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Publication Date: 08-03-2011
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10.24 feetLast Year: 13.78 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, August 3, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 92 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Remembering ‘The Lost Boys’ ... Page 5 County may raise tax millage ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who desperately wanted to be a cop and hang out with cops got his wish—he’s being held in the Okeechobee County Jail for impersonating a federal agent. Vicente Valdez, 41, Washington Ave., Miami, was arrested Saturday, July 29, on felony charges of falsely personating a federal of cer and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of a concealed handcuff key and unlawful lights on a vehicle. He is being held in the county jail on $25,000 bond. Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said Valdez installed ashing blue lights, strobe lights and a siren on his 2008 black Dodge pickup truck. When arrested, he was also found to be in possession of several semi-automatic handguns, ammunition, handcuffs, fake Department of Homeland Security (DHS) badges, a handheld police scanner and numerous other items. Detective Van Deman and several of his fellow detectives executed a search warrant on the man’s truck Tuesday morning, Aug. 2. After over six hours of searching, some ‘Fake’ cop caught with guns, drugs By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two step brothers are being held in a Fort Pierce juvenile facility following their arrest for allegedly sexually molesting a young girl. Travis Lee Hayes, 12, N.E. 11th Court, and James David Cunningham Jr., 11, N.W. 96th Court, were both arrested Monday, Aug. 1, on one count each of sexual battery on a child under the age of 10. They were both booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center. The two Okeechobee boys were arrested by Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). According to the detective’s arrest report, OCSO Deputy Joe Gracie took the initial complaint on Friday, July 29, when contacted by the 7-year-old girl’s grandmother. The grandmother reportedly told Deputy Gracie that the girl told her about the alleged molestation. In that initial report, the victim reportedly told her grandmother that Cunningham held her down while Hayes molested her. In the report, the victim said it hurts “bad.” The detective’s report stated that in the victim’s taped testimony she said the boys told her not to tell anyone and that “she tells them to get off, but they don’t.” Detective Morrison’s report went on to state that Hayes allegedly said that he stays up and watches television and movies, and that he watches “nasty” movies with naked men Boys accused of molesting young girlSee JUVENILES — Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppThese handguns, ammunition, badges and many other military and law enforcement items were taken from a Miami man who has been arrested by Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, for allegedly personating a federal agent. Many more guns and military items were allegedly found during a search of his vehicle. See FAKE — Page 2 Vicente Valdez

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items found by the detectives included: two A R-15 ri es; a double-barreled .410 gauge shotgun; a 12-gauge shotgun; a .22 caliber ri e; thousands of rounds of ammunition; a military helmet; a SWAT helmet; three or four bullet proof vests; one tactical vest; a handheld GPS; handheld scanners; many loaded and unloaded ammunition magazines; a parachute; an air mattress and pump; a water puri er; machete; long knives; a dive suit and swim ns; and, gas masks. Many of the items were kept in militaryand camou age-style bags that either bore USMC stamps or Department of Homeland Security insignias. Detective Van Deman said Valdez has never been in the military and has never been a cop. "He just wanted to be a cop," said the detective. "He looked the part and spoke the lingo." The OHS investigator said Valdez is also under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol for reportedly impersonating a federal of cer to a trooper in order to get out of a speeding ticket. Valdez, continued the detective, was so good at weaving his lies that his mother, girlfriend and co-workers all believed he was a federal agent. To illustrate how good he was at lying, V aldez worked at the Okeechobee Shooting Sports gun range where retired and current law enforcement of cers work as range safety of cers and he had all of them convinced he was a federal agent, said the detective. "He's been working out there two months," said Detective Van Deman. "The owner (Jeff Wait) cooperated with law enforcement 110 percent." The OCSO detective became suspicious of Valdez while working a couple of burglaries at the gun range that included the theft of two personal checks. Detective Van Deman said his investigation found that Valdez deposited one of the checks into his personal account. "The check was for $295, but it had been altered to $2,950. The other check hasn't shown up yet," the investigator pointed out. On July 29, Detective Van Deman and fellow Detective Mark Shiremanalong with two DHS agentswent to the shooting range and engaged Valdez in a conversation. They told him they were starting a new tactical unit and wanted to use him as an instructor. Valdez told them that he is an agent with DHS, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After some time, Valdez was placed under arrest. During a search of his person several badges were found as well as a handcuff key. He was also found to be in possession of a white powder that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. The suspected cocaine weighed 3.6 grams, stated the detective's arrest report. Detective Van Deman said Tuesday morning he wasn't sure what was going to happen with all of the guns and military equipment found. He did say, however, that if the AR15 ri es are found to be fully automatic, the case could be turned over to federal agents. Some of the seized items will be kept by the sheriff's of ce, if Valdez is convicted. But, added Detective Van Deman, the pickup will not be seized because "he owes too much on it." He also said that the handcuff key is a new law that was put into effect because "criminals have started using hidden handcuff keys to escape from law enforcement of cers." Detective Van Deman said his investigation is continuing. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s * S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k * o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDSJuly 29, 2011 City of Okeechobee, 55 SE Third Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. 34974, 863-763-3372REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDSOn or about August 15, 2011 the City of Okeechobee will submit a request to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project to rehabilitate at least ten housing units occupied by low to moderate income residents; with an estimated $560,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Community Affairs. The City of Okeechobee has determined that the activities proposed in the Unspecified Site Strategy are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requirements. As eligible sites are located, site specific checklist will be completed prior to the commitment of funds for each unit Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at 55 SE Third Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. 34974. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record (ERR) to Brian Whitehall at 55 SE Third Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. 34974. Additional project information is contained in the ERR on file at 55 SE Third Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. 34974 and may be examined or copied weekdays 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. All comments must be received by August 10, 2011. Comments will be considered prior to the City of Okeechobee requesting a release of funds. RELEASE OF FUNDS The City of Okeechobee certifies to the Florida Department of Community Affairs and HUD that Brian Whitehall in his capacity as the City Administrator consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The State s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPAand related laws and authorities and allows the City of Okeechobee to use the CDBG funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS DCAwill accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Okeechobee certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Okeechobee; ( b) the City of Okeechobee has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the State; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures at 24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76 and shall be addressed to the Florida Department of Community Affairs, CDBG Program, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100. Potential objectors should contact the City of Okeechobee to verify the actual last day of the objection period. James E. Kirk, MayorPUBLISH: 8/3/2011, Okeechobee News Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 2 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011 FAKEContinued From Page 1 and women having sex. Hayes reportedly went on to tell Detective Morrison that after watching these movies he wanted to try out what he had seen. "He said he thinks about doing this all the time," the detective added in her report. Cunningham allegedly told Detective Morrison that he has watched movies with Hayes. Detective Morrison said the investigation is continuing. JUVENILESContinued From Page 1 James David Cunningham Travis Lee Hayes

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their budget meeting on Tuesday, A ug. 1, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners set a preliminary millage rate and looked at some speci c budget areas. Commissioners considered several options for the millage rates from 8.0 to 10.0. The millage rate for the current budget is 8.0. They unanimously agreed on a preliminary millage rate of 9.0. Taking into consideration the decrease in property values that rate is calculated to increase the revenue to the county by 4.09 percent over the current budget for a total ad valorem revenue of $13,113,334. Interim county administrator Robbie Chartier noted that this millage rate w ill build up reserves. This is a preliminary rate and can be decreased but cannot be increased in the nal budget. Mrs. Chartier predicted that the de cit in reserves could be made up by next year if costs are kept down. She noted that the major cost is for personnel. Commissioners also set a millage rate of 0.3255 mils for debt service on the jail. One mil equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value. The Tourist Development budget shows an $8,799 decrease due primarily to a decrease in advertising and promotions. Revenues have also decreased in this area. The E-911 budget shows an $83,982 increase primarily due to increase in reserves. Revenues are derived from a monthly collection of .50 cents per telephone line and a distribution from the state of .50 cents per wireless telephone number. Those revenues show an increase from $721,596 to $806,577. Commissioners looked at the Transportation Fund which comes from gasoline tax and is used for roads, the airport and maintaining six railroad crossings. The engineering budget contains $123,169 for an in-house engineer and secretary, should the commissioners determine such a need. The road maintenance budget shows a $46,367 increase due primarily to an increase in equipment replacement requests offset by reductions in personnel and operating expenses. The airport budget increased by $8,731 due to an increase in property and liability insurance. The Unincorporated Service Fund Area consists of animal control, planning and zoning, the building department and code enforcement. Revenues have been reduced primarily due to a reduction in host fees from the land ll and the reduction in the small county surtax. Planning and zoning shows a $114,951 decrease primarily due to a decrease in operating and personnel costs. In animal control, personnel costs are down due to the elimination of one full-time employee and the addition of two part-time personnel and a reduction in veterinary services. Mrs. Chartier said that personnel costs have been reduced by using part-time employees, volunteers and community service personnel. The building department is paying its own way. Revenues generated in the coming year are projected to cover the operating costs. In the current budget revenues exceed operating expenses. Code enforcement shows an increase in personnel costs and a decrease in operating costs for a net $7,324 increase. A law enforcement MSTU (municipal services taxing unit) was discussed brie y but commissioners showed no interest in pursuing the issue. This option would create a separate tax dedicated solely to law enforcement. Sharon Vincent of Shared Services Network gave an overview of the services her organization provides. She said that funding from the county goes for salaries. Other items are funded from other sources and in-kind services. Of ce space, telephones and technology is donated by Okeechobee County Schools. The network brings together a number of agencies involved in social services such as teen pregnancy, mental health, summer activities, adoptions, foster care, mentoring and substance abuse. One of their big events is the health and safety expo that provides free health screenings, demonstrations, education, food and entertainment. They also host a Tween Summit for students transitioning from elementary school to middle school. The network assists the school system in writing grants. They also help with electric bills and groceries for needy families. The current budget contains $7,280 for the operation of Shared Services. The scal year 2011-12 budget contains a request for $8,000. The proposed budget also includes $1,413, the same amount as the current budget, for the health and safety expo. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3pc. Table Set $159.95 3 Piece Set...Sofa, Loveseat and Chair …$788.00 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N. 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V olunteers  All non-pro ts appreciate all volunteers, in answer to the recent Speak Out comment about a thrift shop. But what you don’t realize that the clothes were stacked to the c eiling and smelling rank. It is a professional of ce and smelled horrible. Also the clothes (not all of them) were given to another nonpro t that doesn’t get much help. The new s tore will be opened at the main of ce that w ill save a tremendous amount of money and will be much larger than the old store. If y ou feel cut off, then you should ask to nd out exactly what’s going on instead of trying t o give a wonderful non-pro t organization a bad name and you should continue to help out the greater good. I, for one, will be there every time they need me and I will know t hat whatever decision they make is for the greater good of the organization. That is why t hey are in charge and we volunteer. If you w ant to do more, join the board and see how dif cult it is to run a large non-pro t organization or go over and help sort ALL the c lothes to prepare for the new store. W ho let the dogs out? The problem with dogs running loose in my neighborhood continues. These are not mean dogs. They are friendly dogs who appear to be well fed. But I am worried one of t hem is going to be hit by a car. Even though t he speed limit is 25 mph, some of the drivers y down my street. Even at 25 mph, if a dog runs out in front of a vehicle, it could be b ad. I would hate to see one of these nice dogs killed because their thoughtless owner did not keep them safe at home! T hought for the day Life is not a journey to the grave with t he intention of arriving safely in a pretty and w ell preserved body, but rather to skid in b roadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW!—What a ride!”  No matter where you go ... there you are.  Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from lousy judgment.Code enforcement Okeechobee County of cials may consider themselves to be a bit overwhelmed, but so are the rest of us. I am aware of calls that have been made asking that they take a trip through Otter Creek subdivision. It seems that we have residents that feel they can live as they please and not within the laws of the county. There are families with more large and small animals than what are allowed by code. A 1or 2-acre lot is not enough to sustain three or more horses, cows and dogs. How do their immediate neighbors feel with the piles of manure that pile up and are spread out only to attract the ies and the stench? There are a few of us that like to have a nice yard and live in peace and quiet, that’s why we live where we do. But more and more inconsiderate people move here and just don’t seem to care. If we have to live within the laws, why don’t they?! We pay our taxes and therefore, we ask that county of cials come and inspect these homes. It is getting out of control!Street lights on the Peavine I was speaking to a friend last night and I think the town where she lives had a great idea. She lives in a tiny town like ours in the middle of nowhere. She said that they had the same exact problem. Everyone was paying taxes, but could get nothing, until one day a child was hit by a car at 5:30 a.m. waiting for the bus. After years of battle over getting something done just like out here, the parents of the child held the county responsible for the child’s death due to the street light issue. The county put in lights at all the main roads and put timers on them so they run for only two hours Monday through Friday. The parents of this child did not sue for money. They sued to make it safe for the other kids in there neighborhood. They also had speed bumps put in every half mile with ashing signs that say “speed bump ahead.”  Get in the back seat of a 40-foot school bus, with no seat belt and ride over a few speed bumps. They’ll be scraping you off the roof!  Children should be taught to take some responsibility even little ones. We did when I was little! Only in AmericaOnly in America could the lame-street national media be so infatuated with New York Congressman Weiner’s weiner, while completely ignoring the important publicity unfolding at A.T.F. and the Treasury Department’s Federal “Gun Walker” and “Fast and Furious” operational scandals. For the record, I’m Bill Stegkemper, today a buyers broker realtor, previously in law enforcement and long experienced in criminal investigation. Also back in the early 1990s I was twice elected to the National Ri e Association Board of Directors by the NRA membership nationwide when Charlton Heston was a NRA President. Whenever I called him “Moses” he always gave me his famous smile, and we became close friends. Proudly I am one of these people the anti-gun media always scornfully refer to “The Gun Lobby.” Keep very much in mind, it is this media and this National Democratic Obama Administration that blames the 35,000-40,000 horrible murders of Mexican civilians on the border because of our guns from America. Back in 08/11/08 the TODAY Newspaper proclaimed “A.T.F. says most illegal guns in Mexico come from the USA.” Also, recently Hillary Clinton blamed Mexico’s souring gun deaths on “Guns from America.” If Hillary or the Administration she serves were the least bit truthful, they know it is this Administration that she is a part of who is responsible for a great many of these soaring shooting deaths in Mexico. Both operations, “Gunrunner” and “Fast and Furious,” have always utilized highly suspicious Mexican/American gun buyers as straw gun purchases for the drug cartel. It was these very questionable rearms purchasers which really alarmed American dealers, and it was the A.T.F. who licenses these gun dealers and it is they who instructed them to proceed with the sales. Then both Brian Terry, a border patrolman, and Jamie Zapata, an ICE Agent were shot dead, and guns traceable back to the USA were found by Mexican authorities at the crime scene. Never have I known of conveniently traceable guns which just happened to be left at crime scenes, unless that’s exactly what is intended. Now, let’s consider how the drug cartels actually do acquire most of their guns. They own their own eets of large air cargo planes ying drugs all around the world. Millions of fully-automatic AK-47s are available in bulk in Yemen for just $55 a piece, that they could easily acquire. Do you really suppose th e drug cartels would even bother with all o f the Federal A.T.F. paperwork necessary to individually acquire each one of the legal semi-auto AK-47s for $750 each at a borde r gun store? No hardly Hillary, Obama, et. al. Back in the early 1990s when that ver y great American Charleton Heston I mentioned was president of our National Ri e Association, at one of our Annual Conventions when Charleton Heston was the N.R.A. keynote speaker. Upon being presented the customary speaker’s gift, a handmade, beautiful muzzle-loading ri e, Heston held it high above his head with both hands and proclaimed “Out of my cold dead hands!” I still hear and remember today the thunderous applause of thousands of those in th e banquet audience on their feet clapping wildly. Besides this his dire warning the Federal anti-gun Obama administration has much more to really be worrying about — congressional investigations! Senato r Grassleys gathered much information and provided whistle-blower protection to high A.T.F. of cials; and rumor has it that larg e cardboard boxes of information about th e administration and the A.T.F. mysteriousl y were found early in the morning outside o f the door of Congressman Issa’s of ce. Le t the hearings continue with all those involved exposed, expelled from public of ce and severely punished. Bill Stegkemper Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 104. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2011 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News They called themselves “The Lost Boys.” Like Peter Pan’s followers, Josh “Two” Creasman, Devon Venables and Carson Williams v owed to never grow up and become too serious, to always play and have fun. The teens were always at the center of the action when their group of friends gathered at the lake or travelled to the Florida Keys. They were always laughing and having fun. They didn’t need entertainment; they prov ided their own. The trio could not have known that their nickname would be prophetic. Two years ago, on Aug. 1, 2009, their lives were cut short by an auto accident. They will never grow up. And in the memories of their many friends, they would always be boys, laughing and having fun. The Okeechobee community was shocked and saddened by the tragedy. More than 3,000 people attended the funeral, w hich had to held at the Agri-Civic Center— the only building in the county large enough to accommodate the crowd of mourners. J ust two months earlier, many of the same people had been at the civic center for high school graduation, where Carson, a member of the Okeechobee High School Class of 2009, had received his diploma. It just didn’t seem possible that these y oung men, always so full of life, were gone. Shortly after the funeral, an online page devoted to The Lost Boys appeared on facebook. The administrator of the page chooses to remain anonymous. Within days, the page had attracted hundreds of users. As of Aug. 1, the two year anniversary of the deaths, the page had an online community of more than 1,600 users. Two regular posters are Katelyn Stuart (OHS Class of 2009) and Jordyn Nealis (OHS Class of 2008). Both girls were part of a regular group of friends who did things together—the group that included The Lost Boys. Devon and Two were older than Carson, J ordyn explained. They were in Carson’s sister’s OHS Class of 2007. The older boys accepted Carson into their circle of friends because Carson was just so much fun to be around, she said. The Facebook page took off quickly. “It was kind of like an instant thing,” said Katelyn. “Everybody saw it.” As the postings continued, the page seem to take on a life of its own. Even some people who never met Carson, Two or Devon posted on the page. “People were amazed by all the love and support,” said Jordyn. “They would see it on someone else’s Facebook page, for example it will say ‘Jordyn likes The Lost Boys’ and they would check out the link.” There are now more posters on The Lost Boys Facebook page than students attending Okeechobee High School, marveled Katelyn. On Monday, as expected, the anniversary drew a lot of posts. “This day 2 years ago has changed my life forever. Today is one of those days where I know I’m going to need my angels to hold me up because I’m not going to be able to stand on my own,” wrote Kayla Ann Davis. “Today your gonna be on my mind a lot. But every time I think of you, you always bring a happy smile to my face. I miss you so much. I was telling my family how amazing you were at wake boarding. Not one day goes by where you don’t cross my mind,” wrote Balyee Taylor Farless. “A lot of times in life we can’t help but think of you. I catch myself thinking harrrrrd...WHY? But then I think maybe God needs you guys to watch over less fortunate kids down here that haven’t lived the amazing lives you three have had. I agree with everyone that you should be here with us. And I truly miss you,” wrote Raybon Durrance. “You all could always put a smile on anyone’s face when they needed it. I’m strongly thinking of you boys today and miss you all dearly. Tears have fallen, but my heart still tells me not to cry. You’re all with the Good Lord and are smiling down on us and I know myself, and many more, will see you again one day,” Victoria Lynn. “Carson, I thought about you during the ranch rodeo here last weekend and I could still picture you riding that bronc. I’m sure you were looking down and smiling when I rode mine. Y’all keep looking out for us,” posted Tyler Hayes. The stories on the Facebook page help the friends stay in touch, said Katelyn. “You’ll read someone’s story about them and you’ll connect.” There was something about the three boys that just drew people to them, she continued. “They were always having a good time. They could be mowing the grass and the y would have a good time.” Carson was so generous and kind, said Katelyn. “He would give you the shirt off his back.” Two was just impossible to stay angr y with said Jordyn. “I could be so mad at him and he would just look at me in a funny wa y and I was instantly over it.” Devon was the smart one, the girls agreed. “If they ever got into a bad situation, Devon was the one who could gure a wa y out of it,” said Katelyn. “Everybody went to Devon with their problems,” said Jordyn. The girls said the loss of their friends changed their lives and taught them an important lesson. “It taught us to live every day as our last,” said Katelyn. “Tell everyone every day that you love them. “Anything can happen,” she said. “You don’t know what will happen.” “It de nitely opened our eyes to that,” said Jordyn. One thing the girls would like to set straight. “The accident was not alcohol-related,” said Katelyn. “I know some people thought that, but the family was given the toxicology reports and the driver (Two) had not been drinking.” Today, Aug. 3, is Carson’s birthday. But Carson will never grow up, said Katelyn. In her memory, he will always be a happy teenager, nding ways to make his friends laugh. She smiled just thinking about him. “Remember to tell him Happy Birthday,” she said. “His mother is worried that we will forget his birthday, that we will forget him. But we will never forget.” A link to The Lost Boys page can be found on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook.com. Facebook page remembers ‘The Lost Boys’ Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe main photo on “The Lost Boys” page on Facebook shows (top to bottom) Josh “Two” Creasman, Carson Williams, Devon Venables, Josh Stanley and Jesse Durham. TALLAHASSEE—Florida Emergency Management of cials are continuing to adv ise residents and visitors statewide to use caution this week as afternoon temperatures could be well above normal with heat indices as high as 115 degrees. The highest temperatures and heat index values are currently forecast for North Florida areas between Jacksonville and Pensacola. “Even higher temperatures and heat index values are forecast across the entire state this week and could reach dangerous levels,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It is very important that our residents and visitors take precautions by keeping hydrated and avoiding extended hours in the afternoon sun when at all possible.” When the heat index reaches more than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, conditions become dangerous for the general population. The National Weather Service will issue heat advisories and warnings when the combination of heat and humidity causes the heat index to reach extreme levels. What is the Heat Index?Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is often in uenced by tropical moisture, especially during the summer months. When high humidity values combine with high temperatures, our bodies think it is hotter than it actually is. This is called the heat index. The heat index is an accurate measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature. Heat Safety Tips: Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat or to use an umbrella.  Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine,.  Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.  Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day – morning hours between 4 and 7 a.m.  Stay indoors when possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest oor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.  Don’t forget your pets. Make sure the y have access to water, ventilation and shade. Floridians urged to use caution during heat wave

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Bertha ‘Bert’ Marie PilgrimOKEECHOBEE — Bertha “Bert” Marie Pilgrim, age 88, of Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 1, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. She was born Nov. 20, 1922, to Roan and Rose Goolsby. She came to Okeechobee from Hollywood. She was the owner and operator of Pilgrim Dairy. She was a member of Believer’s Fellowship and she enjoyed training and racing horses in Pompano. She also loved selling Avon. Mrs. Pilgrim was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, J.B. Pilgrim; son, Kent Boutwell; daughter, Rosie Sullivan; and great great nephew R.C. Mattson. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Yates (Steve) of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Ann Marie Ashton (Joel) of Harmony, FL, J.W. Staton (Julie) of Okeechobee, Gary Sullivan (Dawn) of Front Royal, VA, Andy Ray Yates of Okeechobee; great grandchildren, Mason Matthews, Tana Matthews, Emma Rose Staton, Brayden Carter and Savannah Carter; nephew, Gene Mattson; great nephews, Roan Mattson and Mark Mattson; and great niece, Charlotte Kurtz; great great nephews, Newt, Landon, Evan, Tyler and Roman Mattson; great great niece, Trista Mattson. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Hollywood Memorial Gardens. Pastor Nick Hopkins will of ciate. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefh.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Jimmie R. Blevins Jr.,MONROE, La. — Jimmie R. Blevins Jr., born Feb. 19, 1959, in Hamilton, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord after a battle with ALS on July 31, 2011, in Monroe, La. Jimmie was predeceased by his parents, Jimmie R. Blevins Sr. and Betsy C. Blevins. He is survived by his companion, Barbara Stuckey of Monroe, La.; daughter, Victoria Blevins; stepdaughter, Rachel Alvarado of Jupiter, Fla.; sisters, Robie Collins (Stan), Tammy Platt (Dale) of Lakeport, Fla.; nephews, BJ and Chris Collins, and Casey Platt; and nieces, Nicole and Megan Platt. He graduated from Okeechobee, 1978. There is no services at this time donations to ALS Foundation is greatly appreciated.Charles E. Brower Jr., 64OKEECHOBEE — Charles E. Brower Jr., 64, died at his home with his wife by his side on Friday, July 29, 2011. Born in Illinois, his family relocated to West Palm Beach where he lived for 40 years before relocating to Okeechobee four years ago. He enjoyed spending time with his family and NASCAR racing. As a member of the Armed Forces, Charles served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS F.D. Roosevelt with a tour in Vietnam and was a PBR gunner. He was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Judy Brower; one son; six daughters; several grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister; and many friends. Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. until service time of 1 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home with Military Honor Guards present. Inurnment will be at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida. Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Michael E. Rowley, 51OKEECHOBEE — Michael E. Rowley, 51, died Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. Born in Ottawa, Ill., he was a resident of Okeechobee for over 20 years. His favorite activity was working on marine outboard engines. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Leroy L. Rowley. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Janet Lee Rowley; sons, Mikie and Collin Rowley of Indiana; step-daughters, Jennifer Rhymes and Tina Decker, both of Okeechobee, Patricia Marlowe of Birmingham, Ala.; four grandchildren; one sister, Suzie Odle; and his mother, Carolyn Phillips, both of Palm Coast, Fla. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Business plans pet weekCome join in the celebration of Pet Appreciation Week sponsored by Tractor Supply and co-sponsored by Science Diet and Pet Finders.com. The event will take place from A ug. 3-7 at Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S. Bring in your pets for prizes, specials and a grand prize. There will be nutrition demos and also Pet Adoptions and other activities by our own Okeechobee Pet Rescue—a no kill shelter. Local small animal breeders w ill also be on hand with small livestock for purchase. Come out and support your local Pet Rescue at the event from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. W ednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.Food stamp help available Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy. 441 SE, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For information please call 772-971-3316. Coalition to meet Aug. 3The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on W ednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For more information about the coalition, please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Class of 1982 holds reunionThe Class of 1982 Reunion meeting is Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Kahootz. For more information, call Tammy at 863-6347359 or on Facebook, search “Class of 1982 Reunion Okeechobee, Fl.”Moose Lodge plans dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 will hold a dinner on Thursday, Aug. 4 starting at 5 p.m. The menu includes Swedish meatballs over buttered noodles with salad, peas, rolls, fruit and cookies. A donation of $7 per person is requested. For more information, call 863-763-2250. Community Events Fire ghters collecting back-to-school suppliesThe Professional Fire ghters and Paramedics of Okeechobee, Local #2918, are collecting monetary donations and back to school supplies. The drive will take place on Friday (4-7 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in front of Wal-Mart in Okeechobee. All donations will be given to My Aunt’s House (501c3) for distribution to needy children in Okeechobee. For more information on how y ou can donate, please call Matt Vinson 863697-1205.2011 Sales Tax Holiday planned for Aug. 12-14The Florida Sales Tax exemption for clothing, footwear, accessories and school supplies will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Friday, A ug. 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. This exemption applies to each eligible item of clothing selling for $75 or less and to each eligible school supply selling for $15 or less and applies no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.Back to school drive plannedMy Aunt’s House (501c3) is gearing up for back-to-school and is need of gently used (new is always welcome too) clothing. If you have any clothing that you would like to donate, please call 863-634-2306 and make arrangements to drop the items off at 202 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 1 (of ce building behind CVS Pharmacy). Restaurant hosting bene tA barbecue and car wash bene t will be held at Shenanigans on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., to help families in need with school supplies. There is also a donation drop box at Shenanigans on U.S. 98N. For information, call Karen at 863-357-6100.Big Lake Missions to sponsor annual school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for their needy families. They will accept donations up until school starts which is Aug. 22. Most all school supplies are needed. For a complete list, check local stores or call the school. The organization will also gladly accept checks made out to the Mission or gift cards and staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for more information or drop off locations.Third annual ‘Tween Summit is plannedCome one Come all ‘Tweens and parents to the Third Annual Shared Services of Okeechobee County ‘Tween Summit.’ The event is for children ages 10-12. The Summit is set for Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 612 S.W. Second Ave. The event is free. Pizza, soda and cookies will be provided for all who attend. A drawing will be held for a family gift basket. For more information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257. School News in Brief

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Justin Lee Harris, 29, S.W. 18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $15,000. Jimmie Lee Howling, 65, S.E. Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a prescription by fraud ( ve counts). He is being held without bond. David Chipman, 53, S.E. 40th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond. Kari Ann Carney, 24, S.E. 40th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by Deputy Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation uttering forged bills. She is being held w ithout bond. Ted Norman Butler, 63, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29 by Trooper T.B. White on charges of driving under the in uence and refusal to submit to DUI test. His bond was set at $1,000. Donald Percy Waller, 50, Del Rio Drive, Punta Gorda, was arrested July 29 by Deputy A drian Rogers on charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $2,000. Sheena M. Egan, 25, N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 30 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (methadone) and possession of a controlled substance (xanax), and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false name while under arrest. Her bond on those charges was set at $5,000. Sgt. Bernst also arrested Egan on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with failure to appear driving while license suspended. She is being held without bond on that charge. Egan was later arrested by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her w ith failure to appear driving while license suspended prior conviction. She is being held without bond on that charge. Franklin Lee Whidden, 60, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested July 30 by Sgt. Justin Bernst on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in methamphetamine. He is being held without bond. Burt Tomlinson, 57, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 31 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $12,500. Brittney Nicole Penn, 26, N.E. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 31 by Of cer Kelley Margerum on a felony charge of grand theft-auto, and misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended and leaving the scene of an accident. Her total bond was set at $6,000. She was also arrested by Deputy Arlene Durbin on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Her bond on that charge was set at $250. Sally F. Hoctor, 56, N.W. 172nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with uttering a forged instrument. Her bond was set at $10,000. Dawn N. Hel nstine, 25, N.W. 168th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of oxycodone and violation of probation possession of methadone. She is being held without bond.This column lists arrests and not convictions, 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 con rmed and printed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 W e h a v e r e O P E N E D T u e s A u g 2 .T h a n k y o u e v e r y o n e Mexican Restaurant L o s C o c o s ELI  S907 W. N. Park Street, Okeechobee 25% off HATS & PURSES Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www .energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 8 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 13-year-old Okeechobee teen w as arrested and taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center after he allegedly stole his mother's car. Jesus Ildefonso Alvarado, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Sunday, July 31, on a felony charge of grand theftauto and a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver's license. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the juvenile detention center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Yamil Astacio, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said the boy apparently took the 1998 four-door Buick automobile while his mother was at church. According to the report, OCSO Deputy Joe Gracie got behind the car on S.E. 28th St. as it was eastbound from U.S. 441 S. Deputy Gracie approached the vehicle and asked Alvarado for his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance, stated the report. However, the boy allegedly told Deputy Gracie that he didn't have a driver's license because he was too young. Apparently this was not the rst time the boy had taken his parents' car. Deputy Astacio's report indicated that he was stopped in June by law enforcement while driving their car. He was arrested and released into his parents' custody, the report added. Deputy Astacio said Alvarado was also issued a written warning for not wearing his seat belt and for not having a driver's license. Teen accused of stealing mother’s car Jesus I. Alvarado Okeechobee Arrest Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Rock Solid Christian Academy has an exciting year planned for the elementary students. The theme for the 2011-2012 school year is “He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands.” Each classroom will represent a continent. Learning will be integrated throughout the curriculum areas including Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Language, History, Bible, Current Events, Agriculture and Missionary Studies. We look forward to seeing our RSCA families at Open House on Friday, August 19th at 6:00pm For applications, call 863-763-1847 or visit www.rocksolidca.comRock Solid Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.A Ministry of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • 401 SW 4th St • License #ACSI 25062 I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace -Isaiah 54:13 Colleen Larson Holly Sizemore Latisha Banister FREE*AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERSCATCH A FREE RIDE!*THE BUS PICKS UP AT: *No Reservations Required! Seating is First Come, First Serve. Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 34974 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. *55+ and must be a players club member. Items subject to change, available while supplies last. (No Matinee Bingo Session) Casino Departure 5:30pmTUESDAYS EAST PORT PLAZA US-1 Casino Departure 5:30pm MCDONALDS Casino Departure 5:30pm 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pm Casino Departure 7:30pm EAST PORT PLAZA US-1 Casino Departure 6:30pm MCDONALDS Casino Departure 7:30pm 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pm 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The only active chamber of commerce in town has a new location and a purpose different from what some people think of in a chamber of commerce. The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County recently moved from a second oor of ce to a more accessible storefront of ce in the same building at 412 N.W. Third St. Terry Burroughs, the president of the chamber, is in the process of securing volunteers to operate the of ce. Initial summer hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with possible expanded hours in the winter. The telephone number is 863-467-6246. Many people think of a chamber of commerce as an organization that promotes existing retail businesses, helps visitors and organizes promoting festivals and parades. However, the Business Development Board of Okeechobee DBA as the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County has a different purpose. "This is a totally different model," said Mr. Burroughs. "What used to work doesn't w ork anymore. We've got to improve our economic picture in the community." He w ants to create the type of economic env ironment where children growing up in Okeechobee can secure jobs that will allow them stay in Okeechobee as adults. "It seems to be working," Mr. Burroughs said. The chamber's mission, according to its website, okeechobeebusiness.com is "to engage business and community leaders to improve the business climate, economy and quality of life in Okeechobee." The website provides a location where chamber members can advertise their businesses. Members can also post job openings. "The website itself is a major tool," said Mr. Burroughs. Executive director Bryan Cartland, the chamber's only paid employee, spends 95 percent of his time on economic development. He works with existing businesses who want to expand and helps outside businesses move to the county. Mr. Cartland said one of their goals is to attract high-end retail establishments, such as the proposed Applebee's Restaurant. "The lack of high-end retail hinders highwage jobs," Mr. Cartland said. He also said the lack of high-end retail in Okeechobee is causing a lot of dollars to be spent on the coast that could be spent in Okeechobee. To help accomplish its mission, the chamber has a business assistance committee made up of volunteer professionals to answer questions as well as providing assistance in helping start, grow, or achieve economic goals. The committee helps with such things as creating a business plan, nancing, exporting and ways to save money while increasing pro ts. "If Main Street calls us up," said Mr. Burroughs, "we will help, but we will not be managing festivals." However, the chamber is looking into the possibility of sponsoring a Fourth of July reworks display next year. "That's something good for the community as a whole," he said. The chamber is also putting together a brochure of county attractions. The chamber's goal is to become completely self suf cient. They now have about 75 dues paying members and they are in a recruiting drive to attract more members. The county's scal year 2011/12 budget year is the last year the chamber plans to ask the county for assistance. "We have a couple of renewable energy projects," Mr. Cartland said of pending economic development. These projects could create 50 new jobs. He is also working with three wholesale and distribution companies who could create 25 new jobs. The chamber's board of directors will have to make a decision to either apply for membership in the Florida Chamber of Commerce or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whichever one suits their purposes better. While Mr. Burroughs says the Florida chamber is political, requirements for membership in the U.S. Chamber are very involved and not many Florida chambers belong to that organization. New chamber of commerce has new vision Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaTerry Burroughs, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, sits at the desk in the foreground while Bryan Cartland, executive director of the chamber, sits at the desk in the background. They are in the chamber’s new of ce at 412 N.E. Third St. which soon will have regular hours of business and will be run by volunteers.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Richard Donegan hasn’t rested on his laurels from a very successful junior y ear when he nished among the best high school golfers in the state. He’s actually worked harder to get stronger physically and improve his golf game. “I’m really glad with the direction I’m headed to in my golf game. If I continue to progress I feel the sky is the limit,” he said. Donegan fared well in a number of tournaments in the past few months. In June he competed in the 94th annual Florida Amateur Tournament held at the Doral Country Club where he shot 79, 72, 74, and 71 and nished 38th in a eld of 750 golfers. The tournament included high school and college players. Donegal also competed in July in the J ack Nicklaus Junior Tournament sponsored by the Palm Beach Golf Association. He shot 73 and 69 in the two day event and tied for the championship. He lost in a playoff to Stephen McPoyle, who will attend Florida A tlantic University this year. The tournament included 40 of the state’s best amateur golfers. Donegan also shot a personal best 67, ve under par, when he competed in the Florida State Match Play for Junior’s tournament at the Lake Jovita Country Club in DadeCity in July. He was among 32 golfers who quali ed for the tournament. In match play he won his rst match 2 and 1, and lost a close match in the second round. This week Donegan competes in the U.S. Amateur Championships in the PGA Haig Course in West Palm Beach. Only two or three golfers will qualify from a eld of 80 golfers. Donegan has also been inundated with interest from college coaches. A number of Division I schools are interested in signing him to a scholarship this year. He said while the recruiting process will be stressful, he actually looks forward to it. “It will be a fun ride over these next couple of month. At the end of the year I hope to have a lot of good college offers so I can go to school where I want to,” he added. Donegan has spent his spare time this summer working with a person trainer David Donatucci and boasts he has added 15 pounds of muscle. While the extra muscle hasn’t added yards to his drives or fairway irons, it has allowed him to reduce his swing and avoid miss hits and major mistakes. The workouts are strenuous and his improved condition could help at the end of rounds, he added. “I’ve really worked out a lot to get in better shape for golf and even baseball. It doesn’t hurt anybody to put on 10 to 15 pounds of muscle.” He also is up early to play golf and has continued to work on his swing. Last year he made it to the state nals and was among the best amateur golfers in the state. He knows it will be tough to repeat that success. “It will be a dif cult road just to make it back to the state nals. It will take it one shot at a time and one tournament at a time. If I get back there it’ll just be fun to see if I can take the title,” he added. Donegan also predicted the OHS golf team can win a district title and go even further this year. He will be a veteran leader on the team and has embraced the role as advisor and mentor to the younger golfers. One thing he will tell his teammates is never settle for being good or shooting a good score and always strive to do better and be the best. “Golf is tough work. I see that I’m real close to being the best and when I lose by a shot or in a playoff, it just makes me want to do a little more and go that extra mile to get to the top,” he said. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 O u r f o c u s i s t o m a k e y o u c o m f o r t a b l e www.qualityacokee.com467-1545Repairs must be made by us to receive the free diagnostics. This offer valid Monday Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM. Does not apply to holidays, overtime or travel charges (if applicable). Offer Expires July 31, 2011. Call for details.Clip this ad and receive a FREEdiagnostics. ($75 value) Lic # CAC029420 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 980 Henscratch Rd € Lake Placid € 863-699-2060 € www.henscratchfarms.com Cost:$6.00 per person Children 6 and under FREE !You stomp, We Ferment &Bottle, You Build Your Holiday Gift List, We Put Your Picture on the Bottle with Foot Stomped By My Diligent Feet.Ž 10 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011 Donegan ready for senior year Richard Donegan Florida was well represented at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wy. The event was held July 17 through July 23. There are approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. Action at this event is nonstop, with rodeo performances being conducted twice each day. Each contestant gets two shots to make it to the top 20 and advance to the nal championship round. The level of competition is erce. Those competing are the top four contestants in each event from each state. Results are following all three rounds and placings at the National Level. In Bareback Riding, Okeechobee’s own Tyler Mills nished 8th. In Bull Riding, Brandon Tuten from Sanderson, Fla. nished 5th. In Breakaway Roping, Cheree Cooper from Parrish, Fla. nished 5th and in Barrel Racing, Tristen Snyder from Cocoa, Fl nished 5th. There is very little down time for rodeo contestants. The nals are over and they are getting geared up for the new year stating the end of August. Okeechobee has a High School Rodeo Team and if you would like to be a member on this team please contact Julie Rogers at 863-634-4160 or e-mail her at rodeochampions@yahoo.com. Local teens leave mark at rodeo nals Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe rider above is Tyler Mills.

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Non Smoking, No pets Call 863-634-4751 Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 LOCATION, LOCATION Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo.,$300 Sec. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Apartments Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $650 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished Available August 1st. $650 mo. + 1st & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, furnished Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 TAYLOR CREEK Condos: Avail. Immed. Fully furnished, Pool, Tennis & Boat Dock 1br/1ba + Utilities. $625. Annual Lease. 215-359-7779 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 MH, $700 mo. + utilities. & TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1, $725 mo. Utilities included. 863-824-0981 Houses-Rent 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 3 BR 1 BA house in Okeechobee Estates. $800/mo. + $200 sec. (863)634-6038. A frame in town 3BR 2BA w/d, laundry room, screened porch, garage, non smoking env., small pets ok. $950/mo. + 1st, last, $500 sec. (941)504-3954. Houses-Rent 3/2/1 CBS Home 3307 SW 17th St Oak Park fenced in back yard $975.00 per month. 2bd/1ba 809 SE 8th St on 1/2 acre, carport and shed lots of oak trees $775.00 per month Call for info 863-634-5586 BRICK HOME 3BR, newly decorated. 725 NE 14th Ave., $600/mo, 1st & last mo. security. Call 772-359-7378 DIXIE RANCH 3 bedroom/ 2 bath House, $800 mo. & security. (863)763-7032 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA, W&D, porch, lawn serv. small pet ok, Non-smk. env., $800 mo., 1st last & $500 sec. 941-504-3954 Large 2/1 on water in Treasure Island. $650/mo. + sec. (863)467-1308. Large CBS 5 acres, 2/2 w/of ce, replace, tack room, fenced, surrounded by shady oak tree’s and wildlife @ end of private road. Well kept w/lots of room. No smoking. Must have veri able job/references. 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Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 1Bed/1Ba Mobile Home located in a nice park, includes all utilities $325 monthly Call 812-989-3022 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, No Pets, At Spot in Sun $700 a month rst, last and security deposit. Call 772-260-0078 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 Double wide mobile home 3bd/2ba on water in Treasure Island. $700 a month Call 863-467-2563 For Rent 2BR 1BA on the Canal. $600/mo. (863)467-2156 or (863)634-7126 MobileHomeSale 2bd/2ba Double wide mobile home on 1 acre or 2 half acre lots. asking $70,000 Call 863-634-3200 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, 20’ $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes “DIVORCE” SAVE On This Short Sale 800-622-2832 ext. 210 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs2006 Wild Cat by Forest River TRAVEL TRAILER 26 FT. special order, large slide out, beautiful decorated, queen bed, sleeps 6, large bathroom across back, electric or gas stove never used, refrigerator, lots of closet space, very clean, $11,000.00/firm (863)357-3079 or (863)801-6015 27 ft. Allegro Motor Home 1987 everything works, good tires. Only 47,000 miles. $8,250 (863)447-5490. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, August 11, 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 respect 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 testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than 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 394146 ON 8/3/2011 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on AUGUST 19, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1981 MERCEDES BENZ 4 DOOR VIN#WDBAB30ABB244188 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 394120 ON 8/3/2011 PublicNotice STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit for McArthur Farms Dairy Barn 4, to be issued to McArthur Farms, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the operation of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practices. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the State by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 19451 North U.S. Hwy 441, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA1392011-003-IW4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Bradley Akers, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information: (a) The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant’s name and address the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed. (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision; (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data area available for public inspection during normal business hours. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District Of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel (561)681-6600 394119 ON 8/3/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 737 CIRAS, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, Plaintiff, VS. J. BLAND LAND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, JULIAN BLAND, JOHN J. RICE and A.B. SURVEY SUPPLIES ENTERPRISES, INC., a Florida corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 15, 2011, entered in Civil Case No. CASE NO.: 2009 CA 737 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of August, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: Exhibit “A” Parcel 1: The South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Section 4; the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 4; the East 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 4; all in Township 36 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida; and That part of the East 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 4 described as follows: Beginning at a point on the West line of said East 1/2 located 200 feet South of the Southwest corner of Lot 47, Block 3, of “OKEECHOBEE HILLS SECTION ONE,” as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 41, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence South 0 degrees 50’53” West along the West line of said East 1/2 a distance of 692.06 feet to the Southwest corner of said East 1/2; thence North 89 degrees 18’33” East, 660.37 feet to the East 1/4 corner of said Section 4; thence North 0 degrees 50’29” East along the East line of said Section 4 a distance of 121 feet; thence North 49 degrees 10’53” West 861.35 feet to the point of beginning; and That part of Section 3, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Section 3, run North 89 degrees 25’30” East, along the South line of said Section 3, a distance of 2222.92 feet to a point 50 feet West of the centerline of State Road No. 15; thence North 6 degrees 27’32” East, parallel with said centerline 1693.30 feet to the South right-of-way line of Country Club Blvd. as shown on the plat of “OKEECHOBEE HILLS SECTION ONE”, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 41, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence South 89 degrees 17’32” West, 1351.35 feet; thence North 0 degrees 42’28” West 70 feet; thence South 89 degrees 17’32” West 135 feet; thence North 45 degrees 24’04” West 134.69 feet to a point of curvature; thence on a curve to the left having a radius of 210 feet and a central angle of 27 degrees 45’39” an arc distance of 101.75 feet to a point of tangency; thence North 73 degrees 09’43” West 653.56 feet; thence North 16 degrees 50’17” East, 135 feet; thence South 73 degrees 09’43” East 653.56 feet to a point of curvature; thence on a curve to the right having a radius of 345 feet and a central angle of 27 degrees 45’39” an arc distance of 167.15 feet to a point of cusp; thence North 45 degrees 24’04” West 85.25 feet; thence North 49 degrees 10’53” West 1166.00 feet to the West line of said Section 3; thence South 0 degrees 50’29” West, 2761.84 feet to the point of beginning. Less and Except those lands described in Of cial Records. Book 355, Page 932, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Also; Less and Except Okeechobee Golf Estates Phase one, according to the plat thereof recorded in plat Book 6, Page 70, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 20th day of July, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie 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 appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 393655 ON 8/3, 10/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.2010CA69 OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN P. TIMKO “JANE DOE”, his wife, if married, real name unknown, and “UNKNOWN TENANT #1” and “UNKNOWN TENANT #2” as occupants, real names unknown, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 2010CA69 on July 21, 2011 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, KEVIN P. TIMKO (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit A, of Dwelling Structure 90 of OAK TREE PLACE, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 260, Page999, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 21st day of September, 2011. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, this 27th day of July, 2011. Brennan Grogan Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 393692 ON 8/3/11 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010 CA 266 Assigned to: Judge Schack TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff; vs. IVONNE FRAGA, AKA IVONNE J. FRAGA, EVONNE FRAGA, IVONNE J. TORRES, AND JUAN C. VEGA, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 19, 2011, Case No. 2010CA266, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD Bank, National Association is Plaintiff and IVONNE FRAGA a/k/a IVONNE J. FRAGA, EVONNE FRAGA, IVONNE J. TORRES, and JUAN C. VEGA are Defendant(s), the clerk shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the 24th day of August, 2011 the following described property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure, to-wit: LOT 133, R-BAR ESTATES, UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE(S) 4 AND 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owners as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 21st day of July, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 393653 ON 8/3, 10/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CP-62 IN RE: Estate of ROBERT MARTIN SCOTT, Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION and NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of ROBERT MARTIN SCOTT, Deceased, whose date of death was January 22, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-8183, Case Number 2011-CP-62 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The estate is intestate. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. Any interested person on whom a copy of the notice of administration is served who challenges the quali cations of the Personal Representative, venue or jurisdiction of the court, is required to le an objection with the court in the manner provided in the Florida Probate Rules within the time required by law or those objections are forever barred. Any person entitled to exempt property is required to le a petition for determination of exempt property WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW OR THE RIGHT TO EXEMPT PROPERTY IS DEEMED WAIVED A surviving spouse seeking an elective share must le an election to take elective share WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: July 27, 2011. Law Of ce Of CASSELS & McCALL BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative 400 NW 2nd Street/P.O. Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3131 Fla Bar No: 0261521 GERRY L. MIXON Personal Representative 17201 NW 192nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 392813 ON 7/27;8/3/2011 12 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011 PublicNotice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people!

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three Clewiston w omen were arrested and charged with grand theft after they reportedly tried to steal over $1,000 of merchandise from the Walmart store in Okeechobee. Arrested Sunday, July 31 were: Jasmine Jomeka Brown, 24, Harlem Tenant Circle; Shanteria Juanique Clark, 27, Harlem Tenant Circle; and Shaterah Caprice Woodson, Harlem Tenant Circle. Each woman was charged with one count of grand theft, and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $5,000 each. Jail records indicate that the women have since been released on bond. An arrest report by Of cer Charles Green, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Brown also had her 3-week-old daughter with her while she committed the theft. The report stated that the three women could be seen on surveillance video taking items from the children's department and placing them in a shopping cart. The women then walked around the store and picked up more items, stated Of cer Green. According to the of cer the women then picked up two garbage cans, put the other items inside the large containers and tried to walk out of the store without paying for the items inside the containers. They reportedly had $1,041.85 in stolen items inside the large containers, added the of cer's report. The baby was turned over to Brown's mother, Of cer Green stated. BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! St. Lic. CACO29420Serving the entire lake area for 25 yearsOur Focus Is To Make You ComfortableŽFREE Estimates Sales € Service € Installation467-1545 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2011 Clewiston women arrested on felony theft charge Shanteria Clark Jasmine Brown Shaterah Woodson TALLAHASSEE Florida is one of four states recently selected to participate in a groundbreaking national initiative to reform its juvenile justice system by translating "what works" into everyday practice and policy. The Florida Department of Juvenile J ustice (DJJ) was noti ed that it had been chosen for the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP). Administered by Georgetown University's Center for Juv enile Justice Reform, the JJSIP provides a framework for implementing best practices throughout the entire juvenile justice system. "We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to improve outcomes for youth in our care and are honored that Georgetown recognized Florida's suitability for this project," said DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters. "Historically, juvenile justice programs have been evaluated with respect to recidivism rates. A fter this project is complete, we will have a better understanding of why some programs have better outcomes than others. This will ensure continuous quality improvement of services for all our youth." The JJSIP will: Produce an evaluation tool to identify any shortcomings in juvenile programs or services; Evaluate how closely those programs or services align with the most prominent research in the eld; and, Help to identify concrete recommendations for improvement. The Georgetown team will work with prominent criminologists to provide technical assistance to the state throughout the 18-month project period beginning later this summer. The team will evaluate DJJ's services to ensure an adequate range of graduated sanctions with interventions designed to reduce the risk of committing future offenses. At the end of the process, Florida will have implemented the JJSIP fully in one county and begun to implement it statewide. Pinellas County has been selected as the demonstration site for the project and Georgetown will announce the other participating states in the near future. In commenting on Florida's selection and the signi cance of the project, Shay Bilchik, the founder and director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform said, "We hope that implementing the JJSIP provides the eld with more information on how to take research we have about effectively serving juvenile justice involved youth and apply it to improve outcomes for all youth who touch the system. This has been a key challenge facing our work and one we believe the JJSIP will help address." To learn more about DJJ, visit www.djj. state. .us. To learn more about the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu. Juvenile justice reform set for state system By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Fire Rescue said a neighbor helped put out a grass re that started near a home at 3124 S.E. 35th Avenue on Saturday afternoon. Paramedic Josh Borgstrom said remen responded around 12:30 p.m. and located a small grass re near the home and no damage. There were no injuries reported and no report of damage. Firemen were on the scene for about 30 minutes. City re crews also responded to an apartment re this weekend that turned out to be somebody's meal. The re report said no damage was done and remen were only on the scene for a few minutes to check for any spread of the re, the report said. Neighbor helps put out re

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online atwww.newszap.com REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today! RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NParrott Ave Okeechobee DOYOUNEEDTOTALK? CALL863.467.9500Can Y o u r Skin Cancer be Cured with 5 days of Radiation? CO M EINFO RF R E E I N F O R M A T I O N FOLLOWUSONFACEBOOK.COM/RADIATIONDOCTORRamesh Kumar MD, William Crook MD and Julie Santelli MD BoardCertified Radiation OncologistsWe Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities 14 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: MonFri 7:30 am 7:00 pm Sat 8 am to 5 pm 4224 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee,FL 863-357-0500www.okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep.com T e r r y M i l l e r Asst. Service ManagerTransmissions Diesel Engines WE HAVE 4 TRANSMISSION TECHS!J o h n D e e lService Manager W e S e r v i c e R e p a i r R e b u i l d o r R e p l a c e a l l M a k e s a n d M o d e l s Ž $9.95O i l C h a n g e E v e r y D a y !Some models may be more due to engine size. Diesel Engines Start At$39.95 YOUR COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP 16 Okeechobee News August 3, 2011


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