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Cops: beware of text
By Eric Kopp ceived text messages that their Barbara B
Okeechobee News H&R Block Emerald Card has cal H&R B


A new text message scam has
hit the area in the last couple of
days and is aimed at getting credit
card numbers and personal infor-
mation.
Apparently quite a few
Okeechobee residents have re-


been frozen and they are then giv-
en a phone number to call. When
the number is called, the scammer
asks the caller for their 16-digit
Emerald Card number.
"If they (the victim) don't have
an Emerald Card, they are asking
for a Master Card number," said


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lling, manager of a lo- calls from concerned customers
ock office, in a little more than 24 hours.
'ay, once the number is "We have quite a few that's
cammer then has that been contacted," she said Wednes-
ersonal information, day, March 31, of their customers.
herald Card, explained It should be noted, however,
g, is a prepaid Master the scam isn't aimed solely at H&R
by H&R Block. Block customers.


ing went on to say that
has received about 30


Courtesy photo/OCPD
Officer Russell Cale (lying on driver's side of overturned vehicle), of the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD), checks on the condition of Lovella Straley, 77, who was trapped inside
her 2008 Chevrolet sports utility vehicle Wednesday, March 31. Ms. Straley, of Okeechobee,
was involved in an automobile crash with Craig Rush, 24, also of Okeechobee. The crash took
place in the 400 block of S. Parrott Ave. at 12:11 p.m. According to an OCPD accident report,
Ms. Straley was attempting a left-hand turn onto S. Parrott Ave. from S.E. Fourth St. when she
drove into the path of Mr. Rush, who was northbound on S. Parrott Ave. The front of the 2001
Ford automobile driven by Mr. Rush collided with the driver's side door of the SUV. The force
of the impact caused the SUV to roll over onto its passenger side. Ms. Straley and Mr. Rush
were both taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment. The report indicates that they were both
released later that same day. According to the report, Ms. Straley was cited for failure to yield
the right of way. Damage to the SUV was estimated at $10,000, while damages to the Ford were
estimated to be $4,000. OCPD Detective Bill Saum said Officer Cale did not remove Ms. Straley
from her vehicle, but stayed with her until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene.


See SCAM Page 2


SB-1454


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interest
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There has been some interest
expressed lately in interest -- that
is, concern about interest-bearing
deposits by Florida counties.
A bill under consideration in
the Florida Senate could result in
the loss of that interest to Florida
counties.
Under current law, interest from
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Okeechobee News
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ment a grant.


SCAM
Continued From Page 1

As of Wednesday, three detectives with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
and one detective with the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD) had received
similar text messages.
"The text said 'customer issue H&R Block
Emerald Card frozen,'" said OCSO Detective
Susan Morrison, who just happens to be an
H&R Block customer. "But, we don't have
an Emerald Card."
So far, potential victims have been given
three different phone numbers to call. Two
of the numbers -- 518-891-2609 in Saranac
Lake, N.Y., and 585-419-6639 in Rochester,
N.Y. are no longer working. A third num-
ber 254-379-0002 is to a cell phone in
Waco, Texas.
One local man received this text message
and called the Waco, Texas, number. When
the person on the other end asked for the
man's 16-digit Emerald Card number, the
man hung up the phone.
The number in Saranac Lake, said Detec-
tive Morrison, has been shut down by the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney recently
announced that the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Airport would be receiving a grant of
$1,635,344. That money would be used to
improve two taxiways.
However, according to Donnie Oden,


When the Okeechobee News called the
number in Rochester, N.Y., a recorded mes-
sage indicated that the number is no longer
in service. Also, several attempts were made
to contact someone at the Waco, Texas,
number but those attempts were unsuccess-
ful because only a busy signal was received.
OCPD Detective Bill Saum warned citi-
zens to ignore these text messages.
"Call your tax preparer if you get this or
any other text about your taxes, any part of
their preparation or payments. Please, be
careful," he said.
The OCPD detective went on to say that
he has no knowledge of anyone suffering a
loss due to this scam.
When the phone number in Saranac
Lake was called Wednesday, a recorded
message from the FTC came on stating that
the number had been disconnected due to
its possible connection to a phishing scam.
The message went on to say that the sole
purpose of those conducting the scam was
to get someone's personal information.
The message then said to get more infor-
mation on phishing or other scams, go to
onguardonline.gov -- an internet site man-
aged by the FTC.


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county funds deposited by the clerk of the
court is returned to the county.
Senator J. D. Alexander (R-District 17),
who represents part of Okeechobee County,
has sponsored a bill that reverses this law.
Under his bill, all interest accruing from
county funds shall be deemed income of the
office of the clerk of the court.
Most counties do not have a problem with
interest monies. In the past, in Okeechobee
and other counties, the interest money has
gone back to the county.
Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court Sharon Robertson said when she first
took office in 1995 she could have retained
the interest that accrued on county funds. It
was optional at that time. The clerk could
either keep the interest or return it to the
county.
Mrs. Robertson consulted with other
clerks who said they returned the interest
to their respective counties. Mrs. Robertson
said she was afraid that if she retained the
interest, the county would cut her budget by
that amount.
In fiscal year 2009 that interest amounted
to about $97,000. Okeechobee County bud-
geted $1.4 million in operating funds for the
clerk's office that year.
However, Mrs. Robertson said that some
larger counties have used that interest as
part of their operating budget.
In 2009 the law was clarified to specifi-


cally state that "all interest accruing from
money deposited shall be deemed income
of the county."
Now, Sen. Alexander wants to reverse the
law. His bill states that "all interest accruing
from monies deposited shall be deemed in-
come of the office of the clerk of the circuit
court... ."
In Collier County, there have been several
legal battles between the clerk of the court
and county commissioners over who should
receive the interest money.
At first, Dwight Brock, clerk of the circuit
court for Collier County, returned all inter-
est money to the county. He claims that as
a result of a dispute with commissioners on
another matter, commissioners drastically
reduced his operating funds.
Mr. Brock then used interest money to op-
erate his office, returning any surplus funds
to the county. At that time he said interest
rates were much higher than they are now.
Under last year's law, Mr. Brock had to
return the interest to the county. According
to the Naples News, Collier County has bud-
geted about $14 million of interest income
across all of the county funds in fiscal 2010.
In fiscal year 2009, still quoting the Naples
News, the county received more than $12
million in interest income from the clerk's
office.
There has been no companion bill filed
in the Florida House.
Calls to Sen. Alexander seeking com-
ments were not returned.
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Woman killed in mobile home blaze


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A Buckhead Ridge woman was killed
when her double wide mobile home caught
fire early Sunday, March 28, said Captain
Darryl Lewis of the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (GCSO).
Pamela Ann Payette, 53, was killed when
her home at 1276 Chobee Street caught fire
around 7:30 a.m. The fire appeared to have
started in the kitchen area, said officials.
Ms. Payette worked as a bartender at the
Buckhead Ridge VFW
GCSO deputies said a neighbor apparent-
ly tried to rescue the victim but was unable
to get through the smoke and the heat inside
the home.


EMS Director Bob Jones said the home
was full of smoke with flames coming from
the middle roof edge when firemen arrived.
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire
Company, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
and Brighton firefighters responded to the
scene.
The woman was taken out of the home
by firefighters and CPR was performed.
State Fire Marshal spokesperson Jennifer
Hirst said the fire is still under investigation,
and that the cause of death has not been de-
termined. Once the cause is determined it
will be released to the sheriff's office.
The American Red Cross office in
Okeechobee assisted firefighters, as well as
the victim's family.


Man charged in theft of bicycles


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An 18-year-old Okeechobee man has
been arrested in connection with the al-
leged theft of three bicycles from a Play-
land Park home.
Samuel Curbelo, N.W
44th Ave., was arrested
Monday, March 29, on a
felony charge of grand
theft. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor
charge of criminal mis-
chief.
Curbelo was booked Samuel
into the Okeechobee Curbelo
County Jail under a bond
of $3,000. Jail records indicate that he was
released on bond later that day.


According to an arrest report by Deputy
Cody Hurst, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), he was contacted
by a man who saw Curbelo and two other
men reportedly riding the three stolen
bikes.
Deputy Hurst's report went on to state
that Curbelo and another man apparently
took the bikes apart for their parts, then
threw two of the frames into a pond be-
hind a third man's home. Two frames were
recovered from the pond, while a third
frame was found in some woods that sur-
round the pond, the report added.
Collectively, the bicycles had an estimat-
ed worth of $360, indicated the report.
No other arrests have been made in this
case.


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Couple charged with selling cocaine


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man and woman are accused of leav-
ing their three young children at home alone
while they drove to a con-



venience store on U.S. 441
N. to allegedly sell crack
cocaine.
Javan Maurice Mos-
ley, 21, N.E. 13th Ave.,
Okeechobee, and Jessica
M. Jenkins, 27, of the same
address, were both arrested
Wednesday, March 31, by Javan M.
the Okeechobee Narcotics Mosley
Task Force.
Mosley and Jenkins were both charged
with the sale of cocaine, possession of co-
caine with intent to sell and three counts of
child neglect. Although they have both been
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail,
their bond had not been set as of newspa-
per deadline.
According to an arrest report by a task
force detective, Mosley and Jenkins met
with a confidential informant and an un-
dercover law enforcement officer around 9


p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a con-
venience store.
The report stated that Mosley was a pas-
senger in the car being driven by Jenkins.
They were at the store to
sell the informant two piec-
es of crack cocaine for the
agreed-upon price of $60,
added the report.
Once the alleged deal
was consummated, Mosley
and Jenkins drove away.
They were stopped a short
Jessica M. time later by task force de-
Jenkins tectives and placed under
arrest.
The alleged crack was field tested and
indicated a positive result for the presence
of cocaine, stated the detective's report. Ac-
cording to the report, the suspected crack
cocaine weighed 0.2 grams.
Mosley and Jenkins reportedly left their
home to make the alleged drug deal and left
their three children -- ages 4, 6 and 7 -- alone
in the home.
According to the task force report, Jen-
kins lists her occupation as being a child
care worker.


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OPINION


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Bring in revenue
Once State Road 70 is quad and 55, the
economy will decline even further. We must
entertain more business now. Or our chil-
dren and the coming generations will suf-
fer extensively. Businesses are closing at an
alarming rate. But, we are pouring money
into big chain stores. Soon we will be a "box
town" just like the "box stores" that con-
sume our hard earned dollars. Leaving noth-
ing more to our children than a mere faded
dream of capitalism. Gone is small busi-
ness. Gone are the days of hard work and
simple living. Welcome to higher taxes, poor
schools, higher crime, and yes, eventually a
civil war. I don't know about you folks, but
I have pledged allegiance my entire life. And
now? What exactly does it mean? Allegiance
... indivisible ... with liberty and justice ... for
all? Remember folks. When your leaders in
Washington tell an entire country that they
(we) are "Bailing Out" big businesses that
have failed, we are telling our children that it
is O.K. to gamble it all away and come back
for more.

Socialism
We have to have insurance when we
drive our car. Why are we so reluctant to
insure ourselves? They are trying to make it
affordable for everyone. I've paid my insur-
ance premiums for 30 years ... luckily have
only had to use it for normal office visits.
Thank God. What about the young couple
that finds out their child has some horrible
illness. Oh yeah, we can hold a benefit in the
park, there's an answer to health care. Give
me a break. They are not forcing small busi-
nesses. People will be allowed (not forced)
to insure their kids to age 26. It's funny half
the people I know in this town are on dis-
ability and you are worried about Socialism.
There are too many people that want the
government to take care of them. It's going
to cost big companies and rich people a little
more money.


A small number of Democrats were call-
ing for Universal health care, which would
be government run health care for all, but in
the spirit of bipartisanship, President Obama
and most Democrats were willing to accept
a smaller role for the government in fixing
our broken health care system, the public
option. Republicans, though, called that a
government takeover of our medical system
too. So in the spirit of bipartisanship, Presi-
dent Obama and most Democrats said OK,
you don't like the public option, we'll get rid
of that too. But now, even though none of
that exists in the bill that was passed, Repub-
licans claim that this bill is somehow still a
government takeover of our medical system.
The fight over this bill has shown Republi-
cans for what they really are. -- obstruc-
tionists more interested in scoring political
points than in helping the people.

What are your
top 3 pet peeves?
1. Lazy people 2. Adults who do not use
manners 3. People who blow their nose at
the table in a restaurant (which should fall
under the heading of manners)

Library-keep it open
Why do you even need a library at all?
The internet is at your disposal for anything
you need to look up. Plenty of places to get
books to read also. Anytime that I went to
the library here, it was always, "We can get
it for you." If that's the case, I can also "get
it myself."
I guess I am old fashioned enough that
I like to hold a book in my hands and read
it. Maybe go outside and sit under a tree and
read. Reading on a computer screen hurts
my eyes after a while. But I can spend hours
on a rainy weekend curled up with a book
with no eye strain. I see many young moth-
ers at the library introducing their children
to the world of books. The kids can browse
through the stacks and find something that
interests them. Holding a book in their hands
is just better than "surfing the net." For many
people in Okeechobee County, the library is
not just a source of reading materials. The
computers there may be their only way to
go online because they cannot afford their
own computer or internet access. The li-
brary is also a community meeting place
with rooms available for special educational
programs and events such as local history
presentations.


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Prison debate should focus
on safety-not savings
State government in Florida, much like
the citizens it serves, is facing yet another
difficult budget year. The legislature is leav-
ing no stone unturned as it tries to find ways
to reduce government spending in order
to balance the budget. In fact, over the last
three years state spending has been reduced
by over $7 billion.
Considering the budget cuts that have
already been implemented the legislature
does not have an easy task this year.
The budget debate has now turned to the
costs of running our state prisons. The Sen-
ate recently approved an amendment to the
budget to close three correctional facilities
and transfer the inmates in those facilities to
a privately operated institution. It is believed
that using the private facility could save the
state $20 million in operating expenses.
There is another $100 million in estimated
savings by eliminating 1,300 currently va-
cant prison jobs.
As with any budget savings proposal
there is a debate about the actual savings,
as well as the policy implications, of the pro-
posed cuts. It appears that moving inmates
to a private facility will result in the closing
of three prisons which are currently in op-
eration. This in turn will cause as many as
1,400 prison guards to lose their jobs thus
adding to Florida's unemployment num-
bers. There is no doubt that there will be a
social cost to closing state run prisons. Our
unemployment numbers will go up, as will
the demand for social services by the fami-
lies of those that will lose their jobs. For that
reason alone it is difficult, at best, to justify
the closure of three state run prisons.

Thank you

Thanks for the support
The family of Alfred Middleton would
like to express their gratitude to all family
and friends who have extended such love
and care during our time of loss. We espe-
cially want to thank our extended family at
Berger Insurance and First United Method-
ist Church. Special thanks to the wonderful
people at Bass Funeral Home.
We love you all,
Nancy Vaughan
First United Methodist Church


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Equally troubling is the possible "trickle
down" effect of this change which could
lead to the closure of six state-run facilities
and the relocation of 6,000 inmates. The
Secretary of the Department of Corrections
believes this may lead to the early release of
as many as 2,500 prisoners.
Thus, beyond the debate about potential
savings and potential social costs there is an-
other important issue to consider-the safe-
ty of the citizens of Florida. Government's
first and foremost responsibility is to ensure
your safety. Consequently, the debate about
prison closings cannot be about savings
alone-the issue of citizen safety must be at
the forefront of the discussion. The potential
early release of 2,500 prisoners would cer-
tainly reduce the safety of our citizens. Such
an outcome is not acceptable.
There is another reason to question this
proposed change. When someone is con-
victed of a crime and sentenced to prison-it
is a punishment being carried out on behalf
of the citizens of Florida by state officials.
It is society's way of saying "you broke
the public compact and now you will be
punished." There is something lost in the
process when the responsibility for carry-
ing out that punishment gets shifted from
state officials to corporate employees. The
whole process shifts from a focus on "crime
and punishment" to a focus on "profits and
loses"-that is wrong.
We must continue to look for ways to
be good stewards of the taxpayers' money.
However, the proposal to close state-run
prisons focuses too much on possible sav-
ings and not enough on the safety of the citi-
zens of Florida.
By Jeff Kottkamp
Republican for Attorney General

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Pizza Hut damaged in early morning accident


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Wednesday started out with a bang for
the Okeechobee Pizza Hut Restaurant at
2795 U.S. 441 S.
A worker at the restaurant apparently lost
control of a 2008 Chevrolet SUV and plowed
through the front door of the facility, Lieuten-
ant Robert Banfield of Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) said.
Mary Prescott, 40, was not injured in the
freak accident reported at about 8:15 a.m.
"The vehicle actually entered the door
way. There was about a 2-to 3-foot intrusion
into the building," Lt. Banfield said.
The Fire/Rescue special response team
-- known as the Urban Search and Rescue
Team -- went to work immediately. The
team was created by the state to help fire de-
partments in the event of strong storms and
hurricane damage.
Six members of the team worked on the
front door to make it safe for other contrac-
tors to enter and repair the building.
OCF/R Lieutenant Karl Holtkamp said the
team recently got training from an exercise


at an old home north of the railroad tracks
on U.S. 441, which came in handy for this
event.
"The team provides good service. We
have 18 members that are trained with six
on each shift," he said.
Lt. Holtkamp said the restaurant was al-
lowed to have deliveries on Wednesday and
he predicted the restaurant would be re-
open very quickly.
"Once the repairs are done they can re-
open," he added.
Fire/Rescue estimated the amount of
damage at between $10,000 and $15,000.
Contractor Mark Brandel and engineer
Steve Dobbs were also on the scene, along
with County Building Inspector Carl Peter-
son.
Members of the urban search and rescue
team on scene included Matt Vinson, T.J.
Parrish and Keith Bourgault.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
investigated the accident. Detective Ted Van
Deman said it was unlikely that the motorist
would be cited for this incident.


Firefighter T.J. Parrish was among six members of the Urban Search and Rescue
team that worked to fix the entrance to the Pizza Hut restaurant Wednesday.


Lieutenant Robert Banfield oversees work by the Okeechobee County Urban
Search and Rescue Team at the main entrance to the Okeechobee Pizza Hut
restaurant Wednesday.


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Community Events


Parks and Rec announce
Easter Eggs-travaganza
Okeechobee Parks and Recreation will
host an Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday,
April 3, from noon until 3 p.m. The event
will be held at the Rec Park on N.W 6th Ave.
between Los Cocos and the Skate Park. This
is a FREE event for everyone sponsored by
Parks and Rec, Visiting Nurses Association
and the Kiwanis Club. Activities include and
Egg hunt at noon, bunny sack race, egg on
a spoon race, water balloon toss and more.
Egg hunt will be for three separate age
groups. Games for both children and adults.
Arts and crafts table. Bring your Easter Bas-
ket!

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.

Benefit to help local family
On Saturday, April 3, a benefit will be
held for the family of Justin Sadler who at
the age of 15, recently passed away in his
sleep. The family is in need of assistance for
funeral expenses for their son. The event will
be held at the VFW 10539, 3912 Hwy 441
S.E. at 2 p.m. and will include food, music,
an auction and prize drawings.

Easter Sunrise
Services planned
Okeechobee Ministerial Association in-
vites everyone to Easter Sunrise Services
planned for Sunday, April 4, from 6:30-
7:30 a.m. at Lake Okeechobee Lock 7 Pier
(where U.S. Hwy. 441 and S.R. 78 separate).
Bring your chair and blanket. Congrega-
tional singing by the Okeechobee Commu-


nity Choir with Soloist, Rev. Loy Mershimer
of Okeechobee Presbyterian. Love offering
will be taken for a local charity. Come and
worship with your friends, family and neigh-
bors!

Kiwanis to host
Annual Pancake Breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
be holding its 38th Annual Easter Pancake
Breakfast at Cowboy's Restaurant here in
Okeechobee. Breakfast will be served on
April 4, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is
only $5 and includes all you can eat pan-
cakes, whole hog sausage, Hazellief Farms
hand-squeezed orange juice, and coffee.
You should also be on the lookout for the
Easter Bunny, so bring your camera! Call
J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778 to be a sponsor
or buy tickets.

Shrine Club presents
Dinner dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will pres-
ent The Ages of Music Dinner and Dance on
Saturday, April 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with
dinner including chicken and ribs. The show
begins at 7 p.m. Dancing will include mu-
sic from the Big Band era, swing, rock and
roll, doo-wop, country soul and pop. A spe-
cial visit from "The King Elvis" will also be
included. Tickets for the event are $15 and
proceeds will benefit Shriners activities. For
ticket information, please call 863-763-3378.

OHS to host Career Fair
Okeechobee High School Career Center
is sponsoring an occupational awareness
(Career Fair) program for llth and 12th
graders on Wednesday, April 14. This event
will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the
Okeechobee High School Gymnasium.
This will be an opportunity for students
to meet prospective employers in Okeecho-
bee County. It will also be a chance for busi-
nesses to meet potential part-time as well as
full-time employees upon graduation. If in-
terested, you may want to bring applications
for students to fill out.
The program will consist of informal


News in Brief:


Blood drives
Florida Blood Centers upcoming Blood
Drives in Okeechobee will include the follow
ing dates and locations:
April 2, Good Friday, at Publix 9 a.m. to 4
p.m.
April 15, Thursday, KOA, 10 a.m. 4 a.m.
April 18, Sunday, Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-4
p.m.
April 22, Thursday, Okeechobee High
School, 8 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
April 28, Saturday, Wal Mart 11 a.m.-4
p.m.

Red Cross plans
classes for April
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-


lowing Health & Safety classes in April:
Thursday, April 1 Adult CPR/AED at 6
p.m.
Wednesday, April 14 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, April 19 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Center,
located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-2488.

Fundraiser to benefit
KOA Kids Care Camp
A i.- ,.i. ,i; dinner will be held at Good
Spirits Lounge 245 Hwy 441 SE. on Wednes-
day, March 31, from 6-9 p.m. Dinners are $5.
Eat in or take out. All proceeds go to KOA Kids
Care Camp.


conversation with students. (Students will
be browsing from one area to another.) A
table with chairs will be available for you to
use as your booth. If you have handouts, fact
sheets, or door prizes to give to the students,
please bring those. A poster/project board
to put on the table advertising your business
would be beneficial.
If you or your business is interested in
participating in the Career Fair, please call
Bill R. Black at 863-462-5025 ext. *3113 or
email at blackb@okee.kl2.fl.us.

Real Life Children's Ranch
plan benefit tourney
Real Life Children's Ranch will hold their
annual fund raising golf tournament on
April 17, at the Okeechobee County Golf
and Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per
person or $200 per team and includes cof-
fee, donuts, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch
and door prizes. There will also be an op-
portunity to win a new car in the Hole-In-
One contest. For more information, contact
Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200 (darlene.
mayers@rlcr.org) or Bill Casian at 863-697-
0211 (pepper@strato.net).

Guest speaker joins
tobacco-free campaign
Victor J. DeNoble, Ph.D. was recruited to
develop a safer cigarette for Philip Morris in
the 1980s. In his secret research laboratory,


he studied nicotine's effects on the central
nervous system and was successful in de-
veloping a nicotine substitute that did not
elevate the heart rate; however, attempts to
publish his work were suppressed by Philip
Morris. Dr. DeNoble was eventually fired and
his laboratory was seized. After a decade of
being silenced by a secrecy agreement, he
became the first whistle blower to testify be-
fore Congress and was a key witness in the
federal government's investigation into the
tobacco industry's research practices. Dr.
DeNoble will speak on Tuesday, April 20,
at 6 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Audito-
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Church's lunch program now includes music


"Let's Do Lunch," the Friday Lenten Con-
cert Series at Church of Our Saviour Episco-
pal Church concluded this past Friday and
was entitled, "Young Musicians Cafe" and
featured local students performing, some for
the first time. During the concert, Director
of Music, Kevin Kinnaird honored Mrs. Ann
Rooks for her 46 years of teaching the art
of playing piano to so many in and around
Okeechobee. Mrs. Rooks began her career
by teaching public school music. After a
couple of years, she made the decision to be-
come a 'stay at home Mom' and to continue
her musical career by opening a private stu-
dio in her home. While being honored, Mrs.
Rooks commented to the audience, "It has
been such a joy to teach and to see students
learn to make music. It doesn't make much
money, but you receive such a great reward
for seeing these young people progress each
week." Always the teacher, she then encour-
aged all the students present to continue
their pursuit of music. Mrs Rooks received
this recognition after two of her former stu-
dents, from two generations, performed in
the concert. Becky Posey-Smith studied with
Mrs. Rooks starting in second grade and took
lessons for 11 years. Just last year she went
back to Mrs. Rooks to finish a Chopin Noc-
turne that she was working on when she
quit taking lessons. Becky performed the
piece (without Mrs. Rooks knowing that she


was on the program), followed by Ly Pham
playing a Bach and Beethoven piece. Ly is a
young teenager that studied with Mrs. Rooks
until she retired last year. Kevin Kinnaird,
presenting her with a bouquet of flowers
commented, "Mrs Rooks will always be re-
membered as one of the best private piano
teachers in the region. "The Concert series
"Let's Do Lunch" was a brand new concept
to the city and was well received. These short
concerts occurred during the last three Fri-
days of Lent during the lunch hour and was
followed by a brown bag lunch provided by
the Church. Anyone who attended all three
concerts were able to hear many local stu-
dents and artists performing a wide variety of
music- from classical composers like Bach,
Beethoven and Chopin to more current day
genres like country, modern and classic
Broadway and light Alternative.
The next event that will take place at
Church of Our Saviour will be an "Island
Night" and will feature the award winning
Chobee Steelers on April 10 from 4-8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and will include a meal of
jerk pork, plantains and Caribbean Rice and
more. The Church also sponsors the "Begin-
nings" Concert in November and will ben-
efit "Healthy Start" this year. Please call the
Church office 863-763-4843 for more details
on these events.


Ministry reaches out to


local hearing impaired


Sne -ueaT learn neiping to Dring ineir
ministry to local Okeechobee resi-
dents are, left to right, Chris Boyett,
Linda Stewart, Stevie Williams, and
Laurie Garner.
The More 2 Life Deaf Ministry would like
to introduce itself to the hearing impaired
of Okeechobee. This faith based ministry is
non-denominational. The meetings are re-
laxed, with a cafe and tables for fellowship,
followed by music and an inspirational mes-
sage interpreted in American Sign Language
(ASL).
Laurie Garner is the Coordinator/Teacher
of More 2 Life Deaf Ministry. She has worked
in the Okeechobee School System as an in-
terpreter for hearing impaired and deaf stu-
dents. She has over 20 years experience in
leading Bible studies in various churches in
the southeast. You may call her at 863-634-
8523 voice or text (or) email her at: love2or-
ganize@gmail.com


Linda Stewart is a certified interpreter
with 25 years experience in interpreting for
the deaf. Recently retired from the Okeecho-
bee School System, she's now putting her
efforts into the More 2 Life Deaf Ministry. Her
goal is to "teach the deaf to reach the deaf."
She is presently teaching Stevie Williams
who wants to sign for praise and worship.
Chris Boyett is putting his leadership
and teaching abilities to work in the More
2 Life Ministry. Totally deaf himself, he has
had experience in the Okeechobee Schools,
sharing his spirit and warmth with children
through interpretive storytelling. He has also
served as Sunday School teacher for the deaf
in a local church. Chris's goal for the More 2
life Ministry is that "every hearing impaired
person will know the saving grace of our
Lord." Chris would one day like to become
a pastor for the deaf. You may call him at:
866-784-8065 (VRS).
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Bible study, interpreted in ASL, Satur-
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In addition to the above, a prayer meet-
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on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.


Kevin Kinnaird presents flow-
ers to Mrs. Ann Rooks, while her
former students look on.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Kevin Kinnaird
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leste Howell and Daron Jones Front Row: Ray Noel, Caycee Rolling, Mrs. Ann
Rooks, Erica Pope, Ly Pham and Kevin Kinnaird. (center) Kaycee Rolling and
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Good day, great fishing at


Freedom Outreach tourney


Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourney
held Sunday, March 28, was even better
than expected.
The fish didn't disappoint, the rain held
out and there was great food waiting on
the participants at the weigh in. Everyone
seemed to enjoy themselves.
The teams placed are as follows:
First place Fred George and Bob Ow-


ens with 17.04 lbs.
Second place Big Fish Fred George and
Bob Owens 5.02 lbs.
Second place Jack Harrison and Sal
Nofi- 16.08 lbs.
First place Big Fish Jack Harrison and
Sal Nofi- 5.08 lbs.
Third place John Supley and Mark
Hester- 13.08 lbs.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Wendy Walker
Big fish winner, with a 5.08-lb. largemouth, was the team of jack Harrison and
Sal Nofi. Finishing in third place was the team of John Supley and Mark Hester
with a total weight of 13.08 pounds.

Free freshwater fishing this weekend


Both residents and nonresidents in Flor-
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the state without a license during the
weekend of April 3 and 4. All other fishing
rules apply.
The Florida Legislature and Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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April each year to be Florida's Free Fresh-
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on Easter weekend.
This is a great opportunity for experi-
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sport with family and friends. It's also a
great opportunity to join the thousands of
anglers who have taken the Anglers' Lega-
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Anglers' Legacy is about giving back what
you've been given, and making a promise
to introduce somebody new to fishing.
There's no membership fee and no obli-
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spread the fun of one of America's most
popular traditions and share our fishing
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Chicks, rabbits

aren't good

gifts for Easter

The Humane Society of the United States
is asking people to refrain from acquiring live
chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts this holiday
season. Young, adorable animals mature
quickly into adults and need daily care for
the rest of their lives. Instead of live animals
as gifts, consider giving children a plush toy
or a chocolate rabbit.
"People often don't realize the level of
commitment that these animals require,"
said Adam Goldfarb, director of the Pets at
Risk program for The HSUS. "The animals
that people associate with Easter, like chicks
and baby rabbits, have very specific social
and nutritional needs. They can't be caged
continuously or relegated to the basement
or garage."
In some areas, selling chicks and keep-
ing chickens as pets is actually illegal. Every
year, animal shelters receive a surge of un-
wanted Easter pets who are given up after
the owners have lost interest or are unable
to care for them. Unfortunately, many are
euthanized due to lack of available homes.
Some animals given as gifts are released
into the wild when people tire of them.
However, these animals are domestic spe-
cies. They're unable to fend for themselves
and usually die of starvation or exposure to
the elements, or are preyed upon by other
animals.
Bringing any type of pet into your home
should be done only after carefully assess-
ing your family's ability to meet the animal's
needs and after seeking information from
experts. Talk to a veterinarian, your local ani-
mal shelter, or other pet owners about the
nuts and bolts of caring for these animals.
Adding chickens or any animals to your fam-
ily should only be done if you have carefully
considered your family's lifestyle and your
commitment to an animal who can live for
many years.
Visit humanesociety.org/rabbitcare to
learn more about taking care of rabbits. If
you do decide that a rabbit would be a good
pet for your family, consider adopting from
your local animal shelter or rabbit rescue
group.
Community Event
Red Cross plans
classes for April
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in April:
Wednesday, April 14 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, April 19 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.


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4550 Hwy 441 N. 763-3736
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Non-Denominational
3055 SE 18th Terrace
(Corner of Charles Harvey Highway and SE 18th Terr.)
You're Invited
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 4th, 7:30am 8:30am
followed by a
Continental Breakfast 8:30am 9:30am
Bible Study 9:30 10:30am
Worship Service 10:30am

(863) 467-7858
Minister Jim McCutchen


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'Your Place of Destiny" Jeremiah 29:11
3666 E. Hwy 70 Okeechobee
(Old Elks Lodge)
Sunday School 9am
Sunday Worship 10am
Tues. & Thurs. 7:30pm
Prayer Service, Tues. & Thurs. 6:30pm 7:30pm
Nursery Available at All Services
* Office Hours:
Mon. 9am 12 noon
Tues. Fri. 9am 5pm
(863) 357-2264
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Okeechobee Church of Christ
1401 South Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, Fl 34974

Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 AM.
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 AM.
Sunday Evening Worship: 6:00 P.M.
Monday Wednesday Nights: 7:00 P.M.

We have no head but Jesus.
We have no creed but the New Testament.
We speak where the Bible speaks
and silent where the Bible is silent

EVERYONE WELCOME!



Living Word of Faith Church
1902 S. Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee

Pastor Lee Minton (863) 697-8517

Sunday Worship Service
1 lam
Sunday School 1 am
Sunday Night Service 7pm
Wed. Night Bible Study 7pm




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Girls basketball Treasure Coast All Star showcase


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Keighly Stewart, Jewel Buck and
Markeisha Youmans got one more chance to
play basketball together at the high school
level when they competed Wednesday night
in the Treasure Coast showcase game at In-
dian River State College in Ft. Pierce.
All three of the Okeechobee girls got con-
siderable playing time as their blue team
fell to the white team, 58-55 in an exciting
contest.
Stewart finished the game with one re-
bound, one assist, one steal, and one point.


She said she really enjoyed the opportunity
to play, "It was a lot of fun. I had a blast out
there. I'm glad that I got the chance to play
with Jewel and Markeisha one last time.
That was sad but the game was a fun ex-
perience."
Buck had eight rebounds, two assists,
one steal, and one point in the game. She
said it was a great opportunity to meet other
girls and learn more about the game of bas-
ketball, "It was a chance to compete against
the best. It made me a better person and a
better player as well."
Youmans was injured late in the game
when she turned her ankle, but she said
she was okay afterward. Markeisha had four
points and four rebounds in the game. She
said it was a pretty good experience, "I felt
like it was a pretty good game. You didn't
see everybody's best because we haven't


played in awhile and I feel everybody was
a little tired."
The white squad jumped out to a 17-4
lead in the first quarter behind Jasmine Jack-
son, Terrice Robinson of Fort Pierce Central
of Vero Beach and Ceneria Brown of Vero
Beach.
The blue squad cut the lead to six in the
second quarter but still trailed 36-22 at the
half.
The game got much closer in the second
half as Teena Pierre of Lincoln Park Academy,
Brittany Benzio of Martin County and Rosela
Devalon of Central led the comeback. The
white team led 48-41 after the third quarter
and led for the entire fourth quarter. Pierre
scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Most of
her buckets came in the second half.
Buck said her team never got their heads
down after the slow start, "We kept our con-


Community Briefs


LMS working group meeting
The public is invited to attend and provide
comments at the first meeting of the Glades Coun-
tyLoc I 1.iili,-. ,ir.... 1 ,,ii. / (LMS) Working Group
on Tuesday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. noon in the
Glades County Commission Chambers. Hazard
mitigation is any action taken to permanently
reduce or eliminate long-term risk of hazard to
people and their property. A LMS will lessen the
human, environmental, and economic costs of
disasters. For more information contact Glades
County Emergency Management Office 863-946-
6020 or Dan Trescott at 239-338-2550 ext. 220.


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Okeechobee's Relay For Life is just around
the corner... Don't miss out! April 30-May 1 at
Okeechobee High School. Activities through-
out the night for ALL ages: Karaoke, Cook Outs,
Themed laps, Games and more. Will you have
the BEST campsite...
The Amencan Cancer Society Relay For Life
represents hope that those lost to cancer will
never be forgotten, that those who face cancer
will be supported, and that one day cancer will
be eliminated. Contact Okeechobee's American
Cancer Society at 863-467-2376 to register your
team today!


fidence up and kind of stuck with it. We fixed
the errors we made in the first quarter."
Stewart had a chance to tie the game
with a three pointer in the final seconds but
her shot was off the mark. She said her team
never gave up, "I think we played a great
game. I wish we could have pulled it off.
That is what games are for, we just learn."
Terrice Robinson of Fort Pierce Central
was named the MVP of the game. She had
12 points in the first half and 16 points in the
game.
Brahman Coach Tony Sherlock was also
there to watch his seniors play their last
game. He announced his resignation as
coach after the season.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Keighly Stewart looks for an open
teammate during Wednesday night's
all star showcase game. Her team lost
by three points.


Jewel Buck grabbed several rebounds
in a losing effort during Wednesday's
Treasure Coast all star showcase for
seniors at IRSC in Fort Pierce.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2009-CP-33
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
JULIE ANN MING
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of JULIE ANN MING, deceased,
whose date of death was January 28,
2009, and whose social security
number is 553-43-5590, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 North West
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34974. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECENDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
nobce is March 26, 2010.
Personal Representative:
Angel Borkowski
681 North West 26th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Attorney for Personal Representative:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, RA.
Fla. Bar No.: 035667
Attorney for Petitioner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 343974
Telephone: (863)763-5733
Facsimile: (863)763-6199
349682 ON 03/26;4/2/10

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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-000087
SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES,
INC.
Plaintiff,
vs.
MICHAEL A. RICHARDS, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: CATHERINE E. RICHARDS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3503 SW
17th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST, AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEEEE SGRANTEES, 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 12, BLOCK 1, OAK PARK,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses within 30 ays after
the first publication, if any, on Florida
Default Law Group, PRL., 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, PRL.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F10006449
349715 ON 03/26;04/02/10

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD001
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DONALD MOONEY the holder of the
following certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued
:hereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
:he property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
certificatee No: 2631 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003
Description of Property: LOTS 1-2 BLOCK 4 RAILROAD ADDITION
1-15-37-35-0040-00040-0010
said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
lame(s) in which assessed:
POSENA ROUSE BIVINS
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
countyy Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
Jee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
3HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
Is/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE 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 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
Within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348534 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD003
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GAIL SMITH the holder of the follow-
ng certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued there-
an. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
certificatee No: 1261 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007
Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A
LOTS 14 15 38 39 BLOCK 36
1-06-36-34-0010-00360-0140
said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
lame(s) in which assessed:
DIET'S TRIO INC
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
countyy Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
Jee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
3HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
)keechobee County, Florida
s/ Robin R. Parnrish
Deputy Clerk
10TICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
[n accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
Nithin two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348530 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD004
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol-
owing certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued
:hereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
:he property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
certificatee No: 375 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007
Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 9 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 0916 34S 33E
1-16-34-33-OAOO-00009-FOOO
said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
dame(s) in which assessed:
RICARDO HYLTON
SONIA ROSE MARIE HYLTON
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
countyy Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
Jee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
3HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
fs/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
10TICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
[n accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
Nithin two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD002
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOE ARNOLD the holder of the follow-
ing certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued there-
on. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the
property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1949 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003
Description of Property: COM AT SE COR OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 RUN
S 89 DEG 30 MIN W ON S BDRY LINE OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 DIST
OF 976.19 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W LINE OF RD 15 THENCE RUN
N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W ON SAID R/W LINE 3178.43 FT FOR
POB THENCE RUN N 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC E 300 FT TO A PT
THENCE RUN S 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W 100 FT TO A PT THENCE
RUN S 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC W 300 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W
LINE OF AFORESAID RD 15 THENCE N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W
ON R/W LINE DIST OF 100 FT TO POB 8 33S 35E .69 ACRE
1-08-33-35-0010-00010-0330
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
W T DESKINS
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
348533 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10

**OFFICIAL**
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby
give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in OKEECHOBEE County,
State of Florida, on the SECOND day of NOVEMBER, 2010, A.D., to fill or
retain the following offices:
United States Senator
Representative in Congress: District 16
Florida Cabinet Governor
Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor
Florida Cabinet Attorney General
Florida Cabinet -Chief Financial Officer
Florida Cabinet -Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator: District 28
State Representative: Districts 78 and 79
Supreme Court: Retention of Four Justices
Fourth District Court of Appeal: Retention of Seven Judges
Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 2, 6 and 9
School Board: Districts 1, 3 and 5
County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 3 and 5
348472 ON 04/02,16/10

**OFFICIAL**
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby
give notce that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in OKEECHOBEE County,
State of Florida, on the SECOND day of NOVEMBER, 2010, A.D., to fill or
retain the following offices:
United States Senator
Representative in Congress: District 16
Florida Cabinet Governor
Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor
Florida Cabinet Attorney General
Florida Cabinet -Chief Financial Officer
Florida Cabinet -Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator: District 28
State Representative: Districts 78 and 79
Supreme Court: Retention of Four Justices
Fourth District Court of Appeal: Retention of Seven Judges
Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 2,6 and 9
School Board: Districts 1, 3 and 5
County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 3 and 5
348435 ON 04/02,16/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
lar Session on Thursday, April 08, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health Depart-
ment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
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1 Featuring: Okeeehobee Club Soccer


Fan-friendly and

fun, Okeechobee

Sports Network
Whether you oversee a local sports or-
ganization, coach a team, participate as
an athlete, or cheer on a team or individu-
al, Local Leagues is the ideal, fan-friendly
place for you to post, share or follow.
In conjunction with Community Sports
Desk, the Okeechobee Sports Network
(OSN) was established as a site where the
local youth and recreation sports leagues
could share information with fans, family
and the community about their activities,
including game results, feature stories,
photos and upcoming events.
To see what is being shared with fam-
ily and friends in the Okeechobee area
right now, please visit newszap.com and,
click on the "Sports" tab.
While some local sports organizations
have embraced this new strategy to con-
nect with the community like never be-
fore and create visibility for their teams
and players, others have yet to take ad-
vantage of this free, fun and highly effec-
tive Internet tool.
If you represent a local sports orga-
nization that offers youth or recreational
sports or activities, feel free to contact
Renee Hawley at: rhawley@communi-
tysportsdesk.com or call 1-888-853-7904,
ext. 323, to register your program. You
will receive step-by-step instruction on
how to post information pertaining to
your "league."
Fans Participate as Well
OSN is not just for sports organiza-
tions, teams and participants. Fans are
also a big part of the equation. In addi-
tion to keeping up to speed on all of your
favorite teams' activities, you have the
opportunity to offer them the type of en-
couragement that can go a long way to-
ward helping them perform their best.
Here's how to do it. Once you've vis-
ited newszap.com, chosen the "Sports"
tab and clicked on "Okeechobee Sports
Network," select the sport your favorite
team plays at the left. Then click on the
"Become a Fan" icon (the star against a
red background), provide an email ad-
dress and click on "Submit." You will
now receive email updates as the team's
stories are posted to the site.
Near the bottom of the team page, you
can click on the Facebook or Twitter icons
to share information about the team on
those networking Web sites as well. You
can also select the "Envelope" icon to
share the page with a friend, or click on
the "High Five" icon to congratulate the
team and leave a reaction.


Looking for a place to call
"Home"

They say you can't fight city hall, but that's
not stopping Celia Fox and others from try-
ing. Fox and other Okeechobee Club Soccer
board members said they've been attempt-
ing for years to obtain fields for kids to use
for club soccer in Okeechobee.
"We've been struggling
for support from the com-
munity for a long time," said
Fox, whose daughter, Dawn,
was the first girl soccer play-
er from Okeechobee to gain
a college scholarship in the
sport. "We've tried many
different ways to create rev-
enue, but we've had to fight
for fields.
"If we had a lighted field
for these kids to play on, we
could get traveling club soc-
cer teams to come here to
play and it would generate money for our
hotels, restaurants and shops. Everybody
would benefit."
In the meantime, boys and girls ages
8-18 who wish to play for Okeechobee Club
Soccer are welcome to meet at the Yearling
Middle School gymnasium from 4-6 p.m. on
Wednesday and Fridays.
"We do a lot of training at these ses-
sions," Fox said. "It's a great way to develop
skills that they will use once we get outdoors
again. Our coaches are top notch, with plen-
ty of soccer experience."
Okeechobee Club Soccer head coach
Ken Davy played professional soccer for the
Washington Diplomats and Philadelphia Fe-
ver, as well as the Jamaican national team
called the Reggae Boys. Club President L.W
Smith coached soccer in Chicago, while
board members Brian King and Lonnie
Sears played club soccer.
"We put on a referee clinic here recently,
and every year I bring in two professional
trainers Hugo Ciacedo and Bernie Quinte-
ro to help the kids," Fox said. "Those
things cost money, as do our FYSA (Florida
Youth Soccer Association) fees, but we've
raised some money at concession stands at
softball fields around the area."
Fox said that it's all about providing kids
with the opportunity to have fun and maybe
find a way to get to college eventually. One
young man who did just that recently is for-
mer Okeechobee Club Soccer player Ivan
Torres, who's currently playing soccer for a
college in Georgia.
"I want to see these kids have the oppor-
tunity to get their education paid for," Fox
said. "Not everyone will earn a scholarship,
of course, but everyone can do something
that's healthy for them and that teaches
them commitment, self-control and how to
relate to others. There's a long list of things
that soccer will help them with, both physi-
cally and mentally.


"But we're in need of so much. We re-
ally need sponsors. We need new uniforms,
equipment, soccer balls and involvement
from parents and the community. We need
people who are willing to give their time to
the kids. And we're always looking for new
kids who want to play soccer."
Fox said she's hopeful that the club will
acquire a field soon enough so that it can
prepare for the Spring Challenge, a tourna-
ment being held in May
i n Palm Bay.
Those interested in
obtaining more infor-
mation about Okeecho-
bee Club Soccer may
call Fox at 863-697-9614.
You can also follow
Okeechobee Club Soc-
cer on the Okeechobee
Sports Network. If you'd
like to sponsor a child,
please contact us right
away.


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Girls and boys up to the age of 19, can
join in and learn soccer skills at clinics
like this one held at the Parks and Rec
Fields.


Courtesy photos
Supreme effort is needed in keeping the ball away from the goal and goalkeep-
er skills take practice and teamwork. Strategies for soccer skills are not only
learned on the field but off the field as well. Teams with a "special place" to go
for that "extra practice" bond together and play together as a cohesive team.
Home field advantage gives the team the added bonus of "knowing the field"
versus going to a field they are not familiar with.


Okeechobee News


April 2, 2010




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