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Vol. 101 No. 156 Wednesday, December 29, 2010


500 Plus tax


'Runner' accused of


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Lakeport man is being held in the
Glades County Jail without bond after he al-
legedly shot and killed an Okeechobee bail
bondsman.
Koty Cheyenne Lewis, 29, Red Barn
Road, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 26, by De-
tective Sergeant Ronnie Baker of the Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) on a charge
of first-degree murder.


Lewis is accused of
killing Gordon Suleiman,
the owner of All Over Bail
Bonds. Mr. Suleiman was
helping a fellow Okeecho-
bee bail bondsman, Greg-
ory James, find Lewis and
take him into custody.
According to GCSO
Captain Daryl Lewis, Mr.
Koty Cheyenne Suleiman was shot one
Lewis time in the left side of the


killing local bondsman
chest with a .243 caliber rifle. GCSO reports direction, but as it neared the gate the driver
indicate that Mr. Suleiman died at the scene of the truck stopped and then began to back
shortly after being shot. up. Thinking Koty Lewis was in the vehicle,
It should be noted that Capt. Lewis and they crossed the gate and followed the truck
Koty Lewis are not related. to a small trailer.
An arrest report by Sgt. Baker states that Sgt. Baker then stated that Mr. James saw
Mr. Suleiman, his wife Cynthia, and Mr. Koty Lewis come from behind the trailer
James went to a mobile home on Red Barn and that he was armed with a rifle. The man
Road to take Koty Lewis into custody. When then pointed the gun at the three bondsmen
they arrived they found the front gate to the and told them to get off the property.
property closed and locked.
They saw a Dodge pickup coming in their See MURDER Page 5


County declares emergency
OCF/R Chief sets burn ban Wildfire safety tips...


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"We have exceeded our ability to effec-
tively respond to the wildfires," Okeechobee
County administrator Lyndon Bonner told
county commissioners in a special meeting
held Tuesday morning, Dec. 28.
As a result, commissioners declared a
state of emergency. In years past commis-
sioners have declared a state of emergency
in the face of impending hurricanes.
The declaration could aid the county in
seeking reimbursements for firefighting ex-
penses. It would also allow county staff to
cut red tape and call in additional resources
without waiting for the commission to as-
semble and take action.
In addition, it could make the county eli-
gible to receive non-monetary help from the
state.
Mr. Bonner said this action also puts the


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state on notice that the county is experienc-
ing a problem and the state will start looking
at what resources it can lend to the situa- "
tion.
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Chief
Nick Hopkins updated the commission on
the details of recent days. He said that there
were eight wildfires in the county since
Christmas afternoon, with four on Christ- -"
mas Day alone.
Almost 1,000 acres burned in three days.
And in those three days, the county has
spent $2,700 in overtime by having to call in
off-duty firefighters.
Mr. Bonner said that one option the coun-
ty was looking at was bringing in temporary
Special to the Okeechobee News/Melissa Yunas
See EMERGENCY Page 5 The Saturday, Dec. 25, fire in Dark Hammock destroyed this car along with 255
acres.


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Report: man used steel bar to beat women


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been charged
with attempted felony murder after he alleg-
edly beat a woman severely with a breaker
bar.
Matthew Eubanks, 32,
N.W 15th Ave., was arrest-
ed Saturday, Dec. 25, on
additional felony charges
of aggravated battery and
burglary of an occupied
dwelling.
He is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail Matthew
under a bond of $200,000. Eubanks
According to an ar-
rest report by Deputy Marcus Collier of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Eubanks broke into a home inhab-
ited by two women and two small children.
He apparently gained entrance into the mo-
bile home by crawling through a window.


Once inside the home, one of the wom-
en told him to get out of the home. At that
point, Eubanks allegedly chased the woman
into a bedroom and began beating her with
the breaker bar.
A breaker bar is made of forged steel and
is a non-ratcheting device used to break loose
tough fasteners such as nuts and bolts.
Deputy Collier went on to state while
Eubanks was beating the woman about her
head and back, the younger woman tried to
help and struck the man with an object. Eu-
banks then turned to her and beat her in the
head, back and neck with the bar until she
lost consciousness, added the report.
After she passed out, Eubanks reportedly
turned his attention to the other woman and
continued his onslaught.
When the younger woman awoke she
started to run for help but stopped when
she saw Eubanks going towards a room
where the two young children were, stated
Deputy Collier. The report stated that Eu-
banks opened the door to the room and said


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested on
felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Pa-
trol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Emma Jean Thigpen, 50, U.S. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 23 by Deputy
Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with the felony of possession of
oxycodone and the misdemeanor of resisting
a law enforcement officer without violence.
Her bond was set at $7,500.
Michael Donald Throop, 31, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 23 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with giving false infor-
mation to a pawn broker. His bond was set
at $2,500.
Thomas Charles Gamble, 29, S.E. Pitcher
Road, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Dec. 23 by
Officer Belen Reyna on a charge of grand theft.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Amanda Marie Schriber, 23, S.W 28th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 23 by De-
tective Rick Durfee on a charge of dealing in
stolen property firearm. Her bond was set at
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Angela Michelle Gehle, 25, N.W. 21st
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 23 by
Deputy Joseph Gracie on a felony charge of
battery on a detainee by a detainee. She was
also arrested on misdemeanor charges of
resisting a law enforcement officer without
violence and trespass after warning. Her bond
was set at $5,500.
Jeffrey Thomas Beal, 37, N.W 276th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 24 by Deputy
Michael Hazellief on a felony charge of ag-
gravated assault. He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His
bond was set at $27,500.
Raul Aguilar-Rodriguez, 47, S.W. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 25 by
Deputy Thomas Kitche n on charges of driving
under the influence, no valid driver's license
and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond
was set at $2,000.
John Allen Stout, 76, S.E. 25th Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 26 by Deputy
Thomas Kitchen on a charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at $500.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
,._m ,,,.. 11 ... dropped is welcome to inform this
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something to the children, then ran out the
front door.
Deputy Collier stated that both women
were taken to Raulerson Hospital, but the
wounds to the older woman's head were
such that stitches could not be used.
He went on to state that it took emergen-
cy room doctors two hours to apply stitches
to the younger woman's head. She also had
to have stitches in her left index finger and
left thumb, added the report, which were
caused by her trying to stop Eubanks from
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Lake level and releases
The people over in Lee County fuss and
cry when the lake is high and they release
water to the ocean-they say they don't
want that dirty water from the lake going
into their estuaries. But when there is a wa-
ter shortage, they certainly want that lake
water pumped into the Caloosahatchee Riv-
er to prevent the salt water intrusion. If they
don't want the lake water when the lake is
too high then they shouldn't get it when the
lake is low. Let's restore the natural system
and fill in the connection from the lake to
the Caloosahatchee. That connection is
man-made. Before Hamilton Disston started
dredging, there was marshland between
the lake and the Caloosahatchee River.
I don't want salt water intrusion in
Lake "0," that would ruin a lot of tourism
for sport fishing and really kill off the last of
the commercial fishing here that helps the
local economy ...the areas around Lake "0"
would then become ghost towns like the
towns out west did when the gold and silver
dried up!
I don't think there is a big chance of
salt water intrusion in the Big 0. The lake
naturally should have highs and lows. It's
actually good for the fisheries when the lake
gets low and the vegetation has a chance to
grow in the littoral zones. That provides a
good spawning area when the water rises. If
the lake is kept artificially high (the 15-17 ft.
schedule), it destroys the fisheries because
the high water kills the vegetation in the
spawning areas.
Since the lake is just about 12 and a
half feet, I think they should rethink releas-
ing any water as we are just at the beginning
of the dry season. During the dry season the
lake level drops every day just from evapo-
ration. We don't have any water to spare.
Those people on the coast need to build
their own reservoirs and quit trying to use
the lake as a reservoir.


These environmentalists who want
lake water released into the Caloosahatchee
don't seem to realize that such releases are
not the way nature designed the natural sys-
tem. What they currently have is not a natu-
ral system. If you want the natural system, fill
in the channel in the middle of the river and
let it go dry once a year. Before they channel-
ized it, you could wade across it during the
dry season. I read that in an interview with
an old-timer who was a boat captain on that
river before they channelized it.

Funniest t-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen lately
I'd like to help you out. Which way did
you come in?
If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I
stuck with the pits?
Never argue with a fool. People might
not know the difference.
I am in my own little world ... but it's
okay they know me here.
I can resist everything except tempta-
tion.
Marriages are made in heaven. But so
again, are thunder and lightning.
Money can't buy friends, but you can
get a better class of enemy.
Only two things are infinite, the uni-
verse and human stupidity, and I'm not sure
about the former. Albert Einsteinkelsk
The early bird gets the worm, but the
second mouse gets the cheese.
Never do anything that you wouldn't
want to explain to the paramedics.
Eagles may soar in the clouds, but wea-
sels never get sucked into jet engines.

Junk yard
When will somebody have the courage
to do something about the junk yard? Awhile
back he was to have everything behind the
so-called fence. The place is a disgrace with
all of the junk sitting almost on the sidewalk
in places. Code enforcement, do your job.
I am surprised the EPA hasn't come in as
there are old tires back in the mess behind
the fence.

Turn on lights for safety
When it rains the state law says you
are to turn on your lights for safety. This
past weekend we were returning from Hol-
lywood and ran into some hard downpours.
There were many cars that did not have their
lights on. People, this is for your safety as
well as your fellow motorist.


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Fundraisers help
feed the hungry
We held two bake sales, Oct. 30 and Nov.
20 at the Winn Dixie, and a final sale at the
Festival in the Park on Dec. 11. We also sold
chili at the park and we are so excited to an-
nounce that we have netted over $900 to do-
nate to the Food Pantry of Big Lake Missions!
As we have been telling everyone, the food
pantry is used solely for the single moms in
Okeechobee to feed their children. Every
dollar that is donated to the food pantry is
used for that purpose.
We'd like to thank the churches who par-
ticipated by donating baked goods and also
individuals who donated chili. The are: The
Back Porch Church, Believers' Fellowship,
Church of Our Saviour, First Baptist Church
of Basinger, DC Ranch, Basinger, First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, and Dick and Norma
Green.
We especially want to thank Mr. Freeman
and the Winn Dixie Store for allowing us to
hold those first two bake sales at the Winn
Dixie.
We also greatly appreciate all those who
purchased baked goods or chili at the sales.
Without your donations, we could not have
done this job! The people of Okeechobee
have shown how much they care about our
children. "Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken
together and running over, will be poured
into your lap. For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
God has greatly blessed this effort and we
give Him all the glory for the success of the
project. We plan to continue holding bake
sales from time to time to benefit the food
pantry at Big Lake Missions. We also plan to
sell our delirious chili again, possibly at the
Speckled Perch Festival.
Anyone who would like to participate
by donating baked goods or chili can do so
by contacting Cathy at 863-763-4843 or 863-
664-0148. We never turn down help!
Merry Christmas to everyone!
In His Footsteps,
Cathy Killian
The Back Porch Church

Dogs go to prison
The Humane Society Pet Rescue has
sealed a deal for some of our select dogs to
spend 12 weeks in the Moore Haven prison.
There, our dogs will live with select prison


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inmates who will take full responsibility, in-
cluding socializing, day to day care, groom-
ing and obedience training.
I believe this is a win-win program, great
rehabilitation for both the dogs and the in-
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the dogs will be great companions for new
families. Dogs can be adopted prior to fin-
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must wait until the program is over.
The dogs could us some chew toys, large
soft pillow beds, to donate drop, please off
to our facility.
Belinda Forlifer, director
Humane Society Pet Rescue



Okeechobee

Forecast
Today: Sunny, with a high near 70. Wind
chill values as low as 29 early. Calm wind
becoming east southeast between 5 and 10
mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
46. Calm wind becoming east southeast
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 54. East wind around 5 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
76. East southeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 55. East southeast wind around 5
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New Year's Day: Mostly sunny, with a
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Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a
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Firefighters work through holiday to save homes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Firemen from as far away as Orlando
helped Okeechobee firemen put out several
wild fires over the weekend that threatened
homes and burned several vehicles and oth-
er items.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue,
Okeechobee City firemen and the Division of
Forestry battled fires throughout the county,
with large ones in Viking, in the Kissimmee
Prairie State Preserve, an area between
Okeechobee Correctional and Dark Ham-
mock Road, and one at Rocking K Ranch on
U.S. 441 north in Fort Drum.
Division of Forestry Spokesperson Melis-
sa Yunas said some of these fires could have
been avoided if people had used common
sense. In one case a man was burning old
vegetation by a pond in Country Hills Estates
and the flames sparked a 10-acre brush fire.
"It is extremely dry and windy right now.
There is low relative humidity, no moisture
in the vegetation and it is dangerous to
burn," she said.
Firemen from across the Treasure Coast,
Highlands County, and Orlando helped
Okeechobee firemen battle these blazes on
Saturday and Sunday.
Two hundred acres burned in Viking on
Christmas day and then rekindled on Sunday.


MURDER
Continued From Page 1
Mr. James reportedly told Sgt. Baker that
Koty Lewis knew who he was and that the
bondsman was looking for him.
Lewis then began to run and Mr. and
Mrs. Suleiman gave chase and, in about 2
to 5 minutes, Mr. James reportedly told the
detective he heard a gunshot and Mrs. Sulei-
man scream.
"He's definitely a runner. He's known by
all law enforcement to be a runner," said
Sgt. Baker of Koty Lewis. "They've been try-
ing to pick him up for several weeks."
Capt. Lewis said Mr. Suleiman was armed
with a handgun and chased Koty Lewis
into a nearby pasture. At some point Koty
Lewis stopped running and turned to face
the bondsman, said Capt. Lewis, and raised
his rifle. Mr. Suleiman, at that point, stopped
and raised his hands in the air with his hand-
gun apparently dangling from his thumb.
"Mr. Suleiman gave chase into a cow pas-


Homes were threatened and some residents
had to be evacuated. In the end 300 acres
burned and three cars were destroyed.
Fire crews determined this fire was
caused by a downed power line caused by
high winds. Firemen spent the night check-
ing on the area to make sure all of the fire
was out.
Fifty acres burned at the Rocking K Ranch
when a campfire escaped. The flames raced


The Saturday, Dec. 25, fire at Larson
Dairy destroyed a camper, John Deere
tractor and utility truck along with 20
acres.


ture," said the GCSO captain. "Lewis turned
with the rifle and fired one round. He (Mr.
Suleiman) threw up his hands (as if giving
up) but Lewis shot him anyway."
Sgt. Baker's report stated that Glades
County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon and GCSO
Deputy David Springman found Koty Lewis
a short time later hiding under the porch of a
building at Chappy's Hunt Camp on S.R. 78,
east of Old Lakeport Road. The detective's
report states that Sheriff Whiddon was able
to coax Lewis out from under the porch.
The bolt action rifle was found later near
some cow pens-about 150 yards from
where Mr. Suleiman was shot, said Capt.
Lewis.
"The rifle was still loaded with one in the
chamber and four in the magazine," said the
captain. "He (Koty Lewis) had two more live
rounds in his pockets."
Capt. Lewis went on to say that when
Koty Lewis was taken into custody a glass
smoking pipe containing a white residue
was found in his pocket. The residue was
field tested and indicated a positive result for


into Indian Hammock nearby but there was
no report of damage to homes.
"Right now it is not a very smart idea to
be burning anything. One guy mowed his
own yard and the mower struck a rock and
the lawn mower caused the wild fire," she
said. This fire on U.S. 441 near Northeast 144
Street resulted in a 305 acre fire. A campfire
escaped on the Kissimmee Prairie State Pre-
serve resulted in a 100 acre wild fire.
A blaze in Country Hills Estates off U.S.
441 was started when a resident tried to
burn old vegetation near a pond, "That
just wasn't a good idea. Please use caution
when welding or doing anything that causes
a spark, or driving anything in high grass.
Immediately call 911. Fire Departments can
get there quickly and put out the flames."
Firemen also were able to save seven
homes that were threatened by the Coun-
try Hills fire. The fire did damage five cars,
a camper, four lawn mowers, a pole barn,
three sheds, a sailboat, a van and canoes.
A notice of violation was issued to the in-
dividual who started this fire and he could
be held liable for the suppression of the fire.
Yunas said the Department of Agriculture
and Law Enforcement will investigate the
circumstances and the case could be pre-
sented in Okeechobee County Court.
Officials said this is the driest Okeecho-


the presence of methamphetamine, added
the captain.
The captain added that although Koty
Lewis has been arrested several times he's
never done anything like this.
"Nothing violent-it's all traffic (charges)
and meth charges," Capt. Lewis said.
A records check shows that Koty Lewis is
currently serving two years on drug offender
probation after being arrested in Hendry
County in July of this year on a felony charge
of possession of methamphetamine.
Koty Lewis has also been arrested in
Glades County on felony charges of fleeing
and eluding a law enforcement officer, along
with misdemeanor charges of resisting a law
enforcement officer without violence and
criminal mischief.
GCSO records also show that Koty Lewis'
driver's license has been suspended and he
has been classified as a habitual traffic of-
fender.


bee County has been in a long time, at least
for this time of year. "The vegetation is dead,
you see brown on the side of the road. The
winds are so high they cause fast moving
fires. You need to call 911 immediately. Get
your local fire departments to extinguish the
fire. Residents should also note that usually
after 1 p.m. is the time where relative hu-
midities are low, winds are high and vegeta-
tion is at it's driest," Yunas added.
The wind and dry conditions are still
making it ripe for wild fires and firemen urge
residents to use caution and not burn out-
doors until conditions improve.

Tow to Go offers free rides
to intoxicated drivers
AAA and Budweiser give free rides
home to intoxicated drivers and their ve-
hicles now through Jan. 2.
The "Tow to Go" program provides a
confidential ride home and tow, free of
charge, to anyone who may have had
too much to drink by calling 1-800-AAA-
HELP (4357).
'Tow to Go' has kept more than 12,300
drunk drivers off the roads since 1998 and
is designed to protect everyone on the
roads from preventable car crashes, not
just the intoxicated driver from a DUI.
Keep the roadways safe for everyone
during the holiday season-Choose a
designated driver before you go.


EMERGENCY
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firefighters to alleviate the overtime.
"It doesn't take but one fire in the wrong
place, like Indian Hammock, to suck up
all of our resources," said Chief Hopkins.
"Brush fire is more dangerous than a struc-
ture fire."
On Christmas Day, 15 acres burned in
Country Hills; 255 acres on Dark Hammock
Road; 790 acres in the Viking; and, 20 acres
in Four Seasons. The chief said that a total
of 40 firefighters -- including county, Division


of Forestry, the Seminole Tribe and Osceola
County -- were involved in the Viking fire.
On Dec. 26 there were three fires -- 350 acres
in Viking, 890 acres on Rocking K Ranch and
an unspecified number of acres in Indian
Hammock. There was also another fire at
Four Seasons that crossed the road to Lar-
son Dairy.
Chief Hopkins, however, did have some
good news.
"We haven't lost a home yet," he told
the board, even though 13 homes in Viking
were evacuated.
He also said that with all this activity there
have been no equipment failures.
In a related item Chief Hopkins, using the


authority given him under county ordinance,
enacted a ban against outdoor fires. The ban
includes, but is not limited to: campfires,
bonfires, burn barrels, fireworks, and the
burning of yard trash. It will remain in effect
until further notice. Violation is punishable
by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment for up
to 60 days, or both.
The Division of Forestry is continuing to
issue burn permits for acreage on a day-by-
day, case-by-case basis.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Obituaries


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
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Gordon T. Suleiman, 45
MOORE HAVEN Gordon T. Suleiman, age
45, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Moore Haven.
He had been a resi-
dent of ( I1., I...I
since 2003.
He enjoyed playing
the World of War
Craft video game,
shooting sport clays,
camping, and
spending time with
family and friends.
A former lieuten
ant with the Monroe
County Sheriff's Of-
fice, he was the owner and operator of All Over
Bail Bonds in Okeechobee.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Cindy;
daughters, Jaimie Suleiman and Annie Sulei-
man, both of Okeechobee; grandchildren,
Amare and Junior; father, Ali (Nora) Suleiman
of Seattle, Wash.; mother, Billie Suleiman of
Okeechobee; brother, Amir Suleiman of Seattle,
Wash.; sisters, Sophia (Brian) Corcoran of Arca-
dia, Sarah (BJ) Hoover of Seattle, Wash.; father
and mother in-law, Raul and Hope Carmenate
of ( i. . ii sister in-law, Jessica (Ivan) Car-
menate of Naples; and a host of nieces and
nephews.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, from
11 a.m. until service time of 1 p.m. at the Bux-
ton-Seawinds Chapel at Abundant Blessings
Church. Interment will follow at Evergreen Ce-
metery.
Friends may express their condolences online
at www.buxtonseawinds.com.
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.
Darrell W. Cowles Sr. 58
FRANKLINE, Ky. Mr. Darrell W Cowles, Sr.,
58, of Franklin, died Wednesday, De. 22nd at
the Medical Center in Bowling Green.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction
of Crafton Funeral Home where services were
held Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Local survivors include his wife, Deborah Den-
man Cowles of Franklin; son, Darrell Wayne
Cowles, Jr. of ('i. . ii. Fla.; and daughter,
Vicky Garcia of ( 'i.. . I.1 Fla.
Online condolences may be made at
www.craftonfuneralhome.com

Ruble Conley, 89
LAKEPORT Ruble Conley, age 89, of Lake-
port, passed away Dec. 22, 2010. He was a US
Army veteran serving in WWII.
Mr. Conley is survived by his wife, Ruth Conley
of Lake Port; daughter, Dr. Patsy Conley of
Okeechobee; son, Larry Conley of Ft. Lauder-
dale; three grandsons; three great-grandchil-
dren; and sister, Beatrice Byrd of Charleston,
WVa.
Funeral services will be at Evans Funeral
Home in Oceana, WVa.
Local services by Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home.


Donald C. Bush, 82
OKEECHOBEE Donald C. Bush, 82 years
old, of Okeechobee, formerly of West Palm
Beach, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.
Don was a Master Sergeant in the United
States Air Force, retiring in 1967. He returned to
West Palm Beach and went to work for Purity
Uniforms as a route manager, retiring for a sec-
ond time in 1987 at which time he moved to
('i., ,, i -i,,, Not able to sit idle in retirement,
Don went to work part time at the Scotty's Hard-
ware Store in Okeechobee.
Don was preceded in death by his son, Kneale
Thomas Bush on Feb. 2, 1967.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley
Quattlebaum Bush of (' I.... i. his children,
Donna Bennett (Michael) of (ii.... i.l...i,
Deborah Tidwell (Jim) of Loxahatchee, Scott
Bush and Kellie Raulerson (Brad), both of Okee-
chobee; 12 grandchildren, Alison, Amanda,
Adrian, Hunter, Heather, Theresa, Courtney,
Scott, Jr., Donald, Ricky, Mikey and Mitchell;
and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside Services with Military Honors will be
held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at
Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach.
Those who wish may make contributions in
his memory to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark
Circle, Fort Myers, FL. 33908, www.hopehos-
pice.org.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive
Avenue, West Palm Beach, (561) 832-5171 is in
charge of arrangements.

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Helen Rae Davis, 93
OKEECHOBEE Helen Rae Davis, age 93,
went to live with Jesus on Wednesday, Dec. 22,
2010. She was born in Andrews, Ind., on April
20, 1917, to Don Raymond and Nondas Leedy
Parker.
She attended Manchester College in Manches-
ter, Ind.
Helen married Glen Anderson Davis on Sept.
8, 1940, who preceded her in death on May 17,
1994. They owned and operated Dixie Home
Furniture Store in Okeechobee for 20 years and
she attended First Baptist Church and the Lydia
class in ( i.,. i. .- ,
She is survived by her daughters, Glenelen
Tomlinson (Gene) of Okeechobee and Mary
Faith Fawley (Jerry) of Mt. Crawford, Va.; son,
Gary Davis (Nancy) of Boca Raton; sister, Mary
Margaret Frish of Clermont; six grandchildren
and 14 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Cherie Lois Sawyer, granddaugh-
ter, Jan Rabon Casbeer and her husband await
her in heaven.
There was a private family graveside service in
Evergreen Cemetery followed by a Celebration
of Life service on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at 2
p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Okeechobee.
Brother Mickey Evans and Rev. Bill Sherman of-
ficiated.
Memorial Contributions may be made to
Dunklin Memorial, 3342 SW Hosannah Lane,
( .... i, ,,,,, FL 34974 or Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, 411 SE 4th Street, ( i.... i. .i -, FL 34974.
Arrangements have been entrusted to: Ste-
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George W. Butts, 85
SNELLVILLE, Ga. George W Butts, 85, of
Georgia, and formerly of (ii.... i..l.. Fla.,
passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Snell-
ville.
He was born, Dec. 31, 1924, in Helen, to John
Filbert and Minnie Arizona Brewster Butts. He
had been a resident of ('i.. . l. 1 Fla., since
1945 before returning to Georgia in the last few
years.
He is preceded in death by three brothers and
five sisters.
He is survived by his sons, G.W Butts of Cor-
nelia, Ga., Richard Eugene Butts of Okeecho-
bee, Fla.; daughter, Betty Clark of ( I.. . i, . ,
Fla.; brother, Harold Butts of Demris; sister, Syl-
via Ann Smith of Dacula; nine grandchildren;
and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec.
31, 2010, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th St., Okee-
chobee, Fla. Graveside Services will be held
after the visitation at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Ceme-
tery, Okeechobee, Fla.
Online condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th St., ( i. ....I i Fla.


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Holiday Happenings


Moose Lodge hosts
New Year's Eve Party
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge, #1753, at
159 N.W 36th St., will have a New Year's
Eve party, serving prime rib dinner at 7 p.m.
with music by Country Tradition Band.
Price: $35/couple or $17.50/single. Conti-
nental breakfast and party favors. For more
information, call 863-763-4954.

Cypress Hut Eagles
hold Friday fish
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Ea-
gles, #4509, will hold a fish dinner on Fri-
day, Dec. 31, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Deep fried
haddock fish dinner and fixings for an $8
donation. Have the 16 oz. ribeye steak din-
ner and all the fixings just $12 donation. Call
863-467-1154 for information.

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 un-
til 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
advance and at the door.

Legion New Year's
Eve Dance Party
American Legion Post 64 will host a New
Year's 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


Health and safety expo seeks vendors

The Fourth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo promoting health
and preventing chronic disease will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m.
Local support is needed to make this Expo bigger and better! Vendors are invited to
participate by setting up a vendor booth or a display promoting health and safety for the
community to see. The organizers would love to see participation from everyone in the
health and safety field. Profit and nonprofit agencies and organizations can offer free
health screenings, display items as they relate to health and/or safety, demonstrations,
etc. The target audience will range from children to senior citizens.
In January 2010, the event attracted over 115 vendors and more than 2,000 partici-
pants. This event is great opportunity to share what you have to offer with the citizens
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Church plans New Year's party a" 1


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints,
310 S.W Sixth St., is having a
New Year's Party Friday, Dec. ~ =
31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
New Life Holiness I
Church in Basinger is having
revival through Sunday, Jan. 1. Place
On Sunday the service time is
at 6 p.m. Wednesday through WlA 1f
Saturday services will be at 7
p.m. To get to the church take Share your n
700A to 190th, turn right and forthis colu
the church will be on the left. pgawda@r
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.
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will have a children's clothes closet
open at no cost to those in need from 10:30
to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays Jan. 5, 12, 19
and 26. For further information or to do-
nate clothing call Ada at 863-697-8539. The
church will also have a free family movie
night Friday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. The movie
"Soldier Love Story" with Stephanie Powers,
Lori Laughlin and Johnny Messner will be
shown. This movie by Faith an Family Films
is a heartwarming story about courage, love
and the power of family to overcome any
obstacle.


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Church of the Naza-
rene, 425 S.W 28th St., will
present 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 hal-
tered horse that has never
been ridden and train this
2S Of horse in two hours. A barbe-
s i cue luncheon will be served
Sh1iP from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. prior
ws and photos to the presentation. A freewill
ws and photos
n by e-mail to offering will be taken.
.wszap.com The Women's Ministry
of The Gathering Church,
1735 S.W 24th Ave., will have their monthly
meeting Saturday, Jan. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Special speakers Shane Jolicoeur and Aimee
Torres will be sharing on ways to save
money during these challenging economic
times. No childcare will be provided. For
more information please call the church at
863-357-4418.
Attention area churches
The Okeechobee News is assembling in-
formation 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.


Local VFW helps needy families


VFW Big Lake Post 10539 helped to
make it a merry Christmas for several fami-
lies in Okeechobee County, who were fac-
ing very difficult times this year. The help
was not just gifts for the children, it includ-
ed assistance for rent payments, health
problems, and clothing.
The families names were provided by
social worker Amy Shurley of Hibiscus
Children's Center and it was verified that


these families were in desperate need of
assistance.
The post also provided gifts for children
whose families are under the care of Mar-
tha's House Domestic Violence Shelter.
These actions fulfill the post's motto:
"When called, we served our country, and
we still serve now by serving our commu-
nity."


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VFW Post helps disabled child Students of the Week Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 celebrated Students of the Week are for Osceola Middle School for the week of Dec.
Christmas early this year. The Post and Aux- 6-10. In the front row, left to right are: Naimah Campbell, David Sanchez,
Cody Johns, Daniel Ruiz; In the back row, left to right are: Tammy Ward,
iliaries, along with other businesses in the Saif Memon, Riylie Norton, Sebastian Puga, and Iris Juarez. Congratulations
community saved Christmas for the family students!
of Bryan Koffel, Jr.
The family had given up hope for raising Adult Softball and Flag Football Winter Leagues forming
enough money to buy young Bryan a spe-
cial bike made by a Canadian company for Registration for Adult Softball and Adult Flag Football is being conducted from Mon
people with severe disabilities. day through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the Okeechobee Recreation Depart-
The cost of the bike was way too much ment, 640 N.W 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). All interested managers, players and
for the family at over $5,000. The VFW Post officials are encouraged to attend an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at
members and auxiliaries heard about the Special to the Okeechobee News the Civic Center. The softball meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and the flag football meeting is at
situation and vowed to get Bryan the bike by On the left is Shirley Jarrell, VFW 7 p.m. Participants must be 18 years or older to participate. Team fees must be submit-
Christmas and they did. Bryan and his family Women's Auxiliary president, Butch ted by the entry deadline. Checks can be made payable to "B.O.C.C." (Board of County
were presented the bike at VFW Post 10539 Fields, trustee; Fred Jones, VFW Mens
Auxiliary; Bryan, Pete Schlenker, VFW Commissioners). Adult Softball (Co-ed League Only) team fee is $325; Deadline is Friday,
on Dec. 19. member; Harry Casner and Bob Bran- Jan. 28. Adult Flag Football, team fees are men-$350; women-$325. Deadline is Fri-
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Come and join the Okeechobee Cattlewomen's Miss Rodeo Contest. There are sev-
eral age groups for girls and young women including:
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 19-24);
Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 15-18);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (ages 11-14);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart (ages 7-10).
Deadline for entry is Dec. 31. A mandatory orientation session will be held Jan. 7,
2011 and the contest will take place on Feb. 5, 2011.
Please see contest rules for age restrictions, all criteria, entry fees and application.
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Serving up dinner
Members of First United Methodist and More 2 Life churches assisted Big
Lake Missions by cooking Christmas dinner and serving at FUMC fellowship
hall on Christmas Day.


Special to the Okeechobee News/VFW Post 10539

Special awards
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 awarded certificates honoring outstanding law en-
forcement officers, firefighter personnel and a case management employee
from Raulerson Hospital on Dec. 12. The selections were made by agen-
cy supervisors based on overall work and performance of the individuals.
From left to right are Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department, John Bor-
zillo, Javier Gonzalez, VFW Commander Puss Papy, Betty Moldenhauer from
Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee County and City Fire Department's Terry
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Forestry dispatch center can be a hectic place


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On an afternoon in mid-December the
dispatch center at the Okeechobee District
Division of Forestry (DOF) office was a mad-
house with the radio constantly crackling as
dispatchers communicated with an airplane
and firefighting crews scattered over the six-
county district. The dispatch center serves
Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee,
Glades, and Highlands counties.
The Okeechobee DOF dispatchers have
to be able to do several things at once and
prioritize as they take telephone reports of
fires, communicate by telephone with coun-
ty fire rescue units and by radio with DOF
aircraft and firefighters on ground and use a
computer to locate fires and log everything
into a statewide incident recording system.
There are at least two people at a time on
duty in the dispatch center which is manned
seven days a week. It opens at 7 a.m. The
first thing is to check the day's weather. At
8 a.m. there are radio checks from everyone
on duty that day in the six-county region.
That lets dispatchers know the resources
that are available that day. However, dis-
patchers can call in people on their day off
if necessary.
The dispatch center is open until 7 p.m.
July through December. During peak fire sea-
son from January through June the dispatch
center stays open until 9 p.m. If there is a
fire in progress in the evening the dispatch
center stays open as long as firefighters are
on the scene. When they close for the night
the telephones are transferred to Withlacoo-
hee Forestry Center at Brooksville. However,
someone from the Okeechobee District is
on call at night.
If resources within the six county district
are stretched thin, dispatchers can draw
personnel and equipment from other areas.
They call on nearby counties first, but they
can recruit help from anywhere in the state.
Once an aircraft is in the air the dispatch-
ers have to check on it every 15 minutes un-
less it is directly engaged in fighting a fire,
then the aircraft is in constant contact with
firefighters on the ground. They use a 15
minute timer for this purpose. Dispatchers
also have to check on ground crews every
30 minutes unless there is a supervisor with
them.
Another job of dispatchers is to issue
burn authorizations for controlled burns if
weather conditions are suitable.
On this particular day there were 10 to
12 fires going in the six-county area. Reports
were coming in too frequently for all the
fires to be posted on the large map on the
back wall of the room. This December has
been drier than normal. An early frost left
a lot of dead vegetation. On this particular
afternoon low humidity combined with the
other conditions to create an ideal fire situa-
tion. It was the type of day a cigarette care-
lessly tossed out could start a major fire.
There was concern about a 90 acre fire
near Lazy 7 called in by the DOF aircraft
based at the Okeechobee County Airport.
The dispatcher called the aircraft back to
verify the size of the fire. A DOF helicopter
based at the Okeechobee County Airport
was on standby in case the fire jumped a


ditch and posed a threat to houses. A he-
licopter is dispatched if there is a threat of
structure damage and there are fire fighters
on the ground to direct the helicopter's ef-
forts. Fortunately, the fire did not jump the
ditch. Even with rain coming a few days
later there was still a danger of grass fires.


The larger vegetation soaked up some of the
moisture and was safe for a few days. With
no more rain in a week conditions could be
just as bad once again.
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OHS JV wrestlers do well at tourney
By Charles M. Murphy Tiffany Bowers claimed the girl's champion- trophies. Todd Lanning finished in fourth
Okeechobee News ship at 103 pounds. place at 112 pounds.


Junior Varsity wrestlers got some much
needed experience when the Okeechobee
Brahmans hosted the Battle on the Lake
Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 18.
Okeechobee had five wrestlers take
home championships at the tournament.
Delfino Garcia won the 103 pound divi-
sion, Daniel Jansen and Cody Griffith shared
the championship at 112 pounds, Brand
Harden was champion at 215 pounds, and


Coach Bruce Jahner said anytime a wres-
tler can get on the mat, it is good experience,
"It was great for our young kids to wrestle
against opponents at the same experience
level. Each of our guys and gals got four to
five matches. The more mat time we can get
the better we become."
Ben Levins at 119 pounds, Bryan Levins
at 145 pounds, and Marcus Garcia at 189
pounds took second place in the tourna-
ment. Allen Leitner at 171 pounds and Larry
Tabor at 135 pounds took home third place


Brahman wrestlers defeat Clewiston at half season


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee defeated South West Flori-
da Christian 68-6 and Clewiston 54-16 in a tri
meet in Clewiston just before the Christmas
break to end the first half of the season at
11-4.
Okeechobee had an advantage in their
match with SW Florida Christian as they got
a couple of forfeits and had a more veteran
team.
Delfino Garcia won by pin in 29 seconds
at 103 pounds, and Cody Griffith won by pin
in just 18 seconds at 112 pounds. Other pin
falls were earned by Daniel Jansen at 119
pounds in 33 seconds, and Larry Tabor at
135 pounds in 35 seconds.


Ben Levins earned a decision 9-6 at 125
pounds. Bryan Levins won by technical fall
18-1 at 152 pounds. Vance Wilkerson won at
130 pounds with a pin in 1:34.
Michael Thomas, Donald Bryan, Allen
Leitner, Jonathon Kemp and Seth Crum all
won their matches by forfeit. Tiffany Bowers
won a JV match with a pin in 3:35.
Coach Bruce Jahner said the experience
of the Brahmans showed in this match,
"They were a young team. We did very well
in the matches we did wrestle. Each one
of our wrestlers seems to be finding their
groove and what moves they like to use."
Against Clewiston, Okeechobee had a
tougher time as they still had 10 pins but
only a couple in less than one minute of ac-
tion.


Griffith won by pin in 1:16 at 112 pounds,
Daniel Jansen by pin in 28 seconds at 119
pounds, Ben Levins by pin at 125 pounds
in 42 seconds, and Larry Tabor by pin in 32
seconds at 135 pounds.
Bryan Levins also won by pin in 1:42 at
152, Donald Bryan by pin at 1:42 at 160, and
Allen Leitner by pin in 49 seconds at 171
pounds.
Jonathon Kemp at 189 pounds, Seth
Crum at 215, and Brant Harden at heavy-
weight also won their matches by pin fall.
Coach Jahner said this was a real good
confidence booster for his team.
The wrestling team will host Vero Beach
on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m.


January Red Cross classes set
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
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Monday, Jan. 10 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.;
Tuesday, Jan. 18 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.;
Wednesday, Jan. 26 Infant/Child CPR/AED at
6 p.m. All classes are held at their Service Cen-
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or for more information call 863-763-2488.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
Case No. 2009-CA-000326
REGIONS BANK,
Plaintiff
RJ BUILDERS & RENOVATORS, INC.,
a Florida corporation, and RICHARD
J. VALENTE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT
TO CHAPTER 45
Noice is given that pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
December 1, 2010, entered in Case
No. 2009-CA-000326 of the Circuit
Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, in which REGIONS BANK is
the Plaintiff, and RJ BUILDERS &
RENOVATORS, INC., a Florida corpo-
ration, and RICHARD J. VALENTE,
are the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash in
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at
11:00 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, the
following described property set forth
in said Final Judqment of Foreclo-


ure:
The East 1/2 of Lot 20, and all
of Lots 21, 22, 23 and 24,
Block D Central Park Accord-
ing to te Plat Thereof Record-
ed in Plat Book 2, Page 39,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Property address: 417 SE 5th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
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.
Dated this 6th day of December,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
374550 ON 12/29/2010 1/5/2011
NOTICE OF SALEBY
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 City 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 Fla 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 THE 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 Circuit 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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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,
A FEDERALLY CHARTERED INSTRUMENTALITY,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
J. THOMAS KELLEY and FOREST HILL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.,
a Florida Corporation,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment entered in
the above styled cause now pending in said Court that I will sell to the high-
est 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-
ty:
PARCEL 16 FRA-MAR ACRES
A 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-
LARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 35;
THENCE N 89058'16" E. ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 35, A
DISTANCE OF 786.21 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST LINE
OF 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
FEET, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36;
THENCE N 27009'34" E, A DISTANCE OF 487.46 FEET, TO THE SOUTHERLY
CORNER 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-
WAY 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-
SECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF A 70 FOOT WIDE ACCESS EASE-
MENT;
THENCE S 60021'39" W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 258.28
FEET, TO A POINT OF CUVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH-
WEST 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
FEET, TO A POINT OF TANGENCY;
THENCE S 8703243" W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 401.37
FEET;
THENCE S 0000145" E, A DISTANCE OF 2630.09 FEET, TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
DATED December 2, 2010.


Attorney: Sandier & Sandier
117 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
373670 ON 12/15,22,29/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-471
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ETHA KAYE SMITH, et. al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated November 30, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2010-CA-471 in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Etha Kaye Smith, is the
Defendant, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
11:00am on the 12th day of Jan.,
2011, the following described proper-
ty Okeechobee County, Florida:
LOTS 1-10, BLOCK 9, SOUTH-
WEST ADDITION TO OKEE-
CHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, 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 this 6th day of Dec., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
374554 ON 12/29/2010 1/5/2011

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-472
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
HOPE R. DUBEL A/K/A HOPE DUBEL-
PLACE, et al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated November 30, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2010-CA-472 in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Hope R. Dubel a/k/a
Hope Dubel-Place, Code Enforcement
Board of Okeechobee County, John
Doe, unknown tenant, and Jane Doe,
unknown tenant, the names being
fictitious to account for parties in
possession, are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am
on the 12th day of January, 2011,
the following described property
Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 9, Block 3, A REVISED PLAT
OF FIRST ADDITION TO PINE
RIDGE PARK, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 90, 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 this 6th day of Dec., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
374553 ON 12/29/2010 1/5/2011


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LEGAL NOTICE
A public aucton will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 14th day of Jan. 2011
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vm's as follows:
1985 RED HONDA SHADOW
JH2RC190XFM105810
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.
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NOTICE
UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW
NOTICE is hereby given that the
undersigned, pursuant to the "Ficti-
tious Name Statute," will register
with Florida Department of State, DI-
vision of Corporations the fictitous
name, to-wit:
The Great American Hot Dog
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
7950 State Road 78W #175
Okeechobee, FL 34974
in the City of Okeechobee, County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
business enterprise are:
Robert E. Sr. & Betty J. Gawie
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 21st day of
December, 2010.
By: Betty J. Gawie
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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 representative'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, P.A.
Attorneys for Personal Representative
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

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
14, 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.
1995 SATURN S-SERIES
VIN#1G8ZE1287SZ116841
1998 FORD E-150 VAN
VIN#1FDRE1421WHB30420
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with


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REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000419
CATTLE GRAZING OPERATION, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406,
will 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 Cattle Graz-
ing Operaton located in:
Section 36, Township 35 South, Range 33 East, Okeechobee County.
Section 31, Township 35 South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee County.
Bids will be accepted on one or both parcels.
An 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
parcel by the access gate for all interested respondents. Transportation will
e the responsibility of interested attendees. See completed RFB for direc-
bons.
All bids must conform to the instructons in the RFB. Interested respon-
dents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2)
by 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-
ing. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be
obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
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374855 ON 12/29/2010

NOTICE TO PATIENTS OF
Dr. GABRIEL E. GUERRERO
I would like to inform you that I
will no longer be practicing in
Okeechobee after January 31st,
2011. Your medical records can be
obtained at your request at Rau-
lerson Primary Care (202 NE 2nd
Avenue Suite 3 & 4, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. Telephone
863-467-2159).
374611 ON 12/26 thru 1/21/2011


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On November 18, 2010, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice seized the following property:
ONE 2003 WHITE LINCOLN
VIN # 1LNHM87A23Y677735
FLORIDA TAG # R947YN
and intends to seek forfeiture un-
der the Florida Contraband Forfei-
ture Act.
374858 ON 12/29/2010 &
1/5/2011


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OHS alumni doing well in various college sports

By Charles M. Murphy Allen has ma- Lonnie Pryor had an excellent sopho- T. J. Allen at I


Okeechobee News
A number of Okeechobee High School
graduates who earned scholarships to play
college sports this year have done very well
in their chosen sport.
David Jeune is currently playing his soph-
omore year for the Ospreys of North Florida
University. The basketball standout has av-
eraged 10.5 minutes per game, 2.3 rebounds
per game, and 1.1 points per game in the
team's first 11 games.
The Ospreys have a (4-7) record but that
includes games against nationally ranked
teams like Pittsburg, Missouri, Purdue and
Texas.
Nate Pollard enjoyed his sophomore year
at Concord University in West Virginia as the
Mountain Lions finished (8-3) and earned
votes in the final Division II poll of the year.
Pollard played in eight games and had two
interceptions, 23 solo tackles, six assists, and
seven pass defenses.
Pollard returned the two interceptions for
26 yards. OHS graduate Chris Tullio also was
a member of the Mountain Lions again this
year playing on the offensive line.
T.J. Allen enjoyed a solid freshman year
for Ohio Northern University at wide re-
ceiver. He caught 10 passes in 12 games for
71 yards and a touchdown. The Polar Bears
enjoyed a (10-2) record and a trip to the Di-
vision III playoffs where they made it to the
second round. The team also played #2
ranked Mount Union this year and fell 27-0.


Charles Murphy
Nate Pollard helped
lead the Mountain
Lions to a success-
ful season this fall.


lead Florida State
to a bowl game this
year.


jored in Physical
Education.
Cory York en-
joyed his senior
year at Mississippi
College. He was a
starter on the of-
fensive line for the
second straight
year. He also lost
one year to an in-
jury during his four
year career. He ma-
jored in education.
York also made two
tackles on defense
this year. The Choc-
taws finished (4-6)
this year.
On the soccer
field, Ivan Torres
and Misael Alva-
rado were mem-
bers of the Brew-
ton Parker College
Barons men's team
this fall. The Barons
went (3-13).
Torres started
eight matches and
played in all 17
matches with one
assist and five shots
on goal. Alvarado
was active for three
matches this fall.


more season for the Florida State Seminoles.
He rushed for 103 yards on 21 carries and
scored four rushing touchdowns. He also
caught 10 passes for 62 yards and another
three touchdowns. His seven touchdowns
and 42 points were good enough for second
on the team. Pryor also returned six kickoffs
for 43 yards.
The Seminoles (9-4) meet South Carolina
in the Peach Bowl on New Years Eve in At-
lanta, Ga.


Ohio North-
ern Univer-
sity, helped
the Ohio
Northern Po-
lar Bears fin-
ish 13th in
the nation
this fall.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Tantie Quilters
Margaret Smith of Tantie Quilters with a display of pillows, lap robes, baby
quilts, etc., for sale at the Christmas Festival and Parade in Flagler Park.


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