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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 86 12.01 feetLast Year: 10.10 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Church activities special speaker ... Page 8 W atch out for fake vet groups ... Page 4 Campers learn hunting, shing ... Page 9 Mom arrested for leaving kids alone ... Page 7 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three local men have been arrested for allegedly beating a man then stealing his prescription medications from him. Arrested were: Timothy Courson, 19; Billy James Foley, 21; and, Jimmy Howling, 66. All three men list the same S.W. Third St. address in Okeechobee as their home address. Each man was charged with one felony count of robbery by sudden snatching and one misdemeanor count of battery. The trio was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on Saturday, July 14, where bond for Foley and Howling was set at $3,000 each. Courson’s bond was set at $1,500. Jail records indicate the three men have been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Leland Schoon3 men charged with beating, robbing man Special to the Okeechobee NewsFirestix softball win tournament!The Firestix brought home another crown this month as they won the South Florida fast pitch softball B tournament in West Palm Beach winning seven of eight games. They won the championship 7-4 over the Sunrise Thunder. For more on the story, see page 9. DUI checkpoint scheduled ... Page 3 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee voters got a chance to listen to and ask questions of candidates for local constitutional of ces in the primary election thanks to a forum held Monday evening, July 16, at Osceola Middle School. Each candidate was given two minutes for opening remarks. They were then asked the same four questions before being allowed two minutes for closing remarks. First up were the two Republican candidates for sheriff -incumbent Sheriff Paul May and challenger Deputy Jon Folbrecht, of the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce. The winner of the Republican primary for sheriff will face write-in candidate Timothy Allen Higgins in the November general election. While Deputy Folbrecht admitted that some people thought he was too young to be sheriff, he asked voters to decide for themselves. He said he had been a Martin County deput y since 2005 and has received 400 hours of training. He said his grandfather was a Palm Beach County deputy for 30 years and his wife was also a deputy. “My campaign for sheriff is not about me,” Local candidates face the public By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News For the rst time the Okeechobee School District has earned a D grade. The Florida Department of Education released all of the grades for the 67 counties Friday and gave Glades County schools a B grade. Okeechobee earned a C in 2010 and 2011 and were an A District in 2009. Glades schools were earned an A in 2011, a C in 2010, and a B in 2009. Okeechobee schools were close to a C bu t not quite as they earned 433 points. The cutof f for a C was 435 points. The state report said 46 percent of Okeechobee students were at grade level or higher in reading, 47-percent were a t grade level in math, and 74-percent were a t grade level in writing. The report said 35-percent of students were at grade level in science. Fifty-nine percent o f students made learning gains in reading and 55-percent made learning gains in math. Sixtytwo percent of the lowest performing students improved in reading and 55-percent improved in math. Okeechobee schools rated a D for 2011-12 See BEATING — Page 5See SCHOOLS — Page 5 See CANDIDATES — Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL SHERMAN FOR PROPERTY APPRAISER OF OKEECHOBEEPROVEN ABILITY THROUGH PAST PERFORMANCE *Experience 43 years in Appraisal Work 38 years in Property Appraiser’s Ofce 5 years as a Fee Appraiser 5 years as a review appraiser 21 years continuous as Property Appraiser 43 years Administration Experience *Education Coursework by Society of Real Estate Appraisal Coursework by International Association of Assessing Ofcers C.F.A. Designation: Certied Florida Appraiser Over 480 Hours of Continuing Education University of Florida 1954-1955 OKEECHOBEE NEWS HEADLINE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 “UTILITIES FORCED TO PAY UP” “COUNTY WINS PROPERTY TAX SUITS OVER UTILITY GIANTS” “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER BILL SHERMAN”*Committed When I ran for election in 1992 I promised a fair impartial assessment for all taxpayers from larger corporations to vacant land owners. As a result of that commitment I have been sued by some of the largest corporations in Okeechobee. Our success in those litigations have resulted in additional tax revenue for the County and School Board.I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON AUGUST 14th TO CONTINUE THAT COMMITMENT. RE-ELECTRE-ELECTPaid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, For Property Appraiser 2 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Among all the other local of ces appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot will also be two city council seats. The nonpartisan atlarge seats currently held by Mayor James Kirk and Councilman Mike O'Connor will be up for grabs. Neither incumbent has announced if they will run for re-election. The ballot for city voters will have an alphabetical list of all quali ed candidates in the November general election. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to four-year terms beginning Jan. 7, 2013. Candidates for these two positions must be a registered voter in the city and a resident of the city. The deadline for qualifying is noon, Friday, Aug. 24, at the Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 S.E. Fifth Ave. Anyone interested in running for city of ce must appoint a campaign treasurer, complete several forms and pay the qualifying fees. The qualifying fee is $50. In lieu of that fee a candidate can submit 27 city voter signatures to the Supervisor of Elections by noon, July 20. Candidates must also pay an assessment fee of 1 percent of the annual salary of the of ce to be paid the week of noon Monday, Aug. 20, through noon, Friday, Aug. 24. For more information, contact City Clerk Lane Gamiotea at 863-763-3372 ext. 215.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Two city council seats will be on Nov. 6 ballot Today: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 93F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Lo w of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance o f rain 20%.Extended ForecastThursday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 91F with a heat index of 99F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Friday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High o f 91F with a heat index of 99F. Winds 5 mph. Friday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds from SSE 5-10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast CCC meeting plannedThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. Guest presenters: Treasure Coast Food Bank Krista Garofalo and Beth MacKenzie with Guardians for a New Future. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257. NOTE: we are collecting back-to-school supplies for needy children. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBene t helps injured teenKaleb Fred' Langdale, a member of the Moore Haven FFA Chapter was attacked by a alligator in Moore Haven on July 9. The Okeechobee Brahman Senior FFA and District 11 FFA Chapters will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Tractor Supply. They are asking for a $10 donation per vehicle. All proceeds will go the Langdale family. For more information, contact Curtis Evans at 863-763-4475 or 863-801-4468.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After Justin Cole Simmons allegedly tried to ee from deputies on a stolen golf cart, it was also learned that he had apparently broken into a car dealership and damaged a vehicle. Simmons, 30, S.W. Eighth St., was arrested Friday, July 13, on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure, two counts of criminal mischief over $1,000, grand theft, eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer and resisting a law enforcement of cer with v iolence. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and driving while license suspended/revoked. This investigation began when Deputy Corporal Donald Ellis, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), was investigating a break-in at a car dealership on U.S. 441 S. Someone had broken into the dealership and, with some sort of tool, broke out a w indow of a sports utility vehicle and dented the door. The damage was estimated at over $1,000, stated Cpl. Ellis. A witness reportedly told Cpl. Ellis they saw a man running from the dealership tow ard a nearby campground. As the corporal was investigating the break-in he heard an OCSO dispatcher say that Deputy Howard Pickering had apparently located the burglary suspect, and that the man was now on a stolen golf cart and refusing to stop for the deputy. That man was later identi ed as Simmons. Simmons, stated an arrest report by OCSO Deputy Steven Pollock, drove the golf cart onto the lot of another dealership and intentionally drove the cart into a 2013 SUV. He then jumped from the cart and ed on foot. Deputy Pollock said damage to that SUV was estimated at $3,000. Simmons then allegedly ran across the four-lane highway, where he jumped into a water retention area and was nally taken into custody on the south side of the Publix parking lot. As deputies were escorting the nowhandcuffed Simmons to a transport vehicle he pulled away from the deputies and reportedly tried to kick Deputy Pollock. Deputy Pollock went on to state in his report that a bag of suspected spice and an alleged smoking pipe were found in the man's pockets. The suspected spice and pipe will be sent to the Indian River Crime Laboratory where they will be analyzed to see if either contain any illegal substances. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man went to a local hospital for a preemployment drug test but ended up in the county jail when it was learned the Social Security number he was using belonged to someone else. Luis Alonso Juarez, 40, N.W. 214th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, July 13, on a felony charge of identity theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $1,000. Juarez was released from jail on bond. Detective William Hill, of the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud, stated in his arrest report that Juarez went to Raulerson Hospital for an employer's drug screen. When hospital staff crosschecked the Social Security number given them by Juarez they found it belonged to a former patient, stated the detective. According to the report Juarez had given the potential employer a resident alien card and a Social Security card with the bogus number, the report added. Detective Hill went on to point out that Juarez told him he bought the resident alien card and Social Security card three years ago in Tifton, Ga. The man reportedly told the detective he paid $200 for the fake credentials. Juarez reportedly went on to say that he had used the illegal cards to gain employment at several different places since then. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 APPRECIATION BBQ FOR MARGARET GARRARD HELTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER Thank you for you suppport for the last 4 YEARS. And your continuing support for the next 4 years. Paid b y Mar g aret Garrard Helton. Re p ublican for Count y CommissionerOn Thursday July 19th 5-7 PM on the veranda at Lunkers Sports Grill 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 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 3 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) will set up a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday, July 21, on S.R. 70. These check points are a proven tool and are effective in reducing the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved crashes, said Sheriff Paul May. He went on to say research shows that such crashes are reduced by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted enough. Law enforcement of cers will be checking drivers for signs of possible impairment. Drivers will also be checked to make sure they have the proper licensing. Impaired drivers can expect to be arrested and jailed. Besides nes and other fees, impaired drivers can also expect to have their license suspended and the cost of their insurance increased. DUI classes and other expenses can exceed $10,000, pointed out Sheriff Paul May. Motorists are reminded that if they are going to drink they should designate a driver; call a cab; call a family member; or, stay home. Florida law considers a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher to be impaired. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are also in violation of state law. Assisting the sheriff's of ce will be of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol. OCSO plans another DUI checkpoint A rea man facing burglary, grand theft charges Justin Cole Simmons Report: Man caught with bogus SS card Luis Alonso Juarez

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Sex education The Okeechobee County School Board has nally dec ided that the “abstinence only” program is not working and they will add information on contraceptives and teen pregnancy to the sex education classes taught in 9th grade. Considering how some of the middle school kids act, I think 9th grade might be a little late in the game for some kids.  You can’t stop human nature. Some kids make the right c hoice. Some don’t.  I feel the most effective thing to “preach” is safety. For t he simple fact that parents are not always gonna fully know w hat’s going on with their kids. Safety tip #1: supply your own condoms.  Make sure the kid understands that teaching safety is NOT giving permission.  The decision to teach sex education in school comes many years too late. Abstinence hasn’t worked for awhile. T he school board is nally waking up. May not be the best c hoice, but still it is one that is being made. If the parents aren’t going to equip them with the knowledge of safety, at least someone will. Show STD pics too—it’s not pretty. Give all aspects.  How is this of any concern to the schools?  As a 23-year-old mother of two, I was taught about abs tinence in 8th grade in North Carolina. I agree it is a parent’s job to talk about sex, protection and contraception, but most of the time it is a little too late. By 8th grade, A LOT of my peers were sexually active. Was I? No. I honestly believe if Okeechobee was to have a seminar in which current teen/ y oung moms bring in their kids for all the kids who are in s chool to see it would bring a different light. Education is key, and a lot of that ceases when you have a child, unless of c ourse you have an awesome support system.  It’s about time!  You don’t tell a teen “no”! TALK about it. Tell them what if’s. Don’t encourage and for heavens sake DO NOT deny t hem their human rights. EDUCATE. TALK.  Just a thought here but maybe if they stop teaching t hem how to do it and get away with it they might not do it s o much.  How about sending each student to a day care center for one day? Have them interact with a baby for 8 hours, w ith the crying, diapers, rocking, walking him around till he’s quiet, feeding, bottle-making procedures, teething, spitt ing up. That ought to change their minds about the back s eat of a car/truck. Dear managers of local businessesThis letter is in response to recent activity by out-of-town and out-of-state organizations collecting donations for veterans. While these organizations may be legitimate fundraising groups by law, meeting the minimum requirements for a 501 (c) 3 status, the money that they are obtaining from our community is taken to larger cities in and out of the state of Florida and distributed. It is not bene ting the veterans of Okeechobee. Some of these groups are using paid employees to stand at our store fronts in what looks like a military uniform. These employee fundraisers are paid as much as 30 percent of their daily collections. Their supervisors and the head of the organization may be making sixgure incomes off these collections that are advertised as going to the veterans in need. Of course, not all fundraiser organizations are operated this way, and we are not trying to stop the fundraising activity of our local organizations. Schools, churches, youth activity, homeless, and veteran organizations cannot exist without fundraiser efforts. We are, however, tired of watching the limited money that is donated by the citizens of our small community being drained out of this area. We believe that the money given by Okeechobee area residents should bene t the Okeechobee area needs, not Miami, Tampa or Atlanta. Fundraisers should be put on by volunteer organizations for the purpose of raising money that is not otherwise available to help those who have speci c needs. They should not be a business that makes money from well-intentioned citizens who think they are helping those in need in the community, but are actually just giving money to collectors who line their own pickets rst then give what is left to those to whom the money was originally intended. The Okeechobee area has several volunteer organizations that do work to assist the veterans who are in need in our community. We do collect funds and have fundraisers for this purpose. These clearly identify themselves as Okeechobee city, county or area organizations and should be well known in the community. No one is paid by these groups and all monies collected go to the needs of those for whom the money was collected. The following is a list of those volunteer veterans organizations who are recognized by the Okeechobee Veterans Council as fundraisers for veterans needs: American Legion Post 64; VFW Post 10539; VFW Post 9528 (Buckhead Ridge); VFW Post 4423; Am-Vets Post 200; U.S. Coast Guard Aux. 57; Big Lake Missions; and, Okeechobee Veterans Council. This list does not preclude other local civic and fraternal organizations from raising funds for our local veterans. We welcome any and all assistance from all-volunteer, nonpro t organizations or from any businesses that wish to take up a collection or have a fundraiser for the veterans as long as all funds collected are distributed to Okeechobee area veterans who have special needs. We are asking the business owners and managers in th e Okeechobee, Fla. area to ensure that those who request to have a fundraising event at your store, are actually a volunteer group which is raising these funds for the Okeechobe e community and that no one is getting paid or making a kickback from the monies collected. In this way, our citizens can be assured that when they give their money to a cause, the donated funds are actually going to the local community needs and not to some other city or into some person’s pocket that is taking the money. Again, we thank you for your assistance in dealing with this situation. David Clemenson, chairman Okeechobee Veterans CouncilVOTE!We’ve come to that time again where we must choos e the right person to be a good leader. By now, most have already made up their minds who they are going to vote for. The matter of the Presidency is only two choices (ver y sadly) so please think carefully and fully examine the candidate of your choice. Then we have city and county of cials (and non-of cials) running either for re-election or to ll an empty seat or to take over someone elses seat. AGAIN..weigh the odds, loo k at the candidates carefully. Look at their history, past and present. If they are already in of ce and doing a great job, why remove them? Guaranteed, some people in of ce need replacing, b e careful who you replace them with...don’t jump from th e frying pan into the re. And just because they are friends does not mean the y will still be your friend once they are in of ce. Remember, “THERE ARE NO FRIENDS IN BUSINESS.” Once in of c e they will have jobs to do that will not include you. Some of the people who are running against those in of ce are not fully equipped to handle the job. Most o f those already in of ce have proven themselves over tim e and should not be removed. And then again, I say, there ar e some who should be replaced. Just make sure you choos e wisely. And above all things before you make any decisions, please, please go to the LORD in prayer. Seek His guidanc e and ask for wisdom in making the right choices. Not only in these elections, but in all matters of your life. Psalm 25:12. “Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way that He chooses.” God will neve r fail you, but man will. Jesus loves you and so do I~~ Cheryl Gawda July 18, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 Mr. Folbrecht asserted. “It’s about my children and your children. Vote for the future.” The incumbent sheriff lost no time in squelching the rumor that if elected, he w ould only serve for two years and then resign to allow Major Noel Stephen to become sheriff. Sheriff May said that was not true and that Maj. Stephen wanted to run for sheriff on his own. “I’m running on my record,” the sheriff said, “I’m doing what I told you I would do.” He pledged not to give up in the war on drugs. With a decreasing budget he said he has had to do more with less. When asked what he would do differently if re-elected, the sheriff said he would get more people involved in the war against drugs. “As sheriff I will continue to drop the budget,” was Deputy Folbrecht’s response to the same question. He also said he would be concerned with administrative issues and policy changes and try to get more grant money. In response to another question, Deputy Folbrecht said the lack of entertainment is the biggest problem facing youth. He praised the BRAT (Building Relationships A mong Teens) program for young people in Okeechobee. He said the youth need to be positively motivated. “Our youth are our future,” he asserted. Sheriff May chose to look at the youth situation from a positive angle. He said his of ce launched a six-week undercover program at Okeechobee High School. While 22 students were arrested, he said 1,178 students were not involved with drugs. He stressed the importance of home life to our y outh and emphasized that he had con dence in them. When asked what he would cut if he had to make further budget cuts, Sheriff May replied: “We don’t have anywhere else to go but personnel.” In response to the same question, Deputy Folbrecht said there were plenty of places to cut. He mentioned possible savings in health care for employees. He also said unnecessary positions could be eliminated. He said raises could be given to sheriff’s of ce personnel from the savings in health care. “My budget can come from state and federal grants,” he replied, when asked about how declining property values would affect his budget. He also said the current sheriff’s of ce has too many vehicles. In response, Sheriff May said Deputy Folbrecht has been told several times that his insurance gures were not correct. In closing, the sheriff said he has 46 years experience in law enforcement. “The safety and well being of my employees is my number one priority,” he said. He vowed to continue the ght on drugs, and let doing the right thing guide his hard decisions. Deputy Folbrecht expressed his concern for gangs and drugs. He also expressed concern about the local economy and the professionalism of deputies. He said the voters could keep what they have and live in the past or vote for the future. Incumbent Republican property appraiser Bill Sherman discussed the issues with challenger Sharon Wallace. The winner of the Republican primary for property appraiser will face Democratic challenger Stan Curren. “It has been, and will continue to be, my goal to give you a fair and impartial assessment,” Mr. Sherman said. He said he took on a large corporation each tax year from 1994 to 2006 and today his corporation is assessed the same as everyone else. “This is not a job for a novice,” Mr. Sherman said, adding that he has over 480 hours of continuing education. “I want you to realize I take this job very seriously.” “I want fair and equitable appraisals for all of us,” said Mrs. Wallace, adding that she wants to see the rules applied equally. Mrs. Wallace said she has over 1,200 hours of continuing education and has 23 years experience in administrative, contractual and budget areas. “I will always be accessible to you,” Mrs. Wallace promised. “I will be the hardest working public of cial you have ever had.” When asked why she wanted to serve, Mrs. Wallace said: “I want this of ce passionately so that I can serve you with all the energy I can muster.” “I want to continue to serve you because I love Okeechobee County,” Mr. Sherman replied, while pointing out that he has a lifetime of experience in the appraisal eld. He claimed to have reduced his budget 20 percent in the last ve years. “We are at bare bones,” he said. “We don’t have anywhere else to go.” “I will not be reducing salaries,” Mrs. Wallace vowed. “I will not be reducing staff.” In reference to Mr. Sherman’s legal battles, Mrs. Wallace noted that last year the county spent $125,000 in legal fees. “Maybe if we get the assessment right the rst time we won’t have legal fees,” she said. “I am a younger and more energetic person,” Mrs. Wallace continued. “It’s time for new ideas and vitality to be brought to this of ce.” Mr. Sherman replied that he had 38 years in the property appraisal eld and is recognized as an expert witness in state and federal court. “If you do your job, you are going to be sued,” Mr. Sherman asserted. “Big corporations do not want to be appraised like you.” He said the costs of his lawsuits were offset by the increased property taxes to the county and the school board. “I have the experience. I have the education. I have the grit,” Mr. Sherman said. When asked if the system of commercial assessment is, when compared to residential assessment, fair Mr. Sherman said there is currently a 10 percent cap on commercial property assessment and a 3 percent cap on residential property. He supported legislation to reduce the commercial cap to 5 percent because that would make the assessment process fairer. Mrs. Wallace replied: ”The thing we want to do is promote business.” In closing, Mrs. Wallace he spoke of her community involvement which included membership in the cattlewomen’s association. “When I commit to something I give it my all,” she told the audience. Mr. Sherman closed by saying: “This job must be done by a competent property appraiser. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you as property appraiser.” There are two candidates for the nonpartisan position of school board district 1 -incumbent Kelly Owens and challenger Malissa Morgan. Mrs. Morgan has been married for 23 years and has two sons. She has 17 years in education, including 14 years as a certi ed teacher. In 2001 she was named her school’s teacher of the year. She has a bachelors, masters and specialist degrees. “I believe in giving back to the community I call home.” Mrs. Morgan said. “I am passionate about access to quality education.” Mrs. Owens has been on the board since 2004. She has 18 years experience in the education eld, and has a vested interest in the school system because of her grandchildren. In response to a question, Mrs. Owens said the biggest obstacle to youth is the pres-sure brought about by high stakes testing. “We do need testing, but it needs to be reasonable,” she answered. Mrs. Morgan replied that the biggest problem is lack of programs for youth. When asked what she would do differently Mrs. Morgan replied: “I would educate our community on a school board’s job.” Mrs. owns said if re-elected she would focus more on securing help from the federal level and “be more active at the state level to protect programs.” Mrs. Morgan said her nine years experience as a business owner would help her deal with regulatory agencies. “We will be an advocate who goes to Tallahassee,” she wowed. Mrs. Morgan wants to cut funding in other areas to save personnel, while Mrs. Owens wants to continue to focus on the development of teachers. In her closing remarks, Mrs. Owens referred to the state level positions she has held and her promotion of various educational causes. Mrs. Morgan closed by pledging to be the advocate for children, parents and schools.For more from the political forum, watch for the July 20 edition o f the Okeechobee News. CANDIDATESContinued From Page 1 Director of Student Services Renee Getting said the district anticipated a lower grade this year and the schools are working diligently to improve the scores through their school improvement plan. “Obviously we had hoped to maintain the C grade and it was a surprise that the match scores were lower than they had been. I feel the schools are working diligently to improve in the next year,” she added. It is possible the high school data could help raise the district grade to a C when that data is released later this year. Getting said a decision on whether to appeal the grade had not been made. “I think the school improvement plans will look at the weaknesses each school had and concentrate on improvement there. That should improve the scores next year,” she added. While the district grade was a D, all Okeechobee schools had a grade of C or better for 2011-2012. There were no A schools this year. Thirty-nine school systems in Florida dropped one letter grade this year. No districts improved their grade according to the Florida Department of Education. The report for Glades County schools showed 51 percent of students were at grade level in reading, 61-percent in math, 75-percent in writing, and 43-percent in science. The report showed 58-percent of reading students and 57-percent of math students made learning gains. The report showed 61-percent of low performing students improved in reading and 60-percent improved in math. The Pemayetv Emahakv Charter Elementary school in Brighton had a C grade and the Middle School earned a B grade, an improvement from a C last year. SCHOOLSContinued From Page 1 maker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated the three men pulled the male victim from his car and beat him to the point he passed out. The victim and his girlfriend were at Nubbin Slough looking at the water and watching people sh when the attack occurred, stated the report. After beating the victim, the three men allegedly took his prescriptions—56 methadone 10 mg, and 56 xanax 1mg pills. According to the deputy’s report the men attacked the victim without provocation. Deput y Schoonmaker went on to state that the victim was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment. The report also indicates that four people at the S.W. Third St. home all said Courson, Foley and Howling had not left the residence all day. Those four individuals all signed witness statements to that effect, added Deput y Schoonmaker’s report.. BEATINGContinued From Page 1 Timothy Courson Jimmy Howling Billy James Foley

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Helen L. OsborneOKEECHOBEE — Helen L. Osborne, age 84 o f Okeechobee died Monday, July 16, 2012 in Summer eld, Florida. She was born, Mar. 14, 1928 in Garrett, Kentucky and was a retired Registered Nurse. She had been a resident of Okeechobee since 2002 coming from Stuart. She was of the Christian faith. Mrs. Osborne is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, David; and a great grandson, Caleb Nelson. She is survived by her son, Larry Osborne (Donetta) of Belleview, Fla.; daughters, Diane King (Dana) of St. Cloud, Fla.; Debbie Branham (Chip) of Okeechobee, Fla.; grandchildren, Kimberly Branham-Nelson (Billy) of Fernandin a Beach, Fla., Brett Osborne (Nicole) of Arden, N.C.; Chris Branham (Michelle) of Okeechobee, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Savanna Nelson, Bryce Nelson, Brady Nelson and Carter Branham. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until service time of 1:00 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. 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.John Albert Starnes Sr.OKEECHOBEE — John Albert Starnes Sr., born on Sept. 2, 1930, passed away peacefull y in his sleep on June 16, 2012 at 6:02 p.m. with a favorite CNA who’d adopted his two dogs at his side. He is survived by his sons, John Jr. and Kevin Lee. He was a hardworking, honorable, decent, loyal man dedicated to being a good provider for his family with a 22 year career in the Air Force, followed by a second stellar career at Pratt and Whitney. He and his wife Sue, who passed away May 28, 2010, moved to Okeechobee in 1974 and transformed a few acres of lo w lying pasture into a tidy gated estate with trees and shponds and gardens surrounding a lovel y sturdy home. His last several months were partially spent at Okeechobee Health Care where he made many friends and enjoyed a lovely twilight romance with a delightful woman named Mary. He will be missed by many. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012Submit obituaries by emailing obits@ newszap.com. A link to obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com. V FW Buckhead Ridge to host dinner nightThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly Wednesday night dinner July 18 with a spaghetti dinner by Rene’. All proceeds will bene t our Veterans and their families. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m., with a donation. On Thursday, July 19 the Ladies Auxiliary will serve burgers for Bingo from noon-1 p.m. Come out and play bingo and enjoy a great burger at our post. For more information please call 863-467-2882.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North will host Bingo on Wednesday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m. Come on out! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. The club is located at 9985 U.S. 441 N.Cowboys for Christ to meetCowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet Thursday, July 19 at the Basinger Community Center. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-763-2285.Main Street plans mixerThe July Main Street Mixer will be sponsored by the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St., on Thursday, July 19, from 5-7 p.m. Okeechobee Main Street mixers are free to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet fellow citizens and local business owners while you relax and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The theme for this event is a “Tacky Tourist” so bring your camera, hat, and shades to t right in! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 N.E. Second St. (directly north of CVS). Day Spa to hold grand opening eventJoin Okeechobee Main Street as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Bella Rose Day Spa and Salon, 311 N.E. Second St., on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. The of cial Ribbon Cutting will be held at 5:15 p.m., w ith a tour of the building and reception to follow. The public is invited to take this opportunity to experience the salon and see rst-hand all of the wonderful services that they provide. Dr. Christopher R. Cromwell, M.D. and plastic surgeon will be on-site during the grand opening. Bella Rose is an upscale, full service Bumble and bumble exclusive salon specializing in makeovers, haircuts, color, makeup, massage and much more! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 N.E. Second Street.Local Democratic Committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s. High on the “to be accomplished list” will be the nalizing of plans for the upcoming JJ Picnic which will be held Saturday, July 28, at the Civic Center. Democratic candidates and candidates for the universal primary are invited to speak and free food for all.DAR plan Summer BrunchOkeechobee DAR will have a Summer Brunch on Friday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Su George, 1709 S.W. 28th Ave. For information call 863-763-0266. All members and those interested in DAR are invited.B.R.A.T. Club plans summer teen danceCome to the dance! The Summer Teen Dance is at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. on Saturday, July 21 from 7-10 p.m. Ages 12-16 are welcome. Admission is just $7 and includes pizza, soda, chips, entertainment and more! Contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996, for more information.Poker run bene ts children of Heather TownA poker run and bake sale to bene t Heather Town’s children are planned for Sunday, July 22 with the rst bike out at 1 p.m. and last bike in at 3 p.m. The rst stop is J&S Fish Camp; second stop, Happy Hour Tavern; third stop, Frosty Mug; fourth stop, North Eagles Aerie on U.S. 441 N.; fth stop, Good Spirits Lounge; sixth stop Uncle Larry’s Rim Ditch Cafe. The last stop is at the Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 441 Southeast (the old Cypress Hut Flea Market). This is where the bene t will be. There will be a bake sale, a 50/50 drawing, and pulled pork sandwich dinners for $6. Music will be by Debbie and Jimmy Harper. A car wash sponsored by Kitana and friends will start at noon. For more information, contact Chrissy at 863-697-6812 or Courtney at 863-261-1920.CCC meeting planned for JulyThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the school board of ce.Football camp plannedMOORE HAVEN—‘Muck Area’ Christian Football Camp will be held Saturday, July 28 at Moore Haven Jr-Sr High School Field for Grades 7-12. Cost is $10. The camp will feature former and current pro and college players, along with high school coaches. Recruiters from various colleges are also expected to attend. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Rod at 561-809-8300 or email rfelt10@aol.com.OKMS to hold meetingThe Quarterly General Membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on July 25, at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Please plan to attend to network with fellow citizens and business owners, greet new members and receive updates of current activities and accomplishments of the quarter. For questions or additional information please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-3576246.Okeechobee YMCA Children's Art Auction to be heldThe Okeechobee YMCA Children’s Art Auction in partnership with the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee, will be held on Thursday, July 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at “old” New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St., in Okeechobee. Come laugh and cry while the Y children share their Y stories and their famous art work! This event is to raise funds and awareness about the YMCA Okeechobee Community Support campaign which allows the Okeechobee community to enjoy youth development, summer camp and after school. For more information on how you can make a difference, contact Shawn Keil 772215-9780 or Skeil@ymcatreasurecoast.org.Backyarders only' BBQ event is July 27-28The National Day of the American Cowboy Cookoff for backyard grillers only has been slated for July 27 and 28 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710. ‘Anything butt,’ sauces and beer can chicken turn-ins will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The pork butt, ribs, brisket and chicken turn-ins will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28. For information and fees, contact: Keith Stripling 863-634-9108; Bobby Schoonmaker 863-634-3910; Laurie Raulerson Stephen 863-634-3462; or, Noel Stephen 863-6340650. Proceeds from the event will bene t the O.L. Raulerson Jr. fund. Water and electricity will be provided.Vendor applications for upcoming events availableOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the National Day of the American Cowboy, to be held in the AgriCivic Center on July 27 and 28, and the annual All-American Labor Day Celebration which will be held in Flagler Park on Sept. 1, 2, and 3. Applications for booth space are available at the Main Street of ce, 111 N.E. Second St., directly behind C.V.S. and can also be found on the Main Street website at www. okeechobeemainstreet.net. For further information, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246. Community Events

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Derrick Lamont Rose, 28, Coffee Circle, Dover, Del., was arrested July 14 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a felony charge of carrying a concealed rearm. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a rearm with altered serial numbers and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $9,500.  Raul Morales, 22, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deputy Raul Marrero on a Palm Beach County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of driving under the in uence. He is being held w ithout bond.  Darrell Anthony Blackburn, 16, S.R. 78 W ., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief on Brow ard County warrants charging him with burglary of a conveyance, petit theft, trespass of a structure, criminal mischief (two counts), burglary and grand theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Brett Allen Joiner, 26, N.E. Fourth Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Zachary David Sanders, 27, Simpson Farm Lane, Dade City, was arrested July 15 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Kenneth Edwin Mowery, 55, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 16 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $1,000.  James Estinvil, 28, Sunrise Blvd., Fort Pierce, was arrested July 17 by Deputy William Jolly on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond.  Howard Lee Clendenin, 51, Parker Ave., Jacksonville, was arrested July 17 by Deputy William Jolly on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation attempted sexual battery (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Matthew Rod Taylor, 23, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested July 17 by Deputy William Jolly on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation fraudulent use of a credit card. He is being held without bond.  Lisa Jean Martin, 26, South Tamiami Trail, Naples, was arrested July 17 by Deputy William Jolly on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft. She 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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dresser, Mirror, Headboard, Footboard & Rails $599.95 3pc. Bed $199.95, Chest $199.95, Night Stand $99.95 E-Z In-Store Financing Available Also on Sale; Area Rugs, Lamps, Accessories, TV’s and Appliances If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! 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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 7 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two young children were found walking in the middle of N.W. 36th St. after their mother had reportedly gone to a neighborhood convenience store and left her kids alone in the home. Natli Gonzalez, 21, N.W. 36th St., w as arrested Monday, July 16, on two felony counts of child neglect. She was later released on her own recognizance. In an arrest report Deputy Matthew Grumbling, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that the sheriff’s of ce received a call from a woman who found the children— ages 2 and 4—walking in the middle of the street in Basswood. When asked, the children did not know where their parents were, added the report. The woman reportedly gathered up the children and kept them safe until Deputy Grumbling arrived. The deputy said about 5 minutes after his arrival at the scene the children’s mother returned. According to the report Gonzalez said her children were asleep in their bed around 10 a.m. Monday so she decided to go to a convenience store located at U.S. 441 N. at its intersection with N.W. 36th St. Gonzalez apparently told the deputy that the store is about 10 minutes from her home and that she had been gone about 20 minutes. No other adults were in the home at the time. Some time after the woman left the home, the children got out of bed. When the deputy asked Gonzalez why she didn’t call someone to stay with her children, she reportedly answered that she doesn’t have a telephone. Deputy Grumbling stated in his report that he contacted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the two youngsters were placed in the custody of another family member. Mom arrested for leaving kids alone Natli Gonzalez Okeechobee Arrest Report

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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. 8 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 Dr. Jack Sharpe is going to be the guest speaker at Fountain of Life Church at 1302 S.W. 32nd Street, on Sunday, July 22, at 11 a.m. He is a retired professor from Southeastern University, in Lakeland, Fla. where he taught counseling and is now a full-time evangelist who has an annointing from God to preach the word. For more information call, 863-763-8945. Believers Fellowship Church will hold Vacation Bible School the week of July 23–27, at 300 S.W. 6th Ave., (behind the ROC) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. A ll young people ages 4 and up are invited to attend. There will be lot of fun and music, crafts, games and yummy food. Plan on attending and we’ll have a great time together. For more information, call 863-763-6848 or 863-634-4327. Peace Lutheran Church 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, has two worship services each Sunday, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come hear God’s message of love and forgiveness for all people through Jesus Christ. Web site is www.peace-okee. org. Okeechobee Christian Church is going Backstage With The Bible! Come join us July 30 through Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night. We will be having some fun new music and games! Be sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel for our water fun! So head on over to Okeechobee Christian Church for the BVBS event of the summer and let’s see how rockin’ the Bible can be!” 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! The Peace Lutheran School is now accepting enrollment for 2012-13 school year, ages 2 through Kindergarten. There are limited scholarships for Preschool available, as well as Step Up for students and McKay Scholarships for Kindergarten. Call 863-763-7566 for more information. Peace Lutheran Summer Camp is now accepting summer campers ages 2 through 5th grade. There are limited scholarships available and Summer VPK is offered. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join the group at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. The Peace Lutheran Church has a wonderful ministry to youth called CRAVE Youth Ministry. Senior CRAVE is for high school students in 9-12th grades and meets on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Junior CRAVE is for junior high students in 5-8th grades and meets on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. There are all kinds of great activities for CRAVE youth groups, including trips and family campouts. All youth are welcome! If you would like to know more about Peace Lutheran Church, our faith and fellowship, you are invited to join the Discover Peace Class. For more information, call 863-763-5042. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, on State Road 78 at Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, is one of the meal sites for the Glades County School District Summer Food Service Program through August 9. Meals will be provided Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children ages 2 to 18 years old are eligible for meals and activities at no charge. No pre-registration or paperwork is required. All children are welcome!The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Churches host VBS and other summer activities Guardian’s For New Futures (GFNF), the non-pro t organization supporting the Guardian ad Litem volunteers on the Treasure Coast is seeking help and support from the public to provide back to school supplies to abused, abandoned and neglected children. The “Kits4Kids” program is designed to provide fresh new school supplies to these children who are involved in dependency proceedings. There are approximately 1,300 children currently in dependency proceedings here on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. GFNF has been working tirelessly to raise enough funds to provide each child in need a backpack and supplies required to attend public school. These are children who have been removed from their home due to abuse allegations and are in the care of a children’s home, foster care or a relative. It only costs $25 dollars to sponsor a child and provide a full kit with good quality basic supplies and a backpack. Mail a donation in any amount for “Kits4Kids” to Guardians for New Futures, 546 NW University Blvd., Suite 203, Port St. Lucie or, donate through the website www.gfnf4kids.org. For more information, call 772-807-3868. Guardians program searches for back to school supplies OKMS Call to artists for next city mural projectCall to artists for Okeechobee Main Street’s next mural project. Seeking a quali ed mural artist to paint two large murals in downtown Okeechobee on the CarQuest building located on State Road 70. Please contact Bridgette Waldau for artist’s informational packet and application at 863-467-7300 or e-mail at bridgette.art@gmail.com. Deadline for submission of application with proposal is Aug. 15.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News For ve days 35 local teens learned about hunting and shing but more importantly learned that they have a friend in law enforcement. Sheriff Paul May, his school resource of cers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Okeechobee Sharpshooters Club and the Okeechobee Children's Services Council teamed up from July 9-13 to hold a summer camp for boys and girls ages 13-15 at the sheriff's gun range. Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said kids learned how to re weapons, a bow and arrow, and learned all about safety during the camp. They also learned about land navigation and the use of a compass. FWC's Carri Muldoon provided a hunter safety course for the campers along with Don Sellers, a senior instructor for the FWC. Sgt. Roberts said he was really impressed with the behavior of the campers and how much they learned this year. "It was awesome. It was a great year. We had no issues and no injuries, not even a band aid." The sheriffs of ce provided transportation and lunches each day and an award ceremony was held Friday at the Sports Complex after a morning of swimming in the pool. Sgt. Roberts said they eliminated water sports at the gun range from the plan this year because alligators have become more aggressive and possibly posed a threat to campers. Sheriff May told the campers that they should look at his deputies as his friends who are there to help them. "I want the kids to know that my deputies are people they can talk to. If they have a problem, they can con de in them, and they will try to help them." said the sheriff. May said his department has offered the camp for over ve years and he intends to offer it next year. "We have some wonderful help from the Children Services Council and I want to thank them," he added. OCSO deputies involved in the camp included Sgt. Roberts, Dale Hardy, Rodne y Rucks, Donnie Holmes, John Fisher, Keith Murrish, Steve McKinley and Justin White. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY PAUL MAY, REPUBLICAN, FOR SHERIFF “Experience You Can Talk To Common Sense You Can Trust” We will continue to strongly enforce our drug laws and monitor gang activity. I have compassion for people hooked on drugs, but I do NOT have compassion or sympathy for people who sell drugs or bring drugs into our county. In the past four years, misuse of prescription drugs has added a tremendous burden to our Narcotic Task Force. I now have nine of cers who solely work on drugs and monitoring gang activity. This ght is important to everyone and it will continue. We will continue to monitor under-aged selling, buying and consumption of alcoholic beverages. We have the attention of our store owners; now, most demand identi cation and for this, we thank them. Although budgets are tight, I will keep Resource Of cers in our schools. Now more than ever, our most precious resource — our children — must be protected. I will continue to support our Sheriff’s Auxiliary Units, the C.O.P.S. Program, Search and Rescue and the All Volunteer Sheriff’s Posse. These volunteers save the county thousands of dollars each year. I thank each of them for their service to our community. of Okeechobee County Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. 9 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 Campers learn about hunting, shing and archery Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Bobrowski was one of 35 teens who participated in a teen camp put on by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce this week. They were given awards Friday, July 6, at a special barbecue luncheon that included Sheriff Paul May (far right) and Major Noel Stephen (second from right). By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Teamwork was the name of the game this month as the Firestix softball program w on the 18B Florida State Tournament in the United States Specialty Sports Association, USSSA. Coach Mark Ward said Delaney Osceola pitched well, and the team had contributions from several girls at the plate as they w on the tournament title. Stormy Stokes had two runs batted in. Khrysta Herndon did a great job behind the plate. Amanda Bayerlein and Danyelle Shef eld pitched well. Top hitters included Taylor Williams, Shef eld, Lexi Ward, Jaide Micco, Jaryaca Baker and Delaney Osceola. "Our girls never quit and quitters never win," Ward said. "I have coached this age group for ve years and they work really hard. It has been nice watching them develop their skills over the summer and through the school year." The team nished third in an 18A state tournament in Fort Myers this past weekend. The nal tournament of the year will be the World Series at Walt Disney World in Kissimmee from July 21-28. Firestix softball takes w in in state tourney Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDustin Holmes is congratulated by deputies for completion of the Sheriff's Teen Camp at an awards ceremony last Friday.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The familiar twang of country music lled the air as 15 very talented acts competed in the Okeechobee Texaco Country Music Showdown contest Saturday night at Good Spirits Lounge, and it was a Brooksv ille woman who took home top honors. The annual contest is organized, promoted and sponsored by Okeechobee's local radio station WOKC and General Manager Wayne Cunningham and is hosted by W OKC Program Director Billy Dean. The winner, Ashley Shannon is no stranger to awards having won several awards w ith the National American County Music Association International Competitions in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has produced an album with Jim Vest founder of the Nashville Cats, and wants to become a country music star. "I've been singing since I could talk with my mom in church. In middle school I got a standing ovation in a talent show and that revved things up for me," she explained. She's tried her hand at Christian and now country music. She performed the song, Girls Night Out,' which got a wonderful reaction from the Okeechobee crowd. "I think it's awesome that I was able to win, I was de nitely not expecting it, there is a lot of great talent," she added. Shannon now advances to the Florida State Competition on Sept. 8 in Live Oak. The winner of that competition takes home $1,000. The winner of the Okeechobee contest has won the last two Florida State competitions. The acts were judged on their marketability in country music, their vocal and or instrumental ability, the originality of their performance, their stage presence and charisma, their talent, and their song writing ability. Several acts performed songs they wrote themselves. "I hope I do well but I won't be overcon dent," she said. "I feel lucky to have won this contest. I'll keep my ngers crossed and do my best." Okeechobee had three contestants in the competition, Charlotte Papasso, Nikki St. Pierre and Taylor Pearce. St. Pierre is an assistant dance teacher at Leslie's Dance Studio and a 17-year-old senior at Okeechobee High School. She was a varsity cheerleader for the past two years and has 400 hours of community service in Okeechobee. She intends to attend the University of Central Florida and become an Ultra sound tech. She performed the Carrie Underwood hit, "I Told You So." Pearce, a 15-year-old student at OHS, is a self-taught musician. She sang an original song for her close friend and her goal is to become a country music star. She participates in FFA, cheerleading and church activities. She is the daughter of Matt and Alish a Pearce. Papasso has been singing since she was eight years old. Her biggest passion in life is to be on stage bringing music to the world. Other contestants this year included Derrick Hughes of the Chase Band in Clewiston, Jackie Steil, a 15-year-old student from Vero Beach, Hannah Mahoney of Royal Palm Beach, Brittany Hutchings, Liddy Clark and Ginger Salem, Luke Mazzina of Clewiston, Manny Pierce, Rachel Pecaro, a 17-year-old student from Spanish River High School, Bernice Acosta of Moore Haven, the duet o f Brad Conner and Stacy Jo Kimbrough, and the Casey Raines band. Music was set up and provided by Gator and Lisa and the judges were Toni Doyle and Maureen Burroughs. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PRICE APPETIZERS (from 11am until 7pm at the bar!!) After 9pm 2 for 1 Drinks All Day Starting at $ 7.99CHOOSE TWO TO CREATE YOUR OWN FAVORITE LUNCH COMBO 10 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 16 compete in Texaco Country Music Showdown Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe country music showdown winner was Ashley Shannon (left). She was presented her prize by WOKC General Manager Wayne Cunningham, Saturday. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Above left) Bernice Acosta was among the 15 contestants in the 2012 Texaco Country Music Showdown held in Okeechobee Saturday. (center) Nikki St. Pierre of Okeechobee sang the Carrie Underwood Hit, ‘I Told You So,’ to the delight of the crowd. Taylor Pearce, 15, sang one of her original songs as she entertained the home town crowd at the country music showdown in Okeechobee.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 11 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 Skin care workshopPhyllis Folkens, local Mary Kay representative, presented a workshop on the importance of skin care at any age for residents of Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Men and women participated in the workshop that taught about cleansing and hydrating the skin as well as the importance of using protection when in the sun. (Top left photo) Phyllis Folkens and Gretchen Deaton at the Skin Care Workshop at Grand Oaks. (Bottom photo) Gretchen Deaton, Ellen Bastianelli, Fran East and Sue Otten enjoy learning about skin care at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand Oaks The B.R.A.T Club Presents the 2012 Labor Day Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 3.You can get more information by emailing Teresa Chandler at tchandler@wm.com or by searching the events calendar at: http://okeechobeebusiness.com B.R.A.T. Club to present Labor Day parade Indian River State College Advanced Technology Institutes provide hands-on training and comprehensive knowledge in the most growth-oriented elds of the future: robotics and photonics, cyber security, digital media and graphic design. Anyone interested in nding out more is invited to an Information Session on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies on 35th Street at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by tours and demonstrations. Students can complete the Robotics and Photonics Institute in two years, to be ready for a career in the rapidly growing world of robotics used in ocean and space exploration, biomedical research, homeland security and food processing. Photonics affects almost every industry from laser surgery to ber optic cable. At the Cyber Security Institute students learn about the latest in network security, web development and computer forensics. Graduates can continue their education through the college's new Bachelor's degree program in Cyber Security. The Digital Media Institute offers the opportunit y to prepare for a fascinating creative career in computer graphics, multi-media design, animation and video production. For more information, call 1-866-7924772 or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC Technology Institutes hold information session Annual school driveOkeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics Local 2918 are having their annual school supply drive, to bene t My Aunt's House, The Closet (501c3). All supplies will be given to local needy and foster children. Union members will be at the front of Wal-Mart in Okeechobee on Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. Okeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics would appreciate your support. If you have any questions please contact Matt Vinson, at 863-697-1205.Main Street to host new business grand openingOkeechobee Main Street will be facilitating the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Bella Rose Day Spa and Salon on Tuesday, July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Bella Rose is located at 311 N.E. 2nd Street. News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net MRI FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted Specialty Trained/Board Certi ed Radiologists The Best is Right Here! Okeechobee’s FINEST Open MRI OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVS Drugstore115 NE 3rd St. Suite A 863-824-6736 The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 13 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012

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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 Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 8401 SW 10th Lane, July 20-21, 8-1pm. Lazy7; baby items, crib, clothes, table/chairs, houseware Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE, FL 17770 NW 32ND Ave, July, 21st saturday, 8am ?. BIG MOVING SALE! refrigerator, stove, TV, washer, dryer, microwave, mower, sof, king size bed and much more. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 or 772-519-2463 Yard Sale July 19th thru 22nd Thursday thru Sunday 8 am till 1 pm 2254 SE 27th St. Electronics,treadmill, clothes,baby clothes and things, tools etc. ServicesDO YOU NEED A CAREGIVER ? I OFFER QUALITY CARE AND ASSISTANCE INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION, HOME/YARD DUTIES AND SHARE ACTIVITIES. REASONABLE/FLEXIBLE 1-561-577-1964 Golf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeBadcock Home Furniture & More Full time salesperson needed. Bilingual preferred. Duties include sales, processing sales order entry, answer phones, ling, customer service and other tasks. Must be able to work Saturdays. Apply in person at 512 NW Park Street Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM No phone calls please Faith Academy Pre-School Faith Academy is accepting applications for teachers with strong classroom management skills, passionate, Solid communications skills, and Creative. Ability to transfer spiritually and educationally into the lives of young children. Please Call 763-8800 HVAC Technician HVAC Technician Experienced with installation and repair work on residential and commercial HVAC systems including chilled water, refrigeration, and maintenance. High school diploma or GED-Vocational school preferred. Possession of a certi ed HVAC license is desired but not a prerequisite. Salary $16.00 $25.00 Hour Send resume to: C.C.,LLC P.O. Box 2558 Okeechobee, Fl 34972 or FAX: 863-763-6337 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full Time Sales Assistant and Coordinator needed. Immediate opening working in a busy of ce with account managers to help maintain high levels of customer service. Duties to include processing sales and purchase order entry, answer phones, manage inventory, maintain les and a wide range of customer service and other tasks. Prior experience in sales environment preferred. Pro ciency in Excel, Word, Power Point and other common computer programs required. Fax resumes to: 863-692-0100 or email to: positions@mackfarms.com Substance Abuse Counselor Needed Full or Part time Minimum Bachelor Degree required. CAP or LCSW/LMHC preferred. Previous substance abuse counseling or mental health counseling experience Required. Please fax resume to: 863-467-2477. WANTED Lic. Beautician needed for new upscale salon and boutique. Best pay scale in Town. Great location across street from theater. Call Jim 1-305-923-9270 or 763-6140 Employment Part TimeWANTED Part-time Maintenance Person for Okeechobee Commons Apartments. Seeking an experienced maintenance person with plumbing, electrical, appliance repair and painting background. Parttime 20 hours per week. Fax resume or letter of interest to 407-347-1036. EOE. Sales SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations:• Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals • Good people skills • Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan (Salary plus commission) If you have an interest in joining our team, contactRick ProverbNO Phone Calls • Apply within DRESS TO IMPRESS! Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm • Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP Sales For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Business Opportunities How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 School District of Okeechobee County SurplusAUCTIONWed-July 18th-10 AMLoc:938 NW 34th St. Okeechobee, Fl.7 SCHOOL BUSES 2 POLICE CARSBid live onsite or online! For details, visit: www.karlindaniel.com 10% BP-Cash to BidKarlin Daniel & Assoc.Lic. Auctioneers & RE Brokers FLAB878AU1207800-329-0036

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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 ExcavationCLEARING & HAULING Top soil, Fill dirt, Rock, Shell, & Sand. (863) 634-7771. Lawn Service*** DON’S LAWNS *** COMPLETE YEAR ROUND SERVICE. 20+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL DON (561)723-6633 Storage 70 West Storage 2190 SR 70 West 20X30 storage unit $250 per month. Climate and non climate units available. Summer specials. Huge outside storage. Boats/RV’s/trucks/e quipment. Secure automatic gates. (863)467-7550 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop Computer w/Flat screen, like new! Must sell $75 Also wireless dell laptop w/ new battery and charger $125 Call Tony 863-517-2782. Pets/Supplies10 WEEK OLD BLUE TICK HOUND PUPPIES, M/F, $250 TO $300 863-634-1131 For Sale CKC Reg. 8 mo. Female Yorkie, spade, microchip. Selling due to health of owner. $500.00 cash 863-467-8272 or 863-610-0433 Rottweiler Puppies 10 weeks old $400 Call 863-634-1023 Yorkipoo Pups Tiny Toys, males $400. Female $500. Cash Only. Shots/health cert. 863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bd/1ba Duplex $500 mo. plus water References required Located in the City. Call for more info 863-697-2086 800 sq. ft. Ef ciency Apartment w/attached garage, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. Beautiful residential neighborhood. No pets. No smoking inside. References needed. $600 deposit. $750/mo. Includes all utilities, basic cable. 863-697-2065 OAK TREE PLACE2br, 1ba, 2 story apt. w/screen porch, $650, 1st, last $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313 Condos/Townhouses RentDuplex 2/1 207 NE 5th St $700 mth 1st, last, $500 Sec 863-634-3312. Furnished 2bdrm/1bath Townhome in Kings Bay, Water, Sewer, W/D, Pool, much more.. Call 863-634-8331 TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $700/mo. 1st month free. 863-801-3713 TAYLORCREEK Condo, 2/2, ground oor, screened porch, tile. $800/mo. + sec., inclds water, & pool. 863-801-3713 Houses Rent1004 SE 8th Drive Newly Remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath $650.00 All appliances, tile oors, hurricane windows. July occupancy Last, security, references. Chris 863-447-3282 anytime CBS 3BR, Southwest section, great location, remodeled & upgraded, Corian, marble, Oak cabinets, tile oors, 24/14 enclosed FL rm, huge fenced backyard, 12/12 wood shed, landscaped, comes with w/d. Move in date Aug. 5th. $900/mo. 1st & sec. Credit & background check. 863-697-2161. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Houses RentFT. Drum Area. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, Pet Fee. $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 or 734-637-2697 Kings Bay CBS Home, 2/2, 1 car garage, W/D, $900 mo. Call 863-801-9163 NW area of Okee. 1BR, 2 people only. No pets. Non-smoker. Very quiet & clean. $550/mo. $250 dep. 863-697-1168 OKEE 3/1 Small Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land Sale10 Acres Owner Financing $3,000 down Park your trailer or build your house 7 mins to town (863) 763-6358 Lots SaleGreat Building Lot Located in Brentwood Estates. 0.65 acres, water deposit paid, house pad in place to accommodate up to 3500 SQ. ft. home. REDUCED TO $39,500 CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Mobile Home RentKISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17216 Brynwood Lane, $400 mo. + $400 deposit. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-261-4138 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. Just 15 minutes from Okeechobee and 1 1/2 mile from Kissimmee River boat ramp. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles07 Chevy Cobalt 4d, LS Low mileage, great on gas, 25 city, 34 hwy, NADA/Kelly Blue Book $9,000. Asking $7,500 obo 772-291-8799 Vans94 GMC Safari Van Seats 7, runs great, no air, no heat, $750 or best offer (863)467-8543 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 421283 ON 7/18/2012 REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000375 C-44 RESERVOIR/STA PROJECT COMMUNICATION TOWER, MARTIN COUNTY, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Thursday, August 16, 2012 for the C-44 RESERVOIR /STA PROJECT COMMUNICATION TOWER, MARTIN COUNTY, FL Project Description: This project includes but shall not be limited to; a 300-foot communication tower with a fully functional microwave system which allows the C-44 Project to operate remotely, allow communication within the SFWMD backbone system, and eliminates SFWMD need for the Indiantown Tower. This work includes a Microwave Equipment Shelter, Generator Shelter, generator, and a buried Liquid Petroleum (LP) tank. The antennas and microwave equipment will be owner supplied. The Contractor will test, install and integrate the antennas and equipment at ve tower sites (C-44, C-18, Allapattah, S-135, and Indiantown). This work also includes shellrock for an improved access road, stone, grass and fencing as part of the C-44 Tower site work. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the C-44 Construction Trailer, C-44 Reservoir/STA Project site, 13225 SW Minute Maid Road, Indiantown, FL 34956. For directions call (561) 236-5344. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov 421832 ON 7/18/2012 NOTICE: This ad shall serve as a noti cation of channel enhancements for Comcast Cable’s residential and commercial channel lineups in the West Palm market area. Beginning on, or around, August 16, 2012, for Palm Beach and Martin Counties all digital lineups and on a rolling basis: Cartoon HD, HD Digital Starter channel 442, will move to channel 391; WPBT-HD will be added as a HD Digital Limited Basic channel on 442; and WLRN-Learn will be added as a Digital Limited Basic channel on 79. On, or around, August 21, 2012, for Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee Counties digital lineups: WWHB-Azteca, Digital Limited Basic channel 230, will move to channel 21. On, or around, August 21, 2012, for Brev ard County, St. Lucie, Indian River, digital lineups: WWHB-Azteca, Digital Limited Basic channel 230, will move to channel 24. On, or around, August 23, 2012, for Palm Beach, Brevard County, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin Counties all digital lineups:PAC-12 will be added on channel 764 of the Sports Entertainment Pack, and ESPN Goal Line will be added on channel 766 of the Sports Entertainment Pack. A preview of this programming may be seen by customers subscribing to the appropriate tier of service prior to the effective date. Please call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) with any questions. GENERAL INFORMATION *A digital-ready television set and/or digital equipment may be required to receive certain digital channels or certain services. Service charges may apply. Services not available in all areas, restrictions apply. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate arrangements, some product, pricing and other information may not apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel locations and packaging are subject to change. For information about all of our product offerings, please visit www.comcast.com. 422149 ON 7/18/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472011CA000079XXXXXX GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC Plaintiff, VS.RONNIE D. GATLIFF; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated June 19, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472011CA000079XXXXXX of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC is Plaintiff and RONNIE D. GATLIFF; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, beginning at Okeechobee County, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 15th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 89, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 7, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 60, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk, Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk SMITH, HIATT & DIAZ, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff PO BOX 11438 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339-1438 Telephone: (954) 564-0071 420943 ON 7/18,25/2012 15 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 florida.newszap.comOkeechobee News Make Your Hometown News Your Homepage.Wake up to the latest news from around town

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 2008-CA-602 BRIAN J. KELLEY Plaintiff, VS. PATRICK J. O’MALLEY (as to Parcel 1), MARIA S. DE CHAVEZ and REMEDIOS H. DE CHAVEZ(as to Parcel 2), and JAMES J. DELK (as to Parcel 3 and 4) and as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: The unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against Patrick J. O’Malley, deceased, as to (Parcel 1); Maria S. De Chavez (as to Parcel 2); and Remedios H. De Chavez (as to Parcel 2) YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title of the following described property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: PARCEL 1: LOT 14, BLOCK 58, UNIT 5, BASSWOOD SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Parcel ID: 1-05-37-35-0050-00580-0140 PARCEL 2 : LOTS E & F OF TRACT 2 THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 02 SECTION 09; AND THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 02 SECTION 09 Parcel ID: 1-09-34-33-0A00-00002-E000 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on DEVIN R. MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW 3rd Okeechobee, Florida 34972 and le the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court on or before thirty days of the rst publication otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on this 22nd day of June, 2012 SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court By: Linda F. Young DEPUTY CLERK 420864 ON 7/4,11,18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472009CA000716AXXXX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, Plaintiff, v. JOHN KEITH AGNEW A/K/A JOHN K. AGNEW ; SHANNON AGNEW ; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 472009CA000716C of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 15th day of August, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in The Jury AssemblyRoom, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 29E, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, SAID LOT BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 23’24” EAST, ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDRY LINE OF SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 1269.00 FEET FOR THE POINT OF THE BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 23’24” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 99.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 05’07” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 195.11 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DEGREES 23’24” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 99.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 05’07” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 196.21 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LESS AND RESERVING THE SOUTH 60.00 FEET FOR DRAINAGE EASEMENT. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. 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 Coordinat 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receKliig this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED AT OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA THIS 19TH DAY OF JUNE, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 420935 on 7/18,25/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2009 CA 000798 Federal National Mortgage Association (“FNMA”) Plaintiff, -VS.Marshall Waldron; 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 May 31, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000798 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Federal National Mortgage Association, Plaintiff and Marshall Waldron are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on August 8, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: BEGIN 410 FEET SOUTH AND 25 FEET WEST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF GOVERNMENT LOT 2, SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, THENCE RUN SOUTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF GOVERNMENT LOT 2, AFORESAID, 100 FEET; THENCE WEST 100 FEET; THENCE NORTH 100 FEET; THENCE EAST 100 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. 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 caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva O de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, Me 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACH, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 419317 ON 7/11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2010-CA-000229 FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE A SSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. GABRIELA I. MALDONADO JORGE TORRES, et al. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2010-CA-000229, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida. FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (hereafter “ Plaintiff’), is Plaintiff and GABRIELA I. MALDONADO; JORGE TORRES; GABRIELA I. MALDONADO; JORGE TORRES; JOHN DOE N/K/A FRANCISCO SANGABRIEL, are defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center; 312 NW 3rd Street, OkeePublic Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-098 In Re: Estate of LYTLE HOOKER RAULERSON, a/k/a LYTLE H. RAULERSON, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LYTLE HOOKER RAULERSON, a/k/a LYTLE HOOKER RAULERSON, deceased, whose date of death was May 9, 2012, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-6876, 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 July 18th, 2012. Personal Representative: Patricia Nadene Hemingway 1116 S.W. 6th Street Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Case #: 2012-CA-000162 Wells Fargo Bank, National Association Plaintiff -VS.Jean M. Firmin; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, 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, 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 Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Jean M. Firmin, WHOSE RESIDENCE IS: 8394 SE Windham LN, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 16, BLOCK 24, UNIT NUMBER 2, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 3818 Northwest 27th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. This action has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, FL 33431, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this notice and le the original with the clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 5th day of July, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Circuit and County Courts BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame at 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 8074370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou park nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, Me 711. 421564 ON 7/11,18/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012CA251 SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, Petitioner, PARCEL NOS.: 19-103-751 v. 19-103-116 19-103-842 MONTOYA RANCH, INC.; 19-103-843 BONNIE LUNA BYARS; 19-103-844 BLB HOLDINGS, INC.; 19-103-845 PATRICK HENRY LUNA; 19-103-846 TIMOTHY B. WRIGHT; 19-103-847 VALERIE J. WRIGHT; JOHN BRADFORD CULVERHOUSE; EMBARQ FLORIDA INC. F/K/A UNITED TELEPHONE COMPANY OF FLORIDA; FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION; HENRY SLOAN; ALICE SLOAN; GLENDORIA SUTTON; MBL HOLDINGS, INC.; KARLA A. PARRIOTT; ARRON J. PARRIOTT; CELESTE WATFORD (OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR; and GLADES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION IN EMINENT DOMAIN AND NOTICE OF PETITION DATE TO: All defendants named in Schedule A, attached; to all parties claiming right, title, or interests by, through, under, or against named defendants; and to all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in Exhibits 1 and 2 (Legal Descriptions). Schedule “A” MONTOYA RANCHES, INC. c/o John W. Little, III, Esquire Gunster Law Firm 777 South Flagler Drive Suite 500 East West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-6194 23345 NW 160th Drive Okeechobee, Florida 34972 BONNIE LUNA BYARS c/o Tim B. Wright, Esquire Wright, Ponsoldt & Lozeau 1002 S. E. Monterey Commons Blvd. Suite 100, Stuart, Florida 34996 BLB HOLDINGS, INC. c/o Tim B. Wright, Esquire Wright, Ponsoldt & Lozeau 1002 S. E. Monterey Commons Blvd. Suite 100 Stuart, Florida 34996 PATRICK HENRY LUNA c/o John W. Little, Ill, Esquire Gunster Law Firm 777 South Flagler Drive Suite 500 Eas West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-6194 TIM B. WRIGHT, ESQUIRE, Wright, Ponsoldt & Lozeau 1002 S. E. Monterey Commons Blvd. Suite 100 Stuart, Florida 34996 VALERIE J. WRIGHT c/o Wright, Ponsoldt & Lozeau 1002 S. E. Monterey Commons Blvd. Suite 100 Stuart, Florida 34996 JOHN BRADFORD CULVERHOUSE 320 S. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce, Florida 34950-1501 HENRY SLOAN Address Unknown ALICE SLOAN Address Unknown FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Public Affairs Staff 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. STOP 0506, Washington, DC 20250-0506 GLENDORIA SUTTON, 20110 Us Hwy 98 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 KARLA A. PARRIOTT, 201 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 ARRON J. PARRIOTT, 201 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR CELESTE WATFORD 307 NW 5th Avenue Suite B, Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Embarq Florida, Inc. f/k/a United Telephone Company of Florida c/o CT Corporation System 1200 South Pine Is. Road, Plantation, Florida 33324 GLADES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. c/o Andrew J. Jackson, Esq., Registered Agent 150 North Commerce, Sebring, Florida 33870 MBL HOLDINGS, INC., c/o Marcus B. Luna, Registered Agent 1788 SW 7th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 A petition in eminent domain proceedings has been led to acquire certain property interests in Okeechobee County, Florida. Each defendant is required to serve written defenses to the petition on Petitioner’s attorney, whose name and address is shown below, within 28 days after service of the Petition, and to le the original of the defenses with the clerk of this Court either before service on Petitioner’s attorney or immediately thereafter, showing what right, title, interest, or lien the defendant has in or to the property described in the petition and to show cause why that property should not be taken for the uses and purposes set forth in the petition. If any defendant fails to do so, a default will be entered against that defendant for the relief demanded in the petition. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a declaration of taking has been led in this cause and that Petitioner will apply for an order of taking and any other order the court deems proper before the Honorable Elizabeth A. Metzger, one of the judges of this court, on September 13, 2012, at 10:00 AM in Courtroom B, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Complex at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. All defendants in this action may request a hearing at the time and place designated and be heard. Any defendant failing to le a request for hearing shall waive any right to object to the order of taking. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on June 20, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Debra Goodard As Deputy Clerk Carolyn S. Ansay, General Counsel KEITH L. WILLIAMS Senior Attorney Fla. Bar No. 135615 Of ce of Counsel South Florida Water Management District 3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 1410 West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 Tel. 561/ 682-2791 / Fax. 561/ 682-6276 420860 ON 7/4,11,18,25/2012 Public Notice 16 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012chobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 a.m., on the 15th day of August,2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 8, 9 AND 10, BLOCK 21, SOUTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 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 Dated this 19th day of June, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. 420877 ON 7/18,25/2012 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.Okeechobee, Florida 34974Attorney 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 421343 ON 7/18,25/2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-18 IN RE: ESTATE OF HAZEL M. HIGGINS, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of HAZEL M. HIGGINS, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-18, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was November 28, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $1,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Allen D. Higgins 696 Ledgerock Circle Brunswick, OH 44212 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is July 11th, 2012. Person Giving Notice: ALLEN D. HIGGINS 696 Ledgerock Circle Brunswick, OH 44212 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 421774 ON 7/11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-097 In Re: Estate of KATHY WILKINSON, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of KATHY WILKINSON, deceased, whose date of death was June 7, 2012, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-3566, 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 July 18th, 2012. Personal Representative: Beth Lehman P.O. Box 2818 Okeechobee, FL 34973Attorney 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 421379 ON 7/18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-096 In Re: Estate of RUTH L. WIER Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (summary administration)TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the Estate of RUTH L. WIER, Deceased, File Number 2012-CP-096, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was February 16, 2012; that the total value of the estate is $6,000.00; that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: GERALD E. LEIGHTON, Trustee of the Ruth L. Wier Revocable Trust dated March 31, 1997, 1740 S.W. 35th Circle, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claim with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is July 18, 2012.Person Giving Notice:Gerald E. Leighton, Trustee of The Ruth L. Wier Revocable Trust dated 3/31/1997 1740 S.W. 35th Circle Okeechobee, Florida 34974Attorney for Person Giving Notice:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3825 By: Tom W. 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Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2012-OP-012 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT HERBERT PECHUMAN Decedent. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of ROBERT HERBERT PECHUMAN, whose date of death was January 3, 2012, and whose social security number was xxx-xx-5587, is pending in the circuit court, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, probate division, the address of which is OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER 312 N.W. 3’ ST. Okeechobee, Fl. 34972. The personal representative and attorney for the estate are named below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having clams or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy cf this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court. All claims must be led within 3 months after the time of the rst 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 against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court. All claims must be led within 3 months after the date of the rst publication of this notice. All claims not led within this time period set forth in Florida Statutes will be forever barred. Notwithstanding the time periods set forth above, any claim led two (2) years or more after the decedents date of death is barred. The rst publication date of this notice is July 11th, 2012. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE: JOHN F. COOK P.O. Box 515 Okeechobee, FL 34973Attorney for personal representative:JOHN R. COOK P.A. P.O. Box 515 Okeechobee, Fl. 34973 Fl. Ear 262951 (863)467-0297 421603 ON 7/11,18/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000026 GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, v. MAYA ROGEL, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION T O: MAYA ROGEL; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants Current residence unknown, but whose last known address was: 4040 GRAND VIEW BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90066 Y OU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: UNIT D OF DWELLING STRUCTURE 20, OAK TREE PLACE, TOGETHER WITH THE LAND IMMEDIATELY UNDERLYING SAID UNIT, AS DESCRIBED AND DEPICTED IN DECLARATION OF PARTY FACILITIES AND PROTECTIVE COVENANTS FOR OAK TREE PLACE, AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 260, PAGE 999 AND AMENDMENT THERETO AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 261, PAGE 1405, AND IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 303, PAGE 1083, AND A NY AND ALL AMENDMENTS THERET O, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice of Action, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court at 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 3rd day of July, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Deputy ClerkIN ACCORDANCE WITH THE A MERICANS WITH DISABILITIES A CT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2009-CA 622 CATHERINE P. CHESTER, Plaintiff, v. MYRNA BROWN, Defendant. CLERK’S NOTICE OF SALE UNDER F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2012 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2ND Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00AM on August 15, 2012, the following property: The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 1, Section 27, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, According to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (1.25 Acres) (a/k/a Lot M). 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: June 19, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 421150 ON 7/18,25/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CA 623 CATHERINE P. CHESTER, Plaintiff, v. FREUD FRANCOIS, Defendant. CLERK’S NOTICE OF SALE UNDER F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2012 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2ND Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 AM on August 15, 2012, the following property: The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 22, Section 27, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. (1.25 acres)(aka Lot J) and The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 22, Section 27, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. (1.25 acres)(aka Lot G) 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: June 19, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler 421154 ON 7/18,25/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000195 PENTAGON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. CLIFFORD L. KAUFFMAN, JR., et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012CP060 IN THE ESTATE OF: MARIA TIJERINA, a deceased person, FORMAL NOTICE BY PUBLICATION TO: Antonia Vela, Demacco Camarrillo, unknown Heirs, devises and grantees of Virginia Gaucin, unknown Heirs, devises and grantees of Jose Camarrillo And as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devises, grantees, creditors and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, AND TO ALL OTHER WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for probate of the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida Lot 13, Block 51, of El Mirasol Subdivision, according to the Plat therefore, as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are requires to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Plaintiff’s attorney whose name is JEFFREY A. FADLEY, ESQUIRE, 807 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974, Court on or before the 6th day of August, 2012; otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness the hand and seal of said court on the 5th day of July, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Linda Young 421529 ON 7/11,18,25;8/1/2012 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2011CA245 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORPORATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR TBW MORTGAGE-BACKED TRUST 2007-1, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1, Plaintiff VS. Okeechobee County School Board Meetings July 24 and July 31, 2012 The Okeechobee County School Board will meet on July 24, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., to consider advertisement of proposed millage rates and the proposed budget for 2012-13. The School Board will meet on July 31, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., for a public hearing to consider adoption of tentative millage rates and the tentative budget for 2012-13. Both meetings will be in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and both meetings are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 420624 ON 7/15,18/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2009 CA 000831 BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff, -VS.-Stephanie N. Smith; 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 May 31, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000831 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P., Plaintiff and Stephanie N. Smith are defendant(s), I will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash at Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000589 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, RAY LEE VALENTIN, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated June 19, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2010CA-000589 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and RAY LEE VALENTIN; IRMA R. VALENTIN; N&A REAL ESTATE, INC.; BANK OF AMERICA, NA, are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best 17 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT ST. LUCIE, FL 34972 OR CALL 1-772-807-4370 WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800955-8771 (TDD); IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED 1-800-955-8770 (V); VIA RELAY SERVICE. 421487 ON 7/11,18/2012 PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 22, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2010-CA-000 195 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Pentagon Federal Credit Union, is the Plaintiff and Clifford L. Kauffman, Jr., Tracy A. Kauffman, Blue Heron Golf and Country Club Homeowners Association, Inc., SunTrust Bank, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 1st day of August, 2012,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 42, OF BLUE HERON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, PHASE ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 50 AND 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 925 S.E. 23RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 23rd day of May, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 TG 10-39385 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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. 419235 ON 7/4,11,18/2012 CARL MAXWELL A/K/A CARL S. MAXWELL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARL MAXWELL A/K/A CARL S. MAXWELL N/K/A REBECCA MAXWELL; TD BANK, NA; CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2, etal. Defendant NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 1, 2012, and entered in 2011CA245 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for 0keechobee County, Florida, wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORPORATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR TBW MORTGAGE-BACKED TRUST 2007-1, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1, is a Plaintiff and CARL MAXWELL A/K/A CARL S. MAXWELL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARL MAXWELL A/K/A CARL S. MAXWELL N/K/A REBECCA MAXWELL; TD BANK, NA; CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 ,the Defendants. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in The Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 AM on August 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATED IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO-WIT: LOT 11, BLOCK 38, BASSWOOD, INC., UNIT NO. 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 37, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3632 NW 35TH AVE., OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT 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. 417027 ON 7/18,25/2012 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 August 8, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 25, BLOCK 57, BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, 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 adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, 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 15th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 19, BLOCK 58, BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3024 NW 35TH DRIVE 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 June 19, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10107105 WELLSLPS-FHA-Team 1 F10107105 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disabilit y who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 420879 ON 7/18,25/2012 IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CC-54 CATHERINE P. CHESTER, Plaintiff, v. DENISE CHARLES, Defendant. CLERK’S NOTICE OF SALE UNDER F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 11, 2012 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00AM on August 15, 2012, the following property: The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 16, Section 16, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (1.25 ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator 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 pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 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 419303 ON 7/11,18/2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds acres)(aka Lot B) and The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 2, Section 11, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (1.25 acres)(aka Lot H). 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: June 14, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 420516 ON 7/18,25/2012

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As summer rains arrived, lightningcaused wild res increase. Since July 1, 2012 the Florida Forest Service has responded 12 lightning-caused wild res that burned over 532 acres along the Treasure Coast & Okeechobee Counties. Saturday, July 13, Florida Forest Service suppressed a 205-acre lightning acre wild re in South Martin County off Pratt Whitney Road. Lightning is the single greatest cause of wild res along the Treasure Coast. In Florida, certain vegetation types can quickly dry out due to sandier soils. A recent dry period in wet season made the land vulnerable to wild re ignitions. A lightning strike has a potential to reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning can instantaneously cause a wild re on dry vegetation or lightning ignitions can smolder for days before they start to show visible signs. In the coming weeks we should start to see a more consistent rainfall pattern forming along the Treasure Coast. Thunderstorms may appear daily; with this pattern more lightning strikes are common. If you locate a wild re please report it by calling 911; when caught early wild res caused by lightning can be quickly managed and suppressed. Okeechobee County 2012 9/25 = 36% 2011 25/81 = 31% 2010 7/80 = 9% 2009 13/63 = 20% 2008 12/45 = 27% Explaining the Table example 28/79 = 35%. 1st Number = lightning caused wild res. 2nd Number = total wild res for the year. 3rd = percentage of lightning caused wild res for year by county. A lightning caused wild re is nature's way of cleansing the forest oor of dead debris. When Treasure Coast residents build their houses too close to nature then natural role of re can be devastating. Firewise Tips Include: (1) Remove anything that will burn from your roof and gutters. That includes pine needles, leaves, small twigs, and palm fronds. (2) Be sure there is nothing ammable against the sides of your home. (3) Be sure to use plants that are not highly ammable around your home. (4) Keep the area within 30 feet of your home picked up, mowed, and watered within the guidelines of local water management. To learn more FIREWISE tips, please contact your local Florida Forest Service of ce Okeechobee 863-462-5160. Please visit our website at www. oridaforestservice.com / wild re. If you go saltwater shing in this state, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers want to learn about your experiences and opinions through the new online Florida Saltwater Fishing Panel. Anyone with a valid Florida saltwater shing license or Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting and Fishing License, as well as exempt residents age 65 and older, can sign up to take part in the panel, which begins this summer. Registered panel members will be asked to complete one Web-based survey per month for a one-year period. The surveys w ill each take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. While most of each survey will focus on the angler's last saltwater shing trip in Florida during the previous month, surveys may also include questions about current or proposed shing regulations, licenses, conservation of sh stocks and management effectiveness. FWC researchers will use survey data to estimate the economic impact and value of saltwater shing in Florida, to assess the importance of sh hatcheries, to estimate shing effort and catch rates and to describe angler behavior. The FWC will take information gathered from panelists into consideration as part of management and policy-making decisions. Panel members will receive a coupon from West Marine for each monthly survey they complete. Participants will also have the opportunity to review summary results from the monthly surveys. More than 200,000 anglers who provided their email addresses when they purchased their licenses have already received emails asking them to register for the panel. Those licensed anglers who have not received an email can sign up at www.fwcsaltwater shingpanel.com, by clicking "Register for the Panel." Interested anglers must register by Aug. 20 to receive the September survey. However, new members will be accepted throughout the duration of the panel's operation. As the panel is fully Web-based, a panel member must have Internet access and a current email address. FWC wants to hear from anglers about saltwater shing in Florida BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY FURNITURE TYPE OF BUSINESS HEALTHCARE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O. Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton www.floridacare.net Vitamins, Minerals Herbal Detox Nature’s Pantry 417 WS Park St. • (863) 467-1243 N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Okeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org Place in business card here!! 18 Okeechobee News July 18, 2012 Summer storms, lightning mean more wild res The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened the Moore Haven Lock to navigation after completing installation of the Manatee Protection System (MPS) July 14. "Installation of the Manatee Protection System was completed three weeks ahead of schedule, allowing us to reopen the lock on Okeechobee Waterway to navigation," said Al Bruns, project manager for the U.S. A rmy Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District. Work was initially scheduled to begin May 14, but was postponed twice after taking into consideration the concerns expressed by local business owners, recreational boaters and residents about the lock being closed during the height of boating season and the resulting economic impacts. The work, w hich began June 11, was scheduled to take approximately eight weeks to nish, was completed in approximately ve weeks. Installation of the MPS is part of the Manatee Pass Gates project. The primary goal of the project is to safeguard Florida's endangered manatees at water control structures and navigation locks by modifying these structures with a MPS. Using a set of acoustic transmitters and receivers, the MPS detects the West Indian manatee and prevents the gates from closing and harming the protected animal. Additional information on this and other navigation notices impacting the Okeechobee Waterway can be found at the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/ Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm. Moore Haven Lock will re-open to navigation

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