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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 08-05-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, August 5, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 93 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.26 feetLast Year: 13.74 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Freedom Outreach Fishing tourney ... Page 23 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As of Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4, the effects of Tropical Storm Emily on Okeechobee were uncertain. Fire/Rescue Chief Dave McCain, who is lling in for Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal, said that at that point it was a "guessing game." He said it appeared the county might get some wind and rain, but it was too early to tell. He said that by Friday emergency of cials should know more and that Emily is proving to be unpredictable. The chief said that by this time of year, everyone should have all their hurricane supples and should be prepared for a hurricane. As of Thursday afternoon he did not advise putting up hurricane shutters. At 2 p.m. on Thursday Tropical Storm Emily was Emergency of cials watching TS Emily Okeechobee NewsThis rain gauge in the Lazy 7 area registered nearly 4 inches of rain between 9 a.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m. Aug. 4. More rain is expected this weekend as Tropical Storm Emily heads toward Florida. After crash, pickup reportedly drove over motorcyclist and leftBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The trial of an Okeechobee man accused of being involved in an accident with a motorcyclist and then driving away from the scene without stopping got under way Thursday. Leroy Edward Felt, 70, N.W. 38th Ave., is accused of pulling out of the Eagles Club on U.S. 441 after an afternoon of drinking Budweiser Light beer there. When deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) went to Felt's home later that evening he reportedly said he had no recollection o f being involved in an accident, despite damage to the rear door of his crew cab pickup truck. Felt is charged with DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury. Witnesses testi ed Aug. 3 that a green and white Ford F-350 pickup pulled out Driver accused of leaving scene of DUI crashSee FELT — Page 9 Man accused of molesting child ... Page 9See EMILY — Page 10 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As county budget talks continue the budget picture is still brighter than it was last year and commissioners have learned some things to improve the process next year. The current proposed budget of $84,442,967 is a reduction of $12.9 million or 13.33 percent from the current budget of $97,432,061. It also looks like commissioners have reversed the trend of using reserves to offset budget de cits. The total amount of reserves increases from 25.5 percent of the current budget to 37.5 percent of the proposed budget. There is also good news in the fact that for the rst time in a long, very long time, according to interim county administrator Robbie Chartier, no money has been transferred from the land ll trust fund to balance other funds in the budget. In the past that was a common practice that led to a depletion of the land ll trust fund. County plans $84 million budgetSee BUDGET — Page 10 Leroy E. Felt

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All prices plus tax, tag fees, dealer fee.STORE HOURS 9ATO8P M-F 9ATO5P SAT CLOSED SUN 2007 Cadillac SRXIt's Not Just A Luxury SUV...It's A Cadillac!!ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$15,988 NEW 2011 Buick Regal CXLPREMIUMSPORTSEDAN, 2.4L 182-HPENGINE,LEATHERINTERIOR, 12WAYPOWERSEAT,BLUETOOTH,CDPLAYERWITHMP3 XM RADIO, ONSTARRMSRP: $26,995.00 Dealer Invoice: $26,096.44 GM Rebate: -$1,000.00Dealer Cash: -$1,000.00 Dealer Holdback: -$787.35 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINEYour Price: $20,309.09NEW 2011 Silverado 2500 LT Crew CabDURAMAXTURBODIESEL, 18" POLISHEDALUMINUMWHEELS, 6-DISC CDPLAYER,CHROMESTEPBARS,HDTRAILERTOW,POWERSEAT,DUAL ZONEA/C,BLUETOOTH, ONSTARRMSRP: $50,054.00 Dealer Invoice: $46,703.31 GM Rebate: -$3,005.00 Dealer Holdback: -$971.77 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINEYour Price: $39,726.54 2003 Lexus ES00 SedanBLACKONYXWITHEBONYLEATHER,POWER SUNROOF,ONLY48,510MILESALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$8,588 2010 Chevrolet Equinox "LT"CHROMEPACKAGE,REARVIEWCAMERASYSTEM,ONLY13,983MILESALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$18,688 2010 Chrysler Sebring LimitedSTK# 3165168 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$13,984 2011 Chrysler Town & Country TouringMSRP $29,995 DISCOUNT& REBATE$3,500 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,108PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60MONTHSORLEASEFOR$3192011 Dodge Ram 1500 Q/C SLT Big HornMSRP $32,660 DISCOUNT& REBATE$5,250 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,456PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60MONTHSORLEASEFOR$339 2010 Chrysler Town and Country TouringSTK# 5121421 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$15,884 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 Diesel STK# 543582 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$43,884 Total Savings$3,685.91 Total Savings$7,327.46O O U R P R O M I S E T O Y O U !We price our cars, not our customers. You dont need negotiating skills to make your best buy. Our pricing philosophy make car buying fast and easy. Youll shop the way you do at a department store. Every car has the lowest price on the windshield, 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Our customers drivefrom all over Florida because we have guaranteed lowest price and commitmentto 100% customer satisfaction. W W E G U A R A N T E E T H E L O W E S T P R I C E O N E V E R Y N E W C A R & T R U C K P E R I O D .We guarantee to beat your best deal by $500! Customer must present a local competitors legitimate advertised price or wr itten buyers order of identical vehicle. Must be in stock in comparably equipped. Offer valid date of publication only.Not resp onsible for typographical errors or photo placement errors. Plattner Automotive Group is authorized to buy competitors vehicle at price presented by customer. If unable to do so, competitors offer will not be deemed legitimate offer.Ž WARRANTY€ 12-Month, 12,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty € 100,000 Miles 5-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty € Courtesy Transportation € Roadside Assistance € $0 Deductible € 117-Point Inspection € Free Vehicle History Report € OnStar/XM Radio € 3-Day/150 Mile Customer Satisfaction Guarantee AVAILABLE€ 8 Year/80,000 Limited Warranty € 3 Month/3,000 Mile Maximum Care € Lifetime Certified Upgrade Plans € 125 Point Inspection € Carfax Vehicle History Report € 24 Hour Roadside Assistance € Car Rental Allowance STK# 3192439 STK# 3324240 STK# 9172994 1 1T O N, 3 / 4T O N,D U A L Y,D I E S E L, 4X2 4X4 ,S H O R T B E D,L O N G B E D,C O M E R C I A L S T R U C K S,A L L A T S I M I L A R S A V I N G SSTK# 3165168 STK# 5121421 STK# 543582 STK# 274367 STK# 2501653 STK# 1179860 STK# 2218909 LEATHER WITH20,000MILES 34,000MILES ONLY5,000MILES*Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Based on 800 Beacon score, 39 Month Lease, $2999 Due at signing Mileage charge if over per year mileage See Dealer for Details. Pictures do not depict actual vehicle. Program incentives subject to change. 2 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011

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If you lost your job through no fault of y our own, and are facing foreclosure on y our home, a federally-funded program could help. The federal government has allocated funding to help pay the mortgages of quali ed homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own. Troubled homeowners in all 67 counties who want to apply for HHF nancial assistance will be able to do so via the web site at www.FLHardestHitHelp.org. Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) was directed by US Treasury (Treasury) to create and administer foreclosure prevention assistance programs that address the unique issues of our state. Treasury requires that Florida use a portion of these funds speci cally for targeted unemployment programs that provide temporary assistance to eligible homeowners. Funds can be used to help a homeowner w ho is in danger of foreclosure catch up on back mortgage payments or to help make mortgage payments for up to six months. Applicants must meet all of the Florida Hardest-Hit program requirements to be eligible. An eligible homeowner: Must be a Florida resident; Must occupy property as primary residence (the property cannot be vacant, abandoned or rented); Borrower/co-borrower must be unemployed or underemployed through no fault of his/her own, which makes the rst mortgage unaffordable; Must have documented total household income at or below 140% of the area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size; Must have an active checking/savings account that can be debited by the ACH method of funds transfer; May not have unencumbered assets of $5,000 or more, or three times the current monthly mortgage payment (whichever is greater); Cannot have a bankruptcy that has not been discharged or dismissed; and Cannot have been convicted of a mortgage-related felony in the last 10 years. The current mortgage: Must be serviced by a participating lender, who agrees to accept payments on behalf of the homeowner; Must not be more than 180 days past due at the time of application; Must have been originated on or before January 1, 2009; and Must have an existing principal balance of less than $400,000. An eligible property must be the homeowner's primary residence, must be located in Florida and can be any one of the following structures: A single-family home; A condominium [unit must be listed on current Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae approved list]; A townhome; A manufactured or mobile home on a foundation permanently af xed to real estate owned by the homeowners; or, A two-, threeor four-family dwelling unit of which one unit is occupied by the homeowner as the primary residence. The property cannot be abandoned, vacant or condemned. The homeowner cannot have more than one property other than their primary residence. Applications for the program can be made online at www.FLHardestHitHelp.org.Local counselors availableIn Okeechobee County, applicants who are not comfortable working online or who need assistance with the forms may contact a Hardest Hit Fund Advisor at Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc., available by phone at 863-467-5525 or email administration@ onphi-housing.org.Consumers warned of misleading web sitesConsumers are warned that some scammers have been using the words "Hardest Hit" to make other web sites look like part of the of cial program. Please be aware that www.FLHardestHitHelp.org is the OFFICIAL website for Florida's Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) information and to apply for assistance. Consumers are urged to verify that the website you are using is, in fact, the of cial Florida HHF website BEFORE you provide your personal information. If you are suspicious that the web site you are using is not the correct site, contact the HHF Information Line toll-free at 1-(877) 863-5244 to verify the web site address. Application for the Florida's Hardest-Hit Fund program is FREE-OF-CHARGE and you will not be asked to pay for any eligibility determination services in conjunction with applying for the Florida HHF. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News If Okeechobee County Commissioners follow the recommendation of the construction industry licensing board (CLIB) the non structural restricted limited (NSRL) contractor, commonly called the "handyman license," will soon be extinct. Resolution 99-34 established the Handyman Limited Specialty Contractor and de ned the scope of work for such contractors. Ordinance 2004-12, which superseded Ordinance 99-34, did away with the handyman license and established the NSRL license. That ordinance sets a limit of $1,000 as the maxim such a contractor can charge for a single job, and limits the scope of work to certain speci c kinds of repair. The license holder cannot have employees and cannot use subcontractors and there must be a written contract. In addition, all jobs costing between $500 and $1,000 must be registered w ith the building department. In July the CLIB revoked a NSRL license because they felt the license holder was w orking outside the scope of the license. This action, and the person's appeal to the county commission, once again brought to the surface the confusion surrounding the NSRL or handyman's license. After considerable discussion at their A ug. 2 meeting, the CLIB voted to recommend that county commissioners eliminate the NSRL and give current license holders one year to secure a specialty license. "The NRSL we have now is not working," asserted building of cial Tim English. "I never liked the handyman (license)," stated county attorney John Cassels. "They have constantly had to tweak it." Mr. Cassels noted that originally the handyman license was just for repairs. He w ent on to say that it has become a substitute for not getting a speciality license. He suggested that it be eliminated and any license holder be given one year to get the appropriate specialty license. It was noted that there are currently only seven people who hold the NSRL. Board member Mark Brandel stated that because of the nature of their businesses, ve of the seven current NSRL license holders should have a specialty license. In response to a question, Mr. English said that no handyman has come to the building department to register a job over $500. Mr. Brandel doubted that a contractor could make a living by limiting each job to a maximum price of $1,000. He noted there was no way to enforce the present ordinance. "Why bother having it if you can't enforce it?" he asked. "It is a nightmare," stated board member Jack Coker. Chairman Tony Stark suggested that those with current NSRLs keep their license and be able to renew it but that no new NSRLs be issued. In addition, the CLIB recommended the creation of a new license for asphalt seal coating contractor and a new license for painting contractor. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FEELSBETTERAROUND THEHOUSESINCEISETOUR THERMOSTATTOCHEAP. 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Street lights on the Peavine Nothing is better than neighbors. All t he street lights in the world, speed bumps, w hatever will not replace neighbors. Give y our kids a good ashlight and teach them t o walk FACING TRAFFIC and know that all w ill be well. The only people on Peavine T rail early in the morning are our neighbors, heading out to work or to drop their kids off at the bus stop.  I like what they did in St. Lucie County. T hey gave all of the children at the bus stops b attery-operated ashing lights to clip on t heir backpacks. The program was spons ored by the police and the hospital there.  I remember waiting for the bus in pitch b lack, after walking about half a mile. Nob ody ever got hit on this route, or any other t o my recollection, while I was in school. Kids today walk right out in the middle of t he road, and make you go around them. If lights will keep them safe, I’m all for it, but I doubt it will keep those arrogant little brats out of the street.  A year or so ago when a child was hit by a car, it was not even dark. The kid w as sitting down in the street and the driver c ame around the curve and did not see the c hild in time to stop. Since the driver was going pretty slow, the injuries were not serious. If the child had been standing up, the driver would have seen the kid. But instead of warning the kids that they should not sit down in the street, people were demanding b enches at the bus stops. I am all for lights at t he bus stops or lights on the backpacks for s afety. But parents must also teach the children some basic safety precautions such as w alk facing the traf c, stay out of the middle of the street and do not sit down in the area of the street that cars normally drive on.11 & 12 year old arrested What in the world is going on? Parents need to pay more attention to their kids!  It surprised me that the names and photos of the 11 and 12 year olds accused of sexual battery on a young girl were released on the sheriff’s of ce web site and given to the media.  Under Florida law, juveniles who are charged with a felony are treated just like adults when it comes to releasing their names and photos. It has been that way for about 20 years. They don’t withhold the names and photos of juveniles who are charged with serious crimes.  And with good reason, how would you like your little one playing next door with these little ones? It is just so horrible for that poor little girl. I hope they have her in therapy. And where are the parents? Why aren’t the parents watching these kids?  This came up before with the case of a 12 year old who was accused of molesting young boys. We warn our kids about adult child molesters but most parents don’t think to warn them that other children might be molesters. If your child is in their room playing with a kid from the neighborhood, you think they are safe. But they might not be. Keep those doors open and check on children often.Private organizations seek funding A lot of the requests from private organizations for county funding are to use the agri-civic center and the amount in the budget amounts to waiving that fee. I would be in favor of determining the actual cost incurred, such as expense for utilities, any expense for having staff on site, cleaning etc. and letting the non-pro ts use the center if they just cover the expenses. Of course a paying customer— who would pay the higher fee that would allow the county to make a pro t—would get priority when scheduling.  A big part of the funds listed on the budget as going to private organizations is the allocation for the health department. I don’t think that should be considered a private organization. It is the county health department. Of course it should be funded. Remember when we had the u epidemic in this country? The health department organized the free immunization clinics. When there is a health risk, like a suspected rabies case, the health department investigates. Most people think of the health department is the place they take the kids to get their school shots—and anyone can get the shots there. It is not income related. But the health department does a lot more to help keep this community safe. Toni’s Chic BoutiqueIt was truly different being on the other side of the ribbon holding those big scissors! Toni’s Chic Boutique’s Grand Opening was a great success and I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street for jointly facilitating the ribbon cutting ceremony. What a thrill to see these two vital organizations working together for the betterment of our community! And just so you know, Okeechobee Main Street’s new Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw ROCKS, thank you Cindy! Thanks to Pete Gawda of the Okeechobee News for coming in and spending time with me for the new business article, to Gary the Sign Guy and Bridgette Waldau, you are both not only talented but wonderful! To Okeechobee the Magazine, Seacoast National Bank, and Lori and Phil Berger, thank you for the beautiful owers. I felt so blessed to have so many friends attend this event and know this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, THANK YOU to all who attended. Maureen Burroughs, Cheryl Daniels, Sharon Bennett and Dawn Timpson you have been there every step of the way from planning, purchasing, inventory, decorating and stocking the boutique, you are treasured friends and I appreciate and love you so much! Thank you Vicky Shanklin you are more than a niece you are a wonderful blessing to me. Thank you to my honey Joe who is so happy to be done (I think) with the boutiques “honey please do” list and to Pa Lindaman, thank you for being our ROCK, God Bless You! Toni B. DoyleKitten euthanizedI can’t believe after all these years ho w heartless the veterinarians in our town are! It’s all about the money they want up fron t for treating our beloved pets. The more you explain you can’t come up with $1,000 fo r a tiny kitten’s little leg that’s broken, tha t breaks your heart because you know tha t poor kitten is suffering, you just don’t hav e the money! The women on the other side of th e phone who are trained to be just as heartless as their bosses. Give you two choices, eithe r you “show us the money” or take it to th e animal shelter to have it “euthanized.” Well, unfortunately I tried one more time and I told the receptionist, “Can I just bring the kitten in to get checked out?” Receptionist responded, “Oh well, since you don’t have an appointment the visit will now be $50 plus bla bla bla.” I had no choice then but to bring Ms. PNut to the animal shelter to be euthanized. The staff at the shelter were very warm and caring. I was feeling so sad and guilty but after leaving the shelter I was not guilty but still sad over that little stray kitten that came to live on my porch for only a little while. My question is how can these three professionals, and their staff, be so heartless to these little beloved pets that are suffering and need help desperately? RiP Ms. P-Nut Maryanne Melchiorre Friday, August 5, 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. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. 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: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 105. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Saturday night: A 40 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Shingles vaccine offeredThe Visiting Nurse Association of Florida announces that the Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax) will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community in Okeechobee located at 203 S.E. 2nd Street. The fee must be paid prior to immunization and is available to adults only. Appointments necessary. To schedule an appointment, please call the VNA of Florida at: 800-318-0399. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Those who have contracted chickenpox are at risk of contracting shingles. Up to half of the nearly 1 million shingles cases in the U.S. each year occur in people 50 years and older.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Seminole Casino Brighton Scholarship were Maria Baltazar, Grabiela Borja, Janae Braswell, Shenorro Edwards, Ana Maria Hernandez, Hector Hernandez, Luke Joles, Mishal Mehta, Kaitlyn Miles and Brittany Nichols. Scholarship awards were presented by (not pictured) Marsha Brinkholf and Carla Gopher in the amount of $500 per recipient. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Carson Williams Memorial Scholarship was Raybon Durrance. The award was presented by Cole Fulford and Rebecca Bishop in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Quail Creek Plantation Scholarship was James Sharpe III. The award was presented by Cole Fulford and Rebecca Bishop in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Church of Our Saviour Scholarship were Dallon Boyd, Andrea Eddings and Kyle Lunt (not pictured). Scholarship awards were presented by Bonnie Wolff Pelaez in the amount of $1,000 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Health Occupation Students of America Scholarship were Carliegh Alderman, Shemaiah Henderson, Ana Maria Hernandez, Sara Price, Ruben Romero, Kayla Runyon and Ismael Valdez. Scholarship awards were presented by Denise Kelchner (not in photo) in the amount of $1,000 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the First United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Scholarship were Benjamin Estey, Brittany Haas, James Marquis and Katherine Ragamat. Scholarship awards were presented by Rev. Jim Dawson in the amount of $500 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.

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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. A nn Herrick Murphy, 91OKEECHOBEE — Ann Herrick Murphy, 91, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1918, she remained there with her husband, George H. Murphy, who was a railroad engineer w ith the New York Central Railroad. Together they raised their family there vacationing in Florida during the 50’s and 60’s. In 1973, they relocated to Okeechobee. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, Bible studies, and many friends in the Jehovah’s W itness communities in both Ohio and Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, George H. Murphy; and her daughter, Judith Ann Kinty. Survivors include her son, Dennis (Jill) Murphy of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren, including A aron (Emma) Kinty of Okeechobee and Philip (Karen) Kinty of Canton, Ohio; seven greatgrandchildren, including Xavier Kinty of Okeechobee; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Natalie Herrick MacKeller of Portland, Ore. Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 8250 Highway 70 West, Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in A nn’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Condolences may be sent online to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the direction of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Hilaro ‘Larry’ M. Merino, 59OKEECHOBEE — Hilaro “Larry” M. Merino, 59, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. Born in Juarez, Mexico, he had been a resident of Okeechobee for 35 years. He attended Okeechobee Christian Church. Larry was a good caregiver. He loved his family, especially the children. He was an avid sherman. He is survived by Bessie Touchton, his wife of 31 years; step-sons, Frank Prescott and Tim Nelson, both of Okeechobee; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother in J uarez, Mexico; and many friends. A memorial service was held Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Okeechobee Christian Church. If friends desire, they may make donations in Larry’s name to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. July 25,2011,Today,I lost my sweetheart and best friend.Life will have a big void for me.Knowing that you are no longer suffering and are up there socializing and catching up with those who have gone before you, will help me work my way thru this. Rest in peace,Loren I will love and miss you,Pat Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 VFW Post 4423 announces weekend plansJoin the good folks at VFW Post 4423 (300 NW 34th St.) on Friday where the kitchen will be open 5-9 p.m. and XXL Karaoke (Capt. Dennis) will be playing 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, we will be having a sh dinner for a donation of $6 (5-7 p.m.) and Ms. Bette (karaoke) will be playing 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, Lori will be serving a ham dinner from 2-4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50 and there will karaoke 6-9 p.m. Be sure to stop by for lots of fun, good food and great people!Moose plans roast pork dinnerThe Loyal Order of the Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will serve a roast pork dinner on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5:30–7 p.m. Enjoy karaoke by Bob Williams from 7–10 p.m. Join in the fun.Grab-a-Bag clothing sale cancelledThe Salvation Army Grab-a-Bag sale scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 has been cancelled due to weather. The sale will be rescheduled for a later date. Call 863-7636020 for information.Ham radio holds August meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold its August meeting on Monday, Aug. 8 The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is held at the American Red Cross classroom located at 323 North Parrott Avenue. Current topics being explored at the meeting include the Hamfest in the Woods, scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving and a service project at Arnold’s Wildlife Center. If you have an interest in communications, electronics, amateur and short-wave radio, please come to the meeting and get acquainted with members of the club. If you have questions, contact Tom Timmons at ttimmons@dtimmons.com.American Legion to meet American Legion Post 64 will have its monthly meeting on Aug. 9 Installation of 2011/2012 of cers and a meal will be provided.OKMS announces August Mixer eventOkeechobee Main Street’s August Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5–7 p.m. This month’s mixer will be hosted by Flower Petals located at 202 NE 2nd Street. Our mixers are a great networking opportunity for the businesses and residents of our area. Whether you have a new or old business, new to Okeechobee or would like to know more about Okeechobee Main Street please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-50. For more information call Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-MAIN (6246).Diabetes education program setFree Diabetes Education Program Living With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE 2nd Street, Okeechobee.Hospice to host Yard SaleHospice of Okeechobee’s next Yard Sale will be on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and Thursday Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. If you have items to donate you can drop them off Monday-Friday 8 a.m.noon. We also will pick up donated items. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Coffee with the commissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton’s of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee, Florida. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Hunter safety class offered freeQuail Creek Plantation is hosting a FREE hunter safety class on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must complete the online course before attending the class. Bring completion certi cate with you to class. Lunch will be available for $6. Open to kids and adults. Limited space available please call or email to sign up.Cattlewomen to host fundraiserOkeechobee Cattlewomen will hold a fundraiser at Eli’s Western Wear with proceeds to bene t local scholarships. The fundraiser will feature a Barbecue brisket sandwich, chips, cookie and the sweetest tea ever all for $7. A drawing will be held every 30 minutes for prizes from Eli’s.Lady Brahman Golf team tryouts openAny OHS Girls interested in trying-out for the Lady Brahman Golf Team will meet at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. You must have a completed physical to participate. For more information call Coach Stuart at 863-634-7841.Poker tourney to bene t ARCAug. 17 is the date set for a poker tournament bene tting The ARC (for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). The tournament will take place at the VFW, 3912 Hwy. 441 SE. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the entry fee is a donation of $50. The tournament will go until 7 p.m. with “cards in the air.” Prizes will be awarded in Wal-Mart gift cards. Barbecue dinners will be available for $10 each at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinners can be purchased at Mid-Florid a Credit Union, 3261 Hwy 441 South and also The ARC Thrift Store, 403 NW Second Ave. For tournament information and sign ups contact: Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or sign up at Pogey Restaurant, 1759 S. Parrott Avenue. The event is sponsored by Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club. Community Events

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lake Okeechobee had 10 boat accidents that resulted in four fatalities and six injuries in 2009 -2010, according to information released recently by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Captain Tom Shipp said most of the crashes on the lake occurred in Palm Beach County which had a total of 60 boat accidents last year. “For the size of the water body, the number wasn’t as high as I thought it would be,” Captain Shipp said. Okeechobee County had two accidents that resulted in one fatality and one injury and $2,000 in property damage. Glades County had two accidents that resulted in one injury and $8,000 in property damage. Both counties ranked near the bottom of Florida counties in the rate of accidents per registered vessels. Okeechobee ranked 50th and Glades 45th. The annual report showed Okeechobee had 5,140 and Glades had 1,231 registered vessels. No accidents that involved personal watercrafts were reported in Okeechobee or Glades County last year. There were 266 personal watercraft registered in Okeechobee and 32 in Glades County. There were 668 boat accidents and 79 fatalities reported in the state last year with Monroe leading the way with 77 crashes, the FWC report stated. Boating Safety Coordinator Brian Rehwinkel said boaters need to pay more attention on the water due to the reduced water levels. He said boaters who regularly use a waterway should notice the difference as objects have become exposed. “We nd that operator inattention is the leading cause of accidents and in this period of low water boaters need to pay close attention,” he added. Mr. Rehwinkel also encouraged boaters to use life jackets and not to use alcohol or drugs while boating. Statistics show 22percent of all boat accidents in 2010 were alcohol related. “That is pretty much on target with the rest of the nation. The rate has been 30 percent in the past. That leaves 70 percent that are caused by other factors. If you have a life jacket on, it could make the difference between survival and a fatality,” he added. Mr. Rehwinkel said boaters in rural areas are just as likely to crash as those in urban areas. He said boaters actually feel they are safer in a river because they don’t think anything can happen. “It is easier for people to think, well I’m on a river and there’s not as much risk. The same thing that happens in the ocean or open water or a pond can happen in a river. Water brings the same risk no matter where you are,” he said. Captain Shipp said there has been a downward trend in boat registrations and that boat usage is down due to the higher cost of gasoline and the economic trouble we’ve experienced. Florida still has more registered boats than any other state. Shipp said he did not have statistics on how man y boat owners have dropped insurance. He said many larger vessels have moved out of marinas and are being stored on private property. FWC does life jacket surveys on various waterways and found the usage of life jackets in the Kissimmee River has not been a problem. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For directions, waivers and more, please visit mudlifebrand.com/mudfest Gates open at 7AMAdmission:$40per personLive Entertainment:Rhett Akins S u p p lem e nt to th e Ok e e c h o b e e N e w s € J a nu a ry 28 2 0 1 1 € A lso A v a ila ble Onlin e a t n e w s z a p.c o m SCHOOL Superintendent letters€ CalendarINF ORMATIONSchool Bus Schedule€ OPEN HOUSE August 20, 2010Okeechobee County 20102011 S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e ws Au g u s t 1 8 2 0 1 0GUIDE D D r . 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She was also charged with the misdemeanor of petit theft. Her bond w as set at $10,500.  Matthew Clyde Hewitt, 21, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 2 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $5,000.  Bobbi Jo Register, 42, Linda Road, Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Aug. 2 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (roxycodone). Her bond was set at $1,000.  Jesse Weems, 30, Sarasota, was arrested Aug. 2 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond.  Michael Bird II, 26, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a charge of driving while license suspended/revoked habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Justin Damien, 29, Oaknolls Circle, Sebring, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He is being held without bond.  Heather Lynn Bloom, 23, S.E. 18th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report Red Cross announces August Safety ClassesThe Okeechobee Service Center of the American Red Cross will be holding the following Health & Safety Classes in August: Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Infant/Child CPR/ AED Monday, August 15 – First Aid Basics All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held at their local of ce located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, call 863-763-2488.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee € Bronco € Golden Marlin € Fly Control Mineral Your Fly Control Center€ Fly Blocks € Endure € Quick Strike 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $102,500 bond following his arrest for allegedly molesting and exposing himself to a young girl. Stephen Dale Hampton, 40, N.W. 15th Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 3, on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of exposure of sexual organs. An arrest report by Detective Bryan Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Hampton was arrested for inappropriately touching the 10year-old child. On one occasion, continued the report, he touched the child under her clothing. According to the report, Hampton also exposed himself to the child. The detective’s report went on to state that the victim didn’t immediately tell anyone about the incidents because she was too afraid. Detective Lowe’s report states that Hampton denies the allegations against him. Man accused of molesting child Stephen Dale Hampton of the Eagles Club around 8:24 p.m. on March 19, 2010, and directly into the path of an oncoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The operator, Rodney Wilde, “locked up” the brakes of his motorcycle but could not stop before slamming into the driver’s side of the white and green 1-ton pickup truck. The driver of the truck reportedly did not stop and drove over the motorcyclist and left the scene—leaving the 59-year-old Mr. Wilde lying on the highway in a fetal position and ghting for his life. “I called out to him several times but I got no response and his breathing was very, v ery shallow,” testi ed Deputy Matthew Hurst of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis told the jury in opening statements that Felt’s blood alcohol level was .221. Under Florida law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. A witness to the crash, Daniel Hughes, told the jury that he went to the victim in an effort to help. “I asked him if he was all right, but there w as no response,” said Mr. Hughes from the w itness stand. Mr. Wilde was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce and apparently has recovered from his injuries. Both Mr. Hughes and another witness, Raymond Elliott Jr., told the jury that while neither of them actually saw the crash they did see the pickup pull away from the scene and drive north on U.S. 441. “I thought I saw him (the driver) crack down the window a little bit but he kept going north,” testi ed Mr. Elliott. While being questioned by the prosecutor, Mr. Elliott said there were “motorcycle parts all over the place.” Mr. Hughes and Mr. Elliott were at the drive through of Barracuda’s, a restaurant/ bar located next to the Eagles Club. Mr. Hughes said he was getting a pack of cigarettes and an iced tea when he saw the pickup pull out of the club. When asked by defense attorney Shannon Henne, of the public defender’s of ce, he testi ed that he could not see who was driving the truck. In fact, that is the nexus of Ms. Henne’s case—there is no proof that Felt was driving the truck when the crash occurred. Testimony also showed that while blood was drawn from Felt, it was not done until nearly three hours later. Fire ghter/paramedic Donald Arnold testi ed that he drew two vials of blood from Felt at 11:18 p.m., then gave the vials to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Burk. In her opening statement to the jury, Ms. Henne said the only thing her client is guilty of is driving a pickup truck that matched the description of the one involved in the accident. To combat that hole in his case, Mr. Davis produced witnesses who testi ed that they saw Felt drinking in the club and later trying to get into a white and green pickup truck with dual rear wheels. As Richard Phillips and his wife left the club with their steak dinners, they saw Felt fumbling with his keys as he tried to get into his white F-350 pickup with the wide green stripe along its sides. “I offered to take him home but he said he would sleep it off in his truck,” testi ed Mr. Phillips, who went on to say he saw Felt staggering as he tried to walk. Then, there was the black motorcycle glove. Witnesses testi ed that as Mr. Wilde laid unconscious on the highway he was wearing a single black glove. After the motorcyclist was airlifted, Deputy Hurst and OCSO Deputy Brian Cross went to Felt’s home where, during an inspection of a white and green Ford pickup, a single black glove was found stuck on the frame of the truck. That glove, stated the deputy, was the “same size and shape” as the glove he saw on Mr. Wilde’s hand. Testimony is expected to conclude Friday. FELTContinued From Page 1 ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PENTECOSTAL You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 Your Place ofDestinyŽJeremiah 29:113666 E. Hwy 70 € Okeechobee(Old Elks Lodge)(863) 357-2264Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor Sunday School 9am Sunday Worship 10am Tues. &Thurs. 7:30pmPrayer Service, Tues. &Thurs. 6:30pm 7:30pmNursery Available at All Services Office Hours: Mon. 9am 12 noon Tues. Fri. 9am 5pm 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y S u m m e r S c h e d u l e Holy Eucharist Mass at 9 a.m. W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Contemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70EAdd your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com 10 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 60 miles south southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Emily is the fth named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It began as a disorganized tropical wave. By July 31, it became better de ned and on Aug. 1, the National Hurricane Center declared it a tropical storm. Residents should listen to weather advisories and take the actions recommended by emergency management of cials. This w ould be a good time to check emergency supplies and plan an evacuation route. Before the storm hits, secure all outdoor furniture, lawn ornaments and anything else in the yard that could become windborne. Fill your automobile with gasoline and make sure you have some cash since electricity may not be available for service stations, banks and ATMs. All of Okeechobee's schools, the health department and several churches serve as shelters. Pets are not allowed in shelters so arrangements should be made for pet boarding. Shelters will only be opened as needed. Check the emergency management website at: www.okeechobeeeoc.com for shelter openings. Shelters are not required to provide any comforts other than a roof. Therefore, it is recommended that people going to a shelter bring ready-to-eat canned food, canned juices, milk and soup, one gallon of water per person per day, sanitation supplies, clothing and bedding. Enough supplies should be brought to last 72 hours. EMILYContinued From Page 1 Revenues to this fund come from a host fee or a surcharge of $1 per ton of solid waste deposited at the land ll. While there is an overall decrease in this fund of $3,169,259 due to the payoff of the courthouse/agri-civic center loan, the reserves in this fund have increased $1,365,185. As another sign of improving nances, the cemetery fund will be self supporting in the proposed budget with no support from the commission. In the current budget the cemetery received $35,000 from the land ll trust fund. The capital projects fund shows a decrease of $8,938,942 due primarily to the completion of several capital projects. At Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina, revenues have been down primarily due to a drop in RV space rentals. Therefore personnel and operating costs have been reduced accordingly. To help with the shortfall the proposed budget gives the Okee-Tantie fund $100,000 from small county surtax. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper suggested building a website to advertise the park. He said he is working with a private developer to form a public/private partnership for the operation of the park. In the proposed budget, commission support of the Agri-Civic Center is reduced by $22,500. Mrs. Chartier quoted the new director of the center who said that while the taxpayers paid for this facility, they should not have to continue to pay for its operation. Turning to budget requests from private organizations, commissioners voted to fund Shared Services in the amount of $7,280, the same funding level as the current budget. They had previously heard a presentation from the director of Shared Services. However, commissioners declined to commit any funds to New Horizons, a drug rehabilitation organization, until they heard a presentation from that organization. They also voted to give $9,400 to the youth livestock show. Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested that in planning future budgets, a certain total amount of money be set aside for private organizations. Then commissioners could decide how much to fund each organization from that total. Mrs. Chartier suggested a scoring system for applicants. Commissioner Ray Domer said several times during budget discussions that just because they had always done something a certain way did not necessarily mean that way was right. After a lengthy discussion, commissioners discovered that statement was true concerning funding for the 4-H Club. That organization had requested $5,000 for scholarship assistance and $5,000 for matching funds. In the past such 4-H requests had been considered along with requests from private organizations. However, commissioners realized that this was not actually a private organization since the funds do not go to individual 4-H clubs. The funds actually go to the County Extension Service for the administration of the 4-H program. Therefore commissioners voted to add $8,000 to the Extension Service budget for the 4-H Clubs. Commissioners will discuss the budget again as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 Hibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415. Foster parents needed in Okeechobee County

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DISCOUNTSOF 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011

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Schools plan open house nightOpen House for the start of the 20112012 school year will be held on Thursday, A ug. 18. In order to help parents who have children in more than one school within the district, times will be staggered. Elementary Schools will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Middle Schools will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee High School and Okeechobee Freshman Campus w ill be open from 7 to 9 p.m.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 863-4625000 ext 257.Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2008. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m. School News in Brief 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 12 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonDonation helps childrenWaste Management presented a very generous check to My Aunt’s House (501c3) to help with back-to-school supplies for local children in need. From left to right are: Teresa Chandler-Waste Management, Judy Watts, Anna Adamo and Wendy Watts volunteers with My Aunt’s House and Dawn McCormick-Waste Management

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011

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Seacoast National Bank, located at 1409 South Parrott Avenue hosted the Okeechobee Main Street Mixer for July with a tropical theme. The nearly 70 members and visitors that attended the event enjoyed a moment of life in the islands complete with a chiki hut, leis and parrots while the music of the Okeechobee Steelers played on in the background. A delicious buffet of shish kabobs and sides catered by Golden Corral completed the event. Members bene ted from a wonderful opportunity to network with local businesses and win fabulous door prizes donated by member organizations. The August Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Flower Petals, located at 202 N.E. 2nd Street with a "Garden Party" theme. Existing members, new business owners and visitors are welcome to attend! Okeechobee Main Street would love the opportunity to share our recent accomplishments and current projects with you. Please join us on Tuesday for networking, refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win our 2011 Mega 50-50. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director, Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd St. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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** 14 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 OKMS hosts July Mixer event with an island theme Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tara MintonCouncil meetingMembers of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met recently with Mary Dawson, who spoke about the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Project. From left to right are: Sandy Perry, Tara Rowley, Commissioner Margaret Helton, City Councilman Dowling Watford, Chuck Syfrett, Maureen Budjinski, Nick Mora and Mary Dawson. To keep members informed, the Economic Council meets monthly with an invited speaker. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa ChandlerTaekwondo America helps B.R.A.T. ClubRuss Adams, Taekwondo America, presents donation proceeds from the recent state competition in Okeechobee to Teresa Chandler from The B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club. Proceeds will be used to help with teen dances and other teen programs in Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rotary ClubRotary welcomes guest speakerRotarian Tabitha Trent extended a warm Rotary welcome to guest speaker Lowell Pritchard of Pritchard’s and Associates to share information with club members about Hurricane Insurance & Preparedness. Lowell and his team leader, Becky Harper gave us a handout on “Hurricane Humdrum” and a brief history of hurricanes. They took the “humdrum” out of insurance and told us about different types of policies and coverage’s that every homeowner should know in an interesting quiz format. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeacoast National Bank hosted the Okeechobee Main Street Mixer for July. The island theme brought out the leis, tropical prints and straw hats. Gold Tee winners at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club last week were: First place B. Meyers; Second place V. Johnson; Third place tie G. Guydosh and J. Masters. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

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Wet season rainfall across the 16-county South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has raised groundwater levels in many areas while others have been slow to recover from months of record drought. “We are seeing some wells recovering from months of water shortage conditions, but others have not. We need signi cantly more rainfall to recharge our aquifers,” said Pete Kwiatkowski, Incident Commander for the SFWMD Water Shortage Team. “How much rainfall is dif cult to quantify because of the complex interaction between rainfall, stormwater runoff and groundwater levels in aquifers.” As July ends, rainfall will be about average for the month, with 6.9 inches Districtw ide through today. Lake Kissimmee, the Caloosahatchee region and the Big Cypress Basin saw the largest rainfall totals during the month. Eastern Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties received about average rainfall for the month, while Martin and St. Lucie counties received about 86 percent of average. Following months of drought conditions, the District works to retain as much water as possible in the regional system. However, storage is limited in a system designed primarily for ood control. The District continues to coordinate with cities and counties to help them pull as much water into their local systems as possible during heavy rain events. Releasing water to tide remains a necessary and a normal part of critical ood control efforts. Recent rainfall has raised water levels in some of South Florida’s key locations close to where they should be this time of year. The Water Conservation Areas are nearing or at their regulation schedules. The schedules, which prescribe water levels based on conditions and the time of year, are tools used by water managers to balance water supply, ood protection and environmental needs. Concern remains regarding the low level of Lake Okeechobee. The 730-square-mile lake is still more than 3 feet below its historic average for this time of year. There is a good chance the lake, which supplies water to the City of West Palm Beach and surrounding areas, will remain in its water shortage management zone going into the next dry season unless above-average rainfall conditions occur. The lake is also a useful example of the relationship between rainfall, stormwater runoff and groundwater levels in aquifers. W hile an inch of rain directly over the lake w ill raise the lake an inch, the same is not the case when it comes to groundwater. The location, intensity and duration of rainfall, along with a host of related factors, determine how groundwater levels respond to a storm. Heavy rain onto paved, developed areas is sent to the coast to prevent localized ooding — even in a water shortage. In contrast, rain falling over natural areas such as the Water Conservation Areas seeps directly into the ground, recharging aquifers tapped by wells for urban and agricultural supplies. All of these factors play a role in the response of aquifers to rainfall. In Florida, most of the fresh water used by people comes from underground aquifers. Aquifers are composed of multiple layers of porous rock, such as limestone or sandstone, that hold water. Cities and towns, businesses and agriculture draw much of their water supplies from these aquifers. Supplying approximately 90 percent of the state’s drinking water, Florida’s aquifers supply the state with more than 8 billion gallons of water each day, making them among the most productive in the world. The Biscayne Aquifer is the primary source of fresh water for South Florida’s Lower East Coast region. Deeper down is the Floridan Aquifer, separated by a con ning layer of dense rock. The Floridan Aquifer spans the state and is usually too salty to drink without further treatment in South Florida. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! 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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral responsible for maintaining major marine habitats and providing a natural barrier against hurricanes in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown origin. Now a University of Florida geographer and his colleagues applied Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS — as well as software previously used to examine human illness — to show where clusters of diseased coral exist. Their ndings, published this month in the journal PLoS One, may help scientists derive better hypotheses to determine what contributes to coral disintegration. “What you’ll nd is that spatial techniques have been used relatively little in the coral research community,” said paper coauthor Jason Blackburn, a UF professor of geography and member of UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute. “With these methods, w e gain a better understanding of the disease’s distribution across the reef.” Microbiologists and toxicologists often run laboratory tests on small samples of A cropora species of coral to determine the factors that contribute to white-band disease, known as WBD. It’s visually identi ed as a white band moving from the base of the coral up, killing the coral tissue as it goes, leaving only the exposed coral skeleton behind. Laboratory results spur a range of theories of causation — anything from opportunistic pathogens to speci c bacterial infections. Other scientists suggest that WBD is not the result of an outside agent, such as bacteria, but rather a stress response from the coral in reaction to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean pollution and rising ocean temperatures due to climate change. Yet the cause remains unclear. The goal of this current study was to use GIS and spatial analysis to search for patterns in a WBD outbreak that might point to a mode of transmission or cause, Mr. Blackburn said. “What we wanted to test is how much data scientists should gather to get the full picture of disease,” he said. “What we found w as that colony-level sampling, where indiv idual Acropora colonies are counted and checked for disease, can show a far different picture of white-band disease than where only presence/absence of coral and disease are mapped.” The researchers used data gathered in 2004 from scientists stationed at Buck Island National Monument in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rather than determining only whether coral was affected by WBD, samplers at the station counted the individual number of healthy and non-healthy coral colonies. University researchers were then able to use this information in the Disease Mapping and Analysis Program, known as DMAP. The free software, designed by the University of Iowa initially to study Sudden-Infant Death Syndrome, was used to create maps of WBD prevalence and to locate areas with signi cant disease clustering. “While the focus of our study was on a speci c white-band disease outbreak, our methods could be used to determine if there’s a spatial component to just about any type of situation that might be present in an underlying population,” said Jennifer Lentz, a Louisiana State University graduate student who is lead author on the paper. “For example, you could use these same techniques to determine whether people with cancer are clustered in a given geographical area, and if so is there something about those locations that might be contributing to the increased prevalence of cancer.” The researchers determined that 3 percent of the Acropora coral around Buck Island had WBD. They also found the locations of signi cant disease clusters, information scientists can then use to narrow where they should take samples for further laboratory tests. This is the rst of several studies established by the researchers exploring which types of spatial analysis are the most appropriate for various types of coral data from the Caribbean. For thousands of years, Acropora was the predominant coral in the Caribbean, but more than three decades of disease have destroyed the species ability to survive, forcing marine life out of their coral habitats, which exposes them to attack by predators. “When these structures are gone, certain sh species have nowhere to go,” said Ms. Lentz. “Whole marine communities start to collapse.” Geographic analysis offers new insight into coral disease spread 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 18 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 Guardian’s For New Futures (GFNF), the non-pro t organization supporting the Guardians ad Litem on the TreasureCoast is seeking support from the community to provide back to school supplies to abused, abandoned and neglected children. The “Kits4Kids” program is designed to provide a good quality backpack and new school supplies to children in need within the district, which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. A $20 donation will provide a book bag and all the basic supplies needed for back to school. Residents and public can sponsor a child or children by donating on-line via website www.gfnf4kids.org, or, mail a donation to GFNF, 1850 SW Fountainview Blvd., Suite 201, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. All donations, large or small bene t the children. Kits4Kids donations sought

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve., will have a free family movie night Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. The movie, “Straight from the Heart,” stars Teri Polo as a New Y ork photographer and Andrew McCarthy as a Wyoming rancher who have been mismatched through a singles ad. The children’s clothes closet at Grace will be open on Wednesdays in August. The dates are A ug. 10, 17, 24 and 31 There is no cost to those in need. Please call Ada at 863-6978539 for more information or to donate gently used clothes. Buckhead Ridge Baptist, 1731 Hunter Road, in Buckhead Ridge, hosts Vacation Bible School with a Beach Blast theme, from 6 to 8 p.m., today, through Aug. 5, for ages 3 to 16. For more information, call 863-7637532. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. Ninth St., is having Vacation Bible School Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call 863-763-0669. Church of God of Prophesy, 102 N.W. 10th St, will have their annual back to school clothing give away on Saturday, Aug. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. For more information contact Lisa Mullins at 863-261-0841. Fountain of Life, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., is having Vacation Bible School Aug. 8 through 12 from 6 to 8 each evening. The theme is “Hometown Nazareth where Jesus was a Kid.” There are classes for ages 4 through 12. Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd St., is accepting Upward Soccer registration for children going into K-4 through 8th grade. The cost is $65 per child and the deadline to register is Aug. 9. The rst practice is the week of Sept. 6. Register for either activity at the church of ce or by going to www.oakviewbaptist.com under FORMS. For more information on either activity call 863-763-1699. Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will have a Friday Night Gospel Sing on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Anyone wanting to come and sing or anyone wanting to sit and listen to their favorite gospel songs are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the sing. New St. Stephen AME Church, 811 N.W. Ninth St., will celebrate their 58th anniversary. On Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. Rev. Lionel F. Camel, of the Brotherhood Alliance, will conduct a service at 4 p.m. at the Douglas Brown Center, 826 N.E. 16th Ave. On Wednesday, Aug. 17 Rev. Milton Broom eld of Payne Chapel AME Church, West Palm Beach, will conduct a service at 7 p.m. at the church. On Thursday, Aug. 18 Rev. Shenna H. Washington, of Allen Chapel AME Church, Wabasso, will conduct a service at the church at 7 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 19, Rev. Melvin Hymes, Jr., of St. Paul AME Church, Fort Pierce, will conduct a service at the church at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 21, Elder Charles L. Hendley of Greater Mt. Pleasant PB Church, Fort Pierce, will conduct at service at 3:30 p.m. at the Douglas Brown Center, 828 N.E. 16th Ave. New Testament Baptist Church, 535 N.E. 28th Ave., will have a King James Bible Revival Aug. 21 to 25. The speaker will be Dr. Bill Bradley, professor at Landmark Baptist College, Haines City, FL. He teaches Bible and History courses including a course devoted to the history and inspiration of the King James Bible. Special music will be by Jed Maness, Rev. Jim Gilbert is the host pastor. Sunday services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday services will be at 7 p.m. Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., presents the “So Long Summer Tour” featuring Caleb and Samestate on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the church, Pritchards and Associates and at itickets.com.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-7633134, extension 4225. Churches plan special summer programs 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol CALL FOR A LIST OF FORECLOSURESDavid Hazellief € 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief € 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt € 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder € 863-610-2485 www.century21okeechobee.com€ Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. N N E E W W L L I I S S T T I I N N G G 5011-H: On 1+ acres Four Seasons 3/2, lots of trees, garage, carport, sheds, 2 utility rms, fenced. Remodeled Kitchen. Come take a look. $120,000 MLS #204677€ FORECLOSURE Buildable Lots in Oaks at Okeechobee total of 5 sites each $8,900 € FORECLOSURE 20+/acres enough room for your dream home and livestock (1139 Cabbage TRLLOT #76) $69,900 $39,900 MLS #204700 € VIKING 6+/acres $20,000 €VIKING 10+/acres $45,000 MLS#2045352 € 50.4 +/ACRES SR 710 MLS#2040685034-M: Four Season Three bedroom 2 bath Doublewide. Needs some TLC. Call today for a showing. $30,000 or better offer. 3001-H: Kings Bay concrete block home in a nice neighborhood. HOA with pool, clubhouse, tennis courts and lawn maintenance. $98,000 MLS# 205105 5012-M: Mobile Home, screened room and carport awning, 2 sheds, completely furnished. Make offer. Motivated Seller! $37,000 $29,900 MLS #201831 5023-M: Lake Okee access 2Bdr/2ba RV in Ancient Oaks. Gated RV Resort Park, 55+ community. Lots of activities and amenities to keep you entertained. $49,900 MLS #204975 2002-H: Taylor Creek lake access CBS home w/lg addition, lg open back porch, dock, boat lift, seawall, garage, concrete drive. $139,500 NOW $120,000) MLS #203697 R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. Everything goes including cash registers, folding tables, scales, top loaders, dryers, 25-50lbs machines. 1300 SF of space that is leased for $1500 per month on a new 5 year lease. Located in the Treasure Island section of Okeechobee close to Lake Okeechobee and surrounding RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks. Approx. 5 Miles east of US 441 and SR 78 on 441 SE/Hwy. 98 S. 18% Rate of Return on Investment. $250,000. Call Brandon for more information. (772) 201-8722. 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 1039 S.E. Everglades Blvd € Okeechobee(863) 763-2334 € (863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,CRS, GRI, APPRAISER CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaReading is funThese children were taking part in the summer reading program at the Okeechobee County Library on Wednesday afternoons.

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BLACK WITH BROWN PARTS .REWARD (863)697-9521 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Walpole, Inc. is looking for Class A-CDL drivers 2 years T/T experience Clean MVR & PSP Paid weekly Excellent benefits package OTR & REGIONAL DRIVERS WANTED (863) 763-5593 or apply online www.walpoleinc.comEOE/DFWP Walpole, Inc. is looking for Class A-CDL drivers 2 years T/T experience Clean MVR & PSP Paid weekly Excellent benefits package For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time “Growing Okeechobee” NOW hiring MANAGERS and STYLISTS! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity with the Hair Cuttery!! Apply TODAY @ www.careers byhaircuttery.com Employment PartTimeDISABLED, Older Man: Needs a ride from Ft. Drum to Town at least once a month. Please call (863)357-1529 Employment Full Time One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment PartTime Part Time Teller PositionsMIDFLORIDA Credit Union is seeking part time teller candidates. Responsibilities include serving members, performing transactions, and cross selling credit union products and services. Quali ed candidates will possess excellent customer service, communication and cash handling skills. Applicants must be available to work any assigned shift between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as every Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalency required, bilingual helpful. Apply on-line at: www.mid orida.com Drug Free Workplace Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Furniture CHERRY WOOD Dining room table 6 chairs. Like new. Cost $2500. Asking $200 (863)946-1005 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesCKC reg. Minature Dachshund Stunning 4 mos old dapple male, adorable, smart $350.00. (863)801-6144 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bd/2ba Very clean, quiet neighborhood located in the city. $700 monthly plus security. 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 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. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 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 Rent Taylor 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 2 bed, 1 bath Newly remodeled Chefs kitchen $675 mo. 772-359-0076 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 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. AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1100, Large yards. Bring pets. Washer/Dryer included. Call 561-723-2226 BRICK HOME 3BR, newly decorated. 725 NE 14th Ave., $600/mo, 1st & last mo. security. Call 772-359-7378 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Houses-Rent 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 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. Low utility bills. $995 mo. + security. Pet deposit if applicable. 772-216-1669 “Nice!”Waterfront House: For rent or sale. 2bd/1ba in Buckhead Ridge, furnished, desirable location. Rent $800 monthly, Sale 100% nancing possible. Call Sheryl 561-746-0448 or 561-352-5977 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. or 3/2, $620 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, pest, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE3BR/1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses-RentOKEECHOBEE (SE Section) 3 br/2 ba, with carport. Nice neighborhood. $850 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-1567. RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE Brand New Apts. Your own furnished Studio apt. Private entrance with Cable, A/C, HS Internet provided. $100/wk $200 to move in. Call (863)801-8278 VacationRentalsChoose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll thin k your on vacation!(863)467-4317 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale CBS 3/2/2, Metal Roof, Screen Porch, Corner Lot, Patio,Sprinklers,Freshly painted in/out, Space for Motor Home and Boat. Ideal investment or starter home,asking $69,800 Owner 863-763-7998 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 20 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011

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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 For Rent 2BR 1BA on the Canal. $600/mo. (863)467-2156 or (863)634-7126 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes “DIVORCE” SAVE On This Short Sale 800-622-2832 ext. 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs1998 American 5TH WHEEL Completely furnished. Includes TV, can sleep 4. Presently at North Lake RV park in Lake Port. $4,500.00/or best offer (573)434-2173 or (863)946-1481 2006 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. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans‘76 Conversion van $1500 772-359-0076 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 8:30 A.M., MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE ROOM 210 OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 394203 ON 8/5/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD072 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2001 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 3 LOT 20 BLOCK 40 1-05-37-35-0030-00400-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JONAS TRINIDAD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392105 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD067 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1175 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 17 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 17 32 34S 33E 1-32-34-33-0A00-00017-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LINDA MUIR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392100 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD066 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1063 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 15 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 15 28 34S 33E 1-28-34-33-0A00-00015-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LINDA MUIR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392099 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD061 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 200 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT B OF TRACT 25 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 25 11 34S 33E 1-11-34-33-0A00-00025-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: HORACE R BROWN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392094 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD065 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 807 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 18 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 18 24 34S 33E 1-24-34-33-0A00-00018-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GEORGE ARROYO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 15th day of September, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392098 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD058 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3185 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BLUE CYPRESS GOLF & RV RESORT PHASE II UNIT 270 1-25-38-36-0030-00000-2700 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOSEPH DEMONSTRANTI MICHELLE BRADFORD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392106 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “ ctitious Name Statute” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Hammerhead Billiards, LLC D/B/A Hammerheads Banquet Hall Under which we expect to engage in business at: 212 NE 7th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Hammerheads Billiards, LLC Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 2nd day of August, 2011 By: Anita Nunez/ Owner 394231 ON 8/5/2011 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/ DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Friday, August 12,2011 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Federal Stimulus Funding), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 394145 ON 8/5/2011 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD069 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1335 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS I & O OF TRACT 5 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 5 & W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 5 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00005-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOYCE O BAKER LALLEMAND TRUST THOMAS P MOSS ESQ WALTA LALLEMAND TRUST Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392102 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD073 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that HANH KIM TONG the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3261 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOT 1 BLOCK 26 3-15-37-35-0010-00260-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LOUIS L NEAL SR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392444 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD / BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING NOTICE: The Okeechobee County Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department. William D. Royce, Planning Director 394314 ON 8/5/2011 21 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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School Information Guide Coming Soon!!!Includes: Letters from Principal, Free and reduced lunch information, bus schedules, important dates and more!!! Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD062 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 409 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT I OF TRACT 27 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 15 34S 33E 1-15-34-33-0A00-00027-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LORRAINE M CORCORAN WILLIAM F CORCORAN SR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 15th day of September, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392095 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD064 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA t he holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 414 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 28 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 28 15 34S 33E 1-15-34-33-0A00-00028-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LORRAINE M CORCORAN WILLIAM F CORCORAN SR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 201 1. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392097 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD063 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 410 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 15 34S 33E 1-15-34-33-0A00-00027-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LORRAINE M CORCORAN WILLIAM F CORCORAN SR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 15th day of September, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392096 ON 8/5,12,19.26/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD068 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1314 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS E F G H OF TRACT 11 S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 11 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00011-E100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EAGLE PROPERTY LLC JERRY SAINTELOI SYLPHIDA VINCENT Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392101 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD070 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1336 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 5 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 05 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00005-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOYCE O BAKER LALLEMAND TRUST THOMAS P MOSS ESQ WALTA LALLEMAND TRUST Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392103 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD071 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1337 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 5 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 05 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00005-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOYCE O BAKER LALLEMAND TRUST THOMAS P MOSS ESQ WALTA LALLEMAND TRUST Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 15th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 392104 ON 8/5,12,19,26/2011 Public Notice 22 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Colored part of the eye 5 Phonograph records 10 Become overly dry, as lips 14 John Wesleys relig. 15 Love to pieces 16 Country byway 17 Arizona city 18 Fenway Park team, briefly 19 Condo or apartment, e.g. 20 Really exhausted 23 NevermoreŽ bird of poetry 24 Honey maker 25 ... and so onŽ: Abbr. 27 11-point blackjack card, attimes 28 Really exhausted 33 Copier paper size: Abbr. 34 Creole vegetable 35 Mil. school at Annapolis 36 Really exhausted 40 Bassoon cousin 43 Big-screen movie format 44 Observed 47 Really exhausted 51 Mentalist Geller 52 Sandwich initials 53 Cereal grain 54 Concretereinforcing rod 56 Really exhausted 61 Ali who stole from thieves 62 Broom rider of the comics 63 With 66-Across, roadside stop 64 Finds in mines 65 King of rock n roll 66 See 63-Across 67 Sitcom radio station 68 Gunslingers Hands up!Ž 69 Afternoon TV fare DOWN 1 Unethical 2 Bring to life again, as a Civil War battle 3 Romance-ending words 4 1953 Alan Ladd Western 5 Pats gently 6 Object of worship 7 Sammy in the 600 Home Run Club 8 Singing Bing 9 Moderate-sized chamber group 10 Board game with suspects 11 Closet assortment 12 Jennifer of FriendsŽ 13 House cat, e.g. 21 Bankrupt energy company 22 July-August sign 26 Tax-season advisor, briefly 29 __ out: barely obtain 30 Flight board datum: Abbr. 31 Camp for presidents 32 Faulty firecracker 36 Response to a mouse? 37 Latin 101 verb 38 Sigma follower 39 Additional 40 Horse players hangout, for short 41 Defensive wall 42 Halloween month 44 Really cold, temperaturewise 45 Shrunken Asian lake 46 Furtive listening device 48 Extensive period 49 Preferably 50 Star, in France 55 Poet Pound and others 57 Hoarse sound 58 Edisons middle name 59 Banking regulatory agcy. 60 Diaper problem 61 Gift decoration By Michael Blake (c)2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/16/09 09/16/09 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Blood drives plannedOkeechobee Community Blood Drives planned in August at the following locations:  Tuesday, Aug. 16, Raulerson Hospital, from noon to 5 p.m.;  Wednesday, Aug. 17, Publix Supermarket from 1 to 3 p.m. and Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant from 4 to 8 p.m.;  Thursday, Aug. 18 in Ft. Drum, by Pat’s Country Kitchen, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Friday, Aug. 19 at Walgreen’s from 1 to 7 p.m.; and, Saturday, Aug. 27 at Wal Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Red cross seeks disaster volunteers!The American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Services Volunteers for this Hurricane Season! There are 4 main areas where volunteers are needed: Shelter Operations, Mass Care Feeding, Damage Assessment, Administrative Functions. All necessary training is free of charge, and a background check will be required. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help your local community residents in times of disaster, please call your Okeechobee Branch of ce at 863-763-2488. News in Brief

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Sunday, July 31, was a great turnout for Freedom Outreach Fishing Series with 20 boats participating. This hot summer day proved to be tough for bass shing, however, a few managed to weigh in some respectable bags. While waiting for the winners to be announced, everyone was able to enjoy cool drinks and savory food free of charge. The teams that placed are: First place Jimmy McMillan/Jared McMillan 25.12lbs.; Second place Robert Walker/Jim Jones 19.12lbs.; Third place Koby Kreiger/Alex Pappas 13.02lbs.; First Big Fish Jimmy McMillan Jared McMillan 7.06lbs.; and, Second Big Fish Robert Walker/Jim Jones 6.14lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Wendy Walker(Top photo) Third place went to Koby Kreiger and Alex Pappas with 13.02lbs. Mel Stone and Blake Marsocci came in fourth place in the tourney. 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. 23 Okeechobee News A ugust 5, 2011 Freedom Outreach hosts July shing tournament Special to the Okeechobee News/ Wendy WalkerSecond place in the Freedom Outreach Fishing tournament went to Robert Walker and Jim Jones with sh totalling 19.12lbs including the award for Second Big Fish weighing 6.14 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Wendy WalkerFirst place Jimmy McMillan and Jared McMillan took rst place in the Freedom Outreach Fishing Tournament with a total weight of 25.12lbs including the award for Big Fish weighing 7.06 lbs. With the start of archery season a few days away in Everglades-area wildlife management areas, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds hunters to remove tree stands at the end of the season. Abandoned tree stands present safety hazards. They also create debris and litter on public lands. Florida law states that hunting equipment used during the season must be removed no later than one day after the season ends. Any tree stand left in Everglades, Rotenberger or Holey Land wildlife management areas after Nov. 15, 2011, will be subject to removal and disposal without notice. FWC reminds hunters to remove tree stands The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds event organizers and other Floridians about a law prohibiting the release of more than nine lighter-than-air balloons within a 24-hour period. While releasing balloons is often an idea of groups that wish to honor an event or lost loved one, the FWC encourages the public to choose more environmentally responsible actions for their events. Balloons released in Florida almost inevitably end up in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean. Wildlife, especially sea turtles, mistake balloons for food, and strings attached to balloons can entangle birds and other animals. The release into the atmosphere of large numbers of balloons in ated with lighter-than-air gases poses a danger and nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals. Violators could incur $250 in nes, according to Florida law. There are exceptions for scienti c or meteorological balloons released by a government agency or under government contract, hot air balloons that are recovered after launching and balloons released indoors. The law also allows for the release of balloons that are biodegradable or photodegradable under FWC rules. Since 1989, the FWC has received only one such balloon design for review, and that balloon was not approved. Balloon releases tough on wildlife

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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 24 Okeechobee News August 5, 2011


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