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Special to the Okeechobee News On Thursday, Dec. 12, local World War II veteran Lemoyne C. Ezell was honored by Sportsman’s Foundation for Military Families with a hunting trip on a private hunting preserve. The private hunting preserve is operated by Okeechobee Out tters and is on the Brighton Reservation. Mr. Ezell was personally escorted on his hunt by Danny SantAngelo owner of Okeechobee Out tters. Sunday, December 22, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 153 14.34 feetLast Year: 15.17 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Hospital honors volunteer ... Page 18 IRSC offers auto repair training ... Page 7 Churches plan holiday services ... Page 4 Are you at risk of developing colon cancer? ... Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenRinging the bellsHelping the Salvation Army raise money at Christmas time is tiring. Just ask Windi Smith, who spent three days last week in front of Walmart with her children. Little Rhya wore herself out and fell asleep in her mom’s lap. Ms. Smith said she and her family will ring the bells again on Christmas Eve. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) and volunteers were busy Friday morning cooking and delivering meals as a fundraising effort for an injured deputy. OCSO Major Noel Stephen said there were about 50 volunteers all working together to help OCSO Deputy Joseph Gracie, who remains hospitalized with injuries he received in a Dec. 1 car accident. “We’ve got six grills going and 16 people cooking,” said the major. When all was said and done, Maj. Stephen said the event raised a total of $10,500 for the deputy and his family. The money was to be given to the family later Friday afternoon, added the major. Maj. Stephen went on to say about 800 meals were prepared, and that 600 meals were sold prior to the Dec. 20 bene t. Volunteers, Bene t barbecue helps injured deputy Hunting trip is dream come true for WWII veteran Special to the Okeechobee News/ Ray WorleyArmed with the same kind of gun he used in his military service, Lemoyne C. Ezell, 84, shot a buck on Danny and Carla SantAngelo’s Hunting Preserve. See DEPUTY — Page 5 See HUNT — Page 5


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County commission The Board of County Commissioners deliberately holds its meetings during the day when the voters are at work, and cannot afford to take the time off to participate. The age old claims that the public is not “interested” are among the most asinine statements ever made by the BOCC, and on occasion the county staff. It’s a terrible excuse, evidence of the corrupt practices by the BOCC, and is nothing more than an abused, if but facile argument to avoid the real issue. It is the deliberate denial by the BOCC to afford the public a venue for discussion, it is the deliberate method to ensure that the public is disenfranchised, marginalized and excluded from participation in the county governmental processes to which they are entitled.  I’m not defending the BOCC of having their meetings in the daytime but the reality is that more people show up to the meetings when they are held during the day than after work. I was told by the commissioners that they tried to hold the meetings at night a few years ago and they found more people show up for the daytime meetings rather than the evenings.  I spoke with several of the commissioners on this very subject just before the budget meetings were held a few months ago. They told me that they scheduled the budget meetings after working hours and that they were scheduled as meeting not workshops. Meetings allow for public input while workshops are for the commissioners only and the public has no input. Several of the meetings had less than ve people show up to them—even the sheriff didn’t bother to show and everyone knew he was going to be the center of attention. I think the county budgeting meetings are some of the most important meetings that they hold all year and was expecting a better turnout. Actions speak louder than words. Christmas Faithby Loy Mershimer, pastorOkeechobee Presbyterian Church A young boy named Paul struggled with faith. A pastor’s son growing up in the Depression, he watched his faithful father and mother strive for daily bread. The Depression days were not easy, and especially for poor preachers. The family walked a ne line between extreme need and daily bread. Young Paul watched his parents pray, and saw many answered prayers: the family never starved. And yet, he often wondered why needs weren’t met more quickly, and why some prayers fell on silent heavens. It all came to a head one Christmas. His crisis of faith accelerated as Christmas grew near — the house bereft of food, not a scrap of money left for presents or feasts. And worse, he saw the effect of the want on the face of his father: Lines drawn in his dad’s face, brow furrowed in concern, shoulders bearing the weight of family need. And yet, his father kept the family prayers. He read the Bible daily, and told the family to trust in God. Young Paul tried to trust, but his faith grew thin. Too many questions. Why would God allow them to struggle so much? Christmas grew near, with no presents under the tree, and no food in the cupboards. The closer Christmas came without answers, the lower fell Paul’s faith. Christmas Eve night was the worst of his life. He entered into depths of dark dismay and doubt. “Why, God?” “Don’t you care?” But that morning, something happened that changed his life. Early that Christmas morning, he heard his father quietly moving in the pre-dawn darkness. The door softly opened, then shut. Silence. Paul instantly awakened, threw on his coat and followed his father out the door. He saw his father enter the barn, so he crept to the barn and peered through a crack. His father was praying! The prayer cut him to the heart. His dear father was asking God for Christmas food. He also asked God for gifts for the children. “Heavenly Father, I’ve been asking you… and this is Christmas morning, and there is no answer. So, I’m asking again. You have your ways, I know, but you invited us to ask, and you said would answer. So I’m asking again: Please, provide for my family today, Christmas Day.” Christmas day dawned on the anguished prayers of a faithful man, and a secretly listening son. Paul wept, hearing his father pray like this. And the knife of bitterness already in his heart cut deeper still. From what he could see, God was totally silent. He knew they had no food, and that the tree was barren of gifts. He walked back to the house, head bowed, faith pretty much at end. He arrived at the house, just in time to see a buggy clipping down the road, turning into the long lane. He ran back to the barn: “Dad, we have a visitor!” he shouted. His father opened the barn door, hope springing into his face: could it be? Could it be the answer? The buggy pulled up to the house and the owner of the local store jumped out. “Rev. Lucas! Rev. Lucas! God would not let me sleep all night, until I promised to drive out here rst thing Christmas morning with these items!” Paul watched in stunned silence as food and gifts were carried into the house. His father wept openly, lifting his hands in praise of God. In that moment, Paul’s young heart was won for God. He was brought to faith on the prayer of his father and the royal gift of God. The doubt of the night swept away in the full light of Christmas Day: Answered prayer in the form of a shop owner, obedient enough to listen to the nudges of God. As an old man, Paul witnessed that as the moment that faith became real for him, and the moment the call of God entered his life, to carry on the preaching of the gospel. Christmas faith! Alleluia! Selah. Lesson: What if the shop owner had not listened to the Spirit of God? What would have happened to the faith of a boy — and all those he was called to help in his life — if the store owner had reasoned away the holy guidance? God uses people to answer prayers, friends. We are the hands and feet of Christ. And, the faith of a child may depend on our obedience this Christmas. Let’s listen, and obey, and help many souls to faith. Amen. December 22, 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! Santa to visit Flagler ParkThe Okeechobee Kiwanis and Key Clubs will host Santa in the Park at the bandstand in Flagler Park, Dec. 22 and 23 from 6 until 8 p.m.Moose plan holiday hoursOkeechobee Moose Lodge 1753 will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Free nger food will be available. Anyone is welcome to bring their favorite Christmas snack to share. Thursday bingo will be at 1 p.m. and lunch will be served. Friday bingo will be at 6:30 p.m. and food will be available.Christmas Cantata plannedThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 15th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will present the Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Oakview hosting serviceOakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will have a Christmas Eve Service and Observance of The Lord’s Supper on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited.Christmas Eve worship Light in the Darkness: A candlelight service of carols, readings and special music in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who entered our world of darkness so that we might enter His world of Light! The service will be at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For more information, call 863824-0013.VFW has Christmas dinnerBig Lake VFW Post 10539 is having Christmas dinner of ham, turkey and all the xins on Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. Donations will be appreciated. On Dec. 31, there will be a New Year’s Eve party from 4 until 8 p.m. -for those who cannot stay up until midnight. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres to share. Cowboy karaoke will entertain. Holiday Happenings


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 Mr. Ezell was born in April of 1929 and that makes him almost 85 years old. He has been part of the Okeechobee landscape for all those years he says, “except for the time he served in the Navy.” Mr. Ezell served in World War II and remembers his most exciting moment. He was forward watch two days out of Pearl Harbor and reported two Japanese mines ahead of his ship. His report caused him to be sent a ri e commonly used by the military at the time, an M-1 Garand. Mr. Ezell dispatched the two mines while they were still 300 yards away with two shots from his ri e. “That was with rear peep sights and 300 yards away and it is something I will never forget,” he said with a smile. Mr. Ezell only needed help from a local friend to ll out his application for the hunt. The friend turned out to be Ray Worley, a Son of the American Legion and an adult v olunteer for the 4-H Picture Perfect Photography Club. Mr. Worley assisted Mr. Ezell in making the hunt happen. “When Ray called me and told me I was going to get to go hunting, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Mr. Ezell. Mr. Worley picked up Mr. Ezell and took him to Danny and Carla SantAngelo’s Hunting Preserve. Mr. Ezell was escorted around the club house by Mr. SantAngelo. Mr. Ezell appreciated the mounted game at the club house. His excitement continued to grow as he was taken from the club house to a large waiting swamp buggy. There he was asked to take the gunners seat and handed a 30-06 Ri e which was the same caliber as the one he used as a marksman with in his Naval service. Mr. SantAngelo explained to Mr. Ezell what he was seeing: “We are riding on 2,500 acres of land that is still maintained as it used to be. This is what Florida used to look like.” As they rode, Mr. Ezell was elated to see the trails through oak hammocks and ponds. Exotic game was in herds; Mr. SantAngelo called them black bucks. Mr. Ezell had told everybody he was not really interested in harvesting anything. Just being out to see what he had seen when he was much younger just one more time would give him a great and everlasting memory of what he had enjoyed as a younger man. Mr. Ezell was especially happy when he saw game and there were plenty of animals to see. As the group headed back toward the club house, Mr. Ezell withdrew into silence as the realization sunk in that hunting means just that hunting. Hunting does not mean harvesting each and every time one goes hunting. Mr. Ezell had been aware that it was possible that they could hunt all day and not get a chance to harvest any game. When Mr. SantAngelo had explained that earlier in the day Mr. Ezell seemed at ease with that thought. But as it appeared they were about to end the hunt without ring a shot, he seemed a little disappointed. He said the ride was just going to have to be enough. Then things changed. Off to the left came a young buck. Mr. Ezell was holding a 30.06 Ri e which was the same caliber ri e he had received Expert ef ciency rating with in the Navy so many years ago. ”There is your buck. “If you want him, take your shot,” said Mr. SantAngelo. Mr. Ezell became very quiet as did everybody else. Mr. Ezell turned around and rested his gun on the buggy. Everybody held their breath as the shot came louder than expected. As Mr. Ezell had said before the hunt, “one shot, one kill.” The buck was down and Mr. Lemoyne C. Ezell had ful lled a long-time dream o f harvesting a buck one more time. Mr. Ezell was so excited those with him thought he was going to need oxygen but he just started telling everybody how much this had meant to him and wanted to make sure that everybody who had anything to do with making this happen knew how much their effort meant to him. He wanted me to make sure that “than k yous” were given out to each and every one who had made his dream hunt a reality and something that he will remember the rest o f his life. Mr. Ezell wants to thank Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families (huntforvets.com). Danny and Carla SantAngelo o f Okeechobee Out tters, for all they did to make his hunt come true and Ray Worle y for all his help lling out applications and following up with Danny and Carla to make the hunt such a great surprise. Mr. Ezell gave special thanks to everybody for making his dream come true. “I will remember you all for what you have done for me,” he said. “I think this is the happiest day of my life. Thank you all for what you have done for me from the bottom of my heart. This has to be the best Christmas gift I have ever had.” HUNTContinued From Page 1 he continued, delivered some 300 barbecue chicken dinners. There was also an area set up in Flagler Park #6 where people could sit down and dine. Deputy Gracie, 46, was injured when he collided with another vehicle on S.R. 70 East as he was responding to a domestic violence call. The deputy, who was not running with his emergency lights or siren activated, was responding to the call as a back-up. The 2 a.m. crash claimed the lives Elizabeth Arellano Renteria, 21, and Hilda Marisol Medrano, 21. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release Deputy Gracie was westbound on the two-lane highway when Ms. Renteria, who was eastbound in her 2000 Ford Focus, attempted a left-hand turn into McDonald’s. The release states the young woman “... turned directly into the path ...” of the oncoming patrol car. At this point the FHP has not indicated the speed at which Deputy Gracie was driving his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria patrol unit. Maj. Stephen said Friday his heart still breaks for the families of the two young ladies, and that the bene t for Deputy Gracie and his family did not minimize the grief he and the sheriff’s of ce feels for those families. “We are sympathetic to the other families, but we just felt compelled to help our own — who’s a part of our family,” he said. The crash remains under investigation b y the FHP, who has 90 days before they have to release their ndings. Deputy Gracie, who has been with the sheriff’s of ce since 2005, has been taken out of the intensive care unit at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce and is expected to begin physical rehabilitation soon. As a side note, deputies who responded to that domestic violence call reportedly arrested a man on several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. DEPUTYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppLaurie Stephen (left) checks the temperature of the chicken at Friday’s bene t in Flagler Park for injured Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Deputy Joseph Gracie. Helping Mrs. Stephen is Richard Varnadore (right), a member of the OCSO auxiliary. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppMembers of the organizational committee for Friday’s bene t for Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Joseph Gracie were: (left to right) OCSO Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief, Amanda Blewett, Cindy Kemp, Jill Rogers and OCSO Major Noel Stephen.


Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen w ill 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.Food to be distributedPoint of Light Fellowship Church, 15399 S.R. 78 in Lakeport, will host two food trucks from the USDA and the Harry Chapin Food Pantry on Friday, Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. They will have enough free food for the rst 300 people to register. Bring bags and/or boxes to carry your food home.BHR cat sh festival plannedThe Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 20th annual Buckhead Ridge Cat sh Festival on Saturday, J an. 25 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Festival organizers are taking booth reservations now. For information, call 863-447-6585 or 863467-8220 or email bhrvfd@yahoo.com. GOP women host anniversaryThe Okeechobee Federated Republican Women's Club is proud to announce that they will celebrate their rst anniversary with Congressman Tom Rooney. The event will be held at Cowboy's, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., in the private dining room at 6 p.m. on Jan. 2 The cost for admission only is $25 pre-paid, and $30 at the door. The full Cowboy's menu will be available. Desserts will be provided. A cash bar will be available. RSVP is a must, as seating is very limited. To make reservations, call 863-634-8474 or e-mail okeechobeecfrw@gmail.com. These seats will go fast! Call early to ensure your seat is saved!Winter softball league formsLet's play ball! The Okeechobee Recreation Department Winter Co-Ed and Mens softball leagues are accepting team applications at the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department Of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, in the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The deadline to sign up a team is Jan. 3 The rst game of the regular season will be Jan. 13. The cost is $300 per team for the Co-Ed League and $350 per team for the Mens Winter League. For information, call 863-763-6950. 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.Loren E. Harris, 66OKEECHOBEE Loren E. Harris, 66, of Okeechobee, formerly of Deer eld Beach, passed away peacefully on Dec. 13, 20113. Loren was born August 27, 1947 to the late Al and Marty Harris. He graduated from Pompano High School in 1965. Having served in the US Army in Vietnam in 1968-69, he returned a decorated veteran. Loren and his dad formed Al Harris and Son Construction. He was elected to serve on the Board of Commissioners for Buck Head Ridge Mosquito Control District and served as the Buck Head Ridge Fire Chief. He also worked for the State of Florida Flood Control. A member of the local Breakfast Club for many years, Loren will be remembered for his sense of humor as well as the beautiful roses and orchids he grew and shared with many. Loren is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Loren Tate Harris (Fallon) of Mississippi; his brother, Dave (Pat) of Deer eld Beach, and their two sons, Greg and David (Teresa) all of Deer eld Beach; his sister, Judy H. Gardner of Hanalei, Hawaii; his four nephews, Greg and David Harris (Teresa), Derek S. Moore (Melanie) and Nathan Gardner (Diana); two grandsons, Tyler and Tanner Harris; and a grand niece, Torrie; and a grand nephew, Dalton. There will be a memorial ceremony at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth on Friday, Dec. 27, at 2:30. A gathering of family and friends after the ceremony is being planned and the location has yet to be determined. Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 Flag football leagues startThe deadline to sign up for the Okeechobee County Recreation Department Mens and Womens Flag Football leagues is Jan. 3 The fee is $350 per team. Teams can sign up at the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Of ce at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. For information, call 863763-6950. The rst game has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 13.Rock Solid to host a 5K raceRock Solid Christian Academy will 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.Art Fest seeks artistsThe 2014 Top of the Lake Art Fest is looking for artists. Entry forms for artists are now available online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org as well as the Main Street of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. There are four divisions: Juried and Non Juried Booth ne and artisan artists, Chalk Walk (street painting) artists, local adult Gallery artists and student artists. There are deadlines for all entries. The Top of the Lake Art Fest is Feb. 8-9, 2014.Register for youth basketballThe 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-Frida y from 8:30 a.m. until 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 online go to https://www. facebook.com/OkeeParksandRec.Health Expo is Jan. 25The seventh annual Okeechobee Famil y 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 will also be free entertainment and lunch, with over 100 vendor booths, giveaways and prizes. Apply for Florida KidCare, Medicaid and Food Stamps at the Expo. Complete the Know Your Numbers report card, which is a record of your free health screenings and an opportunity to win a prize. There is still lots of space available for vendors. For information, call 863462-5000, ext. 257; or, 863-634-6464. Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Florida leads the nation with more than 17 percent of its population age 65 years and older, and that number is expected to continue to grow in the years to come. Access to transportation is important to many older Floridians who cherish their independence. With such a large resident population of senior drivers and many more who vacation here during the winter months, it is tting that Florida observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help ensure seniors can continue to enjoy their freedom while doing so in a safe manner. "More than 3 million of our almost 16 million drivers in Florida are age 65 or older," said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones. "Being able to remain active and productive members of their communities is important to our older residents, and by highlighting the importance of driver safety, we hope they can continue to safely enjoy this freedom." The department offers these tips to assist older drivers: Plan your day so that you do most of your driving when visibility is greatest and traf c is lightest, such as mid-morning and after lunch. Plan the route to your destination to minimize left turns. Look twice both ways before making a turn or entering an intersection. Minimize lane changes. When you change lanes, be sure to use your signals. Turn the volume on your radio down or turn off the radio completely. Have your vision and hearing tested annually. Heed warning labels on medications. 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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 8 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop colorectal cancer with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing colorectal cancer. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include the following:Genetic factorsHeredity is perhaps the strongest risk factor for developing colorectal cancer. It is estimated that approximately 20% of all cases of colorectal cancer are hereditary. This risk increases if you have a primary relative, such as a parent, sibling, or child who develops colorectal cancer. Hereditary colon cancer occurs at a younger age. As a result, anyone with a history of colon cancer in a relative should seek screening early. Guidelines recommend a screening at age 40 or 10 years younger than the earliest age at which a relative developed colon cancer, whichever is younger. Even in the absence of hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), the presence of the disease before age 60 in near relatives increases one’s own risk. The two most common forms of inherited colon cancer are:  Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)—This is a fast-growing form of colorectal cancer. It accounts for about 5-15% of all colorectal cancer cases. Typically, people with this form develop cancer in their 40s.  Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)—People with this type of colorectal cancer develop hundreds of polyps at a very young age, sometimes as early as their teens. Initially, polyps are benign but do become cancerous over time. This type of colorectal cancer is rare. It only occurs in 1% of all colon cancer cases. If you have these polyps, the likelihood that you will develop colon cancer is almost 100%. Many patients have most of their colon removed as a preventive measure.AgeColorectal cancer most commonly occurs after age 50, though certain forms of this cancer may develop earlier. However, colorectal cancer can occur at any age.Lifestyle FactorsColorectal cancer has been strongly associated with lifestyle factors. The following factors may increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer:  Diet—Diets high in fat, particularly fat from animal sources, and low in ber have been associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer. Eating a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables may help lower the risk.  Lack of exercise—Regular exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Even moderate exercise of 30 minutes per day is bene cial.  Obesity—Obesity increases the risk o f colorectal cancer, particularly when weight is distributed in the waist, rather than on the hips and thighs.  Smoking—Smokers are at increased risk of getting colorectal cancer and dying due to colorectal cancer than nonsmokers.  Alcohol—Three or more alcoholic beverages a day increases risk of colorectal cancer. Drinking alcohol is also associated with a higher risk of forming large benign tumors called colorectal adenomas.GenderAlthough both men and women develop colorectal cancers, men are at a higher risk.Medical ConditionsUlcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, polyps, and a previous colorectal cancer are medical conditions that have been shown to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The Surgical Services Team at Raulerson Hospital perform colon resections, which is a removal of part of the colon, due to some types of colon cancers, diverticulitis, and intestinal blockages. In some cases, colon resections can be performed laparoscopicallyresulting in a quicker recovery. To nd a physician or speak to a registered nurse 24/7 call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Know your risk of developing colon cancer Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyHoliday cardsBrigthon Seminole Reservation Charter school Pemayetv Emahakv’s entry in the Holiday Stroll in the Park giant Christmas card display won the Committee Choice award. The annual display is a fundraiser by the Okeechobee High School band boosters.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Mr. and Mrs. Jeff D. Vest of Okeechobee, FL are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jeffrey R. Vest to Caroline A. Fite. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Markham of Okeechobee, FL and Mr. Richard Vest and Ms. Phyllis Vest of Okeechobee, FL. The groom graduated from Okeechobee High School and Lincoln College of Technology. The Bride-to-be graduated from Okeechobee High School and is attending Indian Rive State College. A March 1st wedding is planned. JEFFREY VEST ENGAGEMENT CAROLINE FITE & Sing with the Angelsand other seasonal favoritesThe beautiful blend of 58 voices comprising this season’s choir represents singers from 16 local churches. Frank Carter, concert pianist and accompanist, will play some of his Christmas Carol arrangements. His Christmas Cheer CD, as well as other CDs he has recorded, will be available for purchase. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. Singers from the audience will be Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus Admission is Free, but a love offering will be taken to defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 634-7714Will Present Its 15th Annual Christmas Cantata Concert Dec. 20 & 21 • 7PM DEC. 22 • 3PM SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C G 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 Friday, Dec. 273pm on Monday, Dec 23. 10 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee County Health Department Administrator Erin E. Hess along with more than 100 other new and aspiring public health of cials from across the nation, graduated on Dec. 11 from the National Association of County and City Health Of cials' (NACCHO) Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Of cials program. The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation, is designed to enhance the skills of top executives at local health departments. Participants in the 12-month program gained practical tools and experiences to help them w ork with elected of cials and community partners, manage strategic planning and health department resources, and discover approaches for addressing challenges unique to local health department leaders. "We are proud to have the opportunity to train public health leaders through Surv ive and Thrive," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "The Affordable Care Act and other factors are making our country's health climate increasingly complex and competitive. That's why it is even more important that dedicated public health leaders have the insights and tools they need to grow, ourish, and adapt w ith the times." Since 2008, nearly 190 new and aspiring local health of cials have been trained through the Survive and Thrive program. Current and retired local health of cials w ith ve or more years of experience serve as Survive and Thrive coaches. These volunteer coaches complement the formal Survive and Thrive curriculum by guiding individual development plans, leading discussions about issues important to the program fellows, and reviewing assessments and performance reports. Administrator Erin Hess stated, "It was an honor to be selected for NACCHO's Survive and Thrive program. NACCHO is at the forefront of public health improvement and provides local health departments with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Survive and Thrive not only increased my understanding of public health but has provided me with tools and resources to improve the health of the communities I serve." The National Association of County and City Health Of cials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. County health administrator graduates national program Special to the Okeechobee NewsGraduates of the National Public Health Improvement Program include: (front row) Barbara Turner of Highlands County and Erin Hess of Hardee and Okeechobee countie; (back row) Charles Henry of Sarasota County, Marsha Player Lindeman of Franklin and Gulf counties, Karlette Peck of Martin County, and Clint Sperber of St. Lucie County.


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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Bella Rose 311 N.E. Second St., is a full-service, Christian-based spa and salon. They do everything from manicures to Swedish massages. They also have a full line of organic hair products. The store will be open Christmas eve until 3 p.m. Bella Rose has many last minute gift items for anyone to pick up, such as jewelry, hats or a at iron w ith an oil infuser — they are great by the w ay. And for those who are just unsure what to get someone, pick up a gift certi cate for any one of their wonderful services. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! Also like them on Facebook or visit their website at w ww.mysalononline.com/bellarose. They can be reached at 863-357-3333.  Eli’s Western Wear 907 N.W. Park St., is more than just cowboy hats and boots. They have gifts in their store for everyone! They carry Brighton jewelry, cow hide rugs, dresses and even toys. They will be open Christmas eve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so stop on in and grab those last minute gifts. They w ill even wrap them for you free of charge! Not only do they offer gift wrapping all year round, but they also offer layaway. Check them out on Facebook or even order online at their website at www.eliswesternwear. com. They offer gift cards for all their items. They can be reached at 863-763-2984.  Flower Petals 207 N.E. Park St., is owned by Lisa Fralix, who has been a orist for 13 years. They carry fresh and silk w reaths, centerpieces and owers for all y our holiday decorating needs. They also carry great last minute gifts such as candles, kitchen accessories, goodie bouquets and fresh owers. Flower Petals will be open Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. Flower Petals’ sister company, CopyKat Art Studio, is a great place to get a gift to for anyone in your life. They offer classes and supply everything you need to make a beautiful work of your very own art. Flower Petals and CopyKat Art Studio offer gift certi cates all year ‘round. They can be reached at 863-763-5051.  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.’Tis the seasonDuring this holiday season we are all so busy running around getting everyone gifts, baking and visiting loved ones. We sometimes may forget what Christmas is all about because it’s not about candy canes, holly or lights all aglow. Its about the hearts that we touch and the care that we show. So keep that in mind as you are rushing through the stores or standing in line at the post of ce. So, from my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas! 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! ROTARY CLUB OF OKEECHOBEE A PORTON OF THE PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT REAL LIFE CHILDRENS RANCH JANUARY 25, 2014 QUAIL CREEK PLANTATION 5PM TO 9PM THIS IS AN EVENT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!! SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TICKETS $40 EACHSmoked Fish Dip Stuffed Jalaperos wtih Venison Swamp Cabbage Pheasant Axis Deer Frogs Legs Venison Kabobs Pulled Pork Red Stag Patties Quail Turkey Baked Beans Corn on the Cob Au Gratin Potatos Alligator Cup Cakes FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DONNA GAISER 863-610-9416 CANVAS.SHOP@YAHOO.COM 12 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercising Unless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on State Road 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility. While the county encourages area residents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the facility grounds for exercise, the staff asks everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering.


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Must have valid driver license and pass drug screen. Apply in person. Alan Jay Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep, 202 W. Sugarland, Hwy Clewiston DRIVERS $5000 Sign-n Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises 1-855-517-2488 RECEPTIONIST NEEDED COMPUTER, PHONE & CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS REQUIRED. APPLY WITHIN @ DIAMOND R. FERTILIZER 710 NE 5TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time Cashier for busy Turnpike C-store and gas station. Mature, reliable person needed with a positive attitude and neat appearance. Convenience store, customer service or cash handling experience required. Bookkeeping experience is a plus. High school education or equivalent. Must be willing to work a exible schedule including weekends and holidays. Duties include:• Cashiering• Restroom cleaning and stocking• Receiving and rotating stock• Stocking shelves and displays• Assisting customers. Compensation: Starting pay $9 to $10 per hour plus bene ts Tolls and mileage reimbursed. Apply in person at Ft Drum Shell Mile marker 184 Florida’s Turnpike 863-763-9383 Entegra Roof Tile, LLC a local manufacturing company is currently looking to ll a night shift position for a Bilingual Industrial Mechanic with some electrical background and management experience. Competitive wages with full bene ts offered after 90 days. If interested please submit your resume to recruitment@ rooftile.com or apply in person at 1289 NE 9th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeMECHANIC WANTED Alan Jay Chrysler in Clewiston is looking for an experienced technician. Health insurance, 401k, paid vacations, uniforms, ongoing training available. Must have valid drivers license. Sign on bonus. Alan Jay Automotive Network is a drug free work place. Apply in person to Dave Bohlen@ 202 W. Sugarland, Hwy Clewiston, FL. Southeast Milk is seeking full time and seasonal CDL Class A drivers. *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience. Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD, LTD, 401K. *Note seasonal is not bene t eligible but may lead to full time employment which is. www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO Employment Part TimePT HELPER 3 Days a week. Call Sarah between 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 863-467-6377 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Computer/ SuppliesXmas Sale! Fast Dell Desktop computers $75 & up Laptops $125 & up All are refurbished and reprogrammed like new! Why pay more? Call 863 517-2782. Guns/Supplies Gun & Knife Show LaBelle Civic Center 481 W. Hickpochee Ave SR 80W LaBelle, FL Sat, Dec. 28, 9-5 Sun, Dec. 29, 9-4 Admission $5.00 Free Parking CWP classes $50. 11am or 1pm daily Tele: 239-223-3370GunShowsFlorida.comBuy Sell Trade MiscellaneousARCADE GAME MIDWAY CRUIS’N U.S.A. SIT-DOWN DRIVING GAME. EXCELLENT CONDITION. GREAT FOR GAME ROOM. $575.00. (772)538-6432 Pets/SuppliesPIT BULL PUPPIES 8 WEEKS OLD $150.00 CALL 863-261-3645 Wanted To BuyWANTED TO BUY USED 2 TRAY INCUBATOR CALL 863-244-6422 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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 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. TOWNCENTER APTS. 2 br./1 1/2 ba. Apts. Move-In Special 50% off 1st month Rent! 863-763-8878 Commercial PropertyOKEE Industrial lot for rent. Over 1/2 Acre. Good for Semi’s & heavy equip. $400 mo. Call 863-610-0516. Condos/Townhouses RentFOR RENT 1/1 FURNISHED CONDO, COMMUNITY POOL, LAUNDRY MAT. AVAILABLE LONG OR SHORT TERM. WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. (863) 467-4371. OAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, w/all appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 security required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. 15 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013


Houses RentCLEAN, Nice: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941)504-3954 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 $ 600.00 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. S.W. Section 3BR/2BA 1 Car garage. Lrg back yard with mature Oak Trees. $950.00 monthly. 1st, last & security total $2,300 to move in. Call 863-634-5586 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. Lots Sale Lots SaleOAKS 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 Rent2bd/2ba BHR Waterfront home $800 a month utilities, lawn, garbage included. Call 863-467-0745 DBLE WIDE MH 2/2 OFF 15A AVAILABLE 1/1/14 $600/MO., $600/DEPOSIT NO PETS 863-4676688 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8,500 Pre Construction Savings!!! John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File No. 13 CP 149 IN RE: ESTATE OF KENNETH M. HULL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of KENNETH M. HULL, deceased, whose date of death was June 27, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE T IME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFT ER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is December 22, 2013. Personal Representative: NANCY KLEIN 5620 NE 9th Lane Okeechobee, Florida 34974 A ttorney for Personal Representative:PAMELA T. 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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 18 Okeechobee News December 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBeverly Spieldenner is Raulerson Hospital’s Volunteer of the Year. She and her husband Tom accepted this award recently at Raulerson Hospital. Special to the Okeechobee News Raulerson Hospital names its Frist Employee, Volunteer and Physician of the Year each summer. This year, the Volunteer Humanitarian A ward was presented to Beverly Spieldenner, a seasonal resident who resides in Ohio during the summers. Beverly is a volunteer w hose kindness and willingness to help are unwavering, regardless of the situation. She has been volunteering at Raulerson Hospital for the last ve years. She was inspired to begin volunteering here after spending nearly every day caring for two of her family members who were in a nursing home in Ohio. She is known to always give a word of encouragement to patients, friends and even strangers. Congratulations to Beverly Spieldenner, Raulerson Hospital's Volunteer of the Year. Hospital volunteer honored Nearly all construction contractors working in the twelve counties of Florida Department of Transportation District One are observing the holiday season and suspending work for the next two weeks. A few contractors will continue some work activities, but work will not include new lane closures affecting travel. FDOT reminds all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to observe the rules of the road and use courtesy, caution, and patience traveling Florida's roadways. Road Watch


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