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Vol. 101 No. 26 Sunday, February 28, 2010


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Index
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Community Events.......................6.....
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O b itu a rie s ....................................... 6
O pinion .................... ................. 5
Speak Out .......... ............. 4
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County


budget


looking


bleak
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee news
From comments made at
the last meeting of Okeechobee
County Commissioners, it looks
like the budget battle for the
coming fiscal year is about to
begin.
Up until a few years ago, bud-
See BUDGET Page 2


Judge


throws


out FSB


lawsuit
Boys reportedly were
abused at Florida
School for Boys in the
1940s, '50s and '60s
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"When I came home from Viet-
nam I felt my country had betrayed
me, and now the justice system
has done the same thing."
Bryant Middleton, who was one
of the many boys beaten and sod-
omized at the Florida School for
Boys in Marianna and Okeechobee,
was speaking about a class action
lawsuit against the State of Florida
that was dismissed Tuesday, Feb.
23, in a Tallahassee courtroom.
Circuit Judge James Shelfer's
dismissal was based on the prem-
ise "... that while there are consti-
tutional rights violations, you can-
not recover monetary damages for
those violations," explained Greg
Hoag, a St. Petersburg attorney
who was one of the lawyers repre-
senting the men who were brutal-
ized in the schools.
"I feel betrayed by the courts,"
said Mr. Middleton, from his Fort
Walton Beach home Friday. "I feel
betrayed by the judges and I feel
betrayed by the state of Florida-
See FSB Page 8


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The Annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride passed through
Okeechobee County last week. The ride, sponsored by the
Florida Cracker Trail Association, is conducted along side
of public roads, private ranches and some public conserva-
tion land. The ride begins east of Bradenton and ends in Ft.
Pierce, and is held the last week in February each year. For
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BUDGET
Continued From Page 1
get hearings were dull and boring with no
public interest or participation. The last few
years they have gotten increasingly interest-
ing as the economy gets tougher.
At the last commission meeting on Feb.
25, deputy county administrator Robbie
Chartier reported that as of Jan. 31, reve-
nues exceeded expenditures by 17 percent
as compared to the budget. However, that
trend is not expected to continue through
the year. At the beginning of the year the vast
majority of ad valorum taxes are received.
As the year continues the county's income
is expected to decrease while expenditures
increase.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
predicted a shortfall of $2.8 to $4.2 million in
the fiscal year 2010-2011 budget.
Part of that shortfall is caused by a last
minute move by county commissioners
in the preparation of the current budget. A
move was made which looked good to vot-
ers at the time. However, they may not have
realized the long range consequences.
The emergency medical services (EMS)
assessment, new with this year's budget,
brought a storm of controversy. The con-
sultants who prepared the assessment rates
took the entire cost of the EMS program and
apportioned it among residential, commer-
cial and industrial properties.
Voters flocked to public hearings to
protest the proposed EMS assessment. In
response to these protests, commissioners
voted to exempt churches and other non-
profits from the assessment. At the same
time they cut everyone else's assessment in


half.
The proposed millage rate was 7.6530.
Commissioners voted to lower the millage
rate to 7.5030. That rate, taking into consid-
eration decreased property values, was cal-
culated to bring in the same amount of taxes
as collected the previous year.
While these moves looked good to tax-
payers at the time, they had their conse-
quences. The budget, as originally prepared,
had expenditures based on the income from
the original EMS assessment rate and the
original millage rate. Without a reduction in
expenditures or locating another sources of
revenue, the difference was made up from
the county's dwindling reserves which are
now dangerously close to the $8 million
floor set by commissioners.
The motion to exempt non profits was
made by Commissioner Noel Chandler who
suggested a one cent sales tax be imposed
the following year to help offset EMS costs.
In order to place that item on the Oct. 4
general election ballot commissioners must
act by about Aug. 24. If the additional tax is
approved in the general election it would
not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2011. The bud-
get would have to be approved by Sept. 30
without knowing if the sales tax would go
into effect. Unlike an assessment, which is a
fixed rate, the amount of money from a sales
tax would be uncertain and fluctuating.
More than likely there would be no cost
to the county to put this item on the ballot,
according to Gwen Chandler, supervisor of
elections. If the sales tax issue fits on the ex-
isting ballot, there would be no charge. In
the unlikely event that the addition of that
one item would cause the ballot to have
to be printed on larger paper or go to two
pages then the county would have to pay the
nominal cost of the additional paper.


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Magistrate imposes fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In hearings held Tuesday, Feb. 16,
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols imposed a
fine in one case and set compliance dates in
eight other cases.
Kellie Chapman had been cited for build-
ing a wall and installing a door on a garage
on S.E. 42nd Street without the proper per-
mits. At the hearing, Code Enforcement Of-
ficer Beth Albert stated that as of the compli-
ance date, Feb. 15, the proper permits had
not been obtained. Therefore the property
owner was fined $50 a day for every day of
noncompliance beginning Feb. 17.
Larry Glen Shrader asked for an exten-
sion of time to build a pole barn to house
the material he was cited for storing outside.
He was given until April 15 to come into
compliance.
Howard Richards was also cited for con-
struction without a permit. Since he had
contacted a contractor to draw up plans in
preparation for applying for a permit he was
given until April 15 to come into compli-
ance.
Mrs. Albert noted that foreclosure and
bankruptcy proceedings were pending
against the N.W 38th Avenue property of
Arthur Steinberg. She stated that the mort-
gage holder had boarded up the abandoned
building on the property and had done some
mowing. She said that hopefully the property
would be in compliance by next month. The


compliance date was set at March 11.
Penny Chaisson was given until May 13
to either obtain a construction permit or de-
molish with the proper permit an unpermit-
ted concrete block addition to her N.W 18th
Street dwelling.
Robeldan Acosta was given until March
11 to mow and trim the overgrowth on his
N.W 98th Street property.
Code enforcement officer Albert stated
that Phillip McCallister has removed most
of the debris from his S.E. 37th Way lot. She
said he still had to obtain a demolition per-
mit and demolish the mobile home on the
property. He was given until March 11 to do
so.
John Holt had also made considerable
progress toward removing the derelict build-
ing on his S.E. 60th Drive property. Mrs. Albert
said that the only thing left was to remove
a concrete slab. Therefore, his compliance
date was moved from Feb. 16 to March 11.
Gloria Jean Vonderau requested an exten-
sion of time to come into compliance. She
had cleared the overgrowth and removed
the unlicensed vehicles from her N.E. 103rd
Avenue property. She was given until March
11 to either demolish or repair the derelict
structure on her property.
The property of Eduardo and Maylin De
Vega was found to be in compliance and
that case was not heard. The case of John-
nie Mays was not heard because of lack of
proper notification. That case as well as the
fine reduction request of Lakeshore Restau-
rant will be heard in March.


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February 28, 2010 Okeechobee News


Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been arrested
and charged with hitting his 17-year-old
pregnant girlfriend about
her head with his fists.
Jose Aranda, 21, N.E.
Fifth St., was arrested Sun-
day, Feb. 21, on a felony
charge of battery on a
pregnant person. He was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a _i
bond of $15,000. Jose
According to an original Aranda
report by Deputy Paul Jack-
son of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), Aranda was at his girlfriend's
home on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when her 1-year-
old baby boy would not stop crying. Aranda


reportedly took the child upstairs and when
the baby's mother entered the upstairs bed-
room she saw Aranda allegedly hitting the
baby about the buttocks and yelling at him
to stop crying.
The mother then grabbed her son and
laid down on top of the baby to protect him.
As she did, Aranda allegedly hit her in the
head six times with his fist. Deputy Jackson's
report states that the woman had a "knot"
on her forehead and there was bruising and
redness on the baby's buttocks.
Deputy Jackson's report added that Aran-
da is not the boy's father.
Even though Deputy Jackson and other
deputies searched for Aranda they were un-
able to find him. Deputy Jackson then ap-
plied for, and received, an arrest warrant.
Aranda was then arrested on the warrant
Sunday by Deputy Joseph Hall.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Sandra Phillips, 39, S.E. 26th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by Dep-
uty Tami Serafini on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with the felonies of
violation of probation possession of hydro-
codone, violation of probation possession
of oxycodone and violation of probation -
possession of diazepam. The warrant also
charged her with the misdemeanor of viola-
tion of probation possession of drug para-
phernalia. Her bond was set at $1,000.
Randy G. Whaley, 32, N.W 98th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by Offi-
cer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of felony petit
theft. His bond was set at $2,500.
Julio Luna, 25, Lorida, was arrested
Feb. 23 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on a
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation impersonating a law enforcement
officer. He is being held without bond.
Angela Denise Cooper, 32, N.E. 12th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by
Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with battery on
an elderly person. She is being held without
bond.
Jose Aranda, 21, N.E. Fifth St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Feb. 24, by Deputy Lieu-
tenant Keith Murrish on a warrant charging
him with child abuse. His bond was set at
$5,000.
Monica Elaine Adams, 42, S.W 19th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 24, by Dep-
uty Tami Serafini on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with failure to appear
- possession of cocaine, failure to appear -
possession of oxycodone, failure to appear
- possession of diazepam and failure to ap-
pear possession of drug paraphernalia. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
William Leslie Thomas, 45, S.W 11th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Of-
ficer Kelley Margerum on a charge of felony
battery. His bond had not been set as of
newspaper deadline.


Corey Nathan Hardy, 28, N.W 12th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Dep-
uty Brian Cross on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure to appear
- possession of a controlled substance. He is
being held without bond.
James Lee Fountain, 51, S.E. 29th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by
Deputy Thomas Kitchen on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond was set
at $500.
Selena Maude Billie, 40, S.E. 21st St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by Offi-
cer Chad Troutman on a charge of driving
under the influence. She is being held with-
out bond.
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.


Deputy Jackson's report goes on to state
that he contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline
about the situation.


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
INVITATION TO BID

Okeechobee County requests bid from qualified vendors
for the purchase of fuel, motor oils and other lubricants on
an annual contract basis. Bids should be submitted on
the "Invitation to Bid" summary sheet. This bid sheet may
be obtained by calling (863)763-9312 or via www.co.okee-
chobee.fl.us. Please include all of the information
requested in the bid summary sheet in the proposal sub-
mitted to the County. The bidder does not have to provide
a bid on all groups listed on the Invitation to Bid. The bid-
der may submit bids on portions of the fuel/oil types
requested but must respond to the sections requesting
information on emergency delivery, taxes and discounts
for prompt payment sections for any bid.

Bids will be due no later than March 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM
and should be submitted in a sealed envelope and clear-
ly marked "Sealed Bid Okeechobee County Motor Fuel,
Motor Oil and Lubricants." Any question or inquires
should be directed to: Robbie L. Chartier, Deputy County
Administrator at (863)763-9312. Proposals should be
sent to: Okeechobee County, 312 NW 3rd Street, Room
206, Okeechobee, FL 34972. All bids received after the
deadline for submission will not be opened or considered.

Okeechobee County reserves the right to waive formali-
ties or informalities, to reject or award any and all bids or
parts) thereof, or to negotiate further with any or all bid-
ders and accepts no responsibility for the expense of
preparation or delivery of bids to the County. Responses
to the "Invitation to Bid" will be submitted to the Board of
County Commissioners on or after March 25, 2010 with
recommendations) for bid awardss.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the editor


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Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Riding without lights
Did anyone see this? Two cops on pa-
trol stopped a guy who was on a bike that
went across the road in front of them. It was
dark out and they told the man he could not
ride the bike at night because it had no lights
on it. My question is this. No one called this
crime in so there was not a witness, so ... did
the cops have the right to stop the man and
tell him he couldn't ride since no harm was
done to anyone and no one saw it? If a tree
falls in a forest and no one is there to hear
it, does it still make a noise? Lets see, a cop
can go to a noise complaint, see the thugs
doing it, but he can't do anything about it
because no one made a written complaint?
Thank God John Wayne cant see this.
The law says you have to have lights or
reflectors on a bike at night. If the cops saw
it, then they would be the witnesses.
It is dangerous to ride at night with-
out lights, both to the bicyclists and to the
other drivers on the road, who might have
to swerve to avoid him.

Speeding
Recently I was eastbound, driving
the speed limit on SR 70 towards town
and there was a pickup hauling a trailer
right behind me. A red Mazda with Michi-
gan plates came flying up behind us and
passed the truck and trailer and my car at
one time, nearly colliding with an oncoming
westbound car, and sped away. I continued
driving the speed limit, slowing down each
time the speed limit changed. And when
I got to the main intersection, I was right
behind that speeder. What's the big hurry?
You aren't going to get anywhere that much
faster. There is no reason to drive faster than
the speed limit.

Hospital fire
* In regard to the story about the man
accused of setting the fire in the bathroom
in the ER at Raulerson Hospital, I heard this
is a trend in the bigger cities. They set a fire
to get everyone's attention so they can rob
the place.


Obama
How long will it take for every last
American to realize President Barack
Obama is not about bipartisanship, recon-
ciliation (other than as a process to cram
his health care bill through Congress) and
uniting Americans? As his latest gyrations
on health care demonstrate, he will not be
deterred in his quest to saddle Americans
with socialized medicine, even if it greatly
increases the likelihood he won't be re-
elected. Here we have Obama, frenetically
busy with at least three of his hands, push-
ing different buttons and sending mixed sig-
nals. I guess being a self-perceived messiah
means you don't have to worry about being
flagrantly inconsistent, even on the same
day or in the context of one speech. He's in-
vited Republicans to a bipartisan summit on
health care, intending to create the illusion
that he's interested in conservative ideas on
the subject. But at the same time-he can't
even pretend long enough to let this ruse
play out-he is threatening Republicans
that if they filibuster current congressional
health care proposals, he will urge Congress
to pass Obamacare by bastardizing the rec-
onciliation process. But wait, just like a Gin-
su knife infomercial, there's more. Obama
has also unveiled the outlines of his own
new health care proposal, but it is hardly a
model of bipartisanship.

Drugs
Why do teachers get a free pass on
taking a drug test at their work place. Of all
places that job should be on the top of the
list for mandatory drug testing, but hey it's
only our children they're teaching.

Space shuttle
What hurts my head is the $400 mil-
lion just spent for the new observation deck
at the space station. With only four more
visits from the space shuttle before they
shut down the program ... who gets to use
it then?
There are only four more NASA visits,
the Russians and anyone else with a space
ship can visit it, after all it is called the "Inter-
national" Space Station.
I do say after four more visits the U.S.
will be standing on the ground looking up
at someone else on their observation deck.
They'll probably outsource the space travel
business to China or India.


CAP hosts open house
The Civil Air Patrol is sponsoring a special
Open House for former Sea Cadets, JRROTC
and their families.
The cancellation of the Sea Cadet Pro-
gram in Okeechobee is an unfortunate situ-
ation. Not only is it sad to see such a worth
while program for the youth of our commu-
nity cancelled, but it is also a disappointment
for the former Sea Cadets and their families.
And it is also a loss to the community. As
a result, the Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron is hosting a special Open House on their
regular meeting night, Tuesday March 2,
starting at 19:30 (7:30 p.m.) at their Squad-
ron Headquarters located in T-Hanger #1 at
the Okeechobee County Airport to introduce
former Sea Cadets, JRROTC, their families
and anyone in the community to the Civil Air
Patrol Cadet Program.
Lt. Gray, the Cadet Program Director for
the Squadron explains the Civil Air Patrol
Cadet Program is one of the three core mis-
sions of CAP along with Emergency Services
and Aerospace Education. The Cadet pro-
gram is a stand alone program within CAP,
but Cadets are also trained to be an active
part of our Emergency Service Missions and
our Aerospace Education Mission.
Captain Papasso, the Squadron Com-
mander describes the mission of the Civil
Air Patrol Cadet Program "as to provide the
youth of our nation with a quality program
that enhances their leadership skills through


an interest in aviation, while providing a pa-
triotic service to the local community.
The Cadet Program seeks to provide
America with a pool of young, dynamic
aerospace leaders for the future." The Ca-
dets achieve the goals of the Cadet program
through study and performance while work-
ing through a series of achievements and
milestone awards. As cadets progress, they
advance in grade, increase the scope of their
leadership responsibilities, earn awards, and
become eligible for nationally-sponsored
special activities and scholarships, while
developing young, dynamic aerospace lead-
ers through the application of the program's
five key elements: Leadership, Aerospace
Education, Character Development, Physi-
cal Fitness and Activities.
CAP, through the Air Force also provides
ten "hands on the controls" flights for the
Cadets called Orientation Rides or O-Rides
which include five in gliders and five pow-
ered flights in our Cessna 172 Aircraft. These
are all syllabus based and teamwork orient-
ed to enhance the learning experience. The
Cessna 172 is the same aircraft we use on
our Search & Rescue Missions we provide to
the Community, State and Air Force.
If you have any questions please contact
Capt. Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916, Lt. Joe
Ragon at 954-695-8000 or Lt. Greg Gernat at
863-697-9915. Hope to see you there.
Your local Civil Air Patrol perform-
ing Missions for America. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron


Civil Air Patrol Cadets Miller and Holliday worked as a team to position the
glider for the next flight of the glider orientation rides.


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Sunday, February 28, 2010







Hunters aid in the fight against nonnative snakes


As I See It

By Rodney Barreto
FWC Chairman
It never ceases to amaze me. We just
wrapped up a big event in the Everglades,
in which we trained hunters on how to
capture and remove nonnative snakes, and
we sent them out to test their skills. It was
a cold, damp day. The experts said the py-
thons would be hiding due to the inclement
weather.
The media that gathered were not opti-
mistic. In fact, none of us were. We pretty
much resigned ourselves to the prospect
that the hunters might go home empty-
handed. But sure enough, a team of freshly
trained hunters spotted a 5-foot Burmese
python in the brush along the L-67 levee.
The hunter told us he was able to spot and
stalk the snake after receiving our training.
He had never caught a wild python before. It
just goes to show these snakes are out there,
and they are more common than we might
think.
We just unveiled a new weapon in the
fight against nonnative snakes in the Ever-
glades. Hunters are the latest tool in our tool-
box. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) created a special
chance for hunters to capture and remove
reptiles of concern from state-managed
lands around the Everglades. From March 8
to April 17, those with a hunting license and
a $26 management area permit may take
reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticu-
lated python, northern and southern African


rock python, amethystine or scrub python,
green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land
and Rotenberger wildlife management areas
(WMAs).
The specially created season, established
by executive order, follows the close of small
game season on the three WMAs, and con-
tinues during a period when the nonnative
snakes are likely to be encountered. During
cooler months, cold-blooded reptiles sun
themselves on levees, canal banks and road-
ways to warm up. This makes them easier to
spot, capture and remove.
We are once again engaging our stake-
holders, in this case, the hunting community,
to help us reduce the number of reptiles of
concern in the Everglades. Our hunters are
on the front lines, and we hope, by tapping
into their knowledge of the Everglades, we
can make significant progress in this effort.
We provided the hunters with the knowl-
edge they need to succeed in this endeavor.
A large group of hunters received training on
how to identify, stalk, capture and remove
reptiles of concern. The FWC and experts
from the reptile industry provided the train-
ing, which included lessons in biology and
behavior.
I was recently introduced to a South
Florida tanner who explained the value of
harvested hides. He showed me python-skin
belts, boots and pants. I was surprised to
learn that python skins can sell for as much
as $5 a foot.
We are serious about helping to stop the
spread of reptiles of concern in the Ever-
glades. Over the years, we've ramped up our


efforts. We've offered pet amnesty days to
folks who want to surrender their nonnative
pets legally with no questions asked, and
we've put tighter restrictions on ownership
of reptiles of concern. We've engaged the
reptile industry and have enlisted its experts
to capture and remove nonnative snakes
on state-managed lands. Now, we're asking
hunters to get involved.
This is about conservation. We are work-
ing together to protect our fragile ecosystem
from these exotic predators. A balanced


ecosystem benefits our native wildlife, thus
benefitting us all.
Just a reminder, reptiles of concern may
be taken by all legal methods (including
shotguns, rimfire rifles and pistols) used in
the taking of game animals; however, the
use of centerfire rifles is prohibited. Rep-
tiles of concern may not be taken out of the
wildlife management areas alive and must
be reported to the FWC within 36 hours by
calling, toll-free, 866-392-4286, or by visiting
MyFWC.com/ROC.


Reflections from the pulpit


What God cannot do
By Rev. Bruce Simpson
I had dropped by to visit at the local nurs-
ing home. Bessie had just finished a Bible
study lead by a local minister. She said,
"Preacher, do you know what God cannot
do?" After thinking for a moment, I said,
"Bessie, I don't know." She said, "God can-
not lie." [Hebrews 6:18]
As I was preparing for this week's ser-
mon, I was reminded of an additional an-
swer to Bessie's question; which is that God
cannot make someone love Him. God un-
derstood that true love must be freely given.
Therefore, he created each of us with "free-
will" to make choices. At a cemetery in Lake
City, I saw the following inscription on a
tombstone: "In life with God, In Death with
God." This is the choice God wants each of
us to make.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Sunny with a high near 67 and
winds from the northwest between 5 and 10
mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear with a low around
36 and winds from the northwest around 5
mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny with a high near 71 and
winds from the north northwest around 5
mph becoming southeast.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 56 and a 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Winds will be from the south between
5 and 15 mph.
Tuesday: Showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm with rain chances at 60 per-
cent. Mostly cloudy with a high near 74.
Winds will be from the south at 15 to 20
mph becoming west. Winds could gust as
high as 25 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a
low around 46. Winds will be from the west
northwest between 10 and 15 mph.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Thursday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 1-1-4; Play 4: 8-9-9-6; Fantasy 5:
2-13-17-23-24; Mega Money: 2-4-17-30 MB
18; Florida Lotto: 7-16-24-39-49-53 X 5;
Powerball: 4-17-35-50-57 PB12 x2. Num-
bers drawn Friday, Cash 3: 8-3-1; Play 4:
8-4-3-4.


The issues that you and I have to deal
with are very trying. Health issues, our aging
parents, illegal drugs, teen pregnancies, lack
of enough money, loss of home and marital
issues are some of the things that pull on our
hearts. No one can handle life alone! The in-
vitation is the following:
"Come to me, all of you who are tired
and have heavy loads, and I will give you
rest. Accept my teaching and learn from me,
because I am gentle and humble in spirit,
and you will find rest for your lives. The bur-
den that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I
give you to carry is light." Matthew 11:28-30
New Century Version
The choice to love God is in your hands.
Choose to accept His love. Find a church to
attend to find out more about God's amaz-
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Employee recognition
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts, left, presents Richard
Watford, right with a certificate honoring his twenty years with the county.
Mr. Watford is an Okeechobee native. He worked through the CETA program
as a laborer for Okeechobee County Road Maintenance 1975-1978. He left
to pursue other interests and came back to Okeechobee County in 1990 as
a laborer and dog-catcher. In 1994 he was promoted to Equipment Operator
I with the road department and has run a mower for the last eighteen years.
The presentation took place at the Thursday, Jan. 28 commission meeting.


February 28, 2010


Okeechobee News





Community Events


Lodge Breakfast date set
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The breakfast will be $6 for eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy,
juice and coffee. The public is welcome.
Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Miss Rodeo Queen Contest
deadline approaches
Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's As-
sociation 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 5:00 p.m. Cat-
tlemen's Arena Hwy. 441 North. Concession
stand will be open. Please see contest rules
for age restrictions, all criteria and entry fees
& form. 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.


Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament today
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ment series III will be held on Sunday Feb.
28 with an $80 entry fee. Tournaments are
held at Scott Driver park from safe light until
2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate in
case of low water.

Moose Lodge to host Benefit
fundraiser for Don Hadley
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 fund-
raiser event will also feature a fish fry or
barbecue 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 auc-
tion held with Auctioneer Keith of Port St.
Lucie. Merchandise donated by merchants
of three counties. Bake sale and craft will
also be available.


CAP to host open house event
The Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol is host-
ing an open house on Tuesday, March 2,
starting at 7:30 p.m. for former Sea Cadets,
JRROTC Cadets, their families and anyone
interested in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Pro-
gram. The open house will be at our Squad-
ron Headquarters in T-Hanger #1 at the
Okeechobee County Airport. For directions
or more information please call Joe Papasso
at 863-824-0916 or 561-252-0916.

Hospice hosting Special Yard
Sale March 4 and March 5
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5
from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty Items This
Sale: Many NEW furniture items, appliances
and wedding dresses! We have NEW ITEMS
galore offered at extremely reasonable pric-
es. Funds raised will benefit patient care, in-
cluding services at The Hamrick Home. For
information call 863-467-2321.


PA Assoc. of School Retirees
The Citrus Chap. of the PA. Assoc. of
School Retirees (PASR) will meet March 9,
at 11 a.m. At Inn on the Lakes, Sebring. All
former PA school staff members and their
guests are invited to attend the meeting. For
information or reservations, please call Vicki
at 863-385-6408 before March 3.

VFW to hold public
consignment auction
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will hold
a public consignment auction on Saturday,
March 6, at 10 a.m. Submit a list of items
to the VFW Post by March 4. Please include
name and phone number. No titled items,
firearms or junk will be accepted. A 15%
commission will be charged on sales. Items
will not be accepted before 7 a.m. the day
of the sale.

ELC meeting set for March 10
Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
er, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
- Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory
Council Meeting. Wednesday, March 10, at
noon at the American Red Cross, 323 N. Par-
rott Avenue, Okeechobee.


Obituaries


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.


Richard Lewis Fitzhugh, 60
OKEECHOBEE Richard Lewis Fitzhugh,
passed away Friday, February 26, 2010, in his
home. He was 60.
He was born April 8, 1949 in Sacramento, Cal-
if., to Ralph and Mavis Fitzhugh. He was the
manager for a self storage company. Mr. Fit-
zhugh came to (., ...! i, from Sacramento
in 1986. He was a member of the Moose Lodge
and an avid golfer.
Mr. Fitzhugh is survived by his wife of 33
years, Johanna Fitzhugh of ('i .,, i,,, two
sons, Brian (Denise) Fitzhugh of Sacramento,
Calif. and Jason (Elaine) Fitzhugh of Loxahatch-
ee; six 1 ,i r- Janiene (Brian) Friend of Sac-
ramento, Calif., Dawn (Travis) Usher of
(0i ... ,, Shawntell (Keith) Ezard of Okee-
chobee, Tiffany (Jonathan) Fitzhugh of Okee-
chobee, Kari Bowers of ( .. 1..i,, ,I and Charla
Conley of Stuart; 20 grandchildren; one great-
grandchild; two -,..i. rs, Kent Fitzhugh of Sac-
ramento, Calif. and Billy Smith of Jensen Beach;
and one sister, Cece Erickson of California.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Tuesday,
March 2, 2010, at Bass (',i,,,i ... Funeral
Home.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,I .. .I,, ,i Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., ( ,' .. ii.,. FL
34972.
Friends may sign the A-., si1.... i. at www.bas-

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Barbara Perry Childs, 75
TALLAHASEE Barbara Perry Childs, age 75,
passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Talla-
hassee.
She was born
on June 24,
1934, in Elkland,
Pa., to Willis J. and
Hazel (Lindsey)
Perry.
A long time resi-
dent of Palm Beach
County, Barbara
moved to Okeecho-
bee, in 1985, then to
Tallahassee in 2001.
She is survived by
her sons, John
(wife-Donna) Carl-
son, and Steve (wife-
Stacey) Carlson of Panacea; and three grand-
children, Jennifer, Perry, and Tyler.

Ellen Jane McCartney Harrison
LABELLE Ellen Jane McCartney Harrison,
passed away February 12, 2010.
She was born in Logansport, Ind. and had
lived in LaBelle for 32 years. She was a house-
wife. She was a member of the 9th Street Chris-
tian Church and the Logansport Order of
Eastern Star Lodge 058.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Richard Jackson Harrison; and daughter, Penny
Harrison Haynes.
She is survived by her children, Jack (Rowena)
Harrison of (,I..,, I-,i Fred Harrison of La-
Belle, and Jean (Byron) Harrison Smith of La-
Belle; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-
grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday,
March 5, 2010, at Oakbrook of LaBelle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests dona-
tions be made to the American Heart Associa-
tion.


Environmental consultant at Kiwanis
The Thursday, Feb. 18 Kiwanis Club meeting was held at the Okeechobee
American Legion. L-R are Jim Vensel, President of the Kiwanis Club; Greg Ken-
nedy, the speaker and Devin Maxwell who introduced his guest. Mr. Kennedy is
an Environmental Consultant for the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) which is located on Hwy. 98 N., in Okeechobee. DEP is state mandated
by the Federal Government to regulate all submerged lands such as storm wa-
ter run-off and overseeing waste water management on farms which includes
the dairy industry as well as working with the Okeechobee Utility Authority in
regulating our drinking water. Human impact plays a huge role since fertilizing
yards, citrus groves, etc. can have a damaging effect on our water source.


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Bankruptcy settlement results in windfall for the county


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In these hard times, many businesses
have gone bankrupt, adding to the dismal
economic outlook. However, one recent
bankruptcy settlement benefitted the coun-
ty.
Biomass, a recently bankrupt company,
had been leasing property from Larson Dairy
to develop new methods of producing cattle
feed additives and alternate energy sources.
Their facilities were taken over by LS9, a cor-


portion that will be using sugar from sugar
cane to produce diesel.
Biomass owed property taxes on their
buildings and equipment back to 2004. As
part of the bankruptcy settlement all back
taxes, fines and penalties had to be cleared
up before the buildings and equipment could
be sold to LS9. Okeechobee County Tax
Collector Celeste Watford announced that
the back taxes from 2004 to 2008 amount-
ing to $1.6 million dollars have now been
paid. That total includes taxes owed from all


C.R. 621 to experience five months

of periodic traffic interruptions


S-68 flood gate overhaul
project to run from March
through July
Work planned for the S-68 water control
structure, located on County Road 621 in
Highlands County, will result in intermit-
tent road closures beginning March 9 and
lasting through July 2010.
As part of its ongoing maintenance
program, the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) will be overhauling
the three flood control gates on the S-68
structure, which provides flood protection
for residents within the Lake Istokpoga
watershed. The structure also serves as a


bridge for C.R. 621 as the road skirts the
eastern edge of Lake Istokpoga.
The District will take only one gate out
of service at a time to continue providing
flood protection with the other two gates.
In order to access the gates, workers must
be positioned on the C.R. 621 bridge peri-
odically for the next five months.
Traffic interruptions are expected to
occur only a few days each month. A flag
man will be present to allow traffic to pass
in one direction at a time. Each work day
will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about this proj-
ect, including specific road closure dates
or traffic routing, please call the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at 863-462-
5260.


sources, South Florida Water Management There have been two payments made on
District, Okeechobee County School Board, the 2009 taxes with one payment remaining.
fire assessments and other applicable taxes. The total 2009 taxes total about $74,000.
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City Council to consider street closings
It looks like Tuesday night's city council
meeting will be brief and routine. What: Okeechobee City Council
The council is scheduled to hear an up-
date on their insurance program by Andy When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 2
Cooper, Vice President of World Risk Man- Where: City Council Chambers,
agement and Ross Fury, Executive Director
of Public Risk Management. Okeechobee City Hall, 55 Third
There are two requests for temporary Ave.
street closings from the Chamber of Com- I___________
merce on the agenda. The Chamber wants In addition, the council will discuss the
to close Second through Fifth avenues in annual evaluations of the city administrator
Flagler Park from 7 a.m. on Sept. 3 to 4:30 and the city attorney and consider renewal
p.m. on Sept. 6 for the Labor Day Festival. of the city administrator's two-year employ-
The second temporary street closing request ment agreement.
involves Second through Fourth avenues in The mayor is scheduled to proclaim the
Flagler Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 for month of March to be American Red Cross
the Christmas Parade. Month in the city.

AARP to sponsor drivers program


AARP will sponsor a Driver Safety
program on Thursday, March 4, at the
Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458
Hwy 98 North from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for
one day only. Please bring a sandwich/
snack and a drink as we will have a lunch


break. The fee is $12 with AARP member-
ship and $14 for non-members. Please
bring check or money order as cash can-
not be accepted. Checks should be made
out to AARP. For more information, please
contact Nell Bostwick at 863-763-4134.


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and that really hurts.
"The judge's decision to dismiss is a
good example of when case law trumps ac-
tual justice and the victims get disregarded,"
he added.
Defendants in the case include the state's
Department of Agriculture, Department of
Children and Family Services, Department of
Juvenile Justice and the Department of Cor-
rections. Also named as defendants were
Troy Tidwell and Robert E. Curry, two men
who are accused of beating and molesting
boys at the Marianna school.
The suit against Tidwell was dismissed
because of the statute of limitations.
"Tidwell got away," said Mr. Middleton.
"I'm truly upset that he's not going to have
to face some type of justice for what he did.
But, there will come a point in time when
he will face justice-it just may not be here
on earth."
Mr. Hoag said he really wasn't surprised
by the judge's ruling.
"We knew it was an uphill battle with
some of the legal issues," he said.
At the core of the dismissal was a case
known as Bradsheers vs. Florida Depart-
ment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
In that case, the appeals court ruled that the
state was protected from paying monetary
damages due to the sovereign immunity
doctrine. That doctrine simply means that
the state cannot be sued in its own court
without its permission.


'I feel betrayed by the State of Florida'
Bryant Middleton, former Florida School for Boys client


"I've been trying to impress on our cli-
ents that this is not the end-we're still go-
ing to proceed with the claims bill," said Mr.
Hoag.
That claims bill was filed by State Senator
Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on July 31, 2009.
Senate Bill 48 (SB-48) simply states that the
men who were victims of abuse, torture
and sodomy should be compensated by the
state.
First, however, a decision will have to
be made about a possible appeal of Judge
Shelfer's ruling. If the plaintiffs decide to ap-
peal, they must do so within 30 days from
the time the judge's order is entered.
Mr. Middleton, 65, said he and three other
men who are named as plaintiffs in the suit
must now decide what to do-whether to
appeal or go straight to the claims bill.
"It's difficult for four of us to make a deci-
sion for pretty close to 500 guys," said Mr.
Middleton. "I know there are some guys
who are really shattered (by the Feb. 23 rul-
ing)."
The other three plaintiffs are William
Home, Roger Kiser and Jimmy Jackson.
All four men were among the many boys
who became known as The White House
Boys. The White House was a small, foul
smelling, white concrete building on the
Marianna campus where boys were taken
to be beaten.
Once inside, the boys were made to lay
on an iron cot that was covered with a thin


mattress and told to bite into a pillow soiled
with blood, vomit and the tears of hundreds
of other boys between the ages of 8 and 16.
Men would then beat the boys with a
thick leather strap-often to the point that
the boys' clothes would become embedded
in their buttocks.
One of the men accused of administering
these beatings was Tidwell.
In Okeechobee, white boys were taken to
a room dubbed the "library' and black boys
were taken to the "adjustment room."
In some cases boys were literally beaten
to death.
Both Mr. Hoag and Mr. Middleton are


unsure about how to handle the claims bill.
Mr. Hoag stated in an earlier interview that
he doesn't know if an appeal has to be filed
and then ruled on before they can act on the
claims bill, or if Tuesday's ruling will allow
them to ignore the appeal and go to straight
to SB-48. Mr. Hoag said the claims bill is "a
measure of last resort."
Although he didn't say so specifically, Mr.
Middleton sounded as if he holds little hope
in any action being taken on the claims bill.
"I've written to every single state senator
and asked them their position on this claims
bill. I did not get any replies-not a single
one," he said. "The issue with the claims bill
is we can't get anyone in Tallahassee to tell
us if we can file it. They've got us over a bar-
rel, and it's an issue that weighs heavily on
me."


Car crash claims man's life


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 91-year-old Okeechobee man has
died as a result of injuries he received in a
two-car accident on U.S. 441 N. Thursday,
Feb. 25.
According to Detective Ted Van Deman,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Kermit Davidson Nichols, N.E.
Third Drive, died at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center in Fort Pierce.
An accident report by OCSO Deputy


Corporal Brian Hagan states that the acci-
dent occurred at 1:34 p.m. at the intersec-
tion of N.W 115th Drive and U.S. 441 N.
According to Cpl. Hagan's report Jo-
seph Paul Osteen, 22, N.W 144th Drive,
Okeechobee, was southbound on U.S. 441
N. when Mr. Nichols apparently turned into
Mr. Osteen's path of travel at the highway's
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'High tunnels' extend growing season


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Natural Resources Conservation Service
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under the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your
Food' initiative for farmers to establish high
tunnels -- also known as hoop houses -- to
increase the availability of locally grown pro-
duce in a conservation-friendly way. NRCS
will provide financial assistance to quali-
fied producers for the project through the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) and the EQIP Organic Initiative.
"This pilot project is going to give us
real-world information that farmers all over
the country can use to decide if they want
to add high tunnels to their operations. We


know that these fixtures can help producers
extend their growing season and hopefully
add to their bottom line," said USDA Deputy
Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.
A high tunnel is a greenhouse-like struc-
ture made of ribs of plastic or metal pipe
covered with a layer of plastic sheeting, at
least six feet in height, which modifies the
climate inside to create more favorable
growing conditions for vegetables and other
specialty crops grown in the natural soil be-
neath it.
High tunnels are easy to build, maintain
and move and may be used year-round in
Florida, providing steady incomes to farmers
- a significant advantage to owners of small


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


February 22-23, 2(
Cows
Breaking $52.00
Cutter $48.00
Canner $40.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $56.00
1500-2000 $63.00


Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total


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)10 Med#1
170-200
$58.00 200-250
$58.00 250-300
$43.00 300-350
350-400
$68.00 400-450
$74.00 450-500
550-600
[esdav 600-650


372 1168
254 542
16 73
7 107
31 25
26 67
16 7
722 1989


Med #2
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


Steers
180-190
145-160
130-150
126-139
117-132
115-125
110-119
104-113
99-109
Steers
120-132
110-137
110-127
100-122
99-117


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TALLAHASSEE Florida cattle produc-
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brood cows and genetics as seedstock to
other countries seeking to improve and ex-
pand their beef herds.
A reference booklet titled "Ganado del
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the Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services in conjunction with the
Florida Cattlemen's Association and vari-
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to promote Florida beef cattle and genetics
during international trade events.
"Many Florida breeds are well adapted
to hot and wet environments found in oth-
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America and the Caribbean," Florida Agri-
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said. "Florida breeders use the very best
processes and practices to meet customer
commitments, and are dedicated to continu-
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characteristics and affordability." The book-
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each association, as well as a list of livestock
markets in Florida. The introduction is in
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122-155
114-125
110-117
101-107
99-108
95-108
89-104
Hfrs
90-120
95-117
95-110
85-100
90-95


Small #1
250-300 125-130 108-110
300-350 113-120 90-105
350-400 104-119
Cow prices came back to
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we'll see in a while! Good cows
still pushing $60. Calf prices
are still good. Demand is good,
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is located at 452 Hwy 98 N, Okeechobee or
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DONNA GARCIA
OKEE COUNTY TEACHER
F THE YEAR


ACHIEVEMENT
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O rlando Sentinel. Jessie Carr, a
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Knights, performed at the Tropicana
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2009. This was her last game perform-
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last four years. As a freshman, she won
rookie of the year, which was the first "
time a majorette won. She was chosen
byherpeers consisting of 365 members.
Jessie had the honor of partici-
pating in the opening of the new
Brighthouse Stadium built at UCF
in 2007. She was also able to attend
two bowl games in her four years.
Jessie started twirling at six years
old and competing at seven. She
won numerous district, regional, and
state titles, winning her first National
Competition at eleven years old in
Dayton, Ohio. She plans to stay in
twirling by teaching private lessons.
Jessie is majoring in educa-
tion and plans to teach first grade.
She has a 3.298 GPA and earned
a place on the President's Honor
Roll with a 4.0 in the fall of 2009.
She was born in Okeechobee of a fourth
generation Okeechobee family. She gradu-
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Cracker Trail Ride travels


through Okeechobee County


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The annual Florida Cracker Trail ride is held during the last week in February
each year. The group traveled through Okeechobee County on Thursday.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Teresa Chandler
Teen dances benefit Children's Center
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Shrine. Teens who attended the dances were invited on a motor coach to
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Okeechobee News
About 100 riders took part in the 22nd
annual Cracker Trail ride across Florida
this year. The group arrived in Okeechobee
Thursday. They crossed the Kissimmee River
at Basinger in the late afternoon and spent
the night at the Bass Ranch on route 700A.
They crossed the county on Friday with a
special escort by the Okeechobee Sheriff's
Citizen Observer Patrol and spent the night
at the Adams Ranch west of Fort Pierce.
The group then took part in the annual
Cracker Day Parade in Fort Pierce.
The group spent just over a week in the
saddle as they reprised the old cattle drives
where Spanish herds were taken to harbors
in Tampa, Fort Pierce and Bradenton and
then shipped out to Cuba.
Spirits were high and the riders were very
friendly as they passed through Cornwell,
Basinger, and remote areas of Okeechobee
County.
The group also stopped off at the Edna
Pearce Lockett Estate before being led over
the bridge by Okeechobee and Highlands
County Sheriff Deputies.
At each night camp there were various
forms of entertainment. For example in Lori-
da, the group took part in various rodeo type
events like barrel racing, pole bending and
speed events at the Ashton Ranch. The also


visit Cracker Trail Elementary in Sebring ev-
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attention to Florida's horse and cattle heri-
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dedicated to 'keeping history alive' through
education and demonstration about the old
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better educates those who take part about
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Former 'Anglers' leader honored at celebration


Big 0 Teen Anglers celebrated their five year
anniversary this year at the annual banquet
Jan. 29. Over 100 people were in attendance
for this event which included a memorial slide
show honoring corporation Vice President Bill
Hays.
Kyle Monti, the 2009 president, gave the
opening prayer and presented the awards.
Ryan Edwards was 2009 angler of the year
for the 11-14 year olds, with a total weight of
103.03 lbs. This is Ryan's third year as angler
of the year.
Garrett Farmer was 2009 angler of the year
for the 15-18 year olds, with a total weight of
119.50 lbs.
Six anglers had perfect attendance: Logan
Bohannon, Garrett Farmer, April Floyd, Robby
Hays, Luke Joles and Matthew Robbins.
Kenny Farmer was 2009 boat captain of
the year with a total weight of 99.18 lbs. This
is Kenny's second year as boat captain of the
year.
Jack Fulce was the guest of honor and re-
ceived an award of appreciation for his $10,000
donation to the junior bass club. Mr. Fulce pre-
sented Charlie Hays, the corporation president
of the Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc., with the gen-
erous donation at the B.A.S.S. weigh-in recent-
ly held at Scott Driver's. He has also pledged to
become a boat captain for the anglers.
Thomas and Elaine Jackamore were also
honored guests at the banquet. Their dona-
tions of rods, reels, miscellaneous tackle and
tackle boxes added to the door prizes awarded
to the anglers.
Margaret Helton and Garrard's Bait & Tack-
le Shop and Guide Service, provided rods and
reels for the anglers of the year as well as eight
gift cards for door prizes.
Stan Speed provided custom rods for the
two top anglers.
Koby Kreiger and Okeechobee Fishing
Headquarters presented a huge box of worms,
lures, fishing line, etc. which was used to fill
the bags each angler received with their partici
pation certificates.
Kevin Folsom and Publix donated balloons
and canned drinks and water.
The Oil Can donated the oil for the boat
captains.


Garrett Farmer was 2009 Angler of the
Year for the 15-18 year olds.

Marsha and Tony and Advanced Engraving
and Stitchin' Post provided the trophies.
Janice Floyd and Rut N' Strut N' Taxidermy
donated a free fish mount to each angler of the
year for a future catch of a lifetime.
Doug and Sandy Vest and Pogey's Restau-
rant catered another great dinner for the ban-
quet.
Big 0 Teen Anglers would like to thank the
boat captains: Kenny Farmer, Mike Zubricky,
Ken Hall, Leroy Bauer, David Straight, Ernie
Johnson, Kevin Folsom, Skip Jeslowski, Da
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Ingram, Brian Hays, Carl Lewis, John Supley,
Richard Stislitz, Bob Stafford, Justin Schewier,
Tony Floyd, Larry Wise, George Marshall Jr.,
Mike Frost, Tim Arnold, Roy O'Dell and Bill
Sietz.
Thanks also go to the sponsors: Pogey's
Family Restaurant, Porter's Cleaners, Advanced
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le Shop & Guide Service, Okeechobee Fishing
Headquarters, Okeechobee News, Publix,
Coverall Cleaning Concepts, Rut N' Strut N'
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the parents and volunteers for their continued
support.
Garrett and Ryan both won the 2009 Florida
Bass Federation Nation State Qualifier for their
age group and will be competing in the 2010
B.A.S.S. Southern Divisional next month.


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Girls tennis shuts out Fort Pierce Rst


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School girls tennis
won their first match of the year Thursday
when they blasted the Fort Pierce Central
Lady Cobras 7-0 at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex.
Okeechobee (1-2) got easy singles vic-
tories from four of their five girls. Heather
Lanning walloped Sashira Mendez 6-0, and
6-0. Samantha Rivero defeated Ashley Lind-
stadt 6-0, and 6-0. Katie Walker defeated
Erica Reynoso 6-1, and 6-1 in the fourth seed
match. Jenna Rath defeated Taylor Wright
6-0, and 6-1.
Only Katherine Ragamat had a tough
match as she was pushed to a third set be-
fore she was able to defeat Mary Eberhart
6-2, 4-6, and 6-3.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy In doubles the team of Lanning and Riv-
Heather Lanning, OHS girls tennis, ero defeated Mendez and Lindstadt 8-0. The
played well in their first match of the team of Liz Turner and Vanessa Watt defeat-
year against the Lady Cobras. ed Reynoso-Wright 8-5.


Boys tennis loses tight


match to John Carroll


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School got off to a
slow start and despite some success was
not able to defeat a solid John Carroll Rams
team in a boys tennis match Tuesday at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Okeechobee got singles victories from
Zach Fowler, and Austin Willard. The dou-
bles team of Willard and Jonathan Huddoff
was also victorious.
Fowler defeated Mateo Abondano 2-6,
6-1, and 6-2. Willard defeated Nick De-
Crescenzo 1-6, 7-6, (7-2 in tie break), and
6-4.
The Brahman doubles team defeated
DJ Osgood and Dominic Charles 8-1.
Boys tennis coach Bryan Van Camp
said it looked pretty bad for his team at the


beginning, but he was pleased the team
kept working hard, "We just kept hanging
around. Austin and Zach did a good job ral-
lying to win the second and third sets of
their matches."
In other singles matches Hudoff lost to
Osgood 1-6, 4-6. Max Norman extended
his opponent Dominic Charles to a third
set before he fell, 6-0, 1-6, 4-6. Chris Weg-
man lost to Santiago Abondano 2-6, 2-6 in
the fifth seed match.
Van Camp said Norman had the best
chance to win as he lost a tough three-set
match. "John Carroll is tough. They re-
turned everyone from last year and they
gave us a tough match last year. I think we
did the best we could."
The boys team hosted Fort Pierce on
Thursday. They travel to Sebring next Tues-
day, March 2.


Tennis coach Amanda Van Camp said she
was very pleased with the play of her girls.
"The girls played consistent, fundamental
tennis and that's what they needed to do to
win this match."
Van Camp especially praised Ragamat for
showing some fight in a very long and gruel-
ing match, "She played a tough opponent in
the number three match and showed poise,
determination and tenacity in her victory."
The girls travel to Sebring on Tuesday and
return home to host Lincoln Park Academy
on Thursday, March 4.

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Boys tennis rips Fort Pierce Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School boys tennis
won their first match of the year in style
Thursday, 7-0, over Fort Pierce Central.
Okeechobee had few problems as all of
their singles players won in impressive fash-
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but still won the game which bode well for
the rest of the match. Glenton didn't have a
strong serve and while he hit a number of
long volleys, was unable to put points away.
Fowler won a number of points by hit-
ting volleys and overheads at the net. Those
points made Fowler feel good about the
improvement he's made in his game, "I'm
learning a new serve and it has worked
pretty well. I'm hitting the ball harder. I'll just


Wrestling club

ready for action

The Okeechobee Wrestling Club will
hold sign ups and registration for the
upcoming spring season starting in early
March.
Sign ups are scheduled for Tuesday
March 2, Wednesday March 3, Thursday
March 4, and Tuesday March 9, at the
Okeechobee High School gymnasium.
The cost is $40 per wrestler. The club
coaches will train students between the
ages of 5-18.
Practice begins on March 9. Elemen-
tary school students will practice from 6
until 7 p.m. and middle and high school
students from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. If you have any questions
please contact Bruce Jahner at 863-634-
9411.

Club Soccer Indoor

League forming

Registration for the Youth Indoor Soc-
cer League will be held Thursday & Fri-
day, March 4-5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at
the Yearling Middle School Gym. Boys
and girls in grades 6th-12th will practice
and compete in a 5-on-5 small arena set-
ting. The fee is $30 per person and will
include uniform shirts. The season will
run March 8 through May 27. Games will
be played at the Yearling Middle School
Gym some weeknights between 4-8 p.m.
For more information, call Brian King at
863-610-0084.


keep working on it."
As impressive as Fowler was Jonathan
Hudoff was even more impressive in the
number two seed match. He won the first
set in 14 minutes against Dominic Smith,
who appeared content to just get the ball
over the net.
"We both worked hard," Hudoff said, "I
just had a better day than he did."
Hudoff, a doubles specialist, said he en-
joys playing singles matches this year be-
cause he gets all of the glory. He said he
did a good job dealing with the wind during
Thursday's match.
Hudoff teams up with Austin Willard in
doubles and they had an easy 8-1 win on
Thursday.
"We play a lot together and have known
each other for a long time. We lift each other
up when we're down," he added.
Hudoff lost the first game of the second
set and had few problems after that in his
straight set 6-0, 6-1 victory in singles.
"I could have played better but I had fun
out there and that's all that matters," he
said.
In other matches Willard defeated Youri
Daniel 6-0, and 6-1. Chris Wegman defeated
Brian Altman 6-1, 6-0. Max Norman won by
forfeit.
The team of Fowler and Norman also
won in doubles.
Okeechobee travels to Sebring on Tues-
day and hosts Lincoln Park Academy next
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Girls battle cold, Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Samantha Harrell tossed a one-hit shut-
out and Okeechobee High School's softball
team scratched across two runs with aggres-
sive base running in the bottom of the sixth
inning to defeat Jensen Beach 2-0 Thursday
night despite frigid temperatures.
Harrell allowed just three runs to reach
scoring position as she struck out seven. She
also had excellent control as she walked just
one batter.
She explained she seemed to gain
strength as the game went on because she
had trouble warming up in the cold. She
wasn't the only one as the large crowd hud-
dled together amid winter jackets, portable
heaters, and blankets to stay warm.
"I got with it and told myself this is just
another team and I did my job," Harrell
added.
Okeechobee and Jensen have been bat-
tling each other for years so it was no sur-
prise that this game would be another tight
battle. Coach Kim Hargraves said she knew
the team that made fewer mistakes would
have the advantage.
"Jensen put themselves in position to
score several times but we played good
enough defense to keep them out of it," she
said.
Okeechobee didn't have a great night at
the plate against Jensen Beach starter Bri-
anna Parker. A double play took them out of
a rally in the first inning, and a dispute over
a base runner and an error by the shortstop
failed to produce a run in the second for
Okeechobee, (2-0).
Okeechobee in fact had base runners on
base in every inning but the fifth.
"I told the girls I'm tired of seeing blanks
on the scoreboard," Hargraves said, "We
had multiple opportunities to score but we
couldn't come through."
On defense Harrell retired the first six bat-
ters, and didn't walk a batter until the fourth
inning. She was helped out in the second
when Victoria Blevins made an excellent
diving catch in the second inning.
"That was a big league diving catch," Har-
graves said, "I think that was a momentum
changer for our entire team. The girls stuck
together, played great defense, and made it
happen when we needed it."


Samantha Harrell was dominant on the
mound in Okeechobee's win Thursday.
Okeechobee's winning rally was based
on aggressive base running, which has been
the plan this year. Ashtyn Brown reached on
an error to start the rally and Blevins followed
with a solid single up the middle. A double
steal put runners on second and third. After
Courtney Wilson popped up, Megan Cle-
ments hit a ground ball to first but Brown
took off immediately and was able to slide
around the tag of catcher Erin Brickson. Ka-
tarina Suarez followed with an RBI ground
out as Blevins waited for the third basemen
to throw to first, broke for the plate, and
scored easily.
Harrell did the rest as she retired the last
six batters and 10 of the final 11 she faced.
"We have three good pitchers this year
but if one girl is doing well enough, we
won't take it off her shoulders," Hargraves
said, "If a horse is running well were going
to keep riding it."
"We got our heads together and got some
runs scored. We just looked better. I'm so
glad we beat Jensen," Harrell said.
The Brahman JV lost a very competitive
game, 5-4. Before the JV game the annual
ball drop fund raiser was held. Dana Os-
ceola won the closest to the base and won
$1,500. Amanda Smith was second closest
and earned $600. Shannon Gagliardi was
third and won $400. A season pass was also
given out to the ball that landed furthest
from the base.
Fire Chief Herb Smith and the Okeecho-
bee City Fire Department donated the use of
their ladder truck for the annual ball drop.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Coaches Heather Gillis and Kim Hargraves are assisted by Fire Chief Herb
Smith at the ball drop Thursday. (inset right) Volunteers measured how close
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 796
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: DANIELLE BERNARD
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The El/2 of the El/2 of the S1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Section 25
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Records.
Strap Number(s):
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00021-P000
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plainbtiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, PRA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
347425 ON 2/28;3/7/10


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COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010 AT 9:00 A.M.
AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EX-
TENSION OFFICE, SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N.,
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WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
347142 ON 2/28/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday March 9, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeecho-
bee Ublity Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he
or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F. Hayford, P.E.
Executive Director.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 796
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants

CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the S1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Secbon 25
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Records.
Strap Number(s)
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00021-P000
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, P.A.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants

CONO T VA ROVNCF
TO: DANIELLE BERNARD
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County Florida and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N 1/2 of
the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Records.
Strap Number(s):
1-26 -34-33-OAOO-0032-AOOO
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plainbff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal ofthis
Court on 2/23/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, PRA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation Florida 33324
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2009CP235
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CLINTON G. MAY, JR.
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
CLINTON G. MAY, JR., deceased,
whose date of death was June 19,
2009, is pending in the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which is
312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representa-
bve'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 DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is February 21, 2010.
Personal Representative:
Shirley D. May
6430 SE 52nd Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Thomas H. Thurlow III
Florida Bar No. 0127043
Thurlow, Thurlow & Giachino, P.A.
17 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
RP.O. Box 106
Stuart, Florida 34995-0106
Telephone: (772) 287-0980
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 795
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: DANIELLE BERNARD
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The Wl/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Section 25
subject to an easement of the
North 30 feet thereof for road and
drainage purposes all in Township
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, according
to the Plat thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive
of the Okeechobee County Public
Records.
Strap Number(s):
1-25-34-33-OAOO-0007-J000
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PRA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publicabon, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, PA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University y Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33124
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 795
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The Wl/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Section 25
subject to an easement of the
North 30 feet thereof for road and
drainage purposes all in Township
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, according
to the Plat thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive
of the Okeechobee County Public
Records.
Strap Number(s):
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00007-J000
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your




written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantabon, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the



original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter;





otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this






Courton Feb. 23, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, PRA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
347359 ON 2/28;3/7/10


IN THE FAMILY COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
2010-DR-01
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF ABBEVILLE
SUMMONS
South Carolina Department of
Social Services,
Plaintiff,
vs.
Tusha Jacobs
Alan C. Foley
Defendants
In the interests of:
Love Jacobs DOB: 11/21/96
Elaine Jacobs DOB: 01/07/98
Minors under the age of 18.
TO: ALAN C. FOLEY, DEFENDANT
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and
required to answer the complaint for
termination of your parental rights in
and to the minor children) in this
action, the original of which has been
filed in th e of the Clerk of
Court for Abbeville County, a copy of
which will be delivered to you upon
request; and to serve a copy of your
answer to the complaint upon the
undersigned attorney for the plaintiff
at 105 W. Pinckney St. Abbeville, SC
29620 within thirty (30) days follow-
ing the date of service upon you, ex-
I elusive of the day of such service;
and if you fail to answer the com-
plaint within the time stated, the
plaintiff will proceed to seek to termi-
nate your parental rights to the
above-captioned child
PLEASE TAKE TAKE NOTICE that you
have the right to request the ap-
pointment of an attorney to repre-
sent you, should you be unable to
afford an attorney. If you are finan-
cially unable to afford legal counsel,
then you should apply to the Clerk of
Court for the appointment of counsel
to represent you, upon proper show-
ing of indigency. YOU MUST APPLY
FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF AN AT-
TORNEY NO LATER THAN THIRTY
DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE THESE
PLEADINGS. IF YOU DO NOT AP-
PLY FOR AN ATTORNEY WITHIN
THIS THIRTY DAY PERIOD, AN AT-
TORNEY WILL NOT BE APPOINTED
FOR YOU.
Name: R. Eugene Pruitt, Jr.
Attorney for Plaintiff
105 W. Pinckney St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
864-366-8900
Fax: 864-366-8902
S.C. Bar No. 4590
Abbeville, South Carolina
February 23, 2010
347399 ON 2/28;3/7,14/10


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
4 PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
3oard on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
3s possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
:hobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo-
(eechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
)burnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Jnder consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use
lap Amendment Application No. 10-002-SSA, submitted by the property
owner D & A Properties, Inc., Anita Nunez, President. For the purpose of
:hanging the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Com-
nercial (C) for property located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5
f Block 147, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
411 members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business
lours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval or
Jenial, to the City Council, final adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tues-
Jay, April 6, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
:onsidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
sf the proceedings is made, which record includes the tesbmony and evi-
Jence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
jsed for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
Nith the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe-
:ial accommodabon to participate in this proceeding should contact the
general Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
3Y: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
application No. 10-002-SSA
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED
ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 10-001-R, submitted by the
property owners, D & A Properties, Inc., Anita Nunez, President. For the
purpose of changing the Zoning District, on approximately 0.84 acres, from
Residential Single Family-One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for prop-
erty located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5of Block 147, City of
Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okee-
chobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval or
denial, to the City Council, final adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tues-
day, April 20, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the
General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-001-R
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IN THE CIRCUIT COUR
OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2009-CP-126
IN RE: ESTATE OF:
KENNETH W. SCHWERTEGER
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of KENNETH W. SCHWERTFEGER,
deceased, whose date of death was
October 9, 2008, and whose Social
security number is 561-84-0561, is
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee,
Florida, Probate Division, File No.:
S 2009-CP-126; the address of is Pro-
bate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, on whom a copy
of this nobce is 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 AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against the decedent's
estate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with this Court WITHIN
THREE (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. NOTWITH-
STANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
S IS BARRED.
S The date of first publication of this
Notice is 2/21/2010.
Kate Ellen Anthony
Personal Representative
8622 150th Court North
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
WILLIAM J. WALLACE, P.A.
Attorney for Personal Representative
115 NW 11th Avenue
Okbechobee, Florida 34972
Telephone: 863-467-4671
SFlorida Bar No.: 778125
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
DANIELLE BERNARD
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA
1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2 of
the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26 all
in Township 34 South, Range 33
East, Okeechobee County, Forida,
according to the Plat thereof, re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-
D, inclusive of the Okeechobee
County Public Records.
Strap Number(s):
1-26-34-33-OAOO-0032-AOOO
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
MOODY, JONES, INGINO
& MOREHEAD, PRA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Counci Cham-
bers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City
website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services De-
partment, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 10-002-SE, submitted
by property owner, Triple E. Management Inc., Emilio Perez, President, to
allow mechanical and repair services and an outdoor vehicle sales lot within
a CHV Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-283(7)(18). Property is lo-
cated at 601 S. Parrott Ave. Legal: Lots 4 to 6 of Block 229, First Addition
to City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire pebtion may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
(quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
tions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en-
sure a verbabtim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-002-SE
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board oi
Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Counci Cham-
bers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the Ci04
website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services De
apartment, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Under consideration is Special Excepton Petition No. 10-002-SE, submitted
by property owner, Triple E. Management Inc., Emilio Perez, President, tc
allow mechanical and repair services and an outdoor vehicle sales lot within
a CHV Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Secbtion 90-283(7)(18). Property is lo
cated at 601 S. Parrott Ave. Legal: Lots 4 to 6 of Block 229, First Additbon
to City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Record!
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in saic
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making bod)
(quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep
bons.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires tc
appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re
aspect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en-
sure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record include!
the tesbtimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Genera
Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 199C
persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-002-SE
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Okeechobee News February 28, 2010


Training exercise stresses safety


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After the smoke had cleared and the yelling
had ceased the female hostage was found to be
in good condition, the bad guy was taken into
custody and then everyone went to lunch.
That was the scene Friday morning, Feb. 26,
as different units from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD) took part in a
training exercise.
The scenario of the exercise was that an
OCPD officer had gone to the house at 2103
S.W Second Ave. to do a welfare check. As the
officer went to the house he was shot by an
unknown assailant in the home. The officer
escaped and notified his department of what
had just transpired. It was learned later that the
man inside the home was named John Smith.
Shortly thereafter the OCSO Special Response
Team (SRT) rolled onto the scene. They were
joined by OCSO snipers and hostage negotia-
tors. As the snipers donned their Ghillie suits,
they and the SRT unit gathered around OCSO
Lieutenant Gary Bell. "We have to get ready
as soon as we get here before something bad
happens," he said. "The object is to get ready
as fast as we can."
Once the snipers had taken up their posi-
tions around the home, SRT members then
threw a telephone through a side window so
OCSO negotiators could talk with the armed
suspect inside the home. OCSO Detective Rick
Durfee was handling the talks with Smith.
During the negotiations Smith made various
demands, including his desire to speak with
Governor Charlie Crist. Detective Durfee told
Smith that, unfortunately, he could not meet


that demand. After several minutes Smith said
he was done talking and that he was going to
"take out" his hostage. Once negotiations had
broken down, it was time for the SRT to take
over. As they neared the house SRT members
threw canisters at the home that exploded and
then emitted a dense green smoke that gave
the deputies cover.
Those deputies then broke down the front
door, stormed inside the home, took down
Smith and rescued the female hostage-OCSO
Detective Susan Morrison. Everyone then gath-
ered inside the home to talk about the exercise
and things that could be improved upon to en-
sure that the hostage was safely rescued and
the deputies could go home to their families.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Lieutenant Gary Bell (facing), of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), spoke with members of his
Special Response Team and OCSO
snipers prior to their taking part in a
training exercise Friday, Feb. 26.


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