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Publication Date: 10-19-2011
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 125 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.10 feetLast Year: 13.82 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Swim team competes in invitational ... Page 9 Accused murderer reportedly beat another accused murderer into state of unconsciousnessBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An inmate at the Okeechobee County Jail has been arrested for giving another inmate, who he reportedly viewed as a thief and bully, a serious “beat down.” Matthew Paul Morris, 38, was arrested Sunday, Oct. 16, on a felony charge of battery by detainee on detainee. His bond was set at $5,000. Morris was indicted by an Okeechobee grand jury Oct. 13, 2009, on several felony charges including rst degree murder. He is accused of killing John Melvin Hall on Nov. 15, 2007. Morris was being held in a federal prison at the time of his indictment. In an arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Morris allegedly beat another accused murderer to the state of unconsciousness in Pod F at the county jail. The deputy’s report stated that Morris confronted Dale Glen Middleton, 38, about the theft of his personal identi cation number (PIN) for his phone card. According to both Morris and another witness, Dionicio Rodriguez, Middleton took the rst swing. Morris reportedly told the deputy that “Dale was too slow” and that he ducked the punch then hit Middleton with several punches. Middleton, who is also awaiting trial on a rst-degree murder charge, reportedly told Deputy Potter that Morris choked him until he passed out and, when he awoke, he was lying in a pool of blood. However, Rodriguez allegedly told the deputy that he was trimming Middleton’s beard when he put something down and, when he turned around, he saw Middleton swing at Morris. In his report Deputy Potter stated that Morris told him Middleton and fellow inmate Lavoski Jackson are the Inmate accused of ‘beat down’ Matthew Morris Dale Glen MIddleton H i k e a r o u n d t h e d i k e : Hike around the dike: A n n u a l h i k e s e t f o r N o v e m b e r Annual hike set for November The 20th annual hike around Lake Okeechobee will begin Saturday, Nov. 19, promptly at 8 a.m. from the Pahokee Marina and will nish up back in Pahokee nine days later on Sunday, Nov. 27. The hikers will walk 110 miles. Daily hikes range from 9.5 to 15 miles and are done at the individual hiker's pace. See INMATES — Page 5 Tax assessment on gas pipeline disputed ... Page 3 The 20th annual hike around Lake Okeechobee will begin Saturday, Nov. 19, promptly at 8 a.m. from the Pahokee Marina and will nish up back in Pahokee nine days later on Sunday, Nov. 27. One hundred and ten miles in 9 days; just one-step-at-a-time, one-dayat-a-time. Daily hikes range from 9.5 to 15 miles and are done at the individual hiker’s pace. Each day’s segment starts at sunrise, except for day one, and nishes by noon at one of the eight trail-heads around the lake. A shorter introductory hike, affectionately named the “Wimp Walk,” of only 3.5 miles from Pahokee to Canal Point is available on opening day. Everyone is invited to join in for a day, a weekend or more. There are no fees and you do not have to be a member of the Florida Trail Association to join in. This hike is not a backpacking ordeal. Only day packs are needed. Gear is left behind in campgrounds, motels or your vehicles. Daily hikes are held in the early part of the day and afternoons are for relaxing or sightseeing. Dinners are usually enjoyed at a variety of local restaurants. This yearly event is always held during Thanksgiving Week and hikers, friends and family traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving dinner at the Clewiston Inn. There have been as many as 90 people from the group there during dinner. Days are spent hiking the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, which is a major segment of the 1,400 mile Florida National Scenic Trail. Few people have experienced the panorama that the dike affords, a 360-degree view of the lake and lakeshore. Hikers to circle big lakeSee HIKE — Page 5

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Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 a.m., then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. West southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a lo w around 56. West northwest wind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a lo w around 53. North northwest wind around 5 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 40 yr. Siliconized Caulking $.99 per tube Paint Thinner $5.95 per gal. *Super Hide Flat Off White $9.95 per gal Limited Number in Stock Flat white Ext. #183-01 $45.00 per 5 gal. Poly Varnish Int. Colors $9.95 per gal. Roller Set 9Ž $2.95 Flat White Ext. #183-01 $9.95 per gal. 863-763-3824Serving You Since 1945Sale Expires Oct. 30, 2011 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Laura McCallMarch for BabiesMembers of the 2011-12 March for Babies Committee includes from left to right: Betty Williams; Dr. Patricia Cooper; Chair Russ Brown of Indian River State College; Pat O’Connor; Kristy Crawford of Center State Bank; Magi Cable, Laura McCall of the Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall. Not pictured are: Sharon Vinson of the Okeechobee School District; Cheryl Zrioka of Seacoast National Bank; Bill DuPree of Publix Super Markets; Karen Cassels of Everglades Elementary; Jennifer Cannon of Okeechobee County Planning & Development; and Theresa Chandler of Waste Management. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Everglades ElementaryStudent Council membersEverglades Elementary School is pleased to announce the members of the 2011-12 Student Council including: Sponsor, Mrs. Cheryl Hollin; President, Tiffany Alvarez; Vice President, Autumn Rodriguez; Secretary, Ariel Girardi; Treasurer: Kaitlyn McKay.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Children Services Council approved a near $1.49 million dollar budget that sets the tax millage at .306 mills and raises $426,980 in property taxes earlier this year. The budget includes $370,250 for various agencies, $52,400 for special projects, and $72,500 for community scholarships this year. Grants approved this year included $1,500 for 211 Palm Beach Treasure Coast, $11,000 for Area Agency on Aging Foster Grandparent Program, $6,500 for Big Brothers-Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring, and $25,000 for Chaka’s Stars Foundation Summer Youth Experience. The budget includes $20,000 for Communities in Schools Project Success, $23,000 for the Exchange Club Castle Safe Families Program, $32,000 for the Hibiscus Children’s Center Community Mental Health Program, and $8,000 for the Hibiscus Families in Crisis Program. Other grants funded included $15,000 for Infant Massage Parent Instruction, $14,000 for the Indian River State College Expanding Horizons Summer Youth Program, $25,000 for Martha’s House, and $9,000 for My Aunt’s House Closet. The CSC also funded allocations of $37,000 to the Okeechobee County Extension 4-H H20 Camp, and $16,500 to the 4-H Horse Day Camp. New Horizons of Okeechobee received $17,500, and the Healthy Start Coalition DADS program received $8,000. Other grants funded included $26,000 to the Okeechobee Education Foundation, $4,100 to the Okeechobee Special Equestrian program, $30,000 to Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition Juvenile Drug Court, $25,000 to the Real Life Children’s Ranch Professional Parents Program, $12,000 to the New Hope Foundation Martial Arts, and $4,000 for the United for Families Caregiver Support Program. Special projects funded this year included $5,000 for the Children’s Home Society Heart Gallery, $1,000 for Christmas for needy and foster children, $15,000 for the Early Learning Coalition, $2,000 for Okeechobee Main Street, $15,000 for the Okeechobee County Fair, $2,000 for the Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo, $8,000 to the Shared Services Network, $500 to the Summer Activity Guide, $1,500 to the Tween Summit, and $2,400 to My Aunt’s House School Supply and Clothing Program. Total expenditures this year are $965,918 with $519,419 left in reserves. Children Services Council nalizes budget By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Once again Okeechobee County Tax Collector Bill Sherman could be taking on a statewide utility in court. This time it is Florida Gas. Previous lawsuits involved Florida Power and Light (FP&L) and CenturyLink. However, the disagreement is different. With FP&L and CenturyLink, the utilities protested the assessed taxable value that Mr. Sherman put on their assets in the county. Taxable values are based on the value of the property on J anuary 1 of the taxing year. With Florida Gas the dispute is over whether or not the pipeline was operational on January 1 of 2011. Of cials of Florida Gas contend that the pipeline was not substantially complete on January 1, therefore not taxable. “I think it was,” Mr. Sherman said. His position is that the pipeline was substantially complete on January 1 and valued at about $85 million. The property appraiser provides taxing authorities with a preliminary estimate of total property value on June 1. This estimated value is used by the taxing authorities to determine millage rates and prepare budgets. Mr. Sherman said he did not include his assessed value of Florida Gas in the June 1 report because he did not want taxing authorities to depend on that amount when it is uncertain when or even if they would receive it. At their Thursday, Oct. 14, meeting Okeechobee County Commissioners received a letter from Mr. Sherman that had been sent to all Okeechobee County taxing authorities stating that taxable property value had increased by about $85 million that was not included in the June 1 estimate due to the value of the Florida Gas pipeline. The letter goes on to state:” During conversations with representatives from Florida Gas they have stated it is their contention the pipeline is not taxable this year and will likely litigate this issue. Therefore, I am sending this letter to notify all affected tax districts that this money likely will not be paid and the court case likely will not be decided within the next budget year.” Mr. Sherman said changes could be made in the millage rate until the nal tax role is certi ed. Commissioners had a choice: they could reduce the millage rate from 8.547 to 7.9243 to compensate for the increased property value and bring in the same amount of revenue, if the taxes were paid by Florida Gas, or take no action. “Since they are going to litigate,” stated county attorney John Cassels, “it’s likely you won’t see the money in your account.” He expressed the opinion that the board was not obligated to act. Commissioners followed the attorney’s advice and took no action to lower the millage rate. At the current millage rate that additional $85 million in property value, would increase the county’s revenue in property taxes by $722,000, if collected. The school board also received the same letter. Ken Kenworthy, superintendent of schools, said that the state sets the millage rate for local school districts. “I really appreciate the property appraiser for looking into this, “said Mr. Kenworthy. “If he is right he will certainly help us over he next few years. At the school board’s present millage rate, if Florida Gas paid propert y tax on the $85 million this year, the school board’s general fund would receive an additional $524,362 and the capital fund would receive $122,400. South Florida Water Management District receives tax revenue from Okeechobee County. However, their tax base comes from the total taxable value of the property in 15 other South Florida counties in addition to Okeechobee. So, the $85 million would probably not make a signi cant difference in their revenue. Pipeline contests property appraiser's assessment 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? 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Health luncheon To Raulerson Hospital and CEO Robert Lee: Thanks for sponsoring the Women’s Health luncheon. Such a much-needed event t o inform women about their health and the new and ever-changing modern technology w hich is being used to improve our health and survival rate. The two Okeechobee doct ors which were speakers, were extremely knowledgeable and could not have given a better presentation. I learned about a lot of new and improved technology which c aused me to call friends immediately after t he presentation and impart this information t o them too.No ‘ rst annual’ I come from a family of English teachers and for years it has bothered me when local organizations call something “ rst annual.” There is no such thing. Annual means s omething happens every year. You should not use “annual” until after you have established that indeed it is an event held every y ear. So I was pleased to see the newspaper c overage of the Inaugural Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta. “Inaugural” is the right word t o describe the rst year of an event that you hope will become an annual event. I hope other organizations follow this good example when hosting something they hope will b ecome an annual event.Minimal regatta We have already started planning next y ear’s event and will release complete det ails in the next couple weeks, but I can give y ou a few hints about some of the changes. T here will be more boat classes: Kids (up t o 12), Teen (13 to 17), Adult (18 to 49), Senior (50 and up), and Kayak (no age requirement). Kayaks are the long skinny t ype, similar to that captained by the winner of the adult class. We have decided to make t he event fall on the rst Saturday of October every year. For 2012 it will fall on Oct. 6. We will announce the location soon. Visit the ofcial website at http://www.MinimalRegatta. com for more information.  How about an “extreme” racing class where the people on shore can try to sink them with super soaker water guns and water balloons? It would be sort of like the boat ride at Universal Studios where the people on the shore get to shoot at the boats with water cannons. You could charge the people on shore too. Rent the water guns and charge for the water balloons. It would be hilarious and there are crazy folks in Okeechobee who would sign up to be in this race just to prove how tough they are.  The regatta was so much fun. I hope other organizations will plan silly, fun family events like this too. Obviously there are plenty of people in Okeechobee who will participate and turn out for a fun event to raise money for a good cause. How about bringing back the lawn mower races? The chamber of commerce used to sponsor those in Flagler Park. Surely there are some backyard mechanics who could tweak their riding lawnmowers into racing machines. How about bringing back the bed races? The Jaycees once sponsored bed races as part of a Fourth of July event. The hospital loaned the gurneys to the racing teams and they decorated them to re ect their team sponsors. How about sidewalk festivals on Park Street. They used to close Park Street to trafc and set up arts, crafts and food booths. The stores stayed open to take advantage of the crowds. Invite local musicians to play and you have something people would enjoy.Lake levels If they would let natural cycles occur, the lake would be in much better shape. The lake is trying to come back as in the spring bass tourneys. We need to adjust the levels a little more in our favor.  The dike was built using the material dug from the rim canal and piled up to form a dike. Look around Eagle Bay and what do you see? Shell pits, the north end of the lake is built using a strong material. Now, go down to Pahokee or Belle Glade where there is a threat. What is there? Organic muck that turns to mud when it’s wet. That is where there is a problem with the levee, not here. If the levee broke there at 18’ it could send water all the way to Miami since everything south of the lake is below that elevation. Thanks from my dadIn March 1971, my father and 12 ice shing buddies headed out by snowmobiles to Chamberlain Lake in the north of Maine. It was a 13-mile trip from the trailhead to the camp and, while the men were on the trail, the weather turned wicked with blizzard conditions. Somewhere along the trip, my father went off the trail; as he tugged on his snowmobile to get it unstuck, he felt a hot sensation in his abdomen. The ice shing expedition arrived at the camp safely but my father felt poorly so he went straight to bed while the other men ate supper and played cards. Nobody realized that my father was bleeding internally due to a perforated stomach; since childhood, he had suffered from stomach ulcers and, due to the scar tissue and damage, he had failed the physical when called for the draft. At four the next morning, my father awoke to a loud pounding noise in his head and, when he tried to get up, he passed out. The other men tried to wake him and they were very worried because he was so pale due to the loss of blood. They planned to put my father on a snowmobile and drive him back out 13 miles to the trailhead and then make the long road trip to the nearest hospital in Bangor. As dawn broke, the men went out to start the snowmobiles. At that moment, a seaplane came in low over the lake and the men were able to wave the plane down. The pilot took one look at my father and told him that he was going to y him to Bangor. As soon as he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor, my father received 17 pints of blood over a 10-day span; he had plasm a going in both wrists and both ankles. To make a long story short, my father required surgery to remove 80 percent of his stomach that was destroyed by the many years of ulcers. In order to replace the 17 pints of blood my father received while at St. Joseph’s Hospital, he had to enlist the help of friends and family to replace double the amoun t of blood and, within one year, he accomplished his goal. My father turned 80 years old in May 2011. He is still very thankful for the donated blood that he received; it kept him alive while his doctors decided to surgically remove th e damaged portion of his stomach. He is equally appreciative of his friends and famil y who donated their blood to replace the 17 precious pints used to keep him alive. My father lives today because of the seaplane pilot and the donated blood. I encourage you to give the precious gift of blood. An excellent opportunity is the Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Round Up that will b e held on Nov. 19 and 20, from 9 am to 6 p.m., each day. Hope to see you there, Susan WilliamsGuns to MexicoWhat I am alleging here is the very real suspicions of an old criminal investigator. Mexico is awash with brutal murders on both sides of its border. The B.A.T.F. unde r Attorney Gen. Holder’s Justice Departmen t has been learning of rearms dealers (who they license) who make very questionabl e sales of large amounts of guns to buyers obviously without the $ means themselves. No t surprisingly these guns are then taken into Mexico for warring drug cartels. I strongly suspect Obama’s top adviso r Rahm Emanuel who is famous for “neve r letting a good crisis to go to waste” has a hand in this; along with the president’s remark to anti gunners “we’re working on gun control now, under the radar.” It’s obvious that the idea was to utilise the illegal sales and traf cking of these guns to Mexico as a means to take away American citizens’ righ t to keep and bear arms, that blew up in this administrations’s faces big time! Emanuel, Holder and Obama, all lawyers, would rather lie about the devil riding a race horse through town without clothes on, before accepting responsibility for this. Bill Stegkemper, NRA, Former two-term Director Wednesday, October 19, 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. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee NewsThis photo was taken on my father’s 80th birthday in May, 2011.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 “bullies of the pod and he is tired of seeing them take advantage of the smaller guys.” The report goes on to state that when he w as through with Middleton, Morris turned to Jackson and told him “to come in the room and get him some too, but Jackson left the area.” Morris reportedly told the deputy that Middleton stole his PIN number and was using it to make phone calls from the jail. According to Deputy Potter, Morris asked him if “Dale was OK. He said he only wanted to teach him a lesson, not break anything.” Jail Administrator Ronnie White said Middleton has a black eye and had to have a laceration over his mouth closed with stitches. Otherwise, added Mr. White, Middleton is OK. Besides the rst-degree murder charge, Middleton is being held on charges of second-degree murder, burglary of an occupied dwelling while armed, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Middleton is accused of killing Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Elizabeth Christensen, 49, in her Pine Ridge subdivision mobile home. OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman said Middleton went into the woman’s home and asked her to loan some money. “When she turned him down, he lost it,” said the detective. After he allegedly killed Mrs. Christensen, Middleton reportedly took her 42-inch LCD at screen television. He sold the TV for $200, said the detective. Mrs. Christensen’s husband of 36 years, Eric, was in New Jersey looking for work at the time. Morris, a native of West Virginia, is accused of entering Mr. Hall’s home on U.S. 441 S.E. and fatally shooting him while he slept. Mr. Hall’s wife and two other family members were in the home at the time but were not injured. In addition to the murder charge, he is charged with burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery while armed, robbery with a deadly weapon/ rearm (two counts), grand theft motor vehicle and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, Morris has an extensive federal conviction record that includes bank robbery, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. Local court records show that Morris is scheduled to go before Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger for docket call on Thursday, Oct. 27. Besides his extensive criminal history, Morris also gained a measure of notoriety when he was a witness for the defense in the trial of John Gotti Jr. A New York Post article reported that Morris had shared a Florida prison cell with mob turncoat John Alite. In January of 2008, Alite had pleaded guilty to two murders, four murder conspiracies, at least eight shootings and two attempted robberies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Those charges all stemmed from his alleged involvement in a Gambino Family mob crew in Tampa. INMATESContinued From Page 1 How many people, even residents of the Glades, have seen the vistas all around the Big Lake? Riding in a car is not the same as walking 35 feet, on average, above the surrounding terrain. In the Glades this is like mountain climbing. The views are spectacular. Farm, cattle and urban areas pass by slowly and hikers have a chance to take it all in at a leisurely pace. From a modest start, with eight hikers in 1992, each year has seen the number of participants increase to more than several hundred hikers and well wishers on opening day. For two men, this will be their 20th consecutive year of walking in circles. Paul Cummings and Gordon Johnson have done every hike. Adding this year’s Big “O” Hike to their total, they will each have walked 2,200 miles from Pahokee to Pahokee. Paul, a retired air force of cer, used to mark each event with a dated hash mark on his sleeve. He stopped the practice when he ran out of room. This hike is the longest-running scheduled activity in the history of the statewide Florida Trail Association, the volunteer organization that builds and maintains our National Scenic Trail in Florida, The Florida Trail. The Big “O“ Hike was started by the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association With headquarters in Gainesville, the Florida Trail Association has 18 chapters statewide and approximately 6,000 members in the United State and Canada. For information about the 19th annual Big “O” Hike, please contact: Paul Cummings in Lake Worth: cummingsps@att.net or call him at 561.963.9906. HIKEContinued From Page 1 OHS announces parade, bon re and pep rallyThe Okeechobee High School Homecoming Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. The parade will follow the traditional route starting at the U-Save, continuing down Hwy. 441 to SR 70 and ending at the end of Flagler Park. The Homecoming Pep Rally will be held at Brahman stadium following the parade. A ll gates to the high school will be locked until the parade is over. The community is invited to the PEP Rally and will sit on the v isitors side of the stadium (east side). Admission to the Bon re and Pep Rally will be $3 per person.Class of 72 reunion plannedThe OHS Class of 72 will be participating in their 40th reunion on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. On Friday, the members of the Class are asked to come to a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the OHS Drama Room (which is behind the Lecture Hall) before the Brahman Homecoming game. Pregame festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the game are $6 for adults and available at the gate. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a cookout at the Okeechobee Civic Center on Highway 98 from 4-9 p.m. This event is being hosted by Daniel Anderson and Carl Swope. A covered dish or dessert will be w elcome. We hope members of the class w ill attend these functions and enjoy their time together.Chobee Steelers to present concert in the parkOn Saturday, Oct. 22 the Chobee Steelers will present a Concert in the Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Park #4 downtown in Okeechobee. Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening. All donations will bene t Martha’s House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.Lifelong Learning Center hosts Oct. 21 open houseYou’re invited to an Open House for the Fielden Institute for Life Long Learning at the Dixon Hendry campus on Friday, Oct. 21, at 9:30-11 a.m. at the Williamson Center. Share your ideas on growing the program in Okeechobee. Refreshments will be served. The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning, IRSC”s health club for the brain, is designed for people fty and better who are interested in exploring shared topics of interest. No pre-requisites, no long semesters, no grades. Programs are peer-driven with members being both students and teachers. FFA alumni play sporting clays shoot slated for Oct. 22The Annual FFA Alumni Sporting Clays Shoot will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Quail Creek Plantation. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. The event will start at 10 a.m. There will also be a turkey shoot while participants wait for everyone to nish the clay shoot. Lunch will be provided to participants. Proceeds will bene t FFA students with activities and education. For more information about the shoot, contact Darryl Boney at 863-634-0642, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-697-2613 or Ray Anuez at 863-610-0219, or email: okeechobeeffaalumni@gmail.com.VFW Post to host OktoberfestVFW Post 9528 will host an Oktoberfest Celebration. Commander Gordon Bruen invites one and all to support the disabled and wounded veterans and related V.F.W. Charities. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Enjoy a variety of German Foods with entertainment and polka music to sing and dance to. Tickets are available for just $7 donations with proceeds to bene t homeless children programs. For more information, please call Gordon Bruins at 863-467-2882. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Charles C. Perkins, 77OKEECHOBEE — Charles C. Perkins, age 77, of Okeechobee, passed away, Sept. 14, 2011, in the Veteran’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fla. He was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Wilkesboro, Pa. He proudly served our Country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Moose, V FW, American Legion Post # 308, and the DAV. A graveside service will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Eura Mae Emley, 87OKEECHOBEE — Eura Mae Emley, 87, of Okeechobee passed away Oct. 3, 2011, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Smith eld, N.C. She was a homemaker and attended Faith Chapel in Hagerstown, Md. She was active in the Women’s Aglow. Mrs. Emley was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Emley. She is survived by her son, Robert “Kent” Emley (Mary Ellen) of Okeechobee; four grandchildren, Brooke Holt (Oscar) of Lake Mary, Brynne Talas (Mike), Beau Emley (Nicki) all of Okeechobee, and Bryce Emley of Orlando; and two great-grandchildren, Kayven Emley of Okeechobee and Beau Holt of Lake Mary. Burial took place at Rest Haven in Hagerstown, Md.Judith ‘Judy’ Robertson BadgleyOKEECHOBEE — Judy Badgley, 65, of Okeechobee passed away Oct. 17, 2011, at the Hamrick Home in Okeechobee. She was born Dec. 26, 1945, in Florence, Ala., to Jones and Johnnie Robertson. She came to Okeechobee from Florence in 1965. She was a member of the Church of God and the Eagles Club. Mrs. Badgley was preceded in death by her father, Jones Robertson; sister, Polly Holder; brothers, Louie Robertson and Billy Robertson. She is survived by her mother, Johnnie Robertson of Wrights, Ala.; four sisters, Georgia Woods (Gene) of Okeechobee, Patsy Jones (Bobby) of Florence, Ala., Mary Haddock of Florence, Ala., and Doris Sneed (David) of Symrna, Tenn.; two brothers, Donnie Robertson (Debi) of Okeechobee, and Phillip Robertson (Mel) of Wrights, Ala.; and long time companion, Jim Hancock of Okeechobee. Graveside services will be in Florence, Ala. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Leo Bailey Jr., 79OKEECHOBEE — Leo Bailey Jr., 79, passed from this life Oct. 16, 2011, when he lost his battle with cancer at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. He was born in Fairfax, Ala., and raised in College Park, Ga. He was a Delta Airline employee for 17 years at the Atlanta International Airport. He moved his family to Miami in 1956 to ful ll his dream as a commercial airlines pilot and retired with Pan-Am in 1989. He founded Ultama II Acrylic Fabrication in 1975, located in Hialeah Gardens, which he ran with his son. Leo was an outdoorsman and had just recently retired to Glades County on Lake Okeechobee to enjoy the outdoors, hunting and shing. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Bailey Sr.; mother, Maudie Gilmore; and step-father, J.B. Gilmore. Leo was the loving husband of Dorothy P. Bailey, his high school sweetheart, for 62 years. He was a hero to his children, Vickie (Wayne) Teagle of Weston, Sharon (Greg) Ridpath of Oneida, Tenn., Gary Bailey of Weston, and Patti Pearce (Mark Hunter) of Glades County. He is also survived by brothers, Ed (Kat) Gilmore of Carlton, Ga., and James (Pat) Gilmore of Peach Tree City, Ga. A caring grandfather, “Paw Paw”, to 21 and great-grandfather of 14, he also leaves behind a host of relatives and many friends who loved him deeply and will miss him dearly. The family will receive friends at Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, from 6 until 9p.m. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011; beginning at noon until service time of 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may express online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. Shirley A. Cash, 75OKEECHOBEE — Shirley A. Cash, age 75, died at her home on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Born in Miami, she had moved around to various base assignments with her husband, a member of the U.S. A ir Force. They settled in West Palm Beach and then made Okeechobee home in 1977. She enjoyed shing, gardening and being a care giver. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Cash; son, James Sapp; brother, Oscar Harrington; and sisters, Shiela and Mildred. Survivors include her daughter, Starlette “Star” (Robert) Bailey of Okeechobee; brothers, Tiny Harrington of Gainesville, Fla., and Felix (Vickie) Finnegan of West Palm Beach; and a sister, Janie Hach of West Palm Beach. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at 10 a.m., with a service following at 11 a.m. Burial w ill follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. 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Se e B a ck C ov e r f or Gi f t C e r t i f i c a t e f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e n n H o u s s e e : : A A u u g g u s t t 1 8A d v e r t i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 Euchre tournament resumesThe Euchre tournament will resume for the season on Mondays and Wednesdays. The next tournament will take place on Oct. 19, at the Village Square Restaurant, at 301 W. South Park St. Play starts at 6:30 p.m. but plan to arrive at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome, even beginners. Call John Munger for information at 863-357-0803.Cowboys for Christ to meetCowboys for Christ of Basinger will met Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Basinger Community Center. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-7632285.Democratic Council to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20 beginning at 6 p.m., in the meeting room o f Beef O’ Brady’s. We will nalize plans for the Jefferson Jackson Dinner which will be Nov. 5, at the KOA beginning at 6:15 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome.Friends of Lake ‘O’ to meetFriends of Lake Okeechobee will be hosting their next meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., at the John Boyd Auditorium in Clewiston, (1200 SW C. Owens Ave.) All local businesses are affected by the lack of tourism in the area due to low water. From motels and gas stations, to restaurant and shing guides. All are welcome and encouraged to come to make a change in how this great lake is managed. Please come with your concerns and ideas to help with our livelihood. Everyone is welcome, please come and support your lake! Call 937-728-1344 for questions or details. Masons to host Sunday breakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Street will host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 8-11 a.m. The public is welcome. Full breakfast is just $6. Proceeds will bene t community programs.Class of ‘77 holds 35th ReunionThe Okeechobee High School 35th class reunion will be held on Oct. 21 and 22. On Friday, Oct. 21 6 p.m. (or come after the game) at the KOA Shanty Bar for appetizers and camaraderie! The cost is FREE for Friday, Oct. 21. On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., the dinner & dance will be held at the KOA Convention Center at 4276 Hwy. 441 S. Cost is $30 per person and dress is casual. Reservations are required. Please call Karen Williamson Cook, 863-763-5101; Bettye Hart Taylor, 863-634-7572; or Toni Bennett Doyle, 863-634-9491. Hope to see you there! Community Events A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Florida Department of Transportation Tentative Five Year Work Program The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise announce a public hearing to which all interested pe rsons are invited. Specific notice is provided to the Lee County, Sarasota/Manatee, Charlotte County-Punta Gorda and Collier Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Alliance, West Cen tral Florida Metropolitan Planning Organizations Chairs Coordinating Committee, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority and the cou nty commission chairpersons of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk and Sa rasota Counties. PUBLIC HEARING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:30 p.m. PLACE: Main Location Remote Location Florida Department of Transportation Florida Department of Transportation District One Headquarters Southwest Area Office Mike Rippe Auditorium Swift SunGuide Center 801 North Broadway Avenue 10041 Daniels Parkway Bartow, Florida Fort Myers, Florida The hearing is also conducted as a webinar, which is a live presentation over the Internet. Registration is required prior to j oining the webinar. Please visit the following Web site to register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/707661682. The public hearing will consist of a video presentation by the department on the FDOT District One and Florida’s Turnpike Enter prise Tentative Five Year Work Programs for fiscal years 2012/13 – 2016/17, followed by a public testimony period. Department staff will be ava ilable for informal discussion and assistance. Written comments from all interested parties will be accepted by the department at the publ ic hearing sites, through the webinar, or if received by November 15, 2011. Comments should be mailed to District One Secretary, Florida D epartment of Transportation, P.O. Office Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831 or by e-mail to Jennifer Stults, Intermodal Systems Development Manager, at jennifer.stults@dot.state.fl.us A copy of the hearing agenda may be obtained from Cindy Clemmons, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831, (863) 519-2362, or by e-mail to cindy.clemmons@dot.state.fl.us or Debbie Tower, Public Information Director, Florida Department of Transportation, Southwest Area Office, Swift SunGuide Center, 10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913, by phone at (239) 46 1-4300, or by e-mail to debbie.tower@dot.state.fl.us Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations at the public hearing in accordance with the Americans with Di sabilities Act of 1990 or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Robin Parrish, District One Title VI Coordi nator, by phone at (863) 519-2675 or by e-mail at robin.parrish@dot.state.fl.us The hearing will be conducted pursuant to Section 339.135(4)(c), Florida Statutes, as amended, and is developed in compliance w ith the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a written complaint to the FDOT District One Title VI Coordinator or the FDOT Equal Opportunity Office as shown below: DISTRICT ONE CENTRAL OFFICE Robin Parrish Charlotte Thomas District Title VI Coordinator State Title VI Coordinator Florida Department of Transportation Florida Department of Transportation P.O. Box 1249 605 Suwannee Street Bartow, FL 33831 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 For information about additional public meetings in your area, please contact: Cindy Clemmons Debbie Tower Public Information Director Public Information Director Florida Department of Transportation Florida Department of Transportation 801 N. Broadway Southwest Area Office P.O. Box 1249 100041 Daniels Parkway Bartow, FL 33831 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (863) 519-2362 (239 461-4300 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 7 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man who was recently released on bond from the county jail, has been rearrested in connection with the same case. Charles Robert Hardison is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $30,000 bond following his arrest Thursday, Oct. 13, on felony charges of grand theft, principal in the rst degree (burglary) and criminal mischief. An arrest report by Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Hardison was initially arrested Sept. 12 by OCSO Deputy Matthew Crawford in connection with the burglary of a vacant home. Arrested with Hardison were Garrett Eugene Egan, 18, N.W. Second St., and Ralph Henry Buchheit, 18, S.E. 26th St. Egan and Buchheit were both charged with burglary, attempted grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. Jail records indicate that Egan has been released on bond, while Buchheit remains in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. Hardison's bond on the Sept. 12 arrest was set at $5,000 and he was subsequently released on bond. Egan and Buchheit were charged with taking a window air conditioner and the fan motor from a central AC unit, state arrest reports. The plan was reportedly for them to break into the empty home, take the items and then call Hardison who would sell the items and give the other two men their cut, added the report. In his report, Detective Faulkner said the value of the central unit is about $800 and that it will take another $1,500 to re-install the unit, x the duct work and replace the fan motor and blades. The detective went on to indicate that he arrested Hardison based on further investigation. "Based on information and evidence, these three subjects have been burglarizing homes in the Okeechobee County area for an unknown period of time. We are discovering almost daily additional homes in the Treasure Island area," Detective Faulkner stated in his report. "The effort was to steal metal for scrapping. We currently have multiple documents showing where Hardison sold massive amounts of various items to scrap yards." The detective went on to say Hardison has sold hundreds of dollars worth of items for scrapping. Man arrested again in home burglary case Charles R. Hardison By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man facing a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, entered into a plea agreement with the state Monday and received a much lighter term. Lavoski Emanuel Jackson, 33, N.W. 10th St., entered a plea of no contest Oct. 17, to charges of aggravated assault and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger then sentenced Jackson to 10 years in prison, as agreed upon in the deal. Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis said Jackson was initially charged with attempted second-degree murder. However, that was lowered to a lesser included charge of aggravated assault in exchange for the plea. Jackson was arrested July 13, 2010, by Detective M.D. Faulkner of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). The detective stated in his arrest report that Jackson shot another Okeechobee man on July 8 during a verbal altercation. The detective stated that Jackson and some other men were standing around some apartments on N.E. 13th St. when the shooting occurred. The 33-year-old victim apparently approached Jackson on the street and, after a brief argument, Jackson pulled a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and shot the victim in the upper left arm. The injury was non-life threatening and the victim has recovered. According to the detective, Jackson then ran to a silver Dodge Charger that was driven by his girlfriend, Sheretta McNeil, 28, who then drove Jackson from the scene. Jackson, also known as "A-Low," then ed the county. Jackson was arrested by OCSO Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan when he came back into Okeechobee County some ve days later. Court records indicate that McNeil is supposed to be back in front of Judge Belanger on Thursday, Oct. 27, for docket call. McNeil, who is charged with accessory after the fact, is being represented by local defense attorney, John Cook. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 8 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Daniel Patrick Murphy, 19, S.W. 21st Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation shooting/throwing a deadly missile into a building or vehicle. He is being held without bond.  Michael Marshall, 37, W. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Emilio Borja-Nunez, 39, N.W. 23rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Ralph Henry Buschheit IV, 18, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Herman Lay Daniel, 45, N.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver’s license. His bond was set at $2,500.  John Edmund Sandlin, 47, Mango Ave., Belle Glade, was arrested Oct. 14 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a felony charge of petit theft and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $5,500.  Luciano Pineda, 48, N.W. 37th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Deputy John Ashby on charges of driving under the in uence and failure to sign a traf c summons. His bond was set at $1,000.  Ricky L. Jones, 42, Joe Louis Ave., Pahokee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Leon County warrant charging him with failure to appear fraud ( ve counts). His bond was set at $2,500.  Katrina Sue Taylor, 29, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Her bond was set at $5,500.  Robert Michael Hysell, 46, S.E. 36th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 16 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a Florida Parole Commission warrant charging him with violation of parole aggravated assault with a weapon. He is being held without bond.  Pedro Rivas-Sanchez, 24, S.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 17 by Ofcer Lawrence Parzygnat on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $3,000.  Walter Fabrisio, 31, Ecuador, was arrested Oct. 16 by Deputy Anthony Kibler on a felony charge of eeing and eluding a la w enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. His bond was set at $2,750.  Ivan Santiago, 35, N.E. 131st Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 17 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a felony DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine and violation of probation possession of marijuana. He is being held without bond.  Melissa Dee Carnley, 24, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 17 b y Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with grand theft. Her bond was set at $7,500.  Judi Ann McCorkle, 46, N.W. 38th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 17 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a warrant charging her with obtaining/attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud ( ve counts). Her bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Haunted Halloween Night at DuPuis Management AreaFor an evening lled with ghostly fun bring the whole family to enjoy Haunted Halloween Night at DuPuis Management A rea on Hwy 76 in western Martin County. W e offer a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, fun activities, crafts and candy. The highlights include a hair-raising haunted house and a hayride through the woods for all ages. Learn about creepy critters such as bats, owls, snakes and spiders on the Dark W oods Trail. Boy Scout Troop #832 will sell hot dogs, chips, apple cider and homemade donuts. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume or a night full of tricks and treats! Contact Kim Kantor at 800-432-2045, ext 3339 or kkanter@sfwmd.gov for details. A uthor to hold book signingDeborah Sharp, a former USA Today reporter, now Florida-based mystery writer w ill be in Okeechobee on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2-5 p.m., at the Okeechobee Hampton Inn for a book signing of her newest book, “Mama Sees Stars.” The book is based on a ctional character in a “Sweet tea and barbecue” slice of Florida much like Okeechobee. Ms. Sharp’s mysteries are funny with a soft Southern Edge. Community Events

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Pop Warner Junior Pee W ee team secured a playoff berth but lost a battle between unbeaten teams Saturday to Port St. Lucie 30-0. Okeechobee moves on to play Port St. Lucie Gold on Saturday in Jupiter in the rst round of the Treasure Coast conference playoffs. The Chobee Lil' Brahmans nished the regular season at (7-1). Port St. Lucie Blue came in as a tough defensive team who hasn't given up a point this year. Okeechobee did manage four rst downs in the game, a season high against Port St. Lucie, (8-0). They will square off with Martin County South on Saturday. There was a huge turnout of supportive fans for the nal home game of the year for the four Okeechobee squads. The Midget team lost to Port St. Lucie Blue 25-0 in a hard hitting battle to nish the season at (5-3). Okeechobee missed out on the playoffs this year. The Midget team will play in a Turkey Bowl game on Nov. 5-6 in West Palm Beach. OCRA Football continues to play their schedules on Saturday at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. There is no admission charge. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 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 9 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman girls swim team nished third and the boys team nished in fourth place at the Heartland Invitational swim meet held Saturday at Lake Placid High School. Jessica Wackler had a wonderful afternoon as she won the 200 yard free style, and nished second in the 500 yard freestyle. Dustin Houston had a strong afternoon for the Brahman boys squad as he took sixth place in the 200-yard individual medley, sixth in the 100-yard butter y, and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke. Lake Placid won the boys and girls meet w ith Sebring in second place. Avon Park took third in the boys meet. Okeechobee relay teams had strong results. Maddie Bean, Emilie Lege, Hunter Bosworth and Brooke Snyder took seventh place in the 200-yard medley relay. Billie Levitt, Peyton Byrd, Courtney Murphy and Sarah Hawthorne nished in eighth place. The boys 200-yard medley relay team nished in fth place. Team members included Houston, Jason Rucks, Keller Orender, and Dalton Hodges. Sage Douglas nished fth and Heather Hotmire in sixth place in the girls 200-yard freestyle while Ben Kielbasa took fourth in the boys 200-yard freestyle. Douglas nished fth in the 500 free and Hotmire grabbed sixth place. Hunter Bosworth took ninth place in the girls 200-yard IM and Savannah Whitlock nished 10th. Hodges took sixth and Orender seventh in the boys 200-yard IM. Bosworth took seventh place in the girls 100-yard butter y. Orender took ninth in the boys 100 butter y. Katie VanBeek took third in the girls 50yard freestyle and third in the girls 100 free and Jason Rucks took sixth in the boys 50 freestyle. Nick Mehtner nished in 10th place. Jordan Bolan nished in fourth place in the girls race. Brandon ball took seventh place in the boys 100 free. Hodges nished fth in the boys 500 free. The boys 200 free relay took third place. Members included Rucks, Ball, Hodges and Houston. OHS also took fourth in that relay behind Timmy Farrell, Ben Kielbasa, Orender and Nick Mehtner. Emilie Lege took fourth in the girls 100 breaststroke while Rucks took sixth place in the boys race. The swim team's district meet is Monday, Oct. 24. Boys Highlights Dalton Hodges cut 10 Seconds from his 200 IM, and 20 Seconds from his 500 Freestyle. Ben Kielbasa 4th in the 200 Free with a personal best 2:18. OHS lady swimmers place 3rd in Invitational Junior Pee Wee grid team earns playoff berth Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Scores for Oct. 14 are: rst, R. Jordan; second, B. Meyers; third place tie D. Burdashaw, W. Hall and H. Shelkie O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Special to the Okeechobee NewsGirls 400 Free Relay team (left to right) includes: Jordan Bolan, Katie VanBeek, Savannah Whitlock, Jessica Wackler. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJermaine Moore runs for some tough yardage for the Brahman Junior Pee Wee team Saturday. Okeechobee quali ed for the playoffs this year and will play Saturday in Jupiter. Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading has begun at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. The deadline to register is Nov. 30 The program is for girls and boys in K-5 through 6th grades. For more information or to register, please call 863-467-7625 or go by the church or ROC of ce. Registration forms are also available at your child's school.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The trial of an Alabama man accused of cutting a local man ve times with a xed-blade knife got under way Tuesday when witnesses, the victim and a DNA expert took the stand. Shawn Christopher Bloom, 25, Gunthersv ille, Ala., is accused of cutting Howard Vincent Sims III, 30, of Okeechobee after a ght at a local night spot on Oct. 8, 2010. Bloom is charged with one count of aggravated battery w ith a deadly weapon. Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson told the six-member jury during his opening statement that Mr. Sims and his friends had spent a few hours drinking at Brewski's, 3495 U.S. 441 S.E., and when they all started to leave a ght broke out in the parking lot between Bloom and Albaro Arana. Neither Mr. Richardson nor Bloom's defense attorneys have offered a reason for the ght. "Bloom sucker-punched Albaro then got him on the ground and choked him" said the prosecutor. Mr. Sims and another friend, T.J. Clanton Jr., then pulled Bloom off their friend who was now nearly unconscious. Bloom then walked to his van and reached into the console and retrieved what Jalena Bass, 23, thought was a xed-blade knife. "He said I got something for those ...,'" she told the jury. "I then told T.J. it's time to go." As the group was deciding who was going to drive, Bloom got into his white van and began to drive around in the bar's parking lot just staring at the group. "It was a dead silent stare out the window," said Ms. Bass. Ms. Bass then testi ed that she got into her car, while Mr. Sims got in with another female friend, Leslie Bullock. There were three other women in the back seat of Ms. Bullock's car. Ms. Bullock, 28, said she pulled out of the bar's parking lot and turned south on U.S. 441 S.E. and drove to S.E. 38th Ave. where she turned left. Shortly after turning onto S.E. 38th Ave. she noticed car lights approaching from behind. The vehicle, a white van, passed her then immediately pulled across both lanes of the two-way street and blocked her path. At this point, Mr. Sims got out of the car and approached the van. As he walked toward the van that driver, Bloom, approached him. When they were 3 to 4 feet apart, Mr. Sims saw the knife. Fortunately for him, the alleged attack took place almost directly in front of Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Station #2. "I told Howard to stay in the car because he's (Bloom) got a knife. But Howard went to nd out why he cut us off," testi ed Ms. Bullock. Shortly, she continued, she saw Mr. Sims walking away from Bloom. As he neared her car Mr. Sims told her "I think I've been cut." She told Mr. Richardson that she ran across the street to the Fire/Rescue station and got help for her friend. Emergency personnel then put Mr. Sims in an ambulance and took him to Raulerson Hospital where his wounds were treated and he was released a few hours later. Under cross examination by defense attorney Richard Seymour, Ms. Bass testi ed that Mr. Sims and Mr. Clanton both hit Bloom in the face as they tried to get him off Mr. Arana. However, Ms. Bullock said she didn't see either man strike Bloom. Later, a criminalist with the Indian River Crime Laboratory in Fort Pierce testi ed that he found blood containing Mr. Sims' DNA on some of the clothing worn by Bloom when he was arrested a short time after the alleged attack. DNA expert Earl Ritzline testi ed that he found blood and the victim's DNA on one o f Bloom's shoes, as well as on his jeans, T-shirt and one sock. When asked by Mr. Richardson, Mr. Ritzline told the jury that everyone has different DN A except for an identical twin. One blood stain on Bloom's T-shirt contained a mixture of DNA from at least two people. And, because of that, neither Bloom nor Mr. Sims could be eliminated as donors. "Then that would indicate that both men were bleeding?" asked Mr. Seymour, and Mr. Ritzline agreed. During his time on the stand Mr. Sims, a licensed paramedic and EMT, indicated that the wounds to his body weren't life threatening. "My concern was the blood loss. There was blood everywhere," he said. Even though he was becoming lightheaded from the loss of blood, Mr. Sims testi ed under direct examination that he remembered seeing Ms. Bullock "knocking on Station #2's door." Under cross examination, Mr. Sims said he did not need a transfusion and that the wounds were not deep enough to impact any internal organs. Mr. Richardson rested his case Tuesday afternoon, and testimony will resume Wednesday morning with the defense mounting its case. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 A labama man accused of kni ng local man Shawn C. Bloom By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Highlands County Sheriff's Of ce (HCSO) is reaching out to the Okeechobee area for help in solving the armed robbery of a Lake Placid store. According to a press release a man entered the C-Store Convenience Store at 1994 Placid Lakes Blvd. around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect is about 5-foot to 5-foot-2 -inches in height, with a thin build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and his face was concealed with a white cloth possibly a T-shirt. After he was given money from the register, the man left the store. No one was injured, the release added. If you have any information about this robbery or the suspect, please contact HCSO Detective Mike Huften at 863-4027250. To provide information anonymously, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. HCSO seeking clues in Lake Placid heist Special to the Okeechobee NewsThis is a surveillance photo from the store’s security system.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Savings Stacked High. REAL HIGH . Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Receive up to $1,650 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** Special Financing Available***OR CAC014022 Offer expires 12/2/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar. gov for more information. ***See dealer for details or visit Lennox.com. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Open Evenings Emergencies Welcome All InsuranceWelcomeFREEDigital X-Ray & Consultation or Second OpinionNEW DENTURES$359starting at$99ea.starting at(D5110) (D5120)Exp. 10/31/11Exp. 10/31/11Exp. 10/31/11(D2750) (D7140) FROM (D9310) (D0330)CROWNSEXTRACTIONS$499LIMITED TIME ONLY IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENTANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENT ORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. 11 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 Church of God of Prophecy of Okeechobee, 102 N.W. 10th Street, is having a pastor appreciation celebration for the month of October. Everyone is invited to come and show the pastor, Brother Mike Bev is and his wife, Sister Deb Bevis how much they are appreciated. On Thursday, Oct. 20 Evangelist Gary Pollard will be at Haven of Rest Church in Cedar Plaza in Okeechobee at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The pumpkin on Hunter Road continues. Come hear the greatest story ever told on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 3–6 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church 1731 Hunter Road. There will be games, hay ride, cake walk, music and lots of fun. Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave, will host a concert by American Idol Season Six Top 10 Finalist Chris Sligh on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. For more information call 863-763-4127. First Baptist Church has received word from Angel Food Ministries that the food program has been discontinued.Church to host Fall FestFall Festival at Point of Light Fellowship Church 15399 Hwy 78 Lakeport on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Lots of games, candy and fun! Church of God of Prophecy -Open Arms Ministry, 102 NW 10TH Street-Hurting Women’s Ministry meet every second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m.-A ministry for women for all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information please call 863254-8304. Bene t Barbecue Dinner and Gospel Sing for Charles and Sophia Graves will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the First Baptist Church's ROC from 3-7 p.m. The menu will include pulled pork dinners with drink and dessert. Gospel singing will begin at 3 p.m., and run through out the evening with several different groups appearing. The cost of the meal is $10. Tickets are on sale now or can be purchased at the door as long as they last. You may dine in or carry out. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Oakview Baptist Church will host Xtreme Missions, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is for children in grades 1–6 and their church leaders. The children will meet with missionaries and learn about their country and culture. The cost of the event is $16 which includes a t-shirt and lunch. For more information, please contact Oakview Baptist Church at 863-763-1699. Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading has begun at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Deadline is Nov. 30 The program is for girls and boys in K-5 through 6th grades. For more information or to register, please call 863-467-7625 or go by the church or ROC of ce. Registration forms are also available at your child’s school. Fr. Hugh Duffy will give a series of talks on the parables every Thursday night from 7 to 8 pm in the pavilion at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 901 SW 6th Street. The talks begin on Thursday, Nov. 3 and end on Thursday, Dec. 15 Everybody is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information call 863-763-3727.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Local churches plan speakers and special fall events Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekThe following are Yearling Middle School Students of the Week including: (left to right) Lisvette Vega, Margarita Martinez, Demonte Garner, Jared Phares, Baron Stuart, Jesus Jimenez and Mr. Stuart (dean of students).

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The Okeechobee Educational Foundation (501c3) hosted its annual Achieving Excellence Program luncheon on Sept. 28, at the First United Methodist Church. Linda Syfrett, OEF President, served as mistress of ceremonies at the luncheon and w elcomed guests, donors and board members. Lara Stanley, scholarship recipient, shared how her many local scholarships enabled her to pursue her dream of becoming a school teacher in Okeechobee. Ms. Stanley is a rst year teacher at the Okeechobee A chievement Academy. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation provides mini grants to teachers through partnerships with the Consortium of Florida Educational Foundation; Kiwanis in memory of Marge and Dick Blair, Okeechobee Battle eld Friends, Rotary Club, Gay Carlton Physical Education, Glades Electric Cooperative, Okeechobee Community Theatre and South Florida Water Management District. Emily Campbell, EES, and Megan Williamson, NES, mini grant recipients, shared how the supplemental items purchased w ith grant funds impacted the students in their respective classrooms. Betty Saf oti, Indian River State College, shared with the audience the value of the Take Stock in Children scholarship to local children and thanked donors. A large and important component to the Take Stock scholarship program is the required mentor that meets with each student on a weekly basis. Ms. Saf oti invited guests to become a mentor and support this scholarship program. Also in attendance were some of the 100 plus local scholarship donors who provided three hundred and thirty scholarships to one hundred and fty-one OHS graduates last y ear! The United Way and Children's Serv ices Council were also recognized for their contributions to the success of the Foundation and the OEF programs. Since 1996 over $2,200,000 has passed through the Foundation to OHS graduates in the form of scholarships. Scholarship donors and their committees select their recipient(s), monetary v alue and other criteria to meet their speci cations. Special thanks to Laura Sims for the donation and Ben Sims and David Hazellief for the ne preparation of the prime rib; Golden Corral for the sides, rolls and tea; Mary Hurley for the delicious desserts; door prize donors Mary Hurley and Russ Brown, and Tabitha Trent with Center State Bank; Pastor Jim Dawson for use of the Fellowship Hall; Countryside Florist for the centerpieces and former board member Dowling Watford for his continued support. These ne individuals made our luncheon possible and a great success! Achieving Excellence campaign donors (cumulative) were thanked for their generosity to the Foundation: PLATINUM ($2,500): CenturyLink, Donna Enrico, Betty Kelly, Florida Power and Light, Linda Syfrett, Waste Management, Wal-Mart #814. GOLD ($1,000): Big Lake Cancer Center, Jack Coker, Glades Electric Cooperative, Preferred Properties of Okeechobee Realty, Rotary Club SILVER ($500): Burgess Supply Co., Glenn Sneider, LC, Harbor Federal, Okeechobee Health Care Facility, M Cross Ranch, Kelly Owens, Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits Royal's, Publix Supermarket, Quality Air Conditioning. FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION (up to $500): Cassels and McCall, Mike Costopoulos, Paula Daniel, Dr. Manuel Garcia, Group Insurance Solutions, Inc., Natalie Moody, Pat O'Connor, Sam Smith, Gwenda Thompson, Tabitha Trent/Riverside Bank, William & Toni Wiersma, John Williams. Please let us know how you would like to get involved: make a donation to the Achieving Excellence Campaign Platinum $2,500, Gold $1,000, Silver $500 or Friend of the Foundation; sponsor a mini grant; sponsor a scholarship; or request more information, call 863-462-5000 ext. 257. Okeechobee Educational Foundation: achieving excellence 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 13 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Educational Foundation board members include (left to right) Ken Kenworthy, superintendent of schools and OEF secretary; Linda Syfrett, OEF president; and Mary Hurley, assistant superintendent and OEF vice-president. Winners of the Achieving Excellence luncheon gift baskets were (left to right) Pastor Jim Dawson, First United Methodist Church and Denise Whitehead, Glades Electric Cooperative and OEF board member. Hibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415. Foster parents needed Free training program available

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Garage/ YardSalesCo-OP ANTIQUES YARD SALE NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 12th AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. OKEECHOBEE 3150 NW 10th Terrace, Saturday 10/22/2011, 7:30 to 2:00. Huge MultiFamily! Antiques, furniture, crafts, dishes, cookware, clothes, etc. At the school bus garage next to North Elementary. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Garage/ YardSalesWhole Block Sale S.W. 6th Ave Oct. 21(Fri.) & 22(Sat.) 8 am till ?? Jogging Stroller,Compressors,Freezer,Puzzles, Used Medicine Chest, Folding Chairs, Smaller Items and Etc. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Wash Facility Personnel/LaborerWalpole Inc. is currently seeking a HIGHLY motivated, hands-on individual for a full time position at our Okeechobee Terminal. Responsibilities include washing, cleaning and sanitizing fleet equipment. We offer a competitive wage and full benefits package. EOE/DFWP www.walpoleinc.com Apply in person at: Walpole, Inc., 269 NW 9thSt, Okeechobee Heavy Equipment Operators Needed for short-term land ll construction project in Holopaw. Off-Road Truck Driver, Finish Dozer w/GPS, Grader,Excavator, 5 year minimum experience w/ references. Send resumes by fax to (407)656-2128 or email to: ercaccounting@ embarqmail.com Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time COOK SUPERVISOR Immediate opening at Okeechobee Juvenile Facility. Institutional management, cooking and hands on experience preferred. Competitive Hourly Wage and bene ts. Must pass background check and pre-employment drug screen. Contact Dawn (ask for kitchen) 863-357-9922 Email resumes to: dept1@ablmanagement.com-attn647 EOE Clinical Laboratory Technologist Independent Laboratory seeking Full-Time, Florida License Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Minimum 2yrs. experience in laboratory setting. Please fax resume to: 863-467-0421 or send resume to: PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST III FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICESFlorida Forest Service **OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY** MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS A High School Diploma or its equivalent and four (4) years of work experience in telecommunications. Education from an accredited college or university can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for one (1) year of the required work experience provided such education includes telecommunications. This position requires possession of a valid Driver License. For more information or to submit an application please visit the following website: https://people rst.my orida.com/ Class A & B CDL Driver for local deliveries. Must know the area,have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Beni ts Available apply at Walpole Feed & Supply, 2595 NW 8th St. PHLEBOTOMIST Independent Laboratory seeking FullTime Florida License Phlebotomist. Minimum 2yrs. experience in laboratory setting. Please fax resume to: 863-467-0421 or send resume to: PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Employment Medical Medical Of ce Full time Medical Coder/ Insurance Biller Medical Of ce Experience Preferred. Computer skills a must. Non-smoker Call 763-0217 or Fax resume to 467-5148 Employment Full Time Employment PartTimeNeed Moonlighting/Part-time laptop operator to create and correct computer disc’s for printing documents and a 2,400 page manuscript. Call 863-763-4485 Employment Wanted Looking for Work on a Dairy Farm. Experienced Farm Hand Willing to Work Nights, Weekends, Holidays and Per Diem Not Concerned About the Money. Call Troy 772-475-5101 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Sales Independent Advertising Agent Are you ready to be your own boss? If you like to meet new people, are motivated, organized and dependable, you can use your skills to earn extra money selling advertising for Central Florida’s Agri-Leader an edition of Highlands Today. Send your experience to central oridas agrileader@gmail.com All advertising agents are independent contractors, not employees of Highlands Today/The Tampa Tribune. Media General is an equal opportunity employer. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in 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 Guns/Supplies Deer Slayer 12 Ga. Shotgun, bolt action Savage Model 210 with a 1.5 to 4.5 scope. $350.00. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Guns/Supplies For Sale 45 cal. semi auto Hand Gun Private Owner Call 863-467-4947 Thompson Contender Thompson Contender with 10” 30-30 barrel in like new condition. Extra 14” 223 barrel in fair condition with 4x scope. $550 /neg. (754)422-2725 MiscellaneousFor Sale Vita Spa Amour L-115 Hot Tub,Extra Jets for legs,back & neck, total of 14. $4,000 New Will take $975.00 Call 863-467-2149 Leave Message Pets/SuppliesYORKIE PUPS Tiny toy males, 8 wks.shots, health cert.papers. Adorable little butterballs “Must See Don’t miss Out” $450 cash. 863-610-2725/ looskin@aol.com. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 16 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011

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Apartments 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 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 FEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting,5 minutes from town,furnished, hi-speed internet,200 channel cable,a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $450 a month. Reference required 863-801-8278 For Rent Nice and Clean 1/1 in Town, Convienant to Everything $525.00 monthly, plus security deposit, No Smokers or No Pets 863-697-2818 Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $600/mo. Plus utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. Oak Lake Apts, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story & 2BR, 1BA, 1 story apt., $650/mo + $650 sec. V ery Clean, (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313. OKEECHOBEE2 Cottages, 1 on Rim Canal. Starting $150 week. (772)359-1640. Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Houses-Rent 2/2 on canal in BHR covered boat slip,12x42 screen porch, appliances & some utilities included.$750 mo., $500 sec. deposit, avail. Nov. 1st 863-634-6467 3 Bedroom 2 Bath $800.00 a month Small Security Deposit Okee. Estates Area Call 863-697-6044 or 467-4996 Houses-Rent Big Lake Real Estate 3/2/1 Basswood lrg. yard, tile thru-out, newer home, deadend street. $900 3/2/1 off 15A in Okee Hammock quiet neighborhood,tile thru-out, newer home. $900 3/2/1 Kings Bay off Hwy 441 SE newer home,tile/carpet. Community pool, tennis,clubhouse. Lawn maint. includ. $850 2/2 BHR waterfront w/lake access, remodeled, tile thru-out, carport, shed & boathouse. $900 2/2 T.I. fully furnished, includ. water/electric/lawn. $1200 Sena Treadway Realtor & Property Manager 863-697-3207 Dixie Ranch 3 Bdrm/1 bath $700.00 a month. Also 2 Bdrm/1 bath $675.00 a month FLS. No Pets 863-634-2820 FOR RENT NEW HOME 3bed/2ba on water in Taylor Creek Isles, 5 appliances included, 2 car garage, No pets. $1,200 a month. Call 863-467-8559 Large 2,000 sq. ft., 3/2 CBS in town with fenced in yard. $950 p/mo. First, last & security. 863-634-7725. LARGE 3/2/2 on 2 Acres 3,000 sq. ft. Home for Lease/Rent $1,200.00 a month Call 863-214-3658 or 863-801-4346 OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $1000 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING 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 Remodeled 3/1 CBS Home, Garage, Sprinklers, City Water and Well, Hurricane Shutters, All Tile, 2 Minutes From Hospital and Schools $90,000 O.B.O (863)801-3820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, Fenced Yard, Security Required, No Pets Call 863-634-7231 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week Call 863-610-4625 Ft Drum 33698 NE 9th Ave 4 acre pasture, with 1 1/2 bd mobile home partially furnished $400 deposit $400 monthly. 912-224-4658 MobileHomeSale 1978 single wide trailer furnished 2BR 1BA, screen porch, covered carport, w/d, and shed. $14,000 Pirates Cove. Call Danny 772-589-6727. Ancient Oaks 55+ Park Gated Community, All Furnished, Extra Nice, Large Lot Only $39,000 Call 863-357-6530 or 863-697-3954 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. Palm Harbor Homes Has 3 Modular Homes Available at HUGE Savings. Over 40K Off 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs‘05 Sprinter 8x30 Travel Trailer (attaches to bumper) 2 slides 3x9 Bdrm & 3x12 Living Rm $11,500 Private Seller Call Gary (863) 634-0865 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. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Travel Trailers 33’ Travel Trailer With Paneled Room Addition $1,500.00 Call 863-357-6404 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice INVITATION TO BID The Okeechobee County School Board will receive sealed bids for: Title of Project: Lawn Care Services at Okeechobee High School Okeechobee High School 2800 Highway 441 N Okeechobee, FL. 34972 Owner: Okeechobee County School Board 700 SW 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL. 34974 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: Place: Okeechobee High School (Parking Lot behind Gymnasium) Time: 3:00 PM Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Bid Opening: Place: Okeechobee School Board Operations Of ce 938 NW 34th Street Okeechobee, FL. 34972 Time: 2:00 PM Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Project Descriltion: Provide Lawn Care Services, including mowing, edging, and grass trimming in speci ed areas. Documents: All work shall be done in accordance with the plans, speci cations, bidding and contract documents relative thereto as prepared by the Okeechobee County School Board. Documents may be secured by contacting: Dale Barrett Director of Operations 938 NW 34th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Phone: (863)462-5083 FAX: (863)462-5166 Okeechobee County School Board By: Mr. Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent 400085 ON 10/19/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Case #: 2010 CA 000385 American General Home Equity, Inc. Plaintiff, -VS.Joseph E. Sammons a/f/a Joseph Sammons and Ella M. Sammons a/f/a Ella Sammons; Seacoast National Bank, Successor in Interest to Big Lake National Bank; Bremen Earl Gaskins; Leta Micco Gaskins; Audio America, Inc.; Capital One Bank (USA), National Association f/k/a Capital One Bank; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 27, 2011, entered in Civil Case No. 2010 CA 000385 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein American General Home Equity, Inc., Plaintiff and Joseph E. Sammons a/f/a Joseph Sammons and Ella M. Sammons a/f/a Ella Sammons are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash IN THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, ON THE SECOND FLOOR, OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. THIRD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 AT 11:00 A.M. on November 2, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOTS 6 AND 7 OF BLOCK 36, OKEECHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN YEAR: 1989, MAKE: SKYLINE, VIN#: 32620260AY AND VIN#: 32620260BY, MANUFACTURED HOME, WHICH IS PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LANDS. AS SUCH IT IS DEEMED TO BE A FIXTURE AND A PART OF THE REAL ESTATE. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva O de }labia, ame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apary you ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou nori4 nan trihnnal All impdiatmnn IZP nli rpcpywo avic va-a All ci IP kP All oon nnn-on oh; nan tribunal-la mavens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele ii. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT 399483 ON 10/12,19/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000451 ONEWEST BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC BANK F.S.B. Plaintiff, VS. IDELSYS BLANCO; CARLOS F. BLANCO; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated September 16, 2011, and entered in Case No. 47-2009CA-000451, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida. ONEWEST BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC BANK F.S.B. is Plaintiff and IDELSYS BLANCO; CARLOS F. BLANCO; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 in OKEECHOBEE County, FLORIDA, at 11:00 a.m., on the 16th day of Nov., 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 5, A PLAT OF BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 22, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 27the day of Sept., 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of said Court By: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en code o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tan& ou pale byen, reld 711. Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000 Plantation, FL 33324 Telephone: (954) 382-3486 Telefacsimile: (954) 382-5380 398962 ON 10/19,26/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2011-CA-195 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, VS. JAY T. HUFFMAN, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAY T. HUFFMAN n/k/a LEE ANITA HUFFMAN, any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under and against the herein named individual defendants; TD BANK, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION F/K/A RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosuje dated October 13, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-195, of the Circuit Court of the 19 Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, is the Plaintiff and JAY T. HUFFMAN; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAY T. HUFFMAN n/k/a LEE ANITA HUFFMAN; any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under and against the herein named individual defendant; and TD BANK, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION f/k/a RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 9th day of November, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 72E, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN SECTION 17, TWSP 37 S, RANGE 36 E, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17, BEAR S 8957’33” E ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NE 64th AVENUE., THENCE BEAR N 0005’07” E ALONG SAID E R/W LINE OF NE 64th AVENUE., A DISTANCE OF 1548.32 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N 0005’07” E ALONG SAID EAST R/W LINE OF NE 64th AVENUE TO SOUTH R/W LINE OF NE 4th STREET, A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET. THENCE BEAR SOUTH 8924’08” E ALONG SAID SOUTH R/W LINE OF NE 4th STREET, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 0005’07” W, PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID EAST R/W LINE OF NE 64th AVENUE, A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 8924’08” W, PARALLEL WITH SAID SOUTH R/W LINE OF NE 4th STREET, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Along with that certain 1979 Brigadier/WORT mobile home ID# GB1CS27987A & GB1CS27987B ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 17th day of October, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 400813 ON 10/19,26/2011 17 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!

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PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CA-172 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST CO. OF THE TREASURE COAST, Plaintiff, V S. DAVID D. SMITH, DONNA L. SMITH, and NANCY LAWRENCE, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 13, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-172, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, is the Plaintiff and DAVID D. SMITH; DONNA L. SMITH; and NANCY LAWRENCE, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 9th day of November, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 243, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SECTION 1, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 59, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. A NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Order; if you are hearing or voice impaired call 711 Dated the 17th day of October, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A ttorney For Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 -Telephone 400811 ON 10/19,26/2011 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA Workforce Stimulus projects and budgets), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 400815 ON 10/19/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010-CA-288 Assigned to: Judge Schack RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff VS. DALLAS REXROAD, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DALLAS REXROAD, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S), WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE as Unknown Tenants-in-Possession Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 11, 2011, Case No. 2010 CA 288, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and DALLAS REXROAD, the UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DALLAS REXROAD, JANE DOE and JOHN DOE, et al, are Defendants, the Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at 11:00 A.M., on November 9, 2011. the following described property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: Lot 15 and 16, Block 35, OKEECHOBEE PARK, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 28, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 1985 Chandler Doublewide mobile home VIN #’s GAFL2AG250510049 and GAFL2BG250510049 and TITLE #’s 41847430 and 41851296 Parcel ID # 1-17-37-35-0020-00350-0150 Street Address: 2551 NW 5TH ST, OKEECHOBEE Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owners as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 12th day of October, 2011. COLLINS, BROWN, CALDWELL, BARKETT & GARAVAGLIA, Chtd. Attorneys for Plaintiff 756 Beachland Boulevard Vero Beach, Florida 32963 Telephone 772-231-4343 Fax 772-234-5213 Email: lthompson@verolaw.com SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 400342 ON 10/19,26/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011 IN ROOM 110, THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC INNOVATION, IN THE CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 S.E. SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORIDA 34997. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 1:30 P.M. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE 2:00 P.M. CURRICULUM COMMITTEE 2:20 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 2:40 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 400731 ON 10/19/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-109 In Re: Estate of GIRLIE WHEELER BERRY, a/k/a GIRLIE W. BERRY, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of GIRLIE WHEELER BERRY, a/k/a GIRLIE W. BERRY, deceased, whose date of death was December 3, 2010, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-7859, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is October 12, 2011. Personal Representative: Beverly G. Fix 647 S.E. 26th Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 399539 ON 10/12,19/2011PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863-763-6441. If your are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/Deputy Clerk 400038 ON 10/19/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-108 In Re: Estate ofHARRY JOSEPH ZIMMERMAN, SR. a/k/a HARRY J. ZIMMERMAN, SR. a/k/a HARRY J. ZIMMERMAN, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HARRY JOSEPH ZIMMERMAN, SR., a/k/a HARRY J. ZIMMERMAN, SR., a/k/a HARRY J. ZIMMERMAN, deceased whose date of death was LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on November 4, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2011 Hyundai Elantra VIN # KMHDH4AEXBUO89238 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 400728 ON 10/19/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 4th day of Nov. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1988 Blue Mercury Tracer 3MABM115XJR682125 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 400819 ON 10/19/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is advertising an iPad2 as per Florida State Statute 705.103. If the owner does not claim/identify said item within the two (2) week period that this item is advertised, it will be forfeited to this agency. For questions regarding this item contact Kathleen Watson at 863-763-3117 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. 400575 ON 10/19/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-113 In Re: Estate of GEORGE WILLIAM BUTTS, a/k/a GEORGE W. BUTTS, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (ancillary administration) The ancillary administration of the estate of GEORGE WILLIAM BUTTS, A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD€ Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.orgL O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r dA v e.863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 18 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds June 8, 2011, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-6994, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is October 12, 2011. Personal Representative: John P. Nasta 1606 S.W. 18th Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 399542 ON 10/12,19/2011 a/k/a GEORGE W. BUTTS, deceased, whose date of death was December 27, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! PublicNoticePERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is October 12, 2011. Ancillary Personal Representative: Artyce L. Smith 3405 Turkey Crossing Dacula, Georgia 30019Attorney for Ancillary Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 399760 ON 10/12,19/2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 • Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 • We Service All Brands • 1 Year Guarantee on Replacement Parts • 24/7 Emergency Service • FREE Estimates & Second Opinions on Equipment Replacements • Senior Citizen DiscountsFPL PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR 19 Okeechobee News October 19, 2011 The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week approved eight cost-effective projects to increase water storage on ranches north of Lake Okeechobee while improving water quality for the Everglades as well as for the lake and coastal estuaries. “The future of water storage north of Lake Okeechobee relies on innovative public-private partnerships and marks a milestone in our collective efforts to preserve both the Northern Everglades and our working landscapes for future generations,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. “This program is a progressive way of achieving our shared goals of environmental restoration and a healthy and sustainable agricultural economy.” With a $7 million investment over 10 years, the eight contracts will provide 4,800 acre-feet of water retention in the Northern Everglades to assist with meeting the storage and water quality improvement goals for the watershed. Within six months, all of the projects will be fully operational and demonstrating these cost-effective water retention services. “It is imperative that we work to get the water right in South Florida, which includes both ensuring an adequate water supply and improving water quality,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “The projects approved by the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will allow the district to collaborate with property owners to retain excess water on public, private and tribal lands to ensure a more reliable water supply for Florida’s future generations.” The projects in Okeechobee, Highlands and Polk counties, along with the amount of water able to be retained, include: Alderman-Deloney Ranch: 147 acre-feet; Buck Island Ranch: 1,573 acre-feet ; Dixie Ranch: 856 acre-feet; Dixie West: 315 acre-feet; Lightsey Cattle Company: 887 acre-feet; Lost Oak Ranch: 374 acre-feet; Triple A Ranch: 397 acre-feet; and, Willaway Cattle & Sod: 229 acre-feet. Since the start of its Dispersed Water Management Program in 2005, the District has collaborated with a coalition of agencies, environmental organizations, ranchers and researchers to enhance opportunities for storing excess surface water on private, public and tribal lands. In addition to utilizing regional public projects, the program encourages property owners to retain water on their land rather than drain it and to accept and detain regional runoff. “Storing large volumes of water north and south of Lake Okeechobee is one of the most signi cant water management challenges facing South Florida,” said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa Meeker. To expand the effort following the pilot Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project (FRESP), the District issued a solicitation in January 2011 aimed at ranch owners in the Northern Everglades region. A total of 14 proposals were evaluated and ranked in response to the competitive solicitation. The eight approved projects were determined through a Governing Board-approved negotiation process. The selected ranchers will receive nancial assistance in making the best use of existing infrastructure and/or developing new, simple infrastructure that will increase water and nutrient retention capabilities. Water managers increase water storageSpecial to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMD

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