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Vol. 101 No. 147 Wednesday, December 8, 2010


500 Plus tax


Funeral home operators sue over use of name
By Pete Gawda use of a business name. The owners of Fam- iar name in Okeechobee as Paul Buxton and That's when Tom Conroe and his partner
Okeechobee News ily Heritage Funeral Service d/b/a Buxton his family operated a funeral home under Paul Mitchell, owners of Bass Okeechobee
Sin n illim Funeral Home and Crematorium have filed that name for many years. Things seemed to Funeral Home came into the picture. On
What's in a name?" William Shake- a lawsuit against Buxton-Seawind Funeral be going well for Paul Buxton when, around March 11 of this year they bought the Bux
speare Home and Crematorium alleging trademark 2005, he built a larger, grander building to
Apparently a name is worth a lot to the infringement over use of the name Buxton. house the family run business. But, a few ton's family business and its assets in ar
two parties involved in a lawsuit over the The name Buxton has come to be a famil- years later, he had to declare bankruptcy. See BUXTON Page 5


Clues sought in

car burglaries
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Police are searching for clues into five car burglaries
committed inside the city limits during which a high pow-
ered rifle, jewelry and purses were taken.
According to Detective Bettye Taylor of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD) all five break-ins occurred
Friday night, Dec. 3, sometime after 1:30 a.m. She added
that all of the vehicles were unlocked and parked in front of
homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of S.W 10th Ave.
Detective Taylor said the thief, or thieves, took: a Model
700 Savage 7mm magnum rifle valued at $450; an I-Pod val-
ued at $250; about $1,000 in jewelry; purses; a pair of sun-
glasses; and, a badge belonging to a former fire chief.
She went on to say that besides the thefts, the vehicles
were also ransacked.
"They went through the glove boxes and threw stuff
around," added the detective.
Detective Taylor said no one was seen walking about the
neighborhood that night and that her department received
no prowler complaints.
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School employees vote on contract


Okeechobee County school employees
will vote on the tentative contract with the
school board on Dec. 9 and 10.
Educational Support Personnel (ESP) will
vote Dec. 9 via paper ballots with their build-
ing representatives.
Teachers will vote Friday, Dec. 10, any-
time between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. via school
computers.
Okeechobee County Educators Associa-
tion President Candy Walker explained that
the union bargains with the district on behalf
of all employees, excluding administrators
and supervisors. As a result, all employees
vote on their respective contract. The con-
tract is for all bargaining unit members, not
just OCEA members.
"The difference is that although OCEA
bargains for all employees, we only can ad-
vocate on behalf of OCEA members, if the


contract is not being followed," Ms. Walker
stated. "If the contract is not being followed
and it is to the detriment of an employee
who is not an OCEA member, then that per-
son is on their own as far as fighting for their
contractual rights."
The items to be ratified were sent via
e-mail to all employees last week. All em-
ployees can find those items by checking
their school email.
"The OCEA strongly encourages all em-
ployees to vote 'yes' on their respective con-
tracts," Ms. Walker said.
The move to electronic voting is a col-
laborative effort between the district and
OCEA.
Editor's note: A previous school board
story, which indicated that only union mem-
bers would vote on the contract was in error.
All school employees vote on the contract.


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ANNIVERSARY
HELEN R. WILSON &
JAMES W. WILSON JR.
James W. Wilson Jr. and
Helen R. Wilson of Okeechobee
will be celebrating their 40th
wedding anniversary on
Saturday December 11, 2010
at Basinger Civic Center from
Slam until 4pm. All friends
and family are welcome.
James is the son of Vera
Wilson of Okeechobee and the
late James W. Wilson Sr. Helen
is the daughter of Robert and
Annie Rowell of Okeechobee.
The Wilson's were married on
December 12, 1970 in Eufaula,
Alabama. Their children are
Andrea Cannon and husband
CharlesofLocustGrove,Virginia;
Patricia Wilson of Okeechobee
and Fiance Wellington Silvestre
Vital of Rondonia, Brazil;
James Wilson and wife April of
Okeechobee;and Jamie Wilson
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letter to the Editor


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Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

New business
The old Captain Ds has a sign that says
La Granja is going to be put there. La Gran-
ja's menu looks a lot like Pollo Tropical. That
is great news, in my opinion.
I am glad to see someone is opening a
business in that building. It looks bad for the
town to have vacant buildings.

Obama bans offshore drilling
Thank God! I LOVE the ocean. To even
imagine seeing drilling wells off our coast
would bring me to tears.
Which begs the question, how do you
get there (the ocean) from here to see it? It
takes fossil fuel to get to the beach.
I wish this country would invest more
in mass transit such as trains. I think that
would be more efficient than electric cars.

Class size amendment
I see in the paper today that the fine
could be $3000 per FTE involved so the fine
Okeechobee County is facing is $45,000.
They also said the one classroom listed as
having too many students never actually had
too many students at any one time. It was a
clerical error that indicated there were extra
students in that room. They can appeal the
fine and I am sure they will, given how short
they are of funds.
The problem is now they have to follow
the absolute letter of the law and that will
mean more classrooms and more teachers
if they get just a few more students in each
grade. And what about when they have the
classes all set and then migrants start school
late. They have to split up classes and get
more teachers if they guessed wrong about
how many migrant students will show up.
Think about the whole problem. Not
only will more teachers be needed. More
classrooms will be needed as well.
It is only going to get worse with higher
and higher school taxes. I don't even have a
kid in school but yet I still have to pay school
taxes.


There is a limit or student/teacher ratio
for a reason. It is about the quality of educa-
tion the children are able to get. Along with
the quality of time a teacher is able to dedi-
cate to his/her students. Is that really worth
saving a dollar here and there? These "kids"
are the future. Do you really want to cut them
short? Many people paid these taxes while
you all were growing up and getting your
education (many without children also).
Times/cost changes with everything, but
education is not the place to cut or skimp.
Are you saying that one extra student in
a class is going to put too much of a burden
on the teacher and the quality of education?
No one is talking about adding 20 more kids
just providing a little wiggle room for the
extra student in class. A number had to be
created and a line drawn in the sand to pre-
vent the school administration from having
too many students in one classroom. If the
students' education is their number one pri-
ority, they sure don't show it. They hold the
teachers responsible for that but don't sup-
port them. Their excuse is a clerical error,
maybe they need to go back to school and
retake math.
I am not sure I understand this. It is not
okay to have 30 students in a high school
class but it is okay to have 300 in a university
class.

County services
I read in the newspaper that someone
went before the county to get his taxes re-
duced on the basis that he shouldn't have
to pay for county services that the county
can't support. I sure wish he would have
advertised that information, I would have at-
tended that meeting to show support. I am
also tired of paying for county services that
the county can't provide. The fire depart-
ment, EMS, and sheriff's department have
shown over and over that they can't respond
to a call in a timely matter because they are
all in town. Why must I pay for a service
that the county can't provide? Should I pay
for cable TV natural gas, and water service
also-they can't provide it but thinking like
the county I should have to pay it anyway.
I live in the country because I choose to. I
knew the county couldn't provide service
outside of the city limits (they burnt the fire
station down in the center of town), but if
the county can't provide the same coverage
to every taxpayer, then adjust what we pay
for little or no service.


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Thank you, Okeechobee
Living in Okeechobee or staying here for
extended periods is a privilege and a bless-
ing. We have just successfully concluded the
5th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup.
We saw 579 people pass through our doors
in a desire to help their neighbors. We main-
tained our record of having the largest inde-
pendent blood drive in Florida.
Normally, following a special Okeecho-
bee event, you will see a listing of all the
businesses, organizations and individuals
who helped at or contributed to that event.
Were I to make such a list, it would have to
include the 278 that donated prizes and/or
gift certificates which were awarded donors,
the 47 entities which gave more than $200 in
prizes and/or cash, the 17 restaurants which
prepared food to feed the workers and the
donors, the 14 people on the Roundup
Committee who worked tirelessly since Au-
gust to make the event happen, the 40 plus
businesses which contributed items to fill
the goody bags and the 35 plus additional
people who volunteered their time during
the two days of the drive. And let's not for-
get the School System which provided the
venue and the Okeechobee News, Penny-
saver and Okeechobee the Magazine which
publicized it.
We have tried to send personal thanks to
each of our contributors. If we missed you,
please accept our thanks, here and now, and
know that without you we would not be
able to say that "we have saved 1,737 lives,"
the lives of your family, friends and neigh-

OCRA All-Star Football
BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
Come to the OCRA Football Field
(Sports Complex) on Saturday, Dec. 11,
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Price is $8 for
BBQ pork and 2 sides with roll. Funds
are being raised for transportation and
lodging for the OCRA football All-Stars
to attend the O-D National Football tour-
nament in Myrtle Beach, SC Dec. 29,
through Jan. 1, 2011. Tickets can be pur-
chased from any OCRA All-Star football
players, OCRA director or the day of the
fundraiser. Any questions please call Mis-
sy at 863-634-8674 or the OCRA phone at
863-634-1437.


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bors. Our own Raulerson Hospital draws
the blood it uses from the blood bank which
brings the Big Red Bus to Okeechobee
Florida's Blood Centers.
We also want to thank FBC. They love
Okeechobee and the feeling they get when
they come here. Almost 70 employees take
part in this drive. To set up, they begin their
day at about 4 a.m. to get their buses pre-
pared and packed to arrive here by 7:30
and begin the setup. They didn't leave until
9 p.m. Despite these 12 hour days, workers
beg to be on the crew for The Roundup.
My personal thanks go out to you,
Okeechobee, for your support, caring and
commitment to our town. Whether a blood
donor, a contributor, a supporter or any
other way you helped the Roundup, you
are wonderful. God has truly blessed this
Roundup and Okeechobee and we look for-
ward to next year and pray you will be right
there with us.
Thank You, Raye Deusinger

Okeechobee

Forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 63. Wind
chill values as low as 23 early. North north-
east wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
31. North northeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 65.
North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with
a low around 38. North northwest wind
around 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North
northwest wind around 5 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 47. North northeast wind around 5
mph,

Lotteries

Florida Lottery Here are the num-
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Cash 3: 7-6-1; Play 4: 9-9-7-3; Fantasy 5:
5-26-28-32-33; Mega Money: 2-18-26-34
MB 8; Florida Lotto: 3-12-22-28-43-51 X 2;
Powerball: 13-24-27-31-42 PB 22 x5. Num-
bers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 7-1-6; Play 4:
4-9-3-0.


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potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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December 8, 2010


Okeechobee News


Holiday Card Stroll in the Park helps OHS band


The Okeechobee High School Band's
13th Annual Holiday Card Stroll in the Park
is on display in Flagler Park in downtown
Okeechobee. The annual band fund raiser
features giant holiday cards from local busi-
nesses and families, spreading holiday cheer
F-.


to all who pass by.
For the large cards, the OHS band pro-
vides a 4 ft. by 8 ft. board, prepainted white.
The sponsors each donate $100 to help with
band fees.


UKeecnobee News./iatrina hIsKen
The Raulerson Hospital "Noel" card featuring giant candles took "Best in Show"
in this year's Holiday Card Stroll in the Park display. The 8 ft. tall holiday card
will be on display in Flagler Park throughout the holiday season. The annual
event is a fund raiser for the Okeechobee High School Band.


Participants are responsible for painting
their own holiday messages and installing
the cards in the park in their designated
spots. The cards are judged and awards pre-
sented in a variety of categories.
Sometimes a sponsor displays an old card
that is still in good condition as well as the
new card. Regular sponsors who have par-
ticipated for a number of years may show
multiple cards.
While some of the cards may be used
more than one year by a sponsor, the judges
are different every year. So it may happen
that a card that did not win a prize one year
may be chosen for an award the next year.
This year, Best in Show went to Raulerson
Hospital's Noel card. The Committee Choice
award went to the "Miracle of Christmas"
card from Jonica, Julia, Maria and Lyda.
The Best Theme Award went to Rauler-
son Hospital's card featuring angels. Second
place went to Home Depot. Third place
went to Waste Management.
The Most Fun or Comical award went
to Okeechobee Youth Development Center,
with second place to Quality A/C and Heat-
ing, and third place to Okeechobee Music's
"gator" card.
The Most Creative Award went to Rauler-
son Hospital's Noel Card, with second place
to Okeechobee Music's "Seasons Sweetings
M&Ms" card, and third place to Okeechobee
Music's "Tree of Notes card."
The Best Custom Graphic award went to
Okeechobee Community Theatre's "I Just
Love Christmas" card. Second place went to
Gilbert Chevrolet's "Christmas Belles" card.
Third place went to the "Go Light Your Can-


die" card by Chris Rice.
The Most Musical award went to the "Go
Light Your Candle" card by Chris Rice, with
second place to Okeechobee Music's "Pray
for Peace" card and third to Okeechobee
Music's "Snowman Band" card.
The Best Religious Theme card award
went to Okeechobee Judicial Center's "Let
there be peace" card, with second place to
Peace Lutheran Pre-School and third place
to First United Methodist Church.
The best non-religious theme award
went to Seminole Elementary School, with
second place to Okeechobee Retired Educa-
tors and Third place to OIHH.
The prize for Most Impressive Scene went
to A.E. McHugh's "Greetings from Afar."
Second place went to Okeechobee Judicial
Center's "Happy Holidays" card. Third place
went to Raulerson Hospital's card featuring
a church with trees.
The Most Unique Card award went to
"Legend of the Poinsettias," with second
place to Raulerson Hospital's "Peace" card
and third place to the Okeechobee Judicial
Center.
The Best School or Civic Organization
card award went to Peace Lutheran Pre-
School. Second place went to Okeechobee
Retired Educators and third place to Yearling
Middle School.
The cards are equipped with spotlights
and are available for viewing in Flagler Park
throughout the holiday season.


BURGLARIES
Continued From Page 1
It was also apparent the next morning,
she continued, that the persons) responsi-
ble for the thefts checked out several parked
law enforcement patrol units in the area by
wiping dew off the windows and looking
into the vehicles. However, since those ve-
hicles were locked, nothing was taken.


The next morning employees at the Quik
Change Oil & Lube Service Center, 708 N.
Parrott Ave., found where someone had
shot through the building sometime during
the night.
Detective Taylor said a 7mm shell cas-
ing was found at the scene, which indicated
that whoever shot at the building was using
the same type of rifle as the one stolen ear-
lier that night. She said the bullet damaged
some air lines inside the building.


"It was the same type of gun and the same
caliber," she said. "It's just kind of odd that
that kind of gun gets stolen then a couple of
hours later someone shoots at the wall (of
the business). We won't know for sure if it's
the same gun until the gun is recovered."
If anyone has information about either of
these incidents they are asked to contact De-
tective Bettye Taylor at the Okeechobee City
Police Department, 863-763-5512.


BUXTON
Continued From Page 1

auction conducted by a trustee appointed
by Federal Bankruptcy Court in West Palm
Beach.
In an interview published in the Okeecho-
bee News on April 28, Mr. Mitchell said they
wanted to keep the same name because of
the Buxton tradition. He said many families
use the same funeral home through several
generations.
In April, the new owners acquired a
trademark for the name Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory.
During this same time Paul Buxton's son,
Matt Buxton, who had grown up in his fa-
ther's business, decided to continue the
family tradition. Along with partner James
Young, Matt Buxton opened a funeral home
in Okeechobee under the name Buxton-


Seawinds. Paul Buxton serves as funeral di-
rector at the new funeral home and his wife
Marilyn Buxton is receptionist.
In an interview published in the Okeecho-
bee News on June 23 Matt Buxton said he
plans to continue the Buxton family tradition
which began at the other funeral home.
Mr. Conroe and his associates took ex-
ception to Matt Buxton's use of the name
Buxton in Buxton-Seawinds, claiming they
owned the rights to that name.
A lawsuit filed July 16 in circuit court in
Okeechobee states: "The intellectual prop-
erty of Buxton Funeral Home, Inc., including
all trademarks, trademark rights and associ-
ated goodwill were transferred to Buyer...
Prior to bankruptcy, Buxton Funeral Home,
Inc., was engaged in the business of provid-
ing funeral services including burial, cre-
mation, cemetery, memorial monuments
and markers incident to such services for
approximately 30 years prior and had devel-
oped a strong reputation for funeral services


in the community. This strong reputation
and associated trademark goodwill consti-
tuted a large part of the consideration paid
for the assets at the bankruptcy sale."
The lawsuit alleges that Matt Buxton used
the name Buxton-Seawind Funeral "with the
intention of trading on the many years of
successful advertising and promotion under-
taken by the plaintiff's predessor-in-interest
and well knowing the recognition among
the public of the mark 'Buxton'."
Mr. Mitchell said he is careful to make
sure people he is doing business with know
that they are not doing business with the
Buxton family. However, Matt Buxton stated
that there have been instances when people
dealt with Mr. Mitchell's funeral home and
they thought they were dealing with the
Buxton family.
No date has been set yet for a hearing.
Mr. Conroe and Mr. Mitchell continue to
operate Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home as
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Quillie Hazellief, 92
OKEECHOBEE Quillie Hazellief, age 92, of
Okeechobee, passed away Dec. 5, 2010, at his
home.
He was born Nov. 6, 1918, in Bluefield, Fla.,
the youngest son of Henry and Elizabeth Hazel-
lief. Mr. Hazellief proudly served our country in
the US Army Air
Corps as a flight in-
structor during
World War II. He
flew for Delta Air-
lines for 31 years. He
was a cattle rancher
and citrus grower in
Okeechobee as well
as a land developer.
He developed most
of the Treasure Is-
land area in Okee-
chobee. He was an
avid golfer.
Mr. Hazellief was preceded in death by his
wife of 60 years, Demarious Hazellief; brothers,
Amos, Henry, Alfred, Engram, Wilson and Les-
lie; and sister, Myrtle.
He is survived by his brother, Owen Hazellief
of Lilburn, Ga.; son, Quillie Joe Hazellief, Jr.
(Renee) of Okeechobee; two grandchildren,
Elizabeth Osceola (Anthony) of Port St. Lucie
and Joseph Hazellief (Cheyenne) of Palm Bay;
two great-grandchildren, Pierce Hazellief of
Palm Bay and Miah Osceola of Port St. Lucie;
and special care giver, Terry Hare of Okeecho-
bee.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday,
Dec. 8, 2010, at Bass (i1... ,,l.... Funeral
Home. Graveside services will follow at Basing-
er Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Pastor Mickey Evans
officiating.
Memorials may be made to Dunklin Memorial,
3342 SW Hosannah LN, ('I .... ii. ,,, FL 34974
or Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the .-. -il .....i. at www.bas-
. i., ,, I I,, ,, I - II
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.

Girlie Wheeler Berry, 91
OKEECHOBEE Girlie Wheeler Berry, age
91, of Okeechobee, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in
the ( 'I... i i. .. Health Care Facility.
She was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Lauderdale
County, Ala., to Wiley Jackson and Deide Mae
House Wheeler. She has been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 37 years and enjoyed
Golf. She was a member of the United Metho-
dist Church and the ('I.... i ,i ... Ladies Golf As-
sociation.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Rennie Berry; and daughter, Elizabeth Miller.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly
(John) Fix of Palm City; brother, Neil Wheeler;
sister, Imogene Baggett, both of ('i.. . i.l," ,
grandchildren, Tracey A. Bowers of Denison,
Texas, John Fix III of Oxford, Miss., Leanne
Cooke of Newberry, S.C., and Michael Miller of


Bacliff, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday,
Dec. 11, 2010, in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, (, ... i, ,,,, On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( 'i .... i .. .

Claudine Lavonne Pilgrim, 84
OKEECHOBEE Claudine Lavonne Pilgrim,
age 84, of ('I.. . l passed away Dec. 5,
2010, at Life Care Center of Port St. Lucie.
She was born July 23, 1926, in Pine River,
Minn., to Ben and Irene Mayer. She moved to
(',i., i ...1- from Hollywood, Fla., in 1969. She
was a school bus
driver for 20 years
before retiring. She
was a member of
(,i.,, .. ..I Church
of God.
Mrs. Pilgrim was
preceded in death
by her husband of
51 years, H.H. "Cot-
ton" Pilgrim. She is .
survived by her son,
Larry Pilgrim (Lee);
daughters,
Shirley Taylor of (ia i.... i Nancy
Conway (Jim) of Lakeland, Diane Loftice (Rob-
ert) of Overton, Texas and Carolyn Windham
(Doug) of Okeechobee; 13 grandchildren; 33
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild;
sister, Violet McDonald of Longville, Minn.; and
two brothers, Lowell Mayer of Bartow, Fla., and
Wayne Mayer of Hollywood, Fla.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 11, 2010. Funeral services will follow at 12
p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with
Pastor Charles Hewett of Grand Ridge, Florida
Church of God officiating. Interment will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, PO Box 1548, ( i.i, i -, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the .i il ..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.

Rex L. Dimmitt, 78
BUCKHEAD RIDGE -Rex L. Dimmitt, age 78,
died Dec. 4, 2010, at his home.
He was a seventeen year resident of Buckhead
Ridge, having relocated from Elkhorn, Neb. He
was born in Omaha to the late George and
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the U.S. Army from 1947-1952, 1955-1957 and
in Korea from 1951-1952.
In 1959, he married Darlene Mahoney who
died from cancer in 1976.
He was employed with the Union Pacific Rail-
road for 33 years, first as a brakeman and then
as a mainline conductor.
He was a life-time member of VFW Post 247,
American Legion Post 1, a Golden Eagle of the
Fraternal Order of the Eagles #1835 and the
UTU. He was also a member of the Buckhead
Ridge LOOM #2417 where he received his Blue
Coat.
His favorite hobbies included fishing, camp-
ing, and gambling.
In addition to his parents and wife, Darlene,
he was preceded in death by brothers George,
Jr. and Donald.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, JoAnn;
son, Donald (Regina) Dimmitt of Blair, Neb.;
daughters, Della of Blair, Neb., Darla of Holly-
wood, Fla., Marian (Justin) Lee of Jacksonville
Beach; stepsons, Brian (Karen) Evert of Cocoa
Beach, Brad (Robin) Evert of Omaha, Neb.;
stepdaughters, Dena (Jerry) Campbell of Her-
man, Neb., Margaret (Bill Mora) Mahoney of
San Diego, Kimberly (Steve) Buresh of Lincoln,
Neb.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grand-
children.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 2, 2011,
at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge at 1 p.m.,
with a potluck luncheon to follow.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy.
441 N., Okeechobee, FL.


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Community Events

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard
sale on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec.
10, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale
is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street
and SE 3rd Ave. All Christmas items in the
Country Store are half off this week. For in-
formation call 863-467-2321 or see the web
page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org.

Meet author Deb Sharp
at the Library
Author Deborah Sharp will be giving a
humorous presentation on her new book
Mama Gets Hitched followed by a book sign-
ing on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Okeechobee
Library at 6 p.m. Light refreshments. This
event is free and open to the public.

Eagles hold steak night
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at
9985 Hwy. 441 N., will hold its Steak Night
on Dec. 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Steak din-
ners also include salad, potato, garlic bread
and dessert for $12. Live entertainment and
karaoke by Lisa, 7-11 p.m.

Eagles hold turkey shoot
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at
9985 Hwy. 441 N., will hold a turkey shoot
on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. For informa-
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Cops help kids have a very merry Christmas


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
It's once again time for Santa Claus to
visit local children but on Saturday, Dec. 18,
he won't be wearing his traditional red and
white suit. Instead, Santa will be dressed in
green and wearing a badge.
Members of the Okeechobee Fraternal
Order of Police, Lodge #69, will hold their


NEHS student
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A student at New Endeavor High School
has been arrested for allegedly selling pre-
scription drugs to another student, who has
also been arrested.
Miguel Benitez, 17, S.W Second Way, was
arrested Friday, Dec. 3, on felony charges of
sale of a controlled substance (morphine),


second annual Shop with a C(
Walmart that Saturday. The ev
under way at 9 a.m.
This year, an estimated 50 'in
will each be given $100 to spen
ping spree at the department
will be able to buy items for th
for other family members. Unifo
ties will accompany the children
shop.


t charged
sale of a controlled substance (
and possession of a legend drug
to sell (gabapentin).
Benitez was booked into th
bee County Jail then taken to ti
Regional Detention Center in For
According to an arrest report
Rodney J. Rucks of the Okeecho
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Benitezv
for selling the pills to another sti


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
David Lee Lyons, 54, S.E. 68th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with possession with
intent to sell/deliver hydrocodone. His bond
was set at $25,000.
Charles Garrett, 29, Rucks Dairy Road,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy
Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the felony of ut-
tering a forged instrument and the misde-
meanor of petit theft. His bond was set at
$2,750.
Michael Glen Hedges, 28, Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy John Hazy on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation grand theft.
He is being held without bond.
Oscar Martinez, 23, 11th St. East, Win-
ter Haven, was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy


Greg Popovich on an Okeechol
warrant charging him with hor
robbery with a firearm. His bon
$250,000.
Susy Marie Sedatol, 32, S.V
race, Okeechobee, was arrested
Deputy Joseph Gracie on a charge
sion of cocaine. Her bond was s5
She was also arrested on an C
County warrant charging her v
ing a motor vehicle with an exp
more than four months. Her b
charge was set at $1,500.
Walter David Saunders, 29
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Deputy John Hazy on Okeecho
warrants charging him with viola
bation grand theft-auto (two co
tion of probation grand theft ai
of probation uttering a forged
He is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
tions, unless otherwise stated. Ar
here who is later found innocent
the charges against them drop
come to inform this newspaper
nation will be confirmed and pr


op event at
ent will get

need' kids
d in a shop-
store. They
emselves or
rmed depu-
while they


Last year, in the Lodge's inaugural shop-
ping event, roughly 25 kids were able to en-
joy a Christmas shopping spree that would
not have been possible without the group's
help.
The Shop with a Cop event is aimed at
providing a Christmas experience for in-
need children who would likely not receive
gifts due to financial difficulties. Also, the
event helps to create a positive interaction


with selling pills
oxycodone) on a shuttle bus from the
with intent high school. That student
was arrested Thursday,
e Okeecho- Dec. 2, for possession of
he St. Lucie a controlled substance
t Pierce. without a prescription
t by Deputy and possession of a leg-
bee County end drug without a pre-
vas arrested scription. Following his
dent while arrest, he was released Miguel
into the custody of a par- Benitez
ent.
Deputy Rucks went on to state in his re-
bee County port that Benitez allegedly sold a total of five
ne invasion pills to the other student for $15.
d was set at

1.72nd Ter- PAID CONTENT
I Dec. 4 by Shrine Club hosts New
e of posses- Yar's Eve Party
et at $5,000. Year's Eve Party
)keechobee
vith operat- Spend your New Year's Eve with the Okee-
ired license chobee Shriner's Club! The Jim Elder Review
)nd on that will be rocking the
house again. Enter-
N.E. 101st tainment by Nancy
d Dec. 4 by Elder. Dance to the
bee County Oldies, Classics and
tion of pro- Soul. Music from 8
unts), viola- p.m. to midnight.
nd violation Happy Hour 6 p.m.
instrument. with dinner at 6:45
p.m. Steak, salad,
not convic- potato, veg-
nyone listed etable, roll and party favors. Tick-
t or has had ets only $25 per person. For reservations, call
ped is wel- 863-763-3378/863-484-0427. Okeechobee
. The infor- Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd Street, Hwy 78
inted. West.


between the children and members of local
law enforcement.
Money being used for the shopping spree
was raised through donations and a golf
tournament held earlier this year. Whether
for the shopping spree or other events, all of
the monies raised by the Lodge go back into
the community.
You can donate to the Shop with a Cop
event by contacting the Lodge at: Okeecho-
bee Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #69,
Shop with a Cop, Box 331, Okeechobee,
Fl., 34973. Or, by visiting their website at:
okeechobeefop@live.com.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Humane Society Pet Rescue

Gone to the dogs
Come and say "hello" to George of George's Hot dogs. Donations made to
the Pet Rescue will get you a free hot dog and a drink! The Humane Society
Pet Rescue will host a Pet Vaccination Clinic including lowered cost vacci-
nations, heartworm preventatives, heartworm testing, feline testing and flea
preventatives at the 1203 Highway 98 N. facility (next to the Okeechobee
Livestock Market) on Saturday Dec. 11. A veterinarian will be on duty from
10 a.m. until noon. Rabies vaccine is $10. Nail trimming will be done for a
donation to the pet/rescue mission. Please leash all canines and crate all
felines. This is a shot clinic only. Do not bring sick pets to this clinic. Take
sick pets to your local veterinarian. Pet/Rescue will also have a table at the
park on Saturday to sign up for Santa and pet pictures.


OHS Scholarship Drive
College costs continue to increase each year and the students of Okeechobee are al-
ways in need of financial assistance. The Okeechobee High School Scholarship Program
is currently recruiting to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to these
students. If you or your business would like to offer a scholarship in your name, or if
you have any questions regarding scholarship contributions, please contact Bill R. Black
at 462-5025 ext. *3113. The scholarship commitment deadline is Jan. 7, 2011, so new
scholarships can be included in the scholarship booklets. If this is not convenient for you
please call and they will work out the details.

Future Stars Sports Camp to host fundraiser
Future Stars Baseball/Softball Camp will host a fundraising lunch on Dec. 10. Funds
raised will go towards providing scholarships to local high school students. Lunch will
consist of: pork, green beans, potato salad and dinner roll at a cost of $8. Delivery is avail-
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Work progressing on train stop shelter
By the end of February work should be completed on a new waiting platform
with a partially enclosed shelter for those embarking and debarking passen-
ger trains in Okeechobee. The new shelter will be handicap accessible and
will replace a smaller Plexiglas bus stop type shelter. The new shelter will be
built along the lines of train depots of bygone years.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Devin Maxwell
Economic Council
Members of the Economic Council of Okeechobee (ECO) were presented
with information from Sam Smith, Provost of the Indian River State College
Dixon-Hendry Campus in Okeechobee during their meeting on Dec. 1. Chair-
woman Libby Maxwell and Treasurer Jon Geitner were recognized for their
contributions to the organization. Also pictured is Tara Minton, ECO execu-
tive director. Donna Helton (not pictured) was also recognized for serving on
the Economic Council Board of Directors.

Legion Post to host Classic Oldies Dinner/Dance
American Legion Post 64 will host Friday night dinner this week with a choice of baked
pork loin, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, roll and dessert or fish and fries, salad,
and dessert for only $6 served from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Classic oldies dance music by Mi-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
What could become an annual Okeecho-
bee Christmas tradition will be taking place
for the first time later this month.
Okeechobee Christian Church will spon-
sor "Journey to Bethlehem" Dec. 16, 17 and
18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at the
church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Visitors are
invited to travel back in time and encounter
shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers and magi
as they journey to Bethlehem to witness the
birth of Jesus. Travel back in time to witness
the sights and sounds of the first century.
About 48 people, along with sheep, goats
and a mule, make up the cast while a total of
about 60 people are involved in the produc-
tion in some capacity.


At the conclusion to this outdoor walk
through presentation, visitors will hear a
two minute message by the pastor, Rev.
Jim McCutchen titled "From the Cradle to
the Cross." Then from the first Christmas,
visitors will be ushered inside for a mod-
ern Christmas celebration that will include
home made cookies.
Rev. McCutchen said that since this is the
first time for the church to do this produc-
tion, they do not know how many visitors to
expect. However, they hope it will become
an annual feature of Christmas in Okeecho-
bee.
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The reason for the season
Peace Lutheran Church reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.


Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
Nov. 11 Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Osceola Middle School Students of the Week for the
week of Nov. 8-12. OMS teachers selected these students for their excellent
academic performance and behavior this week. Students were treated to
Domino's Pizza with OMS Dean, Coach Branham, for lunch on Thursday,
Nov. 11. From left to right among the food collected for OMS Student Coun-
cil's "Can the Principal" drive: Dalton Hunter, Gina Catalano, Alicia Rodri-
guez, Briana Banuelos, Mr. Branham, OMS Dean, Keirstin Bostwick, Mer-
cedes Washington, April Hogenkamp, and Jesus Gomez.


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Linda Syfrett named Trustee of the Year by Florida Assoc. of Community College


Linda Syfrett, who represents Okeecho-
bee on the Indian River State College Board
of Trustees, was recently honored as the
2010 Trustee of the Year by the Florida Asso-
ciation of Community Colleges. The award
recognizes leadership and outstanding con-
tributions in meeting the needs of students
and the community.
Mrs. Syfrett has served on the IRSC Dis-
trict Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1999,
serving as Chair from 1994 to 1996. She was
reappointed in 2002 and currently serves as
Chair of the Personnel Committee.
"Linda is a true advocate for higher edu-
cation and sincerely dedicated to the expan-


sion of educational opportunities for the
residents of Okeechobee," said Dr. Edwin R.
Massey, IRSC President. "She is an extremely
valuable member of the IRSC Board of Trust-
ees and an outstanding community leader."
Mrs. Syfrett played an integral role in the
development of IRSC's Bachelor's Degree
programs and expansion of occupational
training. She was a staunch supporter of
the fundraising campaign for the William-
son Conference and Education Center at the
Dixon Hendry Campus, Okeechobee's first
state-of-the-art venue for business confer-
ences and community events.
As a strong supporter of the Indian River


State College Foundation and as President
of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation,
she has provided many students with the
opportunity to obtain a college education
and achieve their dreams.
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an Okeechobee County 4-H leader, member
of the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show
Committee and active in the Florida State
Fair Authority coordinating state and local
fairs.


Community Events


OHS International Club
to host fundraiser
Okeechobee High School International
Club will host a yard sale in the Tractor Sup-
ply parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7
a.m. to noon to raise funds for their upcom-
ing trip to Paris.

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.


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.


Special to the Okeechobee News
IRSC Trustee Linda Syfrett (second right), of Okeechobee, was congratulated
for receiving the 2010 Florida Association of Community Colleges Trustee of
the Year Award by (left to right) Michael Brawer, CEO/Executive Director of the
Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC); Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC
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Believers Fellowship Church, 300
S.W Sixth Ave., hosts a Christmas Gospel
Sing on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Everyone
is welcome, singer, musicians and listeners.
Food and fellowship to follow. For more in-
formation call 863-467-2158.
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 hall, en-
trance on N.W 4th Street. For more informa-
tion, please call Betsy Cheney at 863-357-
0465.
Basinger Christian Brethren Church,
C.R. 68, will have a special service on Sun-
day, Dec. 12 at 11 am. featuring Dr. Ben
Alpert of Chosen People Ministries. Chosen
People Ministries is an over 100 year old
mission that was founded in 1894 by Leo-
pold Cohn, a Hungarian rabbi who came
to believe that Jesus was the Messiah of Is-
rael. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn,
Chosen People Ministries has grown into a
worldwide ministry with outreach centers
in Argentina, Australia, Canada, England,
France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Ukraine
and the United States. Throughout its long
history, Chosen People Ministries has been
unwavering in its commitment to bring the
Gospel message of salvation in Jesus to the
Jew first and to the Gentile throughout the
world. In stressing the Jewish roots of Chris-
tian faith, Chosen People Ministries hopes to
make the message of the Messiah more ac-
cessible to Jewish people and also to help
Christian believers achieve a greater appre-
ciation of the Jewish basis of their own faith
traditions.
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.
32nd St., will present their Christmas Musi-
cal on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St., will present a children's
play, "A Star Shines for Us All," at 5 p.m. on
Dec. 12. There will be authentic costum-
ing, ornaments and songs from around the
world. For more information contact the
church office at 863-763-4021.
Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace, presents "Journey to Beth-
lehem" Dec. 16, 17 and 18 from 6 to 8:30
p.m. each evening. Visitors are invited to
travel back in time in this walk through pre-
sentation and encounter shepherds, angels,
Roman soldiers and magi as they journey to
Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus. Re-
freshments will follow.
The Okeechobee Church of Christ
will have a clothing giveaway Saturday, Dec.
18, from 8 a.m. until about 1 p.m. There will
be clothes, shoes, and some miscellaneous
items.


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Children and families are invited to the
multi-cultural celebration of "Christmas
Around the World" on the grounds of Sa-
cred Heart Church on Sunday, Dec. 19,
from 5 p.m. through 7 p.m.
The evening begins with a charming live
nativity pageant. The pageant is followed by
a variety show of delightful performances by
American, Mexican, Bolivian, Irish and Filipi-
no entertainers. The evening concludes with
Santa Claus delivering gifts to the children 12
and under and everybody joining in a lively
version of Feliz Navidad and Joy the World.
Christmas Around the World is designed
to be educational, entertaining and to pro-
mote the Christmas spirit within our com-
munities. The event is produced entirely by
volunteers from Sacred Heart Church, and
is organized by Fr. Hugh Duffy. Everyone is
welcome to attend. Parking and entrance
are free. For more information, please call:
863-763-3727.
The Okeechobee News is collecting in-
formation about local churches for the an-
nual community guide. To make sure we
have current information on your church,
please email it to okeenews@newszap.
com. Please include church name, address,
phone number, name of pastor, list of regu
larly scheduled services and web address.
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churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@
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Seminole Casino Brighton celebrates anniversary


Seminole Casino Brighton is celebrating
its 30th consecutive year in business this
month with special Player's Club promo-
tions Dec. 1-24, an invitation-only celebra-
tion on Jan. 18, and the completion of a
renovation costing more than a half-million
dollars. Located on the Brighton Seminole
Indian Reservation in Glades County, the
casino offers a variety of popular gaming
machines, Las Vegas-style slot machines, a
poker room, and large bingo hall.
"We've come a long way," said General
Manager Marty Johns of the 30-year anniver-
sary. "In November 1980 my father, Josiah
Johns, opened this as a high stakes bingo
facility in a little red barn that housed a feed
store and beauty salon." Josiah Johns was a
legendary Seminole cowboy who competed
in every major event in rodeo, and his son
followed in his footsteps, in both rodeo and


casino businesses.
Turnkey Concepts, an architectural firm
in Lake Worth is currently putting the finish-
ing touches on a renovation project that in-
cludes the build-out of a beautiful, light ma-
ple wood bar with natural-toned granite top
and accents of steel. It contains eight bar-top
video games. The back bar walls are deco-
rated in mosaic tiles with glass shelving, and
feature three new flat screen televisions that
sports fans will love. The old bar was demol-
ished to accommodate space for more gam-
ing machines and the new one is located
farther from Josiah Restaurant and nearer
the center of the casino action, adjacent to
the poker room. Turnkey Concepts will soon
install approximately 20,000 square feet of
custom carpeting with coloring described as
"aligning with the rodeo scenes depicted on
the wall mural surrounding the interior pe-


Special to the Okeechobee News/Seminole Elementary

Character Counts
Character Counts pillar of the month was Trustworthiness. Several Seminole El-
ementary students enjoy a reward of pizza and a soda for maintaining the high
standards required to be named a Character Counts Student of the Month.


rimeter of the entire
casino." '
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jected January 2011
completion of its =
most recent renova-
tions, Seminole Casi-
no Brighton will offer
a total of 371 gaming
and Las Vegas-style
slot machines, two
new Royal Match 21
$5 per hand elec-
tronic blackjack machines with seating for
a total of 10 players, and seven poker tables
(four of which have just been added). Forty
new gaming machines have also been new-
ly installed, with titles including: Sex and the
City, Jackpot Bonanza, I Dream of Jeanie,
The Price Is Right, Goldfish Tournament,
Power Strike, and Ladybug.
And of course, there's the ever-popular
400-seat bingo room that doubles as a great
special events venue. It is there that the ca-
sino will host an afternoon and evening 30th
Anniversary Event Celebration on Jan. 18
for invited guests, including members of the
Seminole Tribal Council, VIP players, and lo-
cal press.
Also to mark 30 years in business, Semi-
nole Casino Brighton will present the follow-
ing Seminole Player's Club promotions dur-
ing December 2010 and January 2011:
Winners of the Dec. 1- 24 "24 Days in
December Holiday Promotion" daily draw-


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, S memorative 30th An-
niversary logo-etched
diamond-shaped crys-
tal tree ornament and a
j cash or free casino play
prize displayed on the
ornament's tag.
Thirty winners
will be guaranteed ev-
ery day in January for
a share of $93,000 in
cash. (30 winners win
$100 each from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
daily).
Mystery Free Play Mailer Win up to
$3,000 in free play; $30 free play guaranteed
on redemption days Thursdays and Fridays
in January.)
Triple Points play on Monday, Jan. 3
or Sun., Jan. 23 and receive Triple Points on
Seminole Player's Club card.
Triangular- shaped satin nickel key ring
with mirrored 30th Anniversary logo free for
all casino guests on Tues., Jan. 18 while sup-
plies last.
Special offer available in January for all
New Player's Club Members.
The Seminole Casino Brighton is located
in the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735
Reservation Road, about 35 miles from
downtown Okeechobee.
For more information, call toll- free 866
2-Casino or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.
seminolecasinobrighton.com.


Special to the Okeechobee News/OMA

Martha's House donation
Members of the Okeechobee Ministerial Association recently donated
$240.50, a portion of the offering received at the 5th-Sunday service at
Okeechobee Presbyterian, to Martha's House, a shelter for domestic vio-
lence victims. From left to right are: OMA Treasurer Rev. Gwen Livatt-St. Ste-
phen's Senior Pastor, Teresa Alexander-Executive Director/CEO of Martha's
House, OMA President Rev. James Dawson-First United Methodist Youth
Minister, OMA Secretary Sandy Perry-Northside Baptist/Okeechobee Com-
munity Choir Director and OMA Executive Director Rev. Dr. Edward Weiss-
Church of Our Saviour Episcopal.


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water with boat lift
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wood country style en-
tertainment center with
iron attachments. Con-
tact 863-381-9288
$ 4 0 0 0 0.
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Love Seat, Couch and
coffee table, color is
light and dark blue like
new $400 or best offer
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or 863-610-4611



COLOR TV 35", Full Ser-
vice Powerline Gym
(Brand new), Large Sol-
id Wood Entertainment
Center, Leather Couch
w/hide-a-bed & Love-
seat. Please call for
prices. (863)697-9556



CASH FOR Diabetic test
strips, unused, un ex-
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FOR SALE: Post Hole
Diggers (1) Hyd.con-
nection for rear of trac-
tor w/Auger bit @
$279.00, (1) Digger
w/Auger bit 4hp, Briggs
& Straton eng. @
$299.00 (863)467-9800




FOR SALE: 1996 Bison
4-Horse Trailer. Goose-
neck. Good Condition.
Dressing/tack room in
front. $2500. Call
(863)634-7304
ROUND BALES
FOR SALE
$30 Each 863-634-9111



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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
CLEAN APT IN TOWN -
2/2, w/d, lawn maint in-
cluded, $750 + $300
sec. (863) 634-3572
FOR RENT
1 Bed/1 Bath $500 mo.
1st, Last & Security Call
J-R 863-697-1046
FOR RENT Bedroom
1 Bath Large Apartment
$600-1st $600 Last $400
Deposit.Located in Town,
Call 863-467-8705
FURNISHED APT ON
WATER Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.
OKEECHOBEE
TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR,
2 BA, W/D hook-up,
patio, privacy fence,
no pets. $690 mo.,
1st + $500 sec. dep.,
free garbage and lawn
maint. (417)848-3424
or (417)848-6360
VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi-
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205



2Bed/2Bath on 4 Acres
Hwy 710, 5 miles north
of FPL $1,000 Monthly
Call 772-285-2475
3bd/lba Located on
441 south near 15B
screen porch,completely
furnished including
dishes and linens $850
mo. 1st and security.
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AFFORDABLE New
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, large kitchen.
Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226

BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
4br/2ba, fenced yard,
Move in for $900.
$700 mo. Must have
references. Call
863-824-0981

CANAL POINT Clean
2/1 house, new flooring
and paint, $700/mo., 1st,
last & $500 sec.
(561)261-1554

For Rent: 3/2/2 on dead
end street. New ceramic
tile and carpet through-
out. Kid and pet friendly.
863-634-9330 or
863-467-2541

INDIAN HAMMOCK
House on 2.5 acres 3/2
equine friendly. Horse
Barn. $1400/mo
(863)467-0831.

Kings Bay 3bd/2ba
Furnished, $1000 mo. 1st
and Security
includes use of pool,
lawn maintenance and
satellite TV.
Call 863-447-3181

MODERN BRICK ON
RIM-CANAL: 3BR, 2.5
BA. 1 car garage. Boat
dock. Rent neg.
(772)359-1640

OAK PARK 2/1 CBS,
fenced yard. $750 mo.
Short term rates avail.
Call (863)634-8757
leave message.

OKEE- 3 bdrm /1 ba on
1/2V ac, laundry, central
air/ heat, screen porch,
carport. $925 mo, 1st &
last Call (305)458-8659

OKEECHOBEE- 3br,
2ba, unfurn., 3502 SE
18th Terrace. Call
(863)781-0532 or
(606)871-0469

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ON RIM-CANAL: 3
Bdrm., 1 Bath. All utilities
included. $650 mo. +
$500 sec. dep. No big
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HIGHLANDS COUNTY-
On water, 2BR, 2.5BA,
carport and garage at-
tached, screened front &
back porch, extra carport
& shed. (863)357-6617.


ac tract with very nice
'06 doublewide. Proper-
ty is fenced and has an
automatic gate at en-
trance, 2 new out build-
ings. Very quiet, No
noisy neighbors. 10
minutes from Suwanne
river boat ramp, 20
minutes from Lake City,
and 45 min from Val-
dosta malls. Deer in the
backyard! I need a
home in or near Okee-
chobee County. Even
swap. No debt on this
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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

3 bedroom, 2 bath mo-
bile home, partially fur-
nished (living room,
bedroom and kitchen).
Trailer sits on lake in
Taylor Creek. Large
screened back porch.
$700.00 monthly plus
water and electric.
$500 nonrefundable de-
posit. (863)242-8075

BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $525 mo. No
pets. Yearly lease plus
sec. (863)763-4031

FOR RENT: 3/2 & 2/1
Newly remodeled. 12
min. from town center
on beautiful ranch. NO
PETS! Call Mon-Fri.
(863) 467-2982

FORT DRUM 5 acres,
small pond creek, 2BR,
2BA Trailer, needs
interior work in light
of repairs, if tenant
can help with them.
Deposit will be $1000
and Rent $500
(772) 464-9226


Land Sale


U-
Mobile Home for Rent.
2 BR 2 BA Fenced yard.
$700/mo. 1st, last, se-
curity. (863)634-6114

OFF 15A 3/2 M/H
W/CARPORT, SHED,
SCRN/RM $650.00 MO
+ SEC.
CALL 863-634-3003 OR
863-634-2787




1987 Cutlass PARK
MODEL Furnished 1/1
34x12, with Fl. Room
on Okeechobee Rim Ca-
nal in 55+ park. W/D,
central heat/air, all
electric. Photos online.
$9,500.00/neg
(603)717-2354

BANK REPO'S
Starting at $18,000
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

ON RIM CANAL, Leased
lot (#95) BHR Marina.
Fully furnished, 1BR,
1BA, All appliances
washer, chest freezer,
new refrigerator, stove.
31'x12' attached, en-
closed & carpeted Flori-
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$8500 502-445-2843







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LABELLE 36 ft. Motor
home, 3 slides & many
extras. Low mileage,
Tip Top condition.
$59,900. 863-675-3813




2008 KZ Spree Like
BRAND NEW!!! 31', 2
slides, sleeps 9, outside
shower, microwave, too
many extras to list!!
Hook up & go!!
$ 1 8 f 0 0 0 0 0
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95'Mercury Grandmar-
quis
Cold a/c, tinted windows,
power windows and Pow-
er steering great condi-
tion and very clean.
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Publc Ntic


Notice
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) of Okeechobee County
ias scheduled its next regular session for Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at
9:00 a.m. in the "Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Court-
iouse located at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
4 person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Committee with re-
;pect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the
proceedings and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that
3 verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
,obbie Chartier
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Facilitator
372523 ON 12/8/2010

REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000411
CATTLE GRAZING OPERATION HIGHLANDS COUNTY
AND OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
Tict, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406,
Nill receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on January 10, 2011
or approximately 68 acres and/or 158 acres for the purpose of Cattle Graz-
ng Operation located in:
Sectons 26, 27, 34 and 35, Township 35 South, Range 32 East,
Okeechobee County.
Sectons 2, Township 36 South and Section 34 and 35, Township 35
South, all in Range 32 East, Highlands County.
,n OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on December 14,
?010, 11:00 a.m., at S.E. corner of the 68 acre parcel by the access gate for
all interested respondents. Transportabon will be the responsibility of inter-
asted attendees. See completed RFB for directions.
411l bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respon-
Jents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2)
)y downloading the solicitabon from our website at www.sfwmd.ov; or
'3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid open-
ng. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be
obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
371971 ON 12/1,8,15/2010

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
ar Session on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the "Judge
William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
,ny person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
-ommissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
ieed a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
Nill need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
Nhich record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
[n accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
Jisabilibes needing special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding
shouldd contact the County Administrator's Office not later than four (4)
Working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123
3keechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (T oY).
lif Betts Jr., Chairman
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
3haron Robertson, Clerk
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
fs/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
372838 ON 12/8/2010

Notice for Early Public Review of a Proposal to Support Activity in
the 100-Year Floodplain
To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals
This is to give notice that the Okeechobee County Board of County Commis-
sioners has received 2 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG funds)
from the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), provided by the
J.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant
funds will be used to construct stormwater drainage improvements in 3 sep-
arate areas, one of which is in a 100-year floodplain. That project includes
:ulvert replacement in the existing major ditch west of US Highway 98
iorth, from NW 18th Street south to the railroad.
This notice is required by Section 2(a)(4) of Executive Order 11988 for
:loodplain Management, and by Section 2(b) of Execubve Order 11990 for
:he Protection of Wetlands, and is implemented by HUD Regulations found
at 24 CFR 55.20(b) for the HUD action that is within and/or affects a flood-
)lain or wetland.
Because construction will be undertaken in the 100 year floodplain, Okee-
:hobee County is interested in alternatives and public perceptions of pos-
;ible adverse impacts that could result from the project as well as potential
mrtigation measures. Written comments must be received by Deborah
3elcher, President, Roumelis Planning and Development Services, Inc., 5378
arisbrooke Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309, fax 850-893-3503, on or before
December 27, 2010. Additional information may be obtained by telephoning
is. Belcher at 850-893-0694.
-yndon L. Bonner, County Administrator
-nvironmental Certifying Official
373080 ON 12/8/2010


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 09-00085-CA
WACHOVIA ENTITY (WACHOVIA
BANK OF DELAWARE, WACHOVIA
MORTGAGE) OR SOUTHTRUST
MORTGAGE,
Plaintiff,
VS.
JAVIER ANTONIO PAZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursu-
ant to an Order Rescheduling Fore-
closure Sale dated November 15,
2010, and entered in Case No.
09-00085 of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida in which
Wachovia Enity (Wachovia Bank Of
Delaware, Wachovia Mortgage) Or
Southtrust Mortgage, is the Plaintiff
and Javier Antonio Paz, Martha Bea-
triz Rivera, are defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for
cash in/on the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okee-
chobee County, Florida at 11:00AM
on the 19th day of January, 2011,
the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment of
Foreclosure:
LOT 33, CROOKED CREEK PLAN-
TATION UNIT 1, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 77 AND
78, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHIOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 5033 N.E. 122ND DRIVE,


OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the Lis Pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated in Okeechobee County, Flori-
da this 23 day of November 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
BY: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
P.O. Box 23028
Tampa, FL 33623
(813) 221-4743
09-14584
In Accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, if you are a per-
son with a disability who needs an
accommodation in order to access
court facilities or participate in a
court proceeding, you are entitled, at
no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. To request such
an accommodaton, please contact
Dianna Cooper in Court Administra-
tion Suite 217, 250 NW Country
Club Dr., Port St. Lucie 34986; Tele-
phone: 772-807-4370; at least 3
working days of the date the service
is needed. Hearing impaired, please
call 1-800-955-8771; Voice impaired,
please call 1-800-955-8770.
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council
Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the
City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services
Department, bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Special Excepton Petition No. 10-005-SE, submit-
ted by Marion Medrano, Rally Used Auto Sales, on behalf of property own-
ers Kulsoom and Shabana Abdullah, to allow an outdoor vehicle sales lot
within a CHV Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-283(18). Property
is located at 820 NW Park Street. Legal: Lots 7-10, Block 162, Okeecho-
bee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
(quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
tions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en-
sure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-005-SE
372029 ON 11/28;12/8/2010

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING/WORKSHOP HEARING

The South Florida Water Management District announces a public meeting
to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Bill Storch Conference
Room 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Public Meeting to Discuss
Regulatory Matters
All or part of these meetings will be video-conferenced in order to permit
maximum participation from the South Florida Water Management District
Service Centers located at:

Lower West Coast Service Center
2301 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Marbn/St. Lucie Service Center
780 SE Indian Street
Stuart, FL 34997
Orlando Service Center
1707 Orlando Central Parkway Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32809
The meeting will also be webcast.
A copy of the agenda will be posted to our website seven (7) days prior to
the meeting date. You may obtained a copy of the agenda by going to our
website at: www.sfwmd.gov
*Hold mouse over the "Topics" tab, scroll down to "Permits" and click
*Under "Upcoming Events" on the right hand column, click the "Monthly
Regulatory Meetings" link.
For additional information, you may also call our information line at
561-682-6207 or Florida toll-free 800-432-2045 x6207
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person
requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is
asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meebting by
contacting: District Clerks Office 561-682-2087. If you are hearing or
speech impaired, please contact the agency usin the Florida Relay Service,
1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
For more information, you may contact: District Clerk's Office
561-682-2087.
372520 ON 12/8/2010


I Public Notice


[Public Notice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 47-2010-CP-000158
IN RE: ESTATE OF
SUSAN ELAINE HULME
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Susan Elaine Hulme, deceased,
whose date of death was September
1, 2010, and whose social security
number is 0010, file number
47-2010-CP-000158, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 1st, 2010.
Jill L. Arnold
716 Campbell Rd.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34945
Personal Representatve
John T. Chandler
Florida Bar No. 191235
900 Virginia Avenue, Ste. 7
Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
Telephone: (772) 464-3774
Attorney for Personal Representative
372388 ON 12/1,8/2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2010 CP 60
Division Shack
IN RE: ESTATE OF
KERMIT D. NICHOLS
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
KERMIT D. NICHOLS, deceased,
whose date of death was February
25, 2010, is pending in the Circuit
Court for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal rep-
resentatve's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 8, 2010.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Cort A. Neimark, Esq.
Fowler White Burnett, RA..
Florida Bar Number: 321087
Fowler White Burnett RA.
One Financial Plaza
100 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Suite 2100 Fort
Lauderdale, FL 33394
Telephone: (954) 377-8144
Fax: (954) 315-1164
E-Mal: cneimark@fowler-white.com
Alan T Nichols,
Personal Representatve
8614 N.W. 50th Drive
Coral Springs, Florida 33067
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009CA702
ARC POOL 1, LLC, substituted for
BANK UNITED,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ARVIND KENNETH VAKANI, etc.et al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to an order or a final judgment of
foreclosure entered in the above-
cap act ion, I will sell the prop-
erty situated in OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, described as:
Unit No. A, of Dwelling Structure
50, of OAK TREE PLACE, a condo-
minium according to The Declara-
tion of Condominium recorded in
OR Book 260, page 999, and all
exhibits and amendments thereof,
public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Property Address:
2355 S.W. 28th Street, Unit 50-A,
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder for cash, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 15th day of Dec. 2010 at the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 N.W. 3rd Street, Jury Assembly
Room, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 in
accordance with Chapter 45, Florida
Statutes, Notice of such sale shall be
published as provided by statute.
That any person claiming an inter-
est in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property owner
as of the date of fe is pendens
must file a claim within 60 days after
the sale.
DATED this 29th day of Nov.,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE COURT
BY: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
LAWRENCE J. BERNARD, PA.
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
450-5 Busch Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
(904) 751-6980
372454 ON 12/1,8/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-026
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND
BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA, a Feder-
ally Chartered Instrumentality,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
WALDEMAR PUIG AND SUSANA
PUIG,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE
BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment en-
tered in the above styled cause now
pending in said Court that I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00
a.m. on Jan. 5, 2011, the following
described real property:
Parcel No. 62 of Quail Woods,
Unit 4, which is land improved by
drainage and roads as shown on plat
recorded in Plat Book 5, pages 63
and 64 of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED OCTOBER 27, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Attorney: Sandier & Sandier
117 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
370626 ON 12/1 & 12/8/2010


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your used items by
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classified.


Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-479
MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION
F/K/A MIDFLORIDA FEDERAL
CREDIT UNION,
Plaintiff,
V.
MICHAEL A. HOPKINS a/k/a MI-
CHAEL HOPKINS, UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MICHAEL A. HOPKINS
a/k/a MICHAEL HOPKINS; KELLY
HOPKINS a/k/a KELLY M. HOPKINS;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KELLY HOP
KINS a/k/a KELLY M. HOPKINS; TEN-
ANT #1; TENANT #2; and ANY AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, AND UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN-NAMED DE-
FENDANTS WHO ARE NOT KNOWN
TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
AND UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN-NAMED DEFENDANTS
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID
UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM
AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose on the follow-
ing real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 6, Block 3, DIXIE RANCH
ACRES, a subdivision according to
the plat thereof recorded at Plat
Book 3, Page 35, in the Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida.
has been filed against you in the Cir-
cuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit, Okeechobee County, Florida,
and you are required to serve a copy
of your written defenses to the Com-
plaint, if any, to Gregory A. Sanoba,
Esq., 422 South Florida Avenue,
Lakeland, Florida 33801, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on Plainbtiffs at-
torney or immediately thereafter'
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
DATE: 11/30/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodaton in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corrme Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the time
before the scheduled appearance is
less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call 711.
372582 ON 12/8,15/2010

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA,
Workforce Solutions) Region 20
and the Treasure Coast Job Train-
ing Consortium announce a public
meeting of the Workforce Devel-
opment Board to which all persons
are invited:
Date&Time: Wednesday,
December 15, 2010 -
8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast,
584 NW University Blvd., Suite
100, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE, To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA -
Workforce Sbtimulus projects and
budgets), Workforce Employment
Opportunities, the Welfare Transi-
tion Program, One-Stop Career
Centers and the Workforce Devel-
opment Board (DBA Workforce
Solutions). A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for judi-
cial review.
373081 ON 12/8/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-356
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG
LAKE NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
STEVE C. SPELL; et. al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 20, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2010-CA-356 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plaintiff and Steve C.
Spell, the unknown spouse of Steve
C. Spell and Karen E. Stedman are
the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 11:00 am on the 5th day of
January, 2011, the following de-
scribed property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 34 in SHERMAN WOOD RANCH-
ES, according to the plat thereof, as
recorded in Plat Book 00007, at Page
0061, of the Public Records of Okee-
chobee County, Florida.
Because Florida Gas Transmission
Company was voluntarily dismissed
from these proceedings, this final
judgment shall not foreclose, modify,
or otherwise prejudice any existing
easement interests) of Florida Gas
Transmission Company in the subject
property, including the interest ob-
tamined pursuant to that certain Order
of Taking entered on or about May 9,
2010 in Case 2009-CA-843.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 27th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
370625 ON 12/1,8/2010

Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items
in the classified

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-389
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG
LAKE NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
BARBARA S. LARGE A/K/A
BARBARA LARGE, et. al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 20, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2010-CA-389 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plaintiff and Barbara S.
Large aka Barbara Large, Bruce D.
Large aka Bruce Large, and John
Doe, unknown tenant are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
11:00 am on the 5th day of January,
2011, the following described proper-
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
LOT 16 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF
LOT 17, BLOCK 22, A SUBDIVI-
SION OF A PORTION OF OKEE-
CHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,
PAGE 35, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 27th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
370382 ON 12/1,8/2010

The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-390
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG
LAKE NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RICHARD G. PATTERSON; THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RICHARD G.
PATTERSON; JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT; AND JANE DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT, the names being fictitious
to account for parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 20, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2010-CA-390 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plaintiff and Richard G.
Patterson, the unknown spouse of
Richard G. Patterson, and John Doe,
unknown tenant are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
11:00 am on the 5th day of January,
2011, the following described proper-
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
LOTS 1 AND 4, BLOCK 18, PINE
OAKS VILLAGE NO. 2, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 5, PAGE 21, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 27th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
370378 ON 12/1,8/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CA-000493
BRANCH BANKING AND
TRUST COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
v.
WEBLEIGH, LLC., A FLORIDA LIMIT-
ED LIABILITY COMPANY; JONATHAN
WEBER; MICHAEL LEIGHTON; SUN-
CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSO-
CIATION, INC., ANY AND ALL
UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MICHAEL LEIGHTON and all un-
known parties claiming by, through,
under or against the above named
Defendant, who are not known to be
dead or alive, whether said unknown
parties claim as heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees, lienors, credi-
tors, trustees, spouses, or other clai-
mants.
Current Residence Unknown, but
whose last known address was:
312 FairwayCourt,
Atlantis, FL 33462.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the
following property in OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, to-wit:
Parcel 27, SUNCREEK RANCH, ac-
cording to the plat thereof record-
ed in Plat Book 7, Page 15, Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to iton Rob-
ert M. Coplen, Esquire, Robert M. Co-
plen, RA., 10225 Ulmerton Road,
Suite 5A, Largo, FL 33771, within
thirty (30) days after the first publi-
cation of this Notice of Action, and
file the original with the Clerk of this
Court at Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 N.W. 3rd St., Okeecho
bee FL 34974, either before service
on Plainbffs attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise, a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the complaint pebtion.
WITNESS my hand and seal of the
Court on this 24th day of November,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
372181 ON 12/1,8/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 10-CA-000053
BRANCH BANKING AND
TRUST COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
ALDETT MAHENIA FRANCIS a/k/a
ALDETT FRANCIS; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF ALDETT MAHENIA
FRANCIS a/k/a ALDETT FRANCIS,
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED
INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to
the Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale
entered in this cause, in the Circuit
Court of OKEECHOBEE County, Flori-
da; I will sell the property situated in
OKEECHOBEE County, Florida de-
scribed as:
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 3, SECTION
25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE
33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, IN-
CLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS.
and commonly known as: 14996 NW
272nd St, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at
public sale, to the highest and best
idder, for cash, in the Jury Assem-
bly room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, on Dec.
15, 2010, at 11.00 A.M.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corre Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, phone (772) 807-4370 at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance, or immediately
upon receiving this notification if the
bime before the scheduled appear-
ance is less than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice impaired, call 711.
Dated this 11/29/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the CircuitCourt
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
372445 ON 12/1,8/2010

NOTICE
UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW
NOTICE is hereby given that the
undersigned, pursuant to the "Ficti-
bous Name Statute," will register
with Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Corporations the fictitious
name, to-wit:
Pan Arts
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
1324 NW 106th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
in the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
business enterprises are:
Charles H. Lindsay
Laurie Holbert
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 6th day of
December, 2010.
By: Charles Lindsay
373140 ON 12/8/2010

Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?

LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on DECEMBER
23, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1987 Dodge Diplomat
VIN#1B3BG26P8HX747998
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADE' Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
373122 ON 12/8/2010


Mclnnes earns chartered


life underwriter designation


James McInnes, Farm Bureau
agent, has earned the Chartered
Life Underwriter (CLU) profes-
sional designation from the Amer-
ican College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.
Candidates for the CLU design
tion must complete a minimum of
eight courses and 16 hours of su-
pervised examinations. They must
also fulfill stringent experience and
ethics requirements. Over 98,000
individuals have been awarded
the CLU designation since the col-
lege was founded in 1927.
The Charter Life Underwriter
is the world's most respected des-
ignation of insurance expertise.
The college founder, University
of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Professor Solomon S. Huebner,
Ph.D., created the CLU program
to meet the career education
needs of men and woman in life
insurance related financial ser-


vices. This prestigious course of
study provides professionals with
in depth knowledge on the insur-
ance needs of individuals, families
and business owners. Once the
program is completed, a CLU can
provide expert advice on a broad
range of financial topics including
life and health insurance, pension
planning, insurance law, income
taxation, investments, financial
and estate planning, and group
benefits.
Mr. Mclnnes has been an insur-
ance agent with the Okeechobee
County Farm Bureau for over ten
years. The motto for Farm Bureau
is "Helping You Is What We Do
Best" and Mr. Mclnnis believes in
living the motto not only in busi-
ness but in service to the com-
munity through the Presbyterian
Church and the Rotary Club of
Okeechobee.


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Holiday Happenings


Christmas Toy Drive
is now under way
Big Lake Mission Outreach is sponsoring
their 16th Annual Toy Drive for the needy
children in OUR community. They screen
families for needs and the gifts are to be
placed under the tree for Christmas Day.
They are in need of new gifts for ages baby
to teen. Donations can be toys, gift cards,
or gifts suitable for teens. Checks are wel-
come, made out to: Big Lake Missions Out-
reach. They will purchase what is needed.
Also, food items are always acceptable and
needed. Donations of toys or gifts will be
accepted through Dec. 20. Pick-up and re-
ceipts are available upon request.

Drama Club presents
holiday play on De. 15
The Okeechobee High School Drama
Club will present the children's show, "How
Santa Got His Christmas Tree," for families
on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$5 per person. The club will also be col-
lecting Toys for Tots. If the patron brings a
new, unwrapped toy to the performance
they will get in free. The club will also be
serving Christmas cookies and tea after the
performance and have a drawing for a live
small tree.

Gilbert Chevrolet
collecting Toys for Tots
Gilbert Chevrolet is attempting to make
this the best year ever for the annual Toys for
Tots Drive by collecting the most amount of
toys! Please bring in an unwrapped toy and
they will enter your name in a raffle to win
a list of prizes from Gilbert Chevrolet "Wish
list." Items to be given away include a Digi-
tal Camera, Child's Bike, BBQ grill and GPS
Navigation system. Gilbert Chevrolet is locat-
ed at 3550 HWY 441 South in Okeechobee.
For directions to the store call 863-763-3154.

4-H Club selling
holiday wreaths
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club has holiday
wreaths for sale at the Okeechobee County
Extension Office on U.S. Highway 98. Fresh
greenery wreaths, swags and centerpieces
are available.

South Elementary Winter
Carnival set for Dec. 16
The South Elementary School Winter
Carnival will be Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. In addition to the traditional cake walk,
silent auction, radio flyer ride, and games
with prizes, "Baldy The Eagle" is celebrating
his 40th birthday with birthday cake, party
favors, and photo opportunities. The Winter
Carnival is open to the community.

Christmas cookies on sale
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is
selling Christmas cookies to help the wom-
en in the community. For more information,
call 863-467-8748. Orders are being taken for
chocolate chip cookie bars, brownie bars,
peanut butter cookie bars, pecan bars, pista-
chio bark, raspberry old world rounds, egg
nog cookies, red velvet cookies and choco-
late macaroons. Price is $5 per dozen.


Holiday boat parade planned
Okeechobee Yatchette Club and Butch's
Redneck Yacht Club will host their annual
Christmas Boat Parade on Dec. 18. Decorate
your boats and meet the group on Taylor
Creek at State Road 70 by Burger King, be-
tween 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts
at 6 p.m. and goes down Taylor Creek to the
Rim Canal, then left on the Rim Canal to
Butch's Fish Camp and ends up back at the
VFW There will be prizes for the best deco-
rated boats. For more information, contact
Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.

Santa in City Hall Park
Santa will be making his appearances in
City Hall Park on Nov. 30, and several dates
in December including, Dec. 7, 8, 9, 13 and
14, from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for a picture
with Santa.


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Toys for Tots distribution
will be at Agri-Civic Center
Toys for Tots Distribution will be at the
Okeechobee Agri Civic Center on Sunday,
Dec. 19, fromnoon-4p.m. Proof of Okeecho-
bee residency is required and children must
be present. Santa and Otis Spunkmeyer
cookies will be at the distribution party. Cur-
rent drop off locations: WOKC, Walgreens,
Trends, Fast Break, Gilbert Chevrolet, Cen-
ter State Bank, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter
School. For more information please contact
Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852 or toysfor-
tots@ embarqmail.com.

Kiwanis Santa in the Park
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
host Kiwanis Santa in the Park in Park #4 of
Flagler Park. Santa will make his appearance
on Dec. 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from
6 until 8 p.m.


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Top of the Lake Lighted
Christmas Parade is Dec. 11
The parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The arts and crafts show
will take place in Flagler Parks beginning at
9 a.m.

Santa will be on fire truck
Say "hello" to Santa as he makes his way
through the City of Okeechobee sitting high
atop a city fire truck! He will be passing
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December 8, 2010


OHS boys soccer team defeats Dreyfoos School


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News


had two saves in the Brahman net.
Okeechobee (4-1) improved to
(3-1) in district matches with the vic-


be problems. If we play like this we
will be hard to beat," he said.
Sears also chan ed his lineu to al-


Erick Garcia had two goals and 1 111 iOL1L 1L O VV1L1L1V aOOj 15 111 l L 1
Hunter Pritchardcia had two goal and an tory. low Garcia and Pritchard to get more
Hunter Pritchard had a goal and an Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said scoring opportunities up front. They
assist as Okeechobee High School the success started with defense as responded with outstanding passes,
defeated Dreyfoos School of the Arts, the Brahmans limited Dreyfoos to and communication.
4-1, in a District 14-4A boy's soccer only one goal on a long direct kick in "Coach just wanted us to play ball.
match Friday night at Brahman sta- the second half. We looked for each other and played
dium. "Defensively we were stout to- off each other," Pritchard said.
Pritchard headed in a corner kick night. That is the key to our program," Garcia said he felt Dreyfoos was a
for a goal 25 minutes into the match he added. good team and the team had to play
and then hit Garcia with a perfect lob Sears said his guys came out strong with intensity and play their game. He
pass to the right of the net for another because of a loss at Fort Pierce Cen- said the team did a good job of attack-
goal in the final minute of the half to tral on Monday. He said the team re- ing the net.
give Okeechobee the advantage, ally didn't show up to play that game "We just have to play together as
Garcia added a goal on a penalty and things had to change. a team. They key word for us is disci- (1) Hunte
kick and Sergio Vargas finished the "It the team continues to play like pline," he added. a goal a
scoring with a goal with 21 minutes we've practiced for the past couple of The boys host Suncoast on (r)Cristh
left in the match. Carlos Contreras days we'll be fine. If they don't show Wednesday at 5 p.m. and host Jensen best Frid
had an assist and Serafin Espinoza up to play and don't listen there will Beach on Friday night at 7 p.m.

OHS Lady Brahmans fall to Dreyfoos Lady


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
r Pritchard made several highlight type plays with
nd an assist for the Brahman team on Friday.
ian Toribio and the Brahman defense were at their
lay as they shut down a solid Dreyfoos squad.

Jaguars in soccer


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School matched up
pretty well with most of the Jaguars of the
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Friday afternoon
when the two schools met for a District 14-
4A girls soccer match in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee didn't match up well with
Tatiana Lestido who scored five goals to lead


the Lady Jaguars to a 6-2 win. Tiffany McGee
scored twice early in the second half to lead
Okeechobee.
Brahman Coach Julie Bohannon said her
girls have proved they can play with most
teams in the area and she is pleased they
don't ever let down or give up, "We lacked
a little in the center of the field in the first
half so we made some adjustments. We still


have a little work to do but we are getting
there and were playing strong."
Okeechobee (4-3) trailed 4-0 at the half
as Lestido got a number of shots on goal by
getting past the Brahman defense. Okeecho-
bee responded with two quick goals in the
first 13 minutes of the second half to cut the
lead to 4-2.
"We tried very hard. We switched the
field and I told the girls we weren't out of
the game. We came back strong and didn't


let our heads get down. They stayed in the
game and they played it well," she added.
Bohannon said Dreyfoos had a couple of
strong girls who were able to flank the de-
fense and make runs on the net. She said
her team is capable of playing better on de-
fense.
The soccer team traveled to Westwood
on Monday and host Suncoast on Wednes-
day night at 7 p.m. The girls travel to Lincoln
Park on Friday.


Emily Raulerson (right) pursues the soccer ball during the first half of Friday's
soccer match between Okeechobee and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.


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OHS girls soccer team falls to

Fort Pierce Westwood, 4-2


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's girls soccer
lost a disappointing match at Fort Pierce
Westwood Monday, 4-2, despite some gold-
en opportunities to score presented to them
by the Lady Panthers.
Erika Victoria and Kassandra Alfaro had
two goals apiece for the Panthers, (3-3).
Okeechobee got goals from Nickey Ingram
and Tiffany McGee in a losing cause.
Brahman Coach Julie Bohannon said she


felt the cold weather affected her team, "We
let the cold weather get the better of us. We
let a lot of opportunities slip past us includ-
ing two penalty kick shots. It was a frustrat-
ing game all around."
Melissa Lopez had eight saves in goal for
the Lady Panthers. Okeechobee got an assist
from Emily Raulerson. Ingram scored on a
penalty kick for the Brahmans.
Okeechobee hosts Suncoast on Wednes-
day night at 7 p.m. The Brahmans travel to
Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce on Fri-
day night. Match time is 6 p.m.


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Congratulations to the Broncos, 2010 Jr. Pee Wee Champs! Team sponsor
is, James and Sheila Madrigal, Ridge Runner Airboats. In the front row, from
left to right are: Trevor Thomas, Austin Waldron, Jarrett Mills, Leon Jones,
Austin Spano, Ozzy Osceola, Silas Madrigal. In the middle row from left to
right are: Bracen Harvey, Kyle Palmisano, Hunter Sills, Kevin Townsend, Dar-
ian Deck, Dylan Sheffield and in the back row, from left to right: Coach Jim-
my Mills, Team Sponsors, Sheila and James Madrigal, Coach Gene Thomas,
and Coach Bobby Steiert.


O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

Gold Tee Winners
First place D. Thomas. Second place J. Norfolk. Third place H. Shelkie.


Kiwanis to host annual Radio Auction
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee's annual Radio Auction fundraiser will be broad-
cast live on WOKC 100.9 F.M. and 1570 A.M. on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Many
generous businesses in Okeechobee have donated items and services for the auction.
Proceeds will benefit the activities and services the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee pro-
vides to the youth of this community including: OHS Scholarships, Non-alcohol Gradu-
ation Night Party, math mini-grants, Terrific Kids Awards, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF),
G4S Christmas party, Santa in the park, Key Club, Builder's Club and more!

Masonic Lodge breakfast on Sunday
The Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W 5th, will have a breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 12, from
8 -11 a.m. For only $6, breakfast will include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis-
cuits & gravy, juice, and coffee. The public is welcome and carry outs are available. The
Lodge will hold this breakfast the second and fourth Sunday of every month.


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