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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No.2 13.65 feetLast Year: 12.43 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Chef accused of knife attack ... Page 18 Dog lost during out-of-state trip returns to local family ... Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The economy has caught up with an Okeechobee tradition. The 56th Annual American Legion Free Fair, which will be held Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 22 will be smaller than usual this year. “Because of nances we can’t afford to run all those contests,” said Dan Fennell, an ofcial of American Legion Post 64. Dwindling membership has also decreased the number of volunteers available. There will be no displays, no special entertainment and no contests for arts and crafts, desserts, baked goods, jam and Jellies, pickles or relishes. This year’s free fair will consist of carnival rides and the American Legion Beauty Pageant. The Miss American Legion Post 64 Beauty Free Fair to be smaller Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDUp in the air ...Bird watcher Jay Paredes took this photo of white and glossy ibis and great white herons at Stormwater Treatment Area 1 East near Wellington. The Audubon Society and South Florida Water Management District are teaming up to offer more bird watching opportunities on public land controlled by SFWMD. For more on the story, see page 5. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News As J.H. ‘Jon’ Folbrecht throws his hat in the political arena to seek election as the next sheriff of Okeechobee County, he remains adamant that his ideas will help sheriff’s of ce employees and the count y as a whole. While Mr. Folbrecht, 30, has a lot of ideas on ho w to improve the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) the two main planks of his platform deal with eradicating gangs and drugs, and cutting costs. The current road patrol deputy for the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce (MCSO) said immediatel y upon taking of ce he will go into cost-cutting mode by reducing high-level positions, doing paperless reporting and reducing insurance premiums. The former parachute rigger with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division said OCSO employees are currently paying over $600 a month for their health insurance and that needs to be lowered. By cutting that expense it will be a raise, of sorts, for employees and will help the county with its current budget woes. “It’s outrageous,” he said of those premiums. “Other agencies aren’t paying anywhere near that much.” The Republican candidate vowed to research and nd insurance carriers who can provide the necessary coverage, yet save money. Another cost-cutting measure would be to do away with some administrative positions, as well as the captain of detectives and Candidate vows to cut OCSO costsSee CANDIDATE — Page 5 J.H. ‘Jon’ Folbrecht See FREE FAIR — Page 5

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Bicycles are a popular holiday gift for children, however many parents may forget or overlook purchasing a safety helmet to accompany a new bike. AAA reminds parents to abide by state laws in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee that require children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet, at all times, w hen riding a bicycle. Bicycles are a legitimate form of transportation and bicyclists are considered legal drivers of vehicles, with laws and regulations established for their use. Bicycle riders under the age of 16 accounted for 13 percent of bicyclist’s deaths and 20 percent of injuries involved in traf c crashes in 2009, according to the National Highway Traf c Safety Administration. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. When worn properly, helmets are up to 85 percent effective in protecting the head and brain in the event of a crash. “Awareness of traf c safety laws is imperative for all road users of any age to ensure pedestrians, bike riders and motorists are as safe as possible,” said John Pecchio, A AA’s Traf c Safety Manager, The Auto Club Group. “Although we’re moving in the right direction in terms of reducing the number of bicycle deaths and injuries, we’ve still got a long way to go. Bicycles are an exciting gift for children to receive and AAA wants to make sure parents are aware of the bicycle safety laws in their respective state.” AAA Recommends these Four Easy Steps to Keep Bicyclists of all Ages Safe: Make sure helmets properly t your child’s head. Helmets should be level on the head and low on the forehead, with no more than two nger widths above the eyebrows. Discuss bicycle traf c laws with children. Bicycles are considered vehicles and must abide by the same traf c laws as motorists. Talk to children about different traf c signs, to always ride in the same direction as traf c, while keeping to the right side of the lane. Be sure your child is as visible as possible. Make children visible by putting retrore ective tape or markings on both the bike and helmet. Use white front lights and red rear re ectors. Avoid letting children ride at night. It is far more dangerous for children to ride at night than during the day since they are harder to see. If a child has to ride a bike at night, be sure they are as visible as possible. For more information on bicycle safety, visit AAA.com/SafetyMatters. The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its af liates provide membership, travel, insurance and nancial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traf c safety. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Fitness and Aquatic Centers Biggest Loser Competition Thursday,January 5,2012 € 6:30pm Winner receives F R E E 1 year membership and a cash pot! J o i n u s t o l e a r n h o w t o s t a r t y o u r j o u r n e y S t a r t t h e N e w Y e a r o f f w i t h a h e a l t h i e r y o u O f f e r i n g : Z u u m b a T o n e r B a r C i r c u i t A b c l a s s e s a n d p e r s o n a l t r a i n i n g1 2 0 4 N P a r r o t t A v e € O k e e c h o b e e € 8 6 3 4 6 7 7 7 4 7$ 1 5 s p e c i a l g y m m e m b e r s h i p f o r B i g g e s t L o s e r a p p l i c a n t s Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 SEM staff raises funds for schoolThe teachers and staff of Seminole Elementary wish to give a big thanks to the management and staff of McDonald’s for allowing them to serve the restaurant’s customers in order to raise funds for their school at a recent McTeacher’s Night. From left to right are: Principal Tracy Downing, Patti Padgett, Pam Gaucin, Nancy Beth Rucks, Pat Kenney, and Judy Reed. (Not pictured are Karen Guthrie, Emily Freeman and son Johnathan.) The students of Seminole will really appreciate the academic incentives the money will buy for them. Bike helmets are the law for childrenSpecial to the Okeechobee News/ SEM

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center 14895 NW 30th Terr. € Okeechobee € 863-634-6804Adults $10 € Kids 6 12 $5 Little Ones free Wishes to Thank Everyone who helped make 2011 such a success! www.arnoldswildlife.orgOpen daily 10am 5pm In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 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. 3 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 The low humidity, combined with breezy w inds and dry conditions will increase the potential for the start of a wild re. The Okeechobee District of the Florida Forest Service is limiting burning authorizations due to the current weather condition. They are also encouraging residents not to burn yard debris (leaves and small limbs) and to use caution with anything that could start a re. Due to continuing La Nina conditions which are forecast to persist through Spring of 2012, a drier and warmer than normal winter is forecast for the Southeastern U.S. As a result, drought conditions are forecast to worsen and expand across the state through the winter and spring months. As dry cold fronts push through the state, the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District is recommending residents prepare their homes, neighborhoods and families against wild res. Ready Be ready, be Firewise. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland re so your home is ready in case of a re. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use re-resistant landscaping and harden your home with re-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Set Act immediately when a wild re is nearby. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the re from local media and your local re department. Go Leave early if a wild re is threatening nearby. Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow re ghters to best maneuver resources to combat the re. For more information about how to be ready for wildland res, go to www.Firewise.org. or contact your local Florida Forest Service of ce (Vero Beach 772-778-5085; Ft. Pierce 772-468; Stuart 772-221-4045; Okeechobee 863-462-5160; Sebring 863-655-64-7; Palmdale 863-674-4000). Please visit our website at www. -dof.com. Cooler temperatures increase wild re hazards The American Red Cross suggests the following Cold Weather Safety Tips: Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves. Make sure you're wearing a hat that covers your ears. Dress in layers so you can remove a few layers if you get too warm. Recognize the signs of hypothermia confusion, dizziness, memory loss, drowsiness, exhaustion, severe shivering, and slurred speech. Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket. Drink warm uids like hot cider or soup while avoiding caffeine or alcohol. Follow your doctor's order regarding any strenuous exercise outside if you have cardiac problems or high blood pressure. Red Cross suggests the following Fire Safety Tips: General Safety: Keep ammable items at least three feet away from anything that gets hot. Never smoke in bed. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Cooking: Keep ammable items like towels and clothing away from the stove. Portable Heaters: Keep a re extinguisher in the kitchen and get training from the re department on how to use it. Keep blankets, curtains, furniture and other ammable items away from heaters. Plug heaters directly into a wall socket and unplug when not in use. Electricity: Never overload electrical outlets. Avoid running cords under carpet and furniture. Smoke Alarms: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including sleeping areas. Test and dust smoke alarms monthly, change the batteries yearly. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Fire Escape Drills: Make a re escape plan with two exits out of every room. Practice your plan twice a year. Identify an outside meeting place to gather after escaping. Teach children that re ghters are their friends who can help. In Case of a Fire: Follow your escape plan. Crawl low under smoke. Feel closed doors; if the door is hot, use your second way out. Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help. Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1. Cold weather calls for caution in care With winter weather fast approaching, those interested can now stay up to date with Florida citrus on Twitter. When cold weather moves in, Florida Citrus Mutual will provide timely freeze information on the social networking site at: www.twitter. com/FLCITRUSMUTUAL. "By utilizing Twitter we hope to more ef ciently and effectively provide information," said Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. The Florida citrus industry creates a $9 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 76,000 people, and covering almost 550,000 acres. Founded in 1948 and currently representing nearly 8,000 grower members, Florida Citrus Mutual is the state's largest citrus grower organization. For more information on Florida Citrus Mutual, visit www. citrusmutual.com. Citrus Weather updates available via Twitter

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V olunteers When I see people “volunteering” for different causes, like fund raising, I often w onder if they are truly volunteering, or if t hey are doing the volunteer work while still b eing paid by their employer. My main conc ern is instances where the volunteer works for a government agency. (If a private employer wants to pay his or her employees to do volunteer work, then that’s great, though it leaves the de nition of the word ‘volunteer’ up for discussion.) The Okeechobee News had an article on Friday, Dec. 30, about SFW MD workers who went to Haiti to help t he people there get clean drinking water. T he writer noted that the SFWMD volunteers used their vacation time to do the volunteer w ork in Haiti, and raised the money for the projects on their own. I don’t know anybody at SFWMD, but helping desperate people get c lean drinking water was truly a good deed, w ell done.  The Okeechobee Rotary Club has also done some tremendous work helping in Hait i, digging wells and helping to build schools.How do you like him now? Happy New Year everyone, we are now a police state! The guy in the White House s igned NDAA HR 1540 into law last night after s aying all along that he was going to veto it.  The signing of NDAA will be the end of b oth The Bill of Rights and this illusion we call freedom. In just 235 years .. look at the adv ancement, greed, destruction, taking away, Big Brother, scratching, clawing, climbing .. j ust look at where we have wound up in such a relatively short period? Makes you wonder j ust how much longer Old Glory is going to y for freedom?  Why only blaming Obama for passage of this act? He signed a bill into law that was passed by BOTH houses of Congress with b ipartisan support and opposition. The Senate vote was 93-7 in favor and 283-136 in the House.  He pushed Congress to remove the language regarding the detention of American citizens without trial and they dropped it. So you are worked up over what? The president doesn’t write the laws Congress does.  This law is 50 years old, and they have voted every year since it was passed to continue the funding for it. That is exactly what was done here Obama did not sign a bill into law, he signed a bill to authorize continued funding to the Department of Defense for an existing law, same as every President has done for the last ve decades.Fire hazard I took down the Christmas tree and decided I would burn it. I stood it up in my re pit with two palm branches. Two seconds with the lighter on a bottom branch and ten seconds later there was a blaze that went up 15 feet in the air. Ash spewed so it looked like snow coming down for three or four minutes. What a re hazard!  I did something similar a few years ago. Threw the old Christmas tree on top of a small re I had outdoors. The tree was still green, and not dried out. It sat on top of the re doing nothing. Then, boom! It went up like a fury. I agree, they are a re hazard. A lovely one, yes, but a re hazard nonetheless. Now that I think of it, so are wine, candles, curtains, sheets, and sleep, in that order. Candles and curtains are another dangerous combination.Fuel exports Well where are all the ‘drill baby drill’ people now? Where are all the lets build a pipeline so we can ruin the environment people now? It was just announced that the U.S. exports more gas, jet fuel, etc. than any other export. That’s right folks. This has never been done before in our history. We have also used less fuel ourselves for the last seven years. And here’s a cute note: the re nery people aren’t saying how much they’re making. Imagine that. We have every other exporter telling us what they make exporting, but not the oil re neries. No wonder there are so many people running for president on the republican ticket.  What’s wrong with the US exporting stuff? I thought the more of anything we could export, the better. DEP focuses on prioritiesThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the agency in charge of protecting Florida’s natural resources— our water, land and air. As an agency, we are focused on three priorities: ensuring a more ef cient regulatory process that is interpreted consistently across the state, and is protective of the environment; getting the water right in Florida; and giving Floridians and visitors more opportunities to enjoy Florida’s award-winning state parks. Environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we cannot have one without the other. At DEP, we want to foster a culture of customer service and regulatory ef ciency and consistency across the agency and water management districts. This doesn’t mean we’re relaxing our standards. It means that we’re taking a closer look at how we do things, to make sure our processes make sense both for the environment and for our customers. For example, here in the Southeast District, our permitting staff has been working to streamline our permitting processes and making sure that permit applications are as complete as possible when we receive them, decreasing the number of days a permit stays in-house, and increasing communication between our staff and the applicant. This change also requires DEP to better evaluate projects earlier in the process, such as having more effective pre-application meetings with permit applicants. Customer service is important to us. As Florida taxpayers, you deserve a process that is fair, understandable and one that doesn’t change as you travel or do business across the state. Second, DEP is committed to getting the water right in Florida. The future of our state’s environment and economy depend on the health of our water bodies. From the tourists who ock to the beaches of Miami to those who enjoy shing off of the Treasure Coast, our waterways play a vital role in our way of life here in southeast Florida. Getting the water right means improving the quality of the water, ensuring that we have an adequate water supply and balancing those needs. DEP is committed to partnering with local communities to get our water right. Recently, the DEP Southeast District and a group of local, county and industry partners completed a stormwater improvement project in the urban area of Westgate, in Palm Beach County, where ooding has long been a problem for residents. These improvements will reduce the amount of storm water runoff and pollutants going into the Lake Worth Lagoon. The project will be monitored to make sure the improvements are addressing the problem, and an education program will inform Westgate residents of how they can work as a community to protect their local environment. Finally, we want to give Floridians mor e opportunities to enjoy Florida’s awardwinning state parks. Florida is home to bes t state park system in the country. Wher e else can someone visit a historic lighthouse, mountain bike on sugar sand trails and div e around a coral reef, all close to home? Florida’s state parks are more than just a source of fun and recreation—they also bene t our state’s economy. Last year, the mor e than 200 million visitors that headed outdoors to enjoy Florida’s natural resources a t a state park contributed nearly $1 billion to local economies. DEP is committed to ensuring a health y environment, and we believe we can effectively protect our natural resources withou t suppressing the economy in the process. In fact, a healthy environment and a health y economy go hand-in-hand. By focusing on our three priorities of regulatory ef cienc y and consistency, getting the water right, and getting Floridians outdoors to enjoy the resources we protect, DEP is working to ensure our environment is protected for futur e Floridians to live, work and play. Jill S. Creech, P.E. Southeast District Director Florida Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday, January 4, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Guest commentary To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendors. Vendors can choose booth space inside the Agri Civic Center or set-up outside to share their health and/or safety related service with the community. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763-4625000 ext. 257.

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GAINESVILLE — A group of life-threatening blood disorders collectively called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, may occur four times more often than reported by national cancer registries, according to new research from the University of Florida based on data from Medicare claims. MDS occurs when the body’s blood factory does not produce healthy red or white blood cells or platelets. Getting a more accurate picture of the disease could lead to earlier diagnosis for patients and better guidance for public health policy. The ndings, reported in the November issue of the journal Leukemia Research and in an earlier issue of the journal Blood, indicate that more w omen than men are overlooked. “The data from the cancer registry is showing us a partial picture of MDS,” said Dr. Christopher R. Cogle, an associate professor of hematology and oncology in the UF College of Medicine’s department of medicine. “State cancer registries, which feed the national registries, need more resources so they can more comprehensively capture this disease and others, such as skin and gastrointestinal cancers.” MDS is a hard-to-diagnose disease that presents itself in a wide range of ways. On the less severe end of the spectrum, it shows up as a low blood cell count, and, at the other extreme, as leukemic growths inside the bone marrow. Seventy percent of people with MDS die of complications related to a low blood cell count. Even with low-grade disease, the average person’s survival after diagnosis is about ve years. “For those diagnosed in their 60s, we know we can do better than that,” said Dr. Cogle, a member of the UF Shands Cancer Center whose clinical and research program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the MDS Foundation. “At best, we can double survival time — but we have to know who the patients are so we can offer them the right treatment.” Dr. Cogle and colleagues at the H. Lee Mof tt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa noticed that their clinical practices received many referrals from local physicians trying to gure out the cause of low blood cell counts. MDS diagnoses in those cases occurred almost exclusively on an outpatient basis. But such cases are not captured by registries, which get most of their data from hospitals and laboratories. “There was a discord between where we saw the disease and where the registry data came from,” Dr. Cogle said. “There was a mismatch between clinical practice and the data, so we tackled that discrepancy and tried to make sense of it.” The researchers devised a new algorithm that made an allowance for the dif culty in diagnosing the disease. Previous studies used MDS insurance claims to estimate the number of cases. But that approach is error-prone because MDS is often coded as different diseases, such as leukemia, aplastic anemia or even vitamin de ciencies, before the true diagnosis becomes clear. In the new calculation, the researchers counted only patients who had had at least two MDS insurance claims at least 30 days apart. They also included blood count and bone marrow biopsy con rmation in the one-year period before MDS insurance claims. They excluded people who were making a Medicare claim for the rst time, because those people might have been diagnosed previously, while covered by private insurance. The UF and Mof tt researchers found that in the 65-and-older age group there were 75 new cases per 100,000 people each year — almost four times the accepted estimate of 20 per 100,000 that is based on the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results cancer registry. That registry shows an overall estimate for all age groups of 3.3 new MDS cases in every 100,000 persons each year. So who are the people being left out of the traditional database? It turns out that more women than men were omitted, and those people generally had a lower grade of disease and lower medical expenses. Cancer registries indicate that the average age of diagnosis is 71 to 76, but the researchers will use their new calculations to nd out whether people are getting diagnosed at a younger age. The researchers say the MDS underestimate prevents people with the disease from getting available care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for example, uses the low estimate of the number of people affected by the disease as part o f the rationale for not paying for bone marrow transplants in MDS patients, except in approved clinical trial settings. The low estimates also hamper research efforts that could lead to new treatments. “These data bring the realization that the incidence of MDS is much greater than previously recognized, and that emphasizes the need for greater research funding for the disease,” said senior author Dr. Alan F. List, executive vice president and physician-inchief at the H. Lee Mof tt Cancer Center and Research Institute. A better estimate of MDS cases could also help to galvanize funding agencies to invest more resources into patient education about the disease and about treatments. “They can let the public know about the signi cance of a low blood count — not to sit on it, but to go out and get a diagnosis,” Dr. Cogle said. “If you have MDS, we have ways to help you.” Researchers nd MDS may be more common than realized 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has formed a new collaboration with the Audubon Society of the Everglades to offer public bird watching tours at Everglades Stormwater Treatment Area 1 East near Wellington. The tour program is modeled after the popular partnership with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society, which has served more than 5,000 bird watchers from across the globe at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 in Hendry County. Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration. These expansive wetlands utilize plants to naturally remove phosphorus from water owing into the Everglades. They have also become renowned havens for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike. A bird watching opportunity is planned for Saturday, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m. Meet at the entrance to STA-1 East on Flying Cow Road, just south of Southern Boulevard. Interested participants are asked to RSVP to Linda Humphries, Audubon Societ y of the Everglades at 561-742-7791. For more information, visit www.auduboneverglades.org. SFWMD and Audubon expand bird watching tours administrator of the Okeechobee County Jail. Cutting the jail administrator’s position would be an immediate savings of about $75,000 a year plus bene ts, he said. Since there is a captain in place at the jail, he would simply let the captain run that facility. “It’s the same way with the detective bureau, why do I need a captain there?” he asked. “I would make the road patrol captain the director of law enforcement and that person would run the road patrol and detective bureau. These are some of the tough decisions that have to be made if we’re going to make the budget manageable.” The current budget for the sheriff’s of ce is $15,789,951, but Mr. Folbrecht thinks it can be reduced to the $13 to $14 million range. Mr. Folbrecht said he would also have deputies and detectives do their reports on computers instead of paper, thus reducing time and costs. “I’m all about working smarter, not harder,” he pointed out. Speaking of detectives, he went on to say that he would also put detectives on shift work so that there would be “more presence” in the community. This move would also help the sheriff’s of ce to be more proactive, rather than reactive. They could also act as back-ups to road patrol deputies when the need arises. As for the Okeechobee Narcotics Tas k Force, Mr. Folbrecht said he would see to it that the unit utilized other agencies in their investigations. He said he would also support the program if they went to a leasedunit program so investigators could switch vehicles more often which would help keep their identities unknown. He would also see to it that the Florid a Contraband Forfeiture Act was used more in task force investigations. “As far as I’m concerned, they have not seized enough homes, cars or money which is the precise purpose of this act,” he added. He went on to say that his long-term vision is for the sheriff’s of ce to become selfsuf cient and not rely on ad valorem taxes. He also wants the OCSO to become known as the best agency in the state. If elected, Mr. Folbrecht said he would also bring in his own second-in-command. “I already have someone in mind for undersheriff that has 23 years of experience in narcotics, SWAT and as an instructor in several different areas,” he indicated, adding that this person is now employed with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Of ce. Mr. Folbrecht has lived in Okeechobee with his wife Kasey since 1998. The couple has three children. For more about Mr. Folbrecht, his ideas and visions for the sheriff’s of ce go to www.VoteFolbrecht.com. CANDIDATEContinued From Page 1 Pageant will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the American Legion Hall, 501 S.E. Second St. All contestants must be female, unmarried with no children and in the 9th through 12th grades at either Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a Christian school or be home schooled. There is no entry fee. Applications may be picked up at the American Legion Hall. The queen will receive a crown, custom banner, bouquet of owers, a $50 cash prize and the opportunity to appear in local parades. For more information on the pageant, contact Shelly Sickels at 863-467-0790 or the American Legion at 863-763-2950. As they have for the previous 55 fairs, J & J Amusements will provide the carnival rides. The midway will open at 5 p.m. weekdays except for Monday, Jan. 16, when it will open at 2 p.m. On Saturdays the midway will open at noon and Sundays it will open at 1 p.m. On the rst night all rides will be half price. Each day armbands will be for sale that will allow a person to ride all the rides until closing. Wednesday will be “Kids Day.”Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. FREE FAIRContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Barbara Sue Toole, 77OKEECHOBEE — Barbara Sue Toole, of Okeechobee, passed away January 1, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. She was born July 27, 1934 in Springdale, Ohio, to Grover Cleveland Clifton and Bessie Lee Fightmaster. Mrs. Toole was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Harold Toole. She is survived by her granddaughter, Lana Johnson of Okeechobee; great grandson, J eremiah Johnson, Jr.; caregivers, Richard and Brenda Beatty; and several “adopted” grandkids. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4, 2011, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Eastern Star services will be at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at w ww.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Julixa ‘Nike’ Espada, 27OKEECHOBEE — Julixa “Nike” Espada, age 27, of Okeechobee, died, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was born Aug. 16, 1984, in Ft. Pierce, to J ulio and Nixa Espada. She was a graduate of Okeechobee High School and a member of the W estside Christian Church of Okeechobee. Julixa enjoyed animals, outdoors, country living, kids, her Chihuahuas (Maggy and Tink), country music, shing and going to the beach. She was a very sweet loving young woman that enjoyed helping others and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Julio Espada. She is survived by her mother, Nixa Espada of Okeechobee; brother, Julio Espada Jr. of Okeechobee; aunt, Wanda Esposito (John) of Milford, Pa.; uncles, Pedro Espada (Rosa), Eustaquio Espada (Donna), all of Okeechobee. In addition, she leaves behind many loving family members in Puerto Rico, New Jersey and Buffalo, New York. The family will receive friends on Thursday, J an. 5, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Pastor Richard Baker will be of ciating and interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.DeWayne Shuck, 77 OKEECHOBEE — DeWayne Shuck, of Okeechobee (BHR), went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 29, 2011. He was originally from Lapel, Indiana. He was a General Manager of auto dealerships in Indiana for 26 years. He retired in 1986 and moved to Florida where he was an avid sherman and loved to golf. Mr. Shuck proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a Mason and Moose member, as well as a member of the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church. Mr. Shuck is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sherrie Shuck; son, Greg (Vicki); grandchildren, Lori Bundy (Clark) of Okeechobee, Michael Shuck (Mallory) of Wichita Falls, Texas; great grandchildren, Katie Cox (Josh), Tyler Baird, Madison Byrd, Kaegan and Ethan Shuck; great-great grandson, Coby Cox; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Shuck; mother, Dorothy Slaughter; sister, Marceline Stepp; brother, George Shuck; and great-granddaughter, Mauri Byrd. Memorial services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2011, at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church with Pastor Tim Welborn of ciating. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 21300 Linda Road, Okeechobee FL 34974 or 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. Richard Elton Derry, 49 OKEECHOBEE — Richard Elton Derry, of Okeechobee, passed away December 27, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born September 18, 1962. He came to Okeechobee from Coral Springs in 2004. He worked as a concrete nisher. Mr. Derry was preceded in death by mother, Dot Derry; and brother, Jimmy Derry, Jr. He is survived by his father, Jimmy Derry of Okeechobee; children, Crystal Gray (Phillip) of Tamarac, Heather Derry (Richard) of Boca Raton, Becky Derry and Dylan Derry; sister, Sandy Derry of Kentucky; brother, Charlie Derry of Okeechobee; and he is also survived by his rst love, Renee. Celebration of life will be noon 5 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2012, at the Basinger Civic Center, 2350 HWY 98 North, Okeechobee FL 34972 (16 miles north of town). Memorial donations may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. 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. Sherry R. SpenceOKEECHOBEE — The angels came to take Sherry R. Spence home on Dec. 29, 2011. Sherry was from Hillsboro, Ohio, but made her home in Okeechobee 24 years ago. She worked at Whitehouse Nursing Home in Hillsboro, but was dedicated most of her life to caring for children while their parents worked. For ve years she was employed with Jimbo’s Auction where she greatly enjoyed clerking and the group of friends she made there. Sherr y also had a special group of bingo friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Larry Wayne Spence; grandchildren, Aliza and Anthony; niece, Patsy Haines; brothers, Wilber Arledge and Charles Bailey; sister, Nancy Bailey; parents, Wilber and Helen Arledge; and best friend, John Dillon. Survivors include daughters, Tara Spence, Anita Spence Adams(Greg Hill); grandchildren, Victor, Dillon, Myrakle and Majer; sisters, Donn a (Tom) Stewart, Kathern Dillon; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least, blessed cousins, Phil and Kayla Martin and friend, Timmie Lavelle. Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, and funeral services on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, with burial following at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements were under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Healthy Start Coalition to meet today, Jan. 4The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information 863-462-5877. Deadline approaches for Parks and Rec Basketball leagueThe deadline to register for Parks & Recreation’s Youth Basketball League is Friday, Jan. 6. Sign-ups are being held Tuesday-Friday. this week from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The of ce will be closed Monday, Jan. 2. The fee is $40 per child and will require a birth certificate at registration. The league will consist of boys and girls in three age divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under and 14 & under. For more details, call 863-763-6950.Eagles to host Steak Dinner NightJan. 6, 2012 (Happy New Year) Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have their weekly Steak Dinner with music by The Harpers. Gooooood Food and lots of fun. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 863-763-2552.BHR Moose plans a celebrity server celebrationThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge is having a prime rib dinner served by local celebrities on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 5–7 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be an auction with proceeds going to Mooseheart and Moosehaven and our chapter. Auction items were donated by local businesses and various individuals. Fun and good times will be had b y all. Contact Malinda Wood at 317-340-6955.PhilFiesta 2012 plannedThe Philippine-American Cultural Foundation invites you to PhilFiesta 2012! Everyone is welcome to enjoy family fun, Philippine food, music and songs, cultural performances, arts and crafts, exhibits and the Philippine Martial Arts. Join Miss PhilFiesta on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to sunset. Admission is FREE, parking is $3 per vehicle. This event will take place at the Philippine Heritage Enrichment Complex and Gardens, 5154 SW 16th Avenue, Okeechobee. For further information, vendors or advertisers contact Dr. Trini Garcia at (863) 763-6429, Anje at (772) 285-0274, Sid at (863) 610-0515, Edwin at (561) 371-0825 or Joel at (954) 449-3494. To join Miss PhilFiesta contact Maria at (786) 281-9800. Eagles host Card Bingo NightSaturday, Jan. 7, Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have Card Bingo at 4 p.m. until? Come join the fun. Proceeds go to the Community bene t fund for F.O.E. 4137. Community Events

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Ministers of other churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second W ednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have their FREE family movie night, Friday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. The movie “The Ultimate Gift,” starring James Garner, Brian Dennehy, Bill Cobbs, Drew Fuller and A bigail Breslin, is a heartwarming drama that sends a young man of privilege on an improbable journey where he will discover the true meaning of wealth. The public is invited. The rst ever “Popcorn” concert is being held on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Family Worship Center in Indiantown. Three of Florida’s nest gospel groups will sing in a newly formed concept—Trust Quartet, Simple Faith Trio and Gulf State Quartet. Each group will be in a one-song rotation throughout the evening. As each group ends a song, the next group “pops up” to sing the next, NONSTOP. A full family evening with lots of fun and laughs. A $6 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be taken. Address: 15285 S.W. Indian Mound Road. For information, call 863-634-6793. Brian Free & Assurance will be in concert on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene 425 S.W. 28th Street. A love offering will be received. For information, call 863763-7113. Fountain of Life Church would like to invite you to come listen to Dr. Charles Gauldin. He is an Associate Professor of Religion at Southeastern University. Dr. Charles Gauldin will be at Fountain of Life Church this Sunday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. If you have any questions please call Pastor Dave Robertson at 8630801-1297. It’s Homecoming Day at Brighton Baptist Church Join us for the entire service: Sunday, Jan. 8 Homecoming is a day of special preaching, special singing and dinner on the grounds. Bro. Cecil Burns will deliver the morning message and McMillan and Life will present the message in song. Brighton Baptist Church is located at 24050 Hwy 70 West, Okeechobee. For more information please call the pastor: 863-763-3063. Trust Quartet in concert at Treasure Island Baptist Church 4209 Hwy. 441 S.E. Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Southern gospel at it’s best. Everyone welcome. The Okeechobee Church of God is having a community yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. 4th Avenue (off Hwy. E behind McDonalds). Have you wanted to have a yard sale, not enough room or hate doing one by yourself or bad location? Come join with us, a space with table—$10, donation. or a space you bring your own table—$5, donation. Call to reserve a space with Norma Sue at 863-634-2930. The church will do all the advertising. Thomas Shelton will be in concert at the Okeechobee Christian Church Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Thomas has been sharing the Gospel through his music for over 30 years. He has traveled throughout the states and is coming to Okeechobee once again. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall o f the Building Committee at 863-801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863-697-697-8924.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 7 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 Churches plan special concerts and programs Shdht Places ofWorship

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  William Lewis Johns, 52, N.E. 26th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with burglary and grand theft. His bond was set at $20,000.  Alisha Nicole Bullington, 28, N.W. 141st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a St. Lucie County warrant charging her with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). Her bond was set at $30,000.  Tammy Lynn Chapman, 34, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and the misdemeanor of carrying outside a prescribed container. Her bond was set at $5,500.  Richard Peterman, 48, Goodson Road, West Jefferson, Ohio, was arrested Dec. 30 by Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with violation of probation felony battery and amended violation of probation driving under the in uence with serious bodily injury. He is being held without bond.  Codene Wigfall, 23, N.W. 117th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 31 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a Glades County warrant charging her with delivery of cocaine and delivery of paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $25,000.  Allen Lee Brewer, 54, S.E. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 1 by Deput y Mark Margerum on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $1,500.  Robert Edward Hull, 35, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 1 by Deput y Joe Gracie on a felony charge of child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $1,500.  Becky Lee Cook, 31, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 1 by Deput y Joe Gracie on a felony charge of child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Her bond was set at $1,500. 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. 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Matthew Scott McGhee, 18, N.W. 20th A ve., and Fermin Olvera Jr., 15, N.W. 30th A ve., were both arrested Wednesday, Dec. 28, on felony charges of grand theft motor vehicle and attempted dealing in stolen property. McGhee is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond, while Olv era was booked into the county jail then released into the custody of his parents. An arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated that the two were implicated in the theft of the John Deere Gator when they tried to sell it for scrap at a local recycling center. Detective Shireman stated that the ATV w as stolen sometime during the night on Christmas Eve. The identities of McGhee and Olvera came to light when they tried to scrap the A TV but an employee at the recycling center told them it was stolen, stated the report. A brief argument ensued and they left with the ATV in the back of a pickup truck, the report added. According to the detective, the employee took photos of the vehicle. The investigator added that he was able to identify McGhee and Olvera with the use of surveillance video. Detective Shireman went on to state that the Gator was found in some woods off S.R. 70 W. and that it was now in very bad condition. His report indicated that the front fenders and dash had been removed, a seat was missing, the front suspension system was badly damaged, the battery was missing and both front tires were at. The ATV’s owner was taken to the woods and identi ed the Gator. Fermin Olvera Matthew McGhee The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 48 child predators in December as part of a six-month investigation known as Operation Amalgamate. The inv estigation began in July after Attorney General Pam Bondi and FDLE merged FDLE’s Computer Crime Center and the attorney general’s Child Predator Cybercrime Unit to more effectively investigate online child exploitation. The merger created specialized units w ithin FDLE focused on investigating internet sex crimes against juveniles. “The arrests in Operation Amalgamate show the strength of what has become one team with one goal – to nd and arrest internet predators attempting to victimize our children,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Thanks to General Bondi’s leadership, the merger has allowed FDLE to expand its squads statew ide.” Operation Amalgamate investigators found child sex predators in chat rooms, utilizing instant messaging, texting, dating sites, social networks and even online classi ed ads. FDLE agents in partnership with local law enforcement agencies arrested 48 suspects in 17 Florida counties. “Operation Amalgamate clearly demonstrates a successful collaboration between local and state law enforcement to address this serious issue,” said Florida Police Chiefs Association President and Tampa International Airport Chief of Police Paul Sireci. In addition to the arrests, FDLE assisted with nine local operations working with the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and others. FDLE also provided computer crime investigative training to more than 700 law enforcement of cers and computer safety training for thousands of Florida citizens. For information on how you can keep your family safe, visit www.secure orida. org FDLE arrests 48 in child computer sex crimes investigation in Florida

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By Donna HestermanUF GAINESVILLE — University of Florida researchers report they have achieved a new record in ef ciency with a prototype solar cell that could be manufactured using a rollto-roll process. “Imagine making solar panels by a process that looks like printing newspaper roll to roll,” said Franky So, a UF professor in the department of materials science and engineering. Industry has eyed the roll-to-roll manufacturing process for years as a means of producing solar cells that can be integrated into the exterior of buildings, automobiles and even personal accessories such as handbags and jackets. But, to date, the photovoltaic sheets cannot muster enough energy per square inch to make them attractive to manufacturers. The UF team has crossed the critical threshold of 8 percent ef ciency in laboratory prototype solar cells, a milestone with implications for future marketability, by using a specially treated zinc oxide polymer blend as the electron charge transporting material. The full report outlining the details of their latest laboratory success in solar cell technology is published in the Dec. 18 online version of Nature Photonics. The researchers said the innovative process they used to apply the zinc oxide as a lm was key to their success. They rst mixed it with a polymer so it could be spread thinly across the device, and then removed the polymer by subjecting it to intense ultrav iolet light. John Reynolds, a UF professor of chemistry working on the project, said the cells are layered with different materials that function like an electron-transporting parfait, with each of the nano-thin layers working together synergistically to harvest the sun’s energy w ith the highest ef ciency. Reynolds’ chemistry research group dev eloped an additional specialized polymer coating that overlays the zinc oxide polymer blend. “That’s where the real action is,” he said. The polymer blend creates the charges, and the zinc oxide layer delivers electrons to the outer circuit more ef ciently.” Mr. Reynolds’ chemistry research team is aligned in an ongoing collaboration with So’s materials science team, which they call “The SoRey Group.” The most recent fruit of their collaboration will now go to Ris National Laboratory in Denmark, where researchers will replicate the materials and processes developed by the SoRey Group and test them in the rollto-roll manufacturing process. “This sort of thing can only happen when you have interdisciplinary groups like ours working together,” said Mr. Reynolds. Mr. So and Mr. Reynolds plan to continue their collaboration with Ris National Laboratory, and expand it to include researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology where Reynolds is now moving. Their work is funded by a grant from the Of ce of Naval Research. 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 January 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tammy CliffordCheck presentationTammy A. Clifford, owner of the Frosty Mug and director of the newly formed Frosty Mug Club, Inc., presented a check in the amount of $500 as well as over $500 of merchandise donated by the generous members of the Frosty Mug Club, Inc. to Jonathan Bean executive director of Martha’s House. New breakthrough shows promise for affordable solar cells Parent Advisory Committee January meeting plannedA Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting will be held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30-8. This meeting is for the parents of children in the Hispanic and migrant programs in the Okeechobee Schools. The purpose of the PAC meeting is to educate families about the programs, resources, services and opportunities available to them in Okeechobee. Area agencies will have an opportunity to set up a table to display material about their services. Advocates will be available to translate, if needed. The PAC meeting is free, space is limited. Please call before Jan. 13, to reserve a table, 863-462-5000 ext. 266. Tables and chairs will be provided. Okeechobee Golf Country Club Gold Tee Golf winners for the week of Dec. 20, 2011 were: First place M. Desaulniers; second place tie W. Hall and D. Birdashaw; and third place R. Foss. Gold Tee Winners

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Publix Deli 50-Piece Wing Box . . . . . . . . . . . .1699Hot or Fresh Chilled, Hand Breaded, Fried in Trans Fat Free Oil, each box SAVE UP TO 4.00 Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2500Assorted Varieties, Kettle Cooked, 8.5-oz bag SAVE UP TO 1.98 ON 2 Prices effective Thursday, January 5 through Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Only in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Monroe Counties. Any item carried by P ublix GreenWise Market will be at the Publix advertised sale price. Quantity rights reserved. Startyourparty here!Everything you need for game day, all in one place. The Ultimate Tailgate Party. Guaranteed to score. Visit theultimatetailgateparty.com for your next play. Chocolate Chip Cookies, 13-Count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .439Soft and Chewy, Filled With Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, From the Publix Bakery, 14-oz pkg. SAVE UP TO .60 9-Pack Miller Lite Beer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .899Or Coors Light, Aluminum Pint, 16-oz bot. SAVE UP TO 2.00 OFFICIAL SUPERMARKET OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS Wonder Hot Dog Buns . . . . . . . . .M1 mOr Hamburger Buns, 12-oz pkg. SAVE UP TO 2.59 10 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays Rotate All Four Tires Inspect Tire Tread Depth Set Proper Tire Pressure Expires 1/31/12 TIRE ROTATION $ $ $ $ . 9 9 5 5 3550 Highway 441 South Okeechobee (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154 www.GilbertChevrolet.com 201 201 201 201 01 01 01 0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 C H E E V V Y Y S S S I L L V V E E R R A A D D O O 1 1 5 0 0Offers are available on select models. 0% offer requires qualied approved credit. Customer must qualify for incentives. Dealer retains all rebates and incentives. 0% APR nancing in lieu of some discount. Pictures for illustration purposes only. Expires 1/9/11. Some offers may expire witho ut notice. $ 8,500 0% APR FINANCING FOR 72 MO. IN SAVINGS NOW UP TO C C C H H H H E E V V V V V Y Y Y Y Y S S O O O O O N N N N I C A A AL L L L N N N NE E W W W W 2 2 2 20 0 1 1 12 2 PER MONTH BUY FOR F FO O O R R R 7 7 7 77 7 7 M M M O O ON N N N T T H H H S Stock # N2075 C C H H E E E V V V V Y Y Y E E E E Q Q U U U U I N N O O O O X X A A AL L L L N N N E E W W W W 2 2 2 20 0 0 0 1 2 PER MONTH LEASE FOR F FO O O R R R 3 3 3 3 9 9 M M M O O ON N N N T T H H H S Stock # N2023Offers require qualied approved credit, dealer retains all rebates and incentives. 39 month lease with $2,995 down on Equinox, plus tax, tag & fees. 12,000 miles per year allowed. Buy for price on Sonic based on 77 month nance with $2,499 total out of pocket. Amount of Equinox in stock is at time of print Pictures for illustration purposes only. Expires 1/9/12. 11 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 December rainfall from Orlando to the Florida Keys was about half of the average for the month, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported today. As in November, the dry conditions did not signi cantly impact regional w ater supplies, which are at adequate levels. "December is a naturally dry time in South Florida," said SFWMD Meteorologist Geoff Shaughnessy. "Also, evapotranspiration the amount of water lost from lakes, streams and vegetationis at its lowest average in December and January, when temperatures are cooler and sunlight is shorter." A forecast of below-average rainfall remains in place for the rest of the dry season. A water shortage warning remains in place for the entire 16-county District to encourage w ater conservation practices. For the month, total of 0.90 inches of rain fell across the District through Dec. 30, representing 51 percent of the average for this time of year, or a de cit of 0.87 inches. A majority of the region received below-average rainfall for the month, with the largest de cits over the Upper Kissimmee and southw estern regions. Unlike the water supply impacts from record dry conditions in 2010, water levels so far this dry season have been receding slowly. Lake Okeechobee stood at 13.68 feet NGVD today, about a foot below its historical average for this time of year. The 730-squaremile lake, which serves as a backup water supply for South Florida, received a major boost from October rains and remains above its water shortage management zone. Adopted by the SFWMD Governing Board in November 2009, the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule established a permanent two-day-a-week landscape watering schedule throughout the region, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. Utilizing the rule's exibility, some city and county governments have adopted alternative landscape irrigation ordinances or emergency actions based on local water demands or system limitations. For many areas, landscape watering schedules remain the same under year-round conservation measures as they were under water shortage restrictions. Details on landscape irrigation limits are available by contacting your local government or by visiting www. sfwmd.gov/2days. December rainfall below average

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Outta the WoodsBy Tony YoungFWC The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal pursued each winter by Florida’s more than 200,000 hunters. But, there’s another big-game species that’s hunted quite a bit too and is especially popular with hunters in the southern and central parts of the state: the wild hog. Wild hogs, also called wild boars or feral pigs, aren’t native to Florida. They either w ere introduced by colonists or may even have been brought over by the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. Hogs provided a major food source for the early settlers, and those pigs that escaped or were released adapted and prospered readily in Florida’s mild climate and varied habitats. Though nonnative, you can hardly tell, because wild hogs are plentiful throughout Florida and can be found in all 67 counties. They live in various habitats but prefer moist forests, swamps and pine atwoods. Abundant populations of wild hogs occur west of Lake Okeechobee, between the Kissimmee and lower St. Johns river basins, and farther north along the Gulf coastal marshes between the Aucilla and Withlacoochee rivers. Wild hogs are omnivorous and feed by rooting up the ground with their broad snouts, leaving some areas looking like plowed elds. Because of this, they are considered by many agricultural producers to be nuisance animals. Their diet consists of grasses and owering plants in the spring, fruits in the summer and fall, and they eat roots, tubers and invertebrates throughout the year. As with all animals, it’s against the law to release wild hogs on public lands. It’s also not recommended on private lands either, unless the property is surrounded by adequate fencing. Wild hogs have an annual home range of more than 10 square miles and are proli c reproducers. A healthy female (sow) can breed when only 6 months old and continue to breed every six months, producing four to 14 piglets per litter. They’re not listed as game animals by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) but are considered wildlife. And even though wild hogs can have negative impacts on native vegetation and wildlife, they’re an important food source for several native species, including the alligator, bobcat and black bear, as well as the endangered Florida panther and threatened American crocodile. Wild hogs also make for a great hunting opportunity. This especially is true in the southern portion of the state where, in some areas, wild hogs actually have replaced deer as the preferred hunting species. Because of the abundance of hogs there and the fact these regions tend to have smaller-bodied deer with lighter racks, hog hunting has gotten pretty popular in those parts. On private property with the landowner’s permission, you may hunt or trap wild hogs year-round. Also, there are no size or bag limits. You may harvest either sex, and you don’t even need a hunting license to do so. That goes for nonresidents as well. Now I do need to make you aware that when hunting one of the state’s many wildlife management areas (WMAs), you will need a valid Florida hunting license and a management area permit. On most WMAs, wild hogs may be hunted during all hunting seasons except spring turkey. But if it’s during archery season, you must use a bow; during muzzleloading gun season, you’ll have to use a muzzleloader. Also, on some WMAs, daily bag limits do apply, and in some cases, there’s a minimum size limit on what you can shoot. During this time of year, many of the WMAs’ small-game seasons are going on. The great thing about that is you never need a quota permit to hunt during a WMA’s small-game season, and on most of them, hogs are legal game. The only thing is, you can’t use a center re ri e during that season, but you can use a shotgun with buckshot or a slug, or a rim re ri e like a .22 magnum, or even a pistol if you want. In addition to still hunting for hogs from a stand or blind, there are those hunters who prefer to catch them with traps or by the use of dogs. Special pens with trap doors wor k well when baited with acorns or slightly fermented corn. Dogs, such as black-mouth curs and pit bulls, make good “catch” dogs because they can be trained to capture hogs, which they do by biting down on their ears and pinning them to the ground. So, whether you think wild hogs are a nuisance or a hunting opportunity, they’re a critter some of us are dealing with one wa y or another. Here’s wishing all you hunters a great season and a wonderful new year! Tony Young is the media relations coordinator for the FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game Management. You can reach him with questions about hunting at Tony.Young@ MyFWC.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 12 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 W ild hogs make a great hunting opportunity Courtesy photo/ FWCTypical feral hog seen in Florida. Free memory screeningThe Alzheimer’s Association will hold free memory screenings on Monday, Jan. 9 by appointment. Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street. If you are any age, and concerned about memory loss, call 1-800-8617826, Ext. 501 and make an appointment.Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendors. Vendors can choose booth space inside the Agri Civic Center or set-up outside to share their health and/or safety related service with the community. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763-462-5000 ext. 257. News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in theOkeechobee Newsis a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Pasquale X.Montesano,M.D.Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon1 1 2 4 S P a r r o t t A v e n u e € O k e e c h o b e e 8 6 3 2 6 1 8 0 5 9 € i n f o @ s p i n e d o c s o r g PALMBEACH SPINE SPECIALISTS SPINE SURGERY RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients of all agesO f f i c e H o u r s : Mon.-Thurs 8-5 € Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-12 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com 13 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 14 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012

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Employment Full Time ManufacturingCylinder HandlerPraxair Distribution Southeast, one of North America’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical & specialty gases, high-performance coating, and related services and technologies is currently seeking a Cylinder Handler in OKEECHOBEE, FL. You will be responsible for loading and unloading gas cylinders and/or other products onto and off of route trucks and trailers; rolling cylinders and operating a forklift truck for the movement of cylinders; sorting empty cylinders by type and placing in empty inventory; pulling empty cylinders as needed out of inventory for lling; checking for cylinder quantities, styles and product, and/or assisting with inventory; handling cylinders and performing basic cylinder maintenance such as painting cylinders, labeling cylinders, cleaning of work areas, and completing shipping documents; assisting with customer orders and accompanying paperwork for shipment; completing both routine and non-routine daily and weekly assignments; and applying well-established techniques or procedures within closely prescribed limits. Must be willing to have an established shift of either 6AM to 3PM or noon to 9PM, but able to work either shift as business needs arise, including production needs, covering vacations, etc. To qualify, you must have a High School diploma and be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening. To apply, visit our web site at www.praxair.com Click on Careers, United States and Search for Admin/Tech/Other Careers Opportunities. Click on the job title from the complete Job List or search by job number 1101532. EOE PRAXAIR Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Employment Medical HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTLincare, leading national respiratory company seeks Healthcare Specialist. Responsibilities: Disease management programs, clinical evaluations, equipment set up & education. Be the doctor’s eyes in the home setting. RN, RRT, CRT licensed as applicable. Great personalities with strong work ethic needed. Competitive salary, bene ts & career paths. Drug Free Workplace, EOE. Please fax resume to Angel, 863-763-5191 LPN Must have current FL LPN License. Looking for strong customer relations skills and cultural sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org 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. MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AutomotiveWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AntiquesCO-OP ANTIQUES NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) Tue-Sat 10am-4pm FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATHER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. 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OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE (SW Section) 3 br/2 ba, with garage. Nice neighborhood. $895 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-1567. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, tile throughout & boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390. OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoomsTo RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land-SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres $2,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent Buckhead Ridge 4/2 with fenced yard and re place. Treasure Island 3/2, New carpet no pets. 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Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Region 20 Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast, dba/Workforce Solutions, is seeking statements of quali cations/resumes from individuals interested in developing, coordinating, and monitoring a Summer Youth Employment Program beginning February 20, 2012 through August 31, 2012. Please consider this document a formal Request For Quali cations (RFQ) Responses will be used to determine the best quali ed individual for the aforementioned services and will be the basis for negotiating a contract. Please submit (by U.S. mail, courier or hand delivery) one original cover letter, resume, proposed fee schedule and references with three copies in a sealed envelope labeled RFQ# 11-005-SYCONSULT no later than 5:00pm on January 17, 2012. Responses received after this date will not be considered. The request for quali cations (RFQ) package may be viewed at www.yourworkforcesolutions.com or picked up at 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. 406353 ON 1/1,4,6,8/2012 NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executor Director 406706 ON 1/4/2012 PublicNotice 16 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000430 PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, BERNARD F. PARKS AKA BERNARD FREDERICK PARKS, DECEASED et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 15, 2011 and entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000430 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION is the Plaintiff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, BERNARD F. PARKS AKA BERNARD FREDERICK PARKS, DECEASED; DEANNE PARKS PONCE, AS AN HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF BERNARD F. PARKS A/K/A BERNARD FREDERICK PARKS, DECEASED; 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 ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 18th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 16, BLOCK 14, UNIT NUMBER 2 BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO PLA T THEREOF RECORDED IN PLA T BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 3422 NW 22ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 20, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08061958 CENDANT-FNMA-Team 4 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disabilit y 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. 406006 ON 12/28/2011 1/4/2012 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!

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PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011CA-429 Division: Circuit Civil CHESTER WOODALL, Plaintiff, VS. DELLA F. FINCHUM a deceased person, and as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devises, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, Defendant. NOTICE OF SUIT-REAL PROPERTY TO DEFENDANTS: DELLA F. FINCHUM, a deceased person, and as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devises, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for quiet title of the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Commencing at the Northeast corner of Section 11, Township 37 South, Range 34 East, run thence North 89 degrees 40’00” West and along the North boundary line of said Section 11 for a distance of 3630.00 feet; thence run South 0 degrees 32’00” West and parallel with the East boundary line of said Section 11 for a distance of 411.09 feet for the point of beginning. Thence continue South 0 degrees 32’ 00” West for a distance of 248.91 feet to a point on the North right-of-way line of Mitchell Road; thence run North 89 degrees 40’ 00” West and along said right-of-way line for a distance of 175 feet; thence run North 0 degrees 32’ 00 “ East for a distance of 248.91 feet; thence run South 89 degrees 40’ 00 “ East for a distance of 175.00 to the point of beginning. Lying in and comprising a part of Lot 56 of the unrecorded plat of Tropical Acres, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney whose name is JEFFREY A. FADLEY, ESQUIRE, 807 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974, and le the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court on or before the 27th day of January, 2012, otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded the Complaint. WITNESS the hand and seal of said Court on the 22nd day of December, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court BY: Arlene Nealis, D.C. 406165 ON 12/28/11, 1/4,11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011 CA 186 TD BANK, N.A., as Assignee of the FDIC as Receiver of RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL STEWART; MARY D. STEWART; STATE OF FLORIDA; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; AND UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 29th day of November, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2011 CA 186 of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein TD BANK, N.A., as Assignee of the FDIC as Receiver of RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, is the Plaintiff and MICHAEL STEWART; MARY D. STEWART; STATE OF FLORIDA; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; AND UNKNOWN TENANT NO.2 are Defendants that the Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on January 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street (sales are held on the second oor, Jury Assembly Room), to the highest bidder for cash, except as prescribed in Paragraph 6, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: From the Southwest Corner of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Run North along West Boundary of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, 662 feet for the Point of Beginning, run East at Right Angle 151.94 Feet to a Point, Run North 25’37’08” East 248.35 Feet to a Point of the Southerly Right of Way Line of Road 710, run Northwesterly along Southerly Right of Way an Arc Distance of 270.51 Feet, more or less to a Point on the West Boundary of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, run South 300 Feet to the Point of Beginning. Less and Except: That Portion of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida being described as follows: Commence at the Southwest corner of the Southeast 1/4 of said Southeast 1/4 of Section 14, thence along the West line of said Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 North 0109’37” West, 962.05 Feet to the South existing right of way for State Road 710 (per 9107 project 5322) for the Point of Beginning and the Beginning of a curve concave southerly; thence along said South existing right of way line, the arc of said curve to the right having a radius of 1,712.95 Feet, a Central Angle of 0902’54”, an arc length of 270.51 Feet, the chord for which bears south 75 01’18” East to the end of said curve; then South 2431’32” West 5.20 Feet to the beginning of a curve concave Southerly, thence along the arc of said curve to the Left, having a radius of 1,679.87 Feet, a central angle of 0905’19”, an arc length of 266.47 feet, the chord for which bears North 7619’51” West to said West line of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, and the end of said curve; thence along said west line North 0109’37” West 11.67 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing 2,218 square feet. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED at OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida on the 5th day of December 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURT Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 404814 ON 12/28/2011 1/4/2012 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. PublicNotice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000416 U.S. Bank, National Association as Trustee for WAMU Mortgage Pass Through Certi cate for WMALT Series 2007-0A3 Plaintiff, -VS.George E. Canning a/k/a George Canning and Nonie Frazee Canning a/k/a Nonie Canning, His Wife; et al Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order rescheduling foreclosure sale dated December 15 2011 entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000416 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. Bank, National Association as Trustee for WAMU Mortgage Pass Through Certi cate for WMALT Series 20070A3, Plaintiff and George E. Canning a/k/a George Canning and Nonie Frazee Canning a/k/a Nonie Canning, His Wife are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on January 18, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 168, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. 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 adaptaci6n 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 e.sta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 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, 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 paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tand ‘e ou pale byen, role 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 406109 ON 12/28/2011 1/4/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice 17 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 406376 ON 1/4/2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be sellin g with a classified ad. Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 2011CA191 OK LOAN 2700 LLC, a Florida limited liability company, Plaintiffs, -vsDUDLEY R. KIRTON a/k/a DUDLEY B. KIRTON, individually and as Successor Trustee of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; CHERYL LYNN KIRTON; H. SPENCER KIRTON, II a/k/a H. SPENCER KIRTON, individually and as Bene ciary of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF H. SPENCER KIRTON, II a/k/a H. SPENCER KIRTON; SCOTT COREY KIRTON individually and as Bene ciary of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; SAMANTHA ANNE KIRTON; KIRTON RANCH, INC., a Florida corporation; and DANIEL E. BRASWELL, III; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL E. BRASWELL, III; AGRIVEST FUNDS, LLC, a dissolved Florida limited liability company; JAMES E. CROSLYN; REBECCA CROSLYN; WEDGWORTH’S INC., a Florida corporation; CHARLES H. SMITH; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); and ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST NAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; Defendants. NOTICE TO ACTION To: UNKNOWN TENANT(S); and ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST NAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a foreclosure action on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 17, 20, 21, 28, 29, 32 AND 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEING ALL OF SAID SECTION 20, THE WEST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 21, THE WEST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 28, THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 29, AND THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 AND A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE WEST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 33 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 32, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A 2” X 2” CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE NORTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33, THENCE PROCEED SOUTH 02 13’ 48” WEST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF THE AFORESAID WEST 1/2 OF, SECTION 33, A DISTANCE OF 3975.86 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 339, PAGE 258; THENCE DEPARTING SAID EAST LINE, RUN THE FOLLOWING THREE COUR!3ES ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID PARCEL OF LAND: SOUTH 88 57’ 52” WEST, 148.87 M, NORTH 02 13’ 48” EAST, 376.92 FEET, NORTH 87 46’ 12” WEST, 755.98 FEET; THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE RUN SOUTH 01 39’ 45” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 563.60 FEET TO THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE WEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 335.00 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 5 56’ 03”; THENCE S0UTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, A DISTANCE OF 34.70 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE SOUTH 07 35’ 48” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 306.30 FEET TO THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE TO THE LEFT, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE EAST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 265.00 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 3 18’ 45”; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, A DISTANCE OF 15.32 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE., THENCE SOUTH 04 17’ 02” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 725.50 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 308, PAGE 389, BEING ALSO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY (R/W) LINE OF NE 48TH STREET (70.00 FEET WIDE PER OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 264 PAGE 1205 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA); THENCE SOUTH 89 41’ 42” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 308, PAGE 389 (PASSING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER THEREOF AT A DISTANCE OF 93.98 FEET) AND THENCE ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF THE AFORESAID LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 340, PAGE 1533, AND SAID NORTH R/W LANE OF NE 48TH STREET, A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 190.39 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID NE 48TH STREET R/W; THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE RUN SOUTH 03 13’ 39” WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID R/W, PASSING THROUGH PARCELS OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 448, PAGE 238, OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK PAGE 1525, AND OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 452, PAGE 560, A DISTANCE OF 70.13 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID R/W, SAID CORNER BEING A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 452, PAGE 560, ALSO BEING A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF THE B AFORESAID SECTION 33; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST R/W LLNE, RUN SOUTH 89 41’ 42” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 452, PAGE 560, AND ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 33, A DISTANCE OF 1422.63 FEET TO A 1” IRON PIPE WITH CAP STAMPED: “GCY,” MARKING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 4, ALSO BEING THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, THENCE SOUTH 89 42’ 56” WEST CONTINUING ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 33, ENTERING INTO THE AFORESAID SECTION 32 AND RUNNING ALONG THE SOUTH LINE THEREOF, ALSO CONTINUING ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 452, PAGE 560, AND ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 378, PAGE 218, AND OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 399, PAGE 1886, A DISTANCE OF 2129.23 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THAT PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 473, PAGE 1975, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE, RUN NORTH 02 10’ 25” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 877.89 FEET TO A SOUTH LINE OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 589, PAGE 399, THENCE IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION WITH SAID SOUTH LINE, NORTH 51 34’ 16” EAST A DISTANCE OF 492.82 FEET, THENCE NORTH 56 57’ 01” EAST A DISTANCE OF 414.71 FEET, THENCE NORTH 62 28’ 26” EAST A DISTANCE OF 236.81 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 589, PAGE 399; THENCE NORTH 00 44’ 50” W ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 589, PAGE 399, A DISTANCE OF 1169.44 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL, THENCE NORTH 88 10’ 49” WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID PARCEL IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 589, PAGE 399, A DISTANCE OF 1477.94 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST LINE OF THE AFORESAID EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 32; THENCE NORTH 02 1’ 25” EAST ALONG SAID WEST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 2615.42 FEET TO THE NORTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 32, ALSO BEING THE SOUTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF THE AFORESAID SECTION 29; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 32, RUN SOUTH 89 27’ 23” EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 32, A DISTANCE OF 2725.30 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 32, THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 33; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 27’ 23” EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THE WEST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 33 A DISTANCE OF 2597.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. AND A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 21 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 28 AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 21, SAID POINT BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 01 11’ 50” EAST, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 21, A DISTANCE OF 2,565.84 FEET; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE, RUN NORTH 89 32’ 23” EAST ALONG THE WESTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH OF LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 530, PAGE 180, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, (PASSING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LANDS AT A DISTANCE OF 82.45 FEET), A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 1919.06 FEET TO AN ANGLE POINT IN THE BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 530, PAGE 180; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 12’ 27” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 2629.09 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE AFORESAID EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 21; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 12’ 27” EAST ALONG SAID WEST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1272.86 FEET TO AN ANGLE POINT IN SAID BOUNDARY LINE, THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE, RUN NORTH 89 38’ 17” EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 650.93 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 530, PAGE 180, THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE, RUN SOUTH 02 16’ 19” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 70.07 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THAT LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 470, PAGE 1582, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 39’ 17” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LAND, A DISTANCE OF 2689.54 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 470, PAGE 1582, SAID CORNER BEING A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE AFORESAID NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 28; THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE, RUN NORTH 02 13’ 36” EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF THE WEST 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 28, A DISTANCE OF 1405.17 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT A PORTION OF A PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 361, PAGE 622, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 89 11’ 45” EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 5,204.11 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17; THENCE SOUTH 03 11’ 02’’ WEST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 29.50 FEE; THENCE NORTH 88 52’ 17” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 5,202.97 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. AND PARCEL “A” BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 16, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SAID PARCEL BEING A PORTION OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LAND AND ALSO BEING A PORTION OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED IN SECTIONS 16, 17, 20 AND 21, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE N 02 58’ 45” E A GRID BEARING ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 A DISTANCE OF 1283.92 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID WEST LINE N 02 58’ 45” E, A DISTANCE OF 3104.33 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, MC. LB 4108”. FROM WHICH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 BEARS A GRID BEARING OF N 02 58’ 45” EAST A DISTANCE B OF 974.25 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 733797.28 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE N 78 46’ 46” E, A DISTANCE OF 3733.85 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONVERSATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 10 04’ 28” E, A DISTANCE OF 2922.64 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN GLBR3O ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 19’ 06” E, A DISTANCE OF 1221.21 FEET TO A THREE AND ONE HALF LNCH BY THREE AND ONE HALF INCH CONCRETE MONUMENT WITH A FIVE EIGHTS IRON ROD ‘THE CENTER WITH NO IDENTIFICATION MARKING THE WEST QUARTER CORNER OF SECTION 16; THENCE S 88 44’ 15” E ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, A DISTANCE OF 543.26 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE WES T LINE OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH AND EAST ALONG SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES AND DISTANCES: S 01 11’ 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 793.39 FEET; THENCE N 88 47’ 00” E, A DISTANCE OF 1954.14 FEET TO A 30” X 2 1/2” BERNTSEN GIBR3O ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WLTH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 03 21’ 01” W, A DISTANCE OF 1880.35 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR3O ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMNIUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 01 04’ 35” W, A DISTANCE OF 3100.67 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4 108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LAND AS DESCRIBED OFFICIAL RECORDS BOO K 656, PAGE 1539, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE S 68 35’ 32” W, A DISTANCE OF 709.86 FEET, THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE WESTERLY EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 49’ 15” W, A DISTANCE OF 2336.97 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2’ BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 18 23’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 796.84 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, OCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 88 29’ 38” W, A DISTANCE OF 20.90 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 18 23’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 466.70 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 656, PAGE 1537, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 44 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 3400.17 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 31 27’ 22” W, A DISTANCE OF 180.45 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 63 47’ 53” W, A DISTANCE OF 801.52 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR3O ALUMINUM BREAKAWA Y MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 07’ 27 ” W, A DISTANCE OF 1034.90 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL BEARINGS AND DISTANCES ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES B Y A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.99995013. PARCEL “A” BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWES T CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, HAVING GRLD COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 733797.28 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007, FROM WHICH THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION BEARS A GRID BEARING OF S 02 58’ 45” W A GRID DISTANCE OF 5362.49 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST

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18 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; T HENCE SOUTH 89 49’ 14” EAST A DISTANCE OF 5203.01 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP STAMPED KAB LS 4820 MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 16; THENCE NORTH 03 04’ 13” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 16 A DISTANCE OF 1757.84 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR3O ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “ USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID POINT BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; T HENCE CONTINUE NORTH 03 04’ 13” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 16 A DISTANCE OF 878.92 FEET TO A THREE AND ONE-HALF INCH BY THREE AND ONEHALF INCH CONCRETE MONUMENT WITH A FIVE EIGHTS IRON ROD IN THE CENTER, WITH NO IDENT IFICATION, MARKING THE WEST QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 16 AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; T HENCE SOUTH 88 44’ 15” EAST A LONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, A DISTANCE OF 543.26 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE WEST LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; T HENCE ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, SOUTH 01 1 1’ 19” WEST A DISTANCE OF 793.39 FEET TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385; THENCE A LONG SAID SOUTH LINE NORTH 88 47’ 00” EAST A DISTANCE OF 1954.14 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE DEPARTING SAID SOUTH LINE, SOUTH 03 21’ 01” WEST A DISTANCE OF 153.89 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652; THENCE NORTH 89 05’ 5 1” WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 2518.77 FEET TO THE POINT OF ALL BEARINGS AND DIST ANCES ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES BY A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.99995013. A ND PARCEL B BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 16, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SAID PARCEL BEING A PORTION OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LAND AND ALSO BEING A PORTION OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED IN SECTIONS 16,17,20 AND 21, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH A MERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD 83) A DJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE N 02 58’ 45” E A GRID BEARING A LONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 A DISTANCE OF 1283.92 FEET TO A 34” X 21/2” BERNTSEN A 2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; T HENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID WEST LINE N 02 58’ 45” E, A DIST ANCE OF 3104.33 FEET TO A 34” X 21/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” A LUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVAT ION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”, FROM WHICH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 BEARS A GRID BEARING OF N 02 58’ 45” EAST A DISTANCE OF 974.25 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 733797.28 FLORIDA EAST ZONE NORTH Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeAMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE N 78 46’ 46” E, A DISTANCE OF 3733.85 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BRL30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 10 04’ 28” E, A DISTANCE OF 2922.64 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 19’ 06” E, A DISTANCE OF 1221.21 FEET TO A THREE AND ONE HALF INCH BY THREE AND ONE HALF INCH CONCRETE MONUMENT WITH A FIVE EIGHTS IRON ROD IN THE CENTER WITH NO IDENTIFICATION MARKING THE WEST QUARTER CORNER OF SECTION 16; THENCE S 88 44’ 15” E ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, A DISTANCE OF 543.26 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE WEST LINE OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672. PAGE 1385, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH AND EAST ALONG SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES AND DISTANCES: S 01 11’ 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 793.39 FEET;THENCE N 88 47’ 00” E, A DISTANCE OF 1954.14 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, W. LB 4108”; THENCE S 03 21’ 01” W, A DISTANCE OF 1880.35 FEET TO A 30” X 21/2’” BERNTSEN GLBR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL, RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 01 04’ 35” W, A DISTANCE OF 3 100.67 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WLTH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROORAM, GCY, LNC. LB 4108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 656, PAGE 1539, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE S 68 35’ 32” W, A DISTANCE OF 709.86 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE WESTERLY EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 49’ 15” W, A DISTANCE OF 2336.97 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROORAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 18 23’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 796.84 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNSTEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 88 29’ 38” W, A DISTANCE OF 20.90 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 18 23’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 466.70 FEET TO A 30” X 21/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WLTH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 656, PAGE 1537, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 49’ 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 3400.17 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN GLBR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 31 27’ 22” W, A DISTANCE OF 180.45 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/’2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 63 47’ 53” W, A DISTANCE OF 801.52 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATLON SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, MC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 07’ 27” W A DISTANCE OF 1034.90 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL BEARINGS AND DISTANCED ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES BY A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.99995013. PARCEL “B” BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 733797.28 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007, FROM WHICH THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION BEARS A GRID BEARING OF S 02 58’ 45” W A GRID DISTANCE OF 5362.49 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD 83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE SOUTH 89 49’ 14” EAST A DISTANCE OF 5203.01 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP STAMPED KAB LS 4820 MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 16; THENCE NORTH 03 04’ 13” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SECTION 16 A DISTANCE OF 878.92 FEET TO A 30” X 21/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 684, PAGE 1656, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID POINT BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID WEST LINE OF SECTION 16 NORTH 03 04’ 13” EAST A DISTANCE OF 878.92 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” MARKING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 684, PAGE 1656; THENCE SOUTH 89 05’ 51 “ EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 684, PAGE 1656, A DISTANCE OF 2518.77 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE SOUTH 0321’ 01” WEST A DISTANCE OF 863.23 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE NORTH 89 27’ 30” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 684, PAGE 1656, A DISTANCE OF 2515.19 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL BEARINGS AND DISTANCES ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES BY A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.99995013. AND PARCEL “C” BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 16, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORID& SAID PARCEL BEING A PORTION OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LAND AND ALSO BEING A PORTION OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 0721, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING A PARCEL OF LAND) LOCATED IN SECTIONS 16,17,20 AND 21, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEEHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLL.OWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD 83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE N 02 58’ 45” E A GRID BEARING ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 A DISTANCE OF 1283.92 FEET TO A 34” X 21/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID WEST LINE N 02 58’ 45” E, A DISTANCE OF 3104.33 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”, FROM WHICH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20 BEARS A GRID BEARING OF N 02 58’ 45” EAST A DISTANCE OF 974.25 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 73379728 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE DEPARTING SAID WEST LINE N 78 46’ 46” E, A DISTANCE OF 3733.85 FEET TO A 34” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN A2BR130 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 10 04’ 28” E, A DISTANCE OF 2922.64 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 19’ 06” E, A DISTANCE OF 1221.21 FEET TO A THREE AND ONE HALF INCH BY THREE AND ONE HALF INCH CONCRETE MONUMENT WITH A FIVE EIGHTS IRON ROD IN THE CENTER WITH NO IDENTIFICATION MARKING THE WEST QUARTER CORNER OF SECTION 16; THENCE S 88 44’ 15” E ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 1652, A DISTANCE OF 543.26 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE WEST LINE OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672, PAGE 1385, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH AND EAST ALONG SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 672 PAGE 1385, THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES AND DISTANCES: S 01 11’ 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 793.39 FEET; THENCE N 88 47’ 00” E, A DISTANCE OF 1954.14 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 03 21’ 01” W, A DISTANCE OF 1880.35 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 01 04’ 35” W, A DISTANCE OF 3100.67 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 656, PAGE 1539, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE S 68 35’ 32” W, A DISTANCE OF 709.86 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE WESTERLY EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 49’ 15” W, A DISTANCE OF 2336.97 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 1823’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 796.84 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 31/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED W “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 88’ 29’ 38” W, A DISTANCE OF 20.90 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THEINCE S 18 23’ 15” E, A DISTANCE OF 466.70 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” IN THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 656, PAGE 1537, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTH LINE AND THE EXTENSION THEREOF N 89 49’ 19” W, A DISTANCE OF 3400.17 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 31 27’ 22” W, A DISTANCE OF 180.45 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE N 63 47’ 53” W, A DISTANCE OF 801 52 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1 / 2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE S 89 07’ 27” W, A DISTANCE OF 1034.90 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL BEARINGS AND DISTANCES ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES BY A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.99995013. PARCEL “C” BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, HAVING GRID COORDINATES OF NORTH 1089941.50 AND EAST 733797.28 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007, FROM WHICH THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION BEARS A GRID BEARING OF S 02 58’ 45” W A GRID DISTANCE OF 5362.49 FEET AND HAVING GRID COORDINATES O NORTH 1084586.25 AND EAST 733518.58 FLORIDA EAST ZONE, NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1983 (NAD83) ADJUSTMENT OF 2007; THENCE SOUTH 89 49’ 14” EAST A DISTANCE OF 5203.01 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP STAMPED KAB LS 4820 MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 16 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 03 04’ 13” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 16 A DISTANCE OF 878.92 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108” MARKING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOKS 549, PAGE 0721, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 89 27’ 30” EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THOSE LANDS AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 0721, A DISTANCE OF 2515.19 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, INC. LB 4108”; THENCE SOUTH 03 21’ 01” WEST A DISTANCE OF 863.07 FEET TO A 30” X 2-1/2” BERNTSEN G1BR30 ALUMINUM BREAKAWAY MONUMENT WITH 3-1/4” ALUMINUM DISK STAMPED “USDA NATIONAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WETLAND RESERVE PROGRAM, GCY, WC. LB 4108” IN THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 0721; THENCE NORTH 89 49’ 27” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 549, PAGE 0721, A DISTANCE OF 2511.72 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL BEARINGS AND DISTANCES ARE IN GRID. TO COMPUTE GROUND DISTANCES, DIVIDE GRID DISTANCES BY A SCALE FACTOR OF 0.9999501 3. NOTE: ALL RECORDING REFERENCES ARE TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA has been led against you, DUDLEY R. KIRTON a/k/a DUDLEY B. KIRTON, individually and as Successor Trustee of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; CHERYL LYNN KIRTON; H. SPENCER KIRTON, I1 a/ k/a H. SPENCER KIRTON, individually and as Bene ciary of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; SCOTT COREY KIRTON individually and as Bene ciary of the DUDLEY V. KIRTON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JULY 28, 1983, as amended by instrument dated September 16, 1983; SAMANTHA ANNE KIRTON; KIRTON RANCH, INC., a Florida corporation; and DANIEL E. BRASWELL, 111; AGRIVEST FUNDS, LLC, a dissolved Florida limited liability company; JAMES E. CROSLYN; REBECCA CROSLYN; WEDGWORTH’S INC., a Florida corporation; CHARLES H. SMITH; and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney below: Wesley R. Harvin, Esq. Harvin & Harvin, LLP 306 NW 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Tel: 863.824.7179 On or before January 30, 2012 and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk PUBLISH 12/28/2011 & 1/4/2012 OKEECHOBEE NEWS By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A chef is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on bond after he was arrested for allegedly attacking another man with a knife and threatening to kill him. Christopher Jay McGovern, 31, S.E. 140th Ave., was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 3, on felony charges of aggravated battery and armed burglary. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $12,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Max Waldron, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said the victim suffered a laceration to left wrist and was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment. According to the deputy’s report the victim and another man pulled up to the home of McGovern’s wife, from whom he is separated. The couple have children together and McGovern had picked up the kids about 45 minutes prior to the alleged incident. The report does not indicate if the couple are legally separated or divorced, only that they have been “split up” for about a year. According to the report, as the victim was getting out of his car, McGovern suddenly appeared from the dark side of his wife’s home and went to the man who had opened the driver’s side door but was still seated in the vehicle. McGovern allegedl y reached through the open door with the knife in his right hand, made a slashing motion toward the victim’s throat and said “I’ll kill you,” stated the deputy’s report. The victim’s wrist was cut when he put up his hands to protect his throat, added the deputy. At this point another man in the car grabbed the victim and pulled him toward the passenger side of the vehicle. As McGovern’s wife grabbed her husband and pulled him away from the vehicle, the other man in the vehicle closed and locked the doors. Both the victim and McGovern’s wife described the knife as being long with a white handle. Because McGovern is a chef, his wife reportedly said he usually carries a case of knives with him. McGovern was arrested a few hours later but the knife has yet to be recovered, Deputy Waldron stated. Chef accused of attacking man

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “All’s well that ends well.” William Shakespeare Dan and Amy Eldred, Okeechobee teachers, could say that after their unusual Christmas vacation, when, for a time, they thought they had lost their miniature Doberman Pinscher, Roxy. It began after school on Friday, Dec. 19, when the Eldreds, Roxy and their Beagle, Soco, left to spend the Christmas vacation with Amy’s family in Ohio. About 9 p.m. they stopped in Hahira, Ga. to get gas and let the dogs go for a walk. Roxy, who has been described as an escape artist, slipped out of her collar and vanished from sight in the darkness and fog. The Eldreds searched and called. They were able to enlist the help of a policeman who helped them search. He suggested they call the local animal shelter. He was con dent that if anyone found Roxy, they would take her to the animal shelter. Finally about midnight, the Eldreds did not know what else to do, so, with much sadness, they continued on their journey after leaving a sign in the service station. The next day Amy called the animal shelter. They didn’t expect any calls over the weekend. On Monday they were hopeful of nding Roxy. By Tuesday they were beginning to give up hope. They began to wish someone would nd Roxy and decide to keep her, rather than have the dog running lose. Then Amy received the call, ”I have your baby.” On Monday Roxy was found at a house near the service station by college student Alli Exum who took her home. “She had a rough weekend with scratches and fur pulled out,” said Dan. It was Alli’s mother, Ann Exum, who called Amy. Ann asked the dog’s name, When she was told it was Roxy, she said her third grade daughter had been calling the dog Roxy. Amy said Ann put her on the speakerphone. She was crying and Roxy was whining and barking. They were 11 hours away from Hahira and considered cutting their vacation short and returning the next day to retrieve Roxy and go back to Okeechobee. However, their family and friends wanted them to stay. Then Amy remembered a family friend who would drive up that Friday from Fort Lauderdale. They decided to ask the friend to pick up Roxy. The Exums were agreeable. Then Ann called back and suggested the Elrdeds stick to their original schedule and pick up Roxy on their way back. Then there would be no chance of the dog getting lost again. “That was a major relief for us.” said Amy. We still got to spend time with our family and our dog was safe.” Their Beagle, Soco, also missed Roxy. When they would go out, they left Soco in a kennel. When they came back Soco woul d rst look for Dan and then look for Roxy. Now they are all safely back in Okeecho bee. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum a t www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 19 Okeechobee News January 4, 2012 Okeechobee couple reunited with their dog Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThanks to friendly dog lovers, Roxy, a miniature Doberman Pinscher, was united with her owners Dan and Amy Eldred and Soco after being separated when the Eldreds stopped in Hahira, Ga. on their way to a Christmas vacation in Ohio. Library presents Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in January and February on “Broadway Musicals Decade by Decade.” The programs are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Admission is free. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The Jan. 11, program covers the 1920s and 1930s.

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