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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County's budget situation is
looking better than it did this time last year.
That was the message interim county admin-
istrator Robbie Chartier delivered to county
commissioners at their Thursday, June 30,
meeting. She conducted the first preliminary
budget discussion for fiscal year 2011-2012.
The county is holding the line on expendi-
tures. Countywide expenditures as of May 31
compared to the budget are below target by
1.62 percent. Expenditures as compared to
revenues received as of May 31 are below re-
ceipts by $2,845,58.


Mrs. Chartier said that in April auditors re-
ported that six of 18 indicators were unfavor-
able. She said this was an improvement from
the 12 of 18 indicators reported unfavorable in
an earlier audit.
The interim administrator recommended
that the county continue to only use current
revenues for current operating expenses and
continue to build up reserves. At the present
time there is a general fund reserve shortfall of
$423,000. This time last year the shortfall was
$1.5 million.
It is possible that the fire assessment might
stay at the same level it has been for the last
three years. The good news is that it is possible
that taxpayers might see a significant reduc-


tion in their EMS assessments.
The bad news is that employees may not
see a raise. "Giving back furloughs is probably
as far as we can go," stated Mrs. Chartier. Elim-
ination of the seven furlough days will amount
to about a 2.69 percent increase for county
employees.
Property values have dropped 6.36 percent.
That means that a village rate of 8.5431 would
be necessary to bring in the same amount of
taxes as last year's 8.0 mils. One mil equals $1
for every $1,000 of assessed value.
Mrs. Chartier reported that the commission
staff had been reduced by three positions due
See COUNTY - Page 16


Ordinance

would limit

pain clinics
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Tuesday evening, June 28, the
Okeechobee County Planning Board
took a step toward regulating pain man-
agement clinics.
The board recommended that the
county commission pass a proposed or-
dinance that would modify the county's
land development regulations to govern
the location and operation of pain man-
agement clinics.
"This is taking more of a land use
approach," stated county attorney John
Cassels, the author of the proposed or-
dinance. "It's not strictly a law enforce-
ment issue, it is a public health issue."
He said he was more comfortable with
this approach than with the approach
of a proposed ordinance last year which
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Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 90. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 50 percent.
Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 69. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is
20 percent.

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Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with
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Missing Okeechobee man found


safe in Fort Pierce hospital


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A mentally challenged
man who walked away
from his Platt's Bluff
home late last week has
been found in a Fort
Pierce hospital.
According to Detec- Ralph
tive Susan Morrison, of Wolfenbarger
the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Ralph A. Wolfen-
barger, 55, was found Wednesday, June 29,
at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
"He's alert and his family has been no-
tified," said the detective. "When he was
found he was disoriented, but after receiv-


ing treatment he was able to tell Lawn-
wood staff who he was."
Mr. Wolfenbarger was reported missing
Friday, June 24, after he walked away from
a N.W 151st Terrace home where he was
staying with family.
Detective Morrison, who was the lead
investigator on the case, said the sheriff's
office received a call Wednesday after read-
ing an article about the missing man in the
Okeechobee News. The detective followed
up on the information and learned that Mr.
Wolfenbarger was a patient at Lawnwood.
The OCSO investigator said the man
had been without his medications since
he left his home, which brought about his
disorientation.


Wildfire risk starting to diminish


The wildfire risk for Okeechobee County
and the Treasure Coast is starting to diminish
with every storm that passes through. "We
seem to be settling into a summer wet sea-
son pattern", said State Meteorologist Sean
Luchs. Since the storms in some areas are
bringing more lightning than rain, firefight-
ers are still concerned about new lightning
ignited wildfires.
Wildfires may be smaller in size due to
the rain soaking into parched brush. Any
period of no or little rainfall that allows the
fuels (brush) to dry out again could prompt
an increase in fire activity. This break provid-
ed by the recent rains, give residents time to
prepare their homes and community.
Florida's fire season is 12 months long.
We have fires throughout the year. The most
active part of our year is typically December
through June. Generally, we experience the
greatest number of fires during April, May &
June. The leading single cause of fires, dur-
ing the late spring and early summer in our
area over the years is lightning. Non-light-
ning caused fires, that is, man caused fires,
account for over 75% of our fires during the
remainder of the year.
Since Dec. 1, 2010, the Division of Forest-
ry has responded to 94 wildfires in Okeecho-
bee County with 6,297 acres burned; 64
wildfires in Martin County with 1,926 acres
burned; 43 wildfires in St. Lucie County with


878 acres burned; and, 35 wildfires in Indian
River County with 680 acres burned.

Wildfire Tips
* Homeowners are moving into the
wooded areas; they like that "nature feel-
ing". This trend of more homes being built
in high fire risk areas is expected to continue.
Homeowners who live in these areas need
to create a zone of "Lean, Clean & Green"
space around your home. (a) Lean - Trim
vegetation away from home. (b) Clean - No
accumulation of dead vegetation or flam-
mable debris. (c) Green - Less flammable
plants that are healthy, watered and green
during dry season.
* As our area transitions into wet season,
the Florida Division of Forestry will take this
opportunity to prepare high risk communi-
ties for wildfires. State Firefighters will be
mowing firebreaks, chopping down dead
or flammable vegetation and burning off the
dead vegetation that has been accumulating
for decades.
Anyone needing additional information
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

County commission
* It seems Rick Scott is taking his good
'ole time on finding a replacement for Betts'
seat. Anybody have an idea why it's taking
so long? We need that seat filled, asap!
* Cause he's still busy burying Florida 6 feet
under.
* With the annual budget hearings com-
ing up, it could be a problem if we only
have four commissioners. There is no one
to break a tie vote. It has been months since
Mr. Betts died, and there are quite a few can-
didates who have put their names up for the
spot. Surely at least one of them is accept-
able. Guess Okeechobee is just not impor-
tant to Scott.

Man tries to borrow healthy
child to pass DCF inspection
* Just borrow someone else's kid, huh?
Sickos. Hope they get what they deserve.
* People like that don't need kids period.
* This story makes me wonder how the
case will compare with the Harden case.
The mother of that child got one year in the
county jail. Will this woman get the same
punishment or prison?
* I don't understand how any mother
can let her child be injured and not even
seek medical care. A mother who won't pro-
tect her children does not deserve to have
any children. I am glad DCF took the kids
because now they have a chance at decent
care.
* Someone needs to remind these wom-
en that there is a shelter in Okeechobee for
the victims of domestic abuse. If this wom-
an was afraid of the boyfriend, she should
have grabbed both kids and left. The shelter
would have helped her and the kids. Edi
tor's note: If you or someone you know is
a victim of domestic violence, call the 24/7
direct line for help in Okeechobee and the
surrounding areas: 863 763-0202.


Fireworks
* It is a shame that Okeechobee won't
have a community fireworks show again
this year. This community used to celebrate
the Fourth of July with a parade, a festival in
the park. One year they had bed races. That
was hilarious. Now they don't even have
fireworks. When did people stop caring?

Exotic invaders
* The Game & Fish Commission should
quit worrying about poachers and the likes
and start concentrating on these folks who
turn these non-native species loose. I wish
Florida would pass a law forbidding their
import in the first place!
* Other than the use as a biological con-
trol for pests, the cane toad has been em-
ployed in a number of people, commercial
and non-commercial applications. Tradition-
ally, within the toad's natural range in South
America, the Embera-Wounaan would
"milk" the toads for their toxin, which was
then employed as an arrow poison. There
are also suggestions that the toxins may
have been used as a narcotic by the Olmec
people. The toad has been hunted as a food
source in parts of Peru, and eaten after the
removal of the skin and parotoid glands.
More recently, the toad's toxins have been
used in a number of new ways: bufotenin
has been used in Japan as an aphrodisiac
and a hair restorer, and in cardiac surgery in
China to lower the heart rates of patients.
* The toads are becoming abundant, but
wait until the northern snakehead starts tak-
ing over-they are omnivorous, they eat ev-
erything in the lakes. Or the pythons makes
it way north in the lake. Then the problems
will begin. Snakeheads are native to south-
east Asia and Africa. They have been import-
ed to the U.S. as aquarium fish and for the
live food fish trade. Intentional introductions
of four species have occurred throughout
the U.S. and fishery biologists have captured
wild individuals in California, Florida, Hawaii,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Is-
land, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Snakeheads
compete with native aquatic wildlife at all
life stages, but adult snakeheads are vora-
cious predators consuming all sorts of fish,
crustaceans, amphibians, reptiles, and even
birds and small mammals. Experts believe
these fish pose a significant threat to fish and
wildlife resources of North America.


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Amvets host membership drive
On July 4, Amvets Post 2001, in conjunc-
tion with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
9528, will host an open house and celebra-
tion of the Fourth of July at the VFW Post on
Hwy. 78 West in Buckhead Ridge.
If you are now a member or have been
honorably discharged, from any of the armed
forces including army, navy, marines, coast
guard, national guard or any of the reserve
units of these forces, you may be eligible to
join the Amvets. You do not have to been in
any conflict or served over seas.
As a member of the Amvets, you may
visit almost any post of the Amvets, VFW,
or American Legion in the U.S. As a guest
of these posts your Amvets membership
can open a lot of doors for you to associate
with all your fellow members of the armed
forces.
Hope to see you on the 4th.
Sincerely,
Jack Krok
Commander Amvet Post 2001

Summer news! Summer fun!
School's out! Yeah! What now? Hey, what


is the primary concern for so many parents,
grandparents, teachers, staff, guardians, kids
and teens? OK, what's next?
Summer time, summer fun, summer
camp, summer vacations and family re-
unions ... It is my privilege, responsibility,
and love as a good writer to ring it all up.
Check out your local library. A library card
is one of the hottest/coolest tickets in town.
The summer activity guide shows summer
camps, swimming, activities, etc.
I practice what I'm writing about-mix in
some summer exercise. Walk, run, jog, bicy-
cle, stroll your neighborhood, get outdoors,
eat healthy. Be safe, dance to your favorite
CD. School's out summer fun is in! Now
what?
I just love reading books, writing, too. All
the above is priceless...so find time this sum-
mer, to remember, to give the Lord some
of your time. If we learn to take care of the
Lord's business, including the Almighty in
some form or fashion, watch the blessings
flow! Amen! Enjoy this summer, family and
dear friends.
Brenda Scott
Poet, playwright and author


Fireworks can be hazardous


Fireworks safety issues from the National
Fire Protection Association:
* In 2005, 95 percent of emergency room
fireworks injuries involved fireworks that
Federal regulations permit consumers to
use.
* In 2005, 10,800 fireworks-related inju-
ries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency
rooms, the second highest total in the de-
cade of 1996-2005.
* About 48 percent of 2005 emergency
room fireworks-related injuries were to the
extremities and 44 percent were to the head;
54 percent of these injuries were burns,
while 29 percent were contusions and lac-
erations.
* Nearly half the people injured by fire-
works were under the age of 15. The risk of
fireworks injury was nearly three times as
high for children ages 10-14 as for the gen-
eral population.
* Sparklers, fountains, and novelties
alone accounted for 26 percent of the emer-


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agency room fireworks injuries in 2005. Males
accounted for 69 percent of fireworks inju-
ries that same year.
* On Independence Day in a typical year,
more U.S. fires are reported than on any
other day, and fireworks account for half of
those fires, more than any other cause of
fires.
* July 5 accounted for the second highest
number of fires. Some areas may also see
heightened fireworks use around NewYear's
Day, Chinese New Year, or Mardi Gras.
* In 2004, fireworks caused an estimated
1,500 total structure fires and 600 vehicle
fires reported to fire departments.
* These 2,200 fires resulted in an esti-
mated 20 civilian injuries and $21 million in
direct property damage. In 2004, there were
no reported civilian deaths, but 900 home
structure fires were caused by fireworks.
* Nearly 30,000 fireworks-related struc-
ture, vehicle, or outdoor fires were reported
per year in 2000-2004.


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2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night


Special to the Okeechobee News
The recipient of the Law Firm of Hosk- Special to the Okeechobee News
ins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd Scholarship The recipient of the Treasure Coast
was Jocelyn Cardenas. The award was Builders Association Scholarship was
presented by Steve Hoskins in the Carma Rowlett. The award was pre-
amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards sented by Tara Boshell in the amount of
were presented at Okeechobee High $1,000. Scholarship awards were pre-
School's 2011 Scholarship Night on sented at Okeechobee High School's
May 26. 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


Special to the Okeechobee News
Recipients of the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution/
Essie D. Millspaugh Scholarship was Ana Maria Hernandez for $500. The recipi-
ent of the $500 Roberta Frazier Memorial Scholarship was April Moore. Scholar-
ship awards were presented by Debbie Clemmons, Regent. Scholarship awards
were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship Night on May
26.


Special to the Okeechobee News
Recipients of the Eli's Western Wear, Inc. Scholarship were Ana Maria Hernan-
dez, Alexus Lepere, Meaghan Thomas and Johanna Trimble. Scholarship awards
were presented by Linda Durrance and Samantha Durrance in the amount of
$250. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011
Scholarship Night on May 26.


Special to the Okeechobee News
Recipients of the Okeechobee Community Improvement Assoc. scholarship
included Carliegh Alderman and La'Shanti Brown. Scholarship awards were
presented by Weena Harris and Shirlean Graham in the amount of $500. Schol-
arship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
Night on May 26.


special to me UKeecnoDee ilews
Recipients of the Okeechobee Livestock Market Scholarship were Hayley Beld-
ing and Raybon Durrance. Scholarship awards were presented by Jeff and Deb-
bie Clemmons in the amount of $500 each. Scholarship awards were presented
at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


Special to the Okeechobee News
Recipient of the Remy-Lou Durrance Memorial Scholarship was Raybon Dur-
rance ($1,000). The scholarship award was presented by Linda Durrance and
Samantha Durrance. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High
School's 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


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Okeechobee News July 1,2011


Community Events


Annual BBQ contest
is set for July 1 & 2
The second annual O.L. Raulerson Jr. 4th
of July Barbecue Contest will be held July
1 and 2 at the Okee-Tantie Marina on S.R.
78 W Judging will start at 7 p.m. on Friday
and at noon on Saturday. Awards will given
to Grand and Reserve Overall, as well as the
top three finishers. The contest is open for
backyard grillers only. Water and electricity
will be provided. For information contact:
Laurie Raulerson Stephen at 863-634-3462;
Keith Stripling at 863-634-9108; or, Bobby
Schoonmaker at 863-634-3910.

Legion Post 64
to host diner night
American Legion Post 64 will host din-
ner night from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
This week we offer Fish dinner, shrimp din-
ner, clam strips or a combo platter, for land
lovers we offer the country fried steak sand-
wich, all dinners include coleslaw, French
fries and hushpuppies. Everyone Welcome
Happy Hour 4-7 p.m.

Grace Brethren Church to
host family movie night
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. will have a free family movie night,
Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. The Disney movie,
"The Other Side of Heaven," is an epic ad-
venture filled with breathtaking scenery set
on the island of Tonga. Starring Anne Hatha-
way and Christopher Gorham, it is a movie
for the whole family. There is no cost and
the public is invited.

Post #4423 plans celebration
in honor of Independence Day
Join VFW Post 4423 for a celebration
of our country's independence! Friday, the
kitchen will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and
they will have Karaoke by D & K (Danny &
Kathy) from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday they will
have $2 burgers on the grill from noon to 2
p.m. A spaghetti dinner will be served from
5 to 7 p.m. for a $5 donation with Steve On
A Stick (karaoke) playing form 7 to 10 p.m.
Sunday Lori will be cooking chicken fried
steak, potatoes, veggies, salad, roll and des-
sert from 2 to 4 p.m. for a $6.50 donation
with Steve on On A Stick providing music
from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at 2 p.m. There will
be a pig roast with swamp cabbage and the
fixings (covered dish appreciated). Music
will be provided by D & K. Don't miss out
on all the fun!

July Teen Dance is July 2
Come and join the fun at the Teen Dance
Party planned for Saturday, July 2, from 7-10
p.m. The party is for teens and 'tweens from
12-15. The cost is just $7 each and includes,
pizza, chips, soda and entertainment includ-
ing a live DJ with plenty of hip hop dance
music, hula hoop and Limbo! Proceeds from
the dance will benefit CASTLE - Child abuse
services, training and life enrichment of the
Treasure Coast. For information, please call
Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.


Legion Post #64 hosting
NASCAR Sunday on Saturday
American Legion Post 64 host NFL/NA-
SCAR Sunday, this week NASCAR will be on
Saturday evening, July 2. Bring a covered
dish and join the fun. Ladies Day all day buy
one get one free. We have Happy Hour from
4-7 p.m.

Community yard
sale planned for July 2
The Ladies Ministry at Okeechobee
Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Avenue,
will host a community yard sale on Satur-
day, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Have
you wanted to have a yard sale? Not enough
room, space or bad location? Spaces are
$10 each. There will also be a concession
window. To reserve space call Norma Sue
at 863-634-2930.

Eagles host Family Fun Day
Come join the North Eagles on Sunday,
July 3, for a family fun day. We will have
hamburgers for $2 donation and hotdogs
for $1.50 donation, There will be horse shoe
games, a dunk tank, and lots of fun for ev-
eryone.

Buckhead Ridge VFW
to host July 4 celebration
Come join us at Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 for a day of fun! July 4 celebra-
tion and 'Liar's Club.' Dinners will be avail-
able with Cornish hens, stuffing, cranberry
sauce, and green peas for a $7 donation.
"Liar of the Year" will be crowned at the an-
nual 'Liar's Club.' Join the club and you eat
FREE Ladies Auxiliary will also hold a Cake
Walk, Jail and Bail and Fireworks are set for
sundown. We will have a membership drive
throughout the event. For more information,
please call Jonnie Patent at 863-467-0600

Legion Post #64
hosting July 4 party
American Legion Post 64 to host a 4th
of July party from 1-4 p.m. Monday we will
have food starting at 1 p.m., until it runs out.
Cowboy Jody Karaoke from 1-4 p.m. Come
join the fun. We will pick the winner of our
grill at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome!







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A Conkerr Cancer "sit and sew" event will
be held on Tuesday, July 5, from 10:30 a.m.,
until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring
your sewing machine and fabric and sew
with other ladies in our community who
want to help make a difference to a child
with cancer or other life changing illnesses.

Main Street Banquet slated
Okeechobee Main Street's annual dinner
will be held on Thursday, July 7, beginning
at 6 p.m. at the Williamson Conference Cen-
ter of IRSC. This is the night that our officers
and directors will be installed as well as a
night to honor and pay tribute to our for-
mer president Maureen Burroughs for her
many years of service to our community and
Okeechobee Main Street. Dinner choices are
roast beef, pork loin or baked chicken with
the fixin's for $20 per person. Advance ticket
sales must be purchased by July 6, at the
Main Street Office.

Quit Smoking Now!
Come to the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 SW 16th Street, Okeechobee on
Thursday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. and find out
how you can quit for good! There will be a
total of six sessions each Thursday evening
at 5:30 p.m. To register or for more informa-
tion contact: 877-819-2357.


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Olga Esther Cruz, 77
OKEECHOBEE -Olga Esther Cruz, 77, died
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at her residence.
Born in Camaguay, Cuba, she relocated to
Miami in 1960. She lived in ('i.. .. i i ..1- for the
past 33 years. She was of the Catholic faith. Her
animals and cooking were her favorite pas-
times.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Pedro Cruz and two sisters. She is survived by
four children, Margarita (Jose), Ramon, Eddie
(Mary), Maria Elena; grandchildren, Margarita,
Sonia (Joe), Maria Elena (Jorge), all of Sarasota,
Ed, Kylie, Kaylee, all of Okeechobee, and five re-
siding in Cuba; great-grandchildren, Anthony,
Tatum, Sebastian, all of Sarasota, Chloe of
Okeechobee, and five residing in Cuba; and one
great-great-grandchild residing in Cuba.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 2, 2011, at
the Buxton-Seawinds Chapel at 11 a.m. until
service time of 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Ever-
green Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make contribu-
tions in memory of Olga to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.bux-
tonseawinds.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace,
Okeechobee, Fla.


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The Women Empowering Women host committee includes (left to right, sitting)
Robin Delgado, Tami Karol Nicholas, Linda Probst and Holly Altman. Standing
are Melissa Barnes and Susan Somerset Webb.


Planning committee works
towards "Women Empower-
ing Women Conference"
Ladies Power Lunch has announced the
members of the host committee for its sec-
ond "Women Empowering Women" busi-
ness conference and expo scheduled for
Nov. 3, at the Hutchinson Island Marriott.
Women attending this half-day confer-
ence, which begins at noon, will gain insight
into sales, leadership and social media from
lectures by three nationally-acclaimed key-
note speakers. The program is designed to
help all professional, ambitious women
entrepreneurs, freelancers, corporate execu-
tives, solopreneurs and career-switchers
elevate themselves beyond where they are


today. The conference will be one of the
region's premier and most dynamic gather-
ings of female professionals.
The "Women Empowering Women"
conference host committee members are:
Robin Delgado, RDC Robin Delgado Consult-
ing; Melissa Barnes, Bank Atlantic, Financial
Advisor/Vice President; Linda Probst, Swiss
Mango Web Consulting; Tami Karol Nicho-
las, Tami Karol Insurance Agency Inc.; Su-
san Somerset Webb, TapIntoYourLife.com;
and, Holly Altman, Sweet Smiles, Corporate
Gifts.
For more information about the confer-
ence and the featured keynote speakers, go
to http://www.powerlunchbunch.com. Ven-
dor and sponsorship opportunities are avail-
able. Profits will benefit the Treasure Coast
Food Bank.


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Amateur radio operators show off emergency capabilities

"Radio Hams" from Else Fails, Ham Radio Works" is more than
just words to the hams as they prove they can - -
Okeechobee join in national send messages in many forms without the
deployment Public Demo of use of phone systems, internet or any other _
infrastructure that can be compromised in
Emergency Communica- a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio


tions, June 25-26
Okeechobee's "hams" joined with thou-
sands of Amateur Radio operators who were
showing off their emergency capabilities this
past weekend by meeting at the old EOC
building to communicate with other "hams"
nationwide via HF radio.
Over the past year, the news has been full
of reports of ham radio operators providing
critical communications during unexpected
emergencies in towns across America includ-
ing the California wildfires, winter storms,
tornadoes and other events worldwide.
During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Ra-
dio-often called "Ham Radio"-was often
the ONLY way people could communicate,
and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled
south to save lives and property. When trou-
ble is brewing, Amateur Radio's people are
often the first to provide rescuers with criti-
cal information and communications.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is
the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio
Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio. Using only
emergency power supplies, ham operators
constructed emergency stations in parks,
shopping malls, schools and backyards
around the country. Their slogan, "When All


operators across the country participated
in last year's event. "We hope that people
will come and see for themselves, this is not
your grandfather's radio anymore," said Al-
len Pitts, call sign W1AGP, of the ARRL. "The
communications that ham radio people can
quickly create have saved many lives when
other systems failed or were overloaded.
And besides that -it's fun!"
There are over 685,000 Amateur Radio
licensees in the U.S., and more than 2.5 mil-
lion around the world. Through the ARR's
Amateur Radio Emergency Services pro-
gram, ham volunteers provide both emer-
gency communications for thousands of
state and local emergency response agen-
cies and nonemergency community services
too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go
to www.emergency-radio.org. The public
is most cordially invited to come, meet and
talk with the hams. See what modern Ama-
teur Radio can do. They can even help you
get on the air!
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club
meets the second Monday of each month at
the American Red Cross Office, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave, at 7 p.m. and encourages anyone
interested in Ham Radio to attend. Meet the
members and have a cup of coffee with us.
The next meeting is Monday, July 11.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Grand Oaks
Special visit
Diane Wood, administrator of the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility (ALF)
in Okeechobee, and her staff, welcomed Deputy Sheriff Matt Crawford with
"Nero" (right) and Deputy Sheriff Brian Cross with (Barco) (left) on Friday,
June 24, who provided an in-depth K-9 demonstration for the residents of the
facility. Assisting Ms. Wood was her grandson Maddox. A special thank you
to Sheriff Paul May and his K-9 team from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office for their support.


Special to the Okeechobee News/T.Timmons
Dave Fanter, call sign KA4DCF, is at the controls of the radio for the Amateur
Radio National Field Day at the old EOC office in Okeechobee. Local "Ham" ra-
dio operators will meet on July 11 to update themselves on availability of radio
equipment, discuss how they can help in local emergency situations and also
to interface with local emergency operations management so they can be ready
in the event of an emergency.



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Okeechobee County Sports Complex on Saturday, June 25. The team competes
against other South Florida teams. The next meet will be July 16 in Vero Beach.
The championships will be July 29-31 in Coral Springs. The team has swimmers
ages 5 to 18. Coach Laura Luchetta is coaching the team for the third year. The
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Okeechobee to host Taekwondo Tournament


Five counties to compete in
upcoming martial arts event

Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial
arts which means, foot (tae), hand (kwon)
and art or way (do). Sparring taekwondo
style typically involves about 70 percent
kicking and 30 percent hands. The teaching
of Taekwondo is a non-violent sport. It helps
improve self-discipline to help children avoid
conflict, develops self-control and increases
their self-confidence.
The Russ Adams' Taekwondo Martial
Arts school and Teresa Chandler are organiz-
ing the South Florida regional championship
tournament for competitors from Okeecho-
bee, Clermont, Orlando, Clewiston and St.
Lucie counties on July 16. The event will
be held at the Osceola Middle school gym
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The events scheduled
include:
* 9 a.m. Black Belt Divisions Begin
* Noon - Padded Weapons Sparring


* 1 p.m. Juniors White through Sr. Red
* 2:30 p.m. All Colored Belt Adults &
VIPs
Russ Adams is a local Certified Tae-
kwondo instructor and has been serving
Okeechobee since 1995. His school is a
part of Taekwondo America, a national or-
ganization. Everyone is invited to come,
see and be a part of this event. Competitors
and parents will attend with an audience of
approximately 400 people. The day will be
filled with events, concession and exciting
information on Martial Arts. The admission
is $5 per adult and children under 5 are free.
All proceeds will benefit The B.R.A.T. Club
(Building Relationships Among Teens) to
help continue providing safe, fun-filled ac-
tivities for our youth in Okeechobee.
For more information on the event or to
become a sponsor, please call Russ Adams
at 863-697-1206 or Teresa Chandler at 863-
801-4996.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/Russ Adams Taekwondo
In the first row from left to right are: T.J McKenna Jr. In the second row from left
to right are: Cristian Morales, McKayla Skinner, Junior Certified Instructor, Mia
Lazaro, and Juliet Skinner, Senior Certified Instructor. In the third row from left
to right are: Senior Certified Instructor/ Owner Russ Adams, Hannah Morales,
Nicolas Brown, Michael Lazaro and Travis McKenna Sr.


Sports News in Brief


All Stars raising money to go
to championship
Okeechobee Dixie Allstars 10 and Un-
der Angels Softball Team will host a golf
tournament on Saturday, July 2, at 8:30
a.m. Shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. at Blue
Heron Golf and Country Club. Cost is $120
for a team of four players. They are seeking
sponsors for a donation of $50 a hole. They
will have barbeque dinner for sale there for
$7 per plate. The All Stars team has three
players from each team of the league that
ended their regular season in May. They par-
ticipated in tournaments in Okeechobee the
past two weekends. They beat DeSoto once
14-2. and Lake Placid twice, 15-13 and 16-
14, which qualified the girls to go the state
championships in Carabelle on July 7, 8 and
9. Since the tournament is about 500 miles
away, the team is raising funds to help pay
for the travel and hotel expenses. For more
information, call 863-634-2825.

Soccer Camp to open
Okeechobee Club Soccer is inviting youth
ages 7-18 to participate in a week-long soc-
cer camp July 18-22. The camp operates
Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the
soccer fields (across North Elementary). The
cost is $40 per camper, plus $20 for addition-
al siblings. Participants will work on funda-
mentals as well as intense training to build
speed, agility and ball control. Registration is
being held Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.,
at the soccer fields. Parents must complete
an application form and pay check or cash
to Okeechobee Club Soccer. The last day to
sign up is July 7. For more details, contact
Coach Davy at 863-634-7852.


OCRA to hold fall sports sign
ups on Saturdays in July
OCRA will hold sign ups for the 2011
football and cheerleading season on the fol-
lowing Saturdays including July 9, July 16
and July 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. under
the score tower at the baseball complex.
All children between the ages of 5-14 are
eligible to sign up (age as of Aug. 31) The
cost is $75 per player, $60 for second child,
$45 for cheerleaders, $45 flag (5 and 6) A
copy of child's birth certificate is a must at
the time of sign up. Any question, please call
863-634-0515.

Public review and comment
period to begin in August
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is
pleased to announce the upcoming release
for public review and comment of the draft
Land Protection Plan (LPP) and Environ-
mental Assessment (EA) for the proposed
Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife
Refuge and Conservation Area (now antici-
pated for August 2011). To help save money,
a digital copy of the draft LPP and EA will
be available for download on the Internet
at: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/greater-
everglades/. Copies will also be mailed out
to those who request them (please call
321.861.0667 or email EvergladesHeadwa-
tersProposal@fws.gov to request a copy if
you have not already done so and wish to
receive a copy in the mail). And, copies will
be available at the public meetings, which
will be scheduled during the public review
and comment period. For more information
or if you have any questions, please contact
us at: EvergladesHeadwatersProposal@fws.
gov or phone us at 321.861.2368. Additional
information can be found at the project's
website: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/
greatereverglades/.


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2011 District 6 Darlings Division Champions
The Okeechobee team won the District 6 Darlings Division Championship.
They have earned the honor of participating in the 2011 State of Florida
Championship Tournament on July 7 through 11 in Carabelle, Fla. The team
includes: Riley Owens, Julia Smith, Alaina Sweat, Kiley Sadler, Elle Thomas,
Lauren Sills, Adryauna Baker, Kelsie O'Cain, Bridgett Curl, Faith Vest, Jus-
tice Rodriguez, Matie Garcia and Myrasa Farmer. Coaches: Mike Sadler, Da-
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Dad arrested; DCF removes kids


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A state agency removed three small
children from a man's home when it was
reported that he was allegedly abusing pre-
scription medications.
Joel C. Nettle, 31, S.E. 86thBlvd., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Wednesday, June 29, on a
felony charge of child neglect. He is being
held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu
of $1,500 bond.
An arrest report by Deputy Corporal Chris
Hans, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), stated that when a Depart-
ment of Children and Families (DCF) inves-
tigator went to Nettle's home the man was
apparently asleep on a couch.
While the investigator was trying to wake
Nettle, two small shoeless children walked
up to the residence and opened the door,
stated the report. The investigator report-
edly told Cpl. Hans that he had been outside
the man's residence for 20 minutes and that
Nettle "... was passed out on the couch and
was unresponsive."


The report indicated that Nettle's three
children range in age from 1 month to 4
years.
According to the deputy's report, Nettle
has prescriptions for trazodone (an anti-de-
pressant), tramadol (a pain
Killer) and alprazolam (for
anxiety disorders).
Cpl. Hans said he found
Sa prescription bottle for al-
prazolam, which is a gener-
- i ic form of xanax, that had
__ been filled Tuesday, June
28. The deputy stated that
Joel C. the bottle was supposed to
Nettle contain 90 pills that were to
be taken three times a day.
However, continued the report, that bottle
was empty.
When asked why the bottle was empty,
Nettle reportedly told the deputy that "...
someone must have stolen his pills."
At that point, Nettle was placed under ar-
rest and the children were removed from the
home by DCF.


Woman accused of selling oxycodone


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested by detectives with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
after she allegedly sold prescrip-
tion medication in an undercover
drug operation.
Alice Fay Moctezuma-Vazquez,
55, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Alice F
Tuesday, June 28, on felony charg- Mocte
es of sale of a controlled substance
(oxycodone) and possession of a con-
trolled substance (oxycodone) with intent
to sell. She was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of possession of a legend
drug (trazodone).
Moctezuma was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of


$20,500. A task force detective's ar-
rest report stated that Moctezuma
sold 30mg oxycodone to a confi-
dential source during the opera-
tion. Then, along with the Special
Response Team from the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
a search warrant was later execut-
Sed on the woman's home.
According to the report detec-
ma tives found a bottle of oxycodone
15mg on Moctezuma for which she
has a valid prescription. Also found in the
woman's bedroom was a pill bottle con-
taining the anti-depressant trazodone. The
label on that bottle indicated that it be-
longed to a man who does not live in the
home and has no apparent familial ties to
Moctezuma.
Trazodone is a non-scheduled drug.


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).
* Britney Allison Dorgan, 20, Mississippi
Ave., Clewiston, was arrested June 24 by
Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a Hendry
County warrant charging her with failure to
appear for a felony offense. Her bond was
set at $700.
* Carlos Javier Garcia, 26, S.E. 26th St.
Okeechobee, was arrested June 26 by Dep-
uty Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation possession of a controlled substance
(two counts). He is being held without
bond.
* Brandon Clinton Pitt, 19, N.W 36th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 27 by Dep-
uty Steven Pollock on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with failure to ap-


pear - theft of a firearm and possession of
a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being
held without bond.
* Kelsey Nicole Yother, 23, S.E. 26th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 27 by Depu-
ty Arlene Durbin on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation - aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. Her bond was set at $202.84.
* Randy Ted Thornton, 28, N.E. Third
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested June 27 by
Deputy Steven Pollock on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of community re-
lease - burglary of an unoccupied dwelling,
violation of community release - grand theft,
violation of community release - battery on
a law enforcement officer and violation of
community release - grand theft motor ve-
hicle. He is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


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COUNTY
Continued From Page 1
to attrition.
One area of concern is Okee Tantie
Campground and Marina. Current figures in-
dicate a $150,000 shortfall which could call
for a reduction in staff and operations. Boat
slip rentals are down. Mrs. Chartier said that


PILLS
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dealt more with the doctor-patient relation-
ship.
Planning official Bill Royce said the mis-
use of pain management clinics is a serious
problem that the county should attack from
as many different directions as possible.
Under the proposed ordinance pain man-
agement clinics would be limited to operat-
ing in light commercial and heavy commer
cial zoning districts only. Pain management
clinics would also be banned from operat-
ing within 250 feet of U.S. Highway 441 and
State Road 70. Mr. Cassels said the proposed
ordinance would make a pain manage-
ment clinic less visible and more of a local
facility. The ordinance also requires a pain
management clinic to be located within one
half mile of a general hospital. Mr. Cassels
said that legitimate doctors who have of-
fices near a hospital could help police any
illegitimate practices. He added that medical
facilities would be close by in case of any
emergency.
A pain management clinic could not op-
erate within 100 feet of another pain man-
agement clinic or within the same build-
ing or within 500 feet of a pharmacy. They
would not be able to operate between the


the bait and tackle sales was the only part of
the operation doing all right. She suggested
possibly using an online reservation system
to save money. Commissioner Bryant Cul-
pepper suggested looking into privatization
of the park. He volunteered to look for fund-
ing sources for the park.
Mrs. Chartier said that revenues from
the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center
are still short of expenses and host fees and


hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Another provision of the ordinance would
prohibit pain management clinics from op-
erating on a "cash only" basis.
Pain management clinics would be re-
quired to keep personnel records on em-
ployees including all criminal convictions.
Records would be required on patients
that include gender, race, age group and
the initial two digits of the zip code of the
patient's address. "If 99 percent of the zip
codes do not start with '34' there is an is-
sue," said Mr. Cassels.
There is also language in the proposed
ordinance dictating the wording on signs for
pain management clinics. A pain manage-
ment clinic would have to be operated by
an approved pain specialist or be a Florida
Agency for Health Care Administration li-
censed operation.
Turning to other matters, the board ap-
proved a special exception and the develop-
ment plan for an outdoor shooting range in
an agriculture zoning district at 63412 N.E.
96th Ave. The property owner, JL Partners,
LLC, plans to build a shooting range, an ar-
chery range and a range for sporting clays
in addition to primitive and RV campsites on
the 80 acre site.
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the small county surtax were being used to
make up the difference.
Mrs. Chartier intends to have a tentative
budget ready by July 15 and a tentative mill-
age rate by Aug. 4.
Budget workshops were set for 9 a.m.
until noon on July 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. on
July 28, from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 1
and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3. The first
public hearing on the budget was set for 6
p.m. on Sept. 8.
It must be remembered that the above
figures are preliminary and are subject to
change as more exact figures become avail-
able.
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Coffee with the Commissioner date set for July
Coffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Joey Hoover on Tues-
day, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, and will be held in Commissioner Hoover's office lo-
cated at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W 2nd Street, Room 244, Okeecho-
bee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an
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Washer/Dryer included.
Call 561-723-2226

Basswood - 3br, 2ba,
CBS, $875/mo + $875
sec. No pets Call
(772)528-7004 or
(863)697-6817

CBS House 3bd/1 1/2ba
SW section, near Wal
Mart 1600 SW 3rd Ave
Okeechobee. First,last
and sec $900 a month
$2,000 to move in
(863)634-0512

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

MODERN BRICK: 3BR,
2.5BA, 1 car garage.
New carpet. On Rim Ca-
nal w/Boat dock. Rent
$875/mo. Optional 1/BR
cottage w/dining room.
Please call
(772)359-1640


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House: For rent or sale.
2bd/lba in Buckhead
Ridge, furnished, de-
sirable location. Rent
$800 monthly, Sale
100% financing possible.
Call Sheryl 561-746-0448
or 561-352-5977

Okeechobee
Hammock
3 Bedroom/2 Bath 2009
CBS Custom Home
Asking $850.00
Monthly
Well Maintained
8622 SE 68th Drive
David May
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OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $800
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156

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tion) 3 br/2 ba, with
carport. Nice neighbor-
hood. $895 mo. plus
Sec. 863-634-1567.

SMALL - 1BR, 11/2BA,
Lg. storage room, new-
ly decorated, kitchen
remodeled, all new ap-
pliances. SW 7th Ave.,
$550 mo. 1st, last &
sec. dep. Call
(863) 357-1197




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2 Houses on 5 acres
with pond asking
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Call 772-260-3068

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house on the water.
$159,000.
LARGE 3 BR, 2 BA
Dblwide. w/screened
pool, many upgrades, on
the water. $149,000. Will
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DBL WIDE - 3br, 2ba, in
Four Seasons, com-
pletely remodeled, too
much to list, $800/mo,
Call (863)634-8885

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.
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18' Pontoon Boat with
trailer, 50 hp. Johnson
1992 runs good.
Asking $3,500
Call 863-261-1891

1983 Fury PONTOON -
All aluminum including
deck w/150hp Johnson
motor and custom tan-
dem trailer. Includes
generator and lights for
night fishing. Must
see. $9,500.00
(863)273-9318 or
(863)655-5852

1993 Harris DECK BOAT
- Set up for fishing.
70hp Johnson w/SS
prop and trolling plate.
Bimini Top. Good con-
dition. Must see.
$4,900.00
(863)273-9318

24' Chaparal 1974 Cab-
in. In-Out board, New
motor never used.
Needs outdrive work
(Merc. Cruise) 2002
Loma Aluminum trailer
(used one time)
$4,500.00
(863)467-1542

PRO CRAFT Bass boat-
20 ft. 200 hp mercury,
tandem trl. Only 16
orig. hrs. Garage kept,
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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 & Vmn's as follows:
1996 RED MERCURY COUGAR
1MELM6244TH608998
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.
391119 ON 7/1/2011


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2011TD053
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the
holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to
be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
certificate No: 2572 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009
Description of Property: TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 8 LOT 286
1-25-37-35-0090-00080-2860
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DONNA H LEE
JOHN ROWE
SHANNON PLEE
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
ascribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee
:hobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Dkeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 14th day of July, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Dkeechobee County, Florida
fs/ Robin R. Parrish
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilites Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administraton no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
n two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIREDD CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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NOTICE OF OUA MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
the Okeechobee Utility Authority will
meet in regular session on Tuesday,
July 12, 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at the
Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices,
100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida.
The needs of hearing or visually
impaired persons shall be met by
contacting the Execubve Directors
Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48
hours prior to the Meeting by any
person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, if a person decides
to appeal any decision made by the
Authority with respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of
proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbabm
record of the proceedings is made;
which record includes the testimony
and evidence 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
Executive Director
390926 ON 7/1/2011


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2011TD047
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA thE
older of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed t(
3e issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip
ion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
ertificate No: 870 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009
description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 12 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/;
F S1/2 OF TRACT 12 25 34S 33E
1-25-34-33-0A00-00012-M000
;aid property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
ame in which assessed:
TOWARD D EVANS
VONNE M EVANS
Jnless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
;cnbed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee
hobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street
Dkeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 14th day of July, 2011.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
ARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
3keechobee County, Florida
/ Robin R. Parrish
deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
n accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing ;
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
courtt Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 25(
W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
ntwo working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALI
1.800.955.8770.
388002 ON 6/3,10,17,24/2011


RFP 2011-16
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
GRANT ADMINISTRATION AND ACTIVITY DELIVERY SERVICES
FOR:
NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM 3 (NSP-3) GRANT
DISASTER RECOVERY ENHANCEMENT FUNDS (DREF) GRANT
notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, hereby request
proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide grant administrator
ndactivity delivery services for CDBG Neighborhood Stablizabon Program :
'NSP-3) Grant in the amount of $1,029,844 and Disaster Recovery Enhance
nent Funds (DREF) Grant in the amount of $174,145.72. Proposals may bN
submitted for both grants or for a single grant and will be evaluated separ
itely for each grant.
nquires and/or requests for additional information may be obtained by con
acting Robble L. Charter, Interim County Administrator, at (863)763-644:
r fax (863)763-9529 or on the county's web page www.co.okeecho
ee.fl.us/countydocuments. Contracts resulting from the process will bE
ubect to state and federal requirements and grant award and release o
nds by the funding agency. The Okeechobee County Board of County Com
issioners reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, waive technca
errors, waive any informalities or irregularities, and award the contracts ir
he best interest of the County.
administration services may include management and reporting for thE
jrant(s), environmental review, contract development and administration, f
lancial administration, labor standards compliance, reporting, and other nec
issary tasks. Housing service activities/project administration should bE
Jescrbed specifically as a separate task. A scope of work outlining tasks t(
)e performed for each service must be included in the proposals.
roposers desiring to provide the services described in this RFP shall Includ(
title page, table of contents, letter of transmittal, profle of proposer, anc
summary of proposer's qualifications. Proposals must include a fee proposal
which may include a separate fee for activity delivery.
interested parties shall submit an original and three (3) copies thereof in
ealed envelope bearing the name of the proposer and the words "PROPO
;AL FOR CDBG NSP-3 and/or CDBG DREF GRANT ADMINISTRA
rION AND ACTIVITY DELIVERY SERVICES" no later than 3:00 p.m
DT on July 13, 2011, to the Board of County Commissioners, 304 NW 2n(
street , Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the bmE
nd date specified will be returned to the submitter unopened. Proposals fo
ach grant submitted will be opened and evaluated by a committee (separ
tely) as soon thereafter as possible.
QUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; FAIR HOUSING & HANDICAPPED
ACCESSIBLE JURISDICTION.
Dkeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related t(
reparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to accept or rejec
ny or all proposals, reserves te right to award a separate contract for eact
rant program, to waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept thE
proposal, which in its judgment, best serves the public interest.
Dkeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chai
Board of County Commissioner
Okeechobee County, Flordd
haron Robertson, Clerk
board of County Commissioners
keechobee County, Florida
91184 ON 7/1/2011


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Fire/Rescue personnel hold Miss Firecracker pageant


By Bobbi Poole
Special to the Okeechobee News
The Miss Firecracker pageant was held
June 25, sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue volunteers. The winners
were:
Baby Miss:
Photogenic winner: Patricia Entry
Best dressed: Patricia Entry
Most beautiful: Kayden Saunders
Winner: Patricia Entry
1st runner up: Kayden Saunders
Toddler Miss:
Winner Maci Gagliardi
1st runner up: Charlotte Burks
2nd runner up: Andie Elliot
Photogenic: Maci Gagliardi
Best dressed: Maci Gagliardi
Most beautiful: Maci Gagliardi


Tiny Miss:
Photogenic winner: Adleigh Schwier
Best dressed: Rylee Bowers
Most beautiful: Adleigh Schwier
Winner: Adleigh Schwier
1st runner up: Bailey Bowers
Pee Wee Miss:
Winner: Anaya Gomez
1st runner up: Jaelyn Lineberry
2nd runner up: Jaylah Nolan
3rd runner up: Esperanza Gomez
Photogenic: Jaelynn Nolan
Best dressed: Anaya Gomez
Most beautiful: Jaelyn Lineberry
Little Miss:
Photogenic :Tristen Simmons
Best dressed: Mackenzie Ayala
Most beautiful: Mackenzie Ayala
Winner: Mackenzie Ayala
1st runner up: Livi Campbell
2nd runner up: Jillian Durfee


Petite Miss:
Photogenic winner: Kayleigh Crum
Best dressed :Kayleigh Crum
Most beautiful: Kayleigh Crum
Winner: Kayleigh Crum
1st runner up: Payton Besaw
2nd runner up: Harley Davis.
Junior Miss:
Winner: Destiny Whaeln
1st runner up: Julie Arnold
Photogenic winner: Destani Whalen
Best dressed: Julie Arnold
Most beautiful: Destani Whalen
Miss Firecracker:
Winner: Taylor Fulford
1st runner up: Brittany Avant
2nd runner up: Tiffany Bowers
3rd runner up: Ashley Mullin
Photogenic winner: Taylor Fulford
Best dressed: Tiffany bowers
Most beautiful: Brittany Avant
Baby master:
Winner: Jose Garcia
Photogenic; Jose Garcia
Best dressed: Jose Garcia
Most handsome: Jose Garcia























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Miss Firecracker winners
The Miss Firecracker pageant winners were (left to right) 3rd runner up Ashley
Mullin, winner Taylor Fulford, 1st runner up Brittany Avant, 2nd runner up Tif-
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi Poole
Tiny Miss Firecracker
Adleigh Schwier (far right) was crowned Tiny Miss Firecracker in the pag-
eant held June 25 in the Okeechobee High School lecture hall. Bailey Bow-
ers (second from right) was runner up. Other contestants were Rylie Bow-
ers, Sumberlie Villars and Cheyenne Wilson. The information with the photo
in the June 29 edition was incorrect. We regret the error and any confusion
it may have caused.


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