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Vol. 101 No. 15 Wednesday, February 3, 2010


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Index
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Animal shelter has new equipment


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Here are two dogs tales that
started out sad, but had happy
endings.
In one case, thanks to a dog
that was severely mistreated,
Okeechobee County Animal
Control is now better equipped
to deal with other animals.
In another case, a stolen dog
was united with its owners due
to a microchip.
Toward the end of last year,
a dog with facial injuries who
appeared to have mange was
found at the intersection of U.S.
441 and S.R. 70 and brought to
animal control. Because of a jaw
injury the dog could not open his

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Happy Tails... The photo at left was taken in December when
Jingles, a Catahoula mix, was on the road to recovery after
being brought in to Okeechobee County Animal Control with
mange and a serious facial injury. At right, Jingles is happily
living in a new home. The surgery on his jaw was successful.
His mange is recovering and he went from 32 to 45 pounds.


Insanity


defense


offered
Attorney: 'Ruiz
'snapped' and stabbed
former girlfriend'

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Defense attorney Mark Orr
said his client "snapped" when he
stabbed his former girlfriend 21
times with a steak knife.
Mr. Orr's statement was made
during his
opening argu-
ments Tuesday,
Feb. 2, as the
trial for Leonte
Ruiz got under
way. Ruiz is
charged with
attempted first Il
degree murder Leonte
with a weapon Ruiz
and burglary
of a conveyance with an assault or
battery while armed.
Ruiz, 22, is accused of stabbing
Marlena Mansingh about her torso
as she was trying to leave his home
between 6:30 and 7 a.m. on Dec.
8,2007.
In his opening statement to the
jury, Assistant State Attorney Don
Richardson explained that Ruiz
and Ms. Mansingh had been in an
on-again, off-again relationship for
about four years. As Ms. Mansingh
was getting ready for work on that
infamous day, she got a call from
Ruiz around 6 a.m. and accepted
his invitation to join him for break-
fast at his N.W 21st Lane home.

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Defense
Continued From Page 1

As he prepared their morning meal, Ruiz
began to ask the then-18-year-old girl if they
could get back together and again be a cou-
ple. She refused.
This continued, said Mr. Richardson, un-
til she left the house and got into her car to
leave. Even as she prepared to leave, Ruiz
persisted with his pleas to renew their re-
lationship. And Ms. Mansingh continued to
say no.
Ruiz then walked from her car to another
vehicle where he picked up the black-han-


Animal
Continued From Page 1

mouth. The only way he could eat was by
mashing his food with his face and licking
up the crumbs. He was skin and bones and
very sad looking.


died steak knife, the prosecutor said. He then
walked back to the car where Ms. Mansingh
was seated behind the steering wheel.
"He pulled the knife and began to hack
away," Mr. Richardson told the attentive
jury.
Ruiz was pulled from the car by his
mother, Rafaela Huerta, and his brother-in-
law Abraham Espinoza. Mr. Espinoza's wife,
Daisy, pulled the now bloody victim out the
passenger door and drove her to Raulerson
Hospital.
Ms. Mansingh's injuries were so severe
that she was later airlifted to St. Mary's Hos-
pital in West Palm Beach where she under-
went emergency surgery. She has since re-
covered.


The staff at animal control did not have
the proper equipment for his treatment and
he would have been euthanized except for
Robin Hansen. Ms. Hansen, who operates
Saint Bernard Rescue in West Palm Beach,
routinely goes around to animal shelters
picking up Saint Bernards. She had been
called to Okeechobee to take charge of a
Saint Bernard that had been picked up. On


Claire Hudson, of Okeechobee County Animal Control, uses a donated mi-
croscope. The much needed instrument was the result of a fund raising drive
spearheaded by Robin Hansen of Saint Bernard Rescue in West Palm Beach.
Ms. Hanson knew of the need for the microscope because she comes here to
take possession of Saint Bernards that have been captured or surrendered to
animal control.


After the attack, said Mr. Richardson, Ruiz
got into his mother's black Chevrolet Trail-
blazer and went to his bank where he with-
drew $300 from his account. However, a
few hours later he entered the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office and surrendered.
"The defendant will try to tell you he was
insane," said the prosecutor, "but 15 minutes
later (after the stabbing) he withdrew $300.
The defendant has the burden to prove that
he was insane- make him prove it!"
Mr. Orr did not try to convince the jury
that Ruiz did not stab Ms. Mansingh. Instead,
he told the panel that his client "... snapped
and just wasn't there."
"He had been using a bunch of steroids
and was coming off them when this hap-
pened," he said. "He was not there-as a


the way to the Saint Bernard's kennel she
passed the injured dog's kennel. On her way
out she passed his kennel again and she
could not resist his mournful gaze. In ad-
dition to the Saint Bernard, she decided to
take the injured dog, who appeared to be a
Catahoula mix. Since it was near Christmas,
she named him Jingles.
She learned that Jingles had the noncon-
tagious type of mange, easily treatable. How-
ever, the vet who examined Jingles had nev-
er seen a jaw injury like that before. Sedation
and x-ray revealed that Jingles had received
a blow, perhaps a kick, several months ear-
lier that had broken his jaw. The jaw healed
wrong and the jaw bone was absorbed into
the skull. The vet had to cut away a quarter
of Jingle's jaw. The surgery was successful,
allowing Jingles to eat, drink, bark and pant
like any other dog.
Since then Jingles has recovered nicely.
He has been adopted, has put on weight and
his skin has grown back.
Now comes the rest of the story. Ms.
Hansen said the people at Okeechobee
have always been kind, friendly and easy to
deal with even though they were not well
funded. She said many other animal control
organizations have more resources to work
with. So she launched a fund drive to col-
lect funds to purchase a microscope for the
Okeechobee Animal Control shelter so they
could properly diagnose mange. In addition,
her animal rescue organization donated an
animal scale. Now animal control staff will
be able to check for mange and intestinal
parasites.
Not only was she able to purchase a mi-
croscope, which was furnished at cost from
a medical supply house, she was able do-


sane person when he did this. Yeah, he did
it-beyond a reasonable doubt. But, he was
insane."
Standing before the jury, Mr. Orr said
if his client had wanted to, "he sure could
have killed her."
The Fort Pierce litigator went on to state
before the court that when Ruiz went to bed
on Dec. 7, his mother was worried about the
way he was acting. Mrs. Huerta was so con-
cerned that she got into bed with her son to
hold and comfort him because he was not
right, said Mr. Orr.
Jurors will hear testimony from different
expert witnesses Wednesday when the trial
resumes at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Complex.


nate a cabinet full of medical supplies.
The moral of the other story with a happy
ending is that people should have their pets
micro chipped.
On Thanksgiving Day last year, Claire
Hudson of animal control seized a dog
that was tied up without water. She then
checked the dog for a microchip. Ms. Hud-
son learned that the dog had been stolen.
The owners, who originally lived in Marion
County, had moved several months earlier to
Texas. When the owners learned what hap-
pened, they happily drove back from Texas
to retrieve their beloved dog, Dakota.
Ms. Hudson said that while it is important
to have collars and tags on your pet, they
can be removed. Therefore, she advises to
have your pet micro chipped.
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Man accused of taking woman, kids by force


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is being held in the
county jail after his arrest on charges that he
forced a woman and her two young chil-
dren into a car and drove them away from
their home.

DUI stop leads

to drug arrest
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An ordinary traffic stop on a suspected
impaired driver led to the man being arrest-
ed on a felony drug trafficking charge.
Emilio Nunez-Borja, 37, N.E. 23rd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Sunday, Jan. 31, on a
felony charge of traffic
ing in cocaine. He was
also arrested on misde
meanor charges of driv
ing under the influence
and possession of drug
paraphernalia.
He was booked into Emilio
the Okeechobee County Nunez-Borja
Jail under a total bond of
$26,750.
According to an Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) arrest report, Nunez
Borja was originally stopped by Deputy Cari
Arnold after he nearly caused a head-on col-
lision with her. After Deputy Arnold placed
the man under arrest, she then inventoried
his car and found a plastic sandwich bag
that contained a suspicious substance.
Deputy Arnold then notified the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force who ar-
rived and ran a field test on the substance.
That test indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine.
The cocaine, along with a digital scale,
was found between the driver and passen-
ger seats, stated an arrest report by a task
force detective.
According to that report, the suspected
cocaine weighed 6.2 ounces.
The task force detective stated in the re-
port that Nunez-Borja was purchasing the
suspected cocaine for $700 an ounce and
was going to resell it.
If sold by the ounce, the suspected co-
caine would bring a price of $1,000 to $1,200
an ounce, stated a detective with the task
force who had knowledge of the arrest.


Kevin Dewayne Boswell, 28, N.W 32nd
Ave., was arrested Jan.
29 on felony charges of
burglary of a conveyance,
burglary of a dwelling,
false imprisonment (three
counts) and grand theft
motor vehicle. He was also
charged with the misde-
meanors of battery and Kevin
violation of protective cus- Dewayne
tody injunction. Boswell
Boswell was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of $150,000.
A report by Officer Charles Green, of
the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD), states that on Thursday, Jan. 28,


Boswell went to the woman's home where
they began to argue.
For nearly two hours, continued the re-
port, the man and woman argued until she
left the home and went to her car to get a
child's car seat. When she returned to her
home, Boswell reportedly would not let her
inside.
The victim turned and ran to a car and
got inside. Boswell apparently followed her,
opened the car door and allegedly began to
hit the woman in the head.
Officer Green's report goes on to state
that he then "... grabbed her by the hair and
dragged her inside the residence." Boswell
then reportedly grabbed the keys to the car
and made the victim and her two small chil-


dren -- ages 4 years old and 4 months old
-- go with him.
According to the officer's report, Boswell
drove to the intersection of N.W Eighth Ave.
and N.W 10th St. where he jumped from the
vehicle and ran away on foot.
The case was turned over to OCPD De-
tective John Zeigler who obtained a war-
rant, and Boswell was then arrested Friday
on that warrant.
Although the officer's report states that
the woman had visible marks on her body,
it does not indicate if the children were in-
jured.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUD charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Keith L. Marr, Jr., 47, S.E. 27th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 29 by DOC'S
Michael White on a charge of violation of pro-
bation sexual battery on a child under the
age of 12. He is being held without bond.
Collin Henderson, 13, N.W 35th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 29 by Dep-
uty Arlene Durbin on charges of attempted
burglary of a structure and possession of
burglary tools. After he was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail he was released
into the custody of his parents.
David Geary, 12, was arrested Jan. 30
by Deputy Bart Potter on charges of burglary
and felony theft. After he was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail he was released
into the custody of his parents.
Michael Johnson, 17, was arrested Jan.
30 by Deputy Bart Potter on charges of bur-
glary and felony theft. After he was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail he was re-
leased into the custody of his parents.
Carole Minerva Yorker, 30, N.E. 14th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by
Deputy Justin Akins on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor
charge of driving while license revoked with


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Bill Clemons, 22, was arrested Jan. 31 kdays $20 '
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bond was set at $10,000. p
Jacoma P. Jiminez, 29, LaBelle, was ar-
rested Jan. 31 by Deputy Tammy Serafini on
charges of driving under the influence and
no valid driver's license. His bond was set at U I poW
$1,000.
Carlotta Pamela Hopson, 26, Water-
boro, S.C., was arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy
Corporal Aric Majere on a Seminole County
warrant charging her with the felony of fail-
ure to appear possession of cocaine and the
misdemeanors of failure to appear giving a
false name or identification and failure to ap-
pear driving without a valid driver's license. The Law Office of
She is being held without bond.
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Economy
What is your opinion of the main rea-
son for the downturn in the economy?
I think if one were to isolate, the hous-
ing industry and what has happened to it
is the biggest contributor to the downfall of
the economy. There are a couple of other
things, in my estimation, which happened
at the same time, and one is the closing up
of one after the other of American compa-
nies. The auto industries were of course,
the major contributors, and the unions,
who kept demanding more and more until
they finally put a strangle hold on the com-
panies, from which the only escape was to
close down. They then opened new plants
overseas, which didn't help American work-
ers or the economy.
I believe another contributor to the
downfall of the housing industry, which
happened more slowly and over a long pe-
riod of time is the fair housing act. It was de-
signed to curb racial discrimination, which
was good, of course, except for the fact that
important factors about a person's abil-
ity to repay a loan came to necessarily be
overlooked. When I first started in the real
estate business, it was a rule of thumb that
a person's housing should not cost them
any more than 25 percent of their income.
That rule was moved up to 35 percent, al-
lowing people to borrow with larger pay-
ments involved. Then there is the relatively
new habits of people to simply want and
charge ahead with buying more house and
anything else that they can afford. After a
new home purchase you've just got to have
new furniture, don't you? Easy acquiring of
credit cards helped with all this.
The Democrats are quick to point at
George W. Bush, who certainly did not help
the situation. But the laws that allowed
deregulation of the banking industry were
passed under Bill Clinton. Clinton allowed
the government regulation of the banking
industry to lessen and that was the start of
the Real Estate boom and bust.


The greed came from the new way in
which mortgages were funded. In the past,
a bank accepted deposits from customers
and put that money to work by lending it
out to folks who wanted to build or buy a
house. The money was paid back directly
to the bank, with interest, and that interest
income is what made the money grow con-
servatively and be put back to work again.
The whole thing was based on a belief that
the borrower would pay back the entire
loan unless something really dire happened
to them. To insure that the bank would not
lose money is those worst cases, the banks
set common sense rules. A borrower had
to have a significant personal stake in the
purchase -- at least 20 percent. And, the bor-
rower had to demonstrate the ability to re-
pay the loan -- with total liabilities of no more
than 50 percent of income, and the housing
liability no more than 33 percent of income.
A new market arose, however, in the sale
of these mortgages to what was called the
secondary market. A bank could sell the
mortgage for a slight loss in total revenue in
order to turn the money over faster. Buyers
on the secondary market paid less for the
loan because they were taking a greater risk
-- they had no connection to the borrower
like did the banks. The rules began to be
relaxed so even more deals could be made.
In the few cases where people ran into
trouble with paying their loans, they could
easily refinance, because the housing pric-
es always went up a
little. Soon, they could
even buy more hous-
ing than they needed, t
flipping to make mon-
ey. Suddenly, it wasn't
important how much
of a down payment
a person had -- in
fact, mortgages were
offered at greater than the purchase price
(125 percent financing). More mortgages
were offered, more people tried to get in
line, more houses were sold, more demand
drove prices up even faster, more people
were buying houses they could never afford
... it had to collapse at some point.
How did this happen? Where was gov-
ernment? Where was regulation? Where
was common sense? Well, the whole thing
built up during a period when government
favored big business and financial institu-
tions, when our leaders declared that regu-
lation was bad. There was nothing, and no
one, to say that the emperor was naked.


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Greed for the almighty dollar. I think it
was a great idea-giving people the "Ameri-
can dream of home ownership." I think it
could have really worked. Then temptation/
greed over rode on the banks part. I can ac-
tually see the idea of financing 90 or even
100 percent of a home loan. Just because I
can't afford to put 20 percent down, doesn't
mean my payment won't be there on time
every month. And the vultures decided to
add all those crazy fees. So once they de-
cided they could start lending money to
anyone that had a pulse, lets triple the value
of a property. And how many people did
that? I'm no financial expert and I knew
it wouldn't last. Now here we are-bailing
them out, they're having all the big parties
and we are footing the bill.
The Congressional opponents to the
health care bill are bought and paid for by
the insurance industry. The ONLY ones who
will benefit if the health care bill fails are the
insurance companies-and their pet politi-
cians.

Basketball
Have you been to a middle-school bas-
ketball game recently? You know, the one
where there's 10-15 boys on the team and
the same few play the entire game? This
is where they learn the game, if they get a
chance to play. Someone in school admin-
istration needs to look at this, closely.
Middle school and high school sports
are not for recreation. That is what OCRA is
for. The best will play the most and the guys
on the bench will learn to out hustle and
work harder than the starters or they should
look to another sport.
The high school offers sports like cross
country, track, wrestling, etc. that students
with little experience are able to thrive in, IF
they are determined.

Muslims in America
I am sure the writers of the Constitution
well remembered the history and brutality
of the European settlers in America upon
the Native Americans. Many Native Ameri-
cans were receptive to Christianity ... but
the worst impediment to successful evan-
gelizing was the brutality of the European
settlers. In many instances, the conquista-
dors employed violence to force natives to
accept baptism. But often this brutality only
provoked resistance and outright rejection
of the soldiers' beliefs.


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Crime
Cold weather is normal for this month.
Crime is usually down (most criminals are
lazy they hate rain, cold weather etc too
much like work). But, do not let your guard
down. Think of it this way, you are the boss.
You are in control of your safety. Lock ev-
erything up. Secure items in your yard-es-
pecially things far away from the house or
far from earshot. We live in air conditioned
homes with closed windows and hear
nothing outside. We wake up and find our
cars broken into. Anything in your vehicle
(or shed) that has value to you, make sure
you have the serial numbers. Criminals love
darkness. No money for new lights? Turn
on the front and back porch lights. Or use
the new fluorescent low use cost bulbs in
your front and back porch lights. At dark or
the last thing you do at night is turn on the
lights. Talk to your neighbors and all of you
turn your lights on.

Put trash in locking cans
I am getting pretty tired of picking up
all the trash and garbage along the road in
front of my house. Please, everyone do not
put trash out in plastic bags at night. Use
a trash can with a locking lid, or wait un-
til the morning of pickup to put the trash
out. Just about anywhere in the county you
are not too far from possums, raccoons
and skunks, not to mention the stray dogs.
When you leave garbage in plastic bags, it
attracts the varmints. And not only do they
make a mess that is spread all over the
neighborhood, they also carry disease. By
putting out garbage, you are attracting these
animals to the neighborhood.
The biggest problem the county has
is the dogs that are pets that are let loose
to run the streets and wreak havoc on the
neighborhoods. Granted there are raccoons
and skunks and other small pests that get
into the garbage, but they do not string it
down the streets like the dogs do. Dogs
scatter it everywhere! I will be so glad when
the leash laws start getting enforced!
Another recurring problem is folks
who just open their door and let the dogs
out in the morning to "do their business"
and don't bother to watch their dogs or put
them on a leash. The least they could do is
pay attention on garbage day and keep the
dogs on leash that day, so because all those
garbage bags on the curb are very tempting
to the dogs.


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debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
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potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010





Letters to the editor


Our thanks to Echols Plumbing
Early in the morning of New Year's Day,
one of our disabled Okeechobee senior resi-
dents, Mrs. Renie Lee McLead, had a water
pipe break in her home. The water com-
pletely flooded her trailer. The dispatcher
at the Okeechobee Police Department tried
to contact several plumbing companies
to try to get emergency assistance for Mrs.
McLead, but it was a holiday and a week-
end. Later that morning, Echol's Plumbing
sent out plumber Marshal Waldron to fix the
problem. Mr. Waldron worked for two and a
half hours, locating the damage to the pipes,
repairing them, and setting up fans to help


dry the residence. The entire bill would have
come to $300 but Echol's Plumbing donated
the labor and materials to help Mrs. McLead,
who must use a walker to get around her
home.
The Okeechobee Police Department
would like to recognize Echol's Plumb-
ing for their act of kindness, and to thank
them for opening their hearts on a holiday
and helping one of our citizens. It is caring
individuals like Marshal Waldron and busi-
nesses like Echol's Plumbing that make our
Okeechobee a fine place to live.
Sgt. Victoria Williams
OCPD


With thanks
The family of Kenneth H. Bass would like
to take this opportunity to thank the nurses
and staff of Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc. for
their care and attention to Kenneth. For more
than a month, they saw to his every need
with care and compassion. They were both
professional and competent while main-
taining good humor and a helpful attitude,
no matter the circumstances. We are truly
blessed to have this wonderful organization
to minister to the families of this community
at life's most difficult and trying moments.
With love and affection,
The family of Kenneth H. Bass


Community Calendar


WEDNESDAY
Martha's House support groups for survivors
of domestic violence are held on Wednesdays at
5 p.m. at 4134 Hwy. 441 North. For information
call Shirlean at 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second
St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will
be a closed discussion.
Moose Lodge Bingo and food. Food served
at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-763-2250. Public is welcome.
THURSDAY
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave.
Bring your sewing project and join in on the fun.
All types of sewing is welcome, such as quilting,
applique, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, serg-
ing. Bring your sewing machines if you like to
sew. For more information call Corry Geissinger
at 863-467-2231.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum
on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at:
863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Family History Center meets from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International
Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For informa-
tion, call the Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for spe-
cial appointments.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous has
moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
610-0975.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m.
until 9 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the
Community Center, 412 N.W. Sixth St. For infor-
mation, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at

Red Hat Ladies invite new
members to join
Join the Red Hat Ladies social group.
Interested ladies are invited to come tour
a Red Hat meeting and find out what it's
all about. Call Marilyn for more informa-
tion at 863-357-1944 or Mari at 863-763-
5836.


9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth
St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from
noon until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby
at 863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet
from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or
Hazel at 863-763-4920 for information.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and
English as a second language classes will
meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics
Anonymous will meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For in-
formation, call Hugh Lambert at 863-763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation
Association, OCRA will meet at 7:30 p.m. at
Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone inter-
ested may attend. For information, contact Frank
Coker at 863-467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice
of Okeechobee and the Area Agency on Aging
sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill
family member is welcome to join. The group is
facilitated by social workers and provides an op-
portunity for caregivers to give one another sup-
port, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For infor-
mation, call 863-467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S.
Parrott Ave., from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee County Cancer Support
Group welcomes all cancer patients, survivors
and supporters to attend, support and encour-
age each other. We meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 SW Fourth St., Okeechobee, (entrance is the
door to the W in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more information.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery- Here are the numbers
selected Monday in the Florida Lottery: Cash
3: 5-3-2; Play 4: 0-0-8-6; Fantasy 5: 18-20-
22-27-32; Mega Money: 3-25-32-34 MB 18;
Florida Lotto: 6-15-16-37-41-50 X 5; Power-
ball: 6-26-35-47-48 PB21 x3. Numbers drawn
Tuesday, Cash 3: 6-3-6; Play 4: 3-9-8-1.


FRIDAY
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets
at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons 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 un-
til 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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second
St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open
speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th
Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-
ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more in-
formation call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
697-0206.

Okeechobee

Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
72. North northwest wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
54. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near
78. East northeast wind around 10 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 62. East southeast wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers,
mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 82. South southeast wind between 10
and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday Night: Showers likely and pos-
sibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low
around 62. Southwest wind around 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Martha's House

Yard sale
Martha's House will hold a huge
yard sale at the Trading Post Flea
Market booths 1, 2, 3 and 4, on Feb.
5, 6 and 7. They have everything
from formal wear to business suits
for ladies and too many other great
finds to mention. There is plenty for
the men and children as well. Pic-
tured from left are: Myrna Dorman,
Nila McCormick and Janice Dan-
iels. The ladies have been work-
ing to ensure that you have a great
shopping experience.








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Obituaries


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Jesse E. Young, 84
YERKES, Ky. Jesse E. Young, of Yerkes, Ky.,
formerly of (0ii... i.l.. , Fla., died Jan. 19,
2010, in Perry Co., Ky., after his truck dropped
off the shoulder of the road and fell into the
north fork of the
Kentucky River.
He was born June
15, 1925, in Harlan,
Ky., to the late Frank
and Frances Mills







Young. He lived in
Okeechobee from
1970 to 2004 and







worked as an electri-
cian at Indian River
Foods in Ft. Pierce,
and Peace River Cit-
rus in Arcadia before
moving back to Kentucky.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death






by first wife, Oma Duncan Young Farmer; sec-
ond wife of 45 years, Pauline Baker Young;
three sisters, Minnie Pearl Robinson, Margaret
Evelyn Strong, and Octavia Young; six brothers,
Joe, Frank Jr., James Willard, Charles Edward,
Oscar Ray Young; three step-children, Bessie
and Tina Chamberlain, and Ira Baker; and four
grandchildren.
He is survived by his current wife, Alta Couch





Young of Yerkes; his children by his first wife,
Betty Jean (Randy) Rowe, Wilma (Bill) Engle,




Jesse (Tina) Jr., Robert (Glenda) Young, all of
Harlan, Ky.; children by his second wife, Lorene
(Wayne) Register, Thelma (Robert) Reyez,
Joann (Rex) Allen, Paula (Luciano) Perez, all of
Okeechobee; one sister, Mary Frances (Ho-
ward) Qualls of Harlan, Ky.; stepson, Elige (Ed-
na) Baker of Hazzard, Ky.; 20 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchil-
dren, 18 step-grandchildren, 26 step-great-
grandchildren, three step-great-great-grandchil-
dren, and a host of many other relatives and
friends in Florida and Kentucky.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday,





Jan. 24, 2010, at the Yerkes Baptist Church,
Yerkes. Interment followed in the Yerkes Baptist
Church Cemetery.
Engle-Walker Funeral Home was entrusted





with the arrangements.
Now my Birthday has
arrived, Things have been
so hard, since
losing my Roberta
"Bobbi" Christensen, .
she left me so suddenly. r
The silence came upon me
so fast. I battle everyday,
seems every month there is
something that comes along
that hurts so much more..
Honey we always talked and
planned on growing old '
together, Sadly because of
evil I am Growing Old
Alone... I Miss You
Honey.. Love Eric


Mary Helen McDonald
Loftin Burnett, 95
OKEECHOBEE Mary Helen McDonald Lof-
tin Burnett passed away at her home Jan. 30,
2010, at age 95.
Born Dec. 26, 1914, in Grayson County, Texas,
in the town of Bugtussel (a small farming com-
munity) to Laura
Faulkner Hughes .,
McDonald and Don- 9
aid William McDo-
nald she had one
sister the late, Emo-
gene McDonald Phil-
lips.
She was the moth-
er of three daugh-
ters, JuDeane Loftin
Garrett (Chan), Holly
Beth Loftin Ocanas
(Robert) and the late Karen Loftin Binford.
She is survived by her two daughters and their
husbands and five grandchildren. She is also
survived by ten great-grandchildren and one
great-great-granddaughter.
Mary Helen was married to Deane Loftin who
was the love of her life until his death in 1980.
She worked as a homemaker and was also em-
ployed by an airplane factory during World War
II in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a loving, adven-
turous lady. As a grandmother and story teller,
no one could hold a candle to her.
She was a member of Oakview Baptist
Church. She was homebound for the past sever-
al years and so blessed to have wonderful care
from two ladies who shared their home with
her, Alice Lane and Corrine Rooney.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to Hope Hospice of Glades County, Big Lake
Hospice of (',...I. I I Visiting Nurse Associa-
tion of Okeechobee, or Oakview Baptist
Church.
Visitation and services were held Tuesday,
Feb. 2, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Burial
will be in Houston, Texas, next her husband,
Deane and her daughter, Karen.
Friends may sign the I--i. -l.....i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (01.... i..I.I- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, 0(,i i,,,,,, Fl
34972.

Hazel V Carter, 80
OKEECHOBEE Hazel V Carter, age 80, of
('i.... i. passed away Jan. 31, 2010, at her
home.
Born May 14, 1929, in Cairo, Ga., to the late
William and Lois Ricks she worked for the Dade
County Public School System. She came to
(.... i.,, ,.. from Miami in 1995. She was of
the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Carter is survived by three sons, John
(Brenda) Carter of Pembroke Pines, Ernest "Bill"
(Melody) Carter of Spring Hill and Ronnie Carter
of ( i., . ii.. grandchildren, Sean, Brent, Jar-
od, Tim, Madison, Tony and Phillip; and great-
grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Ashley and Eliza-
beth.
Memorial services will be from 6 to 8 p.m.,
Thursday, Feb. 4, at Bass ('i., . il i ... Funeral
Home. Friends may sign the ,.-'. ,il.....i. at

All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ('.... ...I.- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (,i. i,,,,, Fl
34972.


Bonnie June Dubel, 64
OKEECHOBEE Bonnie June Dubel, 64, died
on Jan. 23, 2010, in ( 'i.. i .. ., .
She was born on Sept. 29, 1945, in Boyds,
Md., to the late John and Cathy Gaver. She
came to ('i . i ...- from Maryland in 1969.
Her hobbies were
gardening, collecting
anything with Elvis
on it, dolls, angels
and butterfly knick
knacks. She loved
animals and would
do anything for her
family and friends.
She was preceded
in death by her par
ents; husband, Sun-
ny Dubel; son,
Scottie Ray Dubel; and daughter, Lisa Dubel.
She is survived by daughters, Hope (Wayne)
Place, Samantha Dubel, Alicia Dubel, Dana
Zahn, all of (i.,, -i,- ,g sons, Darryl and De-
wayne Dubel, of Okeechobee; sisters, Mary
(Pete) Whipp, Sis (Grant) Devinnie; brothers,
Ralph (Virginia) Gaver, Richard (Barb) Gaver,
and John Gaver, all of Maryland; many grand-
children, great-grandchildren, nieces, and neph-
ews.

Rosemarie L. Reschetar, 82
OKEECHOBEE Rosemarie L. Reschetar, age
82, of (di .. .. I passed away Jan. 26, 2010,
at ( .. ... Health Care Facility.
Born July 10, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the
late Edward Lustig
and Anna Kramer
Lustig she was the
manager of the Mia-
mi News. She was of
the Catholic faith.
She was a resident
of (i., ,... for
over 30 years. She
enjoyed arts and
crafts.
Mrs. Reschetar was
preceded in death -.
by her hus-
band, Joseph W Reschetar; grand-
son, Robbie Yearwood; granddaughter, Sandra
Adams and sister, Delores R. Leanna.
She is survived by her sons, Joseph F. (Wilma)
Reschetar of Miami and Marvin (Caroline) Res-
chetar of Gainesville; daughter, Suzanne (Rob-
ert) Yearwood of Okeechobee; grandchildren,
Erin (Pedro) Reschetar Quintero of Miami and
James Yearwood of (i. .... -.,, grandson-in-
law, Jay Adams of (0i.,. i -6,. i great grandson,
Ryan Moore of South Carolina; great grand-
daughter, Cassie Adams of Okeechobee; step
grandsons, Charles Clayman of Florida, Bran-
don and Dustin Caudill both of Ohio; step
granddaughter, Colleen Caudill of Ohio; step
great grandchildren, Beth, Ben and Vicki Ad-
ams all of Georgia; brother, James (Jean) Lustig
of Wisconsin; sisters, Laverne Griese of Wiscon-
sin and Florence (David) Halvorson, Wisconsin.
Visitation will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6,
2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home until
services at 2 p.m.
Friends may sign the -i i..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


Community Events

Battle of Okeechobee
Reenactment scheduled
The battle reenactment will occur on
Sat., Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb.
7, at 1 p.m. at the Okeechobee Battlefield
Historic State Park on SE 38th Avenue across
from the Treasure Island Fire Station. Other
activities, including horse rides, 1800s medi-
cine show, blacksmith, cracker cow camp,
cannon demonstration and story telling will
take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hospice to hold
special Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a gigantic yard Sale on
Thursday, Feb. 4, and Friday Feb. 5, from 8
a.m. until noon. Specialty items this sale:
Many furniture items, appliances and wed-
ding dresses! We have new items galore of-
fered at extremely reasonable prices. Funds
raised will benefit patient care, including
services at The Hamrick Home. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321.

Drawing to benefit
March of Dimes
Surprise your significant other with a spe-
cial Valentine's date night and you can ben-
efit the March of Dimes at the same time!
Tickets are available at the Law Office of
Cassels & McCall, located at 400 N.W. Sec-
ond Street, for a donation of $2 each or 3
for $5. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Free Memory Loss
screenings offered
The Alzheimer's Association will of-
fer a free memory loss screening clinic on
Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
at the Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E.
Park Street, Okeechobee. Appointments are
needed. Screenings are for anyone, any age
concerned about memory loss. Screenings
are conducted by staff from St. Mary's Mem-
ory Disorder Center. Results are immediate.
Call Donna True for appt. at 800-861-7826
Ext. 1.







Okeechobee area churches plan special events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrot
Ave., will have a free family movie night, Fri-
day Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. The movie "Faith Like
Potatoes" with Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne
Wilhelm and Sean Cameron Michael will be
shown.
First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth
St., will have a yard sale on Feb. 6, to help
pay for the summer youth mission trip to


Drintina, Kosovo. The yard sale begins at 7
a.m. Anyone who wishes to donate items
for the sale, call the church office at 863-764-
2171.
Northside Baptist Church, 51 NW
98th St., will host the southern gospel trio
Forgiven on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10:45 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 200
NW Second St., will take part in a nation-
wide event, the 2010 "Souper" Bowl of Car-
ing. Led by the children and youth, the mem-


Big birthday brings


books to local children
This year when Sonny Williamson celebrate County Schools
ed his 80th birthday, he didn't ask for gifts for ,41 w.w
himself, he asked for books for the children of
Okeechobee. All birthday party attendees were
asked to forego a birthday gift and to purchase
a book for a kindergartner, first, second or third
grader which could be given to a child enrolled
in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee,
I' ,,,.-: Program" instead. The program
matches children with an adult role model to Special to the Okeechobee News/Rachel Heddings
improve reading skills through a oneon one tty Williamson is honored at a Big
relationship during weekly visits at Seminole, Brothers Big Sisters recent mentor
Everglatinshor North Elementary Schools. Any training for the donation of over 200
Everglades, or North Elementary Schools. Any children's books. From left to right
one interested in becoming a mentor can visit are: Kristy Crawford, Pat O'Connor,
Big Brothers Big Sisters website at www.bbb- Betty Williamson, Jenny Pung, Sharon
sbigs.org or call 863-824-2227. Vinson.


bers will bring canned goods to be placed
in large "soup pots" at the entrance doors.
These collected canned goods will go to the
community's food pantry at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church. Cash donations
will also be accepted for Big Lake Missions
Outreach to feed the homeless. On Super
Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, the donations will be
counted and the
results posted
on the national
website.
Okeecho-
bee Church of
the Nazarene,
425 SW 28th St.,
announces their
2010 Winter
Southern Gos-
pel Series: Mark Places of
Trammel Trio, aces of
Friday, Feb. 5, 1' ors
at 7 p.m.; The
Perrys, Sunday,
Feb. 14, at 2
p.m.; Dixie Melody Boys, Thursday, March
25, at 7 p.m. Limited seating available, For
more information please call 863-763-7113.
Trinity Free Will Baptist Church,
1840 N.E. 39th Boulevard, will have a Gos-
pel, Bluegrass Sing featuring the group Flat-
wood Blue on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a nail biter but in the end it was a
victory for the Okeechobee High School Lady
Brahman girls basketball team Jan. 29.
Senior night was celebrated in style with a
43-39 victory over Sebring.
Essence Williams had 15 points while
Graciela Varela added nine points to lead
Okeechobee to their 17th win of the year.
Eight senior girls were honored before the
game as they played what is likely their final
home game for Okeechobee.
Among the seniors this year were Jewel
Buck, Markeisha Youmans, Diana Fonseca,
Monica Koger, Miesha Henderson, Janezzka
Koger, Keighly Stewart and Graciela Varela.
All of the seniors got to play and many
played key roles down the stretch for the
girls.
Sebring led 12-11 after a competitive first
quarter. Williams hit a three pointer and
Monica Koger and Varela hit jump shots for
Okeechobee.
Okeechobee got a three point basket from
Stewart, and Williams in the second quarter
and built a 19-12 advantage midway through
the quarter. The Lady Brahmans led 21-18 at
halftime.
Two more three point baskets by Varela
and Williams gave Okeechobee a 29-22 lead in
the third quarter. Okeechobee actually stalled
the ball on several occasions to run the clock
while Sebring sat back in a zone defense.
Okeechobee seemed to be in control un-
til early in the fourth quarter when Coach
Tony Sherlock was called for a technical foul.
Sebring went on a 14-0 run to take a 36-31
lead.
Sherlock said the technical swung the mo-
mentum to Sebring for awhile, "We knew it
would be a tough game. We won a two-point
game at Sebring that was very similar to this
game. The girls fought back hard tonight."
Williams scored five straight points to tie
the score at 36 and the lead went back and
forth from there. Varela hit a 16 footer to tie
the score at 38, and Buck received a great
pass on a penetration move by Koger to give
Okeechobee a40-38 lead. Buck said things got
very nervous for the seniors down the stretch,
"I was so rushed out there. I made some little
mistakes that hurt the team and the seniors
got rattled a bit."
She complimented Koger for an excellent
drive to the basket on the play that turned out
to be the final field goal of the game.

ENGAGEMENT
PATTY WHITE &
FRED GEORGE
F red George and Patty White
of Okeechobee would like to
announce their engagement to
each other on Christmas Day 2009.

Fred is a long time employee for
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and
Patty is a medical billing specialist.

A wedding date has not been set at
this time.


"When you want to win you got to play as
a team and want it as a team, we executed
that play well. It gave me a big rush," she
added.
Buck grabbed a rebound and threw a bad
outlet pass to give Sebring an opportunity to
go ahead with 24 seconds left. Okeechobee
played good defense and got the rebound.
Two free throws by Stewart and one by
Williams iced the game down the stretch.
Markeisha Youmans had a big steal with 10
seconds left.
Coach Sherlock said he wished the season
were just starting as his girls are playing their
best ball of the season, "They are starting to
come together as a team. I wish this wasn't
over. The team is starting to jell and work with
each other."
Okeechobee will meet Boynton Beach in
the district tournament on Wednesday eve-
ning at Lincoln Park in Ft. Pierce.


Graciela Varela (center) is flanked by
Drema and Andy Brewer.


Monica Koger (center) is flanked by
her parents Roger and Nilda Jones.


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Daiana Fonseca was escorted by her Janezzka Koger was flanked by her
parents Simonet Orellana and Carlos parents Gwendolyn and Kelvin Koger
Fonseca at senior night. at senior night.


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Martin wins FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee


Team National Guard pro Scott Martin of
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20 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $50,000
in the FLW Series Eastern Division tournament
on Lake Okeechobee with a four-day catch of
20 bass weighing 71 pounds, 9 ounces.
The catch gave him the win by a 2-pound,
3-ounce margin over John Cox of Debary,
Fla., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing
69 pounds 6 ounces and earned $20,000.
"I'm about to cry after this one," said Mar-
tin, who has won more than $1 million in
FLW Outdoors events. "It's an amazing feel-
ing. I've lived here my whole life and I fished
my first FLW tournament here and I've been
fairly successful here and been in the top 10 a
few times. But to win one and keep it here on
the lake is awesome. For the City of Okeecho-
bee and the City of Clewiston and all the com-
munities around the lake ... it's unbelievable.
"I wanted to win this tournament and I
focused," Martin added. "When you focus
in on something ... when you believe it, you
achieve it. If you doubt it, you'll do without it.
That's been my motto all week."
Martin opened the tournament in fourth
place Wednesday with five bass weighing 21
pounds, 4 ounces that he caught on junebug-
colored Lake Fork Trophy Lures "Live" Magic
Shad and watermelon red Reaction Innova-
tions Trixie Sharks while fishing the South
Bay area. On Thursday he added another five
bass weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces to move
into second place. He then caught five bass
weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces Friday to make
the crucial top-5 cut in second place. Satur-
day Martin stuck with the baits he'd used the


first three days of competition and sealed his
win. Martin also received $6,000 for being the
Ranger Cup program winner.
"You try to put yourself in position to win
tournaments and to make the right decisions
on the final day and have a great day ... it was
just one of those days that would be hard to
ever duplicate," Martin said.
Martin said he returned to the area he
fished all week and again had it to himself.
He said he slowed down and picked the area
apart and relied on GPS to cover different
trails through grass than he fished the previ-
ous three days. Martin said he retrieved the
baits steadily on the surface in heavily matted
areas.
"I think the key to my success this week is
I haven't caught many of the males," Martin
said. "I saw lots of males every day. I could
have caught my limit every morning and had
10 to 12 pounds, but I left them there on pur-
pose. With the full moon coming, I wanted
those males to bring the females. So I just
marked them and kept fishing and fishing.
"I think it's a mistake to catch everything
you see, and I've done it, and it's stupid, really
with a full moon," Martin said.
Cox, who led the Okeechobee event for
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"I went to my area that had a lot of fish in
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day total of 35 pounds followed by Marlon
Crowder of Tampa, Fla., in second place with
33 pounds, 13 ounces worth $5,000.


Martin and Crowder each won a $1,000 gift
card as part of the new Cabela's Angler Cash
program. Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee
tournament will be broadcast on VERSUS.
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Okeechobee falls short in soccer championship


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jensen Beach won their sixth straight dis-
trict soccer championship with a 2-1 victory
over Okeechobee High School in the boys
soccer District 14-4A final on Friday night.
Jensen Beach won it in a shootout as the
two teams battled for 100 minutes of regu-
lation and two overtimes before they could
settle the match.
Okeechobee got a goal from Cristhian To-
ribio, but had a Jensen shot squirt through
the hands of their goal keeper Serafin Espi-
noza, to account for the scoring in regula-
tion.


"That mistake came back to haunt us,"
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said, "You
only get so many opportunities and you
must take advantage of them."
Sears said his team struggled again to put
the ball in the net. They had numerous scor-
ing opportunities, especially in the second
half, but were unable to score.
"The game came down to us not putting
the ball in the net. We played pretty well as a
team, we just couldn't score," he added.
Sears said for the past few years Okeecho-
bee's Achilles heel or weakness has been


converting shot opportunities near the net.
He said this team proved they could play
with anybody when they played a team
game.
"I feel we played a better game Friday
night, and it shouldn't have gone to a shoot
out. I'm pleased with the kids. They played
their hearts out and they played hard," he
added.
He pointed out Toribio has been a real
surprise toward the end of the year. He has
taken over as the starting midfielder on the
left side and has really played well in the past


OHS basketball team defeats Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's loss to Jens-
en Beach earlier this month was fresh in
their memories when the two basketball
teams met in the rematch at Jensen Friday
night.
The Brahmans responded with a 48-44
victory to avenge a loss at home to the Fal-
cons.
Duelle Gore had 17 points and 12 re-
bounds while Jonathan Hudoff chipped in
with 10 points inside to give Okeechobee
a nice win before the district tournament
next week.
Frank McChrystal had 11 points for


Jensen Beach. Tevin Wilson and Sherrod
Huntley both had 10 points. Okeechobee
improved to (11-7) while Jensen Beach fell
to (10-10).
Brahmans Coach Bryan Van Camp said
his team played well on defense and did a
good job at getting back which limited the
Falcons' fast break opportunities, "We re-
ally came out playing well on the defensive
end. It was still a struggle for us. We trailed
by six points at the half, then switched
things up and held them to only 16 points
in the second half."
Van Camp switched to a triangle and
two which put more man to man pres-
sure on the Falcon guards and also helped


against McChrystal inside, who had burned
the Brahmans for over 20 points in the first
game, a high scoring affair in Okeecho-
bee.
"We follow their guards wherever they
went and did a good job keeping their big
men away from the basket. It was a good
win for us," he added.
Okeechobee hosted South Fork on
Monday night. The boys travel to Clewiston
on Thursday night. The Brahmans will cel-
ebrate senior night on Friday night against
Moore Haven. Game time is 7 p.m.


few weeks. He was a key player in Okeecho-
bee's upset win over Suncoast in the semi-
finals.
"It seemed like nobody wanted the job,
but Cristhian stepped up and took the job,"
Sears added.
Jensen Beach won the shootout as they
hit all four of their shots, while Okeechobee
hit two of their four shots.
Okeechobee advances to the regional
quarterfinal match on Thursday at Space
Coast. Sears said Space Coast defeated last
year's state champion in Class 4A, Merritt
Island.
Sears said Space Coast has a great record
but that he is not worried about that. "We
have a better all around team than last year
and we only lost 1-0 to the state champions.
If we keep them from scoring and we score,
we can win. We must stay disciplined. We
can beat them. I care less what their record
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee wrestlers compete in their
district tournament Friday and continued to
gain momentum for that event with a victory
over South Fork recently.
Okeechobee won 40-36 in a very com-
petitive match in Tropical Farms last week.
Josh Gruber (125), Vance Wilkerson
(130), Chris Bleakley (135), Brian Levins
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Lucky. Zach Griffith won the heavyweight
match by forfeit.
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gious Russ Destito Memorial Duals at Martin
County High School on Jan 23. Okeecho-
bee defeated Martin County 39-33 in the
first round. Okeechobee lost to the eventual
champion Fort Pierce Central, 60-12 in the
second round. Okeechobee defeated Se-
bastian River 46-1 in the fifth round, and fell
to Port St. Lucie, 39-36 in the sixth and final
round.
The district tournament begins at 4 p.m.
Friday at Martin County High School.


Boys bball rallies past South Fork


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Matt Skipper scored 16 points to lead three
Okeechobee High School Brahmans in dou-
ble figures as the Okeechobee boys basket-
ball team defeated South Fork 60-50 Monday
night.
It was not an easy game for Okeechobee
as they played poorly in the first quarter and
fell behind by 13 points before they were able
to get things together.
Coach Bryan Van Camp admitted it looked
like two different teams on the floor Monday
night for Okeechobee (12-7).
"It was a horrible start, admittedly. It was
not our best effort from the beginning," Coach
Bryan Van Camp said, "I felt we were working
hard but we rushed some shots and missed
eight lay ups in the first quarter. We felt we
could turn it around and get back into it."
South Fork shot a high percentage in the
first quarter and led 9-1 and 15-3 early. The
Bulldogs held a 19-6 lead after the first quar-
ter.
Skipper, who hit the Brahmans first field
goal four minutes into the game, said the
team didn't get worried about the early defi-
cit, "It was so early we knew we had a lot of
time. They were just hitting every shot and we
weren't. We knew we could come back."
The Brahmans used defense to get back
into the game in a hurry. They held South Fork
to only four points in the second quarter and


pulled to within 23-21 at the half. Key baskets
included three point shots from Skipper and
Aaron Suarez.
Okeechobee changed their offense a bit in
the third quarter and tried to get the ball inside
to Duelle Gore, 11 points, and Troy Harper, 10
points. The strategy worked well as Okeecho-
bee took their first lead with 1:20 left in the
third quarter and never trailed again.
"We knew if we got the ball inside we
could wear their big men down and get them
into foul trouble," Van Camp said, "We fed
the post well in the second half."
Austin Willard hit a three pointer to start
the fourth quarter and Okeechobee was able
to build a 10 point lead in the final minutes.
Skipper hit six free throws in the final few
minutes to ice the win.
"I got off to a good start with my free
throws. I give credit to my teammates for get-
ting me the ball," Skipper said, "I get the gar-
bage points. We have such a good team that
so many people can score. On any given night,
anyone on our team can go for 20 points."
Austin Karrick led South Fork (6-15) with
18 points. James Fields added 11 points.
The JV teams battled in a triple overtime
thriller before South Fork prevailed 68-66. The
game kept the large crowd on the edge of
their seats for close to an hour as they two
teams battled back and forth. The Okeecho-
bee freshman team remained unbeaten with
an impressive 60-31 over South Fork.


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of 78 & Lake Dr. West
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Okeetantie; Feb 5 & 6.
Household, fishing, jew-
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OKEECHOBEE Plam
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way behind Home
Depot., 2/6/2010,
8AM till 3PM. Our
second annual muti-
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something for every-
one.


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crosoft Office and
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Newly furnished
2BR/1BA Townhouse in
Kings Bay. Also,
2BR/1BA Duplex in the
city. (863)634-8331
Taylor Creek Condo
2/1, furnished. Pool,
Dock. $875/mo + 1st &
sec. Avail 2/15/10
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352-895-8376 Must Sell
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Adorable 2/1, Ancient
Oaks, + 55, completely
furnished, with boat
ramp, gated community,
incl. water, cable, lawn
care & w/d, annual $595,
seasonal $850 or for sale
$39,000 FIRM, inclds
electric Available immedi-
ately, sec dep, 1 small
pet okay (863)801-9027
BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $600 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $700 mo. No
pets. $300 sec. dep.
(863)763-4031


DBL WIDE 3br, 2ba, in
Four Seasons, com-
pletely remodeled, too
much to list, $850/mo,
No Pets (863)467-5616
FOR RENT: 3/2 and 2/1
Cottages. Newly remod-
eled. 12 miles north of
Okeechobee on beautiful
ranch. Water, trash &
lawn maintenance includ-
ed. NO PETS! M-F.
(863)467-2982
Ft. Drum Cemetery
Rd./304th St., 2BR,
$500/mo. 3 mo. sec.
dep. 917- 836-8628
FT. DRUM AREA furn.,
older mobile home, 1.5
br, iba, $425 dep., $425
mo. rent (912)925-2147/
(912)224-4658 or
(734)637-2697
OKEECHOBEE 2br,
lba with large back
porch & front porch on
large scenic, wooded,
fenced lot, W/D $700
mo. Call 863-634-3451
RV with added on living
room. Utilities incl.
$450/month + deposit.
Call 863-763-3762
Treasure Island
2BR/1BA, lake access
canal, water, sewer,
furnished, newly
remodeled w/dishwasher,
$650 dep., $160 weekly.
(863)261-4704



LARKEE LAKES 2br,
Iba, you own land, Ig
screen porch, $30,000
(863)467-2156
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LOT & TRAILER -
$21,000, access to
Kissimmee River,
863-763-2346
TAYLOR CREEK 68 ft,
2 br, 1.5 ba, completely
furnished w/screen
room, extras $10,000
(352)406-9395


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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
ar Session on Thursday February 11, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health De-
partment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
ieed a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
Nwill need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
Nhich record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodaton to
participate in this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
363-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
lif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Jkeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
345414 ON 2/3/10

NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
TO DISCUSS
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
VS.
AMERICAN DRILLING SERVICES, INC.
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners shall hold an Ex-
xutive Session between the Board and its Attorney, which will discuss the
litigation between State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
vs. American Drilling Services, Inc. regarding the Sports Complex Well,
bearing case number 2007-CA-443.
The proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, February 11,
Z010 at 11:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter, in the Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
The proposed discussion shall be confined to setdtement negotiations or
strategy sessions relating to litigation expenditures.
notice is hereby given that the following individuals will be in attendance at
:he Executive Session: County Commissioner Clif Betts, Jr., County Com-
lnissioner Noel Chandler, County Commissioner Ray Domer, County Com-
missioner Margaret Garrard Helton, Commissioner Joey Hoover, County
Administrator Lyndon L. Bonner, and Attorney John R. Cook.
4 Court Reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript
hall be made part of the public record upon conclusion ofthe litigation.
:lif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Construction Manager at Risk Selection Process
"Okeechobee Achievement Academy"
The School District of Okeechobee requests interested parties to submit qualifications documents to review for the
Construction Manager at Risk for the new "Okeechobee Achievement Academy."
What to Submit:
Qualified construction management firms are encouraged to submit one (1) original and four (4) copies of their state-
ment of qualifications and performance (Government Service Administration form 305) along with any other informa-
tion that would be beneficial in the selection process for this construction project. This information may include but
not limited to: number of years in business, location of firm's office nearest the county seat, past or present projects
of similar nature along with names and addresses of at least three (3) school boards or other agencies for whom
similar services have been performed within the last five (5) years and the date and the specific service rendered in
each case, photos of completed projects, biographical information, range of experience and any other information
that would help give a complete picture of the submitting firm.
Project Description,
The specified services shall consist of providing Construction Management Services for the construction of the Okee-
chobee Achievement Academy, Okeechobee, FL. The Construction Manager (CM) is responsible for the successful,
bmely, and economical completion of the construction project.
Scope of Services:
Construction Managers shall provide all types and manner of services related to construction management,
as required and directed by the District.
School Scope Construction Budget
Okeechobee Achievement Academy Approximately $4,823,500.00
Important Dates and Times,
Advertisement dates for"Request for Qualifications": January 27, February 3, February 10, 2010
RFQ documents must be submitted no later than: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Review and "short listing" by Selection Committee: Friday, March 5, 2010
Short listing of firms submitted to School Board: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Review "short list" and determine rank order of selections: Friday, March 19, 2010
Short listed and ranked firms submitted to School Board with a recommendation for approval of the #1, #2,
and #3 ranked companies: Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
344520 ON 1/27;2/3,10/10

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NUMBER: 2009 CA 266
WAUCHULA STATE BANK, a Florida banking corporation,
Plainbff,
VS
DOLORES M. DEFEDE and JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, as tenants in the
subject property whose correct names are not known,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a final decree of foreclosure en-
tered in the above-entitled cause in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee, Flori-
da, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties,
Florida, described as:
PARCEL 1 (Okeechobee County): A parcel of land lying in the North
1/2 of Section 12, Township 37 South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida, being the West 1/2 of Tract 37 of the unrecorded subdi-
vision of TROPICAL ACRES and being more particularly described as fol-
lows:
Commence at the Northeast corner of said Secton 12, thence North
89040'00" West along the North line of said Section 12, a distance of
2,805.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue North
89040'00" West along said North line of Section 12, a distance of 165.00
feet; thence South 0 08'00" West, parallel with the East line of said North
1/2 of Section 12, a distance of 660.00 feet to the North right of way line
of NW 30th Street, formerly Mitchell Road; thence South 89040'00" East,
along said North right of way line of NW 30th Street, a distance of 165.00
feet; thence North 0008'00' East parallel with said East line of the North
1/2 of Secton 12, a distance of 660.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
TOGETHER WITH:
2007 CLSI Mobile Home, Identification Number JACFL28188ACA
2007 CLSI Mobile Home, Identification Number JACFL28188ACB
2007 CLSI Mobile Home, Identification Number JACFL28188ACC
STREET ADDRESS: 5611 Northwest 30th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
PARCEL 2 (Palm Beach County): Lot 10, DEER RUN, according to the
Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for
Palm Beach County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 35, Pages 34 to 39 in-
clusive.
STREET ADDRESS: 2430 Deer Run Boulevard,
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470
TOGETHER WITH (as to both parcels): All existing or subsequently
erected or affixed buildings, improvements and fixtures, all easements,
rights of way and appurtenances, all water, water rights, water courses
and ditch rights (including stock in ublities with ditch or irrigation rights);
and all other rights, royalties, and profits relatng to the real property, in-
cluding without limitation, all minerals, oil, gas, geothermal and similar
matters; all present and future leases of the property and all rents from
the property and personal property.
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, in the Okeechobee Judicial Center located at 312 N.W.
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida
Statutes (2004), at 11:00 a.m., on the 24th day of February 2010.
NOTICE: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must
file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale.
SIGNED this 20th day of January 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
344496 ON 2/3,10/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2008-CA-000619
NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY
MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
MONTHIA RICKETTS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MONTHIA RICKETTS IF ANY;
KIRK RICKETTS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KIRK RICKETTS IF ANY; ANY AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN
TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM
AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAI-
MANTS
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January 21, 2010 entered in Civil Case No. of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Okeecho-
bee, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of Feb.,
2010 the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final
Judgment, to-wit:
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH,
RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS;
COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 2;
THENCE SOUTH 00023'37" WEST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID
SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 50.01 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION
THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NW 240TH STREET FORMERLY
KNOWN AS EAGLE ISLAND ROAD;
THENCE SOUTH 89001'48" WEST, ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 784.17 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST 783.95 FEET OF SAID SECTION
2.
THENCE SOUTH 00023'07" WEST, ALONG SAID WEST LINE OF THE
EAST 783.95 FEET OF SECTION 2 A DISTANCE OF 4445.18 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00023'07" WEST, ALONG SAID WEST
LINE OF THE EAST 783.95 FEET OF SECTION 2 A DISTANCE OF
1109.54 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH BOUN-
DARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 2;
THENCE NORTH 89017'12" EAST, ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY
LINE OF SAID SECTION 2 A DISTANCE OF 784.09 FEET, TO THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 2;
THENCE NORTH 00023'07" EAST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID
SECTION 2 A DISTANCE OF 1113.05 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 89001'44" EAST A DISTANCE OF 784.17 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 20.00 ACRES, MORE OF
LESS.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale if any other
than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 21 day of January, 2010
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN, RA., ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
08-00797 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
ISS0 In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call 1-772-807-4370
within two working days of your receipt of this Summons/Notice to Appear.
If you are hearing impaired call 1-800-955-8771. If you are voice impaired
call 1-800-9558770, via Florida Relay Service.
344608 ON 2/3,10/10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2006-CA-00016C
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE
MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plainbff,
vs.
JERRY CONKIN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JERRY CONKIN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 30840 NE 21st Way, Okeechobee, FL 34972
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEN-
DANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acton to foreclose a mortgage on the follow-
ing property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida:
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF
SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RNAGE 35 EAST, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCING AT THE SOUTH ONE-QUARTER OF SAID SECTION
11, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF TOWNSITE OF FORT DRUM, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 43 PUBLIC RECORDS OFOKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, MARKED BY A ONE INCH IRON PIPE
BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 56 SECONDS WEST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 162.76 FEET TO INTERSECT A CURVE TO THE LEFT, ON
THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE ROAD 15-C, HAVING A RA-
DIUS OF 1943.00 FEET, THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF
SAID CURVE A DISTANCE OF 315.73 FEET TO THE POINT OF TAN-
GENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 53
MINUTES 46 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 161.80 FEET;
THENCE BEAR NORTH 01 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 46 SECONDS
EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1303.54 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING;
THENCE CONTINUE ALONG AFOREDESCRIBED LINE A DISTANCE
OF 152.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES; 55 MINUTES
19 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 268.80 FEET; THENCE BEAR
SOUTH 01 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE
OF 152.00 FEET, THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 53 MINUTES
19 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 268.80 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. ALSO DESCRIBED AS THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOl
23 OR LOT 23A, UNRECORDED PLAT OF FORT DRUM GROVETTES,
SUBJECT TO EASEMENT.
TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PER-
MANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO 23650119EA
AND 236501193B
has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Florind
Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiff's attorney whose address is 9119 Corpo
rate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa, Florida 33634, and file the original with
this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately there
after; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand
ed in the Complaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks
in the Okeechobee News (Independent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court on this 20th day of January
2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Couri
By: /s/ Kathy Arnolc
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
G08035099
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing E
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 25C
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, (772)807-4370 within
two working days of your receipt of this notice: IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
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1-800-955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2006-CA-000160
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE
MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plaintff,
/s.
JERRY CONKIN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JERRY CONKIN
-AST KNOWN ADDRESS: 30840 NE 21ST WAY, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
CURRENTT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEN-
DANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
-AST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENTT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acton to foreclose a mortgage on the follow-
ng property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida:
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF
SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
IS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCING AT THE SOUTH ONE-QUARTER OF SAID SECTION
11, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF TOWNSITE OF FORT DRUM, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 43 PUBLIC RECORDS OF
DKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA MARKED BY A ONE INCH IRON
PIPE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 4'2 MINUTES 56 SECONDS WEST, A
DISTANCE OF 162.76 FEET TO INTERSECT A CURVE TO THE LEFT,
DN THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE ROAD 15-C, HAVING A
RADIUS OF 1943.00 FEET, THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF
SAID CURVE A DISTANCE OF 315.73 FEET TO THE POINT OF TAN-
SENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 53
MINUTES 46 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 161.80 FEET;
THENCE BEAR NORTH 01 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 46 SECONDS
EAST, A DISTNACE OF 1303.54 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGIN-
MING;
THENCE CONTINUE ALONG AFOREDESCRIBED LINE A DISTACNE
DF 152.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 55 MINUTES
19 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 268.80 FEET; THENCE BEAR
SOUTH 01 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE
DF 152.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 53 MINUTES
19 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 268.80 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. ALSO DESCRIBED AS THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOT
23 OR LOT 23A, UNRECORDED PLAT OF FORT DRUM GROVETTES,
SUBJECT TO EASEMENT.
TOGETHER WITH A MOBKLE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PER-
MANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO 23650119EA
AND 23650119EB
las been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Florida
default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiff's attorney whose address is 9119 Corpo-
ate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa, Florida 33634, and file the original with
:his Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand-
ed in the Complaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks
n the Okeechobee news (Independent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court on this 20th day of January,
?010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
lorida Default Law Group, PL.
'.O. Box 25018
Fampa, Florida 33622-5018
308035099
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
:n accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
1W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, (772)807-4370 within
wo working days of your receipt of this notice: IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
'AIRED, CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000396
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
B. DUANE EATMON, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Rnal Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated January 21,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000396 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida wherein WELLS FAR-
GO BANK, NA, is the Plaintiff and B.
DUANE EATMON; MECHELLE J. EAT-
MON; TENANT #1 N/K/A JANE DOE,
and TENANT #2; are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM,
on the 24th day of February, 2010,
the following descnbed property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 5, SHERMAN HEIGHTS, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 21, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 1310 5TH AVENUE SW,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on January 21, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, PL.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09066994
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilites Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, ort St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
772)8074370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
344917 ON 02/03,10/10


LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 19th day of Feb. 2010
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
Mode & Vin's as follows:
2001 Pontiac Sunfire
1G2JB124X17346980
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
in "AS IS" with no guarantees.
345429 ON 2/3/10


LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY
19, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1999 Ford Escort
VIN #3FAKP1136XR174867
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEi Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000109
LASALLE BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR
RAMP 2007RS2,
Plaintiff,
vs.
LAUREEN WISE POWERS A/K/A
LAUREEN S. POWERS, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated January 21,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000109 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein LASALLE
BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE FOR RAMP 2007RS2, is the
Plaintiff and LAUREEN WIDE POW-
ERS A/K/A LAUREEN S. POWERS;
GARY LAYNE POWERS, SR.; JENNI-
FER SUE POWERS; are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM,
on the 24th day of February, 2010,
the following descnbed property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 36, BLOCK 53, BASSWOOD IN-
CORPORATED UNIT NUMBER 5,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 3578 NORTHWEST 36TH
AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on January 21, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, EL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09009510
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
772)8074370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
344919 ON 02/03,10/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000648
BENEFICIAL FLORIDA INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
DON E. HARTZKE, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: SANDRA L. HARTZKE
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 39 Middle
Terrace, Vernon, CT 06606
CURRENT ADDRESS: 39 Middle Ter-
race, Vernon, CT 06606
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing property in OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida:
LOT 2, BLOCK 1, COUNTRY
HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 97, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFOKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; TO-
GETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME
LOCATED THEREON AS A FIX-
TURE AND APPURTENANCE
THERETO
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your


written defenses within 30 days after
the first publication, if any, on Florida
Default Law Group, PL., Plaintiff's
attorney whose address is 9119 Cor-
porate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original
with this Court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint or peti-
tion.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive
weeks in the Okeechobee News (In-
dependent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand the seal of this
Court on this 21st day of January,
2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F09098136
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
772)807-4370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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IN THIE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUITIN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-143
THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFI-
CATEHOLDER SCW ABS, INC.
ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES,
SERIES 2006-10,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ROBERT FARLEY, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated January 21,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2008-CA-143 of the Circuit Court
of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit
in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florda wherein THE BANK OF NEW
YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CER-
TIFICATEHOLDER SCWABS, INC.
ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SE-
RIES 2006-10, is the Plaintiff and
ROBERT FARLEY; are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM,
on the 24th day of February, 2010,
the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 5, BLOCK 8, LAKE MONTAZA
ESTATES, SECTION FOUR-A, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5,
PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OFO-
KEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 1220 NE 342nd Trail, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis endens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on January 21, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
PRO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F08010230
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Amenri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
(772)807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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News in Brief



Register now for Pre-K

Registration for the Okeechobee County School Board's VPK
Pre-K program began Monday, Feb. 1. Registration is for the 2010-
2011 school year. To be eligible to participate, children must be 4
years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2010. To schedule a registration
appointment or for additional information, call 862-462-5363 or 86-
462-5000 ext. 235.


Census jobs available

2010 Census Jobs are available! Work will begin in the spring and
will last 2 to 10 weeks. All work is in Okeechobee County and pays
$14.25 per hour plus .55 a mile. Testing for hires is being done now
and includes basic skills. Download a practice test at www.2010
censusjobs.gov. or to schedule at test call 1-866-861-2010. For more
information call 863-610-1337.


Rotary collecting for Haiti

Rotary Club of Okeechobee is collecting financial donations for
the victims of the Haiti earthquake. District 6930 of Rotary Interna-
tional will be coordinating the efforts and monies raised will go to
where they need to be dispersed in priority order. Please contact
Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110 for information or, attend the
Rotary luncheon meeting on Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral.


Art Fest planned

Applications are now available for the Okeechobee Main Street
2010 Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest, which will be held on
Feb. 27 & 28 in downtown Okeechobee.Fine artists are sought to
participate in this two day event. There are three art divisions: Booth
Artist, Adult Gallery and Student Gallery. Applications can be down-
loaded at www.mainstreetokeechobee.com or can be picked up at
the Main Street building located at 111 NE 2nd Street. Deadline for
applications: Adult Feb. 15 and Student Feb. 17. For more infor-
mation you may also contact Bridgette at 863-467-7300 or email:
bridgette-mainstreet@iearthlink.net


Sheriff's office helps Special Olympics

The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office will join law enforce-
ment officers from across the state to raise money and awareness
for Special Olympics. During the month of April they will participate
in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. You
can help now by purchasing a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt
for $12 or hat for $10 or get both for $20. Monetary Donations can
be made at the Sheriffs Office. Help the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office raise money and awareness for Special Olympics by pur-
chasing a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt and hat or by making
a donation. Shirts and hats can be purchased at the Okeechobee
County Sheriffs Office or at the Main Street Office. For more informa-
tion contact Michele Bell at 863-763-3117 or 863-634-1144.


Workshop for job seekers

Workforce Solutions in collaboration with Monstor Government
Solutions will hold a free workshops to provide job seekers with
the advice and resources they need to find a job and manage their
career at the Williamson Conference Center on Feb. 11. To register
and to get more information go online to www.YourWorkforceSolu-
tions.com.


Martha's House needs volunteers

Martha's House is seeking volunteers to enrich our programs.
Help is needed in theshelter doing such things as answering hotline
calls, reading to the children, and teaching arts and crafts. You can
also lend a hand with fundraisers including our upcoming yard sales.
If you would like to help provide a safe and loving environment for
survivors of domestic violence, please call Theresa or Shirlean at
863-763-2893.




18 Okeechobee News February 3, 2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009-CA-660
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK
OF FLORIDA,
Plaintiff
V.
WILLIAM TROY GARRISON; ARNITA
L. GARRISON; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTSS, WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT
TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant
to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated January 21, 2010, in Case No.
2009-CA-660, in the Circuit Court of
the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida, in
which RIVERSIDE NATIONAL
BANK OF FLORIDA is Plaintibff, and
WILLIAM TROY GARRISON and
ARNITA L. GARRISON are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312
North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on February
24, 2010, the following described
property set forth in the Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure, to-wit:
Lots 9, 10 and 16, Block 3, a Plat of
Dixie Ranch Acres, according to
the Plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 35, of the Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida
Property Address: 7436 NW 89th
Court, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Tax ID: 1-23-36-34-002-00030-0090
Anyone claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, other than the
person who was the record property
owner when the Lis Pendens was
filed, must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
DATED this 28th day of January,
2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
345286 ON 2/3,10/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA
Case No.: 1009-DR-487
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Velma Ingham,
Petitioner
and
Daniel Ray Ingham,
Respondent
AMENDED NOTICE OF
ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION
OF MARRIAGE
TO: Daniel Ray Ingham
823 Schooner Drive
Henderson, NV 89015
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Velma Ingham, whose address is
6120 NE 72nd Cir. W. #27, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 on or before
2-102010, and file the original with
the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Court Opera-
tions 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before
service on Petitioner or immediately
thereafter If you fail to do so, a de-
fault may be entered against you for
the relief 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 Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. (You may file Notice

of Current Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
quires certain automatic disclosure of
documents and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
ings.
Dated: 1/7/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Vicki Rogers
Deputy Clerk
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUITIN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000098
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
BLUE BISHOP A/K/A BLUE C.
BISHOP, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated January 21,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000098 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein CHASE
HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff
and BLUE BISHOP A/K/A BLUE C.
BISHOP; ASHLEY GARCIA; ANY AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST, THE HEREIN NAMED IN-
DIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
AQUA FINANCE, INC.; STATE OF
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVE-
NUE; TENANT #1 N/K/A CHARITY
HOPE LEE, and TENANT #2; are the
Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at
11:00AM, on the 24th day of Febru-
ary, 2010, the following described
property as set forth in said Final
Judgment:
LOT 47, BLOCK 51, BASSWOOD
UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 2874 NW 35TH AVENUE,
OKEECHOBEE FL 349720000
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on January 21, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Forida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F09008866
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
772)807-4370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE
NO: 47-2009-CA-000443
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
PLAINTIFF
VS.
JONATHAN ROBERT DANIEL HAZY;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JONATHAN
ROBERT DANIEL HAZY IF ANY; JEN-
NIFER L. GEORGE; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF JENNIFER L. GEORGE IF
ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, U N -
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; TARMAC AMERICA,
LLC; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated entered in Civil
Case No. 47-2009-CA-000443 of the
Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Okeechobee, Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash on
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th
day of Feb., 2010, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 117, R-BAR ESTATES, UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 7, PAGE 4, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOEBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale if any oth-
er than the property owner as of the
claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 5th day of Jan., 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
09-37606 (NCMC)
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to parbci-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Sum-
mons/Nobce to Appear. If you are
hearing impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flori-
da Relay Service.
343249 ON 2/3,10/10


OMS warriors win


their final home game


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Expavious Mills had 14 points
to lead the Osceola boys basket-
ball team to an impressive 33-
11 over Pemayetv Emahakv on
Thursday.
Mills led his team in steals
and rebounds in an all around
solid performance as the War
riors won their fifth game of the
year, which set a school record.
"It was a good game. I liked
how we moved the ball around.
I thought I would be tired but it
turned out alright," Mills said af
terward.
Osceola led 11-0 after the first
quarter and were never threat-
ened too much in the game.
They controlled the boards be-
hind solid work from players like
Mills, Christian Crews and Tad
Norman.
Zeke Matthews and Zack
Hudson both had four points for
Brighton.
Osceola led 17-7 at the half
thanks to a bucket by Christian
Crews and some aggressive de-
fense around the basket.
Osceola increased the lead
to 27-11 after the third quarter.
They had numerous steals on


the younger Brighton players
and prevented them from getting
good shot opportunities near the
basket.
Warriors Coach Mike Wharin
said the game was a chance to
use some younger players and
catch a glimpse of the future.
"Brighton will add seventh and
eighth graders next year and will
be more competitive. We want-
ed to execute our base defenses
and work on our offensive pass-
ing tonight and we did a good
job with that."
Although the Warriors did
not have a winning record, the
five wins does mean a lot to
the team, Wharin said. He said
the boys worked real hard and
earned all of their wins.
"I think we are going in the
right direction. We have to re-
build next year."
Mills said he tried to get some
of the other players the ball so
they could score. As a seventh
grader he'll be counted on to be-
come a leader next year.
"The team talked about set-
ting the record for wins. It feels
good," he added. "Brighton
played a good game today. I'm
looking forward to next year."


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Osceola girls



win final game

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

Osceola outlasted a stubborn Brighton
squad as they won their final game of the
year, 18-9 on Thursday.
Samantha Murphy had 10 points to lead
Osceola to their fourth win of the season.
Kalgary Johns led the Seminoles with five
points.
It was a tight defensive battle as both
teams played aggressively under the boards.
Osceola Coach Brian Turner said it was
an opportunity to get the younger players
and some experience and a chance to work
on some things, "Believe it or not that was
one of our better games all around. We got
into the offense and ran the game plan when
we had the opportunity."
The game was even in the first half as
both teams struggled shooting the ball.
Lizzie Buck scored early but Kailin Brown
and Johns hit baskets as Brighton took a 4-2
lead after the first quarter.
Murphy scored on an offensive follow for
Osceola to tie the score early in the second
and the teams traded backs by Johnson and
Murphy before the half to leave the teams
tied, 6-6 at the break.
Coach Turner said Brighton really im-
proved from the first game between the two
teams, "I couldn't believe how much better
they were. They had some players develop
and they have a bright future."
Brighton only plays with sixth grade play-
ers and plan to add seventh and eighth grad-
ers next year.
Osceola got their offense going in the
second half as they continued to control the
glass inside. Murphy hit to baskets, and Buck
stole a pass and hit an 11 foot jumper to give
Osceola a 16-8 lead after the third quarter.
Murphy hit a short jumper early in the
fourth quarter to end the Warriors scoring.
Buck, Murphy, and Autumn Wofford did
a good job grabbing rebounds.
Brianna Nunez led Osceola in steals and
assists. She said she felt the team did well
without their top players, "I'm not really a
point guard, I like playing on the wing, but
I'll do whatever I have to do for the team. I'm
very happy with the season. I think we did a
lot better than I expected."
Nunez said girls who sit the bench all
year were excited to get on the floor and
play in a game, "They were really happy. We
try to encourage them and get their hopes
up. Brighton was a whole lot better they re-
ally have good defense."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Autumn Wofford (left) grabs a rebound
while Kalgary Johns of Brighton de-
fends during Thursday's game.


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