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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-17-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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OHS wrestler quali es for state nals ... Page 24 Friday, February 17, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 21 13.13 feetLast Year: 12.32 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Landlord nds rental stripped of furniture and appliances ... Page 8 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Educators Association #1604 and the Okeechobee School Administration haven’t agreed on much lately but they did agree to bypass the special magistrate and take their contract dispute directly to the Okeechobee School Board. The Executive Council of the Union voted this week to go straight to the board with their case. The school administration agreed and two law rms were hired this week to represent the School Administration and to advise the school board at the upcoming hearing which has yet to be set. Union President Candy Walker said the dispute is not over salaries and money but rather job security for Okeechobee teachers. “Money has nothing to do with it. In fact we want our step and a raise, but most of us feel we’re not even sure if we are going to have a job from year to year,” she explained. Ms. Walker said educators have not been respected by state legislators. She said the goal is to keep good teachers in Okeechobee schools. “One of the main sticking points is language in the contract that if you are highly effective or effective you should be able to maintain your job from year to year. The school board wants employees to be ‘at will’ from year to year,” she added. Ms. Walker said without that stability no teacher will commit to moving here to Okeechobee, buying a home, and becoming School board to decide contract dispute By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Billowing in the gentle breeze at Flagler Par k are 155 blue and white ags. Each ag bear s the name and age of one of the children wh o died in Florida last year as a result of abuse an d neglect. The Field of Memories, sponsored b y CASTLE, a nonpro t organization that work s to prevent child abuse through parent educa tion, dedicated the eld on Tuesday, Feb. 14 Following the presentation of Colors by th e Okeechobee High School JROTC, ag bearer s presented eight ags, symbolic of all 155 vic tims followed by remarks from Castle of cial s and parents who have been helped by Castle. “What we try to do every day with CASTL E is try to prevent this,” Al Jacks said of this dis play. Mentioning the fact that it was Valentine’ s Day he said the 155 children memorialized wil l never receive or give a Valentine. “The key is prevention,” stated Rossan a Gonzalez, who handles community relation s for CASTLE. CASTLE parenting counselor s work with parents on a one-on-one basis deal ing with the issues of toilet training, crying an d eating problems. “They come into the hom e as a guest, then they become a helper, the n they become a healer,” Ms. Gonzales said o f Flags memorialize 155 child abuse deaths Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThe Okeechobee High School JROTC Color Guard presents Colors at the dedication of Memory Field in Flagler Park on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Memory Field consists of 155 ags commemorating the victims of child abuse in Florida in the last year. The event was sponsored by CASTLE, a nonpro t organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. “We will ght for our freedom to assign teachers, and won’t give up our rights to manage as a business.”— Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent of SchoolsSee TEACHERS — Page 8 See FLAGS — Page 8 W oman reportedly held hostage for 4 hours with knife to her throat ... Page 9


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Can a teacher videotape class? Parents, know who your kid’s friends are, who their parents are, where your kids are when they are not with you or at s chool, and listen to their teachers if they are c ontacting you. If not, don’t be surprised if t hey become a teen parent, get in trouble at s chool, get arrested or worse.SFWMD lease controversy The real culprits in this are SFWMD of cials. They have made back-room deals and got caught, now they’re trying to pass t he blame. They even admit that what they documented was incorrect.  Well, the good old boys are at it again!  Governor Scott is moving in the right direction when he caused SFWMD to reduce their budget signi cantly. Write and/ or call your State legislators with the speci c issues.Preventive health care So, let’s get this straight ... preventive health includes abortion. You go for breast c ancer screening, you go for colon cancer s creening, you go for prostate cancer screening, and, if you get pregnant, the cancer is t he child and it must go.  If people don’t stop overpopulating the w orld, there will soon be wars for food & w ater. They are going to breed humans out of existence. Consider this, when Jesus was b orn year 1, the population of the entire earth was 200 million, or less than the current population of America. By the Americ an Revolution the world population was 700 million. By the time of the War Between t he States the world population was 1.2 Billion, with a B, double in 100 years. When the ‘55 Chevy hit the streets the population had grown to 2.8 Billion. By 1976, our country’s Bi-centennial it was 4 billion. When George W Bush was re-elected the world had grown t o 6.5 billion. Last year we passed 7 Billion and in about another decade we will pass 8 b illion. When will it stop?  Birth control pills are obtainable under Medicaid. So basically the state will pay for you not to get pregnant. Also condoms are free from the Health Department here in town. And yes, I’m pro choice.  So wait, we complain when a women is on welfare and child support with her 10 kids. But now we are saying she can’t have an abortion and is stuck with kid number 11.  I complain that a woman can afford to put on clothes and then take them off to make child number 11. I have to pay for her and her children or no children anyway and I and many, many, other people are not going to do it any more. We will just stop. Let Warren Buffet give everything he has to the government because he wants to pay more taxes. Let other millionaires and billionaires pay everything to the government and put their money where their mouths are. Do it. Give it.  Considering how many other forms of birth control are readily available, abortion should not be necessary to control the overpopulation issue. I think we have to look at why a woman who already has a lot of children would keep having kids she cannot afford to take care of. Is it because our government is offering an incentive to have more children by giving out welfare and food stamps? Okee-Tantie I was thinking about the statement that said operating Okee-Tantie in the current state costs the county $100,000 a year. Do we get our money’s worth? Well, that works out to less than $3 a person, so if you visit the park one time a year, you probably got your money’s worth. And many people go there every weekend so they get a real bargain. Yes, some people do not use the park at all, so why should they pay taxes for it? Well, some people don’t use the sports complex or the other ball elds and our taxes go for those parks. I’ve never had a re but I am happy to pay to keep the re department around just in case I need it.  Why has the BOCC already hired a consulting rm paying them $7,500 for their opinion? Why did they not wait and see how the voters feel about this? I think sometimes they forget that we hired them and they work for us. Unless this is another done deal. Something smells “ shy” and it ain’t coming from the lake or river. Stopping SNAP fraud in its tracksBy Kevin Concannon Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Americans expect and deserve a government that ensures their hard-earned tax dollars are managed with accountability and integrity. Without that commitment, we risk undermining public con dence in the value of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—formerly known as food stamps. This critical nutrition program helps millions of people in need to put food on the table through tough economic times until they can get back on their feet. In support of this commitment, and as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste and root out fraud and abuse in federal programs, USDA announced new steps to strengthen anti-fraud efforts in SNAP. In that same spirit, I am pleased to report on the rst quarter results of our anti-fraud efforts in 2012. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011, we penalized—with nes or a temporary disquali cation—more than 225 stores found violating program rules, and we permanently disquali ed over 350 stores for traf cking SNAP bene ts. While fraud is a relatively limited problem in SNAP—the violating stores represent less than of 1 percent of more than 230,000 food stores authorized to redeem bene ts— we have a zero tolerance policy for fraud. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service conducts ongoing surveillance and investigation, to nd bad actors and remove them from the program. In scal year 2011, FNS reviewed over 15,000 stores, and permanently disquali ed over 1,200 for program violations. As Undersecretary of the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, at USDA—the federal agency that oversees the state administration of the program—and having run the program at the state level in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa, I know rsthand the importance of SNAP. I don’t tolerate fraud and abuse in the program, and neither do the American taxpayers. So last December I announced new and expanded anti-fraud activities to strengthen USDA’s commitment to promote and preserve the integrity of SNAP, a critical nutrition assistance program that feeds more than 46 million low-income and working Americans. To adapt state-of-the-art technology to identify suspicious activity, we awarded a 10-year contract to further develop the nex t generation of fraud detection systems. W e are in the process of developing even stronger sanctions and penalties against retailers that misuse the program, we are increasing documentation requirements to verify identity and assure business integrity as well as researching high-risk stores using tax and business databases, and we recently updated our policies to clarify that advertising the sale of bene ts through social media is a violation. To round out our aggressive steps to combating fraud and traf cking, we recentl y launched a Fighting SNAP Fraud websit e (www.fns.usda.gov/ ghtingsnapfraud) help raise awareness of the issues and provide a direct portal to report suspicious activities. Public assistance is vital to wiping out fraud and traf cking. If you see suspicious activity, report it. Or persons can always call ou r fraud hotline, at 800-424-9121. Taken together, these steps underscor e USDA’s commitment to combat fraud, wast e and abuse and inspire the con dence in government Americans deserve. I’m proud to say that USDA takes protecting taxpayer dollars very seriously and we are working hard to make sure others do, too. Friday, February 17, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Guest Commentary 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. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Local ForecastFriday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 7 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: A 30 percent chance o f showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south between 10 and 15 mph. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance o f showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. South southwest wind around 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In recent years it seems the process of preparing the county budget has started earlier each year. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Okeechobee County Commissioners held their rst budget workshop for the scal year 2012/2013 budget. There was little discussion of actual numbers. The main purpose of the workshop w as to sound out the commissioners' general budget philosophy so staff would know how to begin budget preparation. Proposed department budgets are due March 14 and w ill be presented to the commissioners in early May. "It is my belief that we are not going to spend more than we bring in," asserted county administrator Robbie Chartier. "We are not going to touch reserves unless it is for a one-time expense in capital, but not for any operating expenses." Commissioners discussed some possible changes in homestead exemption laws that w ould affect county revenues. Statewide sales tax is expected to increase by one percent. However, fuel tax is projected to decrease by 0.5 percent. The decrease in fuel tax, which is used for road projects, w ill not adversely affect the county since large road projects have been delayed. The process of attrition will continue to be used to downsize the workforce. The trend in decreasing property values is expected to continue for two more years before leveling off and then going in the other direction. A ve-percent decrease in property v alues is predicted for scal year 2013 and a 3 percent decrease for 2014. No decrease is predicted for scal year 2015 and a 1 percent increase is predicted for scal year 2016. The county will be facing an increase in the Medicaid budget and a decrease in sold w aste host fees. Commissioner Ray Domer cautioned against becoming too dependent on host fees, as has been done in the past. "We are where we need to be," Mrs. Chartier said of reserves. The target is 17 percent of general operating expenditures. However, a $1 million shortfall is predicted at this time. "We should be able to do what we need to do with the money we collect," Commissioner Domer asserted. The health department will be reducing services and no increase is expected over the current year's $173,000 health department budget. However, there will be an estimated $850,000 increase in Medicaid expenses. The current millage rate is 8.5. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of taxable value. Commissioners could set a millage rate of 9.5 mils, which Mrs. Chartier predicted would compensate for the predicted $1 million shortfall. Taking into account decreasing property values, 9 mils would bring in the same amount of revenue as this year. Another option would be to reduce the millage rate to 8, which would result in a $1.4 million reduction in revenue. The maximum millage rate that can be set is 10. "I would look at leaving the millage rate where it is," was the opinion of Commissioner Frank Irby. The garbage assessment will increase as the cost of collection increases. The re assessment has remained the same for four years and could possibly be reduced in the coming budget. The rates for EMS assessment have increased one time since implementation of the assessment in 2009/2010. Mrs. Chartier said the county might have to increase fees in some of the operating areas. As an example she mentioned that the fee for use of the swimming pool has not increased in many years. "There are going to be hard decisions," Mrs. Chartier predicted. The administrator said commissioners will have to determine what level of service the county can afford to sustain. A question to be asked is if a function that has been performed by county government is actually essential. Another area of consideration would be the impact on the public if the level of service is reduced. As an example of a possible reduction of level of service Mrs. Chartier suggested a reduction in hours at the library. Commissioners discussed a cost of living adjustment for county employees or possibly a performance based pay increase or a combination of both ideas. Currently the county pays 100 percent of employee health insurance. Various options for health insurance were discussed including allowing employees to opt out of the county plan and purchase their own insurance and requiring employee to contribute toward health coverage. Since this was a workshop, no of cial action could be taken. Based on previous years, there will be several more workshops before the budget is nalized. 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The grant is available to any low-income household with a person 60 years of age and older or a low income person 60 or older living alone. Applicants must live in Okeechobee County. The grant can be used for either Florida Power and Light or Glades Electric. Each grant pays up to $600 for help with electric bills in the heating cycle, October through March and up to $600 for the cooling cycle, April through September for a total of up to $1,200. Interested persons should call senior services at 863-462-5180 to set up an appointment. Applicants must be behind on their electric bill and furnish a nal notice from the power company. They must also provide documentation of salary, and/or social security income.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Grant helps low income elderly with electric bills Special to the Okeechobee News/ Farm BureauMembership driveOkeechobee County Farm Bureau held its membership drive on Jan. 28, at the annual health expo where they gave away door prizes. Insurance Agent, Celeste Hawk, presented the insurance door prize to Noel Ochs. We want your news! The Okeechobee News welcomes news from the community. Send news, letters to the editor, photos and other items for the paper to okeenews@newszap.com Please email photos at jpeg attachments. Also, nd us on Facebook!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Bobbi L. Royster Delcampo, 47OKEECHOBEE — Bobbie L. Royster Delcampo, 47, passed away Feb. 10, 2012, at Lawnw ood Regional Medical Center. She was born A pril 5, 1964, to William Royster and came to Okeechobee from Indiantown 17 years ago. Mrs. Delcampo w as preceded in death by her brothers, Brad and Barry Royster. She is survived by her husband of 13 y ears, Jose R. Delcampo; son, Steven W illiams; daughter, Sheree Royster; father, William Royster; sisters, Barbara Vela and Rebecca Rowe; several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and her beloved dog, Kickstart. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th ST, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. at Buxton Funeral Home with Pastor Pedro Carcamo of ciating. Friends may sign the guest book at www.Buxtonfuneralhome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972 Francis ‘Frank’ Ryan, 73OKEECHOBEE — Frank Ryan, 73, of Okeechobee, passed away Feb. 14, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 22, 1938, in Aurora, Ill., to Francis and Ruby Ryan. He came to Okeechobee from Jonesville, Michigan. He loved sports and was an FSU fan. Mr. Ryan was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Stehlik. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Ryan; daughter, Jeanne Clark (Timothy) of Grandville, Mich.; three sons, Joseph Ryan (Lisa) of Royal Palm Beach, Jeffery Ryan (Tatia) of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Jon Ryan (Mercedes) of Hollywood, Fla.; and eleven grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Payton, Katherine, Dylan, Madeleine, Logan, Lily, Kendyl, Hayden and Allison. Private services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. 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. 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70EREVIVALWITH Evangelist Harold HanksStarts Sunday Feb 26 Thru Friday, March 2Sun:6 pm Mon Fri: 7 pm 3666 E. Hwy 70 • Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge) Sunday School 9 am Sunday Worship 10 am Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pmPrayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pmNursery Available at All Services Of ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm(863) 357-2264Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr. Pastor “Your Place of Destiny”Jeremiah 29:11 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPAL 6 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 Standing HeadCarol A. Sorensen, 64OKEECHOBEE — Carol A. Sorensen, age 64, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. She was born in Elmhurst, Ill., and moved to Okeechobee in 1969. Carol was a self-employed bookkeeper. She enjoyed playing the piano and scrapbooking in her spare time. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, David Sorensen; son, Aaron Sorensen; daughter, Teresa (Ramon) Aguilar; and three grandchildren, Stephen, Matthew, and Leighann, all of Okeechobee. A visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Cypress Eagles to host Dinner NightFriday, Feb.17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving Steak $12, Fish $8 or Shrimp $12 Dinners. Music By: XXL Karaoke. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome.Quilt show in LakeportNorth Lake Estates Quilters, North Lake Estates RV Resort, 12044 E. SR 78, Lakeport will host their Biannual Quilt Show on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Quilts and quilted items will be displayed. Homemade fabric goods will be on sale. There will be quilting demonstrations and a drawing for a quilt as well as door prizes. Lunch will be available.Eagles North to host Card BingoEagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have Card Bingo Saturday, Feb. 18 starting at 4 p.m. Come on out and play. Proceeds will go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host Fish FrySaturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fish Fry $6. Public Welcome. All proceeds go to Communit y Charity Fund. North Moose Lodge announces eventsThe North Moose Lodge, 159 NW 36th St, will be having Bingo on Friday night, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. with bonanza start at 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a dinner with Cowboy hosting karaoke 7-10 p.m. Sunday breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. for $5. Proceeds to bene t Moose Club Charities.Eagles North to host Steak nightFriday, Feb. 17 Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have our regular steak night plus a Valentines Dance with your picture taken 8x10 with your Sweetheart for a small donation. Music by Jay, and the “Sho Nuff Band.” Lot’s of fun! Proceeds from photos and extras go to the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary community bene t fund. Proceeds from the dinner go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community bene t fund. Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. Community Events




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 members of the community. “Our district is 54th in the state rankings. We think it is very important that good teachers have some kind of assurance that they can stay and be a part of this community,” she added. It is expected to be late March or April before the hearing is conducted before the school board which is open to the public. Both sides get to argue their case and the public also has a chance to comment if they wish. Walker said the district has the right to lay off teachers should they have too many teachers from year to year. The policy is called reduction in force. She admitted it can be hard to recruit good teachers to Okeechobee already and this will just make it tougher. “It’s not about the money, it is about having a career and a job that our teachers are passionate about. The effective and highly effective teachers want to be able to know that they will be able to teach their children every year,” she added. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said it is unfortunate that an impasse was declared but he was glad there has been some movement. He said he would like to put the dispute behind the schools and focus on student achievement. “Let’s present our cases to the board and move forward. I will be glad to get this behind us,” he added. Mr. Kenworthy estimated it would be 4-6 weeks before a hearing could take place because the board still needs to speak to their attorney and the attorney has to get up to speed on the negotiations and the issues involved. He said the real issue is the teacher evaluation and the rights that were taken awa y from teachers by the state legislature. He pointed out Okeechobee Schools wants to protect their rights to evaluate teachers and assign them to the best position to serve students. “We will ght for our freedom to assign teachers, and won’t give up our rights to manage as a business. We don’t want our hands tied, and something that will paralyze our decision making,” he explained. Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) negotiates the contracts for all instructional and classi ed employees. All instructional and classi ed employees (even those who are not OCEA members) vote on the contract. However, if there is a contract dispute after it is signed, OCEA only represents OCEA members. If an employee who is not a member of the union has a contract dispute with the school district, he or she must retain his or her own representation. The Classi ed Employees' contract has been approved, see story page 14. TEACHERSContinued From Page 1 the counselors, adding that parents do not always know how to care for a child. “Our goal is to try to eliminate this ag eld,” Ms. Gonzales said. “With your help w e can do it, one ag at a time.” “It’s a huge problem,” said Michelle Akin, development associate with CASTLE, adding, “Every 36 seconds a child is abused or neglected in the U.S. She said that every year $125 million are spent in the U.S. in the eld of child abuse and neglect. The ceremony ended with “Taps” played by a member of Okeechobee High School JROTC. Memory Field will remain in Okeechobee until Feb. 18 before spending a week in Vero Beach and a week in Fort Pierce.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. FLAGSContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The owner of a mobile home was shocked recently when she found her rental property almost totally devoid of furniture, clothes and appliances. Jesus Isamael Hunt, 12, N.E. 43rd Court, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 15, in connection with this case. He was charged with the felonies of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $20,000. An arrest report by Deputy Tammy Sera ni, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated the value of the items taken from the home is somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000. Among the items listed as missing were: three window awnings; a glass table with four chairs; a king size sleigh bed; a double bed; four night stands; a dresser; pots and pans; dishes; clothing; bed linen; a refrigerator; a washing machine; a couch; a love seat; and, various lawn tools including a lawn mower. According to Deputy Sera ni when the owner went in the home during her investigation she found it in total disarray. She went on to state in her report that the oors were littered with cigarette butts, empty beer bottles, empty liquor bottles and that there was cat feces everywhere. The deputy went on to state she also found suspected drug paraphernalia such as syringes and rolled up cigar wrappers that appeared to be lled with tobacco or marijuana. Besides food being thrown about the kitchen, Deputy Sera ni said the kitchen cabinets had been removed and thrown on the oor. The report went on to state that Hunt apparently sold a ladder, the table and chairs and four to ve shovels to another man in the neighborhood. When interviewed, a former renter reportedly told the deputy that when she moved out of the mobile home she didn’t take anything and that she has not returned to the home. Home ransacked and stripped; 1 arrested Jesus Isamael Hunt “Money has nothing to do with it. In fact, we want our step increase and a raise, but most o f us feel we are not even sure i f we are going to have a job from year to year.”— Candy Walker, OCEA Presiden t Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRossana Gonzalez, of CASTLE, a nonpro t organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, speaks at the dedication of Memory Field in Flagler Park on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Memory Field consists of 115 ags, each one bearing the name and age of a child who died in Florida last year from abuse and neglect. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tara RowleyEconomic Council meetsDuring their meeting on Feb. 1, members of the Economic Council of Okeechobee learned that G4S employs 340 full-time positions in Okeechobee and serves nearly 300 youth across ve Okeechobee facilities. In 2011, over 10,000 volunteer hours were logged by the youth and staff on community service projects. They have a Community Advisory Board and have developed partnerships with many organizations and businesses in our community. Pictured (left to right) are Joe Mullins, Hoot Worley, G4S Regional Director George Newsome and G4S Facilities Administrator Bill Jordan. For more information about the Economic Council of Okeechobee, please visit their website: www.ecok.org, and nd them on Facebook.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman and her children narrowly escaped injury after her boyfriend allegedly became enraged because she was talking with a mutual friend on the telephone. Xavier Javern Cummings, 24, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 9, on felony charges of child abuse (two counts) and tampering with a victim (hindering communication). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond. An arrest report by Deputy John Ashby, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that the female victim was talking with the friend on the phone when Cummings grabbed the device and threw it across the street. Cummings then reportedly took the woman’s 2000 blue Dodge Durango and left the couple’s home at 9:49 p.m., even though there was no licence tag on the sports utility vehicle and it was uninsured. At that time, stated the deputy, the woman only wanted her vehicle returned. Shortly after 11 p.m. Deputy Ashby was called back to the residence, where he found the SUV had been returned and a child belonging to the couple standing on the porch crying and pointing to his mother. The deputy, who heard the woman crying, said the boy was frightened to the point he could not speak. The deputy walked over to the vehicle where he found the woman crying and holding the couple’s small child in her arms. According to the deputy’s report, when Cummings returned with the SUV the woman asked him to give her the keys. However, he would not give them to her. At this point she was sitting on the back oor of the vehicle calling 9-1-1 and holding her two children. Cummings then got behind the wheel o f the vehicle and started to drive it with the woman and the two children on the bac k oor, with the rear door open. The woman’s leg was hanging out and as Cummings started to drive away her leg was dragging the ground, stated the report. Deputy Ashby stated that Cummings then got out of the vehicle and allegedly tried to pull the woman out of the SUV while she was still on the phone talking to a 9-1-1 operator, and holding both children in her arms. Cummings, continued the report, then grabbed the 10-year-old boy by the arm and ordered him to go inside the couple’s mobile home. At this point Deputy Ashby stated that he pulled into the yard and Cummings ed the scene on foot. Deputy Ashby and Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson found Cummings a short distance away, squatting and smoking a cigarette. He was then placed under arrest and handcuffed without further incident. Man held without bond on charges in abuse case 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).  Randall Brazee, 49, Barley Terrace, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with grand theft, dealing in stolen property (three counts) and giving false information to a pawnbroker (three counts). His bond was set at $145,000.  Amanda Rose Kindred, 28, N.W. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Glades County warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (three counts), and the misdemeanor of violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond.  Steven Rubens, 44, was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy Greg Popovich on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with violation of probation grand theft (two counts), violation of probation exploitation of the elderly, violation of probation obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts) and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Kayla Crozer, 21, N.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with conspiracy to commit grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Christopher Shawn Miner, 23, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with child abuse. His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Xavier Javern Cummings By Eric KoppOkeechobee News For nearly four hours a woman was reportedly held hostage in her home by her husband as he allegedly held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Rene Martin Nunez, 36, S.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Feb. 10, on felony charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment of an adult. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $80,000 bond. In her arrest report Of cer Kelley Margerum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), detailed how Nunez held his wife down on a love seat with a knife pressed to her throat. “I’ll cut your throat. I’m not going back to jail. I’ll kill you,” he reportedly shouted at his wife. The woman stated that her husband also threatened to kill their children and blow up their home, added the of cer’s report. For 30 minutes, continued the report, the woman struggled with her husband and asked him to leave the home. Nunez nally let her up because she had to use the bathroom. According to the of cer’s report, she then went to their bedroom where she laid down on the bed in hopes her husband would calm down. Instead, he came into the bedroom and began to abuse her verbally. Then, as a nal insult, he grabbed a container of beer and poured it on her, Ofcer Margerum continued. Still irate, Nunez allegedly climbed on top of his wife, held her down and yelled at her. At some point she was able to get free. She then ran to a neighbor’s home where she was given sanctuary. Of cer Margerum stated that Nunez is on medication for his anger issues. However, the wife reportedly said her husband ushed the medication down the toilet when he allegedly started drinking that night. When the of cer placed Nunez under arrest at 11:14 p.m., he told Of cer Margerum that his wife had scratched his chest. While there were scratch marks on his chest, the of cer stated in her report that they looked like they were self in icted. The black-handled let knife was found on a dresser in the couple’s home. The couple, stated Of cer Margerum, were arguing about his drinking. Neither party received medical attention, added the report. Man accused of holding knife to wife’s throat Rene Martin Nunez


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News North Elementary School and special guests from the community celebrated an addition to the school garden Tuesday. An arbor will provide a covered area for students to read, learn outdoors, and just enjoy the sunshine. Principal Pat McCoy said the garden has meant a lot to her school and school spirit, “It started as a pretty small project but it has ballooned and everyone in the community has helped. The teachers took over ownership of the garden and the kids love to come out here and read.” She said schools have become pretty enclosed over the years but it has really helped to let kids go outdoors and learn in a fresh environment. The school wants to add a weather station this year with the help of the internet w eather service Weather Bug. It will be quite expensive so the school will look for sponsors and hold fund raisers at school. One fund raiser is the peace-love-read, tshirts that are being sold at school to support the garden. McCoy is excited about the education opportunity the weather station will provide to students, “The teachers will use real-time data from the station in the classroom. Kids can come out and perform activities in the garden, go inside and pull up calculations on their computer, and learn. We are really excited about the future.” Teacher Megan Williamson wrote the original grants to create the garden and has been really pleased with the response at school. She said all of the 550 students at school can use the garden to read and learn. “We are just so grateful to the donors and grant sponsors. They really came through allow us nancially to provide this space,” she added. Students were in the Valentines Day spirit to celebrate the event. They have worked hard to keep the garden looking good. One kindergarten class plants fruits and vegetables in the garden. Soon vines will be placed on the arbor and eventually they will grow to cover the roof to provide the enclosed space. “The response from students has been amazing. The kids took responsibility. Some kids pick up trash. Everyone has loved it,” she explained. The school also has enough benches in the garden so an entire classroom can come out and learn. Dan Culbert with the Cooperative Extension had a special gift for the garden, a gold seal. The garden quali es as a Florida Friendly Yard. The gold level certi cate is believed to the rst awarded in Okeechobee County. It means the students have taken care of the landscape correctly and appropriately. Tabitha Trent said the Rotary Club jumped at the chance to help the students because the Rotary Club motto is service above self. “We heard about the garden and decided we wanted to help. We appreciate all that you have done and we look forward to visiting your garden.” Among the groups represented at the celebration were Okeechobee Main Street, the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, Glades Electric Cooperative, the Okeechobee Rotary Club, the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club, South Florida Water Management District, Faith Farm Ministries, and the Okeechobee Cooperative Extension. The garden has been used to grow owers and row crops in the past year. The Rotary Club donated the materials and Faith Farm provided the labor. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Matinee Bingo$$Free Bingo Fridays Sit & Go Slot TournamentsFRIDAYS AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT: **Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. 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Like us on Facebook NEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! 10 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 North Elementary cuts ribbon on garden arbor Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTabitha Trent of the Okeechobee Rotary Club cuts the ribbon to the new arbor at North. She was joined by representatives of Okeechobee Main Street, Faith Farm Ministries, and various other agencies. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCooperative Extension Agent Dan Culbert is joined by North Elementary students as they celebrate a gold certi cate for the school garden.




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Madison Jayde Hicks was born on February 07, 2012, at 9:20 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was welcomed in to the world by her loving parents, Courtney and Tony Hicks. Also welcoming her was her paternal grandparents, Elma and Jeff Yates; maternal Granny, Sue Elaphante; great-grandparents, Beatrice and Charles Sadler; sisters, Kitana Lapp and Ahlyissa Hicks; aunts, Tabby Hicks and Gabby Elephante; and her uncle, Clint Morgan, and The HuddleŽ. MADISON JAYDE HICKS BIRTHS EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 12 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for Feb. 10: Elexis Garcia, Reyes Rivas, Garretrt How, Alicia Hilario, Maggie Glassburn, Sinrri Medina, Jay Thomas, Dallas Roller, Alexis Rosas, Crystal Betancourt, Janet Sanchez, Justin Bennett, Gracie Miller, Karina Maldonado, Jesus Ponce, Aaron Gould, Denis Gutierrez, Brandon Perez, Layla Gaucin, Veronica Trejo, Florivella Gonzales, Uriel Juarez, Jessika Oliveira, Daniel Campos, Hailey Armstrong, and Kayla Hodge. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 13-17, including: kindergarten students Clayton Thompson, Shyla English, Antonio Ramirez, Colton Collins; rst graders, Rye Dioquino, Kameron Carter, Justin Conti, Michael Marin, Brisa Castaneda; second graders, Kaley Smith, Mason Diefenbach, Princessa Ortega, Francisco Hernandez, Blake Joyner, Francisco Ramirez; third graders, Joshua Baldwin, Balin Webb, Anya Collick, Ashlynn Hysell, Katelyn Courtney, Alexandra Younglove; fourth graders, Gage Lowery, Noelia Ruiz, Jihad Yamin, Gineisha Mojica-Feliz; fth graders, Kiana Smith, Tyler Underhill, Autumn Rodriguez, Monica Luna and Reese Agnew. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Get ready for the Ninth Annual River Classic Custom Car Show at Indian River State College. IRSC is hosting the River Classic 2012 Custom Car Show Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Participants in the competition may register between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission and parking for the public is FREE. Enter cars and trucks for competition in 25 categories including: classic, muscle cars, ladies ride, low riders, trucks and the newest green cars category. The event also includes a Sound Challenge from noon to 3 p.m. Individuals interested in participating in the 2012 River Classic Custom Car Show can call for information on vehicle registration or for more information on juried competition categories call 1-866-792-4772 ext. 7617 or email acordary@irsc.edu. Awards for the Sound Challenge are at 3:30 p.m. Those wanting to display their car or truck in a non-juried competition can participate in the Park-nShine display with a $15 entry fee. All proceeds from the event go towards funding IRSC Automotive Technology program scholarships. IRSC hosts annual car show


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MurphyOkeechobee News A contract between the School Board and the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 Classi ed Unit was approved by 94 percent of union members on Monday and 100 percent of the Okeechobee County School Board on Tuesday night. While one contract was being enacted, the contract with teachers has entered the impasse zone. Union President Candy Walker said every district employee votes on the contract w hether they are union members or not. "The classi ed unit waited patiently to get their contract taken care of this year. We w ere happy to nally sign on the dotted line and get it rati ed so they can get their retroactive pay and step increase," she added. The guaranteed step increase was in their existing contract. She said at one point they w eren't sure if they would get items that w ere already in their contract. Only a few employees voted against the contract. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy agreed there were no big issues with the classi ed employees this year. "I'm very pleased that 97 percent of the w orkers approved the contact. We're glad to put this behind us, and we came together on some language items," he noted. Mr. Kenworthy said some minor issues like experience and hiring practices were included in the contract but nothing really signi cant. In other business, the board honored Debra Foster who graduated after 36 years of teaching for Okeechobee Schools. Twenty-three of those years were with gifted students. They also honored Debra Waytovich, who retired after 19 years of service to the system. She is an SLD teacher at Osceola Middle School. The board also proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month in Okeechobee Schools and also proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education Month. The board rati ed a resolution that pledges collaboration with the School Boards of Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie Counties on issues that bene t students, taxpayers and the region. One future program could be a virtual school that provides online courses to students. Mr. Kenworthy said they are working on the virtual school but St. Lucie will take the lead. He said curriculums, access, who pays for it, who provides the computer, are among the issues that need to be worked out. "We hope this is the start of something big. The economy of scale is always good. I'd like to spill over into a lot of other things besides the Florida virtual school," he added. Mr. Kenworthy said the districts communicate a lot and use a lot of the same software now and if they purchase large quantities together, it works to everyone's advantage nancially. Classi ed school employees contract receives approval Special to the Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySpecial recognitionDebra Foster, Teacher of the Gifted in the Exceptional Student Education, ended a 36-year career in education as she was honored upon her retirement by the Okeechobee School Board on Tuesday night. Also in photo is Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSAt the January mixer event held at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Center, in the front row are: Andrea Vasquez, Grand Oaks Administrator Diane Wood and Main Street President Kathleen Shatto; In the back row are: Chef Rose Ruiz, Director of Marketing Dan Crow, Main Street Secretary Courtney Moyett, Grand Oaks CEO Don Crow, Activities Director Jennifer Dodd, Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw, Main Street Art and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau, Stepanie Somers, Main Street Volunteer Director Frank DeCarlo and Main Street Director-at-Large John Creasman. Grand Oaks-a VNA Assisted Living Facility, 203 S.E. 2nd Street, graciously hosted the rst Main Street Mixer for 2012 on Jan. 24. Main Street members and guests were in awe of the beauty of this facility and hospitality of the staff as they mingled with one another and were treated to a tour by Bill Casian, Sales Representative. Grand Oaks was constructed in 2010 and w as recognized by Secretary of State Kurt Browning's Florida State Main Street Award Program in 2011 for a Merit Award for New Construction. Program Manager Diane W ood welcomed guests and proudly shared the progress of the program to date. Grand Oaks offers an assortment of activities, games and special events to their resident to keep them active in both mind and body. At Grand Oaks, seniors enjoy all the comforts of home with the added bene ts of assisted living in a peaceful and supportive environment. Visitors enjoyed a vast array of hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by the program as Diane acknowledged CEO Don Crow, Director of Marketing Dan Crow and Chef Rose Ruiz, who worked with her staff to prepare the food. Main Street President Kathleen Shatto thanked Grand Oaks for hosting the event as well as their contributions to the community. Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw welcomed new guests and recognized members of the Okeechobee Correctional Institute who discussed ways that they could assist the community. Over 55 businessmen and women and members of the community took this opportunity to network with one another and enjoy the evening. Tickets were drawn for door prizes contributed by member businesses for several lucky guests. The Accident Law Of ce of Philip DeBerard, 1120 South Parrott Avenue, will host the February Main Street Mixer on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 pm. Okeechobee Main Street welcomes the entire community to monthly mixers. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet community leaders and bene t from good company! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd St. Grand Oaks hosts rst Main Street Mixer Air Force Airman Raymond J. Aguilar graduated from basic military training at Lackland A ir Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Airman Aguilar is the son of Ramon Aguilar of Northeast 17th Terrace, Okeechobee, and son-in-law of Mary Kinsman of Southwest 46th Court, Ocala. He is a 2008 graduate of Okeechobee High School. In the Military... CIS-PAL yard sale is a successOn Feb. 4, CIS-PAL held a Yard Sale at the Brahman Theater parking lot. The event started around 7:30 a.m., and did not end until around 1:30 p.m. but was a huge success! This event raised $2,828 for CIS-PAL programs! Project Success, Character Counts, PAL Mentoring, Summer Programs and Skatepark. CIS-PAL of Okeechobee, Inc., would like to thank everyone who donated to this event. Thank you to the Brahman Theater for the facility use! Thank you to the CIS-PAL Board Members who worked diligently all day, Tom Murphy, Danny Creech, Theresa Cline, Lydia Williams, Paulette Wise, Noel Stephen, Randy Weigum. Volunteers from Bank of America, student volunteers and others that donated their time: Barbara Stewert, Annette Dean, Adrian Rogers, Ted Butler, Danny Creech, Leah Suarez, Malcolm Rush, Samuel Rogers, Tristen Mavroides, Steven Alvarez and Maria Pena. We are making a difference in the lives of our children in Okeechobee! Special to the Okeechobee News/ CIS PAL


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee is now one step closer to possibly receiving an economic development grant. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board, sitting as the Citizens’ Advisory Task Force, heard a presentation from the city grant consultant, Nancy Phillips, on the proposed grant and then voted to recommend that the city move forward with the grant application. The $257,827 grant would be used to construct a west bound left turn lane on S.R. 70 at the Appleby’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill currently under construction in front of the Ramada Inn. The grant would also be used to lengthen the west bound turn lanes on S.R. 70 at Tenth and Thirteenth Avenues. In all, the grant would be used for engineering, administration and construction of 350 feet of street improvements. A public hearing was conducted on the grant application at the Feb. 7 city council meeting. A second required public hearing will be held at the Feb. 21 city council meeting before the application is submitted. Turning to code enforcement matters, the board heard code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling state that even though Linda Foley has made some progress in cleaning up her the 805 S.W. 11th Avenue property, it is still not in compliance with city code. The board found her to be in violation and imposed a ne of $50 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning March 14. 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 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 18 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBroadcasting for 50 yearsAt the Tuesday, Feb. 7, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk proclaimed Feb. 6 to be WOKC Day in the city in recognition of the station’s fty year anniversary. Taking part in the presentation were, left to right, WOKC staff members Ken Keller, account executive and Yard Sale Saturday host, Merrilee Bergland, account executive, Charles Murphy, news and sports reporter, Billy Dean, program director and Morning Show host, Wayne Cunningham, general manager, and Mayor Kirk, Grant would pay for road improvements By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A project in the works for ve to six years will culminate with a huge family event Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Okeechobee First Baptist Church Outreach Recreation Center. The Big Lake Sportsman’s Dinner and Expo will include a dream for outdoor activists, hunters, and shermen. Pastor Randy Huckabee said all of the churches on the north end of the lake got together to put on the event which is designed to bring families together in fellowship for the day. “For several years we’ve wanted to do something with the hunters and sportsmen and play up the hunting industry in Okeechobee, enjoy ourselves, and have fun,” he added. The event will include a Wild Game Dinner, a shing simulator, a hunting simulator, photo opportunities with a trophy buck, world class whitetails, archery, door prizes and much more. Participants can get a chance to win a .22 caliber magnum ri e and many other prizes. The ticket prices were the best in town, Mr. Huckabee said, with $10 the price for a family of three to attend the event. The event begins at 2 p.m. with an archery tournament. The banquet begins at 4 p.m. A motivational speaker will also be on hand. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be on hand with an exhibit, and guests can sample wild game, squirrel stew, alligator tail and much more. You can purchase tickets from Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Of ces at 401 S.W. 4th Street or at the Big Lake Baptist Association Of ces at 210 N.E. 7th Street. For further information, call 863-467-6978 or 863-7632171. Several local businesses contributed prizes to the event that include a generator, a set of mud tires, trailer tires, guns, a knife set, camou age covers, a gun case and bows and arrows. Several restaurants also donated gift certi cates to give away. “It’ll be a fun evening. The support has been fantastic and I’m sure it’ll be a fun event,” Mr. Huckabee added. There will also be fun shing and casting contests for families. Big Lake Sportsman’s Dinner and Expo planned Bloodmobile in the Okeechobee areaThe “Big Red Bus” bloodmobile will be in the Okeechobee area on the following dates: Saturday, Feb. 18 – Trading Post Flea Mkt by Home Depot, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 18 – Cowboy’s Restaurant, 1 – 6 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 19 – More to Life Church, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Masonic Lodge to host Hog RoastThe Annual Masonic Lodge Hog Roast w ill be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4 until 7 p.m., Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, No. 237, 107 NW 5th Avenue. Eat-In or Take Out is available $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. $25 buys whole pork butts including sauce. For tickets buy at the door or contact George Williams WM 863467-0038, Hugh Alger SW 863-532-1097 or J im Lozano JW 863-610-1887. Proceeds from the event will bene t Okeechobee Y outh Programs.Moose Lodge to hold fundraiserThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold a Las Vegas night fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 37 p.m. This event will provide funding for local Moose charities. For information, call JoAnn at 863-467-4551.Blood drive to bene t ill childEllie Corbeil was born on Oct. 26, 2010. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Sept. 30, 2011. She is being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. There w ill be a blood drive on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1-6 p.m. at Cowboy's Restaurant for her bene t. Any donations are very much appreciated as well. You can also follow her on Facebook. Click on the like button on Love Ellie and follow her journey. Smile, Laugh, Dance.Service Club to host Indiana DayCome and join us for Indiana Day at the A merican Legion Hall at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18 Bring a covered dish. Call Jane Morehead for more information at 765-4257306.Breakfast to bene t Hamrick HouseA breakfast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.E. 863-467-8232, to bene t the Hamrick House and will include homemade biscuits and Jimmy Dean Sausage Gravy for a donation of $5. The breakfast will be held in memory of Lib Rogers. 100% of the proceeds will bene t Hamrick House.Gordie Peer display being shown at the libraryOne last time, on Saturday, Feb. 18 Gordie Peer will be available at the library to answer questions about his display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Knights of Columbus hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at Hwy. 78 W. and Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, will hold a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday, Feb. 18 All meals include a dessert and choice of beverage. Dinner served from 4:306:30 p.m. (takeout is available). Donation of $8, adults and $3 children. Proceeds will go to church projects.Local author/poet at LibraryCelebrate Black History Month with local author/poet Brenda Scott at the public library on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. She will be signing her book and host poetry readings. All poets, writers and guests in attendance will be encouraged to read their poetry.Animal Adventures plans open houseOn Saturday, Feb. 18 Animal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Road (off SR 70 W, in Glades County just past the Kissimmee River bridge), will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to come and see the cubs "MJ" and "NEWG", born Jan. 14. Animal Adventures is home to 25 big cats (lions, tigers, cougars and more) along with bears, baboons, alligators, birds and other native and non-native animals. Guided tours available. For more information online go to www.animaladventureslive.com or call 863-447-6050.Eagles North to host Card BingoSaturday, Feb. 18 Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, will have Card Bingo starting at 4 p.m. Come join us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. FLW tournament this weekendThe FLW BFL Gator Division Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 in Okeechobee. Take offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Recreation Area located at 10100 W. Highway 78 at 7 a.m. in the morning. Weigh-in will be held at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Lake Okeechobee BFL Tournament is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. For further information call 863-763-3959. Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. Must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks Free at weigh in. Pease call 561719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Eagles North to host BreakfastSunday Feb. 19 starting at 8:30 a.m., until 11 a.m. Eagles North will have their Famous Breakfast. Bet you can't eat it all. 9985 Hwy. 441 North Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host Fried Chicken NightSunday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl em en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . 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MOVING SALE Lots of items that must go, furniture, electronics, books, clothes, household items and decor, tools, toys, collectibles, etc. OKEECHOBEEFri & Sat. Feb 17th & 18th, 9am-2pm, 14685 Reservation Rd. Lot A3. Moving Sale. Dishes, tables & chairs, couches, daybed, recliners and mattresses. RIVER ACRES LARGE ANNUAL COMMUNITY YARD AND GARAGE SALE. THUR. 16TH AND FRI. 17TH,8-4 HOUSEHOLD,FISHING, TOOLS,ANTIQUES,AND MUCH MORE. 98 N. TO 144TH TRAIL SIGNS POSTED Zachary Taylor RV Resort Annual Yard and Bake Sale. Saturday,Feb. 18th 7:00 am till 3:00 pm 2995 US Hwy 441 SE Open to the Public Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Garage/ YardSales River Bluff RV & Fishing Resort 14725 NW 1st Parkway 12 Family Community Yard Sale. Friday & Saturday February 17 & 18 8am to 2pm Tools, Boat Loader, Trolling Motor, Misc. Fishing Gear, Quilting Machine, Woman Mannequin, Furniture, Recliners, Men’s & Lady’s 12 & 18 Speed Bikes, Generator, A/C Unit, Children’s Toys, Clothing & Furniture, Appliances, Knick Knacks, Crafts & A FREE Table. Hwy 70 West off 141st Avenue. DON’T go over the Kissimmee River Bridge. Services Golf Cart Repairs and Authorized dealer for Trojan Batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time New Horizons of the TC is hiring for a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner for our Okeechobee Of ce. For more information and to apply online: www.nhtcinc.org EOE/DFWP Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time NOW HIRING FOR OUR NEW OKEECHOBEE LOCATIONApply in person Monday Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,FlHiring for all positionsCooks we will meet or beat your current pay bring in your pay stub. Employment PartTime Part Time Teller PositionsMIDFLORIDA Credit Union is seeking part time teller candidates. Responsibilities include serving members, performing transactions, and cross selling credit union products and services. Quali ed candidates will possess excellent customer service, communication and cash handling skills. Applicants must be available to work any assigned shift between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as every Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalency required, bilingual helpful. Apply on-line at: www.mid orida.com Drug Free Workplace Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments In Okeechobee City limits. Large 2B/1B apt, quiet neighborhood, W/D Hookups, Central A/H, well maintained. $600 per month, 1st and security, application required. No Pets. Call 772-219-8583 Leave message. IN TOWN Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo. 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. VIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses Rent 2bd/2ba 1 Story Villa $700 per month, $700 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 304-277-0427 TAYLOR CREEK Move in now $500 & $725/mo 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes electric & water. Pool & Boat dock. Call 863-634-0663. Houses-Rent 3/2/2 split plan for rent. 1 house in Lazy 7, 2 in SW section. Kids & pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. 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Houses-Rent BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, all tile, split plan, dishwasher, W&D Hookup. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 RIVER ACRES 1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish T V. WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950 OfficeSpace Rent Professional Of ce Space for rent in downtown Okeechobee 3 of ces available, Utilities included. Please contact 863-634-4631 leave message and someone will call you back the same day. RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 3/2 Waterfront Okeechobee Estates, 1 1/2 lots waterfront, lake access, large RV,enclosed garage 55’x23’,boat shed and lift,10’x22’ shed, excellent condition many other extras Call 863-467-5207 Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Hunting Property Retired professional and Ft. Myers resident interested in securing a few acres to hunt wild turkey in March, 2012. Willing to rent/lease land by day, week, season, or year. Also would be interested in hunting boar and deer. Call (239) 849-3369; or bllcumming@yahoo.com Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Lots -SaleBig “O” RV Park 55+ 37’ Travel Supreme 5th Wheel,2 large slides,W/D, many custom features, Beautiful lake lot,cement pavers own both for $55,000 Call 716-665-8979 FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, located at 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $49,900. Visit www. roselandco.com/82H Drive by then call 866-700-3622. RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 3/2 Very Clean Double Wide $595.00 per month Call for more information 304-277-0427 RIVER ACRES: 2 BR, 1.5 BA. Utilities included. $500 mo. $250 Sec. Dep. Call 863-467-5946 or 863-697-2883 MobileHomeSale 2005 44’x12’ Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $6,750 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 MobileHomeSale $42,000, 05 Park Model in 55+ Park, on deeded lot, Sportmans Village in Moore Haven. Shed, w/d, cargo storage, landscaped and fully furnished. Call 704-762-0286 CASABLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, screen room, Florida room, newly remodeled and painted. $18,000 OBO (219)384-3407 Kissimmee River Estates MH 14x60, w/3 Lots, Fully Furnished, Kitchen Remodeled w/new Appliances, Enclosed Fl. Room, 2br/1 1/2 ba. Asking $44,900 Call 317-491-7821 Mobile Home Single Wide with Fl room in Pine Ridge Park, beautifully decorated and clean, completely furnished. $14,900 or reasonable offer Call 863-467-9433 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $9,500. Call 828-208-0980 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats2000 Ranger Bass Boat R83VS,Ranger Boat Cover/Spare Tire w/cover,Mercruiser 150 EFI Engine,Ranger Trailer,Garmin Fish Finder 100. $14,000 or Interesting Trade. Call 863-675-4163 or 304-667-7855 Campers/RVs2010 PREMIER TRAVEL TRAILER 35ft, self contained. 2 slide outs, awning, C/A, Mint cond. $20,900 (561)684-5836 RVSpace Rent RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $450 Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 Fifth Wheels98 Prowler Fifth Wheel Camper 25ft. long. New tires with newer model refrigerator. No title, clean, good shape. Call(828)-682-7381 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PickupTrucks2009 3 Wheel Truck street legal, 4 cyl., water cooled eng., 5 speed trans., heat and air conditioning, dump bed, 179 miles asking $5,600 Call(828)682-7381 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE 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 409887 ON 2/17/2012 Amendment to Bid Date Subcontractors Notice of Bid Request Notice of Intent to Accept Proposals/Bids For Construction of Veteran’s Park Phase IV Lodge Construction, Inc. the Construction Manager for the named project, will be accepting bids for the work related to bid packages and scope as de ned by the Bid Documents for the project known as Veterans Park Phase IV. General Scope: This project consists of the construction of a 6 acre park situated within the boundaries of Veterans Park, Homestead Blvd., Lehigh acres. The park is being constructed to include amenities such as a, Cricket Field, Dog park, Rest Room Facility, Picnic Shelters, Boundary Fencing, New Parking and Roadway Construction, Sidewalks, a Pervious Concrete Maintenance Roadway, Handball Court and Supporting infrastructure. There will be new boundary Landscape and Irrigation as well as the development of a new 6” well. Site lighting will be extended into the new roadway and parking along with service to several shelters. New park directories and signage will be included within the scope of the project. The play eld shall be sprigged and maintained throughout the grow-in period. Time Frame for Starting: Work is scheduled to commence in April 2012. Owner: Lee County Board of County Commissioners Design Representative: David M. Jones Jr. & Associates Greg Diserio, RLA Fort Myers, Fl. Sealed Bids will be received at the of ce of Lodge Construction, Inc. on the following date and time: Friday, March 9th, 2012 @ 3:00 P.M in accordance with Addendum No.1,. Bid Documents: In order to insure proper communications during bid period, please register your contact and company information with Lodge Construction of ce at mike@lodgeconstruction.com and information on plans and speci cations. Bid Documents will be available on Friday, January 27th, 2012. These documents will be available through Lodge Construction’s FTP Bid site as well as Blue Book. Instructions for Downloading Documents from the FTP site can be obtained by Contacting: Mike@Lodgeconstruction.com Local Business and Economic Support: Lodge Construction is actively seeking Local Businesses to participate in the bid process. It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to monitor the 2nd round of capital spending. In addition to identifying the bidder as local or non-local, the bidder will also be required to identify their participation in their 3rd round of capital expenditure and portion thereof, going to local businesses. For more information on this subject visit, www.neweconomics.org. (LM3) Local Multiplier 3 rounds Disadvantaged Business and WBE minority Business Development: It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to track the expressed goals of Lee County Board of County Commissioners in the expenditure of capital funds as it relates to the businesses who are developing and are part of a minority group. The stated goal of this project is to provide a minimum of 10% revenue based contracts to this section of our economic community here in Lee County. Each bidder shall make it their policy to work in good faith to seek out and give deference to proposals from these classi ed Minority Businesses including DBE and WBE groups. 409972 ON 2/12,17,19,24,26;3/2/2012 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. PublicNotice NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 3-3-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #120 Tracy N. Victory Unit #207 Sidney Sands Unit #235 Arnulfo V. Garza Unit #240 Mashara Y. Summers 410026 ON 2/17,24/2012PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on February 22, 2012. Owner Unit # Erica Harvey A 23 Beatrice Gordon D435 Patty Fiore D436 Rhonda Dean E660 Mike & Rebecca Nicoll E672 409722 ON 2/10,17/2012 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOLDINGS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2683 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: A PORTION OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND A PORTION OF THE LAND LYING SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35 BETWEEN THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE AND THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND A PORTION OF PERMANENTLY RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM LAND IN SECTION 35 AND/OR SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 35, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF CONNER’S HIGHWAY (ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. HIGHWAY 441 AND FLORIDA STATE ROAD 15) THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG A CURVE TO THE LEFT IN SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 6306.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 2 DEGREES 00 MIN 47 SEC, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 221.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC WEST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, A DISTANCE OF 28.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE AFOREDESCRIBED LINE, A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 875.11 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LEVEE LD-4; THENCE NORTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 0 DEGREES 31 MIN 58 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 892.32 FEET, MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND COMMENCING AT A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 00 MIN 28 SEC EAST, ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4, FOR A DISTANCE OF 916.72 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 298.40 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 56 MIN 35 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 864.66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE AFORESAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441), FOR A DISTANCE OF 278.43 FEET; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) RUN SOUTH 22 DEGREES 23 MIN 10 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 27.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 21.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 874.98 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 8.659 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0A00-00011-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNETTA JASKOT BRENTWOOD OKEECHOBEE LLC DHARMESH PATEL JACK JASKOT PIER II RESORT SUKETU PATEL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of March, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 408004 ON 1/27;2/3,10,17/2012 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. PublicNotice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOROKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-015 IN RE: ESTATE OF SAMUEL E. PATTERSON, JR. a/k/a SAMUEL PATTERSON, JR. a/k/a SAMUEL E. PATTERSON Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Samuel E. Patterson, Jr., deceased, whose date of death was December 20th, 2011, and whose social security number is XXX-XXX-XXXX, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is February 17th, 2012. THOMAS J. WOHL SWAINE & HARRIS, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 425 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE SEBRING, FL 33870 Telephone: (863) 385-1549 Florida Bar No. 022131 E-Mail Address: tj@heartlandlaw.com Personal Representative: Cindy Patterson 109 High Point Ct. 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MurphyOkeechobee News Cambell Platt will represent Okeechobee County and the United States as a Student Ambassador in England and France this summer. The Osceola Middle School fth grader was honored this w eek by the Okeechobee County School Board. Cambell will join the People to People Ambassador Programs with students from across the United States and visit such historic sites as Big Ben, London Eye, Warwick Castle, Oxford University, Stonehenge, Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Karen Koehnlein with People to People explained Cambell was nominated due to exemplary performance in academics at school. He also had to present three references and each was very impressive. He also went through a one-on-one interview and answered questions about what he will get out of the experience, what do you see in the future, and why the program is important to him. "He was a little nervous but I think he's a ne candidate and he's made an exceptional ambassador," she added. Young Platt said he thinks the experience w ill be really cool because he will travel to a completely different country and see different cultures. He's travelled some in the United States and has enjoyed his trips. "I'm really excited about it and really looking forward to it," he said. He really wants to see the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge. While his classmates, friends and teachers are jealous they are also v ery proud of him and support his trip. Safety will also be emphasized for the students traveling. Ms. Koehnlein said she would like more Okeechobee students to become interested in the program. They hold a variety of events including national and international summits for middle school and high school students where students from all over the world come together. They share rooms together and learn people aren't that different from other countries. "The students all have something that is similar and it is amazing to me that after just a few days these students come together. It's like they've known each other all of their lives. Ms. Koehnlein said the trip to Normandy Beach will be special for all the kids. Cambell for example is the great-grandson of a World War II veteran. He also is the grandson of a World War II veteran and Vietnam Veteran. His parents are both educators and longtime residents of Okeechobee County. "At Normandy Beach we will lay a wreath of remembrance. We will have more access to certain sites than regular tourists. The children also write journals about the trip and share their experiences," she added. Cambell Platt is an honor roll students, and is active in sports and in the community. Teacher Leslie Maynor of Osceola Middle School said Cambell deserves this recognition, "Cam is a kind-hearted young man. He is always willing to go out of his way to help others. He works so hard, and is a quick learner." Okeechobee School Board honors Cambell Platt Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCambell Platt is honored by Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy and Karen Koehnlein of the People to People Ambassador Program.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 23 Okeechobee News February 17, 2012 Lock to close for four daysA comprehensive inspection of the S-310 navigation lock near Clewiston will require the lock to be closed to boat traf c from Feb. 27 through March 1. The S-310 navigation lock provides for navigation to and from Lake Okeechobee and the C-21 Canal, which is the site of the Clewiston Public Boat Ramp. The lock also provides access to the marinas, commercial shing facilities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tug Boat Basin of the Industrial Canal. The work will begin on Monday, Feb. 27, and conclude in time to resume boat traf c by the following Friday, March 2. Operation of the lock will not be possible to ensure the safety of the divers conducting the inspection. S-310 was originally constructed in 1934 as hurricane-gated structure No. 2 on the Herbert Hoover Dike. In 1977, it was modi ed and converted to a reinforced concrete navigational boat lock. The inspection will provide engineers with detailed information regarding the condition of the lock so that it can continue to provide reliable service. Detailed inspection of Clewiston lock is scheduled On Feb. 3, belt advancement testing was held at Russ Adams Taekwondo America. The following is the results of the testing: W hite Belt to Yellow Belt: Shayla Chandler, Cody Ellerbee, and Madalyn Peterson. Yellow Belt to Orange Belt: Colton Armstrong, Hailey Armstrong, Erick Garcia, Gerardo Garcia, Rocio Garcia, Saleena Hilderbrand, and Jessie Kall. Orange Beltto Sr. Orange Belt:Piper Hans, Shawn Hood, Blayne O'Cain, and Kelsi O'Cain, Green Belt to Sr. Green Belt:Aimee Rumbaugh, Abigail Smith, Christian Smith, Mark Smith(Not pictured), and Robert Smith.Sr. Green Belt to Purple Belt:Ariana Cortez (Not Pictured), Brooke Krall, and Tyler Striebel. Purple Belt to Sr. Purple Belt: Emily Hilderbrand. Sr. Purple to Blue Belt: Cindy Hernandez (Not Pictured) and Gatlin Hilderbrand. Sr. Blue Belt to Brown Belt: Jesse Entwistle. 2nd Degree Decided Black Belt to 2nd Degree Sr. Blac k Belt: Mr. Disan Hernandez. Congratulations to Piper Hans and Gerardo Garcia as our star students this cycle; Great job on answering up. Congratulations to all for your hard work! Taekwondo students achieve belt advancements Special to the Okeechobee News/ Russ AdamsRuss Adams’ Taekwondo America students tested and achieved belt advancements including: in the rst row from left to right: Hailey Armstrong, Colton Armstrong, Jessie Krall, Emily Hilderbrand, Madalyn Peterson and Shayla Chandler. In the second row from left to right are: Rocio Garcia, Gatlin Hilderbrand, Kelsi O’Cain,Piper Hans, Blayne O’Cain, Abigail Smith and Cody Ellerbee; In the third row from left to right are: Junior Instructor/ Ms. Mckayla Skinner, Erick Garcia, Jesse Entwistle, Brooke Kall, Shawn Hood, Saleena Hilderbrand and Aimee Rumbaugh. In the fourth row from left to right are: Instructor Trainee/Mr. Christian O’Conner, Gerardo Garcia, Christian Smith, Robert Smith, Tyler Striebel and Senior Certi ed Instructor/Owner/Mr. Russ Adams. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School's baseball team pounded out 11 hits as they won their season opener, 6-5, at Lincoln Park Academy on Tuesday night at the Lawnwood Sports Complex in Ft. Pierce. Christian Crews got the win in relief as he allowed just one run in 3-1/3 innings pitched, with four strikeouts. At the plate Okeechobee got two hits from Jesse Stebbins, who went 2-2, and David Coleman, who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Tyler Finney also had two hits and an RBI. Okeechobee fell behind 2-0 and 4-2 in the game but continued to battle back and took the lead for good with a four run rally in the fth inning. Coach Jeff Blackstone said this was a quality win for his team, "It was a really good early season win. I was extremely proud of our guys for battling all game and coming from behind twice to win." Timmy Farrell started for the Brahmans and went 3-2/3 innings, allowed four hits and struck out ve. The Brahmans travel to Treasure Coast on Saturday at 1 p.m. and to Sebastian River on Tuesday night. OHS boys baseball team beats Lincoln Park


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