Wednesday, August 24, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 101 10.56 feetLast Year: 13.98 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OHS football game tonight ... Page 12 Church gutted by re ... Page 2 Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club board members are: (left to right in the front row) Teresa Chandler, president/founder; Dee Hamilton, Tiffany Hancock and Allison Chandler, vice president/co-founder. In the back row, left to right are: Bryant Culpepper, Sheriff Paul May, Frank DeCarlo and Judge Jerry Bryant. The annual Okeechobee Labor Day Parade is back on track. The B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club of Okeechobee has announced the 2011 Labor Day Parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 5, starting at 10 a.m., with the help of B.R.A.T. Club board members, Teresa Chandler, president/founder; Sheriff Paul May, Judge Bryant, Frank DeCarlo, Allison Chandler, co-founder; Bryant Culpepper, Tiffany Hancock and Dee Hamilton. The B.R.A.T. Club, formerly The Okeechobee Teen Dance Organization founded by Teresa Chandler with the very rst dance held in 2007, was formed to give local teens and 'tweens a place to go and have supervised fun, building relationships among their peers. More than 80 local kids attended the rst event. The dances now entertain up to 125 students. The organization has donated Labor Day Parade saved by B.R.A.T.See PARADE Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySinkhole at Freshman campusSchool Superintendent Ken Kenworthy and workers for David Stokes Construction look at a deep sinkhole that was discovered at the Freshman Campus. Despite the sinkhole, the rst day of school went well on Monday. For more, see page 8. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Moore Haven man was killed when the 13-foot Apache airboat he was operating struck a wood piling on Fisheating Creek. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) report stated that Keith Keller, 69, was taken Sunday, Aug. 21, to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee where he was pronounced dead. The report b y FWC Of cer Scott Van Buren went on to state that Mr. Keller suffered severe head and chest trauma. According to the of cer's report, Mr. Keller was westbound from Lake Okeechobee on Fisheating Creek around 11:19 a.m. when he passed under the bridge on S.R. 78 and stuck the piling. The piling is apparentl y Man killed in airboat accidentSee AIRBOAT Page 2 Community theatre hosts auditions ... Page 3 Couple convicted of animal cruelty ... Page 7 Storm should bypass area ... Page 2
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As of Tuesday afternoon it appeared Okeechobee County will escape the brunt of Hurricane Irene. We should be OK here, said Mitch Smeykal, the countys emergency management director. He said the storm appeared to be tracking well east of our area about 200 miles offshore. However he did warn that hurricanes are often spawned at the edge of hurricanes. He did not anticipate having to open hurricane shelters. However, he said that on Thursday and Friday we should get one to two inches of rain. By Friday he said the storm should be off the coast of Daytona. Mr. Smeykal predicted that the storm would make landfall in North Carolina around Kill Devil Hills and also hit the District of Columbia area by Sunday. He said the storm was pretty well entrenched in its current path and was not likely to make a sharp turn at the last minute like Hurricane Charlie. Were still being cautious about it, said Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management Districts Okeechobee Service Center. Were still preparing. However said the water management system should be able to withstand the storm. The Kissimmee chain of Lakes as well as Lake Okeechobee have room for excess rainfall. Interim county administrator Robbie Chartier said the county was waiting a little bit longer to see what the storm was going to do before making any preparations. City administrator Brian Whitehall said the public works department is preparing for possible ooding in the city. The police and re departments were stocking up on supplies. The sheriffs of ce is also closel y monitoring the situation. Mr. Smeykal said people should continue preparations and consider this a drill since we have three more months of hurricane season. He said this would be a good time to review the family preparedness plan and map escape routes. He also advised people to check their homeowners insurance policies. Mr. Smeykal suggested people chec k their generators and make sure they have three days supply of food and water. Irene expected to bypass area part of an old bridge. The accident occurred west of S.R. 78 W. and east of Mud Creek. Mr. Keller was being followed by another airboater who found the victim face down in the water. The witness then pulled the v ictim to shore and called for help. The witness, continued the report, tried to revive Mr. Keller. Of cer Van Buren said a helicopter was called to airlift Mr. Keller to a medical facility but it was not used. He was taken to the Okeechobee hospital by Glades EMS ambulance. The FWC of cer indicated that the preliminary cause of death was trauma, head injury and drowning. The of cial cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Of cer Van Buren said the incident is still under investigation. 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For questions or concerns, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996 or Dee Hamilton 863-763-3134 ext. 4228. PARADEContinued From Page 1 A IRBOATContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A Douglas Park Church was extensively damaged in an early morning re on Monday that caused over $40,000 in property damage and remains under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshall, County Fire Chief David McCain said. Fire crews were dispatched just after 2 a.m. and found the structure 100 percent involved with the roof collapsed as they arrived, a report from Fire Rescue Lt. Ron Suit said. It is pretty much gone, Chief McCain said. There were ve units and nine remen on the scene for close to three hours at the Church of God in Christ at 651 N.E. 16th Avenue. The Okeechobee City Fire Department provided mutual aid. Lt. Suit stated there was no electricity to the building and the church was unoccupied at the time. There were no injuries reported. Chief McCain said there had been a re to an adjacent building a few months ago that had caused minor damage to the church. He referred questions about the cause to the State Fire Marshalls Of ce. It is under investigation. Something like this is always suspicious so the State Fire Marshall investigates, he added. The property is owned by Dan Jones of Ft. Pierce. Approximately 5,000 gallons of water was used to put out the re. Church gutted in blaze
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Should restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Okeechobee be relaxed? That is a question being debated by the Okeechobee City Council. A survey of surrounding cites and counties reveals that the city currently has stricter regulations than the other local governments surveyed. In the City of Okeechobee only beer and w ine can be sold on Sunday afternoons. At their last meeting the city council passed the rst reading and set Sept. 6 as the nal public hearing date for an ordinance that would allow restaurants, with the proper license, to sell hard liquor and mixed drinks on Sunday. In the unincorporated areas of Okeechobee County alcoholic beverages cannot be sold on Sunday mornings. According to the ordinance no alcoholic beverage may be sold between the hours of 2:01 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and between the hours of 2:01 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. There is no restriction on alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday afternoons. St. Lucie County also makes no Sunday distinctions on the sale of alcoholic beverages. Sales of those beverages is prohibited between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. seven days a week. The City of Fort Pierce has no Sunday restrictions either. Sunday alcohol sales are not restricted in Glades County. Glades County has a prohibition on alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Likewise, the City of Moore Haven places no restrictions on the Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages. In Highlands County and the City of Sebring there are no legal alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, leaving Sunday afternoons free for alcohol sales. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. The Okeechobee Community Theatre w ill hold open auditions for adults and y oung people for both its November and December shows on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Aug. 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. The sessions w ill be held at the theatre on S.W. Second A venue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. No previous experience is necessary. Participants may audition for one show or for both shows at that time. Rehearsal schedules will be arranged so that cast members may perform in both, if they choose, w ithout con ict. The November production will be the gospel musical-comedy "Smoke on the Mountain," a repeat of the theatre's most popular show in its 33-year history. Most of the original cast will be returning in this performance, so parts to be lled in this show w ill be limited. Ability to play guitar, mandolin, banjo, ddle or piano is a plus, but not necessarily a requirement. Anyone trying out should come prepared to play their instrument (if applicable), and/or to sing a short song of their choice, without musical accompaniment. "Christmas On the Air" is a musical comedy-variety show, to be presented on Dec. 2 and 3. The size of the cast for this show is exible, and the ages needed range from pre-teens or early teens to senior citizens. It will include some big production numbers, and small group skits. Singing ability is not necessary for all parts. Performed as a live radio broadcast, participants will read from scripts, with no lines to memorize. Rehearsal time will be minimal. Among the special needs for this show are a Bing Crosby-type singing host, an announcer who can also sing, one or more females for solo songs, one or more males for solo and/or duet numbers, two young males and one young female in their preteens to early teens (singing not required), two Abbott and Costello-type male comics, a male who can do a rough impersonation of President Kennedy, and someone capable of doing simple sound effects vocally. Also needed are people of varying ages who can perform in a small vocal ensemble requiring four-part harmony. Cast members with multiple talents may satisfy the needs of more than one item from this list. Participants in the try-outs should come prepared to sing a short song of their choice, without musical accompaniment. Also needed are people to ll responsibilities behind the scenes, including stage crew, set construction, sound and light control, etc. Prior experience is not necessary to ll these positions. Interested persons should attend one of the nights of auditions to sign up. Anyone wishing more information on auditions, or on any of the activities of the Okeechobee Community Theatre, ma y call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307, or visit the theatre web site at www.okeecommunitytheatre.com. The Okeechobee Community Theatre, now in its 33rd year, is an all-volunteer organization of adults and young people who enjoy creating live Broadway-style productions for local audiences. It is a member of the Florida Theatre Conference and the American Association o f Community Theatre. 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. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2011 Community theatre to hold auditions for two shows City stricter on Sunday alcohol sales than surrounding areas Soccer sign ups under waySignups for the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's Youth Soccer League are under way through Sept. 1. Parents can register Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Of ce at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). Registration is $35 and will require a copy of the child's birth certi cate. The league consists of divisions: 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 & Under. Age determination date is Dec. 31. For more details, call 863-763-6950. Anyone interested in coaching or sponsoring a team is encouraged to call the of ce. If you have any outgrown or unused soccer shoes and shin guards, please bring them to the Recreation Dept. so that those who need it can make use of them.
Lily pads I wanted to thank the Water Management Department for having someone spray t he lily pads at Taylor Creek RV Resort. It really needed it. Thank you also to the airboat guy airboat #D19. W arning for married men This is for all the married men in Okeechobee. I did not treat my wife like I s hould have so she left. I see a lot of you doing the same things I did. You dont walk b eside her in the parking lot instead you w ill walk ahead of her like you dont know her. In the store she loads and unloads the grocery cart with cases of water and other heavy things while you stand there playing on your little I-phone, if you even go to the s tore with her. You hang out with your buddies coming home when you want to. You forget birthdays and anniversaries. She has t o be mom and dad both to the kids. This is j ust a warning dont do what I did. And dont t hink she will not leave, you never know how lucky you are that you have someone t o come home to who loves you.Labor Day Parade I heard the Labor Day Parade has a c hance after all. If they manage to pull it off, I think everyone should try to participate. It doesnt have to be a oat. You can get a group of friends together and just be creative. F or emergency management, how about a s ign that says Okeechobeesafest place in the U.S. in case of Zombie Apocalypse followed by a bunch of staggering zombies? A ll that would take is a sign and some make up. Let the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts march in uniform. Decorate some bicycles or tricycles. The hospital could decorate s ome gurneys and have people dressed like doctors and nurses, push people dressed as patients down the street. Get the FFA Club to decorate their tractor. How about dressing in red, white and blue and marching in honor of the anniversary of 9/11? Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American work force. It would be interesting to see how they represent this in the parade with every one representing the work they do. I guess Ill show up with my mop and bucket. Ill be representing the hardest working class out there....HOUSEWIVES.Thoughts to ponder Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations? Any time that you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem. -Steven CoveyBeer, wine sales at festivals According to the article in the paper, the city council is considering allowing beer and wine sales in Flagler Park during festivals. I am wondering how everyone feels about this. I have seen festivals in other communities with beer and wine sold and everything is ne. You dont really notice the difference. But I have also seen festivals in which it becomes a problem with drunken patrons making a scene and turning into an event that is not family-friendly. Perhaps it is just an issue of increasing law enforcement. Allowing beer and wine sales would be a big mistake. There is no need for drunks to be there at a family event. They already come with alcohol mixed in their drinks they bring. I agree that it is a family event and there is no need for beer or wine. There is always someone that is drunk there as it is and we dont need ghts and things around our children. There are far more people who choose to drink alcohol responsibly then those who do not. Why should they not be accommodated? The festivals have always been an alcohol free event. We are not West Palm Beach with thousands of people coming to hear national bands playing, as in Sunfest. This is Okeechobee, a small community and lots of kids. If you cant attend a festival here in town for a few hours without feeling the need to walk around with a paci er in your hand then something is wrong. I can hear it now: the one drunk who has one too many and hits some people with their car and the lawsuits start, ngers are pointed and everybody is to blame. If it aint broke, dont x it. Thank you very much!This letter is of the greatest appreciation to Dr. Chance Armstrong at Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital. My name is Gena Williams and on Friday evening after hours on Aug. 12, he took the time to come to the ofce and take care of my 17-year-old dog. He was dying and he came and put him to sleep for me. And he was very compassionate and caring. He showed the ultimate concern and caring for what I was going through. He kept assuring me I was doing the right thing. I have never seen someone as compassionate and caring as he was. I just would really like to thank him again on behalf of myself and my husband, Lonnie. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for us and Mr. D. Gena and Lonnie Williams OkeechobeeThank you to all!Many, many thanks to all of the folks, who so graciously supported our Cattlewomen BBQ lunch on Aug. 12. Thank you to all the businesses who purchased in multiples and to the folks who jus t drove in asking, Are you selling food here? Thank you to the volunteers of the COP, as you delivered all the lunches for us. W e could not have done it without you. Thank you to the team of Cattlewomen, who so diligently, gathered the plates, cups, sweet tea, serving containers in the 90 + heat. The funds collected from all fund raisers are given to students in scholarships. Ou r cookbooks; bandana sales, license tags, and t-shirt sales were successful. Thank you Okeechobee, for helping us to meet our lunch sale goal of 250 SOLD!Bobbi Poole Okeechobee Cattlewomen 2010-2011 Wednesday, August 24, 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: email@example.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. North northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Thursday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 79. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Okeechobee Forecast
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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: email@example.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA drunk and bored grove worker is being held on $75,000 bond following his arrest in connection with the late-night burglaries of an Okeechobee business and a home. Daniel David Chapa, 27, S.W. 150th St., Indiantown, was arrested Friday, Aug. 19, on ve counts of burglary of a conveyance, one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling ad two counts of grand theft. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. Chapa was initially arrested Thursday, Aug. 18, by Deputy Bryan Holden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO). The deputys arrest report stated that Chapa reportedly broke into three trucks belonging to an electrical contractor around 2:20 a.m. The trucks, two of which were locked, were parked inside a fenced compound. Deputy Holdens report stated that there was an area where the fence did not go all the way to the ground, which is where the thief apparently entered the compound. A second arrest report done by OCSO Crime Scene Detective Mark Shireman stated that $4,080 in tools and wire were taken. The alleged burglaries were discovered when Deputy Holden, while on patrol in the area, noticed the front end of a 1995 Mitsubishi automobile parked behind the business. The deputy stated that when he approached the car on foot he saw a man, later identi ed as Chapa, standing with his back toward the deputy. Deputy Holden stated that he saw the back seat of the mans car was full of tools, a tool box and numerous spools of electrical wire. Also found at the scene was a box of tools that were apparently taken from another residence, stated Detective Shiremans report. According to the Deputy Holdens report, he also saw footprints in the dew that led from Chapas car to the back of the business and where someone had crawled under the fence. In the mean time, OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman was assigned a home burglary during which two navigational devices were stolen from two vehicles, along with a camera, some watches and a ashlight. Information gleaned from his investigation led him to Chapa, who was already in the county jail. The detective then charged him with two additional counts of burglary of a conveyance and one additional count of grand theft. Detective Van Demans report stated that whoever broke into the vehicles also apparently entered a screened porch on the house and stole ve shing rod and reels. The detective said that both of the vehicles were unlocked, and that the homeowners and their children were in the home when the burglary occurred. Detective Van Deman stated in his report that the items taken from the home were found in Chapas car. Also found in the car was a garbage can containing pieces of electrical wire that had been stripped of insulation, jumper cables, wire nippers, four hard hats, several spools and bundles of copper wire, a tool box with miscellaneous electrical tools and several bags of tools and electrical parts. When asked why he allegedly committed the break-ins, the suspect reportedly told the detective ... he was drunk and bored. Grove worker jailed on burglary, theft charges Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDonation to the sheriffs of ceOn Friday, Aug. 19, Steve Nelson, owner of Okeechobee Discount Drugs, presented the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce with three pairs of waders to be used by the outside work squad in cleaning Taylor Creek and the canal on S.E. Eighth Avenue. Taking part in the presentation are, left to right, Ronnie White, jail administrator, Mr. Nelson, Sheriff Paul May, Okeechobee City Councilman Mike OConnor and Undersheriff Noel Stephen. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee teens have been arrested for their alleged connection in the theft of a dirt bike motorcycle. Blake Austin Dickson, 16, N.E. 16th St., and David Geary, 13, N.E. Seventh Lane, w ere both arrested Friday, Aug. 19, on a charge of grand theft auto. The two teens were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Cody Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that the 2004 Honda CRF w as valued at $1,000. According to the deputys report, the owner of the motorcycle noticed the red and w hite dirt bike was missing from his home on Friday. The victim then drove around the neighborhood and when he saw two boys walking on the street, he asked them about the missing dirt bike and they reportedly told him they took it. Deputy Hurst said the dirt bike was found at Gearys home, and returned to its owner. Teens charged in motorcycle theft By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA woman was arrested on several charges, including driving under the in uence, after she allegedly crashed her car then ed the scene on foot. Cheryl Lynn Wheeler, 37, S.W. 11th St., was also charged Thursday, Aug. 18, with the felonies of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and child abuse. Besides the DUI charge, she was also charged with the misdemeanor of driving while license suspended with knowledge. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,750 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Heath Hughes, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that he was sent to the scene of a car crash in the 900 block of U.S. 98 N. around 2:16 p.m. The report stated that the sheriffs of ce was contacted by a juvenile who was in the car with Wheeler. Deputy Corporal Don Ellis also responded and reportedly found Wheeler on the railroad tracks, just east of the crash site. According to the deputys report, the juvenile said Wheeler was driving around 100 mph when she tried to turn off U.S. 98 N. onto N.W. Ninth St. The juvenile reportedly said the woman tried to take the turn at 80 mph, but the car slid off the road and into a ditch. At that point, she bailed out of the 2007 Ford and ran east toward the railroad tracks. Deputy Hughes went on to state that Wheeler agreed to a urinalysis that indicated a positive result for methadone and amphetamine. The juvenile was taken to Raulerson Hospital and treated for a possible knee injury, added the arrest report. After treatment, the juvenile was released to a family member. Woman charged with DUI, child abuse Daniel David Chapa Cheryl Lynn Wheeler
Library Book Club to meetEveryone is invited to the Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club. The group will meet to discuss Swamplandia by Karen Russell on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., in the library board room. If you havent read the book but would like to come listen and see how the book club works, you are most welcome. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call Jan at 863357-9980.Marthas House to host yard saleMarthas House is having a yard sale on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held at 4134 Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, behind our outreach of ce. You can call 863-763-2893 for information.Naranon meeting plannedAre you struggling with the addiction problem of a loved one? You are not alone? Join us at Finding Hope Thursday night Naranon Meeting on Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Church of Our Saviour, 300 N.W. 3rd St. As a 12-step program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength and HOPE!Teen Dance Party set for Aug. 27Its back to school and time for another Teen Dance Party! Saturday, Aug. 27 is the date set for the next event for teens and tweens ages 12-16. The party starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Just $7 for entry includes pizza, soda and chips, live music, games and more! For more information, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996. OCRA sets nal football, cheerleader signupsOn Saturday, Aug. 27 you can sign your child up to participate. This will be your last opportunity to sign up. We will be at the score tower at the sports complex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please have a copy of the childs birth certi cate and signup fee. Cost to play: Football (714) $75; Flag (4,5 & 6) $45; Cheerleaders (414) $45. For more information, call 863-634-0515.Bene t planned for Beard familyA bene t to help the John Beard famil y will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 1 until 6 p.m. at the Pier II Motel on U.S. 441 S.E. Th e bene t, sponsored by Style Studio Custo m Motorcycle Shop, will help raise money t o offset expenses incurred by Mr. Beard whe n his wife of 13 years died unexpectedly. Bar becue dinners will be sold for $8 per plate. There will also be an auction, 50/50 draw ing, a corn hole tournament, karaoke an d re ghters from the Okeechobee City Fir e Department will square off against thei r counterparts from Okeechobee County Fire / Rescue in a relay race. For information o r to-go plates, call 863-697-8644 or 863-634 1055.Okeechobee golf team to hold fundraiserSponsors and four-man teams are wel come to take part in the annual OHS Gol f team fundraiser tournament schedule d for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Okeechobe e Golf and Country Club. OHS Golf Coac h Kenny Buckner said the event is a best-ball, four-man scramble with a shotgun start a t approximately 8 a.m. The cost is $50 pe r person and $200 per team. Hole sponsor s cost $100 and two-hole sponsorships an d one entry fee can be purchased for $200. For more information call Coach Buckner a t 863-634-0324 or Okeechobee High School a t 863-462-5025. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Joseph Joe MurrayOKEECHOBEE Joseph Joe Murray, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Spring eld, Ohio, to James Murray and Bertha Fisher. He w as a Nursing Home administrator for 30 years. He had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1990. He was a member of the Okeechobee Church of God. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Fisher; and stepfather, John Fisher. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Pat Murray; father, James Murray and stepmother, Mary Ann of Longwood, Fla.; daughter, Emily Taylor (Mike) of Okeechobee; granddaughter, Brooke Taylor; father and mother-in-law, Othel and Nadine Phillips of Winter Garden; brother, J ames Murray (Abby) of Ohio; sister, Shirley W ise (Ray) of Ohio; son, Sean Murray of New Y ork; step-sisters, Susan Glassford of Longw ood, Juanita Gorman (Donald) of Sanford; sisters-in-law, Kathie Wilfert (Paul) of Ohio and J eanie Turner of Winter Garden; and nine nieces and eight nephews. The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. in the Okeechobee Church of God with Pastor Mark Smith of ciating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cemetery, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Sharon Nichols, 62OKEECHOBEE Sharon Nichols, 62, formerly of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Campbellton Graceville Hospital in Graceville, Fla. She was born April 10, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sharon is survived by her husband, J ames Nichols; sons, Richard Knapp of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Christopher Nichols of Crestv iew, Fla.; daughters, Regina (Heath) Taylor of Graceville, Christine Knapp of Crestv iew; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, A ug. 27, 2011, at the First Baptist Church, 401 SW 4th St., Okeechobee, with Pastor Randy Huckabee of ciating. A reception will follow at The Rock. Lenna E. Marshall, 76YORK, Pa. Lenna E. Marshall, 76, formerly of Okeechobee, entered into rest, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehab. Center. She was the wife of the late Robert C. Marshall. Born on July 22, 1935, in W. Jefferson, N.C., Lenna was the daughter of the late Rufus H. and Blanche (Elliott) Ray. Prior to her retirement, she last worked as a clerk for the Glades County Courthouse. Lenna was a member of Buckhead Ridge Christian Church. There will be a viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York. The funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be 1 p.m. Monday in Ortona Cemetery in Ortona, Fla. Mrs. Marshall is survived by one son, John D. Sanders and wife, Cathy of Manchester; two daughters, Joanne Sanders-Bardsley and husband, Rod of Baltimore, Md. and Barbara Hill and husband, John of Jacksonville, Fla.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Hill and Madison Sanders; three brothers, Russell, Albert and Robert Ray; two sisters, Jean Reeves and Laura Ragan; numerous nieces and nephews. Three stepdaughters, Nancy Thomas and husband Greg of Columbia, Md., Lauren Landerman and husband Art of Glen Burnie, Md. Patty Marshall of Olney, Md. One stepson Robert Marshall Jr and wife Kristina of Bethesda. Several stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Dale Sanders, Jr., one stepson, Jimmy Marshall and three brothers, James, Ralph and Howard Ray. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 1167 Linda Road (BHR) Okeechobee, FL 34974. Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, Okeechobee is handling local arrangements. KefferFH.comThomas L. Underwood, 51OKEECHOBEE Thomas L. Underwood, 51, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Born April 29, 1960, in Cass, Mo., Thomas was a resident of Okeechobee since 1985. His joy in life was caring for his family. He is survived by his wife, Betty Underwood of Spring eld, Tenn.; one son, Jessie Padgett of Cottonwood, Tenn.; daughters, Amanda Underwood and Tabetha Brown, both of Spring eld; nine grandchildren; brothers, Bill (Perla) Underwood of Jensen Beach, Barry (Leslie) Underwood of Portland, Ore.; and sisters, Laurie (Perry) Shaw of Okeechobee, and Bonnie (Curtis) Wood of Las Vegas, Nev. There will be no services held at this time. Friends may send condolences online to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. 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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Timothy O'Brien Crews, 37, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a charge of felony child abuse. His bond was set at $10,000. Angela Kaye Cross, 36, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a charge of felony child abuse. Her bond was set at $10,000. Bobby Gene Newton, 32, N.E. Seventh Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $10,250. Daniel Cavazos, 24, LaBelle, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a charge of battery (domestic) by strangulation. His bond was set at $15,000. Leonard Leon Williams, 28, Robinson A ve., Kissimmee, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held without bond. Rosalino Yanez, 31, N.W. 44th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on felony charges of possession of cocaine and tampering with physical evidence. He was also charged w ith the misdemeanor of driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond on these charges was set at $4,500. Yanez w as also arrested later by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond on that charge. 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. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A West Palm Beach couple initially charged with four counts of animal cruelty each, entered into a plea deal with the state Tuesday and were each given felony probation. David Nathaniel Howell, 67, and Kathlene Elveta Howell, 69, each entered a plea on Aug. 23 of no contest to one count of felony animal cruelty. The couple, who were arrested May 4, had 74 cows and calves on 80 acres of land along N.W. 96th St. and N.W. 220th St. in Okeechobee County. Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce deputies Howard Pickering and Rusty Harts eld, acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, w ent to the Howell's property in the 17000 block of N.W. 96th St. According to Deputy Pickering's report they found the ... cattle to be very distressedin poor condition." The deputy's report went on to state that a cow was found lying on an incline in a dry ditch, with its calf nearby. The cow was pulled off the incline and was then able to sit up. Deputy Pickering's report indicated there were 47 cows on the 40-acre pasture. He added that he counted 15 to 16 calves. There was also no grass on the property and it was covered with cow feces, added the deputy's report. "They (the couple) said they were having a hard time getting hay," Deputy Pickering said of the Howell's reason for letting the animals starve. Two cows were subsequently euthanized due to their malnourished condition. Okeechobee Animal Control of cers were called to the scene and arrangements were made to have hay and fresh water delivered to the area. A neighbor also agreed to move the cattle to his property where there was plenty of grass. Deputy Pickering added that he found another 40-acre site owned by the Howell's where there were another 27 head of cattle that were in the same condition as the others. "As part of their 24-month probation, they will not be permitted to possess or raise any cattle," said Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright of the Howell's, adding that they will also be subject to warrantless searches while on probation. The couple were also ordered by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger to pay a $500 ne, as well as all court costs and fees. Mr. Albright, who prosecuted the case, said the Howell's cattle were seized and sold. The proceeds of that sale went to the sheriff's of ce to pay for the cost of the investigation. The prosecutor added that although the couple was sentenced in Okeechobee County, they can have their probation transferred to Palm Beach County since they live in West Palm Beach. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2011 Couple enter plea to felony animal cruelty Okeechobee Arrest Report The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Moore Haven. People seeking certi cation must successfully complete the online hunter education course and print and bring their nal Web report to the FWC course on Aug. 27. The course will be held at the Glades County Sheriff's Of ce Shooting Range in Moore Haven, on Gun Club Road, three miles north of U.S. 27 on State Road 78. Students will learn about hunting laws, hunter ethics/responsibility and safe gun handling, among other topics, before taking the nal test. The course also includes live- ring instruction on a shooting range. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Participants can make reservations at: MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling 561-625-5122. A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes is available at: MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in the live- re exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Hunter safety course offered Kathlene E. Howell David N. Howell
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 We Service All Brands We Service All Brands 1 Year Guarantee on Replacement Parts 1 Year Guarantee on Replacement Parts 24/7 Emergency Service 24/7 Emergency Service FREE Estimates & Second Opinions FREE Estimates & Second Opinions on Equipment Replacements on Equipment Replacements Senior Citizen Discounts Senior Citizen DiscountsFPL PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR 8 Okeechobee News August 24, 2011 Sinkhole at Freshman campus being repairedBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Besides a 12-foot sinkhole in the middle of a school campus, the rst of cial day of the school year went off without a hitch Monday. Okeechobee Freshmen Campus of cials arrived on campus Monday to nd the large sinkhole in the common area near the bus loop. The staff quickly put yellow caution tape and barricades up and brought in David Stokes Construction to x the problem. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the w ork would take a few days. He noted it didn't impact students or school buses. There were some glitches at the new Okeechobee Achievement Academy. While the school doors opened on time and the bus loop was paved, there was no parking lot for employees or visitors. School employees parked at the nearby operations center. The parking lot could take a week or so to complete. A sub contractor had to quit the job in the nal weeks of construction and the rain lately has slowed down the paving project. "I think the rst day was a pretty successful day," Mr. Kenworthy said, "The objective of the rst day is to get the kids here, get them fed and get them home." Mr. Kenworthy said the kids were really excited to come to the new Okeechobee Achievement Academy. The school board does plan a ribbon cutting and open house for the public but no of cial date has been set. While student enrollment is down this year, Mr. Kenworthy said it is too early to tell if there will be a huge change. There were 5,986 students reporting to Okeechobee County schools this year which compared to 6,145 on the rst school day of 2010. He noted the schools traditionally grow in attendance as the school year progresses. They make of cial counts on the weeks of Oct. 10 and Feb. 13. "It is dif cult to base decisions on the rst day of school. We base them on 11 day counts. Traditionally our enrollment grows between six and seven percent from the rst day of school until October," he said. Part of the reason for that is the large migrant family population, student illness, family vacations, and other family issues. Okeechobee High School had 1,119 students, the freshman campus 481, Osceola Middle School 852, Yearling 682, the Okeechobee Achievement Academy 99, Central Elementary 551, Everglades Elementary 608, North 625, Seminole 604, and South 363. Some students were turned away because they need booster shots or vaccinations, but that is not unusual for the rst week of school. There were a few glitches with school bus routes where students boarded the wrong bus, but the mistakes were recognized and all students did return home safely. Mr. Kenworthy said the sinkhole incident was possibly the only thing out of the ordinary for the rst day of school. He said a slab of concrete sank into the dirt, possibly due to the recent heavy rains. He said it would be repaired quickly. Mr. Kenworthy also spoke on the recent transfer of two OHS varsity football players to John Carroll High School and said his inquiry appears to show no wrongdoing took place. He said the school system was noti ed by John Carroll that the students had enrolled there. "We have the utmost respect for John Carroll and its coaching staff and I'm told their coach is very diligent in following the rules. We recognize those students have the choice to attend whatever high school they want," he added. First day of school in district goes smoothly Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallThe Thursday, Aug. 18, Kiwanis meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo from left to right are, Adam Homer and J.D. Mixon along with a canoe they built for the very rst Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta hosted by the Kiwanis Club and the speaker, Alta Mosley, who is the new Director of the Agri-Civic Center. To sign up and learn more about the Minimal Regatta to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. go to: www. minimalregatta.com. Ms. Mosely talked to the Kiwanis members about how she has learned through her past experiences about the importance of believing in a strong sense of customer service which will help grow the number of events held at the AgriCivic Center which have grown substantially over the past few years. Some new events they would like to have at the Agri-Civic Center are gun shows, craft shows and a possible airboat show and they are always open to more suggestions.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 12 Okeechobee News August 24, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Brahman football players have been anxious to get to their rst game of the season and this year the game will be two days earlier than expected. The threat of Hurricane Irene persuaded school of cials to change the OHS vs. John Carroll High School game date to Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. Coach Myron Jackson said school of cials were in the nal stages of getting of cials and other arrangements ready in time for the game. With less time to prepare, Okeechobee will have to rely on their experienced players this year that include offensive starters from last year Thor Harden, John Kemp, Bobby Jo Garza and Al Morris. The back eld will include D.J. Washington at quarterback, who missed all of 2010 due to injury, and running backs Jose Santibanez and Ty'Ronte Files. The defense appears to be further along with Kemp, Cade Stokes, Eddie Neal, Washington, Santibanez, Cody Walker, Seth Hedrick and Thor Harden set to play key roles. Okeechobee has spent a lot of time working on tackling and fundamentals during summer practices. They also intend to be aggressive on defense with stunts and blitzes. John Carroll went 3-7 last year but lost 11 seniors. Three kids have battled to become the team's starting quarterback. Peirce Halleran seemed to have the edge in the spring as he completed 4 of 10 passes for 47 yards in a 42-6 loss to Jensen Beach. Other candidates include Matt Celidonio and James Longerbeam. Another player to watch is kicker Evan Percoco who has a strong and accurate leg. John Carroll also features two Okeechobee kids, Aukeemian Mills and Lavante Spivey, who transferred. Both gure to play ke y roles on both sides of the ball for the Rams. The game will be played at Okeechobee High School. OHS Brahmans to play John Carroll tonight By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman offense returns four starters on the offensive line and their coordinator hopes that experience and talent up front will help the younger skill position players have some success this year. John Kemp, Thor Harden, Cody Walker, and Bobby Jo Garza all played signi cant time on the offensive line and Alex Guido also gained a lot of experience last year. Harden, Walker and Garza all bring with them considerable bulk and strength and that extra year of experience should be a big factor in their performance as a group this year. Many of them will have to play on both sides of the ball. The veteran offensive line will try to open holes for quarterback D.J. Washington, who could also be moved around to tail back and wide receiver. Cade Stokes has moved into a position to help at quarterback while Joey Santibanez and Ty'ronte Files gure to be the primary running backs. Positions are open at wide receiver behind top threat Al Morris. In the mix are younger players like Zac Wing eld and Eddie Neal. Will Jackson should start at tight end. "Our motto is to get our top athletes on the eld as much as possible," offensive coordinator Jon Enrico said. "Our issue right now is nding some depth." Enrico said in addition to offense, the team really focused on special teams during their summer practices. He explained that special teams are almost as important as offensive and defensive units. He said if you start on special teams you have a chance to set the tone for the game. "The kids seem to be really excited and focused about playing their position. I consider starters on special teams starters for the team. Right now we want to build up our depth," he added. The team had between 45 and 50 players for both varsity and junior varsity at practices this month. Enrico said a few additional players should join the program once school starts on Monday. Enrico said he expects a spirited battle for a starting position at wide receiver. He said he likes the potential of the candidates. He said even a few freshmen have caught the eye of the coaching staff. Khalil Smith had an inside track on a job at running back but has been slowed by an injury. OHS Brahman offensive team ready for seasonOkeechobee News/ Charles MurphyD.J. Washington res a pass during a drill at the OHS football practice on Monday. The American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Services Volunteers for this Hurricane Season! There are 4 main areas where volunteers are needed: Shelter Operations, Mass Care Feeding, Damage Assessment, Administrative Functions. All necessary training is free of charge, and a background check will be required. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help your local community residents in times of disaster, please call your Okeechobee Branch of ce at 863763-2488. Red cross seeks disaster volunteers! OGCC Gold Tee winnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for last week were: First place tie W. Hall and H. White; and, second place V. Johnson. Golf Winners
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NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure as to Real and Personal Property dated March 31, 2011 and entered in Case No.: 2010 CA 251, in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Building Blocks Preschool of Okeechobee, Inc., LG Investments, LLC, and Leoncio Garcia are Defendants, and according to the Order Rescheduling the Foreclosure Sale, entered on July 27, 2011 I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m., on the 21st day of September, 2011, the following described real property as set forth in said Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure as to Real and Personal Property, to wit: Lot 7 and the North 1/2 of Lot 8, Block 40, FIRST ADDITION TO SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 17, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. and Lots 11 and 12, Block 35, FIRST ADDITION TO SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 17, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Property address: 1811 & 1903 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (the Real Property) and Personal property as set forth in said Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure as to Real and Personal Property, to wit: all buildings and improvements of every kind and description now or hereafter erected or placed thereon, and all xtures and articles of personal property now or hereafter owned by Mortgagor and attached to or contained in and used in connection with [the Property], including but not limited to all apparatus, equipment, machinery, motors, elevators, ttings, radiators, gas ranges, ice boxes, mechanical refrigerators, awnings, shades, screens, of ce, equipment and other furnishings, and all plumbing, heating, lighting, cooking, laundry, ventilating, refrigeration, incinerating, air-conditioning and sprinkler equipment and all xtures and appurtenances thereto; and all renewals or replacements thereof or articles in substitution therefore, whether or not the same are or shall be attached to said building or buildings in any manner; it being mutually agreed that all the aforesaid property owned by [Building Blocks] and placed by it on [the Property] shall, so far as permitted by law, be deemed to be af xed to the realty and covered by [the] Mortgage. (the Personal Property). DATED this 29th day of July, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 394149 ON 8/24,31/2011 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Pursuant to the nal decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, docket number: 2010CA-580, the style of which is: FIRST BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OF INDIANTOWN, a Florida Banking Association, Plaintiff VS. GREGORY A. STEVENS and BARBARA A. STEVENS, his wife, Defendants. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 21st day of September, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 59, UNIT 7, TREASURE ISLAND, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 60, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH 1973 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 19th day of August, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK Law Of ces of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels Jr., Esquire Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 395760 ON 8/24,31/2011 PublicNotice NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Pursuant to the nal decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, docket number: 2009CA-522, the style of which is: SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK AS SUCCESSFUL BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, VS. STANTON D. WILLIAMS and KATHLEEN J. WILLIAMS, his wife, Defendants. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 21st day of September, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 10, ESTATES AT OKEECHOBEE PINES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 54, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 19th day of August, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels, Jr., Esquire Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 395758 ON 8/24,31/2011 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 Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents 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 decedents 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 DECEDENTS 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 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA Workforce Stimulus projects and budgets), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 395361 ON 8/24/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.2010CA69 OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN P. TIMKO JANE DOE, his wife, if married, real name unknown, and UNKNOWN TENANT #1 and UNKNOWN TENANT #2 as occupants, real names unknown, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 2010CA69 on July 21, 2011 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, KEVIN P. TIMKO (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit A, of Dwelling Structure 90 of OAK TREE PLACE, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 260, Page 999, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, at 11 oclock a.m., on the 21st day of September, 2011. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED this 4th day of August, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 394482 ON 8/24,31/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 9th day of Sept. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows: 1994 Blue Dodge Ram 1500 1B7HC16X8RS557535 1999 Maroon Plymouth Breeze 1P3EJ46X4XN592224 2007 White 53ft Great Dane Trailer 1GRAA06257J619455 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 395930 ON 8/24/2011 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1985 FGB 1 BOAT VIN#FGBL2393G485 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in As Is condition with no guarantees. 395630 ON 8/24/2011 14 Okeechobee News August 24, 2011 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agenda whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. 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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Tuesday, Aug. 23, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission was the briefest regular meeting in recent memory and consisted mostly of routine items. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management Districts Okeechobee Serv ice Center, informed commissioners that there was ample storage area for any excess rains that might come our way from a tropical storm or hurricane. He said the upper chain of lakes is at regulation level and the level of Lake Okeechobee leaves a lot of room for storage. Mitch Smeykal, the countys emergency operations manager, told commissioners he is monitoring storm conditions. In an item of interest to shing and boating enthusiasts commissioners awarded a contract for the purchase of aluminum oating docks and gangway for the Nubbin Slough boat ramp. The project will be paid for by a grant from the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission. Commissioners also approved Butchs Red Neck Yacht Clubs request to rent the amphitheater and adjoining eld at Okee Tantie Campground & Marina for $150 for a family fun day a reduction in rate for a one-time event. Commissioners approved a settlement to end lengthy and complicated litigation between the county, Hammer Construction Company, Public Risk Management, the countys insurer and various insurers and their adjusters. The action dates back to work done by Hammer for the county to repair damages done by hurricanes, Charlie, Francis and Jeanne. The litigation deals with disputes over Hammers method of billing. Interim county administrator Robbie Charter reported to commissioners that as of the end of July the budget is right on track. She said that building permits are consistent and the building department is still paying it own way. It appears that year-end balances will be as predicted. Turning to other action, the board: scheduled commission meetings for Sept. 27 instead of Sept. 22, and set November meetings for the 10th and 22nd and December meetings for the 8th and the 22nd; approved a one-year contract with CAS Governmental Services to provide legislative services for the county in the amount of $28,000 beginning Oct. 1; authorized staff to negotiate a contract with the top ranked consulting rm that submitted a bid for an impact fee study; and approved the code enforcement special magistrates recommendation to reduce a lien for a code violation; and extended the grant period for 10 months for the county-wide radio system.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Jim Gilbert is the host pastor. Services will begin at 7 p.m. Okeechobee Church of God 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., presents the So Long Summer Tour featuring Caleb and Samestate on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the church, Pritchards and Associates and at itickets.com.First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., announces a new schedule beginning Sept. 4 The Traditional Service will be at 8 a.m. The 11 a.m. service will be a blending of Contemporary and Traditional Services and Sunday School for all ages will be at 9:30.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-7633134, extension 4225. Churches plan special activities Share your news and photos for this column by email to email@example.comPlaces ofWorship After some well-needed time off for mother nature, its now time to get back to racing and back to school. The Hendry County Motorsports Park is ready to re-open its gates for the second half of the 2011 race season on Saturday, Aug. 27. The rain put a big damper on the racing this year so the track decided to take a break and re-group. Track of cials w ould like to thank all the fans, race teams, and drivers for their support and patience in the time they took off. Saturdays re-opening will have a special gate price for that night and a special cause, w ith a collection of school supplies for Okeechobee County school children. It will only be $5 to enter the grandstands and kids 12 and under will be free. Also kids dont forget to bring your bicycles for the kids bike race (all kids competing will receive a prize). Stop by your local store and pick up a few school supplies before you head to the race track. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News After a District Title and 19 wins last year there is no surprise that Okeechobee High School expects to have a very good volleyball squad this year. Despite the fact Okeechobee w ill move to Class 6A in volleyball this year, Coach Todd Jones still expects his squad to reach the post season. We really have a strong team returning. W e have the ability to do even more than we did last year and I think we can improve on our 19-6 record. I will be surprised if we have more than three or four losses, he said. Okeechobee will have several players return like Sarah Davis, Paige McCrary, Rebekah Bryan, Maranda Serrano, Darby Jones, Krista Ward and Maci Thomas. All of them played signi cant minutes last year w hen Okeechobee won the District 14-4A Title. Okeechobee lost in the rst round of the state regional to Titusville. This year they play district foes like Martin County, South Fork, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian River and Fort Pierce Central. In addition they will play in several top tournaments which include one at Riverdale High School, and one at the Orlando Sport Center. The girls also open their season next week at a preseason tournament in Sebring. Home matches this year include dates with Summit Christian on Sept. 8, Port St. Lucie on Sept. 20, South Fork on Sept. 27, Jensen Beach on Sept. 29, and Martin County on Oct. 11. Coach Jones is excited about the caliber of teams Okeechobee has invited to play at our gym this year and said the community should also be excited. He noted in the past, many of the home matches didnt get large crowds because they were boring and Okeechobee was expected to dominate. He doesnt expect that trend this year. Crowds come on out because there will be great schools here. All of our home matches are going to be a war this year. They will be well worth coming to, he added. Jones also scheduled the tough tournaments because he felt the girls need to be challenged if they want to advance far in the post season. Since he has worked with many of the girls for ve years he knows how talented they are. He said the girls really have progressed faster than even he expected them to. My three seniors are really crushing bombs and have turned it on. I expect a very strong offense this year, he added. Jones also praised Davis who will be the teams setter because she shows tremendous knowledge of the sport and is a vocal leader on the oor. He praised Thomas for her defensive and passing skills. I really think this is going to be a phenomenal year, he concluded. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Weir of Okeechobee, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter LaDonna Jean Weir to Earl Wooten II, the son of Earl and Mary Wooten of Lancing, TN. LaDonna is the granddaughter of the late Lillian and Audley Morgan of Okeechobee. LaDonna is a graduate of Okeechobee High School class of 2005. She also attends FAU majoring in Elementary Education. Earl is a graduate of Moore Haven High School class of 1997, also a graduate of IRSC majoring in Public Safety Administration and is now employed with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue as a Lieutenant Fire medic. The couple have planned a 2012 wedding. EARL WOOTEN ENGAGEMENT LADONNA JEAN WEIR & O u r f o c u s i s t o m a k e y o u c o m f o r t a b l e www.qualityacokee.com467-1545Repairs must be made by us to receive the free diagnostics. This offer valid Monday Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM. Does not apply to holidays, overtime or travel charges (if applicable). Offer Expires September 30, 2011. Call for details. S a v a n n a h s e z . . H a v i n g A / C P r o b l e m s ?W h y n o t c l i p t h i s a d a n d r e c e i v e aF R E E D i a g n o s t i c( $ 7 5 v a l u e ) Lic # CAC029420 Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 16 Okeechobee News August 24, 2011 OHS Volleyball team ready for new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrahman Volleyball coach Todd Jones shows some fundamentals to younger players at a recent practice. Okeechobee returns a deep, veteran team this year as they move to Class 6A. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJunior Sarah Davis will serve as the team setter this year. Her vocal leadership and discipline will be needed if Okeechobee is to overcome top teams like Martin County, who won the state championship two years ago.