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Sunday, December 15, 2013 Vol. 104 No. 150 14.49 feetLast Year: 15.16 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Local residents graduate IRSC ... Page 14 Brahmans get hoop win over FP Westwood ... Page 18 Skip Bryant golf tournament nets over $17,000 ... Page 13 Are you at risk of heart disease? ... Page 12 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyThe Walmart card featuring cartoon characters won Best of Show in the annual Holiday Stroll in the Park contest in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Band Boosters host the annual Holiday Stroll in the Park Contest, featuring giant holiday cards from area businesses, organizations, churches and individuals. Awards are given in various categories. This year’s awards are: Best religious: First place, United Methodist Church “Jesus”; second place, Peace Lutheran Preschool; and, third place, Peace Lutheran “Peace”. Best Non-religious: First place, G4S “Happy Holidays”; second place, A.E. Mac McHugh; and, third place, Hospice of Okeechobee. Impressive Scene: First place, Seminole Elementary “Snowman”; second place, F.W, Alma Marie and Lyda Jane Wichman; third place, Wal-Mart “Elves,” Best School: Girst place, Everglades Elementary “Gator”; second place, Seminole Elementary “tree”; and, third place, Yearling middle school “Snowmen.”. Annual Holiday Stroll in the Park features giant Christmas cardsSee CARDS — Page 19 Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyFirst United Methodist Church took rst place in the religious cards category. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man was convicted of four major felonies earlier this week and now faces a minimum of 30 years in prison. David Lee Moore, 60, was arrested Ma y 30, 2012, for cutting a corrections of cer at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and threatening at least three other of cers. A six-member jury Wednesday, Dec. 11, OCI inmate could face additional 30 yearsSee OCI — Page 19 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to take advantage of an opportunity to increase the county’s Enterprise zone. “From what I can see, it makes sense,” said Commissioner Ray Domer. He said he is in favor of “anything we can do to give someone who wants to come in and make an investment a leg up.” According to the Florida Department o f Revenue (DOR), the Florida Enterprise Zone Program offers an assortment of tax incentives to businesses that choose to create employment within an enterprise zone, which is a speci c geographic area targeted for economic revitalization. Tax incentives include a sales and use County expands Enterprise ZoneSee ZONE — Page 19


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Rehab eviction I was not able to attend the county c ommission meeting on Thursday but I did w atch the video of the meeting online afterw ards. If the new rehab board of directors w ant people to support and help them, I think they need to answer the question that Commissioner Hoover asked at the meeting. He asked what happened to the money that the rehab got from FEMA to pay for the repairs to the building. The contractor w ho did the repairs has a lien on the rehab b ecause he was not paid. At the meeting, the rehab board member said the director did not write the check to the contractor b ecause there was a dispute over the work done. Fair enough. But where’s the money? Commission Hoover repeatedly asked that question. Where is that FEMA money? W hat happened to it? Is it still in the bank? Did is mysteriously disappear? The rehab c ould not legally use it for anything except those repairs. The rehab board of directors need to answer that question.  So sad our community is losing yet another invaluable asset to it’s disabled c itizens, no matter how it happened. The c ounty commissioners are not responsible for this closing.  The rehab is closed because they lost Medicaid funding. Medicaid does not pull funding without a good reason. Medicaid has not said exactly why they pulled the funding but I have to believe that something had to be seriously wrong for that to happen. I wish the state agencies would hurry up and nish the investigations and release their ndings to the public.  At the county commission meeting, Commissioner Margaret Helton said for the c ounty to do anything in the future with the rehab, they would need to see a certi ed independent nancial audit. She said the c ounty asked for that a year ago when the rehab came to them seeking money and they never received it. The rehab board is crying that the county is being mean to them, but what about the audit? Why haven’t they supplied that information? It would be irresponsible of the commission if they use county resources for any agency like that without seeing an audit.  It’s a shame but I think the commissioners did the right thing.  At the meeting, they also mentioned that after they evict the rehab, there is a possibility that another agency could come in and provide the services to the disabled adults. One commissioner said other agencies have contacted him already asking about the building. But they can’t do anything with the building until they terminate the current lease.  The county commission did not do the right thing. This facility was founded more than 50 years ago to support mentally and physically challenged adults here in Okeechobee. And the work that has been done at this facility is priceless. This tragedy of closing the Okeechobee rehab facility, aka the ARC aka the Sunshine school, was caused by a disgruntled ex employee that was red. Obamacare I nd it strange that of all the people they claim have signed up for Obamacare, they have to admit that no one has actually paid even the rst premium. Does that mean that only those signing up for Medicaid are enrolled and no paying customers?  I have not and WILL NOT enroll into an insurance policy until one of them are able to clarify my “eligibility letter” which tells me I’m eligible for a subsidy in one paragraph yet in the very next paragraph tells me I’m not, and if they’ve made a mistake in my eligibility determination that I will have to lump sum repay it all ... yet tell me “Don’t worry about that though, just go ahead an enroll.” Really? That’s like buying a car, asking the dealer “how much” and he replies “Oh don’t worry about that, just sign here and we’ll tell you later how much it’s going to cost you.” Christmas Meditation: The Holy Gift of GodBy Loy Mershimer, PastorOkeechobee Presbyterian ChurchThe ancient carol sings out in wonder: “How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!” Christmas reveals a great mystery; namely, that ultimate life is wrapped up in a gift. In a world that emphasizes nding and expressing oneself, it’s ironic that we humans are lost. Broken. Fragmented. Separated. Lonely in a crowd. Truly, unless we nd ourselves in a divine gift, we will not nd our true selves at all. The life-changing revelation of Christmas is that eternal life comes as a gift. And we can only receive it as we humble ourselves, confessing that divine life is outside ourselves. We must receive it as a gift, or not receive it at all. The Bible tells us that divine life is a gift. Jesus says in John 3:27, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.” Likewise, 1 Cor. 4:7 says, “What [good] do you have that you did not receive?” The prophet Isaiah confesses, “O Lord, all that we have accomplished [of good], you have done for us!” (Isa. 26:12). Over and over again, Scripture reveals that redemptive life is only given by God. And we must humble ourselves to receive it. Christmas rings out a divine offer all across the world: Light breaks into the darkness, and the holy gift awaits those willing to receive God in lowly form. The rst Christmas wrapping was not pretty paper, but swaddling clothes. But can we receive God as a humble gift? Or do we stumble over our own pride? Humans often cannot understand the need of divine life as a gift – God working for us what we cannot do ourselves. So we stumble over the holy gift of God: the child born of a virgin, lying in a manger. Many people just don’t get the point. So they pass by the greatest gift. Paul Harvey tells the Parable of the Birds: the story of man who couldn’t accept the signi cance of Christmas. All that stuff about Jesus, about God coming to earth as a man – it just didn’t make sense. And he wouldn’t pretend otherwise. His wife asked him to attend Christmas Eve service with the family, but he declined. “I’m truly sorry to distress you,” he told his wife, “but I’m not going with you to church.” He said he’d feel like a hypocrite. So they went and he stayed. Shortly after the family left for the service, snow began to fall. He went to the window and watched the urries fall heavier and heavier. He walked back to his reside chair, and began to read. Soon, he was startled by a thudding sound. Thud! Thump! At rst h e thought someone must be throwing snowballs at his picture window. But when h e went to the front door, he found a ock o f birds huddled miserably in the snow. They’d been caught in the winter storm; and, in a desperate search for shelter, were trying to y through his large landscape window. “These poor creatures will freeze!” h e thought; and then, “Ah, the barn!” The barn where his children stabled their pony would shelter the birds, if he could direct them to it. Quickly he put on coat and boots. H e tramped through the deepening snow to th e barn. He opened the doors wide and turned on a light, but the birds did not come in… So he hurried back to the house, fetched bread crumbs, sprinkled them on the snow, making a trail to the open door of the stable. But to his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs, and continued to ap around helplessly in th e snow. He tried catching them. He tried shooing them into the barn. Instead, they scattered in every direction – except into the warm, lighted barn. And then, he realized that they wer e afraid of him. They didn’t understand him. He thought, “To these birds, I am a strang e and terrifying creature. If only I could thin k of some way to let them know that they can trust me – that I am not trying to hurt them, only help them.” But how? Every move h e made frightened or confused them. They jus t would not follow. They would not receive his help. “If only I could be a bird,” he though t to himself, “and mingle with them and spea k their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid. Then I could show them the way to safety... But I would have to be one of them so they could see and hear and understand.” At that moment the church bells began to ring. The sound reached his ears above th e sounds of the wind. And he stood there listening to the bells in the winter wind. Adest e Fidelis! Joy to the world, the Lord is come! H e sank to his knees in the snow, and lifted his eyes to the snow-laden sky. “Now I understand,” he whispered. “No w I know why you had to come to earth.” Selah. Friends, the greatest gift of all is before us, this Christmas. God has descended in the hol y child of Bethlehem, to cast out our sin, and enter in. He still comes to contrite hearts and lights our path to safety – out of the dark, cold night, and into eternal light. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up (Jas. 4:10). This Christmas, receive the Holy Gift as a loved gift, and nd your heart forever changed. Alleluia! Amen. December 15, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!


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Drop off gifts for childrenThe Guardian ad Litem program in Okeechobee County has two sites for dropping off gifts — The Alarm Company, S.R. 70 W., and D4 Powersports, 1460 S.R. 78 W. Gifts should not be wrapped — the ad Litem program will take care of that. The program consists of volunteers working with a coordinator to be the voice of the children in court and cases representing neglected, abused, abandoned children. City plans holiday eventsThe City of Okeechobee has planned the following holiday events:  Santa in the City Park visits are planned for Dec. 16 and 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by in the city park (near City Hall) for your picture with Santa. Santa will again tour the areas within the city limits on the city re truck. Santa’s schedule is: Dec. 18 in the northwest and northeast sections; Dec. 19 in the southeast section; and, Dec. 20 in the southwest section. (This is a correction of the dates originally advertised.)Santa to visit Flagler ParkThe Okeechobee Kiwanis and Key Clubs will host Santa in the Park at the bandstand in Flagler Park, Dec. 18-23 from 6 until 8 p.m.Martha’s House needs toysIt’s the time of year when Martha’s House Shelter and director Crystal Royal call on you to work a miracle. If you have a toy to donate, call Crystal at 863-763-0596.Toy drive under wayBig Lake Mission Outreach is currently sponsoring their 18th annual toy drive for underprivileged children in the community through Dec. 18 They are in need of gifts for children from a day old to teens. Donations may be new toys, gifts or gift cards. Monetary donations can be made to the mission. For information, call 863-763-5725.Toy drop-off sites namedOkeechobee Main Street and the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a drop site for new, unwrapped toys at the chamber of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Christmas Cantata plannedThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 15th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will present the Christmas Cantata don Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21; and Sunday, Dec. 22. The cantata will be presented at the First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and, at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call Sandy at 863634-7714.Toys for Tots drive under wayThe annual Toys for Tots drive is under way in Okeechobee. Toys may be left at: Lake Okeechobee Insurance; Seacoast Main Branch; The UPS Store; Barracudas; Walmart; Walgreens; One Stop Party Shop; Don’s Appliances; Morgan’s Furniture; A Child’s World; WOKC; Dairy Queen; Fire Stations 1 and 2; Trends; Okeechobee High School; or, Cowboys. All toys will be distributed to families and organizations who have submitted requests. Toys will be available for pickup Sunday, Dec. 15, at A Child’s World South, 4664 U.S. 441 S.E. Only organizations and families who have submitted an application can pick up toys. The toys will be bagged and labeled and ready for pick up. Please bring a photo ID. Holiday Happenings V FW group plans breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary 9258 will host a breakfast at the BHR VFW Post on S.R. 78. The menu will include biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. The event is open to the public. All proceeds w ill bene t veterans programs. For information, call 863-467-2882.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet Monday, Dec. 16, beginning promptly at noon in the museum building on U.S. 98 N. Anyone is invited to join by bringing a covered dish to share. They are also conducting a school supply drive and encourage members to bring supplies in. If you are interested in joining the Historical Society, dues are $10 per year. The Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.Shrine Club hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is prov ided 5 to 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863763-3378. Help with Obamacare offeredThe Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Health Care Navigators will be at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 1 until 4 p.m. The navigators will be available to help uninsured individuals and businesses in Palm Beach, Martin, Hendry and Okeechobee counties enroll in health care plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The open enrollment period runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 21, 2014. Navigators are trained and certi ed to help you understand your coverage options so that you can nd the best health insurance options to t your budget and health needs while avoiding future tax penalities. For information, call toll free 800-403-9353.BBQ bene ts injured deputyA bene t barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Flagler Park #6 Friday, Dec. 20, for Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Deputy Joseph Gracie. Deputy Gracie w as critically injured in a Dec. 1 car crash. The barbecue will consist of a chicken dinner for $10. Diners can eat in or take out, and deliveries are available for orders of ve or more. For information, contact: Major Noel Stephen at 863-634-0650; Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief at 863-634-5225; or, Jill Rogers at 863-634-0870.Academy to host 5K raceRock Solid Christian Academy will host host a 5K race on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. Please sign up online at active. com or print a registration form from rscasoldiers.com. The rst 100 participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and the rst 150 people will receive a bag full of goodies (reusable water bottle, towel, ashlight/pen, samples and coupons). Prizes include SeaWorld and Aquatica tickets, gift certi cates to Publix, Cabot Cheese, Fleet Feet Sports, Road ID and more! All proceeds bene t the RSCA library.Youth hoop sign-ups startThe Okeechobee Recreation Department 2014 Youth Basketball League registration is under way at the Parks and Recreation Of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The co-ed program is for ages 9 to 14, as of March 15, 2013. Please bring the child’s birth certi cate to register. The registration deadline has been changed to Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The Recreation Department of ce is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed on holidays. Registration fees are $50 which includes New Jersey style uniforms. Games will be held at Yearling Middle School. Tryouts will be Jan. 7. Games will start Jan. 25. For information go on line to https://www. facebook.com/OkeeParksandRed.Symphony concert plannedFour Okeechobee County residents will perform with the Treasure Coast Symphony on Sunday, Dec. 15, and Monday Dec. 16. Shawna Mackin (viola), Mackenzie Mackin (violin), Shelevah Barber (violin) and Karen VanBeek (cello) are members of the orchestra which will present concerts on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Fort Pierce Central High School at 3 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Bernadette’s Church in Pt. St. Lucie at 7 p.m. The program will include selections from “The Nutcracker,” Strauss waltzes, Leroy Anderson’s “Fiddle Faddle” and “Sleigh Ride,” and other holiday selections. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for students. For information, see the Treasure Coast Symphony website: www.treasurecoastsymphony.org. Those who attend are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.Health Expo is Jan. 25The seventh annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, just off S.R. 710 There will be free parking and admission — everything is free. Take advantage of health screenings and education, demonstrations and rst responder vehicles – including re rescue, police, sheriff’s of ce and helicopters. There is still lots of space available for vendors. For information, call 863-462-5000, ext. 257; or, 863-634-6464. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Lillian Gwendoline ‘Gwen’ Smith, 53OKEECHOBEE — Gwen Smith died Dec. 8, 2013. She was born March 16, 1960 in Louisville, Ky. A resident of Okeechobee for 20 years, she was a nail technician and enjoyed crafts, sewing and scrapbooking. She was a member of the Church of God. Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Fred Smith; three sons, Daniel Lee (Rachel) of Ft. Pierce, Andrew Lee of Gainesville and Kevin Cole Meaney; daughter, Christine Lee; grandson, Gage Lee all of Okeechobee; two brothers, Grady Lee Scott, Jr. (Bonnie) of Missouri and Anthony A. Garbarie of Canton, Georgia; two sisters, Elizabeth Hernandez (Flo) of Ft. Pierce and Lois Ann Brown of Canton, Georgia. No services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


Special to the Okeechobee News Indian River State College and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute of Florida A tlantic University offer a joint program that teaches aquaculture techniques. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic animals and plants. Aquaculture products in Florida are w orth about $69 million, according to the 2012 USDA and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In Florida, most clams consumed are grown by the shell sh farmer, also known as an aquaculturist. The aquaculturist produces about 50% of all the seafood consumed globally; and with consumer demand for seafood increasing, the need for aquaculturists is also increasing. Graduates of the Aquaculture program typically nd jobs locally and several have started their own aquaculture business. Last semester, students enrolled in the Principals of Molluscan Aquaculture class planted hard-clam nursery seed, which is about the size of a small ngernail. Eight weeks later, the class harvested and sieved the clams to separate by size. After planting, the seeded clams need approximately 12-16 months to grow large enough for the market. This Spring, three aquaculture classes will be offered at the HBOI-FAU campus in Fort Pierce. The three classes are: Principles of Crustacean Aquaculture (FAS2150), Water Quality, Systems and Operations (FAS2360), and Aquatic Animal Health Management (FAS2252). The classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Spring registration is now open. For information about the IRSC aquaculture program contact IRSC professor Dr. Ann McMullian at 772-336-6211; or, HBOIFAU assistant research professor Dr. Susan Laramore at 772-242-2525 or visit www.irsc. edu. IRSC & Harbor Branch offer aquaculture program 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 & Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 25 ROP DEADLINE Noon on Friday, Dec 20. 11am on Mon, Dec. 23Obituary Deadline 3pm on Mon. Dec. 23 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 13TH Thurs., Dec. 19THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “DELIVERY MAN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00II: “ TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “FR OZEN”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 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 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTDec. and Jan. Rates Cougar Trail and Panther Creek Golf Courses 18 Holes Specials Include Tax & Cart! For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee$2800Before 11:00am$2400After 11:00am$88004somes anytime 7 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Cows & Bulls were quite a bit higher this week due to strong demand caused by severe winter weather in other parts of the country. Another good reason to live in South Florida! I would say prices will hold up pretty good as supply is limited. Calf prices were still strong all the way across the board, especially under 400#. One more week of regular sales, then Slaughter Cow Sale on Monday, December 23rd. Call us if we can help with trucking arrangements or give you any more information. Closed Dec.23-Jan. 3 for the Holiday! Omar Rodriguez, Miami, topped the calf market with a high of $3.25 bought by Rush Creek Cattle. Greg Jackson, Felda, topped the Cow Market with a high of 98.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCThree aquaculture classes will be offered at the HBOI-FAU campus in Fort Pierce. The classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Spring registration is now open.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics € Womens Health € Family Physician Monday Thursday: 8:00am 5:00pmFriday : 8:00am 4:00pm(863) 467-2159RaulersonPrimaryCare.com € 202 NE 2nd Avenue, Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Hablamos Espaol € Same Day Appointments Af“liated with Raulerson Hospital Merry Christmas e Cowboys family invites you to come see us every Monday for all you can eat Babyback Ribs And every Wednesday all you can eat Cat sh $9.99$9.99Dont forget our Gi Cards $50 worth for only $40 MAKES A GREAT GIFT! 202 NE 7th Street ~ Okeechobee 467-0321 9 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCentral Students of the WeekThe students of the week for Central Elementary School are Yuridia Bernal, Carsen Williams, Helena Rivas, Jazmin Arvizu, Arabella Adams, Julian Elliott, Haley Messina, Jonathan Campozano, Isabela Miller, Hubert Jenkins, Grayson Blackman, Jarren Smith, Ingrid Bustos, Cameron Allen, Caden Bishop, Dayanara Jimenez, Harmoni Randolph, Julio Leal, Donald Harris, Clinton Jenkins, Kaitlyn Freeman, Kylee Dennis, Elizabeth Velasquez, Jessenia Garcia, Chandler Schrichte, Trinity Velicier, Kyle Lowe, Leo Castellanos, Mariah Simmons, Aaliyah Olvera and Alexis Brandes. Special to the Okeechobee News On Thursday, Nov. 14 Okeechobee Main Street greeted over 40 members, visitors, friends and community partners. The family that makes up the staff at Law Of ces of Cassels and McCall were a most hospitable group. This was another phenomenal mixer with rooms of food and drink. The accommodations were cozy and beautiful! The staff took over greeting duties and was thrilled to see each new face and welcome them to their little blue house. The announcements were made and guests honored. The Law Of ces of Cassels and McCall surprised everyone with huge turkeys as door prizes to adorn the lucky winners' Thanksgiving dinner tables. For more information on Okeechobee Main Street, call 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Avenue (across the street from CVS, in the Chamber building). Law rm hosts mixer for Okeechobee Main Street Special to the Okeechobee NewsThose enjoying the November mixer included (left to right) Maureen Burroughs, Brigette Waldau, Karin Ammons, Sharie Turgeon, Frank DeCarlo, Gina Coleman, Keri Lewis, Tracy Rowland, Jill Pitts, Laura McCall, John Cassels, Mark Bragel, Angie Grif n, Terry Burroughs and Susie Wood.


By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Echol’s Plumbing and A/C 2233 Hwy 98 N., has been Okeechobee’s plumbing company since 1975 helping you with all your commercial and residential needs, doing everything from xing toilets to installing water heaters. Now they are a home town A/C company. In 2012 they started doing air conditioning and refrigeration, servicing every make and model. They also have 24/7 on-call technicians for plumbing and A/C services. They can be reached at 863-763-6461.  St. Lucie Battery and Tire 198 U.S. Hwy 98 N., carries most tire sizes and are dealers of Michelin, BF Goodrich and many more. They carry tires for not only cars and trucks but also for tractors, RVs and even construction equipment. They offer 24/7 roadside assistance. They offer any size battery you need even for golf carts and scooters. If they don’t have it, they can get it for y ou. Check out their website at www.slbt. com or just like them on Facebook! They can be reached at 863-357-2431.  Burgess Paint Supply 113 SW 5th A ve., has been a hometown paint store for 68 years. They have been family owned and operated since 1945. They carry paint supplies such as all kinds of brushes, rollers, paint thinners and patching materials. They also carry different types of painting tools so you can get the job done. Burgess has a color match system so you can get the perfect shade of red without having to go looking everywhere for it. So stop on in and tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-3824.  Did you know the Okeechobee News has one of the strongest business Facebook audiences in the area? These days, the paper is so much more than the trusty print edition. Our community website is orida.newszap. com (where you can read my blog on the Okeechobee page) and it is updated with breaking information and news in between publications of our regular print editions. We now have a new free local online business directory BizSearch. You can claim your free listing by going to our site and clicking on the BizSearch logo at the top of the page.  Christmas is just ten days away and some of you last minute shoppers may be out there looking for a great gift to get the special man in your life either it be dad, brother, uncle, boyfriend or husband. I took a poll on Facebook and asked men for the top 10 things that they would like but that women might not think to get the man in their life for Christmas. According to the poll, these men suggest the woman in their lives could consider buying them: 1. A gift card to their favorite store; 2. New hunting equipment; 3. New shing equipment; 4. New auto parts or accessories for their vehicle; 5. New tools; 6. Cds, ipods, itunes gift cards, just anything to do with music; 7. Favorite cologne or shaving kit; 8. A good pocket knife, like Gerber, Olde Timer, or Case; 9. Something homemade, either a card or a gift from the heart; and, 10. Diner and a movie with the woman they love. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsYMS Students of the WeekYearling Middle School would like to announce the students of the week for the week of Dec. 2: Ricky Ringer, Kennedee Brewer, Noelia Ruiz, Kyle Boney, Marcus Dingers, and Yasmine Cabrera.


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Mr. and Mrs. Woody Larson announce the engagement of their daughter, Ginger, to Mr. Adam Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hall of Alexandria, Pennsylvania. Miss Larson is a graduate of Okeechobee High School, The University of Florida and The Pennsylvania State University. She is the communications director for Calvary Church in State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hall is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. He is a personal trainer and athletic performance coach with Victory Sports and Fitness in State College. An April wedding in Pennsylvania is planned. ADAM HALL ENGAGEMENT GINGER LARSON 12 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 It is possible to develop heart failure w ith or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing heart failure. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce y our risk. The heart has a normal decrease in function as we age. This decrease is generally not enough to cause problems but can increase the risk of developing heart disease. As a result, heart disease is more common in people who are aged 65 years or older. Although heart failure is more common in men, both men and women can develop heart failure. African-Americans have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity As a result, African-Americans are more likely to develop heart failure, have earlier symptoms, and die from heart failure more than any other ethnic group. Other risk factors for heart failure include:  Having certain health conditions can put you at an increased risk for heart failure. These conditions force the heart to work harder to overcome heart muscle weakness or damage.  Heart, blood vessel, and lung conditions can make the heart to work harder than it should. Conditions linked to heart failure include:  Coronary artery disease (CAD): Cholesterol and fat can build up in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. This build-up narrows the blood vessels, causing reduced blood ow to the heart muscle.  High Blood Pressure: Narrowing and hardening of the arteries reduces systemic blood ow and increases blood pressure.  Severe lung conditions: Impaired lung function, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), affect the body’s ability to exchange oxygen ef ciently. This puts extra strain on the heart to deliver blood and oxygen to the lungs.  Valvular heart disease: The four valves of the heart keep blood owing ef ciently and in the correct direction. Damage or infection affecting the valves may cause leaking between heart chambers which affects heart ef ciency.  Cardiomyopathy: The heart muscle may become damaged due to infection, chronic alcohol abuse, certain chemotherapy drugs, cocaine, or scarring. The damage results in inadequate contraction of the heart muscle.  Heart arrhythmias: Are abnormal heart rhythms. If the heart beats too slowly it cannot adequately pump blood through the body. If it beats too quickly, it may not allow the heart to ll with the adequate amount of blood the body needs between heart beats.  Congenital heart defects: Birth defects of the heart muscle or valves. Metabolic conditions can causes changes that increase pressure on heart such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated heart rated. Conditions associated with increased risk of heart failure include:  Diabetes: People who have diabetes are at increased risk of developing heart disease. They often have other conditions that increase their risk of heart disease, like high cholesterol and increased weight.  Metabolic syndrome: This condition is marked by elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and body weight. Excess weight centered around the midsection is of particular concern.  Obesity: Extra body weight causes the heart to work harder in order to circulate blood and nutrients throughout the body. Obesity is also linked to other heart-related risk factors, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea  Hyperthyroidism: This condition, caused by an overactive thyroid gland, increases the metabolic rate in the body. The increased levels of thyroid hormone signal the heart to pump faster and harder to supply the body with blood, causing strain. Other conditions associated with increased risk of heart failure include:  Anemia: Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. When the number o f red blood cells is reduced, the heart must circulate blood more frequently to suppl y enough oxygen to the tissues.  Kidney disorders: Impaired kidne y function elevates blood pressure.  Depression: It is not known how depression and heart failure are linked, but depression does affect overall mental and physical well being. Fatigue or disinterest can lead you to make poor decisions about your health, such as ignoring treatment plans that reduce your risk of heart diseases. Know the risk factors for heart disease Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekOsceola Middle School Students of the Week and Teacher of the Week for Nov. 7, 2013, look up to Hailey Spearow, OMS Warrior, who made All-State Band! Way to go, Hailey! Congratulations to her and the students/ teacher of the week: Cynthia Sandoval, Asharia Stallworth, Alize Merchant, Norberto Juarez, Zac Williams, Hunter Wagoner, Hailey Spearow, Autumn “Pinky” Melear and our Teacher of the Week Sally Brooks.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The 2013 Skip Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament had a banner year as it raised more than $17,000 for the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund. The memorial fund was set up after Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Skip Bryant was killed in the line of duty. The fund aids families of law enforcement of cers and re ghters in the area in their time of need. It also provides scholarships for children of area law enforcement of cers and re ghters. Deputy Bryant was killed in a plane crash on Lake Okeechobee during a search for two missing boaters. This year’s amount raised was a record, of sorts, in that the playing eld for the Oct. 19 event was limited to 18, four-person teams instead of the normal 36 teams. The number of teams was limited because the back nine holes at the Okeechobee Golf & County Club were not playable. “In our 20 years of existence, we have paid out $195,590 to 61 students in scholarships, and $86,718.38 to 76 families in their time of need,” explained OCSO Major Noel Stephen. “These recipients are all families of Okeechobee County law enforcement and re ghters.” Money is raised through corporate sponsorships, as well as hole and team sponsors. Maj. Stephen said Century Link was a corporate sponsor, and other sponsors included Communications International, Swanson Services Corp. along with 5th Street Pharmacy. “We want to thank all our sponsors for their continued support of the Skip Bryant Memorial. It is their support that allows us to continue our efforts, which is what Glover ‘Skip’ Bryant III loved about our Okeechobee community,” said Maj. Stephen. Over $17,000 raised for Skip Bryant fund 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Brandon Ray Harper, 23, Linda Road, w as arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of dealing in stolen property ( ve counts). His bond w as set at $50,000.  Jatravian Lenard Kelly, 23, N.E. 17th A ve., was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Cody Hurst on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. He is being held without bond.  Morningstar Moon Whitewater, 28, S.E. 14th Ave., was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation tampering with evidence. She 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. A rrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  800 block of S.W. 28th St. BURGLARY  6600 block of E. Center St.  1700 block of S.W. 16th St.  400 block of N.E. 138th St.  1900 block of S.R. 78 W.  2900 block of S.E. 47th Terrace  4600 block of S.E. 28th St.  2700 block of S.E. 47th Terrace  2900 block of S.E. 47th Terrace  600 block of N.E. 24th Ave.  4600 block of S.E. 28th St.  8600 block of S.E. 59th Drive  2700 block of S.E. 47th Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane  4800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. FRAUD  2500 block of S.W. 21st Court  2500 block of S.E. 18th Terrace THEFT  8000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  4200 block of S.E. 23rd Court  3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  1600 block of S.R. 70 W.  2300 block of S.W. 28th St.  17000 block of N.W. 144th Ave.  19000 block of N.W. 80th Drive  1400 block of N.W. 47th Terrace  10000 block of N.E. 20th Lane  1500 block of S.R. 70 E.  900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3800 block of S.E. 32nd Lane OCSO Investigations


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Bachelor’s Degree graduates comprise the most rapidly growing group of graduates with 312 Baccalaureate graduates, a 29% increase over the 242 graduating last fall. Since the College began offering Bachelor’s Degree programs in 2008, over 1,580 students have earned a four-year degree from IRSC. The Fall Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. IRSC will continue to hold the traditional Spring Commencement Ceremony in May. “Students realize that a college education is one of the best investments they can make and are increasingly attracted to IRSC’s 150 Associate Degree and Certi cate programs, as well as 23 Bachelor’s Degree programs. College graduates with a fouryear degree typically average over $1 million more in lifetime earnings than high school graduates and are more likely to remain employed throughout their lifetime,” said Dr. Mary G. Locke, Vice-President of Instructional Services. “The prospect of better economic security and a brighter future is a great incentive for all IRSC students to complete their Associate or Bachelor’s Degree. At IRSC, our students nd the help they need to reach that goal. Our counselors and advisors are dedicated to helping students stay on track and work closely with every degree-seeking student to develop a personal road map to graduation.” Presenting the Fall Commencement Address will be Congressman Patrick E. Murphy who represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which includes Martin, St. Lucie, and northern Palm Beach counties. Congressman Murphy serves on the prestigious House Committee on Financial Services, and the House Committee on Small Business as the Ranking Member on the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee. His family has been in the construction industry for ve generations. Murphy stayed in the industry, starting his own small business, Coastal Environmental Services, specializing in disaster relief and cleanup efforts. In 2010, Congressman Murphy spent six months working in the Gulf of Mexico to help with cleanup efforts following the BP oil spill. Congressman Murphy earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Miami and went to work as a Certi ed Public Accountant (CPA) for Deloitte and Touche, as an auditor of Fortune 500 companies. Congressman Murphy is one of only ten CPAs currently serving in the House of Representatives. Twenty Okeechobee residents will graduate this month. Amber Thornton, 27, will receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education. The mother of three is working as a full-time substitute at Seminole Elementary and is being interviewed for a 4th grade teaching position. “I like teaching because I’m making a difference,” she said. “I loved my advisors and teachers at IRSC and now one chapter is closing and another is opening.” Valentina Humphries, 49, is proud to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Addiction Studies. She will be joined at the Commencement ceremony by her sister Elizabeth Shaw who is earning an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Both sisters raised families and worked while continuing their education. IRSC is nationally ranked for both quality and affordability, ranking as the 12th top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report. IRSC is also designated as the 4th Most Affordable College in the nation by the US Department of Education Established in 1960, IRSC is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The comprehensive state college offers over 150 programs, including Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees for college and university transfer, Associate in Science Degrees for career training and Quick Job Training. Campuses are located in Fort Pierce, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Okeechobee with many opportunities for online learning through the Virtual Campus. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772. Indian River State College plans fall commencement Okeechobee residents will be among those awarded degrees on Dec. 18 at the Indian River State College Fall Commencement. The Fall Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Okeechobee County residents who will receive Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are Luke Ray Bailey and Raquel Moreno. Okeechobee County residents who will receive Bachelor of Science degrees are David Hubert Coffman Jr., Kayla Nicole Hardin, Cassie Nicole Holt, Valentina Renae Humphries, Briceida Genoveva Perez, Rachel Holt Porter, Amber Marie Thornton. An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded to John Thomas Benbow. Okeechobee County residents who will receive Associate in Arts degrees include: Melissa Ann Aguilar, Emily Ann Berggren, Victoria Lin Bostic, Adam M. Brandel, Ashtyn Brown, Jeremy Logan Brown, Jacob Kenneth Bryan, Ruselie Calvillo, Kevin C. Cameron, Jessica Brianna Christian, Alicia Rae Cline, Karen Marie Cortez, Martha Cruz, Taydra Alison Delprete, Shawna L. Dunn, Septemberlyn Alexandria Durham, Robin Edmonds, James Dillon Fralix, Taylor Renee’ Fulford, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Furphy, Caitlyn Jane Gaucin, Marializbeth Gonzalez, Brittany Nicole Haas, Lauren Elizabeth Halliday, Tara F. Hallin, Megan Nicole Harper, Ana Maria D. Hernandez, Monica Michelle Hernandez, Dillon Michael Hobson, Kristie Marie Holley, Ruth Elizabeth Howell, Yanet Huerta, Jessica Corin Jimenez, Alonna Lashell Johnson, Samuel Courtney Kenworthy, Logan Maxwell Kindell, Ricardo Elimiral Lane, Robert Everett Lange, Heidi Jo Ann Lefevre, Emilie Mattiette Lege, Hector Lopez, Whitney Amanda McMillan, Rebekka Devin Miller, Felix Moros, Jesus Omar Nunez, Emily Ann Peppers, Vianey Pineda, Christina Shank, Brooke Nicole Snyder, Sara Joelle Sparks, Naomi E. Stevens, Greg Scott Straight, Tina Danielle Thomas, Cristhian De Jesus Toribio Pineda, Amanda Marie Vuleta, Carolyn Jones Warren, Alice Maria Watson, Tara Denise Wilson, Alexis Starr Winans, Hannah Rose Woods, Cristen Marie Wooten and Dannielle Wyatt. Okeechobee County residents who will receive Associate in Science Degrees include Alexis Victoria Ariail, Maria Guadalupe Baltazar, Whitley B. Burch, Karen Marie Charlton, Helen Marie Chason, Annette Colon, Brandon Tucker Farless, Mitchell Willems Farrell, Patrick Brian Griffen, Melissa Cay Marcinek, Elizabeth McQueen Shaw, Dawn Marie Simrell, Jacob Lee Stevens, Laurie Ann Thompson and Siara Nichole Tro bio. NOTE: The Indian River State College Commencement lists include students who applied for graduation by Dec. 6, 2013. Okeechobee residents earn degrees Tree sales help Main StreetChristmas trees will be available next door to the 1 Stop Party Shop on Park Street through Sunday, Dec. 22. The lot will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Delivery is also available. Main Street will receive 10 percent of all sales. Rep. Patrick Murphy


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Email: KaBienaime@semtribe.com or fax 954-967-3477 Washington County School ProgramAt Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCIES (2) MATH Teacher (Grades 6-12) ENGLISH Teacher (Grades 6-12) (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Position requirements are detailed at website: Go to http://wcsdschools.com Go to Administrative Services and click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. 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MiscellaneousGREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT SPORTSCRAFT ELECTRIC TURBO POWERED AIR HOCKEY TABLE W/DIGITAL SCORE BOARD 2 4 PLAYERS INCLUDES ALL GAME PIECES & MANUAL PAID OVER $300 ASKING $185 O.B.O. CALL (863) 447-0742. Musical InstrumentsGREAT GRANDMA’S ANTIQUE HANDCRAFTED OAK LORETO CHICAGO PUMP ORGAN PERFECTLY TUNED SINGS LIKE A BIRD WILL SACRIFICE AT $800 O.B.O. CALL (863)447-0742. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesYorkipoo Puppy Toy black male 11 wks old. Shots health cert. Very Playful. $475. cash only 863-610-2725. Apartments2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN. WALKING DISTANCE TO STORES, NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $550.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 2bd/1ba Fully Furnished utilities included, w/d pool, tennis court, club house privileges. Linens, dishes. In Kings Bay long/short term lease. 863-634-8331 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 OAK TREE 2BR, 1BA, 1 story apt, W/D, very clean, freshly painted, tiled oors, small pets OK. $700, 1st, last, $500 sec. 863-634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEE 2 BR 1BA, in town. $550/mo. + utils. Call 863-697-0413. OKEECHOBEE in town Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Util. & lawn included. $650/mo. 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. Commercial PropertyOKEE Industrial lot for rent. Over 1/2 Acre. Good for Semi’s & heavy equip. $400 mo. Call 863-610-0516. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013


Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo 1BR, 1BA, furnished, No pets. Pool. $650 mo. plus Security. Yearly Lease. Call 502-468-5976. Houses Rent2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 3bdrm/1bath on 1 acre, Ceramic tile oors, New cabinets & counter tops, No Pets. First, Last +Security. $850.00 a month. 863-634-2820 Newly remodeled & painted 3bdrm/1b. house in Dixie Ranch Estates on a large lot. First, Last & Security No Pets. $800.00 a month 863-634-2820 OKEE2/1 $498.00 and 3/2 $ 625.00 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard, 1 small pet okay $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. References needed. Please call 561-596-1344 RANCH Oak Hammock, 7 1/2 ac., fenced with 2 pastures, 3BR, 3BA, 2000 sq. ft. with porches, 48x24 2 story barn, with tack rm & chicken coop, 30’x30’ carport, March 2014 occup. Must see! $1,000/mo. Call 386-214-4333. WATER FRONT 1/1 NICELY FURNISHED HOUSE ON RIM CANAL CLOSE TO TOWN PERFECT FOR SEASONAL RENTAL FOR 1 TO 2 PEOPLE SMALL PET WELCOME 3 UNITS TO CHOOSE FROM INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES LONG OR SHORT TERM RATES AVAILABLE 1ST & SECURITY (863)467-4371 Office Space RentGREAT LOCATION SMART SET PLAZA ACROSS FROM McDONALD’S, HWY 70, 3080sq. ft. COMMERCIAL SPACE. CALL 561-996-7491 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Rooms To RentROOM FOR RENT, $300.00 A MONTH. A/C, CABLE & ELEC. INCLUDED. 863-447-0632 WHISPERING PINES Houses SaleDirect River/Lake Access No lock to go through. Very nice park model w/full Florida rm., screened porch & double car port. Fully furnished, comes with boat slip on Kissimee River. $32,500. 574-261-2045 or 574-784-2002. Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES $600.00 DOWN OWNER FINANCING CALL 863-824-0944 OKEECHOBEE 5 WOODED ACRES $2,000 DOWN OWNER FINANCING ZONED MOBILE HOME OR BUILD YOUR HOME CALL 763-6358 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Call 863-610-1600 OAKS OF BLUE HERON BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME. PRICED TO SELL BY OWNER. RESIDENTIAL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE. $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-28220 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE FENCED LOT WITH BEAUTIFUL OAK TREES. BUILD A HOME OR PUT MOBILE HOME ON LOT. $14,500.00 863-634-2820 Mobile Home Rent1 AND 2 BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED, GREAT LOCATION RENT INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND DIRECT TV. CALL 239-246-6301 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile Home Rent1/1 NICELY FURNISHED PARK MODEL LOCATED ON RIM CANAL. CLOSE TO TOWN. INCLUDES ELECTRIC, WATER, SATELLITE, LAWN CARE & GARBAGE PICKUP. STARTING AT $800 A MONTH. CALL (863) 467-4371. 2bd/2ba BHR Waterfront home $800 a month utilities, lawn, garbage included. Call 863-467-0745 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Mobile HomeSaleMOBILE HOME FOR SALE VANTAGE OAKS 55+ PARK NEW AIR COND., SCREEN ROOM $16,900. CALL 863-484-0501 Palm Harbor Factory liquidation Sale 6 models to choose from 1200 sq ft up to 2400 sq ft... $12K off! John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Campers/RVs2005 HI LO RV TOW LITE SERIES M-2705T. ABOVE AVG. CONDITION, EXCEPT FOR DAMAGE MAKE OFFEROBO. JOHN 305-962-6480, 1157 24TH ST. BHR 5TH WHEEL CAMPER, 2006 29’, Wildcat by Forest River, $14,000. Call 502-379-3437. Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 MotorcyclesHonda Shadow 2003 Sabre 1100 9,090 miles. $4200. Call John 863-634-3500. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Travel TrailersTRAVEL TRAILER w/Florida Rm. Completely Furnished, including 2 at screen TV’s, seasonal park, low lot rent & boat dock. $2500 Pontoon boat also for sale. Call 574-361-3717 to see. Automobiles2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS GS V8 305 LOW MILES 1 OWNER WELL MAINTAINED COLD A/C LEATHER FULLY LOADED RUNS GREAT ASKING $6390 O.B.O. CALL (863) 447-0742. 2013 Chrysler 200 LX Economical 4cyl, fact. warranty, p/w & p/l Was $16,995, Holiday Sale-Price just $14,885 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 2013 Dodge Avenger SE Sedan Sporty 4cyl, fact. wheel pkg, dk blue Was $16,995, Holiday Sale Price only $14,995 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L Beautiful Car in Cabernet Pearl w/leather Was $24,994, Holiday Sale Priced just $23,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863)983-4600 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Four WheelDrive2013 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4x4 Cummins, SLT pkg, under 15K miles! HUGE savings over new -price at $39,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 Sport Utility2010 Mercury Mariner Premier Loaded 4cyl. w/ leather, very clean SUV! Was $14,995 Manager’s special only $13,445 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863)983-460 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Sport Utility2013 Ford Expedition XLT 4x2 3 rows of seats, tow pkg, fact. warranty Save thousands vs. new! On sale for $30,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013-CP-079 IN RE: ESTATE OF: URSUAL ELISABETH HOWES NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of URSULA ELISABETH HOWES whose date of death was May 16, 2013 and whose social security number is XXXXX-6187, is pending in the circuit court, nineteenth judicial circuit of Florida, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida; probate division, which address is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and address of the personal representative and the attorney for the estate are set forth below. ALL CREDITORS of decedent, and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, or whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must le such claims with this court: WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE, OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. ALL OTHER creditors of the decedent, and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this court WITHIN THREE (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 PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is December 8th, 2013. JOHN R. COOK, Attorney & Personal Representative 312 NW 3rd St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-0297 Florida Bar #262951 458101 ON 12/8,15/2013 16 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 ACROSS 1 Held, as a protest 7 Beggars request 11 T-shirt sizes, for short 14 Bow user 15 Homebuyers request 16 Bali __Ž 17 GreatŽ Russian emperor 18 Missing someone special 20 Modern recording device 22 Now, listen to me ...Ž 23 Start of a fictional sea shanty 27 Flair 28 Was __ forward?Ž 29 Have on 30 Enjoys the shallows 31 Duke U.s conference 32 Jib or spinnaker 33 Flab 34 80s-90s ABC drama 40 Time workers, briefly 41 Topsoil 42 Not worth a __ 43 Doorposts 46 Male swine 47 Poetic black 48 Layer between the sclera and retina 49 Quick nap 51 Interrupt 53 Adams second 54 Competitive look 56 Black Sea port 60 Before, in an ode 61 Country south of Iran 62 Discrimination based on years 63 Damascus is its cap. 64 Divisions in 65Across 65 Where one hears the starts of 18-, 23-, 34-, 49and 54-Across DOWN 1 Oozy tree output 2 Italian trio 3 Performance 4 Inner city area 5 Weird 6 Garage entrances 7 More than most 8 Not so tight 9 Expert 10 Bygone knife 11 Protection against spears 12 Gordon of Oklahoma!Ž (1955) 13 Notes similarities (to) 19 Blade cover 21 __ the loneliest numberŽ: old song lyric 23 Italian automaker 24 Skin irritation 25 Centers of attention 26 Unpleasant smell 30 Measure of power 32 Conventions, for short 33 Interisland transport 35 Dealers incentive 36 Sporty Mazda 37 Literary ID 38 Barnes & Noble e-book reader 39 Six-shooters 43 Court figures 44 Zoo section 45 German physician from whose name a spellbinding word evolved 46 Black-spotted feline 47 Brennan of Private BenjaminŽ 49 Oil holder 50 Golfers lofted iron 52 Sci-fi subjects 55 One-point Scrabble letters 57 It can be carnal or cardinal 58 Govt. assistance program 59 Trans __: certain Pontiacs By Todd Gross (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 11/01/11 11/01/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


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It was a back and forth intense battle that featured some ne shooting from both squads and some physical play. Westwood led 18-13 after the rst quarter but Okeechobee led 35-31 at the half. Okeechobee led 62-54 with four minutes to go but Westwood went on an 8-0 run in less than a minute to tie the game. Brahman coach Shawn Hays said he liked the way that his team responded with the game on the line. "I told them there going to shot and they're going to make some but they will go cold in a minute. We scored and they missed ve three point basket attempts," he said. "It was one of those games where you keep ghting and you never know what will happen." Roshell Thomas scored on a drive to the hoop and Stewart hit seven big free throws in the nal minutes. Fred Bradley made a layup to ice the game in the nal 16 seconds. Asmussen thanked his point guard for getting him good looks. "I felt my shooting tonight and I made some 3 pointers and cut to the basket for a few buckets," he said. "It felt good because everyone was cheering. We are glad to get a w in at home." Asmussen said the team has worked hard on their half-court offense in practice and that worked in this game as they were able to get a lot of good looks and a lot of free throws. Hays said he likes the fact that more players were able to score tonight. He said the team needed more offensive diversity. "Fred, Eddie, Chase -we had contributions from everyone. When that happens we'll be tough to stop," said the OHS coach. Okeechobee lost the junior varsity game 67-33. Stewart’s 19 leads OHS past Westwood Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJacob Stewart (24 in white) was harassed and hammered by the Panther defense but still managed 19 points to lead OHS Wednesday. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsLuca Farina had two goals, one on a nice feed by Bradley Farias as the South Fork Bulldogs defeated Okeechobee 2-0 to hand the Brahmans their rst loss of the season W ednesday night at Brahman Stadium. South Fork (7-2) did just enough on offense and played at a speed Okeechobee hadn't seen this year. OHS, (7-1) had some chances to score, and one shot by Brian Guerrero hit the goal post late in the second half. OHS coach Lonnie Sears said he knew he w ould have to have a complete team effort to defeat this team. "At the end we pushed the ball and played it to the middle to wide open guys. We just didn't do that enough tonight," he noted. There was high energy from both teams as they knew a possible top seed in the district tournament was at stake. Farias lofted a ball over the defender to hit a streaking Farina 10 yards from the Brahman goal at the 16 minute mark of the rst half for the only goal of the rst half. Sears said up to that point his team played slowly and didn't match the skill of South Fork. "In the rst 20 minutes we were not pushing the ball around very quickly. It was like a JV team competing against a varsity," he said. "Once they scored, the results were obvious, we out-played them for the rest of the half." He said the team still is not at full strength with Devin Jimenez battling a serious knee injury and Jose Ponce De Leon also sidelined. He predicted that if the Brahmans are at full strength they can compete with South Fork. "It is not the end of the world. As long as we get the number one or number two seed we get a bye in the tournament," he explained. "I want to see them again. If we're at full strength it's a different game. We have a few key cogs missing and it really hurts us because we don't have any speed on the outside." The Brahmans travelled to play at Jensen Beach to play a match postponed by weather on Friday. OHS boys dealt rst soccer loss


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 19 Okeechobee News December 15, 2013 found Moore guilty of aggravated battery w ith a deadly weapon on a law enforcement of cer, aggravated battery with a deadly w eapon with great harm on a law enforcement of cer, resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and introduction of contraband into a state correctional institution. He was also charged with attempted rst-degree murder on a law enforcement of cer, but the jury opted for a lesser charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement of cer with a deadly weapon. "Obviously, I'm disappointed on the lesser but generally happy with the juror's verdicts on the charges," said Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis, who prosecuted the case. Mr. Davis went on to explain that because of Moore's criminal history he could possibly be designated as a prison releasee re-offender (PRR) by Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer at Moore's 1:30 p.m. sentencing on Jan. 15, 2014. If he receives that classi cation, Moore could be sentenced to serve at least 30 years in prison. That is a day-for-day sentence, meaning that he would have to serve the entire 30 years. That most likely won't matter much to Moore, who is already serving a life sentence, and has been in prison since he was 24 years of age. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show Moore has been convicted of such major felonies as robbery with a gun/ deadly weapon, attempted rst-degree premeditated murder, burglary while armed, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a weapon. Those records also show that Moore was given a life sentence when he was found guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon for a second time. And even though Moore is still in prison, Mr. Davis said the PRR statute would still apply. Jurors heard testimony from several OCI guards who were involved in the 2012 incident that occurred in the yard' as inmates were walking to the cafeteria for their evening meal. In his opening argument, Mr. Davis told jurors that guards witnessed another inmate, Maurice Flowers, running across the yard. They also saw that he was bleeding from the neck. Moore, said the prosecutor, was then seen holding a knife in each hand. "Guard Stephen Whitney asked Moore to drop the weapons. Moore said I'll kill you' and swung the knives at the corrections of cer," Mr. Davis told the jury. While Of cer Whitney was on the stand, he explained to jurors that when Moore swung the knife at him, he stepped back to avoid being cut. Three other guards then came to help Of cer Whitney by surrounding Moore. Mr. Davis said Moore tried to run from the guards and in the process cut Sergeant Francis Hanna. Sgt. Hanna received a small laceration to his face and another to his arm. With Corrections Of cer Amos Hopkins on the stand, Mr. Davis introduced into evidence the guard's pullover shirt he was wearing that day. He then showed the shirt to the jury to indicate how lucky Of cer Hopkins was -the shirt was slit on the right side by one of the knives swung by Moore. Fortunately, the guard was not injured. Of cers testi ed how they nally were able to take Moore to the ground and handcuff him. Then, when they lifted the inmate from the ground, the of cers found a third shank lying under Moore. Moore was represented at trial by defense attorney Stanley Glenn, from the public defender's of ce. OCIContinued From Page 1 David Lee Moore tax credit, tax refund for business machinery and equipment used in an enterprise zone, sales tax refund for building materials used in an Enterprise Zone and a sales tax exemption for electrical energy used in an enterprise zone. Local governments can provide additional incentives for a zone located within their boundaries. Earlier this year, legislation passed by the Florida Legislature gave certain communities in the state a one-time opportunity to expand the boundary of their Enterprise Zone. Communities with an Enterprise Zone of between 15 and 20 square miles in area, and w here at least a portion of the Enterprise Zone includes an area designated as a Rural A rea of Critical Economic Concern, have the option to expand the zone to include an additional 3 square miles. Okeechobee County has been designated as a Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern and its Enterprise Zone was about 19.36 square miles in area. County staff developed a new proposed boundary for the Enterprise Zone that is 2.992 square miles larger than the original boundary. A few areas will removed from the boundary while other areas are suggested to be added. The Enterprise Zone boundary includes an area around U.S. 441 North and N.W. 110th Street in Okeechobee Little Farms and an area around U.S. 441 North and N.E. 144th Street in the Country Hills/Dark Hammock area. The primary Enterprise Zone area includes all of the City of Okeechobee and adjoining highway and residential areas. All of the suggested changes are to this area. ZONEContinued From Page 1 Most Unique: First place, Waste Management; second place, A.E. Mac McHugh; and, third place, Everglades Elementary School "Art Club Tree". Best Theme: rst place; Indian Reservation Charter School Pemayetv Emahakv; second place, Waste Management; and third place, Everglades Elementary "Gator". Best Custom Graphics: First place; Quality A/C and Heating; second place, OCT Christmas Belles; third place, OCT Its A Wonderful Life. Most Creative: First place, Rachelle Albright "Christmas Multicultural"; second place, Seminole Elemantary school "Christmas Bring it On", third place, Okeechobee Health Care. Most Fun or Comical: First place; WalMart Cartoon; second place, Home Depot; third place, Dray Family "Silent Night. Most Musical: First place, "Go Light Your Candle" words, music and sung by Chris Rice; second place, OCT "Pig"; third place, Dray Family "Silent Night". Best in Show: Walmart Cartoon. Committee Choice: Brigthon Seminole Reservation Charter school Pemayetv Emahakv. CARDSContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyWaste Management won rst place in the Most Unique card category. Church hosts Christmas programOkeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., would like to invite everyone to a program called "Merry Christ-Mess!" Only God can turn a mess into a message. The program will start at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 15. Everyone is invited. For information, call 863-763-4127.