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Vol. 100 No. 91


SEECHOBEE NEWS


Friday, July 31, 2009


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Index
Classifieds 20-26
Community Events...................... .6
Crossword 5
Obituaries.. ....... ...... .. ........ 6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ........ ..... ....... ....... 16,27
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Woman slain over flat screen TV


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee
"Okeechobee has lost a good
heart."
That was how Charles Huck-
reide described Roberta 'Bobbie'
Elizabeth Christensen after hear-
Ii. hI. ,,ii l hristensen,
I I,. I 1 ri Ir Huckreide
as a waitress at the Golden Corral
Restaurant for the past five years.
He said everyone at the restau-
rant was "absolutely devastated"


after hearing about their beloved A neighbor, Dale Glenn Middle- man of the Okeechobee County
friend and co-worker, ton, 36, has been arrested in con- Sheriff's Office (OCSO). "We be-
"No one wants to be here," nection with the slaying. He has lieve he used a knife of some type.
said Mr. Huckreide when contact been booked into the Okeecho- It was a very gruesome crime
ed at the restaurant Wednesday bee County Jail on charges of first- scene."
afternoon.
Mrs Christensen was found degree murder, armed burglary of Mrs. Christensen was found
dead in her single-wide mobile an occupied dwelling, grand theft in her bedroom by her son and
home on N.E. 11th Court about and dealing in stolen property. He daughter-in-law.
7:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. She is being held without bond in the "It appears she was attacked in
had been brutally murdered over Okeechobee County Jail. the kitchen area then dragged into
a television-a television she had "Shesuffereddefensivewounds
won at a Christmas drawing at the on her arms and her throat was
Golden Corral. cut," said Detective Ted Van De- See MURDER Page 2


16-ft python killed in Okeechobee

By Katrina Elsken erinary Hospital, Cory spotted the Cory said he and his cousin He added that he did not get
Okeechobee News biggest snake he had ever seen. A Austin Harvey were in the clinic very close.
When 11 year-old Cory Surls 16-foot python was on the ground office when one of the ladies in "I stayed on this side of the
visited his uncle's veterinary clinic near the canal just east of the vet- the office asked them to go look fence," he said, indicating a fence
on Thursday, he found more ex- erinary hospital on State Road for a big snake that had been between the property and the ca-
citement than he had expected 70. He ran to tell Dr. Harvey, who spotted near the clinic recently nal.
On the bank of the canal next killed the massive reptile with a He said he was surprised when Veterinarian Dr. Candace Davis
to Jim Harvey's Okeechobee Vet- single .22 shot to the head. he saw it because he did not ex- See PYTHON Page 2
pect it to be so big.
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Cory Surls (right) and Aus-
tin Harvey examine the py-
thon they found Thursday.


Staffers from Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital lined up to help measure the p
Harvey killed on the bank of a canal next to the clinic Thursday afternoon.


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the bedroom and killed," the detective said.
Middleton, who lived across the street from
Mrs. Christensen in the Pine Ridge subdivision,
was arrested early the next morning after an all-
out blitz of an investigation that saw nearly 100
people interviewed during the night.
According to Detective Van Deman, Mrs.
Christensen knew her alleged killer and was
wary of him.
"She had told friends that she was afraid of
that guy," he said.
Detective Van Deman said it appears that Mid-
dleton went to Mrs. Christensen's home Tuesday
afternoon to borrow some money.
"When she turned him down, he lost it," he
said. He reportedly took her 42-inch LCD flat
screen television.
One of Middleton's roommates told investi-
gators that they had seen the television and that
it was covered with a blanket. The roommate
reportedly told case officer Detective William
Maerki that Middleton was nervous and wanted
to get rid of the television quickly.


He ultimately sold it for
$200. Detective Maerki esti-
mated that new, the LG-brand
television would have been
worth at least $1,000.
"It is believed he wanted
the money due to his drug ad-
diction problem," Detective -
Van Deman said. Dale
The television has been Middleton
recovered, but the murder
weapon has not.
Detective Van Deman said the weapon was
reportedly discarded in a dumpster at a local
store. The dumpster, he continued, has since
been emptied. However, Detective Maerki stat-
ed in his arrest report that "several pieces of
evidence were found in Middleton's bedroom
that were consistent with evidence found at the
crime scene."
Detective Maerki's report indicates that
through the many interviews conducted it was
determined that Middleton had talked about
robbing Mrs. Chnstensen after he had seen her
with a large amount of cash. However, the un-
identified roommate told the detective they did
not believe Middleton would actually do it.
"(But) once the roommate heard what had


happened to Mrs. Christensen, it came togeth-
er," stated the report.
The roommate told investigators that they
had also seen what appeared to be blood on
Middleton's right boot, continued the report.
When Mrs. Christensen refused to loan Mid-
dleton some money, it's possible that was one of
the few times she ever refused to help.
Mr. Huckreide said his evening shift waitress
was generous to a fault. He said she would often
buy meals for a homeless couple then person-

opened up her home to a woman who had just
lost her home.
"She let a young lady with two kids live with
her for almost a year, until she got back on her
feet," he said, adding that she allowed the family
to live there at no charge.
Mrs. Christensen was planning on returning
to her native New Jersey in two weeks to visit.
Her husband, who has been working there, was
expected to be in Okeechobee Thursday.
Mr. Huckreide said he and his employees will
S-.. Mrs. Christensen. Okeechobee News
H,, ,,, ,,, '.,,,' ., be here and we're The sign at Golden Corral
goingtositdownandfigureoutwhatwecando," expresses the sadness at
he said. But, no matter what they do, Okeecho- the loss of their friend and
bee will still be without that good heart, co-worker.


PYTHON
Continued From Page 1

said they knew a large snake had been in the
area for months.
"Nearly a year ago, we saw him in the
water, but we didn't know how big he was,"
she said. "We didn't want a snake that big
hanging around here," she added, since a
snake that big could a danger to pets and
children.
"Dr. Harvey dispatched it with a single
shot to the head," she said. Although the
bullet to the brain killed the snake, the py-
thon's coils continued to move for nearly an
hour as the muscles contracted in involun-
tary spasms.
Okeechobee Animal Control had been
called about the snake when it was sited
previously, but they had been unable to find
it.
Claire Hudson, of Animal Control, said
workers from the Okeechobee Road Depart-
ment spotted the snake just a few days ago
and called her. "But it was gone before we
got here."
She said Animal Control handles snake
calls, but this was the first time she was
called about a snake this size.


When the snake was dead, Veterinary
Hospital personnel stretched it out and mea-
sured it.
"We couldn't believe how big it was,"
said Austin Harvey.
"I had heard a lot of stories about these
big snakes, but I didn't believe a snake this
big would be in Okeechobee this close to
homes," he said. "It scares me to think there
could be more."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers were
called to pick up the snake, said Chief of
Police Denny Davis. FWC will autopsy the
snake to gather more data.
Florida's python problems have been
in the news since July 2, when a pet snake
killed a two-year-old in Sumter County.
On July 13, Senator Bill Nelson, who
supports legislation to ban the importation
of the snakes, asked Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar to allow organized hunts to kill the
snakes and prevent potential attacks.
The python invasion is believed the result
of pet pythons illegally released in the wild
coupled with snakes which escaped into the
Everglades after hurricanes-which in turn
bred more pythons. It has been estimated
there are as many as 100,000 pythons now
in the Everglades, where they threaten to de-
stroy the ecosystem with their consumption


of native wildlife, including some endan-
gered species.
A program to begin addressing the inva-
sion of Burmese pythons in the i -F_ ,.*-
began .. ,ri, ini i l Tie 'l. I,
and 111, .. .. I .1 ..I Commission
(FWC) initiated a permit program that will
allow herpetology experts to go into state-
managed lands in South Florida and search
for and euthanize Burmese pythons and
other Reptiles of Concern.


"One Burmese python is too many," said
Scott Hardin, the FWC's Exotic Species Sec-
tion leader. "We hope this program is the
basis for a larger, expanded program that
will aid us in preventing the spread of this
species." The permits for the first phase of
this program go from July 17 to Oct. 31. The
FWC will then evaluate expanding the pro-
gram.


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Ex-youth leader sentenced to prison


Pair charged in theft of jewelry


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
For the next 15 years David Hiler will call
the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewa-
hitchka home.
Hiler, 48, S.E. 98th Trail, Okeechobee,
entered into a plea deal
with the state and was I I
found guilty on one count
of lewd or lascivious mo-
lestation and one count
of lewd and lascivious as-
sault or act. Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman
sentenced him to 15 years
in prison on each count,
with the sentences to run David Hiler
concurrently.
If convicted at trial, he could have faced
a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to court records, Hiler is not
a youth minister but would pick up youth
and take them to a local church where he


would hold Bible studies and play games
with the children.
Hiler was arrested Nov. 19, 2008, by De-
tective Sergeant Brad Stark of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO). In his
arrest report, Sgt. Stark said the molesta-
tion did not occur and the church and the
victim was not physically injured.
The detective said the incident took
place in 2000 and that the victim was 8
years old at the time.
Sgt. Stark said the incident "involved im-
proper touching of a sexual nature."
Department of Corrections records indi-
cate that Hiler has a scheduled release date
of Nov. 22, 2023. However, that is subject
to change due to gain time award or gain
time forfeiture.
Following his release from prison he
will be placed on probation for a period of
five years and will be classified as a sexual
offender.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested on
felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
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i-in, I, i- -, i, ,r i. and W wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Thomas Douglas Allen, 43, N.E. 101st
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 27 by
Deputy Cody Hurst on a St. Lucie County war-
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Matthew Cole McCrosson, 28, Stewart
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 27 by
Deputy Mark Margerum on a charge of insur-
ance fraud under $20,000. His bond was set at
$5,000.
Michael Raymond Griffits, 34, Sawmill
Road, Ezel, Ky., was arrested July 27 by Deputy
Jason Hickman on an Okeechobee Countywar-


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nation fleeing and eluding a law enforcement
officer. He is being held without bond.
Lawrence Wayne Ritchie, 31, S.E. 36th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by
Deputy Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation grand
..I..... 1 1 I 17th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by Deputy
Augustin Saucedo on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation of proba-
tion aggravated assault. She is being held
without bond.
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 welcome to
inform this newspaper. The information will be
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By Eric Kopp
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A man and woman have been arrested
and charged in connection with the theft of
jewelry and prescription medication from
an Okeechobee home.
Fredrick Dennis Gor-
dineer III, 22, N.E. 103rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
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tal bond of $5,500. Frederick
Christina Sue Sin- Dennis
clair, 26, N.E. 103rd Ave., Gordineer III
Okeechobee, was arrested
on felony charges of pos-
session of a controlled
substance, grand theft and
defrauding a pawnbroker.
She was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of
possession of drug para-
phernalia. She was booked
into the county jail under a Christina Sue
total bond of $13,750. Sinclair
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uty Eliberto Carmona, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), indicates
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week, he asked Gordineer and Sinclair to
move out.


When the man later went into his wife's
bedroom he noticed some custom-made
jewelry was missing. An arrest report by
OCSO Deputy Justin Merriman states that
two open Duragesic (fentanyl) patches
were also found in a cigarette package. The
patches are prescribed medicine for the
man's wife.
Fentanyl is an extremely strong pain killer
that is 100 times more powerful than mor-
phine and is normally prescribed for cancer
patients.
The man also told the deputies that his
cell phone was missing.
Deputy Carmona states in his report that
when he found the man and woman he also
found two empty Duragesic patches in the
vehicle and that neither Gordineer nor Sin-
clair have a prescription for the drug. The
deputy said he also found the missing cell
phone.
In his report, Deputy Merriman stated
that he found the jewelry that had been
reported missing at a local pawn shop and
obtained a copy of the pawn ticket that had
been signed by Sinclair.
According to Deputy Merriman, several
rings, two gold necklaces and two pendants
reportedly taken from the man's home were
recovered at the pawn shop.


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EMS assessment

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that be will do what they want. Only thing
we can do is fire them when the time comes.
So far even this does not work because they
are just replaced by someone worse. Did we
have a say on the gas tax passed just last year
when gas prices were at an all time high?
NO! It was just done. This tax too will be
done they are just
..1.". n7 ti who.
what,
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S,.i of the
I,.- i- nd the
S mmis-
sion, we now have
a funded EMS service. The commission ap-
proved the assessment Wednesday. This will
assure that this service will be funded re-
gardless of the ups and downs of the tax roll
or the amount of fees collected by the land-
fill It is a great step forward for public safety
in Okeechobee. Now we need to work on
funding the Sheriff's Department.
Like everyone else, I hate to see anoth-
er tax. But we just cannot do without ambu-
lance service and with the landfill fees down,
we have to find the money somewhere. It's
not like we can reduce the number of days
the department works. We need emergen-
cy service available seven days a week, 24
hours a day. Road and bridge department
cut back to four days a week. The library cut
the days they were open. Some departments
can cut back and folks just have to deal with
the inconvenience of not having the office
open every day. But with emergency servic-
es we just can't do that.


I live in Okeechobee and have seen
firemen washing vehicles and playing bas
ketball. The commissioners want to raise
property fire assessment. I have a job. I wish
I could go to Fireman Olympics and play
basketball and still ask for more money.
Anyone who thinks that firemen or po-
lice have an easy job should walk a mile in
their shoes. ..i i. i i and do some
ride along. 1 -, .1. -ducation. Fire-
men have to be on the job 24/7 in case a call
l, h I,, ; 1 h ,, l

of crazy hours. Police work several shifts and
if something big happens, they have to stay
on the job. During the hurricanes and after-
wards they worked 12 hour days, seven days
a week. They did their job to keep the rest
of us safe. The salaries are not that great.
They are not doing it for the money. I am
sure these men could all make better money
at jobs that would not take them away from
their families so many nights, weekends and
holidays. But they do these jobs because
they care about their community and they
want to make a difference.

Humane Society
*The Humane Society wants to let the
people know who have thrown pets, scoot-
ed pets in the gate, and left pets at our gates
during closed days and hours the follow-
ing information. All pets that are dropped
off without going
through the proper
procedures for sur
rendering a pet
will be picked up
by animal control.
So, if you want
them back go pick
them up at animal b
control. It is very
dangerous to leave
a pet alone like
that Just anyone
could take them,
hurt them, or they
could get hit by a car if they get out. We are
not doing this to be mean, but we care very
much about the animals besides having our
limitations and procedures to follow at the
facility.
-I'm glad to see we have a no kill option
here now. I hope the community really sup-
ports them.


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Things are getting harder
I believe with all the taxes going up
we are going to see some definite changes
here. I've lived here for a long time and I've
never seen things as bad as they are now.
Everything is going up the cost of electric,
sewer, water, cigarettes, and gas. People
aren't getting any hours at work because the
employers are making budget cuts and lay-
ing everyone off. So we can't afford to live
anymore. And if you are laid off and you try
to get another job, good luck. NO ONE is hir-
ing. I think it's sad. And I hope something
i--- -,n soon. Because I don't knowwhat
II .1.. i, day I get robbed because some-
one can't afford a pack of smokes or gas in
their vehicle.
*It may be true that the stock market is
up a little and that a few people are start
ing to build again, but the prez has not got
his main "bankrupt the country" health care
reform passed yet. I know I am a doomsday
gal, but I don't think the country will ever
recover to the prosperity that we are used to.
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own level of prosperity will fall when things
even out.

President Obama
Do you suppose there may be a con-
nection between the fact that Obama's ap-
proval ratings are dropping at the same time
the stock market goes up?
The State of Florida that raised cigarette
taxes. No taxes have been raised by Obama,
They have actually gone down slightly, as he
promised.
The rotten economy was caused by the
previous administration, and the downturn
started long before Obama took office. He
inherited a lousy situation and has been do-
ing the best anyone can to set it right.
SA lot of things caused the rotten econo
my, but I believe the biggest causes come
from the decisions made to expand
"trade" with foreign countries more. And
for the unions (highly Democrat) to be
constantly demanding more and more that
foreign countries were willing to provide
cheaper played a big part. What happens
with this trade deal is that America buys
more from China than China does from us,
so we have this huge imbalance that is mak-
ing them richer and us poorer, so much so
that we have to have them lending us money
to stay afloat.


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Obama's cigarette tax was the first step
in his health care reform, and will save ev-
eryone money. First of all, the tax was on a
product that is purchased by choice. All one
has to do to avoid the tax is not purchase
cigarettes. That does NOT raise the tax bur-
den on anyone who does not WANT to pay
it. Second of all, raising the tax on cigarettes
will cause more people to quit. The more
people that quit, the fewer that will have
health problems related to smoking. The
fewer the health problems, the lower the
cost for health care. The lower the cost for
health care, the more everyone saves. In the
meantime, the money raised by the new
S;. I. i ; I 1..; ,, ed to provide health
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who don't yet have jobs that provide health
insurance, and who are locked out of health
insurance through no fault of their own, be-
cause our system denies health insurance to
about 15 percent of our people, because the
greedy Republicans don't want any change.

Taxes
I don't smoke or drink but I do drive
and have to pay property taxes. I don't un
derstand how they can raise our gas tax and
our property tax even though my property
value is down just to make up for their bud-
get short fall! The county/state should have
to tighten their belts like everyone else; you
can only kick a dog so many times before he
finally gives up and bites you. I know I am to
the point where I would like to give all of my
taxable possessions back and mooch what
little bit of the system is left.

Okeechobee police
Many neighborhoods are having thefts or
burglaries. Law enforcement is doing all it
can. Look at the arrests and know that we
are constantly incarcerating them and they
are constantly bonding out, ROR-

and are back on the street.
Thieves are lazy so they
steal. If I make it easy
for them shame on
me. Keep your property
locked up, out of sight.
And light up the area.
Keep your eyes open
and if you see some-
thing suspicious. In the
city limits, call the city police at 763-5521.
In the county, call the sheriff's department,
763-3117.


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OPINION






Citizen science volunteers give back, with nature as their reward


Guest Commentary

By Rodney Barreto
Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
Have you ever watched a TV nature show
with a scientist on an amazing trek through
beautiful habitats? It is intriguing to watch
their stories unfold and the magical wonders
of nature in an up-close and personal way,
like Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation


Commission (FWC) scientists do in the field.
Volunteers who conduct citizen science have

Citizen science is a new phrase, growing
in popularity within various volunteer pro-
grams. It describes the work everyday peo-
ple do to assist scientists and land managers
in understanding the world around them.
And although it is a new term, naturalists
and bird watchers who watch for seasonal
changes have been doing citizen science for
a long time.


Along the Lake Wales Ridge, citizen scien-
tists have been watching the ebbs and flows
of the scrub-jay-a threatened species-for
more than 10 years. Each spring, new and
returning volunteers get trained to identify
scrub-jays, their calls and characteristics.
Beginners work with veteran volunteers to
ready themselves for the summer monitor-
ing program. Their hard work in the sum-
mer heat is rewarded when they encounter
the threatened scrub-jay as they count each
new hatchling, pair and family group.
Citizen science volunteers have been as-
sisting invertebrate zoologist Dave Almquist,
of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, by
collecting invertebrates once a week since
last September. Throughout the year, vol-
unteers have watched the insect population
rise and fall as the days heat up in the sum-
mer and cool off in the winter. The citizen
science project's mission is to survey for
rare invertebrates that live in sandhill and
scrub habitats, creating a baseline list of rare
invertebrates living in these areas. Volun-
teers have come from all walks of life, but
all have one thing in common a natural
curiosity about nature. Dave's enthusiasm
for beetles is contagious and spreads to the
volunteers, encouraging them to come back
each week.
With survey locations in Hernando, Cit-
rus and Polk counties, Dave, who lives in
Tallahassee, would never get the chance to
document the rare insects he has such a de-
sire to find and protect without the support
of these dedicated volunteers.
"The volunteers already have helped
gather important information, and I'm sure
that they will be responsible for more im-
portant scientific discoveries in the future,"
Dave said. "Their help is invaluable."
He hopes this survey can be used in the
future to support land management practic-
es related to invertebrates. Volunteers under-
stand the importance of their work and take
measures to ensure the data they collect is
accurate and usable for scientific purposes.
They have found several rare invertebrates
that had not been documented prior to this
study so far, even though only a portion of
the samples have been examined.
In the Withlacoochee State Forest, in Cit-
rus and Hernando counties, red-cockaded
woodpeckers (RCWs) have made a come-
back due to increasing prescribed burning,
installing artificial woodpecker cavities and
other management activities. Volunteers
have been able to see this exciting increase
in RCW numbers throughout the years, be-
cause they are part of a team that monitors
their population from year to year. They
monitor several family clusters and are col-
lecting accurate and timely data.
One important goal of monitoring
RCWs-classified as a species of special
concern-is to identify whether the baby

News in Brief
Middle School sports tryouts set
Soccer & Volleyball tryouts will be held
Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug.
28, at Osceola Middle School from 3:45-5:30
p.m. Physicals need to be turned in NO LAT-
ER than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25.


birds are males or females. One of the only
surefire ways to identify them as male or
female is to observe them when babies are
just leaving their nesting cavities in live pine
trees. Males will have a red mark on the front
of the head; while the female will not. After
a short time, the red marking will disappear,
and it becomes almost impossible to tell if
the RCW is male or female.
And to top it all off, RCWs usually fledge
at dawn.
Florida's dedicated RCW citizen scientists
are up and on the job at dawn to capture the
baby birds leaving the cavity. Because volun-
teers have been monitoring for so long, they
have an intimate understanding of the birds'
behavior and can predict when these birds
will make their escape. FWC and Division of
Forestry biologists would never be able to
accomplish this level of research without the
assistance of these and other volunteers.
Citizen science is very rewarding for vol-
unteers, because it enables them to view na-
ture in an intimate way, seeing the seasonal
and yearly changes in nature that go unno-
ticed by many people. Volunteers also feel
rewarded, because they feel good that their
work can help their environment. As life gets
busier and busier, having a real connection
to nature, like citizen scientists do, is a wel-
come change. To become part of a citizen
science project, you can visit MyFWC.com/
Getlnvolved/ and click on "Volunteers."
There are many opportunities for you to get
outdoors and become involved.


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Community Events

Church to hold
benefit yard sale
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, 405
S.W 10th Avenue will be holding a yard sale
this Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug.
1. The hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both
days.

Benefit yard sale for
Children's Ranch
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Come on out for great bargains.

Benefit yard sale for
Children's Ranch
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Come on out for great bargains.

Health and Safety classes
open
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in August:
Wednesday, Aug. 5 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 First Aid Basics
at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Church hosts benefit dinner
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second Street, will hold a benefit dinner on
Friday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Or-
ders are take out only. Delivery will be avail-
able for 10 or more dinners ordered. Dine in
or take out dinner will be held from 4 until
6:30 p.m. Dinners will include sliced pork,
green beans, parsley potatoes, roll and des-
sert, all for only $6. Tickets for the dinner
are available at the church office or you can
fax orders to 863-763-2481 by 10:30 a.m.
on Thursday. Please include contact name,
phone number and address for dinner de-
liveries.

Babysitter training
class scheduled
The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding a
Babysitter Training class on Tuesday, Aug.
11, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The center is lo-
cated at 323 N. Parrott Avenue and the cost
for the class is just $40. Lunch will be provid-


ed and participants will receive a Red Cross
certification card the day of the training as
well as the Babysitter's Training package.
For more information or to register, please
call 863-763-2488.

Local organization holds
school supply drive
H.O.P.E. (Helping Okeechobee People
Embrace) organization is collecting items
for local children in need for back to school.
H.O.P.E. is asking local residents to clean
out their closets of clean, well-cared for,
unwanted clothes for school aged children
from kindergarten through high school. Also
school supplies and donations of funds to
purchase supplies are great appreciated.
The organization is working with local

Obituaries

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

Roberta Elizabeth 'Bobbi'
Christensen, 49
OKEECHOBEE Roberta Elizabeth "Bobbi"
Christensen, 49, of Okeechobee, passed away
on Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
She was born in Cape May Court House, N.J.,
and moved to Okeechobee five years ago. She
enjoyed crocheting and playing video games es
specially pogo. She was a terrific mother to her
own children and her children's fnends. She
loved her co-workers and was always there to
help. She loved flowers.
Bobbi is survived by her husband of 31 years,
Eric E. Christensen; her children, Diane (Robert)
Gery, Eric (Ashley) Christensen, Edward (Alicia)
Christensen, and Todd (Kristin) Christensen; her
mother, Dolores Schubert; her former daughter
in-law, Kelly Hankins; her sister, Joyce Ellen
(James) Troilo; eight grandchildren; her moth-
er-in-law, Arlene (Henry) Foehl; and her sisters-
in-law, Connie (Kenny) Speight and Debbie
(Frank) Baum.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
1, at The Church of God, 301 Northeast 4th Ave.,
Okeechobee. Interment will be in Goshen
Methodist Cemetery, Goshen, N.J.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mid-
dle Township Police Department, 31 Mechanic
Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Con-
dolences at www.radzieta.com.

View obituaries from
the past month at
http://www.legacy.com


barbers who will donate free haircuts for lo
cal kids in need. Donations can be dropped
off at Maximum Tanning, 609 W South Park
Street. They are open seven days a week.
Please call Stephani Cannon for questions
or concerns about the supply drive at: 863
634-9916. All donations for the drive must be
in by Aug. 15.

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
w ith the I, I u -, . i ..
greater i n, .. i -ihl i . t.
until school starts which is Aug. 24.



Glenn Reynard, 55
OKEECHOBEE -Glenn Reynard, 55, of Okee-
chobee and Lake Worth, passed away July 29,
2009, at a facility in Lake Worth after a lengthy
illness.
Born in Marlboro, Mass., he is the son of the
late Donald and Irene Reynard. He leaves be-
hind -I .ht.-r Theresa and husband Gregg;
two .. ... I i -i i,. Abigail and Zachery of Bel
gium; sisters, Jackie Treadway of Lakeland, and
Judy and husband Wayne of Crouse, N.C.; a
brother, Brian Reynard of Hiawassee, Ga.; two
nephews, Skip Sumner and family of Fresno,
Calif., and Mark Treadway and family of Lake-


Renee Lee Ellerbee, 48
OKEECHOBEE -Renee Lee Ellerbee, i
of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, July 25 .'
at her residence,
Born Jan. 13, 1961, in West Palm Beach, she
had been a resident of Okeechobee for the past
14 years. She was the owner of Big Lake Title
Company.
She is survived by her loving husband of 21
years, Randy Ellerbee; I,,,.1., I'. 11 (Doc)
Holiday; sons, Randy *. il i .. i Dev-
ii. ii Okeechobee, and Kasey El-
-.- .- .n...i of Palm Bay; nine
grandchildren; brothers, Rodney Bellamy (Kar
... ' I. ..... 1 ,. Bellamy of W est
i L I, I 1 I-, ,1 I I arnell (Chris) of


until service time of 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor
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be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
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Most all school supplies are needed. No
Trapper Keepers.
For a complete list, check out the local
stores or call the school. We gladly accept
checks made out to our Mission and our
staff can do the shopping. Please call 863
763-5725 or 863-697-6433 for more informa-
tion or drop off locations.

Golf team to hold fund raiser
The Okeechobee boys and girls golf
teams will hold a fundraiser golf tournament
on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club.
The registration fee is $200 for teams of
four. Hole sponsorships cost $100. There will
be prizes, and lunch provided. For more in-
formation call Mark Ward at 863-634-1722.


Weather Forecast

Friday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms after 11am. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 93. Heat index values as high as
101. Calm wind becoming east southeast be-
tween 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 40%.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 73. East wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 91. East southeast
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms before mid-
night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 91. Southeast wind around
5 mph.

Lotteries

The Florida Lottery: Numbers selected
Wednesday in the Florida Lottery are: Cash
3: 2-1-4; Play 4: 0-7-5-7; Fantasy 5: 4-5-20-
29 34; Lottery: 6 7-12 20 2436; Powerball:
2-5-38-43-59 PB8 x2. Numbers selected
Thursday in the Florida Lottery are: Cash
3: 3-7-2; Play 4: 6-9-5-0.


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County takes first step toward EMS assessment


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Toward the end of August, as they have
I in Okeechobee
i i ,. ., ., 11 ., proposed rates
for fire and solid waste assessments for the
coming fiscal year. This year, there will be
a new proposed assessment rate for EMS
thanks to action taken by the Okeechobee
County Commission on Wednesday, July
29.
However, it is not a done deal yet. There
are several other hurdles to be overcome.
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as to whether or not the city will participate in
the EMS assessment. The city council would
have no say as to the rate schedule or the
method of assessment. On Thursday, Sept.
3 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a public meet-
ing on the issue at the Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W.
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sessment to appear on the tax bill.
Prior to taking action on Wednesday, the
county commission held a joint workshop
with the city council.


Who benefits from ambulance service, a
property or a person? That issue was debat-
ed at the workshop. Although the law that
establishes EMS assessments states that the
parcel must be charged in proportion to its
benefits, that philosophy was questioned by
several at the meeting.
"The benefit goes to the property owner,"
asserted consultant Lee Evett, vice president
of Willdan Financial Services. "No, no," was
the emphatic response of Commissioner Clif
Betts. Later in the discussion he stated that a
commercial assessment based on the num-
ber of people in a building would be fair but
he conceded it would be hard to monitor.
City councilman Dowling Watford fa-
vored having only a residential assessment.
"I'm 1 ,,. assessed three times, he as-
serted. I 1--. it's a people service, not a
property service. We are not transporting a
building, we are transporting a person."
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and for his business. In addition, his church
would pay an assessment.
"It is a user based service," builder Mark
Whortey asserted, "People use it, not prop-
erty. I think this is a poor way to fund this. I
would urge you to look at sales tax as a way
to fund this."


Lee Evett, vice president of Willdan Financial Services of Orlando, explains
how he calculated proposed EMS assessment rates the county. Mr. Evett was
addressing a joint workshop between the Okeechobee City Council and the
Okeechobee County Commission held July 29 which was well attended by many
interested citizens who asked questions and expressed their opinions.






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"EMS assessment is based on benefit
analysis," countered Mr. Evett. "Everyone
pays their fair share."
Mr. Evett devised a fee schedule that
would apportion the $1,795,133 needed to
operate the county's EMS service for fiscal
year 2009/10 among residential, commer-
cial, and industrial property based on the
percentage of usage of each property cat-
egory and the number of parcels in each
category.
"The thing I'm having a great deal of dif-
ficulty with is assessing churches," was the
opinion of Mayor Jim Kirk. "I think churches
should be removed."
City administrator Brian Whitehall noted
that there are no figures to show how much
revenue parcels in the city would contribute
to the assessment.
Pharmacist Blair Kuhlewind questioned
the cost of the ambulance service and ques-
tioned if the service could be run more ef-
ficiently.
"What kind of waste is involved?" he
asked. "I think there is room for greater ef-
ficiency."
Mr. Kuhlewin suggested increasing the
fee for ambulance calls as a means of reduc-
ing frivolous calls.
Rev. Paul Jackson of International Prayer
Warriors for Christ also spoke against taxing
churches.
"Base it on households," urged Rev. Ran-
dy Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church.
"Business owners are not going to pay that
kind of tax. It would be passed on to cus-
tomers. No business owner will pay an as-
sessment."
He too, urged exemption of churches.
Councilman Mike O'Connor noted that
rents for commercial properties would in-
crease as commercial property owners
passed on the cost of the assessment to their
tenants.
After considerable debate, the board
voted 4 1 to approve a resolution adopting
initial EMS assessment rates of $74 per resi-
dence and $2 per hotel/motel room and RV
space. A permanently anchored RV would
be considered a residence and assessed $74.
Commercial property, including churches,
would be assessed $0.05511 per square
foot. Industrial property would be assessed
$0.0016 per square foot.
The lone dissenting vote was cast by Com-
missioner Joey Hoover. While he acknowl-


edged that no system could be completely
fair to everyone, Commissioner Hoover
believed that a more fair method would be
for commercial and industrial property to be
charged a flat rate like residential property,
regardless of size, rather than being charged
by square foot.
Commissioner Ray Domer favored trust-
ing the consultant hired by the county.
"Where are we going to get the money
to fund this?" he asked. "My opinion is that
it is fair.
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July 31, 2009







Commissioners set tentative millage rate


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again Okeechobee County Com-
missioners and Sheriff Paul May discussed
the sheriff's budget in the light of the $4.4
million deficit the county is facing. After
ward the sheriff said that both sides were so
close he was confident an agreement could
be reached.
The discussion took place on Wednesday
afternoon, July 29 at the first of what could
be several budget workshops to plan the
ud"lt f-r th, rrmin- fi-' i1 "ir onmmis-
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At first commissioners considered a mill
age rate of 7.5030. One mil equals one dollar
in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value.
With declining property values, this mill-
age rate would bring in the same amount
of taxes as last year's 6.217. However, they
decided on a tentative millage rate of 7.6905
with would bring in an additional $347,956
over this year's budget. That millage rate can
be lowered before final adoption of the bud
get but it cannot be raised. In fact, Commis-
sioner Ray Domer, who made the motion
for that millage rate, said he was not sure if
he would vote to make it permanent. Com-
missioners also voted to raise the millage on
the jail bonds from 0.271 to 0.5.
Proposed budgets previously submitted
by county staff and the constitutional officers
resulted in expenditures exceeding revenues
by approximately $4.4 million. Deputy Coun-
ty Administrator Robbie Chartier explained


to commissioners how that figure was de-
rived. Of the $4.4 million, $1 million was at-
tributed to Amendment 1 which increased
homestead exemptions, $2.1 million came
from an estimated 15 percent drop in prop-
erty values and the remaining $1.3 million
comes from other revenue shortfalls.
To achieve a balanced budget, the coun-
ty commissioners must cut their budget by
$2,937.000. The remainder of the shortfall
was distributed proportionally to the con-
stitutional officers. The sheriff, with the larg-
est budget of all the constitutional officers
was expected to make the biggest cut-
$1,191,000.
The sheriff's office recently received three
grants amounting to $597,000. That left al
most $600,000 that the sheriff is expected to
cut from his budget.
"There is nothing more we can do with
out laying off people," the sheriff said. "I
cannot cut personnel and do what we are
asked to do. I have no people who work for
me who do not earn their pay."
He referred to a recent shooting in Doug-
las Park that he said was caused by people
who were run out of Belle Glade because
more money was spent for law enforcement
there.
"The problem is we don't have the mon-
ey," asserted Commissioner Domer. "We cut
our side pretty deep."
Commissioner Domer went on to say that
there are other ways to save money rather
than laying people off.


Safe driving contest to pay


A total of $36,000 in cash prizes will be
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At the center of AAA's Safe Summer
Campaign to promote a greater awareness
of driver safety is a traffic safety contest that
targets a demographic known for taking life-
threatening risks-teenagers.
Teenagers decide not to wear safety belts
more often than any other age group. Two
thirds of teen driver'- nr p- m nr killed
in crashes involve ,, i, i, i 1 i
safety belt, according to a recent study by the
Nation .- i. .. Traffic Safety Administra-
tion lnT i
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tions that will improve driver safety, by en-
couraging them to create effective avenues
and messages that resonate with fellow teens.
The message and the means of delivery will
be left up to the students, but could include
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"We believe that if we can effectively com-
municate the importance of always buckling
up and avoiding the dangerous distractions
that text messaging and cell phones create
to teens, we can go a long way in establish-


"I cut all the fat I could cut," Sheriff May
said. The sheriff's budget has gone down
two years in a row.
"I haven't hired anybody in two years,"
the sheriff added.
The sheriff's secretary, Juanita White,
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miles. The overtime policy has changed to
cut the number of overtime hours. The sher-
iff's office has changed a lot of other policies
and procedures.
"I think the first duty of government is
to provide for the safety of its citizens," the
sheriff asserted.
Sheriff May said he would have to lay off
people with new buildings being built.
"We can do without an emergency op
erations center," the sheriff said. He said his
office has a generator and the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center can be used during
a hurricane.
It is ironic that the same economic down-
turn that is causing the sheriff's budget
problems is increasing the demand for his
services.
"The economic situation has driven the
crime rate up, the sheriff stated. He also
noted that none of the sheriff departments
in surrounding counties have taken cuts.
The next budget workshop will be at 1
p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 with the other consti-
tutional officers.


cash awards
ing safe driving habits and conscientious
behavior that can last a lifetime," said Kevin
Bakewell, senior vice president, AAA Auto
Club South.
Entries must be postmarked no later than
Sept. 9, 2009. (To qualify, students must live
in Florida, Georgia or Tennessee and be be-
tween 13 and 19 years ofage a s ofJuly 1,2009.
The contest is only valid in those three states.
Winners will be announced in September.)
AAA is awarding one (1) $10,000 cash grand
prize; eight (8) $2,000 second-place prizes;
and ten (10) $1,000 third-place prizes for a to-
tal of $36,000. A panel of AAA employees will
judge the entries for both quality and impact
including creativity and the number of read-
ers, listeners, and viewers reached.


Save $$$$
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A message from your Tax Collector:
The Florida Legislature has increased motor vehicle and vessel fees effective September 1,
2009. If your birth month is prior to December 1, 2009, you can avoid these higher fees
by renewing vehicle and/or vessel registrations before September 1. Also, by choosing the
optional 2-year renewal, you will lock in the lower fees for two years your birth month is
September, the renewal notice mailed to you could reflect the higher fees.
f you plan to mail your renewal prior to September 1, call our office at 863-763-3421 to
obtain the correct amount.lnternet renewals or in-person renewals at the Tax Collector's
office will be at the current rate until September 1. To view the new fee schedule go to
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Cops chase leads into mower thefts


Dixie Choppers
are preferred choice,
says OCSO detective
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A recent rash of riding lawn mower thefts
has local investigators chasing any and all
leads in their efforts to find the perpetrators.
As of last week thieves had stolen a num-
ber of mowers that, along with a couple of
trailers, now total $118,000.
"They are targeting zero radius-turn Dixie
Choppers. Those are the preferred choice,"
said Detective Ted Van Deman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"It's a very high return on one theft."
He said thefts are occurring at different
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cases where the thieves weren't deterred
because a trailer, on which a mower was sit-
ting, was chained to a tree-they simply cut
the chain.
The detective said the thieves have even
stolen mowers that were inside sheds and
garages.
"It's all fair game to them," said the de-


tective. "They are striking everywhere in
Okeechobee County-they're not hitting just
one spot. Your mower is no longer safe."
He went on to say there were two cases
where people actually saw someone hook-
ing up to a trailer in their neighbor's yard but
they assumed it was a friend borrowing the
trailer and the mower sitting on it.
"If you see someone hooking up to a
trailer and it's not your neighbor, then the
sheriff's office needs to get a phone call,"
Detective Van Deman said. "These people
are brazen and aren't afraid to go anywhere
and take what they want."
While the thieves are targeting mainly
Dixie Choppers, they did steal two Hustler
zero radius-turn mowers from the Blue Cy-
press RV Resort on U.S. 441 S.E. The mow-
ers, along with a trailer and some other mis-
cellaneous lawn equipment, were valued at
$35,000.
For some unexplained reason, the mow-
er thefts suddenly began just last month.
"We had a period of quiet on the theft
front but now, all of a sudden, it's picking
up," said the detective.
Other than the equipment taken from
Blue Cypress, he said all of the mowers
have been taken from private individuals.
The bulk of the stolen mowers are 60-inch


cut, but a few have been as small as 42-inch
models.
Investigators have been lucky, in one re-
spect, in that quite a few of those who have
had their mowers taken were able to provide
OCSO investigators with serial numbers.
The best thing to do, offered Detective
Van Deman, is put your mower in a garage
or shed then close the door and lock it. In
the cases where mowers were taken from
inside buildings, the thieves were given an
invitation to steal the mower because the
doors were left open.
"You need to put the mowers away and
lock them up," the detective offered.
Detective Van Deman said he hasn't heard
if any of the surrounding counties are having
a similar problem and he doesn't know why
the mowers are being taken.
"At this point, they could be scrapping
them, fencing them or putting them on a
boat and sending them out of the country,"
he said, visibly exasperated over the thefts.
Even though OCSO investigators are "fol-
lowing leads as they come in" they could
still use some help from the public. If you've
seen anything or have any information
about these thefts, contact the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117.


Women arrested on theft, drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two women were arrested on theft and
drug charges after they reportedly tried to
steal over $1,700 in clothing from a local
store.
Arrested Tuesday, July 28, on a charge of
grand theft were Lisa Christina Mullens and
Elicia Jean Herron.

Sports Briefs
Sports complex summer pool hours
The sports complex pool is open for
summer hours. Hours until Aug. 23, will be
from 10-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 6-8 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursday nights. From Aug. 24,
through Oct. 31, pool hours will be from 3-6
p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, 10-5 p.m.
on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The
pool will be closed on Monday. The pool will
also offer senior water exercise classes from
May 6-Sept. 30. The classes will be held on
Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
10:45. The cost is $1.50 per class.

Rescue available for local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service Inc. is a
non profit organization providing free res-
cue, pick up, and transport of sick, injured
and orphaned wildlife in the Okeechobee
area. They are licensed by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission to
provide these services. If you find a wild bird
or animal in need of assistance please con-
tact us at 863-634-1755.


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under a bond of $5,000. The detective said as the
Mullens, 31, NW. 167th women tried to leave the
Court, Okeechobee, was store they were stopped by
also arrested on an ad- store personnel. The stolen
ditional felony charge of items totaled $1,781.81,
possession of a controlled stated the arrest report.
substance without a pre- Detective Taylor went
scription, and a misde- on to state that as OCPD
meanor charge of posses- Officer Ryan Holroyd
sion of marijuana under Lisa Christina Elicia Jean checked a purse belong-
20 grams. She was booked Mullens Herron ing to Mullens he found a
into the county jail under a small amount of suspected
bond of $7,750. marijuana, as well as two xanax pills.
An arrest report by Detective Bettye Tay- According to the arrest report, the cloth-
lor, of the Okeechobee City Police Depart- ing could not be restocked and sold because
ment (OCPD), indicates that Mullens and it was all damaged from the tags being
Herron tried to leave Walmart with items of "ripped off" by the two women.


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Standing in front of the London Bridge from left to right are: Lindsey Rucks,
Brittany Watts and Shelby Snowberger. The trio made the grade at the recent
International Dairy Judging Competition held in Scotland.


Dairy judging team takes honors


Local student wins
international dairy
judging competition

Lindsey Rucks of Okeechobee, along
with two other Florida teammates, Brittany
Watts and Shelby Snowberger recently par-
ticipated in the 2009 Royal Highland Inter-
national Livestock Judging Contest in Edin-
burgh, Scotland. This year marked the 225th
anniversary of the Royal Highland and Agri-
culture Society of Scotland.
The Florida team competed against other
4-H, FFA and post secondary college dairy
judging teams representing the U.S. The
other states participating were Colorado,
Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania,
Minnesota and Ohio. The team from Florida
won overall dairy judging competition. Indi-
vidually, Lindsey Rucks was first overall, Brit-
tany Watts, from Madison, was second and
Shelby Snowberger, from Paisley, was third.
After the contest, their journey contin-
ued into England, France, Belgium, Lux-

Community Calenda
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.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church 200 N.W
Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.
This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club.
The only requirement for membership is a


embourg and Germany. They toured many
famous sites such as Buckingham Palace,
Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower, Reims Cathedral,
and many more. The team comments that,
"As beautiful as those famous monuments
were, it was the beautiful rolling countryside
with different varieties of crops growing on
them that has us Florida girls in awe!"
In addition, they visited dairy farms and
other agricultural production facilities to get
a feel of agriculture in other countries. They
also stayed with host farm families in Lux
embourg for a few days.
This was a once in a lifetime trip that the
team earned by placing in the National 4-H
Dairy Judging competition held in Madison,
Wis. at the World Dairy Expo last fall. At
Expo, the Florida team placed first in oral
reasons and second overall. They wish to
thank all of their family, friends and Florida
dairy producers and local businesses that
supported their efforts.
The girls have been coached for their
entire 4-H careers by Debbie Clements and
Gene Holcomb.

r
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
863-697-0206.

Saturday
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace
Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It will be a
closed discussion.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W. Third St.
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
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Top left, left to right, Baby Miss Landi Kirton, 6
mo., Baby Master Lane James, 9 mo., Little Miss
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Toddler Miss Chacie Pearce, 21 mo., Petite Miss
- Rylie Hickox, 6, Jr. Master Michael Cruz, 5, Ju-
nior Miss Shelby Kirton, 10, and Miss Morgan
Crawford, 15.
Center left, Miss Morgan Crawford, winner of the
Miss competition.
Middle right, contestants in the Miss competition
left to right are, Kayla Stokes, 17, Tabitha Smith,
15, Morgan Crawford, 15, Taylor Boyett, 14, and
Allison Chandler, 15.
Lower left, Jr. Master winner Michael Cruz proudly
wears his ribbons and crown and does his best to
hang on to the awards he won.
Lower right, Toddler Miss Chacie Pearce was the
overall winner.
Above right, Skyler Varnadore, 4, and her mom
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Golfers 'Chipping In' for charity raise over $9K


The rains held off until all 132 golfers were
on their very last hole and everyone had a
fabulous time at the third annual "Chipping
In For Charity Wal-Mart Distribution Center/
Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic." 'Chip-
ping In' for Charity was a huge success and
raised over $9,000 to help Big Brothers Big
Sisters mentoring programs in St. Lucie, In-
dian River and Okeechobee Counties. This
is the third consecutive year that Wal-Mart
Distribution Center #7038 and Big Brothers
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enjoy a great day of golf at a terrific price and
help serve the children of the community by
"chipping in" for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Sponsors for the annual event included
Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7038, the
law offices of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwe-
mer, Florida Power and Light, Educational
Facilities Solutions, DiBartolomeo, McBee,


Sports News in Brief


Cheerleading/Tumbling
Camp opens
Xplosion All Stars will be holding Cheer-
S ,,. ,,,, ,,. .. mrp 1- -7. ages 3-18.
l .., .. 1'r i .1 a.m and pick
up is at 4 p.m. Late pickup available. All lev-
els of cheerleaders are encouraged to come
learn everything from the basics to back-
tucks and fulls! Show and tell performance
planned for Friday, Aug. 7. Get trained for a
week by the best! 863-441-3826.

Cheerleading sign ups
Pop Warner Cheerleading sign ups will
be held Aug. 8, in the Winn Dixie parking
lot between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Teams
.i nr,... i..quickly please call coach Vic-
I .. , ... information 863-441-3826 or
register on Saturday.

Golf team to hold fund raiser
The Okeechobee boys and girls golf
teams will hold a fundraiser golf tournament
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cost $100. There will be prizes, and lunch
provided. For more information call Mark
Ward at 863-634-1722.

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Hartley and Barnes, Gary Dundas and Pam
Punkar, Jetson's Appliance, Bill Knight, Mas-
teller and Moler, Riverside Bank and the St.
Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
Every day, caring adults, just like you and
your neighbors, your colleagues, and friends
work hard to help impact the lives of area
children through mentoring programs, tradi-
tional Big Brothers Big Sisters 'matches,' and
school-based reading assistance. It's making
a difference. Studies have shown over and
over again that children involved with caring
adults achieve better academic grades, are
less likely to miss school, have a lower inci-
dence of drug use, and are involved in less
criminal activity. With just an hour of your
time, and a 'little' investment, you can make
'big' positive changes in the life of a child. If
you'd like to learn more about Big Brothers
Big Sisters, feel free to call 772-466-8535 or
visit online at www.bbbsbigs.org.


Submitted photo
Wal-Mart DC #7038 General Manager Bill Parrish along with Event Chairs Paul
Hiott and Joe Wallace celebrate the success of the third annual Chipping In For
Charity Wal-Mart Distribution Center/Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic.


Middle School sports tryouts set
OMS Soccer & Volleyball tryouts will be
held Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Friday,
Aug. 28, at Osceola Middle School from
3:45-5:30 p.m. Physicals need to be turned
in NO LATER than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.
25. Physical forms can be picked up at the
school from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout
the summer.


Sports news in Brie

Freedom Outreach Fishing
tournaments
Freedom Outreach Ministries, Series II, fish-
ing will offer a 70 percent payback with an $80
entry fee-cash only The tournament will be


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one day Classic will beheld Sept.27 with a $120
entry fee, but to qualify for the Classic you must
have fished in at least four events. All questions,
please call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.


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'Grape Stomp' set for August in Lake Placid


Looking for a day of family fun not far
from your own back door? Henscratch
Farms and Winery is proud to present their
ninth annual "Grape Stomp Festival" on Aug.
15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A four-hour concert will be put on by
none other than Highlands County very own
California Toe Jam Band, this Award win-
ning 50s & 60s musical group will bring toe
tapping energy to the stage all day. They did
a great job last year and we eagerly await


their return!
Attendees will join the together at the
stomp tent to do the Lucy (stomp Grapes)
with this year's Master of Ceremonies Don
Elwell, in an attempt to crush two tons of
grapes for this year's "Foot Stomped Vin-
tage." Participants in the stomp may pur-
chase the finished wine complete with their
picture on the label, and the caption, "Foot
stomped by my diligent feet." The wine is
ready in November iust in time for the holi-


days, preordering at the festival will guaran-
tee you get as many bottles as you would
like at the special festival price. There will be
opportunity to order in November but it will
be at our regular in-store prices.
Included in the day is the farm's walking
tour, feeding the chickens, the presentation
in the winery, complimentary cheese and
wine tasting. As you walk the farm enjoy All
You Can Eat Grapes or take some home for
only $0.99 a lb. The Ice Cream Shack and


Wine Bar will be open, and barbecue, burg-
ers, and hot dogs are on the menu. Free door
Prizes & Gift basket raffle. Entrance Cost is
$6 per person. Children 6 and under are free.
Great for the whole family! Lawn chairs and
umbrellas recommended. For more infor-
mation contact the Winery at 863-699-2060,
980 Henscratch Road in Lake Placid or Visit
our Web site at: www.henscratchfarms.
com.


Kiwanis welcomes guest speakers City Police and Red Cross


By Jim Vensel, president
Okeechobee Kiwanis Club
The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club was pleased
to welcome Detective Saum and Sergeant Vic-
toria Williams of the Okeechobee City Police
Department. Sgt. Williams introduced a new
instrument called the "lntoxilyzer" a hand-
held breath alcohol screener. Sgt. Williams


was requesting Kiwanis to assist the OCPD in
purchasing at least one Intoxilyzer. Her goal
is a total of four-one for each shift and one
for back-up. OCPD's main focus is to use the
intoxilyzers to assist young adults under the
age of 21 to avoid a criminal record for first of-
fenders. When probable cause gives law en-
forcement the right to stop an individual and
alcohol is suspected, the Intoxilyzer would be
'%.-I


offered. If, the individual agrees to be tested
with the Intoxilyzer, and blows beyond the
+.005, at present, this is a felony offense.
When that young 16 to 20 year eventually
turns his/her life around seeking employment
with the possibility of a family they would
have a felony on record effecting, their future.
By agreeing to the Intoxilyzer, it will prevent
them from a criminal record as a first time
offender. There would be consequences for
their actions, suspension of licenses and most
important, help. There would be no such al-
ternative for repeated offenders driving under
the influence of alcohol. This instrument af-
fords young adults a second chance.
This instrument would only be used on
those age 20 and under. Regular DUI proce-
dures would remain in effect for those 21 and
over.


The Kiwanis Club agreed to purchase one
instrument in our continued support to law
enforcement and most of all, our youth.
Detective Saum (OCPD) updated mem-
bers with statistical crime data from 2007 to
present day relating to City only Crime began
to escalate in 2008 due to the turn in the econ-
omy and job losses. Burglary cases are up 140
percent; robbery cases up 233 percent. The
only reduction was motor vehicle theft.
Detective Saum emphasized three impor-
tance issues. First, don't leave valuable items
unsecured in your vehicle. Second, secure
your home especially outside. Light it up all
the way around your home. Get dead bolts.
Third, OCPD major problem in recovery of
property is owners not having serial numbers
listed.


Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehal
The July 23, Kiwanis Club meeting. Red Cross Administrative Team presented
Kiwanis a beautiful plaque for their support to Red Cross "Heroes in the Park in
June." In the photo are Jim Vensel, president of the Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee; Detective Bill Saum, one of the speakers; and the other speaker, absent
from the photo, was Sergeant Victoria Williams, both from the City of Okeecho-
bee Police Department. The primary topic for the program was about the Zero
Tolerance Law for alcohol for those under the age of 21. The device they use
to do the breath alcohol screening is called the Intoxilyzer, which they would
like to have available on each shift and it is, however, quite expensive for the
department.


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Library to host unique cowboy art


Church of God welcomes new pastor


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A former Okeechobee resident may
have left the community, but her memo-
ries, and the pictures of the old Okeecho-
bee cowboy lifestyle she left behind remain
fresh in her mind.
Patricia Powell has become an artist of
I 11 .,1 ii if her works at
the Okeechobee County Library in August
and September.
"I wanted to do something Floridian,"
she added, "Okeechobee is very southern,
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but real cowboys are my favorite."
Ms. Powell invites residents to bring
their pictures to the library. She will paint
portraits of these pictures, provided they
are 1 enough. She would like
some 1. 1I n,, era pictures of cowboys

"Some real Okeechobee cowboys,
some good ole boys," she quipped.
Ms. Powell lived in Okeechobee for 20
years. She lived on the Tiger Cattle Com-
pany ranch near Fort Drum starting in 1979.
She noted these were some of the best
years of her life. She was disabled after a
serious car crash near Vero Beach. "I don't
remember my past. I didn't know I could
do paintings. My one-on-one work with a
teacher helped."
Close friend Robyn Kemp said Powell
started getting an interest in painting after
she had an expert restore a painting that
had survived a fire but had very bad smoke
damage. She was very impressed with the
work he did.
They got together on a weekly basis for
tutorials and Powell soon became hooked
on painting.
"Nobody knew her talent. Patricia and
Jack hit it off, and wow, we're just so proud
of her."
Powell remembers the time when she
would go hog hunting and do other crack-
er cowboy activities. She noted most of the
day an Okeechobee cowboy opens and
closes gates. These simple tasks can turn
into amazing pictures, given the right per-
son and the proper talent and training.
There are also plans to set up a raffle for
her paintings around Labor Day.
"I used to draw as a kid but 1 never tried
painting. One of the days I thought what
the heck let's try it. I never thought I could
do this.
Ms. Powell was born in Germany as her
father was in the Armed Forces. She lived
in Maryland and has seen a lot of things in
her life. She moved to Florida in 1976 and
said most of her best moments in life came
in Okeechobee.
"I would like them to see that these are
photographs, I can make a photograph
into a personal painting. You choose the
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at them it's like it's the first time I've seen
them. I don't remember painting. It's like
dam I did that. I like the reality of them."
"It is nice to do something that other
people like and appreciate," she added.
Jennifer Marshall works with adults who


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
have suffered traumatic brain injuries. She
has worked with Patricia for two years. She
noted Powell has lived 22 years with her
disability. In the past two years the paint-
ing of portraits and cowboy items have
changed Powell's life, she claims.
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into a zone. All of a sudden she's made a
masterpiece. It looks amazing."
Anyone interested in dropping off pho-
tographs can contact Library Director Kres-
ta King for more information.


Okeechobee News/Dee Hamilton

Treasure Hunters

Roadshow
The Treasure Hunter Roadshow is
in town, at the Holiday Inn Express,
3101 Hwy. 441, through August 1.
Alice Sippert of Okeechobee was
among the Okeechobee residents
who visited the show this week.
During this free event, the Treasure
Hunters are expecting to see over
1,200 residents bringing in their
rare and unusual collectibles. The
show will be open 9 to 6 p.m. Friday
and 9 to 4 p.m. Sunday.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is a new preacher in town. Rev.
Mark Smith recently came to the Okeecho-
bee Church of God from Bradenton. This is
the fifth church where the native of the Wa-
chula/Arcadia area has served as pastor. He
has been in the ministry for 20 years. The
first five years were spent as a youth pas-
tor. Rev. Smith is working on his bachelors
degree in organizational management.
His wife, Madonna, has a masters' de-
gree in psychology and could possibly be
offering counseling at the church.
They are both musically inclined. Rev.
Smith sings and plays the trumpet. His wife
plays the piano.
The Smiths have one grown son, Rob-
ert, and three younger children still at
home John Mark, 14, Christian, 12, and
Abigail, 7.
"My main concern is that the church
reaches the community," he said. Rev.
Smith feels most churches are confined to
four walls. One of his goals is to have tent
revivals in Okeechobee. He owns a tent
and has had tent revivals in the past. He
feels this is one way to take the church to
the community. He would also like to plan
more activities for young married couples.
He has not been here long enough to
formulate definite plans but one of the
things Rev. Smith would like to do is im-
prove the church's food bank. He is also
thinking of starting a Spanish speaking


ministry The church will soon be 100 years
old and Rev. Smith is planning to have a
suitable celebration.
"We're really excited about begin here,"
he said. "We love the area." The Smith
family got to Okeechobee just in time to
take part in the recent National Day of the
American Cowboy which they really en-
joyed.
Post your opinions In the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Rev. Mark Smith recently reported
for duty as the pastor of Okeechobee
Church of God.


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on water, $1000/mo
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BHR RVs for Rent,
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Desnpton of ro0ert TAYLOR CREEK ISLES UNIT VII LOT 222
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Certificate N 299 Year of Issuane' une--2007
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Cefiate No. 484 Year of Isuan, June01-2007
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Cerficate No, 297 Year of Iuane June-01-2007
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Cerficate No776 Year of Isu e Ju01-2007
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Cericate No 1002 Year of Iuan, June01-2007
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cnptlon of property LOT OF TRACT 21 W 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF S 1/2
OF S 1/2 OF TRACT 21 29 34S 33E
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CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORAON




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SHARON ROBRTSON, CLERK OF CRCUIT COURT
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2009TD120




Certfiate No 352 Yearof Isuan June01-2007
D npton of Propety: LOT M OF TRACT 27 Wl/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 15 34S 33E
1-1-34-33-OAOO-00027- MOO 00
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CRUELCARGILE


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2009TD125




Cerihcate No 1099 Year of Isu e, Ju-01-2007
Dec0ton of Ppery: LOT I OF TRACT 9 E/2 OF El/2 OF N1/2 OF
/2 OF TRACT 9 34 34S 33E
1-34 34-33-0AOO-00009-IOO
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ONOVANPCHUNG




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Ceficate No 99 Year of Isuance- June01-2007
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HONEy P FRY




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Certficate No 492 Year of Isuan, June01-2007
Derptlon of proper LOT L OF TRCT 30 W 1/2 OF W 1/2 OF N
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CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION




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2009TD177
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Certicate No 905 Year of Iuae June-01-2007
D rption of propety' LOT AOF TRACT 26 E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF N 1/2
OF N 112 OF TRACT 26 27 34S 33E
1- 27-34-33-OAO-00026-AOOO
Sa p opr in the Cony of Oke-hobee, Sate of Ronda

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2009TD160
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Certficate No 147 Yearof Iuae June-01-2007
DOrptBon of Property LOT P OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF 1E/2 OF S/2
OF S1/2 OFTRACT 1011 34 33E
1-11-34-33-OAO0-00010-POO E
Said pperty being n the County of OkeChobee, State of oonda
Name(s) inwh ichaed
ODVE NARCSSE




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209TD176



Certficate No. 534 Year of isuae: une-O01-207
Depbon of Proerty LOT A OF TRACT 18 E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF N 1/2
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 18 21 34S 33E 1-2134-33-
OAO00018-AOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, Sate of onda
Names) in ich assessed:
DION ALETY
EVADNEY ADSIDE




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CerIcate No 1125 Year of Ian June-01-2007
-ecnptlon of property LOTS A AND B OF TRACT 3 E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF
N 1/2 OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 03 AND W 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF N 1/2 OF N
1/2 OF TRACT 03 35 34US33E 1-35-343-OA00003-AODO
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SHARON ROBERTSN, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT









NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD187



Cetficate No: 529 Year of Isnce, June01-2007



Name(s mn which assessed
CHL HOLDINGS INC
CHL HOLDINGS INC A FLORIDA CORPORATION
CHL HOLDINGS INC A FLORIDA CORPORATION




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2009D172
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MARC DIPACE



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2009TD134




Ceficate o. 200 Yar of Isnce. Ju-01-2007
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JEFFREY BARBIERI MSN2 ENTERPRISES INC


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2009D132




Certfiae No: 177 Year of Iuae: June-01-2007
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BRIDGETE-A WADEMAR CRAG D WLDEAR




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TX DEED
2009TD131




Certfite No 165 Year of ssuane Jue01-2W07
erpto of ropety LOT D OF RACT W/2 OF W/2 OF N/;
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 23 1134S 33E
1-11-34-33"OAOO'00023-DOO0
Sad pmperty Ig in t Coty of Okechobe, State of Forda
Name(s) in which assed
DERILUS EUNE DIEULA EUNE

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2009T135



Cetrbficate No. 216 Year of Iane, lune-01-2007
Deripton of Proper LOT I OF TRACT 4 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 01
Sl/2 OF TRACT 413 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO-100004-I
Sad prope beg n he County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) m which assessd.
ANA M PRAD ARRAGA SUSANA MACNAUG TON


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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT










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209T139



Certificate No' 335 Yearof Isuane uneO01-2007
Description of Prperto LOT F OF TRACT 14 El/2 OF Wl/2 OF 51/;
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 15 34S 33E
1-15-34-33-0AO0-00014-FOOO
d property being in he County of Okeechobe, State of Florida
Name(s) m which asseed'
ANNE MAIE BERILUS




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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


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2009TD136




Ceardficate No, 235 Year of uan e: une-01-2007
D-orption of Property, LOT I OF TRACT 16 El/2 OF OF El12 OF
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Cetficate No: 121 Year of Iuane une-01-2007
Dripton of Pperty LOT J OF TRACT 5 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2
OF /2 OFTRACT 2510 34S 33E
1-10-34-33-0A00-00025-3000
Said poper"ybeng in the County of Okeecobee, State of Ronda
Names) in which ae ed '
ENRICO JEAN-MARy DELINCE WILNITE DANIEL




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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


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Cermhcate No. 363 Year of Iuane une-01-2007
Deonpton of Property LOT OF TRACT 32l/ OF El/2 OF N1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 3215 34S 33E
1-15I34-33-A00-00032-ADO0
Sd prprty being in the Couty of Okhobee, State of FInda
Name(s) which asesed
CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION
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2009TD119




Certificate No: 894 Year of Iuane' June-01-2007
D ption of Property LOT G OF TRACT 22 Wl/2 OF El/2 OF S1/2
1-27-3-33-OAOO-00022-GODO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flonda

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Cerbtcate No 388 Year of Issuae, June01-2007
enptlon of Prpety LOT I OF RCT 22 E1/2 OF E/2 OF N1/2
OF Sl/2 OF TRCT 22 16 33E
1-16-34-33-0A00-00022-I000 S
Said property being i the Couty of Okehoabee, Stae of Foda
Ham s) En which assessed
ARLE HENRY




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HARON ROBR N, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
DkeecobeeCounty Flda
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CHL HOLDINGS INC




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009151



Ceriiaoe No: 942 Year of lsnce. June-01-2007
Deriptlon of opert, LOT G OF TRACT 13 W/2 OF E1/2 OF S/11
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 13 28 3S 33E
1-28-3433-OAOD-00013-GOOD
Sad poper beg n e County of Okeechobee, State of Florda
Names in whch a-ss d.
NCHLHO DINGS. a




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD150



Ceiffate NO' 907 Year of ssnce' Jue- 01-2007
DeNpton of Propety LOT G OF TRACT 27 W112 OF E1/2 OF S1/;
OF N1/2OFTRACT 27 27 34S 33E
1-27-3-33_AOo-00027-GODO
Sad property ing in the County of Okeechobee, Stae of Florida
Name(s) in which asseed'
MAJESTIC HOMES & REALTY SW LLC




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Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Signups continue for the Okeechobee
club soccer teams that reformed during the
2008-2009 season.
Two teams were formed last year, a 19
and under team, and a 15 and under team.
They played a limited schedule last year,
but league officials are optimistic they'll get
more matches in this year.
Celia Fox said it takes time to get all of the
players properly registered with the state,
and they now have over 60 players eligible
for club soccer play.
"I think it's in a kid's best interest, if they
are playing middle school or high school
soccer, to play club soccer. Kids that play at
school really play all year long," she said.
The teams did play in a tournament in
Palm Bay in May and did very well. The 19
and under team coached by Ken Davy took
third. The 15 and under team coached by
Brian King took fourth place.
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club soccer heats up for

"I think the people in Palm Bay were being sought. She urged girls to come out
shocked at the talent Okeechobee had dur- and try club soccer this year.
ing that tournament," Fox added. Josephine O'Mallan and Bobby Ingram
The 19 and under team won two match- are assistant coaches this year.
es and the 15 and under team won a match, The soccer club will also host Hugo's Soc-
and tied a second, cer Camp during the week of Aug. 10, at the
As the league grows, Fox noted there will soccer fields. Hugo Caicedo is a well known
be a need for more coaches and volunteers, soccer player who hosts camps across the
The cost to register a player is $75. They country. He has been coming to Okeecho-
also intend to hold a fund raiser softball bee for 14 years. The cost will be $50.
tournament in the near future and a soccer "There is nobody better. Some of these
tournament involving the adult leagues in
Okeechobee.
They also intend to have younger teams
this year and have extended the ages to 8-18
this year. The teams practice on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the soc-
cer complex across from North Elementary
School.
To sign up, kids should bring a birth cer
tificate and parents must sign a medical re-
lease form that is required by the state.
Fox said donations and sponsors are also


new season

camps cost $400 at colleges and I feel he
teaches them a lot more for a lot less," Fox
said.
For more information on the camp call
Celia Fox at 863-697-9614 or Hugo Caicedo
at 772-342-0937.
Each player should bring a soccer ball,
shin guards, cleats, and proper soccer attire.
It will be held at the soccer complex and will
include both full day camps for kids 10-17


Under 15 players include Hugo Torres, Victor Nunez, David Tinsley, Paul Jack-
son, Colt Root, Brian Guerrero, Sebastian Folleda, Anthony Vitella, Israel As-
cencio, Luis Perez, Brian Delapaz, Cristian Vegan, Jaimez Alejandro, Saul Rios,
and Phillip Suarez.


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Under 19 players include Omar Ayala, Pablo Caballero, Arturo Dominguez, Mau-
ro Dominguez, Roger Duque Colarte, Marcos Fonseca, Gustavo Garcia, Oscar
Garcia, Ricardo Herrera, Adrian Leon, Agustin Leon, Crescencio Piedra, Cris-
thian Toribio, Hector Torres, Amado Vega, and Carlos Contreras.










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Kenneth Davy coaches the 19 and under club soccer team.




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