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SEECHOBEE NEWS
Vol. loo00 No. 84 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 50 Plus tax


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Local youth elected
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Index
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Community Events ........ ............6......
Crossword............................ ...... 17
O bituaries ................. ......................... 6
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earman PT 17, a World War II era trainer, is available for flights at the Okeechobee
Airport.


Airport restaurant offers flights
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Get a bite -
Take a flight"
That's the slogan of perhaps
the most unique restaurant in
Okeechobee The Landing Strip
Cafe at Okeechobee County Air-
port. In addition to dining with a
great view of the airport, custom-
ers get a discount flight in Jack
Reisel's 1941 Stearman PT 17.
Partners Robert Lambert, op-
erator of the airport and Harold
DeLang, have both had previous
diing experience The restaurant
is open seven days week. From
Sunday through Thursday the
restaurant is open from 6 am. to Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
3 p.m. Friday and Saturday they The Kissimmee River as seen from about 400 feet up off the
are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. left wing of a Stearman PT 17, a World War II era open cockpit
See Airport Page 2 trainer.


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Shooting

leaves

one dead
Local man killed on
his 47th birthday
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Investigators are still search-
ing for the person or persons re-
shooting death
of an Okeecho-
bee man Sunday
night.
Around 11:30
p.m. on July 12
Kenneth McBride
heard a knock
on his front door. Kenneth
When he opened McBride
the door a physi-
cal altercation ensued and shortly
thereafter he was shot to death by
an unknown gunman, said a detec-
tive with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Mr. McBride turned 47 Sunday.
"The victim responded to a
knock at the door, got into a physi-
cal confrontation with the person
at the door. He got the better of
them and turned to go back in the
home and was then shot in the up-
per torso," said Detective Ted Van
Deman. "There were other family
members in the home at the time.
Some of them were children."
He went on to say Mr. McBride
was shot in back of the right shoul-
der. He was pronounced dead at
Raulerson Hospital.
Detective Van Deman declined
to comment on a possible motive
for the killing, as well as what type
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Airport
Continued From Page 1
Among other menu items the restaurant of-
fers country fried steak, lasagna, catfish, and
they claim to have the breakfast in town.
The restaurant features custom tables
and chairs, plasma television and satellite ra-
dio. There is an outdoor smokers' patio with
teak furnishings.
As a bonus for dining there, those sav-
ing the receipt from a meal get a discounted
flight on Mr. Reisel's "Star Spangled Stear-
man" painted in the blue and gold colors of
the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Before climbing into the open cockpit of
the single engine biplane, Mr. Reisel, a veter-
an of 40 years of aviation, outfits the passen-
ger in goggles, helmet and a scarf just like


Shooting
Continued From Page 1
of gun was used. He did say, however, that a
handgun was recovered at the scene.
"We're looking into all possible leads in
regard to the connection between the shoot-
er and the victim," he said. "By all reports,
this was a nice guy that kept to himself."
An autopsy on Mr. McBride was being
conducted around 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.
The detective also declined to comment
if there was any connection between this
shooting and the July 2 shooting of two
Okeechobee men on N.E. 13th Ave. One of
those men is still in a hospital on the coast


Snoopy boarding his Sopwith Camel. With
the passenger in the front cockpit, Mr. Reisel
takes the controls in the rear cockpit.
The Stearman, which has dual controls
in the front and rear cockpits was used as
a trainer by the army air corps and the navy.
After World War II the aircraft was used as a
crop duster.
With all the vibrations, rumble, roar and
wind it is truly flying by the seat of your
pants. Fuel is contained in a tank in the up-
per wing and is gravity fed to the engine. The
floating fuel gauge is suspended before the
front cockpit. Instead of taking off and land-
ing on the paved runway, the large rubber
tires work better on grass, giving amazingly
smooth takeoffs and landings.
Passengers get to see the landscape from
a new perspective, "low and slow" as Mr.
Reisel calls it. At altitudes from 400 to 2,000

and is apparently paralyzed from the waist
down after being shot in the back.
Two men-Keith Denard Johnson, 29, of
Belle Glade, and Byron Bruce Brinkley, 29, of
Okeechobee-were arrested in connection
with that shooting. Johnson was charged
with aggravated assault, aggravated battery
and tampering with evidence. Brinkley was
charged with principal in the first degree -
aggravated assault, principal in the first de-
gree aggravated battery and principal in the
first degree tampering with evidence.
Both men were booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under bonds of $15,000
each. Both men posted bond and were re-
leased the next day.
Javaris Jermine Johnson, 24, was shot in
the back as he rode his motorcycle past the


feet and an airpseed of 80 miles an hour
the passenger gets a birds eye view of the
landscape. At times, when flying against the
wind, the Stearman is outrun by eighteen
wheelers on the ground below.
Mr. Reisel says the Stearman is built like
a tank with a simple rugged design. How-
ever, it was not built for economy, guzzling
12 14 gallons of fuel per hour. The majority
of air crews in World War 11 trained on this
aircraft. Mr. Resiel referred to it as washing
machine because it washed out so many ca-
dets. However, if you have a flair for adven-
ture, your flight will not be a washout, Mr.
Reisel will see to that.
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www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

Front Street Cafe on N.E. 13th Ave. around
8:30 p.m. A short time later Tarrance Pryor
confronted Keith Johnson, who is also
known as Ki-Ki, and demanded to know
why he shot his cousin, Javaris Johnson, ex-
plained Detective Van Deman.
Ki-Ki and Mr. Pryor then began to fight
and Mr. Pryor was shot in the side with a .40
caliber Glock handgun, said the detective.
Mr. Pryor was treated at a local hospital and
released.
Detective Van Deman said it still isn't
known who shot Javaris Johnson.
"We don't know who actually pulled the
trigger at the first shooting. We believe Ja-
varis was shot by a different shooter and a
different gun," the detective said.
In the slaying of Mr. McBride, Detective


The fireplace and inlaid tables make
for a cozy setting at the Landing Strip
Cafe located at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Airport.

Van Deman would not comment if anyone
in the house actually witnessed that shoot-
ing.
Mr. McBride's murder case is being han-
dled by OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner.
If anyone has any information concern-
ing this killing they are asked to contact De-
tective Faulkner at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, 863-763-3117. Information
can also be left by calling the OCSO Street
Crimes Unit at 863-763-5742; or, by calling
the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers tip line at
1-800-273-TIPS (8477).
Callers to the TIPS line can remain anon-
ymous and could possibly receive a reward
if the information leads to an arrest.


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Two charged with attempted theft


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two people have been arrested on felony
charges because they reportedly went onto
a man's property and rode around on his
riding lawn mower to "make him mad."
Arrested Friday, July 10, were James
Lamb, 20, N.E. Ninth Ave., and Jason Mi-
chael Beaulieu, 16, N.E. 301st Blvd. Both
were charged with attempted grand theft
and armed trespassing.


Lamb was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $5,000. Beau-
lieu was also booked into the county jail, but
was then taken to the Department of Juve-
nile Justice Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
According to an arrest report by Deputy
Anthony Kibler, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Lamb and Beaulieu
went on the man's back porch and took his
riding lawn mower off the porch.
The deputy said the homeowner had
installed surveillance cameras because of


Seat belt violation leads to


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested on
felony drug charges after he was stopped
for not wearing his seat belt while driving on
Parrott Avenue early Sunday morning.
Raymond Colon, 18, S.E. 11th Ave., was

Arrest Report
The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Crystal Lynn Shockley, 23, N.W. 35th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by
Deputy Max Waldron on a charge of felo-
ny domestic battery. Her bond was set at
$1,000.
Michelle Mixon, 33, N.E. 18th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Dep-
uty Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with giving false infor-
mation to a pawn broker. Her bond was set
at $1,000.
Roger Wolfe, 51, Bason Street, Lorida,
was arrested July 11 by Deputy Anthony
Kibler on a charge of driving while license
suspended habitual offender. His bond was
set at $1,500.
Ronald G. Wessell, 39, S.E. 21st Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Depu-
ty Matthew Hurst on a charge of battery on
a person over 65 years of age. His bond was
set at $2,500.
Rosalino Yanez, 29, N.W. Seventh St.,
was arrested July 11 by Deputy Augustin
Saucedo on a felony charge of possession of
cocaine. He was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of expired driver's license.
His bond was set at $3,000.
Cynthia Deuse Hand, 19, N.W 82nd
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by
Officer Justin Bernst on a charge of driving
under the influence. Her bond was set at
$500.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.


arrested July 12 on felony
charges of possession of
a schedule 11 controlled
substance and possession
of a controlled substance
without a prescription.
He was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of
possession of marijuana Raymond
under 20 grams. Colon
Colon was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$30,500.
Officer Scott Morgan, of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), stated in his
arrest report that he pulled over a gray Cadil-
lac around 12:28 a.m. Sunday that was be-
ing driven by Colon.
The officer's report states that he found


prior problems. The cameras show Lamb
and Beaulieu entering the property on Tues-
day, July 7, and riding the mower around the
yard while reportedly looking for a place to
"get out," stated Deputy Kibler.
Lamb was also armed with a .22 caliber
rifle, added the deputy's report.
The two interlopers reportedly told the
deputy they were hunting rabbits and be-
came bored so they decided to make the
man mad "because they did not like him."

felony arrest

a suspected marijuana 'roach' in an ashtray,
as well as two oxycodone tablets and one
pill that he described as being acetamino-
phen with codeine. The suspected 'roach'
was field tested and indicated a positive
result for the presence of marijuana, stated
Officer Morgan.
Colon was also issued a traffic citation for
operating a motor vehicle without wearing
a seat belt.

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Michael Jackson
The media loves a dead celebrity, they
can't get enough. And when Michael Jack-
son died they just had a field day because
everyone likes at least one Michael Jackson
song, for me it is "Billie Jean." But his sing-
ing and dancing can never make up for his
strange ways and the many allegations of
child abuse. The man went on camera and
said he sleeps in the same bed with children
that aren't his. He wasn't insane, he was
quirky and misunderstood and although we
might enjoy him or his music we'll never
know who the real Michael Jackson was.
We'll never know why he did what he did.

EMS tax
I believe in safety first and I couldn't put
a price on my son's life. Whatever I have to
pay, tax me. Something happens to my son
someone better be there! We can get rid of
many other things or complain about many
other things. This one is NOT negotiable.
If they need $100 a residence per year --
I think the paper said between $90 and $100
per home -- to make sure we have the EMS
service, I have no problem with that. I hope I
never need to call them, but I certainly want
them to be there when I do!.

Fireworks and dogs
We are prepared to take extra precau-
tions with our dog on the Fourth of July and
New Years eve, but when people have to ex-
plode their leftovers for however long they
feel like it, we cannot ever be sure when he
can be taken off a leash and let to run on
our own property. They scare him. One time
he was gone for three days before he came
dragging back, all covered with burrs, and
twigs of every description. When I called
the outfit that registers the chips, I was told
they had more reports of runaways on July
4th and New Years than at any other time.
Please, folks, save them for next year.


I would not ever let the dog outside un-
less it is in a fenced yard or on a leash, no
matter what time of year. Even if there aren't
fireworks, there are many other things that
might scare or entice a dog to leave their
yards. The county has a leash law.
The neighbors let their dog loose to
wander up and down the road every single
day. Ours will not leave the yard unless he is
enticed to chase one that is out there, or un-
less he is scared out of his wits by firecrack-
ers. You explain to me, please, the logic in
leashing or fencing so that others can prac
tice their illegal activities. I explained that the
fireworks were expected on the 4th of July
and New Years. Why should we have to tie
up our dog on our own property to avoid a
run-away any other day of the year?
We fenced our yard because we want
to be able to let our dogs out to run a bit
or just enjoy the outdoors and don't want to
run the risk that they might leave the yard
and be hit by a car. Is it an inconvenience to
open and shut the gate? Sure. But it is worth
it to keep our pets safe. As a responsible pet
owner, it is my responsibility to keep my pets
out of the road. There are many pet owners
who are not responsible and let their animals
roam the neighborhood. If ours were not in
a fenced yard, no doubt they would join the
pack. We deal with the inconvenience and
expense of the fence because we care about
our pets.

Large reward for
information on dog fighting
I hope they are able to put an end to
dog fighting -- it is very cruel how they train
these animals, and how they let them kill
smaller dogs and cats while training them.
Editor's note: For information online go to
http://www.hsus.org/animalfightingpsa.

Officer accused
In regard to the items in the paper about
the detective who is accused of wrongdoing,
it is innocent until proven guilty in this coun
try So we should all just reserve judgement
until something is proven. Right now there
are just accusations.
This is to Sheriff May. I hope you know
we are all behind you and we believe in you
and your department. The actions of one
officer should not tarnish the whole depart-
ment. Your deputies have important work to
do and we should all let them focus on it.


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This is for the Okeechobee Sheriff's De-
partment. You all are some great guys. You
have always been there for us and the com-
munity. How many times have we called?
Y'all have al-
ways been
there. Our
prayers go out
to the sheriff's o
department


are greatly ap-
preciated. And
remember, a
person is in-
nocent until
proven guilty.
People are so quick to condemn a law
enforcement officer whenever one is ac-
cused of any wrongdoing. But the vast ma-
jority of law enforcement officers are honest
and hard working and they risk their lives
every day to protect the rest of us. I think we
need to show them our appreciation and
our support. And the same goes for the fire-
fighters and for the military servicemen and
women. These people make a career out of
protecting the rest of us. They deserve some
appreciation. God bless them.

T-shirt contest
I don't know why they made such a
fuss about the wet T-shirt contest. There
have been worse things going on in bars in
Okeechobee. What are the deputies going
to do, stake out all the bars in case drunks
start taking off their clothes?
I agree with the person who said you
should have put the names of the women
charged with indecent exposure in the pa-
per. Maybe if you embarrassed them a little
they would quit embarrassing themselves in
public.
I don't care what goes on with the
drunks in the bars. It is only when they leave
the bars and get into their cars and attempt
to drive that it becomes my business and
my problem. I think we'd e better off if the
deputies just did vehicle checks on the main
roads on Friday and Saturday nights and got
all of the drunk drivers off the roads. You
want to act like a fool in a bar, I don't care.
It doesn't' hurt me. You want to drink, fine.
But don't drive. Anyone who drives drunk
endangers the rest of us who have to drive
on those same roads.


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DUI
I think if some one is caught just one
time for DUI they should loose their license
for five years. A second time loose it for life.
Third time 25 years in prison. Most repeat
DUI offenders don't care-they're going
to drive any way. As long as they're free to
drink. Look in the arrest log at all the repeat
offenders. Then they are just fined and set
free to do it again. Not until they kill some-
one do they get any time. Even then, if they
can afford the right attorney they might just
get 30 days.

Cell phones and texting
On the news they are talking more and
more about how dangerous it is for people
to use cell phones while driving. It is very
distracting. And even worse, people are us-
ing cell phones to text while driving. This is
more distracting than drunk driving accord
ing to the studies I have seen. When they are
looking down to type out a message, they
are not watching the road at all. When talk-
ing on the cell phone,
they may only have one
Sy hand on the wheel, but
at least that is not as
A bad as texting. I think it
A Al should be illegal to use
a cell phone while driv-
ing unless you have the
hands-free headset and
voice command dialing. But it should be il-
legal to be holding a cell phone in your hand
while you drive. A lot of states have already
done this as have some whole countries.
Florida needs to ban cell phone use while
driving. And even if it isn't illegal yet, don't
do it. When you are in the driver's seat, 100
percent of your attention should be on driv-
ing the car safely

Fireworks
The Fourth of July is over. If you have
leftover fireworks, save them for New Year's.
We are tired of the noise and it scares the
animals.
I didn't see anything in the county com-
mission news about the fireworks. I was
hoping maybe the county would have done
something to return the money that the pri-
vate citizens had to pay to use the parking
lot at the Agri-Civic Center for the fireworks
show. I think it is terrible the county made
them pay for that when they donated the
fireworks for the community show.


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July 15, 2009


Community Calendar


Okeechobee News


WEDNESDAY
Martha's House support groups meet each
Wednesday. Spanish groups meet from 7 until 8
p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group fa-
cilitator. Another group meets in the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the
group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6
until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilita-
tor. For information, call 863- 763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will
be a closed discussion.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge.
Food will be served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at
6 p.m. Public is welcome.
THURSDAY
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave.
Bring your sewing project and machine and join
in on the fun. All types of sewing is welcome. For
more information call Belinda Boyle at 863-357-
0166 or Corry Geissinger at 863-467-2231.
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third
Thursday of the month to help and encourage
women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The meeting will be held at the American Red
Cross office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 un-
til 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet Topp at
863-824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m.
until 9 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum
on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at
863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to the community
OHS rodeo team would like to take this
opportunity to send out a very sincere thank
you. There were a lot of businesses and
caring members of our wonderful commu-
nity who came forward and helped us in
our time of need. We have a total of seven
members of our team who will be traveling
to Farmington, New Nexico to compete in
the National High School Rodeo Finals, July
19-25. This is a huge expense on the parents
and without the support of successful fund-
raising some of our team members would
not have been able to make the trip. The
original goal was surpassed.
A very special thank you goes out to:
Okeechobee Livestock Market, Fred Smith
Rodeo Arena, Seminole Tribe Council, Willie
Johns, Publix, Golden Corral, WOKC Radio
Station and Billie Dean, Okeechobee News,
Milking R Dairy, Marty and Kathy Culligan,
Everglades Farm Equipment, Okeechobee
Cattlewomen, Dudley Kirton, Southern Ac-
cent Ranch, Jessie Smith and Family, Bry-
ant Culpepper, Chamber of Commerce,
Okeechobee Main Street, Photography by
Bobbi, Custom Graphics and Signs, Syfrett
Feed, Walpole Feed, Dale Ann Watford, The
ARC and many other thoughtful members of
the community. Okeechobee is a small town
with a big heart and we are proud to say we
live here. We promise to represent you well
at Nationals and make you proud of your
hometown rodeo team.
Melissa McKay


Ministries will meet for a pot luck supper at 6
p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at
863-763-2285.
Grieving parents support group is a nonde-
nominational group of parents who meet the first
and third Thursday of each month, from 7 until
8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross building classroom,
Court Plaza, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For information
call Georgene at 863-763-2957 or Melanie and
Tony at 863-763-4149.
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 information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-
261-5706 for special appointments.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the
Community Center at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For in-
formation, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at
9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth
St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from
noon until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 64


501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet
from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or
Hazel at 863-763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly sup-
port groups for women who are, or have been,
affected by domestic violence and abusive re-
lationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-
2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and
English as a second language classes from 7 un-
til 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group
Hospice of Okeechobee and the Area Agency
on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for
an ill family member is welcome. The meetings
are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For in-
formation, call 863-467-2321.


Submitted photo/Humane Society Pet Rescue

Pet of the Week
Red, a young female Curr dog, possible chow mix. She's a wonderful fam-
ily house pet waiting for the right family to adopt her. Adoption fee includes
spay, vaccination, rabies vaccine $135. Come meet our "furkids" at 1203 Hwy
98 N. daycare rescue shelter. Humane Society Pet Rescue no kill policy res-
cue. Hours of operation are: Tuesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday noon to
5 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Monday
and holidays closed to the public. Thank you so much to Okeechobee News
team for your support. You have really helped to make a difference. If you
would like to see the pets available to adopt, go to our petfinder home page,
click, "Click here to see our Happy Tails!." http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/
FL846.html.


Okeechobee Forecasts

Today: Partly cloudy with a high near 91 and a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thun-
derstorms after noon. Winds will be calm becoming east southeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low around 72. Winds will be from the east southeast around 5 mph
becoming calm.
EXTENDED FORECAST
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 91 and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunder-
storms after noon. Winds will be calm becoming east southeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 72 and a slight chance of isolated showers and
thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Winds will be from the south around 5 mph.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 92 and a a 30 percent chance of showers and thunder-
storms after noon, Winds will be calm becoming south southwest around 5 mph.

Lotteries

The Florida Lottery: Numbers selected Monday in the Florida Lotto are: Cash 3: 7-4-8;
Play 4: 7-2-3-4; Fantasy 5:18-20-28-32-35. Numbers selected Tuesday are: Cash 3: 9-2-9;
Play 4: 7-3-0-4.


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 Contractors Association will
meet every third Thursday from noon until 1 p.m.
at Beef 0' Bradys. All contractors are welcome.
For more information, contact Scott Chapman at
863-634-7532.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets
at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7
p.m. in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
610-0975.
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 Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St. It's an open meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking
Luncheon will beheld on the third Friday of every
month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.
441 S.E., beginning at 11:30 a.m. for networking
and then lunch. Networking opportunities avail-
able for women in business and is open to the
public. No membership is required. For informa-
tion, 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
Annonymous is not a diet club. The only require-
ment for membership is a desire to stop eating
compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. 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.



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Churches plan special programs and events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Believers' Fellowship, 300 S.W Sixth
Ave., sponsors a Community Gospel Sing
every Friday evening at 7 p.m. Anyone
who loves to sing, play or listen is invited to
join them for an evening of uplifting music.
Coffee and dessert will be served in the fel-
lowship hall after the sing. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-2938.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at the
Basinger Community Center on Thurs-
day, July 16. There will be a potluck meal
at 6 pm. and the service starts at 7 p.m. The

Community Events

Sub sandwich fundraiser
The youth of First United Methodist
Church will hold a "Sub sandwich" fund-
raiser with lunch delivered to you on Friday,
July 17, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Orders
can be placed by fax at 863-763-2481 or by
phone at 863-763-4021. Deadline for orders
is Thursday, July 16, at 5 p.m. Sandwich or-
ders come with several choices, chips and
water. Call and order your delicious sub to-
day!

FREE school and/or sports
physicals
Mobile Clinic The Visiting Nurse Asso-
ciation's mobile medical unit will provide
school and/or sports physicals free of charge
to any students in need of this service on
Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, July 23,
from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Physicals are per-
formed by Sandra Ripper-Brown, ARNP (Ad-
vanced Registered Nurse Practitioner), who
is licensed in the State of Florida to provide
this service.
Parents and/or guardians are strongly en-
couraged to bring any available past medical
history information, as well as immuniza-
tion records and student identification. Visit-
ing Nurse Association (VNA), 208 E.S. Park
Street, 863-357-2197.

Hospice to host
'clearance' yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
Street will hold a Yard Sale on Thursday July
16, 8 a.m-1 p.m. and Friday, July 17, 8 a.m.-1
p.m. All clearance items must go Terrific
bargains galore! Funds raised will benefit pa-
tient care, including services at The Hamrick
Home. For information call 863-467-2321.

Golf tournament
helps Firestix
Chobee Firestix Fast-Pitch Softball will
host a golf tournament on July 18 to raise
money for the team to go to the Disney
World Series, at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club, starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $50
per player or $200 per team. Hole sponsors
are also sought. For information, call 863-
634-1722.


speaker will be George Rhoden.
Okeechobee Seventh-Day Adventist
Church, 412 N.W Sixth St., is having vaca-
tion Bible school July 12 16 from 6 to 8
p.m. each evening. Kids ages 3 -12 are invit-
ed to this fun-filled Veggie Tales VBS with the
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. For more
information call 863-610-1291.
First Baptist Church, 401 S.E. Fourth
St., is having a sports camp July 13 17 at
the Recreation Outreach Center (ROC). The
hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must
have completed K- fifth grade. The camp is
free. Register at the ROC or church office as
soon as possible as space is limited for some



Pet Rescue to change
hours of operation
The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee shelter will be changing days
open to the public effective Sunday, July 18,
until further notice. Only volunteers will be
let in to the shelter on Sundays, Monday's
and Wednesday mornings to work. The new
days and times are:
Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 1
until 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday 10
a.m.- 4 p.m.
We need the extra time closed to the
public for remodeling, and pet projects.
Please excuse our dust, sorry about any in-
convenience this may cause. If you show up
on Sunday, Monday or Wednesday morning,
wear your work clothes! Thank you, The Hu-
mane Society Pet Rescue Volunteer teams.

County to host
volleyball tourney
County Parks & Rec. Dept. is hosting a
4v4 Summer in the Sand Co-Ed Volleyball
Tournament for both youth and adults.
Youth teams (ages 12-17) Saturday, July
18 and adult teams (18 & up) Sunday, July
19, beginning at 9 a.m. at the sand volleyball
courts across from Yearling Middle School
on N.W 23rd Lane. Team entry fees must
be submitted to the Recreation Department
at 640 N.W 27th Lane (Sports Complex) no
later than 1 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Team
fees: youth- $80, adult- $150. For more infor-
mation, please call 863-763-6950.

Sons of the American Legion
host Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak dinner on
Sunday, July 19, from 3-6 p.m at the Ameri-
can Legion Post 64, 501 SE Second Street.
Dinner includes steak, baked potato, salad,
roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Live entertainment for your enjoyment. The
public is welcome. Donation is $12.


sports. Sports include basketball, cheerlead-
ing, fishing, flag football, golf, softball, soc-
cer and tennis, For more information call
Glenda at 863-467-7625.
Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace, is having vacation Bible
school July 13-17 from 6:30 to 8:30. Age
groups will range from preschool through
middle school. The theme is Studio GO! To
register please call 863 467 7858.
Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth St., is having vacation Bible school
July 20 24 from 6 to 8:30 each evening.
The theme is Son Rock Kids Camp, where
kids build their lives on the Rock: Jesus. Din-
ner will be served each evening at 6 p.m. If
you need a ride or have any questions call
864-763-4127.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1750 N. W.
23rd Lane, is participating in the FULGA Dis-
trict Summer Event July 26 Aug. 1. They
will be helping the community of Eustis,
which was damaged by Tropical Storm Faye
last fall. The event is open to high and col-
lege level young people and adults.
Treasure Island Baptist Church,
4209 U. S. 441 SE, will be having vacation
Bible school July 27 31 from 5:30 to 8
p.m. each evening for grades K sixth. The
theme is "The Wonderful Way of God." For
more information, call the church office at
863 763 0550.
More 2 Life Ministries will be sell-
ing smoked pork dinners on July 31 as a
fund raiser for a mission trip to Haiti. The
$7 meals, consisting of smoked pork, baked
beans, coleslaw and a roll, will be available
next to Gilbert Snapper and Golf Cars on S.
Parrott Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. until the
food is gone. Free delivery will be available
between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for advanced
orders of two or more dinner at a single
location. For tickets or information please
contact Kyle Reno at 863-634-2371 or Brent
Magee at 610-3301 You must have a ticket to
receive a dinner.
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St., will have vacation Bible school Aug. 10
-14 from 6- 8:30 each evening. Children ages
3-12 are invited to attend the Sing N Play
Swamp Stomp at Croc Creek. For more in-
formation or to pre-register please call 863-
763-3519 Monday through Thursday.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U. S. 441 N, will be having








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Places of

Worship

Vacation Bible School Aug. 10 14 from 7
to 9 each evening. The theme is "Passport
to the Promised Land Following the Steps of
Jesus." For more information call 763-7743.
The deadline to register for Upwards Soc-
cer at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W
32nd St., is Aug. 27. Early registration is $60
per child. Evaluations will be held on Aug.
18, 20, 25 and 27. Play begins Aug. 31.
Boys and girls from K-4 through sixth grade
may sign up. For more information, please
call the church at 763-1699.
The Okeechobee News welcomes news
from area churches for this column. E-mail
okeenews@newszap.com or call Pete Gaw-
da at 863 763-3134, extension 4225. The
deadline to receive information to appear in
Wednesday's column is 5 p.m. the Monday
before.

Obituaries
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
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Doris Bernice Evans Heckert
OKEECHOBEE Doris Bernice Evans Heck-
ert, age 80, of Okeechobee, died July 13, 2009,
at Raulerson Hospital.
Born Sept. 17, 1928, in Okeechobee to the late
Sandlan and Polly Ann (Yates) Carter she was a
homemaker born and raisd in Okeechobee.
She attended Church of God of Prophecy. She
worked in the Markham canning plant in Okee-
chobee.
Mrs. Heckert was preceded in death by her
husbands, Joseph C. Evans and Billy Dole Heck-
ert; sisters, Haddie Lamb, Oleta Arnold, Arbelle
Raulerson, Arzonia Prebble, Euela Yates and
Mimmie Strickland; brothers, Junior Carter, Kel-
ly Carter, Bud Carter, Henry Carter, James Cart-
er and Luther Lowe. She is survived by her
sister, Annie Tyson of Okeechobee and several
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time of 10
a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Church of God of
Prophecy with Pastor Mike Bevis officiating. In-
terment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
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 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


Okeechobee News


July 15. 2009








County discusses real estate issues, broadband internet


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Real estate matters and broadband internet
were among the issues that occupied Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners during their day
long meeting on July 9.
In an unusual situation that planning official
Bill Royce later called a "fluke," commissioners
spent a considerable length of listening time to
arguments of Robert Crane, attorney for the de-
velopers of Thoroughbred Estates and neighbor-
ing rancher Haynes Williams. Thoroughbred Es-
tates is an 85 lot subdivision on the north side of
N.W 240th Street about one and a half miles east
of East Line Road. Mr. Williams owns 101 Ranch
to the north of the subdivision. At one time Mr.
Williams owned the land that would eventually
become Thoroughbred Estates. When he sold
the property, he retained ownership of the road
going through the property to have access to
his property. The property had several different
owners before it was developed as a subdivi
sion. The developers of Thoroughbred Acres and
other area property owners have an easement to
use the road which Mr. Williams owns and pays
taxes on. This easement became the cause of
confusion. When the plat was recorded it was
thought that the developers owned the road
and the easement was for surrounding property
owners. The road was incorporated into the plat
of the subdivision.
"This is essentially a private dispute," was the
opinion of county attorney John Cassels. "This
is not an emergency from the county's stand-
point."
The county became involved because the
contract for construction of required improve-
ments between the developer and the county
call for required construction to be completed
by July 22. The dispute over ownership of the
road will have to be resolved before the subdivi-
sion can be completed. Commissioners granted
a six-month extension of the contract in order for
both property owners to reach an agreement. If

News in brief

Big Lake Mission to sponsor

school supply drive
Big Lake Mission Outreach is currently
sponsoring their annual school supplies
drive for their needy families. Last year the
Mission helped 135 children with their list,
but this year the need is even greater. They


the contract had expired the county would have
been on the hook to complete the infrastructure
and would have had to deal with the road own-
ership issue.
Mr. Carter stated that his client might replat
the subdivision. "Nobody wants the road paved
at this point in time," he asserted.
County ordinance calls for a residential lot to
be on a paved road before a building permit can
be issued.
A different subdivision has fallen victim to
the economic times and has a different kind of
problem. Commissioners granted the request of
the developers of Old Florida Ranch subdivision
in the extreme northeast corner of the county
to vacate the May 2008 plat of the subdivision.
Since no lots have been sold, developers are put-
ting their plans on hold.
Property owner Stuart Ledis was successful
in two of his three requests for zoning changes.
He owns two tracts of land on U.S. 441 S.E. near
C.R. 15B. He requested the zoning be changed
from agriculture to residential single family on
them in order to put in subdivisions. On a nearby
third tract of land he requested a change in zon-
ing from agriculture to neighborhood commer
cial-2 for a commercial development to support
the subdivisions.
Attorney Devin Maxwell, representing Mr.
Ledis, predicted there will be an increased de-
mand for housing in the area.
In spite of the protests of neighbors James
and Dorothy Scopelitis, who were concerned
about environmental impacts and density, the
board approved the two requests for residential
single family zoning.
However, Mr. Ledis was not successful in his
request for commercial zoning.
"We are adamantly against the commer-
cial portion of this proposal," stated neighbor
George George. "This is a rural area," he said.
"We would like to keep it that way."
Mr. George noted that there are over 21 va-
cant businesses on U.S. 441 SE.


will be accepting donations up until school
starts on Aug. 24. Most all school supplies
are needed (No Trapper Keepers). For a
complete list, check out the local stores or
call the schools. The mission will gladly ac-
cept checks made out to the Mission and
staff can do the shopping. Please call 863-
763-5725 or 863-697-6433 for more informa-
tion or drop off locations.


Commissioners apparently agreed with Mr.
George and the planning board, who had rec-
ommended disapproval, in voting to deny the
request. Commissioner Margaret Helton, who
represents that area, suggested that at a later
date commercial zoning might be appropriate.
The fourth zoning change request was suc-
cessful. Philip Berger was granted a change in
zoning from agriculture to heavy industrial on a
N.E. 128th Avenue parcel near the landfill where
he plans to build an industrial park. Commission
chair Clif Betts said this would be a very appro-
priate use for the property.
Turning to the broadband issue, Lyn Topal of
Florida Heartland Rural Economic Development
Initiative (FHREDI) informed commissioners of
FHREDI's efforts to secure a $100 million grant
to bring the infrastructure for increased broad-
band internet service to this area. The grant
brings needed broadband access to both cities
and rural areas of the county. Plans call for cities
to be served by a fiber optic network and the
outlying areas would be served by other technol
ogy. It would give service providers open-access
to a broadband fiber network around our cities.
The grant would bring the end cost of internet
service to residents down. The proposed broad-
band network will have redundancy to keep the
system from going down. Ms. Topal mentioned
that Hendry County was without internet service
for two days because a cable was cut. Network
redundancy will provide the county with alter-
nate access if a cable is cut here.
This system should prove to be a magnet
to attract new industry to the area and could
be used by schools for online courses from


anywhere in the world. The system could also
be used to transmit medical data, a capability
Okeechobee does not presently have because of
insufficient bandwidth.
The deadline to apply is Aug. 14. Ms. Topal
said she should know in September if the grant
application made the first round of cuts. If the
grant application is successful the funds would
be available in November and the project must
be completed in two years.
Upon Ms. Topal's stressing of the importance
of broadband to this area, commissioners voted
to endorse FHREDI's efforts to secure the grant.
In other action, the board:
voted to go forward with plans to abandon
a platted alley in Connors Highland subdivision;
adopted the parks and recreation master
plan submitted by Glatting Jackson Kercher An-
glin, the county's recreational consulting firm;
established priorities to be included in the
Florida Department of Transportation five year
work program for 2011-2015 with fourlaneing
S.R. 70 as first priority, the second priority, the
intersection of S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 and the third
priority, the S.R. 710 extension;
decided not to accept a deed in lieu of
foreclosure on property intended for a failed low
income housing project that was to be partially
funded by SHIP; and
set a budget workshop for July 29 at 9 a.m.
to set the millage rate for the 2009/10 budget.
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By Pete Gawda
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The proposed fiscal year 2010 budget
that the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
Board of Directors discussed for the first
time at their July 14 meeting contains no
rate increase and a 2 percent merit increase
for employees. However, before final adop-
tion of the budget, rates could be raised and
employees could see no raise at all.
"The last thing we want to do is raise
rates," stated board member Carl Leonard.
In spite of that sentiment the reality is that
utility rates might have to be raised. One of
the major problems facing the board is the
fact that the proposed budget is based on
the utility receiving the $1.4 million in devel-


opers' fees that it will become due next bud-
get year. A few years ago, during the build-
ing boom, some developers agreed to make
yearly payments on their guaranteed waste-
water capacity fees and other fees. The fees
were in the form of assessments attached to
the developers' yearly tax bill. This year some
developers did not pay their taxes, resulting
in OUA buying nine tax certificates to protect
their investment. Therefore, it is doubtful the
developers will pay their taxes next year.
Concern was also expressed about making
debt service payments after the developers
agreements have expired, especially without
the anticipated revenue from the customers
of failed developments.
Mr. Hayford said it was suggested that
next year the budget not even include rev-
enue from developers agreements and in-
clude instead a line item to buy the tax cer-
tificates.
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County may suspend impact fees


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is a possibility the county may
suspend impact fees in an effort to stimu-
late new construction. Banks are not cur-
rently financing impact fees. Some people
feel that suspension of impact fees would
stimulate new construction and the loss of
impact fees would be offset by an increase
in ad valorem taxes from the new con-
struction. At the last county commission
meeting county attorney John Cassels was
instructed to bring back a proposed ordi-
nance that would suspend impact fees for
six months.
Even if the county waives impact fees,
builders would still have to pay a school im-
pact fee for residential projects. Residential
and commercial projects in the city limits
would still have to pay city impact fees at
this point. The Okeechobee City Council is
scheduled to discuss suspension of impact
fees at their next meeting. In addition to
paying school board and city impact fees,
city residents pay all county impact fees ex-
cept fire/rescue.
Impact fees are designed so that new
construction pays for its impact on the in-
frastructure, such as increased use of roads
or an increased need for fire protection.
County impact fees are broken down
for roads, corrections, fire/rescue, and EMS
and are scheduled to be collected over a
ten year period. According to Mr. Cassels,
any length of time that impact fees are sus-
pended would count toward the ten year
period. Impact fees are to be used for spe-
cific projects in each of the areas they are
collected for. However, impact fees make
up only a small part of the cost of each
project. About two thirds of the funding for
each impact fee project must come from
other sources.
Impact fees were started July 21, 2007.
From that time through June 30 of this


year a total of $382,356 in impact fees
have been collected from 271 residential
building permits and 15 commercial build-
ing permits in the county Figures on city
building permits are not readily available.
In addition, $1,938,093 in county funds and
$106,319.45 in city funds have gone toward
impact fee projects. According to figures
released by deputy county administrator
Jim Threewitts, over the next eight years
a total of $5,931,466 per year from impact
fees and other sources would have to be
received to have sufficient funds to com-
plete the projects that impact fees were
earmarked for. The current trend indicates
that, even without a suspension, impact
fees are not going to add up fast enough to
complete the planned projects.
Of the seven area counties polled, only
three have suspended or reduced impact
fees. On July 1 Highlands County suspend-
ed their impact fees for one year. So it is too
early to tell the effect on building permits.
Building officials stated that some builders
who might have been issued a permit in
June waited to see if the impact fees would
be waived. In January of this year Glades
County suspended impact fees for one cal-
endar year. Building officials there say that
there has been no change in the number of
commercial permits issued and a slight in-
crease in residential permits issued. Begin-
ning April 1, Polk County reduced impact
fees by fifty percent. In March, Polk County
issued 70 building permits. In April and
May 45 permits were issued each month.
In June, 83 permits were issued. So it looks
like the reduction of impact fees in Polk
County has not had much effect on build-
ing permits. St. Lucie, Indian River and Os-
ceola counties have not suspended impact
fees. Hendry County does not have impact
fees.
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board that each 1 percent increase in rates
would bring in $93,904 in revenue. Financial
advisor Jeff Larson stated that a smaller rate
increase now would keep the next rate in-
crease from being larger.
The board also discussed removing the
prosed two percent merit pay increase from
the budget.
"I don't think we have a choice," Mr.
Leonard said. "Employees may have a dif-
ficult time with this but they have to under-
stand we are saving jobs.
Board member Devin Maxwell suggested
that vacant positions that are funded in the
budget be eliminated.
They also decided to look at the num-
ber of the new vehicles in the budget and
eliminating any nonessential projects and
expenses.
Staff will crunch the numbers and the
board will look at the budget again at their
next monthly meeting.
Turning to other items, the board took
no action after listening to options available
for adding 85 sewer customers in the area
of S.W. Fifth Avenue, S.W. Seventh Avenue
and S.W 16th Avenue. It was the consensus
of the board that the cost per connection
would be prohibitive.
It is time for renewal of OUA's property
and casualty insurance. After listening to a
presentation by their insurance agent, the
board took no action and asked him to
come back next month with the answers to
specific questions.


Board attorney Tom Conley announced
that on June 26 the utility had closed on
the purchase of the King's Bay wastewater
treatment plant. In the past the utility had ex-
pected to close the plant. Now with the con-
struction of the eastside forcemain in doubt
because of the apparent failure of planned
developments in that area, the utility may
have to operate the plant.
In other action, the board:
approved a one year renewal of the
contract with the accounting firm of Nowl-
en, Holt & Miner;
received the finance report for the pe-
riod ending June 30;
approved application for payment in
the amount of $24,160.74 from Derrico Con-
struction for work completed on the SE-2 lift
station project;
authorized payment of $40,790.45 to
Metzger and Willard, Inc. for engineering,
design and permitting on the Treasure Island
sewer system north;
authorized payment of $31,370.64 to
Metzger & Willard, Inc. for engineering, de-
sign and permitting on the Treasure Island
sewer system south;
agreed to go out for bids for a financial
advisor.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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July 15, 2009







Budget cuts have sheriff eyeing layoffs A REAL o
By Eric Kopp to calls. There would be no cars on routine the Recovery Act grant will pay for six new



know. I have no idea." more, and my officers won't be safe and our get. save mOney -- an
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of the Okeechobee County Board of County failure and a blueprint for disaster." iff's office the $487,453 to fund the task who isn't th ese daysU
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$4,400,000 budget shortfall. That translates canes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. That fund his budget because it doesn't reduce his bot- Okeecho ee News
to another cut of $1,191,293. is to be 5 percent of his budget. This means tom line. l o sw
To reach that goal, Sheriff May has little that with a budget of $17,228,143 that fund Once the county receives its reimburse- -
choice, would be approximately $850,000. ment for the Byrne grant the commissioners is a real II baIIefl


"To make even a portion of that we're
looking at layoffs, cutting back overtime,
cutting back on equipment and, without
a doubt, you're looking at cutting back on
services. And that's just to get a portion of
that," he said Monday, July 13. "I cannot cut
another $1.19 million from this budget and
provide law enforcement coverage."
He projects that seven non-law enforce-
ment personnel will be laid off and two cur-
rently open positions will not be filled. If the
cuts have to go deeper, it will be devastating
to the residents of the county.
"If after I turn in this budget and it isn't
good enough, it will have to be gun-toting
deputies who are laid off," he added.
Worrying over his budget is nothing
new for the sheriff and his staff. In fis-
cal year 2008/09 the sheriff cut his budget
$931,414, and for fiscal year 2009/10 he cut
his spending plan $367,391. That's a total of
$1,298,805.
"We've cut almost $1.3 million in two
budgets, and now we are being asked to cut
another $1.2 million" he stated.
While pledging to "cut as much as I can
and still provide services," Sheriff May said
it may also be necessary to park patrol cars
on the midnight shift. Deputies would basi-
cally sit at the department and only respond


However, to try and meet the demanded
cuts the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice will not have a contingency fund. So the
sheriff and his command staff will cross their
fingers and hope there are no hurricanes
this year, or any other type of catastrophic
events.
"Past budgets have had a contingency
fund and if it wasn't spent it was turned
back to the county. Some years the sheriff
has turned back more than $1 million in un-
used budget money," said OCSO Major Noel
Stephen.
However, according to the sheriff's ex-
ecutive assistant Juanita White, the sheriff's
office is bound to give all money back to
the county that the sheriff does not see fit
to spend.
Sheriff May said any money that is not ab-
solutely necessary to run his department will
be returned to the taxpayers.
By law, the sheriff can spend the total
budget but Sheriff May pointed out that this
has never happened and he does not believe
it ever will.
The sheriff's office has also applied for
several federal grants to save county taxpay-
ers money, such as the Byrne and Recovery
Act grants. The Byrne grant pays for the
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will disperse it among other departments as
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This will hold true for the $109,914 in
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Mrs. White went on to state that the
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which are to be served by four deputies.
While there is a fee for the service of these
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CLEARING & HAULING
Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford
(863)634-7771


DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much Morem
No Job Teoo Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License 5698 & 1126

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CALL GEORGE
CARTER
Painting, Repairs,
Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775




FREE
HEARING TEST
For Senior
Citizens
Beltone
Helping the wodd hear better
Uc#AS3687
863-623-3070
3268 US Hwy 441 S
Inside Winn Dixie Plaza

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Assisted Living for eld-
erly by exp. Registered
Nurse. TLC in very nice
family home. 1 Opening
now. (863)763-2334
Call 10am-8pm




JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734J

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WINDOW AC very
good condition, $60.
(863)517-2151



SKIP BARBQUE'S Coca-
Cola Antique's -
$35008or best offer.
(863)634-2063
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items
in the classifieds



FRIGIDAIRE REFRIG-
ERATOR White,only 7
months old. $250.
(863)801-6048
MAGIC CHEF stove In
exellent condition works
great! $100.
(863)673-5341
MAGIC CHEF stove In
exellent condition works
great! $100.
63)673-5341
MICROWAVE Older
microwave, works
?863)697-8165
SIDE BY side white,
GE fridge w/ water &
icemaker. $85.
(954)560-8375
WASHER white excel-
lent condition $175.
(863)612-5333
WASHER/DRYER, GE -
Like new, white, many
settings, $265. Call
863-675-0104
WASHER/DRYER SET -
white excellent condi-
tion $285.
(863)612-5333
WINDOW AC 110 win-
dow ac $50.
(863)697-8165


SHED 10'X20' w/ at-
tatched 20'x20' carport
w garage door. $3500.
(954)560-8375
WOOLEY SHED 10 x
20 w/AC. Good condi-
tion. $200.
(863)357-6315



HUFFY 3 speed Ladies
26 in. Labelle ready to
ride! $35.
(863)675-0300
MT. BIKE 18 speed Free
spirit only rode in
Flonda Mountains! $55.
(863)675-0300
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that's updated regulaly:
the declassified.




Storage Shed Smith
Built 10x12 Eave Shed
1 1/2 yrs old, $1,50R
Call 603-978-2292




INDUSTRIAL POLES -
521 12'T 19"B and
larger. Sold by the foot.
$5. (772)260-4514
SOFFITS NEW 12' Vinyl
White Vented 2 Boxes
PTS12 $150.
(561)371-1027



BABY BASSINET, car
seat and baby clothes -
$50/will sep.
(239)657-4348
BUNKBEDS Labelle.
White metal w/ ladder.
(863)673-5704
CRIB Labelle. Quality
wood on wheels
8610 0 / f i r m .
(863)673-5704
WHITE CHANGING Ta-
ble, good condition
$35. (863)517-2151


LIKE NEW Designer
Mens Jeans Jean sz
32/34 EX Cond. Each
$20. (863)697-1191

LIKE NEW Designer
Mens Shirts Shirts Sz
Lrg/X rg Ex Cond. EC
$10 (863)697-1191



ANTIQUE ALBUMS 78s
and 33.5s exc cond -
$200/or best offer.
(863)763-9611

BASEBALL CARDS
17,000 Late 80s 90s
16 albums + $1000.
(863)599-0449




DELL TOWER Fast XP
Pro, flat screen! Com-
plete system Like new!
$175. (863)517-2782



CRICKET CRAFT MA-
CHINE 4 cartridges &
accessories, $150.
(863)357-0256



BRASS HEAD board -
$75. (863)763-6013
CARAMEL COLOR mi-
crofiber sectional L
shape exc. condition,
$500. (863)517-2151
CHILDS TABLE with 2
chairs, solid wood, exc.
cond., $75.
(863)843-0759
CHINA CABINET -
$350. (863)673-7890
(863)673-4599
DINING ROOM SET -
Round table, 3 chairs, 2
china cabs, good cond.
$150 (561)790-3681

DINING TABLE Al-
most new, oval shape,
4 chairs, Oak Maple.
Call 863-763-6903


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July 15, 2009



DRESSER & Chest of
drawers, exc. cond.,
$150 will sell separate-
ly. (863)843-0759
ENTERTAINMENT
CENTER $350.
(863)673-7890
(863)673-4599
FULL SIZE bed Four
poster headboard and
mattress set $70.
(863)801-5182
KING SIZE Honey pine
bedroom set. $300.
(863)801-5258
LIVING RM. Sofa,
Love seat, Chair, Coffee
Table, 2 End Tables.
$800. (863)763-5334
MATTRESS New,
Queen, Pillow-top, after
6pm $350/flrm.
(863)763-0141
Memory foam 8" mat-
tress new $400 OBO
863-234-1435 LaBelle
QUEEN SIZE Headboard
Solid wood w/etched mir-
ror, shelves, good cond,
$60 Diane (863)801-3412
TELEVISION 27 inch
works great $25.
(863)763-6013
WALL TABLE with 2
end tables, bamboo/rat-
tan, $150.
(863)763-9410




GOLF CART EZ-GO,
2001, with battery
charger, good cond.
$700. 863-983-7661



CIMARRON-UBERTI -
Evil Roy 45colt unfired,
blue/color case $675.
(239)936-0747
CZ52 Auto Russian
made lots of ammo$400/
S & W Revolver snub
nose $400. 863-697-6095
CZ-75B 9mm high cap
mags, Crimson Trace
Laser Grips, unfired
$800. (239)936-0747
EARLY 1900 Smith &
Wesson long rifle 6
shooter with holster &
500 rounds of ammo.
$350. (863)673-7241
KEL-TEC P11 9mm pis-
tol Near new, 3 mags,
grip ext, leather holster.
260. (863)517-1110
KIMBER 10MM Cus-
tom Edipse 2, Black
Stainless, unfired
$1150. (239)275-6942
SAVAGE 111 7mm Rem
Mag w/scope call 4
more info $400.
(863)885-1172
S&W 44 Mag. Limited
50th Anniv Edition, Oak
Case, unfired $1200.
(239)275-6942


*Wanted* Handguns
All types.Cash.
863-697-6095
WORLD WAR II Japa-
nese Mambo pistol In
good condition $350.
(863)673-7241




ELIPTICAL EXCERSIZE
Machine $75/or best
offer. (863)634-1175
ELLIPTICAL WESLO
618
LIKE NEW/LEAVE MSG.
$65. (863)357-2891
TREADMILL PRO-
FORM Black good
cond call for features
$250. (561)202-7703
WESLO PURSUIT 350
Stationary Bike Like
new. $100.
(863)599-0449




WELDER PRO Club
weight bench w/3001b
weight set $300.
(863)885-1172



DIAMOND SAPHIRE
Gold Ring $2000/or
best offer.
(863)763-0277



4 WHEELED walker -
Never used still in rap-
per $125/or best offer.
(863)228-6255
(239)561-9945
BEDSIDE COMMODE -
New.Exc.cond $50/or
best offer.
(863)697-6022
ELECTRIC SCOOTER -
Golden Comp.New
$1200/or best offer.
(863)697-6022
ELECTRIC WC lift -
New.Excellent Cond.
$1200/or best offer.
(863)697-6022
HUB A Round Scooter -
used less than 2
months paid over 4,000
$2000/or best offer.
(863)228-6255
(239)561-9945
POWER CHAIR Hove-
round. Like new. $495
charger & manual in-
cluded. (863)699-1911
POWER CHAIR JET 3,
New condition. Cost
$5000, Will sell for
$1000 (863)675-0122
SCOOTER Pride Leg-
end, 4 wheel. Needs
work. New tires. $200
(863)699-1911
WALKER WITH wheels
Exc.cond.incl.seat
$50/or best offer.
(863)697-6022


WHEELCHAIR- Merit
Electric. New condition.
$500 (863)983-4940



55 GALLON metal bar-
rels $10.
(863)634-4179
CELL PHONE LG Rumor
II brand new.
$100/or best offer.
(863)357-6315
CHROME RIMS 17
inch 8 lug $400.
(863)763-5147
Generator Troy Built
5550 Watts, 10 HP,
used one time $400
Call 603-978-2292
HOT TUB 4 PERSON
HiT 2YRS OLD $750.
(863 233-6134
MOBILE HOME 2/1
waterfront. All Appl.
AWESOME" $4999.
(863)381-7251
PRETTY KITTYS 6
weeks old free to lov-
ing home $0.
(863)697-6464
SATTILITE RECIEVER
& BOX w/remote. Brand
new only used 1 month.
$150 (863)763-2858
SHOWER SEAT -
x/large shower seat.
250 Ib cap. $95.
(863)467-8731
WATER COOLER Green-
way, 3 yrs. old. Hot &
Cold. Works excellent.
$50 (863)763-0625




ELECTRIC GUITAR
w/120 Watt Amp -
Good condition. $100.
(863)357-6315
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classifieds.



CHIHUAHUA 3 mo.
male. $150. 2nd shots
& wormed. Barb -Days
(863)675-2541. LaBelle
FREE HAMSTERS Free
Hamsters. $0.
(863)763-4544
561)644-7989
FREE KITTEN to Good
Home Female Grey ti-
ger striped. $0.
(863)634-1207
FREE KITTENS 6 WKS
OLD KITTENS GOOD
HOME ONLY $0.
(863)664-0315
Free Kittens to good
homes only...located in
Okeechobee, Florida
863-763-5745.
Rabbits for Sale
Pedigree Dwarf DOB
03-05-2009.
863-763-1512


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MOVIE CAM & proj. -
8mm, exc. cond.,
$150/or best offer.
(863)763-9611
Buying a car? Look in
the classifieds. Selling
a car? Look in the
classifieds.



DIRECT SATELLITE
dish & 2 new sat. re-
ceivers, $100.
863-763-9410



BOWFLEX EQUIPMENT
- Extreme 2 & TC5000
Treadclimber $2000/will
sep. (863)634-0955
When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classifieds.
POOL TABLE 9 ft.
Brunswick. $800.
(863)763-8767



DEWALT uA in Impact-
Driver Pd. 300o Never
Used $250/or best of-
fer. (863)978-8388
GENERATOR Briggs &
Stratton, never used,
5500w, 10hp, $500.
(863)357-0256
GENERATOR Pro
Force, 5.Shp, at 3600
RPM's, 2yrs old, used 5
times, $300
(863)634-8508
TOOL BOX Polished alu-
minum for pickup truck
- $150. (863)357-6315



PSP Great Condition. 7
Pames & case induded.
180. (863)675-3242



BOSE 3-2-1 (Series 3) -
Paid $899-Used 2
months $750/or best
offer. (863)978-8388





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BUDDY SEAT Kids ride
behind securely.
$ 5 0 / firm .
(772)263-1178
LIL DUDE STIRRUPS -
$ 2 5 / firm .
(772)263-1178
MUSTANG MARE -
Green Broke, $500 neg
(863)634-4707 or
(863)261-6781


SORREL MUSTANG
GELDING 3yo, 15.2
hands, and growing,
leads, loads, clips, ties,
broke. Knows barrels,
p ile cones has
n in 4 shows. All
shots current & cog-
gins. MUST SELL $700
or best offer
(863)634-4970



HOG/DOG TRAILER 3
bayed with diamond
plate roof, new tires.
$1200. (863)467-7197
MASSEY FERGUSON
tractor 3cyl die-
sel,16hp,needs starter
$1000. (561)385-2741
RIDING MOWER 12.5
HP 36" Mows Great!!
400/or best offer.
(863)801-1683





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BEAUTIFUL SAMAN-
THA'S GARDEN APTS -
In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
(863)634-5780
Brand New 2BR/2.5BA
Apt, close to hospital,

chobee Real Estate Co.
OAK LAKE APTS 2 BR,
11/2 BA, $800 mo. 1st
mo's rent & $500 sec.
Will neg. 863-227-6074




KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2/1, New fir tile. Inclds
Water, Elec. $800 mo.
+ sec. 863-697-6428
OAKLAKE VILLA 17 -
Good cond., $800/mo.
1st, last & $500 sec. Call
863-467-5965



2 BR/lB w/large den;
fenced yard w/shed.
Near Taylor Creek Bridge.
$700 863-763-8848
AFFORDABLE NEW
HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi
tub, Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD, 3/2 new
home, fenced yard.
$1100/mth, 1st, last &
sec. (863)6342043.
BHR 3BR, 1/2BA, Fur-
nished, new appl. W/D,
on water, cable and
yard maint. incl. $900
F/L/S. (561)262-5206


FOR RENT: 3/2 House,
2 car garage, C/Air &
Heat, W&D Hook Up in
garage. On Eagle Bay
Dr., Call (863)634-9330
or (863)467-2541
IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA,
W&D, porch, lawn serve.
small pet ok, Non-smk.
env, $800 mo. + $500
sec. 941-504-3954
IN TOWN 3BR/2BA,
laundry rm., porch, gar-
age, lawn svc., non-
smkg. env., small pet
OK. $1,000 mo. + $800
sec. (941) 504-3954
LEAVE THE CITY Live
in the country! 3/2
Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
(772)201-8230
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $595, FLS, apple's,
lease, plus utilities.
(863)801-3081
OKEE 2/1 & 3/1 Clean,
furnished homes. $750
mo. & $850 mo.; water
included. 786-201-0306
OKEE 3BR, 2BA, Newly
remodeled. All apple. NO
PETS. 2272 NW 4th St.
$850 mo. + $600 sec.
dep. 863-610-0001
OKEECHOBEE 4br,
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $1000 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156
RIVER ACRES Cozy
cottage 1/1, on the wa-
ter. Fum. w/Dock,
utils., Satellite, clean.
$700/mo 863-467-1950
VIKING 3/2 house,
barn, fence, 1.25 acres.
Call (561)718-1212 or
863-763-3631
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CBS 4/2 + efficiency,
completely remodeled,
in ground pool, fenced,
metal roof, .48 acres,
2,000 + s.f, $149,900
(561)881-3802
Pioneer Estates 3/1
CBS, 1/2 acre, needs
work, newer roof,
$69,000. Debra Pinson,
Preferred Properties
863-801-9 63.

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BHR RVs for Rent,
starting $300-$500 &
1BR/1BA Cabin, 55+
park, seasonal or yearly.
(863)763-7164
BIG 0 Adult, gated
community, Park Model,
1BR, 1BA, Large porch.
free Y[FI. Heated pool,
club house. No pets.
$550 mo. 561-568-7767
or 561-253-4299
FOR RENT: 2/1 apart-
ment. Best value in town!
Unit newly remodeled.
Located 12 miles north of
Okeechobee on Eques-
trian Ranch. Monthly wa-
ter, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
No Pets! $475 Move in
special. M-F
(863)467-2982
OKEECHOBEE 2br,
Iba with large back
porch & front porch on
arge scenic, wooded,
fenced lot. $700 mo. Also
a 1 br, Iba $500 mo. Call
863-634-3451
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR,
2 BA waterfront, furn.
$806/mo. + utils. Call
(239) 707-8327
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2008 new mobile home
close out sale. All DW
marked down to near
invoice. If you want a
great deal, here is your
chance 863-357-4849
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
For Sale 1/1 Closed
patio on Taylor Creek
Utilities included in lot.
Has dock w/electric.
$5000 obo.
772-260-8488.
Land/Home pkgs. Easy
to finance with low
down payments. 3 & 4
bedroom doublewides
available at low prices
863-357-4849
New 3br/2ba double-
wides only $39,900 in-
cludes setup only
863-357-4849
OKEECHOBEE 2/2,
$700/mo or purchase
$40,000, nice, clean
(772)597-2098
Waterfront 2/1 Park
Model with window en-
closed porch. Qualified
Owner Financing 10%
down. $189,900
N. Okee / River Acres
706-594-4704.


BOAT 14 F. w/ Trailer &
25HP Evinrude. In-
cludes accessories.
$800. (863)983-7661
BOAT MOTOR Select -
3.5 Nissan w/12ft Alu-
minum Boat $400.
(239)989-6575
PONTOON TRAILER
2005 NEW COST 3600
USED ONCE,2 AXELS
$2400. (863)824-0801
SEASWIRL 17' C.C.
1990 74" Beam 90HP
Evinrude, Trolling mo-
ter, Trailer $3500.
(863)467-2371
TRAILMASTER PON-
TOON TRAILER 2005
- 2 axelsalmost new
$2500. (863)824-0801
WACO Select 16' jon
boat with trailer Trol-
ling motor included.
$850. (863)699-6925



AIRSTREAM SILVER-
STREAK 1970 NO TI-
TLE NEEDS WORK
$400. (863)763-3451
CITATION 1983 35'
RV Trailer with Florida
room, fully furnished.
Waterfront $4900/or
best offer.
(863)946-0215
COACHMAN 24' roof
air, sips 6, waning, tan-
dem axle, dean, self
contained, $3400
(863)763-9998



5th Wheel Hitch, 15K,
Reese, $125.00 Call
683-978-2292
FIFTH WHEEL,'03-
3 axle, 40' Dream By
Designs 3 slide outs 1
of whick is superslide,
full sz. bath, w/house
toilet, w/d, queen sz.
BR rear kit., plenty
cabinets, $20,000.
(863)532-1325



JET SKIIS 1995 -
WaveRunner and Kawa-
saki 900. With trailer.
$2500. (863)763-8767




2002 Mercury 8HP out-
board motor. Freshwa-
ter use only $600.
239-247-4485 LaBelle
AIR BOAT TRAILER -
Brand new. 17FT x 8FT
$2300 or best offer.
(863)357-3567




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2004 Kawasaki CRX
1200, red $3000 exc
cond LaBelle
863-674-0212

HARLEY 883 HUGGER
2000 Under 10,000
miles...Like new! No
calls after 9pm, please.
4 0 0 0/n eg .
561)248-6237
(863)697-1339
Honda Shadow 2007,
750cc. Runs excellent
Must sell $3000
239-247-4485 LaBelle

YAMAHA V STAR 1998
- new clutch runs good
58K miles $1800/neg.
(863)634-0771




JEEP Select 1972 jeep
commando buggy, runs
$400. (863)467-9288

PACE ARROW MOTOR
HOME, '85 36; set up
in RV park @ $250 mo.,
country setting, $7500.
(863)254-3552

SUZUKI EIGER 2006 -
Excellent Condition
$ 3 5 0 0 / n e g
(863)228-5517

YAMAHA GRIZZLY
2001 needs work, incl.
trailer, $900.
(863)673-1087




ALUMA LITE '87 32;
A/C, clean, neat, good
shape. $4000 or best
offer (863)484-2128






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BUICK LASABRE 2004
28000 low mileage,
cold air, new tires, air
bags, anti-lock brakes,
rear defrost, Ithr, CD,
auto. V-6 $9500/or
best offer.
(863)697-3242

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CHEVROLET CAPRIEC
1986 run & AC
$ 1 8 0 0 0/fir m .
(863)201-3492

CHEVROLET CAPRIEC
CLASSIC 1986 good
ac $2000/Orm.
(863)201-3492

CHEVROLET CAVA-
LIER 1998 A/c, anti-
lock brakes $1000.
(239)707-1235

CHEVY LUXURY RIDE
VAN 1988 TanTrail-
er hitch, Seats 8, V-6
$600. (863)517-1966


FORD EXPLORER
1994 white, 4doors,
new tires. $1500.
(239)657-4348

FORD RANCHARO
1972 351 Cleveland,c
4 9" posi $1750.
(863)674-0467

FORD RANGER 1992 -
NEEDS TRANSMISSION,
STANDARD $700.
(876)763-3451

LINCOLN MARK VII
'92, 5.0, V8, auto., low
miles. $750 or best of-
fer (863)675-7105

MERCURY COUGAR '91
- V8, Auto, rungs &
drives $900
(863)763-4426

MERCURY SABLE STA-
TION WAGON, '94 -
new air, 100k mi.,
$2,000. (863)254-3552

MONTERO '95 4 WD,
13 mpg in town, runs
well, Loaded, 7 pass,
$2500. 863-677-4174

NISSAN 300ZX 1987-
runs but needs work,
free 1988 for parts
$1500. (863)763-6879




FORD MUSTANG 1972
- sprint Olympic edition
runs needs rest
$2500. (561)385-2741

FORD PICKUP 1946-
rearend in good shape
$200/or best offer
(863)467-7123




JEEP GRAND CHERO-
KEE 1996 Black
straight six, 4-wd
$1200. (863)612-5333




EZGO ELE. Select Two
seater, Good Cond.
Good Batt. W/charger
$1050. (863)673-4660




3RD ROW BENCH -
Beige Ithr 4 Ford Excur-
sion. Nice! $100/neg.
(863)801-4990

TONNEAU COVER Black
- Exc. cond. Fit on a
2004 Silverado Ext. cab.
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'95 Dodge 1500 pickup
with topper. $2000 obo
318v8 LaBelle 863-
612-4832 or 674-1333

CHEVY SILVERADO,
1996 x-cab, auto, A/C,
2,000/neg. Clewiston,
305-370-5647.

Dodge pickup 2005,
good shape, std cab
$5,000 LaBelle
863-674-0212


FIBERGLASS CAMPER
TOP black, 72.5"x00,';
front sliding glass, good
cond $135
(863)467-0883


FORD DODGE RAM
1996 blue,runs good
$3000/or best offer.
(863)227-6642


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4-cyl, a/c, 5-spd, tinted
windows $1500/firm.
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CHEVROLET TRACKER
2001 Very nice, clean.
Needs tires. 4-cyl, air
bags, 4-wd, a/c, auto.

t 3 6 0 0 / n e g
(863)467-8601


FORD EXPLORER
1998 Runs great,load-
ed, 131,583miles
$2500. (239)590-5976


JEEP WRANGLER YJ
1991 Bucket seats,
5-spd, 4-wd, 4-cyl, 4.56
gears, Dania 30 in
front, Dania 35 in rear,
4" body lift, 4" suspen-
sion lift, 35x12.5x15 rim
and tres (mud country)
inside the cab is done
with Rhino Liner.
$5000/or best offer.
863)228-0122
063)902-4139






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T, Tandem, Double ax-
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(863)357-3567


UTILITY TRAILER -
5x8 utility trailer with
sides and spare tire
$350. (863)467-5616


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5'x9' trailer with sides
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CLECA RE U THE RCON 0r COURT
otie s hereby gven that the undesgned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Cl k
f 1e ciit Court of Oehobee County, Florida, will 0 the 12th day o
ugust 2009, at 11:00 A. at the Okeechobee County Judicial Canter
312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jur Assembly Room, Second Floor, Oeecho-
bee Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechob offe or ale and e at
pubic outcry to t lgheet and best bidder ior h, the following de
bed property situated In Okeechobee County, ooda, to-wit:
0ING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 7 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH
RANGE 35 EAST, AND LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PORTION OF ThAT
CERTAIN ARCEL OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS (OR.

BOOK00d0 mer2000 hEtchCA34
BOOK 260, PAGE 20O OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
CUNY, LORIDA, AN BEING MOE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 7, TOWN
HIP 37 SO0TH, RANGE 35 EAST; ThIENCE BEA N 85 DEGREES 4' 36"
LONG THE SOUTH UNE OF SAID SECTION 7, FOR A DISTANCE OF 70.0
FEET TO A POINT=Of=INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST RIGHTOF-WAY
NE OF N.W. 32ND DRIVE; THENCE BEAR N 02 DEGREE 53' 55" E
ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY UNE FO R A DISTANCE OF 831.3
MET TO A POINT, THENCE EAR N 36 DEGREES 24 17 W, CONTINUING
ALONG SAID WEST-RIGHT-OFWAY UNE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 1095.7
FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOO 260 PAGE 2000;
THENCE BEAR N 36 DEGREES 23' 35" W CONTINUING ALON SAID WES
RIGHT-OF-WAY UNE, AND ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY UNE OF SAID
ooo 8O0N72600
.R. BOOK 26II0 PAGE 2000, FOR A DISTANCE OF 277.50 FEET TO THE
PCENT-OF-BEGI NING;
HENCE CONTINUE N 36 DEGREES 23' 35" W ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT
oF-WAY LINE AND ALONG SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE FOR A DISTANCE
OF 155.81 ET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 26
PAGE 2000; THENCE BEAR N 85 DEGREES 41' 19 W, ALONG THE NORTH
BOUNDARY UNE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 260, PAGE 2000 FOR A DISTANCE
OF 423.24 FEET TO A POINT; FENCEE BEAR S 01 DEGREE 17' 17" E FOR A
DISTANCE OF 215.88 FEE TO A P0NT;0 THENCE BEAR $ 87 DEGR 0S 48
16" E FOR A DISTANCE OF 260.17 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR N 7M
DEGREES 38' 50" E FOR A DISTANCE OF 258.90 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.
TOGETHER WITH A 1986 REDM DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS 14602448A AND 14602448B AND TnME NUM-
MERS 44172412 AND 50695864

Waid Cdu, the style of which is:
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Raintiff
CHRISTOPHER W, MOATS and CHRISTINA L. MOATS, his wife,
Defendants.
and the dodet number of which Us: 209-CA-13
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE
IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
US PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 6E DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the offtial seal of said dCourt, this 29th day of May,
SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of tMe
circuit cot of Okeechobe Cnou, Florid
By: Linda F Younm
DEPUTY CLER
Law Office of Casses & McCall
John D. Cassels n,, Esquire
Post Oce Box 968
Okeachob FRoida 34973
323051 ON n/8,109

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
In accordance with the Adminsratve Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Faod
statute notice is hereby given that the Okeechoee County Sool Boan
1 Consider adoton of tohe Schol Board poi4 Olisted below at their menet-
ng on Tuesday August 1 2009 at 6:00 pm, in Room 303 of the Schol
toard Administtie Oafeme.ie at 7 al S.W. Send Awne, Ohn bee. Cop
s of theproposed policy are available in the Shool Board Oce oate
B 700 S.W 2nd Aene, Room 307.on
A PON OF Be ARD 1000 49 70 T U OF FA c sTTI ou
is policy sets forth procedures for use o of hol faolities by civic
groups aitale organization nprflt organtons and governmenn-
tal agencies.
2. Thepropos ed amendment wil add Supemental Educatbonal Serv2c0
Praidets" t tthe lst of sonal u Of schoohi l facl0 e,
3. he legal authority for this polite is F.S. 1001.42. Laws implemented ard
F.S 106.15, 1001,43, 100133,1001,51,1013.10.
4. 9is police amendment will not affect individuals fo an co omic

Patbcoa G. er Ed.D.n
Superntedennto Schools0
326576 ON 7/15/09
LEGAL NOCE .....
A public aucdon will be held at BMJ auly nd I olyn 9
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okee"hoee, Florida 34974 Okeecdobee County School
on Fday the 31stday of July, 2009 Board will met on July 23, 2009, at
frlo 10;00-11;OOA.M. Pusuant to 5:01 p.m. to h nsider adveriseent
Floda statute713.78forunpaid of proposed millade rates and the
towing &and store. Year, Make, proposed budget for 2009-10. ITe
Model&Vln'sas follos: School Board wll ee7 on July 30,
2009, at 6:00 p.m. to consider
1993 Red Ford F150 udopton of tentaove village rates
1FTEF15N8PAT6892 and the tentative budet for
1996 GrayPlymt h Nn 2009-10. Both I eeings will be In
1p3ES47C1TD706771 Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
mrnistratie office at 700 S.W, 2nd
Tesofsleaeah, and no Aven, Okeed e, and ae open
checks will be accepted. The seller to the pubic.
reserve= the right of final bud. All
sale are final. No refunds will be Patricea G. Cooper Ed.D.
made. Said automoells will be sId Supe..ntende o Schools
in AS 1$" with no guarantees. 324703 ON 7/15,17/09
3273M1 ON 07/15/09


E


Highlands County HOME Csonstiam
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
rhe Heartland Rural HOME ansoreum whichh includes DeSo, Gldes,
ardeev Hendn/, Highlands and Okeeohebee Countes Fuodde is applying
to the S. Department of Houing and Urban Develpment HUD) for the
009-2010 allocation under the HOME Investment Panership Progam
HOME. TN Fourth Prrm Year Ann lan i submitted under the
:onsoeldated Plan for 2006-2011,
the preliminary actiies, with the estimated dollar amount for which the
onsorum I applying are;

HOME Investment Parneshp 670,986
Total $670,986

HOME Homaewnership $503,24
munty Housing Development Corporations (15%) $100 ,647
Administraton $67,098
Each County in the Consrua has adopted a singlee anteidispla nt and
eelcaton pln before submissio uoof the Consoidated an. The Consorta
eill assist displaced persons wmth grant funds, as indicated in the budget
and policy. A required 25% match wil be ored by on-golng activities In
ndi County under the State Hosing Iriaiives Partnersinp (SHIP) pro-

Two puC Hearings to provide dozens an opportunity to c nt the
F h Proam Yer Ain Plan wil be heel at 201 E Oak Street Ste 201,
trcadia FL beginning at 10:00 a.m on July2 22009, and at 165 S, Lee
treet LaBle, FL, o July 22, 2009 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
h draft copy of the Annual an wil be available for review at at time, A
finl opy of the appliaTion will be made avilane at the Highlands County
Housn Deartment, 501 S. Com e Avenue Saong FL 33870 on
iiy, 2008 Monday through Fdday between tn hours of 9:0 a.m. to
p.. Th Fourth Pro m Year Acon lan wll be submted to US
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before Au-
gust 14, 2009, To obtain addivoral information oonoenning the applOcation
end the Pubio Hearings contact Teresa Hofer, Interim Highoand County
Housing Directoir, at (863) 402-6717,
the pubic heang is being conducted in a handicapped accessibe location.
anm handicapped person requiring an ineemeter for the heang impaired
Sthe visually impaired should contact Teresa Hofer at least fi calendar,
jaysprior to the meting and n interpt wll be pnooided. non-
Engls seakWng person wishing to attend the pubEli heading should also
ontat Teresa Hofer at (863) 402-6917 at least five calendar days por to
te meing and a language interpreter wil bhe proved. To ac a Tee-
o:omuncation Devioe f n Deaf Peons (TDD) plea 0 O 1 (800) 955-8771
ony handdapped person requiring peACia accommodation at this meeting
should contact Teres Hofer at (63) 402-6917 at least five lender days
pror to the eating.
Pursuanot 91.225, the following certficaons will be submitted to HUD wth
Me Fourth PrHram Year Acton Pan. The cer 111tions will be made
salable by Highlands Count Housing Departmet and HUD for public In-
penfon upon request- These certiatons owil be available on and after
we date of submiso n of the applicatcn and shall continue to be available
For a minimum peroald of five yea.
1 Affirmately furthen fir heoui.s;
SAnti-displacement an relocation pl n;
SDrug-free workplace;
AntinlonBying;
SAutoty Onf Judsdiction;
6. Consieno nth Plan;
SAcquiston and Relocation; and
8, Section 3,
A FAIR HOUSING/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/
HANDICAP ACCES JURISDICTION
326978 ON 7/15 CGS 7/16/09


IN THE CIROUIT COURT
OF THE NINMEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISON
CASE NO. 47-2000 00318
BRANCH BANKING AND
TRUST COMPANY,

a/k/a MELODY E. HALL, et al,
Defendants.
AMENDED NO'rCE OF SAILE


OCncut Court of OKEECHOBEE
County, Fda, I w ell the prop-n
erndy stuated in Okeeched County,
onda described as:
The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of

Tand onship 34 South, Range 33

reowdein at Book 4, a
3A-D, ndusve of the Okee-
chobee County Publi Records
and commonly known as0 14675
Northwest 2700h Street, Okeecho
bee, FL 34972 at puolic sle, to the
highest and best bidder, for cash, in
the Ju Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeethob County Judial Ce nter,
312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobmee, A.
34972 at 11:00 a.m.n, on August 12,
2009.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
OREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE IF ANY OTHER THAN
THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE US PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 6E DAYS AF
TER THE SALE.
Dated this 6/26/2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the orcult Court
MBy: nda F You
Deputy 7 72
325976 ON 7/15,22/09


Purpose The purpo of this eet-
Ing Is to provide additJonal nfo a-
n to a revw panel of tenal
ing and Oieraon Screning (RE-
SOPS computer model as used In
the River o Grass sto on Pro-
jtc Ph I o nning as a b esuIt of
04 on- workshop on June 30,
2009 and teseconference on Jauy 9,
Questions from the panel embes
regarding the model will alo be ad-
dnresd in th teleconeence.
Date: Ju 24 2009
Tme 11:00M.- 2:00 RP.M. (ET)
Location: South Flo0da Water
MR n o ecnt District
ine Island und nfrence Rm.
Call-in Number:
Local S.F.W.M.D. 561-68216700
Natoide Toll Free 866-433-6299
Meeting ID: 7274
327181 ON 7/15/09


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327149 ON 7/15,22/09


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I


IN THE CIRCl.. COURT IN AND
FOR OKERECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDAu PROBATE D0V0S0ON
CASE NO. 20O-CP-120
In e: Estate of
DOROTHY O MARCESKIO,

(Summay Administanton)
TO ALL ERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR DEAN DSAGAINS
THE ABOVE ESTATE:
OUr ae hereby nofied that an
Order Determining Homestead SOat-
us of eal Pperty and Order of
Summary Administraon has been
entered in the Estate of DOROTHY
JO MARCZESo, Deceased, File hume
b 200 P-128, by the circuit
Court for Okeehoee Couny, Flori-
da, Probate Division, the addre of
which is 312 NW. 3rd ee Sue
101, Okeechobee, orida 34972;
that the decedent's date of death
EApl 13, 2008; that the toal
value of estate is $11,62500
that e mes and addresses o
those to whom i has teen assigned
by such order are:
DONALD JOSEPH MARCZESKI, 1647
W t. ew Road, Mesa, Arizona
852O1
DOROTHY ANN MIDDAUGH, 805 E.
Plata Aenue, Mas, ona 85212
ALL IN'ERES'ED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT,
All editors of the decedeont and
other persons having dams or de-
nheds against the estate of the d
cedent roth than those f whom
provision for fuoil payment owas made
n the Order of ummary Administra-
tion must file their cais within this
ourt WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION 733,702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED LL BE FOREVER
BARRED.


DATE OF DEATH IS BARR ED.
The date of the first publication
of ths Not.e .s July 15, 2009.
Person Giving Nmotie
Dorothy Ann Middaugh
8015 E. RMlata Avenue
MEsa, Aizonas 07121
Atrney for Person Giving Notice:
CON ELY & LONELY, RA
Post Offic OOrEawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
(863)763-3825
Tom W. Conely, I 0 0
Friday Bar No. 096482
326552 ON 7/15,22/2009

IN WEE CIRCUIT COURB OF
THE NINETE EKI JUDICIAL


CIRCUIT 0 NAND FORt ,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL A9ON

Plan, intiff,

Defendante (s)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursm-
anttoanOrder Rescheduling Fe
closure Sale dated 6/15/209 andtf
entered in Case NO. 47-20e8-
CA-0o343 of the Circuit Court of
the NINETEENTH Judicial Ciruit in
and far OKECHOBTEE Count, FloN-
da wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA
is the Pelintff and ELIZABETH TI-
NAN; T NANT # 0 TENANT #2 are
the Defendants, wll to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUIT JU-
DICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD
STREET, OKEEOHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 11:OOAM, on the 12th day
of August, 2009, the falling de
scdded property as set forth in said
Final Judgment:
LOTS 2 AND 3, BLOCK 3,
SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, AC-
CORDING TO "E PUT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 7, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-

A/K/A 804 SW 2ND AVENUE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claimingan interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the proper owner as of
the date of the us Penders must file
a daim within sody (60) days after
the sale.
WTNESS MY HAND and the seal of
thUsCourt on June 22,2009.
Sharon Robertson
CJlrk of the COrcut Court
By: ULnda F Youg
Deputy Cherr
325552 ON 07/08,15/09




July 15, 2009




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008 CA G10
Assiganed to: Judage McManus
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.,
as nominee for RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK, etc.,

OBERTO MOYA-GOMEZ, etc, e al.,
Defendants.
RE-NO'ICE OF CLERK'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBy GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment o Forlo-
su, dated March 2, 2009, and sbsquent Order ente1d on Aprl 20,
a the dket number of which is 2008 CA 610 wherein VERSIDE NA-
IONAL BANK, et., is Paintiff, and Rigobeto Moya-Gomez, etc., et a. are
efendants I SHARON ROBERTSON. Clerk of Circuit Court wll on the
2' day of Jy, 209, at 11:0 ocl A.M or as on thereafter as the
ale may be held, sI to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury
Assemnbl Remn, 2"d oor, of the Okeehob County Judicia Center, 312
W 3rd Okeechobee Florida 34972 the follow deribed real estate
ituate, ying, and being in Okeechobe County, F orida:
Being a Ipael, of land lying in portion of Secon 10, T hip 36 South,
Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly
described as follows:
Commen at the Northeast corner of We On Ha (W '/2) of the East
oneHalf (E '2) of the Southeast One Quarter (SE'/4) of d Section 0,
thence bear S 012433" E along the east boundary le of tat certain
parl of land as d ried in Offil Records (O.R) Book 374, Page
1110 f the Pblic Rords of Okeechobeel Count Florida, for a dista
of 262870 feet to a point on the common boundary of said Sections 10
and 1 thence bear S 01449" W, continuing along d eat boundary
ine of 0. R Book 374, Page 1110, for a distn of 65.37 fee to the
southeast corner of said 0 R. Book 374, Page 1110 said corner being
also the norheaste most corner of that certain parcel of land describe
in Official Records Book 295, Pages 1938, of the Public Rerds of Okee-
lchoee Count, Florida; thence bear N 8909'42 W, along the soth
boundary line of said 0 R Book 374, Page 1110, and along the north
boundary ine of said 0. R. Book 295, Page 1938, for a distance of 326.23
feet te uthst corner of id 0. R. B 374, Page 110, and
alng the east boundary line of said 0 R. Book 295, Page 1938, for a d
tance of 1329.70 feet to the point of begiig; then continue N
0124'39" W along said west boundary ine of 0 R. Book 374, Page 1110,
and along said east boundary line of 0. R. Book 295, Page 1938, for a di
tan of 131346 feet to point of intersection with tle usoth rightofway
line of N. E. 120th Street (a/k/a Dark Hammock )Road Saidpoint being
a so the northeast rer oF id 0. R. Book 2,a95, Page 1938, thene bear
N 8913'50 W, along said south right of way line, and along the north
easternmost boundary lne of sid 0, R, Book 295, Page 1938, for a dis
tanO, of 330.39 feet t tthe northwest corner of sad 0. R. Book 295, Page
1938, thence bear S 01o3618 E, aong the West boundary ine of said 0.
R, Bouok, 295 Page 1938, for a distance Of 1313.64 feet to a point; then
bear S 8913'50" E for a distance of 325.94 feet to the point-o-begin-
Containing 9.888 acres, more or less, and being subject to any and all
easements restrictions, relation and /or 0ght-of-ways of record in
1uding but tr limited to an easment for thte purpose of ingress and
Segress and being more particularly described as the west 30.00 feet of
the above described property.
Together with that cer.in 1995 Redman Manufactured Home
VIN FLFLR79B11746HP and FLFLR79A11746-PZ1 and Htle # FLA
562364 and FLA 562365, situated thereon.
MnY person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if
aey, other than the property oner as of the date of the li pen-
dens must file a claim within 60 days ater the ale.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Linda F Youn
As Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disabiity who neds any accommodation in or
de to participate in this pro ding, you are enttled, at no cost to you, to
the provision of rtain asLstan. Pleas ntact Court Adm Oinistrtion not
later than 7 days prior to the pceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive,
rt St Lucie, FL 34986 (77287 4370 within two working days of your
eipt of this Notice. Ife you ae hearing impaired a (800-955-8771; if
Wu are i impaired call (800)955-8770.
FRANK H. FEE, IV, ESQUIRE
Attorney for Plaintiff
00 Virginia Ave, Suite
Forg Piere, FL 382
326501 ON 7/8,15/09

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19E JUDICIAL CIRCUI IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIrL DIVISION
CASE NO.: OS-CA-42
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR LONG
BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST
2006- 0o
Pl aintif,
's.
FREDA B. LAURENT, UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF FREDA B LAU RENT;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPE RTY



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur
closure d th 2d day f March,
200, and entered in Ca No.
08 00428, of the Circuit Court of the
19TH Judicial Ciuit in and for
Okchobee County, Florida, where-
in DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL
TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR
LONG BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN
TRUST 006-0 is the Plaintiff and
FREDA B. LAURENT; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF FREDA B LAURENT;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSES
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
a, defendants. I will s11 to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 ate Okeechobee County
ouhou in Okeehob Florida
at 11:00 a.m, on the 12th day oF Au-
gust, 2009, the following described
p. erty as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 57, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE(S) 51, AS RE-
CORWED IN THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN
THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF
THE DATE OF THE US PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In acrdance with the Americans
diwbled pesn who, be
their disbite need special ai.om-
modation to participate in this pro
feeding should contact not later
than hven (7) days prior to the p-
NW Country Club Dr, Port St. Lueie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1.9o80955,8770 voice impaired)
Dated this 30th day o June, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk Of The Ci0uit Court
By: Linda F Young
Law Office of Mashall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
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Okeechobee News


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVL D""IS-ON
CASE NO.: 47-200-CA-000269
SUNTRUST BANK,
Plaintiff
EDIVAR E FLHO; CARLA D. REIS
A/K/A CARLA D. FILHO; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT
(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUB
JECT PROPERTY,



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur
suant to a Motion and Order Reset-
ting Foreclure Sale Date dated the
3rd day of Sept, 200B, and en
tered on Ca NO. 47 2008
A-00269 of the uit Court of
the LRITH udiia Ciuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, where
in SUNARUST BANK is the Paintiff
and EDIVAR R FILHO; CARLA D.
REIS AK/A CARLA D. FIHO; JOHN
ANT S) IN SESSION OF HLE
SUBJECT PROPERTY a re de pendants.
I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for sh at the OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREE, JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHO
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at the Okee-
choee County Courthou, in
OKEECHOBEE, Floda, at 11:o a.m.
onthe 12th day of August, 2009,
the following dsribed property as
set forth in said Final Judgment, to

PARCEL 32, BRIDLEWOOD
RANCHES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 34,
INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN
THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF
THE DATE OF THE US PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN E0
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In ac1rdane with the Americans
with Diubilitin Act of 1990 (ADA)

disabled pen who, becau of
cding Court Administtion at 250
NW Country Club Dr, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772,807.4370
1.800955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1 800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 30th day of June, 2008,
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Ciruit Cour


Law Office of Ma1hall C Watsoh
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Fort Lauderdale, Floda 33309
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Dixie Youth Ozone compete in state tournament


By Charles M. Quisenberry and Brendon Bar- in t
Murphy cia both scored one run. Otto Ok(
Okeechobee News Ramirez had one hit, one run run
keecoscored, and an RB. Evan Faulk
The homerun ball came had one hit and two runs bat- Bak
back to haunt Okeechobee ted in. ter
as they competed in the Dixie On the mound Elijah Finney
Youth Ozone baseball tourna- tossed two shutout innings. He eral
ment at Marianna in North Flor- struck out two. Brendon Barcia out
ida this past week. Okeecho- picked up a save with a score- Ale:
bee ended up losing two out less inning of relief a n
of three games, mostly due to Trenton Hickman made an ond
homeruns. excellent defensive play to rob nic<
Saturday Okeechobee rallied Greg West of a hit in the third, hit
from a 4-0 deficit to defeat West Sunday Sebring hit six also
VolusiaAmerican 10-7. homeruns as they defeated the
Samuel Devido opened the Okeechobee by the 10 run mer-
scoring with a two run single for cy rule, 11-0 in four innings. Alex pit
West Volusia in the second. D.J Ford had two homeruns and five sco
Pelts added a two run single in runs batted in. Jordan Baker hit
the frame against Okeechobee two solo homeruns. Easton Da- on
starter Jarrod Morgan.Okeecho- vis hit a solo homerun, and j C am
bee responded in the bottom of Co had three r homer a
the third with three runs. Otto Cobb had a three run homerun inni
Ramirez had an RBI single and for Seng. thr
Evan Faulk added a two run The Streak scored seven t
single. Okeechobee added four runs in the bottom of the first
runs in the bottom of the fourth, against Okeechobee starter Jar- tim
Key hits included a double by rod Morgan. five
Elijah Finney. Three consecu- Okeechobee wasn't able to len
tive walks issued by get a hit. Barcia drew a walk
West Volusia pitchers

Nugent helped fuel the
Okeechobee rally.
Okeechobee added
three more runs in the
fifth to take a 10- 4 lead.
Morgan had a two run
single and Mason Joyner
added an RBI double.
Austin Medina hit a
three run homerun in
the sixth for West Volu
sia to finish the scoring.
Finney had two hits
and two runs scored,
Layton Thomas had one
hit and one run scored,
Jarrod Morgan had one
hit, two runs scored
and two runs batted L flflhri'
in Joyner had one hit,
two runs scored, and
two runs batted in.
Kevin Coleman had an ond t r
RBI groundout. Chase Sodicated C oo


he fourth inning to become
echobee first and only base
ner.
Jonathan Struck and Jordan
er combined on the no hit-
for Sebring.
Okeechobee did make sev-
Sfine defensive plays in the
field. Ethan Revels robbed
x Gomez of a homerun with
ice running grab in the sec-
. Chase Quisenberry made a
e catch to rob Ford of a base
in the second. Evan Faulk
Shad a nice defensive play in
bottom of the third.
Elijah Finney continued to
Ih well with 1.2 innings of
reless relief.
Okeechobee was eliminated
Monday by Central of Pan-
a City, 7-3. Alex Gordon hit
wo run homerun in the first
ng, and Kyle Fisher added a
e run homerun for Panama
Sin the fourth inning.
Okeechobee scored three
es in the second thanks to
bases on balls and five sto-
hases.


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Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler

Seminole Talent

Show
Seacoast National Bank staffer,
Kathleen Shatto donates prizes to
Karen Wernie of the Seminole Res-
ervation for their upcoming employ-
ee talent contest on July 5.


Firemen work fast to



save home from blaze


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An estimated $12,000 in
property damage was done
Monday night after a fire at
3693 N.W. Eighth Avenue, ac-
cording to a fire report from
paramedic Justin Hazellief.
The report said quick re-
sponse from Okeechobee
County fire rescue might have
saved the structure from signifi-
cant damage.
The report said smoke was
found inside the living area and
a piece of furniture was on fire.
Firemen extinguished the blaze


quickly. They reported no inju-
ries.
Firemen said the fire ap-
parently started in the kitchen
area. The cause of the blaze
was under investigation by the
State Fire Marshal. No one was
home when the fire broke out
around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Five units and eight fire-
men and volunteers were on
the scene for about two hours
cleaning up the scene. They
also saved the family's posses-
sions from the smoke and fire.


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An Okeechobee Brahman FFA member
was recently elected as a State Officer of the
Florida FFA Association. At the 81st Annual
Florida State FFA Convention. Nathan Can-
dler was elected to serve as the Area VI State
Vice President.
The actual process began earlier this
spring when potential candidates under-
went a two day screening process of in-
terviews, tests and exercises. The selected
candidates were presented at the State Con-
vention where they gave a campaign speech
and participated in a question and answer
session with the delegates.
Nathan and six other newly elected of-
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agricultural industry in Florida. They each
chose to delay starting college for a year in
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presented at the OHS Awards night.
Pictured above (L-R) Christopher
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team will attend leadership conferences and
begin planning for the year.
The State FFA Officer Team is responsi-
ble for many activities throughout the year
such as planning and presenting workshops
for chapter officers, making chapter visits,
assisting with State FFA contests and other
functions and serving as Florida delegates
to the National FFA Convention. They will
spend one week as interns in Tallahassee at
the Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services learning about the oper-
ations of the department. They will also par-
ticipate in goodwill and agricultural industry
tours during the year as well as assist with
agricultural exhibits at the Florida State Fair.
The FFA is a national organization dedi-
cated to making a positive difference in the
lives of students by developing their poten
tial for premier leadership, personal growth
and career success through agricultural
education. There are more than 15,000 FFA
members in the state of Florida.

Community Brief

History Camp to open soon
Take a trip through time with our Adven-
tures in History 4-H Camp. The camp will
take place from July 20-24, and will take
a trip a day, opening doors for local youth
through history. The cost for the week long
camp is $100 and includes a Monday visit to
the Edison and Ford Estate Tour including
the lab and museum. Tuesday's adventure
includes Jupiter Lighthouse and swimming
at DuBois Park. Wednesday, it's the Tampa
History Center including exhibits, "A Land
Remembered and Cowmen and Crack-
ers"; Thursday the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
and Billy Swamp Safari and Friday, it's off
in space with a visit to the Kennedy Space
Center. Youth ages 8 and up are welcome to
attend. Sign up at the Extension Office. Call
863 763 6469 for more information.


Universities Scholarships
The Universities scholarships were presented at the Okeechobee High
School Awards night. Presenters and recipients above, left to right, Kristal
Hazellief, Olivia Skeen, Sharon Coker, Christopher Cain and Joshua Chris-
tian.


Nathan Candler, an Okeechobee Brahman FFA member, was recently elected as
the Area VI State Vice-President of the Florida FFA Association.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; RELATING TO THE PROVI-
SION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, FACILITIES, AND
PROGRAMS IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE
IMPOSITION, APPORTIONMENT AND COLLECTION OF AN EMS
TAX ASSESSMENT; AUTHORIZING THE IMPOSITION AND COL-
LECTION OF EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS AGAINST PROPERTY;
PROVIDING CERTAIN DEFINITIONS INCLUDING A DEFINITION
FOR THE TERM "EMS TAX ASSESSMENT"; ESTABLISHING A
PROCEDURE FOR IMPOSING EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS; PRO-
VIDING FOR THE USE OF EMS TAX ASSESSMENT PROCEEDS;
PROVIDING THAT EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS CONSTITUTE A LIEN
ON BENEFITTED PROPERTY UPON ADOPTION OF EMS TAX
ASSESSMENT ROLL; PROVIDING THAT THE LIEN FOR AN EMS
TAX ASSESSMENT COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS
197.3632 AND 197.3635, FLORIDA STATUTES, UPON PERFEC-
TION SHALL ATTACH TO THE PROPERTY ON THE PRIOR JANU-
ARY 1, THE LIEN DATE FOR AD VALOREM TAXES; PROVIDING
THAT A PERFECTED LIEN SHALL BE EQUAL IN RANK AND DIGNI-
TY WITH THE LIENS OF ALL STATE, COUNTY, DISTRICT, OR
MUNICIPAL TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS AND SUPERIOR IN DIG-
NITY TO ALL OTHER PRIOR LIENS, MORTGAGES, TITLES, AND
CLAIMS; IMPOSING INTERIM TAX ASSESSMENTS; PROVIDING A
PROCEDURE FOR COLLECTION OF EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS
AND AN ALTERNATIVE COLLECTION PROCEDURE; PROVIDING A
MECHANISM FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ASSESSMENTS ON GOV-
ERNMENT PROPERTY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

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KOA assists Okeechobee golf


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Drives off the tee are a major part of the golf
game. The Okeechobee High School golf team
can thank the KOA golf club for some of their
long drives this coming year.
The KOA has donated the use of their driv-
ing range for four hours per week so members
of the golf team can practice free of charge.
Golf Coach Mark Ward said local junior golf
enthusiast Jim Waldau was a big part of this
arrangement.
"Noel Stephen coordinated it, Terry Lan-
man of the Okeechobee Country Club helps
out, and Wendy Woodham of KOA was very
supportive. We are very appreciative," Ward
said.
The team finished second in their district
to powerful Martin County last year. Ward said
the time his golfers spent free of charge at KOA
played a big part in that, "It's a win, win situ-
ation for the community," he said. "The sum-
mer time work aided us in our consistency."
Waldau provides tutoring at the driving
range. He has supported junior golf for years.
He holds annual events including a junior
tournament and golfing clinics. He mentioned
that this is his favorite thing to do, help young
people.
"I'd rather help young kids learn how to
play the right way, learn the rules, like proper
etiquette, and help the OHS golf team win state
titles," he said.
Coach Ward said 6-12 players have shown
up on a regular basis this summer. He noted
competition for spots on the team will be very
heavy this year. He returns six strong golfers
and has local prodigy Kodi Stephen joining the
team this year.


Ward said the best way to improve in golf
is to swing the golf club. Work on the driving
range can help with keeping the right swing on
the ball.
Ward said he expects to field a very strong
team this year. He said he might have to keep
fewer players than in past years and anyone
interested in playing golf this year needs to
be practicing now because it'll be tough to
break into the starting six. He stated that keep-
ing fewer players will allow him more time to
work with kids individually.
Waldau Jr. Golf will hold a clinic at the KOA
on July 20 through 24. Information about the
clinic can be obtained at floridajuniorgolf.org
or by phoning 863-467-7300.


(left) Kodi Stephen works on his driver
and irons at a nd Tim Gray (right) is
another of the high school golfers that
has taken advantage of donated hours at
the KOA driving range.


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