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Title: Okeechobee news
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Publication Date: 02-22-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 23 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.12 feetLast Year: 12.27 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Mural project u nder way ... Page 3 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobby BlishMudfest draws thousandsOkeechobee’s annual “Party in the Mud” attracted thousands of mudding enthusiasts over the weekend. For more on the story, see page 19. Board to deal with issue of unlicensed contractorsBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Con rmation of the appointment o f a director of parks and recreation will be the highlight of the Thursday, Feb. 23, meeting of the Okeechobee Count y Commission. After interviewing seven o f the 13 applicants, the county administrator, deputy county administrator and the human resource administrator felt that Albert Scoggins was the best choice. Mr. Scoggins has 25 years experience in parks and recreation. For 10 years he was recreation director for the City o f Stuart. He spent 13 years with the St. Lucie County Department of Leisure Services as recreation manager, recreation supervisor and manager of the Thomas J. White Stadium, spring training home of the New York Mets. Currently Mr. Scoggins is a certi ed tness trainer with Results Fitness Corporation of Stuart. Turning from recreation to business, commissioners are scheduled to hear a County to hire new parks & rec director If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 WHERE: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. See COUNTY — Page 13 Task force nds cocaine and cash ... Page 14

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Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastWednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West southwest wind around 10 mph becoming north northwest. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleXtreme BullsThe Brighton Field Days Festival concluded on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the Seminole Classic segment of the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour. The Feb. 19 Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls telecast will air Tuesday, March 6, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (ET). In the regional market GAC is available on AT&T U-verse channel 529, Comcast channel 147, 4DTV channel W5289 and TCI channel 28. Great American Country is also available on DISH Network 167 and on DirecTV 326. Type O blood donors neededDue to extremely high usage by area hospitals the supply of O Negative blood has reached extremely low levels. An appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at Florida’s Blood Centers as soon as possible. O Negative blood is the universal blood type meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipient’s blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries. O Negative donors can donate at any Florida’s Blood Centers location or on any Big Red Bus. Call toll free 1-888-9DONATE for more information or to make an appointment. If you don’t know your blood type, the best way to nd out is to donate blood! While the need for Type O is critical, blood donors of all types are needed. The “Big Red Bus” bloodmobile will be in the Okeechobee area on the following dates:  Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Okeechobee Correctional Institute, noon – 6 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Okeechobee Health Dept., NW 9TH Ave., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Thursday, Feb. 23 – SFWMD Field Station on Hwy 70E, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 24 – Walgreen’s, 1 – 6 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 24 – Publix, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Okeechobee Main Street’s fourth mural project will be unveiled and dedicated at the Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest on April 14. The mural will bring life back to the historical old bank building. Gil and Marie Culbreth, owners of the building, are sponsoring the majestic art project that will depict life as it was back in time when the bank and adjacent businesses were open on the corner of State Rd 70 and Osceola. The rst phase (old bank section) of the project is complete. Artist Joseph Steiert is now working on phase two. Phase two will show four adjacent businesses that thrived back when the building was occupied. When this massive art project is completed, the community will be looking into the windows of the past. Joseph is painting the history on new boards that will replace the old ones now covering all the windows and doors. Okeechobee Main Street’s Art and Cultural Committee invites the community to the dedication, which will take place in park 5 during the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest on April 14 and 15. This year’s Art and Music Fest will feature national and local ne artists. Local student’s art will be showcased, along with a large children’s art and activities area. Entertainment will be featured on both days, with a special dance production by Leslie’s Dance Studio. New to this year’s art and music fest is the ethnic cultural area, which will feature cultural presentations, food and art by our wonderful diverse community. You will also enjoy a green and agricultural market. At this time there is a call to ne artists for juried or non-juried booths, local adult gallery artists and student artists. Main Street is also looking for heritage groups who would like to share their culture. Green market and food vendor spaces are also available. If you want to participate in what will be a very eventful weekend, please contact Cindy at 863-357-MAIN. Applications and deadline for artists and vendors can be found on Main Street’s website at: www.okeechobeemain. com, click on the Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest page. Okeechobee Main Street’s mural program has grown since it’s inception and partnering with the City of Okeechobee to create guidelines for the development of historical murals in our community. The program now celebrates four mural projects and the adoption of the famed Okeechobee Historical Society’s mural located at the OHS Freshman Campus. All ve murals will be featured in a new brochure showing the photos of the murals, artists and mural history. These brochures will be located at the Okeechobee Main Street Of ce, Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and other locations inviting visitors to drive around our community to see these wonderful depictions of our history and culture on murals within our city and around our businesses. If you are a business/building owner who would like to become a part of the Okeechobee Main Street’s Mural and Visual Arts mural program, please contact Okeechobee Main Street. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog.Ž Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogsŽ than watchdogs.Ž Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdogŽ role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 3 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 OKMS Mural project announces dedication County Fair Association has space for exhibitorsThe Okeechobee County Fair Association is now accepting applications for exhibitor space at the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair. This year they will feature a new and different look to the exhibit tent. The exhibitors will be housed in a clear span tent which allows the fair patrons full view and access to each exhibitor without the worry of walking up and downs rows. Clear span tents have no poles which restrict the view and space of the exhibitor. They are also offering kiosk space for those exhibitors that desire to have a static display. If you are interested in securing exhibit space, please go to the web site at www.okeechobeecountyfair.com and download the exhibitor application. If you have further questions, please contact Jeff Jones at 863-634-2321. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bridgette WaldauIn his West Palm Beach studio, artist Joseph Steiert (formerly from Okeechobee) works on Phase 2 of the mural to be located on the historical old bank building. Dedication of the mural will be held at the Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest on April 14.

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Scam When someone you do NOT know c alls you and tells you that you won a game, s weepstakes or contest you DID NOT enter and tells you to pay them so they can pay y ou—YOU DID NOT WIN ANYTHING... IT IS A FRAUD AND THEY WANT YOUR MONEY. It is against federal law to have prize winners pay any fee for their winning (unless y ou’re the IRS). You WILL pay them sooner or later.Negative people It’s become so politically correct in soc iety, that you cannot have a negative stance on anything. Seriously, this is insane, anyt hing you say will offend someone. I challenge you to come up with something that w ill be received by all. I thought about ice c ream, I love ice cream, everyone does... unless you are lactose intolerant, or strict v egan, see not that easy.  Not only politically correct, you must be positive to be socially correct. People generally want to stay away from anyone who is a negative thinker. I believe that negativity is s ometimes nothing more than being willing t o look at both sides of a picture. That may b e the problem. For instance, if you have a presidential hopeful who is trying to sell hope and change to gullible people, it’s not going to go over very well if you can’t get t hem to think positively. It is politically incorrect. So now we have a president who is doing everything incorrectly because too many people went along with his positive “yes we c an” stuff, when all along it has really been “no we can’t.”  I’m going to go with this is not a rec ent phenomenon. I mean no one wants to hang around someone who is all gloom and doom, I certainly don’t. I can only assume t hat being pessimists or “realists” has been a looked-down upon thing since time eternal.  If you had met up with Jesus in person, w ould you have called him a pessimist or optimist?  You are what you think you are.  I believe we are what God thinks we are.Lake level The Corps is letting water out of the lake into the Caloosahatchee River to counter the effects or rising salt water in that river. The lake is already getting low. By summer our lake won’t be usable again. They need to stop letting water out!Teachers’ contract The teachers union turned down the school board’s proposed contract which included a pay increase because they want a guarantee that if they have a good evaluation, they will automatically be hired for the next year. So now, the administration took the raise proposal off the table. Apparently, because they didn’t sign the contract and start the evaluation process by a certain date, they lost some grants and so now they can’t give those raises. Now it has to go to the school board to be decided. I am wondering how the individual teachers feel about this.  Most of us working folks work with no guarantees, even if we do a great job. I know several folks who were outstanding employees but that did not help them when the store they worked for closed. Few people have gotten raises in the last three years. Many of us have accepted pay cuts just to keep our jobs. If I were a teacher, I think I would have gone for the contract with the pay increase. If you do a good job, it seems likely you would be rehired every year unless they had to cut total staff. So why not take the money?  The new evaluation the state is imposing on the teachers is not a fair system as usual the government is making demands without adding in all the elements. I believe they are doing their best to eliminate public education so they wouldn’t have to fund it. The board and the union are trying to come to an agreement that would be fair to both sides. There is a lot of good ole boy syndrome in this county and they just want a fair evaluation system that all administrators would have to follow so there is not a way to oust a teacher just because the administrator doesn’t like them. If you can’t have some kind of security in your chosen profession why would you even come here when you can make considerable more money in other counties? Compliments to employersI’m writing to compliment the companies that allow their staff to volunteer throughout the community while on company time. There are many events in our small community that require a lot of planning and time to be successful. I have been blessed to work for companies that encourage giving back. I feel it is so important for the community to come together to help such causes including Kiwanis, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, CASTLE, etc., and without employers allowing time to do so, they would all suffer. The committee planning for the events associated takes many months of planning. A great example of “giving back” is the employee volunteer program through Wast e Management. The employees are encouraged to take an eight-hour day and volunteer at a local organization. Michael Burgess, Waste Management gave his day to Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center by building a habitat for a six foot iguana that froze in th e recent cold snap. The iguana will now retir e at the facility and be cared for through community donations. The habitats at Arnold’s can be sponsored which help to take care o f food, maintenance and special septic tanks. A BIG thank you to the companies tha t give back to our community. It is wha t makes “Okeechobee” a family! Teresa Chandler Wednesday, February 22, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter 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. 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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! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementCelebrating 20 Years of ServiceJohn Fisher, Equipment Operator for Waste Management/Okeechobee Landll, Inc. celebrates 20 years of employment. Congratulations John! Pictured: Tony Bishop/District Manager, John Fisher and Jason Johns/Operations Manager.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Farm BureauEthel Delagall received the one-year membership award from Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, County Women’s Chair Amy Daniel at the Health Expo at the Agri-Civic Center on Jan 28. Okeechobee County Farm Bureau President Jacob Larson presents the FAMA membership basket to Jada Taylor, at the Health Expo at the Agri-Civic Center on Jan. 28. Okeechobee Farm Bureau held its membership drive on Jan. 28 at the annual health fair expo. They gave away door prizes. Insurance agent Celeste Hawk presented the insurance door prize to Noel Ochs. Okeechobee Farm Bureau has Membership Drive The diary written by a young Anne Frank during the German occupation of Holland in W orld War II, remarkably stands as a classic of twentieth century literature. Similarly, the play which is based upon it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and received Broadway’s Tony award for best play when it premiered in 1955. Okeechobee audiences will have the opportunity to experience this gripping true story in a very personal way, as the people involved are brought to life on stage in the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The show will be presented for four performances on Friday and Saturday nights, March 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 8 p.m., at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Reserved seat tickets are now available for $12 each at the of ce of the Pennysaver at 111 N.E. Second Street, just north of CVS Pharmacy. The play relates the trials of ve adults and three young people who went into hiding from the Nazis in cramped quarters above an of ce in Amsterdam during the war. Hiding out in such a manner was often the only option available for Jews to avoid being sent to a concentration camp, and ultimately, in many cases, the gas chamber. During the period, Anne Frank, the young author of the diary, achieves physical maturity as well as a maturity beyond her years in both character and spirit as she chronicles the human interaction around her. Teaching the horrors of the holocaust in which six million Jews were exterminated is included in the required curriculum for schools in the State of Florida. Seeing the live performance of the play offers children and adults a means of learning the important message in an entertaining manner. The play is lled with tension, but also is, at times, light-hearted, hopeful, and even quite funny. The cast is comprised of a number of the OCT’s nest veteran actors, along with three extremely talented newcomers. The title role of young Anne is played by the surprisingly gifted twelve-year-old, Blaire Law, who recently appeared in the theatre’s holiday production, “Christmas On the Air.” Her father, Otto Frank, is played by Michael White, who will be remembered for his performances as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Andrew Hall, who made his stage debut as Jem Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be seen as Peter Van Daan. OCT newcomers, Sharon Wallace and Maddie Bean will play Mrs. Edith Frank and Margot Frank, respectively, and Kisha La w appears as Miep Gies. Other cast members include John Garner as Mr. Van Daan, Laurie Garner as Mrs. Van Daan, Matt Garner as Mr. Kraler, and Mike Zierden as Mr. Dussel. All have played memorable featured roles in numerous past OCT productions. The play will conclude the current season by the all-volunteer theatre group which was founded in 1979. The Okeechobee Community Theatre is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre, and the Florida Theatre Conference. For more information, or to volunteer, call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307, or visit the theatre website: okeecommunitytheatre.com. Okeechobee Theatre to present ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ Earn a hospitality specialist certi cate quickly for job advancementHospitality is one of Florida’s most diverse and exciting industries. Those interested in careers involving hotel or restaurant operations, travel services and special events planning will bene t from completing the new 12-credit Hospitality Specialist Certi cate program offered by Indian River State College. Classes are offered back-to-back in short 8-week “mini-semesters” on Monday nights that will allow for the completion of the entire program in just four months. The 12-credit IRSC Hospitality Specialist Certi cate program transfers to an Associate Degree in Business Administration, so taking the next step in continuing education is easy for those who complete the program. For registration and information, visit www.irsc.edu or call the Information Call Center at: 772-4624772 or toll free at 866-792-4772 ext. 7660. American Red Cross offers health and safety classesThe Okeechobee County Branch of ce of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, will offer the following health and safety courses in February:  Pediatric CPR/AED, Feb. 22 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m.  First Aid, Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. To register for a class or nd another class in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass. Advance Registration Required. Courses, times and locations subject to change. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Magi CableFire Chief ceremonyMembers of the Okeechobee Historical Society that were present at the City Fire Chief’s ceremony: Anna Jane and Barney Osteen, Betty and Sonny Williamson, Magi Cable and Dowling Watford.

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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. A lice Marie McGuire, 89OKEECHOBEE — Alice Marie McGuire, age 89, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in the Hamrick Home Hospice of Okeechobee. She was born March 14, 1922, in Ervin Kentucky to George and Mildred Sue (Johnson) Roach. She enjoyed Gardening and w as a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence McGuire. She is survived by her children, Lawrence Allen McGuire (Maria) of Miami, Fla., Joann Zeller (Jay) of Okeechobee, Jim McGuire of Naples, Fla., Linda Nessle (Philip) of Springboro, Ohio, Rick McGuire (Mia) of Hobe Sound, Fla.; grandchildren, Shannon McGuire, Megan McGuire, Jay Zeller Jr., J enny Ward, Julie Conner, Brian McGuire, Jimmy McGuire, Shelly Philpot, Nicky McKinney, Stephanie Frickleton, Tricia Martin, Holly Mineo, Noel Grif th, Christopher McGuire; and 17 greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. Harvey Lee Ford Jr., 51OKEECHOBEE — Harvey Lee Ford, Jr., age 51, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. Harvey was a native Floridian and a 20 year resident of Okeechobee. He was a member of the Fountain of Life Church. His hobbies included shing and boating. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aemia Sue Ford. Survivors include sons, Harvey (Sandy) Lee Ford III, and Gary (Lynn) Gerber; daughter, Sara (Kenneth) Jackson, all of Okeechobee; six grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara (Benny) Poole of Florida. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in Harvey’s memory be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Steven Sherman Jr., 37PORT ST. LUCIE — Steven Sherman Jr., age 37, of Port St. Lucie, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Port St. Lucie. He was born Feb. 12, 1975, in Pahokee, Fla., to Ronald and Rosemary Grant Sherman. He had worked at Turbo Combustions for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carl “Sheet” Sherman. He is survived by his father, Ronald Sherman Sr. (Pam) of Port Mayaca; mother, Rosemary Grant (Shawn) of Franklin, N.C.; sisters, Sabrin a Moore (Tony) of Franklin, N.C., Olivia Sherman of Franklin, N.C., Veronica Sherman of Pahokee; brothers, William Sherman of Franklin, N.C., Dylan Sherman of Pahokee; grandmother, Wenona Sherman of Port Mayaca; and four nephews. The family received friends on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 from 6 until 8 p.m., and services were noon, Wednesday, Feb. 22, all in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Interment followed in the Port Mayac a Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Tom Douglas Reed, 68OKEECHOBEE — Tom Douglas Reed, age 68, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Doug moved to Okeechobee as a young teen and resided in Okeechobee for the past 53 Years. He was a member of the Loyal Order o f Moose Lodge #1753. Doug loved his grandchildren and enjoyed knife collecting and ywheelers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doralee Reed. Survivors include daughters, Tracy Lynn (Richard) Fletcher of Homestead, Teresa Ann (Keith) Reed of Okeechobee; three grandchildren, Justin, Emerald, and Secret; one sister, Pat Sain of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; his mother, Pearl Reed; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home with Sam Vuleta presiding. If friends desire, the family suggests donations in Doug’s memory be made to the American Heart Association, 1301 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Winford ‘Wimpy’ Glen JoynerOKEECHOBEE — Winford “Wimpy” Glen Joyner, age 57, died at Raulerson Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. His greatest enjoyment in life was traveling and he would make “home” wherever he found himself. For the past three years, home was Okeechobee. He also enjoyed shing and motorcycles. Wimpy was preceded in death by a son, Brian Joyner; and a brother, Steve Joyner. Survivors include sons, Robert Schimit, and Tony (Lorie) Joyner, both of South Carolina; daughters, Mindy Joyner, also of South Carolina, Lisa Joyner of Illinois, Dina Joyner of West Palm Beach; six grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Mary) Joyner of Illinois; sisters, Lola (Jerry) Bago of Lakeland, Fla., Cindy Lins of Illinois; parents, Winford and Dorothy Joyner of Okeechobee; and his niece and caretaker, Tanya K. Ellerbee of Okeechobee. There are no plans for a service at this time. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Chamber Investor Luncheon plannedThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County February Investor Luncheon will be held at IRSC on Feb. 22. Speaker will be Robbie Chartier, Okeechobee County Administrator. The featured business spotlight will be on Faith Farm. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m., concluding at 1 p.m. at the Williamson Center. The costs for the luncheon is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. The event is free to Corporate members. Please RSVP by accessing the Chamber website and selecting the February Investor Luncheon on Feb. 22 and registering on-line. Use the member login if you are already a Chamber member. If you are not a Chamber member use the non-member login. For more information, call 863-4676246.OHS Band to host bene t barbecueOkeechobee High School Band will host a barbecue chicken dinner for only $8 per plate. You can order and pick up orders between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 There will also be a yard sale held with proceed to bene t the OHS Band from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring your old goodies and tables. Use the high school parking lot for just $10. For more information, please contact Kim at 863-697-6422 (please leave a message).Hospice of Okeechobee to hold yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Patient Advisory DinnerRaulerson Hospital’s rst Patient Advisory Council dinner of 2012 is planned for Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. If you or a loved one were recently treated, or a patient at the hospital, you are invited to attend and share about your experiences. RSVP: 863-763-9228.Martha’s House to host Yard SaleMartha’s House is accepting donations of good condition household furniture and appliances for clients and for our yard sale on Feb. 23, 24 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please, no TVs or computers more than two-years old.Eagles North to host Card BingoSaturday, Feb. 25 we will have Card Bingo starting at 4 p.m. Come and play. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. Community News in Brief

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Fountain of Life Church would like to invite everyone to come to listen to Evangelist Ken Gaub. Ken Gaub will preach Sunday morning Feb. 26 at Fountain Of Life Church at 11 a.m. If you have any questions, please, contact Pastor Dave Robertson at 863-8011297. A women’s conference “In the Fire” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come and be blessed at House of Refuge Are you going through a re or have gone through a re? Come and hear God’s word on how to walk through a re v ictoriously. There will be worship music, dramas and preaching. Lunch will be prov ided. There is no cost—everything is free including lunch. Pastors Brian and Donna Dryden will be your hosts. At 7405 Hwy. 70 East, Okeechobee. For directions or questions, please call 863-467-0673 or 863-6971789. West Virginia Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church 401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee. Bring a covered dish. For information call 863-467-8636 or 863634-1427 Ray or Phyllis. Church of the Nazarene, 425 SW 28th Street, Okeechobee will be the host to a Southern Gospel Concert by The Whisnants on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. 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, March 2, at 7 p.m. The movie “Welcome to Paradise” starring Brian Dennehy, Crystal Bernard and Bobby Edner is an inspiring movie about acceptance, forgiveness and changed lives in a small town called Paradise. The public is invited. The First United Methodist Church located at 200 N.E. 2nd St. will be hosting a Smoked Chicken Dinner on March 9. Lunch w ill be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (eat in or take out) and dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (eat in or take out). Dinners are $7. For more information, please call 863-763-4021. Oakview Baptist Church is having a rev ival Sunday, March 11, at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and also from Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. Dr. Bob Pittman, a full-time Evangelist from Alabama, will be our guest speaker. James Garrison, from Nashville, Tenn. will be our Music Evangelist. Please make plans to join us – and bring a friend! We are located at 677 S.W. 32 Street. For further information, please call 863-763-1699. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church will host a Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 24, from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. at the church hall, State Road 78 West at Chobee Loop. Suggested donation is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Take out is available. The church will sponsor a regular Friday night Fish Fry throughout the Lenten season. There will be a multi-family yard sale to bene t the Adventist Christian School on Sunday, Feb. 19, and Monday, Feb. 20. At 908 S.W. 2nd Ave, Okeechobee. Sale opens at 8 a.m. The First United Methodist Youth will hold their annual yard sale to bene t summer church camp, on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. until noon. Furniture, small appliances, books, nick nacks, clothes, toys and much more will be offered for sale. Come support the scholarships that allow children to have a week at camp they would not normally be able to afford. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 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 Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24 Ave., is hosting weekly “growth groups” on Wednesday night. Each group will focus on a different area of need as well as interactive Bible studies; such as, Financial Freedom, Fit for a King (weight loss group), Men’s Bible Study, Single Women’s Group. Meet in the main sanctuary at 7 p.m. and be dismissed to the group of their choice. For information, call the church of ce at 863-357-4418. Everyone welcome. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Ton y Delagall of the Building Committee at 863801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863697-697-8924. A “Faith Community Nurse” basic preparation course and retreat will be offered b y the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association this summer. Developed within an interfaith model, this educational course and personal growth retreat prepares Registered Nurses to deliver wholistic care in faith communities. The program provides 33.5 contact hours and includes materials, lodging, meals, snacks, International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) pin and certi cate of attendance. Participants develop the knowledge necessary for practice & have an experience of a life-time. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org. Cornerstone Baptist Church 18387 U.S. 441 N., will have free barbecue, music, and the movie, “Courageous” on Saturday, March 3 from 3 to 8 p.m. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 7 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Okeechobee churches host special local events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 8 Okeechobee News February 22, 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Tallbird Richard Pewo, 20, S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 17 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of a dwelling. He is being held without bond.  John Wayne Jones, 57, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 17 by Deputy Cpl. Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving while license suspended permanently revoked. His bond was set at $2,500.  Michael Crum, 32, S.W. 90th Ave., Cooper City, was arrested Feb. 17 by Deputy Cpl. Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation failure to return leased property and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond.  Leonel Medrano, 38, N.E. 33rd St., Cape Coral, was arrested Feb. 17 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Eliezer Arellano, 27, N.W. 23rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 19 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with violation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to sell and violation of probation possession of oxycodone. She is being held without bond.  Sebastiana Lopez, 26, N.E. 207th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 19 by Deputy Bart Potter on a charge of battery on a pregnant person. Her bond was set at $500.  Wes McGee, 26, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement of cer and battery on a law enforcement of cer. He is being held without bond.  Genard Slydell, 25, Pahokee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Steven McKinle y on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $22,500.  Michael Gonzalez, 41, S.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with felon y battery (two counts), failure to appear battery (two counts), failure to appear driving under the in uence and failure to appear driving while license suspended. He is being held without bond.  Christopher Lance English, 21, N.E. 111th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation. He is being held without bond on that charge. He was later arrested by Deput y Tammy Sera ni on an Okeechobee Count y warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of oxycodone. He is being held without bond on that charge. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report W oman accused of theft to support pill addiction By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman with an alleged addiction to prescription pills is accused of stealing some jewelry from a friend so she could allegedly buy some pills. Courtney Lynn Beall, 26, N.E. 16th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Feb. 17, on felony charges of theft from a dwelling, giving false veri cation of ownership to a second hand dealer and dealing in stolen property. Beall is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $15,000 bond. Detective Bill Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that Beall took a ring and a pair of earrings from the friend’s home. She then took the items to a local jewelry store and reportedly sold the jewelry for $40. The investigator’s report goes on to state that she also signed a form stating the jewelry was hers to sell and then put her thumbprint on the paperwork. According to Detective Suggs, Beall then took that $40 and bought two roxicodone pills. Courtney L. Beall

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 presentation from Ed Garcia, regional program administrator with the Department and Business Professional Regulations on the impact unlicensed contractors are having on Okeechobee County. The board could adopt an ordinance to deal with unlicensed contractors. In other action the board is expected to:  purchase a replacement X-ray machine for the Okeechobee County Judicial Center;  consider a proposal from AVCON, Inc., for professional services for the airport conceptual drainage master plan and mitigation support services;  select an architectural rm for the proposed Okeechobee County Property Appraiser, Tax Collector and Drivers License Building;  authorize the county administrator to approve purchase of equipment, engineering and construction services for an energy ef ciency conservation block grant (EECBG);  authorize the chairman or the county administrator to execute work authorizations with GLE Associates, Inc, for engineering services pertaining to the EECBG;  make appointments to the construction industry licensing, agri-civic center advisory, library advisory, Okeechobee Utility Authority, tourist development council and planning and adjustment and appeals boards;  schedule executive sessions concerning American Well Drilling litigation and International Association of Fire Fighters Union negotiations;  amend the reserve policy to conform to current government regulations; and,  receive a nancial update through Jan. 31. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue EMTs stayed busy with calls to the Okeechobee Mudfest off State Road over the weekend. Thousands of visitors attended the mudding festival -driving vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Accidents and falls sent some of them to the emergency room. None of the injuries, w hich included bumps, bruises and broken bones, appeared to be life-threatening, according to the reports. According to Fire/Rescue records, EMTS responded to eight calls at Mudfest on Friday, Feb. 17, and transported two persons to the hospital. The other six refused transport to the hospital. On Saturday, EMTs responded to 21 calls at Mudfest. Nine persons were transported to the hospital. The rest refused transport. On Sunday, there were two calls for EMTs and one person transported to the hospital. Okeechobee County had one person airlifted by Traumahawk helicopter over the weekend, but that was not related to Mudfest, according to Fire/Rescue reports. Mudfest keeps EMTS busy Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobby BlishThe Okeechobee Mudfest site is a property of more than 200 acres. The festival, which is usually held twice a year draws thousa nds of mudding enthusiasts from all over the country.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $52,000 bond following the execution of a search warrant on his home that allegedly led to the seizure of drugs and a large amount of cash. Ronald Lee Jackson, 44, N.E. 16th Ave., was arrested Friday, Feb. 10, on a felony charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of a legend drug (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia. An arrest report also stated that $2,523 in cash was found in Jackson’s apartment. The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, along with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Street Crimes Unit and Special Response Team, served the warrant on Jackson’s home. During that search, law enforcement reportedly found:  8.5 grams of a powder that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine;  a pill bottle with a residue that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine;  small pieces of a substance that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine;  a digital scale;  a pill bottle containing 800mg ibuprofen and antibiotic pills, which both require prescriptions; and,  3 grams of a substance that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. The report indicated that the pieces of cocaine found were actually crack cocaine. Those pieces were found lying on a letter along with a razor blade. A metallic canister was reportedly found in Jackson’s pocket that contained a residue. When that residue was eld tested it indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3rd Annual Open House5286 SW 16th Ave. € 863-763-2248Saturday, February 25th 1 1 0 % o f f S t o r e w i d e Join us for FREE Lunch 11 am to 2 pm Plus In Store Specials Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com 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 S up pl e m en 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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To provide information on dual enrollment, Indian River State College is holding an information session at the Dixon Hendry Cen ter at 2229 N.W. 9th Street, Okeechobee on Thursday, March 15. Dual Enrollment students earn college credits at no cost while completing requirements toward high school graduation. This is p ossible because the program is supported by the State of Florida to help qualifying high school students accelerate their progres s toward a college degree. The credits earned transfer to IRSC Bachelor’s Degree programs, all Florida public universities and most univ ersities nationally. For more information, contact the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-792-866-4772.IRSC hosts 9th Annual River Classic Car ShowCar enthusiasts will want to put the best polish and shine on their custom or classic ride and get ready for the ninth annual R iver Classic Custom Car Show at IRSC. The College is hosting the Car Show on Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Main Cam pus in Fort Pierce. Participants in the competition may register between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission and parking for the public is free. Information will be provided on the College’s Quick Job Training Program in Automotive Service Technology and the Associate Deg ree program in Automotive Service Management. There are 25 competition categories, including a new “green” cars category. Registration is $25. The event also includes a Soun d Challenge. Judging begins at 10 a.m. with awards in the afternoon. Those wishing to display their car or truck in a non-juried competition can participate in a Park-n-Shine display with a $15 entry fee. All proceeds go toward funding IRSC Automotive Technol ogy scholarships. Sponsors for the River Classic 2012 Custom Car Show are Roger Dean Buick GMC; T & E Car Audio; and Snap-on Tools. The rain date is March 11. For information or vehicle registration call 1-866-792-4772, ext. 7617 or email acordary@irsc.edu. Culinary student showcase and open houseJoin the chefs at the Culinary Institute at Indian River State College for a Student Savory Showcase and Open House on Thursday March 1, at 6 p.m. to learn how to launch a career in culinary arts. The program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degre e in Restaurant Management with a culinary arts specialization. Students are prepared with practical experiences in food preparation, k itchen management, purchasing and budgeting. The Showcase will feature a program overview, kitchen tours, information on how to apply for nancial aid and delicious food samples prepared by IRSC culinary students. The event will be held at the IRSC Richardson Cente r at the Mueller Campus at 6155 College Lane, just south of Home Depot, in Vero Beach. Please contact 772-226-2511 or culinary@ir sc. edu with questions or go to: www.irscculinaryinstitute.com for more information. IRSC News... Taxpayers may sometimes nd themselves in situations when they need to withdraw money from their retirement plan early. What they may not realize is that that transaction may mean a tax impact when they le their return. Here are 10 facts from the IRS about the tax implications of an early distribution from your retirement plan. 1. Payments you receive from your Individual Retirement Arrangement before you reach age 59 are generally considered early or premature distributions. 2. Early distributions are usually subject to an additional 10 percent tax. 3. Early distributions must also be reported to the IRS. 4. Distributions you roll over to another IRA or quali ed retirement plan are not subject to the additional 10 percent tax. You must complete the rollover within 60 days after the day you received the distribution. 5. The amount you roll over is generally taxed when the new plan makes a distribution to you or your bene ciary. 6. If you made nondeductible contributions to an IRA and later take early distributions from your IRA, the portion of the distribution attributable to those nondeductible contributions is not taxed. 7. If you received an early distribution from a Roth IRA, the distribution attributable to your prior contributions is not taxed. 8. If you received a distribution from any other quali ed retirement plan, generally the entire distribution is taxable unless you made after-tax employee contributions to the plan. 9. There are several exceptions to the additional 10 percent early distribution tax, such as when the distributions are used for the purchase of a rst home (up to $10,000), for certain medical or educational expenses, or if you are totally and permanently disabled. 10. For more information about early distributions from retirement plans, the additional 10 percent tax and all the exceptions, see IRS Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income and Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). Both publications are available at www.irs.gov or b y calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Retirement plan withdrawals may have a tax impact Ronald L. Jackson Task force search leads to cash and drugs

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Bob Bostdorf of Apopka, Fla., weighed a ve-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Bostdorf earned $6,000. "I've been trying to win one of these for 30 years," said Bostdorf. "I've been close multiple times, just a pound or two away. I'm excited I nally got over the hump and w on one! I just had one of those days where the sh that I had found on Friday afternoon stayed there and they didn't disappear or shrink on me. "We had a fog delay," Bostdorf continued. "They nally let us go out around 8:40 a.m. We had to slow way down due to the fog, but once we got to my spot, I basically never cranked the motor again. I had one stretch of cover that I shed the entire day that was about 100 to 150 yards long. I had a lot of company in the area, but nobody else was catching them. My main bait was a Zoom Fluke in watermelon red. I was shing it weightless, real slow. When I mean slow, I mean dead-sticking. You just throw it out there and you don't move the bait, you just let it sink. Most of my bites came on the initial cast as the bait would fall. It wasn't fast and furious; I only caught seven keepers on the day, but was able to get three that were a little over 6 pounds. I'll de nitely be at Lake Toho in a few weeks." Rounding out the top 10 pros: 2nd: Joseph Kremer, Osteen, Fla., ve bass, 25-11, $3,000 3rd: Keith Fels, Ocala, Fla., ve bass, 24-1, $2,000 4th: William Closson, Beverly Hills, Fla., ve bass, 22-11, $1,400 5th: Richard Held, Lake Worth, Fla., ve bass, 22-8, $1,200 6th: Timothy Feller, Coral Springs, Fla., ve bass, 22-6, $1,100 7th: Val Osinski, Pompano Beach, Fla., ve bass, 22-1, $1,000 8th: Brandon Medlock, Lake Placid, Fla., ve bass, 21-3, $900 9th: Ronald Yurko, Okeechobee, Fla., ve bass, 20-8, $800 10th: J. Nobel Willits, Altamonte Springs, Fla., ve bass, 20-2, $700 Co-angler Tony Martinez of Bunnell, Fla., nished atop the leaderboard during the Walmart BFL Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee after landing a total catch of 16 pounds, 4 ounces. For his victory, Martinez walked away with over $3,000 in winnings. Tony Martinez of Bunnell, Fla., weighed in four bass totaling 16 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $3,006 in the co-angler division. The next BFL Gator Division tournament is scheduled for March 10 on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. After the fth Gator Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chev y Silverado, while co-anglers will sh for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, ve in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to nish in the top six, which then quali es them for one of the longestrunning championships in all of competitive bass shing the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 1719 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour. Bostdorf wins BFL tourney on Lake Okeechobee 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. 15 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tyler Barber pitched a three hitter as the Brahmans improved to (2-0) with a 4-1 win at Treasure Coast on Saturday. Tyler Finney w ent 2 for 4 with a run scored while Dalton Murray returned from a shoulder injury to hit a key two-run double for Okeechobee. The Brahman softball team brought the big sticks to the park Friday as they opened their district schedule with a convincing 12-1 pounding of South Fork in Tropical Farms. Danyelle Shef eld got the victory for Okeechobee. Bethany Stuart hit a tworun homerun for the Lady Brahmans, (2-0). Sarah Davis, Ashley Watson, Khrysta Herndon, and Carissa LiCata each had two hits for Okeechobee. Glades Day Gator football star Kelvin Taylor committed to the University of Florida last Saturday. His father Fred Taylor was a big star for Florida and later the Jacksonville J aguars in the NFL. Taylor has already set the Florida prep career rushing record as he has already rushed for 9,698 yards in his three y ears of high school ball. The Lady Brahmans softball team lost to defending state champion Eau Gallie, 10-0, at home on Saturday. Danyelle Shef eld tossed four strong innings to keep the game close. Eau Gallie led only 1-0 after four. They scored six times in the fth and three more times in the sixth to get the win. Okeechobee had only three hits, one apiece by Lauren Hazellief, Ashley Watson and Carissa LiCata. Kathy Simmons tossed one inning and had two strikeouts. Johnathon Kemp was able to win two wrestling matches at the state nals and represented Okeechobee High School well on Saturday at the Lakeland Civic Center. Kemp defeated Jason Cowles of Matanzas 2-1 and Hunter Byrne of Gulf Breeze 8-5. He lost a tough match to Ernesto Padilla of Springstead 7-5 and to Joseph Kennedy of Palm Bay 7-4. Kennedy ended up in third place in the state nals in the 182 pound weight division. Brahman wrestling Coach Robert Olive said Kemp wrestled very well and represented Okeechobee tremendously. "Johnathon will be remembered as an Okeechobee wrestling great, but we will be working extremely hard this off-season to get the returning guys ready for next season so we can take more than one wrestler to the nals next year," he added. OHS will host a baseball camp at the high school on Saturday for OCRA signups. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 150 kids are expected to attend. The Brahman baseball team is working with the Town Star Car Wash for a fundraiser. A generous 15 percent of all car wash proceeds goes to OHS baseball through March. Sports News in Brief

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Large 2B/1B apt, quiet neighborhood, W/D Hookups, Central A/H, well maintained. $600 per month, 1st and security, application required. No Pets. Call 772-219-8583 Leave message. IN TOWN Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo. 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. OKEECHOBEE Cottage on Rim Canal. Lrg. Studio/kitchen/new bath, beautiful modern furniture. Includes utilities. $125 wk. (772)359-1640. Condos/Townhouses Rent2bd/2ba 1 Story Villa $700 per month, $700 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 304-277-0427 Houses-Rent 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. Close to Wal-Mart, Tile Floors. $800 Monthly. $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 OKEE On Water, fully furnished, laundry, screened room, Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $550 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950. OfficeSpace Rent OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565Professional Of ce Space for rent in downtown Okeechobee 3 of ces available, Utilities included. Please contact 863-634-4631 leave message and someone will call you back the same day. Roommate Looking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 16 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale3/2 Waterfront Okeechobee Estates, 1 1/2 lots waterfront, lake access, large RV,enclosed garage 55’x23’,boat shed and lift,10’x22’ shed, excellent condition many other extras Call 863-467-5207 Hunting PropertyRetired professional and Ft. Myers resident interested in securing a few acres to hunt wild turkey in March, 2012. Willing to rent/lease land by day, week, season, or year. Also would be interested in hunting boar and deer. Call (239) 849-3369; or bllcumming@yahoo.com Lots -SaleBig “O” RV Park 55+ 37’ Travel Supreme 5th Wheel,2 large slides,W/D, many custom features, Beautiful lake lot,cement pavers own both for $55,000 Call 716-665-8979 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 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, located at 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $49,900. Visit www. roselandco.com/82H Drive by then call 866-700-3622. RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 3/2 Very Clean Double Wide $595.00 per month Call for more information 304-277-0427 RIVER ACRES: 2 BR, 1.5 BA. Utilities included. $500 mo. $250 Sec. Dep. Call 863-467-5946 or 863-697-2883 MobileHomeSale 2005 44’x12’ Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $6,750 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 $42,000, 05 Park Model in 55+ Park, on deeded lot, Sportmans Village in Moore Haven. Shed, w/d, cargo storage, landscaped and fully furnished. Call 704-762-0286 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Kissimmee River Estates MH 14x60, w/3 Lots, Fully Furnished, Kitchen Remodeled w/new Appliances, Enclosed Fl. Room, 2br/1 1/2 ba. Asking $44,900 Call 317-491-7821 Mobile Home Single Wide with Fl room in Pine Ridge Park, beautifully decorated and clean, completely furnished. $14,900 or reasonable offer Call 863-467-9433 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $9,500. Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Homes New 2012 Models $15K Off All Homes 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats 14 Foot Simi V Boat New paint, carpet and seats with galv. tilt trailer Call 1-717-404-4689 2000 Ranger Bass Boat R83VS,Ranger Boat Cover/Spare Tire w/cover,Mercruiser 150 EFI Engine,Ranger Trailer,Garmin Fish Finder 100. $14,000 or Interesting Trade. Call 863-675-4163 or 304-667-7855 RVSpace Rent RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $450 Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners RFP 2012-04 Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) program. Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, March 19, 2012 and delivered or mailed to: Okeechobee County SHIP Program, 304 NW 2nd Street Room 105, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) Program BOOKER For speci c project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-9312 or by fax at (863) 763-0118 or email sdupree@co.okeechobee. .us. Speci cations may be obtained from the Deputy County Administrator’s of ce located at 304 NW 2nd Street Room 103, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05 p.m. on March 19, 2012, in the BOCC Clerk’s of ce Room 222 at the above address. A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the property located at 1391 NE 15th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Any rm who is not in attendance at this address by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid. The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing. Margaret Garrard Helton Okeechobee County Commission 410693 ON 2/22/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-014 IN RE: ESTATE OF Monte W. Pollock a/k/a Monte Wayne Pollock Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: PublicNotice NOTICE OF INTENT TO PETITION OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TO VACATE A PORTION OF THOROUGHBRED ESTATES SUBDIVISION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Okeechobee Estates, LLC intends to apply to the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to request that the county vacate a portion of Thoroughbred Estates subdivision. Thoroughbred Estates subdivision is located on the north side of NW 240’ Street. That portion of the subdivision requested to be vacated is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND BEING ALL OF LOTS 14 THROUGH 27 AND 41 THROUGH 73 AND THOSE PORTIONS OF NW 132ND PARKWAY (A/K/A GRIFFIN RANCH ROAD) RIGHT-OF-WAY THAT WERE EXPANDED BY THE PLAT OF THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE’S 8 TROUGH 21 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND THOSE PORTIONS OF CLYDESDALE BOULEVARD RIGHT-OF-WAY, MUSTANG AVENUE RIGHT-OFWAY, PONY TRAIL RIGHT-OF-WAY, SHETLAND WAY RIGHT-OF-WAY AND PARCEL 1B (50’ STRIP DEDICATED FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY) AS SHOWN ON THE PLAT OF THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE’S 8 TROUGH 21 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTIONS 29 AND 32, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 29; THENCE SOUTH 0132’39” WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, A DISTANCE OF 4717.31 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 14 OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES; THENCE NORTH 8827’21” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE AND THE WESTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LOT 14, A DISTANCE OF 738.12 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.W. 118TH TERRACE (A/K/A CLYDESDALE BOULEVARD) SAID POINT BEING ON A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE RIGHT, CONCAVE TO THE WEST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE NORTH 8940’18 EAST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 765.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0109’27”, A DISTANCE OF 15.46 FEET TO A POINT OF COMPOUND CURVATURE OF A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE RIGHT, CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE SOUTH 8910’15” EAST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 10.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 5340’19”, A DISTANCE OF 9.37 FEET TO A POINT OF REVERSE CURVE OF A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE LEFT, CONCAVE TO THE EAST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE NORTH 3529’55” WEST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 65.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 10613’24”, A DISTANCE OF 120.51 FEET TO A POINT OF REVERSE CURVE OF A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE RIGHT, CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHWEST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE NORTH 3816’40” EAST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 10.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 5307’48”, A DISTANCE OF 9.27 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE SOUTH 0124’29” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 227.63 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE RIGHT, CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE SOUTH 8835’31” EAST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 765.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 3329’18”, A DISTANCE OF 447.13 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE SOUTH 3453’47” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 136.08 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CIRCULAR CURVE TO THE LEFT, CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, AND BEARS FROM THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE NORTH 5506’13” WEST; THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 835.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0521’53”, A DISTANCE OF 78.18 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 74 OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES; THENCE NORTH 5702’08” WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LOT 74, A DISTANCE OF 523.11 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29; THENCE SOUTH 8947’33 WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29, A DISTANCE OF 3611.33 FEET; THENCE NORTH 1729’41” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 5054.06 FEET; THENCE NORTH 6431’53” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1243.19 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES; THENCE NORTH 8920’52” EAST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 2539.03 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 508.74 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. AND A PARCEL OF LAND BEING ALL OF LOTS 28 THROUGH 40 AND THOSE PORTIONS OF NW 132ND PARKWAY (A/K/A GRIFFIN RANCH ROAD) RIGHT-OFWAY THAT WERE EXPANDED BY THE PLAT OF THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE’S 8 TROUGH 21 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTION 29, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 29; THENCE NORTH 0136’22” EAST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, A DISTANCE OF 5325.98 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 29 AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES; THENCE NORTH 8920’52” EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, A DISTANCE OF 2709.69 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 6431’53” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 1156.82 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 1729’41” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 5091.78 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES; THENCE SOUTH 8947’33” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 29 AND ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID THOROUGHBRED ESTATES, A DISTANCE OF 283.70 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 133.45 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. A public hearing to consider the request will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners on March 8, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Chambers, Room 270, Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. A copy of this notice will be available for inspection at the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, each weekday except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter to be considered at this public hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Clerk. 410555 ON 2/22,29/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice 4IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CA-232 BEVERLEE G. STEVENS, Plaintiff, vs. NATHAN BELL and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NATHAN BELL Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the FINAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE entered by Judge Schack on December 13, 2010 in Case No. 2009CA-232 in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which Beverlee G. Stevens is the Plaintiff and Nathan Bell and the Unknown Spouse of Nathan Bell are the Defendants, I will sell the property to the highest bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at public sale at 11:00 a.m., on March 28, 2012, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, the following described property set forth in the above referenced order: The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 30, Section 26, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, subject to an easement of the North 30 feet thereof for road and drainage. 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. 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 NOTIFICATION IF THE THE BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN 7 DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 711. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk, Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 410122 ON 2/22,29/2012 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 9th day of March 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2000 BEIGE BUICK CENTURY 2G4WS52J1Y1284211 1989 MAROON MERCURY COUGAR 1MEPM6044KH672980 2000 SILVER DODGE CARAVAN 2B4GP44G8YR602488 1995 PURPLE CHEVY G25 1GBEG25K2SF208442 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 410764 ON 2/22/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 2009CA000183 HSBC BANK USA. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST SERIES ACE 2006-HE1 Plaintiff, VS. MARIE E. FENTON UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARIE E. FENTON ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CONNERS GABLES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., JOHN DOE N/K/A SERGE CYRILS, JANE DOE N/K/A OODILE FENTON, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on MARCH 9, 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. 2002 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500 VIN #1GCHK29U02E100636 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. 410682 ON 2/22/2012 17 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Plaintiff entered in this cause on September 24, 2009, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: LOT 14, BLOCK 23, A REVISED AND ADDITION TO CONNERS GABLES, SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAand commonly known as: 484 SE 36TH TERRACE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, the sale will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on March 21, 2012 at 11am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 1st day of February, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Edward B. Pritchard (813) 229-0900 x1309 Kass Shuler, P.A. P.O. Box 800 Tampa, FL 33601-0800 409187 ON 2/22,29/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds The administration of the Estate of MONTE W. POLLOCK a/k/a MONTE WAYNE POLLOCK, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 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, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the rst publication of this notice must le their claims with the Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent and unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is February 15th, 2012. Personal Representative: DIANE RASCH a/k/a DIANE RASCH-POLLOCK 3924 Espan Court Palm Springs, FL 33461 Attorney for Personal Representative: JORDAN FIELDS, ESQUIRE Florida Bar No. 205745 416 SE Cortez Avenue Stuart, FL 34994 Phone: (772) 286-0890 Fax: (772) 288-1728 409873 ON 2/15,22/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011-CP-068 IN RE: ESTATE OF FENTON JOHN MOORE Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Fenton John Moore, deceased, whose date of death was February 2, 2011, 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 a g ainst 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 AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COP Y 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 FLORID A PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is February 15, 2012. Personal Representative: Jacqueline Moore Herta 1200 SW 4th Ave. Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Attorney for Personal Representative: Patrick J. Murphy, Esq. Attorney for Jacqueline Moore Hertz Florida Bar Number: 562475 Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, P.A. 272 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Deer eld Beach, FL 33441 Telephone: (954) 525-5509 Fax: (954) 525-4509 E-Mail: pmurphy@murphy-law.cc 409965 ON 2/15,22/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-193 In Re: Estate of BETTIE ALICE BASS, a/k/a BETTIE BASS, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f BETTIE ALICE BASS, a/k/a BETTIE BASS, deceased, whose date o f death was November 20, 2011, and whose social security number is XXXXX-0677, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is February 22, 2012. Personal Representative: CLAUDIA ARNOLD 14627 N.W. 34th Terrace Okeechobee, Florida 34972Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom Conely III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 410310 ON 2/22,29/2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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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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NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-017 In Re: Estate of HERBERT EDWARD BRINGGER Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HERBERT EDWARD BRINNGGER, deceased, whose date of death was (found) November 6, 2011, and whose social security number is XXXXX-0677, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is February 22, 2012. Personal Representative: KIMBERLY A. BRINGGER 5101 S.E. 43rd St. Okeechobee, FL 34974Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Deborah M. Hooker Florida Bar #0897582 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 410238 ON 2/22,29/2012 18 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated January 31, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 2007CA-239 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-23, is the Plaintiff and JESSIE POTTS; STERLE L. MCNEIL; DOLL ANN MCNEIL; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 28th day of March, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATE IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDIA, VIZ: LOT 20 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 19, BLOCK 36, SUBDIVISION OF A PORTION OF OKEECHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, AT PAGES 28 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2489 NW 4TH STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on February 3, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F07023949 **See Americans with Disabilities Act 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. 409685 ON 2/22,29/2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. Yard sale to bene t Pregnancy CenterThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will be have a one da y yard sale on Friday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come support the Pregnancy Center and nd your treasures at the same time. The Center is located at 500 nw 6th Street, Okeechobee. Of ce number is 863-467-8748. If you would like to donate items for the yard sale, please bring them to the Center this week.Eagles North to host Steak NightEagles North, 9985 Hwy.441 North, Okeechobee invites everyone to join us for Steak Night on Friday, Feb. 24 Steak Night. Starts at 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music by Steven. Come rock with him, he knows how! Proceeds go to F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Cypress Eagles to host Steak/Fish NightCome join us at the Cypress Hut Eagles for Friday Night Steak / Fish Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music by The Harpers. All proceeds will bene t the Community Fund. The public is welcome.Music audition invites solos and duosB.R.A.T. Club is holding music auditions on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3-5 p.m., at Serenity Coffee Shop. We are looking for solo or duo act to open for Contemporary Christian group SAMESTATE in concert on May 4, at the Freshman Auditorium at 7 p.m. No age limit. Auditions are open to the public. Must perform Christian songs. Auditions can be done with tracks, acoustics or Acapella. NO CHARGE! For more information please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Bassmaster Weekend Series Tourney setThe Bassmaster Weekend Series Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 in Okeechobee. Take-offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Recreation Area located at 10100 W. Highway 78 at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Lake Okeechobee Bassmaster Weekend Series Tournament is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. For further information call 863-763-3959.Big Lake Sportsman's Dinner & Expo setThe Big Lake Sportsman's Dinner & Expo will be held Feb. 25 at the Recreation Outreach Complex, 310 S.W. Fifth Avenue. An archery tournament will begin at 2 p.m. The wild game banquet will start at 4 p.m. There will be a shing simulator, a hunting simulator and prize drawings. For more information call 863-763-2171.OHS Band plans yard saleThe Okeechobee High School Band will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Okeechobee High School. Proceeds will help pay for the band's trip to play in a parade in Washington, D.C. Meals will be $8 and available for eat in or take out. The menu will include a quarter of a chicken, creamer potatoes, green beans, roll, dessert and tea. If you would like to donate an item for the yard sale, contact a member of the band or the high school.Red Cross offers disaster trainingCommunity residents who want to learn more about how to help their neighbors in times of crisis are welcome to join the American Red Cross for an introductory class to explore how the y can help ful ll the organization's vital humanitarian mission in their community. The Okeechobee Red Cross of ce will host a Disaster Services Overview (DSO) on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the facility's training room located at 323 N. Parrott Avenue. This training orientation is open to all residents who wish to support Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts. There is no charge for Red Cross disaster training. For more information, please call the Okeechobee of ce of the American Red Cross at 863-763-2488. For information on how to become a Red Cross Volunteer, go to www. redcross-pbc.org. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 19 Okeechobee News February 22, 2012 Freedom Outreach Ministry kicked off its rst tournament of 2012 on Sunday, Feb. 19. They are off to a great start with many supporters. The conditions were extremely windy, but everyone endured until the end. Participants and spectators enjoyed the free food and drinks while w aiting for the winners to be announced. A big thank you to everyone. Mike Jones and Justin Jones took 1st Place with 18.08 lbs. and Big Fish as well, w eighing 7 lbs. Buck Durrance and Wade Lightsey came in 2nd place with 16.12 lbs. and nishing 3rd was Brian Godwin and Eric Brown with 13.12 lbs. W indy conditions test anglers Special to the News/ Wendy WalkerBrian Godwin and Eric Brown took third place with 13.12 lbs of sh. Fishing must have been good despite the wind. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Wendy WalkerBuck Durrance and Wade Lightsey took second place with 16.12 lbs. of sh. Special to the News/ Wendy WalkerMike Jones and Justin Jones won rst place with 18.08 lbs. and big sh at 7 lbs. as Freedom Outreach Ministry kicked off their rst tournament of the season. Special to the Okeechobee News/ April TinajeroPlaying in the mudMudfest, held Feb. 17-19 on the Mudfest grounds off State Road 70 in Okeechobee County, provided fun in the mud for those on ATVs as well as those on the giant monster trucks. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobby BlishReady to rideSome visitors to Okeechobee Mudfest this past weekend brought vehicles that were designed for running through the mud.

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