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: 03-28-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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12.53 feetLast Year: 11.50 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Police are investigating the death o f a pedestrian who apparently stepped i n front of oncoming traf c and was killed. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeecho bee City Police Department (OCPD), sai d the identity of the Hispanic male is bein g withheld pending noti cation of next o f kin. The detective said the incident oc curred around 9:22 p.m. Friday, March 23 on S.R. 70 near N.W. 11th Ave. According to Detective Saum the ma n was crossing S.R. 70 from the south sid e to the north when he stepped in front o f an oncoming black sports utility vehicle The front left of the SUV struck the ma n and he was knocked to the ground as th e Pedestrian killed in traf c mishap Wednesday, March 28, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 38 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. P o w e r P o l e Power-Pole t o u r n e y o n B i g O tourney on Big O ... Page 10 L o c a l w o m a n Local woman r e s c u e d f r o m rescued from s u n k e n b o a t sunken boat ... Page 3 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenWaterFest funThe Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta held exhibition races at the WaterFest celebration at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday. The of cial races will be held annually in October. Racers build their own boats, using one sheet of plywood. For more on WaterFest, see page 7. See DEATH — Page 5 By Katrina Elsken and Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee teenager has been charged with arson in connection with one of the Pine Ridge Park res. Dallas Wayne Parker, 18, of N.E. 11th Lane, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with one count of arson of a dwelling in regard to the Feb. 27 structure re at 1072 N.E. 30th Terrace. "We had multiple witness statements putting him at the scene of the re," said Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) Detective Ted Van Deman. "His criminal history shows no prior arrests for arson," said Detective Greg Gilkey of the State Fire Marshal's of ce. At this time, Parker has only been charged with one of the many Pine Ridge Park res. "He just moved up to our number one suspect in the rest of these," said Sheriff Paul May to a group of Pine Ridge residents Tuesday evening. "I believe y'all can rest easy." Local teen charged in arsonSee ARSON — Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppThis N.E. 30th Terrace home was destroyed by re on Feb. 27.


Life Community Church 701 S. Parrott A ve., will have their FREE family movie night, FRIDAY, at 7 p.m. For those w ho missed it the rst time or would like to see it again, the movie "COURAGEOUS" by the creators of "Fireproof" will be shown. It is a heartfelt, story of four men with the calling to serve and protect. As law enforcement of cers they w ill face the challenges of fatherhood with hope and courage in a God-honoring w ay. The public is invited. Peace Lutheran Church will host Maundy Thursday, services on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The Peace Lutheran Schoo l Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, March 30, from 5-7 p.m. It is $6 per plate, eat in or carry out. Proceeds go towards scholarships and campus improvements. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. A nyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join us at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. Pastor Dave and Linda Robertson and Fountain of Life Church will present on Easter Sunday, "His Story" an original musical. The presentation will be on Sunday, A pril 8, at 11 a.m., 1302 SW 32nd Street, Okeechobee. For more information, please call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297. Nursery provided for children 3 and under. A Yard Sale will be held by Freedom Outreach Ministry at 912 N.W. 2nd Street, (2 blocks West of the Meat Shoppe on 2nd), on Sunday, April 1, beginning at 9 a.m. The Lighthouse Refuge Yard Sale w ill be Saturday, April 14, at First Baptist Church 401 SW Fourth St., east parking lot. Cost is $10 per grassy parking space bring y our table or blanket to sell your goods. The sale will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and set-up starts at 6:30 a.m. To reserve a space please call either Donna at 863-801-9201 or Laura at 772-260-4792. First Baptist Church of Okeechobee will host a yard sale on Saturday, March 31, at 401 S.W. 4th Street. The sale will begin at 7 a.m. and will have clothes, electronics, appliances, furniture, and many other items. All proceeds will go to fund a mission trip to Alaska. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-7635042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. Peace Lutheran Church Lent schedule includes soup and sandwich suppers on Wednesday nights served at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and Lenten Services following at 7 p.m. in the church, continuing through March 28. Everyone is welcome. For more information about any of these activities, please call 863-763-5042. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women's Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24 Ave., is hosting weekly "growth groups" on Wednesday night. Each group will focus on a different area of need as well as interactive Bible studies; such as Financial Freedom, Fit for a King (weight loss group), Men's Bible Study, Single Women's Group. Meet in the main sanctuary at 7 p.m. and be dismissed to the group of their choice. For information, call the church of ce at 863-357-4418. Everyone welcome. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonicacome and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863697-697-8924. A "Faith Community Nurse" basic preparation course and retreat will be offered by the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association this summer. Developed within an interfaith model, this educational course and personal growth retreat prepares Registered Nurses to deliver wholistic care in faith communities. The program provides 33.5 contact hours and includes materials, lodging, meals, snacks, International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) pin and certi cate of attendance. Participants develop the knowledge necessary for practice & have an experience of a lifetime. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will host a Revival on April 9-13, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist Doug Wisersma will be the guest speaker. For more information please call 863-763-7743. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 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. 2 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012 Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. East wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. East wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 61. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast A rea churches plan yard sales and special events


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a few weeks Okeechobee will once again have a chamber of commerce in the center of town. On Monday, March 26, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County approved a lease of the city-owned building at the intersection of S.R. 70 and U. S. 441 w hich has been vacant for many months since the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce became inactive. As of Tuesday morning, March 27, all that remained to make the lease of cial was for Mayor James Kirk to sign it. The lease was approved by the city council at their last meeting. City Administrator Brian Whitehall said he had not y et had time to take the lease to the mayor. The effective date of the lease is April 1. Sometime this week, Mr. Whitehall hopes to have a short meeting with chamber of cials to discuss a few housekeeping details such as having the chamber sign up for electricity and water for the building. Terry Burroughs, an of cial of the chamber, said he has already been given a key to inspect the building. He said the interior is in good shape. Some bathroom xtures might have to be replaced. The biggest problem is cleanup since the building has been closed up for so long. Mr. Burroughs said four rooms of carpeting will have to be ripped up. In the next few weeks the chamber will use volunteer workers to clean up the building. There had been some concern about the condition of the roof. Some water stains had been found in the attic, however, Mr. Burroughs thinks this might have been from rain that was blown in under the roof. He said there was no water damage to the ceiling. He hopes to have the building cleaned up and have a grand opening around June 1. The chamber is required to pay one half of the property and casualty insurance presently maintained on the property by the city. To prevent a reoccurrence of the situation where the city had to go to court to take possession of the building when the previous chamber became inactive, this lease lists several instances where the city may declare the lease in default. One of those instances is failure to continually and daily operate as a chamber of commerce, including holding regular meetings. Another reason for default would be the failure of the chamber to permit inspection of corporate books and records by the city. The lease goes on to say that upon default, the chamber shall surrender the premises to the city. The terms of the lease are $1 a month for ve years. The emphasis of this chamber is on economic development. While they have agreed to help with parades and festivals, the sponsorship of such events has been taken over by Okeechobee Main Street. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 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Park Street on Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. For more information prior to the meeting, call 772-408-1260, ext. 524 or email to drew@tcjobs.org. Summer employers needed for local youth program OCRA is currently signing up football players and cheerleaders for our upcoming football traveling teams. Yes, OCRA is bringing back the "Chobee Bulls" travel league. We will have one team from each league traveling and participating in the Mid-Florida Football Conference. If your child would like to participate with this great organization, call 863-634-0515. This is for travel only, we will continue to have our regular recreation football teams which will start up in the fall as always. This is for boys 514 and girls 414. There is a onetime signup fee for boys of $75 and for the cheerleaders, $100. The cheerleaders will cheer for the football games and then will compete in the Mid-Florida "Rec" Division Cheer Competitions. Signups are: Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29, 5:307:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.6 p.m. All signups will be at the Sports Complex at the concession stand. Birth certi cates are required. OCRA announces ‘Chobee Bulls’ football travel league Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will host the Law Enforcement Special Olympics and Relay for Life Team Barbecue on Friday, March 30 at Gilbert Snapper, 315 S. Parrott Ave from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cost per platter is $8 and includes 1/4 chicken, baked beans, slaw, dessert and roll. For advance tickets or delivery call Michele or Ronda at 863-763-3117. Chicken dinner to bene t Special Olympics


Stray animals It always breaks my heart to go into t he pound and see all those pups and kitt ies with no home. Many animals are even euthanized for lack of space in the shelters. Okeechobee is a large pet community— including, but not limited to—cows and horses to pigs and goats to dogs and cats. A ll those animals probably wouldn’t be our pets, alive and well, if we didn’t have all of t he great veterinarians and veterinary clinics in our small town. But, what about all the s tray cats in town? It has become a bit of an issue where I live, as they seem to multiply. I had an idea to prevent this or at least put a road bump in their reproduction: spay and neuter. I called around hoping to nd a discounted spay and neuter program, to no avail. The Treasure Coast and many other areas offer these programs, why can’t we? For $20 a dog or cat under 40 lbs. will be spayed or neutered and receive a rabies vaccination. Y ou drop it off and pick it up. I think, in an att empt to halt the multiplication of stray animals and save their lives, our veterinarians s hould unite and at least every 3 months s upport their community that supports their practices. I would even volunteer my time t o help make the spay/neuter program run s moothly. Who’s with me?  The Humane Society Pet Rescue just help a month long ad for spay and neuter month in February. They had a volunteer s it at tractor supply every Wednesday to make it easy for people to purchase low c ost vouchers, also the can be purchased at the Humane Society Pet Rescue 863 3571104 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or by mail. Yes, you might need to take them to Vero Beach but if you have a number of pets needing vett ed the trip saves you bigger bucks. We have t ried to have volunteers transport for people t o no avail. I doubt you called our Humane Society Pet Rescue because we DO offer vouchers for low cost. We travel to Vero Beach a few times a month to have all of our shelter pets spay/neutered, and vetted. We welcome anyone willing to help for free to transport our pets or the communities. We are an ALL volunteer organization.Supply and demand With anything, the price re ects demand. If everyone is buying, the price increases. If no one is buying, the prices go down. We have all been watching the price of everything go up. Some of us have stopped buying because we don’t have enough money. For a long time now, I have only been buying two gallons of gasoline at a time and cutting out days of travel. My choices are limited by funds. Those of you who have no limit on funds keep paying more. Soon your funds will be limited too. It is my suggestion to stop spending now to bring down the price.Be careful Two nights ago I was coming home (around 10:30) and the car coming from the opposite direction started honking their horn as they passed me. They turned around and started to follow me ashing their bright lights off and on. My guardian angel told me not to stop, so I didn’t. They nally stopped and turned around. No telling what might have happened had I stopped. I say all this to remind you all to be cautious.Hurricane season Hurricane Season is upon us again. I want everyone to go out and buy a strongbox and put things in it. I don’t want you to wait until the last minute and then be upset when you don’t have the stuff you need when the hurricane hits.  Which calendar are you using? Mine says it’s still over 2 months until hurricane season.  It’s never too early to start thinking about it.  Checking my supplies: one otation device, ve gallons fresh drinking water, two rolls toilet paper in zip lock bags, ve-day supply of sardines, one jon boat in case of ooding ... seems I am forgetting something. Oh yeah, ve pairs clean underwear.  Has anyone ever been turned away from the hospital because they didn’t have clean underwear? Speckled Perch FestivalEvery year Okeechobee looks forward to March and the celebration of the great shing in our wonderful Lake Okeechobee, during the annual Speckled Perch Festival, parade and the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s spring rodeo. This year was no exception! Accompanied by gorgeous weather, the festival kicked off on March 10, beginning with the JROTC and the sounds of the Chobee Steelers during the parade. Okeechobee Main Street truly appreciates all of the help and hard work that went into making this event so enjoyable for our community. Thanks to the City of Okeechobee and the R.E. Hamrick Trust for use of the parks, to the Okeechobee City Police and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. Big thanks also to the City Fire Department who graciously assisted one of our vendors. Waste Management has continuously provided a dumpster during our festivals and eventswe appreciate their support and tip our hats to them! We are grateful for our vendors and value all of our non-pro t organizations who work relentlessly throughout the weekend to further provide assistance to our community. A huge thanks goes out to those individuals and groups who entertained young and old alike as they strolled through the parks. Thanks to the Okeechobee County Fair Association for providing our amazing juggler and comedian, Lucky Bob; to Mary Lanier and the Celebration Singers, to the Yearling Middle School Steppers, and the Chobe e Steelers. An extra big thanks to Jim Hogah with Catch My Drift, who demonstrated th e art of cutting sculptures with a chainsaw. As is the case in any event, we would have been lost without our loyal volunteers. This festival would not have been possibl e without our Main Street Promotions Committee Chair Keith Stripling, Volunteer Director Frank DeCarlo, Art and Culture Directo r Bridgette Waldau and President Kathleen Shatto. BIG thanks to Shelly Doyle, Lind a Woloski, Tony DeCarlo, Marilyn Hadley, Mar i Walther, Jenny Vickers, Alan Shatto for thei r efforts before, during and after the festival. We would also like to recognize the judges of the 2012 Speckled Perch Parade, J.D. Mixon, Holly Mixon and John Wade. In February, Okeechobee Main Stree t sponsored the 2012 Speckled Perch Pageant. We were pleased to present Miss Speckled Perch Ashli Clemons as well as th e other pageant winners to the crowd. Thanks to their parents and supporters who ensur e that they are in the right places at the righ t times. A huge thanks to those who donated and drove the convertibles used during th e parade! A forever thanks to those who promot e our events—Billy Dean and WOKC radio, the Okeechobee News, the Pennysaver and Okeechobee-the Magazine. Okeechobee Main Street Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! March is Month of GivingCIS-PAL of Okeechobee is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs in Okeechobee for the second Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. This fundraiser will help CIS-PAL ful ll their mission which is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. During the month of March, customers can make a $1, $3, and $5 donation to CISPAL at our local Jersey Mike’s restaurant located at 611 West South Park Street. Then on Wednesday, March 28 a special nationwide celebration, “Make A Difference Day,” will take place at our Jersey Mike’s where they will donate 50% of all sales to our local charity. Nationally, Jersey Mike’s Restaurant sales will bene t 74 different charities with a mission to help children. Please remember March is the month of giving and you can help all of us “Make A Difference” in the lives of our children!


The investigation into the other res continues. Of cials strongly urge the public to come forward with any additional information that may be related to any res in the Pine Ridge Park area. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's of ce at 873-763-3117 or the State Fire Marshal's Of ce at 561-640-6704. A string of res in February and March had Pine Ridge Park residents fearing for their property and for their lives. The res destroyed three homes as well as the peace of mind of dozens of residents left wondering if they would be next. It started with small brush res in nearby pastures, deemed "suspicious" by the Florida Forestry Service. The timeline: Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) responded to a brush re in a pasture on N.E. 32nd Avenue on Feb. 25 at 10:49 p.m. They found approximately 1.5 acres burning. Fire ghters contained the re and advised dispatch to notify the Forestry Service. On Feb. 26, OCF/R was dispatched to another brush re on N.E. 32nd Avenue at 12:47 a.m., approximately four blocks from the previous re. The re burned 0.4 acres of open land. The re was extinguished and the scene turned over to the Florida Forest Service. At 2:12 a.m. on Feb. 26, OCF/R responded to a structure re on N.E. 30th Avenue. Damages were estimated at $45,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. The residence had been vacant for about seven months according to OCF/R Chief David McCain. OCF/R responded to a report of small brush re on N.E. 32nd Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. Upon arrival they found an area of approximately 50 feet by 20 feet of heavy brush and palmettos burning along the edge of the road, next to the area that had burned the previous night. They extinguished the re and soaked down the area with water. The cause of the re is listed as "unintentional." Later on Feb. 26, at 10:41 p.m., OCF/R responded to another brush re on N.E. 32nd Avenue. They found 0.2 acres of heavy brush burning. City of Okeechobee re ghters and Florida Forestry Service also responded. On Feb. 27, at 1 a.m., OCF/R responded to a mobile home re in that same area, this time on N.E. 30th Terrace. No one was home at the time of the re. Damages were estimated at about $40,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. When re ghters arrived, the mobile home was completely engulfed in ames. According to the report, the owner of the residence told OCF/R she left the mobile home around 1 p.m. on Feb. 25, and that to her knowledge no one had been in the mobile home since that time. Parker has been charged with arson in connection with this re. On the evening of Feb. 27, around 10:21 p.m. OCSO Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas responded to the report of a suspected arson attempt at the home of Daniel Lamb II and Cara Lee Close on N.E. 30th Terrace. Mr. Lamb said he was sitting in his living room when he saw a light coming through the window from the backyard. Mr. Lamb said he then smelled rubber or plastic burning. He searched the area around his home and saw a ame coming from a plastic box. The box was sitting on the east side of the home between the home and some shrubs. He yelled for Ms. Close to call 9-1-1 and used a garden hose to extinguish the ame. On March 9, an arsonist struck again as a Northeast 30th Terrace home was destroyed by re. The resident, a grandmother who lives alone, said she had spent the night at her daughter's home. Around 1:30 a.m. she received a call from a neighbor that her home was on re. The home and its contents were a total loss, with estimated damages of $56,000. "Hopefully, this will end the nightmare out here," said Detective Gilkey, to the residents Tuesday. "This is a collaborative effort between the sheriff's of ce, Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue, the State Fire Marshal and the Of ce of the State Attorney," said Detective Van Deman. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! 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Among the rescued were a 70-year old Okeechobee woman, and two elderly Sebring residents that clung to the side of the capsized boat for close to an hour before the rescue. Gary Albin, owner of the Trails End Fish Camp was dispatched by the Highlands County Sheriffs Of ce to rescue the group and was able to nd them within 15 minutes. FWC Spokesperson Gary Morse said it w asn't a standard rescue as three of the occupants were in deep water and had symptoms of hypothermia when the rescuer and his wife Janice, arrived. "It was a totally sel ess act for him to rescue these people and he did a great job. If help had been any later in coming, this may have turned into a much more serious situation," he added. The owner of the boat, Franklin Vance, 79, and occupants Rosalie Padgett, 78, of Sebring, and Ruby Byars, 70, of Okeechobee, were treated at the Fish Camp by Highlands County EMS and later transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. All were later released. The operator of the boat, Henry Padgett, 57 of Sebring, was unhurt. Three other adults and a 14 year old juvenile avoided injury. FWC reported that each occupant wore a life jacket. Morse said it appeared a weld on the boat came apart and caused the right side of the pontoon to take on water. FWC said the left side of the boat also had a hole in it. Albin said it was pretty miraculous to nd the group so quickly when you consider Lake Istokpoga is 42 square miles or about 28,000 acres. "We had their location as somewhere on the east side of the big island," Albin said, "That is like stating some where on the east side of Orlando." Albin said they headed in a general direction and found the group thanks to the small light on the cell phone. "We had a great co-pilot with us, (God), it was kind of like a scene out of the Titanic," he added. The ve other occupants were sitting on the capsized boat while the three older people were still in the water when Albin arrived. The wind was blowing hard and the group had gone out night shing before the boat started to have trouble. "You couldn't see these people unless you rode past and heard them yelling. It is a beautiful lake during the daytime but at night it becomes a different place," he added. Albin said the group was scared and concerned but were glad to see their rescuer. "It was a little traumatic for them and couldn't exactly be called a joyous reunion. The group came by on Sunday to see me and thanked me and my wife. It was an honor to be of service," he added. Local woman rescued from sunken boat ‘Idol’ fundraiser to bene t Substance Abuse CoalitionThe very rst "Chobee Idol" competition invites local and surrounding area amateur vocal talents to tryout for this fundraiser competition. The event will be held on April 21, at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1855 S.W. 153 Street. All proceeds from the event will bene t the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the rst place winner of the competition. For more information on tryouts, please call 863-801-2941. A RSONContinued From Page 1


Eagles North to host BingoEagles North will host Bingo on Wednesday, March 28 Bingo will start at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 north, 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 Div ision 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.Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book SaleFriends of the Okeechobee Library invite y ou to their spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 ; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Books and videos are a dollar a pound. Saturday, a bag of books is $2 and a box is $5. A 10 percent discount is offered with a Friends of the Okeechobee Library membership card. The sale has been extended an extra day because of the large number of books available for sale. This is the Friends of the Okeechobee Library's major fund-raiser.BBQ dinner for Chobee Steelers at Martha’s HouseOn 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., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a $7 donation. Call 863763-2893 for your tickets. Will deliver with 10 or more orders.Martha’s House holds Huge Yard SaleMartha's House will hold a huge end of month yard sale on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, at 4134 Hwy. 441 N. from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call 863-763-2893 with any questions.Guardian ad Litem Volunteers neededVolunteers are still needed to represent Okeechobee's abused, abandoned, and neglected chidren. More volunteers are needed so that all children have a voice in court. Find out how you can do your part; meet with a GAL on Thursday, March 29, at 2 p.m., at Mom's Kitchen, Hwy 441 S., Okeechobee.Women Of The Moose to hold dinner/karaokeThursday, March 29, Okeechobe Women Of The Moose will hold a dinner to bene t Moose Charities. Chairman Winnie James and her committee will be serving Chicken, stuf ng, potatoes, veggie, bread & dessert for a donation of $6 from 5:30 7:30 p.m. There will also be karaoke by D & K Karaoke beginning at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by 159 NW 36th St and show your support.Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightFriday, March 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving Steak $12, Fish $8 or Shrimp $12 dinners. Music by Jimmy & Debra Harper. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome.Easter Cantata plannedThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 13th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will present the Easter Cantata, Christ Arose! and other seasonal favorites on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd ST. 40 singers representing 13 local churches will be singing. Frank Carter, a very talented concert pianist, arranger, and composer, is the Director of Arts & Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist in WPB, and has again composed the cantata for the Okeechobee Community Choir as he did for Christmas. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. A variety of musical styles will be included in the concert. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the nal selection, Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus. A love offering will be taken to cover advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Church features gospel singersThere is a gospel sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park Street and Hwy. 70 West, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 Featuring: The Canaan Land Gospel Singers.Barbecue bene ts Special OlympicsThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (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 one-fourth of a chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. For advanced tickets, or to schedule a delivery, contact Michele or Ronda at 863763-3117.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.)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 world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a world-wide destination for bird-watching and world class shing. 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.Softball tourney bene ts scholarshipAnnual Coed Softball Tournament in Memory of "Devon Venables" June 15, 1989-August 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. For more information Please contact: Kim Hilliard 863-634-3620 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870.Freedom Outreach Ministry having a yard saleA Yard Sale will be held by Freedom Outreach Ministry at 912 N.W. 2nd Street, (2 blocks West of the Meat Shoppe on 2nd), on Sunday, April 1 beginning at 9 a.m. Furniture, electronics, tools, clothing, toys, knickknacks, home accessories, and more.County coalition to discuss lakeThe next meeting of the Lake Okeechobee, Coalition will be held on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom of the Okeechobee Count y Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Community Events 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012Lillian Marie ‘LillyBug’ Bryant, 11 months oldAVON PARK Lillian Marie LillyBug' Bryant, 11 months old, of Avon Park, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at her home unexpectedly. Lilly was born on April 29, 2011, in Sebring to Kevin and Amy Bryant. Lilly loved the outdoors, playing with her best friend Bree Bagwell, dancing with her Uncle Steven and playing peek a boo. She is survived by her parents, her maternal grandfather, Steve Madray and companion Eric a Collins of Avon Park; maternal grandparents, Sue and Billy Dochnaik of West Palm Beach, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Steve and Penn y Bryant of Avon Park; paternal great-grandmother, Pauline Bolton of Sebring, Fla.; paternal great-grandfather, Paul Bryant of Frostproof, Fla.; Uncle Steven Madray of Avon Park; and Aunt Jamie and Brian Beck of Avon Park; extended family of the Sickels, Okeechobee and Bryants, Sebring. A funeral service will be held at Fountain Funeral Home, Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. A memorial account has been opened at Wells Fargo, donations made will help family cover funeral expenses. Arrangements by Fountain Funeral Home, Avon Park.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 The Okeechobee Community Choir Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present its 13th Annual Easter Cantata Concert, Christ Arose! Easter Favorites & Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus During which audience participation is encouraged!Friday, March 30th7pm Saturday, March 31st7pm Sunday, April 1st 3pm First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St Okeechobee(Northwest of Walgreens at the intersection of US 441 & SR 70)The 40 voices comprising this season’s choir represent singers from Thirteen local churches who began rehearsing in February. Composer, Concert Pianist, Director of Music & Arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist, West Palm Beach and Special Guest Accompanist, Frank Carter, Composed his second Easter Cantata, Christ Arose! Especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir!Soloists: Chris Askeland, Betsy Cheney, George Clement, Bobby & Debby Huntley, Lonnie Kirsch, Sue Kohltfarber, Tommy Markham, Allen Patterson, Cameron Patterson, Elsie Ratliff, Leah Suarez, Victoria Williams and Mike Zierden. Special Guest Soloist: Joseph McColly, trumpet, Good Shepherd UM Frank Carter, Accompanist Nicolle Wood, Narrator Sheila Brown, Sound Love Offering Will Be Taken to Defer Advertising Expenses. Questions? Call 634-7714 7 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenMeet AlfredAlfred the Alligator was popular with visitors to the Okeechobee WaterFest event, held at the C.Scott Driver Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday. FWC Of cer Chris Douglas answered questions about alligators and other Florida wildlife at the FWC booth. Annalise Bean, age 10, was among those brave enough to touch the baby alligator. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenGo sh!The Toyota Tundra Fishing Team sponsored a shing game at WaterFest, held at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday. Participants tried to cast their lines into the mouths of giant in atable sh in order to win a prize. Along with the festival, the Bassmasters Power Pole tournament was held from the Scott Driver Boat Ramp. The last day of the tournament was Sunday, with the nal weigh-in at 4 p.m.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012 By Deb JohnsonBassmastersOKEECHOBEE, Fla. — When Ish Monroe w ins in the Bassmaster Elite Series, he goes big. Monroe of Hughson, Calif., won the Power-Pole Slam Sunday on Lake Okeechobee w ith a four-day total of 108 pounds, 5 ounces. It was his second Elite win. In his rst, six years ago on Lake Amistad in the inaugural event of the newly formed series, he also totaled more than 100 pounds — 104-8 to be exact. “Winning with over 100 pounds is awesome,” said Monroe, who took home $100,000 and an instant berth into the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. “I really wanted to break my own record today, and it feels really good.” His Sunday check pushed his Bassmaster career earnings to over $1 million. Weighing more than 100 pounds of bass over four days gave him a second entry in what’s known as the Century Club, an exclusive group of Bassmaster Elite Series pros who have busted the mark. Monroe’s performance at the Power-Pole Slam was a complete turnaround from his 96place nish at last week’s Elite event on the St. J ohns River, which Monroe called “a mental screw-up” and a wrong turn in his quest to qualify for the 2013 Classic. “The pressure’s off now, I’m in the Classic. My deal coming here was I was going to try for an Elite Top 12 at every event to make sure I got there,” said Monroe, who had missed several Classic quali cations in a row before he returned in 2012. Although Monroe scored a wire-to-wire w in, and twice had big leads, victory wasn’t a sure thing on Sunday, when he started the day with a 10-ounce lead over 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ Chris Lane, a Florida native who now lives in Guntersville, Ala. “Chris Lane is the best in the world right now, and having him on my back was a scary feeling,” Monroe said after bringing 30-15 to the scales Sunday. His margin of victory was 12 pounds, 12 ounces, over Lane, who was second with 95-9. Monroe began the tournament Thursday with what proved later to be the event’s largest sack at 34-5. He led that rst day by 8-12 over South Carolina’s Davy Hite. It was the largest Day One lead in Elite history. Monroe followed up Friday with 24-25 and widened his leader’s margin to 13-11, this time over Lane. It was the largest Day Two lead in Elite history. Then Monroe ran into trouble Saturday. Lane smashed 31-3, de ating Monroe’s big cushion to just 10 ounces. “When he came in with that big sack on Day Three, it hurt because I would have loved to have gone into today with a 14-pound lead. Who doesn’t want to go into a 14-pound lead on the last day? But it also made me step up my game,” said Monroe, who now has four B.A.S.S. wins. Monroe said his tackle for Okeechobee was a dark-blue D Bomb Bruiser Flash by Missile Baits rigged on a 1-ounce locally made Medlock jig, or a 1 to 1 1/2-ounce River2Sea Trash Bomb that had a punch skirt and 5/0 punch hook. He said he used 70-pound Daiwa Samurai Braid and an 8-foot Daiwa ipping stick he designed. The rod was key because it allowed him to feel light bites, he said, and Okeechobee bass were biting light, especially on Sunday. “As the tournament progressed, the bites got progressively lighter,” he said. “The ipping stick allowed me to get those real subtle bites and jack on those big ones. And I never broke a sh off this week, not one. And I pulled some heavy ones out of the cover.” Wind velocity played a key role in his pattern. Day One the wind speed was high, but it dropped over the next two days. On Sunday, the wind picked up again. Monroe said he looked for spots where the water was somewhat dirtied by the blowing wind. “Wind changes the color of the water. There are sh always there in those areas, but when it gets really, really dirty, you’re not going to catch them,” he said. “If the water gets really, reall y clean, you’re not going to catch them because they get spookish on you. “But when you get just a little bit of tint to that water, the sh are in there and they’re biting.” He keyed on ditches that crisscrossed the lake’s tall bulrushes and vegetation, channels he called “freeways” that bass hung on because of the slightly deeper water. His primary locations were in Okeechobee’s eastern Pelican Bay the rst three days. He made a change Sunday because the high wind made running across the wide and shallow Okeechobee to Pelican too rough and time consuming, so he took a route that ran him through the lake’s southern end near Clewiston. He stopped to sh it. Once he began to land big sh there, he naturally felt no need to move on to Pelican, he said. Monroe smashes 100-pound mark in capturing second Elite title Special to the News/ Gary Tramotina/B.A.S.S.Ish Moore won the Power-Pole Slam Sunday on Lake Okeechobee with a four-day total of 108 pounds, 5 ounces. Special to the News/ Gary Tramotina/B.A.S.S.Chris Lane, a Florida native who now lives in Guntersville, Ala., nished second in the Power Pole Slam Bassmasters tournament.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 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. 11 Okeechobee News March 28, 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Benjamin L. Hernandez, 23, Josie Billie Highway, Clewiston, was arrested March 22 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of worthless check. He was released on his own recognizance.  Henry Homer DeBerry, 69, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 22 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a Glades County w arrant charging him with the sale/manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond.  Lisa Jane Williams, 48, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 22 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond.  Cadarrol Lawrence Fulton, 25, N. Coconut Road, Pahokee, was arrested March 22 by Deputy Joseph Hall on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of driving while license suspended (two counts), failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), failure to appear possession of marijuana over 20 grams, failure to appear possession of a rearm by a convicted felon and failure to appear carrying a concealed rearm. He is being held without bond.  Andrew Jermain Jackson, 15, N.E. 16th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging him with the sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine w ith intent to sell. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Jose Roberto Arreguin, 32, Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Detective W illiam Suggs on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years of age (four counts) and lewd or lascivious molestation on a child over 12 but under 16 y ears of age (four counts). He is being held w ithout bond.  Hubert Lee Jenkins Jr., 34, N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with possession of oxycodone with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church and sale of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a church. His bond was set at $100,000.  Franklin Brown, 19, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure, violation of probation criminal mischief and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Andreda Natasha Jones, 32, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Justin Akins on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with possession of cocaine with intent to sell/deliver (three counts) and sale/delivery of cocaine (three counts). Her bond was set at $60,000.  Chasz John Carter, 23, N.W. 172nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Steven Pollock on charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $1,500.  Gerald Harmon, 54, S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a charge of driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Ruben Ivan Morales, 34, N.E. 48th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by Deputy Matt Grumbling on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Mildred Stone Walker, 48, N.E. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 25 by Deputy Steven Pollock on charges of driving under the in uence and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Her bond was set at $750.  Charles Edward Morris, 38, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 26 by Of cer Jack Boon on a charge of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. His bond was set at $500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. ( Editor’s Note: James Henry Stephenson, 63, was arrested Jan. 31 on a charge of obtaining a prescription by fraud. According to Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis that charge against Stephenson was dropped March 9. ) A rrest Report Guardians for New Futures provides 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. 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. GFNF will provide more detailed and speci c training to the teachers and school personnel to help assist and train them to report more effectively. This training is free to all teachers, day care providers and anyone who works with children.


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EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS EXCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE AND STORE FRONT FOR RENT: DOWNTOWN OKEECHOBEE PARK STREET OFFICE SUITES LLC. STARTING @ $350.00/ MONTH UPSTAIRS & $1500.00/MONTH DOWNSTAIRS, 1200 SQ FT STORE FRONT CALL 863-634-7622 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farms SaleOKEE 2BR, 2BA on 5 fenced acres w/barn. Just ve miles from town. Owner nancing. (863)467-1950. Houses SaleFORT DRUM AREA $5,000 down & $1,000/month for 2 years. PAID IN FULL! ($29,000 TOTAL!) Three bedroom home on 1/2 acre. 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Excavation/Earthmoving Operator Auto req ID 799BR Organization OM5305352-Clew FS-Canal, Levee, Vegetation & Fleet Maintenance Location Clewiston Field Station Job Description Operate multi excavation equipment such as: dragline, trackhoe, backhoe, and earthmoving equipment such as: grader, dozer, front-end loader, dump truck with knuckle boom; also includes the multi-purpose aquatic maintenance vessel utilizing various interchangeable attachments to control noxious plants and/or vegetation, mow heavy brush on canals banks and remove sedimentation from the canals. Loads, hauls, and dumps materials operating a 15-25 yard dump truck, and transport equipment and machinery on semi-trailer to and from job site and its loading or off-loading. Reads and understands: signs, signals, load charts, grade stakes, excavation plans, maps/charts for dredging areas, instruction manuals and service procedures. Must have a High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years experience operating and transporting multiple pieces of equipment including: excavation and earthmoving equipment, aquatic harvesters, large farm tractors, and lower unit dragline. Valid State of Florida Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with an airbrake and tanker endorsement. Certi cation by the National Commission for the Certi cation of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is preferred. Ability to obtain certi cation in Forklift Operations, CPR and First Aid. Due to the District’s response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. In addition to these assignments, this position will require participation in the “Pumping Operations Program”. Program participants will be required to successfully master and demonstrate competency in pump station operations and maintenance (diesel engine operations). THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO RANDOM MANDATORY DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. Salary Minimum $33,404.80 Salary Midpoint: $39,707.20 Salary Maximum $57,241.60 To Apply/Learn More About South Florida Water Management District please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov Click on Careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job #799BR. The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Mobile HomeSaleTREASURE Island Nice 2005 Doublewide w/lot. Large 3BR/2BA w/ replace & fenced back yard. $89,900 Will lease $850 month. Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. 863-634-9119 Very Nice Mobile Home. 52ft long x 14ft wide. Completely furnished large carport, 10’x12’ shed, in a quiet 55 or over park,2bd/1bath. $11,000. Call 231-942-1824 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs36.6’ Coachmen Santara, 49K miles, 1 slide, Dual Air, Tag Axle. Will Consider Trade for Buildable Lot. $17,000 Call 863-467-2550 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentRV lot for rent $400. Sewer, electric and water included. Boat ramp/marina with access to Kissimmee River 863-763-8548 RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $250 mo. Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 Fifth Wheels2006 King of the Road 5th Wheel, 3 axles, washer & dryer, ice maker, vacuum system, auto satellite locator. Price ? 618-727-2240 or 618-727-0279 Sports Vehicles/ ATVs1997 SeaDoo ‘speedster’, twin 85 hp rotax, with trailer, white, yellow, purple color scheme -seats 5, rear trunk storage, and in good condition, Was used on Lake Michigan before moving to Lake Okeechobee (Fresh water use) $3900 863-763-8548 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans1997 CHEVROLET ASTRO VAN White cargo-style van in good condition. Approx 145k miles. $2,000 /or best offer (863)801-6344 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice PHYSICIAN’S NOTICE OF RELOCATION THE MEDICAL PRACTICE OF PHILIP W. MOYER, MD, FACS, ALSO KNOWN AS SUN SURGICAL, LLC, WAS RELOCATED ON MARCH 1, 2012. THE ADDRESS AT WHICH MEDICAL RECORDS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DR. MOYER IS: Martin Memorial Surgical Group 509 Riverside Drive, Suite 305 Stuart, F1. 34994 412302 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/2012 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 INTENT TO CONSIDER THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on April 12, 2012 at 9:00 A.M., in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room (the William L. Hendry Courtroom), at the Okeechobee County Courthouse located at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving comments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance. The title of said proposed Ordinance is: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART 4 OF ARTICLE VI OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (LDR’S) CONTAINED IN THE APPENDIX TO THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CODE, THEREBY AMENDING SECTION 6.04.01-LAND APPLICATION BUFFERSTO ALIGN LOCAL BUFFER REQUIREMENTS TO THAT OF STATE LAW AND THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE; AMENDING AND RENUMBERING SECTION 6.04.02-COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LIMITATIONTO CORRECT THE ZONING DESIGNATION OF GOVERNMENT USE; AMENDING AND RENUMBERING SECTION 6.04.05-ARTICLE ENFORCEABLE BY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD TO EXPAND LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OPTIONS AND TO AMEND TITLE TO MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT THE NEW LANGUAGE; DELETING SECTION 6.04.03-VARIANCE OF SETBACKS AND BUFFERS; DELETING SECTION 6.04.04-APPLICATION OF SETBACKS AND BUFFERS; PROVIDING FOR RENUMBERING OF PARAGRAPHS TO BE CONSISTENT; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTING PROVISIONS; SEVERABILITY AND APPLICABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; CODIFICATION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County Administration of ce, Okeechobee County Courthouse at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holidays between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., beginning on March 28, 2012. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. MARGARET GARRARD HELTON, CHAIR BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 412880 ON 3/28/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011 CA 273 JUDGE: ELIZABETH A. METZGER TD BANK, N.A. as successor in interest to RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA by and through FDIC as Receiver Plaintiff v. BIG 0’ FIBERGLASS MANUFACTURING, INC, ROSALIND M. SIMPSON, HOWELL M. SIMPSON and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, n/k/a Howell Simpson Defendants NOTICE OF SALE The Clerk of the Circuit Court hereby gives notice of the following foreclosure sale in the above referenced matter: A. The Property to be sold is: Tax ID #31637350160000900030 and 31637350160000902010 1000 NW 9th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 PARCEL I, LOTS 1, 2, 19 AND 20 OF BLOCK 9, NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ALSOTHAT CERTAIN ALLEYWAY RUNNING FROM EAST TO WEST LYING BETWEEN LOTS 1 AND 2 AND LOTS 19 AND 20 BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPARCEL II, LOTS 3 AND 18 OF BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA Also THAT CERTAIN ALLEYWAY LYING BETWEEN LOTS 3 AND 18 IN BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA B. The Clerk’s Sale will take place on April 25, 2012, at 11:00AM, in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. C. The sale will be made pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 24, 2012; D. TD BANK, N.A., as Successor in Interest to Riverside National Bank of Florida by and through FDIC as Receiver v. BIG 0’ FIBERGLASS MANUFACTURING, INC, ROSALIND M. SIMPSON, HOWELL M. SIMPSON and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, n/k/a Howell Simpson; CASE NO.: 2011 CA 273 E. This sale is being made by Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Okeechobee County, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, by and through a deputy Clerk of Court. F. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated: February 24, 2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURT By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk 411145 ON 3/28;4/4/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-33 In Re: Estate of LOIS JEAN VICK, a/k/a LOIS J. VICK Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LOIS JEAN VICK, a/k/a LOIS J. VICK, deceased, whose date of death was December 16, 2011, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-3437, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010 0300 CA SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA A FEDERALLY CHARTERED INSTRUMENTALITY, Plaintiff, Vs. ANDY RODRIGUEZ, SR. ALSO KNOWN AS ANDY RODRIGUEZ Defendant, NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE BY CLERK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered February 23, 2012, in the above styled cause now pending in said Court that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 am following described real property: Lot 61 of the Plat of Sundance Trails Ranch as recorded in Plat Book 7 at Page 69 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE DATED: February 28, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK By: SANDRA L. CREECH Deputy Clerk 411395 ON 3/21,28/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472011CC0000255XXXX TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, VS. JERRY M. KEMP, BRENDA S. KEMP, “UNKNOWN TENANT #1,”, “UNKNOWN TENANT #2,” Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472011CC000255XXXX on March 16, 2011, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendants, BRENDA KEMP (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit 7, Building D, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM, a Condominium according to the Declaration thereof recorded in Of cial Records Book 221, Page 379 and re-recorded in Of cial Records Book 225, Page 1640, both being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with all the appurtenances thereto, all according to said Declaration of Condominium and Exhibits thereto as attached. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 2nd day of May, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 19th day of March, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 561-627-3585 413072 ON 3/28;4/4/2012 13 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012representative’s attorney names 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 persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent 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 PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES 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 rst publication of this notice is March 21, 2012. Personal Representative: HORACE E. VICK 12950 N.E. 26th Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34972Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom Conely III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 412404 ON 3/21,28/2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2010-CA-323 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, f/k/a Farmers Home Administration, Plaintiff, VS. EARL KEITH BASS, heir and lineal descendent of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased; KARI McLUCAS, heir and lineal descendent of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased; and EARLAINE GRIFFITH, heir and lineal descendant of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on February 29, 2012, by the above entitled Court in the above styled cause, the undersigned Clerk of Court or any of his duly authorized deputies, will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Lot 5, Block 16, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 3, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash on April 25, 2012, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on the second oor, Jury Assembly Room, subject to all ad valorem taxes and assessments for the real property described above. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED on March 2, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 411905 ON 3/21,28;4/4/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL. ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2007-CA-000232 NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, AMY T. GODING, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated March 2, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2007CA-000232 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which National City Bank, Successor By Merger To Harbor Federal Savings Bank, is the Plaintiff and Amy T. Goding, Bank of America, National Association, Unknown Spouse of Amy T. Goding, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 11th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 3, BLUE HERON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, PHASE I ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 50 AND 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 2045 SE 9TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida, this 5th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 411883 ON 3/21,28/2012


If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around your house, the Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Event wants to see them! The Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Event are making a stop in Okeechobee, April 2-7, in search of rare and unique collectibles. The re nery has the resources to pay top dollar for your gold, silver, and collectible items. "Gold and silver markets have not been this strong for over 30 years," states company spokesperson, Dennis Kouts. During the event, anyone in the community can connect with collectors from around the globe. Our specialists make offers based on rarity, collectability, condition and market value. If the price is right for you, the company will pay you on the spot with no hidden fees! A few recent nds for collectors have included a rare gold coin collection purchased for $107,000 and a letter written by George Washington to the doctor of his wife expressing his disdain toward the doctor's actions regarding her treatment. Also at a recent show in Ohio, a local resident brought in a letter from Abraham Lincoln that she thought was a fake for over 15 years and w alked out $25,000 richer after nding out it was an authentic letter. You might be amazed by what you nd and ecstatic with what the Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Event wants to pay you for it. Specialists will assess your items for free and there are no hidden fees! Nearly all coins and paper currency, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1970 are highly sought after. The Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Event are able to offer good prices as it has its own re nery. Re neries typically do not do business with the public; rather, they deal with precious metal accumulators like jewelry stores, pawn shops, dentist of ces or industrial facilities that trade with some form of precious metal. All local area businesses that deal with precious metals are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment with one of our representatives. There are no appointments needed for the general public to sell their items. The event is free and there is no limit to the number of pieces that can be brought in. The event will be Monday. April 2 Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. Hwy. 441 S., Okeechobee. For additional information call 217-7267590. Saturday, March 31, is the rst Worth Baseball' Golf Scramble at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. Money will be used to support the 12u Worth Baseball team's trip to Cooperstown, NY this summer. Please attend the event or pass along the word. **STARTS AT 8 a.m. You may sign-up on the day of the tournament. Call 863-6347841 with inquiries 4-man team is $200 or $50 each player. Prizes will include FREE rounds of Golf for the winning team at an exclusive club in Indian River County. There will be Raf es for two new Hybrid clubs. Youth players are welcome with adult partners bring your son/daughter. A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 M A R I N A N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss A T T O R N E Y S 14 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Spunk Sasser of San Antonio, Florida w as the all round cowboy winner for the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association Rodeo earlier this month. Sasser has spent 28 years on the rodeo circuit. He has competed in the Okeechobee rodeo every year of his career. He said Okeechobee is one of the better rodeos around and attracts talent from all over the world. "Rodeo is my way of life and is w hat I've done all my life. My father and my mother got me involved at an early age and it is just something I've enjoyed. It's how I've made my living for the last 28 years," he said. Sasser specializes in team roping and steer wrestling. He teams with Casey Smith of Williston, Florida in the team roping. Sasser has quali ed for the Pro Rodeo South Eastern Circuit Rodeo Finals each y ear. He has also competed in the national rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho 15 times. At age 46, he admits he's one of the older competitors on the circuit. At times Sasser could attend seven rodeos in one weekend and he maintains he doesn't get tired of the driving, "If I could go to ten in one weekend I w ould. It's something I'd love to do. It's like anyone else's job. You get up in the morning and drive to work. It's my work. I don't think anything about it. A six-hour trip for me is nothing." Sasser said there aren't as many younger cowboys on the circuit any longer. He said it's really odd to see fewer young cowboys on the circuit. He rodeoed with local rodeo greats Rabe Rabon and D.R. Daniel of Okeechobee during high school. "There are not as many young people doing it any more. I could name handfuls of people that have come into the circuit. It is kind of odd. When we were kids a lot of older guys were at the rodeo. Where is the younger generation after us," he asked. Jonathon Crawford has adjusted well to Southeastern Conference competition this year for the Florida Gators. He threw ve shutout innings earlier this month against Vanderbilt and according to gatorzone. com earned the praise of his coaching staff. Crawford improved to (2-1) with the victory. Last Saturday Crawford threw well against South Carolina on the road in Columbia. He allowed just one earned run as he scattered four hits over ve innings and struck out two. Florida won the game 5-4. Coach Kevin O'Sullivan praised Crawford in his remarks to the College Newspapers. "Jonathon was really, really good today. After every start, it seems like he gets better and better." Crawford told the newspaper after the Vanderbilt game that he is doing a better job throwing the ball over the plate this year, "I threw strikes and used my defense. I walked a few guys but I worked out of it and used my defense well." Sports News in Brief Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Scores for last week were: tied for rst, Chester Hendren and Lamar Birdshaw; third, Bob Meyers; tied for fourth, Rocco Carbia, Wally Hall, Roger Foss and Ron Lawrence. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Ohio Valley gold and silver event coming to Okeechobee ConKerr Cancer ‘sit & sew’ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. We now provide pillowcases to St. Mary's, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. The next ConKerr Cancer "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, April 3, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and child-friendly fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. For more information, please call Joan at 863467-0290.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OKEECHOBEE BEAD SHOW BEAD SHOW Presented by Presented by Simply Sterling Simply Sterling Thurs, Fri, Sat, March 29, 30 & 31 10-5pm Thurs & Fri 10-4pm Sat HUGE DISCOUNTS at Show Only! SHOW LOCATION:Holiday Inn Express 3101 US Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974Visit us at our showroom in Stuart 2303 NW Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 283-0433 • (772) 631-8720 Great selection including:• Gemstones • Pewter • Crystals • Seed Beads • Pearls • Findings • Pandorastyle beads • And much more! 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 15 Okeechobee News March 28, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kutter Crawford drove in three runs and Okeechobee exploded for six runs in the fth inning as they defeated St. Albans of W ashington D.C. in the high schools annual meeting 9-5 on a beautiful sunny afternoon Saturday. Alex Estremera gutted his way to a complete game victory as the Brahmans were able to snap a four-game losing streak. "I felt good," Estremera said afterward, "After a rough third inning we scored six runs and I really felt good. I knew I would go all the way. Thanks to the good hitting and solid defense we came out with a win." Estremera approached 100 pitches on the afternoon a far cry from what he expected w hen the season started. He had expected to be the team's closer and only pitch in short stints this season. "I actually felt stronger at the end of the game. The runs we got really helped me out and I felt I could go all seven innings," he stated. Estremera mixed in a solid changeup, a few curves and a cut fastball against St. Albans and said all of them were pretty solid, especially his off-speed deliveries. "My changeup was my pitch tonight. I threw that real well, better than I have all season. It helps my other pitches fall into place and sets up my different pitches," he explained. St. Albans scored the rst run of the game in the second thanks to singles by Mike McCurty and Gabe Roarke. Okeechobee responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-base error and a tworun single by Crawford. Estremera struggled in the third as St. Albans scored ve runs as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Roarke had a two-run triple and Guy Stewart added an RBI single to make it 5-2. Okeechobee's cause was helped in the late innings as St. Albans struck eight batters with pitched balls. They hit three batters in the third inning alone but the Brahmans couldn't score. That changed in the fourth as two Brahmans were hit and one was able to come home thanks to a sacri ce and a passed ball. Okeechobee nally put the big inning together in the fth as they pushed across six runs. Tyler Barber had a two-run single, and Crawford added an RBI single. The Brahmans had ve hits in the inning and two more batters hit by pitches. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team had some struggles in the early innings but hung in there, battled back and got a big inning at the plate. He admitted he had never seen a game where eight of his players were hit by pitches. "Fortunately for us we were the ones getting hit. We had a game earlier this year where we had control problems. They put a lot of base runners on base for us and we got some crucial hits to bring those guys in," he added. Blackstone said the morale of his team should improve thanks to the six-run rally in the fth. The team had struggled on offense recently against some quality opponents and needed to swing the bats well. The team has key district games this week against South Fork and Martin County. Blackstone also praised his pitcher for giving everything he had and not giving St. Albans pitches in the middle of the plate, "Estremera did a good job. He had a long rope today and his pitch count was up there. He just did a nice job of getting out there and battling." Estremera said this game should propel the Brahmans as the season enters a crucial stretch in the next two weeks. "We didn't get down or discouraged today. I knew our inning would come and I just had to stick with it," he added. Estremera ended the game with eight strikeouts. Dalton Murray had a double for the Brahmans. OHS Brahmans baseball defeats D.C. team, 9-5 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDavid Coleman retreats to rst base during a pickoff play in the second inning of Saturday's game with the St. Albans Bulldogs. Coleman would score the rst run of the game for the Brahmans.


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