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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-14-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 32 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.84 feetLast Year: 11.91 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon Cannon.County fair royalty2012 Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen Taylor Fulford and 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair, Morgan Roberts were crowned Saturday. For more on the pageant and on the county fair, see page 5.Cattlemen’s rodeo ...Page 13 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Director of the Raulerson Hospital Nutrition Services Department Emily Sparkman was named the Frist Award winner for the hospital at a special ceremony on Friday in the hospital cafeteria. Dr. Arif Shakoor won the Frist Award for Raulerson Physicians at the ceremony. Hospital announces Frist Awards Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEmily Sparkman with Raulerson CEO Robert Lee. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) could soon have an addition to their system that looks to be a white elephant. Discussion of unanswered questions concerning an abandoned utility system took up a great deal of time at the Tuesday, March 13, meeting of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) Board of Directors. The operators of the water and wastewater treatment plants in Pine Ridge Park have announced their intention to abandon the operation of those plants on April 18. The county has led a court document requesting that OUA be appointed the receiver for those treatment plants. Board attorney Tom Conley told the board that there is a mortgage on the water and wastewater plants. He went on to say that the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the rates of private utilities such as the one in Pine Ridge Park, does not recognise debt service in setting rates. However, as a receiver OUA would not be responsible for the mortgage. Mr. Conley said public records did not indicate how much was owed on the mortgage. The Pine Ridge Park treatment plants would be operated by OUA until such time as someone else bought them or OUA to take over Pine Ridge Park utility system Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDr. Arif Shakoor accepts the Frist Award for Raulerson physicians from Hospital CEO Robert Lee (right). See FRIST — Page 5 See OUA — Page 14 Plane crash at airport ... Page 5


Today: Isolated showers after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East win d around 10 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind around 5 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. 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. Horse Feed SpecialWalpole Feed & Supply Co.763-6905 Hwy 98 N Farm and Ranch 10% Sweet 50lb bag ..........$820Farm and Ranch 12% Sweet 50lb bag ..........$855Golden Grain 12% Sweet 50lb bag ......$1050 Sale runs Sale runs March March 14 14 th th 24 24 th th Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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 March 14, 2012 Need money for college? Cash for College at Indian River State College is a oneday event to help new and returning students obtain nancial aid for college. Held on Saturday, March 31, at IRSC campuses across the region, the event is designed to help college-bound individuals of any age w ith the nancial aid application process. Cash for College will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those attending will get no-cost professional assistance completing the Free A pplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for any student seeking federal and state nancial aid, including grants and loans. Attendees should bring their 2011 tax return and W-2 forms. Dependent students should also bring their parent's tax and W-2 forms. High school seniors are eligible for a free placement coupon and $500 IRSC scholarship drawing. Cash for College will be held at the IRSC Main Campus, Crews Hall/Building W, corner of 35th Street and Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce; St. Lucie West Campus, J134, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie; Chastain Campus, C109, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart; Mueller Campus, Richardson Center, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach, and Dixon Hendry Campus, Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee. For more information, call 1-866-7924772. The College will be closed for Spring Break during the week of March 19. Get nancial aid assistance at Cash for College at IRSC Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tara RowleyEconomic Council meetingMembers of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met at Indian River State College on March 7, for a discussion with John Glenn, president of the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition, regarding the 40 Developmental Assets, building blocks that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. Please visit www.search-institute.org from more information on how to develop these important assets in our community. From left to right are Frank Irby, Hoot Worley, Sherry McCorkle, Chuck Syfrett, Dennis Corrick, Jon Geitner and Joey Hoover. Okeechobee Forecast ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.


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Stand up for the ag In most American cities, when the ag goes by at the start of the parade, people s tand up. I noticed in the photos on the Okeechobee News Facebook page that in Okeechobee, some people stood for the ag and put their hands over their hearts and s ome just remained seated. Why don’t people stand for the ag? In LaBelle you know w hen the parade is coming because you can s ee people standing up, sometimes even before you can see the ag.  Maybe they’re Canadian?Fires Does anyone else think it’s suspicious t hat the homes that burned belong to people w ho are not winter residents? Is someone t rying to run out all of the full time residents s o that when the winter residents leave in a month or so, there will be no one left to w atch the park? Is it just a coincidence or s omething more?  I am still wondering about those res about a year ago in Treasure Island. Did anyone move from the Treasure Island area to Pine Ridge Park? If so, that is something the c ops should check out. If this is a re bug, t hey need to catch him before someone is killed in a re. We have been lucky so far t hat no one has been hurt, but if there are more res, it is only a matter of time before s omeone is injured or killed. If you know or s uspect anything, tell the cops.  What a mean-spirited and cruel thing to do, to burn down that grandmother’s home. A s she said in the paper, she lost things that c annot be replaced. Why would someone t orture a poor woman like that? They need t o catch whoever is setting those res.School lunch When I was in school, there were two c hoices. You ate at school—and everyone got t he same thing—or you brought your lunch. A nd if they were hungry, kids ate what they w ere given. Giving so many choices seems wasteful. They can’t afford to make enough of every choice for every kid or else they would be throwing out a lot of leftover food.  Personally, I don’t see the need for the school to provide a choice; there should be a set meal and they either eat it or bring a sack lunch from home. The school lunchroom should not be buffet style because that type of service can only lead to wasted food, or a shortage, as there is no way for them to accurately prepare for varying appetites.  Why should I have to pack his lunch everyday, when there is something on the menu that he likes? I DO pack his lunch when there isn’t nothing he will eat! If the school lunches are support to go by the menu, then whoever is running the lunches at the school, isn’t doing their job. It isn’t fair, for them to have something for one group and nothing for the other group. Most kids have to buy lunch and their parents don’t pack at all. How is it fair to those kids? Not just my child.  There should be only one choice. That’s all we ever had, and we made it.  Most kids of olden times had to eat what was provided because the starving ___(insert name of applicable hungry foreigners) didn’t have anything to eat like we did.  Go to the school during lunch and tell them you want to observe. I am sure they will be glad to set an appointment day for you to check it out. Tell them why you want to observe and be nice. I would observe several days but not in a row. My granddaughter seems to be happy with what she gets for lunch and she has last lunch.  So what if your child has to “make do” with the food provided, at least the schools still provide lunches, it would be much more cost effective to them to just say lunch is no longer provided if you wish your child to eat pack a bagged lunch. (much like they do on eld trips sometimes) The kids today are SPOILED and right now the economy is very bad – what will they do when they actually grow up and realize that in the real world sometimes you eat what you can afford.  I don’t understand what started, nor why they even continue, the buffet style lunches? There should be ONE menu and either they eat it, do without, or bring a lunch from home. To me the buffet style is nothing but a guaranteed budget shaker and should not be used. What purpose does it serve?  The food now comes in boil-n-bags. When we went to school it was all fresh and prepared right on school grounds. Funny thing was that we always seemed to have spinach the day they mowed the lawn. BBQ support appreciatedThank you! Thank you! Thank you! Praise Jesus we have many helpful people to be thankful for in our community. The Lighthouse Refuge had a BBQ to-go dinner fundraiser Feb. 18, at First Baptist Church. A special thanks to the church for letting us use their facility in preparing and handing out of the dinners. Another special thanks goes out to Tree Locators, Inc. for allowing us to use their facility, equipment and much needed help of their employees. Also a special thanks goes out to Seacoast Bank for the use of their incredibly large grill. Even more thanks to Mosquito Creek Grocery, Publix and Winn Dixie for their food donations. Thank you to all the businesses that kindly posted our bulletin announcing the fundraiser. We can’t say thank you enough to those who purchased tickets or just gave us monetary donations. Most importantly we would like to thank the women that we help, for returning the favor, and being at First Baptist Church that day helping with the preparation and distribution. Many people are not familiar with who we are or what we do. To enlighten readers with our mission, we are simply driven by God, as he has given us tender, compassionate and understanding hearts for abused women in need. We use our Christian principles as we minister to women that see k our help. Currently we host support group meetings twice a month at First Baptis t Church. Also on a daily basis, Donna Dean, Founder of the Lighthouse Refuge, helps women spiritually, emotionally, and meeting other needs as the Lord guides her. Our goal is to have a safe home for abused women to escape from their undesirable situations. How wonderful it would be for women to have a Christian based home to stay at whil e they heal and hone their skills to bravely ge t out on their own. We want to provide such a safe haven and spread the word that we ar e available. If anyone has any ideas, or would like to help out in any capacity with our mission, it would be a Godsend and greatly appreciated. If anyone would like to join th e support group please call Donna Dean a t 863-801-9201. Thank you and God Bless, Laura Lee Jay Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! On Guard for SeniorsBy Jeff AtwaterFlorida’s Chief Financial Of cer Any of us can fall victim to nancial fraud. As Florida’s CFO, it is my responsibility to protect Floridians’ hard-earned dollars. Through my years in the nancial services community and as an elected representative, I’ve learned that more often than not it is our seniors who are most vulnerable to nancial fraud. Every day seniors are inundated with investment offers and requests for charitable contributions and are thereby being exposed to targeted fraud opportunities. As a result, nancial decisions can be overwhelming. That is why my Department of Financial Services has launched On Guard for Seniors, a website dedicated to help seniors, family members or caregivers identify the right questions to ask to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or misleading sales tactics. The On Guard for Seniors website, www. MyFloridaCFO.com/OnGuard, includes information about annuities, reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance and identity theft as well as success stories about seniors who sought help from my of ce on these topics. Last year, the Department’s Division of Consumer Services helped recover more than $22 million for Florida consumers. It is my goal through this initiative to help recover more for Floridians and protect our seniors from falling victim to fraud. As president of the Florida Senate in 2010, I helped pass legislation which increased penalties for those who victimize Florida’s seniors. As a result, complaints and enforcement actions related to annuit y sales have declined by 35 percent over the past year. Florida is now among the leaders in the country for holding those who commit annuities fraud against our seniors accountable for their actions. Florida currentl y ranks rst in the nation in the percentage o f residents age 60 or older and has more than 1.7 million citizens who are 75 and older. Seniors age 85 and older are currently the state’s fastest-growing age group, according to the Department of Elder Affairs. As this segment of Florida’s population continues to grow, we must do all we can to protect them and arm them with the tools needed to prosper. Together we can all help ensure our seniors have the resources to make informed nancial decisions that best suit their needs today and for the future. For additional information, please visit the www.MyFloridaCFO.com. Guest Commentary


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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 The Frist Award honors the employees for their humanitarian spirit, and their concern for the welfare of patients and of their community. It is named for the founder of HCA Dr. Tommy Frist Sr. Ms. Sparkman said she feels Raulerson does a good job with their patients and loves to be a part of their family, “I think this award is an honor. I’m overwhelmed and I can’t believe that I got it. I love working at Raulerson, it is my life, I believe in taking care of my patients, try to do the best we can, to help everyone out. That’s what we’re here for.” Ms. Sparkman was offered a part-time position in Nutritional Services when she was 21, and worked herself up through the ranks. She said she always enjoyed cooking and baking and had worked over eight years at the Okeechobee School for Boys before getting a full-time job for the hospital. “I like to help people out and make them feel good. Everyone has needs, everyone needs to work together to help the poor, love has a lot to do with everything,” she explained. The native of Chicago, Illinois, moved to Okeechobee as a child and now considers herself a local, having lived here close to 50 years. She said Raulerson employees works hard with each patient and work well together. She explained that nutrition services are very important to what the hospital’s mission is. She works with all patients to improve their diets for when they leave the hospital. “I love everybody here. We believe in working together as a family. I’m glad to be part of that family,” she added. Ms. Sparkman was praised for her work behind the scenes and her charity work for such organizations as 4-H, Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the Hope Fund. Members of her family were on hand to share the moment with her. She has worked for the hospital for 33 years. Ms. Sparkman won a $250 gift certi cate, a premium parking space for a year, and other prizes. The hospital made a $250 donation to the favorite charity of Dr. Shakoor. Hospital CEO Robert Lee presented the awards to the employees. FRISTContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair w ere crowned Saturday, March 10, at the Okeechobee High School. Both will begin a y earlong reign representing her community. The county fair opened Tuesday and continues through Sunday. A large audience witnessed an exciting evening as the new queens were crowned and other awards were given out. Taylor Fulford won the title of 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County. Morgan Roberts was crowned 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County. Both y oung ladies will be the of cial hostesses to the Okeechobee County Fair this week. They w ill also be making personal appearances throughout the year. It will be a fun and exciting year for both girls! Taylor Fulford, 17, is the daughter of Randy and Christina Fulford. She is a senior at Okeechobee High School. Morgan Roberts, 10, is the daughter of Kevin and Taffy Roberts. She is in 5th grade at Everglades Elementary. Many other awards were given out at the pageant. 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair awards: First Runner-up, Nikki St. Pierre, 17; Second Runner-up, Brandi Perona, 17; Miss Photogenic, Jessica Wisener, 15; Miss Congeniality, Nikki St.Pierre, 17 and the Business Achievement Award, Nikki St. Pierre, 17. 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair awards: First Place Little Princess, Camryn Cashwell, 13; Miss Photogenic, Morgan Roberts, 10; Miss Congeniality, Morgan Roberts, 10 and the Business Achievement Award, Camryn Cashwell, 13. Prize packages and gifts were given to all participating contestants. Queen Taylor’s grand prize is the opportunity to compete at the 2013 Miss Florida Teen USA pageant, which will be held in October at Bailey’s Hall in Hollywood, Fla. At this pageant she will have the opportunity to win a $40,000 scholarship and compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Emcees for the pageant were Bridgette Waldau and 2009 Queen Alex Ming. Special guest for the night was Grant Gravitt, Miss Florida USA director. Grant took photos and videographed the pageant. To see the photos and video go to the Miss Florida USA website. (www.miss oridausa.com) and click on the Flickr and YouTube icons. Mr. Gravitt addressed the crowd and congratulated the committee on the success of their preliminary pageant and their program. He looks forward to Miss Fulford’s participation at the Miss Florida Teen USA pageant. Royalty guests included: 2009 Okeechobee County Fair Alex Ming, 2010 Miss Okeechobee County Fair and current Miss North Florida Kathleen Turner, 2012 Miss Palm Beach County Teen USA Natalie Titus, 2010 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Shelby Kirton and 2012 Miss Speckled Perch Ashli Clemons. Leslie’s Dance Studio dancers entertained throughout the evening. Dance performers were Delaney Fuchswanz, Trinity Horne, Maddie Mullis, Chaka Smith, Reese Stokes, Shelby Kirton, Kyleigh Adams, Delainey Rucks, Emma Raulerson, Cameron Williams, Skyler Varnadore, Madysun Causier, Merydian Causier, Christine Groso, Kaylee Whidden, Hope Wisener, Chandler Varnadore, Kiersten Kennedy, Halle McDuf e, Lauren Sills, Chloe Soriano, Aubrey Pearce and Leyton Watford. The pageant committee thanks the following: The Okeechobee County Fair Board, Okeechobee High School, Leslie’s Dance Studio, Kelly Raulerson – Absolutly Art, Flower Petals, Okeechobee Music, Eli’s Western Wear, Southern Style, La Casa Hermosa, Toni’s Chic Boutique, Executive Hair Design, Sybles Flowers, Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design, Vanity Fair, Gina Close, Madonna Arnold, Virginia Bryant, 2010 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Shelby Kirton; 2009 Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen Alexandrea Ming. For providing the publicity: Okeechobee News, Okeechobee The Magazine, Okeechobee Pennysaver and Billy Dean of WOKC 100.9, Okeechobee’s True County Radio. The committee would also like to thank the parents of all contestants and dancers for their support and for giving their children an opportunity to learn and shine in their own bright light. The committee extends a special thanks to 2011 Miss Okeechobee County Fair Christina Close and 2011 Little Miss Hope Wisener for their dedication and hard work during their reign. They were wonderful to work with and did an excellent job representing their community. Pageant committee members are: Donny Arnold, pageant director; Bridgette Waldau, assistant pageant director; Leslie Stokes, pageant coordinator; Alex Ming, coaching and photographers Sharon Cannon and Felicia Maxwell. To view photos of the pageant and of the Miss Teen and Little Miss reign throughout the year go to the Okeechobee County Fair website at www.okeechobeecountyfair.com and visit the Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen Facebook page. The county fair, at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center, runs through Sunday. The fair opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The public entrance is off State Road 710. For more information online, go to www.okeechobeecountyfair.com. Okeechobee County Fair royalty crowned By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The pilot of a Beechcraft airplane and a passenger escaped injury Monday when the plane’s landing gear failed and it had to be landed on its belly. A report said pilot James Olzacki, 62, of Punta Gorda, managed to safely land the plane on the east-west runway of the Okeechobee County Airport around 1:30 p.m. on March 12. Once the plane hit the ground it slid about 150 yards before stopping, stated the report of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce Deputy William Jolly. Deputy Jolly said the belly of the 1955 Mentor plane sustained some damage, as did the plane’s prop. Also in the plane was Lynn B. Olzacki, 55, who lists the same Punta Gorda address as Mr. Olzacki. The report stated that the plane was removed from the runway by John’s Towing. No one injured in minor plane crash


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 lthea E. Mount, 91VERO BEACH — Althea E. Mount, 91, of Vero Beach, died March 12, 2012, at Horizon Bay in Vero Beach. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She w as a resident of V ero Beach for 10 y ears, previously lived in Okeechobee, Fla., for 25 y ears, coming from Monroe Township, N.J. She attended Hightstown High School and Rider College in New J ersey and also Indian River Community College. Prior to her retirement, she taught elementary school and worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing. She was a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem. She was a devout Christian and a staunch Republican. Also an accomplished artist, her portrait of President George H. W. Bush is in the collection of the George Bush Presidential Library. Survivors include her son, David C. Mount, of Falls Church, Va.; one daughter, Carolyn M. Plank, of Vero Beach; two grandchildren; and ve greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph C. Mount, who died in 2001; and two brothers, Lloyd and Stanley Christensen. A visitation will be held Friday, March 16, 2012, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory in V ero Beach, where a Funeral Service w ill begin at 11 a.m. The Commital Serv ice will follow at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Okeechobee. Contributions as a Memorial may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, V ero Beach, FL 32960. An online guestbook is available at w ww.strunkfuneralhome.com. Harold Lon Parker, 75SEBRING — Harold Lon Parker, 75, of Sebring, died unexpectedly, Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2012, in the Kenilworth Care Center in Sebring after a short illness. He was a native of Pennsylvania, born July 27, 1936, in Johnstown the son of Ms. Kay and William Parker. Harold came to Sebring 41 years ago from Miami, Fla. Harold was a self employed businessman in Highlands county for many years. His rst venture was for seven years doing business as Parker and Mullins Construction Company before establishing H.L. Parker Contracting for the next seven years. For the last 22 years Harold ran and operated H.L. Parker Cabinetry in Lake Placid. Harold was a member of the United Game Fowl Association and enjoyed shing, outdoors, his roosters and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and his faithful companion, Shelby. Harold was a Methodist by faith. Harold is survived by his loving wife, Dianne whom he wed in 1987; children, Paul (Beth) of Asheville, N.C., Kim Vaughn of Lake Placid, Viki (Jeff) Spires of Lake Placid, Milton (Shawn) Murphy of Arcadia, Fla., Debbie (Tim) Lawrence of Alabama, Robert Murphy of Arcadia, Fla., Linda (Brent) Unger of Sebring, Fla., Carolyn Rogers of Arcadia, Fla., Joy (Greg) Whidden, Gene Murphy, all of Okeechobee, Fla.; brother Paul Parker of Charleston, S.C.; 31 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a special young man who Harold befriended many years ago, Frankie. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janis Parker. In honor of his memory and to celebrate his life a memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. today, March 14, at First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes. Pastor Randy Johnson of Wauchula will celebrate. In lieu of owers donations are suggested to, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Louise Detter, CEO, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018. Memorial arrangements are under the loving devotion of Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, 404 Plaza Avenue, Lake Placid, Florida 33852, 863-465-9997Kenneth G. Holley, 82OKEECHOBEE — Kenneth G. Holley, 82, of Okeechobee, passed away March 12, 2012. He was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Bronx, N.Y. Mr. Holley proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion in Key Largo. He came to Okeechobee from Key Largo in 1995. Mr. Holley was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Holley. He is survived by his sons, Robert G. Holley of Buckhead Ridge and Stephen Holley (Tami) of Key Largo; daughter, Sheron Cutright (Chuck) of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. No services will be held. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.Harold Matchett, 68OKEECHOBEE — Harold Matchett, 68, of Okeechobee, passed away March 9, 2012. He was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Sebring to Leo and Ada Matchett. He was a cowboy most of his life. He was a member of United Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his Daddy, Leo; mother, Ada; brother, Eugene; daughter, Jackie Matchett; and Papa, Olie Hunt. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Matchett; children, Lester Matchett (Steven) of St. Petersburg, Kim Hancock (Ricky), Kay Chapman (Elwood), Keli Trimnal, Karla Pittman (Curtis); stepsons, Patrick Raulerson (Misty), Steve Stripling (Shannon) all of Okeechobee, and Joe Stripling (Andrea) of Kentucky; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; cowpen full of nieces and nephews; sister, Barbara Ann Cannon (Joe) of Texas, Geri Bourn (Buddy) of West Virginia, Linda White (Tim) and Janie Hanson (Tom) of Georgia. Visitation was 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery with funeral services following at 3 p.m. Brother David Burney of ciated. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Free Diabetes education programA seminar Living with Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 S.E. Second Street, located in the Activities Room at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 The seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee will host BINGO Night on Wednesday, March 14 Eagles North will have regular BINGO starting at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go the the F.O.E. 4137 communit y bene t fund.ODEC meeting announcedThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will have it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, March 15 in Beef O’Brady’s meeting room beginning at 6 p.m. Any interested Democrats are invited to attend. Any Democrat who is interested in being a delegate to the 2012 State Convention and the 2012 National Convention needs to attend this meeting in order to submit their ling form to be considered for becoming a delegate.Cowboys for Christ of Basinger to meetOn Thursday, March 15 Cowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet at the Basinger Community Center. Ginger Fender will be the guest speaker. A pot luck supper will begin at 6 p.m., followed by services at 7 p.m. For information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863763-2285.B.R.A.T. Club plans danceThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club will host a Teen Dance Pajama Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Friday, March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. for ages 12 to 16. Cost is $5 per person, which includes pizza, sod a and chips. For more information, call Teres a Chandler at 863-801-4996.Cypress Eagles to host Friday dinner nightCypress Hut Eagles will host dinner night this Friday, March 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Variety of meals offered. All proceeds to bene t Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. For information, please call 863467-1154.CenterState plans grand opening eventCenterState Bank’s Okeechobee branch will host a grand opening event on Friday, March 16, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will feature True Country 100.9 DJs, free barbecue and beverages and an opportunity to enter the “Life’s a Breeze” Contest for a chance to win a 2012 Mustang convertible. Attendees will be able to nd out more about the bank’s services. For more information, please call Tabitha Trent at 863763-5573. Community Events Upcoming Okeechobee Blood Drives will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, March 14 -KOA, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 -Heritage Village, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 16 -Walgreen’s, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 18 -Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 22 -Ancient Oaks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 23 -Seacoast (South), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 -St. Teresa Catholic Church (K of C), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March. 31 -Wal-Mart, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upcoming Blood Drives Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAP grant. You must be sixty or over or have someone in the household sixty and over. This grant will pay for electric bills and space heaters. You must have a Final Notice. Call Sheila at 863-462-5180 to nd out the documentation you will have to apply. Electric bill assistance is available for seniors


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ANNUALMEETING March 24, 2011Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual officersreports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.Join us forgreat entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLETK1500 4X4 forone lucky member!PLAN NOWTO ATTEND! 7 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A Glades County ranch could have the new addition of a wind farm which consists of 11 wind turbines that could serve as a source of alternative energy. The Glades County Planning Board of Adjustments will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 10, at 5:05 p.m. at the Court House in Moore Haven to consider a special exception to permit the placement of the turbines in an open-use agriculture zoning district. Fitz Hugh Williams and Florence Ann Williams own 1,800 acres that is used for ranching and sod. The project is called Hurricane Wind and will include a small control center building and a small electrical substation. County Staff recommended approval of the project and stated it is unlikely to cause any adverse affects. They note the application is for 11 turbines only and additional special exceptions would be necessary if the applicant opted to expand the operation. The applicant stated the project will adhere to all local regulations which include height limits on the turbines, and setback requirements. The maintenance roads will be constructed of gravel or shale and the primary use of the property will remain in agriculture. The applicant stated the request adds additional uses on agriculture property, creates additional property tax revenue to the county and provides jobs without signi cantly impacting traf c. Occasional maintenance jobs will be needed. Wind farm proposed in Glades County New Horizons of The Treasure Coast and Okeechobee, has appointed William Bedwell as the Director of Community Relations. Mr. Bedwell joins New Horizons from Save the Chimps, Inc. where he served as the Development Of cer. Mr. Bedwell's appointment will bring dedicated marketing, public relations, and donor relations to New Horizons. He will be responsible for supporting New Horizons' focus on the Treasure Coast region while reaching out to donors and stakeholders to grow new partnerships in the community. "We are pleased to welcome William to our leadership team. His marketing, public relations and fund development skills will be an asset to our organization as will his knowledge of the Treasure Coast community," said John Romano, President and CEO of New Horizons. New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is the non-pro t community provider of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services for adults and children in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, offering accessible, recoveryoriented behavioral health care services to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. New Horizons welcomes New Director of Community Relations Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRecognizing 100 years of Girl ScoutingAt their meeting on Thursday, March 8, Okeechobee County Commissioners proclaimed 2012 to be the “Year of the Girl” in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton, right, presented the proclamation to Kay Mathis, left, who has worked with the Girl Scouts. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWilliam Bedwell, Director, Community Relations.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Freedom Outreach tournament successfulFreedom Outreach Ministry hosted their second tournament of the series. The weather front brought the wind and rain, but our anglers met the challenge weighing in over 170 lbs. of sh. Mike Jones and Justin Jones (above) seized rst place again with 23.04 lbs. and Big Fish weighing 8 lbs. Ken Karoll and Chris Crow (upper left) came in second with 22.10 lbs. Buck Durrance and Wade Lightsey (left) secured third place with 14.08 lbs. We appreciate the support from everyoneyou all help to make the tournament a great success. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Wendy Walker


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).  Jacqueline Lynn Sekan, 62, Chip’s Lane, Lorida, was arrested March 9 by Deputy Cari A rnold on a charge of driving under the inuence. Her bond was set at $500.  Joseph Heath, 22, S.R. 70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested March 9 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary (two counts) and violation of probation criminal mischief. He is being held without bond.  Brittney Nicole Penn, 26, S.E. 18th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested March 9 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge habitual offender. She is being held without bond.  Donald Edward Garrett, 58, Conners Highway, Indiantown, was arrested March 10 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a charge of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $1,150.  Hivan Rolando Medrano, 26, S.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 11 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on warrants charging him with violation of probation driving while license suspended/revoked habitual offender and violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Dali Edgardo Cortez, 19, S.W. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 11 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $6,000.  Travis Eugene Butts, 18, S.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 12 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a warrant charging him with grand theft auto. He is being held without bond. 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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An elderly Okeechobee woman reportedly loaned a man several thousand dollars to help him support his family w hen, in reality, she was helping him feed his prescription pill habit. Gregory Allen Staton, 26, was arrested Monday, March 12, on felony charges of exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $20,000 bond. An arrest report by Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated that Staton ‘borrowed’ $4,090 from the woman. Each time she gave him money, Staton would tell her that he was going to repay her, stated the detective. The arrest report goes on to state that the w oman told OCSO Deputy Max Waldron, w ho handled the initial investigation in February, that she was helping Staton and his family. Deputy Waldron indicated the lady w ould cash three or four checks a day then give the cash to Staton. Deputy Waldron went on to state that despite the amount of money taken from the lady, she did not want to le charges against Staton. Detective Faulkner stated that he was assigned the case on March 12 and immediately went to the victim’s home. Although there were no vehicles in the driveway the OCSO investigator said he thought he heard someone in the home. According to the detective’s report, the v ictim drove up just before he left. As he spoke with the woman, Detective Faulkner said she was on the verge of crying. The victim then told the detective that Staton was in her home. The detective stated that as he called for backup and started to enter the woman’s home, Staton ran out the back door. He was caught a short time later. In his report, Detective Faulkner detailed how Staton used the money to buy prescription medications and that he and the victim would go to the victim’s bank several times a day to get money. “I knew I was wrong by taking her money,” Staton reportedly told the detective. “I just could not stop—it was easy and she would give me the money.” Detective Faulkner went on to state in his report that if Staton had not been arrested he would still be taking the woman’s money. He went on to explain that the woman’s husband had been placed in a nursing home a few months ago and that Staton was exploiting her when “... she was under the most stress and needed help.” Man accused of exploitation of local elderly woman Gregory A. Staton 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. 9 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) reacted quickly to a theft complaint and was able to arrest a local man and recover some of the items that had been reported as stolen. James David Hat eld, 20, S.E. 66th Ave., was arrested Sunday, March 11, on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $2,750. An arrest report by Deputy Howard Pickering stated that earlier on Sunday a number of items were taken from the victim’s property. Those items, stated the report, included: batteries; a Hoveround chair; a radiator; an air conditioner; a dirt scoop; and, a threepoint hitch. The report indicated the value of the scoop and hitch together was around $700. According to Deputy Pickering’s report, Hat eld sold some of those stolen items to a local recycling center and was paid $114. The report stated that Hat eld was later arrested and that the dirt scoop, hitch and a Chrysler motor were found in the back o f a pickup truck that was hidden in the Four Seasons area. Deputy Pickering went on to say that his investigation is continuing. Deputy recovers stolen items; arrests one James Hat eld


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Call 863-763-3134 FAMILY MEDICINE By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsDr. Pasquale Montesano, orthopaedic spine surgeon of Palm Beach Spine Specialists, has expanded his practice from his West Palm Beach of“ ce by opening a second of“ ce at 1124 S. Parrott Ave in the White House Plaza. To become a spine specialist, a doctor must “ rst become board certi“ ed in orthopaedics and then take further specialized training. I take care of all types of spine injuries,Ž Dr. Montesano said. That includes sport injuries, diving injuries, injuries from falls, lower and mid-back pain, broken neck, back deformity and infections and tumors of the spine. After many years of practicing on the west coast, Dr. Montesano came to Florida, where he is on the staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. Dr. Montesano is assisted by Ty Scriven, a Certi“ ed Surgical First Assistant, who manages the of“ ce. Patients are seen in Okeechobee from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday only. The Okeechobee telephone number is 863-261-8059. The West Palm Beach number is 561-833-4869. Spine surgeon opens Okeechobee of ce Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda Dr. Pasquale Montesano, left, of Palm Beach Spine Specialists, is assisted by Ty Scrivens, right, who is a Certi“ ed Surgical First Assistant. 10 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Okeechobee News 11


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Life Community Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Sunday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall to celebrate recent changes. The public is invited to this joyful time. Life Community Church will have their FREE family movie night, Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. For those who missed it the rst time or w ould like to see it again, the movie "COURAGEOUS" by the creators of "Fireproof" w ill be shown. It is a heartfelt, story of four men with the calling to serve and protect. A s law enforcement of cers they will face the challenges of fatherhood with hope and courage in a God-honoring way. The public is invited. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church will host a Fish Fry on Friday, March 16, 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. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline W arriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. The dates are March 14, 21 and 28. Everyone is welcome. For more information about any of these activities, please call 863-763-5042. 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 863-2548304. 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 863357-4418. 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 harmonicacome and enjoy! A "Faith Community Nurse" basic preparation course and retreat will be offered by 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 and have an experience of a lifetime. For more information, call 561-3791972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 Hwy. 441 N., will host homecoming on Sunday, March 18. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 a.m. Dinner after morning worship with speaker Joe Barber, Missionary to Paraguay! For information call, 863-763-7743. Pastor appreciation day planned at First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton 20060 Reservation Road, Okeechobee will host Wonder Johns Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m. Immediately follow the morning service there will be a fourth Sunday Dinner and a reception for Pastor Emeritus Wonder Johns and Mary in the church fellowship hall as a way to say, "thank you" for his 14 years of faithfull and loving service at Brighton. Don Tiger from Bristow, Okla. will preach the morning service. He is here for our Spring Revival Frida y and Saturday, March 23-24, nightly at 7 p.m. Rev. Matthew Tiger, Pastor. For more information, please call 863-357-0013 or Pastor Tiger at 863-261-6429. Canaanland in concert on Sunday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m., 3121 SE 32nd Court. Bring a lawn chair and come enjoy this Palm Sunda y concert by Canaanland, featuring Okeechobee's Randy Whipple. You can learn more about Canaanland by visiting their web site at: canaanlandsoutherngospel.com. Directions: From 441 South turn on SE 30th Terrace and proceed past Zachary Taylor Camping Resort. SE 32nd Court is the last road on the right. We are in the cul-de-sac at the end. Sponsored by the Back Porch Church a non-denominational community of faith established in 2008. For more information call 863-261-8334 or email carykillian@comcast. net or cathykillian@comcast.net Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will host a Revival on April 9-13, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist Doug Wisersma will be the guest speaker. For more information please call 863-763-7743.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. A rea churches plan special events in March


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Because of the interlocal agreement with the county under which OUA operates, Mr. Conley said there would probably be some political fallout if OUA refused the receivership. At this point OUA does not know much about the Pine Ridge Park treatment plants. They do not know the number of customers, the rates, the frequency of billing or percentage of uncollected bills or if the customers paid a deposit. They do not have plans of the system and do not know what kind of condition it is in. “On top of that OUA executive director John Hayford said there were Department of Environmental Protection violations that need to be addressed. “I don’t know what kind of buzz saw we are walking into,” Mr. Hayford said. “Hopefully by the next meeting we will have more information.” “We need to do this right,” said board member Tommy Hoover. He feared OUA’s action in this case could set a precedent if OUA had to take over other private treatment systems. The board also took up another topic that has been ongoing for some time, unpaid developer’s fees. A few years ago, during boom times, some developers paid developer’s fees to secure guaranteed wastewater capacity for their developments. These fees were to be paid over a several year period in the form of non ad valorum assessments to their tax bills. When the real estate bust came, some of the developers defaulted on their payments resulting in unpaid taxes and lawsuits. Mr. Conley said he had heard nothing yet on the appeal in the Land Ventures o f America (LVA) case. The board authorized payment of an invoice in the amount o f $5,556.04 to the law rm of Melville & Sowerby for legal services rendered in Februar y in connection with the LVA lawsuit. The board also authored payment of $4,020 to attorney Robert A. Gorman for his services as an expert witness in January and February in connection with this same lawsuit. To protect their investment OUA adopted a policy of buying the tax certi cates of those developers who did not pay their developer’s fees. Freshwater Development Company, LVA and Awesome Ranch currently have unpaid OUA assessments. If these assessments are not paid by the deadline of April 30, in accordance with OUA policy, the utility will bid on the tax certi cates. Turning to another matter, at the request of Okeechobee County Undersheriff Noel Stephen the utility granted a request for the use of an OUA generator and light tower for the O. L. Raulerson, Jr. Barbecue Competition. This event will fund a scholarship program for local students. In a related matter, staff was requested to put together for board approval a policy concerning outside use o f OUA equipment since no policy currentl y exists. OUAContinued From Page 1 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A bill recently passed by the Florida legislature and pending the governor’s signature could have adverse effect on the nances of Okeechobee County. In spite of the trend in recent years to reduce county expenditures, the pending legislation will increase the burden on local taxpayers. HB 5301 proposes to withhold counties’ half cent sales tax distribution in future years to pay past disputed Medicaid bills. Later the counties could provide documentation of a correction and request a refund. Currently Florida counties are required to pay a portion of the Medicaid bill for patients residing in their counties. “For Okeechobee County they estimate we have a $1 million backlog of disputed billings,” stated Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier. The state proposed to reduce our revenue sharing funds distributed by the state over the course of seven years to repay this disputed amount. Opponents of the proposed legislation claim that there have been many billing errors since the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration instituted a new computer program in 2008. When asked if the county was seeing more computer errors since 2008, Mrs. Chartier replied, “Oh, yes, we have received double billings and rebills. How much that accounts for in this issue, I do not know.” For Okeechobee County, Medicaid payments to the state would jump from $319,815 in scal year 2010/11 to double an estimated $688,369 in scal year 2012/13. Statewide, over that same time period, the total increase in Medicaid payments by all Florida counties is estimated at $156 million. “What they want us to do is pay what they say we owe, then we can request refunds later,” said County Commissioner Joey Hoover. “We could see signi cant adverse effects.” “It’s like the waiter taking your check card before showing you the bill,” Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi stated in a press release. “The Florida Senate is putting more effort into shifting additional costs to local governments rather than xing the billing system currently in place,” In Okeechobee County the problem is compounded by the fact that many people who live in Buckhead Ridge and other areas just outside the county have Okeechobee addresses because their mail comes through the Okeechobee Post Of ce. Disputed Medicaid bills from those areas would be billed to Okeechobee County. Commissioner Hoover said he could think of no other rural county in our area that has that problem. Pending legislation could hurt county nancially


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Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state. .us/cc-admin/Letting_Project_Info.shtm or by calling (850) 414-4000. 411359 ON 3/7,14/2012 PublicNotice PHYSICIAN’S NOTICE OF RELOCATION THE MEDICAL PRACTICE OF PHILIP W. MOYER, MD, FACS, ALSO KNOWN AS SUN SURGICAL, LLC, WAS RELOCATED ON MARCH 1, 2012. THE ADDRESS AT WHICH MEDICAL RECORDS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DR. MOYER IS: Martin Memorial Surgical Group 509 Riverside Drive, Suite 305 Stuart, F1. 34994 412302 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/2012PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 411312 ON 3/14/2012 Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners RFP 2012-06 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, April 9, 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 Boswell 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 April 9, 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 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the property located at 904 NW 11th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Any rm who is not in attendance at this address by 3:05 p.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 412162 ON 3/14/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000267 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. DINA F. RAY et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February 3, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 47-2008-CA-000267 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff and DINA F. RAY; DANNY RAY; PALISADES COLLECTION, LLC, ASSIGNEE OF HSBC; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 4th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: Serial: 19569438 PARCEL I: LOT 1 WEST EDWARDS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, AN UNRECORDED PLAT LYING IN SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 30, BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 49 SECONDS WEST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 30, A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY OF STATE ROAD NO.68; ‘THENCE BEAR NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 1939.79 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF INDIAN TRAIL ROAD; THENCE BEAR NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF INDIAN TRAIL ROAD A DISTANCE OF 2041.18 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST, ALONG CENTERLINE OF SAID CHEYENNE ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 505.11 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SAID POINT OF BEGINNING BEING ON CUL-DE-SAC IN RIGHT-OFWAY AT THE END OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 179.39 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WATER OF OTTER CREEK; THENCE TRAVERSE NORTHERLY ALONG THE WATERS OF OTTER CREEK, TO A POINT THAT BEARS NORTH 10 DEGREES 35 MINUTES 20 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 356.40 FEET FROM AFORESAID POINT ON OTTER CREEK; THENCE BEAR NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 215.10 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 306.71 FEET TO THE POINT ON CUL-DE-SAC IN RIGHT-OF-WAY OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE ALONG ARC OF CURVE IN CUL-DE-SAC CONCAVING TO THE SOUTHWEST, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET, AND A DELTA ANGLE OF 129 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 10 SECONDS A DISTANCE OF 113.13 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. PARCEL II: LOT 2W, EDWARDS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, RUN THENCE NORTH 0 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 49 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 30 FOR A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF S.R. S68; THENCE RUN NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. S-68 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1939.79 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 2077.08 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. S-68 FOR A DISTANCE OF 288.00 FEET FOR THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING. THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 139.34 FEET TO A POINT OF A CIRCULAR ARC TO THE LEFT, SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 25 DEGREES 56 MINUTES 20 SECONDS AND A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID CIRCULAR ARC FOR A DISTANCE OF 5.18 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 306.71 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 144.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 310.28 FEET TO ‘THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON, 1999, SOUTHERN, SERIAL NUMBER HMST13971AGA & HMST13971BGA A/K/A 3737 NW 167TH COURT, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349720000 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 7, 2012 Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08036550 CHASED1RECT-FHA--Team 3 F08036550 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 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. 410127 ON 3/7,14/2012 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 30th 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: 1993 Black Honda Accord 1HGCB7658PA106737 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. 412403 ON 3/14/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 472008CP000007 IN RE: ESTATE OF CAROL ANN SCHMIDT Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CAROL ANN SCHMIDT, deceased. whose date of death was October 21st, 2007 and whose social security number is XXX-XX9302, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd St. Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-26 In Re: Estate of WARREN LAMAR HALL, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WARREN LAMAR HALL, deceased, whose date of death was February 6, 2012, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-9027, 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 PublicNoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-028 IN RE: ESTATE OF LAURA JANE BAYLES, a/k/a Laura Jane Cox Bayles, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of LAURA JANE BAYLES, a/k/a Laura Jane Cox Bayles, deceased, File Number 2012CP-028, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was January 2, 2012; that the total value of the estate is $15,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: DONALD EDWARD BAYLES 13801 Hwy 441 SE, Lot #97 Okeechobee, FL 34974 WILLIAM NELSON BAYLES 149 Siminger, Cameron, WV 26033 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is March 14, 2012. Person Giving Notice: DONALD EDWARD BAYLES 13801 Hwy 441 SE, Lot #97 Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 412398 ON 3/14,21/2012 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 16 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 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 March 14, 2012. Personal Representative: SHANE O’CAIN 2065 N.W. 2nd Street 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 412381 ON 3/14,21/2012whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is March 14, 2012. Personal Representative: DARLYNE MORRISON 1163 11th Court Jupiter, FL 33477 STUART B. KLEIN, P A .Attorneys for Personal Representative2801 PGA BLVD. PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33410 Telephone: (561) 478-1566 Florida Bar No. 836761 411579 ON 3/14,21/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000116 BANK OF NEW YORK TRUS T COMPANY AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK SUCCESSO R BY MERGER TO CHASE BANK OF TEXAS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, FORMERLY KNOWN AS TEXAS COMMERCE BANK, N.A. AS CUSTODIAN Plaintiff, vs. MARY LOU AGUIRRE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February 3, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2008CA-000116 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Bank of New York Trust Company, as successor to JPMorgan Chase Ban k formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank successor by merger to Chase Bank of Texas, National Association, formerly known as Texas Commerce Bank, N.A. as Custodian, is the Plaintiff and Mary Lou Aguirre, Miguel A. Aguirre a/k/a Michael Aguirre, Milagros Claveria, Capital One Auto Finance, Inc. d/b/a Capital One, F.S.B., Capital One Bank, HSBC Bank Nevada, National Association, f/k/a HouseHold Bank (SB), N.A., Louis M. Claveria, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 4th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 51, OF OKEECHOBEE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 AT PAGE 20, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 805 SOUTHEAST 10TH STREET: OKEECHOBEE, FLORID A 34974-0000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 7th day of February, 2012 Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa. FL 33623 813-221-4743 08-04529 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; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 410117 ON 3/7,14/2012 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!


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 Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss A A T T O R N E Y S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CP-180 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT IN RE: Estate of CAROLYN JEAN GUSTIN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of CAROLYN JEAN GUSTIN, Deceased, whose date of death was September 4, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-0179, Case Number 2011-CP-180 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: March 14, 2012. HAROLD WAYNE KEEFER Co-Personal Representative 2201 SE 29th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 CHARLENE MARIE KEEFER Co-Personal Representative 2201 SE 29th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 Law Of ce Of CASSELS & McCALL BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR.Attorney for Co-Personal Representative400 NW 2nd Street/P.O. Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3131 Fla Bar No: 0261521 412045 ON 3/14,21/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2009-CA-220 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P Plaintiff, V S. LISA MARIE SMITH A/K/A LISA M. SMITH, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 11th day of April, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-described property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida: The following described Lot, piece of Parcel of Land, situate, lying and being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida to wit: Lot 15, of NORTH LAKE COUNTRY ESTATES, UNIT III, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 42, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is indicated above. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim on same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure sale. WITNESS my hand and of cial seal of said Court this 13th day of February, 2012. 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, A DA 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 y ou are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 410140 ON 3/14,21/2012 Public Notice 17 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Eagles to host steak nightFriday, March 16 is steak night at the North Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee. J ay and the SHO NUFF Band will entertain. Dinners Start at 5:30 p.m., until 9 p.m. Music at around 8 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Cypress Hut Eagles to host St. Patrick’s Day eventSaturday, March 17 starting at 3 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will host St. Paddy's Day festivities. Serving corned beef dinner by Lorraine for $6 per plate with all proceeds to bene t Community Charity Fund. Music by Cripple Creek. The public is welcome. Call 863-467-1154 for more information.VFW St. Patrick’s Day dinnerVFW Post 9528, Buckhead Ridge, on S.R. 78 West, will serve corned beef, cabbage, carrots, new potatoes and dessert, from 124 p.m., on Saturday, March 17 for $8. At 2 p.m. awards given to reman, policeman, EMT, teacher and worker of the year. Show by Shirley Derr from Ft. Lauderdale. Donations to the homeless vets. For information, call 863-467-2882.Eagles North will host St. Patrick’s Day celebrationEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee invite you on Saturday, March 17 to wear Green St. Patrick's Day. corned beef and cabbage Dinners. Proceeds for the dinners will go to help pay expenses for two of our members in need. CARD BINGO and dinners start at 4 p.m. YF&R to host annual Scholarship barbecueThe Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will hold their 30th Annual YF&R Scholarship BBQ on Saturday, March 17 at the Agri Civic Center. The barbecue will run from 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the YF&R Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Farm Bureau Of ce. Tickets can also be purchased at the 4-H concession stand March 1318 and on the day of the barbecue. For more information, call 863-763-3101. Stroke and Osteoporosis screenings are offeredResidents living in and around the Lake Okeechobee region can be screened to reduce the risk of stroke or bone fracture. Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host Life Line Screening on Monday, March 19 For more information or to schedule a screening, please call 1-877-237-1287.Special movie comes to the Brahman TheatreOctober Baby is a movie distributed b y the same lm company that brought you Fireproof and Courageous. October Bab y opens at Brahman Theater the weekend on Friday, March 23 You can pre-purchase tickets at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 N.W. 6th Street or Serenity Coffee Shop. Check out the trailer at: www.octoberbabymovie.net. For more questions call the Pregnancy Center at 863-467-8748.Orchid and Garden Clubs to meet March 10On the third Monday of the month, March 19 The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. at the Okechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. The Orchid Club will offer a repotting workshop led by Victor Elliott. Bring a prorblem orchid to discuss or a favorite to show. The Orchid Club has a new gardening tool kit. Learn the tools you'll need for repotting and dividing. For more information please all the Extension Of ce at 863763-3189. Community Events Foster parents needed; free training is offeredHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800403-9311 ext. 415.Pregnancy Center offers free tests and servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 2100 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974CenterState Banks Core Values:Local Market Driven€A Long Term Horizon€World Class Service Relationship Banking€Faith and Family Kristy CrawfordCommercial Loan Officer/VPSherri EnfingerConsumer Loan OfficerJennifer LaffertyResidential Lender/AVPJohn WilliamsMarket Area Executive/SVPHeather HancockExecutive AssistantTabitha TrentBranch Manager/VP Jamie WebberCustomer Service SpecialistFaveola HernandezSr. Personal BankerCecilia RodriguezSr. Personal BankerShannon ConradSr. Customer Service Specialist 863.763.5573www.centerstatebank.com 18 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week for March 5-9, at South Elementary School. They are: McKensie Phares, Kaiya Jewell, Alexzavia Jackson Crowell, Madison Harrington, Austin Hughes, Matlyn Staton, Karen DeVoss, Sarah Dodd, Taylor Muf er, Lizette Sanchez, Gavin Andrews, Hannah Hickox, Irene Urvina, Vance Denton, Bryce Johnson, Karina Romero Ortega, Saryna Boone, Kasandra Romero Ortega, and David Dougan. Our students are enjoying spirit day today by wearing their pajamas to school. The Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding children’s programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. They raise funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a year and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk. Members receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased at our book sales. The next book sale is scheduled for March 28 to March 31. Friends of the Library seek new members


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 19 Okeechobee News March 14, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Okeechobee ag football team looked impressive in their rst action of the season on Wednesday night at the Martin County High School preseason tournament. Okeechobee walloped South Fork 45-0 as they tallied seven unanswered touchdowns against the Lady Bulldogs. Carley McCoin had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. Destiny Nunez had two interceptions and Paige McCrary caught two touchdown passes. Coach Bruce Jahner also praised his QB Kyla Hargraves for getting several receivers involved in the offense in the scrimmage. The defense was led by v eterans Morgan Crawford and Aubrey Robertson. Newcomers Jaryaca Baker and Sha’Dajia Williams did a good job rushing the passer. In the nightcap Okeechobee lost to the host Martin County 12-0 in a defensive struggle. Okeechobee had two touchdowns called back by penalty. A couple of defensive mistakes cost the team two touchdowns. Coach Jahner said he liked what he saw from the girls and was glad to get some game action in before the real thing starts next week, “This was a good chance for us to see what we need to work on. There were a few rust spots and kinks to work out. Overall we were very pleased with our effort and will continue to develop and improve.” The home opener for the ag team is Wednesday, March 14, with three games. The JV action begins at 4 p.m., with the varsity tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.  The OHS Lady Brahman softball team went down to defeat 6-1 at Sebastian River on Thursday night. Okeechobee fell to (8-2). They have clinched the top seed in their district 12-7A.  Danyelle Shef eld threw well in her rst start of the year on the mound at home Friday night against Port St. Lucie. The young right hander shut out the Lady Jaguars for three innings and allowed just two hits and two walks. The stats were wiped out when a strong thunderstorm hit the campus and postponed the game. Carissa LiCata, Shefeld and Sarah Davis had base hits in a two run rally in the rst and Davis added an RBI double in a four run second. LiCata scored twice and stole a base.  Ivan Bruised Head of Okeechobee is having a strong season in the Pro Rodeo Southeastern Circuit. He was third in the all around championship race at the beginning of March. Will Croncich of Okeechobee was in ninth place overall.  The Brahman boys track team nished seventh and the girls team nished in sixth place at the Martin County Invitational held Friday night in Stuart. Stanley Thor Harden nished fourth overall in the shot put with a toss of 39 feet 2 inches. Aukeemian Mills of Okeechobee nished second in the triple jump, third in the 100 meters, and won the 200 meters. He now competes for John Carroll High School. Michael Thomas nished fourth in the 100 meters for OHS. Tabatha Henry led Okeechobee with a third place nish in the 3200 meter race.  Parks & Recreation Dept. is accepting registration for the Spring Adult Softball League. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. League fees are: Men-$375, Women $325 and Co-ed-$325. There is an organizational meeting for all interested players, managers and of cials on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center on Hwy 98N. Registration is conducted at the Recreation Dept. at 640 NW 27th Lane (Sports Complex). For more information, call 863-763-6950. Sports News in Brief By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Brandon Storey got his share of headlines when he played sports for Okeechobee High School, starring at QB on the football team and shortstop on the baseball team. He might have expected to one day make national television with his sports talent. Turns out Storey has made national television for his other interest, hunting, as he’s appeared several times on the Outdoor Channel giving America and the world a glimpse of South Florida’s hunting industry. Storey manages the Bang 57 hunting ranch in Okeechobee and also owns Storey Hunts. He’s served as a hunting guide for such famous people as Donald Trump J r., and the rst woman to ever complete a world slam on turkeys with a bow, Susan Phenix. Storey also got to hunt with one of the best hunters in the industry Bill Zearing of Cody Turkey Calls. Storey has been on several Outdoor Channel shows as they love the South Florida ranches and feature animals that are tough to hunt like the Osceola turkey, which can only be found around Lake Okeechobee. Zearing taught him how to call turkeys. He also hunted with Cuz Strickland, another top hunter in the United States. He basically learned from the best. Storey admits he loves the way his life has turned out. ”I really got lucky as I grew up on 5,000 acres and my second love was hunting, ( rst was sports). I came back to the ranch and got involved with Mossy Oak (A hunting apparel and accessories manufacturer), picked up some ranches to hunt on, built slowly but surely, and got big enough to get a break.” He runs the Bang 57 for Bill O’Leary and Gary Nicklaus and between the two jobs does full time hunting now. Storey has also enjoyed his time on television. He actually impressed the network with his work behind the camera and was offered a television job in Mississippi. He admits a fondness for television work although having a camera crew in the woods can be a challenge. He said you must do a lot of scouting ahead of time to make the video entertaining. Storey said the hunting industry is an economic bene t to Okeechobee County. He brings in about 70 hunters from out of state annually to this region and they spend a lot of money on lodging, gasoline, restaurants, and other needs. He also has expanded to other states as he hunted in Montana, Iowa and Illinois stalking elk, mule deer, antelope and more. Storey still remembers fondly his days at Okeechobee High. As the starting QB he led the Brahmans to a post-season appearance in 1996 and the team advanced to the second round, the furthest the team has been since. He remembered the Brahmans were two minutes away from making the nal eight in the state that year. “I de nitely remember my high school career. You never forget the times you spend with your friends and the camaraderie you have when you go into battle with them. Those wins and losses stick with you forever,” he noted. Storey was highly regarded in baseball as well and received a scholarship to play for two years at Daytona Beach Community College. He was offered a minor league contract by the Pittsburg Pirates. Storey’s baseball career ended when he blew out his elbow in college and with that injury went his chance to pitch in the pros. “Baseball was my biggest love in sports. I regret not playing college football because an elbow injury wouldn’t have slowed me down from playing wide receiver or something. I don’t regret baseball in college because I felt I needed a couple of more years experience before I turned pro,” he explained. Storey can also testify about toughness and determination. During a game with Lake Wales during his sophomore year he suffered a crack in his vertebrae. He was strongly urged to give up sports because of the risk in reinjuring his back. He played anyway and starred as a two-sports athlete for two years. “My advice to young athletes would be to be as tough as you can be. Everybody will get bumps and bruises, but work hard and stay as healthy as you can. I think highly of Coach Branham and if the kids listen to him and work hard, and be tough kids, they’ll do ne,” he added. Former quarterback succeeds in the woods Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrandon Storey manages the Bang 57 hunting ranch in Okeechobee.


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