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Vol. 101 No. 157 Friday, December 31, 2010


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Local
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Friday, Dec. 31. The office
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Community loses beloved doctor


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The man who was loved by three genera-
tions of Okeechobee children is no longer with
us.
Tuesday, Dec. 28, Dr. Fred Brown died at
his Vero Beach home. The family will hold a
private graveside service. A public memorial
service will be held Sunday, Jan. 9, in Okeecho-
bee. Details were not available as of newspa-
per deadline.
Dr. Brown was born June 26, 1935. He
did his undergraduate work at the University
of Florida. At that time it was not necessary
to have a bachelors degree to enter medical
school.
Russell Brown, the doctor's son, said his fa-
ther finished the pre-med program in two-and-


a-half years. The doctor then attended medical
school at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Brown said his father, who was then
in his mid-20s, was one of the youngest in his
graduating class and finished in the top 10.
Dr. Brown did his residency at St. Vincent's
Hospital and University Hospital in Jackson-
ville. He was certified by the American Board
of Pediatrics. He was a member of the Ameri-
can Academy of Pediatrics, the Florida Medical
Association and the Florida Pediatric Society.
Mr. Brown said his father always wanted
to help people and he wanted to be a part of
making people well. He said his father chose
the speciality of pediatrics because of his love
for children.
Dr. Brown practiced medicine for over 50
See DR. BROWN Page 5


I 1Barn fire


This travel trailer and front end loader were part of the estimated $75,000 damage
done by a brush fire on Christmas Eve. Firemen were able to save a nearby house. A
barn was also destroyed. The fire was across S.R. 70 from Larson's Dairy. Additional
photos of the fire damage can be found on Page 5.


causes


$75,000 in


damages
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Ten fire trucks and 15 local firefighters
were able to extinguish a large barn fire al
7342 N.E. 11th Lane on Christmas Eve thai
was overshadowed by several large fires thai
broke out over the weekend.
Firefighters responded at 2:30 p.m. and
found a large column of black smoke as
they approached the address, Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue Lt. Robert Banfield said.
The Okeechobee City Fire Department,
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, and the
Division of Forestry all responded to the fire.
See FIRE Page 5




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Local man charged in alleged robbery


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 19-year-old Okeechobee man, accused
of stealing a cell phone and
$300 from another man, is
being held in the county jail
under a bond of $15,000.
Bobby Miranda Jr., N.W
Fourth St., was arrested
Thursday, Dec. 23, on a
felony charge of robbery.
Okeechobee County Jail
records indicate that he is B
still in custody. Bobby
An arrest report by Dep- Miranda, Jr.
uty Corporal Chris Hans
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) stated that Miranda hit a man sev-


eral times while in the parking lot of the La
Fiesta Market, S.R. 70 W While the man was
down, Miranda allegedly took the phone
and cash then left the area in a gray car that
was also occupied by two women.
The OCSO corporal noted that as he
spoke with the victim the man's lip was
bleeding. The wound was apparently the
result of him being hit.
According to the report, the male victim
walked out of the store and was met by a
man wearing a hooded jacket, who then de-
manded money from the victim. The victim
was "punched" several times then robbed.
Cpl. Hans said one witness at the store
actually saw the altercation, while a second
witness only saw a man wearing a hooded
jacket get in the back seat of a car and then
leave.


Both witnesses were able to give the dep-
uty the car's license tag number.
A short time later two other OCSO depu-
ties located the car at a convenience store
on U.S. 441 S. The deputies detained the two
women and Miranda until Cpl. Hans arrived,
stated the arrest report.
While the cell phone was found in a gar-
bage can inside the store, Cpl. Hans said the
money has yet to be recovered. The depu-
ty's report also indicated that Miranda was in
possession of a bloody napkin. The blood,
continued the deputy, apparently came from
a wound on Miranda's hand that was a re-
sult of him hitting the victim.
The OCSO deputy said the two women
were questioned then released.


Trucker charged with fleeing from DOT officer


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Georgia truck driver was arrested and
booked into the county jail when he report-
edly refused to stop for a routine Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT) inspection.
Darrell E. Ward, 39, Seventh Ave. S.W,
Moultrie, Ga., was arrested Tuesday, Dec.
28, by DOT Officer J.M. Buday on a felony
charge of fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer. He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence.


Ward was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a $6,000 bond. Records
indicate he has been released on bond.
Officer Buday's arrest report states that
he tried to stop the 2008 Peterbilt tractor-
trailer around 7:40 a.m. to do a safety in-
spection. But when he activated his lights
and siren the truck continued in a south-
erly direction on U.S. 441 S. at a speed of
45 mph, continued the report.
The DOT officer stated that he pulled
next to the side of the truck at the stop light
located at the entrance to Walmart and
used a loud speaker to instruct the driver of


the tractor-trailer to pull over, which Ward
did.
Ward steered his rig onto the grassy
shoulder but when the DOT officer pulled
in behind him the truck driver pulled back
onto the highway and merged with traffic,
stated the report.
When the truck reached the 3800 block
of U.S. 441 S., Officer Buday stated that
he pulled in front of Ward and he finally
stopped his vehicle. At that point, Ward
was ordered out of the truck and placed in
handcuffs, the officer added.


Detective arrested; freed on bond |


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A detective with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is free on bond fol-
lowing his arrest on misdemeanor charges.
Lieutenant Marshall Muros, 59, was ar-
rested Tuesday, Dec. 28, on charges of re-
sisting a law enforcement officer without
violence and assault on a law enforcement
officer. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $3,500.
Jail records indicated Wednesday that he
had been released on bond.
Muros who officially retired from the
sheriff's office Friday, Dec. 31,-was ar-


rested around 2:30 a.m. by OCSO Deputy
Sergeant Clif Gill.
According to Sgt. Gill's report, Muros was
arrested after he lunged at the road patrol
sergeant.
OCSO Major Noel Stephen said the arrest
will not affect Muros' retirement.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Okeechobee News
editor Katrina Elsken is married to
Lt. Marshall Muros of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office. She therefore
does not participate in planning, re-
porting or editing of the newspaper's
coverage of the sheriff's office.


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OPINION


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Funniest t-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen lately
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
Murphy was an optimist.
Without geography, you're nowhere.
I plan on living forever. So far, so good.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have
to buy her friends?

Lake levels
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 year. Before they chan-
nelized 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.
If you really want the lake to be healthy,
take down the dike completely and let it
have the extreme highs and lows that nature
intended. Of course, then a lot of people
would have to move because during the
rainy season the water would be up to about
where 28th Street is now. Not to mention the
cities south of the lake would be under wa-
ter.

DREAM act
We as taxpayers struggle to send our
kids to college but we are going to turn
around and let everyone else in the world
come over here and get a free education?
The legislation would not repeal the
ban on in-state tuition for undocumented
immigrants. The DREAM Act would not al-
low undocumented immigrants to receive
in-state tuition. The DREAM Act also contin-
ues to prohibit students from obtaining Pell
and other federal grants.


Many say that it rewards illegals who
are already here breaking the law, however,
many are here anyway and are going off to
college or are serving in the military to be-
come productive people who contribute
back to our society. Why not allow them
to stay under the limitations of the Dream
Act (I doubt most of you have read them)
and give them a path to citizenship? It is
only available to those who came here as
children and have lived here for at least five
years. I have met many of these types of kids
in the school system who came here illegally
with their parents and are now wanting to
do something constructive with their lives.

School violence
There were far less incidents of violence
in the schools of my day, maybe a fist fight,
or some name calling, but I never remem-
ber even hearing about students wanting to
mass murder their classmates, or blow up
the school. I read somewhere the other day
about a pregnant teacher being punched in
the stomach, it may have happened when
I was in school, but if it did I never heard
or witnessed anything as horrible as this. I
believe it is the disintegration of the family,
people today seem to just go their own way,
not coming together as a family, but splitting
apart, breaking up their household, remarry-
ing and starting another dysfunctional fam-
ily. When will it end?

Buckhead Ridge Lock
It is not right that the lock at Buckhead
Ridge is closed. We need lake access. This is
really going to hurt the parks and businesses
that depend on fishermen.
According to the SFWMD web site, on
Dec. 16 they announced that the Buckhead
Ridge lock would close due to the low lake
level. Other locks also closed were at J&S
Fish Camp, Henry Creek, Taylor Creek and
Lakeport. According to the web site this is
due to navigational safety concerns and to
protect the manatee protection devices on
the floors of the lock chambers.
In the past, SFWMD would raise the
gates and boats could come and go at will.
This seems like an arbitrary decision, with
no basis, and makes no sense to me. Then
again, SFWMD does a lot of things which
make no sense.
What SFWMD and Corps need to do
is quit messing with the lake level and quit
keeping it too low.


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Friday, December 31, 2011


Do your part and have a



fire safe holiday weekend


By Melissa Yunas
Department of Forestry
Vegetation along the Treasure Coast and
Okeechobee County is ripe for wildfires.
Weather conditions are conducive for quick
wildfire ignitions. Wildfire danger will re-
main very high throughout the long New
Year's Day weekend. Eighty percent of all
wildfire are ignited by people; Please do you
part by practicing these wildfire safety tips:
(Know if your county has a burn ban).
Be careful when using fire for anything
- including campfires and barbecues. Make
sure someone watches the fire at all times
until it is out.
Know and practice firework safety be
sure fireworks don't land on dry brush or
grass.
Closely watch for any sparks that might
fly from equipment you may be using. This
includes not only grinding equipment and
torches, but also any lawn care equipment
and off road vehicles.
Be sure that spark arrestors are in place
on all engines used near wildland fuel. Have
these engines tuned so they don't back fire.
Supervise children and be sure they un-
derstand the dangers of fire and the possible
consequences of their actions.
Report any fire immediately.
If parking on dry grass or brush, re-
member that the heat of your car can start
a fire.

January Red Cross classes set

The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding
the following Health & Safety classes in
January: Monday, Jan. 10 First Aid Ba-
sics 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 class-
es are held at their Service Center, located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-2488.


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Extinguish all smoking materials before
discarding.
Take some time to pick up your yard
and clean your roof so you don't invite a
wildfire to your home
The long New Year's Day weekend is one
of those times when extra caution is war-
ranted. Campfires, bonfires and fireworks
should be enjoyed carefully. Parents should
be aware of and control their children's ac-
tivity with outdoor fires and fireworks. Pre-
vent a needless tragedy!
Remember only you can prevent wild-
fires!

Okeechobee

Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
77. Calm wind becoming east southeast be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
56. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
New Year's Day: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 77. Southeast wind between 5 and
10 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 56. East southeast wind around
5 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
80. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
51. East wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm
wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.


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DR. BROWN
Continued From Page 1

years with 30 of those years spent in
Okeechobee. Before coming to Okeecho-
bee he practiced in Miami for 20 years.
In Okeechobee, Dr. Brown was in pri-
vate practice for a time before becoming af-
filiated with the Florida Community Health
Center (FCHC). The FCHC also has clinics
in Clewiston, Indiantown, Port St. Lucie, Ft.
Pierce and Pahokee.
The center is dedicated to providing ac-
cessible, cost-effective, high quality, compre-
hensive primary and preventive health care
to all persons regardless of socio-economic
circumstances.
Dr. Brown was recently honored by
having FCHC's newest facility the 22,000
square foot, $3.5 million pediatric and den-
tal center named after him. The Dr. Fred
Brown Children's Health Center is located
on U.S. 441 N.
Speaking at the children's center dedica-
tion ceremony, Edwin W Brown, president
and CEO of FCHC, thanked all involved in
the construction. Then he said: "Most im-
portant, I want to thank Dr. Fred Brown.
Fred, this is your legacy."


"He shows us every day the true mean-
ing of compassion for our children," said
another dedication speaker, Karen Cotten,
chairperson of the board of directors.
In his dedication speech, Okeechobee
Mayor James Kirk wondered what the build-
ing would say if it could talk. He surmised
the building would say: "Thank you for
giving me the name of such an honorable
man."
"I never, without exception, met a person
as dedicated to his profession as Dr. Brown,"
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman
Clif Betts said in his dedication remarks.
"Fred this community loves you. The build-
ing will be a monument to your ability and
your love for children and the community."
In response, Dr. Brown simply said:
"Thank you, Okeechobee, for 30 years of
rewarding and satisfying practice."
The family has requested that memorial
donations be made to either the Dr. Fred
Brown Children's Health Center or the Dr.
Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship. Dona-
tions to either cause should mailed to Molly
Ferguson, c/o the Dr. Fred Brown Children's
Health Center, 2015 U.S. 441 N., Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972.


Special to the Okeechobee News
The Dr. Fred Brown Children's Health Center, located at 2015 U.S. 441 N., opened
in September of this year. The 22,000 square foot pediatric and dental center
was built at a cost of $3.5 million. The Center was named after local pediatrician
Dr. Fred Brown who died Tuesday, Dec. 28, at his Vero Beach home.


FIRE
Continued From Page 1

They were on the scene for just under three
hours.
Other structures in the area were threat-
ened by the blaze which was fueled by high
winds, Lt. Banfield added.
A doublewide mobile home in the path


of the flames was saved by firemen. The
American Red Cross was also on hand to as-
sist the family with their needs.
Approximately 7,500 gallons of water
was used to put out the fire.
The barn, a motor home, a 16-foot trailer,
a four wheeler, and furniture were all de-
stroyed by the fire.
No injuries were reported.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is all that remains of a barn that was destroyed by a Christmas Eve fire.
The fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damage including a tractor and a travel
trailer.


This trailer was consumed by a brush fire on Christmas Eve. The fire, in the area
across S.R. 70 from Larson's Dairy also consumed a barn, a travel trailer, and
a tractor.


Upcoming blood drives planned
Blood drives are planned for December and January at the following locations on
these dates and times:
Jan. 5 Okeechobee Correctional Institution 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 Volunteer
Fire Dept. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.


This Christmas Eve brush fire, in the area of N.E. 11th Lane, was still smoldering
five days later. The fire caused approximately $75,000 in damages including a
barn, a travel trailer and a tractor.


December 31, 2010


Okeechobee News






New Year's Eve


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/steak dinners
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
hosts New Year's Eve fun
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 Years
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
will close at 6 p.m., and will be open regular
hours on New Years Day.

VFW Post 4423 hosts
New Year's Eve Party
VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W 34th Ave. will
be hosting a New Year's Eve Party on Friday,
Dec. 31. Day party starts at 2 p.m. Night Party
starts at 8 p.m. Food, Live entertainment and
food.
Open to the public at no charge.


Community Events


Cattlewomen to host Miss
Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant
Come and join the Okeechobee Cattle-
women's Miss Rodeo Contest. There are
several age groups for girls and young wom-
en including:
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 19 24);
Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee (ages 15
18);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (ages
11-14);
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart
(ages 7 10).
Deadline for entry is Dec. 31. A manda-
tory orientation session will be held Jan.
7, 2011 and the contest will take place on
Feb. 5, 2011. Please see contest rules for age
restrictions, all criteria, entry fees and appli-
cation. Rules and applications are available
Eli's Western Wear. For information, email
Okeechobeecattlewomen@ymail.com or
call 863-801-5258.

Obituaries
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.
Frank E. Packwood Sr., 73
OKEECHOBEE Frank E. Packwood Sr., age
73, of (i .... i.,,1- died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010,
at his residence.
He was born April 4, 1937 in Ichetucknee, to
Frank and Sarah Packwood. He was a veteran
of the United States Army serving in the Korean
Conflict. He came to Okeechobee from West
Palm Beach in 2004 and was a self-employed
handyman.
He is survived by his daughter, Debbra Brooks
of Jupiter; son, Frank E. Packwood Jr. of West
Palm Beach; four grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.
There will be no public services.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( 'i.... i...I ., FL 34972.
Online condolences may be made at www.bux-
tonfuneralhome.com.


Martha's Closet
hosts clearance sale
Martha's Closet is holding a .25 clearance
sale. All clothing and selected holiday items
are priced at .25. The closet is located at 105
SW Second St. across from Okeechobee Dis-
count Drugs. Hours of operation this week
are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. The
closet will be closed on New Year's Day.

Real Life Children's Ranch is
hosting final yard sale of '10
Friday, Dec. 31, will be the final Real Life
Children's Ranch yard sale of the year. The
sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. In
2011, the yard sale will be open Wednesday-
Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch is on U.S. 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.


Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of the Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday,
Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in their office located
at 575 S.W 28th Street in the New Endeavor
High School building. Meeting is open to the
public. The Coalition implements services
for pregnant women and infants promot-
ing healthy families. For more information
about the Coalition, please contact Execu-
tive Director, Kay Begin, at 863-462-5877.


Matthew R
Buxton, LFD


Church does Round Pen of Life
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St., will present Wild horse Ministries' pro-
gram 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 nev-
er been ridden and train this horse in two
hours. A barbecue luncheon will be served
from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. prior to the presen-
tation. A freewill offering will be taken.


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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 every-
one 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, dem-
onstrations, 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 par-
ticipants. This event is great opportunity to
share what you have to offer with the citi-
zens of Okeechobee!
For more information online see www.
raulersonhospital.com or call Sharon Vin-
son, Shared Services Network of Okeecho-
bee, 863-462-5000 ext. 257.


Heart health for the New Year


Make this New Year's resolution to
change your heart health! Heart health
means taking an active role in your lifestyle
and diet on a daily basis, which means
you are not only contributing to your heart
health, but your overall health. Heart Dis-
ease is the leading cause of death for men
and women in the U.S.
When you stick to a heart healthy diet
and stay active you will not only shed some
unwanted pounds, but maintain a healthy
weight and feel better! Here's how.
Diet
Changing your diet is a huge step to-
wards a heart healthy lifestyle. We don't
mean go on a fad diet or stock up on Lean
Cuisine meals. Change the way you think
about food. Instead of thinking diet food,
think nutritional food. Go for lots of fresh
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fiber,
beans and lean meats. Focus on eating
real food--not the processed, pre-packaged
foods they try to sell you as "diet food."
Also, read nutrition labels and ask to see
the nutrition facts in the places where you
dine out.
The Five Pillars of a Heart Healthy diet
are:
-Omega-3s
-Antioxidants
-Potassium and magnesium
-B vitamins
-Fruits and vegetables
Here are some other tips to follow:
-Eat dark colored vegetables like spin-
ach, blackberries or pumpkin.
-Limit fat and sodium intake.
-Go for whole grain options.
-Increase the fiber in your diet by eating
a high-fiber cereal for breakfast or snack-
ing on raisins, berries and bananas.
-Choose red wine over white, but re-
member not to overdo it! The doctors say
two glasses a day, not a bottle!
-Go for dark chocolate over milk choco-
late.
-Choose low-fat dairy products.
-Add legumes like lentils or beans to


your meals.
Know your fats! Saturated, polyunsatu-
rated, mono-unsaturated.trans... it's dif-
ficult to keep it all in check. Just know to
avoid saturated and trans fat. Those two
can increase your risk of coronary artery
disease by raising your blood cholesterol
levels. Major sources of saturated fat in-
clude beef, butter, cheese, milk, and coco-
nut and palm oils.
Exercise
Diet and exercise go hand in hand, and
exercise is the key to keeping your weight
at a manageable level. Doctors prescribe
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Wild Bunch
Members of the Wild Bunch 4-H
club were honored at the annual
4-H banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeecho-
bee High School. Those recognized
included Joanna Rhymes and Katie
Muldoon. This 4-H club meets at
Arnold's Wildlife. For more informa-
tion on this and other 4-H clubs, call
863-763-6469.


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Places to Go
Members of the Places to Go 4-H
club were honored at the annual
4-H banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeecho-
bee High School. Those recognized
included Brittany McCoy, Jacob
McGehee and Cady McGenee. Not
pictured are Katie Brummett, Taylor
Carter, Jay McCoy, Makalyn Jones,
Collin Jones, Jay McCoy, Aladin
Sherwood and McAriel Sherwood.
This 4-H club meets at the Exten-
sion Office on the fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. For more
information on this and other 4-H
clubs, call 863-763-6469.


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Barnyard Buddies
Members of the Barnyard Buddies 4-H club were honored at the annual 4-H
banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
Ryan Albers, Vanessa Bowman, Collin Jones, Joseph Fanizzi, Selena Bow-
man, Shelby Sumner, Carleigh Henson, Patrick Corby, David Daniel, Jarred
Corby, David Daniel, Ashley Sparkmen, Rebecca Corby, Makalyn Jones, Kay-
tlynn May, Joshua May, Amanda Sparkman, Janet McKenna, Cady McGe-
hee, and Caitlin Albers. Not pictured are Isabella Becerra, Victoria Becerra,
Chance Deen, Hannah Hortman, Holt Jones, Taylor Jordan, Andrew King,
Allicia May, Cade Pierce, Grady Pierce, Paislea Plant and Gail Sparkman.
This 4-H club meets at the Extension Office on the second Saturday of the
month at 10 a.m. For more information on this and other 4-H clubs, call 863-
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2010 Okeechobee High School sports year in review


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
2010 was a year of change for Okeecho-
bee High School sports as two long tenured
coaches were replaced, softball coach Kim
Hargraves and baseball coach Dylan Tedders.
Other top stories included a playoff berth for
boy's soccer, football, girl's volleyball and
girl's softball.
There were a number of excellent individ-
ual performances this year. Cameron Tewks-
bury and Jonathan Crawford both earned
college scholarships for baseball after excel-
lent senior seasons. Tewksbury signed with
Tallahassee Community College and Craw-
ford with the University of Florida. Crawford
was also drafted by the Florida Marlins. Drew
Selvey was also named all area in baseball.
The baseball team was unable to reach the
post season after losing to eventual District
Champion Lincoln Park.
Nine year coach Dylan Tedders stepped
aside and a new coach, Jeff Blackstone was
hired over the summer. Tedders was promot-
ed to Assistant Principal at OHS this fall.
Girl's softball won the District 14-4A
Championship behind a great pitcher Sa-
mantha Harrell who made the all state team.
Other standouts include Naomi Stephens,
Courtney Wilson, LeAnna Cotton, and Ashtyn


Brown. After the season, veteran Coach Kim
Hargraves was let go. Christina Jaholkowski
was hired to take over the softball program
in August.
Kelley Smiley continued her solid college
career with her junior year at Auburn Univer-
sity. Mary Huff played for Indian River State
College. She will sign to play at the University
of Central Florida this week. A signing party
was held on Thursday night.
Boy's soccer finished as the runner up in
their district and then played well in their first
regional match in a few years. Ivan Torres en-
joyed a solid year at Brewton Parker College
in Georgia.
The track and field team also had its share
of highlights. Several girls made the regional
meet. Ricky Nieto concluded a tremendous
career with another trip to the state finals in
the high jump.
Bryan Van Camp finished his first year as
boys basketball coach. He had a strong group
of seniors and Okeechobee had more victo-
ries, 17, than they had in several years. The
team lost to a strong Fort Pierce Central team
at the District Tournament at the brand new
Cobra gymnasium.
Highlights of the year included a win
over Lakeland at a Christmas tournament in
Sebring.
Duelle Gore signed a scholarship to play


college basketball at a small college. Gore
played in the Treasure Coast showcase game
in March. David Jeune continued his college
career at the University of North Florida.
Four Okeechobee girl's basketball players,
Monica Koger, Jewell Buck, Keighly Stewart
and Markeisha Youmans played in the Trea-
sure Coast showcase game at Indian River
State College. All of the girls had wonderful
careers at OHS.
Osceola Middle Schools boy's basketball
turned a corner as they won some games for
the first time in awhile. Yearling also had a
solid boys basketball team. Players like Eddie
Neal, Sylvester Butler, and Trewiston Pearce
gave basketball fans hope for the future.
Yearling soccer had their second straight
unbeaten season. The Yearling volleyball
team continued their long match winning
streak with 19 consecutive wins this year.
Osceola Middle School had a building year
in soccer and volleyball this fall.
Coach Myron Jackson kept his Brahman
football team hungry after six straight de-
feats as they captured the runner up spot in
District 14-4A with an emotional victory over
Palm Beach Lakes. The Brahmans lost to Hol-
lywood Hills in the regional playoff game in
Hollywood. Erick McQueen, Benjamin Estey
and Aukeemian Mills all made the all area
team in football.


Lonnie Pryor continued to shine at Florida
State University at starting fullback. Several
other Brahman alumni like Cory York, Chris
Tullio, Nate Pollard and Terrance Allen also
played college football this fall.
The Brahman girl's volleyball team won
the District 14-4A championship for the first
title in 10 years. LeAnna Cotton earned a col-
lege scholarship offer and was named team
MVP. The girls hosted their first regional match
in a decade, and lost in five tough games to
Titusville.
The boy's golf team didn't make the re-
gional for a third straight year but Richard
Donegan surpassed the regional and qualified
for state. The golf team also had a new coach
this year in Kenny Buckner.
Mauro Dominquez qualified for the state fi-
nal in cross country after a tremendous senior
year that included a win at a race in Sebring.
The girl's swim team finished at .500 with
six victories, an unheard of total for OHS
swimming. The boy's team had three victo-
ries.
OCRA hosted another successful year
of youth baseball and football. Pop Warner
football fielded three teams this fall. Both pro-
grams sent all star teams to the Offense versus
Defense National Championship tournament
being held this week in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


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Youth soccer
In Okeechobee Youth Recre-
ational Soccer's 10 and un-
der league (top), Morgan's,
Inc., shakes hands with 441
North Drive Thru after a tie
game on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Even with a 1-1 tie, Mor-
gan's, Inc., gained enough
points to defend their cham-
pionship title in the 10 & Un-
der division.


(right) The Okeechobee Rec-
reation Department Youth
Soccer 10 and under Morgan's Inc. team are: Coach Jeremy Morgan and
Robert Holley; (back row from left to right): Keith Morgan, Robert Padgett,
Alani Garcia, Armando Garcia, David Solorzano, Rece Smith, Caleb Throop,
Kyle Morgan. In the front row: Addison Laskey, Mitchell Gaucin, Maria Pinon,
Dylan Walker, Carter Kassella, and Esperenza Macedo.


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Forestry fights wildfires from the air


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Wildfires in a six county area are fought
from the air thanks to personnel based at the
Okeechobee County Airport. The Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Division of Forestry is responsible for all
wildfires in the state. To help fight wildfires
the Division of Forestry maintains a fleet of
20 single engine Piper and Cessena aircraft,
two twin engine Piper Navajo aircraft and
seven medium and two light former military
helicopters.
The Department of Forestry hangar at the
airport houses part of this fleet, a single en-
gine aircraft and a medium helicopter.
The aircraft pilot, Senna Esque, is in the
air five days a week during the hottest part
of the day, and on call on weekends during
the fire season.
The fire season is generally from Janu-
ary through June. Freezing weather is bad
because it leaves dead material. However,
the most dangerous fire time is usually after
cold weather. "Historically, May is the busi-
est month," Ms. Esque said.
Ms. Esque flies a pattern over the six
counties in her district, Indian River, St. Lu-
cie, Martin, Okeechobee, Glades and High-
lands.
"I just look for fire," she said. Wildfires
have a different look than controlled burns.
When she spots a wildfire she calls in the
GPS coordinates. "Then everybody starts
moving," Ms. Esgue stated. Rangers are dis-
patched in with brush tricks and tractors.
She directs them from the air.
"She is actually the incident command-
er's eyes and ears," said Larry Davis, the he-
licopter pilot based in the same hangar.
Ms. Esque gives information to the fire-
fighters such as where the ditches, fences,
gates and ponds are located. She also in-
forms the incident commander if there are
any houses or hunting camps in the vicinity.
While Ms. Esque coordinates with law
enforcement and news media aircraft, other
aircraft are kept from the area. She warns
that aircraft should fly clear of wildfires. Aer-
ial spectators can cause problems.
The aircraft usually stays in the six county


district, however the helicopter can be sent
anywhere in the state. Mr. Davis said he is
usually called in when a fire threatens build-
ings or a tractor is stuck.
"Our intent is not to put the fire out," Mr.
Davis said. "It is to cool the fire so tractors
can fight it."
The helicopter carries a 320 gallon bucket
that can be dumped up to 30 times an hour
depending on how close the water source
is. Water comes from the closest available
source which can be a pond, a river, a lake,
or even a swimming pool, if necessary.
"We stay on the fire until we are relieved,"
Mr. Davis said. In Florida, unlike some other
states, there is no aerial fire fighting at night
because it is too hazardous. If nightfall finds
Mr. Davis and his helicopter fighting a fire
too far from Okeechobee he will land at the
closest lighted airport and spend the night in
a nearby hotel.
An important part of the team at the air-
port is mechanic John Henneman. He pro-
vides necessary maintenance on the aircraft
and the helicopter. When the helicopter
goes out to a fire, he follows in a chase truck
with tools and a 600 gallon fuel tank. The


helicopter must refuel every hour and a half.
In addition to providing fuel, Mr. Henneman
is also on hand with his tools to take care
of any mechanical problems with the heli-
copter.
"We love our jobs," Ms. Esque said. "You
really feel like you are accomplishing some-
thing."
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Many tax benefits

increase slightly
WASHINGTON In 2011, personal ex-
emptions and standard deductions will rise
and tax brackets will widen due to inflation,
the Internal Revenue Service announced to-
day.
These inflation adjustments relate to eight
tax provisions that were either modified or
extended by the Tax Relief, Unemployment
Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation
Act of 2010 that became law on Dec. 17.
New dollar amounts affecting 2011 returns,
filed by most taxpayers in early 2012, include
the following:
The value of each personal and depen-
dent exemption, available to most taxpay-
ers, is $3,700, up $50 from 2010.
The new standard deduction is $11,600
for married couples filing a joint return, up
$200, $5,800 for singles and married indi-
viduals filing separately, up $100, and $8,500
for heads of household, also up $100. The
additional standard deduction for blind peo-
ple and senior citizens is $1,150 for married
individuals, up $50, and $1,450 for singles
and heads of household, also up $50. Nearly
two out of three taxpayers take the standard
deduction, rather than itemizing deductions,
such as mortgage interest, charitable contri-
butions and state and local taxes.
Tax-bracket thresholds increase for
each filing status. For a married couple fil-
ing a joint return, for example, the taxable-
income threshold separating the 15-percent
bracket from the 25-percent bracket is
$69,000, up from $68,000 in 2010.
The maximum earned income tax credit
(EITC) for low- and moderate- income work-
ers and working families rises to $5,751, up
from $5,666 in 2010. The maximum income
limit for the EITC rises to $49,078, up from
$48,362 in 2010.The credit varies by family
size, filing status and other factors, with the
maximum credit going to joint filers with
three or more qualifying children.
The modified adjusted gross income
threshold at which the lifetime learning
credit begins to phase out is $102,000 for
joint filers, up from $100,000, and $51,000
for singles and heads of household, up from
$50,000.
Several tax benefits are unchanged in
2011. For example, the monthly limit on the
value of qualified transportation benefits
(parking, transit passes, etc.) provided by an
employer to its employees, remains at $230.
Details on these inflation adjustments can
be found in Revenue Procedure 2011-12.
By law, the dollar amounts for a variety
of tax provisions, affecting virtually every
taxpayer, must be revised each year to keep
pace with inflation. Most of the new dollar
amounts, including retirement-plan-related
adjustments, were announced in October.
To avoid confusion, the eight provisions re-
leased today were not included in the Octo-
ber announcements, due to the anticipated
impact of extender legislation.


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Historical Society in the Park
Okeechobee Historical Society members display of historical books, mugs,
DVDs pictorial calendars, etc., for sale at the Christmas Festival and Parade
in Flagler Park. Kay McCool, Wilma Williams and Zelda Mixon worked in the
booth. Others who worked the booth -- Gloria Wymer and Magi Cable -- are
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Theatre company to hold auditions for comedy production


The Okeechobee Community Theatre
(OCT) will hold open auditions next week
for roles in its upcoming production of the
new comedy "The Dixie Swim Club," which
will be presented in March. The show is
from the same team of playwrights who cre-
ated the previous OCT hits,
Dearly Beloved and Christmas Belles, and
is very much in the tradition of Steel Mag-
nolias.
One of the writers, Jamie Wooten, sharp-
ened his skills in similar comic dialogue as a
writer of TV's The Golden Girls.
Five Southern women, whose friendships
began while on their college swim team, set


aside a long weekend each summer to catch
up, laugh, and to meddle in each other's
lives. The action of the play focuses on four
of these get-togethers, and spans a period
of 33 years. What transpires is wildly funny,
but also involves the inevitable tragedy and
heartache that make support from friends so
important.
Auditions for the ensemble cast will take
place on Monday and Tuesday evenings,
Jan. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m., at the theatre on the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus on S.W.


no prepared material is required to audition.
Participants will be asked to read from pro-
vided scripts to determine their stage pres-
ence, voice quality, and suitability for the
available roles.
Although the characters in the play are
of roughly the same age, the actual ages of
those who audition are not critical. Since
the play's action spans a number of years,
wigs and make-up will be used to alter the
performers' appearance, as needed, for the
time period. And, despite the title, no one


Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one wears a swimsuit.
block west of Golden Corral restaurant. No In addition to the female parts in the
previous acting experience is necessary, and show, there is also a need for individuals,


either male or female, to handle the respon-
sibilities of stage crew, set construction,
sound and light control, and a host of other
duties required for a production. No experi-
ence is necessary to handle these jobs. All
that is needed is a desire to take part in a fun
and rewarding activity.
Those interested in working behind the
scenes can sign up at either of the two eve-
ning audition sessions.
More information may be obtained by
calling Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-
1307, or by visiting the theatre website,
http://okeecommunitytheatre.com.


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Learning Institute plans


its spring class schedule


The Lifelong Learning Institute is pleased
to announce three great spring programs in
Okeechobee at the Indian River State Col-
lege Dixon Hendry Campus. To register,
phone 772-462-7880
Beginning Computer
The objective of this class is to enable
students to use a computer. The beginning
student will have had little or no skill/knowl-
edge of how to use a computer. Students
will learn the basic elements of the comput-
er, Internet, word processing and email. The
student will also learn the important skills of
using the mouse, drag and drop and how to
paste and save documents.
Classes will meet Friday Jan. 7, 14, 21,
28; Friday, Feb. 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 10
a.m.-12 p.m. Williamson Education Center,
C-102. Peer Leader is Frank Irby.
Mr. Irby continues leading the computer
program for LLI at the Dixon Hendry Cam-
pus when he is not travelling or attending
to his many community involvements. A
founding LLI member and retired hospital
administrator, His approach is perfect for the
person brand new to the world of technol-
ogy. Cost is $60 for four week session.
Galloping Gourmet
From planning a party to designing the
table, choosing wine to preparing the per-
fect appetizers, entrees and desert, join us
in the kitchen for four fun and food-filled af-
ternoons. Friday Feb. 4, 25, and March 11,
25, 3-5 p.m., Williamson Education Center/
Culinary Kitchen
Peer Leader is Mimi Arnold. A foodie


before the term was coined, Ms. Arnold
returns to the Culinary Kitchen at the Wil-
liamson Conference Center to share her
talent and experience in food and entertain-
ing with other lifelong learners. When not
in the kitchen, she can be found directing
the Okeechobee Special Equestrians. Cost is
$30. There will be two February sessions or
two March sessions.
Banned Books and Film
Adaptations
Learn why some of our most enduring
classics were once banned from library
bookshelves. Enjoy reading these titles and
viewing their film adaptations with discus-
sion on both the book and film to follow the
viewing. You may choose to purchase books
on your own or borrow from IRSC or a local
library. The class will be Fridays from noon
to 3 p.m. at the Williamson Education Cen-
ter. The schedule calls for:
Jan. 28, "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott
Fitzgerald;
Feb. 25, "Their Eyes Were Watching
God," by Zora Neale Hurston;
March 25, "The Sun Also Rises," by Er-
nest Hemingway;
Peer Leaders will be Jan Day and Hazel
Parnis. Hazel Parnis, a retired Okeecho-
bee educator and avid reader, loves to talk
about books. Local author, Jan Day, enjoys
books and discussion as well. Hazel and Jan
are charter members of the Friends of the
Okeechobee Library Book Club. Lifelong
learners. Cost is $60 for all meetings and film
viewings.


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Workforce Solutions plans


State of the Region event


Florida's Research Coast in conjunction
with the economic development organiza-
tions of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee
and St. Lucie counties and Workforce Solu-
tions are conducting their second annual
State of the Region event on Jan. 21, 2011.
"Last year's event was very informa-
tive and featured dynamic speakers that
discussed current market trends and how
regional companies could anticipate eco-
nomic changes to innovate their business
models," Vice President of Administration
and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Work-
force Solutions Richard Stetson said.
This year's presentation line-up in-
cludes Dr. Tony Villamil, CEO of the Wash-
ington Economics Group; Greg Baty, Vice
President of Florida's Growth Fund; Dr.
Claudia Hillinger, Vice President of Max
Planck Florida; and Mark Lange, Executive
Director of the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Additionally, a number of local small to
medium businesses from across the four-
county region will provide participants a
snapshot of their company.


"From an economic gardening perspec-
tive, all the topics being presented will re-
flect on our local economy and how busi-
nesses are working to grow and expand,"
Florida's Research Coast Chair Brian Cart-
land explained. "We anticipate a large audi-
ence again this year consisting of individu-
als who have interest in hearing economic
analysis, economic development, invest-
ment in growth related businesses, cutting
edge research and life sciences impact,
innovation and entrepreneurship growth
through economic gardening."
Local business leaders may register for
the event at www.floridarc.com. The event
is being held at Florida Atlantic University
in Port St. Lucie.
"This is another example of regional
partners working together on a com-
mon goal to help local businesses grow,"
Stetson said. "Through Research Coast we
will continue to coordinate and facilitate
business development activities that ben-
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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).
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ba. Spacious, new ap-
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1st, last, & Sec.
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239-989-8892

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD282
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3077 YearofIssuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 14 26 BLOCK 4
3-15-37-35-0010-00040-0140
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374459 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD297
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3124 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 7 8 9 10 LOT 11
LESS W 28 FT & N 1/2 OF VACATED ALLEY ADJACENT SAID LOTS
BLOCK 29
3-15-37-35-0010-00290-0070
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the hig est bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okhobeeobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
Is/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374474 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011






18 Okeechobee News December 31, 2010


NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF COUNTY RIGHT-OF -WAY
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the Board of County
Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 16th day of Decem-
ber, 2010, a Resolution was adopted pursuant to Sections 336.09 and
336.10, Florida Statutes, whereby the County of Okeechobee vacated,
closed, abandoned, renounced and disclaimed all rights of the county and
the public in a platted right-of-way further described as follows:
THAT PORTION OF A 15 FOOT WIDE ALLEY ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
OF PETIT PARK AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 19 OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED AS BEING THAT PORTION OF SAID 15 FOOT
WIDE ALLEY LYING WESTERLY OF THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF AN ABAN-
DONED 15 FOOT ALLEY RIGHT-OF-WAY RUNNING IN AN EAST-WEST DI-
RECTION LYING SOUTH OF LOT 12 AND NORTH OF LOT 13, BLOCK 2 OF
SAID PLAT TOGETHER WITH THAT PORTION OF SAID 15 FOOT WIDE
ALLEY LYING WESTERLY OF LOT 13, BLOCK 2, PLAT OF PETIT PARK.
TOGETHER WITH THAT PORTION OF A 15 FOOT WIDE ALLEY ACCORD-
ING TO THE SAID PLAT OF PETIT PARK LYING WESTERLY OF AND ADJA-
CENT TO THE NORTH 130 FEET OF LOT 12, BLOCK 3, PLAT OF PETIT
PARK
Cif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2010-0052
374635 ON 12/31/2010

REQUEST FOR PROSALS
SEALED BIDS for Okeechobee County RFP # 2011-03, described as Sam-
pling and Laboratory Testing of Groundwater Monitoring Wells at
the Okeechobee County Airport Closed Landfill Site and the Waste
Management Okeechobee Landfill. Inc. Site will be received by the
Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, in the
County Commission Room, at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 until 3:00 p.m. local time, on February 1, 2011, after which
time the bids duly submitted will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any
bids received after the date and time specified will not be considered.
The work for which bids are to be submitted consists of obtaining ground-
water samples from seventeen (17) monitoring wells, and four (4) pub-
lic/private wells at the Okeechobee County Airport Closed Landfill Site and
twenty three (23) monitoring wells along with sampling of one Piezometer
Well, two (2) raw leachate points and three (3) surface water sampling
points at the Waste Management Okeechobee Landfill Inc. Site, for labora-
ory sample testing for specified parameters and test result reporting. The
work is to be performed in accordance with Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (FDEP) and other industry standards.
Sampling, testing and reporting is to occur twice annually at the Okeecho-
bee County Airport Closed Landfill Site, once in April and once in October.
The purpose of this work is to meet the requirements of FDEP Consent Or-
der No. 82-0335.
The purpose for sampling, testing and reporting at the Waste Management
Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. Site, which will occur in the month of October
each year or as required by the County, is to cross check groundwater
testing done by Waste Management's employed laboratory. The contractor
shall supply all labor, equipment, material and specialized machinery for the
performance of the work as necessary to comply with this bid.
The bid documents will be available at the County Administrators Office lo-
cated at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972 (863)-763-6441 or at Okeechobee County Solid Waste,
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite D, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. For information
concerning this project, please contact Russell Rowland, Solid Waste Con-
tracts Manager at (863) 763-1811. All bidders will be required to pick up bid
documents and the bid must be submitted on the bid forms provided by the
County in accordance with the conditions contained in the bid documents.
All bidders must submit one (1) original signed bid proposal and ten (10)
copies to the County prior to the deadline date and time.
The County makes no commitment, either written or implied, as to quantity
of work, which may be authorized, if any, during the period the bid is in ef-
fect. The contract is for a three (3) year period and may be extended for
two additional one (1) year terms under the same terms and conditions
UDon mutual wntten agreement of the contractor and the Board of Countv


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD289
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3092 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 13 INC
BLOCK 20
3-15-37-35-0010-00200-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374468 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD290
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3093 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 14 TO 26 BLOCK
20
3-15-37-35-0010-00200-0140
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD293
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3101 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property:CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 17 26 BLOCK
21
3-15-37-35-0010-00210-0170
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administraton no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374472 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD292
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3100 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Descripton of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 11, 12, 13, 14,
15, & 16 BLOCK 21
3-15-37-35-0010-00210-0110
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administrabtion no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD285
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3085 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 11-16 BLOCK 12
3-15-37-35-0010-00120-0110
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the pro erty de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the hig est bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374464 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011
I
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD291
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3094 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 2 3 BLOCK 21
3-15-37-35-0010-00210-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed accordingto law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374470 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011


omm,'ssne. ........ ..3/ -b UN 1Z/31/ZUIU 11/,Il,Zl/UllI 3/44/1 UN 1Z/31/ZU1U 1//,14,Zl1/U11 I
commissioners. 1/2010 1/7,14,21/2011 37 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any bids for
any reason whatsoever and to waive any irregularities and to accept the NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2010TD288
proposals, which in its judgment is in the best interest of Okeechobee
County. 2010TD294 2010TD284 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
Sharon Robertson, Clerk Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold- issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip- issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
374361 ON 12/31/2010 tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3088 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Certificate No: 3102 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Certficate No: 3084 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 14 26 INC
BLOCK 13
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 6 INC Descripbon of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 10 INC
2010TD286 BLOCK 22 BLOCK 12 3-15-37-35-0010-00130-0140
2010TD286 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
NOTICE IS HEREBY GVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS 1 LLC the hold- 3-15-37-35-0010-00220-0010 3-15-37-35-0010-00120-0010
erof the follow certifate has fil said certificates for a tax deed to be Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed:
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip- Name in which assessed: Nam in whih assess
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: HEIRS/IRVING HAASE HEIRS/IRVING HAASE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
Certificate No: 3086 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Unless said cerficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de- Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de- chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room 312 NW 3rd Street,
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 17 TO 26 INC scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee- scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee- Okeechobee, orida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
BLOCK 12 chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011. Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
3-15-37-35-0010-00120-0170 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES OkehSHARON ROBERTe County, Fl OF CIRCUIT COURTrida
3-15-37-35-0010-00120-0170 Okeechobee County, Florida
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT /s/ Sandra L. Creech
Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobe Florida, Florida Deputy Clerk
Name in which assessed: /s/ Sandra L. Creech /s/ Sandra L Creech
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE Deputy Clerk DSuCrk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
Unless said certificate shall be reeemed accordigto law the property de Apeca acommodation to parbcipate in thi proceeding should contact
scbed in such certific at shall be sold ee to the highest bidder at the Okee NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; special accommodation to parcipate in this proceeding should contact
chobee County Judicial Center, Juy Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, In accordance with the Americans With Disablts Act, persons needing a In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a on no seven y pr the roceedin at 25
Okechobee Florinda 10:00 A.M.on the 10th da of February, 2011 special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact NW Countr Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.7 2.807.43 0 with
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 Court Administraon no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 in two worng days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
NW Country Club Drive Port St Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with- NW Country Club Drive Port St. Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with- IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
SHARON ROBERTON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURTin two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING in two working days ofyour receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING 1.800.955.8770.
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NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
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High school students: time to enter manatee art contest


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) invites high school
art students across the state to participate
in a contest to create a piece of manatee
artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012
manatee decal.
Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should
coordinate with their school's art teacher to


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD287
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3087 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 13 INC
BLOCK 13
3-15-37-35-0010-00130-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of February, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374466 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011

The St. Johns River Water Management District (District)
gives notice of receipt of the following consumptive
use permit applicationss:
Standard General Consumptive Use Permit Application(s)
Florida Dept of Transportation, PO Box 613069, Ocoee, FL 34761, applica
bon #10864. Request to modify the above referenced Consumptive Use
Permit. This request is being made in conjunction with the proposed recon-
structon of the Fort Drum Service Plaza. Included in the proposed recon
struction are the replacement of the two water supply wells and a new
Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant. The withdrawals used by this proposed
project will consist of ground water from the Florindan aquifer system via 2
proposed wells; in Okeechobee County, located in Secton: 15, Township:
33 South, Range: 35 East, known as Ft Drum Service Plaza.
The file(s) containing the permit applications) are available for inspection
Monday through Friday, except for District holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
District's Headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177-2529. You may
also view files at one of the District's service centers, but you should cal
service center staff in advance to make sure that the files are at a specific
service center. Service center contact information is available online at florn-
daswater.com/contactus/offices.html. Additionally, most permit application
file documents can be viewed online at floridaswater.com/permitting/in
dex.html. To obtain information on how to find and view permit application
file documents, visit floridaswater.com/permitting/index.html and select the
topic of choice from the "Find permits and application" heading, and then
follow the directions provided under "How to find a Technical Staff Report
(TSR) or other application file documents."
Decisions on Standard General permit applications will be made at the
District's service center where the application is processed, unless the appli
carbon is upgraded to an Individual permit application as explained below. A
substantial objecbtion to a Standard General permit application must be
made in wnng and filed with (received by) the Director of Regulatory In-
formation Management, PO. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429, or by e
mail at applicationsupport sjrwmd.com, within 14 days of notification ol
the application. Please include either the Permit Application Number or the
Project Name in the objection. Notification of the application is either the
fifth day after the date on which the written notice is deposited in the U.S.
mail (for those persons who receive actual notice by U.S. mail), the date on
which the nobce is e-mailed (for those persons who receive actual notice by
e-mail), or the date the notice is published in the newspaper (if actual no
twice is not provided by U.S. mail or e-mail). A "substanbal objection" means
a written statement directed to the District that identifies the objector, con-
cerns hydrologic or environmental impacts of the proposed consumptive
use, and relates to applicable rue criteria. A timely substantial objection wil
cause the Standard General consumptive use permit application to be con-
sidered an application for an Individual consumpbve use permit. If the Dis
trict receives a timely substantial objection from you, then you will receive
written notice of the District's intended decision on the permit applicabon.
Decisions on Individual consumptive use permit applications will be made by
the District's Governing Board. Notice of Intended District Decision will be
provided to persons who have requested individual notce. A request for in
dividual Notice of Intended District Decision on an application must be re
ceived by the Director of Regulatory Information Management prior to the
date the Notice of Intended District Decision is generated. For Individua
permit applications, you are advised to notify the District within 14 days ol
notification of the applications) if you have questions, objections, com
ments, or information regarding the proposed consumptive use. If you
make a written request to the District for additional information regarding a
specific permit applcation, you will be provided an opportunity to obtain the
available information. Please note that filing a written objection does not
enbtle you to a Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, administrative hearing.
Margaret Daniels, Acting Director,
Division of Regulatory Information Management
St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177-2529
(386) 329-4570
374952 ON 01/02/11


submit the artwork, because each school
may submit no more than five entries.
Home-schooled students also are eligible to
enter the contest. Contest details and forms
are available online at MyFWC.com/Mana-
tee.
Decals depicting manatees are available
at any Florida county tax collector's office by


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD283
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3083 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 6 INC
BLOCK 11
3-15-37-35-0010-00110-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of Febmary, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two work ing days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374461 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD281
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3076 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 13 BLOCK 4
3-15-37-35-0010-00040-0010
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
HEIRS/IRVING HAASE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of Febmary, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 25C
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
374458 ON 12/31/2010 1/7,14,21/2011


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITIN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2010-CP-184
IN RE: ESTATE OF
RICHARD B. TURRIFF,
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-
ed above. 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 attorney 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 DECEDENT'S
DEATH.
The date of death of the decedent
is: December 6, 2010.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is December 24, 2010.
Personal Representative:
DANIEL L. TURRIFF
2295 Jenkins Road
Ft. Pierce, FL 34947
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
374232 ON 12/24,31/2010


donating $5 or more to the Save the Mana-
tee Trust Fund. Money from the sale of these
decals supports manatee-protection efforts,
such as rehabilitation, rescue, research, en-
forcement and public education. Vehicle
owners can support manatees by including
their donation when they register their ve-
hicle or vessel.

Manatee Decal Art Contest
Requirements:
All entries must be the sole, original
work of the artist.
Student artists must attend a Florida
public, private or home school for high
school, grades 9-12.
Art teachers may submit no more than
five entries per school. Home-school parents
may submit one student entry per home-
school group.
The designs should be in full color, us-
ing acrylic, gouache, oil, silkscreen, woodcut
and/or digital art. The design may be realistic
or abstract, as long as the image depicts a
recognizable manatee.
Designs must be formatted to an 11-
inch by 8.5-inch horizontal format. The win-
ning image will be cropped for an oval or
circular border.
Artwork should be affixed to a back-
board and covered loosely with a protective
covering.
Entries must be postmarked on or before
Jan. 28, 2011. Failure to follow any of the re-
quirements will disqualify entries from being
considered for the contest. FWC artists and
biologists will judge the entries in February.
The winning design will be used to create
a final decal for distribution through county
tax collectors' offices around the state.
To view previous manatee decals, go to
MyFWC.com/Manatee. For more informa-
tion, please contact Bonnie Abellera at: bon-
nie.abellera@MyFWC.com or call 850-617-
6052.


Special to the Okeechobee News/FWC
Deanna Parsons from Rockledge
High School in Brevard County won
the FWC's 2009-10 Manatee Decal Art
Contest with this watercolor depiction
of a manatee near the surface of the
water.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken


Udder Bunch
Members of the Udder Bunch 4-H club were honored at the annual 4-H ban-
quet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
(front row) Ryan Albers, Alex Pluskot, John McGehee, Ross Laskey, Jacob
McGehee, Caitlin Albers and Cady McGehee. (back row) Emilie Lege, Ray-
chel Rabon, Shiloh Anuez, Jayce Turgeon, Jessica Turgeon, and Ozmani
Robles. Not pictured are Kelsey Burnham, Taylor Chambers, Fallon Curren,
Austin Pluskot, Katie Walker, Jessyca Williams, Brittany Serano, William Cur-
ren, Megan Perona, Brandi Perona and Julianne Meives. This 4-H club meets
at the Extension Office on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. (plus clin-
ics). For more information on this and other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken


Raisin' Em Right
Members of the Raisin' Em Right
4-H club were honored at the annual
4-H banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeecho-
bee High School. Those recognized
included Rance Pendrey, Shawntell
Ezard, Aladin Sherwood, Shayla
Pendrey, Ashleigh Ezard, Zachary
Stripling, Caleb Stewart, McAriel
Sherwood, Keith Stripling and An-
gela Pendrey. Not pictured are
Cristin Shelton, John Shelton, Maci
Culligan and Riley Kirksey. This
4-H club meets at the Extension Of-
fice on the second Thursday of the
month at 6:30 p.m. (plus clinics).
For more information on this and
other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.


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Several dogs from Humane Society Pet Rescue will be spending the next
three months behind bars at the Moore Haven Correctional Institution in
Moore Haven. The dogs will learn new social skills taught them by select
prison inmates in the program. The 12-week project will prove to be an expe-
rience for the canines and inmates alike.


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