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Vol. 101 No. 139 Friday, November 26, 2010


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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Marysa Farmer (center with fez) is not only glad to be home but thankful for the
help she received from the Burn Center at the Shriner's Hospital for Children
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Marysa, 7, received second-and third-degree burns during
an Oct. 8 accident and was then cared for at the hospital. With Marysa are (left
to right) Mac Simpson, president of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, sister Maria
Farmer and her mother, Heather Farmer.


Shrine and hospitals


are 'all about the kids'


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The tragedy of Oct. 8 will forever be re-
membered by Heather Farmer and her
daughter Marysa. But, at the same time, they
also will never forget the kindness and action
of the Shriner's organization.
Around 5 p.m. on that Friday, Marysa was
playing with another child. They were playing
with a bottle, about the size of a water glass,
filled with gasoline. The gas ignited and then
spilled onto Marysa.
With second- and third-degree burns tak-
ing up most of the 7-year-old's body, Heather
grabbed up her daughter and rushed to Raul-
erson Hospital.


About 45 minutes later Heather and Mary-
sa began to learn about the local Shrine Club
when the club's president, Mac Simpson,
arrived at the local hospital. While Heather
and her daughter were preparing to board a
trauma helicopter for their flight to Jackson
Memorial Hospital in Miami, Mr. Simpson
was on the phone.
"At the time, I really didn't know anything
about the Shriners," said Heather. "I just
knew I had to get my daughter and get her
on a helicopter."
As they were preparing for their flight, Mr.
Simpson was busy talking with the Burn Cen-
See SHRINE Page 5


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Deputies


collect old


medications

Operation Safe Medicine
Cabinet gathers up old
prescription pills for
proper, safe disposal
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Over $100,000 worth of old and unwanted
prescription medications were turned over to
law enforcement during Operation Safe Medi-
cine Cabinet II, thus preventing them from fall-
ing into the wrong hands.
A detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force said the Saturday, Nov. 20, opera-
tion "went really well" as citizens turned in over
20,000 medications. That included a garbage
bag turned in by one person that contained pills
and over 900 unused syringes. The bag weighed
21 pounds, added the detective.
"The stuff had been sitting in a mobile home
since the hurricanes, and the person living there
See PILLS Page 5

Jobless rates

down in October
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The unemployment rate fell from 14.7 to 13.9
percent in Okeechobee during October accord-
ing to the monthly unemployment statistics re-
port from the Florida Agency for Workforce In-
novation, Labor Market Statistics Center.
There were 2,516 people out of work in
Okeechobee last month which compared to
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Collision on bridge
An accident with injuries occurred atop the Kissimmee River Bridge on State
Road 78 W. on Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m. According to the Florida
Highway Patrol in Fort Myers, two vehicles collided on the Glades County
side of the bridge. The accident tied up traffic going both directions with traf-
fic backed up for several miles as the Glades County Sheriff's Office waited
for FHP to investigate and a helicopter to transport the injured. According to
the FHP, one person was taken to the hospital with head injuries. At press
time, no other information was available as the FHP trooper's report had not
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Another seven-day pulse release will start
7 a.m., Friday, Nov. 26. The target flow of this
release is an average flow over the seven-
day period of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs)
to the Caloosahatchee Estuary, measured at
WP. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79).
The Corps will make this release in a
pulse-like manner to mimic basin response
to a rainfall event. Water managers expect
this to help push back saltwater intrusion,
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the estuary. The Corps and partner agencies
will continue to closely monitor and assess
system conditions, and may decrease releas-
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The Corps discontinued target flows to the
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Wednesday, the lake stage was 13.10
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lake is within the Operational Band of the
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level is currently in the Base Flow Sub-Band

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Hours are 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 29 -
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OPINION


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Letter to the Editor


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

What's up with the Chamber?
According to the story in the paper to-
day, the chamber owes more than $100,000
in back taxes, which means they have not
been paying the taxes for quite a few years.
And apparently another group is separately
forming a new chamber of commerce.
But what will happen to the building is not
known because the Hamrick Trust owns the
land. If, as everyone assumes, the Okeecho-
bee Chamber of Commerce owns the build-
ing, then the tax liens would affect the build-
ing. But they can't sell the building because
it's on land owned by the Hamrick Trust.
And per the terms of the trust any building
on that land can't be used for anything ex-
cept government or non-profit.
I wonder how this will affect the speck-
led perch festival and pageant this coming
year? If there is a pageant I sure hope some-
one else takes it over and at least tries to put
on a decent one because in my opinion the
one they had last year was a total mess.
The festival has gone downhill since the
Cattlemen decided to move to the Agri-Civic
Center and pair their rodeo with the county
fair. Without the rodeo to draw people to
town on the festival weekend, there were not
enough customers to keep the arts and crafts
vendors happy, and the vendors stopped
coming to the festival. And if they have the
festival the same weekend as the rodeo, it
doesn't help because those attending the ro-
deo at the Agri-Civic Center do not drive into
town, so they don't even notice the festival.
The visitors from the coast used to have to
drive right by the Speckled Perch festival in
the park to get to the old rodeo grounds on
441 North.
* From what the story in the paper said, the
chamber didn't even send out the invoices for
membership dues to some of the members
in 2009. If you don't collect the dues which
is your main source of income, how can you
stay in business? It seems like someone really
dropped the ball there. Or perhaps they just
didn't send renewals to the members they no
longer wanted in the chamber? Something is
just not right about this whole thing.


Ambulance
Emergency vehicles were lost again in
Okeechobee Estates just now.
For a few dollars worth of highly re-
flective decals, you can mark both sides of
your mailbox and your house. Even in tough
times like this, it's money well spent. Espe-
cially if you are likely to need a medical re-
sponse. Also when talking to the dispatcher,
let them know what kind of car is parked in
front of your house. They can pass this on
to the rescue crew and who knows, the sec-
onds that you save could just save a life.
In Okeechobee County there are sev-
eral streets that are not marked and with the
hodge podge of numbered streets, avenues,
lanes, place, etc., it is easy to get confused,
As a citizen who doesn't drive the streets for
a living you wouldn't notice it so much, but
as a delivery person or someone with a job
that requires finding streets, even sub bus
drivers, it is hard.
I wouldn't put full blame on the am-
bulance. Many times during an emergency,
the caller gets anxious with the dispatcher
for asking questions like "What color is your
house, what type of vehicles are in your
yard, any unusual markers of your home,
etc.." when all the dispatcher is trying to do
is get a good description for the drivers to
look for. And then sometimes you just get
a poor dispatcher who only asks for an ad-
dress, leaving the drivers to flounder on their
own because many people do not have their
homes marked and as well as many of our
poorly marked roads. It's a shame when it
happens, but it is understandable.

Funniest t-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen lately
"How can I miss you if you won't go
away?"
"Beauty is in the eye of the beer hold-
er."
"Hard work pays off in the future. Lazi-
ness pays off now."
"Out of my mind. Back in 5 minutes."
"Friends help you move. Real friends
help you move a body."
"Be nice to your kids. They will be pick-
ing out your nursing home."
"As long as there are math tests, there
will be prayer in public schools."
"Make yourself at home ... clean my
kitchen."
"Chaos. Panic. Disorder. My work here
is done.


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Farm City luncheon
Even with a small hitch, the day turned
out to be fabulous!
A spur of the moment, auction to send
kids to college? Who knew? Lots of 4-Hers
coming onto the stage informing us of the
group they belong to and the events they
have during their school year. Many, many
booths displayed for everyone to view, lots
of medals, buckles, trophies, pamphlets,
recipe books, photographs for all to enjoy.
This is how we all learn what Okeechobee
kids do.
I am so proud of each child represent-
ing their particular club, how they are all so
mannerly, well behaved and informative.
Most of them are so articulate in speaking to
adults, or on stage. We all have much to be
thankful for.
If your child has an interest in raising an
animal, like a bunny, there is a group for
you. If you enjoy riding horses, there are
multiples of groups for you. Enjoy learning
about and shooting guns? Guess what, there
is a group for you as well.
The food was fantastic, the atmosphere
so loving, it is absolutely amazing, it is like
old home week visiting with some folks we
have not seen in a week or two or a month


Newspaper office closed for

Thanksgiving holiday
The front office of the Okeechobee
News will be closed Friday for the Thanks-
giving holidays. The news department
will be working the normal schedule,
gathering news. The circulation depart-
ment will deliver the Friday paper on the
regular schedule. The newspaper office
can be reached at 863-763-3134.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery -Here are the num-
bers selected Tuesday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 3-1-1; Play 4: 1-2-7-0; Fantasy 5:
1-5-12-14-25; Mega Money: 14-21-26-28
MB 14; Florida Lotto: 9-29-31-42-43-50
X 3; Powerball: 10-12-38-53-57 PB 1 x5.
Numbers drawn Wednesday, Cash 3: 6-9-8;
Play 4: 1-3-4-5.


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or two. Thank you to all who organized the
event, the ones who got up really early to
cook for all of us. Thank you KOA for provid-
ing the building, the ones who decorated the
center pieces for all of us to carry home, the
list could go on and on.
It takes a small army to pull this event
together every year. Every year it just gets
better and better. We leave the environment
of friends and family. The family we have
created by being an Okeechobean, a com-
munity that gives and gives, to each other,
over and over. When the need arises we all
pull together.
It is just plain heartwarming to see the
young, maturing right before our eyes, the
ones we thought were just little babies are
now 14 years old now. (or more) Great to
see women with families who we remem-
ber when they were just 8 years old.
But, the two things that stand tried and
true, Old Glory (our American flag) on the
stage, and prayer. Thank you Pastor Simp-
son.
Many blessings to all that attended. It was
just plain fantastic to see all of you.
Lovingly,
Bobbi Poole



Okeechobee

Forecast
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers.
Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind
becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Calm wind becoming west southwest
around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm
wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
56. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North-
east wind around 5 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 58. East northeast wind around 5
mph.


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the prominence it deserves.
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PILLS
Continued From Page 1

had died," explained the detective. "The per-
son who brought in the bag lives up north.
The bag had a lot of needles and some nar-
cotics."
Local citizens turned over a variety of
narcotics-including morphine, oxycontin,
oxycodone, hydrocodone and xanax-to
law enforcement during the one-day opera-
tion.
Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet allows
people to get rid of their unwanted or old
prescriptions safely and prevents the medi-
cines from being stolen, and removes the
possibility of children finding and using
them. This includes teens trying them, tak-
ing them to school where they can be given
or sold to friends, or teens' friends stealing
them when they visit.
The home is the easiest place for teens
and adults to gain access to controlled sub-
stances. Also, when these drugs are left in
medicine cabinets they can be easily ac-
cessed by those who have addictions, or
people who are working in the home-such
as cleaning people or contractors.
"In Okeechobee County during 2009
there were nine confirmed deaths, and from
Jan. 1 until Nov. 2, 2010, there have been


SHRINE
Continued From Page 1

ter at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in
Cincinnati, Ohio.
"I called them and told them everything,
and they got after it," said Mr. Simpson.
In the meantime, Heather and Marysa
were on their way to Miami where they spent
the night. The next afternoon Heather went
to a nearby Walmart to pick up a few things
when her cell phone rang at 3:40 p.m.-the
caller told her to be ready to go to Cincinnati
by 5 p.m.
The Shriners opened their first children's
hospital in 1922. Today, there are 22 hospi-
tals across the U.S. that take care of children
up to the age of 18.
"If there's no other funding source, the
Shrine will cover 100 percent of the cost,"
explained Mr. Simpson.
Once Heather and Marysa had arrived
in Cincinnati they were rushed to the third
floor of the hospital where staff was waiting
for them.
"I was a basket case by now," recalled
Heather.
Marysa went through her first surgery on
Oct. 14, which was followed by her second
surgery the next day. Heather said surgeons
grafted skin from Marysa's right thigh onto
her right side, right arm, back and on her left
side then stapled her skin together.
"She wasn't to get out of bed for five
days. Then, on the fifth day, she went back
to surgery to remove the staples. The sur-
geon told me: 'Heather is our baby now',"
said Heather with a smile.
By now, Marysa's sister Mariah and her
father had arrived in Cincinnati and were
also staying at the hospital.
"It was very comforting for me to have


"This operation assures that
these drugs will not reach the
streets, and we are thankful for
that."
Sheriff Paul May

seven confirmed drug-related deaths," said
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May. "This
operation assures that these drugs will not
reach the streets, and we are thankful for
that."
During the inaugural Operation Safe Med-
icine Cabinet, the task force detective said
around 6,000 medications were collected.
The detective was not only pleased at
the amount of drugs collected, but is glad
to know that "they are not going to end up
in the schools, septic system and water sup-
ply."
The operation was conducted by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
and the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD), with the police department provid-
ing security. Volunteers from the OCSO's
COP unit counted the items.
All of the drugs were identified by local
pharmacist Joe Gagliardi.
The drugs were packaged, and then
stored for destruction by OCSO Evidence
Technician Detective Mark Shireman.


my other child there," said Heather. "They
(the hospital staff) made it really, really con-
venient."
During her time at the hospital, Heather
said she was taught how to care for her
daughter and how to take care of her ban-
dages.
On Oct. 29, Marysa was released from
the hospital and she and her family returned
to Okeechobee. But, she's not finished with
Cincinnati yet.
"She'll continue to have surgery until
she stops growing, to release her skin," said
Heather. "We'll fly up there and they'll take
care of her. All I have to do is make the ap-
pointment and it's taken care of."
Mr. Simpson said any Shriner can get an
injured child into a Shriners hospital simply
by calling. When that call is made, the ball
starts rolling and often times a charter jet is
sent to an airport near the injured child.
"We've had jets come into Okeechobee
to pick up a patient and take them to Cincin-
nati," said Mr. Simpson.
He added that the Shrine contracts with a
private company for the charter jets.
While at the hospital, the family can ei-
ther stay in special rooms at the hospital or
in other nearby facilities.
Marysa is currently going through therapy
at Physical Therapy of Okeechobee where
she must go through stretching exercises to
get her range of motion back.
"The skin graft is very tight," said Heather.
"She has been stretching everything."
The child is also taking pain medication
as well as benadryl for the itching.
Heather said she hopes her daughter will
soon get her burn garment, which is a tight
fitting pressure garment that helps prevent
and control the formation of hypertrophic
(the increased size of a tissue or cells not at-
tributable to cell division) scarring by apply-
ing counter pressure to the wounded area. It


Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Corey Jay Hanzow, 32, S.W Buckskin
Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by
Deputy Rusty Hartsfield on felony charges
of possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon and introduction of a firearm on state
correctional grounds. He was also charged
with the misdemeanors of leaving the scene
of an accident with property damage and
resisting a law enforcement officer without
violence. His total bond was set at $53,500.
Maria Nelida Baltazar, 30, N.W 47th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 22
by Deputy Tammy Serafini on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her with crim-
inal use of personal identification informa-
tion. Her bond was set at $2,500.
Matthew John Gopher, 44, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Nov. 22 by Deputy Mat-
thew Crawford on a charge of driving while
license suspended habitual offender. His
bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and not con-


must be worn 23 hours a day and can only
be removed for bathing and the cleaning of
the garment.
According to burnsurvivor.com, most pa-
tients will need to wear pressure garments
for 12 to 18 months. Continuous wearing of
the garment will allow for the development
of a soft, pliable scar that will allow for nor-
mal joint movement.
Marysa hopes to return to Central Ele-
mentary in a couple of weeks, although just
getting ready for school takes, on average,
about two hours.
"She has to change her bandages," said
Heather, adding that the bandages must be
changed twice a day. "I let Marysa remove
the bandages because it's painful to do."
Mr. Simpson said the club is trying to get
the names of all the local people who have
been helped by the Shrine in order to have a
reunion at the club on S.R. 78 W If you have
been helped by the local club and would
like to take part in the reunion, contact Mr.
Simpson at 863-484-0427.
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will also
be in Flagler Park on Saturday, Dec. 11, with
information and flyers about the Shrine and
the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Plus,
Marysa and her family will also be there for
a short period.
When asked about their experience at
the Shriners Hospital, Heather broke out in
a smile and, with tears in her eyes, gushed
about what the staff at the facility did for
Marysa-as well as for other children.
"They're all about the kids. They're so
great. They gave Marysa unbelievable care,"
said Heather. "I didn't know anything about
them until I had this tragedy. It truly helps
children-I've seen it!"
For Marysa, well, her description of the
hospital was a little more succinct.
"I think they are the best hospital ever!"


victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.
CORRECTION: In the Wednesday,
Nov. 24, edition of the Okeechobee
News it was reported in the Arrest
Report that Coleman Lee Jenkins, 23,
West S.R. 39, Davie, was arrested on a
charge of driving under the influence.
That was incorrect. He was actually
charged with driving while license
suspended habitual traffic offender.
His bond was set at $750. We regret
the error and any inconvenience it
may have caused.

Annual Tree Lighting

Ceremony set for Nov. 30
The Okeechobee annual tree lighting
ceremony will take place on Tuesday,
Nov. 30, in City Hall Park.
Okeechobee County schools Chorus
group will be participating in this year's
event.
Santa Claus will also be attending.


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Community Events


Legion Spaghetti
Dinner/Dance
American Legion Post 64 will host din-
ner Friday night, Nov. 26, with a choice of
spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and dessert
or hamburger/cheeseburger, french fries,
salad, and dessert for only $6 from 5 p.m.
until 7:30 p.m. Classic oldies dance music
with Michael starts at 6 p.m.

Early Learning Coalition
meetings are planned
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -Fi-
nance Committee will meet Thursday,
Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the American Red
Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Program/Quality Committee Meeting will
meet at 12:15 p.m. Executive Committee
will meet at at 1 p.m. The board meeting will
be at 1:30 p.m.



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James 'Jimbo' Smith, 45
LAKE OKEECHOBEE -James "Jimbo" Smith,
45, of Lake ('i.. i ,i, ,, died Nov. 22, 2010, at
Martin Memorial Hospital South.
Jimbo was born in Michigan City, Ind., on
June 12, 1965, and had been a resident of Okee-
chobee since 1993.
Jimbo is a Firefight-
er/EMT for Martin
County Fire Rescue
where he provided
25 years of dedicat-
ed service. He's cur-
rently a member of
the Family Worship
Center of Indian-
town.
Jimbo is survived
by his wife of 19
years, Me-
lissa Smith of (1i.,i. 1I,,,, his moth-
er, Louise Smith of Indiantown; his sister, An-
drea Bourgault of Indiantown; two daughters by
marriage, Lori Jacquin of Ft. Pierce and Shan-
non Gagliardi of ('i.. .. iI four grandchil-
dren, three nephews and one niece. He was
preceded in death by his father, Bruce Smith
and his brother, Wayne Smith.
A gathering for friends and family will be held
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at Forest Hills
Funeral Homes, Palm City Chapel.
There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday,
Nov. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m., at the Family Worship
Center of Indiantown, with Pastor Bruce Butler
officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stu-
art, FL 34997, in Jimbo's memory.
Condolences may be written on: www.forest-
hillspalmcityflorida.com.


American Quarter Horse
event in Okeechobee
The All Florida Reined Cow Horse As-
sociation (AFRCHA) Turkey Trot show, an
American Quarter Horse Association-ap-
proved special event will be held on Nov.
27-28, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.
Spectator admission is free. Saturday, the
warm-ups start at 8 a.m. with the cow horse
show starting at 9:30 a.m. An AQHA Cut-
ting event will start at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the
AQHA Reining show starts at 8 a.m. and the
Cow Horse Show at 9:30 a.m. Okeechobee
FFA will have a barbecue fundraiser from 5
to 9 p.m. on Saturday. A saddle will be raf-
fled off with the drawing at noon on Nov. 28.
Editor's note: A press release in the Sun
day newspaper incorrectly gave the loca
tion of this event as Triple J Ranch. The
event will be at the Agri Civic Center.

Masonic Lodge breakfast
will be held Sunday, Nov. 28
The Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W 5th, will
have a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 8
-11 a.m. For only $6, breakfast will include
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis
cuts & gravy, juice, and coffee. The public
is welcome and carryouts are available. The
Lodge will hold this breakfast the second
and fourth Sunday of every month.

Guest speaker at The Gathering
John James, former lead singer of the
Newsboys, will be the guest speaker at The
Gathering, 1735 S.W 24th Ave., on Sunday,
Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call the church office at 863-357-4418.

Shrine Club to host dinner
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host a Spa-
ghetti Dinner every Tuesday, from 4 until 7
p.m. Dancing from 5 until 8 p.m. with the
"Best dance music in town." Highway 78
West, Okeechobee.

Children's Ranch
yard sale open
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Come
on out for great bargains. Blouses and pants
are 6 for $1. Books are 8 for $1.


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Christian Academy holds
annual spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Christian Academy is having
their 15th annual spaghetti dinner on Dec. 3
and 4. For $6 you get spaghetti, green beans
and a roll. On Friday, Dec. 3, dinners will be
served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., drive through
pickup or delivery of five or more. On Satur-
day, Dec. 4, from 3 6 p.m. Dinners are avail-
able to dine in or drive through. There will
also be a bake sale and a silent auction on
Saturday. Please call Sarah at 863-634-2276
for tickets.

North Eagles hold card bingo
Never tried Card Bingo? It's lots of fun...
even more fun than regular Bingo! Join us
each Saturday at 4 p.m. at the North Eagles
on Hwy. 441 N.

Coast Guard Auxiliary
has boating course
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the
Florida boat safety program on Saturday,
Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Okee-
Tantie. Cost is $35 per person or $100 for a
family of four or more. This boating safety
program is mandatory for anyone born after
Jan. 1, 1988 who wishes to operate a boat
in Florida. Those who successfully complete
the course will receive their Florida Boating
License. For more information, 863-824-
7623.


Eastern Star Chapter to hold
fundraiser luncheon
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star, will hold a Holiday Fashion
Show and Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 4,
at the KOA Convention Center. Doors will
open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at
11:45 a.m. The event will feature fashions
from our local community and a Teacup
Auction where guests can win many items
donated by our community. Tickets are $12
per person. For tickets contact any member
of the Eastern Star or our ticket chairman,
Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084. For informa-
tion about the Fashion Show, please contact
Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210. Proceeds of
this event will benefit the many charities our
Chapter support, including Hospice, Service
Dogs for Veterans and scholarships.

Church to hold cookie sale
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrot Ave. will hold their annual Christmas
cookie sale on Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. until 1
p.m. in the fellowship fall, entrance on N.W
4th Street. For more information, please call
Betsy Cheney at 863-357-0465.

Crafters still needed
for BHR Craft Fair
Buckhead Ridge Fall Craft Fair BHR
Moose Lodge, Hwy 78, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.- 4
p.m. Space is available for vendors and non-
profit organizations. For more information
call Bonnie at 863-357-1556.


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Vaccination key to staying

healthy during holidays


As the busy holiday travel season ap-
proaches, the American Lung Association in
Florida wants to remind all residents of the
importance of receiving a flu vaccination. An
influenza vaccination is the best line of de-
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to ensure healthy holidays with friends and
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tect themselves and take the time to seek
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health problems and even cause death. Ap-
proximately 226,000 hospitalizations and
36,000 deaths result from influenza and its
related complication annually in the US.
Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear
infections are just a few examples of compli-
cations from the flu and everyone, especially
those with chronic lung problems such as
lung disease, asthma, emphysema, chronic
bronchitis or cystic fibrosis, should contact
their healthcare provider to schedule a visit
for a vaccination.
Floridians are also encouraged to prac-
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throughout flu season. Visit the American
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near you.


Speech pathologists help

improve communication


When someone young or old finds it dif-
ficult to communicate due to hearing, lan-
guage processing or speaking deficiencies,
there is a special type of professional who
can help them: a speech pathologist.
Speech pathology is also referred to as
speech therapy. The role of the speech ther-
apist is to help people develop or improve
their ability to communicate with others.
Who needs speech therapy?
Many stroke survivors have aphasia, or an
inability to get the correct words out despite
knowing what they want to say. Aphasia oc-
curs when the area of the brain that controls
language and speech is damaged.
A patient with a traumatic brain injury, or
one caused by a fall, a bullet or a car crash,
can have many of the same problems con-
centrating, thinking and speaking as a stroke
victim can.
Besides helping victims of brain injury,
speech therapists can assist children and
adults with a variety of other conditions that
affect their language, vocal and speaking
skills, including:
k Developmental delays;
Learning disabilities;
Cerebral palsy;
Cleft palate;
Parkinson's Disease;
Heavy accent;
Stuttering; and,
Difficulty swallowing/eating.


Speech therapy methods
Speech and language therapy for children
and adults can be accomplished in a class-
room, in a small group setting, or one-on-
one in a therapy center or a home environ-
ment. The therapist may engage the patient
using a variety of means:
Talking to him or her and using a com-
bination of objects, photos, books and con-
versation to stimulate language skills;
Having the patient repeat the correct
sounds the therapist makes, to improve their
ability to articulate sounds and the words;
Engage the patient in oral exercises and
facial exercises to strengthen the patient's
mouth and facial muscles;
Introduce food of varying textures and
temperatures, to stimulate the patient's
awareness of food and of eating; and,
Instructing patients in the use of lan-
guage and speech aids, including automated
equipment and sign language.
What speech therapy can do
Speech therapists can help children
and adults of all ages with a wide range of
disabilities to develop the skills they need
to communicate their thoughts and needs
to others, feel more at ease in social situa-
tions, and carry out day-to-day tasks.
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Food drive a success
A very big "THANK YOU" to all the students, parents, and staff for your gen-
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a total of 2,649 pounds of food (2,833 items) during the annual food drive.
The food will go to local food pantries.


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Students of the Week
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Holiday Tour of Homes to
Raulerson Hospital is proud to sponsor
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of the Okeechobee community.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/EES
Everglades Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for
the week of Nov. 15-19, include: kindergarten students, Logan Philbee, Shel-
by Wooten, Wesley Yates, Lorenzo Santiago; first graders, Riley Carver, Sa-
mantha Salamanac, Madison Lilley, Tylar Kent; second grade students, Kevin
Valdez, Sierra Sutton, Christian Flores, Alexandra Younglove, Kyla Rosales,
Brennen Thomas; third graders, David Cox, Jaimes Garcia-Espinoza, Re-
becka Mims; fourth grade students, Blaze Clark, Chancy Adams; fifth grade
students, Alexis Garcia, Calab Throop, Brittney Slattery, Antonino Garcia,
Nate Nicoll. Congratulations to the many outstanding students.


Special to the Okeechobee News/SES
Students of the Week at South
Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School
for the week of Nov. 15-19. They are: Tatum Bickel, Michael Rex, Marisol De-
nova, Sarah Dodd, Sara Munoz, Fernando Chavez, Taylor Muffler, Ramiro Ro-
driguez, Raquel Todd, Justyn Scruggs, Hayle Padgett, Sharondra Jackson,
Lane Collins, Derrick Chen, Mark Arnall, Veyon Washington, Robert Wright,
Austyn Scruggs, Megan Mitchell, Florivella Gonzales and Letisia Bucio.


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November 26, 2010






Church concert draws full house I f 1 a I


Concert patrons donate cash
and diapers to Healthy Start
There was standing room only for the
"Beginnings and The Sound of Music"
Concert at Church of Our Saviour Episco-
pal Church on Sunday, Nov. 21. The event
benefited Healthy Start of Okeechobee. The
concert featured various baroque and classi-
cal favorites and a musical review from "The
Sound of Music," celebrating its 45th anni-
versary of the movie production.
Dr. Ed Petuch, from Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity, started the concert with three organ
compositions from the Baroque Era of Mu-
sic. The concert then featured Becky Smith
playing the famous 1st Movement of the
Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. Ly Pham
then played a Schumann waltz.
Those attending the concert were then
treated to a musical review of the timeless
musical. Kevin Kinnaird accompanied the


singers. Mr. Mike Zierdan performed "Climb
Every Mountain and led the audience in
"Edelweiss." Erica Pope also performed
"My Favorite Things" and the title song from
the musical. The concert concluded with
students of Musical Director Kevin Kinnaird
singing "So Long, Farewell." These students
study music privately with Mr. Kinnaird at
Okeechobee Music.
Healthy Start Coalition would like to say
a special thanks to Music Director Kevin Kin-
naird, Rev. Ed Weiss, Dr. Josie Weiss and the
congregation and friends of Church of Our
Savior Episcopal Church for their continued
support by hosting the Third Annual "Be-
ginnings" concert to benefit Okeechobee
Healthy Start. The admission was a package
of diapers or a monetary donation. The con-
cert audience donated 31 packs of diapers
and $616. This will go far as Healthy Start
serves the moms and their babies in our
community, especially during these difficult
economic times and budget cuts.


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Blood drive prize winner
A cruise on Lake Okeechobee, one of two grand prizes awarded at the
Okeechobee Blood Round-up last weekend, was won by Cathy Vlkojan who
will take her grandchildren. The cruise, donated by John Campbell of John's
Guide Service, will take six people on a two-hour trip explaining Okeecho-
bee's history, wildlife, plants and origin of place names. The trip is valued at
$225. The tour boat operates out of Okee-Tantie Marina.


Contributions help pet/rescue shelter


"Help a dog -- get a dog"
program under way
George's Hot Dogs, 3603 Hwy. 441 S.
next to Mid Florida Hardware is again this
year doing the "Dogs For Dogs" benefit to
collect monetary donations, pet food and
supplies for the Okeechobee Humane So-
ciety Pet/Rescue shelter. Make any contri-
bution for the dogs and get a free hot dog


and drink. Then sign our big holiday card.
All proceeds are given to the Humane Soci-
ety Pet/Rescue, a no kill, non-profit rescue
shelter.
While you are there getting your hot
dog, stop in Mid Florida cast a vote for the
Humane Society Pet Rescue or the charity
of your choice. The charity with the most
votes will win $500 from Mid Florida Hard-
ware.


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Many talented performers gave their time for the "Beginnings Sound of Music"
concert at Church of Our Saviour. In the back row are: Erica Pope, Becky Smith,
Music Director Kevin Kinnaird, Dr. Ed Petuch, Mike Zierdan. In the middle row
are: Kaylee Whidden, Taylor Pelham, Ariana Cortez, Daron Jones, Karen Marie
Cortez, Ly Pham. Those performers in the front row are: Morgan Bolan and
Shelby Sumner.



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Golf Pro offers free clinics at Blue Heron Golf Course


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Danny Oakes has lived a full life. He has
flown large planes like a P-51 Mustang. He
has played on many famous golf courses. He
has met and taught some of the best golfers
in the world. He has attended many universi-
ties. He hasn't stopped achieving and experi-
encing now that he has settled in at the Blue
Heron Golf Course in Okeechobee.
Oakes will offer free clinics each Sat-
urday morning at 10 a.m. Oakes has lived
in Okeechobee about 15 years and said
he continues to love the game of golf and
teaching people.
"Teaching is an art. Playing is a skill. Even
tour players need teaching," he said.
Oakes said teachers diagnose the prob-
lem in the player's swing, fix it and he goes
on to even better scores. He noted all great
golfers like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus
had great teachers to help them improve
their game.
"The key to being a great golfer is your
mind set. You must make up your mind to
practice, work on your game, play and enjoy
the game of golf," he added.
Oakes is thrilled with the improvements


that are being made by Kenny and Keller
Orender at Blue Heron. The brothers have
rebuilt and restored the golf course into
something Okeechobee should be proud of.
He said the course is challenging but forgiv-
ing. He noted you can use almost every club
in your bag and shot in your repertoire at this
course. He described it as a legend in itself.
Among Oakes memories in golf are
meeting legends Ben Hogan and serving as
a caddy for Sam Snead. He also was a cham-
pionship drum major and baton twirler. He
has won five national and two world cham-
pionships.
Oakes also is a black belt in jujitsu and
became an ordained minister in 1967. He
was also an Air Force Chaplain.
"God has been good to me. Golf has been
a great part of my life," he said.
Oakes has taught in California, Hawaii,
Virginia, and owned a golf school in Myrtle
Beach. His cousin is Los Angeles Lakers great
Jerry West. They grew up together in Cabin
Creek, West Virginia. He moved to Okeecho-
bee in 1996 and has been golf pro at Blue
Heron under several ownership groups.
"I'd rather teach than eat. Jesus was the
greatest teacher because they trusted and


believed in him. All great golfers have great
teachers," he said.
He remembers Snead as a country boy
from West Virginia who was one of the nic-
est people he ever met. He said Snead loved
the competition and was one of the best
players ever.
"He was a great man full of love and
kindness a one of a kind. He loved to joke
and practical joke. He taught me a tremen-
dous amount about playing golf, how you
plan your round."
Sneed emphasized to Oakes that it is not
your eyes or body that make a good golfer
but what you hear. He said what you learn
makes the difference.
"Your eyes teach you practically every-
thing you need to know but to get skillful at
golf you must have a teacher to show you
what you are seeing," he said.
Oakes also has taught on cruise ships and
all over the world. He said he thinks the local
clinics will be very successful and he invites
golfers to give Blue Heron a try. It is a chal-
lenging 18 hole course with plenty of water
hazards. He said his clinics have helped golf-
ers across the nation in the past and plans to
do so again.


Danny Oakes loves the game of golf
and really enjoys teaching people how
to play the game.

"We love what we do and so what we
love out here. It's a lot of fun and it doesn't
cost anything so the price is right," he add-
ed.


Big 0 Teen Anglers compete in November tournament


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Kyle Monti Special to the Okeechobee News
The Nov. 20 Big O Teen Anglers tournament was held out of Okee-Tantie, with
14 anglers taking to the water. All of the anglers brought a fish to the scales.
They caught 60 fish for a total of 86.84 Ibs.
The winners in the 11-14 year olds were: first place Ryan Folsom with 9.33
Ibs. of fish including big fish at 4.53 Ibs.; second place April Floyd with 7.68
Ibs. fish caught; third place Luke Farmer with 6.84 Ibs. of fish caught.
The winners in the 15 18 year olds were: first place Kyle Monti with 10.30
Ibs. of fish including big fish 3.84 Ibs.; second place Robert Stafford with
7.97 Ibs. of fish; third place Chris Eaton with 7.29 Ibs. of fish caught.
Big O Teen Anglers would like to thank the boat captains: Tim Arnold, Dave
Pearce, Leroy Bauer, Mike Cornell, Kenny Farmer, Mike Zubricky and Tony
Floyd.
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depression

By Armando A. Santelices M.D.
Florida Community Health Centers
According to the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention, the incidence of Depres-
sion in the American adult population has
now increased to nine percent. This means
that one out of every ten adults in the United
States suffers from this disease. Women and
the non-white population are at the greatest
risk. It is believed that by the year 2020, de-
pression will be second only to the burden
of cardiovascular disease as a public health
issue, becoming one of the leading causes of
disability in this country.
It is noteworthy that depression can in-
crease the symptoms of chronic disorders
such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac
problems, and the pain of arthritis. These as-
sociations will result in work absenteeism, and
therefore productivity in the work force. These
problems will negatively impact not only the
patient, but also their family, their work place
and ultimately the economy of our nation.
It has been widely reported that during the
holiday season, which begins for most Ameri-
cans with Thanksgiving and continues through
New Year's Day, the incidence of worsening
depression increases for those who are aware
they have it, and becomes apparent to those
yet undiagnosed. Normally this is a festive
time of the year, filled with social gathering
and celebrations with family and friends. For
many people it is a time filled with sadness,
loneliness, and in today's economic crisis,
anxiety over the uncertainty of what the New
Year will bring.
If we are honest with ourselves, most of us
will admit we have felt depressed at some time
or another around the holidays. Even for those
who do not suffer from the clinical diagnosis
of depression, the holidays are very stressful
and often leading to disappointments. For
those diagnosed with this disease, these are
dangerous times and symptoms of depression
must be recognized in order to better cope
with potential problems that may arise.
We must take into consideration that se-
niors are more susceptible to these problems,
and therefore we must be vigilant with our
family elders in order to recognize why they
may be withdrawing, acting sad, or avoiding
the family gatherings. We must be extra sen-
sitive to their behavior and prepared to help
them cope with the problematic situation.
Additionally, women are more likely to suffer
from Holiday Depression, and in most families
it is the women that are responsible for shop-
ping, cooking, cards exchange and many oth-
er chores associated with the "season."
Many articles have been written giving in-
struction on how to cope with this problem. I
will simply say that scaling back all your rou-
tine activities during this time of the year is my
best advice. I can assure you that other people
would love to trim down on their hectic rou-
tines also, but there is a lot of "peer pressure"
to enjoy the holidays till you drop! Don't fall
in this trap! Remember "the reason for the
season" and you will not only survive the holi-
days, but also enjoy them as never before.


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Nursery available at all services
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Legacy Behavioral Health Center has local office


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Leah Scott of Legacy Behavioral Health
Center in Okeechobee spoke about the
main services the group offers the commu-
nity when the Okeechobee Community Col-
laborative Council met in regular session on
Tuesday.
Legacy is the fastest growing behavioral
health center in Florida. It opened an office
in Okeechobee at 314 NW 5th Street back
in July.
The Center is dedicated to improving the
quality of life and the well being of multi-
generational individuals and their families.
They offer culturally sensitive health care,
recovery, and supportive services that pro-
mote and enhance emotional, social and
personal growth, she told the Council.
Services include psychiatric evaluations,
medication management, psychological
testing and evaluations, outpatient services,
substance abuse services for adults and ad-
olescents, targeted case management, and
parent training and coaching.
They have five offices on the Treasure
Coast with offices in Indiantown, West Palm
Beach and Vero Beach.
Ms. Scott said they also will start a new
program "Warrior Women" to help women
win back their power with self esteem and
empowerment.
They also provide services for the elderly
and for autistic and high risk children.


They also help disadvantaged families
find the services they need with their team
of outreach workers.
They also accept all major insurance car-
riers and Medicaid. Referrals are accepted.
For more information the local number is
863-357-8268.
In other actions, the Council continues to
collect toys for disadvantaged children. The
Okeechobee Children's Services Council
provided a $1,000 donation that was used to
purchase books for children. Florida Power
and Light and Glades Electric Cooperative
also provided generous donations.
Donations will be accepted through
Christmas. My Aunt's House will distribute
the toys. They could help as many as 400
families this year.
Kay Begin of the Healthy Start Coalition
reported that the Okeechobee Episcopal
Church held a successful fund raiser for
her agency last Sunday. The church puts on
a large fund raiser each year to help a non
profit organization in the community.
The United Way raised close to $7,000
from their annual golf tournament. They will
hold their annual Christmas Tour of Homes
on Dec. 3 and 4 as another fundraiser. Tick-
ets are available at the Okeechobee Hall-
mark store.
The Holiday Inn Express and local law
enforcement plan to hold a bike safety fair at
the hotel parking lot in January. The Sheriff's
Motorcycle Unit will put on a show and chil-
dren who receive bicycles for Christmas will


get safety checks and instruction on how to that Okeechobee was one of 27 counties to
safely operate their bikes.
sFran pa, cr of he Okeecho share in a large grant designed to promote
bee County Health Department, announced positive youth behavior.
bee County Health Department, announced positive youth behavior.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Mid-Florida Hardware

Favorite charity
Linda Rucks, manager of Mid Florida Hardware presented a donation check
to CEO of Hospice, Frank Irby and Judy Winchester, director of nursing of
Hospice of Okeechobee. The check for $500 was the result of a contest
where shoppers at the hardware store voted for their favorite charity after
spending $5 in the store. Hospice of Okeechobee received the most votes.
Local shoppers are now casting their votes for the November winner.



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S.W drainage project work to end in mid-February


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The southwest section of Okeechobee,
especially Southwest Third Terrace has been
prone to flooding during heavy rains. That
should change thanks to a drainage project
currently in progress.
"We think it will be a big improvement
for major rain events," said deputy county
administrator Jim Threewits. He said the ef-
fects might not be noticeable during smaller
rain events.
Motorists should be prepared to experi-
ence changing detours in that area until the
completion of the project, which is sched-
uled for mid February, depending on the
weather.
The $1.4 million project, which is paid
for almost entirely by grants, will cover S.W
28th Street, S.W Third Terrace and S.W
32nd Street, funneling water into the Sev-
enth Avenue Ditch.
The project dates back to February 2005
after the extensive flooding of the 2004 hur-
ricanes. It took five years to come about be-
cause of the backlog of grant funding in the


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2,667 in September, and 2,453 in October,
2009. There were 15,619 residents employed
in Okeechobee last month.
Glades County saw a drop of 1.3 percent
in unemployment in October from 13.1 to
11.8 percent, the state report said. There
were 533 people out of work in October
compared to 562 in September and 478 in
October, 2009.
The state jobless rate was 11.6 percent in
October down from 12.1 percent in Septem-
ber. The national jobless rate stood at nine
percent down from 9.2 percent the month
before.
Hendry County had the highest jobless
rate in the state at 18.3 percent. Alachua and
Okaloosa had the lowest rates at 7.8 per-
cent.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Charles Murphy
can be reached at okeenews@newszap.com.


wake of the 2004 hurricanes. This project to be cleared away before rain falling north
took a lot of engineering. In fact there were of the area flows southward to pile up. Rain
two different grants, one for engineering and falling on that southwest section as well as
one for construction. rain falling to the north which drains to that
Basically, underground culverts will rapid- area should be rapidly conveyed to the Rim
ly carry water to the canal before it can build Canal for South Florida Water Management
up. The idea is for rain falling on the area District to pump into Lake Okeechobee.


Water quality will also be improved by
"defenders," large underground concrete
structures that will settle out silt and debris
before the water enter the canal.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Traffic patterns continue to change as detours are moved around to accommodate construction of a new drainage sys-
tem in southwest Okeechobee.


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Top of the Lake Lighted
Christmas Parade Dec. 11
The parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The arts and crafts
show will take place in Flagler Parks be-
ginning at 9 a.m.
For applications for a booth space at
the festival, contact Okeechobee Main
Street at 863-357-6246. Booth space is $50
for a vendor space. Booth space is free to
non-profit organizations that can show
the required tax paperwork. Deadline to
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Special to the Okeechobee News/DKG

In recognition
Recently, the Delta Kappa Gamma So-
ciety International held their convention
in Spokane, Washington. Peggy DuBose
and Judith Mix of Okeechobee attend-
ed the event. The Delta Kappa Gamma
Society International is a professional
honorary society of women educators.
The society promotes professional and
personal growth of its members and
excellence in education. Peggy, mem-
ber of Beta Nu, received recognition as
Florida's "Star of the Southeast," during
the Southeast Region Breakfast at our
International Convention in Spokane.
Each state in the southeast recognizes
a member who truly makes a difference
in her state on a continuing basis with-
out seeking the limelight for herself.
As one state president said, "Peggy
PEGGY DUBOSE doesn't seek the limelight but is one of
those rare individuals who is willing to
do everything she can, to make others
look even better." Florida's Star Peggy
DuBose.



OHS boys soccer team beats Sebring


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Erick Garcia, Hunter Pritchard and Mar-
cos Fonseca all scored goals as Okeechobee
High School erased an early deficit and de-
feated Sebring, 3-1, in high school boy's soc-
cer action at Sebring High School Monday
night.
Okeechobee (3-0) also got assists from
Brian Guerrero and Pritchard, and got a sol-
id game in the net from goal keeper Serafin
Espinoza.
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said his
team basically dominated the game but still
has a lot of work to do when it comes to
scoring goals, "We played really well. Put-
ting the ball in the net continues to be a
problem."
Okeechobee had 18 shots on the net and
only three goals. They held Sebring to five


shots on the night, and overcame an early
defensive mistake as Sebring scored in the
opening minute of the match.
"After that mistake we tightened up on
defense and Sebring really didn't do any-
thing else on offense. We controlled the ball
for the most part," Sears added.
Sears said Sebring was a good test be-
cause they are both athletic and physical. He
said his team needs to play good teams if
they are to improve.
"We still need to finish at the net. The
problem is baffling to me and I can't ex-
plain it. It is something that has gone on for
three years. Some of the shots we get are
ridiculously easy. We do so much work to
get these opportunities and then we can't
score," Sears said.
Okeechobee is off until Tuesday, Nov. 30,
when they visit Fort Pierce Central.


OCRA All-Star Football
BBQ dinner Fundraiser
OCRA Football Field (Sports Complex)
will host a barbecue dinner fundraiser on
Dec 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dona-
tion for the dinner is $8 for BBQ pork and
2 sides with roll. Proceeds will benefit
OCRA football All-Stars and help to pay
for transportation and lodging for them
to attend the O-D National Football tour-
nament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. from Dec.
29, through Jan 1, 2011. Tickets can be
purchased from any OCRA All-Star foot-
ball players, OCRA director or the day
of the fundraiser. Any questions please
call Missy at 863-634-8674 or the OCRA
phone at 863-634-1437.


Buying
Or
Selling?...

Let's Make It Happen.


EXECUTIVE
ESTATE HOME
located in the very
desirable Oak Lake
Estates Subdivision
in SW Okeechobee.
4 bed/3 bath with a
2-car attached
garage and screen
enclosed pool area
sitting on a large 12
acre lot. Walk-in
closets in every room! His & Her Walk-in closets in master suite. New
garage doors, new pool pump, new kitchen appliances, bathrooms
remodeled, new landscaping and freshly painted interior and exterior
within past 12 months. This is a beautiful home that is priced to sell!
#204361. $289,000. Call Brandon (772) 201-8722.


Cattlewomen host Miss Rodeo Okeechobee


Come and join the Okeechobee Cattle-
women's Miss Rodeo Contest. There are
several age groups for girls and young wom-
en including:
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 19-24);
Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee (ages
15-18);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (ages
11-14);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart
(ages 7-10).
Deadline for entry is Dec. 31. A manda-
tory orientation session will be held Jan. 7,
2011 and the contest will take place on Feb.
5,2011.
Please see contest rules for age restric-
tions, all criteria, entry fees and applica-
tion. Rules and applications are available
Eli's Western Wear. For information, email
Okeechobeecattlewomen@ymail.com or


call 863-801-5258.

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SAVING
PROPERTY
BUYERS MONEY

BUYER BROKERAGE
CO. OF OKEECHOBEE




(863) 763.2334. (863)801-9497CELL
P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973
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Hwy 78 & Linda
Road, December 11,
8 4. Moose Lodge
2nd Annual Winter
Craft Fair. Pot peo-
ple, pine needle
weaving, jewelry,
stained glass, lamp-
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more. For vendor
space or info call
Bonnie 357-1556.
YARD SALE
Sat. 11/27 & Sun. 11/28
7:00 am 1:00 pm
3437 SE 27th Street
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7:00 to 1:00
4100 13th Way
OUSLEY ESTATES
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BEAUTIFUL 2BR, Close
to town. Newly renovat-
ed. Only $750 mo. in-
cludes water. Pets okay
upon approval. Call
561-255-4377

EFFICIENCY 1BR fur-
nished, for 1 person,
utilities included $500 per
mo. lyr lease & sec. dep.
Call 863-467-5616

VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi-
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205



FOR LEASE
Commercial Building
Available March 1, 2011
Presently the location of
E&E Automotive Clinic.
For more information,call
863-467-1548




FOR SALE OR LEASE
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295




TAYLOR CREEK Condo
1BR, 1BA, furnished, no
pets. Pool.
$650 mo. + 1st & sec.
502-468-5976.



2/1 House $790 mo
and 2/2 House w/den
and big florida rm
$1,250 mo on 5 acres
horses welcome be-
tween Indiantown and
Okeechobee option to
buy also available.
Call 772-260-3068


AFFORDABLE New
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
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Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226
ALMOST NEW 4/2/2
South of Okeechobee
on 441. $1200 per
month with First, Last
and Security.
561-301-3880
BASSWOOD Pets OK!
2BR, 1BA, 3632 NW 28th
Ave. New Tile/Paint.
$650 mo. + sec. dep.
Call Lex (561)715-1768.
Dixie Ranch 2bd House
$700 mo, 1st, last and
$500 security, call
863-763-7032

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863-467-2541
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NEW HOME 3bed/2ba
on water in Taylor Creek
Isles, 5 appliances includ-
ed, No pets.
$1,200 a month.
Call 863-467-8559

KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
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OKEE 2/1 home on
ranch w/ large oaks.
Lofton Rd. Great views.
$650 first, last, & sec.
(561) 261-0077.
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
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2bd/2ba furnished,
electric,water,trash,
included $800 per mo. +
$800 dep. Stephens
Winter Resort 9750 SW
36th Ct close to Kissim-
mee River on RT 78 W
Call 863-763-5771
FT. DRUM AREA furn.,
older mobile home, 1.5
br, Iba, 4 acre pasture
$450 dep., $450 mo.
rent (912)925-2147/
(912)224-4658 or
(734)637-2697
KISSIMMEE RIVER
Estates, 2 Bedroom,
17503 Broadland Ln.
Nice, clean home w/car
port and 3 large sheds.
$500 mo. + $550 sec.
Lawn & Water mainte-
nance included.
317-402-5441 or
863-261-4138
Mobile Home for Rent.
2 BR 2 BA Fenced yard.
$700/mo. 1st, last, se-
curity. (863)634-6114
OKEE., Unfurnished DW.
3 BR, 2 BA, Sunroom.
New carpets & appl's. On
Canal w/access to lake. 2
Car Carport. C/Air &
Heat. Lease only. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or
538-8183
OKEECHOBEE- 2br/ 2
ba. Unfurn'd Single-
wide, Dock, Central air
& heat. Water & yard
maint. inclu'd. $600
plus sec. 772-794-2438
or 772-538-8183
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with horse paddock.
$650 mo. 1st only. Call
863-634-3407

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ready, just bring tooth-
brush. Boat slip, direct
access to lake (no
locks). (561)214-2634
or(561)214-2633

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Starting at $18,000
Mobile Home Angels
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3 Bedroom Mobile Home
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863-763-2346 or
863-610-4625

KISSIMMEE RIVER
FISHING RESORT -
2BR, 1.5 BA, Large
screen room, large car-
port. Furnished. All ap-
pliances. Large lot.
Shed. $18,500 or best
offer. (863)763-5241

SWMH 2/1 furnished,
queen beds,w/d, freez-
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shed and carport in
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1998 20' Hurricane
Deck Boat 90 hp Evin-
rude dual axle trailer
and many extras Call
863-763-7519

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Big 0 Bass Boat; 20' 1"
175Johnson HP, 101 Ib
thurst Minn Kota TM;36V
system w/3 batteries;
on board charger; jack
plate trim, tabs, 2 LCR's
aluminum dual axle
trailer w/fiberglass fen-
ders, mag wheels
superior cond. garage
kept,1 owner all service
records purch.new from
Big O Boats 12-03 call
863-946-1625 (Lake-
port)$14,900.00

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2002 Keystone Sprinter
29 ft. Travel Trailer. Awn-
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queen size bed. On
leased waterfront lot.
$7,500 call
941-592-9948 or
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27' TRAVEL TRAILER
w/2 ROOM ADDITION -
move in condition, large
bathroom, appliances,
possible trade, you pay
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$3,600.00.
(863)697-6547

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441
SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dis-
pose of stored items on Dec. 3rd,
2010.
Owner Unit #
David &Knsbn Brown 451
Tina Elder 647
Cassandra Fairson 621
Jeff Finger 661
May Howell-Holt 619
Kimbery Howle 428
Kelly Johnson 209
Raymond ellette 423
Frank Nobile 202
Randolph FRck 490
371631 ON 11/19,26/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD427
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SCOTT OR RENEE WITTER the hold-
Sr of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
ssued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
:ion ofthe property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
:erbficate No: 2810 Yearof Issuance: May-30-2008
Descripbon of Property: LOT 3F, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRE-
CORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN SECTIONS 17 AND 18, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SEC-
TION 17; THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC WEST ALONG
THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 152.18
FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THIS DESCRIPTION;
THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC WEST ALONG
SAID SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST, PARALLEL WITH THE
WEST LINE OF THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF SAID SECTION 17, A DIS-
TANCE OF 184.73 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
THE N.E. 1ST STREET (80.00 FEET WIDE); THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG
24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A
DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC
WEST, A DISTANCE OF 182.53 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING
LESS THE SOUTH 60.00 FEET RESERVED FOR A DRAINAGE EASE-
MENT.
1-17-37-36-OAOO-00003-003F
alid property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
lame in which assessed:
ISABEL LUGO
SEVERING MAYA
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
cnrbed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
:hobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Dkeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
3HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
Is/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodabon to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt Administrabon no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
1W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
n 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.
370499 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010
I
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD428
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SCOTT OR RENEE WITTER the hold-
-r of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
ssued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
:ion ofthe property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
:erbficate No: 3029 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Descripon of Property: COM AT AN EXISTING 5 X 5 CONCRETE
MONUMENT MARKING THE NE COR OF SEC 24 THENCE S 00 DEG
03 MIN 02 SEC E ALONG THE ESTRLY SEC LINE OF SEC 24 A BEING
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 13 AND 24, TOWNSHIP 38
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND
BEING FURTHER BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COM-
MENCE AT AN EXISTING 5X5 CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING
THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 03 MIN 02 SEC EAST
ALONG THE EASTERLY SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 24, A DIS-
TANCE OF 1728.05 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE NORTH 53 DEG
20 MIN 47 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 2296.94 FEET TO AN IRON
PIN MARKING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE
NORTH 53 DEG 20 MIN 47 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 808.03 FEET
TO AN IRON PIN MARKING A POINT LYING ON THE EASTERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15-B; THENCE NORTH 38 DEG 12
MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE
DF 269.67 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE SOUTH 53 DEG 20 MIN
47 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 808.03 FEET TO AN IRON PIN;
THENCE SOUTH 38 DEG 12 MIN 50 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF
269.67 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
1-13-38-36-OAOO-00001-BO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
lame in which assessed:
DANIEL B DELEON
MARIA DELEON
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at te Okee-
:hobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Dkeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
3HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
fs/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodabon to participate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt Administraton no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
1W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
n 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.
370500 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT
FLA010791
The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to is-
;ue a permit to FDOT/Turnpike District, Santiago Alvarez, PO Box 9828, Ft
-auderdale, Florida 33310 to conbnue to operate the 0.075 mgd domesbc
Nastewater treatment facility with temporary disposal to the exisbng 0.075
ngd of reclaimed water to a rapid infiltration basin system. The permit au-
:honzes construction of a 0.125 mgd replacement domestic wastewater
treatment facility which would land apply to a new 0.125 mgd of reclaimed
Nater to a slow-rate public access system; and/or to land apply 0.125 mgd
if reclaimed water to a rapid infiltration basin system. The facility will be lo-
:ated at labtude 270365.29"N, longitude 80049'21.36" W on Florida Turn-
)ike Mile Post 184, Okeechobee County, Florida in Okeechobee.
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection
During normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fn
Jay, except legal holidays, at the Deparent's Southeast District Office,
400 N Congress Ave, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-2913, at
)hone number (561)681-6600.
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a
]mely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.
4 person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's pro-
)osed permitbng decision may petition for an administrative proceeding
[hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. The petition
nust contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by
:e Clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Com-
nonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Jnder Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administrative Code, a person may re-
luest an extension of the time for filing a pebtion for an administrative
hearing. The request must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of
general Counsel before the end of the bme period for filing a petition for an
administrative hearing.
tibbons filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice un-
Jer Secbon 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days
if publicabon of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written
notice, whichever occurs first. Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, however,
also allows that any person who has asked the Department for notice of
agency action may file a petiton within fourteen days of receipt of such no-
:Ice, regardless of the date of publication.
The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the ad-
iress indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a
eebtion or request for an extension of time within fourteen days of receipt
f notice shall constitute a waiver of that person's night to request an
dministative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57,
:londa Statutes. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding itiated by
another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the
ailing of a moon in compliance with Rule 28- 106.205, Florida Administra-
:Ive Code.
% petiton that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action
s based must contain the following information, as indicated in Rule
'8-106.201, Florida Administrative Code:
(h)The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file
or identification number, if known;
(i) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the
name, address, and telephone number of the petitoner's representative,
if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course
of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioners substantial
interests will be affected by the determination;
0) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the De-
partment's decision;
(k)A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none,
thepetition must so indicate;
(I) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific
facts the petitoner contends warrant reversal or modification of the De-
partment's proposed acbon;
(m) A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends
require reversal or modification ofthe Department's proposed acbon; and
(n) A statement of the relief sought by the petitoner, stating precisely the
action petitioner wishes the Department to take with respect to the De-
partment's proposed acbon.
because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of a petiton means that the Department's final ac-
ion may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons
Nhose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision ofthe
Department have the nght to petiton to become a party to the proceeding,
n accordance with the requirements set forth above.
Mediabon under Section 120.573, Florida Statutes, is not available for this
proceeding.
372048 ON 11/26/2010

I.
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD429
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
f the following certificate has filed said cerbficates for a tax deed to be is-
;ued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
)fthe property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
certificatee No: 22 YearofIssuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 08 EAST 1/2 OF THE
NEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 8 AND
rHE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 8, BOTH BEING IN SECTION 8 AS TO THE
SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34
SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
ORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
1-08-34-33-OA0-00008-K000
;aid property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flonda
lame in which assessed:
RIPROCK HOMES INC
WYAN EMMER
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
;cnbed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
:hobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Dkeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECTT TO CURRENT TAXES
;HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
's/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
:n accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
speciall accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact
:ourt Administration no later that seven days pror to the proceeding at 250
qW County Club Drive Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
n two woing days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
L.800.955.8770.
371628 ON 11/19,26;12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD423
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 330 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Descripton of Property: LOT H OF TRACT 24 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OFTRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO-00024-H000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said cerbficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in 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.
370489 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD425
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following cerbficate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion ofthe property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 945 Yearof Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 30 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 30 25 34S 33E
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00030-GO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DONALD M BEBBER
Unless said cerbficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such cerbficate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Flonda
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
In 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.
370497 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD426
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following cerbficate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion ofthe property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 963 YearofIssuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 10 26 34S 33E
1-26-34-33-OAOO-00010-FO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
JOSEPH ST VICTOR LEGER
MARIE G LEGER
Unless said cerbficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such cerbficate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Flonda
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days pror to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Dve, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
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OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2010CA446
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE INC.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
SURIN JANGBAHADOOR, et.al.
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: SURIN JANGBAHADOOR
Whose residence is:
20118 NW 248TH ST,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 &
8 SERENITY LANE,
BRAMPTON ONTARIO, LGR2T2
TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
SURIN JANGBAHADOOR
Whose residence is:
20118 NW 248TH ST,
OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 &
8 SERENITY LANE,
BRAMPTON ONTARIO, LGR2T2
If alive, and if dead, all parties claim-
ing interest by, through, under or
against SURIN JANGBAHADOOR; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF SURIN JANGBA-
HADOOR and all parties having or
claiming to have any right, title or in-
terest in the property described here-
in.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described property:
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 21, SEC-
TION 33, TOWNSHIP 34, SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D,
INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A LOT C OF TRACT 21,
SECTION 33-34-33, VIKING a/k/a
20118 NW 248TH 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 Dia-
na Chung, Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 2901 Stirling Road,
Suit,. 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 Plan-
tffs 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 5th day of November,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk ofthe Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Notice of Action, Com-
plaint and Lis Pendens were sent to
te defendants and address named
above.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilites Act, persons needing
a reasonable accommodation to par-
bcipate 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.
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD421
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 328 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 24 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-0A00-00024-F000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
In two working days ofyour receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370470 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010

NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF
COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Okeechobee County, Florida (the "County") hereby provides notice, pur
suant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes of its intent to use the
uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be lev
led within the unincorporated area of the County, for the cost of providing
any or all of the following services: drainage, road improvements, including
but not limited to roadside ditches, swales, and sidewalks, sbeet ightin,
street resurfacing canal cleaning and canal maintenance, enhanced or sub-
sbtute solid waste collection and dis osal stormwater treatment and mos-
guito control, commencing for the fiscal year beginning on October 01,
011. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use
the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section
197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held on Thursday,
December 16, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioners
Meeting Room (the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom), at the Okeecho
bee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description
of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the pro
posed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the rea
property subject to the levy, are on file at e Office of the County Clerk ol
Okeechobee County, Florida. All interested persons are inviteld to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with
respect to any matter relating to the considerabon of the resolution at the
above-referenced pubic hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed
and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the
Americans with Disability Act, persons needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to proceeding or call 1-772-807-4370:IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED
CALL 1-800-955-8770.
Dated this 28th day ofOctober, 2010.
CULIF BETTS, JR., CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
370407 ON 11/5,12,19,26/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD422
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 329 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 24 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-0A00-00024-G000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in 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.
370471 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD420
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 327 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT D TRACT 24 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
N 1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO-00024-DOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law te property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in 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.
370469 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD424
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrp-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 944 Yearof Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 29 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OFS1/2 OF TRACT 29 25 34S 33E
1-25-34-33-OA00-00029-N 000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
WESLEY MCCARROLL
Unless said certifcate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to he highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in 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.
370492 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD419
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 110 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 30 E1/2OFW1/2OF N1/2
OFS1/2 OF TRACT 30 09 34S 33E
1-09-34-33-OAOO-00030-KOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DANIEL JSTUBBS
JESSICA M STUBBS
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law te property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day ofDecember, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"It's a horrible scam. It really is."
That was how a detective with the Florida
Department of Financial Services Division
of Insurance Fraud described a con perpe-
trated by a group of people known as the
travelers.
The travelers, said Detective William Hill,
come to Florida when the weather turns
cold in the north and try to scam people
by offering to fix their driveway, do asphalt
work or roof repair. They prey primarily on
the elderly.
Detective Hill explained that these people
will enter a residential neighborhood with
a dump truck and a piece of equipment.
They'll go to a house on a cold call and tell
the homeowner that their driveway needs
some work. The con man will then tell the
intended victim that he has just finished
some work in the area and has some extra
material and can make the homeowner a re-
ally good price on a cash deal.
"These companies will be using new-
looking equipment. They'll have a company
name and phone number on the truck. But,
there won't be a license number on these
vehicles," said Detective Hill.
The phone number on the truck is usually
an 800 number that goes to a cell phone.
According to the detective, these people
will not have licenses, will not have insur-
ance and will not have the proper permits.
"Usually, the spokesperson who's broker-
ing the deal will have a Florida ID card. These
companies are usually a family who will find
a place to rent, then a family member will
get a Florida ID card to give the appearance
they live and work in Florida," Detective Hill
explained. "That's not the case. These family
groups move in a family unit and more often
than not they won't stay in the county where
they are working. A few years ago I had a
group staying in Port St. Lucie and they were
working in Okeechobee County."
First of all, continued the detective, home
solicitation like this is illegal unless the per-
son has the proper state licenses and per-
mits.
"If someone comes up and gives you this
story, ask for a business card, proof of insur-
ance and a permit. They're probably going
to leave at that point," said the detective. "If
they don't, then take their card, close the
door and call the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office to have them checked out."
The state investigator said he made an ar-
rest last year for this type of 'deal.' He said
the man used a bobcat to scrape a 60- to 70-
foot-long driveway and scraped off about an
inch of dirt. He then backfilled it with rock,
rolled it with a roller and was done and gone
in about two hours. The negotiated price
was $1,800. The detective said the man had
about $500 invested in material.
"(The job) looks good on the surface,
but it will not survive the elements. It won't
last any length of time," said the detective.


"(The job) looks good on the

surface, but it will not survive
the elements..."

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"They're looking for something they can
do very quickly. They're not looking for an
elaborate job; they're looking for a small
driveway-two hours and they're gone."
In one case, he continued, the victim
wrote the worker a check and about 35 min-
utes later the check was cashed.
"These people will also ask you where
you do your banking," he added.
He went on to caution homeowners that
just because the con man said he's giving
you a good deal, doesn't mean it is. He said
he spoke with a contractor about this scam
who told him that for another $300 to $400
the homeowner could have had their drive-
way done completely in concrete.
Detective Hill went on to say that last year
he located five jobs done by one company
and they were paid anywhere from $1,800
to $2,500 per job in about four weeks.
"The company had been in town about
four to five months. If we averaged it out at
$2,000 per job, that's about $10,000. So, you
could realistically say that company pulled
$50,000 out of our community," he said. "We
had information there were four companies
working in the Okeechobee community,
and were receiving reports from Highlands
County and Orlando. It's a multi-million dol-
lar venture."
It can also be a dangerous situation for
the victim.
Often times these 'salesmen' will use
high pressure tactics, and have been known
to commit home invasion robberies. One
such traveler, said Detective Hill, is currently
serving 35 years in prison when an elderly
woman was killed during one of these high
pressure/home invasion situations.
"We're trying to get the public better pre-
pared so they're better informed," he added.
"If we have more sets of eyes out there we
can stop this sort of thing. Anytime someone
comes to your home and tries to solicit ser-
vices, that's a red flag right there."
Not only are these travelers bilking large
amounts of money from unsuspecting ho-
meowners, they are also taking work away
from local businesses and "taking millions
of dollars out of our state," Detective Hill
pointed out.
But if the worst should happen and you
realize you've been taken by one of these
companies, don't hesitate to contact the
sheriff's office or Detective Hill's office in
West Palm Beach at 561-837-5601.
Okeechobee County, he added, is cov-
ered by the West Palm Beach office.
For more information on the travelers
and how they work their scam, or to file
an anonymous tip on such activities, go to
www.myfloridacfo.com/fraud.


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