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County budget cuts, new taxes proposed


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Vol. 101 No. 90 Wednesday, July 28, 2010


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems that Okeechobee County com-
missioners and citizens of the county may
have different priorities when it comes to
the budget.
While the commissioners spent most of
their Monday, July 26, meeting dealing with


means to secure revenue, some citizens in
the large audience drew applause as they
spoke up in opposition of proposed revenue
sources and asked for cuts in spending.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
stated that it would take a combination of
increases in revenue and cuts in spending to
balance the budget. A proposed millage rate


of 8.0 has been suggested. The current mill-
age rate is 7.503.
One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed
value.
However, with the decrease in property
values that millage rate would bring in 12.3
percent less than the current millage rate.
Therefore if that millage rate is approved vot-


ers would see a drop in their property taxes.
But it is also possible taxpayers could
be paying an additional ad valorem tax for
a Mncpal Services Txngngnit (MT to
tric bill to pay franchise fees.
The agenda for the Tuesday, July 27,
See BUDG;ET Page 17


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Okeechobee News


Subdivision home around 4 p.m.
Tuesday.
According to reports, Willie
and his older brother had been
playing outside before Willie dis-
appeared. The brother reportedly
told deputies that his brother "just
disappeared "
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Department deputies and officers
from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
searched the area for about an


hour.
An Okeechobee County diver
found the child's body in a reten-
tion pond about 45 yards from the
home.
The child was about 10 feet
from the shore in water that was
about 10 to 12 feet deep, accord-
ing to the report.
He was transported by
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
to Raulerson Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead.


Special to the News
Willie James Alexan-
der Jr.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local investigator has issued a warning
that just because someone has a sad story to
tell, that doesn't mean you should hand over
your hard-earned cash.
Detective Ted Van Deman of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said one
or more people are befriending strangers
then asking them for money.
"They're convincing people that they're
in dire need of money by saying something
like their car is broken down and they need
a tow, or something. They let on like they're
friends, the detective said. "But they're just
using the money to buy drugs."
He said there are one or two people go-
ing around Okeechobee and asking citizens
for small amounts of money.
"They say they need $50 to get their car


towed or fixed," explained the detective.
While the sheriff's office has received
complaints ab out the scam artist, no one has
actually come forward to sign a complaint.
The detective said deputies with the OCSO
road patrol division "are looking into some
issues" but nothing has been assigned to the
CriminallInvestigations Division (CID) yet.
"We (CID) don't have an open investiga-
tion because no one has filed a complaint,"
Detective Van Deman said. "At such point
when the road patrol decides to turn it over
to detectives then we'll take it over, but we
don't take investigations away from other of-
ficers."
He went on to say that it is his under-
standing that deputies have developed a per-
son of interest, but it also appears that the
scammer's crime has yet to reach the level
of a felony.


It also appears that the suspect is concen-
trating on local businesses.
"I was at a local restaurant and they were
complaining about him," said Detective Van
Deman. "I've heard they're going into busi-
nesses, but I'm sure they're going to private
individuals as well."
The detective went on to say the sad
part of this scam is that "there are people
out there who really need the help but they
won't get it because he is taking advantage
of people's good nature."
If anyone has been approached by this
individual, or individuals, they are asked to
contact law enforcement and file a com-
plaint. If you live in the city contact the
Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-
763-5521. If you live in the county contact
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at
863-763-3117.


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).
*Cassie Claire Bell, 25, S.R. 78 W,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Ser-
geant Justin Bernst on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with failure to
appear obtaining a controlled substance by
fraud (six counts). She is being held without
bond. Bell was later arrested by Deputy Mar-
cus Collier on a Lake County warrant charg-
ing her with driving while license suspended
-order of commitment.
*Kerry Lynn Simmons, 36, N.E. 11Ith St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Officer
Kelley Margerum on a Suwannee County
warrant charging her with criminal use of


personal identification information. Her
bond was set at $5,000.
*Michelle Leona King, 49, N.E. 60th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Depu-
ty Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with workers compen-
sation fraud. Her bond was set at $2,500.
*Laurie Elgin, 41, N.E. 62nd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Dep-
uty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging her with violation of probation -
grand theft and violation of probation utter-
ing a forged instrument (seven counts). She
is being held without bond.
*Lisa Ramona Bourgault, 35, N.E. 39th
Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by
Officer Russell Cale on a charge of grand
theft. She was released on her own recog-
nizance.
*Charlene Hunsinger, 37, N.W. 11th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by Depu-
ty John Hazy on a misdemeanor charge of


driving while license suspended with knowl-
edge. Her bond was set at $500. She was later
arrested by Deputy Hazy on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with failure to
appear possession of cocaine and failure to
appear contempt-failure to appear for drug
court. She is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con-
oictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


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Local 6-year-old drowns


Search for missing boy
finds body in retention
pond near home
Tragedy struck Okeechobee
Tuesday afternoon when a search
for a missing youngster ended
with the discovery of his body in a
retention pond.
Six-year-old Willie James Al-
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4 Okeechobee News


Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Speak Out has moved online, where
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Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Softball coach
*My daughter tells me that they have
"fired" Coach Kim Hargraves. Who does
the school board thinks is more eligible
then her? She's taken Okeechobee High
Sdlool farther in oistnicts htent rty Ither

she also makes sure that their school work
iks on ksey andd that their behavior is gtohod. I
c 1 d sheemakes tphe kid rn their way.n
O)keechobee are WE really going to let te
officials bring in a different coach? Also, has
anybody seen the horrible condition of the
fields? We have enough girls coming in this
year to have two stacked teams and a fresh-
man team to develop players! I'm not giving
up the fight; anybody else please join me!
*Any coach who cares about the kids
and also has a winning way about them,
they dobever thing theta tcan to run them off.
Sop ch is is Ilot rue. My daugh er is
o ng fo wig sci oo n xt afoarn Kin e waas
graves. She can't imagine playing for any-
one else. Who else is going to be more dedi-
cated than Coach Kim? The girls should be
able to speak for her. How many times has
she led them to championship games and
how many college scholarships have been
granted to these girls that have played under
Coach Kim.. I know my daughter and many
more were looking forward to playing for
her. So what can we do as a community?
*As an outsider looking in, I am sympa-
thetic to Mrs. Hargraves. She has consistent-
ly won. 3utul dhink if heasschob 1is taking this

*I respect the principal at Okeechobee
High School. She is renowned for making
decisions that are in the best interest of the
students. She has all the information, as we
do not, and she used all of that information
to make an informed, well thought out deci-


*Thank you, Principal Wiersma, for
keeping my children at the fore front of your
mind as you make tough choices on a daily
basis. Thank you for your dedication to the
children of this community. I support you
and know that so many other parents do as
well. Good luck in finding another softball
coach. My daughter looks forward to play-
ing regardless of who the coach is.
*I was told in so many words that kids
who don't play travel ball can't play on the
varsity team. I don't think that's fair at all, and
I'm glad someone has put a stop to it. I really
hope she is gone for good this time because
she runs the girls too hard. If they are late to
practice she makes them run five miles. She
would have pushed a kid too far one day if
she hadebeeun alilo dm to co tinuy orbay

is having to run. They are so tired after com-
ing home from practice. You know what,
practicing hard is what it takes to win. It's
a competitive game and Okeechobee isn't
the only ones who practice hard. Being
disciplined and punctual are attributes that
contribute to winning. I'm not defending
Hargraves on this, I'm just stating that this
coach obviously knows what it takes to win.
If your kids do not want to practice hard, be
punctual, or disciplined then maybe they
should stay home and take piano lessons
wh re th g ro' swa o d ra ta resh-

man and no we did not play Firestix. If your
child can keep up with the rest of the team
and your child will benefit the team then
your child will be on the team!
*I don't have a kid on this team, but I
think the parents have a night to talk to the
school officials about this. This coach has
a winning record and has helped a lot of
kids get college scholarships. If she wants to
continue, why change? Why dump a win-
ning coach and bring in someone new? The
parents and the players have a right to know.
The tax payers have a night to know. It's our
tax money that pays the bills.

pal's dins sanododdon' up trstt dp new
anyone thinks it is their business to question
what happens when someone's contract is
up. This woman was hired to coach for a
year, and she and the school fulfilled their
obligations.
*It's a sport. The best players make the
team. Those who play travel ball do increase
their skills. That's common sense.


Customer service
*An article in Sunday's paper says
Okeechobee unemployment is up by an-
other 150 people filing for benefits the un-
employment rate is 12.8 percent. This does
not include those who lost jobs but had not
worked enough quarters to file for benefits.
If you have a job be thankful for it and re-
member there are 100's more who would
gladly have it.
*What bugs me is two checkout girls
yakking back and forth when there are only
aout two customers in te store, me be-
ing one of them. Yak, yak, yak. It is such an
c n u ypr sswsm inconvenience to have hme there. The kone

er ea ee oit 1mc mner bec ue ls e t

making mistakes if she would pay atten-
tion to her business. She and the other gal
both laughed right in my face. I suppose
they can't find much better nowadays. You
find the same thing everywhere you go, but
thank God there are a few decent people
who will be kind and do the job the way
they're supposed to.
*I think you get back what you put out
into the universe. I have no problems with
any business in town. Everywhere I go, I
find friendly, helpful people. Sometimes the
business eo' yhae efa oi ehearpe oThat

whelmed. If I see a place is already crowded
with more customers than they can handle, I
just come back later. Less stress that way.
*I just had to give my two cents about
rude employees. The girl at a local restau-
rant that was sweeping the floor at 1 p.m.
on Friday afternoon, this gal was really ham-
mering down on the broom, slinging it back
and forth like she was trying to pry the tile
up from the concrete. My guest and myself
just imagined the dirt and dust rising up and
settling on our plates. Surely such a thor-
ough cleaning could wait until the business
was closed for the day.

County budget
*Unemployment is high. People are los-
ing their homes. The county can't raise taxes
because folks just can't afford to pay any
more. Most of us are living on less money
than we did two or three years ago. The
county has to do the same. Cut expenses.
You can't spend what you don't have and we
just don't have it to spend.


*The county commissioners don't know
everything. They don't know how to run the
jail and they don't know how to take calls as
road patrol deputies. That would be a great
start, take then through the jail so they can
actually realize what the Corrections Officers
do, and then do a ride along, and not just for
a few hours, like a week on each side, and
then come back and tell us that the positions
deserve to be cut and Okeechobee will be
fine without them. But I think they are too
scared to do it. I challen e them all to "edu-
cate" themselves right in A-Pod, Segregation
and Lockdown. And then do a few all night
shifts with the road patrol deputies in Doug-
las Park and tell me how they feel about it

al watched the video of the commission-
ers' meeting, again they have brought up
pay cuts 3 percent or something like that.
So if one person makes $30,000 and you
cut 3 percent of there pay you have prob-
ably hurt this person. On the other hand if a
person makes lets say $80,000 or better and
you take 3 percent from them you probably
haven't hurt them. So why wouldn't you
consider taking a greater percentage from
those who make more and a lesser per-
centage from the person with less income.
I know that a lot of people have spouses
who lost their jobs and are now depending
on one income to support their families, so
why are the administrators looking to lower
their pay even more?

Day ofte co boy
Brought some friends from out of town
to the cattle drive. We enjoyed it very much.
My problem was, who in the world thought
it was OK to have traffic moving in the oppo-
site direction at the same time? At one point
when a semi was approaching one of the
wagons all I could think about was an inci-
dent in the news a month ago when some
horses broken loose from the wagon they
were pulling and ran through the crowd and
killed some people and injured a lot more. It
was also very distracting. How hard would it
have been for the city to detour or stop the
traffic for just a few minutes?
*Thanks again to the Cattlemen's As-
sociation for sponsoring the Cowboy Day.
What a nice event and free to the public to
boot. Can't beat that.


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ForeCaSt

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms, mainly after Spin. Most-
ly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm
wind becoming east around 5 Inph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8prn.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South
southeast wind around 5 Inph.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3
p.m. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near
96. West southwest wind around 5 Inph.
Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 74. Calm wind becoming
south around 5 Inph.
Friday: A 40 percent chance of show-
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Community Events

Playground clean
up invites volunteers
Join us for a playground cleanup at the
Alton Chandler Civic Center (aka Basinger)
located on Hwy. 98 N., 16 miles north of
town. The Basinger Center is a beautiful fa-
cility with a pavilion, playground, horseshoe
pit and BBQ pit. Help maintain its appeal by
corning Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.In. to 1
p.m. All ages are welcome. Please bring any
sponges, rags, rakes and gloves for day use.
Call the Recreation Department at 863-763-
6950 for further details.

OCRA holding football and
cheerleading sign-ups
OCRA football and cheerleading sign-ups
will be on the following Saturdays: July 31
and Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. Sign-ups will be
held from 9 a.In. until 1 p.m. for ages 4-14.
The cost is $60 for flag and $75 for football
and cheerleading with a $5 discount for each
additional child. Players who signs up after
these dates will be placed on a waiting list. If
interested in sponsoring or coaching a tearn,
you can fill out the necessary paperwork on
these dates also. If you have any questions,
you can call OCRA at 863-634-1437.


July 28, 2010


Okeechobee News


Mr. Banner's Budget War
So, are we in a "Recession" or a "Depres-
sion?" Some define the two terrns in what
may be an unusual way: A "Recession" is
when your neighbor loses his job; a "De-
pression" is when you lose your job.
Well, Mr. Bonner, it's time to make sone
recommendations to your bosses, the con-
Inissioners, on budget cuts in county spend-
ing. I don't mean in the manor you seem to
be directed, having the constitutionally elect-
ed officials, elected by the people do more
than their fair share. You seem to have se-
lected the Sheriff's Office as your main target
of attack in wanting a reduction in budget of
more than the 1.88 percent submitted.
This elected official has cut his budget by
sorne 7.88 percent in the past three years,
maybe at the cost of sorne public safety in
this economy. In comparison, what percent-
age have you cut your direct area of respon-
sibility, away from the elected officials? Do
not forget to factor in that the sheriff runs a
24 hour a day, 365 days a year operation. The
county services, other than fire/rescue, run
on an 8 hour a day, 5 days a week schedule
for the majority of the time. This is about 249
days a year, 116 days less than the sheriff,
and the sheriff operated 8,760 hours, con-
pared to about 1,992 county hours.
I would suggest that you achieve a reduc-
tion in your area of responsibility of sorne 7
percent. Your concept of adding additional
tax burden on citizens is just, what I believe'
an irresponsible solution. With sorne 10 per-
cent unemployment and 1 million hornes in
repossession in the country, additional tax
burden is not in the best interest of the citi-
zens.
Mr. Bonner, your bosses, the cornrission-
ers need to really think about your concept
seriously. The cornrissioners are elected by


the people, you were not, and they will be
held responsible for your recorniended so-
lutions for over spending and budget short-
ages, like it was a surprise this was going to
happen again.
These are hard times for many and I be-
lieve the citizens want the growth of the gov-
ernrnent to stop. In spite of what you and
the cornrissioners may have been brought
to believe, building the size of government is
not your job. Serving those who elected you
in a financially responsible manner is.
Cornrissioners, direct your employee
Mr. Bonner, to reduce his budget by 7 per'
cent beyond the reductions of the constitu-
tionally elected official's contributions. We
elected these officials and trust they will do
their part to help in these times or they would
not have been elected by the majority.
Mr. Bonner, I would suggest that you pull
out your budget cutting weapons, scissors,
and start trirnring the head of the dragon
and not the wallets of the villagers who pay
for the food in the trough from which the
dragon feeds. No new taxes, no increase in
taxes, cut spending options to our elected
officials. I doubt with your $150,000 salary/
benefit package you are in much of a "Re-
cession," but it can be a short step over to a
"Depression."
Tom Murphy
18 year tax paying and voting resi-
dent of Okeechobee

Thanks for the support
Friends of the Monofilarnent Recovery
& Recycling Program (MRRP) would like to
thank all who attended and contributed to
the workshop on Saturday, July 10. MRRP
and all its outreach efforts are due to volun-
teers and generous donors. A special thanks
goes out to South Florida Water Manage-


rnent District (SFWMD) for their time and
grant money provided to conduct the work-
shop and increase education to our local
residents.
Josephine O'Mallan
Program Specialist
Okeechobee County
Parks & Recreation

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Here is the latest news about Betsy, the
dog with heartworms. The Okeechobee
News helped us to get the word out about
the dire need for a foster horne for her dur-
ing her treatment time. Well now she is in
a forever horne of her own! Thank you so
Inuch for helping us give this furkid a new
life. Also, a big thank you to the foster cou-
ple too.
Belinda Forlifer, President/Director
Humane Society Pet Rescue FL, Inc.


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Kiwanis guest
The Thursday, July 15, Kiwanis meeting was held at the American Legion
Building. JD Mixon introduced guest speaker, Chaka Smith, co-founder
and CEO of the Chaka's Stars Foundation, Inc. and Jim Vensel, president
of the Kiwanis Club. Chaka's Stars was founded in 2007 by local citizens
of Okeechobee for ages 8 to 18 years old. The mission of the Non-Profit
"Community Organization" is to empower and enrich our youth by providing
them with programs, services and skills to ensure an unparalleled opportu-
nity to achieve and maintain lifelong success. It offers a variety of programs
and services that will provide our area youth with skills and opportunities
necessary to achieve academically and socially. Visit their website at www.
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Shirley Ann 1Mendoza, 54
OKEECHOBEE -Shirley Ann Mendoza, age
54, of Okeechobee, passed away July 24, 2010,
at Raulersona Hospital.
She was born July 24, 1956, in Atlanta, Ga., to
Raymond and Elsie Boss. She was raised in
( i, .l..L M s.
Mendoza was a
homemaker of the
Catholic faith; she W -
enjoyed arts and
crafts.
Ms. Mendoza is a
survived by three
sons, Eliceo M. Men-
doza (Anna), Felipe
J. Mendoza both of
( i.. l..l..- and
Raymond Granados
of Tam-
pa; three daughters, Maria Mendoza of
( i., .. i .l. Veronica Mendoza of Arden,
North Carolina and Theresa Starnes (Jason) of
(ir..i,.~l...,~ 17 grandchildren; one great-
grandchild; and sister, Betty Jean Trapainer of
Perry.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July
28, 2010, at Bass ( i.. .. l. l. .- Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July
29, 2010, at Bass (i.. .. l. l. .- Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the .:.II sil...i ~. at www.bas-
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doned, neglected per Florida's statutes.
Ahdit rse gvn vepretp aio a y a aw.t ihe

volf you think you could help one of these
children, this month's meeting is set for
Thursday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at Mom's Kitch-
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Service Club to host

Friday Dinner/Dance
On Friday, July 30, from 4 to 8 American
Legion Post 64 will have dinner with your
choice of fried fish, chicken, pork tenderloin,
or country fried steak with salad, potatoes,
vegetable, roll and dessert for only $6. Music
by Michael starting at 7 p.m


Gordie Peer display
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month of July at the Okeechobee County Li-
brary, 206 S.W 16th Street. The display runs
from now through July 31. Call the library
at 863-763-3536 for more information.

Get on the Bus! -
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A Treasure Coast Coupon Entertainment
Book for the first 60 donors and $80 in gift
certificates given by drawing, will highlight
U-Save's Reach out to Okeechobee blood
drive on Friday, July 30, from noon to 7 p.m.
"U-Save is an enthusiastic supporter of the
blood drive program in Okeechobee," said
Mgr. Johnnie Gant, seen here with Asst. Mgr.
Brian Fraser and Russ Colwell of Florida's
Blood Centers.

B8eneit Ryar Sale planned
Come and help us to raise funds to help
School District Transportation employee,
Valerie Falco with medical and funeral ex-
penses for her husband, Jerry Love. The
yard sale benefit will be held on July 30 and
31 at the Freshman Campus Cafeteria (lo-
cated behind Beef O Brady's). The event will
run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All proceeds will
benefit the family.


Louis R. Watson, 62
OKEECHOBEE -Louis R. Watson, age 62, of
Okeechobee, died Saturday, July 24, 2010, in
Raulerson Hospital.
He was born July 27, 1947, in Lexington, Ky.
and proudly served in the United States Navy
during Vietnam. He moved to Okeechobee in
2003 coming from Ft. Myers. He loved to help
others.
He is survived by his closest friends, Jessie and
Pamela Pickett of Cape Coral and life long
friend, Donald Miles of Lake Port. In addition he
is survived by many friends who were his fish-
ing buddies.
A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednes-
day, July 28, 2010, in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, I10 NE 5th Street, ( i., .. l.In d ~
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( i.. .. l. In ., Fl. On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.

Sylvia Ann Burkett, 64
OKEECHOBEE -Sylvia Ann Burkett, age 64,
of Okeechobee, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at
her residence.
She was born June 3, 1946, to Leonard Wil-

kee, Fla.
She is survived I '
her sons, Carl I
Burkett, Jr., 1 >
wayne E. Burk. II
and Robby Burk.1 I
all of Lake Pla. ..I
daughter, Kimb. l
A. Rodriguez I
Wauchula; broth I
Stuart Williams -~I
Bolivia, Herbert \\l :'
liams of Palatka, and
Marvin Williams of Ortona, Fla. In addition she
is survived by ten grandchildren.
The family received on Monday, July 26, 2010
from noon until service time of 2 p.m. in the
Burton Funeral Home Chapel, I10 NE 5th
Street. Internment followed in Basinger Ceme-
tery.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street. ( i... l .In d .~, On-line con-
dolences may be made at
www~buxtonfuneralhome.com.


Cypress Hut invites
members to meetings

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vite all members to attend meetings which
are held the second and fourth Wednesday
of each month.
Meetings start at 7 p.m. There will be door
prizes for those members in attendance.
They will have the final reading of the by-
laws on Wednesday, July 28.

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Seventh Day Christian Church
912 N.W. Park St., will sponsor a Gos-
pel Sing on Friday, July 30 at 7:30
p.m. Peggy Arthur and others will be
singing. For more information call
863-763-4320.
Everglades Baptist Church and
Treasure Island Baptist Church
will jointly sponsor Vacation Bible
School this week through July 30
for children 3 years old through recent
high school graduates. The theme
is "The Egypt File." It will be held at


Treasure Island, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
each evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call
863-801-1414 for more information.
Faith Alive Fellowship is hav-
ing Vacation Bible School this week
through July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. each day. The theme is
"High Seas Adventure." A snack and
lunch will be provided. For more infor-
mation call Jennifer at 863-634-2048.
Faith Baptist Institute is holding
enrollment for the second semester.
Classes start Aug. 16. Final enrollment
for this semester is Aug. 1. If you are
interested in acquiring more knowl-
edge about the Holy Bible contact Pas-


tor Gilbert at New Testament Baptist
church, 863-763-6682.
Grace Brethren Church, 701 Par-
rott Ave., will have a free family move
night, Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. The
movie "The Lost and Found Family" is
a story of transformed lives and a great
reminder to look beyond ourselves to
the needs of others. Also at Grace, be-
ginning today and Wednesday's in
August from 10 a.m. until noon there
will be a children's clothes closet open
at no cost to those in need. Call Ada at
863-697-8539 for further information
or if you would like to donate gently
used clothing items.


Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W. 32nd Ave., is accepting registra-
tion for Upward Soccer. This pro-
gram is open for boys and girls ages
K-4 through sixth grade. Registration
forms are available at the church of-
fice Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to register
is Aug. 10.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for this col-
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and cowboy outfits including pretty little cowgirl, Gracie Gamiotea (right),
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An out-of-court settlement was reached
earlier this year in an local civil case that
reached the Florida Supreme Court over the
legal question over whether a parent can
waive their child's right to sue.
The case of Jordan Fields versus Thunder
Cross Motor Sports has been litigated for
close to five years. The case was removed
from the trial calendar of Circuit Judge Larry
Schack in February. A stipulated judgment of
dismissal was filed in March. Two years ago
the state Supreme Court invalidated parental
liability waivers because there was no state


law that allowed them. The decision allowed
the Okeechobee case to proceed.
Christopher Jones, 14, of Clewiston, was
killed at the commercial track in Okeecho-
bee County on May 10, 2003, while riding
an all terrain vehicle. He fell off the ATV and
was crushed by the vehicle. His father had
signed a waiver before he used the track.
The Jones estate sued the sports track,
who argued the waiver took away the right
to sue. The court disagreed in that 2008 rul-
ing.
The state legislature also approved leg-
islation that allows parents to waive their
children's right to sue over injuries of death
which resulted from the inherent risk of ac-


tivity at commercial amusement facilities.
The waivers would not absolve businesses
in cases where negligent actions caused the
child to be placed in danger. Governor Char-
lie Crist signed the bill into law earlier this
year.
In legal terms inherent risk would mean
any action naturally associated with the ac-
tivity, according to the legislation. For exam-
ple, if a child were to steer an all terrain ve-
hicle the wrong way the race track wouldn't
necessarily be at fault because that is the
inherent risk of operating an ATV. If there
was something wrong with the ATV and the
company had rented it to the child, the par-
ent would retain the right to sue.


State Representative Mike Horner, who
represents parts of Okeechobee County,
sponsored the legislation this year.
The local court had ruled in favor of the
defendants in a ruling reached in March,
2006, but the 4th District Court of Appeals
overturned that ruling in August 2007 and
the case was appealed to the state Supreme
Court.
Disney and other attractions were con-
cerned about the case because they felt the
ruling put in jeopardy countless youth activi-
ties.
The attorney for Thundercross was out
of town this week and unavailable for com-
ment.


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been awarded a prestigious National Science
Foundation Grant of nearly $70,000 to plan
the nation's first advanced nuclear technol-
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Florida Power & Light Company and other
nuclear industry members across the nation
to develop a comprehensive plan that out-
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and the capabilities of a new National Cen-
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a centralized state-of-the-art location for all
aspects of nuclear energy education, helping
to meet the national need for 41,000 trained
nuclear technicians by 2030.
"Nuclear energy is generating renewed
interest as an environmentally friendly
source of energy, with increased govern-
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Dean of Advanced Technology at IRSC. "Our
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that will serve as a national model. IRSC is
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we are already working with colleges from
around the country to develop this national
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The planning project will build a national
coalition of two-year colleges and universi-
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regional needs, provide educational tools
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their programs and collaborate to develop
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resources.
The plan for the national center will be
submitted to the National Science Founda-
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for one of two implementation grants of up
to $5 million spread over four years.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
Kicco Cattle Company was the winning team at the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday
at the Agri-Civic Center. Pictured are: Cole Fulford, Shelby Kirton, Bobby Jo
Fulford, Hayne Fulford, Cross Fulford, Bobby Fulford, Lynda Durrance, Brad
Gibson, Blaine Gibson and Preston Stokes. Eli's Western Wear is an event
sponsor.


Kicco Cattle Company wins


Cattlemen's Ranch Rodeo


The Kicco Cattle Company was the over-
all winner team of the Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Association Ranch Rodeo, held as
part of the National Day of the Cowboy
festivities at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cen-
ter. Durando Ranch was in second place
and third place went to Adams Ranch. The
winning team was based on overall points
earned in the events.
In the individual events:
*First place in brone riding went to
Newcomber Ranch; second place to Syfrett
Ranch; third place to Seminole Tribe,
*In team branding in first place was Ad-
ams Ranch; second was Okeechobee Live-
stock Market; third place was Kicco Cattle
Company.
*Relay race first place went to KL Bar
Ranch; in second was Kicco Cattle Compa-
ny; in third was the Pearce Ranch Inc.


*First place in Team tying first place went
to Louthan Ranch; in second was KL Bar; in
third was Syfrett Ranch.
*Cow milking first place went to Syfrett
Ranch; in second was Adams Ranch; in third
was Pearce Ranch Inc.
The 2010 event was the fourth year the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association has
sponsored the National Day of the Cowboy
Ranch Rodeo.
The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's As-
sociation will sponsor the Kicco Cattle Com-
pany team in the state finals in Kissimmee.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi Poole
Donielle Harper: Nothing brings a
smile more to our little rodeo Sweet-
heart, than a cattle drive and a rodeo.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Old fashioned horse drawn carriages
like this jail wagon one were a big hit
to those that lined the route of the cat-
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During the same meeting, Tabitha Trent, president of the Okeechobee Rotary Club (right photo) is joined by Jude Eugene and Freeman Nettles of Youth With A
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July 28, 2010


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"I was very excited to compete here and
I had a great time," she said, "It was just an
awesome event because I got to meet new
people and heard new musicians.
saMs.hBrooke plans t be haecsntsrhenlu
playing and performing and loves large
crowds.
"I dream of being a country artist and
that is what I hope to be when I grow up "
she added.
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"I think it was fun and I'd like to do it
again next year. I'll go home, write another
song, and come back next year and try to
win the whole deal," he added.
He performed a song he wrote, "Whis-
key Bottle," during the competition. Like
many of the other contestants, Mr. Williams,
would like to become a country star.
"I grew up on country music and I love
all kinds of music. I just love being on stage,
singing songs and playing guitar. I work
cows for a living. If the music thing doesn't
work out I also love to work with cows. I like


to write songs and hopefully it will take me
somewhere some day," he added.
Maureen Budjinski, Toni Doyle and Carl
Cable were the judges this year. Other con-
testants included Melanie Ivey of Home-
stead, Becki Sharrock of Port St. Lucie,
Ron Gooden of Okeechobee, Charlotte Pa-
passo of Okeechobee, Samantha Clance of
Okeechobee, Kaylynn Doll of Labelle, Alex-
andra Rodriguez of Miami, Mark Runner of
Okeechobee, Caycee Rolling and Savanah
Joiner of Okeechobee, and Charity Arnold
of Okeechobee.
The contest is designed to find the most
promising country music talent in America
and to give these performers a chance to
launch their professional music careers.
There are 450 talent contests sponsored by
country music radio stations throughout the
U.S. Winners advance to state competitions
and compete for $1,000 in prize money and
a chance to advance to one of five regional
contests. The Florida final will be held on
Oct. 16 at Silver Springs Resort in Ocala. The
finals are held at the historic Ryman Audito-
rium in Nashville, Tenn. The winner gets a
grand prize of $100,000.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Aspiring country music stars converged
on Okeechobee Saturday for the 29th an-
nual Colgate Country Showdown with one
thing in mind, impress the judges.
Mark Burke of Stuart won the competi-
tion over 12 other competitors, many of
whom reside in Okeechobee.
Mr. Burke said he was really excited
to win the contest, "I'm blown away and
speehchle s. I really dro teknowowlatsto say.
Mr. Burke writes his own music and said
he loves older country songs. He lists Way-
lon Jennings, George Jones and Eric Church
as his musical influences. He was born and
raised in Stuart and plays in bars on the
Treasure Coast and West Palm Beach. He
had never been entered in a contest like this
before. "This was a great venue, great peo-
ple. It was an awesome feeling to compete
here," he added.
Emily Brooke of West Palm Beach, an 1 1-
year-old prodigy, was the runner up in the
contest. She tried out for the Colgate contest
last year and finished fifth in the state. She
also is a contestant for Palm Beach Idol this
year.


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Mark Burke (left), Emily Brooke (cen-
ter) and Cody Williams (right) were the
winners of this year's contest held at
Good Spirits Restaurant and Lounge.


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Urban Tails, a non-profit mentoring
program that pairs juvenile offenders with
shelter dogs, breaks ground on its ken-
nels at the Okeechobee Intensive Halfway
House.
On Monday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.In., the
Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House,
(OIHH) building, on the property of the
Okeechobee Youth Development Center,
7200 HWY 441 N., a Department of Ju-
ventle Justice program operated by G4S
Youth Services for moderate risk-rnale
juvenile offenders, welcomes the public
at the groundbreaking for the Urban Tails
program, a program that allows at-risk and
incarcerated youth to rehabilitate horne-
less shelter dogs and then place the dogs
in their permanent homes.
Urban Tails pairs the dogs with juvenile
offenders, teaching the youth how to care
for and ultimately place then into perrna-
nent homes. In return the youth learn en-


pathy, personal awareness, responsibility,
as well as vocational skills to help then
transition back into the cornrunity.
Tracey Zack, a former DJJ teacher and
the founder of Urban Tails, has worked
hard for several years to make this pro-
grain a reality.
To get to the building enter through the
Inain entrance, you will see the Adrninis-
trative Building in front of you, there you
will make a left and follow the road, you
then will have to make a right and straight
ahead to your left is the OIHH Facility. If
you keep driving you will see OIHH park-
ing lot to your right.
For details or press inquiries contact
Tracey Zack at 786-402-7794 or at tzack@
urbantails.org or G4S Youth Services Facil-
ity Administrator Joseph Hasselbach at
561-914-1757 and at: joseph.hasselbach@
us.g4s.corn


$21,765 dollars for equipment.
The vehicle inventory of 10 ambulances
has one vehicle listed in poor condition, a
1988 Ford D 350 Ambulance. It is to be re-
placed this year. One ambulance, a 1997
Freightliner received a new chassis, and a
1993 International is due for a re-chassis in
2012.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue has
asked for close to $4.5 million in the pro-
posed Okeechobee County Budget for 2010-
2011 which represents a decrease of just
under $368,000 from the spending plan this
year.
Chief Nick Hopkins' proposal includes
nearly $2 million for salaries -- a reduction of
ove 1ai d0p rsonnel costs have dropped
because sorne veteran employees at the top
of the salary schedule have retired and have
been replaced by new employees at the low
end of the salary scale.
Chief Hopkins said there have been no
new hires in the past year or in the previous
St e w ner. ehtsben :ar loe atntreplace
He said Fire /Rescue responded to 6,300
calls for service last year. He said the nun-
hartof calls for service in 2010 is ahead of
The fire budget includes $45,000 for ve-
hicle maintenance and $57,034 for equip-
Inent purchases. The department's fleet of
28 vehicles are as old as 1965 but all but
two were listed in good or excellent condi-
tion. 11etrd k rrmn~t needhsetohrelacedtwo

g .ne teuk en21.tjne the sai o
collect $3.23 million in 2010-11, an increase
of about $186,000 this year.
The department has 36 full time firefight-
er paramedics and EMTS and four adrninis-
trative employees. They have three manned
stations and one unmanned station in Fort
Drurn. The number of volunteers has basi-
cally remained stable in the past few years.
The EMS budget of $2.08 million would
be heavily funded by the MSBU. The tax
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raise $1.37 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Personnel services in the budget will
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cer ed Iit poesaidd fie asteti thoann
having grass cut on the rights of way. He
drew applause when he suggested a gaso-
line tax.
Mr. Threewits spent considerable time
explaining possible tax scenarios with dif-
ferent millage rates and MSTU rates. If an
MSTU is imposed city residents would pay
less county tax. They would not pay the
MSTU for law enforcement. However, they
would pay property taxes to fund operation
of the jail and courthouse security.
Commissioners looked at requests for
funding from private organizations such as
Breakthrough Recovery, a drug abuse pro-
gram, the Okeechobee Main Street Hallow-
een program, the National Day of the Ameri-

canCowoyth~e yuhd lvetompk sow


foSt fd was directed tsollook at allsr qests
percentage across the board cut for all re-
i Isrsrathertthan trying to eliminate indi-
Countqyuattorney John Cassels discussed
a possible sales tax to fund Fire/Rescue op-
erations. He said commissioners would first
have to adopt an ordinance. Then the item
would have to be placed on the ballot for
voters to decide. The proceeds from the
sales tax would have to be used to offset
ad valorem taxes or assessments for Fire/
Rescue services. Commissioners will meet
again Wednesday at 6 p.m., and Thursday
and Friday at 1 p.m. to further discuss the
budget. All meetings are to held in the com-
mission chambers at the courthouse.


taxes paid or 5.9 percent with no reduction
of property taxes.
"The franchise is the fairest for every-
body," stated Commissioner Clif Betts. "We
don't Imow what it would be if we add
Glades," he added, referring to a franchise
agreement with Glades Electric Coopera-
tive.
Portions of the county are served by
Glades instead of FP&L.
tha thng that its a user fee isoa Irot fa r
"I'm not in favor of a franchise fee," said


1000 pecnt fe n epl wo dno pa r
chise fee. Currently wth homes eadl em -

tole n bile home opa Ittl er co roper y
would pay a franchise fee because FP&L
would pass this fee on to customers.
"How do you reach those people using
more services and paying less taxes?" Com-


missioner Hoover asked.
Dairy farmer Red Larson spoke against
the franchise saying it would put an undue
burden on large users of electricity such as
dairy farmers. He drew applause when he
said: "It's just not going to fly with us," refer-
ring to a franchise.
Commissioner Hoover said Mr. Larson
would benefit from a franchise because the
ad valorem rate would be lowered.
soYou have to prove it to me," was Mr. Lar-
"We really cut back like a lot of busi-

se onrreerdt a fanur anhs he a

reneu county aodurnistttor JimThree-
wits stated that a franchise fee could lower
tax s mo e intsere be in reducing our cost
to operate," Commissioner Domer said to
the applause of the audience.
"You people are not making cuts," Tom-
my Clay told the commissioners. "We need
fire and EMS, the rest is frivolous. Make the
tough decisions -- make cuts."
Bryant Culpepper suggested revising the
retirement system for county employees, and
suggested having homestead exemption on
the second $50,000 of appraised value. Ev-
eryone would pay property taxes on the first
$50,000 of assessed value. That way, he said,
everyone would pay some property taxes.


The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment will conduct "Back to School Immu-
nizations" clinics on Friday, Aug. 6, Friday
Aug. 13 and Friday Aug. 20.
The clinics operations hours are 1 to 4
p.m. Parents must bring a current copy of
their child's shot records with them when
they come for the immunization. Failure to
bring in their child's immunization record
will result in the child being rescheduled
for another day.
To avoid long delays, appointments are
encouraged and strongly recommended
due to the large demand for immuniza-


tions for school age children this time of
year. All vaccines are free for children un-
der 18.
"Childhood immunizations are impor-
tant to protect our children from dangerous
diseases." said Vickie Elkins, Community
Health Nursing Director for the Okeecho-
bee County Health Department. "Diseases
can spread quickly through a community,"
Ms. Elkins said.
"Vaccinations help protect our children
and our community."
To make an appointment for vaccina-
tions call, 863-462-5819 or 863-462-5794.


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Okeechobee News
Voters who go to the polls for the Aug
24 primary election will face a short ballot -
only two local offices will be on the ballot.
For School Board District 1, incumbent
Joe Arnold will be facing veteran teacher
Magi Cable. This is a nonpartisan office.
Voters that are registered as Democrats, Re-
publicans or Independents may vote in this
election.
Current school board members Gay Car-
Iton of District 3 and David Williams of Dis-
trict 5 will be unopposed and their names
will not be on the ballot.
In the race for the District 2 County Com-
mission seat there will be two Democrats
and two Republicans vying for that position.

wItl e c oa a 11o tr at hs he eame a
the two Democrat candidates -- incumbent
Noel Chandler and former commissioner
Gene Woods.


Registered Republicans will receive a bal-
lot with the names of the two Republican
candidates -- Bryant Culpepper and Jared
Figley.
Voters who are registered as Indepen-
dents will not be able to vote in this election.
However, voters registered as Democrat, Re-
publican or Independent will be able to vote
in the general election on Nov. 2 when the
winner of the Democratic primary and win-
ner of the Republican primary face off.
Registration to vote in the August primary
closed July 26. Early voting will be Monday
through Saturday, Aug. 9 -21 from 8:30 a.m.
until 8:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections
Office in the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.
To find your precinct or answer other
q nations abooutsthe e ectl60n, 11llthe Super-
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meeting consisted of discussing a possible
franchise agreement with Florida Power and
Light (FP&L), requests for funds from pri-
vate organizations, a possible MSTU to fund
the law enforcement portion of the sheriff's
budget and a possible sales tax to fund Fire/
Rescue services.
No official action was taken.
Nick Blount, a representative of FP&L,
discussed a possible franchise. He said that
FP&L has almost 200 franchise agreements
in place, and that most are with cities, There
are only 12 franchise agreements with coun-



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according to information furnished by
the county's consulting firm of Nabors, Gib-
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The rewards of being a foster grandpar-
ent for Okeechobee school kids were em-
phasized when the Okeechobee Commu-
nity Collaborative Council met Tuesday for
their July meeting.
Volunteer Coordinator for the Area Ag~en-
cy on Aging Lynn Vidulich spoke about the
goal of the foster grandparent program.
The number of volunteers in Okeechobee
Schools has declined from a high of 23 to
the current 11. Seniors go into the classroom
and provide mentoring and also assist kids
improve their reading skills. The seniors can
volunteer up to 20 hours on four days per
week. Those that qualify can earn a monthly
stipend of $212 plus earn 44-cents per mile
for driving to and from school.
Vidulich said a lot of seniors in Okeecho-
bee are suited for the program, "If you know
a senior who is sitting around the house
and not doing much, they might be a per-
fect match for this program. This work gets
them out of the house, and gives them a
purpose "
They have offices in St. Lucie West and
WeltPalrn Bseach. n additi n to nenalst o
elder helpline, the a enc also hel s seniors
get the resources th y n ed when they have
insurance problems, problems with physi-
cians, or other issues.
"We refer them to the right agency," Vid-

uiThheo rteha AeA y on Aging was formed
20 years ago with an annual budget of $9
million. Today the agency has 50 employees
and a budget of over $27 million.
Vudulich said the agency helped 150,000
seniors in a five county area including
Okeechobee last year.
She explained that there work will con-
tinue to increase. In 2010, the estimated el-
der population of those 55 years and older
stood at 552,000 in the five counties. The
estimated population over 55 is expected to
exceed over 1 million by 2030.
Derek Buroto spoke to the group about
the Student Working Against Tobacco Pro-
gram. Last year they posted 88 wooden
crosses on the front lawn of the high school
to recognize the Florida residents who die
each day from tobacco related illness.
This year they will post signs in County
parks that request users not to smoke. They
also intend to raise awareness about the dan-
gers of candy flavored tobacco products.
Buroto said recent surveys show an
increase in chewing tobacco products in
Okeechobee partly because of these candy
flavored products.
In other actions, the board received
school supplies for My Aunt's House. They
received cash donations from Florida Power
and Light, Glades Cooperative and other
agencies that total $800.
Cathleen Blair of the United Way of
Okeechobee said they will hold a second
annual Day of Caring on Sept. 18. Volun-
teers will be asked to donate their time at
the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Ft. Pierce,
help with the movement of dirt at Hospice of
Okeechobee, volunteer at the Real Life Chil-
drens Ranch Yard Sale, and help paint the


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Lynn Vidulich (left) speaks at the July Community Collaborative Council meeting
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interior of Marthas House.
Ms. Blair said last year they had a great
turnout of volunteers as they painted and re-
habbel a h e inlDouglas Prk.ofeet o

hand out school supplies to needy Okeecho-
bee families this year. Aug. 7, school supplies
will be handed out from 5 to 7 p.m. at the


Community Theatre Auditorium to benefit
migrant families. The First Missionary Baptist
Churb will have a back to school splash on
Aug. 14. Martha's House plans a Family Fun
Day on Aug. 21, to give out school supplies
and goody bags. A trip to Sea World will also
be given away to a lucky family.


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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BM)
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parro~tt
Avene O eech3 bedeF orida 3 97
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
tobwi~&n sand ~ ustoerag.Yer Make,
1996 Sunlitel180 Pontoon Boat
STRB99RN1596
199F8A Gen2 1or 9rs
1994 Blue Chevy Astro Van
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made. Said automobiles will be sold
In`"SIS"with nogquarantees.
361506 ON 7/28/2010
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Th04bN~e Ias 2 9 AvenueAU Uese-
13, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY VS. RICKER, MICHAEL &CYNTHIA LITIGATION
EeBoard of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County shall hold an
Executive Session between the Board and Its Attorney, which will dsus
thehtgation between Okeechobee County and Michael and Cynthia Rce
bearing case number 2008-CA-101.
The proposed Execubve Session shall be held on Thusday, August 1,
2010 at 11:30 o'clock A.M., or as soon thereafter, In The judge William
L. Hendly Courtroom of the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room,
OkehbeCounty Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street, Oecoe,
Florida 34972.

Proposed discussion shall be conned to settlement negotationsor
staeysessions relating to tIgation expenditures.
Notice Is hereby given that the following Individuals will be In attendanceat
teExecutve Session: County Commissioner Ray R. Domer; CountyCo-
missioner Clif Betts, Ir.; County Commissioner Noel Chandler; CountyCo-
missioner Margaret Garrard Helton; County Commissioner Joey Hoover;
ConyAdministrator Lyndon Bonner; County Attorney John D. Cassels, JE
an tore ohn R. Cook.
ACourt Reporter will be present to record the session and thetrnrpt
sllbe made part of the public record upon conclusion of the tIgaton.
Cliff Betts, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY CMISOES
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FOIA
ShrnRobertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEHBECOUNTY, FLORIDA
361132 ON 7/28/10

NOTTCF OF FORFCIOSURF SAL F Y
CI FRK OF THF CTRCUITTCOURT
Notice Is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Cek
ofthe Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 11thdaof
Ags,2010, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Cne,
312 Northwest 3rd Street, ulny Assembly Room, Speond Floor, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972, In the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell atpulc
oucyto the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described po-
erysituakd In Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit.


BEGINNING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE S.E. 1/4 OF SECTION
7, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE CUT,
FLORIDA, RUN WEST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF SAIDSOT-
EAST QUARTER A DISTANCE OF 813.00 FEET; THEN RUN SUH
39-16-30 EAST A DISTANCE OF 1,249.00 FEET MORE OR LESS TO TE
EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID SOUTHEAST QUARTER; THEN RUN NRH
ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 7 A DISTANCEOF
950.00 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING
TOGETHER WITH AN ACCESS EASEMENT 60 FEET WIDE ALONG TE
EAST BOUNDARY OF THAT PART OF SAID SECTION 7 LYING BETWEEN
SAID PARCEL AND S.R. #700 (U.S. #98)



BERG NRGO TAHNED EATRYn BUND OF E. #00 RUNNY OR
39-16-30 WEST, ALONG SAID STATE ROAD A DISTANCE OF2000
MEE TOHRENLERUNTNO TH 5-3-3 UENS A EISTAN E OF718TOHF N
SOUTH ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SECTION 7 A DISTANCEOF
250.00 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF AIR-
PORT ROAD; THEN RUN SOUTH 50-08-0 W A DISTANCE OF 23.17FET
UO TER ONE3ET OF E NNG NOLBIN ON ,ECFPIO .,TOWNSHIP37

TOGETHER WITH A 1974 MARK MOBILE HOME BEARING ID #14750 and
A 1984 SAND MOBILE HOME BEARING ID #SSMFLAiB90829.

purs ant to ofe nalhdehcree of foreclosure entered In a case pending In said

RODNaEY M. TIBBITS AND BARBARA C. TIBBITS, his wife,
VS. tfs
DEWEY A. LIGHTSEY, RUTH M. LIGHTSEY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ndGORMAN CO., a division of HA10CA CORPORATION a foreign opr-

the dket number of which Is: 2010-CA-90.
AYPERSON CLAMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
IFANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF TE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
JuWI 1ESS my hand and the oficial seal of said Court, this 10th dayof
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida
BY Linda F Young, DEPUTY CLERK
3604910N 7/21,28/10

PUBLICE NOTICE
HeOkeechobee County Board of Count Commissioners will continue is
Budget Meeting on Thursday, July 29, and Friday July 30, 2010 at 1:00pm.
.n te du re Wi lm~ L,d l [trootnm" at the Histori Courthouse, 34

Ayperson deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board ofCon
Cmssoeswith respect to any matter considered at this meetingw
nee o neos rof th roce dngs,randdthoat,sibrhsuch proses,sheaor shehwl
ber esdhall Include the $stimony and evidence upon which e appeal Isto

Inaccordance with the Americans with Disablities Act (ADA) and Foia
Sttb286.26, persons with disablities needing special accommoatibonto
participate In this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than to
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or 863-763-23,
ex.2111. If you are hearing or volce Impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-348
(volce) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
ClfBetts It, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okec obeCnty, Florida
ShrnRoberison, Clerk
Bokardc bCeounty Fn msl nens
s/Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
361435 ON 7/28/2010

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CI FRK OF THF CTRCUTT COURT
Nobce Is hereby given that the underslg ed, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County Florida, will on the 11th day of
August, 2010, at 11:00 A.M., at the 0 eechobee County Judicial Center,
312 Northwest 3rd Street, July Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972, In the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public
outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described prop-
eity situated In Okeechobee County, Florida,to-wit:
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTION 7,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AND BEING ALL OF LOT 10 AND A PORTION OF LOT 11
OF FIRST ADDITION TO PLAYLAND PARK ACRES, AN UNRE-
CORDED PLAT PREPARED BY LEON H. WILLIS, COUNTY SURVEY-
OR, DATED JULY 15, 1968, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE EAST ONE-QUARTER (1/4) CORNER OF
SAID SECTION 7; THENCE BEAR N 88043'33" W, ALONG THE
ONE-QUARTER (1/4) SECTION LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 813.21
FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY
LINE OF SAID FIRST ADDITION TO PLAYLAND PARK ACRES;
THENCE BEAR S 39016'30" E, ALONG SAID EASTERLY BOUN-
DARY LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 331.73 FEET TO A POINT LYING
15.00 FEET SOUTHEASTERLY OF THE NORTHEASTERLY CORNER
OF SAID LOT 11 OF FIRST ADDITION TO PLAYLAND PARK
ACRES, AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE BEAR S
39017'03" E, CONTINUING ALONG SAID EASTERLY BOUNDARY
LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 185.15 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY
CORNER OF SAID LOT 10 OF FIRST ADDITION TO PLAYLAND
PARK ACRES; THENCE BEAR S 50046'01" ALONG THE SOUTH-
ERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LOT 10, FOR A DISTANCE OF
199.66 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY RIGHT
OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 700 (A/K(/A U.S. HIGHWAY 98
NORTH) SAID POINT BEING ALSO THE SOUTHWESTERLY COR-
NER OF SAID LOT 10; THENCE BEAR N 39019'09" W, ALONG
SAID EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF
185.00 FEET TO A POINT' THENCE BEAR N 50043'30" E, ALONG A
LINE PARALLEL WITH T~E NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LI E OF LOT
120OF SAID FIRST ADDITION TO PLAYLAND PARK ACRES, FOR A
DISTANCE OF 199.77 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING CON-
TAINING 0.848 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING SUBJECT TO
ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RESERVATIONS
AND/OR RIGHTS OF WAY OF RECORD, IF ANY.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered In a case pending In said
Court, the style of which Is:
JAMES E BARNHILL,
Plainbff,
VS.
BIG LAKE LAND MANAGEMENT, INC., and ROLANDO REYES,
Defendants.
and the docket number of which Is: 2008-CA-669.
ANY PERSON CLAIIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the oficial seal of said Court, this 16 day of July,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida
Law Ofice of Cassels & McCall
John D. Cassels, 3r., Esquire
Ok eeh cb lo~rida 34973
360696ON 7/21,28;8/4/10

LEGAL NOTICE
The St. Johns River Water Management Distrct (District) gives notice of re-
celpt ofthe following permit application(s):
Standard General and Standard ERP Permit Applicatons

TO 094 k2el-3. The Br ~ect61s 06c~atd Ino kee hobe 7 unty pb o s
r5 6 r2 aTonh 3 Suc th R e 35 East rfe E ronmenal R
system for a 48.86-acre development known as Fort Drum Service Plaza
New Constructon. The receiving waterbody Is Ilm Green Creek.
The ble(s) containing the permit application(s) are available for Inspeton
Monday through Fr ay, except for District holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the Distrcts Head uarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, Florida, 32177-2529.



almost permit appl cation file documents can be viewed online at
htt://loidawarco/prmitig/Ide~htl.To obtain Informaton on
how to ind and viewlpermit applicaton file documents, go to the HELP tab
InoE Permtt ng an rlck kntoSu port adhnFAs sand pothe R)lo rh dr c
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The decision on Standard General and Standard permit applications will be
made at the District's Service Center where the application Is processed, un-
less the application Is upgraded to an Individual permit as explained below.
A substantal objeton to a Standard General or Standard permit application
must b aeIn raoM g ran fle xh1 (evda Fy re Dree 70 8f-R~egula-
ye-mail at aplctospotsrm~owithin 14 days of notlica-
toofthe aplcto.Please Include either the Permit Application number
or the Project Name In the objeton. Notlication of te application Is either
the fifth daoy after the dahe on which the written notice Is deposited In the
the nmt e Isrealeth (r tos eo whoereceive atual note ce b y .Sr allby d
or the dahe the notice Is published In the newspaper (If actual notice Is not
provided by U.S. mail or emall). A "substantal o ticon" means a written
statement directed to the Distrct that identlies the objector, concerns hy-
dalogcblor vref mental Imats u tah~elpropbe oactivl~aand ea tes t
dford aenG dal Standrdd permit a lctaten tobeactons deredbsan II tebn
tion from you, then you will receive written nobce of the Districts Inkndeed
decision on the permit application.
Please note that decisions on Individual permit applications will be made el-
ther by the Districts Executive Director or designee (for those applicatons
which are recommended for approval) or by the Districts Governing Board
(for those applicatons which are recommended for denial). For Individual
permit applications, you are advised to notify the Distrct within 14 days of
notlicaton of the application(s) If you have questons, objections, com-
ments, or Information regarding the activity proposed In the permit applica-
tion. If you make a written request to the District for additional Information
rearig dga peifi permi ap lcaton soeu wil be ptrvi~dedan rp ortbnity
tion does not entitle you to a Chapter 120, Florida Statu es, administra lve
heanngof intended (poo )District Decision will be provided to persons
who have requested Irnd deuda) nobce. A request for In ividual nobce of in-
tended (proposed) District Deision on the application must be received by
the Districts Director of the Division of Regulatory Informaton Management
por to the date the nobce of intended (proposed) Distrct Decision Is gen-

Rbert Psresly ,aeco Dslon stReulatory Information Management
361256ON 7/28/10


NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NUMBER: 2009-CA-553
UNITED MIDWEST SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
IERMAINE 0. BOWEN and NYSOLAGRANT,
Defendants.
NOTTCF OFSAl F
Pursuant to Chapter 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated June 10, 2010 and entered In Case No. 2009-CA-553 of the Cir-
cult Court of the Nmneteenth Judicial Circuit In and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, wherein United Midwest Savings Bank Is Plaintiff and Jermaine 0.
Bowen and Nysola Grant are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the July Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County
Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at eleven
o'lock a.m. on the 18th day of August, 2010, the following described prop-
e~ity together with all Improvements, appurtenances and ixtures, as set
othIn said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit:
EXHIBIT "A'
LEGAL DESCRIPTION
A parcel of land lying In Section 19, Township 34 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly described as fol-
lows:
Commence at the North one-quarter corner of said Section 19, thence
South 00 degrees 48' 47" West a distance of 33.00 feet to the Intersecton
with the South Right of Way line of N.E. 304th Street; thence South 89 de-
grees 34' 13" East, along said South Right-of Way line, a distance of 76.54
feet to the Intersecton with the East lie of Parcel A of Southern Home-
steads Unit 1 as recorded In Plat Book 6, Page 73, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida; thence South 00 degrees 48' 47" West, along
said East line, a distance of 1594.30 feet, to the Intersecton with the South-
erly line of Lot 20 of Southern Homesteads Unit 2 as recorded In Plat Book
6, Pages 88 and 89 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida;
thence South 77 degrees 04' 39" West along said Southerly line, a distance
of 960.55 feet to the Interseton with the East line of the 100' Retention as
shown on said Plat of Southern Homesteads Unit 2; thence South 17 de-
grees 48' 29" East, along said East line a distance of 97.50 feet; thence
Suh17 degrees 54' 03' East, along said East line a distance of 250.28
feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 17 degrees 54' 03"
East, along said East line, a distance of 186.72 feet; thence South 09 de-
grees 02' 48" In-t ;l-n] said East line, a distance of 760.85 feet; thence
Suh10 degr- r a East, along said East line, a distance of 237.04
feet; thence South 89 degrees 34' 13" East, a distance of 1178.47 feet, to
Point D on the centerline of the 70.00 foot wide Ingress, egress and Utility
Easement as shown on the map of Southern Homestead Ranches, Unit 1,
dated November 15, 2004 as prepared by James R. Almond, PSM, Florida
License No. LS 5081; thence North 04 degrees 19' 31" East, along said cen-
terline, a distance of 1450.38 feet, to Point B on said centerline; thence
South 79 degrees 39' 18" West, a distance of 1532.05 feet, to the Point of
Beginning.
ANY PERSON CLAMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida this 11th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
O leke eof th cultFCool

BY LId uF Y er
Notice Reganling the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 In ac-
cordance with the Americans with Disablities Act persons needing a special
accommodation to participate In the proceeding should contact court admin-
Csomtiton n at r tehano Seven I7)day~spoprr3 986e po edn}7 8t 204N7
within two (2) working da s of your receipt of this nobce. If you are hear-
inn~g im8paired call: 1-8 0-9-88771 and if you are voice impaired

KNNT L. C T, ESQ.
Attorney for Plaintiff
KatlEast Colna Dve, Sulte 300
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-425-2907
357616 ON 7/21,28/10


IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009 CA 731
COMMUNITY SOUTH BANK, Plaintiff,
VS.
BRENTWOOD OKEECHOBEE, LLC, a Florida limited labllty company; DHAR-
MESH PATEL; SUKETU PATEL; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, on be-
half of the United States Small Business Administration; TENANT #1 n/k/a
Jack laskot and TENANT #2 n/k/a Annetta laskot, Defendants.
NOTTCF OF SAL F PURSUANT TO CHAFFFR 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 6/10/2010 and entered In Case No. 2009 CA 731 of the
Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit In and for Okeechobee
County Florida wherein Community South Bank Is the Plaintiff and BRENT-
WODOKEECHOBEE, LLC, a Florida limited liability company; DHARMESH
PATEL; SUKETU PATEL; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, on behalf of
the United States Small Business Administration; TENANT #1 n/k/a lack
laskot and TENANT #2 n/k/a Annetta laskot, are the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash at 312 North West 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on the 18th day of August, 2010, the follow-
Ing described property as set forth In said Order of Final Judgment, to wit:
SEE EXHIBITA"I~ATTACHED HERETO
EXHIBIT"A'
(Legal Description)
Parcel I
A portion of Secton 35, Township 37 South, Range 35 East and a Porton of
the land lying South of said Secton 35 between the Hancock Meander Line
and the 17 foot contour line of Lake Okeechobee, and a portion of perma-
nently reclaimed Lake Bottom land In Section 35 and/or South of said Sec-
ton 35, more particularly described as follows:
Beginning at a point on the East line of the NW 1/4 of said Section 35,
where It Intersects the South right-of-way line of Conner's Highway (also
known as U.S. Highway 441 and Florida State Road 15); thence Southwest-
erly along a curve to the left In said right-of-way, said curve having a radius
of 6306.26 feet and a central angle of 2000'47,: an are distance of 221.57
feet to the poant of tangency thence bear South 67036 50" West, alone said
rght-of-way distance of2.43 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; tence
continue along the aforedescribed line, a distance of 150.00 feet; thence
bear South 005552" West, a distance of 875.11 feet to the North right-of-
way line of Levee LD-4; thence North 74035'42" East along said right~-o
way a distance of 150.00 feet; thence bear North 003158" East a distac
of 892.32 feet, more of less to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
Lying In and comprising a part of Section 35, Township 37 South, Range 35
East, Okeechobee Coun~ty, Florida.
Parcel II
Commencing at a point on the East Boundary line of the NW 1/4 of Section
35, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, where It intersects the Southerly
right-of-way line of S. R. 15 (U.S. 441 thence run South 0000'28" East,
along an extension of the East Boundar line of said NW 1/4, for a distance
of 916.72 feet to a point on the Nort erly right-of-way line of LD-4 of the
central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, tence run South
74035'42" West along the Northerly right-of-way line of said LD-4 for a dis-
tance of 400.00 feet for POINT OF BEGINNING. Thence continue South
74035'42" West along said right-of-way line of LD-4 for a distance of 298.40
feet; thence run North 005635" East a distance of 864.66 feet to a point on
the Southerly right-of-way line of the aforesaid S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); thence
run North 67036 50" East, along the Southerly right-of-way line of said S.R.
15 (U.S. 441), for a distance of 278.43 feet, thence coninuing along the
Southerly right-of-way line of said S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) run South 22023'10"
East for a distance of 27.00 feet, thence run North 67036'50" East for a dis-
tance of 21.57 feet, thence run South 005552" West for a distance of
Lig I netdtcmo P71N a O aB t Nj iton 35, Township 37 South, Range 35
East,0Okeechobee County, Florida.
20 Soutdhderaess highway 441, Okeechobee, Florida 34974,
TOGETHER WITH all Inventory, equipment, furnishings, accounts, ac-
counts receivables (Including but not limited to all healthcare-Insurance re-
na~d )4 kst hb, ,eotac ouot anmd adl lot er personal pm ietyd of
or used In conneton with the above-referenced property and all buildings,
structures, additions or other Improvements thereupon.
ANY PRSON LAIMM TANLENTECRESM IN TE FUNCRRKE INING A TR
60D YS AFTER THIS MAE. IN NYOU FN TO FILE A CLAM, YOU WILL NOT
WITNESS may hand and seal of the Courton this 11th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
BY Linda F. Young

eub n iuono, .A.Deputy Cler

44 West Fla ler Street, 25th Floor
Miaml, Flori a 33130
Phone: (305) 379-0400
357913ON 7/21,28/10


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ECIRU IEN RC L O
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2010-CP-109

IN RE RWTAESTR.
a/k/a ROY A. WEST
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

designto et te choeurd I wihnth
administration of this estate Is pend-
ing, and the ble number are Indicat-
ed above. The address of the Cour
Is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
dr ss 34 Tpe Pronnaa epesdenta
tive and the personal
resentatives attorney are Indicat
belyow. haebe evdwt
coy ofothis oice ad o hv awtna
sli sr dem against thel de
unmatured, contingent or lquidated,
you must ile your claim with the
court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF
A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE.
A other crdito of the decedent
and other Penons who have claims
or demcnudinagamnsmadu edsnt' es
nte: or unliquldated claims, must ile
M lm El AEcour WTOTHITNHE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BEEVE F TB CLIS NOT BARRED
BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED
A OVE,EEALLF CLIMSLWHC HAR
TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENTS
TeH date of death of the decedent


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472009CA000525
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
ROBIN PFEIFFER JULIAN, et. al.,
Defendants.
NOTTCF OF FORFCIOSURF SAL F
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sedated2 lneC 522, 21, nteare ct
aor ofoh 0 ch elu llal Circi I
wherein Seacoast National Bank Is
Plaintiff and Robin Pfelffer Jullan, Jo-
seph E. Jullan, III, Seminole Cove
Condominium Association, Inc., Solar
Energy Systems are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the lury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
100 hm I te 25dthsdaybodfAu ut,
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 132, Seminole Cove Condomin-
lum, according to the plat thereof
recorded In oficial record book
289, pha e 1590, public records of
gteheer wlt ao 18 rol .wdoe
mobile home VIN
ac e2 r20, accssjd, e lulpmrens(
and additions thereto or replace-
men etrherefore no ohne d If


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Emonal Representative:
Fern S. West
Oke n Oth Steat (H
Attorney for
peronal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(F863Bar o 27441
3606110ON 7/21,28/10


cated.

Any person claiming an Interest In
the surplus from the sale, If any, oth-
er than the p~rope~ owner as of the
d am Ithl 60 das afe~r th sale
Dakd this 24th day oflune, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK

BDLEn~d~a Yug
3589490ON 7/21,28;8/4/10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-110

CL eE I UHofNG,
Deceased

(Inte t tT, Fn mary Tdmnls ton)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR EMAENDS AGAINST

You are hereby noticed that an Or-
der of Summary Administration Is
sought to be entered In the Estate of
CLAIRE I. CUSHING, Deceased,
Case Number 2010-CP-110, by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which Is 312 NW 3rd Street, Sulte
101, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the
decedent's date of death was April 1,
2009; that the total value of the es-
tat lsube~ct, .o pbat dIs apro l
names and addresses of those to
whom It Is sought to be assigned by
such order are:
Name Address
CHERYL 7286 SW 13th Street
RABINOVITZ Okeechobee, FL 34974
Adult Daughter 100%
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the
decedent and persons having claims
or demands against the estate of the
decedent other than those listed for
whom provision for full payment was
maderan the Onder ofSmmarcaA -
with this Court. WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS
NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREV-
ER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERI-
OD. ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BThE d te of the inst publicaton of
this Notice Is 7/28/10.
CHERYL RABINOVITZ, Petitioner
7286 SW 13th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
C wSO L& MCCALL


Okeechobee, FL 34973
(F 6r3 763-3131
361447B ON7 28()6 1
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH3UDICIALCIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-204
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUC-
CESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAIKE
NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
DAVID R CRAVEN; LOIS CATANZA-
RO; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
ASNS SATNOZNAROCFOMLPIDA GL
IOHN DDE, UNKNOWN TENANT;
AND JANE DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT,
the names ben ctitous to account
for p~atle~s in possssession

NOTTCF OF FORFCI OSURF SAL F
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated June 22, 2010, entered In
Case No. 2010-CA-204 In the Circuit
four 0fh e19h elu la Circuot I
wertn aSeacoat dN lonal Banko I
Cataz~aroThe Un nwne Sose of
will sell to the highest and best bid-
dr for cas atlther,3uqkeAs embb2

rouet oullCb ter r3123 NW2 3 d
11:00 am on the 25th day of August,
2010, the following described proper-
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 431n Sherman Wood Ranches,
accor ing o t Pa kth03ref a


Subject to Easement agreement to
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION
CMhA Y, 2 9 Grantracordd t

dayc ofFerur 2010 and record-d I
tedn Book 683 Page 723, Ofielal
Records, Okeechobee County, Florl-


yperson claimln an interest In
th surplus from thesale, If any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the


date of the Its pendens must ile a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 24th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda F. Young
358946 ON 7/21,28/10DEUYCEK
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEFENTH UDC LD C RRUIT
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2009 CA 479

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

TE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS
BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANT'
EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
TORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER
CLAMANTS OF JOHN BREWER AKA
JOHN W. BREWER AKA JOHN W
BREWER, 1R, DECEASED, et. al
Defendants

TO:Ose resdec CIe:sNKNOWN

If alive, and If dead, all parbes
claiming interest by, through, under
ra ainhtaSTORMr EclBIREWERoanhd a
any right, title or interest In the prop-
erty described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
fbllown Re GnedU plopetNDU.T

THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOKR PAGES 45 OFOTKE CPHUOBB

C kNa I80ED 3TH AVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL34974
has been iled ain y nd yo
are required to sagaenstcoopu an ou
writle defense I aey roit, on ls
sadFaen, Atony fo llbf
whose30ddre ss I 9u0d bleSngFRo d

331tpu lcabon ofthdlsnoticearnd hl
the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tifs attorney or Immediately thereaf-
ter; otherwise a default will be
entered a ant you for the relief de-
mWIdTeNdESStmyhecmidaand theseal of
OhsCourt this 20th day of July,

AS Cerk Bthe Co
By: Linda F Youn
A copy of this Notice ofAbnt Cle
hlln e d nls aendden d seat t
In accordance with the Amercans
a esnal ac omd bn topr

tactrthe Clerek oth d u~s pr ,a lt
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, FL
34986. If hearing Impaired, contact
(TDD) 8009558771 via Florida Relay
ahsi n attem t to collect a
dbt. An dinformh ion oobstained
360965 ON 7/28;8/4/10'

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472010CA000111
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
VSPlaintiff
BEANIE .SIBMES ECUNKMNSHN

DAONE UDNE ONWKNN WNTNATN the
naes bein ictitous to account for


NOTTCF OF FORFCI OSURF SAL F
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated April 8, 2010 and Order
to Reset Foreclosure Sale dated June
22, 2010, In Case No. 2010-CA-111
In the Circuit Court of the 19th Judl-
clal Circuit In and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank Is Plaintiff and Bennie C.
Sims Is the Defendant, I will sell to
te highest and bes b dd~e for cas
Floor, Oke chobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 347 at H1:100 am ono he ll

ucielrldoperty Okeechobee
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN
SECTIONS 14 AND 23,TOWN-
EST P 0KESECOHBEE CNOGUEN6
FLORIDA. BEING MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED AS

COMMENCE AT THE SOUTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID SEC-
TION 14, BEAR N 000'00'30"'
SAIN TITHNE 1E4A LTINEg O
TERSECTION WITH THE
SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY
LINE OFSOUTH FLORIDA WA-
TER MANAGEMENT DIS-
TRICT'S LEVEE 63 SOUTH AS
SHOWN ON S F. W .M D .
DRAWING L-635-3, SHEET 4
OF 7, A DISTANCE OF 4427.88
FEET; THENCE BEAR S
53039'07" E ALONG SAID
SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY
LINE OF S.F.W.M.D. LEVEE 63
H54.3 FEET;D THENCCE BE R
SOUTH 66036'16" W, A DIS-
T 3NE BOEFAR 207459'42"EW
A DISTANCE OF 485.89 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 43036'17" W,
AHD SANEA ARFS141005.'59REW


THENCE BEAR S 48046'14" E;
ALONG SAID NORTHERLY
OIH T-AF-AD LI R F SR
OF BEGINNING; THENCE CON-
TINUE S48046'14"E, ALONG
SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF S.R. NO. 15, A
NAENC BEAR N 43038'4F"EE
A DISTANCE OF 990.13 FEET;
THENCE BEAR N 48046'14"W,
A DISTANCE OF 300 FE;
THENCE BEAR S 43038'49" W,
A DISTANCE OF 990.13 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
Any person claiminsaan interest In
the srp us frompth oale ,f any ofohe
date of the It pendens must ile a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 24th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OFTHE CIRCUIT COURT

YDEnPUaTY CL~ER~K
358952 ON 7/21,28;8/4/10


High temperatures and cloudy
rainy days can spell trouble for fish
in FlOrida's rivers and lakes. These
COnditions can cause fish kills,
Which are natural occurrences and
typically do not cause permanent
damage to the ecosystem or to fish
pOpulations.
Many factors can contribute to
a fiSh kill. Some fish kills are com-


plex and involve a variety of factors
that may not be easily discernable.
However, most common causes of
kills in brackish estuaries, freshwa-
ter lakes and man-made retention
ponds are well understood by sci-
entists.
Fish kills are commonly caused
by weather-related factors. Sud-
den temperature fluctuations or


extreme temperatures can result
in fish kills any time of the year.
Hot weather during the summer
months can cause fish kills because
warm water holds less oxygen than
cold water. In addition, a lack of rain
during hot-weather months lowers
the water levels in the system, heat-
ing the water and further depleting
the oxygen in the system.


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The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Con-
SefVation Commis-
Slon (FC wants to
make hunters aware
that beginning this
year, quota permits
fOr general gun, ar-
chery, muzzleloading
.gun, family, yOuth,
a1rboat and track
W111 not be mailed
Out to successful ap-
plicants as they have
been in the past. In-
Stead, the FWC is al-
lOwing hunters, who

mts in t erdandpoe
drawings, to print
the quota permits
by going to www.
f 1.W11dlif license.
COm and choosing
uLimited Entry/Quo-
ta then Pick 3/Pay
for Awarded Permit."
FOr instructions on
how to do this, go to
MyFWC.com/Hunt-
ing and click "Lim-
ited Entry Hunts,"
then "How to Print
YOur Limited Entry
Hunt Permit Directly
frOm the Website."
Hunters not hav
ing aCCESs to the In-
ternet or a printer can
pick up their quota
permits at license
agents or county tax
COllectors' offices.
But, be prepared to
giVe to the clerk, the
4-digit hunt number
Of the hunt you were
aWarded. Hunt num-
bers are listed on the
quota worksheets.
TO check drawing
Tesults and permit
availability, hunters
may again go to My-
FWC.com/Hunting
and click "Limited
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Chris Hall





Ok ch b e




High School

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Former Brahman defensive coordi-
nator Chris Hall has been rehired by the
scho land ni coac e nebackter ,23% -
team
Hall was a coach for two years under
Tod Dresser in
2003 and 2004.
He moved on tO
coach at Bishop
Verot in Fort Myers,
and later became
the head coach
at Cypress Lakes
High School, and
at Montgomery
Prep High School
in Alabama. Chris Hall
Hall said he
never wanted to
"eav :echbob eu bu hardo e opntuni
the opportunity. He maintains he's ready
to stay at OHS where he will teach Ameri-
can Government this year.
"I was looking for a change and this
isoa good oportnityM nJm c rng no
I hoHe It b hrs x wil, ce adlead
cooaoh should dhe the taffy as cha brnn
attitude. He said he just wants to help out
whloej t e r I've always have been
a team guy and I'm just here to do my
job and work to the best of my ability,"
he added.
Hall said special teams can be an im-
portant part of the game. He said his spe-
cial teams will be fundamentally sound
and will do things the right way.
"I want the kids to understand that it
is not a small part of the game," he said.
Sometimes special teams are a difference
mak said he won't hesitate to give ad-
vice when asked and that he too will be
learning on a daily basis. "I'm comfort-
lboeu s pcpoa les "Ithseas t Isan i
best for the football program."
Coach Jackson said he was very
pleased to hire Hall and knows his help
will be a big part of the program, "He will
be a great help to me. He has head coach-
ing experience and it is good to have a
fresh set of eyes that can look at a prob-
lem from a different angle," he said.


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gator hunting classes
Class topics include preparing for the bee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. Hwy 98
hunt, hunting techniques and safety, har- North. For directions call 863-462-5195.
vesting and processing, caring for your al- Alligator trapping "agent" permits are
ligator hide and alligator hunting rules and available for $52. Agent permits enable per-
regulations. Also, persons who do not have
mit holders to assist a licensed trapper in
an alligator harvest permit can attend if they
want to learn what hunting alligators is all taking alligators.
about. For more information on these exciting
The class will be offered in Okeechobee alligator hunts, visit MyFWC.com/gators and
on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2-5 p.m., at the Okeecho- click "Statewide Hunts."


FWC offers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) is offering alligator
hunters no-cost, three-hour classes to help
them prepare for the Aug. 15-Nov. 1, state-
wide alligator harvest. Reservations are not
required to attend a class.
Attendance is not mandatory for licensed
hunters, but the FWC recommends that par-
ticipants attend, especially if they have not
previously hunted for alligators.


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New Emergency Operations Center
Work is progressing on the $3.5 million Okeechobee County Emergency Op-
erations Center on N.W. Sixth Street next to county fire/rescue station 1. The
building is scheduled to be completed in March.



Hospice to host benefit yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE 4th Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on July
29 and July 30, from 8 a.In. until noon. The Country Store is full of many new items.
We have lots of school clothes in the Blue Volunteer Building. Funds raised will benefit
patient care, including services at The Harnrick Horne. If you wish to donate iterns to the
Yard Sale, drop off times are weekdays between 8 a.In. and 1 p.m. For information call
863-467-2321.




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July 28, 2010


Okeechobee News


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Something different will be happen-
ing at tomorrow evening's meeting of the
Okeechobee County Corniission in the
renovated courtroom on the second floor
of the courthouse. Usually the cornrission
presents appreciation awards. This time
Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water
Management Center's (SFWMD) Okeecho-
bee Service Center, will present appre-
ciation plaques to the sheriff's office and
animal control for assisting to capture wild
Inustangs that had been running loose on
SFWMD lands on the Kissirnree River. The
horses were first spotted by fishermen last
September. In April, 15 Inustangs were cap-
tured and auctioned off due to efforts of the
sheriff's office and anirnal control. Most of
the horses went to non-profit horse rescue
groups.
iunin i to o herB esnre so ou ed Ad
lead a budget discussion. He will probably
recap previous budget meetings including
an earlier public budget meeting at 1 p.m.
that day in the cornrission chambers.
In other matters, the cornrission will be
acting on a resolution to receive FAA grant
funds for runway design and rehabilitation


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What: Meeting of the
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Commission
When: 7 p.m. Thursday,
July 29
Where: Judge William
Hendry Courtroom,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St *

and relocation of the beacon. Deputy county
administrator Robbie Chartier will be pre-
senting employee health and life insurance
opins e nCapa ppro ets nd inin rato Dro:
for the emergency operations center project.
Solid waste contracts administrator Russell
Rowland will be giving an update on surplus
equipment.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reachedant pgwda~newszap.com.


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