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CEECHOBEE


Friday, September 5, 2008


NEWS
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Briefs

Waterway reopened
The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers has lifted navigation
restrictions on the Okeecho-
bee Waterway. Navigation had
been limited due to low water
levels resulting from previous
drought conditions. With Lake
Okeechobee elevation above
14 ft. NGVD, sufficient draft is
now available, including Lake
Okeechobee Route 1, and nor-
mal operations are in place, al-
lowing transit for commercial
and recreational vessels. Route
2 (Rim Canal) remains closed
due to debris remaining from
previous hurricanes.
Both the St. Lucie and Port
Mayaca locks have also been
reopened for commercial and
recreational traffic. The locks
had been previously closed for
maintenance and installation
of manatee protection equip-
ment.
Mariners are advised
that navigation through the
Okeechobee Waterway could
change on short notice, due
to direct and indirect impacts
from storm systems.
For current information,
please visit wwv.saj.usace.
army.mil and select Naviga-
tion Projects and then Naviga-
tion Bulletins and Lock Closure
Information or call the Corp's
South Florida Operations Office
at 863-983-8101.

Disaster center
still open
The FEMA Mobile Disaster
Relief Center is still open at the
First United Methodist Church,
at the corner of Northwest Sec-
ond Avenue and Northwest
Second Street. The center will
open atF8 a.m. today (Friday).
Earlier this week, officials had
considered closing the mobile
center -- which uses a tent --
before Tropical Storm Hanna
hits the area, but as of Thurs-
day afternoon Hanna was not
expected to affect Okeechobee
County.

Drought Index
Current: 204
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.75 feet
Last Year: 9.55 feet
SSonsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds..........................10-12
Outdoors ................................... 7
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 7
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out.............................. 4
Sports.............................. 13-15
W weather ..................................... 2
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'Lazy 7' grow house raided


For the fourth time in as many
months, a marijuana grow house
was raided in the Lazy 7 area.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5:24
a.m., the Okeechobee Sheriff's
Office Special Response Team
(SRT), Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, and Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office Detec-
tives, a force of 25 officers, served
a search warrant on a home lo-
cated at 8425 S.W Ninth Street,
Okeechobee.
This is in the Sunset Strip
subdivision and in the area com-


only known as the "Lazy 7
Area" of Okeechobee County.,
Inside the home, officers
found that two rooms (garage
and a bedroom) were converted
into nurseries for illegal marijua-
na plants.
Recovered from the home
were 97 marijuana plants grow-
ing in flower pots. With the dirt
removed, the plants weighed in
at 65.33 pounds. The estimated
value of the plants was $600,000
and it should be noted that the
plants were not yet mature and


would have grown larger before
harvesting.
Pedro Gonzales, 45, was
found in the home and arrested.
Gonzales, formerly from the
Miami area, purchased the home
in 2006.
He was arrested and taken to
jail on charges of: Cultivation of
Marijuana, Possession of Mari-
juana, Possession of a firearm
during the commission of a felo-
ny, and drug trafficking. The case
is still under investigation. Brind
See Raid Page 8


Grandparents Day: Lunch with special visitors


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kindergartner at Central Elementary School Lauren Sills (left) enjoyed lunch with her
grandpa Henry Sills (right) on Thursday, Sept. 4, as the school observed Grandparents'
Day.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
It was a true family affair during Grandparents
Week at Central Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 4,
where kindergartner Alaina Hines (center-left) got
to eat lunch with her Grandma Linda Damico (left),
Gyndma Diane Hines (center-right), and her Great-
Grandma Estelle Walker (right). Her five-week-old
baby sister Gianna Hines also joined them on this
occasion.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Cindy Cantrel (right) met her;
grandson Kai Ichimura for lunch
during Grandparents Week at
Central Elementary on Thurs-
day, Sept. 4.


Submitted photo/OCSO
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office deputies raided a mari-
juna grow house on Southwest Ninth Street on Thursday.


Lake level



nears 15 ft.


Pulse releases to
slow lake's rise
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems it is either feast or
famine when it comes to Lake
Okeechobee. Before Tropical
Storm Fay hit on Tuesday, Aug.
19 water managers were con-
cerned about low water levels.
As a result of the tropical
storm, the lake rose two feet in
a week, the quickest increase
ever recorded. Now water
mangers are concerned about
too much water.
At 7 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4
the U. S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, (COE) began low level


pulse releases to the estuaries.
The goal was to release an av-
erage of 4,000 cubic feet per
second (CFS) into the Caloo-
sahatchee River and an aver-
age of 1800 CFS to the St. Lu-
cie Canal. One CFS will fill one
Olympic sized swimming pool.
Therefore, the average release
to the Caloosahatchee would
fill 4,000 Olympic swimming
pools in a 24 hour period.
The releases are needed to
slow the rise of Lake Okeecho-
bee.
Water managers are con-
cerned about the inflow into the
lake. Any rain that falls south of -
Orlando will eventually make it
into the lake.
See Lake Page 8


School district,


union continue


negotiations
By Chauna Aguilar a counter offer for the instru
Okeechobee News tional and classified employ


The Okeechobee Coun-
ty School district and the
Okeechobee County Education
Association have yet to come to
an agreement after crunching
numbers for hours Wednesday
evening with a counter offer
from both the OCEA and the
district.
Ultimately the district made


eC-
ee


schedules that addressed a
portion of the counter from the
OCEA.
The district's counter of-
fer increased the total from
last year's salary schedule for
instructional employees by
$988,036.93. This includes a
2.55 percent increase in base
See School Page 8


Weber case argued in court


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The life and death struggle
of Karen Weber, 57, was played
out in an Okeechobee court-
room Wednesday.
Weber's mother, Martha
Tatro, arid her husband are at
opposite sides in a struggle,'
some compare to the nation-
ally-known Terry Schiavo case
a few years ago. It involves the
issue of the right to life.
Karen Weber's husband
Raymond was appointed her
temporary guardian last week.
That guardianship will remain
in place until another hearing is
held in late September. Weber
suffers from meningitis and is


in an Okeechobee medical fa-
cility.
She does not have a living
will.
Raymond would like to
place her in hospice care. How-
ever her mother claims that any
attempt to remove her daugh-
ter from a medical facility will
end her daughter's life.
Many of Weber's children
support Raymond's position.
They testified at a hearing in
late August that led to Mr. We-
ber being named temporary
guardian.
Circuit Judge Shields Mc-
Manus heard evidence at a
hearing Wednesday where
Weber's friends and family ar-


gued that she should remain in
a medical facility. Witness who
have visited Weber claim that
she is responsive. They note the
machine she is hooked up to
shows forms of stimulus when
they visit her.
They claim Weber can com-
municate and does answer
questions by blinking her eyes
and through other means.
An court injunction remains
in affect that prevents the hus-
band from removing his wife's
feeding tube.
Judge McManus said the
main decision of the court
was to determine her level of
See Weber Page 8


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Martha Tatro was in court this week seeking guardianship of her
daughter Karen Weber, 57. Mrs. Weber's husband, her current
legal guardian, wants to send his wife to hospice care.


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Labor Day Festival shines on Monday


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Mother Nature did not coop-
erate for a portion of the Labor
Day Festival weekend which was
already hurting due to the eco-
nomic situation state wide.
The Chamber of Commerce
began their annual Labor Day
Festival in Flagler Park on Satur-
day, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31,
with arts and crafts vendors; car
show and many other activities.
According to Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce execu-


tive director Candace Burk, Sat-
urday and Sunday were slow at
the festival because of the wind
and rain, but vendors held out for
Monday which enjoyed an out-
standing attendance.
The parks were full on Mon-
day and the weather was great.
There were approximately 2,500
to 3,000 people who made a fun
day at the festival.
This year the Kids Corral con-
tinued and was full again with
kids enjoying the bounce hous-
es, slides and petting zoo. There


were even pony rides in the Kids
Corral.
Their were many unique
booths in the park this year, rang-
ing from homemade specialties,
painted faces, wood crafts and
of course politicians-this is the
season.
One could take time in the
park listening to some great
country music and/or the spiritual
gospel music that was presented
throughout the weekend.
The Chamber provided tents
and chairs throughout the parks


for those attending the festival to
be able to stay out of the rain, and
to sit down and enjoy their food.
The Masonic Lodge provided
great hot dogs and hamburgers.
The Chamber had their Labor
Day BBQ special. Century 21 had
hot wings.
According to Ms. Burk, "all in
all it was a great weekend even
with the rain."
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Courtesy photo/Chamber of Commerce
On Monday the weather cooperated with the Labor Day Fes-
tival in downtown Okeechobee.


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 91. West northwest wind between 7 and 14
mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 per-
cent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind be-
tween 3 and 6 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becom-
ing northeast around 5 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Light and
variable wind.
Sunday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 92. Light north northeast wind. Chance of
precipitation is 20 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 92. North northeast wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Tuesday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


Man pleads guilty


in County Com-


missioner's theft


A Glades County man plead-
ed guilty to the fraudulent use of
a credit card involving a Glades
County Commissioner.
Commissioner Donna Stort-
er-Long, reported a burglary at
her residence in March 2007.
Numerous items were taken
from the home one of which
was a Discover credit card.
Through the investigation,
video surveillance tapes at var-
ies locations led to the arrest of
Ronald Tracy Williams Jr., who
resides in Ortona section of
Glades County, near the victim


Donna Storter-Long.
Investigators from the Glades
County Sheriff's Office were
able to track down uses and at-
tempted uses of the card taken
in Glades and Lee Counties. Af-
ter viewing the videos, investiga-
tors arrested Williams on April
20, 2007. Williams entered into'
a plea agreement with the State
of Florida and was sentenced
to 364 days in County Jail with
credit for time served, four years
State Probation and ordered to
pay restitution of $2,700.


Arrest Report


Arrest report
This column lists arrests, not
convictions. Anyone listed here
who is later found not guilty or
has the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.
* Sonya Requena, 24, of N.E.
Jones Road, was arrested Sept.
4, by Okeechobee City,PQlic, ,.
Department iOCPD) Officer R. '
Holroyd and charged with' DUIL.
Bond was set at $500.


Dustin Lundy, 18, of South-
east 23rd. Ct. was arrested Sept.
2, by OCSO Detective Rick Dur-
fee and charged with possession
with marijuana with intent to sell,
possession of a controlled sub-
stance (methadone) with intent
to sell and possession of a con-
trolled substance (alprazolam)
with intent to sell. Bond was set
at $22,500.
... ...,James Antbonyv.Silvlrtkqr.,
S47;f 'Northwest :Fobrth -Street,
a' as'arrested Sept. 2 by Deteclixe
Sgt. Brad Stark and charged with


failure to register as a sex offend-
er. Bond was set at $20,000.
Juan Maria Urbina, 39, of
Northwest First Street, was ar-
rested by OCSO Deputy Arlene
Durbin on Aug. 31, and charged
with DUI. Bond was set at $500.
James Allen Terrell, 35, of
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug.
31, by OCSO Deputy Justin Akins
and charged with DUI. Bond was
seLaat500(ov -Ou. T" .;ian
,' Mellisa Dawn :Wise 26 ,-of
Port St. Lucie, was arrested,Aug.
30 and 'charged with DUI. OCSO


Cpl. Paul Ferrell was the arresting
officer. Bond was set at $500.
Bruce Glayden Carnes, 63,
of Lake Worth, was arrested Aug.
31, by OCSO Deputy Justin Akins
and charged with DUI. Bond was
set at $500.
Delburt Eugene Albritton, 51,
of Riverview, was arrested Sept.
1 in Hillsborough County on an
Okeechobee County \%arrant and
charged witi failure to register as
a sexual offender. Bond was set at
$10,000


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The Florida Lotto Numbers selected Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the
Florida Lottery are: Cash 3: 8-9-7; Play 4: 0-3-8-9; Fantasy 5: 12-
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Cash 3: 0-4-2; Play 4: 6-2-3-5.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 5, 2008 3


Slavery case results in prison term


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
After 10 years on the run, a
man who ran sex slave brothels
in Okeechobee and throughout
South Florida has been convicted
of two crimes, and sentenced to
15 years in federal prison.
Juan Luis Cadena-Sosa, 43,
was sentenced for conspiracy to
hold persons in a condition of
involuntary servitude, and con-
spiracy to recruit, harbor and
transport known illegal aliens
for purposes of prostitution and
to extort collections of extended
credit to these aliens.
Cadena-Sosa was among 16
members of the ring, many from
the same family, that were indict-
ed back in 1998 by a grand jury.


However Cadena-Sosa fled the
country and was not returned to
Florida until this year.
The U.S. Attorneys Office al-
leged that the brothels were oper-
ated in Okeechobee, Fort Pierce,
Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and
other areas of Florida.
"The defendant conspired to
entice women and children to the
United States with false promises
of a better life only to hold them
in a condition of involuntary ser-
vitude in brothels located in Flor-
ida and South Carolina," Acting
Assistant Attorney General Grace
Chung Becker said, "He evaded
justice for years, but the Depart-
ment of Justice did not rest, and
with the cooperation of the Mexi-
can government, he has now


been brought to justice."
Nine members of the opera-
tion have now been convicted
of crimes. Three others are still
considered fugitives and a fourth
died while on the run, authorities
claim.
In addition to the prison time,
Mr. Cadena-Sosa was also ordered
to pay restitution payments to the
victims of close to $964,000.
Cadena-Sosa' wife, uncle, two
brothers and other family mem-
bers were involved in the opera-
tion.
"Individuals who traffic in
women and children peddle in
human misery," U.S. Attorney R.
Alexander Acosta said, "Despite
the defendant's efforts to allow
the passage of time to diminish


his crimes; we remain commit-
ted to make every effort to see
that these criminals are brought
to justice."
The women were reportedly
smuggled across the border from
Veracruz, Mexico by family mem-
bers. They would ultimately reach
Brownsville, Texas, and were
shipped in trucks and buses.
When the females reached
Florida they were told they owed
the ring a travel fee of between
$2,000 and $3,000 and were held
against their will and forced to
work as prostitutes to pay off the
debt. The brothels catered to His-
panic males in the construction
and agriculture fields. The wom-
en were shuttled from brothel to
brothel every two weeks. Many of


the females were under age, ac-
cording to court testimony.
Threats of violence, and actual
violence were used to keep the fe-
males in line, authorities said.
The Justice Department re-
ported that these types of crimes
are not uncommon. They report-
ed that their Civil Rights Division
has seen a 700 percent increase
in the number of human traffick-
ing cases filed in court over the
past seven years.
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, under the guidance
of Sheriff Edward Miller were
involved in the original investiga-
tion of the brothels. The Federal
Bureau of Investigation was also
involved.


Man sent back to prison for violating probation


Man claimed he did
not understand
restriction on visiting
his own children

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
William Casey Sullivan received
15 years in prison for violation of
probation, just three months after
he was released from state prison
for felony crimes that included
possession of child pornography.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man said Mr. Sullivan was not a
good candidate for probation.
He sentenced Sullivan for 10
years for lewd and lascivious
molestation, and concurrent five,
year sentences for the three other
crimes.,
Prosecutors said the crimes in-
volved a 10-year-old child.
The crux of his violation of
probation case was a visit to his
children without the permission
of the court. The arrest occurred
just ten days after he had been re-
leased from prison. He had spent
close to four years behind bars.
A number of his family mem-
bers spoke to the court on Mr. Sul-
livan's behalf.
Linda Brown, Sullivan's grand-
mother, said her grand son loved
jhis children and wanted to see
.them.
"He needs to come back
home. There has been one heck
of a change in him. He served four
years and I think he has learned
his lesson, I know he's learned his
lesson," she said.
Mrs. Brown said Sullivan
doesn't deserve to go back to
prison and needs to help his fam-
ily, many of whom have serious
medical problems.
Brenda Sullivan gaid her son
has been very helpful to her. She
noted her son is a good person


and a good fa-
ther. -a
"If he can
get back on the
tracks so he is
available for ev-
erybody, that
would be great,"
she said. WilliamCasey
"He is a WiSullivanCasey
worker and he Sullvan
has his mind set straight as far as
his children," she added.
The father of Sullivan's victim
in the original case, said Sullivan
has paid his debt and shouldn't go
back to prison.
"I don't have a problem with
him trying to see his own chil-
dren," he told the court.
He noted that if he had visited
other children he would have felt
differently.
Mr. Sullivan said at his proba-
tion hearing that if being a good
father was grounds for arrest, he
should be locked up.
At Tuesday's hearing, Sullivan
read a prepared statement to the
judge. He mentioned that being
a father was the most important
thing in his life.
Sullivan argued that he was not
given the proper instructions by
his probation officers and said he
thought he could have unsuper-
vised contact with his children.
"This whole violation is a mis-
'understanding between-,'myself
and my probation officer," he told
the court.
Sullivan said the whole case
boiled down to a father wanting
to see his children. He noted he
hadn't seen 'them since he went
to prison.
"Honest to God, I did believe
that I could go see them. Seeing
my babies after four years... there
was nothing that could knock me
off that cloud," he added.
He also asked the judge to
not send him back to prison so
he could help his mother, his


children, and grandmother, who
need his help.
"Please send me home, sir, so I
can make a difference in the life of
my children," he added.
Prosecutors said Sullivan had
several prior convictions including
cocaine related charges.
Assistant State Attorney Ashely
Albright said Sullivan would qual-
ify as an habitual offender. How-
ever, the necessary paperwork for
such a declaration was not filed in
time.
Sullivan has filed a motion that
claimed his trial attorney was inef-
fective in representing him at the
earlier trial.
His new attorney criticized the
probation department for the han-
dling of Sullivan's case. He asked
the court to reinstate his probation
and not send him back to prison.
Prosecutors asked the court to
sentence Sullivan to 15 years in
prison. Mr. Albright said Mr. Sulli-
van got off too lightly the first time
around.
"The .crimes were horrible.
That pornography, plus convic-
tion for molesting a young boy,
the same night he downloaded
it, should be something the court
takes into account," he said.
In other court cases
Lapore Hagins was sen-
tenced on charges of possession
With the inrn}t,tq,elcocaineapd
posses ion of drug paraphernalia.
S'Hagins received .30 months in
prison %%ith credit for .30 days he
has spent in jail.
Hagins will also pay mandated
court costs and fees.
A man battling colon cancer
was sentenced to 30 months in
prison for driving with a suspend-
ed license.
Mark Hormuth had several pri-
or convictions for burglary, four
DUIs, leaving the scene of an ac-
cident, battery, resisting arrest and
seven convictions for driving with
a suspended license.


Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man described Hormuth's crimi-
nal history as 'atrocious.'
"Rain can fall on the good and
the bad, and that shouldn't factor
into what your sentence should
be," Judge Mirman said.
Hormuth denied that he had
been convicted of fraud and other
charges in Pasco County when
questioned by the State Attorney.,
Hormuth said he was only
driving to a doctor's appointment
when he was stopped and ar-
rested.
Prosecutors claim he tested
positive for cocaine and marijua-
na in his system in two different
tests.
Public Defenders asked for pro-
bation or a county jail sentence.
Prosecutors asked for three
years in prison.
Craig Maynard, who ab-
sconded probation supervision in
2001 and lived in West Virginia for
seven years, returned to answer
charges of violation of probation.
Maynardwas originally charged
with several theft related offenses,
including some thefts from ve-
hicles parked at Lock 7.
Circuit Judge Mirman sen-
tenced Maynard to six months in
the county jail.
"Given what you did I think that
is a fair outcome in your case," he
noted. "The reason ou a're serv-
ing this sentence'is because of the
way you handled things." '
"Judge" Mitrman said' this" WaS
a strange case. He asked if,.the,
defendant figured he would get
away with leaving Florida because.
he was in another state.
Maynard said he suffered from
post traumatic stress syndrome
from the U.S. Army, became ad-
dicted to prescription pills, and
later was in a serious accident that
left him badly injured.
Maynard served a term in the
Army in Bosnia where he said he


saw traumatic deaths including
the deaths of small children.
Maynard said he had applied to
have his probation transferred to
Huntington, W.Va., moved there,
and later learned the transfer had
been turned down by West Vir-
ginia.
He said he couldn't return to
Okeechobee then because he
was in a financial bind.
Defense Attorney Bob Stone
said his client owned his own
corporation now, is working hard,
and has not committed any new
crimes. Maynard has also repaid
the victims of his crime.
"Seems to me, putting him in
jail now, would be taking steps
backward," he said.
Prosecutors asked for two
years in prison.
Mr. Albright said he appeared
to have his life in order, but should
be punished for refusing to return
to Florida when ordered to.
"For six or seven years, the vic-
tims of his crime did not get any
payments or restitution," he said.


Man


accused


of theft at


laundry

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A local man was charged
with the the theft of $400 from his
boss after authorities located
a bunch of $10 bills behind
a local convenience store on
Aug. 31, Okeechobee County
Sheriff Deputies reported.
David King, 40, of Okeecho-
bee, was charged with grand
theft and
was held on
$2,500 bond
immediately E '2
following his
arrest.
The arrest ..
report from .
Deputy Ar- David
lene Durbin King
noted she re-
sponded to a theft complaint
at A and 0 Laundromat at
3691 U.S. 441 north.
The victim said Mr. King
was working odd jobs at the
laundry. According to the vic-
tim, 40, $10 bills, were taken
from a plastic container be-
hind the counter, Deputies
said.
Mr. King denied he had tak-
en the money. The boss had
followed him across the street
to confront him about the
theft. Deputies then searched
the area and found the $400
lying on the ground near a
fence off N.W. 36th Street.




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Man convicted of raping child files appeal


Wants new DNA tests
on old evidence

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News


Mr. Ritzline
said since the
tests were neg-
ative, his lab
did not keep
the clothing.
He noted this


Ernest Lamar Austin wants is standard
the court to order DNA testing procedure for
on items of clothing involved in the lab.
his 1993 case which involved the The evi-,
rape of a local boy. The problem dence was
is, some of the evidence no Ion- then returned to
ger exists. Since the con
Forensic scientist Earl Ritzline ing has progress
examined the evidence back test conducted
in 1993 and returned to court presence of spe
Wednesday to testify about those that is used toda
tests. City Police 1
City police submitted the vic- Taylor told the c(
tim's short pants (blue jeans type the evidence lo(
shorts), and the victim's under- Department foray
wear to the lab for examination. elected in the case
The underwear were not in "Isearched ev
the package he opened at the lab, the clerk's file,
Mr. Ritzline testified. the records, and
There was no evidence of she said.
sperm or sexual activity on the Taylor said tl
shorts, he told the court. she found was

Armed robbery


Ernest Lamar
Austin
City Police.
viction, DNA test-
ed. However, the
in 1993 for the
erm is the same
y, Ritzline said.
Detective, Bettye
court she searched
:ker at the Police
any evidence col-
e.
rery bin, searched
went through all
d couldn't find it,"
he only evidence
s the detective's


under investigation


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Highlands County Sheriff Dep-
uties aren't even sure if the rob-
bery took place in Okeechobee
or Highlands County after a con-
flicting report was filed Monday
that involved the shooting of an
Okeechobee man.
Lt. Tim Lethbridge said a 31-
year old Okeechobee man, and
29-year old women were headed
west toward Sebring on U.S. 98
Monday between 10:30 and 11
a.m. When they apparently had
car trouble. They pulled their
2002 black Dodge Ram pickup to
the side of the road and were ap-
proached by two Hispanic males
in a blue truck.
Lt. Lethbridge said one of the


Hispanics pulled a handgun and
demanded all of their money.
"The male resisted after the
hispanic male displayed the fire-
arm and was shot in the shoul-
der," Lethbridge said.
The victim was driven to Raul-
erson Hospital in Okeechobee
and was later treated and re-
leased, officials said.
Lt. Lethbridge said anyone
with information on the case can
call Detective Jamie Davidson at
863-402-7209.
Officials said the robbery could
have occurred anywhere between
Okeechobee County and Lorida
as the two victims provided differ-
ent details to authorities.
"Let's just say the case remains
under investigation," Lethbridge
added.


original file on the case.
She reviewed the file and lo-
cated lab submittal sheets that
stated the underwear and shorts
were sent to the lab. It also in-
cluded a notice from the lab that
the underwear was not included
in the package.
"We went through the archives
and didn't find anything that indi-
cated the items were destroyed,"
she said.
Taylor added that she reviewed
testimony given in the case. She
found a deposition from Detec-
tive Alan Levin that stated he
had met with the guardian of the,
victim and she had turned in the
dirty pants to the detective. He
mentioned that she delivered the
evidence to his office in a paper
bag.
She said. it was .possible that
Detective Levin never opened the
bag.
Mike Hof, an employee of the
Okeechobee Clerk's office, as-
sists in their evidence collection
unit. He was asked to search his
evidence locker and files for any-
thing related to the Austin case.
He stated he could not find


the two items, shorts and under-
wear. The case did go to trial and
evidence was submitted. How-
ever, Mr. Hof could not find any
evidence that the clothing was en-
tered into evidence at the trial.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright said he has proven the
evidence does not exist.
Public Defender Adrienne Buc-
chi said there is no evidence that
the items were destroyed in bad
faith. She added the court could
not address this issue because the
people involved directly with the
handling of the evidence were no
longer alive.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man found that there were no
items available for DNA testing.
He also ruled that there was
no showing of bad faith in the de-
struction or the loss of the cloth-
ing. He denied the motion for
DNA testing.
Physical evidence was not
* the main ingredient of the state's
case. Austin in fact confessed to
the crime, police said.
The detectives working the
case for the city at that time are
now deceased.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
OKEE NEWS: It's a sad day when the Okeechobee News is not
a daily, two days and I miss the events of our little cow town. Two
lost days between each paper is sad. Are there no grants open to be
taken? I have often bragged to northeners how good our paper is.
Most only get a weekly and big papers in our area are a joke, full of
garbage.
VICE PRESIDENT: Too bad McCain didn't offer Paris Hilton the
VP position. He may have actually had a chance to win. She's hot.
OUA: I read an article in the Okeechobee News dated Friday, Aug.
29, about the OUA. The person that wrote it hit the nail right on the
head. We decided to make Okeechobee our home a little more than
20 years ago, we decided to rent for a year as we didn't know a lot
about the area, just that we liked it and knew we had enough of Bro-
ward County. We ended up renting for two years and in that two years
we learned.a lot. The first thing we learned was that we wanted no
part of the City water and all of it's problems. We had a small black
poodle when we moved here and in a couple of months his muzzle
had turned a light tan and he would not drink the water. Then my
wife was doing laundry one day and everything in the wash got ru-
ined. Someone from the water department showed up and told her
to soak it in this, whatever it was. In the end everything in the wash
ended up being thrown away, at our expense of course. Then one
night we decided to go to a restaurant, at that time you had to re-
quest water, which we did. The waitress placed it on our table. After
a few minutes we asked her to remove it, the smell of chlorine was so
strong we couldn't stand the smell. When we would take our show-
ers our skin would be red and burning. The plumber the mortgage
company hired couldn't keep washers in the faucets, they would rot
out almost as fast as he could replace them. That made up our minds,
not to purchase anywhere they used city water. The city had also lost
a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the people who installed the
wastewater system. Of course the people that used the system had to
pay for it and I believe they still are. Now the OUA wants to expand
and get as many customers as they can. It doesn't matter that they
can't take care of what they have now, they want more people to
pay. We still live in the unincorporated area. The OUA'will close in
on us some day, then it should be moving time again. Welcome to
Okeechobee.
PULL OVER: When you see an ambulance coming up behind on
441 at 80 mph with its lights and sirens going -- pull over! The life you
save could be my husbands. My husband was rushed to the hospital
this afternoon in critical and I mean he could possibly die condition,
and I could not believe the amount of people who just would not pull
over and let us pass. I was behind the ambulance in my truck with
flashers on and I had people wanting to cut me off, if they did pull
over, My husband needed four pints of blood just to get him stable
and then they transported him to Lawnwood's Intensive Care Unit.
TAXES: I just got my notice of proposed property taxes. What a
shocker this was. My property value went way down, my assessment
value stayed about the same and, I got the new Florida additional
$25,000 tax exemption. After all this my proposed taxes are up! Who-
ever votes to raise the millage rates will never get another vote from
me, my family and friends. I have to live on a limited budget and it is
about time the county does the same thing. We were given this tax
break by the voters. Shame on you. With the cost of gasoline and
everything else going up, businesses closing and people losing jobs,
tax payers need this break. Citizens. will remember-,what you did. to -
us when, they vote.-,
4-- SCHOOL BUSES: I suggest that all parents start looking ahead
and trying to think of what problems can happen and make plans so
they don't because I do believe there is going to be a lot more water
and washed out road problems. Also your drivers may want to take a
day off and you may have a sub so be prepared and tell your children
what to do if you are not at the stop. Staying on the bus isn't really a
fix because then you will be worried silly when they don't get off and
you will have to go all the way into the garage to pick them up. Plan
ahead and talk to your children.
GAS PRICES: Since gas prices went up 30 cents in one day last
week, thanks to the threat of Hurricane Gustav, and the news just said
that all of the rigs in the gulf were virtually unscathed, do you think
they will come down 30 cents in one day?
BUSES: I believe it is the policy of the school system that if a bus is
running more than a couple minutes early the bus driver should stop
and wait so the bus arrives at the next stop on time. I have seen buses
pulled over on the side of the road where there is a lot of area to safely
pull over, and just.sitting there. And when I asked why, I was told they
have to stay on schedule. So if they are too much ahead, they have
to wait out some time and get back on the schedule. So I think the
problem the caller complained about was probably a one-time issue
with a new or substitute driver.
ELEPHANTS: I think it is great that there will be an elephant sanc-
tuary near the Okeechobee County line and I agree I would like to see
an elephant at the parade -- but put him at the very end of the parade,
followed by a sanitation crew.
COUNTY BUDGET: Regarding the county budget, some of the
cost saving ideas proposed make sense. Maybe they should look at
schedules and see if there are any potential cost savings. And control-
ling the thermostat is a must. Using ceiling fans also helps. But I dis-
agree with the suggestion that they.keep the patrol cars at the office
and have the deputies drive their own cars there to pick up a patrol
car at the start of the shift. If the cars are at the office, in an emergency
when they start calling in extra officers, the deputy is going to waste a
lot of time going to get the car. If the car is at his house, he can jump
in and go to the crime or accident scene. A few minutes can make
a lot of difference. It can mean someone's life. Also, when a marked
police unit drives by, everyone else drives better. They slow down,
use turn signals, yield to traffic. They pay more attention because
they don't want a ticket. And, just having the cars driving through the
county or parked in the neighborhoods helps reduce crime. When
the bad guys see a cop car, they go elsewhere.
AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: I agree with most of those who complain
about the expense of the agri-civic center, especially in this economy.
Can we afford this white elephant? The county says they don't have
money to give our emergency personnel raises, but they have money
to pour into the money pit.
PARADE IDEA: Hey if we get elephants, maybe we could get the
Skunk Ape to ride one in the parade. I bet even the TV people would
come to take a photo of that.
SCHOOL LUNCH: I'm a concerned parent and my child goes to
the high school. I'm just wondering why the prices are so high this
year. My child told me that he paid $1.25 for a small can of Pringles! I
can buy those at an convenience store for $0.89! I think that we may
start packing his lunch. I can't even afford the rising gas and grocery
prices, let alone rising school lunch prices.


THANK YOU: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the
ball players who were practicing ball on Saturday, for the respect that
they paid to the cars as a funeral went by. I really appreciate it. Thank
you.
SKUNK APE: I saw the skunk ape. He was white water rafting in a
pink innertube on Popash Slough.
BENEFIT: Good morning Okeechobee, I would just like to thank
each and every one of y'all who participated in the Brittany Cannon
benefit. Y'all were so wonderful. I would just like to let Okeechobee
know that Okeechobee is a great town. These people worked hard
and I would like to thank each and every one of you that showed up
for the benefit. May God Bless you. I want to thank all of the mer-
chants in town for participating. The auction was awesome, we really
had a good time. Thank you to each and all of the bands who showed
up, y'all were awesome. You made our night. Did a really good show.
--Awesome, awesome show. God bless each and everyone of y'all.


Letters to the Editor


Thumbs up for
Brennan's Eye Care
A few months ago, I began a
search of eye wear for my 13-year-
old son to play basketball for the
school. After spending big bucks
for sports goggles that blocked
his peripheral vision, I turned to
the idea of contact lenses during
sports activities.
The first local eye care busi-
ness said they were not a big pro-
ponent of kids wearing contact
lenses. Realizing I would not get
the best service there, I tried an-
other local eye care business. This
one said, your son has an astig-
matism (the cornea is shaped like
a football instead of a circle) and
he can't wear contact lenses. My
thoughts were there has got to be
something out there for my son as
astigmatisms are quite common
and a lot of people play sports. I
called a couple of friends and they
suggested another family eye care
business here in Okeechobee.
Again, another appointment and
was told they don't make contact
lenses for people with astigma-
tisms, he said, "I have one myself
and there is nothing out there to
help your son or me". I repeated,
"There is nothing out there to help
my son temporarily get through
the season and play sports? He
said, "Nope, nothing but because


we treat our customers like family
there will be no charge for your
appointment today."
Determined to find something
for my son to play basketball, I
turned to Google search on the
computer. What do you know;
I found they make a soft contact
lens called Toric by Bausch &
Lomb for people with astigma-
tisms. Not too costly and they
make several off brands also. I
tried one more time locally be-
fore heading to the coast. The
receptionist at the front desk said,
enthusiastically, "Yes we have a
contact lens for your son's eye
with an astigmatism, sometimes
it takes a few tries to come up
with the exact measurement (fit)
but we have a specialist who
loves a good challenge. She will
fit your son with contact lenses."
First try was a perfect fit and my
son is a happy camper that he can
play sports!
Thumbs up for Brennan Eye
Care for taking the challenge that
no one else would and for being
up to date on their products. For
the eye care business who said
there was no such thing out there
-- You might want to take advan-
tage of using the computer as it
would be very beneficial for serv-
ing the needs of our community
and your business.
Tom and Lynn Levins


Community Calendar
Friday, Sept. 5


Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
863-385-6671.
Saturday, Sept. 6
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for, Today Club of Olkeechobee, ,101 .N.W, Fifth Stret,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon Open
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.
Sunday, Sept. 7
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion, The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday, Sept. 8
AA. 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 meet-
ing.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
www.rootsweb.com/~flgso.



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Community Events

Big Band Bash at V.EW Post 4423
On Sunday Sept. 7 the V.F.W Post 4423, N.W. 34th Street, will hold:
a 40s Big Band Bash from 5 until 9 p.m. Music will be by David Lee.
Members and guests are welcome. For information call 863-763-
8969.

Scrapbooking crop planned
All-day scrapbooking crop The "Croppin' Crew" will sponsor an
all-day scrapbooking crop on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. until 6
p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. All levels of
scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered dish if you care
to participate in our pot luck luncheon. Refreshments will be served
and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on'
which you are currently working. For more information call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.

4-H Club plans first meeting
The Udder Bunch 4-H Club will hold their first meeting on Sept. 8,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Hwy 98 Civic Center. All members and their families*
are invited to come, also anyone thinking of joining the club this year'
please feel welcome to attend. Members are asked to bring a covered
dish, dinner will be served.

Steaks and Chops 4-H club to meet
The Steaks and Chops 4-H Club will hold their first meeting of the
year on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Yearling Middle School cafeteria. All youth
ages 8 to 18 that are interested in beef breeding, swine and steer proj-
ects are welcome to join our club. All youth that are planning to show
a steer at the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show must be at least 10
years old by Sept. 1, 2008 and have signed up for 4-H or FFA by Sept.
12. The club leaders are Cindy and Jimmie Howell and they can be
reached at 863-467-0981. You may contact the Okeechobee County
Extension Office at 863-763-6469 for additional information on Steaks
and Chops and other 4-H clubs.

Substance Abuse Coalition meets
OSAC (Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition) General Meeting
is open to the public on Tuesday Sept 9, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church (behind Walgreens) Lunch will be
served. 40 Developmental Asset Classes will be held at the Clock Res-
taurant on 441. The class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. The classes
are free and the public is welcome. For more information on these
programs, please call 863-697-1792.

Area Agency on Aging to meet
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. is'
planning its upcoming monthly Board of Directors Executive Commit-
tee meeting, to be held at the Area Agency on Aging, 4400 N. Congress
Ave., West Palm Beach, on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The meeting is scheduled
to begin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requiring the expenditure of funds are
a regular agenda item of this meeting. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area
Agency on Aging, at 561-684-5885 for more information.

Shared Services Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Sept. 12, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School
Administration Building. For more information call 863-462-5000, Ext.
257.


Hospice holds 3-day yard sale
Hospiceof Okeechobee will host-'a-Sday Yard Sale- at the Blue-;
Volunteer Building, next, to The: ,Hamrick Home, 411 S,E. Fourth,St.,
Thursday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. until noon. We have Construc-
tion Items also. Bargains galore, all new items available. All Proceeds
benefit patient tare in Okeechobee including services offered in The
Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-"
697-1995.

Main Street plans for Halloween Fest
Okeechobee Main Street is again this year partnering with the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, City Council,
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department and the City of Okeechobee,
Police Department to provide a safe alternative to trick or treating with
our "Fourth Annual Halloween Festival" to be held on Friday, Oct. 31,
from 6-9 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 710. This event will
include games, a haunted house, costume contest and lots of treats!
The costume contest will be in four age groups, ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-10 and,
11-14. There will be prizes for the winners. They are also be accepting
donations of candy so start saving now, the donation drop off loca-'
tions will be posted soon. If your business or organization would like
to join in on the fun and set up a game booth, or you would like to give.
a monetary gift towards this event please contact Okeechobee Main'
Street's Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Children's Home Society hosts 'Heart Gallery'
Children's Home Society will host the opening of the 2008 Heart,
Gallery at our local Indian River State College. Please attend this event,
and support the adoption of sibling groups, children with special,
needs and older children. If you are interested in adopting a child or
if you would like to show your support for this event and represent
Okeechobee, please call Frank Avilla, CHS, 772-489-5601. The event.,
will be held Friday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-l p.m. Lunch will be
served.

Quilt drawing to benefit stricken child
Tickets are being sold for a queen-sized quilt at $1 each or 6 for
just $5. The drawing for the quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with the pro-
ceeds from the ticket sales to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge resident,
Madisen Byrd, who is 3 years old. Madisen was recently diagnosed
with Leukemia. She is currently hospitalized with complications. Ma-
disen's parents, Lori and Jimmy Byrd will be travelling with her back
and forth to treatments and funding is crucial to help support medi-
cal costs and travel expenses. A savings account has been set up at,
Seacoast National Bank in the name of Lori Byrd to take donations. To
see the quilt or to buy tickets, please call Val Douglas at 863-697-9796
or 863-357-6555 or stop by Custom Window Treatments, 4253 S. Hwy
441, Okeechobee.

Healthy Start to hold benefit drawing
The Healthy Start Coalition is hosting a Baby Shower for their cli-,
ents. They are selling drawing tickets for a candy bouquet. The tickets
are just $1 each. They will use these funds to help defray the cost of'
food items for the Baby Shower. For more information, please call:
Becky at 863-462-5877 and your donation will be picked up at your'
convenience.

Masonic Lodge AYCE breakfast
Sunday Sept. 7 from 8 until 11. a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W.
Fifth, there will be an All you can eat breakfast for $5. For information
call Jim Green at 863-634-4401.

9/11 commemoration planned
The Ladies Auxiliary's to VFW Post 4423 and Post 9528 would in-
vites the public to their "Second Annual Tribute" to honor our Law
Enforcement, Fire Rescue, EMT's, Paramedics and Volunteers. It will
be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, in Flagler Park at 6 p.m. Guest speak-
ers will be from both the County and City Departments along with
youth from our community. Please join us to honor those who gave
their lives and those who survived the most horrible terrorist attack on
American soil. Our goal is to teach our youth the sacrifices American's
make to maintain our freedom. "We Must Never Forget" Please con-'
tact Post 4423 at 863-763-0818 for any questions.


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Giving spirit benefits Martha's House


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local retired former business
owner Madlin Alice Kane recently
showed her giving spirit by donat-
ing $2,000 to Martha's House.
Mrs. Kane is the former busi-
ness owner of Alice's Kids R Us
Preschool center and attends
Fountain of Life Church.
When asked what led her to
donate to Martha's House she
stated that "You cannot out give
God. I donate every chance I get
to help the battered women and
children of Okeechobee."
Martha's House is a non-profit
organization that serves victims
of domestic violence (male and
female), as well as other adults
and children in distress. United
Way funds are added to Martha's
House to supplement the many
programs that they offer.
Budget cuts have slashed their
budgets this year as well placing


them in the same boat as most
other agencies state wide.
In addition to monetary dona-
tions, Martha's House also takes
donations of items. Specific items
that are always needed are toi-
letry paper goods and cleaning
supplies as well as many other
items. For more information call
863-763-2893.
They serve victims statewide
through use of their 24-hour
hotline 863-763-0202, emergency
safe shelter, counseling and edu-
cation, self-sufficiency assistance,
help in obtaining legal, medical
and financial aid, victim advocacy,
children's advocacy, information
and referral, outreach programs,
community and law enforce-
ment training and the Speakers
Bureau.
Martha's House offers a week-
ly support group program called
'Women in Need (WIN). It is de-
veloped specifically to meet the


needs of women dealing with,
or affected by, domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The
support group offers education,
networking and a safe and sup-
portive environment in which to
process issues.
The WIN program is provided
free of charge to all women age
16 and above.
Mental health counseling by
contracted licensed mental health
professionals is available to vic-
tims of domestic violence (past or
present), sexual violence and to
children who have witnessed do-
mestic violence. The counseling
is at little or no cost to the client.
Counselors are available at
Martha's House offices or on
school campuses. The goal is to
assist victims and their families to
recover from the trauma of abuse,
to prevent further occurrences
and to help young people avoid
the traps of abusive relationships.


Other programs offered
through Martha's House include
Teen Alternatives to Violence
(TATV), the Rape Prevention and
Education Program and the Rural
Initiative Latina Program.
Current items on Martha's
House wish list are as always do-
nations and other items such as:
landscaping; decent used cars;
auto repairs; school supplies;
conference room furniture; hair
cuts; make overs; new computer;
female personal hygiene prod-
ucts; baby items; can goods; and,
shelter repairs.
If you would like more infor-
mation about Martha's House
contact the administrative offices
at 863-763-2893.
For help in a domestic violence
situation, call 863-763-0202.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Stephanie Locke (left) accepted a $2,000 donation from Mad-
lin Alice Kane (right) to go towards helping supplement their
cut budget this year.


Olive Tree Foundation provides scholarships


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Rotarian William Olivos and
his wife Susan Olivos apply "Ser-
vice above Self" to their personal
and business life through their
work in creating the Olive Tree
Foundation for Education (OTFE)
which funds scholarships to pro-
spective students in optometry,
nursing and other health profes-
sions as well as those who wish
to pursue other careers such as
education, industrial manage-
ment and engineering.
Mr. Olivos spoke at a recent
Rotarian meeting about their re-
cent return from Huancayo, Peru.
Through the foundation, they go
on mission trips each year to of-
fer optometry services to people
in Peru.
Huancayo, Peru is in South
America where they were part-
ners with the Los Andes Peruvian
University in operating a compre-
hensive clinic.
Students from the university
joined them which allowed them
to offer not just eye care but other
medical needs as well.
They were able to address the
needs ofi the locals for diabetes,
high blood pressure, and choles-
terol issues, just to name a few.
Huancayo is a modern city
with more than 30,000 citizens. It


is only 300 km from Lima. It is the
capital of Junin and it is located in
the fertile valley of Mantaro River,
which has a significant rural pop-
ulation. There is a very significant
population that is in severe pov-
erty.
Huancayo is 14,500 feet above
sea level.
According to Mr. Olivos, most
of the people that they give eye
care to are very poor and often
illiterate. Most have never even
seen a pair of eyeglasses and
therefore wouldn't know if they
needed them.
This mission is aimed at help-
ing Peruvians to become healthy
enough to take care of their fami-
lies and maintain jobs in their
own country.
They collaborated with a Cath-
olic church in Huancayo where
they set up their clinic. Through
the college they had nursing stu-
dents who helped in the clinic.
In the future, they have plans
of coordinating with the college
once again to provide additional
services to the people there in-
cluding psychology; nutrition; ob-
stetrics; blood pressure; diabetic;
and of course optometry.
.* I They will also be offering par-
enting classes to, help stop the
high levels of physical and emo-
tional abuse that are prevalent in
Peru. According to Mr. Olivos, it


Walker in concert on


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Looking for some entertain-
ment in and around Okeecho-
bee? If your organization or busi-
ness has some entertaining events
coming up please forward them
along to caguilar@newszap.
com.
Country star Clay Walker will
be in concert at the Fred Smith
Arena on the Brighton Seminole
Reservation is on Saturday, Sept.
6. Gates open at 5 p.m. Chris
MacArthur will be the opening
act. Tickets are $25 and are on
sale at the following locations:
Everglades Farm and Equipment;
Accardi-Milrot Dodge; and the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce in Okeechobee. Tickets
can also be purchased on the
Reservation at the Casino, Brigh-
ton Trading Post' and by phone
through the Fred Smith Rodeo
Arena Office 863-467-6039. Direc-
tions to the arena: from Okeecho-
bee take S.R. 70 West or from
U.S. 27 take S.R. 70 East to the
caution light (S.R. 721) go south
to the reservation, pass the ca-
sino; when you see a water tower
make a right on the road before
the water tower which is Harney
Pond Road. The arena is down
approximately 1 mile on the right
hand side.
Sunday Sept. 7 the V.F.W. Post
4423, N.W. 34th Street, will hold
a 40s BigBandBash from 5 until 9
p.m. Music will be by David Lee.
Members and guests are wel-
come. For information call 863-
763-8969.


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
caguilar@newszap.com
The Okeechobee Contrac-
tors Association Luau Dinner
and Dance will be held on Fri-
day, Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 11:30
p.m. at the Shrine Club. The steak
dinner will be served at 8 p.m.
Hard Livin' Band will perform.
Tickets are $30 per person in ad-
vance, $50 at the door. For more
information contact Kelli Chap-
man at 863-634-7226 or Lisa Stark
at 863-697-6541. Tickets are also
available at Riverside Bank.
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge No. 237 will have their
100-Target Fun Shoot on Sat-
urday, Sept. 27 at Quail Creek
Plantation. For sponsorship or
more information call Jim Green
at 863-634-4401 or Steve Cates at
863-634-2061.
The Landing Strip Cafe is
now open for dinner every night
except Mondays and Wednesdays


is common to hear the idea that
"the more I hit you, the more I
love you" while in Peru. This is
commonplace in this area and
contributes to the low self-esteem
and other issues when one is try-
ing to come out of poverty.
The Olive Tree Educational
Foundation takes their mission
one step further and goes be-
yond just health. For exceptional
students at universities or out of
high school in Peru, the founda-
tion gives scholarships to provide
students in Peru who cannot af-
ford an education an avenue to
get that education not only to bet-
ter themselves, but to better the
economy of Peru.
By providing education to the
locals in Peru, they can then go
from Lima, Peru where there are
four colleges that the foundation
works with. Graduates return to
their hometowns and open busi-
nesses which benefit the econo-
my.
Education has also helped to
fight terrorism, which plagues the
young people who are typically
distraught with the upper classes
in their countries and easily per-
suaded. When young,people are
more educated and have more
opportunities, they are less likely
to be convinced to spend time
participating in terrorist activities.
By allowing Peruvians to bring


Saturday
when they close at 3 p.m. The
Landing Strip Caf6 will host "Bike
Night" every Tuesday evening.
The Landing Strip is located at
7800 NW 20th Trail at the airport.
There will be a live band.
A group class in ballroom
dancing is being offered in
Okeechobee at Church of Our
Saviour Parrish Hall, 200. NW
Third Street on Saturday after-
nbons at 4 p.m. The cost for the
hour lesson is $10. Private instruc-
tions are also available: Come
and enjoy the fun with or without
a partner. For more information
call 772-794-9040.'
Ladies drink free at The Pier
2 Resort every Thursday from
9pm till Midnight. It's buy one get
one free Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day with a live band. Happy Hour
daily from 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
caguilar@newszap. com.Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by email
to caguilar@newszap.com.


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themselves out of poverty in
their own country this also helps
to prevent illegal immigration.
When they have opportunity in
their own country, they are less
likely to be searching for a way
out.
The Olivos brought their
daughters Kathryn, 14 and Su-
sie, 12 to Huancayo with them as
well where they held art classes
with the small children while they
waited to receive services from
the clinic. During the trip the Ol-
ive Tree Foundation gave out 300
pairs of glasses.
If you would be interested in
going on this mission trip, or be-
ing involved through donations
please contact the foundation by
calling 772-336-2315. They will be
going on another trip in February
or March. Each trip is 7 to 10 days
and typically has a few days for
some site seeing intertwined in
the trip as well.
Ways to help the foundation
are: prayer; donating eye glasses
and/or sunglasses for the mission
trip; mentoring a student through
email; or monetary donations.
To make donations to OTFE
contact Olive Tree Foundation for
-Education,601 NW. Waverly'Cir-
clel Port St. Lucie, Fla.'34983. For
additional email fiveolivetrees@
aol.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian (left to right) William Olivos, his wife Susan Olivos
and their two children Kathryn Olivos, 14, and Susie Olivos,
12, visited Huancayo, Peru as part of their Olive Tree Foun-
dation where they helped to provide optometrist services to
many poverty stricken citizens.


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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, September 5, 2008


211 services are available before, during, after storm


While the 2007 storm season
was mild by Florida standards,
the reality is that our 2008 hurri-
cane season is becoming very ac-
tive, and now is the time to make
preparations. Before, during,
and after a hurricane, 211 Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast is available
to connect individuals of all ages,
including many needy families
as well as frail seniors, to essen-


TALAHASSEE -- Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son reminded state residents that
his department's price-gouging
hotline, which was activated two
weeks ago for Tropical Storm Fay,
- remains operational for the ap-
proaching Tropical Storm Hanna.
"We're encouraging the pub-
lic to report to us any instances
of price-gouging that they come
across," Commissioner Bronson
said.
Under Florida law, it is unlaw-
ful to charge exorbitant or exces-
sive prices for essential items --
including shelter, gasoline, food,
water, ice, generators or lumber
-- following the declaration of an
emergency, unless the increases
in the amount charged are attrib-
utable to additional costs incurred
by retailers.
Gov. Charlie Crist declared a


tial community resources during
such difficult times.
Knowledge of the vast array of
services 211 provides can elimi-
nate confusion as to whom to call
for assistance by connecting indi-
viduals to important health, com-
munity, governmental and hu-
man service information in Palm
Beach County and throughout the
Treasure Coast, 24 hours a day, 7


state of emergency for Fay last
month, and he signed another ex-
ecutive order earlier designating
that a state of emergency exists
for Hanna.
Individuals or businesses
found to have engaged in price-
gouging face fines of up to $1,000
per violation, or up to a maximum
fine of $25,000 a day.,
"We're asking consumers to
come forward and let us know
if any retailers have exploited our
citizens or are profiteering from
the approaching storm," Com-
missioner Bronson said. "This
activity is not only reprehensible,
it's illegal."
Commissioner Bronson is
asking residents who have any
evidence that price-gouging has
occurred or, is occurring to report
it at once to his department's toll-
free hotline at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352).


days per week.
And as preparations are made
this hurricane season, 211 Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast wants the
community to know that:
Before a storm, 211:
Provides information on
emergency shelters
Answers questions about
hurricane preparedness
Visit www.hurricane211pbtc.


org for Hurricane Safety Video
links in English, Spanish and Cre-
ole (site updated as named hur-
ricane approaches).
During a storm, 211:
Offers reassurance for in-
dividuals who are isolated and
alone
Provides crisis telephone
counseling for people experienc-
ing emotional distress


Area churches plan services and events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The following is from "Lay
Up Treasures in Heaven" by
Harvey Sampson:
"Some folks struggle all their
life with just one goal in mind.
They want to amass great wealth
then die and leave it behind."
"God knows where our trea-
sure is. He says there's your heart
also. Lay up treasures in Heaven."
They'll be safe when you must
go.
"Only what's done for Jesus
will count in eternity. Our treasure
secure in heaven for He holds the
key."
No corruption, thieves nor rust
can ever cause us to lose, when
every talent He gives us for His
great kingdom use." First Bap-
tist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St.,
will only have one morning wor-
ship service, through Sept. 7.
Oakview Baptist Church
started their 12 week "F.A.I.T.H"
visitation and outreach program
on Aug. 27. The Univeristy of
Christian Living classes will begin
again on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Also,
the Christian Team Trails Fishing
Tournament will start their sea-
son on the first Saturday in Octo-
ber. For information call 863-763-
1699. Bible study at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W.
Sixth Ave., is held on Wednesday
evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor


Places of

Worship
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
pgawda@newszap.com
Nick Hopkins presents informa-
tive and in depth Bible studies in
a casual and friendly atmosphere.
Everyone is invited to attend. Cof-
fee and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 772-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4


donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" a year-
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects." Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
nights.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas. Pro-
grams are available for students
in grades one through six and
seven through 12. Programs are
from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call 863
801-4307.
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit the last Saturday of
each month starting at 6:30 a.m.,
and a women's fellowship the
last Saturday of each month in
the fellowship hall starting at 8:30
a.m. For more information call
863-357-1581.
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic


Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., is of-
fering free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Non meetings on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. to
help family and friends of alcohol-
ics. For information call Chris at
863-467-5714.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863 763-
2171.
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 S.W. Fourth Street, Okeecho-
bee, (entrance is the door to the
West in front of church). Please
contact Susie Pickering at 863-
467-5831 or First Baptist Church
at 863-763-2171 for more infor-
mation.


After a storm, 211:
Helps direct qualified indi-
viduals to resources that are most
appropriate to meet their unique
needs
Provides referrals to emer-
gency assistance programs, in-
cluding local distribution centers
and meal site locations
Gathers and disseminates
other relevant human service
information both over the tele-
phone and via the internet
Maintains a designated
hurricane website, http://hur-
ricane2l1 pbtc.org, containing
update-to-date information on re-


cover and relief efforts including
updates on local closings/open-
ings, municipalities, transporta-
tion, etc.
Year round, with access to
more than 4,000 local programs,
211 provides up-to-date informa-
tion and referrals to health and
human service programs, crisis
counseling, suicide prevention,
and community education ser-
vices to residents in Palm Beach,
Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River,
and Okeechobee Counties. For
more information, dial 2-1-1 or
visit www.211palmbeach.org or
www.211 treasurecoast.org.


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Jimmy C. Varnadore, 74
OKEECHOBEE Jimmy C. Varna-
dore, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
Sept. 2, 2008, in his residence. He
was 74.
Born Nov. 16, 1933, in Lake Worth,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1975.
He is survived by his loving wife of
43 years, Edith Varnadore of Okee-
chobee; son, Jamie Varnadore of
Clewiston; daughters, Heather
Bundshuh (Larry) of Jacksonville,
Meghan Bomann (Reade) of Boni-
fay; brothers, Bill Varnadore (Mar-
gie) of Okeechobee, Sheldon
Varnadore (Judy) of Niceville; sis-
ters, Barbara Hughes (Lee) of Cle-
wiston, Martha Mclnnes (Cecil) of
Boca Raton, and Sarah Beam (Billy)
of Okeechobee. In addition he is sur-
vived by four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held
Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of. the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
North East 5th Street, Okeechobee,
Fl.
Lisa McCray, 44
OCALA Lisa McCray, died Mon-
day, Sept. 1, 2008
in Ocala. She was
44.
She is survived,
by her husband,
Randy McCray;
daughter, Stacey "
(Tony) Ponikvar .. /.
and son, Travis .
Motes; sisters, Charlotte (Charlie)
Lee, Belinda (Rodney) Wall, Noel
(Ryan) Hercek, Jennifer (Doug) So-
renson, and Tracy Murphy. In addi-
tion, she is survived by 11 nieces and
nephews.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m.
Saturday in Wings of Faith Fellow-
ship, 5066 S.E. 64th Ave. Rd., Ocala,
FL, 34472.
In lieu of flowers, please make me-
morial contributions to Lisa McCray
c/o Janice Floyd, 3328 S.W. 16th St.,
Okeechobee, FL, 34974.


Angela Burnette
Asmussen, 45
TEMPLE, Ga. Angela Burnette
Asmussen, died Sunday, Aug. 31,
2008, in Temple, Georgia, after fight-
ing a long and courageous battle
with cancer. She was 45.
Her strength and courage made
her family and friends deeply proud
of her.
Angela and her family are mem-
bers of the First United Methodist
Church of Okeechobee, Fla.
Angela was born in Bristol, Tenn.,
on Jan. 30, 1963. Upon moving to
Florida, she worked at the South
Florida Water Management District
office in West Palm Beach and later
in private practice with Oracle Cor-
poration as a developer/computer
programmer. She made many
friends during her working career.
Angela Burnette Asmussen is sur-
vived by her mother, Wanda Cooper
Burnette of Temple Georgia and her
father and stepmother, Bill and San-
dra Burnette of Hendersonville, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she is sur-
vived by her husband, Loris C. As-
mussen; her children, Emily Raye
Asmussen (21), Savannah Kylie As-
mussen (15), and Matthew Chase
Asmussen (11); her brother Michael
S. Burnette and sister Tara Lane and;
her uncles Gary Cooper and Zack
Burnette.
She was preceded in death by her
grandparents Earl and Evelyn Coop-
er and Cecil and Ella Mae Burnette.
A memorial service will be 4 p.m.
Sunday, in the First United Methodist
Church of Okeechobee, Fla.
Angela requested that her family
and friends remember her for the
life she lived. She requested that her
friends, in lieu. of, flowers,,write
about a memory that they have of
her that can be provided to her chil-
dren to let them know how much
their mother meant to others. This
can be hand delivered during the
memorial service, mailed to P.O.
Box 1998, Okeechobee, FL. 34973 or
e-mailed to lasmusse@embarq-
mail.com.
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name to St. Jude's Children's Re-
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Okeechobee News
Hunting season is here again
and it's time to apply for special
hunts. The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) will begin accepting 2009
special opportunity spring turkey
hunt applications at 10 a.m. Sept.
9. The deadline for submitting ap-
plications is midnight Oct. 14.
Applications may be submit-
ted at www.wildlifelicense.com,
county tax collectors' offices or
at any license agent. A random
drawing decides who will receive
the coveted permits. To apply,
hunters can obtain application
worksheets at MyFWC.com/hunt-
ing and at all FWC regional of-
fices.
Demand for these hunts is typ-
ically greater than the number of
available permits, but hunters can
increase their chances of being
selected by submitting as many
$5 nonrefundable applications
as they like. Successful applicants
pay a permit fee of $50 to $175,
depending on the special-oppor-
tunity hunt area selected.
Participation rules limit out-of-
state hunters to one permit per
hunt.
The FWC created special-
opportunity spring turkey hunts
for sportsmen looking to take an
Osceola, the "crown jewel" of the
turkey hunter's Grand Slam. The
FWC designs special-opportunity
turkey hunts to take place on large
tracts of land, with great habitat,
healthy turkey populations and a
limited nmti ber of'htnters..,,: !;
The Osceola is a highly prized
subspecies of wild turkey, found
only in peninsular Florida, south
of and including Dixie, Gilchrist,
Alachua, Union, Bradford, Clay
and Duval counties. All hunts take
place within the Osceola turkey's
home range.
For more information on spe-
cial-opportunity Osceola turkey
hunts, visit MyFWC.com/hunting.


Fishing photos
convey fun and
responsibility
Bob Wattendorf who writes
the FWC Florida Fish Busters Bul-
letin offers the following tips on
taking photos of your big catch:
"A picture is worth a thousand
words" is a saying we have all
heard and understood. Unfortu-
nately, some of those photos we
are so proud of can accidentally
convey the wrong message. Es-
pecially when they are published,
they can portray unsafe or illegal
practices.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
realizes that promoting Florida
fishing and boating includes not
only an obligation to portray the
fun, excitement and camaraderie
in a positive fashion but also to
reflect safe and sustainable use of
Florida's natural resources.
Because of this, the FWC of-
fers these following photography
tips.
1. Photos of anglers should
reflect good taste and safe, legal
and conservation-minded fishing
practices.
2. Emphasize the fun of fish-
ing with big smiles and natural
settings. Avoid trash in the back-
ground, excess blood and tobac-
co or alcohol.
3. Ensure appropriate boating
safety equipment is evident in the
photo. For instance, life jackets
should always be on children in
a boat.
4. Photos should depict safe
boating practices, including avoid-
ing overloading small vessels, use
of kill switches, etc.
5. Fish that are illegal to har-
vest, due to creel or size limits,
should be shown in the water.
For instance, undersized sailfish
jumping or a goliath grouper
alongside the boat about to be re-
leased. Gaffs should not be used
on fish that may be released.
Tarpon that are out of the water
should have a "legally harvested"
tag showing.
6. If you have to remove fish
from the water, try holding your


breath while the fish is out of the
water as a reminder to release it
quickly. Large fish should never
be suspended by the jaw, not
even to weigh them, if they are
going to be released. To protect
the slime layer, use wet hands to
handle fish. Similarly, if a land-
ing net is needed, use a rubber-
coated net. Never touch the eyes
and gills. However, holding and
supporting the fish horizontally
with a thumb (depending on the
species; be careful of sharp teeth)
or lip-grip tool in the mouth and
using the other hand to help
support and control the fish can
keep it from thrashing around or
getting loose. Properly used, he-
mostats, needle-nosed pliers or
dehooking tools can be useful for
backing the hook out, but cut the
line if it is deeply embedded.

Photography Tips
1. Digital or film Digital cam-
eras work fine for most applica-
tions. However, if you plan to
print the image, a minimum reso-
lution of 2 megapixels (good for a
4" x 6" image) is needed.
2. ISO ISO refers to the light-
capturing quality of film, but a
similar setting is available on
many digital cameras. Lower.
numbers (25-100) require more
light, but capture much greater
detail.
3. The rule of thirds applies -
When composing photos, it is
often best not to center your sub-
ject, but place it so the focal point
is about one-third of the way from
an edge.
4. Close-up For many fishing
shots, you'll want to come close
to filling the frame with the fish,
the angler and the fish, or a scene
including the tackle and fish.
5. Smiles When photograph-
ing anglers, it's all about the fun of
fishing that should be reflected in
the anglers' smiles and body lan-
guage. Mix the direction up with
anglers sometimes focusing on
the fish, rather than the camera.
6. Lighting Natural light, es-
pecially early morning and late
afternoon, tends to provide the
most dynamic effect. When us-


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Weber
Continued From Page 1

incapacity.
The Judge noted the hearing
did not involve any attempt to
with hold medical care. He said
.the issue was who should be
named permanent guardian for
Mrs. Weber.
"The only issue is who is going
to take care of this person, not the
issue of whether or not life sup-
port should be terminated. Do we
all understand that?" he asked.
Joyce Tatro-Manes, Karen's
sister told the court that she can
still communicate with her sister.
She said that during a recent visit,
Karen waved at her and laughed
at her jokes.
"It was a whole different ball
game in April. She responded and
answered my questions," she tes-
tified.
Joyce said her sister grabbed
her hand and held onto it, tighten-
ing the grip when she attempted
to say goodbye.
"You could tell it was difficult
for her but she was determined


School
Continued From Page 1

pay, additional supplements, in-
surance benefits and a district
longevity stipend.
This equals a 3.53 percent to-
tal increase in the salary schedule
for the 2008-09 school year.
In regards to the classified em-
ployees, the total percent increase
proposed from last years schedule
is 4.47 percent which equals a to-
tal of $388,781.58 in new dollars.
This amount includes a 10-cent
raise to base pay across the entire
pay schedule and the creation of
district longevity stipends.
Longevity stipends would be
paid to reward those who have
been loyal to the district for a
number of years and are in the
top step of the salary schedule.
Being in the top step means that
they have 23 or more years of ex-
perience. However, this stipend
would only be calculated on
Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict experience.
Stipends would be distributed
as follows: 0 to 5 years $300; 6
to 10 years $350; 11 to 15 years
$400; 16 to 20 years $450; 21 to 25
years $500; and 26 years or more
$550.
L This equals half of the stipend.
amount that was proposed by the
SOCEA. In the OCEA counter they
proposed doubling these num-
bers for instructional employees


Lake
Continued From Page 1

The Kissimmee chain of lakes
is above regulation schedule and
releases are being made from
them to the Kissimmee River,
which in turn, causes the level of
Lake Okeechobee to rise.
John Zediak, chief of water
management for COE's Jackson-
ville District, stated that their intent
was to slow down the rise of the
water level not to draw down
the lake. At the end of the 11-day


Raid
Continued From Page 1

will be set by the judge at first ap-
pearance.
"We're very glad to remove
this grow house from a neigh-
borhood where many children
reside," said Sheriff Paul C. May.
"I was present and saw our Nar-
cotics Task Force and Special Re-
sponse Team conduct a flawless
entry. Danger is always present
as a loaded shotgun was within
arm's reach of the arrested per-
son as our people entered the
home. New laws make the penal-
ties much greater than they used
to be and this case will be pros-
ecuted to the fullest extent of the
law. To make these grow houses


to make her communication get
through," she added.
Joyce said her mother that pro-
vided most of the care for Karen
when she was living at home.
"I'd say 85 to 90 percent would
be my mom," she added.
She claimed her sister's needs
were better met when her mother
was there.
Joyce said if Karen could voice
who she wanted for her guardian,
she would chose her mother over
her husband.
Joyce said Karen opened her
eyes during a visit Sept. 2. She
has undergone brain and lung
surgeries in recent weeks and
Joyce maintained it appeared her
sister was recovering from those
surgeries.
Wanda Roberts, a cousin of
Karen, grew up with her.
She told the court she saw
Karen regularly over the past few
years.
When Karen suffered a stroke
in 2007, she remained responsive
and would hold your hand, Rob-
erts said.
She noted that Karen could
move both her hands and feet,
and would even "dance" to music


and this exact stipend distribution
was proposed for the classified
schedule.
OCEA negotiators expressed
that they were not pleased with
the longevity stipend numbers.
Other items in the OCEA of-
fer that were not granted by the
district were an additional $100
added to the advanced degree
stipends and additional supple-
ments for classified employees.
The next meeting for further
negotiations has not been sched-
uled at this time.
Concerns of the OCEA includ-
ed the release of the annual finan-
cial report for the 2007-08 school
year which is an item for action
on the Tuesday, Sept. 4, agenda.
OCEA wants to see the end of
year unreserved fund balance be-
fore accepting any offer from the
district.
OCEA also believes that the
schedule cost is inflated due to
an extensive number of vacant
positions placed on Step 11 of the
schedule. OCEA expressed that
they understand that some vacan-
cies must be held for various cir-
cumstances, but not 30 positions
on step 11 as is being held by the
district.
At the previous meeting of the
negotiating parties, Mr. Lee ex-
pressed that with new legislation,
,the district is expecting at least
one more cut this year and possi-
bly two that will financially affect
the district.
Every three years the entire


release period, their goal was for
the lake level to be about what it
was before the releases began.
"We won't be able to stop it
but we can slow down the rise,"'
he said.
Mr. Zediak said the releases to
the St. Lucie would be adjusted to
compensate for local runoff be-
tween the lock and the lake. He
noted that we are still not at the
peak of the hurricane season.
Steve Dubah, chief engineer
for the Jacksonville district stated
that the Herbert Hoover Dike was
built over 75 years ago for flood


is wrong and unlawful, but to do
it in a neighborhood where chil-
dren are being raised, will not be
tolerated."
The residence at 8245 S.W
Ninth Street was purchased by
Gonzales in December 2006
for $340,000 according to the
Okeechobee Property's Apprais-
er's Web site. The home is 3,768
sq. ft. under roof, with 1,785 sq. ft.
heated indoor space. In the past
four months, three grow houses
were raided on nearby Southwest
67 Drive, which connects with
SW Ninth Street.
The Lazy 7 area is a single
family residential housing area,
considered a middle class neigh-
borhood.
The Sheriff's Office is dedicat-
ed to eradicating all of these grow
houses, regardless of location.


in her bed.
Roberts said Karen would
want her mother to take care of
her because she has depended
upon her mom for the past six
years.
"She has been totally happy
when living with her mom," she
added.
Mr. Weber took the stand and
denied taking part in a conversa-
tion involving the Schiavo case in
2005. Martha Weber stated Ray-
mond voiced an opinion that sup-
ported the husband's attempts to
have Schiavo removed from her
feeding tube.
Raymond noted Karen's moth-
er helped with caring for Karen
when she lived in Okeechobee.
"Whoever was available pro-
vided the care. We didn't keep
score," he said.
Raymond Weber said he had
discussed a living will with Karen
in August, 2004 while they lived in
Ohio, but that the will was never
signed and notarized.
Mr. Weber said his wife has
responded in visits but not to the
level that her mother and her sis-
ter have described.


Instructional Contract and Classi-
fied Contract are revised in their
entirety by the board and the
OCEA. This process begins with
each party presenting proposals
on each contract. Each entity then
goes back and forth as needed
with counter offers until the two
parties get to some form of agree-
ment on the language that will be
used in the contract.
This year's contract will be ef-
fective from 2008 until 2011.
This process allows OCEA to
have five representatives at the
bargaining table. These five are:
Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast
Service Unit Director; Cammie
Hudson, Chief Negotiator; OCEA
President Candy Walker; OCEA
Secretary Maggi Cable; and for
the instructional contract, teacher
Kevin Lute; and for the classified
contract, Judy Kelly.
For the Okeechobee County
School Board there are four
members at the bargaining table:
Sam Lee, Chief Negotiator; OCSB
Attorney Tom Conely; Genia Ar-
bogast; and Ken Kenworthy.
With the exception of the sala-
ry schedule packages, the district
and the OCEA have previously
completed the instructional con-
tract and the classified contracts
during the first two days of nego-
tiations.
. The next meeting will be an-
nounced on a later date. Both
parties are hoping to be able to
meet again either late September
or mid-October.


control and it has done its job
very well. He said the flooding
from Tropical Storm Fay would
have been a lot worse without
the dike.
"The issues with the dike are
in proportion to the lake level."
said Mr. Dubah.
As of Sept. 4, the lake level was
14.75. Under the new regulation
schedule, 17.25 is the maximum
elevation allowable.
Mr. Dubah said that Tropical
Storm Fay was worse than two
or three hurricanes in terms of
rainfall because it was so slow
moving. He said another Fay
would make him "extremely con-
cerned."
If there is more rainfall, the vol-
ume of discharges could increase.
Water managers are evaluating
the situation daily and until fur-
ther notice will be having a con-
ference call with the media every
afternoon.


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Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at 1'
p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann


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Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
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Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
*Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at 6
p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tournaments
- sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
bingo)
Dinner and music almost every
Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763-
0818.
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1
p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza
and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karoake 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3
Monday of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
day.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows


the dinner.
Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Robert Hare at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are,
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buck-
head Ridge, is having an open,
mic night with Nellie from 6'
until 9 p.m. every Tuesday
evening. Come on out and
support her by singing your
favorite songs.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Closing times are discretionary and de-
pendent on the number of patrons but
usually not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m. and
3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-
can-eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45
p.m. Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening mu-
sic.
Thursday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open from
5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs,
$1.50 Polish Sausage, both with Chili
and all the fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m.
Music and dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas
card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary sec-
ond Monday at. 7 p.m., Mens Auxiliary
second Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family member
serving overseas? We send packages of
urgently needed supplies to them. We
accept donations for this worth cause.
Contact Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings}
and parties. For information call the,
club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information'
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
Food is served several evenings a
week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on,
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-.
ket restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7-
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-'
day of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak'
dinner with the trimmings beginning at.
5:30 p.m. i
. Editor's note: To add listings or,
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.


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YOUR LAST CHANCE BEFORE THESE VEHICLES


ARE SENT TO THE AUCTION FOR FINAL DISPOSAL



TW HIG AR DEALERSDO OTAN BARGINHNTRSTKO


ONE
Most car dealers do not own their inventory. 'he Bank does.
Banks have strict policies on how long a dealer can keep a vehicle. If a vehicle is around too long
the dealer must either write the Bank a check to write down the vehicle or in some cases pay off
the entire vehicle. This eats up a dealer's cash and he has less money to run his business.

"'My business is all about cashflow and when sales slow down, the cash dries up."
TB.
Dealership Controller
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TODAY'S BARGAIN HUNTER?
'he slowing economy combined with skyrocketing gas prices has had a major impact on the
current used car market. Slowing sales causes used vehicles to sit on dealers lots. Dealers have
no choice but to use their available cash to write the Bank big checks to write down their inven-
tory or take it to the wholesale dealer auctions and try to sell it for a fraction of its value.
"I am dollars ahead making a retail customer an unbelievable deal on these vehicles than letting
the car sharks pick me apart at the wholesale auction."
M.Z.
Participating Dealer

That is why dealers have asked us to organize these vehicle disposal sales. They are far better off
selling these vehicles at unbelievable prices than taking the vehicles to wholesale auction.
TWO
Where you buy your vehicle makes a difference on getting approved
for a loan plus the interest rate and terms you get.
Most people believe that their credit score is what influences their financing. Not true. Lend-
ers also base loan approvals, lower interest rates and better terms on the volume of business a
dealer does with the lender. Because of the high number of loans we do with certain national
lenders, we often get people approved that were turned down at other dealers or we get lower
interest rates than a customer was getting at. a dealer that does less business with alender.

"It's amazing. We do so much business that several months ago we were the number one supplier
of auto finance contracts to a national lender: 7hat's how popular these sales have become."
Chris
Financial Services Director


FAIR WARNING:
The sale starts Friday, Sept. 5th and ends on Sunday Sept. 14th
'he people that own this inventory want you to know how serious they are about selling this
cars and trucks to they have asked us to stay open the maximum hours allowed by law which is
9AM to 9PM all days of the sale.
There will be over three hundred cars, trucks, vans, SUV's and luxury cars available. Go to the
next page for a full list. You will be amazed.
Local ordinances prohibit us from bringing all three hundred vehicles. We can have any vehicle
you see listed, subject to prior sale, at the sale location within several hours.
The sales staff you meet will be polite. But, fair warning-they will ask you to buy a car. They
will also ask you some basic questions about what you are looking for, what you are trading
and if yvou are interested in buying today. TIhey won't pressure you into a decision or wear you
out with corny car lingo like "you better buy now...it might not be here when you come back" If
they seem business-like, it's because the people who have hired us have made it very clear how
serious they are about selling these vehicles in five days.

WAe'll give you a price for ours, tell you what we'll give you for yours and ask you if you want to
make a deal. If you say no, there is no problem at all. But don't be offended if the salesperson
walks away to talk with another buyer. It's not personal-it's j ust business.
"We get more good comments from customers about how easy, fast and efficient the whole buying
process is at these sales. Like one customer said, "I wasn't there to make fiends. I wanted a bargain
and you wanted to sell a car."'
Richard
General Manager
We will gladly take your check with proper ID and a short credit check. If you have your own
bank or credit union financing that makes it that much easier for you and us.
We do have several national lenders standing by online for the sale who are eager to make loans
at some very attractive rates and terms for those people that want to shop financing.
We are not the people who claim to 'get everyone financed' or 'your job is your credit'. If you
have damaged credit, please come to the sale. We have helped folks that have been turned down
elsewhere.
"We've been able to help many people with damaged credit get a car mainly because our prices
are so low and we do so much business the lender is willing to take a chance."
Chris
Finance Director


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Nope. No Eree gas.

DO WVE GET A WALLMART GIFT CARD FOR A TEST DRIVE?
Nope. Last I checked, WallMart stock was doing fine and didn't need our help.

DO 1WE GET A FREE VACATIONlT CRUISE?
1 Nope. We got tired of people calling to borrow the money to get off the ship for dll
the extra fees that you can never read in the fine print.

DO WE GET ANTY FREEBIES?
People, People, People. 'there is no free lunch- especially at a car sale. All those
extras or incentives or freebies all cost you, the customer, in the end. Somehow
they are built into the deal.

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serious about selling so they don't take a bath at the auction.

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in outdoors setting? Are you a seasoned
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G4S YOUTH SERVICES
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OJOCC is seeking qualified professionals to work
with youth in a residential setting. The following
positions are currently available with competitive
salaries and benefits.
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Lg. 2BR Apt. close to town,
central a/c, nice & clean,
$850 + sec. dep. Call Vikki
(561)255-4377
OKEE., 2br, ba CBS, New
kitchen & paint. Laundry. No
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ON RIM CANAL of Lake Okee-
chobee: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
$165/week. (772)359-1640
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 3 BR, 21/2
BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
RANCH SETTING 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
REMODELED 2br, lba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, 1st, last, security,
(863)634-3313
SW OKEECHOBEE 2BR, no
pets, non-smkg. env., 12
mo. lease, $700 mo. For info
call (863)634-7489
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets..
561-329-8205



KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428


BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $1100/mo,
(772)323-4758
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR/1BA,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
CLEAN In town, 2BR, 2BA,
new appliances, laundry room
w/W&D, screen porch, lawn
serv. Non-smk. env., Small pet
ok $750 mo. + sec.
941-504-3954
MINT CONDITION 3BR/2BA,
Tiled living room, carport.
$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
c & heat. $725 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
1ba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $650/mo +
$650 dep (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE 4 mi East on
Hwy 70. 2BR, 1BA, W/D
hookup, appl. incl. CA/H,
$800/mo. (863)447-2130
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 mo. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
Rent to Own -4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
WATERFRONT Fish from
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495


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Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
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Land Sale 1040
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Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
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OKEECHOBEE New CBS
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tile throughout, 1623 sq ft
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(863)634-0571
Taylor Creek 3/2, 2 car gar-
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offer. (561)307-7926



2 homes on 12 acres, stocked
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Mobile Home Parts 2010
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BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
furnished or unfurnished.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
refs. (863)824-0981
OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal w/dock. $650 mo.
+ sec. Includes water/lawn
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Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500





IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2008 CP 146
Division: Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARJORIE D. BOWER
Deceased , .
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Marjo-
le D. Bower, deceased, whose date of
death was December 07th, 2007, and
whose social security number is
114327260, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All crediors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECI-
TON 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
Is Sept. 5th, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Robert 0. Bower
20537 Bergamo Way
Northridge, CA 91326
Anthony Dale George, Jr., PA.
Attorney At Law
Attorney for Personal Representative:
759 S. Federal Highway -
Suite 206
Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone: (772) 286-2200
Florida Bar No. 822787
290258 ON 9/5,12/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CP-161
IN RE: ESTATE OF
PHILIP ROCHFORD,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of PHILIP
ROCHFORD, deceased, whose date of
death was February 5, 2007, and
whose Social Security Number is
265-32-4929, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attomey are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is. August 29th, 2008.
Linda Gay Rochford
Personal Representative
901 S.E. 8th Drive
Okeechobee, Rorida 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeecfhobee, Florida 34973-1367
89631 763-3825
o W. Conely, IIlI
-Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative --
288479 ON 8/29;9/5/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CP-164
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALBERT MAXWELL WIER,
a/Ioa ALBERT M. WIER,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of AL-
BERT MAXWELL WIER, aR a ALBERT
M. WIER, deceased, whose date of
death was July 19, 2008, and whose
Social Security Number is
417-01-2612, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, orida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: August 29th, 2008,
David Scott Wier
Co-Personal Representative
2821 S.E. 47th Terrace
901 S.E. 8th Drive
Oheechobeechobee, Florida 34974
Albert Larry Wier
Co-Personal Representative
2912 S.E. 47th Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Honda 34973-1367
S863) 763-3825
om W.Conely,III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
288522 ON 8/29,9/5/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CP-161
IN RE: ESTATE OF
PHILIP ROCHFORD,
Deceased
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
(Testate)
TO: JOHN MICHAEL ROCHFORD
ADDRESS UNKNOWN
The administration of the estate of PHILIP
ROCHFORD, deceased, File Number
2008-CP-161, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florioda,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechoee, Florida. The estate is tes-
tate and the date of the decedent's
Wills and any Codicils are August 17,
2004. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
Any interested person on whom a copy
of the notice of administration is
served must object to the validity of
the will (or any codicil), qualifications
of the personal representative, venue,
or jurisdiction of the court, by filing, a
petition or other pleading requesting
relief in accordance with the Florida
Probate Rules, WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THE NOTICE OF THE OB-
JECTING PERSON, OR THOSE OBJEC-
TIONS ARE FOREVER BARRED.
Any person entitled to exempt property is
required to tile a petition for determina-
tion of exempt property WITHIN THE
TIME PROVIDED BY LAW OR THE
RIGHT TO EXEMPT PROPERTY IS
DEEMED WAIVED. Any person entitled
to elective share is EXEMPT PROPER-
TY IS DEEMED WAIVED. Any person
entitled to elective share is required to
file an election to take elective share
WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW
OR THE RIGHT TO CLAIM AN ELEC-
TIVE SHARE IS DEEMED WAIVED.
Personal Representative
Linda Gay Rochford
Attorney for Personal Representative:
CONELY & CONELY, PA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
C863) 763-3825
mW.ConelyIII
Florida Bar #096482
288512 ON 8/29;9/5/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No. 2008-DR-501
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Adulfa NIeto,
Petitioner
and
David Nieto,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: David Nieto
PO Box 2974
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Aduofa
Nieto, whose address is 3035 NE
128th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 on
or before 9-12-2008, and file the origi-
nal withthe clerk of this Court at Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Court
Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972 be-
fore service on Petition or immediately
thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Fl onda Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Farm 12.915.)
Future papers in the lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: 8/122008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
287211 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK, AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff
VS. CASE NO. 08 382 CA
STEVEN K. ASTLES; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF STEVEN K. ASTLES; STE-
VEN K. ASTLES, AS TRUSTEE OF THE
STEVEN K. ASTLES REVOCABLE
TRUST DATED 10/16/06; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID DEFENDANTS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RE-
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S);
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION '
TO: STEVEN K. ASTLES; STEVEN K. AS-
TLES, AS TRUSTEE OF THE STEVEN
K. ASTLES REVOCABLE TRUST DAT-
ED 10/16/06; IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS;
Whose residence are/is unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintiff's attorney, whose
name and address appears hereon,
within thirty days of the first publica-
tion of this Notice, the nature of this
proceeding being a suit for foreclosure
of mortgage against the following de-
scribed property, to wt:,
LOTS 23, 24, 25, AND 26, BLOCK 22,
CONNERS HIGHLANDS, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 21; OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A
X0=0 NW 21at Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34972
If you fail to file your answer or written
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney, a dealt will be en-
tered against yaou for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petition.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this
26th day of August, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. If hearing Impaired, please
call (800) 935-9771 (IDO) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
290283 ON 9/5,12/08

NOTICE
The Value Adjustment Board of Okee-
chobee County will convene its annual
organizational meeting on Tuesday,
September 16, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at
the Health Department Auditorium,
1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any de-
cision made by the Boardwith respect
to any matter considered at sch
meeting will need 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 must include the
testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based.
Commissioner Marvin Wherrell,
Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOB8EE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK, AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff
VS. CASE NO. 08 383 CA
STEVEN K. ASTLES; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF STEVEN K. ASTLES: STE-
VEN K. ASTLES, AS TRUSTEE OF THE
STEVEN K. ASTLES REVOCABLE
TRUST DATED 10/16/06; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RE-
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S);
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: STEVEN K. ASTLES; STEVEN K. AS-
TLES, AS TRUSTEE OF THE STEVEN
K. ASTLES REVOCABLE TRUST DAT-
ED 10/16/06: IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANTIS), IF REMARRIED. AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS;
Whose residence areas unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintiff's attorney, whose
named and address appears hereon,
within thirty days of the first publica-
tion of this Notice, the nature of this
proceeding being a suit for foreclosure
of mortgage against the following de-
scribed property, to wit:
LOTS 20, 21, AND 22, BLOCK 22,
CONNERS HIGHLANDS, ACCORDING
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 21. OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA.
NAKA

XXXX0 NW 21st Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34972
If you fail to file your answer or written
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney, a default will be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petition.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this
26th day of August, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodatIon to
participate In this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. If hearing impaired, please
call (800) 935-9771 (IDD) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
290285 ON 9/5,12/08
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-111
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that VER-
DOT VI LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 356

Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOTS A B G H
OF TRACT 30 E1/2 OF N1/2 OF
TRACT 30 17 34S 33E
1-17-34-33-DAOO-00030-AOOO
Sa -i s.:.T- f.- ,,,,,,. ir,.- County of

Name in which assessed:
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, orida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September. 2008.

SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,306.47
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,312.72
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AN[
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COUR]
Okeechobee County, Rfoid

/S/Robin R. PardsI
Deputy Cled
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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TO-115
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has tiled said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon; The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 363

Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOTS M & N OF
TRACT 31 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
S1/2 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
S1/20FTRACT 31 1734S 33E
1-17-34-33-OAOO-00031-MOOO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Honda
Name in which assessed:
DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES

DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $3,001.26
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 3,007.51


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobeehobee 1County, Florida
/S/. Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287399 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TO-128
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of Issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 190
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOT J OF
TRACT 28 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF
S1/2 OF TRACT 28 13 34S33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO-00028-JOO
E ,,,,:,T r. Dij T, m, County of

Name in which assessed:
HELEN P CARTER
JASON M SEASON
WILLIAM F CARTER
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00-A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT $1,744.60
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 1,750.85
WARNING[
THERE -ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL.INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
r OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRE
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE
FLORIDA 34972,863.763.2131.
e Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OF
L CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
E IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASI
E MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVI
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE
D LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE ANt
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON
T CLERK OF CIRCUIT COUR
a Okeechobee County, Forid
/S/Robin R.Pardsl
h Depaty Cler
r 207425 ON 8/15,22,29:9/5/08


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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-009
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for a
tax deed to be issued thereon. The cer-
tificate number and year of issuance, the
description of the property, and the
names in which it was assessed are as
follows:
Certificate No: 45
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOTS E & F OF
TRACT 2 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 2 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF
S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 2 09 34S 33E
1-09-34-33-OAOO-00002-EOO0
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MARIA S DE CHAVEZ
REMEDIES H DE CHAVEZ
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property described
in such certificate shall be sold to the
highest bidder at the Okeechobee County
Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
10:00 A.M., on the 25th day of Septem-
ber, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES

DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005
BASE BID AMOUNT: $739.11
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 745.36


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE A
LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CONTIGU-
OUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE SOLO
AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON Sep-25-2008,
AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS THE BACK TAX-
ES ARE PAID. TO MAKE ARRANGE-
MENTS FOR PAYMENT OR TO RECEIVE
FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT
THE CLERK OF COURT, TAX DEED DE-
PARTMENT IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW
THIRD STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.

Note: When redeeming property please
be advised tha e cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE THE
AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DELIVERED
PRIOR TO THE DATE AND TIME INDI-
CATED.
SHARON
ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/Robin R. Parish
Deputy Clerk
287435 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08

NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-012

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that VER-
DOT VI LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 459

Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOT F OF
TRACT 12 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 12 22 34S 33E
1-22-34-33-OAOO-00012-FOOO
Said property being in the County of
.,Okeechobee, State of Florida :
Name in which assessed:
MARY C MAINE
MONTAGE MAINE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.

SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005,2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $2,038.03
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,044.28


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
E A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
S SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION OF
E Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TC
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERI
S OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
K IMMEDIATELY AT .312 NW THIRI
S STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE
S FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.












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Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per
e sonal checks.

PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OF
S CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAl
L AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.

MAKE PAYABLE TO: .
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEAS
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAV
E THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE
E LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE ANI
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSOE
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COUR
T Okeeheobee County, Flotid
a /S/Robin R. Pards
S 23Deputy Cler
k 287371 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08


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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-112
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that VER-
DOT VI LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 358
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF
TRACT 30 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
S1/2 & W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
S1/2 OF TRACT 30 1734S 33E
1-17-34-33-OAOO-00030-KOO0
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
OEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Floda 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES

DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006

BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,224.41
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,230.66


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 803.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W.5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

Okeechbee County, Florida
/S/Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287423 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED

2008-TD-010
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year oa issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 66
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006

Description of Property: LOT H OF
TRACT 3 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 03 1034S 33E
1-10-34-33-OAOO-00003-HO0O
Sao. ,...-T,' i r.- :'. ,."I.', a, oun ty of
AM.iOT T.. .A dE1ME.
Name in which assessed:
ELGIN L GREEN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES

DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005
BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,331.61
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,337.86


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON.
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION Oh
Sep-25-200B, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TC
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.

Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER 01
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORO, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEAS
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVI
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE ANI
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSOIi
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COUR
Okeechobee County, Florid
/S/Robin R. Paris
Deputy Cler
287434 ON 8/15,22,29:9/5/08

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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-127
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SAU-
TERNES V LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said
certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:

Certificate No: 68
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Descriptioan of Property: LOT P OF
TRACT 3 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF
S1/2 OF TRACT 3, SECTION 10 AS TO
THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION
COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34.
1-10-34-33-OAOD-00003-POOO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MARC A JOSEPH
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M, on
the 25th day of September, 2008.

SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
IL :m B i, i n.lI T $2,014.73
r iE, in. 'r ir.iriui $2,020.98


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.

PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.

MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972

IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida

/S/Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287432 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TO-130
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
ssssed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1305
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: BASSWOOD
UNIT 5 LOT 17 BLOCK 5B
1-05-37-35-0050-00580-0170
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name.in which.assessed: .....
LATIN'AMERICAN INVESTORS .
CORPORATION
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.

SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,269.27
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,275.52


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, .HAVE
E A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
E TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
K IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
T STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
S FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
e sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
R AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, PL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
;E THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
E LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURi
F Okeechobee County, Florids
a /S/ Robin R. Partist
Deputy ClerI
h 287232 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08

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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-129
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
. certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:

Certificate No: 1304
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: BASSWOOD
UNIT 5 LOT 14 BLOCK 58

1-05-37-35-0050-00580-0140
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Flonda
Name in which assessed:
PATRICK J OMALLEY
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Honda 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.

SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2002, 2003,
2004,2006

BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,762.24
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,768.49


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLO AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.

PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W.,5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/S/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287236 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08


NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-126
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SAU-
TERNES V LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said
certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 687
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOT K OF
TRACT 24 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
S1/20FTRACT 24 2734S 33E
1-27-34-33-A00OO00024-KOOO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
FRANK L WOODARD
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008. '
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $ 2,304.59
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,310.84
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND'
TIME INDICATED. ,
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/S/ Robin R. Parish
Deputy Clerk
287240 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08



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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-103
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALLI-
SON H. CAMPBELL the holder of the
following certificate has filed said cer-
tificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:

Certificate No: 1962
Year of Issuance: May-21-2008
Description of Property: LARKEE LAKE
SUBDIVISION LOTS 39 & 40 BLOCK 2

1-04-38-36-0030-00020-0390
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
LAWRENCE ANTHONY SHAUL
WILLIAM SHAUL
WILLIAM SHAUL
WILLIAM SHAUL
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006

BASE BID AMOUNT: $2,881.49
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,887.74
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972,8 63.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.

PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.

MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, onrida

Robin Pars h, Deputy Clerk
287217 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08

NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-131

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that CABER-
NET I LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1669

Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK
ISLES UNIT VII LOT 208
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JOHN WILCOX
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Forida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $ 2,830.88
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,837.13
WARNINGI
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida

/S/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287227 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08

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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-132
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that CABER-
NET I LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:

Certificate No: 1670
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK
ISLES UNIT VII LOT 209
1-26-37-35-0070-00000-2090
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
JAMES J RELK
JOHN WILCOX
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the-highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Rorida 10:00 A.M, on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $5,693.26
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 5,699.51


THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972,863.763.2131.

Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.

PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W.5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.

SHARON ROBERTSrtN,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Rorida

/S/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287231 ON 8/15,22,29:9/5/08

NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-122
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that VER-
DOT VI LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed amre as follows:
Certificate No: 553

Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property LOT M OF
TRACT 24 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
S1/2 OF TRACT 24 24 34S 33E
1-24-34-33-OAOO-00024-MOOO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobe, State of Florida
Name in which assessed: P ,,E
BUJOPOLD CYPRE

Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-.
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.

SUBJECTTO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $2,287.91
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $2,294.16
WARNING[
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972,863.763.2131.

Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Rorida
/S/ Robin R. Parish
Deputy Clerk
287243 ON 8/15,22,29:9/5/08

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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-113
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that VER-
DOT VI LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon, The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
and the names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 364
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006 .
Description of Property: LOTS 0 & P OF
TRACT 31 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF
S1/2-OF TRACT 31 & E1/2 OF E1/2
OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 31 17
34S 33E
1-17-34-33-OAOO-00031-0000
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 AM., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $2,517.35
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,523.60
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
,FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
,IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
ibe advised that we cannot accept per-
,sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF;iYOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
;THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
;TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/S/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287376 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08




NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-116
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that MER-
LOT III LLC the holder of the following
certificate has filed said certificates for
a tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of issu-
ance, the description of the property,
-and the names in which it was as-
'sessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 361
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
- Descnpaon'of Prope'. LO6I I i J OF
'TRACT-31- E1/2 OF E i? OF Ni 2 OF
S1/2 & W1/2 OF E1,2 OF N1,2 OF
,S1/2 OF TRACT 31 17 34S 33E
1-17-34-33-OAOO-00031-1000
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of orida
Name in which assessed:
DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
.scribed in such certificate shall be sold
1to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
hbee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
isembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
-Okeeobehoe, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
,the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,327.56
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,333.81
WARNING[
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT .PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELYATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
Isonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
,pASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
"AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 NW. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
,MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
.THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
.JJVEREO PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
*, SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
I/S/Robin R. Parrish
r Deputy Clerk
287368 ON 8/t5,22,29;9/5/08


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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-123
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SAU-
TERNES V LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said
certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 359
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: LOTS C & D OF
TRACT 31 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 31 & W1/2 OF W1/2
OF N1/2 OF N1//2 OF TRACT 31 17
34S 33E
1-17-34-33-OAO0-00031-COO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechohee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida f10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $951.44
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 957.69
WAHNINGI
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W.5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT. INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,"
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/S/ Robin R.Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287421 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08



NOTICE OF -
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-114
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SAU-
TERNES V LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said
certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 362
Year of Issuance: May-31-2005
Description of Property: LOTS K & OF
TRACT 31 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
S1/2 OF TRACT 31 & W1/2 OF W1/2
OF Ni/2 OF StiZ OF RACi 31 17
345 J3E
1-17-34-33-OAOO-00031-KOOO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH
NADIRA RAM
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DEUNQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT: $1,327.78
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $1,334.03
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON-
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.7632131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.



MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Floridda
/S/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287410 ON 8/15,22,29;9/5/08



SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in a workshop session at
5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September
9, 2008, to discuss budgetary is-
sues. The FRnal Milage/Budget
Hearing and regular School Board
meeting will follow at 6:00 p.m. The
workshop and School Board meet-
ing will be in Room 303, 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue. Okeechobee, and the
public is invited to attend.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
287507 ON 9/3,5/08


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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-124
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SAU-
TERNES V LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said
certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and
year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 417
Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property. LOT H OF
TRACT 9 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 09 21 34S33E
1-21-34-33-OAO-00009-H0OO
Said property being in the County of
Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
JOSUEJEAN
PHILOMENE JEAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed
according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, Jury As-
sembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechoee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on
the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE
FOR THE YEARS: 2005, 2006
BASE BID AMOUNT:. $2,367.29
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $ 2,373.54
WARNING
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE
PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN, HAVE
A LEGAL INTEREST, OR ARE CON.
TIGUOUS. THE PROPERTY WILL BE
SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON
Sep-25-2008, AT 10:00 A.M. UNLESS
THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID. TO
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAY-
MENT OR TO RECEIVE FURTHER IN-
FORMATION, CONTACT THE CLERK
OF COURT, TAX DEED DEPARTMENT
IMMEDIATELY AT 312 NW THIRD
STREET, SUITE 155, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, 863.763.2131.
Note: When redeeming property please
be advised that we cannot accept per-
sonal checks.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED.
MAKE PAYABLE TO:
CELESTE WATFORD, TAX COLLECTOR
307 N.W. 5TH AVENUE, SUITE B
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
IF YOU PLAN TO REEDEM, PLEASE
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
THE AMOUNT INDICATED ABOVE DE-
LIVERED PRIOR TO THE DATE AND
TIME INDICATED.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/S/ Robin R.Parrish
Deputy Clerk
287365 ON 8/15,22,29/9/5/08


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Public Hearing Notice
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee of Okeechobee County has scheduled
a Public Hearing at its next regular session for Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at 3:00
p.m. in the Administrative Annex conference room, 456 Highway 98 North, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will be adopting the following local
housing incentive strategies recommendations to be presented to the Board of
County Commissioners.
Impact Fees; Density Flexibility; Infrastructure Capacity; Accessory Residential Units;
Parking and Setback Requirements; Flexible Lot Configurations; Street Require-
ments; Inventory of county owned property; Support of Development. A more de-
tailed list of recommendations may be obtained at the office of the Housing
Coordinator located at 456 Hwy 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
A person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Committee with respect to
any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, 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 testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
Stephany DuPree
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Fclitator
290203 ON 09/05/08 I

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, SEP-
TEMBER 23, 2008 AT 3:30 RM. IN ROOM 214/215 IN THE IRSC BLACKBURN
EDUCATIONAL BUILDING AT THE R. DUKE NELSON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND
RESOURCES CENTRE, 3002 AVENUE D, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34950. NOTICE
IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 AN AGENDA
MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 309 IN THE KIGHT BUILDING ON THE MAIN
CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY
PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION AR-
GUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF
ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT
OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS
OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEET-
ING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE
MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS
MADE.
290180 ON 09/05/08 I

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the 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 tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to he based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2100. 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
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
290305 ON 9/5/08 I

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 5:01 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, at
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and
thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO, 1026:
AN ORDINANCE CLOSING, VACATING AND ABANDONING THE ALLEYS OR AL-
LEYWAYS AND STREETS OR RIGHTS-OF-WAY AS DESCRIBED HEREIN, EAST TO
WEST ALLEYWAY WITHIN BLOCK 186, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, AND A PORTION
OF SOUTHWEST 5TH STREET AND SOUTHWEST 4TH AVENUE, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; RE-
SERVING UNTO THE CITY ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, A NONEXCLUSIVE
EASEMENT FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES PURPOSES; AND DIRECTING THE CITY
CLERK TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE CLERK
OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVID-
ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The ordinance is regarding Street and Alley Closing Application No. 91 submitted
by the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. The request is to close the East to West
alleyway of Block 186, Southwest 5th Street between Southwest 3rd & 4th Avenues
and Southwest 4th Avenue between Southwest 4 & 5th Streets, Cli of Okeechobee
Subdivision, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, of the
public records for Okeechobee County, Rorida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4: Opm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilty Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
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SECOND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Okeechobee is applying to the Florida Department of Community Affairs
IDCA) for a grant under the Housing Rehabilitation category in an amount u to
700,000 under the FFY 2008 Florda Small Cities Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) Program. For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the
funds must benefit low and moderate income persons. The activities, dollar
amounts and estimated percentage benefit to low and moderate income persons
for which is applying are:


Activities Proposed Dollar Amounts
14a Rehab/Demo/Replacement $560,000
008 Temporary Relocation $ 35.000
21 A Administration $105,000
$700,000


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At the time of this notice, it is unknown if the grant application will have any leverage
from Okeechobee County.
The CDBG project will undertake rehabiilitation, demolition and/or replacement of 10
low and moderate income housing units, of which up to 3 will be occupied by
very low income homeowners. Temporary relocation benefits will also be provid-
ed to program beneficiaries.
The City of Okeechobee plans to minimize displacement of persons as a result of
planned CDBG funded activities in the following manner: No permanent displace-
ment is anticipated. Only temporary relocation is anticipated.
If any persons are displaced as a result of these planned activities, the City will as-
sist such persons in the following manner: The City will follow the guidelines out-
lined in their Antidisplacement and Relocation Policy and their Local Housing
Assistance Plan.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application
will be held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 5:01
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. This meeting will be held at the Okeecho-
bee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Avenue. A draft copy of parts of the application will
be available for review at that time. A final copy of the application will be made
available at the City Administrator's Office on Monday through Friday between the
hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. no more than five
days aier September 29, 2008. The application will be submitted to DCA on or
before September 29,2008. To obtain additional information concerning the ap-
plication and the public hearing contact Mr. Brian Whitehall, City Administrator,
City of Okeechohee, 55 S.E. Third Avenue, Okeechobee, or telephone
863-763-3372.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any
handicapped person requiring an Interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visual-
ly impaired shall contact Mr. Whitehall at least five calendar days prior to the
meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person
wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Mr. Whitehall at least five cal-
endar days prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To
access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons (TDD), please call the lori-
da Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771. Any handicapped person requiring special
accommodation at this meeting should contact Mr. Whitehall at least five calendar
days prior to the meeting.
Pursuant to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following disclosures
will be submitted to DCA with the application. The disclosures will he made
available by the City of Okeechobee and DCA for public inspection upon request.
These disclosures will be available on and after the date of submission of the ap-
plication and shall continue to be available for a minimum period of six years.
1. Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project in the form
of a gift, rant, loan, guarantee, in, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax
benefit, or any other form of direct or indirect benefit by source and amount
2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or consul-
tants involved in the application for assistance or in the planning or development
of the project or activity;
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any other persons with a pecuniary in-
terest in the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed $50,000 or 10% of
the grant request (whichever is lower);
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or others listed
in two (2) or three (3) above which are corporations, or other eniffies, the idenifii-
cation and pecuniary interests by corporations or entity of each officer, director,
principal stockholder, or other official of the entity;
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each of the
providers of those funds and the amount provided; and
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.
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Brahmans face top-ranked Jupiter Christian High


Scouting

Report


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jupiter Christian High School
is ranked number one in Class
IB high school football and are
the defending state champions.
However, their coach Bill Powers
claims his team is the underdog
tonight against Okeechobee.
Powers notes his school has
236 kids in their high school but
can play with just about anyone
in the state.
"Our top 15 players are very


good. However, we don't have
a lot of depth. Our top guys are
pretty good," he noted.
One of those top guys, Austin
Lewis, will be on the sidelines
tonight. He suffered a sprained
ankle in their victory last Friday
over North Broward Prep. He is
their top running back.
The team didn't need him Fri-
day as they gained 427 yards in of-
fense. Power's son, Will, will take
over as tail back. He rushed for
200 yards in a state playoff game


last year.
"We're hoping for another
great performance tonight," he
noted.
QB Marshall Rothman had an
excellent sophomore year when
he threw 28 touchdown passes
and only six interceptions.
Other top players are wide re-
ceivers Cobie Graham and Wes-
cin Pederson.
The team also won the Adidas
National Championships in 7 on 7
football over the summer.


Powers said if his team is to
beat Okeechobee they must con-
tain all state running back Lonnie
Pryor and limit the amount of
times he gets into the end zone.
"It should be a good game Fri-
day. I try to put my team into situa-
tions where they can overachieve
and get ready for the playoffs.
"It is real hard for us to com-
pete with the big schools, but on
any given day we can beat any
team.
'"We will play hard and we'll


be happy if we do that. We don't'
go into a game thinking we don't
have a chance," he noted.
Okeechobee still has some in-
juries to deal with.
QB Garrett Madrigal, (bruised
knee), has been slowed in prac-
tice this week. He'll likely play.
Chris Tullio, (neck) will be a
game-time decision. Jonathan
Schrock (elbow), Brand Harden
(foot), and Louis Ruiz (knee) are'.
out for tonight's game.


OHS Girl's golf team falls to John Carroll Youth basketball travel teams forming


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The inexperienced Okeecho-
bee Lady Brahman golf team
played better than expected but
still lost their opening match of
the season by 49 strokes to John
Carroll Wednesday, 217-266.


Rachel Rabon shot a 62 to lead
the squad. Paige Arnold shot a 63,
Emily Raulerson a 69 and Sarah
Prescott shot a 72 for Okeecho-
bee.
Coach Lonnie Sears said the
girls did well for their first ever
varsity match.


"We are all first year golfers. It
was a pretty good effort to shoot
that score," he said.
Coach Sears noted the girls
have only had two practices due
to Tropical Storm Fay but still
came out and met their goals in
their first match which was to fin-


ish off holes.
"For Rachel to shoot a 62 is
amazing. I never would have
guessed we would have done
so well," Sears added. "The girls
finished off most of the holes and
earned scores."


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Travel teams are now forming for boys from 9U-12U to compete
during 2008-09 season. Youth basketball of America Tournaments be-
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Okee bowlers take fifth
Okeechobee's bowling team played in tournaments from April through July. Each year the final tournament is held in a dif-
ferent city. This year's tournament was held in Detroit, Mich. where the Seacoast team took a respectable fifth place. The
Seacoast team was sponsored by: Seacoast National Bank, Travel Easy, Shelton Construction and Big Lake Eye Care.
Team members include: Patsy Mobley, Sherry Hancock, Nancy Ghiest, Nancy D'Agostina and Hattie Bennett.


Sports Briefs


Christian Team Trail
tournaments planned
Christian Team Trails Fishing
Tournament will start their sea-
son on the first Saturday in Octo-
ber. For information call 863-763-
1699.

O.C.R.A. cheerleaders
to meet Sept. 9
O.C.R.A. will hold a manda-
tory meeting for all cheerleaders,
parents and coaches on Sept. 9,
at the Sports Complex starting
at 5:30 p.m. Information will be
given for this upcoming cheer-
leading season and girls will meet
their coaches. If you have any
questions, please call O.C.R.A.
Cheerleading Coordinator, Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.

VFW Auxiliary plans
golf tournament
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold their third an-
nual golf tournament on Sept. 27
at the Indianwood Golf and Coun-
try Club, Indiantown. Tee off will
be at 8 a.m., sign up at the VFW
Post 10539 or mail in entry forms.
Entry fees are $50 individuals or
$220 for 4 person teams. Hole
sponsorship is available and ap-
preciated. Everyone is welcome!
Proceeds will go to support the
VFW National Home for Children
and the Wounded Warrior Pro-
gram. For information call Cheryl
Beniot at 863-697-2930.

Fall Bowling Leagues
starting up again
Sign up now for bowl-
ing leagues at Stardust Lanes.
Leagues will Monday through Fri-
day and Sunday. For information
call 863-467-1800.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Group providing
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and trans-
port of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.


Anyone who finds a wild ani-
mal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer trans-
porter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
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14 Okeechobee News, Friday, September 5, 2008



Golf opens with a victory


By Charles M. Murphy
;Okeechobee News
, Corey White and Mike Watson
!paved the way with scores of 40
lover nine holes as the Okeecho-
bee boy's golf team defeated Ft.
Pierce Central 165-226 on Tues-
:day at the Okeechobee Golf and
:Country Club.
: Okeechobee won by51 strokes
!and appeared poised to better last
:year's record of (12-4).
; White played solidly and Wat-
json continued to improve off of
Pst year's performance. Watson
yad been scoring in the upper
:40s at the home course during
Practice, but brought his A game
:on Tuesday.
"Watson brought some solid
play, he has continued to im-
prove," Golf Coach Mark Ward
said.
Richard Donegan, only a fresh-
:man, shot a 42, to lead a trio of
:golfers at 42 that included Tim
iGray and Tony Devoss. Tyler Platt
shot a 47 to finish off the team's


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Corey White watches his chip just off the fifth green during
Tuesday match.


scores.
"Overall the kids did well,"
Coach Ward said, "I'm pretty ex-
cited. It was a pretty good start for
us."


The boy's team will host Port
St. Lucie next Tuesday at 3:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Richard Donegan watches his birdie putt at the fourth hole during Tuesdays match.


Okeechobee football district preview '08


:By Charles M. Murphy
:Okeechobee News
Okeechobee figures to have
some of their best talent this year
:but that doesn't necessarily mean
;,he team can win District 13-4A.
However, Okeechobee should be
;'n the running for a playoff spot.
: Also considered contenders
,are long-time district power house
fort Pierce Westwood, an upcom-
ing Fort Pierce Central and the al-
;ways tough Martin County Tigers.
j[ Jensen Beach appears set to
:nake inroads this year and Se-
,,astian River also has a history of
pnaking the post season.
Here's a closer look at the dis-
trict this year.
Okeechobee (7-3 in '08)
b The Brahmans offense is paced
:by veteran QB Garrett Madrigal
,and all state running back Lonnie
'Pryor. Expect a strong offensive
,line led by Leland Schoonmaker,
,Chris Tullio, Tony Kibler and Kyle
'McGee. Sam Dixon could provide
'a threat at tight end.
If the Brahmans offense has
;question marks it is in their wide
receiver corps -i epth
*rick Mc.uee .- 1 and
SWalt Fortrerli he primaryy
receivers and all of them have ex-
cellent athletic ability.
= On defense Kareem Jones will
Tbe Okeechobee's biggest tackler
It middle linebacker. The defen-
Sive line will be loaded with two
'way players from the offense. Le-
'land Schoonmaker could be the
best of the bunch. Shane Taggart,
[Louis Ruiz, and Carson Williams
:will help Jones at linebacker. The
!secondary is solid led by Pryor,
:Pollard, T.J Allen, Fortner, and Mc-
IQueen.
Alan Najara could be a solid
place kicker


Fort Pierce Westwood Fort Pierce Central


Westwood has been tough
for years and although they have
a new coach in Waides Ashmon,
they figure to keep on rolling.
The offense will be led by run-
ning back Jerrell Washington and
QB Isaac Virgin. They will have
some holes to fill on the offensive
line.
Defensively the Panthers have
top talent in linebacker Brandon
Tabor, defensive lineman Luther
Robinson and linebacker Khalil
Mack.
The question marks will be
how quickly the new coach gets
up to speed.
Jensen Beach
The Mustangs also have a new
Coach, Floyd Graham. They figure
to improve on last year's (3-7) re-
cord.
Jensen has a number of play-
ers returning including QB John
Glenn and running back and all
purpose back Gerald Footman.
-He scored five touchdowns and
had over 700 yards rushing and
receiving.
.We haja-good.wirn..this..past
week' in our classic against Vier-
ra," Coach Graham noted.
He said he felt Jensen was on
the right path to success. He noted
a key will be having the younger
players learn how to win.
Other key players on the team
are Graham's son, Tommy, who
has moved from Alabama to play
on the offensive and defensive
lines.
"We are a young team but we
are eager to learn and get better,"
he noted.
Jensen has won just five dis-
trict games in their four seasons of
varsity football.


The Cobras struggled last year
with a record of 1-9, but they are
always dangerous.
Coach Chris Hutchings predicts
great things from a young bunch
of kids this year which include
two way starter at free safety and
running back Mozekiel Raynor,
and QB Tim Smith.
Mario Chavis will also provide
Smith with a threat at wide re-
ceiver. Another key player is Jabari
Cargill. Skill players should be the
team's strong point. There offen-
sive line is young and consists
mostly of sophomore blockers.
The team lacks depth and has
five seniors on this year's squad.
Coach Hutchings said his team
could be competitive if things go
their way, "It depends on how
good everybody else is. I think we
are better than we were last year.
We have young players but if they
play well then we have a chance.
Otherwise it'll be a long year."
Sebastian River
Sebastian is looking at things
very differently this year. The
Sharks had made,.the plaolffs cony
sisienl\",and",'teepeclel to be
ery compehdlie last 3ear How-
ever Sebastian fell to 3-7 and won
just one game in the district.
All but six of their starters
graduated last year which made
last year so surprising. The Sharks
appeared to have a veteran team
that was very talented last year but
it didn't turn out that way.
Top returners are their starting
QB, and; defensive back Cortez
Ash, who is a quick, athletic play-
er. The Sharks were burned for 61
points by Okeechobee last year.
The top defender returning is
linebacker Billy Rizzo who led the
Sharks in tackles last year.


Martin County
The Tigers lost a lot to gradu-
ation including top player Lyle
Dankenbring. The Tigers will have
a lot of inexperience at key posi-
tions like QB and running back.
Gillie St. Hill will be a two-way
starter at wide receiver and free
safety. He led the Treasure Coast
with six interceptions last year.
QB is a key question mark.
Mike Duhart transferred in from
Port St. Lucie. He'll battle with
Austin Larson for playing time.
The Tigers will have a running
back by committee. Senior Josh
Rivera will share time with Jamar
Spencer.
The offensive line does have
some experience led by return-
ing starter Zack Grant. Senior Nick
Doyle also returns. Sophomore
Matt Diekman is a favorite of the
coaches. Another player raising
hopes is Adrian Guarjardo.
Jamond Kelly will be counted


on to lead the defense.
Coach Chuck Kenyon predicts
his team will get better as the year
goes on. "I'm not so good at pre-
dicting. If we can get better each
eek and .pike strips I'll be
happy. I'm excited about the sea-
son. You never know with young
guys."


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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 5, 2008 15


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Iby Charles M. Murphy
)keechobee News
, Okeechobee and John Carroll
Battled for close to three hours
iesday night against each other
4nd against electric lights.
. Okeechobee won the mara-
thon match in four games, 29-
27, 25-16, 23-25, and 25-23. The
match was interrupted for about
an hour when power went out in
the Brahman gymnasium.
The interruption didn't bother
the Brahman players who came
out strong and finished even
stronger. Senior Courtney Marker
said the lights have been going
out during practice so the team
really wasn't surprised by the out-
age.
"We knew it would be a tough
match because John Carroll beat
us last year. We knew we could
do it," she noted.
Neither team had much of an
advantage in the match. The first
game was back and forth with
Okeechobee rallying from five
points down at game point to
Win. Coach Jacque Robinson said
that might have been the key to
the match. She noted the win in
the first game really gave her girls
confidence.
"For them to realize that they
have it in them and actually come
back to win, that was big for our
confidence and for our fresh-
mnen," she noted.
* Marker and Monica Koger
Played very well at the net. Marie
Renfranz also played well in her
first game on the varsity.
, "I'm so proud of my group
tonight," Robinson noted, "This
wvas our first match and John Car-
joll has played a couple already.
We came out strong, we knew
Dow to fight, and we were pre-,
pared and focused tonight."
Marker said she has tried to
provide leadership as one of the
older girls on the squad. She not-
ed this year's squad is young, but
they are hungry. She noted her
goal was to reach the state tour-
nament for the first time. She also
improved in the off season by
playing club volleyball for Ocean
Breeze, the top ranked volleyball
program in the state.
John Carroll had their mo-


volleyball team opens with a win


ments in the match. They won
the third game with a late surge
and matched Okeechobee point
for point in most of the games.
Marker said the team just
needed to refocus after the loss in
the third game.
"We were kind of upset that
we lost it. We kind of fell apart,
but we got it back together," she
noted.
The junior varsity squad shook
off a poor effort in the first game
to come back and beat John Car-
roll 9-25, 25-15, and 15-9.
Both squads travelled to Lin-
coln Park on Thursday night.
The girls are home next Tuesday
against Westwood. The JV match
starts at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity
is set for 6:30 p.m.


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Rebekah Bryan watches as Megan Clements attempts a re- The Lady Brahmans celebrate a point during Tuesday's
turn during Tuesday's match.- victory.


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