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KEECHOBEE


EWS


Vol. 99 No. 293 Friday, December 19, 2008 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Christmas concert
this weekend
Okeechobee Community
Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perrywill present its 10th
annual Christmas Concert con
sisting of Handel's Hallelujah
chorus," and other seasonal
favorites, Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 19 & 20 at 7 p.m. and Sun-
day, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at First
United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St. Sixty-five sing-
ers from 18 local churches will
participate. For more informa-
tion call 634-7714.

Santa letters
welcome
Children of all ages are in
vited to mail their letters to
Santa at all Seacoast National
Bank locations in Indian River,
St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach,
Glades, Highlands, Hendry and
Okeechobee counties through
Dec. 20. For those who wish
to join in the merriment, letters
can be dropped off at festively
flocked mailboxes located in
the lobby at each branch where
kids can personally mail their
letters -no postage required!
Regardless of the heavy work-
load in Santa's workshop this
time of year, each letter will
receive a message from Santa
sent via U.S. Post. To locate a
branch location nearest you,
visit www.seacoastnational.
com.

Christmas Food
Drive under way
Affordable Art & Framing
is sponsoring a Food Drive for
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Emergency Food Pan-
try. Bring food or monetary
donations to Affordable Art and
Framing at 110 S.W 14th St.
(next to Old RI Gators) from
Dec. 1, through Jan. 1.

Drought Index

Current: 585
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.14 feet
Last Year: 10.24 feet

V Sonjored By:

Pogey's Family Restaumnt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level


County employees keep 3% raise


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
County employees can now
rest easier because they will still
get their promised 3 percent
raise beginning in January.
For a while, during the Thurs-
day, Dec. 18 meeting of Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners, the
fate of that raise, which com-
missioners granted this summer
only after much deliberation,
was uncertain. In light of the cur-
rent budget shortfall, commis-
sioners discussed rescinding the
raise as a means to help make


up the deficit.
Deputy county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier presented a
gloomy economic picture. She
stated all revenue sources are
down.
"Right now the revenue
we've seen is definitely down for
November and December," she
said.
While ad valorem taxes are
slower coming in this year, in-
come from state revenue sharing
programs, gas tax, small county
surtax and interest is also down.
Mrs. Chartier estimated a $1.4
million shortfall in anticipated


revenues.
To make matters worse, re-
serve funds cannot be relied
upon to make up the difference.
Mrs. Chartier said that total re-
serves currently total 21 percent
of the budget. Auditors do not
want reserves to go below 20
percent of the budget.
The projected outlook for fis-
cal year 2009/10 is even worse.
Mrs. Chartier said property val-
ues are projected to decline 3
to 5 percent below the current
year's level. Reserves are pro-
jected to decline $3.7 million and
major revenue sources and inter-


United Way: $60,500 given to local agencies


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County United Way Board of Directors (back row-left to right) Terelle
Peterson, Roslin Brown, Nick Blount, (front row-left to right) Cheryl Sutton, Melody
Hodges, Cathleen Blair, Jenniffer Lafferty, Kevin Folsom, (not pictured) Chaka Smith,
Sam Smith, Epi Juarez, Bill Casian, Debbie Riddle, Theresa Alexander, Mary Hurley,
Libby Maxwell, Frank Kruppa and Robert Lee met with local agencies where they hand-
ed out $60,500 to 21 local agencies ranging from $1,000 to $8,500 checks.


est earnings are also projected to
decline. This will result in a pro-
jected shortfall of $5.7 million for
the next fiscal year.
"So what can we do?" she
asked.
There are now 10 vacant
county positions, seven in the
road department, one at the
airport and two at code compli-
ance. Leaving these positions
unfilled would save the county
$564,495.
Commissioners discussed
several possible sources of sav-
ings including contracting out
services currently provided by


county employees, a hiring
freeze, and rethinking capital
projects.
"Your staff has done a lot of
thinking and cutting and we
have a long way to go." County
Administrator Lyndon Bonner
said.
Another potential source of
savings would be to rescind the 3
percent salary increase for coun-
ty employees. That would result
in a $232,059 savings from sala
ries of county employees. The
commissioners have the author-
See County Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County United Way board members Nick Blount (left) and Kevin Fol-
som (right) presented United for Families' Derrick Fennell (center) with a check to as-
sist them in their work in Okeechobee County.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man, angered that his wife
wouldn't sign their car's title
over to him, allegedly grabbed
a chainsaw and began chasing
his spouse and threatening her.
Keith Jerome Carnley, Sr.,
37, N.E. 11th Court, was arrest-
ed Dec. 14 on a felony charge
of aggravated battery. He was
also arrested on a misdemean-
or charge of violation of a do-
mestic violence injunction.
Carnleywas booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $125,000.
The injunction, states an
arrest report by Deputy Brian


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In a year that saw many
unpredictable and surprising
events, gas prices have been
among the most surprising.
Early in the year, gas prices rose
dramatically. A few months ago
Okeechobee residents were
paying close to $4 a gallon for
gas. Then just as fast as they


Cross of the
Okeecho-
bee County
Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO),
stems from
a Highlands
County case.
De p u t y Keith J
Cross states in Carnley, Sr.
his report that
the incident occurred around 5
p.m. when Carnley told his wife
to sign the car title over to him.
The victim refused. Carnley
does not have a valid driver's
license, the report added.
At some point an argument

See Chainsaw Page 2


went up, gas prices went down.
Will that trend continue?
According to Buddy Lisle of
Gilbert Oil Company, between
Thursday and Friday gas prices
jumped 11 or 12 cents over-
night.
A random check of 10 ser-
vice stations in the area on Fri-
day morning revealed prices
See Gas Page 2


Index


Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Community Events.. ..... .... 6
Crossword........................... 11
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Pet of the Week ........ ........ 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 12-13
Sudoku 11
Weather 2
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Fire damages trailer


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An estimated $35,000 in
damage was done early Mon-
day after a fire broke out inside
a park model trailer at Brother's
Trailer Park at 8190 U.S. 441 SE,
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue said.
Four units and eight firemen
and volunteers from Okeecho-
bee County Fire Rescue and the
Okeechobee City Fire Depart-
ment responded just after 5 a.m.
and reported flames had gone
through the roof, as smoke
and soot extended through the
length of the roof and vented
out the eaves. No one was in


side the trailer, which is owned
by Allan and Shelia Kreitman of
SE 34th Lane, Okeechobee.
The fire report from Lt.
Robert Neal said the fire ap-
peared to have come from an
exhaust fan or a light fixture
in the bathroom. Fire damage
was confined to the bathroom
area. There was smoke and
water damage through most of
the trailer. 300 gallons of water
was used to put out the flames.
Firemen were on the scene for
about two hours.
The State Fire Marshall was
contacted to determine the
cause of the fire.


Submitted photo

Learning to garden
The Barnyard Buddies 4-H club held their monthly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the
Okeechobee County Extension Office. They discussed the upcoming Livestock Show and
County Fair. Their topic for the day was gardening. Senior Horticultural Agent Angela Sach-
son talked to the kids a little about "planting and caring for vegetables for kids, how to read a
seed package, and learning what plants need in order to thrive such as food, water, sunlight,
a home, etc." They also had a visit from an old club member who brought in some fresh veg-
gies from her vegetable garden to share with the kids. For a project they went outside and
learned how to transplant tomatoes and several types of pepper plants.


Man accused


of chasing wife


with chainsaw


Will uncertainty


over gas prices


continue in 2009?


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 19, 2008


County
Continued From Page 1
ity to rescind salaries for county
employees only. If the clerk of the
court, the supervisor of elections,
the property appraiser and the tax
collector agreed to eliminate the
3 percent salary increase for their
employees, the county would re-
alize an additional $55,251 in sav


Continued From Page 1
ranging from $1.57 up to $1.78
per gallon.
When asked if he could pre-
dict whether gas prices would
rise or fall in the near future, Mr.
Lisle replied that he didn't think
anyone could do that in the light
of today's economy. He did say


ings. The sheriff's office 3 percent
salary increase and salary en-
hancements amount to $425,639.
"That is the only issue I would
ask you to vote on today," Mr.
Bonner said, noting that the sal-
ary increase would start in Janu-
ary.
"Our employees are the best
asset we have in the county,"
was the opinion of commissioner
Noel Chandler.
"I think we need to stay with 3

that gas prices cannot go down
much further.
Mr. Lisle said he has never seen
gas prices fluctuate so much so
rapidly. He called the gas pricing
situation "completely out of con-
trol." In recent months, gas prices
have sometimes fluctuated as
much as 10 to 20 cents overnight.
Mr. Lisle said that in normal times
gas prices would fluctuate be
tween one quarter cent and one
cent overnight. Sometimes before


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percent, but we need to make it
clear there will be no raises for a
few years," asserted commission
chairman Clif Betts.
The vote to keep the raise was
three to one with commissioner
Ray Domer casting the dissent-
ing vote. Commissioner Marvin
Wherrell was absent.
In another financially related
item, commissioners reduced the
mileage rate for official travel. Last
July, in a time of high gasoline

a holiday weekend it would go up
three to five cents a gallon.
While he said the new presi-
dential administration could have
an effect on gas prices, Mr. Lisle
said oil companies have a lot to
do with the prices. He said that
one of the main reasons gas pric-
es have been going down is that
people are not buying as much
gas.
While gas is a necessary com-
modity, Mr. Lisle observed that it

Chainsaw
Continued From Page 1
ensued and Carnley threatened
... to kill her and leave her in a
pool of blood if she didn't sign
the title over to him," the report
continued.
The man's anger escalated and
he allegedly grabbed his 37-year-
old wife by the hair and pulled
her to the ground.
The woman was able to es-
cape and as she ran away Car-
nley grabbed a chainsaw from
the porch, started it and began
to chase her, the deputy's report
states. Deputy Cross went on to


prices, the rate of reimbursement
for official travel was changed
from 44.5 to 58.5 cents per mile.
With the current county revenue
shortfalls and greatly reduced gas
prices, the board reduced travel


Okeechobee Forecast


Today: Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a
high near 81. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph.
Tonight: Areas of fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a
low around 53. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


expenses back to 44.5 cents per Extended Forecast


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say that as he was chasing the vic-
tim he was trying to cut her with
the saw.
The chain eventually broke,
continued the OCSO report, so
Carnley threw it at the victim. The
saw struck her in the left leg.
A neighbor then came to the
woman's aid by grabbing Carn-
ley and pushing him against the
home.
The victim's daughter ran to
another neighbor's home and
called 9-1-1.
The deputy's report does not
state if the victim received medi-
cal attention.
Deputy Cross' report did state
that Carnley had been drinking.


Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming
southeast around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. South wind
around 5 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind around 5


mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy,
wind between 5 and 10 mph.


with a low around 53. Northwest


Correction


Appeal was filed by
State, not defendant

On page 3 of the Wednesday,
Dec. 10, Okeechobee News a
some statements under the head-
line 'With appeal denied, Hayes
to face trial' was incorrect. The
appeal was filed by the State of
Florida and not Michael Hayes.
The trial judge ruled that the
State Attorney's Office of the 19th
Judicial Circuit, and prosecutor
Ashley Albright, be recused from
prosecuting Hayes. The State of
Florida then filed an appeal with
the 4th District Court of Appeals


asking that
overturn the
The appeals


the appeals court
trial judge's ruling.
court issued a Dec.


3 opinion affirming the state's ap
peal. It should also be noted that
Hayes has taken a plea. And, ac-
cording to Jason Wandner, the
attorney for Hayes, the case will
be set before a new judge in Palm
Beach County. If that judge affirms
the trial judge's decision then the
case will be settled. Mr. Wandner
has also filed for a re-hearing with
the Fourth District Court of Ap-
peals before a final decision be
made. We regret and apologize
for the error and any confusion it
may have caused.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 19, 2008 3




Local sex offender files second appeal


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man convicted in 2007 of
molesting his then-10-year-old
stepdaughter
is now taking
his case to the
Florida Supreme
Court in an effort
to overturn that
conviction by
an Okeechobee
County jury.
Steven Thor
Hatton, 45, saw Steven Thor
his first appeal Hatton
tossed out by the 4th District
Court of Appeals (DCA) on Nov.
26, 2008, without so much as a
written opinion.
Hatton, a Pahokee native, is
now appealing that appellate de-
cision.
With the appellate court's
denial, Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright filed a motion re-
quiring Hatton to surrender to the
Okeechobee County Jail on Mon-
day, Dec. 15, to begin serving his


15-year prison sentence.
Mr. Albright said if Hatton had
not surrendered he would have
issued a warrant calling for the
man's arrest.
But Hatton and his defense at-
torney James Green are now ask-
ing the state high court for a stay
on Mr. Albright's motion.
Hatton, who was released
from the Okeechobee County
Jail on a $355,000 bond on Dec.
2, 2007, will remain free on bond
until his appeal is heard.
Mr. Albright said Monday, Dec.
15, 2008, that this second appeal
will likely be heard "fairly quickly"
but could not be specific as to just
when it will be addressed.
"They (the 4th DCA) didn't
even issue a written opinion, so
how can you even argue against
it?" asked Mr. Albright.
But according to James Green,
Hatton's West Palm Beach attor
ney, he has filed a motion for the
court to rehear the case because
his client's previous attorney,
Ralph A. Hagans, did not file the
proper appeal.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Everyone knows smoking is
unhealthy, but for an Okeechobee
man it also means spending time
in the Okeechobee County Jail.
Jamle Lee West, 20, S.E. 40th
Ave., was arrested Dec. 15 on
felony charges of armed burglary
of a residence, grand theft-firearm
and possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor

Arrest Report
The following individuals
were arrested on felonyordriving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
David Hiler, 48, S.E. 98th Trail,
was arrested Dec. 16 by Deputy
G. Popovich on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with lewd and lascivious assault
or act. He is being held without
bond.
Gary Lee Ford Jr., 36, Wal-
lington Drive, Orlando, was ar-
rested Dec. 16 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation ob-
taining property for worthless
checks (two counts), violation of
probation grand theft, violation
of probation -uttering a forged
instrument and violation of pro-
bation forgery. He is being held
without bond.
Laura Jean Hollister, 25, S.W
Second Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 17 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her
with trafficking in hydrocodone
-over 28 grams and obtaining or
attempting to obtain a controlled
substance by fraud. Her bond was
set at $55,000.
SJeffery W Brooks, 48, S.E.
25th Drive, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 17 by Deputy Randal
Parker on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation diving under
the influence. His bond was set at
$3,500.
Dion Michelle Jennings, 21,
N.W Fourth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 17 by Officer
Chad Troutman on a charge of
driving while license suspended
- habitual offender, and attaching
an unassigned license plate. Her
bond was set at $1,000.
Luis Felipe Garcia, 22, N.W
38th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 17 by Deputy Martin
Crawford on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with high speed or wanton flee-
ing. His bond was set at $2.500.
Wallace Clayton Stewart, 31,
N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 17 by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on a Department of
Corrections warrant charging him
with amended violation of proba-
tion -possession of a controlled
substance with intent to distribute
and amended violation of proba-
tion dealing in stolen property.
He is being held without bond.
Sherita Yvone Thomas, 25,
N.W 11th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 17 by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on a Department of
Corrections warrant charging her
with amended violation of proba
tion forgery, amended violation
of probation uttering a forged
instrument, amended violation
of probation obtaining property
for worthless check over $149,
amended violation of probation
third-degree petit theft, violation
of probation worthless check
and violation of probation con-
tempt/failure to appear. She is be
ing held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


Mr. Green said their is a certi-
fied conflict between the 2nd
DCA in Lakeland and the 4th DCA
in West Palm Beach. In essence,
he said the 2nd DCA allows the
defendant broader rights to pres-
ent a defense than the 4th DCA.
"We're asking the 4th DCA to
certify the same conflict," said Mr.
Green.
If the court agrees, the Su
preme Court will then stay every
thing and certify the conflict.
This could take anywhere
from four to eight weeks, said Mr.
Green in a phone interview Tues-
day.
"If the motion is affirmed then
we will wait to see what happens
in the Supreme Court. Then, we
will file a brief in the Supreme
Court and will argue that the 2nd
DCA in Lakeland is correct that
the U.S. Supreme Court and the
Florida Supreme Court give a
broader right to cross examine,"
he continued.
Hatton was arrested July 21,
2005, and charged with lewd
or lascivious molestation of-


a pair of needle nose pliers, a
flashlight, a slide knife with yel-
low paint, two camouflage hoods
and two pairs of gloves when
they were apprehended, deputies
said.
Deputies made a traffic stop
in Sebring after a bulletin was is-
sued on a 1988 Ford Mustang in
which the suspects were believed
to be travelling. The deputies took
the pair into custody without inci-
dent. The pair was also charged
with the theft of a tag from a vehi-
cle on Westwood Court in Sebring
that was reportedly placed on the
stolen pickup truck.
Deputies recovered the stolen
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fender over 18, victim 12-16 (four
counts), lewd and lascivious
conduct offender over 18 (three
counts) and lewd and lascivious
exhibition offender over 18 (two
counts). All of the charges were
dropped except for three counts
of lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion by an offender over the age
of 18 on a victim between the
ages of 12 and 16.
"The other charges were
dropped due to the memory of
the victim," explained Mr. Albright
in an interview shortly after the
conviction. "We only proceeded
on the ones she had a clear mem-
ory on."
After nearly three hours of de-
liberation, an Okeechobee County
jury on Sept. 12, 2007, found Hat-
ton guilty on the charges. Then-
Circuit Court Judge Sherwood
Bauer sentenced him to 15 years
in prison on each count, with the
sentences to run concurrently.
Hatton's defense attorney at
the time Ralph Hagans, of Boca
Raton, later notified the court that
he would be filing an appeal with


Cigarette leads to man's arrest


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee men were
held on bond at the Highlands
County Jail Dec. 9 accused of tak-
ing a 1978 Chevrolet pickup from
McPhail's Auto Sales in Sebring,
Highlands County Sheriff depu-
ties said.
Christopher Hoover, 28, and
Tom Hoover, 19, of N.W. 304th
Street, were charged with grand
theft auto, petit larceny and pos-
session of burglary tools, accord-
ing to an arrest report from Depu-
ty Kevin Ashley.
The suspects were allegedly
in possession of an adjustable
wrench, ratchet style screwdriver,


of resisting a law enforcement of-
ficer without violence.
West was booked into the
county jail un
der a bond of
$35,000.
Detective
Rick Durfee of
the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO)
said West was
arrested for his
connection with
the Dec. 3 break- Jamie Lee
in of a Treasure West
Island home in
which a gun was stolen. The gun
was a .22 caliber/.410 over-under
with an estimated value of around
$200.
Through the course of his in
vestigation the detective said he


was given West's name as a pos-
sible suspect.
"I got information that he (re-
portedly) was in on the burglary
and was trying to sell the gun,'
said the detective.
On Monday, Dec. 15, Detective
Durfee said he received informa-
tion that West could be found
on S.E. 32nd St. So he and fellow
OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless
responded to the area.
"We found him on a golf cart
on 32nd Street, but he ran from
us," said Detective Durfee. "We
called for a K-9 and began to
search for him."
When they couldn't find him,
the two detectives parked their
vehicle and waited for West to
return.
At this point smoking turned
out to be more than just a danger-


ous habit.
"I saw the glow of a (lighted)
cigarette coming toward us," ex-
plained Detective Durfee. "When
he got close we lit him up (shined
their lights) and arrested him."
Detective Durfee said the gun
was the only thing taken in the
burglary.
Florida Department of Correc-
tions reports indicate that West
was convicted in 2007 on charges
of facilitate burglary and burglary
of a dwelling/occupied convey-
ance. He was sentenced Oct. 17
to serve three years, 11 months
and 18 days on felony probation.
West's probation was sched-
uled to terminate Oct. 4, 2012.
Detective Durfee indicated
those charges were transferred to
Florida when West moved here
from South Carolina.


Teen charged with


spitting in adult's face

By Eric Kopp bee County Sheriff's Office When Ms. Ivey-Pinnock
Okeechobee News (OCSO) after Dawn Marie Ivey- the client to put back wha


A female client at Vision
Quest was arrested Tuesday after
she reportedly spit in the face of
an employee at the facility.
Courtney Erese Smalls, 16,
was arrested Dec. 16 on a felony
charge of battery by throwing,
tossing or expelling certain flu-
ids or materials -a third-degree
felony. After being booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail she
was taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Cen-
ter in Fort Pierce.
Smalls was arrested shortly
after 11 a.m. Tuesday by Deputy
Mark Shireman of the Okeecho-


Pinnock, 45,
filed the com-
plaint.
According
to the deputy's
arrest report re-
freshments had
been placed in a
room for clients
of the facility
around 8 p.m. Courtney
Monday, Dec. Erese Smalls
15. The clients
were told to wait until they were
called to the room. However,
Smalls was already in the room
and was reportedly helping her-
self to the refreshments.


told
t she


the 4th DCA.
Then, on Nov. 13, 2007, Judge
Bauer ruled that if Hatton could
post a bond of $355,000 he would
be allowed to go free on bond un-
til his appeal was heard.
Hatton then posted that bond
on Dec. 2, 2007.
The judge also ruled that Hat-
ton could move to Loxahatchee
and live with his mother and a
teenage niece who was also living
in the home at that time. Records
at the Okeechobee County Sher
iff's Office (OCSO) indicate he is
still living there.
Judge Bauer issued the rul-
ing despite the protests of Mr. Al-
bright.
"I was very unhappy. There's
no one to watch him," said the
state prosecutor after the ruling.
"It was not a wise decision."
Although Hatton had registered
as a convicted sexual offender in
Okeechobee County, he then had
to register in Palm Beach County
because of the move. He is no
longer registered in Okeechobee
County.
The child's mother, who mar-
ried Hatton in 2001, said she was
"clueless" about the molestation
until her husband was arrested.
She filed for divorce in 2005.
"When he and I first started
seeing each other he said 'the first


thing I want is a daughter.' I told
him I'm not having any more kids.
I'll share my daughter with you,"
said the child's mother in a 2007
interview. "He took my daughter
under his wing. They had a father-
daughter bond and I didn't think
twice about it."
But, once Hatton was arrested
she "started putting things togeth-
er.
The molestation never pro-
gressed to sexual intercourse, she
added.
"It was mainly touching and
such," she continued. "But once,
when my daughter was 12 or 13,
Steven told me that we should put
her on birth control pills.
"My daughter never left the
house and didn't have any boy-
friends. She had no reason to be
on birth control pills. I thought:
'Are you crazy?' But, he wanted to
protect her -- and him," she said.
According to the mother, she
was unaware of what was going
on until her nephew actually wit-
nessed an incident in 2005. Once
she found out, she immediately
took her daughter to the sheriff's
office.
After Hatton's arrest, she
learned that he had been visiting
child porn sites on his computer
and calling a 900 number.


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had taken, an argument ensued.
At this time another Vision Quest
employee, Wade Anthony Mor-
gan, stepped between Smalls
and Ms. Ivey-Pinnock.
At some point Smalls spit
across Mr. Morgan's shoulder,
striking Ms. Ivey-Pinnock in the
face below her left eye.
In his statement to Deputy
Shireman, Mr. Morgan, 45, said
Smalls is "often very aggressive
towards others."
The report went on to state
that on prior occasions Ms. Ivey-
Pinnock had reported Smalls for
assaulting her and threatening
other clients.


The Okeechobee Community Choir
Under the Direction of Sandy Perry
Will Present Its 10th Annual 2008 Christmas Concert

One Incredible Moment

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus

and Other Seasonal Favorites

Presented at First United Methodist Church
200 N.W. 2nd Street
(NW of Walgreen's at the Intersection of US 441 and SR 70)


Friday, December 19"
7p.m.


Saturday, December 20'" Sunday, December 21t
7p.m. 3p.m.


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First Baptist, First Baptist Lake Josephine, First United Methodist Okeechobee, First United
Methodist Stuart, Freedom Ranch, His House of Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, KOA
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John & Chris Sufficool, Steve Walker,
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pling of some of the discussions currently taking place.
Thanks for participating!
FIELDS: It has been my observation over the past couple years
that the condition of the baseball/softball fields at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex has been slowly going down hill. Every season the
fields look worse and worse. It is ridiculous that an agricultural driven
community cannot upkeep something as simple as a baseball field
with proper turf and clay. Okeechobee is home to numerous sod and
turf companies that could possibly step up and help the community
and its youth out by providing a nice manicured field to play on. It
would almost be an embarrassment to host other teams from around
the area after seeing first hand the types of fields that the other teams
play on. I am sure that something can be done.
FOOTBALL: Maybe it's time for Okeechobee County to open an-
other high school or a magnet high school, so that we can be put
into a lower district where we can compete more consistently with
a chance to actually make it to state every few years. With only one
high school, our county may have the population to put us in the
higher district, but we don't have the numbers of athletes to choose
from that these coastal schools do.
RACISM: It is sad to say but there is racism everywhere. It does
seem that Okeechobee does have more than the coastal areas and
Orlando but there is just as much in other states as well. Some of
the comments about our newly elected president have expressed dif-
ferent forms of racism, I hope that these will subside when he takes
office, as much as I dislike most of the things that Bush has done
I still respect him as our president and hope the non-supportors of
President-elect Obama could be mature and show that they are true
Americans and give the respect that he deserves for being the leader
of our Nation.
VIEWPOINT: I am not from Okeechobee. I am from Melbourne
Beach, Racism is everywhere. Yes- there are some good ole' boys
here, but, honestly this ain't "Dukes of Hazard."
ATTITUDES: I was not born in Okeechobee but I am proud to
claim it as my adopted hometown. And I think there is probably less
racism here than in a lot of other places. People think because we
are a country town and because blacks are a very small part of the
population -- only about 8 percent according to the last census -- that
this would be a place where there would be some attitudes from the
old south. The KKK had that idea about 10 or 12 years ago. They had
marches in other towns -- and wound up with a lot of controversy
which meant a lot of attention, which of course they wanted. They
thought they would find racists in Okeechobee to join their cause.
The klan applied for a permit to set up a recruiting event in Okeecho-
bee. And because they met all of the rules, the city administrator at
the time said he could not refuse it. So they had a permit and they
set up their table and their signs. The newspaper wrote about the
permit. The churches in Okeechobee found out about it, and they got
together. Community members joined together and stood across the
street from the KKK booth -- and they sang. Blacks and whites joined
hands and they sang and they prayed. They didn't talk to the KKK.
They didn't start any arguments. They just sang gospel songs. And
the KKK men sat at their table and looked foolish. And when no one
even came over to talk to them, they eventually folded up their stuff,
packed up and left and they didn't come back.
SCHOOL BOARD: Regarding the recent school board hearing,
in which the board voted 3-2 not to expel a student who accidentally
had left one prescription acne bill in her bookbag -- and who didn't
even realize it was in that bag when she took it to school -- parents of
the community need to remember this when casting your next vote.
There are so many other incidences that we never hear about. Re-
member who voted to let the student stay in school and who wanted
to expel her.
JOBS: If you think your job is so hard and you have it so bad and
the employer doesn't pay you enough, why don't you quit? There are
lots of people looking for work who would be all too happy to have
that job you hate so much.
UNIONS: The auto unions need to make some concessions if they
are going to have jobs in that industry. There are a lot of places the
auto companies could save money. For example, they do not need to
be paying a pool of on-call workers who just sit around. They need
to trim the workforce down to the minimum needed to get the job
done and still meet safety standards. And maybe they can't afford all
of the benefits they are used to. Most workers in other industries don't
get all those benefits. Sure it would be nice to have the high pay and
the benefits, but if they don't budge the automakers will go bankrupt
and then they will have no pay or benefits because they will have no
jobs.
COUNTY WORKERS: When the county commission was talking
about the budget, I don't think a lot of county workers realized that it
meant they were taking a pay cut. Last year they didn't do a raise, they
did a one-time bonus. So this year, even with a raise, since they didn't
get the bonus again, many county workers will wind up making less
money than the previous year. On paper it may look like they got a
raise, but in reality they were forced to take a cut in pay.
WATER BILLS: It may be good that you give people a few days
to pay their bill, but what about drinking it? The water is awful and
it leaves rusty stains in your commodes! I live in Buckhead, and we
get newsletters from you all the time saying be careful of the water.
What is that? I see the workers working all the time, are they fixing the
problem of the foul smelling water or what?
RACISM: I left Okeechobee about 10 months ago when my hus-
band took a job in south Georgia. Talk about racism! People don't
want to admit that the racist attitudes are still active, but they say
things that indicate the attitude is still there, under the surface. I work
with a very diverse group at the college at which I work, and I appre-
ciate every one of my students: black, white, Hispanic, even middle
eastern. They bring their own unique perspectives to everything. It's
sad that racism is still alive and well in this country. It's important that
those of us who don't care about skin color speak up against racism
and make sure we teach our children not to be racist. It's not going
to happen overnight. We've made great strides in this country, but we
still have a long way to go.
ARREST REPORT: I am wondering why you don't print misde-
meanors in the arrest report. You state you only print felonies and
DUIs. Why not print all of the misdemeanors? And how do you tell
what is a felony and what is a misdemeanor? And is there an age limit
on who is in the report? Editor's note: For more than 25 years, it has
been our policy to print all of the DUI arrests and the felonies. We do
not print the misdemeanor arrests in the arrest report. On rare occa-
sions, we do write separate stories about a misdemeanor arrest if
there is something unusual in the case that makes the arrest news-
worthy. Florida law dictates which crimes are felonies and which
are misdemeanors. The felonies are the more serious charges, such
as murder, grand theft, aggravated assault, etc. The misdemeanors
are lesser crimes such as petit theft, simple battery, loitering, etc. The
reports filed by the Sheriff's Office and Police Department provide
the information about the charges. We do not print misdemeanors
because we simply don't have enough space to print all of the ar-
rests on these lesser charges. Also sometimes with a misdemeanor
such as simple battery, after everyone calms down they decide not
to press charges and drop the case. As for age limits, under Florida
law if a juvenile is charged with a felony, the name is not withheld.
So all felony arrests are in the paper. On occasion, publication of an
arrest may be delayed to prevent jeopardizing an ongoing case. For
example, if there are several suspects and only one has been arrest-
ed, the law enforcement officials might not want that information
released so it does not tip off the others before they can be found
and arrested. As stated in the arrest report column, all of the persons
listed are accused -- not yet convicted -- with the crimes. Anyone who
is listed in the column and who is later found not guilty or has the
charges against them dropped is welcome to inform the newspaper.
We will confirm the information and print it.


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A step up on horseback
Christmas Greetings from Afar created by A.E. McHugh won the Most Impressive Scene
holiday card in the Okeechobee High School Band Holiday Stroll in the Park.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Holiday laughs
The Alarm Company of Okeechobee Inc, submitted their
comedic holiday card catching Santa coming down the
chimney to the Okeechobee High School Band Holiday
Stoll in the Park where it won the Most fun or Comical
Card.




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Military News

OHS grad completes
basic military
training
Air Force Airman Dalton J.
Seder has graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
During the six
weeks of train-
ing, the airman
studied the Air
Force mission,
organization,
core values, and
military customs Dalton J.
and courtesies; Seder
performed drill
and ceremony marches, and
marksmanship, field training ex-
ercises, and special training in hu-
man relations.
In addition, airmen who com-
plete basic training earn credits
toward an associate in applied
science degree relating through
the Community College of the Air
Force.
He is the son of Linda Seder of
S.W Third Ave., Okeechobee.
Seder is a 2008 graduate of
Okeechobee High School.


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Pet of the Week
'Jeeter,' Is a male black Labrador mix. He is very shy and
reserved and needs lots of patience with positive rein-
forcement. His adoption fee is $105 which includes his
neuter, a heartworm check, a rabies vaccine, DA2LP and
parvo. vaccine and a County license. All adoptions require
a home visit and any other pets to be currently vaccinated
against rabies. For more information contact Animal Con-
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Community Calendar

Friday, Dec. 19
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at
info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Dec. 20
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind NapaAuto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

Sunday, Dec. 21
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.

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My Aunt's House visits local Rotary Club


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotary Club
heard from My Aunt's House, The
Closet's Judy Watts at their weekly
luncheon on Tuesday. She spoke
about the services that they pro-
vide needy families in Okeecho-
bee County.
My Aunt's House is located
at 202 N.E. Second St. in Suite 1
where they are set up as a store
to serve the needy families of
Okeechobee County. On a daily
basis they provide support to chil-
dren in need, foster children and
their families. The primary goal of
"The Closet" is to give these chil-
dren the necessary items needed
to make their lives the best pos-
sible by providing clothes, shoes,
personal items, school supplies,
toys and much more.
Families are given referrals
from local agencies or schools
to be able to receive items from
My Aunt's House "The Closet."
The non-profit organization was
founded by Reba Folsom from
West Palm Beach who opened
the closet originally in a small
room in Cottage 111. They have
now moved into a larger space
where they are able to set up "The
Closet" as a store where families
are able to "shop" monthly for
items for their family. All items
from The Closet are free of charge
to the families and are intended to
instill self esteem in the children
and their families so they can at-


Sharon Ming, an EdwardJones
financial advisor in Okeechobee,
recently attended the Edward
Jones' first "Women's Leader-
ship Forum" at the firm's global
headquarters in St. Louis.
The leadership forum, held
to recognize successful female
Edward Jones financial advisors,
provided Sharon with advanced
training and networking op-
portunities in which she shared
business-building strategies with
her colleagues.
"I found this forum extremely
beneficial, particularly when
we heard from firm leadership
about how important it is that
Edward Jones be an inclusive
firm and meet the needs of the
diverse communities we serve,"
said Mrs. Ming.
Plans call for holding the fo-
rum every other year. It will ro-


tend school and receive an educa-
tion without worries about what
clothes they are going to wear
and it also allows for parents of
these families to receive clothing
as well that would be appropriate
for jobs that they may otherwise
be unable to get.
My Aunt's House operates
on two grants that are received
through the Okeechobee United
Way and the Children's Services
Council which cover the rent and
utilities of The Closet.
Each year in addition to their
daily operations they hold two
major drives for school supplies
and for Christmas. The Commu-
nity Collaborative Council works
to help My Aunt's House in their
efforts as do many other local citi-
zens. All donations to My Aunt's
House stay locally in Okeecho-
bee County to help the disadvan-
taged.
The economy nationwide is
lower this year and there are more
in need than in the past with the
additional numbers of families
that have lost jobs or working for
less than they are used to. For the
past five years, My Aunt's House
with the help of many business-
es, organizations and families in
our community, have provided a
special Christmas for hundreds
of disadvantaged children in
Okeechobee. Although things are
tough this holiday season, it is dif-
ficult to explain exactly what that
word means to a child who only
hopes to wake up on Christmas


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morning and receive that special
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While sponsoring specific chil-
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to the presents being disbursed
beginning Dec. 16 through 18,
monetary donations are still
greatly needed so that the vol-
unteers of My Aunt's House can
fulfill the wish lists of these chil-
dren who are looking forward to
a Merry Christmas on Dec. 25.
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Special magistrate imposes fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement Special Magistrate
Lois Nichols imposed a fine for
noncompliance on one code vi-
olator during hearings held Dec.
16. In seven other cases, she im-
posed a deadline for coming into
compliance.
The properties of William
and Tina Smith, Leiburn and
Edith Durham, Tony and Carmen
Seals, Timothy Crews and Angela
Cross and Everett Lawson were
found to be in compliance and
those cases were not heard.
Because Ethel Jackson has
not cleaned up her N.E. 14th Av-
enue property, the special magis-
trate decreed that she would be
fined $50 a day for every day of
noncompliance beginning Dec.
17.
Last month Kenneth Goyens
was directed to get the required
permits and inspections for his
N.E. llth Street property. Code
enforcement officer Beth Albert
stated that the permits had been
obtained and a final inspection


of the property was scheduled
for the next day. Therefore, he
was given until Jan. 5 to come
into compliance. After that date
he will be fined $50 a day for ev-
ery day of noncompliance.
Clark and Viola Buford were
cited for not having skirting
around their S.E. 38th Avenue
mobile home. They have hired
a contractor to correct the prob-
lem. However, they live out of
state and building department
policy requires that the owner
sign the permit. Acting Build-
ing Official Timothy English said
that an exception could be made
in this case. The Bufords were
given until Jan. 15 to come into
compliance.
Wendell Cowart was given
until Jan. 15 to repair the derelict
building, dock and power pole
on his U.S. 441 S.E. property.
Geraldine Smith received a
Notice of Violation for having
a condemned building on her
N.W. 22nd Avenue lot. She told
the special magistrate that a
mortgage was still outstanding
on the mobile home and she was


having trouble dealing with the
mortgage company. Ms. Nichols
suggested that Ms. Smith hire an
attorney to clear up the matter.
Ms. Smith was given until Jan. 15
to come into compliance.
Officer Blanca Saucedo cited
Jesus and Maria Cabrera for stor-
ing a camper, a trailer, a storage
unit and building materials on a
vacant lot on S.W 77th Terrace.
They were given until Jan. 15 to
clean up the property.
Donald Bastura and Brenda
Ann Owens had been cited for
having a derelict structure on
their N.W 80 Court property.
They presented evidence that
they were working toward clean-
ing up the property and were
working with Roumelis Planning
and Development for a grant to
replace the hurricane damaged
structure. Therefore they were
requested to appear at the March
code hearings to report on prog-
ress being made.
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Closet's Judy Watts (left) to their weekly luncheon where
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee is
one step closer to having another
commercial development and an
assisted living center thanks to ac-
tion taken Wednesday, Dec. 17 by
the city's Technical Review Com-
mittee.
The first item on the agenda
was consideration of the site plan
for the 12,400 square foot office/
retail area and 6,615 square foot
billiard center being planned by
David and Anita Nunez on the
west bank of Taylor Creek just
north of the S.R. 70 bridge. Final
approval of this site plan had been
postponed from an earlier meet-
ing because of several concerns.
This time city planner Bill Brisson
said all of his concerns had been
addressed. After a discussion of
handicapped parking, buffering,
elevation and drainage, the board
gave unanimous approval to the
site plan.
The other site plan approved
was submitted by Asmussen En-
gineer LLC on behalf of the prop-
erty owner AMSA Holdings LLC. It
was for an assisted living center
to be located at 608 N.W Second
Ave. The committee expressed
concern about the location of the
dumpster in relation to the pro-
posed building. Mr. Brisson said
that the driveway must be moved
two feet away from the building
to allow for landscaping.
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Community Events


Cheer and dance try
outs to open
Okeechobee X-Plosion All Star
Cheerleading and Dance Will Be
holding Open Tryouts on Satur-
day, Dec. 20. Starting at noon-3
p.m. This is for the SENIOR team
only! You must be over 12 for this
particular tryout. Girls must wear
black shorts, black shirts, white
shoes and a black ribbon in thier
hair. Please contact Coach Victo-
ria for further information 863-
441-3826, xplosionallstarcheer@
yahoo.com, www.xplosionall-
stars. weebly.com. If you are
under 12 and would like more
information regarding cheerlead-
ing, tumbling or dance please feel
free to call! The tryout will be held
at the explosion gym on 441 S.E.
behind the new carwash!

Christmas Around
the World
The annual celebration of
Christmas Around the World
will be celebrated on Sunday,
Dec. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church grounds from 5 until 7
p.m. There will be a Live nativity
pageant, booths and Santa Claus
gifts for children and performanc-
es by the following groups: Scot-
tish Bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers,
Filipino performers, and Mexican
Serenade. Admission and parking
is free. For more information call
863-763-3727.

Chamber will
be closed
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce will be closed on the
following dates: Dec. 24 Christ-
mas Eve; Dec. 25 Christmas Day;
Dec. 26; Jan. 1, 2009 New Years
Day; Jan. 2, 2009. Also, there will
neither be a Coffee Klatch nor
General Membership luncheon
for the month of December. For
information call the Chamber at
863-763-6464.

Softball plans tryouts
for season
The Okeechobee High School
softball program will hold try-
outs for 9th thru 12th graders on
Jan. 8 and 9 from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the OHS softball field.
Any interested athletes must
have a physical to participate in
the try-out. Physical forms can be
picked up from the main office at
OHS. If you are playing another
sport at OHS and would like to
try out or have any questions per-
taining to try-outs please contact
Coach Kim Hargraves at 863-634-
6322 as soon as possible.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

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to do vessel exams
Okeechobee-The Lake is back
and so are we. Flotilla 57 U.S.
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ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you,
we make house calls. Call 863-
763-9570 to make and appoint-
ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be
dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W
23rd Lane or at the Stitchin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Miss
Webb at 863-462-5056 or Linda at
863-467-1484 for free pickup.

Low cost spay/neuter
available
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@
bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
gram.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission critena for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
8124.

Historical Society
collects info for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.


Submitted photo
Neil Ritchie and Bill Roberts were the cooks for the barbecue
after the VFW Toy Run to the Buckhead Ridge VFW. The event
collected toys for children in Glades County.


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for Tots
A motorcycle rally and toy
run from VFW Post 4423 to VFW
Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge on
Dec. 7, benefited Toys for Tots of
Glades County.
VFW Post 9528 Commander
Robert Hare said the event netted
242 toys, including two bicycles.
The toys will be distributed to
Glades County children. Claudia
McPherson is the Glades County
Toys for Tots Chairperson.
As the riders left VFW Post
4423, two sheriff's deputies on
motorcycles rode with them as
escorts. They also picked up more
than 45 riders at the Iron Eagle
along the way. The Buckhead
Ridge Moose Lodge also helped
with the toy drive.
More than 400 people turned
out to participate in or help with
the event, which included a bar-
becue at the Post.


Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din-
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-2308.


Obituaries


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Gary Kent Isaacs, 65
OKEECHOBEE Gary Kent
Isaacs, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
day, Dec. 16, 2008, in his residence.
He was 65.
A 22 year resi-
dent of Okeecho-
bee, Mr. Isaacs
had served in the
United States Air
Force and was
the owner of Bar-
lows RV Camp in
Okeecho-
bee, a member of the Ma-
sonic Lodge 17 of Indianapolis, Ind.,
a member of the Okeechobee Coun-
try Club and the sponsor of Wal-
dau's Junior Golfers of Okeechobee.
Preceded in death by his wife,
Joan and grandson, James Sullivan,
he is survived by his mother, Marga-
ret Brizendine of Tucson, Ariz.; two
sons, Bradley Allen Isaacs (Margo)
of Anderson, Ind., and Jeff Taylor
(Pam) of Whiteland, Ind. He is also
survived by one daughter, Cynthia
Anderson (Mark) of Anderson, Ind.
In addition, there are six grandchil-
dren; two great-grandchildren; two
brothers, Pat Isaacs (Joan) of Cler-
mont, and Michael Isaacs (Marge) of
Lake Jackson, Texas. Mr. Isaacs has
one sister, Melanie Neilson (Jack) of
Tucson, Ariz.
Friends may call at the Buxton Fu-
neral Home on Saturday from 2 until
4 p.m. A memorial service will be
conducted in Pittsboro, Ind., at a lat-
er date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to Waldau's
Junior Golf at P.O. Box 1976 Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.


Stanley Leo
Cantrell Sr., 55
OKEECHOBEE Stanley Leo Can-
trell Sr., of Okeechobee died, Tues-
day, Dec. 16, 2008, in his residence.
He was 55.
Born Feb. 15, 1953, in Mo., he had
been a resident of Okeechobee for
the past 20 years and was a member
of the Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 28
years, Wilma Cantrell' son, Stanley
Cantrell Jr.; and daughter, Diana
Cantrell all of Okeechobee. In addi-
tion, he is survived by a host of
brothers and sisters.
There will be no visitation or ser-
vices.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.


Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.



Ja 0. Renolds, 80
SULLIVAN, H Jay 0. Reynolds,
formerly of Valley City, Ohio, went
to his heavenly home Monday, Dec.
15, 2008. He was
80.
Jay was born in '- `"
Spencer, Ohio on
Nov. 25, 1928 to n -
Jay T. and Della r -
Reynolds. He had
been a resident of
Valley City from
1942-1988 when '
he moved to Medi- /
na, and just March 2008 he moved
to Sullivan, Ohio. Jay and his wife
spent 26 years of their winters in
Okeechobee.
While in Florida, Jay was a very ac-
tive volunteer in the Okeechobee
Hospice and Martha's House of Bat-
tered Women and Children, where
he played the part well of Santa
Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Jay had retired in 1981 after 28 /2
years as a supervisor for Ford Motor
Co., Brook Park, Ohio. He had
served as a Sergeant in the U.S.
Army during the Korean Conflict. Jay
was a member of the Emmanuel
United Church of Christ, Valley City,
where he was a former Sunday
school teacher; Lifelong member of
the Valley City VFW Post 5563 and
past commander of 1956; Lifelong
member of the Disabled American
Veterans; and a Past Commander of
Medina County Council 1957-1958.
He was an active volunteer for the
American Red Cross. Jay was the
Valley City Constable for Liverpool
Township for 10 years. He was the
Valley City Man of the Year in 1969
and 1970. Jay was the head umpire
for the Valley City Little League,
manager of the former Valley City Li-
on's Baseball team, and Ford Motor
Baseball team. He was a former Boy
Scout Leader and he was instrumen-
tal in starting the Valley City Frog
Jump, 1962 and has been the teach-
er for the Frog School held at the
jumps in August.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; a brother, Richard; and a
sister, Ada Feist Sexton.
He is survived by his wife, Eunice,
married in 1951; children, DeeAnna
and Dana Leasure, of West Salem,
Ohio, Terry and Denise, of Litchfield,
Ohio, and Robin and Coy Smith, of
Sullivan, Ohio; grandchildren, Court-
ney and Robert Dieter, Amber and
Eric Earnhardt, Dane Leasure, Cody
Reynolds, Ryan and Leslie Reynolds,
and Brittney and Erin Smith; step-
granddaughter, Deana; great-grand-
children, Kathryn and Remington
Dieter, and another to be Dieter set
of twins; and two brothers and a sis-
ter, Lester, Donald, and Betty.
A Funeral Service will be Friday,
Dec. 19, 2008 at the Bauer Funeral
Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley
City, OH.
Burial will be in the Myrtle Hill Ce-
metery, Valley City, Ohio.
Memorials suggested, if desired,
may be made to the Hospice of
Okeechobee, Fla.; or to the Martha's
House for Battered Women and
Children.


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Local school children write letters to Santa Claus


The following letters were
written Everglades Elementary
School second grade students.
They are reprinted just as the stu-
dents wrote the,

Dear Santa,
for Christmas I would like a lap
top, Cabbagepatch Kid, and a razor
scooter.
I hope you and roodoff have a merry
Christmas'
yours truly,
Elizabeth
dear santa,
I wish for a scooter like Alyssa
scooter What do you think think you
santa.
Your friends.
Jenna
Dear Sant,
I wunt a ds with gams and a laptap,
candy cans, like the color bule. I wunt
some hats.
Love
Ariel,
Dear Santa
I want a farrit for christmas and
some jungil in pockets and puppy
in my pockets and save some toy's
for the poor kid's and choclet for their
parent's.
your friend
Alexa
Dear santa,
I like it wene it snow and i like
christmas.I want a necklace for me
and My Mom and a Hana Montana
dole and a kolechen of the High
scHool MusicAl.
From yore friend
Margarita
Dear Santa,
Can i have three candy canes9
Can i have a hug bag please and
thank you if you do buy it i will be
pleased.
Yours truly,
by Regime
Dear Santa,
You have the best presents any kid
could have. For Christmas I want a
RS.R, the Florida Gators jersy of Tim
Tebow.
Love,
Liam
Dear Santa,
I want a laptop, camera, and a purse.
your friend
kayleigh
Dear Santa,
all I whant fer christmas is a toy But
tank and a Nearf masen gun. I whed
love to see you.I remeder my mom
sail you befer and you gave us our
dog tater rember him. III see you later
your friend
Caleb
Dear Santa,
for chrismas i whant a light saber
that you make. and a toy mother cycle
fro Allan II
Dear Santa,
I want sum shirts,shoes,and agator
necklisandabraslet forchnstmas
Love,
macy
Dear Santa,
I love Christmas so much.
And I like getting more toys.And
sometimes I get clothes too Ho Ho
Ho Ho' Merry Christmas Santa
Your friend,
Erika
Dear Santa,
I wont a Laptopand DS
Marrychristmas. hohoho
Noe
Dear Santa,
I what a necklace that says U.S.
army strong, a transformer, a laptop,
a new friend, a bax of toy, a fone, and
X-dox and a PSP
thick you! a lot Santa
Your friend
Xaver
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year
I was wondering if I could get a
dog, ice cream machine, and a little
refrigerator for Christmas this year. If
I could only get one present, I would
wish for a snow cone machine I want
my brother to have a big room. Love,
Blanca
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondering if I could get a
game boy, necklace, and games for
Christmas this year. If I could only get
one present, I would wish for an IPod.
Have a nice Christmas'
Love,
Estela
Dear Santa Claus,


I have been really good this year.
I was wondering if I could a gold
cart, a skateboard, or a pool for
Christmas this year. If I could only get
one present, I would wish for a for
wheeler. Have a safe trip'
Love,
James
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I
was wondering if I could get a dog,
car, and a bike for Christmas this
year. If I could only get one present, I
would wish for a WII Can I see you9
Love,
Caleb
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I
was wondering if I could get a bratz
house, bratz kids, and bratz make
up for Christmas this year. If I could
only get one present, I would wish
for a bratz dog. Did you have a fun
Christmas?
Love,
Perla
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I
was wondering if I could get a bigger
house, to live in the woods, and
stuff for my brother that he needs for
Christmas this year If I could only
get one present, I would wish for my
baby brother to be okay. I hope you
have a Merry Christmas.
Love,
Lita
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondering if I could get a
4 wheeler, Nintendo DS, and a
gameboy for Christmas this year. If I
could only get one present, I would
wish for a dirt bike. Can I touch one of
your reindeer?
Love,
Ricardo
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year
I was wondering if I could get a
hamster, a cat, and an Ipod for
Christmas this year. If I could only
get one present, I would wish for
a puppy. Can you please get me a
puppy?
Love,
Lamar
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year
I was wondering if I could get a doll
house, pet shops, and a coloring
book for Christmas this year. If I could
only get one present, I would wish for
a bratz kid. You are nice!
Love,
Danielle
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year I
was wondering if I could get a teddy
bear, pony, and a party for Christmas
this year. If I could only get one
present, I would wish for a puppy.
You are nicely
Love,
Cheyenne
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I
was wondering if I could get a bratz
doll, bratz cars, and a bratz computer
for Christmas this year. If I could only
get one present, I would wish for a
bratz sleeping bag. Santa Claus I love
you'
Love,
Tiffany
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I
was wondering if I could get a Bratz
rock and role game, Bratz p J.s, and
a Bratz yellow and black dress for
Christmas this year If I could only get
one present, I would wish for books
Can you bring jewelry for my mom?
Love,
Lyndsey
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year
I was wondering if I could get a cat,
books, and a camera for Christmas
this year If I could only get one
present, I would wish for an Ipod. I
hope you have a safe trip!
Love,
Jimmy
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondering if I could get a
sokor ball, hamster, and a hot tub for
Christmas this year. If I could only
get one present, I would wish for a
football Santa Claus, I like reindeer!
Love,
Timmy
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year. I

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was wondering if I could get a bee
bee gun, a basket ball, and a four
wheeler for Christmas this year. If I
could only get one present, I would
wish for a paint ball gun. Can I have
bee bees for my brothers?
Love,
Brittany
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondenng if I could get a
pokemon video game, bak-u-gon,
and a remote control boat for
Christmas this year. If I could only
get one present, I would wish for
a pokemon. Thank you Santa for
everything!
Love,
Jonathan
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondenng if I could get a
pokemon deck, a game boy, and a
green leaf pokemon game with black
in it for Christmas this year If I could
only get one present, I would wish for
a painting kit. RS. Don't tell me if you
are real or not.
Love,
Benjamin
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondenng if I could get a dirt
bike, a new bike, and the Airbud
movies for Christmas this year. If I
could only get one present, I would
wish for a four wheeler. How do your
reindeer fly?
Love,
Hunter
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been really good this year.
I was wondering if I could get a
skateboard, a four wheeler, and a
bike for Christmas this year. If I could
only get one present, I would wish
for a go cart Hey Santa if you could
be kind enough to get me these
presents, I will be happy.
Love,
Kyle
Dear Santa,
I want you to give me a cop cloths
and hand cluv please because I ben
so good at school and at home and
to my mom. and I don't be bad to her.
I be good to her and you are nice
Santa
Love,
Angel
Dear Santa,
I want a guitar bcose I ben very
good four a log time.
Love,
Trevor
Dear Santa,
I want a new bike and two bons for
my dogs and a dolfin for my mom
and a race car truck a toy though for
my dad a glass dragon and that is it.
Love,
Ariel
Dear Santa,
What I wold like for Chismiss is
a polly poket. I think I should have
it because I have been very very
good for my mom you can even ask
her and wold also like a snowcown
mechen and the new boat that turns
into the little disco ball and dolfinsi
Love,
Mariah
Dear Santa,
I will like a computer becuauase I
been nice and kind too. I really chrid
my best at school too. I hope I do get
a computer for Christmas Because
I really want a computer really bad. so
I can play on the computer with my
friends so we can have a lot of fun
Love,
Jennifer
Dear Santa,


I wood like a rlbstikg. Because I am
a good boy and I gave the cars to my
cousin James
Love,
Daulton
Dear Santa,
I want a new bike. Because I have
been good all the time. This year and
always did whont my mom and dad
tells me to do.
Love,
Kevin
Dear Santa,
I want to have more games for
my xbox360 because I only have 4
games.
Love,
Larry
Dear Santa,
I want a guitar becus I bin very very
good.
Love,
Zachary
Dear Santa,
I want a Hannah Montana doll house
and I want the dolls too. I deserve
this present because I am a nice,
respectful and a actif learner too.
Love,
Monica
Dear Santa,
I want a game just like the Power
Ranger but I want it to be Scooby
Doo. I will git it because I am being a
little good.
Love,
Heriberto
Dear Santa,
I wude like a toy and a game. and
I desuv it because I ben very very
good
Love,
Aeneas
Dear Santa,
I would like a care bear and a
teddy bear and some other things to
please I deserve those things becus I
give my sister things and help.
Love,
Magdalena
Dear Santa,
I want ateyset I ben good gril this
year and tell the elfs that I sede hi. I
love you Santa Clas and I am doing
good in school and I will be in the
third grade necst year.
I love you,
Tia
Dear Santa,
I want a toy giril car Because my
mom and dad may not have the right
Amount of money. So will you please
get me one
Love,
Stephanie
Dear Santa,
I would like to have a nintendo
ds for Christmas. Because I am a
responsible actif learner.
Love,
Licett
Dear Santa,
I think you are so cool. I whunt a
laptop cuse I do my homework. I
whant a ps2 to use wen it is cold
outside. I whant a psp I ridede.
Fernando
Dear Santa,
Santa, how are you? I want for
Christmas a intend DS Weah game
coed Gind the daughter and a big car
that can stick to the wall and a bike
that can go fast bike
Daniel
Dear Santa,
It's close to Christmas. Do you knew
what I want for Christmas? What I
want for Christmas is a lot of hours
Blaze
Dear Santa,
Christmas is coming soo My name
is Madeline. I was a good girl. First I
want a IntendoDs that is pink so I can


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play games Next I want a forweler
so I can go mudding. Then I want a
laptop so I can take it to school. Last I
want close so I can wear to school.
Madeline
Dear Santa,
Chrimus is coming soon. I want a
red game boy. Because I wnat to play
games. I want a skatebored. Because I
want to do a flip. I want a cat becasue
I want a pet.
Walter
Dear Santa,
Hi how are you? I am excited for my
present. For Christmas I want a pink
big fluffy teddy bear. I want it so I can
cuddle up with it. I want some close
for me. I want it so I can wear it One
more thing I want a pink DS. I want it
so I can play with it.
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Dear Santa,
Christmas is coming soon. Is your
reindeer doing ok? Tell rednose
I sead hie Do you know what I
whont a DS and a gameboy and a
playshin. I wont a DS because they
are fun. And a gameboy is fun to.
Playstashines are fun to play on
Mary Christmas. Your the best. Oh. I
woched your show last night.
Jessica
Dear Santa,
Christmas is coming. My name
is Ivo. I want a PS 3 or other video
games because on my TV it turns
gray I want a platmascreen TV on me
and my brothers room and it hangs
on the wall because are tv is small
I want a new game for my DS Its
name is animal crossing. I want my
family to have a boat so we can go
fishing more far
Ivo
Dear Santa,


Christmas is coming soon. I have
been a very good boy. I want a
playstashien and a intend DS. then I
want a goatcar because you are cull
and exited.
Gabino
Dear Santa,
Santa I whunt a doll case I like to
play whif my frnds and a laptop case
I like the laptop and Ds so I can my
buvrs and stir like the Ds.
Florivella
Dear Santa,
You are the best Evry day I think
of Christmas I'm excited abate it
Can you buy me a tour bus? It is a 60
doirlbus. Just thenk abat it. whs your
Christmas good Do you have the
muny Oh and a lap top and I want it
I want plxe. Clos to war cecaus I ned
to war it to school 8 in stores.
Mery Christmas Santa. You are the
best Santa. mary Christmas to you.
Shian
Dear Santa,
How was your vacation Santa9 I
have been thinking about what I
want for Christmas. Can I please
have a intido DS because most all
my frnd's have one. Can I have
intido DS please have one. And I
what a forwiller plese can I have one
because my next door naber have a
forwiller and I rood on it.
Brooklyn
Dear Santa,
You are the best I think of you every
day. I think you will give me good
stuf. Like a ipod or a game boy I
wood like to play them evry day It
wood be nice to do that. I wood like a
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Take a break from the holiday scene


By Chauna Agullar
Okeechobee News
The holidays are upon us and
there are lots of options for this
time of the year for all of your en-
tertainment needs. Take the time
to enjoy the season and emanate
the Christmas spirit throughout
Okeechobee.
If you want to get some ex-
posure to the arts, visit the IRSC
Wynn Black Box Theatre where
they are showing the last per-


formance of "Times and Times
Again," Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. and
2 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box
Theatre, IRSC Main Campus 3209
Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. The
Theatre and Dance programs
team up to bring this magical ro-
mance to life. Tickets are $12. Call
the IRSC Box Office at 1-800-220-
9915.
The annual celebration of
Christmas Around the World will
be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 21
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Lunch on us
Kathleen Shatto, Seacoast National Bank surprised the
"Women of Tomorrow Chapter" of the American Business
Women's Association (ABWA) by buying their lunch on
Dec. 11 at Beef O' Brady's!


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Meals on Wheels
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Theta Omicron chapter members
Loralne Moore, Marcia Crane and Marilyn Buxton pres-
ent Christmas gifts to Sheila Savage and Vicki Staton for
"Meals-On-Wheels" recipients.


grounds from 5 until 7 p.m. There
will be a Live Nativity pageant,
booths and Santa Claus gifts for
children and performances by
the following groups: Scottish
Bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers,
Filipino performers, and Mexican
Serenade. Admission and parking
is free. For more information call
863-763-3727.
Buckhead Ridge will host com-
munity parades on Dec. 21, start-
ing at 12:30 p.m., hosted by and
starting at Moose Lodge in BHR.
There will be an evening lighted
boat parade starting at 4:30 p.m.
hosted by Buckhead Ridge Yatch
(that's how we spell it) Club and
the BHR VFW, starting at the
Buckhead Ridge Marina. All boats
are welcome.
If your child has yet to see San-
ta, Kiwanis will sponsor Santa in
Flagler Park 4 on Dec. 19, 20, 22
and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. He can
also been caught on the City of
Okeechobee fire truck on: Dec.
19, in the SE section of the city;
and Dec. 20, in the S.W. section
of the city.
Come to the next "Teen Dance
Party!" and show your support to
the March of Dimes to help stop
premature births. The party be-
gins at the Okeechobee Civic Cen-
ter on U.S. 98 on Saturday, Dec.
20, from 6 until 10 p.m. The cost
for entry is $7 with all proceeds
to benefit the March of Dimes -
March for babies. The entry fee
includes hot dog, chips and soda.
For more information, please call
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.
After all the children are in
their beds on Christmas night af-
ter a hard day's work of opening
presents, the adults can go out to
the Y.B.E. Christmas Party at the
Stardust Lanes Orbit Lounge on
Dec. 25, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
For more information call (863)
634-7424.
Even after Christmas winter
is still in the air at the Winterfest
2009 on Jan. 31, at the BHR
Volunteer Fire Department.
There will be catfish, cotton can-
dy, popcorn, crafts, music and
more. For more information, call
863-532-9015 or John at 863-467-
8220.
Anyone interested in renting a
booth for Winterfest 2009, please
call John at 863-467-8220 or 863-
532-9015.
Any time of the season and


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of officers on Monday, Dec. 15. Seen in this picture with
Chairman Jim Greer of the Republican Party of the State
of Florida are (left to right) Carolyn Arnold, Secretary; Tom
Levins, Treasurer; Jim Greer; Debi Large, Chairman; Osiel
Torres, Vice Chairman. The Republican Party has regular
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Service Club News in Brief


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-763-
5309
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size.
The public is always welcome unless it's
a members only event
Our kitchen is open 11 am to 3 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and 1 to 8 p m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p m -Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday Open 11-8 p.m. Social Bingo
1 PM
Tuesday' Open 11 8 p m
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11am to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1 50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday. Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m. Social
Bingo 6 p m
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Friday night dinners resume on Nov 7
* Christmas Basket Drawing to be held
tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. New Years
Eve Party tickets on sale nowl $20 per
couple, $10 per single "buy now to avoid
the rush" Members Guest only.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular
informational meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 US 78 W, at 10
a m. Applications for new members are
available. Call Helen James at 863-824
7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am Contact the Post at 467-2882 for
information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events, call
863-763-2552
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p m Food
will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday bar bingo starting at 4
p m. Food will be available
* Every Thursday' washer toss at 1 p m
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary at 6
p m., Aeries at 7 p m
* Friday: steak night (16-oz) starting at
5 pm for a $12 donation Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays music at 7
p m.


- First and third Sunday breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
is located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave For
information about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071
* The Masonic Lodge holdstheirmeetings
on the second and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7'30 p m

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many
fun activities planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-
634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on US 78 W in
Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250
* Sunday: breakfast buffet from 9 until
11 a m With many items to choose from.
* Sunday: Dec. 14 from noon until 4
pm there will be a children Christmas
party for children up to age 16 years old
of Buckhead Ridge Moose members and
guest Please sign-up your children so we
will not miss anyone sign-up by Dec. 10;
Dec 21 at9 am there will be a WO.TM
fund raiser bake sale Please bring baked
goods for this sale
* Monday WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7:30 p m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
pm
* Wednesday Dec 31 from 7 p.m. until
? New Years Party with party favors, hors
dovers and breakfast at 1 am Music
by Burs and County Line Band Seating
limited so get your tickets early $20 each
or $30 per couple.
* Tuesday Dec 16, Moose Membership
meeting at 8 p m with enrollment of new
prospective members.
* Thursday' dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p m Call the Lodge for the menu
* Thursday Music for dancing at 7 30
p m Call to see who is playing
* Thursday 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m food
available at 5 p.m
* Thursday. Dec. 25 from noon until 6
pm Christmas dinner of ham and turkey
with all the trimmings Bring the family and
enjoy a good meal.
* Friday' dinner served from 5 until 7'30
pm Music for dancing at 7 30 p m Call to


see who is playing.
* Saturday dinner starting at 6 p m
* Saturday. Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p m. the first Saturday of the
month.
* Saturday: Dec 13 Large benefit for
Jean Murphy starting at noon Music all
day, food will be roast pork or chicken
quarter, baked beans and slaw for $6
donation Activities including a cake walk,
wheel raffle, silent auction, straw drawing
and 50/50. Auction starts at 3.30 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156N W 36th St n Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership
* Open mic karaoke Thursday 7-10
p m and Sunday 4-8 p m
-Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at
2pm
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p m
(food served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p m
(food served served)
* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6:30 p m
(food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each
week.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7 30 p m
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7 30 p m

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N W 34 St. The Post phone number is
863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m.
Monday' 50-cent hot dogs
Tuesday Washer toss at 1 p m
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
pm
Friday: Bingo at 1 p m Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m Karaoke 7 until 11 p m.
Saturday. Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Karaoke
7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a m
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p m.
* Membership for 2009 is overdue
Annual members are asked to please pay
their dues.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table


VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located at 29012
E. State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge. For
information call 863-467-2882. Post opens
at 11 a m Monday through Sunday
We are taking applications for men or
women who would like to join the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, the Men's Auxiliary,
AmVets or the Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
* Wednesday. Dinner by LadiesAuxiliary,
Mens Auxiliary, or AmVet Ladies Auxiliary
at 5 30 p m Music will be available.
* Thursday: Bar Bingo at 1 p m Lunch
will be available
* Friday' 16 ounce stead dinner with
baked potato, salad and rollswill be served
from 5.30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
* Sunday: 515 pm bar bingo Food
will be served for a donation
* Membership meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturdays of each
month at 10 a m
* House Committee meetings are held
on the second Saturday of the month at 9
am For information contact Robert Hare,
Post Commander at 863-467-2882 Call for
Menu.
All games and special events are shown
on seven televisions, two of which are big
screen. The game room has a regulation
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a m Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m on Sunday Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 pm
on weekends.
* Happy hours 10 to 11 am and 3 to 6
pm Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p m on Saturdays
* Monday Card Bingo at 6 p m
* Tuesday Ladies Auxiliary all-you can
eat spaghetti dinner$5 donation beginning
at 5.30 p.m.
* Wednesday Bar Bingo at 1245 pm
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p m Evening music
* Thursday Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 pm
* Friday. Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8pm
* Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1 50
Polish Sausage, both with Chill and all the
fixings Card bingo at 5 pm Music and
dancing at 7 p m $50 gas card giveaway
* Scheduled meetings. VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.


Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S R 78
W., members will meet the first and third
Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and parties
For information call the club at (863) 763-
3378
* They are now open three days a week
Weekly specials are.
* Tuesday Noon until 9 p.m. Spaghetti
dinner donations only, music from 6 until
9 p m ; happy hour 3-6 p m
* Thursday. Noon until 9 p.m.. Fried
Shrimp dinner or clams $7 donation;
happy hour 36 p m ; shrimp skewers 2
for $3
* Friday Noon until 9 p.m. Catfish
dinner $7 donation, happy hour 3-6 p.m.
* New Year party, tickets $30 each. Happy
Hour at 6 p m Steak or peppered chicken
dinner will be served at 7 p m There will
be a live country band for entertainment
Make reservations early. For reservations
call the club or Max Simpson at 863-763
8650


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The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
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441 S.E. is nowopen to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m until 10 pm,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m Information can
be found by visiting wwwfoe4509 com, or
calling 863-467-1154.
Food is served several evenings a
week
Aerie meetings are at 7 p m on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
Friday night. 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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Employment -
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Employment -
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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Car Offered415
Instruction 420
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Insurance 430
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Antiques 510
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Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
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Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drape, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




LARGE ANTIQUE Coffee Table
$250. One small antique end
table $50. (863)763-5501


LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
Black side by side, Indoor
ice/water dispenser $275.
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STORKCRAFT ASPEN BABY
CRIB -
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tress $100 (863)763-7983


THREE MCDONALDS Train
Sets, Still in boxes asking
$150 Also 20 Piece Teapot
collection $250
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CORNER COMPUTER
desk/shelf light wood/meta
color excellent condition
$60 (863)532-9634
WHITE BROYHILL-BR Set,
King headboard,Dresser
w/mirror,Armiour $350 for
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WESLO CARDIO Bike style
work out equipment
$75/neg. (863)697-0136


BLUE Automatic lift chair
$350 Great
shape (863)697-0143


KINETICO WATER SYSTEM -
Two years old New $3500
Will sell for $1500 OBO
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SILVER FOX GO CART- Fun
Machine, Robin-6 5 air
cooled 4 cyl, engine ATV
style suspension w/coil over-
shocks, duel seat w/re-
tractable safety belt, duel
wheel torque conv drive disc
brakes, brush bars much
more $1400 (863)763-6888
STOCK TRAILOR 28 ft
gooseneck stock trailer great
condition $3000/firm.
(863)357-6642



CASIO FULL-SIZE Keyboard -
Pd $379, Programmable,
100 songs, dnld more,
$150 (863)697-6382
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BLUE/RED HEALER PUPPIES:
Males & Females avail. Shots
& Wormed. Ready for Chnst-
mas! $250. 561-718-1212
CHIHUAHUA MIX PUPS 14
weeks old, on dry food, 1
shots, health papers from
Okeechobee Vet $250/firm
(863)467-6475/447-1808
CHIHUAHUA PUPS AKC, 3-5
Ibs, first shots, dewormed,
health cert., $500
(863)381-9234
PURE BREAD BOXER PUP-
PIES- 2-White Males, 2-
Fawn 1F, 1-M Health Cert
$350 (863)634-1109


KODAK 5 MP Digital Camera -
With photo pnnter Excellent
condition $100
(863)532-9634


SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456


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picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
Christmas gift
(863)801-4367


BRIGGS & Stratton Generator-
5250 watts, 7350 surge, Pd
$750, used 22 hrs, $425.
(863)697-8362


WANTED: FRANKLIN
A/B engines, parts, etc.
Any condition.
Call John at 772-781-4375


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




SADDLE 10' youth po-
ny/horse with both cinches.
Call eve/wkd $125
(863)763-4598
SADDLE 10" youth saddle
will fit pony Great Christmas
present! Eve/wkds. $75.
(863)763-4598


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



Basswood 2/1, tile through-
out, no pets, $650 mo, 1st &
last. (863) 763-7301 or
(863)697-1623 Anytime
SPECIAL-MOVE-IN, 1/2
Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec 2/1 5 carpet,
tile, fridge- 1blk N of Wal-
Mart. (863)763-8878



KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs., etc. $750
mo + sec Water & Cable
included 863-697-6428
OKEE BEST DEAL
2 BR, 2 BA, Liv. & Din. Rm.,
Util. Rm. w/hook ups &
storage cabinets. Patio.
Privacy fence. FREE trash &
Lawn maintenance. No pets.
$690 mo. + $500 dep.
Call (417)848-3424


AFFORDABLE NEW &
RENOVATED HOUSES. 3/2/2
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD 05' CBS, 3/2 on
37th Avenue, fenced yard, all
tile, $950/mo
(561)662-9644
BEAUTIFUL HOME on wooded
lot, Country Club Hills, 2 BR,
hot tub, $1400/month. Call
863-885-1347
HOME FOR RENT 3BR/2BA,
fenced in yard, c/a & heat,
$900 mo., 1st & last, ref's
req'd (863)697-3234
HOUSE 3BR/2BA sits on
125 acres, located in Prai-
rie/Viking Pets welcome'
(561)718-1212
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 me. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
LAKE ACCESS 3/2, 1800 sq
ft, Formal LR, DR, $850/mo,
(863)634-5236
OKEE: 3/1 on % ac Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3/1/den, close
to downtown. $1000/mo.
Call Charles (863) 634-0584
OKEECHOBEE New, 3br,
2ba, 2 acres in Edwards Sub
Div, $1200/mo Call Charles
(863)634-0584


OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage C/Air Lazy 7 area
1st, last & sec
863-467-2541



EXCELLENT LOCATION 441
S Commercial Office/Retail
Space, 1154 sq ft Call
863-634-7728 for details.


Professional Class A
office space
Great Location 441 S.
300-1200 sq ft.
Call for details 561-436-2020


GSX-R 600 2003 Black/
Chrome frame, 21,100 miles
Clean Florida title, $3000
Call Man at 954-513-9613



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* KeyWet 1/1 Furnished Cottage Dade County Pine Hardwood
Floors adorable wrap around porch on TCI
* Cute 2/1 fully furnished, screen porch ovelooks huge Cypress
trees Private & quiet right on Taylor Creek
* Gorgeous setting on Taylor Creek, 2bd/2ba, fully furnished, washer
dryer. Huge fenced in backyard-Concrete boat ramp.
* Beautiful sunset with this 2/1 on wide rim canal, tile loors -
washer/dryer, huge storage shed, big fenced yard. Tropical setting.

JJJJ IANW 1 1


WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1V BA
Treasure Island Fenced yd
$765 mo (772) 359-6584
mardelvar@comcast.net.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Brand New Construction -
4BR/2BA, Near lake access
on Hwy. 441,2 car garage &
storage, big lots w/space for
garden, all credit considered,
$149,900
Call (520) 360-1893


CROOKED CREEK
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $95K
OBO Call Cell
772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




Lot for Rent- 75 X 110 mobile
home lot, 4415 SE 23rd Ct,
Okeechobee $181 90 month
(863)763-4892 or
(863)763-5419 Anytime



INDIANTOWN Cottage, 1BR,
1BA, $750 mo Includes
electric & water 1, 2 & 3 BR
All include city water, some
electric. $425-$550 mo.
1st, last, sec. & ref's. Call
(561)346-4692/346-4692
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
ot, on TCk $650/mo 1st &
sec Avail Now No pets Call
(561)767-6111
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2/2
on water, furnished, wa-
ter/electnc/cable incl. No
pets Adults only $900/mo
Call 954-260-1933
TREASURE ISLAND 3br, 2ba
dbl wide, waterfront, lake ac-
cess, lyr old, $900/mo
(954)610-5345


BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
MANUFACTURED
HOME PARK
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot
30 minutes from Ft Myers
M-F, 863-675-7555
RIVERBEND ADULT PARK-
Very clean 2/2 on Ig beauti-
fully landscaped corner ot,
part furn,many up-
grades,Carport,Screen room,
Front porch,Utitliy shed
$26,500 (863)763-2634 or
863-610-1296


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accesories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035




AIR BOAT-STOSSELL HULL,
Decked over, with trailer, as
is, no motor or prop $3000
OBO (863)763-7174


COMBO 2000 35' Spinnaker &
Ford Diesel Lariat extra cab,
all in immaculate cond.
$34,500. Cal 863-467-0871
for details
HOLIDAY RAMBLER One
bedroom/bath travel trailer
Has gas/electric, in good
working condition. call for
details $1700
(863)447-6304
JAYCO JAYFEATHER 2007 -
33 Ft, Solar tinted windows
Super slide w/awning. 15btu
air Elec. lack. TV VCR DVD
Surround Many other ex-
tra's Just add food & cloth-
ing. Like new! Garage kept.
$18,900 Call 863-946-9138
MOTORHOME-32 Ft. 1999
Coachman-Gas Generator,
Slideout, Good Cond 21k
miles $30,000 Can be seen
at 2347 SE 32nd St. TCI
(863)824-6799 or
61-662-6576

PLEASUREWAY Lexor-TD, '02
- 19' Van Camper, 38k mi.,
exc. cond., 3-Way refrg,,
a/c, tvvcr, generator, twin
beds, great for 2 people,
$25,000 (863)467-1618
SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 5th
Wheel, 2 slide outs,great
shape ready to go $5000
(863)447-5456
TRAIL-LITE BANTAM '99 -
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031


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YAHAMA DIRTBIKE-2006
TTR-125, used very little,
great cond Big Wheel,$1800
BO $350 in extras,
(863)763-5229


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CHEVY CAVALIER '03 LS
Sport 25K 1 Owner Sunrf
All pwr New tires Exc
cond. $6100 863-357-1988
CHRYSLER SEBRING-2003, 4
cylinder, auto, cold a/c, fully
loaded, runs great $3500
OBO (863) 697-9938
TOYOTA CAMRY 2000 1
Owner, Excellent condition 4
Door Auto., A/C, PW, PL
Garage kept. Gas saver!
$5495 (561)568-7767 or
561)253-429



JEEP LARADO- 4 Wheel
Drive,1998 Excellent cond.
high miles, 4 dr, boat hitch.
$2500 Firm (863)467-6469


FORD 302 Block Bored 40
over 302 block and other
parts for it! $500.
(863)673-0920


F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
OBO (863)763-7174
FORD F-250 1983 Diesel,
a/c, 4spd, runs great, in
Okeechobee $1200/or best
offer (863)697-3865
GMC JIMMY- 1990 Full size
4x4, lift kit, big tires, runs
great $3000 OBO
Z863)763-7598


UTILITY TRAILER-16 FT -2
Axel, New Tires $900 OBO
863-634-2979
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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO 47-2t00-CA-Os0546
DIVISION
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC SUCCES-
SOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MAN-
HATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plaintiff
vs
ILEANA RIVER, el al,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO
IL ANA RIVER
LAST NOWN ADDRESS
75 5SE HIGHWAY 441 US
OK ECHOBEE, FL 34974
CURR NT ADDRESS
UN NOWN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
EF EN GARCIA
75-5 SE HIGHWAY 441 us
OK ECHOBEE, FL 34974
CURR NT ADDRESS
UN NOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTH-
ER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS
UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in OKEE HOBEE County, Flor-
da
A PART OF LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM
LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND
COMPANY LAND ORDERING LAKE
KEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE
LAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
LOCK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
LORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 5 AND
, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVI-
ION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
HEREOF ASRECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORD
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORID
L BEING MORE PARTICULARLY -
RIBED ASFOLLOWS BEGIN AT T'
UTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER
ID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS
NSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY B
I RING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ALSO
G SOUTHEASTERLY MOST COR i
LOT 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LA
DIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT
E NDRHTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY L E
US 441, BEAR NORHT 58 -
EES 38 MINUTES 44 SECOND S
WEST ALONG SAID NORTH Y
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE F
19618 FEET, THENCE BEAR NORTH 14
DEGREES 29 MINUTES 22 SECOND S
EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENT -
E OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING 0
10 PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CO -
LIDATED LAND COMPANY LAD
[ ORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A D -
ANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR
'UrTH 6 DEGREES 35 MINUTES 44
CONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE
ID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE
US 441 A DISTANCE OF 19575
T TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THHE
NTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14;
ENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26
NUTES 17 SECONDS WEST ALONG
E EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT
BLOCK 5 FARM LANDS OF CONSOLI-
ATED LAND COMPANY LAND BOR-
ERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A
INSTANCE OF 455 0 FEET TO THE IN.
ERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY
IGHT-OF-WAY U.S. 441 AND THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
has been filed against you and your are
requred to sere a copy of your written
defenses wthn 30 days after the first
ublcation, it any, on Flonda Default Law
roup,L PLlantiffs attorney, whose
address is 9119 Corporate Lake Dnve,
Suite 300, Tampa Fonda 33634, and file
the ongmal with this Court either before
service on Plainff's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter, otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief de
minded in the Complant or petdion
This notice shall be published once each
week for two consecutive weeks in the
Okeechobee News ( Independent News-
papers)
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on ths r5th day of December,
2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By Linda F Youn
As Deputy Cle
304690 ON 12/19,26/2008

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another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 19, 2008 11


I PublicNotic II50


Public Notice 500


AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Noice is hereby given that te undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cut Court of Okeechobee County, Floda, will on the 31st day of December,
2008, at 11 00 A M, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Floda, to-wit
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 2, SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA. ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGE 3A-D INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC
RECORDS, SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE SOUTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR
ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES.
TOGETHER WITH A 2000 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME, BEARING VEHICLE
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS: 9P610235MAAND P610235MB
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in sad Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintif,
vs
DENNIS RIMES and KAREN RIMES, his wife,
Defendants
and the docket number of which is 2008-CA-387
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 8th day of December,
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Honda
BY Sandra reech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John g Cassels, Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
303805 ON 12/12,19/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION
FileNo.:2008-CP-175
N RE ESTATE OF
JAMES R PRICE, Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
ISummary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE
You are hereby noified that an Order of Summary Adminisration has been entered
in the estate of JAMES P PRICE, deceased, File Number 2008 -CP-175 by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County Flonda, Probate Division, the address of
which s 312 N W 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, that the decedents
date of death was February 9, 2008, that the total value of the estate is
$18 000 00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been as-
signed by such order are
NAME ADDRESS
Alan Lindner 685 S E 25 Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Jeffrey Price 2325 NW Fork Road
Stuart, FL 34994
Jay Price 36 Island Park
New York, NY11558
Jerrold Price 31283 Kendale Road
Lewes, E 19958
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT
All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having clams or demands
against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full
payment was made in the Order of Summary Administation must fle their claims
with this Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733 702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, 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 October 30th, 2008
Attorney for Personal Representatve
Janice B Richardson, Esq for the firm
Harvn, Harvn & Pinorck, LLP
900 East Ocean Blvd ,Suite 210-B Stuart, Flonda 34994
772-286-3630 Telephone
772-286-6166 Facsimile
Florida Bar No 0036403
Personal Representative
Jerrold Pnce
31283 Kendale Road, Lewes, DE 19958
304055 ON 12/12,19/08

AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir
cut Court of Okeechobee County, Flonda, will on the 31st day of December,
2008, at 11 00 A M at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 Northwest
3rd Steet, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor Okeechobee, Flrda 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Flonda, to wit
LOT 16, BLOCK 10, ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 9, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs
CHRISTY N HARDEN
Defendant
and the docket number of which is 2008 CA 347
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 8th day of December
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of he Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Honda
BY Sandra Creech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John O Cassels, Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
303806 ON 12/12,19/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASENO.:2008-CA-193
MEECORP CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC ,
a New Jersey limited liability company
Plainiff
vs
DRY LAKE DEVELOPMENTS INC, a Flonda corporation, 3D DEVELOPMENT SER-
VICES, LLC, a Flonda limited habiity company, WINSOME JACKSON, M H FUNDING
& INVESTMENTS LLC, a Flonda limited ability company, NEFF RENTAL, INC, a
Florida corporation SOARES DA COSTA CS, LLC a Florida limited liability company,
and IRMA RODRIGUEZ,
Defendants,
and
L J CLARK CONSTRUCTION, INC a Flrda corporation,
Third Party Plaintif
vs
HOPE P ANDERSON, GARY PLANGE, and ALICIA N HAL (as to Lot 15), RUDOLPH
LLOYD DIXON (as to Lot 27), LEE ROUGH (as to Lot 56), ADEEL MUKHTAR, ARIF
WAJIU, and JAWA BAIG (as to Lot 60), SALVADOR Y BORTONE (as to Lot 61),
BRUCE GOLDSTEIN and PAMELA GOLDSTEIN (as to Lot 64), VACHESLAV GINZ
BUR, YEVGENCY GINZBURG, SIRANUSH KHACHATRYAN and PAUL BREYTMAN (as
to Lot 65), RAM VENKATESH, LATHA VENKATESH and NINA VENKATESH (as to
Lot 66), LUSIK APKARIA, AVEDIS APKARIAN, KARAPET PARONYAN, and SUREN
G TUMASYAN (as to Lot 67), RKS & SKS PROPERTIES, LLC (as to Lot 68), DAN-
IEL SANOVEI (as to Lot 83), LUE CLEMENT and LUE MARGARET as to Lot 84),
THE OKEECHOBEE GROUP LLC, a Flrnda limited liability company (as to Lot 86),
DIAMOND TOUCH, LLC, a Flonda limited labiliy company (as to Lt 87),
Third-Party Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO Daniel Sanovel
Dwane Shaw, Registered Agent of The Okeechobee Group, LLC
Jawad Balg
Paul Brettman aka Paul Breytman
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a construction lien under
Chapter 713. Horda Statutes on the following descnbed property in Okeechobee
County, Honda, to-wit
All of Hudson Lake Ranches, an unrecorded plat, wih a street address of 6960
Highway 98 N Okeechobee County, Florida
has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written de-
lense, i any, to DEVIN R MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 and file the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court on or be-
fore January 19, 2009 otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the re-
ief demanded in the Complant
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on this 16th day of December, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By LindaF Young
DEPUTY CLERK
304637 ON 12/19,26/081/2,9/09


Public Notice 500


I Pblic Notice500


AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County Florida will on the 31st day of December
2008, at 1100 A M, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit
THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 10 AND ALL OF LOTS 11 AND 12 OF BLOCK 215, FIRST
ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
TOGETHER WITH: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 12, BLOCK
215, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF 35 FEET TO THE CENTER
OF CHEROKEE STREET, NOW CLOSED BY CITY ORDINANCE, THENCE RUN
SOUTH ALONG THE CENTER OF CHEROKEE STREET A DISTANCE OF 145 FEET,
MORE OR LESS, TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF 4TH STREET; THENCE RUN
WEST, ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF 4TH STREET, TO THE SOUTHEAST
CORNER OF SAID LOT 12, THENCE RUN NORTH ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY
OF SAID LOT 12 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
AND
LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 216, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in sad Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, as successor by merger to BIG LAKE NATIONAL
BANK,
Plaintff,
vs
ESTATE OF RUSSELL HOUSTON BARBER, a/Wa R H BARBER, Deceased,
Defendant
and the docket number of which is 2008-CA-348
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 81t day of December,
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Floda
BY SandraCreech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John D Cassels,Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee Flonda 34973
303801 ON 12/12,19/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNT FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 200B-CP-160
IN RE ESTATE OF
CARL GARVIN, SR.
Deceased
NOrTCE TO CREDITORS
The administration of M ete atof Carl
Garvn, Sr, deceased, whose date of
death was April 20, 2007, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NE 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972 The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repr
sentative's attorney are set forth be-
low
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of his notice is required to be
served must file their claims with tis
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de
mands against decedent's estate must
ile their clams with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC
TION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE D RECENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publication of this notice
is December 12th, 2008
Personal Representaive
Cad Garvin, Jr
PO Box2264
Okeechobee Flonda 34973
Attorney for Personal Representative
Thomas E Weasnar Esquire
Attorney for Ca Gavin, Jr
FlondaBar N 0897256
GARY, WILLIAMS, FINNEY, LEWIS,
WATSON & SPERANDO, PL
221 E Osceola Street
Stuart, FL34994-2110
Telephone 772) 283 8260
Fax (772)463-1205
303994 ON 12/12,19/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND-
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY.
FLORIDA
Case No. 2008-CA-489
SAMMY HANCOCK,
Plaintiff,
vs
CABERNET I, LLC, a Florida Corpora-
tion, BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FI-
DELTY SAVINGS AND LOAN
ASSOCIATIONM a Florida Corpora-
tion, BANK ONE NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, a Florida Corporation,
VARNETT BANK OF OKEECHOBEE,
n/k/a BANK OF AMERICA, METRO-
POLITAN MORTGAGE COMPANY, a
Florida Corporation, PARRISH SEP-
TIC TANK, INC., and as to each of the
foregoing person, f alive or de-
ceased, heir unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, creditors, and all
other parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants.
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FIDELITY
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, a
Florida Corporation, and BANK ONE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a Floida
Corporabon
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac
ion for quiet tile of the following de-
scnbed property
Parcel Identificabon Number"
1-20-37-35-0A000000120000
Beginning atthe NE Corner of the SE 1/4
of NE 1/4 o of NE Section 20, Town
ship 37 South, Range 35 East, Run
South a distance of 165 feet, Thence
run West a distanceof 177 feet
Thence run North a distance of 165
feet, Thence run East a distance of
177 feet to the Point of Beginnng
Less and except a ship of and 15 feet
wide on the East and South sides
thereof which is reserved for road
purposes
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your wnt
ten defense, if any, to it on Sammy
Hancock, co 1138 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 and
file the original with the Clerk of the
above styled Court within thirty (30)
days from the date of the first public
btn, otherwise a judgment may be en-
tered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on this day of
,2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By /S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
302618 ON 12/512,19,26/2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK, AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff
VS CASE NO 08556 CA
UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIEN-
ORS, TRUSTEES OF MARY J GILL,
DECEASED, DEXEL W BROCK, HEIR,
DEXEL W BROCK, PERSONAL REP-
RESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF
MARY J GILL, DAVID B GILL, HEIR,
KATHERINE SIMMONS, HEIR MARY
CRUZ, HEIR, MARTHA ALLEN, HEIR,
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTHA AL-
LEN, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID
DEFENANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND
IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTS, UNKNOWN
TENANT #1 UNKNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS
LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF MARY J
GILL, DECEASED, MARY CRUZ, HEIR,
IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTS), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S),
Whose residence are/is unknown
TO DAVID B GILL, HEIR, KATHERINE
SIMMONS, HEIR, Whose residence is
1001 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBE, FL 34974
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintiff's attorney, Law Offic-
es of Daniel C Consuegra, 9204 King
Palm Drive. Tampa, FL 33619 1328,
telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile
(813) 915-0559, within 30 days of
date of first publication the nature of
this proceeding being a sui for fore-
closure of mortgage against the fol-
lowing described property, to wit
LOTS 1 & 2, BLOCK 20, SOUTHWEST
ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, AC
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A
1001 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
f you lail to file your answer or watten
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plantiff s attorney, a default will be en
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petiton
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 8th
day of December, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
303862 Clerk of te Circu Court
By Arlene Neais
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In
accordance with the American with
Disabilllies Act of 1990, persons need-
Ing a special accommodation lo pariil-
pate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie,
Florida 34986, 1.772-807.4370 within
two working days of your receipt of this
NOTICE: IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-9771, IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770.
303862 ON 12/12,19/2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORT-
GAGE CORP,
Plaintif
VS CASE NO 08-557-CA
DAVID W TRIPLETT THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DAVID W TRIPLET,
MARY E TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARY E TRIPLETT
SCOTT MICHAEL KOCHAKIAN, IF LIV
ING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTS), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN
DANT(S), CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, INC, WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING,
TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS
OR TRUSTEES OF SAID BEEN
DANTS) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST DEFENDANTS) UNKNOWN
TENANT #1, UNKNOWN ENANT #2,
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DAVID W TRIPLETT, THE UN
KNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID W TRIP-
LETT, MARY E TRIPLETT, THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARY E
TRIPLETT, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFEN-
DANTS), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DE
CASER, THE RESPECTIVE
UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS,
Whose residence are/is unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY required to tle your
answer or wntten defenses, i any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plainbff's attorney, Law Offic
es of Daniel C Consuegra, 9204 King
Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328,
telephone (813) 915 8660, facsimile
(813) 915-0559, within 30 days of
date of first publication, the nature of
this proceeding being a sd foforore
closure of mortgage against the fol-
lowing described property, to wit
LOT 28B, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES,
'N UNRECORDED PLAT OF PART OF
SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 27 SOUTH
ANGE 36 EAST, MORE PARTICU-
ARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
OMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
OFNER OF THE WEST BOUNDARD
IN OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
0 TH, RANGE 36 EAST RUN
H NCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 2408"
A T ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE
0 A DISTANCE OF 190530 FEET
1 .E OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE
A: T RIGHT-OFWAY OF FOUR SEA-
0 S DRIVE, THENCE RUN NORTH 0
E REES 04'22" EAST PARALLEL
W H THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF
SA SECTION 17 AND ALONG THE
EA ;T RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR
SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF
138800 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH
89 DEGREES 24'8" EAST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 10 00 FEET, THENCE RUN
SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04'22 EAST FOR
A DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET FOR A
POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CON-
TINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04'22"
EAST A DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET,
THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES
24'08 EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF
100 00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 0
DEGREES 04'22" WEST FOR A DIS-
TCE OF 100 00 FEET, THENCE RUN
NORTH 89 DEGREES 24'08" WEST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 00 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE
PARCEL HEREIN DESCRIBED
THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL IS
ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 28B OF AN UN-
RECORDED PLAT OF A PART OF SEC-
TION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST LYING AND BEING
IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
To include a
1988 Merntt Livestock Traier,
VIN TW364C25814A and 46191070
1988 Merrt Livestock Trailer
VIN TW364C25814B and 46197824
BNVA
7065 NE 11TH LANE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
If you fail to file your answer or wntien
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff' attorney, a defeat will be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or Petion
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 8th
day of December, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /S/LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
accordance with the American with
Olsabillites Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommodation lo particl-
pate in this proceeding should conlaci
Court Admnistratlon no later than sev-
on days prior lo the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St Lucie,
Florida 34986, 1-772-807-4370 wlIhin
Iwo working days o your receipt of this
NOTICE, IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-9771, IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
304042 ON12122,192008

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Letters to Santa Claus


The following letters to Santa Claus were
written by second graders from North El
ementary School For more letters see the
Sunday paper.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How are the elfs? I
bind good and my bruthre is good and my sis-
tor is good. I whont a ras car track and my
brother whonts a car box and my sister wants
a game boy DS. I'll give you some cookes and
melk and a note. I am going to give my dog
a toy. I want the best chreismas ever Santa.
I want evry one to hav the best chreismas! I
hope you have a best chreismas to Santa and
the elvs to. I hope ebrybody in the hole tire
world has a good chreismas. I evn want the
animals to have the best chreismas. I am so
happy that chriesmas is coming and my bru-
ther is happy and my sister is happy.
Love,
Austin Pope
Dear Santa,
Have I ben good? I hope I have because I
want to get presents. I try to be good as I can.
The first thing that I want is a Begle. The next
thing that I want is a Brown ipod. Next I want
a sparkly fone. Another thing I want is a Wii.
Next I want a robot that wode do all the things
I did not want to do. Next I want a flat screen
TV. I also want a bike. Next I want a real di-
men nexlis and I want it to snow in Okecho-
bee. Happy Holidays!
Love,
Addy Sizemore
Dear Santa,
How are the elvs? Fisoodle is doing good.
Whut I wont for Christmas is thes things. Frist
I wont the L.P.S house. A nuthr thing I wont
is a phone. I wont a real hamsher in a ckage.
I wont my family to be hethy. I wont a teddy
bear. I wont a ipod. I wont a computer. I wont
a flat screne t.v. I wont to get 100 a+ on all
of my work. I wont a skate bord. I wont wii
games. I wont a wand up mous. I wont a
good life. I wont my mom, my dad, and my
sister to be happy. I wont a happy elv. I wont a
netendo ds. I wont 2 neclses. I wont it to snow
in Okechobee. I wont a bally ball. I wont some
worm close. I wish I get to the 200 ponte club.
I wish for a happy Christmas!
Love Hannah Boshell
Dear Santa,
Have I been good or bad? Probably equal!
First I want a Bakugan, the whole set for Christ
mas. Anuther thing I want is a sell pone for
Christmas I want a dirt bike too. For Christ-
mas I want a Nintendo wii and a transformer
animated for christmas. I want a forwiller for
Christmas where I can ride with my friends. I
want a d.s. for Christmas where I can get neef
or speed. I really want a bat man game for
Christmas. I want a webkind toy for Christ-
mas. I want some fancy shoes for Christmas
and I want a skate board for Christmas!
Have a merry Christmas!
Love Dalton Hillard
Dear Santa,
Do you know if I have been good or bad?
How are you and your reindeer and elfs San-
ta? Can I get me a sellphone. Can I have some
webkinz? Can I have a dirtbicke and some
mouvs too? I hope you can find thes things!
Love,
Shelby Johnson
Dear Santa,
How are the elfs doing? Hey santa have I
been a good kid this year? Santa, if I was can
i get a transforms animatend megatron. Santa
can I get a ps3 for Christmas too.
Love
AJ. Serrano



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Dear Santa,
Have I been good or bad? Santa I want a
Wii, and Santa I want a laptop. I also want a
phone to talk. This is my thing I want. I want
Hannah Montana tickets to look at Hannah
Montana and hug her.
Love,
Arleth Arellanes
Dear Santa,
I want a phone. I no it will be hard to get
but I really wont a phon. Then I wont the ba-
kugan, the holle set. I wont a xbox 360 to. I
allsowe wont a dert bike. I also wont a bat
and miten and a for wheler. I hop you have a
mery crismis!
Randy Simington
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? First can you get me
a new army gameboy game. Next can you
get me a lazer tag gun. Last can you get me
a dove and duck hunting gun. Have a great
chrismas!
Love,
Ethan Durfee
Dear Santa,
I want toys and a computer. I want cloths
to and I want a doll. I want a bike, books, and
a poster of Hannah Montana.
Love,
Kimberly Martinez-Vite
Dear Santa,
What kind of cookies dow you want? Santa
I want a laptop, Wii, Hannoh train case, and a
phone. Have a mery chrismas!
Love,
Alyssa Lewis
Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy and I want some-
thing for Christmas. First I want a Nintendo
wii for Christmas. Another thing I want is a
ipod touch for Christmas and i want a phone
for Christmas. I want a robot for Christmas.
And I want dirtbike for Christmas. I also want
a skateboard for Christmas. Another thing I
want is a flat screen TV for Christmas. The last
thing I want is a ribstick! Merry Christmas!
Deven Tedders
Dear Santa,
Have I been good or bad?
If I was good these are the things I want for
Cristmas! First I want a laptop, a robot, a PSP
game boy, a spring cellphone, some clothes,
a strapless shirt and dress, a cupcake maker,
high school musical 3,2 and 1 movie. I also
want an Ice age movie, an elf, context clue
borad game any kind, most of all a.r books,
swing set, a trampline, a thousands of books,
swing set, a trampline, a thousands of books,
a dictanary, a encyclopedia, a calendar any kind
that is, a ipod, some fancy shoes, I want some
heeleys, a band, an elvis atigraph!
By Alexi Morgan
Dear Santa,
I am going to leave some kookys out for
you this year. By the way is it cold in the North
Pool. First, I want a wii for crismis. I also
want a ipod nano. I also want the high school
muickil CD. I also want a fone. Another, theng
is a puppy named Addy j.r. I also want a robot
to do all my choors thet I don't want to do!
Another thing, is a webckins ov anny kind. I
want a flat skren TV thet will fit in a bed room.
I also want a dirt bick. I also want a for wilier.
I also want a pink,brown,and teal pokidotid
skat bord. Another thing, I want is a snow
cone macker. I also want a pop corn macker.
I also want a nintendo DS. I want it to snow in
Okeechobee. I also want the series ov capeten
under pants books. I also want a computer.
Another, thing is a camra. Now you nowe
what I want for crimis.
Love,
Katy Pope


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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 19, 2008



Jensen Beach shuts out Okeechobee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was just a slight shove or
push but it was enough to cost
Okeechobee a soccer game Tues-
day.


Jensen Beach High School got
a gift shot on goal thanks to a pen-
alty 10 yards from the Okeecho-
bee High School goal and Curtis
Berger nailed the shot in the first
10 minutes of the match as Jensen


Beach (7-2), defeated Okeecho-
bee, (5-3-1), 1-0 Tuesday night.
The early penalty paved the
way for an aggressive first half
for the Falcons. They had three
excellent opportunities early in
the match to score. Okeecho-
bee goal keeper Pablo Caballero
played one of his better games of
the season and knocked the shots
away. He had seven saves on the
night.
Okeechobee was more ag-
gressive after halftime and had
several chances to score. Several


times Jensen Beach came up with
big saves. Okeechobee also shot
themselves in the foot by missing
the net on some good opportuni-
ties. Nick Farnsworth had seven
saves for Jensen.
Coach Lonnie Sears said he'll
never admit that a referee cost
Okeechobee a game, "We didn't
score any goals so it didn't matter.
A tie is nothing to me. That's a dis-
trict game that we have to win,"
he said.
Sears said his team didn't con-
trol the ball enough and went


back to some bad habits of kick-
ing the ball to the other team. "Ev-
erything goes forward, forward,
forward instead of controlling the
ball. If you watch Jensen, they
controlled the ball and that is why
they won."
Jensen Beach Coach Charlie
Rosseau said it is always tough to
win in Okeechobee. He said his
team can still improve, but that
they had to stay on their toes in
this match.
"We've got a pretty good rival-
ry going with Okeechobee so it's


always going to be a battle. I'm
proud of the way my guys played
for 80 minutes. With a one goal
lead, you can't let up."
Okeechobee will host a Christ-
mas tournament next Monday
and Tuesday night at Okeechobee
High School. Sebring, Lake Wales
and John Carroll are the teams
that will compete in the tourna-
ment. Games will start at 5 p.m.
and 7 p.m. Okeechobee will play
in the nightcap on Monday night.


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Casey Good (left) and Eddie Guerrero chase a loose ball dur-
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Reynel Denova #17 looks to pass the ball to a teammate dur-
ing Tuesdays match.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Girls Cross Country
Isabella Penido (right) was honored at the School Board
meeting by Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) for
her achievements placing fourth at regional competition
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Tyler Milrot (right) keeps Jose Loredo of Yearling off the
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School boys'
basketball team jumped out to
an early lead and never trailed as
they walloped their cross town ri-
vals Osceola Middle School, 49-22
Monday evening.
Alejandro Diaz had 14 points
and Jose Loredo had 11 points to
lead a balanced Yearling attack in
their big win.
Coach Lance Sluder said his
team played a great team game to
beat the Warriors, "That is prob-
ably the first game that we played
together as a team and not as in-
dividuals."
Yearling used a pressure de-
fense to constantly harass the
Warriors ball handlers. The War-
riors made a lot of turnovers and
couldn't find the range on the of-
fensive end of the court.
"This was the first time we
pressed this year," Sluder said,
"We're starting to get down con-
cepts in the game. When you are
building a pyramid you can't leave
out stones or it will all crumble
down," he noted.


Yearling led 11 2 after one
quarter and 29-8 at the half. They
constantly had easy breakaway
layup opportunities. They usually
converted or went to the foul line.
Lavonta Spivey, seven points, had
a number of easy shot opportuni-
ties.
Yearling kept it up in the sec-
ond half and led 45-14 after three
quarters. Both teams emptied
their bench in the final stanza.
Osceola was paced by Sylves-
ter Butler who had eight points.
Dalton Murray and DJ Washing-
ton each had four points. Marshall
Tommie had nine points for Year-
ling, (2-4). Osceola fell to (0-4).
The proceeds from Monday's
games at Yearling Middle School
will be donated to the Ameri-
can Heart Association Hoops for
Heart program. The school athlet-
ic department at Yearling donated
the proceeds from the attendance
to the program and the school
builders club and student coun-
cil donated the funds spent at the
concession stands.


Johnson takes top honors at 'Classic'


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Taylor Creek Bass Club of
Okeechobee Classic Tournament
was held on Dec. 13 and 14 on
Lake Okeechobee. Ernie Johnson
took the top honors.
Johnson brought a two-day
total weight of 16.11 lbs. to the
scales for the tournament win.
The team of Bobby Adams and
Ernie Johnson won the "Calcutta"
the first day with a total weight of
16.70 lbs; the team of Jack Har-
rison and David Stout won the
"Calcutta" the second day.
Following Johnson in second
place was Jack Harrison who
brought in a two day total weight
of 15.81 lbs.; Darrel Brackin fin-
ished in third place with 14.65
lbs.; Danney Norton came in
fourth place with 14.17 lbs. and


Dave Stout finished in fifth place
with a total weight of 13.96 lbs.
Harrison took the "Big Fish"
award with a fish weighing in at
3.67 lbs.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For more information call
Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee Mcallister
memorial kids fishing festival.


We want your news! If you would
like to share any information
with the Okeechobee News about
an outdoors event please email
Teresa Mataushek at tmataushek@
newszap.com or call 863-763-3134.
We welcome news on all sporting
events, outdoors activities, nature
inspired hobbies and with hunt-
ing season nearing, please send in
pictures of your prize kills. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Friday so please be
sure to have all your information
into the office no later than 5 p.m.
Wednesday. Information can also
be faxed to 863-763-5901. Refer all
material to Teresa Mataushek.


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