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Vol. 101 No. 31 Friday, March 12, 2010


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County may cut employees' pay


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Money or the lack of it was a
major topic of discussion at the
Thursday, March 11 meeting of
the Okeechobee County Commis-
sion.
At the request of Commis-
sioner Joey Hoover the board
discussed, but took no action on
a proposed policy on fund bal-
ances and reserves. The proposed
policy would set the undesignated
reserve fund balance minimum at
two months of general operating
revenues, the Landfill Trust Fund


'We are spending money we don't have and it's
unsustainable.'
County Commissioner Joey Hoover


Reserve minimum at $8,000,000
with the exception for the use of
debt service 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 calls for the
county to replenish that shortfall
over a three year period. It also


calls for a reserve for contingen-
cies not exceeding 10 percent of
the total fund budget to be bud-
geted into each operating fund for
unforeseen circumstances.
"We need some type of policy
that handles our reserve funds
and addresses minimums," stated
Mr. Hoover. "We have used re-
serve funds to keep us from mak-


ing tough decisions. I'm hoping
this resolution will make us more
accountable."
He said the proposed policy
would cause commissioners to
look at transfers from reserves as
a loan and agree to a repayment
plan and a length of time to re-
pay.
"We are spending money we
don't have and it's unsustain-
able," Commissioner Hoover as-
serted. "Deficit spending is unsus-
tainable."
See COUNTY Page 2


Memory field honors Florida

children who died from abuse


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Most of the time, community mem-
bers are proud of the flags that fly in
Okeechobee's parks. But 198 flags flown
in Flagler Park this month represent the
shame and horror of child abuse and
neglect.
Each flag honors a child who died in
Florida from abuse or neglect in 2009.
Tuesday night, a dedication cer-
emony was held for the Memory Field,
a project sponsored by Castle, an orga-
nization which works with abuse and
neglected children in Okeechobee and
the Treasure Coast.
Last year nearly 200 families in
Okeechobee were served. In the 29 year
history of Castle nearly 1,800 families
have been served.
President of the Board of Directors
of Castle, Bob Baldassari, a PGA Profes-
sional and General Manager of the PGA
Village, said his hope is that one day
they hold this ceremony without flags.
"We hope this event spreads the
word about our programs," he said.
"Castle has a 96 percent success rate


with the families they serve. However,
there are a lot of families that can't be
helped due to limited resources."


See MEMORY Page 2


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Community leaders carry flags
during the Memory Field dedica-
tion ceremony Tuesday in Flagler
Park.


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Okeechobee man killed in auto accident Okeechobee
Forecast


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 35-year old Okeechobee man, Brian
Symington, was killed Thursday in a near
head on collision on State Road 710 north-
west of Indiantown, the Florida Highway
Patrol said.
Symington's vehicle, a 2001 Ford F-250


COUNTY
Continued From Page 1

He claimed that the commission budget
did not meet state auditing standards.
"I think it's a good idea," was the opin-
ion of Commissioner Ray Domer. "The main
thing is we have got to reduce our spending
to match our revenues."
"We need to start cutting the budget
now," asserted Commissioner Margaret Gar-
rard Helton.
Commissioners Clif Betts and Noel Chan-
dler also expressed agreement with the gen-
eral concept of the proposed policy.
Commissioner Hoover requested public
input on the proposed policy.


MEMORY
Continued From Page 1

Executive Director of Castle Theresa Gar-
barino-May spoke on many of the programs
that Castle provides in Okeechobee. One
program involves home visitation services
and counseling. Castle sends the counselors
right into the homes to work with parents
who are having difficulty with abuse, neglect
or poor parenting.
"Somehow the family needs someone
there to help them figure it all out. We send
counselors to find out what went wrong and
provide them information so parents can
love and nurture their children in a healthy
way," she added.
Another program is the Families First Pro-
gram which assists divorcing parents. The
counselors work to keep the kids out of the
middle of the child support, and other dis-
putes often involved with divorce. It helps
the adults improve communication and
work to settle their disputes.
Castle also has a program for parents
who are incarcerated which helps them suc-
cessfully return to their families when their
jail terms are up. Ms. Garbarino-May said the
goal is to reunite the family so it is safe for
the children.


pickup, apparently crossed the center line
while east bound and collided with a west-
bound Kenworth Truck driven by Theodore
Mayes, 44, of Okeechobee, Cpl. Stephen
Rudd said.
The early morning accident shut down
710 in the area of Bay State Milling and Fox
Brown Road. Traffic was diverted onto Mar-
tin Grade, State Road 76 and Fox Brown


Commissioners also spent some time
discussing the budget. County administrator
Lyndon Bonner defined several priorities he
would use in preparing a proposed budget
for the coming fiscal year. He admitted that
reserves had fallen below the state required
minimum of two months of operating ex-
penses.
Mr. Bonner predicted there would be no
increase in taxes. However, he said he was
looking at imposing the emergency medical
services (EMS) assessment at the full rate
while retaining the exemption for non-profit
organizations. In the current budget, com-
missioners voted to cut the EMS assessment
in half.
The county administrator said property
appraiser Bill Sherman has predicted a 15


"Children that suffer from abuse do lose
their lives. Many kids have paid a high price
for this abuse. Our hope is the Memory
Field will raise awareness so we can prevent
abuse like this," she said.
During the five years the Memory Field
dedications have been held, 760 children
have died in Florida.
Ms. Garbarino-May said one young boy
told his counselor that the happiest part
of his day is when he's asleep and able to
dream. She said when he dreams he can be
anything he wants to be and have the best
family in the world.
"Castle exists for children to have their
dreams realized. Some children don't know
there is another way in life. Others search
their whole life for it. Children want happy
and healthy families and want to be loved
and nurtured. They want their parents to
think they are wonderful," she added.
Castle is also working on other new pro-
grams for Okeechobee.
Community leaders like City Councilman
Dowling Watford, Pastor Cary Mckee, and
Sheriff Paul May marched with flags in their
hands to start the ceremony. The Okeecho-
bee High School ROTC Color Guard present-
ed the colors, and WOKC personality Billy
Dean served as Master of Ceremonies.


Road for several hours.
Symington was pronounced dead at the
scene by Martin County Fire Rescue.
According to the FHP report, about
$11,000 in property damage was done in the
accident which occurred at approximately
5:45 a.m.
Mayes was not injured in the accident,
according to the FHP report.


percent decline in property values this year.
He mentioned a possible reduction in
employees' salaries on a sliding scale rather
than reducing positions. If all employees
received the same percentage of salary re-
duction, Mr. Bonner said that some salaries
would be below the legal minimum wage.
Commissioner Hoover said the county
employees he talked to favored salary reduc-
tions rather than layoffs.
Mr. Bonner said that next week he would
begin talking with the constitutional officers
(the sheriff, the property appraiser, the tax
collector, the supervisor of elections and
the clerk of the court) about possible cost
reductions. He said he favored using the
same apportionment method that was used
in preparing this year's budget.
Once again Mr. Bonner mentioned a pos-
sible $2.8 to $4.2 million deficit coming into
the 2010/2011 fiscal year.
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Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high
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Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with
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Horse Parade of Breeds & Exhibition 5 PM
Little Miss Beauty Pageant 6 PM
Hotel California Concert (Free Concert) 9 PM


Small Animal Show 9AM
BobTeany Classic Car Show 12 Noon
Saturday Cattlemen's Association Spring Rodeo 2:00 PM
larch 13th Miss Okeechobee County Fair Pageant- 5 PM
ir Opens 12 Noon Lamb Show- 6PM
Horse Speed Events -4 PM
Hotel California Concert (Free Concert) 9 PM
Sunday Rodeo Day atthe Fair
arch 14th Cattlemen's Association Spring Rodeo 2:00 PM
larch 14th Hispanic Band Jamboree 5 PM
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Monday Ladies Night
larch 15th (Free GateAdmission All Ladies)
air Opens 5 PM Okeechobee Idol Contest Prelims 7 PM
Tuesday Student Night $2 Gate Admission For Students
larch 16th Dairy Show- 5 PM
air Opens 5 PM Wal-Mart Guitar Hero Competition 6 PM
wednesday Senior Day (60 & Over) $1 Gate Admission
larch 17th Swine Showmanship-5PM
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Thursday Food Drive Night
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larch 18th SwineShow- 5PM
air Opens 5 PM Okeechobee Idol Finals- 8 PM
Friday TGIF Night (Gate Admission $5)
larch 19th SteerShow -3 PM
arch 19th Beef Breeding Show- After SteerShow
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great place for adoptable pets to stay. We are also in need of donations to help with
food, vet and other operating expenses. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Firemen were able
to protect a home from a brush fire on Tues-
day morning.
Fire crews were dispatched just after 11
a.m. to 15260 N.W 260th Street and found a
large brush fire burning heavy palmetto and
grass. Three units and seven firemen were
on the scene for about two hours putting the
blaze out.


The fire report from paramedic David
Kinchen said the cause was under investiga-
tion. He said about 1,000 gallons of water
was used to put out the fire. The Division of
Forestry provided two brush trucks, a tractor
and a plow to surround the blaze.
The cause was under investigation. The
fire report said the homeowner was burn-
ing in a pit and the fire apparently got away
from him.
Five acres were burned in the blaze but
no structural damage was reported. There
were also no injuries reported.


Martha's House appreciates support


Martha's House, Okeechobee's only state
certified domestic violence shelter and out-
reach services, thanks the Iron Eagle Bar for
their generous donation! On Saturday, Feb.
27, many dedicated men and women with-
stood the cold and rain to cook and serve an
assortment of delicious chili. Tasters enjoyed
smoked Hog Chili, White Chili, Hillbilly Chili
and several variations of the classic recipe.
Owner of the Iron Eagle Bar, Betty Boop's
careful planning and organizing was not
foiled by the weather. The theme of this
years event was Bikes, Chili, Beer, Music
and Fun. Despite the inclement weather the
event was well attended, and held true to
it's name and intention. The winner of the
cook-off was T-Bone. Rick Berglund's chili
was the people's choice. Everyone who at-
tended had a great time. Theresa Alexander,
Executive Director of Martha's House stated
that she was extremely pleased at the turn-
out and the most generous donation. She
went on to state, "Community support is


essential to the survival of Martha's House.
Because we rely on grants, we would stand
to lose funding without the support of peo-
ple such as Ms. Betty and those who cooked
for, and attended the event. It is truly heart
warming that so many people turned out in
this weather!"


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AAA tow truck drivers will protect road-
ways from drunk drivers for St. Patrick's
Day festivities. "Tow to Go" services will be
offered for the extended holiday weekend
again this year.
AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser
will protect roadways on St. Patrick's Day
weekend with the "Tow to Go" program
that is credited with safely removing more
than 11,200 drunk drivers off the roads
since it started in 1998. Anyone can call for
a "Tow to Go" ride Friday through Wednes-
day, March 12-17.
"Tow to Go" provides a confidential ride
home and tow FREE of charge to any-
one who may have had too much to drink
and needs a ride from a bar or restaurant
by simply calling 1-800-AAA-HELP. Services
are now offered throughout the states of
Florida, Georgia, and West and Middle Ten-
nessee.
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als to plan for a safe St. Patrick's Day week-
end by choosing a "Designated Driver" or
calling "Tow to Go" for a safe ride home,
rather than allowing anyone whose sobriety
is in question to drive.
"The St. Patrick's Day weekend is begin-
ning to become one of our busiest week-
ends next to the Christmas holidays; we are
seeing a trend upwards in the call volume
and we certainly hope it is a direct result of


people choosing not to take unnecessary
risks," said Ed Schatzman, senior vice presi-
dent of automotive services for AAA Auto
Club South.
"AAA wants everyone on the roads to get
home safely and if some folks will not plan
ahead and choose a designated driver or call
a cab, then we are here to make sure they
don't get behind the wheel and hurt them-
selves or anyone else driving home to their
families on St. Patrick's Day weekend."
"Don't just rely on luck to get you home
safely this St. Patrick's Day," said Kathy
Casso, vice president of Corporate Social
Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. "Adults
should plan ahead to ensure they've ar-
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Choose a designated driver who is not
going to drink; select a driver at the begin-
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case your designated driver doesn't come
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OPINION


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Letters to the editor


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ing place. Thanks for participating!
County fair
* The county fair really sounds like they are
having a lot going on this year horse events,
karaoke contests, concerts, Lego building,
beauty contests. I am glad it is growing
every year because a real county fair is
something that can grow and be a real asset
to the community. I like the Ag-Center facility
because there is plenty of parking and it is
easy to get in and out. When they have events
downtown, it is often hard to find a place to
park that is not in someone's front yard or in
the parking lot of a business that wants to keep
the parking spaces open for their customers.
Forgotten soldiers
On Friday, the Okeechobee County Fair
is collecting items for http://www.forgottensol-
diers.org. They send monthly care packages to
military service members overseas. I checked
it out and the www.forgottensoldiers.org web
site lists the Okeechobee fair program. On the
web site the list of items they need are things
you expect like beef jerky and international
phone calling cards. But one thing on the list
that struck me is silly string. The soldiers spray
it into a building before they enter, because it
helps them detect trip wires. And it is so light
that it t e off the bombs. If you are go
ing to donate, check out the web site because
they highlight the things they need most in red.
It changes from month to month as donations
come in. They always need letters of encour-
agement.

OCRA games during FCAT week
As a coach, parent and former OCRA
board member I will voice the following opin-
ion: The children will be okay. I know that's
a big statement, but really they will be okay.
Some of my players are missing practice this
week. It's okay. We talked about it with several
parents. Some opted to practice, some did not.
My own children will practice, play, eat, sleep
and take the FCATs. They'll probably watch
cartoons and argue a bit too. They'll be okay.
The current OCRA president is a very big asset
to OCRA and I'm happy he's back this year.
He listens to all our concerns and takes action.
Most times I agree, but if I don't at least I know
he took the time to listen and take action.


In days of old
In days of old, a crook could not set up
in any town and last long because the folks
of the town talked to one another and soon
the crook would have to go because no one
went to them. In today's world is which crook
u want to be took by everything seems to have
a scam the rule book is no longer open for all
to see.

The Lord's Day
God always was and always will be-
with no beginning and no end. If we can't
fathom that it is because our human minds
are limited. So we accept it on faith. As for
worshipping on Sunday, the early Christians
switched from Saturday to Sunday. Most of the
early Christians were Jews but some were not.
I don't have an exact date, but from the early
writings it appears they were worshipping on
Sunday by 200 AD, and at the Council of Nicea
in 325, they officially decided to celebrate Eas-
ter on a Sunday, even though three days after
Passover does not always fall on a Sunday. The
Jews used a lunar calendar to determine the
dates of Passover and the last supper was a
Passover supper, so the early Christians used
the Jewish holiday of Passover to determine
when Easter should be. As for how you keep
the Lord's Day, that's up to you and God.

Pet stores
West Palm beach is trying to stop the sale
of cats and dogs in pet stores. The reason is
there are so many dogs and cats now that need
homes and so many euthanized each year in
counties. I think Okeechobee does around
300 a month. I think it's a good idea. What do
others think? I also think they have a manda
tory spay/neuter on pets which I also think is
great. I think maybe Okeechobee should try
to do the same thing. Too many animals are
being put down. Just not enough homes for
all of the animals in shelters. If Okeechobee
had a low cost spay/neuter program here, it
would help solve the problem. Another thing
that would help lower the stray population is
a TNR Program, which is trap, neuter and re-
lease. At least they would stop breeding out
there. Something needs to be done, so many
lives snuffed out just because they were born.
I saw this on the news. They aren't trying
to stop the sale of all dogs and cats. They are
trying to stop pet stores from importing dogs
from the out-of state "puppy mills." The law
would ban the sale of animals that were not
bred in Florida. The stores could still sell pup-
pies that came from licensed breeders in the
State of Florida, and they could have animals
from pet rescues in Florida. I think this is a good
idea because these puppy mills mistreat the
dogs. But when they come from out of state,
currently there is not much the Florida officials
can do about it. If they find a puppy mill oper-
ating in Florida, they can close it down.


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Consider the costs of mental
health care
As state lawmakers are considering addi-
tional cuts in mental health and substance
abuse services the following points should
be considered:
The average annual community mental
health treatment cost is $1,461. The average
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Rodeo Queen night
What a night it was in the old rodeo arena
as the Rodeo Queen contest took place.
This contest was well planned by the
Okeechobee Cattlewomen group with many
hours dedicated to it. The result? A great way
for girls of almost every age group to come
on out, be asked an interview question,
dress in their finest "Cowgirl" clothing, wear
their prettiest make-up, and some had an op-
portunity to display their horse riding skills.
What a night it was. Quite nostalgic. There is
nothing like seeing people ride in this arena,
which I have personally loved since 1973. It
is true Okeechobee history. I can still hear
the crowds applaud for the contestants, hear
the rodeo music, and imagine the bullfight-
ers in this place.
Each contestant did a fine job of par-
ticipating, with expectations high, beauty
abounding, delightful personalities beautiful
horses all groomed, here we go.
I am just so thankful to see and be a part
of the old arena, and it being used once
again.
This is my most favorite place in the
whole world. Then looking at Miss Paula
Daniel riding her Homer carrying the Ameri-


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can flag also and again, nostalgic, for me.
As the event began, as if this was not heart
warming enough, Amanda Shefield, the
daughter of Melissa Mckay, came to me with
this request. "Miss Bobbi, will you please
pray with me"? This is the same child that
three years ago was baptized on the same
day along with my own daughter. So, she is
very special to me. So, yes, we did pray to-
gether, and yes she did win in her particular
category. Does life get much better?
Let me just say thank you to the Cattle-
women, for choosing this beautiful open air,
dirt filled, many memory filled arena for this
contest to be held in. I feel it will be events
like this that will show this arena still has
purpose in our "Cowtown" society. It is my
prayer more events will take place here, like
buckin' broncs, concerts on the local level,
maybe a dog show, games for children, all
taking place on these grounds.
It has easy access, great lighting, speaker
system, cover from rain or sun, and big bath-
rooms. Not to mention plenty of parking and
concessions stands.
What's not to love?
Blessings to all.
Bobbi Poole

Thanks to all
I would like to thank everyone who played
in the benefit golf tournament scramble for
Ed Johnson Scholarship Fund. A special
thanks to Larry Sanders, Roger Havens, and
Larry Nafzinger who planned the scramble.
Thanks to Barbara Sanders who made the
Sloppy Joes, Louise Carron, Shirley Holgate,
Brenda Havens made the baked beans. Bar-
bara Mullins made the cookies. Steve Snyder
sold 50/50 tickets. Fran Tillman and Judy Ro-
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shanty at 10 a.m. Jane let us set up some
on Wednesday night. Bonnie Aldridge was
in charge of the drink cart. Lamar set the golf
course for the scramble. Wendy Woodman
OK the scramble. The golf committee gave
up their tee times.
Thanks again,
Pat Johnson


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School board recognizes students and staff


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a night of recognition as close to
50 Okeechobee students and employees
were honored at this month's Okeecho-
bee County School Board meeting Tuesday
night.
In business actions, the board expelled a
10th grader at Okeechobee High School for
the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year
for possession of alcohol, an 8th grader at
Osceola Middle School for the remainder of
the school year for possession of drugs on
campus, a 7th grader at New Endeavor High
School for defiance of authority and the mis-
use of personal technology, and a 7th grader
at New Endeavor for defiance of authority
and possession of tobacco.
The board rescheduled their next board
meeting from April 13 to April 20, at 6 p.m.
The board also hired Joi Turbeville as
their Director of Finance and accepted the
resignation of the prior Director of Finance,
Ian Proverbs.
Turbeville said she looked forward to the
opportunity with anticipation and excite-
ment.
Dr. Cooper said Turbeville had served the
district well in other capacities and she wel-
comed her into administration.
The board continued the suspension of
Osceola Middle School teacher Catherine
Jones until the results of criminal charges
against her are known. She was arrested
earlier this year on felony charges related to
doctor shopping.
The board honored a number of students
who performed well in athletics, academics,
and music.
Seniors Sara Annis, Dianna Bradley, Dy-
lan Hughes, Amanda Jansen, Steven Kayda,
Sarah Maixner, and Michelle Spears received
a superior rating at the District Solo and En-
semble Competition.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Sara Annis and Superintendent Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper.


The boys soccer team that finished sec-
ond in District 14-4A was honored. Senior
members included Roger Duque, Oscar Gar-
cia, Eddie Guerrero, Ricardo Herera, Adrian
Leon and Chris Spruill.
Students who will represent the dis-
trict in the State Science and Engineering
Fair include Kirsten Doney, Tristan Mavroi-
des, Brandon McKee, McKayla Snow, and
Cassidy Watford of Yearling Middle School,
Sarah Davis and Monica Hernandez of the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus, and Britt-
ney Ball, Ronald Chandler, Kayla Harrison,
Daniel Jansen, Benjamin Kielbasa, Carma
Rowlett, and Margaret Ruede-McKane of
Okeechobee High School. Hernandez will
represent Okeechobee in the International
Science Fair later this year in California.
The board also honored two employees
who will retire soon, Mary Rumbaugh, a Sys-
tem Operator in the Information Technology
Department, and Linda Stewart, a hearing
impaired interpreter for nine years in the Ex-
ceptional Student Education department.
The Board also once again honored their
School Related Employees of the Year and
the Teachers of the Year from each school.
The Board also approved a contract with
G4S Youth Services to provide educational
services for students at the Red Road Acade-
my which will be renamed the Okeechobee
Girls Academy. Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Cooper said the male students
at Red Road Academy will be transferred to
the Vision Quest Program. Half of the female
students at Vision Quest will be transferred
to the Red Road Academy.
The School Board will also put out re-
quest for proposals for banking services. Dr.
Cooper said the district has been pleased
with the performance of their current pro-
vider Riverside National Bank for the past six
years. She stated that after six years many
school districts routinely put out request for
proposals for these services.
The Board also approved various policy
changes that bring the district into compli-


Amanda Jansen and Superintendent
Dr. Patricia Cooper.


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Chris Spruill and Superintendent Dr.
Patricia Cooper (Boys soccer).


ance with state law on issues like purchas-
ing, bus emergency evacuation drills, school
breakfast programs, and even how to handle
animals on campus.
FCAT tests began on Tuesday. Dr. Cooper
thanked the many volunteers who had come


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into the district to help the district administer
the test.
School Board member Joe Arnold and
Superintendent Cooper plan trips to Talla-
hassee to lobby State legislators in the next
month.


Monica Hernandez of the Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus will represent
Okeechobee Schools at the Interna-
tional Science Fair in California. Also
in the picture are School Superinten-
dent Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) and Sci-
ence teacher Maggie Cable.


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Sarah Davis of the Freshman Campus
and Dr. Patricia Cooper.


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Brandon McKee with Superintendent
Dr. Patricia Cooper (State Science and
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Guardian ad Litem Day
At their meeting on Thursday, March 11 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners proclaimed March 23 to be Guardian ad
Litem Day in the county. Commission Chairman Clif Betts
presented the proclamation to Debbie Butler, President of
the Board of Directors of Guardian for New Futures. For 30
years the Guardian ad Litem Program has represented the
best interests of abused and neglected children involved
in dependency court proceedings.


Community Events


Guest speaker joins
tobacco-free campaign
Victor J. DeNoble, Ph.D. was recruited to
develop a safer cigarette for Philip Morris in
the 1980s. In his secret research laboratory,
he studied nicotine's effects on the central
nervous system and was successful in de-
veloping a nicotine substitute that did not
elevate the heart rate; however, attempts to
publish his work were suppressed by Philip
Morris. Dr. DeNoble was eventually fired and
his laboratory was seized. After a decade of
being silenced by a secrecy agreement, he
became the first whistle blower to testify be-
fore Congress and was a key witness in the
federal government's investigation into the
tobacco industry's research practices. Dr.
DeNoble will speak on Tuesday, April 20,
at 6 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Audito-
rium, 610 S.W Second Avenue.

Farm Bureau to host
scholarship BBQ
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will
host the 28th Annual Young Farmers and
Ranchers Scholarship Barbecue on Satur-
day, March 20, at the Agri-Civic Center. Join
us for our barbecue starting at 3 p.m. until
6 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are just $10
each with all proceeds to benefit the Young
Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship Fund.
Tickets can be purchased at the Farm Bureau
Office and also at the 4-H concession stand
March 15th 19th and on the day of the BBQ.
For more information call 863-763-3101.

Eagles to host Steak Night
The Fraternal order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy 441 North will host Steak Night
on Friday, 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.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Parents and Children's Day
At their meeting on Thursday, March 11 Okeechobee
County Commissioners proclaimed April 4 to be Parents
and Children's Day in Okeechobee County. Commission
Chairman Clif Betts presented the proclamation to Jackie
Jackson, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition
of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties.


Lighthouse Refuge to
hold yard sale
The Lighthouse Refuge, a non-profit orga-
nization 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 services, please
contact Donna Dean at 863-357-2106 or 863-
801-9201.

Shared Services Network Meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee County will
conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, March 12, in the board room of
the Okeechobee County School Board Office.
This forum provides a mechanism for dia-
logue and problem solving in our community
through the collaborative efforts of our local
decision makers. The public is invited to at-
tend. For more information, please call Sha-
ron Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.

Yard sale to benefit
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 through Sat-
urday, March 13. Find great deals on new
and gently used clothing and shoes for men,
women and children. For sale is also a wash-
ing machine and an assortment of miscella-
neous items.

Cypress Hut Eagles to host
St. Patrick's Dinner
The Cypress Hut Eagles #4509 of
Okeechobee will host their third annual St.
Patrick's Day Dinner with all the trimmings
on Saturday, March 13.


Red Cross to host Annual
Poker Run
The American Red Cross will once again
host the 'Ride for the Red' Poker Run and
Bike Fest. The event will be held on Satur-
day, March 13 and will be sponsored in
Okeechobee County by Big Mike's Sports
Bar. Okeechobee with stops at Iron Eagle -
Registration and last bike out at 11:30 a.m.
The finale will be at Big Mike's Sports Grille
at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please
call 863-763-3488.

VFW Post 9528 to host dinner
The VFW Post 9528, 29012 East Hwy. 78,
Okeechobee, will host a corned beef dinner
on Sunday, March 14, from 12:30 until 4
p.m. The menu includes corned beef, small
potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and dessert. All
members and guests are invited. There will
be music from 1 until 4 p.m. We will have
door prizes. Donations are $8. For more in-
formation, call 863-467-2882.






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Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the South Elementary School Students of the Week for
the week of March 5.
Students of the week include: Raena Garcia, Braelon Pelt, Christian Correa
Mendoza, Noe Romero, Piper Hans, Haley Joles, Alyssa VaVra, Stephen An-
nis, Damian Stephens, Maria Medrano, Rick Willet, Jacob Myers, Mario Pine-
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Betancourt-Martinez.
South Elementary School Where Eagles Soar!


Special to the Okeechobee News/First United Methodist Church

Hands on Okeechobee
Rev. Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, and
members of his church recently rebuilt a porch for a client of Senior Ser-
vices as a project in the church's ongoing Hands on Okeechobee Projects.
Twice a year volunteers from the church go into the community to wash
windows, do small repair jobs, sort clothes for Real Life Children's Ranch,
repair screens, prepare food for Big Lake Missions Outreach and do other
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Special to the Okeechobee News

Local bike builder wins big
Brandon Baughman, owner of Skull Hill Steel, competed at the Boardwalk
Bike Show, one of the most prestigious motorcycle shows in the world with
a vintage 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycle which he was commissioned to
restore by the owner, Barry Gallup. The competition was from all over the
word. Brandon placed First in Vintage Domestic, Third in People's Choice,
First in Judges' Choice and Second in Best of Show. He is 21 years old but
started competing when he was 16 with the unique hubless motorcycle he
built. He graduated top in his class from MMI, which is the top rated mo-
torcycle repair school in the nation. Brandon, right, is seen with his father
Phil, left.


City code enforcement board imposes fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board imposed a fine on one property
owner and declared another property owner
to be a repeat offender in action taken Tues-
day evening, March 9.
Serafin Cervantes had been cited because
his property at 209 S.W Seventh Ave., did
not meet standards for single family dwell-
ings. According to a City of Okeechobee Po-
lice Report and city engineer Oscar Bermu-
dez' statement, there appeared to be people
living in a shed on the property that did not
meet city code for a single family dwelling.
The board voted to fine the owner $25 a day
beginning March 9.
Wendi Snow had been cited because


of the overgrown condition of her 810 S.E.
Sixth Court property. Code Enforcement of-
ficer Fred Sterling stated that the property in
question was now in compliance but that
it had been out of compliance from Feb. 9
to March 8. Upon the testimony and recom-
mendation of Mr. Sterling the board found
Ms. Snow to be a repeat violator. Subsequent
offences for repeat violators are handled dif-
ferently from first time violators.
According to Mr. Sterling the S.E. Seventh
St. and the S.E. Tenth St. properties of Da-
vid Black are now in compliance and those
cases were not heard.
The case against Bank of America was
not heard because of lack of proper notifica-
tion. City attorney John Cook said the bank
will have to cited again.


Glades Commission rejects BHR watershed proposal


A watershed project proposed for Buck-
head Ridge was on the agenda at Tuesday's
meeting of the Glades County Commission
in Moore Haven. Commissioner Bob Giesler
spoke about the Buckhead Ridge Watershed
Project. Resident John O'Neill would like the
County to reconsider a vote taken last sum-
mer to deny the project. Water Management
District Okeechobee Service Center Director
Gary Ritter wrote an e-mail to Mr. O'Neill that
stated the Paradise Run project is not in the


works. He said the project would not provide
a year-round source of water for Buckhead
Ridge and is not conceptually designed to
do so. "Due to the tremendous cost of such
an experimental project I feel like their deci-
sion was a good one and continues to be a
good one in light of the current economic
conditions," Mr. Ritter wrote. Mr. Ritter's
e-mail said the project would keep as much
water on the landscape during extreme wet
periods.


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March 12' 2010







On security-be aware -


of your surroundings

On Jan. 9, Corporal Keith Stripling from swered questions regarding security issues
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office which were asked at the end of his presenta-
educated the members of the Okeechobee tion. After which he was presented with an
Chapter Daughters of the American Revolu- American flag folding chair by Regent Betsy
tion on home security. He advised us to be Cheney and Vice Regent Debbie Clemons
aware of our surroundings, and to keep trees on behalf of the chapter.
and shrubs trimmed in
such a way as to not
provide a hiding place
for criminals. He in-
dicated, somewhat
sadly, that the day of o
the unlocked door is
gone. He recommend-
ed locking ones doors
even when one is at
home. Cpl. Stripling
noted that a double
key dead bolt was the
best kind for safety
sake. We should leave
no valuables in the
car, keep ones purse peca tot eec ee ews
with her in the stores Cpl. Keith Stripling of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
and be alert to anyone Olffice ans kL tfn the fnA in Jalniiuar re carlin sc-iiriiht in


bumping or pushing
against it. He then an-


p 1 y d g ly
daily life. (1-r) Vice Regent Debbie Clemons, Cpl. Strip-
ling, and Regent Betsy Cheney.


Dry conditions ripe for brush fires


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 14-year- old who played with a cigarette
lighter set fire to a vacant lot on Monday,
according to Okeechobee Fire-Rescue of-
ficials.
Dry conditions have made this time of
year one of the most active, historically, for
brush fires.
Two units and five county firemen along
with the division of forestry put out the fire
Monday on State Road 70 west. Firemen
were on the scene for about one hour.
Fire Lt. Ron Suit said about a quarter acre
burned in the blaze. There were no injuries
reported and no buildings damaged.
The Fire report said the Division of For-
estry would investigate the matter. It is pos-
sible the child's parents could have to pay
for the damages.
Firemen also put out several brush fires
last weekend. The biggest blaze was report-
ed at 19565 NW 304th Street near Viking last
Friday afternoon. Four units and eight fire-
men spent about two hours on the scene.
Paramedic Justin Hazellief said about an
acre of grass and vegetation burned in the
blaze.
At one point the blaze was near a mobile
home.
Hazellief said firemen aggressively at-
tacked the fire and were able to knock it
down without difficulty.
Firemen were able to stop the fire from
doing property damage to the trailer, he
added.
The home owner said he had been cook-
ing over an open flame in the yard when the


fire got away from him and quickly spread to
the grass around the home.
There were no injuries reported.


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Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling
(facing) was promoted to the rank
of sergeant with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office on Monday,
March 1. Captain Bette Anderson,
of the Citizens On Patrol (COP) unit,
was bestowed the honor of pinning
Sgt. Stripling's new bars on his col-
lar during a COP meeting Monday
morning. Sgt. Stripling heads up
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14 Okeechobee News March 12, 2010


Grant sought for high speed broadband internet
By Pete Gawda ers would be required for the FHREDI area A. Smith for engineering services in connect
Okeechobee News at the start up of the system expanding to tion with the southwest drainage project;
Internet service in Okeechobee County about 60 towers. There would be 100 per- proclaimed April 4 to be Parents an
mayInternet service in Okeechobee Couf Flor- cent coverage of the seven county FHREDI proclaimed April 4 to be Parents an
ida's Heartland Rural Economic palof o area and redundancy to ensure the network Children's Day in the county;
ment Incentive (FHREDI) appeared before would stay operational if one segment expe- proclaimed March 23 to be Guardia
Okenchobee County I appssoear atteire rienced problems. The reliability is designed a n
Okeechobee County Commissioners at their to exceed industry standards for even fiber ad Litem Day in the county;
meeting on Thursday, March 11 to describe networks. proclaimed the month of April to b
banner efforts to secure a grant for beer broad "Today I am asking for your support," Water Conservation Month in the county;
bandhinternet serviced improve- Ms. Topal said for what she called "an op- t tabled considering a code violation fin
She compared the proposed improve- portunity to make sure you are covered for
ment in internet service as being like the the future." for further information;
difference between a two-lane country road If approved, the grant would be for awarded a contract to Mark W Bran
and a four- lane highway. She said it would around $30 million. del, Inc. for $56,111 for the foundation an
open up larger areas for industrial develop "Right now you are paying three times
ment. She pointed to a color coded map as much (for internet access) as an urban assembly of a bandstand at Okee Tanti
showing the level of high school graduation area," she said. "This will enable us to bring Campground & Marina;
around the state. The Okeechobee area was that cost down." awarded a contract to Bishop Eng
shown as having a low graduation rate. The Ms. Topal requested and received a let- awarded a contract to Bshop Eng
proposed system could improve the gradu- ter of support from the county commission. nearing Company of Winter Park to pro
action rate because it could be used by the Later as the grant request moves through the viding threshold inspection services fc
schools. approval process she will be back before the the structural phase of the Okeechobe
Ms. Topal's organization is dedicated board asking them to commit county build-
to the economic development of DeSoto, ingsrd asking them to be used by the uild County Emergency Operations and Co
Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Deputy county administrator Jim Three- munications Center project in the amount c
Okeechobee Counties. witts gave an update on the implementation $40,812; and
This is her second attempt at an inter- of the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio approved a change order which wi
net grant. The first attempt by FHREDI for System (SLERS) and the discussion he re-
a grant was unsuccessful so Ms. Topal reor- cently had with the Okeechobee Utility Au- result in a deduction of $9,012 from the con
ganized her efforts to incorporate some of thority (OUA) Board of Directors concerning tract price of the restoration of the Okeechc
the features in the plans of the organizations OUA property the county desires for a tower bee County Courthouse due to the adjust
that were successful in securing grants. site. He said he hopes to have issues con-
Under the new proposal, eight rural dis- cerning an access road resolved by the next ment for owner direct purchases.
advantaged counties in northwest Florida OUA board meeting. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
would join with the seven counties served In other action, the board: www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda ca
by FHREDI to form the Florida Rural Broad- approved payment of $83,160 to Craig be reached at pgawda@newszap.com
band Alliance, LLC to operate a broadband
system. The grant application is for two sep-
arate networks-one for northwest Florida
and one to serve FHREDI.
Ms. Topal said the proposed corporation
would feature a strong management team
experienced in telecommunications, and if Ted Schiff, M.D., Dwayne Montie, D.O., Adult and Pediatric
the grant is successful they plan to hire local Mark Leach, R-PA, Sharon Barrineau, ARNP, Dermatology
people.
This would be a microwave, fixed-wire- and John Minni, D.O. lead the Water's Edge Acne Psoriasis Eczema
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High school rodeo team members


hope to make Florida state finals / eaty


OHS Rodeo team has had a very busy
schedule this year. On the weekend of Feb.
19, they traveled to Ocala for a one-day ro-
deo. On March 6 and 7, the team competed
in Kissimmee for a two-day rodeo.
The season is coming toward the end
and the kids are really bringing it up a notch,
in an attempt to make State Finals at the end
of April.
The top 15 contestants in the state of Flor-
ida will compete at the State Finals, then the
top four will move on to represent Florida
at the National level in Gillette, Wyoming in
July. There are a lot of tough competitors in
the state of Florida and Okeechobee kids are
not to be left off that list. They compete and
win with the best.
In the last three high school rodeos, Nat
Stratton took a first place win in Saddle-
Bronc winning the buckle, two eighth places
in Tie Down Roping and a second in Team
Roping. Jacob Anuez took a fifth and a sixth
place in Team Roping and a seventh and a
fourth place in Tie Down Roping. Jessie Co-
field placed fourth in Breakaway and second
in Team Roping. Josh Johns took a second


in Team Roping. Shelby Carden placing third
and eighth in Goat Tying, eighth in Barrels,
and second in Team Roping. Lexi Peaden
placed second both days in Breakaway
and 10th in Barrels. Andrew Holmes had
two third places in Bareback. Garrett Rucks
took fifth, eighth and ninth places in Tie
Down Roping. Carlie Lanier took a second
and fourth in Pole Bending. Megan McNabb
took an eighth place in Poles. Maci Culligan
took a sixth place in Breakaway and a fifth
in Team Roping. Mackenzie Tomlinson took
a fifth and a ninth in Team Roping.
The next High School rodeo will be on
Saturday March 27 and Sunday, March 28,
be held in Okeechobee at the "old" Cattle-
men's arena on U.S, Highway 441 N, across
from the hospital. There is no admission
charge for spectators and the team would
love to have "hometown support." The cut-
ting event will be held Friday, March 26, at
Adams Ranch in Ft Pierce. The rodeo will
begin at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday
morning.


Cattlemen's rodeo starts Saturday


The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's As-
sociation will hold their Annual Spring PRCA
Rodeo at the Agri-Civic Center, March 13 and
14 at the Agri-Civic Center. Entrance to the
Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710.
Mutton Bustin' for the cowkids will begin
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday,
March 14. All cowkids from ages 3-5 can en-
ter to win a shiny western belt buckle.
Visitors from many areas of South Florida
are expected in attendance to observe tra-
ditional rodeo events such as: calf roping,
saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bareback rid-
ing, team roping, ladies' barrel racing and
the favorite of all, bull riding.
This year's rodeo will bring some of the
nation's top cowboys to show their talents
and compete.
Jerry Todd will return to Okeechobee to
serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The rodeo will include a special showing
by the "One Armed Bandit and Company,"
the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association
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Fun Shoot benefits Hospice of Okeechobee


Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra
Pearce
Fran Gallagee ladies first place high
individual is congratulated by Hospice
President Frank Irby.


Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc. held a Fun
Shoot at Quail Creek Plantation on March 6.
Winners of the Shooting contest were as
follows.
Joel Bass and Cliff Fuller both shot 99
for a tie for High Individual. Instead of a
"shoot-out" the gentlemen opted for a coin
toss. Winner of High Individual was Cliff
Fuller.


High Team was Syble's Flowers and Gifts
with team members: Mike O'Connor, Tim
Luke, Parsons Metzkow and Cliff O'Donnell.
Lewis Class Results: Sharp Shooter, Bud-
dy Lisle; Sure Shot, Wynn Jones; Close N
Counters, Wes Williamson; Hit N Miss, Rob-
ert Fletcher.
High Ladies: Fran Gallogly (95).
50/50 Green Bird was won by Luke
Hiers.


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The winning team was Syble's Flowers & Gifts. Left to right are, Frank Irby, Hos-
pice President, Tim Luke, Cliff O'Donell, Mike O'Connor and Parsons Metzkow.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
A fun shoot to benefit Hospice was
held Saturday. Joel Bass, right, and
Cliff Fuller tied for first place for high
individual with both scoring 99.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CA-000042
FINANCIAL FREEDOM ACQUISITION
LLC
Plaintiff
vs.
JOSEPHINE PAUGH, DECEASED; GE-
RALD PAUGH, DECEASED; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF JOSEPHINE
PAUGH; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UN-
KNOWN TENANT II; BASSWOOD
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.,
AN ADMINISTRATIVELY DISSOLVED
CORPORATION; UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA ON BEHALF OF THE SEC-
RETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN
DEVELOPMENT; THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA; THEN STATE
OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE; GERALD LEE PAUGH; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF GERALD LEE
PAUGH, and any unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors, and other
unknown persons or unknown spous-
es claiming by, through and under
any of the above-named Defendants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS'
ASSOCIATION, INC., AN
ADMINISTRATIVELY DISSOLVED
CORPORATION
3144 N.W. 37TH AVE.
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
OR
3783 NW 19 AVE.
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
OR
2692 N.W. 36TH AVE.
OKEEHOCHOBEE, FL 34972
OR
3101 nw 37th ave
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED,
CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose Mortgage cov-
ering the following real and personal
property described as follows, to-wit:
Lot 18 Block 23 of BASSWOOD
UNIT 2, according to the Plat
thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page(s) 28, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Shannon Marie Charles, Butler &
Hosch, PA., 3185 South Conway
Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida
32812 and file the original with the
Clerk of the above-styled Court on or
before 30 days from the first publica-
tion, otherwise a Judgment may be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of said
Court on the 26th day of Feb. 2010.
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 Administraton no later
than seven (7) days prior to proceed-
ing. 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port
St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of you receipt of this NOTICE:
IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED
CALL 1-800-955-8771. IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /s/ Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
348635 ON 03/12,19/10

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD004
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said certficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
the property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 375 Yearof Issuance: June-01-2007
Descripton of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 9 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N 1/2 OF TRACT 09 16 34S 33E
1-16-34-33-OAOO-00009-FOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
RICARDO HYLTON
SONIA ROSE MARIE HYLTON
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeehobee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
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 proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348525 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD002
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOE ARNOLD the holder of the follow-
ing certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued there-
on. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1949 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003
Descripton of Property: COM AT SE COR OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 RUN
S 89 DEG 30 MIN W ON S BDRY LINE OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 DIST
OF 976.19 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W LINE OF RD 15 THENCE RUN
N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W ON SAID R/W LINE 3178.43 FT FOR
POB THENCE RUN N 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC E 300 FT TO A PT
THENCE RUN S 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W 100 FT TO A PT THENCE
RUN S 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC W 300 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W
LINE OF AFORESAID RD 15 THENCE N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W
ON R/W LINE DIST OF 100 FT TO POB 8 33S 35E .69 ACRE
1-08-33-35-0010-00010-0330
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
WT DESKINS
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348533 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10


Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, (863) 824-3015.
All interested parbes shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
ment Special Ma gistrate with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upn which
the appeal wll be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
348383 ON 3/12,14/10

CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeecho-
bee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 6:00
p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public
is invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meebng. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
ticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatm record of the testimo-
ny and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website wwwci
ofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
348590 ON 03/12/10


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD003
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GAIL SMITH the holder of the follow-
ing cerbficate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued there-
on. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1261 Yearof Issuance: June-01-2007
Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A
LOTS 14 15 38 39 BLOCK 36
1-06-36-34-0010-00360-0140
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
JET'S TRIO INC
Unless said cerbtificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
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 proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348530 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida
Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board
will consider amendment/adoption of the School Board policies listed below
at their meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of
the School Board Administratve Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okee-
chobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the
Superintendents office, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 3.47 Animals on Campus
1. This policy is required by Florida Statutes.
2. The proposed policy sets forth the conditions under which animals will be
allowed on school campuses.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws im-
plemented are F.S. 1001.32, 1001.43, 1003.47, 1006.07, 1006.08.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
point.
ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 6.78 Social Security Numbers
1. This policy is required by Florida Statute.
2. The proposed policy provides guidelines for the collection and use of em-
ployee social security numbers.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws im-
plemented are F.S. 119.071, 1001.43, 1012.23.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
point.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.242 Family and Medical Leave
1. This policy provides guidelines for the use of Family and Medical Leave.
2. The proposed amendment will bring the policy into agreement with lan-
guage in employee bargaining unit contract.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23.
Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1012.66; The Family and Medical
Leave act of 1993; Part 825 of the Code of Federal Regulation; Title 29,
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage
and Hour Division.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
point.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.244 Bereavement Leave
1. This policy provides guidelines for the use of Bereavement Leave.
2. The proposed amendment will bring the policy into agreement with lan-
guage in employee bargaining unit contract.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.43, 1012.61, 1012.66.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
point.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
347860 ON 3/12/10

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD001
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DONALD MOONEY the holder of the
following certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
the property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 2631 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003
Description of Property: LOTS 1-2 BLOCK 4 RAILROAD ADDITION
1-15-37-35-0040-00040-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
ROSENA ROUSE BIVINS
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348534 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10


NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local
Planning Agency on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon
thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted b
City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may
include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations
(LDR's). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City
Council for final consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee,
Florida.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
ticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testmo-
ny and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodabtion to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
348591 ON 03/12/10



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March 12, 2010


Okeechobee News




20 Okeechobee News March 12, 2010
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Featured team:


Okeechobee


X-Plosion -


'Where stars


are born'
Okeechobee X-Plosion All Stars, coached
by Victoria Osteen is currently going into its
third season.
Opening the doors in May of 2008, this fa-
cility knows the definition of hard work. Af-
ter only two competitive seasons X-Plosion
All Stars currently operates a 5,000 sq. ft.
facility, housing four competitive cheerlead-
ing teams with athletes ranging from 3-18
years old, Mommy and Me Classes, Tum-
bling Lessons, Private Stunt Clinics, Sum-
mer Cheerleading and Gymnastic Camps,
Birthday Parties, Kinder Tot Tumbling, Hip
Hop Dance and Princess Parties.
There is one sure way to take the enthu-
siasm out of an X-Plosion athlete.. .call their
sport easy! X-Plosion Athletes train year
round perfecting their routines, mastering
stunt and tumbling skills.
"Our athletes train hard to make that 2:30
routine look easy, flawless even. Yet, I still
believe that some people think our athletes
stand around and shake pom poms," Coach
Victoria Osteen stated.
At the X-Plosion facility, numerous tro-
phies and banners line the walls and front
desk. Just this year alone the Junior Dyna-
mite Level 2 Team has brought home two
different national titles, most recently on
Feb. 27 and 28 at the Spirit Cheer Open Na-
tional Championships.
But don't worry if your still mastering
that Back Handspring or just starting there is


Special to the Okeechobee News/Okeechobee Explosion All Stars
Members of the Okeechobee Explosion All Stars team show off a recent tro-


a spot for everyone at X-Plosion.
"I would never turn a child away. If they
have the will and determination to learn, an
X-Plosion coach will take the time to ensure
that they master their skills" Coach Osteen
said. A lot of kids think they cannot cheer
or tumble at X-Plosion because they can't
do a back handspring or toe touch, but I
encourage parents to remember when the
majority of our athletes started, none of
them could do it either. It takes time and
dedication as any true sport does."
X-Plosion's competitive season ends in
April and evaluations will take place May 1
and 2. Every child who participates in evalu-
ations will be placed on a team. X-Plosion's
hopes to put out several teams again this
year including, Tiny Sparklers- Ages 3-5, Mini
Flames- Ages 5-8, Youth Ages 8-11, Junior
Dynamite- ages 11-14 Senior TNT- ages 13-


18 and Hip Hop. These athletes will travel
to several competitions all over the state of
Florida and attend local events including pa-
rades, the Health Expo and County Fair.
For more information regarding classes,
evaluations, cheerleading, tumbling, birth-
day parties, etc., contact Victoria Osteen:
863-441-3826, xplosionallstarcheer@yahoo.
corn or stop by our new facility: 911 SW
Park Street (located behind Eli's Western
Wear).

Want your team profiled? Sign up for a
free team web page on the Okeechobee
Sports Network!
Go to www.newszap.com, click on
"Okeechobee" and then click on "Sports" at
the top right of the Okeechobee page. For
more information, contact Renee Hawley at
888-853-7904, ext. 323.


Sports News in Brief


Tourney to benefit memorial
A co-ed softball tournament fundraiser
will be held in memory of Devon Venables
on March 13, at the Adult Softball Fields and
will begin at 8 a.m. Bring your own base-
balls, 44 Core-ISA Rules. All proceeds will
go towards the Devon Venables Memorial
Scholarship. For more information, contact
Dainae Venables 863-634-8035 or Jill Rogers
863-634-0870.

BBQ to benefit OHS baseball
The event will be held Saturday, March 13,
at the OHS baseball field. The teams will be
competing for the BEST Ribs and Chicken.
Entry fee is $100 per team. The varsity base-
ball team will play a double header against
Boynton Beach at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For
additional information, call Mark Ward (af-
ter 1:15 p.m.) at 863-634-1722.


L.O.S.T. ride-run-walk set
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their Seventh Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-
Walk Event on Saturday, March 27. Regis-
tration from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Scott Driver
Boat Ramp. Registration fee is $20/adult
and $15/children 10 & under and children 5
and under are free. Bicyclists may choose to
ride round-trip courses of 12, 20, 40 or 54
miles. Runners and walkers will follow a 5K
course. For more information or download-
able registration forms visit: www.Okeecho-
beeRotary.org.

Real Life Children's Ranch
plans benefit tournament
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. For more information, contact
Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200 (darlene.
mayers@rlcr.org) or Bill Casian at 863-697-
0211 (pepper@strato.net).

Flag football tournament set
A fundraiser to help the Chaka's Stars
program will be held on Saturday, March
20, at the soccer fields across from North
Elementary School. A flag football tourna-
ment will be open to both women and men
teams. The cost is $200 per team. It is a dou-
ble elimination tournament. You must bring
your own ball to the game. The deadline to
enter is Monday, March 15. Games begin
sharply at 8 a.m.
For more information call Daryl Allen at
863-697-3850 or Chaka Smith at 863-634-
7424.


Hit the OSN



Sports Wire

The Okeechobee Sports Network is
making it easier than ever for you to get
your news or accomplishments in front
of our community. OSN, the Okeecho-
bees' free Web site devoted to youth,
recreational and leisure sports, is now
featuring a convenient online "Sports
Wire" tool where leagues, organizations,
schools and individuals can submit their
news. As with the results and pictures
that are posted on OSN, the material
on the "Sports Wire" will be sent to the
Okeechobee News Sports Department for
possible inclusion in the print product.
If you are a reader of the Okeechobee
News, you are familiar with the items that
will comprise the online "Sports Wire."
The link will be a landing spot for what
appears in print as local briefs informa-
tion announcing the formation of teams,
tryouts, meetings, registration dates, re-
minders, events ...anything you want
people to know about.
"Newsworthy Events" are usually pho-
tographs highlighting the achievements
of a team, school or an athlete. Really,
though, a Newsworthy Event can be any-
thing you want it to be.
Everything from a stair-climbing con-
test to a write-up on a free-throw contest
to a photo of lifelong friends who com-
peted against each other in a varsity soc-
cer match.
It's our way of saying 'Yes' all the
time.
Now, the Sports Department will
be collecting that type of information
through OSN.
The value of the "Sports Wire" is
longevity. A local brief will be present
on the OSN site for 21 days in addition
to appearing in the newspaper at least
once. A Newsworthy Event will appear
on OSN for the remainder of the current
sports season as well as, space permit-
ting, taking its spot in the print product.
Go to www.newszap.com and click on
your community home page. Once there,
click on "Sports." From there, click on the
Okeechobee Sports Network icon.
On the Okeechobee Sports Network,
click on the "Sports Wire" tab at the top
of the page and access "Add a new Sports
Wire" link. Select either "SportsBrief" or
"Newsworthy Event (Spotlight)." Input
the required information and click submit
when finished. Registration is required.
To register: Select either "Sports Brief" or
"Newsworthy Event." A pop-up will open
prompting you to input the required in-
formation, and click submit. Your user
information will then be sent to the e-mail
address provided.
For more information on OSN or how
to get started, contact Renee Hawley, OSN
Sports Marketing Manager, at:rhawley@
communitysportsdesk.com or 888-853-
7904 ext. 323.




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