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Vol. 101 No. 99 Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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Public encouraged to vote early
By Pete Gawda "The early vote numbers have an average turnout for a gover- The supervisor of elections said
Okeechobee News been good this week," said Gwen nors year. Over the years, she said, the good weather has helped the
Even thonloh the local ballot Chandler, supervisor of elec- the average turnout for a turnout and people have been


only contains two races, voters
can beat the election day rush by
voting early. Early voting is going
on now through Saturday, Aug.
21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W Second St. Primary Elec-
tion Day is Aug. 24.


tions. "The numbers are
higher than they were dur- .
ing the same time of the
2008 primary. I encourage
voters to consider the ease V
and convenience of early %
voting.
Mrs. Chandler expects


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primary is 35 percent
of the registered votes
during a governor
election year. With
18,388 registered
voters this year, that
translates to 6,535 vot-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Pop Warner football practice starts
The Okeechobee Pop Warner program expects to continue a long run of success
this year as they will field three teams with kids from age five to 15 on the field.
Coach Tarrance Pryor tutors his kids on the fundamentals of youth football at a re-
cent practice. For more on Pop Warner football, see Page 18.


coming out in steady numbers.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 512
Okeechobee County voters had
taken advantage of the early vot-
ing option.
Voters who are registered as
See VOTE Page 15


Commission


candidates


questioned

Two Democrats and two
Republicans in County
Commission District 2 race
Editor's note: On Aug. 24, in the primary
election, Okeecholbee County voters regis
tered as Republicans will choose between
Bryant Culpepper and Jared Figley for the
Republican nominee for the County Com-
mission District 2 seat. Democrats will
choose between Noel Chandler and Gene
Woods for the Democratic nomination.
The winners of the two primaries will be
on the ballot in the November election.
The Okeechobee News invited readers to
pose questions to the candidates. The can
didates were given the questions in writ
ing and asked to respond in 100 words or
less.
QUESTION: Since the decline of
property values, the changes in the
Homestead Exemption, and the de-
cline of revenue from the landfill,
Okeechobee County has faced many
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Woman given a break, gets probation not prison


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee won-
an caught a break on Fri-
day the 13th when she
was sentenced to serve
24 months on probation
instead of a possible 30
years in prison.
Shannon Raulerson, Shannon
29, N.W Second St., en- Raulerson
tered a plea of no contest
to charges of grand theft from a person over
the age of 65 and giving false information to
a pawnbroker. She was looking at a possible
maximum sentence of 15 years on each
charge.
In handing down the probation sentence,
Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger agreed
to withhold adjudication so that Raulerson
"can make a good faith effort to pay restitu-
tion" to the victim.
Raulerson was arrested in June for taking
several items of jewelry from a woman she
was working for; the stolen items had a total
value of $17,700. She then sold the items at
a local pawn shop.
The victim told Circuit Court Judge Rob-
ert Belanger Friday, Aug. 13, that she was
able to buy back a bracelet that had been
stolen. But, she added, the rest of the items
were gone.
"I just wish I could get all these things
back," she told the judge.


Some of the items, she added, belonged
to her late husband and had a great deal of
sentimental value to her.
Judge Belanger looked down at Rauler-
son from the bench and offered some words
of caution.
"You have the grim prospect of 30 years
in prison hanging over your head, so you re-
ally need to make good decisions," he told
her.
If she does not make restitution to the
victim or comes back before him, Judge Be-
langer could then sentence her to the maxi-
mum prison sentence on each charge.
Raulerson was also ordered to serve 50
hours of community service and pay the
victim $5,000 in restitution while she's on
probation. Also, a civil lien of $10,000 will be
assessed against her.
The judge also ordered that Raulerson
could not work for anyone over the age of
65 in a position of trust, or in a similar posi-
tion for a disabled adult.
Judge Belanger also accepted a plea deal
and sentenced Alex Mendoza, 45, N.W 35th
Ave., to 74 days in the county jail after find-
ing him guilty of trespassing. Mendoza was
credited with the 74 days he has already
served.
Mendoza was arrested May 31 on a felo-
ny charge of burglary of an occupied dwell-
ing and a misdemeanor charge of criminal
mischief. In accepting the plea deal Friday,


Judge Belanger sentenced Mendoza to the
lesser included offense of trespass. Also, in
exchange for the plea, the state agreed to
drop the criminal mischief charge.
If he had been found guilty on the bur-
glary charge, Mendoza was looking at a
maximum prison sentence of 15 and/or a
fine of $10,000.
Mendoza was also ordered to pay all
court costs and fees.
In another sentencing held in circuit court
Friday, Judge Belanger accepted a negotiate
ed plea deal and sentenced Jorge Morales to
a year in the county jail.
Morales was arrested June 12 on a felony
charge of burglary of a dwelling and mis-
demeanor charges of battery, petit theft
and criminal mischief. In the plea deal, the
burglary of a dwelling charge was reduced
to a lesser included charge of burglary of a
structure.
Judge Belanger found Morales guilty and
sentenced him to a year in jail on the bur-
glary charge, as well as the battery charge.
Both charges will run concurrently.
As for the other misdemeanors, Morales
was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail
and was given credit for the 62 days he has
already served. That credit will also apply to
the burglary and battery charges.
Morales was also ordered to pay all court
costs and fees.


Traffic citation stop leads to local man's drug arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man
was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail
after he was allegedly
found to illegally be in
possession of some roxy-
codone pills.
Daniel Anthony Pel- Daniel
ham, 34, U.S. 441 S.E., Pelham
was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 11, on a
felony charge of possession of a controlled
substance roxycodone. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail where his
bond was set at $1,500.
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released on bond.


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Topsy-turvy times
It strikes me as pretty odd out there,
some of the things people are professing as
evil, and how backwards the United States
has become in its own way. Not all of it and
not everyone, but some of it just seems out
right topsy-turvy. What I'm referring to more
specifically is the odd classifications of the
legal status of drugs in the United States. The
government ranks drugs on a scale, the steps
of this scale referred to as Schedules, ranked
I through V Schedule I drugs are considered
to be the most dangerous under categories
such as physical harm to the user, tendency
to induce dependence, and the effect of its
use on family and society, while the scale
descends from Schedule I to II to III, IV and,
finally, to Schedule V, considered to be the
least harmful (that is to say that they may not
be considered at all harmful). Such Sched-
ule I drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and
cannabis, et alii, while Schedule II drugs in-
clude speed and cocaine, et alii. Marijuana
is considered more dangerous and more
of a threat to society that both cocaine and
speed, which sounds totally upside-down to
me. A plant, less harmful than alcohol and
cigarettes, remains illegal and a Schedule I
drug, while cocaine is a Schedule II. Why?
What's the logic behind this?

Marijuana
California has the possibility up for vote
soon enough and I'm interested to see what
happens with it, just to know if their revenue
increases and how the general state of their
economy fluctuates. Outside of 1930s propa-
ganda and reefer madness (!) I can't see any
reason why cannabis remains a Schedule
I drug, almost entirely illegal in the United
States, while people arrested for marijuana
clutter our prison systems, wasting money,
and while tobacco causes -435,000 deaths
per year, alcohol -85,000, prescription drug
reactions -32,000, and cannabis ... ? Well,
zero. And not about zero. Just zero.


I think everyone should smoke a joint
daily and mellow out. I can't think I've ever
read a news article that someone robbed a
bank or store to get $$$ to buy pot. I have
however read many a story about stores be-
ing robbed for $$ to buy pills and crack etc.
and pharmacies being robbed for the pills.
Do you deny that many drug addicts on
the heavy duty stuff started out with mari-
juana? Except for people who are in pain
and dying, the stuff, nickname, pot, belongs
exactly there.
I don't like drug use, I don't really con-
done it either. I was brought up with the pro-
paganda of Middle/High School that drugs
were bad, any type of drug and I've stayed
away from them all my life. I've seen some
bad that can happen through the use of mar-
ijuana. I work at a convenience store. I see
the people who come in to buy the Black
and Milds and the cigarillos to smoke with.
Sometimes it's just really depressing because
they are scraping together quarters and pen-
nies and don't have enough for the food they
want and the smokes, so they just end up
getting the smokes instead. I've seen a lot of
druggies up there and it always breaks my
heart. Then again, so do alcoholics.
If marijuana was to be made legal, I
would request one thing. People smoking
it should not be allowed to receive govern-
ment assistance. This includes Food Stamps
and what have you. If you can afford a rec-
reational drug on your own dime, then you
should be able to afford dinner for your fam-
ily as well. I get upset when someone buys
beer at the store with cash then asks if we
take food stamps for some soda and chips.

Electric bills
If you are looking for a house to rent,
make sure before you rent that you call the
utility companies and get a previous average
on the electric bill for the residence. Once
you sign the rental contract and then you
find out that the average electric bill is $600-
$700 it is too late to back out.

Election
At the forum, I noticed two candidates
had some ideas on how to bring more busi-
ness into Okeechobee. I feel that right now
is the time that decides whether Okeecho-
bee turns out like Indiantown or Kissimmee
for my kids future. Nothing against either of
those towns just two different worlds.


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I keep hearing folks say they want new
people elected to the local offices. So I am
wondering if anyone thinks it would be a
good idea to just have term limits for county
commission and school board. Maybe two
terms is enough for anyone and we should
have new officials every eight years, What
do you think? That would limit what some of
these political machines could do.

School board
After reading the Sunday paper it seems
to me that we have two very qualified, edu-
cated candidates for school board. They are
both teachers-one now retired and one
now working for the college. I think either
way the election goes we will have a good
person in office.

Outdoor World
I know it is too
soon to get excited
about the prospect of
this Outdoor World
resort, but I can't
help imagining what
a boost that would
be for Okeechobee in
the terms of tax base
and jobs if something -
like that were built
here. They could put
it somewhere that has
access to the Kissim-
mee River so the fishermen could take their
boats into the river and on down to the lake.
And how great would it be to have a water
park so close so we would not have to drive
two hours to take the kids to a water park.

Okee-Tantie
Okeechobee County has a unique trea-
sure in the Okee-Tantie Recreation area as
it is the only such facility that is actually in-
side the Herbert Hoover Dike. It could be a
real tourist attraction if they would fix it up.
I know the county does not have the funds
to do this, but how about going after some
grants? I know grant writers are expensive,
so why not put it on contract? Hire a grant
writer on a contract basis so they get a
percentage-I think they usually get 10 per-
cent-of the grant they write as a fee in ex-
change for researching, writing and manag-
ing the grant. If they are not successful and
don't get any grants, they don't get paid.


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County budget
Looking at the county budget, it seems
they could save some money by using pris-
oners to do things like cut the grass. Why do
we need to hire a lawn service or have peo-
ple on salary to do that? Use the prisoners
who are not violent offenders. They prob-
ably would like to be
outdoors instead of
cooped up in a jail
cell. The county bud-
get is the taxpayers'
money and we want
the county to save
money as much as
they can.
Times are tough
and looking at the
county budget infor-
mation in the paper,
I think the county
has too many chiefs and not enough Indi-
ans. We need to start cutting at the top. Why
do we need so many supervisors. I hate for
anyone to lose their jobs, but as a taxpayer I
can't keep paying more and more.
The agri-civic center is a money pit.
Looking at the budget, I think that is one
thing most taxpayers can agree on. They
need to find a way to make it at least pay for
itself. They should not be pouring more and
more taxpayer money into that place when
it is already a drain on our resources.
I don't know how to do this, but I think
all of the taxpayers would like to see a list
of county employees with family tree infor-
mation that shows who is related to elected
officials and who is related to each other.
I think we would find there is still a lot of
nepotism going on with someone's wife's
cousin or someone's brother-in-law being
hired instead of posting jobs for all to apply
for and hiring the most qualified candidate.
The elected officials treat the payroll like it
is their money and it isn't their money it's
our money, the taxpayers' money.
The various officials are saying they
may have to cut salaries or cut paid holidays.
What I want to know is if the administrators
will all take a pay cut and give up paid holi-
days too. And will the county commission-
ers donate back a portion of their county
pay and maybe come in and help out at the
county offices one day a week to help out?
The county commissioners make as much
in county salary as some of the full-time em-
ployees do.


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August 18, 2010 Okeechobee News


Community Events


Moose to hold pool tournament
Okeechobee Moose #1753, at 159 NW
36th Street, will be hosting a State Invitation-
al Pool Tournament onAug. 20, 21 and 22.
The tournament is for members only. The
Friday dinner will be steak and shrimp with
lots of food, fun and music. Please come
and see us and support your local team. For
more information, call 863-610-2997.

Legion hall to hold Country
dinner dance on Friday
American Legion Post 64 will have din-
ner from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20. The
menu will include your choice of coun-
try fried steak, pork tenderloin, fried fish,
chopped steak, or chicken strips served with
salad, potato, vegetable, roll and dessert for
donation of $6. Dance music by Michael
starts at 7 p.m.

Texas Hold'em benefit to be
held for John Ed Garrard
A Texas Hold'em Tournament and BBQ
dinner will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21,
to benefit John Ed Garrard, who suffered a
massive stroke and is in need of extensive
rehabilitation. The tournament will start at
1:00 p.m. at the VFW (3912 Hwy. 441 SE).
Entry donation is $100 for seat. To regis-
ter call Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or
Doug Vest at 863-763-7222. There will also
be a BBQ "pick-up" dinner from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. with an $8 donation. Everyone wel-
come!


Okeechobee KOA presents
Battle of the Bands and
talent competition
On Saturday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee will
host its first "Battle of the Bands" and talent
contest. There are no age limits-all types
of talent 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: first prize, $500;
second prize, $250; and third prize, $100. In
addition, many other great incentives will be
offered. Only 15 entries will be accepted, so
hurry and register. This event is open to the
public for an admission charge of $5. The
admission fee 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 Care Camps.

Teen Dance Party planned
The next teen dance party is planned on
Saturday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus auditorium
(behind Golden Corral Restaurant.) The
event is open to youth ages 12 to 15. Cost
is $7 per person and includes pizza, soda
and chips. Live music will be by DP Produc-
tions. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA of
Okeechobee. For more information, please
call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.


Gun Club hosts shooting
event at Sheriffs Gun Range
The Glades County Shooting Club will
have a shooting day on Sunday, Aug. 22.
The range is located at the Glades County
Sheriffs Gun Range at Gun Club Road on
S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of U.S. 27. The pubic is
invited. Bring your own firearms and ammo.
Legal stuff only. The Range Officer will guide
you through procedures, so certain safety
procedures will be followed and the shoot-
ing will be fun and safe for all. Come and en-
joy our Second Amendment right. Find out
how good a shot you really are. Learn from
others and maybe share your knowledge
with them at the same time. The gate will
open at 2 p.m. Shooting will begin shortly
after till about 4 p.m. Black powder guns are
welcome. First half is for handguns and sec-
ond half is for rifles. For further information
call 863-946-2566.

Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
Monday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Extension
Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Bring your plants
for show and tell and discussion. There will
be some orchids for sale. The Garden Club
meets at 6 p.m. For more information call
Extension at 863-763-6469.


Back to School News


Open House is Aug. 19
Okeechobee County Public Schools will
hold Open House on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Elementary schools will have open house
from 5 to 7 p.m.; Osceola Middle School,
Yearling Middle school and New Endeavor
from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Okeechobee High
School and the Freshman Campus from 7 to
9 p.m. The first day of school is Aug. 23.

School vaccination clinics
The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment will conduct a "Back to School Immu-
nizations" clinic on Friday Aug. 20 from 1
to 4 p.m. Parents must bring a current copy
of their child's shot records with them when
they come for the immunization. Failure to
bring in their child's immunization record
will result in the child being rescheduled for
another day. To avoid long delays, appoint-
ments are encouraged and strongly recom-
mended due to the large demand for immu-
nizations for school age children this time of
year. All vaccines are free for children under
18. To make an appointment for vaccina-
tions call, 863-462-5819 or 863-462-5794.

Big Lake Missions sponsors
school supply drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently
sponsoring their annual school supplies
drive for their needy families. Last year, they
helped 135 children with their list, this year


the need is even greater. They will be ac-
cepting donations up until school starts on
Aug. 23. Most all school supplies are needed
including notebooks, pens, pencils, back-
packs, etc. They will gladly accept checks
made out to our Mission and staff can do the
shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-697-6433
for information or for drop off locations.

Annual 'Tween Summit date set
The Second 'Tween Summit is set for Fri-
day, Aug. 20 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W Second
Avenue. The Summit is an event aimed at
linking parents and children through com-
munication and invites children 'Tween 10
and 12 years old, accompanied by a parent
to come and learn together. The first 100
children ages 10-12 years old will receive a
free backpack filled with school supplies.
There will be pizza and soda provided for
all and a drawing will be held for a "Family
Night Out" basket including a DVD player,
DVDs and popcorn. All of this is free just for
attending so come out and enjoy this quality
time with your child! For more information,
please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000
ext 257.

Family Fun Day Back to
School Bash on Saturday
Join Martha's House on Aug. 21, from 1
until 5 p.m. in Flagler Park for a family day of
fun and excitement! There will be slides and
bounce houses for the children and music


for the adults. The Chobee Steelers will be
there to provide music and some instruc-
tion to those that dare to take on the steel
drums! Vendors will be on site with crafts,
information, and refreshments. Come and
participate in the Family Fun Day events and
show us what your family is made of! There
will be hula hooping contests, three-legged
and sack races as well as many other fam-
ily activities! Martha's House Family Fun Day
Back to School Bash is a day to celebrate
the importance of strong, healthy fam-
ily relationships in preventing domestic and
sexual violence. Please join us and be ready
to have a great Family Fun Day! We would
like to thank some of our sponsors, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department,
1 Stop Party Shop, Sea World, Walgreens,
PNC Bank, and Lucky Lanes for helping
making this event a reality. Vendor space is
also available. For information please call
Martha's House at 863-763-2893.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Showers and thunderstorms af-
ter 11 a.m. Partly cloudy. High near 94. Heat
index values as high as 107. Calm wind,
southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipi-
tation is 40 percent.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 74. Calm wind
becoming south southeast around 5 mph.
Thursday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms after 11 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 94. South southeast wind around 5
mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


Letter to the editor

Heartfelt thanks
After the funeral of a loved one, you go
through so many different emotions and
then you start thinking of all the people
who loved and supported you through it.
We thanked so many last week after our
Mom passed away, then wrote out thank
you notes, started returning empty bowls
and platters at the same time trying to keep
the pain and grief under control. There are
a few people that were overlooked in our
"thank you" letter last week and honestly
they were so important to us. Paul Mitchell,
Tom Conway and the staff at Bass Okeecho-
bee Funeral Home, I don't know how you
do it but we would not have made it through
this without you! Our entire family would
like to thank you from bottom of our hearts
for your kindness, compassion and warmth;
all were so needed by our family. Tying up
the loose ends for us and your availability to
us at any hour for any reason was amazing!
You truly made putting Mom to rest so much
easier on us. We realized that it's not just a
business to you you truly care about those
left behind, we know it because we felt it!
The Family of Rose Marie Bennett

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Betty L. Stas, 76
OKEECHOBEE Betty L. Stas, 76, of Okee-
chobee, passed away Friday, August 13, 2010, at
the Hamrick Home Hospice.
She was born July 13, 1934, in Youngstown,
Ohio, to the late Fredrick and Catherine Lobing-
er Eberhardt.
She is survived by her sons, John S. Stas (Deb-
bie) of Jonesborough, Tenn., A. Michael Stas
(Donna) of Youngstown, Ohio; daughters, Betty
L. Carpenter (Bruce) of Okeechobee, and Lisa
A. Kimmer (Brian) of Burke, Va. In addition she
is survived by nine grandchildren and three
great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday,
Aug. 19, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Gathering
Church in Okeechobee.
All are arrangements are entrusted to the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th
St., Okeechobee. Online condolences may be
made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.


Mary Etter Moore, 70
OKEECHOBEE -Mary Etter Moore, 70, of
Okeechobee died Thursday, August 12, 2010, in
Treasure Coast Hospice Ft. Pierce. She was
born June 6, 1940,
to WT Hall and Hel-
en Louise Gray Hall
in Tallahassee.
She was a Cosme-
tologist by trade and
was an active mem-
ber of the Oakview
Baptist Church
where she enjoyed
serving God.
She is survived by
her daughter, Lisa
Jackson (William); son, Terry Allen Moore, Jr.
(Kelli); grandchildren, Marcus Greer, Edward
Chance, Devin Moore, Parker Moore, and Mor-
gan Moore. In addition she is survived by a sis-
ter, Martha Dalton (James).
Pre-deceased by her husband, Terry Allen
Moore; and granddaughter Brandi Renee Greer.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Au-
gust 20, 2010, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th St. Services
will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Oak
view Baptist Church with Pastor Ron McCaskill
and Pastor John Garrison officiating. Interment
will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE In-
dian St., Stuart, FL or Oakview Baptist Church,
677 SW 32nd St., (i .. -i,, i- FL 34974.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, I10 NE 5th St, ( i .. ,i,, ,i ,
Online condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


Syble Bernadine Hazellief, 75
OKEECHOBEE -Syble Bernadine Hazellief,
75, of (i .. i.,l .1 - passed away August 16,
2010, atherhome.
Mrs. Hazellief was
born July 30, 1935,
in New Smyrna
Beach to Sadie and
Pete Peterson. She
was a homemaker,
bus driver, cafeteria

dispatcher. She
came to Okeecho-
bee from Vero
Beach in 1983. She
was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing and
caring for her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Hazellief was preceded in death by her
husband of 49 years 11 months, Doyle Hazellief.
She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Murphy
(Ronnie); three sons, Dewaine Hazellief
(Wendy Grey), Darrell Hazellief (Bonita) and
Gene Hazellief (Angie); nine grandchildren,
Doyle Rigdon, Cliff Rigdon, Margie Williams,
Shelene Henrion, Travis Hazellief, Niki Camp-
bell, Ashley Arnold, Kayla Hazellief and Shania
Hazellief; Junior, Marcel, Ben, Sahley Bourgault,
Mabry Henrion, Tori, James and Laine Williams,
Layla Edmonds, Lacey Campbell, Reba, Emma
and Abby Arnold; four sisters, Roberta McCull-
ers, Inez Fleming, Janette Hazellief and Janice
Crowe; and many other loving friends and fami-
ly. She also leaves behind, Dwight and Kathy
McCorts and Ted and Gail Atcheson whom she
loved as her own daughters and sons.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Au-
gust 18, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thurs-
day, August 19, 2010, at Brighton Baptist
Church. Interment will follow at Basinger Ceme-
tery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, PO. Box 1548, (i .. FL 34973.
Friends may sign the ,i 'l..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
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care of Bass (i.,., i- .... Funeral Home and
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Jackie Petree Phipps, 73
INDIANTOWN Jackie Petree Phipps, 73, of
Indiantown, passed away August 13, 2010 at his
home.
Born May 8, 1937
in Powder Springs,
Tenn., to Fred and
Lucille Phipps, he
was the owner and
operator of Blue
Star Ice for many
years. He moved to
Indiantown from
Powder Springs in
1970. He attended
the Dunklin Memo-
rial Camp and Family Worship Center. He loved
helping the homeless.
Mr. Phipps is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Frances Chandler Phipps; son, Freddie Phipps,
both of Indiantown; daughter, Jackie Skinner;
grandson, Daniel Skinner, both of Okeechobee;
granddaughter, Parlene Lagunas, of Indiantown;
and five great grandchildren.
Celebration of Life Services will be 4 p.m. Sat-
urday, August 21, 2010, at Dunklin Memorial
Camp.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (,i.I l...I ,


Sarah Helen Lowe, 73
OKEECHOBEE Sarah Helen Lowe, 73, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, August 16, 2010, at
her residence. Born April 20, 1937, in Atlanta,
Ga., she has been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1965 and is of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Lowe is preceded in death by her parents
Philip and Sarah Lucille Sills; brother; David
Sills; and sisters, Jean McGraw and Jane Moye.
She is survived by her husband, David Lowe,
of Okeechobee; sons, Timothy Lowe, of Ft.
Myers, Keith Lowe (Dee Dee), of Washington
State; daughters, Debbie Young (Michael), of
Las Vegas, Patti Simmons, of Orlando, Kathi Fin-
ley (Chuck), of New Bern, N.C., and Teresa Ste-
phens (Pete), of Okeechobee; as well as 10
grandchildren and numerous great-grandchil-
dren. Mrs. Lowe is also survived by her brother,
Ed Sills (Phyllis), of Georgia; and her sisters,
Fran Griffin, of Yulee and Nancy Powell (John),
of Alabama.
The family will receive friends for visitation at
Abundant Blessings Church/Buxton-Seawinds
Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 19,
2010, from 4 till 6 p.m. Service will follow in the
chapel on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at 10 a.m. with
Chaplain Ed Skiba officiating.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of the Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory 4550
Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee, 863-357-7283.


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Marion Kenneth Daniels, Sr.
OKEECHOBEE -Marion Kenneth "Ken" Dan-
iels, Sr., 77, of ('i 0 i- i died Friday, August
13, 2010 at his resi-
dence.
He was born in
Lake City, S.C., a son
of Troy and Addie
Daniels. Ken was the
manager of Chan-
dler Rentals for 32
years. He first came
to (,i., i ...' from
South Carolina in
1968. He was a Vete-
ran of the Korean
Conflict serving in the US Army, a member of
the American Legion, Moose Lodge and the Fra-
ternal order of Eagles.
He is survived by his children, Kenny (Francis)
Daniels, Billy (Tammy) Daniels, April (Mike)
Hof, Mari Kay (Greg) Avant, and Dewey Light-
sey, Jr.; grandchildren, Chris (Kathy), Robyn,
Kaysey, Bryce, Mason Brittany, Lisa, Kim, Tam-
my, Deanna, Tony, Heather, David; and 19
great-grandchildren. In addition he is survived
by brothers, Steve Daniels and Donald Daniels
both of Columbia, S.C.; and sister, Brooksie D.
Bowen of Hartsville, S.C.
Visitation was Tuesday August 17, 2010, at
Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th St., Okeecho-
bee. Services followed in the Funeral Home
Chapel.
Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care
of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. 5th St. ('i. . i,.I .I
Online condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com


Mary Ann Tallent, 70
OKEECHOBEE -Mary Ann Tallent, 70, died
August 13, 2010, at Martin Memorial Medical
Center North.
She had been a
resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1978 and
was a member of
the Family Worship
Center in Indian-
town.
Her hobbies in-
cluded her grand-
children, reading
and puzzles.
She was preceded
in death
by her parents, an infant son, Donnie;
daughter, Cathy Tallent; brothers, John D. and
Glenn; and a sister, Faye.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Art;
son, Rocky Tallent, of Knoxville, Tenn.; daugh-
ters, Donna (Charles) Kuster, Betsy (Roger)
Woodruff, both of Okeechobee; 19 grandchil-
dren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother,
Richard Burchfield, of Knoxville, Tenn.
Visitation was held Monday, August 16, at
Abundant Blessings Church. Burial will take
place on Friday, August 20, in Knoxville, Tenn.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home, 4550 Highway 441 N.,
Okeechobee, 357-7283.


Church sponsors children's clothes closet


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Cowboys for Christ will meet at the
Basinger Community Center on Thursday,
Aug. 19. There will be a potluck meal at
6 p.m. The 7 p.m. service will feature Mike
and Judy Tate and the Willing Vessels from
Venus.
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, is having Vacation Bible School
this week through Friday, Aug. 20 from
6:30 to 8:30 each evening. Call 863-357-6500
for more information.
Wednesday in August from 10 a.m.
until noon Grace Brethren Church, 701


S. Parrott Ave., is sponsoring a children's
clothes closet. It is 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.
Okeechobee Christian Business
Breakfast will be Monday, Aug. 30 at the
Hampton Inn, next to the post office on
S.R. 70 E. from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5.
Come enjoy fellowship, networking, break-
fast and a devotion by Brandon Tucker.
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.


Okeechobee Sonic delayed again


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems that Okeechobee residents will
now have to wait even longer for a Sonic
Drive In to come to Okeechobee. Originally
property owner Brad Goodbread announced
that a Sonic would be coming to his prop-
erty on U.S. 441 S. and S.W 21st Street in
August. Then he said that the owner of the
Sonic franchise had to wait until his Sonic in
Vero Beach was completed before starting
on the Okeechobee Sonic.


16 Mr. Goodbread said the franchise owner
did not complete the Vero Beach location
in time to close on Mr. Goodbread's prop-
erty. However, he said the franchise owner
was looking for another suitable property
in Okeechobee. Mr. Goodbread said he was
about to close on the sale of that property
to another buyer. However, at this time he
is not at liberty to divulge the name of the
purchaser.
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FCAT scores dip: School board may file an appeal


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Florida Department of Education
school "grades" released last Friday contin-
ue to be a source of debate and concern.
Okeechobee Schools fought against the
release of school grades because they felt
FCAT scores were inaccurate this year. The
data released by the state showed a sharp
decline in both the districts and the state-
wide scores this year.


The FCAT test results were a shock to
many educators who claim the grading
firm, Pearson, has not gotten the test results
right.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Okeechobee
County School Board, Superintendent Dr.
Patricia Cooper indicated the district would
likely file an appeal on the grades released
last Friday.
Dr. Cooper said there has been a 33 per-
cent decline statewide in elementary school


Rules change on apportionment


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The apportionment figures that Okeecho-
bee County Administrator Lyndon Bonner is
using to balance this year year's county bud-
get are quite different from the apportion-
ment figures he used last year.
That is because the apportionment meth-
od Mr. Bonner has been proposing this year
is calculated differently than last year. While
the shortfall apportioned to each of the con-
stitutional officers has doubled over last year,
the commission's portion of the shortfall is
less than half what it was last year.
The reason for that is that the commis-
sion has designated funds which can only
be used for a certain purpose and cannot
be transferred to balance other sections of
the budget. For instance the road depart-
ment is funded primarily from gasoline tax.
That gasoline tax money cannot be used for
any other purpose. Fees, such as for build-
ing permits and inspections, that the county
collects must be used for the purpose for
which they were collected. Grants must also
be used for a specific purpose. Those des-
ignated funds cannot be used to make up
shortfalls in other sections of the budget.
Designated funds were used in apportion-
ment calculations last year. They were not
used this year. When all those funds are
backed out of the commission's budget, the
commission's share of the overall budget
decreased from 66.8 percent to 29.3 percent
and the constitutional officer's apportion-
ment figures increased proportionally.
The total budget that is restricted by stat-
ute or board policy totals $59,039,674, The
total budget that is unrestricted amounts to
$33,373,987.
Last year the commission's portion of the


shortfall was 66.8 percent. This years it is
29.3 percent. The clerk's portion was 2.2 per-
cent last year and 4.1 percent this year. The
property appraiser's portion of the shortfall
went from 2.4 percent to 5.1 percent. The
tax collector's apportionment doubled from
0.8 percent to 1.6 percent. The supervisor of
elections went from 0.7 percent to 1.5 per-
cent. The sheriff's apportionment went from
27.1 percent to a whopping 58.4 percent.
Another thing that is different this year
is the use of excess funds. Most years the
constitutional officers have unspent funds
from their budgets that are returned to the
commission at the end of the year. Last year
those unspent funds were used to balance
the budget. This year unspent funds were
added into the budget before the shortfall
was calculated. That means this years short-
fall was actually much greater than last years
since it is anticipated to be $3.6 million more
than the returned funds.
One of the criticisms of the apportion-
ment method is that it penalizes those con-
stitutional officers who have been managing
their money wisely and cutting their budgets
over the last few years. The current method
does not take into consideration any previ-
ous budget cuts.
When commissioners meet today the
only item on the agenda will be to deter-
mine a method of apportionment. While
they may agree upon a method that takes
into consideration past budget cuts, it may
not change the figures too much. From Mr.
Bonner's previous statements, it is not likely
they will add designated funds back into the
apportionment equation.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
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scores on this year's FCAT. There was a 28
percent reduction in middle school scores.
She said the board will consider an appeal
for specific students where they feel the data
is inaccurate.
In other business discussed at the Tues-
day meeting, a change in the district trans-
portation plan that allows divorced parents
the option of having the school buses drop
their child off at either of their legal homes
was approved by the school boar
Dr. Cooper said the policy affects cases
where parents are court ordered to share
custody. She said the school system listened
to these parents concerns and wanted to
work with them.
The policy affects the Freshman Campus
and Okeechobee High School. The parent
must provide a certified copy of the court or-
der for joint or shared custody of the student
complete with signatures from both parents
on a transportation request form.
Gay Carlton voted against the policy
change.
The board also approved a new organiza-
tional chart that places Mike Radebaugh as
the full time Director of Career and Technical
Education. He has held that title previously
but also worked as an assistant principal at
Okeechobee High School. Leslie Lundy was
newly named Director of Grants and Special
Programs. Joi Turbeville was named Direc-
tor of Financial Services. A Coordinator of
Information Technology is yet to be filled.
Brian Barrett was named the new assistant


principal at Seminole Elementary School.
The board also approved an official ballot
for the referendum election in November to
continue the .25 mill levy for critical operat-
ing needs.
A reception was held for new teachers on
Thursday morning. The board had only four
teaching vacancies available as of Tuesday
night.
Superintendent Cooper said her goals
for 2010-2011 is a new requirement that
students entering ninth grade pass an end
of course assessment test in Algebra I and
earn credit in geometry in order to receive
a standard high school diploma. She said
improvement in classroom technology will
also be pursued.
She also wants to have federal and state
funds to maintain and upgrade the informa-
tion and instructional technology systems.
Dr. Cooper vowed to push state legislators
to additional revenue sources. She also con-
tends that Tallahassee continues to want to
usurp the authority of local school boards.
A final public hearing on the School
Board budget will be held on Thursday,
Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
The school system will provide free
breakfasts for all students for the first three
days of school. Seminole will have universal
breakfast and lunch for all students for the
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August 18, 2010 Okeechobee News


New teachers welcomed


at Peace Lutheran
By Charles M. Murphy Okeechobee Methodist Church and the
Okeechobee News Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.
Okeechobee's first year teachers were Many of the new teachers are home
welcomed at the annual Peace Lutheran grown and are products of the Okeechobee
Church luncheon Monday. School system themselves. Open house for
This year 67 new teachers will be in the system is Thursday night.
Okeechobee District Schools classrooms.
Most of the new hires are due to class size
requirements.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper said 67 new teachers was not a re-
cord for the school system. A few years ago C r
87 new teachers were in the classrooms
here.
She said churches in Okeechobee know
how important teachers are to young peo-
ple in the community. "You will receive a
very, very warm welcome from this com-
munity. This community supports educa-
tion and is very involved in the schools.
If you need anything Okeechobee is very
happy to help you out."
All of the School administrators intro-
duced the new teachers at their campuses.
Osceola Middle School had the largest
number of new teachers.
President of the Church Congregation
Jerry Ferrara said although it took him Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
awhile from getting used to Okeechobee, Drew Alchong the Youth and Family
he was glad that he chose to live here. He Minister at Peace Lutheran Church
lived in Brooklyn, New York, Fort Lauder- welcomed the new teachers.
dale, and Marco Island before moving here
five years ago.
"I thought at first this was the land that
time forgot. Remember the saying 'never
say never.' I learned to love Okeechobee,
and so will you," he added.
Ferrara said Okeechobee has warm and
wonderful people who are very communi-
ty oriented. He said he had a lot of respect
for educators as his daughter teaches in an
inner city school in New York City, and has
even been assaulted by her students. In-
stead of quitting her job, she became even
more committed to the kids.
"She told me those kids need her. We
need teachers who care. If you can turn Megan Williamson (right) and Shelley
one kid around, it is worth it. I honor all Darrow will teach fourth grade this
of you and I wish you the best of luck," he year at North Elementary School.
added.
Several local churches will hold wel-
come lunches this week. The list includes
the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the


Jessica Lowe (left) and Sandi Stupica
(right) will teach at Okeechobee High
School this year.


Coker (left) are Okeechobee High
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Local car dealer helps Buckhead family


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
"I guess there's angels out there," said
Joe Dudwoise.
Mr. Dudwoise is a survivor of brain can-
cer who is battling leukemia. The veteran of
the U.S. Marine Corps lives on a disability
pension. He and his wife are raising their
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When the family car was totalled in an
auto accident, the family didn't know where
to turn.
"I was in a car accident on the Bee Line
highway," Mr. Dudwoise explained. "It was
a hit and run. They didn't find the one who
hit me. The trooper said he was probably a
DUI."
In addition to their other problems, Mr.
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Then the Buckhead Ridge VFW and the
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge learned of
the family's troubles and got involved, en-
couraging community members to help.
"A woman I had not met before came to
my house and said, 'We've got a car a for
you'," Mr. Dudwoise said.
Lake Motors Inc., along with Christy and
Billy Johns made the gift possible. Tires Plus
donated an oil change. Robert and Gary
Crosswhite donated some parts needed for
the car, Tommy Jewell also helped with a
donation.
'A lot of people in our community have
had some bad times fall on them and some-


times need a little help from their neigh-
bors," said Ivan Lugan, owner of Lake Mo-
tors. He said he hopes that others will follow
this example and that community members
will come together and help each other.
Mr. Dudwoise said the Moose Lodge also
helped provide the girls with school clothes.
Now the family is ready to start the school
year.
"I want to thank everyone for what they
did," he said.
"We've got transportation," said Mr. Dud-
woise. "We can get the girls to the bus stop
and we can get to the doctor. We're in good
shape."


Community members came together to help a Buckhead Ridge family in need
with the donation of a car. Pictured are Ivan Lujan, Robert Crosswhite, Joe Dud-
woise, Leona Dudwoise, Chelsea Hastings, Cassidy Hastings, Gary Crosswhite,
Joe Dudwoise Jr. and Mike Long.

Memorial Poker Run benefit sees big success
Local volunteers organized a memorial
poker run for Dawn Johnston's surviving
children. Dawn was tragically taken by an
auto accident and left behind three children.
Participants visited 4 stops and ended the run
with a benefit BBQ at Holiday Inn Express A....
and auction. Special thank you goes to the
following businesses that made the event a
success; Holiday Inn Express, Best Western,
Hammerheads, Beef 'O' Brady's, Pier II Re-
sort, Big Mike's, Cowboy's Restaurant, "DJ"
Scott Eddings, Buxton, Eventure Marketing,
Inc., G4S employees, East Coast Signs &
Shirts, Seacoast and Frank DeCarlo. Event to
raised $1,075 and proceeds were presented Poker run winner at right, Phyllis
to Dawn's mother, Colleen Heitman to ben- Shumate is pictured with Colleen Heit-
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contact Joe Hasselbach at 561-914-1757. man, Dawn's mother.


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Hive near school may have been Africanized bees


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
A hive of bees found near a local school
may have been dangerous Africanized bees,
according to a local bee keeper.
Cityworkers discovered the bee hive Mon-
day morning as they prepared to trim a dead
limb off a towering oak tree on Southwest
Sixth Street, across from the Okeechobee
Freshman campus. The dead limb, which
extended over the roadway, was considered
a hazard because a storm could easily have
caused it fall onto the roadway. The workers
had no idea there was a bee hive in the tree
as they prepared to trim the limb.
Before the workers could even start work,
the noise from the equipment startled the
bees, which came swarming out of the dead
tree limb, said Donnie Robertson of the City
Public Works Department. One city worker
was stung near his eye; he was taken to a
doctor for treatment.
Mr. Robertson said due to safety con-
cerns they called Jacob Weeks, a licensed
bee keeper. This is the standard procedure
for the city, Mr. Robertson explained.
"It was maybe the third time this year
we've encountered bees," Mr. Robertson
said. "The bee keepers try to save the bees
if they can."
Stevie Weeks, grandson of Jacob Weeks,
said the bees in the oak tree were extremely
aggressive, which caused him to suspect
they are Africanized. He said they saved
some bees in a jar to send off for testing.
"These bees were flat mean," he said.
"They ate us up when got there."
He said because the bees were so aggres-
sive and because the hive presented a po-
tential danger not only to the neighborhood
and anyone driving on Southwest Sixth
Street but also to a school, they decided it


was necessary to remove the tree limb and
exterminate the bees.
He said the operation took almost three
hours.
"I put the suit on and cut the limb down,"
he said. "The hive was inside the dead tree
limb." He said the hive and honeycombs
filled the hollow limb which was about 18
inches in circumference and about 11 feet
long.
"We try to save bees if we can," Mr.
Weeks explained. "We try to relocate them
because there is a shortage of honey bees in
this country. But because these bees were
so aggressive, we eliminated them."
He said the remains of a dead squirrel
found inside the tree limb was further evi-
dence of just how aggressive the bees were.
The squirrel was probably attacked and
killed by the bees, he explained.
With a normal hive of honey bees, if the
hive is disturbed a few bees will attack and
drive away an intruder. But, he explained,
African honey bees are very aggressive.
With a wild hive of African bees, hundreds
or even thousands of bees will swam and
sting any creature that ventures too close to
their hive.
Some bees in the United States are called
"Africanized" because they have been cross-
bred with descendants of African bees that
were imported to South America in the
1950s, in an attempt to improve the produc-
tivity of Brazilian bees.
"Africanized" bees are more aggressive
than regular honey bees, but not as deadly
as the "killer" African bees.
The only way to be certain if bees are Af-
ricanized is to have the DNA tested.
"With this hive, our big concern was that
it was so close to a school. If a storm came
through in the afternoon before school let
out, and the limb fell down, the kids could


have been attacked," he continued.
Because the tree limb was dead and
heavy with the weight of the honey-filled
hive, it was going to fall eventually, he said.
Mr. Weeks encourages anyone who has
an unwanted bee hive on their property to
call a bee keeper rather than an extermina-
tor. He said many companies that advertise
as "bee experts" are exterminators. A bee
keeper will try to save the bees and move
the hive if he can; an exterminator will kill
the bees.
When a hive is removed, it is important
to take out all of the wax and the honey, he
continued, because the smell will attract
more bees, which could establish a new
hive. In addition, the unprotected honey
will attract other insects such as ants and
roaches.
"We do charge a small fee to remove a
hive," he said. Sometimes people are sur-
prised because that a bee keeper charges for
this service because they think the bees are
valuable, he said. "But even if we relocate a
hive, there is no guarantee we will ever ben-
efit from it. If a queen bee is disturbed, she
might not like where we relocate her and
the whole swarm will leave."
He added that when they do relocate
a hive, they take it far out into the county,
away from populated areas so that even if
the bees do move on after relocation, the
bees will not be a threat to anyone else.
He encourages anyone who has a bee
problem to check with the city or the county
for the names of bee keepers who are li-
censed and insured.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Clad in protective gear bee keeper Ste-
vie Weeks (foreground) inspects the
tree that housed a hive of aggressive
bees. The remains of the tree limb that
contained the hive can be seen at the
top of the photo near the center.


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Cattlemen plan Labor Day Rodeo
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association will hold their Annual Labor Day
Championship bull riding and PRCA rodeos at the Agri-Civic Center. Cham-
pionship bull will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4 starting at 7 p.m. PRCA rodeos
will be held on Sept. 5 and 6. For ticket information, call Eli's Western Wear,
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August 18, 2010 Okeechobee News


School board candidates


respond to questions


Editor's note: On Aug. 24, Okeechobee
County voters will choose between School
Board candidates Joe Arnold and Magi
Cable. This is the second part of an article
with questions for the candidates posed by
Okeechobee News readers.
QUESTION: Some elected officials
treat their positions as a full-time
job. Some just attend a few meetings
a month. Most are somewhere in be-
tween. If elected, how many hours a
week would you spend on county busi-
ness?
JOE ARNOLD: It depends. There are
weeks that I have logged over 80 hours.
During Legislative session,
I spend a tremendous
amount of time lobbying
for our district and schools
as a whole. Topics on the
agenda take time to look
into. I look at other school
districts to see if they have
dealt with similar situa-
Joe Arnold tions. It takes time to keep
up with the school laws
that change. I will continue to work in order
to make an educated decision. I have always
taken time to learn about each topic and will
continue to do so. Range is 20-80 +hrs/wk.
MAGI CABLE: I laugh as I reflect on this
question and those who know me well will
agree-teaching was supposedly a 7 12 hour
day, 5 days a week yet I was consistently
at my job from 7 am until 4:30 pm or later
every day. I went into school on weekends,
holidays and throughout the summer. I can't
imagine I can change my obsessiveness and
feel the county would get their money's
worth out of me. If elected, I would do my
best to maintain my involvement in the


school system and community.
QUESTION: What, in your opinion,
is the most important issue facing
Okeechobee County Schools today,
and how would you deal with that is-
sue?
JOE ARNOLD: The most important is-
sue facing Okeechobee County Schools is
the same issue facing nearly every American
family today. We are struggling with fund-
ing due in part to the economic downturn,
stimulus dollars drying up, and state and lo-
cal revenues declining; we are going to need
to continue to be good stewards of taxpayer
dollars. In order to maintain an excellent
school district, we may need to consider
new sources of revenue, such as appropri-
ate advertising on school busses, appropri-
ate billboards at school sites, or possible cell
tower lease programs.
MAGI CABLE: I believe the biggest issue
facing Okeechobee County
School is the effect the leg-
islatures of both the state
and nation are having on
the classroom. They keep
reducing the funding for
education and diverting
funds from public educa-
tion. They keep placing
mandates on what schools
do, what they will teach, Magi Cable
how they will maintain re-
cords and numerous other details. They pro-
pose legislation that is detrimental to public
education and act shocked when educators
protest. Obviously, the way to deal with this
is to actively lobby legislators on the impor-
tance of public education and have them
support public education by making it a big-
ger priority.


VOTE the Democrat side, incumbent Noel Chan-
VOTEdler and former commissioner Gene Woods
will be vying for the Democratic nomination.
Continued From Page 1 The winners of the two primaries will face
off in the general election on Nov. 2.
Republicans will be able to choose between In the other local race, incumbent Joe
business owner Bryant Culpepper and Arnold is facing retired teacher Magi Cable
rancher Jared Figley for the Republican nom- for the nonpartisan office of school board
inee for county commission district 2. On district 1.


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Red Cross helps families


The Red Cross responded to two home
fires this past week in Okeechobee. The
first fire occurred on Saturday, Aug. 7 on
NW 11th Avenue. This single-family home
fire affected two adults and three children,
and the residence incurred major damage.
The second fire happened on Wednesday,
Aug. 11 on 26th Street in Treasure Island,
and involved two adults and one child.
This mobile home also sustained major
damage.
Red Cross volunteer Chuck Parker, lead-
er of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, as
well as staff from the Okeechobee Branch
office were on the scene to coordinate
emergency aid for both families, which
included providing smoke soap, comfort


kits, food, clothing and three days of lodg-
ing for the affected individuals. As well as
assisting the families, hydration was also
provided for our fire rescue teams and law
enforcement.
Voluntary contributions of time or do-
nations may be made to the Okeechobee
Branch office of the American Red Cross'
Disaster Relief Fund to assist the non-profit
organization in providing disaster relief
and helping community members prevent,
prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Please call 863-763-2488 or visit www.red-
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Fire destroys travel trailer


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A family pet perished in a blaze at 2761
NW 63rd Terrace Friday night that gutted a
travel trailer, Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue said.
Lt. Robert Banfield said $5,000 in damage
was done to the property and another $500
in damage was done to family possessions.
The American Red Cross was able to help


the family find accommodations, Banfield
added.
Firemen responded just before 7:30 p.m.
and found smoke coming from the front of
the trailer. Heavy smoke and fire damage
was reported in the living room area and
heavy smoke damage was found through-
out the home, firemen said. A small dog
died in the fire.
The cause was under investigation by the
State Fire Marshal.


Travel trailer burns to ground


A travel trailer burned to the ground at
6420 U.S. 98 North in a fire now under inves-
tigation by the State Fire Marshal.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Lt. Terry
Parrish said two units and five firemen re-
sponded to a 911 call from a motorist that
reported a woods fire at about 9:30 p.m.
Monday night.
When crews arrived they found the mo-
tor home fully involved in flame. Lt. Parrish


said the motor home was almost demol-
ished before firemen arrived.
They cooled down some adjacent LP
tanks and cleaned up the scene.
The owner, Bobby Spells, reported to
firemen that he was in the process of tearing
the home down for scrap when the blaze oc-
curred. There were no injuries reported. Fire
reports stated firemen were on the scene for
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problems with the budget. How would
you reduce expenses and/or increase
revenue to balance the county budget?
CHANDLER: We can reduce expenses
by not re-filling
some of the va-
cated positions of
county employees.
Also by combining
departments and
only having one
department head.
The only way to
increase revenue is
by taxation, which
I am not in favor Noel Chandler
of. I would support
a one-cent county sales tax for EMS, which
would reduce the special assessment we are
now paying.
CULPEPPER: First I would pass a user
fee tax. Example, 2 cent per gallon of gas
tax, 40 cents per 20 gallon fill up. This tax
would allow everyone driving to contribute
to our budget instead of continuing to tax
home owners; i.e., tourists, etc.
FIGLEY: There are several that should be
looked at in order to cut expenses. Several of
these include cutting or cost sharing execu-
tive cell phones. Also it would be prudent to
limit employees to only attending the semi-
nars that are necessary to retaining their li-
censes. We may be able to pull a suitable
employee from one duty, and have them
trained in writing grants. Potentially millions
of dollars have been lost because we lack a
grant person. For example, the EOC.
WOODS: I would put a stop to spending
money that our county does not have and go
after grants that are available for our county.

QUESTION: There has been much
discussion on the newszap.com fo-
rum about what some perceive as a
"top heavy" county government with
a county administrator, two assistant
administrators and assistants to the
assistants. Do you think the county
staff is top heavy? Are you happy with
the job the current county administra-
tor is doing? Do you think the county
administrator's salary is commensu-
rate with his duties? What changes,
if any, would you like to make to the
county administration?
CHANDLER: Yes. He is doing the job he
is contracted to do, but is a bit of a micro-
manager. The majority of the Commission-
ers, at the time of his contract, agreed with
the amount of his salary. Again, looking at
combining departments.
CULPEPPER: Yes, county staff is abnor-
mally top heavy. I am uncomfortable with
the fact that we have a mutual aid agree-
ment to provide fire and EMS service to


five surrounding counties with only Glades
County paying less than $20,000 a year.
FIGLEY: This is definitely something
worth looking into. I would not be opposed
to adding an extra chair to the front of the
commission chambers. It would certainly be
more cost effective to buy another seat, one
for Robbie and one for Jim, and work with
them directly. With the sluggish economy,
can we really justify the size of the current
administration? We used to manage with-
out an administrator, it may be necessary to
look into trying it again.
WOODS: I would check into it and re-
duce salaries if necessary. With the econo-
my in the state it is in, we cannot afford to
have too many chiefs.

QUESTION: Okeechobee County is
struggling with a high unemployment
rate. What ideas do you propose to
stimulate the local economy?
CHANDLER: Working closely with the
Business Development Board of Okeecho-
bee to bring in new businesses and light
industry.
CULPEPPER: Capital projects like the
New Courthouse
- $25 million, re-
modeling the e
old courthouse
$5 million and
E.O.C. $4 million
with very few lo-
cal labor or trades
people utilized on
those projects.
Contracts should
include a percent- Bryant Culpepper
age set aside for
the local labor force.
FIGLEY: America's founders were fas-
cinated by the writings of the economists
Adam Smith. In his books, "The Wealth of
Nations." Smith spelled out an economic
system that by 1905, made America the rich-
est nation in the world. His philosophy was
simple, yet effective. Less government inter-
ference results in more economic success.
These principles have elevated America to
be become the greatest nation the world
has ever seen, and they will work here in
Okeechobee. If the county government can
take strides toward reducing taxes, reducing
unneeded regulation, and eliminating crip-
pling fees, I believe we can move toward
positive growth.
WOODS: I would offer more incentives,
encourage more industrial projects and
market places to offer jobs to people who
have lost their unemployment. I would try to
utilize businesses that reside in Okeechobee
County to do any projects that our county
may have.

QUESTION: Many feel the Okee-
Tantie Recreation Area should be de-
veloped to help draw more tourism to
the area. Do you think it would be cost
effective to repair the damaged camp-


sites at Okee-Tantie? Would you sug-
gest any other improvements there?
How would you propose paying for
improvements to Okee-Tantie?
CHANDLER: The damage has been re-
paired already at the campsites next to the
river. Campsite rental pays for the improve-
ments and the more campers, the more
revenue for repair. The county employees
have already removed the exotic plants from
around the edge of the river and perimeter
campsites for better viewing access to the
lake.
CULPEPPER: Yes, I feel Okee-Tantie
should be upgraded and considered to be a
small water theme park that would attract
families from other communities around the
lake. Example: Calypso Bay in Royal Palm
Beach.
FIGLEY: Okee-
Tantie should be
improved when
funding is avail-
able. It could po-
tentially generate a
profit if it was 100
percent in produc-
tion. Some poten-
tial ideas to help
with the up keep
may be to lease it Jared Figley
to a youth organi-
zation such as the scouts or 4-H during the
summer months.
WOODS: Yes, I believe it would be cost
effective to repair campsites at Okee-Tantie.
We need to attract people to Okeechobee
County and our lake is one of the biggest
attractions. We need to make Okee-Tantie
more attractive to tenants and the public.


We could pay for improvements through
bonds or grant dollars.

QUESTION: Are you in favor of im-
pact fees? Why or why not?
CHANDLER: I think impact fees should
be suspended until the economy recovers
somewhat, so that we can help new busi-
nesses afford to start up in Okeechobee.
CULPEPPER: Impact Fees cannot be
collected when there is no construction un-
derway. I feel 10 percent of something is bet-
ter than 100 percent of nothing.
FIGLEY: Impact fees must go if we are
to promote growth. Public sector growth
should be achieved by inter-generational
contributions toward public infrastructure,
facilities, and services. These fees almost al-
ways become a progressively higher hurdle
for new businesses and families. Since there
is rarely an accompanying property tax cut.
These fees do very little to help the already
established tax payer. Ultimately you create
an environment where only the "big box"
stores dare open a business in the county.
Studies show that small business are more
efficient per square
foot, and keep
twice the amount
of revenue in the
local economy.
WOODS: Yes,
I am in favor of
impact fees. I will
make a motion to .
rescind the fee for
a period of time, to
help put construc-
tion workers back
to work. Gene Woods


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Armed men try to break into home


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three men were arrested after two of
them reportedly armed themselves and tried
to break into another man's home.
Arrested on both felonyand misdemeanor
charges Monday, Aug. 16 were: Taylor Ross
Osceola, 19, Josi Billie Ave., Hollywood; Tall-
bird Richard Scott Pewo, 19, N.W 34th Ave.,
Okeechobee; and Daylon Sam Youngblood,
18, Youngblood Road, Okeechobee.
Osceola was charged with the felonies
of burglary of an occupied dwelling with a
firearm and criminal mischief. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of driving
while license suspended with knowledge.
He is currently being held in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of $110,000.
Pewo was charged with the felonies of
burglary of an occupied dwelling with a
firearm and criminal mischief. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of marijuana under 20 grams. His to-
tal bond was set at $56,000. Records indi-
cate that he has been released from jail on
bond.
Youngblood was charged with the felo-
nies of accessory after the fact burglary
and possession of cocaine. His bond was set
at $10,000. Jail records indicate that he, too,
has been released on bond.
According to an arrest report by Deputy
Tammy Serafini of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Pewo thought the
victim stole his Xbox electronic game system
and said he wanted to kill him for taking it.
The deputy's report stated that Pewo was
hosting a party at his house Monday and it
was during this party that he and the other


men tried
to get
the male
victim
to drink
alcohol
and take
xanax.
However, Taylor Ross Daylon Sam
accord Osceola Youngblood
ing to the
report, the victim refused to
do either and went home
around midnight.
According to witnesses,
Osceola and Pewo both
had handguns and were
overheard saying that they
planned to get the male
victim "wasted and beat
him up and kill him," the Tallbird Richard
deputy's report stated. Scott Pewo
Deputy Serafini went
to state that the men then went to the vic-
tim's home, where the victim reportedly saw
Pewo and Osceola approaching his house
and both men were armed with handguns.
The men reportedly broke some windows
out of a sunroom and then pushed some
furniture away from the now- open windows
so they could enter the victim's home.
But the men allegedly left after Pewo
apparently cut his hand on some broken
glass.
The men were later stopped by detectives
with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
when Osceola reportedly ran a stop sign at
the intersection of N.W 46th Ave. and N.W
30th Terrace. A report by a task force detec-
tive stated that Osceola was driving the black


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).
Chad Ryan McWhorter, 28, S.E. 42nd
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by
Deputy Mark Margerum on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with giving
false information to a pawnbroker and deal-
ing in stolen property. His bond was set at
$5,000.
Sally Hatfield, 46, U.S. 441 N., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Aug. 15 by Deputy Bryan
Holden on a Dixie County warrant charging
her with violation of probation grand theft.
Her bond was set at $500.
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His bond was set at $1,500.
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listed here who is later found innocent or
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2006 GMC four-door pickup truck and that
Pewo, Youngblood and another man were
passengers.
The report indicated that during a search
of the vehicle task force detectives found a
.40 caliber Glock semi-automatic hand gun.
The search also turned up a plastic sandwich
bag that contained a green leafy substance
that, when field tested, indicated a positive
result for the presence of marijuana.
The suspected pot, stated the report, be-
longed to Pewo and weighed 3.6 grams with
packaging.
Then, during a search of Youngblood's
person, task force detectives reportedly
found a plastic baggie in his pants pocket
that contained a white powdery substance.
That substance was field tested and indi-
cated a positive result for the presence of
cocaine. The suspected cocaine, stated the
report, weighed 0.4 grams.
The task force detective arrested Osceola
for driving on a suspended license when it
was learned that his license was suspended
June 21 for financial responsibility, and was
suspended again on July 6 for failure to pay
a traffic fine.
While the detectives were searching the
truck, Deputy Serafini arrived and placed Os-
ceola, Pewo and Youngblood under arrest
for the incident at the victim's home.
The other man in the truck was not
charged.
Neither report mentions any more about
the video game system that was allegedly
taken.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Pop Warner program
expects to continue a long run of success
this year as they will field three teams with
kids from age five to 15 on the field.
Pop Warner is the largest youth football
program in the world and is based on ages
and weight limits. Okeechobee will hold five
home games this year.
Coach Frank Coleman of the Junior Pee
Wee team will coach kids ages 8-11. He said
more players are needed. The players that
are on the team have a lot of experience and
have shown a lot of determination during
conditioning.
"I feel good about the team. The team is
looking real good. I think we can be a con-
tender this year," he said.
Coleman said football players have to
be dedicated and determined because each
day they battle temperatures around 100 de-
grees. He said they go through a lot to get
ready for the football season.
"I think the program is very good for the
kids. At this weight level kids still have a lot
to learn. I think we will put it together," he
added.
Midget Coach James Shockley has never
had a losing season. He coached the young-
er kids to Treasure Coast championships. He
said his plan is to keep that winning tradi-
tion. "I don't think the game changes at old-
er levels. The kids change a little bit. I think
all kids should be used to winning because
all kids are winners."
Shockley said there has been a good
turnout of older players and the midget team
will have their largest roster ever this year.
They will open their season with an exhibi-
tion next Thursday at the Royal Palm Beach
Wildcats.


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Shockley said he expects the competi-
tion to be tough again this year. Last years
squad won their first 11 games before a loss
but each game was very competitive. "It's
always been tough and it won't be any dif-
ferent this year. Each game there is an op-
ponent before us and we have to get more
points than they do."
The three teams will compete in a jam-
boree in Stuart on Aug. 28-29, at Halpatiokee
Park.
Coach Coleman said he thinks Okeecho-
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advantage this year. "We've had some good
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-45
IN RE: ESTATE OF
Steven Randall
Watford, Sr.
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Steven Randall Watford, Sr. de-
ceased, whose date of death was
February 28, 2010 and whose social
security number is 263-80-9122, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Probate Divi-
sion, te address of which is 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972.
All creditors of the estate of the de-
cedent and persons having claims or
demands against the estate of the
decedent other than those for whom
a provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Administration
must file their claims with the court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR
30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against the decedent's es-
tate must fle their claims with this
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is 8/18/2010.
Attorney for Parson Giving Notice
ELIZABETH A. MAXWELL
Florida Bar No. 0720895
Maxwell & Maxwell, PA.
405 NW Third Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763-1119
Person Giving Notice
Dana Wells
2454 River Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-0819
363301 ON 8/18,25/2010

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Notice of Public Hearing
and Regular Board Meeting of the
Grove Community District
The Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community District will hold a Public
Hearing and Regular Board Meeting on September 7, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., or
as soon thereafter as can be heard, at the Indian River State College, Dixon
Hendry Campus, Room Bi11, 2229 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34972.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public comment on the Fis-
cal Year 2010/2011 Proposed Final Budget of the Grove Community District.
The purpose of the Regular Board Meeting is for the Board to consider any
other business which may properly come before it. A copy of the Budget
and/or the Agenda may be obtained at the offices of the District Manager,
c/o Special District Services, Inc., 2501 Burns Road, Suite A, Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida, during normal business hours. The meetings are open to
the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florda
law. Meetings may be continued as found necessary to a time and place
specified on the record.
There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by
telephone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting lo
cation so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions taking
place.
In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any
person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at
these meetings should contact the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 or
toll free at 1-877-7374922, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the
meetings.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this Public Hearing and Regular Board Meebng, such per-
son will need a record of the proceedings and such person may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at their own ex-
pense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the
appeal is based.
Grove Community District
363299 ON 8/18,25/2010




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surrounding area:
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GENERAL INFORMATION:
After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service, you may change your level
of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effective
date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your
request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the
annual rate card. Prices are exclusive of applicable franchise fees and relat-
ed costs, FCC user fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts
or bulk rate arrangements, some product, pricing and other information
may not apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel loca-
tions and packaging are subject to change.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1-800-COMCAST
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PUBLIC NOTICE
A public auction for County owned surplus equipment and vehicles will be
held Saturday, August 28, 2010 by DeMott Auction Co., Inc. at the Okee-
chobee Cattlemans Associabon Arena, 1885 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. Viewing of the county surplus items, equipment and vehicles
will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the aucbon will begin at 9:00 a.m.
All county owned surplus items, equipment and vehicles will be auctioned
"As Is" to the highest bidder. All county owned surplus items, equipment
and vehicles will be paid in full prior to successful bidder(s) removing any
items, equipment or vehicles from auction site.
For information concerning viewing surplus equipment or vehicles, bidder
requirements, terms and condition of aucbon/bidding process and payment
requirements, please contact Terry DeMott at 229-891-1832 or
800-985-5699. For information concerning county owned surplus items,
equipment or vehicles, please contact Russell Rowland at 863-763-1811.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
363160 ON 8/18/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITINAND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000252
THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE
HOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-
BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES
2006-24,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JAMES G. MCALHANY, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated August 05,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000252 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Rorida wherein THE BANK
OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR
THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS,
INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES,
SERIES 2006-24, is the Plaintiff and
JAMES G. MCALHANY; PAMELA
MCALHANY; are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312
N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the
15th day of September, 2010, the
following described property as set
forth in said Rnal Judgment:
LOT 43, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SEC-
TION ONE, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 59, PUBLIC


RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 3636 SE 21ST AVENUE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on August 5, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Flonda Default Law Group, PL.
PO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09016306
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodabon to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986,
(772)8074370 within two working
ays of your receipt of this nobce: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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IN. THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2008CA-534
SELENE FINANCE LP AS
SERVICE FOR TAYLOR, BEAN &
WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
JOHN HELWIG, et. al.
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JOHN HELWIG
Whose residence is:
3238 SW 21ST ST,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34974
TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JOHN HELWIG
Whose residence is:
3238 SW 21ST ST,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34974
If alive, and if dead, all parties claim-
ing interest by, through, under or
against JOHN HELWIG; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF JOHN HELWIG and all
parties having or claiming to have
any right, btle or interest in the prop-
erty described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described properly:
LOT 10, BLOCK 12 OF OAKPARK
SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 3238 SW 21ST ST
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 forney Plaintiff,
whose address is 2901 Stirling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale Florida
33312 within 30 days after the
first publication of this notice, and
file te 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 this 12th day of August,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Nobce 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 accommodation, to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact e Clerk of the Court's disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive. Port St. Lucle, 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.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITIN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-0220
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL
TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE
ON BEHALF OF HIS ASSET SE-
CURITIZATION CORPORATION
TRUST 2006-HE1,
Plaintiff,
vs.
KIMBERLY GOPHER A/K/A KIM
GOPHER, etal
Defendant(s5.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Mort-
gage Foreclosure dated August 05,
2010 and entered in Case No.
47-2008-CA-0220 of the Circuit
Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein DEUTSCHE
BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY,
AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF HIS AS-
SET SECURITIZATION CORPORA-
TION TRUST 2006-HE1, is the
Plainbff and KIMBERLY GOPHER
A/K/A KIM GOPHER; 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 PAR-
TIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are
the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JU-
DICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 11:00AM, on the 15th day
of September, 2010, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment:
LOT 14, BLOCK 39, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 3, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 37, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 3738 NW 36TH AVENUE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus fmm the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pndens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on August 5, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, PL.
PO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F08017379
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986,
(772)8074370 within two working
days of your receipt of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,FLORIDA
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000282
BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, A
DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOANNA NICHOLS MCEWEN;
GUENTER GOERTZ, ET AL.
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
To the following Defendant(s):
JOANNA NICHOLS MCEWEN (CUR-
RENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last
known address: 3128 HIGHWAY 98
N, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Addition-
al address: 731 SOUTH JENKINS
ROAD FT PIERCE, FL 34947 Addi-
tional address: 202 NE 2ND STREET
SUITE 6 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS' ASSO-
CIATION INC (CURRENT RESIDENCE
UNKNOWN) Last known address:
3101 N.W. 37TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE,
FL 34972
Addibonal address: C/O THOMAS L.
TAYLOR R.A. 3101 NW 37TH AVE-
NUE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Addi-
tional address: C/O ANY
AUTHORIZED AGENT 3443 N.W.
36TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage on the following described
O87, BLOCK 59, BASSWOOD,
INC., UNIT NO. 5, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A
3128 HWY 98 N, OKEECHOBEE
FL 34972
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to J. Antho-
ny Van Ness, Esq. at VAN NESS LAW
FIRM, PA., Attorney for the Plaintiff,
whose address is 1239 E. NEWPORT
CENTER DRIVE, SUITE #110, DEER-
FIELD BEACH, FL 33442 on or before
thirty (30) days after the first publi-
cation of this Notice in the OKEE-
CHOBEE TIMES and file the original
with the Clerk of this Court either be-
fore service on Plainbffs attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint. This notice is provided to Ad-
ministrabve Order No. 2065
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
Accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommoda-
tion to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court
Administration no later than


seven days prior to the proceed-
ing at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida
34986, 1.772.807.4370 within
two working days of your receipt
of this NOTICE: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800955.8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 30 day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
BY Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
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PUBLIC NOTICE

A public auction for County owned surplus equipment and vehicles will be
held Saturday, August 28, 2010 by DeMott Auction Co., Inc. at the Okee-
chobee Cattleman's Association Arena, 1885 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. Viewing of the county surplus items, equipment and vehicles
will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the auction will begin at 9:00 a.m.

All county owned surplus items, equipment and vehicles will be auctioned
"As Is" to the highest bidder All county owned surplus items, equipment
and vehicles will be paid in full prior to successful bidder(s) removing any
items, equipment or vehicles from auction site.

For information concerning viewing surplus equipment or vehicles, bidder
requirements, terms and condition of auction/bidding process and payment
requirements, please contact Terry DeMott at 229-891-1832 or
800-985-5699. For information concerning county owned surplus items,
equipment or vehicles, please contact Russell Rowland at 863-763-1811.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida

Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
363381 ON 8/18/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-00296
U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
VS.
BRIAN J. HOFFMAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN J. HOFFMAN; MICHELE
L. HOFFMAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MICHELE L. HOFFMAN; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MICHELE L. HOFFMAN; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIM-
ING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANTSS;
Whose residence are/is unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your answer or written defenses, if any,
in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy
thereof upon the plain1ff's attorney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra,
9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660,
facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the first publication of this
Notice, the nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mort-
gage against the following described property, to wit:
LOT 11, BLOCK 6, LAKE MONTAZA ESTATES SECTION 4-A, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
To include a:
2004 NOBI, VIN N19295A and 0089967194
2004 NOBI, VIN N19295B and 0089967378
If you fail to file your answer or written defenses in the above proceed-
Ing, on plainbffs attorney, a default will be entered against you for the re
lief demanded in the Complaint or Petition.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 30th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circut Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, per-
sons needing a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven
days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port
St. Lucie, Florida 34986, (772) 807-4370 within two working days
of your receipt of this notice: IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED
CALL 1 800 955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-584

TD BANK, N.A., a nabonal banking
association, successor to PALM
BEACH COUNTY BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CAS
TRO; OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AU-
THORITY; TENANT #1 and
TENANT #2, unknown parties in
possession; and JOHN DOE and
JANE DOE, unknown parbes in
possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OFSALE
(Lot 62, Unit #7)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
pursuant to the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure on Count II (Unit 7
Property) of Plaintiffs Amended
Complaint dated July 16, 2010
(the "Judgment"), entered in Civil
Case No. 2009-CA-584 of the Cir-
cuit Court of the Nineteenth Judi-
cial Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida in which TD BANK,
N.A., a national banking associa-
tion, successor to PALM BEACH
COUNTY BANK, is Plaintiff, and
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CAS
TRO; and OKEECHOBEE UTILITY
AUTHORITY, are Defendants.
I will sell the Property as de-
fined in the Judgment and as set
forth below at a public sale on
September 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
to the "highest bidder," for cash at
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW Third Street,
Okeechobee Florida 34972, in
accordance with Section 45.031,
Florida Statutes. The "highest bid
der" for purposes of this Notice of
Sale, is defined as the party who
bids the largest amount of money
to purchase the Property and who
completes the sale in timely
fashion, as hereinafter set out.
The one who bids the largest
amount of money to purchase the
Property shall be permitted to
complete the sale by delivering to
the Clerk, the balance of such bid,
over and above the deposit, by
5:00 p.m. on the day of sale.
The following Property located
in Okeechobee County, Florida, is
the subject of this Notice of Sale:
Lot 62, of Treasure Island, Unit
#7 According to the Plat there-
of, recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 60, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
a/k/a 3243 SE 25th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
together with all existing or subse-
quently erected or affed build
wings, improvements, and fixtures
(the "Unit 7 Property").
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property own-
er as of the date of the Amended
Lis Pendens must file a claim with-
in 60 days after the sale.
Witness my hand and seal of
this Courton July 19, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of CircuitCourt

By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Cler
362176 ON 8/11,18/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 2009-CA-000502
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
GREG M. YEFFETH; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF GREG M. YEFFETH; 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;
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK; JOHN DOE #1,
JANE DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JANE
DOE #2, JOHN DOE #3 AND JANE
DOE #3 AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 7/22/201 entered
in Civil Case No. 2009-CA-000502 of
the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Okeechobee, Florida, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash on the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 22nd day of Sept. 2010 the


following described property as set
forth in said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:
WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 2
AND THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 AND THE WEST 1/2
OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
AND THE EAST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF TRACT 3 AND THE EAST 1/2
OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH
1/2 OF TRACT 4, ALL IN SEC-
TION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E,
INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH MO-
BILE HOME: 2003 GENA VIN#
GMHGA4310229479A AND
GMHGA4310229479B.
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
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, P.A.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
09-66465 (NCM)
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to partici-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Notice. If
you are hearing impaired call 711. If
you are voice impaired call 711.
361285 ON 8/11,18/10

NOTICE
UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW

Notice is hereby given that the un-
dersigned, pursuant to the "Fictitious
Name Statute," will register with
Florida Department of State, Division
of Corporation the fictitious name, to
wit:
Workn' Like A Dog Lawn Service
Under which we expect to engage in
business at:
2358 N.E. 144th St.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
In the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
Business enterprise are:
Dan McCarthy
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this the 16th day of
August, 2010.
By: Dan McCarthy
363499 ON 8/18/10


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA,
Workforce Solutions) Region 20
and the Treasure Coast Job Train-
ing Consortium announce a public
meeting of the Workforce Devel-
opment Board to which all persons
are invited:

Date &Time: Wednesday,
August 25, 2010 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE, To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA -
Workforce Sbmulus projects and
budgets), Workfore Employment
Opportunities, the Welfare Transi
tion Program, One-Stop Career
enters and the Workforce Devel
opment Board (DBA, Workforce
Solutions). A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro
seedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for jud-
cial review.
363577 ON 8/18/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000451

NEWEST BANK, B, SUCCESSOR
IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC FEDERAL
BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTER-
EST TO INDYMAC BANK FS.B.
Plaintiff,
VS.
IDELSYS BLANCO; CARLOS F. BLAN-
CO; UNKNOWN PERSONS) IN POS-
SESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY;
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated Aug. 5, 2010, and entered in
Case No. 47-2009-CA-000451, of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit In and for OKEECHOBEE County
Florida. NEWEST BANK, FSB, SUC-
CESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC
FEDERAL BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN
INTEREST TO INDYMAC BANK F.S.B.
is Plaintiff and IDELSYS BLANCO;
CARLOS F. BLANCO; UNKNOWN
PERSONS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY; are defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at THE JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OF THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312, N.W. 3RD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, AT
312 NORTHWEST THIRD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE IN OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, at 11:00 a.m.,
on the 15 day of Sept., 2010, the fol-
lowing described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 5, A PLAT OF BASS-
WOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 22, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens must file a
claim with 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 5 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of said Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
This notice is provided pursuant to
Administrative Order No.2.065.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilites Act, If you are a per-
son with a disability who needs any
accommodation in order to parbc-
pate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact
the Court Administrator at 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie,
Florida 34986, Phone No.
(772)807-4370 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this nobce or
pleading; if you are hearing im-
paired, call 711; if you are voice im-
paired, call 711 (Via Florida Relay
Services).
362843 ON 8/11,18,25/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 10000347CA

FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB,
Plaintiff,
VS.
MIGUEL FLORES, et. al.
Defendants.
TO: MIGUEL FLORES
Whose residence is:
3111 NW 2ND ST.,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972
TO: MARIA FLORES
AKA MARIA ALICIA FLORES
Whose residence is:
3111 NW 2ND ST.,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972
If alive, and if dead, all parties
claiming interest by, through, under
or against MIGUEL FLORES; MARIA A
FLORES AKA MARIA ALICIA FLORES
and all parbes having or claiming to
have any right, tile or interest in the
property described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acbon
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described property:
LOT 18 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT
17, BLOCK 62, SUBDIVISION OF A
PORTION OF OKEECHOBEE PARK,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE
28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 3111 NW 2ND ST.
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
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 Sbrling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 either (a)within 30 days after
the first publicabon of this notice,
and file the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will


be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 12th day of August,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
BY: Arlene Nealis
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 accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact the Clerk of fe Courts disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Port St. 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.
363322 ON 8/18,25/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2010-CA-000150

GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC,
PLAINTIFF,
VS.
AMBER L. GRIESEMER, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTSS.
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: AMBER L. GRIESEMER AND
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AMBER
L. GRIESEMER
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/they be dead, e unknown
defendants who May be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees
lienors, 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 parbes having
or claiming to have any right, tite or
interest in the property described in
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
in.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the followingproperty:
UNIT E OF DWELLING STRUC-
TURE 30, OAK TREE PLACE,
TOGETHER WITH LAND IMME-
DIATELY UNDERLYING SAID
UNIT AS DESCRIBED AND DE-
PICTED IN DECLARATION OF
PARTY FACILITIES AND PRO-
TECTIVE COVENANTS FOR
OAK TREE PLACE, AS RECORD-
ED IN O.R. BOOK 260, PAGE
999, AND AMENDMENT
THERETO RECORDED IN O.R.
BOOK 261, PAGE 1405, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
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 publication
of this notice of action and file the
original with the clerk of this court ei-
ther before service on Plainbffs attor-
ney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the complaint or petition filed
herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 5 day of August, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Arlene Nealis
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OP DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
10-07582 (GTS)
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to partici-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-8074370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Sum-
mons/Notice to Appear If you are
hearing impaired call
1-800-55-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flori-
da Relay Service.
362846 ON 8/11,18/10

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-66

In Re: Estate of
VIVIAN WALDRON,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of
VIVIAN WALDRON, deceased, date
of death May 29, 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, Okeechobee, Hon-
da 34972. The personal representa-
tive's and the personal
representative's attomey names are
set forth below.
Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
caims 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-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publicaton of this notice
is August 18, 2010.
Hubert Vemon Waldron
Personal Representative
2561 S.W. 26th Avenue
Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Florida Bar #096482
Attomey for Personal Representative
363244 ON 8/18, 25/10

IN THE COUNTY COURT OFTHE
19114 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
FILE NO. 2009 CC 88
JUDGE: Jerald D. Bryant
EAST COAST ALUMI-
NUM PRODUCTS,
INC., a Florida corporabon,
Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN K. BUFFUM and EMC Mort-
gage Corporation, a foreign profit
corporation,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
on the 15th day of September A.D.,
2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida the undersigned Clerk
will offer for sale the following de-
scribed real property:
Lot 263 Treasure Island, Unit 8
according to the plat recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 91, Public
Records of Okeechobee, Florida.
The aforesaid sale will be made
pursuant to the Final Judgment en-
tered in the above styled
case.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER, AS OF THE
DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a person
with a disability who needs accom-
modation in order to parbcipate in
this proceeding, you are entitled at
no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact
Conic Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250
NW Country Club Drive, Ste. 217,
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
(772) 807-4370 at least seven (7)
ays before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the bme
before the scheduled appearance is
less than seven (7) days; If You Are
Hearing or Voice Impaired Call 711.
DATED this 13 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
363486 ON 8/18,25/10


LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on SEPTEM-
BER 3, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1994 Buick Century
VIN#1G4AG55MXR6443612

Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Said automobiles
will be sold in As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
363534 ON 8/18/2010

NOTICE OF SALE
To Satisfy Owners Lien
Summer Breeze
9251 Hwy 78 W
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Sale Date 9/8/2010 @ 9:00
Unit #112 & 113 Bart R Dombrowski
Unit #103 Sheila E Jarrell
Unit #121 & 122 Lee L Tate
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will hold its
Regular Session on Thursday, Au-
ust6 2,010 at 9:00 a.m. in the
Judge William L. Hendry
Courtroom" at the Historic
Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any
decision made by the Board of
County Commissioners with 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 verbatm 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 of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000672
US BANK, N.A.
Plaintiff,
v.
MARSHALL J. HUNTER; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARSHALL J. HUNTER;
UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN
TENANT 2 and all unknown parties
claiming by, through, under or
against the above named Defen-
dant(s), who (is/are) not known to
be dead or alive, whether said un-
known parties claim as heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignees, lienors,
creditors, trustees, spouses, or other
claimants; FLORIDA HOUSING F-
NANCE CORPORATION
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to the Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated August 3, 2010, in this
cause, I will sell the property situated
in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
described as:
LOT 10, NORTH LAKE COUNTRY
ESTATES UNIT III, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
6, PAGE 42, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 794 SW 85TH AVE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-1588
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room on the Second Floor of
the Okeechobee Judicial Center, lo-
cated at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida, at 11 o'clock a.m.,
on Sept. 22, 2010.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than te property owner as of the
claim within 60 das after the sale.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida, this
4th day of August, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Douglas C. Zahm, PA.
12425 28th Street N., Suite 200
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 536-4911 phone
(727) 539-1094 fax
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING
A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING
SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMIN-
ISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEV-
EN DAYS PRIOR TO THE
PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUN-
TRY CLUB DRIVE PORT ST. LUCIE,
FL 34972 OR CALL 1-772-807-4370
WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF
YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE. IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
711; IF YOU VOICE IMPAIRED 711;
VIA RELAY SERVICE.
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Okeechobee County EMTs take calls in Buckhead Ridge


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Glades County Commissioners agreed to con-
tinue a long relationship with Okeechobee County
over Emergency Medical Services in Buckhead Ridge
when they met for their regular meeting on Tuesday
in Moore Haven.
EMS Director Bob Jones said Okeechobee Coun-
ty would continue to cover the area through Indian
Prairie Canal. They have asked for a 100 percent in-
crease in fees this year. It would be the first increase


in about 13 years.
The five-year contract
would have an annual
contract of $40,000.
"It would cover
their costs in terms of
the number of calls
they are running," he
noted.
The area in north
east Glades County off
Rucks Dairy Road was
also added to the cov-
erage area. Mr. Jones
said Okeechobee is
also interested in a fire
truck currently owned
by Glades County. The
county is expected to
receive two new units
and might have a sur-
plus.
Commission Chair-
man Russell Echols
said Glades County
can't afford to put an
ambulance unit in
Buckhead Ridge. He
said Okeechobee of-
fered a fair figure for
the service.
He suggested a
number of options
that include the truck,
a combination of
cash, and a number of
years. Staff will negoti-
ate a final agreement.
In other business
at the Glades County
Commission meeting,
Waste Management
asked that the transfer
station in Ortona be
transferred to them by
Aug. 31.
Assistant County
Manager Larry Hil-
ton said the landfill
employees are not
guaranteed jobs with
Waste Management.
Commissioner
Donna Storter said
she heard from coun-
ty employees that
they were concerned
about the short notice,
which included those
that are considering
retirement. She asked
for an extension, per-
haps until the end of
the fiscal year.
"The worst case
scenario would be
Waste Management


doesn't take any of our employees. At that time, they
could apply for unemployment," Mr. Hilton said.
There currently are three Glades County employees
employed at the transfer station.
The commission agreed to ask for the transfer on
Sept. 30.
The review presented by Brett Friedman did find
some problems in the county grant programs. He
explained that County Management has agreed to
address these deficiencies. One was a federal grant
where the assets purchased must be tracked for au-
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dence that the supervisor reviewed the document
and approved it." He explained federal law requires
this review. This item stemmed from a grant through
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Commissioner Paul Beck said they are looking for
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Sports in brief


Soccer sign ups to begin
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee County
Parks & Recreation Department's Youth Soc-
cer League will be held Monday through Fri-
day, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., beginning
Aug. 23 through Sept. 3. Registration is $35
per child and is being conducted at the Rec-
reation Department office at 640 N.W 27th
Lane, located in the Sports Complex. The
league will consist of boys and girls ages 5-14
(as of Dec. 31). Parents will need to present
a copy of the participant's Birth Certificate at
the time of registration. For more informa-
tion, call 863-763-6950.

Flag football signups under way
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).

Impact Competitive
Cheerleading signups
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. This is a ministry
of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee.


Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament
The last Freedom Outreach Fishing Tour-
nament of this season will be held on Aug.
29. There is an $80 cash entry fee. The final
event, the Classic, will be held Sept. 26. To
qualify for the classic, you must have fished


at least four events since spring. The classic
will be a one-day event with a $120 cash
entry fee. All tournaments are held at Scott
Driver park from safe light until 2 p.m. with
Taylor Creek as the alternate in case of low
water. Please register early. To get an entry
application or for questions, call 863-634-
3790 or 863-634-9889.


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weiler-Lab mix. Reno has had some
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