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KEECHOBEE


EWS


Vol. 100 No. 27 Wednesday, March 4, 2009 500 Plus tax


Briefs

Navigation locks
close
In response to continuing
drier-than-normal weather
conditions, the South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) is closing some navi-
gation locksLake Okeechobee
to all boat traffic.
The S-131 navigation lock at
Lakeport closed March 3.
The S-127 navigation lock at
Buckhead Ridge is anticipated
to close when the lake level hits
12.50 NGVD.
Currently, the forecast calls
for continuing dry weather,
with little to no significant rain
fall predicted to recharge lo-
cal drainage basins along the
rim canals that flow into Lake
Okeechobee.
During the 2006-2007
drought, the District took simi
lar action -- at the request of
residents -- after low water lev-
els rendered the canals impas-
sible and led to them becoming
overgrown with vegetation. The
lock closures helped preserve
the remaining water in the
canals. The locks will remain
closed until rainfall recharges
the lake.
For more information about
the navigation locks, water lev-
els or District projects, please
contact the SFWMD Okeecho-
bee Service Center at 863-462-
5260 or 800-250-4200.

Farm Bill meeting
set for March 9
The Florida Farm Bureau
Federation is urging agricultural
producers to attend meetings
scheduled around the state in
March by the Natural Resources
Conservation Service, USDA
(NRCS). Rulemaking is in pro-
cess for the Food Conservation
and Energy Act of 2008, com-
monly known as the 2008 farm
bill. NRCS in Florida is prepar-
ing to deliver the conservation
programs authorized by the bill,
many of which provide cost-
share and other financial assis-
tance. A meeting will be held in
Okeechobee at the Okeechobee
Civic Center, U.S. Highway 98
North, on March 9, from 3 to 5
p.m. For more information call
JeffSchmidt at 561-683-0883.
The meetings are being held
to ensure the natural resources
conservation priorities within
the state are addressed and to
inform partners and Florida's
agricultural producers about the
programs. The public informa-
tion sessions are designed to
provide NRCS customers and
natural resource partners the op-
portunity to hear what programs
will be available. Information on
how to make public comments
will be available and each meet-
ing will conclude with a ques
tion and answer session. Topics
will range from invasive species
to water conservation.

Drought Index

Current: 683
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.67 feet
Last Year: 10.5 feet

Scored By:

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


Index


Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword. ............... ... 11
Obituaries... ............... .. ..... 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 13-14
Sudoku 12
Weather 2

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OCPD sweep


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD) carried out
a special operation Saturday, Feb.
28, when officers and detectives
took to city streets and alleys to
show the community they are
serious about combating crime.
"Our goal was not to go out


and write a bunch of citations for
minor infractions to hard work
ing citizens of Okeechobee, but
to have a show of force and pos-
sibly deter the illegal activities of
the not-so-hard-working citizens
of Okeechobee," said OCPD
Chief Denny Davis. "Ninety-five
percent of the citizens encoun-
tered were very cooperative and
applauded our efforts to keep


nets arrests


our community safe. The other 5
percent was not so happy."
Three people were arrested
as a result of the operation, and
four traffic citations were issued.
The operation was held to
not only "beef up" police pres-
ence, but to find people who
were wanted on warrants and to
crack down on traffic offenses.
Along with the officers and


New program: Offers a new start


.
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Eleven men currently incarcerated in the Okeechobee County Jail received certificates
at a special ceremony held Friday, Feb. 27, to honor them for completing the Re-Entry
Program. Those being honored for completing the program included: (front row, left
to right) Robert Brash, Robert Simmons, Clayton Jenkins, Mike Stanley and William
Adkisson; (back row, left to right) Major Noel Stephen of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, Richard Watson, Jarrell Molina, Jeffrey King, Jordan Shellen, Okeechobee
County Jail Administrator Ronnie White and Natasha McMullen-LaVigne, the assistant
director of the program. During the program volunteers came into the jail to talk to the
participants about such things as the proper way to fill out a resume and how to con-
duct themselves in a job interview.


Local program helps


inmates start new lives


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A handful of men and wom-
en in the Okeechobee County
Jail have made an overt com-
mitment to change their lives
from one of crime, to one of
success and productivity.
"It's all about changing their
lives," said Natasha McMullen-
LaVigne, assistant director of
the Public Defender's Re-Entry
Program. "We talk about every-
thing in here."
Ms. McMullen-LaVigne was
on hand Friday, Feb. 27, to
hand out certificates to 11 men
and 13 women at the county
jail who have successfully com-
pleted a re-entry program and
will soon be striking out on
their own to find work.
"We have partnered with
the Public Defender's Office
of the 19th Judicial Circuit to
have the re-entry program for
inmates that are getting out
to help them become a more
productive citizen," explained
See Inmates Page 7


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Thirteen women currently housed in the Okeechobee
County Jail received certificates at a special ceremony
held Friday, Feb. 27, to honor them for completing the
Re-Entry Program. Those receiving their certificates in-
cluded: (front row, left to right) Christina Rivera, Melissa
Smith and Lisa Sills; (back row, left to right) Major Noel
Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
Dawn Willis, Amanda Robertson, Sherita Thomas, Shir-
ley Ardley, Lydia Rosemann, Re-Entry Program Assistant
Director Natasha McMullen-Lavigne and Okeechobee
County Jail Administrator Ronnie White. During the eight-
week program the women learned how to fill out a re-
sume, how to fill out a job application and how to handle
a job interview.


detectives already on duty, an
additional six certified OCPD
officers and seven auxiliary of-
ficers took part in the operation
that was staged from 7 p.m. until
midnight.
Approximately 29 vehicles
were stopped throughout the
city for various traffic infractions.
The occupants of those vehicles
were identified and checked for


local and state warrants.
There were also an additional
25 people that were identified
and checked for warrants that
were passengers in those vehi-
cles, on bicycles or on foot.
Chief Davis termed the op-
eration a success and vowed to
repeat it.


Burglars



hit 29 cars



Sunday night


Vast majority
of these cars
were not locked

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"It's amazing to me how
many people park their cars
and leave their valuables in
there and expect their stuff to
be there in the morning," said
an exasperated Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO).
The source of his exaspera-
tion Tuesday, March 3, were
the reports of 29 car burglar-
ies at two RV parks on S.R. 78


W. sometime during the night
on Sunday, March 1. The vast
majority of those burglaries
were made easier because the
vehicles were unlocked. In a
couple of the burglaries, he
said, the cars were locked and
entry was gained by breaking a
side window.
Detective Van Deman said
the burglars are taking mainly
small items such as money,
change, wallets, purses, cam-
eras, cell phones and guns.
"Reports indicate that peo-
ple just left their stuff in the
cars," he said. "Nobody saw
or heard anything, or called
the cops that night. They just
weren't aware of what was go-
See Burglars Page 7


Grants available


for children's


services programs


The Children's Services
Council is seeking proposals to
improve and expand services
to the children of Okeechobee
County by providing new, ex-
panded or continued services
for priority need areas. This
year there will be approximate-
ly $250,000.00 available to fund
these proposals.
Application packets to ap-
ply for a grant from the Chil-
dren's Services Council may
be picked up at Okeechobee
County School Board, Room
304, Call 863-462-5000, exten-
sion 255. The proposals must
be submitted by 3 p.m. on
April 6 to Okeechobee County
School Board, Room 304.
The selection sub-commit-
tee will conduct interviews on
May 5. Public hearings on the


grants will be held June 11. The
Children's Services Council will
make final funding decisions in
August.
Funding priorities include
substance abuse prevention,
delinquency prevent, abuse/
neglect prevention, transpor-
tation, cultural diversity training
and positive alternative activi-
ties.
During the 2008-2009 grant
year, the Council funded 23
different grants with funds
that ranged from $1,500.00 to
$32,000.00. These grants ad-
dressed several of the priorities
that had been identified by the
community including sum-
mer programs, after-school
programs, respite care and tru-
ancy.
See Grants Page 7


Students take honors at Science Fair


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Heartland Regional Sci-
ence Fair was held at DeSoto
Middle School in Arcadia on
Thursday, Feb. 19, where of the
84 students from Okeechobee
schools which participated,
40 students received place
awards and 13 of them filled
the 16 slots for eligibility to go
on to the State Science Fair in
April held in Lakeland, Fla. The
two alternates for state are also
from Okeechobee County.
Okeechobee students also
reached into the International
level and will attend the Interna-
tional Science and Engineering
Fair being held in May in Reno,
Nevada as representatives from
the Heartland Region.
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Cooper expressed


her excitement at having the
"most projects at all levels-Dis-
trict, Regional and State that
Okeechobee has ever had."
She continued to explain that
science projects in her opinion
are the ultimate in integrating
all of the skills that are tested
on the FCAT and well prepare
the students. All in all the dis-
trict did an awesome job!
State Representatives from
Okeechobee for State Sci
ence Fair on Wednesday, April
15, through Friday April 17, in
Lakeland, Fla. are as follows:
Junior Division-Christopher
Boney, YMS; Samantha Rivero,
YMS; Darby Jones, OMS; Krista
Pope, YMS; Dalton Hodges,
YMS; Ryan Reister, YMS; Juli-
anne Meives, YMS; and alter-
nate, Dayla Ferneau, YMS.
Senior Division: Alec Hert,
OFC; Celena Letcher, OHS; Joy


Burnham, OHS; Trent Johnson,
OHS; Tim Gray, OHS; Joey Bar-
letto, OHS; and alternate, Ash-
ley Hassan, OFC.
Okeechobee participants
that will travel to Reno to the
International Science and Engi-
neering Fair from Sunday, May
10, until Friday, May 15, will be
OHS students, Joy Burnham,
Celena Letcher and alternate
Tim Gray.
Not only were Okeecho-
bee County students highly
visible at the Regional Fair but
Okeechobee also had several
community members serve as
judges: Raulie Raulerson and
Chad Rucks from South Florida
Water Management District; Jim
Vensel, Okeechobee Kiwanis;
Kay Duke, Science teacher at
OFC; Joe Arnold, Okeechobee
See Honors Page 7


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Submitted photo
Celena Letcher received many awards for her project entitled
"Regeneration of Brown Planaria" including winning the honor
of taking her project to both the state competition in Lakeland
as well as the national competition in Reno, Nev.




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The groom will graduate from After the wedding the couple
VaE F* -. the University of Florida in May will reside in Florida.


Samantha McKenna and Matth

McKenna-

Fischer
David and Janet McKenna of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Samantha McKenna to
Matthew Fischer of Okeechobee.
The groom's parents are Jude
and Graciela Fischer of Okeecho-
bee. The wedding is planned for
April 2010.

Ms. Rucks


ew Fischer
The bride-to-be is a 2005 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School.
She graduated from Seminole
Community College and is em-
ployed as a preschool teacher.
The groom is a 2004 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. He
attends Indian River State College.
He is employed as a dietary aide
with Okeechobee Health Care
Facility.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.


Submitted photo
Fallon Nicole Spitka and Lance Kelton Enfinger


Spitka-

Enfinger
Kiki Toth of Sarasota and Lee
Spitka of LaPorte, Ind., are proud
to announce the engagement
of their daughter, Fallon Nicole
Spitka to Lance Kelton Enfinger
of Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the
son of Darrell and Jeanne Enfin-


Birth Announcement


ger of Okeechobee.
The wedding is planned for
May 16, 2009 in Sarasota.
The bride-to-be is a 2008 grad-
uate of the University of Florida,
where she earned a Doctor of
Pharmacy degree. She is em-


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Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny with a
high near 71 and winds from the
northeast around 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear with a
low around 49 and winds from
the east between 5 and 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny with
a high near 74 and winds from
the east between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear
with a low around 52 and winds
from the east between 5 and 10
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Deputy's cooler taken by thirsty thief


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When Deputy John Fisher
emptied the bed of his pickup
truck to help transport an ac-
cident victim little did he know
that he, too, was to become a
victim.
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy


responded to an accident on the
prairie involving a four-wheeler
Saturday, Feb. 28. The accident
occurred in a remote area that
could not be accessed by an am-
bulance.
So Deputy Fisher, 29, removed
a department-issued cooler from
the back of his OCSO pickup and
transported medical personnel
to the site of the crash.


According to the deputy's re-
port, he unloaded the cooler and
sat it in front of the ambulance
in the 30,000 block of N.W. 208th
Ave. The cooler, said OCSO De-
tective Ted Van Deman, con-
tained bottles of water.
OCSO records indicate that
the victim had little movement
of his extremities from the neck
down. Upon arrival, medical


personnel rendered aid and
loaded the victim into the back
of the deputy's truck. The OCSO
records did not give the victim's
name.
Deputy Fisher then transport-
ed the victim and medical per-
sonnel to a waiting helicopter,
which flew the victim to a hospi-
tal on the coast.
When finished, the deputy


returned to the ambulance to
retrieve his cooler. But, it was
gone.
The deputy's report describes
the container as a five-day cool-
er, blue in color with a white lid.
The cooler has an estimated val-
ue of $70, stated Deputy Fisher.
Detective Van Deman said
Deputy Fisher is one of four
OCSO deputies assigned to the


north end of the county. He said
they are all issued pickups and
coolers that are filled with con-
tainers of water. The water, said
the detective, is to be used by
the deputies or given to victims
in case of an emergency.
Deputy Fisher stated in his
report that he searched the area
but could not find the cooler.


Sleeping man arrested on drug charge


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man was arrested on
a felony drug possession charge
after he was found passed out in
his truck, stated an Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD)
report.
Charles Dewey Lavigne, 66,
N.W 98th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested on a felony charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance
without a valid prescription. He
was also arrested on misdemean-


or charges of driving while license
suspended and attaching an unas-
signed license plate.
Lavigne was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $2,000.
An arrest report by OCPD Of-
ficer Chad Troutman indicated
that he found Lavigne asleep in
his 1992 Ford pickup truck while
it was stopped in the 400 block of
S.R. 70 E. around 11:35 a.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 26. When he ran
a check on the truck's license tag,


Officer Troutman stated it came
back registered to a Dodge station
wagon.
After waking Lavigne, the offi-
cer searched the man and found
two pills inside a cigarette pack,
stated the report. The pills were
identified as xanax, Officer Trout-
man stated in his report, and
weighed .26 grams.
Lavigne was also issued a traf-
fic citation for having an open
container of beer in his truck, the
report added.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrestedon felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
SClayton Thomas Davidson,
21, N.W. Seventh St., was arrested
Feb. 27 by Detective Jack Hill on
a fugitive warrant from the U.S.
Army charging him with deser-
tion from the military. He was re-
leased at the request of the U.S.
Army with orders to turn himself
in to the military.
SWillie Joe Harris Jr., 53,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb.
27 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation assault and violation
of probation reckless driving
causing damage or injury. He is
being held without bond.
SErick Phillipea McQueen,
17, N.E. 15th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy


Sergeant J. Royal on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with shooting a deadly missile.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Tempest Radford, 21, E.
Sunflower Circle, LaBelle, was
arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation burglary


of a dwelling or occupied convey-
ance and violation of probation
- grand theft. She is being held
without bond.
Melanie Butcher, 37, N.W.
32nd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Ar-
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is still in
the Highlands County Jail follow-
ing his arrest for allegedly taking
a non-ambulatory woman from
her home.
Richard Joe Kelting, 36, Broad-
land Lane, was arrested Feb. 23
on felony charges of interference
with the custody of a minor or in-
competent person, burglary with
assault or battery and abuse of
the elderly or disabled without
great harm.
Kelting was booked into the
Highlands County Jail under a
bond of $50,000.
An arrest report by Deputy El-


sion of cocaine. She is being held
without bond.
Kevin Quinn Holata, 30, Ap-
titude Terrace, Wesley Chapel,
was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy
Corporal Paul Ferrell on a felony
charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of driving under the influence. His


vin Ancheta of
the Highlands
County Sheriff's
Office (HCSO)
states Kelting
went into the
home of the
victim around
9:45 p.m. Sun- Richard Joe
day, Feb. 22, and Kelting
took "her for a walk" without the
consent of her legal guardians.
Deputy Ancheta said Kelting
went into the home earlier in the
day and asked one of the victim's
guardians if he could take the 28-
year-old woman for a walk, but
he was told "no." Kelting then left
the home.


bond was set at $10,000.
Pedro Garcia, 66, N.W 21st
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 28 by Officer Justin Bernst
on a charge of fleeing and elud-
ing a law enforcement officer. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Bernice Lynn Gabor, 34,
S.E. 59th Circle, Okeechobee,
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The guardian then went to
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Simple living -- can we make a difference?
SOLAR: Solar is the way to cut out electric bills. Isn't there a way
to offer solar panels on an extremely cheap payment plan? I would
be the first one in line. No, not a solar electric company who charges
by the month forever, but only for the price of the solar materials to
set up, and cheapest for those who set it up themselves. Solar is prob-
ably the cheapest way to cook as well. I'd like to see SOS (the solar
sport cooker) with WAPI and reflector shields available right here in
Okeechobee. Again, I would be the very first in line. I have talked to
many people about it and they think it's a good idea, but no one has
been able to order one. It's the best one out there and in other coun-
tries it's very cheap to purchase, however in the U.S. it's expensive.
People who truly need and would use them cannot afford $190.
SOUTHERN SUNSHINE: With the excellent southern exposure
available here in Florida, I am so surprised that you do not see so-
lar in use. The Northern tier of our country would love to have the
exposure we enjoy, and they would put it to use. Federal mandate
states that if you produce electricity via solar, wind, water etc... your
electric company will provide your property with an incoming and an
outgoing meter. When you are not drawing incoming units of power,
what you produce and do not use will feed out and the electric com-
pany will pay you for it. (you won't see checks in the mail but on the
FPL bill will be adjustments.) Back when I looked into this I was told
breaking even would be the ultimate goal on the power bill.
EXPENSE: I've wanted solar for so long, but the expense is what
is prohibitive to so many, including us. I didn't know about the federal
mandate, and thought that was just in other states, not Florida.

Handicapped Parking
STRIPED ZONES: I use a cane and sometimes I cannot park in
the handicapped spaces because someone else is parked there. I just
have to walk a little farther. Parking in the striped zones with your car,
golf cart, or motorcycle gives the rest of us less room to maneuver in
and out of our vehicles. And the next time one of you on your golf
carts makes me move from the side walk so you can drive your golf
cart on it, I will politely ask for your information and turn you in. I
think it is a good idea that COPS be trained to write citations for park-
ing problems and non-violent problems. Then our officers have more
time to take care of the bad guys.

Head lice becoming an epidemic
LICE: I hope that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all
caregivers will read this. As a professional I have witnessed in the last
few weeks a severe outbreak of lice not only in children but adults
as well. I want to inform everyone that it is important that you check
children and yourself (have someone check you) regularly. Please tell
your kids not to share brushes, combs, hats even jackets and clothing.
I have seen more than 10 cases this week alone in children as well
as adults. Treatment of lice is becoming more and more difficult as
new strains of these critters are becoming immune to the pesticides
sold over the counter. There are many homeopathic remedies that do
work but if you do not remove all the eggs and clean effectively you
will find yourself burdened with lice for weeks to come.
REMEDIES: I had to fight these little creatures from hell here
awhile back. I tried all the shampoos and sprays and such with very
little luck. Until I was turned on to Olive oil apply it and leave on hair
for a couple of hours use a shower cap to keep from creating a mess
then rinse hair with a vinegar (Cider works best), then comb out the
eggs. The Vinegar will help loosen the eggs from the hair shaft. Then
when they are gone, wash and condition hair with a shampoo and
conditioner that contains coconut oil. Use it regularly to help keep the
critters from coming back.
COATS: One of the complaints I always had with the schools
was when the younger children arrived they were instructed to hang
their coats/jackets on the community peg board by the door ..... the
lice would simply crawl from coat to coat and inevitably hitch a ride
to our house. I was so glad when they finally got out of elementary
school and were allowed to keep their coats with them which totally
resolved the problem.
AT RISK: Unfortunately elementary school age girls with long
hair are at the highest risk for the spread of lice. If you have a young
daughter, check her hair for lice eggs -- nits -- carefully, especially
around the ears. You may need to look in bright sunlight as the nits
are hard to see. And to help prevent the spread of lice, don't let them
wear their hair loose. Braid it or at least put it in a ponytail. If a child's
hair brushes against another person, a coat or a chair, lice can move
fast enough to get onto that hair.

Pink Pen Jail
TENT CITY: We need to start a tent jail and put all of the people in-
volved in gangs or gang activity in there for at least 15 to 20 years each.
Rapists and drug dealers, 25-50 years. Molesters get life. Murderers get
life. They need to be dressed in pink, and fed spam sandwiches. No
air conditioners. No television. No rec time. Nothing!! Make them suf-
fer. Get some tough judges, not weak ones in our court system. Quit
playing games with these people and put the whammy on them. Put
them in the tent jail and out of commission for good.
GUARDS: You talk about the tent jail ... well you should remem-
ber that the guards have to be there maintaining law and order and
a peaceful existence. So you're wanting to also have the employed
guards out in the heat. They might not appreciate it in July and Au-
gust!
CRIMINALS: I can't see where it has worked to prevent crime; for
every one we put away, a couple more come out of the woodwork. It
does remove the criminals from society, but at a huge cost. We often
put away too many people for the wrong reasons. Harsh penalties
for drug crimes do not stop the drug trade, and fill the prisons with
people who could be productive if they had a chance to earn a living
other than selling drugs. Murder and robbery are crimes inflicted on
victims; in the drug trade, it takes a willing buyer to complete the
transaction. The seller is just following an opportunity. Maybe we
should throw the buyers in prison, also? In that case, we probably
wouldn't have enough people left to be guards. There are many in
prison who could be rehabilitated and released to be productive; but
training and rehabilitation centers in our prisons often sit empty be-
cause of a lack of funds. It would be cheaper to teach these folks how
to make a living without crime than it is to support the ever-increasing
prison population.

This is why I like retirement
FAQ: Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays,
1 Sunday. Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Three
hours after falling asleep on the couch. Question: How many retirees
to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not
enough time to get everything done. Question: Among retirees what
is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes. Question: Why do
retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the
time. Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement,
attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of
their adult kids will want to store stuff there. Question: What's the
biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you
cut classes, no one calls your parents.


Letters to the Editor


Welcome home
celebration
In January, 2008, Detective
Marty Faulkner of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office, was
deployed as First Sergeant, 320th
MP Company, with the United
States Army to Iraq. Marty was in
charge of 176 soldiers during their
missions in Iraq. Although faced
with dangers daily, Marty suc-
ceeded in bringing all his troops
home safely January, 2009.
We were able to celebrate his
safe return on Saturday, Jan. 31.
I would like to take this oppor-
tunity to thank those involved in
this successful celebration. Many
businesses throughout Okeecho-
bee helped us welcome him
home with a message on their
marquees: Marathon Station, U-
Save, Arby's, Skip's BBQ, Beef
O'Brady's, Brennan Eye Care,
Clock Restaurant, Century 21,
Dairy Queen, Cowboy's Restau-
rant, Movie Gallery, Domino's,
Pritchard's & Associates, Pogey's,
Gerald Lefebvre, The Oil Can,
Chevron Station, National City
Bank, Holiday Inn, Tractor Sup-
ply, KFC, Taco Bell, Best Western,
Eli's and Walgreen's.
Thanks, for the great food: Jer-
seys Mike's, Cowboy's, Shenani-
gan's, Beef O'Brady's, Los Cocos
and all who cooked.
Thanks for other contribu-
tions: Schoonmaker & Sons,
Truce Allen, Lunker's, Budweiser,
Flower Petals, Jennifer, Margie
and Eagles North.
A special thanks to Sheriff Paul
May, family and friends.
And lastly, a heartfelt thanks to
1st Sgt. Faulkner for his sacrifice
and service to Our Country!
Michele Bell, OCSO


Win your confidence
What have we come to as a
nation? For two years we argued
with each over who's right or
wrong and all during that time
we as citizens and both parties,
democrats/republicans paid no
real attention to what was going
on. We who pay the wages of
Congress, bank CEOs, insurance
companies, big corporate stock
brokers, car industry -- all were
taking us for a bath. People who
dedicated their lives to industry
saved and invested for the future
so they could one day retire and
take advantage of spending qual-
ity time with their loved ones has
all gone out the window.
While we struggle to keep
our mortgages, cars, jobs and
dipping deeply into savings and
what investments are left, "Cor-


porate Greed" flies in Lear jets,
party hardy in Vegas, New York,
and Chicago; instead of jail they
go back to their condos, and then
there are those that just forgot to
pay their taxes.
What are we teaching our chil-
dren? That it is OK to lie and not
pay your taxes and be rewarded
with high positions?
Congress talks big about the
stimulus package but fail to be
role models for the country. What
do they do while we struggle?
Word is, vote themselves a pay
raise all snuggled into the big bail
out package.
My point is: Obama during
his campaign quoted, "for those
who disagree with me and did
not vote for me, I hope one day
I can win your confidence." I'm
one of those skeptics and if I was
to change my mind this is how
he could win me over and many
other Americans.
It's simple. We heard over and
over how the rich have been ca-
tered to. Then why are we going
to give hundreds of millions right
back to the greedy rich bankers,
CEOs of the corporate world that
can't even justify what happened
to the first hundreds of millions.
We know where it went, right
back into their pockets in bonus-
es, renovation of corporate offic-
es. No bankrupt mortgages were
saved, no lending, and more lay
offs is what we got. It has been
reported by national news media
that corporate attorneys are al-
ready working how they can cir-
cumvent the guidelines imposed
in receiving the second stimulus
package referring to the $500,000
cap on bonuses.
Win us over by giving the tril-
lion directly to the people. Give
each person enough funding
(recommend $200,000) to wipe
our their debts and start re-invest-
ing in their future. Now, for those
who don't use the money wisely
by squandering it away and not
paying their debts off or going
back into deep debt, then shame
on them, and they deserve to lose
their homes, cars, etc.
For those who use it wisely by
paying off their debts, purchas-
ing new cars to replace the old,
purchasing new/used homes, by
allowing mom/pop businesses
to save their livelyhood, offer fur-
ther incentives in tax breaks to
keep the economy stimulated,
make monies available at low
interest rates for new growth. It's
the people that will stimulate the
economy not corporate greed or
congress. Corporate greed would
like us to stay in debt.
Just look at the recent mailings
explaining the additional high in-


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terest or late fees? Should you pay
your bills on time? Yes, but some-
times circumstances do not allow
you. For those out of work and
when they can make a little not
always can meet that date and
they pay for it heavily.
Second point! There are
those that complained about
the number of vacations Bush
took. Obama has been in office
four weeks and already has had
two short vacations; one trip to
Camp David and this week-end
Chicago for Valentines Day. Cost?
In the millions! You want to win
me over? Then stay in your new
home, the White House and save
the high cost of Air Force One,
transporting the military personal,
additional secret service required
that must be close by while trav-
eling and separate transporting of
the limo.
In the real world, you usually
have to wait a year for a full va-
cation. Tell Congress; don't even
think of a pay raise while our peo-
ple struggle. They are all guilty of
neglect in my opinion, both par-
ties.
Third point! Win me over by
not supporting abortion rights,
and the gay movement. If he,
Obama is the Christian he claims
to be, then he can't in all good
conscience support either one.
You can't have it both ways.
Do we want our president to
succeed? Yes, and we must con-
tinue to pray that he guides us in


the right direction for all the right
reasons in what is the best inter-
est for the American people today
and for the future of our children
and not just for the vote or to
please certain interest groups.
Jim Vensel


Firefighters did
fantastic job
I would like to let the pub-
lic know that the Okeechobee
County Firefighters and the Divi-
sion of Forestry firefighter teams
did a fantastic job with the fire
that was on Lamb Island Road.
From the beginning to the end,
they worked together diligently
on this fire as a team. They re-
sponded and worked efficiently to
control an extremely hot, fast fire.
The helicopter pilot (Larry Davis)
was outstanding in his ability to
operate that machine with pre-
cise application to the flames and
maintain his consistency under
the circumstances. I am proud of
the personnel we have in these
positions and hope the rest of
the county realize and appreciate
them. The fire itself was an ac-
cident and appeared to be more
dangerous and threatening than
it was, thanks to our firefighters.
They don't get enough thanks for
their job.
Buddy Mills


Community Calendar
Wednesday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine Group, Open
Discussion meeting at 6:30 p.m.; N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group 8 p.m.
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as
the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Moose Lodge Bingo and food, food served at 5 p.m. and bingo
starts at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-2250. Public is welcome.

Thursday
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday from 10a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Bring
your sewing project and join in on the fun. All types of sewing is welcome,
such as quilting, applique, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, serging.
Bring your sewing machines if you like to sew. For more information call
Belinda Boyle at 863-357-0166 or Corry Geissinger at 863-467-2231.
Tantle Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
at: 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
appointments.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be held
on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship Church,
300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For more infor-
mation call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group
- Basic Text meeting at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W
Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or Hazel at 863-763-4920 for
information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at 863-357-
6257.
Grieving parents support group is a nondenominational group
of parents who meet every Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red
Cross building classroom, Court Plaza, 323 N. Parrott Ave. To help sup-
port and comfort one another after the loss of a child through shared
experience. For information call Georgene at 863-763-2957 or Melanie
and Tony at 863-763-4149.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at 863-763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRAwill meet
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at 863-467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides
an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300 S.W.
6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee CountyCancerSupport Groupwelcomes all cancer
patients, survivors and supporters to attend, support and encourage
each other. We meet the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth St., Okeechobee, (entrance is the
door to the W in front of church). Please contact Susie Pickering at 863-
467-5831 or First Baptist Church at 863-763-2171 for more information.




Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5



Commission sets priorities for parks and recreation


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Consultants David Barth and
Allison Crnic presented results
of a needs assessment survey of
the county's parks and recreation
system at the Feb. 27 meeting of
the Okeechobee County Com-
mission.
Mr. Barth stated that parks im-
prove the quality of life not just for
existing residents but attract new


residents and thus new industry,
improving the economy.
The top three priorities identi-
fied in the assessment were some
type of youth center, improving
current parks and some type of
museum or cultural attraction.
The survey also noted a deficien-
cy in tennis and volleyball courts
and a need for more indoor rec-
reation.
"What really struck us is there


is a lot of opportunity," said Ms.
Crnic
She noted that the county has
300 acres in park land. This works
out to seven acres per thousand
people. The county's compre-
hensive plan calls for 5.5 acres
for thousand people. For com-
parison, Osceola County has 6.5
acres of parks per one thousand
people.
In spite of the number of acres


devoted to parks, the assessment
noted a need for more neighbor-
hood parks that people could
walk or ride bicycles to.
Ms. Crnic said that overall peo-
ple are satisfied with the mainte-
nance of current parks and that
the frequency of park usage is
high.
Not surprisingly, the most com-
mon recreation activity is fishing.
The majority of people sur-


veyed were willing to pay a user
fee or pay higher taxes for park
improvements.
Mr. Bath said the assessment
reveals that Okeechobee values
youth and family and has a sense
of community.
He suggested making better
use of existing parks by equipping
them for more different kinds of
activities and using private part-
nerships to help with park main-


tenance. Mr. Barth also suggested
some type of calendar to coordi-
nate the youth activities provided
by different groups.
Next the consultants will hold
a visioning workshop and develop
a long range plan. Mr. Barth said
the good thing about the plan
is that is can be implemented is
phases. It does not have to be
done all at once.


Commissioners support water management study


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems that in Florida there
is either too much water or not
enough water. It's either flood or
drought with little in between.
In an effort to improve wa-
ter management, Okeechobee
County Commissioners, at their
Thursday, Feb. 26 meeting passed
a resolution supporting a study
of the "hydraulic and applicable
physical re-connection" of the St.
Johns River Water Management
District and the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
WMD).
Most of Okeechobee County is
in the South Florida Water Man-
agement District. The northeast
corner of the county is in the St.
John's River Water Management
District.
The issue was clarified by
Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's
Okeechobee Service Center and
Okeechobee City Councilman
Dowling Watford.
"St. Johns and SFWMD are not
going to merge," asserted Mr. Rit-
ter. He said he did not even like to
use the word "reconnect."
"Essentially the way I see this
is another regional project that
supports the northern Everglades
and coastal estuary project."
Mr. Ritter said it was a water
resource study to address exces-
sive surface water.


Mr. Watford described the pro-
posed action as a reconnecting of
some of the plumbing of SFWMD
and St. Johns. He said the intent
was to capture rainwater runoff
that would go to tide and save it
for drought situations.
The proposed action was stat-
ed to restore some of the historic
flow of water in northeastern
Okeechobee County. Mr. Watford
said that when the turnpike was
built it prevented the natural flow
of water to the coast.
Commissioner Ray Domer ex-
pressed concern about the effects
of storing water in Okeechobee
County to the benefit of the coast.
He expressed a desire to know
more about what was intended.
Mr. Ritter emphasized that
Okeechobee County would have
no direct expense. He said that
both SFWMD and St. Johns were
putting up money for the study.
The resolution noted that the
surface water system of the Fort
Drum Marsh in western Indian
River and St. Lucie and eastern
Okeechobee counties is now
physically disconnected and hin-
dered from functioning as an ef-
fective regional system.
Most of Okeechobee County is
in SFWMD. The northeastern por-
tion of the county is in St. Johns.
St. Lucie County is in SFWMD. In-
dian River County is in St. Johns.
It goes on to state that several


benefits might be derived from
the proposed reconnect project.
The proposed reconnect project
would reduce freshwater-storm-
water discharges into the Indian
River Lagoon, improve surface
water storage and flood water
routing, create positive ground
water recharge and provide a re-
lated decrease in ground water
withdrawal. The proposed recon-
nect is to be accomplished by a
series of interconnected reser-
voirs, stormwater treatment areas
and canal systems.
In an unrelated matter, devel-
oper Brad Goodbread requested
that N.E. 128th Avenue be re-
named George Goodbread Park-
way in honor of his late father
who donated the right of way.
The request was tabled to allow
staff to research county policy on
such matters.
In other action the board:
*abandoned a platted ease-
ment in Taylor Creek Isles that
was determined to serve no pur-
pose;
*appointed Frank Cunning-
ham and Carl Shumante to the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Committee terms
to expire March 1, 2013;
*appointed Ted Kelchner and
Mike Long to terms on the plan-
ning board/board of adjustments
and appeals with terms to expire
March 1,2012;


*appointed Karen Cassels to
the library advisory committee
with a term to expire March 1,
2010 and Judith Nix to the same
committee with a term to expire
March 1, 2013;
*appointed Tommy Hoover
as a regular member of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Board of Directors with a term to
expire March 1, 2013 and Charles
Jordan as an alternate member of
the same board with a term to ex-
pire March 1,2011;
*appointed Dough Etchison,
Herb Mix and Chris Scruggs to
the construction industry licens-
ing board with terms to expire
March 1, 2012;
*nominated Melissa Eddings
for appointment to the Children's
Services Council;
*approved a contract of up to
$20,000 with McAlpin, Calvalcanti
and Lewis for accounting consult-
ing services; and,
*amended the budget to re-
ceive unanticipated funds from a
Natural Resources and Conserva-
tion Services grant for drainage
projects and transferred $194,223
from the Landfill Trust Fund as
the county's matching portion of
the $776,895 grant.
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Community Events

Community Choir holds Wrestling club


cantata rehearsals
The Okeechobee Community
Choir in its 11th year under the
direction of Sandy Perry, will be
rehearsing for the presentation
of the Easter Cantata, Alpha and
Omega, on Sunday afternoons
from 2:30-4:30 at the First United
Methodist Church on Second Av-
enue. The cantata will be present-
ed Palm Sunday weekend, April
3, 4, and 5. Call 863-634-7714 for
more information.

Benefit Bake Sale
planned
Seacoast National Bank will be
hosting a bake sale on Thursday,
March. 5 and Friday, March 6 to
benefit the March of Dimes. The
March of Dimes walk will be held
in Flagler Park #4 on March 7.
Registration begins at 7:30 and
walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Come
into both Seacoast branches on
Friday and enjoy homemade
bakes goods! All proceeds from
the bake sale will benefit the
March of Dimes. For more infor-
mation, please call 863-697-6819.

Hospice to hold
yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a yard sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to the Ham-
rick Home (411 S.E. Fourth St.)
on Thursday, March 5 and Friday,
March 6 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and Saturday, March 7 from 8
a.m. until noon. All monies raised
will go to the continuing care of
patients in the Hamrick Home
and patients who choose to stay
in their own homes. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321.

Free nutritional class
offered
Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For more information call
863-763-4320. This is a free class.

Obituaries

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.

Edna Margaret
Mercer, 86
HOLIDAY Edna Margaret Mer-
cer, formerly of West Middlesex, Pa.,
passed away at home with her lov-
ing family at her side at 3:58 a.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. She was 86.
Mrs. Mercer was born May 23,
1922 in West Middlesex, Pa., to the
late Elmer A. and Lillian Lloyd Belle-
ville.
She was a member of the Farrell
Chapter No. 156 Order of the East-
ern Star, a Past Royal Matron of Far-
rell Court No. 120 Order of the
Amaranth, West Middlesex Presby-
terian Church for over 60 years,
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
Okeechobee for 30 years, and Okee-
chobee Country Club.
She married George William Mer-
cer on Sept. 16, 1939 and was a wife
and homemaker for 67 years.
Mrs. Mercer was preceded in death
by her brothers, Paul, Raymond, El-
mer, and William; sisters, June
Weimer, Mary Jane Jones, and Alma
Belleville; son-in-law, Arnold G.
Evans; and great-grandchildren,
Nicholas Dermond and Lucas Daniel
Sumner.
Mrs. Mercer leaves her children,
William and Mary Mercer, Ocean
Isles Beach, N.C., Iris and Thomas
Minner, Marco Island, and Lil Anne
Evans, Holiday. Also surviving are
her brother-in-law and sister in-law,
Robert Mercer and his wife Evelyn
(Sis) of Goodyear, Ariz., and her sis-
ter-in-law, Ethel Belleville, of Bruns-
wick Hills, Ohio.
Her memory will live on in the
lives of all her grandchildren, which
include Robert and Marie Mercer,
Rockville, Md., Lisa and Steve McMa-
han, Calabash, N.C., Margaret and
Lance Heidenreich, Marco Island,
Michael and Jody Minner, St. Paul,
Minn., Megan and Wade Edwards,
Howard Lake, Minn., Heather and
John Simon, Land O' Lakes,
DeAnne and Scott Miklos, Holiday,
Brent Sumner, Grove City, Pa., and
Arnold Evans Jr., Kissimmee.
In addition to her many grandchil-
dren are her great-grandchildren, Ni-
cole Mercer, Steve and Erin
McMahan, Justin and Christopher
Dermond, Hannah, Holly and Hope
Heidenreich, Cally, Lucy and Thom-
as Minner, Sergei and Marina Ed-
wards, John, Joshua and Jonah
Simon, Jenifer and Eric Prinkey, Ste-
phen and Brianne Miklos; and many
nieces and nephews who dearly
loved her. Her faithful companion
and dog, Conchita, will also miss her
mommy.
The funeral took place at Dobies
Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs, and
burial at Haywood Cemetery, West
Middlesex, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the West Middlesex Presby-
terian Church, West Middlesex, Pa.


schedules signups
The Okeechobee Wrestling
Club will hold sign ups for the
upcoming wrestling season on
March 5, March 10 and March 12.
The sign up will take place at the
Okeechobee High School gym
from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $40
per wrestler. Ages between 5 and
18 are welcome to compete on
the team. Practice will be held on
Tuesday and Thursdays. Elemen-
tary ages practice from 6 to 7 p.m.
Middle and high school age kids
practice from 7 to 8 p.m.

Free memory loss
screenings
Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m., the Alzheimer's
Association will sponsor free
memory loss screenings at the
Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Okeechobee. Ap-
pointments are needed, please
call Donna True at 1-800-861-
7826, ext. 1. Screenings are for
anyone, any age who are con-
cerned about memory loss.
Screenings are conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
Center. Immediate results.

Attend Astronomy Day
- and night at IRSC
The public is invited to attend
the FREE Astronomy Day and
Night! open house, sponsored by
Indian River State College and the
Treasure Coast Astronomical So-
ciety (TCAS), on Saturday, March
7, from 2 to 9 p.m. in and around
the Hallstrom Planetarium locat-
ed at 3209 Virginia Avenue on the
IRSC Main Campus in Ft. Pierce.
There will be telescopes, guest
speakers, handouts, mini-plane-
tarium shows, activities for kids,
plus guided views of the moon,
planets, and stars (weather per-
mitting). For more information,
contact the IRSC Call Center at
1-866-792-4772.



William "Bill" T.
Collins Jr., 84
OKEECHOBEE Bill Collins, of
Okeechobee, died Feb. 27, 2009, in
Raulerson Hospital. He was 84.
He was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Lex,
WVa., to William and Ethel Collins
he retired from the U.S. Navy after
serving during World War II. He en-
joyed fishing.
He is survived by his brother, Lew-
is Howard Collins (Beverly) of Ports-
mouth, Va.; two sisters, Jean
Frances Lowe (Walter) of Kill Devil
Hills, N.C., and Irene Lowe (Rich-
ard) of Fredericksburg, Va.
No local services will be held.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Anson 'Deck' S. Hosley II
Anson "Deck" S. Hosley II, passed
away on Feb. 20, 2009, in Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center.
He is preceded in death by his fa-
ther, Anson S. Hosley Sr. and his
mother, Mary Calder Hosley.
He is survived by an uncle, Champ
E. Hosley of Coudersport, Pa.; aunts,
Kate Hosley Bliss of Jacksonville,
N.Y, June Hosley Lanzaalotti of
Pompano Beach, Fla., and Ann Cald-
er Shepherd of Brockport, N.Y. He is
also survived by cousins, Sue Hosley
Moyer of Pompano Beach, Calif.,
Richard E. Hosley of Weirsdale,
James Rowe Voorhees of New Jer-
sey, June Row Howard of Jackson-
ville, N.Y., Sandra Hosley Hoy of
Howard, Pa., Mary Jean Hosley Botts
of Little Rock, Ark., and Milton Mcll-
gaine of Pompano Beach.
Anson was a 15 year resident of
Okeechobee. He served in the mili-
tary at Ft. Meyer in the U.S. Honor
Guard at Arlington Cemetery, and
was a member of President Kenne-
dy's Funeral Entourage. He had has
Master Captain's license from the
U.S. Coast Guard.
He had several jobs and careers,
Formica shop owner, semi truck
driver and instructor, rental boat
business, boat repair, fabricator and
refitter.
His hobbies included model boat
and car racing, model building,
boating and his main pastime, fish-
ing,
He passed peacefully surrounded
by family, Aunt Ann Shepherd and
lifelong friend, Pat McHale, dose
friends Bob and Sandy Proper, good
friend and care taker, Linda Slippy,
and good friends Phil and Sandy
Miller.
A military service will be held at a
later date at Ulysses, Pa., in the
spring.
Condolences may be sent to
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 N.
5th St., Okeechobee.


AYCE pancake
breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Fire De-
partment will hold an All You Can
Eat pancake breakfast on Satur-
day, March 7, from 8 until 11 a.m.
Breakfast will include, pancakes,
sausage, OJ, coffee, and ice tea
for a $4 donation.

Civil Air Patrol to
have a display at
Publix
Saturday, March 7 between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. the Okeechobee
Composite Squadron of the Civil
Air Patrol will be at the Publix
Supermarket on Parrott Avenue
with some of their equipment on
display to meet and answer your
questions about CAP. Member-
ship Applications and donations
will also be accepted at that time
to support the Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron. Please come out
and meet them, they are all hard
working local volunteers serving
you and the community. If you
want to support your community,
enjoy working with young adults
or have an interest in aircraft or
radio operations you will enjoy
volunteering your time with the
Civil Air Patrol.

IRSC to host annual
Classic Car Show
IRSC River Classic Custom
Car Show Sunday, March 8, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. on the IRSC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. Admis-
sion, FREE. Juried competition,
$25, Sound challenge, $25. Park-
n-Shine entry, $15. Juried com-
petition for 31 categories of cus-
tom and classic cars and trucks.
Participants may register from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Judging starts at 10
a.m.; trophies awarded at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.
irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.


Shirley S.
Montgomery, 64
JESUP Shirley S. Montgomery,
died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, after an
extended illness.
The former New Jersey native had
lived in the area the past 30 years
and was a member of Gathering
Non-Denominational Church in
Okeechobee.
Survivors include three daughters,
Ann Antonio of Jesup, Tina Breeden
of Waycross, and Cindy Sweat of
Gainesville; three sons, Jimmy Sweat
of Blackshear, Henry Sweat of Jesup,
and Arthur Montgomery of Baxley;
two sisters, Bertha Gould of Okee-
chobee, and Mildred May of Lake-
land; 18 grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; and several nieces
and nephews.
Memorial services were held at the
Trinity Baptist Church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth "Betty"
Tewksbury Cottrell
OKEECHOBEE Betty went to be
with the Lord quietly in her home,
Feb. 28, 2009.
She had been a resident of Okee-
chobee since 1967 and has been
employed at Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center for the past 31 years.
She spent several years as a dis-
patcher at Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue and was also a state certified
fire Marshall.
She was loved by all who knew
her. She was a loving mother, grand-
mother, aunt, sister and friend. She
will be missed dearly.
She was preceded in death by her
son, Dwayne; daughter, Ann; and
granddaughter, Chloe.
She is survived by two daughters,
Cheryl Smith (Elmer) and Kellie
Sims (Rick Mullens) both of Okee-
chobee; two sons, Ricky Tewksbury
(Kay) of North Carolina and Harry
Tewksbury (Linda) of Okeechobee;
brother, Mike Bentley (Barbara) of
North Carolina; sister, Shirley Betit of
New York; grandchildren, Elmer and
Jeff Smith, Laura Amsden, David,
Tracy Tewksbury, Brian Prescott,
Chris, Krystal and Cody Sims, James
and Robyn Tewksbury, Erin, Adam
and Cameron Tewksbury, Shannon
Tewksbury, Cheryl, Fred Jr. and
Shay Bloom; and six great-grandchil-
dren; lifelong friends, Sandy Morgan
and Lorraine Everett; several nieces,
nephews; and a host of other friends
whom she loved dearly.
Visitation will be 3:30 p.m. until
service time at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
with Pastor John Glenn officiating.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Ce-
metery.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.


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Martha's House holds OCEA holds


yard sale
Martha's House is having ayard
sale on Saturday, March 7 from 7
a.m. until noon. It will be held at
their Outreach Office, 4134 Hwy
441 North, (second driveway on
right, past Cemetery Road., after
Superior Water.)

Health and safety
classes to be held
The Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter of the American Red Cross
will be holding the following
the following Health and Safety
classes in March: Monday, March
9 Adult CPR/AED; Wednesday,
March 18 Infant/Child CPR/
AED; Tuesday, March 31 First
Aid Basics. All classes are held
at their Service Center, located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. All classes will
begin at 6 p.m. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-
2488.

Controlling garden
pests
Are bugs bugging you? There
are over ten thousand insects in
Florida but only about ten that
are harmful to plants. Small in
number, but they can cause lots
of destruction. Come to our gar-
den pest workshop and learn
easy and sensible ways to control
the terrible ten without poisoning
the planet. We'll show you how
to prevent pests and also good
ways to deter them when they
do show up. The workshop will
be presented by Angela Sachson,
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods.
The workshop will be held
on March 10, from 1-2:30 pm or
5:30- 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Extension Service, 458
Highway 98 North.
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call 863-763-
6469 to sign up.



Phyllis Ann Garrity
Hazelwood, 82
OKEECHOBEE Phyllis Ann Gar-
rity Hazelwood, formerly of Danville,
Ind., passed from us on Monday,
Feb. 16, 2009, in the Hospice of
Okeechobee. She was 82.
Phyllis was a member of the Order
of Eastern Star and VFW Ladies Aux-
iliary.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Lloyd.
She is survived by her son, Mike
Hazelwood; daughter, Michele
Lynch (Mike); grandchildren, Angie
Shelley (Kevin), Todd Lynch (Tali-
tha), Michael Hazelwood, and Da-
nielle Hazelwood; and six great-
grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held on
her birthday, April 25, 2009, at 11
a.m. at the Avon Christian Church,
7236 E Co. Road 100 South, Avon,
Ind.
Memorial donations may be made
to the American Cancer Society,
5635 W 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN
46278; or Hospice of Okeechobee,
411 SE 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL
34974.
Hugh L. Maxwell Jr., 86
OKEECHOBEE Hugh L. Max-
well Jr., 86, of Okeechobee, passed
away peacefully
on March 1, 2009.
He was 86.
Born in 1922 in
Chicago, Ill., Mr.
Maxwell engaged
in many pursuits
and professions
during his long
life. He served in World War II, then
graduated Marshall College in Hunt-
ington, WVa., with a major in Jour-
nalism.
He moved to Florida in 1960 to be
with his parents and resided in Indi-
antown and Okeechobee. He
worked as a teacher, carpenter, and
a contractor.
Later in life, Mr. Maxwell became
an avid beekeeper and amateur en-
tomologist. He taught courses in
beekeeping and was a columnist for
the American Bee Journal. Mr. Max-
well had a pioneering spirit that will
be missed by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Gail L.
Maxwell of Okeechobee; siblings are
Alan Maxwell of Tavernier, Ronald
Maxwell of Green Cove Springs, Da-
vid Maxwell of Columbus, Ohio, and
the late Richard Maxwell of Bonifay
and Rita Maxwell of Boise, Idaho;
children, Leigh L. Maxwell, Carl S.
Maxwell (Rebecca), Tracy Maxwell
Downing (Sean), and Devin R. Max-
well (Elizabeth), all of Okeechobee.
Mr. Maxwell had ten grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Maxwell did not wish to have a
memorial service.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please
make a donation to a charity of your
choice. Online condolences may be
made at www.buxtonfuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.


membership meeting
The Okeechobee County
Education Association (OCEA)
will have its third general mem-
bership meeting of the 2008-09
school year, on Thursday, March
12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Media Cen-
ter at Osceola Middle School, 825
S.W. 28th St. They will: form the
financial review and negotiation
committees, hear reports from
the Medical Insurance Committee
and Rally attendees, and found
out what to expect with possible
budget cuts and educational legis-
lation. If you are not a member of
OCEA, you may join at the meet-
ing. There will be refreshments
and door prizes.


Roundtable to meet
The Executive Roundtable of
the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct
its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. on Friday, March 13, in the
board room of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office. This
forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in
our community through the col-
laborative efforts of our local deci-
sion makers. The public is invited
to attend. For more information,
please call Sharon Vinson at 863-
462-5000, Ext. 257.


Courtesy photo

Big Lake Missions says

thanks
Bruce Swinford, associate director of Big Lake Missions,
recently presented a plaque of appreciation to Gene Rod-
denberry of the "Old Men Riders" to thank the Riders for
their support of the Mission's holiday programs.


Antonio Roque Gonzalez
OKEECHOBEE Antonio Roque
Gonzalez, of Okeechobee, died
Thursday, Feb.
26, 2009, in his
residence.
He was born
Aug. 16, 1938, in
Puerto Rico. He
had been a resi-
dent of Okeecho-
bee for 19 years
and was a member of the Church of
God.
He is preceded in death by a
daughter, Deborah Rodriquez.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of
Okeechobee; sons, James Harper
(Debra) of Okeechobee and Ronald
Harper of Fitzgerald, Ga.; daughters,
Donna Carrole (Jerry) of Brooksville,
Ga., Lynn Parks of Fitzgerald, Ga.,
Theresa Dowdy of Fitzgerald, Ga.,
and Beth Burnette of Okeechobee;
brother, Jose of Puerto Rico; sisters,
Ramona and Maria. In addition he is
survived by 18 grandchildren and 20
great-grandchildren.
The family received friends on
Monday, March 2, 2009, in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor
Larry Kilgore of the Okeechobee
Church of God officiated.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.





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is a clid( away!


Norman 'Doe'
Kleinsehmidt, 96
FT. PIERCE Norman "Doc"
Kleinschmidt, formerly of Merrill,
Wis., Ft. Lauderdale, Okeechobee,
DeBary, and Ft. Pierce, died of con-
gestive heart failure at Treasure
Coast Hospice Center, Ft. Pierce on
March 1,2009. He was 96.
He was employed by Shell Oil
Company as a truck driver, Broward
Count School Board as a heavy
equipment operator, and former
owner of Doc's Tool and Mower
Shop in Ft. Lauderdale.
From 1945-1960, he flew rescue
missions as a pilot for the Civil Air
Patrol. He served in World War II in
the Army Air Corps as a supervisory
mess sergeant and was a member of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his
wife of 55 years, Regina Hufschmid
Kleinschmidt in 1996.
Survivors include: sisters, Dorothy
Seidel (Charles) of Merrill, Wis., and
Georgina Burns (Wayne) of Water-
bury, Conn.; four children, Joan
Caperones (George) of Silver Spring,
Md., James Kleinschmidt (T.J. Mete)
of Ft. Pierce, Judy Lambert (James)
of Melbourne, and John Kleinsch-
midt (Lori) of DeBary; eight grand-
children and eight great-
grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, at Haisley Funer-
al Home, Ft. Pierce, followed by a
celebration of his life at Archie's Sea-
breeze, Hutchison Island. Another
memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sun-
day, March 8 at Altman Long Funer-
al Home, DeBary.
In lieu of flowers, consider dona-
tions to your local hospice center, or
buy bait and teach a child to fish!


In Loving Memory of
Chrissie Arnold Williams
July 30, 1963 to March 3, 2006
Deep in our hearts your memory
Is kept, to love, to cherish,
And never forget

Loved and missed
by the Arnold and Williams Family







April 6,1963 March 4,2007

Only two years has passed,
but our wonderful memories
S last. You are always in our
thoughts, greatly missed
and dearly loved.

Love,
Laura, Timothy, Joseph and
the rest of your loving family




Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7




Butterfly Garden project completed


A beautiful new scenic experi-
ence for Okeechobee residents is
now complete. Flagler Park, num-
ber 6, has been transformed into
a butterfly garden featuring four
colorful gardens (white, blue, yel-
low and red), complete with new
benches, made from recycled
plastic, for admiring the bright
flowers and gentle butterflies.
This project was made possible
through a $5,000 Waste Manage-
ment Keep America Beautiful
Target City grant, which is part of
a national initiative designed to
improve communities and pro-
mote sustainability. Main Street
of Okeechobee recognized the
perfect match between the Waste
Management grant to be used on
a green-up or clean-up event and
the University of Florida's Florida
Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN)
goal of establishing a butterfly
garden and the project took off!
The announcement of the
butterfly garden and Waste Man-
agement's check presentation to
Okeechobee Main Street were
made at UF's FYN Arbor Day tree
planting in Park 6 on Jan. 16. The
planting of these two new live
oak trees officially marked the
enhancements that would take
place in the park. Local youth
read two poems about Arbor Day
and rain barrel exhibits were set
up for informational purposes
and to help the new trees flour-
ish. Although the planning of the
garden began much earlier with
the hard work and expertise of
the butterfly design committee,
including Angela Sachson, Sheri
Fherimacchia, Casey Trent, Terri
Lane and Fran Everly. The South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict helped extend the funds for


the local experts that handle UF's
FYN program in Okeechobee.
The next phase of the project
mirrors the generosity and coop-
eration found in Okeechobee. The
City of Okeechobee Public Works
helped prepare the site and added
temporary drip irrigation lines.
Local Master Gardener Wendy
Watts set the water valves. Home
Depot discounted and donated
some materials including several
plants and the lumber used for
the trellis. John Lane, husband of
Master Gardener Terri Lane vol-
unteered to construct the trellis.
Wendy Watts also contributed to
the trellis by carving and painting
four flowers, which are mounted
on its four corners. Nine Home
Depot volunteers were at the park
bright and early on Friday, Feb. 13,
enthusiastically volunteering their
time to plant over 300 plants.
For several weeks beforehand,
local business owner Tara Boshell
of Tree Locators, Inc. worked dili-
gently to help locate the specific
plants requested for the butterfly
garden. Tree Locators was very
generous providing most all of
the plants and trees used in this
project at only the wholesale cost
plus procurement expenses. Next,
Stan Speed from Lykes Broth-
ers donated 640 yards of organic
Eucalyptus mulch, as well as the
labor to spread it over the new
plants. The City staff returned to
install four new benches. The
eight-foot benches are resinwood;
the bases and benches are made
of 100 percent recycled plastic.
They are touted as extremely du-
rable, and an ultraviolet stabilizer
protects the color and structure.
Two benches sit back to back on
each side of the garden and each


are near two, new Yellow Poinci-
ana Trees.
In line with Waste Manage-
ment's focus and commitment
to the environment and sustain-
ability, the new butterfly garden
exhibits six of the nine principles
of Florida Friendly Landscaping,
including:
Right plant, right place. The
butterfly garden's plants are sun
lovers planted in the sun and
grouped together with the same
minimal water needs (when es-
tablished), so they can be wa-
tered at the same time.
The next principle centers
around watering efficiently. With
the garden's emphasis on native
and non-native drought tolerant
plants it is designed to exist on
rainfall alone once the plants are
established. In the meantime, the
watering system uses drip irriga-
tion with soaker hoses on a timer
set to optimize water use.
The third principle, fertilize
appropriately, is exhibited by the
garden's slow release fertilizer,
which fertilizes small amounts for
a period of time. The fertilization
will be minimal once the plants
are up and growing.
The fourth principle is to use
mulch in order to keep weeds
down and help the soil retain
moisture. Plentiful amounts of
Florida friendly eucalyptus mulch
was used.
The fifth principle of attracting
wildlife is already very obvious in
the butterfly garden. Five different
species of butterflies have already
been noted in the garden.
Managing yard pests respon-
sibly is the sixth principle. These
plants are pest resistant. They will
be checked regularly. Non-chem-


Submitted photo/Jenny Pung
The new Florida Friendly Landscaped Butterfly Garden in downtown Flagler Park 6 was fund-
ed by a grant from Waste Management. Sitting on one of the four new recycled benches in
the park are Jenny Pung of Waste Management, volunteer Wendy Watts, Maureen Burroughs,
president of Okeechobee Main Street, and Dan Culbert, UF/ IFAS Extension Office Agent. All
three organizations were involved in the culmination of this project. Watts hand carved and
painted the flowers mounted on the pergola.


ical approaches will be used as
needed and when pests have to
be destroyed, environmentally
friendly approaches will be used.
The new butterfly garden has
only been in place for about two
weeks and already the commu-
nity is utilizing and enjoying it. At
a recent UF/IFAS Extension Of-
fice Master Gardener training, a
class was able to use the butterfly
garden as a practice site to criti-
cally evaluate landscapes based
on the amount of Florida Friendly
practice adoptions. Yards that


achieve a rating of more than 36
inches are recognized as a Florida
Friendly Yard. The butterfly gar-
den achieved a rating of more
than 60 inches. To date, five dif-
ferent species of butterflies have
been noted in the garden.
City Council Member Dowling
Watford said the butterfly garden
is "a great addition to the City and
Flagler Park, and is a great exam-
ple of how the community works
together to accomplish a worthy
goal. The contributions from the
business community, the City, and


the hours of labor by volunteers,
make this project truly a commu-
nity effort." Already residents have
sent emails and made phone calls
expressing their gratefulness for
this lovely new area and it has
even inspired a local composer to
write a song about it.
For more information about
the garden contact the Okeecho-
bee Extension office at 863-763-
6469, or visit the project website
at: http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu
and click on the FYN Butterfly
page.


4-H Fundraiser
Riverside Bank volunteered to assist the Okeechobee County 4-H Swine Time club with
their annual BBQ fundraiser on February 21. The club sold slabs of ribs, sliced pork
sandwiches and drinks to help raise money. HUGS and staff from Riverside Bank were
on hand to welcome all customers.


Courtesy photo

Help appreciated
Bruce Swinford, associate director of Big Lake Missions, recently presented a plaque of
appreciation to Home Depot, in appreciation of Home Depot's donations to the mission's
holiday food and toy drives. Left to right are Assistant Manager, Brian Mallah, Flooring
Associate, Richard Slaughter and Mr. Swinford.


Honors
Continued From Page 1

County School Board Member;
Kara Butts, USDA; Audrey Drig-
gers, Soil Conservation Service;
and Pat Hogue, Okeechobee
County Extension Office.
Special Awards were also giv-
en by individuals, organizations,
corporations and the United
States Government to recognize
students for their achievement in
science.
The Association for Women
Geoscientists provided a certifi-
cate to a DeSoto student William
Cline, whose project exemplified
high standards of innovativeness
and scientific excellence in the
geosciences. Special consider-


Grants
Continued From Page 1

All grants will be reviewed by
a sub-committee of volunteers,
graded and ranked. The sub-
committee will then interview the
grant writers to form final recom-
mendations to the full Council.
Agencies are encouraged to
collaborate with each other to
make best use of the resources
available to our area. Grant re-
cipients that have received CSC
funds for five years or more must
indicate that they receive at least
51 percent or greater from other
sources.
Any questions should be di-
rected to Cathleen Blair, Execu-
tive Director of Children's Ser-
vices Council at 863-462-5000,
extension 255.


Burglars
Continued From Page 1

ing on around them."
He said the break-ins were all
committed during the night and
that the suspects apparently just
walked down the street and went


action was given to projects that
increase the public awareness of
the geosciences, illustrate the in-
terdisciplinary nature of the geo-
sciences or promote the sensitivi-
ty to the earth as a global system.
The Charles C. Ross Memo-
rial Awards were given to Year-
ling Middle School's Hannah Sa-
dler for life sciences and DeSoto
Middle School's Jenna Heleski
for physical sciences for their
outstanding Junior Division proj-
ect in Life Sciences and Physical
Sciences. Each of these students
received a $25 cash award.
The FDR Agriculture Award of
a $100 prize for the best agricul-
ture project went to Joy Burnham
from OHS.
The Florida Society for Min-
ing, Metallurgy and Exploration
Awards went to the following


Inmates
Continued From Page 1

Ronnie White, administrator of
the county jail.
With the help of volunteers
like Charles Stracuzzi, a retired
chief financial of a midwest cor-
poration in Nebraska, those in
the program learn such things as
how to fill out a resume, how to
fill out a job application and how
to handle a job interview.
On Friday, Mr. Stracuzzi spoke
to the men and women about
how to conduct themselves dur-
ing a job interview and what to
do after they get a job.
"Now that you've got the
job, what do you do?" he asked.
"You've got to learn to manage
your cash, and that's not easy.
When you get out the jobs are not

from one vehicle to another.
"These places are tightly
packed, so there's a good chance
someone saw or heard something
that night," the OCSO detective
surmised. "It's amazing how little
sound breaking a window makes
when you know what you're do-
ing. Still, someone should have
heard something."


Okeechobee students: Junior Di-
vison-$25 to Dalton Hodges, YMS;
$25 to Samantha Rivero, YMS;
Senior Division-$25 to Lauren
Halliday, OFC and $50 to Shelby
Pollock, OFC.
Joy Burnham also received the
Dr. Martin Adeji Award which is
provided by the Cattleman's As-
sociation and the Beef Foragers
Association providing a monetary
award to the best project that il-
lustrates the importance of agri-
culture to this community.
Osceola student Darby Jones
received the Mu Alpha Theta
award for the most challenging,
original, thorough and creative in-
vestigation of a problem involving
mathematics of a Senior Project.
Yearling's Samantha Rivero
received the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration


going to pay $20 to $30 an hour. It
will be considerably less."
He told them how to look for
an affordable apartment, how to
avoid people who will try to scam
them out of their money and how
to get a bank account. But, he
cautioned them against getting a
checking account.
Mr. Stracuzzi told them to
open an account so that their em-
ployer will have someplace to di-
rect deposit their paycheck. Then,
he said, get an ATM card. He told
them the ATM will only give them
money when they have it.
"If you need $100, go to the
ATM and get a $100. You can't
write a bad check by using the
ATM," he told the willing listen-
ers. "A bad check is the last thing
you need."
Ms. McMullen-LaVigne said
the public defender's office has
been operating the program since

Detective Van Deman went on
to offer these tips: 1. lockyourcar;
2, don't leave valuables in your
car -- but if you have to, lock it; 3.
if you see someone or something
unusual, call law enforcement.
He alluded to a prior series of
car burglaries where someone ac-
tually saw an individual unknown
to them in the neighborhood who


certificate and medallion for her
project that emphasized NOAA's
mission to understand and pre-
dict changes in Earth's environ-
ment and conserve and manage
coastal and marine resources to
meet our Nation's economic, so-
cial, and environmental needs.
Freshman Campus' Joey Bar-
letto received the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services
certificate from the US Public
Health Service Surgeon General's
Special Award for a project that
creatively illustrated the Surgeon
General's focus on promoting
healthy lifestyles through the ben-
efit of physical activity, balanced
nutrition, injury prevention and
avoidance of tobacco and sub-
stance abuse.
OHS's Tim Gray received the
U.S. Metric Association certificate


2003-04, but this is the first class
to graduate from the program
in the Okeechobee County Jail.
She said the local program came
about through the collaboration
of Diamond Litty, the public de-
fender in the 19th Judicial Circuit,
and Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May.
The program is open to those
charged with misdemeanors or
felonies. The program is not open
to sex offenders, those with vio-
lent histories or juveniles.
"We prefer them to be sen-
tenced, but that doesn't always
happen," she said.
She went on to say the one of
the biggest criteria for those tak-
ing part is "they must commit to
the program." The clients who
don't have a high school educa-
tion are also required to apply for
and get their GED.
Ms. McMullen-LaVigne said

was acting in a suspicious man-
ner, but they didn't contact law
enforcement. And, because that
call wasn't made, several cars
were burglarized.
Many times these suspects will
go in cycles where they will hit
one area of the county, then later
hit another part of the county.
Sometimes, added Detective Van


for his project that involved a sig-
nificant amount of quantitative
measurements.
The Stockholm Junior Water
Prizes were given to OFC's Ash-
ley Hassan for her project being
the best Senior project related
to water quality, water resource
management, water protection,
water treatment or wastewater
treatment.
The United States Air Force
awarded a certificate, messenger
bag, quick click mp3 player and
a notepad set for outstanding sci-
ence fair achievement to the fol-
lowing OHS students: Joy Burn-
ham; Celena Letcher; Tim Gray;
and Joey Barletto.
The United States Navy and
Marine Corps awarded certifi-
cates, medallions and for Senior
Division winners, a gift certificate


they usually start with a large
number, but come graduation
day that number has usually
dwindled down to but a few who
are serious about changing their
lives.
Once they have completed the
program and are released, Ms.
McMullen-LaVigne and Program
Director Kristen Webster track
each graduate for three years.
"We track them through the
good and the bad," she said.
And through this tracking she
could proudly say that people
who join the re-entry program
and stay with it are less likely to
re-offend. She said the recidivism
rate has dropped from 80 percent
to 23 percent.
As the clients talked, while
they were given cake and juice as
part of the ceremony, some spoke
of what they want to do with their
lives. These aspirations included

Deman, the perpetrators come
into Okeechobee from other ar-
eas.
After checking deputy reports
on Tuesday, the detective said
there were no similar car burglar-
ies reported.
"Unfortunately, the days are
gone where you can leave your
stuff in the car," said Detective


for $50. These awards go to the
most outstanding projects in the
Senior and Junior Division: Se-
nior Division-Joy Burnham, OHS;
Celena Letcher, OHS; Junior Win-
ners-Samantha Rivero, YMS; and
Julianne Mieves, YMS.
The United States Army pro-
vided five certificates, presenta-
tion folders and polo shirts bear-
ing the Army's science fair logo
for the most outstanding projects
in the Senior Division which were
awarded to the following OHS
students: Tim Gray; Joey Barletto;
Celena Letcher; and Joy Burn-
ham. The most outstanding of
these five winners who received
the Bronze Medallion is Joy Burn-
ham.
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everything from going to college,
to becoming a certified heavy
equipment operator and to work-
ing on a ranch.
And as they walked out of that
room Friday afternoon with their
certificates in hand, they were
also armed with knowledge and
ideas that none of them knew of
when they first heard that iron
door slam shut behind them.
"They have been very involved
and have asked good questions,"
said Ms. McMullen-LaVigne of the
clients. "And, when they walk out
of this jail they will have a com-
plete resume in hand."
And, they will be ready to em-
bark on a new life.

Van Deman. "The days when we
could leave our homes and cars
unsecured are gone."
These burglaries have been as-
signed to Detective Marty Faulkner
and if anyone has any information
on these burglaries they are asked
to contact him at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 863-763-
3117.




8 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Yearling
At the Regional Science Fair,
Yearling students did extremely
well. The winners include the fol-
lowing:
Botany- Christopher Boney
second place.
Chemistry- third Place: Bren-
don Jonassaint, Lorraine Lutjen,
Krista Ward- second place- Ty-
ler Cartier, Kyla Hargraves first
place- Dalton Hodges, Krista
Pope.
Engineering- second place:
Dayla Ferneau
Environmental- third place-
Garrett Thomas- first place-Sa-
mantha Rivero
Mathematics- second place:
Katlyn Haymond
Physics- third place- Jennifer


students excel at the regional science fair


Arellano, Brandon Ball, Brent
Baughman- second place- Kas-
sandra Baker, Ryan Reister first
place- Julianne Meives
YMS Students to the Florida
Science Fair: Chris Boney, Dalton
Hodges, Krista Pope, Samantha
Rivero, Julianne Meives, Ryan Re-
ister
Congratulations to all students
who won and/or participated in
the Regional Science Fair.
This is the best showing that
YMS has ever had in the Regional
Science Fair. The State Science
Fair begins on April 15.
Students participate in
odyssey of the mind


The Odyssey of the Mind Pro-
gram teaches students to learn
creative problem-solving methods
while having fun in the process.
For more than twenty five years,
this unique program has helped
teachers generate excitement in
their students. By tapping into
creativity, and through encourag-
ing imaginative paths to problem-
solving, students learn skills that
will provide them with the abil-
ity to solve problems -- great and
small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey
of the Mind teaches students how
to think divergently by providing
open-ended problems that ap-
peal to a wide range of interests.
Students learn how to identify
challenges and to think creatively
to solve those problems.


YMS students participated in
an Odyssey of the Mind Competi-
tion on Saturday, February 21st at
W.T. Dwyer High School in Palm
Beach. The groups that placed
are as follows:
Teach Yer Creature (6th
Grade)- second place
Shock Waves (6th Grade)- sec-
ond place
Earth Trek (7th Grade)- third
place
Superstition (8th Grade)- fifth
place
Information Hotline
Yearling Middle School offers
an Information Hotline to assist
students and parents. As of right
now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information


Hotline at 863-462-5066 and lis-
ten to their work assignments for
the day or week. Please call our
school office if the Information
Hotline seems incorrect or if you
do not have a particular teacher's
number.

PTO meeting
We will have our fourth PTO
Meeting of the year on Tuesday,
March 17th at 6:00 in the Library.
We will be discussing plans for
the year and explained to. Ideas
for fundraising for Teacher Appre-
ciation Week will be discussed.
Tutorial Programs
Yearling Middle School offers a
morning and an after school tuto-
rial program. The after school tu-
torial program operates two days


a week from 3:40 until 5 p.m.
(Tuesday and Thursday). Parents
must provide their own transpor-
tation for the after school tutorial.
The tutorial program began on
Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The morning tutorial oper-
ates Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday from 7:10- 8:20 a.m.
Transportation will be provided.
*TUTORIAL WILL BE CLOSED
STARTING MARCH 2 BUT WILL
RESUME MARCH 10.


6000 rally attendees support school funding bill


Over 6,000 educators, parents,
students, school board members,
administrators and legislative
friends of education attended the
Rally sponsored by the Florida
Education Association on Satur-
day, Feb. 28 at the arena on the


Recognition of students on
the high school soccer wres-
tling, weight lifting teams and
state science and engineering
fair representatives tops the
agenda for the March 10 meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County
School Board.
Also on the agenda are retire-


campus of UCF.
Many Okeechobee residents
rode the bus chartered by the
Okeechobee County Education
Association to attend the rally.
The speakers at the Rally includ-
ed Ron Blocker, Superintendent


ment recognition; expulsions;
changes to school board poli-
cies; and summer school sched-
ules. The meeting will be held in
the Okeechobee County School
Board Office and starts at 6 p.m.


of Orange County Schools and
State Representative, Dwight Bul-
lard, who is sponsoring the bill to
raise the sales tax by a penny, ear-
marked for education.
The united voice was that edu-
cational funding has been very
inadequate in the past few years,
essential programs have been
cut, and it is time for the legisla-
tors who have assembled in Tal-
lahassee to take notice and be
willing to fix the problems they
have created.
Karen Charlton, Okeechobee
teacher, commented, "when you
have teachers, support personnel,
students, school board members
and superintendents all working
together, the need for adequate
funding must be tremendous.
I am glad the FEA has an actual
plan to address the funding cri-
sis."
The plan she refers to was the


Submitted photo
Many Okeechobee citizens
rode the bus chartered by the
Okeechobee County Educa-
tion Association to attend the
rally.
penny sales tax bill, which was
proposed to key legislators by FEA
earlier this year. In addition to Mr.
Bullard sponsoring the House bill,


it is also sponsored in the Senate.
Judy Kelly, Okeechobee School
bus driver said, "It was nice to
see everyone together for the
same goals. If we work together
it can happen." Cammie Hudson,
Okeechobee teacher and chief
negotiator for OCEA, comment-
ed, "it was nice to see we are not
alone in this fight.
The attendance of the School
Boards Association, PTA, School
Superintendents Association and
the NAACP showed how wide
reaching the problem of educa-
tion funding is. I especially en-
joyed hearing from the students
in the education colleges. It is
nice to know there are still people
who want to become teachers.
Together we can make schools
and children a priority."
The legislative session contin-
ues into April. To find out how
you can influence your legislators


Submitted photo
It Is nice when everyone
interested in Okeechobee
Schools comes together to
attend a rally of this type.
to correct the educational fund-
ing problems go to: www.Make-
OurSchoolsaPriority.org.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 9


What does a Healthy Start


Care Coordinator do?


By Johanna Kenworthy,
Lead Care Coordinator
Okeechobee Health Dept.
Healthy Start is a statewide pro-
gram offered to pregnant women
to promote a healthy delivery and
baby, free of charge. The Care
Coordinators are located at the
Okeechobee County Health De-
partment and their daily activities
consist of placing telephone calls
to clients to assess their needs and
to make sure they are progressing
well throughout their pregnancy.
The coordinators also assess the
needs of clients through home
visits. They also have face-to-face
visits with the women who have
obstetric appointments or WIC
appointments at the Okeechobee
County Health Department.
How does one qualify for
these services? Well, it's simple.
At their first obstetrician appoint-
ment, a pregnant woman would
complete a prenatal risk screen-
ing. The score of the screen will
determine if you are eligible for
Healthy Start services. Even if you


do not score at
a high-risk lev-
el, you may still
be eligible for
services. Your
screen will
be sent to the
Healthy Start
Care Coordina-
tion Team and Johanna
after review- Kenworthy
ing your risk assessment, a care
coordinator will contact you to
establish services. Some services
offered are educational classes
such as childbirth, parenting,
breastfeeding, car seat safety and
much more. The Care Coordina-
tors are knowledgeable of com-
munity resources to assist the
clients any way possible. We also
have a Medicaid outreach coordi-
nator to assist with gaining access
to Medicaid services. The Healthy
Start program also offers services
to infants. The same procedures
apply through a risk screening
at the time of childbirth. Some
babies are more at risk than oth-


ers because of little or no prena-
tal care, poor prenatal nutrition,
smoking while pregnant, use of il-
legal drugs or alcohol or mother's
poor health. Unhealthy babies are
more likely to have longer hospi-
tal stays, developmental delays
or learning disabilities. The Care
Coordinators can be of assistance
by reminding parents of appoint-
ments, placing home visits or
being a caring individual who is
willing to listen and offer sugges-
tions.
If you believe you are preg-
nant, do not hesitate to contact
your health care provider. Give
your baby the best start in life A
Healthy Start! For more informa-
tion or to answer any questions
please call Johanna Kenworthy,
Lead Care Coordinator at the
Okeechobee County Health De-
partment at 863-462-5815.


Grants available for


summer programs


The Okeechobee Children's
Services Council will once
again offer creative groups an
opportunity to have a quality
summer program for children
and youth of Okeechobee.
Any agency or group who
has always had an idea for
a great summer activity, but
never had the means to carry it
out, can apply to the Children's
Services Council for a Special
Summer Project. Last year over
700 children participated in at
least one summer activity.
The major goal is to pro-
vide a summer program a
maximum of nine weeks for
children and youth, ages 4 -
18. These funds are not for
one-day events. The project
must detail who is going to
be served, where the program
will be located and the activi-
ties the program will be pro-
viding. Programs must be for


Okeechobee County children
and cannot discriminate due
to race or religion. If an agency
already receives a Children's
Services Council grant, the
summer project must be writ-
ten to enhance or expand the
existing program. It cannot be
the current program.
For applications, call Cath-
leen Blair or Cheryl Sutton at
the CSC office at 462-5000, ext.
255. The completed applica-
tion must be returned to the
Children's Services Council
office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue,
Room 304 by 3 p.m., Monday
May 4, 2009. Decisions will be
made for funding at the CSC
meeting on Thursday, May 14,
2009.


Submitted photo/OHS
Guest speaker
at OHS
Mrs. Robin Watson, Payroll
Specialist with Okeecho-
bee County, spoke to the
OHS Accounting classes
on Tuesday and Thursday.
She Informed the students
about her job duties of
a payroll specialist, an-
swered numerous ques-
tions about payroll taxes,
and helped them complete
a W-4.


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Auctions 105
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Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memorial 125
Found 130
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Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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Babysitting 405
Child Cam Needed 410
Child Cam Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Uns & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



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$250 for both
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WHIRLPOOL WASHER with
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Washer 3 years old $150.
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$75. (863)612-9233
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772-260-4514



3 PC Cabelas Mossy Oak Crb-
set Excellent condition.
$50/firm. (863)763-4349
(863)261-4498
BOYS CLOTHES 4T Several
shirts, shorts, pants, excel-
lent condition (Okeechobee)
$20. (863)763-6131



DELL Desktop Computer and
monitor with keypad $150
(772)205-0121
DESKTOP TOWER Fast Dell
XP Pro NEW refurb, must
sell. $125. (863)517-2782



BAHAMA BED SET white,
w/multi colored fuchsia bed-
ding complete, $250
(863)467-2112 / 447-1571
COLOR TV 13" color TV in
good condition. $15.
(863)467-5299
DARK BROWN sofa and love
seat Like NewrBeautiful.
1/3 of new price $800/or
best offer. (863)634-2582
DINING TABLE/CHAIRS Nice
French Country table.(only 2
chairs)Seats up to 6 people.
$150. (863)357-5773
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
White wash wood w/ glass
shelves. 9'w 6' 6" Tall.
$400 634-3312.


DRESSER $100.00, chest of
drawers $100.00, round
drop leaf dining table w/2
chairs $50.00, child's col-
orful solid wood table w/2
chairs $75.00, baker's
rack $45.00 All in excel-
lent condition. $370/will
sep. (863)843-0759
LOVESEAT & SOFA CHAIR
W/OTTOMAN oversized,
$80 for set (863)612-5037





Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.





SECTIONAL Brown in excel-
lent condition. $350.
(239)410-6870
SLEEP NUMBER King Pillow
Top Bed Like newlFounda-
ton included. $1000/or best
offer. (863)634-2582
TWO TALL Fan back wicker
chairs $45.00 and other
household items, details
(863)357-9604



CLUB CAR, 1997- New paint,
battenes & tires w/folding
windshield & charger $1800
(863)253-2617
CLUB CAR FOUR SEATER -
2000, w/folding windshield
& lights, charger $2,650
(863)253-2617



BERETTA SHOTGUN Urika
391 12 ga 26in barrel
chokes & case like new
$950. (863)634-2131
SAVAGE 111 7mm Rem Mag
w/scope call 4 more info
$450. (863)885-1172
SAVAGE 0/U 30-30, 20 GA.
Mod 24V Checkered Stock
w/Scope $400 Call
863-634-4758
S/W 44 Mac 2" Barrel 5 shot -
New $500 863-634-4758
WALTHER P38 (Pre WW2)
w/12 GA. Pump, Acces &
books $1000
(863)484-0210



NORDICTRACK VIEWPOINT
Treadmill Built in TV &
MP3 input. Call after 3pm
$750. (863)983-9831
SCHWINN EXERCYCLE-UP-
RIGHT Sturdy, w/reading
stand, comfortable adj seat.
$45/neg. (863)381-6273
ROLAND DIGITAL Piano will
donate for tax Exemption
$1000/firm. (863)484-0015


Women Love
Okeechobee
Medical
Cosmetic Center




Skin Laser Ilstylane Bto
FrC@ Conssallt lion

Land M. Heller, M.D
1713 Hwy 441 N. Ste
863-467-8771
WEIDER PROCLUB weight
bench and 3001b weight set -
$300/or best offer
(863)885-1172



TANNING BED Wolff Systems
16bulb Dark Tanning -
$1000. (863)517-1965



CERAMIC POT pieces, all col-
ors (for mosaics). Pick up
truck full but you pick t up.
$25.00 (863)467-9354
Find it faster Sell it sooner
in the classifieds
IIONIZERS 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175
(863)763-3932
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
LIKE NEW Stainless steel milk-
er with claw & pulsator Over
$500 new, will take $250.
(863)634-0233
MANY ITEMS for sale Lg ca-
pacity floor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
tired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio fum $50.
(772)205-0121
MOBILE HOME steps fiber-
glass 3 steps plus platform,
hand rail on left side
$200/neg. (863)946-0615
NEW bed in a bag, queen size
and 3 throw pillows all for
$55.00 or will sperate, de-
tails (863)357-9604
ONE Black diamond plated
tool box low profile $75.00
(863)634-0233
RAIN SOFT water treatment
system 2 years old paid
$6000.00 $500,
(863)824-7644
SEWING MACHINE Antique
Singer electric sewing ma-
chine in swing out cabinet /
table. $100. (863)467-5299
TOTES 275 gallon in metal
cage ,valve, good
cond.,fuel,water,etc $75.
(863)467-7415
WATER SYSTEM Complete,
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932



TENOR SAXOPHONE with
case, CONN brand, gold,
asking $350 (863)675-4098
evenings
TWO SPEAKERS 2, 12" kick-
er speakers in box and 2000
Watt Amp $750 LIKE NEW
(863)763-2858 Cathy


Florida Photo

IDs

Elliot's Quik Foto
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553


FEMALE SHIHTZU Black &
White, short haired, great
with kids, mostly indoor dog.
Spade $400 (863)467-8743
KITTENS 1 blk male,1
blk/wht female,14 weeks/lit-
ter trained $0.
(863)634-0567
REGISTERED Boston Terder
puppies, 8 wks old, ready for
ood home. Parents on site
400 or best offer
(863)634-3420
ROOSTERS 2 White Silky
Roosters about 9 months
old, Free $0.
(863)634-3452



Golf Clubs 300 misc clubs,
including sets, drivers, put-
ters & FW, woods, $1700
will separate (863)946-3123
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER Ulti-
mate Pitching Machine Ex-
cellent condition. $150.
(863)763-3410
TREADMILL Owned for less
than a year. Automatic in-
cline. In excellent condition.
Padded track. $400/neg.
(239 )707-1235
863)674-1600
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.




SONY SURROUND Sound
System Sony system with
dvd playerCall after 5 $250.
(863)763-4493



PHILLIPS-MAGNAVOX TV -
60 inch projection TV
$300/or best offer.
(863)484-0015
THREE Color 27" TV's $40
each. FIRM (863)610-0685
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classifeds and make
your clean up a breeze!



METAL LATHE 6"X18" Manu-
al feed with lots of tooling.
Very good shape. $450
(863)357-5754
RANCH HAND Grill & Bumper
- Fits 00-02 Chevy without
adjustments $750.
(863)763-3410
WOOD LATHE Craftsman 36"
wood lathe with 5 turning
tools. In Labelle $150.
(863)612-9233



HUGE STUFFED animals 30"
Elmo, 30" Eeyore, 28" & 30"
Bears. Like New (Okee area)
$20/will sep. (863)763-6131



VACUUM Kirby, very good
condition, all attachments in-
cluded. $60.
(239)410-6870



IPOD TOUCH After 4:00 pm
everything you need $150.
(863)467-2423



DAD with disabled Mom and
son, on steady fixed income
seeks owner finance. Need
3/2 on 1/2 acre + or water-
front Neat and clean can pay
$800 mo. Can be fixer
upper (863)697-9108


Agriculture

:11 *

Christmas Tree 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




HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more. South
Basinger (863)228-0073



FREE HORSE to good home! -
Rescued gelding 7yrs to 10
yrs old,needs more care and
time than we can give.Very
gentle, still under weight.
Must be able to give the at-
tention this beautiful horse
deserves! $0.
(863) 228-5595
(863)228-5596
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified




GROWERS CHOICE Soil Mix -
1/2 cb ft top soil mixed with
eucalyptus fine $1.95.
(863)675-3741



BBQ GRILL gas, side
shelves, weatherbeaten but
works good, w/propane tank,
$40. (863)467-4551
(BUNTON) ZTR Commerical
mower, 50" cut, 25hp Koh-
ler, ready to go! $2500/neg.
(863)697-2032
CHIPPER Shredder Crafts-
man 5 hp. with bag. Very
Good Condition. $125.
(863)674-0467
GAS GRILL with side burner
full tank of gas $75.
(239)657-2711
RIDING MOWER like new,
42" cut, 22 HP Kohler motor,
less than 20 hours $995/or
best offer. (409)423-0520
RIDING MOWER, 2004 John
Deere, 48", new blades, new
battery, 23 hp Kohler engine.
$600 (863)697-9704



Miniature zebu cows, 3 bulls
and 2 heifers. Good for small
acreages. Call to see
(863) 801-4417 or
561 352-3015
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
$57.00 (863)610-2206



GROWERS SOIL Mix Half a
cubic ft of top soil mixed
with eucalyptus fine. $0.85.
(863)675-3741
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"


AA CASTLE
ATLE The Parenting
CASTLE 1Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771


Employmen


Employment
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IoIo #9758
'03 FordF350 Box Truck..ony7495
ISt, mal, a/c, re po r lill, x-clea #7710
'00Saab 93 Turbo .... '3995
atoe. a/c. Ldadd #10 2
'02 Totyla Sienna Van...oy'6595
7 piss, dr. aded #b3607
'01 Ford Mustalg ...-nly'4995
6 ,yl. aua./c. led #WI933
03 GE Sonomn Kig afb..'3695
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#l2124
'01 olv S40 ........nly'5695
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'01MazdaTribute ...on '4895
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Rentals




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




BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
FURN EFFICIENCY APT TCI,
On Lake with dock, util/cable
included. No pets, $550 mo.
$300 sec. (863)697-3351
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $650
mo. + Security
(561)723-6183
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets. Avail
after 2/22/09
863)763-7301 or
863)697-1623
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets. Avail
after 2/22/09
863)763-7301 or
863) 697-1623
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.




BASSWOOD ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All appl. including
W&D. 1 Car Garage. $1050
mo. (954)303-9804
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(63)467-9029
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, lba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002



RIVER OAK ACRES New
Home (Off Hwy 70 W). Full
house pnv. $550. mo. All l.
included. (561)723-1849
Someone to share my home in
Blue Heron, $550 mo
utilities included. Call Unda
forapt.(863)763-7755



Real Estale




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
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 Inspection1 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$79,900.00 (561)801-3002



GRAND OPENING: Thur Mar 5,
11 am 3 pm. Special One
Day Only Pricing. Door priz-
es, Food and more. North
Lake Estates located on the
banks of Lake Okeechobee
at 12044 E. SR 78, Moore
Haven. 888-433-2570
idealresortdestinations.com


'02 F154, 4x4JL.... Oiy '4595
mal.A/LbedlmerV #U5988
'99 Subhar Oulback ......3995
D. loaded. ao. ac #20378
'99 Dodge 1500.........3895
xn-a., uo A/l, v #1ffls
'98 Toyola orolla .......'3995
at, a/. low mles, one a. r #f8247
'0 VW Jea ........ Only '4295
S sp.A/C li~ded #6990
'98 Ford Explorer XLT....3995
Lvau #U67
'03 Ford Taurus SE.......'4995
La ed #8310
'01 ode Grad (rava.oly'3995
LIaded-Tir-#l9?77





BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, car port, shed.
$138,500 OBO
(561)818-2348
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully furn, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
941)772-8898 or
941 448-0367



Mobile Homes




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





FULLY FURNISHED 2/1 TO
Non smoker $550 mo. +
utilities & deposit
(863)447-2189
KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES -
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. (863)467-8062
MOBILE HOME-1BR/1BA, all
uti, $650 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT
2/2, $610 mo., 1st, last
& security, 1st Month Free!
(863)983-8106
TAYLOR CREEK 3/2 Lake Ac-
cess. $975 plus utilities, 1st,
last & sec. No pets. Rent or
Buy. (772)463-4465
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
1ba, furnished, boat dock. Incl
lawn svc. $650/mo. 1st &
last. (321)777-1376




AFFORDABLE S/W Mobile
Home for sale. 14X50 2 BR,
1 BA. 12X22 SCR/Vinyl Rm.
Newly refurb. Lake acc. w/
Dock. Treasure Island. In
park. @3425 SE 36th Ave.
$24K neg. 772-318-8218
BANK REPO'S
MOVETOYOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$50,000 (863)467-2156
DEW DROP INN Custom
2/1.5 Fully furnished, nice
cov patio. REDUCED $18000
(863)763-3945
DOUBLEWIDE, 2005 1/2
acre, 2 out buildings,
$75,900. Call 772-260-0078
KINGS MH PARK 48 x 12
Fum 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & roof, in good cond.
On rented lot. Must see to
appreciate. Reduced $6000
OBO (863)467-8773
LARKEE LAKES- 2BR/1BA, on
culdesac, has renter in
place. $50,000. Call
(863)467-2156
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Brand New Park Model
12x36, Ver Nice!
$26,800
800-330-6623
MOBILE HOMES
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
(863)983-8106


Recreation



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




AIRBOAT 220 Ground power,
12'4", alum sides, fiberglass
hull. $6500 OBO
(863)357-3567 after 5 pm
JONBOAT ALUMINUM Select -
10' flatbottom, A-1 cond.,
new paint okeechobee
$375. (863)467-7415
NITRO 170 1995 17ft bass
boat,115hp.mariner out-
board.trailer included front
& rear fish find-
ers.471b.trolling motoron
board 8 amp battery charg-
er.green & gold color.exce -
lent condition.50mph+
$5200. (203)213-3929
SELECT 20 FT Pontoon Boat -
LaBelle. Also single axle trail-
er. NO MOTOR $1600.
(239)229-2974


Farts/epair -


IPmb i


I Parts/Repairs 4045


STOP IN AND START SAVINIIIII




St. Lucie Battery & Tire
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee
(863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com


Public Notice5


- II5


REQUEST FOR BIDS IRRFO 60M000242
OKF-1 05 MONITOR WELL COMPEON/TESTING PROJECT,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Flonda Water Management Disrict wil receive sealed bids through he
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Honda
33406, for the C0A-105 Moneor Well Completon/Tesing Proaect, Okeechobee
Couny, Flrida on Tiesda, April 7, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. local ime, at which brme-
ly submited bids wll be opened and publicly read Protect is for the complieon
of the constrmeon of he OKF-105 odan Aqdfer System moetor well as well
as the cdlecbon of mck cores and the running of geophysical production logs
and packer tests
An OPTIONAL pre-bid coflerece will be held on Wednesday, Mach 11, 2009 at
10:00 a.m. at the Okeechobee Service Center, 205 North Parrot Averue, Suite
201, Okeechobee, FL The Serice Center s located one block north of SR 70 on
US 441, on the second floor of the Bank of Ameica building. Call
(863) 462-520 for direcons A tevis awillfollow
Al bids must conform to the nstuctions in he Request for Bidders (RFB, Interest-
ed respondents may obain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CD for
15 O athie above address, by calln (561 682-2715, or by calling te 24-hur
BID HOTLINE 800472-5290. The public is invited to attend hie bid opening In-
Iomatlie on tie status of Ihis soliciation can be obalned at our web site
www.stwmd.go.
311604 ON 3/4/09


MERCURY 175 1982 For
sale- 175 hp Mercury Out-
board motor on a 1982 17.5
foot Hydra Sport bass fishing
boat. Included is a Kota all
terrain 401b. trolling motor
with foot control and 1982
Atwood trailer. The motor
has been professionally re-
built within 100 hours. All in
good condition. Boat has live
well and bilge pump with a
forward and aft fishing plat-
form with chairs. $2950.
(863)467-2267
V-Bottom alum boat w/ trailer,
15 hp evenrude motor.
$1,550 (863)946-3377 or
863-228-6636



COACHMAN 1985 28 Ft. Pull
Behind. $1800 Firm
(863)675-7105
COMPLETE SET Tie-Downs for
slide-in Camper, new 15"
spare tire 6 hole im w/fold
down carrier, Blue ox hitch
for car pulling $450 for all or
will separate (863)763-5062
TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached, can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4. Okee.
$2500 (269)240-0797
VINTAGE 1970 DODGE
MOTORHOME 318 eno., fi-
berglass body, $150 or
trade (863)801-3667



HARLEY DAVIDSON Heritage,
1994 18,000 miles, runs
great, $8000 or trade for
travel trailer (863)357-1340
HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTS-
TER 883 1998, Low miles,
nice cond, poss trade $5000
(863)430-6987
HONDA REBEL 2006 black
and chrome excellent cond
$2500. (239)707-8606
KAWASKI EN500C7 STREET
2002 Runs great! 80 miles
per gal $1700.
(863)357-1739
SUZUKI RM 125 2000 needs
a rear fender, runs good, A
must see. $1000/or best of-
fer. (863)763-6297
SUZUKI VOLUSIA 800CC
2003 silver/whive,
shield, saddlebags, sissy-
bar, roadpegs, loorboards,
crashbar, excellent condi-
tion, $3000/firm.
(863)824-6189
Yamaha Star 03-650. 8,000
miles. Extras $3,000 firm
863-673-4341 cell




ATV-Honda Odessey, 1983, 4
wheeler 250, 2 stroke, nice
cond. $800 (863)430-6987
MANCO 260CC 2005 Like
new 260cc w/racks,Auto,
H,L,R. NOT 4x4. $1500.
(863)357-5773
POCKET BIKE Select Goes
about 60.Runs good.Blk n
red.Call to see $150/or best
offer. (863)261-4498



HOLIDAY RAMBLER 1972 -
good condition $1000.
(239)657-2711



Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070




BUICK CENTURY LIMITED
1987 Loaded $2500.
(863)467-8849
BUICK PARK AVENUE One
owner, 28450 actual miles
$6900 (863)763-8132
CHEVROLET CAMARO 1995 -
bk z-28 v8 It1 engine..leather
int.float master 110,000
original miles, a/c $3500.
(956 )907-2888
956)533-9831


CADILLAC SADAN DEVILLE
1994 FAIR CONDITION,
NEW BRAKES,POWER WIN-
DOWS LEATHER INTERIOR.
HUNTER GREEN WITH
FLAKES ALSO LOW MILAGE,
CD, air bags, anti-lock
brakes, heated seats, a/c,
auto, Cc, rear defrost, V-8.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
FEEL FREE TO CALL. **
MUST SELL MOVING**
$1200/or best offer
(863)634-6843
FOR SALE MERCEDES -
BENZ 300 SDL, good condi-
tion, $400 Call
(863)447-2189
FORD F250 1993 4-wd, au-
to. V-8, Runs Good.
$2500/or best offer
(863)763-6297
FORD T-BIRD 1996 113k
miles,v6, cold air, automatic
$1200. (863)467-7374
GRAND MARQUIS 1996,
Leather, V8, auto,alloy whls,
cold a/c, antilock brks, pow-
er $2300 (863)763-8027
TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles. Auto,tilt,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
(812)989-3022
TWO STOCK CARS One
1979 Malibu and one 1979
Z28 Camaro $2400 for both
or will separate.
(772)323-7096




CHEVY SILVERADO 2500 HD
2002 4-wd,4door,die-
se, CDw/amp&4-
8"sp krs, 22 -
nmsW/ToyoM/T-ires&alot of
extras,big&beefy $18000.
863)357-2816
863)447-0941



CLUB CAR ELECTRIC 2002 -
With Charger, Reconditioned
$1595. (863)843-0062
EZ GO ELECTRIC 1994 2
SEATS, NO CHARGER
$895. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART Club Car, 48
volt, elect, sun roof, used ,
Excellent cond. $1750 or
best offer (863)467-2824




FORD 1976 Dump Truck
w/wood side rails. Needs
battery. Runs good. $1000.
(239)633-6903



18" FORD RIMS -18" FACTO-
RY FX4 FORD RIMS $400/or
best offer (863)634-1545
4 CHROME wheels w/ tires 8
lug w/ cups LT 265/70 R 17
$200/or best offer
(863)612-5333
FORD 300 6cyl complete en-
gine 1997 $450.
(863)357-2816
OFF ROAD tires in good condi-
tion 4-15" 1/2 new price
$160. (863)675-6314
TOOL BOX, Cross Over, Dia-
mond Plated. Full Size. $125
(863)357-3635
TRUCK RIMS & Tires Off a
Chevy Z71. 265/75/16 A/T's
Make Offer $125/or best of-
fer. (863)634-4557



ALUMINUM Truck beds and
racks, $1200 each OBO
(863)357-3567 After 5 pm
CHEVY 1 TON DUALLY '77 -
454 eng., 4 speed, great to
restore or farm use, $1750
ortrade (863)801-3667
CHEVY SILVERADO 2002
One owner, 47450 Actual
miles. $12,900
(863)763-8132
DODGE D100 1984 6cyl,
4spd, runs good, many new
parts, tires & body fair
$850/neg. (863)763-3669
FORD 1992 F-250, 7.3 L,
Diesel 5 speed, Good work
truck. $2500 or best offer
(863)835-3251
FORD F150 1996- Ford F150
pickup truck, 5 speed, 300 6
cylinder $1800/or best offer
(863)634-3280
FORD RANGER Great condi-
tion, low miles $5000
(214)978-7372
FORD RANGER Runs great,
call for details $2500
(214)978-7372
GMC JIMMY Full size 1985,
4 inch lift 35 inch tres,
$1800 or best of-
fer(863)532-9243


Ili Automobles 400


uIc Ic


NISSIAN FRONTIER 2000 -
White. AC, CD, 4 cyl., 22
mpg., bumper hitch. $2700
(863)357-6113



CULVERT CULVERT plastic
20'x 30inch diameter cash
$400. (863)634-2303
ENCLOSED TRAILER 05 Sin-
gle axle 6x12 vent, lights,
side/rear doors. Clewiston
$2300. (863)599-0809
FLAT TRAILER 06 6x16 dual
axle,12"side rails,wood
floor,elechic brakes.Clewis-
ton $1750. (863)599-0809
TANDEM double axle 19' $800
OBO, 32' heavy duty $400
OBO (863)357-3567 after 5
pm
UTILITY TRAILER 4' x 6'
Good Condition. New Ply-
wood Floor. Spare Wheel &
Tire. $600. (863)675-8559
UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6x12
vent,lights,side,rear doors.
$2000. (863)634-2303



DODGE CONVERSION VAN
2000 asking $4700
(863)675-0077/674-1333
DODGE RAM 50 1996 V-6,
a/c, loaded, blue, conver-
sion. $950. (863)763-3551
(863)467-1358



Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


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NOTICE
The Affordable Housng Advisory Commitee of Okeechobee Counly has scheduled
its nex regular session for Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 3 00 pm in the Board of
County Commissioners meeng chambers at he Healt Department located at 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda
A person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Commites win respect to
any mater considered at such meeting wll need a recad of the proceeding, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure thad a verbatim reed of he
proceeding s made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
Stephany Duree
Affordable Housng Advisory Commttee Falitator
312496 ON 3/4/09

NOTICE
There wil be a meeting of the Tounst Development Counal (fDC) of Okeechobee
Con on Tuesday, March 1, 2008 at 5 30 p.m mn ie Tourist Development Coun-
ci Office located at 500 N W th Sreet, Okeechobse, Fonda
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by he TDC with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting wl need a record of the proceedings, and that,
for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbaim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal Is to be based
a Scott, Tomnsm Coordinator
Taust Developmen Council
Okeechobee County
312534 ON 3/4/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners wll hold its Regular Ses-
sion on Rursday, March 12, 2009 at 900 a.m at the Health Department Audton-
um, 1728 NW 9h Avesue, Okeechobee, Forda
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of Counly Commls-
sloners with respect to any mater considered at this meeting will need a record of
the prceedings, 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 wlich Ie appeals to be based
In accordance wih the Amencans wAi Dlsatilities Act (ADA) and Honda Statute
28626, persons wit disablibes needing special accommodation to partcipate in
this proceeding should contact Betsy Sheffeld or Pala Poskan, no later than two
2) wormang days pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext 2100 If you are
hearing r voice Impaired, call TDD 1-0-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620
(tTy)
CfBets Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commisoners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of Couny Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
312499 ON 3/4i09

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
NOTIE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before e City of Okeechobee Planing
Board/Board of Adiushnent and Appeals on Thursday, Marh 19, 2009 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon iereater as possible The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, n he Councl Chambers, Room 200, Oeechobee, landa.
To consider a request for a Comprehenslve Plan Small Scale Fuure Land Use Map
Amendment Aaficaabeo No 09-001 -SSA The application is sualomied by Carl Sua-
rez, on behalf oh property ownerss, Chaies Suarez The applcaton s to change te
Future Land Use designanon frams Sngle Family (SF) to Commercal (C) fto property
located between Narteast 3rd Street and Northeast A7 Avenue
Legal descnption Lots 1 through 3 of Block 147, Okeechobee, according to he
lt thereof recorded n Plat Book 5, Page 5 Pubic Records of Okeechobee County,
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City webdae Mwwwctofokeecho-
bee.com, or contact the General Services Department, leenaiokeo
beeco. 13 (863) -3372 x 218 A copy of the entire alicaion(s) are available at
the General Services Deparmen The Planning Board will make recommendations
to the Ciy Council for consideration and final adoption tentatiely scheduled for
Tuesday, Ap 7, 2009
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE AVISEO that if any person desires to appeal any
decseon made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at has
meeting, or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record f the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based Genera Services media are used for hie sole purpose of back-up for
the department
In accordance wih fte Amedcans wit Disabilities Act (ADA and orida Stautle
286 26, persons wih disabiihes needing special accommodaton to paricipate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later lan two (2) wortng days
pr to the prmceedng at 863-763-3372 x 218; you are hearing or voice repaired,
call TDO l-00-955-8770(voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (ITY),
BY Bnan Whitehall,Zoning Adminestrator
Apleaton No 09-001-eSA
312493 ON 3/4,13/09

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wil be held before the Cy of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adlustment and Appeals on Tiursday, Marh 19, 2009 at 6:00
R.m. or as soon thereafter as possible The meertng will be held at City Hal, 55
southeast 3rd Avenue, in te Council Chambers, Room 200, COeechobee, Flon-
da
To consider a request to change the zoning dstncnt rmm Residenal Single Faly-
One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CH) for Peetion No 09-01-R The peolon
is bng submitted by Cad Suare, on behalf of properly owners) Charles Sarez,
The property is located between Northeast 3rd Stret and Northeast 7th Avnue
Legal descnpon' Lots 1 to 3 of Block 147, Okeechbee, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Pubic Records of Okeechobee County,
Ronda, and is appromately 0516 acres
A copy of he agenda may be obtaied from he Ciy webate wwwmacitokchn-
Iee.com. or contact the General Services Department, ement eeo-
e corn. 631 763-3372 x 218 A copy of he enre applicaon(s) are available
athe General services Oepartment The Planning Board will makerecnamenda-
teons to he City Counal for consideration and final adoption tentavely scheduled
for Tuesday, Antil 21,2009
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desres to appeal any
deasion made by the Planning Board/oard of Adiustments and Appeals wih re-
spect to any mater considered at Is meenag, or heanng will 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 are used for the sle
purpose of back-up for e Gene Services Ofice
In accordance wit the Amencans eth Disabllihes Act (ADOA and Ronda Statute
286.26, persons wih drsablItes needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Bet Cleent, no later than two (2) wordng days
pnor to te pmceedmg at 863-763-3372 x 218, f you are heanng or voice lm-
paired, cNall 1-800-955-8770 (oice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TY)
B Bnan Whiteall, Zoning Administrator
Petown No 09-001-R
312495 ON 3/4,13/09


IN THE HIREUn ff GOT IN AND FUR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-34
IN RE ESTATE OF
WILFRED E BROWN, III
Oeceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The adminstralon of the estate of WIL-
FRED E BROWN, II, deceased, whose
date of death was January 7, 2009,
and whose Social Security Number is
041-34-6302, is pending in the crcut
Court for Okeechaoee County, Rorda,
Probate Division, the address of whelch
is 312 NW 3rd Sreet, Sdue 101,
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972 The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal rpesen-
taive's atorey are set fort below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents esae on whom a
copy of tas notice is served withn
three months after ie date of the first
publicaon of this notice mst ile their
clams with his Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SEnRVCE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All oer creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of ite decedent
must file their claims with ts court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBUCATION OF
THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS ANO DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
Te date of the first publication of this
notice is March 4t, 2009
KareyE Brown
Personal Reresentafve
32801 Highway 441 Nort, #198
Okeechobee, Honda 34972
CONELY A CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, eorda 34973-1367
863 Y73-3825
tomn WConpy, III
Honda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Represenative
311788 0N 3/4,11/09


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.
The Okeechbee County Board of County CommJsioners shall hold an Execve
Session between the Board and ts Attorney, which wil discuss hie ldigahon be-
tween tate of Floida Department of Environmenal Prtection vs Ameican Onlng
Services, Inc regarding the Sports Complex Well, bearing case number 2007-
CA-443,
The proposed Execuive Sesson shall be held on mTursday, March 12, 2009 at
11,00 a m, r as son thereaifer in he Okeechobee County Healf Deparhtent Au-
ditdum., 1728 NW sih Avenue, Okeechobee, londa
The proposed discussion shall be confined to seatileent negotiation or strategy
sessions relaing to litigaon expendlures
Notice is hereby given tat ihe following individuals wil be in attedance at the Ex-
ecuive Session County Commissioner Cli Bets, Jr, County Commissioner Noel
Chandler, County Commissoner Ray Domer, County Commissner Margaret Gar-
rard Helton. County Administrator Lyndon L Bmner and Attorney John R. Cook
A Court Reporter will be present to record the session and the ranscnpt shall be
made part of He pubic record upon conclusion of Me litgataon
CI Bets Jr, Charmnan
Board of County Commssioners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechabee County Flonda
312540 ON 3/4/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-37
IN RE ESTATE OF
MARVIN WILUS WHERRELL, JR.
k/a MARVIN W. WHERRLL, JR.
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREmRS
The adminstraton of he estate of MAR-
GIN WILLIS WHERRELL, JR, a/Wa
MARVIN WILLIS WHERRELL, JR de-
ceased, whose date of death was Oe-
coeber 23, 2008, and whose Social
Security Number s 266-70-347, is
pending in the Circu Court Ar Oke-
chobee County, onda, Probate Die-
sion, he address of which is 312 NwW
3rd Seet, Suite 101, Okeechabee,
Honda 34972 The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and personal represenive's atomey
are set forth below,
AI creditors of he decedent and other
persons having clams or demands
against deceden's estate an whom a
copy of this notice is served wtirn
three mnts after the date of the first
purblcaion of this notice must file heir
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE OATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM,
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having clams or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE RRST PUBuCATION OF
THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT HLED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM HLED
TWO 12) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECENT'S DATE OF OEATH IS
BARRED
The date of the first publication of this
notce is Mach 4th, 2009
Sandra M Wherrell
Persona Representatve
2045 S3W 18t Lane
Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office rawer 1367
Okeechobee, Frida 34973-1367
(863) 763.3825
Tom W Condy, III
londa Bar #096482
Attorney tor Persa Representave
3117900N 3/4,11/09

When doing those chores is
doing you in, i's time to
look for a helper in the
classifieds.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE No o08000068CA






of Pe ircit o, rt he Ninteenn Ju-
AJBM, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
vs
ROY ALEXANDER CAREY, YVNNE
CARY, AMERICAN GENERAL HOME
EQUIT INC., AND BUILDERS FIRST-
SOURCE-FLORIDA, LLC.
Defeat ndants
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to
an Order or nabe Judgment of Forecloa
sure dated the 3d day of February,
2009, entered in Case No 08000068CA
f the Circuit Court of ute d inealeent Ju-
dicial Circuit in aen for Okeechoeed
sunt, Flondarperein AJMs LIMITED
PARTNERSHIP o lai Tci, and ROY ALEX-
ANDER CAREY (YVONNE CAREY)
STEWART TITLE ANO GUARANTEE
CEOMPs INC, successor in interest to
AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQ inTY
INC, AND BUILDERS FIRSTSOURCE-
FORIDA, LLC., Defendants, I wil sell to
the Nfiest and besl bidder for cash, In
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd uoor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Cen, 312
NW tret Steee, Okeechobee, R39 da
34972 at 1100 o'clock AM on dthe th
day of March, 2009, ie fIdloeuarn de
sconbed property as set forth In said Final
Judgment to wA
East of ithe East 'A of Soulth of
South 'A of Tract 13, Section 36, in Hie
SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY
PLAT of Township 34 Soui, Range 33
Eaot, accornine the Plat thereof re-
coided in Plat Bok 4, Pages 3-E, incto-
give of fle Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
Properly Address: 15033 NW 2481t
Street, Okeechehee, Florida 34972
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE US
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE,
DATED at Okeechobee, Fonida tis 27th
day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF SAID CIRCUIT COURT
BY'/t/ Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
EUGENE M UNOERBERG, ESQUIRE
3574 LANTANA ROAO
LANTANA, FLORIDA 33463
TELEPHONE' (561)585-0000
FLORIDA BAR NO 235733
312459 ON 03/4,11/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT T OF THE
19Th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO.: 08000191CA
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUND
VIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-3
PLAINTIFF
VS.
GERONIMO LARA, RACHEL UMBINA LA-
RA, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTH-
ER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENTINATS IN POS-
SESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Summary Fal Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated February 1Ot, 2009 entered
in Ciil Case No, 08000191CA of te Cir-
cut Court of ie 19ti Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, Okeecho-
bee, Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury Assen-
by Room, 2nd Floor Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street Okeechobee, orida, at 11.00
am on e 25thday of March, 2009 the
followng descnbed property as set forh
in said Summary Final Judgment to-wi
LOTS 5 AND 6 OF BLOCK 29, OKEE-
CHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 1, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus frm the sale, t any, other than
the property owner as of the date of tie
is pendens, must file a da m within 60
days sater the sale
Dated this 13th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY, /S/SANDRA L CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
954 233-8000
954233-8705
38_-52545
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance wih the Amencans With
Disabliies Act, person needing a special
accommodate Nnto p i tis pro-
ceedin should contact Court Admins-
aton no later than seven days pnor to
the proceeding at 250 NW Counry Club
Dnve, Prt St. Lucie, FL 34986 or cal
1-772-870-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of te Sum-
mons/Notce to Appear If you are hear-
ing imared call 1-800-95-771 If you
are voice impaired cal 1-800-955-8770,
va Honda Relay Service
310919 ON 3/AT411/

IN ThE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEEorTH JUDICIAL CIRCUffT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Cae No.: 2009 OR 38
Division: Family
IN RE' THE MARRIAGE OF
ANDREW MERGER,
Peftioner/Husband,
and
STEPHANIEJ. MERGER,
RespondenitWre

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO. Stephame J. Marker
Last Known Address
396 Houe Road
Dallas, eoa 30157
YOU ARE NOTIFIED Tha an action has
been filed against you and tat you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Petion-
er's attorney, Joseph 0 Fansh, Jr,
Esquire, whose address is 316 Banyan
Boulevard, PO Box 4118, West Palm
Beach, Flonda 33402-4118, on or be-
fore 4/1/2009, and file the ongnal with
the clerk of this Court at Clerk, Family
Oision, Okeechobee County Court-
house, Family Diision, 312 Northwest
3ra Sreet, Okeechobee, orida
34972. before service on Petloner or
immediately thereafter yu fail to do
so, a defalt may be entered against
you for the relio demanded in the pet-
tion,
Copies of all court docments in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of e COrcu iou's office
You may review these documents
upon request
You must keep Ihe Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notifed of your current
address, (ou may file Noice of Cur-
rent Address, Flonda Family Law Form
12915 Future papers in this lawsud
will be mailed to ihe address on record
at the clerks office
WARNING Rule 12285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and Informaton Falure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dlsmstsal or sriong of pleadings.
Dated. 24-2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY, VicleRoe Rs
Deuty312193e111
312193 ON 3/4,11,18,25/09





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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION
Household Finance Corporaton III
Plaintfd
vs Case No 2008-CA-000338
EDWARD J CONRAD, CARMEN H CON-
RAD, and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS,
TNENATS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UN-
KNOWN PARTIES, mincuding, a
named defendant is deceased, the per-
sonal prpesentahes, the surviving
spouse, hers, dvsees, grantees,
creditors, and all other parties clamrng
by, through, under o against that de-
fendant and al claimants, persons or
pares, natural or corpoate, o whose
exact legal status Is unknown, claim-
ing under any of the above named or
descnbed defendants,
Defendants
CEDOF SALE
Nobce is hereby given that, pursuant to
the Order or final Judgment entered in
this cause dated Fetruary 3, 2009, in
the Circuit Court of Okeechabee
County, Fonda, I will sell the property
stated in Okeechobee County, ol-
da descnbed as
BEGIN AT THE NW CORNER OF THE
NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 SECTION 11,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 35
EAST AND RUN S 01 DEG 46 MIN 22
SEC W ALONG THE WEST BOUNDAR-
DY OF THE NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 A DIS-
TANCE OF 191 FEET; THENCE RUN N
89 DEG 53 MIN 40 SEC E ON A LINE
PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUN-
DARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4 OF SW
1/4 A DISTANCE OF 32931 FEET
THENCE RUN N 00 DEG 46 MIN 22
SEC E A DISTANCE OF 191 FEET TO
THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID
NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 THENCE S 89 DEG
53 MIN 40 SEC W ALONG SAID
NORTH BOUNDARY INE A DISTANCE
OF 32931 FEET TO THE POB. LESS
RIGHT OF WAY FOR SR 51 (US
441) ALL SITUATE, LYING AND
BIENG IN THE COUNTY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, STATE OF FLORIDA
Proper Address,
31 0 HUnighway 441 North
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
at public sale, to th highest and best
bdder for cash, at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center 2nd Floor Jury
iAsembly Room, 312 NW 3d Sreet,
Okeechaoee, Honda 34972 at 1100
A M on March 18, 2009,
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WIHT
THE CLERK OF COURT WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED thi 1Oth day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerkof Circu Court
By /S/SANDRA L SCREECH
Deputy Cleth
ENRICOG GONZALEZ, PA
Atorey at Law
ENRIOG GONZALEZ ESQUIRE
6255 East Fowler Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Flooda Bar #861472
813/980-6302
In accordance wih the Amencans With
Dlsablities Act, persons needing a
special acconmeodaon to parbcpate
Sthis Heanng should contract the
A D A Coordinator not later than seven
(7) days prior to the proceeding via the
Flonda Relay Service at
1-800-955-8771
311194 ON 2/25;3/4/09
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-M0482
LASALLE BANK NA AS TRUSTEE FOR
WAMU MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH
CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-OA5
TRUST,
Plaintiff,
vs
LEONARD J. SUMMA, JR. et al,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated Feb-
ruary 4, 2009, 6/10/2008, and entered in
Case No 2008-CA-0082 of the Circu
Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Honda in
wheh LaSalle Bank NA, as Trustee for
WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Cerfi-
cates Senes 2007-CA5 Trust, is the
Plainff and Leonard J Summa Jr, Ten-
ant #1 n//a Sam Bagget, Washington
Mutual Bank a Federal Assocation, are
defendants, I wil sell to the digest and
best bidder for cash nVon the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2n Hoor Okeechabee
County Judicial Ceer, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972,
Okeechobee County, Flonda at 11.00AM
on the 251h day of March, 2009, he fol-
lowing described property as set forth in
said Fina Judgment of Foreclosure
LOT 10, BLOCK 1, REVISED PLAT OF
WILCOX SHORES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
AMA 301 SE 8TH DRIVE,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, i any, olher than
the property owner as of the date of Lis
Pendens must fie a dam within 60 days
after the sale
Dated in Okeechobee County, Horda this
5th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerkof the Circu Court
Okeechobee Conty, Ronda
By./S/Sandra L Creech
Deputy Cleth
In Accordance wih the Amencans wih
Disablities Act, if you are a person
with a disablty who needs an accom-
modabon in order to access court ta-
cilies or pariipate in a court
proceeding, you ae entled, at no cost
to you, to the provision of certain as-
sistance, To request such an accom-
modation, please contact Dianna
Cooper in Court Administraton Suite
217, 250 NW Counry Club r, Port
St Lucle 3498 Telephone
772-807-4370; at least 3 working
days of the date the service is needed.
Hearing impaired, please call
1-800-955-8771, Voice impaired,
please cal 1-800-955-8770 The
above is to be published in the Okee-
chobee News, 107 SW 17th Street
Ste D, Okeechobee, FL 34974
310876 ON 3/4,11/09
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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Aucion wll be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972 on MARCH 20, 2009, at
900 A.M Pursuant to Florida State
71378 for unpad towing and storage
charges Year make, model and VIN
are as follows,
1991 TOYOTACAMRY
VIN#4T1SV21E9MU427932
Terms of sae are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves he
rgt of final bid ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL' NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE'
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is'
cod ion with no guarantee's
312511 ON 03/04/09

LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
mne, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Rday the 20th day of March, 2009
from 1000-11.00 A.M Pursuant to
Flonda statute 713 78 for urpaid tow-
ing and storage Year, Make, Model &
in's as follows
1998 Black Ford Explorer
1FMZU35P3W7A59174
Terms of sale cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the d of final bid All sales are final
No refunds wil be made Said automo-
iles ill be sold in AS IS" wth no
garantees
312559 ON 3/2/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUrr,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 07-00244-CA
HSBC BANK USA, N.A, AS INDENTURE
TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED
NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE
HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2005.3,
RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOA-
NASSET-BACKED NOTES, SERIES
2005-3,
Plainhf
vs
JEFFREY A BARKLEY, MICHELLE A.
BARKLEY, AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEN
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS, CARROLL COLLNS;
AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE
COMPANY N//A NATIONAL FINAN-
CIAL INSURANCE COMPANY; UN-
KNOWN TENANT#1 IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, UN-
KNOWN TENANT#2 IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY;
Defendants)
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Fina Judgment of Foreclosure dated De-
cember 26, 2007, and Order Reschedul-
g Foreclosure Sale dated January 30,
209 and entered in Case No
07-000244-CA, of the Circuit Court of
the Nineteenr Judicial Crcut in and for
OKEECHOBE County, Honda HSBC
BANK USA, A, AS INDENTURE TRUS-
TEE FOR TH REGISTERED NOTEHOLD-
ERS OF RE AISSANCE HOME EQUITY
LOAN TRUS 2005-3, RENAISSANCE
HOME EQUTY LOANASSET-BACKED
NOTES, SERI 2005-3, is PintSff and
JEFFREY A .ARKLERY, MICHELLE A.
BARKLEY, AN-RICAN BANKERS INSU-
RANCE COMF ,NY NK/A NATIONAL FI-
NANCIAL SURANCE COMPANY,
CARROLL CC LINS, UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT#1 IN P 'SESSION OF THE SUB-
JECT PROP RTY IWA VIRGINIA
HATHWAY, are defendants I will sell to
the highest and best bidder or cash in
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judlial Center,
312 NW 31rd Sret, Okeenhobe, FL
34972 at 11:0arm,, on the 11th day of
March, 2009, the following desced
property as set frth in said Final Judg-
ment, to wi
Lot 34, DEER PARK ACRES, an unre-
corded plat a parcel of land lying in
the South 1/2 of SAcnO 32, Town.
ship 33 South, Rage 35 East, Okee-
hobee Cou, Florida being more
parncularly defrihed as follows:
ommencing at tle Southeast corner
of said Section 32, marked by a
hewed lghteurwood post, bear South
89 degrees 33 mInutes 31 seconds
West, along the South line of said
Section 32, a distance of 231756
feet to the .O.B.; thence continue
along afredescrled line a distance
of 859.97 feet hence North a dis-
tance of 340.09 feet; thence bear
North 89 degrees 19 minutes 08 sec.
onds East a distance of 60.00 feet;
thence bear South a distance of
342.86 feet to the P.O subject for
roadpurposet, the West 25 feet TO.
GATHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1994
DOUBLE-WIE MOBILE HOME, SERI-
AL # OF DWMH:FLA567491,
VIN#317300H31
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In ac-
cordance with te Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a spe-
cial accommodation to participate in the
pceedim should contact Court Admin-
rar no later then seven days pnor to
the proceeding at 250 NW Counry Clab
Drve, Port St. Lucide, Ronda 34986,
1-772-807-4370 wethi to working
days of yo receipt of his nohce IF YOU
ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770
Dated his 3rd day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY/S/SandaCreech
As Deputy Clea
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from he sale, i any other han
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must ile a claim withn sly
(60) days after te sale,
Van Ness Law Firm, PA
1239E Newport Center Drve
Suite #110
Derfeld Beach, loida 33442
Phone (954) 571-2031
Fax (954 571-2033
0965 N 2/18,253/4/09
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19H
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008-CA-451
DIVISION: Cliil Oivsion
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
a FHoda Corporation
Planif
ROBfISON LILE,
Defendant
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated February 3,2009, and entered
in Case No 2008-CA-451 of the Circud
Court in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Flonda where in LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
a RHoda Corporation is the Plaintff, and
ROBITSON LIUTE is the Defndanlt I will
sell to he highest and best bidder for
cash in he Jury Assembly Room of the
Okeechobee County Judical Center 312
NW Third Sreet, Okeechobee, Honda at
11 o'clock AM on he 18th day of
March, 2009, the following descnbed
property as set forth in sad Order or Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit
THE W OF THE E OF THE S 'A
AND THE W S OF THE W OF THE S
OF THE S AND THE E OF THE
W OF THE S OF THE S OF
TRACT 19 SECTION 28 IN TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RNAGE 33 EAST, OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AC-
CORDING TO THEPLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES
3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS
Stra Number(s)
1-28-34-33-OA0o-0019-M,N,0000


IF THIS PROPERTY IS SOLD AT PUBLIC
AUCTION, THERE MAY BE AIDDllONAL
MONEY FROM THE SALE AFTER PAY-
MENT OF PERSONS WHO ARE ENTI-
TLED TO BE PAID FROM THE SALE
PROCEEDS PURSUANT TO THIS FINAL
JUDGMENT
IF YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE LEIN-
HOLDER CLAIMING A RIGHT TO FUNDS
REMAINING AFTER THE SALE, YOU
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK
NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM,
YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY RE-
MAINING FUNDS
IF YOU ARE THE PROPERTY OWNER,
YOU MAY CLAIM THESE FUNDS YOUR-
SELF YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO
HAVE A LAWYER OR ANY OTHER REP-
RESENTATION AND YOU DO NOT HAVE
TO ASSIGN YOUR RIGHTS TO ANYONE
ELSE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO CLAIM
ANY MONEY TO WHICH YOU ARE ENTI-
TLED PLEASE CHECK WITH THE CLERK
OF THE COURT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW THIRD
STREET OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA,
WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER THE
SALE TO SEE IF THERE IS ADDITIONAL
MONEY FROM THE FORECLOSURE
SALE THAT THE CLERK HAS IN THE
REGISTRY OF THE COURT
Dated at Okeechobee County, Flonda
this 5th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
BY /S/SANDRA L SCREECH
Deputy Cleh
KENNETH M JONES
Moody, Jones, Ingo & Morehead, PA.
1333 S University Dive, #201
Plantaon, FL 33324
954) 473-6605
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008-CA-442
JUDGE: MCMANUS
FIRST BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
OF INDIANTOWN, a Ronda
Banhing Associhon,
Plalnbt
vs
DEWEY A LIGHTSEY AND RUTH M,
LIGHTSEY his wife, LAURA K SIMS.
CPA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DE-
PARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Un-
known Parties in Possession #1,
Unknown Pares in Possession #2, Un-
known Pares in Possession #3, Un-
known Parmes in Possession # 4, 4i
INmg, and all Unknown Paries claiming
by, through, under and against the above
named defendants) who are not known
to be dead or alive, whether sad Un-
known Partes may clam an interest as
Spouse, Heirs Devisees, Grantees, o
Other CGamants
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE BY CLERK
NOTICE IS GIVEN that in acordanre
wih the Finl Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Feruary 3, 2009 in
he above-styled cause, I wil sell to he
highest and best bidder fr cash, at the
Jury Assembly Roo on the second
foor of the Okeechobee County Judicia
Center located at 312 NW 3rd Sreet,
Oleechobee, Florida at 11.00 AM on
March 18 2009, the following descnbed
property
A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 6,
TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST AND IN SECITON 31, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST LY-
ING SOUTHWESTERLY OF SR #15
CONNER'SS HIGHWAY, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORID AAD BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL-
LOWS.
FROM A 5"X5" CONCRETE MONUMENT
MARKING THE NORTHEAST CORNER
OF SECTION 6., BEAR SOUTH
89042'42 WEST, ALONG THE NORTH
LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE
OF 468616 FEET TO THE SOUTH-
WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR
#15, THENCE SOUTH 51930'19'
EAST ALONG SAID UNE A DISTANCE
O 1002 FEET TO A POINT OF BEGIN-
N G, THENCE PROCEED SOUTH
3 r29'41' WEST, A DISTANCE OF
2 840 FEET TO THE CENTRAL &
SjUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CON-
T OL DISTRICT LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT
O WAY LNE, THENCE PROCEED
NORTH 5455'02" WEST A DISTANCE
0 20018 FEET; THENCE PROCEED
N)RTH 38'2941" EAST A DISTANCE
S240 32 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST
RGHT OF WAY UNE OF SR #15;
T ENCE PROCEED SOUTHEASTERLY
A.ONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE A
DISTANCE OF 200 FEET TO THE
PJiNT OF BEGINNING
THIS PROPERTY IS ALSO DESCRIBED
AS LOTS 3 AND 4 OF AN UNRE-
CORDED SURVEY, PROPERTY LO-
CATED IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AND IN SEC-
TION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA AND PREPARED
BY WL. WIAMS DATED JANUARY
1971
TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING
MOBILE HOMES 1977 DOUBLEWIDE
FERN BEARING ID#TMGA5312FA
AND TMGA5312FB, 1973 CONR
BEARING 1D3334226261; 1970
CRAN BEARING ID#
4JC4512C1N6440, 1976 ROLL BEAR-
ING ID#2367, 1973 YELL BEARING
I#t15023; 1978 IMPA BEARING
lD#14007 AND A 1976 TERR BEAR-
ING ID#L02946551679
Any person aiming interest n the sur-
plus from sale, I any, other than he
property owner as of date of Ls Pendens
must file a claim within siy (60) days
after sale
Dated has 5th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY COURT
By /S/SANDRA L SCREECH
Deputy Clerk
Michae L Dale, Esg
2616 SE Wiloughby Blvd
Stuart FL 34994
772-286-2323
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVILACTION
CASE NO. 472009 CA 000073
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.
Plaintf
vs
VICTOR GOMEZ, et al,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO RUBEN RAMIREZ
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS'
12179 59th Street N
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN





ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE HOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTH-
ER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in OKEECHOBEE County, Ron-
da
PARCEL 13, BRIDLEWOOD RANCHES,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE
34, PUBLIC RECORDS OF KEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your wntten
defenses with 30 days after te first
publication, if any, on Flonda Defaul Law
Group L, Planiff's atoney, whose
address is 9119 Coporat Lake Dove,
Suite 300, Tampa, Flodda 33634, and il
the ongial wih this Court either before
service on Plantff's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter, otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief de-
manded in he Comlaint or option.
This notice sl be published one
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the Okeechobee News.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on ths 27th day of February, 2009
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
B. Adene Neals
s Deputy Cleak
312463 ON 3/4,11/09



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.47-2008-CA-000342
DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plantff
vs
SONJA R. MCCOIN, t al,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuantto
a Final Judgment of Morgage Foreclo-
sure dated February 03, 2009 and en-
tered in Case No 47.-2W0CA-000342
of the Circud Court of the NINETEENTH
Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Fida wheren WELLS FARGO
BANK, NA, is the Plaintff and SONJA R
MCCOIN; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
SONJA R. MCCOIN, RIVERSIDE NATION-
AL BANK OF FLORIDA, are the Defen-
dans, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 1100AM, on the 18th day of
March, 2009, the following descnbed
property as set forth in said final Judg-
ment
LOT 12, BRENTWOOD ESTATES, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE
31, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/ 102 10TH STREET SE, OKEE-
CHOBEE, F.L 34974
Any person caimig an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of te Lis Pende must file a claim
withsity (60) days after the sale
WITNESS MY HAND and te seal of hss
Courton February 5,2009
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of te Circui Court
By /s/SandraL Creech
Deputy Clerk
310583 ON 02/25,03/04/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008CA-000343
DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintff
vs
ELIZABETH TIVNAN,t alt,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuantto
a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreco-
sure dated February 03, 2009 and en-
tered in Case No 47-2008-CA-000343
of the Circu Court of the NINETEENTH
Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Roida wherein WELLS FARGO
BANK, NA, s the Planff and ELIZABETH
TIVNAN, TENANT #i and TENANT #2
are the defendants, I will sell to the hinh-
est and best bdder for cash at JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CEN-
TER, 312 N W 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11.00AM, on
the 18h day of March, 2009, the follow-
ing descnbed property as set forth in
sad RFinal Judgment.
LOTS 2 AND 3, BLOCK 3, SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES) 7, O THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
AiKVA 804 SW 2ND AVENUE, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in the
surphs from the sale, t any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the Lis Pendes must file a claim
it sidy (60) days afterthe sale
WITNESS MY HAND and the stat of this
Court on February 5,2009
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of te Circul Court
By /s/SandraL Creech
Deputy Clerk
310600 ON 02/25,03/04/09




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK,
Plaintd
VS CASE NO 08-458-CA
BIG LAKE HOMES SALES CORPORA-
TION, BIG 0 RV PARK ASSOCIATION,
INC., WHETHER DISSOLVED OR
PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER
WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, UENORS, OR TRUSTEES
OF SAID DEFENANT(S) AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DE-
FENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANTS #2,
Deendant(s)
NOTICE OF SALE
Nofce is hereby given that pursuant to a
RFinal Summary Judgment of Foreco-
sure entered in the above-sfyled
cause, in the Circut Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Honda, I wil sell the pop-
erty suate h Okeechobee County,
Flonda, descnbed as
LOT 6, BIG "0" R.V. PARK, A CONDO-
MINIUM, ACCORDING TO THE DEI-
CARATION OF CONDOMINIUM
DATED JULY 25, 1986, AND R
CORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORD
BOOK 279, PAGE 1844, AS AMEN -
ED BY AMENDMENTS TO COND -
MINIUM DATED SEPTEMBER 2
1956 AND RECORDED IN OFFICIAL.
RECORDS BOOK 281, PAGE 120 ,
DATED OCTOBER 6, 1988 AND R
CORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORD
BOOK 299, PAGE 253, DATED JAN
ARY 12, 1980 AND RECORDED
OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 301 PA
575, DATED APRIL 6,1994 API
CORDED IN OFFICIAL REL3R
BOOK 359, PAGE 271, ALL OF KE
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA P BL
RECORDS, AND AS FILED IN C ND -
MINIUM PLAT BOOK 1, PAG S 20
THROUGH 33, OF THE OKEEC OBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA P IBLIC
RECORDS, TOGETHER WITH AL THE
APPURTENANCES TO THE NITS
(LOTS), INCLUDING BUT NOT IMIT-
ED TO ALL OF THE UNDI IDED
SHARES IN THE COMMON ELE-
MEITS.
A/K/A
7950 Highway 79 West Lot 6
Okeechobee, FL 34972
at public sae, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Okeeeche County Judo
cal Center, 312 NW 3rd Steet, 2nd
RoO, Sute 257, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 1100 o'dok, A.M., on
March 25,2009
Any person claiming an interest in the
surphs from the sale, it any, other
han the property owner as of the date
of he ts pendens, must fie a claim
within 60 aysafter the sale
Winess, my hand nd seal of this court
on the 26th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circu Court
By /S/SANDRAL CREECH
DeputyClerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990:
In accordance with the American with
Disablitles Act of 1990, person
needing a special accommodation to
pari ae in his proceeding should
contt Cou Adminis aties no later
than seven days prior to he proceed-
Ing AT 250 NW Country Club Drive,
Port St. Luide, Florida 34908,
772) 8074370 within two worlkng
dayof our receipt of this notice, i
YO ARt HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-00-955-8770.
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IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 200b-CA-538
FBN.: 438987
PRINCIPAL LENDERS GROUP INC.,
a Flonda Corporalon, and
THE HYATT FAMILY TRUST, DTD,
Plainiffs,
RONIE JACOBS AND CHARLENE
JACOBS, husband and wife,
Defendants

Pursuant to Chapter 45
NOTICE OF SALE IS HEREBY GNIEN
pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated Fruary 3, 2009,
and entered in Case No 2008-CA 538
of the County Court in and for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, wherein PRIN-
CIPAL LENDERS GROUP INC., a
Florida corporaflon, and THE HYATT
FAMILY TRUST, TD., are Plainifs.
and RONIE JACOBS and CHARLENE
JACOBS are defendants I will sell to
the ih st and best bidder for cash at
the Oeechobee County Judicial Cen-
ter 312 Northwest Thrd Street, Jury
Assembly Room, Second Roor in
Okeechobee, Floida 34972, at 1100
A M, on the 25th day of March, 2009,
the Following descnbed property as
set forth n sad Order of Final Judg-
mnt to wit
Parcel I
Lot 16, Block 1, REVISED PLAT OF WIL-
COX SHORES, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat book 3, Page
5, of the Public Records of Okeecho-
bee CouNty Flonda, ASA: 311 SE 8th
Drive, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Parl 2
Lots 1-11, inclusive, the West h of Lot
12, and Lots 14 through 23 inclusve,
in Block 34, EL MIRASOL, according
to he pat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 2, Page 1 of the Public Records
of Okee a ee County, Floida
AKA:
Lots 14 thru 23; 3589 NW 3rd St.,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Lois 1 thu 11; 390 NW 36TH TERR,
OKEECHOBEE, FL34972
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus trom the sale, i any, other
than the property owners of the dae
of the Lw Pendens must file a clam
within siy (60) days Nfter the sale
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 In
accordance with the Americans ith
Dsablees Act, persns n need of a
special acommodaion to participate
Sthis proceeng should contact
Court Administraon no later than soe-
en days pnor to he pceeding at 250
NW County Club Dv0, Port St Lu-
ce, Rolda 34986, telephone
1-772-8074370 wihin two workin
days of your receip of this notice IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770
Dated this 5t day of February 2009.
By /s/ SandraL Creech
As Deputy Clek
Attorn for Plainff
Richard K. Stato
Sunost Intematonal Center
Suite 2920
One Southeast Third Avenue
Mian, FL 33131
305-799-1472
843-343-9628
310966 ON 0304,11/09


Churches plan special programs


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News

The revival at Trinity Free Will Baptist
Church, 1840 N.E. 39th Boulevard, is con-
tinuing Wednesday through Friday, March
4-6. Services begin at 6 p.m. and there is a
different speaker each evening.
March 6-8 the youth of Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane, will attend the
FI-Ga District 2009 High School Youth Gather-
ing at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel in Jack-
sonville. This is a great opportunity to spend
time with old friends, meet new friends, and
grow closer to God. The youth will connect
the community to Christ through several high
energy, high-impact service projects and en-
joy great music, speakers and fellowship. All
interested youth are invited to call the church
office for more information.
Believers' Fellowship Church, 300 S.W
Sixth Ave., will be having a huge yard sale on
Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. until noon.
There will be dresses, jeans, shoes, toys, an
organ, books and many miscellaneous items.
All proceeds will benefit the children's play-
ground.
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209
U.S. 441 S.E., will sponsor a Gaither style
concert celebrating the 15th anniversary of
Okeechobee's own Trust Quartet at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, March 7. That concert will feature
the Gulf State Quartet, Chapter Three Trio and
soloist George Shelton, Jr. Refreshments will
be served afterward. A donation of $6 will be
requested at the door.
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., invites everyone to join them Sunday,
March 8 at 10:30 a.m. as Pastor Jim Waters
delivers the third in a series of messages called
"At Calvary." This week's message is based on
John 19:26-27. The message will shed glori-
ous light on the subject and further assure you
of the reason Jesus went to the cross for you.
A complimentary CD of the related message
is offered, one per family.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U. S. 441 N., will be having a
revival March 9-15 with services at 7 p.m.
each evening. The evangelist will be Rev. John
Hancock, an Okeechobee High School gradu-
ate. On March 15 the church will be celebrat-
ing Homecoming with Sunday school at 9:45
a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m. and dinner after
church.
OakView Baptist Church, 677 S.W.
32nd St., will be having a Missions Fair on


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The youth of First United Methodist
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By Charles M. Murphy runs. Emily McCullough went 2-4 Okeechobee also lost to state TA A 1 ^- I U I I I 1 1 I 1; i a1 r


Okeechobee News
Okeechobee won a showdown
with unbeaten Lincoln Park Friday
to make an early season statement
in their district.
Katarina Suarez picked up the
win for Okeechobee as she scat-
tered five hits and struck out four
Lady Greyhounds in a complete
game performance. Okeechobee
pounded out 12 hits in the game.
Coach Kim Hargraves said it gets
easier when everyone contributes,
"The girls played well. They hit very
well. It was a combined team effort.
Everyone hit the ball well."
Ashtyn Brown went 2-4 with
two doubles. She also drove in two


with a run scored. Katarina Suarez
was 2-3 at the plate.
"Lincoln Park had beaten Sun
coast a team we were keeping an
eye on, 3-0, so we felt they were a
good team," Hargraves added.
Saturday the girls dropped a
3-0 decision to state ranked Palm
Beach Gardens. It was the second
time Okeechobee has lost to the
Gators this year.
Okeechobee was held to two
hits and committed three errors.
Shelby Turnier and Kaylie Wallace
combined to pitch the shutout for
the Gators (8-0). Brittany Ewing had
two hits and two runs scored, and
Haleigh Moran had an RBI double
for Palm Beach Gardens.


ranked Gulliver Prep, 9-1, in the
double header game Saturday. They
played in Palm Beach County on an
all Astroturf field. Hargraves said
both teams were very talented and
were good opponents for Okeecho
bee to play.
"Gulliver Prep's pitcher has al-
ready committed to play for the
University of North Carolina. We
couldn't seem to get many hits
against her," she said.
The Brahmans did score the first
run scored against Gulliver Prep all
season.
Okeechobee (4-3) returns home
to host Jupiter on Wednesday night.
They will also travel to Royal Palm
Beach on Thursday.


Rams outlast Brahmans


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A couple of throwing er-
rors cost the Okeechobee High
School Brahmans Saturday as
they fell to John Carroll, 7-4 at
the Lawnwood Sports Complex
in Fort Pierce.
Rick Teasley out dueled Jon-
athan Crawford in a battle of
talented pitchers to give John
Carroll their second win in three
decisions. Okeechobee fell to
(3-3).
"We just made a couple of lit-
tle mistakes," Brahmans Coach
Dylan Tedders said afterward, "It
was definitely a winnable game
and we played that way from an
offensive standpoint. Our batters
really battled at the plate."
Okeechobee had to play from
behind as they gave up three
runs in the first. Throwing errors


by Crawford and Drew Selvey fu-
eled the Rams big rallies. They
scored four times in the fifth.
Crawford also walked the
bases loaded in the first inning
which didn't help the Brahmans
cause.
At the plate the Brahmans got
three hits from Selvey and two
doubles from Crawford. Cam
eron Tewksbury and Brice Buck-
ner each had two hits.
"We out hit them but we gave
up too many walks and made a
few errors. We just couldn't stop
the bleeding in those big innings,
the first and fifth," Tedders add-
ed.
Crawford allowed four earned
runs in five innings. Dustin Stokes
tossed a scoreless inning in the
sixth.
Teasley, who played with
many of the Brahmans this
past summer when they played


American Legion ball, pitched a
complete game. He had a two
run single in the fifth. Shane
McCain added an RBI single for
John Carroll.
Tedders said despite the loss
he saw a lot of encouraging
things for Okeechobee. Craw-
ford threw some easy innings
and gave the team five innings.
His biggest problem was his con-
trol.
"He was great at times and
bad at other times. When he
didn't walk anybody he had
good innings. We still like what
we see from him this year," Ted
ders noted.
This week the Brahmans
host Port St. Lucie on Thurs
day and Glades Day on Friday.
Both games will start at 6 p.m.
Okeechobee will also host Fort
Pierce Westwood on Saturday at
2 p.m.


Tennis teams remain unbeaten


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's
young tennis teams improved to
(4-0) Thursday when they swept
a match against the Clewiston Ti
gers in Hendry County.
The boy's squad won 6-1 and
the girls won 4-3.
In the boys match, Corey
White and Zach Fowler improved
to (4-0) with straight set victories.
White defeated Naseef Azan 6-2,
6-3. Fowler defeated Adolfo Fu-
entes, 6-0, 6-2.
Alex Nielson won his singles
match 6-1, 6-2 over Trinidad
Reyes and Kyle Lunt shut out
his opponent, Francisco Reyes,
6-0, 6-0. Saeed Azan won the Ti-
gers only singles match, 6-1, 6-4
over Max Norman. In a rare sixth
singles match Jonathan Hudoff
defeated John Limdimas, 6-0, 6-1.
Okeechobee swept the doubles
as well as White and Fowler de-
feated the Azan brother's 8-1 and
Nielson and Lunt defeated Fuent-
es and Reyes, 8-4.


"Corey, Zach and Alex con-
tinue to look strong in singles,"
Tennis Coach Bryan Van Camp
said, "Corey played extremely
well against a tough opponent at
the number one spot. Kyle Lunt
played very well winning his sin-
gle's match and his first match as
a doubles player."
The girls had a tougher time as
they squeaked out a victory to im-
prove to (4-0). They did it without
their top player Kari Berger. Shai-
na Ragamat played the number
one singles and defeated Sarah
Espinoza 7-6, 7-5. Alisha Wil-
cox dropped the second seeded
match to Deliany Morero 6-7, 6-4,
108.
Katie Walker won her match
over Jayneika McCatty in another
tough struggle, 7-5, 7-6. Liz Turner
had an easier time as she defeated
Jessica Woods 6-3, 6-1. The Tigers
took the number four seed match
as Taylor Beatty defeated Kather
ine Ragamat 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles Shaina Ragamat
and Alisha Wilcox clinched the
match with an 8-2 victory over


Espinoza and Beatty. Clewiston
won the other doubles match
as Morero and McCatty defeated
Walker and Turner 8-5.
"This was a great team effort,"
Coach Van Camp said, "Everyone
moved up a spot in the lineup
and really fought hard. It was a
close match all the way and came
down to the last doubles match.
With the team score tied at 3-3,
Shaina and Alisha pulled together
as a team and played a superb
doubles match."
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By Charles M. Murphy the game to try and play against Okeechobee made it 5-0 in the him to do. Stokes also did well


Okeechobee News
Cameron Tewksbury tossed
six shutout innings and Jonathan
Crawford continued a hot streak
at the plate with two hits and two
runs scored as the Okeechobee
High School Brahman baseball
team shut out Glades Central, 6-0
on Friday night.
Tewksbury scattered just two
hits, walked two, and struck out
12 in easily his best performance
of the year. He noted he feels like
the entire team is ready to get into
a groove.
"We're not playing against
them were playing against the
game. Too many times we try to
come out and play down to their
level. We start getting lazy and
play like them. We just did what
we know how to do really."
The Coaches told them before


the game and not their opponent.
Glades Central has athletes but
not many of them are devoted to
baseball, Brahman Coach Dylan
Tedders said. "I tell our guys it's
a no win situation. They just have
to play as hard as they can and
try not to put pressure on them-
selves. You can beat yourself up if
you fail at the plate. We did what
we had to do to win tonight, I'm
happy we got out of here with a
win."
Okeechobee scored three
times in the second as Dustin
Stokes hit a hustle triple in the gap
in right center field. He scored on
a sacrifice fly by Adam Tewks-
bury. Juan Villareal walked two
Brahmans, Crawford and Bran-
don Farless and they came around
to score on an RBI infield hit by
Aaron Suarez and an obstruction
call on the bases.


fourth as Crawford singled, ad-
vanced to second on a throwing
error, stole third and scored on
fielder's choice by Suarez.
The Brahmans final run came
in the fifth as Adam Tewksbury
singled and scored on Crawford's
double.
The story was basically Tewks-
bury. The Brahmans played good
defense and got contributions
from several players. Jake Daven-
port, who pinch ran and scored
in the fifth, had a pinch double in
the sixth off the bench. Okeecho-
bee had seven hits in the game.
Coach Tedders said he was
happy that Cameron pitched a
strong game. He noted he need
ed a good game to get back in the
groove, "He did good and threw
strikes. He had his pitches work
ing and did everything we asked


on Tuesday. It's good to see those
guys back on track."
Tewksbury said he really im-
proved his game by playing last
summer for the American Legion
team that won the Florida state
championship. He said anytime
you challenge yourself against
better competition, you are go-
ing to get better. "I think anytime
you can play with players at a
higher level than you your going
to get better. It is definitely a good
thing."
Tewksbury plans to play
American Legion ball again this
summer.
The Brahmans travelled to
John Carroll on Saturday. The
Brahmans return home for a
Thursday night game against Port
St. Lucie. Game time is 6 D.m.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Aaron Suarez fields a sec-
ond inning ground ball. He
has been rock steady for the
Brahman infield this year.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brice Buckner made a nice
scoop at first to save a throwing
error in the Brahman victory. He
added a fourth inning single.


Glades County replaces lake channel markers


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Thanks to the foresight of Glades
County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon, an
glers and boaters on Lake Okeecho-
bee are now finding it easier to locate
channels within Glades County.
A project to replace seven chan-
nel markers destroyed by Hurricane
Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005, was com-
pleted last week. Those channels are:
Pearce Canal, Indian Prairie Canal,
Dyess Ditch, Harney Pond, Fisheat
ing Creek, Moore Haven Canal and
Cochran's Pass.
Following the storm, SheriffWhid-
don was aware of the missing chan
nel markers and became concerned
about the possible safety hazard cre-
ated by their absence. He then, along
with the help of the Glades County
Board of County Commissioners and
Glades County Emergency Manage-
ment, contacted the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency (FEMA)
and requested financial support with
the project.
Although the project was ap-
proved, it could not be completed
until Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, due
to low water levels.
The total cost of the project was
$54,357. Of that cost, FEMA paid
37,500 and Glades County paid
$16,857.
After Tropical Storm Fay drenched
the area in August of 2008, the water


level rose considerably and South-
east General Contracting could now
get on the lake with their 20-foot x
40-foot barge to set the markers.
According to Don Duncan, a
spokesman for the Palm City compa-
ny, the barge and its 5-ton crane was
unloaded in the Harney Pond Canal
and it took about a week for them to
mount the lights and set the 12-inch
x 30-foot oversized telephone polls.
Mr. Duncan said the barge has a
shallow draft and can operate in 12
to 14 inches of water.
Texas Aquatics, out of Avon Park,
received the bid for the project and
then subcontracted with the Palm
City company to set the poles.
"We had the lights, the solar pan-
els and the batteries and we made
the mounting brackets that slipped
over the top of the poles," explained
Mike Hulon, from Texas Aquatics.
Just under the light, at the top of
the pole, is a large white sign with
the name of the canal emblazoned
on it in big red letters.
The lights will make the signs
more visible to boaters at night, and
in bad weather.
"We went out and checked them
Friday, Feb. 27, and they were all
working," said Captain Daryl Lewis
from the Glades County Sheriff's Of
fice on Monday, March 2.
Mr. Duncan said the poles were
driven into the lake bottom at a mini-
mum depth of 10 to 12 feet.


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Illuminated markers like this one
have been placed at seven differ-
ent channels on Lake Okeecho-
bee that are in Glades County.
According to Glades County
Sheriff Stuart Whiddon, the proj-
ect was finished last week. The
markers were set on the lake at
Pearce Canal, Indian Prairie Ca-
nal, Dyess Ditch, Harney Pond
Canal, Fisheating Creek, Moore
Haven Canal and Cochran's
Pass. The original channel mark-
ers were destroyed in 2005 by
Hurricane Wilma, but due to low
water levels the project could
not be completed until recently.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jonathan Crawford continues
to shine this year. He scored
twice and had an RBI double
Friday.


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