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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-24-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, February 24, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 24 13.07 feetLast Year: 12.25 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Code violations ned ... Page 11 Chamber building may reopen ... Page 3 Okeechobee soccer program expanding ... Page 19 Young anglers catch big bass... Page 23 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A six-month, multi-agency investigation dubbed ‘Operation Pill Crusher’ culminated with eight arrests on numerous felony charges in both Okeechobee and Glades counties. Detectives involved in the operation said they were focused on buying prescription medications and during the operation bought oxycodone, xanax and percocet pills. The investigators bought oxycodone pills for $16 to $25 each, and xanax and percocet tablets for $5 to $6 each. “These are the people who actually sell to anyone who has the money to pay—including our children,” said Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May. Sheriff May went on to explain that about six months ago he contacted Glades Count y Sheriff Stuart Whiddon about the pill problem and asked if his agency could help the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) 8 arrested in undercover pill operation By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As the result of action taken by Okeechobee County Commissioners at their Feb. 23 meeting the county now has a new parks and recreation director. Upon the recommendation of county administrator Robbie Chartier, the commission con rmed the appointment of Albert Scoggins as director of parks and recreation. Mr. Scoggins is a graduate of the University of Florida, holds a Certi cate of Sports Management from North Carolina State University and is a Certied Park and Recreation Professional by the National Recreation and Parks Association. He has 25 years experience in parks and recreation. For 10 years he was recreation directo r for the City of Stuart. Mr. Scoggins also spent 13 years with the St. Lucie County Department o f Leisure Services as recreation manager, recreation supervisor and manager of the Thomas J. White Stadium, spring training home of the New York Mets. Currently he is a certi ed tness trainer with Results Fitness Corporation o f Stuart. Mr. Scoggins was selected over 12 othe r County hires new parks & rec director T h e r e s t o r e d a r e a s a l o n g t h e K i s s i m m e e R i v e r a r e a t t r a c t The restored areas along the Kissimmee River are attracti n g w a d i n g b i r d s a n d o t h e r w i l d l i f e a c c o r d i n g t o a s t u d y r e ing wading birds and other wildlife, according to a study rel e a s e d t h i s m o n t h b y t h e S o u t h F l o r i d a W a t e r M a n a g e m e n t leased this month by the South Florida Water Management D i s t r i c t F o r m o r e o n t h e s t o r y s e e p a g e 1 8 District. For more on the story, see page 18. F o r t h e b i r d s . For the birds ... See PILLS — Page 8 “These are people who actually sell to anyone who has the money to pay–including our children.”Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Ma y See COUNTY — Page 8


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Pictured, left to right, are Rick Donegan, Richard Donegan, Mayor Kirk and Nancy Donegan. Tabitha Trent/ Rotary ClubRotary student of the monthCongratulations to OHS Senior Nicole Perdomo (right) for being selected as Rotary’s Student of the Month. She was introduced by Rotarian, Dawn Hoover (left). During her presentation to Rotary members Nicole spoke of her passion and sincere desire to serve others as her volunteer activities include teaching Spanish at Central Elementary, assisting with weekend campus clean-up projects at OHS, organizing Halloween carnivals, working with migrant children and serving at Martha’s House. In addition to being recognized for her countless hours of community service, Nicole is very active on both an academic and athletic scale as she serves on a number of school committees and advisory councils; she is a member of the Beta Club, Drama Club, Poetry Club, Student Court, National Honor Society and the Senior Advisory Committee. Nicole’s athletic ventures include being a varsity swimmer, varsity basketball player and an athlete-scholar (maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better). She shared with the club her love for theatrical life and the justice system, as such she has applied with the University of Miami where she plans to pursue a BA degree in Political Science/Pre-Law with a minor in Drama. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Service Above Self” in action! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News After being vacant for many months the city-owned chamber of commerce building could be leased by the recently formed Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Feb. 21 the Okeechobee City Council spent considerable time discussing a proposed lease with Terry Burroughs, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. The building had been seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for nonpayment of payroll taxes by the long inactive Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. The IRS held an auction of the contents of the building to satisfy the tax lien and recently released the building back to the city. Councilman Dowling Watford said he was glad to see the issue was being cleared up. He thanked Congressman Tom Rooney for helping the city regain possession of the building from the IRS. Since the building has been vacant and inaccessible to the city for some time, the council was unsure as to its present condition. The council and Mr. Burroughs were in agreement that the building should be inspected before proceeding with lease negotiations. Mr. Burroughs said the utilities should be turned on in order to inspect the building and since he did not have a lease he could not turn the utilities on. Councilman Clayton Williams suggested the chamber consider listing the city on their insurance for the building. Tommy Hoover, an interested citizen, did not think taxpayers should be subject to paying for any repairs to the building since the chamber was getting such a good deal. The proposed lease was for $1 a month. Mr. Hoover felt that if the chamber were not willing to pay for repairs the city might want to seek another tenant. However, deed restrictions prevent the building from being used for any purpose other than a chamber building.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City council discusses leasing chamber building Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastFriday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south southwest between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. North wind between 5 and 15 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. East w ind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Okeechobee Forecast County Fair Association has space for exhibitorsThe Okeechobee County Fair Association is now accepting applications for exhibitor space at the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair. This year they will feature a new and different look to the exhibit tent. The exhibitors will be housed in a clear span tent which allows the fair patrons full view and access to each exhibitor without the worry of walking up and down rows. If you are interested in securing exhibit space, please go to the web site at www.okeechobeecountyfair.com and download the exhibitor application. If you have further questions, please contact Jeff Jones at 863-634-2321.


T eachers’ contract I would not like to be a teacher in any c ounty as I see it is a 24-hour job, if you are a good teacher as I have seen them grading papers at ball games and meetings, while t hey are sitting waiting for something. They never have enough time to get all the paperw ork and assignments that they have to do on school time also they have to stay late and meet with parents a lot, at the parents’ conv enience, not theirs. People who are not in t he line of work are very quick to judge what t hey do not know, just as lawmakers make decisions on things that they have no clue about if you have never done the job you s hould not be able to make decisions about it. Sometimes money is not the answer, values and credibility are more important.  My friend is a PE teacher at a school in town, he said that half of his evaluation t his year will be determined by students’ F CAT scores! He teaches how to play sports, a health unit, and how to be physically t. Nothing about reading, or math. How is that fair? If kids do poorly on FCAT it makes him look bad?SFWMD leasing practices questioned I have lived here all my life and it’s always been that way. You have money or know somebody or you don’t get to play t he game. Too bad it’s that way but it’s got w orse as the years go by. And if they re-elect Obama and the people in power that are in t here now get back in, it’s only going to get w orse. I think that if the people in the United States of America vote in 2012 the way they did in 2008, then four years from Nov. 8, 2012 there will be no USA.  An earlier story said this lease renewal process was common practice. There are probably many others who got the same deal and didn’t make the newspaper. Maybe it is just all those who already have the leases t hat are being renewed.Show me the money I see they are building another bank in Okeechobee. I just have to wonder, how is there enough money in this little town to need so many banks. Every time I turn around they are building another bank. Apparently there are a lot of rich people here who dress and act like everyone else, drive modest cars and live in modest homes so no one knows who has the big money. Someone must have money for all those banks to decide to come here.Lost dog This might be a good time to remind everyone to make sure your dog has a collar and tags. Even the most careful pet owner can have something happen that results in the dog being lost. If you have tags on the animal, there is a much greater chance that whoever nds him will be able to let you know where he is. The tags given out by the vet’s of ce have the vet’s number on them, and your dog has a license number. So they can look up the number and know whose dog it is. For a dog that travels with its owner a lot, and has an increased chance or being lost away from home, a microchip might be a good investment.  The Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue is microchipping our shelter dogs for customers. Whenever a dog comes into our shelter, we scan them for a microchip. When we nd one in a dog the excitement is high there! Sometimes the information has not been updated, and it makes it tough to return the dog to the owner.  If your dog has a chip registered, some day it may be necessary to update the information that goes with it. My buddy was the registered owner of our dog and when he died and I brought the dog to Michigan, I called Las Vegas and let them know my new phone number. Both of our phone numbers had been closed out and I wanted to make sure the chip ID place had my cell phone number (new) on record before we started the three-day trek to his new home.  I agree that microchips are a good idea. My escape artist is chipped, but I prefer not to keep a collar on my little dogs in fear they will get caught on something and strangle themselves. A little dog showed up at my house one time and I took it to the vet and they scanned her, found a chip and saw that she was their patient. They contacted the owners and she was reunited with her little human girl. It was so awesome.Mudfest I have mixed emotions about the MudFest. On the one hand a person with a bit of land has to be rather creative these days to try to make something on it. I also HATE so-called environmentalists. It is marvelous the amount of people who actually have the money to spend to come here and get dirty yet they can’t pay their mortgages. What a great capitalistic idea these landowners had! I saw some of the MudFest people in our local stores buying this and that and paying local sales taxes. That is good for our local economy. On the other hand I do not enjoy highway 70 when they are all here. My family avoids that stretch of road like the plague on those weekends.  I live next door to it and I can tell you that Mudfest is not a good neighbor. All I hear for 72 hours are the deafening noises from the engines, music and yelling. And the front of my place is littered with ice bags, beer boxes, beer cans and bottles and other trash. I doubt that the people who pro ted from Mudfest will pick up the trash in front of my place. It is most de nitely an extreme imposition on the neighbors. Mudfest actually costs me money and the quiet enjoyment of my home.Gas prices Is Barack Obama just trying to “manage the decline” of America or is he trying to help America? He is not doing either one very well. I, for one, wasn’t raised in America to DECLINE. I was taught to forge on and get it done whatever it was. I was also taught to help others. Seems like nowadays all my tax money goes to help others who sit around watching the DECLINE.  In 2008 and the gas prices went up the libbies and commies cruci ed Bush, but now one of their kind is going through the same thing nary a word other than hard questions like what kind of tree do you like or did you enjoy your vacation?Out of eld teachers Parents, I seriously advise you to check out your child’s teacher and her quali cations. People that have gone to school to be a teacher are far more quali ed than someone who has not. You can’t say that because they pass three tests, that makes them a teacher, only to see if they will like it---they have something to fall back on. Your child should not be a guinea pig. I think teachers are great, but I would not want someone who is not quali ed to teach my child.  Sometimes it is hard to nd a person with a speci c teaching degree. A person may agree to teach in that subject and take classes to ful ll the requirements within the speci ed period of time. So, you have a degree in underwater basketweaving, but you want to teach wood shop.  Just because you have a degree in teaching doesn’t mean you are a good teacher. Teaching is a calling, and some people are just better at it than others. I’d rather have a Literature major with a passion for reading as an English teacher than a person with a teaching degree. I’ve known plenty of teachers who do not have a degree in education that I would vouch for any day. And the same holds true the opposite for teachers with those fancy degrees that I would never allo w my child to have as a teacher.  Out of eld can mean a lot of different things. I would sure like to be informed if m y kid is being taught something like Math b y a History teacher. I am less concerned if the eld is right but the teacher just has to get additional certi cations. It would be nice if the school would provide this information rather than the parents needing to request it. The standards and requirements are changing requiring existing teachers to continue their education and become “re”-certi ed. For example: just being a science teacher certi ed in science does not make you ineld/highl y quali ed to teach Biology or Chemistry even if you were ineld for prior years. Additional certi cations are now required to be ineld / highly quali ed for each.  Out-ofeld means that a teacher is teaching a class in which he or she does not hold certi cation. Out-ofeld teaching is only allowed once, unless that teacher is documented as on the path to being certied in that eld. It usually occurs where there is a need for that position to be lled and a teacher does have the educational/job experience to ll that void. For example, a person uent in Spanish, but does not have the of cial certi cation for (i.e. hasn’t taken the state subject area test yet) it on his/her record, or someone who normally teaches one science subject picking up another science subject, etc. Out-ofeld teachers are put on record as being such and can be subject to vetting. I believe schools must also post them. I kno w OHS has them posted in the section for the parents weekly news (there are 4 teachers on the list) and you can check at the FLDOE website. One of the requirement for being highly quali ed is to hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in your intended eld. Friday, February 24, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Motorists travelling into the city on S.R. 70 from the east might soon have easier going thanks to action taken Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, by the Okeechobee City Council. After hearing from the city’s grant administrator, Nancy Phillips, the council v oted to proceed with application for an economic development grant. The $257,827 grant would be used for lengthening S.R. 70 westbound left turn lanes at S.E. Tenth and S.E. Thirteenth Avenues and construction of a west bound left turn lane in front of Appleby’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill on S.R. 70. The cost of the 350 linear feet of road work would be broken down into $200,994 for construction, $31,735 for engineering and inspection, $6,000 for surveying and geotech testing and $19,098 for grant administration. Ms. Phillips said she would have the application completed and sent off by Friday. In connection with the grant application Ms. Phillips conducted a required fair housing workshop for elected of cials and the general public. The council also spent some time discussing recommendations made by the park committee concerning a proposed park at the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street on Taylor Creek and looking at a conceptual drawing of the proposed park. The committee recommended bathrooms and water fountains, step terracing along the creek bank, low impact lighting, fencing, shaded benches and a sign with park rules and regulations as well as a sign recognizing in-kind contributions to the park. City administrator Brian Whitehall said it would be a somewhat passive park with amenities signi cantly reduced from previous suggestions. Councilman Mike O’Connor, who rst proposed the park, said that terracing would be a nightmare for the city to maintain. He said high water would recede and leave trash on the terraces and that they would have to be cut with a weed eater rather than a mower. He favored a sloped bank. He also felt that fencing along the creek bank would take away from the beauty of the park. The councilman said that chickees, shade trees and mulch have been donated as well as the labor for putting down a mulch trail around the park. Councilman Dowling Watford felt that fencing around the playground area would be a good idea. He, too, was against fencing the creek bank. He was uncertain about rest room facilities, fearing the cost of maintenance and possible vandalism. Mayor James Kirk felt that a water fountain and rest rooms needed some thought. Councilman Devin Maxwell believed some of the council’s questions would be answered as costs of the proposed amenities are learned. Mr. Whitehall suggested soliciting donations for park amenities. He said a construction ow chart with costs would be helpful. Turning to another matter, Councilman Maxwell suggested that the city contact the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) and ask that DOT consider city input when planning landscaping for the intersection of S.R. 70 and U.S. 441. That way existing landscape and the city’s future landscape plans could be taken into consideration in designing landscaping for the intersection. City administrator Bryan Whitehall was asked to follow up on that suggestion. Ron and Linda Main. of N.E. Eighth Street, addressed the council concerning the city noise ordinance. They suggested changes to the ordinance and the chief of police was asked to investigate those proposed changes. The city might soon have a low-cost source of labor. Colonel Royce Dykes and classi cation supervisor Javier Jones addressed the council concerning the Okeechobee Correctional Institute Work Program. They told a little bit about the prison, said the prison wanted to become more visible to the community and invited the councilmen to visit the facility. They said that because of an expected increase in inmate population, prison work crews would soon be available to help local governments and nonpro t organizations. They said these would be minimum security prisoners about to be released that would not require correctional of cer supervision. The colonel said it is amazing how much work an inmate cre w can turn out. The work crews are part of the prison’s program to teach the inmates useful skills and help them to get back into the workforce. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City council applies for economic development grant 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 BAPTIST BAPTIST EPISCOPAL West Virginia DayFebruary 25th201211 am to 2 pm First Baptist Church 401 SW 4thStreet Okeechobee Bring Covered Dish For more information call 863-467-8636 or 863-634-1427 Ray or Phyllis 5 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonHealth and Safety ExpoThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation hosted a booth at the 2012 Health and Safety Expo. Rose Ferrell was the lucky winner of the prize basket full of health related items. Congratulations Ms. Ferrell! Girl Scouts needed for paradeCalling on all adult Girl Scouts! If you were a Girl Scout as a girl or worked with Girl Scouts as an adult, we would like to have you join us in marching in the Speckled Perch Parade March 10, to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Contact Laurie Pharr for more information 863-634-0465. The Scouts would like to have at least 100 Girl Scouts and adults in the parade in honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.Masonic Lodge holds Sunday BreakfastThe Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W. Fifth St., will hold a breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m.–11 a.m. Adults $6 and kids 12 and under $3. Eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, etc. Carry outs are available. Public is welcome. The Lodge holds this breakfast on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Proceeds go to Okeechobee Youth Programs.Eagles North to host BingoTuesday, Feb. 28, the North Eagles is holding Bingo from 1 p.m. until? Lots of Fun. 9985 U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Community Events


VFW North announces plans weekend eventsThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St. has a weekend full of fun planned. The grill will be open on Friday, 5-9 p.m. with karaoke hosted by XXL (Capt. Dennis) 7-10 p.m. Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill noon-2 p.m., Bar Bingo 1 p.m. Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5-7 p.m. with karaoke hosted by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. On Sunday there will be a Daytona 500 party with Lori will be serving Roasted Chicken 2-4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50 with karaoke hosted by Lisa 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs. Hope to see you all there.Music audition invites solos and duosB.R.A.T. Club is holding music auditions on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3-5 p.m., at Serenity Coffee Shop. We are looking for solo or duo act to open for Contemporary Christian group SAMESTATE in concert on May 4, at the Freshman Auditorium at 7 p.m. No age limit. Auditions are open to the public. Must perform Christian songs. Auditions can be done with tracks, acoustics or Acapella. NO CHARGE! For more information please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.OHS Band to host bene t barbecueOkeechobee High School Band will host a barbecue chicken dinner for only $8 per plate. You can order and pick up orders between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 There will also be a yard sale held with proceed to bene t the OHS Band from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring your old goodies and tables. Use the high school parking lot for just $10. For more information, please contact Kim at 863-697-6422 (please leave a message).Bassmaster Weekend Series Tourney setThe Bassmaster Weekend Series Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 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. Weigh-in will be held at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Lake Okeechobee Bassmaster Weekend Series Tournament is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. For further information call 863-763-3959.Candidate meet and greet plannedCome meet and greet your candidate, Sharon Wallace, for Okeechobee County Property Appraiser. Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4-6 p.m. at The Lodge at the Lake Restaurant. Free hor"s dourves.West Virginia Day plannedWest Virginia Day will be celebrated on Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church 401 S.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee. Bring a covered dish. For information call 863-467-8636 or 863-634-1427 Ray or Phyllis.Yard sale planned to bene t CESCentral Elementary School will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the bus loop at the school. The sale begins at 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Get a head start on your spring cleaning. Call to reserve your spot to sell. Rent a table for just $10 while supplies last. Bring your own table for onl y $5. Stop by and shop for great buys on clothes, household items and more. Contact Peggy Friend for more information at 863462-5077.Yard sale bene ts church summer campThe First United Methodist Youth will hold their annual yard sale to bene t summer church camp, on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. until noon. Furniture, small appliances, books, nick nacks, clothes, toys and much more will be offered for sale. Come support the scholalrslhips that allow children to have a week aat camp they would not normall y be able to affort.4-H Ethics class set for SaturdayThere will be a "last chance" 4-H Ethics Certi cation class on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1-4 p.m. at the Extension Of ce. You must have a current ethics number to sho w at the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show or in the Okeechobee County Fair 4-H Horse Show. You do not need to pre-register for this class.Cypress Eagles will host fried chicken night Feb. 26Cypress Hut Eagles will host fried chicken night on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-5 p.m. Just $6 per plate with all proceeds to bene t Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome. 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.Harold Gator' Havlin Selover Jr., 71OKEECHOBEE Harold "Gator" Havlin Selover Jr., age 71, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. He was born April 17, 1940, in Cape May, N.J., to Harold H. and Elsie Foley Selover. He proudly served in the National Guard. He owned a Marina in Stuart for over 20 y ears and was a retired Boat Captain. He retired to Okeechobee in 1992 and w as a member of the United Methodist Church. In addition he was an avid sherman and hunter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Marie Selover; and father, Harold Havlin Selover Sr. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Lynn Selover; sons, Matthew Spencer Selover, Timothy Allen W ard, and Harold Havlin Selover III; mother, Elsie Foley; step-brother, Henry Foley; and sister Catherine. The family will receive friends today, Feb. 24, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m., in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Syble M. BurroughsOKEECHOBEE Syble M. Burroughs, daughter of Lon and Willie Crawford, born in Athens, Ga., on June 26, 1916, passed away on Feb. 21, 2012, at the Hamrick House in Okeechobee after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Syble and her family came to Okeechobee in 1956. Syble opened her orist business, Syble's Flowers and Gifts in 1965. Syble's passion for ower designing and her love for the community contributed to her success as a business woman in Okeechobee. She was cheerful and always had a smile for you. Syble never met a stranger and was loved by each and every person she met. She was predeceased by her loving husband, George W. of 66 years; her parents, one sister and ve brothers. She is survived by her brother, Lon Crawford, Jr. of Athens, Ga.; her son, Terry W. (Maureen) Burroughs; her grandchildren, Kelley (Satasha) Burroughs of Jacksonville, Fla., Lana (Mortimer) Jones of Atlanta, Ga.; and ve great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m., with the service at 6 p.m. at the Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th St, Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974. All arrangements were entrusted to the loving care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.Buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 Church holds community gospel singOn Friday, Feb. 24 a Community Gospel Sing will take place at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church at 312 N. Parrott Ave. which w ill start at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Cypress Eagles will host steak/ sh dinner Feb. 24Come join us at the Cypress Hut Eagles for Friday night steak/ sh night on Feb. 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music by The Harpers. A ll proceeds will bene t the Community Fund. The public is welcome.Moose Lodge announces w eekend happeningsLots of fun will be happening at the Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St. this weekend. Friday, Feb. 24, there will be bingo at 6:30 p.m. w ith bonanza start at 5 p.m. On Saturday food will be served 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Music By Lisa 7-10 p.m. Sunday's cooked to order breakfast will be 8-11 a.m. for a cost of $5. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Yard sale to bene t Pregnancy CenterThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will be have a one day yard sale on Friday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come support the Pregnancy Center and nd your treasures at the same time. The Center is located at 500 N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee. The of ce number is 863-467-8748. If you would like to donate items for the yard sale, please bring them to the Center this week.Eagles North to host steak nightEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee invites everyone to join us for steak night on Friday, Feb. 24 Steak Night. Starts at 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music by Steven. Come rock with him, he knows how! Proceeds go to F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Eagles North to host card bingoSaturday, Feb. 25 we will have Card Bingo starting at 4 p.m. Come and play. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. Community Events




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Fifth St., Okeechobee, was charged with the sale of a controlled substance oxycodone (two counts) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell oxycodone (two counts). His bond was set at $100,000.  Brandon Ray Harper, 21, Cypress St., Okeechobee, was charged with attempted sale of a controlled substance oxycodone and petit theft. His bond was set at $5,500.  Wendy Inez Cassidy, 43, N.W. 294th St., Okeechobee, was charged with sale of a controlled substance oxycodone, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell oxycodone and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. Her bond was set at $30,000.  Courtney Leonard Levingston, 41, S.E. 42nd Trace, Okeechobee, was charged with traf cking a controlled substance oxycodone. His bond was set at $50,000.  Helen Elizabeth Grif th, 27, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee, was charged with the sale of a controlled substance oxycodone (two counts) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell oxycodone (two counts). Her bond was set at $80,000.  Henry Homer DeBerry, Jr., 69, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was charged with the sale of a controlled substance oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell oxycodone. His bond was set at $30,000.  Jeremy Lloyd Jordan, 33, S.W. Colorado A ve., Port St. Lucie, was arrested on Glades County warrants charging him with the sale of a controlled substance oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell oxycodone. His bond was set at $50,000. He was also arrested on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the sale of a controlled substance oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance w ith intent to sell oxycodone. His bond on those charges was set at $30,000.  Cynthia Aponte, 25, S.W. Third Ave., Okeechobee, was charged with traf cking in a controlled substance oxycodone, sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Her bond was set at $200,000 Other than Jordan and Aponte, all of the arrests were made Wednesday, Feb. 22. St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce records indicate that Jordan was arrested Wednesday night by the U.S. Marshal’s Of ce. Aponte was arrested Thursday morning, Feb. 23, by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. For some of those taken into custody, being arrested on drug charges is nothing new. It should be noted that investigators are currently holding arrest warrants on three more individuals who are either serving sentences in prison or the Okeechobee County Jail. Under the Florida public records law, the names of those individuals cannot be released until they are actually placed under arrest. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that Jenkins rst went to prison in November of 1998 after he was found guilty of possession of cocaine. He was released from prison a year later. He returned to prison on April 25, 2001, after he was found guilty of sale of cocaine. He was released June 12, 2002. Then, on April 15, 2005, Jenkins was again sent to prison following his cocaine possession conviction. He was released Aug. 11, 2007. On Aug. 6, 2009, Jenkins was again convicted on cocaine possession and sale of cocaine charges. Then-Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman sentenced him to 16 months in the Okeechobee County Jail. “Big Hurb has won the big vacation,” said Sheriff May, adding that Jenkins will be going to prison for a long time. In the case of someone the age of DeBerry, often times they turn to selling their personal medications just to make ends meet. “Not according to what we saw,” said a task force detective when asked if DeBerry was selling his own prescriptions. When asked why prescription pills are being sold so cheaply in Florida, as compared to states in the North, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Shane Pollard said it’s a case of supply and demand. “The supply just isn’t there, so they can sell them at a higher rate,” he said. “Because of law enforcement activity the prices are starting to go up here.” Agent Pollard is part of a special state task force whose aim is to curtail the activity of illegal pill mills, as well as stop the street level sales of prescription meds. According to detectives involved in these arrests, the street-level sale of drugs like cocaine are actually waning. They say that more and more of these dealers are switching to pills because they are in such high demand and they can make a higher pro t. Besides task force detectives and GCSO detectives the Okeechobee City Police Department, FDLE and the Drug Enforcement Administration were involved in the operation. Detectives said this investigation will be continuing. PILLSContinued From Page 1 Brandon Ray Harper Hubert Lee Jenkins Cynthia Aponte Jeremy Lloyd Jordan Harry Homer DeBerry Helen Elizabeth Grif th Courtney L. Levingston Wendy Inez Cassidy applicants. Turning to other matters, local contractor Elbert Batton told the board that licensed and insured contractors are struggling and having to compete with unlicensed contractors. “The general public is always at risk when they use unlicensed contractors,” he said. Another problem he mentioned is that home additions by unlicensed contractors are not assessed for property taxes. Ed Garcia, regional program administrator for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations also discussed the problem of unlicensed contractors and handymen working outside the scope of their license. He said the st offense for a person representing themselves as licensed contractor was a misdemeanor and the second offense was a felony. Mr. Garcia said a licensed contractor has been trained and is required to have insurance and workers compensation. This presentation stimulated a discussion of current county regulations concerning contractors and handymen. Commissioners spent a considerable amount of discussing pending litigation with American Well Drilling. This situation has been ongoing for about ten years and involves an injection well that American Drilling Services constructed at the sports complex. The well failed, causing the involvement of the Department of Environmental Protection and lengthy court action. The board nally voted to authorize staff to work the attorneys to resolve the pending litigation. Commissioner Joey Hoover cast the lone dissenting vote. He favored letting the issue play out in the court system. In other action the board:  tabled purchase of a replacement X-ray machine for the Okeechobee County Judicial Center in order to receive additional information;  approved a proposal from AVCON, Inc., for professional services for the airport conceptual drainage master plan and mitigation support services in the amount of $19,700;  approved using the services of the architectural rm of Chastain-Skillman for the proposed Okeechobee County Property Appraiser, Tax Collector and Drivers License Building;  authorized the county administrator to approve purchase of equipment, engineering and construction services for an energ y ef ciency conservation block grant (EECBG);  authorized the chair or the county administrator to execute work authorizations with GLE Associates, Inc, for engineering services pertaining to the EECBG;  appointed Tom Benbow, Mark Brandel and Jim Davis to the agri-civic center advisory committee with terms to end March 1, 2016;  appointed John Abney, Jr. as regular member and Scott Chapman as alternate member to the construction industry licensing board with terms to end March 1, 2015;  appointed Deborah Raulerson to the library advisory board with a term to end March 1, 2016;  appointed John Creasman as an alternate member to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors with a term to end March 1, 2013;  appointed Ted Kelchner and Mike Long to the planning board/board of adjustments and appeals with terms to expire March 1, 2015;  appointed Jim McCoin to the tourist development council with a term to end Jul y 1, 2015;  scheduled an executive sessions concerning International Association of Fire Fighters Union negotiations;  amended the reserve policy to conform to current government regulations; and  received a nancial update through Jan. 31. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man was arrested on felony charges after he reportedly hit his girlfriend in the head with the handle of a screwdriver and urinated on her. Jeremy Jones, 25, N.W. 17th Ave., was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 21, on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $75,000 bond. Deputy Tammy Sera ni, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated in her arrest report that Jones and his long-time girlfriend were arguing around 1:30 a.m. in their upstairs bedroom when it turned from v erbal to physical. The deputy stated that the couple were arguing because Jones thought his paramour was seeing another man, and because she "... wouldn't let him get high." The woman reportedly told Deputy Sera ni that she is afraid of Jones because he has hit her in the past and, on at least one occasion, has tried to electrocute her. According to the deputy's report, Jones made the 23-year-old woman lay down on the oor. Then, while she was on the oor, he allegedly urinated on her. Jones then supposedly pulled her up by her hair and started punching her in the head. At one point, stated the report, Jones picked up a screwdriver and began hitting the woman in the head with the handle as he threatened to stab her with the tool. The woman, added the report, told the deputy that Jones also burned her chest with a lit cigarette. Deputy Sera ni stated that the woman was able to get away from Jones when a knock on the bedroom door distracted him. She then ran down the stairs with Jones following. Jones reportedly followed the woman into the kitchen where he chased her around a table until her mother intervened. Jones then left the home, and was later arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with battery against his girlfriend, stated the deputy. County jail records indicate that his bond on the battery charge has been set at $20,000. The deputy went on to state that she photographed the woman's injuries and collected her soiled clothing. However, the report does not indicate if the victim received medical treatment. 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. 3rd Annual Open House5286 SW 16th Ave. € 863-763-2248Saturday, February 25th 1 1 0 % o f f S t o r e w i d e Join us for FREE Lunch 11 am to 2 pm Plus In Store Specials 9 Okeechobee News February 24, 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). James David Gruber, 21, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation criminal use of personal identi cation information ( ve counts) and violation of probation grand theft. His bond was set at $1,044.72. Penny Lyn Bickel, 34, S.E. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC amended felony warrant charging her with violation of probation petit theft. She is being held without bond. Nance Harmon, 50, Peach St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond. Dalton Thomas, 17, S.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary and violation of probation illegal use of gill net. He is being held without bond. Barbara Ann Tyner, 58, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation possession of cocaine. She is being held without bond. Shelly Goist, 40, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation uttering a forged instrument. She is being held without bond. Bryan Leejean Walburn, 18, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County amended warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond. Armando Reyes-Arciniega, 25, Laurette Lane, Lake Worth, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a Palm Beach County warrant charging him with traf cking in cocaine and the sale of cocaine. He is being held without bond. Miguel Alan Rodrigues, 26, S.E. 36th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on amended Okeechobee County warrants charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation battery. He is being held without bond. Christopher Martin, 26, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond. Lorenzo Rivera, 25, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a warrant charging him with the felony of battery on a law enforcement of cer and the misdemeanor o f disorderly intoxication. His bond was set at $3,000. Alan Case, 22, N.E. Fourth, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer and the misdemeanor of disorderly intoxication. His bond was set at $3,000. Stanley Scott West, 52, S.R. 78, Moore Haven, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with making a false af davit perjury (three counts) and fraudulent application for a driver's license (three counts). His bond was set at $9,000. John Charles Morgan, 59, N.E. 96th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 b y Deputy Joseph Hall on a St. Lucie Count y warrant charging him with exploitation o f the elderly. His bond was set at $10,000. Adam Brantley Osceola, 24, N.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 b y Deputy Joseph Hall on Okeechobee Count y warrants charging him with tampering with physical evidence, failure to appear possession of oxycodone and failure to appear possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Arrest Report Man accused of beating woman with screwdriver Jeremy Jones Guardians for New Futures to provide free trainingGuardians for New Futures (GFNF) is a 501(C)(3) that supports the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 19th Circuit. Guardians for New Future's mission is to support the Guardian ad Litem volunteers and the children involved in the dependency court system and assigned to the GAL Program. In addition, they have expanded their mission to include bringing awareness to the community about signs of abuse and the proper way to report abuse to ensure the child's case is acted upon quickly. During the expansion of they mission program coordinators discovered that the teachers in the four county area spend the largest portion of the day with our children and many times it is the teachers, school personnel and day care providers who see and report suspected abuse. In addition, they found through discussion with teachers and members of the community that many times reports are made and the case is not moved to immediate investigation track because "key words" are not used when speaking to the abuse hotline. For those children the abuse cycle continues. This training is completely free to all teachers, school personnel, day care providers and anyone who works with children.


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Of the two cases heard by Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 21, she found one to be in noncompliance and imposed a ne in the other case. According to code enforcement of cer Rollo Ridley, John D. Holt has a lot on S.E. 60th Drive that has extreme overgrowth, an accumulation of yard trash and a derelict shed. The special magistrate found him to be in noncompliance. Often a person is given 30 days to come into compliance. Because of extenuating circumstances, Mr. Holt was given two months to come into compliance or he could face a ne of up to $250. In the other case, which was tabled from the January meeting, Angela Cunningham had been ordered to remove the overgrowth from her S.E. 35th Lane property. Mr. Ridley stated that the property was still not in compliance. Therefore, beginning Feb. 22 Ms. Cunningham will be ned $30 a day for every day of noncompliance.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 MARTHA BUCHOLTZ BIRTHDAY Nifty, Nifty Martha is Fifty! 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 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 11 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESSpelling Bee time!The School Spelling Bee was held at Central Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The students did a fantastic job! In rst place is Alize Merchant, second place is Shelby Sumner and alternate is Xandrea Cea. Judges were from left to right Jill Rogers, Sharon Nipper, Mary Ann Dana and Pam Trent. Thank you for all your help and support. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 20-24, include: kindergarten, Star Phillips, Emma Baumhardt, Blaine Boyer, Caden Hurt, Hailey Shrout, Baldemar Gaona; rst grade, Joshua Boon, Anyah Johnson, Hailey Mendoza, Fred Cherenfant, Lorenzo Santiago, Kayleigh Carter, Esmeralda Campos; second grade, Adam Mowery, Leah Huntley, Amber Rodriguez, B'ellana Schlosser, Lindsey Jaimes, Jacklin Hernandez; third grade, Wyatt Blackstone, Alaina Hines, Mackenzie Crum, Jasmine Chapman, Carlos DeLaCruz; fourth grade, Cassidy Johnson, Yamilet Reyna; fth grade, Liliana Ramirez, Nayeli Urbina, David Jennings, Christian Woolverton and Tanner Nelson. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Code magistrate imposes ne


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To provide information on dual enrollment, Indian River State College is holding an information session at the Dixon Hendry Center at 2229 N.W. 9th Street, Okeechobee on Thursday, March 15. Dual Enrollment students earn college credits at no cost while completing requirements toward high school graduation. This is possible because the program is supported by the State of Florida to help qualifying high school students accelerate their progress toward a college degree. The credits earned transfer to IRSC Bachelor's Degree programs, all Florida public universities and most universities nationally. For more information, contact the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 16 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News How do we attract new businesses to the county that would improve the quality of life? That was the main thrust of a workshop Okeechobee County Commissioners held Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, with the Business Development Board of Okeechobee County (BDB). The BDB suggested four areas to improve the economic climate of the county: modi cation of impact fee policy, local contractor bid preference, requiring the use of local sub-contractors and the creation of an investment fund. The rst suggestion considered a modi cation of the impact fee policy that allows for payment of the impact fee at the time the certi cate of occupancy is issued. The reasoning is that the impact to a business does not fully occur until the business is open. This w ould also lessen the initial investment. "It could provide a competitive edge for the county." said Mr. Burroughs of the BDB. Mr. Burroughs said this was an option and not mandatory in all cases. He suggested this incentive be given to target industries. County attorney John Cassels suggested the impact fee be paid in phases. However, he was concerned about deferring the entire fee until the certi cate of occupancy is issued. Commissioner Ray Domer suggested delaying any action until the pending impact fee study is completed. He said one of the current problems is that the county has collected impact fees for projects for which it can't pay. He expressed concern with the county ful lling its obligations. Commissioner Frank Irby was in favor of phasing in impact fees. Commissioner Joey Hoover felt some businesses might bene t by phasing in impact fees, while for others it would not work. Businessman Mac Whorley observed that phasing in is what the county is currently doing with re, EMS and garbage assessment. When the certi cate of occupancy is issued, prorated assessments are imposed. Turning to the second suggestion, currently a local contractor who submits a bid within 5 percent of the lowest bid is eligible to receive the contract at the price he bid, which would be up to 5 percent over the lowest bid. The BDB suggested that a local vendor who bid within ve percent of the lowest bid would be given the opportunity to receive the contract by matching the lowest bid. If there were two local bidders within 5 percent of the lowest bid and the lower of the two was not interested in meeting the low bid, the second lowest local bidder would have the opportunity to meet the lowest bid. Commissioner Domer wondered if such a policy would discourage out of town bidders. Mr. Burroughs said such a risk exists with the present policy. Mr. Cassels said the current policy is used more by suppliers of products rather than construction. Mr. Burroughs said that St. Lucie County has the policy he was proposing but he was not aware how helpful it had been. Commissioner Hoover felt this proposed policy would be more restrictive to local contractors than the current policy. "We need ideas to move forward." said commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton. Bill Dover, who was helping Mr. Burroughs with the presentation, said the goals of economic development were to help existing businesses, create more and better jobs and create more investment capital. The BDB also suggested that the county require a contractor to use a certain percentage of local sub-contractors. Exceptions would be made if the type of work required is not offered by local contractors. Commissioner Hoover liked the idea of using local subcontractors but he didn't know how it could be enforced. Commissioner Domer said he has seen local jobs that could have been done by local contractors. However, he conceded this proposed policy needs some work before it would bene t local businesses. Commissioner Hoover suggested some type of scoring system based on percentage of local purchases and the use of local labor. Mr. Burroughs also suggested creation of an investment fund that would offer assistance to targeted industries with low-cost loans. The prospective business would have to be in a certain eld, jobs created would have to pay 115 percent of the median Okeechobee wage and the company would have to create a minimum of 50 jobs. "This is one of the tools in your tool kit that you may never use," said Mr. Dover, "but it's nice to have." Commissioner Hoover said he would like to see speci cs of how the proposed policies work in other counties. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper suggested waiting to receive the consultant's report on impact fees before having another such workshop. It appears the workshop was successful in stimulating the ow of ideas. At one point in the discussion Mr. Dover said," It looks to me like we have done our job, we've started a discussion that won't stop until (count y administrator) Robbie (Chartier) has some suggestions."Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners discuss economic development "We need ideas to move forward."Commissioner Margaret Helton


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 17 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Shared ServicesBasket winnerAlicen Sheehey was the lucky winner of the gift basket provided by Family Preservation Services at the Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo. Save the date for the 2013 Expo Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaFive years’ serviceAt the Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, presented a Five-Year Longevity Service Award to Scott Morgan, left. By Mickie AndersonUniversity of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A new economic study suggests that having a degree from one of Florida’s 11 state universities can be a nancial lifesaver—equivalent to more than $1 million in a worker’s lifetime earnings. The State University System’s Board of Governors requested the economic study to update earlier gures, said Alan Hodges, an extension scientist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The team included economists from UF and Florida State University. “The value of a university degree is, in some cases, worth millions of dollars over a person’s working lifetime,” Hodges said. “And not only does it mean higher earnings, but also a greater likelihood of employment—so all of this has real meaning for the current employment crisis.” The study found that the 11 public univ ersities had nearly a $52 billion value-added economic impact on the state’s economy during the 2009-2010 scal year, which ended in June 2010. That represents a little more than 7.25 percent of the state’s total economic activity and includes regional multiplier effects produced by government and household spending by those who work for, attend or conduct business related to the State University System. The economists estimated that the univ ersities and related businesses are responsible directly and indirectly for about 771,000 jobs in the state, or 7.9 percent of the state’s w orkforce. The study did not include spending on college sports events, nor did it include spending by university technology “spinoff” companies. The salary gap between college degree holders and those with high school diplomas was not unexpected, but the results were dramatic nonetheless, Hodges said. Using data from the state’s Department of Education, the study found these average annual earnings for Florida high school and university graduates in scal year 200910 who were employed in Florida in 2010: those with high school diplomas, $20,924, bachelor’s degree, $36,520; master’s degree, $58,698; doctorate, $66,743, and professionals, such as physicians or attorneys, $70,716. Extended to 30 years and accounting for typical pay increases, the difference between those with high school diplomas and higher degrees remained vast, with bachelor’s degree recipients outpacing high school graduates by more than $550,000; master’s degrees, more than $850,000; doctorates, more than $1.3 million and professionals, more than $1.8 million. And employment potential for university graduates at all levels was far higher than for those with high school diplomas, Hodges noted. “Right now, the unemployment rate in Florida is about 10 percent,” he said. “But for people with a college degree, it’s about half that. And for people with only a high school degree, it’s double that, close to 20 percent.” Besides UF and FSU, the state’s public universities include the University of West Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, New College of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. The research team also included Thomas Stevens and Rodney Clouser, both from UF’s Food and Resource Economics Department, and Julie Harrington, Martijn Niekus and Keith Baker, from FSU’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis. Degree can boost lifetime earnings


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 An environmental monitoring program to measure the effectiveness of the statefederal Kissimmee River Restoration Project has revealed a promising increase in wading birds and waterfowl, thriving aquatic invertebrates and improvements in water quality. “The abundant wildlife now seen along the Kissimmee is a powerful indicator of the bene ts of long-term investments in restoration,” said South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “The District’s documentation of these improvements provides us and our restoration partners—as well as the public— with critical insights into the ecosystem’s ongoing recovery.” Environmental monitoring conducted since completion of the rst phase of construction in 2001 has shown improvements in aquatic life, reductions in accumulated bottom sediments, reestablishment of oodplain wetlands and an increase in waterfowl and wading birds. Among the observations:  The number of wading birds observed increased by 64 percent. Three species long absent from the river are now documented regularly.  Shorebird species commonly observed jumped from 2 to 11.  Waterfowl sightings increased dramatically—by 29 times compared to pre-restoration sightings. In addition, dissolved oxygen levels in the river have improved, which is critical for the long-term survival of sh and other aquatic organisms. Wetland vegetation, which once covered only 37 percent of the Phase I restoration area prior to construction, has fully achieved the restoration target of 80 percent coverage. In addition to an increase in wading birds, shorebirds and waterfowl, the numbers of wetland-dependent marsh birds and songbirds have also increased since restoration began in 2001. These results suggest that after construction is complete in 2014 and hydrologic conditions are fully restored in 2015, the region is on track to achieve its goal of restored ecological integrity in the Kissimmee River and its oodplain. Ecological monitoring is scheduled to continue for at least ve years after project completion to guide management of the ood control system and evaluate the ultimate success of the restoration project. The Kissimmee Basin is the headwaters of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. The Kissimmee River Restoration Project is a partnership between the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that has been in place for more than 20 years. The Army Corps is responsible for construction, and the District is responsible for land acquisition and restoration evaluation monitoring. Project construction is scheduled for completion in December 2014. Kissimmee River Restoration attracts wildlife Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDWhite Ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets and wood storks forage in the Phase II area. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDWood storks have been photographed in the Phase II river channel. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDBlue-winged teal are found in the Phase I restoration area. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDBirds are plentiful in the areas around the restored Kissimmee River. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDIn the photo above, Yellowlegs are found in the Phase I restoration area. In the photo below the restoration of the river forced water back into the winding oxbows, creating habitat for wildlife.


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Cute frame home, would make a great starters home or weekend retreat. 1380 total sq ft, carport. Close to Everglades Elementary School. $48,000 MLS #205611 NEW LISTING 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, oors, and new appliances. large replace. $144,900 NOW $131,900 MLS # 205524 3005-M: Treasure Island 2BR/2BA MH completely furnished. Roof is approx 5 yrs old, new front porch with decorative stone, Living sq ft. 1,248, carport with shed. Well taken care of over the yrs. $63,900 MLS #205608. 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/ 2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5002-H: Larodo Shores Lg 3BR/3BA plus extra room for of ce on the Rim Canal with Lake access (3,088 Living sq ft.). Too much to list call for further info. Short Sale. $175,000 MLS # 205575 7003-C: Opportunity to be your own boss! Lucky Gator Arcade (Business Only). Lucky Gator Arcade $200,000 with 59 games OR $75,000 with just the business and machine lease. MLS # 205522 REDUCED LAKE ACCESS NEW LISTING BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs 19 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School continued to roll over lesser opponents Tuesday as they shut out Clewiston 7-0 in high school tennis action in Hendry County. For the boys, Otto Ramirez crushed Francisco Reyes in #1 singles 8-0. Brendon Jonassaint, and Colton Root also won their singles matches by shutouts. Jonassaint defeated Richard Valera 8-0 and Root defeated J amie Laudaverde by the same score. Cody Walker won in #2 singles in a tough match with Gibran Azan 8-5. Lucas Penido defeated Leo Garcia 8-1 in #4 singles 8-1. In doubles the team of Jonassaint and W alker defeated Reyes and Valera 8-0 and the team of Penido and Root defeated Azan and Garcia 8-2. The OHS girls team also won by shutout against the Lady Tigers and had a number of very strong performances on the court. Samantha Rivero defeated Anesse Levya 8-5 in the #1 singles match. Jenna Rath rolled past Sussy Tamez 8-1 in #2 singles and Vanessa Watt defeated Anna Jasso in #3 singles, 8-0. Dayla Ferneau, Jessica Luna and Alley Lopez won their singles matches by shutout 8-0. Okeechobee only dropped one game in the two doubles matches. The tennis teams traveled to Martin County on Wednesday and return home on Feb. 28 to meet Hardee High School at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. OHS tennis team beats Clewiston Lady Tigers By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Soccer is more and more a year-round sport in Okeechobee and the Club Soccer Program has announced a spring soccer league for boys and girls only teams for youth ages 7-16. Signups will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at the sports Complex Pavilion. For further information or questions please call Lupe Serrano at 561-719-5585. For ages 7 and 8, 9-10 and 11-12, tryouts are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday March 12 and 14. For older kids, ages 1314 and ages 15-16, tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday March 13 and 15. Tryouts for the teams will be held from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the soccer elds across from North Elementary. The soccer program will also host an Alumni soccer tournament on Saturday, March 24, at Brahman stadium for athletes 16 and older. The match starts at 4:30 p.m. A $3 admission will be charged to attend. For more information call Dawn Fox at 863697-1641 or Manuel Sanchez at 532-1145. Okeechobee Club soccer continues to expand Big Lake Sportsman’s Dinner & Expo planned for SaturdayThe Big Lake Sportsman's Dinner & Expo will be held Feb. 25, at the Recreation Outreach Complex, 310 S.W. Fifth Avenue. An archery tournament will begin at 2 p.m. The wild game banquet will start at 4 p.m. There will be a shing simulator, a hunting simulator and prize drawings. For more information call 863-763-2171.


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Owner: Lee County Board of County Commissioners Architect: BSSW Architects, Inc. Fort Myers, Fl. Sealed Bids will be received at the of ce of Lodge Construction, Inc. on the following date and time: Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M. All Bids are to be received sealed by date and time required. ALL BIDDERS ARE ADVISED THAT A PAYMENT AND PERFORMANCE BOND WILL BE REQUIRED FOR AWARD OF CONTRACTS THAT EXCEED $250,000.00. Bid Documents: In order to insure proper communications during bid period, please register your contact and company information with Lodge Construction of ce at tammy@lodgeconstruction.com and information on plans and speci cations. Bid Documents will be available on Monday, February 20, 2012. Note: Lodge Construction is actively seeking Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for this project. It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to give DBE’s the maximum opportunity to participate in this project. 410410 ON 2/24/2012 NOTICE There will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County On 2-21-12 410869 ON 2/24/2012 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž PublicNotice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 410766 ON 2/24/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE 2:00 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE 3:00 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 410768 ON 2/24/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? PublicNotice 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 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 AFTER 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 FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR 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. Searcy, AR 72442 410293 ON 2/17,24/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012CP000008 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES W. RIDDLE, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Ancillary Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of CHARLES W. RIDDLE, deceased, File Number 2012CP000008, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was August 18, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $15,137.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Joan Catherine Schmidt 6402 SE 55th Street Okeechobee, FL ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is February 24, 2012. Person Giving Notice: JOAN CATHERINE SCHMIDT Attorney for Person Giving Notice: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQUIRE Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 410792 ON 2/24;3/2/2012 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 Unit #259 Ladonna Brown Unit #405 Kimberly Bush 410026 ON 2/17,19,24/2012 21 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 ACROSS 1 Lin or Angelou 5 Terrier type 9 Performed on stage 14 Contest with seconds 15 Gillettes __ II 16 Do-re-mi 17 Catch, as ones sleeve 18 Mazes and MonstersŽ author Jaffe 19 Ventilated, with outŽ 20 Group with the #1 hit ABCŽ 23 Emeritus, e.g.: Abbr. 24 Some garden plants need it 25 Official count 28 Control tower devices 32 Group with the #1 hit One Bad AppleŽ 35 Western-style Scram!Ž 36 Lena who played Glinda in the movie version of The WizŽ 37 Epi center? 38 Nez __, Native Americans who breed their own horses 40 Faulkners __ Lay DyingŽ 41 Group with the #1 hit Jive TalkinŽ 43 Garden tool 46 Snorkel et al., familiarly 47 Put in a seat 50 MIT or UCLA 51 2001 Spielberg WWII miniseries, and what 20-, 32or 41-Across is 57 Believed without question 58 Cosecants reciprocal 59 Really long time 61 Present moment 62 Ski resort lift 63 Arps movement 64 Exceed the limit 65 Eponymous logical diagram creator 66 Online annoyance DOWN 1 Docs 2 Godmother, often 3 Slangy okay 4 Flowers for __Ž: story from which the film CharlyŽ was adapted 5 Layer 6 Big cheese associated with Big Macs? 7 Americans, to Brits 8 PayPal funds 9 Actress Peet or Plummer 10 Styled in the salon 11 Doughnut shapes 12 Mtn. road sign stat 13 Miami-__ County 21 Wrestler Ventura 22 Rowing crew 25 Selected 26 Spine-tingling 27 Next years junior 29 What doublechecked totals should do 30 Runs through a sieve 31 Jeanne dArc et al.: Abbr. 32 Defrost 33 Michelle Obama __ Robinson 34 Ball girls 38 Birdcage feature 39 Highbrows 41 Not kosher 42 New Yorks time zone 44 Figure out 45 Married in secret 48 Network with an eye logo 49 SurvivorŽ faction 51 Outlaws 52 Resting on 53 Hawaiis state bird 54 __ errand: out 55 Harvest 56 Fizzy drink 60 The Deer HunterŽ war zone, for short By Gareth Bain (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/18/11 01/18/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 23 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012 The rst Big O Teen Anglers tournament of the new year was held Jan. 28 out of Lock 7. They had 18 anglers take to the water with a 100 percent success rate. Ten of the 18 anglers had a ve sh limit. 73 sh totaling 110.34 lbs were brought to the scales. The winners in the 11-14 year old age group are: 1stRobby Hays 11.89 lbs 2nd Luke Farmer 8.19 lbs 3rd Nathan Center 7.35 lbs and big sh 4.34lbs. The winners in the 15-18 year old age group are: 1st Matthew Haff 9.77 lbs and big sh 3.51 lbs. 2nd Ty Riva 9.46 lbs. 3rd Kenny Brewer 7.92 lbs. The Teen Anglers would like to welcome our new members Matthew Haff, Drew Wanczak, Trevor Teele, Kenny Whaley,Colton Revels,Nathan Center & Josh Hiler. The y would also like to thank our boat captains Leroy Bauer, Ken Hall, Mike Ingrahm, Ernie Johnson, Larry Wise, Skip Jeslosky, Matt Johnson, Richard Stiglitz & Mike Zubricky. Thank you George and Madalyne DuPont for the hotdogs and sodas. Big O Teen anglers enjoy day of great shing Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensKenny Brewer in the 15-18 age group won third place with sh weighing 7.92 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensNathan Center in the 11-14 age group won third place with sh weighing 7.35 lbs. and big sh weighing 4.34 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensTy Riva in the 15-18 age group won won second place with sh weighing 9.46 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensRobby Hays in the 11-14 age group won rst place with sh weighing 11.89 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensMatthew Haff in the 15-18 age group won rst place with sh weighing 9.77 lbs. and big sh at 3.51 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensLuke Farmer in the 11-14 age group won second place with sh weighing 8.19 lbs.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours:Mon.Fri.9am 7pm € Sat.9am 5pm € Sun.CLOSED 4224 HIGHWAY441 S.€ OKEECHOBEEwww.okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep.comJeep Grand Cherokee863-357-0500 N N O W $ 5 9 9 5 N O W $ 7 9 9 5 N O W $ 1 3 9 9 5 2003 Chevy Cavalier 1999 Lincoln Towncar 2007 Pontiac G5 2007 Chevy Uplander LT N N O W $ 1 6 9 9 5 N O W $ 1 5 9 9 5 N O W $ 5 9 9 5 YourHometown Dealerwith Big Town Savings N N O W $ 3 1 9 9 5 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab4x4, Nav, Leather, All the Toys, Like New 2009 Chevy Crew Cab 4x4 3500Duramax, Diesel, Allison Transmission, Xtra Nice, Low Miles2009 Dodge Crew Cab Laramie 4x4, 3500 Dually, Diesel Leather, Loaded Very Low Miles 2010 Dodge Crew Cab Laramie 4x4, 35006 spd Manual, Diesel, Leather, Loaded, Only 23K miles, Xtra SharpN N O W $ 3 8 9 9 5 N O W $ 4 1 9 9 5 N O W $ 4 3 9 9 52010 Ford Fusion SE 2007 Mercury Marquis LS 2010 Dodge Charger SXT N N O W $ 1 7 9 9 52007 Chrysler 300 Limited N N O W $ 2 4 9 9 52012 Dodge Journey N N O W $ 2 5 9 9 52012 Buick Lacrosse Collins Duke Penny Farmer Bauer D D a v i d F a r e w e l l D D a v i d J a m e s S S t e v e M o l n a rN O W $ 1 5 9 9 5 2008 Chevy 1500 Crew Cab 4x4, 771 Pkg, Loaded 2007 Dodge Crew Cab 15004x4, Fully Loaded, Low Miles, Xtra NiceN N O W $ 2 0 9 9 5 N O W $ 2 1 9 9 5 24 Okeechobee News February 24, 2012