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Publication Date: 08-10-2012
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Friday, August 10, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 96 12.15 feetLast Year: 10.28 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. IRSC offers online classes ... Page 3 Crossword & Sudoku now in every issue! Program helps migrant students prepare for school ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Stepping Stones AcademyA visit from Smokey BearChildren at Stepping Stones Academy had a special visitor this week when Smokey Bear and of cers from the Florida Forest Service stopped by to talk to the children about re safety and the environment. For more, see page 11. OHS swim team ready for new season ... Page 19 & 20 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News In just under 60 minutes Thursday afternoon, a 12member jury returned with the recommendation that Dale Middleton die by lethal injection. It was the same jury that just a couple days before found Middleton guilty of brutally killing Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Christensen in her singlewide mobile home on July 28, 2009. Middleton, 39, was also found guilty of burglary while armed and dealing in stolen property. During his Aug. 9 closing statements Chief Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl told the jury about Mrs. Christensen’s last minutes. And he held nothing back in describing Middleton’s heinous acts. “She stood in front of the vanity where he sawed her neck multiple times, and the blood began to gush. It was 15 seconds before she became unconscious,” said Mr. Bakkedahl. “But, he’s not done. With one last act of depravity he stomped on her face. Utter indifference.” Although there is no way to know for certain, it’s quite possible that Mrs. Christensen was looking into a mirror on that vanity and watching as Middleton was taking her life. “There was arterial blood splatter on the mirror, so that would not be unreasonable,” said Mr. Bakkedahl. Not only was there blood splatter on the mirror, but her blood was also present on family photos sitting in front of that mirror. Jury: Death penalty for Middleton County commission transfers funds to Lock 7 projectBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It looks like the fun place to be on March 12 – 17, at the Okeechobee County Fair. The highlight of the Thursday, Aug. 9, meeting o f the Okeechobee County Commission was fai r association president Linda Syfrett’s annual report on the fair. She said that last year’s fair had a paid attendance of 7,256 with an overall attendance of over 12,000. She said the fair spent $4,000 on improvements to the electrical system at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds that are now available for use by othe r events. Last year’s fair had a midway with 30 rides that offered something for everybody. The opening night featured what Mrs. Syfret t called an “incredible” reworks display. Mrs. Syfrett said that fair organizers are ex2013 county fair plans under way See COUNTY — Page 8 See MIDDLETON — Page 8 Dale Middleton


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Paid by Sharon Wallace, Republican, for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser Strengths and Experience Certied professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Has over 1,200 hours of continuing education Will hold community outreach workshops educating you on how the Florida Department of Revenues mass appraisal system works nd out where your tax dollars go FL property appraisers must obtain certied FL appraisers (CFA) accreditation their 1st term. Sharon is doing this on her time and dollar not yours, the taxpayers FAIR AND EQUITABLE APPRAISALS FOR ALL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System 2 Okeechobee News August 10, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News On August 4, 2012, Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark was honored for 25 years of serv ice. On August 4, 1987, Lt. Stark started working in the Okeechobee County Jail as a corrections of cer. While a corrections of cer, Lt. Stark volunteered as an auxiliary deputy sheriff. He then completed cross over training and transferred to the road patrol until 1996. In March, 1996, he became a detective and served in that position until achieving the rank of sergeant in 2005. During the course of his law enforcement career, Lt. Stark was a member of the Okeechobee County Dive & Recovery Team, a eld training of cer, a certi ed instructor, an Evidence/Crime Scene Technician, the Street Crimes Gang Unit supervisor and currently a Hostage Crisis Negotiator. In March, 2010, he was promoted to Lieutenant, where he currently supervises the criminal investigations division. Sheriff Paul May said of Det. Lt. Stark, "Congratulations to Lt. Brad Stark on 25 years of service. Among his other duties, Lt. Stark is our resident Gang Specialist. Lt. Stark is an asset to this department and people like him make this of ce work." Congratulations Detective Lieutenant Stark! OCSO Lt. Stark honored for 25 years of service Special to the Okeechobee News(Left to right) Sheriff Paul C. May, Lt. Stark, Undersheriff Noel Stephen, Detective Ted VanDeman, (front) Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore, Analyst Connie Curry and Detective Mark Shireman. Upcoming Okeechobee August blood drives plannedWhen you need blood you assume it will be there for you. But are you aware that only 4 percent of the U.S. population actually donates blood? The Big Red Bus will be in Okeechobee on Friday, Aug. 10 Okee Health Department, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 16 Okee Correctional Inst., public invited, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 17 Walgreen's, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 20 Publix, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 25 Wal Mart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 30 Okeechobee High School, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementContinuing EducationRyan Hathaway, Okeechobee County Fire Department gives waste management employees a lesson on proper re extinguisher usage training. The county re department provides this service at no cost to businesses. Employees receive this training once a year as a refresher. The American Red Cross teaches Waste Management employees CPR, rst aid and AED (automated external de brillator) training. All employees are certi ed for a twoyear period. Fire training is every year.


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 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 As outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rise. That’s why the Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition has joined with the National Highway Traf c Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children. “More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more than 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own,” said Jennifer McDonald. “In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, we want to urge all parents and caregivers to do three things: 1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended; 2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car; 3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away. According to NHTSA, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and under. In fact, one child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days from being left in a hot vehicle. Warning signs of heatstroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, not sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. “Children’s body temperatures can rise up to ve times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees,” said Jennifer McDonald. “On an 80 degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.” NHTSA and the Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition want to remind everyone of a few key safety tips to prevent deadly accidents and to prevent vehicular heatstroke:  Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;  Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a pla y area;  Make a habit of looking in the vehicle— front and back—before locking the door and walking away;  Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle: – Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle. – Place your purse, briefcase, or something else you’re sure to need in the bac k seat so you’ll be sure to see a child left in the vehicle. – Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. Once the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she leaves the vehicle;  Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle rst, including the trunk.  Ask your childcare center to call you i f your child doesn’t arrive on time for childcare.  If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Healthy Start Coalition warns about the risks of heatstroke The move toward making medical records and information more accessible through computerized record-keeping means future career opportunities for those familiar with both elds. Indian River State College is offering online training in this emerging career discipline through the HITECH Workforce program. Open enrollment is now available for the program which can be completed in six months or less, and it is completely online. Experienced IT or healthcare professionals looking to enhance their education and training in the implementation of electronic health records will want to sign up for the HITECH Workforce Training program. Student stipends are available for those who qualify. Since September 2010, the program has enrolled over 350 students. Graduates from the program have received positions with regional extension centers, electronic health record vendors, and local hospitals. The IRSC HITECH Workforce Training program focuses on six workforce roles: Practice Work ow and Information Management, Clinician/Practitioner Consulting, Implementation Support, Implementation Management, Technical/Software Support, and Training/Instruction. These courses are being made available to healthcare and IT professionals as part of a nationally funded grant from the Of ce of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Anyone interested in this unique training can still apply. For more information, call 866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu. Under Quick Links, click on Choose a Program or Career, select Health Science Programs, and choose HITECH Workforce Program. Funding of this project was made possible through the Of ce of the National Coordinator. Department of Health and Human Services, award number 90CC0078/01 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Public law 11-5: Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care. Open enrollment now available for IRSC HITECH Workforce Program By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Not paying your bills can have repercussions. That was the lesson learned from the Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting of the Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board. David and Kristine Sweatt of S&S Construction appeared before the board and claimed that Vincent Hetrick, a licensed electrician who was their subcontractor on a construction job, failed to pay an electrical supplier for materials used on the job. This resulted in S&S having to pay $3,225 to settle the bill with the supplier. Mr. Hetrick was not present. The Sweats stated that toward the end of the job Mr. Hetrick’s truck broke down. They said that apparently he spent the money that should have gone to the electrical supplier to x his truck and he would not cooperate with their efforts to recover the money. After hearing testimony from the Sweats and examining the evidence presented to them, the board voted to suspend Mr. Hetrick’s license. His license would be reinstated if, within 90 days, he made restitution to the Sweats and paid a $250 ne. Otherwise his license would be revoked. Turning to other action, the board tabled a request from Daniel Lopez for sponsorship to take the Framing Exam and the Business and Law Exam in order for Mr. Lopez to produce further information. The board voted to accept a letter of reciprocity from Collier County concerning Edwidge Bourdeau doing business as Power Electrical Co. County licensing board suspeds local contractor’s license Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players Times changedThe Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players! Even if you haven’t played euchre in a while, but want to brush up or learn, consider coming to the club sessions. Call John for more information at 863-357-0803. The club plays on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 441 SE.


Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Light east northeast wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind, south southwest around 5 mph. Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. School supply drive under way at Big Lake MissionBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. Last year we helped many children with their list, but this year the need is even greater. They will accept donations up until school starts which is Aug. 20. Most all school supplies are needed such as three-ring notebooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, markers, hi-lighters, etc. For a complete list, please check out the local stores or call the school. They gladly accept checks made out to the Mission or gift cards and staff can do the shopping. Call 863-7635725 or 863-610-1815 for more information or drop-off locations.OHS dress code to permit students to wear shortsWhen students return to school in the fall, Okeechobee High School is going to experiment with a modi cation to the dress code. Students will be allowed to wear shorts every day of the week as long as they wear a collared shirt, a college shirt, an OHS sports team shirt, or an OHS club shirt. Shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Shorts must be worn at their waist. Holes in the shorts are not permitted. For girls, the shirts must not reveal cleavage. The rest o f the dress code remains the same. Roberta Christensen I want to thank the sheriff's of ce and t he state attorney's of ce for their hard work in bringing the killer of Roberta Christensen t o justice. Maybe now her family can nd s ome closure.Just a dog In response to the comment about "just a dog," I completely agree. I love my dogs. They have been there for me when my so-called friends did not have the time t o lend a shoulder for me to cry on. If I want t o spend my own money on my dogs, that is my business and not anyone else's business. I don't criticize those who spend money on t hings I think are silly. They should not try to make me feel bad about taking good care of my pets.Questions Reading the sheriff's questions in the paper Wednesday, the candidates were asked if they had ever been red from a law enforcement or correctional agency or auxiliary. Mr. Folbrecht danced around the question and said he could not answer in t he space given. How much space does it t ake to say "yes" or "no"? Drug abuse In regard to the drug abuse issue, what w e are dealing with now primarily are pres cription pills. And parents can do a lot more t o prevent their kids from having access to t hese drugs because in many cases they are getting the drugs at home. They are raiding t he medicine cabinet for drugs that were prescribed for their parents or grandparents. All prescription drugs should be kept under lock. If you must have these pills in y our home, make sure your children cannot get them. Remind all family members and friends to be careful with prescription drugs. A nd if you have them and don't need them any more, take the pills to the sheriff's of ce for proper disposal.Olympics Why do people get so concerned about which country is winning the most medals or the most gold medals? Isn't the Olympics supposed to be celebrating individual achievement? It doesn't matter which country an athlete comes from. And some of the sports they have in the Olympics now are so far removed from the original Olympics idea that it is hard to fathom who thinks these things up. It seems like they are just adding sports so different countries have a chance to win more medals.Web sites Regarding candidates setting up internet sites, I think we all know that much of what is circulating online is either false or very misleading. You want the facts, go to the source. Go check out the records yourself. I will not go to any candidate's web site or sites attacking candidates because all such web sites are completely biased. Why would they do otherwise? It's just one big campaign ad and they spend lots of time making unfounded accusations about their opponents. And what can the opponent do? Start their own web site? I hope that most voters have the common sense to realize that they cannot trust what is on a political web site any more than they can trust someone they meet online in a chat room. On the news last night I saw that President Obama's staff has refused to answer questions about who is paying for the people who work on his campaign web sites. There are questions that the taxpayers have been funding the bill for much of his on-line campaigning using White House funds. News organizations have asked for the records and they are being stonewalled. Since the White House budget is tax-funded all of these records should be made public. There should not be any question of whether or not it should be public record. Any spending of tax money should be a matter of public record.Elections I am not a Republican so I can't vote in some of the primary races. I hope that the Republicans realize it is on them to make the best choices for the county. Get out and vote. The whole county is counting on you to make good decisions in this election. Don't be lazy about voting on Tuesday. Don't assume that other voters will make the right choice or that enough other people will vote so your vote won't matter. Your vote does matter. Summer news! Summer splash!Splash into the Sports Complex for summer fun! Lunchtime at Golden Corral, summer sports watching Wimbeldon, Tennis Serena Williams wins her fth title, women's single, 102 aces Wimbeldon record. And Double's champs with sister Venus Williams. What else? NBA News, Ray Allen selects the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics. Trade baby trade. Steve Nash selects Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Hey, locally Okeechobee Summer AAU basketball, summer travel teams baseball. Get ready, set, go for high school football champs. Colleges, Seminoles, Gators, Hurricanes talk smack on the upcoming season. NFL, anybody's guess. Cam Newton / Tebow/Michael Vick fan favorites show us what you are working with. Summer heat in triple digits across thes e United States. In Florida we are naturall y hot. To do list in Okeechobee, Brahman Theater, Spiderman, Brave for the youth and young at heart. Mike ladies delight. Brenda Scott, Poet August 10, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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 Forecast School News in Brief


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us” Summer Sunday Schedule 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 10TH Thurs., Aug. 16THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE BOURNE LEGACY”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “TOTAL RECALL”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 III: “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS”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 PG 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 2012 OHS Scholarship night awards Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJohnny Mack & Dorothy Kinsaul Memorial ScholarshipJohnny Mack & Dorothy Kinsaul Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Taylor Fulford, Dr. Randall Mims. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSUniversity of Northwestern Ohio ScholarshipUniversity of Northwestern Ohio Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Calixtro Villalpando, Sharon Coker. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSQuail Creek ScholarshipQuail Creek Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall to Kelsi Brown. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSOHS Female Heisman/1 Stop Party Shop ScholarshipOHS Female Heisman/1 Stop Party Shop Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall to Samantha Harrell. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSQuality AC/Misael Torres Memorial ScholarshipQuality AC/Misael Torres Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Calixtro Villalpando, Sharon Coker. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSGlenn Sneider ScholarshipThe Law Of ce of Glenn Sneider Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right: Wendoly Castaneda, Frank Hickox. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSO.L. Raulerson Memorial ScholarshipO.L. Raulerson Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Noel Stephen, Jonathan Kemp.


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.Edwin ‘Ed’ Troost, 79OKEECHOBEE — Edwin “Ed” Troost passed away August 6, 2012 in Sebastian, FL. He was born June 4, 1933, in Dansville, N.Y. He came to Okeechobee from Saranac Lake, N.Y. in 1980. Mr. Troost proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was of the Roman Catholic faith. He was a long distance team truck driver with his wife for 32 years. He loved driving his truck and RVing. He was a member of OOIDA. Mr. Troost was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Annette Troost; sister, Ruth Scarson; and son-in-law, Wyatt Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice “Jan” Ann Troost of Okeechobee; two daughters, Lori Mae Smith (Larry) of Fleming Island, Fla. and Lisa Ann Thomas of Okeechobee; and many loving nieces and nephews. A gathering for family and friends will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012, until service time of 2 p.m. at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Maudie Ruth Bass, 82OKEECHOBEE — Maudie Ruth Bass, passed away August 5, 2012, at the Okeechobee Nursing home. Maudie retired as a cook at Eckerds Drug Store in Okeechobee. She is survived by her four children, Shirle y Vrchoticky of Okeechobee, Debbie Lowery o f Okeechobee, Tracy Terrell of Sun City, Fla., and Denita Bass of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 10, 2012 Bene t shing tourney planned for Ramsey familyA bene t saltwater shing tournament is being planned for Saturday, Aug. 11 starting at 6 a.m. at Palm Beach Inlet. Proceeds to help and assist the Ramsey family. Ricky Ramsey was killed in July in an airboat accident. He leaves behind two young children. Only $100 per boat entry fee, four anglers in each boat. A “Captain’s” meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on Aug. 10, at Renegades Nightclub. Vendor, volunteers and sponsor opportunities still available. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes. A barbecue and silent auction and awards ceremony are also planned for Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge 2010. Call for more information at 561-7199517, Holly.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe nal Freedom Outreach shing tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the championship is to be held on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must have shed at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! A ll tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions. A mateur Radio Club set to meetOkeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be holding its August business meeting in the Club Room at Beef O’Brady’s on Monday evening, Aug. 13 An informal supper meeting will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the business meeting beginning at 7 p.m. All area Amateur Radio Operators are invited to attend, all club members are urged to attend as we will do some planning on the “Hamfest in the Woods” to take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.OREA plan meetingThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association will meet on Monday, Aug. 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant. ANY retired educator (teacher or paraprofessional) is w elcomed to join us. State FREA (Florida Retired Educator’s Association) representatives will be in attendance and we will be planning for upcoming events. A merican Legion Ladies A uxiliary meeting changeThe scheduled meeting for the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 64, has been changed from Tuesday, Aug. 14 to Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Eagles announces Bingo NightsEagles North will have BINGO on Tuesday, Aug. 14 beginning at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 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.4H club hosts ‘farm swap’ eventSwine Time 4-H club is hosting a Farm Swap at Tractor Supply in Okeechobee from 8 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18 Buy Sell or Trade anything farm related—animals, equipment, citrus, plants, fencing, tractor and vegetables, etc! For a space or more information, please contact Tomi Zeller at 863-634-1061.Democratic Executive Committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s beginning at 6 p.m. Any interested Democratic is invited to attend.VFW to host ‘Sandoone’ bene t eventVFW Post 4423 at 300 W. 34th Street, Okeechobee is holding a bene t for Sandy Hoyt, aka “Sandoone” on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Sandy has entertained us all with her zany musical acts for many years, but now needs help to cover the cost of a much-needed surgery. The Post is serving hamburger or hot dog platters for a donation of $5, and there will be a bake sale, 50/50 raf e, auction, games and prizes. Music will be provided by XXL Karaoke and friends. The public is invited. For more information, contact Dennis Prewitt at 863-467-0085. Pet Day event announcedTractor Supply Okeechobee is hosting a pet day on Aug. 18 Our rescue will be there to show off some of our beautiful pets which are available for adoption. We will be there from 9 a.m. until. Please drop by to support your local Humane Society.Eagles host corn hole tournamentCome to Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North,, on Aug. 25 for a corn hole tournament. Sign up early! There will be payout on rst and second place. For more information, call 863-763-2552. Cost is $10 per player, $20 per Team. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. The Aerie will also offer hamburgers, hotdogs and side dishes.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Healthy Start annual meetingThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will have their Annual Meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services to pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Kay Begin, Executive Director at 863-462-5877. Community Events Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBETA Club ScholarshipNational BETA Club Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Kaitlyn Furphy, Jim Leidy, Carissa Tyson.




On the afternoon of July 28, 2009, Middleton walked the 139 feet from his mobile home in the Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park to Mrs. Christensen’s mobile home. He knocked on the door and she invited him inside, as she had done before when he’d come to her house for a cup of coffee or to bum a cigarette. Mrs. Christensen, who was enjoying her day off from the Golden Corral Restaurant, didn’t know that Middleton had a knife in his pocket. Middleton, who had been taking xanax and roxycodone pills and smoking methamphetamine that day, asked her to loan him some money. She told him she didn’t have any. But, he thought she did because just the day before he knew she had $400 in cash. Her husband, Eric Christensen Sr., testied that while talking with his wife on the phone she mentioned that she was afraid Middleton had seen the cash. So she decided she had best deposit it. Mr. Middleton was working in New Jersey at the time and would talk with his wife several times a day. When Middleton entered her home he didn’t know she had deposited her tip money then paid bills. So when she told him she didn’t have any cash, Middleton grabbed her in the kitchen and began stabbing her. But, she fought. She fought with all her might as he stabbed her w hile they were in the kitchen. He continued to stab her as the ght moved down the hallway and into her bedroom. In all, Middleton stabbed Mrs. Christensen 35 times. Dr. Linda Rush-O’Neil told the jury during last week’s guilt phase of the trial that those wounds were either super cial or defensive in nature. Those 35 wounds did not kill Mrs. Christensen. In fact, she was ghting for her life in front of that vanity in her bedroom as Middleton began “sawing” at her throat. “There is nothing to lead me to believe that she was rendered unconscious prior to the gaping wound to her throat,” testi ed Dr. Rush-O’Neil. After killing Mrs. Christensen, Middleton grabbed her 42-inch at screen television, remote control and power cable and walked out the door. And, in broad daylight, walked that same 139 feet back to his home while carrying the TV. Later that evening he sold the TV for $200 so that he could buy more drugs. Wednesday, Aug. 8, Eric Christensen Sr. took the stand a second time and told the jury about his wife’s generosity and how she enjoyed doing for others. He recounted how, when he was nally able, he bought his sons Lincoln Logs one Christmas. “But, she gave those Lincoln Logs to another family who had lost everything in a re,” he told the jury. 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The always popular racing pigs will be back. A new feature fair of cials are hoping to introduce this year is the mega pass. These will be sold in advance and will provide for fair entry at a reduced rate as well as a wristband for midway rides. The fair offers 12 competitive events in categories ranging from quilt making to Lego building. Since 2008 the total number of competitors in these events has steadily increased from 21 to 353. Mrs. Syrfrett said the fair association is considering purchasing more picnic tables. “What I am most proud of is that the fair provides families with low-cost entertainment,” she said. The fair has a new user-friendly web site that provides easily accessible information about the fair and can accommodate customers who speak other languages besides English. Turning to other items, the board approved a supplemental agreement on the Lock 7 project to include funds that had originally been earmarked for the OkeeTantie Trailhead project. At their last meeting the board voted to terminate a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Grant for the Okee-Tantie Trailhead project. The reason for that action was the limited amount of time remaining to complete the project. The FDOT transferred the remaining $550,000 in the grant for that project to the Lock 7 project. In the only other action item on the agenda, commissioners forgave the amount owed to the county on a SHIP home. This action will allow for a short sale of the home and avoid foreclosure. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center, announced a change in the policy for operating the north shore locks. The magic number had been 12 feet. The locks were closed when the lake level fell below 12 feet and opened when it rose to 12 feet. However, recently the lake level has been hovering around that number. The current lake level is slightly over 12.1 feet. Without any rainfall the lake level could quickly drop to below 12 feet due to evaporation. Therefore, Mr. Ritter said the locks will not become operational until the level reaches 12.5 feet. He also said that the rehabilitation project on the Taylor Creek lock is a little behind schedule. However, he said the contractor is working extra hours to try to catch up. That project is scheduled to be completed in October.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 Foster parents needed Free training programHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.Stitchin’ group meets at Presbyterian ChurchOkeechobee Stitchin’ meets every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and come join us. For more information call Sandy Brown, 863-697-3099, or Correy Geissinger, 863-467-2231.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A rst of its kind shing tournament will be held this Saturday, Aug. 11, at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina to help a patriotic cause. The Wounded Warrior Project Fish Gigging Tournament is being organized by Sgt. Ron Hall of the Florida National Guard who is military liaison to the Sportsmen's Conserv ation Association. The proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project and Wounded Warriors of South Florida. Owners of airboats and other types of boats will donate the use of their boats as w ell as paying the registration fees. All military veterans and active duty personnel are invited to participate. "It's going to be a big event," Sgt. Hall said, adding that boat owners and soldiers and veterans from all over the state will be participating. The event will start with registration at 5 p.m. At that time there will also be music and other entertainment. Florida singer, songwriter, and musician Tom Jackson, whose driving, aggressive brand of country music has been described as a cross between Jason Aldean and Charlie Daniels w ill be performing. There will be a bounce house for the children as well as tour boat rides for family members. The tournament will run from 7 to 11 p.m. "Okeechobee County has backed us 100 percent on this," Sgt. Hall said. He was especially thankful for the efforts of Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will provide security and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue will have a unit on the scene. Numerous individuals and organizations have also made donations. For more information call Sgt. Hall at 561-329-0002. Fishing tournament to bene t Wounded Warriors Gordy Peer was the guest speaker on Thursday during the weekly Kiwanis of Okeechobee meeting. Peer has spent his life in the entertainment business acting, performing and storytelling. Peer has spent a lot of time demonstrating rearm safety and trick roping to the youth of Okeechobee since 1958. Most of Peer's speech to the Kiwanians focused on the youth. Mr. Peer also said the work he was most proud of has been his work with terminally ill children. Peer has appeared in numerous movies and worked with legends like Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger), Paul Newman and legendary trick ropester Lash Larue. Gordy Peer rst appeared in the movie Battle Cry in 1955 that starred Van He in and Aldo Ray. Money raised by Kiwanis of Okeechobee during the meeting will bene t the Real Life Children's Ranch and their annual School Supply drive" Kiwanis Club welcomes local legend Gordie Peer 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Where do you vote?The number of voting locations has been reduced to save money and because of the legislative redistricting. All voters were mailed new voter registration cards to notify everyone where to vote.If you prefer, rather than going to your new voting location to vote, you may vote an absentee ballot (call 763-4014) or vote early (Friday and Saturday, 8:30 – 4:30) at the historic courthouse.There will be NO VOTING at the following locations:American Legion #64 Episcopal Church of Our Savior First United Methodist Church FPL Service Center The Gathering Moose Lodge Okeechobee Christian Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church VFW #10539 IMPORTANT NOTE! If you are a registered voter and did not receive a new voter card, immediately contact the Elections Of ce at 763-4014 or elections@voteokeechobee.com 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ KiwanisKiwanis Club of Okeechobee welcomed local cowboy legend and trick roper, Gordie Peer. Mr. Peer enjoys spending time with local youth demonstrating rearm safety and showing his rope tricks to the kids.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Schools greeted migrant students and their families Tuesday as they handed out school supplies and literature, checked immunization records and discussed health care needs that these students w ill need to succeed in school this year. Brad Lundy and Lisa Dailey of Everglades Farm Equipment had a special treat for the migrant families as they served up home made ice cream. Each student received a back pack which contained the district approved list of school supplies. The migrant advocates from each school were on hand to answer questions. Each grade level received a different list of supplies. The cost ranges between $25 and $50 for each student. Workers at the Dr. Fred Brown Clinic w ere also on hand to answer questions about health bene ts and shots the students need to attend school. There were approximately 800 migrant students in Okeechobee Schools last year. The numbers have dwindled from past years w hen as many as 2,000 students were from migrant families. Director of Advances and Special Programs Leslie Lundy said the goal is to make sure the migrant kids have the supplies they need so they'll be ready on day one of school, Aug. 20. "I think the parents are very appreciative," she sai. "The principals and teachers like their kids ready to start school and the money doesn't come out of the teacher's personal pocket. Everyone starts on an even playing eld, and these students are ready to go and ready to learn." Lundy was impressed with the turnout and noted more and more families attend the event each year. This is the fourth year the school supplies have been available. Lundy said many of these families could not afford these supplies. Teachers have a limited budget for extra supplies in the classroom. With the economy not performing well, school of cials were concerned about migrant students being behind without these supplies. "We decided to spend some program funds to make sure these kids had every opportunity to be successful in school," she added. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Elvie PoseyElect ForCounty CommissionerI have a strong work ethic and a commitment to see Okeechobee County and its citizens prosper. I want to keep Okeechobee County an affordable place to live and also provide the level of services that our citizens deserve. To do this we must follow a plan to develop our economy and improve our revenue stream. If we control spending and expand our tax base we can lower our tax burden, improve our community and enjoy a better quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future generations. EXPERIENCEI Need Your Early Vote OR Your Vote on August 14th634-4399 • VoteElvie@aol.comPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Elvie Posey, Republican, for County Commissioner. PAST SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER• Served as District 5 County Commissioner 2004-2008 • Graduate of Florida Association of Counties Advanced Commissioner Certi cation Program • Member of Business Development Board of Okeechobee County • Governor’s appointee to Central Florida Regional Planning Council • Member of Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee • Widening and resurfacing of Berman Rd. • Worked with FDOT to make turn lanes on S.R 70 West at 67th Ave. and 87th Ave. • Repair of railroad crossing at 15A and 15B on Hwy 710 • Construction of the restation on 441 North • The Southwest drainage project on Wolff Rd. • The Treasure Island canal-cleaning project • Restoration of the old courthouse • Creation of the Okeechobee Battle eld State Park Ricky RamseyAugust 11, 1991 May 24, 2012 Although you were taken from us too early in your life, you will always remain in ours! This day should be full of joy and happiness, so we are going to make it so. While you are watching over us on this day, all of your friends and family will be getting together in your memory to catch a big one! Your babies look more and more like you every day. I love you, baby and miss you more than anyone will ever know. Happy Birthday and I can’t wait to be with you again! Love, Mom and Wes, Micky, Sarah, Boog and KayKay and the rest of the family and your friends 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.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 10 Okeechobee News August 10, 2012 Migrant students attend back to school event Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMaria Hernandez (right) brought her three children Tuesday. Jackie, age 5, Lisbet, age 8, and Yesenia, age 12. OKeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayra Talavera, Migrant Advocate at Osceola Middle School, answers a parent’s question at the Migrant Student school supply event Tuesday at the Freshman Campus Auditorium.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ELECT Billy MARCUM FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District #1 All because...I am One of You! As your County Commissioner, I can bring my years of business expertise to the table. Stemming from my understanding the complexities of issues facing all of us now and in the future, I am confident I will add another dimension to the leadership in Okeechobee. I am proven. Period. With my background as an insurance professional and as a cattleman, I understand world markets and the lessons thereof. Those are assets to be shared. In sharing my background and expertise, you will recognize that I I am not into the political nastiness that a local election can bring out. With over 150 empty commercial buildings and storefronts in the county, we have to start thinking outside of the box. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work for you.Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Billy Marcum, Republican, for County CommissionersI PROPOSE: • Greater use of local contractors • Developing mentor workshops for upstart new businesses • Heavily market and increase tourism • Develop agro tourism • Find ways to increase revenue for the Ag Center • Provide an alternative plan to Okee-Tantie • Hold Town Hall meetings for the public • Make the County user friendly to local vendors • Working to drop homeowner insurance rates • Streamline the permitting process for homeowners 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OSSCome dance with us!Senior Center offers free line dance lessons. The Okeechobee Senior Center is having fun at free line dancing classes. Come join the fun Mondays at noon at Okeechobee Senior Services at 1019 S.W. Park St. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Stepping Stones AcademyForestry visitTeachers, staff and students at Stepping Stones Academy One would like to say thank you to the Florida Forest Service and to Smokey Bear for teaching our children about how to help the environment and how to prevent forest res. The children really loved learning and interacting with Smokey Bear! The federal government has allocated funding to help quali ed Florida families to pay the rst mortgage on their homes through the Hardest Hit Help program. Assistance may be given for 12 months, and/or to re-instate a delinquent rst mortgage. Loans will be "forgiven" in 5.5 years after completing the program. You can register by calling Okeechobee Non-Pro t Housing at 863-467-5525. You may also visit the HHF web site at www. FLHardestHitHelp.org and use the Referral code 85087 so you can be assisted by ONPH. Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployed


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Registration is now open at Indian River State College (IRSC) for anyone interested in preparing for a career in the farming of aquatic animals and plants. Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. and global agriculture industry, and Florida is the third largest aquaculture producing state with opportunities for employment and business start-ups. Classes are taught in the evening by experienced aquaculture research staff at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University on U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. Students receive hands-on training in sh, molluscan and crustacean aquaculture in the largest marine food sh water reuse research facility in the Southeast. Fall classes begin Thursday, Aug. 23, and include Introduction to Aquaculture, FAS 1010, on Tuesday evenings, Aquatic Animal Health Management, FAS2252, on Wednesday evenings and Principles of Molluscan A quaculture, FAS2151, on Thursday evenings. Students can begin with the introductory courses to determine their interest and can choose to continue for a Certi cate, Associate and Bachelor's Degree. Registration may be completed online or at any IRSC campus. For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or Dr. Susan Laramore at HBOI at 772-242-2525. Background information: Florida aqua farms culture products for multiple purposes, including food and nonfood markets that include seafood ( sh and shell sh), as well as freshwater and marine aquarium products, water gardening, bait, biological control, biofuels, and "seed stock" for national and international aquaculturists. Employment opportunities include production and research technicians, production and research managers, facilities managers, research scientists (e.g. health, nutrition) and aquaculture engineers. Private industry, research facilities and the government are all involved in aquaculture operations. Seafood processors and wholesalers, retail and restaurant distributors, and suppliers of aquaculture equipment are part of the aquaculture industry. Fall 2012 Aquaculture course descriptions: FAS1010 Introduction to Aquaculture This course will teach you the basic principles and practices of farming sh, clams, and shrimp and includes a variety of guest lecturers from highly skilled researchers. Water quality, site selection, health management practices, nutrition, business decision-making, career choices and job requirements will be covered. This course is for those interested in understanding more about opportunities in aquaculture. Classes are taught Tuesday evenings. FAS2151 Principles of Molluscan Aquaculture This course teaches methods of culturing molluscan species with an emphasis on hard clams. It offers hands-on activities that include morphology and anatomy labs, eld nursery trials, environmental monitoring, health management, record keeping and counting of clams. Other topics include site requirements for nursery and grow out, genetics and diseases, predators, leasing, harvesting and marketing. Classes are taught on Thursday evenings. FAS2252 Aquatic Animal Health Management. This course provides practical training in health management techniques relating to diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional and environmental diseases o f culture sh, bivalves and crustaceans. Instruction emphasizes the bene ts of maintaining a healthy stock and preventing disease through biosecurity and best management practices. Classes are taught on Wednesday evenings. For more information about this growing educational and career opportunity contact: Dr. Susan Laramore (HBOI) at 772-242-2525 or Dr. Ann McMullian (IRSC) at 772-336-6211. Registration open for IRSC Aquaculture Program 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 14 Okeechobee News August 10, 2012 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Labor Day parade plannedThe B.R.A.T Club Presents the 2012 Labor Day Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 3.You can get more information by emailing Teresa Chandler at tchandler@wm.com or by searching the events calendar at: http://okeechobeebusiness.com. Artists needed for muralCall to artists for Okeechobee Main Street's next mural project. Seeking a quali ed mural artist to paint two large murals in downtown Okeechobee on the CarQuest building on State Road 70. Please contact Bridgette Waldau for application at 863-467-7300 or e-mail at bridgette.art@gmail.com. Deadline for submission of application is Aug. 15.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 E A R L Y V O T I N G LAST 2 DAYS!Friday, August 10th Saturday, August 11th Early Voting Continues for the August 14th Primary 8:30 am 4:30 pm LOCATION:The Historic Courthouse Supervisor of Elections Of ce 304 NW 2nd StreetPlease contact the Elections Of ce if you have any questions about voting in the August 14th Primary at elections@voteokeechobee.com or call 763-4014 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 By Tom NordlieUniversity of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feral hogs wreak havoc on Florida’s natural areas, but a new University of Florida study shows that control measures often fail; now, researchers are investigating how the animals outwit removal efforts. “Feral hogs are de nitely one of our more noticeable invasive animal issues on the Treasure Coast,” said Ken Gioeli, a St. Lucie County extension agent. “People have been struggling to deal with the populations and w e want to offer them better options.” The study appears in the summer issue of the journal Aquatics, a publication of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society. Florida has the nation’s second-highest population of feral hogs, after Texas. The animals are especially common north and west of Lake Okeechobee, and in the coastal Big Bend area, Gioeli said. They roam in groups and damage forest ecosystems by rooting in the soil and wallowing in shallow water. It’s believed that feral hog damage costs landowners and agricultural producers millions of dollars nationwide. In the study, researchers surveyed almost 90 land managers who dealt with feral hogs, most of them working on large tracts of public land. Forty-seven percent said that their hog control efforts were marginally effective. Another 25 percent said control efforts had no effect. Some of the most popular removal methods include hunting, with or without dogs, and trapping, using either small single-hog traps or larger traps capable of capturing an entire group. A second study, now under way, surveys hunters and trappers who remove feral hogs and seeks to pinpoint reasons their efforts succeed or fail. The survey is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/2M7X3C3. Previous research suggests that large corral-style traps are the most effective way to remove groups of hogs, but few land managers use them due to their size, Gioeli said. Constructed from a heavy wood or metal frame, corral traps must be baited and left open for several days to attract hogs. Once the animals are accustomed to visiting the corral for food, the user can activate the trap so that hogs are free to enter but unable to escape. “The traps are very large and it can be dif cult to transport them to the site,” Gioeli said. “There are also some types of terrain where you can’t use a corral trap.” Ultimately, each hog removal effort must be tailored to the site and the situation, he said. The concept is called adaptive management, and it means taking whatever steps are necessary, within the boundaries of the law, to remove hogs. Researcher Joanna Huffman, a hunter and a graduate of the UF/IFAS Master Naturalist program, said the study results underscore a fundamental rule about feral hog management: Feral hogs are smart. “If they’ve seen a trap, they remember it,” said Huffman, who’s gone on hog hunts and also assisted in maintaining traps to remove feral hogs from her neighborhood. Gioeli explained that hogs can communicate with each other, so if one hog associates an area with danger, it can warn others to stay away. “That’s why it’s important to try to do it right the rst time,” he said. To give landowners and residents a better chance at success, Gioeli and several colleagues have been presenting management workshops. They plan to incorporate new information as it’s obtained. One other piece of advice: Check state and local regulations before attempting to remove feral hogs from any property. Though the animals are generally considered a nuisance, different jurisdictions have different policies regarding the use of rearms, dogs, motor vehicles and other items used to remove the animals. Experts nd feral hog control efforts often fail Courtesy photo/ UFShaded areas of this map of Florida show the highest concentrations of the very invasive Feral hog. The population of these animals is dif cult to control. 2-on-2 baseball competitionManny Sanguillen, former professional baseball player, will host a 2-on-2 Baseball Competition for boys ages 8-15 on Saturday, A ug. 18, at the Sports Complex Baseball Fields. The competition starts at 10 a.m. Register at Okeechobee Parks & Recreation of ce in the Sports Complex Monday-Friday. between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is $10 per child. For more information contact Harvey Lee, 561-762-4533 or email: harveylee44@yahoo.com, or Parks & Recreation 863-763-6950. Y outh soccer signups to openSign-ups for the Youth Soccer League will begin Aug. 13-31, for youth ages 5-14. Registration is $35 per child and is conducted at the Parks & Recreation Department, in the Sports Complex, Monday-Friday between 8:30-5 p.m. A birth certi cate is required at registration. The age determination date is December 31, 2012. League play will begin Saturday, Sept. 29, and end before Christmas. For more information, call 863-763-6950.Bowling team tryouts Aug. 13Try outs for the Okeechobee High School Bowling Team will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. at Lucky Lanes family entertainment center on U.S. 441 S.E. Please contact George Marshall Jr. 863-801-2498 or Carol Olney 863-261-1081 for any questions for more information.Bowlers needed for fall leaguesDo you want to bowl on a league this fall? Come and join a team at Lucky Lanes Bowling. Mondays and Tuesdays are Mix Nights w ith a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Wednesday is Men’s Night, Thursday mornings and evening belongs to the ladies. For more information, please call Lucky Lanes at 863-763-1800.Summer games plannedOkeechobee’s rst Summer Games are set for Saturday, Aug. 11. Local competitors will participate in events for a chance to win bronze, silver and gold medals. The competition originally scheduled for Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, was merged to only one day, Aug. 11. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sports Complex. We are now accepting individual and team entries. Team fee $100 to participate in all 10 events. Individual events $10; group events $20. Sign-up by Aug. 7. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. for more information at 863-763-6950.OCRA to open fall signupsIt’s time for football! OCRA is gearing up for their 2012 football season. Signups will be held in August for football players and cheerleaders ages 5 through 14. They are currently taking coaches’ applications and looking for football umpires. The season will begin in September. This season OCRA is also introducing girls ag football for middle and high school age girls. If you have any questions or are interested in any of the areas mentioned above, please call 863-6340515 or 863-634-1437. Freedom Outreach shing tournament slatedThe nal Freedom Outreach shing tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the championship is to be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must have shed at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-6348127 to register or with questions. Sports News in Brief


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The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3385 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SOUTH OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 & 2 BLK X 3-21-37-35-0040-0004A-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SUSAN J SULLIVAN ESTATE SUSAN SEVIER SULLIVAN ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 6th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422322 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD153 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FOUR K RANCH INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1802 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: BASSENGER PARK LOTS 25 & 26 BLOCK 4 1-17-35-33-0010-00040-0250 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ARLETHA SIMS ERNEST E SIMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 423269 ON 8/10,17,24,31/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD151 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 09 LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2970 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TALL PINES ESTATES LOT 4 1-18-37-36-0010-00000-0040 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH JAY P HUGHES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 6th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422319 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD150 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 09 LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2703 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SEC 3 LOT 371 1-35-37-35-0040-00000-3710 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHARLES R HAWES MITCHELL WAYNE HAWES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 6th day of September, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422318 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1088: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, GRANTING A NONEXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A NATURAL GAS SYSTEM WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE OR AS HEREAFTER AMENDED, TO FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMPANY; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR A TERM OF YEARS WITH RENEWAL PROVISIONS; PROVIDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SERVICE AND DISTRIBUTION LINES; PROVIDING FOR NONEXCLUSIVE USE OF CITY RIGHTS-OF-WAY; PROVIDING FOR MAINTENANCE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL REVIEW OF SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR INDEMNIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION; PROVIDING FOR TERMINATION OF FRANCHISE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 423837 ON 8/10/2012 Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ T owing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 24th day of August 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1985 Gray Buick Regal 1G4GJ47AXFH402180 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 423804 ON 8/10/2012 Public NoticeNotice of Hearing on Petition to Involuntarily Terminate Parental Rights In Re: Adoption of Kaylie Lavina Windsor, a minor, No. 63-11-1317 in the Orphan’s Court Division of The Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. To: Seth Howard, Putative Father of Kaylie Lavina Windsor, who was born on July 28, 2012, in Dubois, Clear eld County, Pennsylvania. A Petition has been led asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to the child, Kaylie Lavina Windsor. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights and the birth mother’s rights to the child, Kaylie Lavina Windsor. Those hearings will be held in Orphans’ Court Division, Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, 1 South Main Street, Courtroom No. 2, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301 on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to the child may ben ended by the Court without your being present. You have the right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford a lawyer, go to or telephone the of ce set forth below to nd out where you can get legal help. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, please advise the of ce of that when you telephone or visit. LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE The Washington County Bar Association 119 South College Street Washington, PA 15301 (724) 225-6710 This is to inform you of an important option that may be available to you under Pennsylvania law. Act 101 of 2010 allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact or communication following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all partie agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. If you are interested in learning more about this option for a voluntary agreement, contact your caseworker at Catholic Charities, 212 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 325-6754, or your attorney, if you have one. MARK K. McDONALD, Esquire, attorney for Petitioner, 1111 Oliver Building, 535 Smith eld Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 (412) 471-9900. 423686 ON 8/10,17,24/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 DR86 Donna J. Dortch Kellman, Petitioner and Lloyd E. Kellman, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Lloyd E. Kellman YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Donna Kellman, whose address is PO Box 2794, Okeechobee on or before 3-27-2012, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of y our current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: 7-30-2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT 423138 ON 8/3,10,17,24/2012 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY AUGUST 21, 2012, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 422033 ON 8/10/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2012CA260 PARCEL NO.: 138 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Petitioner -VSRICHARD KEVIN BASS, A SINGLE MAN, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE AND NOTICE OF SUIT STATE OF FLORIDA TO: GL Funding Limited 14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 900 Dallas, TX 75254 You are each noti ed that the Petitioner led its Petition and its Declaration of Taking in this Court against you as defendants, seeking to condemn by eminent domain proceedings the above described property located in the State of Florida, County of OKEECHOBEE. You are further noti ed that the Petitioner will apply to the Honorable Elizabeth A. Metzger, one of the Judges of this Court, on the 10th day of October, A.D., 2012, at 10:00 o’clock A. M., at the OKEECHOBEE County Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida, for an Order of Taking in this cause. All defendants to this suit may request a hearing at the time and place designated and be heard. Any defendant failing to le a request for hearing shall waive any right to object to the Order of Taking. AND Each defendant is hereby required to serve written defenses, if any, and request a hearing, if desired, to said Petition: STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Post Of ce Box 1249 Bartow, Florida 33831 c/o Andrew J. DeNering, Esquire Assistant General Counsel (863) 519-2623 Florida Bar No.: 975117 on or before the 3rd day of Sept., A.D., 2012, and le the originals with the Clerk of this Court on that date, to show cause what right, title, interest, or lien you or any of you have in and to the property described in the Petition to show cause, if any you have, why the property should not be condemned for the uses and purposes set forth in the Petition. If you fail to answer, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. If you fail to request a hearing on the Petition for Order of Taking you shall waive any right to object to said Order of Taking. To all said defendants who are living, and if any or all defendants are deceased, the unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, lienors, or other parties claiming by, through, under, or against any such deceased defendant or defendants, if alive, and, if dead, their unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, legatees, creditors, lienors, or other parties claiming by, through, under, or against any such deceased defendant or defendants, and all other parties having or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in and to the property described in the Petition, to wit: FP NO. 1969042 SECTION 91070-000 STATE ROAD 70 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DESCRIPTION PARCEL 138 ESTATE OR INTEREST TO BE OBTAINED : FEE SIMPLE RIGHT OF WAY That portion of the northeast 1/4 of Section 18, Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being described as follows: Commence at the southwest corner of the northeast 1/4 of said Section 18 said corner being on the westerly right of way line of NE 56th Avenue (per Of cial Records Book 196, Page 57, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida); thence along the west line of said northeast 1/4 and the westerly right of way line of said NE 56th Avenue, North 0028’02” East a distance of 1,058.85 feet to the survey base line of State Road 70; thence along said survey base line, North 6753’58” East a distance of 642.13 feet; thence leaving said survey base line, South 0028’02” East a distance of 38.78 feet to the southerly existing right of way line of said State Road 70 (per Florida Department of Transportation Maintenance Map, Section 91070 as recorded in the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, Road Plat Book 2, Pages 57-63) for a POINT OF BEGINNING; thence along said southerly existing right of way line the following two (2) courses: 1) North 6740’13” East a distance of 12.91 feet; 2) North 6749’03” East a distance of 124.21 feet to the end of said courses; thence leaving said southerly existing right of way line, South 0026’43” East a distance of 28.17 feet; thence South 6753’58” West a distance of 137.02 feet; thence North 0028’02” West a distance of 27.91 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 3,573 square feet. “IT IS THE INTENT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WHEN REQUESTED BY QUALIFIED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS AN ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COURT PROCEEDING OR ACCESS TO A COURT FACILITY, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT: COURT ADMINISTRATION, 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1 -800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED.” WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL of said Court on the 26th day of July, A.D., 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 423771 ON 8/10,17/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010-CP-154 IN RE: ESTATE OF BETTY M. WHITE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of BETTY M. WHITE, deceased, whose date of death was September 3, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 3rd, 2012. Personal Representative: MARGIE GREEN 6805 NE 4th Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representatives: GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 280461 Glenn J. Sneider, LC 200 SW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-6570 423271 ON 8/3,10/2012 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. 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By Pat DobbinsSpecial to the Okeechobee News With only a few weeks left of summer break, parents are probably thinking about getting their child ready to go back to school. A long with school clothes and school supplies, parents should make sure preventive health measures are included on their child’s back-to-school checklist. Success in school starts with keeping students healthy and safe. Parents should take their children to a healthcare provider for an annual “well-child” check-up and to make sure all vaccinations and medical records are in order. Healthy eating, adequate physical activity and good sleep patterns are also instrumental to success in school. Parents should talk with their children about traveling safely to and from school. This includes planning safe routes for walking or riding a bike, reminding them to stay on the sidewalk, crossing the street only at designated crosswalks, and showing them how to properly wear a bicycle helmet if they are riding a bike to school. If your child is old enough to start driving a car to school, please remind them of some of the basic rules of the road. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teen about safe driving. Allow them to take Driver’s Education if it’s offered at their high school. Ask your vehicle insurance company about programs available to teach teens about safe driving tips. Children in Florida should never have to be without health care. Insurance can improve a child’s access to medications and treatment they may need to control childhood illnesses and decrease absences from school. The state of Florida offers KidCare, a health insurance program for children from birth through age 18. Children can be eligible even if one or both parents are working. Children covered by Florida KidCare are eligible for comprehensive health care, including sports physicals, doctor visits, check-ups, immunizations, surgery, prescriptions, vision and hearing screenings, mental health care, dental check-ups and hospital stays. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School girls swim team has a lot of talent and experience this y ear and has high hopes for success. Although several seniors graduated, several swimmers return, and the team has plenty of seniors to provide leadership. Sage Douglas said even though they lost a lot of talent to graduation, she feels the team will still do well, “We have a lot of new swimmers that have picked the sport up pretty fast, so I feel we can make up for w hat we lost.” She will compete in the 500 and 200 meters. This senior class was part of an improved swim team as freshman, and they want to continue that success this year. Macy Gamiotea said the girls have w orked hard and are ready to win this year. She said the seniors are family oriented and have tried to improve unity and chemistry on the squad. “We compete with each other but we try to build each other up and motivate each other,” she explained. Macy was slowed by an injury last year but hopes to compete in the 100 breast stroke and the 200 medley relay events. Her goal for 2012 is a spot in the regional swim meet. “Other teams need to watch out because w e’ve practiced hard and we’re ready and motivated to do some work,” she added. Katie VanBeek is expected to be one of the leaders on the 2012 squad. She competes in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and the 400 free relay. She started as a swimmer w ith the Shockwaves program when she was ve years old. She watched the Olympics this month and was really encouraged by U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, who is her same age. “I’m really excited and it is going to be a great season,” she added. Madeleine Bean got back in the pool last year after several years without swimming. She was an alternate on the regional qualiers last year. She said she is motivated by competition and that sport helps her do better in the classroom. “I think the team can make it to the regional. I have to work really hard but I’ll do my best and I think I have a chance to get there,” she added. Bean competes in the 200 IM, the 100 backstroke and in relays. Lexi Manson joined the swim team this year. She also plays softball and basketball. She said one of her teachers encouraged her to try out for the squad. “I have all these other sports so I thought why not get in shape and start my senior year off right,” she added. Manson said she isn’t intimidated by the more experienced swimmers even though they are faster right now. She said she’s condent she will get faster during the year and thinks it’ll help her in other sports. Brittany Agnew is another rst-year swimmer on the team. She is part of ROTC and thought she might learn a bit about sacri ce and leadership by joining the team. Amber Walker said the swim team has been a good experience for me. She competes in the 100, 200, and 50. She also plans to make the regional meet this year. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement on the team and we are pretty close. Coach Turner has helped me a lot this year.” Destiny Nunez won an award for the 2011 swim team. This is her second year on the squad. She explained that she is excited about being a veteran on the team and not a newcomer. She plans to help the younger swimmers get better times. “A lot of my friends are on the swim team and I felt this would be a good way to bond with other people and to stay in shape. I see a lot of potential on our team,” she said. Nunez competed in the 200 free at the regional last year and wants to return there in 2012. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySage Douglas goes through conditioning exercises during swim practice at the Okeechobee Sports Complex on Tuesday. OHS swim team has talent and experience Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySenior members on the OHS Swim Team this year posed for a photo during practice this week. (Back L-R) Dalton Hodges and Katie VanBeek. (Front L-R) Brittany Agnew, Lexi Manson, Amber Walker, Sage Douglas, Macy Gamiotea, and Destiny Nunez. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAubrey Reister is another swimmer being counted on for the Lady Brahman swim team this year.


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Neafsey will also teach ESE Art at Osceola Middle School. He is familiar with Okeechobee as he’s visited here since he was two y ears old and has relatives here. He might have a hard name to spell and to pronounce—the name comes from County Mayo, Ireland—but he has a simple message for the kids. “Do your best at all times. “They have a ton of energy and I think the swimmers here are great. We have some top end swimmers and we want to build up the program as far as we can. I think we’ll have a lot of fun this year,” he explained. Neafsey is a rst year teacher. He recently received a Masters Degree from Arcadia Univ ersity in Pennsylvania. He graduated with two school swim records. He competed in the 100 and 200 butter y and 50 free style in college. He also worked as a life guard for close to seven years and really enjoys swimming. “I tell the kids to focus on their goals and to make sure they go as hard as they can every day,” he added. Neafsey said the Olympians on the United States Swim Team didn’t get those positions by slacking and being lazy. He hopes to push the kids here to work harder and achieve even more. “I want them to push themselves and to know that they can do this. I will help them with little techniques and tips that I think will get them on their way,” he added. OHS introduces new assistant swim coach Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStephen Neafsey with OHS swim coach Brian Turner (L-R). By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys swim team must replace several valuable seniors w ho graduated, but the team is still headed toward success according to Coach Brian Turner. A boys relay team and Dustin Houston all made the regional last year. Turner said w hile this year’s team is younger and less experienced, it still has a lot of talent and potential and his goal every year is to reach the regional meet. “This is the rst year that we’ve had over 30 athletes. Our growth has been great. The kids love being here,” he explained. Turner said the team might lack depth but they have more talent at the top end. He said they are capable of being able to compete with Treasure Coast Schools. He is also excited about some new young swimmers who joined the squad this year. “We have strong swimmers again this y ear. We might look thin but we have more experience than before,” he added. Key athletes on the team this year include Dalton Hodges and Brandon Ball. Turner spoke highly of both young men because of their athleticism and commitment to the sport. The team will also host four local meets this year. While numbers on the boy’s team are down, Turner notes they have to compete with other fall sports like football. Top competition will come from Martin County and Suncoast this year. The team hopes to compete with smaller schools like Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park. Other teams on the schedule include Jensen Beach and South Fork. Turner thanked the Shockwaves recreational swim program for helping build the high school program. “It takes awhile. We’ve built up the boy’s team and we’ll do it again. At the beginning we had only eight kids in the pool, now we have over 30 kids with experience on the swim team,” he added. Hodges said he is really motivated to do well in his senior year. He is the only senior on the boy’s squad. He said he plans to work hard and show the younger swimmers how to excel as a swimmer. “We have a couple of new boys that are doing really well. I’m looking forward to see where we can go this year. I like the spotlight,” he added. Hodges said the juniors, sophomores and freshmen have talent and should compete right away with swimmers that are older and more experienced. “I’ve worked hard in the off season with a summer league and I’m really motivated. I love swimming and want to go to college and maybe the Olympics one day,” he said. Boys swim team ready for season Brandon Ball


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: Guide to area entertainment and attractions August 2012 Wildlife education comes alive at Gatorama PALMDALE—Do your children think education is boring? “It de nitely does not have to be,” say Allen and Patty Register, owners of Gatorama. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world. Gatorama is marking this occasion by hosting an “Alligator Hatching Festival” Aug. 18 through Aug. 27, at their animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale, Florida. “This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of nature’s fascinating life cycles,” says Allen Register. “For the next two weeks we will welcome over three thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will actually be able to see these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.” Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators h ave been o the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program. There will be four programs Monday through Sunday. Regular admission is $14.95. Children less than ve feet are admitted for $6.95. Regular admission includes the educational hatching program. For guests that want a hands-on experience, a “Hatch and Hold” package is available. This package allows the guest to actually hold an egg and let the baby alligator hatch in their hands. The cost for this experience is $10.00. We offer 15 prepaid reservations per program. Then depending on how many eggs are hatching that particular day we will offer another 20-30 eggs per program on a rst-come, rst-served basis. “This isn’t a drive through instant experience. We are totally dependent on Mother Nature”, says Allen Register. Birthing babies takes time. If everyone is patient we usually can accommodate everyone by the end of the day. This year we will o er new activities for kids to build their own gator tooth necklace or catch their own baby gators at the Baby Gator Round Up “pond”— bring your cameras! Outside food and add-on experiences require cash. The gif t shop still accepts credit cards or cash. “This year we are o ering an afterhours program, Monday through Thursday. On those day we will stay open until 8 p.m. with our last hatching program o ered at 7 p.m. This will help families make it out here after school lets out.” says Patty Register. “It will be a wonderful way for family’s to beat the weekend crowds and come after school hours. Food will be available—including Patty’s famous Gator Gumbo! Incubator reports can be followed on Gatorama’s Faceboo k page. Gatorama opened in 1957 as one o f Florida’s rst alligator attractions. It is still a popular tourist attraction as well as an operating alligator farm. One o f Gatorama’s main attractions for visitors and professional photographers is the natural Florida scenery in which these prehistoric beasts sunbathe in the warm tropical climate. Giant oak trees and palm trees cover the fteen acre attraction. Visitors will also nd other animals along the covered 1,000 foot walkwa y and wooden bridge panthers, bobcats, raccoons, peacocks, ducks and geese all call Gatorama home, as do six species o f crocodiles including the American Crocodile. Gatorama is the largest captive breeder in North America of the Acutus Crocodile. For more information and directions, call 863-675-0623 or visit www.Gatorama.com. Baby alligators ‘popping out’ at Gatorama festival Courtesy photo/ GatoramaAt the Gatorama Alligator Hatching Festival, youngsters can watch an alligator egg hatch in their hands. WEST PALM BEACH—Are you an adv enturous, nature-loving woman wishing to learn more about Florida’s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment? If so, now is the time to register for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC), Becoming an OutdoorsW oman (BOW) workshop near West Palm Beach. The three-day workshop is Oct. 19-21 at the Everglades Youth Camp in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. The w orkshop begins that Friday at 10 a.m. and ends that Sunday with lunch. Although designed with women in mind, the workshop is open to anyone 18 years and older wanting to learn or improve their outdoor skills and enjoy several recreational activities. The program o ers a fun and supportive atmosphere for participants wishing to try new things and enjoy the camaraderie of other women wanting to do the same. In four, three-and-one-half-hour sessions, the BOW workshop teaches some of the basic skills associated with shing, hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation, at all levels of physical activity, with hands-on experience. “The most popular classes women sign up for are handguns, archery, wilderness survival and outdoor cooking,” BOW state coordinator Lynne Hawk said. Other classes available are canoeing and kayaking, reading the woods, geocaching and GPS, shooting sports, camping and backpacking, deer hunting, small game hunting, outdoor photography, wilderness rst aid, map and compass, pan shing, y shing, bird watching, personal safety, shotguns, bass shing, turkey hunting, hunter safety course, muzzleloaders, bowhunting and knot tying. The cost for the three-day workshop is $200, and there are half-price slots available for low-income participants, single parents and college students attending the workshop for the rst time. There is also a $50 early bird discount for participants who register by Sept. 19. The workshop is restricted to 100 people on a rst-come, rst-served basis. For more information about the BO W workshop or how you can register, visi t MyFWC.com/BOW or call Lynne Haw k at 561-625-5122. FWC workshop teaches women outdoor skills


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions August 2012 It may come as a surprise to some visitors that the sport of rodeo is alive and well in the Sunshine State. South Florida’s pioneers brought cattle ranching to the area, and with it, the cowboy skills required for rodeo.Rodeo fans nd plenty of rodeos to choose from, including junior events for the youngest rodeo competitors, high school rodeo athletes hoping for college scholarships, working cowboys competing in ranch rodeos and full-time professional rodeo cowboys earning points for national championships in PRCA events. In recent years, Mexican rodeo has also found a home in South Florida. All of the rodeos encourage the fans to make a lot of noise and h ave fun.PRCAAccording to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA), legend has it that American rodeo was born on J uly 4, 1869 when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met in Deer Trail, Colo., to settle an argument over w ho was the best at performing everyday ranching tasks. That competition is considered to be the rst rodeo which evolved into rodeo as we know it today. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) was created almost by accident in 1936 when a group of cowboys walked out of a rodeo at the Boston Gardens to protest the actions of rodeo promoter W.T. Johnson, who refused to add the cowboys’ entry fees to the rodeo’s total purse. The promoter nally g ave in to the cowboys’ demands, and the successful “strike’’ led to the formation of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association. The cowboys chose that name because, while they were slow to organize, when push nally came to shove, they weren’t afraid to stick their necks out to get what they wanted. In 1945, the Turtles changed their name to the Rodeo Cowboys Association, and in 1975, the organization became the PRCA. Ranch rodeoRanch rodeos, which h ave become more popular in recent years, attract working cowboys who work on South Florida ranches. The events in a ranch rodeo are based on the actual skills the cowboys use to work cattle. Unlike PRCA events, ranch rodeo is a team sport. Just as the cowboys work together on a ranch, they work together and help each other in the arena events. Another di erence is the equipment used. While PRCA cowboys use special rodeo saddles and equipment, those in ranch rodeos use the same equipment and tack that the cowboy uses in everyday work. In addition to events such as calf roping and bronc riding, events in a ranch rodeo include team doctoring, team sorting, wild cow milking, calf branding, relay race, double mugging and colt riding (sometimes called the wild horse ranch.) In these events, the team works together to perform a task similar to those done on ranches. There are a few di erences. The “brand” in the rodeo is covered with chalk or paint. “Doctoring” is indicated by dabbing a bit of paint on a cow to indicate giving it medicine. Ranch rodeo rules vary from state to state and even from rodeo to rodeo explained Dusty Holley, Florida Cattlemen’s Association director of eld services. For those new to the sport, the announcer explains the rules to the spectators as the rodeo unfolds. “Ranch rodeo resembles work that actually happens on a ranch with a team or crew of cowboys working on a ranch together,” he said. Bronc riding is similar to that seen in other rodeos, he explained, but closer to what actually happens on a ranch when a horse decides to start bucking. “You ride a regular saddle like you would work and ride every day. You are allowed to use two hands. You don’t h ave to mark them out. “It’s more like a horse is bucking with you when you are working on a ranch. You don’t have to have a hand up. You just h ave to stay on,” he said. For colt riding, instead of starting with a bronc in a chute, a haltered horse is in the arena, held by one member of the team while the others attempt to saddle it and then one team member must mount the horse and ride it to the end of the arena. This is no easy task and it is not unusual for this event to h ave no successful rides—sometimes the horses win. In the double-mugging event, one person will rope a yearling calf and other team members will help take the yearling to the ground and secure the animal with rope. One event you will not see at a ranch rodeo is bull riding. There is no reason for a cowboy on a ranch to ride a bull. Mr. Holley suspected that bull riding probably started with rodeo cowboys daring each other to prove how tough the y were. “In its original form it was probabl y ‘hey, why don’t you get on that bull,’ and somebody did it.” he guessed.Mexican rodeoIn recent years, a di erent kind of rodeo has been gaining popularity in Florida. Mexican rodeos or charreadas include some familiar rodeo events, such as bull riding (although instead of riding for 8 seconds, the contestant tries to stay on until the bull stops bucking), and some events that are not seen in traditional rodeos in the U.S. such as trick riding. Mexican rodeos are also known for colorful traditional costumes and pageantry. Music plays a big part in Mexican rodeos, which are as much a social gathering as a sporting event. Rodeo: Old West excitement in the Sunshine State Courtesy photo/ Sandra PearceVarious forms of bronc riding can be seen at most rodeos. For PRCA Bareback Bronc Riding, the cowboy must keep one hand in the air. Courtesy photo/ Sandra PearceRodeos often offer a few special events to allow children to participate. In Mutton Bustin’ kids try to ride a sheep. The one who stays on the longest is the winner.


T here’s plenty of rodeo action within driving distance of communities in the Lake Okeechobee area. Rodeos range from kids trying their skills in youth competitions to professional rodeo riders competing for prize money and points toward national championships at events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.Area rodeo events include: • The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is sometimes the venue for horse shows, barrel racing competitions and Mexican rodeos. To check the current schedule, go to co.okeechobee. .us, click on “departments” (at the top) and then “Agri Civic Center & Fairgrounds” (at right.) • Florida High School Rodeos are scheduled throughout the school year at arenas throughout the state. Last year two high school rodeos were held in Okeechobee. The schedule the for 20122013 school year should be posted shortly after the school year starts at http:// sra.homestead.com/. • The Fred Smith Arena on Brighton Seminole Reservation often hosts Extreme Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and other rodeo and horsemanship events. For a current schedule, go online to www. rezrodeo.com. • The Junior Cypress Entertainment Complex on Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation is a state of the art facility with a newly renovated rodeo arena w hich sits about 3,000 people. Rodeos and other events are scheduled throughout the year. A Jack Pot Rodeo is held on the rst Tuesday and third Friday of each month. 4-H Play Days are held the rst Saturday of every month. The facility is only 18 miles north of I-75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale. For more information, online go to jrcarena.com or call 863-983-8923. The Big Cypress 4-H High Spirits Horse Club hosts speed events at the arena. For information, call Toi Koenes at 863-228-2872. • Gethsemane Ranch, 22845 S.W. Martin Highway in Okeechobee hosts rodeo events the second Saturday of the month. Call ahead to nd out about scheduling changes. For more information, call 772-597-0380. Events on the calendar for the coming y ear include: AUGUST 2012 • The Brighton Seminole Fred Smith A rena hosts monthly events. On Friday, A ug. 10, there will be a Friday Night Barrel Jackpot at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 11, the arena will host Dash for Cash Finals and banquet. Exhibition riders will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Youth compete starting at noon and the open class competes follow the youth event. The awards banquet w ill follow the show. The arena is o State Road 721 on Brighton Seminole Reservation in Glades County. For information online, go to www.rezrodeo.com. • The Ocala Shrine Rodeo is planned for Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2200 N.E. Jacksonville Rd. (CR 200A), in Ocala. For more information online, go to http://www. ocalarodeo.com. SEPTEMBER 2012 • Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Labor Day Rodeo will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center o State Road 710 in Okeechobee. On Saturday, Sept. 1, the rst Ranch Rodeo will start at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 2, the second Ranch Rodeo will start at 2 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 3, the third Ranch Rodeo will start at 2 p.m. Ranch teams can register with Heather Rucks, Secretary 863-763-4740. • On Sept. 15 the Arcadia Rodeo Arena, 124 Heard Street (right o of U.S. Highway 17) in Arcadia, will host a Youth Rodeo in Arcadia, at the Arcadia rodeo arena, starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.arcadiarodeo. com. • The 2012 Statewide Ranch Rodeo Competition and Cowboy Heritage Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane in Kissimmee. Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Cowboy Heritage Festival o ers crafts, cowboy artwork and poetry, storytelling, beef cook-o whip cracking contest and much more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to rodeo is $10 for adults; free for children 10 and under. For more information, contact the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at 407-846-6221. OCTOBER 2012 • The popular Indiantown Rodeo is returning to Timer Powers Park on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. Presented by the Indiantown/Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce, the rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association. The rodeo will feature seven events each night, starting at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Timer Powers Park is located at 20652 S.W. Citrus Boulevard in Indiantown. For more information, contact the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce at 772597-2184. • Youth Rodeo will be held Oct. 20 at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street (right o of U.S. Highway 17) and starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.arcadiarodeo.com. NOVEMBER 2012 • A Youth Rodeo will be held Nov. 17, at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street (right o of U.S. Highway 17) starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http:// www.arcadiarodeo.com. • The Professional Bull Riding Arcadia International will be held Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street in Arcadia. For more ticket information, please contact the Arcadia Rodeo at 863-494-2014. DECEMBER 2012 Dec. 15 Youth Rodeo in Arcadia, at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street (right o of U.S. Highway 17) starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http:// www.arcadiarodeo.com. FEBRUARY 2013 Feb. 16, 2013 Youth Rodeo in Arcadia, at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street (right o of U.S. Highway 17) starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.arcadiarodeo.com. • The Brighton Field Day Festival & PRCA Rodeo is held on the third weekend in February at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 710 on Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Glades County. For more information, online go to rezrodeo.com, or call 863-467-6039. • The Swamp Cabbage Festival is held on the last weekend in February in LaBelle. The festival includes a rodeo at the rodeo grounds on State Road 29 just south of LaBelle. For more information, call 863-675-0125. MARCH 2013 • The Chalo Nitka festival in Moore Haven, held the rst weekend in March, traditionally includes a rodeo. For more information, online go to chalonitka. com or call 863-946-0300. • March 8-10, the 85th Annual Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo will be held at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street in Arcadia. For more information, call 1-800-749-7633. Tickets go on sale in November. For more information online go to www.arcadiarodeo. com. • On March 16, 2013. a Youth Rodeo will be held in Arcadia, at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street. The rodeo starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in is at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.arcadiarodeo.com. • The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo is held in conjunction with the Okeechobee County Fair. In 2013, the fai r will be March 12-17. The rodeo is traditionally held the rst weekend of the fair, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, o State Road 710. For more information go online to okeechobeecountyfair.com. APRIL 2013 • A Youth Rodeo will be at the Arcadia rodeo arena, 124 Heard Street on April 20. The rodeo starts at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www. arcadiarodeo.com. 2 May 27, 2010 5 A ugust 2012 South Florida offers a variety of rodeos year round Courtesy photo/ Sandra PearceBull riding is not a traditional ranch skill, but it is popular with PRCA rodeo crowds. Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions


2 6 Rodeo events may vary from state to state and even from rodeo to rodeo. At a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Sanctioned Rodeo, there may be some PRCA events and some extra events that are not part of the PRCA, such as the children’s calf scramble and the wild horse race. These events are usually open to everyone. To compete in a PRCA event, y ou must be a PRCA member. Events common to PRCA rodeos include: BRONC RIDING: Bronc riding is one of the rodeo events that started with a real life skill used on ranches. Training horses often involved riding a bucking horse. For the PRCA rodeo event, the horse is placed in a bucking chute and the cowboy climbs on the horse from above. When the rider signals he is ready, the gate is opened and the rider tries to stay on the horse for 8 seconds. In PRCA rodeo, the rider must keep one hand up and not touch the horse with his free hand. On the rst jump out of the chute, the rider must “mark out” the horse, w hich means he must h ave the heels of his boots in contact with the horse above the break of the shoulders before the horse’s front legs hit the ground. Bronc riders are scored by rodeo j udges on a 100-point scale and the potential for a high score depends on “the luck of the draw.” Half of the points are awarded on how well the cowboy rides; half on how well the horse bucks. Since the horses are assigned to the riders by random drawing, bronc riders hope to draw a horse that will buck well... just not too well. Saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding are similar events and the di erence is in the equipment used. For saddle bronc riding, the rider uses a specialized saddle with free swinging stirrups and no horn. The bronc rider holds a rein that is attached to the horse’s halter. The bareback rider does not use a saddle and the horse does not wear a halter. The rider uses one hand to hold onto a rope rigging which goes around the horse at the withers. STEER WRESTLING: In steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, a horsemounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then wrestles the steer to the ground by twisting its horns. The steer wrestler is aided by a “hazer,” a rider who helps keep the steer on a straight path. The event starts with a steer in a chute. A barrier rope ensures the steer gets a head start. On one side of the chute is a hazer whose rides next to the steer to keep it on a straight line. On the other side of the steer is the mounted steer w restler. The rider cannot start until the steer clears the chute. If a rider goes too soon, his horse will hit the barrier rope, “breaking the barrier,” which means a 10 second penalty is added to the time. When the chute opens, the 500-600 lb. steer runs out, shadowed by the hazer, the wrestler rides next to the other side of the steer, and leans down o his horse and drops down to grab the horns of the steer, an action which pulls him o the horse. The wrestler plants his heels in the dirt, takes one hand o the horns and grabs the nose of the steer, pulling the steer o balance, and taking the steer to the ground. All four of the steer’s legs must le ave the gr ound for a successful score. This is a timed event, with the time ending when the steer’s legs are o the ground. Steer wrestling was not a skill commonly used on ranches. The event is said to h ave originated with wild west show performer Boll Pickett, who reportedly caught a runaway steer by wrestling it to the ground. CALF ROPING or TIE-DOWN ROPING: Calf roping, also known as tie-down roping, has its roots in actual ranch work, because calves must be caught and restrained for various purposes on a ranch. In this event, the cowboy must rope the calf, jump o his horse, run to the calf while his horse maintains the tension in the rope, and then restrain the calf by tying three of its legs together. At the start of the event, the calf is in a chute. A lever releases the chute, and when the calf runs into the arena, the rope that runs from the calf’s chute to the area where the horse and rider wait is released. This gives the calf a head start. If a cowboy’s horse starts too soon, it “breaks the barrier,” resulting in a ten second time penalty. The cowboy ropes the calf, stops his horse quickly and dismounts, allowing his well-trained roping horse to back up slowly to keep the rope on the calf taut, but not pulling it o its feet. The roper runs to the calf, picks it up, ips it onto it’s side and ties three of the calf’s feet together with a small rope called a “pigging string.” The roper throws his hands into the air to signal he is nished and the time is stopped. However, he must them return to his horse, mount and ride the horse toward the calf to relax the tension in the rope. The timer waits for six seconds. If the calf frees itself from the pigging string before the time is up, the contestant is disquali ed. This event can be incredibly fast. The world record for this event is just over 6 seconds. BULL RIDING: The tradition of bull riding has little to do with ranch work and more to do with a cowboy’s desire to prove his bravery and riding skills. According to the PRCA, bodern bull riding might h ave its r oots in Mexican contests known as charreadas. In the original concept, riding a bull was a form of bull ghting and riders attempted to stay on a bull until it stopped bucking. By the mid-19th century, the competition gained popularity in Texas and California. Wild west shows also sometimes included bulls or steers that had been gentled and trained to carry a rider. The formation of the Rodeo Cowboys Association (which later became the PRCA) in 1936 helped develop the rules of modern bull riding. In PRCA bull riding, the bull is con ned in a chute. The cowboy drops down on the bull’s back and secures a good grip on at, braided rope which has been fastened around the bull. The ride r may only hold on with one hand. His free hand may not touch the bull. When the chute is opened, the bull will charge ou t and buck, spin and twist in an attempt to get rid of the rider. The rider must sta y on for 8 seconds. Failure to do so means no score. The ride is scored by the judges on a scale of 100 points. Half the score is based on how well the cowboy rides. Half of the score is based on how well the bull bucks. Scores above 80 are considered excellent. TEAM ROPING: In team roping, two cowboys work as partners. This spor t comes from coordinated roping skills that ranch hands would use working together to retain an animal on the range. Both mounted cowboys start in an are a called “the box.” The steer starts in a chute. When the chute opens, the stee r gets a head start. The “header” throws the rst loop, which must catch the steer’s head or horns. The header then “dallies” by wrapping his rope around the saddle horn and moves his horse to pull the rope taut, changing the direction of the steer. The heeler throws his rope, hoping to catch both of the steer’s hind legs. The heeler then also dallies to stop the steer. When both ropes are tau t and both horses are facing the steer, the time is recorded. The winner is based on time. BARREL RACING: Called the “cowgirls’ event,” barrel racing is a timed race in which the rider makes a cloverlea f pattern around three barrels. In youth rodeo, both girls and boys may compete in barrel racing, but in professional rodeo it is an event for women. The fastest time wins. If a racer knocks a barrel down, a ve second penalty is added. While barrel racing is not part of ranch work, cowboys often raced each othe r to prove whose horse was fastest. amd while working cattle, cowboys often had to make quick turns. Barrel racing was rst promoted in Texas by a group o f women who wanted their chance in the rodeo arena. At the turn of the century, there had been several famous women who competed in rough stock events against the men. But two fatal accidents put a halt to women’s participation. In 1948, the Girls’ Rodeo Association (late r changed to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), was formed to allow women to compete in rodeo. Barrel racing events at PRCA Rodeos are actually administered by the WPRA. Sources for this story included the PRCA web site and www.wikipedia.com. Most rodeo events can be traced back to ranch work skills Courtesy photo/ Sandra PearceIn Steer Wrestling, a mounted cowboy tries to grab the horns of a running steer, and wrestle the animal until all four feet leave the ground. Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions August 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 A ugust 2012 T h e B i g B a d M u s i c a l The Big Bad MusicalLABELLE—The LaBelle Firehouse Cultural Center, 241 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle, will present “The Big Bad Musical” on Aug. 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. and Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. as part of the children’s summer theatre program. For ticket information, call 863-675-3066. “The Big Bad Musical” was written by Alex Strum with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Joel Hawkins, Myra Johnson and Deb Kirk will direct. This smart and wickedly funny musical lets the audience be the jury who must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world. The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself: Was he born a criminal, or made one? C o m e d y C o r n e r : T o m R y a n Comedy Corner: Tom RyanFORT PIERCE—Comedian Tom Ryan will perform at the Black Box Theatre, 117 South Second Street, in Fort Pierce on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8:30 p.m. Mr. Ryan has been a full time standup comedian for over 20 years. He has made two appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775.Jack and the BeanstalkThe Sunrise Theatre, 117 South Second Street in Fort Pierce, and the Missoula Children’s Theatre tour will present “Jack and the Beanstalk,” with a children’s workshop Aug. 13-17, and a play performance Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. The play is an original adaptation of the classic children’s story. What happens when a young boy plants magic beans in his own backyard? For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure. With a little help from magic and a vegetarian giant, Jack learns a valuable lesson about true happiness. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775.Divorce Party, the MusicalWEST PALM BEACh—The Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach will present “Divorce Party, the Musical” through Aug. 19. Still reeling from her divorce, Linda is rescued by her three friends who h ave come to turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Using popular songs with clever new lyrics, the ladies sing and dance their way through the wildest divorce party ever. From the producer who brought you the o Broadway hit Menopause the Musical, it’s the ultimate Girls’ Night Out, coupled with a health y dose of comic mayhem and a touch of “naughty.” For more information, call the box o ce at 561-8327469 or 800-572-8471.Down the RoadBOCA RATON—The Florida Atlantic University’s Studio Two Theatre, 777 Glades Road in Boc a Raton, will present “Down the Road” on Aug. 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. “Down the Road” centers on a convicted serial killer and the husband and wife writing team hired to help him write an account of his crimes. The killer, Bill Reach, has admitted to the murders of 19 women, but there ma y have been more. Over many weeks of interviews, the couple—Dan and Iris Henniman—grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume rape, murde r and mutilation as if they are consuming any othe r product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Bill Reach into a celebrity? Free reservations can be made at FAUStudioTwo@gmail.com.Rock’n’Blues FestFORT PIERCE—A Rock’n’Blues Fest will be presented Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre fo r the Performing Arts, 117 South Second Street in For t Pierce. The concert will include the Johnny Winte r Band, the Edgar Winter Band, Rick Derringer, and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775. Plays, concerts, comedy and more ... PERFORMING A RTS 10th Annual Grape StompLAKE PLACID–Henscratch Farms, 980 Henscratch Road in Lake Placid, will host the 12th Annual Grape Stomp on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may stomp grapes to make their own wine. There will be a Lucy Look-Alike Contest at the band tent at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 863-699-2060 .Lake Placid Caladium FestivalLAKE PLACID—Lake Placid’s Caladium Festival, set for Aug. 24-26 in Stuart Park, 132 Interlake Blvd. in Lake Placid, celebrates the colorful caladiums grown commercially in the area since the 1940s. Caladiums are increasingly popular as landscape plants as their use is becoming more widely known. Much of the popularity is due to the bright color of the leaves, the versatility of the plant, and its simple growing requirements. They are a shade-loving plant from the rain forests of the Amazon basin. The plant has no pests and does not require any insecticide treatment or fertilization. The leaves are its feature and they are odor free. The caladiums are grown in large elds which h ave been compared to the tulip elds in Holland for their beauty during the summer months. The festival include bulbs and plants for sale, arts and crafts booths, food, an antique and classic car show, an art competition and entertainment. For more information online go to www.lp a.com/caladium.htm.Getting Your Art Out ThereSTUART—The Arts Council of Martin County will present “Getting Your Art Out There,” a seminar for those interested in juried shows, exhibits, galleries and arts festivals, on Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 772-287-6676 ext 14.South Florida Ukulele FestivalDANIA BEACH—The South Florida Ukulele Festival will be held Aug. 18 at the Hilton Hotel, 1870 Grif n Road in Dania Beach. Registration includes ukulele technique workshops, hula workshop, performances and jam sessions throughout the day, ukulele ra e drawings and vendors followed by an evening concert. For more information, call 305-335-8856.Archaeology Lecture SeriesOKEECHOBEE—The Florida Public Archaeology Network and the Okeechobee County Library will present Archaeology Lecture Series, feature Dr. Rachel Wentz, on Thursday evenings, at the library, 206 S.W. 16th St. in Okeechobee. All of the programs start at 5:30 p.m. On Sept. 20, the topic will be “Forensic Anthropology: How the Dead Died.” This program will look at how forensic anthropology helps solve crimes and determine cause of death through the analysis of human skeletal remains. On Oct. 18, the topic will be “Chasing Bones: An Archaeologist’s Pursuit of Skeletons.” Travel with Dr. Wentz from Florida, through Europe, and into the Caribbean as she recounts her experiences learning how to analyze human remains to better understand the cultures from which they came. On Nov. 15, the topic will be “Exploring Ancient Florida.” Millions of years ago, the peninsula that would become Florida broke from the west coast of Africa. Since then, its landscape has gone from an African-like savannah to a tropical paradise. Ancient mega-fauna that once roamed the forests and grasslands disappeared as humans arrived. See what Florida was like for the earliest Native Americans. On Dec. 16, the topic will be “Life and Death at Windover: Excavations of a 7,000 year old Pond Cemetery.” Explore one of the most ancient, well-preserved archaeological sites in North America. The 7,000-yearold Windover archaeological site was a pond used for interment of the dead and produced over 160 individuals whose analyses h ave pro vided insight into the life and death of people during Florida’s Archaic period. For more information, contact the Okeechobee Public Library at 863-763-3536. Area special events and celebrations planned ... Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 August 2012 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions