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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-31-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, March 31, 2013 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 39 13.85 feetLast Year: 12.43 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaHe is risen, indeedThis Easter display, seen in a yard in the southwest part of town, reminds us of the true meaning of Easter. Today people in Okeechobee will join Christians all over the world in sunrise services and other special events to celebrate the resurrection of their Saviour. Children in Okeechobee, like children everywhere, will be hunting brightly-colored eggs representing the new life found in Christ. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Thomas Barber has a vision of helping people as others have helped him. He once was a real estate agent. A few years ago when the bottom fell out of the real estate business, he turned to drinking and his marriage fell apart. That is when Mr. Barber went to Dunklin Memorial Camp, a faith-based residential rehabilitation program for men with drug and alcohol addictions. The founder and current operator of Dunklin, Mickey Evans, went to school with Mr. Barber’s father. After successfully completing the rehabilitation program at Dunklin, he thought he was ready for a new start on life. Then, he was diagnosed with cancer. The rst doctor he went to did not give him any hope. He was told he could expect 24 months o f declining health. In effect, he was told to go home and do his bucket By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Police are getting the word out that an old scam has resurfaced and has already claimed an unidenti ed local woman as its victim. Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), indicated in a report that the woman recently fell prey to an old con known as the grandparents scam. Basically what happens is a person will get a call, or e-mail, from someone professing to be their grandchild. They will then tell th e target they are in trouble, whethe r it be with the law or some othe r sort of emergency, and they nee d money quickly. Wanting to help, the unsus pecting grandparent hurries to th e nearest Western Union and wire s their ‘grandchild’ the money the y requested. According to Of cer Holroyd’ s report, the local woman got a phone call from a blocked number. When she answered the phone th e Barber’s vision is helping others Police: Woman falls victim to scammersDrew W anczak places in teen tourney .. Page 9 OCSO Investigations ... Page 8 See SCAM — Page 14 See VISION — Page 14 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThomas Barber is forming a support group to give hope to those diagnosed with cancer.


Today: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday : Mostly cloudy. High of 82F. Winds less than 5 mph. Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee, also known as cowboy country, found Frankie Chesler earning seconds in the featured buckle classes of recently held competitions hosted by the Gold Coast Cutting Horse Association and her newly-opened Trinity Ranch in Okeechobee. Both shows were held on sunny days highlighted by a bright blue sky. The rst competition was judged by Buddy Adams, and the second was judged by Brad McFarlane. Vendors such as McClelland's Saddlery since 1892, brought their detailed stitching, leather tooled, hand engraved silver trimmed saddles and bridles. Of course, the events would not be complete without a healthy serving of pulled pork, a local favorite. Everyone in attendance was sporting a cowboy hat and -as Gene Autry, America's favorite singing cowboy sang I've Got Spurs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle' -spurs in every size and musical sound. Both turnouts were great with cows learning the game and becoming even more dif cult making the horses dig in and plant their feet even more for a better test. However, the competition really heated up for the buckle classes that Chesler could not crack as world renowned rider/clinician Pat Parelli added to his buckles. Frankie said, "He is a great feel rider and his horses are really in tune with him, as mine are with me," said Chesler. "However, if you must be second to someone, he would de nitely be my choice. He winters in Florida and arrived with his six Team Parelli horses that we turned out in a paddock together and he simply saddled up one at a time. "I was so pleased with how consistent my horses have become with near innate mirror reactions to the cows," she added. All in all, Sugarbadger Two won the $2,000. Limited Rider and the $10,000 Novice Horse Class with Handle of Faith second. She and Chesler were also second in the $15,000 Novice Horse and $5,000 Novice Horse Buckle Classes. Riders were keen and their horses were intent on stealthily cutting out their cows and then making them their own in the fastest times. Loads of laughter resulted in both days with an eye on the calendar for a near future date. Chesler is currently "putting a barrel pattern" on two green horses, Pepper and Blue -a white/grey framed foal-raised paint for sale. Don't forget "let your seat feel the beat." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 Chesler two for two at cutting association event Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsFrankie Chesler, new Okeechobee rancher, earning seconds in the featured buckle classes of recently held competitions hosted by the Gold Coast Cutting Horse Association.


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Thanks to allTo the Editor of Okeechobee News, and staff, WOKC Radio and a small town with a big heart. Hi, my name is Margie Shelfer. I’m the one you’ve been reading about in the Okeechobee News and hearing about on WOKC 100.9. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. I would also like to thank all of Okeechobee for their generous donations that made the auction at my bene t a big success. I would like to thank the Eagles 4137 and people who did all of the running all over town and the coast, Sharry Powell, Betty Moore, Lynn Early, Pam Rightnower, Judi Frail, Viki Plotts, Mariam Partridge and Julie Scott. This bene t would have not been possible withou t your help. To Kat Wine, thank you for doing the poker run. I’m proud to call you all my friends. Thanks to all of you that gav e the monetary donations. I’m proud to call Okeechobee my home. You opened you r hearts to someone you didn’t even know. Most of all my family that was there for m e when things were rough. You held my hand and told me everything would be okay. God and I love you all. Last but not least, Dr. Bartels from Big Lake Eye Care for answering an emergency phone call while on vacation. If I have forgotten anyone, please accept m y apologies. God Bless All of you. Margie Shelfer Easter 2013I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me this Easter Day, I came to earth for you to die And take upon Me your sin and save you thereby” What suffering He experienced is beyond our ken As He hung there, bled and died for all men Upon that awful cross where He bled and died His last words to His Father, “To your will I’ve complied.” From the 6th to 9th hour because of sin He suffered As He was abandoned by God and as the sin bearer was buffered So He quaffed that awful cup full of sin God allowed the dispensation of Grace to begin Sorrow hung heavy on His followers there As His body they took down and to the grave did bear His lifeless body they laid down in the tomb Then watched as the stone sealed Him in increasing their gloom But early the next morn to the tomb came they Much to their amazement the stone had been rolled away The tomb was empty save the folded grave cloths To each other they questioned what happened to Him do you suppose Seeing Him risen from that darksom e tomb Rejoicing with Him dispelled all thei r gloom Revealing Himself as the risen Lord Later ascending back to heaven to be forever adored Now He sits and waits at the Father’s right hand For the words to be spoken, “Go and gather your faithful band” Then with a shout and trumpet blast We’ll nally from sinful earth rise to mee t Him at last So while you still have time a choice to make Accept Him as Savior and all sin forsake Rising you’ll be with those whom Him adore Rather than in Hell a place you should abhor Andrew R. McKillop March 31, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Letter to the Editor Easter Poem Peace Lutheran Church will have a special Easter Sunrise Service in the church parking area at 7 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 W eek services and activities and everyone is w elcome. Cornerstone and Everglades Baptist Churches are having a joint Resurrection sunrise service, on Easter Sunday, at 7 a.m. followed by Lord’s Supper and pot luck 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. 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 Cowboy’s Restaurant, on State Road 70 E. (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. Member’s children and relatives only. Easter Happenings B.R.A.T Club says thank you!The B.R.A.T Club would like to thank all the volunteers who continuously dedicate their time and all the sponsors who make the B.R.A.T. Club possible! Thank you to: the Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, Ding-A-Ling Deli, Domino’s, Publix, Okeechobee County School Board, Waste Management, WOKC Radio, Papa John’s, DP Productions, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Mama Flego’s. Pictured in the photo above are (left to right) OCPD Of cer Jeremy Larue, B.R.A.T. Club president Teresa Chandler and OCPD Auxiliary Of cer Tim Keeler. Foster parent & adoption classes availableThere are so many children in our Okeechobee Community today, in need of loving foster and adoptive homes. 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. Call 772-340-5044 ext. 415. Special to the Okeechobee News


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V FW has Sunday dinnerOn March 31 the North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., will be serving Easter ham dinner from 1-3 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. Proceeds go towards Veteran’s Assistance Programs.Legion offers 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 to hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, April 2, from 4 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. A ll 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.Class of 1984 plans reunionMembers of the Okeechobee High School Class of 1984 are invited to meet at the First Baptist Church Rock building, 310 S.W. Fifth A ve., on Monday, April 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to help plan the class’ 30-year reunion.County fair board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board w ill hold their next meeting on Tuesday, A pril 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 hosts coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, April 2 from 10 a.m. – noon in Commissioner Helton’s of ce located in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., room 261. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to 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 up 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 will be 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 May 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 therapy for those eligible. To register or for more information, call 877-819-2357. Registration is required.Breathers group to meetBetter Breathers Support Group will meet at Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to 863824-2702Healthy Start board to meetOkeechobee 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 part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. 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.Moose Club to host bingoCome to bingo at Okeechobee Moose, 139 N.W. 36th St., on Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. with lunch starting at 12:30 p.m. Friday night bingo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Sunday breakfast is served from 8-11 a.m. Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Family bowling night planned On Friday, April 5 a family fun bowling night from 510 p.m. will be held will music, food and prizes. Proceeds will bene t the Relay for life American Cancer Society. For more information contact Thomas Barber at 863-532-01322, Yvonne Morgan at 863-6971322 or Frank DeCarlo at 863-634-1595.Red Cross offers WSI classWater Safety Instructor (WSI) class will be held at a cost of $100 per person. This 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 Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott Ave. The Saturday, April 13, class will be held at the Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool. Call Shellie at the Sports Complex, at 863-467-7667, leave your name and number as a participant.Learn to be 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 class will provide entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course runs April 15-18. Water classes will be discussed the rst night. Call Shellie at the Okeechobee Sports Complex, at 863467-7667, leave your name and number as a participant.Yard sale aids Relay for LifeOn Saturday, April 6, there will be a Relay for Life yard sale at the Okeechobee Holiday Inn Express starting from 8 a.m. 2 p.m. The sale will bene t Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. For information, call Thomas Barber at 863-532-01322, Yvonne Morgan at 863-697-1322 or Fran k DeCarlo at 863-634-1595. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Safety for Living. Energy for Life. 1) Even the shallowest digging can hit utility lines in your yard. Dont break the law. Call 811 before you dig and get your utility lines marked for free 2) A rotten egg smell is added to natural gas and propane so you can detect even the smallest leak. If you suspect a leak, leave the area immediately. Do not use your cell phone, touch any switches, or do anything that could create a spark. Contact FPU once safely outside. (Or call 911 if the smell is particularly strong or you sense a more serious emergency.) Did You Know...? For more life-saving safety info, contact FPU. FPUC.com Natural Gas Customers: 800.427.7712 Propane Customers: 855.583.4973 STAY INFORMED: NA13-81A 022213 ENERGY FOR LIFE Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 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 7 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Smaller herds in the Midwest and Plains states have fueled record prices for beef cattle in Florida according to the industry analyst Cattle Fax. Spokesman Duane Lenz said the 2013 outlook looks good in Florida and the high prices are expected to hold up for a couple of years. “Supplies are down after several years of herd liquidation. Demand is marginal for beef, but we feel the smaller supplies should overcome the softer demand and leave prices in good shape,” he suggested. Mr. Lenz said weather experts predict the Central and Southern plains to be in a longterm drought cycle which can only help Florida’s cattle industry. “We have had some moisture lately which has helped but the Plains states and California have been hurt a bit,” he added. Mr. Lenz said the record prices for beef should have a positive impact on the rest of Okeechobee’s economy. “The ranchers have some pro tability so they are in good shape and should be looking to expand and buy other goods and services,” he added. “There is a lot of opportunity in the cattle industry and these record prices should hold up for a couple of years at least.” Demand overseas in markets like China and Turkey should also help the cattle industry in the next few years. Florida ranks 11th in the nation in total beef cow inventory. Recent auctions show calves being sold for nearly $2 per pound at live and online auctions. The Agriculture Annual report in Florid a listed Florida as 10th among beef cattle in the nation. Okeechobee stood at number one in the states in cattle and calves with 140,000. Glades County was ninth with 59,000. Okeechobee had 66,000 beef cattle counted in 2012, second in the state behind only Osceola County. Midwest drought boosts Florida’s beef industr y Prices were a little mixed this week. Cows and Bulls were near steady with a little softer undertone. Calves were off a little. Quality was lacking except on lighter calves. The only thing that looked to be a little better were the lightweight heifers. Prices just have not reached levels we were hoping for as of yet. All in all, not bad, just wish it was a little better! David Durando, Wauchula, topped the calf market with a high of $2.45 bought by Foy Reynolds. Old River Cattle Co, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 93.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Shrine Club collects aluminum can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting pull tabs from cans. For information on Shrine Club activities contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We 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 To stay comfortable, just stay put. Since the icomfort Wi-Fi lets you adjust your homes temperature from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, laptop or tablet, you dont have to get up to get comfortable. Offer expires June 14, 2013 CAC014022(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th. Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974*Rebate oer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. System rebate oers range from $300 $1,100. **See dealer for details and visit www.energy star.gov for more information on the credit guidelines. 2013 L ennox Industries, Inc. RECEIVE UP TO A $1,100 rebate*when you buy a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System. ANDUp to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 8 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team traded in their weapons for Golden Corral servers trays as they waited on tables to raise money for Special Olympics. The SRT unit spent Wednesday evening, March 27, waiting on customers and busing tables at the restaurant and every tip they received will go to Special Olympics. Michele Bell, OCSO public information of cer, said a little more than $1,300 was raised through the sale of T-shirts and caps as well as the tips earned by the deputies. The T-shirts and baseball caps are emblazoned with the Law Enforcement Torch Run logo, which is another local fundraiser for Special Olympics. She said 12 members of the SRT unit spent three hours Wednesday evening working one section of the restaurant and “doing everything” for customers that Golden Corral servers normally do. She went on to explain that the deputies worked under the watchful eye of Golden Corral employee Tahni Shef eld, who also showed the men what to do. The SRT unit and everyone at the sheriff’s of ce praised Charles Hukriede, Golden Corral owner, and his staff for their help with the special event. Mrs. Bell said she still has Law Enforcement Torch Run shirts and caps for sale. Hats are $10 each and T-shirts are $12 apiece. Or, they can be purchased as a combo for $20. This year’s torch run will be held Friday, April 26. The time and location of that event will be announced. To purchase a cap or T-shirt for Special Olympics, contact Mrs. Bell at 863-763-3117. Tip-A-Cop raises money for Special Olympics Special to the Okeechobee NewsOCSO Deputy Captain Gary Bell sweeps the oor during Tip-A-Cop night at the Golden Corral Restaurant. 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).  Jesus Torres, 23, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 28 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation aggravated assault with a deadly w eapon and the misdemeanor of violation of probation criminal mischief. He is being held without bond.  Joe Boy Albritton, 32, N.E. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 29 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and the misdemeanors of battery and violation of a domestic injunction. His bond had not been set as of newspaper deadline.  Bobby Edward Terrell, 49, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 29 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond had not been set as of newspaper deadline. 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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Deputy Bryan Holden stopped the w hite pickup because the trailer it was pulling had no lights he had no idea he w as also going to be solving two burglaries. As the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) deputy walked to the cab of the 1999 Ford pickup, he noticed several items in the bed of the truck that made him suspicious. As it turned out, he had every right to be suspicious because those items and the trailer had just been stolen. Arrested Wednesday, March 27, were A nthony David Bormuth, 25, N.E. 106th St., and Cory Lane Ward, 28, N.W. 115th Drive. Both men were arrested on felony charges of burglary of a conveyance, burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft. They were also charged with the misdemeanors of criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and petit theft. Both men were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $31,000 bond each. According to Deputy Holden’s arrest report the stolen items in the back of the pickup included a cooler full of electrical wire, roof jacks, a 5 horsepower engine, various barbecue grills and a boat seat. As Deputy Holden was speaking to Ward outside the pickup he reportedly heard something moving around in the trailer. When asked, Ward told the deputy his three dogs were inside the camper. Then, for his safety as well as the safety of Deputy Howard Pickering who was also on the scene, Deputy Holden searched the trailer. The deputy noted in his report that he noticed the camper door had been forced open. The report indicated there were pry marks and bent metal around the door handle and locking mechanism. Not only did he nd the dogs, as Ward said he would, but the deputy also reportedly found a well pump motor, lawn chairs and three propane tanks commonly used for barbecue grills. Deputy Holden’s report stated these items were also stolen. The deputy’s report also stated that he found a glass smoking pipe inside the pickup that contained a residue. When he performed a eld test on that residue it indicated a positive result for the presence of amphetamine, added the report. The owner of the camper trailer, as well as the owner of the items in the back of the truck, were called to the scene, stated the arrest report. The trailer owner identi ed the camper as his, while the other victim positively identi ed the items in the back of the truck as his, added the deputy’s report. Traf c stop leads to felony burglary arrests Anthony Bormuth Cory Ward The Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a "Stroke Support Group"The Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a “Stroke Support Group” on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility located at 608 N.E. Second Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during the session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For more information, feel free to call 863-763-1700.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Our most recent tournament was held Feb. 23 out of Scott Driver Park. We had seventeen anglers compete. There were 56 sh brought to the scales with a total weight of 116.77 lbs. Winners in the 11 14 age group were: 1st place Kenny Whaley 13.42 lbs. and a Big Fish weighing 6.61 lbs. 2nd place Luke Farmer 10.13 lbs. 3rd place Danny Hays 9.22 lbs. Our winners in the 15 18 age group w ere: 1st place Keith Chamberland 14.22 lbs. and a Big Fish weighing 6 lbs. 2nd place Drew Wanczak 13.84 lbs. 3rd place Logan Bohannon 11.99 lbs. We'd like to thank our boat captains Leroy Bauer, Kenny Farmer, Mike Ingram, Mike Zubricky, Larry Wise, Richard Stiglitz, Robert Haff, Roger Bohannon and Nathan Pippin. Thank you George and Madalyne DuPont for the hot dogs and sodas after weigh in. Thank you to our most recent sponsor Lakeshore Marine, Inc. Teen anglers take to lake Special to the Okeechobee NewsKeith Chamberland with his rst place win in the 15-18 age group of 14.22 lbs. and his big sh of 6 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKenny Whaley won the 11-14 age group with 13.42 lbs. His stringer was anchored with a 6.61-lb. largemouth. Special to the Okeechobee NewsDanny Hays placed third in the 11-14 age group with a total weight of 9.22 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLuke Farmer was second in the 11-14 age group with a 10.13-lb. stringer. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLogan Bohannon took third in the 1518 age group with a total weight of 11.99 lbs.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many procedures available to treat these conditions are minimally invasive and allow for less pain and a quicker recovery. DID YOU KNOW... Raulerson Hospital always provides patients with personal comfort and care. To learn more visit raulersonhospital.com. For a free physicianreferral, call 763-9228.there are Womens Services available at Raulerson Hospital to treat conditions such as: 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! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. 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 10 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Approximately 1.1 million people experience a heart attack each year, of which approximately 460,000 of them are fatal. If you suspect you might be having a heart attack, it is not the time to be searching online for symptoms of heart attacks; it’s time to dial 9-1-1. However, in spite of this, the number of online searches with the phrase “Am I Having a Heart Attack” has increased by 30 percent since 2008. It is important to be aware of the basic list of heart attack warning signs. If you are over the age of 50, have high cholesterol, have high blood pressure, are a smoker, or have a family history of heart disease, you should pay particular attention to the following symptoms. Chest pain Most heart attacks involve some level of pain or discomfort in the center of the chest. It can last more than just a few minutes or may go away and then return again. The discomfort can feel like squeezing, uncomfortable pressure, fullness, or pain. While most people would call for assistance if they felt as though an elephant was sitting on their chests, the squeezing, uncomfortable pressure can be dif cult to recognize as a heart attack. Other bodily discomfortsThe symptoms don’t have to be restricted to the chest. The pain or discomfort can occur in one or both arms, the back, the neck, the jaw, or even the stomach. Shortness of breathThis warning sign can occur with or without chest pain. Other symptoms includeBreaking out in a cold sweat Light-headedness Nausea If you at all suspect that you might be having a heart attack, don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 to receive immediate medical attention and fast transport to the hospital. At Raulerson Hospital, we are prepared in the event of an emergency and our ER wait times fall well below the national average. For more information on heart attacks, the steps you can take to prevent them, or a physician referral, contact Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Am I Having a Heart Attack? Special to the Okeechobee NewsCancer Support GroupGood Terri c Tuesday Morning Beautiful Friends and Wonderful World!" I want to thank everyone in this photo for showing up in support of our group! A HUGE thanks to Dr. Ramesh Kumar for allowing us to use his facility for our meetings! Special guests were our local "RELAY FOR LIFE" representativesAngie Grif n and Emily Gregory. They did a tremendous job explaining the important work this great cause does in the ght against Cancer! Anyone suffering or a cancer survivor is welcome to attend our meetings. Relay for LIFE is coming up In April. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBINGO!The Heritage Assisted Living Facility watches the residents enjoy playing bingo and winning prizes with the activity director, Ann Bowser.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Pround parents, Ashley and Lincoln Johnson, of Okeechobee, are please to announce the birth of their 1st child, Hailey. She was born at 10:25 am on Feb. 9, 2013 in St. Lucie Medical Center. She weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz., and was 21 inches long. Hailey has brought much JoyŽ to our family. Her maternal grandparents are Martha Clay and George Clay of Okeechobee. Her paternal grandparents are Shelia and Steve Oberlander of Port St Lucie and Rashford Johnson of Jamaica. HAILEY ANN JOHNSON BIRTHS Professional | Principled | PassionateFamily Law | Criminal Law | Civil Litigation 863.467.6570 • 863.467.1968 (FAX)200 SW 9th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974gjs@sneiderlaw.com | sneiderlaw.com 12 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks visits Peace LutheranThe Seasoned Seniors group from Peace Lutheran Church welcomed guests from Grand Oaks assisted living facility to a meal and sing-a-long in the Fellowship Hall recently. Special to the Okeechobee NewsA new Red Hat chapter is in the areaThe Lakeside Sisterhood, a new Red Hat chapter of twenty people, was chartered in February. The chapter queen is Denise White. This chapter meets every week for activities. Call Connie Phillips at 863-801-0482, for more information. Special to the Okeechobee NewsIce cream social and baby showerThe ladies of Okeechobee Christian Church not only recently enjoyed a fun ice cream social but they also had a baby shower for the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee and donated some great items to the Pregnancy Center. The Pregnancy Center is located at 500 N.W. 6th St. and Okeechobee Christian Church can be found behind Home Depot at 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace.


By Nancy J. StichtU.S. Army Corps of EngineersLocated within central Glades County, FL, eight miles upstream of the mouth of Fisheating Creek at the western shore of Lake Okeechobee, lies Cowbone Marsh, an approximately 5,500-acre freshwater marsh system. Fisheating Creek, the only remaining free- owing waterway feeding into the lake, ows through Cowbone Marsh. Most of the surrounding land is either publicly owned or under conservation easements that restrict development, making it one of the most valuable aquatic and wildlife resource areas in the country. Lykes Brothers, a company that owned most of the land in Glades County, acquired the land around Fisheating Creek in the early 1900s. For years, the company allowed public access to Fisheating Creek and the surrounding land, which included a campground. In the 1980s, Lykes Brothers closed public access to its land along the creek and obstructed access to the creek by boats. By 1989, a non-pro t organization, Save Our Creeks, and others challenged the Lykes Brothers ability to restrict public access. At the heart of the matter was whether or not Fisheating Creek was considered a navigable w aterway, in which case it was considered a w ater of the state of Florida. A landmark 1998 state court decision ruled the stream navigable and Lykes Brothers agreed to a settlement. As part of the settlement, the state purchased approximately 18,000 acres along the stream, which became the Fisheating Creek W ildlife Management Area. The state also bought a conservation easement on more than 41,000 acres of Lykes Brothers land and agreed to maintain a navigation channel in Fisheating Creek from Lake Okeechobee to the U. S. Route 27 bridge at Palmdale. The state of Florida planned to establish Fisheating Creek as a high water channel, meaning that during the wet season, Cowbone Marsh would be lled with water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District met with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff to explain that under the Clean Water Act, the Corps regulates the discharge of ll in waters of the United States, including many wetlands and, speci cally, Cowbone Marsh. Throughout a period of more than 50 years, the Fisheating Creek channel within Cowbone Marsh had lled in with vegetation. After the FWC acquired the property, they hired a contractor to spray and then cut through the vegetation with a mechanical earth-moving machine known as a "cookie-cutter." This created a large navigational channel resulting in increased water ow out of Cowbone Marsh, draining much of its 5,500 acres. The dredged material was sidecast into the marsh. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, such discharges are regulated by the Corps. In July 2010, before the work was completed, Jacksonville District's Regulatory Division issued a cease and desist order and referred the matter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA ordered interim corrective action and in an attempt to repair the damage, the state chose check dams and weirs to keep the creek open to navigation; however, this was soon deemed ineffective in retaining water in the marsh even during the dry season, and efforts redoubled to determine the permanent solution to restoring the marsh. The FWC then proposed to re ll the navigation channel, using clean sand as ll. Nearly two miles of channel needed to be lled. But how would the ll material get to this remote area? Options included helicopter transport, piping pumped material up Fisheating Creek from a local mine, trucking material to the local FWC of ce and pumping it from there or trucking it into the site. FWC chose to borrow the sand from a suitable nearby area and truck it to the channel. To access the channel, they proposed to construct a unique and innovative oating mat roadway across the marsh. The mats will reduce the impacts of truck traf c and will be removed once the channel restoration work is complete. The state is preparing to restore the site during a limited, ve-month environmental window, between November and April. "This area is an incredible resource," said Theresa Hudson, chief of Regulatory Division's enforcement section. "Fisheating Creek is the only free- owing tributary into Lake Okeechobee and represents nine percent of watershed to the lake. Cowbone Marsh is incredibly important to water quality, as it is a lter marsh for everything upstream the last big lter on the way to Okeechobee." Because Cowbone Marsh is a peat marsh, explained Hudson, it responds like a sponge. Without water, the soil dries out and collapses, which reduces its capacity to store fresh water for human and wildlife use. During the dry season, it can then be susceptible to burning and it will dehydrate without the restoration. Cynthia Ovdenk, project manager, coordinated the review and ensured that all federal laws were followed. "Decreased water levels contribute to decreased numbers of bene cial insects and an unproductive wildlife food chain," explained Ms. Ovdenk. "Cowbone Marsh is an excellent wildlife habitat. Wading birds of all types ibis, herons, egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills as well as hawks, osprey, and owls are common. Several bald eagle nests are located in the area. Warblers are abundant during fall and spring migrations. River otters are common, and alligators are ubiquitous. One American crocodile was recently con rmed in the area." Cowbone Marsh has been an important staging area for swallow-tailed kites before their migration to South America in August. In April and May, they nest and raise their young along Fisheating Creek. The communal roosting area of Cowbone Marsh may at times be used by half of the U.S. population of swallow-tailed kites. The federally endangered Audubon's crested caracara and Florida sandhill cranes may be seen on the prairies, depression marshes and on the adjacent conservation easement land. In 1973, working for the World Wildlife Fund, Roy McBride and his hounds treed an aged Florida panther female nearby, con rming that panthers still existed in Florida. At the time, the Florida panther was among the most endangered animals in the world. Since then, several young males have been documented dispersing from the core population area to the south through Fisheating Creek. The are a may become even more important to the Florida panther as its population continues to expand. The area is also an important cultural resource to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It holds historic properties, including mounds, and was traversed by the U.S. Army during the second Seminole War. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 Corps says plan will restore Cowbone Marsh Photo courtesy Brian CornwellAfter inspecting the channel at Cowbone Marsh, Regulatory Division issued a cease and desist order, requiring the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to stop sidecasting dredged material into the channel.


list. Then he went to Dr. Ramesh Kumar. “That’s the best thing I ever did,” Mr. Barber said. “He gave me some hope.” However, he credits a higher power as the ultimate source of his hope. “God has given me my hop. God led me there,” Mr. Barber said of Dunklin. From his experiences at Dunklin he knew he had the foundation to deal with cancer. W hen they learned of his cancer, the people at Dunklin were very supportive. “I’m beating cancer,” Mr. Thomas said. “Cancer is not beating me. I refuse to let cancer beat me. Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t give out.” Dr. Kumar asked Mr. Barber to go with him to talk with one of his patients who was despondent and had refused treatment. Together they were able to convince the patient to start treatment. That’s when Mr. Barber got the idea for a cancer support group. “I made my own little ministry,” he said. “I want this to be a local, community support group. We have a responsibility to help our fellow men.” In waiting rooms he began to give out copies of the book “Hope,” which had helped him through rehabilitation at Dunklin. Dr. Kumar has donated space in his building for the cancer support group to meet. There were 20 people at the rst meeting. Mr. Barber envisions a cancer support group where patients can go to nd hope, prayers, friendship, someone to go to the doctor with them and help with such things as grocery shopping and doing laundry. He plans to operate the cancer support group through a foundation run by a board of directors. Mr. Barber is also involved with organizing Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to be held April 13 and 14 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Anyone wishing more information about the support group or Relay for Life is urged to contact Mr. Barber by calling 863-697-1322, or by e-mail at barbert4@hotmail.com. caller claimed to be her grandson. He told her he was in trouble and needed money. She then sent a Western Union money order in the amount of $1,325. She also had to pay a $15 transaction fee. The caller told her to address the money order to Neal Baney of Mexico, and she did. Then, continued the of cer’s report, the w oman was again contacted by the same person who requested more money. This time she sent him $1,275. And, again, she had to pay a $15 transaction fee. Just as in the rst transaction, she made the money order out to Neal Baney of Mexico. After sending the second money order the woman called her son and her real grandson, who denied asking for the money. Now, the cold hard reality of the situation closed in on her. Of cer Holroyd stated in his report that both orders had been received by someone in Mexico. “I advised her that she was most likely scammed, and told her of similar complaints,” stated the OCPD of cer. In this con, the scammer may say they are in trouble with the law and need bail money; their car has broken down and they need money to get it xed so they can get home; they’ve been in an accident; they’ve been robbed; or, they’re in another country, such as Canada or Mexico, and need money to pay customs fees so they can get back into the U.S. Sometimes the scammer will pose as an attorney or law enforcement of cer calling on behalf of the potential victim’s ‘grandchild.’ Scammers can get your name in a myriad of ways, including: marketing lists, telephone listings, information from social networking sites, obituaries or, hacking into someone’s e-mail account and sending messages to everyone in their contact lists. Normally, however, they just contact people randomly. So, how do they get the name of the grandchild? Simple, the grandparent tells them. Here’s how it works: the intended answers the phone and the caller says “Hi, grandma.” Then grandma answers, “Billy, is that you?” Yes, grandma, it is and I need help.” Now, grandma is pulled into the scam. Often times the scammers will call in the middle of the night and take advantage of the fact that the target will be groggy after being awakened from a deep sleep. They count on the mark not being awake enough to ask questions, or call another family member to verify the information. Sometimes these con artists actually know the names of your friends or relatives. They can get these names from social networking sites, your e-mail accounts or obituaries. How can you protect yourself from this type of scam?  Use rewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer and keep your software updated.  Don’t open attachments from strangers.  If you get such a call or e-mail, chec k to con rm it’s legitimate before sending money.  Ask questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer—such as the name of the person’s pet or their mother’s date o f birth.  Contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach that person, contact a friend or relative of the person. Finally, do not send money unless you’re sure the caller is really the person they profess to be. Remember, because the money is always sent through services like Western Union or MoneyGram it’s not like a check that you can stop—the money is gone. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 3002-M: Brindaban Forest spacious MH on 2 lots, 2364 TSF/1680 under air, Master Bathroom has hers & his sink, A/C only 3 yrs old and ceiling fans throughout the home. $85,000 MLS #206558 ON 6.27+/ACRES FORECLOSURE 5032-M: Otter Creek 3 bd, 2 ba DWMH on 1+/acre. 1712 TSF/1512 sq ft under air, screen back porch. Offered as a short sale. $55,000 NOW $48,000 MLS #206579 5031-H: Okeechobee Hammock, 15-A, 3 bd, 2 ba, 2005 Modular House with an extra room that could easily be a 4th bedroom. Easy to show. $54,900 MLS #206567 5026-M: 3 bd, 2 ba Doublewide mobile home, 1536 sq ft under air/2112 TSF, fenced and crossed fenced, barn with horse stalls, and pond. $90,000 MLS #206642 5016-H: Viking 3/2 Modular house on 1.25+/acre. 1508 sq ft under air/2173 TSF, built 2004. Easy to get to right off Pea Vine and easy to show. Offered as a short sale. $129,000 MLS #206652 5004-M: Larkee Lakes (SE 58th DR) MH with additions. Screened porch, open porch in back, power generator, large carport and shed. 1380 Total Sq Ft. Nice location for east cost commuters. $29,000 MLS #20600 • Two Viking 1.25 acre parcels each $2,995 • Foreclosure 7.77+/-acres Sun & Country $20,000 • 5+/-acres NW 30th Ter $42,000 • Dixie Ranch 4+/-acres $30,000 • Basswood Lot 124x125 $6,000 Make Offer! • acre in Edgewater $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in the Fort Drum area. 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. 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 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. 14 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 SCAMContinued From Page 1 V ISIONContinued From Page 1 Win an IPad and ght cancerYou can help the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) in their ght against cancer and win an IPad 2 that will be given away at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event scheduled for Saturday, April 13. You can get a ticket for the drawing for a donation of $10 per ticket. For tickets or information, call the OCPD at 863-763-5521.


TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce State Farm’s contribution of $100,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational driver improvement course developed in 2007. Community involvement has always been an important part of State Farm’s philosophy. Since 2010, State Farm’s contributions have been a much needed investment in Florida’s y oungest drivers, which will keep our roads safer for everyone. “Teen driving is an important issue to Florida’s Sheriffs and the Teen Driver Challenge plays an integral role in teaching life saving skills to young drivers,” said Steve Casey, FSA Executive Director. “FSA is fortunate to have a partner like State Farm who encourages safe driving habits among Florida’s drivers.” The Teen Driver Challenge was created at the request of Florida Sheriffs to combat the high crash and fatality rate of teen drivers on Florida’s highways. This program is the largest commercial driving school in Florida and is offered to teens at no charge. Costs to run this program are covered through contributions from local Sheriff’s Of ces and grants from State Farm and the Florida Department of Transportation. Instructors are certi ed law enforcement of cers and certi ed emergency vehicle operation instructors. They also are certi ed and licensed by the State of Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motors Vehicles, under the FSA’s State of Florida Commercial Driving School License. “State Farm strongly supports efforts that increase auto safety, speci cally teen driver safety,” said Julie Smith, public affairs specialist for State Farm. “The Teen Driver Challenge is a perfect t with our overall strategy to encourage safe driving habits in Florida.” Based on miles driven, teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths for teens. To date, more than 6,000 teens have successfully completed the Teen Driver Challenge in Florida, which is offered in 40 of the 67 Sheriffs’ Ofces in Florida. “I enjoyed the course and it made me more aware of how to be a much better defensive driver,” said Emily, a recent participant of the Leon County Teen Driver Challenge. “It helped prepare me for situations that I will certainly encounter while driving.” For more information on the Teen Driver Challenge, please visit www.teendriverchallenge.com and remember to like them on Facebook. To register for the program or nd class offerings in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Of ce. Sheriffs & State Farm commit to improving teen driving 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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!$29,900 104 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 15 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013 A disease which has killed more than 5 million bats in the eastern United States recently was documented in north Georgia for the rst time, increasing the level of threat to Florida bats. People who explore or do research in caves are being asked by the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to take precautions to prevent the disease, w hich has devastated bat colonies in other states, from moving into Florida. The disease that is deadly to bats, known as white-nose syndrome (WNS), has not been detected in Florida. But WNS can spread by spores found on the clothing and equipment of people moving between caves, as well as by bat-to-bat contact, according to FWC biologists. No human illnesses have been attributed to WNS. Nevertheless, biologists warn the public not to handle sick, injured or dead bats. Also, no one should enter Florida caves w ith equipment or clothing that has been used in caves in WNS-infected states. If equipment or clothing has been used outside Florida, it should be decontaminated following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protocols described at WhitenoseSyndrome.org, w here you click on “WNS Info,” then select “Decon.” Landowners with caves on their property can help by requiring that anyone entering their caves use only Florida-speci c gear or decontaminated equipment. Florida has 13 native bat species that play a major role in reducing agricultural pests and controlling mosquitoes, which can carry human disease. The value of insect suppression by bats to U.S. agriculture has been estimated at between $4 billion and $50 billion a year. In 2006, bats with an unknown fungus on their noses and wings were rst found in a New York cave. Researchers identi ed the fungus as Geomyces destructans, which thrives in cold caves with temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. FWC biologists do not know whether Florida’s warm temperatures and short winters will protect the state’s bats from white-nose syndrome. But they are certain that limiting the bats’ exposure to the white fungus is an important method of prevention. “The tricolored bat, gray bat and a bat called southeastern myotis all roost in Florida caves,” said Melissa Tucker, FWC wildlife biologist. “These caves are also important summertime maternity roosts for southeastern myotis and some gray bats.” Since its discovery, WNS has been identied in 22 states and ve Canadian provinces and found in all states adjacent to Florida. The name comes from the white fungus found covering the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats. WNS appears to have the most severe impact on bats during their long winter hibernation period, although research is ongoing to nd out exactly how hibernation and WNS are related. “In Florida, bats typically spend very little time hibernating but we have discovered several Florida caves cold enough during the winter months to support growth of the fungus,” Tucker said. Bats affected by WNS do not always display the typical white fungus appearance. Instead, they may appear emaciated or severely dehydrated. Other signs of WNS include bats ying outside or near cave openings during the day, and dead or dying bats on the ground, usually in the winter. People can report dead bats or bats behaving unusually by going to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and selecting “Health & Disease.” “Florida bat populations face other risks in addition to WNS,” Tucker said. “Loss of habitat has limited bat roosting and foraging sites. Bats also are particularly vulnerable during their maternity season, when they are giving birth and rearing young.” To protect bats during maternity season, do not disturb their colonies from April 15 through Aug. 15. Cavers should avoid known bat caves during this period, and if they unexpectedly encounter bats, they should leave that area of a cave. For additional WNS information, go to www.whitenosesyndrome.org. For more on Florida bats, go to MyFWC. com/WildlifeHabitats and select “Species Pro les.” Cavers asked to take precautions to protect bats Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking those who enjoy exploring caves to be careful not to spread a disease which has killed more than 5 million bats in the eastern United States. Federated Republican Women’s Club formingOkeechobee has a new ladies’ club, the Okeechobee County Federated Republican Women’s Club has been established and is inviting new members to join us. We meet at Cowboy’s on the last Tuesday of every month. Membership paperwork can be picked up at a meeting. Any other information can be obtained by contacting the club president, Josie Weeks-Elliott, at 863-634-8474.


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! 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. Kissimmee 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 EGG DONORS & SURROGATE CARRIERS URGENTLY NEEDED Generous compensation Elite Egg donor group is seeking remarkable young women between the ages of 19-29. Must be currently enrolled in college or college graduate. At this time we urgently need blonde hair blue eyes or brown hair blue eyes donors to match anonymously with couples that cannot conceive a child without the assistance of a compassionate egg donor. *Donor quali cations: Altruistic, dependable individual Have regular Periods No use of drugs or excessive alcohol Non smoker Have healthy weight ( not over 20 lbs over BMI) No current use of medications No tattoos or piercings in the last 12 months No inherited genetic disorders Must be willing to take injectable medication. (small sub-q shots) If you would like to make a difference in a couple desperately trying to start a family, serious inquires only, call 561-529-0488. Compensation for time and travel, Donors $6,000+, Surrogate $25,000+ Homecare Its time to come  HOME. ŽAmerican Eldercare, Inc., is an outstanding home care and long-term care diversion agency with locations throughout the State of Florida. We are seeking candidates to provide services in: Okeechobee American Eldercare offers an attractive comprehensive salary and bene“ts package. www.americaneldercare.comJOB FAIR Employment Medical Employment Medical Employment Medical Special Notice Special Notice Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Medical Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesMOVING SALE ALL CONTENTS, WHOLE HOUSE $2,500. BY APPT. FRIDAY 29TH INDIVIDUAL PIECES SATURDAY 30TH CALL FOR DETAILS INDIANTOWN 772-597-6778 OR EMAIL gmjr222@gmail.com We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full TimeCDL 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 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. Employment Part TimeFLORIDA MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE PARK MODEL COMMUNITY IN WNC MOUNTAINSWe are a Cottage Community Lifestyle Resort. Neighbors take care of neighbors, and built in care giver services if needed. Residents include Musicians, Artists, Quilters and Gardeners. Good income for person with RV knowledge. Look at Web Site: thevillageofwild owers.com Call Mr Gilman: (828) 692-8506 cell (828) 329-6344 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Employment Part Time Business Opportunities Business OpportunitiesBUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 Newspaper Carriers Wanted call 863-467-1371 and leave Name and Phone number Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News March 31, 2013


NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Notice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board 440008 ON 3/31/2013 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 439789 ON 3/31/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, April 18 2013 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 13-003-SE, submitted by Robert Gent, Vice President, on behalf of property owner, Okeechobee Asphalt and Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc., to permit uses in excess of 45 feet in height within an Industrial (IND) Zoning District, ref. Code Book Section 90-343(8). The proposed use is to add a second silo 52 feet high to the concrete plant. Property is located at 503 NW 9th Street, Legal: Lots 1-4, Block 45, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5 Okeechobee County public records. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 13-003-SE 439925 ON 3/31;4/10/2013 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Business Opportunities Business Opportunities 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. 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 Miscellaneous4 NEW GREY BUCKET SEAT 2R,2L FROM CHRYSLER VAN, 20 FOOT PONTOON BOAT, BIG TABLE SAW CRAFTSMAN. CALL FOR PRICES 863-763-3775 The Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 is seeking vendors for Bikefest Okeechobee April 13-14, 2013. The event will feature Classic, Custom & Antique Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Live Entertainment. Anyone interested in being a Vendor or Exhibitor please contact Dewey 863-634-6300 or Lorraine 239-707-3005 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 Okeechobee1 Bedroom w/Florida room in town for rent. Kitchen appliances furnished. $600/month, 1st, last, and $400 security. Call: (863)467-8705 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 ApartmentsTAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (561)352-4243 Houses Rent3/1 TREASURE ISLAND, WATERFRONT HOME WITH BOAT HOUSE LARGE FAMILY ROOM NEW A/C, NO PETS. $750/MO. Call 863-467-0323 House For Rent Oak Park 3/1, new appliances, fresh paint, large fenced yard, quiet location. $800/mo plus security. Available before May 1st Call 863-447-9922 or 519-746-4844 or vmcara@hotmail.com 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 Lots SaleFOR SALE 20.26 acres vacant land 12361 NE 120th Street, Okeechobee Parcel No.: 1-11-36-360010-00000-0030 $70,000 Owner nancing available Call: 863-763-3131 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. 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