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Vol. 101 No. 46 Friday, April 16, 2011


Judge


sets trial


date for


Nielson
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A trial date has been set for a
12-year-old Okeechobee boy ac-
cused of sexually molesting other
boys in his Crooked Creek neigh-
borhood.
The non-jury trial for Ryan Jon-
athan Nielson, N.E. 122nd Drive,
has been scheduled for May 24
and 25 in front of Okeechobee
County Judge Jerald Bryant.
Nielson was arrested Dec. 16,
2009, and charged with seven
counts of sexual battery and six
counts of lewd and lascivious
molestation. The alleged victims
were between the ages of 8 and
11.
Prosecuting the case will be
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright. Nielson will be repre-
sented by Jonathan Jay Kirschner
of Fort Pierce.

See COURT Page 5

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Brock gets plea


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Former detective was
accused of having sex
with a female inmate
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former detective acci.ispi nf


T.J. Brock, 52, entered a plea
of no contest to the third-degree
felony charge of sexual miscon-
duct by a person in custodial au-
thority Tuesday, April 6, in front
of Judge Larry Schack. Judge
Shack also withheld adjudica-
tion.
A felony charge of sexual bat-
tery was dropped by the state.
According to Wayne Durden,
felony director for the District 10
state attorney's office in Bartow,
the former detective sergeant
with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) was
also ordered to: relinquish his
law enforcement certification;
provide a DNA sample; carry .a
telephone equipped with GPS
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monitored; travel for business
purposes only; and, have no
contact with the victim.
Brock's case was transferred
out of the 19th Judicial Circuit,
which includes Okeechobee
County, and as-
signed by Gov-


pleased the
judge withheld
adjudication,"
said defense T.J.
attorney Rob- Brock
ert Watson.
"That's the best we could've got
in the criminal case."
Brock, who had been with
the sheriff's office for 24 years
and had been in law enforce-
ment a total of 28 years, will like-
ly lose whatever pension money
he had built up in the Florida
Retirement System (FRS). Prior
to joining the sheriff's office,
Brock worked four years at the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment.

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Mom, 14-year-old son charged in theft case


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman and her 14-year-old son have
been arrested and charged
with the alleged theft and
subsequent use of another
person's credit cards.
Leslie Michelle Clay, 37,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested
Wednesday, April 14, on fel-
ony charges of fraudulent
use of credit cards (three Leslie M.
counts), uttering forged Clay
instruments (three counts)
and criminal use of personal information
(three counts). She was also charged with
two counts of petit theft, a misdemeanor.


She was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $16,000.
Arrested with her was her son, Cody Luke
Clay. He was charged with burglary and two
counts of felony theft. He was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft (two
counts). After being booked into the county
jail, he was released into the custody of his
older brother.
An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) states that Cody is accused of
stealing the victim's driver's license, a cell
phone and seven credit cards from the vic-
tim's open car as she carried groceries into a
home on Monday, April 12.
The next morning she checked her bank


account and found that a large number of
purchases had been made with her credit
cards.
According to the report, Leslie and her
son reportedly used the cards to buy cloth-
ing, prepaid phone cards, electronics, a cell
phone, cigarettes and gasoline. In all, they re-
portedly purchased items totalling $965.44.
Deputy Hall went on to state that they
tried to purchase two cartons of cigarettes
from a local supermarket for $115.76, but
the transaction was denied.
The deputy's report indicated that he ob-
tained surveillance video from different lo-
cal businesses that showed Leslie and Cody
making purchases with the cards. A brother
who was with them was not charged be-


Shed fire leads to grow house investigation


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
About $20,000 in property damage was
reported Monday after a fire at 9631 U.S. 441
north.
Okeechobee County Fire Lt. Robert
Mears said three units and five firemen re-
sponded to the report of sheds on fire near
a residence.
Law enforcement was called in when
firemen found alleged illegal items in the
shed, firemen said.


City Firemen responded with mutual aid.
Firemen also called in the Division of For-
estry.
Firemen were on the scene for over two
hours. The origin of the fire was not known.
The residence suffered some head damage
to the siding along the north wall. Most of
the shed and the contents inside were de-
stroyed. About 1,000 gallons of water was
used to put out the flames.
The State Fire Marshall was called to de-
termine the cause of the fire.
The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force


also responded and executed search war-
rants on the shed and the residence. One ar-
rest was made after officers allegedly found
ballasts with capacitors, timers, bamboo
stakes, large outlet boxes, panel boxes, AC
handlers, AC units and marijuana, Detective
Kristin Gray said.
The fire apparently burned up most of
the marijuana plants. Stems and stalks of
marijuana were collected and seized by au-
thorities.


cause he reportedly had no knowledge of
the cards being stolen, the deputy added.
Cody, continued the arrest report, took
the cards from the car then had a female
friend call his mother. The friend allegedly
told Leslie that she had given the cards to
Cody and it was OK for them to go shop-
ping, the report added.
When they had finished shopping, Les-
lie reportedly gave the cards and receipts to
Cody. The teenager then took the cards and
receipts and threw them in the Rim Canal,
Deputy Hall stated.


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Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Danilo Zamora, 64, U.S. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 12 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony
charges of cultivation of marijuana and con-
spiracy to cultivate marijuana. He was also
arrested on a misdemeanor charge of pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. His bond was
set at $11,000.
Danny Ralph Stokes, 45, N.W. 144th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 13 by
Deputy Matthew Crawford on a Polk County
felony warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation. He is being held without
bond.
David Allen Wicks, 48, N.W. 248th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 13 by Dep-
uty Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Jarvis Jerrell Lawton, 20, N.E. 16th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 14
by Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on
a felony charge of burglary of an occupied


structure. He was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of battery. His bond was set
at $10,500.
Kaine Kent, 14, S:W. 23rd St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 14 by Deputy Ser-
geant Robert Coleman on a felony charge of
burglary of a dwelling and a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then released into
the custody of his parents.
Marshall Eng, 17, S.W. 23rd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by Depu-
ty Sgt. Robert Coleman on a felony charge of
burglary of a dwelling and a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then released into
the custody of his parents.
Casey Bernard Bonneau, 38, N.W. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with the sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of
a church and possession of cocaine with in-
tent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. His
bond was set at $125,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.


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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the editor


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

Trees
Over the past few years I have wit-
nessed the complete removal of many large,
old growth trees, including several species
of Oaks and Slash Pines throughout the city
and county. The most recent being along
the 710 corridor. Now, I will be the last one
to tell anyone what he/she can do with their
property, but prior to removing existing trees
property owners may want to consider the
following: trees add significant value to any
property (invasive/exotics excluded), de-
pending on their quantity and size up to 10%
or more, trees help cool the property, which
with proper planning can reduce the energy
cost of newly constructed and/or existing
buildings, trees produce oxygen (A mature
leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a
season as 10 people inhale in a year), trees
act as windbreaks, trees clean the air, trees
retain soil and trees can help control noise
pollution. More detailed benefits of trees
can be found at the International Arborist's
Association, Division of Forestry and/or UF
websites. Most counties in Florida have al-
ready established a tree preservation and/or
landscape ordinance. Maybe Okeechobee
County should do the same.
Trees are nice to look at and produce a
little oxygen, but marine phytoplankton pro-
duce 90 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Maybe we just need to reflood Florida with
sea water.
One wonders, how many birds have
made their nests in phy-
.1 toplankton. How many
times has phytoplankton
provided a lovely shade
for people to sit under
and enjoy the gentle
zephyrs blowing. Can
you build a swing under
phytoplankton? And how
does Billy (who may love Sue) carve a last-
ing memory into the bark of phytoplankton?
Inquiring minds want to know.


12-year-old accused
I live in Crooked Creek Plantation and I
want to thank the school board and the bus
garage for getting right on the changing of
the bus stops here in our neighborhood, I
don't think that these young victims should
have to even look at the house where this
boy lives.

Funerals
One way to hold down the funeral ex-
penses is to pre-plan your funeral. After deal-
ing with a huge bill for my mother's funeral,
my dad decided to pre-plan and prepay for
his. That way he made all of the decisions,
got exactly what he wanted and the griev-
ing family did not have to deal with worry-
ing about how expensive the casket is. You
can even write your own obituary and so the
funeral home will have it ready. It sounds a
little morbid, but it is actually a very consid-
erate and loving thing to do, to spare your
family some of the stress.

Wild horses
I see they caught the wild horses that
were running loose near the river. I think they
should have just left them there. They had
plenty of food and water and weren't hurting
anyone. The
SFWMD of-
ficials say
the horses
don't be-
long there.
However, ..
before the
developers
showed up
and started -
ditching :'.. ...
and drain-
ing the state, there were wild horses here.
The Florida Cracker horses used to run wild:
The mustangs aren't Cracker horses but I
think they should have been allowed to stay.
They have as much right to be here as the
people do.
I hope the mustangs find good homes.
And I hope that they catch whoever dumped.
them out on the river. That is not right to just
dump horses on public land.
While the issue with the mustangs got
lots of publicity, people are dumping all kinds
of horses on open land. They just can't af-
ford to feed them so they dump them where
they think there will be enough grass.


Children deserve protection
In April, we celebrate National Child Abuse
Prevention Month and applaud the many ef-
forts of all those who dedicate themselves to
the healthy development of Florida's most
valuable resource; our children.
Unfortunately, in these times of financial un-
certainty, it is becoming routine for individuals
and families to find themselves in distressing
situations. More than likely, every person in our
community either has personally experienced
or knows someone who has experienced job
loss, a cut back in hours or pay, or is having
difficulty with basic food or shelter needs; all of
which place serious strain on a family.
Even in the best of times, parenting is a de-
manding job and all parents have questions
and concerns about raising children. Families
experiencing stress are more likely to have dif-
ficulty providing a safe, secure and nurturing
environment for their children.
Whether our children will achieve their full
potential and develop into healthy, productive
members of our community depends largely
on each of us. I believe that each of us has
something to offer to support families facing
difficult circumstances. Whether your contri-
bution is in the form of money, time or talent,
individually or through your civic or religious
organization, any effort that you contribute
can pay dividends in the life of a child. In fact,


Special to the Okeechobee News/Humane
Society/Pet Rescue
What a cutie is Miss Pookie, a one
and a half year old Rottweiler mix.
She is a sweet girl with a lot of love
to give. She is spayed and has all
shots. The fee is just $135. If you
would like to see Pookie or would
like to see other pets up for adop-
tion, please call the Humane Soci-
ety/Pet Rescue at 863-357-1104.


this could be one of the few investments you
can make right now that will give you a good
return on your investment! If you are already
involved in an effort, I thank you on behalf of
the families whose lives you are impacting.
If you are not, I challenge you to look for the
need around you and choose to be a positive
force in the life of a family member, friend,
or neighbor. Will you volunteer at schools or
other organizations that serve the needs of our
youngest residents? Will you lend your voice
in support for programs that provide proven,
quality services for families that prevent child
abuse and neglect before it ever occurs?
And finally, if you are a parent or guard-
ian who is experiencing stress and concerned
about your ability to cope, I urge you to reach
out for assistance to one of our many local
support organizations, or contact the Florida
Parent Helpline at 1-800-FLA-LOVE (1-800-
352-5683) for information and referrals to local
resources. Children are the most precious gift
that we can be given, and they deserve to be
cherished.
Sincerely,
Vern Melvin
Department of Children & Families
Circuit 19 Administrator


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
80. East wind between 5 and 15 mph, with
gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
58. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers after 2 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a high near
82. Calm wind becoming east southeast be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of
showers, mainly after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 63. East wind between 5
and 10 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind
becoming east northeast around 5 mph.


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April 16,2010 Okeechobee News 5


COURT
Continued From Page 1

Once arrested, Nielson was placed in the
St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center
in Fort Pierce. He was held there until Judge
Bryant released him on Thursday, April 8,
following a mandate from the 4th District
Court of Appeals (DCA).
Normally, juveniles can only be held a
maximum of 30 days in detention. Howev-
er, because Mr. Kirschner was not yet ready
for trial Judge Bryant ordered that Nielson
stay in the Fort Pierce facility.
But on April 7, the 4th DCA upheld an
appeal by Mr. Kirschner.
The DCA mandate directs "... the trial


court to immediately conduct a hearing to
consider the need for continued detention,
apart from the need for a further continu-
'ance."
Because of the mandate, Judge Bryant
released Nielson into the custody of his par-
ents the next day.
As required by juvenile law, a hearing
must be held every 72 hours until the case
goes to trial.
Court documents show that Judge Bry-
ant released the boy with the following stip-
ulations: he is confined to his parent's home
unless he is in the immediate company of
one of his parents or an approved adult; he
must remain under constant supervision by
a parent or approved adult; he can't go into
the front yard of his home; he can have no
contact with any of the victims or their sib-
lings; he can't come within 100 feet of any


BROCK
Continued From Page 1

"The criminal justice system has run its
course," said Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May, who added that he has no problem
with the plea arrangement.
Brock was arrested Oct. 20, 2009, by Spe-
cial Agent Vaden Shane Pollard, of the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), for
reportedly having sexual relations with a 39-
year-old woman who was an inmate in the
Okeechobee County Jail at the time.
Agent Pollard's arrest report states that
on at least two occasions Brock checked the
woman out of jail and had sex with her in
offices located in the OCSO detective bureau.
The incidents apparently took place on June
2, 2009, and July 2, 2009.
Brock was placed on administrative leave
on July 3, then terminated by Sheriff May on
July 8. Even though the former investigator
avoided any jail time, the plea deal could still
prove to be very costly.
A spokesperson with the Department of
Management Services (DMS); which admin-
isters the state retirement plan, indicated
Brock will likely lose any pension monies
he has built up in FRS. However, added DMS
Communications Director Linda McDonald,
her office has yet to receive the court file on
Brock's case so a final determination has not
been made. "We cannot speak specifically to
what that means for Mr. Brock because we
have not seen the judgement," said Ms. Mc-
Donald.


of the victims or their siblings; and, his par-
ents must make a good faith effort to enroll
him in a home-bound school program.
As a precaution, a school bus stop lo-
cated in front of Nielson's home has been
moved by the Okeechobee County School
District.
Court proceedings for adults and juve-
niles are the same except that there is no
jury in a juvenile trial and the punishments
are different. In a juvenile trial, the judge not
only presides over the courtroom but must
also render a verdict.
In a juvenile trial the defendant has the
right to remain silent and does not have to
testify. However, the defendant can take the
stand if he/she so chooses.


Local girl in Miss Indian World Competition


Brittany Smith, from Okeecho- I i
bee, a member of the Florida Semi- "'
nole tribe, will participate in the Miss ,,.
Indian World Pageant beginning on
Thursday, April 22 at the Albuquer-
que Convention Center in Albuquer-
que, New Mexico as part of the 27th
Annual Gathering of Nations, the
most prominent Native American
powwow in the world. Brittar
"The Miss Indian World title is Smith
one of the most prestigious honors in
the Native American and indigenous world.
The winner will bring together native and
indigenous people throughout North America
by providing a cultural link between tribes,"
said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gather-


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As part of the Gathering of
Nations, a young Native American
woman will be crowned Miss Indi-
an World and represent all native
and indigenous peoples as a cultural
goodwill ambassador. There will
be twenty-seven Native American
women representing their different
y tribes and traditions competing for
the title in the areas of tribal knowl-
edge, dancing ability, and personality
assessment.
The pageant begins on Thursday, April 22
in the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque
Convention Center, featuring the traditional
talent presentations. With much fanfare, the


winner will be crowned on Saturday, April
24 at the Gathering of Nations powwow at
University of New Mexico's University Sta-
dium. The new Miss Indian World will travel
to many native and indigenous communities
around the world on behalf of the powwow.
Lisa Meeches, executive producer of Eagle
Vision Inc. and Meeches Video Productions,
and Jason Whitehouse, a performer from the
Native American Dance Theatre in Madison
Heights, Michigan, will co-host the Miss
Indian World pageant.
The Miss Indian World Pageant can be fol-
lowed on twitter.com by going to twitter.com/
MissIndianWorld.


Section 8, paragraph (d), of the Consti-
tution of the State of Florida, states that any
public officer or employee "... who is con-
victed of a felony involving a breach of public
trust shall be subject to forfeiture of rights
and privileges under a public retirement sys-
tem or pension plan...."
Chapter 112 defines conviction or convict-
ed as "... an adjudication of guilt by a court of
competent jurisdiction; a plea of guilty or of
nolo contender (no contest); a jury verdict
when adjudication of guilt is withheld and
the accused is placed on probation ...."
There are instances, however, where FRS
members who have been terminated for
reason will be returned their accumulated
contributions. But, because Brock was in the
"special risks class" he did not contribute to
his retirement account so there is nothing
for him to recoup. All of the contributions to
police officers, firefighters and others in this
class are made by their employers.
Statutes go on to state that once the DMS
has received his court file, Brock will be noti-
fied that he has a 21-day.window to file an
appeal regarding the forfeiture of his retire-
ment funds.
And even though his former employee's
criminal case is over, Sheriff May said there
are other legal issues now surfacing over the
alleged incidents-namely, a lawsuit.
The sheriff said Wednesday that he has
received a notice to file suit from the victim's
attorney, which means that the purported
victim intends to sue the sheriff's office.
However, no lawsuit has been filed as of yet.
To date, the woman's name has not been
released because she is the victim of an al-
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Mustangs to be sold at auction
Fifteen mustang mares, fillies and colts were recently captured on pub-
lic lands controlled by the South Florida Water Management District. The
horses are believed to have been abandoned by their former owner, and
dumped on the land near the Kissimmee River, where they had been run-
ning wild for seven months or longer. The horses will be sold at public
auction on Thursday, April 22, at noon at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Ro-
deo Grounds on U.S. Highway 441 N. For more information, or to make an
appointment to see the mustangs before the sale, contact Clair Hudson,
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April 16, 2010


Community Events OUA reworks developer agreements Obituaries


Main Street to host
Dinner Dance
Okeechobee Main Street will host their
very first Dinner Dance event on Saturday,
April 24, at the Speckled Perch Bream
Room from 5 until 7 p.m.
Special guest speaker at the event will be
Brian Cartland, exec. director Business De-
velopment Board of Okeechobee. He has
been chosen to present "Economic Devel-
opment Services Closing the Gaps" at the
2010 Florida Main Street Conference. Join
us for a great evening of reflections, food
and fun and prizes. Tickets for the event are
$30 per person and includes dinner and eve-
ning admission into the Bream Room with
live music, dancing and fun. Call Toni at
Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246 for
ticket information.

FOE hosts steak night
The Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Ea-
gles, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, will
host Steak Night on Friday, April 16, from 7
until 11 p.m. The dinner begins at 5:30 and
includes steak, baked potato or sweet po-
tato, salad and dessert. Live entertainment
provided until 11 p.m.

Real Life Children's Ranch
plans benefit tourney
Real Life Children's Ranch will hold their
annual fund raising golf tournament on Sat-
urday, April 17, at the Okeechobee County
Golf and Country Club. The entry fee is $50
per person or $200 per team and includes
coffee, donuts, 18 holes of golf with cart,
lunch and door prizes. There will also be an
opportunity to win a new car in the Hole-In-
One contest. For more information, contact
Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200 (darlene.
mayers@rlcr.org) or Bill Casian at 863-697-
0211 (pepper@strato.net).

Moose Lodge to host
Social Day on Sunday
Okeechobee Moose will present a 'So-
cial Day Gathering' on Sunday, April 18,
with live music, food and other activities in-
side and out. The music will start at 3 p.m.
and continue throughout the evening. The
Master of Ceremonies is Bob Williams. Sev-
eral local Moose members will entertain
for dancing or good listening. The event is
for Moose members and prospective new
members. Come and spend some time with
us. For more information, please call Robert
Williams at: 863-357-5906 or 863-610-2997.

Legion plans steak might
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly Ribeye Steak Dinner
on Sunday, April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Sec-
ond Street. Dinner includes steak cooked
to order by Dan Hood, baked 'tater, salad,
roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Donation is just $12. Live entertainment will
be provided by Jim Fider. The public is wel-
come.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It looks like the Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) may recoup some of its money from
defaulted developer agreements.
At their meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the
OUA Board of Directors agreed to restructure
three of the agreements. Instead of paying the
remaining 60 percent of the capital connection
fees in 20 percent increments for the next three
years, the developers of Montebello 13 & 15th
Street Homes, Awesome Ranch and Freshwa-
ter agreed to make annual payments of 10 per-
cent for the next six years. These payments will
be in the form of assessments to the develop-
ers' annual tax bills.
Thomas Fleming, developer of Freshwater,
made an alternate proposal which the board
/rejected. He proposed that his payments be de-
layed for three years. During those three years
he would pay interest on the amount owed.
Then he would make annual payments of 20
percent for three years.
Land Ventures of America and Northshore
Village/Stephen Myers have indicated their in-
tention to go to court to contest the legality of
their developer agreements. The OUA Board
approved payment of $682.50 for legal services
provided by Melville and Sowerby during the
month of March in connection with North-
shore Village/Stephen Myers. The board also
approved paying $2,047.50 to that same law
firm for services provided in March in connec-
tion with Land Ventures of America.
That leaves Royal Professional Builders as
the only delinquent developer that has not
either restructured their agreement or chal-
lenged it legally.
The board also dealt with two other projects
related to the poor economy. Several years ago,
during better economic times, a developer had
proposed to build a multifamily community on
S.W 28th Street just west of Osceola Middle
School. In connection with this project the de-
veloper had begun installing a 12-inch water
main along S.W. 28th Street. The developer
went out of business and never completed the
water main. The board approved the Compass
Construction proposal to complete the water
main project for $10,408 with OUA to take pos-
session of the line.
Turning to the other project, a few years
ago OUA had begun plans to build an eastside
forcemain to service several proposed sub-
divisions and Treasure Island and Kings Bay.
This forcemain was to go through Northshore
Village. Since the construction of Northshore
Village has been put on hold it is not likely
the property owner will grant an easement to
OUA. Therefore, the board approved a change
order to AECOM to resize the force main and
master pump, either renew existing permits or
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nancial assistance. The net effect of the change
order will reduce the original contract price
from $493,980 to $476,100.
In other action the board:
*reached an agreement with the county
and deeded to the county a small parcel of
land off S.W 16th Avenue for an antenna site
for the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio Sys-
tem (SLERS);
received the finance report for the period
ending March 9, 2010;
approved a pay request from Metzger &
Willard, Inc. for engineering and design work
being done on the Treasure Island Sewer Sys-
tem- South in the amount of $2,083.46;
approved a pay request from Metzger
& Willard, Inc. for engineering and design
work currently being done on the Treasure Is-
land Sewer System North in the amount of
$2,525,70;
declared various vehicles and pieces of
equipment to be surplus;
received a report from federal lobbyist
Alcalde & Fay;
released an easement for the emergency
operations center construction zone;
revised the employee manual to allow for
one employee to donate accrued sick or vaca-
tion time to another employee;
received a report on the condition of po-
table water ground storage tanks; and
advertised for requests for proposal for
audit services.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Sandra Jane Fulks, 46
OKEECHOBEE Sandra Jane Fulks, age 46,
of Okeechobee, passed away Saturday, April 10,
2010.
She was born June 8, 1963, in Okeechobee,
Florida and was a Housewife. She enjoyed her
grandchildren.
She is survived by her mother and father, Jerry
and Leoda Malone; daughters, Nichole Stalans
and Crystal Malone all of Okeechobee; son, Jim-
my Moats of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Kathi Pre-
vatt, (Lamar) of Okeechobee; brothers, Gary
Malone, Lynn Malone, both of Okeechobee,
Jimmy Malone (Robin) of Sevierville, Tenn.; and
four grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 17, from 1
p.m. until service time of 3 p.m. at Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements by Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/YMS
Spelling Bee winners
Congratulations go out to Yearling Middle School Spelling Bee winners. The
winners include from left to right: Taylor Watford (Alternate), Irfan Chaud-
hary (3rd), Tyler Fairtrace (2nd), Rachel Roehm (1st). First, second and third
will go on to participate in the district competition April 23, at 9:30 a.m. at
Osceola Middle School.


Area could lose infant


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Special to the Okeechobee News/SEM
Spelling Bee champs
Seminole Elementary School students participated in the school Spelling
Bee on April 12. All students who participated deserve to be proud as they
were either a first, second, or alternate classroom winner. The Seminole
Elementary School Spelling Bee winners, pictured with Principal Greseth,
are-first place: Morgan Bolan; second place: Anayeli Montoya; third place:
Brandon Mitchell; fourth place: Jacob Shirey, first alternate: Riley Craig, and
second alternate: Kevin Garcia.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A $4 million cut in funding proposed by
the Florida House could result is a much
larger loss of funds to local communities,
according to Kay Begin executive director of
the local Health Start Coalition organization,
Okeechobee County Family Health/Healthy
Start, Inc.
The Healthy Start Coalition is a non-profit
organization that provides care for pregnant
women and babies. The $4 millions pays for
the administration of the organization. Since
it is a nonprofit organization, Healthy Start
can solicit grants and contributions from pri-
vate organizations. Last year Ms. Begin said
the state wide system brought in $32 million
in grants and private contributions.
Because it is a nonprofit organization, the


local Health Start organization is given rent
free office spaces by the school board.
The services provided are based on risk,
not income. Last year the local organization
provided services to 695 woman and 241
infants including grief counseling. Statistics
show that they are making a difference in
reducing the number of repeat teen preg-
nancies.
In Okeechobee County Healthy Start con-
tracts its services to the Okeechobee County
Health Department. If the operating funds
were eliminated, Ms. Begin said the health
department would have to provide the same
services and would have to hire additional
administrative personnel.
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Okeechobee V.F.W. Men's Auxiliary Post 10539 generously donated $870
to Hospice of Okeechobee. Pictured left to right are Tom Jankowski, Rollie
Brown, Jim Martin and Howie Haight. "We wanted a local organization in our
community to support so we could see first hand the money at work" Mr.
Jankowski explained.


Students of the Week
Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of April 9,
were: Kailey May, David Almanza, Irene Urvina, Jacob Hardy, Johanna Riv-
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Scruggs, Diamonique Christensen, Armanni Gallegos, Jarrett Faulkner, Lo-
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and Jenna Tyson. Congratulations! Go Eagles!



Coquina Board holds short meeting


The Coquina Water Control District
Board of Supervisors held a short meet-
ing at their shop in Viking on Wednesday
morning, April 14.
The board agreed to work with the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Service
to stock the Viking canals with grass carp
to hold down vegetation. It was noted that


superintendent Danny Faircloth is keep-
ing up with road grading. The major road
projects are being completed and no more
large projects are planned for this year. The
emphasis for the rest of the year will be on
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Martha's House thanks Waste Manage-
ment for their donation of a whole pig. Their
thoughtfulness will go a long way toward
feeding the women and children who turn
to the agency, after violence has disrupted
their homes. Such donations assures the
women and children, that the community
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Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) now
has a valuable new tool for getting informa-
tion out to its customers. Several months
ago the utility started its own website. At this
time it only has basic information. However,
John Hayford, OUAs executive director, said
there are plans to expand the amount of in-
formation available.
The home page has business addresses
and telephone numbers, basic statistics,
operational information and policies. It also
has a feature that allows a customers to
send an e-mail to the utility. Another page
has names and telephone numbers of board
members and department heads. There is
a page of links to related organizations: the
Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection, South Florida Water Management
District, the State of Florida and Okeechobee
City and county governments. There is also a
page of frequently asked questions.
Mr. Hayford said his staff has been dis-
cussing how to improve on this basic ser-
vice. They have thought about such things
as giving an example of how a monthly bill
is calculated and giving water conservation
information. In the future, board meeting
agendas and minutes might be seen on the
website.
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lized to communicate with the customers.
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Victor J. DeNoble, Ph.D. was recruit-
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.successful in developing a nicotine sub-
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Baseball team loses to Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Alec Lamrouex worked six plus innings to
get the win and Jensen Beach survived two
Okeechobee comeback attempts as they defeat-
ed the Brahmans, 6-4, in boys baseball action
Tuesday night in Okeechobee.
The win gives the Falcons the number one
seed in this year's District 14-4A tournament.
Okeechobee will receive the third seed.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Brah-
mans, who got a gritty performance from senior
Cameron Tewksbury, who threw 112 pitches
before giving way in the seventh to a pair of re-
lievers.
"I know our guys are disappointed," Brah-
man Coach Dylan Tedders said, "We have to fig-
ure out a way to bounce back. This isn't the end
of our season. We still have practice tomorrow
which is a good thing."
Tedders said his team appears to be putting
too much pressure on themselves and not play-
ing relaxed. He said he was confident the team
could bounce back with two weeks to go before
the post season tournament.
"We're just going to have to figure out how
to get headed in the right direction like we nor-
mally do before the district tournament," he
added.
Jensen took an early 3-0 lead with two runs
in the first and another in the top of the third.
Okeechobee battled back as Drew Selvey singled
and scored in the third, and Adam Tewksbury
provided an RBI double in the fourth.
Jensen Beach (10-10) scored a run on a freak
play in the sixth inning to get the lead for good.
A pitched ball went to the backstop and before
Okeechobee's catcher could find it and retrieve,
a runner had scored from second base.
Jensen added two runs in the seventh on an
RBI triple by Ryan Burke, and an RBI single by
Robert Cooke. The pair combined for four hits


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Brandon Farless gets a sign from the
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and four RBI in the game.
Tedders pulled Tewksbury after one batter in
the seventh as he had thrown 112 pitches. He
said he was not going to risk the health of one
of his ace pitchers. "We knew we had to go to
the guys in the bullpen and were not afraid to go
to those guys. We tried to out coach Jensen and
we got out coached. They get the number one
seed now. It is there job to hold onto it. They had
it last year and blew it. They should be a pretty
motivated team."
Richard Donegan provided an RBI infield
single in the bottom of the seventh to finish off
the scoring. Okeechobee had the tying runs on
base but couldn't get a clutch hit in some crucial
situations.
Tedders said the teams needs a spark on of-
fense. "Somebody has to get hot and we need
to follow that person. We won games early on
because somebody got hot at the plate."
Okeechobee will play Satellite Beach on Fri-
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Golf and Country Club changes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Saba Curren wanted a tile floor in her bed-
room when Christmas time, 1963 came around.
Instead she was presented with a lot at what is
now the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club
and what has become a life long adventure.
Ms. Curren and nine other family members
are the 'new' owners of the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club. The board voted March 14,
to approve the deal.
Ms. Curren was part of the original 1965
ownership group and is familiar with the lo-
cal course. She and her staff want to make
if a friendly, family place, and emphasize it
is a public course that is devoted to serving
Okeechobee.
They have already put in place some new fa-
cilities and programs. They have a health club,
swimming pool and dining room that is open
to membership and the public.
Ms. Curren said the original goal of the
country club was to be open to the public. She
noted it is a non profit venture and the only
people who earn any money at the facility are
employees. She said there was a lot of enthu-
siasm when the course opened. There were
seven directors on the board back then from all
walks of life and the community.
"They knew it would be good for the county.
We want to have it be a part of the community,"
she added.
Ms. Curren plans to emphasize the history
of the country club with a plaque that lists all
of the founding members. They will also install
some old photographs that include the first
clubhouse as it appeared in 1965. The course
was 9 holes until 1992 when the back nine
holes were constructed.
The club hopes to attract the youth of the
community and will continue to allow the high
school golf teams to hold practices and match-
es for free. They also plan some dances for the
youth of the community. They hope to get the
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"We hope to see more and more young
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The golf course does not charge kids under
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Okeechobee News April 16, 2010


Brahmans lose pitchers


duel to Lincoln Park


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Kyle Davis pitched a two hit shutout as
Lincoln Park Academy defeated Okeecho-
bee High School 1-0 Monday night in boys
baseball action at the Bob Gladwin baseball
complex in Fort Pierce.
The loss was the Brahmans third in a row
and dropped them to (11-7 overall and 9-2
in district play). Okeechobee played Jensen
Beach Tuesday night and the winner of that
game would be the top seed in the district
tournament in two weeks.
"It was a pitchers duel. Davis was good;
I'm going to give him some credit. He made
us look sick. He's a senior and a solid guy.
I heard that was the best game he's ever
pitched," Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders
said.
Brahman starter Jonathan Crawford was
nearly as good. He allowed just two singles
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"We don't score late and we have to im-
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Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's tennis teams
had a few surprises at the District 14-3A Ten-
nis tournament this week at Halpatiokee
Park in Jensen Beach not the least of which
was a police chase of two suspects that shut
down the tournament shortly after it began.
Okeechobee ended up in third place in
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Martin County won both the boys and
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South Fork took the runner up spot in both
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6-4, 2-6, and 6-0 in the first round. Hudoff
lost in the semifinal to Scott Leary of South
Fork, the eventual district champion, 6-4,
and 6-1.
Austin Willard received a bye in the first
round in #3 singles. He lost in the semifinal
to Trevor Brisky of South Fork 6-3 and 6-1.
Max Norman defeated Dante Quiroga of
Fort Pierce Central in the first round in the
#4 singles competition. He lost in the sec-
ond round to eventual district champion lan
Sigalow, 6-0 and 6-0.
Chris Wegmann lost in the first round of
the #5 singles competition. He lost a three
set match to Tim Hunter of Port St. Lucie 6-3,
3-6, and 6-1.


In number one doubles the Okeechobee
team of Zach Fowler and Max Norman de-
feated Terrence Robinson and Kraig Glenton
of Fort Pierce 6-4, and 6-4. Okeechobee fell
in the second round to the Martin County
team of Will Davenport and JJ Sanguily 6-1,
and 6-0.
The number two doubles team of Hudoff
and Willard made it to the finals. They de-
feated the team of Scott Leary and Dakota
Daniels of South Fork in the semifinals 7-6
(7-5), 2-6, and 6-3. They defeated the Port
St. Lucie duo of Dioney Quiroga and Da-
vid Scierka 6-4 and 6-1 in the first round.
Okeechobee lost to Martin County's team of
Ryan Kealy and Zach Cramer in the final 7-5,
and 6-1.
On the girls side Samantha Rivero made
it to the finals in number one singles as she
received a bye in the first round and defeated
Sashira Mendez of Fort Pierce 6-1, and 6-0 in
the semifinal. Rivero lost to district champi-
on Lauren Slutsky in the final, 6-1, and 6-1.
In number 2 singles Liz Turner defeated
Victoria Laboda of Port St. Lucie in the first
round 6-0, and 6-2. Turner fell to Lauren Bro-
gan of South Fork in a semifinal duel, 1-6,
6-4, and 6-3.
In number 3 singles Okeechobee's Kath-
erine Ragamat lost in the first round to Nata-
lie Wolff of Sebastian River 6-4 and 6-2.
In number 4 singles Jenna Rath defeated
Erica Reynoso of Fort Pierce Central 6-0 and
6-1. She fell in the second round to Stevie
Platt of Martin County, 6-1, and 6-0. Platt was
the district champion this year.
In number 5 singles Vanessa Watt of
Okeechobee defeated Kim Gonzales of Port
St. Lucie 6-0 and 6-1. Watt played a competi-


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Event honors Marsha Montesi
A celebration of Marsha Montesi's life, will be held on May 1 at the Shrine Club from
6 p.m. to midnight. Plan on casual attire, adults only. A cash bar will be open. All meals
will be provided by the Shriners for a donation of $10. All proceeds will go to the Shri-
ners in memory of Marsha. Please RSVP by April 21. Call Charlotte Bailey to respond at
863-697-1536.

Local business women meet
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Business Women's Association
(ABWA) invites your attendance at the April program meeting at the Clock Family Res-
taurant on April 22, at noon. Our guest speaker will be Brian Cartland, executive direc-
tor of the Business Development Board. For additional information or questions, call
President Karin Ammons to Cassell's and McCall 863-763-3131.


tive match in the semifinals before she lost
to Natalie Gazzaneo of South Fork 7-6 (8-6),
and 6-1.
In doubles play Rivero and Ragamat won
their first round match over Mendez and
Ashley Lindstadt of Fort Pierce 6-3 and 6-3.
Okeechobee lost to the Martin County dis-
trict champion duo of Slutsky and Alex San-
guily in the semifinals.
In number 2 doubles Okeechobee again
reached the semifinals. Turner and Rath de-
feated Natalie Wolff and Sarah Hoffman of
Sebastian River, 6-4, 3-6, and 6-4 before they
lost to South Fork's duo of Lauren Brogan
and Michelle Hook, 6-3, and 6-3.

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**OFFICIAL**
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of Forida, do hereby
ive notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in OKEECHOBEE County,
tate of Florida, on the SECOND day of NOVEMBER, 2010, A.D., to fill or
retain the following offices:
United States Senator
Representative in Congress: District 16
Florida Cabinet Governor
Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor
Florida Cabinet Attorney General
Florida Cabinet Chief Financial Officer
Florida Cabinet Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator: District 28
State Representative: Districts 78 and 79
Supreme Court: Retention of Four Justices
Fourth District Court of Appeal: Retention of Seven Judges
Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judidal Circuit: Groups 1, 2, 6 and 9
School Board: Districts 1, 3 and S
County Commissoner: Districts 2 and 4
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 3 and 5
348435 ON 04/02,16/10

LEGAL NOTICE
OKEE WAREHOUSE, 2671 HIGHWAY 70 WEST, OKEECHOBEE, FL, WILL BE
CONDUCTING A PUBLIC SALE OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF CONTENTS OF
THE FOLLOWING UNITS TO SATISFY THE DEUNGQUENT STORAGE LIEN.
THIS AD PLACED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTES 1985, SEC-
TION 83.806.
NAME UNIT#
JIM MORRISON 1-15
LOUIS GOPHER 3-07
JOSEPHINE NAVE3AR 7-07
LAWANDA O'BANNON 7-08
SANDRA VENTERS 7-42
TONYA ARNOLD 7-56
USA HERSH 8-43
DISPOSITION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS ON SATURDAY,
APRIL 17th, 2010 at 9:00 AM. ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE MISCELLANEOUS
HOUSEHOLD, OFFICE, TOYS & TOOLS. OPEN DOOR SALE, CASH OR
CREDIT CARD ONLY. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YOU MAY CALL
(863) 763-5044.
50992 ON 4/9,16/10

CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee-
chobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 20 2010, 600
p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public
is invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
ticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimo-
ny and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact City Admlnlstation at 863-763-3372, or website
www.dtvoftkeechobee.com. to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
351376 ON 4/16/10


LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parmtt
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 30th day of April 2010
from 10:00-11;00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
Mode & Vin's as follows:
1986 Black Chevy Monte Carlo
1G1GZ37G6GR161329
1994 Green Ford Escort
1FARPlIIORW229245
1998 Gray Chevy S1O
1GCCS1441W8227573
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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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.
472010CA000138XXXXXX
SPACE COAST CREDIT UNION,
Plaintiff
vs.
BONNIE C. PEER, et al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: BONNIE C. PEER AND
THOMAS M. PEER
Last Known Address
2247 SW 2nd CL
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Current Residence is Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property in Okee-
chobee County, Florida:
LOT 6, LEGACY COURT, ACCORD-
ING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE-
OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
6, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
SMITH, HIATT & DIAZ, PA., Plain-
tiff's attorneys, whose address is PO
BOX 11438, Fort Lauderdale, FL
33339--1438, (954) 564-0071, within
30 days from first date of publica-
ton, and filed the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorneys or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint or petition.
DATED on 4/9/2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act of
1990, persons needing special
accommodation to participate In
this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later
then seven business days prior
to the proceeding at Telephone
772-807-4370 or 1-800-955-
8770 via Florida Relay Service.
351490 ON 4/16,23/10


NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF CERTAIN EASEMENTS
AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the Board of Count
Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 8th day of Apri,
2010, a Resolution was adopted pursuant to Sections 336.09 and 336.10,
Florida Statutes, whereby the County of Okeechobee vacated, closed, aban-
doned, renounced and disclamed all rights of the county and the public In
platted easements and rights-of-way in a portion of Northwood Section One
subdivision further described as follows:
ALL RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND UTILITY EASEMENTS WHICH LIE WITHIN THE
FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL OF LAND AND WHICH WERE DEDICATED
IN THE PLAT OF "NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE" AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 48, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA: A PARCEL OF A LAND LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 36
SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID PARCEL
BEINOA PORTION OF NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE, AS PER PLAT THERE-
OF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 48, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID PARCEL IS DESCRIBED AS FOL-
LOWS; BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 20, BLOCK 1, OF
NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE S8916'01"W, ALONG THE NORTH
LINE OF SAID LOT 20, A DISTANCE OF 155.00 FEET, TO THE NORTHWEST
CORNER OF SAID LOT 20, SAID CORNER BEING ON THE EAST LINE OF
THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR PALM DRIVE; THENCE N8909'56'W, PERPEN-
DICULAR TO SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 60.00 FEET, TO THE WEST
LINE OF SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR PALM DRIVE; THENCE S 0050'04'W,
ALONG SAID WEST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 84.21 FEET, TO A POINT OF
CURVATURE OF A CURVE, CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, HAVING A RA-
DIUS OF 25.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID
CURVE THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 88035'49", A DISTANCE OF 38.66
FEE, TO THE NORTH LINE OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR GOLF VIEW
DRIVE (NORTHWEST 138TH STREET); THENCE S89025'53"W, ALONG SAID
NORTH LINE, A DISTANCE OF 285.60 FEET, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER
OF LOT 33, BLOCK 6, NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE N0050'04"E,
ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT 33, A DISTANCE OF 200.06 FEET, TO
THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 33; THENCE S89*25'53"W,
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF LOTS 4 THROUGH 18, OF SAID BLOCK 6, A
DISTANCE OF 1409.87 FEET, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 18 OF
SAID BLOCK 6, SAID CORNER BEING ON THE EAST LINE OF THE RIGHT-
OF-WAY FOR NORTHWOOD DRIVE, AS SHOWN ON THE PLAT OF NORTH-
WOOD SECTION ONE; THENCE NOO50'04"E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE,
AND A PROLONGATION THEREOF THROUGH THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY FOR
BIRCH WAY, OAK WAY, PINE WAY AND MAPLE WAY, AS SHOWN ON THE
PLAT OF NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE, A DISTANCE OF 1663.64 FEET, TO
THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST
HAVING A RADIUS OF 25.00 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG THE
ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 88'25'57", A DIS-
TANCE OF 38.59 FEET, TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR
POTTER ROAD (NORTHWEST 144TH DRIVE; THENCE N89016'01"E, ALONG
SAID SOUTH LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1910.70 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST
CORNER OF LOT 1, BLOCK 1, OF SAID NORTHWOOD SECTION ONE,
THENCE S00050'04'W, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID BLOCK 1, A DIS-
TANCE OF 1786.00 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 20, OF
SAID BLOCK 1, AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2007-0039
351367 ON 4/16/10

**OFFICIAL**
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby
ive notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in OKEECHOBEE County,
State of Frida, on the SECOND day of NOVEMBER, 2010, A.D., to fill or
retain the following offices:
United States Senator
Representative in Congress: District 16
Florida Cabinet Governor
Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor
Florida Cabinet Attoey General
Florida Cabinet Chief Financial Officer
Forida Cabinet Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator: District 28
State Representative: Districts 78 and 79
Supreme Court: Retention of Four Justices
Fourth District Court of Appeal: Retention of Seven Judges
Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judcdal Circuit: Groups 1, 2, 6 and 9
School Board: Districts 1, 3 and 5
County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 3 and 5
348472 ON 04/02,16/10

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
following applications) for permit have been received for projects) in
Okeechobee County:
3 W Sod Inc (Kissimmee Oaks Sod field 2) 12773 W Forest Hill Blvd # 1211,
Wellington, FL 33414, has submitted Application 100323-9 for modification
of Environmental Resource Permit 47-00703-P for 152.5 acres of agricultu-
ral lands. The water will be discharged to the Kissimmee River and the pro-
ject Is located in Sections 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, Township 37 South, Ranges 33,
34 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written
request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action re-
garding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Management
District, Attn: Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West
Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be re-
ceived by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy
of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further
proceedings. Application status and associated documents can also be ob-
tained by accessing the District's website (www.sfwmd.gov) and selecting
the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page. Substantially affect-
ed persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing regarding the
proposed agency action by submitting a written request after reviewing the
staff report.
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ACROSS
1 Begins
energetically
8 Went up
14 "Be right there!"
16 Boom
17 "Maybe I can
help?"
19 Philippine bread
20 Common
opening
21 French
possessive
22 Add more brown
to, say
23 Cat's pajamas?
24 Where the 'eart
is?
26 Reckon, rurally
31 Removed, in a
way
36 Jobs for
underwriters,
briefly
37 "Now we're
getting
somewhere"
39 Farm drier
40 Soft drink order
41 "Bah!"
43 Caesar's tax
form?
44 Solution: Abbr.
45 Levi's "Christ
Stopped at _"
49 Suffix with amyl
50 Try to get in the
running
54 'Thanks,
"Are you
hungry?"
response
56 Statement of
intolerance
60 Decide is best
61 Commonly
receding
boundary
62 Chant
63 Words from one
closing a door,
perhaps

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1 Internet abbr.
2 'That's the spot!"
3 More frequent
changes reduce
its likelihood


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4 Major followers?
5 Lip
6 Comparison
words
7 Book before
Esth.
8 Prospective
adoptee
9 Tasks
10 Wall St. hedgers
11 1953 Caron film
12 Of all time
13 Party people:
Abbr.
15 Give up
18 Walker, briefly
21 For example
22 Electron transfer
process, often
23 Photo setting
24 Photo finishes?
25 Kid's enthusiastic
"I do!"
27 Burrowing
rabbitlike
mammal
28 Style of Mozart's
"ldomeneo"
29 Elegantly done
30 Colorado's _
Park
32 Kofi Annan


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33 Boxer's scrap
34 Atom-splitting
Nobelist
35 Linen source
38 Bugged?
42 Entered
46 Moisten
47 Six-time N.L.
home run champ
48 Wife of Jacob
49 Lagoon border
50 Not final, in law


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nominee Clive
52 Bubbly brand
53 Dope
54 Personal: Pref.
55 Do to pick
57 Washington
MLBer
58 Money pd. for
use of money
59 Athletic
supporter?


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-046
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF:
KEITH ARTHUR BURLEY,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Summary Administration
has been entered in the estate of
KEITH ARTHUR BURLEY, de-
ceased, Case Number 2010-
CP-046, by the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which
is 312 North West 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that


the decedents date of death was
September 25, 2009; that the total
value of the estate is exempt from
creditor claims, and that the
names and addresses of those to
whom it has been assigned by
such order are:
NAME & ADDRESS
Douglas Buriey
3626 Windflower Cirde
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Sandra Dathe
1300 Welcome Road
Roopdille, GA 30170
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NO-
TIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the de-
cedent and persons having claims
or demands against the estate of
the decedent other than those for
whom provision for full payment
was made in the Order of Sum-
mary Administration must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE


TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORI-
DA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
Notice Is April 16, 2010.
Person Giving Notice:
Douglas Burley
Sandra Dathe
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, PA.
Fla. Bar No.: 035667
Attorney for Pettioner
807 South West 2nd.Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone: (863)763-5733
Facsimile: (863)763-6199
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obee Sports Network


Featured team: OkeechQbee High School Boys Golf Team hopes to r turn strong for fall


Mark Ward doesn't just want a three-peat. He wants a
three-peat and then some.
For the past two years, his Okeechobee High School
boys varsity golf team has enjoyed a very good regular sea-
son, won the district tournament and advanced to region-
als. With all of his key golfers expected to return for the
2010 season this fall, he's looking for more of the same,
plus perhaps that extra step up the ladder.
"Not only are we looking for a three-peat in terms of
progressing to the regionals, but with a very solid corps
of guys coming back, our goal is to advance to state," said
Ward, who's been the head boys golf coach at the high
school for the past 10 years.
"This is a great group of kids. I have a great deal of re-
spect for them because they've become good golfers with-
out having a personal golf pro that they pay. And they're
not just good golfers, they're smart kids who take golf
and their studies seriously. Golfers tend to be a different
breed. They're more academic by nature, so I don't have
to spend a lot of time telling them to make sure they get
good grades."
Among the golfers expected to make a big impact this
fall will be senior Mike Watson, junior Richard Donegan
and sophomore Kodi Stephen. All three have handicaps in


the 2 to 3 range.
"Mike quit playing baseball to concentrate on golf, so
he's very focused," Ward said. "He actually had a hole-in-
one on a par-4 last season. When I ask Richard why he hits
a certain shot a certain way or uses a particular club for a
shot, he gives me a three-layered answer, so obviously he
has thought it through. And Cody really studies the game
and puts a lot of thought into it as well."
Others expected to compete for a spot on the 2010
Brahmans boys varsity golf team are seniors Danny Bus-
bin, Tony DeVoss, Tim Gray, Tyler Platt, and Watson; ju-
niors Billy Childers, Tyler Finney, Austin Hamilton, Justin
Morgan and Donegan; and sophomore Stephen.
The team plays approximately 14 matches per season,
with several of the meets involving more than one oppo-
nent. In 2009, the Brahmans compiled an impressive 16-5
regular-season record.
The season usually runs from early August through late
October. They play home meets at the Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club, but most matches are on the road, including
at prestigious courses such as Martin Downs Country Club
in Palm City, Hawk's Nest Golf Club at Vero Beach and PGA
St. Lucie West Country Club.
"We're very fortunate that our school administration


has allowed us
kids get to play.
would not be a
One of the
playing time to
age of 25 boys
six can play in i
junior varsity or
"Last year I
est thing a coa
ers, Terry Lanm
Club has been g
and giving instr
match."
Ward may n
but the high sch
fall when a loca
"We've spen
machine that re
them See what
Ward said. "We'
can best spend
can do to help t


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j travel," Ward said. "As a result, these
me very good courses that they normally
to play."
allenges Ward has every year is giving
those who want to participate. An aver-
r season tries out-for the team, but only
>st matches. The school does not have a
eshman boys team.
n had to cut a few, and that's the hard-
can ever do," Ward said. "For the oth-
1 from the Okeechobee Golf & Country
at about working hand-in-hand with me
tion to the guys who do not play in every
have the lower levels he'd like to have,
I golf program did receive a recent wind-
ottery winner donated $20,000.
$2,700 of it so far, on a video analysis
ly breaks down the kids' swings and lets
ey need to change to be better golfers,"
take out a microscope and see where we
e remainder of the funds. Whatever we
kids, that's our goal."


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Basketball Nor

Champs .- .-
Okeechobee Parks &
Recs' 10 & Under Bas-
ketball Champions
- Collins Lawn Ser-
vice Suns. Congratu-
lations to the Suns.
They took the title of
undefeated (9-0) on
March 13. From left
to right, Coach Mike
Wharin, Dalence
Carrillo, Sey'Moura
Humphries, Jonathan
Buck, Abigayle Er-
icson, Jared Joyner,
Rebecca Brashears, Gabe Greseth, Malcolm Chambers, Zachary Wharin,
and coach Brian Greseth.
Okeechobee Parks and Rec would like to congratulate the M & M Auto Bulls
12 U Basketball
Champs. The team
finished the sea-
I-IN GOD WE ST son March 2, with
a record of 6-2.
Team members in-
clude: (from left to
right, top) Matthew
Geary, Yopalakiyo
and Imillakiyo Os-
ceola, Coach Eric
Williams, Dem-
etrius Clark, Lizzie
Buck; bottom row,
left to right: Bubba
Fludd, Clinesha
Williams, Deliah
Carrillo, Kennethia
McBride and Chris-
tyanna Aldridge.
Special to the Okeechobee News/Parks and Rec


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April 16, 2010




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