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Vol. 101 No. 36 Wednesday, March 24, 2010


500 Plus tax


SB6 would

give state

control of

teacher pay

Pay would be based
on student scores
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Florida Senate Bill 6, expected
to come up for a vote this week in
the Florida Senate, would "totally
revamp the way we do business,"
said Okeechobee County Super-
intendent of Schools Pat Cooper.
The legislation would make it
illegal for school boards to base
teacher salaries on work experi-
ence and degrees held. Instead,
school systems would be required
to adopt pay policies set by the
state and much of a teacher's pay
would be based on the test scores
of his or her students.
While teachers' protests have
been in the news, the legislation
has also draw criticism from su-
perintendents, school boards and
parents. The bill is opposed by
the Florida Association of School
Boards and the Florida Associa-
tion of District School Superinten-
dents.
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Man convicted of
stabbing former
girlfriend 21 times
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"There's something about
thrusting cold
steel into the
chest of another
person-that's
just scary."
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Robert Be onteRuiz
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who was convicted Feb. 4 of attempted first
degree murder with a weapon and burglary
of a conveyance with an assault or battery
while armed, was also sentenced to 30 years
on the burglary conviction. The sentences
will run concurrently.
Ruiz, 22, will receive credit for the 28
months he's already served in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
He was first arrested in December of 2007
for stabbing his former girlfriend, Marlena
Mansingh, 21 times about her torso when
she refused to renew their relationship. In
her March 22 testimony, Ms. Mansingh told
the judge that when the knife was plunged
into her body four of her internal organs
were punctured.
"I'm fine, physically," she told the judge.
"But emotionally and mentally, I'm not. One
minute I'm fine and the next minute I flip
out."
Ms. Mansingh, 20, told the court she is
currently undergoing psychiatric treatment.
The memory of the Dec. 7, 2007, attack,
she told the judge, haunts her every day and
prevents her from having a relationship with
a man. Although she has dated some, Ms.
Mansingh said it never works because she
doesn't trust men, and that she's paranoid
and afraid because of what happened.
Ruiz had called Ms. Mansingh early on
that December morning and invited her over
to his mother's house for breakfast and she
agreed. Ruiz began to pressure her to start
dating him again, but she refused.
Shortly before 7 a.m., she left the Ruiz
household to go to work. Ruiz followed her
to her Dodge Stratus and as she sat behind
the steering wheel he again asked her to
come back to him. Again, she said no.
Ruiz then walked to another car and
when he returned he began stabbing Ms.
Mansingh with a 5-inch steak knife. Ruiz
was pulled away from the girl by his mother,
Rafaela Huerta.
At this point Ruiz fled the home while
his sister-in-law, Daisy Espinoza, rushed
the bleeding woman to Raulerson Hospital.
From there, Ms. Mansingh was airlifted to St.
Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach where
she underwent emergency surgery.
Huerta also testified Monday and asked
Judge Belanger to forgive her son.







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'There's something about
thrusting cold steel into the
chest of another person that's
scary.
Judge Robert Belanger

Shackled and dressed in a yellow county
jail jump suit, Huerta spoke through an in-
terpreter.
"I ask your honor for compassion," she
said.
Huerta was arrested March 15, 2010, by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a
charge of trafficking in methamphetamine.
According to task force reports, 22.7 pounds
of meth was allegedly found in hidden com-
partments of the 2002 GMC Yukon she was
driving. She is being held in the county jail
under $2 million bond.
After everyone had testified, Assistant
State Attorney Don Richardson got his turn
and immediately went on the offensive. He
said Ruiz's plan was to kill Ms. Mansingh and
inflict as much pain on her as possible.
"He didn't just want to kill her he want-
ed her to suffer," said the prosecutor. "Every
time she puts on a bathing suit or steps into
the shower, for the rest of her life, she will be
reminded of the defendant's barbarism with
her scars.
"The state asks that you show the defen-
dant the same amount of compassion he
showed Marlena-none! Absolutely, none!"
he said to the judge.
From the bench, Judge Belanger looked
down at the young man in shackles before
him and said the only reason he wasn't
charged with first degree murder is because
Ms. Mansingh survived.
"She is an extraordinary young woman,"
the judge said.
Besides the life sentence, Judge Belanger
also ordered that $94,788.13 in restitution be
paid to Ms. Mansingh.
In her testimony, Ms. Mansingh stated
that the stabbing incident wasn't the first
time Ruiz had been violent toward her. But,
because she loved him, she didn't report the
incidents to law enforcement.
"He was my first love," she said softly.


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet tomorrow Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners will be hear-
ing some good news and some bad news
concerning the economic situation.
The good news is that two prospec-
tive tenants are vying for the same rental
space at county's industrial park. Applied
Bio Technologies, Inc. is requesting to
lease one unit of the county's incubator
building in the industrial park. The incu-
bator building is divided into three rental
units and is designed to be leased by start
up companies. Applied Bio Technologies
is a supplier of commercial and municipal
water treatment products. The company
plans to start with three to five employees
and increase to ten employees and build
their own facility within five years. Ap-
plied Bio Technologies is ready to occupy
the building immediately.
At the same time Fengfu American
Mushrooms, Inc. is requesting to lease the
entire building.
The company intends to build and
operate large scale indoor, climate con-
trolled, high tech and completely "green"
mushroom farms. Fengu would require
remodelling of the building and would


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Turning to the bad news, the current
level of various financial accounts has
caused the county to look at a policy set-
ting minimum amounts for undesignated/
unrestricted reserves. The policy was first
proposed by Commissioner Joey Hoover
at the last meeting and will be further con-
sidered tomorrow. The proposed policy
would call for a minimum of $8,000,000
to be kept in the landfill trust fund reserve
with the exception of debt service. The
solid waste management fund would
have a minimum balance of $2,000,000. It
would require a four-fifths majority to de-
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Okeechobee News


Report: motorist drove through crash site


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man was arrested at gunpoint after he
reportedly endangered law enforcement
officers and destroyed evidence when he
drove through a hit-and-run crash site.
Florencio Serrano, 19, N.W Seventh Ave.,
was arrested Friday, March
19, on a felony charge of
tampering with evidence
and a misdemeanor charge
of failure to obey a law en-
forcement officer.
He was booked into
the Okeechobee County
Jail where he is being held
without bond. Florencio
Records indicate that Serrano
Serrano was booked into
the county jail on Oct. 11, 2009, where he
was held for immigration extradition. Those
same records state that he was released to
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) on Oct. 15, 2009.
An e-mail sent to ICE seeking additional
information on Serrano and his immigra-
tion status was not answered by newspaper
deadline.
An arrest report by Deputy Sergeant Shan-
non Peterson of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) states that Friday's


hit-and-run crash occurred in the 10000
block of U.S. 441 N. The report states that
he and other officers were diverting traffic
while Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Todd
Burke conducted his investigation.
Sgt. Peterson assigned other deputies to
help steer traffic around the debris and evi-
dence in the road.
As Trooper Burke and OCSO Deputy Lieu-
tenant K.J. Ammons took measurements of
the crash scene they saw a 1997 Chevrolet
coming towards them. They began yelling
at the driver to stop but the driver allegedly
ignored them and drove through the crime
scene and over evidence on the road.
The car nearly struck the officers, stated
the sergeant's report.
As the car approached Sgt. Peterson, he
drew his service weapon and ordered the
driver, Serrano, to stop, the report stated.
When the car finally stopped, the sergeant
reportedly ordered Serrano out of the ve-
hicle. However, instead of getting out of the
car Serrano apparently asked Sgt. Peterson
"What's wrong?"
Sgt. Peterson stated that he then opened
the car door and pulled Serrano from the car
and placed him in handcuffs.
No information on those involved in the
accident had been released as of newspaper
deadline. According to FHP Lieutenant Tim
Frith, Trooper Burke's accident report will


not be released until sometime Wednesday,
March 24.
Lt. Frith did say Tuesday, March 23, that
the motorcyclist sustained severe injuries.
Okeechobee County Jail Administrator
Ronnie White said even though Serrano was
turned over to ICE, it's possible he did not
meet their criteria for extradition and was
subsequently released.
Jail records also show that Serrano is


currently on probation following his Aug.
31, 2009, conviction on charges of burglary
of a conveyance, petit theft and resisting a
law enforcement officer without violence.
Serrano was sentenced by then-Circuit
Court Judge Lawrence Mirman to serve two
months in the county jail, then 22 months
on probation. The sentences were to run
concurrently.


Worker charged in theft


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man hired to lay tile for a local fam-
ily has been arrested and charged with the
theft of several expensive pieces of jewelry
while working in their
home.
Charles Edward
Head, 33, S.E. 57th Drive,
Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Monday, March 22,
and charged with the fel-
onies of grand theft, deal-
ing in stolen property and
defrauding a pawnbroker. Charles E.
He was booked into the Head
Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $4,000.


An arrest report by Detective Augustin
Saucedo of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) indicates that while
Head was working in the family's home,
several pieces of jewelry disappeared,
including a $3,000 tennis bracelet and a
$3,000 ring.
The detective's report went on to state
that it was later learned that the tennis
bracelet, a rope chain and a necklace were
all pawned at a local pawn shop. Detective
Saucedo stated that Head received $325 for
the items.
While most of the jewelry has been
recovered, Detective Saucedo said a yel-
low solitaire ring and a rope chain with a
purple pendant are still missing. Together,
those items are reportedly worth $3,100.


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Using the system
My neighbor is on unemployment, Med-
icaid and food stamps. This is O.K. if you are
not working under the table and have a hus-
band who also works and does not show all
of his earnings. They are cheating the system
and taking away from others who are really
in need. I am sure they are not the only ones
doing this. Who can I report this to without
giving my name? There must be some way
that checks are done on people who cheat
our system. I have a family of four and my
husband works. My neighbors eat steak and
go out to eat; we eat ground beef and pea-
nut butter sandwiches. My children can't
even go to a fast food place.
I work two jobs and mywife also works.
We have a tough time getting by, but we
manage without any public assistance. My
wife works with someone who is proud that
the unemployment has been extended so
her husband can stay home and watch the
kids so they don't have to pay for day care.
When she gets home from work, he does
work for cash in the neighborhood doing
odd jobs and lawn work. He doesn't claim
this and I know he earns a decent amount of
money because his wife always brags about
all the work he has. But the unemployment
is still paying him.
The number to report Medicaid fraud is
1-866-966-7226.

FCAT
How about vote to throw the FCAT out
all together? It's too stressful for the kids and
the teachers. The kids are worried about
being promoted and now the teachers are
worried about their pay.
Kids don't need to be stressed about
being promoted anymore as they can no
longer hold them back if the do not pass the
FCAT.


Library keep it open
According to the paper, the Okeecho-
bee County Library is subject to lose a lot of
funding this year. I know we are bombarded
by "extra-mile giving" requests from every
direction but the library is about the best
thing we've got going in Okeechobee. If the
approximately 14,000 people who use the
library monthly gave a $10 donation each
month...you do the math. The staff is knowl-
edgeable, courteous and helpful and we
don't want to lose any of them nor access to
the library. Let's offer them support.

Gangs
In regard to the story about the boy
who shot into the truck. He should not have
shot at them as they were leaving, but he
was outnumbered and probably pretty pan-
icked. If he is charged, the others should be
charged too. They went there looking for a
fight. They started it. If they had not gone
looking for a fight, he would not have felt
the need to go for a gun. Punish them all.
The law has taken care of only HALF
the problem. The boy should NOT have
fired that weapon and the boys in the truck
SHOULD NOT have been looking for trouble.
Bottom line is the boys in the truck gambled
and nearly lost. Mess with a snake and you
might get bit. I don't care that the kids in the
truck have never been in trouble before. The
fact of the matter is they just haven't been
caught. This situation has exposed their true
character and has removed all doubt for the
boy that fired the gun. All are guilty of some-
thing.
I wonder why the kids in the truck
weren't detained. It seems like what they did
could be called assault.
I was always told you are only as good
as the ones you hang with. Hang with a
gang-you are a member.
I want to thank the sheriff for hold-
ing a high school meeting about the recent
shooting. The sheriff is a good person who
really cares about the kids of Okeechobee.
The high school principal and staff also care
and did a good job presenting the meeting.
I thank all of the parents who attended the
meeting. We as parents can all pull together
and work with the sheriff's office and the
school to fix the problem.


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It was stated at the meeting by a school
employee that the kids were coming up to
him and saying they were not a real gang
and it started out as a joke. The kids now
need to realize there are too many real gangs
out there and the sheriff's office is taking the
incident seriously as they should. Should
the kids in the truck have gone out to fight?
No. They made a bad decision. You can also
say if they did not go to fight, the shooting
would not have happened. I agree, but it did
and the shooting should be the focus now.
There are "gang" fights in Okeechobee,
and then there are what you called "sched-
uled fights." I have long been troubled by
these so called "scheduled fights" as really
all it is, is one person who is running their
mouth, wants to go after ONE PERSON-
but has to get four or five of their friends to
come along to back them up. I do not con-
done fighting at all. I have seen too many
times when girls get into it with another girl,
and it escalates from there. I have personally
seen girls who will get together, to go out
and find the ONE GIRL they have an issue
with. Instead of handling the situation one
on one, they have to get four or five of their
friends to go with them. If you really have a
problem with someone, you need to try and
work it out it says very little of you that you
feel the need to have your friends "back you
up" in case you end up getting beat.
The way I understand it-and I don't
know any of those involved-is the G4L
guys went to Fort Drum looking for a mem-
ber of the CMC gang, but could not find him,
and got in a fight with this kid instead. And I
think the reason the kid was charged is that
he shot at the truck as they were leaving. At
that point, the danger was over so he did
not have to shoot. If he had just threatened
them with the gun or shot in the air, or if
they were trying to run him down and he
shot at them, I don't think he would be fac-
ing these charges. But when they got in their
truck and started to drive away, there was no
justification to use deadly force.
There are not enough deputies in this
county to arrest every high school kid who
gets into a fight off campus.
I go to the high school and a lot of these
kids that say they are in G4L are a lot of rich
kids with nothing to do but drink. Most of
them think it's a joke that the sheriff is con-
sidering it a gang.


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Therein lies the problem: Most of the
kids think it is a joke! Well, it no longer is,
now is it? These spoiled little kids need their
parents to discipline them before it's too late!
Oh yeah, it probably already is, for most of
them, but at least the parents should try for
goodness sakes! Parents need to quit relying
on everyone else to raise their kids and do it
themselves! Spare the rod, spoil the child.
In my opinion every single person in-
volved should have been arrested. I say put
every kid involved in jail and humiliate the
hell out of them. Let this situation be a les-
son to ALL youth.
Not only could you be risking your life
by going and looking for trouble but you
could end up in jail if you bring a weapon
into the equation. I don't care what anyone
says about either side of this fight. Bottom
line is BOTH sides were wrong and in my
opinion both sides broke the law. Therefore
both sides should do time. I have said it be-
fore, if the shots had NOT been fired then
we would probably be reading how four
teens beat a single teen into a coma and that
child is fighting for his life in a hospital some-
where. Could have gone either way. Gang 4
Life? That's funny? Keep it up and you'll be
J4L Jail for Life!
Good kids don't pile in a truck and go
looking to beat up somebody. That is so stu-
pid! If the boys in the truck not gone hunting
trouble they would not have found it.
No sooner did this incident happen and
some of these same kids were acting still
like it was a joke and thought it was funny.
Some of them were still lying to their parents
and acting like they were not even there, al-
though they were. Those same kids were
seen driving their cars to schools, partici-
pating in extracurricular activities, without
punishment, by either their parents or the
coaches. Hooray to the one coach who be-
came aware of the situation and addressed
it with whomever was involved. That shows
character and discipline of the coach! My
son and daughter, had they been involved
would have been riding the big yellow bus
and their car would have been sold or at
least parked for the rest of the school year if
I even suspected they were involved in any
gang related activities, joke or no joke!
He should have never had the gun in
the first place ... but the boys should have
never went out there.


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Letters to the editor


Agri-Civic Center
So, Okeechobee County is having more
budget problems? So, is the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter still. Another annual loss for 2009 of
around $320,000 of your tax dollars. Some
may argue it is only $225,000 but what's it
really matter it's only $100,000 one way or
another. I'm not going to break down the
entire Income/Expense figures, since our
Commissioners and Administrator must not
review the meaning. I will point out a couple
of facts just for the heck of it.
In a time when we hear how the salaries
of county employees are being controlled,
just why was there a need for an increase
of 27 percent in employee salaries and sal-
ary expenses for the Agri-Civic Center? Why
a $33,821 expense for contract services?
Seems the county would have existing em-
ployees who could cover this cost by provid-
ing whatever those services may be. Could
the facility be a little more concerned of util-
ity cost? I mean $63,000 in utility cost, some
$5,000 a month.
There was an increase in income. The
Board of County Commissioners contributed
some $78,407 in tax dollars, maybe from the
general fund. Then they also put in $65,745
from the small county surtax. Where bet-
ter could those taxes have been spent? So,
what's all this, keeping the Center open full
time, has done is to add to the already $1.5
loss created by feeding the "Pink Elephant"
over the past two years. It may be time to get
out of the "Circus Business" and start run-
ning a responsible government.
If you own, or work for a business, just
how long could you stay in business if it
costs $1,700 a day to bring in $420 per day?
Tom Murphy

Horse show
On behalf of the Equine Rescue & Adop-
tion Foundation located in Palm City, I'd like
to express our thanks to Renee Mims and
team for inviting our participation in the re-


cent horse show events held in conjunction
with the Okeechobee County Fair. Their hard
work was evident... outstanding horses... tal-
ented contestants... and lots of fun. The 4-H
Foundation presented ERAF with a generous
donation to aid in the rescue and rehabilita-
tion of at-risk horses in the surrounding area
for which we are truly grateful. The folks of
Okeechobee city and county can certainly
be proud of the impressive facilities and the
hospitality shown to all.
Best Wishes for continued success,
Jerilyn Gemberling
President,
Equine Rescue & Adoption Founda-
tion, Inc.
Palm City

Miss Okee pageant
I'm writing to compliment the outcome
of the Miss Okeechobee County pageant. Al-
though venue had to be changed at the last
minute, I feel that the organization of the
entire pageant was incredible and the event
went off without a noticeable flaw.
My feeling is that the participants and au-
dience were completely entertained and all
enjoyed the show!
Hat's off to Donny Arnold, Bridgette
Waldeau and Leslie Stokes for a job well
done!
Thank you,
Teresa Chandler

Nix Senate Bill 6
I am writing with a very serious concern.
Apparently, our teachers are being targeted
for the failure of our public school system.
Senate Bill 6, which is heading its way to
the Senate this week for discussion, is a
serious threat to the health of our school
system. We need to take action so that this
bill DOES NOT pass. With this bill, students
will be tested more, teachers will lose their
benefits that most of them have spent their


whole lives earning, and it WILL drive out
the best teachers in the system. The special
education children, along with the students
who speak other languages, will especially
be hurt because even the "good" teachers
won't want to risk their being hired or fired
based on their success or failure. Right now,
students are required to take the FCAT, no
matter what their reading level is. In other
words, if a third grader is reading on a first
grade level, they are still required to take the
third grade reading test. What sense does
that make? Who is setting the kids up for
failure? Certainly not the teachers. We strive
to get all of these children the best educa-
tion they can have, no matter what level
they are on. Also, the bill will not use se-
niority or advanced degrees to compensate
professionals who strive to obtain or hold a
"highly qualified" status. In other words, the
bill wants the best teachers, yet they are not
willing to pay for it. Senator Thrasher, who
is backing this bill, wants to do away with
the National Board program and its benefits.
Furthermore, if any county does not choose
to follow SB6, should it be passed, they must
place an ad stating that because we haven't
followed the new laws, our property taxes
will be higher (the exact paragraph is stated
in the bill). There is a specific paragraph in
the bill that states EXACTLY what the school
board must print. Now, let me ask you...
doesn't this sound like blackmail to you? It
resembles it to me! We need parents to sup-
port their community of teachers NOW...
we can't wait on this. Parents get involved.

Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
79. East northeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
54. East southeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 82. Southeast wind between 5 and 15
mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a
low around 65. South wind around 5 mph.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 80. West southwest wind between
5 and 15 mph.
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 65. West wind around 5
mph.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Monday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 4-2-5; Play 4: 3-5-6-1; Fantasy 5:
23-26-27-31-35; Mega Money: 3-13-18-40
MB 16; Florida Lotto: 2-3-16-30-45-50 X
4; Powerball: 9-36-39-44-45 PB9 x2. Num-
bers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 1-8-1; Play 4:
2-3-1-8.


Call our local senators and tell them to, "NIX
SIX."
Here is the information for the public. I
implore you, please take a few minutes of
your day as family and community mem-
bers to contact these representatives: Sena-
tor John Thrasher 850-487-5030/thrasher.
john.web @flsenate.gov.
Senator Don Gaetz 850-487-5009 gaetz.
don.web @flsenate.gov
Senator J. D. Alexander 850-487-5044/ al-
exander.jd.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Joe Negron 850-487-5088/ ne-
gron.joe.web@flsenate.gov
There will be a rally on Thursday, March
25, from 5-6 p.m., Midway Rd. and U.S. 1 (in
St. Lucie County) is our meeting spot. Wear
RED and carry a sign that states, "NIX SIX"
or "Keep the Promise." Please parents and
community members, come support our
teachers and children.
Another way to support the teachers and
students in our community is to wear RED
on Thursday, March 25, and log into, make-
ourschoolsapriority.org and sign the online
petition.
Now I ask you, what person in their right
mind will consider staying or entering into
the teaching profession. When I started 18
years ago, teachers were regarded as pro-
fessionals; today, we are the scapegoats ...
the reason for the demise of our educational
system and apparently, our society. How has
this happened?
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Community Events


BHR VFW Post 9528 to
host fried chicken dinner
The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will
host a fried chicken dinner fundraiser even
on Sunday, March 28 from noon until 4 p.m.
Dinners include fried chicken, potato and
gravy, peas, cole slaw and rolls. $5 tickets
must be pre-purchased by March 26,
at VFW hall.

Library Book sale March 25
Friends of the Okeechobee Library are
holding their semi-annual book sale and
fund-raiser on Thursday, March 25, from 10
a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 27, from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Books, videos, and DVDs will be
sold for a dollar a pound except on Saturday
when a bag of books is $2 and a box is $5.
For more information, please call the library
at 863-763-3536.

Volunteer GALs to meet
The public is invited to meet a great GAL.
Mom's Restaurant in Okeechobee will host
Guardian ad Litem volunteers and anyone
interested in becoming a GAL volunteer in
the program. The group will meet on Thurs-
day, March 25 at 2 p.m. at Mom's on Par-
rott Ave and have coffee with us and help
a child! For more information, please call
866-341-1425.

School Board to conduct
Public Hearing about grant
The Okeechobee County School Board
will conduct a public hearing on participa-
tion in the Indian Education Formula Grant
on Friday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Room 301
of the Okeechobee County School Board Of-
fice, 700 S.W Second Avenue. The purposed
of the meeting is to explain the goals of the
2010-11 Indian Formula Grant and activities
associated with the Title VII program. Any
questions or comments please contact Les-
lie Lundy at 863-462-5000, ext 259.

Testing planned for ham
radio licenses at EOC
Testing for ham radio operator licenses
will be held at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, 499 N.W Fifth Avenue,
(in the old hospital building, next door to
the Okeechobee Sheriff's Office) on Satur-
day, March 27 at 10 a.m. For information,
contact Harold Hilliard (WB4TOV) at 863-
763-5337 or 863-634-2340.

Eagles host State Picnic
Members of the Cypress Hut Eagles are
invited to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles
State Picnic on Saturday, March 27, from
1-5 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage,
smoked turkey, baked beans, cole slaw, po-
tato salad, macaroni salad and dessert avail-
able. 50/50 drawings, state ways and means
table and music by Michaels Memories are
planned.


Fundraiser to benefit
scholarship fund
Tea Time Garden Party Luncheon and
Fashion Show will be held on March 27,
from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $50. The
program is being presented by: Fabulous
Couture at The Shoppes on the Boardwalk
(In front of Hammerheads Billiards Bar &
Grill) Proceeds to benefit The Carson Wil-
liams Memorial Scholarship Fund. For More
Information Call: Pam Williams 863-634-
7060 or Channing Williams 863-634-0472.

Family Fun Day planned to
support local YMCA plans
A Family Fun Day fundraiser is set for Sat-
urday, March 27, to support the building of
a YMCA in Okeechobee. The event is free
and will take place in Flagler Park from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. and will include a bounce
house, dunk tank, motorcycle show, swamp
buggy show, open car show, hula hoop con-
test, airboat show, fire truck demonstration,
child fingerprinting and more. All money
raised in Okeechobee stays in Okeechobee.
Pork sandwiches will be available by Cow-
boy's Restaurant. D.J. Service provided by
DP Productions.

Rotary to hold annual
L.O.S.T. ride on Saturday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their 7th Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-Walk
Event on Saturday, March 27. Registration
is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Scott Driver Boat
Ramp. Registration fee is $20/adult and $15/
children 10 & under and children 5 and
under are free. Bicyclists may choose to
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.

Benefit tourney for lost
fishermen planned Saturday
A benefit tourney for the family of Al
and John Reed who died fishing on Lake
Okeechobee on Sept. 5, 2009 will be held on
March 27, out of Okee-Tantie Park. Seventy
percent will be paid out to the top 7 tourna-
ment weights with the remaining 30 percent
to the family (Julie, Josh, Jessica). In addi-
tion, boat and equipment sales will be fea-
tured at the tournament. Entry fees will be
$100 per team plus $10 for big fish fund. En-
tries should be mailed to Larry Steele, 1020
S.E. Buttonwood Circle, Stuart, FL 34997.
Entries at the ramp are welcome with cash
only. Tournament will begin at safe daylight
and end at 1 p.m.

12 step club open 7 days a
week for recovering meetings
The 12 Step Club has opened its doors.
They hold recovery meetings 7 days a week
for the addict or alcoholic that is still suffer-
ing. For more information please contact
Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.


Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament scheduled
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ment, series III, will be held on the following
dates: March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27,
July 25 and Aug. 29. The $80 cash entry fee
for each tournament in the series includes
the Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with
a 70 percent payback. The final event, the
Classic, will be held Sept. 26. To qualify for
the classic, you must have fished at least
four prior events from February to August.
The classic will be a one-day event with a
$120 cash entry fee. All tournaments are
held at Scott Driver park from safe light until
2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate in
case of low water. Please register early. To
get an entry application or for questions, call
863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

Woman at the Well open
Woman at the Well, a group home for
women in transition is now taking applica-
tions. For more information call 863-467-
1112.


Red Cross has CPR class for April
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold a Health & Safe-
ty class on Thursday, April 1 Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m. Classes are held at the Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Bake sale to benefit BHR
Fireman Auxiliary
The Buckhead Ridge Fireman's Auxiliary
will have a bake sale on Saturday, April 3
at the fire station on Hwy. 78 in Buckhead
Ridge from 8 a.m. until noon. We will have
cakes, pies and other fresh baked items for
sale just in time for Easter dinner! For more
information, please call Eleanor at 863-357-
1934.

Seniors vs. Crime moved
Okeechobee Seniors vs Crime moved
from 212 S. Parrott to 1551 C. N.W 24th
Drive in Okeechobee (Industrial Park). The
office is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Obituaries


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the Okeechobee News by e mailing
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Andre Randell Wigfall, 25
OKEECHOBEE Andre Randell Wigfall, age
25, of Okeechobee, passed away March 17,
2010, in ( I.... i...l Born March 5, 1985, in
West Palm Beach, he was a lifetime resident of
( i., ,, i, I, ,,- He loved to play basketball.
Mr. Wigfall is sur-
vived by his wife,
Codene Wigfall of
(I.,, i ,i ,,, daugh-
ter, Tikyra "TT"
Lache Franklin;
mother, Barbara
McNeil; four sisters,
Tamika Wigfall, Ka-
thy Wigfall, Saman-
tha Wigfall and
Gloria Boswell;
grandmother, Annie
Baul; grand-
father, Calberth Baul; host of aunts
and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today, March 24,
2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Fu-
neral services will be 11 a.m., March 25, 2010,
with Pastor Titus Henderson officiating. Inter-
ment will follow at Ortona Cemetery.
Friends may sign the -., i..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care
of Bass (,i. i... - Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ('i .... i .. Fl 34972.

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Walter Bruce Emerick, 63
OKEECHOBEE Walter Bruce Emerick,
passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010. He was
63.
He was born October 22, 1946 in Rock Island,
Ill., to the late Walter
Emerick and Crista-
delle Emerick (Ste-
vens). He has been a
resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1979. He
worked with the
Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Association
for 20 years.
In addition to his
parents, he was pre-
ceded in death by
his sister, Victoria
Oyong (Emerick).
He is survived by his family, Regina Shockley
(William) and their children, Cameron and Bry-
ton, Joe Oyong (Maxine) and their children,
Joey, Jordan and Jacob, Michelle Cruz (Kevin
Mayne), Jason Oyong, and Isaac and Ezekiel
Oyong; and a brother, James Emerick.


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Young musicians to perform at lunch event


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Church of Our Saviour Episcopal
Church, 200 N.W Third St., presents the
last concert in the "Let's do lunch" series on
Friday March 26. The concert will be from
12:10 to 12:40 p.m. and a brown bag lunch
will be available after the concert to enjoy
in the hall or take with you. The concert is
entitled "The Young Musician's Cafe" and
features a country/western duo, beginning
guitar students and a young pianist from the
local area. If you have questions please call
the church at 863-763-4843. All are welcome.
Admission is free with a suggested donation
of $5 with brown bag lunch.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U. S. 441 N., is having a re-
vival through March 26 with services at 7
p.m. each evening. The speaker is Evangelist
James A. Harris. A nursery will be provided
for all services.
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W
32nd St., will be having revival March 25
through March 28. Dr. Bob Pittman, for-


mer 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 services will
be at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Okeechobee lae o
Church of the Naz- Places of
arene, 425 SW 28th
St., presents the Dixie orA hi
Melody Boys in con- worship
cert, Thursday, March
25 at 7 p.m. Limited seating available. For
more information please call 863-763-7113.
The Okeechobee Community Choir
in its eleventh year under the direction of
Sandy Perry, and consisting of 51 singers
representing sixteen area churches will
present the Easter Cantata, "Praise the Lord
of Resurrection" and other Easter favorites,
at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. on Friday and Saturday March


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Broadway comes to Okeechobee
Mike Zierden, accompanied by Kevin Kinnaird on the piano, sings Broadway selec-
tions as part of the March 19 "Let's do lunch," concert series at Church of Our Sav-
iour Episcopal Church, 200 N.W. Third St. The final concert in the series will be held
Friday, March 26 from 12:10 to 12:40. The concert is entitled "The Young Musician's
Cafe" and will feature a country/western duo, beginning guitar students and a young
pianist from the local area. A brown bag lunch will be available after the concert to
enjoy in the hall or to take with you. Admission is free with a suggested donation of
$5 with brown bag lunch. For more information call the church at 863-763-4843.


26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March
28 at 3 p.m. Come and receive a blessing
from the talented singers joining together
in a community-wide effort to tell the story
about how the death of Jesus Christ over
2000 years ago still impacts the world today.
First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth
St., is presenting an Easter Musical on
Sunday evening, March 28 at 6 p.m.
The Holy Week Calendar for Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane,
begins on Palm Sunday, March 28 with
worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Soup
and sandwiches will be served on Maundy
Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. with Worship
and Holy Communion to follow at 7 p.m.
Good Friday Worship, April 2 will be
at 6 p.m. Easter Sunrise Service will be
at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow. There
will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children in
grades Pre-K through 5. Easter Celebra-
tion and Worship will be at 10 a.m. The
annual Prayer Vigil will begin on Maunday
Thursday, March 25 beginning after the 7
p.m. service and will continue until noon on
Good Friday. Everyone is invited to any and
all of the events.
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association
will sponsor an Easter Sunrise Service at
Jaycees Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. Mem-
bers of the community choir and area min-
isters will be participating. Rev. Cary McKee
of More 2 Life will be the speaker. Bring your
own chair and come as you are.
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; FridayApril 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 p.m. and are
about three hours long, including intermis-
sion. 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.


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SCHOOLS
Continued From Page 1
Executive Director of the Florida Associa-
tion of School Boards Wayne Blanton stated
"This bill has done more to damage morale
than anything I've seen in a long time."
"Senate Bill 6 would completely eliminate
local control for development of salaries and
teacher evaluations," said Dr. Cooper. "If lo-
cal school boards choose to do this (base
teacher pay on test scores), that's one thing.
But they're (the Legislature) going to take
away our local control."
If a school board refused to go along with
the state's plan, the school district would be
fined an amount equal to 5 percent of the
total of teacher and administrator salaries.
The school board would be required to raise
taxes to make up the difference and to notify
the taxpayers that this additional taxation
was necessary because the school board
"broke the law."
The bill would put new teachers on pro-
bationary contracts and all other teachers
on annual contracts-eliminating tenure.
"The whole issue of collective bargaining
is in question," said Dr. Cooper.
She said the legislation is unfair to teach-
ers and to students.
"Some classroom teachers would be at
a disadvantage because they are teaching
students who have learning disabilities," she
explained. "Teachers of students with learn-
ing disabilities would still be held account-
able for how they do on a test."


The bill would make tests such as the un-
popular FCAT even more stressful than they
already are.
"The tests would be even more high
stakes than they are now," said Dr. Cooper.
She said it would make it even more dif-
ficult to recruit special education teachers,
and it could mean teachers would shy away
from considering certification in Exceptional
Student Education.
"Our special ed kids are some of the
brightest and sweetest children," she said.
"But they may not test well."
She said placing so much emphasis on
tests is unfair to all of the students.
"Any student on any day might have a
bad test day," she continued. "These tests
already put a lot of pressure on the students
and the teachers."
The bill is "punitive, any way you look at
it," she said, adding that it most likely would
discourage young people from pursuing
a carer in education and force some good
teachers out of their jobs and into other ca-
reer fields.
Dr. Cooper pointed out that Okeecho-
bee County is an "A" school district. Local
teachers and students have worked hard to
improve the schools and the test scores. In-
stead of rewarding successful schools, this
legislation would make it harder to attract
and retain good teachers.
Candy Walker, president of the Okeecho-
bee County Educators Association, said
Senate Bill 6 would take away collective
bargaining rights. She said it also takes away
incentives for teachers to continue their own
education and improve their skills. Currently,


teachers who achieve National Board Certifi-
cation receive a bonus in pay. If a school dis-
trict is not allowed to consider degrees held
in retention and salary decisions, there is no
incentive for teachers to pursue masters' de-
grees, she said. That hurts the teachers, the
school system and students.
"We're an A district. We must have teach-
ers who are doing something right," she
said.
She said Senate Bill 6 is "degrading" to
teachers.
Mrs. Walker encourages community
members to write their state legislators and
the governor to voice their opposition of
Senate Bill 6, and to wear red on Thursday,
the day of a planned protest against the bill.
Those who oppose the bill are also asked
to go online and sign the petition at make-
ourschoolsapriority.org.
"The time to voice your opinion on this is
now before this legislation becomes law,"
she said.
The bill's supporters include chair of the
Florida Republican Party, State Senator John


Thrasher, and many Republican legislators.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce also
supports the legislation.
Mark Wilson, the chief executive officer
of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, stated
"the passage of performance pay legislation
is a great step forward for Florida's educa-
tion system, as well as for the future of our
economy. If Florida is to become more com-
petitive in the global marketplace, we must
prepare for the next economy by focusing
on creating a world-class talent supply chain
and that starts in the classroom by further
supporting our public school teachers. A stu-
dent's success is directly related to the qual-
ity, passion and accountability of his or her
teacher, and we should expect nothing less
than excellence from our teachers. This bill
allows for a more market-based approach to
teacher compensation, which is not unlike
how virtually every small business across
the country operates."


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Okeechobee track team makes progress


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School boys and
girls track teams have had a busy couple of
weeks as they competed in meets in Moore
Haven, Sebastian River, and in Fort Pierce.
The long distance teams stood out in a
March 11 track meet at Moore Haven that
also included Lake Placid High School. The
boys 4x800 team of Keighly Stewart, Marilu
Rodriguez, Graciella Varela and Gabi Rodri-
guez finished first. The boys 4x800 team of
Shawn Horvath, Roger Dugue, Adrian Tagle,
and Lionel Jones also finished first.


At the Sebastian River track meet, the Bill
Wilson Relays, the 1600 boys medley relay
team finished second out of 14 teams. The
team consists of Mike Thomas, Jessie Thom-
as, Marcos Fonseca and Lionel Jones.
Ricky Nieto and Diego Fonseca finished
tied for fifth in the high jump competition.
Okeechobee boys took fourth place at
the John Carroll Invitational. The girls team
finished second. The boys and girls 4x800
teams finished second overall. Sache Sapp
took first in the 100 hurdles. For the boys Jes-
sie Thomas finished third in the boys 100,
and Mike Thomas fifth. Essence Williams


finished third in the 100, while Nezzie Koger
took fifth place.
The girls 4x100 team finished first. Sache
Sapp finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles.
Lionel Jones won the boys 800 meters.
In the boys 200 meters, Mike Thomas
finished second and Jessie Thomas fifth.
Markeisha Youmans finished fifth in the girls
200 meters.
Ricky Nieto took second in the long jump
and first in the high jump. Jewel Buck fin-
ished first in the discus throw.


Planning board disagrees with city planner


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In a lengthy meeting on Thursday eve-
ning, March 18 the City of Okeechobee
Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and
Appeals approved all four petitions put be-
fore it even though some went against the
recommendations of the city planner.
There were two petitions involving the
only property belonging to Shoppes on
the Boardwalk that had not been rezoned.
The petitions involved using the property in
question for parking. City planner Bill Bris-
son said more parking is required than was
originally anticipated.
The first petition involved 0.84 acres of
land located at the southeast corner of N.E.
Seventh Avenue and N.E. Third Street. The
board followed the recommendation of Mr.
Brisson and unanimously voted to recom-
mend that the city council change the future
land use classification from single family to
commercial with the stipulation that it be
tied in some way legally to the property for
which parking is required.
It was on the second petition involving
that same property that the board disagreed
with Mr. Brisson. The owners, David and
Anita Nunez, requested a change in zoning
from residential single family one to heavy
commercial.
Mr. Brisson recommended commercial
light. He did not want to rezone the property
to a zoning heavier than necessary. He said
commercial light would be less intensive
and meet all necessary purposes.
Wes Abney, representing the owners,
said they wanted all the property to be one


zoning heavy commercial. Darryl Ferneau,
an area resident, recommended keeping the
zoning consistent. Board member Karyn
Brass stated that commercial light would
not hamper the desired use of the property.
Board member Doug McCoy said that if the
entire property were zoned at once it would
be zoned heavy commercial.
The board voted to recommend that
the city council change the zoning to heavy
commercial. Ms. Brass cast the only dissent-
ing vote.
The board also voted against Mr. Bris-
son's recommendation on the next issue.
Steve Nelson had requested a variance
for decreased side and rear setbacks and an
increase in impervious and building cover-
age at 1407 S.E. Eighth Ave. He wanted to
replace a 10 by 14 foot storage shed in his
backyard with a 12 by 16 foot shed. The re-
quested shed would cut further into the re-
quired setbacks from the property line than
the present shed.
Mr. Brisson recommended disapproval.
He said there was no hardship and the ap-
plicant did not explain why the desired shed
had to be closer to the property line. He
added that the shape of the property did not
force the requested shed closer to the prop-
erty line.
Mr. Nelson had stated that many sur-
rounding properties infringe on required set-
backs. Mr. Brisson replied that that fact was
not a reason to grant a variance.
Ms. Brass said she would be in favor of re-
placing the current shed with one the same
size but not with a larger shed with an even
greater infringement on required setbacks.


In a split vote, the board voted to grant
Mr. Nelson's request. The vote was 4 to 3
with Mr. McCoy, Ms. Brass and Kenneth
Keller voting against the request.
Mr. Brisson was victorious on the last pe-
tition heard by the board.
Triple E Management requested a special
exception for auto repair service, outdoor
display of vehicles and tires sales at 601 S.
Parrott Ave. The vote unanimously voted to
accept Mr. Brisson recommendation and
grant the request. The applicant was re-
quired to repair the fence and close some
driveways.
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The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
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shelter a 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 Belinda at the shelter at
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Okeechobee High School defeats St. Albans in baseball


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Drew Selvey hit two homeruns and drove
in six runs as Okeechobee defeated St. Albans
of Washington, D.C. 8-4, in the annual game
between the schools Saturday.
Selvey hit a grand slam and a two run
homerun as Okeechobee improved to (8-3)
on the season. Mark Weir added two hits in-
cluding a double for Okeechobee.
"It felt good to come out here and win
today," Selvey said afterward, "I just felt real
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comfortable today. I saw some good fastballs
and hit them."
Selvey has worked on being patient at the
plate and get into hitter's counts. He said he is
also proud of the improvement he has shown
in the field at shortstop.
"I feel like I'm getting better. I try to get bet-
ter everyday at practice. I work on my hitting
and I take as many ground balls as I can," he
added.
Selvey added a stolen base for Okeecho-
bee. Okeechobee scored five times in the bot-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Drew Selvey and (right) Noah Wilcox contributed to the win for Okeecho-
bee in Saturday's game against St. Albans of Washington, D.C.


Okeechobee splits games at Miami tourney


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Lady Brah-
mans improved to (15-5) this weekend as
they split a pair of games at a tournament
hosted by Gulliver Prep High School in Mi-
ami Dade.
Okeechobee defeated Ida Baker 1-0 and
South Dade 6-1. They lost close battles to
Key West, 2-1, and to Palmetto, 1-0.
Coach Kim Hargraves said it was a posi-
tive weekend overall for the team. "It was
not bad at all. I felt it was a good weekend
overall. The losses we had were against
beatable teams. We just didn't put the bats
together. We got hits, but we never put them
together."
Pitcher Samantha Harrell had a great
weekend as she pitched the majority of the
innings and had 48 strikeouts in the four
contests.
She was (2-1) on the weekend. Katarina


Suarez blew a save opportunity in the loss
to Key West as she entered with a 1-0 lead
and walked a batter and gave up a walk off
homerun.
"That was a bitter sweet one. Sam had an
incredible weekend," Hargraves added.
Harrell tossed a one hitter in her loss to
Palmetto, 1-0. Okeechobee was able to man-
age two hits in that game, a single by Taylor
Kinman and a double by Jaryca Baker.
Against Key West Okeechobee got two
hits from Victoria Blevins, and hits from
LeAnna Cotton and Naomi Stevens. Blevins
had two stolen bases.
Against South Dade Megan Clements
went 2-4 and LeAnna Cotton had three hits.
"I feel pretty good about the games. We
need to face good competition. We are get-
ting ourselves ready for what is to come,"
Hargraves added.
Okeechobee has only five regular season
games left and the Kissimmee Classic.


tom of the third to break the game open.
Cameron Tewksbury came on to record a
save as he worked out of a two on, no out jam
in the top of the sixth inning.
Austin Hamilton started for Okeechobee
and pitched four strong innings. Noah Wilcox
added a scoreless inning of relief.
Okeechobee pounded out eight hits which
put a smile on the face of their coach Dylan
Tedders, "I'm proud of the way the kids came
back today. We had a lineup with a lot of
younger players and they played hard and they
played well," he added.
Tedders said some of his veteran players
have been striking out too much and he want-
ed to give the younger kids a chance. He said
he would visit with his upper classmen and tell


them they need to start working hard because
these younger players are ready to play.
"Drew did a good job today as he stepped
up and sparked us. That is what we need. Aus-
tin Hamilton also did a good job. I like that kid.
He battles at the plate and on the mound and
doesn't ever lose his composure."
Okeechobee is on the road this week as
they played Tuesday night at Sebastian River.
On Friday the Brahmans travel to Westwood
for a 4 p.m. game. They also travel to Satellite
on Saturday.
Selvey said he liked the fact his teammates
bounce back well from a loss, "It has been
awhile since Okeechobee won back to back
district championships. That is what were
shooting for this year."


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OHS baseball team loses to Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A walk off single by Ryan Burke helped
Jensen Beach (5-6) stun Okeechobee High
School, 3-2, in a District 14-4A game Friday
night at Jensen Beach High School.
The hit ruined an excellent pitching
performance by Brahman starter Jonathan
Crawford, who struck out 10 in six innings.
The loss snapped a seven-game Brah-
man winning streak.
"It was a very disappointing loss. There
were a lot of disappointments in our district
as Lincoln Park also lost. We are right back
where we started. We can't have let downs
like that," Tedders said.
Okeechobee didn't do much of a job at
the plate Friday. Jack Gurtowski pitched six
solid innings for the Falcons. Derek Jones
struck out the side in the seventh inning.
Tedders said his team didn't give itself
much of a chance due to a lack of hitting.
Jensen got a rally going against Craw-
ford in the bottom of the seventh and Ted-
ders went to his bullpen to try and close the
door. Brice Buckner got two outs but with
the bases loaded Burke slipped one through
the infield to win the game.
"It was a heart ache. As coaches, we need
to come up with a better plan to try and lock
the game up. This one isn't on the kids, its
on us," he said.
Tedders hinted he might not let a tiring
starter open an inning and may try to get a
fresh arm out of the bullpen to close out the
game.


"We have brought our relievers into some
tough situations. We must make changes
earlier, so that's on us," he added. "The kids
took it hard. They don't like to lose."


"We can't have let downs like this if we
want to make a serious run this year," he
added.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Fran Mechlin
O.L.G.A. results
On March 18, the ladies of the Okeechobee Ladies Golf Association met
for their monthly scramble and meeting. The winning team, pictured left to
right are Cher Fountain, Eilene Hammond and Wanetta Johnson. Second
place was a tie between Nancy McAlinden, Karen Larson and Fay Black's
team and Shirley Esterline, Janice Rhyne and Fran Dierig's team. For more
information about O.L.G.A. please contact Okeechobee Golf & Country club
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AMENDED NOTICE OFSHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER THE ABANDONMENT PROJECT NO. 20918
OF CERTAIN EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of STADIUM PRESS BOX
For more listings, For more listings, cult Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 4th day of August, 2009, Okeechobee County, Florida will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 8,
in the cause wherein HOLMES E. BOYD & DEBRA L. BOYD being Plaintiffs 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
go to go to and LEFTY SUMMERFORD being Defendant, being Case No. 2009-CA-251 in Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
www.newszap.com www.newszap.com the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida shall The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments in consideration Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL
offer the following property or sale in Okeechobee County Florida to wit: of the abandonment of certain easements and rights-of-way located in BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okee-
Northwood Section One subdivision that is further described as follows: chobee, Florida 34972 up to 1:00 p.m. April 29, 2010 for all materials
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY ALL RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND UTILITY EASEMENTS WHICH LIE WITHIN THE and labor necessary for below:
:/wn i FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL OF LAND AND WHICH WERE DEDICAT- CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER QUITE
PARCEL ID: 1-15-36-35-0010-00110-0150 ED IN THE PLAT OF "NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE" AS RECORDED IN OFTEN DO NOT ARRIVE ON TIMEi
Sale PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 48, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE Okeechobee High School Stadium Press Box
Legal Description: COUNTY, FLORIDA: A PARCEL OF A LAND LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWN- 2800 Highway 441 N
2004 ranger bass boat LOT 15, BLOCK 11, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE SHIP 36 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
KINGS BAY 2BR/2BA 520VX 225 evin- PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100, PUBLIC SAID PARCEL BEING A PORTION OF NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE, AS Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PER PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 48, OF THE Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Twnhs @ end of street. rude tanden trailer PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1144 NW 98H STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA. PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID PARCEL IS 938 NW 34th Street
62750 Call Jeri of Pris- cover 101 thrust IsDESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS; BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT Okeechobee, FL 34972
$62,750 Call of Pris- cover 101 thrust I shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens 20, BLOCK 1, OF NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE S8916'01'W, 863-462-5083, e-203
tine Prop. 863-634-6056 trolling motor elec- and encumbrances if any, on the 20TH day of April, 2010 at 11:00AM or as ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 20, A DISTANCE OF 155.00 FEET, and
tronics nice condi- soon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF- TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 20, SAID CORNER BEING BMK Architects, Inc.
tion $22,900.00 FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high- ON THE EAST LINE OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR PALM DRIVE; THENCE 323 Central Avenue
tion $22,900.00 est and best bidder for cash, all right, title and interest, in said property. N89009'56"W, PERPENDICULAR TO SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE OF Sarasota, FL 34236
(863)4679209-9209 Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 8th day of March, 2010. 60.00 FEET, TO THE WEST LINE OF SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR PALM 941-365-6056
r 77 Published: March 10,17,24,31, 2010 DRIVE; THENCE S0050'04"W, ALONG SAID WEST LINE, A DISTANCE OF Certified General Contractors ONLY may obtain copies of said plans and
or (863)634-4577 84.21 FEET, TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE, CONCAVE TO specifications from the office of said Architect or the office of Dale Barrett,
OKEECHOBEE Horse Paul C. May, Sheriff THE NORTHWEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 25.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH- upon the deposit of $50.00; said deposit will be returned to the contractor
ar ro Okeechobee County WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE THROUGH A CENTRAL AN- upon return D the contractor upon return of saidplans and specifications in
property, 5 acres cross In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons GLE OF 8803549", A DISTANCE OF 38.66 FEET, TO THE NORTH LINE OF good condition, and upon receiptofa bona fide bid.
fenced. w/ 3/2 dbl wide, with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR GOLF VIEW DRIVE (NORTHWEST 138TH Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
and Barn $154,900, the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office STREET); THENCE S8902553W, ALONG SAID NORTH LINE, A DISTANCE List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
a A not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, OF 285.60 FEET, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 33, BLOCK 6, connection with this project.
(863)357-1945 BLUE CYPRESS RE- ext. 2225. NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE N0050'04"E, ALONG THE WEST Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the
SORT furn trailer, Flori- 348363 ON 3/10,17,24,31/10 LINE OF SAID LOT 33, A DISTANCE OF 200.06 FEET, TO THE NORTH- School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guar-
SWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 33; THENCE S8902553W, ALONG THE anteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School
It's never too late to find da room, W/D, Lot #14, SOUTH LINE OF LOTS 4 THROUGH 18, OF SAID BLOCK 6, A DISTANCE Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
the perfect gift. Look $37,000 or best offer PUBLIC NOTICE OF 1409.87 FEET, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 18 OF SAID required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of
for it in the classified. (618)375-2365 or CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING BLOCK 6, SAID CORNER BEING ON THE EAST LINE OF THE RIGHT-OF- the escalated amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of
for it in the classified. (618)375-2365 or ACITYORDINANCE WAY FOR NORTHWOOD DRIVE, AS SHOWN ON THE PLAT OF NORTH- said contract.
(618)599-2135 WOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE N0050'04"E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE, Failure to provide any of the documents outlines above
SPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flor- AND A PROLONGATION THEREOF THROUGH THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY FOR wil be grounds for rejection of the bid.
da will on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos- BIRCH WAY, OAK WAY, PINE WAY AND MAPLE WAY, AS SHOWN ON THE All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School
slble, at City Hal, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC PLAT OF NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE, A DISTANCE OF 1663.64 FEET, Board of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed
HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi- TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTH- on the outside of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope con-
nance into law: NO. 1058: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEE- EAST HAVING A RADIUS OF 25.00 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY tains a bid for said project.
o br CHOBEE, FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENT TO THE LAND ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 1:00
DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ORDINANCE NO. 716, DIVISION 5 8825'57", A DISTANCE OF 38.59 FEET, TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE p.m., prevailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations,
lsig r I THEREOF, INCLUDING SECTIONS 90-567 THROUGH 90-570, SEC- RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR POTTER ROAD (NORTHWEST 144TH DRIVE; 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
For more listings, TIONS 90-572, 90-573, 90-580, 90-583, 90-588 AND 90-589 PER- THENCE N89016'01"E, ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE, A DISTANCE OF The following documents shall accompany the Owner/Contractor Agree-
go to For more listings, TRAINING TO EXEMPT AND PROHIBITED SIGNS; SIGN AREA 1910.70 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 1, BLOCK 1, OF meant:
Stor more ing, COMPUTATION; LIMITATIONS ON THE LOCATION, TYPE, NUMBER SAID NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE, THENCE SOO50'04'W, ALONG THE Payment Bond ad required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida
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WWW.newszap.COm SIGNS INCLUDING BANNERS, PORTABLE SIGNS, WIND SIGNS, NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 20, OF SAID BLOCK 1, AND THE POINT OF bond shal be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do
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SIGNS; NONCONFORMING SIGNS; AND SIGNS AND ARTWORK A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection at the Planning A+ excellent and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satis-
SNOT QUALIFYING AS MURALS; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS AND and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida factory to the Owner, within ten (10)days after being awarded the con-
SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. each weekday except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:30 tract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said
R npy^ ota d a e fotC ws w cy p.m. bonds to be recorded in accordance with School Board instructions.
SA copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofo- All interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
keechobee.com, or contact Administration, 863-763-3372 x 212. A copy of this public hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board Florida Statutes.
FT. DRUM AREA furn., 1996 FORD MUSTANG the entire applications) is available at the City Clerk's Office and may be in- of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this Drug Free Workplace Certification.
spected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
older mobile home, 1.5 3.8 V6 GREEN W/TAN holidays. made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lunsford Act,
br, lba, $425 doep., $425 & 38 V NTEOR, TN dA the appeal is based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup Section 1012.465, Florida Statutes.
r,& BLK INTERIOR, NEW PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap- for offcial records of the Clerk The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed
mo. rent (912)925-2147/ CLUTCH, COLD A.C., peal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter con Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman within 5 months of the Notice to Proceed and have the punch list items
(912)224-4658 or DUAL EXHAUST, sidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of Sharon Robertson, Clerk and site cleanup, totally completed within 30 days thereafter Failure to do
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence Board of County Commissioners so will result in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for
(734)637-2697 5-SPEED, REBUILT EN- upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole Okeechobee County, Florida each day the date of actual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled
GINE, COLD AIR IN- purpose of back-up for the department. Petition B-2007-0039 date of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar
S349307 ON 3/24/10 (Jday in liquidated damages for each day the date of actual final completion
When doing those chores TAKE. A GOOD In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per- exceeds the scheduled ate of final completion.
is doing you in, it's time RUNNING CAR. CALL sons needing special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is
to look for a helper in FOR MORE INFO. should contact the Admnistraon Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. PUBLIC NOTICE The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any
t 1O / CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING and all bids and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in
the classified. $2,500 or best offer L34958 ON 3/24/10 A CITY ORDINANCE force for 30 days after the date of opening.
MM(863)634-2839 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flori- By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
KISSIMMEE RIVER NOTICE OFSHERIFF'SSALE da will on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos- 349642 ON 3/24,31/10
EST 17503 Broadland sible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
EST 17503 Broadland NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir- HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi- days of your receipt of the Notice: IF UTES WILL BE FOREVER
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(317)402-5441 l No. 501988CA011055XXXXMBAD in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF DATED on March 16, 2010. ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (21
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Jacobsen Homes cus- VIN #JYAVP11E47A095082, TAG # 38812L Use Map Amendment Application No. 10-002-SSA, submitted by property 349449 ON 3/24,31/10 Billy Bradford
tom built. Any floor plan I shall offer the above descrb property for sale subject to all prior liens owner, D & A Properties,Inc. Anita Nunez, President, to change the Future Personal Representative
Sbuit. Uy d pylnEI shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens Land Use designation from SF to C for property located at 310 NE 7th 700 S.E. 25th Street
from any dealer & any and encumbrances if any, on the day 27th of April, 2010 at 11:00AM or as Street, Legal Description: Lots 1 to 5 of Block 147, City of Okeechobee, and IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
brand can be built by soon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF- is approximately 0.84 acre(s). The proposed use is for a parking lot. NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Jacobsen at an excel- IN THE CIRCUITCOURTOF FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high- CIRCUIT IN AND FOR Post Office Drawer 1367
3aCObsen at an excel- THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL est and best bidder for cash, all right, title and interest, in said property. A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofo- OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
lent price 863-675-8888 CIRCUIT IN AND FOR Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 22nd day of March, 2010. keechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION (863) 763-3825
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Published: March 24,31,April 7,14, 2010 of the entire applications) is available at the City Clerk's Office during regu- CASE NO. 2010-CP-30 By: Tom Conely III
FLORIDA lar business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. Flonda Bar #096482
Looking for a new mo- CIVILACTION Paul C. May, Sheriff In Re: Estate of Attorney for Personal Representative
bile home. Lowest pric- CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000529 Okeechobee County PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap- DICKIE M. BRADFORD, 348939 ON 3/17,24/10
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons peal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter con- Deceased
es guaranteed. For CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in sidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
appointment 675-8888 vs aintiff, the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence NOTICE TO CREDITORS
vs not after than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole
SHARON EPLEY, et al, ext. 2225. purpose of back-up for the department. The administration of the estate of
New 32x80, 4br/2bath Defendant(s). 349645 ON 3/24,31;4/7,14/10 DICKIE M. BRADFORD, deceased,
SIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per- date of death January 9, 2010, is
Homes of Merit with NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE WITH A 1982 PINE SINGLE WIDE Flonda Default Law Group, PL. sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding pending in the Circuit Court for
fireplace, glamour bath MOBILE HOME, WIDTH AND RO. Box 25018 should contact the Administration Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
and awesome kitchen. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN ur- LENGTH: 14.00 X 66.00, SERIAL Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018 Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CITY CLERK Division, the address of which is 312
suant to a Final Judgment of ort- NUMBER: TW1FLH51591, TITLE F08080199 349582 ON 3/24/10 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
$69,900 set and a/c in- gage Foreclosure dated February 18, NUMBER 21588177 WHICH, BY NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI- chobee, Florida 34972. The personal
clouded on your lot. 2010 and entered in Case No. INTENTION OF THE PARTIES CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF Century Bank, FSB, Phase I, according to the Plat representative's and the personal
47-2008-CA-000529 of the Circuit AND UPON RETIREMENT OF THE 1990; In accordance with the Amen- Plaintiff thereof recorded in Plat Book 6 representative's attorney names are
863-675-8888 Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial CERTIFICATE OF TITLE AS PRO- cans with Disabilities Act, persons vs. Page 7, of the Public Records of set forth below.
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE VIDED IN FLORIDA STATUE needing a special accommodaton to Christne Duerr, Unknown Spouse of Okeechobee County, Florida. All creditors of the decedent and
County, Flonda wherein CHASE 319.261 SHALL CONSTITUTE A participate in this proceeding should Christne Duerr, other persons having claims or de-
New 4br/2bath double- HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff PART OF THE REALTY AND SHALL contact Court administration no later Jose Fanjul, Original notice to be returned to the mands against decedent's estate on
wide $49,900 setup on and SHARON EPLEY; THE UN- PASS WITH IT. than seven days prior to the ro- Defendants Clerk of the Circuit Court. whom a copy of this notice is re-
lot with a/c and KNOWN SPOUSE OF SHARON ceeding at 250 NW Country lub quired to b served must file their
your lot with a/c and EPLEY; are the Defendants, I will sell A/K/A 4209 SOUTHEAST 22ND Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, NOTICEOF Any person claiming an interest in claims with this court WITHIN THE READT N A
Setup included, to the highest and best bidder for COURT, OKEECHOBEE, FL (772)807-4370 within two working FORECLOSURE SALE the surplus from the sale, if any, oth- LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
863-675-8888 Financing cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND 349740000 days of your receipt of this notice: IF er than the property owner as of the TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
863-675-8888 Financing FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JU- YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL Notice is hereby given that pursuant date of the is pendens must file a TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
available with your DICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD Any person claiming an interest in 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE to a Final Judgment of Mortgage claim within 60 days after the sale. DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER- NEW SP ER***..
good credit STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA the surplus from the sale, if any, IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770. Foreclosure dated March 4, 2010 en- VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
good c i 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 7th day of other than the property owner as of 347128 ON 03/17,24/10 tered in the above case number, I NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI- TICE ON THEM. makes you a more
April, 2010, the following described the date of the Lis Pendens must file will sell to the highest and best bid- CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF Al other creditors of the decedent makes you a more
PARK MODEL 34X12 property as set forth in said Final a claim within sixty (60) days after IN THE CIRCU COURT OF TH der for cash in the Jury Assembly 1990: In Accordance with the Amen- and persons having claims or de informed and
Judgment: the sale. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE Room, on the Second Floor of the cans With Disabilities Act, persons mands against the estate of the de- iormed and
w/FL room, 1.5ba, car- WITNESS MY HAND and the seal NINETEENTH JUDICIAL Okeechobee County Judicial Center, needing a special accommodation to cedent must file their claims with
port, furnished, w/direct LOT 130, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT of this Court on February 22, 2010. CIRCUIT IN AND FOR 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeecho- participate in this proceeding should this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF- interesting person.
pk, o c 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, bee, Florida, 11:00 a.m. on April 7, contact Court Administration no later TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
lake okee access(no THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT Sharon Robertson FLORIDA 2010, the following described proper- than seven days prior to the pro- PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. NO wonder readers
locks) $45,000 neg. BOOK 5, PAGE 65, PUBLIC Clerk of the Circuit Court CASE NO. 472008 CA ty: ceeding at 250 NW Country Club ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE By: Linda F Young 000720 CAXXXX Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, IN THE TIME PERIOD SET are more suCCessful!
618-558-0274 COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER Deputy Cler Lot 4, Block 3, Cypress Creek, 1-772-807-4370 within two working FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-




18 Okeechobee News March 24, 2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000546
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,
Plaintiff,
Is.
[LEANA RIVER, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage
Foreclosure dated February 18, 2010 and entered in Case No. 47-2008-
ZA-000546 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Flonda wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is
te Plaintiff and ILEANA RIVER; EFREN GARCIA; SANTIGO PEREZ; LIGI-
TA SMALKAIS; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DE-
FENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIMI AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; CHASE BANK USA, NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION; HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION, III; are the
Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the
7th day of Apnl, 2010, the following descnbed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment:
0 PART OF LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND
COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BLOCK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND A PART OF
LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 41, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ALL BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK
5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY BORDERING
LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ALSO BEING SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF
LOT 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKES SUBDIVISION, ALSO BEING, A POINT
ON NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441, BEAR NORTH 68
DEGREES 38 MINUTES 44 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 196.18 FEET; THENCE BEAR
NORTH 34 DEGREES 29 MINUTES 22 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH
THE CENTERLINE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING TO SAID PLAT OF FARM
LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 68
DEGREES 38 MINUTES 44 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID
NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 A DISTANCE OF 195.75
FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL
14; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26 MINUTES 17 SECONDS
WEST ALONG THE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5 FARM
LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 465.90 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY U.S. 441 AND THE POINT OF
BEGINNING
./K/A 7525 SE HIGHWAY 441, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other
tan the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim
Nlthin 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
Honda Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F08084778
10TICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
[n accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
speciall accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
IW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, (772)807-4370 within
wo working days of your receipt of this notice: IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
'AIRED, CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770.
347111 ON 03/17,24,31/10


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT

The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA,
Workforce Solutons) Region 20
and the Treasure Coast Job Train-
ing Consortium announce a public
meeting of the Workforce Devel-
opment Board to which all persons
are invited:
Date&Time: Wednesday,
March 31, 2010 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE, To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA -
Workforce Stimulus projects and
budgets), Workforce Employment
Opportunities, the Welfare Transi-
tion Program, One-Stop Career
Centers and the Workforce Devel-
opment Board (DBA, Workforce
Solutions). A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for judi-
cial review.
349489 ON 1/24/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-25


In Re: Estate of
ELEANOR D. HALL,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of
ELEANOR D. HALL, deceased, date
of death January 6, 2010, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division,
the address of which is 312 N.W 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Pori-
da 34972. The personal representa-
tive's and the personal
representative's attorney names are
set forth below.
Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THIE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE.
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
is March 17, 2010.
Bruce A. Hall
Personal Representative
1000 N.E. 24th Avenue
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
(8631 763-3825


IN THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CA-141
PARCEL(S): FL-OKEE-004.5/
FL-OKEE-005.5
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company,
Petitioner,
v.
KISSIMMEE OAKS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, et al.,
Defendants.
FOR PUBLICATION
SUMMONS TO SHOW CAUSE. NOTICE OF EMINENT
DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS AND NOTICE OF HEARING

IN THE NAME OF AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA:
TO ALL THE SHERIFFS OF THE STATE AND TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
YOU ARE COMMANDED to serve this summons and a copy of the Petition in Eminent Domain, the Nobce of Lis
Pendens, and the Declaration of Taking, upon: All defendants named in the attached party list and all persons claim-
ing interests by, through, under or against the named defendants; all persons having or claiming to have any right, ti-
tle, or interest in the property described in Exhibit"A" and the unknown spouses of the above-named defendants, if
any, and their heirs, devisees, assignees, grantees, creditors, lessees, executors, administrators, mortgagees, judg-
ment creditors, trustees, lienholders, persons in possession, and any and all other persons having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest by, through, under or against the above-named defendants, or otherwise claiming any
right, title, or interest in the real property described in this action.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO THE DEFENDANTS NAMED IN THE ATTACHED PARTY LIST AND TO ALL WHOM
IT MAY CONCERN, INCLUDING ALL PARTIES CLAIMING ANY INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTS; AND TO ALL HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR INTEREST IN THE
PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN the Petition, that Petitioner has filed a Petition in Eminent Domain and Declaration of Tak-
ing to acquire certain property interests in Okeechobee County, Florida as described in the Petition. Each Defendant
and any other person claiming any interest in, or having a lien upon, such property is required to serve a copy of
written answer and defenses to the Petition upon BRENDAN T. FRANZONI, of the law firm of Bricklemyer Smolker
& Bolves, PA., 500 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33602, attorney for Petitioner, and to file the
original of the answer and defenses with the Clerk of this Court, on or before April 12, 2010, showing what right, b-
tie, interest, or lien the defendant has in or to the property described in the Petition and to show cause why that
property should not be taken for the uses and purposes set forth in the Petition. If any Defendant fails to do so, a
default will be entered against that Defendant for the relief demanded in the Petition.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Declaration of Taking has been filed in this cause and that Petitioner will
apply for an Order of Taking vestng title and possession to the property as described in the Petition in the name of
Petitioner, and any other order the Court deems proper before the Honorable Larry Schack, Circuit Judge, on
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at 11:00 A.M., of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Courtroom B, 312 NW 3rd St.
Okeechobee, FL 34972. All Defendants in this action may request a hearing and be heard at the time and place des-
ignated. Any Defendant failing to file a request for hearing shall waive any right to object to the Order of Taking.
Dated this 10th day of March, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Beatrice Rodreguez, Deputy Clerk
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ASSISTANCE: IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY
ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING YOU, ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU,
TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE, 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA 34986, 772-807-4370, AT LEAST
SEVEN (7) WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR COURT APPEARANCE; IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771 OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 1-800-955-8771.
PARTY LIST
Parcel FL-OKEE-004.5/FL-OKEE-005.5
Kissimmee Oaks, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, c/o Warren L. Prescott, as Registered Agent, 51 River Dr,
Tequesta, FL 33469
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a New York corporation, c/o Chief Financial Officer, as Registered Agent,
200 E. Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
William 0. Shumpert, all known and unknown heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, personal representatives and creditors
Rex Butler, if alive, and if deceased, the known and unknown heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, personal representatives
and creditors
Estate of Charles Cantrell, all known and unknown heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, personal representatives and
creditors
Estate of Evelyn Davis, all known and unknown heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, personal representatives and credi-
tors
Mary Wilson, if alive, and if deceased, the known and unknown heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, personal representa-
tives and creditors
Celeste Watford, as Tax Collector, Okeechobee County, 307 N.W. 5th Ave, Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34972

LEGAL DESCRIPTION
FL-OKEE-004.5/FL-OKEE-005.5
PERMANENT EASEMENT: A 50 FOOT WIDE STRIP OF LAND, LYING IN AND BEING A PART OF SECTIONS 18 AND
19, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF PARCEL D OF
THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 439, PAGE 1298, PUBLIC RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY,
THE CENTERLINE OF SAID STRIP BEING DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF
SAID SECTION 18; THENCE N 00046'07" W, ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 18, 88.88 FEET;
THENCE S 89014'08" W 52.20 FEET TO A POINT HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS POINT"A", SAME BEING THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 89056'40"W 177.15 FEET; THENCE N 45008'53"W 244.79 FEET; THENCE S
89051'07"W 2154.80 FEET; THENCE S 44051'07"W 198.72 FEET; THENCE N 89050'51"W 562.04 FEET; THENCE S
0003753"W 65.73 FEET TO THE NORTHWESTERLY LINE OF STATE ROAD 70 AND THE TERMINUS OF SAID CEN-
TERLINE. THE SIDELINES OF SAID EASEMENT ARE TO BE EXTENDED OR SHORTENED TO TERMINATE IN SAID
WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NORTHWEST 128TH AVENUE AND THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE
ROAD 70. CONTAINING 3.907 ACRES (170,166 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT: BEING AN ADDITIONAL 50 FOOT WIDE STRIP, ADJOINING AND
PARALLEL WITH THE NORTHERLY AND WESTERLY SIDELINE OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PERMANENT EASEMENT
CONTAINING 4.028 ACRES (175,454 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT NUMBER 1: BEING AN ADDITIONAL PARCEL DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS POINT"A", SAME BEING THE WEST RIGHT OF
WAY LINE OF NORTHWEST 128TH AVENUE; THENCE N 0004325"W, ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE,
75.01 FEET; THENCE S 89056'40" W 51.81 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 89056'40" W
93.48 FEET; THENCE N 45008'53" W 134.22 FEET TO A POINT HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS POINT "B"; THENCE
N 44051'07" E 25.00 FEET; THENCE S 45008'53" E 88.48 FEET; THENCE N 89056'40" E 108.07 FEET; THENCE S
00 1349" E 50.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.180 ACRE (7,823 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR
LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT NUMBER 2: BEING AN ADDITIONAL 25 FOOT WIDE STRIP
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS POINT"B"; THENCE N
4508'53"W 10.63 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N 4508'53"W 100.00 FEET; THENCE
S 89051'07" W 100.00 FEET TO A POINT HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS POINT "C"; THENCE N 00008'53" W 25.00
FEET; THENCE N 89051'07" E 110.36 FEET; THENCE S 45008'53" E 110.36 FEET THENCE S 44051'07"W 25.00 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.121 ACRE (5,259 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT NUMBER 3: BEING AN ADDITIONAL 25 FOOT WIDE STRIP
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS POINT"C"; THENCE S 89051'07"
W 2016.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 89051'07" W 100.00 FEET; THENCE S
4451'07"W 100.00 FEET TO A POINT HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS POINT "D"; THENCE N 45008'53" W 25.00
FEET; THENCE N 4451'07" E 110.36 FEET; THENCE N 8951'07" E 110.36 FEET; THENCE S 00008'53" E 25.00 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.121 ACRE (5,259 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT NUMBER 4: BEING AN ADDITIONAL 25 FOOT WIDE STRIP
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS POINTED"; THENCE S
44051'07"W 98.49 FEET; THENCE N 89050'51"W 64.36 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N
89050'51" W 294.65 FEET TO A POINT HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS POINTEE; THENCE N 00009'09" E 25.00
FEET; THENCE S 89050'51" E 294.65 FEET; THENCE S 0009'09"W 25.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
CONTAINING 0.169 ACRES (7,366 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT NUMBER 5: BEING AN ADDITIONAL PARCEL DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS POINTEE; THENCE N 8905051" W 121.11
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N 8905051" W 125.01 FEET; THENCE S 003753"W
100.00 FEET; THENCE N 8922'07" W 25.00 FEET; THENCE N 0003753" E 149.79 FEET; THENCE S 8905051" E
50.00 FEET; THENCE N 00037'53" E 150.00 FEET; THENCE S 89051'02" E 100.00 FEET; THENCE S 0003743" W
200.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.574 ACRE (24,997 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
348787 ON 3/17,24/10
By: Tom Conely III Need a few more bucks Time to clean out the
Flonda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative to purchase something attic, basement and/or
348570 ON 3/17,24/10 deer? Pick up some garage? Advertise your
extra bucks when you yard sale in the classi-
Find it faster. Sell it sooner sell your used items in fieds and make your
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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-000024
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CHUNG HAO CHEN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: CHUNG HAO CHEN
617 SE 26th Drive
Okeechobee, FL 34974
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH.
UNDER, AND AGAINST THt
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST, AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the follow-
ing property in OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida:
LOT 19, BLOCK 23, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
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, P.L., 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 18th day of March,
2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, PL.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F10000600
349412 ON 03/24,31/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA611
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
v.
MARTHE LEGER; JOSEPH LEGER;
AND MARGARETTE PERNIER
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT
TO CHAPTER 45

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 2/18/2010, and
entered in Case No. 2009 CA 611 of
the Circuit Court in and for OKEE-
CHOBEE County, Florida wherein
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC., A Florida
Corporation is the Plaintiff, and
MARTHE LEGER, JOSEPH LEGER,
AND MARGARE I PERNIER are the
Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash in the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee,
Florida at 11 o'clock A.M. on the 7th
day of April, 2010 the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Order or Final Judgment, to wit:
W1/2 OF THE W1/2 OF THE
S1/2 OF THE S1/2 OF SEC-
TION 21 TRACT 6 TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLU-
SIVE OF THE OKEICHOBEE
COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS.
Strap Number(s):
1-21-34-33-OAOO-00006-M 000
NOTICE

IF THIS PROPERTY IS SOLD AT PUB-
LIC AUCTION, THERE MAY BE ADDI-
TIONAL MONEY FROM THE SALE
AFTER PAYMENT OF PERSONS WHO
ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID FROM


THE SALE PROCEEDS PURSUANT TO
THIS FINAL JUDGMENT.
IF YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE LEIN-
HOLDER CLAIMING A RIGHT TO
FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE
SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITH THE CLERK NO LATER THAN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU
FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WIT
NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAIN-
ING FUNDS.
IF YOU ARE THE PROPERTY OWNER,
YOU MAY CLAIM THESE FUNDS
YOURSELF. YOU ARE NOT RE-
QUIRED TO HAVE A LAWYER OR
ANY OTHER REPRESENTATION AND
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ASSIGN
YOUR RIGHTS TO ANYONE ELSE IN
ORDER
FOR YOU TO CLAIM ANY MONEY TO
WHICH YOU ARE ENTITLED. PLEASE
CHECK WITH THE CLERK OF THE
COURT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JU-
DICIAL CENTER, 312 NW. THIRD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA,
WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER THE
SALE TO SEE IF THERE IS ADDI-
TIONAL MONEY FROM THE FORE-
CLOSURE SALE THAT THE CLERK
HAS IN THE REGISTRY OF THE
COURT.
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this 22nd day of Feb-
ruary 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
BY: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
KENNETH M. JONES
Moody, Jones, Ingino
& Morehead, RA.
1333 S. University Drive, #201
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
347181 ON 3/17,24/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF
FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000059
NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC,
Plaintiff,
VS.
SANDRA D. POOLE; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SANDRA D. POOLE;
GARY LAWRENCE POOLE, JR.; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF GARY LAW-
RENCE POOLE, JR.; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RE-
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S); CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, INC.; WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING,
TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS,
OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFEN-
DANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
OR AGAINST DEFENDANTSS; UN-
KNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN
TENANT #2;
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: SANDRA D. POOLE; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RE-
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S);
Whose residence are/is unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file
your answer or written defenses, if
any, in the above proceeding with
the Clerk of this Court, and to serve
a copy thereof upon the plaintiff's at-
torney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Con-
suegra, 9204 King Palm Drive,
Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone
(813) 915-8660, facsimile
(813) 915-0559, within thirty days of
the first publication of this Notice,
the nature of this proceeding being a
suit for foreclosure of mortgage
against the following described prop-
erty, to wit:
LOT 3 IN BLOCK 28, BASS-
WOOD UNIT 2, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
If you fail to file your answer or
written defenses in the above pro-
ceeding, on plaintiff's attorney, a de-
fault will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint
or Petition.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County
this 18th day of March, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk


NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommoda-
tion to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court
Administration no later than
seven days prior to the proceed-
ing at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St Lucie Florida
34986, (772) 807-4370 within
two working days of your receipt
of this notice: IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8771; IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8770.
349573 ON 3/24,31/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000462
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION AS TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
FRANCES S. GILMORE, 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.
47-2008-CA-000462 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein U.S. BANK
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUS-
TEE, is the Plaintiff and FRANCES S.
GILMORE; TENANT #1 N/K/A
HEATHER GILMORE; are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM,
on the 7th day of Apnl, 2010, the
following descnbed property as set
forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 11, BLOCK 23, A REVISED AND
ADDITION TO THE PLAT OF CON-
NERS GABLES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 542 SE 36TH TERRACE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on February 22, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Honda 33622-5018
F08066176
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
days of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
347120 ON 03/17,24/10

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March 24, 2010


Okeechobee News


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000643
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOHN FRENCH, etal,
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.
47-2008-CA-000643 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County Flonda wherein WELLS FAR-
GO BANK, NA, is the Plaintff and
RAFAEL BUSTOS; JOHN FRENCH;
LEANNE FRENCH; are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM,
on the 7th day of Apnl, 2010, the
following descnbed property as set
forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 20, BLOCK 32, A PLAT OF UNIT
NUMBER 2 BASSWOOD INCOR-
PORATED, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 3966 31ST AVENUE NW.
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pndens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on February 25, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F08101871
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.
348182 ON 03/17,24/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-31
In Re: Estate of
VIRGINIA FRANCIS BUSKE,
a/k/a VIRGINIA BUSKE,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
VIRGINIA FRANCIS BUSKE, a/k/a
VIRGINIA BUSKE, deceased, date of
death December 28, 2009, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Okeecho-
bee County, Flonda, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Flonda 34972. The personal
representative's and the personal
representative's attorney names are
set forth below.
Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (25
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
is March 17, 2010.
Hugh Thomas Fielder
Personal Representative
808 S.E. 12th Street
Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
349009 ON 3/17,24/10
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