br./1ba. 2 car garage. CBS home built 2006, corner lot. Low down payment, Seller nancing. $87,900. PALM CREEK ESTATES 3br./2ba. 2 car garage. Florida room on captive lake. $130,000. 3 br./2 ba. 2 car garage. Florida room, boat house, on Canal. Will trade with Okee SE or SW. $154,000. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Lots SaleFOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentKISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17503 Broadland Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 3 large sheds. $350 mo. + $400 sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-261-4138. M/H Rentals 2/1 & 3/1 Country Living $450.00 monthly & $450.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 MODERN D/W 3/2, on ranch, Loften Rd., lg. Oaks. $750/mo. 1st/ last/sec. 561-261-0077 Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 CASA-BLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, W&D, New oors, tile, carpet, toilets, faucets. Florida room w/sofa bed. $18,000 or best off. (219)384-3407 DWMH on Rim Canal 1br/2 bath, large carport, attached storage building, boat dock on double lot, low monthly fees, furnished. $19,000.00 negotiable 727-422-1893 FOR SALE OR RENT Park Model w/Florida Room, 1 Bed/1 1/2 Bath, porch overlooking canal,carport,full furnished w/2 TV’s, 2 couches make beds, freezer, 2 refrigerators, washer/dryer. BOAT DOCK AT BACK DOOR No Locks Call 618-558-0274 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes Factory Direct Sale 15K-25K off models 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats16ft Metal Boat, tilt trailer, double bimini top mounted, trolling motor, 10hp engine 40 hours, livewell with pump and more extras $1,500 cash Call 863-357-6235 Campers/RVs2003 ALFA SEEYA 40 ft diesel pusher, 57k, exc cond. Asking $95,000 (317)443-3529. Can see at Glades Resort on Route 80. RV Space Rent* Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Motorcycles2006 Honda 250 Rebel Like New, 1750 Miles. $2,000 Call 863-763-6612 or 765-376-5872 For Sale 94 DR 350 Suzuki Induro $1,500. 81 GS 450 L Suzuki Dressed Out $1,200. Boston Waller Clean $2,500. Call 863-261-6088 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNotice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3074. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Special Magistrate Code Enforcement 405648 ON 12/18/2011 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 2011-CC-247 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT ADMIRAL DALE’S, L.L.C., a Florida Limited Liability Company, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERTA WHITE, Individually, Defendant. COMPLAINT FOR COMMERCIAL EVICTION AND PAST DUE RENT COMES NOW, the Plaintiff, ADMIRAL DALE’S, L.L.C., a Florida Limited Liability Company, (hereinafter referred to as ADMIRAL DALE’S) and sues the Defendant, ROBERTA WHITE, individually (hereinafter referred to as WHITE) and would allege as follows: COUNT I 1. THAT this is an action for damages which do not exceed $15,000.00. 2. THAT this is an action to evict Defendant, WHITE from commercial real property located in Okeechobee County, Florida, led pursuant to Section 83.05, Florida Statutes. 3. THAT Plaintiff owns the following described real property located in Okeechobee County: ADMIRAL DALE’S BAR AND MOBILE HOME PARK at 3201 SE 33’ Terrace #33, Okeechobee Florida 34974. 4. THAT Defendant, WHITE has possession of the real property under a written agreement whereby Defendant, WRITE, agreed to pay monthly rent in the amount of $1,000.00, per month on the 1st day of each month. See Exhibit “A” attached hereto. 5. THAT Defendant, WHITE, failed to pay the rent due on October 1st, 2010 and all subsequent payments totaling $12,000.00. 6. THAT by three (3) day written notice dated October 25, 2011, Plaintiff demanded from Defendant payment of the overdue rent payments or possession, but Defendant failed to respond as demanded. A copy of that notice is attached hereto as Exhibit “B”. 7. THAT by this Complaint, the Plaintiff does hereby declare the lease in default and terminated pursuant to Section 83.05, Florida Statute. 8. THAT the Plaintiff has had to retain the services of the undersigned attorney to enforce its interest in collecting the amount due, and its obligation itself to pay said attorney a reasonable fee for the service herein, WHEREFORE, Plaintiff sues the Defendant and demands possession pursuant to Chapter 83, Florida Statutes, and request a Final Judgment of Eviction pursuant to the Florida Rules of Summary Procedure, together with reasonable attorneys, fees and costs and such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper. JEFFREY A. FADLEY, P.A. BY: Jeffrey A. Fadley Attorney for Plaintiff Fla. Bar No.: 035667 807 SW 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (863) 763-5733 405021 ON 12/11,18/2011 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit (Permit Number 0040842-028-UO) has been prepared for Mr. Timothy B. Hawkins, Vice President of the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The draft permit is for the operation of one Class I Injection Well, IW-1, with associated dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. The injection well and associated dual zone monitoring well is located at the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The Operational Permit application (0040842-028-UO) was deemed complete on November 3, 2011. Under the proposed permit, the purpose of the injection well will be for the disposal and monitoring primarily of non-hazardous land ll generated leachate concentrate that will be collected from an on-site leachate collection system generated from the Okeechobee Land ll. During the routine operation, the injection well will be used to inject up to a ow rate of 7.79 feet per second or 3.16 million gallons per day (MGD) (peak hour ow). The injection well is constructed with a 10.72-inch inside diameter (ID), 0.54-inch thick berglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tubing installed within a 16-inch outside diameter (OD), 0.500-inch thick nal steel casing. The completed design includes a packer and a uid lled annulus between the nal casing and the tubing. The center point of the packer is set to a depth of 2709 feet below land surface (bls); the tubing extends to 2,723 feet bls. The injection well injects through an open-hole interval between 2,737 feet (the base of the 16-inch nal steel casing) and the total depth of the well at 3,150 feet bls. The open-hole (injection) interval is in the “Boulder Zone”, within the lower Oldsmar Formation. The con nement of the injection zone from the overlying underground source of drinking water (USDW) aquifer and uid movement adjacent to the wellbore of the injection well are monitored by the dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. Monitoring intervals in the MW-1 are 1,790 to 1,830 feet bls (upper monitoring interval) and 1,960 to 2,000 feet bls (lower monitoring interval). The injection well IW-1 is part of the industrial injection system for the injection of nonhazardous industrial wastewater. The injection well uids consist of the following: OLI land ll leachate, monitor well sampling purge water and compost facility wastewater. For additional waste streams, a written request must be made for approval by the Department The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chapters 62-4, 62-520, 62-528, 62-550, 62-600, 62-601 and 62-660 of the Florida Administrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that an operational permit is required for the proposed work. All persons interested in the foregoing permitting decision are invited to attend a public meeting to be held on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:00 11:00 AM, at Seacoast National Bank Operations Center 1835 HWY 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Florida 34973. Written comments may be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, up until the close of the public meeting. All comments received within the thirty day period will be considered in formulation of the Department’s nal decision regarding permit issuance. The application, draft permit, and fact sheet are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting J. Gardner Strasser, P.G., or Joseph R. May, P.G., of this of ce at (561) 681-6688 or (561) 681-6691, respectively. 405700 ON 12/18/2011 21 Okeechobee News December 18, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


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