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Vol. 102 No. 74 Wednesday, June 22, 2011


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Bomb scare: Courthouse evacuated


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
County and law enforcement personnel talked outside the Okeechobee County Court-
house Monday morning, June 20, about a suspicious box found inside the building.
Left to right are David McCain, the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue interim chief, De-
tective Bill Saum of the Okeechobee City Police Department, Deputy Corporal Sonny
Crawford of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and Okeechobee County Director
of Internet Technology Allen Queen. County employees in the courthouse were evacu-
ated for over three hours until it was determined by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
bomb disposal unit that the box contained magazines and was not a threat.

Suspicious box shuts down courthouse


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Submitted photo/ Detective Bill Saum, OCPD
This nondescript box caused a lot of excitement Mon-
day morning, June 20, when it was found sitting in a
chair inside the recently-renovated Okeechobee County
Courthouse. The bomb disposal unit from the St. Lucie
County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene. After
x-rays were taken, the box was found to contain maga-
zines that had been left in the chair by a delivery person
on Friday, June 17.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A nondescript brown card-
board box sitting on a chair in
the Okeechobee County Court-
house essentially shut down
county government for over
three hours Monday.
But by Monday afternoon,
members of the St. Lucie Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (SLCSO)
bomb disposal unit determined
the box was simply filled with
magazines. More specifically,
"Okeechobee - The Magazine."
Detective Bill Saum, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), said a delivery
person from the magazine ap-
parently left the unopened box
See BOX - Page 2


Wildfire


danger


continues
Despite recent rainfall, the Okeecho-
bee County area is still at risk of wild-
fires.
"Because we are in a drought, the
winds, lightning and scattered rain are
more problematic and noticeable," ex-
plained Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation
specialist with the Florida Division of For-
estry, Okeechobee District. "Conditions
are still dry despite the sporadic show-
ers that are occurring in the afternoon.
State Firefighters are seeing high winds
and lightning as the isolated showers ap-
proach. The down flow of winds off the
isolated storms can push smoke to the
surface creating visibility concerns and
other issues related to heavy smoke.
"State Firefighters are seeing the high
winds stirring up hot embers and ash and
carrying them beyond the dozer contain-
ment lines. Continuous rain is needed to
control these fires. The sprinkle of rain at
night quickly dries up as the heat index
rises around 100 degrees."
On Monday, two DOF firefighters were
killed while fighting a wildfire in Ham-
See WILDFIRE - Page 18

House fire

may have

been caused

by wiring
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Shortly after noon on Sunday, June
19, two units of the City of Okeechobee
Fire Department responded to a residen-
tial fire at 210 S.E. Second St.
Upon arrival the firemen found a
wooden frame house with heavy smoke
and fire coming out from under it.
See HOUSE - Page 2





Okeechobee News June 22, 2011


BOX
Continued From Page 1

in a chair by the Veteran's Service office on
Friday, June 17.
"We knew the package had been han-
dled by several people and it hadn't blown
up. We knew of at least three people who
had handled it," said Detective Saum. "The
people who had handled it told us they were
looking for an address on the box. One per-
son turned it over and felt something shift
inside the box."
But nothing was done until around 10:45
a.m. on June 20 when Allen Queen, a for-
mer deputy with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and current director
of information technology for the county,
found out about the box.
"It hit him when he found out he had an
unmarked package in the hallway that was
unsealed," said Detective Saum. "He had the
wherewithal to realize it could have been
something bad and he began the process of
evacuating the building."
Employees left the recently-renovated
courthouse for the safety of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Complex located directly be-
hind the courthouse. They stayed there until
2 p.m. when it was finally determined that
the box presented no danger.
Detective Saum said none of the busi-
nesses located near the courthouse were
evacuated.
Maureen Budjinski, publisher of the mag-
azine, said both she and the delivery person
"feel terrible" about what happened. She ex-
plained that the delivery person was running
behind in her deliveries and that her car had
broken down and a friend was driving her.
"She simply forgot to open it (the box) in
her haste," said Ms. Budjinski. "She's sort of
new. It was only the second time she'd done
it (deliver to the courthouse)."


Normally, some of the magazines are put
into a receptacle and the rest are given to
someone, explained Detective Saum.
He went on to say that courthouse sur-
veillance tape shows the delivery person en-
tering the courthouse around 4:25:06 p.m.
on Friday then leaving 17 seconds later at
4:25:23.
Ms. Budjinski described the delivery per-
son as very hard working and conscientious
and that she "was shocked" about what
happened.
"This was a simple mistake," said Detec-
tive Saum.
It was also an expensive mistake when
one considers the number of people involved
and the fact that employees in the court-
house were on the clock but unable to work
for over three hours. Besides OCPD person-
nel and SLCSO bomb squad members, other
people called to the scene included: OCSO
deputies; members of the Okeechobee City
Fire Department and Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue; and, officials from Okeechobee
Emergency Management.
Although the OCPD had a total of 14 man
hours taken up Monday, Chief Denny Davis
said his office would not be seeking restitu-
tion. OCSO Major Noel Stephen said his of-
fice also would not be seeking reimburse-
ment at this point.
Mitch Smeykal, director of emergency
management, said Fire/Rescue would also
not seek restitution.
As for the SLCSO bomb squad, since they
have an agreement with other area agencies
they do not charge for public safety servic-
es.
"All the law agencies in this region have
mutual aid agreements under which law
agencies provide assistance when request-
ed, as needed," said SLCSO Public Informa-
tion Officer Mark Weinberg.


HOUSE
Continued From Page 1
Possible cause was electrical wiring in
the crawl space. Upon arrival firemen shut
off the main breaker. All doors were locked.
The firemen forced the front door, checked
for occupants, and found none.
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fire marshal agreed that the cause of the fire
was not suspicious.
The city fire department was assisted by
one unit and two firemen from Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue.
Estimated damage to the $70,000 struc-
ture was $20,000 with an estimated $3,000
worth of damage to the $15,000 worth of
contents.
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Brandi Gomez

Chobee Allstars are district champs
The 2011 Chobee Allstars won the 10 & Under District Championship last
weekend and are headed to the Tallahassee Area to play in the State Cham-
pionship July 7-9, 2011. Good Luck Girls! The team includes (back row, left
to right) Coach Ivan Santiago, Coach Dallas Nunez, Bobbie Jenkins, Coach
Manny Ramirez, (second row) Kelsey Rimes, Cady Osceola, Brooke Santia-
go, Kyllie Ramirez, (third row) Hailey Underhill, Macy Collier, Katlyn Garcia,
Sierra Brydebell, (front row) Janel Aponte, Kimberly Shaw, Savannah Mintz
and Janessa Nunez. (Photo courtesy Brandi Gomez.)


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June 22, 2011


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FWC supports 'Operation Dry Water' for third year


Last year, 17 people died from boating
accidents related to alcohol and drug use in
Florida.
"Alcohol- and drug-related boating acci-
dents are preventable," said Capt. Tom Shipp,
of the FWC's Boating and Waterways Section.
"Even one death is too many." That is why
law enforcement agencies around the state
and country are participating in "Operation
Dry Water" this weekend. This nationwide
public-education effort is designed to prevent
alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. FWC
officers, along with local law enforcement and
the U.S. Coast Guard, will crack down on boat-
ing under the influence (BUI) violations.
"While our officers always look for BUIs,"
Capt. Shipp said, "this weekend, they are mak-
ing a special effort to stop this dangerous activ-
ity."
2009 was the inaugural year for this effort,
and the program's effectiveness made repeat-
ing it worthwhile. Last year, agencies in all 50
states and six U.S. territories participated, in-
teracting with more than 60,000 boaters and
taking 322 impaired operators off the water


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two local teenagers escaped serious
injury after their cars crashed while they
were reportedly racing each other on N.W
50th Drive on June 17 at 2:47 p.m., stated a
deputy's accident report.
Both teens Destiny Nunez, 16, and
Benjamin S. Vuleta, 16,-were issued ci-
tations for racing and speed too fast for
conditions, stated Deputy Cari Arnold, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO).
According to Deputy Arnold's report,
Nunez and Vuleta were racing side by
side at a speed of 115 mph in a 35 mph
zone when both drivers tried to negotiate
a left-hand curve in the 1300 block of the
two-lane road. Neither driver could make
the curve due to their speed, continued the
deputy's report.
Both drivers were traveling in an east-
erly direction, the deputy added.
The 2006 Chrysler four-door sedan driv-
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before they could kill or injure themselves or
someone else. The FWC alone arrested 12
boaters for BUI.
"We know that increased officer effort re-
duces boating accidents and saves lives. Sav-
ing lives is what 'Operation Dry Water' is really
all about," Capt. Shipp said.
The FWC reminds boaters to be careful this
weekend. Boaters who have had too much to
drink or who are impaired by drugs are a great
danger to the boating public.
"Being under the influence of alcohol or
drugs impairs a boat operator's vision and
reaction time," Capt. Shipp said. "Sun, wind,
fatigue and other conditions can intensify the
effects alcohol or drugs have on a boater."
Intoxicated boaters are also susceptible to
injuries or falling overboard because of im-
paired coordination and balance.
"If you're caught boating under the influ-
ence, you may be fined and jailed, your boat
may seized, and you could lose your boating
privileges," Capt. Shipp said. "But most impor-
tantly, you are risking your life, the lives of your
passengers and the lives of other people out


stated the accident report. Deputy Arnold
said the vehicle crashed through several
myrtle trees then continued another 80 feet
where it finally stopped after hitting some
metal cow pens.
The 2011 Ford two-door sedan driven by
Nunez also crashed through a fence, hit an
oak tree then traveled about 402 feet in an
apparent circular direction, stated Deputy
Arnold. The car reportedly came to rest ap-
proximately 430 feet from its point of entry
at the fence.
Deputy Arnold said Nunez was taken
to Raulerson Hospital with minor injuries,
while Vuleta was not injured. The deputy
went on to say that two juvenile passen-
gers with Nunez were not injured. Both
of those passengers reportedly told OCSO
Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan that they
were traveling at a speed of 115 mph.
While the report did not estimate the
amount of damage to the two vehicles, the
estimated damage to the fencing and cow
pens was $4,000. Deputy Arnold did state
in her report that both vehicles were dam-
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on the water." The FWC reminds boaters that on the water," Capt. Shipp said. "Carelessly
they are responsible for making decisions that choosing to operate a boat while impaired is a
keep themselves and others safe. "We want decision that can result in a tragic ending to an
everyone to have a great time and stay safe otherwise wonderful day on the water."

Pahokee women injured in crash


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two Pahokee women were injured, one
critically, in an early morning accident on
U.S. 441 S.E. Monday, June 20.
A Florida Highway Patrol report said Mar-
queta Roquel Hall, 21, was driving a 2002
Ford Explorer when she tried to pass a trac-
tor-trailer about 1 mile north of County Road
15-B around 6:23 a.m.
FHP Trooper D.A. Rahming's report said
both Ms. Hall and the driver of the tractor-
trailer Yunier Garcia Falcon, 22, of Miami
were northbound when the woman pulled
out and tried to pass the truck. Ms. Hall ap-
parently lost control of her sports utility ve-
hicle and hit the left front of the semi.
According to the trooper's report, the


Ford began to spin and it left the roadway
where it collided with a wooden utility pole
on the right shoulder of the two-lane high-
way. The Explorer then overturned and a
passenger with Ms. Hall-Keanna Small, 22,
Pahokee-was ejected, stated Tpr. Rahming.
Ms. Hall was taken to Raulerson Hospital by
Okeechobee Fire/Rescue, while Ms. Small
was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medi-
cal Center in Fort Pierce by Martin County
Life Flight.
Mr. Falcon was not injured.
The report went on to indicate that alco-
hol was not involved and that Ms. Hall and
Mr. Falcon were wearing seat belts.
Damage to Ms. Hall's vehicle was esti-
mated at $7,500, while damage to the 1998
Freightliner was estimated at $1,500.


Teens crash cars while racing


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OUA
* Today, I received my water bill and it
was almost $4 higher than the month be-
fore. Now the bill in May was much higher
than usual, so I made a concerted effort to
make sure and cut back
on water usage, for I had
difficulty paying such a
high bill then. However,
to my dismay, in June it
was higher. I do not wa-
ter plants or lawn, it is \
against the law to do so,
so how could this June
bill be correct? I am in
conservation mode, big time, so how could
this be? I again will be monitoring and com-
paring my bill for July closer and homeown-
ers. You better do so too and let me know if I
am the only one with this problem.

Obama
* Regardless of where he was born, he
is our president. He is the president of the
United States of America. He is the one
who saved us from Bush who managed to
destroy our country. Praise God for Obama
who is going to bring us back out of this
economic slump Bush caused this country
for the senseless war that Obama has put an
end to. Change indeed. Those of you who
don't support Obama aren't American. You
aren't patriotic and you don't love America.
* And yet, we're still fighting the same
wars, Gitmo is still open, we're doubling
down in Afghanistan and opening up anoth-
er front in Lybia. Yeah baby, that's doing it!
* The economic slump is not getting bet-
ter.
* Also, if it's not bad enough, we now
have Rick Scott in Florida.
* Obama saved us from Bush? Bush was
not in that election. Obama beat McCain,
not Bush. As for the economic problems,
the legislation that caused the Real Estate
mess-the deregulation of the banking
industry-dates back to the Clinton presi-
dency.


Water, water
* I went into a local restaurant and ordered
a cheeseburger, milk shake and fries. I also
asked for a cup of water. They said they would
sell me bottled water. But they would not give
me a free cup. I will never go there again.
* I can understand they want to sell drinks
and that they wouldn't want to give out the
big cups for free. But they should keep some
small paper cups for those who just need a
sip of water. If the water cups are different
from the drink cups that would also help
keep anyone from cheating by getting "free"
soda in their water cup.
* Had you gone somewhere where
they did not have to purchase said cup you
might have gotten your cup of water. With
the economy the way it is, I can see why the
manager does not give free cups for water.
He has to make a living, also. Choose a place
that washes their glasses if you don't want to
pay for a drink.
* I think sometimes elderly people need
to drink water while out in a restaurant es-
pecially when they have to take medications
several times during the day. Some of them
have diabetes and can't drink much sodas
and sweet drinks. I think all restaurants
should have small cups for water. If not, at
least have a water fountain installed.
* Some time ago when we used to stop
at restaurants I noticed they wouldn't bring
a spoon. If I'm paying big time for potatoes
and gravy I want it all. I have to take a small
bottle of water with me wherever I go. I fill
them about a quarter full and freeze, then
when I want to leave add water. I put them
in a sock to soak up condensation and in my
purse. I get some funny looks but who cares.
If a person has to take everything with them
they might as well eat at home, right?
* Storage for special cups takes up space.
Water costs money. Wait staff serving water is
overhead. Cups cost money. The funny thing
is all the people buying bottled water then
complaining about the high cost of gasoline.
They are actually paying more for the water
but don't realize it! No wonder SFWMD is
taking everyone to the cleaners.
* In some franchise businesses, they have
to account for every cup. They can't give the
cups with the logos away for free.
* There isn't anything in the health code
that says you can't bring in your own water/
soda to drink. You can't bring in your beer. My
mother always carries her own water bottle
with her. You can't please all the people all
the time, but you should do what you can to
keep the customer happy. It just makes good
business sense.


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Help prevent wildfires
On June 20, the close knit fire world lost
two of their very own. The ripple of loss is
felt from State Firefighters, Local County
Firefighters, Cooperators and passed onto
the communities that we all try to protect.
Firefighters need your help in protecting your
home, community and lives. Please help us:
(1) Keeping the yard lean, clean, and
green.
* Lean - Trim vegetation away from
home.
* Clean - No accumulation of dead veg-
etation or flammable debris.
* Green - Less flammable plants that are
healthy, watered and green during dry sea-
son.
(2) Support your state, county and city
wildfire mitigation efforts.
Everyone who owns land should be man-
aging it for wildfires. The natural areas grow
wild, the ground is littered with pine needles,
dead leaves, sticks and twigs. The natural
area accumulates dead vegetation for years
and then is ripe for a wildfire. Please support
burning, mowing and chopping in these
natural areas. This wildfire mitigation is es-
sential to the health of the eco-system. If the
ground is littered with dead vegetation then
sunlight will not reach the forest floor. The
foraging animals must look for new places
to feed due to lack of new growth.

Dry Conditions:
With this drought, firefighters are fighting
fires in areas that are normally wet and these
areas have not experienced fires in decades

Okeechobee Main Street
needs your help!
On June 10, several members of the
Okeechobee community - met to have a
photo taken in front of the old train sta-
tion. The photos were used to enter the
"This Place Matters" competition spon-
sored by the National Trust for Historic
Preservation. We have been notified that
we have been selected as one of the Top
100 "This Place Matters" entries to com-
pete for 1st Place $25,000, 2nd Place
$10,000 or 3rd Place $5,000 grants for our
organization. Please go to the web site to
place your vote:
www.preservationnation.org/take-ac-
tion/this-place-matters/community-chal-
lenge/places/okeechobee-main-street.html


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so the vegetation is dense. A substantial rain-
fall occurrence is needed.
Melissa Yunas
Wildfire Mitigation Specialist
Florida Division of Forestry,
Okeechobee District, Martin, St. Lucie,
Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands
and Glades Counties
Editor's note: On June 20, two fire-
fighters with the Division of Forestry
died while fighting the Blue Ribbon
wildfire in Hamilton County. The Blue
Ribbon fire started June 16. It had
been contained, but flared up again on
Monday.

To Raulerson Hospital staff:
This letter is in appreciation of the care
you gave our father Robert P. Glennon (Pat).
Special thanks to Dr. Mishelevich and the
rest of the doctors.
Special thanks to all the nurses and
CNAs, aids and the ladies in the kitchen and
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Obituaries


A. Sue Ford, 64
OKEECHOBEE -A. Sue Ford, 64, died at the
Hamrick Home on Saturday, June 18, 2011.
Born in Alexander - -
City, Ala., Sue had
resided in Okeecho-
bee for the past 25
years. She was an
Air Force "service
brat" and had lived
around the world.
She was a devout .
Christian and a
member of the
Fountain of Life
Church where she
found her greatest enjoyment with Sunday
School and serving as a Youth Group leader.
She also had served as a Girl Scout leader. Her
hobbies included painting in all mediums, quilt-
ing, crocheting, and reading, especially the
works of Richard Wanbaum. Sue was a regis-
tered nurse who always thought of others first
and she held the certification as a corrections
health care professional.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents,
William and Sara Weddle.
She is survived by her loving husband, Harvey
L. Ford Jr.; sons, Gary Gerber, Harvey L. Ford III;
daughter, Sara (Kenny) Jackson; step-son, Vin-
cent Gerber; step-daughter, Shannon Gerber;
grandsons, Jacob Jackson, Richard L. Harvey;
step-grandson, Conner Jackson; sister, Linda
(Gary) Utt, all of (,i .. .. i-i , nephew, Joe
(Dallas) Smith of Lake Placid,; nieces, Donna
Stiller of 0(i... i i - , Carole (Dean) Turner of
Baton Rouge, La.; great-nephews, Timothy (An-
gie) Frady, Gage Smith, Steele Turner, Abel
Turner; great-nieces, Candice Morris, Megan
Stiller, Evangeline Turner; great-great-nephews,
Garrett, Bailey, and Ethan Frady; great-great-
niece, Bayla Billie; and special friends, Jerry and
Linda Abrams.
Sue was much loved and will be greatly
missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday,
June 23, 2011, at 12 pm at the Fountain of Life
Church.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial
donations to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973, or Martha's House,
P.O. Box 727, ('i .. .. iI.. , FL 34973.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
Okeechobee.


Myrtle Dennis, 81
OKEECHOBEE - Our mother, Myrtle Dennis,
went to be with the Lord this past Sunday, June
19, 2011. She was 81.
Her surviving children are Diana Young, Dar-
lene Halsted, Vicki O'Donnell, Ronald Maguire,
John Maguire, Michael Maguire. Our mother
also has many grandchildren whom she loved
very much.
Our heart goes out to all the wonderful people
that helped our mother over the years through
her suffering. Without you we do not know
what we would of done. Thank you all of you,
you know who are.
To all her friends, she will miss you. She loved
Okeechobee and the Okeechobee way of life. In
her memory please turn and give someone a
hug and just show a little bit of kindness to one
another, that would be all she would want.


John H. Ausburn, 86
OKEECHOBEE -John H. Ausburn, 86, of
(i., .. il,,i,,, passed away June 17, 2011, in
( i., iI ,l.
He was born Oct. 30, 1924, in Stuart, Fla. Mr.
Ausburn proudly served our country in the U.S.
Army during WWII
from 1943 - 1946. He
was retired from
U.S.D.A. and S.C.S.
Mr. Ausburn was
preceded in death by I
his wife, Janice Light-
sey Ausburn; mother,
Willie Hancock; father,
James Arthur Ausburn;
sisters, Kate Triay and
Louise Marino; and L&
brothers, Billy Joe Ausburn and James Arthur
Ausburn, Jr.
He is survived by his stepson, Dean Mobley
(Anne) of Atlanta, Ga.; stepdaughter, Patricia
McWhorter (Larry) of ('i. ... I i. 1. , nieces, Gin-
ny Hendricks (Albert) of Lake City, Fla., Sally
Gann (Ronnie), Connie Ausburn and Carol Aus-
burn, all of Stuart; many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, June 20, 2011, 10 a.m.
until 11 a.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home. Graveside funeral services were held at
Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor Joe Bishop offi-
ciating.
Friends may sign the 'i-1. �il ...... at www.bas-

All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i., iI ..... - Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (',i ..i,,l,,,, Fl
34972.

James Wallace McElroy IV 25
CAPE CORAL -James Wallace McElroy IV,
25, died June 18, 2011, in Cape Coral. Living his
life in (,i.. i. .i. . , he recently relocated to
Cape Coral. He enjoyed playing the guitar and
being on the back of a boat.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda Hancock
McElroy of Cape Coral, formerly of Okeecho-
bee; son, Mason McElroy; brothers, Brian (Ka-
sie) Ratzman of Cape Coral, Kevin IM Ii''. i
Ratzman of Gainesville; parents, Jim and Eliza-
beth McElroy of ('i.. . il . , and his grand-
mother, Ruth McElroy of Okeechobee.
The family will receive friends on Saturday,
June 25, 2011, at the Buxton-Seawinds Funeral
Home at 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make contribu-
tions to the Mason McElroy College Savings Ac-
count, c/o Heartland National Bank, 600 US 27
N, Lake Placid, FL 33852.
Friends may express online condolences at
www.buxtonseawinds.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
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Kenneth E. Ford, 84
OKEECHOBEE -Kenneth E. Ford, 84, died at
his home on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Born in Ft.
Myers, he was a resident of Okeechobee for 70
years. He was a
member of the First
Baptist Church of ?,
p(i. i . . . ..l.. . Ken-
neth held perpetual
membership in the
Masonic Lodge. He
proudly served his
country as a mem-
ber of the U.S. Air
Force. His hobbies
included flying, fish-
ing and golf.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his par-
ents, Clarence and Violet Ford; and a brother,
Alan Ford.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria
Ford; sons, Michael Ford of Okeechobee,
Gregory (Amy) Ford of Smyrna, Ga., Mark (Lyn-
ette) Ford of Okeechobee; grandsons, Christo-
pher (Jennifer) Rogers of (i .,. ilin , Jack
Ford of Smyrna, Ga., Chase Ford of Okeecho-
bee; granddaughter, Hannah Ford of Smyrna,
Ga.; great-grandson, Christian Rogers of Okee-
chobee; and a sister, Lillian (Cliff) Holcomb of
Lilburn, Ga.
Visitation will be held at the Buxton-Seawinds
Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 22, 2011, from
5 until 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June
23, 2011, at 10 a.m. with internment following
at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial
contributions to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
( I., - i, I ,,

Paul Wayne Rowland, 73
OKEECHOBEE Paul Wayne Rowland, 73,
died at his home, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.
He proudly served his country as a member of
the U.S. Marine
Corps. He had an
over-whelming love
of Harley-Davidson
motorcycles and an-
tique cars.
Wayne was pre-
ceded in death by
his parents, Elmer
Paul and Ruby Row-
land; and a brother,
Tom Rowland.
Survivors include
his wife of 40 years, Maggie; son, Rhett Rowland
of Okeechobee; daughter, Kim Rowland of
( ,i.... -il ,i, and brother, Doug (Cindy) Row-
land of Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2011, at
Buxton-Seawinds Chapel at 10 a.m. until service
time of 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Ever-
green Cemetery.
Friends may send online condolences to
www.buxtonseawinds.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
( I. -,, I,,,I ,


Michael L. Earnest, 59
OKEECHOBEE -Michael L. Earnest, of Okee-
chobee, slipped peacefully into the arms of his
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 18, 2011,
in Palm Beach Gar-
dens surrounded by
his family whom he
loved dearly.
He was born
March 17, 1952, in /
Bainbridge, Ga., to
Gans and Maudie
Earnest. He came to
Okeechobee from
Apalachicola, Fla. in
1970. He was a mas-
ter electrician and
owner of Earnest Electric for 35 years. He was a
member of the First Baptist Church. He was an
avid fisherman and hunter.
Mr. Earnest was preceded in death by his
granddaughter, Deidra Ann Dunson; and his
long time buddy, Shady.
He is survived by his parents, Gans and Mau-
die Earnest of Okeechobee; daughters, Jennifer
Dunson (Shelby) of Vero Beach, Ashley Earnest
of (i.... il i and Jordan Rose (William) of
Okeechobee; three grandchildren, Danial Dun-
son of Vero Beach, Marley Allen and Aria Rose
of Okeechobee; two brothers, David Earnest of
Okeechobee and Tim Earnest (Norma) of Tus-
caloosa, Ala.; three sisters, Deloris Sherman
(Bill) of (i ... i..- il , Kathy Parkerson (Butch)
of Donalsonville, Ga., and Lane Gamiotea (Ja-
mie) of Okeechobee; numerous nieces and
nephews.
Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21,
2011, at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th ST.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today, June 22,
2011, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund
at First Baptist Church.
Friends may sign the - Pi i ..... i1. at www.bas-
-LoI., B. . 1 g a-1 c II ....
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i., I .... -- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (i ..i.. , Fl
34972.
Zelma E. Daugherty, 88
OKEECHOBEE Zelma E. Daugherty, 88,
died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Vitas Hospice in
Tamarac. Relocating from (,i., ii - , Zelma
had lived in North Lauderdale for a year.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Robert Daugherty; and son, Cecil James Payne.
Survivors include sons, Jerry Daugherty of Or-
lando, Robert (Peggy) Daugherty of Knoxville,
Tenn.; daughters, Norma Price of (i. .i1... I.I
Wilma Maxine King of North Lauderdale, Helen
Louise Bush of Michigan; 18 grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today, June 22, 2011, at
Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home at 10 a.m. until
service time of 11 a.m. Burial will be at Green-
wood Cemetery in Orlando.
Friends may send online condolences at
www.buxtonseawinds.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
Okeechobee.


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Report: man battered woman, spat on deputy


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man was arrested Sunday after he al-
legedly threw his pregnant girlfriend to the
ground and then later spat on a deputy.
Ronald Feldpusch, 40, N.E. 31st Way,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 19 on felony


charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant
female and battery on a law enforcement
officer.
He is being held in the Okeechobee
County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bond.
An arrest report by Deputy John Hazy,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), stated that Feldpusch was appar-


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).
* Andrew James Buzan, 20, S. Parrott
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 17 by
Deputy Mark Margerum on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of community control- introduction of con-
traband into a detention facility. He is being
held without bond.
* Christopher Kenneth George, 31, S.W
Josana Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested
June 17 by Deputy Eliberto Carmona on a
Monroe County warrant charging him with
violation of probation - worthless checks
(two counts) and violation of probation - ex-
ploitation of the elderly. He was released on
his own recognizance.
* Kyle Anthony Turner, 25, Grand Avenue,
Sebring, was arrested June 17 by Deputy Joe
Gracie on a charge of grand theft auto. His
bond was set at $5,000.
* James Earl Turner, 27, Curve Street,
Lake Placid, was arrested June 17 by Deputy
Joe Gracie on a charge of grand theft auto.
His bond was set at $5,000.
* Opreial Regina Harrington, 25, Blue
Fish Drive, Sebring, was arrested June 17 by
Deputy Joe Gracie on a charge of grand theft
auto. Her bond was set at $5,000.
* Waltorian T. Jackson, 19, N.E. 16th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 18
by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with the fel-
ony of burglary, and the misdemeanors of
criminal mischief and domestic battery. His
bond was set at $31,000.
* Alicia Nicole Simmons, 25, S.E. 94th
Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by
Deputy Arlene Durbin on an Okeechobee


County warrant charging her with failure to
return leased property. Her bond was set at
$2,500.
* Cordey D. Jumper, 19, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 18 by Deputy Rusty Harts-
field on a charge of violation of a domestic
violation injunction. He is being held with-
out bond.
* Jennifer Lynn McMasters, 28, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested June 19 by
Officer Ryan Holroyd on a felony charge of
child neglect without great bodily harm and
a misdemeanor charge of driving under the
influence. Her bond was set at $3,000.
* David Siler, 23, N.W 32nd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 19 by
Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with the felo-
ny of violation of probation - grand theft. He
is being held without bond.
* Heradio Garcia, 32, S.E. 10th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Dep-
uty Steven McKinley on a charge of driving
under the influence. His bond was set at
$2,500.
* Karla Raulerson, 49, S.E. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by
Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an amended
Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with violation of probation - aggravated bat-
tery with a deadly weapon. She is being held
without bond.
* Euel Ray Edwards, 50, S.R. 78 W,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Dep-
uty DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with driving
under the influence with priors/damage to
property. His bond was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and not con
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
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purse.
The woman reportedly
picked up her purse and
as she walked out of the
home the alleged argu-
ment continued outside
Ronald the home.
Feldpusch According to Deputy
Hazy, while the couple
were outside Feldpusch continued his at-
tempts to get the woman's purse. At some
point, he allegedly struck her and she fell to
the ground, added the report.
While Feldpusch was being taken to jail
by OCSO Deputy Yamil Astacio, he twice spit
on the deputy from the backseat of the pa-
trol unit.
Because she is pregnant, Deputy Hazy
said medical personnel from Okeechobee
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check on the woman's condition. She was
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Judge gives man and woman probation


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man
and woman charged with
cashing bogus U.S. Postal
Service money orders have
resolved their cases by
entering into plea agree-
ments.
Michael Dale Crose III,
26, entered a plea Thurs-
day, June 16, of no contest Michael Dale
to two counts of uttering a Croae Dal
forged bill and two counts
of grand theft. Each charge is a third-degree
felony.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger ac-


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two men accused of
operating a marijuana
grow house entered pleas
of no contest June 16, to
trafficking charges and
will be sentenced next
month.
The men-William
Diaz and Elman Montero
Rodriguez-are both
charged with the felony lliam
of trafficking in marijuana
and the misdemeanor of possession of
drug paraphernalia.
According to Assistant State Attorney
Jeff Davis, each man faces a possible maxi-
mum sentence of 30 years in prison on the
first-degree felony charge.
Diaz, 35, N.E. 304th St., and Rodriguez,
36, of the same address, were both ar-
rested by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force during a raid of their residence in
May of 2010.
During that raid task force detectives
reportedly found 127.7 grams of suspected
marijuana in a plastic bag in the kitchen of


cepted the plea and ordered that adjudica-
tion be withheld. The judge then sentenced
Crose to six months in the Okeechobee
County Jail to be followed
by 24 months probation on
each charge, with the sen-
tences to run concurrently.
, Crose will receive credit
for the 99 days he has al-
ready served.
Also, Judge Belanger or-
dered the man to pay resti-
Scharlett R. tution totaling $2,018.
Fountain The judge also warned
Crose that if he violates his
probation, he could face a maximum of 20
years in prison.


the home that was "finished product" and
was ready for sale, stated an arrest report.
In a bedroom of the home described
as a starter house by task
force detectives-some
small suspected pot plants
were allegedly found. The
arrest report stated that
some of those small plants
had active root systems.
That arrest report goes
on to state that 82 suspect-
Elman M. ed pot plants with active
Rodriguez root systems were found
in a garage. A task force
detective said those plants weighed a total
of 95.5 pounds.
The estimated value of the suspected pot
plants seized by detectives was $380,000,
added the report.
The detective went on to say that timers,
grow lights, ballasts, air conditioning units,
water pumps and thermometers were also
found in the garage.
Diaz and Rodriguez each had prior ad-
dresses in Miami, the arrest report stated.
The two men will be sentenced on
Thursday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m.


Crose and Scharlett Rose Fountain, 29,
N.W 33rd Terrace, were both arrested for
their involvement in the case. Fountain was
also charged with two counts of uttering a
forged bill and two counts of grand theft.
Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), said
Fountain actually cashed two of the counter-
feit money orders. She cashed one at a lo-
cal convenience store, while a family friend
cashed the other, said the investigator.
Fountain entered into a plea deal with the
state on May 5. Judge Belanger also withheld
adjudication in her case and sentenced her
to 22 months probation on each count, with
the sentences to run concurrently.
"They didn't go to the bank (to cash the
money orders) because the bank would
have turned it down right way," said the de-
tective.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man had to be treated for a laceration
to his forehead after a for-
mer girlfriend reportedly
broke into his home and
found him with another
woman.
Meagan Fontel Jones,
25, N.W 32nd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Sunday, June 19, on .
felony charges of aggra-
vated domestic battery Meagan F.
with a weapon and bur- Jone
glary. She was also charged with the mis-
demeanors of trespass into an occupied
structure and criminal mischief.
Jones was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $4,000. Jail re-
cords indicate that she has since been re-
leased on bond.


Detective Morrison said the money orders
were sent to Crose from an address in Los
Angeles, Calif., via Federal Express. Unfortu-
nately, she added, the money orders can't be
traced back to the sender.
The bogus money orders were generated
by using Photoshop and contained none of
the normal security features or watermarks
found on genuine postal money orders, De-
tective Morrison explained.
She went on to say the fake money or-
ders had no bank address and that they all
had the same post office number on the face
of the document.
Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant
State Attorney Jeff Davis.
Fountain was represented by Shannon
Henne, from the District 19 public defend-
er's office, and local attorney John Cook
represented Crose.


An arrest report by Deputy Mark Marg-
erum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), stated that Jones entered
the man's home by breaking out a window
in his bedroom. Once inside, she saw the
man's current girlfriend and struck him in
the head with a plastic air freshener.
The man grabbed his former girlfriend
and she reportedly began to hit and scratch
him.
According to the victim, he and Jones
broke off their relationship several years
ago and he has been with his current girl-
friend for three years. While they were
no longer dating, Jones and the man oc-
casionally spend time together in a casual
manner.
Deputy Margerum said the male victim
was taken to Raulerson Hospital where it
took 10 stitches to close the wound on his
forehead.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Groundbreaking for bank
On Friday morning, June 17, ground was broken for the new Center State
Bank building to be built on S. Parrott Avenue at the corner of 21st Street.
Taking part in the ceremony were, left to right, Delbert Howard and Chris
Close of Close Construction, Don Paris of Paris Contracting, Andy Biendorf,
CSB President Indian River County, Eddie Muse of DSI Architects, John Wil-
liams, CSB President, City of Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk, Jennifer Laf-
ferty, Kristy Crawford and Tabitha Trent of CSB. Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May, Toni Doyle of Okeechobee Main Street, City of Okeechobee Coun-
cilman Mike O'Connor, Kathleen Shatto of Main Street, Terry Burroughs of
Main Street, former Okeechobee County Commissioner Noel Chandler, In-
terim Superintendent of Schools, Mary Hurley, City of Okeechobee Council-
man Devin Maxwell, Donna Culpepper, Sharon Vinson, Facilitator of Shared
Services Network, Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper
and Teresa Chandler of Main Street. The estimated completion date for the
6,100 square foot building is January of 2012.

Historical Society seeking old photos
The Okeechobee Historical Society is searching for photographs of former fire chiefs
M.E. Patten (1924) and WS.A. Henderson (1933). If you have a photograph or have
information that will help find one please call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850 or go to
kmchobee@stratonet.com.

IRSC to present 'Cinderella Jr.' play
Cinderella, Jr. is set to premier on June 24, 7 p.m. and will also be performed on June
25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce. The Performing Arts Academy presents the "Cinderella, Jr." Tickets are $8.
Call the IRSC Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
Fundraiser for Connie Abney
A salad/dessert lunch benefit will be held on Friday, June 24, for Connie Abney, a hair-
dresser who has a broken arm. It will be at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 401
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2011 Women's Spring Softball
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Bo White benefit at Cypress Hut
The Cypress Hut Eagles #4509, and the
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efit at the Cypress Hut on Saturday, June 25.
Food will be served at 3 p.m. for $7 a plate.
There will be a raffle for a bench seat/picnic
table, Jello shots, bottle raffles, live music
and 50/50s with the drawing at 6 p.m. Menu
of chicken, catfish, potato salad, coleslaw,
macaroni salad, baked beans and dessert.

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host Summer Open House
On Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. until


3 p.m. come and enjoy the summer open
house at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
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drinks. The beautiful Arnold's Butterfly Gar-
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panthers and baby bobcats. Lots of baby
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We're in Stitches!
On Pentecost Sunday, June 12,
Church of Our Saviour, Okeecho-
bee, celebrated an historic event
in the life of the church family. A ,. ,
service of blessing was held for ati
thirty-six church symbols and
eight kneelers. These adornments
were needle-pointed by women
and men of the parish.
In keeping with the Anglican
tradition of needlework dedicated
to the Glory of God, the members
of the church began the project in pecia tot ec e
the late 1980s. The symbols were Corinne, Nicholas, and Cooper Croslyn, mem-
the first phase to be completed. bers of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mt. Ver-
They include designs depicting non, Ind., helped dedicate the wedding kneeler
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, stitched in celebration of their parents marriage
the Holy Family, various Saints, in 1994. The kneeler was donated by their grand-
and symbols of the church year, parents, Robert and Karen Rieffel, and stitched
such as Advent, Epiphany, and by Robert, Karen, and Peggy Hunt Harlow. It was
Easter. The Apostles are repre also given in memory of the children's great-
sented, as are Saints with a partic- grandmother, Mabel Brothers Arthurhultz, who
ular connection to Okeechobee. stitched the symbol of St. John the Apostle held
St. Bridgid of Kildare, for example, by Cooper. The wedding cross is surrounded by
is patron of dairy workers. butterflies, symbol of the Resurrection, and ivy,
The second phase of the proj- symbol of eternal life. The Croslyn children are
ect was the kneelers. There are also the grandchildren of Jim and Becky Croslyn
seven altar rail kneelers tracing the of Okeechobee.
history of the Old Testament from
Creation through the Prophets. Fr. Edward Weiss, who was assisted by the
The motif is a series of tents in the desert, Rev. Deche Hamill and altar server Rose Mul-
with individual scenes worked in colorful lines. The service was a culmination of years
wool. The eighth kneeler, and the first com- of devoted stitching. A booklet has been
pleted, is a wedding kneeler. prepared with pictures of each item and an
Each stitcher and donor also had the op explanation of the symbols. The booklet is
tion of dedicating his or her needlework in for sale in the church office. For information
memory of a loved one or in celebration of contact Cathy Killian, Church of Our Saviour,
a person or event for which he or she was 200 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, 863-763-
thankful. 4843.
The service of blessing was conducted by


Special to the Okeechobee News
Paul and Marilyn Buxton donated the central
kneeler which shows the Arc of the Covenant.
They dedicated the kneeler to the Glory of God
and in thanksgiving for God's many blessings in
their lives. Robert and Karen Rieffel stitched the
kneeler in memory of their friend, Susan Brown-
ing.


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Bobbie Lee Wilson stitched
the kneeler with scenes of
Samuel and Eli, David and
Goliath, and Solomon's tem-
ple in thanksgiving for her
life. Bobbie Lee also stitched
five of the symbols. Materi-
als for the kneeler were pur-
chased with funds raised by
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By Pete Gawda
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First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St., is having Vacation Bible
School this week, through Friday, June 24,
from 5:30 to 8:30
each evening.
The Seventh
Day Christian
Church, 912 N.W
Park St., is having a
Country-Bluegrass
Gospel Sing, Friday, Places of
June 24, at 7:30
p.m. An offering W worship
will be taken. JJL,
Oakview Bap-
tist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., is having Va-
cation Bible School "Big Apple Adventure"
this week through Friday, June 24, from 6
to 9 p.m. each evening. The church is also
accepting Upward Soccer registration for
children going into K-4 through 8th grade.
The cost is $65 per child and the deadline
to register is Aug. 9. The first practice is the
week of Sept. 6. Register for either activity
at the church office or by going to www.
oakviewbaptist.com under FORMS. For
more information on either activity call 863-
763-1699.
Point of Light Fellowship, in Lakeport
six miles west of Indian Prairie Canal on
S.R. 78, will have an all-you-can eat pancake
breakfast Saturday, June 25, from 8 to 11
a.m. The cost is $5 for adults, Children under
12 eat for free.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catho-
lic Church, 1027 Chobee Loop, Buckhead
Ridge, now has Friday evening services and
fellowship. Adoration services are at 4 p.m.
with Mass at 4:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will
follow in the church fellowship hall. Every-
one is welcome to come and share fellow-
ship.
Fountain of Life Church, 1320 S.W
32nd St., has a series of community outreach


ministries. Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m, a
grief share support group for adults and
teens grieving the death of a loved one will
be meeting. For more information contact
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Licencsed teacher
available to tutor any
subject Kindergart-
en-6th Grade.
15$/hour. Will tutor at
the Okeechobee County
Public Library. Call
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Shed 10'X16" Insulated
h.p Roof, 2 Windows
Double Doors, Vinyl
Siding, Shingle Roof,
Ready for Electricity.
Paid $7,000
asking $2,500
Call 863-634-4151
8:00am to 8:00pm



92" Sofa makes a queen
size sleeper, Light multi
colors on cream, excel-
lent condition $125
Call 863-467-4729

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hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.



CHAMPION 4000
WATT GAS GENERA-
TOR & WHEEL KIT -
NEW 4 MONTHS AGO
NEVER USED TEST RUN
ONLY, RUNS PERFECT
WITH WHEEL KIT &
ACCESSORIES COST
$365.00 $279.00.
(863)265-0247



FREE KITTENS - ( 2)
FEMALES-BLK/WHT,
CALICO, 8 WEEKS OLD,
INSIDE HOMES ONLY-
863-455-2155.
(863)455-2155




50/60's Juke Box Old
time Rockola from
Players Pub, 50/60's
music with extra
records, great collec-
tion excellent condi-
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Available July 1, 2011
Clean Rental Unit in
Kings Bay. $575. mo.
1st/last/and security
deposit down to move in.
2 bed/1 bath. No Pets,
boats or smoking.
Pool Privileges. Current
employment reference
and salary confirmation
Past tenant reference.
Call Roy MacDonald
772-283-2438
FEMALE ROOMMATE
WANTED- 2 Efficiency
apt. w/shared kitchen &
bath. Everything fur-
nished,Hi speed inter-
net,200 chan. cable,elect
& AC. Private entrance.
$100 per week must pay
2 wks to move
in.(863)801-8278
FURNISHED APT ON
WATER - Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.

KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ dep. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
561-358-8128

OKEECHOBEE- Large 1
Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last.
$600 per mo. Deposit
$400. In town. Call
863-467-8705

RIVER ACRES, 1 Bdrm.,
1 Bath, fully furnished.
Includes utilities, Dish
TV, WI FI & local phone
service. $650 mo. +
sec. (863) 467-1950




FOR SALE OR LEASE
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295


p I


KINGS BAY - 2br, Iba,
W/D, very clean, tile
floors $575 + sec.
(863)763-2414



2bd/2ba - Den and Fl
room on 5 acres. Rent
with option to buy.
Between Indiantown and
Okeechobee.
$1,090.00 monthly
Call 772-260-3068

3 Bedroom House
$650 monthly, 1st, last
and security. For
more information
Call 585-297-2885

BUCKHEAD RIDGE
ADULT RV PARK
1 BDRM FURNISHED
HOUSE, $550.00/mo
CALL BETWEEN 8AM-5PM
(863) 261-6381

Dixie Ranch Estates,
3BR, 2BA CBS, fenced
yard, tile floors, new
bathroom, W/D hookups,
D/W. Small pets allowed
$800/mo + $500 electric
dep. Call 561-596-1344
or 561-596-8310

FT DRUM RANCH,
1BR, on 4 acre lot,
$600 mo. + $600 dep.
Call 734-637-2697

MODERN BRICK: Brand
new carpeting. 3BR, 2.5
BA, 1 car garage. On
Rim Canal w/Boat dock.
Rent $850/mo. Optional
1/BR cottage. Please
call (772)359-1640

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

Okeechobee
Hammock
3 Bedroom/2 Bath 2009
CBS Custom Home
Asking $850.00
Monthly
Well Maintained
8622 SE 68th Drive
David May
863-610-1980
Big Lake Real Estate


Very Nicely Furnished
2/1 located in Kings
Bay. Community
pool,&Tennis Court,gar-
age,washer/dryer, dish-
washer,screen porch
front & rear,tile floors
thru out. Long or short
term lease.
(863)467-4371




OFFICE SPACE
FOR RENT
(863)763-8565

Professional office
space for rent.
Park Street Office Suites
Down Town Okeechobee
Starting@ $250.00
per month
863-634-7622



Room for Rent $125 per
Week includes kitchen
privileges, Washer/Dry-
er, Cable, Electric and is
furnished. Call for more
info 863-634-8374



Choose from 2/2 or 1/1
Beautifully furnished
rentals located at River
Bluff Fishing Resort on
the Kissimmee River.
With or without utilities.
Call today, You'll think
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PENINSULA
ON TAYLOR CREEK
NICELY
FURNISHED 2/1
ADULTS ONLY
FROM $700 CALL
(863)-697-1280

WATERFRONT: 2BR,
11/2 BA Treasure Is-
land. Cold A/C,
Fenced yd. $595 mo.
+ $350 sec dep.
(772) 359-6584


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2 Houses on 5 acres
with pond asking
$239,900
Call 772-260-3068

TREASURE ISLAND
LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS
house on the water in
$159,000. Will lease for
$1100 mo. + dep. $2500
move it.
LARGE 3 BR, 2 BA
Dblwide. w/screened
pool, many upgrades, on
the water. $149,000. Will
lease for $1200 mo. +
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1 Bedroom Trailer
$100 per week
or $350 monthly.
Also Roommate wanted
$50 weekly $250 to
move in,Mature Adults.
Call for info
863-467-4650 or
863-634-8954

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

2bd/2ba BHR Water-
front home $800 a
month utilities included
Call
863-467-0745

DBL WIDE - 3br, 2ba, in
Four Seasons, com-
pletely remodeled, too
much to list, $850/mo,
No Pets (863)634-8885


For Rent
1 Bedroom Trailer
$125 A Week
Call 863-610-4625

Ft Drum - 1.5BR 1BA
furn. trailer for rent on 4
acres. $450/mo. + $450
dep. Call (734)637-2697.

Nicely Furnished 2
bdrm/1 1/2 ba water
front mobile home lo-
cated off Taylor Creek,
washer/dryer,tile floors
thru out,carport,Great
location! Long or short
term lease.
(863)467-4371

OKEE- Unfurnished DW.
3 BR, 2 BA, Sunroom.
New carpets & appl's.
On Canal w/access to
lake. 2 Car Carport.
C/Air & Heat. Lease on-
ly. $800 mo. + sec.
dep. Call 772-794-2438
or 772-538-8183.


TREASURE ISLAND
2br/2ba on the water.
lbr on the water.
3br/2ba (Concrete
Home on the water).
Nice area. Small pets
OK. From $500.
(561)262-1390. Free
Month Rent.





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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000127
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE FOR CREDIT SUISSE
FIRST BOSTON 2004-AA1,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOSEPHINE ANGELA ZAINO , et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order Rescheduling Fore-
closure Sale dated June 2, 2011 and
entered in Case NO. 47-2009-
CA-000127 of the Circuit Court of the
NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida
wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSO-
CIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CREDIT
SUISSE FIRST BOSTON 2004-AAI, is
the Plaintiff and JOSEPHINE ANGELA
ZAINO; KENNETH ZAINO; are the
Defendants, The Clerk of the Court
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312
N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the
6th day of July, 2011, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment:
LOT 26, SUNSET ACRES, UNIT
1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT


BOOK 5, PAGE 80 AND 81,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
A/K/A 7919 21ST PARKWAY
SW, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the Lls Pendens must file a
claim within sixty (60) days after the
sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on June 6, 2011.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, PL.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F08026380-ASC-CONV
If you are a person with a
disability who needs any accom-
modation in order to participate
in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assistance.
Please contact Corrie Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Coun-
try Club Drive, Suite 217, Port
St. Lucie, FL 34986,
(772) 807-4370 at least 7 days
before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon
receiving this notifictiaton if the
time before the scheduled ap-
pearance is less than 7 days; if
you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call 711.
389086 ON 6/15,22/2011

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
CASE NO. 2011-CA-152
GLENFORD SMITH and
DELORES SMITH,
Plaintiffs,
VS.
RETHA M. D'AGOSTINA, and as
to each of the foregoing per-
sons, if alive or deceased, their
unknown heirs, devisees grant-
ees, creditors, and all other par-
ties claiming by, under or
against this Defendant.
Defendant.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: RETHA M. DAGOSTINA, and as
to each of the foregoing persons, if
alive or deceased, their unknown
heirs, devisees, grantees, credi-
by, under or against this Defen-
dant.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action for quiet title of the following
described property:
Lot 11, Block 7, DIXIE RANCH
ACRES, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book
3, Page 35, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defense, if any, to it on An-
thony Young, PA., 3128 -i, .,
441 South, Okeechobee, FL :'.�
863-824-6776; and file the original
with the Clerk of the above styled
Court within thirty (30) days from
the date of the first publication, oth-
erwise a judgment may be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Courton this 8 day of June 2011.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: Chris Watson
DEPUTY CLERK
389518 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2011
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 09000562CA
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK
Plaintiff,
v.
DONALD FAIR, ET AL,
Defendants.
NOTICE OFSALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Summary Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated March 3,
2011, entered in Civil Case No.:
09000562CA of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK is the
Plaintiff and DONALD FAIR, ET AL is
the Defendants.
I will sell to the highest bidder for
cash, in the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 North West 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
at 11:00 o'clock a.m. on the 13th
day of July, 2011, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment, to wit:
Tract 2, Block 1, DIXIE RANCH
ACRES, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 35 of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
PROJECT NO. 2011-15
Request for Proposals
Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina
Boundary and Topographic Survey
Sealed PROPOSALS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Histic Courthouse. 304
NW 2nd Street. Room 222. Okeechobee. FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m.
on ly 5. 2011. They will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or de-
signee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not
be accepted.
The Proposals shall be based upon the following:
It is the intention of Okeechobee County to prepare Okee-Tantle Camp-
ground and Marina Facility for the future redesign of portions or all of the
facility, including but not limited to the proposed FDOT Trailhead connec-
tions. An exhibit ndcating the boundary limits of the survey as indicated
by the legal description in the Deed is attached to the Request for Proposal.
All proposers are to provide a price quote labeled "Okee-Tantie Cam-
around and Marina Boundary and Topographic Survey" to the Okee-
chobee County Board of County Commissioners on July 5, 2011 no later
than 3:00 pm at the following address:
Board of County Commissioners
304 NW 2nd Street Room 222
Okeechobee, FL 34972
All questions pertaining to the Request For Proposal shall be
addressed in writing only to:
ATTN: Mr. DonnieOden
Capital Improvement Projects, Mgr
RE: Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina
Boundary and Topographic Survey
Capital Improvement Projects
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite C
Okeechobee, FL 37972
863-763-0805 Telephone
863-763-5529 Fax
Okeechobee County (County) hereby requests proposals from qualified pro-
posers to perform boundary and topographic surveying of the Okee-Tantie
Marina and Campground Facility in Okeechobee County (Parcel ID Nos.
1-19-38-35-0AOO-00014-0000, 1-19-38-35-OAOO-00017-0000, 1-19-38-35-
OAOO-00016-0000 and 1-19-38-35-OAOO-00014-AOOO. The subject property
is approximately 99.51 acres, and includes a 1.7-acre parcel owned by the
Okeechobee Utility Authority currently operated as a wastewater package
treatment plant.
The scope of work for surveying services includes preparation of a boundary
and topographic survey of the above-referenced property.
Proposals shall be submitted in accordance with the Scope of work and
Specifications that may be obtained from:
Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Projects
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite C
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-0805 Phone
(863) 763-5529 Fax
Each Bidder will be furnished with one copy of the complete scope of work
and specifications (Request for Proposal) at no cost. Bidders may pick up
Request for Proposal from the Okeechobee Capital Improvement Projects
office or it can be obtained by express mal upon receipt of vendor's check
and express mail account number or provided via electronic email.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to
preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject
any or all Proposals accept Proposals in any order or combination, accept or
reject portions of Proposals, make modifications to the work after bidding,
and waive any formality in the Proposals if they deem it in their best inter-
est to do so. The Vendor will provide additional information including, but
not limited to, a list of similar projects they have provided survey and topo-
graphic surveys for within the past five (5) years, client references and an
audited or certified financial statement, or other financial references
deemed appropriate to Contract Award if required.
Bidders will confine their proposals to the project in its entirety. Partial pro-
posals will not be accepted.
Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to
perform the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
f in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifi-
catons, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from Okeechobee
County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders
to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County.
The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or
all bids. Proposals must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST
be marked: "Okee-Tantie Camoarund and Marina Boundar and
Topographic Survey. Okeechobee County Promect No. 2011-15".
Margaret G. Helton, Chair
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, FL Okeechobee
390207 ON 6/22/2011


ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN
THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF
THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
If you are a person with a
disability who needs any accom-
modation in order to participate
in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assistance.
Please contact Corrie Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Coun-
try Club Drive, Suite 217 Port
St. Lucie, FL 34986,
(772) 807-4370 at least 7 days
before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon
receiving this notification if the
time before the scheduled ap-
pearance is less than 7 days; if
you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call 711.
DATED this 15 day of June, 2011.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
Attorney for Plaintff:
Mchael J Posner, Esquire
Ward, Damon, Posner,


Pheterson & Bleau, P.L.
4420 Beacon Circle, Suite 100
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
(561) 594-1452
89877 ON 6/22,29/2011

NOTICE
There will be a meeting of the
Tourist Development Council
(TDC) of Okeechobee County on
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 5:30
p.m. in the Tourist Development
Council Ofice located at 2800
N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal
Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any
decision made by the TDC with re-
spect to any matter considered at
such meebng will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for
such purpose, he or she may need
to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based.
Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator
Tourist Development Council
Okeechobee County
390249 ON 6/22/2011


SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY DEP #BPLA2011-004
Okeechobee County: Sec. 06, TS36S, R34E
Approximately 55 +/- acres
Sold by quitclaim deed "AS IS,""WHERE IS"
For complete package and terms: Dianne H. Reed (850)245-2555
Bid Deadline is June 28, 2011, 10:00a.m. EST
389090 ON 6/8,15,22/2011

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL
MEET TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION
BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
34981-5596.
FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE - 12:30 PM.
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE - 2:00 PM.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE - 2:30 PM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
390251 ON 6/22/2011


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010 CA 408
SOUTH FLORIDA FEDERAL LAND
BANK ASSOCIATION, FLCA, a
Federally Chartered Instrumentality,
Plaintiff,
Vs.
REGINALD WILLIAMS,
Defendant,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE
BY CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated June 14, 2011 en-
tered in the above styled cause now
pending in said Court that I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on July
13, 2011 at 11:00 am the following
described real property:
COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST
CORNER OF SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP
35 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST,
THENCE S 00023'07" W, ALONG THE
EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 2, A
DISTANCE OF 50.01 FEET, TO THE
INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH
RIGHT-OF-WAY OF NW 240TH
STREET, (COUNTY ROAD NO.
724/EAGLE ISLAND ROAD), & THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE
CONTINUE S 0023'07" W, ALONG
SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 2, A
DISTANCE OF 2222.59 FEET;
THENCE S 89001'48" W, PARALLEL
WITH THE NORTH LINE OF SAID
SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 784.17
FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH
THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST
783.95 FEET OF SAID SECTION 2;
THENCE N 00�23"07 E, ALONG SAID
WEST LINE OF THE EAST 783.95
FEET OF SECTION 2, A DISTANCE
OF 2222.59 FEET TO THE INTER-
SECTION WITH SAID SOUTH RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF
784.17 FEET TO THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING; LESS LAND IN O.R. Book
509, PAGE 829 AND LYING AND BE-
ING IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED June 15, 2011.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURTS
BY: Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
389870 ON 6/22,29/2011

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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will hold its
Regular Session on Thursday,
June 30 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in
the "Judge William L. Hendry
Courtroom" at the Historic
Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any
decision made by the Board of
County Commissioners with re-
spect to any matter considered at
this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for
such purposes, he or she will need
to ensure that a verbatim record
of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact the County
Administrator's Office not later
th four (4) working days prior to
the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Room 123 Okeechobee,
Florida 34972, or call
863.763.6441. If you are hearing
or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
389544 ON 6/22/2011

NOTICE OF OUA WORKSHOP
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
the Okeechobee Utlity Authority
will meet for a FY2012 Budget
Workshop on Tuesday, July 5,
2011 at 7:00 P.M., at the Okee
chobee Utility Authority Offices,
100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida.
Pursuant to Secton 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, if a person de-
cides to appeal any decision made
by the Authority with respect to
such meetings, he or she will need
a record of proceedings and for
such purpose may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made; which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based. Such person may provide
a court reporter, stenographer, or
tape recorder for such verbatim
record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F. Hayford, RE.
Execubve Director.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA. IN AND FOR
OKEECHdBEE COUNTY
Case #: 2009 CA 000031
National City Mortgage Company,
a Division of National City Bank
Plainbff,
-VS.-
Atalo Palacios and Secundina
Palacios, His Wife; etal.
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order rescheduling foreclo-
sure sale dated June 1, 2011,
entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA
000031 of the Circuit Court of the
19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, wherein Na-
tional City Mortgage Company, a
Division of National City Bank, Plain-
tiff and Atalo Palaclos and Secundina
Palacios, His Wife are defendantss, I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash IN THE JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, ON THE SECOND FLOOR, OF
THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. THIRD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 AT
11:00 A.M. on July 6, 2011, the fol-
lowing described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 13 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF
LOT 14, BLOCK 6, SOUTHWEST
ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN
THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF
THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
Florida Rules of Judicial Administra-
tion Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons
With Disabilities
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Come Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the time
before the scheduled appearance is
less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call 711.
SPANISH: Si usted es una persona
discapacitada que necesita alguna
adaptaciOn para poder particular de
este procedimlento o event; used
tlene derecho, sin costo alguno a que
se le prove clerta ayuda. Favor de
comunicarse con Come Johnson, Co-
ordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Coun-
try Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St.
Lucle, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por
lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga
que comparecer en corte o inmedl-
atamente despues de haber recibido
dsta notificaciOn si es que falta me-
nos de 7 dias para su comparecen-
cia. Si tiene una discapacidad
auditiva 6 de habla, ]lame al 711.
KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki ko-
kobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey
pou ou ka patisip6 nan prosedu sa-a,
ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen pdye
anyen pou ou jwen on sen de &I.
Tanpn kontakte Corne Johnson, Co-
ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club
Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucle, FL
34986, (772) 807-4370 O'mwen 7
jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou part nan
tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resev-
wa avis sa-a ou si Ie ke ou gen pou-
ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7
jou; Si ou pa ka tan& ou pale byen,
1.66 711.
DATED June 15, 2011
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
SANDRA L. CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF:
SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP
2424 North Federal Highway
Suite 360
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707
389881 ON 6/22,29/2011

LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 8th day of July 2011
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vin's as follows:
2000 CREAM CADILLAC DEVILLE
1G6KD54Y8YU332740
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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Okeechobee Toastmasters Club to meet June 22


The Okeechobee Toastmasters Club will
meet Wednesday, June 22, at the Okeecho-
bee Masonic Lodge on N.W 5th Street from
5:15 until 6:30 p.m. There are two speakers
scheduled for the evening and they will have
visitors from the Hobe Sound Club, includ-


ing Rich Otten who is the Toastmasters Area
Governor. His term is over July 1 and they
will have a new Area Governor, Joe Durerr.
The Okeechobee Toastmasters will also
be saying "good-bye" to the Division D Gov-
ernor, Hieu Huynh. Mr. Huynh was elected



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Special to the Okeechobee News/Carole Witt
George Williams, Tara Minton, Hieu Huynh, Allison Murphy and Thomas Plant at
the recent Toastmaster Club meeting. George Williams, Tara Minton and Allison
Murphy are founding members. Hieu Huynh is the District Govenor visiting this
week as well and Thomas Plant is a member of the Toastmaster Club in Plant
City and visits and participates in club meetings several times a month. Tara
Minton will be giving a prepared speech at the next meeting and Allison will be
conducting the "table topics" educational portion of the meeting this week.


WILDFIRE
Continued From Page 1
ilton County. "The wildfires have ravaged
our state, burning more than 200,000 acres,
and now, they have taken the lives of two of
our very own men," said Agriculture Com-
missioner Adam Putnam. "My thoughts and
prayers go out to the families and loved ones
of Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, two coura-
geous heroes who sacrificed their lives for
the safety of others." Burch, 3, was a Forest
Ranger who lived in Lake City with his wife
and two children. He worked with the Divi-
sion of Forestry for more than ten years. Ful-
ton, 52, began as a professional welder with
the Division 12 years ago. He has been a
Forest Ranger with the Department for more
than nine years. Fulton leaves behind a wife
and two grown children in White Springs.
Two other Division of Forestry firefighters
were injured Monday, while attempting to
assist their fellow firefighters. The Blue Rib-
bon Fire started on June 16, 2011. The fire
had previously been declared contained, but
recent extreme fire weather caused the fire
to flare up again on Monday, June 20.
Florida's dry weather since the beginning
of May has caused extreme fire activity. Since
May 1, the Department's Division of Forestry
has battled more than 1,500 wildfires that
have burned nearly 200,000 acres across the
state, making it one of the busiest wildfire
years in recent history. Florida firefighters
face an average of more than 31 new wild-
fires every day.
According to the Division of Forestry, as
of June 20, there were 440 active state fires,
burning a total of 118,887 acres.
According to DOF statistics, Okeechobee
County has had six active wildfires in June,


which burned a total of 3,376 acres. Three
were caused by lightning; one by debris
burning and two are still under investiga-
tion. At press time on June 21, all of these
fires were 100 percent contained.
Neighboring Glades County has had eight
wildfires in June, totalling 151 acres. Five of
the Glades County wildfires in June were
caused by lightning, one was a breakout of
an earlier fire, and two are listed as cause
unknown. All of the fires are 100 percent
contained.
Highlands County has had three wildfires
this month, burning a total of 79 acres. One
was caused by lightning, one by smoking
and one by debris burning. All are 100 per-
cent contained. Martin County has had nine
wildfires in June, burning 1,574 acres. Six
fires were caused by lightning strikes, one
was a breakout from an earlier fire, two are
listed as cause unknown.
County-wide burn bans are in effect for
Okeechobee, Martin and Glades counties. A
burn ban is also in effect for parts of Palm
Beach County. Open campfires are prohibit-
ed on all state lands managed by the Florida
Division of Forestry, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection and the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion.
The average drought index in the state
is 590, with 57 percent of the state with a
drought index above 600. The Keetch-Byram
drought index (KBDI) is a continuous refer-
ence scale for estimating the dryness of the
soil and duff layers. The index increases for
each day without rain and decreases when it
rains. The scale ranges from 0 (no moisture
deficit) to 800. As of June 20, the drought
index for Okeechobee County was 617; for
Glades County, 413; for Highlands County,
498; for Martin County, 588.


as the District 47 Lt. Governor Marketing starting in July. They are going from weekly
East. He will cover the south part of Florida to every other Wednesday. If you have ques-
and the Bahamas. tions or need information please call Carole
Mr. Huynh and Mr. Otten were tremen-
dous in helping to establish the club here in Witt, president at 863-532-8289 or e-mail the
Okeechobee. Toastmasters at: okeechobeetm@yahoo.
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OHS alumni finish strong college seasons


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Kelley Smiley finished off a strong colle-
giate career with a trip to the NCAA regional
tournament at Auburn University while Kelci
Breaux remained one of the best pitchers for
Florida Golf Coast University.

IRSC coach

ecstatic to get

Okeechobee trio

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Indian River State College softball
Coach Dale Atkinson said Okeechobee
High School has been
very good to his softball
program.
He has signed seven
Okeechobee graduates
to play softball on schol-
arships over the past five
years. "I'm glad to have
all these girls. Okeecho-
bee didn't only send us
players, they sent us the Coach Dale
best players," he said. Atkinson
Alisha Claxton, Kelley
Smiley, Mary Huff and Lauren Throop all
have played ball for the Lady Pioneers. All
of them excelled. Smiley went on to play
at Auburn University.
This year Atkinson has signed Ashtyn
Brown, Taylor Douglas and Naomi Ste-
vens.
"We have built a pretty proud tradi-
tion at IRSC. The kids from Okeechobee
have been a big part of our success," he
added.
Atkinson said he really recruits hard at
about four or five high schools in the area
and Okeechobee is always at the top of
the list. He said he expects to have players
come from Okeechobee for a long time.
"Naomi obviously is a very, very talent-
ed athlete. Ashtyn is a player that can play
a lot of positions and we love her versatil-
Atkinson said he also doesn't have
to coach these girls much because they
have a lot of the basic skills already when
they arrive on campus.
He also expects a lot from Taylor
Douglas, the last of the three girls to sign
despite the fact she has just undergone
shoulder surgery.
"Taylor is a left hitter we've watched
since ninth grade. I saw her hit a home
run over the scoreboard at South Fork as
a sophomore. She is just a great kid from
a great family," he added.

O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

Gold Tee winners
Gold Tee winners at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club last week were:
First place - J. Masters, second place tie -
W Hall and V Johnson and D. Thomas.


Smiley and the Auburn Tigers reached
the regional this year in Seattle, Wash.,
where the team was eliminated by Brigham
Young University. Auburn still had a terrific
(40-19) record this year. Smiley spent two
years at Indian River State College and was
the Southern Conference Player of the year
in 2009 for the Lady Pioneers. She chose Au-
burn over some other Division I schools.
Smiley batted .319 for the Tigers with 13
runs batted in this year. She hit .289 as a ju-
nior with 11 runs batted in and hit a home
run in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Smiley lettered in softball and volleyball
for four years while at Okeechobee High
School.
Breaux finished off her career with a (6-8)
record with a solid 3.80 earned run average
for FGCU. She had 72 strikeouts in 90 in-
nings pitched. She was also solid as a junior
with a record of (9-9) and a 3.14 earned run
average. She had 82 strikeouts in 125 innings
pitched.
Breaux was also a four-year letter winner
for softball at Okeechobee and pitched two
years at Brevard Community College where
she was named All Conference as a soph-
omore with a record of (20-5) with a 1.10
earned run average.
Breaux won the State Farm Sportsman-
ship Award in 2006 while at OHS. In her se-
nior year she was (14-1) with a 0.59 earned
run average with 104 strikeouts and was
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Still in school is Rachel Lowe, who
clubbed six homeruns for the Stetson Hat-
ters this year and was a member of the At-
lantic Sun All-Academic team for the past
three years. She batted .250 this year with 10
runs scored and 22 runs batted in.
As a junior she batted .234 with 14 runs
batted in. She led Okeechobee to a (25-4)
record as a senior and a berth in the Class
4A state semifinals in 2007. She majored in
Integrative Health Science with a minor in
Psychology at Stetson.
Stetson finished (19-31) this past year.


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