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Vol. 101 No. 30 Wednesday, March 10, 2010


500 Plus tax


Fair opens

on Friday
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Fair
opens Friday at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter. Entrance to the fairgrounds is
off State Road 710.
Throughout the fair, enter-
tainment will include the Kandu
Magic Show, Pig Races and the
Motor World Display. Local arts
and crafts will also be on display
and local businesses and organi-
See FAIR Page 10


Controlled burn: House demolished in tra


Okee
A old house off South Parrott Avenue was burned on Saturday during
firefighters, attracting a crowd of spectators in the process ...


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Irish dance
Angela Schwerer, Sherrie
Short and Allison Corey,
of the Rondeau School of
Dance performed Saturday at
the celebration at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church ...
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Okeechobee News
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meeting on Tuesday, March 9,
took action to change the format
chobee News/Katrina Elsken of the monthly bill
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OUA
Continued From Page 1
"Total Past Due" are eliminated. The board
felt the most important items are how much
is the bill and when is it due. The itemized
description of current charges in the center
of the bill has also been revised to be easier
to understand. Board members hope the
new format will remove any confusion on
the bill, improve the on-time payment rate
and thereby reduce the number of custom-
ers who are subject to late fees. The new for-
mat will be instituted as soon as practical.
Other items on the agenda did not fare so
well for their advocates.
The utility board discussed but did not
reach an agreement with the county on
the exact site for a tower for the Statewide
Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).
The county wants a 130 foot by 130 foot site
on OUA's 66 acres located on S.W 16th Av-
enue. The entire parcel is currently leased
for cattle grazing. The utility had delayed
deeding the property to the county until the
exact location was identified. Deputy county
administrator Jim Threewitts came to the
meeting with a map of the desired location
and a deed containing the legal description
of the property. However, an access road on
the property, which the tenant uses, crosses
the parcel of land the county wants for the
antenna site. There was considerable dis-
cussion about whether to move the site fur-
ther north, change the route of the access
road or have the county grant an easement
through the property to OUA. Mr. Threewitts
feared the ground to the north would be too
marshy for a tower site. County and OUA
staff will consider the matter and present
options at the next meeting.
While board members would like to
settle this issue which has been ongoing for
several months, they did not want to agree
to any land transfer until all the details are
settled.
David and Anita Nunez, operators of the
newly opened Shoppes on the Boardwalk
on Taylor Creek north of S.R. 70 appeared to
protest the water and wastewater fees OUA
charged for utility connections to their busi-
ness.
"Had I known this at the beginning, I
would have reconsidered." Mrs. Nunez said
of the charges.
"We were blindsided by this," said Mr.
Nunez." "Something is not right here."


Using current OUA rates and based on
owner supplied information, the users of the
182 seats, 41 bar stools and 12 pool tables
in the business would generate an average
flow of 8,280 gallons a day. Total fees would
be $102,171. Upon the request of the Nunez'
OUA staff looked at 12 month's data from
Los Cocos, Cowboy's and Lunkers. Calculat-
ing the gallons per day per dining seat and
bar stool for those restaurants and applying
these values to Shoppes on the Boardwalk
brought the fees down to $83,692.90, a fig-
ures still unacceptable to the Nunezes.
John Hayford, OUA's executive director,
stated that the utility had pledged future
revenues from capital connection charges
against the utility's bonds and loans. He said
the fees were necessary to pay off the waste-
water treatment plant expansion.
Board member Tommy Hoover suggest-
ed the Nunezes reduce the number of seats
in their restaurant. That would automatically
lower the fees which are based on the num-
ber of seats.
In other action, the board:
received the finance report for the pe-
riod ending Feb. 28;
approved a pay request in the amount
of $13,014.83 to Metzger & Willard, Inc. for
engineering, design and permitting work
done on the Treasure Island Sewer System
- South;
approved a pay request in the amount
of $7,324.86 to Metzger & Willard, Inc., for
engineering, design and permitting work
done on the Treasure Island Sewer System
- North
purchased a dump body from Warren
Equipment of Plant City for $16,045;
received the final audit report from
Nowlen, Holt & Minor, PA for fiscal year
2009 with the desired "clear opinion;"
approved an agreement with federal
lobbyist Alcalde & Fay LTD;
purchased 0.014 acres of property on
N.E. 13th street at Taylor Creek from William
Mason for $8,000 because it contains OUA
water and sewer piping and the owner does
not wish to grant an easement;
approved payment of $35,300 to
AECOM to prepare OUA's consumptive use
permit renewal; and
authorized expenditure of $16,830 for
technical inspections.
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Real Life Children's Ranch will hold
their annual fund raising golf tournament
on April 17, at the Okeechobee County
Golf and Country Club. The entry fee is
$50 per person or $200 per team and
includes coffee, donuts, 18 holes of golf
with cart, lunch and door prizes. There
will also be an opportunity to win a new
car in the Hole-In-One contest. For more
information, contact Darlene Mayers at
863-634-4200 (darlene.mayers@rlcr.org)
or Bill Casian at 863-697-0211 (pepper@
strato.net).

Softball tourney to benefit
memorial scholarship
A co-ed softball tournament fund-
raiser will be held in memory of Devon
Venables on March 13, at the Adult Soft-
ball Fields and will begin at 8 a.m. Early
registration is $200 if paid before March
5, $250 registration at the field. Bring your
own baseballs, 44 Core-ISA Rules. All
proceeds will go towards the Devon Ve-
nables Memorial Scholarship. Donations
can be made directly to the Okeechobee
Education Foundation with a notation in
the memo of your check -- "Devon Ven-
ables Memorial Scholarship." For more
information, contact Dainae Venables
863-634-8035 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870.


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Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near
80. Calm wind becoming southeast be-
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high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers, mainly after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 64. East southeast wind be-
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Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 81. South southeast wind
between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high
as 25 mph.
Thursday night: Showers likely and
possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 68. South southeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipita-
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of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.
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Okeechobee News


March 10' 2010







County commission to discuss reserve fund minimums for budget


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems like in the last few years the bud-
get preparation process has gotten more
complicated and keeps starting earlier.
At Thursday's meeting, Okeechobee
County Commissioners will be looking at
fund balance and reserve policies. The Gov-
ernment Financial Officers Association rec-
ommends maintaining an undesignated/
unrestricted general fund balance of two
months expenses, which would equal for
$1,801,090 for Okeechobee County. The
county currently has a budgeted $123,502
undesignated/unrestricted fund balance. A
similar two-month safety net in the Public
Safety Fund would equal $2,864,134 while
the county currently has $1,302,311 bud-
geted. Last year commissioners established


If you go ...

What: Meeting of the Okeechobee County
Commission
When: 9 a.m., Thursday, March 11
Where: Okeechobee County Health De
apartment Auditorium, 1728 N.W 9th Ave.

a $8,000,000 minimum fund balance for the
Landfill Trust Fund.
Designated reserves are those funds
which can only be used for a specific pur-
pose. Undesignated reserves are those
funds which may by spent for any public
purpose.
Commissioners will discuss a proposed
policy which would set the undesignated
fund balance minimum at two months of
general operating revenues, the Landfill


Trust Fund Reserve minimum at $8,000,000
and the Solid Waste Management Fund at a
minimum of $2,000,000. It would require a
four-fifths vote to allow funds to fall below
these minimums. The proposed policy also
calls for the county to replenish that short-
fall over a three year period. It also calls for
a reserve for contingencies not exceeding
10 percent of the total fund budget to be
budgeted into each operating fund for un-
foreseen circumstances.
Turning to other business, Florida's
Heartland Rural Economic Development
Initiative (FHREDI) is working with Florida
Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC to apply for a
grant under the American Recovery and Re-
investment Act of 2009 for improved wire-
less broadband internet service to the rural
central Florida counties served by FHREDI.
Lyn Topal of FHREDI is scheduled to appear


before the board to request a letter of sup-
port from the county for round two of the
grant application process. FHREDI is also
asking the county to identify suitable facili-
ties for mounting transmission equipment
and note any zoning or permitted restric-
tions regarding wireless towers.
In other action, the board is expected
to:
proclaim April 4 to be Parents and
Children's Day in the county;
proclaim March 23 to be Guardian ad
Litem Day in the county;
proclaim the month of April to be Wa-
ter Conservation Month in the county;
consider reducing a code violation
fine;
award a contract for the foundation
and assembly of a bandstand at Okee Tan-
tie Campground & Marina.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested on felo-
ny or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police Department (OPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Maxie Lee Tommie, 37, of Glades Coun-
ty, was arrested March 4 by OCSO Deputy
Jason Hickman, and charged with battery
on a person over the age of 65.
Hector Velasquez, 35, of Northwest
Seventh Avenue, was arrested March 4 in
Madison County on an Okeechobee County
warrant and charged with violation of pro-
bation (possession of cocaine.) No bond
was set.
James David Gruber, 20, of Northwest
36th Street, was arrested March 4 by OCSO
Detective William Suggs, and charged with
grand theft. Bond was set at $10,000.
Diane Maria Pino, 41, of Northwest
Second Street, was arrested March 8 by
OCSO Deputy Shirley Johnson and charged
with possession of a controlled substance.
She was also charged with a misdemeanor
count of driving with a suspended license.
Bond was set at $500.
Mary Williamson, 64, of Underhill
Road, was arrested March 8, by OCP Officer
S. Morgan. Williamson was charged with
grand theft. She was released on her own
recognizance.


Lionel Domingo, 23, of Southeast 74th
Way, was arrested March 8 by OCSO Deputy
G. Popovich and charged with giving a false
name or ID when arrested. Bond was set at
$750.
Sharlene Rose McGee, 32, of Underhill
Road, was arrested March 8, by OCP Cpl. M.
Garland. She was charged with possession
of a controlled substance without a pre-
scription and grand theft. Bond was set at
$3,000.
Lucy Locklear, 41, of North Parrott Av-
enue, was arrested March 5 by OCSO Cpl.
Aric Majera and charged with Driving With
a License Suspended habitual. Bond was
set at $5,000.
Dana Powers, 17, of Okeechobee, was
arrested March 4, by OCSO Detective Susan
Morrison, and charged with grand theft.
Hector Velasquez, 35, of Northwest
47th Avenue, was arrested March 4, on an
Okeechobee County warrant and charged
with violation of probation (possession of
cocaine.) No bond was set.
Charles Wayne Suarez, 42, of North-
west Sixth Avenue, was arrested March 2,
by OCP Officer S. Morgan, and charged with
DUI second offense.
David Matthew Seppi, 25, of High-
way 441 Southeast, was arrested March 5,
by OCSO Detective Susan Morrison, and
charged with grand theft. Bond was set at


$2,500.
Bartley Oaks, 48, of Peru, Ind., was ar-
rested March 5, by OCSO Detective WH. Hill,
and charged with failure to secure workers
compensation coverage. Bond was set at
$7,500. Charges allege that Oaks' business,
Oaks Paving and Seal Coating, was operat-
ing in Okeechobee County without obtain-
ing the required workman's compensation
coverage required by the State of Florida.
David Eugene Sherrod, 26, of Northeast
Seventh Street, was arrested March 6, on an
Okeechobee County warrant and charged
with possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon. Bond was set at $50,000.
Marco Antonio Campos, 20, of South-
west 85th, was arrested March 7, by OCSO
Deputy Matthew Crawford, and charged
with possession of marijuana over 20 grams.
He was also charged with a misdemeanor
count of Driving with License Suspended.
Bond was set at $5,250.
Aaron Joe Gaucin, 21, of Southeast 14th
Court, was arrested March 6, and charged
with possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription and possession of a
Schedule 2 controlled substance. He was
also charged with misdemeanor counts of
possession of marijuana under 20 grams
and driving with a license suspended. OCP
Officer S. Morgan was the arresting officer.
Claude Eric Bailey, 30, of Northeast 31st


Terrace, was arrested March 7, and charged
with battery on a detention deputy. He was
also charged with misdemeanor counts of
no valid driver's license and possession of
a concealed handcuff key. Bond was set at
$5,500.
Efrain Cosine, 49, of State Road 70
East, was arrested March 5, by OCP Officer
R. Holroyd, and charged with DUI second
offense. Bond was set at $500.
John Fox, 28, of Titusville, was arrested
March 5, on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with violation of probation
(dealing in stolen property). He was also
charged with violation of probation (driv-
ing while license revoked.) Bond was set at
$1,084.
John Patrick Parrella, 53, of Southeast
34th Avenue, was arrested March 6, and
charged with driving under the influence.
OCSO Deputy John Ashby was the arresting
officer.
Kerri Michelle Howard, 34, of South-
west 12th Avenue, was arrested March 7,
and charged with DUI. OCSO Deputy Max
Waldron was the arresting officer.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to inform this
newspaper. The information will be confirmed
and printed.









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OPINION


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Global warming?
Does anyone know how to get in con-
tact with Al Gore? I want to ask him where
the global warming is because I am getting
pretty tired of this cold weather when we
live in South Florida where it is supposed to
be warm by March.

No homeless shelter
Is there a homeless shelter in Okeecho-
bee? Where do all of the homeless go on
these very cold nights? Just wondering.
It's very sad when a county does not
care enough about ALL their residents.
Homeless or not, they're still people.

Rodeo queen
I would like to say that this was a very
well run pageant. It went very well, the
girls all did a great job. Kudos to the Cattle-
women who put this on. It was a great job.
It ran very smooth. Thank you, and we look
forward to many more to come.

Working on Sunday
I was told that people should not work
on Sunday, as that is GOD's day and it
would be a sin. I do not see the churches
turning off the A/C or the lights. I do not
see people not going the ER for medical, or
people not calling 911 for help. I see people
going out to eat after church. Buying gas for
your car to get to church. Unless the whole
state stops, then people will not be required
to work, and you know that will not hap-
pen.
Is Sunday really "GOD's day" or is it
just another of man's days? Jesus was a
Jew and the Jewish Sabbath begins at sun-
down on Friday night. Other religions be-
lieve Saturday is the 7th day and the day of
rest. Who knows what the real God's day
is? Would you rather be in church thinking
of doing something you enjoy or be doing
something you enjoy and thinking of God?


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When I was a youngster, the stores
and restaurants were not open on Sundays
and we all survived just fine. I think people
were happier in those days. The churches
had a lot of activities, even potluck dinners.
People who did not go to church spent
Sunday at home with their family, or took a
drive, or went to the lake. The only people
who worked on Sunday had jobs that sim-
ply had to be done, such as police, firemen
and those who worked at a hospital. And
of course farmers and ranchers still had to
take care of their animals, things like that.
And the electric company had to have a
minimum workforce to keep things going.
Then stores started opening on Sunday to
see if people would shop, and they did, so
then other store owners felt they had to
open their businesses too in order to com-
pete and soon everything was open.
So, who or what created God? And,
who or what created the creator of God?
And, who or what created the creator of the
creator of God? Where do you want to stop?
At what point do you have to accept that
there is no creator? As for evolution, if you
believe God created everything, why can't
you believe that God created evolution?
I guess we will just have to pose that
question to God when that day comes
around.

Health care bill
The president and his spokespeople
are now saying that the American public
is just too stupid to understand the health
care legislation and they are going to pass it
anyway, and when we get it and see how it
works, then we will find out we like it. They
think we are just too stupid to understand
these complicated matters. That's Democ-
racy in action?

OCRA and FCAT
As a parent of several children in the
public school system, I would like to know
why OCRA has scheduled games and prac-
tice during the week of FCAT. They sched-
uled the games around the fair and around
spring break but not around FCAT. In sev-
eral grades children are required to pass the
FCAT in order to move on to the next grade.
I love that my children love to play ball I just
wish OCRA would consider changing the
schedule for next year, last year it was the
same deal. Are there any other parents con-
cerned with the scheduling?


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O.C.R.A. President responds: I did
schedule games during next week not
knowing until after everything was set up to
start the season next week that FCAT testing
was to begin. I tried to obtain all informa-
tion possible as to what was going on with
these children before making schedules
and wasn't told of testing until one week af-
ter schedules were passed out. I have made
it clear if I had known as I have told all three
people who have called me with this. I
would have certainly put this before the AG-
show which being in Okeechobee some
would also disagree with. I am encouraging
all coaches if you are practicing next week
please cut them short and all games will be
expedited with no tiebreakers or over time
being played. If I am in this position next
year, I promise everyone FCAT testing will
be first pri-
ority when
schedules
are made.
But for
this year
I have no
place to
put these
g a m e s
now unless the majority of parents would
just like us to cancel them all together. We
will have to do the best we can to get them
home as early as possible.
I know that kids need rest during FCAT,
but let's face it, the kids are pressured way
too much. Baseball will help them relax, get
some energy out and take their minds off
of the test. My son, who must pass FCAT,
will be on the baseball field, because I want
him to have time to recharge and relax be-
fore going to school the next day. We, the
parents, are the ones who get stressed out.
Let's face it, if our children don't know the
information that is on the test by now, they
are not going to know it that week! Let's all
be reasonable and get them home at a de-
cent hour and they will be fine.
FCAT is just ridiculous and ridiculously
easy. It'll do the kids some good to go out
and have fun.
The FCAT is a high stakes test, and it
is correct that if they don't pass at a certain
grade level, they could be retained. I say
cancel the games so the students can go
home, relax, take it easy, and get at least 8
hours of sleep. If cancelling the games isn't
an option, then allow them to miss without
it being held against them.


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The elementary school buses come by
around 7 a.m. so kids have to get up by 6 to
have breakfast and get ready for school. To
get enough sleep, most elementary school
youngsters ought to be in bed by 9. They
can't really study for FCAT tests, but they do
need to get enough sleep and eat a good
breakfast in the morning.
The kids study all year to pass the
FCAT. That's why they don't learn anything
else in school.
The material on the FCAT is the "stuff"
the kids need to be learning in school. What
do you think is on this test if it isn't the skills
they need to be successful in school and
after school? The teachers better be teach-
ing to the test because if they're not, then
they're teaching the wrong stuff because
what's on the test are the skills they need to
be successful after high school.
FCAT is pointless. I spent my high
school career studying for a test instead of
learning.
As a parent of one who was retained in
grade 3 because he didn't pass the FCAT, I
would vote to do away with the FCAT. Scho-
lastic testing should still be done annually
as it has always been done dating further
that most of us can remember. The testing
was done to see where the kids scored but
it graded the teachers and schools. In many
states these scores STILL determine the
amount of money that is given to the coun-
ties for education. Which is a MUCH better
solution to see where the education levels
are. Takes the pressure off the kids and lets
them learn.
The normal practice right now with the
"daylight factor" lasts about one Hour. The
games last One hour and 45 minutes. Kids
will waste that much time this week every-
day at home if they are not at practice or at a
game. Take them to practice and take them
to the games. Let them play and blow off
some steam. If they are having that much
trouble in school then they shouldn't be
playing anyway.
Personally I think that allowing the kids
to play ball, dance classes whatever they do
is the best thing for them. They are put un-
der so much pressure over this stupid test.
Let them breathe a little bit. I don't think
they need to be out until midnight.
I think it is actually easier for them
to play ball the testing week because they
don't have homework that week. Physical
exercise helps them sleep better and think
more clearly.


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CkEECHOBEE NEWS






Letter to the editor


Care Camps benefit from
local businesses
Okeechobee KOA would like to thank the
following Okeechobee businesses for donat-
ing, door prizes to raise funds for the KOA
Care Camps. All proceeds from these popu-
lar events are donated to KOA care camps
which are designed especially for children
with cancer. All of the events were held Jan-
uary through March 2010. Mid Florida Hard-
ware, Marsh Beast Airboat Tours, Gilbert
Snapper and Golf Carts, Lucky Lanes, Semi-
nole Casino Brighton, Stephanie's Arcade,
Flamingo 11 Arcade, 777 Arcade, Beall's
Outlet, CVS Pharmacy, Beef O'Brady's, Apple
Crate, Winn Dixie, Five Guys, Radio Shack,
Clock Family Restaurant, Tropics Tanning
Salon, Mom's Kitchen, Skipjack's, Dominos
Pizza, The Outpost, Lunkers Sports Bar and
Grill, Flamingo Motel, Holiday Inn Express,
Best Western, One-Stop Party Shop, Brahma
Bull Restaurant, Cato's, Countryside Florist,
Flower Petals, H&R Block, Walgreen's, Su-
zie's Hallmark, BTC Builders, Inc., Hoss Dis-
count Aluminum, Sears Roebuck and Co.,
Cowboys, Trading Post Flea Market, Keven
Barry booth 210 and Merry Herie, Treasure
Island Discount Liquor, Gloria's Sweets and
Blooms, Okeechobee Office Supply and Fur-
niture, Inc., Rita's Furniture, Badcock Home
Furniture, Tire Zone, Todd Everett Flooring,
Inc., Lightsey's Seafood Restaurant, Glades
Gas, The Oil Can, Ledford's, Magiclean.
Okeechobee is a unique community that
has treated us well and you have proven to
us what a wonderful community that we live


in as you have touched the hearts of many
children with cancer who are now able to
go to camp. We wish you well in your future
business endeavors and thank you from our
heart for your generosity.
Wendy Woodman
KOA Okeechobee
General Manager

Conservation banking can
help save panthers
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) are pooling resources
and expertise to protect Florida panthers
and other wildlife. Conservation banking is
among the innovative and promising strate-
gies.
Conservation banks for endangered spe-
cies have been successful in other places
across the country. Banks set up a system
where the private sector provides funds to
preserve and manage important habitat ...
forever. Landowners can sell credits to de-
velopers planning to impact what are usual-
ly marginal habitats elsewhere, ensuring the
most valuable habitats continue to flourish.
This system offers landowners an eco-
nomic incentive to maintain and use the
land in ways compatible with conservation.
Fittingly, ranchers, who have been stewards
of Florida's landscape for generations, can
pass that legacy to their children and grand-
children.
The panther Primary Zone in Southwest
Florida is where most panthers live, but not


all land there is of equal value for panthers.
Through the federal and state development-
review processes and working proactively
with landowners, we identify important
wildlife resources and applicable conserva-
tion strategies to guide land-use decisions.
The Primary Zone includes 2.27 million
acres; about 75 percent is permanently pro-
tected. Conserving the remaining high-value
areas within the Primary Zone is extremely
important, and banks serve a vital role. The
Service finalized a conservation bank in the
Primary Zone, another is nearly complete,
and seven others are under consideration.
The panther Dispersal Zone represents
the only natural passageway from the Pri-
mary Zone to the Caloosahatchee River and
panther habitat farther north. The Dispersal
Zone is 28,000 acres about 1 percent of
the size of the Primary Zone. Most of the
Dispersal Zone is privately owned and not
held for conservation. Recent completion of
a panther bank in the Dispersal Zone is an
important step in preserving a portion of this
valuable area. Three additional banks in the
Dispersal Zone are proposed.
The strategic importance of the Disper-
sal Zone is well known and became even
clearer during the past few years. Male pan-
thers transit this area en route to habitat in
South-Central Florida. Last year the FWC
documented a female panther in the Disper-
sal Zone, just south of the Caloosahatchee
River, within a mile of the recently finalized
conservation bank. This was farther north
than any female panther has been verified
in decades and indicates a growing panther


IRS encourages awareness of valuable tax credit


An expanded Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC) means larger families will qualify for
an increased tax credit, offering even great-
er relief for people who struggled through
difficult financial times last year, the Inter-
nal Revenue Service said.
The IRS and the Treasury Department
mark EITC Awareness Day as tax partners
nationwide worked to highlight the avail-
ability of this important tax credit. EITC,
which is in its 35th year, is one of the fed-
eral government's largest benefit programs
for people who work but who don't earn a
lot of money.
Nationwide, nearly 24 million people
received $50 billion in EITC benefits last
year. The average credit was more than
$2,000. Last year in Florida, nearly 1.7 mil-
lion tax filers received almost $3.6 billion in
benefits and the average credit was $2,118
and in Okeechobee County for the 2008
tax year, the number of returns with EITC
were 3,940. The total of dollars claimed
was $8,830,179 with the average amount
claimed per household being $2,241.
"EITC awareness is especially important
now because people who worked part of
the year but were laid off or who went from
full-time to part-time work could be eligible
for it for the first time," said IRS spokesman
Mike Dobzinski.
Eligibility for EITC depends on earned


income and family size, among other tests.
However, single people and childless work-
ers also are eligible, although for smaller
amounts. For tax years 2009 and 2010, the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
created a new category for families with
three or more children. (See Eligibility and
Credit Amounts for 2009 below.)
Free help is available to EITC-eligible
taxpayers at hundreds of tax help sites in
Florida. Trained volunteers at these sites
will prepare tax returns to claim the EITC
and, at most sites, will e-file the returns at
no cost. Taxpayers can find the closest site
by calling 211 or 311 (not available in all ar-
eas) or by calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-
906-9887.
People who want to prepare their own
tax returns can visit Free File on IRS.gov.
This free tax software and free electronic
filing program will walk taxpayers through
a question and answer format and help
them claim the tax credits and deductions
for which they are eligible.
EITC-eligible taxpayers also can seek
assistance at nine IRS Taxpayer Assistance
Centers in Florida. All offices are open
weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is also an EITC Assistant online
tool available on IRS.gov which can help
taxpayers and tax preparers determine eli-
gibility.


More than 65 percent of EITC returns are
prepared by a tax preparer. The IRS urges
taxpayers to choose a reputable preparer
to avoid problems that come with an inac-
curate tax return. The agency also urges tax
preparers to follow due diligence require-
ments when preparing an EITC tax return.
More information is available at www.irs.
gov/eitc.
EITC Eligibility and Credit Amounts
for 2009
Earned Income and adjusted gross in-
come (AGI) must each be less than:
$43,279 ($48,279, married filing joint-
ly) with three or more qualifying children
(NEW category)
*$40,295 ($45,295, married filing joint-
ly) with two qualifying children
$35,463 ($40,463, married filing joint-
ly) with one qualifying child
$13,440 ($18,440, married filing joint-
ly) with no qualifying children
Tax Year 2009 maximum credit:
$5,657 with three or more qualifying
children (NEW category)
$5,028 with two qualifying children
$3,043 with one qualifying child
$457 with no qualifying children


population about 100 individuals today -
as compared with the 62 panthers tallied
a decade ago and 20-30 estimated two de-
cades ago.
The Florida Panther Recovery Plan, pub-
lished in December 2008, noted that protect-
ing panther habitat in Southwest Florida and
finding ways to expand the population are
important for the long-term recovery of the
species. The proximity of the Dispersal Zone
to the river makes the land desirable and
expensive. A few years ago, property costs
in this location made it appear unlikely that
conservation alternatives such as banking
were possible. For example, according to
the landowners, the recently finalized Dis-
persal Zone conservation bank was nearly
lost to development for that reason.
We will continue to work with counties,
landowners and environmental groups to
avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and
their habitats. Conservation banks are one
more tool along with land acquisition,
habitat restoration, wildlife crossings and
advances in science that will serve a stra-
tegic role in our partnership to conserve and
recover the majestic Florida panther and
many other treasured parts of Florida's rich
wildlife heritage.
Nick Wiley,
Executive Director,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission
and Paul Souza,
Field Supervisor,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service







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Obituaries


Community Events


Lena Arnold, 97
KISSIMMEE Lena Arnold, age 97, of Kissim-
mee and formerly of Okeechobee, passed away
March 5, 2010, in Good Samaritan Nursing
Home.
Born Nov. 27, 1912, in Fort Basinger to John
Marion and Sarah Jane Carter, she was a home-
maker. She was born and raised in Fort Basing-
er and moved to Kissimmee in 1978. She
attended Basinger Christian Brethren.
Mrs. Arnold was preceded in death by her hus-
band, William Thomas Arnold and her daugh-
ter, Evelyn Lamb. She is survived by three
daughters, Jeanette Garrison of Okeechobee,
Juanell Goodman of Kissimmee and Punkin J.
Arnold of Okeechobee; son, Leve Arnold, Sr. of
Okeechobee; numerous grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Car-
rine Gokey of Debary.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until funeral
services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Monroe
Arnold officiating. Interment followed at Basing-
er Cemetery.
Friends may sign the -ii. il .....i. at www.bas-
-, i.. .. !I,,! , III -III
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.

Owen Ellis Cossaboon, 88
OKEECHOBEE Owen Ellis Cossaboon,
passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010, in the
Okeechobee Health Care Facility. He was 88.
Born July 1, 1921 in Hammonton, N.J., he
came to ('i.... I. .I in 1980. Before he retired
he was a garage door installer. Mr. Cossaboon
proudly served our country in the U.S. Army
during World War II in the 12th Corps Artillery.
He loved to read his bible. He was an avid paint-
er, loved to play Bingo, enjoyed gardening,
woodworking and he loved his dog, Goliath. He
was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Mr. Cossaboon was preceded in death by his
wife, Hildagarde.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Mi-
chael) Casteel of ('i. . ii. , and several niec-
es and nephews.
Funeral services and burial will be in Ham-
monton, N.J. A Memorial gathering will be in
Okeechobee at a later date.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (i '.. ,, i,,l FL
34972.
Friends may sign the --ii. il.....i. at www.bas-
- i ... !I,,! , ,, III -


Alfred Lee Middleton, 83
BUCKHEAD RIDGE Alfred Lee Middleton,
83, of Buckhead Ridge, loving husband, dad,
Pop Pop, fisherman and friend, died Saturday,
March 6, 2010, at his home.
He was born in Danville, Ky., on Jan. 21, 1927,
to the late Frank and
Mary Johnson Mid-
dleton. He was the
fifth of six children,
all sisters. "Sonny,"
as he was called
then was preceded
in death by his par- ,
ents and all of his
sisters.
He served in the
U.S. Navy aboard a P
mine sweeper at the
close of
World War II. He supported his family
in Ft. Lauderdale with "Al's Furniture Refinish-
ing," but those in Buckhead Ridge knew him as
"The Snapper Man." He and Margaret moved to
the area in 1970.
He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years,
Margaret Horvath Middleton; two daughters,
Nancy Vaughan, and Peggy Simmons (Ran-
non), both of ( !i.. i is three grandchildren,
Bonny Blackmon (Randy) of Canton, Ga., Sgt.
Justin Bernst (Beverly) of Okeechobee, Dickson
Vaughan (Elizabeth) of Charlotte, N.C.; and five
great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Dalton Black-
mon, Charles, Thomas and Rayna Vaughan.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m., Wednes-
day, March 10, at First United Methodist Church,
Pastors Simpson and Dawson officiating. The
family will receive visitors at the church from I
to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
the (,i., 1...- Police Association in person or
by mail to (,i. .0...- Police Department 50
SE 2 Avenue (iI.... -i- -, FL 34974 or the Big
'O' Teen Anglers co Charlie Hayes 4130 SW 9th
Way ( I., .... Ii FL 34974.
The family gives thanks for the arrangements
that were lovingly handled by Bass Funeral
Home, (,i.,, ....- and the staff and members
of First United Methodist Church of Okeecho-
bee.

David Johnson, 45
OKEECHOBEE David Johnson, age 45, of
(I .i, I passed away March 6, 2010, at his
home.
Born July 23, 1964, in West Palm Beach to the
late Gene and Anna Johnson he came to Okee-
chobee in 1990. He was an avid fisherman and
he enjoyed hunting and gardening.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his
daughter, Caitlyn Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Johnson; chil-
dren, Jonathan Johnson, Cassidy Johnson, and
Aaron Johnson, all of (iI.,, i-,, ,,, and sister,
Sherry Pelchen of Jupiter.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Friends may sign the -ii i..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.,I...II- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (i ...I. i Fl
34972.

Sign guestbooks at

http://www.Iegacy.com


County fair needs volunteers
The Okeechobee County Fair needs
some volunteers who don't mind doing a lit-
tle work and having a great time! The fair is
just around the corner and organizers could
still use some help. The Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fair opens March 12 and runs through
March 21. It will be held at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center (entrance is off SR 710).
If you are interested, please contact Linda
Woloski at 863-357-1866 or you can e-mail
her at lwoloskienp@tds.net.

Chamber meets for lunch
The Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce will meet today (March 10) at the
Golden Corral restaurant at noon. A repre-
sentative from the U.S. Census will be the
guest speaker. All chamber members and
anyone interested in joining the chamber is
welcome.

'A Land Remembered'
discussion at Library Club
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club will meet on Thursday, March 18, at 6
p.m. in the library board room. The book
for discussion is "A Land Remembered" by
Patrick Smith. This event is free and open to
the public. For more information please call
Jan Fehrman at 863-357-9980.

Community Collaborative
Council meets March 23
The next meeting of the Community
Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the School Board Office. We will
hold an Expo debriefing meeting prior to
the CCC at 9 a.m.
FFA Chapter announces
'Kiss the Pig' competition
The Okeechobee Brahman FFA Chapter
is holding their annual, "Kiss the Pig" com-
petition. The participants will be Mr. Mac,
Animal Science teacher at OHS; Matt Pearce,
local rancher and President of the Livestock
Show committee; Mr. Downing, Dean at
OHS and Gary Ridder, South Florida Water
Management District Service Center Direc-
tor. If you want to see any of the contestants
"Kiss the Pig," donation jars will be located
at the following businesses: Okeechobee
Livestock Market, Walpole Feed, Okeecho-
bee Fee and Country Feed. The person with
the most donations will Kiss the Pig at the
Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show and
Sale on Saturday, March 27. There will be
a booth at the sale for last minute donation
from 2 until 9 p.m.

Learning Coalition meets
Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
er, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
- Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory
Council Meeting, will meet Wednesday,
March 10, at noon at the American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue, Okeecho-
bee.


Financial Services Workshop
On March 10, the Business Development
Board of Okeechobee and Economic Coun-
cil of Okeechobee are hosting a financial
services workshop. Speakers will include
Tom Johnson of RSM MCGladdrey who will
be speaking on Enterprise Zone tax credits,
and Vince Lopresti of the Small Business
Administration who will be speaking on
SBA loan programs. Session One will be
from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and will be limited to
financial services professionals only (bank-
ers, accountants and insurance profession-
als). Session Two will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
for all interested persons. There is no cost to
attend, but advance registration is required.
To register, please contact Brian Cartland
at 863-467-6246, Brian@the0kedc.com, or
Tara Minton at 863 4657 0200 executivedi-
rector@ecookeechobee.com.

Healthy Start Coalition meets
THe Board of Directors of the Healthy
Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday,
March 10 at 11:30 a.m. in their office, lo-
cated at 575 S.W 28th Street within the New
Endeavor High School Building. This meet-
ing is open to the public. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-462-5877.

Sale benefits Martha's House
Martha's House is having a huge yard at
their outreach office, located at 4134 Hwy.
441 North (just north of the Circle K on the
east side of 441) from Thursday, March 11
to Saturday, March 13. Find great deals on
new and gently used clothing and shoes for
men, women and children. For sale is also
a washing machine and an assortment of
miscellaneous items.

Children's Council to meet
The Children's Services Council will
meet on Thursday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in
the conference Room of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office at 700 S.W 2nd
Avenue.

Lighthouse Refuge to hold
yard sale March 12 and 13
The Lighthouse Refuge, a non-profit
organization helping women in need, will
hold a yard sale on March 12 and 13, from
8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 280 Hwy. 441 S.E. 1/4
mile east of the traffic light at 78 West and
Hwy. 441 South on right. Donations will be
accepted and appreciated at the yard sale.
For more information on the sale or servic-
es, please contact Donna Dean at 863-357-
2106 or 863-801-9201.

Eagles to host Steak Night
The Fraternal order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy 441 North will host Steak Night
on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 5:30
p.m. Steak dinners include steak, salad,
baked potato or sweet potato, garlic bread
and dessert. Donations for dinners are $12.
Live entertainment is provided by Lisa from
7 until 11 p.m.







Community Theatre musical leaves audience laughing


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The scene was familiar to anyone who
grew up in the South attending a rural
church.
The Okeechobee Community Theatre
(OCT) production of "Smoke on the Moun-
tain," a gospel music comedy, opened Fri-
day to a packed house.
The setting for the play is a warm June
night in 1938 at Mount Pleasant Baptist
Church in Siler City, N.C. where the Sanders
Family Singers was putting on a bluegrass
gospel concert.


Special to the Okeechobee News/OCT
Smoke on the Mountain is part gospel
music concert and part comedy play
with gospel favorites accompanied by
guitars, banjo, mandolin, piano and a
host of home-made percussion instru-
ments. Some of the musicians in the
show are, left to right, Daniel Womble,
Ralph Baker and Ron Hayes.


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The actors captured the atmosphere
of the setting, especially Rev. Mervin
Oglethrope (Jim Clark) and the "church
ladies" Miss Myrtle (Judine Cole) and Miss
Maude (Joanie Moffatt), with their hats and
funeral parlour fans. The church ladies had
their accustomed seats in the "amen cor-
ner" and woe to any unsuspecting visitor to
Mount Pleasant who takes those seats.
The Sanders family consists of parents
Burl (Ron Hayes) on guitar and Vera (Joy
Tuscani) on the piano, the twins, Denise
(Nikki St. Pierre) and banjo player Dennis
(Daniel Womble), their sister, June (Stepha-
nie Dupree) who signs for the deaf, Burl's
brother Stanley (Billy McCullers) and Cousin
Earl (Ralph Baker) on the guitar. In addition
to piano, banjo and guitar accompaniment,
some of the songs were done a cappella
and some were accompanied by mandolin,
washboard or spoons.
The Stanley family presented a variety
of nearly 30-old favorites in tight, close har-
mony including "Church in the Wildwood,"
"Everybody's Gonna Have Religion in Glory,"
"I'm Satisfied with Jesus," Mansion over the
Hilltop," "No Tears in Heaven," "I Wouldn't
Take Nothin' for my Journey Now," "Bring-
ing in the Sheaves," "Are You Washed in the
Blood?" "Whispering Hope," "I'll Fly Away,"
and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."
The cast gave memorable performances
on all the songs. However, one outstanding
performance was a duet by the twins of a
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ing melody reminiscent of "Ghost Riders in
the Sky."
All the Sanders delivered humorous but
moving testimonies. Stanley (McCullers) told
of his transforming experience while serving
on a chain gang. Dennis (Womble), whose
banjo playing was finger picking good and
whose character feels a call to preach,
strived to deliver a sermonette that was writ-
ten by his mother. He stumbles through the
first page, then discovers the second page is
missing. That is when he stops reading and
starts speaking from his heart.
The audience got into the spirit of the
event by clapping their hands, tapping their
toes and singing along. For a rousing finale
the entire cast marched down the center
aisle singing with the audience joining in.
There was humor and music, but there
was also a message. As a local pastor was
leaving, he said he learned how to have
church.
All but three of the performers are vet-
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Kentucky. Stephanie Dupree has been sing-
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pianist in her first performance with OCT.
Veteran theatre goes are familiar with the
acting and directing ability of Ron Hayes but
were pleasantly surprised to hear him sing
and play the guitar also. He was pressed into
service when an original cast member had
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of Ron and Jacque Hays, Joanie Moffatt and
David Womble did an excellent job of recre-
ating the decor of a rural Bible belt church
in the '30s. Wesley Beam was sound tech-
nician. Cathy Womble was stage manger.
Laura Murray was lightning technician, Ron
Hayes was in charge of scenic design. Mike
Zierden was rehearsal pianist and Jacques
Hayes was in charge of lighting design. Nu-
merous people under the direction of house
manager Marie Koepke worked behind the
scenes to make the production a success.
There was a sell out crowd for opening
night, Friday, March 5. The play continues
through Friday and Saturday, March 12 and
13 with performances at 8 p.m. each eve-
ning. Tickets are available at the Chamber of
Commerce. If tickets are available, the box
office will open at 7 each evening.
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zations will have booths in the exhibition
area.
Weekdays, the fair opens at 5 p.m. On Sat-
urday and Sunday, the fair opens at noon.
Gate admission to the fair is $5, but there
are many discounts available.
Friday, March 12, is "support our troops"
night at the fair. If you bring three items on
the www.forgottensoldiers.org web site,
you will be admitted free to the fair. Forgot-
tensoldiers.org is an organization that sends
monthly care packages and letters of encour-
agement to military service members over-
seas. Suggested items to send include foot
powder, body powder, travel size mouth-
wash, dental floss, Q-Tips, hand sanitizer,
beef jersey, peanut butter (in small plastic
jars), AT&T international phone cards, silly
string (used to detect trip wires for hidden
bombs), chap stick, women's socks (white,
black or camo), movie DVDs (they do not
accept videotapes).
At 5 p.m. the first of the fair's horse
events, The Parade of Breeds and Exhibition,
will be held.
The Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair
Beauty Pageant is at 6 p.m. A free concert by
"Hotel California" starts at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, March 13, the small animal
show will be at 9 a.m. The Bob Teaney Clas-
sic Car Show will open at noon. The first day
of Okeechobee Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo
starts at 2:30 p.m. Rodeo tickets include fair
admission. Advance rodeo tickets, available
at Eli's Western Wear, are $12 for adults, $6
for children for general seating; and, $18 for
adults, $10 for children for premier seating
(close to the bucking chutes.) At the gate,
general admission rodeo tickets are $15 for
adults, $8 for children; premier tickets are
$20 for adults, $12 for children.
The Miss Okeechobee County Fair Beauty
Pageant starts at 5 p.m. Contestants include:
Allison Chandler, 16, Monica Chavez, 17,
Raybon Durrance, 16, Caitlin East, 15, Bridg-
et Ewing, 16, Erin Moore, 18, Amelia Nunez,
15, Kaylee-Renee Peaden, 15, Kaitlyn Price,
16, Brandi Perona, 15, Sarah Payne, 16, Kay-
la Stokes, 17, and Kathleen Turner, 18.
Horse speed events start at 4 p.m. A free
concert by "Hotel California" starts at 9
p.m.


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On Sunday, March 14, the lair opens at
noon. The second performance of the two-
day rodeo starts at 2:30 p.m. The Hispanic
Band Jamboree starts at 5 p.m. The extreme
trail challenge horse event starts at 4 p.m.
Monday, March 15 is Ladies' Night at the
fair. with free admission for all ladies. The
Okeechobee Idol preliminary contest starts
at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, is student night with
$2 gate admission for all students. The Dairy
Cow Show starts at 5 p.m. A Guitar Hero
competition starts at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17 is senior day, with
those over the age of 60 admitted for $1.
Gates open at 5 p.m. The Swine Showman-
ship competition is at 5 p.m. Karaoke con-
test starts at 7 p.m., hosted by David Lee.
Thursday, March 18 is food drive night.
Bring three cans of food (to be given to local
food banks) and get $2 fair admission. The
Swine Show starts at 5 p.m. Okeechobee
Idol finals are at 8 p.m.
On Friday, March 19,
the steer show is at 3
p.m. The beef breed-
ing show will follow. A
concert by Timmy Bast
starts at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, March
20, the Beef Grooming
Show is at 9 a.m. The Allison
mounted equestrian drill Chandler
team competition is at
noon. The youth live-
stock show starts at 2
p.m. with beef breeding,
swine, dairy and steer
events. Timmy Bast will
be in concert.
Sunday, March 21 is
family day at the races.
Tickets to the Demoli-
tion Derby include gate Monica
admission. Derby tickets Chavez
are $10; children under
the age of 6 are admit-
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Derby starts at 4 p.m.
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Controlled burn attracts crowd


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
On Saturday many drivers traveling Par-
rott Avenue stopped to gawk at a controlled
burn that sent flames and smoke high into
the sky.
About 30 city and county firemen and
volunteers gained valuable training for
about seven hours Saturday with the con-
trolled burn in the 2100 block of South Par-
rott Avenue.
City Fire Chief Herb Smith said the old
house was going to be demolished so the
firemen were glad to use it to train. Earlier
law enforcement used the building for a
hostage situation drill.
"We were just doing it to help out and
it gave us some great training," Chief Smith
said.
While there weren't any issues Saturday,
Smith said at times they were worried the
wind would take the smoke east onto South
Parrott Avenue and cause a traffic hazard.
Thankfully, firemen were on top of the prob-
lem and kept the smoke headed toward the
west.


Large trees on the property also had to be
continuously watered down to keep the fire
under control.
Chief Smith said trees actually benefit
from a fire now and then.
"The trees actually weren't that much
of a hazard," he said. "Forest fires normally
don't completely kill the trees and they only
burn off dead limbs. Fire is very healthy for
trees. It is nature's way of cleaning up."
Chief Smith said most of those watching
the blaze were family and friends of fire-
men. He estimated that at least 100 people
stopped to watch the blaze.
The firemen, many of whom have had
few actual fires to fight during their careers,
placed wooden pallets in the various rooms
in the home and set several blazes. Chief
Smith said the volunteers and a number of
one year and two year veteran firemen really
needed the training.
"A lot of the new guys had an opportu-
nity to get some experience. We sent several
groups of guys inside to get a taste of fire,"
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ENGAGEMENT
STEPHANIE HAND &
JONATHAN BRAZIL
e did it! (FINALLY) Jonathan Brazil asked
Stephanie Hand to be his wife on February
13, 2010 (She actually said YES). Jonathan,
33, is a lifetime resident of Okeechobee and is
employed by CenturyLink. Stephanie, 31, is also
a lifetime resident of Okeechobee and is em-
ployed by Shirley's Personal Care of Okeechobee.
These two crazy kids have been chasing each
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the wedding, but you never know what they may
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Congratulations Cinderella and Prince Charming!


George and Mary Beth Cooper
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nounce the engagement of their
son, Harold L. "Trey" Price and son of
the late Harold "Hal" Price, to Tara
Renee Klimek, daughter of Daniel and
Frances Klimek of Comer, Georgia.
Ms. Klimek is a member of the 2012
class at the Florida State University
College of Law. She is a 1995 gradu-
ate of Pasco High School in Dade
City, Florida, and received her de-


gree in Political Science from the
University of South Florida in 2001.
Mr. Price has representedthe Florida
Realtors before state government in
Tallahassee for the past nine years.
He graduated from Okeechobee High
School in 1992 and from the University
of Central Florida in Orlando in 1997
with a degree in Political Science.
The couple is planning a December,
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Month busy as local churches plan special events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Man Up! a two day men's conference
will be held this Friday and Saturday at Os-
ceola Middle School Gym. The purpose is to
challenge all men to grow in Christ and be
discipled like never before. The Friday night
program starts at 7 p.m. and a free meal will
be provided. The program starts Saturday
morning at 8 a.m. with a free continental
breakfast. The speaker is Pastor Ken Graves
from Calvary Chapel Bangor, Maine.
Dr. John Sullivan, Executive Director-


Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention
will be the guest speaker at Oakview Bap-
tist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., on Sunday,
March 14 at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.
Rev. Patrick Chanda, from Kitwe, Zambia
will be the guest speaker on Sunday, March
21 for the evening worship service at 6 p.m.
Oakview will be having revival March 25 -
March 28. Dr. Bob Pittman, former pastor
of Kirby Woods Baptist Church in Memphis,
Tenn. will be the revival speaker. Services
Thursday through Saturday, March 25 to 27
will be at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 28 ser-
vices will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m.


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Church hosts festival
Allison Corey (left) and Angela Schwerer were among those performing at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration


Central Florida Presbytery and Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church would like to
welcome the community to a special instal-
lation service on March 14 at 3:00 p.m. Rev.
Loy Mershimer was first installed as desig-
nated pastor for a two-year term; he is now
moving to a permanent call by unanimous
consent of the congregation. It is a joyous
time in the life of the church! Please bless
this call with your presence. Reception fol-
lowing in the Fellowship Hall. Church ad-
dress is 312 N. Parrott Avenue.
United Methodist Men of First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
will be selling smoked chicken dinners on
Friday, March 19. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
there will be take out only with delivery avail-
able for 10 or more dinners. From 4 p.m. to
6:30 p.m. it will be dine in or take out. The
menu consists of one quarter chicken, cole
slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for a $6
donation. Tickets are available at the church
office or you may fax your order to 863-763-
2481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Please include
contact name, phone number and address
to deliver dinners.
Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace, invites you to join them
on Saturday at noon for softball fun with a
Christian emphasis.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will have Home-
coming on March 21. The speaker will be
John Hancock and there will be special sing-
ing. Sunday School will be at 9:45 a.m. The


worship service will follow at 10:45 a.m.
Dinner will be served after the service. The
church will have a revival March 22 26
with services at 7 p.m. each evening. The
speaker will be Evangelist James A. Harris
and a nursery will be provided for all ser-
vices.
Okeechobee Church of the Naza-
rene, 425 SW 28th St., presents the Dixie
Melody Boys in concert, Thursday, March
25 at 7 p.m. Limited seating available, For
more information please call 863-763-7113.
The Story of Jesus will once again be
put on at the Hardee County Cattleman's
Arena, 507 Civic Center Drive, Wauchula.
The dates are: Friday, March 26; Satur-
day, March 27; Friday April 2; Saturday,
April 3; Friday, April 9; Saturday, April
10; Friday, April 16; Saturday, April 17;
Friday April 23; and Saturday, April 24.
All performances start at 7:30 and are about
three hours long, including intermission.
The volunteer cast of 225 people comes
from nearly 40 different churches. The 250
foot set uses 150 animals. Tickets can be
ordered by going to www.storyofjesus.com.
Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $16.50 for chil-
dren, $14.50 for end sections and $18.50 for
handicapped.
The Okeechobee News welcomes news from
area churches for this column. E-mail pgawda@
newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-763-
3134, extension 4225. The deadline to receive
information to appear in Wednesday's column is
5p.m. the Monday before.


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Okeechobee March for Babies A fun day for all


Almost 500 Okeechobee residents took
part in the March of Dimes' March for Babies
on Saturday, March 6. A fun time was had by
all, while raising approximately $38,000 for a
very worthy cause-to help all babies born
be healthy, fully-term babies.
Participants began showing up at about
7 a.m., and enjoyed a continental breakfast
sponsored by the Law Office of William J.
Wallace and U-Save Supermarket. Music
was provided by DJ George Miranda. Team
photos were taken by Sandra Pearce Pho-
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Following warm-up exercises, the Na-
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The crowd of walkers took up the entire
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senior citizens, with all ages in between, and
the Okeechobee School District was more
than present with every school in Okeecho-
bee participating in the event.
While most participants completed the
route by walking, a number of people ran
and others were on roller-blades. This year,
many folks brought their dogs as well. Along


the walk route, participants were treated to
refreshments by Spirit Station sponsors Bank
of America, Publix Super Market, and Wem-
mer Family Orthodontics. After the Walk,
which began and ended in Flagler Park, the
park was filled with lots of fun and music,
a bounce house for the kids, and a Bar-B-Q
lunch courtesy of Cowboys BBQ and Steak
Restaurant.
At the awards ceremony following March
for Babies, the following awards were given
out:
The Favorite T-shirt award went to Publix
Super Market.
The Team with the Most Walkers was
Yearling Middle School.
The Outstanding New Team was MOPS.
The Top Fundraising Individual was Karin
Ammons of the Law Office of Cassels & Mc-
Call team.
The Top Fundraising School was South
Elementary.
The Top On-line Fundraising Team was
The Law Office of Cassels & McCall.
Stepping Stones Academy won the award
for Outstanding Team Spirit.
The team with the Greatest Year-Over-
Year Increase was South Elementary.
Once again, participants voted Wemmer
Family Orthodontics as their Favorite Spirit
Station.

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The final awards were given to the Top 10
Fundraising Teams:
10: Okeechobee High School BETA Club
9. Publix Super Markets
8. Law Office of Cassels & McCall
7. Everglades Elementary
6. Stepping Stones Academy
5. North Elementary
4. South Elementary
3. Riverside National Bank
2. Seacoast National Bank
1. Seminole Tribe of Florida
This year's Okeechobee County March
for Babies committee members were: Shelly
Batton, Karen Cassels, Sherri Enfinger, Lau-
ra McCall, Patricia McWhorter and Sharon
Vinson.
The March of Dimes thanks the follow-
ing sponsors of the 2010 event. Premier
Sponsors: Publix Super Markets, Seacoast
National Bank, and the Seminole Tribe of
Florida. Sponsors: Cowboys BBQ and Steak
Company, Florida Floors & More, Law Office
of William J. Wallace, Law Office of Cassels
& McCall, Law Office of Glenn J. Sneider,
Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Okeecho-
bee The Magazine, Walpole, Inc., Wemmer
Family Orthodontics, Women's Health Spe-
cialists, STAR 94.7, WQOL 103.7, and WAVE
92.7. In- kind sponsors: Big 0 Drive Thru,
Country Cooler, Dominos Pizza, Darrell En-
finger and Tony Ard of Okeechobee County,
Sandra Pearce Photography, Waste Manage-
ment, and W&W Lumber. Family Teams
Sponsor: Riverside National Bank.
Special thanks goes out to all teams who


participated: Bank of America, Central Ele-
mentary, Everglades Elementary, Fadley Law
Office, Gilbert Chevrolet, Healthy Start Coali-
tion, Law Office of Cassels & McCall, MOPS,
New Endeavor High School, North Elementa-
ry, Okeechobee Board of Realtors, Okeecho-
bee City Police, Okeechobee Food Services,
Okeechobee Freshman Campus Key Club,
Okeechobee School District, Okeechobee
High School Beta Club, Okeechobee Work-
force Solutions, OJOCC, Osceola Middle
School, Peach Lutheran Youth Group, PNC
Bank, Publix SuperMarkets, Regions Bank,
Riverside National Bank, Seacoast National
Bank, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole
Elementary, South Elementary, Stepping
Stones Academy, Walpole, Inc., Team Inspi-
ration, Wemmer Family Orthodontics, and
Yearling Middle School.
Although Saturday was a fun day enjoyed
by all participants, the March of Dimes fell
approximately $2,000 short of its goal of
$40,000. Anyone interested in making a con-
tribution should make their check payable
to the March of Dimes and mail or deliver it
to P.O. Box 968, Okeechobee.
The March of Dimes is the leading non-
profit organization for pregnancy and baby
health. With chapters nationwide and its
premier event, March for Babies, the March
of Dimes works to improve the health of ba-
bies. For the latest resources and informa-
tion, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.
org.


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Hanna Fink, March of Dimes Director of Field Services; Laura McCall, Okeecho-
bee County March for Babies committee; Cindy Hernandez, March of Dimes
Community Director; Patricia McWhorter, Okeechobee County March for Babies
committee; Pam Crowley, March of Dimes Division Director; Jen Jock, March of
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Tuesday, March 9 the
Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) Board
of Directors may have found a solution to
the problem caused by developers' agree-
ments. They proposed to give the develop-
ers a second chance.
Because several developers have default-
ed on their annual payments on their devel-
opers' agreements the utility raised their rates


6 percent this fiscal year to cover the deficit.
Now the utility has come up with a revision
to the developers' agreements that might
recoup their money. There are presently
eight developers' agreements in effect. They
were entered into during the building boom
several years ago. The developers agreed to
make a 10 percent down payment on their
total wastewater capital connection charges
in fiscal year 2007. That down payment was
to be followed by a 10 percent payment in
fiscal year 2008, and annual payments of 20


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dan Eldred read the Okeechobee News
awhile ago and read an article that showed
physical fitness needs to be improved in
Okeechobee.
He is doing his part with the creation of
Home Fitness, a personal training service
that basically brings the gym to the comfort
of your own home.
Dan has adjustable weights, an inkling
bench, resistance bands, and knows lots of
exercises you can do in your living room.
Dan said he has a passion for helping
people get in shape.
"I always wanted to be a trainer," he
said.
Dan attended school at the University of
Michigan where he received a Masters de-
gree in Physical Education. He was certified
as a trainer in 2004.
He said the service is of interest to many
people who don't feel comfortable working
out in front of a bunch of strangers in public.
He believes that it also saves the customer
the cost of gasoline used when you drive to
a gym.
He also thinks the service is ideal for old-
er people.
"They may be unable to drive or not
wanting to drive," he said. "I think this ser-
vice will help everyone. Our slogan is, "We


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Dan Eldred, who has started a home
fitness service, brings the gym to you
in your own home.


bring the gym to you."
Eldred teaches physical education at
both Osceola Middle School for fifth grade
and at Central Elementary School for fourth
grade. He started his teaching career in Chi-
cago, but quickly notes the big city wasn't
for him.
By using his gym Eldred said you can im-
prove your strength, agility, and reduce your
body fat. He can figure out your body fat per-
centage and ideal weight but leaves the diets
to nutritionists.
He recommends you work out twice per
week.
"I build them up to what they can han-
dle," he said.
He also offers the first session free of
charge to get the person started. For more
information, he has a webpage at www.
okeechobeehomefitness.com.

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percent for fiscal years 2009 through 2012.
The annual payments were to be in the form
of assessments on their property tax bills.
Then the building boom went bust. Of
the original developers, Northshore Village,
Land Ventures of America, Royal Profes-
sional Builders and Stephen E. Myers, Sr. did
not pay their 2008 tax bill. Freshwater Devel-
opment Company, Awesome Ranch, LLC,
15th Street Homes, LLC and Montebello 13,
LLC are up to date on their payments. For
fiscal year 2009 OUA's total payments from

Summer Activity Guide
invites programs
The Shared Services Network (SSN)
will release the 2010 Summer Activity
Guide in early May to every student in
the Okeechobee County School System.
Their hope is that this guide will assist
parents in finding activities to keep chil-
dren safe, supervised and active this sum-
mer. If you would like to submit activity
information for children/families; camps,
VBS, free children's meals, discounts for
children, park information, etc., please
call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000 ext. 257,
Shared Services Network of Okeechobee.
Deadline to submit information, March
30, no charge and space is limited.


developers agreements were to be $1.4 mil-
lion. This income was incorporated in the
budget. The utility claims that because de-
velopers defaulted on their payments, OUA
was forced to raise its rates to make up the
difference.
At the last OUA board meeting develop-
ers of Awesome Ranch, Freshwater Develop-
ment Corporation, and 15th Street Homes,
developer of The Lakehouse, each offered
different proposals for modifying their devel-
opers' agreements. On the other hand, the
developers of Northshore Village, Land Ven-
tures of America and Stephen E. Myers, Sr.
had threatened to go to court to contest the
validity of their developers' agreements.
The second addendum to the develop-
ers' agreements, which the board approved
on Tuesday, would allow for six annual
payments of 10 percent each instead of the
current agreements' 20 percent annual pay-
ments for the next three years. Guaranteed
revenue charges are also deleted. There will
be no time limit to the use the guaranteed
capacity provided under the agreements.
The utility will offer this second adden-
dum to all the developers. However, those
who are behind on their payments will have
to pay back taxes and any applicable fee and
fines to be eligible.
April 1 is the deadline for paying 2009
taxes.
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AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir-
:uit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 4th day of August 2009,
n the cause wherein HOLMES E. BOYD & DEBRA L. BOYD being Plaintiffs
and LEFTY SUMMERFORD being Defendant, being Case No. 2009-CA-251 in
Jhe said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida shall
)ffer the following property for sale in Okeechobee County Florida to wit:
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
PARCEL ID: 1-15-36-35-0010-00110-0150
Legal Description:
LOT 15, BLOCK 11, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1144 NW 98H STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA.
[ shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens
and encumbrances if any, on the 20TH day of April, 2010 at 11:00AM or as
;oon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF-
-ICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high-
st and best bidder for cash, all right, btle and interest, in said property.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 8th day of March, 2010.
published : March 10,17,24,31, 2010
aul C. May, Sheriff
Dkeechobee County
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in
the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117,
ext. 2225.
348363 ON 3/10,17,24,31/10

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of
Dkeechobee County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on March 25, 2010
at 9:00 A.M., in the Health Department Auditorium located at 1728 N.W.
fth Avenue, Okeechobee Florida for the purpose of receiving comments
and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance.
The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 22,
ARTICLE II, DIVISION 3, SECTION 22-73 OF THE CODE OF OR-
DINANCES OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY; PROVIDING FOR OWN-
ER/BUILDER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING
FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the
-ounty Administration office, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
.ach week day, Monday through Friday, except holidays between the hours
)f8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., beginning on March 10, 2010.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that
)erson will need to ensure that a verbatm record of the proceedings is
nade, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is based.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
3haron Robertson, Clerk
3OARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
348440 ON 3/10/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
% PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
adjustmentt and Appeals on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or
is soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Counci Cham-
)ers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City
Nebsite www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services De-
)artment, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Jnder consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 10-002-SE, submitted
)y property owner, Triple E. Management Inc., Emilio Perez, President, to
allow mechanical and repair services and an outdoor vehicle sales lot within
CHV Zoning District (Ref Code Book Section 90-283(7)(18). Property is lo-
:ated at 601 S. Parrott Ave. Legal: Lots 4 to 6 of Block 229, First Addition
:o City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Records
f Okeechobee County, Florida.
Nll members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
lours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
Fhe Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
ions.
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-
;pect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en-
;ure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
:he testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
servicess media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
nent. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
)ersons needing special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
)y: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
petition No. 10-002-SE
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
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 Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use
Map Amendment Application No. 10-002-SSA, submitted by the property
owner, D & A Properties, Inc., Anita Nunez, President. For the purpose of
changing the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Com-
mercial (C) for property located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5
of Block 147, Ciy of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire application 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 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
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
Application No. 10-002-SSA
347487 ON 2/28;3/10/10
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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 avaable on the Cty website www.cityofo-
kechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Under consideration is Rezoning Pettlon 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 m 'ly-One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for prop-
erty located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5 of 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-Fnr, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval or
denial, o 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 Ofice at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-001-R
347490 ON 2/28;3/10/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED
VARIANCE
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before hee 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, Council Cham-
bers, Rm 200, Okechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City

apartment, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 217.
Under consideration is VARIANCE Petiton No. 10-001-V, submitted by prop-
erty owners, Steven and Andrea Nelson, to decrease SIDE and REAR set
backs, to approve a possible increase in Building and Impervious Surface
Coverage allowed, within a Residential Single Family-One Zoning District
(ref. Code Book Sec. 90-105 (b)(l)) Property is located at 1407 SE 8th Ave-
nue. Legal: Lot 188 of First Addion to Okeechobee Estates, as recorded in
Plat Book 3, Page 23, Public Records Okeechobee 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-Fr, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
(quasl-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 verbatim 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 neediRng 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. 10-001-V
347687 ON 03/10/10


NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 29th day of July, 2009, in
the cause wherein JAMES E. CROSLYN AND REBECCA CROSLYN, HIS WIFE
being Plaintiffs and DUDLEY KIRTON being Defendant, being Case No.
2009-CA-043 in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee
County, Florida shall offer the following property for sale in Okeechobee
County Florida to wit:
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
1st PROPERTY
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY:
The South 1/3 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 16, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East. The above land lying and being in Okeechobee County,
Florida
2nd PROPERTY
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY:
Being a parcel of land lying in Sections 20 and 21, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, and being more particularly
described as follows:
Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 29; thence North
03006'15" East, along the West line of said Section 20, a distance of
2,411.80 feet; thence South 890 41'59" East, a distance of 1.782.00 feet;
thence South 88002'31" East, a distance of 652.10 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING; thence South 00 00'00" East, a distance of 1,593.63 feet;
thence South 89 41'59" East, a distance of 2,826.50 feet to a point in
the East line of a 70 foot wide Road and Maintenance Easement de-
scribed in Official Records Book 501, page 954 and Official Records Book
620, page 41, said point also being in the West line of a Conservation
Easement described in Official Records Book 501, page 963, public
records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence Northerly and Easterly
along said Conservaton Easement line, the following calls and distances;
thence North 18016'08" West, a distance of 395.84 feet; thence North
88036'45" East, a distance of 2,767.08 feet; thence North 0205849"
East, a distance of 1,062.61 feet; thence South 68042'39" West, leaving
said Conservaton Easement at a distance of 47.53 feet and continuing for
a total distance of 868.83 feet; thence North 89041'59" West, crossing
into Section 20, a distance of 2,284.25 feet; thence North 18016'08'
West, a distance of 345.93 feet; thence North 8800231" West, a distance
of 2,323.05 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
I shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens
and encumbrances if any, on the 23rd day of March, 2010 at 11:00AM or as
soon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF-
FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash, all right, title and interest, in said property.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this day of 2010.
Published: February 17, 24, March 3,10, 2010.
Paul C. May, Sheriff
Okeechobee County
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceed-
ing should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office not later than seven
days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, ext. 2225.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO: 2008 CA 000485
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAV-
INGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
GEORGE H. SEEMANN III; BROOKE M. SEEMANN; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; BANK
OF AMERICA, N.A.; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 2/18/2010 entered in Civil Case No. 2008 CA 000485 of
the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Okeechobee, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash on the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 31st
day of March, 2010 the following described property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT IF, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES: BEING MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17 TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 24' 08"
EAST ALONG THE 1/4, SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF
1,905.30 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
FOUR SEASONS DRIVE; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 05' 07" WEST
ALONG THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID FOUR SEASONS
DRIVE, AND PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2,438.00
FEET FOR POINT-OF-BEGINNING; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 24' 08"
EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00
FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 05' 07" WEST PARALLEL WITH THE
WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17,
FOR A DISTANCE OF 186.93 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH
BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 17; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89
57' 33" WEST ALONG SAID SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF
198.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 05' 07" EAST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 189.14 FEET TO POINT-OF-BEGINNING. LESS THE
SOUTH 60.00 FEET RESERVED FOR A DRAINAGE EASEMENT. LYING
IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17.
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH 2005 FLEETWOOD MOBILE HOME VIN
GAFL435A900155C21 AND GAFL435B900155C21.
Any Derson claiming an interest in the sur lus from the sale, if any. other
than the property owner as of the date of the his Dendens. must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 22nd day of Feb. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN, RA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920 (954) 233-8000
08-89552 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990 In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceed-
ing at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port SE. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working days of your receipt of this Sum-
mons/Notice to Appear. If you are hearing impaired call 1-800-955-8771. If
you are voice impaired call 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-275
TD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A.
and Palm Beach County Bank,
Plaintiff,
VS.
O.K. VENTURES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS,
LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS; and, HOLLY
BLUMENSTYK,
Defendants.
STUART M. LEDIS, LLC; STUART M. LEDIS, individually; and,
O.K. VENTURES, LLC,
Counterplaintiffs,
vs.
TD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A. and Palm
Beach County Bank,
Counterdefendant.
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2008-CA-275
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions governing the
sale of the Loan #1 Property contained in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated February 15, 2010 and entered in Case No. 2008-CA-275 of the Cir-
cuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, wherein TD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A.
and Palm Beach County Bank, is the Plaintiff and O.K. VENTURES, LLC, a
Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS, LLC, a Florida limited
liability company; STUART M. LEDIS; and, HOLLY BLUMENSTYK, are the
Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the
24th day of March, 2010 the following described real property located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, as more particularly set forth in the Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:
Being a portion of Lots 3 and 4, Block 10, PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF THE
CONSOLIDATED LAND CO., (Plat Book 1, Page 5, Okeechobee County) lying
in Sections 24 and 25, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida, being further bounded and described as follows:
Commence at an existing concrete monument marking the Southeast cor-
ner of Section 24;
Thence South 89 degrees 38'24" West along the Southerly section line of
said Section 24, a distance of 1318.12 feet to a 3/4" galvanized pipe lying
on the Hopkins Meander Line;
Thence North 48 degrees 08'01" West along said Meander Line a distance
of 1594.86 feet to an iron pin marking the Point of Beginning;
Thence continue North 48 degrees 08'01" West along said Meander Line a
distance of 374.14 feet to an iron pin;
Thence South 46 degrees 09'21" West a distance of 2332.31 feet to an
iron I, ... ...ij a point lying on the Northeasterly right-of-way line of SA
15 (.' 4 1 ,
-:, : r| 33 degrees 16'06" East along said right-of-way line a dis-
tance of 172.36 feet to an iron pin marking a Point of Curvature, said curve
being concave to the West, having a radius of 5770.00 feet, a central angle
of degree 5442", and an arc distance of 192.51 feet;
Thence along said curve, along said right-of-way, a chord bearing of North
32 degrees 1845" West and a chord distance of 192.50 feet to an iron pin;
Thence North 46 degrees 30'39" East a distance of 2430.48 feet to an
iron pin lying on the Hopkins Meander Line and the Point of Beginning.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owners as of the date of Lis Pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, on 2/24/2010.
Sharon Robertson, Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young, Deputy Clerk
JONES, FOSTER, JOHNSTON & STUBBS, RA.
Allen R. Tomlinson, Esquire
Attorneys for the Plaintff
P. 0. Box 3475
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3475
Telephone: (561) 650-0492
Facsimile: (561) 650-0469
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-275
FD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A. and Palm Beach County Bank,
Plaintiff,
IS.
D.K. VENTURES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS; and, HOLLY BLUMENSTYK,
Defendants.
;TUART M. LEDIS, LLC; STUART M. LEDIS, individually; and, O.K. VENTURES, LLC,
Counterplaintiffs,
/s.
FD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A. and Palm Beach County Bank,
Counterdefendant.


ICIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE19TH JUDICIAL IRC I ANDFOROKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA


CIVIL ACTION NO. 2008-CA-275
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions governing the sale of the Loan #2 Property contained in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 15, 2010 and entered in Case No.
2008-CA-275 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein TD BANK, N.A., successor by merger to Commerce Bank, N.A. and Palm Beach County
Bank, is the Plainbffand O.K. VENTURES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; STUART M. LEDIS; and, HOLLY BLUMENSTYK, are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County,
Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the 24th day of March, 2010 the following described real property located in Okeechobee County, Florida, as more particularly set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure:
PARCEL 1
A strip of land 120.00 feet in width, lying Sections 14 and 23, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at the Northeast corner of said Section 23 (Southeast corner of Section 14), bear N 00000'30" W along the East line of said Secbon 14 to the intersecbon with the South right-of-way line
of F.C.D. Levee 63-S as shown on FC.D. Drawing L-635-3, Sheet 4 of 7, a distance of 4427.88 feet;
Thence bear S 53039'07" E along the said South right-of-way line of FC.D. Levee 63-S, a distance of 1564.73 feet;
Thence bear S 66036'18" W, a distance of 2157.75 feet;
Thence bear S 2704942" W, a distance of 485.89 feet;
Thence bear S 43036'17" W, a distance of 1105.04 feet;
Thence bear S 43035'59" W, to the Intersecbon with the northerly right-of-way line of S.R. No. 15 (U.S. 441), a distance of 2394.81 feet;
Thence bear S 4846'14" E, a distance of 1554.86 feet;
Thence bear N 43050'17" E, a distance of 148.66 feet;
Thence bear N 89041'42" E, a distance of 111.94 feet;
Thence bear N 00018'18" W, a distance of 50.00 feet;
Thence bear S 89041'42" W, a distance of 63.42 feet;
Thence bear N 43050'17" E, a distance of 987.47 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING;
Thence continue N 4350'17" E, a distance of 842.65 feet;
Thence bear S 47002'23" E, a distance of 120.01 feet;
Thence bear S 43050'17" W, a distance of 846.55 feet;
Thence bear N 4510'37" W, a distance of 120.02 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
PARCEL 2
The southeasterly 14.924 acres of the northeasterly 20.34 acres of the following described parcel:
A parcel of land lying in Sections 14 and 23, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly described as follows:
From the Southeast corner of Secbon 14, bear N 00000'30"W along the East line of said Section 14 of the intersecbon with the Southerly right-of-way line of Flood Control District Levee 63-S as shown
on F.C.D. Drawing L-635-3, Sheet 4 of 7, a distance of 4427.88 feet;
Thence bear S 53039'07" E along said southerly right-of-way line of L-63 S, a distance of 1564.73 feet;
Thence bear S 6636'16" W, a distance of 2157.75 feet;
Thence bear S 2749'42" W, a distance of 485.89 feet;
Thence bear S 43036'17" W, a distance of 1105.04 feet;
Thence bear S 43035'59" W to the northerly right-of-way line of S.R. 15, a distance of 2394.81 feet;
Thence bear S 48046'14" E along the said northerly nrght-of-way line of S.R. 15, a distance of 1554.86 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING;
Thence continue S 4846'14" E along the said northerly rght-of-way line of S.R. 15, a distance of 2.21 feet;
Thence bear N 4104944" E to the Hancock Meander Line of Lake Okeechobee, a distance of 60.81 feet;
Thence bear S 46010'59" E along said Hancock Meander Line, a distance of 61.68;
Thence bear S 4149'44"W to the aforesaid northerly nght-of-way line of S. R. 15, a distance of 58.03 feet;
Thence bear S 4846'14" E along said northerly nright-of-way line of S. R. 15, a distance of 568.64 feet to the Point of Curvature of a curve to the right in the said northerly nright-of-way line of S. R. 15,
said curve having a radius of 5762.58 feet and a central angle of 0100'43";
Thence along arc of said curve, a distance of 101.78 feet;
Thence bear N 4449'23" E, a distance of 2327.27 feet;
Thence bear N 4701'50 W, a distance of 773.65 feet;
Thence bear S 4350'17" W, to the North line of that parcel of land known as the"school house lot", and recorded in Deed Book 36, Page 39, Public Records of Palm Beach County, Florida, a distance
of 2129.38 feet;
Thence bear N 8941'42" E along the said North line of the "school house lot", a distance of 63.42 feet;
Thence bear S 0018'18" E, along the East line ofsaid "school house lot", a distance of 50.00 feet;
Thence bear S 8941'42"W along the South line ofsaid "school house lot", a distance of 111.94 feet;
Thence bear S 4350'17" W, a distance of 148.68 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
LESS THE NORTH 120 FEET OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY.
Together with a non-exclusive, unimpeded easement for the purposes of ingress and egress, being 70 feet in width, lying southerly of, parallel with, conbguous and adjacent to the northerly boundary
line of that parcel of land described in Official Record Book 358 Page 1513, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
PARCEL 3
A parcel of land lying in Section 23, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at the Northeast corner of said Section 23 (Southeast corner of Section 14), bear N 0000'30"W along the East line of said Section 14 to the intersection with the South right-of-way line
of F. C. D. Levee 63-S, as shown on F. C. D. Drawing L-635-3, Sheet 4 of 7, a distance of 4427.88 feet;
Thence bear S 5339'07" E along the said South rght-of-way line of F. C. D. Levee 63-S, a distance of 1564.73 feet;
Thence bear S 6636'16" W, a distance of 2157.75 feet;
Thence bear S 2749'42" W, a distance of 485.89 feet;
Thence bear S 43036'17" W, a distance of 1105.04 feet;
Thence bear S 433559" W, to the intersection with the northerly right-of-way line of S. R. No. 15 (U. S. 441), a distance of 2394.81 feet;
Thence continue S 4846'14" E along the said northerly right-of-way line of S. R. 15 (U. S. 441), a distance of 1554.86 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING;
Thence continue S 4846'14" E along the said right-of-way line of S. R. 15 (U. S. 441), a distance of 2.21 feet;
Thence bear N 414944" E to the intersection with the Hancock Meander Line, a distance of 60.81 feet;
Thence bear S 4610'59" E along the said Hancock Meander Line, a distance of 61.68;
Thence bear S 4149'44"W to the intersection with the aforesaid northerly right-of-way line of S. R. No. 15 (U. S. 441), a distance of 53.03 feet;
Thence bear S 4846'14" E along said northerly nght-of-way line of S. R. No. 15, (U. S. 441), a distance of 568.64 feet to the Point of Curvature of a curve to the nght in the northerly ght-of-way line
ofS. R. No. 15 (U. S. 441). Said curve having a central angle of 0100'43"and a radius of 5762.58 feet;
Thence along arc ofsaid curve, a distance of 101.78 feet;
Thence bear N 4449'23" E, a distance of 1160.50 feet;
Thence bear N 4510'37" W, a distance of753.62 feet;
Thence bear S 4350'17"W, a distance of 987.47 feet;
Thence bear N 89041'42" E, a distance of 63.42 feet;
Thence bear S 0018'18" E, a distance of 50.00 feet;
Thence bear S 8941'42"W, a distance of 111.94 feet;
Thence bear S 4350'17"W, a distance of 148.66 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
PARCEL 4
A parcel of land lying in Section 23, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Said parcel or land being a portion of that land described in Official Record Book 343 Page 216,
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at the Northeast corner of said Section 23 (Southeast corner of Section 14), bear N 0000'30" W along the East line of said Section 14 to the intersection with the South right-of-way line
of F. C. D. Levee 63-S, as shown on F C. D. Drawing L-635-3, Sheet 4 of 7, a distance of4427.88 feet;
Thence bear S 5339'07" E along the said South ght-of-way line of F. C. D. Levee 63-S, a distance of 1564.73 feet;
Thence bear S 6636'16" W, a distance of 2157.75 feet;
Thence bear S 2749'42" W, a distance of 485.89 feet;
Thence bear S 4336'17" W, a distance of 1105.04 feet;
Thence bear S 433559" W, to the intersection with the northerly right-of-way line of S. R. No. 15 (U.S. 441), a distance of 2394.81 feet;
Thence continue S 4846'14" E along the said northerly right-of-way line ofS. R. 15 (U. S. 441), a distance of 1554.86 feet;
Thence bear N4350'17"E, along the westerly line of that property described in Official Records Book 306 Page 1013, Public records of Okeechobee county Florida, a distance of 148.68 feet to the in-
tersecbon with the southerly line of that said property described in Official Records Book 343 Page 216, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and the point of beginning;
Thence continue N4350'17"E, along aforedescbed line to the intersection with the North line of that property described in Official Record Book 343 Page 216, Public Records ofOkeechobee County,
Florida, a distance of 69.67 feet;
Thence bear N8941'42"E, a distance of 63.42 feet;
Thence bear SOO18'18"E, a distance of 50.00 feet;
Thence bear S8941'42'W, a distance of 111.94 feet; to the point of beginning.

Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owners as of the date of Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale.
DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, on February 24, 2010.
Sharon Robertson, Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young, Deputy Clerk
JONES, FOSTER, JOHNSTON & STUBBS, PA.
Allen R. Tomlinson, Esquire
Attorneys for the Plainmbff
R. 0. Box 3475, West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3475
Publish in Okeechobee News
Telephone: (561) 650-0492 Facsimile: (561) 650-0469
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No. 2009 CA 625
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK, etc.,
Plaintiff,
WILMA M. KING, etc., and
DEBORAH KING, etc., etal.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF CLERK'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 2/18/2010, en-
tered by the Circuit Court of Okee-
chobee County, Florida, in that
certain case, the docket number of
which is 2009 CA 625, wherein RIV-
ERSIDE NATIONAL BANK, etc., is
Plaintiff, and WILMA KING and
DEBORAH KING, et al., are Defen-
dants, I, SHARON ROBERTSON.
Clerk of Circuit Court, will, the 31st
day of March, 2010, at 11:00 o'clock
A.M., or as soon thereafter as the
sale may be held, sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash in the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the
Okeechobeee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida, the following described real
estate, situate, lying, and being in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
The West 1/2 of the South 1/2
of the South 1/2 of Tract 25,
Section 21, Township 34
South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, ac-
cording to the Plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 4, pages
3A-D., inclusive of the Okee-
chobee County Public Records
(Lots M and N); TOGETHER
WITH THAT CERTAIN 2002
HOMES OF MERIT MANUFAC-
TURED HOME ID
#FHLMBA165648001A and #
FHLMBA165648001B.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
DATED 2/19/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Adminis-
tration not later than 7 days prior to
the proceeding at 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
(772)807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Nobce. If
you are hearing impaired call
(800-955-8771; if you are voice im-
paired call (800)955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000360
LAYNE BROWN;
Plantbff,
vs.
OKEECHOBEE TOWN CENTRE,
LLC; KEITH DUFFY, MANAGING
MEMBER; RANDALL C. EX, AS
TRUSTEE OF THE EX FAMILY
TRUST C; ROBIN ELLIOTT, INDI-
VIDUALLY, SUE KEMSLEY, AS
TRUSTEE OF CONNECTED, INC.
RETIREMENT TRUST DTD
12/27/04 AND RHONDA MAIS,
INDIVIDUALLY;
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accor-
dance with the Default Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated February
18 2010. in the above-styled case, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Judi-
cial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at
11:00 AM on March 31, 2010, the
following described property:

Beginning at the Southeast cor-
ner of the SE /4 of the NE /4 of
Section 28, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East and run NORTH
157.50 feet, thence run West
226 feet, thence run South
157.50 feet thence run East 226
feet to the Point of Beginning.
And also:
Beginning at the Southeast cor-
ner of the SE /4 of the NE /4 of
the NE 1/4 of Section 28, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 35 East,
and mn West 226 feet for a
point of beginning; thence mn
West 135 feet; thence run North
157.50 feet thence run East 135
feet and thence South 157.50
feet to the Point of Beginning.

All being located in Section 28,
Township 37 South, Range 35
East, Okeechobee County, Flori-
da.


COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 1811 S.
Parrot Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodabon to
participate in this proceeding should
contact the Court Administrabon lo-
cated at 250 Northwest Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986,
Phone Number 772-807-4370, or the
Florida Relay Service number,
1-800-955-8771, for assistance.
Dated: February 24, 2010
Marinnosci Law Group, PA.
For the Court
Attorney's for Plaintiff,
Bank of New York
100 W. Cypress Creek Road,
Suite 1045
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
954-644-8704
Dawn Marshall, Esq.
Florida Bar No: 745642
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA.
CASE NO. i009-CA-404
JOE H. BAKER AND
PEGGYJ. BAKER, his wife,
Plaintiffs,
VS.
FRANZ A. CANDELL, AND
KIMBERLY ANN CANDELL, his wife,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Summary Final Judgment
dated January 21, 2010, and entered
in Case No. 2009-CA- 404 of the Cir-
cuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit
in and for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, wherein Joe H. Baker and Peggy
J. Baker, his wife, 1414 South Parrott
Avenue, #337, Okeechobee, Florida
34974 are the Plaintiffs, and Franz A.
Candell, and Kimberly Ann Candell,
his wife are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest bidder for cash at
the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 N. W. 3rd STREET,
JURY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00
A.M. on the 31st day of March
2010, the following described proper-
ty as set forth in said Summary Final
Judgment, to-wit:
Commencing at the Northwest
corner of Section 12, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 34 East,
run thence South 00'32'00A
West along the West boundary
line of said Section 12, for a
distance of 1868.06 feet for
POINT OF BEGINNING; thence
continue South 00'32'00"
West for a distance of 127.09
feet; thence run South
89'40'00" East parallel with
the North boundary line of the
aforesaid Section 12, for a dis-
tance of 338.24 feet; thence
run North 00'08'00" East, for a
distance of 127.09 feet,
thence run North 89'40'001
West for a distance of 337.34
feet to the POINT OF BEGIN-
NING. LESS the East 33.00
feet of Tract for County Road
right-of-way. Lying in and
comprising a part of Section
12, Township 37 South, Range
34 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida. TOGETHER WITH a
1995 FLEE double-wide mobile
home with ID Nos.
FLFLRA11687CW and
FLFLR79B11687CW.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled persons, who because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modations to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court
Administrator no later than seven
days prior to the proceeding or call
1772-807-4370. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771. IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
SHARON ROBERTSON
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000003
US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSMPS
MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-
RP2
RPaintiff,
vs.
TRACI BLEVINS, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
TRACI BLEVINS N/K/A ROBERT
JOSEPH TILLOTSON N/K/A ROB-
ERT JOSEPH TILLOTSON N/K/A
ROBERT JOSEPH TILLOTSON
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 300 North
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
349721484
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALLUNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWNTO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DE-
VISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS.
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UN-
KNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acbon to
foreclose a mortgage on the follow-
ing property in OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida:
LOT 8, BLOCK 18, PINE OAKS
VILLAGE NO. 2, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 21 OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TO-
GETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME
LOCATED THEREON AS A PER-
MANENT FIXTURE AND AN AP-
PURTENANCE THERETO..
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses within 30 days after
the first publication, if any, on Florida
Default Law Group, PL., Plaintiff's
attorney, whose address is 9119 Cor-
porate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original
with this Court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint or peti-
tion.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive
weeks in the Okeechobee News (In-
dependent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on this 25th day of Febru-
ary, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F09125895
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
772)807-4370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 26th day of March
2010 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursu-
ant to Florida statute 713.78 for un-
aid towing and storage. Year, Make,
odel & Vin's as follows:
1998 Red Dodge Stratus
1B3EJ56H3WN136374
1991 Blue &White
Well Craft Boat
WELA4687H091
1990 Red Oldsmobile
Cutlass Supreme
1G3WS54T7LD316191
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
in "AS IS"with no guarantees.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000380
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RAFAEL BUSTOS, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated February 18,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000380 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein WELLS FAR-
GO BANK, NA, is the Plaintiff and
RAFAEL BUSTOS; MARIA B. LEON
DE BUSTOS A/K/A MARIA BACILISA
BUSTOS; IVAN BUSTOS; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF IVAN BUSTOS
N/K/A NATALIE BUSTOS; LOUIS
CLAVERIA; TENANT #1 N/K/A RA-
FAEL BUSTOS; are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312
N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the
31st day of March, 2010, the follow-
ing descnbed property as set forth in
said Rnal Judgment:
LOT 65, WHISPERING PINES
HEIGHTS, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEROF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 46, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 949 NW 39TH CIRCLE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus fmm the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on February 22, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, PL.
PRO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09045781
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Thrt St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
(772)807-4370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 488
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND
BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
LAURENCE R. KLEINMAN, SALLYANN
KLEINMAN, JOHN E. KOVACIK, SU-
SAN KOVACIK, HOWARD R. KLEIN-
MAN AND TAMMY KLEINMAN,ALSO
KNOWN AS TAM-
MY R. KLEINMAN,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE
BYCLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment en-
tered in the above styled cause now
ending in said Court that I will sell
ro the highest and best bidder for
cash at the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Sbtreet,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00
a.m. on March 31, 2010, the follow-
ing described real property:
Lot 21 of the Plat of Sundance
Trails Ranch, as recorded in
Plat Book 7, Page 69 Public
Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED February 19, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Attorney: Sandier & Sandier
117 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CA-226
S&P CAPITAL CORPORATION,
a Florida Corporation,
Plaintiff
vs.
NATACHA JOSEPH and
WILBENS JOSEPH,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated 2/18/2010, entered in
Civil Case No. 2009-CA-226 of the
Circuit Court of the Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash, in Jury As-
sembly Rm., 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 North-
west 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, in accordance with section
45.031, Florida Statutes, at 11:00
o'clock a.m. on Wednesday, the 31
day of March, 2010, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment, to wit:
The West 1/2 of the West 1/2
of the North '1/2 of the North
1/2 Of Tract 11, Section 21,
Township 34 South, Range 33
East, according to the Plat
thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 4, Pages 3A-D, Public
Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens, must file a
claim within sixty (60) days after the
sale.
DATED this 22nd day of Feb. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Attorney for Plaintiff:
William G. Shofstall
PR 0. Box 210576
West Palm Beach, Florida 33421
(561) 641-2600
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities needing a
special accommodation should con-
tact COURT ADMINISTRATION no
later than seven days prior to the
proceeding at and ask for assistance
via the Florida Relay Service.
1-772-807-4370
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 487
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND
BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
HOWARD R. KLEINMAN, TAMMY
KLEINMAN, ALSO KNOWN AS TAM-
MY R. KLEINMAN, JOHN E. KOVACIK
AND SUSAN KOVACIK,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE
BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment en-
tered in the above styled cause now
pending in said Court that I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00
a.m. on March 31, 2010, the follow-
ing described real property:
Lot 24 Sundance Trails Ranch
according to the Plat thereof
as recorded in Plat Book 7
Page 69 Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED: 2/19/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BY: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Attorney: Sandler & Sandler
117 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE
NO: 47-2009-CA-000045
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
RUSSELL A. KELSO, JR. A/K/A RUS-
SELL A. KELSO A/K/A RUSSELL AL-
LEN KELSO, JR.; ROXANNA M.
KELSO A/K/A ROXANNA M. HAZY-
KELSO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,


UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; PINE ISLAND H 0 M E -
OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF OKEE-
CHOBEE, INC.; NATIONAL CITY
BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK;
JOHN DOE ANDJANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 12/21/2009, en-
tered in Civil Case No. 47-2009-
CA-000045 of the Circuit Court of
the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of
March, 2010 the following descnbed
property as set forth in said Sum-
mary Rnal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7, PINE ISLAND, PHASE I,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 6, PAGES 52 THROUGH
56, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TO-
GETHER WITH A 1992 MOBILE
HOME WITH VIN#
FLFLN70A20150CG, TITLE #
64257108 AND VIN#
FLFLN70B20150CG, TITLE#
64257110
Any person claimina an interest in
the su lus from the sale, if any,
other than the aro erty owner as of
the date of the lis Dendens, must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 5th day of Jan., 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
08-13064 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administraton no later
than seven days pnor to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Notice to Appear. If you
are hearing impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
343250 ON 3/3,10,17/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2009-CA-000121
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON
F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF
THE GE-WMC ASSET-BACKED PASS-
THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES
2005-1
PLAINTIFF
VS.
CLIFFORD B. CRAMER; LINDA P
CRAMER A/K/A LINDA AILEEN
PEASE; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; INDIAN HAMMOCK
HUNT AND RIDING CLUB, INC.;
JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 12/21/2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No. 47-2009-
CA-000121 of the Circuit Court of
the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of
March, 2010 the following descnbed
property as set forth in said Sum-
mary Rnal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 78 OF INDIAN HAMMOCK
HUNT AND RIDING CLUB, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGE(S) 25, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-


BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
Any Derson claimna an interest in
the sur lus from the sale, if any,
other than the proerty owner as of
the date of the is Dendens, must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 5th day of Jan., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400,
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
09-22850 LITNW
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Dnve, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Notice to Appear If you
are heanng impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
343301 ON 3/3,10/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000046
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintff,
VS.
WILLIE A SAULS, JR, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO:
BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS' AS-
SOCIATION, INC., A DISSOLVED
CORPORATION
Last Known Address: c/o Taylor,
Thomas L., Director of a Dissolved
Corporation, R.A., 3101 NW 37th
Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
Current Mailing Address:
RO. Box 1713, Okeechobee, FL
34973
Current Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following descnbed property:
LOT 8, BLOCK 22, BASSWOOD
INCORPORATED, UNIT NUMBER
2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it, on
Marshall C. VWatson, P.A., Attorney
for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800
NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120,
FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 within
thirty (30) days after the first publi-
cation of this Notice in the OKEE-
CHOBEE NEWS and file the onginal
with the Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plaintiffs attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise
a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days pnor to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr., Port St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand and the sealof
this Court this 17th day of February,
2010.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
346709 ON 03/03,10/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 486
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND
BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
HOWARD R. KLEINMAN, TAMMY
KLEINMAN, ALSO KNOWN AS TAM-
MY R. KLEINMAN, JOHN E. KOVACIK
AND SUSAN KOVACIK,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE
BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment en-
tered in the above styled cause now
pending in said Court that I will sell


to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00
a.m. on March 31, 2010, the follow-
ing described real property:
Lot 63, Sundance Trails Ranch
according to the Plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 7, Page
69, Public Records of Okee-
chobee County, Florida.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED: 2/19/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Attorney: Sandler & Sandler
117 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
347229 ON 3/3,10/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY.
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-201
JUDGE: LARRY SCHACK
ALLIED INVESTORS, INC.,
a Florida Corporaton,
Plaintiffs)
VS
SUSAN M. WHITCOMB HANNER
a/k/a SUSAN M. WHITCOMB, JOHN
M. HANNER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
DURWARD C. WHITCOMB III, if any,


GREAT AMERICAN RV's INC., a Flori-
da Corporation, CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, a Florida municipality, JAMES C.
BRENDEL, JANE BRENDEL, LARRY
MELLAND, KEITH PARRISH, ATLAN-
TIC TITLE, INC., a Florida corpora-
tion, and JOHN AND/OR JANE DOE,
AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that pursu-
ant to the Summary Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and Sale entered in
the cause pending in the Circuit
Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit, in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Civil Acton Number: 2008-
CA-201, the undersigned Clerk will
sell the property situated in said
County, described as:
Lot 30, OKEECHOBEE ESTATES,
according to the Plat thereof as re-
corded in Plat Book 3, Page 20,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Property address: 1002 SE 8th
Drive Okeechobee FL 34974
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder for cash at 11:00 o'clock
A.M., on the 31st day of March,
2010, in The Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, located at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE


SALE.
Dated this 22nd day of Feb. 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
MICHAEL J. McNICHOLAS, ESQUIRE
McCARTHY, SUMMERS, BOBKO,
WOOD & SAWYER, RA.
2400 S.E. Federal Highway, 4th Floor
Stuart, Florida 34994
(772) 286-1700
E-Mail: mim(mcsumm.com
Attorneys for Plaintiff
347177 ON 3/10,17/10
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF MECKLENBURG
IN THE GENERAL
COURT OFJUSTICE
DISTRICT COURT DIVISION
Case #09-CVD-12518
Mauricio Cardona
Jaramillo,
Plaintiff
vs.
Zirelyn Panade Gonzalez,
Defendant
TO: Zirelyn Panade
Gonzalez
TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seek-
ing relief against you has been filed
in the above-entitled actin. The na-
ture of the relief being sought is as
follows: absolute divorce from Plain-
tiff stated hereinabove.
You are required to make a defense
to such pleading no later than Forty


(40) days after March 3, 2010 (exclu-
sive of said date), and upon your
failure to do so, the party seeking
service against you will apply to the
Court for the relief sought.
This the 3rd day of March, 2010.
David A. Concha
Attorney for Plaintiff
725 East Trade Street
Suite 215
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704)525-8824
347685 ON 03/03,10,17/10

LEGAL NOTICE
DeMott Auction gives notice of in-
tent, pursuant to subsecton
713.78 of the Florida Statutes, to
sell the following vehicles:
2005 LMT Trailer
Vin #: 5L8GF362551411426
Kubota RTV 900
4x4 Diesel PS
Serial #: 69867
Product #: KRTV900A61069867
Former Owner of
Abandoned Property
ATV Corp
7425 Ball Hill Dr
Miami, FL 33015
To be sold at auction
to the highest bidder
March 27, 2009 at
Huey Howard Ranch Hwy.
832 LaBelle FL.
AU1833-AB1285
345458 ON 03/10,17;
IB 03/11,18;CGS 03/18,25/10


Boys baseball team sweeps double header


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

Pitching is the backbone of champi-
onship teams and the Okeechobee High
School Brahmans got some excellent pitch-
ing Saturday as they swept a double header
at Suncoast, 6-0, and 5-2 behind their two
aces, Jonathan Crawford and Cameron
Tewksbury.
Both Brahman veterans were nearly at
their best Saturday. Crawford struck out 11
batters as he shutout the Chargers in the first
game. Tewksbury scattered eight Charger
hits to beat the hosts 5-2 in the night cap.
The Brahmans 11 run output was a pretty
good days work for a team that has strug-
gled to score this year. Brice Buckner, Drew
Selvey and Richard Donegan were able to
put together two hit games in the double
dip.
Brahman Coaches said there were some
mistakes in base running and in fielding er-
rors that need to be corrected, but that the
team played well overall.
"The pitching was pretty good. I was very
pleased with the pitching. If Cameron and
Jonathan pitch like that, we're going to be
in very good shape," Coach Dylan Tedders
said.
Crawford allowed just one hit in a com-
plete game performance. He did in front of
several pro scouts and from coaches at the
University of Florida. Tedders said Crawford
still reached 90-91 on the radar gun with his
fast ball in the late innings Saturday.
"I thought he threw the ball well. He had
only two walks and he wasn't letting up. He


wanted to finish the game," Tedders added.
Buckner had a key RBI triple in the first
game. He went 2 for 3 and scored a run.
Drew Selvey, Mark Weir, Aaron Suarez and
Jake Davenport all went 1 for 3 at the plate
in the opener.
In the second game Cameron Tewksbury
pitched a complete game. He didn't walk a
hitter and wasn't really in any big jam. He
did allow a solo homerun to Aaron Cohn
who has signed with Duke University.
At the plate Richard Donegan and Selvey
had two hits apiece. Selvey added a triple.
Brice Buckner and Crawford both went 2 for
4.
Okeechobee pounded out 10 hits in the
nightcap and are now 4-2 overall and 4-0 in
the district. Tedders said another key game
occurs this Friday when they travel to play
Lincoln Park Academy at Lawnwood Sta-
dium. He said if Okeechobee can win that
game they essentially have secured the num-
ber one seed in the district tournament.
"I think it is our show. If we and LPA split
and we run the table it could come down to
a coin toss. Maybe there's an upset out there,
but I don't see it right now," he added.
Crawford is expected to start Friday's
showdown in Ft. Pierce. Okeechobee re-
turns home on Saturday to host a double
header against district foe Boynton Beach.
The team also hosts a barbecue contest
fundraiser on Saturday. Anyone interested in
entering the contest can call Mark Ward at
863-634-1722.


O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


Gold Tee

First Place D. Thomas

Second Place H.Shelkie

Third Place R. Foss

Dave Thomas had an eagle on #6


RPI.G.S. League

First Place Bo McCollum
Second Place Ken McCarty
Last Place Jack Forde

Closest to the Pin
Kenny Curran, Red Thornberry and Jack
Forde (2).




March 10, 2010


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Breakfast Croissant $489
& with Potato
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-/ and whipped cream
6. Bagel with cream cheese $489
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2. County Fried Steak $ 39
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1. Bistro Ham 'N Cheese
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3. Patty Melt $599
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Special to the Okeechobee News/EES

Students of the week
Everglades Elementary School students achieving excellence in the class-
room for the week of March 8-12 include: kindergarten students, Allyson
Broadrick, David Bayless, Blanca Hernandez, Isaac Cardoso; first graders,
Pedro Estrada, Angel Kasik, Catie Rowley, Tristen Lewis, Gabriela Flores,
Kyli Terry; second grade students, Kevin Alavez, Tyler Tucker, Candace
Nicoll, Kolby Yerkes, third graders, Zachery Johnson, Allan Portocarrero,
Nicholas Williams, Ivo DeLosReyes, Angela Salmeron, Patricia Fussell,
Brian Sell; fourth grade students, Ronnie Eckenwiler, Mackenzie Miers, Ani
Martinez, Kyle Evans; fifth grade students, Leon Chambers, Casey Adams,
Josie Johnson, Briceyda Granados. Congratulations! to our many outstand-
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Special to the Okeechobee News/CES

Students of the Week
Central Elementary School students of the week for the week of March 1,
include: kindergarten students, Miranda Watson, Randy Tate, Markayla Mor-
ris, Melissa Mojica, Takiya Jones, Alecziah Gomez; first graders, Shelby
Sumner, Elia Martinez, Travis Fluud, Crystal EIIman, Caleb Tijerina, Edwin
Santos, Emma Baird; second grade students, Juan Sanchez-Anton, Karen
Godinez, Joseline Flores, Cynthya Sandoval, Erik Monter-Cruz, Katie Bryde-
bell; third grade students, Marissa Chavez, Mariano Cruz-Blanco, Yasmine
Adams, Haley Bryner, Jesus Gomez; fourth grade students, Hunter Strick-
land, Skylar Casian, Dylan Walker, Shawna Peacock, Christopher Patrick.
Congratulations to our many outstanding students!


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