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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 95 10.28 feetLast Year: 13.78 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Aggie needs a home! ... Page 11 Commissioners to tackle budget ... Page 3 Mortgage help for homeowners ... Page 8 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man released from prison earlier this year is being held on bond in the county jail after being arrested on 55 felony charges. Jody Maurice Crum, 39, S.W. Rucks Dairy Road, was arrested Friday, Aug. 5, on felony charges of forging checks (18 counts), uttering forged checks (18 counts), possession of 10 or more forged checks and counterfeiting a payment instrument (18 counts). He also is charged with the misdemeanor of criminal solicitation. Crum is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $108,000 bond. According to Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Crum used his computer to make up 45 bogus payroll checks on a Fort Pierce company. The checks also had a ctitious account Crum faces 55 felony counts Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonLocal re ghters collect school suppliesOkeechobee Fire ghters, (left to right) helping to collect school supplies for local kids included: Lt. Terry Parrish, Adam Durrance, Pete Sullivan, Matthew Vinson, Robert Walters and Chase Marsocci. Story on Page 11. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “It started to hurt and I told him to stop, but he wouldn’t. I was scared. I wanted to scream, but he said ‘No!’” A few seconds later, the brave 17-year-old girl who had been telling a jury about her being raped lost control and began sobbing. When she returned to the stand a few minutes later she had regained her composure and told the jury about that harrowing Jan. 24, 2010, incident. She told them how Jose Jimenez-Rodriguez, 39, entered her small bedroom around 5 a.m. and began talking to her. Before long the talk stopped and Jimenez, reeking of alcohol, sexually battered the mentally-challenged teen. Jimenez, whose trial got under way Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, is charged with burglar y of a dwelling with assault/battery and sexual battery on a mentally defective person. In his opening arguments to the jury, Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson told the jur y Teen tells jury of alleged rape See FELONY — Page 18 Jody Maurice Crum Jose JimenezRodriguez See TEEN — Page 18 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Harley Arnold is a walking history text boo k of the Okeechobee area. He is either related to the people who made history in the area or has taken part in it himself. Sitting in his spacious country home set well off Potter Road, not far from where the house he was born in once stood, is like going back in time as Mr. Arnold looks over scrapbooks of family photographs, old documents such as marriage certi cates and census records and newspaper clippings. He is the last survivor of the eight children born to William Eston Arnold and Mittie Lane Raulerson Arnold. He said he started compiling his family history 10 or 15 years ago, carrying on a custom started by his late wife. His great grandfather on his mother’s side, Noel Rabun Raulerson, Sr. was one of the rst settlers in the Basinger area. His grandfather, Noel Rabun Raulerson, Jr. and Peter Raulerson, the founder of Okeechobee, were brothers. Mr. Arnold’s grandfather on his father’s side, William Thomas Arnold, once ran a ferr y across the Kissimmee River before the bridge was built on U.S. 98. Mr. Arnold has a picture o f the ferry—a small motorboat towing a barge that carried Model Ts across the river. Among Harley Arnold preserving family historySee DESCENDANT — Page 19

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) Board of Directors showed mercy, and against the advice of their attorney, violated their own policy to satisfy a customer’s complaint. They also discussed the budget, made an advance payment on debt service and heard from their lobbyist. Sammy Hancock, an OUA customer, appeared before the board to protest having to pay an unpaid water bill of $594.06 on property he recently bought. In December of 2007, the water was cut off at 713 N.W. Seventh Avenue for nonpayment. It was Mr. Hancock’s understanding that if there is an outstanding balance of more than $100, a lien is led. However, that policy was instituted in November of 2008. Therefore, since no lien was placed on the Seventh Avenue property, Mr. Hancock assumed there was no unpaid balance. “I feel like I was misled,” he said. He also claimed the customer who incurred the bill was responsible. Mr. Hancock did his own title search on the property, did not contact OUA and did not obtain title insurance. Board attorney Tom Conley said that according to law, OUA has a lien even if it is not led. He asked about the other outstanding debts of less than $100 if they should be forgiven because no lien was led on them. “It’s bad policy to violate policy,” the attorney said. However, the board unanimously voted to forgive the debt. The board discussed the budget which w ill be presented for adoption on Sept. 13. Staff went back over the approved preliminary budget and reduced operating expenses by 3 percent or about $190,000. Board member Tommy Hoover asked that staff look into the possibility of eliminating some Nextels to cut expenses. After a lengthy discussion about advance debt service payment, interest savings and reducing the length of time of payment, the board voted to pay $750,000 toward debt retirement in September. It was discussed that in future years the board could annually decide how much, if any, advance payment they wanted to make on the utility’s debt service. Financial of cer Basil Coule stated that any dollars used to pay down a debt has the effect of interest savings. Board member Tommy Hoover cast the only dissenting vote against advance payment because he said the interest rate was so low. He was in favor of leaving the money in reserves while the rest of the board members were concerned with lowering the outstanding debt. “We feel very con dent where we have been and where we are going,” stated Dale Milita, the utility’s lobbyist to the state legislature. “We are constantly looking at legislation.” He said that right now he and his staff were looking at bills being pre led to see what could hurt the utility. Mr. Milita said that sometimes legislation does more harm than the bene t from appropriations. “Our goal is not to obtain,” he said. “Our goal is to obtain and maintain. Everything the legislature gives you it can take away.” Mr. Conley stated that negotiations with Royal Professional Builders on that organization’s developer’s agreement are ongoing. He said the company owes the utility about $300,000 and they have offered substantially less. He added that the process was complicated by Royal’s bankruptcy. The board authorized him to engage a bankruptcy attorney as necessary. In other action, the board  received the nance report for the period ending July 31;  approved payment of the monthly invoice from federal lobbyist Alcalde and Fay in the amount of $4,516.86 and noted that the rm had reduced their monthly retainer from $4,500 to $3,325.  based on the current year’s expenses, agreed to increase the monthly maintenance fee for King’s Bay residents to $7.28; and  recognized Kevin Barbour for ve years’ service to the utility.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 O u r f o c u s i s t o m a k e y o u c o m f o r t a b l e www.qualityacokee.com467-1545Repairs must be made by us to receive the free diagnostics. This offer valid Monday Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM. Does not apply to holidays, overtime or travel charges (if applicable). Offer Expires July 31, 2011. Call for details.Clip this ad and receive a FREEdiagnostics. ($75 value) Lic # CAC029420 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 ELIs Elis Western Wear907 NW Park St. Okeechobee 863-763-2984 2 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 Okeechobee Utility Authority gives customers brea k Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAt the Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting of the Okeechobee Utility Authority board of directors chairman Steve Nelson (right) recognized Steve Barbour (left) of the maintenance department for ve years' service to the utility.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Commissioners will spent most of Thursday’s meeting discussing the budget. At their last meeting commissioners agreed to next discuss the budget at their Aug. 23 meeting. However, the short agenda for Aug. 11 includes a budget discussion. The only other action item on the agenda is a presentation from Dr. Edw in Massey, president of Indian River State College, (IRSC) and Sam Smith, former prov ost, concerning the IRSC Master Plan. No advance details of their presentation were released. The only unresolved controversial item so far in budget discussions is a salary increase for constitutional of cers’ employees. After some discussion commissioners agreed to fund the youth livestock show and 4H Club programs. They declined to fund New Horizons, a private drug rehabilitation program, until they hear a presentation from a representative of that organization. Commissioners had approved a provisional millage rate of 9.0. That rate can be lowered but it cannot be raised in the nal budget. At their meeting on Aug. 3 commissioners discussed the possibility of lowering that millage rate to 8.6460. That rate, taking into consideration decreasing property values, is calculated to bring in the same amount of taxes as the current millage rate. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. However, that millage rate would leave a $281,732 de cit. Commissioners speculated that if constitutional of cers removed employee pay increases from their budgets that de cit might be made up. The proposed budget contains no raise for county employees. However, county employees will not have to take furlough days in the proposed budget. Those extra days of pay would give them just under a 3 percent increase over the current budget. The sheriff, the clerk of the court and the supervisor of elections all have 3 percent pay increases in their proposed budgets. The property appraiser and the tax collector’s budget must be approved by the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). According to DOR regulations, those constitutional of cers cannot give their employees a raise unless county employees get a raise. Debt service dropped from 6.9 percent o f the current budget to 0.8 percent in the proposed budget, due in large part, to the pa y off of the courthouse and agri-civic center debts. Funding for capital projects was cut in half from 16.7 percent in the current budget to 7.9 percent in the proposed budget due to the completion of several capital projects.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 S u pp lem e nt to th e Ok e e c ho be e N e w s € J a nua ry 28 2 0 1 1 € A ls o A v a ila ble O nlin e a t n e w sz 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 F r e d d B r o w n n C h i l d r e n  s s H e a l t h h C e n t e r 2 0 1 5 5 H w y y 4 4 1 1 N o O k e e c h o b e e F L 8 6 3 7 6 3 1 9 5 1 L a k e s h o r e e M e d i c a l l C e n t e r r A d u l t s 1 1 0 0 0 N P a r r o t t t A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 8 6 3 7 6 3 7 4 8 1 F l o r i d a a C o m m u n i t y y H e a l t h h C e n t e r s I n c F o r r m o r e e i n f o r m a t i o n p l e a s e e v i s i t t o u r r w e b s i t e e a t t w w w f c h c i n c o r gCall to schedule your appointm ent today! 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MurphyOkeechobee News Fire crews spent close to four hours at the scene of a 50-acre brush re in the 3000 block of N.E. 54th Trail on Thursday night according to a report from Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. Lt. Robert Ban eld said three units and ve remen were dispatched just before midnight and found a large burn area in the R Bar Estates neighborhood. Firemen were unable to access the re right away due to a canal and were redirected to another entrance, Lt. Ban eld said. Firemen found a large re in a pine hammock of approximately 50 acres. The Division of Forestry responded and used plows to contain the blaze, remen added. There were no structures damaged and no report of injuries. Approximately 750 gallons of water was used to put out the ames. The cause was listed as a lightning strike. Firemen also had to threaten to call law enforcement to convince a stubborn home owner in Four Seasons to put out a tree stump re on Friday night. Lt. Ron Suit’s report stated remen were ordered off the property on NE 4th Lane after they requested the home owner put out the tree stump. The Division of Forestry was also unable to convince the landowner to put out the ames. Firemen said only the threat of a Deputy encouraged the land owner to put out the re. Fire ghters battle re Board to discuss budget, 3% pay increase What: Regular meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission When: 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 Where: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries is available for anyone seeking to stretch their budget! Everyone is eligible! First Baptist Church of Okeechobee is a distribution site, call 863-763-2171, for complete information. Better yet, check out the website, sample menu, order and pay on-line and pick up your food on the appointed day. http://www.angelfoodministries.com/about/

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As I see itBy Rodney BarretoLongtime FWC chairman and current commissioner This will be my last “As I See It” column, and I wanted to take a moment and re ect on how far the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team has come in the past 10 years. I have been honored to work with Commissioners and staff who are not only dedicated to the mission of the Commission but also passionate in managing sh and wildlife resources for their longterm well-being and the bene t of people. I am proud to note that Floridians have more hunting and shing opportunities now than before. Thirty new areas with public hunting have been added in the past ve years, totaling an additional 135,000 acres. We all understand the need to reach out to our youth, and a hunting initiative that I am particularly proud of is the new youth turkey hunting weekend, allowing hunting on 78 FWC-managed areas. The youth turkey hunts on these wildlife management areas will be two-day, Saturday-Sunday hunts on the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season on each particular WMA, beginning with the 2012 season. It is so important to expose young people to outdoor recreational opportunities. The more our youth experience wildlife and nature, the more likely they are to grow up to appreciate these resources and to pass along outdoor traditions to future generations. In addition to expanded hunting opportunities, we constantly strive to make sure Florida has plentiful shing resources. Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World.” What angler doesn’t look forward to the thrill of hearing a reel sing as line peels out. We are the world’s destination for visitors who want to catch tarpon, bone sh and permit, and I am especially proud of our catch-and-release program for these “rock stars” of saltwater shing. The Commission has worked hard to ensure Floridians and our visitors have the opportunity to catch a big one. Another opportunity is the expansion of this year’s bay scallop season. It kicked off on June 25 and runs through Sept. 25, starting a week early and running two weeks longer than usual. This is great family fun and gives our visitors and residents the chance to take advantage of this fun outdoor activity. Recognizing that anglers and hunters are just a part of Florida’s conservation community, I am proud of the vast resources available to wildlife viewers in our state made possible through our various partnerships. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail represents only one aspect of wildlife viewing enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The FWC worked with the Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Florida Department o f Transportation to create this network of 500 birding sites and 2,000 miles of self-guided highway trails throughout Florida. There are many things that I will take with me as I leave the Commission, including many memories, friendships and accomplishments that I share with my fello w Commissioners and FWC staff. I’d like to thank my fellow Commissioners and FWC staff for their hard work and dedication in helping to make all these public opportunities possible, in addition to their years of support and friendship. I have been honored to work with a group of people who are passionate about wildlife issues and consider the work they do to be a calling, as have I. Finally, I want to thank former governors Bush and Crist. I will always be honored and humbled by the con dence they showed me when they appointed me to the Commission as well as their continued support that made this journey possible. Quotes to consider “Be careful about reading health books. Y ou may die of a misprint.” Mark Twain  “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.” Groucho Marx  “I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.” Zsa Zsa Gabor  “My luck is so bad that if I bought a c emetery, people would stop dying.” Rodney Danger eld  “Nobody can make you feel inferior w ithout your consent. “ Eleanor RooseveltBudget In regard to the Agri-Civic Center, I think a sensible approach would be to determine t he actual cost of using it, as opposed to lett ing it sit empty on that given day, and ask the non pro t groups to pay just the actual cost. Don’t try to make a pro t when the agencies hosting the event are not trying to make a pro t. They are just trying to do something nice for the community, like hold a health and safety fair. I can see where the taxpayers should not have to just give free use of t hat center and eat the cost of operation. But don’t try to make a pro t on a 4-H club horse show where they don’t even charge s pectators to watch the show and the entry fee barely covers the prizes and the judges are all volunteers.  It seems to me that all we had to do to s olve most of the budget problems was to get rid of Lyndon Bonner. What a difference b etween last year and this year, even though t he property values are even lower now. T hose county commissioners who thought Bonner did such a good job and gave him t hat big severance package even though his original contract did not require it, those are t he folks I will not be voting for in the next election.  I see the county is still budgeting money for economic development. I think they s hould give the taxpayers a list of just which businesses the business development board that gets that money attracted to Okeechobee in the past year and how many new jobs they created. If they are creating a signi cant number of jobs, then ne. It’s worth it. But if all the new business and industry plans are still in the “proposed” stages, we might want to reconsider the funding. There should be a set time frame to see some progress.  Raising the millage from 8 mills to 9 mills might not mean an increase in taxes for those who had their property values decrease, but not everyone saw their assessed property value decrease. Some people will be paying higher taxes than last year. I think the county should consider that and try to lower it if they can. A lot of people are barely making ends meet as it is. Higher taxes are going to be a burden.  I know the county employees and the school employees are crying that they have to pay 3 percent of their salaries into their retirement plan, but most of us don’t even have a retirement plan. We would be more than happy to pay 3 percent to get a sweet retirement plan like the county and school employees have with the Florida Retirement System. So the employees should quit complaining and be grateful for the jobs and bene ts they have. If they want to quit their jobs, there are plenty of unemployed people who would be so happy to have a chance at those jobs. The money for the county and school salaries comes from our taxes and we cannot keep paying higher taxes.  I think the county should do what the South Florida Water Management District has had to do. Rethink every position and get rid of the ones the county doesn’t need. It’s not about who has worked where for how long. It’s about what jobs do we need to accomplish the core mission. We can’t afford frills. I don’t see what the county employees are complaining about. Many of us have had our pay cut a lot more than 3 percent and are just happy to still have jobs. Many employers have had to either cut pay or lay people off, or both. Some employers have gone out of business and those jobs are just gone. I know quite a few people looking for work if the county employees think they can do better somewhere else.Thought for the day God answers all prayers. But sometimes, the answer is “no.” Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 103. West wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Thursday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance o f precipitation is 20 percent. Okeechobee Forecast These things I take with me

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011 2 0 1 1 O k e e c h o b e e H i g h S c h o o l S c h o l a r s h i p N i g h t 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the UCF–Pegasus Silver Scholarship was Wesley Mims. The award was presented by Wendy Padgett, Bill Black and Toni Wiersma in the amount of $9,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Florida State University Scholarship was Elizabeth Turner. The award was presented by Wendy Padgett, Bill Black and Toni Wiersma in the amount of $8,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the U.S. Army College Fund Scholarship were Donald Bryan, $63,756 (not in photo), Jack Congdon, $63,756 and Dylan Ellis, $51,300. Scholarship awards were presented by Bill Black. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Johnny Mack & Dorothy Kinsaul Memorial Scholarship was Lucina Anselmo. The award was presented by Dr. Randall Mims in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Law Of ce of Glenn J. Sneider, LC Scholarship was Bradley Dunn III. The award was presented by Frank Hickox 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 Nunez Lawn Care Scholarship was Yanet Huerta. The award was presented by Eric Perez in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A toddler’s tiny teeth are destined to fall out in later years as their permanent pearly whites grow in. But for some children, especially those from low-income families, cavities and poor oral health lead to complicated dental problems long before they even graduate from their cribs. Programs designed to incorporate tooth decay prevention as part of a child’s regular checkup with the doctor could be a big step toward improving infants’ and toddlers’ dental health, say University of Florida researchers, who received a $293,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study whether such programs in Florida and Texas are actually improving dental care in young children enrolled in Medicaid. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children visit the dentist for the rst time by age 1, but many children do not receive preventive dental care until they are much older, if at all, said UF health economist Jill Boylston Herndon, the principal investigator on the two-year grant. “There is also this attitude that baby teeth are not that important,” said Frank Catalanotto, a professor of pediatric dentistry in the College of Dentistry who advocated for Florida to establish a program targeting early childhood caries. “But the reality is getting a cavity in a baby tooth can lead to an infection. And, in fact, several children have died over the last several years in this country of an untreated dental infection. “The tragedy of this is that it is relatively easy to prevent early childhood caries with some simple measures of just toothbrushing using a uoridated toothpaste, not putting a baby to bed with a bottle, and a dental visit with an application of a uoride varnish,” added Dr. Catalanotto, a co-investigator on the grant. In 2008, Florida and Texas adopted policies to reimburse pediatricians for providing preventive services to young children receiving Medicaid and dental education for their parents. As part of a child’s regular checkup, pediatricians provide dental education to parents about proper toothbrushing and oral care and apply a uoride varnish to children’s teeth. The doctors then refer the parents and child to a dentist. “The research tells us that if they get these preventive services, they are less likely to have problems later,” said Ms. Herndon, a research associate professor of health outcomes and policy in the College of Medicine. “In addition to reducing caries in their primary teeth, they are less likely to have caries in their permanent teeth when they are older.” Dental caries is the most prevalent disease in young children, affecting more than one-fourth of kids between 2 and 5, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By their teen years, two-thirds of children from low-income homes have suffered tooth decay. Dentists can spot the rst signs of caries and prevent cavities from forming, said Joel Berg, chairman of pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. With training, pediatricians can spot these signs, too, Dr. Berg added. At home, parents should aim for brushing their infant or toddler’s teeth twice a day, or at least once before bed with a lentil-sized amount of uoridated toothpaste. Although it is a common belief that parents should not use toothpaste with uoride in children under 2, Catalanotto says this is a myth experts are trying to dispel. “It’s not a matter of if a child should use uoride but how much,” said Dr. Berg, who is not involved with the study. “With uoride, it is important to have frequent exposure to small amounts.” Of course, a lack of parental understanding about oral care is not the only issue affecting children’s teeth. There are few dentists who accept Medicaid and even fewer who will see very young patients, particularly those with dental problems, Catalanotto said. To address cavities and other problems, small children must frequently be put under sedation or admitted to a hospital and placed under general anesthesia. “Getting some simple, inexpensive preventive procedures can cut a lot of dental costs down the line and prevent some big medical costs,” Dr. Catalanotto said. Including Florida, 33 states have established programs to involve pediatricians in dental prevention, but there is limited evidence about how well these programs actually work to improve oral health for small children, Ms. Herndon said. As part of their study, UF researchers from the colleges of Medicine and Dentistry and the Institute of Child Health Policy will examine whether children who receive preventive dental services from pediatricians are more likely to subsequently see a dentist. They will also look at geographic and population differences to see which children are receiving services and where there are unmet needs, Ms. Herndon said. Diabetes education program set for Aug. 10Free Diabetes Education Program Living W ith 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 w ill 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 y ou 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 w eb page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.BHR Moose hosting dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Moose, #2417, will hold a dinner on Thursday, Aug. 11 The dinner features black bean soup and pork chops with stuf ng for a donation of $7. Served from 5 p.m. until they run out. For more information, call 863-763-2250.Nar-anon offers help and hopeAre you struggling with the addiction problem of a loved one? You are not alone! “Finding Hope” Thursday Nite Nar-anon meeting meets Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Church Of Our Saviour, 300 NW 3rd Street. As a 12step program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strengh and HOPE.Cattlewomen to host fundraiserOkeechobee Cattlewomen will hold a fundraiser at Eli’s Western Wear on Friday, A ug. 12 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.Blood drive is Aug. 12The Big Red Bus will be at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Services Center, 1019 S.W. Park. St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug, 12 to help Harley Arnold with is health problems. Okeechobee Moose to hold bene tThe Okeechobee Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, will host a bene t for Laura, one of the bartenders. They ask all who can to make a donation for her medical expenses. On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. the Moose will serve a fundraiser dinner consisting of baked cube steak, potatoes, corn and a dessert for a $5 donation. There will be drawings and raf es. Music will be provided by Lisa at 7 p.m. with the Queen of Hearts drawing at 7 p.m.Free hunter safety class offered locallyQuail 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 e-mail to sign up.Scrapbookers to meetThe Croppin’ Crew now meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Okeechobee County Library. The next meeting will be Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Bring pictures, scrapbook pages and/or projects that you are working on. For more information call Joan at 863-467-0290.Lady Brahman golf team tryouts slatedAny 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.New 4-H Club will meetA new 4-H Club, the Lamb and Goat Club, will have its rst meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension of ce in the county annex on U.S. 98 N. For more information, call Debbie Deloney at 863-6346181 or Jay Zeller at 863-634-7964.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 U.S. 441 S.E. 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-Florida Credit Union, 3261 U.S. 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.Pregnancy Center to hold fundraiser dinnerThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will hold a Barbecue Dinner fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 19, from 10:45 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 500 N.W. 6th Street. Barbecue pork dinners are $10 each. All proceeds will bene t the clients of the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. For more information or to place an order, please call 863-467-8748. Pick up or delivery is available. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 Community Events Early dental care for tots may prevent problems later

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who reportedly tried to steal three beef jerky strips from a local convenience store found himself in much more serious trouble when he was allegedly also caught w ith several prescription pills. Hilliard John Gopher, 21, N. Tucker Ridge, Okeechobee, was arrested Saturday, A ug. 6, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam). He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a legend substance (cyclobenzaprine), possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft. Gopher was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $7,000. Jail records show that he has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that he was called to a convenience store on S.R. 70 E. in regard to a shoplifting complaint. When he got there, the clerk told him that Gopher had reportedly tried to walk out of the store with the three beef jerky strips. The strips retail for $3.99 each, indicated the report. After placing Gopher under arrest, the deputy stated that he began to search the man. During that search, Deputy Hall stated he found a short straw with a white residue and 37 tablets that were identi ed as oxycodone and alprazolam. Gopher was also reportedly in possession of 29 pills that were identi ed as cyclobenzaprine, which is a muscle relaxer. It is not a scheduled drug in Florida. Gopher was also found to be in possession of a small amount of a substance that indicated a positive result for the presence o f marijuana when eld tested. The suspected pot weighed less than 1 gram, added the deputy’s report. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The number of local child abuse investigations have not increased signi cantly over the past four years but the number of cases in which the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has veri ed the occurrence of abuse has risen sharply, a DCF spokesperson said. Okeechobee had the highest rate of veried abuse per thousand among Florida’s 67 counties between October 2010 and April 2011. The local rate was nearly three times the state average during that period. Cheri Sheffer, certi ed public manager for DCF in Circuit 19, said family violence and parental substance misuse are two of the biggest contributors to child abuse in this region. She said the preliminary numbers in Okeechobee merit further review. “Our local child abuse prevention planning team will be looking at the higher-thanaverage rate in Okeechobee to pinpoint possible causes and design-speci c strategies to assist with reducing these numbers,” she added. Okeechobee is in the Treasure Coast region with Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The preliminary numbers for 2010-11 showed 642 investigations. In 291 cases there was no indication of abuse. The abuse was not substantiated in 93 other investigations, but abuse was veri ed in 258 cases. Okeechobee had a rate of 31 children per thousand that were the victims of abuse. The state rate was 12.55 children per thousand. The region had a rate of 12.38 children per thousand. The entire state had a maltreatment rate of 12.55 children per thousand. Okeechobee’s maltreatment rate was 25.68 per thousand in 2006-07, 16.74 in 200708, 15.74 in 2008-09 and 21.82 in 2009-10. Glades County had 103 investigations of child abuse during the scal year. DCF investigators found no indication of abuse in 61 cases, and couldn’t substantiate abuse in 25 other cases. Abuse was veri ed in 17 cases, the report stated. Ms. Sheffer said DCF also routinely tracks data on the number of children they’ve determined to be in unsafe situations that can’t be resolved without ongoing intervention. The report showed 651 investigations in 2007-08 that involved 1,020 children in Okeechobee County. In 2008-09 there were 583 investigations with 931 children. The 2009-10 report showed 562 investigations that involved 864 children. DCF veri ed abuse in 107 cases in 2007-08, 101 in 200809, 136 in 2009-10 and 160 for 2010-11. The latest numbers were as of April 2011. “Okeechobee consistently has had both a higher reporting rate and a higher substantiation rate compared to other counties,” she noted. Ms. Sheffer said this isn’t actually a bad thing because it shows the community has a great level of concern for the well being of its children. She said counties with lower reporting rates have a higher risk because children of abuse aren’t being identi ed. “Okeechobee’s rate shows the community members view reporting suspected abuse is a way to ensure struggling families receive intervention, assistance and support,” she added. The economy, high unemployment and the prescription drug epidemic are all listed as contributors to the problem locally. “When people are frustrated and anxious about a lack of employment it impacts their ability to provide for their families. We also see an increase in mental health concerns, substance abuse and family violence,” she added. Ms. Sheffer said the number of abuse hotline reports have also increased from Okeechobee County in the past four years. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Sebring man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $51,500 bond following his arrest on a number of felony drug charges. Christopher Lee Jenkins, 35, Villa Road, was arrested Friday, Aug. 5, on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance w ithout a prescription (oxycodone), possession of a controlled substance w ithout a prescription (hydromorphone), possession of a controlled substance w ithout a prescription (alprazolam) and driving while license suspended habitual offender. Jenkins was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. An arrest report by Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that he saw Jenkins driving a black Ford Explorer on South Parrott Ave. around 6:56 p.m. Friday. But, he lost sight of the vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Thomas W hite then found the Explorer, and Of cer Holroyd later saw Jenkins walking across the Brahman Theater parking lot toward S.W. 17th St. According to the of cer’s report, after he placed Jenkins under arrest he began to search the man and allegedly found: 12 alprazolam tablets; nine hydromorphone tablets; ve oxycodone tablets; and, four plastic bags that contained a clear, crystal-like substance. A eld test on that substance reportedly indicated the presence of methamphetamine. Of cer Holroyd said the suspected meth had a total weight of approximately 4 grams. The of cer’s report went on to state that digital scales were found in the SUV and that Jenkins, who is unemployed, also had $618 in cash on his person. The cash and suspected meth were found in the same pocket, added the of cer. Report: Sebring man caught with cash, drugs 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011 A lleged beef jerky thief caught with pills, says deputy Hilliard John Gopher Child abuse cases increase in Okeechobee County Christopher Jenkins

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The Internal Revenue Service has some important information to share with indiv iduals who have sold or are about to sell their home. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. Here are ten tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home. 1. In general, you are eligible to exclude the gain from income if you have owned and used your home as your main home for two years out of the ve years prior to the date of its sale. 2. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return in most cases). 3. You are not eligible for the exclusion if you excluded the gain from the sale of another home during the two-year period prior to the sale of your home. 4. If you can exclude all of the gain, you do not need to report the sale on your tax return. 5. If you have a gain that cannot be excluded, it is taxable. You must report it on Form 1040, Schedule D, Capital Gains and Losses. 6. You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home. 7. Worksheets are included in Publication 523, Selling Your Home, to help you gure the adjusted basis of the home you sold, the gain (or loss) on the sale, and the gain that you can exclude. 8. If you have more than one home, you can exclude a gain only from the sale of your main home. You must pay tax on the gain from selling any other home. If you have two homes and live in both of them, your main home is ordinarily the one you live in most of the time. 9. If you received the rst-time homebuyer credit and within 36 months of the date of purchase, the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit. Repayment of the full credit is due with the income tax return for the year the home ceased to be your principal residence, using Form 5405, FirstTime Homebuyer Credit and Repayment of the Credit. The full amount of the credit is re ected as additional tax on that year's tax return. 10. When you move, be sure to update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence from the IRS. Use Form 8822, Change of Address, to notify the IRS of your address change. Ten tax tips for individuals selling their home 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 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 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. 8 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 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. Consumers 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. Mortgage help available for those who lost jobs

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See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. 10 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kodi Stephen hit a crossroads in his young life last summer when he learned he had broken a v ertebrae in his back and that his golf career might be in jeopardy. The 16-year-old has since rehabilitated the injury and not only has made it back to the golf course, has started to approach the skill he previously displayed. Stephen couldn’t play golf for ve months as he was placed in a back brace. He had played golf regularly since he was four years old. He said it was excruciating to look out the window of his house on the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club every day and not be able to pick up his clubs and play. “It was very dif cult living on the golf course and looking at it every day. It was de nitely tough to just sit back and lay out with a back brace on. It de nitely wasn’t fun,” he said. Stephen said his doctor said the injury was most likely caused by his golf swing. If his condition didn’t improve, he would have to undergo surgery and perhaps miss a lot of time away from the golf course. Since that ordeal he has hired a physical trainer, Shelly Wildes of Okeechobee, to help improve his condition and try to avoid future injuries. “It de nitely takes a lot of strength and exibility to play golf. The injury fueled me to stay in the gym more,” he said. “I don’t take anything for granted.” Stephen has had an active off-season with trips out of state to play golf. Stephen played in the Boys Junior Championship at Falcons Fire Country Club in Kissimmee in June and shot a 71. He nished fourth in a eld of 75 golfers. Stephen also competed in July in the Team World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C. for the second straight year. The event attracts golfers from all over the world. The eld included 110 golfers from across the US and a group of international golfers. Stephen did a solid job as he shot 80, 78, and 80 in the three-day tournament. Stephen is a member of the Florida Junior Tour and also the South Florida PGA and plays a number of tournaments throughout the year in South Florida and the rest of the state. Stephen said the summer tournaments have helped his golf game a lot. He said he feels he gets better every day. His ultimate goal is to earn a college scholarship and turn pro. He also said the OHS golf team has a chance to be special this year. He noted although the team lost a number of talented seniors to graduation, they return a solid group who were almost as good as the veterans. “Our second string last year was very close to last year’s senior class. He have worked hard and practiced a lot so we should be just as good if not better.” Broken vertebra doesn’t stop Brahman golfer Kodi Stephen Schools plan open house nightOpen House for the start of the 20112012 school year will be held on Thursday, Aug. 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 will be open from 7 to 9 p.m.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. 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, sod a and cookies will be provided for all who attend. For more information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257.Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council o f Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. School News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 980 Henscratch Rd € Lake Placid € 863-699-2060 € www.henscratchfarms.com Cost:$6.00 per person Children 6 and under FREE !You stomp, We Ferment &Bottle, You Build Your Holiday Gift List, We Put Your Picture on the Bottle with Foot Stomped By My Diligent Feet.Ž 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonCollecting for kidsProfessional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of Okeechobee Local 2918, spent three days collecting back to school supplies. This trailer full of supplies will be given to My Aunt’s House (501c3) to distribute to needy children in Okeechobee. From left to right are: Lt. Terry Parrish, Robert Walters, Pete Sullivan, My Aunt’s House volunteers: Wendy and Judy Watts, Adam Durrance, Chase Marsocci and Matt Vinson. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The children’s clothes closet at Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., is open on Wednesdays in August. The dates are Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31 There is no cost to those in need. Please call Ada at 863-697-8539 for more information or to donate gently used clothes. First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is having a family movie night, Friday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. featuring “Kung Fu Panda.” Bring a blanket and sack supper to the fellowship hall, popcorn will be provided. Kids wear you p.j.s and bring a friend. For more information contact Nancy Vaughan, 863-763-4021. 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 set and listen to their favorite Gospel songs are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the sing. Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will have a special speaker at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 14, Dr. Charles Gauldin. Dr Gauldin is an Associate Professor of Religion at Southeastern University, Lakeland. For more information call Pastor Dave Robertson at 863-801-1297. New St. Stephen AME Church, 811 N.W. Ninth St., is celebrating 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 25. The speaker will be Dr. Bill Bradley, professor of Bible and History courses including a course devoted to the history and the 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 10:20 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services Monday through Thursday will be at 7 p.m. The Church of God of Prophesy 102 N.W. Tenth, St. has a clothing ministry called God’s Closet that is open each Tuesday evening from 5:15 to 7 for any families in need of clothing. They have a large variety of children’s and teen’s clothing. For more information call Lisa Mullins at 863261-0841. 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. Churches plan special activities Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescuePet of the WeekAggie, a one year old female Catahoula mix helped us at Tractor Supply’s Pet Appreciation Week event. She is waiting for someone to fall in love and adopt her. She is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations and a recent grad of the SPIN Obedience Training Program. She is available for adoption and would be a great addition to any type of home. Her adoption fee is $175 and includes her up to date shots and spay.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Start yourparty here!Everything you need for game day, all in one place. The Ultimate Tailgate Party. Guaranteed to score. Visit theultimatetailgateparty.com for your next play.OFFICIALSUPERMARKET OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS Hebrew National Kosher Beef Franks . . . . . . .499Original, Reduced Fat, 97% Fat Free, Jumbo, or Bun Length Made With Premium Cuts of 100% Kosher Beef, or Knockwurst, 11 or 12-oz pkg.SURPRISINGLY LOW PRICE Wonder Hot Dog Buns . . . . .M1 m12-ozpkg.SAVE UP TO 2.59 Publix Deli 50-Piece Wing Box . . . . . 1699Hand Breaded, Fried in Trans Fat Free Oil, eachSAVE UP TO 4.00 Cape Cod Potato Chips . . . . . . . .M2500Assorted Varieties, 8 or 8.5-oz bagSAVE UP TO 1.98 ON 2 24-Pack Miller High Life Beer . . . . 1399Or Miller High Life Light, 12-oz canSAVE UP TO 1.70Prices effective Thursday, August 11 through Wednesday, August 17, 2011.Only in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Monroe Counties. Any item carried by P ublix GreenWise Market will be at the Publix advertised sale price. Quantity rights reserved. MIAMI DOLPHINS vs. ATLANTA FALCONSFRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 7:30 p.m. 12 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online atwww.newszap.com REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today! RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE J o s e V i l l a r r e a l D O Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NParrott Ave Okeechobee DOYOUNEEDTOTALK? CALL863.467.9500Can Y o u r Skin Cancer be Cured with 5 days of Radiation? CO M EINFO RF R E E I N F O R M A T I O N FOLLOWUSONFACEBOOK.COM/RADIATIONDOCTORRamesh Kumar MD, William Crook MD and Julie Santelli MD BoardCertified Radiation OncologistsWe Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 14 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ YardSales Moving Sale Household Items, Antiques(dining set w/5 chairs,lamps & organ),2 jetted bathtubs, motorcycles, furniture and much more. Shop in the comfort of an air conditioned house with refreshments. Fri., Sat., Sun. August 12,13,14 Rain or Shine. 15682 NE 12th Terr., North of town approx. 10 miles 441 N & 160th Street. R-BAR ESTATES 2741 N.E. 54th Trail Huge Yard Sale Fri. 12th and Sat. 13th 8 am-1pm Shoes,Jewelry,Purses, Boys school Clothes,Tools, Boys Sport Items,Total Gym, King Temp. mattress and Specialized Gift Baskets For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time S S t a f f A s s i s t a n t Edison State College is a dynamic and rapidly growing institution with four campuses serving Southwest Florida. Our Hendry Glades center is accepting applications for a staff assistant. The successful candidate will be an energetic, talented, personable, positive thinking person with an Associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Three (3) years related customer service or administrative support experience. Experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. For more information and to apply online, please visit our website at: https://jobs.edison.edu. Edison is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Veterans Preference employer. Radiology Technician, Medical Assistant & Phlebotomist needed in Okeechobee. Outpatient Only, Monday-Friday Days, No Nights or Weekends, Excellent Compensation! Fax resume to Cinda at: 513-488-8818 or email cpracht@ sterlingmedcorp.com Clinic Manager, RN & LPN needed in Okeechobee. Outpatient Only, Monday-Friday Days, No Nights or Weekends, Excellent Compensation! Fax resume to Cinda at: 513-488-8818 or email cpracht@ sterlingmedcorp.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 Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time AMERICORPS AND BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS-HELP A CHILD TO READ Interested in making a difference in Okeechobee County? Join Americorps Reads! Make a 1 year commitment to serve 450-900 hours at a selected school site. Tutors will be trained, receive a modest living allowance, and those completing the program will receive an education award. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Call Cheryl or Barbara at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee County. (772)466-8535, Ext 212 Employment PartTimeDISABLED, Older Man: Needs a ride from Ft. Drum to Town at least once a month. Please call (863)357-1529 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in 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. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities Busy concession stand/restaurant for lease at a local business. Must have restaurant experience. Contact Heather for more info (863)763-4114. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 chec k 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 o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, i f you call a number out o f your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureCHERRY WOOD Dining room table 6 chairs. Like new. Cost $2500. Asking $200 (863)946-1005 Guns/Supplies Browning Shotgun Browning Belgium made Semi-Auto 16 Gauge. Carry case. Very good condition. Not a sweet 16 model. $350.00. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!

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MiscellaneousItems For Sale Hitachi 60”LCD HD TV w/stand $500, Antique 1920’s dining room set $1,500,Antique Leather top end tables(3)$75,Antique pair ceramic table lamps $100,Lowry Organ $250,Horse trailer 2 horse slant $3,000 obo,(2) 6’sliding glass doors $50 each,1 Whirlpool garden style bathtub $200,1 Shower/Whirlpool bathtub combo $350,2 50cc scooters $200 each, 1 2005 Yamaha YZ85 $500, 2 50cc Liquid cooled Husqvrna SR dirt bikes $300 each, Sectional Tan Leather Sofa $100, Rocking chair blue fabric $50,2007 Artic Cat 650cc side by side $5000,Bow ex exercise system $50, 2 Full glass patio doors $20 each,2 paint horses (1 mare and 1 rugged lark Filly) $1,000 pair. Call 863-763-5876 Pets/SuppliesFree Kittens Cute as can be! Litter trained and eating well. Only two left! 863-610-1556 or 863-447-9664. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent discounted $60 per month and Yearly RV Spots for $175 mo. located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 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. EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $525 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Apartments LOCATION, LOCATION Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo.,$300 Sec. 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 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses RentCONDOS 2/1 fully furnished downstairs, w/ utilities $950. mo., seasonal rates available. 1/1 unfurnished, upstairs w/utilities $725. mo. w/year lease 863 634 0663 Taylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, furnished Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 Houses-Rent 2 bed, 1 bath Newly remodeled Chefs kitchen $675 mo. 772-359-0076 3 Bedroom/2Bath CBS Home Clean & Well Maintained Fenced Back Yard 938 NW 3rd Street $850.00 a month. David May Big Lake Real Estate 863-610-1970 Adorable Cottage Large 2bdr/1ba. Tiled shower/ oors. Ceiling fans & Crown molding. City water, laundry fac. & play ground. $650 mo. plus sec. Utilities NOT included. Non smoking & No Pets. Call 561-797-0246. AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1100, Large yards. Bring pets. Washer/Dryer included. Call 561-723-2226 DIXIE RANCH 3 bedroom/ 2 bath House, $800 mo. & security. (863)763-7032 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses-RentDixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 HOUSE FOR RENT 2847 NW 33 road Basswood 3/2, garage, fenced in, New House $1,200 per month + $800 deposit. No pets allowed Call Rafael at (561)683-9754 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. Call 941-504-3954 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. OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, Located by 15-B $675 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Opt. 1/BR cottage w/dining room. $795/month. Call 772-359-1640 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 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 VacationRentals Choose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 2BA 2BA handicap friendly house built in 2003. Sits on 1/2 acre. Comes furnished. $250,000 (863)357-3972. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2bd/1ba furnished, a/c $175.00 per week $300 security deposit no charge for water, garbage removal or electric Call 863-763-3613 3BR 2BA in Pine Ridge Park with carport. First, last + sec. dep. (will work with tenant) $750/mo. (863)634-9139 KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17216 Brynwood Lane, $400 mo. + sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $700 mo. (863)634-8885 OKEECHOBEE3 br/2 ba. Has covered carport, fenced in yard on 70 east. $500 mo. plus Utilities, Avail. 8/15/11. 863-634-1783 or 863-655-2454. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 large yard, new carpet. Lawn service $700. mo. No pets. BHR 4/2 w/fenced yard &lawn service, $700.mo. Sec. dep.req. 863 634 0663 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, 20’ $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. MobileHomeSale Palm Harbor Homes Cash for Clunkers 5K For Your Used Mobile Home Any Condition 800-622-2832 ext. 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs 1998 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles 1997 Lincoln Town car, executive sedan, 4D. 159,000 mileage, V8 automatic, ac, leather seats, good tires. All amenities. Excellent condition $3650 757-535-1704 97 Honda Civic LX 145 k miles, cold a/c, 31 mpg $2,500 rm Call 863-357-0256 Autos WantedMy husband passed away recently. Desperately in need of vehicle. Please with all your heart, donate your extra car or truck for tax deduction. 863-357-6835 Vans ‘76 Conversion van $1500 772-359-0076 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFP) No. 6000000488 FY 2012 Water Savings Incentives Program The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed applications up to 2:30 p.m opening time on September 7, 2011 for the FY 2012 Water Savings Incentive Program, for the purpose of fostering water conservation efforts of public and private water providers or large users within the SFWMD boundaries, de ned in Subsection 373.069(2) (e), F.S. All applications must conform to the instructions in the Cooperative Funding Guidelines and Application package. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete Application package: (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the application from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-6568; or (4) by calling 561-682-2715. The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. An of cial public meeting (Selection Committee Meeting) will be held on October 4, 2011 beginning 9:30 a.m. at the SFWMD, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, B-1 Building, Conference Room 2B. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing the South Florida Water Management District, Procurement Bureau, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who need assistance may contact the District Clerk, (561) 682-6297, at least two business days in advance of the meeting to make appropriate arrangements. Should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend the meeting by means of communication media technology (CMT), the meeting will be teleconferenced. For more information, please contact Sharman Rose, Contract Specialist, at (561) 682-2167. 394095 ON 8/10 CGS 8/11/2011 Attention Comcast customers in Belle Glade / Pahokee, Clewiston, Okeechobee, and each of their surrounding areas: Effective August 11, 2011, the following On Demand Direct Tune channels will be added as a test launch: • Channel 166 FEARnet On Demand • Channel 298 Free Movies On Demand • Channel 299 HBO On Demand • Channels 530 / 565 HD On Demand • Channels 531 / 566 Free HD On Demand • Channels 532 / 567 HD Premium Channels On Demand • Channels 533 / 568 HD Music On Demand • Channels 534 / 569 Movies On Demand • Channel 746 Exercise TV • Channel 886 Entertainment On Demand • Channel 887 Shopping On Demand • Channels 888 / 893 Searchlight On Demand • Channel 889 Automotive On Demand • Channel 890 My Government On Demand • Channel 891 Travel & Leisure On Demand • Channel 892 Jobs by Monster The of cial launch will be on September 12, 2011. GENERAL INFORMATION: After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service or a rate increase, you may change your level of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effective date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the annual rate card. Prices are exclusive of applicable franchise fees and related costs, FCC user fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate arrangements, some product, pricing and other information may not apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel locations and packaging are subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 800-COMCAST (800-266-2278). 394386 ON 8/10 CGS 8/11/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010 CA 441 TD BANK, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. JAMES VULPETTI, SR., OLGA MARIA VULPETTI, and RIVER OAK ACRES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment O f Foreclosure dated June 7, 2011, in Case No. 2010CA441, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is Plaintiff; and JAMES VULPETTI, SR., OLGA MARIA VULPETTI, and RIVE R OAK ACRES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 A.M. on September 7, 2011, the following described property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment Of Foreclosure, to-wit: Lot 2, RIVER OAK ACRES, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 48 and 49, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Parcel ID Number: 1-19-37-34-0010-00002-0000 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED this 9 day of June, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 389500 ON 8/10,17/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010 CA 266 Assigned to: Judge Schack TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff; vs. IVONNE FRAGA, AKA IVONNE J. FRAGA, EVONNE FRAGA, IVONNE J. TORRES, AND JUAN C. VEGA, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 19, 2011, Case No. 2010CA266, in the Circuit Court o f the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD Bank, National Association is Plaintiff and IVONNE FRAGA a/k/a IVONNE J. FRAGA, EVONNE FRAGA, IVONNE J. TORRES, and JUAN C. VEGA are Defendant(s), the clerk shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the 24th day of August, 2011 the following described property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment o f foreclosure, to-wit: LOT 133, R-BAR ESTATES, UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE(S) 4 AND 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owners as o f the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 21st day of July, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 393653 ON 8/3, 10/2011 16 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!

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PublicNotice STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit for Basinger Farm Dairy, to be issued to Family Tree Enterprises, LLLP. The proposed permit authorizes the operation of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practices. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The dairy is located at 22800 NW 160th Drive, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA138983-003-IW4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Bradley Akers, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-420.555, Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information; (a) The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant’s name and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision; (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired. a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600. 394486 ON 8/10/2011 JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting oodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations. Funding for the proposed project will be conditioned upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, oodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. Applicant: Okeechobee County (with/for City of Okeechobee) Project Title: FEMA-1561-84-R, SW Okeechobee Drainage Improvement Project, SW 21st Street Addition Location of Proposed Work: The area affected by this project consists of SW 21th Avenue between SW 3rd Avenue and SW 7th Avenue, and extending south in the SW 7th Avenue ditch. Proposed Work and Purpose: Stormwater ditches & swales, pipes, inlets, culverts, discharging to SW 7th Avenue (Whiddon) ditch, which will relieve ooding of roads and properties. Project Alternatives: The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative, 2) an extended project area and water retention facility, and 3) buyout of ooded property with demolition of structures and relocation of occupants. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) repetitive ooding is not alleviated and the needs of the community would not be served; Alternative 2) was cost prohibitive, and Alternative 3) does not retain fabric of the community or relieve ooding and allow access, and is cost prohibitive, and therefore not practicable. Comment Period: Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 15 days of this notice. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the ndings by contacting: Deborah Belcher, Grant Administrator for Okeechobee Co. (850) 893-0694 Roumelis Planning and Development Services, Inc. debroumelis@earthlink.net Adele Balmer, State Environmental Liaison Of cer (407) 856-5040 Florida Division of Emergency Management Adele.Balmer@em.my orida.com Heather Batson, FEMA Environmental Liaison Of cer (407) 268-8812 Federal Emergency Management Agency Heather.Batson@dhs.gov 394799 ON 8/10/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 737 CIRAS, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, Plaintiff, VS. J. BLAND LAND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, JULIAN BLAND, JOHN J. RICE and A.B. SURVEY SUPPLIES ENTERPRISES, INC., a Florida corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 15, 2011, entered in Civil Case No. CASE NO.: 2009 CA 737 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of August, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: Exhibit “A” Parcel 1: The South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Section 4; the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 4; the East 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 4; all in Township 36 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida; and That part of the East 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 4 described as follows: Beginning at a point on the West line of said East 1/2 located 200 feet South of the Southwest corner of Lot 47, Block 3, of “OKEECHOBEE HILLS SECTION ONE,” as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 41, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence South 0 degrees 50’53” West along the West line of said East 1/2 a distance of 692.06 feet to the Southwest corner of said East 1/2; thence North 89 degrees 18’33” East, 660.37 feet to the East 1/4 corner of said Section 4; thence North 0 degrees 50’29” East along the East line of said Section 4 a distance of 121 feet; thence North 49 degrees 10’53” West 861.35 feet to the point of beginning; and That part of Section 3, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Section 3, run North 89 degrees 25’30” East, along the South line of said Section 3, a distance of 2222.92 feet to a point 50 feet West of the centerline of State Road No. 15; thence North 6 degrees 27’32” East, parallel with said centerline 1693.30 feet to the South right-of-way line of Country Club Blvd. as shown on the plat of “OKEECHOBEE HILLS SECTION ONE”, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 41, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence South 89 degrees 17’32” West, 1351.35 feet; thence North 0 degrees 42’28” West 70 feet; thence South 89 degrees 17’32” West 135 feet; thence North 45 degrees 24’04” West 134.69 feet to a point of curvature; thence on a curve to the left having a radius of 210 feet and a central angle of 27 degrees 45’39” an arc distance of 101.75 feet to a point of tangency; thence North 73 degrees 09’43” West 653.56 feet; thence North 16 degrees 50’17” East, 135 feet; thence South 73 degrees 09’43” East 653.56 feet to a point of curvature; thence on a curve to the right having a radius of 345 feet and a central angle of 27 degrees 45’39” an arc distance of 167.15 feet to a point of cusp; thence North 45 degrees 24’04” West 85.25 feet; thence North 49 degrees 10’53” West 1166.00 feet to the West line of said Section 3; thence South 0 degrees 50’29” West, 2761.84 feet to the point of beginning. Less and Except those lands described in Of cial Records. Book 355, Page 932, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Also; Less and Except Okeechobee Golf Estates Phase one, according to the plat thereof recorded in plat Book 6, Page 70, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 20th day of July, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 393655 ON 8/3, 10/2011LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 26th day of Aug. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1995 Blue Honda Accord 1HGCE6666SA028784 1993 White Lincoln Town Car 1LNLM83W3PY771866 1981 Maroon Chevy C/K 10 1GCCC14H4BF390904 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 394377 ON 8/10/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2011CA-218 PARCEL NO.: 119 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Petitioner, -vsJOY KIDWELL, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE AND NOTICE OF SUIT STATE OF FLORIDA TO: OUT OF STATE ADDRESS T. D. Bank, N.A. SERVE: Bharat B. Masrani, as President 2035 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808 Parcel 119 ADDRESS UNKNOWN Any unknown business owners Parcel 119 To all said defendants who are living, and if any or all defendants are deceased, the unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, lienors, or other parties claiming by, through, under, or against any such deceased defendant or defendants, if alive, and, if dead, their unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, legatees, grantees, creditors, lienors, or other parties claiming by, through, under, or against any such deceased defendant or defendants, and all other parties having or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in and to the property described in the Petition, to wit: F.P. NO. 1969044 SECTION 91070-000 STATE ROAD 70 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DESCRIPTION PARCEL 119 ESTATE OR INTEREST TO BE OBTAINED: FEE SIMPLE RIGHT OF WAY That portion of the southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Township 36 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being described as follows: Commence at the southeast corner of said Section 35; thence along the south line of said Section 35, South ‘8946’27” West a distance of 1,499.99 feet to the survey base line of State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road); thence along said survey base line North 5432’47” East a distance of 118.94 feet; thence North 6007’08” West a distance of 42.61 feet to the north existing right of way line of said State Road 70 (per Section 91070-2519) for a POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue North 6007’08” West a distance of 122.45 feet; thence North 5432’47” East a distance of 692.56 feet; thence North 5011’23” West a distance of 359.13 feet; thence North 4513’22” East a distance of 141.81 feet; thence North 5835’11” East a distance of 57.65 feet; thence South 3527’13” East a distance of 14.43 feet; thence North 5835’11” East a distance of 236.97 feet; thence South 6953’08” East a distance of 174.70 feet; thence North 7057’46” East a distance of 18.81 feet; thence South 8112’55” East a distance of 63.55 feet; thence North 5809’22” East a distance of 72.21 feet; thence North 0153’32” East a distance of 18.70 feet; thence North 5425’54” East a distance of 94.52 feet; thence South 3534’06” East a distance of 122.87 feet;, thence North 5432’47” East a distance of 478.74 feet to the west existing right of way line of NE 128th Avenue [Berman Farm Road (per Of cial Records Book 133, Page 877, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida); thence along said west existing right of way line South 0007’02” East a distance of 178.83 feet to the north existing right of way line of said State Road 70; thence along said north existing right of way line the following ve (5) courses: 1) South 5500’17” West a distance of 485.58 feet; 2) South 5507’10” West a distance of 400.02 feet; 3) South 5432’47” West a distance of 100.00 feet; 4) South 5520’55” West a distance of 500.05 feet; 5) South 5203’55” West a distance of 214.40 feet to end said courses and to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 9.356 acres. You are each noti ed that the Petitioner led its Petition and its Declaration of Taking in this Court against you as defendants, seeking to condemn by eminent domain proceedings the above described property located in the State of Florida, County of OKEECHOBEE. You are further noti ed that the Petitioner will apply to the Honorable Larry Schack, one of the Judges of this Court, on the 27th day of October, A.D., 2011, at 2:00 o’clock P.M., at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 312 NW Third Street, Courtroom B, Okeechobee, Florida, for an Order of Taking in this cause. All defendants to this suit may request a hearing at the time and place designated and be heard. Any defendant failing to le a request for hearing shall waive any right to object to the Order of Taking. AND Each defendant is hereby required to serve written defenses, if any, and request a hearing, if desired, to said Petition: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Post Of ce Box 1249 Bartow, Florida 33831 c/o Andrew J. DeNering, Esquire District One Chief Counsel (863) 519-2623 Florida Bar No.: 975117 on or before the 12th day of Sept., A.D., 2011, and le the originals with the Clerk of this Court on that date, to show cause what right, title, interest, or lien you or any of you have in and to the property described in the Petition and to show cause, if any you have, why the property should not be condemned for the uses and purposes set forth in the Petition. If you fail to answer, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. If you fail to request a hearing on the Petition for Order of Taking you shall waive any right to object to said Order of Taking. “IT IS THE INTENT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WHEN REQUESTED BY QUALIFIED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS AN ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COURT PROCEEDING OR ACCESS TO A COURT FACILITY, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT: COURT ADMINISTRATION, 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986; (711), IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED.” WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL of said Court on the 1st day of Aug. A.D., 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 394623 ON 8/10,17/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011 CP91 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF JESSE JAMES HUNTER Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JESSE JAMES HUNTER, deceased, whose date of death was April 16, 1976, and whose social security number is is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is August 7, 2011. Personal Representative: CHERI NORMAN THOMAS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME The undersigned does hereby certify that Joy Jarriel conducting a Bakery business at 945 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, Florida, under the ctitious name of Joy’s Place and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: J oy Jarriel 945 NE 28th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Ownership of Joy’s Place is as follows: Joy Jarriel 100% It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of Joy’s Place under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Joy Jarriel DATE: 8/5/2011 945 NE 28th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0669 394595 ON 8/10/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 47-2011-CA-000154 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2008-1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2008-1 Plaintiff, BRUCE D. WATFORD; TERESA WATFORD; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARY WOREL F/K/A MARY SNYDER; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; CONNERS GABLES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION Unknown Spouse of Mary Worel f/k/a Mary Snyder Last Known Address: 6700 Wall Street Apt #18 J Mobile, AL 36695 Current Address: Unknown Previous Address: 3282 SE 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTSLast Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 34, LESS THE SOUTH 5 FEET, A REVISED AND ADDITION TO PLAT OF CONNERS GABLES REVISED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA This property is located at the Street address of: 3282 SE 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 350 Jim Moran Blvd., Suite 100, Deer eld Beach, Florida 33442, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This Notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in The Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on August 3, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT Arlene Nealis BY: Deputy Clerk**IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986, Telephone (772) 807-4370 at least 7 working days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 394404 ON 8/10,17/2011 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2011 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 17055 NW 176th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: HARVIN & HARVIN, LLP Wes Harvin II, Esq. for the rm 306 NW 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Telephone: (863) 824-7179 Facsimile: (863) 824-0017 Florida Bar No. 0527068 394437 ON 8/10,17/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010 CA 157 SECTION NO. MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, v. STEPHEN GEARY; JACKIE GEARY; COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.; TENANT #1; TENANT #2; and AN Y AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, AND UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREINNAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD O R ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment entered July 22, 2011 in this case in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, the real property described as: Lot 33, LAZY 7 ESTATES, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded at Plat Book 6, Pages 27 and 28, in the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. will be sold at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the Jury Assembly Room 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on August 31, 2011. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k cc: Gregory A. Sanoba, Esq., 422 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801 Roger Azcona, Esquire, 420 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., c/o CT Corporation System, Registered Agent, 1200 South Pine Island Road, Plantation, Florida 33324 TENANT #1, 1401 SW 83rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 394239 ON 8/10,17/2011 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!

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how the victim left the front door unlocked for her mother then went to bed. Jimenez entered the singlewide mobile home by that unlocked door and went directly to the victim’s bedroom. “I was asleep in my room. I woke up and he was standing at my door. He smelled like v ery, very bad alcohol on him,” said the victim. “He told me to pull my pants down. I w as scared because he was drunk. I wanted to scream for help.” After Jimenez had left, the girl called her mother. She also remembered what her mother had told her—don’t bathe. “I’m not supposed to wash because they can use that for DNA testing,” she testi ed. Dr. Gregory Landrum, a clinical and forensic psychologist, told the jury that although the victim was 17 years old she has the mental age of an 11 to 12 year old. He described the girl as mildly retarded. He went on to say that she would have a problem thinking outside the box, but added that she knows the difference between the truth and a lie and “would follow directions to the letter.” That statement was proven by the victim when she told the jury what her mother had told her about not taking a bath or shower. The girl was taken to the emergency room at Raulerson Hospital where a rape kit was done by Tammy Howard, a nurse practitioner, and registered nurse Joanne Neal. As part of that kit, Ms. Neal swabbed the girl’s breast. That swab was then sent to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce. “Out of 6.7 billion people in the world,” said Mr. Richardson to the jury, “only one person has the DNA that matches the DNA found on the breast of a mentally retarded child.” That DNA, he continued, belonged to Jimenez. An examination by Ms. Howard found that the girl suffered no trauma or injury, which is why defense attorney Roger Azcona argued that his client did not commit rape. “No semen, which would be consistent with rape, was found and no signs of trauma were found on the victim,” he told the jury in his opening statement. And, he continued, there were no signs of union. However, under Florida law union does not have to be proven. Mr. Richardson pointed out that all he has to prove is that there was contact. Under direct examination by Mr. Richardson, Ms. Howard testi ed that there could have been contact without physical injury or any sign of contact. The trial will continue Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A at the Okeechobee County Judicial Complex. BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! St. Lic. CACO29420Serving the entire lake area for 25 yearsOur Focus Is To Make You ComfortableŽFREE Estimates Sales € Service € Installation467-1545 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 18 Okeechobee News August 10, 2011 number, stated the report. He was then planning on using Hispanics who are in the U.S. illegally to cash the checks, she added. Crum had apparently contacted an intermediary who was going to nd the men to cash his fake checks. Each check was made out for $579.38. The detective’s report stated that he was going to pay the intermediary $150 per check, each of the Hispanic men $100 per check and he was going to pocket the rest— or, a total of about $14,822.10. Detective Morrison’s report goes on to show that she was able to intercept Crum before he passed out the bogus checks. She said she seized nine envelopes with ve of the checks in each envelope. All of the checks were from the Fort Pierce company and the same dollar amount—$579.38. The detective searched his home and also con scated Crum’s computer, printer and accessories. Crum allegedly used his home computer to make the checks. The investigator’s report said he simply went on line, downloaded software to print the checks then purchased the paper stock from an ofce supply business in Stuart. Detective Morrison also pointed out that Crum was released from prison on Jan. 4. He was convicted of grand theft and uttering forged bills in Martin County and was sentenced to ve years in prison. A check of Crum’s record showed that he was sent to prison on April 11, 2008. He is also on probation in Okeechobee, Polk and St. Lucie counties after being found guilty of grand theft, forgery or uttering forged bills charges in each of those counties. In all, Crum has been convicted in six felony cases dating back to 2004. The OCSO detective said her investigation is continuing. FELONYContinued From Page 1 TEENContinued From Page 1 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Waltorian T. Jackson, 20, Okeechobee, w as arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Brian Cross on felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief, and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $10,000.  Cody A. Lagrange, 22, N.E. 13th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on a Glades County w arrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation criminal mischief. He is being held w ithout bond.  James Edgar Burnett, 58, N.E. 304th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Paul Jackson on charges of driving under the in uence and driving with expired license more than four months. His bond was set at $1,000.  James Donald Beaty, 43, N.W. 160th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 7 by Trooper T. B. White on charges of driving under the in uence and refusal to submit to a DUI test. His bond was set at $1,000.  Steven Cody Crose, 22, N.E. 128th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 8 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony petit theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Joseph Figueroa, 29, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 8 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $5,000.  Denise Thurman, 45, N.W. 38th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 8 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with indirect criminal contempt of court. 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

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