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Vol. 101 No. 102


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


50 Plus tax


Health officials
s8n-r-1i for 3 boys
who may haone
been exposed to
rabid bat ... Page 15


City fire dept. adds
brush truck ... Page 11

Man tries to appeal
DUI-manslaughter
convictions. ... Page 3

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The state of Florida has more lightning related deaths and injuries each year than any oth-
er state in the United States. During the summer month, storms are often accompanied
by lightning strikes, such as this one photographed by Jeff Gammons of StormVisuals.
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dangerous. For more on the danger posed by lightning strikes, see page 17.


Voters pick


Arnold,


Woods &


Culpepper
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County voters went
to the polls Tuesday to vote in the pri-
mary election.
Democrat Gene Woods will be
facing Republican Bryant Culpepper
in the Nov. 2 general election for the
county commission district 2 seat.
In the Democratic Primary, incum-
bent commissioner Noel Chandler re-
ceived 1,063 votes while 1,401 people
voted for former commissioner Gene
Woods.
On the Republican side Bryant Cul-
pepper received 872 votes while Jared
Figley received 776 votes. Both men
are new to the Okeechobee County
political scene.
In the nonpartisan race for school
board district 1 incumbent Joe Arnold
defeated Magi Cable by a vote count of
2,839 to 1,639.
In the Florida Governor Republican
primary in Okeechobee County, Rick
Scott received 867 votes; Bill McCul-
lum 682 votes and Mike McCalister 218
votes. In the Democratic primary, Alex
Sink received 1,634 votes and Brian P.
Moore received 605 votes.
In the U.S. Senate Race, Okeecho-
bee voters favored Marco Rubio in
the Republican primary. He received
1,321 votes; William Kogut, 234 votes;
William Escoffery III, 147 votes. In
the Democratic primary, Jeff Greene
received 1,113 votes; Kendrick Meek,
859 votes; Glen A. Burkett, 241 votes
and Maurice A. Ferre, 113 votes.





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Vinson returns to local cot


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man convicted in 2004 for killing a local
couple in a traffic crash will be back in an
Okeechobee courtroom later this week.
Shannon Dale Vinson,
37, was convicted of two
counts of DUI manslaugh-
ter/leaving the scene in
connection with the deaths
of Carl Pethybridge, 60,
and Robin Raulerson, 49,
on Aug. 29, 2003. He was
sentenced to a total of 45
years in prison. Shannon Dale
According to Assistant Vinson
State Attorney Ashley Al-
bright, Vinson will appear before Circuit
Court Judge Robert Belanger on Friday, Aug.
27, who will rule if an appeal filed by Vin-
son's attorney should be denied or returned
to the 4th District Court of Appeals (DCA).
The hearing is set for 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Albright explained that Vinson's origi-
nal appeal was denied in December of 2005


by the appeals court without an opinion.
Charles Harris, who is now representing
Vinson, filed a 3850 motion that claimed
Vinson's original defense attorney, Robert
Udell, was ineffective.
That motion was denied by then-Circuit
Court Judge Sherwood Bauer in November
of 2007.
Mr. Harris then filed an appeal of Judge
Bauer's denial, but the appeals court ruled
that the appeal was untimely (filed too
late).
Because of that denial Vinson and his at-
torney will go before Judge Belanger, who
will rule on who filed the appeal too late. If
Judge Belanger rules that Mr. Harris filed the
appeal too late, then it will go back to the 4th
DCA. If Vinson was at fault, then it will not
be returned to the appeals court and every-
thing will then be through.
Vinson was found guilty of striking the
back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle being
operated by Mr. Pethybridge. Ms. Raulerson
was a passenger on the back of the motor-
cycle.


irt for ruling

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) arrest reports state that around
10:18 p.m. on Aug. 29 Vinson was travel-
ing east on U.S. 441 S.E. in his Ford F-250
pickup truck at a high rate of speed when he
ran into the back of the motorcycle near the
highway's intersection with County Road
15-A.
The force of the impact threw Ms. Raul-
erson off the bike. Mr. Pethybridge and his
motorcycle became lodged under Vinson's
truck. Vinson then dragged the motorcycle
and its operator 692 feet, stated an OCSO
report.
During the trial Mr. Albright said Vinson's
blood-alcohol level was .186 percent-over
twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
Vinson was later arrested about 2 miles
from the crash site by OCSO Deputy Corpo-
ral Randy Thomas.
According to the Florida Department of
Corrections, Vinson is to be released in Feb-
ruary of 2046.


Stolen items reportedly traded for drugs


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail on charges that he
burglarized a shed and a home.
Robert Mason Detzer, 32, S.E. 27th St.,
was arrested Thursday,
Aug. 19, on felony charges
of burglary of a structure
(two counts), grand theft,
defrauding a pawnbroker,
uttering a forged instru-
ment and forgery He was
also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of criminal
mischief. I
Detzer was booked into Robert M.
the Okeechobee County Detzer
Jail where he is being held
on a bond of $33,500.
An arrest report by Deputy Arlene Durbin
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) stated that Vinson apparently broke
into a shed and took a pressure washer. The
piece of equipment was then located at a lo-
cal pawn shop. Detzer apparently received
$30 for the pressure washer, indicated the
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Detzer is also accused of breaking into
another home and taking a ring valued at
$980, a gold coin collection valued at $300
and some silver dollars and half dollars.
Deputy Durbin stated in her report that
Detzer apparently traded the coin collection
for drugs. Detzer reportedly sold the gold
ring for $46, added the report. The deputy


went on to state that Detzer also sold the
coins, but could not remember to whom.
The deputy's report also indicated that
Detzer took a single check from the home,
made it payable to him in the amount of $30
then forged the account holder's name on
the check.


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 Pa-
trol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Melvin Thomas, 55, S. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Detec-
tive William Suggs on felony charges of bur-
glary while armed and grand theft. He was
arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal
mischief, resisting a law enforcement officer
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Braulio Torres, 31, Okeechobee, was ar-
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an Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear driving while license
suspended and failure to appear driving un-
der the influence. His bond was set at $5,000.
However, Immigration and Customs Enforce-
ment (ICE) has placed a hold on Torres and
he is to be returned to the Krome Detention
Center pending deportation upon conclusion
of this case.
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Term limits
I think that if we had term limits it
might make those elected more inclined to
think about the job they are doing right now
instead of how to get re-elected. Especially
in their second term they might be less in-
clined to do political favors in exchange for
election contributions and support. Also it
would force a turnover and I think that turn-
over would be healthy for the community.
Term limits sounds like a very good
idea for county commissioners. I think we
would do better with a board of concerned
community members rather than career
politicians. But how do we go about getting
term limits on the ballot?

School lunch
I think school breakfast and lunch
should be free to all students. It is already
free to so many of them, it would probably
be easier to just let them all eat rather than
have to keep track of who has to pay full
price, who gets reduced price and who eats
free. It would be fair to all if all could eat free.
Plus, it would take away the stigma of ask-
ing for free lunch or reduced price lunch. All
would be treated the same.

Wildlife
I have noticed a lot of wild animals in
the Lazy 7 area, such as foxes, raccoons,
armadillos, possums and skunks. These
animals are native to the area but they can
be destructive and some can carry disease.
So be aware and don't do things that attract
them to the housing areas. Don't leave dog
or cat food out at night. Put garbage in cans
with a locking lid. Don't throw trash out the
window on the way home from the fast food
place. If you allow your pets outside unsu-
pervised, then fence your yard.


Jail expense
At the county commission meeting,
one way they talked about saving money is
by taking the jail away from the sheriff's of-
fice and contracting with a private company
to run it. I think that is a terrible idea. It might
look like they would save money in the be-
ginning, but it would probably wind up cost-
ing more than it does now. Also, I would
worry about the safety of the community.
SIf the county wants to reduce the cost
of the jail, they need the judges to help. First,
get people to trial as quickly as possible.
Don't keep letting the attorneys delay and
delay. Many of these delays are something
the attorney can control. Set trial dates and
stick to them. Also, if a person is not violent
and not a danger to the community, set a
bail that he or she can make so we don't
have to house them in the jail. And if they
are found guilty and you want to give them
time behind bars, give them at least a year
so they will go to state prison and not back
to the county jail. If they are not bad enough
to get prison time, order restitution, commu-
nity service and/or house arrest. Judges are
elected. The voters should care about how
much it costs to keep a person in the county
jail and hold the judges accountable.
If the county takes over the jail and puts
it out for bid to private corporations, then
those who work at the jail with either lose
their jobs, or lose their state retirement, or
both. Counties that have gone with privatiz-
ing jails have regretted it. They save money
in the short run but the problems it creates
in the long run are not worth it.

Reimbursements
Suggestion for county commissioners,
including the administrator -- there needs to
be a cap on the personal reimbursement ac-
counts (travel, fuel, phone, auto, etc.). I'm
sure it was an oversight during budget work-
shops discussions, but, the annual figure is
in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Drainage
* The county needs to do something
about the drainage problems. Property
owners bring in fill dirt and fill up their own
property, causing the neighbor's land to
flood. That is against the law, but the county
won't do anything about it. We need some
officials who will actually enforce the laws.


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Children left in cars
The news of children being left in hot
cars with the windows rolled up and the
car locked is horrible; The woman in South
Carolina-two children died; the day care
worker in South Florida-one child died.
Two children were accidentally locked in
a car in Wellington Friday, Grandmother
locked keys in car with children inside. She
didn't call 911. She called her daughter to
bring her other set of keys. Thankfully the
children were rescued. Then the woman at
Cross County Mall went shopping of course
with her child left in car, but that child was
rescued thankfully to a caring individual who
got involved. Mom charged with neglect. I
am saying if any of us should see a situation
as any of these we need to get involved and
phone 911.
How anyone can leave another living
creature in an automobile in this heat is just
beyond belief. Do not leave a child or a pet
in the car even for a few minutes. The tem-
perature in a parked car can quickly be life
threatening.

Sheriff
I respect Sheriff May for fighting for his
people. I hope the sheriff and the county
commission can sit down and work this
out before it gets to the point that he has to
appeal to the governor for help. And I also
hope that the sheriff is taking a good hard
look at each staff position, question if it is es-
sential and also making sure those who are
on the payroll are highly productive.

Bullying
Now that school is back in session, I
would like to challenge every pastor, ev-
ery church youth leader and every Sunday
school teacher to take on the problem of
bullying. Talk to kids about it. Make parents
aware of the problem. We have seen chil-
dren in other communities bullied to the
point that they take their own lives, or else
attacked and hospitalized by bullies who
cannot control their rage.

Dogs dumped
It is just horrible how people just dump
a dog on the side of the road. We have a no-
kill shelter in Okeechobee. If you can't take
care of your dog, at least take it to the shelter.
They will try to find a home for it. Dumping a
dog on the side of the road is just cruel and
cowardly. Dogs cannot fend for themselves.
They are more likely to be run over or starve
to death than to find a new home on their
own.


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Coquina
I read in the newspaper how Coquina
Water Control District is in good shape finan-
cially. I think the new board is doing a good
job, but they need to finish the Three Mile
Grade which is 288 Street with shell rock.
When it rains, the road turns to soup. They
have done the two ends of the road with
shell rock but left the middle. A lot of traffic
travels on the middle of that road. As a tax-
payer in the Viking, the county is doing noth-
ing for the Viking (Prairie). Election time I
hope the people don't vote for the commis-
sion of this area. They are doing nothing for
the Viking only collecting taxpayer money.
A lot to people outside would build houses
here, but we've had no good roads over the
years. I have lived here for four years and
only now are we getting help with the roads
from Coquina-not the county. As for the
police, that's another story by itself.

Budget cuts
I do not want police or emergency
services cut. However, since the county
administrator wants everyone to take deep
cuts, some as much as 40 percent, I would
like to see him and his two assistants take a
40 percent cut. That would still leave them
making more money than the vast majority
of Okeechobee citizens. If the paper printed
all positions, I see three management posi-
tions and two clerks. If the administrator has
good management skills, he could manage
the office and hire a quality clerk to help.
This is Okeechobee which has one main city
and not West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, or
Miami where they have several areas and
750,000-1,000,000 people to take care of. I
don't want to sound like I'm singling him
out, I'm not. Before you cut law enforce-
ment and emergency services, you need to
look at all administrative positions. In refer-
ence to the county commissioners, I don't
understand why they require vehicle repair.
Surely it isn't for their personal vehicles.
I feel for the sheriff but the county com-
missioner is right. They have already allo-
cated 100 percent of the ad valorem taxes
to the sheriff's department. How can they
give him more than 100 percent? That is all
there is.


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potential conflicts to our readers.
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August 25, 2010


Letters to the editor


Uphold the Constitution
Doesn't every public official swear or af-
firm under oath to uphold the Constitution?
Doesn't Article II require them to not "in-
fringe" on the right of the people to keep
and bear arms?
Isn't this exactly what Sotomayor ac-
knowledged before the Senate Confirmation
Committee?
As a sworn, sitting Supreme Court Jus-
tice, didn't she, along with three more Jus-
tices commit perjury with their McDonald
vote specifically?
Are not all four Justices committing mis-
feasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and
perjury?


If not, exactly Why Not?
Question: Exactly how and where can an
ordinary citizen take out a perjury affidavit
against them? After all their own recorded
words clearly convict them of perjury.
Bill Stegkemper, Citizen
Okeechobee

Back to school
Greetings! Back to school/Summer ends
- School begins! Fall, Winter, Spring, Life's
seasons! O.K! The time is now to get in a
hurry. Grandma Georgia would say and
let's do it now! Smile! Summer ends, a new
school year begins. Life rotates in cycles.
Brenda Scott, Okeechobee


Scholarships awarded to OHS seniors


Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented
Roxanne Sheffield with the IRSC -
Donald C. Hicks Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 at
the OHS Lecture Hall.


Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented
Hannah Rooks and Valerie McKee with
the IRSC Agricultural Endowment
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture
Hall.


Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented
Layton Shumate with the IRSC Don- Valerie McKee with the IRSC Vale-
aid C. Hicks STARS Scholarship on dictorian Scholarship on OHS Schol-
OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held May arship Night 2010 held May 20 at the
20 at the OHS Lecture Hall. OHS Lecture Hall.


Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented field and Alyada Velasquez with the
Kaley Dees with the IRSC Jack Byls- Okeechobee VFW Ladies Auxiliaries
ma III Memorial Endowed Scholarship Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held 2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture
May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall. Hall.


School supply give away
What a wonderful day it was. Did you
miss it? 3,000 book bags were lovingly pre-
pared for any student who needed one. Pa-
per, pencils, etc. were enclosed. Brand new
bags given away. Many many folks put lots
of time and effort into organizing the day's
events. Reach FM was there providing Chris-
tian music, a bounce house, pony rides, free
shoes and socks, Raulerson Hospital, the
Sheriff's Dept., giving a very interesting K-9
display. Dental advice, free ID photographs


Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms after noon. Partly cloudy, with a high
near 93. Heat index values as high as 105.
Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Tonight: Isolated showers and thunder-
storms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a
low around 74. Calm wind. Chance of pre-
cipitation is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind.
Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 74. Calm wind becoming
south southeast around 5 mph.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of show-
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Obituaries


Betty Jean Tankersley, 68
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -Betty Jean Tankersley,
age 68, entered into her heavenly home Aug. 22,
2010, in Knoxville, Tenn.
She was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Coffee County,
Ala. to WC. and
Una Mae Williams.
She lived most of
her life in Okeecho-
bee where she was
a bookkeeper for
Burgess Supply for
35 years and recep-
tionist at Okeecho-
bee Health Care
Facility for 12 years.
While in Tennessee
she was employed
by Gastro-
intestinal Associates for 3 years as a
Patient Advocate where she was treated like
family.
Mrs. Tankersley was preceded in death by her
husband, Lewis Tankersley. She is survived by
her son, Wade and wife, Diane; grandchildren,
Justin and wife Neka, Leah and husband Zach
Cox, Meghan Wyatt; two great-grandchildren,
Kasen Wyatt and Zayden Cox; brothers, George
Williams of Perry, Fla. and Billy Williams of
Meder, Ga.; sisters, Virginia Caldwell and Norma
Fannin both of Knoxville, Tenn.; and many niec
es and nephews.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until services at noon





All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Hill



34972.
Cemetery in Lake Placid. Nick Hopkins, James
OKECHOBFannin and Larry Dean wiline D. Eckert, age
80, died Aug 23, 2010, at Raulerson Hospital.
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All arrangements are entrusted to the loving



She was a resident of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home andrs,
having relocated from Palm Beach County.
34972.

Jacqueline D. Eckert, 80
OKEECHOBEE Jacqueline D. Eckert, age
80, died Aug. 23, 2010, at Raulerson Hospital.
She was a resident of Okeechobee for 41 years,
having relocated from Palm Beach County.
Reading was her favorite past-time but her
greatest love was being a homemaker, mother
and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Raymond; brother, Eugene Ingram; and grand-
son, Travis Lowry.
Survivors include son, Walter (Sonja) Warta of
York, Penn.; daughters, Jackie (Billy) Goggans
of Okeechobee, and Susan (Billy) Drass of Or-
well, Ohio; brothers, Alan (Judy) Ingram and
Warren Ingram, both of Ocala; sisters, Olive
Sadlon of Garwood, N.J., and Rosemary Moran
of East Hanover, N.J.; nine grandchildren and
several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held tomorrow, Aug. 26,
from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at
Buxton-Seawinds/Abundant Blessings Sanctu-
ary. Interment will follow at Evergreen Ceme-
tery.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Highway 441 N., 863-357-7283.

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Elmer Earl White Jr.
OKEECHOBEE -Elmer Earl White Jr., of
('I., i. i ... Orlando, passed away unexpect-
edly on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.
He was born on Nov. 15 1949, in Bay City,
Mich. He grew up in Palm Beach County.
He worked in the
automotive parts
(Whitey's Auto) in-
dustry along side his
parents and broth-
ers. He was a work-
ing entrepreneur of
multiple businesses
to include construc-
tion and a people
consultant who
shared his knowl-
edge with everyone.
He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta; his
step-children, Amber (Eric), J.T., and Peyton.
Also surviving are his daughter, Diedra White
(Charles) Bryan; daughter-in-law, Kelly; grand-
children, Amanda (Christopher), Brieann,
Courtney, Sarah, Jeremiah, Alexandria, Kenne-
dy, Michaela; his great-grandchildren, Skylar,
Dominick, Sydney, Chase, and Christopher, Jr.
He also leaves behind his beloved brothers and
sisters, Gerald White and family, Gail White and
family, Barbara Schultz and family, and Ralph
White and family, along with the Baker family
and many other family members and cherished
friends. Elmer was preceded in death by his
sons, Elmer Earl White, III, and Alexander
Zechariah White; his parents, Elmer Earl White,
Sr., and Marguerite L. White; and a sister, Lor-
raine Baker.
A Celebration of Elmer's life was held Tues-
day, Aug. 24, at Northwood Funeral Home.
Committal Services and burial followed at Royal
Palm Memorial Gardens. Northwood Funeral
Home, West Palm Beach, in charge of arrange-
ments.

Raymond Terrell Conner, 73
OKEECHOBEE Raymond Terrell Conner,
age 73, of Okeechobee passed away Aug. 20,
2010, at his home. He was born March 30, 1937,
in Winter Haven, to Oscar and Ollie Lee Conner.
Mr. Conner proudly
served our country
in the US Air Force
until his retirement.
He served during the
Vietnam War. He
also worked in the
Florida Department
of Corrections. He
came to Okeecho-
bee from Augusta,
Ga., in 1973. He was
a member of the
(iI..II. Christian Church, VFW and
Moose Lodge.
Mr. Conner is survived by four sons, Dennis R.
Conner of (,i.. -i-l -I, Robert H. Conner
(Jackie) of Indiantown, Jerry S. Conner (Nina)
of Tuscan, Ariz., and Gary A. Conner (Sherry) of
Berry, Ala.; stepchildren, Joyce Todd of Laugh-
lin, Nev., Kim E. Bass of Okeechobee, Karla La-
maire (Norm) of Raynham, Mass., Joel "Sam"
Bass (Jamie) of Alma, Ariz., and Kenneth Bass
of (i. i... sister, Dorothy Smith of Okee-
chobee; two brothers, James Conner (Fran) of
Wauchula and Byron Conner (Jackie) of Tam-
pa; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchil-
dren.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug.


27, 2010 at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
SE 18th Terr., ('i. . .. i FL 34974.
Memorials may be made to ('i., i i ..I."
Christian Church. The family requests no flow-
ers, please.
Friends may sign the u.-i. il ...... at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL
34972.

James Francis 'Jim' Emmick, 63
OKEECHOBEE -James Francis "Jim" Em-
mick, 63, of ('i1.. i. i. passed away on Aug.
13, 2010, in his home after a year battling can-
cer.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., to Eleanor and
Lelgia Emmick, the second of four children. He
grew up around the world as his father was a Lt.
Col. in the Air Force. James was an engineer for
Pratt Whitney until his lifelong disease of dia-
betes forced early disability retirement upon
him. He then volunteered his services to the
Harvey ranch so that he could fulfill his child-
hood dream of being a 'cowboy.'
James is survived by his wife, Madilynn; his
sons, Jeffrey and James; his grandchildren, Ja-
cob and Jarret; and his sisters, Susan, Sally and
Ann.
Memorial service will be held at the Harvey
Ranch located off 86th Blvd, (15A), Okeecho-
bee, on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 1:30 p.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the Moffitt Can-
cer Center, Tampa, FL.
"For God so loved the world...


Jose Latorre, 86
OKEECHOBEE -Jose Latorre, age 86, of
Okeechobee, passed away Saturday, Aug. 21,
2010, in the Hamrick Home Hospice. He was
born March 19, 1924, in Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his late wife of
55 years, Crusita La-
torre; son, Alberto
Latorre; sisters, Jose-
phina Santiago, and
Jelin Albaladejo; and
brother, Antonio La-
toree.
He is survived by
his sons, Jose La-
torre, Jr., Jose Anto-
nio Latorre;
daughters, Ramona
Latorre, Gladys La-
torre, Lyd-
ia Latorre, Gloria Latorre, Carmen La-
torre, Inez Latorre, and Eneida Latorre. In
addition he is survived by 58 grandchildren and
many loved great-grandchildren.
The family received friends on Monday, Aug.
23, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. and services on Tues-
day, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street (,i., i-lI- ,
Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
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condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
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Okeechobee Ministerial sponsors gospel sing


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Fifth Sunday Community Wide Service,
sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial As-
sociation, will be a Gospel sing this Sunday,
Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Individuals and
groups from area churches will be singing all
types of Christian music to the glory of God.


Churches and groups represented by the 25
members of the association are: Church of
Our Saviour Episcopal, Cornerstone Baptist
Church, Faith Farm Ministries, First United
Methodist Church, More 2 Life, North Okeecho-
bee Church of God, Northside Baptist Church,
Okeechobee Community Choir, Okeechobee
Correctional Institute, Okeechobee Church
of the Nazarene, Okeechobee Health Care


District has new Eagle Scout
The Big Lake District of the Boy Scouts has a new Eagle Scout. On Aug. 16,
the Eagle review committee consisting of Committee Chairman Judge Wil-
liam L. Hendry, Big Lake District Chairman Ray Worley and member David
Fox reviewed the work that Eagle applicant Carleton Baucum of Clewiston's
Troop 619 had completed prior to his review. His Eagle Scout Project was to
build 10 osprey platforms to be placed around Clewiston. Left to right are:
Eagle Review Committee Member David Fox, Committee Chairman Judge
William L. Hendry, Eagle Scout Carleton Baucum, Troop 619 Scoutmaster
Anthony Chihocky and Big Lake District Chairman Ray Worley.

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and The Vineyard.
Ministers of other
churches are in-
vited to join the association on the second
Wednesday of every month at the Clock Res-
taurant at noon.
Members of the Okeechobee Ministerial
Association will be celebrity servers at the
Okeechobee Golden Corral for dine-in only
on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. All tips
for the servers will be donated to the build-
ing fund of St. Stephen AME Church, as their
church was destroyed during the hurricanes
of 2005 and subsequently demolished. The
parishioners have since been meeting in a
rented church and recently began an aggres-
sive rebuilding program. Tickets for the dinner
are $10 and include the full buffet and drink
and can be purchased from association mem-
bers, St. Stephens AME members, or Pastor
Gwen Livatt at 305-389-1280. Come support
this worthy cause as St. Stephens AME has a
57 year history of helping those in the com-
munity who are in need.
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, breakfast and a
devotion by Brandon Tucker.
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 informa-
tion or if you would like to donate gently used
clothing, The church will have a free fam-
ily movie night, Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. The
movie "Letters to God," by the producers of
"Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants," is a true
story of an eight year old boy with a strong
faith and courage as he faces his daily battle
with cancer by prayers he writes as "Letters to
God." This is a story of hope and inspiration
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Commission to consider budget cut apportionment methods


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Commissioners will
meet at 9 a.m. today to try to formalize an
apportionment method for overcoming the
county's budget shortfall.
Like last Wednesday's meeting, deciding
on the apportionment method is the only
item on the agenda. However, last Wednes-
day the commission was not ready to vote
on an apportionment method.
The apportionment method proposed on
July 15 called for 29.3 percent of the deficit
to be borne by the commission with 58.4
percent of the shortfall going to the sheriff's
office. The remainder of the deficit is appor-
tioned among the other constitutional offi-
cers. This method, unlike the method used


last year, backs out dedicated funds which
can only be used for a stated purposed and
cannot be used to cover the shortfall in other
areas. Because of that change the amount of
deficit apportioned to each of the constitu-
tional efforts has roughly doubled while the
commission's share of the deficit decreased.
However, that method did not take into con-
sideration previous year cuts.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner has
proposed three additional methods. Method
1 is an average of four years' actual spend-
ing and does not include fiscal year 2009/10.
It includes all designated and nondesignated
funds. Under this method the commission
would bear 57.7 percent of the shortfall and
the sheriff would be responsible for 34.1
percent of the shortfall. Method 2 is an aver-
age of the two prior years actual spending


Commission to consider additional sales tax


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An additional sales tax, the new county
radio system and a prescription discount
card are among the variety of topics to be
discussed by Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners on Thursday.
Commissioners are scheduled to take
the first step toward an additional sales tax
to fund emergency medical services (EMS).
They will hold a public hearing before voting
on an ordinance to establish an additional
one cent sales tax. The ordinance would put
the matter to a vote of the people during the
Nov. 2 general election. If passed, all reve-
nue from this tax would be used to offset the
EMS assessment.
In an effort to speed up delayed efforts
to build a tower for the county's new radio
system, the contractor has been asked to
appear before the board. The county had
planned to build a tower on Okeechobee
Utility Authority property on S.W 16th Av-
enue. However, it appears that the property
is a wetland, complicating matters and re-
quiring a permit from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection. In a July
14 letter to deputy county administrator Jim
Threewits, the operation director for Harris
Corporation, the contractor, recommended
that the site be abandoned because delays
in construction might extend outside the
time line of the grant that is financing the
project.
In what might be the only good news to


If you go...
What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commission
When: 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 26
Where: Commission Chambers,
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W. Second St.

come out the meeting, the commission will
be asked to approve a prescription discount
card program through the National Associa-
tion of Counties and CVS Caremark to help
uninsured and under insured residents.
There is no cost to the county. The card
would be provided free to all Okeechobee
County residents and can save an average of
22 percent off the retail cost of prescription
medications that are not covered under a
traditional insurance plan.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner will
appeal a travel voucher to the board. After a
recent trip to Tampa to attend a Florida As-
sociation of Counties meeting, he applied
for mileage reimbursement that amounted
to $44.50 more than the finance department
said could be paid for that trip under Florida
Statute.
In other action, the board is expected to:
Consider a request that the county
accept S.E. 34th Avenue as a county main-
tained road; and,
Conduct an executive session to dis-
cuss pending litigation with Aeronautical As-
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plus projected actual spending for fiscal year
2009/10. It includes all designated and non-
designated funds. Under this method the
commission would have to cut their budget
by 55.1 percent and the sheriff wold have to
cut his budget by 36.6 percent. Method 3 is
like method 2 except all designated funds are


backed out of the calculations. Under meth-
od 3 the commission would have to cut its
budget by 33.7 percent and the sheriff would
have to cut his budget by 53.6 percent.
Under all three methods the remainder of
the shortfall would be apportioned among
the other constitutional officers.


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New brush truck at city fire department is very versatile


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
City firemen insist a new brush truck paid
for by impact fees has been one of the better
bargains of 2010.
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Douglas said the
$72,000 Ford truck from Emergency Vehicles
of Texas, has been a very versatile vehicle for
the department.


Firefighter EMT Steve Weeks works
the radio on the new city brush truck.


Not only does the truck fight brush fires,
but is also is used for all the medical calls
city firemen are dispatched too. It ends up
saving the city money on fuel and the county
on man power.
Chief Douglas explained that instead of
the county sending four firemen to a medi-
cal call, each department sends two to calls
in the city and within two miles of the city
limit. That leaves the county with more
manpower to handle other calls in the unin-
corporated parts of the county.
The new brush truck is diesel powered
and gets outstanding gas mileage. It also
means the more gas guzzling pumper trucks
stay in the city fire department bay more of-
ten.
"It takes a lot of the load off our main
pumpers. It's been a great truck so far. It is
cheaper to run and it responds faster. I feel
it's been a big asset to city residents," he
added.
Douglas said the new unit replaced a
1971 unit that was in ill repair. He said the
old truck had served its purpose for the
city but its day had passed, "I just couldn't
find parts for it any longer. This truck is fully
equipped and can handle medical calls and
traffic accidents."
There is also room for rescue materials
and medical supplies in the new truck.
City firemen said they have assisted the
County Fire Rescue department on 10 calls
during August in which the brush truck was
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"Both departments are understaffed and
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Theatre to hold auditions for upcoming 'Hello, Dolly!'


Talented local amateur performers are
being sought for roles in the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's first production of
its 32nd season, which is to be the classic
Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" Audition
sessions are scheduled for Monday and
Tuesday evenings, Aug. 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. at
the theatre on S.W 2nd Avenue at 7th Street,
just west of Golden Corral Restaurant.
The show is scheduled for performance
on November 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8 p.m. each
evening. An announcement will be made at
a later date when tickets go on sale.
Parts in the show are available for men
and women of all ages from late teens on
up. No prior acting experience is necessary,
according to the OCT's coordinator/director,
Ron Hayes.
All a participant needs is a desire to put
his or her talents to use, and to have a lot
of fun.
Although the leading roles of Dolly Levi
and four other featured characters are fe-
male, there is a need for numerous men of
various ages to fill available speaking and
non-speaking parts, including those of four
central characters.
Try-outs are designed to be both fun and
non-threatening, and no prepared material
is needed. Auditioners will be asked to sing
a short song of their choice without musical
accompaniment. Not all parts to be cast for
the show require singing, however.
The part of the brash but loveable Dolly
Levi is considered to be one of the favorite
female roles of all time. It catapulted Carol
Channing into super stardom on the Broad-
way stage, and helped boost the career of
a young Barbra Streisand in the motion pic-
ture adaptation.
A professional matchmaker, Dolly lends
her services to find suitable marriage
partners for her clients. When a wealthy
businessman, the crotchety Horace Van-
dergelder, seeks her assistance, she locates
his perfect mate-herself. She then stops at
nothing to convince him that the choice was
his idea. In the process, she manages to gen-
erate at least four other weddings. Besides
the well-known title song, the show is filled
with witty and catchy tunes that make it a
favorite with audiences whenever it is per
formed.
Also part of the OCT's current season will
be the "film-noir" style comedy, "The Man
With Bogart's Face," which will be present-

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uled for March, 2011. It is from the writing cals, comedies and dramas. It is a member opportunities, or how to purchase tickets,
team that created previous OCT favorites, of the American Association of Community may call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-
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Boys may have been exposed to rabid bat


Local health department
searching for boys who
were playing with rabid bat

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment is asking for the public's help to find
three boys who may have been exposed to
rabies.
Around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.
19, the manager of the Family Dollar Store
in North Shore Plaza noticed three boys in


the parking lot picking something up and
playing with it, explained Gary Barber of
Okeechobee Animal Control. A customer
at the counter reportedly said they were her
children. The woman and the boys left in a
green sport utility vehicle. The store manager
went to investigate what the boys had been
playing with in the parking lot and found the
bat, Mr. Barber continued.
The bat appeared lethargic, he continued.
The manager scooped it up in a cardboard
box and called Animal Control.
Mr. Barber said the store manager and
store personnel were careful not to touch
the animal.


Unemployment increases


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Local unemployment rates rose 2 per-
cent between June and July according to
the latest report from the Florida Agency for
Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statis-
tics Center.
Okeechobee had 14.6 percent unem-
ployment in July, a hike from 12.8 percent in
June. The rate in July, 2009 was 13 percent.
Okeechobee had 2,629 people out of
work in July, which was nearly 300 more
than the number who collected unemploy-


ment in June.
Glades County had 582 residents out of
work. There were 530 out of work in June.
The state level increase from 11.6 to 12
percent. The national level rose from 9.6 to
9.7 percent last month.
The highest rate in the state was Hendry
County with 19.7 percent unemployment.
The lowest rate was in Walton County who
had 7.5 percent unemployment.
Around the area Osceola County had
12.4 percent, Martin County had 12.3 per-
cent, Highlands County 13 percent, and St.
Lucie County 15.2 percent.


He said he was concerned the bat could
be rabid because of the way it was acting
and because another rabid bat had been
found in Okeechobee County recently. He
said he sent the bat to be tested and it tested
positive for rabies.
Mr. Barber said the health department
is trying to find the boys because they may
have been exposed to rabies. Left untreated,
rabies is usually a fatal disease. He said ra-
bies shots must be given with 21 days of ex-
posure to be effective.
"Normally kids will talk, and someone
will hear about it," he said. "We're trying to
get the word out to the public so we can find
these boys."
He said the store personnel think the
family may have been of Native American
or Hispanic descent. The Seminole Tribe of
Florida has been notified, he continued.
Anyone with any information about
the boys should immediately contact the
Okeechobee County Health Department at
863-532-9519.
In addition, the Okeechobee County
School System used the "reverse 911" phone
system to send a recorded message about
the situation to all parents of Okeechobee
County students on Tuesday.
Mr. Barber said about two weeks before
this incident another rabid bat was found in
Okeechobee County. He said a local resident
saw the bat clinging to a cat's collar. When
the person pulled the bat off the cat, the
person was bitten. Mr. Barber said that bat


tested positive for rabies and the bite victim
has been treated. In addition, the cat, which
had already been vaccinated against rabies
was quarantined and given a rabies booster
shot.
He said all children should be warned to
stay away from wild animals. "A wild ani-
mal is nothing to play with," he said. "Wild
animals can and do carry diseases." He said
children should be advised that if they see
an animal lying on the ground or acting
strangely they should notify an adult to call
the police, the sheriff's office or animal con-
trol.
It is also important for all pet owners to
make sure their dogs and cats are vaccinat-
ed against rabies, Mr. Barber continued.
Mitchell Smeykal with the Okeechobee
County Health Department said the county
sees an average of 3 to 5 cases of rabies in
wild animals each year. He said the most
common rabies carriers are bats, raccoon
and skunks. "Any time you see a nocturnal
creature like a bat out in the daytime, that's
a bad sign," he added.
According to the Okeechobee Health
Department, each year, tens of thousands
of people are successfully protected from
developing rabies through vaccination after
being bitten by an animal like a bat that may
have rabies. There are usually only one or
two human rabies cases each year in the
United States, and the most common way
for people to get rabies in the United States
is through contact with a bat.


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high speed internet service. Okeechobee is not capable of transmitting
The grant was two years coming. The medical records. That will change under the
first attempt was unsuccessful. Then Ms. To- new service.
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who had been successful in winning the first about 18 months and become fully opera-
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OUA rates to increase 3.5 -*-


percent for local customers


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Customers of Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority (OUA) will soon see a 3.5 percent
increase in their utility bills. At their meeting
on Tuesday, Aug. 24 the OUA Board of Di-
rectors approved a 3.5 percent rate increase.
While customers may not like this increase,
it is better than the 6 percent increase that
was originally proposed.
Chairman Frank Irby blamed the increase
on the failure of developers to live up to their
agreements. Expansion of the wastewater
treatment plant was financed based on the
payment of developer's agreements and
the revenue from the additional customers
those developers would provide. Most of
those planned developments fell victim to
the poor economy. Therefore, the new rate
increase, like the current budget year's rate
increase, will not go toward operating ex-
penses, it will go toward debt service.
On a positive note the board approved a
tentative budget that is a 7 percent reduction
from the originally proposed budget. The
largest single reduction came from remov-
ing $150,000 from the contingency fund.
The second largest reduction, $47,500, was
a reduction in chemical costs for the surface-
water treatment plant. Executive director
John Hayford stated that this reduction was
made possible after looking at the current
year's expenditure on chemicals. Another
$11,483 was realized from a reduction in
maintenance overtime. The proposed bud-
get has $10,080,931 in operating revenue
and $6,218,688 in operating expenses.
The tentative budget contains no salary
increase for employees. The OUA employees
in the audience probably breathed a sigh of
relief when salary reductions and furloughs
were not mentioned. Previously salary re-
ductions and furloughs were mentioned as
a way to reduce expenses.
Board member Tommy Hoover cast the
only vote against the tentative budget. He
said he was disappointed that it contained
no long lasting and recurring cost reduc-
tions.
As a sign of the economic times, the
board dealt with two developers who want-
ed to terminate their agreements.
Tom Fleming, developer of Freshwater,
a proposed subdivision on Charles Harvey
Highway, asked to give up the 100 equiva-
lent residential units he had reserved and
forfeit the 40 percent he had already paid.
He also agreed to pay the 2009 tax bill with
interest except for the OUA assessment.
Mr. Fleming owes a 10 percent payment
of $37,000 as an OUA assessment on his
2009 taxes. He also owes five more ten per-
cent payments due over the next five years.
Mr. Hayford called Mr. Fleming's offer
"unacceptable."


After some discussion, the board took
no action on the request. However, alter-
nate board member Devin Maxwell did not
agree with the board's inaction. He sug-
gested modifying the agreement to keep it
in place.
"Doing nothing is not going to solve our
problem," he said, noting that the utility was
facing similar situations with other develop-
ers.
In April Mr. Fleming had approached
the board requesting that his payments be
delayed for three years. During that time he
promised to pay interest on what he owed.
Then he would pay 20 percent a year for
three years. The board denied that request
also.
The other developer was successful in
his request to cancel his developer's agree-
ment. Ben Schachter had originally planned
to build townhouses on a plot of land on
S.W 16th Avenue south of Palm Village
Ranch. In his request for cancellation of his
developer's agreement, Mr. Schachter noti-
fied the board that he was tired of fighting
and decided to let the property go back to
the bank. He was one of the few developers
to pay in full up front. He paid OUA about
$60,000 to reserve a certain number of
equivalent residential units. A few years ago
he appeared before the board and said he
had lost his financial backing and was trying
to secure more backing. Construction was
supposed to start by a certain date. When
he saw he could not start construction he
asked for an extension of time. This was one
of the earlier agreements that did not require
guaranteed revenue charges if construction
did not start by a given time. An agreement
was worked out whereby each month con-
struction as delayed Mr. Schachter gave up
some of the equivalent residential units he
had previously reserved and paid for.
Evidently Mr. Schachter finally gave up
on trying to secure financial backing. The
board agreed to terminate the developer's
agreement since it was no longer a viable
project.
Turning to other items the board agreed
to provide a letter of support for the pro-
posed Outdoor World village project. The
board agreed to provide up to 100 hours of
in kind service.
"It might cause other developments to
happen," Mr. Irby said of Outdoor World Vil-
lage.
The board also approved a contract with
Nowlen, Holt, & Miner for auditing services
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Economy increases need for local agencies


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Representatives of the Hibiscus Children's
Center and Martha's House said the econo-
my has added to the amount of work that
faces their agencies when they spoke at the
monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Com-
munity Collaborative Council on Tuesday.
Angela Lowe of the Hibiscus Center said
the economy means fewer people are foster
parents which mean more children are in
need of services. She said their two shelters
on the Treasure Coast are at near capacity
on a regular basis.
"As the economy continues in a down-
ward spiral the children that we serve for
mental health and other issues increases
due to increases in domestic violence, sub-
stance abuse, and neglect," she added.
They are in the process of hiring a coun-
selor in Okeechobee for their Diversion Pro-
gram. Lowe explained this program tries to
stop major problems before they happen as
the counselor works with families on their
problems.
Another family program is the Strength-
ening Families Program which has classes in
St. Lucie County. Parents and their children
attend a 16-week class, one night per week
at public libraries in St. Lucie County. They
get a free meal, and receive instruction on
how to solve problems like bullying, do-
mestic violence, truancy from school, anger
management and problems dealing with
divorce. Lowe said the success rate of this
program has been very high.
"There is hope out there. The program
helps people cope with life and teaches kids
how to deal with their peers and other is-
sues," she added.


As the need for family and children's ser-
vices increase, so does domestic violence.
Theresa Alexander, Executive Director of
Martha's House said the economic down-
turn has also resulted in more domestic vio-
lence complaints.
"We have more women coming into
the shelter for support. I won't blame the
economy because if somebody is going to
be abusive they'll be abusive regardless of
the economy," she said.
Since 1991, Alexander pointed out that
domestic violence arrests have increased by
400 percent in Okeechobee County. She said
things have gotten worse as the economy
worsens.
Martha's House is a domestic violence
shelter whose main goal is to help victims of
domestic violence leave the situation safely.
Alexander said their success rate is high. She
noted in cases where women die from do-
mestic violence, between 93 and 98 percent
never contacted a shelter for assistance.
The Shelter offers a 24-hour hotline at
863-763-0202. They serve both men and
women victims. While there is no limit on
the number of visits a family can make to
the shelter, Martha's House tries to make the
victims self sufficient. Most stays are capped
at eight weeks.
All of their work is confidential and is ab-
solutely free.
Alexander said the Shelter and Center is
here to help victims remain safe and make
them economically self sustaining, "Safety
and saving lives is our big focus. We are here
to support the survivors of domestic violence
in any way that we can," she added.
In other items of interest at Tuesday's
meeting, Mike Davis was introduced as the


new Program Coordinator for the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition. Amanda Blewett
was introduced as the new full time men-
toring coordinator for the Communities
in Schools Program. Mentors are sorely
needed. If interested contact CIS at 863-462-
5863.
Health Department Director Frank Krup-
pa reported that 55 families and 61 children
took part in the Tween Summit last Friday
at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. The
annual event helps parents and children
ages 10-12 deal with issues common to that
age group.
My Aunt's House reported a huge re-
sponse for this years school supply drive for
local kids.
The next CCC meeting is Tuesday, Sept.
25, at the Okeechobee School Board of-
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Homeowners warned about destructive lightning


As insurers and homeowners keep a
close watch on the Atlantic Basin for hur-
ricane activity, the Institute for Business &
Home Safety (IBHS) cautions people across
the nation not to underestimate the destruc-
tive and deadly force of thunderstorms and
lightning, which occur far more often and
directly affect more of the U.S. than hurri-
canes.
According to the National Weather Ser-
vice, every thunderstorm produces light-
ning. On average, 300 people are injured
and 80 people are killed each year in the U.S.
by lightning.
Thunderstorms are a dangerous weath-
er event and their destructive capabilities
should not be taken lightly. Property losses
related to lightning strikes exceed $1 billion
annually, according to insurance industry
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'Bug nursery' to control invasive plants


USDA scientists help
agencies battle against
invasive plants
Babies in this nursery may not be cute
and cuddly, but they will grow up to be
among South Florida's important environ-
mental defenders.
The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) and the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers recently signed a Project Part
nership Agreement to build a science facility
to raise insects for use as biological controls.
These insects and other biological controls
are used to manage the spread of invasive
exotic plant species such as melaleuca,
Lygodium and Brazilian pepper.
"While invasive snakes may receive head-
line attention, exotic plant species are also
extremely damaging and continue to invade
South Florida's ecosystems," said Ken Am-
mon, P.E., SFWMD Deputy Executive Direc-
tor Everglades Restoration and Capital Proj-
ects. "Developing and deploying thoroughly
researched biological controls are among
our best and most environmentally friendly
defenses. The work conducted at this facility
will significantly help in our efforts to protect
and restore the Everglades."
A bugged nursery
The project consists of a 2,700-square-
foot annex to the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-
ARS) Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in
Davie. Insects and other biological controls
raised there will already have completed an
exhaustive quarantine testing program
administered by the ARS -to demonstrate
they only target specific exotic plants.
A host of biological control agents will be
raised at the facility, including:
Several types of midges and weevils to
fight melaleuca;
Moths, mites and stem borers that
target Lygodium, also known as Old World
climbing fern; and,
Sawflies, thrips and weevils for control
of Brazilian pepper.
For at least the next 24 years, the annex
is expected to raise colonies of these bio-
logical controls that can help protect South
Florida's ecosystems and the Everglades.
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP), in cooperation with the
District, USDA and the University of Florida,
has facilitated the agreements necessary to
ensure that the project on state-owned land
can proceed as scheduled.
"The success of the facility to rear ecolog-
ically safe biological controls will enhance
our ability to manage invasive plants in the
Everglades and throughout South Florida,"
said Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary Mike Sole. "It is these
types of cooperative, science-based projects
that will allow us to continue to make sig-
nificant progress in restoring America's Ev-
erglades."
Construction of the facility is scheduled
to be completed by the U.S. Army Corps in
early 2012 using an investment of $1.75 mil-
lion in federal stimulus funding under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
of 2009. The SFWMD and the Corps will pro-
vide operations and maintenance funding.


Special to the Okeechobee News/SFWMD
In this picture the Neomusotima con-
spurcatalis, or brown Lygodium moth,
feeds on Old World climbing fern.

Researchers at the USDA will strategically
release and monitor the biological controls
where they will be most effective as part of
an integrated pest management strategy.
"I am tremendously encouraged that our
agencies have signed a Project Partnership
Agreement to build the annex to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Invasive Plant
Research Laboratory," said Col. Al Pantano,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville
District Commander. "This facility will en-
able researchers to exponentially increase
the production of biological control agents
to combat invasive exotic plant species in
South Florida and the Everglades. Control of
exotic plants is vital to successfully restoring
the Everglades. The project is a federal stim-
ulus success story made possible by funding
through the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act."
Background: The invaders
Non-native plants stress the natural envi-
ronment by crowding out native vegetation,
which a diverse array of wildlife depend on
for food and habitat. Invasive plants can also
clog flood control canals and structures,
impede waterway navigation and impact
recreation and other facets of the Florida
economy. Since first making its way to Flori-
da in the late 1960s, Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum) and Japanese
climbing fern (L. japonicum) have become


two of the most invasive exotic plants in the
state. These climbing ferns grow quickly
in South Florida without the natural pests
and regulatory factors that keep the ferns in
check in their native areas of Australia and
Asia. The ferns cover and shade out native
plants, eventually killing them.
Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifo-
lius) is a South American shrub first intro-
duced into Florida as an ornamental plant
in the 19th century. Today, it is considered
one of the most noxious, widespread weeds
in the state, infesting almost 1 million acres
in South Florida alone. The peppers readily
invade everything from fallow farmland to
hardwood hammocks and mangrove for-
ests.
SFWMD invests in
niocontrols and science
The new rearing facility is the latest in-
vestment in biological controls by the SFW-
MD. The District has devoted approximately
$20 million in each of the past five years to
remove the most threatening invasive spe-
cies, such as melaleuca, Old World climbing
fern, Brazilian pepper and water hyacinth.
In Fiscal Year 2009 alone, the District treated
approximately 94,000 acres to combat mela-
leuca, torpedo grass, the climbing fern and
other offenders.
One of the most visual efforts to control
exotic plants inched through Jonathan Dick-
inson State Park in Martin County. The SF-
WMD, in partnership with the USDA Agricul-
tural Research Service, released a thousand
Neomusotima conspurcatalis moths at the
park in 2008. The moths lay eggs that morph
into caterpillars that chew through dense
stands of the invasive Old World climbing
fern without harming native Florida ferns.
Once covering hundreds of thousands of
acres, this species now is only occasionally
spotted on District-managed lands. What
seemed to be an insurmountable invasive
species now is being successfully managed
through sustained interagency commitment.
Biological controls are an important part of
this success. The combined effect of three
established insect species is putting signifi-
cant pressure on melaleuca's ability to dom-
inate Florida's native plant communities.
For more information on invasive plants,
visit www.sfwmd.gov.


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& Sec. Avail 8/1
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Clean & well main-
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all appliances furnished,
incl W/D, $450/mo
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63rd Lane. $350/mo.
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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 administrabon 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, the 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 DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is 8/18/2010.
Attorney for Person Giving Notice
ELIZABETH A. MAXWELL
Florida Bar No. 0720895
Maxwell & Maxwell, PA.
405 NW Third Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763-1119
Person Giving Nobce
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 B111, 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 Florida
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 meebngs should contact the Disrict Manager at (561) 630-4922 or
toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the
meebngs.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting, such per-
son will need a record of the proceedings and such person may nee 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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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, orida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Flon-
da 34972. The personal representa-
tive's and the personal
representative's attorney 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 notce is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
All 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 (25
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
Is August 18, 2010.
Hubert Vemon Waldron
Personal Representative
2561 S.W. 26th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY, PA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
363244 ON 8/18, 25/10
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
Plaintff and KIMBERLY GOPHER
A/K/A KIM GOPHER; ANY AND ALL


Public Notice


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 Rnal 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 from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis endens 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
F08017379
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, ort St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
(772)8074370 within two working
aysof 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.
363193 ON 08/18,25/10

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 parbes 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, title 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


[Public Notice


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 for Plaintiff,
whose address is 2901 Strling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 within 30 days after the
first publication of this notice, and
file the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tiffs attorney or immediately thereaf-
ter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court 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 Ls 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 the Court's disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive. Port St. Lucie. FL
34986. If hearing impaired, contact
(TDD) 8009558771 via Florida Relay
System.
This is an attempt to collect a
debt. Any information obtained
will be used for that purpose.
363323 ON 8/18,25/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-353
CARROL WORD,
Plainbff,
vs.
PAMELA MUNRO,
Defendant.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to the Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated August 5, 2010, and
entered in Case No.:2008-CA-353 of
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit, in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein CARROL
WORD, is the Plaintiff and PAMELA
MUNRO, is the Defendant I will sell
to the highest bidder for cash at Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, on the 15th day of Septem-
ber, 2010 at 11:00 A.M., the follow-
ing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment, lying and being
situate in Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, to-wit:
LOTS 14 AND 15 AND WEST ONE-
HALF (W /2) OF LOT 16, BLOCK
55, OKEECHOBEE GARDENS, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2,
PAGE 30, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the Lis Pendens must file a
claim within sixty (60) days of the
sale.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Core Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the bme
before the scheduled appearance is
less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call 711.
DATED this 17th day of Aug. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ., P.A.
Attorney for Plaintiff
200 NE 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
363651 ON 8/25;9/1/10
NOTICE OF SALE
To Satisfy Owners Lien
Summer Breeze
9251 Hwy 78W
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
363266 ON 8/18,25/2010

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Okeechobee News


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND 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,
Defendantss.
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, Flonda 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 descnbed property as set
forth in said Final 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 Lls 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, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Flonda 33622-5018
F09016306
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Amen-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administrabon no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, 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.
363194 ON 08/18,25/10

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 10, 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 Ford F-150
VIN#1FTEF15Y9RNA56320
1997 Honda Accord
VIN#1HGCD5638VA025764
1995 Toyota Corolla
VIN#2T1AE09B6SC109145
2000 Toyota Tacoma
VIN #4TASN92NOYZ680489
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.
364156 ON 8/25/2010

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, FSB, SUCCESSOR
IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC FEDERAL
BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTER-
EST TO INDYMAC BANK F.S.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-


cult In and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida. NEWEST BANK, FSB, SUC-
CESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC
FEDERAL BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN
INTEREST TO INDYMAC BANK FS.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 Disabilities Act, If you are a per-
son with a disability who needs any
accommodation in order to partici-
pate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact
the Court Administator at 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle,
Florida 34986, Phone No.
(772)807-4370 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice 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
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010CA161
Assigned to: Judge Larry Schack
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF
FLORIDA,
Plaintiff
VS.
JAY T HUFFMAN, ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTSS, WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE as
Unknown Tenants-in -Possession
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT
TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant
to the Summary Final Judgment Of
Foreclosure dated July 23, 2010, in
Case 2010CA161, in the Circuit Court
of the Nineteenth Judicial Circut in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
in which RIVERSIDE NATIONAL
BANK OF FLORIDA Is Plaintiff; and
JAY T. HUFFMAN is the Defendant,
I will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at fe Jury Assembly
Room on the 2nd floor of the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center at 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee FL on
the 8th day of September, 2010 at
11:00 a.m., the following described
property set forth in the Summary Fi-
nal Judgment Of Foreclosure, to-wit:
Lot 9, Block 11, Lar-Kee Lakes 3rd
Addition for Mobile Homes, accord-
ing to the plat thereof, as recorded
in Plat Book 3, Page 87 of the Pub-
ic Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida. Also described as:
Lot 9, Block 11, Lar-Kee Lakes for
Mobile Homes, Section 3 according
to the plat theeo reof, as recorded in
Plat Book 3, Page 87 of the Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida. Together with a 1986
Wood Doublewide Manufactured
Home ID#S 4012D3702A, Title #:
42968531 and 4012D3702D, Title
#: 42930745 situated thereon.
Anyone claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, other than the
person who was the record property
owner when the Lis Pendens was
filed, must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
DATED this 12 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Lisa N. Thompson, Esq.,
PO. Box 64-3686,
Vero Beach, FL 32964-3686,
Attorney for Plaintiff;
Jay T. Huffman,


820 NW 115th Drive,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
363446 ON 8/25;9/1/10

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 Corporations the fictitous name,
to wit:
JT Enterprise
Under which we expect to engage in
business at:
204 NW 11th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
In the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
Business enterprise are:
Trudy Swope
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this the 20th day of
August, 2010.
By: Trudy Swope
364153 ON 8/25/10

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 partes having or claiming to
have any right, tile or interest in the
property described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
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 Plaintff,
whose address is 2901 Sbrling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 either (a)withl 30 days after
the first pubicaon 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 accommodabon to par-
tlclpate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact the Clerk of the Court's disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive. Port St. FL
34986. If hearing impaired, contact
(TDD) 8009558771 via Florida Relay
System.
This s an attempt to collect a
debt. Any information obtained
will be used for that purpose.
363322 ON 8/18,25/10


IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE
19th 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 corporation,
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-
ered 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 participate in
this proceeding, you are entitled at


no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact
Corre Johnson, ADA Coordinator,
250 NW Country Club Drive, Ste.
217, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986
(772) 807-4370 at least seven (7)
days 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;9/1/10

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benefit children and

families living with autism


Century 21 Hazellief & Prevatt Realty of
Okeechobee is announcing the launch of
the 21st Century Child: Picture the Future
photo-sharing contest. By participating,
families throughout Okeechobee can help
raise money to benefit children and families
living with autism.
Nationally, the Century 21 system and
its philanthropic partner, Easter Seals, are
asking families in the United States to visit
the web site www.21centurychild.com and
share a favorite photo of their child (ages five
and younger) and an inspirational message.
After the photo is uploaded, participants are
encouraged to share their photo and fund-
raising campaign profile with family, friends
and others through their social network. For
every photo uploaded, the Century 21 Sys-
tem will make a donation to the cause.
Running through Sept. 30, this innova-
tive photo-sharing campaign unites families
to support, inspire and empower those af-
fected by autism. The contestant that gen-
erates the highest amount of financial con-
tributions will win a $2,100 Apple gift card.
The next six highest fundraisers will win an
Apple iPad.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease
control, autism now affects 1 in every 100
American children and the lifetime cost of
caring for a child with autism ranges from
$3.5 million to $5 million.
"Century 21 Hazellief & Prevatt Realty is
proud to support the Easter seals' Act for
Autism campaign and we hope our local
families will do the same," said David Hazel-
lief. "By signing up at 21centurychild.com,
sharing with our social network and driv-
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world of good."



Benefit planned for Penny

Farmer on Saturday

A benefit will be held Saturday, Aug.
28, for Penny Farmer to help defray medi-
cal costs. Ms Farmer has been battling
stage two breast cancer and recently un-
derwent a double mastectomy. A poker
run will begin at Cowboys, 102 S.W. 14th
St., with the first bike out at 10 a.m. and
the last bike will leave at 11 a.m. All mo-
torcycles will end at the Good Spirits Li-
quors, 245 U.S. 441 S.E., where there will
be a barbecue, live entertainment, prize
giveaways and games from noon until 6
p.m. Barbecue lunches can be delivered
to local businesses if the order is placed
by Friday, Aug. 27. To place an order, call
863-532-8513. For information, to volun-
teer or donate, contact Cherie Surls at
863-532-8513.


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Okeechobee News


Auaust 25. 2010


Community Events


Church of God to hold BBQ
The Okeechobee Church of God is hold-
ing a BBQ pulled pork dinner on Friday,
Aug. 27 for $7 per plate. Pick-up your din-
ners from 11:30-2:00 p.m. Pre-orders only
which must be in by Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Delivery is available for 10 or more orders.
The dinner will include BBQ pulled pork,
coleslaw, baked beans, roll and dessert.
Contact Jenny Slayton at 863-634-4888 or
call the Okeechobee Church of God at 863-
763-4127 to place orders.

Living well with diabetes
workshop to be held
"Living Well with Diabetes" by Wanda
Haas, CDE, on Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
on the following four dates: Aug. 25, Sept.
15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8. It will be held
at VNA at 208 S.E. Park St., Okeechobee
(across from the fire station). Free and open
to the public! For more information, please
call 772-370-7777.

VFW ladies hold dinner
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, the VFW La-
dies Auxiliary, Post 9528, on 29012 E. S.R.
78 in Buckhead Ridge will hold a beef stro-
ganoff dinner with noodles, applesauce and
dessert for $6. Members and guests are wel-
come. For information, call Roberta at 863-
763-4809.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Four"'
Street, will hold a yard sale on Thursday
Aug. 26 and Friday Aug. 27, from 8 a.m.
until noon. They have a good selection of
children's clothes in time for back to school
needs, and a good mix of NEW items at
very reasonable prices and of course "Flea
Market" items where prices are dirt cheap.
Funds raised benefit patient care. For infor-
mation call 863-467-2321.

Tutoring available at schools
If your child attends Central, Everglades,
North, Seminole, or South Elementary and
is eligible for the free/reduced priced lunch
program, they may also be eligible for free
tutoring through the Okeechobee County
School Board Grants and Special Programs
Office. There will be a provider fair on Thurs-
day, Aug. 26, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m., in the
Freshman Campus Auditorium for any fami-
lies that would like to meet the providers
and see options that are available for tutor-
ing. If you have any questions, or would like
information regarding your child's eligibility,
please contact Joseph Stanley or LaVerne
Klein at 863-462-5000 Extension 242.

Cypress Hut Eagles hold dinner
The Cypress Hut Eagles will hold an
overstuffed bone-in pork chop dinner on
Saturday, Aug. 28, from 5 7 p.m. for a $10
donation. More like a small roast, this meal
will be served with salad, giant baked po-
tato, glazed sweet carrots, dinner roll and
Tammy's famous coconut key-lime mousse
cake. Prepared by Tammy and Barry from
The Office. All proceeds to benefit Cypress
Hut Eagles. See bartender for tickets. Ad-
vance tickets only, please!


Democratic Exec. Committee
plan to meet Thursday
The Okeechobee Democratic Execu-
tive Committee meets the last Thursday of
each month. The August meeting will be
at Brahma Bull Restaurant, Thursday, Aug.
26, at 7 p.m. In addition to the regular meet-
ing the DEC will be assisting in organizing
a Local Democratic Club (Okeechobee Club
Change) this will begin at 6 p.m. with re-
freshments served. All Democrats are invited
to attend and be a part of this new and excit-


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involvement! For more information, contact
Steve Cates at 863-634-2061 or Adean Miller
at 863-467-1021.

Eagles hold benefit, BBQ and
auction on Saturday
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at
9985 Hwy. 441 N. will host a benefit/BBQ/
auction on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. The event will benefit a member
and dear friend, Louann Moore. Lou has re-


cently been diagnosed with cancer and will
undergo surgery and follow-up care and
needs help. Please see any aerie or auxiliary
officer to make monetary donations, donate
items for the action, or food donations for
the BBQ. For further information, call 863-
763-2552.

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


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August 25, 2010 Okeechobee News


Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehall
School supply drive
At the Thursday, Aug. 19, Kiwanis meeting held at the American Legion Post
64, Mark Mayers, executive director of Real Life Children's Ranch was intro-
duced by club member, Dowling Watford. Dowling organized this year's an-
nual Real Life Children's Ranch school supply drive. The guest explained to
club members how grateful the children are when they receive these school
supplies. Most of the children come from catastrophic backgrounds and
they feel that they are worthless but when they receive the donated school
supplies it challenges their thought process and makes them feel like some-
one really does care for them. Dowling presented many school supplies that
were donated by the Kiwanis members as well as $1,300 to Mark. Kiwanis
members raised $650 exceeding this year's goal, with a match of the amount
raised donated by a club member.










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years. You'll find the Clock easily takes the gold
when it comes to maintaining a nice family atmos-
phere... We have a variety of Breakfast, lunch &
dinner specials.
Do you only have an hour or less for lunch?
We'll get you in and out faster than any other full
service restaurant in town and that's guaranteed.
For breakfast, the Clock has a breakfast buffet
that runs 7 days a week for $7.19 with just about


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day: 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage
links for $4.89.
For lunch you can always try our Lunch Buffet
Monday through Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm fora
variety of delicious cold cuts to Hot dogs and
Hamburgers for only $7.99. For dinner, try our all
you can eat shrimp & fish for only $9.99, every
Friday and Saturday night. We also offer our Prime
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with purchase of 4. Grilled Pork Chops 2 Sides. Soup
Dinner for 2 5. Chicken Tenders or Salad,
6. Grilled Mahi Mahi
$18.59 7. Roast Turkey Breast... Expires:9130/2010


Community Events

VPK spaces still open lowing Health & Safety classes in Septem-
ber:
Bright Futures Preschool still has Volun- Tuesday, Sept. 7 Infant/Child CPR/AED at 6
tary Pre-K spaces available. Spaces are filling p.m.
quickly. Please call 863-467-5000 to register. Thursday, Sept. 16 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
Sept. Health and Safety Classes Monday, Sept. 20 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
The Okeechobee Service Center of the ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
American Red Cross will be holding the fol- or for more information call 863-763-2488.

O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

Gold Tee Winners
First place R. Carbia. Second place H. White. Third place H. Shelkie.


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