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Sunday, January 26, 2014 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 12 13.84 feetLast Year: 14.83 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level OHS Brahmans beat Moore Haven Terriers ... Page 8 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Matthew Morris has again discharged his legal representation and is standing rm that he will represent himself when his murder trial gets under way. Morris, who is accused of killing John Melvin Hall as he slept in his U.S. 441 S.E. home, told Judge Gary L. Sweet on Wednesday the court-appointed attorneys from the Regional Con ict Counsel (RCC) were not doing their job. Morris, 41, told Judge Sweet there "was no way" he could work with the appointed attorneys from the RCC. Friday, Jan. 24, Morris was back in court and Judge Sweet appointed Fort Pierce defense attorney Patrick Macrae to be stand-by counsel for Morris. In his address Wednesday to Judge Sweet, RCC attorney Antony Ryan explained he and his co-counsel met with Morris in November and were told by the defendant to take no action. Morris had also stated in writing that he did not trust the RCC of ce. "We're not able to act on his behalf," Mr. Ryan said to the court. He went on to explain the lawyer's relationship with Morris "is a classic case of irreconcilable differences." Judge Sweet then agreed to discharge the RCC attorneys. Morris is currently charged with rst-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed, robbery with a deadly weapon (two counts) and grand theft-motor vehicle. The Alum Creek, W. Va., native was indicted by an Okeechobee County grand jury on Oct. 13, 2009. He was being held in a federal prison at the time of that indictment. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright explained to the court that he initially led a motion for the state that required Morris to at least have a stand-by attorney because he was facing the death penalty if convicted. "But, we are no longer seeking the death penalty so he doesn't need stand-by counsel," said the prosecutor. If convicted, Morris could face a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility Accused killer to represent self Exercises needed for healthy bones ... Page 12 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Defense attorneys for a convicted killer will be going before the Florida Supreme Court next month to appeal his death sentence. Attorneys for Dale Middleton claim his sentence of death is not appropriate and that it should be changed to a life sentence, or the penalty phase of his trial should be redone. Middleton was convicted on Aug. 6, 2012, of killing Roberta Bobbie' Christensen. The 12-member jury took less than 60 minutes to nd him guilty of rst-degree murder, armed burglary of a dwelling and dealing in stolen property. On Oct. 19, 2012, then-Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger ruled that Middleton, 40, should die by lethal injection. He also sentenced Middleton to life in prison on the armed burglary conviction and 15 years on the dealing conviction. In his brief to the Supreme Court, Public Defender Jeffrey L. Anderson cites 10 "points" why Middleton's death sentence is wrong. Mr. Anderson states in his appeal document that the death sentence is disproportionate in this case, Middleton was denied a fair and reliable sentencing phase, he was denied due process during the sentencing phase and the evidence was insuf cient for rst-degree murder. Middleton was represented at trial by Thomas R. Garland. Mr. Anderson argues in his appeal that Middleton went to Mrs. Christensen's mobile home to either borrow or steal money, not to kill her. "The evidence, at best, showed a plan to rob," states the appeal. "A plan to rob is not the same as a plan to kill." Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl argued at trial that Middleton killed the 49year-old woman so she couldn't identif y him to law enforcement. However, Mr. Anderson claims the trial court erred in nding the murder was committed for this purpose. "The mere fact that the victim knew the assailant and could have identi ed him is insuf cient to prove the existence of this factor," Middleton to appeal death sentence Matthew Morris Dale Middleton See MORRIS — Page 5 See MIDDLETON — Page 5 "I have a fear of stand-by counsel giving the appearance of assistance without really giving assistance."— Matthew Morris "The evidence, at best, showed a plan to rob. A plan to rob is not a plan to kill."— Public Defender Jeffrey L. Anderson


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By Tom PasquarellaCornerstone BaptistFather, please help me I am struggling with this pain, Hurting because those who say they know y ou, defame your name. Wondering what in the world they are thinking? And why Satan’s lies they are constantly repeating? My heart in aching, my burden is great, All I know for sure in that on you I will wait. Please my dear Father, I am asking for relief, My soul is greatly struggling with so great a grief. Just struggling with the lies people buy into, The past they choose to live in, instead of in y ou. They are turning to the idols, idols they are choosing to follow, The false theologies they are spreading, now I am ghting such sorrow. Lord, you know that my heart, my will is to do yours, At times I am breaking when the lies from them pour. Lord, I am really struggling in my heart Watching believers or self-called believers from your truth depart. Their misusing the word of God for their own sel sh desires, It hurts to watch them speak of what their drinking inspires. They talk of sexual conquests, and rationalize their own sin, Wonder if they ask themselves, Would Jesus be impressed if He dwelt within? They hate the people He called them to love, Don’t they realize that commandment came from above. They ridicule the church people, and are turning to gossip. Oh let them question whether you would be okay with the moving of their lips. Lies there are many which go against your truth, Even though, your word, this world is full of such great proof. They quote rancid songs which dishonor, infect their lives, Then they sit there never wondering why Him they do not glorify. It is sickening to think that they defame your sacri ce, Trampling underfoot the Christ, the one who paid such a high price. I am struggling with friends turning from the gospel, With deceit, this world is trying to sell. It is a gospel which is not a gospel at all, And on the church it is taking its toll. Father, show us mercy give us not what w e deserve, Instead give us grace, favor undeserved, so i t is you we always want to serve. Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God in the esh, God with us, He is God incarnate, all the fullness of God dwells in Him. “In whom we hav e redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14) We hav e redemption from His shed blood on the cross upon which He died. “Who is the image of th e invisible God, the rstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15) He is the image of the invisibl e God, God made visible in Christ. When it says rstborn of all creation, it is referring to him being the source of all life, He is how all life cam e to be. How is this seen? “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) Everything was made by Jesus. Everything was made by Him, things in heaven, things on earth, seen and unseen, thrones, rulers, powers. Everything was made by Jesus and for Jesus. Freedom of Speech You have freedom of speech only if the government allows you to speak but if you say something they don’t like they will do everything in their power to smear you name.Cancer patients Since local cancer patients were told Okeechobee County residents are not eligible for help from the Komen Foundation. Maybe all the money that is raised in Okeechobee should stay in Okeechobee since our community cannot get help from the foundation. We should just look out for our own!  We should have a local fundraising organization that helps local residents if no organization will help. How can they expect people to give to their charity when they don’t give back? As seen from recent fundraisers, the people in Okeechobee come together when someone is in need and are very generous. Let’s use that generosity to help Okeechobee.  I say we start our own group, not afliated with Komen, and help those in Okeechobee. And if you are a Komen pledger, nd a local organization instead.  Most of us have very limited funds but we do want to help when we can. That is why it is so important to nd out just where the money goes and how much is used for administration. Have you checked to see how much some of these organizations pay in salary to the top administrators? I give to the organizations that directly help people in Okeechobee. And if you are an animal lover, don’t be fooled by those ads on TV with the sad-eyed dogs. If you donate to the Humane Society of the United States or to PETA, none of that money goes to our local shelter. If you want to help, donate directly to the local shelter, or better yet, drive on down there and adopt a shelter pet or two. Then you will know you really helped.  If they are not going to help people in Okeechobee, Komen for the Cure should not be asking for donations from people in Okeechobee. I doubt the people who donate know that the money is spent on patients from other counties while people from Okeechobee County are turned away.  The Komen Race for the Cure group is famous for spending donor funds to sue other organizations. Just look it up on the internet. They even sued other charities over the use of the words “for the cure.” Instead of being happy that other groups are also trying to raise money to cure cancer and other diseases, they spend donors’ money protecting their own greedy organization. You have to wonder how much of the donor money goes to pay their attorneys. In my opinion, it is more effective to donate to local organizations or directly to individuals who need help. January 26, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Quarters for a CauseI would like to take a moment and thank Christy Schneider and the “Original Quarters for a Cause” for this past week’s fundraiser for Fire ghter/Paramedic Mike Hopkins, a 31 year old Fire ghter/Paramedic, husband and father of three small children. As Mike’s friend and his fundraising coordinator, I want to thank all of the citizens and vendors for their generosity. I believe I can say a good time was had by all supporting a great cause. Mike has a long road ahead of him and is currently undergoing treatment at Mof t in Tampa. This letter is mainly to thank Mrs. Schneider for bringing such a wonderful, fun event to Okeechobee to bene t others, our friends and neighbors, in their time of need. On a personal note, she helped my son/ our family last year with “Rallying Around Ryan” and the auction, raised over $1200 which was very helpful since he has a very rare brain disorder called moyamoya and has had two brain surgeries in Boston in the last year. The Mission statement of this Quarters for a Cause, is simply to help others during their times of need. While speaking with Mrs. Schneider this morning, she has a waiting list of people needing the fundraising, a breast cancer patient, an of cer’s son who was severely burned, a colon cancer patient, a family that has become homeless due to the loss of a job, due to the staff cuts and the list goes on and on. Just recently there was a quarters for the cause auction, not held by Mrs. Schneider, for young female breast cancer patient. It was held in conjunction with another fundraiser for this young lady and that was great as it bene ted this woman and her family. This brings me to this. There are other organizations that are doing quarters for the cause fundraisers. If you plan on attending them, I hope that you are aware why the y are doing them, what their mission statement is and ask them what the money is being used for. As for me, I would support the one who is helping our own in our community. So please plan on attending the next “Original Quarters for a Cause” the third Tuesday o f each month at the American Legion behind city hall and the city re department, and know you are helping a local citizen or family in need. If you would like further information, please contact Christy Schneider at 863-697-1247. Donny Arnold aka “Ryan’s Dad” Letter to the editor


BIG CYPRESS – The Seminole Tribe of Florida will celebrate its Big Cypress Reserv ation’s 118th anniversary Jan. 23 25, at the J unior Cypress Rodeo Grounds. This year’s celebration will feature a special concert by Grammy award-winning country music superstar Alan Jackson on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert, are on sale, now. The Big Cypress 118th anniversary celebration will kick-off on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. w ith The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo (taking place for two consecutive nights) in the J unior Cypress Rodeo Arena. This free event showcases the best of the best local cowboys. On Jan. 24 at noon, festivities begin with a Seminole Tribe of Florida rib cook-off and include a clothing contest (Seminole Tribe of Florida members only). At 3 p.m., the fair w ill feature a gator and critter show, performances by the Seminole Stomp dancers and a Northern Tribes dancing exhibition, the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association (EIRA) rodeo, and carnival rides, along with food and craft vendors. Historical displays showcasing the history of the Big Cypress Reservation are sponsored by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum. Food vendors will be available throughout the festival. On Saturday, Jan. 25, gates will open at 10 a.m. with a grand entry by Seminole Tribe of Florida leaders and royalty. Wildlife shows will continue throughout the day with entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. with the Blues Brothers Soul Band, one of the hottest tribute bands this side of the Mississippi. At 5 p.m., Tom Jackson will open the concert. Jackson’s driving, aggressive country style has been likened to Jason Aldean and Charlie Daniels. He has shared the stage with Nashville recording artists including Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Eric Church, Colt Ford and recently, Brantley Gilbert and Randy Travis. At 6:30 p.m., country music superstar Alan Jackson will take the stage. Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters. Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or cowritten 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles. He is an 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee. Jackson joins the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. His current work, The Bluegrass Album, was released Sept. 24 and debuted #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Sales Chart. Immediately following the concert, the Southern States Bull Riding Competition will take place at 8:15 p.m. Admission for The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 activities is free; admission for Jan. 25, which includes all festivities and the concert, is $50 and tickets are available at bigcypresscelebration. com and at completeticketsolutions.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds the day of the concert. Parking for the event is $5. The Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Naples off I-75 (Alligator Alley). Take I-75 to exit 49, then drive north 16 miles. Seminole Tribe celebrates 118 anniversary of Big Cypress 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 states the appeal. The appeal goes on to claim the evidence did not support a charge of rst-degree murder. Middleton, who had been smoking methamphetamine all day and had been snorting crushed painkillers, went to Mrs. Christensen’s home to borrow some money. But w hen she refused he attacked her with a kitchen knife he had in his back pocket. The attack started in the kitchen of her home. Middleton then drug the woman to the bedroom where she ultimately died after he had cut her throat with the knife. Mr. Anderson argues in his appeal that expert testimony at trial failed to eliminate the possibility that Mrs. Christensen’s fatal wounds were received due to her struggling with her assailant. Middleton then stole a at-screen television that Mrs. Christensen had won at a Christmas party held at the Golden Corral Restaurant where she worked as a server. He then sold the TV later that evening for $200 and bought more drugs. “Dale Middleton, you have not only forfeited your right to live among us in society but, under the laws of the State of Florida, you have forfeited your right to live at all,” said Judge Belanger prior to sentencing Middleton to death. MIDDLETONContinued From Page 1 of parole. Although he chooses to represent himself, Morris did tell Judge Sweet he would like to have a stand-by attorney to help him w ith the rules of evidence. “I need some type of assistance to be prepared,” he said. Judge Sweet then asked him if he wanted the RCC to be his stand-by counsel, to which Morris replied “Absolutely not.” “I have a fear of stand-by counsel giving the appearance of assistance without really giving assistance,” added Morris. Looking down at the shackled man sitting at the defense table in his orange and white county jail jumpsuit, Judge Sweet began to caution Morris on the problems of trying to defend himself. He told the defendant he was looking squarely in the face at the pitfalls of representing himself. When Morris began to talk about the problems he was having gaining access to legal material because of his incarceration, Judge Sweet pointed out: “That’s the dilemma faced by representing yourself.” “If you elect to go pro se, you burden yourself with restrictions to available material,” the judge added. Morris is accused of entering Mr. Hall’s home at 13800 U.S. 441 S.E. and killing him while he slept in his bed with his wife at his side. Mr. Hall was 42 years old at the time. No one else in the home was injured. The type of gun allegedly used by Morris, as well as what items were taken from the home, has not been released. Mr. Albright said Morris’ trial is slated to be held the rst two weeks of April. MORRISContinued From Page 1 Healthy Start Coalition holds public meetingOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5 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 coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.Homestead Exemption applications availableApplications for homestead exemption, senior exemption, Veteran exemption and agriculture classi cation for 2014 should be led with the Property Appraisers of ce by March 1 in accordance with Florida Statues. For information on exemptions, contact the Property Appraiser’s Of ce at 863-763-4422; or, visit the webpage at www.okeechobeepa.com.


Moose offering Sunday bingoThe Okeechobee Moose and women of the Moose will offer bingo this Sunday only, Jan. 26 The bonanza starts at 1 p.m. at 159 S.E. 36th St. Lunch and dessert will also be available. The event is open to the public. Proceeds will go to support Moose charities.Masons serving breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, located at 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the trimmings Sunday, Jan. 26 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, from 4 until 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Dine with the Dr. is Jan. 28Dine with the Doctor will be held at Raulerson Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 28 featuring Dr. James Brad eld. RSVP by calling 863763-9228.Collaborative council to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. January special guest speakers will be: Rebecca Barnes, Action Home Health, and Rossana Gonzalez from New Horizons. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Legion hosting pageantThe annual Miss American Legion Post 64 beauty pageant will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All contestants must be female; unmarried; have no children; and attending ninth through 12th grades at Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a private school, home school or College Earl y Admissions Program.Church hosts potluck dinnerA Christian singles potluck dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. Please use the south door. For information, call Mollie at 863-7639626.Yatchette plans golf tourneyOkeechobee Yatchette Club will hold their second annual golf tournament at Blue Heron Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 1 to bene t the OHS scholarship fund and the senior citizen's fund. The entry fee is $40 per golfer with lunch and prizes to follow at Good Spirits Lounge. Sign up at Good Spirits, Blue Heron Golf Club or the Big "O" RV Resort (Lot #86). A calcutta will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Good Spirits. For information, call Garry at 863-532-9033 or Suzzie at 352-209-9582.OCRA sign-ups scheduledOCRA will hold baseball/softball sign-ups Saturday, Feb. 1 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4-14 are eligible to sign-up and the girls ages 4-18. Girls softball is adding another league this year due to OCR A hosting the Dixie Girls State Tournament this July. We will offer the Debs division for 1618 years. We are also looking for coaches for all leagues. If you are interested, contact Micki at 863-634-0515. If your child is a rst time player, we will need a copy of the birth certi cate.OEF presenting dramaThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation will present "Mandate for Murder," featuring the OHS Drama Club in the Freshman Campus Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and include a Death by Chocolate intermission courtes y of Waste Management, Inc. Politics can be murder! It's election night and all the friends and supporters of mayoral candidate Matthew Kensington are throwing him a surprise birthday/campaign party. But there's one surprise no one suspects. An aide is found stabbed in the back with the birthday cake knife! Clues and suspects abound in this frenetic political satire that leaves the audience wondering just who they can trust. Not onl y can the audience question the suspects, but they even get to vote for the candidate o f their choice. For information or to purchase a ticket, call 863-462-5000, ext. 257. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Beverly Lloyd Wilson OKEECHOBEE Beverly Lloyd Wilson of Boca Raton, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Beverly was born Dec. 13 in Alliance, Ohio to Issac and Freda Lloyd. She moved to South Florida in 1952 with her husband and children and entered into a long career in hospitality and property management. A fter retiring in 2005, Beverly stayed active, loving to dance and v isit with friends and family. Beverly is survived by her two sons, Billy (Debbie) Wilson and Bruce (Kim) Wilson; two daughters, Becky Wilson and Bonita Wilson Green; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Wilson; and her sisters, Doris Honchell and Marvel Stratman. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, FL. Sheila Ann Murphy, 55OKEECHOBEE Sheila Ann Murphy formerly of Okeechobee and Vero Beach died Jan. 22, 2014. She was born Sept. 2, 1958 in Okeechobee to Walter and Violet Saunders. She was a resident of Citra for the last eight years. She lived for her friends and would do anything for them. Sheila is survived by her husband, Jack Murphy, Jr.; daughter, Kristin Murphy; granddaughter, Brylee Murphy all of Citra; brother, Walter Saunders, Jr. (Diane); sister, Debbie Parker (Fred); mother, Violet Saunders all of Okeechobee; and a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. 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 Raymond R. Frey, 84OKEECHOBEE Raymond R. Frey died Jan. 22, 2014. He was born May 11, 1929 in Bainbridge, Ohio to Haymer and Marie Frey. He worked as a foreman with the Ohio Edison Electrical Company. He came to Okeechobee from Spring eld, Ohio in 2000 and was a member of the Methodist Men at First United Methodist Church. He loved to x things. Mr. Frey is survived by his wife, Jane E. Frey of Okeechobee; son, Michael Frey of Spring eld, Ohio; daughter, Mari Lyn Brewer (Ted) of Spring eld, Ohio; stepson, Arthur Dalglish (Lorrie) of Rockville, Maryland; two grandchildren, Sarah and Evan Dalglish; and two step grandchildren, Abby and Allison Brewer. Visitation will be 3 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Simpson. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Burial Park in Spring eld, Ohio. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 or Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. 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In the fth annual "Humane State Ranking" report released by The Humane Society of the United States, Florida was ranked 17th in the nation, moving down ve spots from last year. The comprehensive analysis of animal protection laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., grades states on the strength of a wide range of animal protection laws, including policies dealing with animal cruelty and ghting, pets, wildlife, equines, animals in research and farm animals. In 2013, Florida legislators continued their commitment to animal welfare by passing a bill to stiffen the animal ghting penalties by adding animal baiting and ghting to the list of racketeering offenses. This bill also restored a prohibition on the dyeing of animals under 12 weeks. Use our interactive map to see the complete state ranking. The Decouple Live Greyhound Racing Bill is an important initiative in Florida for 2014. Dog racing is cruel and inhumane, and thousands of dogs endure con nement and serious injuries at commercial racetracks. Gambling operations should not be forced by the state to have live dog racing. Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The HSUS said: "In 2014 we look forward to working with Florida lawmakers to help greyhound dogs by supporting the greyhound decoupling bill and the greyhound injury reporting bill. Greyhound decoupling would give racetracks the option to stop dog racing and end con nement and injury for many Florida dogs, and injury reporting would require tracks to report the number of dogs injured." Sharon Hook, member of the Florida state council for The HSUS said: "As a relatively new member to The HSUS Florida State council, I was disappointed to see that my state is losing ground in the humane ranking. The humane treatment of all animals is of great concern to the diligent members of my council. Decoupling will leave the fate of dog racing to the open market and put an end to this cruel sport which cannot nancially support itself." Florida ranked 17th in nation by Humane Society 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? You can have it your way! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Check our web site for information & directions Like us on Facebook VERO BEACH Over 80 Vendors!Plants, Flowers, Orchids,Trees, Pottery, Furniture, Fountains, Decorative Items Youth Activities & Great food! “Ask the Experts”Starts on the even hour each day of the eventLook for the banner! Saturday, Feb. 1, 9am-5pm Sunday, Feb. 2, 9am-4pm Free Parking & Admission! 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Off SR 60, Beachside in Riverside Park & direction s k a nner! Rain or Shine Bring your Wagon G a r d e n f e s t n a t u r e ’ s f i n e s t m a r k e t p l a c e Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices stayed strong again this week with little change. Cows and Bulls were off a little, $2-$3, but still strong! Most all classes of calves were as high as last week or higher! 3 to 5 weight steers were $5 higher, Heifers mostly steady. Anyway, if you have something to sell, you can't go wrong! We have 3 young Charolais Bulls and 1 young Angus Bull left for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Crazy Eight Ranch, West Palm Beach, topped the calf market with a high of $3.85 bought by Bellamy Cattle. Lightsey Cattle, Lake Wales, topped the Cow Market with a high of 98.00 bought by Central Beef. Todd Special to the Okeechobee NewsRepublican Women enjoy anniversaryOn Jan. 2, the Okeechobee Federated Republican Women celebrated their rst year anniversary with U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney. We were joined by many local dignitaries, as well as some from neighboring counties. The Congressman gave a speech addressing some of the issues that congress is facing now, as well as left the oor open to questions from the audience. They enjoyed cake and several homemade desserts provided by the club president, Josie Weeks-Elliott. They are now in the process of enrollment for the new year, and if you are interested in joining, call 863634-8474. They meet at Cowboy's every month in the private dining room.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jacob Stewart scored 15 points in the rst half and 18 in the game and Eddie Neal had 13 points in the third quarter and 19 in the game as Okeechobee defeated Moore Haven, 63-49, at the boys basketball senior night game Thursday at OHS. Tyreke Sanders had 10 points to lead Moore Haven (7-15). Okeechobee (8-11) also got 10 points and four rebounds from Roshell Thomas, and eight points and seven rebounds from Fred Bradley. Stewart had three assists and Neal had seven rebounds for the Brahmans. Moore Haven played well in the early going as they took a 7-3 lead in the rst quarter before Okeechobee went on a 13-3 run to take a 16-10 lead at the end of the rst quarter. The Brahmans built a 13-point lead in the second quarter as Stewart got going with three long range jump shots. The Brahmans led 35-23 at the half. Okeechobee took control behind Neal in the third quarter as they built a 20-point lead and led 52-33 at the end of the third quarter. Okeechobee coach Shawn Hays said his team put it in gear at times but he would have liked them to keep it in gear. "We fell into a trap of things going on around us and there was a little jawing back and forth," Hays pointed out. "I don't like to see my guys involved in that so I called time out and calmed them down." Of cials did call a few technical fouls in the second half on both teams. Adrian Minondo got the start on senior night with ve points and ve rebounds. He said he was really glad he decided to play this year. "We were pretty nervous at the beginning of the game, but we got over the nerves and it was an amazing night," he said. Minondo said he has helped the team on the defensive end with his agility, and athletic skill. He said Moore Haven kind of surprised the Brahmans. "We misjudged them, but they did pretty well overall," he added. Another senior, Dustin Herrin, got a rare start and extensive minutes in the game. He said it was nice to get on the court and play. "It was a pretty good game we won and I liked the playing time. Moore Haven played OK and it was a lot of fun this year," he said. Hays said after two blowout losses it was great to get back on the winning side. He said Stewart appeared to get his shooting touch back and that is important for the team's success. "It was nice to see his shot fall a little bit. I give Moore Haven credit, they came out and played hard man-to-man defense," said Hays. "We got some open shots for Jacob in the corner and he seemed to play prett y well." Stewart, Neal lead Brahmans past Terriers 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARMLAND AUCTIONThursday, February 27th at 10amAuction Site: Indiantown Civic Center, Indinatown, FL800.607.6888 | mwallc.com Martin County, Florida 2,620+/Acres — Offered in 8 Tracts Property located Southeast of Indiantown, FL with road frontage on Highways 710 and 76.• Irrigation and Drainage Permits in Place • High Percentage Farmable • Excellent Location 8 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 E.J. Neal looks for an open teammate while Tyreke Sweeting (dark jersey) defends during Thursday’s game.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Bailey May Harvey was born at 11:56 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Russell Harvey and Savannah Joiner of Okeechobee. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Joiner and Mrs. Tammie Lee of Okeechobee. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. Glenn Harvey of Okeechobee and Mrs. Kay Moreland of Wildwood. Her great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joiner, Mrs. Jane Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Holland Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harvey, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart. BAILEY MAY HARVEY BIRTHS NOTICE OF VACANCIES OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CITIZEN BOARDS AND COMMITTEESMultiple Citizen Boards and Committees will have openings over the next few months. e Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners is seeking residents of Okeechobee County interested in serving the community and willing to serve on a Citizen Board or Committee. Depending on the Board or Committee, an appointment can be for a term of service of 1 to 4 years. Some Boards meet monthly, while others meet every other month or once every three months. e following Boards and Committees will have openings: Aordable Housing Advisory Committee For more information, contact Housing Coordinator Ty Hancock at (863) 763-5548. Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee For more information, contact Agri-Civic Center Manager Matt Dorriety at (863) 763-1666. Childrens Services Council Members are appointed by the Governor aer being nominated by the Board of County Commissioners. Completed Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments is required. For more information, contact Cheryl Sutton at (863) 462-5000 x 255. Construction Industry Licensing Board For more information, contact Faye Human at (863) 763-5548. Library Advisory Committee For more information, contact Library Director Kresta King at (863) 763-3536. Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals For more information, contact the Planning Department at (863) 763-5548. Descriptions of the Citizen Boards and Committees, along with eligibility requirements, current membership and other information, may be viewed at www.co.okeechobee..us/committees. Applications for appointment to a Citizen Board or Committee may be obtained from the County Administrators Oce at 304 NW 2rd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida, phone (863) 763-6441, or downloaded from www.co.okeechobee..us/committees. To be considered for appointment to one or more Boards or Committees, submit a completed application, along with proof of residency in Okeechobee County and evidence of meeting any requirements applicable for a specic Board or Committee appointment, to the County Administrators Oce no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, February 7, 2014. e Board of County Commissioners appreciates the time and assistance members of the Citizen Boards and Committees volunteer to the Board of County Commissioners and to the citizens of Okeechobee County. Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M . MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 9 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are Eddie Neal, E.J. Neal and Sheila Neal who were on hand for Senior Night at the basketball team’s last home game of the regular season. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRobyn Herrin accompanied her son Dustin Herrin at Senior Night for the Okeechobee High School boys basketball team.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Heres Marcus with this years MarcusŽ t-shirt.Remember, they are free for the asking to all those who wish to play Wheres MarcusŽ when shopping at Wal-Mart here in Okeechobee. Call or Stop By:Accurate Tax Service213 SW Park Street € Okeechobee € 863.357.1707Conveniently located between Okeechobee Discount Drugs and Zippys Restaurant 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 10 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Phillip Roy Harris, 20, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of listed chemicals. His bond was set at $50,000.  Elmer Paul Leitner, 25, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of listed chemicals. His bond was set at $50,000.  Curtis Lamar Hair Jr., 40, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a felony charge of child abuse without great bodily harm. His bond w as set at $10,000.  Melyssa Dawn Powell, 28, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a felony charge of child neglect without great bodily harm. Her bond was set at $1,000.  Billy Cecil Bailey Jr., 35, Park Ave., Lake Wales, was arrested Jan. 23 by Detective Bryan Lowe on a felony charge of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $50,000.  Timothy O’Brien Crews, 40, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Detective Bryan Lowe on felony charges of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon (two counts) and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond was set at $120,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 700 block of N.E. 16th Ave.  9700 block of S.E. 61st Drive  4100 block of S.E. 26th St.  100 block of N.E. 19th Terrace  600 block of S.W. Second Ave.  800 block of S.W. 28th St.BURGLARY 2900 block of S.E. 26th St.  1100 block of S.E. 40th Ave.  1600 block of S.W. Eighth St.  2600 block of N.W. Fifth St.  2000 block of S.E. 34th Lane  1200 block of N.W. 34th St.  1900 block of S.E. 30th St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 17100 block of N.W. 38th Ave.  3200 block of N.W. First St.  2000 block of S.E. 34th Lane  8500 block of S.R. 78 W.FRAUD 14200 block of N.W. 34th Terrace  6600 block of S.E. 55th Lane  300 block of S.E. 68th Ave.  3900 block of S.W. Ninth WayTHEFT 2300 block of S.W. Second Ave.  2000 block of S.E. 31st St.  2200 block of U.S. 98 N.  5200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3900 block of S.R. 710 S.E.  17100 block of N.W. 38th Ave.  1200 block of N.E. 11th St.  14400 block of N.W. 256th St.  3900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  800 block of S.W. 28th St.  6200 block of N.E. Fourth St.  1800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. OCSO Investigations


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 Bones are always growing and changing, just like other tissues in our bodies. Likewise, they grow weaker with age, sometimes leading to osteoporosis. You can maintain strong healthy bones by performing weight-bearing exercises. Weight-bearing exercises are important because they allow your muscles to balance and help you avoid falls and fractures. When you carry your own weight, the stress on your bones triggers the body to produce new bone matter. Try these workouts to protect your bones:  Power walking and jogging: For beginners, walking or jogging is a great start because you can do it anywhere, anytime. Appropriate shoes will prevent injury.  Step aerobics: Step aerobics were developed to improve orthopedic health. It’s lower impact than stair climbing and feels like dancing, hence its popularity.  Tai chi or yoga: Slow motion promotes good circulation, balance, muscle control and, of course, stronger bones. These arts gently push the body toward greater exibility and yield excellent results in scienti c studies.  Dancing: Anything from simple salsa steps to break-dancing will do the trick. Or simply pump up your favorite tunes and get moving at home!  Plyometrics: Plyometrics is a fanc y word for jumping. Jumping jacks, jumprope or bouncing back and forth over objects strengthens the legs in numerous ways and raises the heart rate.  Strength classes: Your local gym ma y offer a “muscle” class using weights. Muscle strengthening improves your stability, and the weights improve bone density in wrists, hips and other places that fracture easily as you get older. Even following the exercises without the weights in hand will help you. Don’t forget about videos available at the public library or training videos online. You can exercise at home. Although excellent for your general health, swimming, bicycling and rowing are non-weight-bearing and therefore less bene cial for bones. Visit RaulersonHospital.com to learn more about bone screening and other diagnostic imaging services offered at Raulerson Hospital. Call our free Consult-A-Nurse hotline at 863-763-9228 if you have healthcare questions. The public is invited to hear orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Epstein present at Dine with the Doctor on Feb. 25. The event is hosted by Raulerson Hospital and occurs in the facility’s dining room. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. ($5 each) and the free lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Please RSVP at: 863-763-9228. The Dine with the Doctor event takes place on the last Tuesda y of each month, excluding summer months. Weight-bearing exercises needed for healthy bones Special to the Okeechobee NewsCypress Hut Eagles perform community serviceEvery Tuesday night the Cypress Hut Eagles have been offering “burgers for bucks” to raise money for various community projects. Recently the members raised $500 for the Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue. ChaCha the dog was so thankful she planted a big wet one on (right) Lorraine Watson’s cheek in this photo. Also in the photo representing the Cypress Hut Eagles is Rhonda Thomas (left) and Jane Dowling (center) accepting the check from the Eagles. Upcoming projects of the Eagles include a fundraiser for a three-year-old little Nellie Summerford who has cystic brosis.


By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Brown Cow Sweetery 103 S.W. Park St., is Okeechobee’s own chocolate factory. They offer so much more than just fresh made chocolate. They have sandwiches, coffees and ice cream. It is a great place to go and have lunch. If you are meeting with an old friend, you can catch up over some of their great coffee. If you are having a bad day and need a great pick me up, I recommend the Brown Cow Sweetery. They have everything including a great smile to share w ith you. It’s also a great place to go early in the morning during these cold days to get something warm to get you going! They can be contacted at 863-357-3357.  Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital 2949 S.R. 70 W., takes care of every animal from cattle to cats. They offer all services, even emergency. So when Fluffy has gotten sick at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning, you can give them a call and they will help in any way they can to make sure your pet is at ease. They do annual wellness visits and hospitalization for the sick. They can answer all your questions and will take care of your pet like it’s their own. Call them at 863-7632523 or check out their website at www. okeevet.com.  Want to lose weight a fun way this new y ear? Or do you have a special event coming up where you would love to just oat across the dance oor with all eyes on you and your partner, but you don’t know how to dance? Leslie’s Dance Studio 2827 S.W. Third Terrace, can help. Leslie will get you to the dance oor fast. For more information, call 863-634-3831.  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. These cold “Florida” winter days will chill you to the bone. How about a great at home easy recipe for some hearty chili to warm you up and your home! Easy Peasy Chili Ingredients: 1 onion, chopped, 5 cloves crushed garlic, 1 stalk celery, chopped, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 8 ounces textured vegetable protein, 4 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, 4 cups water, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons chili powder. Directions: 1. In a large saucepan saute onion, garlic, celery and olive oil until onions are soft. 2. Add to saucepan textured vegetable protein, chili beans, tomatoes, water, sugar, salt and pepper, and chili powder. Stir occasionally, let simmer for 30 minutes. The textured vegetable protein will expand when added to liquid. 3. Enjoy! 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 13 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHoliday winnerAs a thank you to its valued customers, Wolfgang Jewelers gave away a beautiful set of gold earrings with a matching pendant. Customers who purchased $100 or more were eligible to enter the drawing. The drawing prize was presented to winner George McMillan by Wolfgang Cortez.


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Lost9 HEAD OF CATTLE 8 Black Angus & 1 Charlois, Missing since Jan. 13th or Jan 14th. between Witt Rd. & 375 Hendry Isles Blvd., half a mile off State Rd. 80. $3,000 Reward. (863)228-2856 or (561)261-0363 Garage/ Yard SalesCOMMUNITY YARD SALE PALM VILLAGE RANCH FEBRUARY 1, 2014 GATES OPEN @8:00AM CLOSE@??, PUBLIC WELCOME, ABOUT 20 FAMILIES PARTICIPATING, ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION. MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE, LAKE VIEW RV PARK, NEXT TO OKEE TANTIE HWY 78 WEST FRIDAY JAN. 31st AND SATURDAY FEB. 1st 8AM TILL 3PM. Garage/ Yard SalesFLEA MARKET SEMINOLE COVE, FEBRUARY 1ST, 7AM-2PM, BREAKFAST, LUNCH AVAILABLE. HOUSEHOLD, COLLECTIBLES, JEWELRY, BAKED GOODS, TOOLS, CRAFTS, MISCELLANEOUS. OFF SW 16TH AVE AND 32ND ST. LARGE MULTI-FAMILY SALE, JAN. 30,31 & FEB. 1ST, 8:00AM-3:30PM, 2900 SE 18TH CT. FOLLOW THE RED & WHITE SIGNS IN TREASURE ISLAND. MEN&WOMENS CLOTHING, JEWELRY, BEDROOM, KITCHEN, DINING & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, MOVIE TAPES, SOME NASCAR & LOTS OF MISC. NO JUNK! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE LAKEPORT CHRISTIAN CHURCH HWY 78 JAN 31ST & FEB. 1ST 8AM-4PM, HALF DAY ON SAT. FEB. 1ST. LOTS OF GOODIES COME JOIN US. Special NoticeTRYING TO LOCATE: Anna Mendoza. Please contact Linda or Lee Chang regarding the title for the Durango. (954)614-3211 or email lindagore15@yahoo.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time You may apply online at www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole, Inc. has a full-time position available in the Accounts Payable Department. Applicants must have Accounts Payable experience, be proficient in data entry, detail oriented, organized, and possess critical thinking skills. One must have the ability to meet deadlines efficiently and is proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Applications.AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE TECH AND INSTALLER NEEDED! Experience is a MUST! Quality A/C & Heating 5351 SW 16th Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. Great job for the right person! DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time 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 Time Apply online www.walpoleinc.comis now hiring EOE/DFWP Owner/Operatorsfor Tampa operations, local work with weekly settlements. Fuel purchase card available, Direct Deposit, Required insurance available through carrier. Class A CDL with 2 years LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Herbicide Applicator/Laborer Field laborer to apply herbicide under direction of a licensed crew leader. Experience with herbicide applicator equipment a plus. Must be able to work in harsh South Florida environments. $15-$17/hour depending on experience. Call 1-800-435-0072. Shop here first! The classified ads Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Employment Full Time SALESPERSON Full time salesperson needed. Duties include sales, processing sales, order entry, customer service and other tasks. Must be able to work Saturday. Apply in person at Badcock Home Furniture & More. 512 NW Park Street Monday-Saturday 9 AM 5 PM NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Employment Full TimeShop Laborer General shop work. Take out trash, clean shop area, maintenance the yard, clean equipment, assist tech as needed, operate forklift. Must be a self motivator and multitask. Bi lingual is a plus. Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Southeast Milk is seeking a Full Time Lab Tech/PPD Clerk JOB SUMMARY: Lab-Run tests on milk samples; PPD-Perform data entry of milk pick up manifest data. Wed-Sun, $11-$13 hr., full bene ts options. Associates degree in science preferred. Contact Eric at 863-634-0379 for details. Access www.southeastmilk.org for an Employment Application DFWP & EEO Southeast Milk is seeking Full Time CDL Class A drivers. New pay rate of $14.56 *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience. Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD,LTD, 401K. www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items intheclassifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time We are a twenty ve year old manufacturing company located in Okeechobee. We have an exciting new opportunity available for the right candidate. We are looking for an Of ce & Accounting Assistant who will operate switchboard, greet customers, prepare letters for mailing, process accounts payable invoices and other duties as assigned. Requirements include:• Good verbal and written communication skills• Ability to handle a variety of tasks on a daily basis• Strong interpersonal skills• Good Microsoft Of ce skills• Detail oriented• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is a must The ideal candidate has a high school diploma and a minimum of 2 years of ce experience. Please email resume to recruitment@ rooftile.com or stop in and ll out an application at Entegra Roof Tile, Inc. 1289 NE 9th Avenue Okeechobee, Fl 34972 14 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Reithoffer Shows, Inc.115 temporary jobs from 31-Mar-2014 through 30-Nov-2014. Duties: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Post-employment, 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 record keeping 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 hourly wage for each work location, ranging from $8.08 to $9.52 per hour. Work starts in Okeechobee County, FL; traveling to: District of Columbia, DC; City of Colonial Heights, Chester eld Counties, VA; New York, Jefferson, Clinton, Oswego, Delaware, Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer Counties, NY; Washington, Allegany, Frederick Counties, MD; Montgomery, Luzerne, Bucks, Chester, Clear eld, Columbia Counties, PA; Plymouth, Franklin Counties, MA; Monmouth, Middlesex, Sussex Counties, NJ; Wood, Greenbrier Counties, WV; Chittenden Co, VT; Tolland Co, CT; Davidson, Cleveland Counties, NC; Houston, Chatham Counties, GA; Spartanburg, Aiken Counties, SC; Escambia, Hillsborough Counties, FL; Houston Co, AL. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $100.00/week. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $20.00/week. Please apply by either: Email: rsiblue@aol.com or phone 813-347-6317 Reithoffer Shows, Inc., P.O. Box 1080, Gibsonton, FL 33534 Employment Part TimeShipping/Receiving Parts Temporary position Aid with the duties of Receiving and shipping parts Stocking shelves Pull parts orders shop/counter/transfers Documenting parts on shop tickets. Friendly attitude Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Medical Sales & Service Pain Management Of cenow accepting new patients. South Florida Pain Management, LLC is the of ce of Andrea Zotovas MD, located in Stuart, and serving patients in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee. We provide safe, appropriate and responsible medical pain management services to patients with chronic, non-malignant pain conditions. If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at (772)221-9113 MiscellaneousFOR SALE BIKE $100, REFRIGERATOR 18 CUBIC FT $150.00, WASHER & DRYER $300.00, CALL RAY 863-623-4412 Pets/SuppliesYORKIPOO PUP Toy black male 16 wks old. Shots, health cert. Very Playful. $300. cash only 863-610-2725. ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. NW 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. $500/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO Ground oor, 1/1 fully furnished with utilities. Seasonal & long term rates. 863-634-0663. Houses Rent3 BR, 2 BA, doublewide, fenced, 2 acres plus. $1,095. per month. References & deposits required. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 Newly remodeled & painted 3bdrm/1b. house in Dixie Ranch Estates on a large lot. First, Last & Security No Pets. $800.00 a month 863-634-2820 OKEE2/1 $490.00 and 3/2 $ 599.00 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. SPACIOUS: 3BR/2BA in Kings Bay. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $900 month plus sec. dep. Call 863-634-0663. Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Houses Sale2002 Doublewide, Okeechobee Little Farms 3 BR, 2 BA, fenced, 2 acres plus. Pond. $139,000. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 Houses SaleKissimmee River 2 Bedroom 2 Bath older MH located on an acre of land on the Kissimmee River in the Fly In Community of River Acres. $80,500. No reasonable offer refused. Call 954-931-3732 for more info. Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Call 863-610-1600 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 Rent2/2 WATERFRONT FURNISHED, COMPLETELY REMODELED, MATURE ADULTS, NO PETS. $600/MO. & $500 DEPOSIT CALL 863-467-1308 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $750 mo. Call (863) 357-3830 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Mobile HomeSaleADULT PARK 2BD/1.5 BATH MOBILE HOME, COMPLETELY FURNISHED $13,000.00 2BD/2BATH MOBILE HOME, PARTIALLY FURNISHED $7,500.00 CALL 863-623-4412 FOR SALE MOBILE HOME WITH ADD ON, FURNISHED, GOLF CART, PONTOON BOAT W/TRAILER. $20,000 CALL HEIDI 561-762-3387 MHON CANAL, 2BD/2BA, 2 CAR-CARPORT, FRONT PORCH, FL ROOM, ALSO CLOSED BACK PORCH, BOAT RAMP & DOCK $65,000 CALL 863-763-8614 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 2/1, 1995 14FT WIDE,NEW SETUP, A/C, HEAT, PUMP AND CARPETING. 1YR OLD, ON 70 EAST BY BILL’S MINI MARKET $20,000 O.B.O.#815-298-0666 Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8/500 Pre Construction Savings. John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Boats1998 PROCRAFT BOAT BASS 180, 18’3”, MERCURY 150 ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION, OIL INJECTION, HYDRAULIC STEERING, ON BOARD BATTERY CHARGER, NEW BATTERIES, NEW SEATS, DASH & BOW MOUNT DEPTH & FISH FINDER, 56LB. MOTORGUIDE TROLLING MOTOR FOOT CONTROL W/CUSTOM PROP. FULL INSTRUMENT DASH PANEL, KEEL GUARD, TWO LIVE WELLS, ONE W/AIR PUMP, STAINLESS PROP, ALLOY WHEELS WITH SPARE. CUSTOM BOAT COVER, ROD TIE DOWNS FRONT AND REAR. EXCELLENT CONDITION AND LOW MOTOR HOURS. $8,900.00 GARY 863-697-1076 Campers/RVs2001 SUNNYBROOK RV 33FT., SLIDE OUT, NEW AIR HEAT STRIP, NEW AWNING, VERY CLEAN, NICE $5,900.00 O.B.O. CALL 812-406-9378 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Travel Trailers2005 HI LO RV TOW LITE SERIES M-2705T. ABOVE AVG. CONDITION, EXCEPT FOR DAMAGE. $5,000.00 OBOJOHN 305-962-6480 1157 24TH ST. BHR 34794 Automobiles2010 MERCURY MILAN WHITE, EXCELLENT COND., LOADED, LEATHER, NEW TIRES 29,000 MILES, $12,500.00 CALL 701-210-2066 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on 2/6/14. Owner Unit # Cindy Bestol #437 Lori Cock eld #336 Karen Treece #626 460735 ON 1/26;2/2/2014 15 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 472013000088CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. ALICIA SIMMONS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTIONTO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, ROBERT LAMURA ALSO KNOWN AS ROBERT KEITH LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT K. LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT LA MURALast Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD O R ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOTS 1, 2, AND 3, BLOCK 4, LARKEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 6 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2000 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(S) FLA14615286A AND FLA14615286B AND TITLE NUMBER(S) 0080908956 AND 0080908919 A/K/A 5876 SE 94TH TRL OKEECHOBEE FL 34974-1438 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal o f this court on this 21st day of January, 2014. Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k **See the Americans with Disabilities Act In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 460801 ON 1/26;2/2/2014


Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 14-0003CPAXMX IN RE: T HE ESTATE OF HILDA MARISOL MEDRANO NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Administration of the Estate of HILDA M. MEDRANO, deceased, whose date of death was December 1, 2013; is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, File Number 14-0003CPAXMX, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the Co-Personal Representatives and the Co-Personal Representatives’ attorney is set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims, or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFT ER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR T HIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent Public Notice Public Notice 16 Okeechobee News January 26, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAFile No.: 2013CP170 IN RE: ESTATE OF AWILDA MARGARET TUFTS, a/k/a WILDA M. TUFTS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of AWILDA MARGARET TUFTS a/k/a WILDA M. TUFTS, deceased, File Number 2013CP170 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, or whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Soccer great Mia 5 Spiders creations 9 Beat it!Ž 14 Steinbecks Tom Joad, e.g. 15 Afghanistans western neighbor 16 Fabric with a repeated scenic pattern 17 National consensus 20 Metal playing marble 21 Sincere 22 Propelled with sculls 23 Camembert cousin 24 Malice 27 Cooks on a spit 32 Biol. or chem. 35 Burn soothers 37 Turn on a pivot 38 Deerstalkers excitement 42 Grows darker 43 Clark Kents birth name 44 Sound of fan support 45 Garlicky shrimp dish 48 Ran at an easy pace 50 Not taken in by 52 Hairdresser Sassoon 56 The Four SeasonsŽ composer 60 Rock fissure 62 Dark, quiet period 64 Davis who was married to Ruby Dee 65 Word with pyramid or chain 66 Cut down on 65Across 67 Hymn of praise 68 Females with pig tails 69 Means justifiers DOWN 1 In what way?Ž 2 Japanese canine 3 Long-distance runner 4 Brawls 5 Hi-tech airport connection 6 One-named Deco artist 7 Scroogean exclamation 8 Derisive look 9 More than mono 10 Masked critter 11 Ready for picking 12 __ well that ends wellŽ 13 Track competition 18 Longtime chum 19 Part of a poker full house 23 Bovine hybrid 25 Unwell 26 Stole 28 Volcanic output 29 Defamatory remark 30 Yellowfin or albacore 31 Fourth man 32 Norms: Abbr. 33 Fashionable 34 Culinary author Rombauer 36 WWII Normandy battle site 39 Doctrinal suffix 40 Cool, like a cat 41 Craps natural 46 Hay fever sufferers nemesis 47 __-European languages 49 Split 51 Petty quarrels 53 Bon apptit,Ž from mom 54 Was sore after a workout 55 Riga natives 56 Cognac bottle letters 57 __ Small WorldŽ 58 Carpenters clamp 59 Et __: and others 60 Vittles 61 Cincinnati team 63 Also By Donna S. Levin (c)2011TribuneMediaServicesInc 11/21/11 11/21/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE IS: 1/26/2014. Laura Bourne Burkhalter, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 410829 Hark / Burkhalter / Yon, PL Attorneys for Co-Personal Representatives 2101 N.W. Corporate Blvd., #220 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Telephone: (561) 995-1800 Eva Chavez-Medrano Co-Personal Representative 3535 NW 18th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-1604 Ricardo Medrano-Arzate Co-Personal Representative 3535 NW 18th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-1604 460733 ON 1/26;2/2/2014 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 decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is January 19th, 2014. Personal Representative: THOMAS MARTIN TUFTS c/o Fuchs and Jones, P.A. 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 32 Wellington, Florida 33414-4758 Robert D. Jones, Esq. Florida Bar No. 264751 FUCHS AND JONES, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 32 Wellington, Florida 33414-4758 Telephone: (561) 793-0600 Facsimile: (561) 793-7079 rjones@fuchsandjones.com 460381 ON 1/19,26/2014 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Publishing January 31 — the 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide!Inserted into the Okeechobee News and available online at florida.newszap.com Coming Soon!The annual Youth Livestock Show & Sale special section insertCall today to reserve your ad space! to the


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