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Vol. 100 No. 132 Wednesday, November 4, 2009


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Man accused of



causing death of


Halloween festival
photos inside


Index
Classifieds .................................. 16-18
Community Events........................ 6
Crossw ord....................................... 17
Obituaries........................... .. 6
O p in io n .......................................... 5
Speak Out ....................................... 4
Sports................................. 14,15,19
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H1N 1 vaccinations
Lane Collins, 8, was among the hundreds of children vac-
cinated for H1N1 "Swine" flu Tuesday at Osceola Middle
School. The South Elementary School student said he was
happy to have the mist instead of a shot. He said it did not
sting. "It just felt wet," he added. "It felt like water." The
vaccination clinic continues today at OMS from 4 to 8 p.m.
for children ages 5 to 10. Central Elementary and North El-
ementary students will be vaccinated today. On Thursday,
the clinic will be open for New Endeavor K-5, Osceola 5th
grade, private school and home school students. Vacci-
nations are voluntary. Paperwork was sent home with the
public school students on Friday. Drivers should use the
Southwest 7th Street bus entrance and follow the signs.
This round of vaccinations is only for children ages 5-10.
The vaccinations are administered at no charge by the
Okeechobee County Health Department. Vaccinations for
older children and adults will be given at the Health De-
partment at a later date. Local doctors have been given
the vaccine for those in the very high risk groups. Future
clinics will be announced in the newspaper as more of the
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Child's mother takes
stand at murder trial

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"I picked him up. He was limp
and his eyes were rolled back in
his head," testified Leann Leach of
finding her son Xavian on Jan. 12,
2006. "I would call his name and
he would try to respond, but he
couldn't respond."
The 14-month-old baby died
seven days later at St. Mary's Hos-
pital in West Palm Beach.
Jeremy Lee Smith is accused
of causing the baby's death and
is currently standing trial, facing a
charge of second degree murder.
While being questioned by As-
sistant State Attorney Donald Rich-
ardson on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Ms.
Leach said she and Smith had been
dating for about a month and on
Jan. 11, 2006, they rented a room
at the Traveler's Inn Motel, 601 N.
Parrott Ave. While in the room the
couple smoked marijuana laced
with powder cocaine, testified Ms.
Leach, now 25 years old.
At the time, she told the six-
member jury, Xavian was a happy,
healthy baby and was learning to
walk.
"Like any 1-year-old he would
stumble sometimes, but he was
learning to walk," she testified.
On the afternoon of Jan. 12
Xavian, his mother, her brother
Xavier Leach and Smith drove
down to the lake then decided they
were hungry. On the way back to


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.d baby
the motel Ms. Leach cal ed Zippy's
Wings and ordered some chicken
wings.
Mr. Leach then drove Smith
back to the motel where he was
to take care of Xavian while Ms.
Leach and her brother went to pick
up their food order.
During questioning by Mr. Rich-
ardson, Ms. Leach said she placed
the now-sleeping Xavian on the
bed and put two pillows around
him so he wouldn't roll off the mo-
tel bed.
When they returned to the mo-
tel Smith came running out to meet
them, said Ms. Leach. She said
Smith "was hysterical" and told her
that Xavian wasn't breathing.
She grabbed her child, got back
into her brother's car and rushed
to Raulerson Hospital. Ms. Leach
testified that there was a "lump on
his forehead" but she didn't see
any additional injuries.
That was the last time she held
her son. Once at the hospital, testi-
fied Ms. Leach, "they just took him
from me."
During cross examination by
defense attorney Shari Vrode, Ms.
Leach said Smith would call her
and ask: "Is he going to make it? Is
he going to make it?"
Later that day Xavian was airlift-
ed to St. Mary's Hospital. Then, on
Jan. 20, his young life ended.
During his opening statement
to the jury, Mr. Richardson said Xa-
vian had two significant injuries-a
fractured occipital bone and a sub-
dural hematoma, which he defined
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as a large bruise to the brain.
Shortly after his arrest, Smith told Detec-
tive Bettye Taylor, of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), that once he
was back in the room he decided to take a
shower. When he finished, he found Xavian
lying between the beds on the motel room
floor as if he had fallen off the bed.
In that interview, Smith told the detec-
tive he picked up the child and he was stiff.
Smith, 6-feet-1 and 220 pounds, said he
started to perform cardio pulmonary re-
suscitation (CPR) but realized that Xavian
wasn't breathing.
In her report, Detective Taylor said Smith
began shaking the baby but said "... he saw
that lost look in the child's eyes, which he
had seen before..."


Submitted photo

All Saints Day
Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus
Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge in-
vited children from the parsih to dress
as saints on Nov. 1 for a procession in
honor of All Saints Day.


As Xavian lied dying in the West Palm
Beach hospital, members of local law en-
forcement began searching for Smith.
Detective Rosemary Farless, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
told Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
from the witness stand that she went to the
home of Dawn Lee-a friend of Smith's.
While there, she had Ms. Lee call Smith.
While the two talked on the speaker
phone Detective Farless, who was a corpo-
ral with the OCSO's road patrol division at
the time, listened.
"He said he was lying low from the cops
and that a kid had got hurt," he told Mr. Al-
bright.
After an exhaustive effort by local law
enforcement, Smith was found hiding under
a porch on Jan. 15 and was placed under
arrest.
Testimony will resume Wednesday morn-
ing in Courtroom A at the Okeechobee Judi-
cial Center.

Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance
of showers. Highs in the lower 80s. North-
east winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid
60s. North winds around 5 mph becoming
northwest after midnight.
Extended Forecast
Thursday...Partly sunny and breezy.
Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 10 mph
becoming northeast 15 mph and gusty in
the afternoon.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in
the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper


70s.
Friday
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Night...Mostly clear. Lows


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K-9 finds coke, 2 arrested


County licensing board


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
With the help of an Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) K-9, two Okeecho-
bee people were arrested on felony drug
charges.
Corey N. Hardy, 28, N.W 12th St., and
Chancy L. Vines, 30, N.W 80th Ave., were
both arrested Oct. 29 on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
Each was also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of possession of drug parapherna-
lia.
They were both booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$5,500 each.
According to an arrest report by a detec-
tive with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force, a car being driven by Vines was


stopped because she was not wearing her
seat belt.
During an exterior sniff of the 2002
Dodge van, K-9 Rex indicated a positive
alert to the passenger side door.
Inside the van detectives found a plastic
bottle containing a suspicious substance,
and two clear plastic baggies that con-
tained an unknown powder.
According to the detective's report, a
field test was performed on each substance
and indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of crack cocaine on the substance in
the bottle, and a positive result for the pres-
ence of cocaine on the powder.
The suspected crack cocaine weighed 2
grams and the suspected powder cocaine
weighed 13 grams, stated the report.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Adam Lee Minix, 33, S.E. 25th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 31 by Dep-
uty Sarah Green on a charge of possession
of a controlled substance without a prescrip-
tion. His bond was set at $25,000.
James Franklin Sellers, 32, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Nov. 1 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on charges of grand theft and burglary
of a structure. His bond was set at $10,000.
Nathan C. Siefert, 23, Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy Patricia Massung
on an Okeechobee County warrant charg-
ing him with violation of probation escape
from a juvenile facility, violation of probation
- robbery, violation of probation battery
on detention staff, violation of probation -
criminal mischief and violation of probation
- grand theft-auto. He is being held without
bond.
Dewey Lightsey Jr., 33, N.W Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy


Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with amended viola-
tion of probation aggravated battery. He is
being held without bond.
Craig Ward Wisenbaugh, 38, Trout St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy
Jason Hickman on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the felony of
fraudulent use of a credit card. He was also
arrested on misdemeanor charges of petit
theft (two counts) and attempted fraudu-
lent use of a credit card. His bond was set
at $6,500.
Lee Arlis Griffin, 45, N.W 10th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with grand theft. His
bond was set at $1,500.
Donald Sanders, 57, was arrested Nov.
3 by Deputy Steven McKinley on charges
of driving under the influence and refusal
to submit for testing. His bond was set at
$2,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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holds short

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board held a short meet-
ing on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 3 with only
one action item.
In a matter that was carried over from the
October meeting, Wilhelm Burkhardt d/b/a
Burkhardt & Son was cited for violation of
the building code, proceeding with a job
without a building permit and inspections
and working outside of the scope of his cer-
tificate of competency. After much discus-
sion at last month's meeting it was deter-
mined that Mr. Burkhardt was in violation.
However, no action was taken because the
board members could not agree on whether
to give a letter of reprimand or assess a fine.
At Tuesday's meeting the board voted to im-
pose a $100 fine since it was Mr. Burkhardt's
first violation.
Michael P. Zanetti's request for a certifi-
cate of competency in aluminum specialties
was withdrawn by interim building official
Tim English. It was determined that the re-
quest could be handled at staff level.
Mr. English discussed the importance of
board members maintaining regular atten-
dance at the meetings and mentioned the
individual members' attendance records.
County attorney John Cassels suggested


meeting
that Mr. English write a letter to the county
administrator informing him that Herb Mix
resigned last meeting and also informing
him of the members' attendance records.
Then the county administrator could have
the commissioners take action to replace
Mr. Mixon and take whatever action they
deemed necessary concerning members'
attendance.
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Okeechobee ghosts
-share your story
About ten years ago there was some-
thing in our house. The first time I saw some-
thing it was late about 2:30 am. It looked like
a person coming thru my window. As I set
my eyes on it, I noticed it was just like a big
black shadow. Later on I thought my child
had come into the bedroom with me and
laid on my back. When I called his name
and turned over, the pressure on my back
was not him. At this point I know I was not
crazy, but who do you tell. Over several
months I continued to see this black mass.
My child would not stay at my house. A
friend of mine asked to stay over the week-
end. At this point I had not told anyone of
what was going on. I left my key out, when I
returned from my trip my friend asked what
in the world is in here. Thank goodness, I'm
not crazy. Sometime later, I heard a laughing
coming from the hall. I thought it was my
friend. I was upset it was too late to be so
loud. I opened my door and she was com-
ing down the hall, said it was standing there
laughing at her, she could see a woman in a
white dress with dark hair. I called all over to
find someone to help me, one pastor gave
me several different quotes from the bible.
Moved not long after that...

Rodeo arena
I have heard some members of the as-
sociation do not want to sell the old arena.
So maybe they could
move the rodeo back
there. Something about
moving the rodeo to the
new arena just changed
the whole atmosphere
of the event. Before they
moved it, I went to every
rodeo. After they went to the new arena, I
went once and haven't been back. It's just
not the same.


The new arena is not good for taking
photographs, too HOT for comfort in the
summer months. It was supposed to be an
Emergency Shelter. Well as it's open at both
ends it's a given that's out of the question,
can't even get out of the RAIN in there. The
rain blew in at graduation. People want the
cows to come home to Rodeo Arena on
Hwy 441 N. Why did we need the Okeecho-
bee Aggravation Center? I must be missing
something here. We have the festivals in the
town park. Fishing derby's at the lake. The
4th of July was always fine at the Locks or
out at the River. Rodeos up on 441N. Com-
mencement will be much better if held at the
new Cultural Center. I guess the County Fair
will be there. If they had put more thought
into the project they could turn the place
into other venues. They could hold concerts
and sporting events there. Many places that
have arenas have a variety of floor coverings
that can be used.
I for one would like to see the old arena
kept if for no other reason for use of the high
schoolers. Would really prefer to see the ro-
deos there rather than where they are now.
We have attended several Rodeo's at
the new arena and we STAYED DRY! It has
rained at the last two rodeos we have attend-
ed, the last one it stormed really hard, ev-
eryone around us was thankful we were not
affected by lightning, wind and rain. They
have nice clean bathrooms, and a great con-
cession stand. When the rodeo was over we
left and did not worry about getting stuck
no matter where we parked. Traditions are
wonderful, but sometimes you need to keep
the old for history sake and maybe use it for
smaller events and shows but move on for
the sake of bigger, better and convenience.
The new Agri-Civic Center is the best new
center in our area and is great for those who
want to attend any event there. I think the
Cattlemen's decision to utilize that center
was a great wise move into the future for the
betterment of those attending their events
and I thank them for that.

Halloween at the
Agri-Civic Center
My family had a great time as usual.
My kids like it because they get to see their
friends, I like it because they get a limited
amount of candy.
My little Legos had fun! Thanks to all
who had activities there.


Halloween celebration
a great success
The 2010 Halloween Celebration, hosted
by Okeechobee Main Street, The Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office and the Board
of County Commissioners was again a huge
success. This alternative to door to door
trick or treating was held at the Agri-Civic
Center on Saturday evening, Oct. 31, and
was attended by thousands of children and
parents who took on the challenges of the
many games made available for their enjoy-
ment. Okeechobee Main Street would like
to thank all those who provided a Booth,
Candy Drop Off location, Candy and Mon-
etary donations, and their personal time at
this event. Because of you the children of
our community had a safe, fun filled "Night
to Remember."
A Special Thanks to Sheriff May, Cpl Keith
Stripling and the volunteers of the COPs for
their support and the haunted houses. The
Board of County Commissioners for the use
of the Agri-Civic Center, Cowboys BBQ &
Steak for enabling us to serve sandwiches,
Boy Scout Troop #964 for your helping
hands. Seacoast National Bank for the Cos-
tume Contest, Wal-Mart for donating the
Pepsi Wagon and bicycles, The Law Offices
of Hoskins and Turco for sponsoring the
pony rides, Raulerson Hospital for the many
cases of candy and water, WOKC for the
continual promotion of this event (thank you
Billy Dean for your time). First Bank & Trust
of Indiantown for furnishing the trick or treat
bags. Thank you Lisa White, the Okeecho-
bee Cattlewomen's Association, The Tucka-
hoe Motorcycle Club, National City Bank,
The Flamingo Hotel, Bob Branstetter, Troy


Tuten, Greg Thogersen, Rick Wilson for the
large donations towards candy and the many
who anonymously donated funds for this
event. Thank you to the Children's Services
Council for awarding us a mini grant that en-
abled us to purchase many needed items for
this event. Thank you to Undersheriff Noel
Stephen, Ted Starr, Joe Doyle, Barbara Davis
and Joyce Claypool who served as Judges
for the costume contest. Thank you to the
Okeechobee News and The Penny Saver for
promoting this event.
Please take a moment to review the list
of those businesses who sponsored an activ-
ity booth below because without them this
great affair could not be held. We encour
age your support of all the businesses that
sponsored the Halloween celebration and
look forward to another great event next
year. Our hats are off to Waldau Junior Golf,
Florida Blood Centers, Best Western/Holiday
Inn Express, The Tropics Tanning Salon, First
Bank & Trust of Indiantown, Diva's Bou-
tique, Consignment and Stork Rental, Davey
Dairy, AFLAC, The Golden Corral, Dad's Pest
Control, Florida Community Health Centers,
First United Methodist Church, Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, Chloe's Closet, Home De-
pot, One Stop Party Shop, Church of God of
Prophecy, The Optical Gallery, St. Lucie Bat-
tery & Tire, 4-H Bits & Spurs, Faith Academy
Pre-School, Tri-Co Supply, Olivia Pina and
Alicia Casas, Florida Kid Care, Early Learning
Coalition, Mims Veterinary Hospital, Wagon
Wheel Horse Farm, Daniels Plumbing, The
Stitchin' Post, 2010 Census, Okeechobee
Special Equestrian, Amedisys Home Health,
Five Guys, and Mary Kay-Lori Meenan.
Again Thank You, Thank you, Thank
you!
Okeechobee Main Street


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Special to the Okeechobee News
The Agri-Civic Center was filled with thousands of children for the annual Hal-
loween festival.


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Letters to the Editor


Blood donors needed
The Okeechobee Blood Roundup, set for
Nov. 13 and 14, has a goal of 500 blood do-
nors. Blood donors are very special people.
Only 37 percent of the total US population is
eligible to donate blood, and only 5 percent
of the population donate. Blood cannot be
manufactured. There is no synthetic product
which can do what blood does. Supplies are
always short, but the need for blood con-
tinues to grow. The need for blood crosses
every line-ethnic, gender, age, location, be-
lief. Here's a letter about one such need.


Local girl needs your help
Cancer is a horrible disease, but seems
worse when it hits a child. Madisen Byrd
is only four years old and has ALL Acute
Lymphocytic Leukemia. Madisen is our
daughter. We live in Treasure Island.
Her cancer was discovered just as she
turned three. She must visit her doctor twice
a month, take chemo medications and once
a month have chemotherapy through a
port.
Following six months of very strong
chemo treatments, it was found that Ma-
disen needed a blood transfusion. Chemo
destroyed blood cells and made blood trans-


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 fa-
cilitator. Another group meets in the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the
group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6
until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilita-
tor. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second
St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will
be a closed discussion.
Moose Lodge Bingo, food served at 5 p.m.
and bingo starts at 6 p.m. For information call
863-763-2250. Public is welcome.

Thursday
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave.
Bring your sewing project and join in on the fun.
All types of sewing is welcome, such as quilt-
ing, applique, embroidery, crocheting, knitting,
serging. Bring your sewing machines if you like
to sew. For more information call Belinda Boyle
at 863-357-0166 or Corry Geissinger at 863-467-
2231.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum
on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at:
863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Family History Center meets from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed 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. For informa-
tion, call The Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for spe-
cial appointments.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous has
moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
610-0975.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m.
until 9 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the
Community Center, 412 N.W. Sixth St. For infor-
mation, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at
9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth
St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from
noon until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 64


501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet
from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or
Hazel at 863-763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin
Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave. Everyone is in-
vited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at 863-
357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly sup-
port groups for women who are, or have been,
affected by domestic violence and abusive re-
lationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-
2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and
English as a second language classes will
meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics
Anonymous will meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For in-
formation, call Hugh Lambert at 863-763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation
Association, OCRA will meet at 7:30 p.m. at
Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone inter-
ested may attend. For information, contact Frank
Coker at 863-467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice
of Okeechobee and the Area Agency on Aging
sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill
family member is welcome to join. The group is
facilitated by social workers and provides an op-
portunity for caregivers to give one another sup-
port, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For infor-
mation, call 863-467-2321.
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.
Okeechobee County Cancer Support
Group welcomes all cancer patients, survivors
and supporters to attend, support and encour-
age each other. We meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 SW Fourth St., Okeechobee, (entrance is the
door to the W in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more information.


fusions a necessary part
of her life. So far she has
had more than six blood
transfusions and twelve
platelet transfusions. Her
cancer doctor is in Welling-
ton where she goes for her
transfusions.
Florida's Blood Cen-
ters, whose buses come to Madisen
Okeechobee, also services Byrd
the hospital in Wellington.
The blood donated here in Okeechobee
by YOU-may be the very blood which is
helping heal our Madisen. She still has a year
and half of further treatments to go.
Madisen's older sister and brother, Katie
and Tyler Baird, ask you to please come to
the Blood Roundup Nov. 13 and 14 and have
a part in saving the life of Okeechobee's
own, our precious, Madisen Byrd.
We give you our thanks.
Lori and Jimmy Byrd

Help appreciated
The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee wants to extend a special
"Thank You" to Dick Wellman and Ralph
Hodges for bringing the Cypress Hut fund-
raiser for Humane Society Pet Rescue to
the Eagles. Also a special thanks to all the
volunteers who worked to make this hap-
pen. The following businesses contributed
to the event in many different ways: Aruba
Cafe, Sears of Okeechobee, Hungry Howies,
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Churches plan holiday events Obituaries


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Grace Brethren Church, 710 S. Parrott Ave.,
will have a free family movie night, Friday, Nov.
6 at 7 p.m. The inspirational movie "The Second
Chance" with Michael W. Smith and Jeff Obafemi
Carr will be shown.
New Testament Baptist Church, S.R. 70
and C.R. 710, is offering courses from Faith Bible
Institute that cover the entire Bible. The program
is made up of six, 13 week semesters. The dead-
line for registration for the first semester in Nov.
6. The registration fee is $15 and the cost per se-
mester is $90. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 11
and will be held on Monday nights from 6 to 9.
The topic of the first semester will be the Book
of Genesis. For more information call 863-763-
6682.
The Ladies Ministry of Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 SW Sixth Ave., will be holding a yard
sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Believers Fellowship will be hosting another fan-
tastically fun Youth Rally on Friday evening, Nov.
13 from 7 to 9. Games, food, music and guest
speaker Tom Pasquarella will round out an ex-
citing evening for teens and youth groups from
any church. Call Linda at 863-697-1389 or Micki
at 863-697-4327 for more information.
The youth of Peace Lutheran Church, 750
NW 23rd Court, will attend the FL-GA Middle
School Gathering Nov. 6-8 at Lake Yale Baptist
Conference Center, Eustis, Fla. Disaster Relief is
the theme for this year's gathering. You are invit-
ed to participate for purpose, fellowship and fun.
For more information, call the youth minister at
863-763-5042. Peace Lutheran Quilters invite lo-
cal arts and crafters to bring their home made
items to a bazaar on Nov. 21 To reserve a table
of the day of fun, fellowship and food call 863
763 5042.


First Baptist
Church, 401 SW
Fourth St., is now
signing up basket-
ball players and
cheerleaders for
Upwards Basketball.
This program is for Places of
students kindergar-
ten through sixth ors
grade. The dead- W worship
line is Nov. 6 and
the cost is $65. Participants can sign up at the
church office or at the ROC. For more information
call 863-467-7625.
United Methodist Women of First United
Methodist Church, 200 NW Second St., invites
all to their annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 7
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will find a variety of
crafts, quilted items, knives, nuts, baked goods,
white elephant items and a silent auction. Plan
on staying for lunch. Soup, sandwiches and
desserts will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proceeds will go to mission projects, local, na-
tional and abroad. Come and bring a friend!
The Okeechobee Community Choir, in
its 11th year under the direction of Sandy
Perry, is now rehearsing for the presenta-
tion of the Christmas Cantata, "A New Birth A
New Beginning" and other seasonal favorites.
Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 2:30 to
4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist church, 200
NW Second St. All interested singer, both local
and our Northern friends are invited to participate.
Singers should be able to match pitch and read
music somewhat. Rehearsals are fast-paced and
loads of fun. Music and rehearsal CDs are provid-
ed free. Rehearsal attendance is suggested, not
mandatory. Last year, 65 singers representing 19
local churches participated. The cantata will be
presented the weekend before Christmas, Dec.
18, 19 and 20. For more information, call Sandy
at 863-634-7714.


Community Events


Elks Lodge holding
reorganization meeting
The Okeechobee Elks Lodge will hold a
reorganizing meeting on Nov. 5 with current/
past/new members and candidates invited.
The meeting will be held at Good Spirits
Lounge in the back room, 245 S.E. Hwy 441
at 6:30 p.m. For questions or information,
please call Ernie Basil at 863-261-8019 or Bob
Brakke at 863-610-2431.

Sub sandwich fundraiser
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is
sponsoring a Sub sandwich fundraiser on
Monday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tur-
key, ham and roast beef subs will be available
as well as club subs which are a combination
of two of the three meats available. Every sub
will have a choice of either provolone or yel-
low American cheese. The choice of fixings
includes lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, may-
onnaise and mustard. Each sub come with a
bag of regular chips and a 12 ounce can of
Coke, Diet Coke or bottled water. The cost is
$6 per order. Order can be placed by fax at
763 467-8748 or by calling 863 634-4834. The
deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.

Children's Ranch plans yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open on Tuesday through Saturday from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the month of November.
There will be no sale on Thanksgiving. The
Ranch is on U.S. Highway 441 S.E.


Safe Boating Assoc to host sale
The Okeechobee Safe Boating Associa-
tion will hold a garage sale on Nov. 6-7, be-
ginning at 8 a.m. The sale will be held at 740
S.R. 78 West and proceeds from the sale will
benefit safe boating programs.

Latin Club plans car wash

The OHS Latin Club will hold a car wash to
help raise funds for their trip to Greece in
March 2010. The Nov. 7 car wash will be
located in the parking lot of the Tractor Sup-
ply Co. store on S. 441 in the Publix Shop-
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Danny Bedgood, 59
OKEECHOBE Danny Bedgood, age 59, of
(i i.,,,i , died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in his
residence.
Born Aug. 23, 1950, in Webster, he served in
the United States Army. He had been a resi-
dence of Okeechobee for the past eight years
and was a member of the Pentecostals of Okee-
chobee. He enjoyed fishing.
He is preceded in death by his father, Cecil
Bedgood.
He is survived by his children, Troy (Jennifer)
Bedgood of Milton, N.H., Joel (Crystal) Bedgood
of Valdosta, Ga., Julie (John) Gross of Orange
Park, Fl, Sarah Bedgood of Orange Park, Fl;
mother, Pearline Hanley and Step-father, James
Hanley of (ii . .l.. i grandchildren, Tyler,
Colton, Payton, Lexi, Jerzey, Quinn, Christian,
Taylor and Chloe; brothers, Paul (Karen) Bed-
good of Lake Park, Ga., Randall (Sheri) Bed-
good of Hollywood, Fl, Roger (Cindy) of Cooper
City, Fl, James (Anne) Hanley of St. Cloud, Fl;
Sisters, Joyce Barnhart of ('i., il. ,1 Fl, Jan-
ice (Mitchell) of Hollywood, Fl.
The family will receive friends on Thursday,
Nov. 5, 2009 from noon until service time of 1
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel with
Brother Raymond Warren officiating. Interment
will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. Online
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.

Hazel Opal Messer, 86
OKEECHOBEE -Hazel Opal Messer, age 86,
of ('i.. . il..l died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in
Raulerson Hospital.
Born Feb. 15, 1923, in Okeechobee, she had
been a lifetime resident.
She was precede in death by her husband,
Bruce Messer; brother, LeRoy, Homer, J.C.;
grandson, Scott Speaks; great-grandson, Bran-
don Melear; sisters, Lottie, Mary, Jewel, and Es-
sie.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Melear
of ('I.', l ...4. and Barbara Speaks of Orange
Park, Fl; sister, Cleo Hill of ('i.. I , grand-
sons, Ryan Speaks of Oviedo, Fl, Greg Melear
and Brian Melear, both of ('i.... ,l grand-
daughter, Sharon Martin of Blackshear, Ga.; and
five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today, Nov. 4,
from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. Internment will
follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Online con-
dolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


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Edward Thomas Johnson, 84
OKEECHOBEE -Edward Thomas Johnson,
age 84, of Okeechobee, died Monday, Nov. 2,
2009, in the Hamrick Home.
Born July 30, 1925, in Saginaw, Mich., he
graduated from Saginaw High School in 1943,
Hillsdale College in
1951 and Western
Michigan University
in 1964. Edward
proudly served in
World War II Infan-
try as a Staff Ser-
geant and was
awarded the Bronze
Star for meritorious
action in the Pacific
Theater of Opera-
tions. He was a
m e m b e r
of the Michigan High School Coaches
Hall of Fame in 1987, T.R.H.S. Hall of Fame in
1989, Past President of SCC, Elks BPOE 1248,
American Legion # 170, Mea/NEA, past Presi-
dent of the ('i... i I ....- Home Owners Associa-
tion, and past member of the Michigan High
School Coaches Assoc.
He was preceded in death by mother and
stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hynes of Saginaw,
Mich.; brother, Alvin E. Johnson of Tucson,
Ariz.; sons, Ronald Johnson and Raymond
Johnson of Three Rivers, Mich.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Johnson;
brothers, Robert Granzeier of Springfield, Ill.:
son, Rick Johnson of Lake City; grandchildren,
Kris Johnson of Jacksonville; step-children, Ma-
linda Estep, G. Keith Anderson, Gerry Anderson;
step-grandchildren, Heidi Pucket, Sarah Paradis,
A.J. Anderson, Ashlee Anderson, and Garrett
Anderson.
The family will receive friends from 10 to
10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, and following will be
a Mass of the Resurrection in the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church with Father Hugh Duffy officiat-
ing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of ('i. ., ilI P.O. Box
1548, ( 'i... i, F1 34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, (,i., i- i .1I Online con-
dolences may be made at
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Special to the UKeechobee News
N.O.P.E. vigil
Brice Buckner, President, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Master
of Ceremonies; Raybon Durrance, Secretary Students Against Destructive
Decisions and CPD Officer Victoria Williams were among those leading the
program at the Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education (N.O.P.E.) vigil. The
First Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir, led by Joyce Whitaker, Cynthia
Kelly and Verna Alderman, performed at the N.O.P.E. vigil. Over 100 attend-
ed the first time event including guest speakers Robert Cook, Steve Condit
(Breakthrough Recovery), and Marty McCormick. Students Against Destruc-
tive Decisions, Sponsor Ken Buckner, School Board Member Kay Carlton,
City Council Dowling Watford and Under Sheriff Noel Stephen were there
supporting the event. Event was sponsored by the Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office.


Crafters and d4
Craft Fair in the Woods
On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the
annual Craft Fair in the Woods at Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S.E., Okeechobee
will be held. There will be something for
everyone. Swamp buggy ranch rides along
with holiday decorations and craft items and
barbecue and swamp cabbage to enjoy. To
secure a spot, please contact Cheri Brant at
863-763-2085 or Pam Hales at 863-763-2678.


dealers needed
Lions Club to hold flea market
The Indiantown Lions Club will be hold-
ing their quarterly flea market at the Post
Park (next to Library) in Indiantown on
Nov. 7. They will set up at 7:30 a.m. The
cost for dealers is $10 per space and $5
rental for tables. There is a lot of space and
all dealers are welcome. For more informa-
tion, call Richard Werkmeister at 772-597-
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Proposed Amendment to
Code of Ordinances
of Okeechobee County, Florida


Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to receive pub-
lic input regarding adoption of an ordinance amending the Code of
Ordinances of Okeechobee County, Florida. The title of the proposed
ordinance is:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, PARTII, LAND DEVELOP-
MENT REGULATIONS, AMENDING IN ITS ENTIRETY
ARTICLE V, CONSISTENCY AND CONCURRENCY
DETERMINATIONS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY,
CODIFICATION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at
9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at the Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida.

Interested persons may appear and be heard. This public hearing will
be the first of two public hearings. A second public hearing will be
held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the same loca-
tion.

A copy of the proposed amendments will be available for public
inspection at the Planning and Development Department, 499 NW
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida each weekday, Monday through
Friday, except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting
or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceed-
ings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk takes are for the
sole purpose of backup from official records of the Clerk.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida


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Okeechobee County Airport Open House
on Saturday Oct. 24. The event was kicked
off first thing in the morning with a Tenant
Reception hosted by County Officials at the
Civil Air Patrol hanger. Tenants and business
of the Airport and the Airport Industrial Park
were invited to the reception to meet other
lease holders, exchange business ideas and
discuss the Airport. County officials made
a brief presentation outlining some of the
more recent improvements made to the air-
port and discussed the future improvements
planed for the Airport and the Airport Indus-
trial Park. The reception concluded with a
general discussion about existing airport op-
erations which included input from the Ten-
ants on what they felt are needed changes at
the airport to improve safety and operations.
The County was very receptive and appre-
ciative of the input from the Airport and the
Airport Industrial Park Tenants, many of
whom are pilots.
Back on the ramp, aircraft were continu-
ously arriving in the early morning for the
static display. A number of vintage aircraft as
well as newer production aircraft flew in to
be part of the display for the Open House.
The most notable vintage aircraft were a
DC-3 and a Boeing PT-17 Stearman Bi-Plane,
which has just recently been approved by
the County to offer rides for a fee at the air-
port. Many of the aircraft were open for visi-
tors to walk through and sit in the pilot seats;


however, the DC-3 was clearly the hit of the
show.
Current production aircraft on display in-
cluded a Luxury Gulfstream Corporate Jet, a
privately owned Piper Warrior and a private-
ly owned kit built Lancair capable of cruise
speeds of over 200 mph. Emergency Service
Aircraft included a Cessna 172 Search and
Rescue Aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol and
two helicopters, one from the Forestry Ser-
vice and the other from FWC (Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
who also had a patrol boat on display. All of
the pilots and owners of these aircraft agreed
to participate and support this Open House,
because they are all frequent users of the
Okeechobee Airport. This incredible array of
aircraft says a lot about the different ways
these pilots use the County Airport as well as
the positive impact on the community both
economically and from a safety standpoint
knowing these Emergency Service Aircraft
are operating within our community and
ready to respond to our needs.
The Okeechobee Model Airplane Club
also participated in the planning of the event
and had over 20 of their members' radio
controlled model aircraft on display. All of
these aircraft are miniature flying models,
many of which are replicas of real aircraft.
The average wingspan on these models is
about 60" and they weigh on average about
6 pounds. They are built mostly of balsa
wood and covered with a shrinkable plas-
tic covering. The smaller ones are powered
by miniature reciprocating engines burning
a special glow fuel. The larger ones which


can be as heavy as 35 pounds are similar to
the one that performed in the Air Show at
the end of the event are powered by small
2-cycle gasoline engines very similar to a
chain saw engine running on a mixture of
gasoline and oil.
As with the full size aircraft the pilots of
these miniature aircraft were also available
to answer questions about their aircraft and
their unique type of flying which is actu-
ally considered both a sport and a hobby.
Anyone who approached their display and
expressed interested in learning how to fly
these magnificent miniature aircraft were
introduced to a training system known as
a "Buddy Box" which is the students trans-
mitter and connects to the pilots transmitter
through a data cord. The pilot using a toggle
switch on his transmitter controls who has
command of the aircraft at any given time.
At exactly 1:30 as scheduled, the airport
was closed to full size aircraft traffic and an
air show was performed by the Okeecho-
bee Model Airplane Club using an Ultimate
Bi-plane. The show consisted of a number
of standard aerobatic maneuvers and a few
non-standard maneuvers real aircraft pilots
can only dream of performing. All of these
maneuvers were performed while "blowing
smoke" just like its full size cousin when fly-
ing aerobatics.
The Civil Air Patrol and the Okeechobee
Jet Center also supported this event by par-
ticipating in the planning phase. The Civil Air
Patrol directing the parking for the Tenant
Reception at their hanger and at the same
time directed aircraft parking in the display


area along with the Okeechobee Jet Cen-
ter. Throughout the day, CAP Cadets were
positioned along the display flight line, to
prevent anyone from inadvertently walking
beyond the display area into an active taxi-
way or runway.
The Civil Air Patrol also coordinated their
annual Open House at the same time as this
event. In their hanger they had a number of
different displays set up including tactical
gear they use on Search and Rescue Mis-
sions, navigation tools used by their pilots,
a full display of their Cadet Program and
pictures of past Squadron Activities. For
the more daring at heart, they also had two
flight simulators set up and running, staffed
by CAP Cadets for anyone who wanted to
try their hand at flying a simulated version of
full size aircraft, (complete with a yoke and
rudder pedals) or a radio controlled model
using a transmitter just like the model air-
plane pilots use. Their Communications Of-
fice was also open for tours.
The Landing Strip Cafe' was also open
for breakfast and lunch throughout the day.
They even supplied a BBQ Shack and out-
side dining in the display area for anyone
looking for something a little quicker than
a sit down meal inside the restaurant. To
conclude the show as the aircraft were leav-
ing the DC-3 took off and decided to make a
turn, come back to the airport and made a
very impressive high speed low pass along
the runway. The Stearman, as he departed
just after take off waved goodbye with a tra-
ditional wing wiggling. It was a fitting end to
a beautiful day.


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Okeechobee special athletes bring home awards


AVON PARK -The South Florida Com-
munity College Lady Panthers Volleyball
team came out in full force at the Special
STARS Track and Field District Competition
on Oct. 24 at Ridge Area Arc.
The entire team and coach Kim Craw-
ford assisted Special STARS athlete and
board member Ralph Meyers in carrying
in the torch for the opening ceremony as
they jogged it around the track. The West
Sebring Volunteer Fire Department and the
Avon Park Police Department followed the
entourage to the track with lights flashing
and sirens running.
The torch was passed off to Rose Tilley,
of Avon Park, who represented the High-
lands County runners. It then went to Penny
Holder, of Sebring, who represented the
Highlands County cyclists. Holder gave the
torch to Mary Jo Solloway, of Okeechobee,


who represented Okeechobee County and
then it went to Lewis Simpson, of Wauchu-
la, who represented Hardee County.
This was a district wide competition
where the Arc of Okeechobee participated
with special athletes from Highlands and
Hardee counties.
The Avon Park High School Air Force Ju-
nior ROTC presented the colors and the na-
tional anthem was played.
After the opening ceremony, the new
bleachers were dedicated and the ath-
letes dispersed to their competitions. They
competed in two-wheel and three-wheel
cycling events, softball throw, tennis ball
throw, shot put, walking events and running
events. Three members from Okeechobee
competed in a power wheelchair obstacle
course event which tested their ability to


maneuver around cones and cross a finish
line for time.
Power wheelchair competitors were
Leonard Baines, Gaye Palmer and Kaye
Palmer. Baines got first place while Gaye
Palmer received second and Kaye Palmer
won third. Baines also won a fourth place
ribbon in the softball throw. Gaye Palmer
won fourth place in the softball throw while
her sister Kaye won a fifth place ribbon.
Others from Okeechobee who won rib-
bons were Sarah Patrick, first in softball
throw; Mary Jo Solloway, first in softball
throw and 50 meter run; James Kennedy
first in softball throw; John Patrick, second
in 50 meter run and third in softball throw;
Lucy Wendt, third in 1 kilometer two-wheel
cycle race; Bill Bailey, first in softball throw
and 50 meter walk; and Kenny McBride,
fourth in softball throw.


Swim team proud of accomplishments


Sara Annis, Kenny Murphy, and Jessi-
ca Wackier were three Brahman swim-
mers that qualified for Thursday's re-
gional swim meet in SW Florida.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Seven Okeechobee swimmers are looking
forward to participating in the regional swim
meet Thursday in Fort Myers.
Coach Brian Turner said he was really
pleased that three of his girl's relay squads
qualified to compete. He said it was harder
this year to make the regional as the other
teams were a lot faster and stronger than in
past years.
"We really have changed the culture here,"
he said, "That's what we were looking to do.
It's really good to see the kids do well. They put
in a lot of hard work. We ask a lot of them."
The girls 200 medley relay team will consist


of Savannah Asmussen, who swims the back-
stroke, Celena Letcher, who swims the breast-
stroke, Jaiden Barnhart who swims the butter-
fly, and Sarah Annis who swims the freestyle.
The 200 freestyle relay will consist of Annis,
Barnhart, Ming and Asmussen. The 400 free-
style relay will consist of Annis, Letcher, Jes-
sica Wackier, and Alex Ming.
Coach Turner said the medley relay team
is close to setting the school record and they
hope to break it on Thursday.
He mentioned that several swimmers have
the chance to make the state swim meet next
week. He mentioned Asmussen, Letcher,
Wackier, and Kenny Murphy as possibilities.
Murphy has been at the regional before
and his advice is to be on your toes, pay at-
tention, and have a good positive attitude,
"I'm really looking forward to it. We have all
worked really hard. Were excited to see where
we stand against everyone else in the region,"
he added.
Murphy said reaching the State swim meet
is his goal. He said he wasn't expecting to
make regional this year. He will compete in
the 500 free and the 100 butterfly.
Murphy said he is interested in swimming
at IRSC for the next few years.
Sarah Annis qualified for the regional for
the first time this year. She said she improved
a lot over the years as she reduced her times
each season.


"I just do whatever the coach tells me," she
said. "I try my best to give my all. I improved
a lot this year and I support the other girls, its
competition, but its fun, I try to encourage
them to do better."
Her advice to younger swimmers is to not
get discouraged. She said when she started,
her swim times were horrible. Due to hard
work and perseverance she now is a regional
qualifier in three events. "Don't give up, fresh
man," she said. "Don't give up. You can do it."


James Kennedy, from Okeechobee,
throws the softball during competition at
the Special STARS Track and Field event
on Oct. 24. He received a first place rib-
bon for his efforts in this field event.


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Treasure Coast Championship

game next up for Li'l Brahmans


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Pop Warner team won
the Treasure Coast Pop Warner North Division
Championship game Sunday, 21 14, over Jupi
ter White, at Whispering Pines Park in Port St.
Lucie.
Okeechobee never trailed in the game and
was able to generate a solid running game.
Luis Leon, Lamar Williams and Brandon
Shockley all had touchdown runs for Okeecho
bee, (9-0).
"I don't think the game was as close as the
score indicated," Coach James Shockley said,
"We had the ball for five offensive series and
scored three times."


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Okeechobee enjoyed a 14-7 lead at the half.
They were able to add extra points on their
touchdowns as Brandon Shockley threw two
passes for points and Lamar Williams ran in the
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"We never trailed and we took an early lead.
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didn't have enough time to rally against us,"
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Okeechobee took a 21-7 lead early in the
fourth quarter and held on from there.
Next up for Okeechobee is Parkland of Fort
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NOTICE
There will be a meeting of the Tounst Development Council (TDC) of Okee-
chobee County on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. in he Tounst
Development Council Office located at 500 N.W 6th Street, Okeechobee,
orida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect
to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the tes-
tmony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator
Tourist Development Council
Okeechobee County
On 10/2/09
338173 ON 11/4/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
lar Session on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health
Department Auditonum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of he proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Flonda
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two (2) working days pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
338006 ON 11/4/09


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NOTICE OF SALE
Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following
vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Flonda Statutes
on November 19, 2009 at 10 A.M.
*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED*
Lot #: 011541 1998 Black Chevrolet Suburban,
VIN#3GNK26JOWG105167
Located at: Lehman Auto Body, Inc.
265 US Highway 98 N.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Owner: Tonya Leshawn Maupin
3721 Huntington Pdr Apt 3721, Sarasota, FL 34237
Customer: Manuel Soler, 3564 NW 12 Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
Lienholder: Flonda Best Cars and Trucks LLC,
110 E Broward Blvd., Ste 660, FT
Lien Amount: $8,357.21
a) Notice to the owner or lienor that he has a night to a heanng prior to the
scheduled date of sale by filing with the Clerk of the Court.
b) Owner has the night to recover possession of vehicle by posting bond ir
accordance with Flonda Statutes Section 559.917.
c) Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle after payment lien claimed by lien
or will be deposited with the Clerk of the Court.
Any persons) claiming any interests) in the above vehicles contact:
Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020
*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE*
Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction
LIC # AB-0001256
337681 ON 11/4/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY ROLL HAS
BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER AND IS OPEN FOR COL
ELECTION OF 2009 TAXES, BOTH OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AND OKEECHO-
BEE CITY IN THE CITY IN THE OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR
ALDERMAN BUILDING, 307 N.W 5TH AVE., SUITE B, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972.
INFORMATION ON:
FIRE, GARBAGE AND EMS
PHONE (863) 763-9312
CITY GARBAGE
PHONE (863) 763-3372 EXT. 222
DISCOUNTS WILL BE ALLOWED AS FOLLOWS:
4 PERCENT ON PAYMENTS IN
NOVEMBER 2-DECEMBER 1
3 PERCENT ON PAYMENTS IN
DECEMBER 2-DECEMBER31
2 PERCENT ON PAYMENTS IN
JANUARY 1-JANUARY 31
1 PERCENT ON PAYMENTS IN
FEBRUARY 1-FEBRUARY 28
NET IF PAID IN MARCH
CELESTE WATFORD, C.FC.
TAX COLLECTOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00-4:30
PHONE (863) 763-3421
337363 ON 10/30;11/1,4/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OFTHE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009CA683
HARVEY SCHONBRUN, TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
VS.
DEBBIE TATE,
Defendant.
NOTICE OF ACTION PROPERTY
TO: DEBBIE TATE, whose residence
and last known mailing address is:
RR1, Box 92A, Fairmont, WV 26554
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage interest
in and to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Ronda:
Lot 6, Block 58, BASSWOOD UNIT
NO. 5, according to the plat there-
of recorded in Plat Book 3, Page
51, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on the
plaintiffs' attorney, whose name and
address is: Harvey Schonbrun, Es-
quire, 1802 North Morgan Street,
Tampa, Flonda 33602-2328, on or
before within 30 days of first publi-
cation, and file the onginal with the
Clerk of this court either before ser-
vice of plaintiffs' attomey or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a default
will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the complaint or
petition.
Dated this 31st day of October,
2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Vicki Rogers
Deputy Clerk
337518 ON 10/28;11/4/09


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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 20th day of November,
2009 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursu-
ant to Florida statute 713.78 for un-
paid towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vn's as follows:
1998 Red Ford Explorer
1FMZU32X3WZA11713
1991 Green Toyota Tercel
JT2EL43AXM0077451
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
in "AS IS" with no guarantees.
338177 ON 11/4/09

LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on NOVEM-
BER 20, 2009, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
2006 Toyota Tundra
VIN#5TBDT44146S551176
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
338170 ON 11/4/09

IN THE CIRCUITCOURT OF
THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47 2009 CA 000072
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
Plaintiff,
AARON ARMINTROUT, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage
Foreclosure dated October 06, 2009
and entered in Case No. 47 2009 CA
000072 of the Circuit Court of the


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Public Notic


NINETEENTH udicial Circuit In and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Ronda
wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., is
the Paintiff and AARON ARMIN-
TROUT; TENANT #1 N/KJA MELISA
GRIFFIS are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W 3RD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 11:00AM, on the 18th day
of Nov., 2009, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment:
LOT 15, HI LO ACRES, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,
PAGES 39 AND 40, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 6305 SE 30TH PKWY,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property
owner as of the date of the Lis
Pendens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the sale.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
then seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr, Port St. Lucle,
FL 34989. Phone 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on 10/7/2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Youn
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, PL.
PO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09005449 NBNY-FHA-B-Icuny
336223 ON 10/28;11/4/09

NOTICE OF FILING
OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA
On October 19, 2009, an applica-
tion was filed by Bnan M. Johnson
with the Federal Communications
Commission in Washington, D.C. for
the Commission's consent for a new
construction permit for an FM Radio
Broadcast Station on Channel 291C3
in Okeechobee, Flonda. The pro-
posed station will operate with 12.5
ilowatts effective radiated power at
an antenna height of 82.9 meters
above ground level at 3705 SW 28th
Street, Okeechobee, FL. The main
studio will be located at 210 West
North Park Street, Suite 102, Okee-
chobee, FL. Copies of the applica-
tion, amendments and related
materials are available for public In-
spection at 210 West North Park
Street, Suite 102, Okeechobee, FL.
337395 ON 10/28,30;11/1,4/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47 2009 CA 000067
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
DONNA HOPEWELL LEE; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DONNA HOPEWELL LEE
IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, 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,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated, 9/24/2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No. 47 2009 CA
000067 of the Circuit Court of the
19TH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 9th day of Dec.,
2009 the following descnbed proper-
ty as set forth in said Summary Final
Judgment, to wit:
LOT 5 BLOCK 11 BASSWOOD
UNIT i, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 22, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale. if any.
other than the property owner as of
the date of the hs pendens. must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.


Dated this 28th day of Sept. 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA., ATTORNEY
FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT Of 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Dnve, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Notice to Appear If you
are heanng impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
334818 ON 11/4,11/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000305
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
Plaintff
vs.
CARLENE J. MANGAROO; FINLETER
A. MANGAROO; UNKNOWN TENANT
(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUB-
JECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Fore-
closure dated the 24th day of Sept.,
2009, and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000305, of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Flonda,
wherein BANK OF AMERICA, NA. is
the plaintiff and CARLENE J. MANGA-
ROO; FINLETER A. MANGAROO; are
defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse in Okeechobee, Flonda,
at 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd day of
Dec., 2009, the following described
property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
EXHIBIT ONE
Parcel 1
The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the
North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract
3, Section 20, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 4,pag-
es 3A to 3D of the Public Records of
Okeechobee, Florida. (A/K/A Lot D)
Parcel 2
The East 1 /2 of the East 1 /2 of the
North 1/2 of the North 1 /2 of Tract
4, Section 20, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Pat Book 4,
Page 3A to 3D of the Public Records
of Okeechobee County, Flonda.
(A/K/A Lot A)
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AF-
TER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days pnor to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr, Port St. Lucle,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 28th day of Sept.,
2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Submitted by:
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Flonda 33309
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA-409
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Honda Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
EREIGNE ESTIME AND ANGELIQUE
ESTIME, His Wife
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 10/6/2009, and
entered in Case No. 2009 CA 409 of
the Circuit Court in and for OKEE-
CHOBEE County, Flonda wherein
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC., A Flonda
Corporation is the Plaintiff, and
EREIGNE ESTIME AND ANGELIQUE
ESTIME are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash in the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor of the Okeechobee County
Judicial Center, 312 NW Third Street,
Okeechobee, Flonda at 11 o'clock
A.M. on the 2nd day of December,
2009 the following descnbed proper-
ty as set forth in said Order or Rnal
Judgment, to wit:
The West 1/2 of the West 1/2
of the South 1/2 of the North
1/2 of Tract 17, Section 26,
Township 34 South, Range 33
East, Okeechobee County,
Florida according to the plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book
4, Pages 3A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County public
records.
Property #
R1-26-34-33-0A00-00017-E000


IF THIS PROPERTY IS SOLD AT


PUBLIC AUCTION, THERE MAY BE
ADDITIONAL MONEY FROM THE
SALE AFTER PAYMENT OF PERSONS
WHO ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID
FROM THE SALE PROCEEDS PURSU-
ANT TO THIS FINAL JUDGMENT.
IF YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE LEIN-
HOLDER CLAIMING A RIGHT TO
FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE
SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITH THE CLERK NO LATER THAN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU
FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL
NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAIN-
ING FUNDS.
IF YOU ARE THE PROPERTY OWN-
ER, YOU MAY CLAIM THESE FUNDS
YOURSELF YOU ARE NOT RE-
QUIRED TO HAVE A LAWYER OR
ANY OTHER REPRESENTATION AND
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ASSIGN
YOUR RIGHTS TO ANYONE ELSE IN
ORDER
FOR YOU TO CLAIM ANY MONEY TO
WHICH YOU ARE ENTITLED. PLEASE
CHECK WITH THE CLERK OF THE
COURT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JU-
DICIAL CENTER, 312 NW THIRD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA,
SALE TO SEE IF THERE IS ADDI-
TIONAL MONEY FROM THE FORE-
CLOSURE SALE THAT THE CLERK
HAS IN THE REGISTRY OF THE
COURT.
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeecho-
bee County, Florida this 7th day of
October 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
KENNETH M.JONES
Moody, Jones, Ingino
& Morehead, PA.
1333 S. University Drive, #201
Plantaton, FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
336232 ON 11/4,11/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000257
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK,
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS
SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK,
FORMERLY KNOWN AS WASH-
INGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA,
Plaintiff,
VS.
RICKY L STANDEFER, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage
Foreclosure dated October 06, 2009
and entered in Case No. 47-2009-
CA-000257 of the Circuit Court of
the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, Flon-
da wherein JPMORGAN CHASE
BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS
SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FOR-
MERLY KNOWN AS WASHINGTON
MUTUAL BANK, FA, is the laintiff
and RICKY L. STANDEFER; TAMMY
J. STANDEFER; are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312
N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the
2nd day of Dec., 2009, the following
descnbed property as set forth in
said Rnal Judgment:
LOT 24 OF TAYLOR CREEK


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ISLES UNIT VI ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,
PAGE 20, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 2492 SE 27TH STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property
owner as of the date of the Lis
Pendens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on 10/8/2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
This notice is provided pursuant to
Administrative Order No. 2.065
In accordance with the Amencans
with Disabilities Act, if you are a per-
son with a disability who needs any
accommodation in order to partici-
pate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact
the Court Administrator at 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Fort St. Lucie,
Florida 34986, Phone No.
(772) 807-4370 within 2 working
days of your receipt of this notice or
pleading; if you are hearing im-
paired, call 1-800-955-8771 TDD);
if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770 (V)(Va Flonda Re-
lay Services)
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RO. Box 25018
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News follows


Meserve case


since 1985
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee News has published a
number of stories over the years that involved
the 1985 murder of Valentine Meserve.
Richard White, who pled guilty to first de
gree murder in June, 1986, to his role in the
homicide, came before the Florida Parole
Commission in October, and will have another
hearing in 2013.
While the Parole Commission did not grant
White parole, there was support among the
three commissioners to hear his case again,
this time with his former co defendant, Troy
Scott, present, in a few years. White didn't ac
tually commit the crime, but was at the crime
scene and took part in it, authorities said.
Reporter Glen Goodwin in the Okeecho-
bee News Aug. 8, 1985 edition reported that
City police were investigating a homicide of
Mrs. Meserve, 90. Her body had been found
about 150 feet from her home located at 1111
South Parrott Avenue.
At the time, Detective Gene O'Neill of the
Okeechobee City Police Department said Mrs.
Meserve died from blows to the head with a
blunt instrument. Her residence had been bro
ken into and ransacked.
The paper noted this was the fourth homi
cide in three separate incidents in Okeechobee
within a period of five days.
Goodwin reported that a neighbor had
come to see Mrs. Meserve after she failed to
show up for a luncheon appointment and
found blood on her back porch. Police were
called immediately. Her neighbors comment
ed that Mrs. Meserve had worried about pos
sible break ins in the past.
In the Aug. 13, 1985 edition of the news,
an obituary ran that told more about Mrs.
Meserve. She was the widow of Robert
Meserve. She was born in Connecticutt on Feb.
17, 1895. She moved to Okeechobee from St.
Augustine. She was active in the Garden Club,
the Okeechobee Historical Society and the Fine
Arts Club. At the time, Mrs. Meserve was sur
vived by a daughter, Julia Snelling of Colum
bus, Ga., and three grandchildren.
The Aug. 20, 1985 edition reported the ar
rest of Mrs. Meserve's killer, Troy Scott. The
17 year-old was arrested after an interview at
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. He
was charged with first degree murder and bur
glary. Detective O'Neill told the paper that Mrs.
Meserve had been beaten to death with a rifle.
The Metro Dade diving team had found the
murder weapon in Taylor Creek behind River
Bend mobile home park, the paper reported.
Mr. Goodwin reported in the Aug. 22, 1985
edition that Richard White had been arrested.
The 16-year-old was arrested on Aug. 19 on
charges of first degree murder and burglary.
Detective O'Neill told the press that Scott and
White went to the home to burglarize it and
upon entering it were discovered by Mrs.
Meserve. Detectives said it was difficult to de
termine what items might have been taken
in the burglary because Mrs. Meserve lived
alone.
On July 2, 1986, reporter Eric Kopp report
ed that White pled guilty to first degree mur
der in late June at an appearance before Cir
cuit Judge Dwight Geiger. He was sentenced
to life in prison with the possibility of parole
after 25 years. Prosecutors dropped the bur
glary charge. Scott was later sentenced to life
in prison for his role in the crime.




November 4, 2009 Okeechobee News


Boys cross country team wins again


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Four Brahman runners finished in the
top 10 as Okeechobee High School won the
Vero Beach Invitational Saturday, their last
warm up before Saturday's district race.
Eddie Guerrero finished in second place
with a time of 16:39. Adrian Leon finished
in fifth place with a time of 17:03. Agustin
Leon finished sixth with a time of 17:16 and
Mauro Dominguez finished in seventh place
with a time of 17:17.
Lionel Jones finished in 18th place with
a time of 18:16. Shawn Horvath finished in
28th place with a time of 18:50. Adrian Tagle


finished in 36th place with a time of 19:12.
Okeechobee earned 33 points as the top
five runners on the team earn points for the
position they finish in the race. Vero Beach
finished second with 54 points. Nick Groome
of St. Edwards won the 5000 meter race with
a time of 16:33.
The girls' varsity squad earned a 10th
place finish. Kayla Nelson led the way with
a time of 24:52, good for 43rd place. Maria
Baltazar finished in 61st place with a time of
26:07. Abril Maldonado finished 69th, Mandy
Harrison 76th, Jennifer Arellano in 88th, and
Jena Rath in 89th place.


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