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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 44 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.02 feetLast Year: 11.58 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.Jobless rate drops ...Page 9 Rotary hosts LOST bike ride ... Page 5 Tutor accused of defrauding local school system ... Page 12 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Home DepotHoliday funOkeechobee children enjoyed a special treat at Home Depot on Saturday, an Easter Egg hunt followed by special children’s activities at the store. For more, see page 13. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two area men were arrested on felony drug charges after they reportedly sold prescription pills to a con dential informant during an undercover operation. Arrested by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force last week were Gary Ray Abel, 42, and Whitman Daniel Miner, 30. Abel, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (oxycodone) and two counts of the sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone). He is being held in the Okeechobee Count Jail under a $200,000 bond. Miner, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was charged with one count each of possession o f a controlled substance with intent to sell (oxycodone) and the sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone). He is being held on $100,000 bond. Records also show that following his arrest Thursday, April Task force arrests two in pill sting Whiman Daniel Miner Gary Ray Abel See STING — Page 9 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A once hot topic that has been dormant for several years will reappear at the Thursday, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, the land application of treated bio-solids. Okeechobee County Commissioners will hold two public hearings to discuss proposed ordinances dealing with amending the land development regulations. The rst proposed ordinance would amend the county's land development regulations to establish three new wind speed maps for Okeechobee County in accordance with current Florid a building code. Buildings, according to their use, would have to be built to withstand different wind speeds depending on where in County ordinance deals with bio-solidsSee COUNTY — Page 9 If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, April 12 WHERE: Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.

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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. We Need YOUR Support!WIN an IPAD!Tickets $10 Sold at Big Lake Cancer Center 115 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL All proceeds go to American Cancer Society for Relay for Life Event. Drawing on April 14 at the Relay for Life Cattleman’s Rodeo Arena, during closing ceremonies at 10am Eve 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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. 2 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 Congratulations to OHS Senior Cody Cummings for being selected as Rotary’s Student of the Month. During his presentation to Rotary members, Cody spoke of his passion for serving Christ, leading youth groups, his love for missionary work, and most importantly being a beacon of light that re ects Christ to all those around him. In addition to being recognized for his 631 hours of community service one of Cody’s teachers summarized his commitment to “Service Above Self” by writing “As a student and as an individual, Cody Cummings is an excellent candidate as Student of the Month. As a former AP English student, and as a current student in Speech, Cody consistently conducts himself to serve as a positive role model. In his academic studies, Cody is always excelling; in his presentations he demonstrates excellent preparation, and in his demeanor toward others Cody demonstrates an outstanding character for others to follow.” Cody shared with the club his aspirations to be a Fields of Faith motivational speaker or Youth Minister. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join in for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Service Above Self” in action! Rotary names student of the month Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs playersThe Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players! Even if you haven’t played euchre in a while, but want to brush up or learn, consider coming to the club sessions. Call John for more information at 863-357-0803. The club plays on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 441 SE.VPK program to open registrationThe Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will kickoff the 2012 VPK Registration as follows: April 28 – Okeechobee County from 9 a.m. – noon, 308 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee. VPK is FREE for all children who are four years old on or before September 1 and who reside in Florida. Please bring proof of your child’s age and proof of residency. Proof of age: Child’s Birth certi cate, physician signed shot record, passport or military ID. Proof of residency: Driver’s license, utility bill, property tax showing homestead exemption, or a rental agreement. For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties, please call 772-220-1220, toll free 877-220-1223, visit our website at www.elcirmo.org or “Like us on Facebook” www.facebook.com/elcirmo. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west northwest between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastThursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ RotaryCody Cummings was selected as Rotary’s Student of the Month and honored at Rotary’s Tuesday noon meeting. Pictured above: Cody Cummings (left) and OHS Principal Toni Weirsma.

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Open minds? Has anyone ever noticed that the ones w ho want people to “keep an open mind” are very often the ones whose minds are the most closed?  Have you also noticed that every post, no matter what the subject, seems to migrate to religion &/or politics, the two most polarizing subjects that could be raised.  Actually religion and politics ARE pretty w ell intertwined with every subject except for a few.OCRA OCRA has had all kinds of problems for years, it all depends who is in power at t he time. Believe me I have seen all kinds of b ehind the back stuff there. I was an of cer at one time and I was the outcast because I t hought the kids having fun and playing ball w as what we were there for, not so some c oaches could bend the rules and boost t heir ego. My problem was I tried to help t he average ball player get better and did not hold the of cers and good ole boys kids on a pedestal—on my team we tried to treat everyone equal. My kids have been long gone from this program, and even though I enjoy watching the games, I hate to see a s tacked team win all the time. Parents you have three choices: either get involved and c hange it, go to the Little League program, or sit back and complain. Your best bet is to STAND UP and get involved, this is for your kids, and believe me YOU can make a difference. You just have to band together.  When the program lets one team be s tacked with good players, it is bad for all t he kids. The ones on the “champion” team don’t really learn anything because they are playing kids with lesser skill levels. They need a challenge in order to play better. The less experienced kids who get stomped by t he “all star” team are discouraged. A good game is one in which both teams are fairly evenly matched.Easter sunrise servicesThank you to all the people of Okeechobee who rose early and came to see the sunrise over the lake at the annual Easter Sunrise Service. It is always wonderful to remember the Lord’s resurrection, to share our faith in music and word and to be able to help our community at the same time. Faith Farm was the bene ciary of this year’s offering and the community generously gave $1,436.56 to this wonderful cause.Relay for Life Please plan to join the Relay for Life– Okeechobee event to be held Friday, April 13, at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena on Hwy. 441 North (across from Raulerson Hospital). The opening ceremonies will be at 6:00 pm on Friday with the Luminaria ceremony to begin at 9:00 pm. This is a most memorable event so come celebrate with a survivor or in memory of someone that has lost the battle with cancer. This year’s theme is Decades of Hope so come out and admire the teams site decorations. Teams will have raf e items, food and beverages, and trinkets for sale for raising money for a wonderful cause throughout the night. Theme laps will be walked all night long as well as games.Happy Easter I hope that those of you who believe had a wonderful day Sunday. To those of you who do not believe I hope your day was also a good one. You do not have to believe to hunt colored eggs or eat jelly beans. I hope that those of you who do not believe and got the day off were gracious enough to acknowledge that a Christian society was responsible for that day and gave them thanks.  All work weeks are not Mon Friday. There are many people who work weekends. My brother in law is one of those and he received Sunday off because it was Easter.  I’m so glad a Christian society claims it was able to get me off on a Sunday, now who is responsible for getting off the other 51 weekends per year? Seems to me I learned that the unions were responsible for the 40 hr. work week and having weekends off.  Although the unions have gotten way too heavy handed, it’s likely that every employee would be forced to work 7 days a week, no time off for holidays or anything else without legal intervention. Somewhat like when the railroads were built. About RaulersonRecently, I was hospitalized in HCA Raulerson Hospital. I want to let Okeechobee know what a positive experience my family and I had. I was admitted with congestive heart failure. From the E.R. to the ICU to the main oor, we were treated with wonderful care and professional service by all the hospital staff. My hat is off to Mr. Lee and his wonderful staff. Housekeeping was nex t to none—a clean room means a lot. Th e food was always served hot, on time and always tasty. Thanks to dining room staff. Th e nursing staff was and is top notch. I would hold our hospital up to any other hospital in Florida. Thanks again for the wonderful treatment and caring. I hope this puts to res t any negative views of our hospital. Ron Dawson Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Hoot WorleyEconomic Council meetsThe Economic Council of Okeechobee met on April 4, at Indian River State College with guest speaker Greg Rood (center), Vice President of Operations for LS9 Inc. a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable products. Also pictured: (left to right) guest Ricou Hartman, Executive Director Tara Rowley, member Maureen Budjinski, County Commissioner Joey Hoover, LS9’s Electrical Construction manager Rick Albert and guest Reed Hartman. LS9 has invested $7 million in the Okeechobee facility, which will employ 13 people. The company plans to begin demonstrations at the plant in June. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescuePuppies, Puppies!Born right at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue, these Okeechobee natives are nine weeks old. Their mother Tuesday is also in need of a forever home. Come see these happy, healthy, adorable little pups. See some of our pets available for adoption at Pet Finders, http://www.pet nder.com/petsearch?shelterid=FL846. Days and hours open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2012 By Tabitha TrentOkeechobee Rotary Club It was another picturesque day as bicyclists from all over the state of Florida set out for the ride of a lifetime, a 54-mile route along the top of the Hoover Dike surrounding beautiful Lake Okeechobee. Over 100 bikers and walkers departed from the Scott Driver Boat Ramp at Kissimmee River where they cycled to Port Mayaca and back. Many riders experienced the wonders of nature as they encountered several different species of w aterfowl, alligators basking in the sun and elds of wild owers in full bloom. As one of the riders stated, "The ride was very enjoyable and relaxing. This is my fth time riding in the L.O.S.T. bike event and each time seems like a new experience. I loved seeing and encountering the wildlife along the trail. The BBQ luncheon that was provided by Rotary after the event was excellent, my compliments to the cook. We certainly look forward to next year's event!" The annual ride is organized by the Rotary Club of Okeechobee who in turn donates all proceeds back to the community in the form of student scholarships, minigrants for school teachers, Grad-night and other local projects that support youth and education. Rotary would like to thank all the following event sponsors and donors: CenterState Bank, Chappy's Out tters, Costopoulos & Helton CPAs, Colin Cameron, East Coast Screen Printing, Faith Farm Ministries, Frank Altobello, Garcia & Garcia MD, Gary Ritter & SFWMD, Golden Corral, Home Depot, Keith Stripling & Citizen's Observations Patrol, KOA, Lake Okeechobee Insurance, Lawrence Beckett, Lightsey's Seafood Restaurant, Lunker's Sports & Grille, Pritchard's & Associates, Okeechobee Discount Drugs, Okeechobee Livestock Market, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee Penny Saver, Okeechobee The Magazine, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, Pueblo Viejo VI, Inc., Silver Spurs Signs & Trading Co., Su George, The Canvas Shop, The Sign Guy, The UPS Store, Treasure Island Shell, Tom and Susanne McCoin, WOKC, Bealls Outlet, CVS, Walgreens, AutoZone, Lodge at the Lake Restaurant, Winn Dixie, Harvest House Grocery, Inc., Eve and Marvin Biver and Sam Vuleta. The 10th annual ride is planned for March 30, 2013. For more information on the Rotary L.O.S.T. Bike Ride please visit www. okeechobeerotary.org. Rotary’s hosts its ninth annual L.O.S.T. Bike Ride Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentThe Okeechobee Rotary Club hosted their Ninth Annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (L.O.S.T.) ride, a more than 50 mile ride/walk. More than 100 participants enjoyed many of the natursl sights that our area has to offer during the ride. TALLAHASSEE Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program today announced Janice Johnson as the Treasure Coast Council's "Ombudsman of the Year," serving Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. Ombudsmen volunteers receive this award by demonstrating exceptional efforts, going above and beyond the call of duty, in advocating for long-term care facility residents living in nursing homes, adult family-care homes, and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen volunteers from the program's 18 councils located throughout Florida, protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of Florida's most vulnerable population. These advocates spend hundreds of hours working to make sure the voices of elderly residents are heard and respected. Through their daily activities conducting annual assessments, investigating complaints, meeting with residents to resolve issues, supporting resident and family councils, and providing training to residents, consumers, and facility staff, these ombudsmen volunteers provide a noteworthy example of selflessness and public service. 2012 marks Janice's 10th active year serving on the Treasure Coast Ombudsman Council. Her outstanding service is evident in her work and dedication to long-term care residents and has proven to be an invaluable asset to her fellow council members. "Janice is always willing to go above and beyond expectations to serve the needs o f residents. She assists her fellow ombudsmen by being a mentor for new volunteers and assisting them on their rst case investigations and complaints. Janice makes the Treasure Coast Council knowledgeable, motivated, and dedicated to their service for long-term care residents! She deserves the credit being given to her, and much, much more," said Treasure Coast District Manager, Kevin McKeown. The Treasure Coast Council will honor Janice Johnson at its monthly council meeting scheduled on April 9. For more information about the program, local council meetings, or becoming an ombudsman volunteer, please call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.my orida.com online. Local advocate awarded for dedication to volunteer work Janice Johnson April is Sexual Assault and Victim Right Awareness Month. The City and County Of cials of Okeechobee have joined Martha's House in the belief that all community members must be a part of the solution to end violence of all kinds. The City and County of Okeechobee strongly supports the efforts of Martha's House and every citizen to actively engage in public and private efforts, including conversations about violence and how to help prevent it, how to help survivors connect with services, and how every segment of our society can work together to better address the violence in our community. Martha's House will host a Candle Light Vigil for victims/survivors on Friday, April 20, at Martha's House Outreach Of ce, 4134 Hwy. 441 North at 7 p.m. everyone is invited. Contact: Shirlean Graham at 863763-2893. Martha’s House recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ Martha’s HouseSeated, from left to right, are Sheriff Paul May, City Council member Dowling R. Watford Jr., Chief of Police Denny Davis and Okeechobee County Commissioner Joey Hoover. Standing is Shirlean Graham, program director for Martha’s House. Art and Music Fest calls artists and performersOkeechobee Main Street is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTSBooth, Adult Gallery and Studentsto participate in the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival. They are also looking for Farmer's Market vendors and representatives from various ethnic groups to perform. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. In addition to amazing artwork on display and for sale by Florida and local artists, the Art and Music Fest will include a children's art and activity section, farmer's market and a salute to our local ethnic groups. On Saturday musical entertainment will ll the air and a special presentation of selections from Broadway will be performed by the students at Leslie's Dance Studio. The highlight of the Art and Music Fest will be the special dedication of the Okeechobee Main Street's 5th mural project on the Old Bank Building Mural on State Road 70. This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who enjoys culture, history or just a pleasant walk through the parks!

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Win an iPad! support the American Cancer SocietyWe need your support and you can win an iPad for yourself! Raf e tickets are being sold for $10 each at Big Lake Cancer Center, 1115 N. Parrott Ave. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for the Relay for Life Event here in Okeechobee. The drawing is on Saturday, April 14 during the closing ceremonies of Relay for Life at about 10 a.m. at the Cattleman's Rodeo Arena.KOA hosts annual bene t dinner on April 14The ninth annual ham dinner for KOA Kids Care Camp (with all the trimmings) will be Saturday, April 14 at Good Spirits 245 U.S. 441 S.E. beginning at noon. Dinners are $6, eat in or take out. It will be a fun lled day with games and music. Support our fundraiser to help the little ones at the KOA Cancer Camps. For more information, call 863-763-2734.Eagles North to host card bingoOn Saturday, April 14 Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, will have card bingo starting at 5 p.m. Come have fun with us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Shockwaves swim team will hold sign-ups April 16 & 17The Okeechobee County Recreation Department will hold registration for the Shockwaves competitive swimming team on April 16 and 17 at the Sports Complex Pool, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the league fee and $60 for the team fee. This is a competitive swim league for ages 5-18 practice is held three days a week in the afternoons until summer and then goes to ve days a week with morning practice. Meets are held on Saturdays. The team does travel to meets in other counties and to the regional nals.Cypress Eagles to host district picnicSaturday, April 14 from 1-6 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be hosting the District Picnic. Music will be provided by Jimmy and Debra Harper. We will have hamburger, hotdogs and xin's. Plus gator/shrimp baskets for $7. Proceeds go to Annual Eagle Charit y Fund. Public is welcome.Freedom Outreach shing tournament slatedThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, April 15 Ma y 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions. 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.Elmo Max' Maxie' Max eldLOUISVILLE Elmo "Max" "Maxie" Max eld, of Louisville, passed away April 7, 2012. He was born on Dec. 10, 1921, in Mineola, Texas, to the late James Ewell "Doc" Max eld and M. Katherine Miller. He was the president and co-owner of Max eld Brokerage Company; a member of L&N Golf Course and Grove City Country Club in Ohio; a charter member of Woodhaven Country Club and was a regional manager for Libby Can Goods Company. He was an avid sherman, hunter and golfer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilmore Raymer and Katherine (Kate) Raymer; his wife, Mary Ann Max eld; a sister, Carrie Jane Freese; a step-son, Greg Loomis (Norrie); and a grandson, David Max eld Jr. He is survived by children, W. Dave Max eld (Susie) and Sheren Klenoshek (Frank); grandchildren, Trisha Moran (Mark), Douglas Klenoshek and Pamela Johnson; great-grandchildren, Tyler Sharp, Taylor Sharp, Austin Moran, Cassidy Klenoshek, Dylan Klenoshek and Amanda Cheyenne Johnson; step-grandchildren, Neil Loomis and Evelyn Loomis; and a dear friend, Delmon King (Verna). A celebration of his life will be conducted Monday, April 16, 2012, at noon, at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy are suggested to American Alzheimer's Association or the Humane Society. Friends and family may sign his guestbook at www.archlheadyresthaven.com.Robert Bob' L. King, 58OKEECHOBEE Robert "Bob" L. King, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. Bob, age 58, was born in Mt Nebo, W.Va., and had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1965. His dedication to the Lord was foremost in his life. He enjoyed woodworking and chainsa w carving was his favorite art form. Bob is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Ellen King of Okeechobee; a daughter, Nicole King of Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters, Hilda (Don) Osborne of Mt Nebo, W.Va., Patty (Jim) Rose o f Summersville, W.Va.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Tuesday evening and services will be today, Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in Bob's memory be made to Hospice o f Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Guadalupe Martinez, 60OKEECHOBEE Guadalupe Martinez, age 60, of Okeechobee, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at her residence. She was born Jan. 22, 1952, in Anthony, New Mexico, to Felipa Espinoza. She was a member of the Encentro Con Dias A/G. Ms. Martinez is survived by her daughters; Julieta Robledo (Rito) of Okeechobee, Guadalupe Velasquez (Selvin) of Jupiter, Beatriz Garcia (Damian) of Okeechobee; sisters, Evangelina Solis (Armando) of California, Maria Mendoza (Armando) of Ft. Pierce; brothers, Juan Martinez of Okeechobee, Enrique Martinez (Blanca) of North Carolina, Lorenzo Martinez of North Carolina, Manuel Martinez (Sandra) of Mexico; one grandson, Isaac; six granddaughters, Eunice, Abigail, Berenice, Genisis, Sarah and Denice. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 5 to 9 p.m. and services on Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Eagles North to host bingo nightWednesday, April 11 the North Eagles w ill have Bingo starting at 5 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.OCEA to hold nal meeting of school yearThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its nal General Membership Meeting of the 2012-13 school y ear on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the media center of South Elementary, 2468 SW 7th Ave. All OCEA members of the Instructional and Classi ed Bargaining Unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting. Come hear the latest on the Teacher Evaluation Impasse Hearing scheduled for April 18 and current legislative issues affecting public education employees. They also will be entertaining nominations for OCEA of cers. Door pries and refreshments will be available. Contact OCEA at 863-467-1564 for more information.Elks Club to meetThe Elks Club will meet on Thursday A pril 12 at 7 p.m. at VFW on U.S. 441 S.E. in Treasure Island.Eagles North to host steak nightFriday, April 13 Eagles North will have Friday Night Steak starting at 5:30 p.m. Jay and the Sho Nuff band will rock your socks off. Come eat and dance to some great music. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles plan special dinnersFriday, April 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving steak $12, sh $8 or shrimp $12 dinners. Music w ill be provided by Wes and Debbie James. A ll proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. Shriners present Bikefest OkeechobeeOn April 14 the Okeechobee Shriners present Bikefest Okeechobee, a classic custom and antique car show and motorcycle show with trophies and with live entertainment, featuring the Wayne Purvis band. Look for the demonstration by the Wild Hog Team from the Amara Shrine. Just $5 admission. Food and full bar available. Proceeds bene t the Okeechobee Shrine Club. Look at www.bikefestokeechobee.com for more details. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 7 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2012 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. Believers Fellowship Church will host a community wide Gospel Sing on Friday, A pril 13, at 7 p.m. at 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. Refreshments will be served immediately after the sing. A good time will be had by all. The Lighthouse Refuge Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 14, at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., east parking lot. Cost is $10 per grassy parking space bring your table or blanket to sell your goods. The sale w ill be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and set-up starts at 6:30 a.m. To reserve a space please call either Donna at 863-801-9201 or Laura at 772-260-4792. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. A nyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join us at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. 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. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. 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, do-bro, and harmonica—come 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 & have an experience of a lifetime. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Okeechobee churches plan special events Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementFarm fresh donationWaste Management donated ve hogs purchased from the 4-H livestock sale to local non-pro ts including Martha's House, Faith Farm Ministries and Real Life Children's Ranch. Pictured above are Jeff Grammer and Marc Murphy from Faith Farm Ministries and Teresa Chandler (center). By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News An old business now has new owners. Porter’s Cleaners, on the corner of S. Parrott Ave. and S.W. 17th St., was owned for many years by Steve and Mary Porter before the business sold to others and later closed. After being closed for some time, it has now reopened under the new ownership of Alland Pierre of Port St. Lucie and his partner, Fritz Carzimer, of Fort Lauderdale. Both partners have many years experience in the dry cleaning business. Mr. Pierre has managed dry cleaning plants in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Broward County. He said he bought the business because he was very favorably impressed with the former owner and his business reputation. He said Porter’s was the best name in town for dry cleaning. Porter’s Dry Cleaning is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Porter’s Cleaners reopens Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAlland Pierre and his wife, Katia, are ready to serve customers at the recently reopened Porter's Cleaners. Mr. Pierre and his partner, Fritz Carzimer, bought the business, which is an institution in Okeechobee. Okeechobee April Blood Drives Help save a life at homePlease encourage the April blood drives--all through the month--as it saves so many lives. The Big Red Bus is the one that supplies our own hospital with the blood it needs. “Okeechobee folks saving Okeechobee folks.” Your help is needed and appreciated. Each donor will receive a free movie ticket. Scheduled dates are: Friday, April 13 -Publix, 2 6 p.m.; Sunday, April 15 -Golden Corral, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.; Tuesday, April 17 -Raulerson Hospital noon 5 p.m.; Friday, April 20 -Walgreen’s, 2 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 25 -SFWMD Field Of ce on 70 E, 12:30 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 27 -KOA Samboree, 10 a.m. 3 p.m.; Friday, April 27 -Publix, 3 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 28 -Wal Mart, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 29 -Market Place Flea Mkt (the Red & White Roof), 10 2

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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 8 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tycee PrevattEaster EggstravaganzaChildren colored on an Easter sign that welcomed guests to the 2012 Easter Eggstravaganza. Thank you to high school students from Mrs. Taxacher’s art class who provided this beautiful drawing. Local families took part in the fourth annual Easter event hosted by the Parks & Recreation Dept. and Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Foundation. The egg hunt kicked off at 11 a.m., with over 150 hunters. Eggs were lled with candy for everyone to enjoy. About 150 prize eggs were hidden that resemble a baseball, football or soccer ball. Those eggs were traded in for a goody bag. Free shaved ice and popcorn were a big hit as the line didn’t seem to quit. Children of all ages received small toys and candy prizes just for participating in traditional Easter games. Even several parents joined in to win themselves a cupcake. Thank you to the VNA Foundation for sponsoring this event and to the helpers and participants who made it a success.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7, 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e e d d B r r o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r r e e n n   s s H e a l l t t h h C C e e n t t e e r r 2 0 0 1 5 5 H H w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t h , O O k e e e e c c h o o b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! 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Currently the county’s regulations for land application of treated boi-solids is more stringent than state law. The second proposed ordinance would amend land development regulations to conform to current state law. Other agenda items include:  Budget transfer of $18,976 from reserves to the Supervisor of Elections of ce for payment to VR Systems, Inc.;  Approval of application for the E-911 Rural Grant Program in the amount of $72,872;  Approval of annual routine submission for U.S. Department of Justice Grants and Awards;  Proposed amendments to the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) to align local bugger requirements to that of state law;  Proclamation designating April as Water Conservation Month;  Proclamation of April at National Child Abuse Prevention Month;  Donation of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck from the Property Appraiser’s Of ce to the County Of ce;  Presentation from Erin Hess, Health Department Administrator;  Appointments to the Planning Board / Board of Adjustments and Appeals;  Consideration of the Rural Business Development Grant from USDA for improvements to the Agri-Civic Center;  Summer Play Camp budget; and,  The Florida Department of Transportation Five Year Work Plan. For more information, or to watch the meeting online, go to www.co.okeechobee. .us. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 5, Abel was arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation sale or delivery of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (oxycodone). According to the detective’s report, Abel is currently serving two years on community control for those 2010 arrests. He is being held without bond on the violation of probation arrests. An arrest report by a task force detective stated that a con dential source purchased oxycodone pills from both men on separate occasions during an undercover investigation headed up by the task force and members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) Street Crimes Unit. Task force detectives, along with members of the OCSO Special Response Team, executed a search warrant on Abel’s home on April 5. Abel was placed under arrest at that time. The report does not indicate if Abel’s home was searched at that time or if an y drugs were found. STINGContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jobless claims dropped into single digits in Okeechobee County to 9.9 percent in February according to the monthly report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The rate dropped from 10.2 percent and placed Okeechobee at 19 among Florida Counties. The report showed 1,891 residents collected bene ts last month. In February, 2011, 2,172 collected bene ts in Okeechobee, a jobless rate of 11.1 percent. Glades County saw a decline from 9.2 to 8.9 percent during February as 459 residents collected bene ts. Glades County stood 31 among Florida Counties. The state jobless rate fell from 9.5 to 9.1 percent in February. The national average stood at 8.7 percent. Around the region, Highlands Count y reported 8.5 percent, Hendry County 11.7 percent, St. Lucie County 11.4 percent, Martin County 9.4 percent, and Osceola Count y 10.2 percent. The highest jobless rate was in Flagler County with 12.7 percent. The lowest rate was found in Monroe County at 5.4 percent. County’s jobless rate declines Indian River State College is hosting a special Advanced Technology Open House on Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. Students and interested individuals can learn more about career options in Cyber Security, Robotics/Photonics, Digital Media, Graphics and Engineering at a special Open House event at the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, just off 35th Street, located on the Indian River State College Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. At the Open House, learn about skills in the latest technologies available in the College’s Advanced Technology Institutes. Learn more about the Cyber Security Institute where students can learn about network security, cyber-attacks and identity theft threats. Graduates specializing in this emerging eld are in high-demand and hired at salaries well above average. For more information about courses and degrees in emerging technologies or information regarding the upcoming Emerging Technology Open House on May 2, call 1-866-792-4772, visit www.irsc.edu or email info@irsc.edu. IRSC hosts open house for advanced technology careers Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentA special awardOn April 5, a special accolade, “The Community Hero Award” was bestowed upon the Cub and Scout Masters of the Okeechobee Boy Scouts of America Pack and Troop 964. CenterState Bank presented this award to show their appreciation to the leaders of Pack and Troop 964 for their sel ess dedication and belief in the children of Okeechobee, while leading by example and upholding the 12 core values of Scouts; citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health & tness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect and responsibility. The Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 964 meets every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 64; please feel free to join the cubs and scouts for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Values in Action.” For more information on Boy Scouts, please contact Danny Parker at 863-467-2622. Pictured (left to right) are: Tabitha Trent, CenterState Bank Manager; ASM Richard Fresolone; SM Carl Hudson; ASM Justin Doyle; ASM Jody Bell; CM Danny Parker; Kristy Crawford, CenterState Bank (not pictured R. D. Spiess).

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DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue • Okeechobee 863-261-8059 • info@spinedocs.org OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n e Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863 763 0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated New s za p web s ite Advertise in the Medical Directory! Call863 763 3134 Advertise today! Call 863-763-3134 Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE HEALTH By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterThe reason that cancer is a dreaded disease is because it lives and grows among normal cells and tissues of the body and in many cases their ability to spread. Advances in curing cancers will come from our ability to detect cancers earlier and in our ability to treat them selectively without injuring normal cells. The reason that we are optimistic that this will “ nally become a reality is based on our ability to process information at a much more rapid rate because of ever powerful computers. The era of personalized cancer care is close at hand. The past has used population based data to design cancer treatments but the ” aw in this was the fact that every patients cancer is unique and the patients reaction to the treatments are unique. Therefore, the only way to “ nd out if a particular treatment for cancer worked was to actually put the patients through the actual treatments before declaring if it worked or not. The study of genes of the patients and the cancer cells themselves, are allowing us the ability to test what works for each individual patients cancer in the lab before making a decision. This will allow truly customized cancer treatment for each and every individual. This, we believe will result in our increasing ability to cure patients with cancer while at the same time doing it safely. The rapid rate at which these technologies are being deployed is the cause for great optimism in the “ eld of cancer care. So, the answer to the questionƒcan cancer ever be cured? We believe Is a big YES and SOON. Any questions regarding this article or any questions on cancer, please call Dr. Kumar at 863 467 9500 at Big Lake Cancer Center or email him at 121cancercenter@gmail.com Can Cancer Ever Be Cured? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast. 10 Okeechobee News Okeechobee News 11 April 11, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog.Ž Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogsŽ than watchdogs.Ž Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdogŽ role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 12 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  William Hardy, 46, N.W. 352nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 5 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.  Cameron R. Kelly, 28, N.E. 17th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 5 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of sale of cocaine (two counts), possession of cocaine with intent to sell (two counts), aggravated assault on a law enforcement of cer with a motor vehicle and attempt to ee and elude a law enforcement of cer. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended with knowledge and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $171,000.  McGyver Reyes, 18, N.W. 250th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 5 by Detective Mark Shireman on a charge of giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler. His bond was set at $2,500.  Robin Lynn Kelley, 49, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested April 5 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Her bond was set at $3,500.  Stefenie Morgan, 26, N.W. 96th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 5 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with criminal use of personal identi cation (six counts) and petit theft (four counts). Her bond was set at $64,000.  Terence Tyrell Morris, 21, S.W. 11th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 6 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on a felony charge of introduction of contraband into a detention facility and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $3,000.  Jamie Garcia-Rodriguez, 20, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 6 by Ofcer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver’s license. His bond was set at $3,500.  Rolando Ryan Pena, 25, N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested April 6 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear uttering a forged bill (six counts) and failure to appear grand theft ( ve counts), and the misdemeanor of failure to appear petit theft. He is being held without bond.  Santos Gaucin, 27, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Deputy Bart Potter on charges of domestic battery on a pregnant person and domestic battery by strangulation. His bond was set at $10,000.  Alisha Simmons, 56, S.E. 94th Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Deputy Ron Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation fraud. She was released on her own recognizance.  William Harold Hardy, 46, N.W. 352nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Deputy William Jolly on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of community control possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The director of a tutoring service w as jailed late last week after she w as arrested for being paid by the Okeechobee County School Board for services she allegedly never performed. Felisia Hill, 38, Annona Ave., Pahokee, was arrested Thursday, April 5, on one felony count of grand theft and three felony counts of scheme to defraud. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $20,000. Jail records indicate she has since been released on bond. According to an arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the local school board received invoices from Hill stating that she had provided tutoring services for as many as eight local children. The report lists Hill as the director of Glades Extreme Tutoring. State records indicate that Glades Extreme Tutoring led their corporate paperw ork May 26, 2009, and their principal address is Hill’s home address in Pahokee. Detective Shireman said Hill was paid a total of $2,266 on Feb. 28 that satis ed the invoices received by the school board for the months of October, November and December of 2011. During the course of his investigation the detective reportedly learned that while services were provided for one local student, Hill did not follow up with several other students but allegedly submitted a bill for tutoring them. The detective said so far he has found three families that were victims of the alleged scheme to defraud. Some parents, he continued, have yet to le a complaint against Hill. Because that one child was helped, Hill was charged with defrauding the school board of $1,916. “None of the other families appeared to have received any services other than a parent-administered pretest not returned to Ms. Hill,” stated the detective in his report. In his report, Detective Shireman described how Hill met with the families and gave them a testing packet or pretest. But, continued his report, that was the last time many of them ever heard from her. There were instances, however, where Hill allegedly sent text messages to parents around 1 and 2 a.m. Those messages, continued the detective, asked the parents to sign forms “indicating the children were being tutored.” In a couple of instances Hill reportedly sent parents $25 money orders. Hill told one parent the money order was a “... reward for the child at Christmas,” stated the detective. However, after their initial meeting Hill had not seen the child again. Detective Shireman went on to recount how, on April 5, Hill apparently went to a parent’s home and asked the mother “... if she wanted to get paid.” Hill eventually left the home and the mother, concerned about what had just happened, contacted Detective Shireman. Through the course of his investigation Detective Shireman said he also learned that Hill had submitted paperwork to the local school board that was supposedly signed by the children’s parents. That paperwork allegedly indicated that Glades Extreme Tutoring had been working with the children. Those parents told the detective, however, that they had not signed the paperwork. According to the detective, when he asked Hill for a handwriting sample to compare with those signed forms “... Ms. Hill then said she thought she may need an attorney.” Detective Shireman said the company also has tutoring contracts with Hardee, Highlands, Hendry, DeSoto, Glades and Palm Beach counties. The OCSO detective went on to say that his investigation is continuing. Tutor charged with defrauding school board Felisia Hill Pregnancy Center offers free services for parentsFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Ofce 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. 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WAREHOUSE ONE LIQUIDATION COMPANYHas been commissioned to liquidate personal property. AUCTION SITE631 SE 35th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fl Saturday, April 14 Sales starts at 2PM. PREVIEW at 10AM (Day of the Sale). A partial list of items is as follows: Household items such as antiques bedroom furniture,glassware, pottery, art, lamps, pots and pans, dishes, etc., small antique tables, antique 1800’s dolls, antique cuckoo clock and wall clock, 35 ft. enclosed trailer, automobile engine, various gasoline small engines, Semi-Trailer with stairs(storage), as is motor home, metal carports 2 frames, stainless steel restaurant hood, 42” TV, concrete tools, air hoses, electric panels, ladders, barber chair, oil lamps, musical items guitar, amps, lumber, posts, wood,etc., misc pieces of metal, stainless, aluminum etc., metal bldg., vents, 9000 lb. hydraulic car lift,compressors, generators,tools, paint, car and truck parts, hunting stand and much more.ALL ITEMS SOLD MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY WITHIN 24 HOURS ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Concessions will be available.Delivery Service is available for all items. Please bring a chair!Contact Information Jeff Davis (863)532-8930 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions Auctions Lost Lost Cat Female Tabby Black & Brown, 8 lbs, Race Track Gas Station March 29, 2012 at 10 pm. Reward $500. (863)368-1835 or (954)682-0900 Lost Diamond In Setting at Okeechobee Wal-mart on April 3rd. Great sentimental value, Generous Reward. If found please call 812-677-2055 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more “me” Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 Golf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeTeez 2 Pleez is looking for EXPERIENCED screen printers,must be knowledgeable in all phases of the business. Apply in person at 620 S. Parrott Ave. RECEPTIONIST OKEECHOBEE AIR COND. Must be Bi-lingual, DFWP, Microsoft Word/Excel. Apply in person 312 SW 2nd St. Employment Full TimeCITY OF OKEECHOBEE ~ Now Hiring ~TEMPORARY PART TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR(S)www.cityofokeechobee.com See website for application & job descriptionApplications also available at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Accepted until April 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Sunshine PayDay Loans Full Time Of ce Position Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-467-0927 TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED CLASS ACDL WITH HAZMAT AND TANKER ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED. APPLY WITHIN AT: DIAMOND R. FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. WELDER MECHANIC NEEDED 3 YRS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER LICENSE. APPLY WITHIN AT DIAMOND R FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CaregiversASSISTED LIVING By Registered Nurse with 40 yrs experience. Well known in area. TLC in very nice family home. References furnished. 1 opening now. 772-807-1558 or 772-233-7136 CaregiversCNA care for your loved one. Call for available hours/days, reasonable. Call 863-623-7047 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. HorsesUnable to ride, had a horse but no longer. We have 30 Morgan’s and training facility for barrel riding, obstacles, mounted shooting, pole bending. Need riders with experience, desperate to ride and train with no horse of their own you can pick a horse to train or play with, need you on weekends. 561-386-5283 text in evening with info and experience. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsBEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. Available May 1st. (863)467-2784 GREAT LOFT Style 2/1 Apartment recently upgraded on rst class Ranch 13 minutes from town center: $495.00 per month, ltered water, trash disposal, lawn care and pest control. Call Debbie M-F, 8:30 to 4:00. 863-467-9800. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!

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Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Fully furnished. Includes electric & water. $750/mo. + security deposit! 863-634-0663. Houses Rent3br/1ba House, Clean, large fenced yard. $800/mo plus $600 sec. 375 SE 16th Ave and 7482 NW 96th Court. Call 863-610-0001 FOR RENT: ONE & TWO BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX OR MOBILE HOMES. EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS EXCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 HOUSE ON RANCH 2/1, large Oaks, Lofton Road, $700/month. Call (561) 261-0077 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoommateLooking to share 2/2 MH. on Water, Access to kitchen,washer and dryer and private bath. $125.00 weekly includes all utilities, cable internet. Looking for someone honest and reliable male/female. Call 863-261-5431 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lots SaleFOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsLOT FOR RENT: Big “O” RV PARK: Yearly only. Avail. May 1st $225 mo. (863)357-3830 Mobile Home Lot for Rent Off north west 30th street close to Elementary School and Hwy 98. Call for more info. 863-697-1168 Mobile Home Rent2bd/1 and 1/2 bath, very clean, $550 mo $250 security. Off of NW 30th St. close to Seminole Elementary. No Pets. Call 863-697-1168 $700 A Month Steal 3 Bed/2 Bath Dble wide Furnished. Built in 05. MINT CONDITION City water,1st and last. No dogs and references. Call 863-801-1739 Mobile HomeSale1986 SWMH in Park, 14x48 2bd/1 1/2ba, very good condition,fully furnished. Must see, asking $12,500 O.B.O, 3311 SE 33rd Ter. Lucky 7 Lot#3 Call 724-413-7057 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 TREASURE Island Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. Move in for $2000. 863-634-9119 Mobile HomeSaleFor Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 PALM HARBOR HOMES Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. Save up to $35K 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats19 Foot Fiberglass C/W Trailer, Seats 8, Many Extras, 150 Mercury Call 863-357-7936 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Travel TrailersLAKEPORT 2011 Travel trailer, only pulled 1,000 miles. 31 ft, 2 slide outs, 2 Lazy-boy recliners and sleeper couch, large at screen TV, DVD, radio, etc., queen bed, lots and lots of storage, beautiful inside and out. Forest River, Flagstaff, light wt. Original price $39,000, we paid $27,000 brand new, will sell for $25,000. 901-871-7811. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Pursuant to the nal decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, docket number: 2002-CA-333, the style of which is: HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, Plaintiff VS. RONETTA A. JOHNSON, f/k/a RONETTA J. WHITE et. al., Defendant. vs. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, Cross-Claimant, vs. RONETTA A. JOHNSON, f/k/a RONETTA J. WHITE et., al., Cross-Defendant Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Order Upon Motion to Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated March 1, 2012 that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 9th day of May, 2012, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: Lot 18 and the East one-half (E1/2) of Lot 17, Block 49, EL MIRASOL, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 7th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida BY: SANDRA L. CREECH, DEPUTY CLERK Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels, Jr., Esquire Post Of ce Box 968, Okeechobee, Florida 34973 412534 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: No. 2011CA377 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, CARY McCULLOUGH, TINA McCULLOUGH, CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA) N.A.; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEIRS IN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S), WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN AND/OR JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 21, 2012, Case No. 2011-CA-377, in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and CARY McCULLOUGH and TINA McCULLOUGH, are Defendants, the Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room 2nd Floor, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 A.M., on May 16, 2012, the following described property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID FOUR SEASONS DRIVE AND PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 878.00 FEET. THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 792.00 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET. THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS WEST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET. THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET. THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMORISING A PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 53F, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED PLAT. TOGETHER WITH 1999 REGE MOBILE HOME, SIDE “A” VIN #: N17435A, TITLE #75779641; SIDE “B”, VIN #: N17435B, TITLE #: 75779642, R.P. #: 12077547. Property address: 7284 N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owners as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 21st day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 413378 ON 4/11,18/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2009-CA-000687 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. TIMOTHY J. BURNS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated March 22, 2012 and entered in Case No. 2009-CA-000687 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is the Plaintiff and TIMOTHY J. BURNS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TIMOTHY J. BURNS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 16th day of May, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10 SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE NORTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES. AND THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10, SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE NORTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES. AND THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10, SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE NORTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES. AND THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10,SECTION 35. TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH. RANGE 33 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE NORTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES. A/K/A 17232 NW 250 TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on March 22, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10110594 COUNTRY-Conv--Team 2 F10110594 **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 schedided appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 413428 ON 4/11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 10000312CA SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, VS. ELIZABETH G. NORTH ESTATES AT OKEECHOBEE PINES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Case #: 2009 CA 000168 HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the Fieldstone Mortgage Investment Trust, Series 2005-3 Plaintiff, -VS.Winnie Christine Santos; et al. Defendant(s). AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order rescheduling foreclosure sale dated March 6, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000168 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the Fieldstone Mortgage Investment Trust, Series 2005-3, Plaintiff and Winnie Christine Santos are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M., May 9, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 58, PLAYLAND PARK ACRES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 7; THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 7, A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 02 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 947.50 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT 65 OF SAID PLAYLAND PARK ACRES; THENCE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT 65, A DISTANCE OF 468.00 FEET, TO A 5/8 REBAR WITH CAP #LB6329; THENCE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 00 SECONDS CONTINUING ALONG SAID NORTH LINE OF TRACT 65 AND THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT 58, A DISTANCE OF 295.96 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #PSM5081 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID NORTH LINE OF TRACT 58, A DISTANCE OF 231.71 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #RLS4449; THENCE SOUTH 02 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 44 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 134.79 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #RLS4449; THENCE NORTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 231.88 FEET TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH A CAP #PSM5081; THENCE NORTH 02 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 06 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 134.84 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED at OKEECHOBEE, Florida, this 8th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURTS Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 412093 ON 4/4,11/2012 15 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2012Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on March 8, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: LOT 30, ESTATES AT OKEECHOBEE PINES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 54, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. and commonly known as: HIGHWAY 70 EAST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, Sale will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee Florida on May 9, 2012 at 11am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other Than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 13th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Edward B. Pritchard (813) 229-0900 x1309 Kass Shuler, P.A. P.O. Box 800 Tampa, FL 33601-0800 412515 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-044 In Re: Estate of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH, a/k/a ROSALIND GAIL SMITH, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH, a/k/a ROSALIND GAIL SMITH, deceased, whose date of death was January 29, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is April 4, 2012. Personal Representative: AVENA-LYN SMITH P.O. Box 785 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 414111 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CA-400 VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., Plaintiff, v.JAMES T. GAINER AND REBECCA A. GAINER, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); CAPITAL ONE BANK WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S); AND UNKNOWN TENANT(S); Defendant(s).NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JAMES T. GAINER, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: The North 1/2 of Tract 20, Section 10, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. To include: 1999 Homes of Merit Unknown Model Manufactured Home, Identi cation Numbers FLHML2P79020757A and FLHML2P79020757B. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your answer or written defenses, if any, to it on Murphy & Anderson, P.A., the plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 50 North Laura Street, Suite 1675, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, telephone (904) 598-9282, facsimile (904) 598-9283, within thirty (30) days of the rst publication of this Notice, and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED on this 28th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 413776 ON 4/4,11/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it?

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000825 BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P. Plaintiff, -VS.John Coveny and Barbara Coveny, His Wife; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for Secured Funding Corp.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 21, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000825 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P., Plaintiff and John Coveny and Barbara Coveny, His Wife are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on May 9, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 166, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaci6n para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caci6n si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apary pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rile 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 413199 on 4/4,11/2012 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME T he undersigned does hereby certify that Banyan Farms Limited, Inc. conducting a Ranching business at Okeechobee, Florida, under the ctitious name of Triple A Ranch and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Banyan Farms Limited, Inc. 130 South Indian River Drive, # 405-B Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 Ownership of Triple A Ranch is as follows: Banyan Farms Limited, Inc. 130 South Indian River Drive, # 405-8 Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of Triple A Ranch under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Graham Stikelether Authorized Representative DATE: April 2, 2012 130 South Indian River Drive #405-B Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 Phone: 772-519-0966 414720 ON 4/11/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2011-CA-160 IBERIABANK, as successor in interest to STERLING BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, V S.KEVIN C. HEMBREE and LOIS B. HEMBREE, husband and wife, H.L. BENNETT, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE OWNERS ASSOCIATION CORP., a Florida non-pro t corporation and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure led on the 8th day of March, 2012, in Civil Action No. 2011-CA-160, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in KEVIN C. HEMBREE, LOIS B. HEMIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000270 SPRINGLEAF HOME EQUITY, INC. f/k/a AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC., Plaintiff, VS. DWAYNE REXROAD a/k/a DWAYNE A. REXROAD; REBECCA REXROAD a/k/a REBECCA JO REXROAD; JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will, on the 16th day of May, 2012, in the Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 a.m. offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Commence at the 1/4 section corner on the East boundary line of Section 18, thence run South 005’07” West along the East boundary line of said Section 18 for a distance of 487 feet, thence run North 8954’53” West at a right angle for a distance of 861.91 feet for a point of beginning, thence run North 8954’53” West for a distance of 214.12 feet, thence South 004’22” West for a distance of 102 feet, thence run South 8954’53” East for a distance of 214.12 feet, thence run North 004’22” East for a distance of 102 feet to the point of beginning. Being in Section 18 Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida together with a 1974 Taho Double Wide Mobile Home with the Identi cation Numbers 3T60NP37042A and 3T60NP37042B and title numbers 11515985 and 11515986 permanently af xed to the real property. Property address: 655 NE 62nd Ave., Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is indicated above. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech, D.C. 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. 413524 ON 4/11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000082 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. JOHN SHORE A/K/A JOHN H SHORE et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated March 22, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2010CA-000082 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and JOHN SHORE A/K/A JOHN H SHORE; SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 16th day of May, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 14, QUAIL ACRES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 11275 NE 3 ROAD CIRCLE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349728364 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, othIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000693 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-WF1, Plaintiff, EDGARDO LOPEZ, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated March 22, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2008CA-000693 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-WF1 is the Plaintiff and EDGARDO LOPEZ; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF EDGARDO LOPEZ N/K/A MRS. LOPEZ; ANGEL M. OQUENDO; MARIA V. OQUENDO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1 N/K/A AMY LAMBERTI, and TENANT #2 N/K/A LAWERNCE FIPPS 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 16th day of May, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 41, BLOCK 48, UNIT 5 OF BASSWOOD ESTATES ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 2714 34TH AVENUE NW, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on March 22, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08108194 WELLSLPS-CONV--Team 1F08108194 **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. 413407 ON 4/11,18/2012 16 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012BREE, H.L. BENNETT, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE OWNERS ASSOCIATION CORP., and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION are the Defendants, IBERIABANK, is the Plaintiff, Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court, Okeechobee County will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on the 13th day of June, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, the following described real property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in Okeechobee County, Florida: Lot 4 of Block A, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE, Unit 2, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 92, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Dated this 13th day of March, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK M. Brian Cheffer, Attorney for Plaintiff, DeBoest, Stockman, Decker, Hagan, Cheffer & Webb-Martin, PA., P.O. Box 1470, Fort Myers, Fl. 33902 239-334-1381 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. 412516 ON 4/4,11/2012 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifiedser 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 March 22, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three juveniles and an Okeechobee man have been arrested in connection with a home break-in during which items valued at over $800 were reportedly stolen. Arrested Sunday, April 8 were: Austin D. Harris, 19, N.E. Seventh St.; Ty Jerry Collins, 14, N.E. 64th Drive; David H. Crosby, 14, N.E. Seventh St.; and Tyler Allen Holland, 14, N.E. Ninth Lane. All were charged with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling and grand theft. Records indicate that all four were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and that Harris was released on his own recognizance. The teens were released into the custody of their parents or guardians. Deputy Matt Grumbling, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that witnesses saw the quartet eeing from a home shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. That witness and two other witnesses held Harris, Crosby and Collins until the deputy arrived, added the report. Deputy Grumbling stated that Holland was taken into custody later. According to the deputy’s report, items taken from the included: a laptop computer; a paintball gun; a shing rod and reel; a tackle box; a home computer; a compound bow sharp shooter; a BB gun; and, miscellaneous vid-eo games. Deputy Grumbling said the items had a value of $865. The deputy went on to add that all of the items have been recovered except for the BB gun and the video games. 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. 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Crosby Computer model could change the way water is managed for the EvergladesSouth Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Principal Engineer Alaa Ali developed an innovative computer model that will help water managers replicate the movement of water to improve the Everglades and natural systems. “For the rst time, we will be able to manage water in real-time based on how rainfall historically would have moved in the Everglades,” said Tommy Strowd, Director of the SFWMD Operations, Maintenance and Construction Division. “This is not a small accomplishment. It is a groundbreaking tool that will change the way we manage water to bene t the Everglades.” The novel concept of the iModel is an “inverse modeling” design. Instead of deciding to move water and then modeling the effect, this model allows the user to enter the desired effect and the model reveals the optimal way to achieve it considering hydrological and operational constraints. When the iModel is applied to water management systems, it has the capacity to expedite restoration of natural systems, improve reservoir management and help manage the severity of ooding and drought conditions. By simulating water ow in realtime based on how much it is raining, it provides input to water managers on how to move water through a complex network of canals and pumps to re ect the natural ow and water level. The iModel will be used to help managers make better decisions in designing, implementing and operating major restoration projects. This potentially will result in more ef cient operations and could set a precedent that may be duplicated at other agencies for water resource management. Ali’s initial paper describing the iModel was published in the prestigious “Journal of Hydrology” in 2009 and his second paper is anticipated to be published in a peer-reviewed journal later this year. The iModel has now completed the main development phase and is in the implementation stage at the District. Ali has worked for the SFWMD as an engineer for almost 15 years. He was chosen as the Employee of the Month in July 2011 and was later honored as 2011 Employee of the Year at the March Governing Board meeting. He has a PhD from Utah State University in stochastic modeling/optimization and earned his undergraduate degree from Cairo University. High-Tech ‘iModel’ aims to revolutionize water management Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDSFWMD’s Alaa Ali has developed a cuttingedge modeling tool using a complex rainfalldriven formula (to help water managers improve water ow to bene t the Everglades.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Town Star Subway presented a check of $1,000 to the Okeechobee High School baseball team last Friday to help them with their program. The store offered a portion of the proceeds from car washes at the store at US 98 and State Route 70 west for the past several months. They also advertised Brahman coupons in the Okeechobee News over the past year. Vice president of operations Mike Gazzalla said the company is proud to be part of the community, “We have been in Okeechobee for many, many years. We love helping people in our community. We have great customers and we want to be a partner with Okeechobee High and their sports.” The Timesaver Food Store chain offers a Town Star Convenience store, gasoline, and a subway restaurant. The company is very active in the communities they are located in. Recently they donated $6,500 to the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club after they opened a store on Okeechobee Road and 25th Street in Ft. Pierce. The chain also serves the Glades and assists Belle Glade and Pahokee sports. There are ve stores in Okeechobee County which employ many local residents. “Okeechobee has been very good to us and we want to give back. We want to give the high school the nancial help they need. The economy is tough and we know they have cut money to schools. I’m sure this will help out,” Gazzalla added. The store will continue the car wash promotion to help OHS baseball. Gazzalla noted they also reduce prices on gasoline when y ou purchase a car wash. The store will offer a 6-foot party sub to a lucky fan who attends the Friday, April 13, home game with Centennial. The high school and the store also plan future promotions to assist the sports program. “We want to get people involved in sports. It keeps kids off the streets and they enjoy life more,” Gazzalla added. Town Star Subway helps Braham baseball 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 18 Okeechobee News April 11, 2012 Okeechobee Parks & Recreation is seeking softball of cials for the adult slowpitch softball league. Games are Monday-Friday between 7-10 p.m. starting April 16. Pay is set at $15 per game. Those with a current ISA, ASA, NSA (or equivalent) certi cation shall receive an additional $5 per game. An ISA umpire certi cation clinic will be offered prior to season. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information. Of cials needed for softball league Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFrom left to right are: Michael Gazzalla, OHS baseball coach Jeff Blackstone, Rosemary Harron, OHS principal Toni Wiersma, Town Star manager Nikkie Stalans and OHS assistant principal Dylan Tedders. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big Lake JuniorsVolleyball tourneyCongratulations to Big Lake Juniors’ 14s team coached by Lauren Throop. These girls made an outstanding showing in the 14s age division, placing second overall in the GOLD of the Cloverleaf Volleyball Tournament held in Ft. Lauderdale on March 24-25. From left to right: (top row) coach, Lauren Throop, Makayla Root, Rachel Bryan, Alyssa Coleman, Jacie Harvey and Jenna Thomas; (bottom row) Megan Hargraves, Brittani Mellett and Hannah Collier.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School Athletic Director said the few times he’s forgotten to plan team meals for special events he’s never been disappointed because one local restaurant has always been there for the sports program. Cowboys Restaurant provided free meals to the girls basketball team and to the boys baseball team this year when they hosted their preseason classic for four teams and when they hosted the St. Albans team from Washington, D.C. “Jim McCoin has helped every year and really has always taken care of us whenever we need him to,” he explained. Buckner said it is invaluable to have business support for the athletic program. He intends to visit several businesses this spring to thank them personally and let people know these are community minded businesses. McCoin said he was thrilled to help the athletic program and that he also has a lot of respect for the high school and their sports program. Several businesses, including Cowboys have sponsored boys varsity baseball games this spring to help provide much needed funds for the team’s expenses. The restaurant also bought banners on both the baseball and softball eld out eld fences. Brahman Boys Baseball Coach Jeff Blackstone said he thought the restaurant has gone above and beyond what he expected, “We appreciate Cowboys generous support. We look forward to continuing the relationship.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. 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The Okeechobee defense was stingy all night as they held the Wolverines at bay. Only once did the Wolverines enter the Lady Brahman red zone. That drive ended w ith a defensive stand after the Wolverines dropped an almost certain touchdown pass on rst down and goal. Okeechobee also got solid efforts by E.J. Edwards, Carley McCoin, Maranda Serrano and Paige McCrary on offense. Morgan Crawford added an interception on defense and Sha’Dajia Williams had two sacks and several QB pressures in the contest. McCoin caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter and Hargraves ran in two touchdowns in the second half to improve Okeechobee to (3-4) on the season. Coach Bruce Jahner said he felt the offense lacked con dence after two tough losses and just needed to get the monkey off their backs. “I think the rst touchdown gave us some con dence and our QB played well after that. It was de nitely a mental thing. I hope she is over that and plays well the rest of the year.” Jahner said his defense continued to play well and really got tough when Wellington made a big play in the second quarter to reach the Lady Brahman 15-yard line. He said the defense has kept the team in a lot of games this year. “When you stop the offense that close to the end zone it brings everybody up a little bit,” he suggested. Serrano had a 20-yard reception in the second half and played more of a role on the offensive end. She and McCrary are tall and athletic targets and Okeechobee has done a good job with short passes this year. Whenever they needed a third down conversion, Hargraves was able to nd Serrano, McCrary and Edwards across the middle. “The win de nitely feels a whole lot better,” Serrano said, “We actually came out as a team tonight and we knew this losing streak wasn’t for us.” Okeechobee still must win Tuesday at Pahokee if they want to return to the District Tournament this year. Serrano said if the team plays well they can do a lot of good things.“The defense works on practice on interceptions. If they drop them they have to do 10 pushups. They are usually real excited and pumped up,” she explained. Serrano said the offense also appears to be doing better as they try and take what the defenses give them. “We have done better with the short passing game than we have on the longer throws. Our QB does a good job observing the eld and tonight she saw a lot of open receivers,” she stated. The Lady Brahmans will wrap up their home schedule Friday against Martin County. OHS ag football team defeats Wellington Cowboys Restaurant saluted by OHS sports program By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Okeechobee High School tennis team wrapped up their season with doubles action Tuesday at the District 15-3A Tournament in Stuart. The team of Otto Ramirez and Lucas Penido lost to Olympic Heights in the Quarter nal round. The team of Cody Walker and Brendon Jonassaint reached the Semi nal round before they lost to Martin County. The boys team nished fourth overall as they won eight matches overall. Martin County and Olympic Heights will represent the district at the regional next week. The Lady Brahmans also took fourth place in districts. The doubles team of Samantha Rivero and Vanessa Watt reached the Semi nals Tuesday with a win over South Fork in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4 but fell in the Semi nal to Jensen Beach. The team of Jenna Rath and Jessica Luna fell 6-1 and 7-5 in the Quarternals to South Fork. Okeechobee earned seven points as a team. Martin County won the district title and Jensen Beach also qualied for the regional next week.  Okeechobee High School’s baseball lost to Sebastian River 10-6 on April 4 to complete a rain out from last month. Tyler Finney had two hits and Alex Estremera had three hits including a double and triple. Layton Thomas added two hits for Okeechobee, (8-11).  The Brahman boys track team nished second Monday at the Moore Haven Invitational. The girls track team nished third out of ve teams at the event. Mike Thomas won the 100-meter dash and Frank Adamo won the 800 meters. Hernan Baltazar claimed the 3200 meter race and the boys won the 4x800 meter relay. Tabatha Henry won the 1600 meter race for OHS. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief ... Gold Tee winnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club for Gold Tee Golf Scores April 6 were: rst place tie between Jim North and Ray Warren: third, George Guydosh; fourth, Rocky Carbia; fth place tie between Wally Hall and Jack Kidwell. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Special to the Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(L-R) Kenny Buckner OHS athletic director, Jeff Blackstone OHS boys baseball coach, Jamie McCoin, Jim McCoin (owner), Carley McCoin, Sharyl Williams and Mitchell McCoin.

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