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ol. o. 71
Vol. 100 No. 71


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Sunday, June 14, 2009 75 Plus tax


Inside
Teen
saves
life...
Page 15


Heroes in the park ...
Page 5

Index
Classifieds 13-15
Community Events........................6.
Crossword. ....... .... ........ 15
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4-5
Speak Out 4
Sports ...... ........ ...... .......... 16
Weather 2

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Rehab Center in Okeechobee. They, along with other wildlife, a.
annual fundraiser event for the center.

Arnold's

Wildlife

plans open

house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center Inc. will host its annu-
al "Summer Open House Fund-
raiser" event on Saturday, June
20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Animal lovers and visitors to
the center will see native Flori-
da animals including panthers,
bobcats and deer. Visitors also
will enjoy the amazing Butter- A zebra longwing in Arnold's But
will enjoy the amazing Butter-to enjoy.
the center to enjoy.
See Arnold's Page 2


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raided
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A suspected marijuana grow
house described as one of the
"most prolific" in Okeechobee was
one of two operations raided this
week in which alleged pot plants
estimated at a value of more than
$700,000 were seized.
Both operations were in Lake
Montaza Estates, which is located
in the Fort Drum area.
Arrested in a raid Wednesday
afternoon, June 10, was Jose Agui-
life ar Hernandez, 37. He was arrested
life on felony charges of trafficking in
mnd marijuana, possession of marijua-
na with intent to sell and the cul-
tivation of marijuana. He was also
arrested on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug parapherna-
lia.
Hernandez, formerly of Miami,
was booked into the Okeecho
bee County Jail under a bond of
$255,000.
He was arrested at his home,
located at 530 N.E. 342nd Trail,
where 20 suspected pot plants
that weighed 134.6 pounds were
seized.
In a second raid staged Thurs-
day afternoon, no one was
home when personnel from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of
fice and Okeechobee City Police
Department served a search war-
rant on the home and barn at 1335
N.E. 342nd Trail.
vile A detective with the Okeecho-
ito bee Narcotics Task Force said Fri-
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day that there is no evidence at this time to
indicate that the two operations were work-
ing in conjunction with each other.
According to that detective, 320 pounds
of suspected marijuana-along with $18,000
in cash-was seized in the June 11 raid. The
detective said the "high quality" pot had an
estimated value of $544,000. The detective
said 136 growing plants, 44 harvested plants
and 3 pounds of processed plants were
seized. The processed plants were already
packaged for resale, the detective added.
A majority of the suspected pot plants, es-
timated to be between 6 and 8-feet tall, were
found in a barn located on the property.
"One room in the house was converted
into a starter/dryer/processing room," add-
ed the detective. "And the cash was already
bundled."
It is estimated that this operation could


Arnold's
Continued From Page 1
fly Haven, a half-acre garden arranged in
the shape of the Zebra Longwing, Florida's
state butterfly. It contains nearly 2,000 larval
and nectar plants, which provide a natural
breeding and feeding ground for over 60 lo-
cal butterfly species.
Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for kids
ages 6-12; and children age 5 and younger
get in free.
Admission includes a hot dog, chips and a
beverage, access to the animal compounds,
butterfly garden, and nature and hiking
trails," said Sue Arnold, owner and curator
of the center located at 14895 NW 30th Ter-
race, Okeechobee. For more information
about the center or directions go to www.
arnoldswildlife.org or call 863-763-4630.
"We truly appreciate the support from
our community," Ms. Arnold said. "It helps
make our wildlife conservation efforts pos-
sible." Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Cen-
ter's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and
return animals to their natural habitat. The
center was established 13 years ago and
rehabilitates an average 1000 animals per
year. It is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational
facility that relies completely on donations to
fund its work. The center regularly hosts chil-
dren's birthday parties and educational tours
for schools and other interested groups.


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net $1,632,000 in a year.
The detective went on to say that bud-
ding plants were found in the barn and that
plants found in the drying room were ready
to be processed. The operation, continued
the detective, is believed to have been in op-
eration for at least two years.
"This is one of the three most prolific
grow houses in Okeechobee County," the
detective said.
The operation being run in the 1996 dou-
blewide mobile home rented by Hernandez,
while not as large, was described as being
fairly new and still "clean."
"The plants were four to five months
old," the detective offered.
According to the Okeechobee County
Property Appraiser's web site, the mobile
home sits on 7.790 acres and is owned by
Junior Farm Retreat, Inc., of a S.W 158th St.
address in Miami.
All of the seized plants were budding and
were an estimated 5- to 6-feet tall, the detec-
tive stated.
It is estimated that the alleged grow house
could net $544,000 in a year.
Along with the suspected pot plants, CO2
filters, timers, ballasts, irrigation equipment,
1,000-watt lights and extra air conditioning
units were found at both homes.
At 2:50 p.m. on June 11, a search warrant
was executed on the second home even
though no one was there at the time. The
detective said there were signs that some-
one was living there and that men's clothing

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was found.
"We don't have to have people there to
execute a search warrant," said Detective
Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
He went on to explain that once a judge
signs the warrant, law enforcement has
10 days in which to serve it. When asked,
Detective Van Deman said they know who
owns the house but added "... that doesn't
necessarily mean they are operating the
grow house." The woodframe home and
barn were built in 1996 and sit on 5.140
acres.
"We at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office are committed to eliminating our
neighborhoods of this menace," said Sher-
iff Paul May. "We intend to seize all of these
drug dealer's assets and use all legal means
to put them out of business. I am very proud


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of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and
the job they did."
The two raids were carried out as part of
Operation Eagle Claw-a multi-jurisdictional
operation in South Florida aimed at eliminat-
ing as many grow houses as possible in two
days. According to the task force detective
Miami-Dade Police Department, Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office, Indian River County
Sheriff's Office, Highlands County Sheriff's
Office and the Brevard County Sheriff's Of-
fice also took part in the operation in their
respective jurisdictions.
Detective Van Deman said even though
Operation Eagle Claw is over the investiga-
tion into this week's raids are continuing, as
are probes into other suspected grow opera-
tions. "The task force knows of many more
grow houses in Okeechobee County," he
said.

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Firemen


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blaze in


Fort Drum

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An old unoccupied, dilapidated struc-
ture off N.W. 304th Street was destroyed
by a fire around midnight on June 9,
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue report
ed.
Authorities were unsure of the origin
or the cause of the blaze, which kept
two units and two firemen busy Monday
night. Firemen were on the scene for two
hours.
The fire report from paramedic Jay
Curtis said the wood frame house was
fully involved when firemen arrived.
About 750 gallons of water was used.
The building was located in the woods in
a remote area of the county. The owner is
Louis Woodall.


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in conjunction with the age of the warrant. 6/10/1985. Burglary Dwelling, 3rd Degree
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Tag price
I was informed today by the Tax Col-
lectors Office that on Sept. 1, the license tag
will double in price. I don't know what they
expect low income families, disabled people
or people on Social Security are going to
do. What do they expect people to do. We
should rally together and complain about
this.

Obama
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Hurricane season
Here it is the hurricane season and
they're preaching gloom and doom. We're
all gonna die. Anyone
with any brains who HUII NE
has lived in Florida all
their lives, they know
what to do. All they are
doing is scare tactics to
make people panic.

Grow house
I heard they found yet another grow
house in Okeechobee County. What is this
place coming to? Is the economy so bad that
people are that desperate? Or do the drug
dealers just think they can come over here
and hide in the rural areas? Guess what, ei-
ther way the deputies are going to find you
and arrest you. Is it really worth going to jail
for?


Gas prices
The gasoline companies have figured
a way how to defeat the regulators. They
raised the price before the hurricane came
and then you can't call it price gouging dur-
ing a hurricane.

Cigarette taxes
I am calling about the new cigarette tax
they are going to add next month. They are
going to raise it another $10 a carton or $1
a pack. We just in April got a $10 raise from
the federal government. I want to know why
the state and federal government are target-
ing us smokers. I don't hear of any new tax-
es on alcohol or prescription drugs or any-
thing like this. We don't get in any trouble
just smoking cigarettes. You can get drunk,
get in a wreck, kill someone. Why don't they
raise taxes on alcohol and leave cigarettes
alone.
In reference to the new tobacco law, I
think it is really unfair. We vote these people
into office and they raise taxes without both-
ering to ask for a vote. They target the smok-
ers. What we do with our bodies is our busi-
ness. We have all these little kids addicted
to prescription drugs. Why can't they raise
taxes on prescription drugs. Why can't they
raise taxes on alcohol? This country was
founded on tobacco. Without the tobacco
we wouldn't be where we are today.
I think the hike on the cigarettes is un-
fair for us smokers. They need to raise the
taxes on other things and leave the smokers
alone. It's not right. It's not fair.
Why do they want to make the cigarette
prices go up. Just leave us smokers alone.
Why don't they put more taxes on the beer
and leave the smokers alone.
What will happen to the tax base when
the smokers decide to kick the habit?

Car vouchers
This the craziest thing I ever heard in
my life. Congress is going to vote on giving
people $2,500 vouchers and have them take
them to the car dealerships so they can trade
in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient
cars. When did the government become car
dealers and when are they going to realize
they are going to bankrupt this country if
they don't stop this. They said Obama was
going to fix things. All he has done is put us
in quicksand sowe are drowning. The worse
things get, the more he wants to spend.


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If they are going to give out vouchers
to help buy cars, they should give them to
all tax paying citizens, not just those who al-
ready have a car to trade in. That is not fair to
the people who don't even have cars. They
could just do vouchers towards cars with a
certain miles per gallon standard and then if
you already have a car to trade in, make your
best deal. That would still get some business
for the car dealers and give them the incen-
tive to make cars with better gas mileage.

OCRA
I am tired of everybody crying about
their kids not being able to play baseball.
Maybe you should go out in your backyard
and practice with your kid during the off sea-
son.
If there are too many kids per team
because they don't have enough teams,
chances are this is because they do not have
enough coaches and sponsors for more
teams. Coaches are volunteers. Sponsors
are donors. If the parents were nicer to the
coaches and the sponsors and more sup-
portive of both, maybe there would be more
teams.

Water smells like bleach
Why are we forced to buy water that
we cannot stand to smell.

June 6
My father was my hero and is the rea-
son I do what I do and have done so for
27 years. He was a WWII hero who saved
an unknown amount of
lives. Daddy was one of
the very best shots the
Army Air Corp had, so in-
stead of allowing him to
get his wings on B-17 Fly-
ing Fortresses, he trained
thousands to shoot cor-
rectly, saving thousands.
Thanks Pop! You're what
made us winners!

Advice for the graduates
My advice to the graduates is don't
forget who you are and how your parents
raised you. And remember to call your mom
once a week.
I have lived here since I was 7 years old.
While the town has gotten bigger, nothing
has changed. Just more low paying service
jobs. Even skilled jobs here are low paying


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compared to just 30 miles awayon the coast.
I had a telecommunications tech job for
awhile. Was paid $9 an hour. Same job else-
where paid $16-$25 an hour. The only kids
that make it by staying here are those whose
parents already own a business for them to
take over. I don't see anything coming here
to change that fact. Matter of fact, there have
been plenty of things proposed to come to
Okeechobee that would have brought good
jobs over the past few decades that were
turned down by the Powers That Be at the
time. Would have made the town grow too
fast. Well its grown anyway, population, traf-
fic, crime rates, but not the quality of life for
the working class, or the good paying jobs
that can give it to them. If my kids were not
living here, I'd be gone.
Graduates need a plan and a backup
plan. Too often kids have an idea of what
they want, and then when it falls through
they are just lost. They plan on a certain
major in college and then the college drops
that program and they don't know what to
do. You need more than one plan. Life is
like that. You have to be able to adapt to the
challenges that life throws your way!

Economy
I am really concerned about the local
economy and how few jobs are available.
Teenagers want to work and most of them
need to work but there aren't many jobs to
be had. And it seems that unless your par-
ents know someone, you can't even get an
interview.

Lake Okeechobee
Now that we are finally getting some
rain and the lake level is starting to come up
again, what can we do to keep the water
managers and the Corps from dumping all
the water? They need to hurry up and build
those reservoirs they keep talking about so
they can store water instead of losing it to
the ocean. Maybe if they would spend the tax
money on the actual projects, instead of on
studies and meetings to talk about projects,
they would get something accomplished.

Gas prices
What is going on with the gas prices
-- they are going up every day!


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Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler
Four businesses in Okeechobee do-
nated $1,000 each to support our
local American Red Cross. The do-
nations helped to reach a goal of
$10,000 towards the "Heroes" cam-
paign which took place on June 6, in
Flagler Park. On hand for the check
presentations for Raulerson Hospital
are: Debbie Riddle, Robert Lee, Tere-
sa Chandler, Marnie Lauter and Julie
Shook; Seacoast Kathleen Shatto,
Jerry O'Bannon, Teresa Chandler,
*7 "Debbie Riddle, Julie Shook; J & J
Automotive is Bruce Jeffers and
-,: Bank of America is represented by
Jessie Welgum, Nancy Raddatz,
Paulette Wise, Debbie Riddle, Julie
Shook and Jessica Holecek.


Letter to the editor


Heroes event a huge success
The American Red Cross raised over
$10,000 at the "Heroes Day in the Park"
event!
I have one adjective for our very first "He-
roes in the Park" Family Fun Day, Wow! As
chair for this wonderful event, I would like
to thank all of the committee members, at-
tendees, businesses and volunteers who
made this event a success!
The "Heroes in the Park" Family Fun
day was held in Flagler Park on June 6.
The event catered to families by providing
a full day of activities including: pony rides,
bounce houses, face painting, flower plant-
ing, dunk tank, football toss, bell ringing, hot
dogs, snow cones, cookies and much much
more!
I would like to give a special thanks to my
committee who made it happen; Billy Dean,
Toni Doyle, Terry Burroughs, Maureen Bud-
jinski, Stephanie Hand, Buck Hand, Keith
Stripling, Robert Lee, Danielle Shockley, Jill
Rogers, Kimberly Frazier, Candace Burke,
Donny Arnold, Sharon Vinson, Donna Huth,
Marnie Lauter, Julie Shook, Frank & Debbie
Riddle
Thank you to the media who continuous-
ly helped to promote the event: Okeechobee
News, WOKC/FM 100.9, AM 1570, Okeecho-
bee The Magazine and Okeechobee Penny-
saver.


Major event sponsors giving $1,000 were:
Seacoast National Bank, Raulerson Hospital,
J & J Auto & Tire and Bank of America.
Gold sponsors were: A Child's World,
Accurate Insurance, Archery Sports & Pro
Shop, Barracudas' Sports Grill, Buxton Fu-
neral Home, Children's Services Council,
City of Okeechobee, Colin Cameron, Ding-
A-Ling Deli, Dr. Bradfield, East Coast Signs,
Everglades Farm Equipment, Farm Bureau
Insurance, First Bank of Indiantown, Flor-
ida Blood Centers, Florida Floors & More,
Gizmo's Pizza & Subs, Jersey Mikes, Joe
Alderman, Lunkers, Mom's Kitchen, Mor-
gan Stanley/Smith Barney, Mr. & Mrs. Sonny
Williamson, National City, Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, Okeechobee Tour-
ist Development Council, Pier II Resort, Skull
Hill Steel, Stitchin' Post, Syble's Florist, Tay-
lor Rental, Tires Plus, Waste Management,
Women of the Moose, and Xtreme Property
Services.
Silver sponsors were: Affordable Art,
Chloe's Closet, Golden Corral, Howard & Eva
Gilmore, Maximum Tanning, Sears, Wayne
Clay, and Fancy Me Embroidery Group.
Thank you Okeechobee!
Sincerely,
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Reflections from the pulpit


By Elder John Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
I have had the honor to serve on the Board
of Okeechobee Christian Academy since
2006. I have to be honest and confess that
when I first accepted the invitation to serve
that I viewed it as more of a nuisance than
an opportunity. The only reason I agreed to
serve was because I have an inability to say
no when asked to do something that bor-
ders on the pathological (a condition that
I have found exists in most pastors). So, I
started attending the board meetings and
found that I was just that, bored. I kept look-
ing for my chance to resign and one meeting
I mustered up my courage and opened up
my mouth to say that I was quitting when
someone spoke up and nominated me to be
the chairman. Before I could say anything,
the nomination was seconded and voted on
and I became the Chairman of the Board for
Okeechobee Christian Academy.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I
am the last person that should ever be asked


to be in charge of anything. However, I find
that God has a great sense of humor and
truly does work in mysterious ways. Since
I have served on the board, I have grown to
dearly appreciate the men that have served
with me (Bill Bartlett, Clayton Williams, Dale
Smith and Nick Reynolds). In the three years
that we have worked together, there has
never been a cross word or even the hint of
disunity, even through some really difficult
times like the one that we are facing now.
We have seen God do some really amaz-
ing things over the last three years. He al-
lowed us to bring on Joshua Strunk as our
headmaster. What he was able to accom-
plish, along with a very hard working teach-
ing and administrative staff, is remarkable.
This last school year, we were astonished
to see God meet one payroll after another
through miraculous intervention. We started
the year with a $20,000 deficit and so every
payroll was an experience of prayer and
faith. And He never let us down.
At the end of April, it became appar-


ent that we would be ending the year with
a $120,000 deficit. I have to tell you that I
panicked. I just knew that there was no way
that we would be able to raise this money in
the time fame needed. But, through the gra-
cious working of God and the willingness of
His people, the school has received around
$70,000. All that happened in a month's
time. Yes, we still need about $50,000 by July
but I have no doubt that God can and will
provide this and more.
So, we are making plans for the new
school year. With God's grace and power,
Okeechobee Christian Academy will open
August 1. I would ask you to please pray for
us as we seek to restructure the school to be
more financially responsible.
Well, I have to end this article. There is
so much more that I would love to tell you
but I have to go to fulfill an obligation that
I just couldn't say not to. I'm sure that God
is chuckling right now. What a pleasure to
serve Him.


Community Events


Bike run to benefit cancer
victim's family
Harold Gosa of Okeechobee recently
passed away from cancer leaving awife and
young son. A bike run to benefit the family
will go from Horsefeathers in Hobe Sound
to the Brahma Bull in Okeechobee on Satur-
day, June 20, beginning at 11 a.m. A draw-
ing will be held at the Brahma Bull at 6 p.m.
to win Harold's Harley. Tickets are $25 for
each rider and you do not have to be present
to win the drawing. For more information,
please call 863-610-2532. All proceeds will
benefit the family.


CRA analysis class to be held
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a CRA
Nutritional Analysis class on Monday, June
15 and June 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. each
night. The class will be held at Douglas Chi-
ropractic and Fitness Center. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-4320.

Okeechobee Christian Youth
Camp 2009
Okeechobee Christian Youth Camp 2009
sponsored by Haven of Rest Church will
be held June 15-19 at Camp Denton, in
Sebring. Ages for camp are 9-19. Cost is $80
each. For more information call Rachel at
863-697-0315 or 863-357-3053.



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The Florida High School Rodeo Associa-
tion will hold and open team roping jackpot
on Saturday, June 20 at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 710. Enter at 9 a.m.
and will start at 9:30 a.m. Three Head pro-
gressive, $20 per man, enter as many times
as you want; 50 percent payback, 50 percent
will go to the travel fund for the FHSRA Na-
tional Team. Proceeds will help send rodeo
kids to national finals.

Fathers day steak dinner
The American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E.
Second St., will hold their Fathers Day ribeye
steak dinner on June 21 from 3 until 6 p.m.
Donation of $12. Fathers/Grandfathers only
pay $10.


June 14, 2009

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

Lola Chandler Carr, 91
OKEECHOBEE Lola Chandler Carr, daugh-
ter of Frank and Sadie (King) Chandler passed
away, June 7, 2009. She was born Sept. 7, 1917,
in Okeechobee, the same
year that our County was
formed. She was 91 years of
age when she died at Ft.
Pierce Health Care in St. Lu-
cie County.
Mrs. Carr was predeceased
by her parents mentioned
above; her husband, John C.
Carr; son, Lar-
ry Carr; and siblings, Irene Conrad,
Lorene Whidden, Morris, Gene, Ray and Rom-
my Chandler. Surviving are: brother, Frank
Chandler, the eldest, and sister Betty (Sonny)
Williamson, the youngest of this large family.
Both reside in Ok eechobee.
Services were private. Interment was at Port
Mayaca Cemetery, June 9. Yates Funeral Home
was in charge of funeral arrangements. I
friends would like to, they may send donations
to Treasure Coast Hospice, 2500 N.E. Virginia
Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL 34952; or Hospice of Okee-
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charge of failure to secure worker's compensation
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antown, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Mark Shire
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SRebecca Caraballo Goodman, 27, S.E. 80th
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a prescription by fraud (five counts). Her bond was
set at $25,000
Nicki Louise Osceola, 24, N.E. 11th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 9 by Deputy Au-
gustin Saucedo on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with worthless check. Her bond on that
charge was set at $2,500. She was also arrested on
a felony charge of possession of a controlled sub
stance, as well as a misdemeanor charge of pos
session of drug paraphernalia. Her bond on those
charges was set at $5,500.
Jose Reinozo, 15, N.W 34th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 10 by Deputy Justin Merriman on
a charge of grand theft auto. After being booked at
the Okeechobee County Jail, Reinozo was taken to
the Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
Steven Cody Crose, 20, N.E. 128th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 10 by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felony of giving false informa
tion to a pawn broker and the misdemeanor of petit
theft. His bond was set at $3,000.
Ramiro Mendez, 24, W Pearl St., Bartow,
was arrested June 10 by Deputy G Popovich on an
Okeechobee Countywarrant charging him with fail-
ure to appear uttering a forged instrument. He is
being held without bond.
James Brian Rhoden, 30, U.S 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Justin
Merriman on a felony charge of criminal mischief
and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was
set at $2,750
Bradley Perkins, 22, N.W 96th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 11 by DOC's Joseph Cracchlola on
a charge of violation of probation burglary of an oc
cupied dwelling. He is being held without bond.
Eric Harris, 21, N.E. Fourth Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 11 by Deputy Patricia Massung on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with
amended violation of probation driving under the
influence. He is being held without bond.
Donovan Orlando Fontenette, 42, Sandia Drive,
Port St Lucle, was arrested by Deputy Cpl. Aric Malere
on St. Lucie County warrants charging him burglary
of a conveyance (three counts), fraudulent use of a
credit card (three counts), grand theft (two counts).
His bond was set at $110,000.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Are impact fees hurting the Okeechobee
economy?
At the Thursday meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County Board of County Commission-
ers. Mark Brandell of the Okeechobee Con-
tractors' Association urged a suspension of
impact fees. He noted that some local gov-
ernments are temporarily reducing or elimi-
nating impact fees.
"We know it can be done," he said, "be-
cause other counties have done it."
"We recognize the need for impact fees,"
Mr. Brandell said. "This will be an economic
stimulus and put people to work. We have
people out of work that were not out of
work two years ago."
"I'm more afraid of long term conse-
quences," stated Commissioner Hoover.
"What happens at the end of five years?"
After five years, impact fees are supposed
to be spent on the project they were col
elected for.
Commissioner Clif Betts noted that the
county is obligated to complete the impact
fee projects regardless of whether or not
enough impact fees are collected. He said
the county is not collecting impact fees now
and that any buildings built as a result of

the fees for six months.
Mr Hoover asked if Mr. Brandell had
also asked for a waiver of the school board
impact fee since those fees are higher than
county impact fees.
Mr. Brandell said they were concerned
with impact fees on commercial building
which do not generate school board impact
fees.
County attorney John Cassels is research-


ing the procedure for waiving impact fees
and is expected to provide advice and rec-
ommendations to commissioners at a future
board meeting.
An executive session was held at the end
of the morning's session to discuss litigation
between the county, American Drilling Ser-
vices and the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection.
David Barth of Glatting Jackson Kercher
Anglin, Inc. presented the parks and recre-
ation master plan his firm had developed for
the county. He evaluated existing parks, as-
sessing community needs and priorities and
developed a long range, county wide vision.
He said there was a need for more neighbor
hood parks people could walk to. He also
suggested developing the area in front of he
courthouse as a park. In other action, the
board:
amended bond documents dealing
with Waste Management;
granted preliminary plat approval to
Pine Creek Cottages;
amended the aluminium specialty con
tractor's license to bring it more in line with
the state's specialty structure contractor's
license;
clarified policy on building department
fee refunds;
executed a lease agreement with the
Department of Children and Families for
space in the health department building;
and:
learned that the grant to build the emer-
gency operations center was extended until
May 15 of next year.
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Academic Excellence
Irfan Chaudhary (right) received an award from Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper for academic excellence at the recent meeting of the Okeechobee
County School Board.


No tax increase for Viking residents


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is a ray of sunshine for Viking resi-
dents in the midst of all the gtoom and doom
concerning local government finances.
At their meeting on Wednesday, June 10
the Coquina Water Control District Board of
Supervisors began looking at their proposed
budget for the coming fiscal year. They unani-
mously voted not to increase the current as-
sessment for Viking residents which is $62.64
an acre. That means that the proposed budget
for 2009/10 would be $809,685, the same as
this year's budget.
Projected figures show Coquina going into
the new budget year with a $39,000 surplus
from the current year.
There was some bad news concerning the
present budget. Chairman Melvin Byars re-
ported that the owners of 919 parcels in Viking
have not paid their assessment. However, he
was optimistic.
"We started the year with a balanced bud-


get and we can end the year with a balanced
budget if don't have any storms."
"This year we are fine," the chairman as-
serted. "Next year may be the problem year."
The board made some adjustments to the
current budget by shifting funds from one line
item to another.
Supervisors heard good news from the au-
dit of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2008. The
audit found that no adjustments or changes
were necessary and that all auditing proce-
dures were in compliance with the rules of the
auditor general.
Attorney Tony Young reported that all the
deeds had been recorded dealing with the
right of way swap between Coquina and J5
Ranch.
It was noted that the mowing contract is up
for renewal in January and will be rewritten.
Supervisors will meet at the shop at 9 a.m.
on June 22 for a budget workshop.
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Community Calendar


SUNDAY
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
MONDAY
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. For information or to
schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at
863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets
at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a cov-
ered dish for lunch, followed by a business meet-
ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and
are due in September. For information, call Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at
the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. All are welcome. For information call 863-
763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
TUESDAY
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915 Rotary Club of
Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
The meetings are open to the public. For infor-
mation, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
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Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open
discussion meeting. For more information call
Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
AI-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on
the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For more information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith
at 863-261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 aat a the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
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Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building
located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every Tuesday
and is open to all who deal with someone with ad-
dictions, There is support with this epidemic The
meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m, at the Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S.E Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is


not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time -- a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
call 863-357-3053.


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Special magistrate to consider fine reduction


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Lennox Roland is scheduled to appear
before Special Magistrate Lois Nichols on
Tuesday, June 16 to request a reduction of
his code violation fine of over $88,000 to
$250. The fine results from his residing in an
RV on his N.W 240th Street property. The
hearing starts at 2 p.m. in the Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditorium,
1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
Ms. Nichols will also hear three new cases
and consider imposition of fines in 13 cases.
Michael Anderson was cited for living in an
RV on his N.W Eighth Avenue property.
According to code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo, Michele Mixson, Johnnie
Mixson and Mary Mixson have open storage


of appliances, household goods and alumi
num, junk and debris and unlicensed vehi-
cles on their N.W 18th Avenue property.
Katelin Johnson was cited for building
a deck without a permit on her S.E. 67th
Drive property. In cases that were previously
heard, the following were ordered to come
into compliance by June 11 or face a fine of
up to $250 a day: Richard Thompson, Alain
Zimmer, Enoch Clark Trust, Rebecca Lew-
is, Alto Watford and Michael Willis, James
Slattery and Vickie Slattery, Michael Goins
and Alice Goins, Pamela Bucheit and Ralph
Bucheit, Chloe Guarine and John Guarine,
Lefty Summerford, Timothy Pritchet, Jamie
Pritchet and Pensco Trust Company, Fitz-
patrick Land Company and Francisco San
tibanez and Minerva Santibanez.


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


June 9,2009
Cows
$42.50
Si $40.00
Canner $34.00
Bulls
1000 1500 $51.00
1500-2000 $0.00
Monday
Calves N
Cows O
Sitr
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Bulls A
Yrlngs L
Mix E
Total
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$4750
$47.50
$38.00
$5850
$0.00
Tuesday
895
263
38
19
22
97
0
1334
Hfrs


170-190
200 250
250 300
300-350
350-400
400 450
450 500
550-600
600-650
Med #2
150 200
200 250
250-300
300-350
350 400
400 450
Small #1
220-235
250-300


175-190
125 132
121-132
125-128
107-121
100 117
96108
95-98
85-94
Steers
105 117
90112
70-83
90-109
85 89
84-102
Steers
110-115
100-109


300-350 0-0 85-93
350 400 95 109 83 85

$8 10 cheaper than a month ago.
Calves were mostly $1-2 lower
and heifer calves were $4 5 lower.
About the only good thing to say
this week is we have had some

bee topped the calf market with a
high of $1 90, bought by Reynolds
Cattle Co. Lightsey Cattle topped
the cow market with a high of
$1.50 brought by Brown Packing.
See ya next week,
Pete


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Okeechobee News




12 Okeechobee News June 14,2009


AT OKEECHOBEE MOTOR COMPANY

WE'RE NOT JUST A FORD DEALER.

WE'RE PROUD MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY


We're proud to be part of the automotive company
that's driving a brighter future, not only for our
community but for our country at large.
We are proud to provide good-paying jobs and
benefits to so many people right here in our area.
We are proud and grateful to sell and service the
full time of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers.
These are some of the finest vehicles on the road
today. And today, the future is brighter than ever.
We're proud to support many local organizations
such as:Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Okeechobee
BattleField Friends, First United Methodist Church,
Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee and numerous
local non profit organizations.
We're proud that the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet.
"And that Ford offers 15 car, truck and SUV
choices that get 25 mpg or better.
We're proud to say that no other car company
has earned more IIHS Top Safety Pick and
NHTSA five-star ratings"
We're proud to offer the new '09 F-150. It's smarter,
more productive and tougher than ever, with best-in-classt
towing and payload. More reasons why F-Series pickups are
America's best selling trucks for 32 straight years.
And, just around the corner, the new 2010 Mustang.
Designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. It will be here this
spring.
Today, there is new momentum at Ford. We invite
you to drive with us into the future. Drive green.
Drive safe.Drive smart. Drive quality you can believe in.
Fnr mnr, infnrmatinn vicit thufnrrlctnrv rnm


At UKeecnoDee Motor company we ve Deen around Tor more man bi
years. We employ 13 of our community members who are committed to
earning your business. And your trust.

Visit us at Okeechobee Motor Company. We hope to see you soon. And
we hope to see your drive one.


Okeechobee Motor Company
3175 Highway 441 S.
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
www.okeechobeeford.com


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In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
(863)634-5780

IN TOWN 2/2 very
dean, w/d, lawn maint
included, $800 + $300
sec. Call
(863) 634-3572




FOR RENT 5,000 sf
COMMERCIAL BLDG.
Great location, next
to Comcast. 1/ Block
North of Hwy. 70.
(863)763-4831




Oak Lake Villa #53- 2/2
furn. w/d, very clean,
$950 1st, Last & Sec.
(863)634-3313
OAK LAKE VILLA'S #17
2/2, W&D, New carpet.
$800 mo., 1st, last &
500 sec 863-467-5965
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2
ba, privacy fence, Unit
#36, All appls, new tile
& carpet. $850 month.
+ sec. (863)447-0925
or (863)763-2416
TAYLOR CREEK Condo
1BR/1BA, 1st floor, fur-
nished, pool & tennis,
boat dock, rec room,
very nice. Reasonable
561-324-4902 or
561-582-8693.



BEHIND LIBRARY 3-4
BR, 2 BA, Garage. Huge
yard. $1325 mo. + sec.
dep. (863)532-1480


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sec. dep. & refs. Call
863-824-0981
BHR 4/2, fenced yard,
fireplace, lake access,
$800 mo. + sec. dep. &
lease. (863)824-0981
BHR Fur, 1/1, duplex,
on water, No pets,
$550/mo, lease & ref's
re. + elec & sec dep
(863)357-1602
DUPLEX 3BR, 2 BA $750
mo., 2BR, 2BA $700
mo. Both have Garbage
pickup & Lawn included
and require 1st & sec.
(863)634-5283
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Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
(772)201-8230
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $695, FLS, a ppl's,
lease plus utilities.
(863)801-3081
OKEECHOBEE 4br,
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $1000 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156
OKEECHOBEE Rim Ca-
nal, 3/2, on 2 fenced
acres, w/garage, Pets
ok, w/d, d/w, screened
porch, boat dock, pond,
near J&S Fish Camp,
$1000 mo
(305)393-3926
SE OKEECHOBEE, 4BR,
3BA, 2 car gar, w/pool,
$1400 mo. + 1st & sec.
(561)254-9326




TREASURE ISLAND
3BR, 2BA, with shed.
$850 move in w/ref's
& lease, $700/mo.
Call 863-824-0981
WATERFRONT: 2BR,
11/2 BA Treasure Island.
Fenced yd. $725 mo. in-
cludes water, & $700 sec
dep. (772) 359-6584


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FT DRUM 3/2, dbl
wide, 5 acres, Pine-
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772)342-3712
(772) 342-3203
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2 & 3 Bedrooms
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1.5BA screened ptio,
carport, wood 8oo,
dbl. lot, town water/
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NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee Cou Codenforcement
Spedal magistrate
Txe OkeeChobee Couny Speoaal Magistrate 11 hold a ublch meebng on
Tuesday, une 6, 29 at 2:00 p.m. The public meebng lli be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Depanent Auditoum, lated at 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Oechohee, Flonda. For more innmaton, contad
Faye Hutman at the Plannn and Development Deparbnent 499 NW
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Floida 34972, (863) 824-3015.
All interested pares hall have the opportun to be heard at this pubic
meebng. Any pn deng to appeal any dsdg no aeal an.on y mt Code TE
forceaent Special Ma rate with spect to any matter ordered at
this meeting wil nendto ensure that a verbatim record of the proceed-
ings IS made and at the record includes thesbmony and evidence
upon whh the appeal will be based. Code Enfor ment tape are for the
sole purpose of backup for odal rerds of the Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforement E al Magstrate


NOTICE OF WORKSHOP MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRaCT
E BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEEIrNG ON MONDAY JUNE 22, 9 AT 9.m A.M. AT
17i29 NW 2nd STREET, OKEEHOEE, FL, 972 (FIELD OFFICE) A
COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED, IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
CISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING; HAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
INSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
CLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS
TO BE BASED, IS MADE ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEET-
ING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE
WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS
WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TEND
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILTIES ACT PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN TIIE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING,
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING
AQUATIC SPRANG PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLRD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF lE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE FL 34972
863)763461 OR (863)634-3166
32068 ON 614/09

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NOTICE OF CSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZOMNG REaCAIMRATON
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wil be hed before th Okeechobee
County aning Boad on Tuesday, une 23, 2009 at 700 pm in the
Commt n Meebng Room, Okeechobee County Healh Department Aud-
tonum, 172B NW 9th Avee Okachobe, Flenda to coider a eqst
for a change in oningN from he existing daficaton of Agnclte () to
the proposed leassfcaon of Redenbal Single Family (RS) he proper
owner and appliCant Stuart Ledi e proper address is 131C83 Hn-
way 441 S The property is more paculady desibed a follows:
BEING A PORTION OF LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK 10, LAT OF FARM LANDS
OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND CO, LAT BOOK PGE 5, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY) LYING IN SECTIONS 24i AND 2S, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING FURTHER
BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT AN EXISTING CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 24; THENCE SOUTH 893824 WEST
ALONG THE SOUTHERLY SECTION LNE OF SAID SECTION 24, A DIS-
TANGE OF 1318.12 FEET TO A 3/4- GALVANIZED PIPE LYING ON THE
HOPKINS MEANDER LINE; THENCE NORTH 4808ti WEST ALONG SAID
MEANDER UNE A DISTANCE OF 1594 86 FEET TO AN IRON PIN MARK-
ING THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 48A08t01"
WEST ALONG SAID MEANDER LINE A DISTANCE OF 374.14 FEET TO AN
IRON PIN; THENCE SOUTH a46* 92" WEST A DISTANCE OF 2332.31
FEET TO AN IRON PIN MARKING A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHEAST-
ERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY UNE OF S.R. 15 (U.S.441, THENCE SOUTH
3316'06" EAST ALONG SAID RIGHTOF-WAY UINE A DISTANCE OF
172 36 FEET TO AN IRON PIN MARKING A POINT OF CURVATURE, SAID
CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE WEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 5770,00
FEET A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 15442 AND AN ARC DISTANCE OF
192.5t FEET; THENCE ALONG SAID OURVE ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-
WAY, A CHORD BEARING OF NORTH 3218'45" WEST AND A RCORD
DISTANCE OF 192.50 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE NORTH 6039,y
EAST A DISTANCE OF 2430.4 FEET TO A IRON PIN LYING ON THE
HOPKINS MEANDER ULINE AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
In the ent that all ten schduded before the Board are mt heard, the
heaings shall be ntinued to Wednesday, une 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm in
the Commsion Meeting Room OkeenCaee County CUrthose. 304 NW
2"d Steet, Okeeclhoe, Florida
A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to conder the aque for a change in
zoning wil held before the Boad of County Comm oners on Thurs-
da, July 92009 at 9:00 am in the Okeehobee County Hal Depart-
mnt Auditorium, t 728 NW 9' 1 A nue, OC hobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any peon deciding to appeal any dean by
the Board of County Commissone or the Boad of AdjLnsm nt and Ap-
peals with repeat to any matter considered at thee meengs or hearing
il need to ensure that a verbanm reord of the proceedings made and
that the rord includes the tetimny and evldee upon which the appeal
will be based County Clerk and Planning and Devalopent tapes are for
the sole purpose of back for fiscal records of the Cerk and of the Plan-
ning Department.
William D Royce, Planning Director
Pebbon # R-20090680
32303 ON 6/5,1409

NOTICEOF CON DERATION OF
PROPOSED ZOMNG RECLASICATON
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wil be hed before the Okeechobee
County Raning Board on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 7:0 pm in the
Commission Meebng Room, Okeechobee County Healh Department Audr
toum, 172 NW 9th Avee Okeechobee, FlPnda to colder a request
for a change in onlng from e existing daficatin of Agnulture () to
the proposed dassicat of Industnal (I) The property owner and applr
ant a Philip Berer The property address e 9555 NE L28th Anue. The
pperty ai m parbulary danbed as fd a :
Porbons of Sectons 14 and 23, Townshp36 South, ange 36 East Okee-
chobee County, Faeda, and being described r Follw:
Commencg at the Southeast o r of Section 14, Township 36 Sc
Range 6 Eat, thence bear North 893034" West a distance of 50 0
feet t a pt on the Weterly ghtf-ay line of N. E. 2Lth Avenue
(A K A. Bean Road Extension) thene Saouth O29'4 West along aid
Rikht-of-Way line a distance of 132111 feet, theme South 812'13
West a distance of 3950.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence
continue South 89A1213C West a distance of 1036.80 feet, thence Nor
01.45039 West a disrane of 2L25.80 feet, then North 887'6" East a
ditane of 1005.36 feet, thence South 0203553' East a distance of
141,89 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, Containing 5000 are, onlyan
to the extent that the aforedesnbed properDy hie in the Saouth /2 of
Sectmn 14 and Section 23, Townhip 36 South Range 36 East, Okeeho-
bee County, Flonrda and is a part of the property describedn that certain
Peronal Repratentatae Deed dated Apnl 13, 1984 and reaaded in Off-
cal Records Book 26I at Page 368 of the Publc Recodis of Okeechabee
County, onda
And
Porbons of Secade 14 and 23, Tnshl 36 South Rang 36 East, Oke-
choIee County, Flnda, and icin de a folo
Commenang at the Southeast comer of Scn 14, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East then bear North 893134 West a distance of 5000
feet to a pt n the Westerly Rght-of-Way line of N.E. 128th Avenu
(A K A Berman Road Extenon), and POINTOF BEGINNING theme bear
North D2712" East along said Right-of-ay ine a dbtance of 84912
feet to a POINT OF CURVATURE of a 35.00 foot Radius Ar cnae to
the Southwest, then along said Arc a distant of 56 30 fee thru a Cen-
tral Angle of 92106" to a POINT OF TANGENCY, thence South
81706 West a distance of 4030.59 feet, tence South 02o35'53" East
a dsta of 2141.89 feet, ence North 89.12'13 East a distance of
3950.00 feet to the Westery Rght-of-Way lJi of N. E. t28th Aevnu ,
thence along said ghtof-wa line North O2940 East a distance o
1321.11 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 200.0 Acre, nely
to the extent that the aforedesnbed property lies in the South /2 of
Seadtn 14 and Setion 23 Township 36 South Range 36 Ea Okeecho-
ee County, Floda and s a part of the property described in that certain
Peronal Repreentates Deed dated April 13 1984 and recordd in Off
cal Records Book 261 at Page 368 of the Publc Reco.ds of Okeechabee
County Florida
In the event that all tem scheduled before the Board am t heard, the
headngs shall be connued to Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at :00 pm in
the Commsson Meeting Room, Okeedaobee County Courthouse, 304 NW
2nd Stret, Okeechobee, Flonda
A SECOND PULIC HEARING o consider the request for a change in
zoning will be held before te Board of County Commisones on Thur-
day, July 9, 2009 at 00 am in ae Okehobee County health Depart-
ment auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Aveue, Okehobee, Fonda.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any peon dending to appeal any dedian by
the Board of County Conmsoners or the Board of Adilsents and Ap-
peals th respect to any maer considered at these meebngb or heangs
.1 need to esure that a verbatm eordo of due proeedinga is made and
that the record indudes the t:saimny and evadene upon whc the appeal
will be based County Clerk and Planning and Development tapes are for
the se purpose of backup for official records of the Cle and of the Plan.
ning Departmet
William D, Royae, Planning Direancd
Pebbon # R-20090683
323343 ON 6/7,14/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT COUR THE CUTHOFE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 0900210CA
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA
Plaentff,
IESUS GOMEZ, et al.
Dehndants


TO, lOSE E. VELEZ, and all unknown pares dalmng by through, under o
agas the abe named Defendant, who is not known to be dead or al,
wheder aid unkn parte caim as h eir, deieas, granteeas algn-
ee llenor ocdiers, trustees, spse, or Omher claimants
Current Resdence Unknown, but whoe last kwn address was: 3578 NW
39th Avenu, Okeeholbee, 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acnon to freclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing property in Okeechobee County, orda, to-wit
COMMENCE AT THE SE CORNER OF LOT 10, BLOCK 42,BLOCK 42 BASS-
WOOD INC UNIT 3 ACCORDING TO TE PLAT OF SAID SUBDI-
O ASECORED IN PLAT ROOK 3, PAGE 37, PUBUC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLO.IOA THENCE RUN
NORTH 88 DEGREES 31' 45 WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUN-
DARY ULINE OF SAID BLOCK 42 FOR A DISTANCE OF 125.00 FEET,
THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 00' 25" WEST, ALONG THE
WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF BLOCK 60, UNIT 5, OF THE AFORE-
SAID BASSWOOD, INC. SUBDISION FOR A DISTANCE OF
151.00 FEET FOR P.O.., THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DEGREES 31'
45" WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 125.00 FEET, THENCE RUN
NORT0 U DEGREES 08' 25" EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 75.00
FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 88 DEGREES 31' 45" EAST FOR A DIS-
TAENC OF 125.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 08' 2S
WEST, FOR A DISTANCE OF 75.00 FEET TO P.O.B., LYING IN AND
COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
AND
LOT 1, UNIT 7 COMMENCING AT THE SE CORNER OF LOT 10,
BLOCK 42 BASWOOB, UNIT 3, RUN THENCE NORTH 88 DE-
GREES 3 45" WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF
BLOCK 42, A DISTANCE OF 125 FEET FOR POa; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 00 DEGREES 08 25 WEST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF BLOCK 60, UNIT 5, FOR A DISTANCE OF 76 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 88 DEGREES 31' 45" WEST 125 FEET THENCE
NORTH 00 DEGREES 08' 21" EAST 76 FET; THENCE SOUTH 88
DEGREES 31' 45 EAST 125 FET 5 TO OB; BEING A PART OF SEC-
ION 6, TOWNSRIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been ed against you and you ae required to ve a .o of your
written defenses, any to on DOUGLAS C ZAHM, PA, Paintfs atto
ney, whore addre s 18820 U.S. HIhway 19 Nodrth, Sute 212, -eana-
ter orida 33764, o or before whtn thirty (30) days after mae first
publcaton of this Noce of Acon, and file the original wh the Clerk of
thi Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeabee, FL 34972, enter before ser-
ice on Plartffs attorney or immedtely thereaer; others, a default
will be entered t a in the cmplant petl-
WInESS my hand
and seal of the Court on this 9th day of June, 2039
aron Robertson
Clerk of the C lcut Court
By Arne Neatl
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WTH DISABLES
ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WINEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOM-
MODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD
CONTACT COURT ADMIN-1RA1ON NOT LATER THAN SEVEN
DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW Caunt ClAub
Drve, Port St Lucie, R, 34972 OR Call 1-772-807-4370 within
600 working days of oour receipt of the NOTICE, IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CLL OR 1-800-9.-8771 DD)' IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED 1-800955"-77,D (V); VIA RELAY SRYOICE,

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OFTHE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA.
CASE NO. 0S9-CA-C255
H. G. CULBRET R., and
JIMG RUnSAK1n,
Planiumo,

1. C. WAGEN and, N. M LETTS, and
each dof the foregong, who are not
known to be alne or deceased, and
if deased, their unktcwn hert, de-
viWee, grantees, credi and all
other partes laimig by, through,
under or agairt them or their of
eDeendants
ER-NOTI F AWCTON
TO' I C Wagen, addressunknown
N M. Laett, ddre unknown,
and each of the foregoing, who are
not known to he alae or deceased,
and if deceased, their unknown
hear, deasnee, grantena, credltnar
and all other partly dalming by,
thro under or against them or

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED
that a action to Quit Tide on the
ollowaig dearbed mpaeb ina
Okeahobee County, orida, to-wit:
A rcel of land tlgin the
Nrtheast 114 the Sout-
west 1/4 of Section 2 Town-
ship 33 SoUth, Range 35 East,
okeechobee County, Monda,
berieg morn partularia da-
rabed as ataoaa
BEGIN G at the Southwest
cornr of the said Northeast
1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of
Section 22, bear North
0026'07" Weast along the
Wean line of the Northat 1/
of the Southwest 1/4 of Sec-
tion 22, to ne intarsetion
wie the Soum right-of-y of
598.56 feet; thence bear North
5622'15" East aloe the aid
South right-of-way of Ouowaw
Road, a distance of 366.68
feet thence bear South
0018'10" East to the intersec-
ton with the South line of the
Northeast 1/4 of the South-
west 1/4 of Section 22, a di-
tance of 79.68 fet; thnce
bear South 89o38'0 West
along the said South line of
the Northeast 1/4 of the
Southwest 1/4 of Sction 22
a distance of 30S.00 feet to
the POINT OF BEGINNING.
has been filed against you and you
are required to see a copy of your
written defenses, if ay, to it on
TOM W. CONELY, III, of COELY &
COMELY. PA, who addre i Post
OfHe Drawer 1367, Okeechobee,
Flund 3N971367, and file the
orminal woh the Clerk of the abd e
d Court or before 28th day
rom flrst publcaton; these a
judgant may be entered against
you for the relf demand In the
Comnplant
WITNESS my hand and the seal
of said Court on une 9, 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
aerk of Sae court
By: Arne Nesal
Deputy ClOerk
324164 ON 6/14,21,28,7/5/09




Okeechobee News


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RKSSICAlTrON
IOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wll be hed before the Okeeobee County Plannr Board on Tuesday, Jue 23,
1009 at 7:00 pm In the Comminson Meeting Room, Okeedlobee County Health Department Auditorium, 0728 N
th Aflvenuf Okechbee, Flonda to consider a request for a change in zoning from the extlng claOsIaton of Agr
ultur (A to the proposed Eclarss ons of Resdenal Single Family (RSF and Neighborhood Commerc l-
NC-2). The roperty owner and appliant 6 Stuart Led. The poperty addren is 02201 Higway 44 SE.
hat portion proposed to be rnonnd to Residential Single Family (RS) s descnbd as follows
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 3 EAST AND BEING A PART F0
PARCELS 2, 3 AND ALL OF PARCEL DESCRIBED IN A WARRATY DEED RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORD
BOOK 579, PAGE 52 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICU
LARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMENCING AT A PO I IN E NOREASTERLY RIGHTOFWAY OF U HIGHWAY 441 AT THE MOST WEST
0RLy SOUTHWEST CORNER OF PARCEL 3 AS DESCRIBED IN SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 579, PAGE 52,
THENCE NORTH 4350'7 EAS, WITH THE WEST LINE OF PARCEL 3 AND THE WEST LINE OF PARCEL 4, SAI5
ORB 579, PGE 2, A DISTANCE OF 277.0 FEET THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE NORTHESTER-
LY ALONG SAID INE, A DISTANCE OF 928.50 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF PARCEL 1; THENCE CON
TCMNUENIGAAMITI NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID INE, A DISTANCE OF 8444 FEET TO A NORTHWEST CORNER OF PARCEL
STHENCE SOUTH 470211" EAST A DISTANCE OF 120.01 FEET TO A NORTHEAST CORNER OF PARCEL 1
THENCE CONTINUE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF PARCEL A DISTANCE OF 648.47 FEET TO
NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOTHEASTELy 14.924 ACRES (PARCEL 2); THENCE SOUTH 44049'23" WEST
ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID PARCEL2, A DISTANCE OF 866.25 FEET TO A NORTHEAST CORNER OF SIE
PARCEL 3; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG SAID LINE, A DISTANCE OF 90L73 FEET; THENCE
NORTH n4846'H WEST A DISTANCE E O SOUTH 41E3'46 WEST A DISTANCE OF 25731E
FEET TO A POINT IN THE NORTH RIGHTOFWAY F US HIGHWAY 441, THENCE NORTH 48414' WEST
ALONG TID RIGT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 70.0 FEETTO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 41O1346 EAT, A DIS
TAE OF 26330 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 4350'7 EAST, A DISTANCE OF 3.3 FEET TO A POINT

at portion proposed to be roned to Nelghborhd Commertal-2 (NC-2) is deonbed as follows'
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AND BEING A PART Of
PARCEL 2 AND ALL OF PARCEL 4 DESCRIBED IN A WARRANTY DEED RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOO0
579, PAGE 02, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
BEGINNING AT A POINT SAID POINT BEING THE MOST WESTERLY SOUTHWEST CORNER OF PARCEL 3, PEF
WARRANTY DEED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 579, PAGE 52, OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID POINT ALSO BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE NORTH 43O50'17" EAS
ALONG THE WEST LINES OF PARCELS 2 AND 4 AS DESCRIBED IN SAID ORB 579 PAGE 52, A DISTANCE Of
27730 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 4846'14 EAST A DISTANCE OF 322.02 FEETS0 1 4350'l7" WEST A DIS
TANCE OF 373 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 411'46 WEST A DISTANCE OF 23,30 FET TO A POINT IN THE
NORTH OR EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY OF U 5 HIGHWAY #441 THENCE NORTH 4846'14" WEST ALONG S 1
RIGHTOF-WY, DISTANCE OF 27016 FEET THENCE DEPARTING SAID RIGHT-OFWAY RUN NORTH 4149'44
EAST, A DISTANCE OF 58.03 FEET; THENCE NORTH 4610'9 WEST A DISTANCE OF 61.68 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 414y" WEST A INSTANCE OF 6081 FEET A POINT IN THE NORTH OR EAST RIGHTOF-WAY OF U
S, HIGHWAY #441, THENCE NORTH 4346'14 WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OFWAY, AO DISTANCE OF 2 21 FEET TC
THE POINT OF BEGINNING CONTAINING 2.00 ACRES, MORE OR LESS.
AND
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AND BEING A PART Of
PARCEL 3, DESCRIBED IN A WARRANTY DEED RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 579, PAGE 52 OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKBECHOBEE COUNT, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL
LOWS:
COMMENCING IN THE NORTHEASTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY OF US. HIGHWAY 441 AT THE MOST WESTERLY SOUTH-
WEST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL 3 AS DESCRIBED IN A WARRANT DEED RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDc
BOOK 579, PAGE 52, OF THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; THENCE NORTH
4350' EST, WITH THE WEST O NE OF PARCEL 3 AND THE WEST LINE OF PARCEL 4 SAID ORB 579 PAGE
52, A DISTANCE OF 27730 FEET TO POINT, THENCE SOUTH 4846'14 EAST, A DISTANCE OF 322,02 FEE
THENCE SOLTH 4350'17" WEST A DISTANCE OF 13.73 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 41013'46" WEST, A DISTANCE F0
263.30 FEET TO A POINT IN THE AFORE MENTIONED NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY OF U.S HIGHWAY 441;
THENCE SOUTH 4846'14 EAST A DISTANCE F 70 00 FEET TO THE POINT BEGINNING OF THE HERIN DE
SCRIBED PARCEL, THENCE NORTH 4113'46 EAS, A DISTANCE OF 257.36 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 4846'14'
EAST, A DISTANCE OF 346.47 FEETTO A POINT IN THE EAST LINE OF SAID PARCEL 3; THENCE SOUTH 4449213'
WET ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 258 77 FEET A POINT IN THE NORTHERLY GHT-OF-WY OF U.S
HIGHWAY 441 AND THE POINT OF CURVE OF A NON TANGENT CURVE TO THE LEFT OF WHICH THE RADIUS
POINT LIES SOUTH 4204291 WEST A RADIAL DISTANCE OF 5,762.58 FEET; THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG
SAID RIGHT-OF-WY AND SAID AR, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 100'43", A DISTANCE OF 0.78 FEET
THENCE NORTH 4804614 WEST A DISTANCE OF 22848 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 0ONTAININd
2.00 ACRES, MORE OR LESS,
n the vent that all tems scheduled before the Board a e not hard the hearings shall be ntind to Wednesday
une 242009 at 7,00 pm in the mission Meeting Room, Okeechobe Cunty COurthouse, 304 NW 2d Street
OReehobee, FloRIda.
N SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to conrder the request for a change in zoning wll be held before the Board o
ount Commissioners on Thureday, July 9,2009 at 9:00 a in the Okeeho e Count Heah Department
0ltonum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flo0da.
AL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLC HEARING Any persor
de0dng to appeal any deson by the Boa0d of County Comm0isoners or the Boa0d of Adjustments and Appeal
with rpec to any matter Onsdeed at hese meetings or heanngs will need to enure tha a verbNam rcrd a
he proceedings is made and that the record indudes the te0mony and ewdence upon which the appeal wll b,
sed Count Clerk and Planning and Developmen tape are fr the sole purpose of baup for official r4ors
he aerk and of the Planning DepaTAent
Mlllam D. RoY, Planning Diretor
Pe2tIon 0 R-200 9-0681 and R-2E09-0682
23038 ON 6/5,14/09


June 14, 2009


Submitted photo
On Monday, May
18, Joshua Ebright
was presented with
a 2008-2009 Youth
Heroism and Citi-
zenship Award by
Sheriff Robert L.
Crowder for his
act of heroism. He
received a com-
mendation from the
Sheriff and a check
for $1,000. The
funds were donated
by an anonymous
donor.

Lotteries
Florida Lot-
tery Here are
the numbers se-
lected Thursday in
the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 4-5-5; Play
4: 4-0-3-4; Fantasy
5: 2-5-9-15-22.Num-
bers drawn Friday,
Cash 3: 1-2-5; Play
4: 1-8-2-2.


By Charles M.
Murphy
Okeechobee News
Joshua Ebright's actions
on May 4, on County Road
714 were mostly the result of
instinct -- a man was in trou-
ble and he helped.
The 18-year-old Martin
County youth helped to save
the life of Esteban Moreno,
28, of Okeechobee after a
chain reaction crash on Mar-
tin Grade west of Palm City. It
resulted in a car fire that gut-
ted Moreno's small 2000 Ford
pickup.
Mr. Ebright, who recently
graduated from Commu-
nity Christian High School
in Stuart, where he was the
school's athlete of the year,
had been stuck in traffic that
day due to a problem on the
Florida Turnpike several miles


to the east. A truck driver, bee man was hospitalized
Noah Schou, 22, of Deltona, with serious injuries.
apparently didn't realize that Nine vehicles were in-
traffic had stopped, and he volved in the wreck and two
rear ended Moreno's small other Okeechobee residents,
truck with his heavy flat bed Crystal Smith, 22, and William
truck which caused the fire Barnhart, 58, suffered minor
near 66th Avenue. injuries. Martin County Sheriff
Mr. Ebright and two others Robert Crowder honored Mr.
pulled Mr. Moreno from his Ebright with his department's
truck. The Florida Highway 2008-2009 Youth Citizenship
Patrol said Mr. Moreno was Heroism award in May. He
incapacitated in the wreck. gave the award to Mr. Bright
The rescuers had to pry the he award to Mr Eb
dohoe pursue hmd fro pry t in front of his entire student
door open the pull him from
the wreckage body at school. With the
"Me and the other two peo- award was a $1,000 check.
ple drug him on the ground a Mr Ebright said he doesn't
good 20 feet away from his remember everything about
truck which was on fire," Mr. the ordeal, but downplays
Ebright said, "We thought it talk of heroism. "I think most
would blowup." people would have helped
Mr. Ebright also brought the man."
his truck close to the fire so The Florida Highway Patrol
they could remove Moreno cited Mr. Schou with careless
from danger. The Okeecho- driving in the accident.


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June 14, 2009


Okeechobee boy could attend Major League All Star game


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Twelve-year-old Justin Fletcher used to
like motor cross racing, and was quite good
at it. Now he has turned his attention to base-
ball, and is getting quite good at that too.
Fletcher finished fourth in his age group
at the Pepsi, Pitch, Hit and Run regional com-
petition at Land Shark Stadium, the home of
the Florida Marlins in May. That could qualify
Fletcher for passes for himself and his family
at the Major league all star game in St. Louis
in July.
Fletcher also got to meet two Marlins
players, Sean West and Emilio Bonafacio.
"I was just kind of happy to be on the field
where all the professionals play. It was kind
of cool to meet them," he said.
Fletcher said his friends lobbied him to
try baseball this year. He has only played
baseball for two years.
"He's just got a natural athletic ability," his
dad Shane Fletcher said, "He's fairly good at
anything he tries."
Dad has helped Justin as they work on
his throwing, fielding and hitting on a daily
basis. He said, he too was in awe when he
got to go on the field where the Marlins play,
"I'm proud of him. He hasn't played ball that
long," he said. "He's come a long way in a


short time. We throw in the back yard and
hit and practice and try to get better. It was
enjoyable to go down there. Just to get on a
major league field was a big deal."
The family will find out if Justin qualified
for the All-Star game by the end of June.
Justin said he is a fan of the Marlins, Rays,
and Braves. He was born in Okeechobee,
but moved to Arkansas for a few years when
he was five years old.
His mom Tracy, is a native of Okeecho-
bee. She stated that she provides the moral
support for her son. She said it was a tiring
day when she watched her son prove how
good he was against Miami's best, "It was
tiring, but it was fun. I was proud."
Justin played for the Thunder Cross team
in OCRA this year. Several other Okeecho-
bee kids competed in the sectional compete
tion in Port St. Lucie in May. That list includ-
ed Dalton Murray, Christian Crews, Elijah
Finney, Cory Romer, Corey Coleman, Bradly
Kirk, and Tyler Herndon.
Shane Fletcher said South Florida has a
lot of baseball talent and he was very pleased
his son did so well. "A lot of kids were a lot
bigger than him in his age group. He came
through as best as he could. He tried his best
and that's all you can ask for."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Justin Fletcher and his dad Shane were
both awestruck at getting the chance to
stand on the same field as the Florida
Marlins. The young Fletcher made his
parents proud during his recent per-
formance at the Pepsi, Pitch, Hit and
Run Regional Competition.


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