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Vol. 100 No. 55


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Friday, May 8, 2009 50 Plus tax


Changes to County
Comprehensive Plan...
Page 2

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baseball
team in
regionals
... Page 8


Index
Classifieds 17-19
Community Events.........................
Crossword 19
Obituaries.. ....... ...... ........ 6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ....... ..... ..... ....... 8
Weather 2

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The color guard from Ameri-
can Legion Post 64 present- ,
ed the colors at the National
Day of Prayer service held i-. Pale Ca 3lt
on the courthouse lawn at Rev. Larry Kilgore, pastor of Okeechobee Church of God sings
noon on Thursday, May 7. "The Lord's Prayer" at the Service. Local ministers offered
Peace Lutheran Preschool prayers for the leaders of our nation, the social welfare of our
and Okeechobee Christian nation, its safety and spiritual growth. Local elected officials
Academy students sang also participated. Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May prayed
"God Bless America." Stu- for federal, state and local law enforcement. Okeechobee City
dents from Real Life Chil- Councilman Clayton Williams led a prayer for protection of fire-
drens' Ranch gave a special fighters. Okeechobee City Councilman Dowling Watford prayed
dance interpretation, for the economy. Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of schools,
prayed for our schools, educational system and educators.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Participants at the National Day of Prayer service held on the courthouse lawn at noon on
Thursday, May 7 huddle under umbrellas for protection from the sun. The event is an annual
tradition in Okeechobee sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association. After Peace
Lutheran Preschool and Okeechobee Christian Academy students sang "God Bless Ameri-
ca" and Rev. Dr. Paul Jackson had an opening prayer, the color guard from American Legion
Post 64 posted the colors. Area pastors and elected officials offered prayers for the leaders,
social welfare, safety and spiritual growth our nation. Children for Real Life Childrens' Ranch
offered a special dance interpretation. Kiwanis Club President Jim Vensel wishes to thank
Domino's, CVS Pharmacy and everyone else who helped make the day a success.


City code


violators


may face


a judge
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Code violators in the city may
now be issued a citation similar to
a traffic ticket rather than appear-
ing before the code enforcement
board. At their meeting on Tuesday
evening May 5 the Okeechobee
City Council passed a resolution
setting procedures for issuing cita-
tions. The violators would have the
option of paying a fine or appear-
ing before a judge.
Code enforcement officer Fred
Sterling called the citation process
"one of the tools we have when
we can't get compliance any other
way." He predicted the citation
process would not be used often.
He said it would only be used as
a last resort when other methods
failed to achieve compliance.
The citation process will allow a
violator who is a tenant to be cited
instead of the property owner. Un-
der the current system, only prop-
erty owners can be brought before
the code enforcement board for
violations, not tenants.
With certain exceptions, such
as repeat violations and violations
dealing with health and public
safety issues, the resolution pro-
vides for the violator to be given a
warning notice first and an appro-
priate time to clear up the violation.
If the person refuses to comply,
the resolution sets fines for vari-

See CITY Pge. 2
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County commission discusses the budget

By Pete Gawda ner: "You will bring tools next Thursday?" been set for the meeting, county's comprehensive plan, the original
Okeechobee News "Yes, sir," replied Mr. Bonner. Commissioner Clif Betts, who was at purpose of the meeting. The changes pro-
As often happens at meetings of the However, Mr. Bonner later said the bud- that meeting, said the constitutional officers posed by planning official Bill Royce passed
Okeechobee County Commission, items get would not be discussed at the special wanted more information about the budget with few comments from the commission-
cropping up at the end of the meeting not on meeting. deficit. ers.
agenda are the mostnewsort That On May 7, the budget issue was brought "So far we're the only ones that have The amendments adopted added some
is what happened at a special commission upbycommissionerRayDomer.Atonepoint made any cuts and that's not fair, asserted areas to the Urban Residential Mixed Use
mis on aTh ursday, May 7. in the discussion, commission chairman Clif Mr. Betts, in reference to the constitutional (URMU) classification, reduced the density
meThp p e p ial mting was Betts stated that the people had been told at officers' budgets as compared to the com- in the URMU from 18 units per acre to 12
to consider chances t the s county's co- the beginning of the meeting that the budget mission's budget. Mr. Bonner stated that the units per acre, added some areas to the com-
prehensive plan. However, the meeting would not be on the agenda and that no ac- county was facing a $2.7 million deficit in mercial corridor, added an industrial area,
ended in a lively discussion of the county's tion could be taken on the issue, the current years' budget and a $5 million deleted the power plant designations, added
budget shortfall an item not on the acenty But Mr. Domer would not be denied. deficit in next year's budget. several industrial overlay areas, established
da. Remarks made by commissioners and 'Any time we have a meeting and I want Mr. Domer said revenue projections show a new commercial activity center, updated
county administrator LyndnBonner at the to talk about it (the budget), I will," he as- that the county needs to reduce the budget the future land use map, updated the future
Thursday, April 30 meeting led some people served. but that no serious reductions have been transportation map series, adopted new
to believe that the budget would be on the Mr. Domer was of the opinion that the made. He called for immediate action which policies addressing potable water concur-
agenda. county should act swiftly to avoid having to he called a "tourniquet." rency and a 10-year water supply plan and
At the April 30 meeting commissioners take more drastic action in the future. "Right nowyou are not doing anything to adopted an OUA 2025 projected potable wa-
discussed the budget and possible furloughs Mr. Domer wanted to know the results reduce spending," he said. "Let's start cut- ter service area map.
for over an hour. At one point commissioner of the Monday, May 4 meeting between Mr. ting. The sooner you start cutting the better Turning to another matter that came up
Clif Betts asked Mr. Bonner to bring more Bonner and the constitutional officers-the offwewill be. We can't keep asking for more at the last commission meeting, Mr. Domer
information next Thursday, Mr. Bonner re- sheriff, the property appraiser, the tax collec- information." Rather than laying off people, reported on his talks with representatives of
ferred to the possible furlough as a "tool" in tor and the supervisor of elections. Mr. Bon- Mr. Domer said the county would be better the Hamrick Trust. He had been instructed
the "toolbox" to fix the budget, ner said he has "deliverables" to report back off retaining as many employees as possible to try to negotiate the price of a right of way
"Put us together another tool or two and to the constitutional officers, and giving them a pay cut. owned by the Hamrick Trust that is on the
we will do it next Thursday," Mr. Bets said However, he did say he was encour- "I don't think you will find the dollars you site of the proposed emergency operations
At the conclusion of last Thursday's discus- aged by the outcome of the meeting. He are looking for until you address pay," he center. Mr. Domer said the pricewasreduced
sion on the budget Mr. Betts said to Mr Bon- said there will be another meeting with the said. "It's our responsibility to retain all the from $2.50 a square foot to $2. a square foot.
constitutional officers, however, no date had employees we can, so we've got to reduce It was Mr. Betts' opinion that since the land is
residential single family one. This zoning costs." "We are going to cut it to the bone," already dedicated for pubic use, it should be
change would allow the church to build a said Mr. Bonner. "Any additional cuts will free for the county to use for a public build-
Slar er sanctuary curtail services." ing. Mr. Domer agreed, however, he felt that
Continued From Page 1 In other action, the city council: No one spoke during the public hearing it would be cheaper to pay $2 a square foot
ontnue rom age approved a mutual aid agreement be- time concerning proposed changes to the than to take the matter to court.
tors However it secifies that taking into teen OkeechobeeCounty Fire/Rescue and I


account several factors, the code enorce-
ment officer can set a fine of up to $250 for a
first violation with $500 being the maximum
for repeat violators. It further provides that
any municipal code or ordinance not spe-
cifically listed in the resolution can receive
a maximum penalty of $250 for the first vio-
lation and a maximum of $500 for repeat
violations.
The council also decided to give a break
to local businesses in awarding contracts.
They passed an ordinance that would give
city, county and regional business an edge in
competing for city contracts.
Turning to a zoning petition, the city ap-
proved the first reading and set May 19 as
the final public hearing date for a request
by Sacred Heart Catholic Church to change
the zoning of its property from holding to


me uiry of uKeecnooee rire ueparment;
approved a mutual aid agreement be-
tween the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office and the Okeechobee Police Depart-
ment;
approved the temporary closing of
S.W. Fourth Avenue between and North and
South Park Street on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. for a charitable event sponsored by the
American Red Cross;
approved the temporary closing of
S.W. Third Street, S.W. Sixth Avenue and S.
E. Fourth Street July 13 -17 from 4:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m. each day for First Baptist Church
Sports Camp; and
modified the summer meeting sched-
ule to cancel the June 16, July 7, and Aug.
4 meetings.
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New charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The state has filed a charge of attempt-
ed first degree murder against a man who
reportedly tried to kill another man with a
claw hammer last month.
Anastacio Dominguez Perez, 48, S.W.
Second Way, Okeechobee, was originally
arrested April 4 on a charge of attempted
felony murder and booked into the county
jail under a $100,000 bond. He is now being
held in the Okeechobee County Jail without
bond.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
filed the arrest warrant April 23 and it was
signed by Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mir-
man the same day.
The attempted first degree murder


Okeechobee News


helps state case, says state attorney


charge, said Mr. Albright, helps to clarify the
charge.
"It actually gives me two
methods (attempted felony
murder or attempted first
degree murder) to prove
my case," he said Thurs-
day, May 7.
Perez was first arrested
by Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office Anastaci o
(OCSO), after he attacked Dominguez
Jorge Vasquez Flores with Perez
a claw hammer.
Sgt. Stark's arrest affidavit indicates that
when he asked Perez how many times he
struck the victim the suspect replied that he
hit Mr. Flores many times because he want-


ed him dead.
Mr. Flores was airlifted to Holmes Region-
al Medical Center in Melbourne. The beat-
ing, stated the arrest report, left the victim's
brain exposed. However, he is expected to
recover.
Apparently, Perez and another man had
been drinking all night and when Mr. Flores
came to the house shared by those two men
around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, he was
also intoxicated.
Mr. Flores went into a bedroom and be-
gan to arm wrestle with a man identified as
Pancho. For some reason, stated Sgt. Stark's
affidavit, Mr. Flores became angry and threw
a beer bottle at Perez. At that point, Perez
picked up a hammer and struck the victim in
the head, added the detective's report.
Besides the injuries to his head, Mr.


Flores also suffered multiple lacerations to
his body, said the report.
Despite his injuries Mr. Flores has recov-
ered and is doing well, Sgt. Stark said Thurs-
day, May 7.


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Police: Man used knife in robbery


B Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man was arrested and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail following an inci-
dent in which he allegedly stole money from
another man at knife point.
William Edward Lewis, 30, S.W. 16th
Ave., was arrested Sunday, May 3, on a
charge of robbery with a weapon. He was
booked into the county jail under a bond of
$50,000.
Arrested with Lewis on
unrelated charges was Ka-
tie Marie Kimbrough, 27,
S.E. Eighth Drive, Okeecho-
bee. She was arrested on
an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with
failure to appear posses-
sion of alprazolam (xanax)
and failure to appear pos- William
session of marijuana under Edward
20 grams. She was booked Lewis
into the county jail where


Arrest Report

The following persons were arrested on felony
or DUI charges by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
or the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC).
Dazsma Lorethea Washington, 19, N.E.
14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 4 by
Sergeant Russell Cale on charges of giving false
name or identification and grand theft. Her bond
was set at $5,000. Washington was later arrested
on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with failure to appear- violation of probation pe-
tit theft She is being held without bond on that
charge.
Diego Lincerio Mejia, 47, N.E. First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 4 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with felony battery. His bond was
set at $2,500.
William Leighton Combs Jr., 42, S.R. 62,
Bowling Green, was arrested May 4 by Deputy
Justin Akins on a charge of driving under the in-
fluence His bond was set at $1,000
John Rasmussen, 26, N.E. 11th St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested May 6 by Deputy Donnie Hol-


she is being held without bond.
According to an arrest report by Officer
Charles Green, of the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD), Lewis and Kim-
brough were driving on
N.W Ninth Ave. when
they stopped in front of I
some apartments around
5 a.m. Sunday and asked
some men for help.
When one of the men
approached the vehicle
Lewis allegedly got out
with a knife in his hand
and asked for the man's Katie Marie
wallet. Lewisthenreached Kimbrough
into the man's back pock-
et and took the wallet that contained $150,
said the report.
Officer Green said the victim then hit Lew-
is' hand and the two men began to fight. The
knife, stated the report, was knocked to the
ground and found later as the officer spoke
with witnesses at the scene.
Lewis and Kimbrough were arrested a



mes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation driving under the
influence. His bond was set at $2,500.
Bobbie Damale Redden, 18, N.E. 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by Deputy Mike
Bobrowski on Okeechobee County warrants
charging him with the felonies of burglary (two
counts) and grand theft (two counts). He was
also arrested on warrants charging him with the
misdemeanor of criminal mischief (two counts).
His total bond has been set at $14,000.
Samuel David Baggett, 45, S.E. 38th Terrace,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by Deputy Jus-
tin Akins on a charge of violation of probation -
possession of cocaine. He is being held without
bond.
Enrique Gonzalez, 57, N.W Ninth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by Officer Scott
Morgan on a warrant charging him with worker's
compensation fraud. His bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests, not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone who is listed
here and who is later found not guilty or has the
charges against them dropped, is welcome to
inform the newspaper We will confirm the infor-
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Clean it up
We live in Treasure Island and we and
other ones pride ourselves in keeping our
property in shape, and nice lawns. However,
one on our block has a beat up trailer, huge
paint cans and junk parked in front of his
mobile home next to the street. It has not
been moved for months. Its quite an eye-
sore.

Marijuana
There is a movement in our country to
legalize the use of marijuana. The reason-
ing is "if it feels good do it!" The reality is
this drug impairs short term memory and
learning, the ability to focus attention and
coordination. It also increases heart rate,
can harm the lungs and can cause psycho-
sis in those at risk. The problem arises when
this individual operates a motor vehicle with
impaired focus and coordination and injures
or kills others while operating that vehicle. I
am amazed that our legislators would even
consider accepting this chemical substance
that impairs brain functioning. There is no
justification or rational use of this drug or
any other illegal drug except for the self cen-
tered desire of the user to "feel good" at the
eventual expense of others. Get involved by
letting our legislators know that substance
abuse is epidemic and has an adverse effect
on the majority of our families.

Hazardous waste
W Saturday is Amnesty Day for Hazardous
Waste materials. If you have any old batter-
ies, paint cans, pesticide containers or other
items that should not go in the landfill, this
is the day to get rid of the trash. Did you
know that you are not supposed to throw
any batteries in the trash? The used AA and
AAA batteries should be saved and turned in
as hazardous waste. We all need to pitch in
and do our part to help protect the environ-
ment and the planet.


I want to compliment the folks in
Treasure Island who volunteered to help
haul hazardous waste to the Amnesty Day
pickup point. There are a lot of older folks
in Treasure Island who have old paint cans
and other waste items that need to go, but
they can't haul it there by themselves. It is
wonderful that someone stepped up to help.
I hope they inspire those in other neighbor-
hoods around the county to do the same.
Help your neighbor haul his trash away and
you will both benefit from a nicer neighbor-
hood.

Church goers more
likely to support torture
The question the survey asked was:
"Do you think the use of torture against sus-
pected terrorists in order to gain important
information can often be justified, some-
times be justified, rarely be justified, or never
be justified?" The survey found that regular
church goers were more likely than non-
churchgoers to respond that torture might
sometimes be justified. The original survey
question is pretty broad.
What ever happened to the Geneva
Convention? This is supposed to outline
humanitarian concerns for all under inter-
national law. If all countries followed this,
there would be no discussion of how we
all would feel on the issue of torture. The
law is: We ALL are not supposed to torture
ANYONE. All countries that signed into this
agreement are suppose to follow the basic
simple rule of "no torture of ANY prisoners
of war." Seems to me, that if a particular
country chooses to ignore this, and admits
to the torture of any prisoner, then how can
they have any moral standings to not expect
there fellow countrymen/woman to not be
tortured.
What ever happened to the Geneva
Convention? Ask ANY survivor of Bataan.
The Geneva Convention is only works if
it's followed, just because a country agreed
to it. Does not mean they will follow it.
I think there are probably individuals in
the military -- just as there are individuals in
law enforcement -- who abuse their power.
However, I do not think that as a whole the
American military is engaging in torture of
prisoners that violates the Geneva conven-
tion. If others disagree, I will certainly be
open to consider other views but please give
specific details and instances that I can also
research.


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Car companies
If U.S. companies made better cars
then fewer Americans would buy foreign
vehicles.
U.S. cars are and have been for the past
10 years just as good as any cars made any
where in the world. Not only that US cars are
safer. JD Powers, Car and Driver, Consumer
Reports, and all the other major Auto, and
consumer magazines have been saying this
for years. How many 20-year-old Japanese
cars do you see
on the road? Look
around try and
find them. While
you are looking
see how many 20
year old, or older
American built
cars and trucks you see. Go to a classic car
show. How many Toyotas, or Hondas are
there? How many Yugos are left on the road?
I'll put any of the American-made cars I sell
against any other cars when it come to qual-
ity, dependability, customer satisfaction, and
fuel economy.
I think many car buyers simply come
down to what they can pay for. Average
wages have not gone up as quickly as the
auto prices have. People would like to buy
the better cars, but they don't have the
money so they settle for the cheaper foreign
made cars. American car makers need to
come out with an American version of the
original Volkswagen -- a small, reliable ve-
hicle that the average person can afford. Cut
out anything that makes the cost go up. Re-
member the original Ford you could have
it in any color you wanted, as long as that
was black.

Drought
Driving home once again I see my
neighbors are watering the street in front of
their house. They have the sprinklers right on
the edge of the property, so half of the water
runs into the street. This is so wasteful. That
water comes from the aquifer we all share.
It is just so wrong to waste water. We might
need that water to drink someday.
I don't think I have ever seen my prop-
erty as dry as it is right now. I don't know if
it is a change in the weather patterns, global
warming or something else, but the water
shortage looks worse now than it did last
year. We may be lucky they aren't building
more houses, which would be more de-
mand for water.


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Puppy mill or dog kennel
While most folks were enjoying the nice
cool night time temperatures we have been
having by opening windows, and turning
off the a/c, some folks just like me, have to
tolerate the high cost of electricity with our
Electric Cooperative, because opening your
windows just means another night without
sleep. The barking sounds like it is right
under our bedroom window. Now we are
being told by Animal Control that our neigh-
bors can have any number of dogs. How-
ever, not so with the ordinances I have been
reading. I have watched my husband's, as
well as my own health deteriorate due to
the lack of sleep. Kennels do not belong in a
residential area.
I believe West Palm has a new law that
states all dogs have to be spayed and neu-
tered unless a licensed breeder and then you
can only breed x amount
of puppies per year. I
don't agree with being
a breeder period. We
have thousands of good
animals sitting in shelters
on death row waiting for i4')
the chance to make a
family happy and there is
no needs for kennels and
puppy mills to be here. Until we find homes
for the manyvoices that cry to get out of their
prisons there should be no more breeding of
unwanted puppies or kittens. The problem
is there just aren't enough officers to handle
each animal complaint.

Things I learned from growing
up around the lake
When I first moved here, it took a while
to understand the local 'directions' which
included landmarks that no longer exist ...
such as the homes of people (who are no
longer alive) used to live, water towers that
were torn down years ago. I decided I must
have been here long enough to fit in when I
caught myself doing it.

County budget
For years the county commission has
been throwing away tax money on things
we did not need. They build the money-pit
agri-civic center when what we needed was
an enclosed building for a hurricane shel-
ter. We didn't need another rodeo grounds.
Now there is no money for a shelter.


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OPINION


May 8, 2009







Propane tanks require special disposal


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Wednesday's article on the Hazardous
Waste Amnesty day brought in several calls
from some local residents and business
people. As a result, I'm going to have a good
sized serving of humble pie for not checking
my facts. Here's why:
Glades Gas is NOT accepting empty pro-
pane tanks. They can't afford to.
Propane tanks that are not safe to refill
have to be processed. The first step is to
remove any residual propane fuel, and it
takes special equipment and talent to do
this right. Improper release of the gas into
the atmosphere can result in an explosion
because not only is propane under pressure,
but it is also very flammable. (Did you hear
about the pipeline explosion down in Martin
County earlier this week?)
Next the valve assembly needs to be re-
moved. It's not as easy as it sounds, as the
threads are backwards and if the valve is
gummed up or rusted closed, it will take a
trained talented mechanic some time to do


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this. And time is money.
Then they have to be filled with water,
and the vendor has to store them on their
property until a scrap dealer can be con-
tacted to come pick them up. And then the
vendor that has accepted the empties has to
PAY to have them removed.
Glades Gas said they don't have the room
at their facility to do this, and they don't have
the money to pick up the tab for disposal
costs.
So what can you do?
The best suggestion is to return the cyl-
inder to the company you bought it from.
They might charge you a small fee to dis-
pose of it but remember it is your waste.


Thank you Firefighters!
Seacoast National Bank visited the four Okeechobee fire stations and de-
livered a "thank you" cake to our firefighters in recognition of National Fire-
fighter Day on May 4. Pictured: Teresa Chandler, Doug Werk, Mike McCloud,
Dave Harris, Ricky Jones and Melody Hodges.


Collegiate visit
A recent trip to UCF was attended by the 3.0 GPA students from Okeechobee
Freshman Campus. Evan King, an OHS graduate and a sophomore at UCF,
guided the students through the various areas of campus. He offered very
practical tips to prepare them for college life. After the tour, the students ate
at the Student Union, and were treated to a UCF baseball game.


Call and ask first, so you don't go driving all
over town with an empty gas tank.
Another option I found was to use the
services of those propane tank swap ser-
vices: your drop it off and it is replaced with
a new, full tank. One such company is called
Blue Rhino. I checked their website, and
they have a location search feature online at
http://www.bluerhino.con/. Type in our lo-
cal zip code, and it shows 14 local drop off
sites. Another company is Amerigas a peak
at their webpage http://www.amerigas.com/
shows 13 local sites.
Please disposed of this hazardous waste
properly there are options that are much
better that abandoning the special waste
materials.
And, I'll be careful checking my sources
and references next time. If you need ad-
ditional information, please email us at:
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu, check our web-
page http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 863-763-6469.

Invasive plants


control efforts


get under way
The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) has begun a month-long
effort to control two highly invasive, exotic
plants-Old World climbing fern and Brazil-
ian pepper trees-growing along the Kis-
simmee River.
District staff is spraying herbicides ap-
proved by the U.S. Environmental Protec-
tion Agency along the length of the river,
from Lake Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee,
to limit the spread of these plants. The treat-
ment is scheduled to last through the end of
May 2009.
Since it first made its way to Florida in the
late 1960s, Old World climbing fern (Lygo-
dium microphyllum) has become one of the
most invasive exotic plants in the state. The
climbing fern grows quickly in South Florida
without the natural pests and conditions that
keep it in check in its native areas of Aus-
tralia, Asia and Africa. The fern covers and
shades out native plants, eventually killing
them.
Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifo-
lius) is a South American shrub first intro-
duced into Florida as an ornamental plant
in the 19th century. Today, it is considered
one of the most noxious, widespread weeds
in the state. The peppers readily invade ev-
erything from fallow farmland to hardwood
hammocks and mangrove forests.
The SFWMD Vegetation Management Di-
vision is responsible for managing nuisance
and invasive exotic vegetation throughout
the District. Implementation of a vegetation
management program helps to ensure the
continued use and function of the region's
water resources and preservation of South
Florida's conservation lands.


Calendar
Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. Anyone
interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight is welcome. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at 800-932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, NA. Sickest
Of The Sick 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St.
This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use Fourth Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club.
For more information call Loretta at 863-
763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
Restoration ministries meets the
second Friday of each month to help with
addictions, depression, etc., at 7 p.m. For
more information call Miss Kathy at 863-
357-9083.
Saturday
Worship in Song at the Living Word of
Faith Church of Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., on the second Saturday of the month
beginning at 6 p.m. For information, contact
the church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee
Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne
Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus
Holy Ghost Crusade Mission, 1401 N.E. Park
St. Every teen is invited. Call 863-634-9340 or
863-357-6248, for information.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, AA. week-
end noon; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7
p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group open
discussion 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10
a.m. until noon at the County 4-H Extension
office at 458 U.S. 98 N. For information, call
the extension office at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S.
Parrott Ave., gospel music sing at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-763-6869.
Sunday
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, AA. week-
end noon meeting open discussion. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.


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Community Events


All night, no alcohol
graduation party planned
The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club is plan-
ning their 21st annual party for high school
seniors on graduation night. Donations are
sought to help fund the event and to pro-
vide door prizes for the students who at-
tend. Contributions of any size and/or prizes
would be greatly appreciated. Checks made
out to "Grad Nite" can be mailed to 110 N.E.
Fifth Sreet, Okeechobee, FL 34972 or if priz-
es need to the picked up call 863-763-1994.

Red Cross safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing the following Health & Safety classes
in May: Monday, May 11 Infant/Child
CPR/AED. Wednesday, May 20- Adult CPR/
AED. All classes start at 6 p.m. and are held
at their Service Center, located at 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. To register, or for more information
call 863-763-2488.

Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard
sale at the Blue Volunteer Building, next to
the Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
on Friday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. until noon.
All monies raised will go to the continuing
care for patients in the Hamrick Home and
those who chose to stay in their own homes.
For information call 863467-2321.

Blood drive set
Publix Okeechobee will have a Blood
Drive on Friday, May 8, from noon to 6 p.m.
All donors receive a FREE $35 entertainment
Treasure Coast coupon book and a special
restaurant meal coupon.

Roundtable to hold meeting
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Services Network of Okeechobee
County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting
at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the board
room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office. The public is invited. For more
information call Sharon Vinson at 863462-
5000, ext. 257.

Cheer, Dance and
Tumble teams open
Okeechobee Xplosion All Star Cheerlead-
ing, Dance and Tumble, will hold evalua-
tions on May 8 and 9, for the upcoming
2009-2010 season. We welcome every one
to join our family in our NEW facility re-
gardless of skill level. EVERY CHILD WILL
MAKE A TEAM! Xplosion All Stars com-
pete all over the state of Florida bringing
in 4 National Champion Titles, 5 Individual
National Champion Titles as well as many
other awards in the 08-09 season. Competi-
tive teams start at age 3-19, boys and girls
welcome, Competitive Hip Hop starts at age
12, Special Needs Team, Non-Competitive
Show team, Tumbling Classes, Mommy
and Me, Parents Night Out and much, much
more! Please Contact Coach Victoria for
more information 863-441-3826, www.xplo-
sionallstars.weebly.com,


Chobee Firestix holds
fundraiser
The Chobee Firestix will holds a barbe-
cue fundraiser on May 8, from 10:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at Eli's Western Wear parking
lot. Dinners are $10 per plate, includes, bar
becue pork, baked beans, cole slaw and roll.
Plus, you could win a steer to stock your
freezer. Five or more plates and deliveries
will be made. The barbecue will benefit the
Chobee Firestix Travel Softball Program. For
information please contact Kim Hargraves at
863-634-6322.

Disaster preparedness
discussed on radio
Lori Von Kannon, President of Florida
Emergency Preparedness Association will
be on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM at 7:30 a.m.
on Saturday, May 9 to discuss the Florida
Governors Hurricane Conference and Di-
saster Preparedness. This discussion will be
rebroadcast again at 1 and 6 p.m. For more
information contact Florida Emergency Pre-
paredness Association at 954-894-1070.

Mother's Day steak dinner
Treat your mother/grandmother to a rib-
eye steak dinner on Mother's Day May 10
from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American Legion
Post 64, 501 S.E. Second Street. Dinner in-
cludes baked potato, salad, roll and butter,
dessert, iced tea, coffee and live entertain-
ment. Public is welcome. Dinner is available
for a $12 donation. Mothers and grandmoth-
ers only pay $10.

Lodge holds Mother's
Day breakfast
Okeechobee Lodge No. 237, F&AM will
hold a Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday,
May 10 at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 NW Fifth Avenue, serving will be from 8 -
11 a.m. In observance of this special day, all
Mothers and Grandmothers will be treated
to a great breakfast free of charge. Children
under 10 $3 and all others $6. Tickets can be
purchased at the door. The menu includes
biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs,
pancakes and grits, bacon, sausage, coffee
and orange juice. For information, contact
Hugh Alger at 863-467-1491, Jim Green,
Worshipful Master at 863-6344401 or any
lodge officer.

American Legion holds
annual election
The American Legion Post 64 will holds
its annual election of officers for 2009-10,
on May 12, from noon until 7 p.m. Voters
must have a current 2009 membership card
to vote. Members can pay 2009 dues prior
to voting if they have not paid dues ($32).
For more information contact John Munger,
Bob Keebler or Dallas Creech at 863-763-
2950. Ballots will be available at registration
desk on that date.


Memorial set
for fallen officers
The annual Law Enforcement Memorial
Service will be held Friday, May 15, at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, 504
N.W Fourth St., starting at 9 a.m. The pub-
lic is invited. For information, contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 863-
763-3117.

KOA fundraiser
Good Spirits, 245 Hwy. 441 SE will spon-
sor a "Ham Yee-Haw Dinner on Saturday,
May 9, beginning at noon. There will be
music, games & a delicious ham dinner for
a $5 donation. Eat in or take out, limited de-
livery is available. Proceeds benefit the little
ones at the KOA Cancer Camps. Everyone is
welcome.

Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to
their Monthly Mixer on Tuesday, May 12
from 5 7 p.m. This month's Main Street
mixer is being hosted by the Accident Law
Offices of Philip DeBerard, located at 114
North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee. This is
a great networking opportunity for the busi-
nesses and citizens of our area. Whether
you have a new or old business or just new
to Okeechobee, come enjoy networking, re-
freshments, door prizes and a chance at the
Mega 50-50. For more information call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).

Free government contract
business seminar set
The Small Business Development Center
will hold a seminar for those looking to win
contracts from the Government on May 14,
from 11 a.m.-I p.m.. The seminar will be
held at the Williamson Conference Center
at Indian River College on NW 9th Avenue.
Government contract expert Dan Telop from
Florida Gulf Coast University will be on hand
to show attendees the ins and outs of do-
ing business with the Government including
how to register and submit bids to attempt
to take advantage of a potentially new rev-
enue source for your business. The seminar
is FREE to the public but registration is re-
quired. Please call 863-517-0097 to register.

Impact Cheer Camp
registration dates set
The First Baptist Church Summer Impact
Cheerleading Camp will be held from June
15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages run from
kindergarten through 10th grade. The cost
is $125 which includes lunch each day and
snacks. Registration forms can be picked up
at the ROC or the First Baptist Church office.
Deadline to register is May 15. If you
have any questions, please contact Teresa
Arrants at the ROC office, at 863-467-7625.


May 8, 2009


Obituaries

Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link o the obituaries is available at
www.newszap.com.

Harold Bibb Brough, 81
OKEECHOBEE Harold Bibb Brough, died
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in his home. He was 81.
Born April 22, 1928 in St. Augustine to the late
Victor and Beatrice
Brough, he was a dairy in-
spector with the State of
Florida Agriculture Depart-
ment. Mr. Brough proudly
served our country in the U.S.
Air Force. He was a member
of the Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church.
He was preceded in death
by his son, David Brough.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne K.
Brough of Okeechobee; brother, James Brough
(Mary Frances) of Tucker, Ga.; daughter-in-law,
Janice Brough; grandchildren, Traci (Osiris),
Joshua, Jock (Whitney); and great-grandchil-
dren, Ashton, Alex and Charlie.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May
10, 2009 at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral
services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2009
at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, with Pas-
tor Loy Mershimer officiating. Burial will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 312 N. Par-
rott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL
34972.


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Rockledge ends Okeechobee's run for chain


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An RBI single by Alec Heller plated the
winning run in the eighth inning as Rock-
ledge (25-4) ended Okeechobee's boys
baseballs dream of a state championship,
with a 2-1 winin the Class 4A regional Quar-
terfinal Tuesday night.
It was a night of close calls for Okeecho-
bee as the Brahmans seemed to control the
pace of the game. They just couldn't cash in
on some scoring chances.
"We had our opportunities early, even in
the first inning. We had a runner picked off
and Brice Buckner hits a homerun. That's
a run right there," Brahmans Coach Dylan
Tedders said, "It sucks that it's over. We just
have to find something positive and keep
moving it on."
Okeechobee got an infield hit by Drew
Selvey in the first but he was quickly picked
off by Rockledge starter Chris Dennis. Buck-
ner followed with a high drive over the left
field wall to give Okeechobee a (1-0) lead
sending a huge partisan crowd into frenzy.
Cameron Tewksbury continued to pitch
well for Okeechobee. He shut out Rock-
ledge for the first three innings. He made a
mistake to Eric Coffin in the fourth that the
Raiders cleanup hitter hit over the left field
fence. The blast tied the score at (1-1).


Okeechobee had a chance to go back
on top in the bottom of the frame. The rally
started with two out as Mark Weir singled,
Aaron Suarez reached on an error and Drew
Selvey walked. Buckner came up with a
chance to be a hero but couldn't make con-
tact on a tough 3-2 fast ball.
Jonathan Crawford relieved Tewksbury
with two on and one out in the sixth. He
came back from a 3-0 count to strike out
Coffin and then blew away Ryan Enos to
keep the game tied.
As Okeechobee pitchers were doing the
job, the batters weren't doing much against
Rockledge. Okeechobee was held to only
four hits. At one point six straight Brahmans
struck out in the middle innings. Okeecho-
bee also didn't get any runner in scoring po-
sition in the sixth or seventh inning.
Rockledge got the winning rally going in
the eighth when Nathan Bandy drew a two
out walk. He stole second and scored on
Heller's single to right center.
Okeechobee made it interesting in the
bottom of the eighth as Buckner reached on
a fielding error. Dustin Stokes followed with
a deep blast to left field that at one point
appeared to be long enough to be a walk
off homerun. However, the ball died at the
fence and fell into the glove of the Rockledge
left fielder. "All I told Stokes at the last at bat


was end it, end it. He took a hell of a hack,
but the damn guy caught the ball right on
the fence. It's a game of inches but we fell a
few inches short. I thought the ball was go-
ing out," Tedders said.
Rockledge had one big advantage over
Okeechobee in this game, experience. They
went to the state final four last year and had
a number of returning starters back. "They
know how to win," Tedders said. "We're
learning. Even at the very end when we had
two outs. We did not die. That showed a lot
of character. We could have just stuck our
heads in the sand and let the pitcher run the
ball up there and wave at everything. Drew
hit a line drive, we showed a lot of heart and
a lot of battle and we need to take that into
the off season."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Drew Selvey hit a hard line drive in the
eighth inning, but it was right at the
Rockledge second basemen.


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Cameron Tewksbury did his job keep- Dustin Stokes (left) and Brice Buckner
Ing Okeechobee In the game for five look on during an Okeechobee rally in
Innings plus. the fifth inning.


Alec Wang leads off first as Brice Buckner (right) holds him on during the th
inning of Tuesday's playoff game.

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Okeechobee students earn degrees at IRSC


The Indian River State College Com-
mencement will be held Friday, May 8, at 7
p.m. at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The
following Okeechobee County residents are
among the graduates.
Associate in Arts Degree: Twylah I.
Adams, Esteban Anselmo, Alfonso Arana,
Christian Joel Arocho-Babilonia, Lisa Marie
Herbst Baird, Talitha Leah Barber, Meagan
Hart Benbow, Lindsey Rae Besancon, Luke
Blomberg, Desiree M. Boswell, April D. Brit-
nell, Britani Irene Bryner, Cherish M. Buch-
annon, Eutimio Bucio, Matthew Thomas
Burkes, Elbert Joseph Cabansay, Melissa
Shane Chambers, Michael Ryan Coker, Alina
M. Colon, Katrina B. Cook, Amy D. Davis,
Thomas F. Desade, Christopher Justin Doug-
las, Jessica Jean Duffield, Kyle L. Durham,
Cecilia Alvarado Elliott, Isabel Garcia, Mi-


chael Roy Haddan Jr., Tonya Marie Harden,
Pamela S. Hardy, Amanda L. Harmon, Todd
Alan Haskell, Arianna B. Hodges, B. David
Hodges, Jeremy R. Hoglo, Denise What-
ley Hord, Kevin F. Hughes, Christina Nicole
Juarez, John L. Larson, Patrick Ashley Law-
son, Eric Allan Lodge, Marianne F Massie,
Tiffany Danielle Mathis, Matthew Michael
McKuhen, Justin Wade Merriman, Dante L.
Mucherino, Chaka Cope Mull, Carri I. Pip-
pin, Erica Anne Pope, Jared Chase Prescott,
Rubi Yesenia Prieto, Brooke Ragamat, Jamie
Lee Register, Crystal Jean Rhoden, Mary Jo
Robards, Alexandra Nicole Rodgers, Robert
Michael Rodriguez, Candace Salmons, Per-
itz Samuels, Maurisa Nicole Simmons, Juliet
Adeltha Skinner, Kelley Smiley, Sherri L. Ste-
phenson, Emily Nadine Taylor, Sydney Sue
Thacker, Nicholas A. Thompson, Amber Ma-


rie Thornton, Saul Tijerina, Thea Nadine Tu-
nac, Amanda Marie Van Gorder, Devon Stu-
art Venables, Kyle S. Walker, Jessica Ward,
Lauren Noelle Wegmann, Ladonna J. Weir,
Dawn Antoinette White, Jessica A. Wilder-
man, and Ellen Williams.
Associate in Applied Science De-
gree: Sheila Wagoner Baselice, Tommie
Joe Brock, Robert 1. Conrad Jr., Jared Scott
Daniels, Melisa M. Eddings, Roosevelt Ver-
nard Fulks, Calvin Allan King, Christine L.
Lamb, Daniel T. Meara Jr., and Stanly Nim-
rod Moles.
Associate in Science Degree: Stephen
Daniel Aleman, Shannon Gail Arnold, Tracy
M. Boswell, Veronica S. Castilleja, William
Roy Chambers, Tabitha Chanelle Childers,
Daniel Stephen Ciorrocco, Timothy John
Clark, Marilyn Cordero, Justin Blair Engler,


Mayreli Garcia, Jessica Lachelle Hartis, Ryan
C. Hathaway, Whitney Michelle Holmes, Tif-
fany Morgan Jones, Debbie C. LaGrange,
Jennifer M. Land, Jennifer Lynn Montero,
Felix Moros, Terra Y. Morris, Brittany JoAnn
Morrison, Tracy Lynn Penney, Emily Grace
Peterson, Ann Nicole Powell, Jamie Lynn
Rediker, Christina Marie Reynolds, Heather
A. Saunders, Amanda Douglas Silvas, Steph-
anie Dawn Stone, Melanie Elaine Troendle,
Jessica Marie Tyre, Amanda Vikojan, Tina
McDaniel Weaver, Jamie Michelle Wildes,
and Danielle Renee Witter.
Bachelor of Applied Science De-
gree: Desiree Amanda Davis, Randi Lyn Da-
vis, Anibal B. Mull.
Bachelor of Science Degree: Eliza-
beth Ann Register, and Kellie Johnson Scalf.


School Board workshop focuses on saving


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County School Board
continues to look for ways to save money
for the 2009-2010 school year.
Among the options discussed at a work-
shop Tuesday night were reductions in
salaries for top administrators including the
School Superintendent, elimination of paid
holidays for administrators, fewer positions
at the district office, cuts in athletic funds,
and no school open houses in August.
Other suggestions to save money in-
cluded less pay for substitute teachers, an
increase in school facility user fees, fewer
school bus stops, four day work weeks dur-
ing the summer, and the postponement of
several capital projects.
The school system continues to deal with
declines in enrollment and in state aid. Stu-
dent enrollment was 3 percent lower than
expected this year with 256 fewer students.
Coupled with that is fewer dollars from the
state per student. State funding has been re-
duced just over $2 million or about $85.60
per student according to School Superinten-
dent Dr. Patricia Cooper.
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cate, and many of them are relocating with
families elsewhere that have employment
and homes. We are not unique in this, this is
happening all over Florida," she said.
This is not a one-year phenomenon. The
district expects to have further declines in
student enrollment, the base student alloca-
tion, and state funding in the coming year.
Dr. Cooper said the district has projected a
decrease of 115 students for next year. They
expect base student allocation to drop $256
per student to $3.630.
Dr. Cooper said the state aid hasn't been
finalized. The Governor and legislature have
a tentative budget deal only.
She said state aid is declining while the
required local effort is increasing.
"Bottom line, that is what it amounts to.
Local people are paying for more and more
of the costs for public education," she said.
The local property tax situation has also
gotten cloudier. The taxable value of proper-
ties in the county fell by close to $98 million
this year. That resulted in a 4 percent reduc-
tion in property taxes collected. The district
has collected 86 percent of local tax revenue
owed to them. They usually collect 95 per-
cent of the local tax money. Dr. Cooper said
that is a strong statement of what is happen-
ing in the economy as fewer people have


paid their taxes.
The district could raise the millage rate to
increase revenues. One suggestion would be
a.405 millage hike, an increase of $383,967.
"We have no choice but to levy the re-
quired local millage. We will see a property
tax increase," she said. "That is very hard to
explain to a local property tax payer."
Federal stimulus dollars might also help.
The district could collect over $2.26 mil-
lion in stabilization funds. The district must
have a waiver to access federal dollars. If the
waiver is not granted, those funds will not
be coming.
"If we do get it, and everyone is hoping
we do, there are very strict guidelines that
we have to follow," Dr. Cooper noted. "Right
now they are phantom dollars, we don't
have them, so that is scary."
Superintendent Cooper has voluntarily
suggested her salary be cut by 5 percent.
She also cut district office positions by one
clerical position and one administrative po-
sition. The district will look at every vacancy
in the system to see if it must be filled. She
also cut $20,000 from athletic budgets. Ath-
letics must be self supporting. The Florida
High School Athletic Association has voted
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The district intends to reduce the work
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Golf championship ends with exciting play-off


On Sunday, April 26, Waldau Junior Golf,
Inc. presented their Third Annual Okeecho-
bee County Junior Golf Tournament. Thirty-
seven junior golfers, ages 10-17, participat-
ed in the 18-hole tournament, hosted by the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club.
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Mullins, Chance Murphy, Sarah Payne, Tyler
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If ,i -..i - 1. Ryan Reister, Jus-
tin Travieso, Kodi Stephen, Michael Watson,
Cameron White.
After lunch and rules presentation, all
junior golfers played a 9-hole qualifying

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2009 Okeechobee Junior Golf Cham-
pion, Mike Watson is presented his
trophy by Alexandria Ming, 2009 Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Teen USA.


round. These golfers were then divided into
flights based on their age and scores. A spe-
cial medalist award was given to the junior
golfer with the lowest qualifying score. Kodi
Stephen, age 14 and Richard Donegan, age
14, tied with a score of 37. Richard Donegan
won the award in a playoff.
While the flights were being determined,
all the players participated in a putting con-
test. There was a four-way tie and after a
play off, Tyler Finney, age 15 took home 1st
place; Preston Arnold, age 10, 2nd Place;
and Richard Donegan, age 14, 3rd Place.
The tournament then continued, playing
in six divisions: Junior Championship, Ju-
nior Championship second flight, Young Jr.
Championship, Young Jr. Championship
second flight, Girls Junior Championship and
Young Girls Junior Championship. First and

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Paige Arnold took the honor of first
place in the Girls Junior Champion-
ship. Alexandria Ming, 2009 Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Teen USA,
presents her with her trophy.


bee County Junior Champion. Mike and
Tony DeVoss tied for the Junior Champion-
ship both scoring 39. Both players tee'd off
number 9 for a sudden-death playoff. A large
crowd watched as Mike edged out Tony to
win the title. Tony DeVoss, age 16, took
home the honor of 2nd place.
Junior Championship Second Flight win-
ners: First Place -Danny Busbin, age 16;
Second place -Jacob Greseth, age 14.
Young Junior Championship Flight win
ners: First place- Kutter Crawford, age 13;
Second Place- Kyle Mullins, age 10.
Young Jr. Championship Second Flight
Winners: First place- Gabe Greseth, age 10;
Second Place- Seth McWhorter, age 13.
Girls Junior Championship Winners: First
Place Paige Arnold, age 17; Second Place,
Emily Raulerson, age 15.
Girls Young Junior Championship Win-
ners: First Place Cameron White, age 11;
Second Place Hannah Raulerson, age 11.


Kutter Crawford took the honor of first
place in the Young Junior Champion-
ship flight. Alexandria Ming, 2009 Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Teen USA,
presents him with his trophy.


Awards were also given out for the fol-
lowing: Longest Drive White Tee: Richard
Donegan, age 14; Gold Tee: Kutter Crawford,
age 13; Red Tee: Paige Arnold, age 17.
Closest to the pin (White Tee): Tim Gray,
age 16; (Gold/Red Tee): Kutter Crawford,
age 13.
The annual tournament was free admis-
sion for the junior golfers thanks to the Wal-
dau Junior Golf program, Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club and to the following spon-
sors:
Beef O'Brady's, Jersey Mikes, Alan Brew-
er, Danny Mullins, Ines & Grady Mullins,
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, Riv-
erside Bank, and OGCC Men's Association.
Donations given to Waldau's Junior Golf in
memory of Gary Isaacs were also used to-
wards this tournament.
Waldau's Junior Golf would also like to
thank Tom Finney, Bubba Mullins, OGCC
pro, Terry Lanman; Paul at the OGCC res-
taurant; Saba Curren, OGCC staff, and to all
the members, caddies and parents who vol-
unteered their time and patience.
Thanks to Alexandria Ming, 2009 Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Teen USA, for help
ing throughout the day, scoring the putting
contest and presenting the awards to the Ju-
nior Golfers at the tournament.
A special thanks to the members of the
Okeechobee Golf & Country Club who were
kind enough to play their golf around the
schedule of this tournament.
Waldau's Junior Golf's next events are
their first annual Junior/Adult Tournament
on Saturday May 30, 2009 and two Junior
Golf Clinics: Okeechobee Golf & Country
Club (June 22-June 26) and KOA Golf Resort
(July20 July 24). Go to their website for
more information about these events and to
see more photos of the 2009 Okeechobee
County Junior Golf Tournament: www.flor-
idajuniorgolf.org.


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Fourth grade FCAT Writes scores improve


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County saw an increase in
fourth grade FCAT writing scores this year.
In 2008, only 68 percent of the fourth
grade students in Okeechobee tested at or
above a passing score of 3.5. In 2009, 84 per-
cent tested scored at 3.5 or above.
Statewide 84 percent of the fourth grad-
ers tested in 2009 scored a passing grade of
3.5 or higher.
Eighth graders in the Okeechobee district
averaged scores of 4.0 with 83 percent scor-
ing 3.5 or higher. Last year, 85 percent of the
district's eighth graders scored 3.5 or higher.
Statewide 90 percent of eighth graders had a
passing score this year.


Okeechobee saw a slight decline
in 10th grade FCAT Writes scores.
This year the 10th graders tested
had an average score of 3.6, with 67
percent scoring 3.5 or higher. Last 1
year 74 percent scored 3.5 or higher.
Statewide this year, 77 percent of 10th grad-
ers had a passing score of 3.5.
Results by school
Central Elementary fourth graders av-
eraged scores of 3.9, with 85 percent of the
students scoring 3.5 or higher.
Everglades Elementary fourth graders
averaged scores of 4.1 with 91 percent of the
students scoring 3.5 or higher.
North Elementary School fourth grad-
ers averaged scores of 3.9 with 83 percent
scoring 3.5 or higher.


Summer youth programs provide jobs


Workforce Solutions has announced
that there are openings for the Summer
Youth Employment and Expanding Hori-
zons Summer Programs for eligible youth
(ages 14-17) and young adults (ages 18-24)
to earn extra income during the summer
months. Deadline for submitting applica-
tions has been extended to May 15.
The Summer Youth Employment Work
Experience Program (SYEP) is designed
for 150 low-income, unemployed young
adults ages 16-24, that are currently not en-
rolled in school and 50 low-income youth


that are currently enrolled in school.
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For more information regarding Work-
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fourth graders averaged scores of
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South Elementary School
fourth graders averaged scores of
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New Endevaor fourth grade students
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Yearling Middle School eighth graders
averaged scores of 4.1 with 85 percent scor-
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Okeechobee High School 10th grade
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cent of students earning a passing score of
3.5 or higher.
Twenty-six students in the Okeechobee
County School District received perfect
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of April 1, 2009, drawing interest at the rate of 1 1/2
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1 P-0263100 $49963






2 P-0265600 $4,711.29
P00425-000
B & B SITE DEVELOPMENT INC
1505 S PARROTTAVE STE C
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

3 P-0268400 $2,210.72
P00970-000
D & K ENTERPRISES OF OKEE INC
BRAHMAN THEATRE
PO BOX 1395
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-1395

4 P-0271500 $10972
P01680-000
ALL WASHED UP LLC
603 SE 6TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

5 P-0273600 $3,135.41
P02095-000
ENERGY CAPITAL PROPERTIES
P0 BOX 522440
LONGWOOD, FL 32752

6 P-0275500 $36651
P02450-000
DRY LAKE DAIRY INC
2873 EXECUTIVE PARK DR
WESTON, FL 33331-3603

7 P-0279700 $1,714.56
P03493-000
G4 LAND & CATTLE COMPANY INC
12575 HWY 70 EAST
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-8181

8 P-0281100 $3,714.93
P03770-000
GLADES MUSIC OF SOUTH FLORIDA
2057 VISTA DRIVE
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL 33408

9 P-0285200 $78907
P4757-000
P & N PETROLEUMS LLC
% OKEECHOBEE SHELL
4423 HWY 441 SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

10 P-0287700 $566.42
P05460-200
LESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING
4793 HWY 441 SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

11 P-0298500 $3,122.77
P0732 -000
DAYS INN
P0 BOX 789
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-0789

12 P0299500 $12,87263
P07433-000
PORTER INVESTMENTS LTD
2534 NW 16TH BLVD
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

13 P-0299900 $46,412.93
P07515-000


PROFESSIONAL RESPIRATORY
HOME
1020 N PARROTTAVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-2110

14 P-0302900 $865.89
P08505-000
SKIPS BAR-B-QUE
104 SE 6TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-7701

15 P-0303700 $108.51
P08670-00
SPECKLED PERCH STEAKHOUSE &
LO
105 HWY 98 NORTH
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-2704

16 P-0304200 $2,180.51
P08751-000
STARDUST PROPERTIES LLC
STARDUST LANES
48 SCHULTZ ROAD
MANORVILLE, NJ 11949

17 P-0305500 $327.47
P08905-000
SUPERIOR WATER WORKS INC.
4072 HWY 441 NORTH
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

18 P-0308000 $668.90
P09350-050
TRAVEL EASY RV PARK
4299 HWY 441 SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

19 P-0311300 $1,02443
P10080-000
WENDYS/GARY FOODS INCORPO-
RATED
3351 MARINATOWN LN STE 200
NORTH FT MYERS, FL
33903-7000

20 P-0312300 $222.74
P10540-000
WOODS CONCRETE CO
5283 NW 20TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-9536


21 P-0313500 $6,199.27
P10700-200
CHARLIES TREE SERVICE INC
402 SW 3RD STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

22 P-0314600 $12,200.83
P10700-690
TELEHAR CORP
1000 SW 15TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

23 P-0314800 $111 80
P10700-780
CREECH CONSTRUCTION
406 SW 2ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE. FL 349744215

24 P-0320900 $435.36
P10701-577
LAKE VIEW BUILDERS INC
200 NW 5TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972


25 P-323700 $4,42085
P10753-000
ADVANCED STONE TECHNOLOGIES
2455 NW 16TH BLVD
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-2010

26 P-0325100 $427.34
P10828-000
HALES FARMS INC
P O BOX 2027
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973

27 P-0327800 $8854 27
P10928000
CHARLIES LAWN MAINTENANCE INC
402 SW 3RD STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

28 P0330200 $11819
P11009-000
BERGER REAL ESTATE INC
800 SOUTH PARROTT AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

29 P0330500 $128.82
P11016-000
VEST CONCRETE CONTRACTORS
INC
1366 SW 18TH TERRACE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

30 P0336600 $1,001 55
P11155-100
SANTA BARBARA BANK & TRUST
LEASING DIVISION
P O BOX 60607
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93160

31 P-0338600 $261.93
P11233-000
JIM'S PARTS PLACE
P BOX 1782
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973

32 P-0339300 $439.81
P11256-000
SHORELINE SEAWALL INC
3826 HWY 441 SE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

33 P-0343000 $1,781.70
P11311-00
SWEATS TRUCKING & PAVING INC
P BOX 1908
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-1908

34 P-0343900 $357.05
P11336-000
OKEECHOBEE COMMERCIAL TIRE &
TIRE CENTER
1595 HWY 70 EAST
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

35 P0344200 $2,98520
P11343-000
J & D RESTAURANT HOLDINGS LLC
RJ GATORS
8895 N MILITARY TRAIL#101B
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 34410

36 P-0344300 $512.20
P11351-000
A 0 LAUNDERMAT INC
69 SW 19TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

37 P0344500 $4,831 21
P11356-000
D W SOD COMPANY INC
PO BOX 1309
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-1309

38 P-0346500 $2,391.15
P11411-00
AWESOME RV RANCH CORP
6489 US HWY441 SE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

39 P-0347300 $49,509.99
P11432-000
EARTHWISE MULCH INC
1208 NW 10TH AVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

40 P0347800 $2,53352
P11444-000
METRO ONE PETROLEUM
C/O FRANK GUTTA
490 SAWGRASS CORP PRKWY #310
SUNRISE, FL 33325


45 P-0354800 $1,342.55
P11574-530
NEXTEL SOUTH CORP
DBA SPRINT
PO BOX 7911
OVERLAND PARK, KS 66207-0911

46 P-0355100 $11,801.11
P115764000
CAPTRAN LOGISTICS LLC
2510 CANTERBURY ROAD
WESTLAKE, OH 44145

47 P-0359000 $169.54
P11724-00
HOUSTON REALTY & INVESTMENT
CO
DBA DONUT CONNECTION
989 SOUTH MAIN STREET
BELLE GLADE, FL 33430

48 P-0359500 $112.51
P11743400
ALIBIS
2850 SW 3RD TERR
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

49 P-0364400 $251.23
P11883-00
PADDOCK FARMS
2044 SW 19TH LANE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

50 P-365300 $25862
P11898000
WISE CHOICE PLUMBING INC
CULPEPPER PLUMBING
851 NW 136TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

51 P-367100 $25691
P119444000
MERICO INC
8606 SW 2ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

52 P-0368500 $4368
P11984-000
BACKWARDS F FARMS
8230 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

53 P-0368700 $586 98
P11994-00
ALLAROUND GROUND SERVICES
INC
P 0 BOX 2602
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-2602

54 P-0372700 $2,209.91
P12077-000
MOHAWK CONSTRUCTION
1307 SW 18TH TERRACE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

55 P-374000 $4,296.57
P12096-000
SUNSHINE CAR WASH
ATTN JIMMY HERDON
409 EASY STREET
FT PIERCE, FL 34982

56 P-0376600 $2,562.10
P12149-000
CODY SOD FARMS
P O BOX 227367
MIAMI, FL 33222-7367

57 P-0378300 $40218
P12211-000
QUALITY TURF OF OKEECHOBEE
2901 SW 24TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

58 P-0378600 $15390
P12221-000
MID FLORIDA TREE & LAND SERVICE
1859 NW 3RD LANE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

59 P-0379000 $3,935.38
P12231-000
A SHAPING INC
PO BOX 163
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973

60 P-0384700 $6,253.81
P12357-000
SOD SERVICES INC
P BOX 457


OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973

61 P-0385100 $378.29
P12367-000
THREE OAKS FARM LLC
P 0 BOX 2824
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-2824

62 P-0387100 $127.91
P14242-00
SOUTH FLORIDA TATTOO COMPANY
1717 SOUTH FEDERAL HWY #1
FORT PIERCE, FL 34950

63 P-0387600 $499.17
P12468-000
FRANCOS BOBCAT SERVICES
6505 NE 7TH LANE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

64 P-0389100 $1,769.75
P12511-000
SOUTH FLORIDA CONCRETE SRV
P 0 BOX 12010
FORT PIERCE, FL 34979

65 P-0391000 $2,101.24
P12569-000
ADVANCED PAVING SYSTEMS INC
2856 SW 3RD TERRACE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

66 P-0392200 $246.09
P12596-000
COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATION
204 NORTH PARROTT AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

67 P-0395800 $54.35
P12655-000
BROTHER IN LAW ENTERPRISES INC
221 NE PARK STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

68 P-0399000 $272.42
P12900-000
J & F FISH & CRITTERS
21127 NW 254TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972


69 P-0399600 $3,373.63
P13010-000
ENERGIS PETROLEUM LLC
21707 SAN SIMEON CIRCLE
BOCA RATON, FL 33433

70 P-0400000 $196.40
P13016-000
DAVIS & SONS BOBCAT SERVICE
21022 NW 266TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

71 P-0400200 $123.50
P13025-000
INNOVATIVE LANDSCAPE & DESIGN
1036 NE 31ST TERRACE #18
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

72 P-0403600 $343.49
P14041-000
MARIO'S SOD INC


405 NE 64TH AVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

73 P-0403800 $303.66
P1448-000
ABRC
OFFICE BAR AND GRILL
6315 US HWY441 SE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

74 P-0405600 $74.90
P14098-000
SOUTHERN LAWN CARE
3426 SE 26TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

75 P-0406200 $625.62
P14105-000
DIRT DOCTORS
12230 COCONUT CREEK CT
FT MYERS, FL 33908

76 P049900 $3,13968
P14149-000
STEVEN D CANERDY
756 NW 366TH TRAIL
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

77 P-0410700 $431.90
P14165-000
CUSTOM GRAPHICS & SIGNS INC
2551 NW 4TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

78 P-0410800 $361.54
P14166-000
SUN LAND INVESTMENT GROUP INC
12575 HIGHWAY 70 EAST
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

79 P412300 $1.22379
P14189-000
ARNOLDS SOD COMPANY
7285 NW 30TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

80 P-0413900 $8,698.22
P14247-000
OKEECHOBEE MINING LLC
403 SW 2ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

81 P-0416800 $249.84
P14329-000
BIG LAKE SIGN & WINDOW TINTING
16900 RESERVATION ROAD
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974

82 P0421600 $7,291 89
P14401-000
JOHN SHOPE LAND CLEARING
P BOX 609
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973-0609

83 P-0421700 $676.93
P14402-000
FLORIDA LEASEHOLD ACQUISITIONS
ATTN HARVEY SHAW
21346 STANDREWS BLVD
BOCA RATON FL 33433




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okay upon approval.
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fenced yard, $900 mo.
+ sec. dep.
863-824-0981
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& lift, hardwood floors
through out, DW, W&D.
Includes Lawn Care,
water & satellite TV
$850 1st & sec.
863)467-7528
CBS 3BR, 1.5 BA, Carport.
1600 SW 3rd Ave. Near l-
brary. Fenced yard. $900
mo. $2000 to move in.
(863)634-0512
OAK PARK 3/1 Fenced,
Avail mid-June. All
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CITY ODE ENFORCEMENT
BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
the ct of Okeechobee Code En-
forment Board will be meetng


The pubc s ed and enu
aied to attend.

by a certled Cut reporter wll be
made of the foregoing metng.
Acrrdingy, any person who may
eek to appeal any deson inaor-
ing the matter noted herein will
be responsible for kmang a rba-
Um rerd of t test mony and
evidence at said meeng upon
which any appeal is to e based.
Plean contact Sue Chrtopher,
863-763-423, or wealte

In accordance wh the Anencans
with Disacbhibes Act (ADA) of 1990
"ens "t eds m epecalpm -
daBon to participate n this pro
coming huld contact the Fire
Departnt at 863-763-4423 for
by Jamie Gamotea,
Code Board Chairperon
319232 ON 5/8/09




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL RCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DMSION
CASE NO.. 2009-CP-74
IN RE ESTATE OF
DONALD THOMAS MILLER,
Deceased.
NOcCE T ROR
The admiration of the Estate of
Donald Thoma Miler, deceaSed,
whose date of death was March 00,
2009, is pending in the Clrcu Court
for O Pkeechobe County, Flodoa, pr-
bae DOrason, the address of which
312NW 3rd Street, Oeechobee,
Floda 34972 The nam and ad-
drI of the personal repsenta-
tes and the personal
repreentate' attorney are et
forth below
All tedBors of the decedent and
other persons hang clams or de-
mand. agart deceden estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
ouored to be sered must file their
da es wth Phe curt WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTR
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other pern having dams or
demands against decedent estate
must file their dalms wh this cort
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED wrNITHN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTi IN
SECTION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWTHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) yEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publicabon of this
notoe May 8Ro, 2009
Aon for
P rnal epresentates:
GLENN J, SNEIDER, ESQ
Flonda Bar No. 28061
Glenn J. Sneid"" 'C
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee FL 34974
(863) 467-6570
Personl Representaves
GLENN R. MILLER
977 Pane Dre
PoutageDeSSoUX 0M63373
320276 ON 5/8,15/09


NOTICE OF CONIDERAIMoN OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
- -


NOTICEI A PUuC nEARING il be held before the Okeechobee Count
Board aof Adnutment and Appeal on Tu ay ay 26, 2009 at 7o00
pm in the Commt lon Meeting Room, Okechobee Count Health Depart-
ment Auditonum, 17M NW 9th Avenue, Okeedoee, Flonda to wonder a
Special Exreptn to allw wholeal warehouse or strage aotv specAi
ally for the of ecreational ehrcles, travel trles, boats, automo-
rbies and mirellaneous equipment, but not min g bulk strange of
fammable hl dA in a Commercial (C) onng dtnt, The property owner
and apple t t no E. Shatfe e property addree a 4251 RHghay
441 Sout, and is more partculady de.rbed as follow:
Beng a parcel of landlylng in a prton of the South one-half (S 1/2) of
the Northeast oneuarter (NE I4) of the Southeast (lE 4) of Sedan
33 Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeehobee County, Fnda and
being more partly deiorh od as olowr
Comm e he eat st mN me r oa f the s ad S /2 of he NE /4 of tie
SE /4 of Seeon 33 Thene bear N89g '9" E along toe Nort line of
sad S 1/2 of he E often 1/4 of seatn 33, for a dIance of
520.20 feet to the Pointf-Beginnin, thed e continue N89 58 20 E,
along d North ine o S 2of theNE 1of fthe 1/4of So n 33,
for a distance of 355,00 feet to te mterseon w the WeSt nghtf
way line of Parrott enue (U.S. Highway 44 S.); thene bear
S005'26 E, alng sld West ightof-way line of Parmt Avenue U.S
Highway 441 S) for a dstane 270d00 feet to a point; there ear
8958 0 W, alo a parallel w te lr d Not ine of the 12 of
the NE 1/4 of theS 14 of Seon 33, for a dean f 35.00 fet to a
point; ence bear N tOS'26" W, along a line parallel with e id West
nght-o ay line of Parmtt Avenue (U S Highway 441 S), for a dance
of 270.00 to the point of beginning. Containing 220 acre, or less.
Subjectto any and all eae ent, re actions, edati s and/ orght
of way of record
In the ednt that all Iems she duled before the Board are not heard, the
heanngs shall be onnued to Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 700 pm n the
Commrssmon Meeting Room, Okeehobee Count Health Deparent Audl-
tonum, 1728 NW 9t Anue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHiALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNIym BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING Any person deciding to appeal any decan by
the Board of Adjunents and ppea three o any matter nd-
eed at i meenor he ang wll need to ensure tat a vertbatm record
of the proc in i made and tat the oremod a mide t smony and
evidence uo which he appeal wll be based, Planning and Deelopment
tapes are fo the sle purpose of backup for offial rord of the depart-
ment
William D. Ryce Plannng Dlrecor
Pefiton S-2 O9-0696
319954 ON 5/8/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


NOTCE I e HEREBY GIovEN that BIG LAKE HOLDoGS Ir the holder
of the following ertfcate has fled haid ertlcatl(s) for a tax deed to be
ued thereon. The certfiate number and year of uance, the dee p-
Ion Of the property, and the names) in wbah I as -a ds a as fol-
lowsm
CerticatehNo. 18o 5 Year of uane. May-21-2004
De pon of ropery: LOT 3 LOT 4 BLK 61 EL MIRA SOL
1-1B-37-3S"0020-0610-0030
Said pperty being n the County of Okeechobee, tate of Rorida
Name(s) in whh assessed
ROS LEE STURIKS
Unless said cetiflate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
suDch ertficate hall be Sold to the highest bidder at te Okeeohobee
County Judcal Center, aJury Aemblly Rom, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeeho-to
bee, Flenda at 10:00 A.M., on othe 28th day of May, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF RCUIT COURT
Okeeodobee County, Flnda
is/ Robin R. Pamsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990,
In accordane th the Amerh De nerman W sblies Act, perom needing a
spedal aoommodatin to partdpate in this proceeding should contact
Court Adminltraton no later than seven days pnor to e poceoding at
250 NW Couny Club Drive, Por St. LuOe, Floda 34986, 1 772,807.4370
wohn two Dring days ofyour relpt of this nt IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARD CAo 18000,9558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
18RO 955 8770
317173 ON 4/24,5/1,8,1509

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Counl of the City of Okeehobee,
onda on Tueday,May 19, 209 at 6:00 pm. or as soon thereafter
pRoble, at City Hall, 55 S 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBUC
HEARING on and theeafter to consder final reading of the following Ord-
cnce into law' NO. 1045: AN OERIDN CE OF THE CPn OF OEE-
OBREE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF
OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM HOLDING ) TO
RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY-ONE IRSF-1 ZONING DIRCT;
AMENDING THE ZOcING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR
CONFLICTS, SEVERABILTY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinane s regarding Reonimg Peation No 0-02-R, submtoed by
Kevn McGnley, on behalf of property ownerss. shop Gerald Baranto
for Sacred Heart Catholi Church, The property s loted at 901 Southwest
6th Street
All members of oe plio are encouraged to attendnd d partcpate in Said
heanong The proposed O may be inpetein its entirety by mem-
ber of the public in e Office ofte ty Clerk during regular bs1ne
hour, Mon-Fri, am-4T30pm, except for holidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic reord by a
certified court reporter ll be made of te foregoming eetn Accordingly
any peon who may eek to appeal any decson mivoving the mater c -no
toed herein will be responsible for making a veratm record of the tesmo-
n and evidence at said meeong upon which any appeal s to be based,
Please contact City Adminlstaatn at 863-763-3372, or webSlte
wwwcltofokeef h bee. m to obtain a copy of the agenda
Saccordance with the tencans with oDabiltie Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
ons needing specal accommeodatn to parcipae in rthis prOmeeding
should ntact the City Clerk Offic at 86-763-3372 for asitane.
by'J ames E. Kirk= Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, Cty Clerk
320287 ON 5/8/09

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PUBLIC NOTICE
he Okeehob County board of County Co2a9 saoner ll hold ts Regu
lar esyio n n Thudo a 200 9 Ot am at the Health Depart
ment Auditorinum, 172 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Roda
ny pern deadlng to appeal any declson made by te Board of Count
Commlssoners wih respect to any matter considered at this meebng wl1
need a reordof t pocedlng and at for u purpose, he or sh
will need to ensure at a rtbatlm record on su prroedlnl ni made
which record shall include e testimony and evidence upon which te ap
peal m to be based.
n accordance with the Amenans with Dlsablllrs A (ADA) and Flood;
Statute 286 26, person with diabilies needing special adccmmodabor
to pautapate in th proeedlng should contact Paula oPaon, no lawe
aran two (2) wodrng days pnor to the poceed at 863-763-2131, ext
210. If you ae earning or voice impaIred callb 1-8u-222b 3
(voice) or 1-8o88-7-5CO (Tt5
lt B yr. Chair r rn
board of County CommssBrners
ONeechobee County, Flonda
haron dRobderon, nerk
board of County Commaner
eechobee County, Flonda
10117 ON 5/B/0

REQUEST FOR BIDS
he Okeechotee Utility Authority (OUA) will recem0 Sealed Buds, for th
lurpoe of punrhasng meerald o for the following Proect:
4-lndic Water Main Instllation Phase I
etaCd Ospendications and the bid package for the purchase of the maten
ie are available upon request from the office of the Executive Drect
IOeechobee Utrty Aufronty, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Telepho
163-763-960, Fac.Imle 863-763-9036. The OUA resere the rht to
et any or all bid and to mwae foimalles In any bid wherever such re
ion or waiver s determined to be in the best interest of the OUA,
id must be delivered to John F Hayford, Execuve DlretorD on or befon
,00 on May 182009 Bids shall be contained w n a sealed enelo
ih ame blddem name deaty marked on the out.de of the bd package
iddionally, the saled bid shall alo be dearly mared as a saled bid fo
he above listed product or se e.

IN. Th OC' OUT O


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBTE DIVISION
Case NO. 009-C-47
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LOWELL TURNER
Deceased
NO E TO CREDITORS
The administraon of the estate of


291-24-7234 is nding in the Cr-
cut Court r kehobe County
orda Probate Dvm, the address
cal Center, 312 NW 3r Street
Okeeoobee, Fonda 3472. The
names and address of the personal
rpreaentatve and the personal rep
rsentatvts aorney are et forth
below
All creditors of the decedent and
oth person haang dalms or de-
mnds against decedents estate on
twhom a copy of s notic 00 rw
quired to be seed mut file their
clams wh tos court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIMEOF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A R
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.


muAt a t other elapms wih thi court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTR THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED,
NOTWrITISTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY
AIM FILED TWO (2) YRS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publaon of this

rPeronal Reporesentatve:
Robin Woodyard
6460 Wardwcod Court
Lovdand, OH 454ll
Attorney for Persona Represenave
ANTHONY YOUNG, PA.
Attorneyrfor Robn Woodyard
Ronda Bar No 0172693
1138 South Parrot Avenue
Telephone: (863) 82446776
Fax: (863) 824M778
320269 ON 5/8,15/09



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
THE NINETEENTH 3UDICAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-OP-86
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LAWRENCE E. GILLENWATER,
De[eased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The adimlnlsaton of L e estate of
LAWRENCE E. GILLENWATER, d,
eased, mwhOe date of death was
March 16, 2009, and whose soal
D0u0ty number is 279-58-4039 is
pending in the Cirt Court for
Okeahobee County, Flond, ProDate
Dson, te address of which is 312
N.W 3rd Sreet OIkehobee, Ronda
34972 The names and address of
the personal representative and the
personal rep nate attorney
All credlrs of the decedent and
other pereo having damn or de
nds again eden estate on
whom a rcop of tos noceO is r
quired to be served must hle their
caims w this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF TlS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All credlar of the decedent and
other pers having da or de
,ri dt, tnu
must file r claims this urt
WITHIN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
HE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of firs publloabon of this
ntle is May 1st, 2009.
Personal Representate'
DAVID EARL WALSH
4240 7th Street SW
Naples, Florida 34119
Attorney for Personal Representabve.
COLIN M, CAMERON
NO N.E 4th Avenue
Okeeooe FL 34972
(363) 763-30
Fla. Bar No 270441
319278 ON 5/1,8/09


NOTICE OF SALE
To Satisfy Owners Uen
70 Wet SAf Storage
2190 SR70 West
Okeeehobee, FL 34972
Sat May 23, 2009 @ 9,30 AM
Unit a2 Kelly D. Haught
Unit #220 Crystal Garaa
Unit #238 Hester M. Howard
Unit #406 Kenneth R. ntes
Unit #255 Paula Krohmer
Unit #434 Klwon N Jadkson
Unlt #455 Jeff Robnon
319738 ON S/8,15/09


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May 8, 2009



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009-CA-15
H.G. CULBRET, JR., and
JIM G. RLUSIAKIS,
Plalnbiff
.C. WAGEN and N.M LETS, and
each of the foregone, who are nt
known to be alone or deceased, and if
deceaed, eir unknown heirn, d
see, grantee, adlto and allt-
er pa, es /alring by, trough.
under or against them eiher of
defendante

TO: C Wagen address unknown
NM Letts, adre unknon,
and h o the forgoing, who are
not known to be alive or d ea d,
and if deceased, telr unknown
heio, devesn grantees, oedLo
and all other partNe calming by
through, under on agaln them or e-
ther of them,

that an action to Quiet ile on the
following descnbed property in Okee-
chobe County, oroda, to
A Urel of land ig in the
west 1/4 of SNction 22 Tawn-
aship 3soN a, Ranl 5O
Okeechnobee County, RoNda,
eiang more anyculaly ade-
BEGINNING at te Sorfutwest
core of the said Northeast
1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of
SeonO 22, bear North
00oa6'07 West along the
West line of the Northeast 1/4
of the Southwest 1/4 of S-
tin 2, to the intersection
with the Souoth right-of-way of
Osowaw Road, a distance of
598.56 feet; thence bear North
6O12'1S" East ala thNe said
south ght-of-way o Osoaww
Road, a distance of 366.6
feet; thence bear South
0018'10 East to the interec-
tion with the South line of the
Northeast 1/4 of the South-
weast 1/4 of Seon 22 a dis-
anb of 799.68 feet then
bear South 89a38t west
along the said south line of
Me Northeast 14 of the
Southwest 1/4 of Secion 22,
a distance of 305.00 feet to
the POINT OF BEGINNING.
has been filed agast you and you
are required to sere a copy of your
wrnten delens, f ani, toll TOM
W CONELY of COMELY & CONE-
LY PA, hoe address i Post Of-
foe Drawer 1367, okeechobee,
Florida 34973-1367, and file the
onglnal wt the Clerk af the above
led Court on or before 6/1/2009;
he m i a dgmeint may be e
terd ainst you for the relief de-
mandeod In the Cowpaint
WITNESS my hand and the eal
of ld Court on Apnl 23, 200.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By' idd RogeCr
Deputy Clerk
319024 ON 05/11,8/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH UDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FO
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
RLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-164
]UDGE F. SHIELDS McfINUS
DAVID NUNEZ, JR., and
ANITA NUNEZ, HIS WIFE,
Pla ntff,
Estate of ISAAC ZACK ARuQUIN, de-
ceasedd nd all other hel, p
or part claiming by, through, un-
der or again ISAAC ZACK ARU-
QUIN the Estate of ISAAC ZACK
AR UN, deceased, and IJENNIFER
Defendants.

TO: ESTATE OF ISAAC ZACK AR-
LIeU whose last known adden
was in ie 0Sate of Fonda; and all
parties clmlng interest by, through,
under or agal-nt the Etate of Iaac
Zack Aiquin, and all parties having
or claiming to have any nght le or
terest in the Aopet herein de,
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTICED that a
Complaint to Fo oe a nModgag
on the following dennbed real prop
erty, to-wit:
LOT 5, BLOCK 16, BET-HER
ACRES, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 12, PB-
UC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you, and you
are required to ere a copy of your
written defense, any, to JOHN D
CSSELS, JR, i attorney fr aintlf,
whose address is Postffice Bo


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968, 400 Northw 2nd SreeL,
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973, on or
before the 7thdaf June 209 and
fil te onignmal w the Chrk of thL
Court eher before serc on Plan-
f1s Atorny or immediately there
afer, otheIr, a fault wll be
entered against you for e elief de-
manded in Ie Comlalint This No-
toe hall be publhnd once each
week fr two (2) nnaute w.eksa
in the hkeechobee Nes"
DATED ths 40 day f May, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clrk of the rut Curt
BY: Arle NIeal
DEPU1Y CLERK
319977 ON 5/8,15/09



IN THE CIRCUIr COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
BANK OF NEW YORK ETC
Plalnff
v Case No 47-2009-CA-00152
RAYMOND E. JOHNSON, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE E AdMau
TO: RAYMOND E. JOHNSON
Cunent Residence Unknown
Last Known Address
17128 Flyg Fish Lane
ummnand Key, FL 3042
You are nonbfd that an atn to
forecle a motg age on the follw-
ng apemi in ieechobee County,

LOT 246 TREASURE ISLAND,
UNIT 8, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAG 91 PUBIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
onmonlM wn0 as 014 SE 19th
COURT, ECHOBEE, FL 34974 has
een led agat you and you are
reured to rve a copy your wnr
ten defenses, If any, to it on flon
I Brandt o Kass, Sher, Solomn,
sgo,0 Foyrle Siger PA,, plain-
ff's attorney whose address P.O.
Box 800, Tampa Florda 33601
(813) 229-0900, on or befOre
and file e original wth the Clerk of
tis Court eoher bef0e erie on
the Plainff aton y or immedlatl
thereafter; othele, a default will
be entered against you for e relief
dmandd in the Complaint
Dated. 41/24/2009
CLERK OF TE COURT
Honoable Sharon Robertson
312 N.W. Third Street
Okeehoabe, Rorida 34972
By. Arlene Neal
Deputy Cler
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WI
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990: In
accordane with the Adricans
ith Disabilities At, persons
needing a special acommoda-
ton to paridpate in this po-
ceedln shald m intact Court
Adminierai no later, than
hna t a IN I NW CoanfSO H ab
Di, N- St L e, da
349M6, 1-772-807-4370 within
two rki das of ur rcei
of thNis NC -. IYO AR
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE
1-800-9SS-8770.
319309 ON 5/1,8/09



NOTC OF ABANDONENr
OF COUNTY EASEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at
a regular meebng of the Board of
County Commion P of Okl
chobee County, Flondoa on the
30th day of Aol, 2I9, a Resol
tin was adopted pursuant to Sec-
tios 336.09 and 336.10, Rorda
Statutes, hereby the County of
okeehoe vacated, dosed,
abandoheda reuncnd and d-
aimed all nghts of the county
and the public in a county nght-

All that prhon of the 15' alley in
Block A, Souern Pines Colored
Addit=, acrding to the plat
thereof recorded in Flat Book 1,
Page 14 publn records of OkeeU
chobee county, Flonda.
Of Belt, Ir, Chorman
Sharon Roberson, Clerk
Board of County Commssone
Okeehobee County, Floria
Petto B-200tn 0047
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NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD /
BOARD OF ADJUSTENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board/Bard of Adusment and Appeals wll hold
thr next regular mee g on Tueday, fay 26, 26 at 7:00 pn in
the Commmsson Meeng Room, Oknechobee County Health Deparment
Auditoum 1728 NW 9Oh Aenue, Okeechobee, londa. In the eRent that
all ems scheduled before the Bard are not heard, the meeg shall be
connued to Wedne sdayI Ma 27, 2009 at 7,00 m in the Cma n
M Retn Roam, Okeelhobee Couny Health Department Audltonum, 1728
NW 9' Aenue, OkehobI., Flooda.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT PUBLIC HEARINS. Any person deciding to appeal any detionby he
Board of Adusmnts and Appeals wth respect to any matter nrided
at this meeng or hearing wil need to ensure hat a veat record o
the proceed ings made and that he rcrd includes the teatny and


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Okeechobee landmark changes hands

By Pete Gawda loyal customers. She has seen small chil-
Okeechobee News dren come in the restaurant and grow to be
The famous and the not so famous would adults.
meet there. It was a place where business Seminole Chief Billy Bowlegs used to
deals were drawn up on a napkin. Everyone walk over 20 miles from Brighton to eat
knew everyone else. Glady's chicken. Several movie stars dined
It'sdefinitelyalandmark,"statedbusiness- there. The walls were once decorated with
man and city counlman Mike O'Connor pictures of local people who had dined there
That landmark, Glady's Restaurant,
which has been a fixture in downtown through the years.
Okeechobee since 1951, closed its doors on The staff is also very close knit-when it
Thursday, April 30. The business has been closed, all staffers had been working there
sold and will soon reopen under new man- 13 years or more.
agement. Long time County Commissioner Clif
The restaurant has been a family business Betts said it has always been a meeting place
from the beginning. It was started by Gladys with "standing room only" in the morning
Clay. Her sister-in-law, Joyce Clay, has been
a cook for over 40 years. Glady's daughter, and at noon.
Bertie Griffis, grew up working in the restau- "They always had the best food in town,"
rant and eventually took it over. Bertie's son, he added.
Jeff, has worked there all his life. Glady's always closed for the month of
"The people of Okeechobee have been July. Other than that the only time the restau-
good to us, said Bertie. rant was closed was for repairs after a hur-
"I'm tired," was her response when asked ricane a few years ago.
why she sold the business. fr The "Breakfast Bunch" gathered one last
Bertie credited her aunt, Joyce Clay, for time on Thursday morning. The day before
res- time on Thursday morning. The day before
they had sent Bertie a bouquet of flowers.
I the "A big loss for Okeechobee" is how Coun-
said, ty Commissioner Noel Chandler, one of the
very- Breakfast Bunch, described the closing. "We
nnma conducted a lot of business there."
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
fam- www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
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