Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-08-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 8, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 4 13.54 feetLast Year: 12.41 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Poker tourney to bene t Dr. Brown Scholarship fund ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News With the help of a concerned citizen, local police of cers feel a crime was possibly averted with the arrests of three Pahokee men. Although each man was only charged with the misdemeanor of loitering and prowling, when their car was searched of cers found bolt cutters, a screw driver, a pry bar, a hoodie and several pairs of gloves. The men were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $1,000 each. Jail records show that each of them have been released on bond. A report by Sergeant Justin Bernst, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that his department received a complaint of a car circling the 200 block of N.E. Sixth St. around 2:49 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Sgt. Bernst met with the complainant who told him the car had parked nearby and had been shut off. He also learned that three men had been seen walking through the alley between N.E. Sixth and N.E. Seventh streets. The OCPD sergeant went on to state that he found the car backed into a parking space in the parking lot of The Heritage, an assisted living facility at 608 N.E. Second Ave. According to his report, when Sgt. Bernst found the vehicle he was unable to see inside due to extremely dark window tinting. But, as he walked up to the vehicle from the front he noticed three men who were allegedly trying to hide inside the car. With the help of Of cer Scott Morgan, the three men were removed from the car and placed in handcuffs for of cer safety. The men, added Sgt. Bernst, were not under arrest at this point. Because none of them could provide a plausible reason for their being there at that time o f Concerned citizen may have prevented crime Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaNew mural depicts the Big OJason Egger, owner of the Big O Drive-Thru, said he wanted to bring a little bit of the lake to the middle of town. That is why he commissioned his friend Brian Vavra to paint a mural of the lake on the side of his business. Mr. Vavra, who now lives in Orlando, grew up in Okeechobee. He has done several other murals and completed this one in about one day. 14-year-old on bicycle struck by truck ... Page 10 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. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Sheriff Paul May said a recent statement made by his political opponent in regard to insurance premiums paid by his employees was "blatantly" incorrect. In an article published in the Okeechobee News on Wednesday, Jan. 4, J.H. Folbrecht was quoted as saying that employees at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) are currently paying $600 a month for their insurance. Sheriff disputes insurance statement By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsA local teen who dropped out of school to help his mother last year has had trouble re-enrolling in Okeechobee public school. The school system, however, has developed a new program that should help Dallas Parker, 18, and students like him who drop out for various reasons. Dallas said he attended Okeechobee high school for two years and had earned 15 credits toward graduation. His mother, Margaret, suffered some health issues and he assisted the family nancially by getting a job. When his mother was hospitalized and in need of 24-hour care, he left school. He was unable to handle a home school program and, without reliable transporta-tion, was unable to attend the district's Teenager ghts to go back to high schoolSee SHERIFF — Page 15 See CRIME — Page 15 See SCHOOL — Page 14 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 8 Girls soccer team honored ... Page 18


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Call us for a free quote. 3 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 Today: Areas of dense fog before 7 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 5 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 5 mph. Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. South southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Okeechobee Forecast “Not too many people know this, but Dad liked to play cards,” Russ Brown said of his father, the late Dr. Fred Brown. That memory inspired Russ Brown and other friends of Dr. Brown to organize a bene t poker tournament. “On his vacations, he always liked to play Black Jack,” Mr. Brown said. The Dr. Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship Poker Tournament, planned for Wednesday, J an. 18, at 6 p.m. at The Speckled Perch Steak House, will raise money for a scholarship for Okeechobee High School graduates w ho are interested in studying medicine. Mr. Brown said the event will be a Texas Hold’em tournament because he was adv ised by others who host similar tournaments that Texas Hold’em is the most popular card game. Organizers hope to attract at least 100 players. Entry fee is $50. Winners will receive prizes such as gift cards and items donated by local businesses. Mr. Brown said they are seeking businesses and individuals to donate prizes or to be table sponsors for the tournament. To register for the tournament or for more information, contact Russ Brown at 772-2859914 or email rband3@yahoo.com. Dr. Fred Brown, who took care of the children of Okeechobee County for more than 30 years, died Dec. 28, 2010. The pediatrician was well known, respected and loved in the Okeechobee community. The Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center in Okeechobee was named in his honor. Poker tournament to bene t scholarship City code board to consider building permit issueBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board is scheduled to hear six cases Tuesday evening. The board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. The rst case on the agenda has to do with unpermitted construction. J.K. Martin Investments, Inc. has been cited for construction of a shed without a building permit at 520 S.E. Sixth St. The other ve cases have to do with general cleaning and beauti cation. They involve the properties of Kurt and Jacqueline Keplinger, 509 N.E. Ninth Ave., N. & A. Construction, Inc., 406 N.E. Fourth St., Robert and Melody Jennings, 810 S.E. Third St., Cody Brown, 813 S.E. Third St., and Daniel Kieman, 810 S. E. Sixth St. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap. com.


U-Save closed I hope they x it up and put something in there. It is depressing to have so many empty buildings in town. That store building has a good location.  It would be great if they put a Big Lot s tore at that location.  Hey, don’t mess with the U-Save. T hey employed many of the youth of ‘Chob ee and they were the place to nd things y ou couldn’t nd at other places. Mr. Gant c ashed my checks for many years. What a good man.Election When the country was created, the Electoral College made sense. Each state s ent representatives to represent them and c hoose a president. It took days to travel from one state to another by horseback or c arriage. There was no immediate communication, no telegraph, no telephone, no television, no internet. But that system is outdated and no longer needed. And it is not fair. The way it stands, a candidate can win t he popular vote and lose the election. That is just wrong. We need to count all the votes and see who wins. And they should outlaw t he exit polling and not report any results unt il ALL polling places are closed for the ent ire election. The exit polls and reports from other states can affect the election. People hear one candidate is in the lead and they don’t bother to go and vote. There should be a blackout on any information on the voting until all the polls are closed.  Exit polling by the media should be b anned, just as football commentators s houldn’t be allowed to show or remark on a call until AFTER the ref has ruled on the replay.  Doing away with the Electoral College is but a Constitutional Amendment away, b ut there are issues to be worked out. It w ould certainly require nationalizing the rules and regulations of voting (taking away State Rights) and in the case of a recount, w ould call for the entire Nation to be rec ounted (State by State).  Passage of a Constitutional Amendment is no easy task. It will likely take another botched election like 2000. Certainly, nationalizing the rules is a fair way to set up the election of a national leader. The election of senators has national rules. The Electoral College is undemocratic. How can we deny a majority or even a plurality of the people from choosing the president as it happened in 2000 (and in three other past elections)? Why should we keep a system of election that was created because our Founding Fathers didn’t trust the people to make a good choice for president? If it comes down to States’ Rights vs. an undemocratic election process, I think States’ Rights loses out on this one. One idea I like that would keep the structure of the Electoral College system for those who are afraid of too much change is to give the winner of the popular vote a bonus of 100 or more electoral votes, thus guaranteeing that the popular vote winner is chosen as president. A national vote count is not as daunting as it sounds since we already do popular vote counts at the state level. Each state would count its popular votes as it always has done and then they would be compiled to determine the winner.  The whole presidential election system needs reworking. It is not right or fair that a few states get so much in uence on who the major candidates will be. If a state tries to change their primary date in order to have some in uence too, then those voters are penalized by the national party. The “two party” system is a failure. More and more American voters feel that neither party represents them.Public park There has been much talk about a new park. I have an idea. Has anyone driven down the short road off of 441 North, just across from Okeechobee High School. It is a beautiful hammock of trees and a road leading to the wooden jungle, pool and soccer elds. It would take mowing, concrete pads for picnic tables and grills. The bathrooms are near by as well as the Wooden Jungle and pool. It would not take that much expense and would be a perfect place for families to have picnics, etc. A Mirror ImageBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church James 1:22—“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. It seems the good professors of the Physiology Department at Heidelberg University needed a mirror for their washroom. A request for one was denied because a mirror was classi ed as a “non-scienti c” object. But the professors got their mirror anyway. How? In the next requisition they used technical-scienti c terminology. What was their request?—one human re ector. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. The Bible is the best human re ector. It will show us exactly who we are. But many times we only see what we want to see or we quickly forget what we are really like because the truth hurts. Our text tells us that he “straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” Two centuries ago there lived a prominent English woman by the name of Lady Montague. Her energy and talents won her a wide eld of in uence, even with such eminent literary men as Pope and Addison, who were among her close friends. We read that Lady Montague, as she grew older, became indifferent to her personal appearances, so much so that for eleven years she refused to look at herself in a mirror. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations For most of us, it would be almost impossible not to look into a mirror. Our vanity demands that we take a look because we care what others think of us. But we often forget the most important and valuable mirror, the Bible. When we take an inside look, it holds the truth before our face, and it reminds us that God sees us as well. A rabbi, reprimanding a wealthy merchant for his great material interests, asked him to look out the window and report what he saw. He saw the elds and the highways and the burdened people who worked in the elds. Taking a mirror to the merchant, the rabbi asked him what he saw there. “Nothing but myself, sir,” he said. The rabb i replied, “The only difference in the two mirrors is a little bit of silver. They are made o f the same kind of glass” —Encyclopedia o f 15,000 Illustrations. A certain preacher announced an unknown funeral. The congregation came, no t knowing whose funeral it was. The preache r preached, and as sometimes they do, th e people began to get wrought up and ther e was a lot of weeping. The preacher continued: “It is sad that the man in this casket is so sinful and so corrupt that he is going to hell. This is a most wicked person.” The ministe r had preached and preached before, but no one believed himself to be lost and headed for hell. But he closed his sermon, saying, “And now, it is time to view the corpse.” H e moved the owers aside and had two of his deacons help him open up the casket. On e by one, they led by—and to their utter surprise; there was nobody in the casket. Bu t the entire bottom of it was lled with a big mirror. Everyone who looked in saw himsel f in that casket. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations God’s word has a way of breaking ou r bubble—“For all have sinned, and com e short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23); “Fo r the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro. 6:23). It declares that we are sinners before God! The Bible is the Best Re ector of God. I f we are to know the will of God for our lives, we must look into the Bible. When Jesus said “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” H e was saying, “I am the alphabet”—the ABCs. What is it that we really need? When w e have Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have everything! J. Sidlow Baxter tells of an incident tha t occurred in his home. It so happened tha t directly in line with a picture of Christ was a mirror. If one were to stand a certain way, the person’s image would blot out the picture. Dr. Baxter’s little daughter was one da y standing before the mirror and happened to stand directly in line with the picture. When she moved, the picture again appeared. Sh e ran excitedly to her Daddy and said, “Daddy, I can see Jesus when I am looking at myself.” —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations When we look into the mirror of God’s Word, we not only see our needs and ou r shortfalls, we see Jesus as the answer to all our needs. Sunday, January 8, 2012 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. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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Masonic Lodge hosts Sunday breakfastCome and join us at the Masonic Lodge 107 NW 5th Street across from Flagler Park, for Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 8-11 a.m. Adults $6 and kids under 12 just $3. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. Proceeds from the event will bene t Okeechobee Youth Programs.Free memory screeningThe Alzheimer's Association will hold free memory screenings on Monday, J an. 9 by appointment. Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street. If you are any age, and concerned about memory loss, call 1-800861-7826, Ext. 501 and make an appointment. A mateur Radio Club plans January meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club (OARC) will hold it's January meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Red Cross Classroom on North Parrott Ave. Dues of $25 are due for the new year, a $5 increase from previous dues, brought about in the new ByLaws that were accepted by the membership at the December annual business meeting. New of cers will be introduced and installed at this meeting, and several items of new business are on the agenda. Coffee is provided at the meeting, and anyone in the Okeechobee area, who has a current or expired ham license, or anyone interested in learning about ham radio is urged to attend. The OARC is very interested in expanding its membership and getting to know seasonal' hams that come to the area during the winter as well. For more information, contact Tom Timmons, President of the OARC at ttimmons@dtimmons.com.OCIA organizing M.L. King programThe Okeechobee Community Improvement Association (OCIA) would like to inv ite the public and the community to their monthly meeting in reference to discussing the big event planned for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend of Jan. 14-16. The meeting will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church in the Social Hall at 1258 N.E. 13th A venue on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. OCIA is asking all members to attend. Anyone else w ho might have input or suggestions for the big event is also welcome. All are welcome. They are looking for any assistance that you can give. There will be yers passed out in the Okeechobee area and an itinerary set up for the entire weekend, starting next week and a copy of the itinerary will be placed in the newspaper at that time. If anyone has qestions, please see one of the OCIA members or call one fo the numbers listed here: George Roberson, president, 863-610-0973; Bertha Boswell, vice-president, 863-4674823; Rita Jones, secretary, 772-380-3518 or 863-467-0594.Eagles North to host Bingo Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have Bingo at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Always big fun. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t funds. Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Helton on Tuesday, Jan. 10 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton's of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-7636441 to schedule an appointment. Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendors. Vendors can choose booth space inside the Agri Civic Center or set-up outside to share their health and/or safety related service with the community. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 9 a.m.2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763-462-5000 ext. 257.Library presents Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in January and February on "Broadway Musicals Decade by Decade." The programs are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Admission is free. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. Those attending are encouraged to bring a bronw bag lunch. The Jan. 11 program covers the 1920s and 1930s. Living with Diabetes program offeredAre you living with diabetes? Come to Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE 2nd Street on Jan. 11 in the dining room at 1:30 p.m. A better living seminar on Living with Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE and offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Hospice to hold Yard Sale Hospice of Okeechobee's yard sales in January will be Wednesday Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 12 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Okeechobee County Provider/ Advisory Council Meeting (Combined meeting)Wednesday, Jan. 12 at noon, Church of Our Savior, 200 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee.American Legion to host annual pageantThe annual "Miss American Legion Post 64" beauty pageant will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All contestants must be female, unmarried, have no children and be in the ninth through the 12th grade at either Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a Christian School or home school. There is no entry fee and all contestants will receive a Free Fair armband for the midway rides. The queen will receive a beautiful crown, custom banner, bouquet of owers, a trophy, a $50 cash prize, as well as transportation and a driver for all local parades. The queen will preside over many activities throughout the fair. Applications may be picked up at the American Legion Hall. For more information contact Shelly Sickels 863-467-0790 or the American Legion 863-763-2950.Shared Services Network meetsThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Eagles to host Steak NightEagles North, 9985 Hwy.441 North Okeechobee, will have their weekly steak dinner Friday, Jan. 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m., and The Harpers will be playing their fantastic music. Public is welcome. For information, please call 863-763-2552. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Roger Don Fackler, 73OKEECHOBEE Roger Don Fackler, of Okeechobee, passed away January 2, 2012. Mr. Fackler is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Fackler and four children. No services will be held. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Wayne M. Smith, 65OKEECHOBEE Wayne M. Smith, age 65, died peacefully at home ending a courageous battle with cancer. born in Camden, N.J., Wayne had been a resident of Okeechobee for the past three years. He was a member of The Gathering Church and the V.F.W. Wayne proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines and retired as a Master Gunnery Sgt. His brother Billy Smith preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Judi C. Smith o f Okeechobee; daughters, Christine Varner, Suzanne (Larry) Underhill, Alicia (JV) Vento, all o f N. J.; eleven grandchildren; brothers, Tomm y (Ginger) Smith, Jimmy (Brenda) Smith, both o f N.J.: sisters, Mary Lou Hoskins, Barbara Smith, Roseanne Smith all of N. J., Charlotte Martelli, Cathy (Jose) Pagan, both of Milton, Fla.; sisterin-law, Jerry Smith of N.J. and stepsons, Brian (Miranda) Parker and Todd (Brittany) Parker, all of Holly Ridge, N.C. Visitation will be held at The Gathering Church on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, from 1 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in memory of Wayne be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973, or the Humane Society, 1503 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. €Life Insurance €Annuities €Health Insurance €IRARollover C a l l o r e m a i l f o r a f r e e q u o t e T o m W a l s h2 5 0 S A u s t r a l i a n A v e W e s t P a l m B e a c h F Lt w a l s h 2 @ m e t l i f e c o m 5 6 1 2 0 7 2 3 0 6 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 Community Events


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Henry A. Chouinard, 36, N.W. 53rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 5, on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property (two counts) and defrauding a secondary metal recycler (two counts). He is being held in the Okeechobee Count Jail in lieu of $27,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Howard Pickering, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Chouinard apparently stole metal items valued at $1,395. Those items included automobile motors, two doors to a Ford Ranger pickup, a white tailgate to a Ford pickup, a utility trailer, leaf springs for a one-ton pickup, an exhaust system with the catalytic converter and 6-feet of tail pipe. According to the report, Deputy Pickering had no suspects in the thefts so he made contact with a local recycling center. An employee at the center then checked some photos of items that had been sold there recently. The deputy went on to state that the company had photos of two Ford Ranger doors, a white tailgate to a Ford pickup and an exhaust system. By next checking the company’s records, Deputy Pickering stated that Chouinard was the person who sold those items on Dec. 26. He reportedly was paid $159.90 for the items. Company records also indicated that Chouinard sold a trailer frame, a motor and other scrap material for $143.90 on Dec. 23. Deputy Pickering’s report stated that Chouinard’s thumbprint was on the transaction forms, as well as a copy of his driver’s license that contained his photo. The center also had photos of Chouinard selling the items, Deputy Pickering added. The arrest report added that many of the items sold had already been destroyed and shipped out of Okeechobee. Company records lead to arrest in metal thefts Henry A. Chouinard The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Mitchell Ray Hat eld, 23, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy Sgt. Clif Gill on a warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500. Hat eld was arrested again on Jan. 6 on an amended violation of probation warrant grand theft. He is being held without bond on that arrest.  Samantha Nichole Jewell, 20, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy Sgt. Clif Gill on a warrant charging her with grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Christopher Clemons, 35, Linda Road, Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Jan. 5 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $2,500.  Curtis Hardy Jr., 34, N.W. 35th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 5 by Deputy A rlene Durbin on a felony charge of child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of battery (two counts). His bond was set at $3,500.  Christy Neecole Bryant, 35, Amaryllis Ave., Pahokee, was arrested Jan. 5 by the Narcotics Task Force on a charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge habitual offender. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Daniel Exantus, 26, N.W. Third Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 5 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on a charge of felony battery. His bond was set at $2,500.  Glen Wilson Davis, 61, S.E. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 5 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a warrant charging him with attempted rst degree murder with a weapon. He is being held without bond.  Cheryl Lynn Little, 39, N.W. 45th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 6 by Deputy Justin Akins on a charge of driving under the in uence. She was released on her own recognizance. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report


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S S S S T E E R T T E E 9044A 2030A 2090A 1382A 4956A 8 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News As a woman was being held in the county jail on felony charges she was arrested a second time in connection, by a second detective, with the theft and scrapping of an air conditioning unit. Brittany Marie Daugherty, 23, S.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Detective Bryan Lowe on charges of dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker. She was arrested again on Dec. 30 after Detective Mark Shireman learned that his co-worker, Detective Lowe, had arrested Daugherty and she was being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. Detective Shireman then charged her with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler. Daugherty’s total bond on the two cases has been set at $27,500. Detective Shireman rst arrested Daugherty—and William Joseph Keenan Jr., 34—on Nov. 2 in connection with the theft of some metal roo ng sheets from the front yard of a vacant home. She was also charged with selling the metal to a local recycling center. Keenan was charged with grand theft and his bond was set at $2,500. He has since been released on bond. Daugherty was charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondary metal recycler. She was booked into the county jail under a bond of $15,000. She was later released on bond. The pair also took an air conditioner from the backyard of the vacant home, added Detective Shireman. According to Detective Shireman’s report, the owner of the home later contacted him about the stolen air conditioner after reading about the theft in an Okeechobee News article. The owner was out of town at the time of the alleged theft, the detective stated. The 4-ton central air conditioning unit was valued at $2,836. Armed with this new information, Detective Shireman on Dec. 30 arrested Daugherty on felony charges of grand theft, giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler and dealing in stolen property. Daugherty was in the county jail following her arrest on Dec. 29 by Detective Lowe. In his report, Detective Lowe stated that the woman stole an electronic gaming system, wireless game controllers and four electronic games then pawned them at a local pawn shop. She reportedly signed a transaction form at the pawn shop that indicated the items belonged to her. Detective Lowe’s report indicated that she was paid $105 for the items. He also pointed out in his report that the victim had recorded the serial number of the gaming system and that it matched the serial number on the gaming system found at the pawn shop. A records check indicated that Detective Shireman also arrested Daugherty on Nov. 16 in connection with the theft of $1,400 worth of metal and automobile parts. His report on that case indicated that she sold the items for scrap at a local recycling center and received a total of $120.10. The detective stated in that arrest report that Daugherty used her Florida ID card as identi cation in the transaction with the recycler. She also signed receipts and her thumbprint was taken as further proof of her identi cation, pointed out the detective. W oman implicated in scrap metal theft cases Brittany Daugherty The following person is on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There is an active warrants for this person. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant.  Herbert Lee Jenkins, Jr, DOB 5/30/1977, 6’6”, 250 lbs., aka “Big Herb,” scar on abdomen. Charge: DWLS – Habitual. Bond: $10,000. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee Most Wanted Herbert Lee Jenkins, Jr. In a story published Friday, Jan. 6, on page 2 of the Okeechobee News about the arrest of a school bus driver for the Okeechobee County School District it was stated that w hen a breath test was administered Judith A Austin’s blood/alcohol results were.059 and .046. It was also stated that those readings were well below the legal limit of .08. While that is true, it has since been learned that because Austin held a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), the legal limit is lowered to .04—meaning she was actually above the legal limit. However, she was not charged with driving under the in uence because the incident was not worked by law enforcement and the breath test was conducted on an intoxilyzer that is not regulated or governed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Clari cation


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These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certi“ed Gynecologist Dr. James Brad“eld, who has more than thirty years experience in his “eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. € Colon/Rectal Surgery € Ear Nose & Throat Surgery € Endoscopic Surgery € General Surgery € Gynecology € Orthopedic € Podiatry € Stereotactic Breast Surgery € TIF (for chronic heartburn) € Vascular Surgery € Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) HAPPY 50th WEDDING ANIVERSARY Dennis L. McKinney and Mayford A McKinney of Okeechobee,Fl. celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary with family and friends on Jan 5th 2012. They were married Jan. 5th 1962 in Folkston,Ga. Their children are Greg, Beth, David and Randy McKinney and Angie Vanhowe Love always -the kids, grandkids & family DENNIS MCKINNEY ANNIVERSARY MAYFORD MCKINNEY & 11 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 It isn’t uncommon, even this early in January, to learn that many of the resolutions people committed to, are not resulting successfully or without glitches. There is often some backsliding or complete abandonment that goes along with resolutions, even those that people felt very passionately about. If this is the situation you are in now, or even if you did not commit to a resolution on 1-1-12, it isn’t too late to make a positive change in your life. Among the most popular and critical personal resolutions are the ones involving health and nances. A resolution to quit smoking can help improve both your physical health, as well as your nancial health! Many people who successfully quit smoking were not successful on their rst attempt. That being said, it is important not to become frustrated and give up. One of the best ways to maintain a commitment is with support and accountability. Raulerson Hospital is again offering free smoking cessation classes for the community. Raulerson Hospital Respiratory Therapists will conduct The American Lung Association’s, 9-week Freedom From Smoking group clinic. The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program is for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Because most people know that smoking is dangerous to their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on ho w to quit, not why to quit. The meetings feature a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. There is no cost to participate in the program and the program works up to the ‘quit day’ in wee k four, rather than an instant approach. This gradual approach is also an important factor in successfully committing to a change. To register: contact Raulerson Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse Service at 1-800-449-8642. Or for more information call Raulerson Hospital at 863-824-2702. Interested participants need to join the program, when it begins on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Who: Anyone ready to quit smoking What: 9-week Freedom from Smoking classes (free) When: Wednesdays 5–6:30 p.m. Where: Raulerson Hospital’s In-Service Classroom Why: The new year, is a great time for a new start. For the health and safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Raulerson Hospital became a smoke-free campus on Nov. 1, 2011. Make a resolution to improve your health Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSRaulerson Hospital CNO Brian Melear, Raulerson Hospital CFO Terry Brown, Raulerson Hospital CEO Robert Lee, Raulerson Hospital Marketing Coordinator Jenny Pung, Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw and Board Members, Secretary Courtney Moyett, Arts and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau, Vice President Paul Mitchell, and Director-at-large John Creasman. Raulerson Hospital, 1796 Highway 441 North, hosted the nal Main Street mixer of 2011 on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Okeechobee Main Street members and guests enjoyed the sights and sounds of the holidays as they networked with fellow community members. Raulerson Hospital presented an amazing and delicious buffet of snacks and hors d’oeuvres for all to enjoy. CEO Robert Lee took this opportunity to welcome guests and share the accomplishments of the hospital over the past year. We are proud that Raulerson Hospital was recognized by The J oint Commission, the leading accreditor and inspector of hospitals, as being among the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures. For the health and safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Raulerson Hospital became a smoke-free campus on Nov. 1, 2011. Hospital directors provided attendees tours of the facility’s newly renovated Intensive Care Unit, before it became occupied. Okeechobee Main Street Board Vice President Paul Mitchell welcomed over 60 business men and women to the event, as w ell as fellow community members. Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw greeted new members, shared the success of the recent Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade and thanked volunteers and the community for their efforts. A special thanks was given to Board members Merrilee Berglund, w ho designed and decorated the Okeechobee Main Street Christmas Tree for Hospice, and Frank DeCarlo, John Creasman and Paul Mitchell who designed and built the Main Street oat for the parade. Tickets were then drawn for door prizes contributed by members. The nal business of 2011 was accomplished with the drawing for the Main Street Mega 50/50. The lucky winner, Jane M., was present and cheered by all as she accepted her winnings just in time for Christmas! Vice President, Paul Mitchell made a toast of health and prosperity to all in the new year. Okeechobee Main Street has posted the host businesses for 2012 as follows: January: Grand OaksA VNA Assisted Living Facility, Tuesday, Jan. 24; February: Law Of ce of Philip DeBerard, Thursday, Feb. 23; March: TD Bank, Thursday, March 29; April: Hospice of Okeechobee, TBA; May: Rustic Style & Cabins, Thursday, May 10; June: TBA; July: PNC Bank, Thursday, July 19; August: Seacoast National Bank, Thursday, August 23; September: Morgan, Stanley, Smith, Barney, Thursday, Sept. 13; October: Bass Funeral Home, Thursday Oct. 11; November: Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, Thursday, Nov. 15; December: Raulerson Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 12; Hospital hosts Main Street mixer


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PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING ACITYORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FLconduct a Public Hearing for the first reading of the following Ordinance into law: 1079: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDAPROVIDING FOR AMENDMENT TO THE CITYS CODE OF ORDINANCES INCLUDING SECTION 30-35 RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AND LOCATION OF COMMERCIALSANITARYGARBAGE CONTAINERS; SECTION 66-1 DEFINITIONS, BYADDING CERTAIN NEW DEFINITIONS AND UPDATING EXISTING DEFINITIONS FOR CLARITYAND CONSISTENCYWITH OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; SECTION 78-36 RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TO PROVIDE SIDEWALKS ALONG STREETS; SECTIONS 90-103(1), 90133(1), AND 90-193(2), BYADDING BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS TO THE LIST OF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES IN THE RSF 1, RSF 2, AND RMF DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; SECTIONS 90-135(B)(1) AND 90-196, BYCLARIFYING THE MINIMUM YARD REQUIREMENTS FOR ZERO LOT LINE SINGLE-FAMILYDWELLINGS IN THE RSF 2 AND RMF DISTRICTS; SECTIONS 90-253(1) AND (2) AND 90-282(3) AND (5) BYADDING LAUNDROMAT AND TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT TO THE LIST OF SPECIALEXCEPTION AND PERMITTED USES IN THE CLT AND CHV DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-316 TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECT REFERENCE; SECTIONS 90-342 AND 90-343 BYMOVING CAF FROM THE LIST OF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES TO THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICT AND BYADDING CERTAIN PERSONALSERVICE USES TO THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICT; ADDING ANEW SUBSECTION 90-511(e)(6) PROHIBITING PARKING SPACES ADJACENT TO ADRIVEWAYFROM BEING CLOSER THAN 20 FEET TO THE RIGHT-OF-WAYOF APUBLIC ROAD; SECTION 90-512 BYMODIFYING THE OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENT FOR AUTOMOBILE SALES ESTABLISHMENTS; BYDELETING SECTION 90-535 IN ITS ENTIRETYAND INCORPORATING ITS PROVISIONS INTO SECTION 90-534; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-573(B) TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECT REFERENCE; BYMODIFYING THE TITLE OF DIVISION 9 TO INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTALUSE REGULATIONS; SECTIONS 90-693(3), 90-695(3), AND 90-696(3) BYMODIFYING THE MINIMUM SIDE AND REAR YARDS FOR COMMUNITYCENTERS, ADULT FAMILYCARE HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP; BYADDING ANEW SECTION 90-702 SETTING FORTH REGULATIONS SPECIFICALLYPERTAINING TO OUTDOOR VEHICLE SALES LOTS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.Acopy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. Acopy of the entire application(s) is available at the City Clerks Office during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City ClerkPUBLISH: 1-8-2012, Okeechobee News 15 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 But, said Sheriff May, that is not correct. According to OCSO documentation:  There are 148 employees classi ed as single and they pay nothing for their coverage, while the sheriff’s of ce pays their monthly premium of $622 each.  There are 11 employees classi ed as employees/spouse and they pay $296 a month for full coverage, and the sheriff’s of ce pays a monthly premium of $633.72 each.  There are 27 employees classi ed as employee/child and they pay $134.57 a month for full coverage, and the sheriff’s of ce pays a monthly premium of $627.64 each. Only full-time employees are covered under the OCSO plan. Sheriff May went on to say there are some employees who are not on the OCSO plan, but are on the plan of a spouse who works elsewhere. Also, he added, the children of some OCSO employees are covered under the state’s Healthy Kids program. The sheriff’s of ce employs a total of 212 people. “I would like to know how many people in Okeechobee County would like to pay $134 a month for their insurance coverage— that’s not astronomical. And, that’s darned good insurance,” said the sheriff. “This information could have been put out correctly with a simple records check. This information is available to anyone who wants to look at it.” Last scal year, the sheriff’s of ce paid a total of $1,457,973.84 in insurance premiums to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida. The insurance is administered by a local agency, added Sheriff May. The sheriff’s of ce, which negotiates their insurance contracts each year through the budget process, looked at eight different plans this scal year. Sheriff May added that the employee’s insurance includes prescription medication coverage. SHERIFFContinued From Page 1 the morning, the of cers asked to search the car. It was during that search that the tools and gloves were found. OCPD Detective Bill Saum expressed gratitude for the complainant calling the police department and providing them with information. “There’s no telling what would have happened that night if we had not been called,” he said. He went on to say that citizens can often help prevent crimes or even catch criminals simply by calling a law enforcement agency. To contact the Okeechobee City Police Department, call 863-763-5521. To contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, call 863-763-3117. CRIMEContinued From Page 1


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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is issuing a Finding of No Signi cant Impact (FONSI) for approving the construction and lease of a home on trust property for Michael and Christopher Jimmie. The approximately 1.5 acre lot is located off of Red Barn Road at Township 39 South. Range 32 East, Section 22. Glades County. Florida. which is located on the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Brighton Reservation. The BIA has approved and adopted the Environmental Assessment (EA) dated October 2011 prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department and entitled “Michael Jimmie and Christopher Jimmie Proposed Home Site”. This EA has been adopted and a FONSI issued for the approval of the home construction and lease of trust lands in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE: This is a Notice of Availability (NOA), that the EA and FONSI for the Federal action of approving the proposed home construction and lease of trust property are available for public review. The BIA has approved and adopted the above referenced EA which addressed this proposal. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EA. Based on the EA, it has been determined that the action will not result in signi cant impacts to the quality of the human environment, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not requir ed. You may obtain a copy of the EA and FONSI from the BIA Eastern Regional Of ce or the Environmental Resources Management Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6365 Taft Street. Suite 3008, Hollywood, FL 33024, telephone (954) 965-4380. APPEALS: “Any person who may be adversely affected by this decision may appeal the decision to: Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Region, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville TN 37214 in accordance with the regulations set forth at 25 CER Part 2. The notice of appeal must be signed and mailed within thirty days of the date of this decision. The notice should clearly identify the decision being appealed, and a copy of the decision should be attached to the notice of appeal. Copies of the notice must be sent to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, MS 4140-MIB, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240, as well as to my of ce and to all other interested parties known to the person appealing the decision. The notice of appeal to the Regional Director must also certify that the appealing party sent copies to each of these parties. The Regional Director will notify an appealing party of further appeal procedures. If no appeal is timely led, this decision will become nal for the Department of the Interior.” For further information please contact Chet McGhee, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Of ce, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214, telephone (615) 564-6830. Superintendent, Seminole Agency Date: 11/09/2011 Bureau of Indian Affairs 406061 ON 1/8/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time ManufacturingCylinder HandlerPraxair Distribution Southeast, one of North America’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical & specialty gases, high-performance coating, and related services and technologies is currently seeking a Cylinder Handler in OKEECHOBEE, FL. 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Call for more information 863-763-4620 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2000 Tahoe Z71 4x4 V-8, Front and rear air, automatic and loaded. $3,800 OBO 417-848-6360 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice School Board Workshop The School Board of Okeechobee County will meet in workshop session at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, prior to their regular business meeting at 6:00 p.m. The subject of the workshop is budgetary issues, and it is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 405839 ON 1/8/2012 PublicNotice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Region 20 Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast, dba/Workforce Solutions, is seeking statements of quali cations/resumes from individuals interested in developing, coordinating, and monitoring a Summer Youth Employment Program beginning February 20, 2012 through August 31, 2012. Please consider this document a formal Request For Quali cations (RFQ) Responses will be used to determine the best quali ed individual for the aforementioned services and will be the basis for negotiating a contract. Please submit (by U.S. mail, courier or hand delivery) one original cover letter, resume, proposed fee schedule and references with three copies in a sealed envelope labeled RFQ# 11-005-SYCONSULT no later than 5:00pm on January 17, 2012. Responses received after this date will not be considered. The request for quali cations (RFQ) package may be viewed at www.yourworkforcesolutions.com or picked up at 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. 406353 ON 1/1,4,6,8/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider nal reading of the following Ordinance into law: Ord No. 1080: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY-ONE (RSF-1) ZONING DISTRICT TO COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICE (CPO) ZONING DISTRICT; AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 11-002-R, submitted by Steve Dobbs, on behalf of property owner Okeechobee Church of God, to change the zoning district from RSF-1 to CPO, for approximately 1.033 acres, located at 301 NE 4th Avenue. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 407095 ON 1/8/2012 Change in School Board Meeting Date The regular meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board for January will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is consideration of regular School Board business. The meeting will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no meeting on January 10, 2012, as previously scheduled. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 405836 ON 1/1,8/2012 17 Okeechobee News January 8, 2012 PublicNotice READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people!


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Five senior Lady Brahmans played their last home game Thursday night in frigid conditions as Okeechobee fell to Fort Pierce Central 2-1 in girls soccer action at Brahman Stadium. Yvette Vega scored Okeechobee’s goal late in the second half. Fort Pierce led 1-0 at the half. Crystal Garcia, Brittney Ball, Taylor Fulford, Araceli Sanchez and Alex Perkins played their nal game for the Brahmans. Team manager Cely Solis was also honored at halftime with the other seniors. It was an even match throughout as both teams had their chances to score. Brahman goal keeper Jaryaca Baker made a nice stop on a one-on-one opportunity in the rst ve minutes of the match. Okeechobee had two corner kick opportunities in the rst half. Okeechobee had a chance to tie the match late in the game but a shot was deected away by a diving Cobra defender. Ball said the young Brahmans had their growing pains this year and were hurt by the Christmas layoff, but still played hard and showed some improvement as the season went on. “Our offense and our forwards are young. They play their hearts out but the majority of our team and seniors were defensive players. They didn’t have the guidance up front that some of our other teams had,” she noted. Ball said the team played better in the second half which has been a habit of Brahman teams. She said the girls were disappointed they didn’t get a win on senior night but still played well. “My teammates and my fellow seniors are great and I loved playing with them. I’m glad I got to spend my four years with them and I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” she said. 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. 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The proceeds from the event will go to help fund the OHS tennis teams this year and the fundraising goal is $5,000. Money is needed to help pay for game transportation, equipment, uniforms, and other needs. The format is best of three sets with a 12-point tiebreaker in the third set. Each participant is guaranteed two matches per division. The entry fee is $40 per doubles team. The fee includes a t-shirt and lunch for each player. All entries must be received by Friday, Jan. 20. Awards will also be given to the winners and nalists in both divisions. Lunch will include a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, sides and a drink on Jan. 28. Phone entries will be accepted by Mairim Rivero at 863-467-0209 or 561-722-6281 or Dave Ellis at 863-532-9316. Sponsors are also sought to help the tennis program. The tournament is sponsored this year by Palm Beach Paci c, Incorporated. OHS Tennis Team to host its annual tournament Brittney Ball prepares for a corner kick during the rst half of Thursdays soccer match at OHS. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKailey Hoover (#9) battles for possession of the ball near the Cobra net during the senior night match Thursday. Okeechobee fell 2-1.


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