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Vol. 100 No. 58


Fri, CHOB E 50EWS
Friday, May 15, 2009 50 Plus tax


Inside...

School board hears
complaints... Page 7

Shockwaves
swim team
hits the pool
... Page 13



Index
Classifieds.............................21,22,23
Community Events.......................... 11
Crossword 23
Obituaries.. ....... ..... ..........6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ........ ........ 13, 18,19, 20, 24
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Interim


coach


takes


charge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Mike Radebaugh is now the
interim coach of the Okeecho-
bee High School Brahmans foot-
ball team. He took over practice
on Monday after an hour's no-
tice and said despite some tur-
moil over the firing of Jeremy
Beckham, he is excited to be on
board, and help the program.
Radebaugh has been a helper
before. Radebaugh was a junior
varsity coach and varsity assistant
under Coaches Cary McKee and
Chris Branham. He also starred
in college as a baseball player.
He grew up in Arkansas and is
an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.
Taking over the Brahmans
this week might have felt a little
like having Terrell Owens in the
locker room, as it was a surprise
to everyone, including Rade-
baugh. Owens was known for
his unpredictable and controver-
sial nature.
"I'm looking to make the best
out of these circumstances. The
spring is a time for learning, and
my focus is to leave this pro-
gram in the best possible hands
for the permanent coach in the
fall," he noted.
Radebaugh said the team can
still have a productive spring.
Beckham's systems remain ba-


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Mike Radebaugh looks on at Thursday's practice.


sically in place, and his assistant
coaches will all stay on at least
through May. Radebaugh said
some minor changes will be
made but the basic schemes
the players learned for the past
week, will remain in place.


"We will stay as basic as we
can, and teach fundamentals.
We will block, tackle, pass,
throw and catch, just like any
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Hoover


wants


action on


county


budget

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A glance at the Okeechobee
County Commission agenda re-
vealed a very short routine meet-
ing. Indeed all the items on the
agenda for the May 14 meeting of
Okeechobee County Commission-
ers were acted upon in about 30
minutes. A few more routine, non-
controversial items were brought
up by staff.
Then at 10:40 a.m., Commis-
sioner Joey Hoover brought up the
dreaded "B" word.
"I'm a little bit past talking
about," Mr. Hoover said as he urged
action to reduce the county's $2.7
million budget deficit.
Commissioner Clif Betts tried to
sidestep the issue by saying it was
not on the agenda. But Mr. Hoover
was insistent.
"The citizens of Okeechobee
~ir t _ottin- tirrt nf ius meeting and
ill ,. hI II.. .r asserted. "I'm
getting tired too."
Mr. Hoover mentioned several
definite steps to reduce spending.
While he admitted that each one
would only save a few thousand
dollars, he said they would all add

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COUNTY
Continued From Page 1

up. He suggested curtailing reimbursement
for use of private vehicles for official use
except for pre-approved mileage or in an
emergency. He said that in addition to mile-
age, owners of private vehicles are reim
bursed for wear and tear. He said that factor
is already budgeted for county vehicles. He
also questioned the policy of paying mem-
bership dues for commissioners to belong
to certain organizations.
Centralized purchasing was another cost


COACH
Continued From Page 1

Radebaugh said he got a call Monday at
2 p.m. from High School Principal Toni Wi-
ersma to come help out at practice. He ar-
rived an hour later and learned he would be
in charge until the end of May. He said he
was happy to help out, although he didn't
talk like he wanted to take over on a perma-
nent basis.
Radebaugh will be an Assistant Principal
at Okeechobee High School and is also the
Director of Vocational Programs for the Dis-
trict. Both of those programs are obviously
based at the high school.
Radebaugh did make one change as he
named long time Brahman Assistant Rex
Erwin, who was passed over for the head
football job, the leader of the eighth graders
that are practicing at OHS. The eighth grade
will have a separate scrimmage this year.
It is scheduled for Friday, May 29, at 5 p.m.
at Brahman stadium, just before the varsity
squares off against Palm Bay. Radebaugh
said he is working to recruit more eighth
graders to come out for football at the local
middle schools.
The team did lose QB Terrance Allen to a
leg injury which held him out of practice on
Wednesday. He is the leading candidate to
start at QB this year.
The annual purple white scrimmage will
be held next Thursday, May 21, at the Brigh-
ton Seminole Indian Reservation. The start
time is 6:30 p.m.

Local Forecast
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 87. East wind around 10
mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 69. East southeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 88. East wind be-
tween 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as
25 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 70. East wind between 5 and 10
mph.


saving feature he suggested. Other options
mentioned included taking away some va-
cation time from employees, a short work
week and cutting nonessential services such
as recreation.
"When we are asking citizens to do with-
out services, it is only fair we lead by exam-
ple," Commissioner Hoover asserted as he
proposed a 15 percent pay cut for commis-
sioners.
"We have to quit meeting. We have to go
ahead and take some action," he asserted.
A new figure was mentioned Thursday
that lessened the impact of the deficit. Coun-
ty administrator Lyndon Bonner stated that
he had come up with substantial spending
cuts that eliminated nonessential services.
He said these cuts amounted to a $2.2 mil-
lion savings. This was the first time that fig-
ure had been mentioned in a commission
meeting. That figure does not include any
new layoffs or furloughs.


However that revelation was not enough
to get him in Commissioner Ray Domer's
good graces.
"I'm disappointed with him," Mr. Domer
said of Mr. Bonner's performance in the
budget situation. "I'm not pleased with his
performance. I don't think he can get us
through this. There is no trust. We'll never
balance the budget."
Mr. Domer specifically asked each com-
missioner their opinion of Mr. Bonner. Three
commissioners expressed confidence in Mr.
Bonner except Mr. Hoover. Mr. Hoover, who
took office in November, said he had been a
commissioner for too short a time to form
an opinion of Mr. Bonner. However, he said
his opinion of Mr. Bonner would be deter-
mined by how well Mr. Bonner handled the
budget situation and how well he respond-
ed to the revenue reductions Mr. Hoover had
suggested.
"Give him a chance," Mr. Betts said of Mr.


Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's monthly mixer was held on Tuesday, May 12, at
the Law Offices of Philip DeBerard located at 114 North Parrott Avenue. Staff
from the Accident Law Office of Philip DeBerard and Okeechobee Main Street
Board Members. Rosanna Schachtele, Toni Doyle, Mary Chelsey, Maureen
Burroughs, Robin Delgado, Cheryl Daniels and Bonnie Kinchen hosted over
50 attendees who enjoyed networking, refreshments and door prizes. We
would like thank The Brahma Bull Restaurant, Preya Persaud, MPT, Mims
Veterinary Clinic, Seacoast National Bank and the Law Offices of Philip De-
Berard for the great door prizes. Main Street's June Mixer will be held at
Seacoast National Bank, the south branch office at 1409 South Parrott Av-
enue on Tuesday June 9, from 5-7 p.m. Whether you have a business or just
live in Okeechobee County and would like to know more about Okeechobee
Main Street please join us. The public is always invited to attend.



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Bonner. He said Mr. Bonner was not respon-
sible for the budget situation. While admit
ting that Mr. Bonner had some weaknesses,
he stated that most complaints are handled
in a timely fashion.
While commissioners have the author-
ity to furlough or lay off county employees,
they do not have the authority to lay off or
furlough employees of the constitutional of-
ficers the sheriff, the tax collector, the prop-
erty appraiser and the supervisor of elec-
tions. The constitutional officers are elected
by the people and they each have their own
budgets which are approved by the com-
missioners during the budget planning pro
cess. While the bulk of the money in each
constitutional officer's budget comes from
money allocated to the county commission,
commissioners do not have to the authority
to tell constitutional officers how to spend
that money.
Commissioners will meet again on Friday,
May 22 at 9 a.m. to consider the budget.
Postyour opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.eom.

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'Confused' woman arrested on drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman was arrested Tuesday as she
searched for her home on 22nd Avenue in
St. Petersburg. The problem was, she was in
Okeechobee County.
When Deputy Max Waldron, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
asked Amanda K. Breese where she was,
the woman reportedly replied that she had
no idea.
At this point, stated the deputy's arrest
report, he concluded the woman was ob-


viously "disoriented and
confused." A search of her
sports utility vehicle cleared
up any questions the depu-
ty may have had as to why
she was so disoriented.
While searching her
SUV, Deputy Waldron and i
fellow OCSO Deputy An- Amanda K.
thony Kibler found 10 to Breese
12 medicine containers in
a bag located in the front passenger's seat.
While Breese had prescriptions for most of
the medications, she could not explain why


Woman arrested on felony


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman was arrested on felony drug
charges after the car in which she was a pas-
senger was pulled over because it failed to
stop at an intersection.
Mary Ella D. Thomas, 46, N.E. 13th Ave.,
was arrested Wednesday, May 13, on felony
charges of possession of cocaine and pos-
session of ecstasy. She was also arrested
on misdemeanor charges of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
Thomas was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of $11,500.
An arrest report by a detective with the


Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force states
a maroon Buick was stopped in the 2400
block of S.R. 70 because it failed to stop at
the intersection of S.R. 70 E. and S.E. 40th
Ave.
After stopping the vehicle Deputy John
Ashby, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, issued the driver, Reggie Jones, a ci-
tation for driving while license suspended
without knowledge. Bond information on
Jones was not available as of newspaper
deadline.
Once the Buick was stopped, the task
force detective received permission from
Jones to search the car. In the car at the time
was another man and Thomas.
By this time a male and female detective


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following persons were arrested on
felony or DUI charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Okeecho-
bee City Police Department (OCPD), Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP) or the Florida Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC).
SDazsma Lorethea Washington, 19, N.E.
14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 4
by Sergeant Russell Cale on charges of giv-
ing false name or identification and grand
theft. Her bond was set at $5,000. Washing-
ton was later arrested on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with failure to
appear violation of probation petit theft.
She is being held without bond on that
charge. Washington was arrested again on
May 12 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a
Department of Corrections warrant charging
her with violation of probation battery. She
is being held without bond on that charge.
Diego Lincerio Mejia, 47, N.E. First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 4 by Deputy
Sergeant 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 influence. His bond was set at
$1,000.
David Eugene Sherrod, 25, S.E. Street,
Belle Glade, was arrested May 12 by Deputy
Augustin Saucedo on a charge of aggravated
assault (two counts). His bond was set at
$10,000.
Crystal Michelle Bankston, 28, N.W


189th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
May 12 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with the felony of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. The warrant also charged
her with the misdemeanor of theft. Her bond
was set at $3,000. Bankston was arrested
again on May 13 by Deputy Cari Arnold on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
her with dealing in stolen property and giv-
ing false information to a pawnbroker. Her
bond on those charges was set at $1,000.
Clifford Parler Ryder, 20, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 13 by Depu-
ty Sergeant J. Royal on a Palm Beach County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation driving under the influence. He is
being held without bond.
Erik Arnold Oinonen, 52, S.E. Eighth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 13 by
Trooper Thomas B. White on a charge of
driving under the influence. His bond was
set at $500.
Robert Allen Pohl, 45, S.E. 33rds Ter-
race, Okeechobee, was arrested May 13
by Deputy Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with traf-
ficking in oxycodone. His bond was set at
$50,000.
This column lists arrests, not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone who is list-
ed 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 information and print it.


the deputies found hydromophone (dilau-
did) and xanax pills in her vehicle.
Breese, 33, E. Bay Drive S.E., St. Peters-
burg, was then arrested on felony charges
of possession of xanax and possession of
hydromorphone. She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$5,000.
In his report, Deputy Waldron said some
one had called the sheriff's office shortly af-
ter 10 p.m. on May 12 to report a reckless
driver. The caller said someone in a silver
SUV was driving erratically on U.S. 441 N.
and, at one point, was driving south in the
northbound lane.


drug charges

had arrived at the scene.
The report said that Thomas was found
to have suspected drug paraphernalia and
suspected drugs inside her underwear. Ac-
cording to the report, she was found to be
in possession of 10.5 grams of suspected
marijuana; 2.1 grams of suspected cocaine;
.8 grams of suspected ecstasy; and a 'stem,'
which is a device commonly used to smoke
crack cocaine.
All of the suspected drugs were field
tested and indicated positive results for the
presence of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy,
added the report.
The third passenger was not arrested and
was released at the scene.

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Breese was driving the silver SUV Deputy
Waldron learned later.
The deputy went on to state that he fol-
lowed the SUV as its driver tried to turn onto
N.E. 224th St. but missed the turn. At a slow
rate of speed, stated Deputy Waldron, the
vehicle pulled back onto U.S. 441 N. and be-
gan to head north. However, the driver then
stopped the SUV in the middle of the two-
lane highway.
At this point the deputy conducted a traf-
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May 15, 2009


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Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Microchips for kids?
We'd been hearing a lot about child
abductions, rapes and murders of children
in the media. Many of these children are
never found and time is critical when a child
is missing or abducted. Little Haleigh Cum-
mings has yet to be found and so is the child
that gunman abducted from the woman
leaving to take her children to the park. My
thought is this. When a baby is born they
are implanted with a small microchip under
the skin. This is registered with an agency
and each microchip is identified such as
they are now with a sequence of numbers.
Also if a parent of an older child wants to
have this done they can go to their doctor
and request this. These children are and will
not be monitored, however if a child comes
up missing this agency with the aid of the
police department can bring up the num-
bers from the microchip punch in the num-
bers and locate the child instantly no matter
where that child is.
SThe microchip id the person still has to
be found for them to scan it. A GPS locater
would require a power source to provide a
constant signal. This I think would be not
only expensive but cumbersome, and frank-
ly too Big Brotherish. Also some religious
people think that allowing chipping would
be accepting the number of the beast. They
probably thought this when the idea for so
cial security numbers was first proposed.

Animal shelter
SI was so happy to learn that we now
have a "no kill" animal shelter in Okeecho-
bee County in addition to the county animal
shelter. I am happy to know that people
care enough to try to save these animals.
And shame on those who don't get their
dogs and cats spayed and let them produce
more unwanted puppies and kittens. There
are so many animals that need homes, we
don't need to breed more.


Head football coach let go
*There is a lot of talk, and it could be just
talk, that this is not the first coach to break
the FHSAA rules. Why do we spend the time
and money to hire from out of state to fire so
quickly if others have committed the same
sins in the past. Is he a scapegoat, target, or
just unlucky?
I really don't un
derstand what the issue
is about the 8th graders.
Last summer, my son was
13 and going into the ninth
grade. He went for condition-
ing every day. Every day. During condition
ing and regular practice the coaches used
him and the other kids against the varsity
squad. Why is it an issue NOW?

Wildfires
People need to be responsible when
running any equipment with a muffler --
they all can start a fire. Last year out my way
a poor guy was just mowing his grass and
ended up starting a fire that lasted for hours.
He felt bad and it was an accident and they
still fined him for it. They need to put a ban
on ATVs this time of year and it will slow
some of these fires down.
The fire near Indiantown was started
by children playing with matches, accord
ing to the TV news. Parents, make sure your
children understand just how dangerous a
wildfire can be. And supervise them. One
of the kids who started the fires was only
7 years old. There is no substitute for adult
supervision.

It's easy to make promises
The Obama administration is weighing
plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S.
soil -- indefinitely and without trial as part
of a plan to retool military commission tri-
als that were conducted for prisoners held
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The proposal
being floated with members of Congress
is another indication of President Obama's
struggles to establish his counter-terrorism
policies, balancing security concerns against
attempts to alter Bush-administration prac-
tices he has harshly criticized. On Wednes-
day, the president reversed a recent admin-
istration decision to release photos showing
purported abuse of prisoners at U.S. military
facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, citing that
releasing the pictures could endanger U.S.
troops.


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No parent left behind?
These are real notes written by parents.
Spellings have been left intact.
1. My son is under a doctor's care and
should not take PE today. Please execute
him.
2. Please exkuce Lisa for being absent
she was sick and I had her shot.
3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being
absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also
33.
4. Please excuse Gloria from Jim today.
She is administrating.
5. Please excuse Roland from p.e. for a
few days. Yesterday=2 Ohe fell out of a tree
and misplaced his hip.
6. John has been absent because he had
two teeth taken out of his face.
7. Carlos was absent yesterday because
he was playing football. He was hurt in the
growing part.
8. Megan could not come to school to
day because she has been bothered by very
close veins.
9. Chris will not be in school cus he has
an acre in his side.
10. Please excuse ray Friday from school.
He has very loose vowels.

YMCA
If you would be interested in learn
ing more about the YMCA and helping
the YMCA learn more about Okeechobee,
please go to our Web site at: http://www.
ymcatreasurecoast.org and click on the link
to complete a short online survey. You will
be one of the first to learn of our progress
in building a YMCA in Okeechobee. If you
have questions about the YMCA movement
or proposed branch, please contact Bran-
don Tucker at 863-6970433 or John Lass at
772-286-4444.
SI think it is a terrific idea to start a YMCA
in Okeechobee. I remember taking swim
ming and dance lessons at the Y in the town
where I grew up. This is something that
Okeechobee could really use. People say we
need more for the kids. This is their chance
to help provide something for them.
The YMCA coming to Okeechobee
would be a blessing. They have so many
wonderful programs for kids and adults.
I grew up with Y programs and so did my
kids.
A YMCA can have just about anything
that a community wants. I would love to
see one here with an indoor skating rink.


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Budget
I don't understand our county com
missioners. They meet and say the budget
is $2 million short and they don't take any
action. Then they meet again and don't even
discuss it because it wasn't on the agenda.
How long are they going to put this off be-
fore they do something to reduce the bud-
get? And while they ponder what to do, they
keep spending money.












SIn such a tight budget year, I don't
understand why they are spending all this
money on the old courthouse renovations.
The courthouse was not falling down. It
stood through hurricanes since it was built
back in the 1920s. Rennovations could have
waited until the economy improves.
Instead of firing the workers, I think
the county needs to downsize the number
of bosses. Keep the people who actually are
doing the work.
I hate to see people lose their jobs.
However, we the taxpayers cannot just pay
people to keep them employed. We can't
just keep paying higher taxes. The county
needs to live on the budget and not keep
expecting the property owners to pay more
and more money in taxes. The county needs
to cut back expenses everywhere they can.

Alcohol and marijuana
People say they should not legalize
marijuana and how bad that would be. But
I don't see how it could be any worse than
alcohol, which is already legal. Look at the
crazy things people do when they are drunk.
At least when people are smoking marijua
na, they are generally very laid back and easy
going, not starting fights. Should we make
alcohol illegal? They tried that once and it
led to a lot of crime and violence. If you le
galized marijuana and let people grow it for
personal use, how would that be any worse
than making your own wine or beer?


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May 15, 2009

Letters to the Editor


Okeechobee News


Estate taxes hurt
family farms
Like most Americans, family farmers and
ranchers are affected by the current eco-
nomic situation facing our nation. Unfortu-
nately, farmers and ranchers face an added
economic hardship: the federal estate taxes
that come due when a family member dies.
We should all commend Florida Sens. Bill
Nelson and Mel Martinez for urging Congress
to improve existing estate tax law to allow
farms to continue operating when a family
member dies. Sen. Nelson was one of only
10 Senate Democrats who voted to approve
a crucial bipartisan amendment offered last
week by Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lin-
coln and Arizona Republican Jon Kyl.
Unless Congress acts, the estate tax ex-
emption will drop to $1 million in 2011. The
resulting tax hit may force families to sell
farm assets including land to pay the taxes
when a family member dies. Here in Florida,
buyers are likely to be developers and the
farm is ultimately replaced with more inten-
sive uses.
Compared to other sectors of the econ-
omy, federal estate taxes fall heaviest on


family farms and ranches. Family operations
make up 98 percent of all U.S. farms. Freez-
ing the estate tax exemption at or below the
current level is not an acceptable option for
America's farming and ranching families. It
is also bad for consumers, who rely on U.S.-
grown farm products to feed their families.
America's farmers and ranchers will ben-
efit from Sens. Martinez's and Nelson's lead-
ership. So will the rest of us consumers.
Sincerely,
John Hoblick
President
Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Give 'change' a chance
We have a new president. We can be
proud of that fact and supportive of the
changes that we voted for. We are at the start
of a new day. We have a chance to move for-
ward -- the only direction that makes sense.
Everyone in America deserves the opportu-
nity for economic success, health care, de-
cent housing, and a good education. Let's
give the administration a chance to succeed.
Our president was elected by us, the Ameri-
can citizens, and he deserves our respect.


We deserve to respect ourselves and each
other at the same time. America is a great
country-we deserve the best we can have
together.
JuDeane Garrett
Okeechobee

Property insurance
Last week, the Florida Legislature took
important first steps to returning our proper-
ty insurance market back to a healthy state.
The passage of HB 1495 will not only help
to protect Floridians statewide, but Florida
businesses including nonprofits as well.
Putting the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe
(CAT) Fund and Citizens Property Insurance
Corporation on a sounder financial footing
is the responsible thing to do. While the
bill passed last week will increase Citizens'
policy rates, we believe this is necessary to
protect nonprofits from having to pay the
"hurricane taxes" that would continue to be
added to our property and automobile poli-
cies in the wake of a major storm.
For several years, we have been paying
additional assessments on our insurance
premiums to subsidize the state's govern-
ment insurance entities and their policy hold-
ers. This "hurricane tax" money should have





m


been used to help maintain the community
programs and support we currently have in
place for those less fortunate. If we experi-
ence a large hurricane, this tax on churches
and charities would increase, as the CAT
Fund relies on post-event borrowing.
Throughout the 2009 legislative session,
we worked with other concerned groups
throughout the state, who believed that
implementing a long-term strategy was nec-
essary to stabilizing the state's property in-
surance market. While we support the bill
as passed, we believe the legislature missed
an opportunity by not providing funding for
the home-strengthening, My Safe Florida
Home program, as mitigation helps reduce
the state's exposure to catastrophic damage
and will help reduce insurance premiums.
HB 1495 is a good bill and we are thank-
ful House and Senate members passed this
bill to begin reducing the risk associated
with the CAT Fund and Citizens Property In-
surance. We urge Gov. Crist to sign this im-
portant bill into law to protect our great state
and the organizations who work to make a
difference in the lives of so many Floridians.
Dennis Baxley, Executive Director
Christian Coalition of Florida


Community Calendar


Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. For information, contact Ollie Mor-
gret at 800-932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, NA. Sick-
est Of The Sick (OP, SP) 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. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Network-
ing Luncheon will be held on the third Friday
of every month at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., beginning at 11:30
a.m. for networking and then lunch. Net-
working opportunities available for women
in business and is open to the public. No
membership is required. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or,


by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7
p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.) Overeaters
Anonymous is not a diet club. The only
requirement for membership is a desire
to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
863-697-0206.

Saturday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, AA. week-
end noon Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of
The Sick Group Step Study meeting 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m.
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


News in Brief


Civil Air Patrol
seeks volunteers
The Okeechobee Composite
Squadron has immediate volunteer
opportunities available for Chaplains,
Pilots, Staff Personnel, Non-pilot Air
Crew Members, Ground Team Mem-
bers and Radio Operators. Experi-
ence is NOT required, only the desire
and willingness to support your local
community in Missions for America.


If you are interested in the Civil Air
Patrol or any of the many fascinating
opportunities it offers to Cadets or
Adults please contact Capt. Joe Pa-
passo at 561-252-0916, Lt. Joe Ragon
at 954-695-8000 or Lt. Greg Gernat
at 863-697-9915. Meetings are ev-
ery Tuesday at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Airport, T-Hanger #1.
Please call for directions and gate ac-
cess.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

A firefighter for

ten years
Okeechobee County Commission
Chairman Clif Betts, left, presents
Richard Jones, firefighter/medic
with fire/rescue, a certificate for
ten years' service to the county. Mr.
Jones came to Okeechobee Coun-
ty from Pompano Beach where he
worked at Life Fleet Ambulance.
During this time, he attended para-
medic classes and obtained his
certification. During his tenure with
fire/rescue, he has become certi-
fied as a public safety diver, urban
search and rescue technician and
a SWAT/medic for the sheriff's of-
fice. The presentation took place at
the Thursday, April 30 commission
meeting.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Five years'

service
Okeechobee County Commission
Chairman Clif Betts, left, presents
a certificate to Kathy Scott, tourist
development coordinator, for five
years' service to the county. Mrs.
Scott came to Okeechobee County
after running her own business,
Pro-Art Advertising for 10 years.
She has an extensive background in
advertising and marketing. Her cre-
ative artistic talents have afforded
the county recognition at the state
fair with her exhibits representing
life in Okeechobee County. In addi-
tion to her TDC duties, Mrs. Scott is
interim airport/industrial park man-
ager. The presentation took place
at the Thursday, April 30 meeting of
the county commission.




Okeechobee News


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Richard Jack Burdick, 80
OKEECHOBEE Richard Jack Burdick, age
80, of Okeechobee died Saturday, May 9, 2009,
at his residence.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, in Hornell, N.Y, he had
been a resident of Okeechobee for the last 42
years.
He served in the United States Army during the
Korean War as a Master Gunnery Instructor and
was a member of the America Legion, Fraternal
Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign War and
the Sheriffs Auxiliary. He enjoyed fishing and
hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Francis and Alberta; brother, James Burdick;
and sisters, Dolores Burdick Daskam and Gloria
Vincent.
His is survived by sister, Beverly Clark of Mel-
bourne; nephews, Sean Clark (Kimberly) of
Oviedo, Howard Burdick of Pacifica, Calif.; niec-
es, Jean Travers (Leo) of Derry, N.H., Joan Bur-
dick of San Mateo, Calif., Cathleen Bierman
(Mark) of Melbourne; and a host of great-nieces
and nephews.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday,
May 19, at the American Legion Post 64, 501 SE
2nd Street.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973; or the Okeecho-
bee Humane Society Pet Rescue, Fl, Inc., P.O.
Box 233, Okeechobee, FL 4973-0233.
On line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.
Jack Hudson
ORTONA Jack Hudson, went to be with his
wife and grandson on Sunday, May 10, 2009.
He was born in Elba, Ala. on Sept. 18, 1925.
Jack's home was wherever he planted his feet,
whether it be a watermelon field, watching his
grandson's rodeo, attend the birth of his grand-
children, pushing doctors out of the way to de-
liver them himself, home was where his heart
was and Jack had the biggest heart of all.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife,
Mer Hudson; and loyal loving grandson, Jeffrey
H. Johns.
Survived by his daughters, Tara Johns (Billy
Joe), and Vikki Faulk (Sam); grandsons, Jobe
Johns and Karris Johns; granddaughters, Britni
Wilson and Stephanie Johns; great-granddaugh-
ters, Abrianna Earnhardt and Brienna Johns;
brother, Q. P. Hudson and sister-in-law, Thelma
Hudson; and special daughters, Susie and Rita.
He will rest at Ortona Cemetery, Highway 78,
Ortona. Visitation and service will be graveside
11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009 at Ortona Ceme-
tery, officiated by Randy Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Reality Ministries in Zolfo Springs, Fla.
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.


Naomia 'Polly' Akard
Underwood, 81
OKEECHOBEE Naomia "Polly" Akard Un-
derwood, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the
Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was 81.
She was born June 2, 1927
to Hattie and Claude Akard in
Bailey, Texas. She moved to
Okeechobee and became a
member of the First Baptist
Church in 1969. She was a
homemaker and secretary for
her family business in Mobile
Home Sales.
She was preceded in death by her beloved
husband, Elmer Underwood; brother, John Ak-
ard; sister, Tommy Boland; and brother and sis-
ter-in-laws, Adell Caphart (Ray), Franklin
Underwood (Amary/Dorty), Ellen Richardson
(Luke/Don), and Earl Underwood (Peggy).
She is survived by her two sons, Dale Under-
wood (Betty Taylor), and Nick Underwood (Su-
san) of Okeechobee; and sister-in-laws, Doris
Grant (David) and Johnnie Underwood. In addi-
tion she is survived by six grandchildren, Rhon-
da Underwood of New York, William
Underwood (Kelley), Laurie Underwood
(John), Lisa Johnson (Marcus) Noah Under-
wood, all of Okeechobee, and Jennifer Ballard
(Gene) of Georgia; and ten great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday,
May 13, 2009 from 1 p.m. until service time of 3
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. Inter-
ment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to www.bux-
tonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Audrey Ecil Rhodes, 83
OKEECHOBEE Audrey Ecil Rhodes, died
Monday, May 11, 2009, in the Hamrick Home.
She was 83.
Born June 20, 1925 in
Charleston, WVa., she had
been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the last five years.
She is survived by her son,
Barry Rhodes of Okeecho-
bee.
The Family would like to
thank the Okeechobee Community for making
her golden years memorable.
There will be no public visitation or services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.






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City code board acts on three cases


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they met May 12 the City of
Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board
faced an agenda of six cases. However, they
only took action on three cases.
Vicki Staton of N.W Seventh Street was
given 20 days beginning May 13 to bring her
property into compliance by either remov-
ing household goods from her carport or
screening them from view. If she is still in
noncompliance at the end of that time she
will be fined $25 a day for every day of non-
compliance.
Code enforcement officer Fred Sterling
stated that he has had problems in the past
with Dan Buchanan over the condition of his
N.W. Eighth Avenue property. This time Mr.


Community Events
Wildlife rescue available
Assistance is available for local sick, in-
jured, and orphaned wildlife through Florida
Wildlife Rescue Service, a non-profit orga-
nization dedicated to helping wildlife in the
Okeechobee area. Anyone who finds a wild
bird or animal in need of assistance can con-
tact the organization at 863-634-1755.

Parent Education Classes
Offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering parenting educa-
tion classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to at-
tend. Each participant will receive a gift. This
adult-only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend all six
classes to get a certificate of completion.
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Buchanan was cited for disabled vehicles,
public nuisance and using a travel trailer as
a permanent residence. He was fined $100 a
day for every day of noncompliance starting
the date notification is given.
The board voted to proceed with foreclo-
sure proceedings on the N.W. Twelfth Street
property of Suet-Fong Tsang.
The board was informed that the prop-
erty of Clark Holding on Parrott Avenue
was in compliance and that case was not
heard. The case against Robert Leach was
not heard because of lack of proper notifi-
cation. The case against Cody Brown was
postponed until next month.
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Teachers bring complaints to school board


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Many teachers whose contracts were not
renewed expressed displeasure and frustra-
tion in the way the decisions were made
and presented to them at Tuesday's School
Board meeting.
Paul Walker, Technology Teacher at Year-
ling Middle School addressed the School
Board on the circumstances of his non re-
newal. He spoke about a project he under-
took at the computer lab at school to rebuild
computers during spring break. He received
approval from the principal and used his
own time to finish the job. After he received
a positive evaluation, the principal informed
him that his annual contract would not be
renewed. Mr. Walker claimed principal Andy
Brewer knew before spring break that he
would not renew his contract.
"He chose to use me in a way that is de-
spicable and morally wrong for any adminis-
trator of a public school," he said, "As an ad-
ministrator, his poor judgment and terrible
treatment of me undermine the moral and
ethical standards of the school district."
OCEA President Candy Walker said the
non renewal opinions on teachers should
have been handled in a more humane way.
She noted at least 40 teachers were not re-
newed this year, many due to the economy.
Ms. Walker said many teachers were told


they were not being renewed for profession-
al reasons and that administrators implied
these teachers were not doing their job cor-
rectly. "You have done an extreme injustice
to these capable, good instructors. OCEA
cannot understand why the district chose to
humiliate these professionals," she said.
Ms. Walker said under the existing con-
tract teachers and employees could have
been laid off. She noted OCEA would have
agreed to pay cuts to save these teachers.
"The mindset around the district from
the employees is one of quiet resentment
toward your administrators," she contin-
ued. "Everywhere I've gone in the last two
months employees and the public tell me
how disgusted they are."
Several teachers addressed the board and
expressed concern over the teacher cuts.
They encouraged the board to cut their own
salary more than 5 percent. They also com-
plained that the decisions were not made
professionally. Union officials said they have
not been asked for input when budget cuts
are discussed. Teachers said teacher morale
has definitely declined and that students
have been hurt.
One teacher said the teachers deserved
honesty and decency, while noting he un-
derstood that legally, schools can make few
comments about why they didn't renew a
contract.
Chairperson Kelly Owens said she


thanked all the teachers for coming forward.
She noted no employee should worry about
retaliation for making a presentation to the
school board.
Board member Joe Arnold said there are
ways to do business better and he said there
are ways to improve the system.
Board member David Williams said he
really felt sorry for a lot of people. He noted
he's had to lay off a number of veteran em-
ployees at his business due to the economy.
School Board Attorney Tom Conely said
administrators have done their job, which
has been a tough one this year.
"They were hired on an annual contract,
we fulfilled the contract," he said. "It's like
a standoff here, it's supposed to be a team
effort."
Ms. Owens said the school board does
not have a role in selection of teachers to
hire-those decisions are up the individual
principal's discretion. The principal's recom-
mendation goes to the superintendent for
her review.
Ms. Owens said if student enrollment in-
creases they will approve additional teach-
ers.
"We've done that at times," she said. "We
are now in year three of projected declining
enrollment."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Candy Walker, President of the
Okeechobee School Union spoke on
behalf of teachers whose contracts
were not renewed at Tuesday's School
Board meeting.


IRSC's Provost speaks at the Kiwanis luncheon


By Jim Vensel, club president
Okeechobee Kiwanis Club
Sam Smith, IRSC Provost for Okeecho-
bee County, spoke to members of the Ki-
wanis Club about IRSC's transition to a State
College and the available programs that em-
phasize education as the
cornerstone of a sustain-
able economy. He told the
group how IRSC impacts
each of us through edu-
cation, health, safety and

As a State College, IRSC
maintains its mission with
a open door policy for AA
and AS degrees, certificate Sam Smith
and adult education pro- IRSC Provost
grams while adding bachelor degrees and
programs that are responsive to the needs of
the community.
Currently, IRSC offers over 170 programs
ranging from Arts, Humanities, Social Sci-
ences, Technology, Health Science, Busi-
ness, Public Safety and Industrial.
Being responsive to community needs,
IRSC currently offers nine bachelor degree
programs including the Bachelor of Arts and
Sciences in Organizational Management
and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and
Education.
Currently, 35,000 area residents enroll at
IRSC annually with 70 percent of the four
county area college bound high school se-
niors attending IRSC. In Okeechobee Coun-


ty, we learned that 90 percent if the college
bound high school seniors attend IRSC.
Mr. Smith explained why the recent IRSC
May 8, Commencement exercise was held
as historical. He continued telling Kiwanis
Club members that this class was the first
to graduate from the newly designated State
College with the very first bachelor degrees
being conferred. It was also the very larg-
est class to graduate with 1,796 completing
their degrees.
Other interesting facts that Kiwanians
learned included:
IRSC is at the center of the region's life
sciences hub emphasizing science, technol-
ogy, engineering and math, which includes
the soon to be STEM building at the St. Lucie
West Campus.
The addition of the Treasure Coast Pub-
lic Safety Complex, a 50 acre campus in Ft.
Pierce, will provide our region, and the na-
tion the latest in disaster relief, counter ter-
rorism and cyber security training and much
more.
The IRSC Center for Competitive Eco-
nomics and Entrepreneur (CCEE), opening
in 2011, will provide guidance in new prod-
uct development through the use of think
tanks, market research and analysis and a
virtual incubator.
IRSC is positioned to impact our future
through the Energy Institute focusing in al-
ternative energies, bio-fuels and minimizing
dependency on foreign oil and developing
sustainable green building programs which


will impact greater energy efficiency and en- Every dollar of public support for a Flor-
ergy savings in our community, ida College System graduate with a AS or AA
Mr. Smith also presented a slide that in- degree will return $13.37 to our economy.
dicated the following data from the Florida We as a community organization, learned
Tax Watch: that IRSC is creating the future today.




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Welcome new members
The Kiwanis Club announced new members during the April 30, meeting. On
the far left, Mary Chesley, General Manager, of the new Hampton Inn, Okeecho-
bee along with club member, Maureen Buroughs, new member, third from left,
Dawn Smith, Vice President, Branch Manager, Regions Bank, Okeechobee, Toni
Doyle, club member and Frank Irby, past Kiwanis Club president.


Okeechobee News


May 15, 2009




8 Okeechobee News May 15, 2009


IRSC to host Advanced


Tech Skills open house


Indian River State College is hosting a
special Advanced Technology Open House
on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Stu-
dents and interested individuals can learn
more about career options in Power Plant
Technology, Cyber Security, Robotics and
Photonics, Digital Media and Interior Design
at a special Emerging Technologies Open
House event on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. May
20, at the Kight Center for Emerging Tech-
nologies, located at the Indian River State
College Main Campus in Fort Pierce.
At the Open House, learn about skills in
the latest cutting-edge technologies avail-
able in the College's Advanced Technology
Institutes:
Learn more about the Cyber Security In-
stitute where students can learn about com-
puters and electronics engineering technolo-
gy. Graduates specializing in these emerging
technologies are in high-demand and are
hired at salaries well above average.
Find out how to prepare for a career in
electronics engineering technology with
expertise in robotics, photonics, and laser
technologies with the Robotics and Photon-


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Brush fires keep firemen busy


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Noticed a lot of smoke on the east end of
the county this week? You are not alone.
Okeechobee County firemen battled three
separate blazes Tuesday on Berman Road
near State Road 710. Firemen responded
with three units and five firemen and were
on the scene of one blaze for three hours, a
report from Lt. Robert Mears said.
The Division of Forestry helped put out
that blaze on the Riccochet Ranch. 500 gal-
lons of water was used.
Another larger fire at 5600 S.E. 128th Av-
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enue, kept firemen busy for over four hours
Tuesday. Six units and 10 firemen battled
that blaze. Structures were threatened, but
no damage was reported, a report from
Paramedic Stephen Briney stated.
Fire officials said these fires might have
been caused by lightning strikes.
Brush fires were also reported in Viking,
and Fort Drum Ranchettes Tuesday. No
homes were damaged in these blazes.
Okeechobee County has also assisted
Martin County for two days earlier this week
as they fought several brush fires in the Indi-
antown community.


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Karatti graduates

basic training
Air Force Airman Bryan W. Karratti
graduated from basic military train-
ing at Lackland Air Force Base,
San Antonio, Texas. The airman
completed an intensive, eight-week
program that included training in
military discipline and studies, Air
Force core values, physical fitness,
and basic warfare principles and
skills.
Airmen who complete basic train-
ing earn four credits toward an as-
sociate in applied science degree
through the Community College of
the Air Force.
Karratti Is the son of Angela and Ka-
lani Karratti of N.E. 72nd Circle W.,
Okeechobee and a 2008 graduate
of Okeechobee High School.

News in Brief

Agency on Aging announces
advisory council meeting
The AreaAgency on Aging of Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast, Inc. Annual Board of Direc-
tors and Advisory Council meeting is sched-
uled to be held on Tuesday, May 19, at The
Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Trea-
sure Coast, Inc., 4400 N. Congress Avenue,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407. The meeting
is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Contracts
requiring the expenditure of funds are a
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Lakeport fire

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Firefighters from three counties battled a
structure fire on Lowery Lane off Loop Road
on May 6, according to Glades County EMS
Director Bob Jones.
Fire reports said three structures were
ruled a total loss after the flames were put
out. The call was received just before 1 a.m.
and the first fire crews were on the scene 10
minutes later.
Mr. Jones report said firemen from
Okeechobee County, Clewiston, Glades
County volunteers, and the Seminole Brigh-
ton Fire Department were all dispatched to
the scene.


guts 3 homes
Mr. Jones said firemen found two of the
structures fully involved when they arrived
on the scene. Bystanders told firemen that
there were people inside but after a search
of the residences, no one was located. There
were no injuries reported.
Mr. Jones said firemen were hampered
by a limited supply of water and limited
space for their trucks and equipment. The
fire spread to a third structure and also did
minor and moderate heat damage to other
surrounding structures.
The State Fire Marshall investigated the
fires and due to extensive fire damage could
not immediately determine the cause.
Firemen were on the scene for close to
six hours.


River of Grass deal scaled back


Economic reality has caused the gover-
nor's vision of restoring the River of Grass to
be scaled back. On Wednesday, May 13 the
South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) Board of Governors approved
an amended purchase agreement with U.S.
Sugar.
The amended agreement, which is sub
ject to financing, calls for the purchase of
73,000 acres for approximately $536 million
to be used for Everglades restoration. The
area to be purchased is about 112 square
miles and about twice the size of Orlando.
The amended agreement also give SFWMD
the option of purchasing the remaining
107,000 U. S. Sugar acres during the next 10
years. If it purchased within the next three
years, it may be purchased at $4,700 an
acre.
The original agreement, announced last
year was for 180,000 acres at $1.34 billion.
Current economic conditions, including
interest rates and revenue streams caused
water managers to revisit the purchase
agreement.
Closing is expected to take place some
time next year
The U. S. Sugar Board of Directors had
approved the amended agreement on May
8.
"Our board approved the revised acquisi


tion approach implementing governor Crist's
bold vision for our property. While the vision
and goal remain unchanged, the economy
dictated the more affordable approach."
said Robert Coker, senior vice president of
U.S. Sugar.
"This strategy allows us to take hold of
an unprecedented opportunity for restoring
America's Everglades with a fiscally respon
sible hand," said SFWMD Executive Director
Carol Ann Wehle. "We took a very conserva-
tive financial approach during negotiations,
which ultimately allowed us to present an
affordable purchase plan to the Governing
Board-one that preserves the environmen-
tal vision, sustains agriculture and maintains
the regional economy in these challenging
economic times."
The 73,000 acres to be purchased include
33,000 acres of citrus lands and 40,000 acres
of sugarcane lands. U.S. Sugar will be able
to lease back the sugarcane land at $150 an
acres for seven years with provisions to ex
tend the lease for up to twenty years. The
amended agreement allows for continued
operation of U. S. Sugar's mill and refinery,
keeping 1,700 direct jobs for at least another
decade.
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Red Cross hosts 'Heroes in the Park'


The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross is hosting "Heroes
in the Park" at Flagler Park on June 6. The
family-friendly event, held from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., will feature a barbeque cook-off, pie
baking contest, bounce house, face paint-
ing, rock climbing wall, pony rides, perform
mances by the Okeechobee High School
band, and more. The event is free and open
to the public, and all proceeds will benefit
the local American Red Cross Chapter.
Chaired by Teresa Chandler of Seacoast
National Bank, the event is being held in
conjunction with The Greater Palm Beach
Area Chapter of the American Red Cross'
community wide "Heroes Campaign." The
six-week fundraising and awareness initia-
tive encourages individuals, businesses and
schools to commit to raising or donating


$1,000 by June 5. All of the money raised
during the fourth annual campaign will
support the array of services offered by the
organization, including disaster prevention,
preparedness and response.
"People may not be natural-born heroes,
but they can easily become Heroes for the
American Red Cross," said Larry Casey, CEO
of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter.
"We've set a goal this year to raise $200,000,
which will support our long standing mis
sion of responding to emergencies, provide
ing relief to victims of disaster, and teaching
individuals how to prevent and prepare for
emergencies."
For more information on the Heroes in
the Park event, call 863-763-2488, or visit:
www.redcross-pbc.org/okeechobee.


Generator breaks,


leaves OCSO in dark


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) and county jail were literally
operating in the dark for much of the day
Thursday, May 14.
According to OCSO Major Noel Ste-
phen, electricity to the sheriff's office and
jail went off at 10 p.m. Wednesday night
and was still off at 2 p.m. the next day.
Without electricity there were no lights,
no computers and, most noticeably, no
air conditioning. The major added that the
department's phone system was only par-
tially working.
"There's no air conditioning anywhere
in the building, period," said Maj. Stephen.
"There are no office lights on so we can
pump all (the electricity) we can to allow
jail door operations and dispatch opera-
tions."
Maj. Stephen explained that because of
some immediate, and some future, expan
sion plans FP&L cut off electrical service to
the entire sheriff's office and jail on Mon-
day, May 11. FP&L then hooked the build
ing up to a 1,000kw generator so that new
electrical wiring could be pulled safely and
a transformer could be replaced.
It was planned that the office would still
be able to operate, said the OCSO major.
"We were supposed to run at 100 per-


cent with a few interruptions once in a
while," he said.
However, the new generator malfunc-
tioned Wednesday night and repairs had
not been completed as of Thursday after-
noon. Maj. Stephen said it was possibly an
oil sending unit that went out.
Maj. Stephen said FP&L had leased the
1,000kw generator.
Without the new generator, the sheriff's
office had to switch back to its old 50kw
generator. The older unit at least keeps
OCSO dispatchers and their computers
working.
Without lights and computers, on-duty
deputies and detectives were spending
most of their time working in the field
Thursday.
"Since the power didn't come on we
sent the administrative staff home at 11
a.m. Thursday," said Maj. Stephen.
Because there is no electricity, Maj. Ste-
phen said jail inmates were all on lockdown
and were not allowed to move around.
"We fed them cereal and milk for break-
fast and sandwiches for lunch," said the
major, "and we'll feed them sandwiches at
night if we have to."
However, because the jail kitchen has
gas available for its stoves Maj. Stephen
said the inmates could be fed soup with
their sandwiches.


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Community Events

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.

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.

Embroidery club to meet
If you have an embroidery machine, plan
to buy one or are just interested in the con-
cept, please join us at our next meeting. It
will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Red Cross classroom,
323 N. Parrott Ave. Bring your machine and
lunch for a fun-filled day. Cross-stitching, in
the past, was a beautiful form of hand sew-


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ing that was very time consuming; but now
we can create those same beautiful designs
using our embroidery machines. Machine
cross-stitch will be our project for the month
of May. Bring your cross-stitch design and
choice of material to see what you can cre-
ate. For more information, please call Joan
at 863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.

Early Learning Coalition
to hold teleconference
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -
Emergency Executive Committee meeting
via teleconference on Monday, May 18, at
1:30 p.m.

Sign ups open for
Pop Warner football
Pop Warner will hold signups on Mon-
day, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the soccer
field complex. Signups are on a first come
first served basis.

IRSC presents Advanced
Technology Open House
IRSC Advanced Technology Open House.
May 20, 6:30 p.m. Kight Center for Emerg-
ing Technology, IRSC Main Campus 3209
Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Learn more
about career options in Power Plant Tech-


nology, Cyber Security, Robotics and Pho-
tonics, Digital Media and Interior Design.
1-866-792-4772.

Red Cross safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding Health
& Safety classes on:
Wednesday, May 20- Adult CPR/AED @ 6
p.m. All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Good Habits and Old Spirits
to sponsor Annual Putt Putt
Tournament at the KOA on Memorial Day,
Monday, May 25. There will be an $8 entry
fee, two-man scramble, blind draw. Sign up
at Good Spirits from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tee off time is 2 p.m. Must be 21 to play. Join
us for great prizes, fun & giggles. Proceeds
benefit the KOA Kid Camp.

Chamber of Commerce holds
fundraiser
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
presents 'Mud Hole Madness' Memorial Day
weekend, May 22-25. Over 300 acres of
family fun over 70 acres of mud! Live music,
truck pull, children's riding area, children's
play area with pony rides, showers and
truck wash. Free camping and RV parking.


Four full days just $50 or $20 daily children
age 13 and under free. At Holley Mud Hole-8
miles east of Okeechobee off State Road 70.
For information go online to www.holley-
mudhole.com or call 863-357-2456 or 863-
763-6464.

Church to host Health Fair

and Gospel Fest
Saint Stephen A.M.E. Church of Okeecho-
bee will be hosting a Health Fair and Gospel
Fest that will take place on Saturday, May
23, at Douglas Brown Community Center,
located at 726 N.E. 16th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. The Health Fair will start 10AM-2PM
with Special guest: Mrs. Wilma Atkinson, a
certified trained HIV/AIDS Counselor who
will speak on HIV & AIDS Awareness, the
panel will also include a guest speaker who
will speak about: Living with Diabetes. The
Gospel Fest will start at 4-7 p.m., featur-
ing Serenity Plus who will be ministering
through songs and music. Free admission
and seating is limited. Saint Stephen A.M.E.
Church of Okeechobee is under the leader-
ship of Reverend Pauline Livatt, Pastor. For
more information call: 863-763-5018.


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How the Summer Youth
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Shock waves ready for summer season

By Charles M. Murphy For the most part the younger kids will
Okeechobee News swim shorter distances than they are used to
The summer swim season got off to a during regulation meets at the high school
good start this month as 40 kids joined the i
Okeechobee Shock Waves swim team. ,, ,, I ..
Nicole Johnson, the swim coach for 5
Okeechobee High School, will take the kids,
ages 6-18, to four swim meets this year, in
Vero Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs
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The only requirement for the young kids
is you must be able to swim one length of
the pool without stopping.
Kids paid $60 for registration and $15 for
insurance to join the squad.
The kids also will work hard between
now and Aug. 1. They'll practice Monday
through Friday evenings until school is out.
They will also practice in June and July.
"I think the turnout has been awesome,"
Johnson said, "I think it will help with our
high school program."
Johnson and volunteers were busy at
practice teaching kids new things, new
strokes, and turns that will improve their
times. She said only 12 kids participated in
last summer's program.
"It's been a large turnout. It should be
very beneficial to the high school. I'm trying
to make swimming a big sport in Okeecho
bee," she said.
Kids will be placed in competition with
other kids their age. The age groups are eight
and under, 9-12, and 18 and under. All of the
older kids miust he hioh school kids


Chanley Barnhart is assisting the
younger kids learn the ropes of swim-
ming.


rphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
ack- Maddie Garcia takes swim tips during
the shock waves practice Thursday.


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Blue Heron Golf Course


is coming back to life


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A dead golf course is coming back to life.
Thanks to brothers Ken and Keller Orender,
a golf course that has been described as a
cow pasture will be transformed into a first
rate course.
For six weeks they have been working on
clearing out the overgrowth at the long ne-
glected Blue Heron Golf and Country Club.
Lakes around the course are now visible. As
they clear the course they are discovering
how the drainage and irrigations systems
work.
Now the brothers are restoring Bermuda
grass to the fairways. The greens are as bar-
ren as little deserts. However, they will soon
be sporting the newest variety of grass for
golf greens, Ultra Dwarf.
"We will have the best greens in the tri-
county area," Keller vowed.
"We're trying to save golf," said Ken, and
make it more affordable."
The brothers view the challenge of restor-
ing Blue Heron as the opportunity of a life
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option to buy from developer Don McBray-
er. Mr. McBrayer had been trying to sell the
golf course and had had several offers on it.
So he had been reluctant to put any money
into the golf course.
The brothers are planning on a grand
opening for the Fourth of July. Once the golf
course is completed, using earth friendly
management practices, the brothers plan
to upgrade the club house and renovate the
swimming pool.
The Orenders have been in the golf course
business since 1984. They began when they
were in high school working for their uncle,
M. G. Orender, who is a past president of
the PGA. They have also worked for Arnold
Palmer and Jack Nicholson. From 2001 to
2005 they worked together at Club Med in
Port St. Lucie. Before coming to Okeecho-
bee the brothers brought the golf course at
Belle Glade back to life.
"They said it couldn't be done" Ken said
of the Belle Glade golf course restoration.
It was while they were at Belle Glade that
Mr. McBrayer heard about the brothers and
asked them renovate his golf course.


Jones to return as volleyball coach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Todd Jones knows that in life, things can
go full circle. That circle brought him back
to one of his original jobs in Okeechobee,
head volleyball coach.
Jones was tabbed by the school to re-
place Jacque Robinson who left for personal
reasons after a short but successful tenure.
Jones knows a lot about success as he
had led the Brahmans to two district cham-
pionships in his five seasons, and has also
taken the Big Lake Juniors Volleyball pro-
grams to new heights in the state.
Jones said he originally turned the of-
fer down over the winter, but after thinking
about it, realized the new coach might not
keep him as a junior varsity coach, which
he was last season. He explained that his
daughter Darby and several players are en-
tering high school next year and he would
like to continue working with them. "Once
the decision was made, I was very excited
about it," he said.
Jones came to Okeechobee fresh out of
Stetson University in 1993. He had played
a lot of sand beach volleyball and his wife
is a former high school volleyball player.
He took an interest in the sport and led the
Brahmans to district championships in 1999
and 2000.
He also has been a director of the Big
Lake Juniors program for 11 years. He stated
there teams have been great. This year they
finished in third place in the state. Last year
the team won the state championship.
The Brahman volleyball program is
poised to be very good this year. They have
returning stars like Megan Clements, Monica
Koger, LeAnna Cotton, Rebekah Bryan, and
Marie Renfranz. Some of the junior players


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Todd Jones.
who will be freshmen next year like Jordan
Maynard, Caitlyn Gaucin and Sarah Davis,
could also play immediately.
Last year's squad made it to the regional
semifinal where they lost to Jensen Beach.
Jones said his goal will be to overtake the
Lady Falcons.
"A big part of that will be scouting. We've
got to get past that team to win a state cham-
pionship. Part of it will be crunching out fine
points on offensive and defense. We need to
exploit our strengths and their weaknesses,"
he said.
The girls have already begun off season
workouts and hold open gyms in the high
school gym each week. They also will attend
a team camp at the University of Florida in
July.
Jones teaches math at OHS.


Keller Orender, left, and his brother Ken, right, check the condition of grass on
one of the fairways at Blue Heron Golf and Country Club. The brothers are reno-
vating the golf course and plan to have a grand opening on the Fourth of July.


Tennis team members

make all conference squads

By Charles M. Murphy Fowler. The girl's team of Shaina Ragamat
Okeechobee News and Alisha Wilcox also made first team all
conference.
Due to budget cuts there will be no Zch Fowler made second team all con-
Treasure Lake Conference schedules in ference and Alex Nielson and Kyle Lunt
any sport next year, Conference Executive earned honorable mention.
Director Tim Gillis said Tuesday. Shaina Ragamat made second team all
Okeechobee was well represented on conference, and Katie Walker made hon-
the tennis all conference squads which orable mention.
were voted on Tuesday. Corey White and The boy's team advanced to the region-
Kari Berger made first team al conference, a quarterfinal this year and the girl's squad
White also made it in doubles with Zach also had a winning record.
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Harlow takes top honors in

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Taylor Creek Bass Club held their
monthly tournament on May 2, at Okee Tan-
tie where local fisherman John Harlow took
top honors.
S Mr. Harlow brought to the scales at total
of 12 lbs. of fish for first place.
SFollowing Mr. Harlow close in second
place was Ray Davino with a total weight of
S 11.72 lbs. Dave Stout brought 9.78 lbs. to the
scales for third place with Les Tory placing
fourth with 5.66 lbs.


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Ray Davino took the Big Fish award at process, applications will be accepted for
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Okeechobee to host Pop Warner jamboree


By Charles M. Murphy impact that might bring. Imagine no longer,
Okeechobee News it will actually happen in August.
Once again Okeechobee has been cho-
Imagine 10,000 people spending their sen to host the 25th annual Pop Warner jam-
weekend in Okeechobee and the economic boree for the Treasure Coast. Fifteen leagues


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He noted there were very few problems
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Pop Warner is asking for volunteers to
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"I think the County Commission was very
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proval in April. There were no big issues that
came up and it was a good deal for the com-
munity," he stated.
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6343482.


"I think Pop Warner has been good for
our kids. They play good competition, and
those will be the same kids they play when
they go to high school," he stated.
Boys and girls ages 5-15 can participate
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bee fielded five teams. Three leagues were
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post season. Two of them went to the Trea
sure Coast Championships.
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of travel league teams in Okeechobee, they
see the advantages of playing better compe-
tition," he said.
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day, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the soccer
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Boy's basketball honors Jeune


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
David Jeune won almost all the awards
Saturday night, most valuable player, best re-
bounder, best playmaker, and best defender,
at the annual basketball banquet. However,
he wasn't totally satisfied.
"I'm the only one to get awards. I wanted
the other guys to get awards too. It's been a
great four years. I worked hard and now I'm
taking it to another level," he said.
June recently signed a scholarship with
the University of North Florida. He leaves
Okeechobee with several records which
include most rebounds in a season 429,
career rebounds 1,381, most free throws in
a career 521, and most blocked shots in a
career, 229.
Coach Jon Enrico said giving Jeune these
awards was a no brainer, "I've never seen in
eight years somebody dominate across the
board like he did. He was just phenomenal.
It's just super, super stuff. He's earned it all
because he's worked hard."
Corey White was named the Brahman
award winner this year.
Okeechobee finished (15-14) but Coach
Enrico is not satisfied. He thinks with a vet-
eran corps of players on the squad next year,

OMS presents student
athlete awards

Osceola Middle School athletes who
received awards on Wednesday, May 6, in-
cludes:
Soccer: Mr. Hustle- Francisco Buclo
Ms. Hustle- Maddison Harmnner
Best Offensive Player- Hunter Pritchard
Best Defensive Player- Adel Elhindi
Warrior Award- Diego Rodriquez
Volleyball: Ms. Volleyball- Brooke Snyder
Best Offensive Player- Aubrey Robertson
Best Defensive Player- Darby Jones
Warrior Award- DJ Nunez
Girls basketball: Best Offensive Player-
Amber Cunningham
Best Defensive Player- Thadricka Sanders
Ms. Hustle- Lauren Hazellief
Warrior Award- Maddison Hanner
Boys basketball: Best offensive Player-
Eddie Neal
Best Defensive Player- Zachary Wingfield
Mr. Hustle- DJ Washington
Warrior Award- Dalton Murray

Community Event

Free VPK program about to open
A FREE Summer Voluntary Pre Kindergarten
(VPK) program is available for children who will
be entering kindergarten in the Fall. The program is
taught by certified elementary teachers. Breakfast,
lunch, and snack will be provided at no cost to the
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the team should have higher goals. "It was
a wonderful season. We just need to get it
together and get the losses into single digits
and see if we can make a run.
I think the future looks great. Economi-
cally it'll be a challenge. We look forward to
having a lot of players coming back and we
had a great JV team. We're excited. We've
played three games this off season, and the
kids are looking good, if they keep it up,
we'll be pretty tough."
Brahman great John Hirst spoke to the
group about having goals and working hard.
He played Division I basketball at Stetson.
He also encouraged the group to focus on
academics.
He said a good motto to have is "And then
some." Hirst explained you must do what's
expected, and then some, to get where you
want to go. "Work hard, give extra effort,
study more, I worked hard and many people


told me I couldn't do it. I
did. High school is a small,
but important part of your
life. It is the first step in a
long journey."
were Joey Voss, a scholar
athlete, Ryan Osceola,
Ricky Nieto, Troy Harper,
Matt Skipper, Austin Wil-
lard, Daniel Mancil (videog- John Hirst,
rapher), Corey White, and Speaker
Jeune.
Enrico said he hopes to host a team bas-
ketball clinic in early June, and have his team
attend a summer camp at Florida Southern
this summer. He said the team will have to
raise more money this year as they will have
to pay the costs of fuel, buses, and pay the
bus driver next season. He noted the sched-
ule will be pared back to 20 games.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Jon Enrico (right) hands out four awards to star player David Jeune,
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CAT Super Size, Long
Hair, Orange. Found off
Rt. 70 (Between 60-64
Ave). (863)357-5867



CELL PHONE Lost at
the Pier 2 on Thursday
night 5/7/09. Reward
Offered (863)843-0759



FREEDOM OUTREACH
MINISTRY YARD SALE
Okeechobee, Sun, 5/17th
9am-?, 912 NW 2nd St.
(2 blocks west of the Meat
Shoppe on NW 2nd St.)
Furniture, Clothes, Tools,
Toys, Electronics, H/H
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HUGE
MULTI-FAMILY SALE


R-BAR. Jewelry, purses,
clothes, tools, toys. Hot
tub ($1000, great cond.)
OKEECHOBEE
05/16/09and05/17/09,
10am -5 pm ,
15395NW30thTerrace.
Hugemovingsale.Very-
LowPrices.DVDs Clothes
Books Toys AntiqueFur-
niture Dishes Coffee-
Mugs Cups Glasses,
HomeDecoration Brand
New Real Jade Brace-
lets Real Pearl Necklac-
es and a lot more...

Ilgf ak
OKEECHOBEE Sat &
Sun May 16th & 17th,
8am-5pm, 1145 NW
98th St. Small Kitch
appis, Tools, Clothes,
TV, Dishes, Fishing
Tackle, 24' Cargo Trlr.




OKEECHOBEE Satur-
day 5/16/09, 7am-3pm,
425 SE 16th Ave,
34974. 3 Family Yard
Sale!! Tons of baby
stuff!! And a little bit of
something for every-




May 17th, 7am-2pm,
1579 Hwy 70 East. Fur
nature, clothes, Wash-
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goods and more
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neighbor's garage, attic,
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Excellent pay and benefits!

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A/C SERVICE TECH
with minimum 5 yrs exp.
Must have clean D/L &
own tools. Good pay,
benefits. DFWR
No phone calls accepted.
Apply in person at 312
SW 2nd St., Okeechobee.
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.
DRIVER/PUMP
ATTENDANT NEEDED
Must have CDL
w/Hazmatand
Tanker. Please
apply in person at:
Gilbert Oi Company
303 N.W. 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL

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FEipiy..n


Feed Mill

Experience is a Must!

Benefits Available

Apply Within

Walpole Feed &
Supply Co.
2595 NW 8th St.
Okeechobee














Good Pay, good
working conditions.
Please fax resume to

863-763-7874



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? NEED HELP?
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ER
Painting, Repairs,
Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
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*For Sale* Water Bed
Beautiful Queen complete
with side rails $400 obo
863-484-2052



GOLF CLUBS Ladies
Lynx. Includes bag. $60
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CAMCORDER Sony
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Apple head toy Chihuahua's
For Sale mother weighs 6
IbS. & father weights 3 Ibs.
6"long by 3 tall.
618-841-1188
CHIHUAHUAS (4)-
2 Log Hair h 2 Short Hair
UKC Reg. w/heath celt
$400 ea (863)763-3073
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MISSOURI FOX TROT-
TER Beautiful Gelding.
For more info. call
863-634-5406


Okeechobee News


May 15, 2009


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Okeechobee News


MESA PLANT WORLD -
Blueberry $13,
Pomegranates $25,
Pecans
$60, Apple Trees $55,
Peach Trees $55, Pear
Trees $55...
Bulk Mulch Pine or
Eucalyptus.
(863)673-7280
Uc. #48006674


OKEECHOBEE 3BR1BA
Duplex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414

Southwest Section
3/2, w/2 car
garage, c/a/h, w/d
ookup, oak trees.
(863)467-2541
or (863)634-9330

TREASURE ISLAND 2/2
Turn Key, Furn, dock,
$975 mo., Satellite TV
incl. 772-287-7407


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ask about free rent.


BEAUTIFUL SAMAN-
THA'S GARDEN APTS-
In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
(863)634-5780

BEAUTIFUL 2BR, Close
to town. Newly renovat-
ed. Only $750 mo. in-
cludes water. Pets
okay upon approval.
Call 561-255-4377

FIRST MONTHS RENT
FREE 2BR, 1BA Du-
plex. $600 sec. dep. Lo-
cated 1 block frm
County Tax Office. Call
(863)634-9850




AFFORDABLE NEW
HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi
tub, Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226

DUPLEX 3BR, 2 BA,
Garbage pickup & Lawn
induded. $800 mo., 1st
& sec. (863)634-5283

FURNISHED DUPLEX -
2BR, 1A, 1 car garage,
W&D, DW, Ceiling fans
In every room, front &

through out, Located in
Kings Bay. Includes
lawn care & garbage.-
$775 first & sec.
(863)467-7528

KINGS BAY, Furnished
IBR, 1BA duplex, 1 car
garage WD, tile floors
through out, ceiling
fans in every room. In-
cludes, lawn care &
garbage. $675 1st &
sec. (863) 467-7528

LEAVE THE CITY Live
in the county! 2/2
Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
(772)201-8230

LOG CABIN 2BR,
IBA, Rim Canal. Pool &
Dock. Furnished w/Bed-
ding, Linens & Cookware.
(561)234-0277


Rooms for rent in Taylor
Creek Nice home good
location 863-430-6646


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^^ ^^^ ^


BEST VALUE IN
TOWN! For Rent: 2/1
apartment. Unit newly re-
modeled. Located 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash &
lawn maintenance indud-
ed. No Pets! $495 Move
in special. M-F
(863)467-2982

BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No
pets. (863)763-4031

DBL WIDE 3BR, 2BA,
C/Heat & Air, on 2+
acres. Close to high
school. $850 mo., ost &
last. Includes trash
pickup, water & lawn
maintenance. Call
(863)467-2563 or
(863)447-2172


PRIVATE WATERFRONT
2 BR, W/D, Lg Maintained yard
$850 Mo (F/L) $500 Sec
Rent to own w/10 % down
(863)697-1280 or(863)467-8683


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GREAT INVESTMENT
OPPORTUNITY
Single Family Home,
3 Hunter Rd., Okeecho-
bee, FL $58,500
(786)231-9362

Orange Blossom
Ranches $99,900. 3/2
on dbl lot, built in 2000,
excellent cond. Call
Steve (863)801-1739

PLAYLAND PARK 3BR,
2BA on 5 acres, w/de-
tached metal dbl car-
port & until rm. /2 ml to
Seminole Elm Sch.
$ 2 7 9 0 0 0
(863)467-7770







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BHR RVS Tor Rent,
OKEECHOBEE 2/1 SW starting $300-$500 &
section of town, 1BR/1BA Cabin, 55+
$ 7 5 0 / m o park seasonal or yearly.
863-357-1195 (863)763-7164


SENIOR PARK Over
55, 35' travel trailer
w/screen room,
$600/mo + deposit
(863)824-0835

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Attention! BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

By Owner: Lake access
property, park mod-
el/with 1g. Fa. rm. on
corner lot, gated adult
perk, olly furo.,
$78,000. 863-824-0687






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LIFAN 150CC 1999 -
Street legal scooter 4
stroke. 70 original
miles. Brand new bat-
tery. Alarm. $1200.
(863)763-8581
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CHEVY P/U '51, 80%
Complete w/350 Came-
ra eng, & Trans. $3500
neg. (863)801-9136






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MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
de City Counl of the ty of
Oheehobe wil meet 0 Regular
Sesi onn Tuesday, May 19,
2 6:00 B m, at Cry Hall0 55
SE 3d A00 200 Oeehobaee
FloIda. aTe public is invRed 1a0
encouraged to attend.
ASET NOTICE AND BE AD-
VISED that no stengraophc rerd
by a ertied ourt reporer will be
made of the foregoing meeting
A0ordngl, any peron who may
seek 0 appeal any dedion i0o-
ing the matters uosred herein will
be responsible far making a erba-
tim nrerd of the testimony and
evidence at said m.eeng upon
whch any appeal s to be based.
Plea contact Cty Adnlinstration
at 863-763-372, or bslte
w ww tibkeecholheenaom to
bta a copyof the ag ea.
In acrdan= with the Amencans
inth Diablihes (ADA) of 1990
persons needing sh eal acommo-
dalon to paE pate in this po
eding shuld conct e Cty
Clerk Ofe at 8 3 763-3372 or
assance.
by. James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, Cil Oerk
319273 ON 5/15/09

CITY PLANNN ARD
BOARD OF ADUSM ENT AND
APPEALS MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
the Planning Board/Board of Ad-
justmen and Appeals will meet as
oe Local Planns Alency on
Tursday, May 1, 009 at
0o p.m. or as hen ereater
as p le to Onsider any pro-
posed amendments, submitted by
iprehensre an, whmc include he
Land Development Regalabons
(LDR0), The meebng wil be held
a City Hall 55 Southeast 3d Ave-
nue, in the Counl Chambers,
Room 200, Okeedohbe Flnda
The public i invied an enur-
aged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE AD-
VISED that no stengraphic rerd
by a rted ourt reporter will be
made of the foregoing meeting
Accordingly, any person who may
sek to appeal any de0 on ivolv-
ing the matters tied herein will
be eponsible for making a veba-
bm record of the tetmony and
evidence at said meeting upon
ewhih any appeal is to be based.
lease contact Betty Clement at
863-763-3372, or webste
- WwtWfOkeech1bee Om to
obtain a copy ofthe agenda
In accordance weh the Amencans
with Disabhltes Adc (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special amm-
dauon to arbclpate in this pro-
dg should contact the Geneal
Se Office at 863-763-3372
foar assitan
BY Bman Whtehall,
Zoning Admnstrator
319275 ON 5/l5/09

FORFEnE coMPLAIMT
On March 5, 20 9 in Okeechobee
Florida the Okeeohbee County
Sheriff's Offie se azed and h
on yell 2005 Ford Trck,
VsN#IFTSW21FP15EA306, On-
da tag no, NC300F A Cmplalnt
has been filed in e Circuit Court
in Oaechobee County, Florda.
Shenff Paul May
Okeaehobee Count She's ff ice
(863) 634-9231
320133 ON 5/8,15/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT


COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-74






.. e th was March 10,
9IN RE, ITTE OF



DONALD THOMAS MILLER,
De.eased.
NOTnCE T REDTORS




The adminlst e of te tate o
Donald homas Miller, deceased,
whoa date of death was Mat h s 0,









hod be G d R""od TO r
2009 IS pending in the Circuit Court
for Oechoee County, FloRda, ro-
312 NW 3rd Se Okeechobee,
orida 34972. he name and ad-



Sdrees of te personal reOpesen
t hUes and the persona
All credor of the deTc dent an
other perons haig dali or de



manKds agalt decedent's estate on
whom a py of thmi notne oS re-
0d b served must file ter
daMf wh this court WI N THE
LATER OF 3 MONS AFTER THE
DTIE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF 1111S NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFR
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM
All other credors of the decedent
and other persons havmg claims or
demands against decedents estate
must file Delr claims wh thi ourt
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
E TIME PERIODS SET FOR IN
SECTION 733202 OF THE FLORID
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY
CLAIM BLED TWO (2) YEAIS OR
MORE AFaR THE f DECEDENTo
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
note May 8th, 2009
Attre y for
Psonl Representatmves:
GLENN 5 SNEIDER, ESQ
Florda Bar No. 280A6d
Glenn ] R ideer LC
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee FL 34974
Personal Representaives
GLENN R MILLER
977 PawneeDnve
PoutagDes SouxMO 63373
320276 ON 50,15/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PfROBATE DIVISION
Cas No. 2009eCP347
IN RE, ESTATE OF
LOWELL TURNER
Decased
NONCE TO ODEDITftI
The admlnmiration of the estate of
Lowell Turner, deceased, whose date
of death was Augtl 1.,2008, and
wh sodal cuty number is
291-24-7234, Is pending in e Cir-
cut Court for Okeochoabe County,
Florda, Probate Dson, the address
of wh is Okeehbae County n di-
al Center, 312 NW 3rd Steet
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, e
names and addre of the personal
representate and the personal rep-
resentave's atrm ey are set forth
below.
All credit of e decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands agart decedent's estate on
whom a opy of this ice is re-
qured t b served must file their
dans this court WITlN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTH S AFTER THE
TIMEOF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having clams or
demands against decedents estate
must file their clams with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMSNOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF TIE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of f"rstubllcaton of the
notce Is May 8th, 0.
PE I Repfesenab .
Robin Woodyard
6460 Wardwod Court
LOveland, OH 45140
Attomey for Peronal Representatoe:
ANTHONY YOUNG, PA.
Attorney for Robin Woodyard
Florda Bar No. 0172693
1138 Sou PaN-tt Aven
Okeechobee FL 34974
Telephone (863)824-6776
Fa. 863) 824-6778
32029O 5/8,15/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
MNoUFBDMZRIo A
PROBATE DIVISION
Rle NO.: 0-CP-l
Division Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
KATHERINE ROSELLA
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The admlnstratn of the estate of
atheni Rosella Gladd, dreaed,
whose date of death was October
27,200, endng in the Cir
Court for Oaeehobee Count,, Floh-
d, Probate D usn, the adressof
whh 312 NW Third Street, Okee-
chobee, FlOnda 34972. The names
and address of e pesol pre-
sentabe and the personal represen-
tabves aorney are set forth below
All creditors of the decedent and
other pers having dams or de-
mandis al nt decdent estate on
whom a copyof e0 ahe ote is re-
quied to be R ed must file their
dams with this ourt WTHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE RIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM,
All other creditors of the decedent
and other person having claims or
demands against decedens estate
must file their clams with t court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
AL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO 12) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED
The date of first pubcabon of this
notice I 515109
Personal Representat ve
Mar Eksteoi
9S76SW Adls Street
Okeedohee Flonda 34974
Attorney for Personal Representa e:
EBzabeth Mae ll
Attorney for Mary 3. Ekstein
Florda Bar NO, 720895
MaRell & Madell, PA.
40S NW 3rd Street
Okeedabee, FL 34972
Telephone (363 763-1119
F: (863) 763-0179
32026 ON /15,2209

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NNElMNTH JUDICIAL
CIRoCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-1M
JUDGE: F. SHIELDS MMAIIUS
DAVID NUNEZ, JR., and
ANITA NUNE HI WIFE,
Plaintn,

ead andall other hers, perso
or parties clamor by, through, un-
der or agan C ZACK ARL-
QUIN or the Estat of ISAAC ZACK
ARLQUIN, deceased, and JENNIFER
GRAsSO,
Dendant.


TO' ESTATE OF ISAAC ZACK AR-
LQUIN, whose last known address
was in the State of Flond, and all
parties dlmlng interest by, through,
under or against the Estate of Isac
Zck Aquin, and all parties having
or claming to have any night. te or
ntermst n the property heem de-
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a
Com p1aGt to F0ored0 on the follw-
ing deribed real property to-wit:
LOT 5, BLOCK 1E, BET-HER
A ES ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 12, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you, and you
a rerured toere a cop of ur
wntten defenses, If any, to JOHN D,
CaSSELS R, Atoey or Paintff,
whoes address is PO Office Box
, 00" Norwes0 2d Stret,
Oeoee, o0nda 34973, on or
before the 7 day of June, 200 and
fie the orgmal with the Clerk of this
Court either bef or ae eon Plan-
tiff's Afom ey or immediately there
after othe=ae a Defaul will be
entered against you for e relief de-
manded in the Complaint. This No-
tice shall be published onc each
week for two (2) consecutive weeks
in the '*Okeechbee Ne. s
DATED th 4th day of May, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY, Adene Neals
DEPUTY CLERK
319977 ON S/8,15/09


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


O1TICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holer of the fol-
lwang certcate nas haled said cerbste(s) for a tax deed to be mued
hereon. The cemfate number and year -of isuae, te desoooonof
he property, and the name(s) n whih was assessed are as folows
:eficate No: 614 Year of Issuance: 3u-01-2007
escpion of Property LOT G OF RACT 29 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S/2

ad property being in the County of Okeehobee, Stte of Horda
lame(s) in which assessed.
UZEL E ARNES eSTATe
unless said cer t shall be redeemed acordmg to aw the mproertin
uch cerfcae shall be old to the highest bidder at the Okeehobee
ounty Judoal Center, Jury Aom by Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeeho-
ree, Feloda at 10:00 AM on he rth day of June, 2009.


Okeehobhee County, Fonda
s/ Robn R. Parsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WIT DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990,
n scordon wah the Amerans With Dsablllie Act, persons needing a
peclal aIommodan to part cpate in th proceeding should ontac
oun Adm raon no later than een days prior to the poeedig at
50 NW Couny 0aub Droe, Port St. Luci, oda 3496, 1.772. t7.4370
w nitwo working days of y'our eept of thisnote. IFttOU ARE HEAR-
NG IMPRIED CALL 1800 55.8771; F YOF ARE VICE IMOPAIE CALL
1.800,955,8770
0978 ON 5/15,229;6/5/09

NOTICE OF APPLICAlION FOR TAX DEED
2009TDOOM0
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of oe fol-
wng certificate has filed said certcate(s) for a ta deed to be sued
hereon. The certte number and year of issuance, the descnpoon of
he prpery, and the name() in whih it was a-eed are as lows.
:erfiate No, 63 Yearofassuance, June-1-2007
e bon ofa t Property LOTS C AND D OF TRACTS El/2 OF Wl2 OF
1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACTS AND W/2 OF Wl/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2
)F TRACT 5 09 34 33E
1-0 -34-33-01ARO-1005-C000
aid property being in the County of Okechobee, State of Hornda
lame(s) in which assessed.
nless said certcate shall be redeemed according to law, the proper in
uch cerhate hall be sold to the highest bidder at the Ooec1hobee
county Judoal Center, Jury Ahembly Rosoe, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeho-
lee, Florida at 10:00 AM, on e 18th day of un, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
HARONRO ROBRTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
IkeRchobee County, FRond
s/ Robn R. Parnsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILTTIES ACT OF 1990;
n accordance wo the Amencanrs Wh Dsabllmes Ac0 perons needing a
pecal accoammodatn to part0pate in ds proeedng should intact
ourt Adminlsraion no later than even days prior to the proeeding at
!50 NW County Club Dreo Port St Lule, Florda 34986,1772 07 4370
wln two worng days ofyour reept of ths note. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
NG MPARIED CALL 1.800 55.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
.800
20961 ON 5/15,22,29;6/5/0


NOTICE OF APPLICAlION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD004
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOLDINGS INC the holder
f the following emtficate has filed said cerifcate(s) for a ax deed to be
sued thereon. The cericate number and year of isae, e desp-
on of e property, and the nane() in whh it was aeed are as fol-

erficate No: 1885 Yearolsuance: May-21-2004
esnpUon of perty LOT LOTP 4l BLK 61EL MIRA N SOL
1-18-37-35-020-00610-0030
aid pmpert being in the County of Okeeshobee, State of Rorda
lame(s) in whih assessed
ROSA LEE STUIKS
nless said cercate shall be redeemed according to law the property in
uch cerhficate hall be sold to the highest bidder at 0e Okeechobee
countyy ludal Center, Jury Ambly Roso, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeho-
lee, Florida at 1000 A.M., on e 28th day of Nay, 2 e9.
UBIJECTTO CURRENT TAXES
OHARON ROBESON, CLERK O CLERK F RCUIT COURT
Ikerchboee County, Fbnda
s/ Robn R. Parnsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
n accordance wdh the Amencans With Dablles Act persons needing a
pecal accommoddatn to 1pa pate in s proceeding should bnta t
ourt Adminiaaon no later than sevn days or to the proceeding at
:50 NW Country OCub Doae, Port St LuCe, Foda 34986 1,772,07,4370
ithin two orng days of your rept of this note. lF'YOU ARE HEAR-
NG IMPARTED CALL .800 955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
R.800 955 8770
117173 ON 4/24;5/18,15/09


NOTICE OF SALE
To satisfy Owners Uen
70 west Self torag
2190 SR70 West
Okeechobee, FL 34972
St. May 23, 200 @ 9:3 AM
Unit #120 Kelly D aught
Unit #220 Crstal Gar0a
Unit #238 Hster M. Hoard
Unit #406 Kenneth R Yate
Unit #255 Pau0 K rher
Unit #434 Klwon N. Jckson
Unit #455 Jeff Robinson
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TECHNICAL REVIEW
COeMITTEE MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY VEN that
the Technical Revie Coummittee f
the QVt of Oheeobene Mwil meet
in Regular Seson n Thurslda,
May 21 29, at n10:9 a.m.,
City Hall 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200,
Okeediei, Fornda The public
invited and euraed to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE AD-
VISED that no stenographic record
by a certfied court reporter nll be
made of the foregoing meeting
Acoordingly, any person ho may
eem to appeal any deoison invo
mg the matters tied herein ll
be rponsble for making a verba-


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD0107
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
oing Mrlficamte has filed said cerate(s) for a tax deed to be missed
hereon The certcate number and year of uance, the desriptn of
he property, and the names) in which t waas a seed are a followb :
:ertiicate N' 260 Yearof ssuane' une-01-2007
)Dertn nof r LOT OF TRACT26W1/2OFE1/2OFS1/2
IF N1/2 OF TOACT 261 33E
1-13-34-33- 00-00026-1OOS
ad property ben in the Cont of Oe e, State of Flonda
Names) in which assessed:
HARWOOD E READ
WAYNE C READ l
Jnless said cetfcate shall be redeemed according to law, e property in
iUch certificate shall be ld to the hghes bier at the Okee bee
County Judloal Center, July Assemblr Room, 312 NW 3rd Seet, Okeecho-
ee, RForida at 10:o A.M., on the 18t day of une, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
neehoee County, Florida
a/ Robin R. Parsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
n accordance with the merans With Diablbes A, persons needing a
special ammmodaton to parlpate in this proeeding should contact
ourt Administratn no later than seven days prior to the prcnding at
50 NW Counry Club Dre, Port St. Lue, Flonda 34986,1.72,807 4370
within kntwo eindays oour r it of the Ye. IF YOU AE HEAR-
NG IMPARIED CALL 8R.95S 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1800 15 877 .
32090 ON 5/15,22,29,6/5/09


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing euficate has filed ld cerficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
then. The rtificate number and year of issuance, the desroipnon of
the property, and the name(s) in whch it was ae are s followS.
CertlfiHcate No: 660 Year of Issuane: lun-01-2007
DeScriptin of ProperC LOT M OF TRACT 22 W I/ OF Wl/2 OF Sl/2
OF Sl/2 OF TACT 22 23 34S 33EI
1-23-34-33-ODAOOOM22-MOOD
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of londa
Name(s) in which assed:
BARBARA N DAhIS
RICHARD A DAVIS
Unless said fcate shall be redeemed al cdng to law, the property n
suh certincate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the keecbee
County Judlaal Center, Jury AssemEbly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street OkeeLo-
bee, Flonda at 1000 A., on the lh day oflue, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, orida
/s/ Robin R. Parrsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABIUTIS ACT OF 1990;
In accordance Am erie ns With Dlsabkllules Act, ponsn needing a
special accOnmodabon to pa pate in this proceeding should contact
Court Admlnisatmn no later than even days prior to the predng at
250 NW SaCoun Club DnVe, Fort 0St Lu Flonda 34986,1.772 8074370
whin two working days of your receptofths noe, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPRIED CALL 1.800.955.771, IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
320972 ON 5/15,22,29,6/5/09

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE; A PUBLC HEARING will be held befol the Cty of Oeeholbe
Panning Boand/Board of Adustment and Appeals on Thurday, May 21,
2009 at 6:00 p or as soon thereafter as pose, at Ci y Hall, 55 SE
3rd Avnue, Room 200, Okehobee, Foda
To consider pedal Excepton Peiton No 002-SE, submitted by H L
Bennett, on behalf of property owner Inda Bndge, to allow an outdoor
vehicle saes lot withn a V Zoning Dot (eo Code Book Secon
90-283(18)).
Property is lcated at 920 NW Park Seet Legal decipton' Lot 14 to 17,
inlusvne, of 8ok 163, Okeehobee. lat Boo 1, Page 10, PublIc Record
oof O keehob C ott nn, Flonda.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenograph eord by a
ertfied court reporter will be made of the foregoing meebeng AcIOrdlng-
ly, any peon who may eek to appeal any decsim i ing the matter
noted hrein will be rponsble for ming a vbatim record of the tes-
tmrony and evidence at said meeting upon wh any any appeal is to be
based ease contact Betty Clement at 863-763-3372, or webte
IS obtain a 000 ofthe agenda
In arnnE with the Ameds a with DalAt (ADA If 1990 per-
sons needing special accnmmodaeon to paripate in ths preceding
should contact the General Serlces Offce at 863-763-337 for asss-
tane
BY' BranWhtehall, Zoning Adnmiibathor
eon No., 09-002-SE
319730 ON 5/6,15/09


Im reada of te teamny and
evidence at said meeting upon

863-763-3372, or wblit
obtain a copy of the agenda,
In cordae wth the Americans
wih DosabiliteS Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special ammo-
daten to partonpate in this pi-
Seicesm Office at 863-763-3372
for assitance
by: Brian Whitehall,
Cty Administrator
319274 ON 5/15/09



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NOTICE OF ALICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD005S
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fd-
lowing cerficate ha filed ad ceroficate(s) for a tax deed to be aiued
thereon The lflcate number and yea of ane, the de rlpton of
the property, and the name(s) in whh wa assessed are as follow:
Certate No: 62 Yea of issuance: June 01,2007
Descrpton of Property: LOTSA AND OF TRACT E/2 OF E1/20F
N1/2 OF Nl/2 OF TrACT 5 AND Wi/2 OF El/2 OF 1l/2 OF Nl/2
OF TRACT S 09 34S 33E
1-09-34-3 aa-O00-00 05-AO0
Said property being in he County of Okeedobee, State of Flnda
Name() which assessed:
LINDAS LOISEAU
STEPNANE w LOILEAU
Unless said ceronfate hall be redeemed aordng to law, the property in
suh cerbficate shall be Sold to the hhest bidder at the Okeedoobee
Count Jludilal Center, uy Aembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, O -
bee, Flandat at 0:0 AM,on the th day of une, 209.
SUBJECT TOCURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CRCUIT COURT
OkeeoDbee County, londa
// Robin R. Parnsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILTIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance wmith the Americansn Wt Disabilibes Act, persons needing a
secaal aolmmodation to patdopate in this pEoieeding should motac
Saud lAdinitretio no ater Vhan seven days prir to te pending at
250 NW Country Club Dnve, Port St Luae, Floda 3496,1,77207,4370
withm two wooing days ofyour rept of thi notie. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.9155 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1800.955 8770
32060 ON 515,2,29,6509




lowing cerate has filed aid cerat(s) for a tax deed to be issued
thereon e erbfcate number andearof msane the mdscrpon of

CerScateNo' 665 Yearofruane June-01-2007

OF Sl/2 OF TRACT 23 23 34S 33E
e1-23-3433-hAOc 00023000d
Sald poverty being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flonda
Name(s) in which assessed:
OAN EZORI

Uh ertficte shll besold to the hest at te Okeedobee
Coun Judical Centen ury Aemb Room, 31i2 NW 3rd Street, Okecho-
NbeeFonda at od A.M., on the 8 daby o a un, 200
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechdbee Cunty, MRodha
/s Robin R. Pamsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABIUTIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with te mt Amerins Wlit Dsabilibes Act, persons fneding a
Court Adnstti later than seden days oprnr to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Dwve Prt St Luae Florida 34986, 1 772 8074370
ithin two workin g days of e ur recent ofthis Inote IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.55.871; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1800.95S.8770
320966 ON 5/15,22,29,6/5/09

REQUEST FOR BIDS
The Okeechobee Utility Athhority (OU A wll een Sealed for the
purpose of purchasing a r l for te llowng ProJect
24-1nch Water Main Installatlm Phase I
Detailed speciicatons and the bid package for the purchase of the maten-
al are available upon reuet from the oce the hc o te ExecutI- e Diretos
Oecbeae Utiliy Authority 10 SW 5th Aven, Telephone
863-763-9O 0 Facsimie 86i 73-7336. The OU n recirv the eight to re-
ect any or all bids and to waie formaltes in any bd wherever su n re
tion or waver is determined to be in the best interest of the OUR.
Bids must be delivered to the Exeutve Direor, on r a gI.o. PM
Mal, B i s shall be containedthn a sealed envelope w
the bidder name learh marked on e outside lof the bid paLckage. Addl-
tinelys the aled bid shall alo be dear marked as a walked bid for the
above listed product or seie. ,
John F Hayford
320985 ON 5115109

NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeehoe County Construction ndust
Liaaenang Board
The Okeeaobee County Construcotbon Indi(my LiCensing Board will hold a
public meebng on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 @ 3,30 PM. Te public meet-
ing will be held at the Okeehobe County Health DeparAment Audorlo-
u, locatedat he 1728 N 9th nue, Okedh oee, Flnda Fr more
infonnabon, contact Barbara CaSh at the Planning and Development, 499
N.W 5th Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972; (863 763-5548.
Al intmerested parties shall have the opportune to be heard at this pnubie
meebng Any person deding to appeal any da on by the enin
Beard wih apect toany matter nconmdered at thisa meebng will need to
emur that a verbatim record ofd the pomeding is made and that the
record indes the tesmon and endence upon which the appeal wCl be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sale purpose of back-
upt for official neord of the Department
Barbara Cas SeCretary to Board
Okeechobee County Cosbanttn
Industry mensina Board
320693 ON 5/15,22/09
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009T7010
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certfate has aited n ld certficate(s) for a tax deed to be iued
thereon The ertcat number and year of issuance the desotptuon of
the property, and the names) in whh t was assessed are as ollows,
Certcate No' 661 Year of Issuance: une-01-2007
Descnpbon of y LOT D OFTRACT 23 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 23 23 345 33E
1-23-34-33-OAO-OODO23-D0OO
Said oope being in the County of Okeechobee, Sate of Florda
Names) in whih aasseed:
JOAN E ZOR]
Unless sad certificate shall be redeemed wording to law, the prpert in
suh rtficate shall be sd tohe hhet bidder at the Oeechoee
County Jdial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Fnda at 000 A.M., on the Oth da Mof June, 209.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAxeS
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeecdobee Caunty, onda
a/s Robin R Pamns
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with e Anencans Wanh Deiabiides Act peoro eding a
special accommndation to participate in this proceeding should onItat
Could Adminsraon no later han en daay prior to the proeeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive Pore St Lude orida 3 4986, 772 807370
wihun wo wokng days of your reeip ofthis no IFOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800 9558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
320968 ON S/15,22,29;6/S/09

NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enfo ment
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Speial Magistate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 200 m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okethobee County Health Departnent Audorium, located at 172I
N.W. 9th AIenue, Okeechobee, ornda. For mre information, contact
Faye Huffman at the Planning and Develment Department 499 NW.
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext 301
All interested parties shall ham te e oppotuni to be heard at this publc
meeting Any person deciding to appeal any dp byO the Code En-
forement Sp l Magistrate with respect to any mater consdered at
this mebng wll need to e u that a verbatim eord of the poceed-
ing_ a made and that the recd indude Ve tesoncuy and evidence
upon which the appeal will be based Code Enforement tape are for he
sole purpose of bacup for otal reords of the Department
Faye Hffman, Secretary to the
Code Enor cement Specia agsate
320990 ON 5/15,17 2009


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
209TD012
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said ertcate(s) for a tax deed to be Issued
thereon. The cerficae number and year of issuance, the depton of
the pmperty, and ie name(s) in which it was asessed are a follows.
Certiate N: 677 Year of Issuance June-1-2007
Dernpnn of Property. LOTLOFTRACT 2W112OF WII2 OF N1/2
OF S2 OF TRCT 2 24 34S 33E
1-2 4-343-OA0-00002-L040
Sad property being in the Count of Okeechobee, State of Flonda
Name(s) in which assemed
CENESCAR NOISE
Unlss said crnficate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee tobee
Coun udicial Cente Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Strt, Okeeho-
b2e, Forida at X'00 F.M., on the 18th day of June, 2 2e9


SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Flerd
/s/ Robin R. Parrh
NOTICE REGARDING THEA MERCANS WITH DISABLIIES A OF 1990,














NEWSPAPERm
In accordance wd the means W Dabll en neen a
specaM a ramodatm to part pate in ti precedig should cna
Court Adminisatin no later than seven days por to the phoceedng at
250 NW Cunby Club DnV Port St LUce FIonda 34986,1 772.807 4370
within two working days of your receipt of the note. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800 9S5.8770
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