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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-25-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 11 13.37 feetLast Year: 12.36 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. IRSC team wins ... Page 10 County may revitalize Okee-Tantie ... Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rob NewellFLW tournament on Lake OkeechobeeBrandon Medlock won the EverStart Series Southeast event on Lake Okeechobee Jan. 1921 with a three-day total weight of 68-lbs., 2 ozs. The win earned him a $35,300 payday. For more on the tournament, see page 22. W ho will be crowned the 2012 Miss Okeechobee? ... Page 3 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News For about an hour on Tuesday, Jan. 24, Senator Rick Santorum’s Faith, Family and Freedom Tour stopped in Okeechobee. About 175 people, including elementary students from Solid Rock Academy, lled the bleachers at First Baptist Church’s ROC. “How did we do in the debate last night?” he asked, referring to the previous night’s debate of Republican candidates. The question received a round of cheers. Playing on his Florida connections, the senator said his sister lives in Gainesville and his mother lives in St. Augustine. The senator said there was a stark contrast between his vision for America and the president’s vision. “We don’t need candidates with serious problems and aws,” he said. “We need a candidate who will go to Washington and do what he says.” “We bailed out people who made bad decisions and should suffer the consequences,” he said of the government’s bailout program. “Obamacare is the biggest issue in this election,” Mr. Santorum asserted. He feels the best way to solve the insurance problem is through the free market solution. “Romneycare in Massachusetts drove up health care costs,“ he asserted. He said that with Obamacare, people would pay the ne rather than getting insurance. Then, on the way to the hospital, they would buy insurance. Santorum visits Okeechobee Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaPresidential hopeful Rick Santorum answered questions from the press during his stop in Okeechobee on Tuesday. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The trial of a man accused o f breaking into an elderly man’s home and burglarizing it while armed got under way Tuesday with two of his co-conspirators taking the stand. Francisco Aguilar Hunt, 25, could only sit at the defense table and listen as Ashley Nicole Garland, 21, and Gilberto Lucio Tagle Robbers testify in home invasion trial See TRIAL — Page 5 See VOTE — Page 5

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Okeechobee County Fair is looking for the next “Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair” and “Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair.” Applications are now being taken for the 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair. Both w ill begin a yearlong reign representing her community. The pageantry takes place on Saturday, March 10, at Okeechobee High School auditorium, where 2011 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Missy Wisener will crown the 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair. This pageant is open to girls ages 10–13. Contestants will be judged during the runw ay competition for overall natural appearance, character (sweetness), con dence, personality, (spirit and individuality). This is not a “Glitz” pageant. The contestants will also perform a group dance choreographed by Leslie’s Dance Studio. The newly selected Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair will be the “little sister” to the 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and help in serving as hostesses to the Okeechobee County Fair following their crowning. The excitement will continue as the 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair Pageant will follow and the new queen will be crowned by 2011 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair Christina Close. Ending her busy reign representing Okeechobee at the Miss Teen Florida USA pageant (placing in the top 15), traveling and making special appearances around Florida and Okeechobee throughout the year, Christina will take her nal walk and crown the new queen. The Miss Teen pageant is open to girls ages 14-18. The 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair Queen will be the of cial hostess to the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair. The winner shall elect to enter the 2013 Miss Teen Florida USA pageant in October or receive a $1000 scholarship. During her reign, she will be very active in many community events as well as out of town events. The 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair Pageant competition includes individual interviews with a team of well-quali ed judges from out of the area. On-stage judging will include evening gown and swimwear competitions. The young ladies will be questioned on stage as a part of the nal determination of who will have the honor of becoming the 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair. All contestants in both pageants will also compete in the Business Achievement award. The young ladies will go out into the business community and sell ads for the ofcial pageant program. The winner and nalists of both pageants will receive a number of prizes and awards, including the Business Achievement award, “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Congeniality.” Donny Arnold is pageant director. Bridgette Waldau is assistant pageant director. Leslie Stokes is the pageant coordinator, training all the girls to put on an exciting show. Felicia Maxwell of FM Portraits and Sharon Cannon are the pageant’s of cial photographers. “This is more than just a beauty pageant,” Donny Arnold says. “We are looking for girls who are proud of their accomplishments and their community.” Donny and his committee all work very hard to make the pageant a rewarding and learning experience for all the girls who participate. The Okeechobee County Fair Assoc. is delighted with the success of the pageant. All participants, queens and little misses have been wonderful young ladies representing the community. Donny Arnold states, “It has been exciting to see two of the four past queens make it into the top 15 at the State pageant. This is a testimony to all the hard work of the committee, the participants and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity for two young ladies in our community. ” The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 7. Please contact Donny Arnold at 863634-6464 for any questions. Applications and rules may be obtained on line www. okeechobeecountyfair.com, request an application through email at okeefairpageant@gmail.com or pick up an application at Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design – 111 NE 2nd Street. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 S u p p le m e nt to th e Ok e ech o bee N e w s € J a n u a ry 2 8 2 0 1 1 € A lso A v a ila ble Onlin e a t ne w s za p .c om IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 Su p p l em e n t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . 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Se e B a ck C ov e r f or Gi f t C e r t i f i c a t e f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e n n H o u s s e e : : A A u u g g u s t t 1 8A d v e r t i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 863-824-0655fax: 863-824-0657 € e-Fax: 561-828-0717 € email:arubadoug2fl@aol.comUSHighway 441 South, Suite 3543 € OkeechobeeDouglas O.Scholten,CPA Come Experience AMERICAS FASTEST REFUNDS and Our 40+ Years Preparing TaxReturnsGRANDOPENING!Send a friend, get $50! 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Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southeast wind around 10 mph. Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Miss Okeechobee County Fair pageant entry deadline announced Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raphael PachecoThe Miss Okeechobee pageant is coming up in March. The deadline for entry is Feb. 7. Applications are available online at www.okeechobeecountyfair.com. The 2011 winner, Christina Close, placed in the top 15 of the State pageant in October. From left to right are: 2011 Little Miss Okeechobee Hope Wisener and 2011 Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen Christina Close.

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T he next president I wonder how it would work to have a c ommittee of presidents. Then perhaps we c ould get the best of them all. But likely we w ould get the worst of them all as well.  Ron Paul is on the record that as a doct or who has delivered many babies, he pers onally believes that life begins at concept ion and abortion is taking a life. However, he has also stated that abortion laws should b e left up to the states. He opposes federal funding for abortion just as he opposes federal funding for anything not speci cally listed as a function of the federal government in the Constitution. Regarding unions, he has stated that the federal government s hould not be involved in unions and any laws about unions should be handled by the s tates. He really is a candidate who wants to limit federal government to what was originally intended by the framers of the Constit ution. I like him, but I don’t think he will get t he nomination.  The media from the beginning has eit her ignored Paul, or stated he cannot win. T hey must be psychic, how would they know early on in the primaries that he lacked support? The main stream media doesn’t elect c andidates, but they do try to steer the voters t o the candidate they prefer. If Ron Paul gets t he votes he will win period.  Just how many of these ideas do you t hink you’d pass through both houses of Congress? They are the ones that need to be v oted out. Any and all incumbents must be v oted out and we must continue to do that. It’s our responsibility to do that. We can cry about this or that, but it’s us who put them in of ce to begin with.  No one in the political establishment on either side wants Dr. Paul to ascend to t he presidency. They know for certain that if he was elected it would not be business as usual. They know that he alone among t he candidates is the only one that will rigidly adhere to Constitutional government; that he will not be in uenced by money, but by Constitutional principle.  Have you considered Ron Paul’s income tax reform? He would like to do away with income tax because he says it is not Constitutional. He says government should be cut back to what it can afford without income tax. Many people don’t realize that something like 60 percent of the federal budget comes from sources other than income tax. He says we should cut it back to what can be funded without income tax, and leave the choice of funding other services up to the states. The states, he says, can have state income tax if it is allowed by THEIR constitutions.  The ghting, name calling, argumentative types are appreciated and encouraged by politicians and power brokers because the intellectual energy is then expended elsewhere rather than on the speci cs goals of the manipulators. Drugs at school Even if a child is hiding the drugs and not bringing them into the house, a parent should learn to recognize the signs that someone is on drugs. Maybe the schools or the sheriff’s of ce or both should host some more informational sessions for parents, to teach them what to watch for.OHS athletics Does our administration not see that sports keep some of our children out of trouble? They rely on athletics to keep their free time occupied and our administrators DO NOT SEE that they have “quali ed” coaches who are having ego issues and power struggles.  I go to high school games. From football to basketball, softball, soccer, baseball I’m there for both boys and girls games, not all of them, but most. I support the high school teams This is where it ALL begins, it’s grass root and kids play for the love of it. It’s a shame that Okeechobee doesn’t support it on a regular basis. Oh, if they start winning now, people will come.  The parents who think they have scholarship potential from their kids are way over rating their kids. The ”big sh in a small pond “ comes to mind. You don’t play for the coach, you play for your team and your school and yourself last. Go back and see how many players were given scholarships over the years for sports in ‘Chobee. You will nd very few and they were the cream of the crop nationwide. The coaches that are hired will put the best players on the eld in their opinion as they do not like to lose either. Kiwanis Club welcomes special guestThe Okeechobee Kiwanis Club welcomed Kiwanis State Governor Eddie Lee for his Ofcial District 16 visit. Prior to the Governor’s message several events took place. First, J.D. Mixon, President Elect presented a $15,000 check to Clint LaFlam, Okeechobee High Band Director for their award winning trip to Washington, D.C. in May to participate in the Memorial Day Parade. Then the fun began with Dowling Watford with his great sense of humor recognized several members for their outstanding work; Teresa Chandler for the successful organization of the Radio Auction. Jay Zeller was recognized for his continued efforts year after year for the organization of Guest Speakers. Needless to say Dowling had the members rolling in laughter with the gag gifts not only for the members, but the Governor as well. The Governor’s message was simple. One, membership growth is essential to the life blood of any organization and he was complementary to our club for the continued growth over the past years, last year being a banner year of 20 plus new members. What is most exciting are the young adults we are attracting and right out of the box their commitment to participate as Chair Persons in our fundraising events. The Governor expressed the importance of having a full calendar o f events throughout the year because young people want to achieve. The most important message not only fo r us, but for the entire state is that all clubs continue our efforts in serving our youth and that is what Kiwanis is all about “Serving Ou r Youth.” Upon conclusion of his message th e Governor was presented a basket lled with memorabilia of Okeechobee—hats, mugs, tee shirts, a history book of Okeechobee, frogs and gators. Prior to the luncheon, th e Governor met with the Presidents of Distric t 16, Secretaries and Treasurers. We thank Ft. Pierce Sunrise Club, and Stuart for their participation. One nal note! What makes our club so unique is that it’s not about one person / individual. It is about a team of members who truly care about the youth of our community in serving their needs today and in the future, and in doing so we have grea t fun and fellowship. So, if you want to join a great organization that has fun and serves a worthy cause, our “Children,” then join us on Thursdays at noon at The Lodge By th e Lake Restaurant. Jim Vensel, Lt. Governor Kiwanis Club Wednesday, January 25, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallThe Thursday, Jan. 19, Kiwanis meeting held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant welcomed Lt. Governor, District 16; Eddie Lee, Kiwanis Governor and Nancy Johnson, president of the Stuart Kiwanis. Additionally, In the photo left to right, are Jim Vensel, Mr. Lee, Ms. Johnson and Greg Thogersen, president of the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At Thursday’s meeting, one of Commissioner Bryant Culpepper’s pet projects will be discussed, the revitalization of OkeeTantie Campground and Marina. The board w ill consider either securing the consulting services of Kimley-Horn or proceed in some other direction for the development of the park. A good portion of the park was damaged by the 2004 hurricanes. That damage has gone unrepaired, limiting the use of the park. Commissioner Culpepper has been pushing for Okee Tantie revitalization, stating that it could be a source of revenue for the county. Turning to other items, commissioners will be asked to consider a ve-year capital projects plan for all county departments. Projects on the plan will be evaluated and prioritized annually by staff and submitted to the commission for nal approval. The topic of impact fees will come up once again. Commissioners will consider entering a contract with a consultant to evaluate the system and suggest a new fee schedule. County considers revitalization of Okee-Tantie If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHERE: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26. III, 18, told the jury about what happened in the late afternoon on Dec. 10, 2010. Those three, along with Brian Robertson, 19, are accused of breaking into the home of now 82-year-old Noah Cooper to steal his guns, medications and whatever else they could nd. Hunt is charged with one count of home invasion robbery with a rearm while masked. Garland, Tagle and Robertson have already entered into plea deals with the state in exchange for their testimony against Hunt. Tagle was found guilty of home invasion robbery with a rearm while masked and is currently serving an 8-year prison sentence. Garland is to be sentenced Feb. 13 and could get up to 10 years in prison. She was found guilty of home invasion robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, tampering with a witness, grand theft and grand theft rearm. Circuit Judge Robert Belanger will decide on how much prison time she will receive. According to testimony Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, Garland and Robertson rst broke into Mr. Cooper’s singlewide mobile home and took Christmas presents from around the tree and some clothes belonging to Kristy Duarte, who lived with Mr. Cooper and helped take care of him. Garland said she and Ms. Duarte were once friends, but she was now angry with the woman. Later, testi ed Garland, she called Tagle to see if he wanted to go with her and her boyfriend, Robertson, to burglarize Mr. Cooper’s home. She told the jury they were going to take the man’s pills, guns and “whatever else we could nd.” On the way to the man’s home the trio picked up Hunt, who is Tagle’s cousin. When queried by Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright, Garland admitted they didn’t have a plan because they “ gured no one else was going to be there.” But, they were wrong. In his testimony, Mr. Cooper said he had been remodeling another mobile home but had grown tired so he decided to go home and rest. When he reached his home he saw Garland, who told him her car was out of gas and that she had left a jacket in the home, said Mr. Cooper. He knew Garland because of her relationship with Ms. Duarte. During his direct examination, Mr. Cooper said as he and Garland entered his mobile home three men came in and one pulled a gun and told him to lay down on the kitchen oor. “He said: ‘Don’t look at me!’” testi ed Mr. Cooper, adding that the man threatened to shoot him. Garland, who was in Ms. Duarte’s room, got down on the oor “... to look like I didn’t know what was going on,” she told Mr. Albright. She then told the jury that sometime later she “... heard Noah say he was going to have a heart attack so I stood up and motioned for everyone to go.” Garland then went to the Dodge Durango she was driving and backed it under the carport so Robertson, Hunt and Tagle could load it. Besides cash in Mr. Cooper’s wallet the men took a number of items, including: a laptop computer, a Remington Model 1100 shotgun, an HP computer and monitor, an I-Pod, jewelry, cameras and a 19-inch at screen television. “They had trash bags full of stuff,” testied Garland. The quartet then went to an abandoned mobile home on S.E. 25th St. to divvy up the stolen items, said Garland. She went on to testify that she and Robertson were to get the shotgun, but she asked Hunt to hold on to it because she didn’t want to drive through town with the stolen gun. After taking Hunt home, where he took the gun and some of the other stolen items, they next dropped Tagle off at his home where “... he took everything else.” Garland and Robertson then went to the convenience store/gas station at the intersection of S.R. 70 and U.S. 98 where they threw some of the now-unwrapped Christmas presents into a dumpster. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, testi ed that he found some of the stolen Christmas items in Tagle’s bedroom closet when he searched the home. He also found a blue bandanna worn by Tagle to conceal his face. Tagle told Mr. Albright that he wore the bandanna, while Robertson had a shirt over his face and Hunt wore a sweatshirt hoodie with the hood pulled down around his face. At one point during his stint on the stand, Tagle was reluctant to answer Mr. Albright’s questions. When asked why, Tagle replied: “It’s not easy to have to take the stand on someone, sir.” When he nished testifying, the shackled Tagle walked past the defense table without looking at his cousin. Hunt is being represented by Fort Pierce attorneys Jordi Zaragoza and Beth Allen. Testimony will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. TRIALContinued From Page 1 He said that Speaker Gingrich supported required insurance for 20 years until the pending lawsuit against Obamacare brought by Florida’s attorney general. The senator said that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was never able to accomplish as much in reforms as President Reagan did. He said that was because of the British system of health care. “Obama believes in equality of results, not hard work,’ Mr. Santorum asserted. He w ent on to say that the president favored redistribution of wealth. “I think America is a great country because it was born great,” he said. Gesturing to a bound copy of the U. S. Constitution he said, ”It is the owner’s documents for America. “Our constitution was given to us to protect the rights given to us by God. “One of the reasons this country is divided is that the people are divided,” he asserted. “Barrack Obama is the divider in chief not the Commander in Chief. He’ll condemn anybody he disagrees with.” Mr. Santorum said that today’s de nition of happiness is to enjoy pleasure as contrasted to the founding father’s view of “Do the morally right thing.” He said happiness is “doing what you ought to do, not what you want to do.” He said that as president he would be a friend to Israel. “I am looking to run for president to return the power to you,” he told the crowd. He said there is a need to change the education system but not at the federal level. He said changes should be made from the bottom up. Senator Santorum said it was important to realize how central the family is to America. He said if the family breaks down the government gets bigger. As an example he said that 40 percent of single families are living in poverty as compared to 8 percent of two-parent families. While he said he had nothing against single parent families, he said they are one of the causes of larger government. He said the 30 years ago 71 percent of the people were married today only 51 percent are married. “Marriage does not mean what it used to,” he asserted. He said he had programs to cut taxes and get the de cit down. However, he conceded, “if families don’t get healthier, none of it will work in the long run.” V OTEContinued 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.Henry Tullos, 88OKEECHOBEE — Henry Tullos, age 88, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at home ending a yearlong ght with cancer. Born in Detroit, Mich., Henry had lived in West Palm Beach for a number of years before relocating to Okeechobee over 10 years ago. He was a member of the local VFW. Henry enjoyed the outdoors with hunting and boating. He is survived by his daughter, Laura M. Tullos of Okeechobee; granddaughter, Cathryn Lasky of Atlanta, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Tiffany Lasky of New York; brother, Raymond Tullos of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Dorothy Ford of Michigan. No services are planned at this time. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Lorinda A. Howell, 39OKEECHOBEE — Lorinda A. Howell, age 39, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Lorinda was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and resident of Okeechobee for the past eight years. She enjoyed the outdoors and had a special love of dolphins and for all animals in general. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica (Tray) Ross of Gainesville, Ga.; grandson, Cooper; brother, Frank (Laurie) Howell, Jr. of Gainesville, Fla.; niece, Hunter; nephew, Heath; father, Frank (Peggy) Howell, Sr. of Gainesville, Fla.; mother, Linda (David) Huddleston; grandmother, Merle Timmons; and uncle, Robert (Connie) Timmons, all of Gainesville, Ga. There are no services planned at this time. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Zona W. Padgett, 101LAKE PLACID — Zona W. Padgett, 101, o f Lake Placid and formerly of Pahokee, Leesburg and Okeechobee, passed away Jan. 22, 2012, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring. She was born Nov. 7, 1910, in Lyons, Ga., to the late Thomas and Gertrude Jenkins. She was a longtime charter member of First United Methodist Church of Pahokee. She was also a member of Morrison United Methodist Church of Leesburg and the Gathering Church of Okeechobee. Mrs. Padgett was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Leggett Burns; husband, Claude R. Padgett; and son, Dennis C. Padgett. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Rit a Crews of Fort Myers; son, Keith Padgett (Patty) of Leesburg; daughter-in-law, Liz Padgett Bradley of Franklin, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Rhonda Hatton (Henry) of Lake Placid, Andre a Maynor (Ricky) of Okeechobee, Claudia Perkins (Stacey) of Belle Glade, Stacey Padgett of Franklin, N.C., Dax Padgett (Brandy) of Franklin, N.C., Kristin Padgett of New York, Stephanie Padgett of Brussels, Begium, Preston Padgett of Leesburg and Tommy Robinson (Beth) of Fitzgerald, Ga.; 13 great-grandchildren, and nine greatgreatgrandchildren. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Gathering with Pastor Mike Brown of ciating. Interment will follow at Port Mayaca Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gathering, 1735 SW 24th AVE, Okeechobee, FL 34974, Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring or First United Methodist Church of Pahokee. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Library presents Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in January and February on “Broadw ay 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. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. The Jan. 25 program covers the 1960s and 1970s. OKMS to hold general membership meetingQuarterly General Membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on J anuary 25, 2012 at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Please plan to attend to network with fellow citizens and business owners, greet new members and w elcome our guest speaker Ms. Alta Mosley, Director of the Agri-Civic Center.Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightThursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Ravioli Dinner. $6 per dinner. Public Welcome. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund.Hospice to host yard sale Hospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale w ill be Wednesday Jan. 25 and Thursday, J an. 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and S.E. Thirdrd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our w eb page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Div ision at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. Sixth St. in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS’ adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.Eagles North to host card bingoEagles North will host card bingo on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 4 p.m. Proceeds w ill bene t the F.O.E. community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.GAL needs local volunteersJoin a local volunteer of the Guardian ad Litem program. Find out how a few hours a month can provide the safety and oversight our abused, neglected, and abandoned children need. Join a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at Mom’s Kitchen, U.S. 441 S., over a cup of coffee and learn how you can become part of the solution.”Mystery dessert theatre plannedThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation is hosting a mystery dessert theatre, “Bidding for Murder,” presented by Indian River State College. The theatre presentation will be held Friday, Feb. 3 2012, 7-9 p.m., Freshman Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $20 each and include “Death by Chocolate” dessert intermission. For more information, please call 863-462-5000 ext. 257.Early Learning Coalition to meetEarly Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the ELC Of ce, 10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 400, Stuart, The Program/ Quality Committee will meet at 12:15 p.m. at the same location. The board will meet at 1:30 p.m.Eagles North Post to host Steak NightEagles North will have Friday Steak Night on Jan. 27. Starting at 5:30 until 9 p.m. Music by Steven. Put your dancing shoes on and bring an appetite! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightFriday, Jan. 27, from 5:308:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving steak $12, sh $8 or shrimp $12 dinners. Music jprovided by Jimmy & Debra Harper. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome.Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety 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 763462-5000 ext. 257.A Walk for ChildrenIn celebration of Children’s Week, The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will sponsor a “Walk for Children” in conjunction with the Okeechobee Health & Safety Fair at the Agri Center, 4601 S.R. 70 E. Community Events Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “walk” will promote good health and make more people aware of Children’s Week in Tallahassee. Help us celebrate Children’s Week and “Walk for Children.” Those who sign up at the ELCIRMO booth will receive a free pedometer (while supplies last) to document their steps. The participant with the most recorded steps will receive a prize. For more information, visit the ELC website at www. elcirmo.org or call toll free 1-877-220-1223.

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The community is invited to the Fifth Sunday Community Wide Gospel Sing sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. 2nd Street. Choirs, groups and soloists are encouraged to email Sandy Perry at sw_perry@yahoo.com or call 863-6347714 with names of participants and title information for one selection by Thursday, J an. 26. The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry, will sing, accompanied by Frank Carter. Members of the Okeechobee Ministerial Association w ill also participate in this unique community service. Donations will be accepted for Lighthouse Refuge. The Okeechobee Church of God will have a Community Yard Sale on Jan. 28, at the church, 301 NE 4th Avenue from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It is off Hwy 70 E behind McDonald’s. Have you wanted to have a yard sale, not enough room or do not like it by yourself. Come join with us it is a $10 donation for a space with table or a $5. for a space y ou bring your own table. The money you make is yours. To reserve your space call Norma Sue at 863-634-2930. 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. The Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge will host an Italian dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the church hall, State Road 78 West at Chobee Loop. The menu will include lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and desserts, along with coffee, iced tea and lemonade. Take out dinners are available. Requested donation is $7 per adult meal, $3 per child. Southern Gospel Concert featuring The Lesters from St. Louis, Mo. will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th Street, Okeechobee. A love offering will be received. For more information, please call 863-763-7113. Life Community Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have their FREE family movie night, Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. The movie “COURAGEOUS” by the creators of “Fireproof” is a heartfelt, story of four men with the calling to serve and protect. As law enforcement of cers they will face the challenges of fatherhood with hope and courage in a Godhonoring way. The public is invited. Ministers of area churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. There will be 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, Ton y Delagall of the Building Committee at 863801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863697-697-8924. Trust Promotions presents the annual Anniversary concert for Okeechobee’s Trust Quartet. Everyone is invited to join Trust Quartet in celebrating their 18th anniversary in concert with special guests, Simple Faith Trio from St. Petersburg and Gulf State Quartet from Wauchula, for a full evening o f fun and enjoyment as three groups perform their rst ever “popcorn” style concert in Okeechobee. All groups on stage popping up in a one-song rotation, along with other surprises continuing for 2-1/2 hours, followed by fellowship and refreshments provided b y Trust Quartet. A $6 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of God 301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee (Behind McDonalds on Hwy. 70). For more information, please call 863-634-8793 or 863-610-1581.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 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. Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety ExpoPromoting Health and Safety Saturday, January 28, 2012 • 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Okeechobee Agri Civic Center COME OUT AND SEE:Police of cers, sheriff’s deputies, re trucks, ambulances and other rst responder vehicles, demonstrations, equipment and staff; helicopters and boats; blood mobile; emergency management equipment; health department staff and displays; free health screenings; banks and many, many other service providers, vendors and giveaways! FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING FREE ENTERTAINMENT FREE LUNCH (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)FREE PRIZESA funlled educational day for everyone from young children to senior citizens!QUESTIONS? Call (863) 462-5000 ext. 257 Sponsored in part by: Okeechobee County Health Department 7 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Churches plan Gospel sings, movies and dinner Share your news and photos for this column by email to okeenews @ newsza p .comPlaces ofWorship Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.

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She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance outside of a properly marked container. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $12,000. Jail records indicate she has since been released on bond. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Root was involved in a traf c accident around 9:30 a.m. in the 400 block of U.S. 441 S. During the investigation of the crash Deputy Tammy Sera ni, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), asked Root for permission to search her car and person. Root reportedly gave the deputy permission to conduct the search. During that search a number of differen t prescription medications were found fo r which Root had prescriptions. She did not, however, have prescription s for the ve morphine pills or two 40m g oxycontin tablets found in her possession, stated the detective. According to the detective two cut straw s were also found in a pill bottle inside th e woman's purse. The straws, added the de tective, are commonly used to snort crushe d prescription pills and both of the straws ha d a residue inside them. The arrest report does not indicate the se verity of the accident, or if anyone else wa s involved. W oman arrested on drug charges after crash Kendra Mae Root By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man reportedly caught stealing an air conditioner only saw his problems w orsen when the arresting deputy found out the truck being used by the man was also stolen. Miguel Jesus Flores, 26, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 19, on felony charges of grand theft auto, burglary of a structure and attempted grand theft. Flores is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $12,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Bryan Holden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that the owner of a mobile home park saw a gray GMC pickup enter the park then drive to the back of the property. When the man drove to the back of the property he reportedly saw the GMC pickup backed up to the side of his barn and a man trying to put an air conditioner into the back of the truck. When the victim approached the man, later identi ed as Flores, he got into the GMC truck in an attempt to ee, stated the deputy. However, he allegedly ran into the back of the victim's truck. At this point, stated Deputy Holden, Flores jumped out of the GMC truck and ed on foot. He was later caught by OCSO K-9s Barco and Nero, and their handlers Deputy Brian Cross and Deputy Matt Crawford. According to Deputy Holden he learned the truck was stolen when the owner went to the sheriff's of ce and reported it missing, while the deputy was working the alleged burglary. The truck was apparently taken sometime after midnight and before 8 a.m. Thursday. Truck, AC unit theft tied together By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two area teenagers have been arrested by a local detective for breaking into an automobile and stealing stereo equipment. Jesus Ildefonso Alvarado, 14, U.S. 441 S.E. and Francisco Roblero Mejia, 15, Center Street, were both arrested on felony burglary and grand theft charges Friday, Jan. 20. Both of the teens were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of their parents. An arrest report by Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said the teens broke into a car and stole a $200 stereo ampli er and the removable face from a Pioneer stereo that was valued at $100. Latent ngerprints taken from the car were later determined to belong to Alvarado by OCSO Crime Scene Investigator Jackie Moore. According to the detective CSI Moore lifted the prints from the victim's car then entered them into an SPEX Forensics PrintQuest AFIS/APIS system, which then gave her some candidates. After comparing the prints found on the car to those of the candidates', CSI Moore was able to con rm that the prints on the car belonged to Alvarado. The detective went on to state in his report that when he questioned Alvarado about the items, the teen said that he had already given the ampli er back to the victim. The stereo face has not been recovered, added the report. Teens charged in burglary of car Miguel Jesus Flores The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce is investigating the following complaints for the week of Jan. 13-20. THEFT 4-wheeler in the 6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd. trailer in the 3300 block of S.E. Fourth St. truck in the 3101 block of U.S. 441 S. theft in the 3500 block of S.E. 25th Terrace theft in the 800 block of S.E. Third St. theft in the 2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace theft in the 3400 block of N.W. 12th Ave. theft in the 3900 block of N.W. 31st Ave. theft in the 13000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. scrap metal in the 1100 block of N.E. 24th Ave. theft in the 4200 block of U.S. 441 S. auto parts in the 7000 block of S.W. Ninth St. construction material in the 3100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. clothing in the 5200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. purse in the 2300 block of U.S. 441 S. BURGLARY 7600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 1500 block of N.E. 15th St. 3500 block of S.E. 25th Terrace VANDALISM 600 block of N.E. 14th Ave. 3700 block of S.E. 27th St. 1400 block of S.W. 86th Ave. Investigations

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF VACANCIES OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CITIZEN BOARDS AND COMMITTEES The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking interested residents of Okeechobee County for appointment to the following Citizen Boards and Committees: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 1 vacant term. If possible, the vacant position should be lled with a citizen representing labor. For more information, contact Housing/SHIP Coordinator Stephany Dupree at (863) 763-2105. Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee 3 terms expire March 1, 2012. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Agri-Civic Center Director Alta Mosley at (863) 763-1666. Children’s Services Council 4 terms have expired and 1 additional term expires August 2012. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. Members are appointed by the Governor after being nominated by the Board of County Commissioners. For more information, contact Cheryl Sutton at (863) 462-5000 x 255. Construction Industry Licensing Board 3 terms expire March 1, 2012. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. If possible, member positions should be lled with 2 active certi ed or registered contractors and 1 lay person. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at (863) 763-5548. Library Advisory Committee 1 term expires March 1, 2012. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Library Director Kresta King at (863) 763-3536. Okeechobee Utility Authority 1 term appointed by the Board of County Commissioners is vacant (the alternate position term that expires March 1, 2013). For more information, contact OUA Executive Director John Hayford at (863) 763-9460. Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals 2 terms expire March 1, 2012. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact the Planning Department at (863) 763-5548. Tourist Development Council 2 terms have expired and are currently vacant. 1 additional term expires July 2012. If possible, member positions should be lled with a citizen owning or operating a tourist accommodation business subject to the tourist tax and a citizen representing the tourist industry in a business or enterprise not subject to the tourist tax. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Kathy Scott at (863) 763-3959. Board and Committee descriptions, eligibility requirements and other information about the Citizen Boards and Committees may be viewed at www.co.okeechobee. .us/committees. Applications for appointment to a Citizen Board or Committee may be obtained from the County Administrator’s Of ce at 304 NW 2rd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida, or downloaded from www. co.okeechobee. .us/committees. To be considered for terms that have expired or that expire March 1, 2012, a completed application, along with proof of residency in Okeechobee County and evidence of eligibility where applicable, must be submitted to the County Administrator’s Of ce no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The County Administrator’s of ce may be contacted at (863) 763-6441. The Board of County Commissioners appreciates the time and assistance members of the Citizen Boards and Committees give to the Board of County Commissioners and to the citizens of Okeechobee County. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners 9 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 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).  Jorge Martinez Osornio, 30, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Of cer Phillip Eddings on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver’s license. His bond w as set at $3,000.  Adam Brantley Osceola, 24, N.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of cocaine. He w as also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond w as set at $11,000.  George Charles Smith, 41, N.W. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Trooper T.B. White on a charge of driving under the in uence with property damage. His bond was set at $500.  Angela M. Gehle, 26, S.E. 57th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation battery on a detainee. Her bond was set at $1,000.  Robert Eugene Foster Jr., 52, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 21 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a fugitive warrant from Baldwin County, Ga., charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation driving while license suspended habitual offender. He is being held without bond.  Carley John Treadway Jr., 42, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 21 by Deputy John Ashby on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Robin Stoner Fairbanks, 36, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 21 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation purchase of cocaine, violation of probation purchase of marijuana, violation of probation obstructing a criminal investigation and violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. She is being held w ithout bond.  Micah Timothy-Wynter Ellsworth, 34, N.W. 50th Ave., Bell, Fla., was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $5,750.  Sabrina Jean Snyder, 22, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. Her bond was set at $7,500.  Angie Lee Chinners, 30, S.W. Wade Drive, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). Her bond was set at $15,000.  Blake Montanna Rice, 20, Goldenrod Lane, Alva, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of alprazolam. He is being held without bond.  Jason Daniel Miller, 37, Ferne Lane, Lake Worth, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). Her bond was set at $15,000.  John C. Morgan, 58, N.E. 96th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Justin Akins on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $7,500.  Adam Brantley Osceola, 24, N.W. 268th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Ofcer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $30,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Editor's Note: Shaun Anthony Tedford was arrested Jan. 9, 2011, on charges of battery on a law enforcement of cer, resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, assault on a law enforcement of cer, disorderly intoxication and felony battery. According to Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson the charges against Tedford were of cially dropped Jan. 17, 2012. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News If you are 55 or older and want to volunteer your time to help the community, there is an organization just for your. Contact Jim V ensel with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) a service of the Area Agency on Aging. His goal is to recruit 150 volunteers for food distribution, care giving and elementary tutoring. The organization is at the end of the rst year of a three-year contract and they have secured 32 volunteers thus far. Most of the volunteer work to date is with food distribution. In the other two areas, volunteers have to wait on a background check. Mr. Vensel works with several food distribution centers including Samaritan’s Outreach, Lamb of God, and Fort Drum Community Church. In the rst six months of the food distribution program at Samaritan’s Outreach, they served 4,000 people. He said the city itself is taken care of by food distribution centers. Mr. Vensel is concerned about the outlying areas and was glad to partner with the Fort Drum Community Church. He is currently trying to reach out to the Hispanic community for food distribution. Some volunteers are tutoring with Samaritan’s Outreach. However, Mr. Vensel hopes to soon be able to offer tutoring in the public schools. There are also a few volunteers who make telephone calls to check on the elderly. Volunteers must serve a minimum of 10 hours a month. Mr. Vensel hopes that the minimum age of 55 might be relaxed. Mr. Vensel works in of ce space donated by Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory along with Adam Homer, RSVP Customer Care Specialist.The of ce can be reached by calling 863-450-9402. Local agency seeks senior volunteers

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Become a member € NOobligationAldo Lombardo,M.D.Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Buddy up with a friend or we can help you pair up with another member on the list!You both receive a discount off our regular price by taking 50% off the lesser priced procedure. Divide that savings equitably between the two patients and YOUBOTHSAVE .Good through 2/28/12 € No other discounts applyEmail us at allureinstitute@bellsouth.net or call us and ask for Jane. Include your name, phone number and the procedure youre interested in. 10 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 The Indian River State College (IRSC) team of Mike Cornell and Kyle Monti, both of Okeechobee, won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division event on Lake Okeechobee Saturday with ve bass w eighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Southeast Division Regional Championship. Forty-one College Teams from across the Southeastern United States participated in this event. "We did a lot of running and gunning and didn't put the ipping stick down," said Kyle Monti, a marketing major. "It was slow and tough, we lost one 44 -pounder, but that is to be expected. A lot of teams lost sh today, that's just the way Okeechobee shes. It can be really hard to land sh once they bite. "The weather got cold a couple of weeks ago and it has really slowed down the bite," Monti continued. "Mike and I are both from Okeechobee City and I think that really gave us the con dence we needed to win. Knowledge of the lake really played a big part in today's win. Indian River State College teammates Kyle Monti and Mike Cornell (right) took home rst-place honors during the FLW College Fishing Southeast Division qualifying event at Lake Okeechobee. The duo, who recorded a total weight of 15 pounds, 7 ounces, earned a top award of $5,000. "We shed all the way from the north shore to King's Bar, we covered a lot of water targeting pencil grass and bulrush. We were ipping jigs with Gambler baits, mostly the BB Cricket and Ugly Otter in about 2 to 4 feet of water." Under sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s the team from IRSC won by nearly three pounds over their closest competitor. "It was another great day on Lake Okeechobee," said Mike Cornell, a junior from IRSC. "We couldn't have asked for better weather. The lake was slick and calm all day, which is unusual for Okeechobee being the size that it is. "Truthfully I was a little surprised by the low weights," Cornell went on to say. "It got brutally cold here a couple of weeks ago but with the weather warming up I thought the bite would be better than it was. Okeechobee is a lake that Kyle and I sh every day, we are comfortable with our style and probably couldn't do this same thing anywhere else. It can take a while to gure the lake out and I think being from here really made a difference for us today." Rounding out the top ve teams and also advancing to the Southeast Regional Championship: The Auburn University team of Jordan Lee and Shane Powell (left) nished the FL W College Fishing Southeast Division qualifying event at Lake Okeechobee in second place. Auburn landed a total catch of 12 pounds, 15 ounces to walk away with $1,500 in prize money. Second: Auburn University Jordan Lee, Vinemont, Ala., and Shane Powell, Midland City, Ala., ( ve bass, 12-15, $1,500) Third: University of Central Florida Miles Burghoff, Orlando, Fla., and Case y O'Donnell, Bradenton, Fla. ( ve bass, 12-0, $1,000) Fourth: Seminole State College Neal Combs, Osteen, Fla., and Kevin Lucas, Orlando, Fla. ( ve bass, 11-15, $1,000) Fifth: North Carolina State University Clint Benbow, Statesville, N.C., and Ethan Cox, West End, N.C. ( ve bass, 11-8, $1,000) For full results visit http://college shing. com/tournament.cfm?tid=6913&t=results. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school. IRSC anglers win college tourney on ‘Big O’ Special to the Okeechobee News/ Diana HuntIndian River State College teammates Kyle Monti and Mike Cornell (right) took home rst-place honors during the FLW College Fishing Southeast Division qualifying event at Lake Okeechobee. The duo, who recorded a total weight of 15 pounds, 7 ounces, earned a top award of $5,000.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Miss Lindsey Stevens, both of Gainesville. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Ashlee Moore of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and Mrs. April Hickman of Greenville, S.C. The Best Man was the grooms father, Mr. Jimmy Hamilton of Aiken, S.C. Groomsmen were Mr. John Louis Larson of Okeechobee, Mr. Franklin Buchanan of Columbia, S.C., and Mr. Gavin Donaghy of Marco Island. Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Jamaica. They reside in Greer, S.C. JAMES ALEXANDER HAMILTON III KRISTIN ANNETTE LARSON & Kristin Annette Larson and James Alexander Hamilton III (Alex) were married July 9, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C. The Rev. Brian Stewart of“ciated the ceremony. A reception followed at the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Karen Williamson Cook and Mr. John M. Larson of Okeechobee. She is the maternal granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank SonnyŽ Williamson Jr., and the paternal granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis RedŽ Larson, all of Okeechobee. She is a 2003 graduate of Okeechobee High School, and is a 2006 and 2009 graduate of the University of Florida with a Masters in Advertising. She is employed by Erwin Penland Advertising in Greenville, S.C. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hamilton Jr., of Aiken, S.C. He is the maternal grandson of Mr. and Mrs. WR Hunt of Aiken, S.C. and the paternal grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hamilton Sr. of Graniteville, S.C. He is a 2001 graduate of South Aiken High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and Real Estate. He currently plays golf professionally. The Matron of Honor was Mrs. Lesley Schreier, and the Maid of Honor was WEDDING *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. 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 12 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School junior varsity girls basketball team improved to (10-5) this week with a home win over Sebring, 3425, and have enjoyed a strong season overall. Coach Morgan Benion said she felt her team has really made vast improvements since the rst day of practice in November. She praised all of the players for coming out, learning the game, and working together as a team. "It took them awhile to get used to the system but they have always hustled and w orked hard," she said. Benion said she could go to any one of her players and know they would give a 100percent effort for the entire 32-minute game. She said they have also supported each other's effort. "I really couldn't ask for much more from this team, they have really been great to coach this year," she added. Key players for the JV Brahmans included Emily Worth, Delany Osceola, Shadasia Williams and Lexi Manson. Others who played key roles include Jenni Eagle, Hailey Greeson and Harliee Haggard. Worth provided some toughness inside w ith rebounds, interior defense and scoring. Osceola continued to improve as the team's point guard, while Williams was praised for strong effort and defensive skills. Coach Benion said the top memory of the year was a buzzer beater win over Treasure Coast, 46-45. She said the players have had to work hard because they've only had six players for certain games, and ended the season with seven players on the roster. "I was always con dent that they could get the job done. I expect a lot out of this team effort wise and I was never disappointed," she said. Benion said some of the girls have the potential to become solid varsity players in the future but warned they must continue to work because there are a lot of talented basketball players at other schools. "My hope is they really work hard in the off season. I think the amount of work they put in will determine their level of success in the future," she added. Lady Brahmans JV betters hoop mark to 10-5 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJV girls coach Morgan Benion has created a solid group of mostly young players this year. The team had ve freshmen, one sophomore and one junior on the roster. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDelaney Osceola continues to improve her skills on the basketball court as her freshman season comes to a close.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Betty SmithAt the lockWinter resident Betty Smith saw this cat walking behind her before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning on the rim near the lock here at Taylor Creek. “I enjoy walking to the lake to see the sunrise and was there near the lock Saturday.,” she explained. “While taking a video of the work with the crane and barge and the bass boats that were going through the lock, I turned to look behind me for some reason and saw the large cat. I must have come up the hill from the rim canal and was walking across the path and then, I saw it down toward the lake. I got so excited that I almost forgot how to work my camera! My husband and I are here in Okeechobee for two months from Gettysburg, Pa.” Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDoing what he does bestDerek Tremain of D4 Power Sports, 1460 S.R. 78 W., is shown working on a small engine. He does all types of motorcycle and ATV repairs. While his inventory of parts is low, Mr. Tremain says he can order a part and receive it in a few days. He tries to match online prices for parts. For several years Mr. Tremain was manager of the parts and service department of an ATV dealer. He was also part of Yamaha’s ATV off-road racing team.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 2 included: Harmoni Randolph, Alyna Kane, Aiden Scalf, Thomas Wigfall, Alexis Brown, Jaylyn Martinez, Makayla Stokes, Miguel Medrano, Milagros Santinbanez, Erik Tate, Zachary Perdue, Fiona Jenkins, Omar Abueqab, Albert Schwendeman, Katelyn Terry, Miranda Watson, Jose Pineda, Marysa Farmer, Cody Smith, Nicki Schwendeman, Jasmine Lewis, Angel Garcia, LaDarian Jones, Lillian Smith, Brighton Bauman, Cristian Campos, Norberto Juarez, Diego Reyna and Chase Arnold. A local student was selected to represent her hometown of Okeechobee throughout Florida for 2012. Shelby Kirton was selected in the middle school division. She is in the sixth grade and is the daughter of Cheryl and Dudley Kirton of Okeechobee. Shelby enjoys dancing and showing livestock. Her ambition is to be a veterinarian. Six students, kindergarten through college, were selected to represent their hometown throughout Florida. The students are being recognized for their volunteer and community service work. They will visit and entertain at nursing homes, children’s hospitals, the Veteran’s hospitals, charity events, and other scheduled activities throughout the state. Florida’s Hometown USA stresses the importance of youth volunteers in each hometown of Florida. This nonpro t educational youth program encourages and works with students who have a desire to volunteer and to promote pride in their community by active involvement. Florida’s Hometown USA Program, Inc., has received Disney’s VoluntEAR of the Year, the Governor’s Points of Light Award and the national President’s Daily Points of Light Award for volunteer work with youth. Local student selected to represent Okeechobee Shelby Kirton The Big Red Bus will be in Okeechobee this month on the following dates:  Saturday, Jan. 28 Health and Safety Expo, Ag Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Saturday, Jan. 28 Cat sh Festival at the Buckhead Ridge Fire Department; and,  Saturday, Jan. 28 Okeechobee Wal-Mart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Okeechobee Blood drives scheduled

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 15 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 The Okeechobee High School rodeo team traveled to compete in Leesburg on Jan. 7 and 8. The stands were full of spectators and there were also some in lawn chairs to watch the youth of Florida compete. What great support the town of Leesburg showed! The competitors also showed their respect for each other by helping out in events other than their own. These events could not run as smoothly as they do without all of the volunteers that work inside and outside the arena. And it needs to be mentioned that the Florida High School Rodeo Association has the best volunteer bull ghters and pick up men that put themselves in harms way to help keep our youth safe. The Okeechobee Team placed as follows. Saturday, Jan. 7: Bareback Riding Justin Mills came in 1st place. Goat Tying Raylee Holmes came in 9th place and Allyson Trimble came in 10th place. Tie Down Roping Nat Stratton came in 6th place and Dalton Boney came in 9th place. Saddlebronc Riding Nat Stratton came in 1st place. Barrel Racing Acealyn Youngblood came in 9th place. Sunday, Jan. 8 Bareback Riding Justin Mills came in 1st place. Tie Down Roping Joshua Lea came in 10th place. Breakaway Roping Allyson Trimble came in 6th place. Saddlebronc Riding Nat Stratton came in 1st place. Barrel Racing Josie Stratton came in 5th place. The Okeechobee High School rodeo team will be traveling to Bunnell for their next rodeo on Jan. 28 and 29. OHS rodeo team shows up big in Leesburg event By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Ami Edwards scored 16 points but it wasn't enough as Okeechobee High School fell to Treasure Coast, 49-34, in girls varsity basketball action Friday at Okeechobee High School. It was quite an improvement for the Lady Brahmans who fell by 35 points when they played the Lady Titans in Port St. Lucie in December. The Lady Brahmans celebrated their senior night on Monday night against Sebring. The Brahman boys soccer team begin their quest for another district title on Wednesday when they compete in the District 15-3A Tournament at Jensen Beach High School. The top seeded Brahmans will face the winner of Suncoast and Jensen Beach on Wednesday at 7 p.m. If victorious the Brahmans would play in the District Title game on Friday at 7 p.m., in Jensen Beach. Aukeemian Mills was ranked number 26 on the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 high school football prospects this month. Mills transferred to John Carroll High School for his senior year. The Brahman boys basketball team fell to Harmony and to Fort Pierce in bac k to back games Friday and Saturday on the road. Okeechobee traveled the 90 miles to St. Cloud to meet Harmony Friday and fell 5946. Phillip Jones led the Brahmans with 17 points. Saturday, the boys fell to Fort Pierce Central 74-35. Sylvester Butler led Okeechobee with nine points. Okeechobee Sports in Brief ... Special to the Okeechobee News/ Mike RastelliAshton Rogers on “Dancer” competed in Pole Bending in the recent high school rodeo event. OGCC Gold Tee winnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for last week are: tie for rst place, R. Foss, G. Guydosh, C. Hendren, V. Johson and L. Birdashaw. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results OCRA baseball/softball signups startOCRA signups will be held the rst three Saturdays in February, on Feb. 4, 11 and 18, from 9 a.m.3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4 thru 14 and girls ages 4 thru 15 are eligible to sign up. You will need to bring a COPY of the child's birth certi cate and a $60 registration fee. Please sign up early as OCRA is expecting a larger number of children than last year. The enrollment will be closed after the last sign up day. Any child signing up after that last Saturday, will be placed on a waiting list. For questions, call 863-634-0515.

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We offer a Drug Free Workplace, Health and 401K plan. Please email a resume complete with work history and references to: pwalker@optsvc.com or Fax to 863-467-8067. No phone calls please. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. MoneyLenders GET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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 Antiques CO-OP ANTIQUES Antiques make great Valentines gifts, one of a kind, that last a life time. Many Primitives Just Arrived! 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN)Tue-Sat 10am-4pm Pets/SuppliesCHIHUAHUA PUPPIES CKC 10wks F blue tan tri $400. 863-801-6144 Wanted ToBuy 380 AMT Stainless Steel automatic,6 to 8 hundred dollar in value. 32 Smith&Wesson short I. Johnson short barrel, break back, nickel plated 32 Caliber. 863-697-9616 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments FEMALE STUDIO APT Furnished, Heat, & AC, cable and HS Internet incld. Private entrance. Wild country setting. $395/mo or $100/wk 863-763-0675 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $625/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA, Nice area. Inside laundry. $650. month. First & Sec. End Unit. Call 772-215-0098 VIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses Rent OKEECHOBEE2br, 2ba, Townhse, Newly renovated, W/D, near shopping, $725/mo. Yearly lease. Avail 2/1. (772)579-7562 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Houses-Rent 3/1 CBS Home Located behind the Post Of ce, Carport, 2 Storage Sheds. 1st, last & Sec. neg., $900 a month. Call 863-697-1339 BASSWOOD 3br/2ba, 1 car garage, tile & carpet, split plan, dishwasher, W/D. $1000/ mo. (561) 307-2502 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. 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 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 br./2ba. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. 1 small pet allowed. Lawn care, Water, & garbage 863-697-0214. 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 Professional of ce space for rent. Park Street Of ce Suites Down Town Okeechobee Starting@ $250.00 per month 863-634-7622 Shop here first! The classified ads 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-SaleFOR LEASE OR SALE: 2 BR, 2 BA on 5 Fenced Acres. 5 miles from Okeechobee. Call (863) 467-1950. Owner 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 $1,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 18 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 3/2 Furnished, BHR Mint, Built in 05, Great Neighborhood, City Water. $695 a month. 1st and Last No Dogs Call 863-801-1739 3/2 Mobile home for rent on 1.25 acre outside pet welcome. 1st & Security. $750.00 a month (863)763-3631 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 Country Living 2/1 MH $450.00 monthly & $400.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week Call 863-610-4625 OKEE Little Farms Like new 3/2. 2 acres, pond, & fenced. $950 month. Rent to own possible. 863-226-3436 or 423-237-8948. OKEECHOBEE Large 3BR, 2BA Double wide, with screened pool, on the water, lake access. Many upgrades. $1200/mo, $2900 to move in. Yearly lease. (863)634-9119 MobileHomeSale 24x38 DWMH on Rim Canal. 1BR, large living room w/sleeper sofa,large kitchen, 2bath, attached storage building, carport, boat dock. On double lot,furnished. $16,000.00 negotiable 727-422-1893 Back on the Market $25,000 Buckhead Ridge 2/2 Remodeled Double wide,City Water, Sewer and Great Neighborhood Call 863-801-1739 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $40,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 MobileHomeSale DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WITH VAULTED CEILING FLORIDA ROOM. 2 BEDROOMS-2 FULL BATHS. SLEEPS EIGHT, TOO MANY UPGRADES TO LIST WATERFRONT WITH DOCK, MINUTES TO LOCKS AND ACCESS TO LAKE. A FISHERMAN’S PARADISE. MOMMA WILL BE HAPPY IN THIS LUXURIOUS HOME CALL 863-467-5310 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $70K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes New Home Stimulus 5K For Your Used Mobile Home Any Condition 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs 1998 Coachman 35 foot 5th wheel, 3 slides, Washer/Dryer, 8x14 Storage Building. Big O RV Park,lake lot, Cement/pavers $47,900. Camper only $8,900. Call 828-734-0961 36.6’ Coachmen San Tara, 49K miles, 1 slide, Dual Air, Tag Axle. Will Consider Trade for Buildable Lot. $18,500 Call 863-467-2550 Fifth Wheels2001 33 ft Sandpiper 1 slide out, queen size bed, laydown dinette, 2 chairs, laydown couch, plenty of closets, excellent condition like new. Can be seen at BHR Marina $9,000 Call 863-623-4171 Travel TrailersFor Sale By Owner 2005 32FT. WildWood Travel Trailer. Fully Self Contained,Super Slide Out,Bunk Beds,Sleeps 8 People. Will Deliver New Condition,Fully Loaded.$10,500 OBO Call 302-218-1818 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice NOTICE The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” 304 N.W. 2nd Street, in Okeechobee Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board 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. Commissioner Joey Hoover, Chairman Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 407525 ON 1/25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 11-CA-162 RUTH P. McELROY, Plaintiff, VS. SAMUEL TROY SALISBURY aka TROY SALISBURY; BRITTANY NELSON; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAMUEL TROY SALISBURY; and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRITTANY NELSON, Defendants.NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 10, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-162, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein RUTH P. McELROY, is the Plaintiff and SAMUEL TROY SALISBURY aka TROY SALISBURY; BRITTANY NELSON;THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAMUEL TROY SALISBURY; and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRITTANY NELSON” are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 8th day of February, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA LESS THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCELS: THE NORTH 1372.42 (MEASURED PERPENDICULAR TO THE NORTH LINE OF THE PROPERTY) OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. THE SOUTH 665.72 FEET (MEASURED PERPENDICULAR TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE PROPERTY) OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING SUBJECT TO A 20 FOOT EASEMENT FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS PURPOSES BEING LOCATED ALONG THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY. ALONG WITH THE RIGHT OF INGRESS AND EGRESS AS SET FORTH IN THAT CERTAIN GRANT OF EASEMENT RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 233, PAGE 1147, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property address: 11400 NE 120th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 11th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 407515 ON 1/18,25/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000830 The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee, for the Certi cateholders CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certi cates, Series 2006-21 Plaintiff -VS.Jeffrey A. Butzin and Jillian M. Butzin, Husband and Wife; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named 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 Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 13, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000830 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee, for the Certi cateholders CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certi cates, Series 2006-21, Plaintiff and Jeffrey A. Butzin and Jillian M. Butzin, Husband and 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 February 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 21, SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A THROUGH D, INCLUSIVE, OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, Ilame 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 tande ou pale byen, rile 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Lynn Shain 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 408107 ON 1/25; 2/1/2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 11-CP-34 IN RE: ESTATE OF EZRA L. MILLER, SR., Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The ancillary administration of the estate of Ezra L. Miller, Sr., deceased, whose date of death was April 25, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom a provision for full payment was made in the Order of Administration must le their claims with the court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012CP01 IN RE: ESTATE OF MELVIN A. TEETERS Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Melvin A. Teeters, deceased, whose date of death was December 26, 2011, and the last four digits of whose social security number are 1873, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is January 25, 2012. Personal Representative: Alice Rodberg 28706 Ealum Mill Road Red Level, Alabama 36474 Attorney for Personal Representative: William R. H. Broome Attorney for Alice Rodberg Florida Bar Number: 224022 Suite 207, Airport Professional Centre 2465 Mercer Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Telephone: (561) 689-5011 Fax: (561) 689-6820 E-Mail: bill@williambroome.net 408263 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000548 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, Plaintiff, VS. WESLEY ROSS; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOMINEE FOR AFS FINANCIAL ,INC; VANNESSA ROSS; UNKNOWN TENANT (S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to. Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 10th day of January, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2009CA-000548, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and or Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP is the Plaintiff and WESLEY ROSS, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOMINEE FOR AFS FINANCIAL, INC. VANNESSA ROSS and UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 8th day of F ebruary, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 26 AND 27, BLOCK 6, ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 9 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. Dated this 11th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of The Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free:1-800-441-2438 407521 ON 1/18,25/2012 19 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is January 25, 2012. Person Representative: Joseph L. Miller 8196-B Old Route 12 Marion, IL 62959 Attorney for Person Giving Notice ELIZABETH A. MAXWELL Attorney for Joseph L. Miller Florida Bar No. 0720895 Maxwell & Maxwell, P.A. 405 NW Third Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: (863) 763-1119 Fax: (863) 763-1179 408388 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1991 FORD F150 XLT LARIAT VIN #1FTEX15N0MKA13613 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 408435 ON 1/25/2012 NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, February 14, 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 Executive Director 408366 ON 1/25/2012 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2011-CA-290 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. EDUARDO J. CRUZ and MARY ELLEN CRUZ; Husband and Wife; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS, WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; AND JOHN DOE, AND/OR JANE DOE, AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment dated January 13, 2012, in Case Number 2011CA-290, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is the Plaintiff and EDUARDO CRUZ and MARY ELLEN CRUZ, are the Defendants, the Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 a.m., on February 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Commence at the Northeast corner of Section 11, run South 0032’ West a distance of 726 feet; thence North 8940’ West a distance of 330 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence South 0032’ West a distance of 660 feet; thence North 8940’ West a distance of 330 feet; thence North 0032’ East a distance of 660 feet; thence South 8940’ East a distance of 330 feet to the Point of Beginning. Lying in and comprising a part of Section 11, Township 37 South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee, County, Florida, also known as Tract 66 of unrecorded Plat o f TROPICAL ACRES. Less the East 198 feet of the above-described property. Property address: 6552 NW 30th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Any person claiming interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the person who was the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 19th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida Lynn Shain As Deputy Cler k 408253 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE: 2009-CA-745 JUDGE LARRY SCHACK RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff, v. JAY T. HUFFMAN, AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINS T THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S), WHO ARE NO T KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, and JOHN DOE n/k/a PATRICK SAYLOR and/or JANE DOE n/k/a LIND A PENROD as Unknown Tenants inPossession, Defendants, NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment O f Foreclosure dated January 17, 2012 in Case No. 2009-CA-745, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is the Substituted Plaintiff; and JA Y T. HUFFMAN and LEE HUFFMAN are the Defendants, the Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the foreclosure sale at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on February 29, 2012, the following described property set forth in the Final Judgment Of Foreclosure, to-wit: Lot 103, Treasure Island Unit 12, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 65 of the Public Records o f Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 1980 Liba Mobile Home ID#10L12631. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNERS, AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUS T FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and seal o f this Court on January 19, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida By: Lynn Shain Deputy Cler k It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation to participate in this court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Corrie Johnson, AD A Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint 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. 408252 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds.

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PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010-CA-234 GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISIONBIG O RV PARK ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not for pro t corporation Plaintiff v. WALTER ROMANOWSKI, ET. AL., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 17, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2010-CA-234 of the CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINET EENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BIG 0 RV PARK ASSOCIAT ION, INC. is Plaintiff, and WALTER ROMANOWSKI and UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER ROMANOWSKI are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 beginning at 11:00am on the 29th day of February, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 270, BIG “0” R.V. PARK, a Condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium dated July 25, 1986, and recorded in Of cial Record Book 279, Page 1844, as amended by Amendments to Condominium dated September 22, 1986 and recorded in Of cial Record Book 281, Page 1207, dated October 6, 1988 and recorded in Of cial Record Book 299, Page 253, dated January 12, 1989 and recorded in Of cial Record Book 301, Page 575, dated April 6, 1994 and recorded in Of cial Record 359, Page 271, all of Okeechobee County, Florida public records, and as led in Condominium Plat book 1, Pages 20 through 33, of the Okeechobee County, Florida public records, together with all of the appurtenances to the units (lots), including, but not limited to, all of the undivided shares in the common elements. A NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFT ER THE SALE. DATED this 19th day of January, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Circuit Court, Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Lynn Shain DEPUTY CLERK BECKER & POLIAKOFF, P.A. A ttorneys for Plaintiff K. Joy Mattingly, Esq. Florida Bar #17391 Huntington Centre Corporate Park 2901 SW 149 Avenue, Suite 140 Miramar, FL 33027 (954) 985-4102 (954) 987-5940 FAX 408109 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2011-CA-196 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, V S. GERALD A. STELLA; DEBORAH E. STELLA; and all unknown parties claiming interests by, through, under or against a named defendant to this action, or having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 6, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-196, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, is the Plaintiff and GERALD A. STELLA; DEBORAH E. STELLA; and any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under and against the herein named individual defendant, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 1st day of February, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 28 of Block 2, REVISED PLAT OF WILCOX SHORES, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 5 of the p ublic records of OkeeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2011-CA-279 JEFFERY E. KRALL and BROOKE L. KRALL, Plaintiff, VS. MUJIB ABDUL a/k/a ABDUL MUJIB, SHERIN SULTANA, any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under and against the herein named individual defendants, UNKNOWN TENANT #1 and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, the name being ctitious to account for parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 6, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-279, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein JEFFREY E. KRALL and BROOKE L. KRALL, are the Plaintiffs and MUJIB ABDUL a/k/a ABDUL MUJIB; SHERIN SULTANA; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; and UNKNOWN TENANT #2; and any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under and against the herein named individual defendant, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 1st day of February, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 16, Unit 4, Brindaban Forest, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 2 and 3, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Along with that certain 1988 mobile home ID# FL1FL4337A & FL1FL4337B. Property address: 2711 SE 44th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 10th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, PA. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 407510 ON 1/18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2011-CA-201 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, VS. WILLIE R. BRYANT, deceased; SYBLE BRYANT, individually; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES AND CREDITORS OF WILLIE R. BRYANT; BLUE CYPRESS GOLF & RV RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. a Florida Non-Pro t Corporation, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against them, and the several and respective unknown assigns, successors in interest, trustees, or any other person or parties natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under the above named defendants or parties claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property hereafter described, UNKNOWN TENANT #1; the name being ctitious to account for parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 10, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-201, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, is the Plaintiff and WILLIE R. BRYANT, deceased; SYBLE BRYANT, individually; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES AND CREDITORS OF WILLIE R. BRYANT; BLUE CYPRESS GOLF & RV RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida Non-Pro t Corporation, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against them, and the several and respective unknown assigns, successors in interest, trustees, or any other person or parties natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under the above named defendants or parties claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property hereafter described, UNKNOWN TENANT #1; the name being ctitious to account for parties in possession, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 8th day of February, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Unit No. 225, BLUE CYPRESS GOLF & RV RESORT, AN RV CONDOMINIUM, according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof, recorded on January 22, 1991 in Of cial Records Book 320, Pages 741 thru 811, (Condominium Plat Book 1, Pages 45 thru 51 and Pages 54 thru 56); and Amendment to Declaration thereof recorded December 30, 1993 in Of cial Records Book 351, Page 545 of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with all appurtenances of such unit according to the Declaration of Condominium. (PHASE II) Along with that certain 1995 Homes of Merit Mobile Home ID# FLHMBP623-38066 Property address: 13801 Hwy 441 SE, #225, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 11th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 407513 ON 1/18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000751 BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P. Plaintiff -VS.Andrew James Galletto and Sandra Elaine Galletto, Husband and Wife; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named 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 Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 13, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000751 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P., Plaintiff and Andrew James Galletto and Sandra Elaine Galletto, Husband and 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 February 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 8, OF BLOCK 2, DIXIE RANCH ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, 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 adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caci6n 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 saa, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen 1)634 anyen pou ou jwen on seri de id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pouou 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 tande ou pale byen, rile 711.SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Lynn Shain 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 408153 ON 1/25;2/1/2012 20 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012chobee County, Florida. Property address: 513 S.E. 8th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 10th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 407511 ON 1/18,25/2012 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 The Renault 5, in North America 6 One-named New Ager 10 Lake plant 14 Street of San Jos 15 Ending with play or party 16 Rosemary, for one 17 When some suits dont wear suits 20 Sound from Simba 21 Frat TŽ 22 Fords with racing stripes 23 The Pawtucket Red Sox, e.g. 28 Nuclear org. created under HST 29 __ Grey tea 30 Deep Throats org. 31 Bamboozle 33 Christian surname? 35 How oaths are taken 39 __ de espera: waiting room 40 She played Buffy 42 River to the North Sea 43 Derby town 45 Trig ratio 46 Sonic the HedgehogŽ developer 47 Shad delicacy 49 Schoolyard claim 51 Frame for Roger Rabbit 52 Sandals in Jamaica, e.g. 57 Sinatras Gardner 58 Mideast son ofŽ 59 Cheese or its town 60 Assume a defensive position (and what we did to highlight this puzzles theme) 66 Hard downpour 67 Music biz sensation, perhaps 68 If I Were a Rich ManŽ singer 69 Feminine suffix 70 Mex. miss 71 Clear DOWN 1 Elec. readout 2 Field unit 3 Some temps 4 Journalist Stewart or Joseph 5 Consignment shop transaction 6 Swelled head 7 Word of urgency 8 Gossipmonger 9 Kennel double talk? 10 Tuna at a luau 11 Building shelf 12 Persona non __ 13 Wide gulf 18 Bob Marley feature 19 Cuban dance 23 Caf cup 24 Roundup 25 Met favorites 26 Where to see a lot of keys 27 Knight games 32 Haka dancers of New Zealand 34 Made a quick stop 36 Santana hit also covered by Tito Puente 37 Madisons foil 38 Passed out in Vegas? 41 Sharons language44 Company that uses Pegasus as a symbol 48 Brooklyns __ Field 50 Get under control, in a way 52 Buried supply 53 Like most cardinals 54 __ to go 55 Pencil maze word 56 More wise 61 Cavs, on scoreboards 62 Worked (up) 63 Bambis aunt 64 Where Rockefeller was gov. 65 Match, as a raise By Ken Bessette (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/12/11 01/12/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsFor a modest charge, each package includes: Achieve something great? 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee was better than Desoto, Hendry and Hardee County Schools but w ere behind 53 other districts in the 2011 rankings released by the Florida Department of Education on Monday. Okeechobee earned a C grade for the second straight year. The rankings took into account FCAT scores, drop out rates, graduation rates and other factors. The state intends to rank every school in the state in future years, all elementary, middle, and high school as a way to give parents a better idea of how their school is performing. Okeechobee School Board member Joe A rnold admitted he was disappointed that Okeechobee ranked near the bottom of school systems. “Anytime you go from an A to a C your ranking will drop. It is time for us to analyze some things, decide what changes need to be made and more forward,” he noted. Mr. Arnold expressed con dence that Superintendent Ken Kenworthy will come up w ith good ideas to improve the school system. He admitted the tight budget will make it tough on small, rural districts to move up in the rankings. Glades County seemed to defy the trend of rural districts performing poorly. Glades earned an A grade as a district and ranked 20th in the state. Mr. Arnold said funding is a big part of the reason smaller districts don’t fare as w ell. He added that with tougher FCAT tests in the future, smaller districts could have an even tougher time on the ranking scale. “We w ill have to make some changes but we will analyze the data, and I’m sure we will do the best we can to improve our scores,” he added. The numerical ranking is based on each school’s total points derived from FCAT scores. The total is the sum of scores for reading, math, science and writing; learning gains in reading and math; and scores for learning gains in reading and math among the lowest 25 percent of students in each school. The school district ranking is determined by the school grade points they earned based on the assessment scores of all students in the district that were enrolled for the full year. Okeechobee County saw more students at grade level in writing, but fewer in math in 2011. Science scores continued to lag behind with only 42 percent of students at grade level. 65-percent of students made learning gains in math last year. Florida Governor Rick Scott said the rankings are a great guide for parents to follow along with their child’s education. “I applaud Commissioner Robinson on these rankings. We all wish to ensure students have the opportunity to get a good education that will prepare them for a good job,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Ranking school districts by performance allows taxpayers to see their investment in education at work.” “Florida is considered a national leader when it comes to measuring the success of our schools,” said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “The Florida Department of Education developed the rst-ever school grading program in 1999, and since then we have provided our model to other states that wish to replicate our exceptional accountability system.” Commissioner Robinson added that using education performance data is essential for measuring student progress and school effectiveness to ensure that Florida’s educational system continues to move in the right direction. “Ranking districts and schools based on data-driven results demonstrates Florida’s focus on ensuring students receive a high quality education and provides another helpful tool for parents, educators and taxpayers,” he said. The department expects to publish a listing of schools throughout the state ranked by number in the near future. 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 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. 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Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 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 A A T T O R N E Y S NO ACCOUNT TOO SMALLRATES from $600 ANNUALLY For Farm and Ranch Insurance Call 863.357.1707 F A R M R A N C H I N S U R A N C E 21 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Okeechobee schools ranked 54th in the state By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man being held in the Okeechobee County Jail w as arrested by a state inv estigator for allegedly staging an auto accident in order to collect money from an insurance company. David Dewilton Thomas, 56, Old Lakeport Road, Moore Haven, was arrested W ednesday, Jan. 18, on a charge of ling a false and fraudulent insurance claim. He is being held without bond in the county jail. An arrest report by Detective Ralph Guarniero, of the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud (DOI), stated that Thomas rented a truck from an Okeechobee vehicle rental company on June 24, 2011. He was then inv olved in a vehicle crash on State Road 714 in Martin County. According to the detective’s report, Thomas ran into the back of a 1995 Lexus being operated by Robert Brodon. On July 21, 2011, Mr. Brodon was issued an insurance check for $4,551.11. Detective Guarniero said it was later learned that the accident was staged and that Thomas drove into the back of the Lexus at a slow speed so Mr. Brodon, or the two other passengers in the Lexus with him, wouldn’t be injured. However, continued the detective, Mr. Brodon submitted an insurance claim for medical treatment between June 24 and Aug. 16 of that year for a total of $8,635. But he only received a total of $2,000 because that was the maximum amount allowed under his policy, added Detective Guarniero. The report does not state if anyone else has been charged in connection with this case. When Detective Guarniero arrested Thomas, he was already being held without bond in the Okeechobee County Jail for failing to appear in an Okeechobee court on felony charges of dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. State charges area man w ith insurance fraud David D. Thomas

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By Rob NewellFLW OKEECHOBEE – Win a major bass tournament once on a particular lure or technique and it gets a little attention. But win the same tournament two years in a row on the same lure and technique and suddenly y ou have garnered a lot of attention. Such is the case with 29-year-old Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid who has now w on the EverStart Series Southeast event two years in a row with the same lure. In last year’s January event, Medlock posted weights of 28-01, 16-05 and 19-02 for a three-day total of 63-08. This year’s tournament, held Jan 19-21, he outdid himself with weights of 17-8, 35-7 and 15-3 for a three-day total of 68-2. The win earned him yet another $35,300 payday. Brandon Medlock’s trophy will look good sitting right next to the one he won last y ear. “The rst time I won, I was in shock,” Medlock said. “And to win again, now I’m even more in shock. I just don’t know what to say.” Medlock’s main lure is the same lure he used last year – the Double-Guard J ig – a big 1-ounce jig made by his dad, w hich features a large 6/0-hook defended by a double w eedguard for extra balance and weedlessness. Medlock accentuates the big pro le of the bait w ith a huge hunk of plastic. Last year he used a big salty chunk; this y ear he favored a Gambler Ugly Otter. He ties the jig to 65-pound test Suf x braided line on a Carrot Stix extra heavy ipping stick. When the package is complete, it constitutes a bait that is built for one thing: giant bass. Medlock’s winning secret lies, not so much in the bait itself, but in his absolute con dence to throw it all day. It’s a con dence rooted in shing many team tournaments on Lake Isokpoga with his dad who convinced the younger Medlock to focus solely on big sh in tournaments. “Istokpoga is a big sh lake,” Medlock said. “In order to win tournaments there you have to sh for big bass all the time. And this lake is very similar. I could go out here and throw worms, topwaters, buzzing plastics and catch a bunch of bass, but only two or three of them might be big ones. With that jig I sh for eight bites a day – that’s my target. If I get eight bites on that jig, ve are going to be big ones. When I come to these tournaments, you won’t nd those other lures out on my deck. I know from many years of shing with my dad that if we could get eight bites on that jig, we would probably win the tournament because they’re going to be big ones that bite it.” The Double-Guard does double duty, claiming another EverStart win for Brandon Medlock on Lake Okeechobee. Medlock’s arsenal for the week included his dad’s jig and a Gambler Cricket, which he used to punch mats. And here is where a clari cation needs to made: Medlock does not use the big jig to punch through mats. Instead he uses the jig to pitch into holes and gaps around grass. However, knowing when to punch the Cricket and when to pitch the jig is a critical part of the game. Medlock is shing the upcoming FLW Tour Open in a couple of weeks and understandably does not want to say exactly where or what he is pitching to. But he did say that knowing when the conditions get just right for the jig is imperative. “The rst day I actually punched mats with the cricket – that’s how I caught the 17 pounds,” he explained. “But yesterday and today I used the jig. A lot of it has to do with the water temperature. When it’s cold, punching is the way to go. But once it warms up, the jig is the better option for me. And this event kind of landed right on a transition period. The water was still cold in practice and punching was better. But with the warming water on the rst day, more sh started to move onto beds and that’s when the jig became better.”Tharp secondEverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., made a hard charge at Medlock with the second biggest limit of the event, 28 pounds, 14 ounces, moving him up from fth to second with a three-day total of 62 pounds worth $12,300. This is now the fourth time Tharp has been runner-up in major tournaments in a 12-month period. This nish also marked his sixth top-10 in a row in events held on Lake Okeechobee. Tharp relied on his favorite game, ipping and pitching, to produce the monstrous bag He used a variety of plastics under a 1-1/2ounce tungsten weight tied to 70-pound test Samurai braid to do the damage. “Everyone found the best place on the lake with the biggest sh in it,” he said. “The last two days there have been 30 boats milling around in there punching those mats. There have been so many boats in there cutting up the vegetation it doesn’t even look the same as it did ve days ago. And these sh are not stupid – they’re not going to come in there with an armada of boats around. Today, there were far fewer boats in there and some new big ones moved up.” Amazingly Tharp caught the three biggest bass in his limit in about ve minutes. “I caught all my big ones in less than an hour and three of them came within a span of about 50 feet,” Tharp explained. “And that’s the way this place is – when they move up like that you can hurt them in a hurry. Okeechobee is just a magical place and that’s why I love this lake so much.”Fels thirdKeith Fels of Ocala caught a closing round limit of 17 pounds, 15 ounces to nish third with a three-day total of 55 pounds, 10 ounces worth $10,000. While others punched and ipped, Fels made the casting game work for him. “Flipping is just not my style, so I stayed with the moving baits most of the week,” Fels said. “Mostly casting a Gambler Big E-Z and a -ounce swimming jig. I basically burned a lot of gas and covered a lot of water.”Holder fourthBrian Holder of Gastonia, N.C., nished in fourth place with a three-day total of 48 pounds, 14 ounces worth $9,000. Holder caught most of his sh punching “blown-in” mats of mixed vegetation consisting of reeds, eel grass and hyacinths. His primary bait for the week was Lake Fork Craw Tube on a Trokar hook under a 1-ounce tungsten weight shed on 65-pound test Spiderwire braid.Honnerlaw fthBryan Honnerlaw of Moore Haven rounded out the top ve with a threeday total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces worth $8,000. Honnerlaw spent the week ipping mats and reeds with a Sweet Beaver teamed with a Punch Skirt and topped with a 1-ounce weight. Rest of the bestRounding out the top-10 pros in the EverStart Series event on Lake Okeechobee: 6th: Kent Ware of Wadmalaw Island, S.C., three-day total of 42-9; 7th: Clent Davis of Montevallo, Ala., threeday total of 41-14; 8th: George Kapiton of Inverness, Fla., three-day total of 41-6; 9th: Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, Fla., three-day total of 40-12; 10th: Jeff Fitts of Keystone Heights, Fla., three-day total of 39-12. Double-guard jig pulls double duty in FLW tourney 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 22 Okeechobee News January 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rob NewellBryan Honnerlaw of Moore Haven rounded out the top ve with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces worth $8,000. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Double-Guard claimed another EverStart win for Brandon Medlock.

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