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Sunday, January 12, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 6 14.02 feetLast Year: 15.01 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Mustangs and burros nd new homes ... Page 5 County fair seeking entries ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppLeft to right are Marc Sandlin, Matt Buxton and Frank DeCarlo who are heading up a bene t for Casey Lawrence (front). As part of that fundraiser the 1996 Harley-Davidson on which Mr. Sandlin is sitting, as well as a drive-on trailer, will be awarded to the lucky ticket holder. Tickets are available for a donation of $25 each. The trio hopes to raise $10,000 for Ms. Lawrence. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Someone will be the lucky owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that is being given away as a fundraising effort to help a local young woman. The 1996 Dyna Low Rider, along with a drive-on trailer, will be given away April 12 when Casey Lawrence pulls the lucky ticket. The drawing will be held at the Cypress Hut Eagles Lodge, 4701 U.S. 441 S.E., as part of the Okeechobee Bike Fest event. Marc Sandlin, Matt Buxton and Frank DeCarlo are organizing the fundraiser and are selling tickets for the bike. Tickets are available for a $25 donation, and the trio’s goal is to raise $10,000. Ms. Lawrence, 21, was injured in an automobile accident and lost the use of her legs. “Money raised will go to paying off her car, buying her electronic legs and letting her enjoy life again,” said Mr. Sandlin. He went on to say the motorcycle is on display at The Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E. Tickets are available at American Motorcycle giveaway to help local womanSee MOTORCYCLE — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “They are good at what they do. They’ll do it day or night — whenever the opportunity is right.” “They,” said Detective Javier Gonzalez, are thieves from the south end of the lake who are coming into Okeechobee County and taking whatever they want — whenever they want. Most recently, said the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) detective, the thieves are being sought for the theft of three dirt bikes that have a total value o f $15,000. The OCSO investigator said witnesses have seen the dirt bikes in Pahokee and Belle Glade. “They are being ridden b y black males, but Palm Beach County deputies have been Careful thieves take dirt bikesSee THEFT — Page 5 Woman claimed she was forced to have sex with detectiveBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The lawsuit led against the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) by a woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with a detective has been settled. Paperwork received by the sheriff’s of ce this week states the suit will be settled for a total of $25,000. According to the 2009 suit, the woman was allegedly forced to have sex with then-detective T.J. Brock while she was an inmate in the Okeechobee County Jail. Brock was then red by Sheriff Paul May on July 3, 2009. Because the woman was an alleged victim of a sexual assault her name cannot be released. She has been in prison since Aug. 6, 2010, and is currently being held in the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala after being convicted of aggravated assault. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show she is slated to be released from prison Thursday, Jan. 16. The settlement agreement states the $25,000 will “... represent full and nal satisfaction of any and all damages, costs and attorneys’ fees ... .” Also, the agreement states the sheriff’s of ce will pay its own costs and attorneys’ fees. Lawsuit against OCSO is settledSee SUIT — Page 5


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An estimated $35,000 in property damage w as done after a re broke out on the porch area of a two-story home at 1020 Fourth St. in Buckhead Ridge early Thursday. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue received the alarm at 3:55 a.m. and was on the scene 15 minutes later. The re report from Lieutenant Everette Wooten said the Buckhead Ridge Fire chief was alone battling the blaze when they arrived with one water line. Glades County deputies were also assisting. Two units and four remen from Okeechobee provided mutual aid until other volunteer re companies could arrive at the scene. "There was a large amount of smoke as we crossed over the Kissimmee River," Lt. Wooten wrote in this report. The majority of the re was contained to the back porch of the home according to Glades County Sheriff's Of ce deputies. There were no injuries reported. There was approximately 1,000 gallons of water used by Okeechobee remen. Firemen were on the scene for over two hours. The State Fire Marshal will determine the actual cause of the blaze. BHR re chief helps save burning home The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and youth contest participants for the upcoming fair March 11-16. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, leatherw ork, painting, drawing, photography, horticulture, scrap booking, jewelry making, cake decorating and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable categories. This year the Lego Building contest will be open to both youth and adult exhibitors. This year we will again have the educational posters and educational displays competitions. Individual youths may enter the educational poster contest and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters may enter the educational display contest. The top three club/chapter displays will win awards. The duct tape creations, tablescaping, trash-to-treasure creations and digitally enhanced photography will also return this year. You may download the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com. or pick up copies of the 2014 Premium Book at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 458 Highway 98 North. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28 If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 863-634-3327. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday: Generally sunny. High 61F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly clear skies. Low 44F. Winds light and variable. Friday: Partly cloudy skies. High 68F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyNational Mentoring MonthOkeechobee County Commission Vice Chairman Joey Hoover (far right) Thursday presented a proclamation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters for National Mentoring Month in January. Left to right are: Cristina Paniagua, case manager in Okeechobee County; Sabrina Seme’ volunteer recruiter; Sharon Vinson, of the Shared Services Network and board member; and, Kelly Chicvara. County fair competitions open The Florida Department of Transportation plans road work in the following areas of Okeechobee County this week: US 441 North from Northwest 179th Street to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: This two lane roadway will be reduced to one lane with aggers directing traf c while crews repair shoulders on either side of the road. US 441 Southeast from SR 78 to the Martin County line: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution. SR 78 from Okeechobee County line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Construction project: Crews continue installing and upgrading drainage pipe and building drainage swales. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road. SR 70 (NE Park Avenue) from SE 10th Avenue to SE 13th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: The inside westbound lane will be closed intermittently during the nighttime/ overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews work in the median. Road Watch


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Post of ce I recently had a health problem while at the Okeechobee Post Of ce exactly eight days before Christmas. The employees not iced I wasn’t looking too good and insisted I s it down on a wheeled chair. They suggested I call a family member to drive me home but I had to get my grandson to the doctor in 15 minutes. He had the u for four days before. The postmaster, Gabriel Rojas, drove my grandson and me to Dr. Brown’s Clinic and another post of ce gentleman picked Mr. Rojas up there. It was one of the busiest days at the post of ce and I really appreciate their care and concern. I tried to get the name of the other gentleman the next week but no one at the post of ce had seen who left with us. Anyway, a big Thank You to Mr. Rojas and the other gentleman.Teachers salaries The raises that they are negotiating should not include the bonus money that the State gave the school system. It sounds like the school system is taking the bonus money and are trying to use it for the raises that they want to give to the teachers.  Actually... governmental agencies are required to include all sources of revenue (including grants, state stipends including “bonuses”) in their budgets. Where the funds are placed is determined by the revenue source and type. The expenditure side of an agency’s or organization’s budget must also show where all monies will go, including reserve accounts, etc. The expenditures, including reserve accounts, etc., as determined by state and fed approved accounting practices should equal the revenues. New Year’s regenerationBy Loy Mershimer, pastorOkeechobee Presbyterian Church New Year is a time of resolution. The sugarlled confectioneries of Christmastide linger on in bloated bodies and remorseful thoughts; and gyms and exercise trends tell the story: We all mean to do better! And, truth be told, humans love resolutions. We love self-help manuals and self-made people. We humans love to x ourselves — or rather, we love the thought of xing ourselves. But we seldom comprehend that selfxes never last; or, even if they do last awhile, they still miss the high mark of a changed heart. If New Year’s resolutions are undertaken in human strength (and pride), they will always fail — either in completion or consequence: Exercise machines will gather dust; gym attendance will gradually wane; and worse, the inner person will remain unchanged. Consider the husband who kicks his wife and her visiting friend out of the house so that he can keep his P90X workout regime intact. Or the wife who devalues her husband and family so that she can meet her New Year work goals. New Year resolutions are easy, compared to heart change. In fact, in human terms, heart change is impossible. New Year resolutions may mask the heart need, but they will never x it. We need something greater, a new condition, a new inner birth, a divinely-imparted new category of life. Kierkegaard describes our human need by highlighting the difference between Socratic knowledge and salvi c condition: In Socratic knowledge, the teacher imparts wisdom (education) in order to bring forth truth from within the learner. But in salvi c truth, the Teacher imparts a new condition of life (a changed heart); and only one Teacher can impart this life: the Holy One who died to give us life. We live in a world awash with Socratic knowledge; we have more facts, more education and more technology than at any point in our history — and yet, we also have more human slaves, more orphans, more aborted babies, more persecuted believers, and more deceptive leaders. We live in a world blinded by information: the soul of humanity is masked by education and technology; our facts are unhinged from ultimate meaning, and we perish from lack of salvation. Our greatest need is no t Socratic knowledge, but salvi c condition. Resolutions are never enough. We need a changed heart. Where will we nd that changed heart? Scripture offers us the answer of REGENERATION. The Reformers describe regeneration as the instantaneous act of God by which H e imparts the principle of spiritual life in th e human heart. J.I. Packer calls regeneration the “spiritual change wrought in the human heart by the Holy Spirit, in which their inherently sinful nature is changed so that the y can respond to God in faith, and live in accordance with His will.” This regeneration is our greatest need, and without it, we will ever wander in the wilderness of failed resolutions — a world increasingly more broken with Socratic knowledge, ever lacking in salvi c condition. Ron Mehl, in his book “God Works th e Night Shift,” tells of the time he visited a church, to speak. As he spoke, he saw a woman sitting near the back, weeping during the service. She didn’t bother anyone, but sat there basking in the worship, gentl e tears coursing down her cheeks. He wondered what it meant, so he later asked th e pastor. “Oh, that’s Cheryl,” he said. “She’s one of our most vibrant members.” She is caught up in the wonder of God’s forgiveness: God has delivered her from her pas t life, and she can’t get over the fact that sh e is free, forgiven and changed. So, she jus t weeps tears of wonder and joy! P.T. Forsyth says, “Our churches are full of the nicest, kindest people who have neve r known the despair of guilt or the breathless wonder of forgiveness.” Okeechobee County is full of good people who give lip servic e to faith, maybe even attending church out o f duty or desire for personal advancement, bu t somehow missing the reality of regeneration. This year, think about REGENERATION, and the offer of new spirit life in Christ. See k the face of God until He makes your hear t new. And chances are, you’ll get more ou t of your New Year’s resolutions than ever before. Alleluia! Amen. January 12, 2014 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! Special to the Okeechobee News Taking a daily multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid is one of the best ways to prevent birth defects and an important step toward having a healthy baby, yet only about one-third of women know about it. Jan. 5-11 is national Folic Acid Awareness W eek, a time when the March of Dimes reminds all women of childbearing age about the important role folic acid plays in prev enting serious birth defects of the brain and spine, known as neural tube defects (NTDs). Daily consumption of folic acid beginning before and continuing through the early months of pregnancy is crucial because NTDs occur in the rst few weeks following conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant. “All women of reproductive age should be taking a multivitamin containing folic acid every day,” advises Dr. Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., MPH, coauthor of the rst March of Dimes book Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide. “It’s such an easy thing to do, and it can provide a major bene t to your future family. About half of pregnancies are unplanned, so take your folic acid daily and be sure to give your baby the healthiest start in life.” March of Dimes has worked to spread the word about the importance of folic acid for women of childbearing age, and helped bring about folic acid forti cation of the grain and cereal. March of Dimes and its partners are currently petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fortify corn masa our with this important B vitamin because NTDs are more prevalent in the Hispanic population than other racial or ethnic groups. By targeting food made with corn masa for folic acid forti cation, it would be possible to lower the rate of NTDs among Hispanics. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies 2014. March Of Dimes spreads the word about National Folic Acid Week


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTJanuary 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$3200Before 12 noon $2800After 12 noon$400 off per person when booking a foursome 5 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 Sheriff May said the settlement and costs will not come directly from his budget. He said his of ce belongs to the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) and pays into a special FSA fund that will pay the settlement, as well as costs incurred by the OCSO. SUITContinued From Page 1 unable to catch them," he pointed out. The three motorcycles stolen from the local home are described as: a 2009 KTM 450 with all white plastics, black wheels and a black frame; a 2013 all orange KTM 250 XC with a white fuel tank, black frame and green number plates with the number 14 on the plates; and a 2012 Kawasaki KX85 with all green plastics, black wheels, black frame, white number plates and the number 14 on the plates. When the thieves took those bikes, they also stole a Bushnell radar gun with a digital read-out that was valued at $100. Apparently, the thieves went to a home in the southwest section of the county where they opened an unlocked enclosed trailer sitting along side the home and took two of the bikes. They then went through a closed gate and took the third bike from the homeowner's back porch. The homeowner had pulled his pickup in front of the trailer so it couldn't be stolen and, for just this one time, didn't lock the enclosed trailer. He also had not locked the back porch door, said Detective Gonzalez. And, added the investigator, they did all this while he was watching television. "I don't believe they're stealing the bikes for pro t. They're just stealing them to ride around," Detective Gonzalez said. "If the y break down, they'll just sell them for parts." He went on to explain that the thieves have taken trucks, trailers and riding lawn mowers. Many times they will steal the truck, then hook up to a trailer and steal it, too. "Sometimes, they'll just put the bikes in the bed of the truck," added the detective. The stolen items are then being taken to Pahokee, Belle Glade or South Bay, pointed out the investigator. He went on to describe the thieves as patient, thorough and opportunistic. Detective Gonzalez explained that when they see what they want the thieves will take their time and check to see if the item is locked up. They'll then check for motiondetection lights, alarms and/or security systems. Once all this has been checked out, the y simply wait for the right opportunity then take what they want. "They'll have all their ducks in a row," stated Detective Gonzalez. "These people are patient. They'll have multiple places checked out and they take their time." If anyone has information about this case or similar thefts, contact Detective Gonzalez at 863-763-3117. THEFTContinued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ OCSOThree dirt bikes similar to the ones shown in these photos were stolen recently from a home in the southwest section of Okeechobee County. Drilling Services, 405 S.W. Second St.; Buxton & Bass Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave.; and, at The Style Studio. Tickets will also be available at many events in and around Okeechobee until April 12. For information, contact: Mr. Sandlin at 863-697-1321; Mr. Buxton at 863-634-3706; or, Mr. DeCarlo at 863-634-1595. MOTORCYCLEContinued From Page 1 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Wild horses that once roamed the western states are nding new homes in Florida. "Florida probably now has more mustangs than any other state, not counting the free roaming herds," according to Dan Russell of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM brought about 75 wild horses and burros to an adoption event at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on J an. 10 and 11. About a third of the herd was adopted within the rst three hours on Friday. Seven of the horses were spoken for before they even arrived in Florida, Mr. Russell explained. These horses were adopted through the BLM online adoption program. Most of those horses go for much more than the $125 standard adoption fee paid by those who chose an animal at the Okeechobee event. Prospective mustang owners bid online, "like you would on E-Bay," he explained. The BLM then transports the horse to the closest horse adoption event to your area. Mr. Russell said the BLM likes coming to Okeechobee and schedules an adoption event here about every other year. "There are lots of horse lovers in the Okeechobee area," he said. "We always get a good turnout." He said about half of those who adopt already have mustangs. "People who have adopted before, about 90 percent come back and adopt another mustang," he said. "Mustangs are hardy, tough animals. They don't get sick as often as domestic horses. They have good feet. "When they get gentled down, they get extremely gentle," he said. "They really bond with the owner as long as the owner bonds with the horse. "If someone wants to abuse a horse," he warned. "The mustang will defend himself." Okeechobee resident Paula Morgan picked out 2-year-old mare. She said her daughter, Kayla, has been dreaming of horses. "She begged me to come up here," Mrs. Morgan said. While her family hasn't gentled a mustang before, she said she has lots of friends and neighbors ready to give them help and advice. Teresa Turner, of Winter Haven, picked out a mustang to join the three she already has at home. She said she has had "wonderful luck" with wild horses so far. "They're amazing. It's such a different experience than with a domestic horse. You love them so much," she said. For more information on adopting wild horses and burros online, go to www.blm. gov/adoptahorse/. Mustangs nd new homes By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The South Florida Water Management District plans to start work this year on projects that have been "sitting around," according to a report made by Gary Ritter to the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Thursday, J an. 9. He said the new executive director's charge is to "really turn dirt," and get some of these projects completed. He said north of Lake Okeechobee, they hope to have the Nubbin Slough Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) on line this year. He said the Lakeside Ranch STA and Taylor Creek STA are working. He said south of the lake, they are working on projects to move water south. The challenge, he said, "if we start moving water south into the Everglades, how do we make sure it is clean?" The SFWMD plans to use Flow Equalization Basins. Mr. Ritter said the Army Corps of Engineers is currently making environmental releases into the Caloosahatchee River. Although there is some water owing into the lake from the Kissimmee River, "right now, there is a tad bit more going out than is coming in." "We generally get on average of 18 inches of rainfall during the dry season and w e're forecasting kind of a drier dry season this year. We don't think we're going to get that," he said. "We'll be talking about water conservation as much as we can throughout the entire 16-county area," he said. Mr. Ritter said he gets a lot of questions from boaters about the Kissimmee River. "The Kissimee River, right now, north of the Istokpoga Canal, unless you have an airboat, it is not really navigable," he said. "The upper chain of lakes is at regulation schedule." Mr. Ritter said a water conservation expo is planned for Feb. 21 at the SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach. The expo will be open to the public. A meeting on the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan is scheduled for Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Avenue. On Thursday evening, some areas of the South Florida Water Management District experienced an extreme weather event due to a stalled storm front. Some coastal areas received more than 15 inches of rain on Jan. 9 and 10. The district coordinated local drainage districts and local governments to move water out of low-lying areas and into the regional ood control system. However, the rainfall had only a slight effect on Lake Okeechobee, which went from 14.00 feet above sea level on Jan. 9 to 14.02 feet above sea level on Jan. 10. SFWMD plans work on the Nubbin Slough STA


Masons host breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xins Sunday, Jan. 12 for $6 per plate. The public is welcome, and carry-out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will 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.Elks observe anniversaryIt's the rst anniversary for the Lake Okeechobee Elks, #2871, and they will be celebrating with a country hoe down on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the VFW South. Music will be provided by Carl Cable and Sloopy Joe. A barbecue with all the xins will be served for an $8 donation. Bring a pot luck dessert or just come and enjoy. The public is welcome. All donations will go to our building fund. For information, call Jim at 863-623-5156.Science Fair needs judgesThe Okeechobee County Science Fair is looking for volunteers to help judge science projects the morning of Thursday, Jan. 16 We would welcome your encouragement in promoting science in our community. No experience is necessary, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in helping to judge projects or would like more information, call Cindy Letcher at 863462-5056, ext. *1191.Comedy night aids seniorsThe Okeechobee Yatchette Club will present a night of comedy at the Good Spirits Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds will go to our seniors fund. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Jon E. Whitaker TEMPLE, GA. Jon E. Whitaker died in a helicopter crash Dec. 6th, 2013 while crop dusting in Sebring, Fla. Jon was charismatic, strong willed, ercely independent and compassionate. He often made us laugh and sometimes cry but always made us feel loved and he will be forever missed. For those of us who had the privilege to know and love Jon we nd some comfort knowing Jon left us while doing something he loved with his whole heart. Flying was his life! Jon was an excellent pilot with over 20 years of experience and was highly regarded nationally in the agricultural industry. He rst learned to crop dust in the banana elds in Costa Rica and later ew off shing boats out of Guam and Papua New Guinea spotting tuna. He also logged for Columbia Helicopters in Alaska and Oregon. His ying was not limited to industry as he piloted a helicopter off one of the largest yachts in the world while it traveled through the Mexican Rivera and Caribbean. But nothing thrilled him as much as agricultural spraying. He thrived on the challenge and precision that this work demanded. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eva Whitaker. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8th, 2014 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Port Angeles, Wash. Pastor Patrick Lovejoy will be presiding. To request a memorial CD please call or text 425-345-2449. "When once you have tasted ight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." Leonardo Da Vinci. Oscar Lewis “Buck” Daniel, II 68OKEECHOBEE O. L. "Buck" Daniel died Jan. 8, 2014. He was born March 6, 1945 in Ft. Lauderdale to Russell and Jo Mildred Daniel. A resident of Okeechobee for over 60 years, he w as a cattle rancher and breeder of quarter horses. He was a member of the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and the First Baptist Church. A life member of the American Quarter Horse Association, he bred top quality award winning champion performance horses. He was also a life member of the National Cutting Horse Association and American Cutting Association where his horses won many titles. His life was his horses and his cattle ranch. He is survived by his wife, of many years, Terry; nephews, Dewey Daniel (Sheri), D.R. Daniel III (Paula), all of Okeechobee, Mark Branham of V ero Beach, Terrence Mahoney and Alex Mahoney of Sarasota; nieces, Amy Jo Fletcher, of V ero Beach, and Colleen Mahoney of Sarasota; three grandnephews and a grandniece. Buck also leaves behind a close knit ranch family that will carry on his legacy and the dreams he held so dear. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers donations can be made to First Baptist Church Mission House. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan. 10TH Tues., Jan. 16THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “GR UDGE MATCH”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THE MARKED ONES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “SAVING MR. BANKS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 R PG-13 PG-13 7 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Happy New Year everybody! We didn’t have that many cattle Monday or Tuesday but they were the highestselling cattle we’ve ever seen, I think! Demand is extremely good and supply is low, a perfect combination for anybody wanting to sell cattle. As always, quality still makes a big difference and better quality brings better prices. Weight didn’t seem to matter that much from 200# to 600#. Cows and bulls were as good as the Christmas Slaughter Cow Sale with good demand and short supply. Expect prices to continue to be good barring any weather-related problems. We have a few Charolais and Angus Bulls for sale. Call 863-763-3127. Overstreet Ranching LTD, Kenansville, topped the calf market with a high of $3.10 bought by D & S Cattle. Lightsey Cattle Co, Lake Wales, topped the cow market with a high of 101.00 bought by Central Beef. Todd STUART — On Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) training workshop at their of ces, located at 2614 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart. The workshop provides participants with the six-hour training required in order to apply for LCLM certi cation. Following the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to take the state LCLM exam. Florida Law Chapter 482 the Structural Pest Control Act, requires commercial landscape maintenance workers to be licensed to apply ANY pesticides, including herbicides, in the landscape. The LCLM Certi cation program was designed to allow commercial landscapers to make pesticide applications using materials such as Roundup, or others with a signal word of Caution when treating ornamental plants and plant beds. It does not allow landscape maintenance workers to make any kind of pesticide applications (including weed control) to any turf areas. There are also restrictions on application equipment. Persons may register on-line at https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/limited-commerciallandscape-maintenance-certi cation-trainingworkshop-tickets-9945030855, or by calling the Martin County Extension of ce at 772-2885654. Please register by Jan. 22. Commercial landscape training offered


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 8 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kelsie Allison scored three goals as the Clewiston Tigers defeated Okeechobee 4-0 in girls soccer action Wednesday night at Brahman Stadium. Allison put on a show for the partisan Brahman crowd as she scored three times in the rst 28 minutes of the match. The rst goal came because she basically outran the defense to get a breakaway opportunity at the Brahman net six minutes into the match. On the second goal, Allison received a throw in 30 yards from the goal, a Lady Brahman fullback fell down, and she beat the goal tender in the lower right hand corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. The third goal came on a great individual move by Allison. She appeared to have no run between the goal post and the sideline but still was able to squeeze the ball in against two defenders. Clewiston has a strong team this year and Wednesday's win gave the Lady Tigers a 9-3 record. Jessica Radcliff scored the fourth goal for Clewiston in the second half. Okeechobee had their opportunities in the physical match where contact was the norm. Yvette Vega had a shot near the Tiger net in the rst two minutes but couldn't get a lot of velocity on the shot. Okeechobee had three shots in the rst half. Okeechobee (4-10) also put a lot of pressure on Clewiston in the second half but could never get the ball in the net. The only glaring mistakes by the team occurred in not clearing a few balls near the net which allowed Allison to get shot opportunities. Stormy Stokes played a strong game in net and had ve saves in the rst half. Okeechobee is getting ready for their district tournament which takes place next week. Clewiston blanks OHS in girls soccer action Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrianna Nunez (in white) defends against Clewiston’s Kaci Pittman during Wednesday’s match at Brahman Stadium. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRachel Morrell of Clewiston draws a double team of Lady Brahmans during Wednesday’s match. The Lady Tigers prevailed 4-0.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600 C GNew Furniture For Less! Hours: MonSat. 10-5 11 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Shoe Box 1138 S. Parrott Ave., has been serving Okeechobee for 28 years. They know feet. They sell shoes and specialize in pedorthic services and diabetic foot wear. They are trained to relieve foot pain, through selection, alignment, orthotics and by gait or w alking cycle. They sell all kinds of athletic shoes, casual shoes and sandals. They will help you nd that perfect t no problem. Give them a call at 863-763-4401 and don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you!  Emory Walker 208 S.W. Fifth Ave., sells and repairs commercial and residential air conditioners and heaters. They also sell and repair dairy equipment. With a 24-hour technician on call, they will be able to keep y ou cool or warm without delay. They have been serving Okeechobee since 1966, and they know their stuff! Everyone there is alw ays happy to help you with any questions. Give them a call at 863-763-6742.  St. Lucie Battery and Tire 198 U.S. 98 N., carries most tire sizes and are dealers of Michelin, BF Goodrich and many more. They carry tires for not only cars and trucks, but also for tractors, RVs and even construction equipment. They offer 24/7 roadside assistance. They offer any size battery you need even for golf carts and scooters. If they don’t have it, they can get it for you. Check out their website at www.slbt.com or just like them on Facebook! They can be reached at 863-357-2431.  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. During this new year if you have on your resolutions list to “give back,” then here is a great organization to give to. My Aunt’s House (The Closet) has been open in Okeechobee for 10 years and have been providing clothing for families and children in need. They are based off of a referral system through schools or family services. They are always in need of donations of clothing, shoes, undergarments, and so much more. So, if you are cleaning out your dresser or closet and don’t know where to take them, bring them to My Aunt’s House, 202 N.E. Second St., and help them help others. They can be reached at 863-634-2306.  Okeechobee boys soccer team tied Clewiston on Tuesday, 2-2. The Brahmans got goals from Wilson Barahona and Brian Guerrero and an assist from Daniel Rodriguez. OHS gave up a late goal on a defensive miscue to get the tie. The game was played in frigid conditions at Clewiston High School. The OHS boys soccer team overwhelmed A von Park, 9-1, in a match played Thursday night in Highlands County. OHS improved to 10-2-1. Avon Park fell to 0-14-1.  The Okeechobee wrestling team nished in 10th place out of 16 teams at the Steadwell Grow Tournament at Port St. Lucie High School last weekend. Jensen Beach was the champion and Wellington nished in second place. Top performers for the Brahmans included Cory Vickers who nished in third place at 220 pounds; Cody Grif th who nished in fourth place in the 138 pound weight class; and, Greg Hernandez who nished fourth at heavyweight. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief


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AuctionsVERO BEACH HIGHWAYMEN AND BACKUS PAINTINGS AUCTION!Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. To be included bring your paintings to Auctioneer’s of ce at 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero BeachAB128 (772 562-5015) AU155 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaning Service and Pressure Washing. Inside and outside cleaning. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeFlorida Broadband is looking for full time technical installers to join our team full time. Installing Internet systems for customers. Requires physical agility and skills to complete installations professionally. Must understand basic Internet/Network setups. We will train quali ed applicants on the details. Must be a self starter, disciplined, persistent, eager to satisfy customers. We are team solution oriented so if you feel you have what it takes please send us your resume. We are NOT taking phone calls on this position at this time. Pay commensurate with experience. Contact: support@ oridabroadband.com DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Experienced Excavator Operators, Finish Dozer Operators, End Dump Operators and Laborers. Please call 863-467-2572 or fax resume to 863-467-8067. EOE Drug Free Workplace. We are immediately hiring experienced OPERATORS (Track hoe/dozer/loader) Please contact Robert Waltman at 504-952-0860. Be prepared to submit a resume and quali cations. Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community Part Time Maintenance Person Level II Background check required. Apply in Person M-F 9am 4pm 203 SE 2nd Street How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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. Buildings & Sheds WHOOLEY SHEDS (2) 8x10, 14x20. Call 863-447-0752. MiscellaneousFOR SALEWHEEL CHAIR $50.00, ADJUSTABLE HOSP. BED $200.00, MANUAL TREADMILL $75.00, EXERCISE BIKE $50.00, COMPACT REFRIG. $35.00 CALL 824-0944 ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, New oor covering, clean, furnished, cable, Wi-Fi, elec, satellite W/D incld. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Condos/Townhouses RentOAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, w/all appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 security required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. Houses Rent3BD/2BATH FENCED YARD, LOCATED IN OAK PARK. $850.00 A MONTH, 1ST, LAST & $500.00 SECURITY. AVAILABLE 2/1/14 CALL 561-261-1716 ADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 Dixie Ranch Acres area. 2 br. Duplex @ 10005 NW 64th Ave. Clean, quiet. Pets allowed upon approval. $550 month. Water & lawn maintenance included. $400 Sec. 863-610-0001 FOR RENT WITH OPTION TO BUY. RANCH Oak Hammock, 7 1/2 ac., fenced with 2 pastures, 3BR, 3BA, 2000 sq. ft. with porches, 48x24 2 story barn, with tack rm & chicken coop, 30’x30’ carport. Available now! Must see! $1000 mo. Call 386-214-4333. OPEN HOUSE Saturday & Sunday, January 11th & 12th 10am 6pm 18088 NW 256 St. 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 OAK LAKE VILLA 2/2, with appliances. Pets considered. $800 mo., 1st, last & security. Call (561) 743-0192. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 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. SEASONAL, WATERFRONT B.H.R. 2 STORY, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, 2 PEOPLE, JAN. THRU MARCH, $2,700. ALSO SMALL APT., NO PETS CALL 863-763-6086 OR 863-763-8599 Houses SaleFor sale 3bd/1.5ba completely renovated and furnished sale price $13,400 or rent price $700/mo. for 6 months or $650/mo for 12 months 1st, last and sec. in Adult park 863-623-4412 or 304-687-0715 Water Front Treasure Island By Owner 23’x50’ Modular Home, 3BR/1.5BA w/ re place, enclosed back porch, fenced yard, carport & shed. On deep canal 15 minutes to locks. Complete Walk Out. Reduced to $58,500.00 By Appt. Only 502-649-9637 Lots SaleFOR SALE BY OWNER LOT IN ANCIENT OAKS, EXTRA-LARGE CONCRETE PAD, NICE. BLOCK 4 LOT 3, $10,500.00, SHED $2,000.00. CALL 561-313-9382 Shop here first! The classified ads 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 OA K 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 2BR, 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 CABINS & MOBILE HOME FOR RENT WITH COVERED BOAT STORAGE. YEARLY O R MONTHLY, IN OKEECHOBEE AND LAKEPORT CALL FO R INFORMATION 502-803-1876 O R 502-682-2403 Mobile HomeSaleMHON CANAL, 2BD/2BA, 2 CAR-CARPORT, FRONT PORCH, FL ROOM, ALSO CLOSED BACK PORCH, BOAT RAMP & DOC K $65,000 CALL 863-763-8614 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014


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Was $8,795, YEAR-END SALE PRICE just $7,995 Call Rick @Alan Jay Chrysler (863) 983-4600 2013 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT Loaded -Black w/ tinted glass, priced to sell! SAVE THOUSANDS VS. NEW ONLY $15,995 Call Rick @Alan Jay Chrysler (863) 983-4600 2013 DODGE AVENGER SE 4DR. Bright white w/ auto., 4 cyl., alloys & more! Was $14,995, YEAR-END SALE PRICE just $13,895 Call Rick @ Alan Jay Chrysler (863) 983-4600 FOR SALE 2008 IMPALA LTZ, 34,500 MILES. ASKING $8,995 CALL 863-467-4187 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Sport Utility2008 FORD EXPEDITION LIMITED Exc. Condition -Leather, DVD, alloys & more! Was $18,975, MANAGER’S SPECIAL $16,995 Call Rick @ Alan Jay Chrysler(863) 983-4600 2011 DODGE DURANGO CREW V6 w/ 3rd row seating, touch screen & more! Was $26,995, won’t last long at just $23,995 Call Rick @ Alan Jay Chrysler (863) 983-4600 2013 DODGE JOURNEY SXT Only 17k miles! 3.6L V6, 3rd row, rear A/C & more! Was $24,550, sale-priced at only $19,995 Call Rick @ Alan Jay Chrysler (863) 983-4600 Public Notice School Board Meeting January 21, 2014The School Board of Okeechobee County will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. in Room 303, School Board Administrative Of ce, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and is open to the public. There will be no meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, as previously scheduled. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 458409 ON 1/5,12/2014 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2013-CA-000449 UCN: 472013CA000449XXCICI U.S. BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF MID-STATE TRUST VII BY GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, AS SERVICER WITH DELEGATED AUTHORITY Plaintiff, VS. SERAFIN LEYVA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA; JOHN DOE; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO THE FOLLOWING DEFENDANT(S): SERAFIN LEYVA 1659 HWY 70 WESTLOT 12-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 SERAFIN LEYVA 14784 SW 169TH AVE-INDIANTOWN, FL 34956 SERAFIN LEYVA 14229 REFLECTION LAKE DR-FORT MYERS, FL 33907 SERAFIN LEYVA 2035 NW 32ND DR-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 1659 HWY 70 WESTLOT 12-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 14784 SW 169TH AVE-INDIANTOWN, FL 34956 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 14229 REFLECTION LAKE DR-FORT MYERS, FL 33907 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 2035 NW 32ND DR-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Exhibit “X” (Legal Description) Commencing at the -Southeast corner of Section 7, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, run thence North 8541’35” West along the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 70.02’ feet Thence run North 0253’55’ East parallel with the East boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 831.72 feet; Thence run North 3623’35” West for a distance of 759.28 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue North 3623’35” West for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run North 8541’35” West parallel with the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 140.57 feet; Thence run South 3623’35” East for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run South 8541’35” East for a distance of 140.67 feet to the Point of Beginning. Lying in and comprising a part of the South One-half (1/2) of Section 7, township 37 south, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on the attorney for the Plaintiff: VESCHIO LAW GROUP, LLC 2001 W. KENNEDY BLVD. Tampa, FL 33606 EMAIL FOR THIS FILE: FORECLOSURE@VLGFL.COM within 30 days of the rst publication of this notice of action, and le the Original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorneys or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED on January 3, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK Clerk of the Circuit Court, OKEECHOBEE County 304 NW 2ND STREET, ROOM 208 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 349/116, (772) 807-4370 AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE TIME BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 711. 459654 ON 1/12,19/2014 13 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Onetime VHS rival 5 Like honed knives 10 Relaxed 14 The Earth turns on it 15 Swiss calculus pioneer 16 Hebrides hillside 17 Rules, in brief 18 Grassy Southwestern tract 19 Mike and Mike in the MorningŽ radio station 20 On-the-go morning snack 23 Flight that may be round 24 Craft stabilizer 25 No __!Ž: Mexicans Enough!Ž 28 Story spanning decades 31 St. Teresas home 33 Matadors cloak 37 Cash for a sandwich 40 Tenth of a sawbuck 42 Tailgaters beverage carriers 43 Waiters handout 45 Dorothys dog 46 Run the show 47 Vidals Breckinridge 49 Actress Sandra 50 Moan and groan 53 Browning work 57 Familiarly, nutritious trio found twice in this puzzle 61 Dubai big shot 64 Mediums card 65 Part of a float 66 Take it easy 67 Bacteria in rare meat 68 Footnote word 69 Biblical heirs, with theŽ 70 Barbers chair attachment 71 Corporate __ DOWN 1 Farm fence feature 2 Put into action, as effort 3 LSU mascot 4 Very, musically 5 __-centered: egotistical 6 Luau entertainment 7 Sarah Palin, notably 8 Yvonnes income 9 Legislative investigation 10 Good buddyŽ 11 Horaces __ PoeticaŽ 12 Comfy spot for some cats 13 Guys 21 GI mess crews 22 Memorable Texas landmark 25 GiantŽ actor Sal 26 Ready for whatever 27 Final authority 29 Old apple spray 30 Frances __: Judy Garlands birth name 32 Battery unit 33 Encrypted 34 Japanese cartoon style 35 Pound divisions 36 Adolescent woe 38 Manhattan campus, for short 39 Rush __ 41 Bloodsucker 44 Invisible-clothes wearer in anAndersen tale 48 The SimpsonsŽ storekeeper 51 Joss humanities 52 Show ones feelings, say 54 Kalahari refuge 55 Wear away 56 Jason jilted her 57 Taxing trip 58 Go it alone 59 You may stick it in your ear 60 Danls cousin? 61 Street shader 62 Ginnie __ 63 Special ending? 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News January 12, 2014 The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.  All women are at risk for cervical cancer.  It occurs most often in women over age 30.  Annually, approximately 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. The good news is that cervical cancer is highly preventable in the United States, thanks to screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infections. The Pap Test (Pap smear) is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available (it only screens for cervical cancer). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pap smear is recommended for all women. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Early on cervical cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms, so see your doctor annually for a Pap smear and follow up on any results that are not normal. Gynecological procedures, including minimally invasive procedures, are performed at Raulerson Hospital by the Surgical Services team. Board Certi ed Gynecologist Dr. James Brad eld will speak about women’s health issues at the January Dine with the Doctor on Tuesday Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. Dinner is available beginning at 4:30 p.m. for $5. Please RSVP for dinner: 863-7639228. For more information about Raulerson Hospital visit their website at RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral or to speak to a registered nurse, contact ConsultA-Nurse at 863-763-9228. This is National Cervical Health Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMSStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 10: Victoria Vargas, Fallon McLean, Rosio Aguilar, Ke’arah Small, Evan Turner, Kaylee Woods, Jose Bautista, Nathan Pettit, Apolinar Torres, Jose Aguilar, Tyler Yates, Monica Luviano, Ryleigh Carter, Vernesia Ervin, Diana Sixto, Jose Alcoser, Mekhia Ward, Sara Montoya, Eli Cannon, Alejandro Delgado, Dakota Vargas, Adrianna Prado, Corrin Tripp, Alejandra Nunez, Merlina Ruiz, Jose Ascencio and Francisco Montoya.


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