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Vol. 101 No. 93 Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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Gas pipeline comes through]


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Workers were seen on Monday, Aug. 2, digging a trench for
a natural gas pipeline where the Florida Transmission Com-
pany pipeline crosses U.S. 441 N. near Cemetery Road. This
section of pipeline will extend from a compressor station in
Highlands County to the Florida Power and Light plant in In-
diantown.


Arnold seeks re-election

to school board seat


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two term incumbent Joe Ar-
nold will be on the ballot Aug.
24 seeking re-
election to the
Okeechobee
School Board.
Mr. Arnold is
an Okeechobee
High School
graduate who
also attended In-
dian River State
Joe Arnold


College and later received a bach- By Charles M. Murphy
elor's degree from the Uni- Okeechobee News
versity of Florida. He was A 35-year veteran of
first elected to the school teaching, who was born
board in 2002. and raised in Okeecho-
Mr. Arnold was Stu- 1 rr bee will be on the bal
dent Government Presi- lot Aug. 24, in the only
dent while at IRSC, and contested race for the
served a year on the Stu- Okeechobee County
dent Senate at the Univer- School Board this year.
sity of Florida. Magi Cable, previously
He taught chemistry and phys- known as Miss Janiewski, gradu-
ics at OHS from 1997-2002 and ated from Okeechobee High
School in 1972, attended Indian
See ARNOLD Page 11


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A second natural gas pipe-
line is being constructed through
Okeechobee County. Like the
Gulfstream pipeline constructed
a few years ago, this pipeline un-
der construction by Florida Gas
Transmission Company, will serve
the Florida Power and Light (FPL)
Plant in Indiantown.
Nick Blount, FPL spokesper-
son, stated that it is common to
have more than one source of
natural gas to their power plants,
depending on the capacity of the
plant and also to allow for any dis-
ruption of service on a pipeline.
Florida Gas Transmission Com-
pany is an interstate natural gas
pipeline company that has been
serving Florida for nearly 50 years.
The company operates 5,000
miles of pipeline from South Texas
to Miami.
The pipeline coming through
the county is part of the compa-
ny's Phase VIII Expansion Project
which will add about 483.2 miles


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of new pipeline. The project will in-
crease Florida Gas Transmission's
capacity by 36 percent. About 75
percent of the company's natural
gas deliveries are to power gener-
ating plants.
The section of pipeline un-
der construction in Okeechobee
County is part of a two-segment
project. The first segment is 47.8
miles of pipeline in DeSoto and
Highlands County to end at a
compressor station to be built in
Highlands County. The second
segment starts at this compres-
sor station and travels 42.0 miles
through Highlands, Okeechobee
and Martin Counties. Construction
on the entire segment from DeSo-
to to Martin counties began west
to east in May and is expected to
be completed in September.
The pipeline enters Okeecho-
bee County by crossing the Kis-
simmee River on the north side
of State Road 70. It parallels State
Road 70 eastward before turning
north to miss the City of Okeecho-
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Williams gets 9-year federal prison term


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man arrested last year
in an undercover drug operation was sen-
tenced Monday, Aug. 2, in U.S. District Court
in Fort Pierce.
Javier Reynaldo Williams, 26, N.E. 15th
Ave., was sentenced to serve 108 months in
federal prison after being convicted of two
counts of possession with intent to distrib-
ute cocaine base earlier this year. His prison
sentence is to be followed by six years of su-
pervised release.
Williams, said a detective with the


Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, was ar-
rested Dec. 16, 2009, fol-
Slowing a nine-month un-
dercover drug operation
p conducted by the task force
S and the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA).
According to the detec-
tive, an undercover officer
purchased over 40 grams of
Javier Reynaldo crack and powder cocaine
Williams from Williams during the
course of the operation.
Although Williams didn't start out as the
target of the investigation, due to the buys


being made he "became the leader of the
pack so to speak," explained the task force
detective.
And because of his history and the
amount of drugs he sold, the case was han-
dled at the federal level instead of the state
level.
A records check indicates that Williams
has a lengthy criminal history and has been
convicted on several charges including pos-
session of cocaine in 2005 and aggravated
battery of a pregnant victim in 2006.
Williams was sentenced to a year in the
county jail on each of those convictions.


Local woman faces doctor shopping charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee wom-
an is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $85,000
following her arrest on
charges of doctor shop-
ping.
LaDonna Marie
Hopewell, 22, N.W Sixth
St., was arrested Tuesday,
Aug. 3, on two counts of
obtaining prescription by


LaDonna M.
Hopewell

fraud and one


count of trafficking in oxycodone.
According to a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, Hopewell
"has been on the radar for years." The detec-
tive said she has been receiving oxycodone
and roxycodone pain killers from pain clin-
ics on the coast. Hopewell was also report-
edly filling those scripts at pharmacies in
other cities to avoid detection.
The detective explained that she was go-
ing to pain clinics in Fort Lauderdale and
Boca Raton and apparently had pain man-
agement contracts with two separate doc-
tors.


She was, at one time, seeing a doctor in
Fort Lauderdale who filled her prescription
in-house. However, because of a new law
that goes into effect Oct. 1 that practice will
cease. Under the new law, pain clinics will
only be able to prescribe enough pain medi-
cine to last 72 hours.
The task force investigator said Hopewell
was getting prescriptions for 30mg roxy-
codone and 15mg oxycodone. Both are
schedule II narcotics, added the detective.


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man who was being booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail on a robbery charge
made his situation much worse when he re-
portedly decided to spit on and hit three cor-
rections officers.
Juan Jose Rodriguez, 28, S.W 72nd Ter-
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rections officers were trying to restrain Ro-
driguez because he had
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corrections officer. The man's bond was set
at $10,000 for each count, which made his
total bond $31,000.
Rodriguez was originally arrested by Dep-
uty Yamil Astacio because he allegedly took
a woman's cell phone from her and refused
to give it back. The report states that after
the woman entered a local convenience
store, Rodriguez approached her then took
the phone.
The phone, continued the report, be-
longed to the woman's daughter who ap-
parently used to date Rodriguez.


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Kidney help
I was looking at the paper from May 19
about the girl needing a kidney transplant. I
would like to help. I am willing to be tested.
If the person who needed that help will put
the information on who to call or where to
go to be tested in Speak Out, I will help if I
can.

Sheriff cuts budget
I understood that the sheriff has al-
ready cut the 9 positions, and further said
he would not replace people who left until it
became absolutely necessary for the safety
of the staff and the citizens. So the way I
see it is this. The Sheriff has already made
all these cuts, agreed to take away 5five paid
holidays, and cut over a million on his bud-
get. I wonder if they will ask for any more. I
also wonder what everyone else has already
done to help balance the budget.
Just wanted to point a few things out...
the sheriff (although asked to cut his bud-
get) has chosen to cut the things that he is
cutting all by himself. The BOCC did not tell
him what to cut. He is responsible for setting
the deputies pay, for raising it or cutting it.
Yes, your response would be "well the BOCC
told him to cut his budget." Sure did, but the
bottom line is that he can cut what he wants
to cut. So...if you have a problem with him
cutting your pay, take it to the sheriff. Also,
BOCC salaries are set by the state. They can't
cut their salaries but can give money back to
the county after receiving their checks. If I'm
not mistaken this was brought up by one of
the commissioners last week during budget
hearings. I think it was Hoover, although
not positive. The commissioner stated that
he would not be comfortable cutting the
county employees pay without cutting his
own. Last year Commish Hoover tried to do
this and made a motion to do so, but never
received a second.


We as Okeechobee citizens have to
band together and vote out these county
commissioners as the opportunity arises. If
we do not, then Okeechobee will become
a deserted ghost town. The county adminis-
trator with his assistants and all of their over-
paid salaries and benefits along with the
county commissioners and their excessive
pay are bankrupting our county, leaving us
without adequate law enforcement protec-
tion and other basic services necessary for
survival. I would like to see an article listing
each department head with their annual in-
come.
The bottom line is we need X amount
of dollars to run the SO. We don't have those
dollars. The obvious next step would be to
begin to cut things that are NOT a necessity.
That being said, law enforcement is a neces-
sity. Sheriff May has cut and cut and cut until
he can cut no more, without endangering
lives.
If the sheriff's office loses holidays, then
all county employees should lose the same
number of holidays-including the admin-
istrator-or else take a pay cut the equal of
those days pay. It is not right to make the
sheriff's office make such drastic cuts and
not make them county wide.

Softball coach
This issue is quickly getting out of
hand. Who would want to work/coach un-
der a dark cloud? Let's assume the district
administration wishes to reinstate the coach
and the high school administration is against
such a decision...sounds like tough working
conditions to me, maybe more like the "job
from hell." I haven't spoken with the coach
but the real question is would she even want
to work under these circumstances? Don't
believe I would. I'd be more inclined to ac-
cept an apology if one's due and wish the
new coach the best and support the pro-
gram via the sidelines.
Often times, good decisions are made
that are in the best interest of the very people
who protest the loudest.
I have read a plethora of false accu-
sations against Coach Kim. As a freshman
player on the varsity softball team, I can per-
sonally say that the truth is being stretched
way too far. Just to clear up some things:
Accusation #1: Kids have to play Chobee
Firestix to be on the varsity team. FALSE.
Right now many girls that were on the varsi-
ty team last year are playing travel ball. How
many of them are playing for Firestix? One,


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and that one is me. Accusation #2: Players
have to run 5 miles if they are late for prac
tice. FALSE. Coach Kim clearly states before
ever beginning practices that you run ONE
lap for every minute you are late to practice,
NOT five miles. You would have to be 40
minutes late to practice to run that much.
Accusation #3: Coach Kim pushes the play
ers too far with long grueling practices.
FALSE. Yes, those practices were hard, but
what people don't realize is hard practices
make games easy. So the athlete is able to
perform at their very best during a game.
If any of you went to a district game there
were plenty of examples of our team's hard
work paying off. Accusation #4: Players
don't get a study hall after school. FALSE.
Varsity practices on Tuesday and Thursday
were from 6-8:30. Tuesday and Thursday
are also the days that there is study hall after
school. Coach Kim also REQUIRED you to
go to study hall if your GPA was below a 3.0.
Accusation #5: Players grades suffer be
cause of long and tiring practices. FALSE. I
had a 4.0 GPA the ENTIRE school year taking
honors classes. I also received two 5s on the
FCAT, which I took while playing softball. If
a player manages their time well they will
have no trouble with their schoolwork. Ac
cusation #6: Players bullied other players.
FALSE. The only "bullying" I ever received
was an upperclassmen telling me, a fresh-
man, to carry the team equipment, which
I gladly did. Accusation #7: Players have to
order their own uniform because the team
doesn't have the right sizes. FALSE. This
year we did not have enough of the medium
sized pants. What did Coach Kim do? She
ordered more pairs of medium pants.
The thing I love the best about Coach
Kim is how her coaching doesn't stop on the
field. She has said many times how she is
always there for us if we need anything. She
recognizes that for a team to play well to-
gether they must get along with each other.
As a mother with three of her own, Coach
seems to understand every situation a high
school girl could go through and does her
best to help and comfort us. I believe that
the termination of Coach Kim's employ-
ment was an enormous mistake and would
be devastated to not see her on the field next
year. Although I would prefer Coach Kim as
my OHS softball coach, I will have great re-
spect and practice just as hard under a new
coach.
High school ball is not recreation league
ball. You have to earn your spot.


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County budget
I think the county commission should
go over the county budget very carefully and
look at each and every position and ask "do
we really need this position?" and "is the pay
appropriate for the duties, responsibilities of
this job?" The pay should not be based on
the person's experience or training if that
experience and/or training is not needed
for that particular job. Pay should be based
on what it would cost if the county had to
replace that person with a new employee.
I think it is pretty common knowledge that
over the years the elected officials have got-
ten some cushy jobs for their friends and
relatives, letting the tax payers pick up the
tab. Well the free ride has to stop. We the
taxpayers can't afford to keep supporting the
friends and relatives of the officials. Cut the
county staff down to the absolute minimum
needed to provide the services the county
needs to function. We don't have the big
landfill checks to keep funding the frills. So
we have to cut the frills.
A big problem in Okeechobee, as in
many rural counties, is that due to home-
stead exemption, a large portion of the
population either pays no taxes or pays very
little taxes. Yet these folks use the county ser-
vices. They just expect everyone else to pay
for it. The county needs to find a way to get
everyone to pay their fair share. The fire as-
sessment is fair because it is paid on every
residence. We need more taxes like that. I
think an additional penny sales tax would be
fair because sales tax is not charged on food
and you can get school clothes and supplies
on the tax free weekend. However, if they
add a sales tax, they need to decrease the
ad valorem taxes a bit so those who are al-
ready paying high property taxes-who will
also be paying the extra sales tax-get some
relief.

OUA rate hike
OUA charges you every month whether
you use a drop of water/sewer or not!! Last
summer we were gone for several months
NO ONE was using a drop of water from
the water line and not a drop of water went
into the sewer system. We had to pay OUA
every single month. (The meter was in the
ground.) Believe me if I could pump pond
water I would.
OUA is akin to a communist govern-
ment. Keep taking and taking till the citizens
are left in poverty.


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Letter to the editor


Martha's House offers help
Recently, a woman was reportedly killed
by her longtime boyfriend. After 20 years liv-
ing with her paramour, she left him. Accord-
ing to the story in the Okeechobee News, he
reportedly stated he killed her because she
left him.
The incident is considered an act of do-
mestic violence as it falls within the following
definition found in the 2009 Florida Statutes
741.28. "Domestic violence" means any as-
sault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated
battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalk-
ing, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false
imprisonment, or any criminal offense result-
ing in physical injury or death of one family
or household member by another family or
household member. "Family or household
member" means spouses, former spouses,
persons related by blood or marriage, per-
sons who are presently residing together as
if a family or who have resided together in
the past as if a family, and persons who are
parents of a child in common regardless of
whether they have been married. With the
exception of persons who have a child in
common, the family or household members
must be currently residing or have in the past
resided together in the same single dwelling
unit." This tragic incident was witnessed by
members of her family. Needless to say, the
effects of this senseless act of violence will
be compounded by this fact.
At Martha's House we can help victims
become survivors, giving them the tools to
leave safely.
Two studies in Florida (FDLE and DCF)
found that between 93-98 percent of do-


mestic violence murder victims never had
contact with a certified domestic violence
program.
The most recent statistics (2009) released
by the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment shows that all crimes are down, except
domestic violence, which has increased by
3.7 percent. Alarmingly, domestic violence-
related murder reflects an increase of 15.6
percent and manslaughter resulting from
domestic violence has increased by 71.4
percent. Domestic Violence stalking is up
31 percent. Overall, domestic violence rep-
resented 40.7 percent of all comparably
reported violent crimes that year. Domestic
violence-related murder accounted for one
out of five murders statewide.
There is help for those who are in domes-
tic violence situations. The Statewide Hotline
is 1-800-500-1119. Martha's House hotline is
863-763-0202 (24 hour hotline).
About Martha's House
Martha's House is Okeechobee County's
only state-certified domestic violence facil
ity and seeks to eliminate domestic violence
in our County by providing safety, shelter,
empowerment, education and justice. Mar
that's House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour
crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional
support, and legal advocacy for hundreds of
domestic violence survivors and their chil
dren each year. Martha's House helps sur
vivors return to the community connecting
them to resources that will enable them to
live independently, safely and peacefully.
Theresa Alexander
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Martha's House, Inc.


A combination of a treasure hunt and ori-
enteering, geocaching leads an explorer to a
cache or hidden container. A traditional geo-
cache includes the container, a small trinket
(the i i -Ir, ) and a log book with a pen
or pencil.
Geocachers are supposed to take the trea-
sure, leave a memento in its place and then
record the swap in the log book. Once back
home, cachers can record their stories and
load pictures on a website. There are several
activity variations to keep things interesting,
including virtual, offset, puzzle, mystery and
multi-stage caches, to name just a few. Easy
instructions on how to get started are on the
official website, geocaching.com.
According to the website, there are more
than 1 million active caches with an estimat-
ed 4 million to 5 million geocachers world-
wide. More and more people travel to look
for geocache sites, even if only a short dis-
tance away. Some incorporate the hunts into
their vacations. Many parents look forward
to getting away from busy distractions to en-
joy the absorbing activity with their children.
Kids learn valuable skills that are useful in
school and transferable to other recreational
activities. It is a great bonding time.

Big Lake Missions begins
its school supply drive

Big Lake Missions Outreach is current-
ly sponsoring their annual school supplies
drive for their needy families. Last year,
we helped 135 children with their list, this
year the need is even greater. We will be
accepting donations up until school starts
on Aug. 23. Most all school supplies are
needed including notebooks, pens, pen-
cils, backpacks, etc. We will gladly accept
checks made out to our Mission and our
staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-
5725 or 863-697-6433 for information or
for drop off locations.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/Shared Services
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County, collected back
to school supplies to be donated to My Aunt's House, a local 501c3. This donation of backpacks and supplies will
be given to area foster children and needy children referred to My Aunt's House for assistance. Many thanks to the
membership for their generous donations to children in need. For more information call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.


Youth group leaders should consider in-
corporating geocaching into their programs.
Geocaching is one of the Boy Scouts of
America's newest merit badges.
The hunt for caches may lead the seeker
to parks, historical and cultural sites, along
trails and to more remote landscapes such
as the wildlife management areas (WMAs)
overseen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC). Here,
explorers will experience the beautiful vistas
and abundant wildlife for which Florida's
WMAs are famous.
The FWC encourages geocaching on its
properties because we believe it is one of
many ways to entice a new generation to
grow up in the outdoors. We know that a na-
ture connection is of vital importance to the
health and well-being of children and fami-
lies and to maintaining support for conserva-
tion of natural areas.
If you are placing a geocache on a WMA,
we do require that you follow a few simple
rules. You must place caches only in loca-
tions that will not lead to resource damage,
user conflicts or safety hazards. The FWC
requires a no-cost permit to place a cache.
Information on geocaching on FWC lands,
guidelines for geocache placement, and a
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and seasoned geocachers alike.
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August 4, 2010


Community Events


Church to hold back to
school clothing giveaway
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon, on Aug. 4, 11,
18 and 25, is having a back to school chil-
dren'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.

Eagles to hold steak night
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy. 441 N. will hold a steak night on
Friday, Aug. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Steak
dinner includes salad, baked potato or sweet
potato, garlic bread and dessert for $12. Live
entertainment by Wesley James. For infor-
mation call 863-763-5901.

Donate to help Alexander family
The family of Willie James Alexander,
Jr. has set up a benefit account through
Regions Bank in Okeechobee. The family
is asking for donations to help with the fu-
neral expenses. Funeral services will be held
on Saturday Aug. 7. The benefit account is
named "Wille and Margret Alexander."

Obituaries
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.

Carl L. Strickland, 98
OKEECHOBEE -Carl L. Strickland, age 98, of
Okeechobee, passed away July 29, 2010, at In-
verness.
He was born Jan. 9, 1912, in Dothan, Ala., to
Charlie and Fannie Strickland. Mr. Strickland
was a plasterer in the construction industry. He
proudly served our
country in the US
Navy during WWII.
He came to Okee-
chobee from Miami
Springs in 1976. He
was a member of
the Northside Baptist
Church, American
Legion and Okee-
chobee Masonic
Lodge where he was
a Master Mason.
Mr. Strick-
land is survived by his son, Carl L.
Strickland; daughter, Jacqueline Polk; three
grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four
great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene
Strickland.
Memorial services will be noon, Thursday,
Aug. 5, 2010, at Northside Baptist Church with
Pastor Arlen Cook officiating.
Memorials may be made to HPH Hospice,
3545 N Lecanta HWY, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.
Friends may sign the .-i ,i ..... i. at www.bas-
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All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


Glades Electric is topic for
military assoc. board meeting
Paul McGehee, business developer man-
ager for Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc., will
be the guest speaker this Saturday, Aug. 7 at
the monthly meeting of the local chapter of
the Military Officers Association of America
(MOAA) at the Military Sea Services Museum
in Sebring. Mr. McGehee will be briefing the
MOAA members Saturday about the history
of the bringing of electricity to the rural areas
of the United States in the early days includ-
ing the Florida Highlands area. As usual, this
will be a "coffee an'" session and all officers
and board members are urged to be there
for our regularly scheduled meeting which
will start after the briefer's presentation. For
further information, call MOAA chapter pres-
ident Colonel Roy Whitton at 863-465-7048.

OCRA holding football and
cheerleading sign-ups
OCRA football and cheerleading sign-ups
will be on the following Saturdays: Aug. 7
and Aug. 14. Sign-ups will be held from 9
a.m. until 1 p.m. for ages 4-14. The cost is
$60 for flag and $75 for football and cheer-
leading with a $5 discount for each addition-
al child. Any player who signs up after these
dates will be placed on a waiting list. They
may be placed on a team due to the loss of
a player for medical reasons only. No excep-
tions will be made! If you are interested in
sponsoring or coaching a team, you can fill
out the necessary paperwork on these dates
also. If you have any questions, you can call
OCRA at 863-634-1437.

Cypress Hut Eagles
plan Aug. 7 benefit
The Cypress Hut Eagles will hold a ben-
efit to help the family of Jerry Love. Jerry
recently passed away from colon cancer. All
proceeds will assist in medical and funeral
expenses. The benefit will be held on Aug.
7, at 2 p.m. The dinner will be beer can
chicken, red potatoes, vegetables, roll and
dessert for a donation of just $7. Music by
Jimmy and Debbie Harper. There will also
be 50-50 drawings and an auction.







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Okeechobee Healthy Start
board to meet on Aug. 11
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the
office located at 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavor High School Building.
This meeting is open to the public. For more
information about the Coalition, please con-
tact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Co-
alition Office, 863-462-5877.

Edward Jones branch office
supports school supply drive
Local residents and businesses can help
those less fortunate in the community by
bringing items to the Edward Jones branch
office until-Aug. 13, in support of the back to
school supply drive. The office is located be-
hind Domino's Pizza across from the movie
theatre.

Hospice to host
Special Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE 4th
Street, will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday Aug. 12 and Friday, Aug. 13, from
8 a.m. until noon. The Country Store is full of
many new items, with lots of school clothes
in the Blue Volunteer Building. 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.


Candidates forum scheduled
Come out and meet the candidates for
county commissioner and learn how they
stand on the issues. A candidates forum
will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at
Okeechobee High School Auditorium.

Garage sale to benefit charities
American Legion Post 64 will host a ga-
rage sale Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug.
13, 14, 15 to benefit Legion Charities. Air
conditioned rental spaces are available. $10
for one day, $15 for two days, or $20 for
three days. Call 863-634-4193 or 763-5309
ask for Miriam for information. Donations to
the Legion will also be accepted.


Memorial Poker Run planned
for victim's family
A memorial Poker Run is set for Satur-
day, Aug. 14, to benefit the three surviving
children of Dawn Johnston. Ms. Johnston
died in a recent auto accident and she leaves
three young children behind. This benefit is
intended to offer the children the opportu-
nity to receive clothing and supplies for the
upcoming school year and to ease the finan-
cial burden put on the family. The Poker Run
begins at Hammerhead's with registration
to begin at 10 a.m. There will also be draw-
ings, a silent auction, music and more. All
proceeds will benefit the family. For more
information, please contact Teresa Chandler
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Church to celebrate 57th anniversary


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will have a free family movie night, Fri-
day, 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, beginning today and Wednesdays
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.
St. Stephen A. M. E. Church, 845 N.W
Ninth Ave., will have a 57th anniversary
celebration. on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.
The Presiding Elder of the North District of
the South Conference will bring the mes-
sage. Other churches will take part in ser-
vices, Wednesday through Friday Aug. 11
through 13 at 7 each evening. Mount Ol-
ive, Bethel, Miracle Faith Church of God, The
Triumphant Church, First Baptist Church of
Dean's Court and Big Lake Church of God
by Faith will be among the churches partici-
pating in the celebration.


First Bap-
tist Church
of Basinger,
19836 U.S. 98
N., will have
Vacation Bible
School Aug.
9 13 for
grades kinder-
garten through Places of
twelfth. RegisW worship
traction forms Whip
can be found
in front of
the church. For more information call the
church office at 863-763-0437 or call Pam at
863-610-0040.
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W
32nd Ave., is accepting registration for Up-
ward Soccer. This program is open for boys
and girls ages K-4 through sixth grade. Reg-
istration 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.
Bible Church of God-Indiantown/
Okeechobee will host their second annual
Back 2 School Bash on Friday Aug. 6 and
Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The event will
feature Pastor Eric Richards, BCOG Mass
Choir, Daughters of Zion, James Smith and
NuBirth, Eddie and 4Ever Praise and more.
The Okeechobee News welcomes news
from area churches for this column. E-mail
okeenews@newszap.com@ or call Pete
Gawda at 863-763-3134, extension 4225.

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In September of 2009, 17-year Army veteran Sgt. Ronald Hill was mediva-
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wounded in a vehicle accident when a bomb was detonated near his vehicle.
He spent eight months in the hospital. Then he was transferred to a Com-
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a car to Sgt. Hill so that he could get to his doctor appointments. On Tues-
day, Aug. 3 Sgt. Hill was presented the keys to a 2002 Chevrolet by members
of VFW Post 105359 in Okeechobee. Pictured are, left to right, Russ Pappy,
post commander, Butch Fields, an officer in the post, Sgt. Hill, and Bubba
Jones, president of the men's auxiliary. Within six months to a year Sgt. Hill
hopes to be able to return to active duty and finish out his career. "I really
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At their meeting on Thursday afternoon,
July 29 Okeechobee County Commissioners
looked at ways to reduce spending.
According to the calculations of county
administrator Lyndon Bonner, the county
budget is facing a $3,651,481 shortfall. Us-
ing the same method as last year, he has
apportioned that shortfall between the com-
missioners and the five constitutional of-
ficers the Clerk of the Court, the Property
Appraiser, the Tax Collector, the Supervisor
of Elections and the Sheriff.
The largest apportionment of the short-
fall, 58.4 percent or $2,132,338, is attributed
to the sheriff's office. According to Mr. Bon-
ner's calculations the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners is respon-
sible for 29.3 percent or $1,069,194. The oth-
er constitutional officers are being held ac-
countable for smaller deficits. The Property
Appraiser has been asked to trim his budget
5.1 percent or $187,774. The percentage of
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Court is 4.1 percent or $149,341. The Tax
Collector has been asked to trim 1.6 percent
or $58,447 from her budget. The Supervi-
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$54,387.
At the Thursday afternoon meeting Sher-
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originally submitted budget. According to
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$1 million from the current budget that the
sheriff is returning back to the county from
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met his apportionment commitment.
At that same meeting Mr. Bonner dis-
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missioners' portion of the apportionment.
Employee salary reductions are one of
the tools he mentioned. A 3 percent salary
reduction would save $308,005. A 5 percent
salary reduction would save $513,342. A 7
percent reduction would save $718,678. Per-
sonnel cost savings could also be realized by
eliminating paid holidays. Eliminating five
unpaid holidays would save $186,736, while
11 unpaid holidays would save $410,820.
Another tool Mr. Bonner mentioned was
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nation of lights at the sports complex is ex-
pected to save $9,600. Elimination of lights
at other parks is estimated to save $17,500.
Other suggestions included cutting staff and


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Marina, reducing the staff at the Agri-Civic
Center and reducing the staff at senior ser-
vices.
Mr. Bonner said he is looking into the pos-
sibility of using inmate labor from Okeecho-
bee Correctional Institute (OCI) for facilities
maintenance. He said he was considering us-
ing an eight man crew and training a county
employee to supervise prisoners working
away from the guard. He said this would not
put citizens at risk, as South Florida Water
Management District used OCI work crews
for landscaping and maintenance.
Commission Chairman Clif Betts suggest-
ed putting lawn mowers at the fire stations
and letting firemen cut grass when they are
on duty and not busy. He also suggested the
county might have to take some "chiefs"
and put them back to being "indians."
Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested
finding out what it costs to run basic ser-
vices.
"We will find more efficiencies and do
a better job next year," Commissioner Ray
Domer predicted.
Commissioners also adopted a tenta-
tive village rate of 9.1216. That amounts
to about $9.12 for every $1,000 of assessed
value. One mil equals one dollar for every
one thousand dollars of assessed value. Last
year the village rate was 7.5030. The total
assessed value of property in the county was
1.8 billion. That village rate brought in $14
million to the county. Individual property
values have dropped an average of 17 per-
cent from last year. Therefore the approved
tentative village rate is calculated to bring in
the same amount of revenue to the county
as last year. Overall the county will receive
the same amount of taxes. However, some
individual property owners will see an in-
crease in their tax bills while some will see
a decrease. That is because there are many
variables that go into calculating individual
tax bills. Generally if a property's taxable
value dropped more than the average, the
owner will see a decrease in their taxes. If
the taxable value dropped less than the av-
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see an increase in taxes.
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A bowling tourney set for Saturday, Aug. 14, at Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley will benefit
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Four-man team pays $120 at pre-registration. Bring your own team.
Three-game format is planned: Regular 3-6-9 and No-Tap. The event will also help to
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ARNOLD
Continued From Page 1

was also a professor at IRSC for a number
of years. He served as Nursing and Science
Lab Manager for the college in 2007 and is
now the Conference Center Specialist at the
Williamson Center in Okeechobee.
Mr. Arnold said he feels he's done a good
job for the school board. "I've been open
minded and I don't make up my mind until I
hear all of the information on issues."
Mr. Arnold said the biggest issues affect-
ing the school board involve funding. He
noted federal stimulus dollars will dry up
this year and the system needs to be careful
with their spending. "We need to make sure
we don't get in over our heads. The budget
next year is a big concern to me," he said.
"People all over are struggling financially."
Mr. Arnold said the campaign should be
about how we improve the school system
from here. "I visited close to 3,000 houses
and at each one I get ideas from people on
how the system can improve. I always ask
the question how can we get better."
He said the FCAT test has both good and
bad points. He explained the test has re-
sulted in a lot of improvement in low per-
forming students. He said that improvement
might come at the expense of higher per-
forming students. "We need to teach more
meat to the high performing students. We
aren't giving them as much information as I
think they can handle."
Mr. Arnold said he also has concerns


about end of course exams. He said these
exams will be very important as students
who fail that exam must retake the course.
He also noted the same company criticized
for their handling of the FCAT this year, Pear-
son, will be in charge of grading the end of
course exams next year.
Mr. Arnold said he would like to see more
state funding for vocational and training pro-
grams for those students who aren't inter-
ested in attending college.
He said he thinks he brings a different per-
spective to the school board that he thinks is
necessary to doing a good job. "I try to put
myself in the place of the student and deter-
mine what is best for that child when I vote
on policy," he explained.
Mr. Arnold also takes pride in the fact that
Okeechobee is an A district. He said that
says a lot about the school teachers, classi-
fied employees and the administrators who
work here, "If we weren't doing a good job
we wouldn't be an A district. Our staff is in-
credible. There are always places where we
can improve but I'm satisfied with the job
they are doing and I think the community is
as well."
Mr. Arnold said one of his biggest accom-
plishments in office has been the sparsity
fund issue. He worked with Superintendents
Phoebe Raulerson, and Dr. Patricia Cooper,
and school board chairperson Kelly Owens
to lobby state legislators so the system could
get roughly $500,000 per year in additional
funding for the freshman campus. Arnold
said he is proud of the work he has done
with state legislators in the past eight years.


CABLE
Continued From Page 1
grade science classes at the old Okeechobee
junior high, Yearling Middle School, and Os-
ceola Middle School. She taught at Yearling
for over 20 years and joined Osceola when
it opened in 1996. She taught 8th grade sci-
ence at Osceola before she retired this past
spring.
She said policies that are passed affect
the employees and many times the school
board causes problems that could have
been avoided had they had the input of em-
ployees before they adopted these policies.
"I also know the concerns of parents. They
want to make sure we don't short change
their kid's education and that they get as
many opportunities as possible," she said.
Ms. Cable said she also is concerned
with an increase in state mandates for local
schools. She noted it appears that public ed-
ucation is held in low esteem by State legis-
lators. She said every year they make teach-
ers do more and cut down on the amount of
time they spend teaching students.
Ms. Cable said she has gotten input from
many residents while on the campaign trail
about budgets, spending, the zero tolerance
policy on discipline, and other issues.
She noted she feels she would be a good
listener and keep an open mind if elected to
the school board. "I feel I would be good at
it," she continued. "I would be effective and
very involved. I would appreciate the oppor-
tunity to serve this community."
Ms. Cable said the state is making chang-
es to the FCAT tests and are going more to


end of course exams. She noted she thinks
the system shouldn't worry about FCAT if
they provide students with a quality educa-
tion with up to date tools and quality teach-
ers. "If we properly educate the kids they'll
do well on whatever form the FCAT takes,"
she added.
Ms. Cable said the administration does a
good job overall. She stated the system could
use some tweaks, and she'd like to see more
of an emphasis on vocational education for
students who aren't interested in attending
college.
She has two children Lauren, a teacher,
and Jordan, a chef in New York City.
Cable has been teacher of the year for her
school on two occasions, and also earned
the State Presidential Award for excellence
in science teaching. She also earned an
award for the Outstanding Biology Teacher
from the National Association of Biology
teachers. She also has been very active in
the county science fair. Cable also served
on several state committees which include a
steering committee on FCAT, and a textbook
committee that determines what text books
are purchased in middle schools.
Ms. Cable has also been active in the local
teachers union. She served as President for
several years and was Secretary and Treasur-
er in recent years. She has also helped orga-
nize student and parent trips to Washington,
D.C. for several years.
"I feel I have a lot to offer the school
board. I've been very involved in the system
over the years and I feel I will be very in-
formed and enthusiastic. I believe I can help
this system move forward in our pursuit of
excellence," she added.


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Children's Services Council proposes budget


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A near $1.52 million budget has been pro-
posed by the Okeechobee Children's Servic-
es Council that would include $324,363 for
area agencies, $175,000 for special projects
and $200,000 for summer programs.
The proposed village of .31 would re-
main the same as this year.
The CSC received $378,955 in agency re-
quest and special project request this year.
No final decisions have been made on those
requests.


Executive Director Cathleen Blair said the
property tax roll declines have impacted the
CSC by approximately $100,000 this year.
"We've known about the property tax
roll decrease. We tried to put money aside
so we won't hurt the agencies we've sup-
ported. We won't see a big change this year
but as the years go on we might be forced to
start cutting programs," he added.
Among the requests were $10,000 from
My Aunt's House, $25,000 for Real Life
Children's Ranch, $7,500 for Big Brothers
Big Sisters, $35,000 for the 4-H H20 Camp,
$23,000 for Exchange Club Castle, $15,000


for the 4-H Horsemanship Day Camp, and
$10,000 for the Area Agency on Aging Foster
Grandparent Program.
Other requests include $13,863 for an In-
dian River State college Expanding Horizons
Summer Camp, $26,000 for the Okeechobee
Education Foundation, $1,500 for the 211
hotlines, $10,000 for the Healthy Start Coali-
tion, $17,500 for New Horizons, and $3,000
for Planned Parenthood.
The proposals also included $4,000 for
the Untied for Families Caregiver Support
Program, $10,000 for the New Hope Foun-
dation Martial Arts Program, $32,000 for


Martha's House, $30,000 for the Hibiscus
Children's Center, $17,000 for Communities
in Schools, $25,000 for Chaka's Stars Foun-
dation, $5,000 for the Okeechobee Special
Equestrian project and $4,000 for Infant
Massage Parent Instruction classes.
Other budget expenditures proposed in-
clude $15,000 for the Okeechobee county
Fair, and $8,000 for the Shared Services
Network. The plan also includes $2,131 for
school supplies for needy and foster chil-
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Urban Tails groundbreaking
On Monday, Aug. 2, a groundbreaking ceremony
was held at Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House
for a kennel for Urban Tails. Urban Tails is a not-
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youth to rehabilitate shelter dogs and place them
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Tracey Zack, president of Urban Tails, and Josh
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(at left) Tracey Zack, president of Urban Tails,
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By Eric Kopp According But, said Detective Van Deman, the reten- Detective Suggs, the case officer, said he
Okeechobee News to OCSO De- tion pond was the primary focus. saw no signs of foul play.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate that tective William "Obviously, water is the biggest danger There were no visible signs of trauma,
a 6-year-old boy's death last week will be as Suggs, Willie so we concentrated on it," he said. Asaid.
a result of drowning. and his 18-year Sgt. Hagan entered the pond and after a According to the Okeechobee County
"Everything is consistent with a drown- old brother had dive of about 25 minutes he found Willie. roper has befien there for about seven ti
ing said Detective Ted Van Deman of the taken out some Detective Van Deman said the water is and is on property owned by the Conners
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) garbage and shallow for about a foot from shore. After Gables Homeowners Association of Boca
of Willie James Alexander's July 27 death. had then gone that, he said, "It gets very deep, very quick." Raton.


He went on to say it will be about anoth-
er six weeks before the medical examiner
issues his final report.
Willie's body was found in 12-feet of wa-
ter in a retention pond by the family's home
on S.E. 40th Ave. in the Pine Glades Estates
subdivision.
He had been reported missing by his fam-
ily at 4:05 p.m. and at 5:38 p.m. an OCSO
diver, Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan, found
the youngster's body about 10-feet from
shore.
Despite the rigorous attempts by emer-
gency personnel to resuscitate him, Willie
was pronounced dead at Raulerson Hospital
less than an hour later.
An account-the Willie and Margaret
Alexander Benefit Fund-has been estab-
lished at Regions Bank, 305 E. North Park St.,
to help the family with funeral expenses.
The viewing has been scheduled for Fri-
day, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. Funeral services are
scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m.
Both will be held at the Hope Ministry Cen-
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one-quarter mile behind the U.S. Post Of-
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"The older brother said Willie walked
into the water to get the gun but didn't come
back up," said Detective Suggs.
Because of the older brother's autism,
the detective said getting more precise infor-
mation has been difficult.
The family searched for Willie for about
15 minutes then notified the sheriff's office
that he was missing.
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ple from the sheriff's office, Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner
(FWC), courtroom security and Okeechobee
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Neighbor alleges seized horses were in good shape


Submitted photo/Okechobee Animal Control
This emaciated mare, Shiloh, was
among the horses seized by Okeecho-
bee Animal Control on July 22. The
owner was charged with seven counts
of animal cruelty.
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Jesse Goins, a neighbor to Melissa Fralix,
is saying that none of the six horses taken
from her by an Okeechobee County Animal
Control officer were starved or near death.
Fralix, 38, S.E. 66th Ave., was arrested July
21 on seven counts of cruelty to animals. Six
of those counts apply to the horses while the
seventh count applies to some puppies that
were also taken.
Deputy Car Arnold, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), arrested Fra-
lix and in her report noted how three of the
horses-a mare named Shiloh, an unnamed
colt and a stud named Blackjack-were so
malnourished they could barely stand and
were near death.
"The horses were so thin I could see
their bones and their heart beating," stated
the deputy's report. "Shiloh, (the) colt and
Blackjack were so unhealthy that their eyes
were barely open. I could identify every
bone in their body."
Animal Control Officer Claire Hudson
said two of the horses taken were near
death, two were emaciated and one was in
moderate condition. The colt, she added,
was very under weight.
"They were all loaded with parasites, and
one was unable to stand," she said. "Black-
jack was wobbly and had a hard time get-
ting into the trailer because his back end
wouldn't hold him."
In a Friday, July 30, interview Ms. Hudson
said all of the animals taken from Fralix were
doing much better.
"Everybody is gaining weight and doing
great," she said.
She went on to say that the horses were
going to be moved to a better pasture.
"We think they can handle it," she said.
However, Mr. Goins adamantly stated
that the horses and puppies were already in
good shape.


"I went into the field, brought back the
horses and loaded them into the trailer," he
said. "There was one horse that was kind of
poor but she had just had a colt. She was
the last one loaded and she loaded up just
fine."
And as far Blackjack's condition, the
6-foot-1, 185-pound, Mr. Goins said the stud
was in good shape and strong.
"It took all I could do to hold the horse,"
he said. "When I put my arms around the
horse's neck he picked me straight up in the
air. Blackjack was in good shape and not as
bad as they said. That horse was strong."
He also disputed the claim that the colt
and Shiloh were malnourished. He said Fra-
lix had been giving them special feed. Mr.
Goins did admit, however, that Blackjack
was "a little under weight."
Mr. Goins indicated that the animals were
taken despite his protests.
"I've been around horses all my life. I've
rodeoed and worked cows, and if those
horses were under weight I wouldn't say a
word," he said. "But the officers didn't want
to hear what I had to say. They didn't want
to talk to me."
According to Ms. Hudson, Mr. Goins was
in the field but she said he didn't load the
animals. She also maintained that the ani-
mals were near death.
"I've been doing this (job) for a long time
and I know what a dying animal looks like,"
she said.
As for the colt and Shiloh being on spe-
cial feed, Ms. Hudson said she saw no signs
of that.
"I did not see any empty bags," she said.
"The horses were loaded with worms and
sand from eating on the ground. They have
all been wormed and are now on a special
supplement to get the sand out of their bel-
lies."
Another point of contention was the con-
dition of the dogs.
Mr. Goins said the dogs belong to his 15-
year-old nephew and were playing around
before they were taken. He agreed that they
didn't have their eyes open but, he said,
that's because they were just more than a
week old.
"The dogs belong to my nephew and
were in my yard. The deputy and the Animal
Control officer went onto my property and
took the dogs," he said.
Ms. Hudson did not dispute the fact that
the puppies and their mother were in the
yard of Mr. Goins. But according to a 2008
order signed by County Judge Jerald Bryant
she had the right to take the dogs.
In 2008 Ms. Hudson took Fralix to court
because she was not caring for the horses,
pigs, dogs and other animals on her prop-
erty. Two of those horses were in such bad
shape that they could not be saved and were
ultimately euthanized by Dr. Paul Bryant,
DVM.
In that order, Judge Bryant required Fralix
to care for her animals.


"The dog, Little Bit, is registered to Melis-
sa Fralix. It was on his property, but it is one
of her dogs," said Ms. Hudson. "I've been
dealing with her and that dog for years and I
recognized it as one of her dogs. Because of
the order, any animal seen in distress is to be
taken from her care."
She said when she walked over to Little
Bit, she and the puppies were lying in the
dirt. She recounted how one puppy looked
like "a rat" and was all bones.
"I could feel its chest rattling when it
breathed," she said. "I didn't determine they
(the puppies) had pneumonia-I'm not a
vet. But I know green snot coming out of a
puppy's nose is not normal."
In that July 30 interview, Ms. Hudson said


the puppies are gaining weight and their
chests feel like they are clearing up.
Deputy Arnold explained that it was an-
other deputy that reported the horses to Ms.
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he's a city person-he knows nothing about
horses," said Deputy Arnold.
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the deputy said she's glad her fellow deputy
alerted Ms. Hudson about the horses.
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more days," she said.


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Construction board fines two for work without a license


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3 the
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board imposed fines in the two
cases that came before them.


Building official Tim English stated that
over the past year, the building department
had received several complaints regarding
unlicensed work activities involving Gary
Bussert. However, followup activities were
unsuccessful. Mr. Bussert holds no valid
county license.


Teen charged with hitting,


kicking Center staffers


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A teenage boy being held at the
Okeechobee Youth Development Center
was arrested after he al-
legedly hit and kicked
three staff members.
Jazzy Devante John-
son, 17, N.W Sixth Court,
Pompano Beach, was
arrested Friday, July 30,
on three felony counts
of battery on detention
staff by a detainee. He Jazzy
was booked into the Jazzy D.
Okeechobee County Jail Johnson
then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Juve-
nile Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
According to an arrest report by Deputy
Aric Majere of the Okeechobee County


Sheriff's Office (OCSO) the situation start-
ed around 8:20 a.m. when a staff member
was called to restrain Johnson. The report
stated that when the staffer tried to restrain
Johnson, the teen struck him three times in
the face with a closed fist.
When a second staff member inter-
vened, Johnson reportedly struck him in
the head with a closed fist.
A third staff member tried to help and
when he did Johnson allegedly kicked the
man in the chest with such force that he
"flew back" into the wall, stated Deputy
Majere. That staff member reportedly went
to a hospital due to chest and back pain.
The deputy then placed Johnson under
arrest without further incident.


Mr. English went on to state that on July
6 the building department received a com-
plaint from the manger of Ancient Oaks RV
Park that Mr. Bussert was doing unlicensed
contractor activity. A follow-up investigation
revealed that Mr. Bussert had saw cut a con-
crete driveway, dug a trench and was in the
process of installing electrical conduit within
the trench.
Mr. Bussert did not dispute the charges
against him and was fined $300 by the
board.
In the second case the building depart-
ment had received a written complaint al-


leging damages incurred through painting
and/or staining work performed by Wade
and Donna Hunt d/b/a Big Lake Painting
and Pressure Washing. A search of county
records revealed that Big Lake did not have
a valid license. It was also noted that the
firm had been advertising on the radio as
"licensed and insured."
Mr. Wade stated that since this incident
had come up he had applied for a paint-
ing contractor's license. He, too, was fined
$300.
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near 93. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30
percent.
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73. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

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More public lands opened to recreational use


SFWMD opens thousands of
acres in Martin County,
Port St. Lucie and Miami
WEST PALM BEACH-In a continual ef-
fort to expand recreation on public lands,
the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) is offering outdoor enthusi-
asts an additional 6,000 acres in Martin, St.
Lucie and Miami-Dade counties for hunting
and other recreational purposes.
"We have an obligation to maximize the
return on the investment the public makes
in acquiring land," said SFWMD Governing
Board member Kevin Powers. "Expanded
recreational use where there is no conflict
with restoration and conservation is a mean-

Future stars

baseball/softball

camp planned
The OHS baseball and softball programs
will be held this year on Aug. 13 and 14 at
Okeechobee High School, for boys and girls
ages 8 and up. The quality baseball/soft-
ball instruction is provided by college and
high school coaches, designed and geared
for the serious player and all potential little
league coaches. Camp will consist of pitch-
ing, catching, hitting, and infield and outfield
play. There is no cost for this program, but
you must be enrolled. Application forms
are available at Cowboy's BBQ or Hibbetts
Sporting Goods and must be signed and
notarized before the child may attend the
camp. Space is limited. Contacts for infor-
mation: Jess Manson, 863-634-5020; Bobby
Steiert, 863-634-6523; or, Russ Brown, 863-
634-4457.


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RSCA offers grades
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ingful way of accomplishing this objective."
Expanding the available acreage for hunt-
ing was recently made possible when the
SFWMD Governing Board authorized the
addition of 4,235 acres of restoration land to
the John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland
Wildlife and Environmental Area along the
Martin-Palm Beach County border. Formerly
known as Nine Gems and the Culpepper
Ranch, the additional acres purchased in
partnership with Martin County have al-
ready been restored or are slated for water
resource projects.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) will administer
hunting activities on the property as part of a
variety of longstanding recreational activities
at the Hungryland Wildlife and Environmen-


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tal Area, such as hiking, horseback riding,
fishing and camping.
In addition, 1,900 acres in Miami-Dade
known as Rocky Glades will be open for
water fowl hunting. The site was acquired
by the District for the L-31N Project to cre-
ate an eight-mile-long detention basin to
help prevent water from seeping out of Ev-
erglades National Park into the L-31N and
C-111 canals. "Expanding outdoor activities
on District-managed public lands actually
helps protect our natural resources," said
SFWMD Deputy Executive Director of Op-
erations and Maintenance Tommy Strowd.
"Hunting opportunities have helped control
species such as feral hogs, which can cause
extensive damage to the biological systems
of South Florida."


The SFWMD Governing Board also re-
cently authorized the FWC to establish two
Public Small Game Hunting Areas on the
lands to the north and south for the 2010-11
hunting season.
St. Lucie County: The Public Small Game
Hunting Area will consist of three parcels of
land totaling about 1,100 acres in the area of
the C-23 and C-24 canals. These lands have
been open to the public for small game
hunting since 2006.
Miami-Dade County: The FWC will lease
100 acres in the Frog Pond Detention Project
Area north of State Road 9336 at no cost for
five years to create a public dove field.
More information is available on the Dis-
trict's new interactive recreation guide at
www.sfwmd.gov/recreation.


OHS Girls volleyball tryouts planned


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Girls interested in playing volleyball this
year for Okeechobee High School must at-
tend official tryouts for the team next week,
OHS volleyball coach Todd Jones said Mon-
day.
Spots on the teams will be hotly con-
tested this year as Okeechobee comes off a
(21-10) season in 2009.
They will return a number of starters


Golf scores

Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club Gold tee Winners
First place D. Bockoras; Second place
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D.Spong, and D. Thomas.


and other talented players.
Tryouts will take place at the Okeecho-
bee High School track on Tuesday, Aug. 10
at 6:30 am. All of the athletes must have a
new athletic card that is issued by the front
office at the high school.
"In the past the players always brought
their paper work, physical, etc., to the
coach of that sport. The school is trying to
reduce paper work for coaches and reduce
mistakes," Mr. Jones added.


Mr. Jones said he expects another
strong team to represent Okeechobee this
year. Last year, the Lady Brahmans were
District 14-4A runners up. "I do expect a
pretty good turnout for tryouts this year,"
the coach said. "I hear a number of play-
ers who took last year off may return to the
team. I'm excited about the season."
Mr. Jones will get help from former head
volleyball coach George May, who will be
the coach of the JV team this year.


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Okeechobee News







IRSC holds convenient Saturday registration


With one convenient visit to the nearest
Indian River State College campus on Satur-
day, Aug. 14, area residents can register for
the Fall 2010 Semester and take advantage
of a wide range of student services. "Special
Saturday Registration at IRSC" will be held
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IRSC campuses in
Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach, Okeechobee
and St. Lucie West.
At "Special Saturday Registration," indi-
viduals interested in continuing their edu-
cation will be able to apply for admission,
meet with an advisor, register and pay for
classes, take the college placement exam
and apply for scholarships and financial aid.
Information will be provided on IRSC Bach-
elor's Degree programs, as well as over 150


programs for university transfer and career
training.
Books may be purchased at the River
Shop located in the Koblegard Student
Union (KSU) at the Main Campus during the
special Saturday event.
IRSC campus locations for Special Satur-
day Registration are Main Campus, Crews
Hall Student Services Center on the corner
of 35th Street and Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce; Chastain Campus, A Building, 2400
S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart; Mueller Campus,
Schumann Center, 6155 College Lane, Vero
Beach; St. Lucie West Campus, J Building,
Room 112, 500 N.W California Blvd., Port
St. Lucie; Dixon Hendry Campus, Building
B, 2229 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee.


Fire union plans back to school drive


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
What good would firemen be without
a water hose or extinguisher? How good
would a student be without the schools sup-
plies they need?
Firemen with the Professional Firefight-
ers and Paramedics of Okeechobee will hold
their second annual school supply drive this
weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug.
6,7, and 8 at Wal-Mart.
Union Spokesperson Matthew Vinson
said the event will run on Friday from 4 to
8 pm, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PAID CONTENT
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
CHURCH
SADDLE RIDGE RANCH
VBS
PLACE: FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CHURCH
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Y'ALL COME!
PAID CONTENT
Okeechobee KOA
Presents 1st Annual
"Battle of The Bands" &
Talent Competition
Saturday, August 21st Okeechobee will host
it's 1st Battle of The Bands and Talent Con-
test. There are no age limits, all types of tal-
ent will be accepted. Restrictions are as
follows: No vulgar language or inappropriate
dress. Registration is free and applications
may be obtained at the KOA registration desk.
Prizes are as follows: $500 for 1st, $250 for
2nd and $100 for 3rd. In addition many other
great incentives will be offered. Only 15 en-
trees will be accepted so hurry and register.
This event is open to the public for admission
charge of $5.00 (includes all day admission to
the contest) plus admission to the evening
concert performed by the winners. All pro-
ceeds go to our Care Camps which enables
Kids with Cancer to a carefree week of camp-
ing at one of our camps.


and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the
fire lane between the two entrances of the
store.
"We had a real good response last year
and we expect to have a bigger turnout this
year," Mr. Vinson said.
Last year the firemen were able to assist
300 school children get the supplies they
needed. They will accept cash donations
and school supplies.
"Our goal is to fill the ambulance with
school supplies. We'll be extremely happy
if we receive anything above what we col-
lected last year considering the economic
times," he noted.
Mr. Vinson said firemen from both
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and the
City Fire Department will take part in the ef-
fort. He noted the event is another way for
the Union to serve the community.


Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 23 and
the last day to register without a late fee is
Thursday, Aug. 19. Students can register and
pay online at www.irsc.edu. For more infor-
mation, call 1-866-792-4772.

IRSC Cosmetology

to host Open House
The Indian River State College Institute
of Cosmetology and Barbering will host a
special "Hair Showcase" at its new loca-
tion at 2401 S. 29th Street, just east of the
IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Guests
will be able to find out about the latest
trends in hair fashion, and see the new
facilities and full service salon at the Hair
Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6 to
8 p.m. The facility is also announcing its
new evening hours for full salon services
which will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday beginning on
Aug. 24.
Guests will be able to tour the facili-
ties, learn about programs and classes
offered through the IRSC Institute of Cos-
metology and Barbering and browse the
products and services available through
the Institute.
The Institute houses a full service sa-
lon offering haircuts for men and women,
styling, color, foiling, perm and relaxers,
facials, manicures, pedicures and more.
All work is supervised by licensed profes-
sionals currently working in local salons.
The Institute is open for appointments
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m.
to noon. For more information or to make
an appointment, call 772-462-7229 today.


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School District to host 'Meet and Greet'

On Saturday, Aug. 7, the Okeechobee mailed on Wednesday, July 28, to all eligible
County School District will be hosting a students. Please remember that each child
"Back to School Meet & Greet" for all mi- must bring his or her invitation on Aug, 7
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-110
IN RE: The Estate of
CLAIRE I. CUSHING,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Intestate, Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST
THE ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified 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, Suite
101, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the
decedent's date of death was April 1,
2009; that the total value of the es-
tate subject to probate is approxi-
mately $22,000.00; and that the
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
made in the Order of Summary Ad-
ministration must file their claims
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-
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NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERI-
OD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this Notice is 7/28/10.
CHERYL RABINOVITZ, Petitioner
7286 SW 13th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Law Office of
CASSELS & McCALL
JOHN D. CASSELS, JR.
Attorney for Petitioner
P.O. Box 968
Okeechobee, FL 34973
(863) 763-3131
Florida Bar No.: 0261521
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk
if the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 11th day of
August, 2010, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee,
=londa 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public
utory to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described prop-
2rty 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
39o17'03" 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" W, 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 TI'E NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LIAE OF LOT
12 OF 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.
)ursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said
:ourt, the style of which is:
JAMES F. BARNHILL,
Plaintiff,
vS.
BIG LAKE LAND MANAGEMENT, INC., and ROLANDO REYES,
Defendants.
and the docket number of which is: 2008-CA-669.
4NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
[F ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
JS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 16 day of July,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida
.aw Office of Cassels & McCall
]ohn D. Cassels, Jr, Esquire
'ost Office Box 968
Dkeechobee, Florida 34973
360696 ON 7/21,28;8/4/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2009-CA-000146
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SER-
VICING, L.P
PLAINTIFF
VS.
MICHAEL T MILLER A/K/A MICHAEL
MILLER; THERESA M. MILLER; ANY
AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED
INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
PRIME ACCEPTANCE CORP; JOHN
DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
RE-NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order Granting the Motion to
Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated
7/22/2010, entered in Civil Case No.
47-2009-CA-000146 of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, OKEE-
CHOBEE, Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
of the OKEECHOBEE Judicial Center,
312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 25th
day of Aug., 2010, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 5, BLOCK 14, OF BASS-
WOOD, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens, must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 22nd day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court


By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to parbci-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administation no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
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 this Nobce. If
you are hearing impaired call 711. If
you are voice impaired call 711.
LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA.
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400,
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000 Fax (954) 233-8705
361162 ON 8/4,11/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-98
In Re: Estate of
HENDRIKA P. VANDERLELY
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
HENDRIKA P VANDERLELY, de-
ceased, date of death May 13, 2010,
is pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Flonda, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Flonda 34972. The personal
representative's and the personal
representative's attorney names are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this nohce is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-


TICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
is July 30, 2010.
Hendnck C. Vanderlely
Personal Representative
1645 S.E. 7th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Ronda 33316
CONELY &CONELY, PA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Fonda 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Flonda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
361599 ON 7/30;8/4/10

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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED
ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
3oard on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
:hobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City websitl www.cityofo-
teechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
aclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 10-003-R, submitted by Jen-
lifer Williamson, on behalf of property owners, Lifestyles and Healthcare
_TD, for the purpose of changing the Zoning District, on approximately
1.319 acres, from Commercial Professional Office (CPO) to Heavy Commer-
:ial (CHV for property located at 1646 N US Highway 441.
Legal: Beginnin at the Southeast corner of Secton 9, Township 37
south, Range 35 East, and bear North along the East line of said Section 9
a distance of 325.12 feet to the South boundary of that property described
n O.R. Book 207, Page 177, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida;
i:ence bear South 89 degrees 59 feet 53 inches West along the South
)oundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, a distance
if 351.67 feet to a point on the East right-of-way line of State Road 15
Parrott Avenue), thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East
along so right-of-way line a distance of 236.12 feet; thence bear North 90
Degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 1.00 foot, thence bear South
30 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 65.00 feet; thence bear
lorth 09 degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 20.00 feet; thence
)ear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 24.69 feet to a
olnt on the South line of said Section 9; thence bear North 09 degrees 52
Feet 43 inches East along the South line of said Section 9 a distance of
331.66 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning.
Also, Beginning at the Southwest corner of Section 10, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the West line of said Secton
10, a distance of 325.12 feet to a point on the South boundary of that prop-
2rty described in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, thence bear North 89 degrees
59 feet 53 inches East along the South boundary of said property described
n O.R. Book 207, Page 178, a distance of 448.33 feet to a point, thence
)ear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East along the extension of the
East boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 170, a dis-
ance of 321.60 feet to a point on the South line of Section 10, thence bear
South 09 degrees 32 feet 54 inches West a distance of 440.36 feet to the
olnt of Beginning. All lying and being in Sections 9 and 10; Township 37
South, Range 35 East.
Including, a parcel of land lying in Sections 9 and 10, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly de-
cnrbed as follows: begin at the Southeast corner of said Section 9, bear
South 89 degrees 52 feet 43 inches West along the South line of said Sec-
ion 9, a distance of 132.00 feet; thence bear North 00 degrees 00 feet 07
nches West a distance of 325.39 feet; thence bear North 89 degrees 59
Feet 53 inches East to the intersection with aforesaid East line of Section 9,
a distance of 132.01 feet; thence continue North 89 degrees 59 feet 53
nches East a distance of 448.33 feet; thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet
37 inches East to the intersection with the South line of said Section 10 a
distance of 321.60 feet; thence bear South 89 degrees 32 feet 54 inches
Nest along said South line of Section 10 a distance of 448.36 feet to the
Southwest corner of said Secton 10, also being the Southeast corner of said
Section 9 and the Point of Beginning.
Together with all rights arising out of the Reciprocal Easement Agreement
recorded in O.R. Book 258, Page 756, Public Records of Okeechobee
county Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
lours, Mon-Fr, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval
)r denial to the City Council. Final adoption is tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
consideredd at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
if the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
Jence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
Jsed for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
Nith the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe
:ial accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact the
general Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-003-R
362125 ON 8/4,11/10


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use
Map Amendment Application No. 10-003-SSA, submitted by Jennifer Wil-
liamson, on behalf of the property owner, Lifestyles and Healthcare LTD.
For the purpose of changing the Future Land Use designabon from Single
Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property located at 1646 US N US High-
way 441.
Legal: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Secbon 9, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the East line of said Secbon 9
a distance of 325.12 feet to the South boundary of that property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida;
thence bear South 89 degrees 59 feet 53 inches West along the South
boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, a distance
of 351.67 feet to a point on the East right-of-way line of State Road 15
(Parrott Avenue), thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East
along so right-of-way line a distance of 236.12 feet; thence bear North 90
degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 1.00 foot, thence bear South
00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 65.00 feet; thence bear
North 09 degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 20.00 feet thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 24.69 feet to a
point on the South line of said Section 9; thence bear North 09 degrees 52
feet 43 inches East along the South line of said Section 9 a distance of
331.66 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning.
Also, Beginning at the Southwest corner of Secbon 10, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the West line of said Section
10, a distance of 325.12 feet to a point on the South boundary of that prop-
erty described in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, thence bear North 89 degrees
59 feet 53 inches East along the South boundary of said property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, a distance of 448.33 feet to a point, thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East along the extension of the
East boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 170, a dis
tance of 321.60 feet to a point on the South line of Section 10, thence bear
South 09 degrees 32 feet 54 inches West a distance of 440.36 feet to the
Point of Beginning. All lying and being in Sectons 9 and 10; Township 37
South, Range 35 East.
Including, a parcel of land lying in Secbons 9 and 10, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly de-
scribed as follows: begin at the Southeast corner of said Section 9, bear
South 89 degrees 52 feet 43 inches West along the South line of said Sec-
tion 9, a distance of 132.00 feet; thence bear North 00 degrees 00 feet 07
inches West a distance of 325.39 feet; thence bear North 89 degrees 59
feet 53 inches East to the intersecton with aforesaid East line of Section 9,
a distance of 132.01 feet; thence conbnue North 89 degrees 59 feet 53
inches East a distance of 448.33 feet; thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet
07 inches East to the intersection with the South line of said Section 10 a
distance of 321.60 feet; thence bear South 89 degrees 32 feet 54 inches
West along said South line of Section 10 a distance of 448.36 feet to the
Southwest corner of said Section 10, also being the Southeast corner of said
Section 9 and the Point of Beginning.
Together with all rights arising out of the Reciprocal Easement Agreement
recorded in O.R. Book 258, Page 756, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fr, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval
or denial, to the City Council, final adoption is tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, September 7, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the
General Services Ofice at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 10-003-SSA
362124 ON 8/4,11/10


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.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated June 22, 2010, entered in
Case No. 2009-CA-525 in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Robin Pfelffer Julian, Jo-
seph E. Julian, 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 Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
11:00 am on the 25th day of August,
2010, the following described proper-
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 132, Seminole Cove Condomin-
ium, according to the plat thereof
recorded in official record book
289, page 1590, public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida. To-
gether with a 1986 Double wide
mobile home VIN
#CF24821043A/B, and all parts,
accessories, accessions, equipment
and additions thereto or replace-
ments therefore now owned or
hereafter acquired, wherever lo-
cated.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 24th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BY Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
358949 ON 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
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 09-CA-448
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
v.
THOMAS RONZETTI, ANY AND ALL
UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Nobce is hereby given, pursuant to
Final Judgment of Foreclosure for
Plaintff entered in this cause, in the
Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty situated in OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida described as:
PARCEL 19, SUNCREEK RANCH,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,
PAGE 15, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
and commonly known as: 14192 se
56th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, on
Aug. 25th, 2010, at 11:00 A.M.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corrie Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, phone (772) 807-4370 at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance, or immediately
upon receiving this notficabon if the
time before the scheduled appear-
ance is less than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice impaired, call 711.
Dated this July 22, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
361497 ON 8/4,11/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 201-CA-223
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plainbtiff,
VS.
MICHELLE CONNELLY; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF MICHELLE CON-
NELLY; JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT; AND JANE DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT, the names being fictitious
to account for parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated July 14, 2010, entered in
Case No. 2010-CA-223 in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintff and Michelle Connelly, The
Unknown Spouse of Michelle Connel-
ly, are the Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
25th day of August, 2010, the follow-
ing described property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
LOT 14. BLOCK 3, DIXIE RANCH
ACRES, according to the Plat
thereof-recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 35, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County. Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 15th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
360669 ON 8/4,11/10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-224
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUC-
CESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE
NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
KAREN E. STEDMAN; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF KAREN E. STED-
MAN; FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION
COMPANY, LLC; FLORIDA GAS
TRANSMISSION COMPANY, LLC, a
Delaware limited liability company;
JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT; AND
JANE DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT, the
names being fictitous to account for
parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated July 14, 2010, entered in
Case No. 2010-CA-224 in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Karen E. Stedman, Flori-
da Gas Transmission Company, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company,
are the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 11:00 am on the 15th day
of September, 2010, the following
described property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 47 in SHERMAN WOOD RANCH-
ES, according to the Plat thereof,
as recorded in Plat Book 00007, at
Page 0061, of the Public Records
of keechobee County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 15th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
360737 ON 8/4,11/10

NOTICE OF QUA MEETING
AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
THAT the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thorty will meet in regular session
on Tuesday August 10 2010 at
8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
THAT the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority will hold a Public Hearing
as soon after 8:30 A.M. as pos-
sible to adopt the tentative
FY2011 Budget.
All interested parties for or
against the proposed Budget and
other changes can be heard at
said bme and place. The needs of
hearing or visually impaired per-
sons shall be met by contacng
the Execubve Director's Office at
863-763-9460 at least 48 hours
prior to the Public Hearing by any
person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, if a person de-
cides to appeal any decision made
by the Authority with respect to
such meebngs, he or she will need
a record of proceedings and for
such purpose may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the pr
ceedings is made; which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based. Such person may provide
a court reporter, stenographer, or
tape recorder for such verbatim
record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F. Hayford
Executive Director
362070 ON 8/4/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472010CA000111
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
BENNIE C. SIMS; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF BENNIE C. SIMS; JOHN
DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT; AND
JANE DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT, the
names being fictitious to account for
parties in possessession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
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 Judi-


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cial 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
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the 2 5
day of August, 2010, the following
described property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN
SECTIONS 14 AND 23, TOWN-
SHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA. BEING MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID SEC-
TION 14, BEAR N 000'00'30"'
W ALONG THE EAST LINE OF
SAID SECTION 14 TO THE IN-
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
SOUTH A DISTANCE OF
1564.73 FEET; THENCE BEAR
SOUTH 6636 16" W, A DIS-
TANCE OF 2157.75 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 27049'42" W,
A DISTANCE OF 485.89 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 43036'17" W,
A DISTANCE OF 1105.04 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 43035'59" W,
A DISTANCE OF 2394.81 FEET
TO THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. NO. 15;
THENCE BEAR S 48046'14" E,
ALONG SAID NORTHERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R.
NO. 15, A DISTANCE OF
798.13 FEET FOR THE POINT
OF BEGINNING; THENCE CON-
TINUE S 48046'14" E, ALONG
SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF S.R. NO. 15, A
DISTANCE OF 300 FEET;
THENCE BEAR N 4338'49" E,
A DISTANCE OF 990.13 FEET;
THENCE BEAR N 48046'14" W,
A DISTANCE OF 300 FEET;
THENCE BEAR S 43038'49" W,
A DISTANCE OF 990.13 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 24th day of June, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
358952 ON 7/21,28;8/4/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 10-CA-000053
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
v.
ALDETT MAHENIA FRANCIS a/k/a
ALDETT FRANCIS; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE ALDETT MAHENIA FRANCIS
a/k/a ALDETT FRANCIS, ANY AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to
Final Judgment of Foreclosure for
Plaintiff entered in this cause, in the
Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty situated in OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida described as:
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 3, SECTION
25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE
33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, IN-
CLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS.
and commonly known as: 14996 NW
272nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at
public sale, to the highest and best
idder, for cash, in the Jury Assem-
bly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, on Aug.
25th, 2010, at 11:00 A.M.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A


CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are enbtled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corre Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, phone (772) 807-4370 at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance, or immediately
upon receiving this notification if the
time before the scheduled appear-
ance is less than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice impaired, call 711.
Dated this July 22, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
361496 ON 8/4,11/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2009 CA 479
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS,
BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
TORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS OF JOHN BREWER AKA
JOHN W. BREWER AKA JOHN W.
BREWER, JR, DECEASED, et. al.
Defendants.
TO: STORM E. BREWER
Whose residence is: UNKNOWN
If alive, and if dead, all parties
claiming interest by, through, under
or against STORM E. BREWER and all
parties having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest in the prop-
erty described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described property:
LOT 36, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3 PAGES 45 OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 2810 SE 38TH AVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it, on Jes-
sica Fagen, Attorney for Plainbff,
whose address is 2901 Strling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 within 30 days after the
first publication of this nobce and file
the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tiffs attorney or immediately thereaf-
ter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court his 20th day of July,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Notice of Action, Com-
plaint and Lis Pendens were sent to
the defendants and address named
above.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons needing
a reasonable accommodabon to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact the Clerk of the Court's disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
County Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL
34986. If hearing impaired, contact
(TDD) 8009558771 via Florida Relay
System.
This is an attempt to collect a
debt. Any information obtained
will be used for that purpose.
360965 ON 7/28;8/4/10


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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will resume
their Budget Meetings on Tues-
day, August 10, 2010 at 1:00
p.m. and August 11, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. In the "Judge Wil-
liam 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 re-
spect to any matter considered at
this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for
such purposes, he or she will need
to ensure that a verbatim record
of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the tes-
bmony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Florida Statute 286.26, persons
with disabilities needing special
accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact
Paula Poskon, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you
are hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board ofCounty Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board ofCounty Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
362127 ON 8/4/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009CA582
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
acting through Rural Develop-
ment, formerly Farmers Home Ad-
ministrabon (FmHA), United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintiff,
vs.
DAVID W. LINDLEY; REGINA E.
LINDLEY; COMMERCIAL CREDIT
CONSUMER SERVICES, INC.;
JOHN DOE, representing the un-
known spouse, if any, of REGINA E.
LINDLEY.
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Nobce is hereby given that pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment
entered in the above entitled cause
in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty located in Okeechobee County,
Florida, being specifically described
as follows:
East half of Lot 41, PIONEER ES-
TATES, UNIT 2, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Pat Book
6, Page 16, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder, for cash in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor of the Okeechobee
Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 25th day of August, 2010.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE. IF ANY. OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Adminis-
trator, at (772)807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired),
or 1800-955-8770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8771.
Dated July 15, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
360668 ON 8/4,11/10

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Schools have free and reduced price lunch program


Okeechobee County School District has
announced its policy for Free and Reduced-
Price Meals for students under the National
School Lunch And Breakfast programs. Any
interested person may review a copy of the
policy by contacting: Michelle Perkins, SNS,
Food Service Supervisor, 3150 N.W 10th Ter-
race, Okeechobee, FL 34972, 863-462-5148.
Household size and income criteria will
be used to determine eligibility. An applica-
tion cannot be approved unless it contains
complete eligibility information. Once ap-
proved, meal benefits are good for an entire
year. You need not notify the organization of
changes in income and household size.
Application forms are being sent to all
homes with a letter to parents or guardians.
To apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals,
households must complete the application
and return it to the school. Additional cop-
ies are available at the principal's office in
each school. The information provided on
the application will be used for the purpose
of determining eligibility and may be verified
at any time during the school year. Applica-
tions may be submitted at any time during
the year.
Households that receive SNAP (Supple-
mental Nutrition Assistance Program) or
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families) are required to list on the applica-
tion only the child's name, SNAP/TANF case
number, and signature of adult household
member.
Foster children will receive benefits (i.e.,
free, reduced-price, or paid) based on the
child's personal income regardless of the in-
come of the household.
Households with children who are con-
sidered migrants, homeless, or runaway
should contact the district liaison OCSB Mi-
grant Advocate at 863-462-5000 ext. 259.
For the purpose of determining house-
hold size, deployed service members are
considered a part of the household. Families
should include the names of the deployed
service members on their application. Re-
port only that portion of the deployed ser-
vice member's income made available to
them or on their behalf to the family. Addi
tionally, a housing allowance that is part of
the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is
not to be included as income.
All other households must provide the
following information listed on the applica-
tion:
*Total household income listed by gross
amount received, type of income (e.g.,
wages, child support, etc.) and how often
the income is received by each household
member;
Names of all household members
check the "no income" box if applicable;
if household member is a child, list school
name for each;
Signature of an adult household mem-
ber certifying the information provided is
correct; and
Social security number of the adult
signing the application or the word "NONE"
for this household member if he or she does
not have a social security number.
If a household member becomes unem-
ployed or if the household size changes, the
school should be contacted. Children of par-
ents or guardians who become unemployed
should also contact the school.
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Reduced-Price meal policy Okeechobee


County School Food Service Supervisor will
review applications and determine eligibil-
ity. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with
the ruling of the official, he or she may wish
to discuss the decision with the determining
official on an informal basis. If the parent
wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she
may make a request either orally or in writ-
ing to:
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.,
Superintendent


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Unless indicated otherwise on the appli-
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To determine annual income:
If you receive the income every week,
multiply the total gross income by 52.


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August 4, 2010


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August 4, 2010 Okeechobee News


Everglades restoration


momentum continues


Pilot project to help
preserve clean water for
Everglades National Park
Building on historic agreements to ad-
vance construction on Everglades restora-
tion projects, the South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) Governing Board
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recent-
ly approved another key Project Partnership
Agreement to test technology for preserving
clean water in Everglades National Park. If
proven effective, technology developed dur-
ing the pilot project will significantly benefit
Everglades restoration and water quality im-
provement efforts in the park as well as be-
yond its boundaries.
"Working with our federal partners, the
State of Florida and the District have been
leaders in developing the tools and technol-
ogy to restore America's Everglades," said
SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Eric
Buermann. "This pilot project promises to
significantly advance restoration efforts in
Everglades National Park and will provide
valuable knowledge to benefit the broad ef-
fort to revive the River of Grass."
Retaining clean water in the Everglades
requires controlling and managing seepage
of water from the wetlands. This is integral
to success of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP). The L-31 North
(L-30) Seepage Management pilot project
will help to identify the appropriate technol-
ogy that will prevent clean water from seep-
ing out of Everglades National Park through
South Florida's porous underground rock
layers. A second goal is to help retain clean
water in Water Conservation Area 3B in Mi-
ami-Dade County -an area of the remnant
Everglades, which has the highest seepage
rate in the area.


"The pilot project was developed with
extensive input from the public and numer-
ous stakeholders," said Ken Ammon, PE.,
SFWMD Deputy Executive Director Ever
glades Restoration and Capital Projects. "Ex-
perience gained from this project will have
far-reaching benefits and moves us closer to
achieving restoration goals to protect the Ev-
erglades and South Florida's environment."
The pilot project will test two structural
seepage reduction technologies spe-
cifically, steel sheet pile and a slurry wall
-while also testing the ability to seasonally
manage seepage flows through pumping
operations to create a "hydraulic barrier."
"Reducing seepage from the Everglades
is vital to its restoration, but accomplishing
this is no easy task. It's not simply a mat-
ter of installing a wall that stops all easterly
flow out of the park," said Stu Appelbaum,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville
District Deputy for Restoration Program
Management. "We have to manage and
control for variable flow rates via a system
of features. That's why this pilot test is so im-
portant. We're committed to protecting and
restoring the Everglades, so we will look at
how different strategies perform before we
proceed with larger scale implementation of
any strategy."
The slurry wall technology is similar to the
technology now being used by the Corps to
reduce seepage from portions of the Herbert
Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
The Project Partnership Agreement allows
the Corps to award a contract for construc-
tion and testing of the pilot project, at an es-
timated cost of approximately $9.3 million
using federal stimulus funding. The effort
was also made possible by the landmark
August 2009 Master Agreement between the
SFWMD and the Corps. For more informa-
tion, visit www.sfwmd.gov/everglades.


The L-31 North (L-30) Seepage Management pilot project will help to identify the
appropriate technology that will prevent clean water from seeping out of Ever-
glades National Park through South Florida's porous underground rock layers.


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