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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 98 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.34 feetLast Year: 13.87 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Back to school information and school bus schedule inside!5 arrested in drug sting ... Page 18 F u n i n t h e m u d : Fun in the mud: M u d f e s t d r a w s c r o w d s Mudfest draws crowds M u d d i n g e n t h u s i a s t s w i t h v e h i c l e s l a r g e a n d s m a l l g a t h e r e d i n O k e e c h o b e e o v e r Mudding enthusiasts with vehicles large and small gathered in Okeechobee over t h e w e e k e n d f o r t h e A u g 1 2 1 4 M u d f e s t F o r m o r e o n t h e M u d f e s t s e e p a g e 1 0 the weekend for the Aug. 12-14 Mudfest. For more on the Mudfest, see page 10. ( P h o t o c o u r t e s y D a v i d M e n t e n ) (Photo courtesy David Menten) By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man with a self-professed “young girl problem” won’t have to worry about molesting young girls any more because he will be in prison for the rest of his life. Billy Wayne Webb, 38, was sentenced to two life sentences Monday, Aug. 15, by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger. The judge added enhancements to Webb’s conviction and declared him to be a habitual offender, a prison releasee re-offender and a dangerous felony sexual offender. Judge Belanger also ruled that Webb will have to serve a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison. Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson said although Webb will spend the rest of his natural life in prison, the minimum/mandatory was ordered in case the State Legislature should change the law. “The law could change, however, and the Florida Legislature might amend the law to allow a defendant who receives a life sentence to apply for, and be granted, parole. I don’t think this is likely, but it is possible,” explained the prosecutor. “ Then, Judge Belanger’s sentence requires the defendant to still serve at least 25 years in the Department of Corrections.” The sentences will run concurrently and Webb will receive credit for the 446 days he has already served in the Okeechobee Count y Jail. Webb was convicted June 28 of two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 16. He was arrested in May of 2010 b y Detective Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), after he had grabbed the breasts of a young girl while at a party in the girl’s home. In her testimony, the girl told the jury ho w Webb rst asked her to be his girlfriend. Then Sex offender gets two life sentencesSee WEBB — Page 13 Billy Wayne Webb

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By Jennifer WarnerHealth News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MDMore than 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major grocery store chains in the Southeast have been recalled because of potential E. coli contamination. The ground beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. and sold by WinnDixie Stores Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co. The USDA says routine testing at an Ohio Department of Agriculture facility revealed E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Further investigation identi ed the National Beef Packing Co. as the sole source of the tainted ground beef. The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from the tainted ground beef. E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most serious cases, kidney failure. Children, the elderly, and people with w eak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli bacteria. Of cials say the ground beef recall affects products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee. At Kroger, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties and meatballs, and meat loaf made in the stores. Packages have a "sell by" date of July 29 through Aug. 12 and were sold at stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tenn. At Publix, the products include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, prepared burgers, stuffed peppers, seasoned Salisbury steak, and other ground beef products with "sell by" dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. The products were sold at stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. At Winn-Dixie, recalled products include ground chuck and patties with "sell by" dates between July 31 and Aug. 12. People should return any affected ground beef products to their stores for a full refund. USDA of cials recommend that all ground beef products be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees in order to kill any potentially harmful bacteria. For more information on the recall, contact National Beef at 816-713-8631. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsAs part of the state's overall budget reduction, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) cut 32.2 percent or about $129 million from its budget as compared to the current year. On the local level part of that cut was achieved by the ring of four SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center employees. In an Aug. 1 letter to Gov. Rick Scott, Melissa Meeker, SFWMD executive director outlined the tentative budget for scal year 2011/12. She stated that one of the budget ef ciencies would be "re-engineering" the agency's organizational structure. That move w ill save $27.5 million by eliminating more than 270 positions, four of which were in Okeechobee. To achieve the elimination of those 270 positions in the month of June, employees w ere given the option of voluntarily leaving w ith one month's severance pay and one month's insurance. The balance of the 270 reductions came from recent involuntary separations with no severance package. However, Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's Okeechobee Service Center, said the personnel reductions would not affect his operations. Mr. Ritter said that of those laid off, one was an administrative type person, one worked with electronic mapping, one was involved in resource compliance and one was an inter-governmental/outreach person. He said none of his employees took advantage of the voluntary offer in June. While the remaining personnel will have to work harder to take up the slack, Mr. Ritter said that the public will see no change in the services provided. His of ce will still be doing regulatory permitting and working with local governments. Issuing permits for various environmental projects is one of the service center's functions. Mr. Ritter said the public will actually see permits issued quicker because they are on a tighter schedule for issuing them. Mr. Ritter added that there were no layoffs at the SFWMD Okeechobee Field Of ce. He said that of ce is critical to SFWMD's core mission of ood control. Ms. Meeker's letter to the governor stated that the tentative budget totals $557.1 million. She went on to say that that amount would allow SFWMD to reduce taxes and direct its resources to its core mission of ood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems. On Aug. 16 Ms. Meeker issued the following statement: "The South Florida Water Management District is in the process of implementing its budget reductions, which include a $57.7 million reduction in operating expenses, $17.7 million reduction in employees bene ts and $27.5 million reduction in staf ng and salaries. Like public agencies at the local, state and national levelsas well as private businessesthe District is working diligently to achieve its mission during challenging economic times. We ask that you respect the agency and its employees during this transition." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 € Hwy 98 N. € Okeechobee PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM THE DANGERS WET WEATHER BRINGS... Frontline € Advantage Cooper Best € Fly Relief € Bronco Repel-X € Mosquito Halt € Saber &Many MoreStop by and see us today! Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2011 Budget cuts force SFWMD layoffs Labor Day Parade cancelled Festival is still slatedThe Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association has decided not to hold the Annual Labor Day Parade this year. Okeechobee Main Street will still host the Annual Labor Day Festival in the Park. Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and entertainment. The festivities will take place on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the event, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd Street, 863-357-6246. Ground beef recalled due to E. coli

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Lake friends to meetFriends of Lake Okeechobee will host their rst meeting on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., in Lakeport, at the former site of Northlake Marine, 1205 S.R.78, Lakeport. Anyone that has interest in the lake levels and how it is affecting local businesses need to attend. All local businesses are affected by the lack of tourism in the area due to low water. From motels and gas stations, to restaurants and shing guides all are welcome and encouraged to come to make a change in how this great lake is managed. We have to do something to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from putting us at the bottom of the ladder. Please come with your concerns and ideas to help with our livelihood. Everyone is welcome, please come and support your lake! We will also be taking ideas to stop the overspraying of the lake, and talk about dredging projects as well as lock closures. Call 937728-1344 for questions or details. Friends of Lake Okeechobee 11 and 12 year old arrested Kids need structure. Kids need rules. I have found that most kids respond to it. My kids' friends who have very few rules at their own homes do just ne following the rules at my house because we explain the rules clearly and also let them know that failure to follow the rules means their parents will be called to come and get them. These kids, w hose parents don't take them to church, are even happy to go to church and Sunday school with us. I never take a child to church w ithout rst asking the parents' permission. But if a kid wants to spend the night at our house on Saturday, I explain we will all be going to church on Sunday morning, so we can drop the child off at home on the way to church or they can come with us. And most of the time, they want to go with us. I think parents should be held accountable for their children's actions. A parent w ho allows a kid to stay up at night watching porn should be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for having the porn channel or video available where a child could access it and for not supervising the kid. Put the parents in jail, maybe others w ill wake up and pay more attention to their own kids. I think it is a good thing the sheriff posted the photos online because people need to know. If a child is accused of molesting other children, and that child lives in your neighborhood, you need to know that so y ou can protect your own kids.Organizations seek funding The question isshould county tax money be given to private organizations? Some people think that is appropriate. Some people don't. Many people seem to be surprised to nd out county money is used for something other than county business.Debt ceiling The Democrats claim they had to raise the debt ceiling because they cannot raise enough money with taxes. But they had two years when they controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency and they could have put tax reform through. They had two years to do that, and they didn't do it. They didn't raise taxes because they did not want to be blamed for raising taxes. They waited until after the election when they were no longer in control of the House to bring up tax reform. If tax reform is so important, they should have taken care of that when they were in control. Two whole years and they didn't bring it to a vote. The Republicans could not have stopped them. The Democrats had a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. But all Obama wanted to talk about was his health care bill, which the American people did not want and still do not want.Thoughts to ponder "Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." H. L. Mencken "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to? "Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?" Winnie the PoohMudfest From what I heard from people who live in the area near State Road 70, Mudfest was better this year, with not so much traf c. There also seemed to be more deputies around, which I am sure helped keep things a little more under control. I am sure the gas stations like this event and it probably helps the local stores a bit.Island might tip? There is a video on YouTube that shows a U.S. Congressman, Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) stating he was afraid the Island of Guam might tip over and capsize due to overpopulation if additional military personnel were stationed there. It is amazing that Admiral Robert Willard was able to keep a straight face while answering the Congressman's questions. Wednesday, August 17, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Thursday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescuePet of the WeekTiger is a male, about 2 years old. Tiger is one of our SPIN training graduates. He is house trained, playful, and does well with other dogs. Adoption fee is $175. He is neutered, trained, vaccinated and available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.

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Schools plan open house nightOpen House for the start of the 20112012 school year will be held on Thursday, A ug. 18 In order to help parents who have children in more than one school within the district, times will be staggered. Elementary Schools will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Middle Schools will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee High School and Okeechobee Freshman Campus w ill be open from 7 to 9 p.m.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 w ill also gladly accept checks made out to the Mission or gift cards and staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for more information or drop off locations.Third annual ‘Tween Summit’ is plannedCome one Come all ‘Tweens and parents to the Third Annual Shared Services of Okeechobee County ‘Tween Summit.’ The event is for children ages 10-12. The Summit is set for Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 612 S.W. Second Ave. The event is free. Pizza, soda and cookies will be provided for all who attend. For more information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257.Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2008. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m.Register now for the Voluntary Prekindergarten ProgramThe FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) program is available. This program is not income based and the following are the only requirements: Child must be a Florida resident; Child must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2011; Child must NOT have participated in a VPK program during the school year or summer. Please call the Early Learning Coalition at, 863-357-1133, to schedule an appointment. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. 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 17, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The children’s clothes closet at Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will be open on Wednesdays, Aug. 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. Cowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Basinger Community Cente r. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by a service at 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Kaylee Murphy. For more information call Doyle McDuf e at 863-763-2285. New St. Stephen AME Church, 811 N.W. Ninth St., is celebrating their 58th anniversary. 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, A ug. 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. Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will have a grilled chicken dinner on Friday, Aug. 19. The menu consist of chicken leg quarter, potato salad, green beans, roll and dessert. Eat in, pick up or we will deliver. To place orders either call 863763-4127 or 863-634-2930, email okeechobeecog.com or fax 600-875-1804. 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. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church 4212 U.S. 441N., beginning Aug. 23 and every Tuesday afterward throughout the school, will have Bible Clubs for preschool through 12th grade from 6:30 to 8 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 863-261-0841. 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.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-7633134, extension 4225. Cowboys for Christ meets in Basinger School News in Brief Share your news and photos for this column by email to pgawda@newszap.comPlaces ofWorship Blood drives plannedOkeechobee Community Blood Drives planned in August at the following locations:  Wednesday, Aug. 17, Publix Supermarket from 1 to 3 p.m. and Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant from 4 to 8 p.m.;  Thursday, Aug. 18, in Ft. Drum, Edye Beaulieu of Little Bit of Everything Shop (behind Pat’s Country Kitchen), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Friday, Aug. 19, at Walgreen’s from 1 to 7 p.m.; and,  Saturday, Aug. 27, at Wal-Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Retired educators association to meetThe Okeechobee County Retired Educators Association will be having their rst meeting of the new school year on Thursday, Aug. 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the meeting room of the Lodge Restaurant. All retired educators are invited to attend and become members. The organization does many service and mentoring projects for the schools as well as selling the annual historical ornaments to raise money for academic scholarships.Nar-Anon invites newcomersAre you struggling with the addiction problem of a loved one? You are not alone. "Finding Hope" Thursday Nite Nar-Anon meeting on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. meets at Church of Our Saviour. 300 NW 2nd St. As a 12-step program we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength and HOPE.Pregnancy Center to hold fundraising 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.Moose Lodge plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, will host a Moose Legion Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is fried shrimp for $7. The queen of hearts drawing will be held at 7 p.m. Music with Gerry Harmon from 710 p.m. Come and join every one for an evening of fun.August CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m., in the board room of the school board of ce. Dodgeball tourney set as scholarship fundraiserCome and join us at the Future STAR S Scholarship fundraiser A Dodgeball Tour nament set for Saturday, Aug. 20 9 a.m. at Osceola Middle School. Bring your tea m and play to win. Teams of six must pre-reg ister and registration is $150 per team. Fo r information on registration, please call 863 634-5020 or 863-634-6523. First place win ners will receive $300. The tournament i s sponsored by Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler Jeep.Legion Post to hosting bene tThe American Legion Post #64 is host ing a Poker Run bene t for Sabrina Yeate s on Aug. 20. Registration is at 8 a.m. on Sat urday or early registration is on Friday, Aug 19, at the post on 501 SE 2nd in Okeecho bee, the run will go around the lake with 1 2 stops and end at the post at 6 p.m. wher e the drawing will take place. There will b e dinner and music beginning at 5 p.m., an d you are invited to come and join us even i f you do not ride in the poker run. The dinne r is $5 and there will be music by JODY fo r your enjoyment. Sabrina is suffering from a n autoimmune disorder called Sarcoidosis, i t has attacked Sabrina's lungs, liver, salivar y glands, bones, joints and eyes. She has jus t returned from Kansas City where she ha d surgery to remove cysts from her spina l cord. The treatment for this disease is on go ing and very expensive. We hope to see yo u there.New Habitat home being built volunteers neededIf you have some time and would like t o help Habitat for Humanity, we are going t o start building a Home at 912 N.W. Fifth St on Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m. Come and brin g your favorite hammer. Work an hour or sev eral hours. Questions call 863-357-1371 an d leave message. Habitat ReStore in the Trad ing Post Flee Market is having 50 percent of f all their inventory for the month of August.Considering Adoption? orientation session plannedAnyone interested in learning more abou t adoption is encouraged to join the Children' s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Di vision at the monthly Adoption Orientatio n session. The next meeting is scheduled t o take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 5 at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Luci e County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street i n Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and fre e open house-style orientation will provide a n overview of foster care adoption and answe r all questions related to adoption and CHS adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awarenes s in our community as we try to nd addi tional permanent "Forever Families" for lo cal children in foster care. To RSVP or fo r more information, contact Children's Hom e Society's Adoption Information Line at 772 429-2001. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Albert Al' K. Mace, 66OKEECHOBEE Albert "Al" K. Mace, age 66, of Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 14, 2011, in Fort Pierce. He was born Aug. 19, 1944, in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Mace proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed antique cars and Scottish Terriers. He was a friend to everyone. Mr. Mace is survived by his wife of 16 years, Chris Velazquez of Okeechobee; mother, Barbara Herring of New Jersey; brother, James Klein (Yolanda); daughters, Jennifer Wilson (Harley) and Kristen Kasprick (Hans); son, Jim Klein (Laura) all of Michigan; sister and brother, Donette and Kent; best friend, Jim and Linda Schnider; and many loving family and friends. Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Buxton Funeral Home with services following at 7 p.m. Interment will take place in New Jersey. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Bertha Teresa Austin, 89OKEECHOBEE Bertha Teresa Austin, 89, died at her home on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. A resident of Okeechobee for the past 12 years, she attended More To Life Church. Bertha enjoyed reading, needle work of any type, and painting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce L. Austin; three brothers and eight sisters. Survivors include her son, Larry (Patricia) Austin of Irving, Texas; daughters, Mary Lookabill of Okeechobee, Barbara (Fred) Stricker of Laredo, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. There will be no services. Friends may send condolences online to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Ellene J. Branstetter, 93OKEECHOBEE Ellene J. Branstetter, age 93, of Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 13, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. She was born Aug. 9, 1918, in Sutherland, Iow a. She came to Okeechobee from Boca Raton in 2000. She was an accountant. Mrs. Branstetter was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Branstetter Sr. in 2004; and her sister, Eleanor Bettinger. She is survived by her son, Robert L. Branstetter Jr. (Jeanne); daughter, Linda Papy (Russ), all of Okeechobee; two sisters, Donna Mau of Omaha, Neb., and Marion Reitsma of Primgar, Iowa; brother, David Rein of Moorhead, Minn.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefh.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972.Madelyn Yvonne Smith Cote, 79BABSON PARK Madelyn Yvonne Smith Cote, 79, of Babson Park, died Aug. 14, 2011. She was born in W inchendon, Mass., on July 22, 1932, and had been a resident of Polk County for four months. She had lived in Okeechobee most of her life. Mrs. Cote was a homemaker and Pentecostal by faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Cote. Survivors include a son, Scott Cote; daughter, Bonnie Cote of Babson Park; sisters, June Abraira of Sanford, and Dot Hiscock of Okeechobee; grandson, William Sirola, and granddaughter Lauren Sirola. Arrangements by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Avon Park. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 17, 2011 Poker tourney to bene t ARCAug. 17 is the date set for a poker tournament bene tting The ARC (for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). The tournament will take place at the VFW, 3912 Hwy. 441 SE. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the entry fee is a donation of $50. The tournament will go until 7 p.m. with "cards in the air." Prizes will be awarded in W al-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 Hwy 441 South and also The ARC Thrift Store, 403 NW Second Ave. For tournament information and sign ups contact: Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or sign up at Pogey Restaurant, 1759 S. Parrott A venue. The event is sponsored by Bubba's Redneck Yacht Club.Food stamp help available Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772-9713316. DEC plans to meetOkeechobee Democratic Executive Council meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 18 beginning at 6 p.m., in the Beef O'Brady's meeting room. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Community Events

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man who was released from a Florida prison in May of last year, is on his way back to prison. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger sentenced Edward Ray Thomas to 18 months in prison after nding him guilty on felony drug charges Monday, Aug. 15. Upon his release from prison Thomas, 26, will be placed on four years probation. "I'm going to give you enough rope to hang yourself," said Judge Belanger. "If you come out of prison and commit new crimes, y ou've got 30 years in prison hanging over y our head." Thomas was arrested Oct. 10, 2010, on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (roxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (roxycodone). He was arrested after selling a con dential source seven roxycodone tablets for $100 in an undercover drug operation staged by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Prior to being sentenced, Thomas told the judge that even though he had been in prison he was trying to straighten out his life. Thomas told the judge that he now had a full-time job, was going to go back to school and is expecting his rst child. "I've made some bad decisions," he told Judge Belanger. But Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson pointed out that Thomas has been in prison twice, and should be sent back for a third time for no less than seven years. Judge Belanger agreed that, given the man's record, "seven years is not unreasonable." Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that Thomas was rst sent to prison on June 9, 2004, after being convicted of robbery. He was released July 11, 2007. Thomas was sent back to prison on Dec. 17, 2008, after being found guilty of escape. He was then released from the Taylor Correctional Institute on May 8, 2010. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A bookkeeper who stole over $4,000 from her employer was sentenced Monday to a y ear in the Okeechobee County Jail by Circuit Court J udge Robert Belanger. The judge also ruled that Rebecca Caldwell, 36, will serve four years on probation upon her release from jail and must pay $4,450 in restitution to Home Depot. Caldwell was found guilty at trial of three counts of grand theft and one count of making a false entry into the books of a corporation. She was given a year's sentence on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. She will also receive credit for the 18 days she has already served. A company representative spoke to the judge at the Aug. 15 sentencing and said that Caldwell actually stole closer to $8,000 from the store and asked that she receive the maximum sentence. "This is an ongoing scheme to defraud situation," said Judge Belanger, prior to pronouncing sentence. And because she was convicted of multiple felonies he went on to say that, theoretically, she could receive a sentence of up to 20 years. Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Tew reminded the judge that Caldwell was found guilty of the felonies at trial and that her plan to steal was "quite thought out." Defense attorney Roger Azcona told the judge that Caldwell has her children to care for and asked for leniency. But, Judge Belanger was not swayed by that fact. "The time to think about your children is before you go out and commit a felony," he told the woman standing before him.Woman given house arrestIn another sentencing Monday Judge Belanger agreed to withhold adjudication and sentenced Merri Joella Spearow to three months on house arrest, to be followed by 20 months on probation as part of a plea agreement with the state. Spearow, 41, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Dec. 15, 2010, by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Spearow was taken into custody after task force detectives executed a search warrant on her home and found 150 oxycodone pills and $822 in cash. In a detective's arrest report Spearow, who was unemployed, was quoted as saying she had been selling pills for about a year and that she was getting $15 per pill. The search warrant was issued after Spearow reportedly sold a con dential source six oxycodone tablets for $90 during an undercover drug operation. "It looks like she's been law abiding for four decades and then made some stupid decisions," said Judge Belanger. He also warned Spearow that if she violates the terms of her probation, she could likely end up in the Department of Corrections. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was designated as a sex offender and sentenced to 12 years in prison for crimes of sexual activity with a minor and sexual battery on a person over 12 for an incident at the Martin Girls Academy w here he worked as a prison guard. Xavier Leach, 25, entered a plea of no contest to the two felony charges and was adjudicated guilty by Circuit Court Judge W illiam Roby at a court appearance on Aug. 4 in Stuart. He received credit for eight months and seven days he has already served. Leach was accused of sexual activity with a 17 year old girl while he was on duty. The secure facility is for high risk girls and is located in Stuart. The arrest report from Martin County Sheriff Of ce deputies said Leach and the girl were discovered in a laundry room closet in a state of undress. The victim stated she had sex with Leach on multiple occasions. The U.S. Marshal's Regional Fugitive Task Force and Okeechobee County Sheriff Of ce deputies arrested Leach at his residence in Okeechobee last November without incident. Leach, 6'5", was also a graduate of OHS and played for two seasons on the varsity basketball team. 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Christopher Edward Gillaspy, 38, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested A ug. 11 by Of cer Bryan Enderle on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $5,000. Rojelio Santos, 36, N.W. 39th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 11 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear driving under the in uence, failure to appear no valid driver's license and willful and wanton reckless driving. His bond was set at $5,000. He was also arrested by Deputy Anthony Kibler on a charge of no valid driver's license. His bond on that charge was set at $500. Dawna Lashay Hopewell, 29, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Of cer Charles Green on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and grand theft. Her bond was set at $6,000. Codene Wigfall, 22, Short St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with failure to appear failure to return leased property. She is being held without bond. Hubert Cornett, 61, Brinkerhoff Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Mercy Ancero Priest, 51, S.E. 39th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy John Hazy on a felony charge of aggrav ated assault and a misdemeanor charge of battery. Her bond was set at $5,500. Brett Allen Joiner, 26, N.E. Fourth Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by FHP Trooper T.D. Burk on charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $750 David Edward Farmer, 44, S.W. 28th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by Of cer Kelley Margerum on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. William Leslie Thomas, 46, N.W. 42nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 15 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a charge of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. His bond was set at $1,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 8 Okeechobee News August 17, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man accused of stealing over $6,000 in tools and other items is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $20,000 bond. Daniel Anthony Pelham, 35, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 10, and is charged with the felonies of burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft, defrauding a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. An arrest report by Detective Augustin Saucedo, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that the homeowner rst noticed some things missing from his home on July 15. The report indicated that those items included: a 2,300 watt generator; a radio controlled helicopter; a circular saw; a tackle box and tackle; a .22 caliber ri e and two boxes of shells; several nail guns; a compound miter saw; and, two containers of hand tools. In all, said the detective, the missing items were worth a total of $6,350. According to Detective Saucedo four nail guns were pawned at a local pawn shop. When he checked the shop's records, the detective stated that he found a pawn slip that contained Pelham's identi cation as well as his thumb print. The detective's report went on to state that Pelham received $150 for the nail guns. The investigation is continuing. Okeechobee man charged in theft of tools & tackle Okeechobee man gets 12 years for sex offense Okeechobee Arrest Report Xavier Leach Daniel A. Pelham

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The placemats on the tables read “Teaching is a work of art.” It was a message to w elcome and encourage new teachers. Peace Lutheran Church kicked off a week of welcome lunches for rst-year teachers in Okeechobee Schools on Monday as they saluted teachers and their contributions to our children and the community. School Board member Gay Carlton inv ites the teachers to her church every year. She said there were at least 24 new teachers in the school system this year. She said there w ere about 10 more teaching positions to be lled by the start of school. President of the Church Congregation J erry Ferraro said teachers are always welcome in their church. He said the church offers classes to explain how the Lutheran religion differs from other congregations. “You have a great job ahead of you, teachers. I know all your efforts will be worth it if you turn one kid around. You offer a child a better life through education,” he said. Ferraro’s daughter is a teacher in the New York City School system. Assistant Superintendent Mary Hurley thanked the church for their support of the school system. She remembered back to when she began her teaching career here in 1986 and re ected on how the church treated her, “I thank you so much for making me feel welcome all those years ago.” Church elder John Simms, a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of Special Forces, said he couldn’t have accomplished what he did in life without the help of a teacher. Simms grew up in Orlando. He said the woman saw something in him and encouraged him to improve. “She told me I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it,” he added. Simms admitted he was a dif cult student who was a good athlete who had simply settled for routine grades in school until the teacher reached him. “I thank all you teachers for what you do,” he added. He was the rst member of his family to graduate from college and did it with straight As. The Peace Lutheran Early Childhood Center and Preschool was also recognized for their contributions to the community. They will accept two-year-olds for the rst time this year. This is the 29th year for the local school. Peace Lutheran Church welcomes new teachers 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTwo new teachers (left to right) at OHS, Gary Pierce and Robert Olive, enjoyed the lunch at Peace Lutheran Monday. Mr. Pierce will teach history and government and Mr. Olive will teach world history. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPam Catron, Nancy Dearborn and Carol Johnston (left to right) are teachers at Peace Lutheran Church Pre-School. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(L-R) Sonya Smith will teach math and Charity Olivarez will teach inclusion at Osceola Middle School this year.

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Flower Petals, located at 202 Northeast 2nd Street, hosted the August 2011 Okeechobee Main Street Mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The nearly 60 members and visitors that attended the event walked into a “Garden Party” complete with large colorful ower bouquets and fresh oral arrangements, betting of the business. Owner Lisa Fralix and her staff prepared delicious hors d’ouerves and snacks, with a tasty selection of desserts and beverages. Main Street members and their guests used this opportunity to chat and network with their community partners and also had the chance to win a variety of exciting door prizes provided by Main Street Members. President Kathleen Shatto took this opportunity to introduce the new Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw to the group. Main Street volunteers were recognized for their recent efforts and new members were applauded. The September Mixer will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Hampton Inn, located at 1200 N.E. Park Street. Existing members, new business owners and visitors are all welcome to attend! Current members are asked to bring a friend! Okeechobee Main Street would love the opportunity to share our recent accomplishments and current projects with you. Please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win our 2011 Mega 50-50. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd St. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.GilbertGolfCars.com GilbertGolfCars@Hotmail.com 315 S. Parrot Ave. Okeechobee FL 34974(863) 763.6434 Snapper & Dolmar products come with a 2 year warranty! Scan this QR code with your smart phone to save our contact info directly to your phone!One entry per person. No purchase necessary. Must be at least 18 years old to win. Employees of Gilbert Golf Cars and related c ompanies are excluded. Must be present at time of drawing to win. Must bring in this print ad as well as proof of current busin ess ownership to receive gas Dolmar Handheld Equipment Snapper MowersSNAPPER & GOLF CARS % % A A P P P R R F F I N N A A N N C C I I N N G G F F O O R R U U P P T T O O 3 6 6 M M O O N N N T T H H H S S coupon for your business by simply demoing our commercial products! PE251 Edger PS45-14 Chainsaw PB7601 Backpack Blower PB251 Handheld Blower $339 op ur ur r r h h h h h h h h ch ch ch ch a as e ne ce ssar y M $199 $399 PS6400 Chainsaw so ld ld d d d d d d d ld ld ld t t t t t t t t o o o i i i wi n E E E E mp l l l l l l lo ye es o $449 P5105 Chainsaw a te d d d d d d d d d d d d c co co co mp an i i i ie s ar e ex cl u $399 $189 $6,999 26hp 52in S150x Commercial $4,499 p p p p 26hp 48in S50x Commercial us t t b b b b b b b b br br i i i in in g in in in n n in in t t t t t t t t t t t t h h h h h h h hi hi hi hi s pr i in t t d d ad aswe $7,499 28hp 61in S200x Commercial l H d h l d D l H d h l d E AUGUST 20th 10am-2pm win a Snapper Generator! Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www .energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2011 Flower Petals hosts Main Street Mixer Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSCultural director Bridgette Waldau, executive Director Cindy Birdashaw, Pat Y eates and Bree Breaux from Flower Petals, vice president Paul Mitchell, Flower Petals Owner Lisa Fralix, past president Maureen Burrows, secretary Phyllis Shumate and president Kathleen Shatto. Okeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and parade participants for the 2011 Labor Day Festival in the Parks. The festivities will take place Sept. 3, 4, and 5, with the parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 5. Anyone interested in participating, please see Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd St., or call 863-357-6246. Main Street invites Labor Day event participants

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News All three cases heard by Okeechobee County Special Magistrate Lois Nichols on Tuesday, Aug. 16, dealt with condemned structures. On April 1 interim building of cial Tim English received a complaint that several individuals were demolishing a mobile home without a permit. He visited the S.E. 26th Street property of John and Kristina Hendricks. There he discovered several individuals involved in demolishing a burned mobile home without a permit. He issued a stop work order. Code enforcement of cer Beth Albert stated that on Aug. 15, the mobile home had been completely demolished with no permit being issued. She said the owners had told Mr. English that the insurance company had demolished the mobile home. The special magistrate ruled that the owners have until Sept. 15 to secure a demolition permit and get the proper inspections or be ned up to $250 a day for every day of noncompliance. Mrs. Albert stated that a condemned house stands on the N.E. 13th Avenue property belonging to Sauternes V, LLC of Aventura. The special magistrate ruled that a demolition permit must be obtained and the building demolished with the proper inspections. If that is not accomplished by Sept. 15, the owners could face a ne of up to $250 a day for every day of noncompliance. The N.E. 16th Avenue property belonging to Church of God in Christ had previousl y been cited because of a condemned structure on the property. Last month the special magistrate ruled that a demolition permit must be obtained by Aug. 11, and the property must be demolished by Sept. 15. Mrs. Albert stated that a demolition permit had been issued before the prescribed deadline. However, the pastor, Elder Dan Jones, Jr. requested more time for demolition because of volunteer labor. He was granted an extension until Oct. 13 to complete the demolition. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Special magistrate deals with condemned structures 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2011 later, as he sat on a couch next to her, he reached under the child's shirt and grabbed her breast. He then touched her breast on the outside of her shirt, she told the jury. At that trial, Mr. Richardson told Judge Belanger that Webb had six prior felony conv ictions. One of those came in 1999 when W ebb was convicted on three counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16 in Suwannee County. He spent 18 months in prison on that conviction and was placed on 10 years probation. The young girl testi ed that she knew the defendant as Dale Williams. Apparently, W ebb was hiding behind the fake name. In a videotaped interview with Detective Farless played in open court, Webb initially denied the allegations and said it was the victim who came on to him. But as the investigator continued to press, Webb capitulated. "I know it's wrong. I'm trying to get help," he said, with head bowed. "I know I need helpbad." As Mr. Richardson argued Monday for the enhancements he told Judge Belanger that Webb also had felony convictions in Broward County. Those convictions were: failure to register as a sex offender in 2006; possession of cocaine in 2005; and, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery in 2003. After he had summed up Webb's convictions, the prosecutor said: "In this case, life is appropriate." "He told Detective Farless that he had a young girl problem. We would ask you to take the defendant at his word," Mr. Richardson added. And without comment, the judge did just that. W EBBContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Workers tried to dismantle an old mobile home without incident on Aug. 10, but instead got the chance to put out the dilapidated structure when it caught re. Okeechobee County remen reported to 19836 N.W. 264th Street and found the 30-foot mobile home completely engulfed in ames, Paramedic Jay Curtis said. The workers said the trailer was scrapped for aluminum. They had gone to the salvage yard with a load and when they returned found the re. County re reports said they tried to put out the ames with well water and two extinguishers but were unable to. The report said $2,200 in damage was reported and no one was injured. A crew of one unit and two remen were on the scene for just over an hour. Mobile home destroyed in re Season tickets are now available for all three shows to be presented by the Okeechobee Community Theatre in its 33rd y ear of producing Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas for local audiences. The season includes a repeat of the organization's most popular show in its 33-year history, the gospel music-comedy "Smoke on the Mountain," to be presented in Nov ember, plus a new Christmas comedy-variety show, "Christmas On the Air" in December, and the gripping drama, "The Diary of A nne Frank," in March, 2012. Reserved seats for all three season shows may be purchased for $28, which represents an $8 savings off the $12 single seat ticket price. Season subscriptions are available only through October 6. Single show tickets will not go on sale until October 10. Season subscribers get the best seats prior to the sale to the general public. All shows are presented in the theatre on S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. Tickets may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or Discover, by calling 863-763-1307. Information on how to purchase tickets by check can be obtained on the theatre website, at: www.okeecommunitytheatre. com. The Okeechobee Community Theatre is an organization of local adults and young people who enjoy producing Broadwaystyle musicals, comedies and dramas for local audiences. Okeechobee Community Theatre season tickets are now available

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Drivers Needed for long distance produce hauling. CDL a must call for more information. 863-261-1116 LPN’S needed in Okeechobee. Outpatient Only. Monday thru Friday. Days, No Nights or weekends. Excellent Compensation! Fax resume to Cinda at: 513-488-8818 or email: cpracht@ sterlingmedcorp.com Radiology Technicians, Medical Assistants & Phlebotomists needed in Okeechobee. Outpatient Only. Monday thru Friday. Days, No Nights or Weekends. Excellent Compensation! Fax resume to Cinda at: 513-488-8818 or email: cpracht@ sterlingmedcorp.com We are looking for an Experienced Automotive Diagnostics Technician. ASE certi ed is a plus but not required Call 863-763-0564 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads 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.NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureUsed Furniture, Dining room table and chairs, end tables, entertainment center, hutch, 26” at screen like new and odds ends furniture Call 863-763-3728 Stereo Equipment 50/60’s Juke Box Old time Rockola from Players Pub, 50/60’s music with extra records, great collection excellent condition $600 Call 863-634-3451 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. (863)467-2784 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $525 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885 OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 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. Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $600/mo. Plus utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. First and Last and $800 sec. dep. req. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. 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. OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA inside laundry, $700/month. First, last, Sec. Call 772-215-0098 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent CONDOS 2/1 fully furnished downstairs, w/ utilities $950. mo., seasonal rates available. Washer, Dryer, pool and dock. 863 634 0663 OKEE 1 br, furnished, Lease available. 1st, last & sec. (407)448-2495 Houses-Rent 2BR/2BA w/ 5 acres and pond. In Fort Drum area $600/mo. New ooring, a/c, and w/d. (863)447-6009. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Houses-Rent3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 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 863-610-1980 3/2 CBS House, screened porch, den, carport, workshop, storage shed, on corner lot, large yard, close to schools and shopping, non smoking/no pets. 2301 SW 3rd Ave. $900 per month or $850 by direct deposit plus security deposit. Call 863-801-3178 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1100, Large yards. Bring pets. Washer/Dryer included. Call 561-723-2226 Dixie 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. Houses-RentOKEE 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 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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 1 Bedroom Trailer $350 monthly or $100 per week. $550 to move in Call 863-634-8954. 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, Fenced Yard, Security Required, No Pets Call 863-634-7231 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $700 mo. (863)634-8885 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. MobileHome RentTREASURE ISLAND 3/2 large yard, new carpet. Lawn service $675. mo. No pets. BHR 4/2 w/fenced yard &lawn service, $675.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’ $75 K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save Up To 35K! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs 2002 Franklin 36 Ft. Camping Trailer Good Shape. 1997 GMC Box Truck 24 Ft.,New Clutch and Tran. Good Shape,Cat Motor Runs Good. Call 772-215-2089 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. 16 Okeechobee News August 17, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE 1:45 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 2:15 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 2:45 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 395356 ON 8/17/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 394903 ON 8/17/2011 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 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 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2010WD170 IN RE: ESTATE OF INEZ UNDERHILL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Inez Underhill, deceased, whose date of death was October 28, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 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 on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME 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 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 17, 2011. Attorney for Personal Representative: Rachel L. Drude, Esquire Florida Bar No. 0061127/SPN 03085931 BATTAGLIA ROSS DICUS & WEIN PA 980 Tyrone Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Telephone: (727) 381-2300 Fax: (727) 343-4059 ATTORNEYS FOR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE Personal Representative: SANDRA DUNCAN 8031 S.R. 64 East Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 395172 ON 8/17,24/2011 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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 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 Of 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 RIVER 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 PublicNotice 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 ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, AND UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREINNAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR 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; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 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 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 17, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 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 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. 389500 ON 8/10,17/2011 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! 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By Pete GawdaOKeechobee News With rising prices and possibly rising property taxes, residents of Viking can rest assured that their assessment will remain the same. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Coquina W ater Control Authority Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting. Chairman Melvin Byars announced that the assessment for the coming year will remain at $62.64 an acre. Board members also discussed a problem they have dealt with before, the fencing of Coquina public easements. Martin and Carlin Galvin own property on both sides of N.W. 254th Street and have put gates across the easement for that street. “I’m not fencing your land, I’m fencing my land,” Mrs. Galvin asserted. She claimed that an easement was for property owners and the only property owner past her property on the easement had another means of access to his property. Board attorney Tony Y oung claimed it was a public easement and therefore must be kept open. “We had a similar case,” stated board member Kenneth Childs, “We took them to court and prevailed.” Mrs. Garlin offered to lease the easement stating that when the rest of her property ooded, the easement was on high ground and that is where her livestock gathered. “We don’t have the authority to lease that easement,” stated Mr. Byars. “We don’t have the authority to let you fence the easement.” The board agreed to meet with property owners again on Aug. 24 to try to reach a compromise. Turning to other business, Mr. Young informed the board that special magistrate Lois Nichols had recommended to the county commissioners that a lien for code violations on land Coquina wished to purchase for ll dirt be reduced to $500. The board learned that the audit for the previous scal year showed no discrepancies. Superintendent Danny Faircloth expressed the need for a computer to read discs containing property records and the board agreed to the purchase of a computer. Mr. Faircloth stated that the current policy of mowing and then spraying is not working. He said the vegetation is getting ahead of the mowing. He recommended and the board approved that spraying be done before rather than after mowing. The board agreed to advertise for bids for dirt hauling. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Coquina water customers can rest a bit easier By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Five area people w ere arrested late last w eek when they allegedly bought crack cocaine from law enforcement of cers during a reverse sting operation staged by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Arrested Friday, Aug. 12, were:  William A. Milek, 53, S.E. 57th Drive. He was charged with purchase of cocaine and possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $10,000.  Bruce Douglas Bolling, 48, S.E. 55th Trail. He was charged with purchase of cocaine and possession of cocaine. His bond w as set at $10,000.  Tammy Lynn Chapman, 34, S.E. 26th St. She was charged with purchase of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Her bond w as set at $10,000.  Thomas Lee Watford, 62, S.E. 68th Ave. He was charged with purchase of cocaine and possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $10,000.  April Lee Murray, 29, N.W. 102nd St. She was charged with purchase of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Her bond was set at $10,000. An Okeechobee woman reportedly w ith Milek was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The woman, stated a detective with the task force, never went into the residence but stayed in a vehicle outside the home. However, when asked by another task force detective if she had anything illegal on her person she reportedly turned over a pipe similar to those used for smoking crack cocaine. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a $500 bond. Jail records also indicate that Milek is still being held on bond, while the others arrested in the sting have been released on bond. According to a task force detective’s arrest report, the sting was set up at a residence for the express purpose of selling crack cocaine. During the ve-hour operation, an undercover police of cer posed as a street level drug dealer. The report indicated that the purchases ranged from $10 to $100. Once each buy was made, the target was taken into custody and the drugs were recovered, stated the report. At that point, the undercover of cer turned the money over to task force detectives. All of the crack cocaine used in the operation had been tested prior to Friday by the Indian River Crime Lab and had tested positive for the presence of cocaine, added the detective’s report. The detective went on to state that this investigation is continuing. 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