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Sunday, December 29, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 156 14.24 feetLast Year: 15.05 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75 Plus tax Floridians give thanks ... Page 4 Kidney stones: know the risks, symptoms and treatments ... Page 10 Tammis Top of the Lake ... Page 7 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News According to the Florida Department of Education, Okeechobee teachers are doing a good job under the current evaluation system. In data released Nov. 25, Okeechobee had 3.4 percent of teachers graded highly effective, (14 teachers), and over 95 percent (388 teachers) graded effective. Only 1.5 percent of those evaluated were graded as needed improvement, a total of six teachers. The report did note that 9.3 percent of Okeechobee teachers (42 teachers) did not receive their evaluation as of that date. Non classroom instructors also fared well under the current evaluation system, with four highly effective, 99 effective, and two needed improvement. Eleven of these instructors did not receive an evaluation by the deadline. Breaking it down to schools, every teacher at the Freshman Campus was either highly effective, (two teachers), or effective (25 teachers). Central Elementary had two teachers rated highly effective and 49 effective. Okeechobee High School had ve teachers graded highly effective and 81 effective. The entire faculty received evaluations on time. The only schools with teachers who need improvement were Osceola (three teachers), and Everglades Elementary ( ve teachers). Other Heartland districts reported varied results. Glades County had 17 percent of teachers highly effective and nearly 65 percent effective, leaving over 18 percent graded with needs improvement. Hendry County schools had 52 percent highly effective, 46.6 percent effective, and less than 1 percent as needed improvement. Highlands County had 34 percent of teachers graded highly effective, 62 percent effective, and fewer than 2 percent as needed improvement. Statewide the report showed that nearly 98 percent of classroom teachers were rated effective or highly effective. The teachers that hadnt been evaluated in time will be added to the report when it is updated in January and released in nal form in Teachers score well on evaluationsSee TEACHERS Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHoliday contest winners chosenOkeechobee area businesses helped the community get into the holiday spirit with decorated oats in the Christmas parade and holiday decorations in store windows. The Best of Show Float award went to Flower Petals. Pictured are Sharie Turgeon, Lisa Fralix, owner/operator and Maureen Burroughs. For more, see page 8. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Local rancher Nano Corona is a survivor of cancer of the esophagus. For about 18 months he went through chemotherapy and other treatments to ght off the disease which is now in remission. During this period, Mr. Corona realized the stress and worries cancer victims and their families go through during this battle. It gave him a new appreciation for the value of care givers and the help that is needed by victims of cancer. Corona founded the Ride for the Fight, a bull and bronc riding event, which will take place on Jan. 1, New Years Day at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Aren a on U.S. Hwy. 441 North at 2 p.m. Through assistance from celebrities like actress Cameron Diaz and Major League Baseball player John Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals, he was able to organize this inaugural event, something he hopes will become an annual event. Bull and bronc event to help cancer victimsSee RIDE Page 5Report of shots red leads to recovery of stolen gun ... Page 4


Today: Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Thunderstorms in the evening will give way to partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 64F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy early followed by increasing clouds with showers developing later in the day. High near 75F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C Gbt Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certied by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics Womens 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 Afliated with Raulerson Hospital Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsSharp Shooters take aimThe Okeechobee 4-H Sharp Shooters Club had beautiful weather for the December shoot and Christmas party at the Okeechobee Sheriffs Of ce Gun Range. The club practiced archery and ri e target shooting. For more information on Sharp Shooters and other 4-H Clubs, contact the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469.


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Tradition!By Jim Benton, Pastor/DirectorFaith Farm Ministries As Tevye exclaims in the Fiddler on The Roof, Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as... as... as a ddler on the roof! As a Jewish patriarch, Tevye became greatly concerned that the foundations of his life and faith might be shaken with just a few poor decisions from his family members. Traditions are very important, but which ones? According to the internet, (Wikipedia), a tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special signi cance with origins in the past. Traditions play a very important part in our holiday celebrations. Christmas carols, midnight masses, Christmas Eve services, etc. are very important traditions that allow us to maintain a poetic appreciation of what Christmas and the holidays are really about. But they provide so much more; an opportunity to connect with friends, family and some people who only attend church a few times a year. But what about the traditions we observe all year long like going to church, or the less ecclesiastical pursuits of being the rst one along the river for opening day of trout season, or rst in your tree stand for bow season? These too are traditions, but what bene t do we derive in light of eternity? For that matter, what do we gain from going to church a few times a year to keep up with traditions? Maybe there is a better way? I think the answer is found in relationship. What traditions do we hold that enhance relationships? And most importantly, what do we do to begin and maintain a relationship with God? If you read the bible regularly, you see a lot written about relationships and it reall y does begin with God. In the beginning, God said, Lets make man in our image; in othe r words, capable of relationship. So what kind of quality relationship is developed when we just have occasional visits or try to build relationships on a few traditions? Maybe its time to put aside religious traditions in favor of those activities and opportunities to develop relationship. I rmly believ e that God wants an intimate relationship with you! And the reason I know, is that He has been wooing me into intimacy with Him. This is not something reserved for the clergy, bu t truly all believers are invited to discover this level of relationship with God. He loves you! Really! He started it by sending His son to di e for us so that we could come to God. And when we experience the blessedness of being in His presence, nothing else compares! So as we enter the New Year, lets all focus more on relationships than traditions. Ou r area churches are great places to nd som e close relationships. Why not decide to attend the church of your choice and see what develops? You never know your relationships might develop into some great annual traditions! December 29, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Re ections from the pulpit Protecting ParadiseBy Katie PurcellFWC As many of us are enjoying the holiday season, we may stop and think about the things for which we are thankful. Our freedom, family and friends, the beautiful Florida weather, hunting and shing opportunities this winter and camping and hiking trips surely make the list. Some other blessings to remember are the people who ght for our freedom, those w orking to keep us safe in our daily lives and those keeping the resources plentiful and the environment beautiful. Often, they may actually be one and the same. More than 200 members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement have previously served in the military, are currently on active duty or are active in the reserves or National Guard. These folks serve triple duty by protecting us, our natural resources and our country. They represent all branches of the military and bring a variety of skills and experiences to the FWC. For example, they include a Navy SEAL, platoon sergeants, dive team members, military police of cers, engineering technicians, combat instructors, infantrymen and more. Some are currently serving in leadership in the military as well. They have been involved in operations Desert Storm, United Shield, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and others and have been trained and deployed in many areas across the United States and overseas, including Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Trinidad, Russia and Somalia. These military veterans and current military members serve throughout the Division of Law Enforcement, from operations to training to administration. Some are members of FWCs Special Operations Group (SOG), where they put their experience and expertise to work in Florida. Some y aircraft or teach at our academy, while others patrol the woods and waters of our great state. Still others are members of the FWCs leadership or support staff. Their service, as well as the efforts of all FWC of cers, is invaluable to Floridas people and natural resources. On Thanksgiving night, three duck hunters were stranded when their boat capsized on Lake Monroe in Volusia County. The two men and a woman found themselves in cold, waist-deep water. To get as much of their bodies out of the water as they could, they climbed on top of the sunken boat. Luckily, their cell phones still worked so they were able to call for help. The FWC responded along with local law enforcement and re personnel. FWC of cers Aubrey Ransom, Maxwell Edson and James Yetter, a former U.S. Coast Guard reservist, were successful in nding and reaching the hunters. They took the trio safely to shore. In another recent case, Of cer Paul Mendez, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, responded to a complaint of someone hunting in a closed portion of the Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area. He tracked a vehicle for approximately 2 miles and found the illegal hunter. After talking with him, the suspect admitted to loosening boards to a gate and lifting the chains and locks over it to enter the closed area. Mendez cited him for operating a vehicle in a closed area and hunting in a closed area both misdemeanors. The FWC is proud of all levels of its military involvement. In addition to military service, FWC staff supports Wounded Warrior hunts, participates in the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve program and coordinates license exemptions for disabled veterans, military members stationed out of state and those participating in a Military/ Disabled Veteran Event. The FWC also encourages veterans and current military members to apply to it for employment. Check MyFWC.com/Get-Involved for more information. You can also get involved by reporting suspected violations. To do so, call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Get out and enjoy all Florida has to offer this holiday season and remember to thank those who make it possible to do so. Give thanks for many things this holiday season By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Deputy Paul Jackson responded to a report of gun re in the 600 Block of N.E. 13th Avenue a few minutes before 1 a.m. on Dec. 27. According to the anonymous 9-1-1 caller, the shooter was a black male wearing a camo jacket and was carrying a silver handgun. The deputy saw three individuals sitting at the corner of N.E. 14th Avenue and N.E. Seventh Street. One advised that he did hear some shots from south of that location. Deputy Cody Hurst, Cari Arnold, Robbie Lamb and I searched the area, Deputy Jackson wrote in his report. Deputy Hurst found four shell casings in the alley between the grocery store and the apartments. The deputies continued to search the area and question those in the area. By this time there were six individuals gathered on the corner. Deputy Hurst found a Glock pistol in a nearby oak tree. According to the report, the gun was wedged in a notch in the tree about head high. The tree was about 20 feet from where the three individuals had been sitting when the deputies arrived. No one knew anything about the rearm, Deputy Jackson wrote. The pistol contained a magazine lled with eight rounds. When he ran the serial number, the deputy found that the gun had been reported stolen. While searching the tree, Deputy Hurst also found a prescription pill bottle containing miscellaneous pills as well as several baggies. Deputies investigate report of shots red


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2014 meeting schedule announced for the St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing BoardMeetings of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District are open to the public for input in the governance process. As required by Florida law (189.417 Florida Statutes), this notice is given so that the public has an opportunity to attend meetings that may be of interest. Governing Board meetings are held at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 west), Palatka, Fla. Date, time and location are subject to change at the discretion of the Governing Board. For additional information about the District, its Board and meeting dates, visit www.floridaswater. com. Meetings for 2014 are currently held upon conclusion of the 10:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting and scheduled as follows:YEAR 2014 MONTHDATE JANUARY14 FEBRUARY11 MARCH11 APRIL8 MAY13 JUNE10 JULY8 AUGUST12 SEPTEMBER9 SEPTEMBER23 (final budget hearing 5:05pm)OCTOBER14 NOVEMBER12 DECEMBER9 561.747.1232 Monday Evening Hours Now Available! Face Li Tummy Tuck Breast Augmentation Breast Li/Reduction Endoscopic Brow Li Nasal Surgery Eyelid Surgery Liposculpture Botox and Fillers 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 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 5 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013 Mr. Corona got involved as a volunteer w ith the American Cancer Society driving people to appointments, and attending a support group at Big Lake Cancer Center. He realized many of those who have the disease have little or no support. He said he wanted to help in even a small way. Its amazing how many people in Okeechobee need help. Being a cancer patient was easy for me, but it was tough on my family and care givers. I want to help them so they can help their patients, he added. He said 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will stay in Okeechobee to help families and care givers. He got a lot of local support and also support from several corporations in Dade County. Corona owns the Corona Ranch on Micco Bluff Road in Basinger. He has lived in Okeechobee since the early 1970s. His ranch will provide some of the stock needed for the event. Other stock will come from Okeechobee ranches and from the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee. Most of the performers in the events, bronc riding and bull riding, will also be from Okeechobee County and the surrounding area. I hope to get about 1,000 people there for the rst event. It is a non-pro t event and we really hope to make a difference for care givers and families, he added. He said close to 20 cowboys will compete in each event Wednesday. The tickets cost $5 for adults and children under 12 get in free. The Future Farmers of America and Jr. Cattlemen of Okeechobee will sell barbecue dinners and the proceeds will also help cancer patients and their supporters. Even $500 to $1,000 can go a long way for these folks. There is a lot of stress and worries about bills and payment for cancer patients. You must be stress free and have a good state of mind if you are to beat this disease, he added. Mr. Corona said he wouldnt have been able to beat this disease without help. He said many Okeechobee churches prayed for him and his family and he wont ever forget those blessings. Okeechobee is a beautiful and wonderful place to live. I want to share the blessings I have had with those that need it, he added. For more information on the event you can call 863-634-3971 or go online to www. RideForTheFight.com. RIDEContinued From Page 1 March 2014. Part of the problem is lack of speci c instructions on how to evaluate teachers. State law provides only a frame work and districts have a great deal of leeway when they determine whether a teacher is highly effective, effective, needs improvement or unsatisfactory. The current evaluation system is under review by state and federal courts in litigations brought by various teacher groups. The state average was 32.3 percent as highly effective and 65.6 percent as effective. This brings up the question many parents might ask. If Okeechobee has so many effective teachers, why is Okeechobee Schools a D district under state guidelines for 20122013? Part of the reason is the evolving system of grading, and an increase in the rigor of these tests. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joni Ard said the evaluation results were not a surprise to the district as they obtain the evaluation data before it is submitted to the state. She explained that the evaluation system in the state is extremely complicated and is something that is determined by each district. Each district has worked and negotiated or has devised its own plan. The evaluation is something that is evolving, she added. Ms. Ard said in the past many teachers were able to have a portion of their evaluation based on school wide scores. Teachers now will be evaluated on students they actually serve. She admits she is interested to see how these numbers settle in the future. The negotiation of this is very dif cult because we must come to an agreement on the assessment we will use, the cut scores and what scores will be used to indicate success, but I anticipate there will be differences in each category in the future with a different set of students used to calculate that portion of their evaluation. In Okeechobee County, 60 percent of the teachers grade has been based on performance in the classroom. Administrators go into the classroom, look at what teachers are doing and give them evaluations based on those observances. Many teachers are doing the right thing. Some students in Okeechobee are behind the 8-ball. A large percentage of students are in the low socio-economic area and sometimes those students do not have the support that other students have. Teachers are working hard and doing really good things in the classroom, she said. Ms. Ard admits the test scores havent indicated the hard work that teachers have done but that progress is being made. She noted the district does well in the performance and improvement of low-performing students and that shows schools are doing the right thing. TEACHERSContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis speakerMike Peppers (right) is the founder and director of Okeechobees DC (Disciples of Christ) Ranch, a ministry for men ages 18-25 that have life controlling problems. He spoke to the Kiwanis Club during a recent meeting. Mr. Peppers runs the ranch on 38 acres just north of Okeechobee in Bassinger. The goal of the ranch is to help young men with the transition to becoming men. The process includes ministry and developing a strong work ethic. Work on the ranch is a vital part of the development during the program. DC Ranch runs a sawmill operation, landscaping business and various odd jobs. Kiwanian Frank DeCarlo introduced the speaker.


Night of worship will be heldTreasure Coast More to Life has invited the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA) and the folks of Okeechobee to participate in a night of worship and prayer on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the community-wide 5th-Sunday service at 6 p.m. at Paddock Farms, which is the miniature pony farm southwest of the A g Center, facing SR 710. The service will be held in the horse barn and chairs will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. The music w ill be provided by the Treasure Coast More to Life band, with guests Reid Ellinger, soprano sax and his wife, Erin, worship leaders at Buckhead Ridge Christian. Come and enjoy the fellowship this unique, small-town community-wide service provides. Pastors and ministries are invited to join the OMA on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant for fellowship and prayer focused on the needs of our community.Legion hosts Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night Bingo on Dec. 29 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. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Bene t rodeo to be heldRide for the Fight will be held on W ednesday, Jan. 1, at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Arena, across from Raulerson Hospital on Hwy 441 North. There will be Bulls and Ranch Bronc riding starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. All proceeds go to help v ictims of cancer. For more information, call 863-634-3971.GOP Women host anniversaryThe Okeechobee Federated Republican Womens Club is proud to announce that they will celebrate their rst anniversary with Congressman Tom Rooney. The event will be held at Cowboys located at 202 N.E. 7th Ave., in the private dining room at 6 p.m. on Jan. 2. Cost for admission only is $25 prepaid, and $30 at the door. The full Cowboys 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, please call 863-634-8474 or email okeechobeecfrw@gmail.com. These seats will go fast! Call early to ensure your seat is saved!Winter softball league formsLets 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. Cost is $300 per team for the Co-Ed League and $350 per team for the Mens Winter League. For more information, call 863-763-6950.Flag football leagues startThe deadline to sign up for the Okeechobee County Recreation Department Mens and Womens Flag Football Leagues is Jan. 3. Fee is $350 per team. Teams can sign up at the Parks and Recreation Of ce at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. For information, call 863-763-6950. The rst game is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 13.Academy to host a 5K raceRock Solid Christian Academy will host a 5K race on Saturday, Jan. 4, 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 sleeve 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.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 childs 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 more information online go to https:// www.facebook.com/OkeeParksandRec.Healthy Start Coalition meetsOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting health y families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Elks schedule meetingThe Lake Okeechobee Elks, #2871, rst meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the VFW south in Treasurer Island. We will have an important progress report from the building committee about getting a building.YOUNFIED event plannedThe Second Annual YOUNFIED event will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Osceola Middle School. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is geared for youth in grades ve to twelve. Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Dean and he will address issues on abstinence, peer pressure and the elements that accompany it as well as an arra y of other everyday issues that our youth face. Jason Castro from American Idol will be our main musician for the night and he will be opened by local artist D. Kidd. The youth o f our today will be the youth of our tomorrow, lets do our part to guide them! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CONSUMER ALERT * EDUCATION IS KEY *Direct Cremation $495 Cremation & Chapel Memorial Service $1,495 Traditional Cremation (Includes Rental Casket) $2,995 Traditional Funeral and Burial $1,995 Graveside Service $1,495 Just because they are local does not give them the rightTO CHARGE MORE 3833 18th Terrace Okeechobee, FL863.357.7283buxtonseawinds.com James W. YoungFounder Seawinds Fune ral Group Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Robert J. Paulus 57FT. LAUDERDALE Robert J. Paulus passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, formerly from Canton, Ohio. Robert was the Chief marketing of cer for LTC GLOBAL. He is survived by his partner, Jeff Cimato; mother, Roseanne Skaggs of Okeechobee; brother, William and Carrie Paulus of Kent, Ohio; sisters, Patricia and Silas Cook of Okeechobee and Elizabeth Paulus, of N. Canton; nieces, Casey, Emily, Billie, and Jamie; and nephews, Nathanial, and Brian. A celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 28, 2013 at his residence, 2941 NE 55 Place, Ft. Lauderdale. Online condolences can be shared at edkalis.com. Arrangements entrusted to Edwards Cremation & Funeral Services, Wilton Manors. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


New year, new youBy Tammi KellyOkeechobee News 7th Heaven Massages & Body Work, at 310 S.W. Second St., is where you will meet J ulia, who has been a massage therapist for 16 years. Her massages incorporate the traditional massages with myofascial release, w hich is more than just helping you relax; it is to help you heal. Julia is very connected to her clients and is able to feel where you need help the most. 7th Heaven is a place of wellness where a massage is more like a treatment. Massages can range anywhere from 30-40 minutes to 75 minutes. Gift certi cates are always available, so stop in and see her. Dont forget to tell her Tammi sent y ou! Julia can be reached at 863-634-6482. Colour Me Crazy is a full-service salon. Y ou can get everything from your hair to your toes done there and walk out in style. Christy and her staff are exible with scheduling. Go in for one of the many services they offer, such as face waxing, hair cuts, pedicures and so much more. Stop by at 107 S.W. 17th St. and tell them Tammi sent you! You can reach Colour Me Crazy at 863-467-3031. Professional Skincare Treatments by Tamara Tammy Platt, at 208 N.E. Third St., offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. Give her a call and go in and see her. She is great and willing to explain everything. You can only see Tammy by appointment, but she has exible scheduling to work with any and all y our needs. A perfect way to start off your new year is with Tammy. You can reach her at 1-863-227-4096. You can visit any of these wonderful places to help you achieve New Years resolutions to help you become a new you. However, if you are a stay-at-home person and want to make some homemade remedies I believe these might do just the trick. Banana homemade facial mask: Who needs Botox when you have bananas? Thats right: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Milk Facial Mask: Heres another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated. How about some new years love for your feet and toes? These wonderful homemade foot scrubs will have you walking on sunshine. Tea Tree and Mint Foot Scrub: You will need at least a 4 oz. to a 8 oz. jar. Ingredients: Carrier oil (you can use organic apricot oil, or something that doesnt have a strong scent), sea salt, organic tea tree essential oil, organic peppermint essential oil. Directions: Sterilize your jar by boiling for about 3 to 5 minutes. Let it cool off. Fill the jar with sea salt about 3/4 full. Add the carrier oil so that it completely covers the salt. Add 6 drops of each essential oil. These essential oils are pretty strong, so if you have sensitive skin, try just a couple drops at rst and see how it goes. Peppermint Foot Scrub: You will need a 8 oz. to a 16 oz. jar. Ingredients: 1 cup of sugar (the coarsest available you can use raw sugar or Epsom salt), half a cup of coconut oil or grape seed or olive oil; 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix them all together and pour into a jar. Label with a sixmonth used-by date and with the following instructions: Test for irritation on a discrete spot. Use once a week prior to showering or in a foot bath. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 27TH Thurs., Jan. 2NDFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: W ALKING WITH DINOSAURSFri., 7:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed & Thurs. 2:00, 4;15 & 7:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00II: TYLER PERRYS A MADEA CHRISTMASFri., Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 9:00I: ANCHORMAN 2Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed & Thurs. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTYFri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed & Thurs. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG PG-13 PG-13 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013


By Okeechobee Main StreetSpecial to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Main Street believes the year 2013 will be remembered for some of our parade and window decorating contestants as one of the best. The Christmas parade that w as on Saturday, Dec. 7, was full of holiday spirit and had the whole community coming together to celebrate what has become one of Okeechobees most acclaimed festivities for the holidays. Our judges Okeechobee Main Street board members: Maureen Burroughs, Brigette Waldau and Angie Grif n w ith great dif culty chose these participants as winners of our Christmas parade. The Best of Show: Flower Petals was stellar with their Cat in the Hat theme. Best Parade Theme: Washington County School and HBI joined forces to make the theme of Island of Mis t Toys come to life. The Best Religious Float: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Best Traditional Holiday Float: Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School made us remember the true meaning of Christmas. Most Spirited Float: North Elementary came with a holiday cheer not to be beaten! Best Use of Lights: Yearling Middle School was not to be outdone as they were given this award for their creativity. Most Spirited Non Float went to Okeechobee Xplosion All Stars. Most Creative went to the Chobee Steelers in their beautiful golden wings. Thanks is given to all of the participants for making another unforgettable Christmas tradition a reality and thank you to our great emcee, JD Mixon, for his spirited introductions of all the entries. We would also like to thank the city, city police and sheriffs ofce for their assistance in making this event a success. Christmas takes center stage with so many of our local businesses. Okeechobee Main Street would like to recognize the winners of 2013s Holiday W indow Decorating Contest. Best of Show Window Display was awarded to Tonis Chic Boutique who says that the award will remain with the Boutique as they are going to outshine the competition next year. The Best Small Window Display was proudly won by 14K Gold Jewelry who stated that they looked forward to the holidays each year and were happy to be a part of the festivities. The Best Artistic Window went to the Ceeco family for their creativity and themed w indow that best re ected the theme Island of Mis t Toys. A big holiday thank you goes to the whole community that helped make this holiday season a time of warmth and friendship. We like to send a special thanks to all of our supporters including our corporate sponsors: Bank of America, Big Lake Cancer Center, OneBlood, Okeechobee the Magazine, Raulerson Hospital, Seacoast National Bank, Syfrett Feed Co., TD Bank, Walpole Inc. and VA Primary Care Outpatient Clinic. We will look forward to next year and wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.Hoppin John! WISHING YOU A Happy and Delicious New Year!Enjoying black-eyed peas and rice for luck in the coming year is a tradition passed down through generations. When making your plans to ring in the New Year, youll nd everything you need to prepare the dishes that have a special meaning to you, your family, and community at Publix. 8 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013 2013 Christmas parade and window display w inners announced Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Best of Show Window Display award went to Tonis Chic Boutique). Pictured are Toni Doyle (left), owner/ operator and Maureen Burroughs.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We wish you wellNo matter what the occasion, no matter what the situation. TRIPPED AND HAD A LIGHTS MISHAP Dont let grinches like accidents or mishaps steal the merry making from your holiday. Should anything unexpected and unwelcome affect you, our ER is on standby so you can get back to the holiday cheer ASAP with your family. While you enjoy the expected, let us handle the unexpected. Faster response time, unprecedented quality of care and expertise, Raulerson Hospital is here when you need them the most.24-HOUR EMERGENCY CARETEXT ER TO 23000* TO SEE AVERAGE ER WAIT TIMES WITH REALTIME UPDATES EVERY 30 MINUTES!SITUATION #24 1796 Hwy. 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 RaulersonHospital.com If you are having a life threatening emergency, call 911.*Message & Data Rates May Apply. Terms & Conditions http://www.texterhelp.com/. Privacy Policy http://www.HCAEastFlorida.com/. Cowboys is bringing the New Year Righte Cowboys family invites you to come see us every Monday for all you can eat Babyback Ribs And every Wednesday all you can eat Catsh $9.99$9.99 202 NE 7th Street ~ Okeechobee 467-0321 To Bring in 2014 Cowboys invites you to $1 domestic dras on the patio. Outside seating is first come, first serve basisWe will be serving $1 dras from 11 am to 6 pm Monday Friday for all of January 2014 10 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013 Learn the risk factors, symptoms and treatments for kidney stonesIt is possible to develop kidney stones w ith or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing kidney stones. Personal or family history of kidney stones is one of the more common factors. Kidney stones are also more common in adults under 40 years old who are Caucasian or Asian. Risk factors for speci c types of kidney stones include: Excess dietary sodium and oxalate (oxalate can be found in green, leafy vegetables, chocolate, nuts, or tea); Low uid intake, especially during warmer weather, which can lead to dehydration; Overactive parathyroid gland; Chronic bowel disorders such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis; Some diuretics; Calcium-based antacids; History of urinary infection (more common in women); Excess dietary red meat or poultry; Gout; A rare genetic disorder increases risk of cystine stones. Usually the rst sign of a kidney stone is intense pain in your mid-back or side. This happens when the stone irritates or blocks a section of your urinary tract. The pain may spread to your groin area and inner side of your thigh (depending on the location of the stone), and the sudden onset of pain may cause nausea and vomiting. The pain may come and go in waves. Patients who are passing kidney stones often nd it very dif cult to nd a comfortable position. There may also be some blood in your urine if the stone has irritated the surrounding tissue. Call your doctor if you are experiencing: Extreme pain in your mid-back or side; Blood in your urine; Fever and chills (an indication of infection); Vomiting; Frequent urination; Nausea; Burning and pain as you urinate. Raulerson Hospital offers Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL). ESWL is used to remove a stone that: Does not pass after a reasonable period of time and causes constant pain; Is too large to pass on its own; Blocks the ow of urine; Causes ongoing urinary tract infection; Damages kidney tissue or causes constant bleeding. During this procedure, the doctor uses a special machine to direct shock waves at the stone. The waves pass through the soft tissues of the body. They shatter the hard stone on contact and pulverize it into smaller particles that can be passed in the urine more easily. A sedative or anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure. ESWL takes anywhere from 45-60 minutes to complete. You will probably resume normal activities in 1-2 days. You may need to have several of these procedures before your stone is small enough to pass. Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include: a bleeding disorder or taking medicine to reduce blood clotting, obesity, and skeletal deformities. If you are pregnant, ESWL cannot be done. To speak to a Registered Nurse about a healthcare question, or for a free physician referral, call Consult-A-Nurse 24/7 at 863-7639228. A re you at risk for kidney stones? Health Expo is Jan. 25The seventh annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 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, sheriffs 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 863-462-5000, ext. 257; or, 863-634-6464.


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R E Dbtnb CBS HOME IN A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. This beauty is on a lot and a half with 3 car garage. It is a corner lot with a nice screen room with a great view. When purchased, Seller will install new A/C unit and a new roof of the buyers choice, Grey metal or shingle. MLS #207533, $89,900. century21okeechobee@earthlink.net 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 1018-H: 2 story w/ open concept and screened porch off the kitchen living rm area. 3 br, 2 ba (2 br, 1 ba downstairs). Balcony off the upstairs master bdrm and much more. $250,000 MLS #207272 3003-M: Ancient Oaks. Neat 1BR/1BA RV. Shed with washer and dryer back porch. All the appliances are in the RV. $29,000 Owner MLS #206858 3009-M: Treasure Lake Access 3 br, 2 ba on lg fenced lot, seawall, boat slip. Great winter/summer retreat! (Extra fenced in lot next door available; both for $49,000) $38,900 MLS #207431 5045-H: J&S Lake Access 3 bd, 2 ba with 1,932 sq ft. metal roof with a porch in the back and fenced back yard. 3 sheds, circular driveway all on 3 lots. Call today for a showing! $129,000 MLS #207459 Lake Okeechobee Access 2 Story 2br/1ba Condominium. Furnished, screened porch, furnished and in move in condition. Great place to stay with a pool boat dock. $65,000 MLS #207430 3000-M: Treasure 2 br, 2 ba SW w/large addition. 1162 Total Sq Ft/1134 under air. Two sheds, boathouse, dock seawall, pontoon boat and more! $55,000 MLS #207230 MLS #207132(NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! 2 acres Lot on captive lake with utilities. (NW 4th St) Residential Lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 on a paved road, used to graze large animals. NOW $460,000 5+/-acres on NW 30th St. Fenced for large animals. $24,900 Find you r dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 Listings CABIN FEVER ~ Youll never want to leave home. Majestic LOG Home on 5 acres. 2005 Two story, 3667 SF/4412 TLA. 3 Bd/ 2.5 Ba. Foyer opens to living area w/20 Ft. high stone fireplace, Cypress tree trunk stairway, large loft for family room/social area for the kids. Upstairs bedrooms are 18X28 with large walk in closets & balcony. Grand kitchen, Cathedral cabinets, granite, pantry, bkfast bar. Master suite w/separate shower & spa tub. Full length front porch. Back porch overlooks acreage, trees & pond. Fenced. Rustic elegance in Sunset Strip. MLS 207224 $249,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457REDUCED PRICE! Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 12 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013


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JAN. 1ST 12pm Preview 9am-12pm 4x4 Kubota Tractor, Welder and supplies, compressors, Tons of Craftsman tools, Work benches,Entire contents of shop being sold 13465 SW 16th Dr. Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 Terms: Cash or Check w/ID 10% Buyers Premium. Charles Holt Auctioneer AU4165 AB3011 (863)447-9690 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time or apply online www.walpoleinc.comis seeking EOE/DFWP Local Drivers Class A company CDL Must have minimum of two years driving experience & clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacation, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Cashier for busy Turnpike C-store and gas station. Mature, reliable person needed with a positive attitude and neat appearance. 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Employment Full Time Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Doolan Amusement Company. 16 temporary Jobs from 01-Mar-2014 through 31-Dec-2014. Duties: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Postemployment, random drug testing and background checks may be required. Travel with the carnival is required. No training or experience is required. Equal Opportunity, FLSA (13)(a)(3) exempt employer not subject to Federal hourly wage, overtime or recordkeeping requirements. No overtime expected. Overtime, if any, calculated and paid as per applicable regulations. Work schedule varies widely, typically 40 Hrs/Wk, Wed-Sat 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Employer will pay the prevailing weekly wage for each work location, ranging from $351.60 to $442.80 per week. Work starts in Okeechobee County, FL; traveling to: Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, Miami-Dade, Broward, Brevard, Volusia, Hillsborough, Orange, Leon, Martin, & Sarasota Counties, FL; Chesapeake City, Fairfax, & Arlington Counties, VA; Suffolk, Nassau, Saratoga, Westchester, & Dutchess Counties, NY; New London & Windham Counties, CT; Barnstable, Franklin, & Hampden Counties, MA; Montgomery County, MD; Merrimack County, NH. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $150.00/week. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $25.00/week. Fax Resume to: 772-872-3045. Email Resume to: jfdoolanetina2 @yahoo.com Doolan Amusement Company: 4331 S.E. Hopetown Terrace, Stuart, FL 34997. Please include complete contact information in your submission. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Part TimePT HELPER 3 Days a week. Call Sarah between 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 863-467-6377 Business Opportunities ACCOUNTS, BOOKKEEPERS, Payment Reps, Payable Clerk & Receivable P/T positions open. Are you looking for job? Want to be part of a great team? If you are interested in this Part Time JOB opportunity for advancement for the right person Please e-mail Resumes to: smithdonald042@gmail.com. (716)794-1247 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. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesSHIH-TZU PUPPIES 9WKS OLD BLACK AND CARAMEL COLOR, 2 MALES $350.00 EACH, 2 FEMALES $450.00 EACH. UP TO DATE ON ALL SHOTS. CALL MELODY 863-634-2110 Apartments2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN. WALKING DISTANCE TO STORES, NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $550.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 TOWNCENTER APTS. 2 br./1 1/2 ba. Apts. Move-In Special 50% off 1st month Rent! 863-763-8878 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO Ground oor, 1/1 fully furnished with utilities. Seasonal & long term rates. 863-634-0663. TAYLOR CREEK Condo 1BR, 1BA, furnished. No pets. Pool. Seasonal or Yearly. Call 502-468-5976. Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941) 504-3954 AFRAME: 2 story, in town, Okee, 3BR, 2BA, laundry room, screen porch. Lawn service inc. Small pet OK. Nonsmoking. $1000 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. Call 941504-3954 FOR RENT SEASONAL, JAN., FEB. & MAR. ONLY. 1BED/1BATH DUPLEX, ALL NEW, NO PETS, NON SMOKING. EVERYTHING FURNISHED. $1,000 +DEPOSIT 1065 4TH STREET BHR 563-242-5080 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 SPACIOUS: 3BR/2BA in Kings Bay. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $900 month plus sec. dep. Call 863-634-0663. Houses RentOKEE2/1 $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. Houses SaleBUCKHEAD-UNDER BANK APPRAISAL, 2 CBS HOUSES SIDE BY SIDE ON THE WATER UNDER 1 DEED. LIVE IN ONE RENT THE OTHER, 3/2 AND 3/1. $194,900.00 561-968-4018 Direct 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 1.35 ACRES $600.00 DOWN OWNER FINANCING CALL 863-824-0944 OKEECHOBEE 5 WOODED ACRES $1,000 DOWN OWNER FINANCING ZONED MOBILE HOME OR BUILD YOUR HOME CALL 763-6358 Lots SaleOAKS OF BLUE HERON BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME. PRICED TO SELL BY OWNER. RESIDENTIAL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE. $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 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 Mobile Home Rent2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $750 mo. Available Jan 15th 2014 Call(863)357-3830 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. No pets. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSale2bd/2ba, 10s of thousands of tile and marble upgrades including 66ft of screened porches, attached carport, detached garage,located by boat ramp to lake O. $15,000 425-327-0204 55+ Park For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $13,000 OBO (219)384-3407 PARK MODEL, 2 BEDROOM IN BEAUTIFUL ANCIENT OAKS 55+ RESORT $35,000 COULD FINANCE. CALL 954-214-6903 FITZSIMMONS REALTY Campers/RVsGULF STREAM 31 ULTRA SUPREME 2001, 5,000 MILES FORD V10 ONE SLIDE ASKING $18,000. O.B.O. 954-214-6903 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Automobiles1996 OLDS LSF V-6, VERY GOOD CONDITION, 54,000 MILES, $2,500 CALL 863-357-3830 2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS GS V8 305 LOW MILES 1 OWNER WELL MAINTAINED COLD A/C LEATHER FULLY LOADED RUNS GREAT ASKING $5,890 O.B.O. CALL (863) 447-0742. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 458822 ON 12/29/2013 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 10th day of JANUARY 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows: 2001 CMMERCIAL VANS MOTOR COACH 1FDXE45SX1HA35225 1997 DODGE RAM 1500 CLUB CAB 3B7HC13Y5VG820739 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 459157 ON 12/29/2013 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. 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 Noon on Friday, Dec 27. 3pm on Monday, Dec 30 11am on Monday, Dec. 30 3 pm Mon. Dec.30 15 Okeechobee News December 29, 2013for 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 representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORID A PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS 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 34974Attorney for Personal Representative:PAMELA T. KARLSON Florida Bar No. 0017957 301 Dal Hall Boulevard Lake Placid, FL 33852 Telephone: (863) 465-5033 Fax: (863) 465-6022 E-Mail: pam@karlsonlaw.com 458936 ON 12/22,29/2013 Whos Who in the County, City, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, School Board, Etc. 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