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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Publication Date: June 30, 2010
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Additional tax to help fund law
enforcement could hike tax rate
for county's property owners
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Corniissioners now have
another tool in their struggle to balance the budget.
At a special meeting on Tuesday, June 29 cornris-
sioners unanimously passed an ordinance estab-
lishing a Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) for
law enforcement. This action did not automatically
impose a tax. What this means is that cornrission-
ers now have the authority, if they so desire, to levy a
separate tax for law enforcement.
This tax, if levied, would not apply to city residents
and would only be used for law enforcement, not jail
operation. However, they are not obligated to levy
such a tax.
The way the ordinance is written, at any time in
the future cornrissioners can, if they so desire, levy a
separate tax for law enforcement.
There has been a widespread misconception,
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By Eric Kopp
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The state has officially charged three
Okeechobee teenage girls
al dults, who w ere ars
edly burglarizing a local
business.
Arrested Saturday, June
2 6, were: Khadijah Yasmine
Murray, 15, N.E. Third St.;
Aaliayh Adreanna Palmer,
15, N.E. Third St.; and Tia-
sha Jerquan Hughes, 15, Khadijah Y.
N.E. Third St. Murray
Murray was arrested on
felony charges of robbery
with a deadly weapon,
grand theft, armed burglary
of a dwelling and grand
theft-firearm. She was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $45,000.
Palmer was arrested onAaihA
felony charges of robbery Palmer
with a deadly weapon,
grand theft, aggravated
battery, armed burglary of
a dwelling and grand theft-
firearib5Hertotal bond was

Hughes was charged
with the felonies of rob-
bery with a deadly weapon
and grand theft. Her bond
was set at $22,500. Tiasha J.
The charges against Hughes
Murray and Palmer include
two separate cases.
The three girls are accused of entering
the store on S.R. 70 East and taking an un-
disclosed amount of cash from the store reg-
ister, as well as cash from a store employee.
They also reportedly took store merchandise
that included purses and a hat, said Detec-
tive M.D. Faulkner of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office.
Detective Faulkner said the teens first
went into the store Tuesday, May 25, and
reportedly took some merchandise without
paying for it.
"By their getting away with it, they evi-
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The girls went back to the store the next
day. According to the detective, they went to
the back of the store where they called to
the only employee in the store and asked for
help. The three girls were wearing bandanas
on their faces, added the detective.
When the employee responded, Palmer
allegedly struck her in the body with a ham-
mer then gave the hammer to Murray, who
then guarded the now-injured woman, De-
tective Faulkner said. He went on to say that
the force of the blow knocked the victim to
the floor.
Hughes, he continued, was armed with
a razor.
The girls then ordered the employee to
open the cash register. Palmer, said the de-
tective, told the employee if she didn't open
the register she would shoot her. Although
she was not armed, Detective Faulkner said
she held her hand in a manner that led the
victim to believe she had a gun.
The girls then grabbed the money from
the register and Palmer went to the victim's
purse and took an undisclosed amount of
cash, stated an arrest report.
The girls then fled the store on foot, the
report added.
The girls went to Murray's home where
they divvied up the cash and merchandise,
said Detective Faulkner.
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charged Murray and Palmer with armed
burglary and grand theft-firearm in connec-


tion with the May 12 break-in of a N.E. 16th
Ave. home. They allegedly took items total-
ling $3,200 that included a shotgun, jewelry,
camera, guitar and two DVD players.
The 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun
was report dl found hidden in some woods


Detective Faulkner said Hughes and Mur-
ray were already on juvenile probation at the
time of their latest arrest, and that both girls
had been expelled from school.
Palmer is a student at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus.


Couple charged with selling cocaine

By~ Eri Kopp


An Okeechobee man and woman were
arrested after they were accused of making
a cocaine deal in the parking lot of a local
fast food restaurant.
Arrested were: Robert Lee Hurt, 65, N.E.
15th Ave.; and Connie Sue Cox, 44, N.E.
15th Ave. Both were arrested Friday, June
25, on charges of sale of cocaine within
1,000 feet of a church and possession of
cocaine with intent to sell.
Hurt and Cox were booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$50,000 each.
An arrest report by a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated
that Hurt and Cox were arrested after they
reportedly sold crack cocaine to a confi-
dential informant around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
thThe report s ates hat thaeninsforn nt n t


Robert Lee
Hurt


Connie Sue
Cox


and purchased $100 worth of a substance
that, when field tested, indicated a positive
result for the presence of cocaine.
The task force detective said the weight
of the suspected cocaine was .01 gram.
According to the detective's report the
informant gave the $100 to Cox, who then
h ended the oe to Hurt.
aOther dete ti s from the task force
stopped the couple a few blocks away
and the $100 was found in Hurt's left front
pants pocket, the report added.









Convicted drug dealer is arrested again


Judge Sherwood Bauer found Massey guilty
of possession of cocaine, possession of mar-
ijuana in excess of 20 grarns and possession
of drug paraphernalia and sentenced hirn to
one year in the county jail on each charge.
Those sentences were to run concurrently.
The detective's report goes on to state that
he arrested Paul on Inisderneanor charges of
no valid driver's license and failure to obey a
stop sign. Because Paul is not a citizen of the
11.S., his bond was set at $1,000.
A records check indicated that Paul is still
being held in the county jail.

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The detective found Massey and placed
hirn under arrest Friday, June 25. When ar-
rested, Massey was found to have 3 grarns of
a green leafy substance in his pants pocket
along with $1,836 in cash. The money, stated
the detective, was in "dealer folds, which is
consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics."
The substance was field tested and alleg-
edly indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of marijuana.
A check of Massey's arrest record shows
that he has been convicted on felony drug
charges three times. On March 28, 200 ,5
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to six months in the county jail after he was
found guilty of sale of cocaine in two differ-
ent cases.
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Okeechobee News


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Inan with three prior arrests and con-
victions on cocaine charges has been ar-
rested yet a fourth time on
a felony drug charge.
Reginald Vachon
Massey, 25, S.W Third St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested
June 25 on felony charges
of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell and pos-
session of a firearm by a
convi ted felonth he was Rgnl .
a so c arged wit te mis- Massey
demeanor of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams.
Massey was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail at 12:15 a.m. on June 26 under a
bond of $30,500. He was released on bond
later that sarne day.
An arrest report by a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated
that around 12:33 p.In. on June 14 the de-
tective saw a 2003 Jeep fail to stop at a stop
sign at the intersection of S.W 10th St. and
S.W Fourth Ave. When the detective started
following the Jeep, Massey was recognized
as the passenger. The driver was reportedly
unknown to the detective.
Because the Jeep turned around, the
detective stated to parallel the SUV on S.W
Ninth St as it traveled west on S.W 10th St.
At one point, the detective lost sight of the


vehicle because houses were in the line of
sight.
The report states that Massey was seen
reaching toward the floorboard and acting
very nervous.
When the detective stopped the vehicle,
Massey asked if he could leave. A pat down
search was done and Massey was found to
have "approximately $500 to $600" cash on
his person.
At 12:40 p.m. the detective was contacted
by Officer Russel Cale of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD) that an in-
dividual had found a gun lying on S.W 10th
St. The officer also said he found a sandwich
bag containing a suspicious substance.
The OCPD officer stayed with the itens
until Crirne Scene Technician Kathleen Wat-
son, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), arrived and collected both the
gun and the suspicious substance. A field
test was conducted on the substance and
indicated a positive result for the presence
of cocaine.
The detective said the suspected cocaine
weighed 26.7 grams.
11pon learning of the gun and suspected
cocaine, the detective asked the driver if
Massey had thrown anything out of the ve-
hicle. The driver, Jerrnaine Joshua Ricardo
Paul, 21, said Massy bad something wrapped
up in a black shirt and that he had, indeed,
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Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the Editor


to accept a cash offer of $1.2 million. If this
transaction cannot be explained as reason-
able or logical to meet a county need, then
one must ask what is driving this decision.
Frank Irby
Editor's note: According to county
officials, this land transaction has not
been finalized. Stephen Myers, Sr., the
owner of the property, has offered a
contract to the county. County attor-
ney John Cassels is reviewing the con-
tract.
Mr. Cassels is out of town this week.
However, before he left, he wrote a
letter expressing some reservations,
including a concern that the 100
acre parcel is part of a larger parcel
of Nortshoaed piae thatais encum-


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June 30, 2010


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Local business
*This is the hardest economy to stay
afloat in and it is very hard to understand
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Town Hall meeting
*Sheriff May I know your staff has taken
deep sacrifices already in the past 3 years in
not having ANY raises whatsoever. I know
morale has to be low for the officers in the
fail and on the road and they probably feel
as if they are not appreciated. Let me just tell
them, YOU ARE ALL VERY MUCH APPRE-
CIATED BY THE PUBLIC if not the County
Commissioners. These people place their
lives on the line every day to ensure our
safety. Whether it is answering a call when
yukknow sm oe istphreowl arn e ir
dent where precious seconds can mean life
or death, or looking for the prowler that just
left the window trying to peep on your wife
or children, these people are brave enough
to answer the call that we as a society have
placed on them, with the full knowledge
that ANY DAY they don their badge could be
the last.
*WAY too many chiefs, not enough In-
dians. It's safe to say when election time
comes around, the person who gets my vote
is the one who's not afraid to do away with
jobs that are overpaid in the first place.


Zombie Apocalypse
*The TV folks knew it was a training ex-
ercise and not part of the official plan. They
said that right at the end. They just had fun
pretending it was real at the beginning of
the segment to sensationalize it more for TV
They did the same thing in 2009 when the
University of Florida had a zombie plan as a
training exercise. The TV people are looking
for anything to grab the viewer's attention.
*It was a training exercise designed to
stimulate some "outside the box" thinking.
I think Mike Faulkner did a good job on it
-- which he did on his own time, not the
county's. This is exactly the kind of person
we need in charge in a real emergency --
poen awtt tcan tino n their feet and

my famrilyiaked I a~p~pe iate yl ehalfe
cation to truly thinking "outside the box."
We know it must have been overwhelm-
ing at times, and you probably more than
once just wanted to stop or cut it short, but
thanks for going all the way. While they may
not attack, (soon), it's fantastic to know we
have someone who has the common sense
to understand that sometimes the regular
"how tos" just don't and won't apply. We all
know there are two things in life known to
be certain and true; 1. You never know what
tomorrow will bring, 2. Never say never.
Well, three if you count having to pay taxes.
Anyway, thank you again; we appreciate
your perseverance; as well as the enthusi-
asm you employed on this project. It's good
to know if a devastating disaster does occur,
you've got our backs.

Flag burning ceremony
I would like to thank the American Le-
gion Post 64 and the Boy Scouts for con-

bese taob hav w ese e s cred cr mo
ny, the proper disposal of our American flag.
All of the flags that were properly burned
had been displayed with pride and had
become weathered, worn and some even
torn. All flags were properly folded and the
Boy Scouts carried each flag to a member
of the American Legion to be placed in the
fire. This I will never forget. What hurts me
was the lack of witnesses to this ceremony.
Our grandfathers, fathers, uncles, broth-
ers, mothers, sisters and aunts have or are
serving in our armed forces defending our
American flag. Some lost their lives. I was
appalled at the low turn out.


A logical decision?

Is it reasonable for the citizens of
Okeechobee County to believe the recent
actions by three county commissioners
agreeing to accept the 100 acres of land of-
fered by Waste Management (WM) as a logi-
cal decision? Or, should we wonder if there
are other unstated "facts" which influenced
the decision.
It is a fact that WM has a contractual
agreement with the county, but shouldn't
we be asking why now and why this piece
of property? Who is to gain from this trans-
action?
*The land owner who is selling the land
toWhe realtor handling the transaction;

an*WM resolves a contractual liability.
But is it in the best interest of the people
of Okeechobee County?
The county gets the 100 acres due it un-
der the contract with WM but does the prop-
erty meet the county's perceived needs? If
there is a county plan showing a need for
additional property suitable for commercial
or industrial development, why would the
commissioners accept land which does not
meet the basic enitenia for commercial or in-
dustrial development:
The property is not zoned for com-
mercial or industrial development and it will
be a difficult and expensive process for the
county to get State's approval to rezone.
*There is no existing road access so the
county will need to construct a road.
*It is not on the railroad although a spur
could be constructed at the county's ex-
pense.
*It is close to some housing so is it prob-
able that a request to change the zoning will
become controversial.
thee is uo nwte iornwaste water lines,
utilities installed
*The transaction will remove 100 acres
from the tax rolls thereby reducing income
to the county.
Since the county has not done a fair mar-
ket analysis to determine the true value of
this land, are we accepting payment of a
debt for pennies on the dollar for an asset
we do not need and cannot use?
When one considers the lack of imme-
diate need or purpose for this land and the
cost associated with future development of
the property, one wonders why three com-
missioners voted for this deal and chose not


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In February of 1927 the county corn-
mission accepted the courthouse. But the
people were in no mood for a dedication
celebration because of the difficult econorn-
ic times. A few months earlier the Bank of
Okeechobee had failed. To furnish the build-
ing, cornrissioners voted to spend "only for
iterns absolutely necessary."
Before the courthouse was air condi-
tioned, the judge said the large windows in
the courtroom were kept open most of the
year. Sparrows used to fly around the court-
room and attorneys had to weight their pa-
pers to keep then from blowing around.
"This historic building is more than a
structure. It has heart," Judge Hendry said.
Torn Harnier with Row Architects, who
designed the renovation, presented the key
to the new building to county administrator
Lyndon Bonner. Then Judge Hendry held
the ribbon while Clif Betts, Chairman of the
Okeechobee County Corniission cut the
ribbon.
After the ribbon cutting, the ceremony
moved upstairs to Courtroom A.
"Your presence is a testimony to Judge
Hendry," Mrs. Maxwell told the standing
room only crowd. "Judge Henry is a fine
gentleman and a guide for all of us to fol-
low."
"We're proud of our horne grown judge,"
said Mrs. Williamson.
"I can't think of anything more fitting than
nearing this courtroom after Judge Hendry,"
said Judge Bryant.
"He's been a good friend over the years,"
Circuit Judge Dwight Geiger said of Judge
Hendry.
Local rancher Sonny Williamson told
sorne humorous stories about his old col-
lege buddy and their later travels with their

"He is blessed to have Merle as his life
partner. They are a great cornplirnent to
each other, and the two of then are a great
cornplirnent to this cornrunity as well."
Judge Mark Cianca from Martin County
said that Judge Hendry was the personifica-
tion of Micah 6:8: "He hath showed thee, O
man, what is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love
Inercy and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Carl Fox of the Big Lake District of the Gulf
Strearn Council of the Boy Scouts presented
the judge with an award for his service to
Scouting.
At the close of the courtroom cererno-
ny, Judge Hendry and his wife unveiled a
plaque on the outside wall of the courtroom
nearing the room the "William L. Hendry
Courtroom."
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Retired Judge William Hendry and his wife Merle unveil a plaque renaming
Courtroom A at the renovated Okeechobee County Courthouse the 'Uudge Wil-
liam L. Hendry Courtroom." The unveiling was part of the courthouse dedication
ceremony held Saturday, June 26.


Special to the Okeechobee News/David Fanter
Tom Hammer of Row Architects, right,
presents the keys to the renovated
Okeechobee County Courthouse to
county administrator Lyndon Bonner.
The presentation took place during the
June 26 dedication ceremony.


One of the features of the newly reno-
vated Okeechobee County Courthouse
is the county seal in tile at the front
entrance. The renovated building was
dedicated Saturday, June 26.


COurtroom dedicated tO

Judge William Hendry

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Recognition was paid to a building and
to a man last Saturday--both of which have
played important parts in the history of this
county.
According to the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, approximately 200 peo-
ple attended the ceremonies on Saturday
morning, June 26 dedicating the renovated
Okeechobee County Courthouse and renan-
ing Courtroom A in honor of Retired County
and Circuit Judge William L. Hendry.
Judge Hendry's life was intertwined with
the history of the courthouse. He grew up
about 500 feet from the courthouse. In the
early 1930s his father took hirn to a Inur-
der trial at the courthouse. He received his
Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts in
Courtroom A. As an attorney, county judge
and circuit judge he spent a lot of time in the
courthouse.
To start the dedication the Boy Scouts pre-
sented the colors, American Legion Post 64
led in the Pledge of Allegiance and Virginia
Bryant sang "The Star Spangled Banner."
"This investment will pay dividends
when our children and their children after
then can touch a tangible link to their heri-
tage," said Elizabeth Maxwell, president of
the Okeechobee County Bar Association.
"If these walls could talk, they would tell
us many stories," said clerk of the court Sha-
ron Robertson.
"We are so proud of the facelift of the
most attractive building in Okeechobee
County," said Betty Williamson, president of
the Okeechobee County Historical Society.
She said that in 1951, her high school gradu-
ating class of nineteen nernbers walked
down the spiral staircases to receive their di-
plornas. The first two years after her gradua-
"t ion kor tnt to resev u p st," said
County Judge Jerald Bryant. "Restoring that
breezeway is one of the most remarkable
things done. It brings back the true character
of the building."
Originally there was breezeway through
the center of the first floor. In later years it
was enclosed to form a meeting room for
the county corniission. In the restored
breezeway the Okeechobee County Histori-
cal Society had several exhibits including a
pistol owned by John Ashley, an area outlaw
of the early 1900s.
The keynote address was given by Judge
Hendry.
"This courthouse has meant a lot to me,"
the judge said.
He said that in 1917, when the county
was formed, a wooden building was rent-
ed for $50 a month to serve as courthouse.
By 1925 the rent had increased to $125 a
month. As the county grew a new court-
house was needed. In 1925 a contract for
the new building was awarded to Rogers
and Duncanson.
"Duncanson was my grandfather," the
judge said.





6 Okeechobee News June 30, 2010


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fl0Hald J.T. BRSS, 62
OKEECHOBEE -Ronald J.T. Bass, age 62, of
Okeechobee, passed away June 27, 2010, at his
home.
He was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Miami to John
Thomas and Veronica Bass. He was raised in
Okeechobee and proudly served our country in
the USAnnytdurn~ng he Viet am Waar. LH was a

Okeechobee and he was an owner/operator in
the trucking business.
Mr. Bass is survived by his daughter, Jennifer
L. Hale (Timothy); son, Jason C. Bass all of
Okeechobee; niece, Prissy Wilkinson of Indian-
town; two grandsons, Ryan and Sean Hale; two
grandnephews, Cody and River Maupin all of
Okeechobee; brother, Oscar Bass of Miami;
three sisters, Judy West of Lake Placid, Annie
Seagro of Lakeport and Elva Canterbury of
North Florida; two aunts, Patty Hazellief and
Alavene Lantz both of (il.. l In d two cou-
sins, David and Pearl Hazellief; numerous, niec-

eViitato wl be 4 p~. until service time at 5
p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 at Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
Friends may sign the e.... i l~. ..i. at www.bas-

All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, FI
34972.

Victoria Susanne Wellman, 49
OK 1 OOkBeE hobe ena Susanne0 Wellman,
She is survived by her son Jimmy P. Wellman
of Okeechobee, daughters Susanne Perez (Jere-
miah Tucker) of Okeechobee, Lynne Jones
(Christopher) of Pahokee, mother Anita Well-
man of Okeechobee, and her companion Mark
Stafford of Okeechobee. Mrs. Wellman is also
survived by the father of her children Donald

POkekc b ,m Cid Cap s(Shenr)ylofW Oamaanand
brother Bryan Wellman of Deerfield Beach.
The family will hold a private service at a later
date.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew & Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home and Crematory.

William 'Elton' Crosby II, 36
OKEECHOBEE -William "Elton" Crosby II,
I.e... of Okeechobee, died June 24, 2010.
He is survived by his mother, Lynne Rosa
(Glenn Messmer) of (il., . 1..L I.d~ sisters Wendi
Myers (Randy) of Gobles, Mich., Amanda Mess-
mer of (1...1.~ l .1 -, Melinda Crosby of Ohio;
niece, Brooklyn Myers of Michigan; and a great-
niece, Caydence Thompson of Michigan. Mr.
Crosby is also survived by his aunts and uncles,
Lisa and Billy Regan of Lakeland, Sharon and
Matthew Warnock of Miramar, Linda Messmer
of Plantation, and grandparents Hilde and Bert
Messmer of Plantation.
There will be no visitation or services at this
time.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew & Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home and Crematory.


Benefit for School Crossing

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Join us on July 17 at 1 1 a.m. at the Amer-
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auction to help Alice Sippert out. Alice has
suffered an illness that left her unable to
work. Hospital stays, doctors and no medi-
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piling up. The pork dinner is $8. Auctioneer,
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Community Events

Hospice to host Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July
1, from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale will not
beo n on Friday ue to tecJulldr4 holiday

clothes. We have NEW ITEMS galore offered
at extremely reasonable prices. Funds raised
will benefit patient care, including services
at The Hamrick Home. If you wish to do-
nate items to the Yard Sale, drop off times
are weekdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. For
information call 863-467-2321.

Raulerson Hospital to host
breakfast event
Raulerson Hospital invites the public to a
free breakfast on Thursday, July 8, at 7:30
a.m. in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria,
1796 Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee. The break-
fast event is to help to introduce the com-
munity to Emergency Room Physician, Dr.
Michael Adelberg and the ER staff. Seating is
limited and an RSVP is required. Please call
Marnie Lauter, Public Relations/Marketing
Coordinator at 863-824-2702 to reserve your
seat. Don't let an emergency be your first in-
troduction to the Emergency Room.

G0rdie Peer display beginS
at local library Thursday
Gordie Peer, former western film stunt-
man, Wild West entertainer, and local
rancher, will display his extensive collection
of cowboy and western film memorabilia
the month of July at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 S.W 16th Street. The display
runs July 1 through July 31. Call the library at
863-763-3536 for more information.

July 4 Barbecue Contest set
The inaugural O.L. Raulerson, Jr. July
4th BBQ Contest is set for July 2 and 3, at
Okee-Tantie Marina, 10430 St. Rd. 78 West,
Okeechobee. The contest will feature barbe-
cuing at its finest with backyard barbecuers
putting out their best wood and charcoal
only barbecue and will include "Anything
Butt" and Sauces. Water and electricity will
be provided. Judging for the contest will be
Friday, July 2, at 7 p.m. for Pork Butt, Ribs
and Chicken and Saturday, July 3 at noon
with awards presented for Grand and Re-
serve Overall. The fee is $150 for entries in
first, second and third category. For more
information, please contact Keith Stripling
at 863-634-9108, Laurie Raulerson Stephen
at 863-634-3462 or Bobby Schoonmaker at
863-634-3910.

Steak Night set for Friday
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy 441 North will host Steak Night
Friday, July 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Din-
ner will include steak, salad, baked potato
or sweet potato, garlic bread and desert for
a donation of $12. Live entertainment will be
provided by Michael's Memories.


Redneck Yacht Club plans benefit
The Redneck Yacht Club will hold their
monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at 6
p:m., at Butch's backyard bar. They will
discuss a benefit they plan to host in July
to help Rick Krnotch, a local musician. Rick
hadheart surgery an needs orkhelp tso pa
and would like to help with this benefit is
encouraged to attend. Hope to see you all
there. For questions, call Dot at 863-763-
8262.

Red Cross plans classeS
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold the following
Health & Safety classes in July:
6.Wednesday, July 7 First Aid Basics at
*Monday, July 12 Adult CPR/AED at 6
p~.Thursday, July 22 Infant/Child CPR/
AED 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.

Summer 'Teen Dance Part set

teen sn thtle neet Te anrl nPeadty set o
Saturday, July 10, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Live music
will be presented by DP Productions. The
cost for the dance is just $7 per person and
admission includes pizza, soda and chips!
All proceeds will benefit the Real Life Chil-
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AAA warns: Don't drink and drive this weekend


Okeechobee Arrest Report


June 30, 2010


Okeechobee News


TOw to Go provides free rideS
and tows to intoxicated
drivers and their carS
throughout the holiday
AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser will
help protect roadways throughout the Inde-
pendence Day weekend with the 'Tow to
Go' program. Tow to Go has safely removed
more than 1 1,400 drunk drivers off roadways
since the program began in 1998. Anyone,
both AAA members and non-members, can
call for a 'Tow to Go' ride, Friday through
Monday, July 2 -5.
'Tow to Go' provides a confidential ride
and tow home from any bar or restaurant
-free of charge -to anyone who may have
had too much to drink by calling 1-800-
AAA-HELP (4357). Services are now offered
throughout all of Florida, Georgia, and West
and Middle Tennessee.
"No one intends to be a drunk driver, it
just happens, whether they've had way too


many drinks or just one too many," said Ed
Schatzman, senior vice president, Automo-
tive Services, AAA Auto Club South. "Call vol-
ume steadily increases every Independence
Day weekend and we are happy to get as
many drunk drivers off the road as possible
so everyone on the road can get home safely
to their families."
"Anheuser-Busch and AAA congratulate
our great country as we celebrate the birth
of our independence this Fourth of July,"
said Kathy Casso, vice president, Corpo-
rate Social Responsibility, Anheuser-Busch.
"With our many freedoms comes the duty
to be responsible and make safe decisions
like selecting a designated driver if we may
have had too much to drink. Thanks to Tow
to Go, anyone can get a safe ride home for
themselves, their family and friends."
"I work the night shift and have provided
more tows home for intoxicated drivers than
I can count with nothing but good experi-
ences because everyone is usually grateful
for a free ride home," said Dan Simpson,
Florida Service Technician who has serviced


Tow to Go calls for more than eight years for
AAA Auto Club South. "What concerns me
is the fact that the majority of people tell me
they were going to drive home if Tow to Go
wasn't an option and that's not good since
many of these people can't even walk, let
alone sit upright on a barstool."
In addition to planning your barbeques
and Firework Displays, follow these simple
tips to make sure that you have a safe Inde-
pendence Day weekend:
*Select a designated driver before going
out to with your friends;
*Preprogram in a few cab service phone
numbers in your cell phone;
*Always keep some cash on you for a
cab ride home should you need it.
AAA Auto Club South is the third larg-
est affiliate of AAA, with 78 branch offices
serving 4.1 million members in Florida,
Georgia, West and Middle Tennessee, and
Puerto Rico. Since its founding in 1938, AAA
Auto Club South has worked to protect and
advance freedom of mobility and improve
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*Victor Augusto Cano-Ayala, 32, Gerald
Hall Road, Plant City, was arrested June 25
by Deputy John Hazy on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor
charge of no valid driver's license. His bond
was set at $10,500.
*Ronald Phillip Milodzik, 45, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested June 26 by
Deputy John Ashby on a charge of driving
under the influence. His bond was set at
$500.
*Tonya Marie Bell, 26, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 28 by
Deputy John Ashby on Okeechobee County
warrants charging her with violation of pro-
bation grand theft (two counts), violation
of probation organized fraud (four counts)
and violation of probation fraudulent used
of a credit card (two counts). She is bein8
held without bond.
*Rhyan Cecil Farr, 31, S.E. 23rd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 28 by Dep-
uty Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with the felo-
ny of grand theft from a person 65 years of
age or older. His bond was set at $2,500. He


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
*Jarrod Jamell Neal, 24, N.E. 15th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 25 by Dep-
uty Justin Akins on a charge of possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set
at $15,000.
*Katelyn Stevens, 21, N.E. 60th Ave.
Okeechobee, was arrested June 25 by Dep-
uty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a Glades
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation driving under the influence
and violation of probation -driving while
license suspended. Her bond was set at
$3,500.
*Shannon June Raulerson, 29, N.W Sec-
ond St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 25
by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with grand
theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.


was also arrested on another warrant charg-
ing him with the misdemeanor of violation
of probation failure to appear. He is being
held without bond on that charge.
*Lisa Marie Dunson, 28, N.W. Seventh
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 29 by
Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with failure to
appear possession of cocaine. She is being
held without bond.
*Johnny Ray Johnson, 47, S.E. 33rd
St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 29 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with the
felony of battery by strangulation and the
misdemeanor of battery. He is being held
without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con_
fictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
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bee Agri-Civic Center with their horses on June
21-25. Campers learned how to feed, groom,
handle, wash, saddle and care for horses. The
campers also learned basic horsemanship
skills such as how to steer, guide, slow and stop
horses. Riding instructor, Stephany Fish of Palm
City, helped them develop their riding skill and
techniques.
The campers were able to see a horse chi-
ropractor work on some of their horses and
explain why and how horse chiropractors help
horses perform better. They were also helped



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by "Cowboy Bob" who taught the youth some
new western riding horse techniques. John
Stanley, a horse farrier, came to teach the camp-
ers about horse hoof problems and how to cor-
redt them and how to prevent them. The camp-
ers were also able to go on a trail ride around
the Agri-Civic Center. On Friday, the campers
had their very own horse show, where they
were able to compete against each other to see
who has learned the most over the week.
"I definitely recommend coming, it is a lot
of fun and you learn a lot," said Teen Counselor
Megan Mullin.
The camp allows allot. l..l iI .~ ....il I ,~
8-18 to participate in the day camp. Youth ages
14-18 are able to be teen counselors, their job is
to help the younger children with their horses.
Miss Mullin said, "Horse camp is fun because I
really like working with the younger kids."
When asked what their favorite part of


camp is the children all quickly replied "Ms.
Stephany." All 20 participating youth said that
they have learned something this week and
would like to come back next year.
Okeechobee 4-H offers three weeks of
horse day camp. June 21 -25 was Horseman-
ship Week. This week, June 28 -July 2 is Perfor-
mance Week. July 12 -16, will be Rodeo Week
with barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and
roping. The cost of the camp is $125 per week,
which includes a $25 stall fee. All riders must


wear a SEI or SEI/ASTM approved helmet while
mounted per 4-H rules and Florida State Law.
The "Just Horsing Around" day camp is con
ducted by the UF/IFAS Okeechobee County 4-8
program in conjunction with the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center and Children's Services Coun
cil of Okeechobee County.
Applications are still available for the las1
week of camp. For more information, contacl
the Okeechobee Extension Office at 863-763-
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Friday, July 2 at 7 p.m. The movie "Split In- s...
finity" is from the Feature Films for Families
collection and teaches a moral lesson about
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The Okeechobee Sports Park Swimming Pool hosted a South Florida Recreation
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Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Miami/Dade. Swimmers
and fans packed the area around the pool as swimmers competed. The league
is open to swimmers ages 5 to 17.


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Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue,
is recognized by Commission
Chairman Clif Betts for ten years'
service to the county. He came
to Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue in January of 2000. During his
tenure with the county he has ob-
tained the following certifications:
Fire Certification 1944, EMT Cer-
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right, at the June 24 commission
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at fire/rescue in 1985. During his
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The Chobee AII Stars (9 and 10 year olds) team includes: (front row, left to
right) Jarrett Faulkner, Caleb Goodbread, Corey Coleman, Johnny Rodriguez,
Mitchell Gaucin, Mason Adams; (Middle row, left to right) Gavin Harden, Dustin
Mansfield, Robert Jones, Gabe Greseth, Koby Chapman, Triston Root; (back
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The Okeechobee AAA All-star Tearn (9
and 10 year olds) had a great tearn this sea-
son.
They started their district tournament on
Friday, June 18, at the Durrah Martin Base-
ball Complex in Avon Park by playing Lake
Placid.
It was a long wait for the garne to start
due to the rain storms that always corne for
the district tournaments. It was a battle back
and forth for both tearns.
Lake Placid started with four unanswered
runs against Okeechobee. Okeechobee fi-
nally got something going by scoring two
runs in the bottorn of the third inning be-
fore loading the bases with two outs. Then
Dustin Mansfield came up and hit a shot
to the outfield that brought in another two
runs and tied the garne 4-4.
Jarrett Faulkner then came up in the
fourth inning and hit a double that cleared
the bases and put Okeechobee on top 8-6.
Okeechobee came out with a 9-6 win
over Lake Placid.
They would corne back and play another
game on Saturday at 9 a.In. and were on
fire and as they inercy-ruled Avon Park 10-0.
The garne was called in the fifth inning.
Okeechobee only allowed two hits in five in-
nings and racked up 10 runs on just six hits.
Avon Park walked 10 Okeechobee batters
and many of those ended up in runs scored
for Okeechobee.
They had to wait until Tuesday for their
next outing, and as it turned out they had to
play Avon Park again. Avon Park had elirni-
nated Lake Placid from the tournament.
Okeechobee had a rough night with
many errors and Avon Park showed up to
play their best ball, as Okeechobee fell 15-

In the last four innings, Okeechobee
made the garne close by scoring nine runs.
Three of those runs came off the bat of
Mansfield and his three-run bornb over the
centerfield fence.
The loss forced a winner-take-all re-
match between the two tearns on Wednes-
day night.
Okeechobee came ready to play and it
was a close garne until the fifth inning when
Okeechobee scored seven runs and blew
the garne open.
Avon Park was unable to mount a corne-
back.
Koby Chapman pitched an awesome
game holding Avon Park to only one run.


He pitched to every batter Avon Park had to
offer.
Seeing their hurler tiring after throw-
ing over 90 pitches, Okeechobee coaches
brought in Gabe Greseth to pitch to the last
batter who had a 1-1 count on hirn with the
bases loaded. Greseth threw three pitches
and stuck the hitter out swinging.
The boys in purple did a great job and
ended up winning 12-1 to becorne District
8 champions.
Okeechobee pitchers Koby Chapman,
Robert Jones, Gabe Greseth and Dustin
Mansfield share the coach's offensive MVP
for doing an outstanding job in their four
tournament garnes.
Offensive MVPs are: Mason Adarns who
reached base seven times in 12 at bats and
scored six times; and Corey Coleman, who
reached base 10 out of 10 times.
Okeechobee played their hearts and
souls out during these tournament garnes.
They really lifted each other up and banned
together to corne out on top.
They will be going to the state tourna-
rnent Saturday, July 10, in Sebring.
They are hoping to do well and maybe
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By Pete Gawda high school reduced the number of light fix-
Okeechobee News tures from 18 to 7.
SomeOkechobe Cuntystuentsnow Yearling Middle School and North Elemen-
have a brighter day thanks to retrofitting. AstayShohvebnrtoftd.Crnly
money permits, Dale Barrett, director of oper- the high school, with light fixtures dating back
nations for the school system, is in the process to 1966, is being retrofitted. Seminole Elemen-
of retrofitting or installing the most modern, tary School is next on the list.
energy-efficient light fixtures in the schools' In addition to installing the latest light fix-
He said retrofitting provides almost immediate tures, higher efficient ballasts are used. Oc-
cost savings. cupancy sensors are also installed. When
Mr. Barrett said there are two reasons to someone enters the room the lights come on.
retrofit. One is to save money. The second rea- When the room is empty, lights go off. Occu-
son is for increased lighting. pancy sensors are especially helpful to keep
"You get increased lighting for less costs," lights from burning all the time in closets.
he said. "Sometimes with less fixtures." Retrofitting also pays off in rebate checks
Retrofitting the mechanical room at the from Florida Power & Light.

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It looks like public fireworks displays in
Okeechobee have fallen victim to the eco-
nomic times. For the first time in more than 20
years, there will be no community fireworks
show in Okeechobee.
Over the years, Fourth of July fireworks
were organized by various community spon-
sors.
Fourth of July fireworks in Okeechobee
sponsored by the Okeechobee Jaycees were
a tradition for 18 years, at Lock 7, then at the
Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina and
then in 2007 and 2008 at the Okeechobee
County A~gri-Civic Center. In 2009 the Jaycees
tradition ended when the economy forced
them to abandon sponsorship of fireworks.
For several years the county had donated
$10,000 for fireworks and the use of either
Okee-Tantie or the A~gri-Civic center. Last year


the county did not contribute toward the fire-
works and other sources of donations dried
up. Also, in years past the City of Okeecho-
bee contributed $1,000.
Last year the city did not
Budget for fireworks.
The Jaycees were hoping
some other individual or
organization would step
forward. No one came
forward last year and it
looked like there would be no fireworks. Then
on June 30 of last year David and Anita Nunez
learned that no fireworks were scheduled.
They sprang into action to make the fireworks
happen. While the cost of the fireworks show
was donated, the fee for using the A~gri-Civic
center was $1,800. The organizers asked for a
$5 donation per car to help with the expense.
Since the Jaycees are a not for profit orga-
nization they only paid $25 for the use of the


facility. Last year Mark Brandel of the Jaycees
said that the parking: fee donations from the
2008 show would b~e kept to help put on a
future fireworks display by a nonprofit orga-
nization.
This year no sponsor stepped forward in
time, so there will be no fireworks.
The nearest location for a fireworks show
will be at the Brighton Seminole Reservation.
A fireworks show is planned for 9 p.m. on Fri-
day, July 2 at the Brighton softball field, 500
Harney Pond Road, which is off State Road 72 1
(turn at the water tower). Brighton Seminole
Reservation is approximately 35 miles from
downtown Okeechobee. From Okeechobee,
take State Road 70 west to SR 721 and turn
left (south) or take State Road 78 West to SR
721 and turn right (north). There is no charge
for those who wish to view the fireworks at
Brighton. Spectators are encouraged to bring
their own chairs or blankets to sit on.


retrofitting
"So far I've had nothing but compliments
from teachers." Mr. Barrett said.
As the retrofitting progresses the old light
fixtures are recycled.
Light fixtures and electrical equipment are
supplied by GrayBar and the work is being
done by Gerelco Electrical Contractors of Port
St. Lucie.
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Clewiston-The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers, Jacksonville District will close a 4.5
mile section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trail (LOST) to the public from June 30 to Au-
gust 31.
The trail will be closed from Lake Harbor
(Structure 354) to South Bay in order to ac-
commodate delivery of 40,000 tons of armor
stone to stockpile sites east of S-354. The stone
will be used to reinforce the Herbert Hoover
Dike in the event of a breach. The Corps main-
tains about 15 emergency stockpiles of rock
near potentially vulnerable areas of the dike.


"Having this rock available will allow
an almost instant response in the event of a
breach," said Stephen Schneider, engineer-
ing technician who monitors the emergency
stockpiles. Signs noting the closure will be
posted at access points along U.S. Highway
27 and the levee gates.
This rock is not related to the current reha-
bilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike.
For more information on the Lake
Okeechobee Scenic Trail, contact the South
Florida Operations Office at 863-983-8101, or
go to www.saj.usace .army.mil.


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'Tis is not my taX,'
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May

Commissioner Betts said the commis-
sioners cut 24 positions from their budget
and achieved $700,000 savings in operating
costs
"The board (of county commissioners)
has been the gold standard for reducing
costs." said Mr. Bonner. "From this point on
any additional cuts will affect services. What
services does this community want us to un-
derfund?"
tope said the only ecdback sohar tn t a
istrator said the people who attended the
town hall meeting did not want public safety
funds cut.


July Bl0odmobile visits planned
To donate blood is to help save lives. As the Okeechobee community approaches the
celebration of our country's birth, we can remember those whose lives you've saved.
Please keep up the good fight, in our country's honor: The "Big Red Bus" blood mobile
will be in the community on the following dates:
Thursday., July 8 Okeechobee County Health Dept., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, July 11 Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, July 16 Seacoast Bank on Hwy. 441 South, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 17 Seminole Cove, 8-10; Publix, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, July 18 Knights of Columbus at St. Teresa Catholic Church, BHR, 10 a.m.-3
p.m.
Wednesday, July 21 U-Save, 12:30-2:30; IRSC, 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, July 24 Day of the American Cowboy, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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does not apply toward the 10 mil cap of ad
valorum taxes. A municipal services tax can
be set as high as 10 mills. Therefore, theo-
retically, it is possible for people to be taxed
a total of 20 mils 10 mils ad valorum and
10 mils MSTU. However, Mr. Bonner said the
goal is to offset the ad valorum milage rate
by the MSTU milage rate. That means if the
ad valorum rate was 7 mils before a munici-
pal services tax is imposed and the munici-
pal services tax is set at 2 mils, then the ad
valorum tax should drop to 5 mils.
There were about 20 people in the au-
dience, some of whom had questions and
comments.


avided labans MSTU I nt lenalcapoe k
Mr. Bonner said that without an MSTU, a
tax rate of 10 mils would not be sufficient to
balance the budget.
"We have to cut spending," Ken Childs
said. "It has to be done. Everyone wants to
raise rveonuuesilan noto Iu se dit who

also owns a car dealership, said, "In private
practice we've made drastic, drastic cuts.
We have to look at that on your side also."
He said that because of the economy he has
had to made hgd dt tin employee benefits
evntogh .eddnt att
"The big dollars are not in the county's
part of the budget," said Commission Chair-
man Clif Betts.
While county commissioners provide the
budget, or a significant part of it for consti-
tutional officers, each constitutional officer
sets their own budget. Commissioners have
no control over constitutional officers' bud-
gets.


"I do not want to see an increase in
taxes," asserted Commissioner Ray Domer.
"We need to make deeper cuts in opera-
tions."
He predicted that some time in the future
it might be possible to reduce the budget, re-
duce ad valorum taxes and operate the sher-
iff's office entirely with MSTU funds. How-
ever, he noted that at this time the board of
county commissioners could not cut their
budget enough to make up for the sheriff's
budget.
"This is not my tax," Sheriff Paul May in
an interview later in the day. He said he was
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even among commissioners, that home-
stead exemption would not apply to MS-
TUs. There are some citizens whose homes
are assessed at such a low value that they
pay no ad valorum taxes due to homestead
exemption but it was believed they would
pay an MSTU tax. However, county attorney
Laura McCall expressed the opinion that
homestead exemption applies to all taxes.
Therefore, citizens who do not pay
ad vaoreum c axe due tothhomest a


Mrs. McCall based her opinion on Florida
Statue 196.031 dealing with "Exemption of
homesteads," which states: "Every person
who qualifies to receive the exemption pro-
vided in paragraph (a) is entitled to an ad-
ditionalde Hpton of up to a25,00000n the

all levies other than school district taxes."
County administrator Lyndon Bonner ad-
mitted that more discussion was needed be-
fore commissioners made a decision to en-
act a municipal services tax. However, June
30 is the deadline to enact an ordinance au-
thorizing establishment of an MSTU. Com-
missioner Noel Chandler apologized for
not bringing the matter up sooner so there
would be time for discussion.
Unlike the emergency medical services
(EMS) assessment, which is a fee for ser-
vices, a municipal services tax is a tax on
property. The millage rate set for an MSTU





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Ribbon cutting
Okeechobee Main Street was on hand to celebrate the opening of Buxton
Funeral Home this past Sunday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Over soo
attended this celebration to honor families and family memories and to meet
the staff of Buxton Funeral Home located at 110 Northeast Fifth Street. At-
tendees enjoyed barbecue ribs and chicken, while the children also had a
fun time on the obstacle course and in the bounce house. The Chobee Steel-
ers Drum Band was also on hand to provide entertainment. Paul Mitchell and
Thomas Conway would like to thank all of those who attended to make this
Family Fest a true family memory. Pictured are: Main Street President, Mau-
reen Burroughs, Terry Burroughs, treasurer OKMS, Joe Arnold, Okeechobee
County School Board, Wesley Mobley, County Commissioner Noel Chandler,
William Schad, Becky Barnhart, Toni Doyle, Main Street executive director,
Deanna Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Buxton Funeral Home owners, Thomas Con-
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TALLAHASSEE --Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson is urging horse owners to get
their animals vaccinated following an up-
surge in the number of Eastern Equine En-
cephalitis cases. Sentinel chickens that serve
asan early warn ne n f t ei tnc tof thl
in areas of the state that are not usually af
fected.
So far this year there have been 16 con-
firmed cases of EEE in horses. While that is
not an unusually high number, seven of the
cases were reported on June 23, from coun-
ties scattered throughout the state.
"Most of the cases have been in the cen-
tral and north central part of the state which
is normal," Bronson said. "But we are also
seeing increased EEE and West Nile Virus
activity in sentinel chickens in the southern
part of the state, including Martin County
which has not had EEE detected in 30 years.
In addition, there has been a confirmed
case of EEE in a horse in both Collier and
Okeechobee counties. So I want to remind
horse owners of the importance of getting
terEaE i iral isnae that affects the cen-
tral nervous system and is transmitted to
horses by infected mosquitoes. Signs of the
virus include fever, listlessness, stumbling,
circling, coma and usually death. The dis-
ease is fatal in horses in 90 percent of the
cases.
Mr. Bronson said the majority of cases of
EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases can
be prevented through proper vaccinations.
Horse owners are urged to check with their
veterinarian to make sure their animals have
received current vaccinations and booster
shots against EEE and West Nile Virus, and
that these shots are kept up to date.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009CA733
JUDGE: LARRY SCHACK
iDWARD C. BLAICKWELL and RICKI B. BLAICKWELL,
Plaintifs,
ilS.
:ARO NDEL CORRAL, DIANNA RENIIFO and UNKNOWN TENANTS,

NOTTCF OF SAL F PURSUANT
TO F.S. CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment Of Foreclosure dated
lune 10, 2010, In the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best
aidder for cash at the July Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County
]udicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11 am on the
14th day of July, 2010, the following descrbed property:
Exhibit A
LEGAL DESCRIPTION
4 parcel of land lying In Section 12, Township 35 South, Range 33 East,
)keechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows:
3eginning at the Southwest corner of said Section 12, bear North 00 de-
]rees 01 46" West along the West line of Secton 12 to the West one quar-
:er 1/14) corner of Secton 12, a distance of 2700.63 feet; thence bear
Uort ~87 degrees 25' 26" East, a distance of 1606.33 feet thence bear
jouth 00 degrees 01' 46" East, parallel with the said West line of Section
12, to the Interseton with the South line of said Secton 12, a distance of
!728.28 feet; thence bear South 88 degrees 24' 35" West, along the said
South line of Section 12 to the Southwest corner of section 12 and the Point
,f Beginning, Less and except the following described parcel of land, for the
purposee of a drama e easement: A strip of land 35 feet In width lying East
,f, parallel with and contiguous to thefollowing described line: Commenc-
ng" at the sad Southwest corner of Section 12, bear North 88 degrees 24'
35East, along the South line of Section 12, a distance of 675.59 feet for
:he Point of Beginning of said line. Thence bear North 19 degrees 20' 07
iast, a distance of 224.98 feet; thence bear North 05 degrees 20' 18" East,
a distance of 231.32 feet; thence bear North 22 degrees 31' O2" East, a dis-
-ance of 143.63 feet; thence bear North 00 degrees 12'19" East, a distance
,f 158.75 feet; thence bear North 23 degrees 39' 29" Wst, a distance of
!86.97 feet; thence bear North 20 degrees 01' 20" West, a distance of
39.1fe;thence bear North 13 degrees 20' 53" West, a distance of
231.32 fet thence bear North 01 degrees 24' 50" West, a distance of
1113.41 feet to a point that bears North 87 degrees 25' 26" East from and a
distance of 498.21 feet from the said West one quarter (1/4) corner of said
jeton 12 and the end of said line. Also less and except t at parcel con-
,eyed to Okeechobee County, Florida In 0.R. Book 609, Page 1609, Public
records of Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as fol-
ows: The North 33.00 feet (as measured at righ angles to the North prop-
srty line of land described In Official Records .282, Page 818 and 0. R.
3ook 579, Page 540, both being of the Public Records of Okeechobee
county Florida.
Parcel Identifcation Number:
1-12-35-33-0A00-00001-C000
Ahnay person claiming an interest In the surplus from the sale, If any, other
:hnthe property owner, as of the date of te Lls Pendens must file a claim
Nlthin 60 days a ter the sale.
Dated this 21st day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of Court

By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
[ HEREBY CEREIFY that RTIFIan TcoOFec SERVICf the forego ng Notice of
jale pursuant to F.S. Chapter 45 has been furnished by United States Mall
:his 21st day of June, 2010, to Leonard Rutland, Ir, Esquire, 759 South
federall Highway, Sulte 218, Stuart, Florida 34994 (TELEPHONE
i772-286-6341), Carlos Del Corral, 6300 NW 97th Avenue, Miaml, Florida
33178, and Dianna Ren]lfo, 6300 NW 97th Avenue, Miaml, Florida 33178.
358448 ON 6/30;7/7/10

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold Its Regu-
ar Session on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. In the "Judge William
L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meetng will
iced a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
Nill need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings Is made
Nhich record shall Include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
,eal Is to be based.
[n accordance with the Americans with Disablitbes Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disablities needing special accommodation to
,articl ate In this proceeding should contact Paula Roskon, no later than
-No (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
363-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or volce Impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (volce) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
:IllfBetts Ir.,Chairman
30ard of County Commissioners
)keechobee County, Florida
jharon Robertson, Clerk
3oard of County Commissioners
)keechobee County, Florida
358986 ON 6/30/10


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO CONTINUE IMPOSITION AND PROVIDE FOR
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS
PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES 197.3632, NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN by the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will conduct
a public hearing to consider continuing the impositon of annual solid waste
:ollection special assessments for the provision of residental solid waste
:)olehoonb and lelspoal services within te incorporated area of the City of

The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on
Tuesday July 20, 2010 In the Council Chambers, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave-
lue, O eechobee, Florida, for the pur ose of receiving public comment on
he proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to ap-
,ear at the hearing and to ile written objections with the City Council within
weny (2) days of this nobce. If a person decides to appeal any decision
nade byte City Council with respect to any matter considered at the hear-
ng, suc person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceed-
ngs Is made, Including the testimony and evidence upon which the ap eal
s based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for of clal
records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
:ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodaton to participate In tis
,roceeding should contact the City Clerk's Ofice at 863-763-3372 for assis-
-ance.

:oples of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance
Uo. 784 and all subse uent Assessment Resolutions are available for Inspec-
ion at the Ofice of the City Clerk located at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue,
loom 100, Okeechobee, Florida, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
accept holidays.
The assessments are a non-ad valorem assessment and will be collected by
he Tax Collector In the same manner as your ad valorem tax bill, to be
Taialed In November 2010, as authorized by Secton 197.3632, Florida Stat-
Jtes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certificate to be Issued
against the property, which may result In a loss of title.
3y: James E. Kirk, Mayor
attest: Lane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
358989 ON 6/30/10


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or 1800E995S5 7h0 vdolc I of ed
this Court this 15th day of June,
2010
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk oft~he Court


358194 ON 6/23,30/10ADeuyCrk


IN TE OC MTO OEURT MNAD
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CC-061
PUBLIC RISK MANAGEMENT, INC.,
as Subrogee of CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, a Florida munic pal co poration,
and CITY OF OKEECHOBEE r
v.Plaintiffs,
SANDTI G VEGA,

NOTTCF OF ACTION
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTICED that
a Complaint for damages has been
iled against you and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses to:
DONOVAN A. ROPER, ESQUIRE,
lalnbff's attorney, whose address Is
116 N. Park Ave., Apopka, FL 32703
within 20 days after publication of
this notice and ile the original an-
swer with the Clerk of Court either
before service on plaintiff's attorney
or immediatel thereafter If a defen-
dant falls to do so, a default will be
entered a ainst that defendant for
the relief demanded In the complaint
or petiton.
DATED ON March 16, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circult Court
By /s/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
357606 ON 6/16,23,30;7/7/10


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YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a ct n
for Foreclosr of Morge an a e
following described property.

PRA E 60RBINIDLEWOD
FAT BTHEKREOFPA RCORDOEFDT
PB OU RECORDSd O KEECHO-
Has been fle against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, If any, to It, on
Mas IntlC. Watson,ddA., Attorne
f Panff, wose a ress Is 10
NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120'
FI. AUI ERDAI.E FL 33309 on or

the hst publication IhsdaNticae Irr
the (Please publish In THE OKEE-
CHtBE t Co)f Id eu teitongibal
wt Pe lainofthifs Cu eter b
fre s rvce erePakn~ o torney or
meaelt wil be entered e aise a
for the relief d maded agn te you
plaint ea o-
In accobr ance withofhe Americans
wlt Disa tlles Act of1990 (ADA)
dsarblesa pson wdo, because o
thi lablt need specil accom-
mo aton sh uld cotc no latphro-
seven (7) days prior to the proceed-
Cn nCourtCIAbmnistrabt natL250 NF
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IN THE COUNTY COURTOF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
CASE NO.: 2009-CC-286
CARL S. MAXWELL,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MAYOR R. ROSAI.ES and MARY
Y. ROSALES, husband and wife,
and any unknown tenants in
possession,
Defendants.
NOTTCF OF FORFCIOSURF SAL F
Notice Is hereby given that pursu-
ant to a Final ludlgment of Foreclo-
sure dated May 14, 2010, and
entered In Case No. 2009-CC-286, of
the County Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit In and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein CARL S.
MAXWELL, Is the Plaintiff and MAYN-
OR R. ROSALES and MARY Y RO-
SALES, husband and wife, and any
unknown tenants In possession, are
Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, IURY
ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at
11:00 a.m. on the 14th day of July,
2010, the following described proper-
ty as set forth In said Final Judg-
ment, to wit:
LOT 9, BLOCK 33, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
ParcellID:
1-05-37-35-0020-00330-0090
ANY PERSON CLAMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
Dated the 11th day of lune, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circult Court
BY Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilites Act of 1990 ADA,
Disabled persons who because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to paricipate In this pro-
ceeding should contact Cut
Administraton no later than seven
days prior to the proceeding at
1.772.807.4370, 1.800.955.8771
(hearing Impaired) or
1.800.955.8770 (volce Impaired).
357474 ON 6/16,23,30/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
CASE NO. 2010-CA-168
CARLOS AYALAI,
VIdTO AYA I-NRDZRIGUEZ,
and laRIntf M3A,

TE ESTATE OF WILLIAM B. ODOM,
CATHYODOM,and
PATRICIA DUNNE HELTON,
Defendants.
NOTTCF OF ACTION
TO: PATRICIA DUNNE HELTON
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action todquiet title of the follow-
Ing descrbed daperty In Okeecho-
beCounty, Flo id, to-wit:
PARCEL.
Lots 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Block 2,
sU HiWE E ADDcoTIdOg


nl~sook 2 pag~k c ie ~
Count Florida.
32 -3 -5-0170-00210-0030
has been filed against you and you
ar rqirtt n to serve a copy ofy u
wit dfne, Ifay, t o
VIN R. MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 and file the ognal with the
Clerk of the above stye Court on or
before thirty days of the first publica-
tlon otherwise a ju rent may be
entered against you f the relief de-
maMTNESS eC pan an the seal of
said Court on this 8th day of June,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circult Court
B : Linda F. Yo n
DEPUTY CL 9
3572510N 6/16,23,30;7/7/10


629 NW 36th Street
Okeechobee FL 34972
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Colin M. Cameron, Esquire
Florida Bar No.: 270441
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 763-8600
3583~010N 6/23,30/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 09-CA-347
CLAUDE A.BOWEN and
IEWEL A. BOWEN
Plaintifs
vs.
OSCAR KIZAR, AFFORDABLE BUILD-
ING CONCEPTS, LLC., a Florida Ilimit-
ed liabllty company, and GREEN
CtYdP IS GRO LL.C, a Florida lm-
D~efd~en~mants.
NOTTCF OF ACTION
TO: Oscar Klzar
9122 16th Place
Vero Beach, Florida
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an acton for Breach of Contract has
been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defense, If any, to it on DEVIN R.
MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
and file the original with the Clerk of
the above styled Court on or before
thirty dyse of the first publication,
an eteoriginal with the clerk of
this court either before service on
the plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded In the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Court on this 8th day of June,
2010.

SHO RkO BER SN

By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
357160 ON 6/16,23,30;7/7/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000243
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
YOAN M.dPalN Itetal,

NOTTCF OF ACTION
TO: YOAN M. PINON
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3244 NW
25T AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CRYSTAL R. PINON
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3244 NW
35TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
DFNANNASI4EWHO DTE N
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
~ESA~NEES,GRNES OR OTHER

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 21, BLOCK 50, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses within 30 days after the
first publication, If any, on Florida
Default Law Group, RL., Plaintiff's
attorney, whose address Is 9119 Cor-
~porat Lake Drive, Sulte 300, Tampa,
Foda33634, and file the original
with this Court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or Immediately
bheereafter, otherwise ua odre ultra 1il
demanded In t Complaint or peti-
tion.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecubve
weeks In the Okeechobee News (In-
dependent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on this 17th day of June,
2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
by: Arlene Nealls
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F10031744
**See Americans with Disabilities Act
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990. In accordance with te Amerl-
cans With Disablitbes Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate In this proceeding should
ontcst Co~urt d mlmstralo no Ig:
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of the Sum-
mons/Notice to Appear. If you are
hearing Impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are volce Im-
paired call 1-800-955-8771.
358052 ON 06/23,30/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-175
SUNTRUST BANK,
Plaintiff,
MRC A. RAMER
A/K/A MARC RAMER, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: WILLIAM WEST
Last Known Address: 120 Pottersville
Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
Also Attempted At: Lot 12, Brindle-
wood Ranches, Okeechobee, FL
34974 and 7140 Southwest 5th
Street, Plantaton, FL 33317
Current Residence Unknown
UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF WILLIAM WEST
Last Known Address: 120 Pottersville
Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
Also Attempted At: Lot 12, Brindle-
wood Ranches, Okeechobee, FL
r ,P4aandtt FL4 Suhwest 5th
Current Residence Unknown


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-94
IN RE: ESTATE OF
SHIRLEY MAY ROGERS
a/k/a Shirley Stevens Rogers
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE
You are hereby notifed that an Or-
der of Summary Administration has
been entered In the estate of SHIR-
LEY MAY ROGERS, a/k/a Shirley Ste-
vens Rogers, deceased, File Number
2010-CP-94, by the Circuit Court for
Dkeechobee esuty Fodh, h ob3
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the
decedent's date of death was Octo-
ber 25, 1971; that the total value of
the estate Is $0.00 and that the
names a sabdedrses Ig dhs u


order are:

JAMES E. ROGERS, 3L
629 NW 36t Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
REGINA A. ROGERS
629 NW 36t Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the
decedent and persons having claims
dr deemnd~s aera t ththeo hs~ of
provision for full payment was made
In the Order of Summary Administra-
tlon must file their claims wth this
court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
C~iM I D TIO E2 RY RSA O
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of firs publicaton of tis
Notice Is lune 23, 2010.

JAME E. E.GES 1R


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT INAND
FOROKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009-CA-660
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK
OF FLORIDA,
Plaintiff,
WILLIAM TROY GARRISON; ARNITA
L. GARRISON; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTSS, WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE~ DEAD OR LIVIN G,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
G RA NT -
EES, OR OTHER CLAMANTS,
Defendants.
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TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant
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dated January 21, 2010, and the Or-
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CA-660, In the Circuit Court of the
Nieeenth Judlcoaln CrculF In rand for
which RIVERSIDE NATIONAL
BANK OF FLORIDA Is Plainbff, and
WILLIAM TROY GARRISON and
ARNIT dw AR IS Nhar thh D
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 North West 3rd Street, Okeecho-

poe,2y e0 1t 0n A.M oina ]bu
ment o Foreclosure, to-wit:
Lots 9, 10 and 16, Block 3, a
Plat of Dixie Ranch Acres, ac-
cordin to the Plat thereof re-
codo eP utbcookec3,rdPagoe
Oleechobee County, Florida
P~roerty address: 7436 NW
89hCurt, Okeechobee, FL
349 2
1-23-36-34-0020-00030-0090

Anry n claimmn n i tres han te
p er en ethesseree rddepnroperty
fledr sust fe a claim within 60 days
21DATED this 11th day of June,
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circult Court
BY Linda F. Youn
Deputy Cler
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SERVICING, L.R,
PLATINFF,
VS.
MARY B. EDISON, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTSS.
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: MARY B. EDISON AND
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
MARY B. EDISON
whose residence Is unknown If
he/she/they be lvln ; and If
he/she/they be dead, ~t~e unknown
defendants who may be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees,
Ilenors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all parties havin
or claiming to have any nght, title o
interest In the property described In
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:
LOT 3, ROSEWOOD ESTATES,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 5, PAGE 90, PUBLIC
RCIERDS FLOIDKEECHOBEE
has been fied against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, If any, to it on DA-


FL 33324-3920 no later than 30 days
from the date of the first publicaton
of this notice of action and ile the
ohe grfbae thric h n Paot ff ua t

othaerwise a df It wil eb e nte
In the complaint or pettlon iled
herein.
WITNESS my hand and the sealof
Fhi Idur saihKEECHOBEEeC20ulnO
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

B EKaUh Eg l
ALAW O FICES OF DAVIDFF.STERN
MO0 SEO4UH PINE ISLAINDROAD
P IN2TAION, FL 33324-3920
NMF ANSRFGARDTNG Wy
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a special accommodation to dartcl-
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than seven days prior to the pro-
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CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO. 21-CA-084
JUDGE: LARRY SCHACK
FIRST PEOPLES BANK,
v.Plaintiff,
JAMES F. HERNDON Ill, PATRICIA A.
HERNDON, husband and wife, SUN-
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ST LUCIOE COUNTY PROPERTY
Lots 1 and 12, Block 1,0 Pltof
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Records of St. Lucle County, Florl-
da, TOGETHER with the South-
easterly one-half of abandoned
ally adjacent to said Lot 2, LESS
ADEXCEPEING that part of the
above described Lots 1 and 2,
which have been taken for the
widening of State Road 70 (0kee-
chobee Road ).
TOGETHER WITH all the Improve-
ments now or hereafter erected on
the property, and all easements,
appurtenance, and hxtures now
or hereafter a part of the property.
Property Address: 3104 Okeecho-
bee Road, Ft. Pierce, FL
at public sale, on the same date.
the highest and best bidder for cash
at 11:00 o'clock A.M. on the 14th
dy of July, 2010 In The ury Assem-
byRoom, 2nd Floor, located at the


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Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972.
ANY PERSON CLAIIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
Dated this 11th day of June, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Court
By: Linda F. Youn
Deputy Cler
RENE IOSCO, ESQUIRE
McCARTHYSUMMERS, BOBKO,
WOOD & SAWYER, RA.
2400 S.E. Federal Highway, 4th Floor
Stuart, Florida 34994
(772) 286-1700


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Attorneys for Plaintiff
357486ON 6/23,30/10

NtHU CRULI COROCT DF T
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY '
CASE NFOLO2 D9ACA 517
Judg Larr Schack
RV RSIDE NATIONAL BANK
PlaintDA,
VERNIE TY BASS, GLENDA FAYE
BASS ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAMING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTSS,
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR LVING, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIIM AN IN-


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TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, 0R OTHER
CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND/OR
JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS
IN POSSESSION, THE NAMES BEING
FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PAR-
RIES IN POSSESSION,
Defendants.
NOTTCF OF SAL F PURSUANT
TO CHAFFFR 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant
to the Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated March 18, 2010, In
Case 2009CA517, In the Circuit Court
of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit In
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
In which RIVERSIDE NATIONAL
BANK OF FLORIDA Is Plaintiff, and
VERNIE TYE BASS, GLENDA
FAYE BASS are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the lury Assembly


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Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee
County ludicial Center, 312 North
West 3rd Street,0Okeechobee, Florl-
dat 11:00 A.M., on July 7. 2010,
the~ following described property set
forth In the Summary Final judgment
of Foreclosure, to-wit:
LOT 20, BLOCK 4, A REVISED
PLAT OF FIRST ADDITION TO
PINE RIDGE PARK, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
3, AT PAGE 90,0OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Anyone claiming an interest In the
surplus from the sale, other than the
person who was the record property
owner when the Lls Pendens was
fled, must ile a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
DATED this 10th day of June,


Sharon Robertson
Clerk ofthe Circult Cout
BY Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
3581810N 6/23,30/10

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Raulerson Hospital

Remembering Florida Nightingale
In observance of the "National Florence Challenge Week" recognizing the
centennial year of the passing of Florence Nightingale, the nursing staff at
Raulerson Hospital dressed in white promoting the professionalism of nurs-
ing. Nurses from right to left Bette, Cheryl, Jessica, Chris, Dorcas, Ana and
Barb. (Per hospital policy, nurses' last names are not given out.)


from the sale of the county landfill and an-
nual fees paid to the county by Waste Man-
agernent.
By 2000 the population had increased to
36,147, according to Census figures. Dur-
ing that sarne 5-year period the budget had
grown to $44.91 million. The Inillage rate
had decreased again to 8.1 while the aver-
age annual wage was $22,772.
The next five years saw an even bigger
jump in the budget from $44.91 million in
2000 to $104.16 million in 2005. During that
sarne five year period the population had
only increased 6.99 percent to 38,673. The
2005 Inillage rate had jumped up to 8.75
while the 2005 average annual wage in the
county was $27,976.
Over the last five years the population has
grown to 40,241. The 2010 population is a
4.05 percent increase from 2005. Economic
conditions had caught up with budget and
the 2010 budget had dropped by 11.9 per-
cent from 2005. The current budget is to
$91.77 million. The current Inillage rate is
7.50. The latest annual average wages listed
by Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
are for 2008. That figure was $30,316.
Looking at the entire 20 years period
between 1990 and 2000 the population in-
creased by 33.69 percent. However, the bud-
get increased 488.27 percent.
In 1990 the county spent $518.27 per
pe'"n In ""95that se"d ng icnrase pdto
$1,242.43 per person. Five year later in 2005
that spending had increased to $2,693,35
per person. The economic situation over the
last five years caused the 2010 spending per
person to drop to $2,280.51.


Drawing winner
Southern Style Fashions quarterly
drawing winner is Vanessa Smith.,
center. She had her hair styled com-
pliments of Laurie Stephen at Main
Street Salon. The outfit that she is
wearing is compliments of South-
en Srtye ficness aals received a
rant an~d dinner r tw frhomkSkip


June 30, 2010


Okeechobee News


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Research over the past 20 years reveals
that the budget has increased almost five
fold while the population has only increased
by a third and the average wages have dou-
bled.
In that sarne time, the county's property
tax rate dropped from 10 mills to 7.5 mills.
(One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000
of property value.)
In 1990 the population was 30,100 and
the budget was $15.6 million. The mill-
age rate was at the Inaxinurn allowed by
state law of 10 mills. The average salary in
Okeechobee County that year was $15,288.
In five years' time the 1995 population
had increased to 33,300 while the 1995
budget had increased to $26.93 million. The
Inillage rate had dropped to 8.75. According
to the census, the average annual wage had
increased to $18,832.
The county was able to increase spend-
ing while lowering taxes due to revenue


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CLOCK
Family Restaurant
The staff of The Clock Restaurant has
faithfully provided the Okeechobee com-
munity with quality service and food for
over 5 years.
You'll find the Clock easily takes the gold
when it comes to maintaining a nice family

adi srhv ee variety of Breakfast, lunch &
Do you only have an hour or less for
lunch? We'll get you in and out faster than
any other full service restaurant in town -
and that's guaranteed. For breakfast, the
Clock has a breakfast buffet that runs 7 days
a week for $7.19 with just about every break-
fast item on it you can think of.
Everyone knows about our famous
Touchdown Breakfast that is always avail-
able any time of the day: 2 eggs, 2 pancakes,
2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links for $4.89.
For lunch you can always try our Lunch
Buffet Monday through Friday from
11:30am-1:30pm for a variety of delicious
cold cuts to Hot dogs and Hamburgers for
only $7.99. For dinner, try our all you can
eat shrimp & fish for only $9.99, every
Friday and Saturday night. We also offer
ourt Pie Rib Dinner for only $9.99, anyday
You will find the coupon for this and
many other specials right here in the
Okeechobee News Dining Guide..


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A WEEK


Add A Soda, Tea Or Coffee Only $.99
2 Dinners -Your Choice
For One Price****
1. N.Y. Strip Steak
2. Shrimp Scampi 3.Country
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5. Chicken Tenders
6. Grilled Mahi Mahi
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