Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-18-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, March 18, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 34 12.81 feetLast Year: 11.84 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Cub Scout oat is parade winner ... Page 11 City plans clean up ... Page 8 Attorney claims proposed changes in rules for leasing public lands fall short of meeting Florida StatuteBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board members were presented a resolution Thursday that claimed to bring their land leasing program into line with state statutes but, according to an attorney, it falls short of that mark. SFWMD Assistant Executive Director Robert M. Brown presented the resolution at the district’s March 15 meeting in West Palm Beach. He said the proposed resolution will make the district’s lease program “more transparent to the public.” But, does it? According to attorney Chester Brewer, the answer is no. As he addressed the board Thursday afternoon, Mr. Brewer alluded to a statement in the resolution that calls for the district to accept competitive bids for their property when an existing lease expires. The resolution then goes on to say: “... unless the governing board approves a waiver of competition.” In short, that means if the board wants a Does SFWMD proposal follow state law? Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kaylie CorbyLast day to enjoy the fairSunday is the last day of the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The fair opens at noon. Armbands for unlimited rides on the midway are $25. For more photos of the county fair, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. For information on fair and livestock show winners, see future editions of the Okeechobee News.See SFWD — Page 10 City council to consider chamber building lease ... Page 7


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Eric Kopp This man is not afraid to shave the leg of the hairy beast called corruption. I saw in F riday’s paper his story exposing corrupt government. This is what a newspaper is supposed to do. I look forward to the follow up. I think there was a SFWMD helicopter hovering over his house. Eric, watch your b ack!USA grown produce What you buy is your choice. I do not b uy produce that is not grown in this count ry, with the exception of bananas. You can’t nd American grown bananas at any price. But I do wash them before I peel them. Aft er reading about some of the practices in China, I would not eat anything that comes from there. I read the labels carefully bec ause I do care more about my family’s health than saving a few pennies. And I grow as much of my family’s food as I can. W e live in Florida. It’s pretty easy to grow at least some of your own food, even if you can only container garden.  It is the same with sh and shrimp. Look on the back of the freezer package or t he sign in the store. Thailand, China, Chile. F ree trade is not free trade for U.S. producers. Think about it. If it is cheaper for a product to come from Thailand than a product t o come from Florida or Georgia then somet hing is wrong. The farmer or sherman is getting the short end of the stick. You are getting inferior sh or you are getting somet hing that is worse than inferior...people here have to adhere to certain standards that COST MONEY.  We live in Florida, where winter vegetables are grown. It is not that hard to nd fresh produce grown in the United States. Some people think it is worth the time, effort and extra money to buy the healthiest food they can. Others don’t and that is their c hoice. Just like some people choose to s moke cigarettes and some choose to drink alcohol. That’s their choice and they have to live with the health risks.  In case you haven’t noticed, when it’s winter in the US, it’s summer south of the equator. Most produce doesn’t do well in freezing temperatures. In addition, many American-owned companies farm on both sides of the border in both seasons.Contraception Funny, I’ve been all over this wonderful United States, but I never recall seeing a welfare mom, or a destitute college student standing on a street corner with a sign reading, “Will work for contraceptives.” If you took out a student loan to attend Georgetown University, that you don’t intend to repay, maybe you should consider study instead of sexual exploits until you earn your degree and become a 1 percenter.Guide Service made it a good dayIt is nice to know that there are still some nice and caring people in the world today and one of those people is Captain Mike Jones. He made my brother, who is ill, feel so good with his kind jesting. I wish there were more people like you in the world, this would be a better world. People don’t care about people anymore. But you are one of the ones that do. God bless you. My brother and I thank you very much. You really made his day.Coyotes I’m down here in Ortona and there are coyotes down here too. They drive my dogs (curr and bulldog mixed) nuts at night! They are on the north side of 78 on Lykes Brothers property where a lot of locals hunt hogs. They are freaky at rst, especially if they wake you out of a sound sleep! But then their calls are kind of pretty if you appreciate the grander scheme of things. I’ve seen them cross 78 before at dusk and they seem to be larger than a typical dog. I’ve been told by some of the oldtimers to bring my dogs in at night when they’re around. I used to work at a local sand mine here, running a dredge at night. One night about ve years ago I saw something running along the bank. It seemed to oat over the rocks and piles of sand. It took a few moments to realize that I had seen a panther! It was beyond a doubt the most beautiful animal I’ve seen in the wild. Then in seconds it was gone, like a ghost. I’ll cherish that minute or two forever. So, yes, they’re alive and well down here also along with other critters. My neighbor once had a two-foot gator sleeping in her dryer vent! By Elder John T. GarnerMore 2 Life Ministries Something’s wrong. That’s the one thing that everyone seems to agree on. Whether liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, Christian or atheist, everybody is sure that something has gone wrong with the world as we know it, or at least how we thought we knew it at one time. Of course, everyone is sure they have the answer that will make things better. And on and on it goes as the opinions y on what course should be set to lead America and the world back to the way it used to be. But, is that what we really need, for the world to get back to the way it used to be? If we are honest, we have to admit that the world has always been prone to get off course and head in the wrong direction. The Bible bears witness to this truth starting with Adam and Eve (you can’t go any further back than that). The fact is that it all went wrong at this point, from the very beginning. So, all this moaning over what has gone wrong and when did it start going south can be cleared up by a good reading of the Scriptures. Jesus said it best when He declared that “you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” He said this to a group of people who were on the surface professing to believe in Him. However, He knew that in reality they were wedded to a lie that would ultimately destroy them if they left it buried and hidden from what was really true. The truth was that only through Christ could they truly be set “free indeed.” This offended them because they were convinced that they didn’t need to be set free; all they needed was a plan to overcome the oppressive Roman government and then all would be right again. But the truth is that real freedom mus t rst start with a heart set free from the bondage of the sin that separates us from God. Yes, there is something wrong with th e world and that something is that the hear t of mankind is desperately wicked and will always move toward destruction withou t the guiding hand of the One who created us. There is something in the soul of every human being that longs to be connected with God. The Scriptures are clear that connection can only be found in Jesus Christ. This is the answer that the world needs to hear and embrace. This is the secret tha t politicians are seeking for and yet neve r seem to nd. So men and women continu e to make their plans and proclaim them in speeches about how they will “change” th e way things are and make them better. And, maybe for a little while, they may even seem successful. But, ultimately, the progress made grinds to a halt and we nd ourselves in the same old place asking the same old questions: HOW DID WE GET HERE? — WHAT WENT WRONG? — WHAT WILL I T TAKE TO FIX IT? And, always the same old truth must b e declared: “If the Son (Jesus Christ) makes you free, you will be free indeed.” So let’s all agree that there needs to be a change. The heart of man must be changed to re ec t the glory of God. His glory is re ected in th e heart of men and women who seek afte r righteousness that comes as we seek afte r Christ and strive to govern out of this truth: That all is and will be done before the eyes of the One who sets us free – Coram Deo. Sunday, March 18, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. 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! Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS boys soccer squad recognizedLonnie Sears and members of the District Champion Boys Soccer squad were honored at the Okeechobee School Board meeting on Tuesday night, March 13. (L-R) Hector Torres, Phillip Suarez, Dillon Resendiz, Jacalob Akins, Juan Baza-Urbina, Erick Garcia, Hernan Santibanez, Chon Vega and Coach Sears.


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Cypress Hut Eagles to hold fried chicken dinnerOn Sunday, March 18 the Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441., will hold a fried chicken dinner from 1–5 p.m., for $6 per dinner. The public is welcome. Proceeds w ill go to the Community Charity fund.BHR Ladies Auxiliary host Sunday breakfastSunday, March 18 Buckhead Ridge Ladies VFW Auxiliary will hold their monthly breakfast. Sausage, gravy, biscuts, eggs any w ay you want, also coffee and orange juice for a donation of $5. The public is welcome! A ll donations are for our Veterans and families.Stroke and Osteoporosis screenings offeredResidents living in and around the Lake Okeechobee region can be screened to reduce the risk of stroke or bone fracture. Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host Life Line Screening on Monday, March 19 For more information or to schedule a screening, please call 1-877-237-1287.Orchid and Garden Clubs to meetOn the third Monday of the month, March 19, The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. at the Okechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 U.S. Highway 98 N. The Orchid Club will offer a repotting w orkshop led by Victor Elliott. Bring a prorblem orchid to discuss or a favorite to show. The Orchid Club has a new gardening tool kit. Learn the tools you’ll need for repotting and dividing. For more information please all the Extension Of ce at 863-763-3189.Cypress Eagles to host meat loaf dinnerOn Tuesday, March 20 the Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441., will hold a meat loaf dinner with potatoes and the w orks, from 5–7 p.m., for $6 per dinner by Carla. Proceeds will go to the Community Charity fund.Friends of the Library seek new membersThe Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding children’s programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. They raise funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a y ear and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk. Members receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased at our book sales. The next book sale is scheduled for March 28 to March 31.Association to host Alzheimer’s presentationThe Alzheimer’s Association encourages you to attend this FREE education session. Topic: What is Alzheimer’s Disease?; 10 warning signs. This presentation takes place on Monday, March 26, from 10–11 a.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Community Center, at 30082 Highway 78 E., in Buckhead Ridge. To RSVP call Lisa Rodriguez by March 22 at 863-385-3444.Free memory screenings at VNAThe Alzheimer’s Association and St. Mary’s Memory Disorder Center are offering Free memory screenings at VNA, 208 S.E. Park Street, in Okeechobee, on Friday, March 23 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are required. Call Donna True at 1-800-861-7826, Ext. 501.Pregnancy Center has movie tickets for “October Baby”March 23 is opening day for “October Baby,” a movie distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the same Film Company that brought you “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” Please pre-purchase your tickets by buying them at The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 NW 6th Street, 863-467-8748 or Serenity Coffee Shop, 601 SW Park St., 863824-2287. The movie will be playing at our own Brahman Theater. You may see a movie trailer at www.octoberbabymovie.net. Waterfest FUN Festival plannedThe Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, the Bassmasters Elite Series and the “O.L. Raulerson, Jr.” BBQ have joined to create the “Waterfest F.U.N. Festival.” This event is to be held at the Scott Driver Pavilion, located at 10101 State Road 78 West Okeechobee. The dates of the festival are Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Festival opens at 10 a.m., and the weigh-in is at 3 p.m. each day. The festival will have educational activities, entertainment, Florida storytellers, Historical displays, outdoor sports demonstrations and a Barbecue Competition.Glades Electric announces annual meetingGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual of cers’ reports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Join us for great entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLET K-1500 4X4 for one lucky member!Moose Lodge to host Vaudeville ShowThe Okeechobee Vaudeville Bunch will hold a Music & Comedy Show at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge NW 36th Street on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Free parking and free admission.Okeechobee Men’s Night With GodCalling all men! You are invited to a nondenominational night with God. Get ready for an unforgettable night of fellowship, praise, and unity. Enjoy a free barbecue diner, live worship and a challenge from guest speakers. The program starts with dinner at 5 p.m. at Faith Farm Pavilion, 7595 N.E. 128th Ave. Please RSVP by March 26 by calling 863-763-4224.Community Collaborative Council to meetThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce, 700 S.W. Second Street in Okeechobee.9Holes-6Pockets Memorial Biathlon to be heldOn March 31 at 9 a.m., a biathlon will be held to bene t the Humane Society (no kill shelter). Start out by playing 9 holes of golf at Blue Heron and one game of pool at Good Spirits. Best-ball scramble, 4-person teams or singles welcome. $30 per person, lunch included. Sign up by March 29. Check out ‘9holes 6pockets’ on Facebook, or contact Keller at 863-467-1651 or Debbi at 863634-8407, or send an email to 9holes6pockets@gmail.com.Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS’ adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.Barbecue bene ts Special OlympicsThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) will host a barbecue Friday, March 30 to bene t Special Olympics and the OCSO Relay for Life team. Gilbert Snapper, 315 S. Parrott Ave., will host the event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate and the menu will consist of onefourth of a chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. For advanced tickets, or to schedule a delivery, contact Michele or Ronda at 863-763-3117. BBQ dinner for Chobee SteelersOn Friday, March 30 Martha’s House Outreach will sponsor a barbecue chicken dinner to bene t the Chobee Steelers Steel Drum Band, at 4134 U.S. 441 N. for a $7 donation. Call 863-763-2893 for your tickets. Will deliver with 10 or more orders.County coalition to discuss lakeThe next meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will be held on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.Softball tourney bene ts scholarshipAnnual Coed Softball Tournament in Memory of “Devon Venables” June 15, 1989August 1, 2009. March 31 at the Adult Softball Fields – Okeechobee starting at 8 a.m. $250 registration at the eld, Bring your own balls 44 Core-ISA Rules, Bracket will be determined by # of teams registered. All proceeds will go towards the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the “memo” of your check “Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship.” For more information Please contact: Kim Hilliard 863-634-3620 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News After being vacant for many months the chamber of commerce building could soon be lled. On Tuesday night the Okeechobee City Council could give nal approval to a lease agreement with the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. The proposed lease is for ve years at $1 a month. Prior to occupancy, the building would be inspected for any major repairs. For the rst 12 months of the lease, for any repairs over $500, the city and the chamber would split the costs. The chamber would take care of any repairs under $500 the rst year and thereafter the chamber would be responsible for all maintenance and repairs on the building. A representative of Craig A. Smith Governmental Services is scheduled to present a report on the 2012 legislative session. Turning to other business, the council will hold the rst reading and set a nal public hearing date for ordinances dealing with the general employee/OUA, police and re ghters pension plans. The council will also hold the rst reading and set a nal public hearing date for an ordinance which would adopt a policy and procedures for lling vacancies in of ce. Also on the agenda is a medical director agreement between the city and Dr. J. Michael Adelberg. The mayor is scheduled to present the Award of Valor to Cody Beasley, Brandon Smith and Travis Mauldin for their heroic action in saving a person from drowning. In addition, the mayor is expected to present a Five-Year Longevity Service Award to Cesar Romero and a Fifteen-Year Longevity Service Award to Tom Tarner.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City could approve lease of chamber building If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m., March 20 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Council, 55 S.e. Third Ave. Prices eased off a little this week, but none of us are complaining with cattle breaking records this year. Calves were $1-2 lower on #1s and Plainer Calves were off $3-4. Slaughter cows & bulls were off about $1. Please get your cattle in by 2 or 3 p.m.; our numbers are w ay down this time of the year. 4 L Land & Cattle, Indiantown, topped the calf market with a high of $2.90, bought by Foy Reynolds. Libby Thompson, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 97.00, bought by Dairymens. If you need some good 2 1/2 year old A ngus Bulls, give us a call! Jeff Livestock showThe FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held last week at the Okeechobee County Fair. Livestock Market Report


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In an effort to make our city more attractive and remove health and safety hazards, city crews are working to demolish abandoned houses and bring others up to code, especially in the Douglas Park area. “It has helped,” said City Councilman Dowling Watford, adding “We’ve got more to do.” City administrator Bryan Whitehall said that in the last two years the city has razed ve abandoned houses, most of which were in the area of N.W. Ninth Avenue. He said that three of them were declared a hazard by the re inspector. The last two were demolished with the owner’s permission. A lien is attached to those lots to recover the city’s costs. There is a grant program called Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund which the city is waiting to receive funds from that would allow them to demolish six other abandoned houses. On the positive side the city uses Community Development Block Grant funds to rehabilitate houses that have code issues. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City working to improve blighted areas Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of March 12-16 include: kindergarten, Omar Hernandez, Victor Lopez, Damien Johnson, Samantha Tillotson, Caleb Lowery, Lisa Yates, Tanner St Pierre; rst grade, Emily Hilderbrand, Jacob Tumoscwicz, Caysen Jarriel, Natalie Jimenez, Rafael Garza, Cody Rickard; second grade, Joann Hickson, Colten McPeak, Jessica Cordell, Zane Hicks, Betsabeth Luviano, Yadhira Yanez; third grade, Jalyn Garcia, Ashley Brown, Charles Stevens, Kaylee Smith, Christian Flores, Darrien Bronson; fourth grade, Avonte Hagins, Haley Underhill, Donald Padgett, Natalie Banuelos; fth grade, Taylor Miers, Brittney Blackstone, Enoc Leon, Hunter Musrrish and Tracy Coleman. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Upcoming Blood DrivesUpcoming Okeechobee Blood Drives will be held on the following dates: Sunday, March 18 -Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 22 -Ancient Oaks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 23 -Seacoast (South), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 -St. Teresa Catholic Church (K of C), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Pre-Owned Vehicles Under $ 10k (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154www.GilbertChevrolet.comSALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays Cruze lease is for 24 months/12,000 miles with $1,995 due at signing. Malibu lease is for 24 mo/12,000 miles with $1,539 due at signing. Volt lease is 36 mo/12,000 miles with $5,000 due at signing. Silverado Reg Cab lease is for 39 mo/10,000 miles with $ 1,995 due at signing. Silverado Ext Cab is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $3,000 due at signing. Equinox lease is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $1,989 due at signing. All prices are plus taxes, tag, and fees Offers assume quali“ed credit. All incentives and rebates to dealer. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Picture s are for illustration purposes only. Offers expire 3/31/12. 2012 Chevy Cruze $ 149 38 2012 Chevy Equinox $ 229 32 2012 Chevy Malibu $ 179 33 2012 Chevy Volt 350 miles! $ 349 95 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Reg. Cab $ 199 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab $ 299 18 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTAuto, Power Windows/Locks, Cruise $ 4,495 1338C 2001 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, Sunroof, Leather $ 4,995 4956A 2001 Chevy Cavalier 2dr CoupeOnly 50k Miles, Power Windows/Locks $ 5,495 1536B 2004 Volkswagen GTIManual, Power Windows/Locks $ 4,750 1481C 1997 Toyota Paseo ConvertibleManual, 2-Door, AM/FM Radio $ 4,750 1169BTHINKING ABOUT GETTING THAT NEW VEHICLE?ITS YOUR LUCKY DAY MONTH 18 30 Day Price Guarantee on TiresGet the best price in town or well refund the dierence. GM Certied Service 2004 Jeep LibertyPower Locks/Windows/Tilt, Cruise Control $ 6,495 2154A 2003 Chrysler Sebring LimitedConvertible, Leather, Cruise Control $ 5,750 2156B 2000 BMW 323i Sport WagonKeyless Entry, Power Windows, Manual $ 7,750 1275B 9 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012


lease holder to remain a tenant the board can waive the competitive process and the lease could be extended. “The statute demands competitive bidding with notice. The statute does not prov ide any exemption for the mandate that requires competitive bidding,” said Mr. Brewer. “That language must be taken out if you’re trying to comply with the statute.” Mr. Brewer was at the meeting to represent Glades County ranchers and property owners Mark Hunter and Patricia Pearce. “That just gives you the right to not follow the statute,” Mr. Pearce told the board. The district has come under re recently for renewing leases without putting them out for bid. Florida state statute 373.093 says the district can lease their land as long as it is consistent with the land’s intended use and “for the best price and terms obtainable, to be determined by the board.” Some 20 leases were renewed by the board in 2011. Among those were area leases held by Alisa Sherman, Elsie Lanier, James and Beatrice Prescott, Otis P. Clemons and the Old River Cattle Company. The lease held by Mrs. Sherman is on property in Highlands County and, according to records, it was advertised in area newspapers prior to it being signed on December, 13, 2011. However, no ads can be found regarding the other four leases. The proposal discussed Thursday would have no real effect on these existing leases. In response to that question, SFWMD general counsel Carolyn Ansay replied with an e-mail that said: “If the resolution is adopted, it will not unilaterally alter the legal rights or obligations contained within any existing lease agreement. Any existing lease agreement can only be altered or terminated pursuant to the terms contained within the document.” The resolution goes on to state that, in accordance with 373.093, the district will publish their intention to lease in a newspaper in the county where the land is located and other places as the board determines, which complies with the statute. Also, the proposed resolution would allow the district to give an existing tenant a right of rst refusal on the lease if the tenant: 1. has been in substantial compliance with the existing lease; and, 2. submits a responsive and responsible bid. “What is substantial compliance? That’s like being a little bit pregnant,” offered Mr. Brewer, in a phone interview Friday. The resolution goes on to state that before an existing tenant can exercise the right of rst refusal, they must agree to “... pay rent at 10 percent over the highest bid from another responsive and responsible bidder.” Governing board member Glenn J. Waldman questioned that part of the proposal. “They (existing lease holders) will have to overbid—it may be too much money,” he said. “Maybe we ought to think again about the right of rst refusal. This may cause someone to overpay.” While he didn’t necessarily agree that an existing lease holder should have to pay an added 10 percent, Mr. Pearce asked the board to leave the right of rst refusal in the resolution. “If I sell my property to the district and I get a 10-year lease but I don’t get the bid, then I have to leave. The right of rst refusal has to be in there,” he said. When his allotted three minutes were about to expire, Mr. Pearce looked over the top of his glasses and asked: “Is the district going to correct those leases that were done completely wrong?” No one answered. The governing board did not vote on the proposal, but plan to do so at the SFWMD meeting in April. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1ST CRUISE Debbie Hunt and Bob Fasanella on a recent cruise to the Caribbean, on the Ruby Princess. The ship traveled to the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos. Bobs relatives from Toronto Canada joined them on this exciting vacation. A good time was had by all! *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 10 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 SFWMDContinued From Page 1 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Justin Martinez, 18, S.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 15 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of lewd or lascivious battery (three counts) and the misdemeanor of battery. His bond w as set at $230,000.  Sergio Gonzalez, 22, N.W. 11th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested March 15 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an amended warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property and violation of probation burglary of an occupied structure. He is being held without bond.  Roberto Laguna Arrieta, 24, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 15 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a warrant charging him with violation of probation fraudulent use of a credit card and violation of probation fraudulent use of personal identi cation. He is being held without bond.  Helen Elizabeth Grif th, 27, N.E. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 15 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church (two counts). Her bond was set at $40,000.  Jose Juaquin Cervantes, 23, N.W. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 16 by Deputy Troy Garrison on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person. His bond was set at $15,000. 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. A rrest Report Special to the Okeechobee News/ Michael MurosCounty Fair continues todayLights from the carnival brighten the midway at the Okeechobee County Fair. The fair continues today at noon. Entrance is off State Road 710.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 16TH Thurs., Mar. 22NDFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG II: “JOHN CARTER”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: “RED TAILS”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 11 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 On Tuesday, March 27, Raulerson Hospital will host this month’s Dine with the Doctor Physician Lecture Series. Dinner is available beginning at 4:30 for $5 per person. The free physician lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria and will feature Raulerson Hospital’s Radiologist, Dr. Vennos. Dr. Vennos will teach the attendees about the different modalities of diagnostic imaging available at Raulerson Hospital, including: CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography and Nuclear Medicine. This special Dine with the Doctor will even feature a brief tour of some of Raulerson Hospital’s imaging equipment. Call 863-763-9228 to RSVP for this Hospital sponsored class. Friday, March 30 is Doctor’s Day. This is a special day to remember and thank doctors for the important role they play in our lives. On Wednesday, April 4, Raulerson Hospital’s Better Breathers Support Group for sufferers of COPD will meet at 5 p.m. in the In-service Classroom, located at Raulerson Hospital. This Support Group is free and meets the rst Wednesday of each month. RSVP: 863-824-2702. On Tuesday, April 24, Raulerson Hospital will host April’s Dine with the Doctor Physician Lecture Series. Dinner is available for $5 per person in the Hospital Cafeteria beginning at 4:30 p.m. The physician lecture, which is free, will begin at 5 p.m. Call 863-763-9228 to RSVP for this Hospital sponsored class. On Tuesday, May 15, Raulerson Hospital will host the second quarter Patient Advisory Council Dinner. Recent patients and their loved-ones are invited to attend this special dinner and share about their experiences at the facility. Hospital administrators and nursing supervisors will be present to learn from the valuable feedback provided. Raulerson Hospital’s priority is to remain patients’ rst choice for their healthcare needs. Focusing on patient experiences, like at the Patient Advisory Dinners, allows the facility to continually improve service. To learn more about the Patient Advisory Council Dinner, or to register, call 863-824-2702. Raulerson Hospital hosts Better Breathers & Dine with the Doctor Okeechobee Main Street would like to announce that Cub Scout Pack #964 took the trophy during the 2012 Speckled Perch Parade on March 10. On the oat, each Scout held a shing pole, reeling in one of the tenets of Cub Scouting. Also receiving honors were Everglades Elementary for Best School Spirit; the Chobee Steelers for Most Entertaining; and the Girl Scouts of America for Greatest Participation. Over 60 units entered the Speckled Perch Parade. Congratulations to our winners! At left, pictured with Cub Scout Pack #964 are Bear Den Leader Mike Stiert and Committee Chair Shelly Doyle. Cub Scouts take Speckled Perch Parade oat awardSpecial to the Okeechobee News/ OKMS


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Horse Feed SpecialWalpole Feed & Supply Co.763-6905 Hwy 98 N Farm and Ranch 10% Sweet 50lb bag ..........$820Farm and Ranch 12% Sweet 50lb bag ..........$855Golden Grain 12% Sweet 50lb bag ......$1050 Sale runs Sale runs March March 14 14 th th 24 24 th th (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers OFFICIALNOTICE of the Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. ANNUALMEETING March 24, 2011Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual officersreports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.Join us forgreat entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLETK1500 4X4 forone lucky member!PLAN NOWTO ATTEND! 14 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News While there is room for improvement, the Okeechobee County website looks pretty good. The website received a grade of B in the rating system of Sunshine Review which is a nonpro t organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. For 2012 the editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more that 6,000 government websites and graded each on a 10 point transparency checklist. There were 214 government entities that received the 2012 Sunny A ward by scoring an A grade. Of those 214, the most winners in any state, 28, were in Florida. Winners in our immediate area are: the Indian River School District, A+; Highlands County, A-; Osceola County, A-; Palm Beach County School District, A+; Palm Beach County, A+; and St. Lucie County School District, A+. Overall Florida counties had a C+ grade for county websites. Of the ten areas graded, the county received only two negative marks. The survey found that the contracts area was incomplete. According to the Sunshine Review, w hile current bids are posted and awarded contracts can be found by doing a search of the board's minutes, the bidding process is not described. The other negative mark was for the area of lobbying which the Sunshine Review said was nonexistent. The website does not disclose if the county belongs to taxpayer funded lobbying associations. On the positive side the Sunshine Review found that budgets are posted on the county website; board meeting schedules and agendas are available as well as video recordings of meetings; there is contact information for each commissioner and the county administrator; building permits are posted and zoning information is available; audits are posted; local tax information is available and information on how to make a pubic records request is provided on the site. County web site gets B grade Rotary plans L.O.S.T. RideAnyone interested in cycling or walking is invited to ninth annual L.O.S.T. Ride on March 31, at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is worldrenowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e with a of ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee.For more information visit www.okeechobeerotary. org or email OkeechobeeRotary@live. com or call 928-4-ROTARY.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 COUNTRY LIVING ~ Right in town! CBS European Stucco/Arches. 3-4 bd/2 ba/ 1008 SF Triple Carport. 2680 SF-3193 SF TLA. Updated Kitchen, Family Room, Of“ ce, Screened Lanai. Lots of Storage! Big lot on Cul-de-sac. SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 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 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. 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Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. 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The Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta is a homemade boat race that was started in Okeechobee last year in an effort to raise money to assist a well deserving Okeechobee High School graduate to attend Fire Fighter/EMT school in the honorable memory of Adam Bryant. The inaugural event w as held in October, 2011 and the success w as so great that the non-pro t fundraiser is extending its efforts to reach out and assist handicapped and/or disabled children to ful ll some of their life goals. The second annual Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta is scheduled for Saturday, October 6. The “Crew” will have a tent set up with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., which will hold a drawing every hour on the hour and a daily silent auction to give away solid hand crafted picnic tables for children and adults, Adirondack Chairs, bird houses, and birdfeeders; all of w hich have been donated by HBI ProjectCRAFTs of Okeechobee. Home Builders Institute is a non–pro t organization working w ith at-risk youth that falls under the umbrella of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For more information on the Minimal Regatta, go to www.minimalregatta.com or call J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778. For more information about HBI, go to www.hbi. org. For any questions about the upcoming Regatta at the WaterFest event, the raf e, or silent auction contact Shannon Wakelee at 716-445-9307. B.A.S.S. will host the Power-Pole Slam, Mar. 22 – 25. Anglers will launch at Lake Okeechobee at 7:30 a.m. on March 22 and March 23. Public launch-viewing is available from C. Scott Driver Park, off State Road 78 on the Kissimmee River. The of cial weighin takes place at 4 p.m. on March 22 and March 23 at C. Scott Driver Park. On Saturday, March 24, the Top 50 anglers launch for seminals of Power-Pole Slam at 7:30 a.m. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, of cial seminals weigh-in begins at C. Scott Driver Park. On Sunday, March 25, the top 12 anglers launch at 7:30 a.m. for the nal day of Power-Pole Slam competition. At 4 p.m., on Sunday, March 25, the of cial nal weigh-in for 2012 Power-Pole Slam winner starts in C. Scott Driver Park. Other activities planned throughout the Power-Pole Slam weekend include the opportunity to pose questions to Elite Series pros, angler autograph and photo sessions and the opportunity to and learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world. Fans can register to win items such as a Kevin VanDam jersey in the Bass Pro Shops booth, a dream shing trip with Mike Iaconelli at the Power-Pole booth, and prizes in the Carhartt area. Yamaha will offer demonstration tours and “Hooked Up” will broadcast from the Toyota Hooked Up Stage. WaterFest F.U.N. activities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, and will include a B.B.Q. CookOff, along with displays and demonstrations highlighting Okeechobee County natural resources, outdoor activities and community information. For more information on the shing tournament, visit www.bassmaster.com. Minimal Regatta is planned at Okee-Tantie Pet Rescue hosts rst Spring FestivalHumane Society Pet Rescue will host its rst “Fun and Frolic” Spring Festival on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Have your four-legged friend or child be an artist for the day, with water-based paint and canvas using paw prints or hand prints. Or, make an Easter bonnet and have their picture taken with the Easter Buddy! Enjoy free hotdogs and chips and soda, cotton candy and more surprises. Pet Rescue is located at 1203 Hwy. 98, N. (next to the Livestock Market.)


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Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PickupTrucks1986 Toyota Xtra-Cab pick-up, runs & drives, needs a little TLC $2,250.0 OBO Ask for Alan 561-951-0871 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAMILY HEALTH/ HEALTHY START COALITION, INC. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2012-2013 HEALTHY START CARE COORDINATION PROGRAM THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAMILY HEALTH/HEALTHY START COALITION, INC. INVITES ALL QUALIFIED AND INTERESTED PARTIES WISHING TO PROVIDE HEALTHY START CARE COORDINATION SERVICES IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR CONSIDERATION. WRITTEN SEALED PROPOSALS SHALL BE ACCEPTED AT THE COALITION’S OFFICE UNTIL 4:00 PM, EASTERN TIME TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012, 575 SW 28TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS WHICH OUTLINES RESPONSIBILITIES AND SELECTION CRITERIA, CAN BE OBTAINED UNTIL 4:00 PM APRIL 20, 2012 FROM THE COALITION’S OFFICE 575 SW 28TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974, (863)462-5877. 412556 ON 3/18,21,23,25,28/2012 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION DIVISION OF SECURITIES IN RE: DAVID KLEIN, CRD#2034286 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO: David Klein 9244 NW 142nd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Petitioner’s Attorney, Tobi Pam, Senior Attorney, whose address is Of ce of Financial Regulation, 200 East Gaines Street, Suite 604, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0372 on or before May 8, 2012 and le the original with the clerk of this agency either before service on Petitioner’s Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint: Jan Council, Agency Clerk Of ce of Financial Regulation The Fletcher Building, Suite 526 101 East Gaines Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0350 412620 ON 3/18,25;4/1,8/2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Peter A. Brege Last known address: 2078 NW 4th St Okeechobee, FL Christopher Joyner Last known address: 9123 SE 63rd Dr Okeechobee, FL Ruben E. Collins Last known address: 215 NE 11th St Okeechobee, FL Amy M. Ashley Last known address: 4074 SE Hwy 441 #29 Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Gwen Chandler Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 (863) 763-4014 412562 ON 3/18/2012 School Board Special Meeting The School Board of Okeechobee County will meet in special session at 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2012, in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, to set a date and discuss procedures for a legislative impasse hearing between the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 and the Okeechobee County School Board. The meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 412573 ON 3/18/2012 PublicNotice NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Donna’s Sub Shop Under which we expect to engage in business at: 8591 Hwy 78 West Okeechobee, FL 34074 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Donna Hooper Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this the 15th day of March, 2012. By: Donna Hooper 412750 ON 3/18/2012 17 Okeechobee News March 18, 2012 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 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