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Friday, March 29, 2013 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. 38 13.87 feetLast Year: 12.46 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. County Fair Update ... Page 10 Arrest Report ... Page 3 Easter Happenings ... Page 4 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaCommissioners receive children’s butter yAt their meeting on Thursday, March 29, Okeechobee County commissioners proclaimed the week of April 7-12 to be Children’s Week in the county. Commission Chair Frank Irby (right) presented a copy of the proclamation to Loretta Troth, executive assistant for the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Ms. Troth, in turn, presented the commissioners with a butter y that children made from their handprints. Big O Teen Anglers review 2012 season ... Page 15 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Detective Ted Van Deman said even after 21 years on the job, some things just don’t get any easier. He was referring to the case of a 4-yearold Okeechobee girl who accidentally hanged herself while playing in her bedroom. And despite valiant attempts by the child’s mother, a sheriff’s of ce dispatcher, emergency medical personnel and hospital staff the child did not survive. “You get used to a lot, but this kind of stuff is heart-wrenching,” he said. Detective Van Deman explained that Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) dispatcher Regina Jones took a 9-1-1 call from the girl’s mother at 12:38 p.m. Saturday, March 23. He said the child was found by her 9-yearold sister, who immediately got her mother from another room in the home. The detective explained that the children had fastened what he described as a pink nylon cord to the bottom of the top bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. The children would then use that cord, which had been fashioned into a sort of loop, to swing off the top bunk and onto the oor instead of using a ladder at the end of the bed. He believes the child put her head into tha t loop. Detective: Child accidently hangs sel f By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News With the clock ticking away toward the January 2014 deadline when the county mus t take over the issuance of driver’s licenses, no decision has been made as to where that of ce will be housed. At their meeting on Thursday, March 21, the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners spent considerable time discussing tha t issue but not could not reach a consensus. Capitol projections manager Donnie Oden reported to commissioners on his study o f what it would take to convert the health department building into a driver’s license of ce. He predicted the necessary remodeling would cost approximately $100,000. He said it would take ve or six months to complete the work. Tax Collector Celeste Watford, who would be running the license of ce, said she would be satis ed with using the health departmen t building. Jon Geitner, chairman of the economi c council, said his organization does not suppor t putting in a new building. The state will close its Okeechobee drivers’ license of ce in January of 2014. However, County can’t decide on site for D.L. of ce See DEATH — Page 2 See BOCC — Page 2


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 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 29TH Thurs., Apr. 4THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “SNITCH”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “ OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “GI JOE: RETALIATION”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG 2 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 Today: Clear. High of 75F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Low of 52F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Saturday Night : Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Lo w of 55F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High o f 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday : Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Okeechobee Forecast “She was playing and didn’t know any better,” he offered. He added that she was also a small child, and that the only other person in the room w ith her at the time was her 2-year-old sister “who does not talk.” The mother untangled her young daughter, took her to another room in the home and called 9-1-1. Duty Of cer Jones gave the mother instructions on how to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which the mother did until an Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue ambulance arrived at the home on S.R. 68 W. some 7 minutes later. “Fortunately, the new county re department is only a couple of miles away (from the home),” added Detective Van Deman. Once the ambulance arrived they immediately took over and continued to perform CPR on the child until they reached Raulerson Hospital, where hospital staff took over. Approximately an hour after the child was found, she started to get her breath back. Due to the severity of her injuries the child was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. But, said Detective Van Deman, at 2:58 a.m. Monday, March 25, the child died. Although he’s not received the autopsy report from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Of ce, the detective said he can see no sign of foul play. “It appears to be just a horrible, heartwrenching accident,” he said. He explained that under Florida law any time there is an unattended death law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) are required to investigate the incident. “And, that investigation is ongoing,” said the detective. Florida law also requires that an autopsy be performed when there is an unattended death. Detective Van Deman also praised the work done by Of cer Jones in instructing the mother on what to do. “I listened to the tape and she did a really good job,” he said. Of cer Jones has been with the sheriff’s of ce for approximately six years. DEATHContinued From Page 1 their lease extends into 2015. Mrs. Watford was asked to check into the possibility of the county moving out into that of ce on U.S. 441 S.E. after the state vacates it in order to give the county time to reach a long-term decision. She learned that even though the state would be closing the of ce, it would pay for the remainder of the time on the lease agreement and would not allow the county to move into the building and use up what’s left of the leased time. Mr. Oden announced the that plans for the new building were completed and the construction documents were ready. The county owes $116,00 for that work. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper made a motion to stop work toward a new building and move the drivers’ licence of ce to the health department. His motion died for lack of a second. Commissioners then got into a discussion of a possible building to consolidate county of ces such as the parks and recreation department, which is currently housed in a portable building. It was also mentioned that senior services needs to be moved. Commissioner Ray Domer noted that later on it would cost more to build a new building. He also said the recently-drawn plans may be of no value by the time they w ere needed. He also drew a comparison with the emergency operations building, saying construction of that building was almost scrapped to save money. But, it was decided to go ahead with construction and the low bid came in much lower than anticipated. Commissioner Joey Hoover said he did not have suf cient information to make a decision, and pointed out that sooner or later the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce would need more space. In the end commissioner took no action. They directed deputy county administrator Jim Threewits to present other options to them at a future meeting. Charles Lee, of Audubon of Florida, presented a video on conservation issues north of Lake Okeechobee that are focused on the conservation efforts of ranches such as Lykes Brothers and the Adams Ranch and the formation of the Northern Everglades Everglades Wildlife Management Area. Commissioners learned that over 40 landowners controlling over 100,000 acres have expressed an interested in selling easements for the wildlife preservation area. However, Mr. Lee said the federal budget does not contain enough funds for the purchases. He urged commissioners to let their state legislators know they support the formation of the conservation area and support the governor’s idea of putting money into the state budget to fund those purchases. Joe Allen, from the Seminole Cove subdivision, addressed commissioners concerning a drainage issue there. Mr. Threewits said there is a 15-foot easement around Seminole Cove, and suggested the easement be used to correct the problem. He also said since the water came from private landowners to the north, the county would not be involved and it would have to be worked out with the landowners. He said the county’s proposed east-west conveyance project might also help alleviate the problem. Commissioners approved expenditure of $24,225 for a new computerized telephone system for the judicial complex. Mr. Threewits said the current system, even though it is only 8 years old, is antiquated and it’s getting hard to nd replacement parts. The expenditure had to be approved by the commissioners even thought the funds will come from the clerk of courts budget. Gordy Peer asked about the progress toward solving the drainage problem in his neighborhood. Mr. Threewits replied that the holdup was due to the trestle under the railroad spur at Royal Concrete. He said there was a question of who owned the spur -CSX or Royal Concrete. Mr. Peer then asked about a barn built on the easement to a county ditch that prevented the cleaning of that ditch. Mr. Threewits did not have the answer to that question. Bryan Runyon complained to the commissioners that taxi companies are not being regulated and some have no insurance. “We had a long discussion about it at our last meeting,” replied Commission Chair Frank Irby, and nothing else was said on the matter. Commissioners heard the magic words “clean audit opinion” when Bryan Quinlin and Judy Fowler of the accounting rm of Clifton Larson Allen gave the audit report for the scal year ending Sep. 30. 2012. “This year we saw you turn the corner and you are headed in the right direction,” said Ms. Fowler. BOCCContinued From Page 1 Seniors play bluegrass musicThe senior country bluegrass music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over who has a musical talent are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Police arrested a man on a felony drug charge when they allegedly found marijuana plants growing in a bucket while investigating a domestic violence incident. Jason Claude Hunter, 42, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 26 on felony charges of battery on a law enforcement of cer and cultivation of marijuana. He w as also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Hunter was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $17,000 bond. Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated in his arrest report that he and Of cer Belen Reyna responded to the home in regard to a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived they met with Hunter outside the home, where he reportedly denied the violence complaint. Of cer Holroyd asked Hunter if he could search the home for the alleged victim, and Hunter reportedly gave his permission. According to the of cer's report, once he entered the home he saw three pot plants growing in a 2-gallon bucket on a table in the living room. Of cer Holroyd said the plants ranged in height from 14 to 22 inches, and that the plants were pruned and in good condition. All of the plants also had active root systems, he added. After the of cer completed his search and did not nd the alleged victim, he met with Hunter inside the home. Of cer Holroyd stated that as he started to read the man his Miranda rights, Hunter reportedly said "I'll make it easy for you to take me to jail." He then rushed to the front door of the home where he confronted OCPD Sergeant Dawn Wendt and pushed her. Of cer Holroyd stated in his report that he then grabbed Hunter and wrestled him to the couch. The of cer then tried to handcuf f Hunter, who was trying to push himself of f the couch and get away as Sgt. Wendt and Of cer Reyna tried to hold him down. Sgt. Wendt eventually shot Hunter with her taser and the man surrendered without further incident, the report stated. Of cer Holroyd indicated that the suspected pot plants had a combined weight o f 8.47 grams. A leaf was taken from each plant and will be sent to the Indian River Crime Lab for further testing and identi cation, added the report. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Property Tax Bill Payment DeadlinesA reminder from your Tax Collector: Property tax bills for 2012 become delinquent and begin accruing penalties April 1, 2013. • Payments made by mail must be postmarked in March to be eligible for the March amount. • Payments made on our website must be made by midnight EST on March 31. accepted through April 1, 2013. To avoid having your property advertised in the newspaper pursuant to Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 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S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 3 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Matthew James Merrill, 35, Roxboro Drive, Hudson, was arrested March 26 by Deputy Anthony Kibler on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of certain drugs without a prescription. His bond was set at $6,000. Jeffrey Allen Jones, 46, Patricia Drive, W est Palm Beach, was arrested March 26 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear driving while license permanently revoked. He is being held without bond. Tarra Josephine Bottari, 35, S.E. 39th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 26 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of fraudulent attempt to obtain a duplicate prescription for a controlled substance (two counts). Her bond w as set at $5,000. Samantha Louise Leon, 28, S.E. 63rd A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested March 26 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. Her bond was set at $5,000. William Goodwin Thomas, 27, S.E. 63rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 26 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $5,000. Jonna Leigh Kimla, 24, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 27 by Detective Corporal Shane Snyder on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft of a rearm. She is being held without bond on that charge. She was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of failure to appear trespass of an occupied structure. Her bond on that charge was set at $10,000. Keenan K. King, 21, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 27 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear possession of cocaine, and the misdemeanors of failure to appear possession of marijuana under 20 grams and failure to appear possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report One arrested when police nd suspected pot plants Jason Claude Hunter Register for 2013-2014 kindergartenThe Okeechobee County School Board will hold kindergarten registration at the following schools: May 13, Everglades Elementary School, 863-462-5108; May 14, Central Elementary School, 863-462-5077; May 15, Seminole Elementary School, 863-462-5116; May 16, North Elementary School, 863-462-5100; May 17, South Elementary School, 863-462-5087. If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, you should begin gathering the following information required by law to enter public school: legal proof of birth date, up-to-date immunization record, health exam record completed by a physician since Sept. 1, 2012, and proof of residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.). Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration. If you do not know which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services Of ce at 863-462-5000, Ext. 260.


Daniel Building Regarding the consideration of the Daniel Building for the driver’s license of ce; parking has been brought up as a subject of interest. Parking is available with wheelchair access on the front, rear and sides of this building. Many customers park in the rear to enter places of business. Roper’s, the mattress store, Billy’s, and Barney’s, always have the back door open for business. If the health department is being considered, the parking is in the rear of it as well. There are no repairs to do in this building, as is the case in the Health Department. Just a little paint will be necessary. The advantages far exceed any disadvantages, and the business owners are highly in favor of it. So, commissioners, please take a serious look into this location.Beware of dog killer Beware of a dog killer in Four Seasons. The dog belonged to two small children who really miss their dog, ‘Red.’ I hope the person who did this rots. They deserve the worst punishment. I have an idea who did it, but not enough proof yet.Joke of the week Limit all U.S. politicians to two terms: One in of ce, one in prison. Illinois already does this and it seems to be working for them.  Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare: “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He then addressed the men. “Can you name and describe your wife’s favorite ower?” Frank leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently and whispered “Gold Medal-AllPurpose, isn’t it?” And thus began Frank’s life of celibacy. Good Friday Service, March 29, at 7 p.m. New St. Stephen AME Church 1050 N.E. 16th Ave. For more information, call 305-3891280 or the church of ce at 863-763-5018. Friday Night Gospel Sing featuring The Son Rays. March 29 staring at 7:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Christian Church, 912 N.W Park St. Everyone is welcome. Holy Week church activities continue at Peace Lutheran Church with Good Friday worship will be at 7 p.m. on March 29. Peace Lutheran Church will have a special Easter Sunrise Service in the church parking area at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Everyone is welcome and please bring a folding chair. Enjoy watching the beautiful ower cross evolve, as those who wish to can place owers they have brought on the cross. After services, there will be an Easter breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. An Easter Egg Hunt for the children is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Easter worship service is at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to all the Holy Week services and activities and everyone is welcome. Animal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Rd. is hosting an egg hunt on Saturday, March 30. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. The donation for admission is $5 for 6 and under, $7 for 7-10 and $10 for 11 and up. Price includes egg hunt, hot dog, drink, and touring all the big cats, bears, reptiles, primates, and birds. Ages will be divided up to give the little kids a safe egg hunt. Plastic eggs, 1000 of them, will be hidden that have candy and prizes inside. Golden eggs found will earn a larger prize. The Parks & Recreation Department and Visiting Nurse Association are hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 30 From 11 a.m. 2 p.m. at the rec park, N.W. 6th Avenue between Los Cocos and the Skate Park. There will be egg hunting for three separate age groups. Bring your own basket. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 863-763-6950. The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. There will be three divisions: Infant – 4 years; 5 – 8 years and 9 – 12 years. Bring your baskets and have some fun. There will be prizes and hot dogs for the kids. Please contact the post with any questions at 863-763-0818. Cornerstone and Everglades Baptis t Churches are having a joint Resurrection sunrise service, on Easter Sunday, at 7 a.m. followed b y Lords Supper and pot luc k breakfast. Sunday school as usual at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Come and join us this Resurrection Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 U.S. Hwy 441 N. welcomes you to come and join them Easter Sunday, March 31, as we celebrate our Risen Savior. Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and Easter Cantata and worship service at 10:45 a.m. Join us at Sunrise! The annual Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association will be at 6:30 a.m. at Pier 7. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The love offering given at this wonderful, uplifting service, will be divided between the Lighthouse Refuge for Women and Golgotha Ministries for men. For more information, contact Nancy Vaughan 863-763-4021. Calvary Chapel Okeechobee will celebrate Resurrection Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join us in our celebration. For directions and questions, please contact us at 863-4670863. The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club will host their 41st Annual Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, March 31 Breakfast will include pancakes, homemade sausage patties, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. The breakfast will be held at Cowboys Restaurant, on State Road 70E (across from Burger King). Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. Takeout is available. Kid’s Easter Party with prizes for special eggs. Hot Dogs, Chips & Drinks will be available on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Ages Infant to 10 Years at Okeechobee Moose 139 N.W. 36th St. Fire in Country Hill Estates We would like to thank all of the county remen and the Florida Forest Service for the w onderful job they did ghting the res last Wednesday behind our house, shed and garage. They did a very good job saving them. Thank you again, Mr. and Mrs. C. Rose March 29, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Easter Happenings Letter to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Last March blood drive dateFollowing is the blood drive site where the blood bus will be in Okeechobee:  Saturday, March 30 Walmart parking lot, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Become a LifeguardLifeguard Class (LG) will be held at a cost of $200 per person, beginning Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott Ave. April 5 will be the deadline for all classes. The purpose of this course is to provide entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies until EMS personnel take over. Course runs April 15-18. Water classes will be discussed the rst night. Call Shellie at the Okeechobee Sports Complex, at 863-467-7667, leave your name and number as a participant.


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 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 5 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 spotlight on Okeechobee BusinessFormally announcing: Echols Plumbing was originally opened and operated by Charles W. Echols and Thomas L. Close out of Belle Glade, Florida in 1975 and was a plumbing company for the Okeechobee area. Echols Plumbing has been doing service and new construction for customers of Okeechobee and the surrounding counties. In 2012, Echols changed their name from Echols Plumbing to Echols Plumbing and Air Conditioning, LLC when they introduced the HVAC division. Echols has been locally owned and operated in Okeechobee by Thomas L. Close for more than 35 years. Echols Plumbing and Air Conditioning, LLC has had Fred Houlette as our Plumbing Service Manager for more than 30 years. Fred strives to keep our customers happy! Echols Plumbing and Air Conditioning is also proud to welcome Beau Cook as our HVAC General Manager over HVAC division. Beau has been a HVAC service and new construction installer for more than 10 years. Echols Plumbing and Air Conditioning, LLC is certi“ ed, licensed, and insured to provide complete plumbing and air conditioning services. We offer new installation for commercial and residential units, energy-ef“ cient equipment replacement, air conditioning maintenance, manufacturer warranty service, commercial and residential plumbing service and repair, HVAC service and repair, new construction services, and general maintenance. We service all of Okeechobee and the surrounding lake communities. Please visit our website at www.echolsplumbingandairconditioning.com or call Echols at 863-763-6461 today! FORT PIERCE—John Yemma, Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, will speak at Indian River State College on how the 105-year-old newspaper became a 21st century digital journalism pioneer. The free lecture will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2 p.m., in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Y Building, at the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. The Brown Center is on the 35th Street side of the campus. Mr. Yemma w ill speak on the challenges of converting a major newspaper from a traditional print format to an online publication. The presentation, sponsored by the Center for Media and Journalism Studies, will highlight some of the key themes confronting the nation as it moves away from the printed word and television as primary forms of communication. The Christian Science Monitor is a Boston-based news organization that specializes in international news. The 102-year-old Monitor publishes its journalism on CSMonitor.com as well as in a print weekly and an email delivered as Daily News Brie ng. Mr. Yemma became the Monitor’s editor in 2008 after 20 years at the Boston Globe, where he ran the online news operation and served stints as foreign editor, Sunday editor, and political editor. He has been a foreign correspondent, Washington reporter, and covered economics, science, and culture during his 35-year career. A 1974 graduate of the University of Texas, he was a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University in 1994 and a Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University in 2008. The Center for Media and Journalism Studies at IRSC was founded to help educators, journalists and the public learn of the in uence of new technologies on communication and public life, and to provide quality reporting on local issues using the resources of new media. For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Brooks at 772-462-7842 or visit www.thecmjs.org. John Yemma to speak at Indian River State College 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 with a healthcare or IT background who is 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 offered for online workforce program Foster parent and adoption classes availableThere are so many children in our Okeechobee Community today, in need of loving foster and adoptive homes. Will you make a commitment and open your heart and home for a child? Hibiscus Children’s Center Foster Parent Program and Adoption Services will guide you through the steps to make this a reality for you. The rst step is to attend our free 30 hour MAPP Class, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, to be held in Okeechobee. Classes begin on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please contact Janet Steward to register and/or for additional information, or visit our website: www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org or call 772-340-5044 ext. 415 or email jsteward@hcc4kids.org.


Masons hosting sh fryOkeechobee Lodge 237 will host a sh fry on Friday, March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Eat in or take out is available for a suggested donation of $8 for adult and $4 for children under 10. For ticket information, contact Hugh Alger WM 863-467-1491, Jim Lozano SW 863-610-1887 or any lodge of cer.Eagles offering dinnersCypress Hut Eagles will be serving choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp for $10, or sh dinner for $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 music will be by the ShoNuff Country Band. On Saturday, March 30, there will be music by Deb & Wes. Dart tournament will be held Tuesday, April 2 starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesday's proceeds go for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community and national charity funds. For more info, please call 863-467-1154.North VFW events planned The North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend full of fun planned. Friday, March 29 starts off with bingo at 1 p.m. The Grill will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and karaoke by Carl Cable from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30, there will be bingo at 1 p.m. The Grill will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. with karaoke hosted by D & K (Danny & Kathy) from 7 to 11 p.m. Proceeds go towards Veteran's Assistance Programs.Eagles North hosting eventsEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak dinners Friday, March 29 from 5:309 p.m. The dinner will be followed by Music with Michael. Saturday, March 30 card bingo will start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, bingo starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, bingo will start at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.4-H club hosts Farm SwapThe Okeechobee Goat and Lamb 4-H Club will host a Farm Swap on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. noon at 801 S.W. Park St. Buy, sell or trade animals, tack, plants and other farm-related items. No vender fees! If you have any questions, call Toni at 863-634-1601.Amvets plan tailgate partyAmvets Post 200, at 8591 S.R. 78 W., will host a tailgate party/ building bene t on Saturday, March 30. There will be a live band, Cripple Creek, which starts at 1 p.m. barbecue dinners for a donation of $6 will start at noon. For more information, call Theresa 863-801-4209 or Angie 863-233-5366. No coolers please.North VFW hosting dinnerOn March 31 the North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., will be serving Easter ham dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. Proceeds go towards Veteran's Assistance Programs.Legion hosting Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on March 31, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.Shrine Club offering dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening April 2 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and a reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 p.m. 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863763-3378.County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce. ConKerr Cancer "sit & sew"ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. This month we are going to concentrate our efforts on pillowcases for boys. Bring your own boy-themed fabric or sew up some of our ConKerr Cancer kits. If you have childfriendly cotton fabric you would like to donate, please call Joan at 863-467-0290.Commissioner hosting coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, April 2 from 10 a.m. noon in her of ce in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., room 261. To participate, call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Adult softball league to meetAn organizational meeting for interested adult softball players and managers will be held on Tuesday, April 2, from 7-8 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. The deadline to sign is Friday, April 5. For more details, visit us at https:/ / www.facebook.com/Okeeparksandrec or call the parks and recreation department at 863-763-6950. Games are tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 15.Stop smoking classes offeredFree Quit Smoking Now Classes will begin on Wednesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday through Ma y 8 in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. There will also be classes at the Okeechobee County Library at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting April 3 and ending May 8. The classes include free nicotine replacement therap y for those eligible. To register or for more information, call 877-819-2357. Registration is required.Breathing group to meetBetter Breathers Support Group will meet at Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Please RSVP: 863-8242702Moose Club holding bingoCome to bingo at Okeechobee Moose, 139 N.W. 36th St., on Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Friday night bingo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Sunday breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Red Cross offering classWater Safety Instructor (WSI) class will be held at a cost of $100 per person. This instructor training class is held through the American Red Cross, to teach others to swim. You must be 17 years old and have the ability to swim different strokes. April 5 will be the deadline for all classes. Classroom instruction starts on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Saturday, April 13, at Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool. Call Shellie at the Sports Complex, at 863-4677667, leave your name and number as a participant. 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.Joyce Walters, 79MOORE HAVEN Joyce Walters passed away March 26, 2013 in Port Charlotte. She was born April 15, 1933 in Cambridge, Mass. She was a member of Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed being active in her church. Mrs. Walters was preceded in death by her husband, George S. Walters. She is survived by her two sons, Henry Walters (Lori) of Hephzibah, Ga. and Glen Walters (Kim) of Irvington, Ky.; two daughters, Wendy Dunbar (Douglas) of Las Vegas, Nev. and Gail Kerns (Brian) of Port Charlotte, Fla; ten grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. The family would like to give a special thanks to Northlake Estates for all the support given to them. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Selvey of ciating. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidew ell Hospice, 1144 Veronica ST, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, w ww.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Shelby Cheyenne Drennan, 4OKEECHOBEE Shelby Cheyenne Drennan died at home on Monday, March. 25, 2013. Shelby was born in Knoxville, Tenn. Her family has lived in Okeechobee for two years and are members of Abiding Hope Worship Center. Shelby is survived by her parents, Travis and Y ulianna Drennan; a brother, Travis Drennan; two sisters, Trinity and Isabel Drennan, all of Okeechobee; her maternal grandmother, Caridad Jesus of West Palm Beach; and paternal grandparents, Robert and Karen Drennan of Port St. Lucie. Visitation will be from 3 pm until service time of 4 pm today, Friday, March. 29, 2013, at Abiding Hope Worship Center, 4550 Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, FL. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Healthy Start group meetsOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cowboys ’ BBQ & Steak Co202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) Okeechobee MONDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKS$1 Margaritas All Day TUESDAY 1LB RIB EYE $1399Karaoke with Cowboy WEDNESDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH 25¢ Drafts Live Music THURSDAY rack Baby Back Ribs with 6 golden shrimp & 1 side $1299Ladies Night 6-10pm Karaoke w/Cowboy FRIDAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKSwith 2 sides $1399Live Music SUNDAY 4 PIECE FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $89915% CHURCH discount SATURDAY Slow roasted Prime Ribw/baked potato & salad$1900(Starting at 4pm)Live MusicNEW It’s great for private luncheons, birthday parties, family get-togethers or even a wedding. Come take a look and let us cater your next event.COME VISIT OUR PRIVATE ROOM Bull Pen THE The Jake Hair BandFRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 24TH, 29TH, 30THWe Need YOUR Support!WIN an IPAD!Tickets $10 Sold at Big Lake Cancer Center 1115 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-9500 All proceeds go to American Cancer Society for Relay for Life Event. Drawing on April 13th at the Relay for Life AgriCivic Center & Fairgrounds Contact Thomas Barber 863-532-0137 8 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaGrace Consignment Shop“I wanted to do it for a long time,” was the reply of Susan Grimes when asked why she opened Grace Consignment Shop at 118 S.E. Park Street. The shop carries jewelry and name brand shoes and clothing for men, women and children. Grace Consignment Shop is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. On Wednesday the shop is open until 6 p.m. The telephone number is 863-467-7355. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBeta Nu MeetingLinda Dean, who worked overseas in the Middle East, shared her experiences with the students and their customs at the Beta Nu meeting. Linda Vaugh, president, conducted the meeting. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee NSDAR meetingDr. Sue Comerford, member of the Seminole Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) spoke at the Okeechobee Chapter NSDAR meeting, March 2. She shared the letters of Abigail Adams written to her husband John, while he was working to frame our country. Above left to right: Julie Alexander, Regent, Okeechobee Chapter, Dr. Sue Comerford, and Sue George, Vice Regent, Okeechobee Chapter. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPalm Village RanchEighteen seniors from Palm Village Ranch celebrated in the Speckled Perch parade. Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. Any time you can spare is appreciated. The organiation is a non-pro t with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For more information, contact Belina Forlifer at 863-357-1104.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr O ee ho ee ori afootspe ialist o Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph: (863) 657-4444 ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! At Florida Foot Specialist we treat all problems with the foot and ankle. There are a wide range of problems that affect the foot and ankle. These can range from orthopedic problems and ” atfeet to neurologic problem i.e. neuropathy. A large number of our patients are diabetic, due to the numerous complications that accompany diabetes. W e also deal with fungal infections of the nails and feet, as well as vascular disorders that can cause long-term problems with the foot and ankle. We are also a full-service surgical practice. We perform several minimally invasive surgeries to treat a wide range of problems. Heel pain is one of the most common problems we see in our podiatry of“ ce. It is like the common cold for a Podiatrist. The majority of patients have a problem called plantar fasciitis. However, there are other causes. So a full exam is recommended to rule out these other causes. Plantar Fasciitis is an in” ammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar Florida Foot SpecialistYour Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialists fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot and even has slips that go into the toes. The main job of the plantar fascia is to hold the arch up. As you walk and your arch falls it puts extra strain on the plantar fascia. This causes small tears and eventually thickening of the plantar fascia. The thickening causes pain on the bottom of the heel. If someones plantar fasciitis becomes so advanced that surgery is required, we at Florida Foot Specialist perform a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to release the tension on the plantar fascia and resolve the patients heel pain. The procedure is performed at a hospital but is an outpatient procedure with the patient walking out of the facility later that day. If you currently have any problem in your feet or ankles make an appointment to see us in the of“ ce today. Delaying treatment can increase the problem and require more extensive treatment. Call us at: 863-657-4444. 9 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The recently concluded seventh annual Okeechobee County Fair lived up to the tradition of getting bigger and better every y ear. “I love it,” said Linda Syfrett, president of the fair association, who was bubbling over with enthusiasm as she described the recently completed fair. “It’s a great event. It’s affordable. Everybody had a good time.” Mrs. Syfrett said everybody connected w ith the fair is currently in the recovery mode and attendance gures have not been recorded yet. However, she said a record w as set on Saturday, March 16, for attendance and gross midway receipts. She predicted that Saturday’s gures would make the fair pro table and offset bad weather on other days. As always the racing pigs were a favorite. This year there was a new twist with the Paddling Porkers. The last 20 or 30 feet of the race course was water and the pigs had to swim. Mrs. Syfrett said the pigs will do anything for an Oreo (TM) cookie. For the rst time there were enough drill teams to have a competition. A new and very popular ride was the Vertigo which was an old-fashioned swing chair that swung riders 80 feet into the air. Little children loved the kiddie rides. First graders especially loved the exotic and rare animals of Eudora Petting Zoo that was back again this year. But the giraffe had grown so much since last year that a taller tent was needed. The rst graders also loved the rabbits and chickens at the livestock show. They enjoyed learning how the cows ate hay in order to give milk, which is turned into ice cream. Steak and doughnuts proved to be the most popular food booths. New this year was a Thai food vender whose teriyaki chicken proved to be a big hit. “The magician was incredible,” Mrs. Syfrett said of magician Lance Gifford, who had just graduated from a hypnotism school in Las Vegas. There was a record of over 500 entries in the competitive events. One of the new competitive events that received a lot of interest was duct tape creations. This competition yielded some ingenious creations of such things as wallets, purses and hats. Another new event was Trash to Treasure. Everything entered into this event was created from something that had a former use. As always, horticulture was a big event. Elementary school children grew vegetables in their gardens at school, and then entered them in events. Mrs. Syfrett said there is always a “next year list.” However, at this point there are no drastic changes planned for the 2014 event.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e with a of ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information, email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.


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Compensation for time and travel, Donors $6,000+, Surrogate $25,000+ Employment Full Time Employment Full Time LOCAL DRIVER NEEDED Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for a local Class A company CDL driver with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Tanker and Hazmat endorsements are required. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze!CDL Class A DriversSoutheast Milk is seeking CDL Class A drivers *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience Now offering a *SIGN ON BONUS* to new drivers hired through April Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD, LTD, 401KAccess www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO COUNSELOR Outpatient Substance Abuse counselor. Fulltime/part-time. Minimum Bachelors degree and previous outpatient experience required. CAP/CAC, MSW or LCSW preferred. Please fax resume and salary requirements to: 863-467-2477. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeKissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Friction Crane Operator for 140 Ton Manitowoc Vicon 3900W. NCCER or NCCO Certi cation required. Must have experience with Clam Bucket, Concrete Bucket & Rip Rap working on & off of Barge. $28 per Hour & $50 per day Per Diem. Work week will be between 45-55 hours. Call 863-357-0022 or apply @ 2403 SW Ruck’s Dairy Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974 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. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Employment Full Time RN School Health Nurse 10 month position excellent bene ts. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst .my orida.com The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Business OpportunitiesBUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 11 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 439375 ON 3/29/2013 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Home SalesHOME FOR SALE 55+ GOLF COMMUNITY 2B/2B 1484 SQ.FT. FURNISHED GOLF CART INDIANTOWN $17,500 gmjr222@ gmail.com (772)-597-6778 Golf Clubs/ EquipmentGOLF CART OLDER YAMAHA WITH CHARGER, OK FOR EVERYDAY, NEW BATTERIES NEEDED FOR EXTENDED USE. $500, INDIANTOWN, 772-597-6778 OR EMAIL gmjr222@gmail.com Household ItemsMOVING SALE3PC. RATAN FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, MAN AND WOMAN BICYCLE, FULL SIZE BED, 4 PATIO CHAIRS W/CUSHIONS, KITCHEN APPLIANCES. “SE HABLA ESPANOL”, CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 863-763-2017 SLEEPER LOVE SEAT, NEW MATTRESS, CHINA HUTCH, LAMPS, DRAPES AND MATCHING COMFORTER, CALL FOR PRICES 863-763-6600 Miscellaneous2012 6x12 Anderson trailer, like brand new condition. $1,200 O.B.O Call 863-801-5359 4 NEW GREY BUCKET SEAT 2R,2L FROM CHRYSLER VAN, 20 FOOT PONTOON BOAT, BIG TABLE SAW CRAFTSMAN. CALL FOR PRICES 863-763-3775 ToolsFOR SALE DRILL PRESS $45.00 CALL 863-357-4827 LEAVE MSG. Wanted To BuyCOLLECTORWANTING TO BUY OLDER MODEL RIFLES AND HANDGUNS CALL 863-447-5915 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 On Canal1 bd cottage w/ separate Dining room & Kitchen, screened in porch. Watch the boats go by on the canal! $550/mo. includes util. Studio apt. $450 mo. Call: (772)359-1640 Houses Rent3/1 TREASURE ISLAND, WATERFRONT HOME WITH BOAT HOUSE LARGE FAMILY ROOM NEW A/C, NO PETS. $750/MO. Call 863-467-0323 OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. $ ref. Chris 863-447-3282 OKEECHOBEE Large 4/2 home on large lot, city water & sewer. $1,200/mo. (863)697-6022 RENT TO OWN 2B/2B 1484 SQ. FT., FURNISHED. $1,000/MO+ SECURITY, LOCATED IN INDIANTOWN CALL 772-597-6778 OR EMAIL gmjr222@gmail.com STEP OUT YOUR BACK DOOR INTO YOUR BOAT. NICELY FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH BLOCK HOME LOCATED ON RIM CANAL. LONG OR SHORT TERM. (863)447-0742. Rooms To RentSleeping Room -Located in Okeechobee, Private Ent., Gated Community, Real Nice, Pool. By day-weekmonth’s Call for more info 270-210-9110 VacationRentalsSummer Rental Available May thru September, Fully furnished 3/2 on canal with dock in Buckhead Ridge. View the property at www.gatorwatchgetaways.com Drastically reduced rates, contact Jim and Grace for details 863-467-8559 Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleNW 72nd Ave. Okeechobee 40 Acres vacant land. $80,000 Call 772-201-1115 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Lots Sale Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, 6+Acres, located at: 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee $28,900. Visit www.roseland co.com\82H Drive by then call (866) 523-5742 Mobile Home Rent2bd/1ba Mobile Home on the water in Treasure Island $550 mo. utilities not included. Call 863-357-1783 2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $500 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 BRING YOUR FISHING POLES. NICELY FURNISHED DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IN TAYLOR CREEK ISLES. 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH WASHER DRYER LONG OR SHORT TERM WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. (863)447-0742. Buck Head Ridge furnished clean/nice DW mobile home on canal W/boat slip, 2 lg bd/2ba, long carport, screen in porch, short term lease will nog. 6 mths or longer $795. mth, no pets or smoking (863)-763-3769; (770)-241-4015; or (863)-801-1739 Oasis Village 55+ Community Doublewide 2bd/2ba, Fully furnished carport and shed Available May 1st $700/mo 1st, last and security deposit. Call 863-763-3051 Mobile HomeSale55+ Park For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West,Adult Park, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 FOR SALE 35FT RV PARK MODEL, FLORIDA ROOM, CONCRETE CARPORT, C/A/H, VERY GOOD CONDITION, VANTAGE OAKS $10,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-0079 Mobile HomeSale Public Notice Public NoticePalm Harbor Factory Liquidation sale, 3 Stock models must go, $39K off select 2012 models, John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 Boats2006 Sunchaser 820 20’ Pontoon boat, 2007 Yamaha 50hp, sh nder, livewell, shing chairs and trailer $8,500 /neg (610)4138476 2008 Stratus 17’6” bass boat with trailer. 90 HP 2 stroke Tohatsu Motor. (Like New) $11,000 /or best offer (863)673-9428 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2001 PT CRUISER IMMACULATE CONDITION, UNDER 50K MI., $3,900. CALL 863-357-4827 LEAVE MSG. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 NOTICE SEMINOLE TRIBAL REGULAR ELECTION MAY 13, 2013 For the Board of Directors and Tribal Council Representatives for the Big Cypress, Brighton and Hollywood Reservations in accordance with the Amended Constitution and Bylaws of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Amended Corporate Charter of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., a Regular Election is called for the following of ces, on Monday May 13, 2013 SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA, INC. TRIBAL COUNCIL: BOARD OF DIRECTORS: BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION REPRESENTATIVE (1) REPRESENTATIVE (1) BRIGHTON RESERVATION BRIGHTON RESERVATION REPRESENTATIVE (1) REPRESENTATIVE (1) HOLLYWOOD RESERVATION HOLLYWOOD RESERVATION REPRESENTATIVE (1) REPRESENTATIVE (1) Enrolled members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida who have reached their 18th birthday on or before April 13, 2013, and who have lived on any combination of the reservations ten (10) months out of each year for the past four years, are eligible to vote for the positions mentioned above. The representatives for Tribal Council and Board of Directors are voted for by residents of their respective reservations. Eligible members who wish to become candidates may obtain a petition form from one of the Tribal Of ces at Brighton, Big Cypress, and Hollywood reservations, beginning March 28, 2013 or can obtain information from the Secretary of the Tribal Council and Board of Directors. The completed petitions from candidates must be in the of ce of the Secretary no later than 5:00 p.m. on or before April 8, 2013 so that the announcement of candidates can be announced April 10, 2013. ALL ELIGIBLE TRIBAL MEMBERS ARE URGED TO VOTE! PRISCILLA D. SAYEN SECRETARY 439936 ON 3/29/2013 NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERSPursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. Lisa D. Gordineer Last known address: 2510 NE 103rd Ave Okeechobee, FL John L. Vukovic Jr. Last known address: 2802 SE 39th Ave Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 439872 ON 3/29/2013 12 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013


FORT PIERCE—Substantiating the role of Indian River State College as an economic engine for Florida’s Research Coast, a new impact study released March 18 documents IRSC’s $1.1 billion annual nancial boost to the economy of its four-county service area. The infusion of increased productivity, income and expenditures generated by the college and its students and graduates equals approximately 7.3% of the total regional economy. The detailed study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) to examine the impact of college and student spending, as well as the bene ts of skills and higher productivity of an educated w orkforce. The EMSI study focusing on IRSC is part of a statewide analysis commissioned by the Florida College System (FCS) Council of Presidents and the FCS Foundation who announced today that Florida’s 28 state and community colleges add $26.6 billion in income each year to Florida’s economy. “This new study validates the vital importance of Indian River State College to the economic development of Florida’s Research Coast,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “IRSC is a sound investment from multiple perspectives. Students are able to obtain a quality education at affordable cost, leading to increased earnings and a better standard of living for the rest of their working lives. Taxpayers bene t from a stronger economy with reduced crime, welfare and unemployment costs. From a broader standpoint, the college’s impact extends throughout the entire region resulting in more job opportunities, higher business revenues, and an eased tax burden.” The two-part study includes analysis of investment and economic factors. The investment analysis reports on bene ts to students and taxpayers such as higher incomes and fewer claims for social services. The economic growth analysis focuses on the role IRSC plays in promoting economic development by increasing consumer spending and raising the skill level of the workforce, as well as the college’s direct impact through salaries and purchases. Good Return on Investment The investment analysis clearly demonstrates that IRSC students are getting their money’s worth, with bene ts signi cantly outweighing costs. Taxpayers also see a good return on their investment  The study found that every dollar spent by an IRSC student on tuition increases that student’s income by $7.00.  Students enjoy an 8.1 average rate of return on their IRSC educational investment, recovering all costs in 8.7 years.  State and local governments allocated approximately $47.9 million in support of IRSC in 2010-11. For every dollar of this support, taxpayers see a return of $2.40 in the form of higher tax receipts and avoided costs.  State and local governments see an annual rate of return of 7.7% on their support of IRSC. Driver of Economic Growth Particularly signi cant is the college’s impact on career enhancement for students. As students increase skills, they improve their incomes and increase spending levels, which leads to higher business output. In addition, the operation of the college itself supports the Research Coast economy.  IRSC is one of the region’s largest employers with 2, 462 full and part-time employees for the 2010-2011 reporting year, with an annual payroll of $82.5 million.  IRSC spent $36.2 million in 2010-11 for supplies and services, with 46% spent locally.  The net added income generated by IRSC operations ($88.4 million) and the spending of non-local students ($1.8 million) contributes to a total of $90.2 million in income to the Treasure Coast economy each year.  The accumulated skills achieved by IRSC students and graduates translates to $966.1 million in added regional income each year due to the higher earnings of students and increased output of businesses. “IRSC is a billion dollar boon to the economy,” Dr. Massey added. “We encourage business and community leaders to expand their involvement with the college by hiring graduates, creating internships, and supporting the IRSC Foundation. Your support helps students and fuels the economy at the same time.” IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 472013CP000012 IN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM WAYNE BURTON Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM WAYNE BURTON, deceased, whose date of death was September 4, 2011 and whose social security number is XXXXX-7467, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney is set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE 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, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, 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 March 29, 2013. Personal Representative: JOHN EARL BURTON 9551 SW 40th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: Wesley R. Harvin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 219053 900 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 210-B Stuart, FL 34994 772-286-3630 phone 772-781-5524 fax 439892 ON 3/29;4/5/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000048 OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff, VS.PATRICIA SANTANGELO A/K/A PATRICIA S. SANTANGELO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PATRICIA SANTANGELO A/ K/ A PATRICIA S. SANTANGELO; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 17, BLOCK 6, A REPLAT OF SECTION ONE, OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 36 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH: A PART OF LOT 16, A REPLAT OF A PORTION OF SECTION ONE OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 36, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 16, BEAR NORTH 3313’32” EAST ALONG THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 16, A DISTANCE OF 25.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 3810’09” EAST TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 16, A DISTANCE OF 103.40 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 5209’40” WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 16, A DISTANCE OF 100.33’ TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 o’clock, A.M., on June 26, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 8th day of March, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff NOTICEIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacon para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey you ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen you ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou park nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si li ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 439303 ON 5/29;6/5/2013 13 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 ACROSS 1 Bounce 8 Site of the largest WWII Allied Pacific amphibious assault 15 Pigment used in some primer paints 16 Worldly 17 Glowing, perhaps 18 Youre in charge!Ž 19 Courage 20 Fightin with 22 Exobiologists org. 23 Covering an outfield position 25 Byzantine emperor known as the ArmenianŽ 27 Some hosps. 28 Mil. officers 29 Demolish, in Durham 31 Most recently introduced 33 Summons 35 One putting on shows 36 The sea was angry that day,Ž e.g. 40 Hatch of Utah 41 Neil Diamond title words after I am the tuneŽ 42 One may be packed with Oreos, briefly 44 Umas role in The ProducersŽ 45 Label for Nilsson 48 Yom __: holiday, in Hebrew 49 Kosovo resident 51 Hawks contacts, perhaps 53 Uncultivated, probably 55 Banter 57 Does a wordprocessing task 58 Reacts in fear, in a way 60 Like some soap 62 Eugene OneginŽ heroine __ Larina 63 NBAer orig. from Minnesota 64 Made red-faced? 65 Evidence provider DOWN 1 Family FirstŽ author, familiarly 2 Give in 3 Epitomes 4 Play up to the max? 5 Some buds 6 Papua New Guinea port 7 Snorri Sturlusons Prose __Ž 8 Walters Im Not RappaportŽ co-star 9 Really into 10 Plans may be put on it 11 More than just touched 12 Herbal medicine plant 13 Not so fast!Ž 14 Craft 21 Competitors in a Fox comedydrama 24 Bumpkins lack 26 Trattoria offering 30 Problem with an old record 32 Bit of cunning 33 Like a poor argument 34 Maker of nonstick cookware 36 Toaster brand 37 Like kinkajous 38 Fallen woman,Ž in an opera title 39 The Clan of the Cave BearŽ protagonist 43 Not exciting 45 Take away 46 Brunch fare 47 Maintain 50 Fix, as brakes 52 Corday victim 54 Cone eaters concern 56 Let in on 59 Enervate 61 Turkic flatbread By Julian Lim (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/25/11 06/25/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Indian River State College boosts regional economy


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic RE Broker Gracie has worked with her family in the construction business for the past 13 years, and she brings her knowledge and hard work to the real estate business.Are you thinking of buying or selling? Give the professional agents at Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate an opportunity to serve you.Renee has worked eight years in the mortgage loan origination field. As a real estate sales associate she can now help people buy/sell their home and help with the lending process.Gracie Morton 863.634.5283Renee Box 863-801-2147Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate is pleased to announce the addition of Gracie Morton and Renee Box to our sales team. 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 GREAT FIXER UPPER SEE THE POTENTIAL This 2 bed/2ba is a magnificent opportunity. Will take some work but could be special. Add your personal touch with this bargain price. MOTIVATED SELLER! MAKE OFFER!$29,900 14 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Florida Power and Light’s Care to Share program was the subject of a presentation by Dianne Verner at the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council on Tuesday, March 26. The program is designed to help customers who are in a crisis and unable to pay their electric bill. It is supported by contributions from businesses, religious and civic organizations and from caring individuals. Any of these contributions are matched by FP&L corporate dollars. All contributions are tax deductible. Ms. Verner, a liaison between the company and community service organizations, explained that donations can be made when customers pay their FP&L monthly bill electronically. To be eligible for assistance customers must: show that they live in the FP&L service territory; have an FP&L account; show identi cation with the same address as the FP&L account; show proof of a family or personal crisis; and, have a plan to meet future bills. Customers receiving assistance must also have an income that falls at or below agency income guidelines and have exhausted other available energy assistance sources like government-funded programs. To apply visit the FP&L Community Inv olvement section of their website at www. FP&L.com The low income home energy assistance program can help in both the cooling and heating season. Emergency help is also available to the elderly, and requires one resident age 60 or above at the residence. For more information about the program, call 772-464-4846. Ms. Verner said FP&L started these programs in the early 1990s. “We realize we won’t ever totally bridge the gap (needs) but that is our intent. We recognize the economy is tough,” she said. “Share holders donated $1 million per year over the past several years. It is not strictly a low-income program.” Sheila Savage, program manager with Okeechobee County Senior Services, gave an overview of the program. She explained it as a grant-generated program through the Area A gency on Aging of the Treasure Coast and the Board of County Commissioners. Grants this year amounted to about $182,000. Every year, however, these grants can be in jeopardy. “These (federal) funds are usually the rst on the chopping block. State grants of about $142,000 are solid right now,” she added. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce helps to provide meals and have held the costs at $1.70 per meal for seniors for several years. The program also provides respite for caregivers, some house cleaning and meal preparation for seniors in the home along with many other services. Ms. Savage said there is a real concern that major cuts will be made in funding for the elderly at both the state and federal level in the future. In other actions, the monthly public assistance case load report from the State of Florida showed food stamp clients in Okeechobee County have risen by 4.1 percent in the past year. There were 9,850 residents who collected food stamps during February, compared to 9,466 in February of last year. My Aunt’s House has 20 formal dresses available for the prom season for those teens in need. The formal dresses are available for free. Shared Services facilitator Sharon Vinson said the group would also try to assist those in need of tuxedos for the prom. Jennifer McDonald will be the new chairman of the Community Collaborative Council in May. Last minute summer program notices for the guide being printed by the council are due by April 1. Any event for children in the summer months could be eligible for this publication. Each student in Okeechobee schools are given a guide. Okeechobee Communities in Schools received funding again for four camps this summer from the Okeechobee Children’s Services Council. For more information call 863-462-5125, extension 128. The Okeechobee Achievement Academy helped fund Easter baskets for many Okeechobee families through Communities in Schools. United for Families of Okeechobee will hold a breakfast on April 26 at 8:30 a.m., at the Okeechobee Methodist Church. Okeechobee City Chief of Police Denny Davis and North Elementary Principal Pat McCoy are the scheduled speakers. The breakfast is an effort to increase outreach in Okeechobee. Florida Power & Light offers help to customers in need Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDianne Verner of Florida Power and Light Corporation spoke on the Care to Share program to assist people pay their electric bills. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySheila Savage of Okeechobee County Senior Services spoke on the importance of the many programs they offer to local seniors. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The latest census estimates show population has dropped by over 500 residents in Okeechobee County between 2010 and 2012. The new estimates place population at 39,467 in Okeechobee which dropped from 39,996 in 2010. Glades County saw a slight increase in population during that same time frame from 12,884 to 13,107. The census broke down the population into people who have moved here from different states, 586, residents from Okeechobee who have moved to another state, 1,412, people who have moved to Okeechobee from within Florida, 1,422, and those from Okeechobee who have moved to another Florida county, 2,439. As for Glades County, the census estimate showed 126 new residents came from out of state and 726 from other Florida counties. The report stated 136 residents from Glades County moved out of state and 678 moved to other Florida counties between 2010 and 2012. The new estimates show a record one in three counties in the country saw a decline in population. The economy is one of the major factors in the population shift but another is natural decrease where deaths in the community exceed births, especially in rural areas. Census shows population decline


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Paved street in front $120,000 NOW $118,900 MLS #206360 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure 4 lots SE of 441 ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at $4,900 NOW $4,500. Over 100 Listings *TAYLOR CREEK ISLES* Waterfront PERFECTION! 3/2/1 CBS with 75’ 2012 SEAWALL. Boat slip, sealed deck & dock, 16X10 SUNSETTER retractable Awning. M/Suite w/large w/i closet, built in vanity & large soaking tub. Andersen double pane Windows & Doors. Beautifully stained solid wood interior Doors, Casings, Trim & Cabinetry. 9 FT CEILINGS! Immaculate home with MANY UPGRADES. $149,000 Call Monique (863) 532-1150 Beautiful 3/2/1 Waterfront Home Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE Broker graciemorton06@gmail.comGRACIE MORTON863.634.5283“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” and Rental MH. Live in Main House, Rent out MH! Lg Enclosed Patio Area w/Inground Pool, Commercial BBQ Grill and Full Kitchen. Great for Entertaining. Boat Cover, 2 Storage Sheds & 2 Walk Out Decks. $299,000 15 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman baseball team had a rough start to their Spring Break Tournament as they dropped their rst two games at the Sarasota Baseball Classic. Monday night the Brahmans fell to the Sarasota Sailors 10-0. Sophomore Jordan Gubelman threw ve shutout innings in his rst varsity start and Dylan White had a grand slam for Sarasota. Sarasota improved to 10-3 on the season, w hile Okeechobee fell to 4-12. Jack Radebaugh pitched six strong innings for Okeechobee. White, who is headed to Miami University on a scholarship, hit his roundtripper against Brahman reliever Zeke Matthews. Radebaugh and Paul Jackson each had two hits on the night. Tuesday, the Brahmans fell to the Manatee Hurricanes 7-2. Okeechobee had seven hits in the game. The Hurricanes (3-12) scored ve runs in the second inning to snap a nine-game losing streak. Daniel Lee had a home run along with a pair of RBIs, and Tyler Souris had three hits for Manatee. Tyler Souris pitched a complete game and got the mound win. Alex Estremera threw well in ve innings of relief for the Brahmans (4-13). Brahman starting hurler Kutter Crawford left the mound in the second inning due to a back injury. D.J. Washington had two hits and a run scored for Okeechobee, while Paul Jackson had an RBI single and Tyler Barber was 2-for-3 at the plate. Manatee featured Southeast Conference (SEC) quarterback prospect Cord Sandberg who will attend Ole Miss in the fall. Brahman coach Jeff Blackstone said he has been surprised at the size of some of the kids playing baseball on Florida's west coast. Sandberg is 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds. Brahmans open diamond tourney with losses Special to the Okeechobee News 2012 was a great year for the Big O' Teen A nglers, Inc. A total of 1,049.76 lbs of sh w as brought to the scales this year. Our top six in each age group were. 11 14 age group: 1st Luke Farmer 146.92 lbs 2nd Brandon Rucks 111.16 lbs 3rd Nathan Center 105.51 lbs 4th Kenny Whaley 102.8 lbs 5th Josh Hiler 100.15 lbs 6th Robert Hays 96.8 lbs 15 18 age group: 1st Drew Wanczak 130.43 lbs 2nd Keith Chamberland 128.29 lbs 3rd Ty Riva 126.84 lbs 4th Matthew Haff 124.63 lbs 5th Dakota Dietrich 119 lbs 6th Kenny Brewer 107.28 lbs Richard Stiglitz was our boat captain of the year with a total weight of 162.66 lbs. We'd like to thank our sponsors for all their support throughout the year. Pogey's Family Restaurant, The Okeechobee News, Fast Break, Marathon, Garrard's Bait and Tackle, Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Stitchin Post, Advanced Engraving, The Oil Can, Okeechobee County School Board, Rut N' Strut N' Taxidermy, Crappy Jack's Bait and Tackle, Thomas and Elaine Jackamore. Thank you to all our boat captains, volunteers and George and Madalyne DuPont. Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers, Inc. 2012 review Special to the Okeechobee NewsLuke Farmer and Drew Wanczak with their 2012 Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers, Inc rst place awards. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jensen Beach turned a late interception into the winning score with just three minutes to go in the game as they defeated Okeechobee 8-7 in high school ag football action Thursday night in Jensen Beach. Okeechobee had led for most of the game thanks to a rst-half run by Sha'Dajia W illiams and a stubborn Brahman defense. Coach Bruce Jahner said it is hard to lose close games, especially ones where your team leads for 38 minutes. "We are a better team than Martin County or Jensen Beach. We just make one or two mistakes that cost us the ball game. We'll regroup over the spring break and work harder for the second half of the season," he said. Kyla Hargraves threw for 133 yards. Maci Thomas had six catches for 51 yards that included a 25-yard reception to set up Okeechobee's lone touchdown. Baylee Farless had another strong game with ve catches for 50 yards. Williams led the defense with 11 ag pulls, and Brooke Snyder had an interception. Jensen Beach scored on a safety in the fourth quarter and Logan Cone scored on a 5-yard run with two minutes to go. The Brahman junior varsity ripped the Falcons 44-0 in their best performance of the year. The varsity ag football teams next home game is April 2 at 5 p.m. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Gold Tee scoresOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee golf scores for March 22 are as follows: First place, Rocky Carbia; second place, Norman Koff; third place tie, Jim Nor k, Larry Kehres and Jack Kidwell. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Bowling tournament to bene t missionLucky Lanes in Okeechobee will host The Okeechobee Open bowling tournament April 26-27. This tournament is a handicapped tournament with two divisions. This tournament is an "open" tournament meaning it is open to all players male and female, young and older. Call the tournament Director, James Dawson at 863-447-2715, if you would like more information or register for the tournament. The proceeds of this tournament go the mission outreach of children and families in New Orleans. This tournament is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. Meet and Greet, y-inThe Okeechobee Model Airplane Club is hosting its annual "Meet and Greet Community Buddy Box Fly-In" on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their local ying eld located at N.E. 80th Avenue. For more information call Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: 6am 6pm 5286 SW 16th Ave863.763.2248 FOOD (Free Meal with $10 FUN & 20% OFF on all Wild Pork BBQSaturday, March 30th Serving 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Saturday 7:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. For more information call Waste Management at 863-357-0824 Last year, we generated enough energy to power 1.3 million homes. Thanks to you. Find out more at ThinkGreen.com Okeechobee Land“llNew Gate Hours Starting April 1, 2013www.wm.com 16 Okeechobee News March 29, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsLady Seminoles 8th GradeA very special time of recognition of the supportive families and parents was held just prior to the girls’ softball game, March 21. Each family/parent received a bouquet of owers along with a round of applause from the audience. The Seminoles have a very active recreation department where children and adults are encouraged to play baseball, T-ball, basketball and volleyball. Lady Seminoles 8th graders and parents are, in no particular order: Shae Pierce, mom Claudia Gore and dad, the Late Todd Pierce, Diamond Shore, dad Elton Shore, mom and stepfather Farrah Branthoover and Edward Branthoover, Sydnee Cypress, mom Faye Cypress and stepfather Jr. Martinez, Courtney Gore, her parents Donnie and Lonnie Gore, Raylon Eagle, her parents Salina and Casey Dorgan, Martina Herrera, her aunt and uncle Louvella and Bobby Yates, Alexus James, her aunt Rita McCabe. The PECs boys baseball 8th graders, Trevor Thomas, Gene and Michele Thomas, Demetrius Clark, dad Bruce Snell, Drayton Billie, parents Emerson and Jeanne Billie. Shrine Club collects aluminum can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.