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10.97 feetLast Year: 14.08 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Friday, September 23, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 114 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Former adult volunteer sent to prison on sex charges ... Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Some residents of the City of Okeechobee could see a little relief in a slightly lower city tax bill and city employees will see a slight increase in their paychecks. With very little discussion, the Okeechobee City Council, meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 20, unanimously approved the budget and millage rate for scal year 2011/12. The new millage rate is 7.7432. This millage rate, taking into consideration declining property values and new construction, is designed to bring in 2.03 percent less money to the city than last year's millage rate. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Total expenditures under the new budget are $5,238,924. The approved millage rate will generate $1,747,752. The difference between that amount and the budget total will be made up from other revenue sources such as permit fees, nes and forfeitures, and the city's share of various state taxes plus $400,000 transferred from reserves. The proposed budget contains a three percent longevity pay increase for cit y employees. Councilman Clayton Williams noted that city revenues from all sources have been deCity council approves $5,238,924 budgetOHS Brahmans face Sharks ... Page 19 A re that burned about 2,000 acres along the shores of Lake Okeechobee inside the Herbert Hoover Dike was about 75 percent under control Thursday, according to the Florida Forest Service. Most of the re was within the Glades County portion of the lake bed, although the re spread into Okeechobee County on Wednesday night. "The dry marsh and grass islands within the lake are burning and causing a smoke nuisance," said Melissa Yunas, Wild re Mitigation Specialist with the Florida Forest Service. The re posed no danger to the communities around the lake. The main concern was smoke on State Road 78. Wild re inside the lake levee burns 2,000 acres Special to the Okeechobee News/ Melissa YunasState and county re crews battled a brush re inside the Herbert Hoover Dike this week. Lightning started the blaze. Low air speed blamed for accidentBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News For the second time this wee k a small plane has crashed at the Okeechobee County Airport and, like in Monday's accident, no one was injured. An incident report by Deputy Corporal Don Ellis, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that a Piper Cadet was being piloted Wednesday, Sept. 21, by a student pilot Jee Hoonirport Kim, 31, Vero Beachwhen the crash occurred. The ight instructorJonathan Salice, 26, Vero Beach reportedly told the deputy that as Mr. Kim approached the runwa y shortly after 4 p.m. he was ying too low and too slow. Mr. Salice then told the deput y that he took control of the plane Plane crashes at airportSee CRASH — Page 2 See CITY — Page 2 See FIRE — Page 2 Future of chamber building still in question ... Page 3

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE I: DOLPHIN TALESŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE III: THE HELPŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:30 & 7:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APESŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 September 23 September 23RD RDSeptember 29 September 29TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 2 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 but it was too late. The student was ying at a speed of about 50 knots, Mr. Salice told the deputy. The plane struck a small tree, nearly hit a fence then hit the ground, stated the report. Although no one was injured, Cpl. Ellis said the plane suffered damage to its propeller and nose area, both wings and the left rear wing. The plane was also leaking fuel as it sat on the ground, added the deputy's report. The report went on to state that a third person in the planeJin Won Chi, 31, Vero Beachwas uninjured. Wednesday's crash came on the heels of a Sept. 19 incident when the landing gear on a 1993 Bakewg Deuce Experimental plane gave way after it had landed and was slowing down on the runway. The pilotPeter Mikos, 72, of Satellite Beachwas not injured. CRASHContinued From Page 1 The Florida Highway Patrol posted smoke advisory signs in the affected areas. Smoke may create conditions where visibility on roadways is seriously impaired especially in the evening and early morning. Under these conditions drivers need to turn on low-beam headlights, slow down and be prepared to leave the roadway if conditions continue to deteriorate. Late Tuesday night, the Florida Forest Service was noti ed about a 10-acre wild re inside the levee of Lake Okeechobee. The re was started by a lightning strike, Ms. Yunas said. "Due to dry conditions, the lake level is down and very receptive to burning," said Ms. Yunas. State and county re ghters patrolled the lake to make sure that re was contained within the lake bed. By Wednesday evening, the re had grown to about 2,000 acres. Fire ghting crews had dif culties accessing the wild res, Ms. Yunas said. According to Ms. Yunas, brush res within the Herbert Hoover Dike are a normal part of the natural system. "Historically, when conditions are at their driest, the lake catches on re. The last time the lake caught on re was in 2008. The Florida Forest Service has been anticipating this scenario but they were expecting this earlier in the year when conditions were at their driest. The lake dries on the Southwest side, exposing a grass bottom. The grass dries out and easily catches on re," she stated. Early in 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers established re breaks around the perimeter of the lake to prevent res from spreading to the roads and levees. Ms. Yunas said it is unusual to have a brush re this late in the year. "By late September the lake should have had enough rain in order to eliminate the possibility of this occurring. Fire activity at night should be low but re ghters were seeing very active ames," she stated. "This is a reminder we need continued rainfall through the remainder of the wet season to replenish our water resources. There are likely only a few weeks left of traditional summer rainfall before the transition into the dry season," said Susan Sylvester, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. "Lake Okeechobee is a key component of our water supply system and it is more than 3 feet below average for this time of year." A team of local American Red Cross volunteers was on the scene of the re, providing critical hydration and nutrition to the re ghters and rst responders battling the ames. These Red Cross volunteers are members of the Chapter's Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. To make a nancial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house res and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text visit www.pbtcredcross.org, call 800-833-0599. FIREContinued From Page 1 clining in recent years and he expected that trend to continue. To correct a 56 year old oversight, the council held the rst reading on a proposed ordinance to abandon N.W. Third Avenue from the railroad right of way northward to N.W. Ninth Street. This is an undeveloped right of way that bisects railroad property east of the old train depot and runs immediately east of the Walpole parking lot on N.W. Ninth Street. The minutes of the city council meeting of Jan. 18, 1955, indicate the city council approved the closing of this particular section of street, but an ordinance to accomplish that purpose was never recorded w ith the clerk of the court. The second reading on this proposed ordinance will be held on Oct. 4. City planner Bill Brisson discussed 13 planning and zoning issues that he feels should be addressed. These issues range from allowing a dwelling unit in certain commercial zoning districts to regulating produce peddlers operating on private property who use temporary structures. These matters will be referred to the planning committee. CITYContinued From Page 1

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was sentenced Tuesday to a total of ve years behind bars after being found guilty of driving drunk and seriously injuring a motorcyclist in an accident. Leroy Edward Felt, 70, N.W. 38th Ave., w as found guilty Aug. 5 of driving under the in uence with damage to property, a misdemeanor. He was also convicted of driving under the in uence with serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident with injury -both felonies. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Circuit Court Judge Larry Schack sentenced Felt to one year in the Okeechobee County Jail on the misdemeanor conviction. He also ordered Felt to serve two years in prison on the DUI with serious bodily injury, and a prison term of three y ears for leaving the scene of an accident. According to testimony during Felt's twoday trial last month, he spent the better part of March 19, 2010, in the bar at the Eagles Club on U.S. 441 N. And even though a couple offered to drive him home, Felt declined their offer. "I offered to take him home, but he said he would sleep it off in his truck," testi ed Richard Phillips, who went on to say he saw Felt fumbling with his truck keys and staggering when he tried to walk. Around 8:24 p.m. Felt pulled out of the club's driveway onto U.S. 441 N. -directly into the path of a 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle ridden by Rodney Wilde of Sanford. Two men testi ed to seeing a white and green Ford-350 pickup truck pull away from the crash scene, but neither man saw the driver. Neither of the two men actually saw the crash, but they both told the jury they heard the motorcycle hit the truck. Felt was arrested at his home later in the evening by Deputy Matthew Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). Deputy Hurst testi ed that he saw a white and green F-350 parked in the yard with damage to the driver's side of the vehicle. He told the jury he also found a glove stuck to the truck's frame that was a match to a glove being worn by Mr. Wilde. As a result of the accident, Mr. Wilde can no longer work as a generator technician/ diesel mechanic. He now has problems with his memory, with walking and with his eyes. "I can't drive -I can't see very well. I can't do anything any more," he told Judge Schack Tuesday, adding that he suffered trauma to his brain. Charlotte Wilde, a nurse, told the judge that the accident has "permanently altered their lives." Felt started to read a prepared statement to the judge but was overcome with emotion. His defense attorney Shannon Henne, of the public defender's of ce, then read the statement to Judge Schack. In that statement Felt apologized to the Wildes for "all the pain and suffering they've gone through" and admitted that the accident was caused by him. He also stated that he would never drink and drive again. Despite Felt's contrition, Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis said the crash could have been avoided. "The state would argue that there are no mitigating circumstances," he told Judge Schack. "It wasn't an accident -it was a crime. He didn't have to drive. He was offered a ride." Ms. Henne then asked the judge for leniency and pointed out that her client had no priors, was 68 years old at the time of the accident and had already been in jail for the last 47 days. But her argument did little to persuade Judge Schack, as he spoke about the number of lives he'd seen forever altered due to drunk drivers. "I agree that Mr. Felt has caused a life sentence for the Wildes," he said. Besides the jail time, Judge Schack ordered Felt to serve two years on probation, complete DUI school, have his driver's license revoked for three years, pay all court costs and fees and pay a ne of $1,000. He also ordered Felt to pay restitution to the Wildes. The amount of that restitution, however, is to be determined within the next 60 days. Felt will also receive credit for time served in the amount of 46 days that will be applied to count three, Judge Schack ordered. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 YOKOHAMA, COOPER, PIRELLI SCORPION ATR AND MORE! This weekend!See today's Sports section for more details. This WITH PURCHASE OF PREMIUM TIRE INSTALLATION PACKAGE & ONE YEAR PRECISION VEHICLE ALIGNMENT PROGRAM! T I T T U P I U F P U R C H S O H CHASE OF PREMIUM TI R ASE OF PR M O M M R W I W I T I T H H TH P C C H A C H A S A A S S AS E E S E S E O O O F O F OF O F P P R R P R R E R E M M E M EM I M I U U I U M M M UM T T TI T I T I T R I R R E E E E E E E R E 3 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 Drunk driver who caused crash sentenced By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The situation with the vacant building at the corner of Park Street and Parrott Avenue is uncertain as the unanswered questions accumulate. The chamber has been inactive for more than a year. It appears that invoices for membership have not been sent out in more than two years. Apparently the president and the board members resigned without taking any formal action to dissolve the chamber. The building has been unused for well over a y ear. The property is owned by the City of Okeechobee with a deed restriction stipulating that the property can only be used for a chamber of commerce. In 1986 the city leased the property to the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce for $1 a year and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce had a structure built on the property. While the city owns the land, they do not own the building. Apparently the building is owned by the chamber. The property appraiser values the building at $87,112. About 10 years ago the chamber began to run afoul of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has liens totalling $105,467.50 against the chamber for various unpaid federal payroll taxes from 2001 through 2009. Even though the chamber was a nonpro t organization, it had paid employees for whom payroll taxes should have been paid. On Friday, July 15, 2011, IRS of cials seized the building due to the tax liens. There is a notice taped to the door with the heading "Warning United States Government Seizure." The notice reads, in part, "This property has been seized for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes...Persons tampering w ith this property are subject to severe penalty of the law." Recently the Okeechobee News called one of the telephone numbers on the notice for a comment and was told that the IRS could not comment on the case. At the time the building was seized, City Administrator Brian Whitehall said he had had several conversations with the IRS. He said the IRS had been informed that the city owned the land and was aware of the deed restriction and that they were concerned with selling the lease value of the building to satisfy the liens. Terry Bourroughs, who at that time was president of the newly formed Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, a completely separate group, said he was approached by the IRS. He said he did not think the IRS understood the deed restriction on the property and that the IRS wanted to sell his organization the lease rights on the building. Mr. Whitehall is in the dark as to what is going on now. He said the city does not even have a key to the building. At the time of the seizure, the IRS had the locks changed on the building and the city did not get a key. Apparently no one except the IRS has a key. Mr. Whitehall said he asked Police Chief Denny Davis to have his policemen keep an eye on the building which is directly behind the police station. Chief Davis reported that no one has entered the building since July 15. Mr. Whitehall said the city cuts the grass around the building. The city administrator said that when the IRS agents were here they made it clear they were concerned about satisfying the tax liens by auctioning the contents of the building which are owned by he chamber. He said there was supposed to be an auction of the contents but that has not happened yet. It appears that building has been undisturbed since July 15.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Fate of chamber building still uncertain "I agree that Mr. Felt has caused a life sentence for the Wildes,"— Judge Larry Schack Leroy Edward Felt

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Buyer beware! Keep your credit card receipts, espec ially at gas stations, and check them against y our bill. Twice in the past month, additional c harges were added to one local man’s bill. W hen he took his bill to the station manager and showed the receipts, he was reimb ursed. However, how many other people did this happen to who did not notice the difference in the bill? The same goes for debit cards. Keep your receipts and check them against the charges on your account to make sure no one is adding in some extra charges. Let the buyer b eware!School sports I know the town likes football games, b ut I wish they would support the other t eams that are working just as hard and act ually bringing home some wins. The other athletes work just as hard as the football players. They deserve support too. High s chool football is not the only sport.Drugs The dope situation out here in Larkee Lakes is getting out of control. The dope dealers are like ies here in Larkee Lakes Estates. This subdivision was a beautiful place to live. Even the sheriff said that he used to drive through here, and said what a nice place that it was, but now it looks like a city slum. People don’t mow their lawns, t he skirting on their homes is falling off, and debris scattered all over the place. I was out driving through the other day and I counted trucks and trailers, one horse trailer, one boat trailer, two at trailers, camping trailer and two trucks with no license plates. One truck has been sitting t here for three years beside the street. I think we need more police patrol out here and more cooperation from the county c ode enforcement department.OHS activities The high school has been performing poorly for a very long time. They need to get back to the basic education and stop a lot of the extra activities until the school improves. Why do they have so many sporting activities, which cost a lot of money. Some sports you have to pay to be in while others spend a lot of money. Every sport should be treated equally, they all get so much to spend and everything that is associated with that sport should come out of their budget. If you don’t have enough money then do something to raise the needed money. I don’t mind them spending my money to get an education but I’m tired of all the extras when the education part is doing so badly.  The sports teams do have to raise the money for their own programs. When I had a child at OHS, we raised money for uniforms and equipment for the volleyball team. The rodeo team pays all of their own expenses. They get nothing from the school. The team members raised the money or the parents paid for it. The teams also get money from the ticket sales. I guess the teams that draw more spectators have an advantage there.  The sports teams ALL have fundraisers for them to help their sport as the money from the school board has been reduced and or held static for years. This does not include the off-season work the kids and coaches put in as in travel teams, camps, etc. All of these things are valuable experiences for our student/athletes. The sad part is that the local businesses give and give and give even in these hard times. Not a week goes by without some kid coming in and asking us to buy/give towards their program. God bless the local businesses that help support our youth. I, for one, know they give ‘till it hurts all the time. Keeping one student in school for whatever reason is admirable. It’s not all about books these days.  With all the school budget cuts the school board/teachers are doing a great job.County budget I see the county is cutting the budget but they need to cut the budget back to what we can afford, not make new taxes. Public transportation in small town AmericaWhen the gasoline prices rose, people were confronting problems to ll their car to go to work. As an alternative, some people decided to quit their jobs; however, that decision created more problems than solutions. It was alarming when the news spread all over the media people mentioning all the problems they were facing to ll their cars’ gas tank just to be able to work. An example of how to solve this problem is that small towns in America develop a public transportation system to help people to keep their jobs without being overwhelmed by the cost of gasoline. Some individuals found that it was worthless to keep his or her job because after paying for gas, they did not have any income left for other expenses. As with any decision in a small town it would have to be presented to a city council; certainly there is a possibility that they would not accept this measure because of the cost involved. The possibility of implementing should be openly discussed with pros and cons, detailing any decision. The rst aspect to consider is a possibility to allow a private investor to provide the services. The next step should be to answer some questions such as: 1. Is there any help that a person can receive from the government to begin a business? 2. Can some tax exemption be allowed? 3. Can the service provided by dividing the route to be covered between groups of persons? 4. What other incentives can be provided? If the government does not have to cover any cost because the service will be provided by a private investor, the next step would be to develop the requirements for the provider or providers. For example, the type of bus, big or small, a van or small car, the license required insurances or any other condition that guarantees the safety of the passengers must be considered. A person who sees that he or she can get to his or her job by public transportation with a moderate cost, saving in gasoline, insurance and a maintenance fee. Instead of all the cost related to having a car in good condition to be able to drive to work every day; such person would be well served b y public transportation. Certainly, the peopl e will be more than happy to keep their jobs and use his or her car as little as possible. Consequently, people will have alternatives to save money in gas and keep thei r job. Also, this is a new opportunity for an innovative business in small towns of Americ a that can be successful and very pro table to the owner. Even the government can receiv e bene ts from any governmental assistance. In conclusion, everyone will win from th e decision of establishing public transportation in small towns of America. Cordially, Mrs. A. Vasquez OkeechobeeConKerr CancerConKerr Cancer has one simple mission: “Giving sick kids a reason to smile one pillowcase at a time.” On behalf of ConKer r Cancer I would like to thank the Okeechobee community for its awesome support. The majority of our pillowcases are donated to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach and that is where most of Okeechobee’s sic k children are taken. Okeechobee started sewing for ConKerr Cancer at the end of May and, as of this date, has made 495 pillowcases! We hav e two ladies, Anna Wilson and Frankie Russell, who have each sewn over fty pillowcases. That is an outstanding achievemen t in itself. “Thanks” also goes out to the ladies who have contributed fabric to make mor e pillowcases and to the ladies who have volunteered to help wash, iron and bag the pillowcases. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and our local group sewed and/or turned in 103 pillowcases a t our September 6 meeting alone. ConKer r Cancer’s goal is to make 44,000 pillowcases this month, one for each child in care fo r cancer. Girl Scouts can earn a ConKerr Cance r badge for sewing pillowcases and our local troops are already sewing and making plans to help. Thank you girls! Thanks again to a wonderful and giving community! Joan Rueff ConKerr Cancer Co-coordinator Friday, September 23, 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. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A circuit court judge adhered to a negotiated plea agreement and sentenced a former youth minister and volunteer with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) to prison. Judge Robert Belanger reserved comment Thursday, Sept. 22, in nding David Luke Reed guilty of having sex with two underage boys. As agreed upon, Reed was sentenced to nine years in prison to be followed by two y ears on sex offender probation. Those sentences will run concurrently. Upon his release from prison, Reed will have to register as a convicted sex offender. Reed, 24, had entered a plea of guilty at a change of plea hearing held Friday, Sept. 2, to two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12 to 16 years of age. By entering the plea, he avoided going to trial and the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of up to 90 years in prison. Another condition of the plea deal was that Reed had to enter a plea of guilty. “I am very satis ed with the overall outcome of this case. The victims will not have to go through a very dif cult trial and there w ill not be any appellate issues to drag the case out,” said Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright. “The defendant will serve a lengthy prison sentence and be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life so that he can never again be around young children.” Reed, who was arrested Jan. 15, 2010, engaged in sex acts with a 12-yearold and a 15-year-old boy. Reed was an adult volunteer for the Sea Cadet program, sponsored in part by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. He was also a member of the OCSO Search and Rescue Unit, and had been a youth minister with the Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church in Palatka. The acts between the three occurred during the week of the annual OCSO summer Water Safety Camp. Reed and the two boys would reportedly meet in the OCSO Marine Unit building at Okee-Tantie after everyone else had left for the day. The boys were not forced or coerced into performing the acts. However, the acts are still illegal due to their ages. After the incidents came to light, Reed was terminated from the sheriff’s of ce programs on Jan. 11, 2010. Once he learned he was being sought by law enforcement, OCSO arrest reports indicate that Reed went into hiding. As detectives searched around the Kissimmee River on Jan. 13, 2010, they found Reed’s clothing and two guns in the woods on S.W. 99th Drive, which is along the river just north of the bridge at Okee-Tantie. OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless then traced Reed to Putnam County. As she was speaking to him on the telephone two days later, deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Of ce entered the home where Reed was staying and arrested him on Okeechobee County warrants without incident. By agreeing to the plea agreement, Reed forfeits his right to a jury trial and he cannot le an appeal in relation to the judgement. Terms of his probation require him to submit to random and warrantless searches of his home, vehicle and person. Also, he: can’t have any contact with the victims; can’t live within 1,000 feet of a facility where children congregate; can’t have any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18; can’t work or volunteer at a facility where children congregate; and, he can’t view or possess any pornographic material. “It is troubling in today’s society to see so many sex offenders who seemingly place themselves in a position of trust and authority over young persons, only to take advantage of them,” said Mr. Albright. “This defendant will never be able to do that again.” Reed, who was represented by defense attorney William B. Fletcher, will receive credit for the 615 days he has already served in the Okeechobee County Jail. David Reed sentenced to nine years in prison 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! 5 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 David Luke Reed 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).  Robert Powell, 29, 20th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation lewd or lascivious exhibition by a person over 18 years of age on a victim 16 years of age or younger. He is being held without bond.  Michael Maurice Bird, 26, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 20 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a Highlands County warrant charging him with violation of probation theft from a person 65 years of age or older. He is being held without bond.  Rogelio Ocampo, 30, Mill Run Court, Greenacres, was arrested Sept. 21 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving while license suspended habitual offender. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report Hardest Hit fund offers help to those in foreclosureThe federal government has allocated funding to help pay the mortgages of quali ed homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own. Homeowners who qualify for nancial assistance may receive up to six months of monthly mortgage payments and/or funds to pay past due mortgage payments to bring the mortgage current. These funds are paid directly to the lender (bank or mortgage company). To determine if you qualify, log onto the of cial web site at www.FLHardestHitHelp.org; or, you may mneet with an advisor at Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing, 863-467-5525.ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.

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Community events sought Editor’s note: The community events column runs news from local organizations and clubs at no charge, on a space available basis. To qualify for this column, the event must be open to the public. If there is any charge or fee, the organizers must be raising money for a charitable cause or non-pro t organization. Starting next week, if there is a charge, the event notice must explain w here the money is going. For example, proceeds might be for a local scholarship, to bene t the Shrine Children’s hospital, etc. Email items for this column to okeenews@newszap.com. For advertisements for events that are “members only” or if proceeds are not going to a charitable cause, please contact the newspaper’s advertising department for the ad rates. V FW announces plansJoin the good folks at VFW Post 4423 (300 NW 34th St.) on Friday, Sept. 23 where the kitchen will be open 5-9 p.m. with Karaoke 7-10 p.m. Don’t miss Saturday Seafood Night (5-7 p.m.) and karaoke 7-10 p.m. Sunday they will be have Lori’s Oven BBQ Chicken 2-4 p.m. and there will karaoke 6-9 p.m. Be sure to stop by for lots of fun, good food and great people.Eagles to host steak nightOkeechobee Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, U.S. 441 N., will host steak night on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5 until 8 p.m. Dinner includes terri c steaks, sides and dessert.Moose holds Jukebox Saturday Night on Sept. 24The Okeechobee Moose Lodge, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will serve burgers/fries or wings, for a $4 donation on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5:30–7 p.m. The Queen of Hearts Drawing will be held at 7 p.m. They w ill have a Jukebox Saturday Night.4-H club hosting rabbit clinicFeathers and Furs 4-H club is having a Rabbit Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Jones Supply, 801 S.W. Park Street, Okeechobee. Contact Cathy Arthur at 863-763-1512 or Cathy Corby at 772-216-8669 for more information.Raulerson Hospital to host Dine with Doctor lecture Raulerson Hospital’s Dine with the Doctor Lecture series will resume Tuesday, Sept. 27 Dinner will be available for $5 per person beginning at 4:30 p.m. Board Certied Gastroenterologist Dr. Albert Bravo will be discussing the Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedure he performs at Raulerson Hospital. Dr. Bravo will begin his presentation at 5 p.m. There is no fee for the presentation. To register for this event, call 1-800-449-8642.Teen dance party plannedThe B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club of Okeechobee will host the September edition of the Teen Dance Party on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus from 7 until 10 p.m. Admission of $7 includes pizza, soda and chips along with entertainment, music, games and lots of great music to dance to. The party is open for teens and ‘tweens ages 12-16. Proceeds from the dance party will bene t B.R.A.T. Club events. For more information, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Orchid and Garden Clubs to meet Monday, Sept. 26The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 Highway 98 N. Bring your favorite orchid or a problem to discuss. The Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. A 50 minute video on Vegetable Gardening will be shown. For more information please call the extension center at 863-763-6469. CCC plans meetingThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m., in the board room of the Okeechobee School Board Of ce. Spotlight Speaker: Lenora, Treasure Coast Food Bank and Angela Lowe, Mary’s Shelter. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Shrine Club to host spaghetti dinnerBack for another season, the Okeechobee Shrine Club offers a delicious spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. Music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. For more information please call 863-763-3378.Martha’s House will host yard sales Sept. 30 & Oct. 1Martha’s House, at 4134 U.S. 441 N., is holding a yard sale on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 863-763-2893.Fall softball sign ups slated Registration for the Fall Adult Softball League is being conducted by the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Dept. at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (Sports Complex). Team fees are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 Fees are as follows: men--$375 (plus $30 ISA fee if not registered in 2011 season); women--$325; co-ed-$325. For more information, call the of ce at 863-763-6950.Colour Me Crazy Salon plans Locks of Love eventColour Me Crazy Salon (next to Dominos Pizza and the Okeechobee News) is the location of the next hair donation event for “Locks of Love,” a public, non-pro t organization that provides vacuum tted hairpieces to nancially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term, illness-caused hair loss. Hair cuts will be done on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 12–3 p.m. Local resident, Lonnie Yates, lost his daughter to cancer a year ago this October. In honor of her life, we ask you to donate your cut hair to bene t children. Free lunch for those that donate hair. This haircut is tax deductible—women $14, men $10. Call 863-467-3031 for information.County Legislative delegation to meet Wednesday, Oct. 12The Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the commission chambers of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street, second oor. For more information, please call State Representative Mike Horner’s of ce at 407-943-3077.Citizens invited to Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Ray Domer on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.–noon and will be held in Commissioner Domer’s ofce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 245, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.VNA to offer ‘Living with Diabetes’ seminar on Oct. 13Are you “Living with Diabetes?” Come and nd out more about how you can better live with it. The Visiting Nurses Association will offer a seminar presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room of the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 $3,500 DUE AT SIGNING LEASE FOR /mo.*2011 EXPLORERXLT $379 6CYL., LEATHER LOADED #11756** 2004 FORD F-250SUPER DUTY 74K Mi.! #11276B$12,950ONLY $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING LEASE FOR /mo.* 2011 FORD ESCAPEXLS$209 2011 FORD TAURUS LTD28K Mi.! #P4000$24,950ONLY 2011 FORD ESCAPE XLT15K Mi.! #P4039$22,575ONLY 2010 HONDA CIVIC LX14K Mi.! #11257A$18,950ONLY2010 EXPEDITION XLT 2WD, 23K Mi.! #P3972$27,950ONLY 2006 INFINITI G3561K Mi.! #11673A$18,950ONLY 2009 DODGE RAM 1500RWD, 31K Mi.! #11374B$25,500ONLY 2008 PONTIAC G670K Mi.! #11820B$11,950ONLY2010 FORD EDGE SELFWD, 32K Mi.! #P4038$22,950ONLY 2007 FORD EDGE SE64K M.! #11556A$18,550ONLY 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA2.5S, 22K Mi.! #P4117$18,950ONLY 2008 SANTA FEVERA CRUZ 27K Mi.! #11829A$22,550ONLY2010 CHRYSLER 30034K Mi.! #P4164$18,950ONLY 2006 FORD EXPEDITIONEDDIE BAUER 80K Mi.! #11813A$19,550ONLY 2007 4RUNNER SRS2wd, 54K Mi.! #11731A1$19,950ONLYJUST ARRIVED! JUST ARRIVED! 2011 FORD F-150REG.CAB, AUTO, V/6, STX PKG, #11678$19,935$3,000 DUE AT SIGNING LEASE FOR /mo.*FULL PWR, NICELY EQUIPPED. #121962012 FORD EDGESE$290$2,500 DUE AT SIGNING LEASE FOR /mo.*4 CYL., AUTO #121672012 FOCUSSE SEDAN$209 $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING LEASE FOR /mo.*2012 FORD FUSIONSE $195 4 CYL., AUTO #120784 CYL., AUTO, NICELY EQUIPPED! #11901 SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. *10,500 MILES/YR. 24 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. FOR THE NEW FOCUS, FUSION, ESCAPE, EXPLORER AND EDGE, SOME LEASE PAYMENTS MAY INCLUDE RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST. **F-150 PRICE INCLUDES FMCC REBATE AND TRADE ASSIST REBATE. JUST ARRIVED! JUST ARRIVED!2010 FORD ESCAPE LTD28K Mi.! #P4065$22,550ONLY 7 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 floridaswater.com NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGTuesday, September 27, 2011 5:05 p.m. at District Headquarters 4049 Reid Street Palatka, FL 32177The St. Johns River Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for 2011-2012. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:The District’s budget hearing will be conducted by means of communications media technology at District Headquarters. One or more Governing Board members may attend and participate in the meeting via telephone or web conferencing. Public should attend in person at the District Headquarters. Fo r more information, or if you wish to submit written or other physical evidence, you may contact the District at 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4500. Written and physical evidence must be submitted at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting. THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.BUDGET SUMMARYST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012General Fund Special Revenue Fund Other Special Revenue Water Protection & SustainabilityDebt Service Funds Capital Projects FundTotal All FundsESTIMATED REVENUESFund Balance, beginning of year 133,839,761 $ 11,147,029 $ 18,747,695 $ 6,396,362 $ 16,291,467 $ 186,422,314 $ Estimated Revenues Ad Valorem Taxes Millage per $1,000 .3313 Ad Valorem Taxes85,355,619 $ 85,355,619 $ District Sources Interest on Investments1,800,000 $ 1,800,000 $ Regulatory Permits1,000,000 1,000,000 Other District Sources400,000 400,000 Land Management Revenue1,164,805 1,164,805 Sale of capital assets Total District Sources4,364,805 $ $ 4,364,805 $ Local Sources Counties 217,450 $ 217,450 $ Cities 217,450 217,450 Other Local 59,626 59,626 Total Other Local Sources494,526 $ 494,526 $ State Sources Federal Through State 383,524 $ 383,524 $ Water Management Lands Trust Fund676,288 6,516,850 $ 7,193,138 Florida Department of Transportation590,062 590,062 Ecosystems Management Trust6,326,418 6,326,418 Water Protection & Sustainability Trust Fund 22,803,709 22,803,709 Other State Sources 669,979 669,979 Total State Sources 8,646,271 $ 22,803,709 $ 6,516,850 $ $ 37,966,830 $ Federal Sources Environmental Protection Agency EPA731,823 $ 731,823 $ Other Federal 25,000 25,000 Total Federal Sources$ 756,823 $ $ $ $ 756,823 $ Total Revenue89,720,424 $ 9,897,620 $ 22,803,709 $ 6,516,850 $ $ 128,938,603 $ Other Financing Sources (Uses) Transfers In from General Fund 11,357,628 $ 11,357,628 $ Transfers Out(11,357,628) $ (11,357,628) Total Other Financing Sources (Uses)(11,357,628) $ $ $ $ 11,357,628 $ $ TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES AND BALANCES212,202,557 $ 21,044,649 $ 41,551,404 $ 12,913,212 $ 27,649,095 $ 315,360,917 $ ESTIMATED EXPENDITURESWater Resources Planning and Monitoring12,657,885 $ 197,500 $ 12,855,385 $ Acquisition, Restoration and Public Works42,055,503 9,387,385 41,551,404 $ 6,516,850 $ 27,649,095 $ 127,160,237 Operation and Maintenance of Lands and Works14,224,334 353,000 14,577,334 Regulation13,818,768 55,212 13,873,980 Outreach1,325,460 1,325,460 District Management and Administration34,891,283 34,891,283 Total Expenditures118,973,233 $ 9,993,097 $ 41,551,404 $ 6,516,850 $ 27,649,095 $ 204,683,679 $ Reserves and Designations Legal Restrictions 9,907,184 $ 6,396,362 $ 16,303,546 $ Committed to Economic Stabilization Reserve6,900,000 $ 6,900,000 Assigned to Land Management / Land Acquisition5,346,025 1,144,368 6,490,393 Assigned to Canal-1/10 Rediversion11,471,000 11,471,000 Assigned to Groundwater Resources Assessment Aquifer Performance Testing, Modeling and Data Enhancements 8,000,000 8,000,000 Assigned to Rough Fish Harvesting to reduce phosphorus levels 1,912,299 1,912,299 Assigned to Alum treatment for stormwater control to protect lake water quality 1,800,000 1,800,000 Assigned to Flood control structure rehabilitation USJRB2,000,000 2,000,000 Assigned to MFL Prevention -Recovery Strategy Projects (WRD and/or AWS) 20,000,000 20,000,000 Assigned to Water Quality & Ecological Restoration Projects20,000,000 20,000,000 Assigned to Water Conservation & Demand Management Projects10,400,000 10,400,000 Unassigned5,400,000 5,400,000 Total Reserves and Designations93,229,324 $ 11,051,552 $ $ 6,396,362 $ $ 110,677,238$ TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND RESERVES 212,202,557 $ 21,044,649 $ 41,551,404 $ 12,913,212 $ 27,649,095 $ 315,360,917 $ THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ARE 22.78% LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S TO TAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. 8 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two women are facing felony theft charges after their arrest for allegedly trying to leave a local department store with over $400 in stolen items. Arrested on a felony grand theft charge each w as Wanda Jean O’Shields, 25, S.E. 37th Ave., and Nikki Lee Yates, 22, Center St. Records show that O’Shields is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, while Yates has been released on $2,500 bond. An arrest report by Of cer P.C. Eddings, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that the women were being watched on store surveillance at Walmart as they went through the store placing items in their shopping cart. According to the ofcer’s report, the women were seen placing items from the store’s electronics department into empty bags. They then passed by the registers and were taken into custody as they were leaving the store without paying for the items, added Of cer Eddings. Of cer Eddings went on to state that Yates had her 6-year-old daughter with her at the time. The child was reportedly released to an adult guardian. W omen face felony theft charge Nikki Lee Yates Wanda Jean O’Shields By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three men have been arrested and accused of breaking into a vacant home with the apparent idea of stripping the house of copper then selling it. Arrested Monday, Sept. 12, were: Garrett Eugene Egan, 18, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee; Ralph Henry Buchheit, 18, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee; and Charles Robert Hardison, 38, N.E. Ninth Lane, Okeechobee. Egan and Buchheit were both charged w ith the felonies of burglary, attempted grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. Egan is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $6,000 bond, while Buchheit is being held on $25,000 bond. Hardison was charged with principle in the rst degree (burglary) and his bond w as set at $5,000. He has been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Matthew Crawford stated that he responded to a suspicious person complaint around 7:09 a.m. Monday. When he approached the home he saw a man inside the vacant home, added the report. At that point Deputy Crawford and his K-9 Nero took cover and waited for backup. But before that backup arrived a door opened and the deputy stated that he warned the two suspects to “get on the ground or be dog bit.” K-9 Nero was released and engaged one of the men, who reportedly gave up almost immediately. The second man ran out the back door and continued running until he reached a canal, Deputy Crawford stated. This man allegedly jumped into the canal and swam across it. But when he reached the other side, OCSO Deputy Paul Jackson was waiting for him and placed him under arrest, added Deputy Crawford. According to Deputy Crawford’s report, the two men had reportedly already started cutting some copper tubing from an air conditioning unit. When interviewed by OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner, Egan and Buchheit reportedly stated that Hardison drove them to the home and dropped them off. They were then to strip the home of its copper and Hardison would sell it, continued the arrest report. Deputy Crawford’s report went on to indicate that he found bolt cutters in the bathroom along with an open pocket knife with two screws lying beside the air handler inside the home. Burglars accused of stripping home of copper Ralph H. Buchheit Garrett E. Egan Charles R. Hardison Okeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6-8 p.m., at the Civic Center on Hwy. 98N. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Oct. 5, to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101. Farm Bureau to hold Annual Membership meeting

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The case of Florida Prairie, Inc. which has been ongoing with the Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Board since May will probably not be settled soon. The latest details were made public at the Tuesday, Sept. 20, hearing held by Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols. In the May hearing it was brought out that there were rental cabins on the company’s Viking property that were built without building permits and the company was adv ertising rental of the cabins. Concern was expressed that the cabins might not be safe for human habitation since certi cates of occupancy were never issued. The special magistrate decreed that the cabins should be inspected and there would no occupation of the property and advertising should cease. Since that time all advertising has ceased. The special magistrate tabled the case w hile the company petitioned the planning board for a special exception to allow for commercial use of residential property. The planning board tabled the request in July and at the August planning board meeting the request was denied. Two of the buildings on the property could be classi ed as sheds. The third building consists of an RV with rooms added on to it. David Swart, agent of the company, stated that the three structures were present on the property when he bought it. Builder G. M. Whorley said he had been hired by Florida Prairie. He said he intended to remove the RV and enlarge the remaining structure to become a legal dwelling with the required minimum of 1,000 square feet. With a legal dwelling on the property, the two sheds would be legal. The company was given until Oct. 10 to apply for a building permit and the permit must be issued by Nov. 10. The case will probably be monitored by the special magistrate until nal inspection of the reconstructed dwelling. In the only other case heard that day Sauternes V, LLC was given until Sept. 21 to come into compliance or pay a ne of $40 a day for every day of noncompliance. At last month’s meeting it was determined that there was a condemned structure on the company’s N.E. 13th Avenue property. The company was given until Sept. 15 to remove the structure with all required permits and remove reaming debris. Code enforcement of cer Beth Albert stated that the propert y was still not in compliance. Hence the ne. Prairie rental cabins were built without permits 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUDGET SUMMARYGeneral Fund 8.5470 Jail Loan Repayment Fund 0.3255 GENERAL PUBLIC SAFET Y SPECIALDEBTCAPITALENTERPRISETRUST &TOTAL FUNDFUNDREVENUESERVICEPROJECTSFUNDAGENCYBUDGET Taxes:Millage per $1000 Ad Valorem Taxes8.547012,753,297 12,753,297 Ad Valorem Taxes 0.3255(voted debt)479,266479,266 Sales & Use Taxes1,918,11407,369,087004000 9,287,601 Charges for Services1,016,5201,5001,596,11500440,4000 3,054,535 Intergovernmental Revenue5,392,12008,366,19602,991,057316,8500 17,066,223 Licenses & Permits56,0000453,5000000 509,500 Fines & Forfeitures85,30038,60065,7500000 189,650 Franchise Fees360,000000000 360,000 Miscellaneous Revenue2,077,69502,711,8751,40015,00075,300705 4,881,975 TOTAL SOURCES 23,659,046 $ 40,100 $ 20,562,523 $ 480,666 $ 3,006,057 $ 832,950 $ 705 $ 48,582,046 $ Transfers In5,343,799 207,165 77,335 5,628,299 Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets1,362,0664,028,09417,919,651234,4847,363,351144,820217,908 31,270,373 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES$30,364,910$4,068,194$38,689,338$715,150$10,446,743$977,770$218,613$85,480,718 EXPENDITURES General Government6,409,7230646,12801,245,53331,2050 8,332,590 Public Safety15,792,54006,426,9610000 22,219,501 Physical Environment234,16302,682,1560223,51300 3,139,832 Transportation007,814,9070500,00000 8,314,907 Economic Environment80,28001,316,5750000 1,396,855 Human Services1,753,6860293,5130000 2,047,198 Culture & Recreation1,167,895024,7000405,000884,1750 2,481,770 Debt Service00221,761493,429000 715,190 Court Related0207,80637,3530000 245,159 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $25,438,286$207,806$19,464,054$493,429$2,374,046$915,380$0 $48,893,002 Transfers Out$3,750,000499,706 4,249,706 Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets4,926,624110,38818,725,578221,7218,072,69762,391218,613 32,338,011 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES TRANSFERS, RESERVES & BALANCES $30,364,910$4,068,194$38,689,338$715,150$10,446,743$977,770$218,613 $85,480,718 The tentative, adopted, and/or final budgets are on file in the office of the above reference taxing authority as a public reco rd. ESTIMATED REVENUES County of Okeechobee, Florida Fiscal Year 2011-2012 PUBLISHED: 9/23/2011, Okeechobee News NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe Okeechobee County Board ofCounty Commissioners has tentatively adopted a budget for fiscal year 2011-2012.A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:Thursday,September 27,2011 6:00 P.M. at 304 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee,Florida 34972PUBLISHED: 9/23/2011, Okeechobee News 9 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm Add your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70EREVIVALWITH Bennie JonesSept. 25 30 Sunday: 6 pm Mon Fri: 7 pm Having a Mind for the Things ofGodŽ(II Corinthians 10:5) October 7 9, 2011Friday &Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Saturday Breakfast 9-11:30am Sunday Afternoon 4:00pm Bishop Robert, Jr. and 1st Lady Karen BanksThe fellowship breakfast will be held at Golden Corral in Okeechobee and will include a nutritional seminar hosted by Robin Austin. Please call 863-357-2264 for additional information BIBLE CHURCH OF GOD OKEECHOBEE PRESENTS j omens V onference 19thAnnual 10 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested when suspected marijuana and cocaine, along w ith a large amount of cash, were reportedly found in his pickup truck. Wendell Octavius Bradley, 39, S.W. 28th St., was arrested Monday, Sept. 19, on felony charges of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He w as also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $25,500. A check of jail records Tuesday afternoon indicated that he has been released on bond. An arrest report by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective also indicated that $577 in cash was found on Bradley’s person, and an additional $136 was found in the console of his truck. Bradley, added the report, is unemployed. The report states that when members of the task force encountered Bradley on N.E. 14th Ave. shortly after noon Monday he was sitting in his white Chevrolet pickup and another man was standing outside the vehicle. W hen one of the detectives approached the v ehicle, continued the report, the investigator immediately smelled the odor of green marijuana coming from inside the truck. According to the report, the detective could readily see a small amount of suspected pot lying on a $1 bill on the center console. The detective could also easily see the top of a plastic sandwich bag sticking out of a purse on the seat, added the report. During a search of the truck, the detectives reportedly found:  a pill bottle containing 11.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine (59 rocks);  69 individual baggies containing suspected powder cocaine that weighed 16.2 grams;  36 individual plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana that weighed 28 grams;  11 individual baggies of suspected marijuana that weighed 87.5 grams and was packaged for resale;  55.8 grams of suspected marijuana in a bowl on the truck’s oor;  a package of plastic baggies commonly used in the sale of drugs;  .7 grams of suspected marijuana laced with suspected cocaine wrapped in a $1 bill; and,  .1 gram of suspected powder cocaine in a small plastic baggie. The detective stated in his report that all of the suspected marijuana was eld tested, and the test indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. The suspected cocaine was also eld tested, and that test indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, the report added. When asked about the large amount of cash, Bradley reportedly told the detective he had earned the money washing cars. During a taped interview, Bradley refused to provide detectives with any information. Instead, he reportedly told them that his “blood line” wouldn’t let him do that. He allegedly told the investigators that when a person is in the drug business they have to accept the risk of getting caught. “And if you get caught, you take your punishment,” he reportedly told the detectives. Records indicate that Bradley knows what he’s talking about. On Nov 1, 2000, he was sentenced to prison after being convicted in Okeechobee County for the sale/delivery of cocaine. Department of Corrections (COD) records show that although he was sentenced to a term of two years, he was released June 9, 2001, from the Fort Pierce Work Release Center. The man standing outside the truck talking to Bradley was released at the scene, the detective added. Convicted drug dealer faces new drug possession charges Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Of cer David Straub and FWC Reserve Of cer John Parrish surprised two Sumter County men Sept. 16 as the men came ashore in their airboat on Lake Apopka with a couple of sacks full of recently hatched alligators. Robert “Bo” Martin Duval, 32. and Christopher Cork Scroggins, 22, both of Bushnell, w ere booked into Lake County jail early Thursday on felony possession/capture of hatchling alligators and misdemeanor conspiracy charges. FWC of cers were on surveillance at the Montverde boat ramp when the two men returned from their night of capturing the hatching alligators on Lake Apopka in Lake County. “Unfortunately, there is an illegal market for hatchling alligators, and people who participate in this type of poaching have no regard for our resources or the laws that protect them,” said Straub. Of cers returned the hatchlings to the lake alive. Duval and Scroggins later bailed out on $13,000 and $3,000 bonds, respectively. Possessing/capturing hatchling alligators is a third-degree felony, which, on conviction, carries a maximum penalty of ve years in prison and a $5,000 ne. To report alligator and other sh, wildlife or boating violations, please call the 24hour Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Callers may be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest. Men caught with 260 baby alligators Wendell O. Bradley

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Lakeshore Medical Center, located on N. Parrott Avenue, is part of Florida Community Health Centers which also has medical centers in Port St. Lucie, Pahokee, Clewiston, Fort Pierce and Indiantown. The Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center is also part of Florida Community Health Centers. The goal of Florida Community Health Centers is “to provide accessible, cost-effective, high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health-care to all persons regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.” Lakeshore Medical’s staff of 25, which includes one medical doctor and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a PhD, are able to rapidly and courteously provide a full range of lab work, family medical services and ob-gyn service except for child delivery. The center is housed in an 8,000 square foot building that is clean, professional looking and provides for security and ef cient service. The center treats about 1,200 patients a month. Director Tim Fulford estimates that 60 percent of the patients are low income which means that they pay on a sliding scale based on income. Using the electronic equipment in the tele-medicine room, patients are able to see and be seen by and talk back and forth with medical specialists at the Florida Community Health Centers in Fort Pierce and Indiantown. Currently the center maintains thousands of paper medical records however, they are in the process of going paperless.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 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 14 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 Businesses invited to seminarAn upcoming USPS-SBDC workshop to help businesses save money and time, energize their business and generate new customers. This is a joint effort between the US Postal Service, Indian River State College and the Small Business Development Center. The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County is assisting with handling reservations for this Tuesday morning, Continental Breakfast Workshop. The event is planned for Oct. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. For information or to register online, go to http://www. okeechobeebusiness.com. Medical center uses latest communications technology Special to the Okeechobee NewsScrapbooking classWednesday, Sept. 28 is the rst meeting of the Scrapbooking class. Class will be held @ 5:30, in the studio of Photography By Bobbi, 106 SE Park St. Please call 801-0015 for instructions or information on the rst project. Each child will need to bring 4-5 snap shots of themselves, or family to work on this beginners craft. There will be enrollment forms for 4-H to be lled out, please bring $1.00 for this. The other scrapbooking items are for sale here to complete this project as well. Parents are welcome to stay with their child to assist them in cutting, shaping, gluing their work. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThese ladies, left to right, Karla Parriott, Elia Suarez and Wanda Martinez, maintain the medical records at Lakeshore Medical Center. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaWhen patients rst come into Lakeshore Medical Center, they are greeted by these three ladies. They are, left to right, Moe Queen, Brandy Ellis and Yolanda Gonzales. Tim Fulford, director of Lakeshore Medical Center, and Brandy Ellis, nurse manager, demonstrate the equipment of the tele-medicine room. Using this equipment patients are able see and talk with medical specialists at the Florida Community Health Centers in Indiantown and Fort Pierce.

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The ndings appear online Sept. 15, 2011 in Zootaxa. “Most people in Florida don’t realize when they see an animal if it’s native or non-native and unfortunately, quite a few of them don’t belong here and can cause harm,” said lead author Kenneth Krysko, herpetology collection manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. “No other area in the world has a problem like we do, and today’s laws simply cannot be enforced to stop current trends.” Florida law prohibits the release of nonnative species without a state permit, but offenders cannot be prosecuted unless they are caught in the act. To date, no one in Florida has been prosecuted for the establishment of a non-indigenous animal. Researchers urge lawmakers to create enforceable policies before more species reproduce and become established. The study names 56 established species: 43 lizards, ve snakes, four turtles, three frogs and a caiman, a close relative of the American alligator. “The invasion of lizards is pretty drastic considering we only have 16 native species,” Krysko said. “Lizards can cause just as much damage as a python. They are quicker than snakes, can travel far, and are always moving around looking for the next meal.” De ned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as organisms “whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health,” invasive species are a growing concern for residents and policymakers. Only three species were intercepted before reaching the wild and researchers documented 137 introductions. The study also shows no established, nonnative amphibian or reptile species has been eradicated. Floridians have experienced some of the damage these animals can cause, from iguanas that destroy cement walls to Burmese pythons released in the Everglades that eat protected species. While the impact of many of the introduced species has not been determined, the study provides new information about how, why and when they entered the state. The rst introduction in 1863 was of the greenhouse frog, native to the West Indies. One of the most easily recognized species is the brown anole, the rst introduced lizard, which reached Florida from Cuba via cargo ships in 1887. Until about 1940, nearly all nonnative species arrived through this accidental cargo pathway, but the boom in popularity of exotic terrarium animals in the 1970s and 1980s led to the pet trade being accountable for 84 percent of the introductions, Krysko said. “It’s like some mad scientist has thrown these species together from all around the world and said, ‘hey let’s put them all together and see what happens,’ ” Krysko said. “It could take decades before we actually know the long-term effects these species will have.” Other pathways include biological control, in which an animal is intentionally released to control a pest species, and accidental introduction through the zoo or plant trade. The study will serve as a baseline for establishing effective policies for control or eradication, said Fred Kraus, a vertebrate biologist at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu who helped establish policies for invasive amphibians and reptiles in Hawaii. “This paper by Kenney and company I think is a good example of the approach that needs to be taken, providing the detail and being rather cautious in making immediate claims that things are established until there is evidence for it,” Kraus said. “There is a lot more work going on now, but for years it was just ignored. For years, climate change was ignored, too. You know, humans just tend to ignore bad news until you can’t ignore it anymore.” One of the greatest obstacles pet owners face is how to feed and house an exotic animal that has become too large or dif cult to handle, Krysko said. “The biggest example is the Burmese python,” Krysko said. “It’s a large constrictor and has de nitely shown impact on native species, some you just can’t even nd anymore.” The study uses eldwork data from 12 coauthors throughout the state and research primarily using specimens in the Florida Museum of Natural History collections. “This is a global problem and to think Florida is an exception to the rule is silly,” Krysko said. “The Fish and Wildlife Commission can’t do it alone – they need help and we have to have partners in this with every agency and the general public. Everyone has to be on board; it’s a very serious issue.” Invasive animals cause problems to increase By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Richard Donegan shot a 2-over 38 and Kutter Crawford shot 3-over 39 at the Vero Beach Country Club Wednesday as the OHS boys golf team split a match with Benjamin and St. Edwards High Schools. Benjamin shot 145, Okeechobee shot 163, and St. Edwards shot 186 in the match on the par 36 course. Jaylen Ledger of Benjamin was the low golfer of the day with a score of 1-under par, 35. Tyler Finney shot 42 and Billy Childers shot 44 to nish off the Okeechobee score as OHS fell to (3-4-1) on the year. It is a busy week for the boys golf team. They travelled to Port St. Lucie on Thursday and travel to Sebastian River on Saturday. Brahman linksters split in tri-match

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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 17 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, Waldau’s Junior Golf, Inc., and the Okeechobee Golf &Country Club held their Fifth Annual Okeechobee County Junior Golf Tournament. Junior golfers, ages 10 -18 participated in the 18-hole tournament. The tournament began with a continental breakfast where the tournament format and rules were read. All junior golfers played a qualifying round and the nal 9 hole scores determined the 2011 Champions and Flight w inners. There were also awards for longest drive, closest to the pin and for the putting contest. Lunch was served to all the contestants and awards were presented afterwards. The 2011 Okeechobee County Junior Champion in the boys division is Tyler Finney, 17. Second Place went to Kutter Crawford, 15. The 2011 Okeechobee County Junior Champion in the girls division is Hannah Raulerson, 14. Second Place went to Emily Raulerson, 17 and Third Place to Rachel Rabon, 18. In Young Junior Boys division, First Place w ent to Zach Hudson, 13, and Second Place w ent to Elijah Finney, 13. In Young Junior Girls division, First Place went to Hannah Boshell, 10. The longest drive winners were: Junior division, Tyler Finney; Young Junior division, Zach Hudson; and Girls’ Division, Hannah Raulerson. Closest to the pin winners were: Boys division, Trenton Hickman; and Girls division, Sam Harrell. Putting contest winners were: First Place, Tyler Finney; Second Place, Rachel Rabon and Third Place, Kyle Mullins. Tournament admission was free for the junior golfers thanks to the Waldau Junior Golf programs, Okeechobee Golf and Country Club and the annual corporate sponsors of Waldau Junior Golf, Inc. Waldau’s Junior Golf would like to thank those who volunteered and helped with this year’s tournament: Saba Curren, Terry Lanman, Don Watt, Kristy Crawford, Danny Busbin, Kodi Stephen, all the parents who helped caddie and cheer the golfers on and to the OGCC golfers who were kind enough to play their golf around the schedule of this tournament. A special thanks is extended to 2011 Little Miss Okeechobee County Hope Wisener, for volunteering and presenting all the awards. Defending champion Kodi Stephen was unable to compete due to an injury but came out to volunteer and to present the award to the new champion. Waldau’s Junior Golf, Inc., appreciates his support and good sportsmanship. Kodi is an example of the character the sport of golf builds. Waldau’s Junior Golf’s next event is their annual fund raising tournament, which will be held on Nov. 5, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. More photos of the Junior Golf Championship tournament and information about their next tournament can be found on their website at www. oridajuniorgolf. org and on their Facebook page. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUDGET SUMMARY Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District Fiscal Year 2011-2012Millage 1.000 General Fund Revenues Revenue balance forward for last year$ 148,852 Ad Valorem Taxes62.390 State9,198 Total Revenues$ 220,440 Expenditures Personal Services $ 52,000 Capital Outlay46,440 Chemicals 45,000 Operating Expense24,000 Contingency (Current Year)19,000 Insurance8,000 Repairs and Maintenance4,000 Personal Service Benefits3,500 Other Charges3,000 Gasoline/Oil/Lube3,000 Communication Services2,500 Travel and Per Diem2,000 Office Supplies2,000 Publication and Dues1,500 Training1,000 Protective Clothing1,000 Miscellaneous Supplies1,000 Tools and Implements1,000 Utility Service500 ReservesTotal Expenditures $220,440 The tentative, adopted, and/or final budgets are on file in the office of the above referenced taxing authority as a public record.PUBLISH: 9/23/2011 Okeechobee News NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District Fiscal Year 2011-2012 The Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District has tentatively adopted a budget for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on September 27, 2011, at 6:00pm at 30052 Hwy 78 West.PUBLISH: 9/23/2011 Okeechobee News, Okeechobee, FL 18 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners included: Sept. 9: 1st C. Hendren 2nd R. Jordan 3rd Tie G. Guydosh; V. Johnson; H. Shelkie Sept. 16: 1st Tie H. White; D. Burdashaw 2nd Tie J. Masters; H. Shelkie O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Junior Golf championship winners announced Special to the Okeechobee News/ Brigette Waldau 2011 Young Jr. First Place winner – Girls Division, Hannah Boswell. 2011 Young Jr. First Place winner – Boys Division, Zach Hudson. 2011 Jr. Champion – Girls Division, Hannah Raulerson. 2011 Jr. Champion – Boys Division, Tyler Finney. 2011 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Hope Wisener and 2010 Jr. Champion Kodi Stephen presented the awards.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee and Sebastian River have a lot of the same problems this year. Tops on that list are the fact that neither team has won a game as both teams stumble into Brahman stadium tonight with (0-3) records. The Sharks lost a deep senior class last year but still feature some weapons in fullback Nikko Finnegan, who has averaged seven yards per carry this year with 395 yards rushing and six touchdowns in the three games. WR Tay Brown has caught nine passes for 108 y ards and a touchdown. The Sharks have lost to Maynard Evans High School, Centennial and Fort Pierce Central while Okeechobee has fallen to Gulliver Prep, DeSoto and Centennial. Brahman coach Myron Jackson went back to fundamentals this week. He wants his team to do a better job tackling and knowing their role on defense. “We asked the kids this week why are you here? We did some soul searching. I feel tough times and pressure can develop some diamonds,” he noted. He also urged the kids to take accountability for their responsibilities and be mentally ready to go at kickoff. Another goal will be to limit mistakes and play with 100 percent effort. Jackson said the Sharks and Brahmans both like to run the football and neither team has a dominating defense. He said special teams could decide the winner of the game. “Their tailback is strong and we’ll have to pack a lunch and put our hard hats on and get downhill on him,” Jackson added. Jackson doesn’t expect the Sharks to throw the ball a lot but noted they have a tendency to throw the ball deep to make big plays when the defense isn’t prepared. In the injury report Al Morris was lost for the season with a broken leg in the game versus St. Lucie West. Thor Harden could miss at least two weeks due to a concussion. Jose Santibanez remains sidelined with a broken ankle. Starting quarterback from 2010, Jack Radebaugh returned to practice earlier this week and should see some action tonight. D.J. Washington has a hand injury and Daniel Nunez has recovered from an ankle sprain. Kickoff tonight is set for 7 p.m. at Brahman Stadium. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys swim team lost to Martin County and American Heritage while the girls squad managed a split in their tri-match with those schools on Monday at the community pool in Stuart. Martin County defeated the Okeechobee boys 82-16 while American Heritage defeated the Brahman boys 66-28. In the girls meet Martin County defeated Okeechobee 83-18 and the Brahman girls defeated American Heritage 63-30. Highlights for the boy’s squad included the 200 freestyle relay team which set a career best time of 1:47.86. Team members include Dustin Houston, Ryan Reister, Dalton Hodges and Jason Rucks. Coach Brian Turner said he felt this relay team was really making some positive progress, “One of our main goals this season was to have two of the boys relays reach regional and this is very close to the time they need.” The 400 freestyle relay nished in third place with a time of 4:11.57. Highlights for the girl’s squad were Jessica Wackler who nished second in the 200 freestyle, Katie Van Beek who nished third in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, and Sage Douglas who nished in second in the 500 freestyle. Emilie Lege added a third place nish in the 100 breaststroke. Coach Turner said he was impressed with Van Beek’s performance. Her time of 28.70 seconds in the 50 yard free was a personal best. The 400 freestyle relay team of Wackler, Savannah Whitlock, Jessica Bolan and Van Beek nished in second place and the 200 freestyle relay comprised of the same girls nished in second place. Coach Turner said the 400 freestyle relay team has approached the time they will need to post to make the regional meet. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. Everything goes including cash registers, folding tables, scales, top loaders, dryers, 25-50lbs machines. 1300 SF of space that is leased for $1500 per month on a new 5 year lease. Located in the Treasure Island section of Okeechobee close to Lake Okeechobee and surrounding RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks. Approx. 5 Miles east of US 441 and SR 78 on 441 SE/Hwy. 98 S. 18% Rate of Return on Investment. $250,000. Call Brandon for more information. (772) 201-8722. 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol CALL FOR A LIST OF FORECLOSURESDavid Hazellief € 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief € 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt € 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder € 863-610-2485 www.century21okeechobee.com€ Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 5001-H: Basswood 3BR/2BAon a lrg corner lot. Built 2001, walk in closet, fenced back yard, tile and laminate floors. Offered as a Short Sale. $79,000 MLS #205280 4001-M: 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, 2000 Double wide Mobile Home in Buckhead Ridge. Easy to show. Call today to see! $37,500 MLS #205206 5024-M: Fixer upper-Mobile home on 4.93+/acres. Needs work. Bassinger just off 700 A. $62,000 MLS #20513 5010-H: Remodeled and multiple upgrades, granite counters, stainless steel appl, whole house generator, fenced/cross fenced, barn/workshop in Quail Woods. Automatic gate. MLS # 204669 1000-C: Oak Tree Place Condo close everything in town. Screened patio, some appliances, concrete block construction. Motivated Seller! $59,000 $49,000. MLS #205273 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bdrm 2 ba DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 F O R E C L O S U R E N E W L I S T I N G O N 5+ / -A C R E S R E D U C E D €COMMERCIALLOT (.45) with road access on two sides HWY98. MLS #204065 €FORECLOSURE Buildable Lots in Oaks at Okeechobee total of 5 sites. MAKE OFFER! €VIKING 6 acres $20,000 (Owner Finance a possibility) € FORECLOSURE Viking 1.25 acre $3,400 or better offer. MLS #205025 € UNDER CONTRACT 2 BD/2BA MH $10,500 MLS #205236 BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 19 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 Lady Brahman swimmers split in tri-match; OHS boys go winless Brahmans host Sharks in grid matchup

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Auctions Farm Equipment Horse Tack Auction Saturday Sept. 24th 6 am 8 pm www.whiteowlfarm.com for Details 973-220-4369 Garage/ YardSales OKEECHOBEE ‘SPOT IN THE SUN’ Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23rd & 24th, 7am6pm, 10128 NE 23rd Ln. Indoor Moving Sale... EVERYTHING MUST GO! 70+ years of stuff!!! Rain or Shine! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Garage/ YardSales RAIN or SHINE The Oaks at Blue Heron 903 SE 14th Ct. Friday & Saturday Sept. 23rd,24th Household items, clothes way too much to list! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Caregivers Care Giver 8-4 Mon. thru Fri. Valid Driver Lic. a must for more information Call 763-5733 Employment Full Time Hunt Preserve Specialist Must have experience in managing quail properties and general farming. Excellent Bene t package. Central Florida Location. Fax resume to: 772-770-9650 or email: travis-rryp@hughes.net Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Truck, Back Hoe & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? MiscellaneousCustom Meat Processing Whitetail, Wild Hogs and Exotics Call Bill (863)801-1273 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesYORKIE PUPS Toys, Shots/vet. health cert. CkC Papers. 9 wks. males$350/$400.cash only. Happy healthy pups, must see to appreciate. (863)610-2725 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 Bd. rm./1 Ba. Duplex, New Carpet, Located in the City, Lawn & Garbage Included. $400 Moves You In! (863)634-8331 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 AFFORDABLE APART. IN TOWN 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. BEAUTIFUL 2BR Close to town. Newly renovated. Only $700 mo. includes water. Pets okay upon approval. Call 561-255-4377 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 Oak Lake Apts, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story & 2BR, 1BA, 1 story apt., $650/mo + $650 sec. Very Clean, (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313. OKEECHOBEE TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D hook-up, patio, privacy fence, no pets. $690 mo. + $500 security deposit. Free trash and lawn maint. (417)848-3424 or (417)848-6360 OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Houses-Rent 2 Bed/1Bath Between Okeechobee and Indiantown on Tommy Clements Street. 5 Acres w/pond and fenced $790 a month. Call 772-260-3068 2 br-2 ba w/den & Florida room. Between Okeechobee & Indiantown. 5 acres w/pond. $990 mo. 772-260-3068. 3 BD/1BA House on 1 acre in Dixie Ranch Acres. No Pets! First, Last & Security $800.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 Houses-Rent 3/2 CBS Corner House in City Limits, A/C, Heat, Carport. Outside Pets Only. $700 a month, First, Last and Security. Call 863-634-8942 3/2/2 For Lease Available Nov. 1st. On 2 Acres, 3,900 sq. ft., new home $1,300 a month, F/L/S. Call 863-214-3658 3bd/2ba on 1 acre Located in Lazy 7 $1,200 a month 1st, last and security Call for more info 863-763-6912 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 Furnished 1/1 or 2/1 in Kings Bay with garage, washer and dryer starting at $650 per month, plus utilities call 863-467-4371 OKEE 3/2, $598 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE 3 Br/2 ba. Otter Creek. W/D, replace. On 1 acre. Pet friendly. $650 mo. 1st/sec. 863-634-0042. OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 TREASURE ISLAND 2BR, 2BA. On Water. Storage shed. Car port. All appliances including washer & dryer. $700 mo. 1st, last & sec. Call (863)763-0859 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. RoommateFEMALE BOARDER 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 VacationRentalsBuckhead Ridge Water Front 1 BR, Fully Furnished, Q Sleeper Sofa, Private Patio. Avail. October to March Call 765-748-1452 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS house on the water. $159,000 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 3BR, 2BA Dblwide w/screened pool, many upgrades, on the water. $149,000 or will lease for $1200 mo. NW 5th STREET LARGE 3BR, 1BA, CBS house, new ceramic tile through out. $99,000 or will lease for $800 mo. Call 863-634-9119 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Land-Sale INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 153 acre Valencia Citrus Grove. In Hendry County, Fla. This is an older producing grove in need of TLC. Some equipment goes with sale. Micro Jet system in good shape. (1) 12” deep well, (1) large Discharge pump, (1) pump for freeze protection. The grove is for sale in whole or half interest to the right party. Call or email owner at: glades@vistanet.net or 863-699-0659. Serious inquiries only. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2 Bedroom/1 Bath, Gated Community, 55 & Above, Pool, Club House, etc. Furnished $500 a mo. First and Last. Call 863-610-1602 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 LAKEPORT: 3 BR, 2 BA, Bonus Room, Washer & Dryer. Screen Porch. $600 mo. + Security deposit. (573)686-6145 or (573)718-8074 Mobile Home For Rent Mature Couple or Single Call for more information 863-610-7723 MobileHomeSale Palm Harbor Homes RED TAG SALE Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. Save Up To 35K! 800-622-2832 20 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011

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MobileHomeSale 1986 16x60 Mobile Home 2bd/2ba, Screened room, shed and carport, Located in a 55+ mobile home park asking $21,000 call for more info 863-763-3560 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, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats Fisher Marine 14’ Aluminum Boat, has (2)motors 7.5 Evinrude and one 25hp Mercury needs a little work,boat tailer all for $1,100 Call for info 863-467-7948 For Sale 2 Boats, new tires 21’Chaparell Cuddy Cabin,bimini top, 175 Mercury,other has good trailer, Cobra Outdrive, boat needs work $3,000 o.b.o will separate 863-484-3061 RVSpace Rent Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider nal reading of the following Ordinance into law: Ord No. 1075: AN ORDINANCE CLOSING, VACATING AND ABANDONING THE STREETS, RIGHTS-OF-WAY OR EASEMENTS WITHIN THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, BEING THAT A PORTION OF NORTHWEST 3RD AVENUE (FORMERLY KNOWN AS MIAMI STREET) EXTENDING FROM THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF SEABOARD AIRLINE RAILROAD COMPANY, NORTH, TO SOUTH BOUNDARY OF NORTHWEST 9TH STREET (FORMERLY KNOWN AS FIFTEENTH STREET) IN THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, LYING BETWEEN BLOCK 47 AND BLOCK 48, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AND DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 398453 ON 9/23/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD077 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1946 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 1 LOT 10 BLOCK 11 1-05-37-35-0010-00110-0100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JANICE CHAPMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396861 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD078 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2007 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 3 LOT 20 BLOCK 42 1-05-37-35-0030-00420-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DOMINICK A BELLINO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396866 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD088 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that J OSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2534 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 1 LOT 19 1-25-37-35-0020-00010-0190 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CONSTANCE SHIRLEY AMIDON LISA H SARCINELLO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396878 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD083 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2500 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 5 LESS THE NORTH 60.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 63.00 FEET OF LOT 6 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396873 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD086 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2504 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 12 LESS THE NORTH 60.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 63.00 FEET OF LOT 11 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396876 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD091 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3078 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LAR-KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES LOTS 18, 19 & 20, BLOCK 5, LAR-KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 6 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 1-04-38-36-0040-00050-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHRISTA REAGAN DOUGLAS WHITTEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396883 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD087 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2505 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 13 LESS THE NORTH 57.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 60.00 FEET OF LOT 12 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0120 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396877 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD085 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2503 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 11 LESS THE NORTH 63.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 66.00 FEET OF LOT 10 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396875 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 PublicNotice 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, SEPTEMBE R 27, 2011 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 1:30 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 3:00 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTE R 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. 398340 ON 9/23/2011 NOTICE On October 08 2011 there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: 1. Ann Gent, Unit #C-CC36 Minimum Bid $280 Sabal Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 398466 ON 9/23,30/2011 NOTICE There will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County 398370 ON 9/23/2011 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: The Community Church of Basinger Under which we expect to engage in business at: First Baptist Church of Basinger In the City of Okeechobee/County o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Members of Church Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this the 21st day o f September, 2011. By: Michael Pepper 398443 ON 9/23/2011 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 21 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD079 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2496 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 11 LESS THE NORTH 63.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 66.00 FEET OF LOT 10 BLOCK 3 1-24-37-35-0010-00030-0100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396869 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD080 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2497 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 12 LESS THE NORTH 60.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 63.00 FEET OF LOT 11 BLOCK 3 1-24-37-35-0010-00030-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396870 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD081 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2498 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 13 LESS THE NORTH 57.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 60.00 FEET OF LOT 12 BLOCK 3 1-24-37-35-0010-00030-0120 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396871 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD084 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2501 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 6 LESS THE NORTH 63.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 66.00 FEET OF LOT 7 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0070 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396874 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD082 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2499 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS GABLES REVISED LOT 4 LESS THE NORTH 57.00 FEET THEREOF & THE NORTH 60.00 FEET OF LOT 5 BLOCK 6 1-24-37-35-0010-00060-0050 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: D & B MANAGEMENT INC DANIELLE BRADSHAW GARFIELD BRADSHAW PHYLLIS BRADSHAW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396872 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION LYING & BEING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST: THE NORTH 1050 FEET OF THE SOUTH 1457 FEET OF LOT 15 AND 16, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY, LYING WEST OF STATE ROAD 15-A ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 4.28 ACRES 1-09-38-36-0A00-00018-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES J ROLOW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396894 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD090 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3058 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION LYING & BEING IN SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST: THE NORTH 1050 FEET OF THE SOUTH 1457 FEET OF LOT 15 AND 16, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY, LYING WEST OF STATE ROAD 15-A ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 1.34 ACRES 1-04-38-36-0A00-00022-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES J ROLOW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396881 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD092 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3081 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LAR-KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES LOT 9, BLOCK 6, LAR-KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 6 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 1-04-38-36-0040-00060-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CAROL BENEDICT GREGORY A THOMPSON NORMAN ALLAN THOMPSON ROSELLA LOUISE THOMPSON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396891 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD089 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2915 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: COM AT THE 1/4 SEC COR OF THE W BDRY LINE OF SEC 17 THENCE S 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC E, A DIST OF 180 FT; THENCE N 00 DEG 04 MIN 22 SEC E, A DIST OF 662 FT; THENCE S 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC E, A DIST OF 600 FT; THENCE N 00 DEG 04 MIN 22 SEC E, A DIST OF 100 FT TO THE POB THENCE S 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC E, A DIST OF 200 FT; THENCE S 00 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC W, A DIST OF 100 FT; THENCE N 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC W, A DIST OF 200 FT TO THE POB. 1-17-37-36-0A00-00003-102D Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CATHY PEERY JAMES PEERY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of October, 2011. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 396880 ON 9/9,16,23,30/2011 Public Notice Public Notice 22 Okeechobee News September 23, 2011 Public Notice By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School showcased a dominant service and net game Wednesday as they responded from their rst loss in 45 matches with an impressive sweep of the Lady Wildcats of Oslo Middle School 25-13 and 25-10 at the Lady Bulls' gym. Coach Bruce Conrad said he wasn't concerned that his team would suffer any kind of doubt or hangover from their loss to Pemayetv Emahakv Middle School on Monday. "No not at all. I thought we would come back and play well which we did. I have a lot of experience and club players and they stepped up," he added. Conrad saw his team struggle early as Oslo built a 4-1 lead in the rst game. Yearling responded with four straight points and built leads of 10-5 and 16-7. Cheyenne Nunez was at the service line for six consecutive points for the Lady Bulls. Conrad said he played a lot of the sixth and seventh graders together in the second game to get them some work. "They have a lot of talent and I wanted to see how they played together. They performed well too." Conrad said the Lady Bulls still need to work on the start of matches. He said he doesn't understand why the team gets of f to slow starts. Another area of improvement would be the service game. Conrad said the team is very sporadic with serves. "When we played the Charter School we'd have one good serve and then serve one out. You have to get your serves in against good teams," he noted. Yearling will host Sebastian on Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Rain and thunderstorms cancelled the soccer game between Yearling and Oslo on Wednesday. Lady Bulls sweep Lady Wildcats Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDefensive specialist Jenna Thomas awaits a Wildcat serve during the volleyball match between YMS and Oslo on Wednesday.

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