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| Manton gets 15-year prison sentence


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man who claims that
a former prime minister of
Pakistan was his "adopted
sister" and that he has been
working with the U.S. gov-
ernment to benefit U.S.
troops found little compas-
sion from a circuit judge and Thomas
was sentenced to 15 years in Manton
prison.
Thomas Brewster Manton, 70, N.E. Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was sentenced Friday, Aug.
6, after Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger


found him guilty on one count of possession of
child pornography.
Manton originally faced 33 counts, but that
was reduced to one in exchange for his plea.
Manton entered his plea May 21.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said
he was happy with the term given Manton.
"Absolutely. Fifteen years, in my opinion, is
fair and just considering his age," said the pros-
ecutor. "Those were some of the most disturb-
ing images I've ever seen in my career."
He was referring to some of the images
found on two of Manton's computers where
there were not only pictures of young girls in
bathing suits and such, but also pornographic
images of young children.


'Sometimes words just don't
seem sufficient. This kind of
behavior is evil.'
Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger

"Some of the photos included sex acts with
infants," said Mr. Albright, who added that he
has been practicing law for 14 years.
Manton was arrested Oct. 16, 2007,
by Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark of the
See MANTON Page 8


Local teen to receive new wheelchair
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News


Levi Lamb, 16, loves to hunt, fish, and take
part in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America
programs. He is much like other teens his age
except for one thing. He is paralyzed from the
waist down.
Levi, a junior this year at OHS, will receive a
donated wheelchair on Aug. 14 from the Dar-
rell Gwynn Foundation in Davie. Mr. Gwynn is
also paralyzed as he was injured in a car race in
England back in 1990.
Levi suffered from spina bifida and has
been paralyzed all his life. His old wheelchair
is getting up in years and the newer and more
modern chair will make a huge difference in
his life.
Mr. Gwynn said Levi will go on a shopping
spree and have a memorable day that could
change his life.
"It's a great thing for us to change the lives
of individuals like him," he said. "He's an out-
going young man. He goes out there and lives
his life."
Levi's mother Kelly Clemons said she feels
this is a great opportunity for her son. She said
she is very thankful because he really needs a
new chair. "He is very active. He loves to go
outside. The old chair is pretty worn out."
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aged her son to remain active and positive.
She urges him to give everything he has to
what he is doing, "You're only handicapped
by how you see yourself. I've told him to not
give up, to never quit and always try. If you
fail, try again. You may succeed the second
time," she explained.
Levi said he can't wait until Aug. 14 to get
his new chair. He said it will help him get
around more so he can pursue his passions
which are hunting and fishing, and working
with hogs and steers.
"I'm thankful for all this and I want to
thank everybody for helping me out. I could
do a lot before but I couldn't get as many
places as I wanted to," he said.
Levi also wants to find a pickup truck that
is handicapped accessible so he can learn to
drive. He said it is one of his major goals.
Levi also said the chair will help him get
from class to class at OHS this fall. "I love
school. I'm around all my friends. I get to
hang out and I'm not sitting at the house
bored," he said. "I love to hang out with my
friends."
The Gwynn Foundation is devoted to en-
hance awareness, prevention and support,
and underwrite research to find a cure for
paralysis. They have donated approximately
$1 million worth of customized high-tech
wheelchairs. The foundation raises money
from private donors and earmarks the funds
for education programs, long term health


services for spinal cord injury patients and
for funding paralysis research.
Mr. Gwynn said he understands what
others who are paralyzed are going through.
He said his racing background taught him
you need a good set of wheels to get where
you need to be.
"Okeechobee does not have the best ter-
rain in the world. Levi has to get around and
do his thing and have fun and live his life.
This will be a life changing day for him," he
added.
The chair is lightweight and is specially
designed to enhance his outdoor maneuver-
ability. It will also have a camouflage finish.
Mr. Gwynn doesn't hold bitterness for


his injury. He called it a twist of fate and just
one bad day. "It can happen to anybody. You
don't have to be in a race car. I urge people
to think twice about what they're doing. Put
on your seat belt. When you take part in any
risky behavior think a little bit and be safe."


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Couple jailed on coke



trafficking charge


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee couple was arrested af-
ter 98 grams of suspected powder cocaine
was allegedly found in their Whispering
Pines home Thursday night.
Arrested Aug. 5 were Victor Sanchez-
Benitez, 44, N.W Eighth Ave., and Gena
Michelle Villarreal, 33, of the same address.
Both were charged with the felony of traf-
ficking in cocaine and the misdemeanor of
possession of drug paraphernalia.
The couplewas booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail. They had not had their first
appearance hearing as of newspaper dead-
line so their bond amount was not known.
According to an arrest report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, task force
detectives and members of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office Special Response
Team executed the warrant on the couple's
home around 9:50 p.m. During the subse-
quent search of the home the detectives
reportedly found 98 grams of suspected co-
caine.
"If you're selling drugs in Okeechobee
we'll be coming to knock on the door. But,
we'll probably not wait for you to answer,"
said Sheriff Paul May. "I am so proud of our
drug task force for helping rid our commu-
nity of these drugs, and I am thankful for
them."
A field test was done on the powder and
it indicated a positive result for the presence
of cocaine, stated the report.


The report also listed other items found in
the home that included: a container of Super
Inositol powder, which is a cutting agent;
five sets of scales; packaging baggies; sev-
eral bags of an unidentified powder; $1,416
in cash; and, other items reportedly used to
process cocaine.
Also in the home at the time were three
children ages 1, 2 and 15. They were turned
over to the Department of Children and Fam-
ily Services (DCF).
Sanchez-Benitez, continued the report,
was recently arrested in Gulfport, Miss., on
a charge of trafficking in marijuana. A call to
the Harrison County Sheriff's Office in Gulf-
port seeking more information on that ar
rest was not returned. It was not clear as of
newspaper deadline if he had been to court
on that charge yet.
A background check on Villarreal indicat-
ed that she is currently under house arrest
after being found guilty on June 2, 2010, of
possession of oxycodone and possession of
alprazolam. Circuit Court Judge Robert Be-
langer sentenced her to serve six months of
community control (house arrest) and three
years probation on each charge, with the
sentences to run concurrently.
In 2007 Villarreal was also found guilty
of tampering with evidence and possession
of cocaine. On Feb. 22, 2008, she was sen-
tenced to a year in the county jail on the tam-
pering conviction and two years probation
on the cocaine conviction.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Tyler L. Sierra, 21, Farmington Court,
Wellington, was arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with two counts of
vehicular homicide. His bond was set at
$70,000.
Lisa Christina Mullens, 32, N.W Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5
by Deputy Bart Potter on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation grand theft, violation of pro-
bation possession of alprazolam and viola-
tion of probation possession of marijuana
under 20 grams. She is being held without
bond.
Kevin Dewayne Boswell, 29, N.W 32nd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by
Deputy Bart Potter on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation felony bat-
tery and violation of probation violation of
injunction. He is being held without bond.


Edward Joseph Murray, 43, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by
Deputy Bart Potter on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with felony battery.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Tomijac Jones, 16, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
felony warrant charging him with violation
of probation petit theft. His bond was set
at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.


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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Sunday, August 8, 2010


Reflections from the pulpit


Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to
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munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Election
In a few weeks voters will elect two
county commissioners and one school
board member. Since this is just a local elec
tion, some people don't think it is worth
their time to vote. But these people make
decisions that affect your taxes and your
children. So learn about the candidates and
get out and vote. If the election schedule on
election day doesn't work for you, you can
vote early at the Supervisor of Elections of-
fice. If you don't vote, then you have no right
to complain about the decisions these local
boards make.

Judge's ruling
A federal judge has just overturned
7,000,000 voters. What good does it do to
vote if a judge can come along and nullify
your vote if someone doesn't like the way it
turned out. Why even bother to go vote in
the first place. I purposely did not post what
the issue was because that does not matter.
What does matter is that the people spoke
and a federal judge overturned their voices.
America: Free or subject to the whims of a
judge?
The votes were not overturned; they
stand unchanged. The issue for which they
voted was declared unconstitutional, and
therefore void. That is the function of a Fed-
eral Court, and has been since the days of
our Founding Fathers. To disagree with a
ruling is an American right. To disagree with
the process of achieving that ruling is to dis-
agree with the Constitution itself, and is un-
American.

Okee-Tantie
In regard to the bass tournament they
complained about how they were treated at
Okee-Tantie-we really treated these guests
well, now didn't we? Hard enough to get
people here to visit in the summer and then
we run them off. Shame, shame, shame!


County payroll
I agree with the post about county
jobs. For far too long elected officials have
considered jobs on the county payroll as
the "spoils." If they win the election, they
can reward their supporters by giving their
friends and relatives jobs on the county
payroll. We the people have to rise up and
say, "no more." We can't afford it. It has to
stop. Any elected official who is caught do-
ing this should be hounded out of office. As
for those already on the payroll, we need to
weed out the positions that were created just
to give someone a job and cut the county
staff down to what is absolutely necessary
to provide the services the county needs. It
is our money, not theirs. It is high time we
demand accountability.
I have lived in Okeechobee 30 plus
years. Seen a lot of changes and not all good
ones! Its been run the same since the 70s -
politicians and the good ole boys syndrome.
I would like to see more industry and busi-
nesses here but I doubt it will happen in my
lifetime.
Mr. Bonner is demanding that the vari-
ous county departments cut their budgets by
a certain percentage. I would like to see de-
tails on how the administrator is going to cut
his own office by the same percentage he is
asking of everyone else. Will the administra-
tor and assistants take a pay cut? Or perhaps
they can cut a position or two? If you expect
the sheriff, the tax collector, the supervisor
of elections, etc. to cut, then the administra-
tor must also cut.

Lights at the ball field
The county commissioners haven't
voted to turn the lights out just yet. It was a
suggestion by Bonner and staff as a way to
cut the budget.
I am a little upset that the county would
even consider cancelling the night ball
games to save money on the lights. There
are a lot of things we can cut back on before
we take away one of the few recreational op-
portunities our children have. Kids today are
prone to obesity because they aren't outside
running around. Cancelling night ball games
would just make it worse. Plus, during the
school year if you don't have games after
dark you would pretty much have to cancel
the whole program.


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Reconnect

By Nancy Vaughan,
Director of Christian Education, First United
Methodist Church
What did we ever do before cell phones?
Remember saying to yourself, "What did we
ever do before computer word processing
or FAX machines?" Then we said, "What did
we ever do before the internet and e-mail?"
And now with MySpace and FaceBook we
can know the intimate details of our friends'
everyday lives and share pictures taken from
our phones. People panic when their com-
puters or Blackberrys crash. I'm not even
going to mention about on-line shopping
and bill pay.
Today our kids can text on their phone
faster than I can type on my computer. There
is a whole new language out there in abbre-
viations, acronyms and symbols. Personally,
I don't like those who either type in all lower
or all upper case. And I cringe at some of the
phonetic misspellings of everyday words.
We all know of the good and evil that cyber-
space has brought us.
But is all of this mass communication
having an effect on our inter-personal rela-
tionships? How about with our personal re-
lationship with God? John Wesley founded
Methodism on a "method." This method
included small, intimate, face to face weekly
encounters (usually in homes) in which
worship, prayer, study, struggles with ev-
eryday life were discussed and mentoring


took place. Led by lay people, these were
modeled on the first century Church. Simple
church, doing what Jesus did. Caring for
folks by ministering to physical needs and
sharing truth based upon the Word.
Recently, I leaned that C.S. Lewis, al-
though he could type almost 60 words per
minute on a typewriter, answered hundreds
of weekly personal correspondence letters
with hand written responses even though he
suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. He did so
because of the weight he placed on the in-
timacy and personal attention hand writing
brings. He also said that it humbled him to
write through the pain. (If you haven't read
"Letters to an American Lady," a collection
of letters he wrote over 13 years, you'll find
great insights into his character and life.)
As for me, realistically speaking, I'll con-
tinue to use my computer, cell phone (I have
no other phone!), the internet, FaceBook and
on-line banking. But my goal is to incorpo-
rate this with snail-mail letters, eating lunch
with the homeless, "personal" phone calls
and two way accountability with my closest
friends. Simple isn't always "easy." I'll start
by pledging to live this way:
Do all the good you can
With all the means you can
In all the places you can
With all the time you can
To all the people you can
For as long as you possibly can
John Wesley
Shalom


Letter to the editor Okeechobee Forecast


County budget woes

Tom Murphy wrote (as he usually does)
a very interesting and thoughtful letter con-
cerning the county's budget woes. I hope
Mr. Bonner, his assistants, and the commis-
sioner's act upon his recommendations.
Obviously the solution is to reduce all de-
partments' budgets by the $ hour.
Not having spoken to either Tom Mur-
phy or Sheriff Paul May, I'm confident both
would heartily agree to this equitable, even-
hand solution, especially considering the
Sheriff's 24-hour, seven days a week sched-
ule. Come on everybody, let's be real fair
about this now.
Bill Stegkemper


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Two political novices vie in congressional primary


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The two men vying for the Democratic
Party nominated in the 16th congressional
district this month claim that being an out-
sider and not a politician are advantages in
the current political climate.
Ed Tautiva is a 7th grade civics teacher
at Okeehelee Middle School in West Palm
Beach. Jim Horn is a business consultant
from Palm City. Both claim to be outsiders
who are not a part of the political establish-
ment like the incumbent Republican Con-
gressman Tom Rooney.
On issues both support the end of tax
cuts approved during the Bush administra-
tion. Mr. Horn said we should give U.S. com-
panies tax credits to discourage them from
sending jobs oversees.
Mr. Horn said he has 37 years of business
experience and knows the problems busi-
nesses face, "I have experience and knowl-
edge. My solutions are based on reality and
experience. I have seen programs work in
other states. I want to bring proven solu-
tions," he said.
Mr. Tautiva said he opposes trade deals
that send jobs out of the country.
Mr. Tautiva said he opposes the Arizona
immigration law. He said he supports a path
to citizenship for illegal aliens in this coun-
try. His parents immigrated from Columbia
back in the 1960s.
Mr. Tautiva also opposes off shore oil


drilling and wants a moratorium on any new
off shore permits.
He also opposes the privatization of
Social Security. He also supports the with-
drawal of American troops from Iraq and
Afghanistan.
He said he supports universal health care
for all citizens with more of the revenue go-
ing to doctors and nurses and not insurance
companies. Mr. Tautiva also supports small
class sizes and higher salaries for teachers.
Mr. Horn said he opposed the federal


government's bailout of the banking system.
He said banks that pursue risky investments
should use their own money and not tax dol-
lars. Mr. Horn also supports reform to health
care. Among his suggestions are govern-
ment subsidies to insurances for accepting
patients with pre-existing conditions, open-
ing national markets to interstate insurance
carriers, and a crack down on Medicare and
Medicaid fraud.
Mr. Horn also is a supporter of the death
penalty.


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Hodges with the Grow Our Own/
Okeechobee Educational Founda-
tion Scholarship on OHS Scholar-
ship Night 2010 held May 20 at the
OHS Lecture Hall.


Bobby Steiert and Russ Brown presented Megan Clements and Aaron Suar-
ez with the All Star Baseball/Softball Camp Scholarship on OHS Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.


Cynthia Weigum presented Kenny
Murphy with the Everglades Ga-
tor Graduate Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20
at the OHS Lecture Hall.


Mr. Horn has a son in the military in the
U.S. Navy who is serving in Afghanistan.
He said he supports keeping U.S. troops
there and also supports a surge to remove
the Taliban. He said each night he watches
the news and wonders where the country is
headed "What are they doing with the coun-
try that my dad handed me? This puts a fire
in my belly," he said. "I think something has
got to change."
Mr. Tautiva said he is concerned that gov-
ernment is not working for all the people
and just an elite few. His campaign motto is
education plus jobs equal security. He said
America must invest in public education as
a top priority.
"We are a nation in crisis. Special inter-
ests have stolen our tax dollars to line their
pockets," he said. "They have profited off
our health, destroyed our environment and
have profited from endless wars. Is this an
America we wish to leave our children and
grand children?"
Mr. Tautiva said the resources being used
to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq can be
better used to rebuild our communities. He
also supports clean energy and claims that
industry can create jobs.
"We don't need renewable enemies," he
said. "We need renewable energy."




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Lillian B. Watson Gardner, 92
OKEECHOBEE -Lillian B. Watson Gardner,
92, of ( i., .i ...1 passed away Thursday, Aug.
5, 2010, in the Hamrick Home Hospice of Okee-
chobee.
Born Nov. 7, 1917, i
in Providence, R.I.,
to the late John and
Mary Coulthurst. She
had been a resident
since 1990 coming
from North Miami
Beach.
She was owner of
Watson's Restaurant
of Miami with for-
mer husband Fred
Dale Watson. She was a member of the Tropi-
cal Rose Society of Greater Miami, Worthy Ma-
tron Eastern Star North Miami Beach Edward
Ricker Chapter # 214, an officer of the Okee-
chobee Eastern Star # 128 and the Florida Res-
taurant Association.
Her dancing started when she was a young
girl with her sister and danced for private or
ganizations which continued into her adult-
hood. In addition she enjoyed ballroom and
square dancing, working in the yard and swim-
ming in her pool.
She is preceded in death by her two brothers;
four sisters; and husbands; Roy Albert Waldron
and Fred Dale Watson.
She is survived by her husband Clifton 'Kip'
Gardner; daughters, Jean Dean (Kendall) of
Lake Placid, Judy Meadows of (i,i .. ii .
June Brack (James) West Palm Beach; step-
sons, Jon Gardner (Bobbie) of Connecticut, Pe-
ter Gardner, and Eric Gardner (Dawna) all of
Maine. In addition she is survived by grandchil-
dren, David Johnson of Tennessee, Kimberly
Darley of Port St. Lucie, Deborah Romero of
South Carolina, Jeffrey Brack (Becky) of Port St.
Lucie, Jodi Haslam (Shane) of Lake Worth; four
great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews
and many friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday,
Aug. 9, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. Service will fol-
low with an Eastern Star service, followed by
services with a minister in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, (,i.,, .. i ..I .
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of (i .. i..1,,,,, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.
Online condolences can be made at
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Danielle LeAnne Rexroad, 27
OKEECHOBEE -Danielle LeAnne Rexroad,
27, died July 30, 2010, at Raulerson Hospital.
She was a life-time resident of Okeechobee.
Her hobbies included camping, shopping,
traveling, and visits to Disney World.
She attended the Living Word of Faith Church.
Danielle was preceded in death by her pater-
nal grandfather, Major Ronald R. Rexroad.
Survivors include her two sons, Beau and
Brock; daughter, Billie Jo, all of (i., . il. ,-
Also included are her parents, Dwayne and
Becky Rexroad of Okeechobee; maternal grand-
parents, Dallas and Rosie Dunham of Florala,
Ala.; and paternal grandmother, Sandy Rexroad
of( iL ..i ,
There will be no services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that dona-
tions be made to the trust fund set up at River-
side Bank for her children.
All care and arrangements are under the care
and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of
Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory,
(,i . i. i. 357-7283.

Community Events

Legion has Karaoke
American Legion Post 64 will host open
mic karaoke every Sunday 3-6 pm. Bring
your discs or choose from our selections.
Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church,
4112 U.S. 441 N. is having Vacation Bible
School Monday through Friday Aug. 9 -13
from 7 to 9 each evening.

Candidates forum Tuesday
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.

Healthy Start board to meet
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. For
more information contact Kay Begin, at the
Coalition Office, 863-462-5877.







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Swim team starts practice
The Okeechobee High School Swim
Team will practice at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex Pool Aug. 9-13, and Aug.
16-20, from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. Students
who are entering the 9th, 10th, llth or 12th
grades this year who are interested in join-
ing the 2010/2011 OHS Swim Team should
contact Coach Turner 317-372-5639.

Flag football signups start
Flag Football Team sign ups have begun
for boys and girls, Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Stop by the ROC (recreational outreach cen-
ter) of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee,
301 SW Fifth Ave., Monday-Thursday, or call
Teresa at 467-ROCK (7625).

OCRA football, cheerleading
sign-ups set for Aug. 14
OCRA football and cheerleading sign-ups
will be on Saturday, 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 cheerleading with a $5 discount for
each additional child. Any player who signs
up after these dates will be placed on a wait-
ing list. They may be placed on a team due
to the loss of a player for medical reasons
only. No exceptions 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.


Impact Competitive
Cheerleading signups open
Sign ups have begun for First Baptist
Church Eagles Impact Cheerleading squads.
Boys and Girls, Kindergarten to 12th Grade.
This is not your ordinary side-line cheer-
leading. Squad members learn tumbling,
choreography, stunts and strength building.
Beginners are welcomed! Call Teresa at 467-
ROCK (7625) or stop by the ROC at 301 SW
5th Ave, Monday-Thursday.

Bowling tourney cancelled
The bowling tourney planned for Lucky
Lanes Bowling Alley to benefit Chaka's Stars
has been postponed. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-634-7424 or chaka@
chakastars.com.

Baseball/softball camp
The OHS baseball and softball programs
will be held this year on Aug. 13 & 14 at
Okeechobee High School, for boys and girls
ages 8 and up. The quality baseball/softball
instruction is provided by college and high
school coaches, designed and geared for the
serious player and all potential little league
coaches. 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 information: Jess Manson, 863-
634-5020; Bobby Steiert, 863-634-6523; or,
Russ Brown, 863-634-4457.


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USDA announces SURE program deadline


USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Admin-
istrator Jonathan Coppess has announced
that producers have until Thursday, Sept. 30,
to submit an application for payment under
the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance
Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides
financial assistance for crop production and
or quality losses due to a natural disaster.
"We want producers to be aware of this
deadline so they are certain to visit their FSA
county office to file a 2008 SURE program
payment application no later than Septem-
ber 30," said Coppess. "It is important to fin-
ish the current 2008 SURE program sign-up
because the authority for the Recovery Act


supplement for payment benefits expires
at the end of the current fiscal year and the
Department of Agriculture will then start the
2009 SURE sign-up application process."
FSA began accepting and processing
2008 SURE program applications in January
2010, and the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 (RecoveryAct) allowed
for a one-time increase in the calculation of
2008 SURE payments that are filed by Sept.
30, 2010. Producers who do not file a 2008
SURE program payment application by Sept.
30, 2010, will not be considered eligible for
2008 SURE program payments.
Producers are encouraged to file an ap-


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


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53.00
44.00
63.00
71.00


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472
117
10
7
5
59
670


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170-190
64.50 200-250
62.00 250-300
45.00 300-350
350-400
76.00 400-450
77.00 450-500
550-600
esday 600-650
1130 Med#2
374 150-200
89 200-250
70 250-300
19 300-350
94 350-400
1776 400-450


Steers
185-190
160-195
152-165
140-150
134-142
120-135
117-129
110-135
108-116
Steers
135-160
117-140
115-133
109-117
110-125


Hfrs
165-180
132-150
130-140
123-132
133-122
109-117
105-115
100-111
113-116
Hfrs
115-140
105-107
120-130
100-105
112-126
102-115


Small #1
300-350 -105-114
450-500 111-115
Prices good again. Most all
calves $2-3 higher. Slaughter
cows and bulls steady to $1
higher. Things should hold
up with numbers down.
Mark A. Pearce, Okeecho-
bee, topped the calf market
with a high of $2.10. Clyde
Crouch, Ft. Pierce, topped
the cow market with a high
of 65.50.
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not qualify. An electronic SURE program
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider,
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Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
after the man had taken his computer to a
local business for repair. The computer tech-
nician found the child photos and immedi-
ately contacted the sheriff's office.
Lt. Stark arrested Manton when he
showed up to get his computer.
"This is one of the worst kinds of cases
you could possibly work," said Lt. Stark after
the arrest.
That computer, and a second one found
in his home, were seized and given to Detec-
tive David Broughton of the Martin County
Sheriff's Office who is a computer expert.
Mr. Albright said Detective Broughton was
able to find even more photos, and videos,
of children He estimated that the detective


forming any sex acts. Approximately 120
photos kept by the prosecutor were defined
as pornography.
During the sentencing proceedings Friday
morning, Mr. Albright told Judge Belanger
that 115 of the pornographic photos found
on Manton's computers were sent to the
National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children. Of those, 40 children were identi-
fied, he said.
"Some were from Georgia, North Caro-
lina and Texas. There were several from
Germany, Brazil and Paraguay," said Mr. Al-
bright.
In his statement to the court, Manton pre-
sented reasons to Judge Belanger on why he
should not be sent to prison which included
his health and his work with the U.S. govern-
ment. Manton told the judge that he met last
Friday with the Chiefs of Staff in the Penta-
gon in Washington, D.C. That meeting, he


were open to the public.
"It's for American soldiers and it's impor-
tant to keep the supply route going," he told
the judge.
Manton also said that Benazir Bhutto, the
first female prime minister of Pakistan, was
his "adopted sister." She was assassinated
Dec. 27, 2007.
Manton went on to say that because of a
heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery
done last year, he feared he could not get the
proper medical care in prison to keep him
alive.
But, Judge Belanger wasn't fazed.
"Sometimes words just don't seem suf-
ficient," he said from the bench. "I'm strug-
gling looking at these images-they are hor-
rific. This kind of behavior is evil."


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Aug, 6. With Lake Okeechobee at 13.72 feet
(NGVD) Friday, the 2008 Lake Okeecho-
bee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS) pre-
scribes "base flows" to the estuaries. The
new target release to the east is 200 cubic
feet per second (cfs) measured at the St. Lu-
cie Lock and Dam (S-80). To the west, the
target flow is 450 cfs measured at the WP
Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) on the Caloo-
sahatchee River.
"We're very fortunate that weather condi-
tions have allowed Lake Okeechobee water
levels to go down," said Lt. Col. Michael Ki-
nard, deputy district engineer for South Flor-
ida. "This means we're able to make these


in the lake for a moderate storm event, we
don't yet have capacity for an extreme rain
event." On the July 23 start of the previous
release cycle, the lake was at 14.10 ft. Re-
lease targets rates were 730 cfs and 2,000 cfs
to the east and west, respectively.
"We're glad we succeeded in drawing
down the lake to today's level, but a contin-
ued downward trend that increases storage
capacity is still our goal. We're modifying the
release profile to closely resemble a storm
event with a sharp peak followed by some
no-flow days during the 10-day cycle. We ex-
pect this to allow for some estuary recovery
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Deputy's quick thinking leads to coke bust


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Dark window tint and sound thinking
by a Glades County Sheriff's Office (GCSO)
deputy led to a man's arrest after 198 grams
of suspected powder cocaine was found in
his car.
Humberto Maldona-
do Rios, 29, S.E. Maple
Drive, Arcadia, was ar-
rested Thursday, Aug. 5,
on a charge of trafficking
in cocaine. He was booked
into the Glades County Jail
where he is being held on a -
$1,000,000 bond. Humberto
"With the budget cuts Maldona-do Rios
effecting everyone through-
out the state, we will keep up our vigilant
efforts in fighting the war at our front door
-- drugs," said Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon.
A GCSO arrest report stated that deputies
David Springman and Brad Warner stopped
Rios on U.S. 27 N. because of the dark win-
dow tint on the 2000 Nissan Xterra sports
utility vehicle he was driving. While the two
deputies were talking with Rios, Deputy
Springman noticed several air fresheners
hanging from the rear view mirror. He also


saw a can of air freshener in an open con-
sole inside the SUV
All of the air fresheners in the vehicle
raised the deputy's suspicion because they
are commonly used to mask the smell of
narcotics, stated the report. So, he asked
Rios if he could search the vehicle and the
man gave his consent.
During that search the deputy reportedly
found $3,000 in cash as well as a compart-
ment under the rear seat that didn't appear
to match the rest of the vehicle's floor.
At this point GCSO detectives Sergeant
Steve Harris and Sergeant Mike Pepitone
were summoned to the scene, along with
Sgt. Harris' K-9 Sandy.
The K-9 was allowed to conduct a free
sniff of the Xterra and alerted to the hatch
on the compartment several times during
that sniff.
According to the arrest report, Sgt. Pepi-
tone was able to access the panel where
he found a potato chip bag. Besides potato
chips, Sgt. Pepitone also reportedly found a
white powdery substance that he identified
as cocaine. The report goes on to state that
upon closer inspection of the compartment,
Sgt. Pepitone found a sealed plastic bag that
also contained a white powdery substance.
He also identified that substance as cocaine,
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while the other bag allegedly contained 138
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drugs" and that he was very proud of his
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Special STARS bowlers compete in district event


LAKE PLACID-Bowlers merged on the
lanes Saturday, July 31, at Royal Palms Bowl-
ing Center for a district competition for Special
STARS.
There were 70 bowlers from Highlands,
Hardee and Okeechobee counties compet-
ing for medals. Highlands walked away with
the most medals by taking 27 gold, silver and
bronze. Okeechobee took home 16 medals
and two medals went back to Hardee County.
The five-person team from Highlands
County consisting of Shawn Squires, Ricky
Marino, Larry Rivers, Emily Lavely and Nicole
Lewis won gold. Okeechobee's team consist-
ing of Lenny Crisino, Tom Gorney, Joe Borg,


Joseph Berry and Dana Collins took the sil-
ver medal. The bronze medal went to a team
consisting of Highlands and Hardee athletes
-John Smith, Lewis Simpson, Owen Barnhill,
Eva Monk and one Avon Park Youth Academy
student.
Squires was the top bowler during the dis-
trict event by shooting a 245 and 232.
Doubles teams taking home medals were
David Westgate and Jerry Sandora, from
Okeechobee, won gold; Jackie Wentworth
and Joanna Austin, of Okeechobee, took sil-
ver; and Gerald Bass and Annie Horn, of High-
lands won bronze.
Highlands swept the field in the ramp dou-


bles teams by taking home the gold medals
courtesy of Patty Wilfong and Stephanie Tyree.
The silver medal was won by Alan Kufnowski
and Tony Bock, both of Sebring.
In singles bowling there were gold medals
presented to Highlands athletes Sharon Car-
penter and Maricel Moreno; and Okeechobee
athletes Bill Bailey, Steve Kotch, and Jamie
Parker.
Silver medals in singles went to Hardee
athlete Thomas Dirkson; Highlands athletes
Dustin Akey, Sarah Moore and Dennis Taylor;
and Okeechobee athlete Mary Jo Solloway.
Bronze medals in singles went to Highlands
athletes Raymond Jackson, Helena Spies, Wil-
liam Dickson and Debbie Weisgerber.
In ramp bowling the Highlands winners


were Richard Rossner and Bobby Talley,
both won gold and Danny Bass won silver.
Okeechobee winners were Amanda Cham-
bers who won bronze, Leonard Baine who
won silver and Judy Carter who won bronze.
The Cracker Trail 4-H Club helped pres-
ent the medals as well as assist with serving
lunch.
During the opening ceremony, Carl Gillilan,
of Sebring, sang the national anthem while a
representative from the Avon Park Youth Acad-
emy presented the American flag.


There were 20 special athletes from Okeechobee traveling to Lake Placid last
Saturday, July 31, to compete in the Special STARS District Bowling Competi-
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Kiwanis Club learns about golf performance
Mike Malizia was the guest speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 5, Kiwanis meeting
at the American Legion Post 64. Mr. Malizia is the Director of Instruction at
Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City and also the owner of
Mike Malizia Golf Performance. He is TPI certified. TPI is the study of body
function and biomechanics. He played golf professionally for 16 years. He
played in the 2000 U.S. Open and won the Jamaican Open. He studied under
Bob Rotella, a world renown sports psychologist. Mr. Malizia teaches several
players on the PGA, LPGA, Nationwide and Senior Tours. His clients include
Rick Ankiel of the Kansas City Royals and Jim Kaat of the St. Louis Cardinals.
He told the Kiwanis members how he started his golf career first as a player
and then became an instructor which he enjoys the most. He also said that
there is not one certain golf swing; you have to understand the importance
of your body function. He said 95 percent of your success as a golfer is
your posture, ball position and alignment. Afterwards, several of the Kiwanis
members enjoyed an exciting putting competition and the two winners were
Brad Stark and Devin Maxwell, who each received a free golf lesson from
Mike Malizia. Left to right are Greg Thogersen, President Elect and Mike Mali-
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By Pete Gawda
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One-stop shopping for county govern-
ment information is now available at your
finger tips. On July 15 Okeechobee County
unveiled its new and improved website at
www.co.okeechobee.fl.us with everything
a person would want to know about the
county. Since its inauguration the website
has received 85,322 visits.
Each page features a beautiful wildlife
picture courtesy of South Florida Water
Management District. On the right side of the
page is a listing of upcoming events with a
countdown of the number of days until each
event.
Probably the most popular feature is the
meeting portal page which allows a person
to watch commission meetings as they take
place or watch past commission meetings.
Since July 15, the portal has received 18,000
visits.
There is a link that introduces you to the
county commissioners and allows you to
send them e-mail. Another link connects to
the constitutional officers including the clerk
of the court with access to county records.
A third link deals with county ordinances.
There is also a link for county documents.
The records page allows a person to
search commission minutes for a specific
topic.
The department page is still under con-
struction. When it is completed a person
will find information on all the county de-
partments. The building department has


completed their section of the page. It con-
tains information for contractors, permit
applications and building regulations. All
county ordinances are found on the county
code page.


The business page contains specifications
for businesses who want to bid on county
projects. The visitors page has information
on recreational activities for visitors.
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On August 2, Okeechobee's American Legion Post 64 hosted the Big Lake Dis-
trict Eagle Scout Board of Review Committee. The Committee met to review
the latest Scout to Eagle request. Committee Chairman Judge William L. Hen-
dry, Big Lake District Chairman Ray Worley and Member David Fox reviewed
the work that Eagle applicant Jonathan Jones had completed in preparation
for his big day in Scouting and Life. It takes a lot of work to become an Eagle
Scout and Jonathan shared his project which has to be completed before he
can even apply for his Eagle. His project met all the requirements for the award
of the coveted Eagle badge. The Gulf Stream Council's Big Lake District of the
Boy Scouts of America is proud to award our newest Eagle Scout his Badge
and proud of the project he chose and the results he attained. Pictures, left to
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Judge William L. Hendry, Troop 622 Scoutmaster April Stafirn, Eagle Scout
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Economic conditions are forcing the
South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) to adopt the same policy as many
households: "If you don't have the money,
don't buy it."
At their Aug. 12 meeting the SFWMD
board of governors will consider an amend-
ed downsized cash transaction with U.S.
Sugar. For the second time SFWMD is re-
considering its 2008 agreement to purchase
more than 180,000 acres from U.S. Sugar for
Everglades restoration. Originally the pur-
chase was to be financed.
In May of 2009 the governing board
downsized the original agreement to pro-
vide for the purchase of close to 73,000 acres
with an option to purchase the remaining
107,000 acres during the next 10 years.
Eric Bauermann, chairman of the SF-
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interview, stated that in two years time the
district lost 30 percent of its ad valorem tax-
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values. "We can only afford to close on this,"
he added.
At the Aug. 12 meeting the governing
board will consider purchasing 26,800 acres
using $197,396,088 in cash with an option
to acquire the remaining approximately
153,000 acres over the next 10 years. A cash
purchase would eliminate the need for in-
curring new debt.


The proposed agreement includes 17,900
acres of citrus in Hendry County and 8,900
acres of sugar cane in Palm Beach County.
The land would be leased back to U.S. Sugar
at $150 an acre until SFWMD needs it for res-
toration projects or land exchange.
Mr. Bauermann said if the modified agree-
ment is approved, SFWMD may later swap
the northeastern segment of the Hendry
County land for land further south to enlarge
STA (stormwater treatment area) 1 West.
Mr. Bauermann said SFWMD looked at
the area covered by the May 2009 agree-
ment and decided the property currently un-
der consideration was the "most critical" to
Everglades restoration.
"We have a system and plan for the
26,800 acres," he said.
The Hendry County property is just west
of existing STAs and could be used for wa-
ter storage and treatment. The 8.900 acres
in Palm Beach County could be used to
expand existing STAs to the benefit of the
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Audubon of Florida has endorsed the
proposal.
"This the right land and the right price to
meet water quality standards we have been
chasing for 20 years," Eric Draper, execu-
tive director of Audubon of Florida, said in
a press release.
If the board approves the transaction, the
deal could be closed within 60 days.
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they will consider three cases dealing with Where: City Council Chambers,
general cleaning: David Back, S.E. Seventh Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third
Street, N&A Real Estate, N.W 12th, and Ben Ave.
Smith, N.W 12th Street.
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Judge gives Lucinda Lamb

10-year prison sentence


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman who rented a motel room then
did drugs with her stepdaughter and a sec-
ond teenager, who ultimately died, was sen-
tenced to 10 years in prison Friday, Aug. 6.
Lucinda Lamb, 38, was also ordered by
Circuit Court Judge Rob-
ert Belanger to serve 10
years probation upon her
release from prison.
On June 14 Lamb had
entered a plea of guilty to
felony charges of child
abuse and delivering a Lucinda
controlled substance to a Lamb
minor.
She was also ordered to pay court costs
and fees, and was given credit for the 118
days she has already spent in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Lamb was arrested after 18-year-old Am-
ber Nicole Martin was found dead in room
105 of the Budget Inn Motel, 201 S. Parrott
Ave., on March 20, 2008. Lamb had taken
her then-16-year-old daughter and Ms. Mar-
tin to the motel after an argument with her
husband.
While at the motel, Lamb and her daugh-
ter snorted cocaine. The three had been in
the room for about a day-and-a-half, said
arresting officer Detective Bill Saum, of
the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD).
According to Dr. Roger Mittleman, of the


19th Judicial District Medical Examiner's Of-
fice in Fort Pierce, Ms. Martin died of poly
drug toxicity. In his 2008 report, Dr. Mittle-
man said he found cocaine and oxycodone
in the young woman's system.
Detective Saum said Lamb told him
that she and her stepdaughter had snorted
powder cocaine together as many as three
times.
"She said 'it was a mother and daughter
thing, but we only did a little bit,'" said the
detective. "Lucinda then threw every bit of
the blame onto Ms. Martin and her daughter.
She's one heck of a mother."
And because "she's one heck of a moth-
er," Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
asked for a sentence of 20 years because of
Ms. Martin's death.
"I wanted the 20, certainly, and that was
one of my considerations," he said. "Howev-
er, she was not charged with that (the death)
and I could not prove that Lucinda supplied
the drugs that caused her death."
Lamb had turned down a plea deal last
year and elected to go to trial instead. How-
ever, as Mr. Albright prepared for trial on
June 14, Lamb changed her mind and en-
tered her guilty plea.
Detective Saum said he wasn't surprised
when she changed her mind because the
case against her was strong. He also said
that she should get the maximum amount
of prison time allowed by law.
"If she'll do this with a kid now, she'll do
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Bedroom Set 6 piece-
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Couches $800.00
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adjustable seat, good
batteries approx. 3 yrs
$ 7 0 0 0 0
(623)875-3812
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very good condition,
original manuel, good
batteries $500.00.
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863-697-1129
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Large Apt. in town $550
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863-467-8705
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3500 Sq. ft., no yard to
maintain. First, Last and
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In Town Apt 2/1 very
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deposit call Vikki @
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on quiet street. Pets wel-
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one is $750mo. 1st, last
& $500 sec.
561-346-1642
RIVER ACRES, 1/1 Cot-
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very clean. Includes Pri-
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$800 mo. 1st, last & sec.
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moves you in.
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month. 1st, last & sec.
Call 561-261-0077

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of property fenced.
$1400/ mo. or will con-
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(561)254-9326.




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL REPORT
Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the
Okeechobee County Planning Board sitting as the Local Planning Agency,
pursuant to Chapter 163, Florida Statues. The purpose of the public hearing
is to consider and receive public input concerning the proposed Evaluation
and Appraisal Report of the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan prior
to making a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The
public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9' Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. Interested persons may
appear and be heard. Written comments may be submitted at the public
hearing, or may be submitted to the Planning and Development Depart-
ment, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 prior to
the public hearing.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Planning Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to en-
sure that a verbatm record of the proceedings is made and that the record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based
Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records of the department.
362494 ON 8/8/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-658
JUDGE: Larry Schack
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA A Division of and now known as
TD BANK, NA
Plaintiff
VS.
GEORGE D. ETCHISON, MARILYN ETCHISON,
CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
Defendants
NOTICE OFSALE
The Clerk of the Circuit Court hereby gives notice of the following foreclo-
sure sale in the above referenced matter:
A. The Property to be sold is:
Site Address: 5271 US Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Okeechobee County Real Property
Tax Identification No.: 1-31-37-36-0A00-0003-C100
A PORTION OF SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BEING FULLY DESCRIBED AS:
A parcel of land lying in fractional; Section 31 Township 37 South, Range
36 East Okeechobee County Florida said parcel being more particularly
described as follows:
Commencing at the intersecbon of the West boundary of said Section 31
and the Northerly right-of-way line of State Road No 15 (66 foot wide
right-of-way), Thence South 51'30'19" East along said Northerly right-of-
way line of State Road No 15, a distance of 1,898.32 feet to the POINT
OF BEGINNING,
Thence South 51'29'28" East continuing along said Northerly right-of-way
line a distance of 155.11 feet,
Thence North 3257'29" East, a distance of 341.93 feet,
Thence North 5545'18" West, a distance of 164.21 feet,
Thence South 31'19'03" West, a distance of 330.63 feet to the
Northerly right-of-way line of said State Road No 15 and the
POINT OF BEGINNING.
as recorded in ORB 628 PAGE 1165 of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
B. The Clerk's Sale will take place on Oct. 6, 2010, at 11:00 AM, at Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
C. The sale will be made pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated July 22, 2010;
D. RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, A Division of and now
known as TD BANK, NA vs. GEORGE D. ETCHISON, MARILYN ETCHISON,
CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY; UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CASE
NO.:2009-CA-658
E. This sale is being made by Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Circuit
Court, Okeechobee County of the Circuit Court, Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cult, by and through a deputy Clerk of Court.
F. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from 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.
Dated: July 23, 2010
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURT
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommoda-
tion in order to participate in a proceeding, you are entitled, at no
cost to you to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact
the Court Administration Department, 250 NW Country Club Drive
Suite #217, Port St Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 within 2
working days of the recent of the notice of a proceeding to make
arrangements. For hearing or voice impaired contact
1-800-955-8771.
361546 ON 8/8,15/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE
BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF IN-
DIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE,
FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 1:00 P.M., MON-
DAY, AUGUST 16, 2010, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM
210 OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN
CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596
ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSID-
ERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR
PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE
MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS
BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY
PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
361024 ON 8/8/10


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Public Notice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2008-CA-000634
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO FIDELITY BANK &
TRUST,
PLAINTIFF
VS.
ANDREA BADARACCO, ET AL.,
DEFENDANT
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
GEORGE G. KING A/K/A GEORGE
G. KING N/K/A ALEXANDRIA
MARIE MINTON
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/tey be dead, the unknown
defendants who may be spouses,


heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees,
ienors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all parties having
or claiming to have any right, title or
interest in the property described in
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
in.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an acbon to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:
THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH
1/2 OF TRACT 12; LESS THE
EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH
1/2 OF TRACT 12, SECTION
10, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4,
PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
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0019222803 VIN# COS-
GART011327.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on DA-
VID J. STERN, ESQ. Plaintiffs attor-
ney, whose address is 900 South
Pine Island Road #400, Plantation,
FL 33324-3920 no later than 30
days from the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of acbon 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 or petition
filed herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 3rd day of August,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT


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BY Arlene Nealis
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
08-01860 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
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-
tration at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 at least 7 days be-
fore your scheduled court appear-
ance, or immediately upon receiving
this notification if the time before the
scheduled appearance is less than 7
days; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call 711.
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Rainfall below average for 2010 rainy season


WEST PALM BEACH -Even with an
early tropical storm, South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) meteorolo-
gists report a below average start to the 2010
rainy season continued into July.
"The below normal rainfall, coupled with
high evapotranspiration and constant ad-
justments by water managers, has given the
regional water storage system a chance to
recover from an unusually wet winter," said
Tommy Strowd, SFWMD Deputy Executive
Director of Operations and Maintenance.
"This combination of factors has enabled
the system to respond well to the few larger
rainfall events we have seen, such as Tropi-
cal Storm Bonnie, while improving storage
capacity as we approach the most active
part of hurricane season."
From the beginning of the rainy season
in June through the end of July, an average
of 11.81 inches of rain fell across the 16-
county District. The total represents about
80 percent of the normal rainfall for the two
months, or a deficit of around 3 inches.
While June typically produces some of
the wettest weeks of the year in South Flori-
da, the six-week period between July 5 and
August 15 often provides a lull in the annual
rainy season. The District-wide average of
6.14 inches of rain in July was 90 percent of
normal, or a rainfall deficit of 0.69 inches.
Some local areas -such as the Lower Kis-
simmee Basin and eastern Miami-Dade and
Broward counties -exceeded historical av-
erages for the month.
Tropical Storm Bonnie brought an aver-
age of 0.6 inches of rain to the region


From June through the end of July ... The total represents 80
percent of the normal rainfall for the two months, or a deficit of
around 3 inches.
South Florida Water Management District


with localized totals as high as 3.5 inches in
parts of Miami-Dade County -as it quickly
moved across the southern tip of the Florida
peninsula on July 23. The regional flood
control system operated normally to move
stormwater away from populated areas.
The District received no reports of significant
flooding during the storm.
"Although Tropical Storm Bonnie had a
minimal impact on South Florida, the Dis-
trict was ready to handle any potential effects
from the storm," said Susan Sylvester, Direc-
tor of the Operations Control and Hydro
Data Management Department. "Residents
should remember that each tropical weath-
er system has its own unique characteristics.
By remaining prepared, we can all do our
part to reduce the risk of flooding."
Once again showcasing Florida's weath-
er extremes, the rainy season rainfall deficit
follows a 2009-2010 dry season that record-
ed 131 percent of the average rainfall. This
represents 5.88 inches above normal with
an average of 24.67 inches of rain falling
throughout the District from the beginning
of November through the end of May. The
higher than average rainfall total presented
challenges for wildlife, particularly wading
birds that nest in the Everglades.


Media outlets are encouraged to post this
graphic and link on their websites as a pub-
lic service for residents.
Even with above average rainfall, the Dis-
trict was able to perform vital maintenance
work to the regional flood control system
that normally occurs during the dry season.
By the start of the 2010 rainy season, $240
million had been invested in essential main-
tenance and upgrade work during the past
five years to ensure the system of 2,600 miles
of canals and levees operates at optimal ca-
pacity and provides effective flood control
for South Florida's 7.5 million residents.
The rainy season lasts from June through
October, when South Florida receives about
70 percent of its annual average of 52 inches
of rainfall. Flooding may happen when large
amounts of rain occur during a short period
of time or from a single heavy storm, tropi-
cal system or hurricane. Forecasters are call-
ing for above normal tropical activity during
the current storm season.
This year, the District also enhanced its
annual rainy season preparations by launch-
ing a webpage with information on the
shared responsibilities of flood control in
South Florida and what residents, business-
es and local governments can do to prepare
for a storm.


Complementing the online effort, SF-
WMD staff hosted a series of rainy season
readiness presentations across the region
-at county commission meetings, schools
and civic association gatherings -in an ef-
fort to continually inform the public about
current conditions and citizens' role in local
flood control.
Tips on how residents can prepare for
the rainy season are available on the Dis-
trict's Rainy Season Readiness website. For
updates from the District in case of an emer-
gency, follow the District's Twitter feed: @
SFWMD.

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Blackstone to coach


OHS baseball team


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jeff Blackstone was introduced as the
new baseball coach for Okeechobee High
School this week.
The Melbourne High School product
played four years of college baseball at
Florida Institute of Technology and one of
his former teammates was the man he re-
places at OHS Dylan Tedders.
Blackstone will also teach Environmen-
tal Sciences and Algebra at OHS this year.
Blackstone was described as a scrappy
competitor when he played baseball and
he said he expects to bring a tough men-
tality to the Brahman program, "I was
never the biggest guy in the world but I
played hard and I did my job, stole a base,
dropped down the bunt. I think that will
be one of the characteristics of our team.
We will play hard for 21 outs per game,"
he said.
Tedders said he always remembered
Blackstone as a fighter. He said Blackstone
never left the field with a clean jersey. He
said he will assist Blackstone as he gets to
know the players and evaluates the talent.
He said this is Blackstone's program from
here on.
Blackstone held individual meetings
with senior players on Tuesday and plans
to hold organizational meetings soon.
"I am excited to be here and to be apart
of this program. I know Okeechobee is a
proud baseball community and I'm proud
to be a part of it," he said.
For Blackstone, this job is a career
change. He worked in real estate develop-
ment and construction management. He
did coach a travel ball team based in Se-
bastian that included one of his two sons in
a 12 and under league. He also has owned
his own lawn and landscaping business.
Tedders said while Blackstone has no
head coaching experience in the sport, it
is not a concern for the School's Adminis-
tration. He noted he had only OCRA head
coaching experience before he took the
high school job nearly 10 years ago. "It's
not a concern. I know he will work very


Jeff Blackstone, baseball coach for
Okeechobee High School.
hard. He knows the game. He's a go getter
and he will get after it."
Blackstone said he is willing to do what-
ever it takes to get the job done which
means a long commute for him this year.
He will continue to live in Melbourne and
plans to relocate his family next year. He
admitted this was a fantastic situation to
get into because of the talent on the team
and the long tradition of success here.
"We're not looking to start over. I hope
to come in here and continue to build on
the success that Dylan and Coach Tim Gillis
have built here," he added. "Baseball is fun
to me and I'm very passionate about it."
He also plans to stress discipline, funda-
mentals and an aggressive style of play. His
advice to the kids is to come to practice ev-
ery day to work hard. He said good things
will happen for them if they work hard and
listen to his instructions.
"We want to get the most out of our tal-
ent. We want the players to have fun with
it. Most guys will enjoy the opportunity to
steal and hit and run. I hope being aggres-
sive will improve our ability to win more
ball games," he added.
Blackstone said he also knows the val-
ue of youth baseball leagues and he plans
to work closely with the OCRA and Little
League programs in Okeechobee.
"Youth baseball has been my focus. I
have tried to build up some good baseball
talent at a young age and teach the kids the
characteristics they need to succeed. From
top to bottom we have the talent here to
win year in and year out," he said.


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