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Vol. 100 No. 114


LEECHOBEE EWS


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Hit and run driver
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Index
Classifieds............................. 13-15
Community Events.......................6.....
O bituaries .................. .................... 6
O pinion ..................... ................... 5
Speak Out .................................... 4
S po rts .............................................. 15
W eather ............................................. 5
Lake Levels

14.54 feet
Last Year: 15.07 feet
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Source: South Florida Water
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OUA planning 6% rate hike
By Pete Gawda per thousand gallons will go from water and wastewater rates for es from $2,725 to $2,935.
Okeechobee News $3.74 to $3.96 per one thousand non residential customers would Final approval of the increased
Customers of Okeechobee Util- gallons for the first 3,000 gallons, also increase accordingly, rate schedule and the budget for
ity Authority (OUA) could soon be For any water used over 3,000 gal- However, the good news is that fiscal year 2009/10 will come after
seeing an increase in their water lons the rate would go from $5.61 not all rates would go up. The fee a second public hearing at 8:30
bills. At their meeting on Tuesday, to $5.95 per 1,000 gallons. for inspection of water service a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. That
Sept. 22 the OUA Board of Direc- The wastewater base facil- lines would be cut in half from hearing will be held at the OUA
tors adopted a tentative schedule ity charge for a three quarter inch $80 to $40. The fee for inspec- building, 100 SW Fifth Ave.
of rates which contains a 6 percent residential meter would go from tion of a wastewater service line The only other action item
increase in water and sewer rates. $19.79 to $20.98. The residential would drop from $90 to $40. The of the meeting was approval ot
The water base facility charge rate for wastewater would in- water capital connection charge an agreement between Frank
goes from $17.74 to $18.80 for a crease from $6.16 per thousand for any size meter would drop property owned y Royal Profes
three-quarter inch residential me- gallons to $6.53 per thousand gal- from $1,650 to $1,510. However, sional Builders In November of
ter. For residential customers with Ions. the wastewater capital connection
a three quarter inch meter, the rate The base facility charge and charge for any size meter increas- See OUA Page 7


This camping area at Okee Tantie Campground and Marina has 133 campsites that have been unused since the 2004 hurri-
canes caused extensive damage to the park.
Part of campground still closed due to hurricane damage
By Pete Gawda cussions to plan the county's fiscal Okee Tantie is live and well and time position. Park manager Susi
Okeechobee News budget for the coming year clos- has the staff to continue to provide Baker is confident she can provide
Mark Twain was reported to ing Okee Tantie was mentioned as the same level of service they have the accepted level of service with
have said: "Reports of my demise a cost saving measure. However, it been providing in spite of the fact two full time and eight part time
are greatly exaggerated." was not seriously considered as it that the park's budget was cut employees.
The same thing could be said would cost money to close it and about $200,000. Part of that cut damaed bpart of the hurricanes of
concerning Okee Tantie Camp- the park would not bring in any comes from eliminating one va
ground and Marina. During dis- revenue, cant full time and one vacant part See Campground Page 7


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September 23, 2009


Guardian ad Litem Pro,
On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. Gizmo's
Brick Oven Pizza & Subs, 3547 S. U.S. Hwy 441
in Okeechobee, will begin hosting monthly cof-
fees to help recruit volunteers for the 19th Ju-
dicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. The
Guardian ad Litem Program represents abused,
neglected and abandoned children throughout
Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast.
Robert Grace, proprietor of Gizmos, has offered
his assistance in helping with the Guardian ad
Litem Program recruitment efforts.
Guardians ad Litem are trained volunteers
who are court-appointed to serve as child ad-
vocates and provide a voice for victims of child
abuse. Training is free and is held monthly. Vol-
unteers are needed in Okeechobee County.
Gizmos will give a free cup of coffee to any-
one stopping by to learn more about becoming
a guardian ad Litem volunteer. If you are inter-
ested, this is the place to be on Tuesday, Sept.
29 at 10:00 am.
Stop by for a free cup of coffee, meet a


Robert Grace, proprietor of Gizmos
pictured here with Judi Tremain, Volun-
teer Guardian ad Litem has offered his
assistance with the Guardian ad Litem
Program recruitment efforts.
Guardian ad Litem Volunteer and find out how
you too can Speak Up for an Abused Child.
For additional information please contact Pat
tra Dodd at 772-871-7225 or visit www.Guardi-
anadLitem.org.


Cross country competes in Astronaut Invitational
By Charles M. Murphy Dominguez finished 39th, Lionel Jones
Okeechobee News 63rd, Agustine Leon 66th, Adrian Tagel
The Okeechobee High School Boys 119th, and Shawn Horvath finished 161st.
Cross Country team finished sixth overall The girls squad finished 34th overall.
at the Astronaut Invitational held Saturday Maria Baltazar led the team with a time of
at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. 25.50, good for 158th place. Kayla Nelson
Eddie Guerrero finished 20th overall finished 169th, Monica Hernandez, 209th,
with a time just over 17 minutes. He ran a Gabby Rodriguez 215, Natividad Garcia
mile in an average of five minutes 28 sec- 216, and Reina Caballero 230.
onds. Hoover High School won the boy's
Adrian Leon was close behind in 22nd competition. Hagerty High School of Ovie-
place with an average mile of 5:30. Mauro do won the girls competition.




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Okeechobee man accused of abducting woman


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man is being held in the Osceola
County Jail on a charge of domestic violence
which is apparently linked to an alleged kid-
napping case that began in Okeechobee.
Michael Anderson Goins, 40, N.E. Fourth
Lane, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 20, in Yee
Haw Junction after a woman he had alleg-
edly abducted locked herself in a conve-
nience store bathroom and
called law enforcement.
According to Twis Liza-
suain, a public information
officer with the Osceola
County Jail, Goins is be
ing held in Kissimmee on
a misdemeanor charge of
battery and a violation of
probation warrant out of Michael
Okeechobee County that Anderson
stems from his arrest in Goins
March. She said he is being
held without bond.
Detective Ted Van Deman, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, said
an arrest warrant was signed Monday, Sept.


21, that charges Goins with false imprison-
ment and violation of ex parte. When he is
arrested and returned to Okeechobee on
these charges he will be held without bond,
said the detective.
An arrest report by Deputy Sergeant Shan-
non Peterson, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, states that Goins abducted
the 38 year-old woman from her place of
employment on S.R. 70 East around 7:30 to
8 a.m. as she was leaving to make a bank
deposit. A co worker reportedly told the
deputy she saw the woman's Saturn sports
utility vehicle drive away.
The woman later told Sgt. Peterson that
Goins came out from behind a fence and
forced her into her vehicle. He then took
the keys to the convenience store where she
works and threw them into a pond, stated
the report. With the woman being forcibly
kept in the SUV, Goins began to drive away,
the report stated.
As they were heading north on U.S. 441
Goins allegedly made the woman call her
place of employment and tell them she was
quitting.
According to the sergeant's report, Goins


pulled the woman's hair and hit her several
times as they were driving north on U.S. 441.
When they reached Yee Haw Junction, the
woman told Goins she had to use the bath-
room.
After walking into the bathroom at the Pi-
lot Travel Center on east S.R. 60, the woman
asked another woman if she could use her
phone to call the police. She then called the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and
waited for their arrival.
First on the scene was a deputy from the
Osceola County Sheriff's Office who placed
Goins under arrest on a misdemeanor charge
of domestic battery, said Ms. Lizasuain, and
for violating an active protection against do-
mestic violence injunction. She added that
he was arrested without incident.
The victim was returned to Okeechobee
by Deputy Sarah Green and the bank deposit
was turned over to the woman's supervisor
at the convenience store.
Sgt. Peterson indicated in his report that
the woman's left eye was swollen.
Records from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office indicate that Goins was ar-
rested on March 31 on a felony charge of


aggravated domestic battery. The victim in
this case was the same woman he allegedly
kidnapped and assaulted Sunday.
He was arrested again May 21 on a war-
rant charging him with assault. Again, the
same woman was the alleged victim.
Goins entered a plea to misdemeanor
charges of battery and assault on Aug. 11.
Court records show that Goins was given a
sentence of two months in the Okeechobee
County Jail to be followed by 10 months
probation.
On March 28, Goins reportedly went to
the woman's workplace and threatened her
with a shotgun. Then, on March 30, an arrest
report indicates he began to cut the wom-
an's shirt off with a pocketknife and when
she tried to push him away her fingers were
cut.
The arrest report by Okeechobee County
Deputy Howard Pickering states that the
woman was taken to Raulerson Hospital
after the March incident where she was
treated for a bruise and bite mark on her
shoulder, scratches over and under her right
eye, a bruised left eye, cuts to her right hand
and a sprained left arm.


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 De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Kelly Brian Burns, 40, Clarion Road, Law-
renceville, Ga., was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy
Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with boating under the influ-
ence with serious bodily injury, reckless opera-
tion of a vessel and culpable negligence with
personal injury. His bond was set at $1,000 on
the BUI charge, and he was released on his
own recognizance on the other two charges.
He was also arrested on a second Okeechobee
County warrant that charged him with failure
to appear boating under the influence. His
bond on that charge was set at $2,000.
Jessie J. Wright, 19, N.E. 11th Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy
Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with robbery. His bond was set
at $20,000.


Tion Raeshard Gabriel, 21, Lincoln Road,
Delray Beach, was arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge of possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $5,500.
Maureen Vanetten, 51, S.E. 35th Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 19 by Ser-
geant Russell Cale on a felony charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance. She was also
arrested on a misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set
at $5,500.
Victor Ugo Ayala, 23, N.W First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge of battery. He
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
criminal mischief. His bond was set at $1,500.
Aaron Joe Gaucin, 20, N.W First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge of battery. He
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
criminal mischief. His bond was set at $2,000.
Cathy Regina McClure, 41, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 19 by Sgt. Rus-

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sell Cale on charges of possession with intent
to sell/manufacture/deliver a synthetic narcotic
and the sale of a synthetic narcotic. Her bond
was set at $10,000.
Amber Lee McClure, 24, S.E. 35th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Officer
Scott Morgan on charges of driving under the
influence, no valid driver's license and leaving
the scene of an accident with property dam-
age. Her bond was set at $1,500.
Jesus Ismael Hunt, 19, N.W 46th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Deputy
Brian Cross on a felony charge of robbery. He
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
battery. His bond was set at $11,000.
George Dean Jr., 18, S.E. 22nd Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Deputy
Brian Cross on a felony charge of robbery He
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
battery. His bond was set at $27,500.
David Ara, 25, N.W Fourth St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on a felony charge of aggravated assault
(domestic). He was also arrested on a misde-
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George Clarence Marshall Sr., 29, N.W
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept.
21 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on
a felony charge of possession of cocaine. He
was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of
possession of marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond
was set at $6,000.
Katherine Marie Sellers, 46, S.E. 46th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 21 by Deputy
Corporal Aric Majere on a Department of Cor-
rections warrant charging her with five counts
of violation of probation fraudulent attempt to
obtain duplicate prescription for a controlled
substance. She is being held without bond.
Kerri Ann Williams, 28, S.W. Ninth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 21 by Deputy
Joseph Gracie on a felony charge of criminal
mischief. Her bond was set at $2,500.
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 welcome
to inform this newspaper The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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Public Forum/Speak Out


Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009


Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

When did Americans stop
respecting the president?
The recent disrespect showed to Presi-
dent Obama by a member of Congress has
started a debate about respect for the presi-
dent. When do you think the way Americans
feel about their president changed? Did Nix-
on destroy the faith in the office?
There has nearly always been disre-
spect for American presidents. The lack of
respect directed toward Abraham Lincoln
was incredible. And it didn't start there. An
drew Jackson caught his share. In more
modern times, there was Harry Truman
who may not have received fair press cov-
erage. The media certainly didn't like Nixon
even before he was president. Even Ken-
nedy got banged around and some even ap-
plauded his assassination. Clinton brought a
certain amount of disrespect upon himself.
The press was brutal to George W. and now
there is the president we have now. Enough
said.
G.W Bush was vilified both here and
abroad. Anyone who had eyes saw him por-
trayed as Hitler, a vampire, a baby killer, etc.
His daughters were followed around and the
media prayed for something to print. Now
the "shoe" is on the other foot. And the cries
of "racism" are falling on very deaf ears.
In my opinion, Mr. Obama was swept
in via the vitriolic hatred of Mr. G.W Bush.
And I believe that "buyer's remorse" has
quickly set in. Have no doubt that those in
power see that this status may be changed
(and perhaps drastically) come 2010. Politi-
cians on both sides of the aisle will use (to
their advantage) whatever they have. If you
cry wolf too many times, the effect is less
ened and eventually ignored.
A better question might be did Ameri-
cans ever respect the president? From the
start with George Washington, there have
been vocal opponents to every president.


I really believe in my heart that a lot,
not all, but a large majority of the criticism
against Obama is race related. Obama could
not obviously agree to what Carter said ...
it's the very thing Obama is trying to over
come.
Former President Jimmy Carter said the
recent events show that some Americans
are not ready for a black man to be presi-
dent. Well the election proved that the ma-
jority of Americans are ready. The majority
elected him. I think Mr. Carter was out of line
with his statement.
Racism exists. I do not like Obama. Do
I not like Obama because he is black? No, I
wouldn't like Obama no matter what color
he happened to be. I don't like Jimmy Carter
either. Do I not like Jimmy Carter because
he is white? No, I wouldn't like Jimmy Carter
no matter what color he happened to be. In
this country we should reserve the right to
n o t like anyone we choose re
gardless of race, color,
religion, national or-
igin, sex, political
party or whether
they are taking us
Down the road of
ruin or not.
If you look
back at history,
you will find that
many presidents were
criticized, called liars, protested, made
fun of and so on. Americans have never re-
ally respected the office of the presidency.
The president is just a man and is treated like
any other man.

ACORN
During the elections, questions came
up about ACORN's activities and the main-
stream media did not investigate. Why did
it take a couple of college kids to actually
investigate these people? Where were the
television and newspaper reporters?

Apology
A friend brought to my attention that I
had been rude and crude in my words and
actions. To those that were offended or hurt
by my words I apologize. I have never in-
tended to hurt anyone or embarrass them.
My pastor suggested I send my apologies via
the speak out. I pray everyday for forgive-
ness and I hope that you will.


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Football
Okeechobee's own Lonnie Pryor is al-
ready making headlines in his college foot
ball career. Go Lonnie!
I think everyone needs to turn out for
the home football games and let the Brah-
mans and their coach know we support
them, win or lose. They're having a tough
year because they have such a young team.

Useless information --
true but useless
Butterflies taste with their feet.
In England, the Speaker of the House is
not allowed to speak.
A group of unicorns is called a bless-
ing. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A
group of owls is called a parliament.
It takes more calories to eat a piece
of celery than the celery has in it to begin
with.

Okeechobee's future
The amendment process in Florida has
certainly created some headaches. Special
interest groups convince the public to vote
for amendments with catching TV cam-
paigns -- and voters approve things they
don't really understand. Then we have to
get another amendment through to fix the
mess.
We should be concerned not only
for Okeechobee, but Florida as a whole.
Amendment 4, on the ballot in 2010, will
bring economic growth to a halt and leave
Florida. in a permanent recession. Amend-
ment 4, according to Floridians for Smarter
Growth "will require voters to approve all lo-
cal comprehensive land use plan changes"
subverts awell-established, open, accessible,
and democratic planning process. With the
Vote on Everything amendment, many Sun-
shine State voters not the representatives
they elected will be expected to decide 200
to 300 intricate land-use planning amend-
ments every year. Cities and counties will be
required to hold elections for each proposed
comprehensive plan change not just major
projects, but even minor technical details."
This amendment will hold up not only de
velopments, but new schools, hospitals,
fire stations, community centers, and public
parks until the next election cycle, as long as
two years. It will drive away businesses that
want to bring jobs to Florida.


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The three lowest paid categories of
employment are in agriculture, retail and
service businesses. The majority of people
in Okeechobee are employed in these three
categories. The local employers in these
categories of businesses are quite happy to
pay low wages with little or no benefits. For
all practical purposes, Okeechobee County
is simply an old-style Southern Plantation
with its gentry, overseers and field hands. I
remember the former airport/industrial park
manager telling the county commissioners
that there had been inquiries from inter-
ested industrial businesses about locating in
Okeechobee County. Most were motivated to
do so by the high costs in the coastal coun-
ties. But, with the exception of the concrete
products company that leased the former
APAC asphalt plant site, none did so because
there are no existing large warehouses avail-
able to lease and the county commissioners
declined to build them.
Isn't it all just personal choice? Seems
to me people want everything. They want
a small town and the quiet, easy living that
goes with it, lower crime rates, no traffic,
etc. At the same time, they want more jobs,
more industry, higher wages, better schools,
better roads, etc. You just can't have both.
The latter costs money. The money has to
come from the taxpayers, who don't want
to pay the price. If you want the economic
advantages of city life, then you have to ei-
ther be willing to
pay for it, or move
to an area that has
the advantages )
you want, but a
that also includes
the disadvantag-
es; higher crime,
housing projects,
traffic nightmares,
astronomical
taxes, etc. I've done both. I'll take the laid
back lifestyle of Okeechobee over the ma-
jor cities anytime. Yes, the wages are low
and there aren't enough jobs, but to me,
the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
When I moved to Florida, in 1981, Stuart
and PSL were nice, quiet little areas. Look
at the area now. That's not the future I want
for Okeechobee. I could just as easily move
back to the coast or Tampa, Tallahassee, Or-
lando, etc. You take the good with the bad, it
just depends on your interpretation of good.


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Letters to the Editor


Blood Round up
appreciates donors
Blood donors who attend the November
Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be receiv-
ing raffle prizes given by many area busi-
nesses.
We thank those who supported the drive
and donated this week: ARS Power Sports,
Arby's, Beall's, Beltone, Bouffant Hair Styles,
CVS Pharmacy, Curves, E & E Automotive,
Hungry Howie's, Jeanette's Interiors, King
House Restaurant, Lance's Treehouse, Lin-
care, Mid Florida Hardware, Okeechobee
City Marathon, Quik Lube, Sherwin Wil-
liams Paints, Silver Spurs Signs, Suave's
Nails, Superior Water Works, Tenniswood


Dental Associates, Todd's Flooring, Trea-
sure Coast Dermatology, and Wagon Wheel
Horse Farm.
Raye Duesinger

The right to pray
I just want you to know I will be pray-
ing for you. God hears the prayers of his
people.
You have the right not to pray and I have
no objection to that, it is your right. I have
the right to pray and you should respect my
right to do so. I do not expect you to bow
your head or remove your hat or even lis-
ten as I pray over a meal in a public place.
It does not offend me. It offends God. You
should not expect me not to pray because


you happen to be within earshot.
My prayers are not directed to you, they're
directed to God. Basically what you're doing
is eaves-dropping. Hum to yourself or re-
direct your attention to something else, but
don't tell me I do not have the right to thank
God for the bounty he sets before me.
If you are offended, perhaps you need to
have a chat with God. He's always listening.
What do you do when you face a crisis?
Do you say "Oh, my ------, help!" I'm willing
to bet you call out to him then.
I will pray for God to help you see the
harm you are doing by literally crucifying
his believers. And I will pray for him to be
merciful to you in his judgement over your
behavior.


I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus
Christ and I pray you will come to know him
and love him. Don't you want to spend eter-
nity in heaven? Don't you want the peace
that surpasses all understanding?
Knowing that he is in control of all as-
pects of your life? Do you even believe he
exists?
If you do not believe in him, why do you
fight to have people stop praying to him?
How can you fight against something you
don't think exists? It's like shadow boxing.
Anyway, Jesus died for all of us and it's
not too late for you to turn to him. He loves
you and so do I.
Cheryl Gawda
Okeechobee


Community Calendar


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 facilitator. 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 facilitator. For information, call
863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will
be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For
Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For
information call 863-634-4780.
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
The Okeechobee Democratic Party
will meet the last Thursday evening of every
month at 7 p.m. at the Brahma Bull Restaurant
meeting room. Join this exciting movement
to change our State and Country. There are
several vacant seats for Precinct Chair and Vice
Chair to be filled. For more information contact
Steve Cates, Chair of the OCDEC at 863-634-
2061 or Michelle Harper, Secretary OCDEC at
863-634-6397.
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 ion 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.
Tantle 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.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m.
until 9 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W
Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10
a.m. until 1 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
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet


from noon until 1 p.m. at the American Legion
Post 64 501 S.E. 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
863467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-4920, for
information.
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin
Memorial, 407 N.W Third Ave. Everyone is
invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
863-357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly
support groups for women who are, or have
been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups
meet at 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-
2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at


special to me UKeecnoDee News
Puppy needs a home
Chica, a one year old purebred chi-
huahua, is one of the many hope-
ful pets available for adoption at
the Humane Society/Pet Rescue on
Highway 98 (next to the Okeecho-
bee Livestock Market.) Her adop-
tion fee is $175, which includes
shots and spaying. For more Infor-
mation, contact Humane Society Pet
Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To
see more available animals go to
PETFINDER.COM. Homes are also
needed to "foster" animals who are
waiting for a permanent adoptive
home.


863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have
lost a child will meet at 7 p.m. The group will
meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. Call Stephanie at 863-763-
2893 days, or 863-467-2480 evenings.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and
English as a second language classes from
7 until 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
2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated
by social workers and provides an opportunity
for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. For information, call 863-
467-2321.


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 89. Calm wind be-
coming east between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 91. East wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms before
10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
East wind around 5 mph.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 91. East northeast wind around 5
mph.


Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Monday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 4-9-2; Play 4: 9-3-4-3; Fantasy 5:
6-15-24-28-31; Mega Money: 4-21-24-39
MB 14; Florida Lotto: 7-15-17-29-35-45;
Powerball: 5-24-25-30-49 PB23 x3. Num-
bers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 4-5-9; Play 4:
1-0-0-9.


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.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S.
Parrott Ave., from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from I 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. There is Census, IGI (International
Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. Call The
Family History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard
Smith at 863-261-5706 for special appointments.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
has moved to 103 S.W Second Ave. at 7 p.m.
in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 863-801-3244 or Rocy
at 863-610-0975.


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Churches plan special activities


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Believer's Fellowship Church, 300 SE
Sixth Ave., will host a Youth Rally on Friday,
Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. All church youth
groups are invited to attend this fun filled
evening. This month's competition will be
a sword drill. A trophy will be awarded to
the winning church group. Fun, food, praise
and worship and a guest speaker will make
this an unforgettable evening. Please call
863-763-2938 or 863-634-4327 if you plan to
attend.
The Okeechobee Ministerial Asso-
ciation will hold its last Prayer Walk of 2009
on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. beginning
at North Elementary School, 3000 NW 10th
Terrace. Participants may walk, stand, sit or
meander the grounds of the educational and
governmental buildings while praying.
First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth
St., will begin signing up basketball players
and cheerleaders for Upwards Basketball on
Oct. 1. This program is for students kinder-
garten through sixth grade. The deadline for
registration is Nov. 6. The cost is $60 until
Oct. 30 and $65 after Oct. 30. Participants
can sign up at the church office or at the
ROC. For more information call 467-7625.
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will host their first Friday movie "Facing


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the Giants" Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The church
members invite all to join them for this free
entertainment for family and friends.


A new church is being established in
Okeechobee, Kingdom of God Embas-
sy, at the corner of U.S. 98 and C.R. 68 in
Basinger, under the leadership of Ambas-
sador Bill Sherman. Sunday services will be
at 10:30 a.m. with Thursday services at 6:30
p.m. The church will feature Bible study
and teaching (from Genesis through Revela-
tion), praise and worship and prayer meet-
ings. Learn how to live every day in victory
through true faith in the finished work of
Christ Jesus our King.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901
SW Sixth St., is offering religious education
classes for children and youngsters. Regis-
trations for C.C.D. (Catholic Christian Doc-
trine) are now being accepted. Classes for
all grades, kindergarten through ninth grade
are being held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:35 p.m. For more information please
the parish office at 863-763-3727.
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.


Community Events


Republicans plan Ronald
Reagan Reception
The Okeechobee Republican Party
will host the Ronald Reagan Reception on
Saturday, Sept. 26, from 2 until 4 p.m.
at the Indian River State College William-
son Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Avenue. The
guest speaker will be Attorney General Bill
McCollum. Tickets are $20 per person. For
more information, please call 863-634-3523
or 863-357-4111 and leave a message or
email:okeegop@embarqmail.com.

Church to host youth rally
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W.
Sixth Avenue will be hosting a youth rally
on Friday night Sept. 25, from 7-9 p.m. All
church youth groups are invited to attend
this fun filled evening. This month's com-
petition will be a sword drill so brush up
on your book of the Bible. Trophy will be
awarded to the winning church group. Fun,
food, praise and worship and guest speaker
will make this an unforgettable evening.
Please call 863-763-2938 or 863-634-4327 if
you plan on attending.

O.C.RA Cheerleading meeting
O.C.R.A will hold a cheerleading meeting
at the Sports Complex on Thursday, Sept.
24, at 5:30 p.m. All parents, girls and coach-
es are encouraged to attend. OCRA has
openings for cheerleaders. The fee is $75
which includes a full uniform. For more in-
formation, please contact Teresa Chandler,
Cheerleading Coordinator at 863-697-6819.


Friends of the Library meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Book Discussion Group will meet on Thurs-
day, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the library to dis-
cuss "Wild Swans, Three Daughters of Chi-
na" by Jung Chang. For more information
please call the library at 863-763-3536.

Old time quilts displayed
"Granny's traveling quilt show" will be at
Co-op Antiques located at 100 SW 11 th Ave.,
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, on Thursday, Sept. 24
through Sept. 26. Many handmade quilts
with old time patterns, made by several
generations, will be on display. A calendar
of photos of some of these quilts is planned
for 2010 with proceeds going to Hospice of
Okeechobee. Call 863-763-2864 or 863-801-
9600 for more information.

BHR fire department plans
BBQ, raffle and bake sale
The Buckhead Ridge Fire Department
will host a pulled-pork barbecue with baked
beans and potato salad on Saturday, Sept.
26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire sta-
tion. The cost is a $5 donation. The day will
feature a woman's auxiliary bake sale and a
50/50 raffle which is the beginning of their
$500 cash prize raffle that ends in a draw-
ing at Chalonika in March. Email bhrvfd@
yahoo.com for more information.


Adoption Orientation Session
planned for Sept. 24
Considering adoption? The Children's
Home Society will hold the next Adoption
Orientation session at 5:30 p.m. on Sept.
24, at the Administration Building in Fort
Pierce, 415 Avenue A, Suite 100. Anyone
interested in learning more about adoption
is welcome to attend. This fun, casual and
FREE open house-style orientation will pro-
vide an overview of foster care adoption and
answer all questions related to adoption and
CHS' adoption process. Please help us raise
adoption awareness in our community as
we try to find additional permanent, loving
homes for children in foster care. To RSVP
or for more information, contact Children's
Home Society's Adoption information line
at 772-489-5601, ext. 277.


September 23, 2009

Obituaries
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the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
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request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Woodrow Gimbel, 90
OKEECHOBEE Woodrow Gimbel, age 90,
died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at the Hamrick
Home in Okeechobee.
He was born to John
Charles and Mary E. Gimbel
in Scottsville, Va., on Nov. 19,
1918.
He is survived by two sis-
ters, Frances G. Syfrett of
Okeechobee, and Ruth G.
Bragg of Glen Burnie, Md.;
two sons, Woodrow P. Gimbel Jr. and William
Preston Gimbel; and a daughter, Rita Gimbel. In
addition he is survived by many grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
Woodrow retired to Okeechobee after work-
ing for the transit company in Corpus Christi,
Texas for many years. He worked part-time at
Okeechobee Office Supply and enjoyed garden-
ing, fishing and friends.
Friends may greet the family from 10 to 11
a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in Buxton Funeral
Home, at which time a Memorial Service will be
conducted.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FI 34973. On line condo-
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OUA
Continued From Page 1
2006 Royal Professional Builders purchased
100 equivalent residential connections for
wastewater service for two adjoining prop-
erties. The total cost of reserving wastewater
connections was $379,000. Royal entered a
developer's agreement to pay this amount.
The company paid an initial down payment
of 10 percent on this amount and a second
ten percent payment. According to the de-
veloper's agreement the next payment of
20 percent was due on the 2008 tax bill and
was not paid. The utility purchased the tax
certificates in June of 2009. Mr. Altobello is
considering foreclosing on the western par-
cel owned by Royal. However, he could not


get clear title to the property because of the
tax certificates held by OUA. After a lengthy
discussion between board members, board
attorney Tom Conley and Mr. Altobello's at-
torney, Jonathan Bloom, an agreement was
reached. Mr. Altobello agreed to pay OUA
$31,000 which includes all 2008 taxes and
interest accrued on the property except for
the OUA assessment. Royal is still responsi-
ble for that assessment. When payments are
made the tax certificates will be considered
to be redeemed and there will be no lien on
the property. Beginning with the 2010 tax
year all guaranteed wastewater connections
and any outstanding payments on the de-
velopers agreement will be assessed to the
other property that Royal still owns.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
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Campground
Continued From Page 1

2004, has not been repaired and remains un-
usable. This has had a significant effect on
the park's revenues. There is the possibility of
over $2 million in FEMA funds to repair that
area. County Administrator Lyndon Bonner
has been working on getting FEMA funds for
that purpose ever since right after he came to
Okeechobee. Also a Big P Grant (Boating In-
frastructure Grant Program) is pending. The
county could receive funds under this match-
ing grant towards the end of 2010 to be used
to improve boating facilities. In addition, the
county has contracted with a consulting firm
to develop a master plan for the park.
The fees for the use of park facilities have
not gone up in the 11 years the county has op-
erated the park. However, a new rate sched-
ule will soon be proposed to the commission-
ers. At first, Okee Tantie fees were higher than
private RV parks, but over the years that has
changed to where Okee Tantie is now cheap-
er than some commercial RV parks.
Revenues from the park include boat
slip rental, lease of Lightsey's Restaurant,
RV space rental, tent camping rental, facility
rental, bait and tackle sales, gasoline sales
markup, licence fees, miscellaneous revenue
and nontaxable interest.
Because of the 133 unusable camping
spaces, income from the park has declined
and the county has been putting additional
money into the park to balance the park's
budget.


In 2002/2003 the park received $258,076
in RV rental spaces. The next year, 2003/2004,
the total climbed to $316,214. In 2004/2005
that figure reached a peak of $409,189. Then
it began to decline due to loss of rental spac-
es. However, the decline was slowed some-
what by the several months of rental of RV
spaces by FEMA for housing for those left
homeless by the hurricanes. For 2005/2006
it was $256,439. For 2006/2007 the rental for
RV spaces dropped to $214,003. In 2007/2008
it fell to $142,557. This year it rose to about
$160,000.
Beginning in 2006/207 the county be-
gan adding revenue from the small counties
surtax to the revenue side of the ledger for
Okee Tantie. That first year the county added
$521,088. Each year since then the amount
has been dwindling. The proposed budget for
2009/2010 contains $80,000 in this column.
For the current year the amended budget
contains a total of $470,622 in available rev-
enue. However, in addition to revenues from
park income on such things as RV space
rental and bait and tackle sales that revenue
includes $140,172 in revenues from the small
counties surtax. The total amended budget of
Okee Tantie for 2008/2009 was $907,946.
The total income generated by Okee Tan-
tie (including slip rental, lease of Lightsey's
Restaurant, RV space rental, tent camping
rental, facility rental, bait and tackle sales,
gasoline sales markup, license fees, etc.) was
$333,794.
The proposed budget for Okee Tantie for
the coming fiscal year is $707,082.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
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reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


PUBLISH: 9123/09, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee, FL


BUDGET SUMMARY
Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District
Fiscal Year 2009-2010
The proposed operating expenditures of the Buckhead ridge
Mosquito Control District are 342.7% more than last year's total
operating expenditures.


Millage 1.000

Revenues
Revenue balance forward for last year
Ad Valorem Taxes
State
Total Revenues


Expenditures
Chemicals
Personal Services
Capital Outlay
Operating Expense
Contingency (Current Year)
Insurance
Repairs and Maintenance
Personal Service Benefits
Other Charges
Gasoline/Oil/Lube
Travel and Per Diem
Communication Services
Office Supplies
Training
Protective Clothing
Miscellaneous Supplies
Tools and Implements
Utility Service
Publication and Dues
Reserves
Total Expenditures


General Fund



$ 150,723
87,289
18,284
$ 256,296



$ 67,350
56,550
42,896
35,000
20,000
8,000
5,000
3,500
3,000
3,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
1,000
1,000
1,000
500
500


$256,296


The tentative, adopted, and/or final budgets are on file in the office of
the above referenced taxing authority as a public record
PUBLISH: 09/23/09, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee, FL


Okeechobee News


BIRTHS
KYNDALL MARLEIGH MOORE
hristian and Julie Moore of Okeechobee,
formerly of Naples, are the proud parents of a
baby girl born on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 4:29
p.m.
Kyndall Marleigh Moore weighed 7 pounds, 6
ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. She was
born at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.
She was welcomed home by her big sister,
Kameron Mykayla.
Her maternal grandparent is Debbie Orina of
Clewiston and great-grandparents, Carole Ann and
AJ Mickler of Clewiston.
Paternal grandparents are Karen and Terry
Cooper of Okeechobee, Karen Esser Moore of
Clewiston, and Mike and Judy Moore of Clewiston.


NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING
Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District
Fiscal Year 2009-2010

The Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District has
tentatively adopted a budget for the fiscal year ending
Septmber 30, 2010. A public hearing to make a FINAL
DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on
September 28, 2009 at 6:00pm at 682 Hwy 78 West.




Okeechobee News


September 23, 2009


The staff of The Clock Restaurant has faithfully provided the
Okeechobee community with quality service and food for over 5
years.
You'll find the Clock easily takes the gold when it comes to main-
taining a nice family atmosphere... We have a variety of Breakfast,
lunch & dinner specials.
Do you only have an hour or less for lunch? We'll get you in and
out faster than any other full service restaurant in town and that's
guaranteed. For breakfast, the Clock has a breakfast buffet that runs 7
days a week for $7.19 with just about every breakfast item on it you
can think of.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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RSVP to: 863-462-5781
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every Friday and Saturday night. We also offer our Prime Rib Dinner
for only $9.99, anyday anytime!. You will find the coupon for this
and many other specials right here in the Okeechobee News
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her 101st birthday on Sept. 19. She
was born in 1908 to Walter and Nel-
lie Whidden in Highlands County.
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Okeechobee Main Street's September Mixer was hosted by the Holiday Inn
Express Hotel & Suites located at 3101 Hwy 441 S.E. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Owners Jay and Nina Patel and General Manager Jessica Bailey hosted over
70 attendees including (back row): Linda Woloski-OKMS Volunteer Chair,
Cheryl Daniels-OKMS Promotions Chair, Angle Bonvetti-Manager Budget
Inn, Maureen Burroughs-OKMS President, Mary Chesley-OKMS Secretary
and Jessica Bailey-Manager Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. In the front row are:
Toni Doyle-OKMS Executive Director, Jay & Nina Patel-Owners Holiday Inn
Express Hotel & Suites, Best Western of Okeechobee and Budget Inn. And
Kathleen Shatto-OKMS vice president.


Hit-and-run motorist sought


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Clues are being sought in a weekend hit-
and-run accident that sent a local bicyclist to
a coastal hospital with serious injuries.
Deputy John Ashby, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), said Mario
Alvarez was struck early Saturday, Sept. 19,
while riding his bicycle on the shoulder of
S.E. 40th Ave. The deputy said the accident
occurred at 4 a.m.
Mr. Alvarez, 34, was taken to Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Dep-
uty Ashby said the man, who lives on S.E.
38th Ave., underwent unspecified surgery
Tuesday and is listed in stable but guarded
condition.
According to the deputy, Mr. Alvarez was
riding his 2009 21-speed Mongoose bicycle
in a southerly direction on S.E. 40th Ave.
when he was hit from behind by an un-
known vehicle.
"(The driver) left him lying in the street,"
said Deputy Ashby. "He laid there over an
hour before a passer-by stopped to help."
The deputy said he has no information
on the type or color of vehicle involved.
"But the vehicle will have front-end
damage-possibly on the passenger side,"
he added. "Somebody had to see him (Mr.
Alvarez) because he was wearing a Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT) ap-
proved vest."
Deputy Ashby said the vest was reflective
and the bike was also equipped with reflec-
tors.
If anyone has any information about this
case, they are asked to contact Deputy John
Ashby at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, 863-763-3134. Or, they can remain


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County to approve budget NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING
By Pete Gawda give final approval to the millage rate and The City of Okeechobee has tentatively adopted a budget for
Okeechobee News the budget. Fiscal Year 2009-2010.
The proposed mileage rate is 7.5030
Final approval of the millage rate and which will generate $7.50 in taxes for every A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND
budget will be the big item at Thursday's $1,000 of assessed value. TAXES will be held on:
Okeechobee County Commission meeting. One mil equals one dollar in taxes for ev-
That will action will come following a 6 p.m. ery $1,000 of assessed value. The total pro- Tuesday, September 29, 2009
public hearing, posed budget is $91,768,439.
The regular meeting, starting at 9 a.m. In other business, the board will be asked 6:00. p.m.
consists of mostly routine, noncontrover- to approve expenditure of $1,436,907.25 for at
sial matters. Both meetings will be at the tower construction and associated tower City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 200
Okeechobee County Health Department Au- equipment in connection with the new 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974
ditorium, 1728 NW Ninth Avenue. county wide radio system.
After hearing from any members of the Commissioners will also be asked to act
public who wish to speak on the matter, and on two proposed amendments to the coun- Publish Date: September 23, 2009
if there are no changes, commissioners will ty's code of ordinances.

BUDGET SUMMARY
City of Okeechobee Fiscal Year 2009-2010
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE ARE 1.8% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
PUBLIC FACILITY CAPITAL LAW
ESTIMATED REVENUES GENERAL IMPROVE CAPITAL PROJECTS ENFORCEMENT TOTAL
FUND FUND PROJECTS IMPACT FEES SPECIAL FUND ALL FUNDS
Taxes: Millage Per $1000 of Taxable Value
Ad Valorem Taxes 6.7432 1,890,183 0 0 0 0 1,890,183
CAPITAL LEASE PROCEEDS 0 0 418,000 0 0 418,000
OTHER TAXES (INS.PREM. UTILITY, FRANCHISE LIC) 948,592 534,431 0 0 0 1,483,023
INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE 912,862 63,770 0 600 0 977,232
CHARGES FOR SERVICES 951,430 0 0 0 0 951,430
FINE, FORFEITURES AND PENALTIES 30,141 0 0 0 0 30,141
USES OF MONEY AND PROPERTY 20,000 3,000 16,000 25 10 39,035
OTHER REVENUE 47,810 0 438,000 4,300 0 490,110
TOTAL SOURCES 4,801,018 601,201 872,000 4,925 10 6,279,154
Transfers-In 318,153 0 0 0 0 318,153
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 2,679,259 575,675 8,140,005 5,448 3,127 11,403,514
TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE SOURCES $ 7,798,430 $ 1,176,876 $ 9,012,005 $ 10,373 $ 3,137 $ 18,000,821
EXPENDITURES
LEGISLATIVE 119,441 0 0 0 0 119,441
EXECUTIVE 166,818 0 21,000 0 0 187,818
CITY CLERK 176,391 0 1,400 0 0 177,791
FINANCIAL SERVICES 201,992 0 2,100 0 0 204,092
LEGAL COUNSEL 75,732 0 0 0 0 75,732
GENERAL GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES 458,705 0 36,400 0 0 495,105
LAW ENFORCEMENT 1,824,744 0 82,300 0 0 1,907,044
FIRE PROTECTION 1,232,425 0 39,200 0 0 1,271,625
TRANSPORTATION 1,022,391 814,105 4,000 0 0 1,840,496
CAPITAL PROJECTS 0 0 956,104 0 0 956,104
LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 5,278,639 $ 814,105 $ 1,142,504 0 0 $ 7,235,248
OPERATING TRANSFER-OUT 0 317,653 0 500 0 318,153
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 2,519,791 45,118 7,869,501 9,873 3,137 10,447,420
TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES $ 7,798,430 $ 1,176,876 $ 9,012,005 $ 10,373 $ 3,137 $ 18,000,821

THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, ANDIOR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.


PUBLISH: 09/23/09, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee, FL




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THE NINETEENT11H JUDICIAL
CIRCoIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORA
PROBATE o IVISIO
CASE NO. 2009-CP-184
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LEE GEORGE CASS, JR.
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
le administration of the estate of
LEE GEORGE CASS, JR., de d,

2009, and whose soal security
number is 491-14-9001, is pending in
the Cidit CouHt fo Okeeobee
County, Floriba, Probate Division, the
address of whd is 312 N.W. 3
StRet, Okeechobee Florida 34972.
The nao anSd addre of the per-
sonal resenat and the person-
al reprsentatve attorney are set
All credors of the decedent and
other pesons having daims or de-
ands against d edents eate on
whm a copy of this tie is re
ir to be served im ust file their
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NO'ICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having daims or de-
nds agait deedent esate
must fl thor eaim with this court
W]THN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PRUICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first pulicateon of this
notice is September 16t, 2009.
Pesnal Reprentative:
36846 Jefferson Avenue
COUN M. CAMERON
2N0 N.E, 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
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14 Okeechobee News September 23, 2009


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NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
TO DISCUSS
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AMERICAN DRILLING SERVICES, INC.
The Okeechobee County Board of Co mmissioner shall hold an E
cuti e, Sesion between the Bard and its Attorney, which will dius the
itiation between State of Floda Department of Environmental Protection
s. American Drilling Servies, Inc. regarding the Sports Ciomplex Well,
eating cae number 2007 CA 443.
The pro t e te d Executive ion shall be held on Thday, Septaeer 24,
2009 at 11:30 a.m, or as on thereafter, in the Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Arvnue, Okehobee, Florida
The prop d discussion sally be on nfined to sttlement negotiations or
strategy eions relating to litigation expenditure at
Not is hereby gi that the following individual wil be in attendance at
the Exeutive Sesion: County Commisioner Clif BOttS, ji County Cor-
missioner Noel Chandler, County Commiioner Ray er, County C
missioner Margaet Garrard Helton, CommissionerJoe/ Ho r, County
Administrator Lyndon L. Bonnet, and Ahtorney John R. Cook.
Court Reporter a wll be rent tocord the ion and the trancipt
hall be ad part of the pubic rerd upon conclusion f the litigation.
if B1tts Chairman
Board of Count Commissiones
O chobee county, Florida
Ghaon Robert-n Clerk
board of Countye ommisiones
Okeechobee Count, Florida
M34176 ON 9/23/09

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
ote is hereby given that puuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
allowing applition(s) for peiO ha been reied for project(s) in
keechobee County:
Burnham Farms Inc 2411 NE 54th Tral, Okeeobee, FIL 34972, has sub-
ited Aplcation 090812-9 for a Water U Pet to irrigate 550 ar o
agriculturl lands with livestk. The witer will be withdraw, from the
surficia Ahquifera and the project is located in Section 18, TowVehip 34
South, Range 36 East.
fMH L (Blue Heron Golf Cub 1925 E 9th Ave, Okeehobee, FL 34974
eas submitted Appicaon 090903-18 for a ater U Permit to irgae
e of golf ur lands. The water wll bree withdawn ro onit lak
and the project is ted in Section 27, Township 37 South, ange 35

eNC Ranch, 452 Harbor Dr, Key BiCyne, FL 33149, has submitted Appl-
ation 090821 10 for an Environmental Reuce Permit for 3390 ac of
agricultul lands The water wll be diharged to the Fish Slough and the
project is located in Sectio 17,20,21,28,32,33, Township 34 South,
Range 34 East.

interested peons may comment upon the a ppication or submit a written
request for a copy of the staff report containing poposcd ageno acyLion re-
garding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Management
Distdct Attn: Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West
alm Beach, FL 3341-4680, but such comments or requests must be
eived by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of publication.
No further public otce will be prided regarding this application. A copy
f the staff report must e requested in order to remain advid of further
pedings. Applcation status and a Ciated documents can alo be ob
ained by aeing the District's website ( sfmdgv) and lecng
the AppicatioPeri seah on the ePermitting page. Substantially affect-
d perns are enttled to request an administrative heang regarding the
proposd agency action by submitting a written request after reiewing the
staff report.
333987 ON 9/23/09

T ST o l T o a CIN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND
aL Noti FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
The Okechobee County School CIVIL tItESON
eBoard wil ume contract negotia- CASE NO. 2008-CA 538
dons with the Okechotee County F.B.N.: 438987
Education Aociation #1604 for in
structional and claifled employee PRINCIPAL LENDERS GROUP, INC.,
at 4:00 p.m. on Tueday, September a Florida corporation, and
29, 209 Collective bargaining se- THE HYA7 te FAMILY TRUST D,
sions are open to the public and will Plaintiffs,
be held in Rom 303 of the School C T
Board Administration Building at 700 RONIE JACO BS and
SW. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. CHARLENE JACOBS,
Patricia G. Cooper l Ed.D. hDefenantsif,
Superintendent oa Sahools
333961 ON 9/20,23/09 IEe Re 0 E
Pusuant to Chapter 4

LEGAL TINOTICE NOTICE OF SALE IS HEREBY G-
EN pusuant to an Order of Final
A public auction will be held at BM% J judgment of Forelosdure dated Feb-
e ueOkeechtee cFlkd, 3 209 ore ofthe hurt Cig
on Friday the 9th day of Otober, ie dat, atee in Cs No
2009 from 0SO0 11:00 AM Puu 2008-CAi 538 of the County Court In
ant to Fonida satte 71378 Mr ua- and For Okeechobee County, Florida,
paid towing and storage. Yea, Make, wheren PRINCIPAL LENDERS
Model & vs asYfollows: GROUP NC ao rport
G DTD., a aintlffs, and Rothe and
WAUlAF78EfA270370 Charlene Iacobs, ae Defendants I
4A3AC31GGYE11554 2 fo r cash at the 312okhob,

KNAFB161015012421i.l Str i o

chckso will be cocapfed. The seller th day of O4tofer 2 09h follow
Ils aI Final. No refunds wil be said Order of nal Jugmentowit:
made. Said automobiles will be sold .,
334222 ON 09/23 Lot 16, Block 1, REVISED PLAT OF
WILCOX SHORES, according to the
NrOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE lt ter'eof recoded in Plat Book
Tit i Dieelaruc OkeeOhobee County, Florida
al. an Enclosed Trailer
Title #TL502H EBILZ
Wiiatm and Shirey Mu lines t .e Lo p c


,corded in Plat Book 2, Page 1 of
the Public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida

An peon claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other tha t the property owr Tas or
a clim within sixty (0) days fter
the sale.
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990: n acordan with the Ameri-n
cans with Disabilitie Act, per-ns in














tkow ahf Ia d I l he d0
contact Court, Ad ministration no later





















FOUR E OE ERIL NTY,
than seven days prior o the p
ceeding at 250 N.W. Country Club
Dive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
telephone 1-772 807 4370 within
o working days of your receipt of
this noce. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771. IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1800 955 8770
Dated thisn 12th day of August,

SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda I Young
Afe Deputy Clerk
Attorney for Paintiff:
Richard K. rtanton
SunTrust International Center,
Suite 2920i
One Southeast Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
V305)493 4040
331178 ON 9/16,23/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 200S-CA-5S9
RUSSAKe S RANCH, LTD.

V.C. WAGEN and NM. LETS, and
known to be alive or deceased, and if
deceased their unknown heRs, devi-
sees, grantees, creditors and a oth-
11er parties calming by, through,
under or against them or either of
tDefendants.


TO: J.C Wagon, addre. unknown
N.M Lets, address unknown,
and each of the foregoing, who are
not known to be aive or deceased,
and if deased, their unknown
hei, devisees, grantees, editors
and a other parties aiming by,
through, under or against them or ei
their of them
YOU ARE HEREBY NOIFIED
that an action to Quiet Title on the
following described property in Okee
ch obee Count, Florida, to-wit:
A of land lying in te
Northeast 1/4 of the "Sout-
west 1/4 of Section 22, Tow-
ship 33 South, Range 35 East,
OleChob ee ount, Florida,
being m. pa,, rIc.afly de-

Commeicing at the South-
ecst 1/4 of the Soathest 1/4
of Section 22, bear North
WeSt line of the Northeast 1/4
of the Southwet 1/4 of Sec-
tion 22 a distance of 646.36
feet to the intersection with
the North right-of-way Of
OF aw Road and the POINT
OF BEGINNING;

g026'07" West, alolg the
said West line of the Northeast
1/4 of the Southwst 1/4 of


T.ence bear North 8943"52"
East, a distance of 308.33

Thence bear South 0016"57"
East to the interaction with
the North right-of-way of
OCieaw RoAd, a distane of
509,96 feet;
Thence bear South 56-22'15"
of-wy of Oswaw Road, a
distade of 366.82 feet to the
POINT OF BEGINNING.
has been filed against you and you
w, COMELY III of COMELY & CONE
LY, PA., whos addes is Pes Of-
fige Drawer 1367, Okeechohee,
Florida 34973 1367, and file the
original with the Clerk of the above
styled Court within 30 days of fist
publication; othe-is a judgment
may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the s1
of said Court on September 9, 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By: Bea Rodriguo
Deputy Clerk
333320 ON 9/16,23,30;10/7/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 9TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL D5 0SION
CASE NO. 2008CA000673A
NDYMACr FEDERAL BANK, FSB,
SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO IN
DYMAC BANK FSB

NICOLE SAINTFELIX; UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN PERSONS) IN POS-
ESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROP
efend an..



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur
uant to an Order Resed ulin
ad ent ered in Ca, No.
2008CA000673CA, of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit
n and for OECHOBEE County,
Florda. INDYMAC FEDERAL
BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN IN
TERE TO INDYMAC BANK, FSB
s Paintiff and NICOLE SAINT-FE-
LX; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NI
DOLE SAINTFELIX; UNKNOWN
PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF
THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; aIe de
endants I will 1e to the highest
and best bidder for sh The Jury
embly Room, 2nd Floor, Of
The Okeeehobee County Judicial
Cente, 312 NW, 3rd Street,
okeeobee, Florda 349 At 312
Northwest Third Street, 1Okeeh
ee In Okeechobee Count, Flori
Sat 11:00 a.m. on this 14th
day of ober, oo9, the foll -
nt dcribed p topery as t
forth in aid Finaol Judgment, to


wit ou E iEs



ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 4 AT PAGES
3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUB-
LIC RECORDSe SUBJECT TO
AN EASEMENT OF TIE
SOUTH 30 FEET THEREOF
FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE
PURPOSES.
A pern claiming an interest in
the surplus from the le, if any,
there than the pperty owner as
"f the date of the g pendens but
ile a claim within 60 days after
the ale,
oDated this 17th day of Sept.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of said Court
By: Linda E Youn

o Administrative Order No.2.065.
In acrdanee with the Americans
with Disabilitie Act, If you aIe a
)e-n with a disablty who needs
any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceding, you
Iae entitled, at no cost to you, to
revisionss of certain asistane.
'leas contact the Court Adminis-
rator at 250 NW Country Club
)rie, Port St. Lucie, Forida
34986 Phone No (772)807-4370
within 2 working days of your re-
cipt of this notice or pleading; i
you aIe hearing impaired, call
1-800-955-8771 (TDD); if you are
voice impaired, call
1800 955 8770 (V) (Via Florida

Kahane 6 Associates, FA
8201 Peters Road Ste, 3000
Plantation FL 33324
Tephone: 954) 382-348G
olefacsimile: (954) 382 5380
334021 ON 9/23,30/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT ORT OF TH
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL
URISDICTIO ONDIVISION CASE
NO: 47-2008-CA-000374
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS,
EDWARD R. JONES; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF EDWARD R. jONS IF
ANY; ANY ANDO ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING TROUH, U
DER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISERS, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; CHASE BANK USA,
N A.; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION
DEFENDANT(S)



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN puou
ant to an Order Gnting the Motion
to Rest Foreclosure Sale dated
9/1/2R09, entered in Civl Ca, No
472008CA-000374 of the Ciuit
Court of the TH Judical Ciuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, OKEE-
highest ad best bidder for sh at
FLOOR, at OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Floda, at 11: am
on the 7th day of tober, 2009 the
following desribed property as st
forth in said Su .a.y Fina I.judg











(e00t 0 d-it
LOT 89, TREASURE ISLAND
UNIT NO. 2' ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 39,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A 1981 LIB-
ERTY SINGLE-WIDE MOBILE
HOME VlN#10L13005
Any pesn claiming an interest in
the surplus fIm the sle. if any
other than thepperty o 'er as of
the date of the s pendens, must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 1st day of Sept., 2009o.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Ciuit Court
By: Linda F Yeoun
Deputy Cler
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400
Plantation FL 33324-3920
A954 233-8Ch0
08 13547 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE

In accordance with the Americans
With Disabii.tes At, persons n e.ed-
ticipate in this prove ding should
n0tact Court Administration no later
than n days prior to the pro-
ding atI 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Nstie to Appea If you
ae hearing impaled a11
1-8or-955-8771. If you a ice im-
paired call 1-866-955-8770, via Floid-
da Relay Seorice.
333948 ON 9/23,30/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
ORCUTT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-172
In re: Estate of
MARY FRANCES DIXON,



The administration of the estate of
MARY FRANCES DIXON deceased
date of death April 16, 2008, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The pe-onal
epresentati's and the personal
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other pe-ons haing claims or de-
lands against deedent's estate on
whom a ipy of this notie is re
quined to be -ed must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
All other ceditos of the decedent
and peI ns having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST


ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WELL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE,
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDEN TS DAT OF DEATH IS
The first publication of this notice
is September 23, 2009.

enamin ion
CONELY & CONELY, PA
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeecehobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Corly III
Florda Bar #096482
Attorney for eonal Rep native
334010 ON 9/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DI0 ION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-173

RUTH EDITH LEWIS
a/k/a RUTH E. LEWIS

NOTICe TO EDOS
The administration of the estate of
RUTH EDITH LEWIS a/k/a RIT EI
LEWIS deceald, date of death Au-
gust 24, 209, is pending in the Cir
cuit Court for Okeachobe Coun
oda, bate Division, the
dre of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okehobee, FloI
da 34972. The penal repenta-
tit 's and the perrnal
epresntatie's attorney names are
set forth below,
All ceditos of the decedent and
other p-rsns having claims or de-
mands against ret deInt's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is r-
quired to be ed must file their
caims with this urt WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO"
All other creditor of the deedent
and esns having claims or de-
mans against the estate of the de-
ldent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
NOERNITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE
ANY CLAIM FILED TWo (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The first publication of this notice
is September 23, 2009,
Robertl B ohnsn
Pesnal Repreentative
14425 N.W. 256th Street
Okechobee, Florida 34972
CONELY & CONELY, RA
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeehobee, Florida 34973-1367
r63 763-3825
By: Tom Gonely III
Florda Bar #096482
AttOrney for "e "nal Repsntative
333770 ON 9/23,30/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-174

TIMOTHY MONROE LIGHTSEY
a/k/a TIMOTHY M. LIGHTSEY,
Deceaed

(Summ SSar inisratio
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST
THE ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an
Order Determining Homestead Sat
us of Real Property and Order of
Summary Administration has been
entered in the Estate of TIMOTHy
MONROE LIGHTSEY, a/k/a TIMOTHY
M, LIGHTSEY, Decead, File Num
ber 2009-CP-174, by the Circuit
Court for Okeehobee County, Floid
da, Probate Division the adds of
which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite
101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972;
that the deederns date of death
was December 18, 2007, tha the to
tal estate consists of exempt home-
stead real property and exempt
personal property; that the names
and adds of those to whom it
has been aPigned by such order

STEWART R. LIGLTSEY, 7O0 N.E
4th Street, Okechobee, Florida


-9 NOTICE OF EXECUTE SESSION
MARY K. LIGHTS, 700 N.E. 4th OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Street, Okeehobee, Florida 34972 BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE TO DISCUSS
NOTIFIED THAT: STATE OF FLORIDA
All creditor of the decedent and DEPARTMENT OF
other persons having caims or de ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
,ands against decedent's estate on Vs.
whom a copy of this nonce is sed AMERICAN DRILLING
within three months after the date of SERVICES, INC.
the fit publication of this notice
must file ther caims with thil Court The Okechobee CoU Board of
WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY County Commiione all hold an
THE LAW Executive Session between the
All other credits of the decedent Board and its Att orney, which wll
andpens having caimse or d du the litigation between State
ands against the sat of the d of Florida Department of Environ-
edent must file their claim with this mental Ptecrlion vs. American Drill
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO- Sports Complex Well, bearing se
TWICE WITHI N HE TIME PERIOD number 2007 CA 443
PROVIDED BY THE LAW, ALL
CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO The proposed, Execution Season
FILED AND ANY CLAIM FILED TWO shall be held on Thday, Septe-
EAR AFTER THE DECEDENTS er 24, 2009 at 11:30 a.m or as
TIME OF DEATH WILL BE BARRED Idn thereafter, in the Okeechobee
FOREVER. County Health Department Auditor-
The date of the fit publication of u, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeech


Stewart R. Lightsey confined o settlement negotiations
70 NOE 4th Street or strategy ions relating to litiga
Ateocy for PerSn Giving Notice:
CONEL& C ONEY, A Notice is herby given that the fol
Pot ffice wer 1367 lowing individuals will be in atten-
Okeechob, Flodrda34973 dance at the Executive Bein:
Tom nW. Conely, III County Commiioner Crif Bets, Jr,
Florda Bar No, 096482 County Commisioner Noel Chandler,
333759 ON 9/23,30/2009 County Commissioner Ray Dol;r,
County Commiioner Margaret Gaor-
rd Helton, County Administrator
Lyhee L. 8o..el; Attorney John R.
Time to clean out the ook .
attic, basement and/or A Court Reporter will be present to
garage? Advertise your ord the sion andhe a e t anToI pt
se t sha be made par rf the pbic
yard sale in the class I un conclusion n of the litiga
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lassiieds. 33414 ON 9/23/09



Girls volleyball



team splits



matches at Polk



Tournament

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

The Okeechobee High School Girls Vol-
leyball Team has played a lot of matches in a
short amount of time this year.
The Lady Brahmans are now (8-6) on the
season after four matches Saturday at a tour-
nament at Bartow High School.
Okeechobee defeated Lake Placid 25-20,
21 25, 15-6, and All Saints Academy 25 10,
and 25-13. They lost to Haines City 26-24, 25-
21, and to Seminole 25-21,13 25, and 16 14,
in very competitive matches.
Monica Koger continues to have a stel-
lar senior year. She had 23 digs, five service
aces, and 22 kills on the day. Janezzka Koger
chipped in with six aces, 18 kills and 30 digs
Saturday.
Le Anna Cotton had 28 assists and 22
kills.
The Okeechobee team will play at Martin
County Thursday.


USE

DROUGHT-RESISTANT

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team loses to

Centennial
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A few mental errors and missed assign-
ments on defense came back to haunt the
Okeechobee High School Junior Varsity
Football Team as they fell 24-8 to St. Lucie
West Centennial Monday night in Ft. Pierce.
"We need to work on ball security as we
had a few fumbles and interceptions," Coach
Rex Erwin said, "We can fix the mental er
rors. We just need to be more consistent."
Coach Erwin said his defense would hold
tough on first and second down but then
give up a big play on third down. He said it
was frustrating at times.
"We've now played two good halves of
football. We need to play an entire game,"
he added.
Cade Stokes had a nice night for Okeecho-
bee with 175 yards passing. Alejandro Diaz
was his prime target as the freshman hauled
in over 100 yards in receptions.
Okeechobee had several chances to
score in the Eagles red zone but couldn't
cash in on the opportunities.
"I really had no complaints about the first
half. The second half we must be more con
sistent, and bounce back from adversity,"
Erwin added.
Sir Wiggins had a blocked punt for the
Brahmans defense.
Okeechobee hosts Treasure Coast next
Tuesday, Sept. 29.


O.G. & C.C.
Golf Results
Sept. 18, 2009
Gold Tee Winners: first place C. Fergu-
son, second place D. Bockoras, third place
tie J. Albrechta and D. Thomas.
PI.G.S. League: first place George Guy-
dosh, second place Ida Curtis, last place -
Harry White.
Closest to the pins: George Guydosh and
Max Sherry (3).
Joyce Hacker Scholarship October 10.

Freedom Outreach
Fishing tournaments
Freedom Outreach Ministries, Series
II, fishing will offer a 70 percent payback
with an $80 entry fee-cash only. The
one-day Classic will be held 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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