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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-25-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 89 12.10 feetLast Year: 10.22 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. D a y o f t h e Day of the C o w b o y t h i s Cowboy this w e e k e n d weekend ... Page 3 Disaster funding expanded ... Page 8 Cop loses job over incident in bar ... Page 9 Two compete for school board seat ... Page 23 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Army Corps of Engineers’ attempt to balance the many demands on the water in Lake Okeechobee has landed them in court. On behalf of Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, Earthjustice led the lawsuit on July 23 in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers claiming the agency is repeatedly violating water protection laws in Southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River. A toxic algae outbreak on southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River in June 2011, turned the water a freakish green, killed sh and released a nauseating stench for weeks, according to Earthjustice. The Caloosahatchee—of cially designated as a public drinking water source—has been covered with slimy green algae outbreaks eight of the past 11 years, and an outbreak slimed the river just last week, according to EarthjusLawsuit seeks more water for river Special to the Okeechobee News/ CISAll-Star summer campThe Communities in Schools All-Star Summer Camp provided summer activities for 92 children ages 6-12 years old this summer. This camp was funded through Children’s Service Council of Okeechobee, Inc. For more on the program, see page 22. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The matter of Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina will come up again tomorrow at the Okeechobee County Commission meeting as well as several budget-related items. There has been much discussion of a proposal from a developer for a long-term lease of Okee-Tantie in order to construct a rst rate RV park. One of the uncertainties in the proposal is that the property was deeded to the county from the state with several restrictions. There is a provision that the property not be sold or leased for private use. The state also reserved the right to enCounty to set preliminary assessment and tax ratesSee COUNTY — Page 8 See RIVER — Page 16 If you go...WHAT: meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, July 26 WHERE: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.

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Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 105. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Light southwest wind. Extended ForecastThursday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Friday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. At their weekly meeting on Thursday, The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee listened to three representatives speak from the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Bob Foust, Lisa Lumpkin and Debbie Large all spoke on different aspects of the Pregnancy Center which is located at 500 NW 6th Street in Okeechobee. Mr. Foust spoke on the history of the Pregnancy Center nationwide, Mrs. Lumpkin detailed statistics showing the importance of the center locally and Mrs. Large described the personal satisfaction in working with young people that come to the center. Okeechobee has one of 2,500 Pregnancy Centers in the nation. Some of the many goals of the center is to provide education and support, offer a safe and con dential haven and to provide practical services related to pregnancy. Since January, over ve hundred patients used the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Out of that number, one hundred and eight free ultrasounds were given. As a result o f the ultrasounds, ten infant lives were saved. The Pregnancy Center does work in th e County Jail and also the Girls Academy. Some of the services provided by the cen ter are limited ultrasounds, parenting classe s and material assistance. The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobe e will have a fundraising dinner in September. Former governor of Arkansas Mike Hucka bee will be the speaker. The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee was able to raise over $35 0 during their meeting to help support th e Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 LORDY LORDY! LOOK WHOS 40! We love you! Breanna, David, Mom, Lisa, Trent, Valerie and Cassey HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 2 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Kiwanis CLub welcomes local pregnancy center staff Special to the Okeechobee News/ Ken KellerOkeechobee Kiwanis Club welcomed visitors from the Okeechobee Pregnancy Center at last Thursday’s meeting. From left to right are: J.D Mixon Vice President of Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee, Bob Foust, Lisa Lumpkin and Debbie Large from the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Okeechobee Forecast

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If ANY of these qualitites are important to you Then VOTE for ME to represent YOU!!ELECT Billy MARCUMFOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District #1 Most Of All I Am ...One Of You! Honesty Persistence Passionate Hard Working Commitment Accessibility Accountability Focused Dedicated Hands On Fair Direct No Nonsense Innovative Informative Self Made Solid Business Background I am extremely Pro Active toward: Agriculture Yourth Programs Sheriff’s Dept. Fire Dept. County Employees Small Business Schools New Industry & Growth Taxpayers Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Billy Marcum, Republican, for County Commissioners OPEN INVITATION “Town Hall”Meeting Wed., Aug. 8th 7pm Join Us for An Open TOWN HALL MEETING at the Civic Center Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm 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 “The futue of OUR COMMUNITY relies upon strong leadership. With our support, I will continue to work for YOU!” Re-Elect Margaret Garrard Helton County Commissioner Democrats & Republicans will be able to vote for me in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14. Paid by Margaret Garrard Helton, Republican for County Commissioner 3 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCPLCowboy kick-offOn July 26, at 5 p.m. the Okeechobee Public Library will present Gordie Peer’s “The Cowboy’s Past Time: Life out of the Saddle.” To kick off the National Day of the Cowboy festivities, Gordie Peer will discuss ways that Cowboys would entertain themselves and hone their skills, when not in the saddle. These activities include Cowboy Poetry, making and repairing equipment, whip-cracking, and whittling. This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Okeechobee Friends of the Library. Okeechobee Main Street is looking for v olunteers for the National Day of the American Cowboy! We need people to serve food, take tickets, provide security and work the ticket booth (which is air-conditioned!). Please contact Toni Doyle 863-357-8664 or 863-634-9491 if you are able to donate even a little bit of time next Friday evening (5-9 p.m.) or Saturday afternoon/evening (3-11 p.m.). Thanks to those who are always so willing to help. OKMS is searching for volunteers School Supply DriveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. Last year we helped many children with their list, but this year the need is even greater. They will be accepting donations up until school starts which is Aug. 23. Most all school supplies are needed such as threering notebooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, markers, hi-lighters, etc. For a complete list, please check out the local stores or call the school. They gladly accept checks made out to our Mission or gift cards and our staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610 1815 for more information or drop off locations. Foster parents meetingTo foster parents, and prior foster parents. A foster parent meeting will be held at the Life Community Church fellowship hall, at 701 S. Parrott Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend and offer any input on your experiences with the foster care system. For more information, call Ada Morris at 863697-8539 or email vinny99@comcast. net. Late July Blood DrivesThere is still a critical need for Oblood. Please support our community by dropping by one of this week’s drives. Friday, July 27 Seacoast Bank South, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Friday, July 27 The Sprint Store at 2nd St and 441N, Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 Day of the Cowboy, Ag Center, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 28 Wal Mart, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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A dvertising alcohol I’m curious as a recovering drug addict and alcoholic why you can’t advertise c igarettes or smoke anywhere. But we still have to watch them advertise Jack Daniels and vodka on the TV and billboards. I can’t kill you smoking while I’m driving, but I sure c an drinking or doing drugs. Sometimes seeing it on TV as they drink and party, makes it inviting even to me, and I have been clean and sober 21 years. What’s wrong with this picture?Book of Mormon Friends, countrymen, lend me your ears. Are you aware that the belief of the Mormon religion is based on the fact that its founder, Joseph Smith, was 21 years old w hen an angel named Maroni gave him ancient records, written on metal sheets of gold. Joseph, who had little or no formal education, was unable to understand this ancient language, but in less than three months, God gave him the power to do so, and, in 1830, the rst 5,000 copies of “The Book of Mormon” were published in New Y ork. The Mormon religion states that this b ook is the word of God, just like the Bible. Now, I know I am a true Bible-believing Christian and there is NO other book like the Bible, when it comes to Christianity. Friends, c ountrymen, be wise and be very careful to discern who you choose to be the next leader of this great country, the United States of A merica. Editor’s note: According to wikiped ia.com: “According to Smith’s account, and a lso according to the book’s narrative, the B ook of Mormon was originally written in o therwise unknown characters referred to as “reformed Egyptian” engraved on golden plates. Smith claimed that the last prophet to contribute to the book, a man named Moroni, buried it in a hill in present-day New York and then returned to earth in 1827 as an angel revealing the location of the book to Smith and instructing him to translate and disseminate it as evidence of the restoration of Christ’s true church in the latter days. The Book of Mormon has a number of original and distinctive doctrinal discussions on subjects such as the fall of Adam and Eve, the nature of the Atonement, eschatology, redemption from physical and spiritual death, and the organization of the latter-day church. The pivotal event of the book is an appearance of Jesus Christ to the Americas shortly after his resurrection.”OUA Have mercy! Where is OUA going with these monthly, increasingly high rates? Me and my household has stopped taking a daily bath (we cannot afford to), in order to try and cut down on the monthly increase in rates, so as not to become delinquent, remain in good standing and not have disruption in my service. But, I received my OUA August bill today, and to my dismay instead of my bill at least remaining the same as July’s bill or re ect a reduction, it still increased. Something is drastically wrong with OUA. OUA, you need to STOP!Thoughts to ponder If a man speaks in a forest and there is no woman there to hear ... is he still wrong?  Force a wealthy Democrat to share 99 percent of his wealth and you will see how fast he turns into a Republican.  Here in the south, we don’t hide crazy. We parade it on the front porch and give it a cocktail.  You are responsible for how you feel not matter what someone does to you. Remember, you are always in control of your thoughts so choose to feel con dent and adequate rather than angry and insecure.  “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” Dalai Lama Building Dept. and the Political ForumAfter attending Monday night’s Political Forum and hearing some of the comments made by commission candidates about the County Building Department, I am compelled to write this letter. As a State Certi ed General Contractor, my company has made application in many jurisdictions for building permits. We have permitted in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Glades, Highlands and Osceola Counties. We have permitted in the cities of Vero, Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and the Village of Golf. We nd the Okeechobee County Building Dept. in recent years, to be equally as professional, knowledgeable, courteous and helpful as most all of the above mentioned jurisdictions; and in most cases, superior. We have found that if we supply a complete application with all of the required information on the permit application and plans, we receive a permit within a reasonable time. The Building Dept. even supplies us with a check-off list for residential and a check-off list for commercial is in the Building Code. The most recent time period in which we experienced dif culties was when the county outsourced to a private rm (Capri). Kudos to the current commissioners, and their staff, for making good decisions during this very dif cult and challenging economic time. Sincerely, Mack ‘Hoot’ Worley CGC 1507657Okee-Tantie A Big MistakeI have been following this Okee-Tanti e proposed project closely. I have determined that it is the brain child of Mr. Bryant Culpepper. I contacted Mr. Culpepper several months ago on a different subject. I spok e with him personally on the phone abou t putting a traf c light at the intersection o f Hwy. 441 North and 36th Street and Cemetery Road. Mr. Culpepper responded that h e knew it was a very dangerous intersection and that it was a priority. I have noticed no action in months—nothing done. Mr. Culpepper, now you have an interes t in Okee-Tantie, the only decent park in town and in my mind, to ruin it. Mr. Culpepper, rental properties don’t work. Remembe r “Time Sharing” went broke. Sir, who will b e holding the bag? Us taxpayers? Sir, the economy is terrible. The friends from up north are getting older, bad idea! If you people o f Okeechobee want to improve Okee-Tantie, put in a water park, a big pool, improve th e campground, horseback riding in controlled area, small rodeo Like River Ranch! I thin k you can conserve the beauty of Okee-Tanti e and bring in lots of revenue without destroying it. I know the people who live here and our northern friends would love it. I thin k that their children will continue to visit. Mr. Culpepper, I voted for you but I am disappointed and regret it. Please do the righ t things before you ruin Okee-Tantie, and pu t the traf c light up at 36th and Cemetery Rd (old 39th St.). Thank you Michael Connch Okeechobee July 25, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! An error appeared in an article on the front page of the Sunday, July 22, edition of the Okeechobee News under the headline “Commission hopefuls square off.” The winner o f the Republican Primary for the Okeechobee County Commission District 1 seat will face Keith White, who has no political af liation, as well as Democrat Phil Baughman in the General Election. Mr. Baughman’s name was omitted from the article. We apologize for an y inconvenience caused by this error. Correction

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 OHS Scholarship Night 2012 awards Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJim Waldau Junior Golf ScholarshipJim Waldau Junior Golf Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front from left to right are: Samantha Harrell, Taylor Fulford. In the middle from left to right are: Tyler Finney, Emily Raulerson, Bridgette Waldau, Raychel Rabon, Karli Rowell, In the back from left to right are: Richard Donegan, William Childers, Justin Morgan, Bryan Stokes. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSChildren’s Services Council ScholarshipChildren’s Services Council Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front from left to right are: Taylor Davis, Samantha Harrell, Taylor Fulford, Reno Hunter. In the middle from left to right are: Kayla Harrison, Amanda Goggans, Cathleen Blair, India Riedel. In the back from left to right are: Cody Cummings, Ashley Hassan, Tyler Finney, Justin Morgan. Church of Our Saviour ScholarshipChurch of Our Saviour Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front from left to right are: Emilie Lege’, Sara Wallace, Andrea Stark. In the back from left to right are: Jessica Luna, John Stratton, Rev. Dr. Edward Weiss. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSEverglades Gator Graduate ScholarshipEverglades Gator Graduate Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are: Judson Harris, Cynthia Weigum, Karli Rowell, Justin Morgan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJimmy Gary ScholarshipJimmy Gary “Refuse to Be Denied Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall” to Emilie Lege’. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHS

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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 863-357-6246. A mVets hosting dinnerThe AmVets Post 2001 Buckhead Ridge w ill hold their monthly Wednesday night dinner at the VFW 9528 Buckhead Ridge J uly 25 with sloppy joes dinner. All proceeds will bene t our veterans and families. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. with a donation. On Thursday, July 26, the AmVets will serve hamburgers and chips for bingo from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come out and play bingo and enjoy a great burger at our Post. For more information, please call 863-467-2882.July 26 yard sale bene ts Martha's HouseMartha's House is having their monthly y ard sale on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A rt auction helps YMCAThe Okeechobee YMCA Children's Art A uction 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. Come laugh and cry while the Y children share their Y stories and their famous art w ork! This event is to raise funds and awareness about the YMCA Okeechobee Community Support campaign which allows the Okeechobee community to enjoy youth dev elopment, 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 w ill be provided.Vendor apps for upcoming events are now availableOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the National Day of the American Cowboy, to be held in the Agri-Civic 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.Buckhead Moose Lodge to host Beach PartyBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 will host a Beach Party on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. until ? The party will feature a white sandy beach and a swimming pool. Food, music and games will be available all day long. Games include Duck Races and a Dunk Tank. For more information, call 863-763-2250. All proceeds to bene t Moose Charities.VFW Ladies Auxiliary has "Christmas in July"The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10539, at 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., is having "Christmas in July" on Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Dinner with turkey and xings. Also having a Chinese raf e and a mystery gift auction. The public is invited. Music by Deb-West.Jefferson Jackson picnic is scheduled for July 28The Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee would like to invite any interested citizens in Okeechobee to their Jefferson Jackson picnic/ esta on Saturday, July 28 at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 N from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come to this free event to meet the local and state Democratic candidates and the candidates for County Commissioner District 3 and 5 and School Board, District #2 as well as candidates running as no party af liates. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Eileen Cobb Lamb, 92OKEECHOBEE Eileen Cobb Lamb, passed away July 24, 2012 at the Hamrick Home. She was born March 25, 1920, to Arthur and Mary Jane Cobb. She worked as a factory line assembler. She was formerly a member of the Salvation Army Church in Sebring. She came to Okeechobee from Lorida in 2000. She loved her family, and especially adored her grandchildren. Mrs. Lamb was preceded in death by her husband, George Lamb; and her daughter, Barbara Fetz. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Smith of Tampa, Anita Holmes (David) of Okeechobee and Georgeen Nickum of North Carolina; son, George Lamb (Judith) of Virginia; twelve grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 854 Memorial Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Nicholas Nick' C. Johnson, 63OKEECHOBEE Nicholas Nick' C. Johnson, died peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at home surrounded by family and friends. Born in Paterson, N.J., Nick was a resident of Okeechobee for 15 years. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, spending two years in Vietnam during the con ict; receiving both the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a ham radio operator. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Diane Johnson of Okeechobee; son, Johnny (Kimberly) Caboara of Haskell, N.J.; brother, Bobb y (Lynn Marie) Johnson of Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Christene (Jim) Days, Vona Gay Costano, both of Lansing, Mich., Nancy Cobell of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; and long-time friend, Todd Zipperer of Okeechobee. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 4 until 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. at BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Nick's memory to Hospice o f Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012Obituaries should be submitted by emailing obits@newszap.com. A link to the obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com Chobee Steelers Awards Night plannedAll are invited to attend our Chobee Steelers Awards program on July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Admission is free. Plenty of great music! Come join us! Contact 863-763-3893 for more information.Healthy Start to hold monthly meetingThe board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at their new location, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. in the White House Plaza Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact executive director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Youth football game, dinner slated for July 28The Okeechobee Youth Football Purple and White Game Chicken Dinner Fundraiser will be held July 28 at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. Dinners are $10 per plate. The meal will include a chicken quarter, two side dishes, rolls and dessert. The cheerleaders will host The Sweet Treat Tent.' Games start at 9 a.m.BHR Moose Lodge to host free children's carnivalA free childrens carnival, for kdis ages 6 to 12, will be held at Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge (1/4 mile past Okee-Tantie) on Sunday, July 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Women o f the Moose. Participants will be able to enter drawings for a boys/girls bicycle and an E-reader. Hot dogs, drinks and more available for purchase. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 7 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 The Okeechobee Gospel Singers will be at the 7th Day Christian Church, 12 N.W. Park St./ Hwy. 70 West, across from Eli’s Western Wear, on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Believers Fellowship Church is holding Vacation Bible School this week through July 27 at 300 S.W. 6th Ave., (behind the ROC) from 6 8:30 p.m. each night. All y oung 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. The Fifth Sunday community-wide service, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA) will be Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at the New St. Stephens AME Church, 831 N.E. 16th Ave. Rev. Cary McKee of More to Life Ministries will be preaching, the New St. Stephens AME Choir and the Okeechobee Community Choir will be singing, and many members of the Ministerial Association will be participating in the service. In addition, Frank Carter, composer, concert pianist and director of Music and Art at Good Shepherd United Methodist in WPB, will again be accompanying and singing. Come, hear the word of the Lord preached, and enjoy the fellowship this small-town community-wide service provides. Churches and groups represented by the members of OMA are: Bethel Baptist, Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, Cornerstone Baptist, Faith Farm Ministries, First United Methodist, Lighthouse Refuge, More to Life, New St. Stephens AME, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee Community Choir, Okeechobee Correctional Institute, Okeechobee Hospice, Okeechobee Pregnancy Center, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Real Life Children’s Ranch, and The Gathering. Ministers of other churches and ministries are invited to join the OMA on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. 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. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church Vacation Bible School “Sonlight Express Jesus and Me” will be held on Monday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 3, from 7-9 p.m. Classes for all ages. Closing program Sunday, Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m. 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 have 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, dobro, 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 863-7637566 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 Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Churches host VBS and other summer activities

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ter the land at any time for the purpose of constructing canals and other work necessary for drainage of state land and also the right to construct and maintain dikes, levees, locks or other arti cial devices for regulating the lake level. Commissioners will consider a resolution requesting that the state release the county from these restrictions. A negative response from the state would put a halt to the current proposal. Turning to budget matters, commissioners will set preliminary assessment rates for solid waste disposal, re protection and EMS as well as setting a preliminary millage rate. The prosed rate for sold waste collection has been increased by $24.50 to $217.52 per dwelling unit. That amounts to a weekly pickup rate of $4.19. Proposed EMS rates w ould increase by 10 percent. The rate per dwelling unit would be $66.60. Hotels, motels and RV parks would be assessed $1.80 per room/space. Commercial property would be assessed $0.05 per square foot and the assessment for industrial/warehouse property would be $0.009 per square foot. The good news is that the proposed re assessment would stay the same. The current year's millage rate is 8.5470. Taking into consideration the decrease in property values, the millage rate would have to be increased to 9.2457 in order to bring in the same amount of taxes. The maximum millage rate that can be approved is 10 mils. One mil equals one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value. In a matter that is carried over from the last meeting, commissioners will consider honoring the late Clif Betts, Jr., for his 27 years service as a commissioner. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, who made the proposal, was in favor of naming the section of S.R. 78 between the intersection with S.R. 441 and the Kissimmee River bridge in honor of the late commissioner. Other commissioners favored renaming Dark Hammock Road since that is where Mr. Betts lived or naming a re station in his memory since he was a supporter of county re/rescue. In other action, the board is expected to: hear comments from Sid Estrada and Dr. Pat Cooper concerning the operations of the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility; purchase a truck chassis to be used for an ambulance; consider scheduling of the second board meeting in December; appoint a substitute board member on the canvassing board; and receive a nancial update through June 30.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. 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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 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 8 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 COUNTYContinued From Page 1 A pply online for Tropical Storm Debby The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that Hillsborough, Manatee, and Taylor counties have been added as primary counties to the disaster declaration for Tropical Storm Debby that began on June 23, in Florida. Dixie and Sarasota counties are also added as neighboring counties making them eligible to small businesses only for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. SBA's disaster assistance program is available to eligible homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-pro t organizations. Disaster survivors do not have to wait on insurance to be settled before applying to SBA. They can access an Electronic Loan A pplication (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ and apply. SBA's new online application is easier to read, and users can complete and submit the application more quickly. There's a "help" link at the top of each page, which directs users to a place where they can get questions answered. SBA's Customer Serv ice Representatives are located at all of the Disaster Recovery Centers to provide one-on-one assistance with the application process and answer any questions. Homeowners and renters should rst register with FEMA and apply with SBA if referred. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Wakulla in Florida, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-pro t organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply to apply only for SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Desoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okeechobee, Osceola, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Sarasota and Sumter in Florida; Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware in Georgia. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-pro t organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as veri ed by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-pro t organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. Interest rates are as low as 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-pro t organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's nancial condition. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Questions about the electronic loan application, details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and information about the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. The ling deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 4. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 3, 2013. A dditional counties eligible for disaster loans

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It should be pointed out that as of Tuesday afternoon, July 24, Enderle has not been charged with any crime. Enderle, 34, joined the department as a part-time of cer Sept. 3, 2009. He became full time on May 25, 2012, and began his probationary period at that time. The chief said the length of the probationary period can be six months to a year. "It's at my discretion," added the chief. According to a report by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the incident occurred late Monday afternoon in Alibi's Tavern on S.W. Third Terrace. According to another report by Deputy Corporal Donald Ellis, the incident began when another man in the bar asked to see Enderle's police identi cation. Enderle did not have his ID with him, so he took out his Kel-Tec .380 caliber off-duty rearm and put it on the bar. He then pulled out his badge and put it on the bar. Witnesses reportedly told Deputy Schoonmaker that although Enderle did not point the gun at anyone, when he put the rearm on the bar it was pointing in the direction of the bartender. Cpl. Ellis also stated in his report that Enderle did not appear to be intoxicated. The corporal's report also pointed out that none of the witnesses in the bar wanted to press charges against Enderle, with the exception of one man. In fact, stated Cpl. Ellis, the man who asked Enderle for his ID didn't want to see anyone get into trouble and was leaving the bar when the other man, who had called the sheriff's of ce, told him to stay and give his side of the story. Enderle's gun was taken and placed into evidence. "Due to the offense (improper exhibition of a rearm) being a misdemeanor that did not occur in the presence of law enforcement, this case is being forwarded to the state attorney's of ce for review in the form of a warrant request," stated Cpl. Ellis in his report. When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said: "At this time, nothing has been submitted to the state attorney's of ce." Chief Davis said his department will not take part in the investigation, adding that it will be handled by the sheriff's of ce. Obviously upset with what happened, the chief said Enderle had been an excellent of cer during his time at the OCPD. "I just hate that it happened," said Chie f Davis. "I think sometimes good people make bad decisions, and that's what happened here." Of cer red over off-duty incident in bar By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Okeechobee County deputies said they were forced to taser a man who was reportedly trying to avoid arrest for allegedly beating his girlfriend. Marcos Moreno, 39, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, July 20, on a felony charge of aggravated battery and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $10,500. Jail records indicate he has been released on bond. Moreno reportedly contacted his girlfriend around 12:40 p.m. Friday and wanted to go to lunch. When she arrived at his home he was intoxicated, and when she tried to leave Moreno pulled her out of her vehicle by the hair on her head, stated an arrest report by Deputy Matthew Grumbling of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). The victim reportedly told the deputy that Moreno pulled her hair and repeatedly kicked her. Then, when she managed to free herself and get back to her vehicle, he began beating her with a hard plastic bug re ector. According to the deputy's report Moreno kept trying to hit the woman in the head but she blocked the blows with her arm. As the man was hitting her, he "... made the statement he was going to kill her," continued the report. Deputy Grumbling said the victim had multiple small lacerations on her left arm, and that there was bruising and swelling. The deputy added that he also found a large clump of her hair that had been pulled out during the attack. Moreno then left in the victim's car. OCSO Deputy Joseph Hall said he and Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas found Moreno several hours later sitting at a picnic table at N.W. 44th Ave. When Moreno saw the deputies he ed on foot, and the deputies gave chase. Moreno was nally apprehended after a brief foot chase when Deputy Hall shot him with a taser and deployed a 5-second burst of electricity. The man was then arrested without further incident. Deputy Grumbling's report stated that a family member took the victim to Raulerson Hospital. Man reportedly pulled out woman's hair, beat her Marcos Moreno Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. 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So go ahead, get comfortable. 10 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Once the term “Solid South,” referred to the fact that the Democratic Party was the only political party in the South. As evidence that that term is no longer true, there is only one Democrat, Phil Baughman, running against three Republicans and one candidate of no political af liation for the Okeechobee County Commission District 1 seat. If he is elected, Mr. Baughman will be the only Democrat on the county commission. The current commissioners as well as all candidates for the district 3 and district 5 commission seats are all Republicans. Mr. Baughman, 49, has been in Okeechobee since 1977. He is a graduate of Okeechobee High School and attended a diesel mechanic school. His wife, Michelle Hazellief Baughman, is a fth-generation Floridian. They have two sons, Brandon and Brent. Brandon is the owner of a motorcycle shop. Mr. Baughman owns B & B Site Preparation, a rm which he and his father started in 1979. “I’ve always dedicated my spare time to the church,” he said. Mr. Baughman is very active in First Baptist Church. He has worked with the youth and is in training to become a deacon. “I’ve dedicated my whole life to this community,” he said. Mr. Baughman is a member of the Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Okeechobee. He is on the City Parks Planning Council and is a board member of the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association. This will be the second time Mr. Baughman has run for county commission. He said there are two main reasons he is running for of ce, adding that they were the same reasons he ran four years ago. “I believe we need to support agriculture,” he said, ”but we need more industry so our youth will come back here. “I think we have to stimulate growth.“ He believes the county commission needs to attract new businesses into the area to provide employment for our young people. His second reason for running for of ce is to help existing local businesses. One of the ways he would like to do that is by showing preference to local businesses when awarding government contracts. As a contractor, he recently used his experiences in bidding for contracts to participate in a county commission discussion of revising the policy on local bidders. “I want to help change polic y so tax payers’ dollars will stay in tax payers’ pockets.” Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Baughman running for county commission district 1 Phil Baughman By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Keith L. White, 37, is running for the Okeechobee County Commission District 1 seat. He has no political af liation and will be running in the General Election against Democrat Phillip Baughman and the winner of the Republican Primary for District 1. Mr. White has lived in Okeechobee for 33 y ears. He is a 1994 graduate of Okeechobee High School. Mr. White is married and has ve children. He had a trucking business for eight y ears. However, Mr. White is now the owner of a business that pressure washes buildings and does automobile detailing. One of his main priorities is working with youth. In the detailing segment of his business, he recruits young people to work for him and learn good business practices. He is also involved with the substance abuse coalition and mentors young people through his church. At one time Mr. White served as a w restling coach for young people. “I was inspired as a youth by following my grandfather,” Mr. White said. The qualities, such as accountability, he learned as a y outh are those that he is trying to install in today’s youth. “I take pride in my actions in the community helping people to better themselves,” he said. “If one tool doesn’t work, pull another tool out of the tool box,” is Mr. White’s philosophy. As commissioner he would work to promote agriculture as well as small business. Unlike some of the other candidates, Mr. White sees the new emergency operations center as an asset to the community. “I think it can be an assistance to new development,” he said. Mr. White thinks it will be a draw for prospective businesses and calls it “ a door of opportunity.” “I want to encourage a focus on being prepared for new development,” he said. Mr. White says there is a lot of vacant property in the county that could be used to attract new business and that the commission should focus on being prepared for new development. Mr. White sees the situation with Medicaid as one of the biggest challenges facing commissioners in the next four years. He hopes youth activities are not cut back in order to pay past Medicaid bills. Keith White to run for county commission seat district 1 Keith White Healthy Start Coalition meeting plannedThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at their new location, 1132 S. Parrot Avenue, within the White House Plaza Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 of Okeechobee CountyPOLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY PAUL MAY, REPUBLICAN, FOR SHERIFF “Experience You Can Talk To Common Sense You Can Trust” We have assigned four deputies, one on each shift, who are specially equipped to patrol the north part of our county — Bassigner, Fort Drum and the Prairie. These deputies also investigate agricultural type crimes and have proven to be invaluable. This program will continue. We will continue to supply the best possible training and equipment for all Sheriff’s Of ce employees. When I took of ce in 2005, I stated that my number one priority was the safety and well being of all Sheriff’s Of ce employees and that will not change. I realize that if I don’t properly take care of and equip these employees, they can’t properly take care of you, the people we work for. Since the economic downturn, I have reduced the Sheriff’s Of ce budget over two million dollars to assist the county in getting through these hard times. We will continue to look for ways to lower our budget without jeopardizing the safety of our deputies or our citizens. As your Sheriff, I have been visible and accessible to the people of Okeechobee County. Anyone can see me at any time about their concerns. My home phone number is (863) 763-5963 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! 12 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OSSLine dancing funSeniors at Okeechobee Senior Services are having a great time every Monday at noon at Okeechobee Senior Center. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Carl Shumate, 55, is one of the Republican candidates vying for the Okeechobee County Commission District 1 seat. As an Army brat in his younger years he traveled around a lot. However he graduated from South Wide Christian A cademy in Loxahatchee and afterward lived in Loxahatchee until he moved to Okeechobee eight years ago. Mr. Shumate has been married 33 years and has two children and two grandchildren. He worked for South Florida Water Management District for 18 years and retired as head of electronic security. In that position he was responsible for a $1.5 million annual budget. Today he owns a security business in Okeechobee as well as a shipping business. He has served on the planning board and the ag center advisory board. He is a member of Main Street Okeechobee and served on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. When asked why he was running for of ce, his reply was, "Because I see we are not headed in the right direction. We have to increase our tax base. Right now that is not happening." He is in favor of doing everything he can to stimulate the economy. Mr. Shumate stated that Okeechobee has had three administrators in 8 years but nothing has changed. "We need to suspend impact fees," Mr. Shumate said. He said that a business that would have provided 30 or 40 jobs did not come to Okeechobee because of a $74,000 impact fee. Mr. Shumate wants to change attitudes and perceptions. He said it is as if the "Welcome to Okeechobee" signs have "not you" in small print. He wants to change what he calls "Nochobee" into a more business friendly place. Mr. Shumate does not think commissioners did everything they could to secure funding for the new drivers license building which he calls an unfunded mandate. He was also critical of the construction of the emergency operations center during a time of budget shortage. When asked what he sees as the most pressing problem facing commissioners, Mr. Shumate replied "Jobs, jobs, jobs."Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Local businessman seeks commission seat Carl Shumate

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By Pete Gawda Okeechobee News Billy Marcum, a Republican who will be 57 in August, is an Okeechobee native who is running for the Okeechobee County Commission District 1 seat. He was valedictorian of the class of 1973 at Okeechobee High School. Mr. Marcum received an associate degree from Indian River Community College and has taken additional courses. He is married and has three children. During the course of his life Mr. Marcum has worked at various jobs. His rst job was picking peaches at the age of 9. He has worked in a fast food restaurant and as a student janitor in high school. He has also worked in retail sales. Mr. Marcum has been involved with cattle his entire life. He says he is a seventh or eighth generation rancher and belongs to the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association. He has a chain of insurance of ces dealing in property and casualty insurance. "It's my way of giving back," Mr. Marcum replied when asked why he was running for commissioner. "Common sense is a big thing with me. I'm very passionate about the things I believe in," Mr. Marcum said. "I plan to be very hands on." He said that if he were elected and someone complained of a clogged culvert, he would take a shovel and clean the culvert out himself. The sheriff's of ce and the re department are two major areas of concern for Mr. Marcum. "We're collecting a re tax and the people in Basinger don't have a re station," he asserted. "We have so many de ciencies in the re department, it's shameful." "We need to seek grants for the re department," Mr. Marcum feels. "There are grants with little or no strings." He said a 3 percent raise to sheriff's employees would amount to $290,000 and he feels that would be money well spent. Mr. Marcum said one of the challenges facing the commissioners in coming years is unfunded mandates. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Billy Marcum says he would be a ‘hands on’ commissioner 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 13 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Incumbent Republican Ray Domer, 56, is seeking his third term as the Okeechobee County Commissioner representing District 1. Mr. Domer is married and has two sons. He is a native Floridian and a life-long resident of Okeechobee. Mr. Domer graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1974 and attended Indian River Community College. He attends More 2 Life church and is a member of the Masons. Except for a short time when he worked in Louisiana, Mr. Domer has worked all his life at his family business, Domer's Machine Shop, which is one of the oldest businesses in Okeechobee and was established by Mr. Domer's grandfather. Mr. Domer is a graduate of the Florida A ssociation of Counties Advanced Commissioner course. He represents the county on the Avon Park Air Force Range Joint Land Use Policy Committee, the economic council and the small county coalition. Mr. Domer said he was running for commissioner because he thinks he can make a difference in Okeechobee. He wants to make a positive impact on the future of the community. He would like to continue the progress he feels he has made in his two terms. Mr. Domer would like to continue to have a positive input into the operation of the county. He believes in establishing policies that are in line with good business practices. Mr. Domer feels the biggest problem facing the commissioners in the next four years will be budgetary. Mr. Domer thinks commissioners will be challenged by aligning county government with the available nancial resources. He would like to lower taxes and balance the budget without using reserves, increasing debt or decreasing services. He feels the way to do that is for county government to learn to operate more ef ciently.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Domer seeks third term Billy Marcum Ray Domer OCRA to open 2012 fall signupsIt's time for football! OCRA is gearing up for their 2012 Football Season. Signups will be held in Auguest for football players and cheerleaders ages 5 through14. We are currently taking coaches applications and looking for football umpires. The season will begin in September. This season OCRA is also introducing girls ag football for middle and high school age girls. Any questions or if interested in any of the areas mentioned above please call 863-634-0515 or 863-634-1437. The federal government has allocated funding to help quali ed Florida families to pay the rst mortgage on their homes through the Hardest Hit Help program. Assistance may be given for 12 months, and/or to re-instate a delinquent rst mortgage. Loans will be "forgiven" in 5.5 years after completing the program. To nd out if you qualify, please come to a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, 55 S. Parrott Ave. at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. You can register by calling Okeechobee Non-Pro Housing at 863-467-5525. You may also visit the HHF web site at www. FLHardestHitHelp.org and use the Referral code 85087 so you can be assisted by ONPH. Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployed

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tice. The algae releases a nauseating smell, gives people respiratory problems, causes massive sh kills and harms many wild species. The Glades, Hendry and Lee County public health departments have had to issue multiple public health warnings saying that neither people nor animals should come into contact with the water, drink it, or eat the sh. Lee County's Olga drinking water plant, w hich draws from the river and is supposed to serve 40,000 people, has had to shut down repeatedly because the water is un t to drink, even after extensive treatment, the complaint continued. The suit was led against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the Corps has caused the Caloosahatchee's problems by cutting off the river's water supply. The Corps operates three water control structures which regulate the ow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee estuary at the Gulf of Mexico. "Instead of providing the Caloosahatchee w ith the ow it needs to stay healthy, the Corps diverts water to irrigate 500,000 acres of sugar cane elds south of Lake Okeechobee. The river is too often left stagnant and polluted," stated an Earthjustice press release issued Monday. The problems in recent years are a result of decades of man-made changes to the natural ow of water, the many demands on Lake Okeechobee's resources and, most recently, lack of rainfall, according to John Campbell, public affairs specialist with the A rmy Corps of Engineers. The Corps releases water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River based on the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) which was implemented in 2008. The goal is to manage the lake between a low of 12.5 feet and a high of 15.5 feet. This is considered a safe range for the Herbert Hoover Dike, according to the Corps. Ironically, the primary problem at the time the current LORS was originally drafted w as that storms like Hurricanes Francis and J eanne and Tropical Storm Fay dumped so much rain that there was concern about the lake rising past the point that it could endanger the integrity of the dike. In 2005, extremely heavy rains during the wet season raised lake levels to the point that water managers needed to release large amounts of water down the Caloosahatchee and the St. Lucie Canal for ood control. The release of this water was blamed for damage to the coastal estuaries. In 2006, "Stop the Muck" protests were held at meetings in Lee County. The "muck" referred to the large releases of nutrient-rich water from Lake Okeechobee. In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay, considered a "100 year storm" raised the lake level by 4 feet in a matter of days as water from the Kissimmee River Valley drained south into Lake Okeechobee. "We had a lot of input to the LORS plans, including input from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida," said Mr. Campbell. "We have been executing the plan," he added. He said the plan is a compromise which often draws criticism from many of the interested parties. "It involves a lot of parties with divergent interests and was the best compromise we could nd at the time so that everyone felt their needs were being addressed," Mr. Campbell explained. "If this group wants to bring suit, we'll let that action speak for itself." Mr. Campbell said the LORS is a complex balancing act and they are aware that not everyone is happy. "All releases we make from the lake into the Caloosahatchee River are in accordance with that document." Communities all around the lake depend on it as a source of drinking water. Agriculture interests in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of the lake depend on the lake to irrigate crops. If the lake level is too high for a long period of time it can be harmful to the sheries, which need the cycle of highs and lows to create spawning areas. The communities around the lake depend on the sh to bring in tourism. If the lake is too low, that also hurts tourism because they have dif culty getting their boats in the water. "There are no easy solutions with so many interests involved," he said. Any action taken regarding lake level up or downbrings complaints from one group or another. And the amount of water entering the system depends on rainfall, which the Corps cannot control. "The Corps' refusal to supply enough fresh water from Lake Okeechobee is wrecking the Caloosahatchee," said Earthjustice attorney David Guest. "It's an environmental crisis, and it's also an economic one. Tourists who came to visit Sanibel Island over the Christmas break this year arrived to nd stinking green algae and dead sh on the beaches. People have had to endure a nasty stench in downtown Fort Myers. Dead sh have washed up on the beaches in front of condos and hotels in Naples. This can't be good for tourism." Andrew McElwaine, president of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, said the water quality is affecting the region's economywhere most jobs are dependent on the tourism industry. "We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the country," he said. "But how many tourists will keep coming here when the river is covered with stinking slime? The Corps simply has to do a better job protecting the Caloosahatchee. It is imperative for the Corps to provide adequate ow to keep the river healthy." Manley Fuller, president of the Florid a Wildlife Federation, said the Corps' operations are devastating essential marine and estuarine habitats that support recreational and commercial shing. "The polluted water is killing the seagrass nurseries at the estuary where sh and shell sh spawn," Mr. Fuller said. "It's too bad we have to go to court to get the authorities to do their job of protecting this river, but we do what we have to do. It belongs to the public, and we should all be able to enjoy it." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 16 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 RIVERContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An additional 261 residents collected unemployment bene ts in Okeechobee, an increase from 9-percent to 10.4 percent between May and June, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday. The report showed 1,993 residents collected bene ts last month. That number is still lower than the June, 2011 numbers when 2,306 residents collected bene ts. The sharp increase was the largest in recent months in Okeechobee County. Glades County had 494 residents on unemployment, which compared to 455 in May. The jobless rate rose from 9 percent to 9.9 percent. In June, 2011, there were 562 residents on unemployment, a rate of 10.6 percent. The highest jobless rate was found in Hendry County, which had 14.2 percent o f the workforce collect jobless bene ts. The lowest rate in the state was found Okaloos a County with 6.1 percent. Only eight counties in Florida had higher jobless rates than Okeechobee in June. Glades was ranked 16th among the state's 67 counties. round the region, Highlands County had 8.9 percent, Osceola 9.5 percent, St. Lucie 11.8 percent, and Martin County 8.9 percent last month. Jobless rates increase in June

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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).  Tom Douglas Hoover, 23, N.W. 304th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 17 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a charge of felony criminal mischief. His bond was set at $10,000.  Robert Lee Simpson, 27, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 17 by Of cer Bryan Enderle on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,000.  Brandon Ray Harper, 22, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 17 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him w ith the felonies of violation of probation petit theft and violation of probation sale of a controlled substance. He is being held w ithout bond.  Nina Lynne Cyr, 30, N.W. 151st Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Raul Marrero on a warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation dealing in stolen property. She is being held w ithout bond.  David Lee Lyons, 56, N.W. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft, violation of probation forgery and violation of probation uttering a forged instrument. He is being held without bond.  Carley Daniel Slone, 22, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of burglary, grand theft and aggravated assault. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $12,500.  Patricia Raulerson, 20, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of burglary and grand theft. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Her bond was set at $10,000.  Charlene Suzi Hunsinger, 39, Jones Road N.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a warrant charging her with the felonies of forgery and uttering a forged instrument. Her bond was set at $10,000.  Ronnie Santana, 30, W. 45th Place, Hialeah, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft auto. His bond was set at $100,000.  Cody Marshall Maupin, 23, N.E. 120th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and willful and wanton reckless driving. He was released on his own recognizance.  Sydney Travis Platt, 44, Felda, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with willful and wanton reckless driving. He was released on his own recognizance.  Steven Andrew Miller, 34, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a structure. His bond was set at $35,000.  Jeffrey Mafera, 57, Fernwood Drive E., Tequesta, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief on a felony charge of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $5,000.  Roberta Williams, 53, S.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan on a felony charge of interference with child custody. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Waltorian T. Jackson, 20, St. Augustine Road, Tallahassee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of sale/delivery of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver. His bond was set at $40,000.  Timothy Lefebvre, 27, S.W. 87th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (dilaudid) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000.  Robert Lee Simpson Jr., 27, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (dilaudid) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000.  Todd Mitchell Hawes, 32, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 b y Of cer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $2,000.  Michael Dale Crose, 27, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 b y Trooper C.C. Lee on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Crose was later arrested by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probationuttering a forged instrument (two counts) and violation of probation grand theft (two counts). He is being held without bond on those charges.  John Michael Hoover, 57, S.E. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 b y Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a felony charge o f lewd and lascivious exhibition offender over 18 victim under 16 years of age, and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. His bond was set at $26,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 17 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Okeechobee Arrest Report Cypress Hut Eagles host bene t eventCypress Hut Eagles to host bene t for Billie Hesch on July 29 ., Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Bene t for Billie Hesch,Past Madam President. Music by the Harpers will start at 3 p.m. A complete Turkey Dinner with all the xins will be served at 5 p.m. There will be a cake walk, games and raf es etc. Billie is ghting lung cancer. All proceeds go to helping pay Billie’s medical bills. Public is welcome. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) is reaching out to area citizens for information regarding an armed home invasion robbery in Basswood. Michele Bell, OCSO public information of cer, said the robbery occurred around 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at a home on N.W. 37th Ave. She said the homeowner does not live in the home, but uses it as a guest house when relatives come to visit. Mrs. Bell said three suspects gained entry into the enclosed garage. At some point, a female guest in the home heard someone in the garage and when she opened an interior door to the garage a struggle ensued with one of the suspects. The suspects then forced their way into the home. Staying in the home were two women, one man and two children. “They were visiting from up north,” said Mrs. Bell. The victims were forced to the oor by an armed suspect. The suspects then took two handheld electronic games, wallets, prescription pills and cell phones. They then ed the home in an unknown direction. The victims also could not identify the make or model of vehicle used by the suspects. Mrs. Bell said one of the suspects was male and one was a female. The sex of the third suspect is unknown. “One of them was armed with a handgun and all of them had dark ski masks and gloves on,” said Mrs. Bell. “It is believed one of the suspects is black. The race of the other two suspects is unknown.” She went on to say that a woman injured her hand when she struggled with the suspects at the door in an attempt to keep them from entering the home. The woman was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel. If anyone has information about this case, they are asked to contact OCSO Detective Mark Shireman at 863-763-3117. Detective seeking info on armed robbery

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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 *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 or 772-519-2463 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeA/C MechanicRequires a minimum of 5 yrs exp DFWP Apply in person: 312 SW 2nd St Okeechobee, FL 34974 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 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 Employment Full TimeSubstance 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 TimeGrand Oaks Assisted Living Community Exp. Cook needed Part-time. Apply in person 9:00 am 4:00 pm 203 SE 2nd Street Level 2 Background check required. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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 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. Business Opportunities How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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 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 Guns/SuppliesRuger Blackhawk .357/9mm old model exc. condition $650.00 Call 863-447-9982 Pets/SuppliesFor 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 ToolsAirless Paint Sprayer Grayco 190 ES Used once, in box Cost $600.00 Sell $225.00 In Okeechobee 772-359-9550 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Condos/Townhouses RentFurnished 2bdrm/1bath Townhome in Kings Bay, Water, Sewer, W/D, Pool, much more.. Call 863-634-8331 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 2/1 HOUSE w/central AC and appliances. 310 NE 4th Ave. $700/mo. 1st, last & $500 sec req. (863)467-5965 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 18 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012

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Houses RentCBS 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. FT. Drum Area. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, Pet Fee. $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 or 734-637-2697 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. $700 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoommateWANT SOMEONE TO SHARE 3/2 mobile home. $90/wk Call (772)332-6180 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 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsMobile Home Lot for Rent Off North West 30th Street, close to Elementary School and Hwy 98. Call for more info. 863-697-1168 Mobile Home 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 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 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499mo Loaded 3/2 from $399mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 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 Sport Utility1995 Chevy Tahoe 78,000 miles, new tires, new brakes, no a/c, runs good $2,500.00 Call 863-467-4734 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Okeechobee County School District Non-Discrimination Notice The School District of Okeechobee County has adopted Board Policy 6.43, Unlawful Discrimination Prohibited. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, if otherwise quali ed, social and family background or on the basis of the use of language other than English by Limited English Pro ciency (LEP) students, be excluded from participation in, be denied the bene ts of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity or in any employment conditions or practices conducted by this School District, except as provided by law. The School Board shall comply with all federal and state laws which include the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Title IX, Section 504, Florida Education Equity Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Any employee, student, applicant for admissions, or applicant for employment who believes he/she has been discriminated against or has been harassed by another employee, student, or third party is encouraged to use the Equity Plan Grievance Procedure for ling complaints. Complaints may be lled with the principal or immediate supervisor, District Equity Coordinator/Director of Human Resources, or the Superintendent. Director of Human Resources Title II, Title IX and the Florida Education Equity Act Complaints And ADA/Section 504 Complaints 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863)462-5000, Ext. 267 422678 ON 7/25/2012 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 FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472010CA000131XXXXXX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. JAMES H. MYERS; et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated July 17, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472010CA000131XXXXXX of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff and JAMES H. MYERS; 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 29th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 21 AND THE NORTH 20 FEET OF LOT 22, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 2, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 39, 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. 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 at Okeechobee, Florida, on July 17, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk, Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 422568 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2011 CA 266 FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, VS. JAMES B. DWYER AND PHYLLIS M. DWYER A/K/A PHYLLIS DWYER, et.al. Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 17, 2012, and entered in 2011 CA 266 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, is the Plaintiff and JAMES B. DWYER; PHYLLIS M. DWYER A/K/A PHYLLIS DWYER; TAYLOR CREEK ISLES HOMEOWNERS ASSN., INC. (INACTIVE) are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson, as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on August 29, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 204, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT VII, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 22, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME DESCRIBED AS A 1988 WELL WITH ID NUMBERS FLHW108700681AHS AND FLHW108700681BHS. 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 this 17th day of July, 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. 422567 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472009CA000716CAXXXX 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. 472009CA000716CAXXXX 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 Assembly Room, 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 BOUNDARY 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 Coordinator 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 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 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 #: 2010 CA 000333 Federal National Mortgage Association, Plaintiff, -VS.Barbara L. Tomb a/k/a Barbara Tomb, Surviving Spouse of Harry Robert Tomb, Jr. a/k/a Harry R. Tomb, Deceased Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2010 CA 000333 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Federal National Mortgage Association, Plaintiff and Barbara L. Tomb a/k/a Barbara Tomb, Surviving Spouse of Harry Robert Tomb, Jr. a/k/a Harry R. Tomb, Deceased are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on August 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 15, AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 16, BLOCK 4, SOUTHWEST ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, 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 despite’s de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame a1711. 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 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, 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 420312 on 7/25;8/1/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2010-CA-000229 FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, 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, Okeechobee, 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 Public 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 o f 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 FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is July 18th, 2012. Personal Representative: Patricia Nadene Hemingway 1116 S.W. 6th Street 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 7/18,25/2012 19 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful!

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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 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 823 CIRAS, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, Plaintiff, VS. J. BLAND LAND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, JULIAN BLAND, JOHN J. RICE and A.B. SURVEY SUPPLIES ENTERPRISES, INC., a Florida corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 21, 2012, entered in Civil Case No.: 2009 CA 823 of the Circuit Court of the 191h Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on the 29th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: Exhibit “A” Legal Description for File No.: 04-1462 Parcel II : A PART OF LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 3, 4, 5 AND 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION. ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1. PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALL BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE. ALSO BEING OUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF LOT .6. BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKES SUBDIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT ON NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441. BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 196.18 TO THE POINT AND PLACE OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 68’38’44” WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 107.82 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 295. PAGE 329, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE. COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES. 29’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENTERLINE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING TO SAID PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES 29’22” EAST ALONG THE SAID CENTERLINE OF CANAL 14 TO THE NORTHWESTERN MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT I, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKBECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 2874.92 FEET, ALSO BEING INTERSECTION WITH HOPKINS MEANDER LINE: THENCE BEAR SOUTH 38 DEGREES 49’ 05” EAST ALONG THE SAID HOPKINS MEANDER LINE AND ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID LOTS 1 AND 2. BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OP 626.50 FEET TO THE MOST NORTHERN AND EASTERN CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26’17” WEST ALONG THE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 2554.40 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN NORTH 68’38’44” WEST A DISTANCE OF 195.75 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 34’29’22” WEST A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Less and Except A PART OF LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT. THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALL BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ALSO BEING SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF LOT 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKES SUBDIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT ON NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441, BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 196.18 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES 29’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENTERLINE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING TO SAID PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 A DISTANCE OF 195.75 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26’17” WEST ALONG THE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 465.90 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 AND 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 le a claim within 60 days after the sale. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk RICE PUGATCH ROBINSON & SCHILLER, P.A. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 101 North East Third Avenue, Suite 1800, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 Tel: (954) 462-8000 Fax: (954) 462-4300 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. 420821 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472011CA000079XXXXXX GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC Plaintiff, V S.RONNIE D. GATLIFF; UNKNOWN TENA NT 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 T ENANT NO. 1 ; UNKNOWN TENANT Public Notice 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 Public Notice 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. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 421421 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.: 47-2009-CA-000334 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A, Plaintiff, VS. MARCIA BRANTLEY et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2009CA-000334 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A is the Plaintiff and MARCIA BRANTLEY; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARCIA BRANTLEY N/K/A MICHAEL BRANTLEY; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 22nd day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 49 AND 50, BLOCK 14, ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 9. SAID LANDS SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 10557 NW 7TH WAY, 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 14, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09055698 BANKAMERICA2-FHA-Team 2 F09055698 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 420309 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 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 20 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012NO. 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 accomm odat i o n in o r de r to pa r t i c i pate 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 Shop here first! The classified adsclaims 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 7/18,25/20121/2 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 IN 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. 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 08000221CA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-23CB MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-23CB, Plaintiff, vs. ALAIN ZIMMER A/K/A ALAIN J. ZIMMER; UNKNOWN TENANTS, et.al. Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012, and entered in 08000221CA of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-23CB MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-23CB, is the Plaintiff and ALAIN ZIMMER A/K/A ALAIN J. ZIMMER; UNKNOWN TENANTS are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00AM on August 22, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, BLOCK 27, UNIT NUMBER 2, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, 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 le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 14th day of June, 2012. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 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 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 Boo k 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 Boo k 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 COUR T BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler 421154 ON 7/18,25/2012 COordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 8074370 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. 420207 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 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 Boo k 4, pages 3A through D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (1.25 acres)(aka Lot B) and The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 o f 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 Boo k 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 Cler k 420516 ON 7/18,25/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?

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Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000122 REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE, Plaintiff, DOUGLAS F. MARS et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2010CA-000122 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE is the Plaintiff and DOUGLAS F. MARS; T1NDA H. MARS; REGIONS BANK D/B/A AMSOUTH BANK; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE; TENA NT #1 N/K/A JOHN THOMAS N/K/A JOHN THOMAS N/K/A JOHN THOMA S, and TENANT #2 N/K/A JULIE THOMAS N/K/A JULIE THOMAS N/K/A JULIE THOMAS are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 22nd day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 16, BLOCK 1, COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 97, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 12450 NE 26TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on June 14, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000243 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, YOAN M. PINON, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2010CA-000243 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and YOAN M. PINON; CRYSTAL R. PINON; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC.; TENANT #1 N/K/A RAYMOND MENDOZA are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash IN THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 22nd day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 21, BLOCK 50, BASSWOOD, UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3244 NW 35TH AVENUE 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 14, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10031744 WELLSLPS-FHA-Team 1 F10031744 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 420313 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 10th day of August 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 00 SILVE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 1G2WP52K3YF219338 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 422711 ON 7/25/2012 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 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 Clerk 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 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 da y s ; if y ou are hearin g 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 unLEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on AUGUST 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1996 Ford Taurus VIN #1FALP52U7TA118167 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 422668 ON 7/25/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon has rescheduled its “County Coalition Meeting” for Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Please take notice and be advised that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Coalition with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Russell Echols as Chairman County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 422359 ON 7/25/2012 21 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000034 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. LACY M. GARNER, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 12, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2011CA-000034 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Wells Fargo Bank, NA, is the Plaintiff and Lacy M. Garner, Terald Garner, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 22nd day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 33, BLOCK 59, BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2643 NW 35TH DR., OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-1174 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 14th day of June, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A lbertelli Law A ttorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 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. 421155 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CC-254 TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, VS. PAUL J. ARNOLD, “JANE DOE”, “UNKNOWN TENANT #1” “UNKNOWN TENANT #2”, JOSE E. SANTIAGO, REGIONS BANK, AMERICAN ROOFING, LLC, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472011CC000254XXXXX on July 10, 2012, of the County Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, PAUL J. ARNOLD (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit 3, Building B, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM, a Condominium according to the declaration thereof recorded in Of cial Records Book 221, Page 379 and re-recorded in Of cial Records Book 225, Page 1640, both being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 29th day of August, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 13th day of July, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561-627-3585 422230 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10012518 UNIONPLANTERSPECFHLMC--Team 4 F10012518 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 420310 ON 7/25;8/1/2012 known 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 or voice impaired, call 711. 420879 ON 7/18,25/2012 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Doughnut shape 6 Doofus 10 HiŽ sign nicknames 14 Furniture wood 15 Circle dance 16 Does a bakery job 17 *Moscow park eponym 19 __ we forgetŽ 20 Palm Treos, e.g., briefly 21 Tailless primate 22 School orgs. 23 Article for Adenauer 24 Upside-down frown 26 __ Dei 28 __ Andreas Fault 29 Bit of dogma 30 Poppycock 31 Opera setting, for short 33 Outs partners 35 Hops-drying oven 36 Animals who often bear twins 38 Evokes wonder in 40 Asian sea 43 Its not known for MPG efficiency 45 Soak up 49 Din in the library? 51 One of Chekhovs Three SistersŽ 53 Big suit, briefly 54 About the eye 55 Elect to take part 56 Hoo-ha 57 Option for Hamlet 58 Exxon Valdez cargo 59 Short run, for short 60 Wimple wearers 61 *Whats Going OnŽ singer 64 lan 65 Kindergarten staple 66 Courtroom demand 67 Quite a long time 68 Pair in bunk beds, perhaps 69 Burden bearer DOWN 1 Violent storm 2 Shortest book in the Hebrew Bible 3 Steve Martin film based on Cyrano de BergeracŽ 4 Colleges, to Aussies 5 Mozarts Jupiter,Ž e.g.: Abbr. 6 Noted composer of tudes 7 Rhine siren 8 Morks planet 9 And God called the light __Ž: Genesis 10 *20th-century cartoonist who wrote He Done Her Wrong,Ž a 300-page pantomime tale 11 1984Ž setting 12 Goofs 13 Old JFK arrival 18 Spermatozoa, e.g. 22 Frisk, with downŽ 24 Crock-Pot potful 25 Sicilian mount 27 Collectors goal 32 *Mad MaxŽ star 34 East African language 37 Sport for heavyweights 39 Israeli diplomat Abba 40 In days past 41 Burst 42 Actor Banderas 44 Vicks ointment 46 Anthem for ehŽ sayers 47 Overnight flights 48 Leader of the band with the 1962 hit Green OnionsŽ 50 Impeccable service 52 As I was going to __ ...Ž 59 Fairy tale baddie60 Hoops org. 61 With the,Ž 48Downs band (which sounds as if it could have included the answers to starred clues) 62 Poetic boxer 63 San Franciscos __ Hill By Gareth Bain (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 03/09/11 03/09/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Look for the 2012-2013 School Information Guide in the upcoming August 15, 2012 edition of the August 15, 2012 edition of the Packed full of valuable information pertaining to all the public schools and college in our county including the school calendars, addresses and phone numbers of each school, immunization information, the bus schedules and much, much more!

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For three weeks this summer, children ages 6-12 years old were able to attend Communities In Schools (CIS) All-STAR Camp in partnership with the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee (PAL). This camp was funded through Children’s Service Council of Okeechobee, Inc. and served over 92 kids from Okeechobee County. ALL-STAR CAMP began on June 18, at Okeechobee Achievement Academy with drop off of students starting at 7:30 a.m. During this time, students would interact w ith staff playing board games and coloring while watching Character Counts videos. Then students would participate in a morning lesson with staff signifying which pillar of character would be focused on for the day. After the morning lesson, students had Outside Free-Time Activities. These activities included: dodgeball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, sand art, sidewalk art, cornhole and various other games. After playing outside, students would then go inside to the classroom and have a cool down activity as well as snack and drink. Then the daily pillar of character lesson would begin. Students would have opportunities each day to explain how they could show the pillar of character in camp/home/or school environments. Students were also asked a “homew ork question” daily to go home and share w ith their parents/guardians. This activity involved the students interacting at home about Character Counts. After the daily lesson, students would focus on their inside activity which included: A LL ABOUT ME projects, daily art projects, sun catchers, poster contests, mosaics, photo frames and bead art to name a few. Then staff and students went back outside for a group activity which usually offered team building and good sportsmanship lessons. This also helped the camp camaraderie to bring all of the campers together. Around 11:30 a.m. each day camp staff picked Kids of Character. Students who were picked received a medallion, and prizes as well as the opportunity to be recognized as the “Kid of Character for the Day!” After the daily award ceremony, students were taken to the front of ce area for parent pick-up. Each Friday of camp, students were rewarded for their good behavior with a movie, popcorn and pizza day. Movie day was set up in the classroom at Okeechobee Achievement Academy and a new “G” rated movie was projected onto a large screen for the students to enjoy. Students were encouraged to bring their sleeping bags and pillows to enjoy the movie entertainment. Students were also given a shirt donated by SWAT to remember their camp experience. During the rst week of camp, June 1822, CIS served 36 students. The second week of camp, June 25-29, CIS served 48 students and the third week of camp July 2-6, CIS served 46 students. CIS had 12 Junior Staff (ages 13-18) throughout the three-week camp. CIS would like to thank Children’s Service Council for funding this camp for the fth year in a row, SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) for providing tobacco prevention literature, yers and shirts and the Okeechobee County School Board for allowing CIS to host camp at Okeechobee Achievement Academy. As well as all of the staff and custodians at Okeechobee Achievement Academy for all of their help! 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!! 22 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 CIS All-STAR Summer Camp cooks up fun for kids Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe enthusiastic grins seem to show that the children had a good time this summer at the Communities in Schools ALL-STAR Camp. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOver 92 kids were served this summer in two age groups, 6-12 year olds and 13-18 year olds, at the Communities In Schools ALL-STAR Camp which began June 18, held in partnership with the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee and funded through Children’s Service Council of Okeechobee. OGCC Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Winners for July 20 were: rst place, Rex Jordan: second place, George Guydosh; third place tie between Bob Meyers and Dan Birdashaw. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Malissa ‘Missy’ Morgan is on the ballot Aug. 14 to serve on the School Board in District 2. Morgan is a teacher at Y earling Middle School and has 14 years of teaching experience. She also owns and operates two local child care centers. She has been married for 23 years to Gordie Morgan and has two sons, Justin, 2012 OHS graduate, and Jarred, a ninth grader at the Freshman Campus. Her community involvement includes Coordinator of the Toys for Tots for the past 12 years. She also has worked with the FFA, March of Dimes, the Okeechobee High School Booster Club since 2007, the City Planning and Zoning Board since 2008, and w as a 2001 district teacher of the year nominee. Morgan is a native of Okeechobee and a graduate of OHS. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Educational leadership and a Specialist degree in Curriculum. Morgan stated she has run for the school board because she is passionate about access to quality education and her motivation is to put children rst. She plans to be an advocate for students, parents, schools and the community. She also thinks a school board member should be more active in the schools so that they have rst-hand knowledge of what is going on in the schools. She said that also will give her an insider’s perspective and help her when decisions are made that affect students. She said the biggest obstacle that affects students is a lack of activities and programs for children in Okeechobee. She applauded the new BRAT Club that gives kids something positive to do with proper supervision and guidance. She said the current school board has ve good members but still can be improved and become more active and hands on in the day-to-day operations of our schools. She said her business experience will help her with the school budget. She also plans to advocate for the school in Tallahassee. “As an experienced educator I know rsthand what our schools are facing. As a parent I have compassion and a personal understanding for our students that are not “high stakes test takers.” With that understanding I have the motivation and passion to go to Tallahassee and advocate on behalf of our students, schools and community. As a local business owner I have direct experience as a steward of scal accountability. I will be the board member that is constantly striving to ensure that our children, our future, have the best by putting all of our students rst. My passion is access to quality education and my motivation is our students, our future.” By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kelly Owens is on the ballot Aug. 14, to seek a third term as Okeechobee School Board member in District 2. Owens is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and a former teacher in Okeechobee Schools. She has 18 years of experience in education including time as a classroom teacher. She is a certi ed school board member with the Florida School Boards Association. She holds numerous committee assigns for the FSBA, and the Florida School Board Insurance Trust. Owens is also a member of the Okeechobee Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2005, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee since 2005, the Okeechobee County Fair Association Board of Directors, and won the 2009 Woman of Distinction Award in Education from the American Business Women’s Association. She is also an ex-of cio member of the Okeechobee County Economic Council. She has served as Chairman of the Okeechobee School Board for the past four years. Her campaign goals are to make decisions that are in the best interest of our children and be a responsible steward of public dollars. Owens supports strong community school partnerships, supports a policy to improve student success, and vows to improve professional development and maintain high standards for all school board employees. Owens said the biggest challenge that faces Okeechobee students is high stakes testing and the pressure being placed on kids in the classroom. She said local control of education has eroded. “We believe in accountability but we want to set attainable goals for our students because they need to be successes,” she said. She recently went through Master Board Training at the state level. She said the school board’s job is to make sure they do the very best with taxpayer money. She said a school board member’s primary responsibility is not the day-to-day operation of the schools. She said she does visit schools on a regular basis and is a full-time school board member. She also will defend the agriculture programs. Owens said she is very con dent the district grade will rise from a D to a C once the Okeechobee High School data is factored in. She said the district clearly has work to do but is taking positive steps with professional development of teachers, enhancement o f classroom instruction, and has a commitment at the district level to focus resources toward student achievement. Kelly Owens seeks re-election to the School Board 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Working for You!Paid by Sharon Wallace, Republican, for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 23 Okeechobee News July 25, 2012 Kelly Owens Malissa Morgan seeks School Board District 2 Malissa Miller Stitchin’ group meets at Presbyterian ChurchOkeechobee Stitchin’ meets every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and come join us for socialization and crafting fun. All crafts are welcome. For more information call Sandy Brown, 863-697-3099.

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