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Vol. 100 No. 4


Briefs
Main Street Mixer
planned
Okeechobee Main Street
will kick off the New Year with
their first monthly mixer of the
new year hosted by Raulerson
Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 13,
2009. The January mixer will
be held at the Raulerson Com-
pany Care Office in the blue top
building just north of the hos-
pital at 1930 Hwy 441 North.
Main Street Mixers are a night
of networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance for
you to win the Mega 50/50 at
the end of the year, so invite a
friend and join us.

Hollywood Musicals
at the Library
Ian Nairnsey, Okeechobee's
own authority on musicals, will
present programs in January
at the library at 6 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Library
Meeting Room. Ian will talk
about the composers and their
musicals and play musical se-
lections. These programs are
free and open to the public:
Tuesday, Jan. 13-Cole Porter
in Hollywood; Tuesday, Jan.
20-Rodgers and Hart in Holly-
wood; Tuesday, Jan. 27-Irving
Berlin in Hollywood. For more
information call Jan Day (Feh-
rman) at 863-357-9980.

Post office has unit
in Mid-Florida
Hardware store
The U.S. Postal Service has
opened a new Contract Postal
Unit (CPU) in Okeechobee in
Mid-Florida Hardware, 3803
U.S. Highway 441 S. The CPU
offers postage for domestic and
international mail, insurance
and certified mail. The hours of
operation are: Monday-Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.

Drought Index
Current: 644
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.90 feet
Last Year: 10.13 feet
Oed By:

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

Index
Adopt a Pet.............................. 4
Classifieds .............................. 8-9
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword............................... .. 9
Obituaries................................. 6
O pinion ................................. ..... 4
Speak O ut ................................. 4
Sports .................................. 9-10
Sudoku .................................. 9
W weather ..................................... 2
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Deputies discover grow house


During a shooting
investigation,
deputies find
marijuana plants
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While trying to gather infor-
mation about a shooting victim,
local investigators uncovered a
suspected marijuana grow house
Wednesday morning, Jan. 7.
Detectives from the Okeecho-


bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) and Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force discovered a
metal barn that was reportedly
being used as a grow house. Af-
ter getting a search warrant for
the property at 4900 N.W 160th
St., investigators seized 51 ado-
lescent marijuana plants from
the barn, stated OCSO Detective
Ted Van Deman.
The budding plants have
an estimated street value of
$204,000, the detective said.
A task force detective said
Thursday morning that the plants


were all between 3 and 4 feet in
height, were all budding and
were close to being harvested.
The detective went on to say that
the plants were above average in
quality.
Investigators went to the two-
bedroom, one-bath CBS ranch-
style home after OCSO deputies
responded to a suspicious per-
son complaint in the 4500 block
of N.W 160th St.
Detective Van Deman said
around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday the
See House Page 2


Elephant-size appetite: Circus is in town


UKeecnoDee News/Katrina tlsKen
The Anastasini Circus is in Okeechobee this weekend near the American Legion Post
on State Road 70 West, behind City Hall. On Thursday morning, local children were in-
vited to stop by and feed the elephants. Andrew King, 5, was among those who offered
special vegetarian pizza -- provided by Domino's -- to the hungry pachyderms. For
more photos online, go to www.newszap.com, click on Okeechobee, click on "Local
issues form" and click on "Local Photos."


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Dozens of Okeechobee children visited the grounds near the The Anastasini Circus Big
Top on Thursday to feed the elephants. The circus is in Okeechobee for the weekend,
near the American Legion Post on State Road 70 East, behind City Hall. Shows will be
at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. For more infor-
mation, contact the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce at 863-763-6464.


Courtesy photo/OCSO
Deputies found a grow house this week while investigating
a shooting.


Shooting



suspect



arrested


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man wanted for his al-
leged con-
nection with
a shooting in
Fort Drum on
Aug. 15, 2008,
is being held
in the Polk
County Jail
following his
arrest there on
traffic charg- Luis Lopez
es.
Luis Lopez, 23, Duck Key
Road, Frostproof, is being held


in the Polk County Jail on ar-
rest warrants from Okeecho-
bee County that charge him
with attempted felony murder,
home invasion robbery with
a firearm, shoot/throw deadly
missile at a vehicle, discharging
a firearm from a vehicle and
possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon.
According to Detective Su-
san Morrison of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) it is believed that Lo-
pez and two other Hispanic
men took part in the shooting
See Shooting Page 2


Fisheating


Creek trail to


open Jan. 10
The Florida Fish and Wild- ful and fascinating people and
life Conservation Commission animals that have lived along
will celebrate the opening of a picturesque Fisheating Creek
new interpretive trail in Glades through the centuries.
County, the historical Fort Cen- Wildlife Officers will be on
ter at Fisheating Creek Wildlife hand to explain the mysteries
Management Area on Saturday of the swallowtail kite. Con-
Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. servation easements along
Admission is free. Fisheating Creek have helped
Visitors will have the oppor-
tunity to learn about the color- See Trail Page 2


City Council sworn in


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
NewOkeechobee CityCoun-
cil member Mike O'Connor
and re-elected James Kirk were
both sworn in by retired Judge
Bill Hendry at the Tuesday
Council meeting at City Hall.
The council also voted
unanimously that James Kirk
serve another two years as
mayor. City Clerk Lane Gami-
otea announced that during her
research, she determined that
Mayor Kirk had already served
as mayor long enough to have
the longest length of service as
mayor in the City of Okeecho-


bee's history by eight months.
In addition, Mayor Kirk was
honored for 20 years of service
to the city. Councilman Dowl-
ing Watford was honored by
the council and the Treasure
Coast League of Cities for 25
years of service to the city.
In other business, City Ad-
ministrator Brian Whitehall
initiated the writing of an or-
dinance that will allow busi-
nesses to sell to new owners
without having to comply with
new parking requirements un-
less the use changed. This issue
was discussed at the Nov. 18,
City Council meeting explaining
to the council that there were


businesses that are non-con-
forming to the off-street park-
ing requirements, and were be-
ing sold which would require
the new owners to conform to
the new parking requirements
even if the use of the business
wasn't changing.
There were two basic situ-
ations that were addressed in
the ordinance: when the opera-
tion of the business by the new
owner results in the same off-
street parking requirement as
the current business; and when
the operation of the business
by the new owner results in an
See Council Page 2


UKeecnobee News/unauna Aguilar
Retired Judge William Hendry (left) sworn in re-elected Mayor
James Kirk (center) and new councilman Mike O'Connor at the
Tuesday, Jan. 6, City Council meeting.


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 9, 2009


House
Continued From Page 1
deputies found a man who had
apparently been bleeding. The
man, Belgrade Plasencia, 70, was
bleeding from a bullet wound to
his buttocks. He was flown by
Aero med to a trauma center on
the coast, where he was listed
in serious but stable condition


Shooting
Continued From Page 1
that sent a male victim to a local
hospital.
The apparent motive for the
shooting was that someone in the
home owed the men money. De-
tective Morrison said it is believed
the men were owed in the neigh-
borhood of $1,000.
Detective Morrison said she
couldn't discuss why the money
was owed to the men.
Lopez was arrested Dec. 31,
2008, by PCSO Deputy Matthew
Pearce after he struck a utility box
while driving a 1984 Buick, stated
the deputy's arrest report. Lopez
then fled the scene but was ap-
prehended a short time later.
He was arrested on misde-
meanor charges of leaving the
scene of an accidentwith property
damage, resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence and
driving while license suspended/


Trail
Continued From Page 1
protect some of the largest habi-
tats for the swallowtail kite.
Audubon volunteers will head
early morning birding tours by
reservation only beginning at 8
a.m. Call Liz Sparks at 850-922-
6160 to sign up.
Ride an interpretive hayride


Council
Continued From Page 1
increased parking requirement,
either because the business is
expanded or the new use has a
different parking requirement in
the land development regulations
(LDRs).
The first option would provide
three possible scenarios such as if
the use of the business to the new
owner is the same or equivalent
to that of the former owner, and
there is no increase in the amount
of parking required, and no area
of the site has previously been
used for parking, the new owner
may then continue to operate on
the property without remedying
the parking deficiency.
If there is evidence that the
existing business had been us-
ing portions of the property for
informal parking and the parking
area has not been approved in
accordance with the LDRs, then
the owner must improve the area
having been used for parking in
a manner that is acceptable to
the city for vehicular parking pur-
poses.


Thursday.
The detective said Plasencia,
who is Cuban, had been shot at
least once.
In an effort to learn more about
the man, investigators obtained
a search warrant for the home
at 4900 N.W 160th St. Detective
Van Deman said the Hialeah man
had rented the 1,932-square-foot
home and had been living there
since November of 2008.
No weapons or other persons


revoked- knowingly.
When Deputy Pearce did a
background check on Lopez, he
learned about the Okeechobee
County arrest warrants.
Lopez will likely have to an-
swer to the Polk County charges
before he is returned to Okeecho-
bee County.
Two men reportedly burst
through the front door of a sin-
glewide mobile home on N.E.
23rd Way around 4:30 p.m. on
Aug. 15, 2008, and sprayed the
inside of the home with rounds
from semi-automatic weapons.
A third man was waiting outside
in a green Chevrolet pickup truck,
said local investigators.
Detective Morrison said the
truck had a dark colored camper
shell over the bed.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said the men stood in the
doorway of the front door and
shot into the kitchen area where
a woman was sitting. She was not
injured.
The woman, who he described


with biologists to the new Ft. Cen-
ter trail.
Learn how to read animal
tracks with David Austin, retired
FWC. Kristin Wood, Director of
FWC's Chinsegut Nature Center,
will share 'Incredible Edibles'
common plants good enough to
eat.
Tom Matthews, FWC, invites
visitors to meet 'critters of the
creek' up close and personal.
Kayak and canoe trips may be


If the city determines that there
is a deficiency in parking and it
has an adverse affect on residents
or surrounding nonresidential ar-
eas, the new owners must then
meet the requirements to the ex-
tent reasonably possible.
"Reasonably possible" means
that the amount of parking pro-
vided will be limited to that which
can be accommodated without
the owner modifying the size
or location of any structures or
buildings to provide parking.
In the second option, when
the operation of the business
by the new owner results in an
increased parking requirement,
either because of expansion or a
change in parking requirements
determined by the use, the new
owner would have to provide
complete conformance to the city
LDRs as if it were an entirely new
development.
This would allow some of the
current businesses to sell their
businesses to other owners and
possibly keep some local busi-
nesses open rather than see-
ing more businesses close their
doors.
The first reading of the ordi-
nance was passed unanimously


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming north-
east around 5 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becom-
ing south southeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South south-
west wind around 5 mph.


were found at the home. Detec-
tive Van Deman said as of midday
Thursday no gun had been recov-
ered.
While executing the search
warrant, the suspected grow
house was discovered in the met-
al barn located about 30 yards be-
hind the house.
Another search warrant was
obtained and OCSO detectives
then went into the barn.
According to a task force de-


as in her 40s, "hit the floor and
they shot over her head."
A total of 10 rounds were
found inside the home.
Before the two men left the
home, they took a small safe that
contained an undisclosed amount
of cash.
As the men were leaving the
scene a 32-year-old man was
pulling into the driveway. When
he saw the armed men he backed
out of the driveway and proceed-
ed along N.E. 23rd way in reverse,
said Detective Van Deman.
The man is a friend of someone
who lives in the mobile home, the
detective added.
The suspects gave chase and
when they caught up to the flee-
ing man they again opened fire
and shot the man's car 11 times,
said Detective Morrison. The car
quit running so the man got out
and fled from the paved street
into some nearby woods.
The OCSO detectives said
more rounds were shot that
struck some nearby homes, but


offered, depending on water lev-
els.
Learn birding and wildlife
viewing basics. Local conserva-
tion groups will have exhibits.
Speakers will include:
Ken Meyers Swallowtail
kites of Fisheating Creek;
Nancy Dale Cow Hunters
of Wild Florida; and,
Archeologists the early in-
habitants of the creek.


and the final reading will be on
Tuesday, Jan. 20.
In other business the council
approved:
a land use change from
multi-family to commercial and
a zoning change from residential
multi-family to commercial pro-
fessional office (CPO) for a .488
acre parcel located at 111 N.E.
l1th Street owned by Muham-
mad Nooruddin;
the first reading of ordinance
to change the zoning of prop-
erty owned by the Okeechobee
County ARC located at 403 N.W
Second Ave. from CPO to public
use (PUB) to allow for the long-
standing use of the ARC facility to
continue;
the purchase of a one acre
parcel in the Okeechobee Com-
merce Park back from Mike and
Linda Holmes of Holmes Cabi-
nets in the amount that they had
previously purchased it minus the
expense to conclude the previous
sale of fill dirt from the city;
a motion to vacate the ease-
ment located at 1100 South Par-
rott Ave, formerly Captain D's in
order for the new owners to erect
a sign;
a motion to allow Elite Title,
311 N.E. Second St., use city right-
of-way in the 200 block of N.E.
Fourth Ave., for construction of
improved parking area which in-
cludes off-street parking; and
an extension to the time
for an easement to be drafted by
property owners David and Anita
Nunez on property across the
street from Burger King.
The council also appointed
city council members to two-year
appointments on various boards.


NOTICE

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County,
Florida is seeking persons to nominate for appointments to the
Children's Services Council.
The Council's duties are to provide and maintain such preven-
tative, developmental, treatment and rehabilitative services for chil-
dren as it determines necessary. It also allocates and provides funds
for other agencies in the county which operate for the benefit of chil-
dren.
The Board of County Commissioners will nominate at least
three (3) applicants each for four (4) appointments to be made by the
Governor.
A qualified applicant must have resided in Okeechobee County
for at least twenty-four (24) months prior to making application and
must complete a Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments form,
which may be obtained in the County Administration Office, 312 NW
3L Street, Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida. These must be submit-
ted no later than 4p.m. on January 30, 2009.

Clif Betts,Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners

Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners

Publish: Okeechobee News
January 9, 2009


tective, the barn was equipped
with special lighting, an irrigation
system and two air conditioning
units.
Detective Van Deman said he
has been assigned the shooting
portion of this case, and the nar-
cotics task force is investigating
the grow house.
He went on to say that the
shooting is still under investiga-
tion and that no arrests have been
made.


those rounds have not been re-
covered.
The victim suffered some
puncture wounds to his left thigh
and rib area from shrapnel, said
the detectives. He was treated
and released from Raulerson
Hospital.
The OCSO detectives said in-
formation gleaned from their in-
vestigation led them to Lopez.
Both detectives said they are
still trying to ascertain the identi-
ties of the other two men involved,
and that none of the weapons
used have been recovered.
If anyone has any information
about the shooting they are asked
to contact Detective Susan Mor-
rison at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, 863-763-4117.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, January 9, 2009 3


Burglary suspect faces more c


es


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man already in jail on charg-
es of burglary and assaulting
an elderly woman was arrested
Wednesday on additional charges
in connection with the November
2008 case.
Jason Thomas Adams, 24,
N.W Fourth Ave., was arrested
in the Okeechobee County Jail
on a warrant charging him with
dealing in stolen property (two
counts) and giving false infor
mation to a pawnbroker (two
counts). His total bond on these
charges has been set at $25,000.
Adams was originally arrested
on Nov. 25 by Deputy Matthew
Hurst in connection with the bur-
glary of a 79-year-old woman's
home on Nov. 24. He was charged
with grand theft, grand theft/
firearm, criminal mischief over
$1,000, aggravated assault on an
elderly person and armed bur-
glary. The charge of grand theft/
firearm has since been dropped.
Records at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
show that his total bond on those
charges has been set at $136,000.

Man accused

of using a

baseball bat

as a weapon
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was slightly
injured when he tried to protect anoth
er man from being struck from behind
with a baseball bat.
Jerry Breeden,
69, N.E. Seventh
Lane, was arrested
Monday, Jan. 5,
and charged with
the felony of aggra
vated II. He
was booked into
the Okeechobee Jerry
County Jail under a Breeden
bond of $15,000.
A check of jail records Tuesday af
ternoon, Jan. 6, indicated that Breeden
had been released after posting bond.
Deputy Sarah Green of the Okeecho
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
stated that she went to a residence on
N.E. Seventh ....I ..i i. i..,. 6p.m.
Monday and found a man with a con
tusion under his left eye. The deputy's
report indicated that the man had been
doing some work in the home.
Her report goes on to say that
Breeden became enraged at his room
mate, who was cooking dinner, and
was yelling and cursing him. The room
mate, not wanting to argue, turned
away from Breeden and went back to
preparing dinner.
Then Breeden allegedly picked up
the bat and began to swing it at his
roommate's back. The worker then
stepped in and prevented Breeden from
hitting the roommate, stated Deputy
Green.
At this point, Breeden aimed his an
ger at the worker and reportedly struck
him with the bat. Ti, .i. .i.. .1i .i ii, i,
Breeden then put the bat down and be
gan punching the worker with his fists.
Deputy Green said there was visible
injury to the worker's left eye.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested after he reportedly hit a
woman numerous times and
forced her from her home at knife
point.
Theodore L. Mayes, 32, N.E.
15th St., was arrested Friday, Jan.
2, on felony charges of burglary/
battery within, false imprison-
ment and aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $75,000.
When the female victim re-
fused to let Mayes into her home


Jennifer Kristine Conner, 24,
N.W Fourth Ave., was also ar-
rested by Deputy
Hurst for her re-
ported connec-
tion with the No-
vemberburglary.
She was charged
with grand theft,
armed burglary
and grand theft/
firearm. Records Jan
indicate that the ason
grand theft/fire- Adams
arm charge has been dropped.
Conner is still being held in
the county jail under a bond of
$110,000,
According to OCSO Detective
Ted Van Deman the couple was
charged with breaking into the
woman's home and taking over
$1,000 worth of various items.
The detective said when the
victim returned home shortly be-
fore 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24,
she saw a vehicle parked in her
carport. Because she didn't know
who the car belonged to, she be-
gan to honk her horn. A white
female, later identified as Conner,
then looked out the front room
window.


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Friday he reportedly broke out
a window to her bedroom and
pulled out a window air condition-
ing unit, stated
an arrest report
by Deputy Ja-
son Hickman of
the Okeechobee

Office (OCSO).
The woman
then agreed-1
to speak with Theodore L.
him at a door, Mayes
but when she
opened the door, Mayes allegedly
forced his way inside.
At this point, states the report,
he hit the woman several times


Because the elderly woman
did not know the young woman,
she backed her car to the end
of the driveway and blocked the
driveway with her silver 1998
Mercury.
She then waved down a Fed
Ex delivery man who contacted
the sheriff's office.
Before a deputy could arrive,
said the detective, Adams and
Conner came out of the home
and got into their red 1994 Dodge
Intrepid and tried to flee. Howev-
er, they could not leave since the
woman had blocked the drive-
way.
"The suspects demanded
that she remove her car, but she
refused," said Detective Van De-
man.
He went on to say that the
woman put her hands on the
hood of the Dodge and told the
suspects that they weren't going
anywhere.
But, Adams gunned the Intrep-
id's motor and as the car lurched
forward the victim had to jump
out of the way to keep from get-
ting run over, said the detective.
Adams then rammed his car into
the woman's Mercury, pushed it


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in the face with his fist and threw
her onto the bed and would not
let her up. After a period of time,
he forced the woman to leave
the home and get into his pickup
truck while he held a butcher
knife, the report continued.
As they drove around the
neighborhood Mayes yelled at
the woman and hit her, said the
deputy's report.
Deputy Hickman said the
woman was finally able to call
9-1-1 when Mayes went into an-
other room in the house.
According to the report, the
victim had severe swelling and
discoloration to her right eye.


FWC uncovers illegal fish sales


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A long-term investigation has
led to the arrest of a Martin Coun-
ty man who is accused of illegally
buying and selling fish in St. Lu-
cie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach,
Glades and Hendry counties, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission reports.
Tracey D. White, 47, of Stu-
art allegedly purchased over 100
pounds of freshwater fish from an
undercover FWC investigator and
has been charged with the illegal
buying and selling of fish.


The arrest report from Inves-
tigator Kurt Harris and Officer
David Burnsed said White was
stopped near Belle Glade on U.S.
441 on November 24th after offi-
cers received information that the
suspect would be enroute to sell
saltwater products.
FWC officials said the truck
bore a red and white sign on
both doors that advertised fresh
fish. White also admitted that
he bought and sold fish. He was
cited for failure to carry required
invoices for the fish and was also
charged with the purchase of
black crappie without a retail li-


cense for an incident on April 23,
2008, in Hendry County.
During the traffic stop authori-
ties said they found White had
red snapper, grouper, yellow tail
snapper, blue crab and oysters in
seven large coolers.
White was also cited for no re-
tail fish dealer's license for a viola-
tion on March 24, 2008 in Moore
Haven. In that case White is ac-
cused of selling saltwater fish to
an undercover agent.
FWC officials said White had
been under investigation by their
agency since March, 2008 for the
illegal sale of saltwater fish.


out of the way and fled the scene,
the investigator added.
The delivery man tried to fol-
low the couple, but was unable
to keep up in his truck.
Sometime later Deputy Hurst
received information that the
Dodge could be found at a
Whispering Pines home. When
he went to the home shared
by Adams and Conner, Detec-
tive Van Deman said the deputy
found a red Dodge with body
damage and silver paint transfer
that matched the color of the
victim's Mercury.
Deputy Hurst also learned
that the Dodge had recently
been painted red and that there
had been no damage to the ve-
hicle at that time.
After getting a search war-
rant, deputies recovered many
of the items reportedly stolen
from the woman's home, said
the detective.
"He had already pawned
some of the items at a local
pawn shop," said Detective Van
Deman. "We have a hold on
those items at the pawn shop."
The detective said the couple


Convicted killer moved to


prison closer to family


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A process called "an Interstate
Compact" has benefited a former
Okeechobee man who was con-
victed of murder in 1986.
Richard White, 39, is no longer
serving his sentence for first de-
gree murder in the Florida Prison
system.
White was convicted along
with another teenager at the
time, Troy Scott, now 40, in the
Aug. 5, 1985 murder of Valentine


Meserve, 87. The
teens beat the
elderly woman
to death with a
rifle butt after
she caught them
burglarizing
and ransacking Richard
her Okeecho- White
bee home. The
two teenagers were neighbors of
the elderly widow and knew the
woman had a number of valu-
able antiques in her South Parrott
Avenue home.


Both men were later sentenced
to life in prison. White served the
first 15 years of his sentence in the
Florida prison system, but was al-
lowed to transfer out of the facility
in March, 2000. He is now serving
his time at Two Rivers Correction-
al Institution in Umatilla, Oregon.
Gretl Plessinger, spokesperson
for the Florida Department of Cor-
rections said some inmates get the
chance to be near family when
they serve their sentences, even if
the families live out of state.
"We have contracts with 41
states. Inmates are sent to other
states to be near family or for pro-
tective custody," she said.
Ms. Plessinger said as of De-
cember 2008, there are 172 in-
mates who are serving sentences
in other states under the interstate
compact system. It is a relatively
small number as there are over
100,000 inmates in the Florida
prison system. There are 148 in-
mates from other states that are
serving part or all of their prison
sentences in Florida.
"As for inmate White, it ap-
peared he requested the transfer
to Oregon for visitation purposes.
Inmates must have a family mem-
ber in the proposed state and
both the sending and receiving
state must approve the transfer,"
she added.v


also threw a large amount of
costume jewelry into Chandler
Slough. That jewelry has been
recovered.
"He knew the heat was on
and he was trying to get rid of
it," Detective Van Deman said.
It should be noted that Ad-
ams was arrested Sept. 26, 2008,
on a warrant by Deputy Hurst
that charged him with fraudu-


lent use of a credit card. Officer
Jack Boon, of the Okeechobee
City Police Department, applied
for the arrest warrant.
Because he has since been
arrested and charged in con-
nection with the November
burglary, the bond on the credit
card charge has been revoked
and Adams is now being held
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4 OPINION


Okeechobee News, Friday, January 9, 2009


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Surviving
SURVIVING TOUGH TIMES: Surviving right now it is tough. I
have a job, working 60 hours a week, but since I'm paid commission
and sales are very slow, I have been late on rent, and have come very
close to becoming homeless. This month's rent will be late again,
and actually have no idea when I will get it. Christmas came from the
Dollar Tree. I eat very cheap. Make a pot of Chile or a Meatloaf and
eat it all week. One meal a day. I could qualify for assistance, but pride
keeps me from applying. These are tough times, but what dose not
kill us makes us stronger. We just have to hang in there, and hope for
change to come soon.
ECONOMY: It seems the American dream is again that, a dream,
that may possibly be achieved by repeating the values of our grand-
fathers, before greed turned widespread and affected the masses, a
simpler time. I have always lived frugally and will continue to do so
even through retirement, when it's that time, a lifestyle I enjoy. I wish
the best for everyone. Voting out the offending parties will have to
be a concentrated effort by the masses over time, if there is any left
before a total collapse an effort to bring them to answer for any trans-
gressions. Hopefully will be undertaken, but it seems the wolf is still
guarding the sheep.

Gay adoption ban
KIDS NEED HOMES: I think if they are adoptable let the gay
adopt. No one else is stepping up to the plate.
PARENTS: I think there are some points to be made about chil-
dren missing the male/female figure (which ever isn't there). I do
see that as an issue of any child missing a father or mother. Children
raised by single parents, whether by choice or widowed, often say
they wish they had the mother/father figure they had been missing,
and those figure are extremely important in ones life. I do not believe
a man can take the mother role or vice versa. However, if done right,
children can be raised the right way without that figure, as many fami-
lies have been forced to do since the beginning of time. The mother/
father figure doesn't necessarily have to be the Mom or Dad, it can be
an aunt, a godmother, an uncle etc. Also, we don't ban single parents
from being parents. We don't ban single women from getting sperm
donors or surrogates. For decades gay couples have been able to use
both to have children, and social services doesn't seem to see this as
a negative. There will always be parents, gay or straight, who mess up
a relationship with their children. That will happen everywhere. I feel
horrible for children in foster care who would in fact get a family if gay
adoption was allowed, and instead age out of the system (which can
be a LOT worse than missing a mother/father). I think it is time we
actually looked at what is best for children. Having a home, or never
knowing what a family means.
LAW: The way I understand this, Florida still has the law on the
books prohibiting gays from adopting, but gays are allowed to be
foster parents. In the Miami case, a man who had been fostering two
brothers for four years was finally allowed to adopt the boys. But the
judge's ruling has already been challenged. So it may be up to the
Florida Supreme Court to determine if the 1977 Florida law banning
gays from adopting is Constitutional.
IS THERE A STUDY: Is the subject of gay parenting/straight par-
enting so new that studies have not been done? I am wondering if
there are any cases where children have been raised in a homosexual
family, grown up, and then been interviewed as to what they thought
about the whole situation.

New Year's resolutions
FOR THE COUNTY: I hope the county leaders take the time nec-
essary to listen to the people in the community, take into consider-
ation what the community wants to see happen. I would hope they
will use good sound judgement when they make decisions.
COME TOGETHER: Mine is that everyone get over the election,
we need to come together as a nation and support our pres to be. The
only way for us to make things better is to come together as ONE!
MADE TO BE BROKEN: I don't have a resolution, but I have a
thought about resolutions. Back in my younger years I would make
a resolution to stop using profanities when I speak, and to try and
withdraw from associations with the type of people who seem to
drag the profanities out of me. I could never make it work, so I don't
bother trying anymore. I am what I am, and although improvement
is always good, I can't seem to get myself beyond getting involved
where I see BS going on which disgusts me. I guess resolutions are
made to be broken right?
BUY AMERICAN: Well for one thing I'm going to try to be more
aware of the things I buy like buying more American. The first thing
on my list is a Harley. Can't wait.

Santa on the fire truck
KIDS NEED SANTA: I am reading that someone was complain-
ing about the fire trucks taking Santa around town. I have lived and
worked and paid my taxes in Okeechobee my whole life. I know and
understand that we are in a recession. That's one of the reasons I
think it was a great idea. Because of the financial state we are in right
now that might be the only good thing for Christmas a child might
get. You never know. My grandparents lived through the depression
and they always told me it was the little things that mattered the most.
This just might be that little thing that mattered the most to a child.
So please stop complaining and look at the bigger picture. And let the
children have this little thing to remember in this time we are in. I will
keep paying for it.
TRADITION: Santa on the fire truck is a tradition in Okeechobee
and I think the expense for the gasoline is well worth it. Kids really get
a thrill out of seeing Santa and seeing a fire truck. I think it is worth-
while to hold onto our community traditions. It is something kids re-
member all their lives. I believe they use an antique fire truck for this
-- one they use for parades. So it is not tying up a fire truck that would
be needed should there be an emergency at that time.
NOSTALGIA: I think it is awesome that they still carry on with the
tradition of Santa on the firetruck. We have plenty of firetrucks in case
there is an emergency. The use of one fire truck isn't going to put the
citizens of Okeechobee in danger. It was a very nostalgic moment
when I stood with my 13-month-old son and waved to Santa as he
drove by. With all the stress of life, this is a nice little treat.

Driver who hit deputy has license revoked


JUSTICE: I think the judge's ruling was very sensible. The man
left the scene of an accident in which a person was seriously injured.
He left the deputy lying in the street, bleeding. He should not be al-
lowed to drive again ever. He is not to be trusted behind the wheel
of a car. Giving him probation and community service also makes
sense. What good would it do to put an 84-year-old man in jail? It
would just be another expense for the taxpayers. I don't think he is a
danger to anyone as long as he is not behind the wheel of a car. As for
the accident, I would not be surprised if they filed a civil suit against
the driver and/or his insurance company for the damage to the mo-
torcycle and the deputies' medical expenses. I think he should have
to pay those bills, but that is civil rather than a criminal matter.
SENTENCING: Sounds good to me, but how is he going to drive
home?


Letters to the Editor

Praying for thief for you to change your lifestyle in
the future.
I want to say "Thank you" to the future.
the young lady who took my bill- I hope the $250 you took went
fold from my purse in the Clock to feed your children. You know
restroom, for not destroying my who you are and God knows who
I.D. cards, medicare, credit and you're.
debit as well as voter registration Sincerely,
and fishing license, etc.
When I saw you smile at me as Lela West
I entered the bathroom, I did not P.S. The P.O. mailed my billfold
take you for a thief. My prayers are to me.

Community Calendar

Friday, Jan. 9
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
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is 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, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 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. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
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, Jan. 10
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church ofOkeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
information.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon; NA.
Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.


Submitted photo/Pet Rescue

Adopt a pet
Wicki, an orange tabby cat, is a neutered male, about 7
months old, with all shots, and tested neg. for feline leu-
kemia. He was an outside cat and is now inside and still
a little nervous, but gets along with other cats very well.
Adoption fee is $75. His brother Leonard looks just like
him, Adopt one or both! for more information, contact Hu-
mane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863 532-1110 To see
more available animals go to PETFINDER.COM. Homes
are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a
permanent adoptive home.




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City is trying to cut expenses


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
India Riedel, the City Finance
Department director, presented
the amended 2008 and revised
2009 budgets to the City Council
on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
During the 2008 fiscal year
revenues and expenditures were
amended to reflect the exact
year-end total of $9,142,016. This
amendment was made possible
due to the departments scruti-
nizing their expenditures which
created a decrease in line item ex-
penses within each department.
This is called the Cost Savings
Reduction Plan. Numbers were
reported for the quarter of 2008
for October through December.
In the cost reduction plan each
department identified areas of
immediate concern. One are of
concern was the citywide elec-
tricity bill.
According to reports, the ac-
tions of staff such as making sure
that lights are turned off, tempera-
ture settings are set appropriately


and equipment is turned off when
not in use reflected a reduction in
kilowatt hours of 13,862, which
equaled a total savings of $9,843
for a three month period.
Another area of cost reduction
was in fuel consumption, which
is a key issue for the Police De-
partment and the Public Works
Department. During those same
three months, the OCPD had re-
duced their fuel use by 1019 gal-
lons and the Public Works has
reduced their fuel use by 336 gal-
lons.
At the cost of $1.63 per gallon
(which was the cost per gallon on
the day the memorandum was
created) the savings during that
quarter was $2,209.
A phone audit was also per-
formed at City Hall and the Fire
Department which realized a re-
duction in six phone lines which
awarded the city with a reduc-
tion in expense for the quarter of
$958.
If these costs are continued
throughout an entire year, the


annualized savings would be ap-
proximately $52,000.
While this news was definitely
pleasant to the council, the reality
is that the Legislative Committee
on Intergovernmental Relations
(LCIR) is currently meeting and is
expected to decrease the sales tax
estimates again as well as the fuel
tax revenue estimates.
Up until this point the city has
remained ahead of the game as
far as making cutbacks and pre-
paring for the worst as far as the
budget is concerned. According
to Mrs. Riedel, the city has not
been relegated to fund expenses
from reserves. However, future
LCIR amendments may force the
city to do so.
Some ways that the city has
already amended their budget are
categorized in three areas: public
facilities improvements; capital
project improvements; and capi-
tal project vehicles.
In public facilities improve-
ments fund additional sidewalk
improvements will be made and


the removal of a dump truck and
hybrid emergency vehicle from
the budget.
In the capital project improve-
ments fund the city has had a
transfer of sale of capital assets
and added a 20 percent match for
the radio system throughout the
county administered grant. The
city has also purchased back an
acre in the City Commerce Park
and has chosen to purchase a
Ford Escape for Code Enforce-
ment rather than a Crown Victo-
ria which is more cost effective.
In capital projects-vehicles, the
city will amend the number of ve-
hicles purchased to 17 Crown Vic-
torias and five Dodge Chargers.
The council members were
encouraged by the continued
efforts of the city staff and com-
mended them on their efforts to
budget tightly within each area of
their offices.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Speckled Perch Pageant deadline extended


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce 41st annual Speckled
Perch Pageant will be held on
Saturday, Jan. 17, the KOA Kamp-
ground Convention Center.
The deadline for applications
and fees has been extended. A
final deadline has yet to be es-
tablished. Applications can be
picked up at the Chamber office,
55 S. Parrott Ave.
There are now six categories
for girls: Tiny Miss, 2 to 3 year olds;
Little Miss, 4 to 6 year olds; Prin-
cess, 6 to 8 years old; Junior Miss


9 through 12 years old; and Teen
Miss 13 to 15 and Miss Speckled
Perch, 16 to 19 years old. The age
groups have changed this year
and separated the categories to
narrow the age groups.
Categories for boys are Tiny
Mister for 3 year olds and Little
Mister for 4 and 5 year olds.
Admission fee for the pageant
is $5; children age 11 and under
will be admitted free. The parents
of the contestants will receive free
admission.
The Chamber is also accept-
ing applications for the Speckled
Perch Parade. The parade will be


held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10
am. Applications are available at
the Chamber office.
The 40th annual Speckled
Perch Festival will be held Satur-
day and Sunday, Feb. 10-11.
Applications are also avail-
able for the 40th Annual Speck-
led Perch Festival. The Chamber
welcomes all non-profit arts and
crafts vendors and retail busi-
nesses to join them for their event
in Flagler Park. There is a reserva-
tion fee of $75 for non-profit arts
& crafts booths and can include
bake sale items.
The fee for non-profit food


booths is $171.20. A reservation
fee of $100 is required for retail
booths for promotion of sale of
retail items. The fee for commer-
cial food vendors is $267.50. This
fee is collected at the time your
reservation is made. Rules do ap-
ply and are available at the Cham-
ber office.
For more information about
the Speckled Perch Pageant,
Speckled Perch Parade or the
Speckled Perch Festival, contact
the Chamber at 863-763-6464.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


The Main Street Clipboard


A great big welcome to the
newest members of Okeechobee
Main Street:
Corporate Member: Sam's
Club, 1750 SW Gatlin Blvd, Port
St. Lucie
Business Member: Cowboys
BBQ & Steaks, 402 S.W Third
Street.
Friend Member: Betty Ireland
The Arts & Cultural Committee
will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 14,
5:15 p.m. at the Main Street office.
If you're interested in becoming a
part of the event planning process
of Main Street, come join us.
Mark your calendars, Okeecho-
bee Main Street's first mixer of
2009 will be held on Tuesday,
Jan. 13. The January mixer will
be hosted by Raulerson Hospital
and will be held at their Com-
pany Care Office 1930 Hwy 441
North in the blue top building just
north of the hospital. There will
be refreshments, door prizes and
a new beginning for the Mega
50/50 raffle that will be drawn in
December 2009. This is a great
networking opportunity for all.
Okeechobee Main Street's
The Top of the Lake BBQ Affair
will be held Friday and Saturday,


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Jan. 23 and 24 at the Agri-Civic
Center on Hwy 70 East. This year
we are hosting the FBA Florida
State Championship. For more
information or to register go to
our website at www.mainstreeto-
keechobee.com or call 863-357-
6246.
Okeechobee Main Street will
kick off the New Year with a Mem-
bership Drive Contest. Those who
wish to participate will be given
Okeechobee Main Street brochure
applications. You will stamp your
business name on the brochure
and give it to patrons who come
into your business. When they are
returned to the Main Street office
by the patron for membership the
patron will be given a ticket for a
chance to win a monthly drawing
for a prize equivalent to $50, they
will also be given a membership
decal that has the Main Street
logo and the words "MEMBER-
I SHOP OKEECHOBEE on it. The
Business Member or Member that
brings in the most new members
will receive the following year's
membership free; the free mem-
bership prize will be equivalent to
the current year's membership.
If you would like to participate


in our 2009 membership drive
please call me so I can get the
brochures to you.
The Okeechobee County Fair
has a 10-day pass on sale for the
2009 County Fair for only $30! The
2009 Okeechobee County Fair
will be held March 13 through
the 22. Passes can be purchased
at Okeechobee Main Street 111
NE 2nd Avenue, call 357-6246 or
at Syble's Flowers and Gifts 119
S. Parrott Avenue, call 763-2225.
This year's fair will include the
second annual Miss Okeechobee
County Fair Beauty Pageant open
to girls age 15- 19, the Seminole
Heritage Show, the Okeecho-
bee Cattleman's Spring Rodeo,
Okeechobee Idol, Bike Show,
Livestock Show, Pig Races, Blue
Grass Music, A Demolition Derby
and lots of food and rides on the
midway.
The Healthy Start Coalition
invites you to be part of the larg-
est team in town for the March
for Babies. The March of Dimes


sponsors the March for Babies
in hopes of raising funds that will
support the fight for babies. Join
them today by calling 863-462-
5877. Participants are required to
raise $25 in donations and pur-
chase a team t-shirt for $10.
CAN YOU OUTSHOOT A CAT-
TLEWOMAN? Find out Jan. 10:
Sporting Clay Fun Shoot 100 Tar-
gets Five Stand Ladies and Youth
Contest 25 Targets. This event will
be held at Quail Creek Plantation
and will begin at 8:30 a.m. There
will be awards and a raffle for a
brand new Beretta AL391 Urika
211 12 Gauge Semi Automatic
Shotgun (need not be present to
win). For registration or raffle tick-
ets call Melissa Montes DeOca at
863-634-7712 or Wendy Petteway
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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 9, 2009


Obituaries


Community Events


Obituaries should be submit
ted to the Okeechobee News by
e-mailing obits@newszap.com.
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at www.newszap.com.
John David Godfrey, 64
LORIDA- John David Godfrey,
died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2009, in
Tamarac. He was 64.
Born July 18, 1944 in Toronto
Canada, he had been a resident of
Florida since 1970 and was on the
Board of Director of Hidden Acres
Estates, and was a partner in the
business of Universal Electric of
Florida, Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara
A. Godfrey, of Lorida; son, Braden
Alan Godfrey (Veronica), of Coral
Springs; brother, Robert Lewis God-
frey of Barrie, Ontario Canada; sis-
ter, Catherine L. Carver (James), of
Tallahassee; and a host of nieces in
the United States, Canada, and Aus-
tralia.
The family will receive friends from
11 a.m. until service time of 12 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel, 110 N.E. 5th
S t., ( i.. . .i ..I,, ,
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Leonard Comstock, 79
OKEECHOBEE Leonard Com-
stock, of ('i., i passed away
on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. He was
79.
He is survived by his wife, Linda;
sons, Willie Comstock of Michigan.
Paul Bartel of Ohio; daughters, Ve-
ronica Helcher of Ohio, Deanna
Beals of Michigan, Teresa Carpenter
of Washington, Rhonda Comstock
of Nebraska; brothers, Ralph, Ge-
rald, Clinton, Ronnie and Dale; sis-
ters, Maxine, Rosie and Millie.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Almond and Eleanor; and
his brother, Dennis.
A 11:15 a.m. Military Service with
Army, Navy and Air Force honors
will be held at National Veterans Ce-
metery in Lake Worth, Monday, Jan.
12, 2009.


Carl Logan Reynolds, 86
OKEECHOBEE Carl Logan Re-
ynolds, a 25 year resident, died
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in the VA
Medical Center of West Palm Beach.
He was 86.
Retired from Local Union 190 in
Ann Arbor, Mich., Mr. Reynolds
served in the U.S. Army during
World War II, was in the Battle of
The Buldge in Germany, and hon-
ored with the Purple Heart. He was
a member of the Church of Christ,
and interests included hunting and
fishing.
He was preceded in death by his
wife, Tennie; wife, Dolores, the
mother of his children; seven broth-
ers; and three sisters.
He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey
A. Reynolds (Lori), of Grass Lake,
Mich., and Jonathan M. Reynolds, of
Livermore, Calif.; daughters, Joy E.
Nelson (Stephen), of Pleasant Lake,
Mich., Karen L. Warthen (Barry), of
Los Alamos, N.M., Lucinda E. Spes-
sard (Jerry), of Ardmore, Okla., Don-
na G. Lantis (John), Aimee V
Hegadorn, all of Fredericksburg, Va.,
and Stephanie R. Hale, of Chelsea,
Mich; 17 grandchildren; and 11
great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Buxton Fu-
neral Home on Saturday, Jan. 10,
2009 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at
which time a service will be con-
ducted with Pastor Mike Schmidt, of
the Church of Christ in Port St. Lu-
cie, officiating.
Additional services and interment
will take place at Washtenog Memo-
rial Park in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the VA
Medical Center % The Fisher House,
7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm
Beach, FL 33410.
Local arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home, where online condo-
lences can be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
Michigan arrangements will be
conducted by Cole Funeral Home in
Chelsea.


Highlands Social Dance
Highlands Social Dance Club
hosts ballroom dancing on Friday,
Jan. 9, from 7 until 9:30 p.m. at
the Sebring Lions Club Parkway.
Music will be provided by the very
popular Golden Era Big Band.
Free ballroom dance instruc-
tion is available at 6:30 p.m.
Dance the night away to waltzes,
cha-chas, foxtrots, rumbas, jit-
terbug and other ballroom favor-
ites. All club dances are open to
the public. Appropriate dress re-
quired. Admission is $5 and $7 for
non-members. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-471-0559.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a Huge 3-day-first of the year
yard sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick
Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on,
Friday Jan. 9, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and Saturday Jan. 10, 8 a.m. until
noon. Many new items available
all monies raised will go towards
patient care here in Okeechobee,
including services provided at The
Hamrick Home. For information,
call Cathy at 863-467-2321.


Sorority to host
benefit yard sale
Beta Sigma Phi Theta Omicron
Chapter will host their annual ben-
efit yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 10
at the Red Top Flea Market across
from Home Depot. All proceeds
from the sale will go to local schol-
arships. For more information,
please contact Loraine Moore at
863-467-6728.

DAR to meet
The National Society, Daughters
of the American Revolution has
changed it's regular meeting place
from the Oakview Baptist Church
to the Okeechobee County Public
Library. We will normally be meet-
ing on the first Saturday of each
month September through May
but for the month of January ONLY
we will be meeting on Jan. 10, the
second Saturday at the library.

Church to hold yard sale
Believer's Fellowship Church
will hold a benefit yard sale on
Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. un-
til noon. The church is located at
300 S.W Sixth Ave, Okeechobee.
The sale will feature an organ, of-
fice furniture, baby clothes, toys,
dresses, jeans, shoes, lamps and
much more. For further informa-
tion, please call Pansy Campbell at
863-697-2570.


Memorial service to be held Director, Kay Begin at the Coali
-
oit n office at 863-462-5877


A memorial service to cel
ebrate the life of Murray C. Yates,
who passed away on Friday, Aug.
29, 2008 at the age of 77, will be
held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the
Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159
N.W 36th St. It will begin at 2 p.m.
Murray was a member of the Loyal
Order of the Moose from 1965 until
his death. He was a Legionnaire,
Past Governor and Fellow within
the lodge. Family and friends are
invited to attend.

AYCE breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W
Fifth St. will hold an all you can eat
(AYCE) breakfast on Sunday, Jan.
11 from 8 until 11 a.m. Breakfast
is $5.

Healthy Start Coalition
to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali
tion will meet on Wednesday, Jan.
14, at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W 28th St. within the New En
deavors School Building. This meet
ing is open to the public. For more
information please call Executive


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Round Table
Discussion planned
Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. until
noon the Okeechobee County
Planning and Development De-
partment will hold a Round Table
Discussion at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center, 1750 Hwy 98
North. There is no charge for the
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Early Learning
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Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin & Okeechobee
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County Provider/Advisory Council
Meeting will be Wednesday, Jan.
14, at noon at the American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue,
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Service Club News


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 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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"
11 a.m. 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.

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 U.S. 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 p.m. 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 holds their meetings
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 U.S. 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.
* Mondays: 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
p.m.
* 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.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:30
p.m. 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.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in 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
2 p.m.
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 p.m.
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. On Jan.
11, members and friends are welcome to
come sing, dance or just listen to music by
Lisa from 5 to 9 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: Dinnerby 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 rolls will be served
from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
* Sunday: 5:15 p.m. 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
a.m. 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 p.m.
on weekends.
* Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6
p.m. 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 12:45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8 p.m.


* Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. 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 7:30 p.m. The
club is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the club at
(863) 763-3378, Mac Simpson at 863-763-
8650 or Elma Yates at 863-697-2765
* They are now open two days a week.
Specials are:
* Tuesday: 4 until 9 p.m. Spaghetti
dinner donations only; music from 6 until
9 p.m.; happy hour 4 until 6 p.m.
* Friday: TGIF 4 until 9 p.m.; dinner for
$7.50 donation; happy hour 4 until 6 p.m.;
music from 6 until 9 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
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Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can
be found by visiting www.foe4509.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 heqinninq at 5'on m.
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Sporting Goods 705
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RINGER WASHER Antique, in
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are green & beige. Excellent
condition $350. Or best of-
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round table 2 china cabinets
$150/firm. (561)790-3681
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bench/weight set 3001b
weight set $350.
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GOOD CONDITION CALL
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SAGE $200. (863)763-3631
WOOLEY SHED 14 X 22 A/C
Auto garage door, paid
$9500 will sell for $5000
Neg. (863)697-3108


YORKIE 2 12 week old fe-
males with papers and shots
$800 Firm, Ready to go!
(863)467-0218


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



BOSE CINEMATE Home thea-
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the box. Great Christmas gift!
$400. (863)763-2692


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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




(2) ZTR Commercial Mowers -
Bunton 50 inch cut 1 good &
1 for parts call 4 info
$2500/neg. (863)697-2032
GOOSENECK 8 x 24 20ft flat-
bed 4ft dovetail,ramps,good
tires,elec brakes,Okee
$2800/neg. (863)697-2032


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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
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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




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$800 + $300 sec. Call
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STUDIO APT Furn, full bath &
kit, use of deck/boat house
for small boat, heated pool,
incl elec/cable $850 mo.,
Seasonal. Suitable for retir-
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month.
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OAK LAKE VILLAS #17- 2/2,
Irg bdrms, W&D incld,
$800/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. (863)467-5965
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$650 + electric. Annual
lease. Also avail for short term
seasonal rental 215-359-7779


BASSWOOD '05, CBS, 3/2
on 37th, fenced yard, all tile,
$900/mo (561)662-9644
BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED -
Ancient Oaks, 2/1, 55+ com-
munity, new stove, new fridge,
52" TV, Annually $650/mo.
Seasonal $900 mo.
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BHR LAKE ACCESS 2/1 Im-
maculate, Furn, $500 mo an-
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No pets/smokers, one room
apt $400 mo. Annually.
(863)763-6086
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3/2, 2 car
garage, W/D, Screened
porch w/Hot tub, Pets OK,
$1200/mo (863)634-5236
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3br, 2ba,
front screen porch, hot tub,
W/D, pets okay, $850/mo
(863)634-5236
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
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Call 863-467-7838 or
239-989-8892
KINGS BAY 2/2/1, 2000
CBS, W/D, Pool, Tennis,
lawn maint incl., non-smok-
er, 863-801-9163, $900 mo
OKEE- 2/1 CBS by15B
furnished, carpeting, new a/c,
enclosed porch, with W/D.
Shed, $875/mo inclds water
(786) 201-0306
OKEE. 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/Aheat, screen
porch, carport. $925 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air Lazy 7 area.
1st, last & sec.
863-467-2541
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs. Re-
duced $1000/mo+ Dep only
needed (863)634-9139

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MOORE HAVEN- Furn. rm,
A/C, Dish Satellite, Movie
channels, Util incl $125. wk.
$125. Sec dep (863)946-0355


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 Wanted 1065
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
TREASURE ISLAND 1981
SWMH 2/1, Fully furn, beau-
tiful lot, $67,000 Preferred
Properties, Debra Pinson
863-801-9163



SPENCER TENN-3.9 ACRES In
Hawk's Bluff Subdivision,
Best Bluff lot available lot
154 go to www.visit-
land.com for more info.
$102.500 (561)743-2093


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


BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
Rent: 2/1 apartment. Unit
newly remodeled. Located
12 minutes north of Okee-
chobee on Equestrian
Ranch. Monthly water, trash
& lawn maintenance includ-
ed. No Pets! $495 Move in
special. M-F (863)467-2982
DOUBLEWIDE 2/2 Unfur-
nished mobile home, screen
porch in quiet neighborhood.
Call (863)634-7231
KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES -
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. Dep negotiable.
(863)467-8062
MOBILE HOME 100 Ft. Wa-
terfront, Close to shopping.
$400 mo. + util. Call
(863)763-7262 for info.
OKEE 2/2, Very nice w/lot!
9317 SE 57th Dr, $55K or
$700/mth. 772-597-2098 or
561-234-6470.
OKEECHOBEE-2Bd/1.5 ba,
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $600 mo. Will lease
with option @ $55,000.
(863)634-3451



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
OKEE 2/2, Very nice w/lot!
9317 SE 57th Dr, $55K or
$700/mth. 772-597-2098 or
561-234-6470.
OKEECHOBEE Db Wide, on
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Util
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond., 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
(217)652-1238
WATERFRONT Neer Okee-
tantie, Furn 2/1 Like New 24
x 55 Park Model, Screen
room, 40 x 24 Covered Car
port, Dock & Small Deck
$125.000 Negotiable
(859)771-9343

Recreation



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



OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft. w/
Trailer $300 FIRM
(863)763-0812


JAYCO 1999, 27' MINI
MOTORHOME- V10 Ford en-
gine, 4 new tires, very low
miles, needs some repairs,
best offer gets it. can see at
4012 SW 11th way-Okee
$9,999 (863)634-5487
MOTORHOME-32 Ft. 1999
Coachman-Gas Generator,
Slideout, Good Cond. 21k
miles $28,000 OBO Can be
seen at 2347 SE 32nd St.
TCI (863)824-6799 or
561-662-6576

TRAIL-LITE BANTAM '99 -
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031


SUZUKI 650 1986 Good
Condition. $1400/or best of-
fer (863)675-0246



POLARIS SPORTSMAN 450
2007 Runs good $4500/or
best offer (239)464-4249
(863)675-3714


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-193
MEECORP CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC.,
a New Jersey limited liability company,
Plaintiff
vs.
DRY LAKE DEVELOPMENTS, INC., a Florida corporation; 3D DEVELOPMENT SER-
VICES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; WINSOME JACKSON; M H FUNDING
& INVESTMENTS LLC, a Florida limited liability 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 Florida corporation;
Third Party Plaintiff
vs.
HOPE R 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
WAJID, and JAWAD BAIG (as to Lot 60), SALVADOR Y BORTONE (as to Lot 61),
BRUCE GOLDSTEIN and PAMELA GOLDSTEIN (as to Lot 64), VYACHESLAV 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 Florida limited liability company (as to Lot 86,
DIAMOND TOUCH, LLC., a Florida limited liability company (asto Lot 87),
Third-Party Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: Daniel Sanovei
Dwaine Shaw, Registered Agent of The Okeechobee Group, LLC
Jawad Baig
Paul Brettman aka Paul Breytman
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a construction lien under
Chapter 713, Florida Statutes on the following described property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
All of Hudson Lake Ranches, an unrecorded plat, with 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-
fense, if 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-
lief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on this 16th day of December, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTYCLERK
304637 ON 12/19,26/081/2,9/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1036: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING LAND DEVELOP-
MENT REGULATIONS, ORDINANCE NO. 716 AS AMENDED, SECTIONS 90-35,
90-39 AND 90-40 THEREOF, WHICH SECTIONS REGULATE NONCONFORMING
STRUCTURES AND THEIR USE; REQUIRING THAT UPON TRANSFER, EXTENSION
OR REPAIR OF A NONCONFORMING USE, THAT OFF STREET PARKING REQUIRE-
MENTS BE AMENDED TO PERMIT THE OWNER TO CONTINUE THE NUMBER OF
EXISTING PARKING SPACES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO REQUIRE
UPGRADING A PARKING LOT TO MINIMUM STANDARDS TO INCLUDE PAVERS;
AND TO REQUIRE COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT PARKING CODE REGULATIONS
IF THE OWNER COMMENCES A NEW AND MORE INTENSIVE USE OF THE PROP-
ERTY THAT WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF REQUIRED PARKING OF SPAC-
ES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
n the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are forthe sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
pror to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
306551 ON 1/9/09


Public Notices

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a meeting of the
Executive Committee to which all per-
sons are invited:
Date & Time: Friday, January 16,
2009- 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
PURPOSE: To discuss matters con-
cerning the Workforce Investment Act,
Workorce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
tacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording
of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based, in order to provide a record for
judicial review.
306689 ON 1/9/09

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

Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
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SANDRAIL 2005 1600 cc
VW,Red w Crome Engine,
lights, Labelle $3500/or best
offer (305)773-4023 Labelle
YAMAHA BANSHEE 2000, 4
Wheeler, lots of upgraded
arts, also have spare parts.
$4000 Neg. 863-781-1358
Robert


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



EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer
(863)697-1350


CHEVROLET 1994 2500 V8
auto extcab Ibed towpack
topper exc cond $3500.
(863)697-2032
CHEVROLET 2500 1989 -
Great work truck. 2nd owner
119K or mi 4X4, cold a/c
$3000. (863)673-6819


DODGE DURANGO SLT -
2001, Magnum V8, Leather
interior, 7 passenger (3rd
seat), Dual A/C $2850
(863)697-2724


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CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board
Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to at-
tend. For a copy of the agenda contact Sue Christopher at the City Fire Depart-
ment 763-4423.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Code Enforcement Board with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceed-
ings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. Media is for the sole purpose of back-up for of-
ficial records of the Fire Department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Sue Christopher no later than two (2) working
days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4423; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, callTDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice)or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
by: Jamie Gamiotea, CODE BOARD CHAIRPERSON
Sue Christopher, Board Secretary
306547 ON 1/9/09

NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD /
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board
are not heard, the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at
7:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department
Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Ad-
justments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
305993 ON 01/09/09

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow an
automotive service station and to allow the package sale of wine and other alcoholic
and intoxicating beverages in a Commercial (C) zoning district. Te property owner
is Salina Holdings, Inc. The applicant is Tab Merchant. The property address is 8675
Highway 441 SE and is more particularly described as follows:
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF LOT I, BLOCK 1,
OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, SECTION ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 31, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA & BEAR S 27017'20" W ALONG THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF SE 86TH BOULEVARD (COUNTY ROAD 15-A), A DISTANCE OF
160.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 27017'20" W
ALONG SAID EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SE 86TH BOULEVARD (COUNTY
ROAD 15-A), A DISTANCE OF 190.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 12026'10" E ALONG
THE SOUTEASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID SE 86TH BOULEVARD
(COUNTY ROAD 15-A, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHEASTERLY
IGHT- OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 (U.S. HWY 441), A DISTANCE OF
76.90 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 5200940" E ALONG THE SAID NORTHEASTERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO, 15 U.S. HWY 441), A DISTANCE OF
176.82 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST- EARLY CORNER OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB
503, PAGE 1219, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; THENCE
BEAR N 33051' 11" E ALONG THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID LAND
DESCRIBED IN ORB 503, PAGE 1219, A DISTANCE OF 246.80 FEET TO THE
SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 284, PAGE 84, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR N 56011' 46" W
ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 284,
PAGE 84, A DISTANCE OF 132.70 FEET TO THE SOUTH- WEST CORNER OF SAID
LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 284, PAGE 84, ALSO BEING THE SOUTHEAST CORNER
OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 503, PAGE 1217, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR N 52049' 41" W ALONG THE SOUTHWEST-
ERLY LINE OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 503, PAGE 1217, A DISTANCE OF
121.97 FEET TO THE SOUTH- WEST CORNER OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB
503, PAGE 1217, & THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1.30 ACRES 09 38S 36E
And
OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK SEC ONE A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 9,
TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTH-
WEST CORNER OF TRACT "A" OF SECTION ONE OF OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 31, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; RUN THENCE S
52009'40" E ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID TRACT "A", FOR A
DISTANCE OF 105.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN S 33051'11" W PARALLEL
WITH THE WESTERLY BOUNDARY OF THE AFORESAID TRACT "A", FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100.58 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S
33051'11" W FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON
THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); THENCE RUN S 520
09'40" E ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF- WAY LINE OF S.R. 15, FOR A DISTANCE OF
100.00 FEET; THENCE RUN N 33051'11" E FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN N 52009'40" W FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO POINT OF BE-
GINNING. LYING IN & COMPRISING A PART OF TRACT "A" OF SECTION ONE,
OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK SUBDIVISION, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
And
OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK SEC ONE A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 9,
TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST IN TRACT "A", OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK
SECTION ONE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 31, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST
CORNER OF SAID TRACT "A"; BEAR S 52009'40" E A DISTANCE OF 105.00 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 33052'11" W PARALLEL TO THE WESTERLY LINE OF TRACT "A",
A DISTANCE OF 3.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUES
33052'11" W TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DE-
SCRIBED IN ORB 341, PAGE 1684, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA, A DISTANCE OF 97.15 FEET; THENCE BEARS 5108'33" E ALONG THE
NORTH LINE OF THAT SAID PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 341, PAGE
1684, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN
ORB 233, PAGE 1184, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, A
DISTANCE OF 95.05 FEET: THENCE BEAR N 33017'57" E ALONG THE WEST LINE
OF THAT SAID PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 233, PAGE 1184, TO THE IN-
TERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SOUTH OKEECHO-
BEE BLVD (S.E. 68TH WAY), A DISTANCE OF 102.76 FEET; THENCE BEAR N
52050'11" W ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SOUTH OKEECHO-
BEE BLVD., TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 3, BLOCK 1, OKEECHOBEE
HAMMOCK, SECTION ONE, A DISTANCE OF 45.70 FEET; THENCE BEAR N
56005'34" W, A DISTANCE OF 48.04 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; TOGETI-
IER WITH A STRIP OF LAND 10.00 FEET IN WIDTH, WITH THE WESTERLY LINE EX-
TENDING & CONTRACTING AS NECESSARY TO INTERSECT WITH THE NORTHER-
LY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD #15 & THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF THAT
PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 284, PAGE 084, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, LYING WESTERLY OF, PARALLEL & CONTIGU-
OUS & ADJACENT TO THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LINE: COMMENCING AT THE
NORTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT "A", OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, SECTION ONE,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 31, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; BEAR S 52009'40" E ALONG
THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT "A", A DISTANCE OF 105.00 FEET; THENCE
BEAR S 33052'11" W ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE WESTERLY LINE OF
TRACT "A", A DISTANCE OF 3.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE
CONTINUE S 33052'11" W ALONG AFORE DESCRIBED LINE TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD #15 (HWY 441), A
DISTANCE OF 247.09 FEET & THE POINT OF TERMINUS OF SAID LINE.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2009-0694
305990 ON 01/09/09
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Notice Of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
untyv S ecial Maistrate will hold a public r


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY
JANUARY 27, 2009 AT 3:30 PM. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE
COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NO-
TICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 10:00 A.M., TUESDAY JANUARY 20, 2009, AN
AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE,
FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE
THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW
OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN
DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS
BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PER-
SONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO
ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VER-
BATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
306339 ON 1/9/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Ses-
sion on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health Department Auditori-
um, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two (2)
working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2100. If you are hear-
ing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
306615 ON 1/9/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1039: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZON-
ING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL OF-
FICE (CPO) ZONING DISTRICT TO PUBLIC FACILITIES (PUB) ZONING DISTRICT;
AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS,
SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 08-008-R, submitted by Colin
Cameron, on behalf of property owners) Okeechobee County/ARC. The petition is
to change the zoning district from Commercial Professional Office (CPO) to Public
Facilities (PUB) for property located at 403 Northwest 2nd Avenue, and is approxi-
mately 1.425 acress.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
306552 ON 1/9/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1040: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZON-
ING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE FAMILY
(RMF) TO COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICE (CPO) ZONING DISTRICT;
AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS,
SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 08-011-R, submitted by Muham-
mad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners) A.M.S.A., LLC. The petition is to
change the zoning district from Residential Multiple Family (RMF) to Commercial
Professional Office (CPO) for property located at 111 Northeast 11th Street, and is
approximately 0.488 acress.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
306554 ON 1/9/09

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Big Lake Bass tourney on its way


Tournament will benefit

March of Dimes

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Seventh Annual Big Lake Bass
Fishing Tournament will be held on
Jan. 31, at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
The event is being sponsored by Sea-
coast National Bank.
Proceeds from the tournament will
benefit the March of Dimes.
Registration for the tournament
is $110 per boat, with two person
teams. The tournament will begin at
safe light and weigh-in will be held
promptly at 3 p.m.
Advance registration closes at 5
p.m. on Jan. 28. To get a registration
form, go online to www.seacoastna-
tional.com. Registration will be avail-
able the day of the tournament, but
payments accepted will be cash only.
There will be prize monies award-
ed for first through fifth place and Big-
gest Fish award. First place prize will
be $3000, second place- $1500, third
place $750, fourth place $500, fifth
place $250 and Biggest Fish $1000.
There are several rules listed for
this tournament. They are as follows:
Take off is in the order in which
entries are received.
Entrants may pay at the ramp
on Saturday. (Tournament day entries
are cash only.)
No off limits. No trolling. No
wading. Artificial lures only.
Five fish limit, 12-inch mini-
mum.
Fish will be measured on a flat
board.


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Short fish will be disqualified its
the law.
Over limit will be culled to limit,
starting with the largest fish.
Eight ounce penalty per dead
fish.
One pound loss per minute for
late returns to a maximum of 15 min-
utes. Disqualifications results after 15-
minutes.
No alcohol or drugs.
Polygraph tests will be given if
deemed necessary.
Stay 50 yards away from any
boat anchored, trolling motor up.
Boat motor must not exceed HP
rating plate.
Safe boating must be conducted
at all times.
Life jackets and kill switch must
be on when the big engine is run-


ning.
Radios and phones to be used in
emergencies only, not to locate fish.
All protests must be submitted in
writing within 15 minutes after weigh-
in.
Culling must be done on the
lake, not at weigh-in.
Decisions made by the tourna-
ment officials will be final in all mat-
ters.
Payouts are based upon a 100-
boat field. A smaller field will re-
sult in a lower, pro-rated payout.
(60% of the entry fees will be
returned as prize money.) $40 of
the entry fee is tax deductible.
For more information regarding
registration or the tournament please
contact Kathleen Shatto at Seacoast
National Bank, 863-467-4663 or email,
kathleen.shatto @seacoastnational.
con.
If you would like to share any informa-
tion with the Okeechobee News about
an outdoors event, or if you have a
suggestion on something you have seen
or would like to see in the outdoors
column, please email Teresa Mataushek
at tmataushek@newszap.com, call 863-
763-3134, fax 863-763-5901 or log on
to www.newszap.com and place it on
the public issues forum. We welcome all
news, comments and tidbits on outdoor
activities, nature inspired hobbies and
with hunting season here, please send in
pictures of your prize kills and with all
of the fishermen back, send us a picture
of your prize fish. Please include your
name, phone number and specific dates
of the events. The Outdoors Column runs
every Friday, so please be sure to have
all information into the office no later
than 5 p.m. Please refer all material to
Teresa Mataushek.


Taekwondo holds final testing
On Dec. 5, 2008, Russ Adams Taekwondo America held their final testing for belt advancement
for the year. The following are the results of that testing: White to Yellow: Daylin Walker; Yellow to
Orange, Nickolas Montero, Diana Shockley, Denise Whitehead, Makaya Whitehead; Orange to Sr.
Orange: Abdul Barbosa, Angel Barbosa, Saint Barbosa, Linden Buccino, Casey Hurst, John Lense,
Trina Lense, Jennifer Lester, Ahmad Yousef, Mohammad Yousef; Sr. Orange to Green: Cristian Mo-
rales; Green to Sr. Green: Ty Collins, Hannah Morales; Sr. Blue to Brown: Charles Yager; Brown to
Sr. Brown: Mia Lazaro; Red to Sr. Red: Travis McKenna Jr.; 1st Degree Decided Black Belt to 1st
Degree Senior Black Belt: Alex Hernandez. Congratulations to all.


NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
TO DISCUSS
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
VS.
AMERICAN DRILLING SERVICES, INC.
Te Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners shall hold an Executive
Session between the Board and its Attorney, which will discuss the litigation be-
tween State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection vs. American Drilling
Services, Inc. regarding the Sports Complex Well, bearing case number 2007-
CA-443.
Te proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at
11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter, in the Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Te proposed discussion shall be confined to settlement negotiations or strategy
sessions relating to litigation expenditures.
Notice is hereby given that the following individuals will be in attendance at the Ex-
ecutive Session: County Commissioner Clif Betts, Jr., County Commissioner Noel
Chandler, County Commissioner Ray Domer, County Commissioner Margaret Gar-
rard Helton, County Administrator Lyndon L. Bonner, and Attorney John R. Cook.
A Court Reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript shall be
made part of the public record upon conclusion ofthe litigation.
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Terrance Allen had a career high 22 points
and David Jeune added 16 points as the
Okeechobee High School Basketball Team
(7-6) defeated Suncoast, 60-54 on Tuesday
night.
Okeechobee won a district game on the
road for the first time this year. Suncoast (4-9)
was led by William Fairchild who had 17
points.
Allen had three long range jumpers and
helped Okeechobee outscore the Chargers
20-12 in the final eight minutes to get a much
needed win.
Matt Skipper had ten points and Ricky Ni-
eto had four points for Okeechobee. Vaughn
Rose had 10 points and nine rebounds for
Suncoast.
Okeechobee hit 22-25 free throws in the
contest.
Okeechobee survived a slow start as they
fell behind 17-7 in the first half before they ral-
lied behind solid defense in the second half.
Coach Jon Enrico said he doesn't know
why his team has gotten off to slow starts in
many recent games, "We aren't coming out
strong," he said. "We may be taking teams
lightly. The intensity just wasn't there."


Okeechobee trailed 31-28 at the half and
trailed 42-40 after three quarters.
Enrico was pleased that his team shot 88
percent from the charity stripe. Jeune made
4-4 free throws and Skipper was 7-10 from the
free throw line.
"Those shots were huge. We were in better
shape than Suncoast and we took care of the
ball and made free throws," Enrico noted.
Okeechobee will travel to John Carroll on
Friday night. The boys host Fort Pierce Central
on Saturday night. The Brahmans also have
rescheduled an earlier game with Glades Cen-
tral. They will host the Raiders on Jan. 15, and
visit Belle Glade on Jan. 31.

Lotteries

The Florida Lotto Numbers selected
Wednesday in the Florida Lottery are: Cash
3: 1-3-0; Play 4: 3-3-4-4; Fantasy 5: 4-6-27-
29-33; Lotto: 2-5-13-28-31-41; PowerBall:
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Vero Beach defeats Okeechobee in physical battle


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
"That was just good soccer out
there, I wish the referees would
let us play like that more often,"
Okeechobee High School Soccer
Coach Lonnie Sears said when
asked to describe Wednesdays
4-2 loss to Vero Beach.
Vero Beach was physical with
the younger Brahmans and used
that to their advantage in the vic-
tory in Okeechobee.
Mark Mahannah scored two
goals, Forrest Fergert had a goal
and an assist, and Kevin O'Dell
scored a goal for Vero Beach, (10-
5-1). Okeechobee got goals from
Alan Najera and Erick Garcia. Ivan
Torres had an assist for the Brah-
mans (7-4-2).
Vero Beach led 2-0 at the half.
They scored fifteen minutes into
the match and added another
goal with just two minutes left in
the half.
Okeechobee had their oppor-
tunities. Najera missed an open
net midway through the half when


his shot went wide left. Okeecho-
bee ended up with 11 shots on
the night. Vero Beach had seven
shots. Vero Beach goal keeper
Clayton Hall had eight saves.
"It might have been because
it was the first match after break.
We still have trouble finishing and
scoring. We had our chances,"
Coach Sears said, "We made
some mental mistakes and we
need to fix those to beat good
teams."
Sears said he enjoyed watch-
ing the physical play from Vero
Beach. He noted that might make
his team a little tougher in future
matches, "I don't think they were
that much better than us. We
have to learn to stop the mental
mistakes."
Pablo Caballero and Basil-
io Ruiz shared time in net for
Okeechobee. Both goal keepers
allowed two goals.
Okeechobee will host Treasure
Coast on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The OHS boys junior varsity
battled Vero Beach to a scoreless
tie.


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