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Publication Date: 01-15-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 15, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 7 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.52 feetLast Year: 12.40 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.City council to consider land use ordinance ... Page 2 Everstart FLW tourney on Big O ... Page 3Burglaries & thefts reported ... Page 13 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/ Ken Corregan Special to the Okeechobee News/ Richard Hodgkins A bird watcher’s paradiseLocal photographers snapped shots of dozens of birds at recent bird-watching and Christmas Bird Count trips in the Lake Okeechobee area, sponsored by the South Florida Water Management District and Audubon Society, including this peregrine falcon (at left) and palm warbler (at right). For more on the story, see page 14. State law that bans sale of synthetic marijuana dif cult to enforceBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An employee at a local business where tobacco products are sold has been arrested and accused of stealing $600 worth of synthetic marijuana from the store. Michael William Ross, 27, S.E. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Jan. 13, on a felony charge of grand theft. Because he had not been of cially booked into the Okeechobee County Jail, bond for Ross had not been set as of newspaper deadline. The synthetic marijuana is most commonly referred to as Spice, but is known and sold under a variety of names including: K-2, Mr. Nice Guy, Barely Legal, Genie, Yucatan Fire and Skunk. These substances, sold many times as incense, contain chemicals that mimic THCthe active ingredient in marijuanaand produce a marijuana-like high. In recent years these substances have become increasingly popular with teens and young adults. The fake marijuana consists of a plant material that has been coated with research chemicals. An arrest report by Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Ross was allegedl y taking packets of the synthetic marijuana of f store shelves and smoking it. The thefts have apparently been going on since December 2011, added the report. Detective Van Deman's arrest report stated that the store sells packages of the substance for $14 each. The detective's report also indicated that store surveillance video showed Ross giving a customer a package of the substance for free. "He told me he frequently gives free samStore employee accused of stealing ‘Spice’See SPICE Page 5


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The council is scheduled to hold the nal reading and vote on adoption of three ordinances. The rst has to do with updating the city's land development regulations. The second ordinance would change the zoning from residential single family one to commercial professional and of ce for the N.W. Fourth Avenue property of the Okeechobee Church of God. The proposed ordinance w ould allow the church to open a cafe on its property. The third ordinance deals with a natural gas franchise agreement with Florida Public Utilities Company. It's that time of year again to decide which houses will get rehabilitated with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The city's grant administrator will be on hand to discuss the grant program. The council will be asked to approve a settlement agreement regarding the Carter Pritchett Litigation. In addition, the council is scheduled to make citizen board appointments.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 02 FORD RANGER AM/FM Radio, Automatic $ 3,4951015C 3550 Highway 441 South Okeechobee (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154 www.GilbertChevrolet.com SALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays $ $ BUY FOR: MSRP: $22,135 DISCOUNTS: $3,140 C C H H H E E E V V V Y Y Y C C O O O L L O O O R R A A A D D O A A L L L L L N N N E E W W W W 2 2 2 20 0 0 0 1 2 All offers require quali“ed approved credit. 0% APR “nanc ing on select models. Guaranteed credit approval may require ad ditional down payments. All incentives and rebates to dealer. All offers are unique and cant be used in conjunction with each other. Managers Special Pre-Owned Vehicles Under $ 10kSAVE BIG IN2012To kick off the new year we’ve made saving as easy as 1, 2, 3! 04 CHEVROLET SILVERADO Reg Cab Work Truck Package $9,75001 PONTIAC MONTANA Power Windows/Locks, Cruise $4,99500 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX Power Windows/Locks, Cruise, Spoiler $3,99501 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER Leather $4,7502000 HONDA ACCORD Leather $6,495 NO MONEY DOWN M O O N E Y D O O O W W W N PAYMENTS AVAILABLE 1 NO PAYMENTS PAYMENTS UNTIL EASTER 3 0% APR FINANCING 2 A P R F I N A N C I N G FOR 72 MONTHS APPROVAL Guaranteed Credit BAD CREDIT? NO CREDIT? NO PROBLEM! Ask about our HUGE DISCOUNTS on remaining 2011 vehicles! W W WE S E ER R VI VI CE CE A A AN N D D R RE E PA A P IR IR AL AL L A L L MA MA A KE E K S S & & & M MO MO M DE DE LS LS ! S S S S T E E R T T E E 9044A 2030A 2090A 1382A 4956A Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Memorial Scholarship Poker TournamentWednesday, January 18 € 6pm S p e c k l e d P e r c h S t e a k h o u s e$5 0 e n t r y f e e Pre-register & get a free t-shirt Table sponsors available $1 0 0 Contact Russ Brown772.285.9914rband3@yahoo.com 2 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 Today: Sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastM.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind around 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South southwest wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest. Okeechobee Forecast City council to consider land use ordinances If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 Where: City Council chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S. E. Third Ave. Democratic Executive Council to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be having their regular meeting on Thursday, January 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. Any interested Democrats are invited to attend.Eagles North to host Steak NightEagles North will host Friday Steak Night on Friday, Jan. 20, from 5:30-9 p.m. Music by Al Jones. Put on your dancing shoes. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.B.R.A.T. Club plans January Teen DanceCome and start off the new year with friends at the January Teen Dance Party set for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus from 7 until 10 p.m. Tickets are just $7 each and includes pizza, soda, chips and entertainment. Ages 12-16 are welcome. Music by DJ "Dunk" games and more. For more information, call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.


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V oting I don’t know who to attribute this quote to, but it clearly states the fact that t he electoral college must continue. “All governments are incompetent, corrupt and inherently evil, some more so than others, b ut nothing putre es the American republic more insidiously and dangerously than an uneducated, gullible voter.” The above was demonstrated during the 2000 election in Palm Beach County. There should be a ret urn to voter tests, and maybe a poll tax, too. A ll ballots and voting information in English only.  The Founding Fathers had little faith in the people to choose their president directly (and senators at one time too). Ins tead they gave the power to a select group of individuals accountable to no one. They c ould choose a different president than the one the voters had selected hardly a democ ratic process. No presidential election has ever been altered as a result of any electors c hanging their votes. Instead, in four elect ions (1824, 1876, 1888, 2000) the people’s c hoice for president was denied not by a group of electors who were protecting the nation from “uneducated, gullible voter(s)” b ut as a result of the mathematical anomaly t hat gave the election to the 2nd place nisher! Is it fair to allow our elections to be hijacked by mathematical anomalies? T houghts to ponder Law of Close Encounters -The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone y ou don’t want to be seen with.  Law of the Result When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t w ork, it will.  Law of Biomechanics The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.  The Coffee Law As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until t he coffee is cold.How do you like him now? Presidential candidates can no longer escape the spotlight of the media. Any tiny mistake they make on any given day can go viral in an instant. They are followed by a small army of reporters and are surrounded by citizens with cameras and cell phones. Anyone with money can make a commercial or post a newspaper ad to get out a story about a candidate that the “mainstream media” might be ignoring. Just look at the pro-Gingrich superPAC that is making a 28-minute video about Romney. And any Joe Schmoe can make a video for Youtube for the same purpose.  The media never asks Obama any tough questions. It’s always soft, and then the liberal media goes after the real folks to try to discredit them but I think they nally caught on to what they are doing. They never question your president about anything he does, they just cover it up. But his record may haunt him this time.Smoking at school They’re worried about the dropout rate. Take weed away from the kids, and they’ll still be smoking it, but not at school.  That is what is wrong in this USA—let someone else do it... That is why Obama is your dictator.  Anyone who has information about drug use at a school should contact the narcotics task force. You can call the city police or the county deputies. Or send Bill Saum a private message on the newszap.com forum and let him pass it along to the authorities. Do SOMETHING about the problem. You know the cops do try. Last year they had that big undercover operation with the baby-faced cops posing as students and they arrested 20 or so kids who were selling drugs at the schools. For every one who is selling, there are likely to be dozens who are buying. It is going to be a continuing problem and the whole community needs to work together to do something about it.  I would rather kids get high than have a baby at 14-18 and then drop-out and become bums on the social services and medi-care system. But I forgot the “abstinence” only program is working.  I suspect that using marijuana, alcohol and other drugs contributes to the high teen pregnancy rate. Being “under the in uence” often leads teens—and adults—to make poor choices, which can lead to unplanned pregnancies. I agree that the “abstinence only” education plan is not working. The kids need all of the facts in regard to sex education, and it is obvious that many parents are not explaining the facts of life regarding sexually transmitted disease and birth control. Stop trying and let GodBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Ephesians 1:12—“We should be to the praise of his glory, who rst trusted in Christ.13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 4:30—“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” The Word of God says we are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. This seal—which indicates ownership, authority, and security—cannot be broken. This seal guarantees our entrance into heaven. But if we are sealed and we are the children of God, why do so many things go wrong? The cartoon character “Murphy” was an incompetent mechanic at Cape Canaveral around whom Murphy’s Law formulated. That is, “when Murphy is around everything that can go wrong sooner or later will go wrong.”—The New York publishing company. It seems that our life is lled with trouble— and at times, we all feel that we could be named Murphy. Everything we touch turns to rust instead of gold. And like “Murphy”, we would have no luck at all if it were not for bad luck. However, before we willingly take the name Murphy for life, I must remind you, that we may struggle from time to time, but WE HAVE BEEN SEALED BY HIS PROMISE. The promise is to all who believe and call upon His name. (See Eph. 2:8, 9.) Those who believe are sealed by the presence of Him (Holy Spirit) who promised— our text says, “After that ye believed, ye were sealed.” But we must never forget that there must be a struggle called repentance that will remove our love for sin. (See Acts 17:30.) In the following anecdote, F. B. Meyer uses the illustration of a beehive to compare the struggle of bees to that of the Christian: “A beekeeper told me the story of a hive—how, when the little bee is in the rst stage, it is put into a hexagonal cell, and honey enough is stored there for its use until it reaches maturity. The honey is sealed with a capsule o f wax, and when the tiny bee has fed itself on the honey and exhausted the supply, the tim e has come for it to emerge into the open. But, oh, the wrestle, the tussle, the straining to ge t through that wax! It is the strait gate for th e bee, so strait that in the agony of exit the be e rubs off the membrane that hid his wings, and on the other side is able to y! Once a moth got into the hive, and fed on the wa x capsules, and the bees got out without an y strain or trouble. But they could not y; and the other bees stung them to death. Are you congratulating yourself on having an eas y time? No hardness, no dif culties, no cross? Beware lest, like the bees, you lose your wing power, and perish miserably in the dust.” And again, let me remind you that WE HAVE BEEN SECURED BY HIS POWER. Th e Holy Spirit of God is the very power and presence of God Himself sent to secure the believer. We are told in our text that He [the Hol y Spirit] is also “the Earnest of our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14). The believer has the presence o f a hope within himself that could never com e from this dying world. And that hope rests in the Almighty! There’s an interesting story about how a gifted violinist named Fritz Kreisler acquired a Stradivarius violin. Kreisler heard about th e violin owned by an old Englishman and offered to buy it, but the old man said it wasn’ t for sale. One day Kreisler ventured to the old man’s house and said, “If I can’t buy it, ma y I touch it?” The old Englishman invited him in and even allowed him to begin making music with it. Great tears welled up in the old Englishman’s eyes and he said, “It is not fo r sale, but it is yours. You are the Master and alone are worthy of it!” That is what worship is all about. God is the Master and He alone is worthy. Starting with the letter “A,” and going through the alphabet, praise Him for all tha t He is, has been, and will be! He alone can seal and secure your life and eternal future! “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof….Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” (Rev. 5:9, 12) Sunday, January 15, 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. 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ples to customers to encourage business,” the detective stated. “When asked, these free items given to customers are not approved by the owner.” According to the detective, Ross “... blames his theft problem on the addiction to spice.” A law went into effect in Florida on July 1 that banned the sale of synthetic marijuana, or cannabinoid. Prior to that date, these substances were legally sold over the counter at many different retail outlets including convenience stores and head shops. Despite that law, however, law enforcement of cers aren’t currently making any arrests for the sale or possession of these substances because they can’t tell judges in their probable cause statements what illegal substances are in the fake pot. Because of the increased popularity of fake marijuana, manufacturers simply keep changing the chemical composition of the substances making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to know what the exact illegal chemical is. According to the Drug Enforcement A dministration (DEA) manufacturers commonly use ve chemicals to manufacture synthetic marijuana—JWH-018, JWH-073, J WH-200, CP-47 (497) and cannabicyclohexanol. Then, as states enact laws to ban the substances the manufacturers simply change the compounds. These chemicals have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human consumption. The package containing Spice even states that it is not for human consumption. The synthetic substances used in Spice can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, nosebleeds, increased blood pressure, nausea and, eventually, kidney failure. At least 16 states have taken action to control the sale and possession of fake marijuana. SPICEContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail while maintenance and rehabilitation work continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike. The section between Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp/Liberty Point and Alvin Ward Park/ Moore Haven East are closed while culverts 1 & 1A are replaced. Additionally, the Belle Glade to Port Mayaca section remains closed while dike rehabilitation activities are ongoing. Contractors are using heavy construction vehicles and large equipment within these areas. Truck traf c on the roads is a constant ow, and any additional traf c on the narrow trail or dike crest poses a safety hazard for recreationists and equipment operators. “We want to ensure the safest conditions possible while maintenance is ongoing – for the public’s protection along with our workers,” said Robert Schnell, assistant chief of the Corps’ South Florida Operations Of ce in Clewiston. For information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, to include downloadable maps and brochures, please visit the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/ Divisions/Operations/Branches/SFOO/recreation_trails.htm. Portions of scenic trail closed By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News This Spring Okeechobee could have a new VA Clinic, that is if CR Associates is successful in their bid for the contract. The Okeechobee VA Clinic, like many VA Clinics across the country, is operated by a private corporation under contract to the VA. The current Okeechobee contract is about to expire. Charles Robbins, CEO of CR A ssociates, told the Okeechobee News that his company has put in a bid for it. CR Associates operates about 75 clinics under contract to the VA. That makes them the largest V A contractor. While the contract has not been awarded y et, Mr. Robbins said that the company that receives the ve-year contract from the VA w ill have to be ready to operate the clinic in 90 days from the date of award. Therefore, CR Associates has been securing the necessary permits and having plans drawn up. They have purchased a building in the 200 block of N.W. Fifth Street contingent upon receiving the contract. Mr. Robbins said he was expecting announcement of the award around the rst of February. Therefore, if his bid is successful, the new clinic would open around the rst of May. He said he did not know if the current operator of the clinic has put in a bid for the new contract. However, he did say that if CR Associates is successful with their bid, they will interview and consider hiring employees of the current VA contractor. The building CR Associates would use is about 1,900 square feet. It is a new building that is currently vacant. There would be one doctor and several support personnel to serve about 1,900 veterans. The services would be for veterans only and services would be by appointment only. The contract CR Associates bid for includes ve other VA Clinics in Florida.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Okeechobee could have new VA clinic Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaIf CR Associates is successful in their bid for the contract to operate a VA Clinic in Okeechobee, this building in the 200 block of N.W. Fifth Street would house the clinic some time in the spring.


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.Ileen Watkins Sieracki, 58JACKSONVILLE — Ileen Watkins Sieracki, age 58, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Okeechobee. She was born Aug. 4, 1953, to James and Pauline Watkins in Pahokee, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Pauline Watkins; grandmother, Jessie Joiner; and grandfather, Pop Watkins. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James R. Sieracki of Okeechobee; daughters, Pauline Camp, Samantha You (Thang), Rebecca Pummell, Claudia Sieracki, all of Okeechobee; sisters, Paula Spiva (Charles), Claudie Fay Patterson, all of Okeechobee; brother, James E. Watkins (Vicki) of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren; and companion, Jeremy Johnson. The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, from 1 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Janet Rinaldo, 91OKEECHOBEE — Janet Rinaldo, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Janet was born in Torrington, Conn., on March 11, 1920. She moved to Miami, Fla., as a child and resided in Okeechobee since 1981. She was a member of Okeechobee Eastern Star #128 and a past matron of Allapattah Eastern Star. She was a member of Okee-Tantie Quilters and enjoyed going to bingo. She belonged to Oakview Baptist Church and was always willing to help others in need. Janet will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Rubert Shell and Aldolph Rinaldo; three sisters; one brother; and one half-sister. She is survived by her two daughters, Janet Blair (Ed) of Okeechobee, and Diane DeHart of Ocala, Fla.; three half-brothers, Ted Seaman of Oklahoma, Bruce Seaman of New Jersey and Richard Seaman of Nevada; three grandchildren, Troy DeHart of Clarkesville, Ga., Kimberly Williams (Capp) and Scott Saip; three great-grandchildren, Adrian Rogers III, Andrew Rogers and Kaitlyn Williams, all of Okeechobee; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, from 4 until 6 p.m. with services, of ciated by Pastor J ohn Garrison of Oakview Baptist Church, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Robert ‘Bob’ C. Godbold Sr., 40OKEECHOBEE — Robert “Bob” C. Godbold Sr., died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born in Dillon, S.C., and a resident of Okeechobee for over 40 years. Robert was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. He was a crop duster by profession and loved to y. He is survived by his son, Bobby (Pam) Godbold Jr. of Ocala; daughters, Joy (Keith) Marr, Rhonda (Bill) Freeman, both of Okeechobee, Penny (Larry) Mockabee of Orlando, Erin Christine Godbold of Miami Beach; six grandchildren; and ve great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until noon. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care 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 15, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Cypress Hut Eagles to host fried chicken dinner Jan. 15Sunday, Jan. 15, the Cypress Hut Eagles is having a fried chicken dinner, 1-6 p.m. Dinners are $6 per person. All proceeds to bene t Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Eagles North hosting breakfast Sunday, Jan. 15Eagles North will be having their famous $5 donation breakfast Sunday, Jan. 15, 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee. Proceeds go to F.O.E. 4137 Ladies community bene t fund.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be meeting on Monday, Jan. 16 at noon in the Historical Society Museum. Anyone interested in joining our group is encouraged to attend this regular meeting.Parenting classes offeredFREE Parenting Classes offered by the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee for pregnant girls and/or expecting fathers. Expectant parents can even earn free baby bucks to “spend” in our Baby Boutique. Classes are on Tuesday night, Jan. 17 and every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and held at the center located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. Call the Center at 863-467-8748 for more information.”Eagles North to host BingoEagles North will have Bingo starting at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Come play and Win! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. communit y bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.Library presents Broadway programs on WednesdaysIan 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. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. The Jan. 18 program covers the 1940s and 1950s. Seacoast Bank sponsors annual bass tournamentRegister today for the tenth annual Seacoast National Bank Big Lake Bass Fishing Tournament. Proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes. Advance registration closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23. Checks can be made payable to March of Dimes until Jan. 23. Tournament Day will be cash only. First prize is $1,000. For more information, please call Kathleen Shatto at 863-467-4663. Community Events


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Chris and Tiffany Collins of Okeechobee are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Cheyenne Rain Collins. Cheyenne was born Monday, December 12th, 2011, at St. Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She weighed 6 pounds 13.5 ounces and was 21 inches at birth. Cheyenne was welcomed at the hospital by her big brother, Colton, her maternal grandparents, George and Susan George of Okeechobee, her paternal grandparents, Stanley and Robie Collins of Okeechobee and her uncle, Scott George of Orlando. CHEYENNE RAIN COLLINS BIRTHS 8 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 Michael Brown, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Harbor Community Bank, has announced the appointment of Bobby H. Tucker to the Bank’s Board of Directors. Mr. Tucker previously served as a Director of the First Bank and Trust of Indiantown and the Big Lake National Bank in Okeechobee. Mr. Tucker has been active as a real estate broker in Okeechobee County for the past 25 years and is the principal broker for The Tucker Group. He is committed to the community as indicated by his involvement with: serving as major for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, as charter member of the Okeechobee Utilities Authority Board, a former member of the Okeechobee County Planning and Zoning Board and a founding Director of the Economic Council of Okeechobee. Mike Brown, Sr., commented, “We are pleased to have the extensive experience and community knowledge that Bobby brings to our Board of Directors. We are con dent that his contribution to our organization will be a great part of our future success.” Tucker named director of Harbor Community Bank Bobby H. Tucker Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Motor CompanyBeauty consultant earns carMary Kay Independent Sales Director Gayle Molyneaux of Okeechobee is driving a sporty new ride on the road to success. This month, Ms. Molyneaux earned the use of a Ford Mustang, Mary Kay’s newest addition to the career car program, as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business. Ms. Molyneaux began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 2006 and as a direct result of her accomplishments, became an independent sales director in 2006. As an independent sales director, she chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and offers her customers high quality Mary Kay products. Ms. Molyneaux will take delivery of her new Ford Mustang, her fth Mary Kay career car at Okeechobee Motor Company presented by Okeechobee Motor Company General Manager, Dowling Watford (right). Independent sales directors earn the use of Mary Kay career cars through outstanding business achievements. Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of locally owned and operated Serenity Coffee Shop, 601 S.W. Park Street, on Monday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. Take this opportunity to meet with Curtis and Jennie, learn about their organic coffee beans, certi ed fair trade and locally roasted, and sample their house blend. Following the ceremony and until 2 p.m. come enjoy a free cup of coffee on the house! New coffee shop hosts grand opening Martha’s House needs the volunteer service of a certi ed automobile mechanic to check out a vehicle recently donated. Please call 863-763-2893 if you can help us out. Martha’s House in need of volunteer service tech Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCHD Employee of the YearErin Hess, administrator, Okeechobee County Health Department, presents the Employee of the Year award to Marcia Woodham, LPN.


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Laporshe Morris had 10 points and Imari Roberts added six points for Osceola. Yearling led 9-4 after the rst quarter and 16-6 at the half. Yearling outscored the Warriors 11-3 lead in the third to take control. Osceola rallied against the Lady Bulls bench in the fourth quarter to get within eight points but the Yearling starters returned and extended the lead. Osceola coach Josh Stoddard called it a frustrating game because his girls had w orked on a new offense for two weeks and weren't able to run it effectively in the game. "We made it a game at the end, it's the same old story other teams have a point guard and we don't. In the off season I plan to do a thorough job to get us a point guard for next year," he added. Stoddard said he felt the team is headed in the right direction because the effort is there and the younger ladies listen well. Yearling coach Tammy Wright said she felt her girls executed on both ends of the oor, took good shots and took the ball hard to the basket. "This was a good way to end the season and was a sweet victory. I don't think Osceola expected us to come so aggressively. We anticipated it would be a physical game and we were prepared mentally and physically," she added. Nunez said the victory meant a lot to everyone, especially the eighth graders who got a win in their nal home game of their middle school careers. She had a couple of confrontations with Osceola players due to rough but clean play on the court. "I don't have a problem with anybody. In the heat of the moment when you hit somebody it gets you, but I didn't let it bother my game and I didn't let them take me off track," she added. Lady Bulls race past Lady Warriors, 44-20 Laporche Morris awaits a rebound underneath during the Osceola versus Yearling battle Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJakayla Moore (left) is guarded by Raylee Coleman of Yearling during Thursday’s contest at OHS. Yearling prevailed by 24 points. Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS' adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent "Forever Families" for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children's Home Society's Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held on bond following his arrest on felony charges of doctor shopping. Ronald Bryant Clements, 51, N.W. 10th Ave., w as arrested Monday, Jan. 9, on two counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Bryant was apparently receiving prescriptions for similar medications from two different doctors. According to the detective’s report, Clements received a script for 20 xanax tablets from a local doctor on Oct. 13, 2011. Then, on Oct. 20, a Kissimmee doctor gave him a prescription for 90 xanax tablets. The report went on to state that the local doctor also gave Clements a script for 40 roxicodone pills on Oct. 13. Clements was then given a prescription for 90 hydromorphone tablets by the Kissimmee physician on Oct. 14, added the report. 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Simple Extractions Start at $25.00 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 13 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Tony Dennis Fountain, 33, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 12 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $1,000.  Jessie James Wright, 21, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 12 by Of cer Jack Boon on a felony charge of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing. His bond was set at $11,000.  Lorenzo Rivera, 24, S.E. Sixth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 13 by Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. His bond was set at $5,500.  Allen Dean Case, 21, N.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 13 by Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. His bond was set at $5,500. 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. Arrest Report The following cases are under investigation by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce: BURGLARIES  9700 block of N.E. 101st St.  10000 block of N.E. 101st St.  10000 block of N.E. 101st St.  600 block of N.W. 27th Lane  1800 block of N.E. Third St.  2400 block of N.E. Sixth St. THEFTS  12000 block of S.R. 70 E.  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  5300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (cell phone)  13000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (newspaper box)  3000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (newspaper box)  2000 block of S.E. 38th Trail (wallet)  7000 block of N.E. 11th St.  4200 block of U.S. 441 S.  2700 block of S.E. 24th Blvd.  13000 block of N.E. 124th Ave. (jewelry)  2100 block of S.W. Seventh Ave. (A.C. unit)  12000 block of S.R. 70 E.  7900 block of N.E. 13th Way VANDALISM  1700 block of U.S. 441 N. Crime Report Concealed weapons class plannedThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee will host a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register online at www.OkeechobeeBusiness.com. You may also pickup a registration form at the Hampton Inn. For more information, email info@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or call 863-467-6246. Ronald B. Clements


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Birders documented 10 duck species, 8 raptor species and a variety of wading birds totaling more than 67 species during the rst outing conducted Jan. 7 by the Audubon Society of the Everglades and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) in the wetland built to clean water owing to the Everglades. “This was a highying start to the District’s new collaboration with the Audubon Society of the Everglades,” said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “The new birding tours allow us to expand recreational opportunities and showcase wildlife on District lands that are improving Everglades water quality.” With cameras and long-range viewing scopes, the bird watchers caravanned across about 9 miles of the internal levees that separate the water-cleaning cells of the wetland. They frequently stopped at choice locations to view wildlife in the expanse of water and specialized plants that take up phosphorus before it enters the Everglades. “Could it be a tern?” asked Lighthouse Point resident Andrew Morris as he peered through a pair of binoculars. Indeed, it was a Caspian tern, according to a eld guide and his fellow bird watchers. “There’s another [black-necked] stilt behind the wood stork. It’s amazing what you see out there ... This is just fantastic.” Rounded Rectangle: Recreation at STA-1 East  The treatment wetland offers a public access point for hiking, bicycling, bird watching and nature photography.  Also featured are an information kiosk, directional signs, paved parking and a composting toilet.  The recreation area is open from sunrise to sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Audubon of the Everglades will lead tours at the site on the rst Saturday each month through April. Additional tour dates during that time and future outings will be posted on the Audubon of the Everglades website. The STA-1 East tour program was modeled after the popular partnership with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society, which has served more than 5,100 bird watchers and photographers from across the globe at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 in Hendry County. Audubon volunteers, in cooperation with the District, have led 135 individual tours at the site to date. Renowned as havens for birds and wildlife, Stormwater Treatment Areas are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration, naturally using plants to remove phosphorus from water owing into the fabled River of Grass. The District operates a network of six STAs south of Lake Okeechobee with a combined area of more than 52,000 acres. Since 1994, the treatment areas have retained more than 1,400 metric tons of total phosphorus that would have otherwise entered the Everglades.2011 Christmas Bird CountBirding enthusiasts convened in STA-5 for the 112th Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 31, 2011. Volunteers with the HendryGlades Audubon Society partnered with the District to document 118 species and more than 131,000 individual birds. Known as “citizen science,” bird counts are vital to studies of the long-term health and status of bird populations. More than 50 Audubon volunteers made the trip to STA-5 just south of Lake Okeechobee in Hendry County for a day of intensive bird watching. Of the diverse array of bird species sighted within a 15-mile radius of the STA-5-Clewiston site, highlights included a snow goose, gray kingbird, Cassin’s kingbird and a white-throated sparrow. The bird count at STA-5 once again served as a prelude to another partnership year of Audubon/SFWMD birding tours that showcase wildlife and public access on lands managed in perpetuity by the District for Everglades restoration. The more than 6,000-acre constructed wetland, just south of Clewiston, is today one of 489 sites on The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the sites are selected for their proli c bird watching or bird education and wildlife-viewing opportunities. The District provides a variety of recreational opportunities on public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the District has opened 621,000 acres of land to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, campsites and hiking trails. For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District’s 16-county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. SFWMD, Audubon host bird watching tours Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDThis roseate spoonbill is one of the birds photographed at a recent bird-watching trip hosted by the South Florida Water Management District and the Audubon Society.


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Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 15 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report January 9 & 10, 2011 Cows Breaking 74.00 88.00 Cutter 64.00 73.00 Bulls 1000-1500 85.00 92.00 1500-2000 85.00 109.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 972 1484 Cows 314 288 Str 3 93 Hfrs 17 14 Bulls 30 67 Y rlngs 13 28 Mix 21 10 Total 1370 1984 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 200-240 160-190 250-300 185-220 150-185 300-350 180-215 145-165 350-400 165-200 140-163 400-450 155-185 135-155 450-500 146-167 130-148 550-600 135-151 124-140 600-650 128-141 122-134 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 170-198 135-155 250-300 158-180 134-146 300-350 145-177 124-142 350-400 135-160 120-138 400-450 130-152 115-131 Prices still good! Feeder calves were good & strong. It’s pretty crazy when 300# calves bring $600! Slaughter cows & bulls were steady to a little higher. Look for it to hold unless weather gets bad out west. Peggy Stratton, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.65, bought by Foy Reynolds. Immokalee Ranch, Immokalee, topped the cow market with a high of $90, bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Jeff ALTAMONTE SPRINGS—Burmese pythons invading Florida’s natural lands come out of hiding on chilly winter days and can more easily be seen sunning on roadways and along canal banks. The Nature Conserv ancy asks for your help during this time of decreased temperatures and increased exposure. If you see a sun-bathing python or any other invasive species, like Nile monitors, take a photo and please call I-888-IveGot1 and report your sighting to the Python Patrol. “We have 24-hour response by law enforcement in 10 counties, although anyone in Florida can leave a message,” said Nature Conservancy Biologist Cheryl Millett, w ho runs the Conservancy’s program. The counties where a responder trained by the Conservancy to capture invasive snakes is dispatched are: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Broward, Palm Beach, Glades, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. The Nature Conservancy began the Python Patrol in 2005 to help prevent the spread of snakes out of Everglades National Park and into the Florida Keys where one had been discovered after feeding on an endangered Key Largo wood rat. People who w ork outside for a living were encouraged to call in sightings and trained responders up and down the Keys captured the intruders. Now the program is being implemented across the southern part of the state. Pythons eat a wide range of wildlife species, including birds, mammals and alligators up to 4 feet long. “By capturing snakes in the counties on the edges of the major infestation in the park we may be able to stop the spread and prevent new breeding. And by capturing them in the park we hope to suppress the population,” Ms. Millett said. Sightings can be led on-line at IveGot1. org as well. There is also an iPhone App available through iTunes called IveGot1 that was developed by the University of Georgia. The phone number and web site are open for reports of all invaders, including sh. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with the Conservancy to respond to reports. And wildlife of cers continue to be trained to properly capture and bag snakes. “We encourage everyone to become more familiar with distinguishing invasive from native reptiles by taking the free online REDDy training offered by the University of Florida,” Ms. Millett said. Online REDDy training is at http://ufwildlife.ifas.u .edu/ reddy.shtml and offers a certi cate at end of the 40-minute free training, plus ID and reporting handouts. See a Burmese python? There’s an app for that!


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No timetable has been announced for a nal decision on the football coach.  The Osceola Middle School Lady Warriors used tight defense and an improved offense to defeat Storm Grove at home, 23-11 earlier this month. Laporshe Morris led the way with eight points while Michaela Myers added seven points and 16 rebounds. Imare Roberts and Jakayla Moore had four points apiece. Coach Josh Stoddard said his team mixed their defense between zones and man to man and frustrated Storm Grove throughout the contest. “We also improved our aggressiveness and free throw shooting which helped our offense,” he added.  Cheyenne Nunez of Yearling Middle School was named to play in an All-Star Basketball Showcase for middle school student athletes from Indian River, Okeechobee and Brevard Counties on Jan. 21 at Sebastian River High School. The event is hosted by the Florida Comets. The Comets is a non pro t organization that is dedicated to the advancement and development of youth basketball to insure access to a college education.  Ami Edwards had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Carley McCoin added 19 points as Okeechobee High School defeated Jensen Beach 72-60 in girls varsity basketball action on Wednesday night. The girls varsity team has shown tremendous improvement in recent games.  The Brahman boys soccer team improved to (14-1-1) on the season with a 3-1 win at Clewiston on Monday night. Erick Garcia, Hunter Pritchard and Eduardo Monjaras scored goals for Okeechobee. Sera n Espinoza added an assist and also had ve saves in the Brahman net.  Yearling Middle School upset the Brighton Charter School on the Reservation Monday 46-43. Cheyenne Nunez had 25 points and Raylee Coleman added 11 points. Coleman hit two big three point baskets in the fourth quarter Megan Hargraves had four points and Baylee Farless added three points. Yearling outscored Pemayetv Emahakv 18-5 in the nal quarter. Coach Tammy Wright said she felt Nunez did a spectacular job controlling the ball and making things happen. She also praised Hargraves for guarding the Seminoles top scoring threat and holding her to only 13 points. “I think the Lady Bulls have improved tremendously throughout the season and I am so proud of this group and how they have worked to become a better team,” she said.  The Yearling boys defeated Brighton 38-26 behind Lamar Williams’ 24 points. Antawyn Fludd and Juanyae Ford added six points apiece. Imolakeyo Osceola led Brighton with 20 points. Elijah Finney added eight points for the Seminoles. Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said his team played excellent team defense and took advantage of their athletic ability to score points in the paint. “Overall we played aggressively. Coach Myron Refoure has worked with the team on defense every day and that has made the team better,” he explained. Francisco Compton had four blocks for Yearling. Yearling Middle School lost to Sebastian at home last Thursday, Jan. 5, 40-26. Lamar Williams and Francisco Compton led the Bulls with eight points apiece. Yearling trailed by only seven points at the half and played better than earlier in the year when Sebastian blew out the Bulls by 25 points. Yearling only hit 2-14 shots from the free throw line. “If we had made our free throws and limited our mistakes against their press, we could have kept the score much closer,” Ochoa added.  The OkeechobeeHigh School wrestling team nished 11th out of 19 teams at the Steadwell/Grow Memorial Tournament held in Port St. Lucie on Jan. 7. Allen Leitner took fth place in the 195 pound weight class. He split four matches during the tournament. Greg Hernandez won four out of six matches in the 220 pound division to nish in sixth place. Larry Tabor took sixth place at 145 pounds as he won three out of six matches. On Thursday the wrestling team lost a dual meet at Sebring 42-33. Among the highlights was a quick pin in 10 seconds by Del no Garcia at 106 pounds. Ben Levins won a close decision over Shaquille Williams, 12-10, at 132 pounds. Michael Thomas at 138 pounds and Larry Tabor won in rst round pin falls. Cody Grif th won with a third round pin in the 120 pound weight class. Greg Hernandez improved to (15-8) on the season with a rst round pin in the 220 pound weight division. The OHS wrestling team competes at the Destito Duals at Martin County High School on Saturday.  Felton Johnson had a game high 14 points as Okeechobee defeated Lake Placid 58-34 in boy’s basketball action Thursday night in HighlandsCounty. Trewiston Pierce had 13 points and Brendon Jonassaint added nine points for Okeechobee. Okeechobee boy’s soccer captured their 15th win of the season with a 2-1 win at Benjamin on Thursday. Hunter Pritchard and Brian Guerrero had goals for the (15-1-1) Brahmans. Sera n Espinoza had a strong game in the Brahman net.  Sebastian River shut out Okeechobee (4-0) in girl’s soccer action on Thursday. Jaryaca Baker had 14 saves for the Lady Brahmans. Okeechobee will host a district tournament match on Tuesday night against Fort Pierce Westwood. Sports News in Brief Eagles to host Card BingoEagles North will have Card Bingo on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 4 p.m. Come play and have fun with us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community Bene t fund, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Gilbert Chevrolet to host child safety seat checkGilbert Chevrolet & Safety Kids Palm Beach County proudly present the Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event on Jan. 21, at Gilbert Chevrolet. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. The event is free. There will be free food, kid activites, hands on demonstrations to keep kids safe in and around vehicles and there will be car seats available to purchase for $25.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., in the board room of the School Board Of ce.


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Call 863-467-8559 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Utility Trailers5x8 Covered Cargo Trailer Call for more information 863-824-8712 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND TEST OF VOTE TABULATING EQUIPMENT FOR THE JANUARY 31, 2012 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections, located in the Historic Court House, 304 NW 2nd Street, at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The Board is convening for an orientation meeting for the 2012 election cycle. The Board is also meeting to test the ballot tabulating equipment to be used in the January 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Following the public test, the Board will remain in session to discuss other matters pertaining to the Presidential Preference Primary Election. In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, this meeting will be open to the public. Gwen Chandler Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County 407632 ON 1/15/2012 Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 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 Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. 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. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 407523 ON 1/15/2012 NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT 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 leases of homes on trust property for Seminole Tribal member leases received in December 2011. The BIA has approved and adopted the following Environmental Assessments (EAs), dated December 2011, prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department: • Clifton Huggins Proposed Home Site, Big Cypress Reservation, Hendry County • The Young Family Proposed Home Site Leases, Big Cypress Reservation, Hendry County • Willema Gore Proposed Lease, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Davey Lee Snow Proposed Lease, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Bryan Arledge Proposed Homesite, Brighton Reservation. Glades County • Richard Osceola and Sunshine Frank Proposed Homesites, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Janine Cypress Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Rachael Justine Billie Home Site, Brighton Reservation. Glades County • Ian Billy Proposed Lease, Big Cypress Reservation, Hendry County The EAs above have been adopted and a FONSI issued for the approval of the home construction and leases of trust lands in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE: This is a Notice of Availability (NOA), that the EAs and FONSI for the federal action of approving the proposed home construction and leases of trust property are available for public review. The BIA has approved and adopted the above referenced EAs which address these proposals. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EAs. Based on a review of the EAs listed above, it has been determined that the proposed actions will not result in signi cant impacts to the quality of the human environment, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. You may obtain a copy of the EAs 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, I lollywood, 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 CFR 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-M1B, 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. Mary H. Umholtz Date: 1/3/2012 Superintmdent, Seminole Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs 406943 ON 1/15/2012 Public Notice Public Notice School Board Workshop The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in workshop session at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012, prior to the regular School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m., in the School Board Meeting Room, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The subject of the workshop is budgetary issues. This workshop is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 407664 ON 1/15/2012 18 Okeechobee News January 15, 2012 Public Notice Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaChildren’s WeekAt their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, Okeechobee County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 to be Children’s Week in Okeechobee County. Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton, left, presented the proclamation to Pat Hickman, right, Lead Resource Coordinator for the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties. The purpose of Children’s Week is to create a shared vision of the State of Florida’s commitment to its children and families and to engage a long-term process to develop and implement strategies for moving the shared vision forward.


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