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Index
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Community Events...................... 6
O bituaries .......................................... 6
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Speak Out .................. 4
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County may settle


dispute about well


Problem with well
at county swimming
pool sparks lawsuit
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A dispute that has been ongo-
ing for most of the decade might
be settled tomorrow. Okeechobee
County Commissioners are sched-
uled to look at a proposed settle-
ment in the litigation between the
county, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
and American Drilling Services
(ADS). Deputy County Administra-
tor Robbie Chartier is also sched-
uled to present a financial update


Search for


escapee nets

3 arrests,

pot plants
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As two detectives searched for an es-
caped prisoner, they not only arrested
two other people on unrelated charges
but found a patch of marijuana plants in
some woods they searching.
The detectives -- both members of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) Street Crimes Unit -- were
patrolling in the Four Seasons area
See ARRESTS Page 2


If you go...
What: Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commission meeting
When: 9 a.m. Thursday,
Feb. 25
Where: Okeechobee
County Health Depart-
ment Auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave.
of the fiscal year through Jan. 31.
The pending litigation has
amassed four files of legal docu-
ments, each several inches thick.
Much of the files consist of pag-
es of complicated and involved
See COUNTY Page 2

County ranks
near bottom
in statewide
health survey
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee ranked 56th
among the state's 67 counties
in overall health, termed health
outcomes, in a survey conduct-
ed by the University of Wiscon-
sin Population Health Center
and the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation.
The County Health Rankings
called Mobilizing Action toward
Community Health took into

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HEALTH
Continued From Page 1

account the amount of people dying before
age 75, the number of days a person report-
ed in poor physical and mental health, and
looked at several other factors.
Okeechobee had a large population who
did little or no exercising, and had 80 percent
report they had few fruits and vegetables in
their diet. Over 28 percent of the population
was described as obese, the study conclud-
ed.
The report also concluded that 7,655 lo-
cal residents had no health insurance cov-
erage and that the area had a shortage in
community health centers and health care
professionals.
The report also indicated the area had a
status less than favorable in infectious dis-
eases like hepatitis A.
The average life expectancy in Okeecho-
bee was 74.6 years old. That compared to
76.5 for the nation. Of those surveyed, 22.9
percent reported fair or poor health which
compared with the national rate of 17.1 per-
cent.
The report also reported that 57 percent
of the population had a high school diploma
and nine percent had college degrees.


COUNTY
Continued From Page 1
technical statements from experts.
It all began in May of 2002 when the
county awarded a contract to ADS. A water
supply well was dug below the level of pota-
ble water to bring hot water to the surface to
power a heat pump to heat the water in the
swimming pool at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex. Another well, an injection
well, was dug to return used water to the
same level it came from in a closed loop. In
dealing with injection wells, DEP has strict
rules to ensure water from the level below
the level of potable water does not mix with
potable water. The return well, for some
reason, did not take all the water from the
source well and began leaking to the sur-
face. Since 2002 the county has spent over
$290,000 in engineering and drilling expens-
es on the injection well, not counting legal
fees. Both the county and ADS have received
notifications of noncompliance from DEP.


There was also a higher than average rate
of adult smoking, 26 percent, binge drinking
16 percent, teenage birth rate, and motor ve-
hicle crashes in Okeechobee.
The report found that while injuries ac-
counted for 81 percent of the deaths for ages
24 and under, cancer and heart disease ac-
counted for 60 percent of the deaths of per-
sons between 45 and 64.
The report also indicated that 24 percent
of Okeechobee children lived in poverty.
Each county is ranked within the state
due to key factors like smoking, obesity,
access to primary care providers, rates of
violent crimes, air pollution levels, and even
liquor store density.
The report is the first time that research-
ers have examined the multiple factors that
affect health in each county in all 50 states.
The rankings showed that people who
live in healthier counties tend to have higher
education levels, are more likely to be em-
ployed, have access to more health care
providers, and have more access to healthier
foods, parks and recreational facilities. Wis-
consin University Officials said the report is
designed to mobilize community leaders
to take action and invest in programs and
policy changes that make their counties
healthier places to live. More information on
the report can be obtained online at www.
countyhealthrankings.org.


At least one previous settlement offer from
DEP to ADS involving payment of a fine was
turned down by ADS.
The current proposed settlement states
"no party to the action acknowledges any
fault, or liability to the other..." The county
would pay $150,000 to ADS and each party
would pay their own fees and costs.
Turning to the financial overview, there
is good news. Overall, revenues exceed ex-
penditures by 17 percent as compared to
the budget. However, the general fund and
agri-civic enterprise fund have not received
the targeted revenues to meet current ex-
penditure levels. Therefore the fund balance
is being depleted to meet expenses. Staff an-
ticipates revenues in the general fund to be
about 3.7 percent less than budgeted.
In other action, the board is expected to
make appointments to the agri-civic center
advisory committee, the library advisory
board, planning board/board of adjustments
and appeals, Treasure Coast Community Ac-
tion Agency Advisory Board, and the con-
struction industry licensing board.



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ARRESTS
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around 10:54 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, when
a bicyclist crossed the road in front of their
unmarked unit. Detective Bart Potter and
Detective Javier Gonzalez stopped the bicy-
clist and told Robert Anthonie Woods that
he could not ride the bike after dark since it
had no lights.
According to the detectives' report, as
they spoke with Woods he appeared to be
very nervous and kept putting his hands in
his pockets. Fearing the 21-year-old Woods
may have a weapon, Detective Gonzalez be-
gan to pat down the bicyclist.
During the pat down Detective Gonzalez
reportedly found a brick-shaped substance
in Woods' pocket. When the detective
placed Woods under arrest and then hand-
cuffed him, Woods pulled away and alleg-
edly tried to run. However, Detective Gonza-
lez grabbed the hood on Woods' jacket and
pulled him to the ground.
But, the hood then ripped off and Woods
got to his feet and fled the area on foot, con-
tinued the report. The two detectives gave
chase but lost Woods when he ran around a
mobile home and then into a dark wooded
area, stated the report.
That brick-shaped substance allegedly
found on Woods was field tested and indi-
cated a positive result for the presence of
marijuana. The report went on to state that
the suspected pot weighed about 116 grams
with packaging. As detectives Gonzalez and
Potter searched for Woods they walked
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that resembled Woods. According to the re-
port, he was lighting what appeared to be a
smoking pipe.
The report goes on to state that they also
heard a woman's voice as well as the voice
of a small child in the home. When they
went to the door they not only smelled mari-
juana, but also saw a small child.
The report states that the man they saw
was not Woods. However, they eventually
arrested another man in the home as well
as the woman.
Bret N. Sizemore, 18, Okeechobee, was
arrested on misdemeanor charges of pos-
session of marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug paraphernalia. He was
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $1,500.
The woman, Jessica Mea Eaton, 23, N.E.
Second St., was arrested on a felony charge
of child abuse. She was booked into the
county jail under a bond of $2,500.
As the two detectives continued their
search in the 6300 block of N.E. Ninth Lane
shortly after midnight, they came upon
a small patch of suspected pot plants in
an open field. Their report states that they
pulled up the 23 plants and turned them
over to an evidence custodian for destruc-
tion. The plants, added the report, weighed
5.73 ounces with packaging.
Around 4 a.m. Woods, N.E. Second St.,
entered the sheriff's office and surrendered
to the detectives. He was charged with the
felonies of escape and possession of mari-
juana over 20 grams. He was booked into
the county jail under a bond of $7,500.
Records indicate that he has been re-
leased on bond. As of Monday afternoon, no
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February 24, 2010 Okeechobee News


Bar owner attacked; one arrested


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man became angered when he was
refused service at a local bar and attacked
the bar owner with a pool cue, then hit the
owner with his truck, according to the sher-
iff's office reports.
Juan Pedro Zuniga Mesa, 28, S.R. 70 W,
Okeechobee, was arrested early Monday,
Feb. 22, on felony charges of aggravated
battery with a vehicle and three counts of
aggravated assault. He was also arrested on
misdemeanor charges of battery, leaving the
scene of an accident with property damage
and criminal mischief.
Although Mesa had been booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail, his bond had not
been set as of newspaper deadline Tuesday.
An arrest report by Deputy Howard Pick-
ering of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) stated that Mesa went to the
Las Palmas Bar, 4026 S.R. 70 W, at 2:13 a.m.
Monday and became enraged when he was
told the bar was closing and he could not be
served alcohol.
Armed with a pool cue, Mesa reportedly
went after bar owner Jose Baltazar Vargas
and backed him against a wall outside the


bar. When Miguel Juarez Benavides inter-
vened, Mesa tried to hit him with the stick,
stated the report.
Mr. Benavides was able to get the cue
away from Mesa but the enraged man then
attacked Mr. Benavides with his fists, the re-
port continued. Deputy Pickering said Mr.
Benavides suffered cuts and bruises from
the attack.
The two men were separated and Mr. Be-
navides and Mr. Vargas went back inside to
clean the bar.
A few minutes later they heard what they
thought were gunshots. When they went
outside to investigate they reportedly saw
Mesa using a pull strap with a hook on an
outside door to the bar. At this point, stated
Deputy Pickering, Felix Morales came out of
the bar and when Mesa saw him he tried to
hit Mr. Morales with his pickup truck. How-
ever, the vehicle hit Mr. Vargas instead.
Mr. Vargas was allegedly knocked to the
ground and reportedly suffered a laceration
to his knee.
The vehicle sped away, but was stopped
later on S.W 48th Ave. and the driver placed
under arrest, the deputy stated.


Woman sentenced to house arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman entered into a
plea agreement with the state and will spend
the next nine months under house arrest.
Chenise Victoria Bullard, 19, N.E. 64th
Ave., went before Circuit Court Judge Rob-
ert Belanger on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and en-
tered a plea of no contest to felony charges
of dealing in stolen property and giving false
information to a pawnbroker.
A charge of grand theft was dropped by
the state. Judge Belanger found her guilty
on each count and sentenced her to nine
months on community control, which will
be followed by three years probation. He
also ordered her to pay all court costs, as
well as restitution to the victim. "Commu-
nity control is designed to be punishment,"
Judge Belanger told Bullard as he explained
the guidelines of house arrest to her.
Bullard was arrested May 23, 2009, in
connection with the theft of a large amount


of jewelry from a home. An arrest report by
Deputy Arlene Durbin, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), indicated the
jewelry had an estimated value of $1,941.
During her investigation, Deputy Durbin
found pawn tickets from local pawn shops
where Bullard had sold various items of
jewelry then signed the pawn tickets. She
received approximately $650 for the items,
the report indicated. While some of the jew-
elry was recovered, the deputy's report said
some of the stolen items had already been
sent away to be melted down.
In another Wednesday afternoon case,
Judge Belanger revoked the probation of
Nicki Louise Osceola and sentenced her to
serve 9 months in the Okeechobee County
Jail as part of a plea agreement.
Osceola, 25, N.E. Knotts Landing Road,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 21 on a war-
rant charging her with violation of probation
- possession of oxycodone. She was given
credit for the 30 days she had already spent
in the county jail.


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Truck overturns at main intersection
Jose M. Ramos of Orlando received only minor injuries when the tractor-
trailer he was driving rolled onto its right side as he was turning from U.S.
441 S. onto S.R. 70 E. Monday morning. According to Officer P.C. Eddings, of
the Okeechobee City Police Department, the concrete walls loaded onto the
rig's trailer shifted as Mr. Ramos was making the turn. The officer said Mr.
Ramos was not cited for the accident.



Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Lorenzo Rivera, 23, N.E. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 19 by Dep-
uty Corporal Aric Majere on a Department of
Corrections amended warrant charging him
with violation of probation battery. He is
being held without bond.
Deena Jean Williams, 24, N.W 354th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 19 by
Deputy Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a war-
rant charging her with driving under the in-
fluence. Her bond was set at $500.
Jessie J. Wright, 19, N. Pine Hills Road,


Orlando, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy
Mark Margerum on a felony charge of grand
theft auto and a misdemeanor charge of
driving while license suspended with knowl-
edge. His bond had not been set as of news-
paper deadline.
Karmen Moore, 47, N.E. Fourth Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 by Deputy
Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with fraudulent at-
tempt to obtain a duplicate prescription for
a controlled substance. Her bond was set at
$2,500.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


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February 24, 2010


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OPINION


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Brighton Field Day
The Brighton Seminole Field Day was
really a nice festival. I enjoyed all of the
dancers and the costumes.
The cost of Native American handi-
crafts surprised me. I went out there a
couple years ago with a group of school
kids. The young girls loved looking at the
beautiful clothing, but most of the skirts
were $300-$400. I wonder if they sell a lot
of clothes?
Those patterned skirts and jackets take
hundreds of hours to make. They cut up
the cloth into tiny pieces, figure out the pat-
terns and carefully sew the pieces together.
Even if you paid $400 for a skirt, they would
probably make less than $2 an hour. They
make them because it is their tradition and
because they have requests, they do offer
some for sale. The baskets are also quite dif-
ficult to make and there is a lot of tradition
involved. If I put that much time and care
into making something, I doubt I would sell
it for any amount of money.

County fair
I sure am looking forward to the
Okeechobee County Fair. My quilt is almost
finished and I'm going to enter it into the
creative skills competition. Who knows,
maybe I'll win some money. Maybe I'll try
my hand at canning too. I enjoy walking
through the exhibition tent, looking at the
different exhibits. Last year there were all
kinds of exhibits that local folks entered,
sewing, food, horticulture. There was also a
Lego building contest.
I love county fairs. I never could figure
out why Okeechobee didn't have one; it's a
rural tradition. The Legion fair is a different
animal altogether; it really is a carnival. The
only thing they have in common is that they
both have a midway and rides. In the case
of the County Fair, the rides are just a means
of creating a draw for folks to participate in
the exhibits and such.


The county fair is expensive. Check out
the events/prices and days: $5 per person to
get in, $20 for one wrist band for the rides,
$10 and up to watch an event like the demo-
lition derby or the rodeo.
Looking again at all the fun things to
do at the county fair. I noticed that there's
something here that hits close to my heart,
as the mother of a soldier, who's getting
ready to deploy again. Friday night, March
12, I can get in FREE if I bring three items
for the forgotten soldier outreach program.
This is a great cause, sending care packages
to our troops serving in the war zones. I also
get to see Hotel California for free. I'll prob-
ably eat at home before I go so I don't spend
any money on food at the fair. Monday night
ladies get in free. Guitar Hero competition
on Tuesday. Students admission is only $2.
That is pretty awesome. I know my boys
are psyched about this and are putting their
team together to compete.
Last year, I volunteered at the fair and
they gave me a free pass. Anyone who is in-
terested in volunteering can check out the
fair's web site for more information.
Looking at the fair's web site, most of
the concerts and shows are included in the
gate ticket price. Just the rodeo and demoli-
tion derby cost extra.

Speeding tickets
I was happy to see an officer pull
someone over for speeding the other day
on Southwest Ninth Street. The posted
speed limit is 35. I see very few obeying the
speed limit. If the county needs money, then
PLEASE patrol here. If you are not from this
area, the north side of the street is up on
a canal bank and children can easily lose
control of a bike, scooter, etc. So the cars
or trucks would not be able to stop in time.
Slow down. Think. Kids do not, but drivers
should! SLOW DOWN.

Loud music
I'm wondering how some people get
away with loud music till all hours of the
night. There are state laws against it but
when you call the sheriffs department all
you get is a run around. Law states that if
you can hear it 25 feet beyond their car it is a
violation. When you can hear the noise half
a mile from your home that's a bit much. Do
they have the right to play music? Yes. Do
we have the right not to hear it at the level
to where it disturbs others? Yes! Let's stop
the madness.


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February 24, 2010


Area churches plan events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Mike Hagan's Strength
Team will appear Feb.
24 -28 at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center, at
6:30 each evening. The main
entrance is off S.R. 710. The
Strength Team uses incred-
ible feats of strength as a tool
to communicate with people
that may not normally come
to church.
New Testament Baptist
Church, 535 N.E. 28th Ave.,


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is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Big Water
Jubilee through Feb. 25. Supper will be
served from 5:30 to 6:30 each evening with
services starting at 7 p.m. Speakers will be
Pastor Jason Selby of Brazil, Ind. and Pastor
Tim Thompson of Wetumpka, Ala. There
will be special singing by the Selby Family
of and the Singers of New Testament Baptist
Church.
Abundant Blessings Church, 4550
U.S. 441 N., will have a huge yard sale be-
ginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. A
hog roast dinner will be served beginning at
11 a.m. For more information call 863-763-
3736.
Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R.
70 W, will host a revival Feb. 28 through
March 5. Services on Sunday will be at 10:40
a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday ser-


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vices will be at 7 p.m. Come ear-
ly (6:30 p.m.) and enjoy Gaither
style and other special music.
- ] Pastor Darrell Weaver will be
the speaker of the week. Brother
B Darrell is an active evangelist and
-3 experienced pastor. For more in-
formation call Pastor Calvin H.
Fryar at 863-763-3063.
'S Of Sacred Heart Catholic
S1* Church, 700 S.W Sixth, St., will
h.. p have their annual St. Patrick's
and photos Festival on Saturday, March 6.
by e-mail to Beginning at 11:30 a.m. corned
beef and cabbage will be served
for $6. At 2 p.m. live multi-cul-
tural entertainment will begin featuring the
Rondeau School of Irish Dancer, Bolivian
Dancers, Okeechobee Steelers Band, Mexi-
can entertainers and martial arts exhibition.
There will be a variety of booths featuring
a bake sale, miscellaneous crafts, liquid re-
freshments and Mexican food.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will have Home-
coming on March 21. The speaker will
be John Hancock and there will be special
singing. Sunday School will be at 9:45 a.m.
The worship service will follow at 10:45
a.m. Dinner will be served after the service.
The church will have a revival March 22
through 26 with services at 7 p.m. each
evening. The speaker will be Evangelist
James A. Harris and a nursery will be pro-
vided for all services.


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Miss Rodeo Queen Contest deadline approaches
Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's Association presents: Miss Rodeo Okeechobee
Rodeo Queen Contest. The categories are: Miss Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (19-24), Miss
Teen Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (13-18), Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (10-12), Miss
Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart (7-9), Deadline & Orientation is March 1, at 6 p.m. UF/
IFAS Extension Office 452 Hwy. 98 North. Contest is March 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cattle-
men's Arena Hwy. 441 North. Please see contest rules for age restrictions, all criteria and
entry fees. Available at: Eli's Western Wear. For questions or electronic copy, email or call
Okeechobeecattlewomen@ymail.com or 863-801-5258 or 863-763-6575.

Moose Lodge to host benefit fundraiser
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host a benefit fundraiser for Don Hadley on Sun-
day, Feb. 28. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with the Shadow Creek Band playing inside and
Donnie Martin playing outside. The fundraiser event will also feature a fish fry or barbe-
cue chicken or hog for $5 a plate or sample all three for $10. Kids plate (under age 10)
for just $2. There will also be an auction held with Auctioneer Keith of Port St. Lucie.
Merchandise donated by merchants of three counties. Bake sale and craft will also be
available.




February 24, 2010 Okeechobee News


Special to the UKeechobee News/UGS
Central Students of the Week
Central Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 8 include: kindergar-
ten students, Mackenzie Burks, David Cardenas, Benjamin Pineda, Isabella
Saucedo, Cierra Lerma, Chloe Carter; first graders, Sophia Galletto, Moses
Munoz, Ingrid Coreas, Ganessa Garcia, Justice Boswell, Chloe Soriano; sec-
ond grade students, Deanna Tindall, Brook Watford, Makalyn Jones, David
Feltenberger, Mark Bigford; third graders, Miguel Sanchez, Mark Holmes,
Rece Smith, Michael Harvey; fourth graders, Hailey Spearow, Robert Big-
ford, Malcolm Chambers, Shay Hopewell, Maria Martinez, Zachary Busbin.


Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy with a high near 75
and a 40 percent chance of showers. Winds
will be calm becoming north northeast be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low
around 46. Winds will be from the north-
west between 10 and 15 mph with gusts as
high as 20 mph.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high
near 67. Winds will be from the northwest
around 10 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear with a
low around 36 and winds from the north-
west around 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny with a high near 67.
Winds will be from the northwest between
5 and 10 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 39. North northwest wind around 5
mph becoming calm.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Rotary Club

Rotary student of the month
Rotary President Mike Costopoulos welcomed Student of the Month-Kristin
Roberts, who spoke about working with Sheriff's Camp, as an H20 Camp
Counselor, Healthy Start Community Baby Shower, helping organize and cel-
ebrate Easter and Christmas with Head-Start. Along with her volunteer work,
she participates with Cheerleading and Track & Field. She is interested in
Criminal Forensics and would like to attend Florida Gulf Coast University
Criminal Law Program. Okeechobee High School Principle Toni Wiersma
congratulates Kristin and encourages her future plans.


Special to the Okeechobee News/EES

Everglades Students of the Week
Students at Everglades Elementary achieving excellence in the classroom for
the week of Feb. 15-19. In kindergarten are: Charlie Collier, Amaris Brown,
Payton Besaw, Devin Wheeler; first graders are: Makayla Burnham, Westyn
Boone, Julbert Laguna-Salmeron, James Burnsed; second grade students,
Destini Becerra, Hunter Hulen, Noelia Ruiz-Hernandez, Rocio Garcia, Erick
Vallejo, Fallon McLean; third grade students, Kayla Volo, Kasandra Salm-
eron, Katelyn Vickers, Matthew Holley, Emily Rhodes; fourth graders, Mon-
ica Velazquez, Madison Usry, Agustin Guererra; fifth grade students, Laura
Jimenez, Erin Kelly, Sergio Pineda, Brandy Bowers, Cassidy Lanier.


YMS Students of the Week
Students selected as students of the week at Yearling Middle School in the
first row are: Yolanda Vasquez, Krystle Harris and Marissa Hernandez and
in the second row are: Kirk Rayman, Chris Taylor, Jess Stebbins, and Israel
Olvera. Also Pictured: Mr. Tedders.


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6 Okeechobee News February 24, 2010

Community Events Obituaries


Tobacco Free Initiative
seeking volunteers
The Florida Dept of Health and the To-
bacco Free Initiate of Okeechobee will host
a network meeting. The network is looking
for representatives from: Local businesses,
all schools, colleges, faith-based and youth
organizations, parent and parent teacher as-
sociations, hospital and health care and day
care providers, law enforcement, state, city
and county agencies to work on Tobacco-
free campaign! Your input is needed! The
meetings will be held on Feb. 24, March 31,
April 28, May 26, and June 23, at the Hamp-
ton Inn Conference Room, 1200 N.E. Park
Street (next to the post office) from 4 until 5
p.m. To confirm attendance, please call 863-
462-5781. Refreshments will be provided.

Adoption orientation session set
Our next Adoption Orientation Session
will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 25, at the Early Learning Coalition of
St. Lucie County office, located at 804 S.
Sixth Street in Fort Pierce. At your conve-
nience, please forward this flyer to anyone
who may benefit from this type of informa-
tion and please post the flyer in your agency,
if possible.

Early Learning Coalition
meets today
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. Pro-
gram Quality Committee Meeting on Thurs-
day, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Library, 206 SW 16th St., Okeechobee.
*Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. Fi-
nance Committee Meeting on Thursday,
Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the American Red
Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. Exec-
utive Committee Meeting on Thursday, Feb.
25, at 12:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross,
323 N. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. Co-
alition Board Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25,
at 1:30 p.m. on American Red Cross, 323 N.
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.

Steak night at Service Club
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy. 441 North, will be host to "Steak
Night" beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
26. Dinner includes steak, salad, baked po-
tato, or sweet potato, garlic bread and des-
sert. Live entertainment provided by Wesley
James.

Believers Fellowship holds
Youth Rally
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W
Sixth Ave. will hold a Youth Rally on Friday,
Feb. 26, from 7-9 p.m. Games, fun and
food. All youth groups are invited to attend.
Call Micki 863-634-4327 for information.


Margaret O'Brien, 81
WEST PALM BEACH Margaret O'Brien, 81
years old, Century Village, died peacefully at her
home on Feb. 13, 2010.
Born in Jasper, Ala., she was a resident of
('i.... i...l. from 1994 until 2008 when she
moved to West Palm Beach. Mrs. O'Brien was a
published, award winning poet; and a former
newspaper staff writer in Rock Hill, N.Y
She is survived by her husband, George O'Bri-
en of West Palm Beach; a son, Jerry Johnson
(Connie) of Riviera Beach; and daughter, Sherry
Smith (Michael) of Loxahatchee; four grandchil-
dren, Adam Pena, and Trent, Keely, and Chase
Johnson; and one great-grandchild, Coby Pena.
A Memorial Service will be 4 p.m., Saturday,
Feb. 27, 2010, at Quattlebaum Funeral Home,
1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach.
The family will receive friends at the funeral
home on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
For those who wish, contributions may be
made in Mrs. O'Brien's memory to Hospice of
Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West
Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Ellen Weeks Goings, 86
OKEECHOBEE Ellen Weeks Goings, 86, of
( ii .. i... .. and formerly of Norman Park,
Ga., died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at her home.
Graveside rites were 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 22,
2010, at Weeks Chapel Cemetery in Norman
Park.
Born Oct. 31, 1923, in Norman Park, she was
the daughter of the late John R. Weeks and
Glossie Brown Weeks Parten. She was a retired
bookkeeper with the Georgia Eye Center in
Moultrie, Ga. She had made her home in Okee-
chobee since 1989, where she volunteered with
the (,i., I .i...l Senior Services for twenty
years. She was a member of Weeks Chapel
United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
William Chester Goings; her son, Randall C. Go-
ings; and three brothers, Harley L. Weeks, Flaval
G. Weeks, and Lynwood R. Weeks.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol G. Yates
of Okeechobee, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rich-
ard Yates III of Dallas, Texas, and Jolie Dee
Yates Meares and husband Wade of Fayetteville,
N.C.; one great-granddaughter, Jolie Dee
Meares II.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Weeks Chapel United Methodist Church, Nor-
man Park, GA 31771
Arrangements were entrusted to Cobb Funer-
al Chapel, Moultrie, Ga.









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Daniel Edward Skrivan
OKEECHOBEE Daniel Edward Skrivan
passed away Feb. 22, 2010.
He was born June 17, 1967. Daniel is the be-
loved son of Robert and Gloria Skrivan, dear
brother of Larry Skrivan and proud uncle of
Katelyn Rose Scrivan. Danny is the fond nephew
of Rita (Paul) Sha-
fran and is loved by -
his many cousins
and a host of friends
and co-workers at
Wal-Mart.
When you think of
our Danny we know
you will smile as he
was a joy not only to
us but to all that
knew and worked
with him.
S 1 e e p
well our precious son for we know that
you are at peace with our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Dad and Mom.
There will be no services.
Friends may sign the ... 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.

Rosie Mary Ard, 83
OKEECHOBEE Rosie Mary Ard, 83, died
Feb. 22, 2010, in Okeechobee.
Mrs. Ard was a lifetime resident of Okeecho-
bee.
She was a charter member of the North Okee-
chobee Church of God, loved raising children,
helping others and
crocheting.
Survivors include
her children, Mary
(Robert) Walters,
J.B. (Laura) Ard,
John Roy (Vickie)
Ard, Rhonda
(Wayne) Morton, Ju-
lie (Roy) Reno, Tony
(Joni) Ard, Lydia
Jean (Bubba) Wil-
liams; 42 grandchil- I'
dren; 51
great-grandchildren; six great-great-
grandchildren; brothers, Ray Leitner and Curtis
Leitner; and sister, Ethel McDuffie. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband, William Brasher
Ard; and sister, Lois Hart.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday,
Feb. 25, with a service to follow at 3 p.m. at the
( i.... 1 ...- Church of God. Burial will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery, Okeechobee.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hais-
ley Funeral & Cremation Service. A guest book
may be signed at www.haisleyfuneral-
home.com


John William Bowen, 80
OKEECHOBEE John William Bowen, 80, of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at St.
Lucie Medical Center in Port Saint Lucie.
Mr. Bowen was born April 12, 1929, in Wash-
ington, D.C., and moved to Okeechobee 30
years ago from Ft. Lauderdale.
Prior to retirement he was the Owner/Opera-
tor of the Johnny
Clam Bar in Ft. Lau-
derdale. Mr. Bowen
was a member of
the Church of God
on 4th Avenue in
Okeechobee.
Survivors include C
his wife of 61 years, 3
Dolores Bowen of
Okeechobee; daugh- 3
ters, Cathy Calvaria .
of Corpus Christi, //
T e x a s ,
and Vicky Chapman of (i....
son, Jack Bowen of Port Saint Lucie; 11 grand-
children and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Dolores Mae
Bowen.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
today, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Church of God with
a funeral service being held at 1 p.m. Interment
will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Okee-
chobee.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Big
Lake Hospice, 3543 Highway 441 South, Okee-
chobee, FL 34974.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-
Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory,
Vero Beach, Florida. Condolences may be sent
through www.seawindsfh.conVobit.php

Dorothy A. Sapp, 85
OKEECHOBEE Dorothy A. Sapp, 85, died
Feb. 23, 2010, in ( i ..
Mrs. Sapp was born in Coffee County, Ala.,
and moved to (0i.... I.... in 2000 coming
from Ft. Pierce.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Fountain
and husband Anthony Fountain of ( 0ii .. i ,n ,-
two grandchildren, Destie and Ronald Haw-
thorne; seven great-grandchildren; and two
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Lester Sapp; and daugh-
ter, Martha Hawthorne.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25,
from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with a service to follow
at 1:30 p.m. at Haisley Funeral Home. Burial will
follow at White City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hais-
ley Funeral & Cremation Service. A guest book
may be signed at www.haisleyfuneral-
home.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of ('i., i i.,, ,, P.O. Box 1548, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34973.


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Yearling teacher claims School District award


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The 38th annual Teacher and School Relat-
ed Employee Recognition Banquet turned out
to be an emotional night for Yearling Middle
School Media Specialist Donna Garcia.
She took home the Teacher of the Year
award in front of a large crowd at the
Okeechobee High School Cafeteria in an
event themed, "An evening of elegance for
achieving excellence."
"I'm thinking I'm very blessed to work here
in Okeechobee County. I absolutely love this
district and our children. It is truly an honor,"
Mrs. Garcia said afterward, "I was very hum-
bled. It is definitely something I'll remember
for a very long time."
Mrs. Garcia thanked her school administra-
tors, district administrators, and her husband
for their support. She said Yearling Middle
School means the world to her.


She stated she originally went to college to
study law. When one of her
professors suggested she
take an education class after
she presented a legal brief
as an assignment for class,
she was hooked on becom-
ing a teacher.
"It is all about kids and
reading and helping them
do better. It's all about help-
Donna ing them get through the
Garcia rough patches. They need
someone who will connect
with them and I found that I could do that,"
she added.
Mrs. Garcia said her school will be very ex-
cited to get their plaque back for the teacher
of the year award.
Other teachers nominated this year includ-
ed Lori Howard of Central Elementary School,


Data processor earns Employee of the year award


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 17 year veteran of Okeechobee Schools
was honored as the District's School Related
Employee of the Year during the 38th annual
awards banquet Saturday night at Okeecho-
bee High School.
Maria Jimenez, a data processor at Cen-
tral Elementary School, was praised as a
dedicated professional who was committed
to doing the best job possible.
She was also praised for helping the dis-
trict be in the top 10 in the state of Florida in
terms of data processing in the past year.
"I'm just very proud to work for the
Okeechobee County School Board. We'll
continue to do what we're doing and give it
our best. I'm very proud," she said.
Jimenez said she moved to Okeechobee
20 years ago. She was born in Indiana and
grew up in rural Dade City. She said she re-
ally enjoys her job.
"The students, the faculty all support me.
I have very good co-workers," she added.
She admitted that her mind was spinning
a bit as it was announced that she had won
the award, "To be honest with you, I really
don't know what they said up there about
me. I'm just very proud and very flattered,"
she said.
Other nominees this year included Patty
Coyne of Everglades Elementary School, Kay


Mathis of the Exceptional Student Education
Program, James Mitzel of New Endeavor
High School, Cindy Pearce of North Elemen-
tary School, Hilda Morse of the Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus, Cindy Cantrell of
Okeechobee High School, Debbie Jill of
Osceola Middle School, Celica Mungaray of
Seminole Elementary School, Rosa Tijerina
of South Elementary School, Lorraine Wat-
son of the Transportation Department and
Geri Thomas of Yearling Middle School.


Maria Jimenez, School Related Em-
ployee of the year for Okeechobee
County Schools and Central Elemen-
tary School receives her award from
Assistant Superintendent Mary Hurley.


Linda Robertson of Everglades Elementary,
Patricia Keebler of the Exception Student Edu-
cation Program, Brad Mims of New Endeavor
High School, Tina Suarez of North Elementary
School, Kay Duke of the Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus, Jean Sherlock of Okeechobee
High School, Magi Cable of Osceola Middle
School, Amy Weber of Seminole Elementary
School, and Carrie Thompson of South El-
ementary School.
Teacher of the Year Committee Members
this year included School Board member In-
dia Riedel, 2009 winner Vicki Goggans, and
Tara Minton. Goggans presented the award to
Garcia.
School Board members David Williams
and Indian Riedel helped present the awards
to the teachers.


School Board member Joe Arnold pre-
sented a plaque for the teacher of the year
award to Yearling Middle School Principal
Andy Brewer.
Mrs. Goggans and the committee visited
each of the classrooms of these teachers. She
said she was very impressed with the enthusi-
asm the students had in these classrooms.
She said Garcia did a good job of creating
a connection with her students, "It comes
down to a rapport with them. The kids had a
love of reading and were happy to be there."
Pati Canevari served as the hostess for the
evening, Pat McCoy and the crowd sang the
National Anthem, and the Okeechobee High
School Jazz Ensemble entertained the dinner
guests. Approximately 350 people attended
the banquet.


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Port St. Lucie game is tough loss for Brahmans


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Cameron and Adam Tewksbury have had
their share of bad breaks in the early stages
of the 2010 high school baseball season.
Cameron took a no hitter into the seventh
inning of Friday's game at Port St. Lucie but
the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead as
the Brahmans lost 3-2.
Adam suffered a finger injury in last
week's preseason classic and could be lost
for three weeks.
Okeechobee appeared set to win their
season opener Friday afternoon as Cameron
pitched outstanding baseball. His only blem-
ish through the first six innings was when he
hit CJ Johnston in the third inning.
Okeechobee High School Brahman hit-
ters struggled as well against Port St. Lucie
starter Edgar Esquivel, who kept his team in
the game almost single handedly. He retired
the first 10 batters he faced until Mark Weir
doubled in the fourth.
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders said it
was a tough loss for his team, but he felt they
could learn something from it, "This one is
a game you need early to keep you focused.
It lets you know that you have to play seven
complete innings to win a baseball game."
Okeechobee scored single runs in the
sixth and seventh innings. Aaron Suarez
led off the sixth with an infield single that


caromed off the pitcher. After a sacrifice by
Jake Davenport, Weir singled to center field
to make it 1-0.
Jonathan Crawford singled in the seventh
and scored on a double by Derrius Bauer.
Things looked good on defense as Tewks-
bury struck out nine batters through the first
six innings. He rarely let a ball get out of
the infield. St. Lucie hit just two fly balls to
the outfield in the first six innings. Jonathan
Crawford made a great grab at the fence in
left center to rob Tyler Sanchez of a hit in the
fourth inning.
Tedders said Cameron had good zip on
the ball, had a good curve ball and although
on a pitch count, was given some latitude
with the no hitter going. Tedders said he ex-
pects the Brahmans to do well if Cameron
continues to pitch like this.
"The kids will be down. Every loss is
bad. We still can take a lot from this. A lot of
teaching points can come from a game like
this," he said.
Port St. Lucie began the winning rally as
Matt Macedo grounded a base hit up the
middle. Crawford relieved Tewksbury and
after a pop out by Kyle Romstadt didn't re-
tire a batter. Sanchez singled and Cory Reed
was hit by a pitch. A key moment in the
game came when Esquivel hit a ground ball
to short that could have been a game end-
ing double play. The Brahmans misplayed
the throw and it ended up in right field. Two
runs scored to tie the game. Chris Taylor fol-
lowed with a perfect squeeze bunt to the
left of the mound. Crawford tried to make a
diving catch but was unable to. Reed raced

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home from third with the winning run.
Tewksbury was philosophical about the
turn of events afterward, "That's baseball.
There's nothing else to say. It's a long sea-
son. We can just try and come out to do
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We'll pick it up and come back out hard
next time."
Okeechobee hosted South Fork on Tues-
day night. The boys host Lincoln Park on
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starts at 7 p.m.


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(Left) Aaron Suarez and the Brahmans played nearly flawless defense against Port St.
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Despite a winless 2009, the first in 30 years
at OHS, the Okeechobee Brahman football
program is optimistic about their future.
The team's annual banquet was held
Thursday night at the high school. Coach
Myron Jackson challenged his players and
their parents to rededicate themselves, and
make sure they put in time in the weight
room and at practice.
"The foundation has been laid for the
future. This is my first team. We will be con-
nected forever," he said.
Jackson said the support from the com-
munity this year has been unbelievable.
He said coming home was very special for
him.
"It wasn't the prettiest picture this year.
The picture wasn't taken on the brightest
day. The sun doesn't always shine. We were
a tight group, a little rag tag at times, but we
found somebody every week, we came out
and played, and played for each other," he
said.
Jackson said the returning players know
everything there is to know about playing
football at the high school. He does not plan
wholesale changes in the defense or in the
offense as he will add only one new forma-
tion on the offense.
He said the future is bright because only
five players graduate. He stated some of the
teams Okeechobee played lose between 22
and 29 seniors. He said he has an easy job as
most of his positions are filled for next year.
Jackson also spoke to the kids about ded-
ication to the sport. He said the work they
put in now will definitely pay dividends in
the future.
He said he and the coaching staff are
looking forward to having a full season,
which includes off season conditioning and
spring football, to get the team ready.
In lieu of a most valuable player award,
Jackson decided to give out two most im-
proved player awards this year. One went to
an offensive player, offensive tackle Benja-
min Estey, and the defensive award to de-
fensive back T.J. Allen.
Coach Jackson said Estey provided the
best example of how to work hard and be a
team leader this season.
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it. It was an honor to play for this team and
give everything I have to it."
Estey predicted the team will win a few
games next year. His goal is to be a team
leader, play well, and earn a college football
scholarship.
The Brahman award was given to senior
Josh McCall. He was one of the two Brah-
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year.
McCall said he felt great when he heard
he had won the Brahman award. "It is nice
to know you finally get something back. I'm
happy we set a foundation here. The next
couple of years can be successful as long as
they keep working hard."
McCall said he felt great when he played
well in the South Central Football All Star
Classic in Sebring during December. He said
he learned he could keep up with the best.
"I had some questions at first but when I
kept up with everybody that was all I could
ask for. I just like playing football. I have a
blast playing it."
All athletic trainers, JV players and var-
sity players received certificates and other
awards.
Jackson also handed out special awards
to the five senior players who played the
entire season for him. They included Allen,
Walt Fortner, Josh McCall, Garth Streibel and
Justin Conrad.


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Brahman award from football coach
Myron Jackson.


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will be held in memory of Devon Venables
(June 15, 1989-Aug. 1, 2009). The event will
be held on March 13, at the Adult Softball
Fields and will begin at 8 a.m. Early regis-
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light on Saturday, Feb. 27. Weigh-in will be
at 3 p.m. Entry forms are available at several
local tackle shops, businesses and restau-
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2926. The two-man team entry fee of $110,
including first and second "Big Fish," can be
paid in cash at the ramp on the morning of
the tournament.

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L.O.S.T. ride
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their 7th Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-Walk
Event on Saturday, March 27. Registration
is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Scott Driver Boat
Ramp. Registration fee is $20/adult and $15/
children 10 & under and children 5 and
under are free. Bicyclists may choose to
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miles. Runners and walkers will follow a 5K
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 2009CP251
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JOHN R. JENKINS
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
JOHN R. JENKINS, deceased, whose
date of death was November 10,
2009, and whose Social Security
Number is ***-**-3516, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, the address of which
is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee FL 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representa-
tive's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this Notice is February 17th, 2010.
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Whitney Anne Metevia
Johnston & Metevia, P. A.
2335 East Atlantic Blvd., Suite 301
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 942-6633
Florida Bar No. 483672
Personal Representative:
Michael R. Jenkins
21235 Raindance Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428
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IN TlE CIRCUITCOURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2010-CP-24
IN RE: ESTATE OF
WILLIAM S. HAYS
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
WILLIAM S. HAYS, deceased, whose
date of death was December 28,
2009, and whose social secunty
number is 266-52-8191, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division,
the address of which is 312 N.W 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972.
The names and address of the per-
sonal representative and the person-
al representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publicabon of this
notice is February 17, 2010.
Personal Representative:
MARY C. HAYS
4130 SW 9th Way
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Ha. Bar No. 270441
346526 ON 2/17,24/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-008
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF:
OLETA P. ARNOLD,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Summary Administraton
has been entered in the estate of
OLETA P. ARNOLD, deceased,
Case Number 2010-CP-008, by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which his 312 North
West 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972; that the decedent's
date of death was November 19,
2002; that the total value of the
estate if unknown at this time, and
that the names and addresses of
those to whom it has been as-
signed by such order are:
NAME & ADDRESS
Edgar Thomas
Post Office Box 34
Okeechobee, FL 34973
Leon Thomas
7175 North West 81st Court
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Leslie Arnold
1009 South West 11th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Marjorie McClure
1342 North West 42nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 334972
Rita Thomas
Post Office Box 34
Okeechobee, FL 334973
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NO-
TIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the de-
cedent and persons having claims
or demands against the estate of
the decedent other than those for
whom provision for full payment
was made in the Order of Sum-
mary Administration must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORI-
DA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is February 17, 2010.
Person Giving Notice:
Leslie Arnold
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, PA.
Fla. Bar No.: 035667
Attorney for Petitioner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone: (863)763-5733
Facsimile: (863)763-6199
347477 ON 02/17,24/10

NOTICE
UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW
NOTICE is hereby given that the
undersigned, pursuant to the "Ficti-
tious Name Statute," will register
with Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Corporations the fictitious
name, to-wit:
Pure Joy
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
2010 NW 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
in the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
business enterprise are:
Trudy Harris-Thomas
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 22nd day of
Feb., 2010.
BY: Trudy Harris-Thomas
347095 ON 2/24/10

LEGAL NOTICE
A public aucton will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 12th day of March
2010 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursu-
ant to Florida statute 713.78 for un-
paid towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vin's as follows:
2000 SilverSaturn S Series
1G8ZY127XYZ166687
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.
347127 ON 2/24/2010

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CP-239
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF:
CHARLES B. FORD,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notfied that an Or-
der of Summary Administration
has been entered in the estate of
CHARLES B. FORD, deceased,
Case Number 2009-CP-239, by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which his 312 North
West 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972; that the decedent's
date of death was November 5,
2009; that the total value of the
estate if unknown at this time, and


that the names and addresses of
those to whom it has been as-
signed by such order are:
NAME & ADDRESS
Tabitha Flocken
5293 Morgan Ridge Drive
Milton, FL 32570
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NO-
TIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the de-
cedent and persons having claims
or demands against the estate of
the decedent other than those for
whom provision for full payment
was made in the Order of Sum-
mary Administration must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORI-
DA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this


TO MEMBERS AND PATRONS OF
SOUTHERN STATES COOPERATIVE, INC.

Bylaws of Southern States Cooperative, Inc. require that Members
and Patrons maintain a valid mailing address with the Cooperative at
all times. If your name appears in the list below, please
contact the Cooperative by mail at Attn: Stock Records (6606 West
Broad Street, Richmond VA 23230), to provide your current address.
Failure to do so within 180 days of this notice will result in
a Member's or Patron's equities and other interest being forfeited to
the Cooperative pursuant to Article XIV, Section 5 of the Bylaws.
ANDREW D SHAFFER, ELDRIDGE B DOSS
346903 ON 2/24/10


REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) 6000000342
S-65D TELEMETRY TOWER REPLACEMENT,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids
through the Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm
Beach, Florida 33406, for the S-65D Telemetry Tower Replacement, Okee-
chobee County, Florida on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. local time,
at which timely submitted bids will be opened and publicly read. Project is
for the construction of a replacement 300 foot high microwave communica-
bons tower. The project site is located adjacent to the S-65D Flood Control
Structure at the intersection of 144th Street and the Kissimmee River in
Okeechobee County, Florida.
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Wednesday, March 3,
2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station located at 1000
N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. A site visit will follow. Directons to
project site: From Okeechobee, FL, take HWY 98/70 NW approx. 18 miles
to SR 721. Right (north) on SR 721 approx. 10 miles to Bufter Dairy Road
then east to intersection of Kissimmee River and 144th Street. Call
863-462-5280 for directions.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB).
Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB at the
above address by calling (561) 682-2715 or by calling the 24-hour BID
HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. In-
formation on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -



NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 29th day of July, 2009, in
the cause wherein JAMES E. CROSLYN AND REBECCA CROSLYN, HIS WIFE
being Plaintiffs and DUDLEY KIRTON being Defendant, being Case No.
2009-CA-043 in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee
County, Florida shall offer the following property for sale in Okeechobee
County Florida to wit:
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
1st PROPERTY
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY
The South 1/3 of the Southwest 1/4 of Secton 16, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East. The above land lying and being in Okeechobee County,
Florida

2nd PROPERTY
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY.
Being a parcel of land lying in Sections 20 and 21, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, and being more particularly
described as follows:
Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 29; thence North
0306'15" East, along the West line of said Section 20, a distance of
2,411.80 feet; thence South 89 4159" East, a distance of 1.782.00 feet;
thence South 8800231" East, a distance of 652.10 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING; thence South 00 00'00" East, a distance of 1,593.63 feet;
thence South 89 41'59" East, a distance of 2,826.50 feet to a point in
the East line of a 70 foot wide Road and Maintenance Easement de-
scribed in Official Records Book 501, page 954 and Official Records Book
620, page 41, said point also being in the West line of a Conservaton
Easement described in Official Records Book 501, page 963, public
records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence Northery and Easterly
along said Conservation Easement line, the following calls and distances;
thence North 18016'08" West, a distance of 395.84 feet; thence North
8836'45" East, a distance of 2,767.08 feet thence North 0205849"
East, a distance of 1,062.61 feet; thence South 6804239" West, leaving
said Conservation Easement at a distance of 47.53 feet and continuing for
a total distance of 868.83 feet; thence North 8941'59" West, crossing
into Section 20, a distance of 2,284.25 feet; thence North 1816'08'
West, a distance of 345.93 feet; thence North 88002'31" West, a distance
of 2,323.05 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.

I shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens
and encumbrances if any, on the 23rd day of March, 2010 at 11:00AM or as
soon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF-
FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash, all right, btle and interest, in said property.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this day of 2010.
Published: February 17, 24, March 3,10, 2010.
Paul C. May, Sheriff
Okeechobee County
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing a special accommodaton to participate in the proceed-
ing should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office not later than seven
days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, ext. 2225.
346517 ON 2/17,24;3/3,10/10


I Public Notice I


[Publi Notic


Notice is February 17, 2010.
Person Giving Notice:
Tabitha Flocken
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, PA.
Fla. Bar No.: 035667
Attorney for Petitioner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone: (863)763-5733
Facsimile: (863)763-6199
346484 ON 02/17,24/10

IN THE CIRCUITCOURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-051
NICOLASA CAMARRILLO,
Plaintiff,
VS.
MARIA TIJERINA, a deceased per-
son, and as to each of the foregoing
persons, their unknown heirs, devis-
es, grantees, creditors, and all other
parties claiming by, under or against
these Defendants
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DEFENDANTS: MARIA TIJERINA,
a deceased person,
And as to each of the foregoing
persons, if alive or deceased, their
unknown heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors and all other parties claim-
ing by, under or against these Defen-
dants, AND TO ALL OTHER WHOM
IT MAY CONCERN:
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an acton for quiet title of the follow-
ing property in Okeechobee County,
Florida:
Lot 13, Block 51, of El Mirasol
Subdivision, according to the
Plat therefore, as recorded in
Plat Book 2, Page 1, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Plaintiff's attorney whose name is
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, ESQUIRE, 807
SW Second Avenue Okeechobee
Florida, 34974, and le the original
with the Clerk of the above styled
Court on or before the 12th day of
March, 2010; otherwise a judgment
may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS the hand and seal of
said Court on the 4th day of Febru-
ary, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Court
BY: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
345764 ON 2/10,17,24;3/3/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2009-CA-00485
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
PLAINTIFF
VS.
PHENEX DESAUGUSTE, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: JEAN PAUL GUILLES; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF JEAN PAUL
GUILLES; FRITZ EMMANUEL;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRITZ
EMMANUEL; JEAN W. SAINT SI-
MON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JEAN W. SAINT SIMON
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/they be dead, the unknown
defendants who may be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all parties having
or claiming to have any right, title or
interest in the property described in
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
in.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:
LOT 20, PINE ISLAND, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 6, PAGE 52 OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on DA-
VID J. STERN, ESQ. Plaintiffs attor-
ney, whose address is 900 South
Pine Island Road #400, Plantation,
FL 33324-3920 no later than 30 days
from the date of the first publication
of this notice of action and file the
original with the clerk of this court ei-
ther before service on Plaintiffs attor-
ney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the complaint or petition filed
herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 11th day of Feb. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT


BY: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
09-70661 NATB
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to partici-
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/Notice 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.
346430 on 2/17,24/10

NOTICE
UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW
NOTICE is hereby given that the
undersigned, pursuant to the "Ficti-
tious Name Statute," will register
with Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Corporations the ficbtious
name, to-wit:
Music By Savannah
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
7950 State Road 78 W. #175
Okeechobee, FL 34974
in the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
business enterprise are:
Lehigh Acres Realty Inc.
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 23rd day of
Feb., 2010.
BY: Betty J. Gawle
President
Lehigh Acres Realty Inc.
347103 ON 2/24/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2009-CP-229
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
DONALD S. BASTURA,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of Donald S. Bastura, deceased,
whose date of death was February 9,
2009, and whose social security
number is 042-34-6302, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 North West
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34974. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DEPENDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is February 17, 2010.
Personal Representative:
Brenda A. Owens
c/o Jeffrey A. Fadley, Esquire
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, PA.
Fla. Bar No.: 035667
Attorney for Petitioner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 343974
Telephone: (863)763-5733
Facsimile: (863)763-6199
346485 ON 02/17,24/10

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009CA582
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting
through Rural Development, formerly
Farmers Home Administration
(FmHA), United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintff,
vs.
DAVID W. LINDLEY; REGINA E. LIN-
DLEY; COMMERCIAL CREDIT CON-
SUMER SERVICES, INC.; JOHN DOE,
representing the unknown spouse, if
any, of REGINA E. LINDLEY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: David W. Lindley, whose last
known address is unknown and who
is not known to be dead or alive.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the
following described property in Okee-
chobee County, Florida:
The East half of Lot 41 PIONEER
ESTATES, UNIT 2, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
6, Page 16, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
NEAL E. YOUNG, Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 300 Third Street,
N.W., Winter Haven, Florida 33881,
on or before 30 days from date of
first publication, and file the original
with the Clerk of the Court either be-
fore service on Plaintiffs attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-
plaint.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Adminis-
trator, at (772)807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired),
or 1-800-9558770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8771.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on Feb. 12, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
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Podiatry Assoc. of Okeechobee
Dr. Brian Finke
3912 SE 18th Terr.
Okeechobee
For all your foot care
needs call 863-467-6577














512 N.W. Park Street
S863-763-6028
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863-467-0418
Tues. Fri. 9-5:30 Sat. 9-3 &
Closed: Sun & Mon. J
105 SW 3dAve.


S&kles health Cire Cetfer
FSkilled Lon. & Short Term Care Facilit
&704^, &PAssistant, C.E.O.
230 South Barfield Hwy. Pahokee
Other facilities in PHONE: 551-924-5551
Gainesville PHONE: 561-924-5561
& Bradenton www.floridacare.net



Christian Books,
Bibles and Videos
Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243


0o Home Cleaning Services
Minor Home Repairs
Pressure Washing
Painting
(863) 634-7822
1c021 (863) 697-6436
Lie. # 10213 & 5853











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Paralegal mIcleartitle Espanlo
Services & L. m.-
Struggling to make your mortgage payments? Call us, we can help!
I.. ,i i i ... i i Title Insurance For Sale By Owner Transactions Divorces
Custody Modifications i.i......... , n.., n.. i i ...... 1 1- -
Evictions Quit Claim Deeds Corporations Wills Power of Attorney. Contracts
3128 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL 863-824-6776

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S 1365 Hwy 441 SE If we can't fix it,
(next to bowling alley) it probably can't
be fixed.
863-763-4080
SERVING OKEECHOBEE Exceptional Service
SINCE 1993 SrEVE BRANTLEY, OWNERYOU CAN TRUST
STEs IRNLY OWE


"Always On Top Of The Job"



State Certified Roofing Contractors Lic.#CCC1327338
SRe-Roofing Specialists Shingle Roofing
SMetal Roofs Flat Roofs Leaks & Repairs
(863) .357.3838
FREE ESTI MATES www.LuvianoRoofing.com


HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD & LLOYD


ww.HosIdnsTurcocom
212 S. Parrott A, 74(863) 357-5800


Vicki. Anderson, Associate
CeC 634-4106
.Patricia L. Goolsby
iU WC Lic. Real Estate
It__ =00... 7- Broker


We Buy Scrap Gold,
Silver and Coins
Elliott's Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St. 863.763-5553


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Surroundings:
Friendly Service,
Family Atmosphere
Lunch, Dinner and
Early Bird Specials:
Weekdays 3pm 5:30pm
Sat & Sun 11am 5pm


Full Liquor Bar
Every Other Tuesday
Mariachi Band 6-9pm
Happy Hour Everyday
3pm 6pm & 9pm 10pm

Draft Beer 2 for 1
Well Drinks (House Drinks)
2 for 1 (limit 4)
Location:
3415 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee
In the Publix Shopping Center,
Northlake Plaza
Hours:
11 am. to 10 p.m.
7 Days a Week!
Phone: (863) 357-9641


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(located in the Publix Shopping Center)
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American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning a =
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.*. every month, and reduce your carbon emissions. All
without sacrificing comfort. They're so energy efficient, in
fact, that you may be eligible for an energy tax credit of up to $1,500
when your install one. Your local independent American Standard Heating &
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Our Focus Is To Make You Comfortable
467-1545


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1111 S. ParrottAve,
Okeechobee
,63-467-2224


1. Touchdown Breakfast $489
2 Eggs, 2 bacon, 2 links, 2 pancakes
- 2. French Toast Combo $489
2 eggs, 2 links, 2 bacon
...... 3. Diced Ham Scramble $489
'\ Choice of Potato, grits or pancake
4. Breakfast Croissant $489
.i with Potato
5. Strawberry Pancakes $489
and whipped cream
6. Bagel with cream cheese $489
fruit cup, and coffee
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
1. Any Regular Omelette
with Potato, Toast or Pancake
2. County Fried Steak $639
with 2 eggs, Potato & Toast $


1. Bistro Ham 'N Cheese
2.Turkey Reuben Sandwich
3. Patty Melt $599
4. Philly Cheese Steak a
5. Golden Fish Fillet Sandwich
All served with fries or onion rings


FRIDAY & SA
4PM 1


2 cnior Dinners
from senior menu
$11.59
Includes Soup o. II I
Cream or Pudding
Anytime
7 Days a Week
TURDAY
1PM


All You Can Eat $99
Fish or Shrimp
Served with Fries and Cole Slaw
Shrimp Fest-
Land 'N Sea $999
Shrimp Scampi $799
Shrimp Ceasar Salad $799
Sweet 'N Sour Shrimp $79
Sweet Alfredo $799
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Salad,
and complimentary pudding or ice cream
- SPECIALS SERVED -
7 DAYS 6AM- 11 PM
1. N.Y. Strip Steak
2. Veal Parmigiana with Spaghetti
3. Chicken and Shrimp
4. Grilled Mahi Mahi
5. Hearty Homemade Meatloaf
6. Shrimp Alfredo over pasta
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Sat 5d
and complimentary pudding or ice crean.
2 Dinners $ 1859
Your Choice
For the Price of one!


Specializes in Szechuan,
Hunan, Cantonese,
American & Japanese
Style Cooking i
6 BUFFET BARS
150 Items & Salad Bar
Lunch: s679
Dinner: s879
Fri & Sat:
Seafood Dinner 1149 .


PUEBLO VIEJO
Authentic Mexican Food


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