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Vol. 101 No. 153 Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Officers arrest 5 in


reverse drug sting


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Kathryn Mitchum, 5, was among the children who visited Santa in Flagler
Park on Monday evening. Santa will in the park, available to talk to children
tonight and Thursday evening. For more information, see page 23.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Five local people were arrested late last
week after they reportedly bought crack
cocaine or marijuana from undercover law
enforcement officers during a reverse sting
in the Douglas Park area.


Following their arrests Friday, Dec. 17,
each person was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Arrested were:
Robin Stoner Fairbanks, 34, N.W. Sixth
St. She was charged with the felonies of
See DRUGS Page 15


Details uncertain for


Speckled Perch Festival


New chamber and Main
Street to sponsor festival
this year; date not yet set
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
While there are many unanswered ques-
tions at this time concerning details of the
2011 Speckled Perch Festival, one thing that
appears certain is that the traditional event
will be held under different sponsorship.
The festival started over 40 ago as a fish
frv held as a fundraiser bv the Okeechobee


County Chamber of Commerce. Under the
sponsorship of that organization it grew to
be a festival in the park with music, a car
show, arts and craft, a parade and a beauty
pageant.
The Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce is currently inactive. The last
general membership meeting was held in
the spring. The building has been closed for
some time with the telephone turned off.
Since the chamber was not active,
Okeechobee Main Street was asked to spon-
sor this year's Christmas parade and festival,
See FESTIVAL Page 15


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Shop with a Cop
(Photo above) Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bart
Potter (left) helped these youngsters find what they wanted at
the second annual Shop with a Cop event held Saturday, Dec.
18.
The event, sponsored by the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Po-
lice Lodge #69, helped 67 local children experience Christmas
and a positive interaction with a law enforcement officer.
(Photo at right) Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas (kneeling), of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, helped this youngster
find just the right bicycle during the second annual Shop with a
Cop event held Saturday, Dec. 18, at Walmart.
The Lodge gave each child $100 to spend however they wanted
at the store.


Unemployment on the rise


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jobless claims increased by 118 in
Okeechobee County and by 39 in Glades
County in November according to the
monthly Local Area Unemployment Statis-
tics by County report issued by the Florida
Agency for Workforce Innovation.
Okeechobee County had 2,632 people
out of work while Glades County had 575 on
the jobless line. Okeechobee had 14.5 per-
cent unemployment and Glades County 12.6
percent according to the State.
Okeechobee had 15,576 residents em-
ployed and Glades County had 3,976.

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Okeechobee was tied for 6th highest un-
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the Editor


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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Dogs that attack
Didn't we have a court case a couple of
years back about a man protecting his farm
animals by shooting two or three dogs? I
think he was in a heap of trouble.
I believe the law is that if the dogs are
on your property, you can shoot them. But
if you follow the dogs off your property and
they are not on your property when you
shoot them, then you are in trouble. You
are allowed to protect your property, your
family, your livestock, your pets, but if the
dogs are no longer on your land, then the
law does not consider them an immediate
threat to you.
I have personally seen the dog packs
running in Basswood. They killed a small
dog several years ago. Some dogs ARE out
of control. They have done the same things
in Dixie Ranch. I have seen it here as well. It
is very important to have pictures. Pictures
with dates and times when other people's
dogs are in your yards. DOCUMENT. DOCU-
MENT. DOCUMENT. Leave a camera by the
front door at all times. Video or stills to get it
documented. Being well prepared defeats a
lot of hostile neighbors.
I had a terrible problem with stray dogs
coming on the property and going after my
animals until I got a donkey. The donkey
protects the rest of the animals. He will go
after dogs and kick them or even jump up
and down on top of them. I have noticed in
recent weeks that other folks have gotten
the idea and there are quite a few donkeys
in the neighborhood,

Body found near Platt's Bluff
I see in the paper today that the body
they found was on the island across from
Platts Bluff. If the old Kissimmee River is
still the county line wouldn't that island be
in Highlands County? Does the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office work in other coun-
ties?


That part of the Kissimmee is the "old
river"; the winding, narrow part. The Kissim-
mee river that you cross on the bridge is the
county line.
What you cross on the bridge is the
C-38 canal and it is not, and never has been,
the county line. Some of Highlands county is
east of the canal and some of Okeechobee
county is west of the canal.
Regarding the river, the county lines are
messed up due to the man made changes
after 1917, when the county was established
from parts of other counties. You have to
look at the old maps, or perhaps use a GPS
to figure out the county lines for Highlands
and Glades counties. Part of Glades County
is on the east side of the Kissimmee and part
of Okeechobee County is on the west side.
The same thing happens with the Caloosa-
hatchee River. Part of Glades County is on
the south side of the Caloosahatchee.

OCRA and Pop Warner
If you ask me the county should take
back over every sport.
It is a FACT that most of the time the
coaches kid makes the All-Star team. It is
usually NOT for this reason alone. What is
FACT is it's the coaches that actually work
with their kids OUTSIDE O.C.R.A. A lot of
the coaches kids seek instruction outside
the norm. However, some kids actually get
on the All-Star team that have NO BUSI-
NESS playing at that competitive level. The
solution is simple. Take away the reward of
coaching the All-Star team if you coach the
team that wins the league. Create an appli-
cation process and let the Board of directors
along with input from the umpires along
with a vote from the players themselves if
that is possible. If the choice is made to give
Okeechobee a coach that best places the
team in position to win at the competitive
level then pressure to perform is placed on
that coach. If the choice is made to select a
coach from the "good ole boy" system then
the integrity of your voters will be exposed.
A coach, team sponsors, or assistant
coach should NOT be able to nominate
their own child at all. The other coaches can
clearly see if they have the talent to play at
the all-star level.
OCRA should consider separate boards
or committees for each sport. Football,
cheerleading, baseball and softball parents,
and interested parties, should be able to
make decisions on their own leagues to al-
low them to each be the best they can be.


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Spaghetti dinner a

great success
Okeechobee Christian Academy would
like to thank the community for helping to
make our 15th annual spaghetti dinner fund-
raiser a success! Our students worked very
hard selling tickets. The highest overall ticket
sales went to Kylie Hebel in second grade.
Kylie sold over 175 spaghetti dinner tickets!
We were blessed with so many fantastic
gift certificates and silent auction donations
from over 60 local businesses as well as
many individual donors. We also had a won-
derful bake sale with delicious homemade
treats! We are so thankful for everyone's
support and generosity. We would like to
say a special thank you to all of our students,
teachers, staff and volunteers who worked
tirelessly to make this event come together.
It always requires a lot of hard work to make
this fundraiser a success but the payoff is the
fun and fellowship during the event.
For more information on Okeechobee
Christian Academy, please call 863-763-3072
or visit www.okeechobeechristianacademy.
net.
Okeechobee Christian Academy

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
73. Calm wind becoming west between 5
and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
50. Calm wind becoming west around 5
mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with
a low around 48. North northeast wind
around 5 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
75. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming
south southeast.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 51. South southwest wind around 5
mph.
Christmas Day: A 20 percent chance
of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near
72. West southwest wind between 5 and 15
mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


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Chandler
OCRA Principal, Nick Reynolds and
Kyle Reno cook spaghetti noodles for
the annual fundraiser Spaghetti Din-
ner.


enjoy their spaghetti dinners at the
Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
event held at Okeechobee Christian
Academy.

Lotteries

Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Monday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 3-0-4; Play 4: 2-6-3-0; Fantasy 5:
12-14-15-22-25; Mega Money: 2-38-39-40
MB 1; Florida Lotto: 6-8-15-36-40-47 X 4;
Powerball: 4-11-19-33-43 PB 14 x4. Num-
bers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 7-7-3; Play 4:
7-0-7-2.


* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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Holiday giving has positive psychological effects


By Pat Dobbins
Health Administrator,
Glades County Health Department
The Christmas Season is a wonderful and
unique time of the year when generosity
fills the air. People give with open hearts to
their friends, loved ones and even to strang-
ers. This selfless act of giving nurtures love
and spirit in our relationships. According to
some researchers, people who give without
expecting to receive anything in return and
are thought to be the most psychologically
healthy people in our society. Here are 8 ad-
vantages to giving:
1. Giving can create relationships -An act
of kindness and showing someone that you
care emphasizes gratitude and acknowl-
edgement of each other and thus is a critical
component for establishing relationships.
2. Giving can intensify relationships -
Seeing the reaction of a person's face when


"Giving reinforces love in
everybody's lives. It creates
some sort of 'power' which in
turn can create miracles."
Pat Dobbins

you give a gift is emotionally rewarding. This
intensifies human relationships as we share
and express ourselves more to those around
us.
3. Giving helps express our inner thoughts
- Giving conveys and displays feelings and
more particularly to those who aren't com-
fortable with the outward expression of
emotions. Giving is a chance to convey a
wide array of feelings, for instance gratitude,
appreciations and thanks.
4. Giving creates memories by means


of giving we come into terms with various
ways to create memories. Our own desires
to care, show interest, share time, loyalty,
honesty and by taking that extra step to do
something special for a special someone
(preparing a special meal, making poems
for our loved ones or making a special gift
as a symbol of love) are just some of the
hundreds of ways we can share and create
memories that last for a lifetime.
5. Giving enhances predictability Ev-
erybody is fascinated by their "abilities" to
predict things. With children, in particular,
predictability gives them a sense of security.
Through the anticipated act of gift giving es-
pecially during birthdays and Christmas cel-
ebrations, the expectation of appreciation,
in addition to acknowledgement of love, is
created by the simple act of giving.
6. Giving is a de-stressor The real mean-
ing of giving is centered on unselfishness -


Okeechobee School Board honors students


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Alonzo Coleman earned an award
from School Superintendent Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper for his participation on
the OHS football team this fall. The
award was presented at the Dec. 14
meeting of the Okeechobee County
School Board.


UKeechobee News/unaries Murphy
Ronald Jackson earned an award
from Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper at Tuesday's school
board meeting.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphl
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Jaiden Barnhart of the OHS swim team
Cooper honored David Carter as one earned an award for qualifying for the
of 12 seniors who helped Okeechobee regional swim meet this fall. Dr. Pal
football reach the post season this Cooper presented the award at the
year. The award was presented at the Dec. 14 Okeechobee County School
Dec. 14 meeting of the Okeechobee Board meeting.
County School Board.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Offensive linemen Benjamin Estey Erick McQueen earned recognition
earned an award for helping lead the from the Okeechobee School Board
OHS football team to second place Dec. 14 for helping the OHS football
in District 14-4A. The award was pre- team to a second place finish in Dis-
sented by Dr. Pat Cooper at the Dec. trict 14-4A this fall. Twelve seniors
14 meeting of the Okeechobee County were honored at the meeting. Dr. Pat
School Board. Cooper presented the award.


sharing with others with no expectations of
anything in return. It is about putting other
people first...way ahead of ourselves. Giv-
ing takes the focus away from us, creating a
more balanced way of handling the stresses
in life.
7. Giving can create small miracles Giv-
ing reinforces love in everybody's lives. It
creates some sort of "power" which in turn
can create miracles (big or small). Your act
of kindness could create a "pay-it-forward"
chain of events.
8. Giving is good for your health Studies
show that giving back to the community is a
sure fire way to raise endorphins. In addition
to a change in mood, some scientists say
that endorphins make our immune system
stronger, lower blood pressure and could
even slow down our body's aging process.
The act of giving is an outward expres-
sion of our love that is rooted deep within
our hearts. There are so many ways by
which we give: giving encouraging words,
listening attentively, offering a friendly smile,
a pat on the back, offering your time and
also giving of lovingly and carefully selected
material gifts.
The physical, emotional, and material
aspects of giving acts as an adhesive which
holds us together and restores our love for
each other, creates cherished memories that
last a lifetime, strengthens human relation-
ships and develops psychological health sta-
bility and happiness for ourselves and every-
one around us.


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Billie Jean Higgins, 76
FORT PIERCE Mrs. Billie Jean Higgins, age
76, passed away Dec. 17, 2010, in Fort Pierce.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mat-
thew. She is also survived by her only son, John
Higgins (Deborah) of Venus; and a host of niec-
es and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers
and five sisters.
Gathering will be 10 a.m. until memorial ser-
vices at 11 a.m. Dec. 22, 2010, at Okeechobee
Church of God.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ('i.,, .-...- Funeral Home, 205
NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Hope Hewitt
OKEECHOBEE Hope Hewitt, infant daugh-
ter, went to be with Jesus Thanksgiving day,
Nov. 25, 2010.
She is survived by her loving mother, Jamie
Hewitt; brother, Mason Micco; sisters, Caroline
and Alaina Micco; grandparents, Frank and
Georgann Hewitt; uncle, Jeff Hewitt; aunt, Kayla
Hewitt; as well as many cousins and extended
family members.
Although her time here was brief, her pres-
ence will not be ., u.1. ,1 Rest in peace baby
girl.
Jeanne Osceola French, 29
TROY, Ohio Jeanne Osceola French, age
29, died Mon., Dec. 20, 2010, in Troy, Ohio.
She was a native and resident of Okeechobee
for 21 years just recently relocating to Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, John French;
sons, Donovan Osceola, Landon French, Logan
French; daughters, Keira French, Shaela French,
and Janaya French, all of Troy, Ohio; parents,
Larry and Joanne Jones Osceola; sisters, Nicki
Osceola, Trista Osceola; grandmothers, Shule
Jones, Louise Cypress, all of Brighton; and a
host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held graveside Thurs., Dec. 23,
at Ortona Cemetery at 10 a.m.
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 34972.


Virginia L. Cassels, 76
OKEECHOBEE Virginia L. Cassels, age 76,
died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Dodge County
Hospital in Eastman, Ga.
She was born May 13, 1934, to Horace Fred
Thomas and Julia N. Mixon in Highlands
County.
While living in (i .... ii.... she was em-
ployed by the Okeechobee County School Sys-
tem as a lunch room manager and she attended
the Church of God.
She enjoyed sewing, listening to blue grass
music, and going to yard sales.
It was her tradition and act of love to crochet a
blanket for the birth of each grandchild and
great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Audrey Cassels. Survivors include her son, H.
Dean (Donna) Cassels of Lake Placid; daugh-
ters, Beverly (Chris) Burch of Chauncey, Ga.,
Pamela (Rick) Grimsley of Helena, Ga., and Teri
Mixon Garcia of ( i... .I brothers, Gordon
(Lynn) Thomas and Arthur (Geri) Thomas, both
of Okeechobee; sisters, Frances (Kenneth) Mat-
thews of Athens, Ga., Lou Ann (Donald) Sutton
of Alva, Fla.; nine grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Bux-
ton-Seawinds Chapel at Abundant Blessings
Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be
held Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
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., ( i.... i ...I FL 34972.


Community Events


Retiring from

Service

ESE Paraprofessional Terry Noo-
nan retired after 22 years of ser-
vice to the Okeechobee School
Board. Dr. Pat Cooper presented
the award to him at the Dec. 14
Okeechobee County School
Board meeting.


Ladies AmVets Auxiliary
to host ham dinner
The Ladies AmVets Auxiliary will host a
Christmas Party and Ham Dinner with side
dishes and desserts for just $5 on Wednes-
day, Dec. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There
will be a 50/50 drawing and prizes given
away. Music starts at 7 p.m. The dinner will
be held at the VF.W. Post 9528 in Buckhead
Ridge, Hwy 78 West.

Martha's Closet having
huge clothing sale
Martha's Closet is having a huge sale go-
ing on now until Christmas! Everything is
marked down. Dresses for $1! Men's cloth-
ing for $1! Women's blouses for 50 cents.
Located at 105 S.W 2nd Ave. Right next to
the Tobacco Shop. Hours are 10-4 p.m.,
Monday Saturday.

Cattlewomen to host
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee
Come and join the Okeechobee Cattle-
women's Miss Rodeo Contest. There are
several age groups for girls and young wom-
en including:
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 19-24);
Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee (ages
15-18);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (ages
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Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart
(ages 7-10).
Deadline for entry is Dec. 31. A manda-
tory orientation session will be held Jan. 7,
2011 and the contest will take place on Feb.
5,2011.
Please see contest rules for age restric-
tions, all criteria, entry fees and applica-
tion. Rules and applications are available
Eli's Western Wear. For information, email
Okeechobeecattlewomen@ymail.com or
call 863-801-5258.

Real Life Children's Ranch
will be hosting yard sales
For the last two weeks of 2010, Real Life
Children's Ranch yard sale will be open Tues-
day Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting in
2011, the yard sale will be open Wednesday-
Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch is on U.S. Highway 441 S.E.

TOPS holds open house
Please join TOPS, #669, (take off pounds
sensibly) on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. for an
open house meeting to find out how to lose
weight with its proven method. The meeting
is at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W 2nd St., Room #1. For more informa-
tion, call 863-357-0924.


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Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney
for the Southern District of Florida, and John
V Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field
Office, announced the indictment of defen-
dant on Dec. 16 of Ihap Abdallah "Tommy"
Yamin, 31, of Okeechobee, on federal con-
spiracy and wire fraud charges, credit card
fraud charges, and aggravated identity theft.
Yamin was arraigned in federal court in
Fort Pierce on Friday, Dec. 17, before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch, Jr.
If convicted of these charges, Yamin faces
a possible maximum statutory sentence of
30 years in prison.
According to in-court statements, Yamin
worked at Azteca, a general convenience
store in Okeechobee, Fla., where he often
completed sales to customers using credit
and debit cards. Yamin would allegedly


swipe a customer's card once to complete
the transaction, and then swipe it a second
time in another card reader to capture the
account numbers and personal identifica-
tion information of the customer. Yamin
then used the stolen information to re-code
gift cards and other credit cards with mag-
netic strips to create counterfeit credit/debit
cards. Thereafter, Yamin sold both coun-
terfeit cards and the personal account and
identification information to a witness coop-
erating with the FBI. Yamin told the cooper-
ating witness he would also sell these items
to other buyers across the United States and
overseas.
According to in-court statements, Yamin
also fabricated and sold false identification
documents, such as federal permanent Alien
Resident Cards, known as green cards, and
state Driver Licenses. Yamin told the cooper-


ating witness that he was assisted in his false
identification document business by Israel
Angeles-Guzman, a Mexican national. An-
geles-Guzman was detained and removed
from the United States in July 2010. Angeles-
Guzman, 28, is charged in the conspiracy
count of the indictment.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer commend-
ed the investigative efforts of the FBI. He
also thanked the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, the U.S. Secret Service, and the
ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Fort
Pierce for their assistance in this investiga-
tion. The case is being prosecuted by Assis-
tant U.S. Attorney Theodore Cooperstein.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and
every defendant is presumed innocent until
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Gun dealer pleads guilty to sale of machine guns


Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attor-
ney for the Southern District of Florida, and
Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, announced the entry of a guilty
plea of defendant Edward Todd Basile, 47,
of Okeechobee, on Dec. 20, on federal fire-
arms law violations, and transfer of unreg-
istered machine guns. Basile changed his
plea to guilty in federal court in Fort Pierce
Monday, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank
J. Lynch, Jr.
According to in-court statements, Basile
worked for Gun Smoke Enterprises, a fed-
erally licensed firearms dealer based in
Okeechobee, Fla., that sells firearms at
southern Florida gun shows and over the
Internet. As stated in presentations in open
court, Basile met on multiple occasions with
a cooperating witness who was a convicted
felon, and sold the informant firearms and
parts to construct M- 16 fully automatic rifles.
"Fully automatic" weapons are defined in
federal law as those firearms that will re-


peatedly fire more than one shot, when the
trigger is pulled only once.
According to the in-court statements,
Basile instructed and assisted the coop-
erating witness in preparing false federal
firearms transaction forms, using someone
Basile thought was a third person, or "straw
buyer," to pretend to be the actual buyer
of the firearms. The person portraying the
straw buyer was, in fact, an undercover
ATF agent. In addition, Basile on multiple
occasions delivered to the informant parts
designed to convert an otherwise lawful,
semi-automatic rifle, such as the AR-15, into
a fully automatic machine gun, such as the
military's M-16 rifle. Federal law requires
such parts to be registered, as well as the
law restricts their creation, possession and
transfer. Basile delivered parts that were not
numbered or registered.
Basile is scheduled to be sentenced in
federal Court in Fort Pierce by United States
District Judge Jos6 E. Martinez, on Thursday,
Feb. 17, 2011.


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Officer: habitual traffic offender arrested again


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man
with an alleged history
of violating traffic laws
and driving under the in-
fluence has again been
arrested for the same
charges.
Raonel Hernandez
Palacios, 25, S.E. 22nd
Court, was arrested Sun- Raonel H.
day, Dec. 19 on a felony Palacios
charge of driving while li-
cense suspended (DWLS) habitual offend-
er. He was also arrested on misdemeanor
charges of driving under the influence, no
motor vehicle registration and resisting a
law enforcement officer without violence.
He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $2,000.
A passenger in the car with Palacios-
Valentin Alvarado, 31, Okeechobee-was ar-
rested on a charge of resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence. His bond was
set at $500.
An arrest report by Officer Ryan Holroyd


of the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD) stated that he stopped a car being
driven by Palacios for traveling at a speed of
58 mph in a 40 mph zone. However, as the
officer was walking up to the yellow Chev-
rolet Monte Carlo when it stopped he saw
Palacios get out of the car and walk to the
passenger side then get in, stated the report.
His report went on to state that the pas-
senger in the car Alvarado-got out and
walked around to the driver's side of the car
and got in.
Officer Holroyd stated that he got Alvara-
do out of the car, while fellow OCPD Officer
Phillip Eddings got Palacios out.
According to the report, both men had
bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.
Palacios later refused to take field so-
briety tests and refused to provide a breath
sample, the officer's report continued.
Officer Holroyd went on to state that he
checked the driver's license Palacios handed
him and found that Palacios has a perma-
nent revocation for being a habitual traffic
offender. The officer said he also learned
that Palacios had his license suspended
for: a DUI; a suspension for no insurance;


and, six suspensions for failure to pay traffic
fines.
A records check shows that on May 28,
2003, County Judge Shirley Brennan found
Palacios guilty of no valid driver's license
and Palacios paid a total of $295 in fines and
fees. Palacios was first found guilty of DWLS
on July 14, 2003. Judge Brennan then placed
him on probation for six months.
On Oct. 15, 2008, he was again found
guilty of DWLS and sentenced to 20 days in
the county jail.
On March, 25, 2009, County Judge Jerald
Bryant found Palacios guilty of DWLS and
failure to appear and sentenced him to three
months in the county jail.
Then, on Nov. 12, 2009, Palacios was
found guilty of DWLS habitual traffic of-
fender, a felony, and was placed on 15
months' probation by Circuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mirman.
Officer Holroyd's report also stated that
the license tag on the yellow Monte Carlo
was not assigned to that vehicle. The officer
seized the tag and placed it into evidence.


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).
Patricia Patton, 30, U.S. 98 N., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Dec. 16 by Deputy Greg
Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with falsifying a certificate
of title affidavit and forging/altering a title.
Her bond was set at $5,000.
Raymond Thomas, 57, was arrested
Dec. 16 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with battery on a law enforcement officer.
Because Thomas is already in prison, he
was released back to the Department of Cor-
rections.
Tommy Luke Stokes, 43, N.W 147th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 16
by Deputy Eliberto Carmona on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation.
His bond was set at $1,188.36.


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Sheena Holycross, 25, N.W. 11th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 17 by Dep-
uty Greg Popovich on Okeechobee County
warrants charging her with violation of
probation battery on a law enforcement
officer, violation of probation resisting a
law enforcement officer with violence and
violation of probation grand theft (three
counts). She is being held without bond.
Harry Patrick Hayes, 24, S.E. Eighth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with ob-
taining a prescription by fraud (six counts).
His bond was set at $12,000.
Antonio Ramirez, N.W Third St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by Dep-
uty Bart Potter on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation trespass of an
occupied structure. His bond was set at
$103.85.
Heather Nicole Mullin, 33, S.E. 138th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a
charge of possession of a controlled sub-
stance. Her bond was set at $5,000.

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Aaron J. Gaucin, 22, N.W First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by Dep-
uty Bart Potter on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation possession of a
controlled substance, violation of probation
possession of marijuana and violation of
probation driving while license suspended
with knowledge. He is being held without
bond.
Miguel Benitez, 17, S.W. Second Way,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 21 by Dep-
uty Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with sale or
delivery of a controlled substance, sale or de-
livery of oxycodone and possession of a leg-
end drug without a prescription with intent
to dispense. His bond was set at $55,000.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.

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Poker Run benefits toy drive


Bubba's Redneck Yacht Club held their
Second Poker Run on Dec. 4. This year the
ride included a toy drive for local needy chil-
dren. Thanks to the generosity of members,
volunteers and riders, the club collected
over a hundred toys that were donated to
My Aunt's House just in time for Christmas.
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coming riders along the route and special
thanks to Lunker's Sports Bar for their sup-
port.
This is the sixth year that Bubba's Red-
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of Okeechobee during the holiday season.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/My Aunt's House
Owners of Barracuda's and Uncle Larry's restaurants, Nancy Adams and Larry
McKane participated in a recent fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 12, to benefit lo-
cal needy children. Along with the fundraiser, Larry McKane also donated an
additional amount of $500 to purchase toys and clothes to help the Christmas
drive. Accepting the check is Judy Watts and Anna Adamo of My Aunt's House
Closet.

Restaurateurs help holiday drive


Special to the Okeechobee News/My Aunt's House
Members of Bubba's Redneck Yacht Club made a presentation of over 100 toys
gathered during a Poker Run held on Dec. 4. The toys were collected for the
Christmas Drive to benefit My Aunt's House. At the presentation were Danny
Stinnett, Laura Jones, Taylor Jones, Anna Adamo, Kathy Schwier and Judy
Watts.


Santa came early to My Aunt's House.
Thanks to Barracudas Restaurant and Uncle
Larry's Restaurant. Larry McKane and Nan-
cy Adams, owners of Barracudas and Uncle
Larry's hosted a roast of four pigs and all
the fixins' on Saturday, Dec. 12. Customers
brought big appetites and generous gifts of
toys for the needy children in our Okeecho-
bee area. Larry McKane also donated $500
for additional toys and clothes for the Christ-
mas Drive.


A check was presented to the director
of My Aunt's House, Judy Watts and Anna
Adamo, Christmas Coordinator.
Special thanks goes to Larry McKane
and Nancy Adams of Barracudas, located at
10017 S.R. 441 North and Uncle Larry's Res-
taurant, 2117 S.R. 441 S.E. My Aunt's House
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FESTIVAL
Continued From Page 1
which was held Dec. 11.
With the chamber closed, the future of
the Speckled Perch Festival seemed in doubt
also. Then another chamber of commerce
stepped up to the plate. Terry Burroughs,
president of the newly formed Chamber of
Commerce of Okeechobee County stated
that his organization has partnered with
Okeechobee Main Street to sponsor the
2011 festival.
At this time it is uncertain if there will be
a Speckled Perch Festival beauty pageant.
Mr. Burroughs said there will be a meeting
of the principal people involved to work on
the plans. After that meeting more definite
details will be announced.
For some years the festival was held the
same weekend as the Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Association Rodeo. Then, when the
rodeo moved from the old rodeo grounds
to the Agri-Civic Center and became part of
the Okeechobee County Fair, the date of the
Speckled Perch Festival was changed. Mr.
Burroughs said there was some interest in
having the date changed back to the week-
end of the rodeo. However, that, too, is un-
certain at this time.
Toni Doyle of Okeechobee Main Street
said her organization was glad to work with
the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee
County to sponsor the Speckled Perch Fes-
tival.


DRUGS
Continued From Page 1
purchase of cocaine, possession of cocaine
and tampering with evidence. She was also
charged with the misdemeanors of purchase
of marijuana, resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence and possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. Her bond was
set at $21,000.
James Edward Ash, 57, N.W Second
St. He was charged with the felonies of pur-
chase of cocaine, possession of cocaine and
tampering with evidence. His bond was set
at $15,000.
James Mitchell Patterson, 48, S.E. 19th
Terrace. He was charged with the felonies of
purchase of cocaine, possession of cocaine
and tampering with evidence. His bond was
set at $15,000.
Joseph Wayne Williams, 51, S.W Con-
ners Highway. He was charged with the felo-
nies of purchase of cocaine and possession
of cocaine. His bond was set at $10,000.
Richard Bryson Moore, 41, S.E. 43rd
St. He was charged with the felonies of pos-


Robin Stoner James E.
Fairbanks Ash


session of cocaine, purchase of cocaine and
driving while license suspended/revoked
- habitual offender. His bond was set at
$15,000.
"We will continue these undercover sting
operations, periodically, until drug sales stop
in our neighborhoods," said Sheriff Paul
May.
Five vehicles were also seized along
with $75 in cash, said a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. The de-
tective went on to say that as of Monday,
Dec. 22, it was not known if the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) would keep
the seized vehicles or return them to their
owners after an administrative fee of $250
was paid.
According to the detective, undercover
officers posing as street-level drug dealers
simply stood on a street corner in the Doug-
las Park area and sold drugs when they were
approached. The buys, continued the detec-
tive, were recorded and those recordings
have been entered into evidence.
Three of those arrested were also charged
with tampering with evidence because they
allegedly swallowed the cocaine when ap-
proached by members of law enforcement,


James M. Joseph
Patterson Williams


Richard
Moore


or threw it away and it could not be recov-
ered.
When law enforcement officers moved
in to arrest Fairbanks, she put her 2001
Ford sports utility vehicle in reverse and ran
into the vehicle being used by law enforce-
ment, stated her arrest report. She was also
charged with tampering with evidence be-
cause she swallowed one piece of crack co-
caine and two small bags of marijuana, the
report added.
Arrest reports state that prior to the op-
eration, all of the drugs used in the one-day
operation were tested by the Indian River
Crime Lab. Besides task force members,
personnel from the Okeechobee City Police
Department, the Fort Pierce Police Depart-
ment and the Glades County Sheriff's Office
took part in the sting.

Bloodmobile to visit
Blood drives are planned for Decem-
ber and January at the following loca-
tions on these dates and times:
Dec. 23 Publix Supermarket 1- 6
p.m.
Dec. 28 Publix Supermarket 1-7
p.m.
Dec. 29 Golden Corral noon-6 p.m.
Dec. 30 Walgreen's noon 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 Okeechobee Correctional In-
stitution noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 25 KOA Kampground 8:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 Health Expo at the Ag Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Winterfest at the BHR Vol-
unteer Fire Dept. 10 a.m. -2 a.m.


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NOTICE OF AMENDED LAND DEVELOPMENT

REGULATION USE TO INCLUDE

STOREFRONT CHURCH AS A PERMITTED

USE IN THE CPO, CLT, CHV CBD, AND IND

ZONING DISTRICTS.
The City of Okeechobee proposes to adopt the following ORDINANCE NO. 1070: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENT TO THE
LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, INCLUDING SECTION 66-1 DEFINITIONS BY
ADDING A DEFINITION FOR STOREFRONT CHURCH; SECTIONS 90-222, 90-252, 90-282,
90-312, AND 90-342 ADDING STOREFRONT CHURCH AS A PERMITTED USE IN THE CPO,
CLT, CHV CBD, AND IND ZONING DISTRICTS; DIVISION 9 PERTAINING TO SPECIAL
EXCEPTION USE AND SUPPLEMENTARY USE REGULATIONS; SECTION 90-512 BY
ADDING PARKING REGULATIONS FOR STOREFRONT CHURCHES WITH AND WITHOUT
FIXED SEATING; AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 90-702 SETTING FORTH REQUIREMENTS
FOR STOREFRONT CHURCHES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS AND SEVERABILITY; PRO-
VIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The First Public Hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held on Tuesday, January 4,
2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing. The pro-
posed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public in the Office of the
City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision
made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, such interest-
ed person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for
official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special
accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Administration Office at
863-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
PUBLISHED: 12/22/2010


December 22, 2010


Okeechobee News





Okeechobee News December 22, 2010


Local churches plan


special weekend services
By Pete Gawda Church of the Nazarene,
Okeechobee News 425 S.W 28th St., will present


Grace Brethren
Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave.,
will have a Christmas Eve
Service beginning at 6:30
p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. The
program will include music
and a message by Pastor Jim
Waters and communion. The
public is invited.
Westside Christian


Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W will have a Christ-
mas Eve Candlelight Communion Ser-
vice at 6 p.m.
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
would like to invite the community to a Ser-
vice of Carols and Candles on Christmas Eve
at 7 p.m. to celebrate the coming of God's
light into our darkness, our beautiful Savior,
Jesus Christ. The service will be an interac-
tive and multi-generational service. All are
welcome: come just as you are. See you
there.
New Life Holiness Church in Basing-
er will have a revival from Sunday, Dec. 26
through Sunday, Jan. 1. On Sunday the ser-
vice time is at 6 p.m. Monday through Sat-
urday service will be at 7 p.m. To get to the
church take 700A to 190th, turn right and
the church will be on the left. The speaker
will be Rev. Cecil Bryant from Niceville. For
more information call 863-763-6989 or 863-
763-0714.
The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W
24th Ave., is having Growth Groups every
Wednesday at 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 5. The
groups being offered are: Discipleship, How
to Heal the Sick, Men's Bible Study, Wom-
en's Bible Study and Parenting. For more
information, please call the church at 863-
357-4418.

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Wild horse Ministries' program
Round Pen of Life on Saturday,
Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Bring a lawn
chair and watch Paul Daly take
a altered horse that has never
been ridden and train this horse
in two hours. A barbecue lun-
cheon will be served from 12:30
to 1:15 p.m. prior to the presen-
tation. A freewill offering will be
taken.


Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus
Catholic Church, on State Road 78 at
Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, will have
a bilingual Mass (Spanish and English) on
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. On Christ-
mas day, there will be a bilingual Mass
(French and English) at 2:30 p.m. and an
English Mass at 4 p.m. On Dec. 26, English
Mass will be at 10 a.m. and Spanish Mass
will be at noon.
The Okeechobee News is assembling
information for its 2011 Fact Book. We hope
to include a listing of Okeechobee Area
Churches. Please send us your name, ad-
dress, phone, pastor name, service times
and web address. Send this information to
email: pgawda@newszap.com.
The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area
churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@
newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-763-
3134, extension 4225.


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E.O.C. Northside Head Start Center president Lucy M. Bowers (center), Jese-
nia Hilario, executive assistance from the Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton
Council and also Patricia Jackson, E.O.C. board member at a recent presenta-
tion of a check for $2,500 to help buy toys for the children at the center.


Seminole Tribe donates

funds for kids' toy project
A check for $2,500 was presented to Florida Brighton Council members, espe-
Mrs. Patricia Jackson, board member of cially Andrew Bower, the children of E.O.C.
E.O.C Northside Head Start Center from Head Start are sure to receive a wonderful
Lucy Bower, Northside Head Start Center surprise this Christmas when they wake up


president.
Toys for the children of the Head Start
Center were purchased and distributed to
parents of the children as they picked up
their children from the center.
With the help of the Seminole Tribe of


and find presents under the tree.
The children, parents and staff from
E.O.C Head Start would like to thank the
Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton Council
members for their generous support over
the past years.


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OHS Brahman bowling team is honored at banquet


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Adrian Banda won the most valuable
player award for Okeechobee boys bowling
and Mary Simmons took home the award
for the girls team at the annual bowling ban-
quet held at Okeechobee High School on
Dec. 16.
Banda, a senior, led the team in scoring
average this year, and was also praised for
his leadership skills.
"It felt good. It is a real big honor to win
such an award. It shows my hard work."
Banda took one year off and was able to
come back to the team without too many
problems. He said the returners need to
practice to get better and like the game.
"A lot of kids should come out next year
and I think the team will be better," he add-
ed.
Simmons, a junior, led the girls team in
scoring average. She said she was very sur-
prised to win the award.
"It was awesome. I've bowled for other
teams in high school like Seminole High
School. It was an awesome year and I helped
boost the team up," she said.
Simmons said she worked hard and tried
to help the other players out where she
could. She said her goal is to become a pro-
fessional bowler.
"It's a pretty awesome sport. I'm getting
there and I'm working it out. I'm positive the
team will be better next year," she added.
Noe Arroyo won the Brahman award
for the boys team while Kirsten Doney


took home the Brahman award for the girls
team.
Other members of the boys team this
year included Nick Brown, Marco Raya and
Angel Garcia. Arroyo and Banda also earned
three-year lettermen awards.
Danielle Racine and Tameka Hornick will
receive four-year letter awards for the girl's
team. Victoria Woodruff and Kayla Runyon
took home three-year letter awards.
Woodruff, Racine and Kayla Runyon also
were scholar athletes this year.
The girls team finished eighth in the dis-
trict tournament this year and will return a
number of players next year. They had their
best season in the past six years as they fin-
ished with a .500 record.
The boy's team lacked depth but were
able to compete in most of their matches.
The girls team also fared well against some
of the larger schools in the area.
Coach Tony Sherlock said he was pleased
with how the girls did this year. He said the
boys did their best and tried every night.
"We are going to give it our best in the fu-
ture. We have a good foundation to start
with. We'll be young but it gives us several
years to work with them and get them bet-
ter," he said.
Sherlock said he might take the bowlers
to some off season tournaments to keep
their skills sharp. He said the bowlers will
have to bowl year round to compete with
other Treasure Coast schools.
"It is hard to say goodbye to our six se-
niors. We will start from scratch next year
and we'll work at it and get better," he said.


Online safe boating course offered


A law put into effect earlier this year now
requires boaters in Florida born after Jan.
1, 1988 and operating a vessel powered by
an engine with 10 or more horsepower to
have successfully completed a boater safety
course, carry a boater safety identification
card and photo ID. However, some Sun-
shine State boaters could find it challenging
locating a nearby boater safety course that's
both convenient and fits their budget.
However, the new Online Boating Safety
Course provided by the Boat U.S. Founda-
tion for Boating Safety and Clean Water is
now approved by Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC), which al-
lows the state's boaters to take the course at
no cost in the comfort of their own home.
For boaters over 22 years old, taking the
course could also earn a discount on your
boat insurance.
The online course and exam is also ap-
proved by the National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators and recognized
by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the
minimum requirements for the National


Recreational Boating Safety Program.
"We've loaded the course with interactive
animations, videos and photos to give boat-
ers an education that goes well beyond the
basics of boating," said BoatUS Foundation
Director of Boating Safety Chris Edmonston.
"It includes videos that demonstrate impor-
tant safety devices such as visual distress sig-
nals, how to get help in an emergency, how
to prevent and extinguish fires aboard your
boat, and the best way to fit a life jacket to a
child so they will not slip out," he added.
"The best part of all is the course is free
and can be taken at home, and it's designed
so that you can stop and then continue at any
time. I will guarantee you that everyone will
learn something new," said Edmonston.
Upon successful completion of the
course, boaters print out their own cer-
tificate of completion and forward to FWC
which issues the boater safety identification
card. To take the course go to www.BoatUS.
org. For more information about Florida
boater education, go to: www.myfwc.com/
recreation/boat index.htm.


O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

Gold Tee Winners
First place J. Masters. Second place G. Guydosh. Third place C. Ferguson.
Fourth place R. Carbia.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Noe Arroyo (left) and Adrian Banda
(right). Arroyo won the Brahman award
for boy's bowling and Banda took
home the MVP award.


Seniors Victoria Woodruff (left) and
Kayla Runyon earned three-year letter
awards at the girls bowling banquet
Thursday.


Noe Arroyo (left) and Adrian Banda
show off their three-year letter awards
won at the bowling banquet Thursday.


E
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Mary Simmons (left) earned the most
valuable player award and Kirsten
Doney took home the Brahman award
at the girls bowling banquet on Thurs-
day.


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December 22, 2010


OHS boys compete in holiday soccer tournament


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School boys soccer
team lost to South Fork 2-0 in the opening
day of the Brahman Annual Christmas Tour-
nament at Okeechobee High School Mon-
day night.
Okeechobee didn't have very many scor-
ing opportunities against the Bulldogs and
had trouble keeping the ball in the South
Fork end of the field.
Bradley Farias of Indiantown opened the
scoring with a great individual run at the net
with about 15 minutes left in the first half
to provide the only score South Fork would
need.
South Fork had four good shots on the
net in the first half and only Serafin Espino-
za's great work in net kept Okeechobee in
the match.

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The FWC is exploring the idea of ad-
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Currently, legal hours for alligator
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to one hour after sunrise.
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South Fork added a goal with 18 minutes
left in the match to end the scoring.
Okeechobee played short handed as sev-
eral players were unavailable due to the holi-
days and due to injuries and suspensions.
Sophomore Hunter Pritchard said he felt
South Fork was a very good defensive team
but that his team should have done better,
"It was just one of those nights. We didn't
move the ball around and we weren't into
it."
Pritchard said some of the kids might
have had other things on their mind but
there is no excuse to playing poorly in front
of the home fans.
"I hope we come out Tuesday and have a
good match. We just need to come out hard
and put this behind us," he said.
Espinoza made six saves in the Brahman
net. Okeechobee had just four shots on net
in the match.


Cristhian Toribio tries to maneuver the
ball for a shot near the Bulldog net dur-
ing Monday's match. Okeechobee was
shut out by the stingy Bulldogs.


Ukeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Augustine Leon (center) battles for possession of the ball at midfield during
Monday's Christmas Tournament at OHS. Okeechobee lost to South Fork 2-0.


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OHS lady hoopsters fall


to Lady Dragons, 38-36 IN 04II,


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Maranda Serrano had 12 points and Ami
Edwards and Jaryaca Baker both had nine
points in a losing cause as Okeechobee lost
to Lake Placid in a high school girl's basket-
ball game played Friday at Yearling Middle
School, 38-36. The game was a close battle
throughout with neither team able to build
more than a four point lead.
Okeechobee coach Erin Morrow said her
girls played very hard and were really moti-
vated to play this game. "It was our first close
game in awhile so we were excited to have
a chance to win the game. The girls were
really into it," she said. "It was good to have
that feeling and hopefully it'll be motivation
to work a little harder and get better."
The lights in the gymnasium went out
right before the opening tip resulting in a 15
minute delay. Once things got started both
team's struggled a bit on the offensive end.
Okeechobee led 12-10 after the first quarter
and Lake Placid held a 17-16 lead at half-
time.
Okeechobee used a man-to-man de-
fense, and neither team shot well from the
outside. Okeechobee got a number of bas-
kets from their inside players, Serrano and
Edwards, when they were patient in the half
court offense. "We held them to 17 points
in the first half so defense really wasn't an
issue. It was the offense that needed some
work," Morrow said.
Janet Smith hit a three pointer in the third
quarter to help the Lady Brahmans take a
32-30 lead after the third quarter.
When Jodi Raulerson hit a jump shot
Okeechobee led 34-30. Okeechobee got
only one more basket in the final six min-


Shamarah Shanks (right) dribbles to the
basket during the girls varsity basketball
game Friday between Okeechobee and
Lake Placid. Okeechobee fell 38-36.
utes. Stephiney Smith, 20 points, took over
for Lake Placid down the stretch as she
scored the final six points for the Lady Green
Dragons.
Morrow said she felt her players got a little
tense at the end with the game on the line.
Okeechobee also lost Edwards to an ankle
injury for most of the fourth quarter. "The
younger players had a look in their eyes.
They were scared. It is good to get that expe-
rience of a close game. We tried to move the
ball and get off a good shot, its just the girls
rushed it a little bit. I hope they learn from
the experience," she said.
Serrano had 12 rebounds and two steals
for Okeechobee, (4-10). Edwards grabbed
eight rebounds. Raulerson had two re-
bounds and five steals. Baker had two re-
bounds, a block and three steals.
Okeechobee is off until Jan. 4, when they
host Summit Christian.


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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) is considering new
rules that could be approved for final adop-
tion at the February 2011 Commission meet-
ing.
During the past year, the FWC, and its
partners and cooperating agency landown-
ers, have worked with stakeholders in de-
veloping proposals to change season dates
for these public hunting lands. These lands
include wildlife management areas, wildlife
and environmental areas and miscellaneous
areas.
Making these adjustments would align
these areas more closely with the newly
adopted hunting zone season dates, which
took effect this year.
"With the new changes to hunting sea-
son dates this year on private lands, we
- and our hunting stakeholders feel that
season dates need to be modified on several
of our areas to correspond better with the
new zonal seasons and the timing of deer
breeding," said Diane Eggeman, director of
the FWC's Division of Hunting and Game
Management.
The FWC held nine public meetings
across the state and gathered input and feed-
back on the subject through an online poll.
Proposed changes take into consideration


when deer breed on each area and other
hunter preferences, such as hunting during
holidays and the desires of other area users.
"We want to make things as good as
we can for public-land hunters," said Cory
Morea, FWC biologist and deer manage-
ment program coordinator. "Adjusting some
of these dates to make the seasons occur
closer to peak deer activity or during holi-
days should increase hunter satisfaction.
"But, at the same time, we don't want to
fix something that isn't broken," Morea said.
"Hunters have told us that on some of our
areas the seasons are timed just right, so we
aren't recommending any changes to those
areas."
If approved at the February Commission
meeting, these rules would become effec-
tive July 1, 2011 and apply to the 2011-12
hunting season.
"We always advise hunters to look at
the individual public hunting area rules and
regulations brochures to know the hunting
season dates for a particular area," Morea
said. "In most cases, they are different from
the hunting zone in which the area lies."
For information on the specific season
date changes being proposed for each area,
go to MyFWC.com/Deer.


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BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom
CBS, Large kitchen,
new carpet, screen
room, utility room. $750
mo. includes water,
lawn and garbage.
(863)467-2784 or
(863)532-0504


Christmas Special
2bd/lba Duplex located
by Courthouse, $800.00
moves you in. Rent due
on Jan. 1st, 2011 of
$600.
Call 863-634-8331

CLEAN APT IN TOWN -
2/2, w/d, lawn maint in-
cluded, $750 + $300
sec. (863) 634-3572

Oak Lake Apartment
Bldg 40, 2BR, 1BA, 2 sto-
ry, screened porch, very
clean. $700 + $500 sec.
(863)634-3312/
634-3313.

ONE MONTH FREE
2 BR, 1.5 BA, All appl's.
Carpet, Tile & Blinds.
Restrictions apply. 1
Block North of WaI-Mart.
(863)763-8878

TWO AVAILABLE
2/1 Duplex $700
3/1 Duplex $750
Center of Town
Painted, Tile, W/D, very
clean. Quiet. Corner lot.
Small security, small pet
O.K. 863-634-9899

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


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Experience preferred
Please apply at Workforce or
email resumes to:
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FOR SALE OR LEASE
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295




TAYLOR CREEK Condo
1BR/1BA, 1st floor,
furn., pool & tennis,
boat dock, rec room,
very nice. Reasonable
Call 561-324-4902 or
561-582-8693.
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Hwy 710, 5 miles north
of FPL $1,000 Monthly
Call 772-285-2475
3bd/2ba house on Ea-
gle Bay Drive $900 mo
1st, last + Security ,
pets welcome.
Call 954-892-4719 or
863-697-2522

AFFORDABLE New
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
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Bring Pets. $1000/$900
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dep. & ref's. Call
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Move in for $850.
$700 mo. Must have
references. Call
863-824-0981
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end street. New ceramic
tile and carpet through-
out. Kid and pet friendly.
863-634-9330 or
863-467-2541

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House on 2.5 acres 3/2
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2bd/lba Singlewide
M/H 7 miles north of
town just past Izzy's
$500 a month
1st and last, security neg
Call 863-467-2563 or
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Ancient Oaks
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Gated Community
$500 mo. plus electric,
1 bed/lbath, fully fur-
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er, 2 car carport.
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FOR RENT: 3/2 & 2/1
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min. from town center
on beautiful ranch. NO
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FORT DRUM 5 acres,
small pond creek, 2BR,
2BA Trailer, needs interi-
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pairs, if tenant can help
with them. Deposit will
be $1000 and Rent $500
(772) 464-9226
Kib's Fish Camp -Tropi-
cal setting Rim Canal lo-
cation 1 & 2 BR
furnished. Annual month-
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now (772) 215-0010
OKEECHOBEE Cute
2br unfurn. waterfront
single. Lrg. Lot, Rm. for
Motor Home, Boat slip,
Sea wall. Mowing incld.
$550 mo. 863-226-3436
(Lakeland)
OKEECHOBEE- 2br/ 2
ba. Unfurn'd Single-
wide, Dock, Central air
& heat. Water & yard
maint. inclu'd. $600
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w/13x10 additional-
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Park,completely remod-
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w/appliances included.
2 car carport, new metal
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lake (no locks).
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(561)214-2633

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INVITATION TO BID
ROADWAY STRIPING
BID NO. PW-02-00-12-10
Sealed Bids will be received by the General Services Department of the
City of Okeechobee, City Hall, Room 101, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeecho-
bee, FL, 34974, until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, after
Nhich time the bids duly submitted will be opened and read aloud. Bids may
lot be revoked after bid opening.
This project consists of: Thermoplasic Paint Roadway Striping.
31d packets may be obtained from the General Services Department, or
mailed by request to bclement@cityofokeechobee.com during normal of-
ice hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.
-nvelopes must be clearly marked: 'ROADWAY STRIPING BID NO.
PW-02-00-12-10 and may be hand delivered or mailed to the address
isted above. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted.
The City of Okeechobee reserves the right to reject any or all bids(s), with
)r without cause, to waive technical errors deemed most advantageous to
:he City. All bid(s) shall remain open for a period not to exceed ninety (90)
Jays from the date of the bid opening.
3y: Donnie Robertson, Director of Public Works
374379 ON 12/22/2010


REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000419
CATTLE GRAZING OPERATION, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
:nct, 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 February 10, 2011
For approximately 109 acres and/or 84 acres for the purpose of Catte Graz-
ng Operation located in:
Secton 36, Township 35 South, Range 33 East, Okeechobee County.
Secton 31, Township 35 South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee County.
31ds will be accepted on one or both parcels.
4n OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on January 13, 2011,
11:00 a.m., at east corner of the North West corner of the 37 acre haying
)arcel by the access gate for all interested respondents. Transportation will
)e the responsibility of interested attendees. See completed RFB for direc-
:ions.
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 solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov,; 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.
373956 ON 12/22,29/2010 1/5/2011

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO ADOPT THE EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL REPORT
OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
dLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, will
iold the following public hearing on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.,
)r as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL
:o adopt the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) of the City's Compre-
lensive Plan.
411 interested parties are encouraged to appear and be heard regarding the
:valuation and Appraisal Report of the Comprehensive Plan. Interested par-
ies may submit written or oral comments before or at the public hearing.
4 copy of the proposed Evaluation and Appraisal Report will be available for
public inspection at the City Clerk's Office during regular business hours,
Ion-Fnri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
'LEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person decides to ap-
peal a decision made in any matter considered at this meeting/hearing,
;uch person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is
nade, to include the testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is
:o be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for
:he department.
En accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
;ons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding
shouldd contact the Administration Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
James E. Kirk, Mayor
-ane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
373896 ON 12/22/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-156
IN RE: ESTATE OF
L. MAE WASHINGTON,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the Estate of
L. MAE WASHINGTON, deceased,
whose date of death was September
20, 2010, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, Probate Division, the address of
which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representa-
tive'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 15th, 2010.
Attorney for
Personal Representatives:
GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQ.
Florida Bar No. 280461
Glenn J. Sneider, LC
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 467-6570
Personal Representative:
GWENDOLYN SOLT
2224 SE 27th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
373720 ON 12/15,22/2010

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) No. 6000000418
Dispersed Water Management Northern Everglades
Payment for Environmental Services
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
Iict, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406,
Nill receive sealed proposals up to 5:00 p.m. opening time on March 14,
2011 from eligible landowners to prepare a written submittal for participa-
]on in the Dispersed Water Management Program, Northern Everglades
dyment for Environmental Services (NE-PES). Eligible landowners who
propose a Water Management Area project will compete for funding to cov-
.r the cost of retaining water and nutrients on their beef cattle ranchland
Within the Northern Everglades.
4n optional public workshop to answer questions and provide program in-
Formation is scheduled for January 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the
Dkeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee,
:londa. All interested landowners are encouraged to attend the workshop.
or directions and workshop location information call (863) 462-5260 or
;800) 250-4200.
411 proposals must conform to the instructions in the Solicitation. Interested
respondents may obtain a copy of the complete solicitabon (1) at the above
address; (2) by downloading the solicitabtion from our website at
Nww.sfwmd.gow (3) by calling (561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the
24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290. The public is invited to attend
:he opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation
can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
Official public meetings regarding this Solicitation are scheduled as follows:
1.Selection Committee Meeting: March 29, 2011, 10:00 AM, 3301 Gun
Club Road, B1 Building, Conference Room 3B
2.Selection Committee Meeting, Alternate Date: March 30, 2011, 10:00
AM, 3301 Gun Club Road, B1 Building, Conference Room 3A
should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend
any of the meetings by means of communication media technology (CMT),
Lhe meetings will be teleconferenced at the dates, times, locations and con-
Ference rooms referenced above. For more information, please contact Mary
leier, Lead Contract Compliance Specialist, at (561) 682-6384.
374204 ON 12/22/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2009 CA 193
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA,
4 FEDERALLY CHARTERED INSTRUMENTALITY,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
1. THOMAS KELLEY and FOREST HILL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.,
3 Florida Corporation,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment entered in
:he above styled cause now pending in said Court that I will sell to the high-
st and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, the following described real proper-
:y:
EXHIBITA
PARCEL 16 FRA-MAR ACRES
4 PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 33 AND 36, TOWNSHIP 36
SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST AND SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE
34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICU-
-ARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
:OMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 35;
THENCE N 8958'16" E. ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 35, A
DISTANCE OF 786.21 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST LINE
3F THE EAST 4600.00 FEET OF SAID SECTION 35;
THENCE S 01008'30" W. A DISTANCE OF 545.00 FEET;
THENCE N 89058'15" E, A DISTANCE OF 2255.71 FEET, TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING;
THENCE CONTINUE N 89058'15" E, A DISTANCE OF 2356.74 FEET, TO THE
INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 2;
THENCE N 00003'55" E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 545.00
=EET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36;

THENCE N 27009'34" E, A DISTANCE OF 487.46 FEET, TO THE SOUTHERLY
:ORNER OF A 50.00 ACRE TRACT OF LAND;
THENCE N 39013'45" W, ALONG THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID 50.00 ACRE
TRACT OF LAND AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-
NAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 700, A DISTANCE OF 900.00 FEET, TO THE
WESTERLY CORNER OF SAID 50.00 ACRE TRACT OF LAND;
THENCE N 47044'09" W, A DISTANCE OF 1690.45 FEET, TO THE INTER-
3ECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF A 70 FOOT WIDE ACCESS EASE-
VENT;
THENCE S 60021'39" W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 258.28
=EET, TO A POINT OF CUVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH-
NEST AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 300.00 FEET;
THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE AND SAID CENTERLINE,
THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 27011' 05", AN ARC DISTANCE OF 142.34
=EET, TO A POINT OF TANGENCY;
THENCE S 87032'43" W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 401.37
=EET;
THENCE S 0000145" E, A DISTANCE OF 2630.09 FEET, TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.
4NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
[F ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
-S PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
DATED December 2, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: Linda F. Young, Deputy Clerk
Attorney: Sandier & Sandier
117 Aragon Avenue
:oral Gables, Florida 33134
373670 ON 12/15,22,29/2010


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 10-CP-153
IN RE: ESTATE OF
HILDA JOHANNA HARRIS,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
HILDA JOHANNA HARRIS, De-
ceased, whose date of death was Au-
gust 30, 2010, is pending in the
Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 400 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972-4106. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive 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 15th, 2010.
Personal Representative:
SEAN HARRIS
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Scott R. Bugay, Esquire
Florida Bar No. 5207
Citicentre, Suite P600
290 NorthWest 165th Street
Miami, FL 33169
Telephone: (305) 956-9040
Fax: (305) 945-2905
373350 ON 12/15,22/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITIN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2009-CP-245
IN RE: ESTATE OF
PATTY SUE PIERCE
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The name of the decedent, the
designation of the court in which the
administration of this estate is pend-
ing, and the file number are indicat-
edabove. The address of the Court
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attomey are indicat-
ed below.
If you have been served with a
copy of this notice and you have any
claim or demand against the dece-
dent's estate, even if that claim is
unmatured, contingent or liquidated,
you must file your claim with the
court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF
A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with the court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED
BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED
ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE
NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED
TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENTS
DEATH.
The date of death of the decedent
is: November 15, 2009.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is December 15, 2010.
Personal Representative:
PAMELA JO PIERCE
3505 SE 25th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Attorney for
Personal Representabtive:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
373202 ON 12/15,22/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
File No.: 2010 CP 61
IN RE: ESTATE OF
SHANNON R. BENDER,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The ancillary administration of the
Estate of SHANNON R. BENDER, de-
ceased, File Number 2010 CP 61 i s
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
NW 3d Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The name and address of the
personal representative and the per-
sonal resentative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, or whom a copy
of this notice is served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE 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,
including unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS
NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREV-
ER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 22, 2010.
FUCHS AND JONES, PA.
Attorneys for Personal Representatve
246 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard
Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Telephone: (561) 793-0600
Facsimile: (561) 793-7079
By: Lawrence M. Fuchs, Esq.
Florida Bar No. 173420
KATHY PETTIT
Personal Representative
c/o Fuchs and Jones, PA.
246 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
374212 ON 12/22,29/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
Case No. 472010CP000163
In Re: The Estate of:
BRYAN L. KENNEDY, SR.,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of
Bryan L. Kennedy, Sr., Deceased,
whose date of death was July 24,
2010, and whose social security
number is XXX-XX-5264, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
The names and addresses of the Per-
sonal Representative and the Person-
al 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 15th, 2010.
Attorney for Per-
sonal Representatve:
Anthony R Guettler
Florida Bar No. 17689
Gould Cooksey Fennell, PA.
979 Beachland Boulevard
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Telephone: (772) 231-1100
Facsimile: (772) 231-2020
Personal Representative:
Bryan Kennedy, Jr.
2741 NW 2nd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
373723 ON 12/15,22/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-446
WESLEY J. DUMONT AND
ANGELA D. DUMONT, HIS WIFE,
Plaintiff
vs.
PAMELA A. WESTER, CLAYTON J.
BONEY, THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE,
MINDY MARTIN, BIG LAKE
NATIONAL BANK AND PATRICIA
STANDER
Defendants.
CLERK'S NOTICE OF SALE
UNDER F.S. CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accor-
dance with the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated December 6,
2010, in the above-styled cause, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash, at the Jury Assembly
Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center at 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
on January 12, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.,
the following described property:
The West i/2 of the West i/2 of
the South /2 of the North /2 of
Tract 24, lying and being in
Section 2, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to
the Plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclu-
sive, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated: 12/13/2010
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
373661 ON 12/15,22/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472009CA000532
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
LUZ M. BROWN, et. al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 15, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2009-CA-532 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
bonal Bank is Plaintiff and Luz M.
Brown is the Defendant, 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, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
12th day of January, 2011, the fol-
lowing described property Okeecho-
bee County, Florida:
The South 1/2 of Lot 55, DEER
PARK ACRES, a parcel of land
lying in the South 1/2 of Sec-
tion 32, Township 33 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee
County Florida; being more
particularly described as fol-
Commencing at the Southeast
corner of said Section 32
marked by hewed lighter
wood post, bear South 89 de-
grees 33' 31" West along the
South line of said Section 32, a
distance of 4297.47 feet;
thence bear North a distance
of 664.56 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING; thence continue
along aforedescribed line a
distance of 330.00 feet;
thence bear South 89 degrees
19' 08" West a distance of
330.00 feet; thence bear
South a distance of 330.00
feet; thence bear North 89 de-
grees 19' 08" East, a distance
of 330.00 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING; subject to the
East 25 feet and the South 25
feet for road purposes.
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 lispendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 20 day of Oct., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
369708 ON 12/15,22/2010


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meet the state's growing demand for work-
force-related degrees. Approximately one
out of every 20 Floridians is enrolled in the
Florida College System, representing more
than one million students, and estimates
show in excess of 13 million jobs needed
by 2014 will require a degree offered at a
Florida College. In fact, enrollment in bac-
calaureate programs in the Florida College
System has almost tripled in size since 2006,
growing from 3,500 to 12,000.
In response to this evolution, the Flori-
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a student to obtain a bachelor's degree at
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The 4-Year Florida College Plan was cre-
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tuition and most required fees for 60 lower
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Families can now prepay the higher edu-
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LEGAL NOTICE
A public aucton will be held at YOUR
1 STOP AUTO SHOP, INC. Lot 521
East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida
33440 on TUESDAY the 4th day of
JANUARY from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78
for unpaid towing and storage. Year,
Make, Model & Vn's as follows:
1988CHEV
VIN#:1G1BU51H8JR176542
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
in "AS IS" with no guarantees.
374342 ON 12/22/2010

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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY
7, 2011 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.
2000 Ford Taurus
VIN#1FAFP58SXYG 154295
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.
374348 ON 12/22/2010

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NOTICE OF SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the un-
dersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, will on the 19th
day of January, 2011, at 11:00
A.M., at the Okeechobee County Ju-
dicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second
Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in
the Cit of Okeechobee, offer for sale
and sell at public outcry to the high-
est and best bidder for cash, the fol-
lowing described personal property
situated in Okeechobee County,
Florida, to-wit:
1977 Vanguard Mobile Home,
bearing Ha Title No: 14030068
and VIN number GB1CS26278
located at Pine Ridge Park #2,
2881 NE 5th Trail, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
pursuant to the final judgment en-
tered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is:
WILLIAM L. GERNAT, Trustee of
PINE RIDGE PARK, II.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
MARK L. McLEAN, JR.,
Defendant.
and the docket number of which
is: 2010-CC-154
THE MOBILE HOME IS LOCATED
UPON A RENTED LOT WITH NO
RIGHT OF CONTINUED OCCUPANCY
AND ABSENT WRITTEN CONSENT
OF THE LANDLORD, THE SUCCESS-
FUL PURCHASER MUST REMOVE THE
UNIT WITHIN 15 DAYS FOLLOWING
ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF
TITLE.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THlE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE AMENDED COMPLAINT
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official
seal of said Court, this 13th day of
December, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Court of
Okeechobee County, Florida
BY: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John D. Cassels, Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
373749 ON 12/22,29/2010


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December 22, 2010







Holiday Happenings


Kiwanis Santa in the Park
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
host Kiwanis Santa in the Park in Park #4 of
Flagler Park on Dec. 22 and 23 from 6 until
8 p.m.

Buekhead Ridge Annual
Night Boat Parade is Dec. 23
Buckhead Ridge marina will host the an-
nual night boat parade on Dec. 23. Boaters
will meet at the Buckhead Ridge Marina at
5 p.m. Please decorate and light your boat.
You can also throw candy and dog biscuits
(in small zip lock bags).

Christmas Eve Dance Party
American Legion Post 64 will host a
Christmas Eve Party on Friday from 1 until
5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and
dance music will be provided by Michael.
The Post will close at 6 p.m. and will be
closed Christmas Day.

Shrine Club hosts
New Year's Eve Party
Spend your New Year's Eve with the
Okeechobee Shriner's Club! The Jim Elder
Review will be rocking the house again.
Entertainment by Nancy Elder. Dance to
the Oldies, Classics and Soul. Music from 8
p.m. to midnight. Happy Hour 6 p.m. with
dinner at 6:45 p.m. Steak, salad, potato,
vegetable, roll and party favors. Tickets only


$25 per person. For reservations, call 863-
763-3378/863-484-0427. Okeechobee Shrine
Club, 1855 S.W 53rd Street, Hwy. 78 West.

Fraternal Order of Eagles
host New Year's Eve
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with the
Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137 on Friday,
Dec. 31. Steak dinners served beginning at
5:30. Dinners include steak, baked potato,
salad, garlic bread and dessert all for $12.
Entertainment by Rick and Julie from 7 p.m.
until midnight. Finger foods, party favors
and breakfast provided by Ladies Auxiliary.
For further information or to reserve a table,
please call 863-763-2552. Proceeds to spon-
sor 2010-11 Snowball King and Queen and
to Eagle Charities.

VFW Post 9528 to host
New Year's Eve Party
Come and spend New Year's Eve with
us at VF.W Post #9528 in Buckhead Ridge,
Highway 78 West. Prime Rib dinner, baked
potato and salad bar for $12 from 5 until
8 p.m. There is no cover charge to enjoy
music by Johnny "B" with champagne and
party favors. Fireworks at midnight, a 50/50
drawing and more. Tickets are available in
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