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Publication Date: 08-03-2012
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Friday, August 3, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 93 12.13 feetLast Year: 10.24 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. State re gures Medicaid fees due from county ... Page 15 Ranch rodeo winners ... Page 2 Amendments on ballot ... Page 3 Slain woman’s husband & son tell jury about Bobbie Christensen’s last daysBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News It was around 6:40 p.m. when Eric Christensen awoke from a nap and thought it strange that he hadn’t heard from his wife, Roberta. Well, he thought, it was her day off from the Golden Corral Restaurant where she worked as a server so maybe she too was napping. So, he picked up his Boost phone to call her. “I pushed the button and said ‘honey, wake up. I love you.’ But, I didn’t get anything back,” he said. “I called back and said ‘honey, wake up. I love you.’ But, there was no reply.” Eric, who was in New Jersey at the time, then called his son, Eric Jr., and asked him to go check on his mother. Eric Jr. said his dad sounded “anxious” but admitted that Eric Sr. is a worrier. But, with his wife following in another vehicle, Eric Jr. drove to his mother’s house to check on her. He tried to turn the knob on the front door of his parent’s mobile home in Pine Ridge Park but it wouldn’t turn. So, he gave the door a push and it opened. He walked in and called to his mother, but there was no answer. “As I walked around the corner into the kitchen I saw a big puddle of blood,” he said. Eric Jr. went to his mother’s bedroom, opened the door and found his mother. “I found her on the oor. I knew she was dead when I saw her.” At that same time, he heard his dad voice on Roberta’s phone. Except for an occasional snif e, the courtroom was silent—hanging on every word being spoken by Eric Jr. Eric and his dad were recounting the nal hours of Roberta’s life to the jury as the murder trial of Dale Glenn Middleton got under way Aug. 1. When asked by Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright, Eric Jr. recounted how he anMurder scene was ‘brutal and bloody’ Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySkate camp is a hit!Thirty children, ages 16 and under, learned about skate boarding this week in a camp funded by the Okeechobee Children’s Services Council. For more on the story, see page 19. School tax rate lower; Budget is $64 millionBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board approved a $64.9 million school budget that lowers the average tax bill by nearly 9 percent and spending by over 4 percent after a public hearing Tuesday night at the School Board of ces. The tentative millage was set at 7.898 mills and that will collect $11.6 million in property taxes from Okeechobee property this year. School budget plannedSee SCHOOL — Page 15 See TRIAL — Page 18 More scholarship photos inside

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Through the new National Preparedness Institute (NPI), Indian River State College is taking the lead in public service education w ith up-to-the-minute training and consulting services in the public service sectors of law enforcement, homeland security, re, emergency management, legal assisting and human services. The Institute is based at the College's Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce, a 50-acre living laboratory that has engaged public safety professionals from around the nation and w orld in mock disasters, simulations and exercises using the latest methods and technologies to keep the public safe. NPI has already secured training contracts with Ineos New Plant Bioenergy, LLC in Vero Beach, to conduct emergency response to ethanol res and hazardous waste operations and emergency response training, a report-writing consulting contract with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and will play a lead role in the 2012 Great Florida Fire School, a ve-day training school for re ghters throughout Florida. Additional one-day training programs are also in the works with local agencies in an effort to strengthen the local rst responder workforce. "The transition to the National Preparedness Institute was a natural one; after ve years of partnership with Workforce Florida, IRSC recognized that Homeland Security is a developing industry with unique needs," said Evan A. Berry, Assistant Dean of Public Service Education. "As the National Preparedness Institute, Indian River State College will continue to serve organizations and individuals alike as a clearinghouse for education, research and training." With direct input from businesses and public safety agencies across the nation, the NPI will provide relevant, cost-effective training and consulting services that re ect current needs and issues and boosts the knowledge, skills and abilities of public safety providers. The Institute will provide a pipeline of workers, entry-level to advanced, for the homeland security industry. By developing responsive programs and curriculum, NPI will also become a resource for other colleges and institutions offering training in this eld. NPI will host conferences, seminars and workshops for professional development and lifelong learning, attracting public service professionals to the region and providing a cost savings to local agencies that would normally pay to send employees to these out-of-town events. The National Preparedness Institute builds on the success of the IRSC/Banner Center initiative. Through a partnership with Workforce Florida, Inc., IRSC was named the Employ Florida Banner Center for Homeland Security and Defense in 2008. It is a direct response to two National Presidential Directives on the need for national securit y and emergency preparedness training and education. For more information, visit www.tcpublicsafetytraining.com or call 772-462-7975. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 Paid by Sharon Wallace, Republican, for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser Strengths and Experience Certied professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Has over 1,200 hours of continuing education Will hold community outreach workshops educating you on how the Florida Department of Revenues mass appraisal system works nd out where your tax dollars go FL property appraisers must obtain certied FL appraisers (CFA) accreditation their 1st term. Sharon is doing this on her time and dollar not yours, the taxpayers FAIR AND EQUITABLE APPRAISALS FOR ALL 2 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012 Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 101. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast IRSC launches National Preparedness Institute Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceRanch rodeo winnerEli’s Western Wear proudly presented buckles to Okeechobee’s National Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo winning team, Cow Creek Ranch. From left to right are: Brittany Avant (Miss Firecracker), Taylor Bolin (Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart), Lacie Anastasio, Beau Anastasio, Brody Anastasio, Latt Durrance, Justin Seagle, Case Durrance, Ladd Bass, Amery Bass, Kellie Munn (Miss Rodeo Okeechobee), and Ashlie Clemons (Miss Speckled Perch). Team members not pictured are Ernesto Franco and Julia Milburn. The actual team members pictured are Beau Anastasio, Justin Seagle and Ladd Bass. Latt & Case Durrance represented Eli’s to present the buckles. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi or Sam at Eli’s 863-763-2984. Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCThe Army National Guard’s 48th Civil Support Team trained at the Indian River State College Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce. Training such as this is planned, managed and evaluated through the National Preparedness Institute (NPI).

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Proposed exemptions would mean some get a break and others pay higher taxesBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News On this November’s General Election ballot, ve of the 12 proposed amendments to the state constitution directly involve taxes. If approved, some of them could decrease individual tax bills. However, some of them could also negatively affect the revenue coming in to already cash strapped county governments. Amendment 2 would increase the number of disabled veterans receiving ad valorem tax discounts. Currently those discounts are limited to veterans who were residents of Florida when they entered the military. If approved, this amendment would allow all partially or totally disabled veterans who are Florida residents to receive the discount. As w ith the current law, the percentage of discount would be equal to the percentage of disability. Amendment 4 would by far affect the greatest number of taxpayers and cause the greatest decrease in revenue to Florida’s counties. This amendment seeks to level the difference between assessed value of commercial and residential property. Increases in the assessed value of commercial property would be capped at 5 percent rather than the current 10 percent. Okeechobee County Property Appraiser Bill Sherman thinks this amendment will make the assessment process fairer as it brings the cap on commercial property closer to the 3 percent cap on residential property. This amendment also provides for an additional homestead exemption for owners who have not owned property for a speci ed amount of time. It would also allow rst time buyers an additional homestead exemption equal to 50 percent of the median home price in the county. However, this 50 percent exemption for rst time buyers would last only ve years or until the sale of he house, whichever comes rst. Each year the percentage of exemption would decrease by 20 percent. Any negative impact on county revenues could be at least partially offset by stimulating the economy. Realtor Brandon Tucker thinks this amendment may stimulate the economy by encouraging more rst-time home buyers. Amendment 9 would allow the legislature to provide tax relief to the surviving spouses of military personnel who died from servicerelated causes while on active duty or the surviving spouse of a rst responder who died in the line of duty. Amendment 10 deals with tangible personal property tax exemptions. It provides an exemption for ad valorem taxes on tangible personal property value between $25,000 and $50,000. The current maximum exemption for tangible personal property is $25,000. Counties and municipalities would have the authority to institute increased exemptions by passing an appropriate ordinance. Amendment 11 would authorize the legislature to allow local governments to grant an additional homestead exemption equal to the assessed value of a homesteaded property if the property has a value lower than the speci ed amount, for an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for a speci ed duration, who is at least 65 and whose household income does not exceed a speci ed amount. This amendment could affect a signi cant number of people in this county and also have a signi cant negative impact on the county’s revenue since this county has a larger number of people over the age of 65. 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 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 3RD Thurs., Aug. 9THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “BATMAN”Fri. 7:00 & 10:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “TOTAL RECALL”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 III: “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 Proposed amendments could affect taxes By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Board of Governors of South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) have approved a proposed millage rate and budget for the coming scal year. The proposed SFWMD millage rate for most of the county is 0.429. The northeast portion of the county is served by St. John Water Management District. One mil equals one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed rate represents $0.429 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value. Taking into consideration declining property values district wide, this millage rate is calculated to produce a $4.7 million shortfall in the $656.8 million budget. Water management staff members are working on reducing that shortfall by either reducing expenditures or using projected balances from the current budget. The largest portion of the prosed budget, 44 percent, would go to land acquisition, restoration and public works. Another 37 per cent of the proposed budget would go for operations and maintenance. Water resources, planning and monitoring account for 8 percent of the proposed budget. Management and administration will use up 6 percent of the proposed budget. Regulation will account for 4 percent of he proposed budget while 1 percent would be spent for outreach. There will be public hearings on Sept. 13 and 25, before nal adoption of the millage rate.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. SFWMD looks at proposed budget and millage rate An error appeared in an article on page 10 of the Sunday, July 29, issue of the Okeechobee News under the headline “Libby Maxwell running for Supervisor of Elections.” Mrs. Maxwell was incorrectly listed as a Democrat. While she is running for the of ce under “no political af liation,” Mrs. Maxwell is registered as a Republican. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error. Correction B.R.A.T. Club to present Labor Day paradeThe B.R.A.T Club Presents the 2012 Labor Day Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 3.You can get more information by emailing Teresa Chandler at tchandler@wm.com or by searching the events calendar at: http://okeechobeebusiness.com.Foster parents needed Free training programHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.

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EconomyThe economy is already bad. And I am aware of a lot of people who are incarcerated and these people are still spending or selling t heir food stamps while they are locked up. T hat’s so sad. I think there should be a system t hat lets DCF know they are in jail and cut their food stamps off. I also know a lot of females t hat have their boyfriends put in jail and are using their food stamps cards also. I think they s hould be in jail along with their boyfriend for using their food stamps while they are in jail. A nd, I also know a lot of men that have been in prison and now have got good paying jobs never reported that they are working and still receiving food stamps. What a shame. It’s not fair to the hungry kids that got to suffer in this b ad economy.No help I have a 16 year old son who is hooked on pills. I have him in rehab now, but no t hanks to the sheriff or the sheriff’s of ce. I asked for some kind of help from the sheriff’s of ce and the answer I got was they could put him in jail. That is not an answer. They did not have any compassion or sympathy for my son or anyone else’s who has a drug problem. How would they feel it this happened to their c hildren or grandchildren? Would the answer b e “put them in jail”? I remember when the s heriff’s of ce goal was to protect and serve and no one was above the law.Day of the Cowboy I was a little disappointed that the Seminoles weren’t in the Day of the Cowboy cattle drive this year. In years past, I have enjoyed s eeing their stagecoach and wagons. I hope t hey come back next year.  It was great to see the turnout for the Day of the Cowboy celebration at the AgriCivic Center, but it would be so much more enjoyable if we could move this event to the fall when it is not so hot. I am surprised that people didn’t pass out from the heat. It had to be miserable. I did notice that many of the riders who were not actually driving cattle were carrying cold drinks for themselves, but their poor horses couldn’t get a drink of water until they got to the Agri-Civic Center.  The Day of the Cowboy celebration is a great chance to teach young people about the importance of the cattle industry in Florida history. It is too bad that more parents did not bring their children out to see it. But this is the time of year so many people are gone on vacation, so I am sure that affects the turn out. The heat also probably kept some people indoors.  I love this town and all the activities to hold on to the old time western past. When the cattle drive rst started, it was so great and alive. The last couple of years, it’s been so dull. I’ve watched enough western movies to know cattle drives are not a silent event. There wasn’t one cow bawl, no whips crackin’, nothing— not even a tip of the hat from a cowboy. No thrills whatsoever. Next year I’m driving to “Boot Hill” and listen to the cracklin’ of old cowboy bones!! The cowboys and the arrangers went to a lot of trouble and hard work, but it just wasn’t entertaining and the size of the crowd showed that!Okee-Tantie If Okee-Tantie is going to be developed, I would love to see it turned into some kind of water park that would attract tourists and campers and also that local residents could enjoy. Look at what Collier County and Lee County have in their public water parks and do something along those lines. With all the hot weather, people are looking for a place to cool off. A living Constitution? What is wrong with calling the Constitution a living document? Isn’t that better than calling it dead? When someone says the Constitution is a living document, I take that to mean that it has changed over the years with amendments. In fact, the Bill of Rights were actually the rst amendments to the Constitution and those were rati ed in 1791. So even the framers of the Constitution knew there were things that would need to be added or clari ed. Also, the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution when they are asked if a new law is unconstitutional. So it is not like the Constitution can’t be amended. And the court faces issues that the framers of the Constitution could not even have imagined, for example, issues involving technology that a person living in 1776 would have considered “magic.” Raising minimum wage good for Main Street businessBy Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women’s Chamber of CommerceThe U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy. The number one problem for our member businesses is weak customer demand. Too many people forget that workers are also consumers. Consumer spending drives 70 percent of our economy, and we must repower consumer spending – backed by adequate wages rather than unaffordable debt – if we are going to repower our economy, create jobs and rebuild our middle class. Raising the minimum wage puts dollars in the pockets of workers who are by necessity most likely to spend them immediately at the grocery store, the pharmacy, the autorepair shop and other local businesses. Raising the minimum wage boosts the economy from the bottom up, which is exactly what we need. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has over 500,000 members across the nation. Women are more likely to own businesses in the services sector – such as in retail, healthcare, education and personal services. Raising the minimum wage reinforces their business strategies. Many of the women business owners who belong to the U.S. Women’s Chamber left the workforce to start their own businesses because they felt they were not being fairly paid. The migration of women from the workforce into business ownership has been one of the great economic achievements of the American dream. Women now own over 30 percent of American rms and are using their decision-making authority to effect positive changes in the workplace. Women business owners understand and value security for families. And they know that when businesses invest in their workforces with decent compensation, they enjoy the bene ts of a dedicated workforce with less turnover, higher productivity and better customer service. Our members know that the typical lowwage worker is an adult woman. Think of your waitress at Applebee’s or the cashier who rings you up at Walmart or the health aide who helps your mother or grandfather. Our members know that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – just $15,080 for full-time, year-round work – is too low. They know that keeping the minimum wag e low, keeps women and families down. I’m tired of hearing from well-paid business lobbyists who would keep minimum wage at the poverty wage of $7.25 as long as they can get away with it. They often hide behind false claims about minimum wage and unemployment. In fact, the mos t comprehensive and rigorous studies of th e impact of actual minimum wage increases show they do not cause job loss. See th e studies published in the Review of Economics and Statistics and the journal Industrial Relations, for example. In our experience, workers who are paid poverty wages work overwhelmingly for th e big chains, not for Main Street businesses. In fact, the big chains count on responsibl e employers and taxpayers to subsidize them by providing food stamps and public health assistance to their workers who can’t mak e ends meet on poverty wages. The reality is that my members and othe r Main Street businesses have a lot in common with low-wage workers: both are being squeezed by the national chains. Raising the minimum wage to a more realisti c amount helps level the playing eld for businesses that believe in treating their workers fairly and investing in the communities the y are rooted in. We need strong minimum wage laws that guarantee to taxpayers that businesses are playing fair and compensating workers at responsible levels. That will help us stop the downward spiral we see across America. That will help level the playing eld between small and big businesses. That will help us rebuild our economy and sustain job creation for the long term. Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. Georg e Miller have proposed increasing the minimum wage in three gradual steps to $9.80 by 2014. If that sounds like a lot think abou t this: if the minimum wage had kept up with in ation since its highest level in 1968 i t would be $10.55 today. Let’s raise the minimum wage and mov e our economy forward instead of backward. Margot Dorfman is CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. August 3, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Guest commentary ... 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!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us” Summer Sunday Schedule 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL YOUR CHURCH 3666 E. Hwy 70 • Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge)“Celebrating 25 years of Pastoral Leadership”Sunday School 9 am Worship: Sun. 10 am • Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pm Prayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pm Nursery Available at All Services Of ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm (863) 357-2264 Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor “Your Place of Destiny” Jeremiah 29:11 Your Church could be here!Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 2012 Scholarships awarded Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSChaka’s Stars ScholarshipChaka’s Stars 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: Terra Morris, Morgan Crawford. In the middle from left to right are: Kiesha Cleckley, Ashley Hassan, Darrica Johnson. In the back from left to right are: Cody Cummings, Jer’Kota McNeil, Jerice McDonald. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSGilbert James Memorial ScholarshipGilbert James Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall to Daniel Eng. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSSkullHill Steel ScholarshipSkullHill Steel Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are: Dustin Houston, Brandon Bau g hman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJay Raulerson Memorial ScholarshipJay Raulerson Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are: Joshua Lea, David Earl Raulerson, Jr. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSLaw Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd ScholarshipThe Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd and Lloyd Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Tyler Crenshaw, Steve Hoskins.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Kenneth F. Everly, 79OKEECHOBEE — Kenneth F. Everly passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012, in St. Mary’s Hospital West Palm Beach. He was born April 3, 1933 in A lexandra, Virginia to George F. and Helen Mae Everly. He had been a resident of Okeechobee since 2004 coming from Lake W orth, FL. He was a Banker in Alexandria, VA as well as Florida retiring from Barnett Bank and Bank of A merica in 1998. Mr. Everly was a member of Barbershop (SPEBSQSA) Chorus for 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen Mae Everly and brother, Charles Everly. His is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Frances M. Everly of Okeechobee, FL; sons, Kenneth F. Everly of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Robert D. Everly (Luanne) of Lake Worth, FL; daughters, Lynn Moore of Lake Worth, FL, Karen M. Albers (Paul) of Okeechobee, FL and seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday, A ugust 4, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until service time of 12:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee with Pastor Randy Huckabee of ciating. In lieu of owers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Youth Fund, 401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974. 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. Kevin Ward Burdeshaw, 54OKEECHOBEE — Kevin Ward Burdeshaw passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Okeechobee. He was born February 22, 1958, in Victoria, Texas to Ben & Emily (Howell) Burdeshaw. He proudly served in the United States Marines and was a Yearling Middle School Teacher. He enjoyed gol ng, shing, hunting and traveling to Tennessee. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn “Sissy” Burdeshaw of Okeechobee; daughter, Jackie Burdeshaw (Bryan McHellon) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandson, Jaxson McHellon of West Palm Beach, Fla. ; father, Ben Burdeshaw (Judy); mother, Emily Burdeshaw; sister, Melanie (Danny) Stinnett all of Okeechobee; nieces, Ashley Pareja (Jimmy) of Tampa, Fla.; Rachel Trent (John) of Okeechobee; and one great nephew, Nicholas Pareja of Tampa, Fla. Services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church of Okeechobee with Rev. Dr. Edward A. Weiss, OSB of ciating. In lieu of owers donations may be made to Lifeline Dog Rescue, 855 NE 70th Ave, Okeechobee, Fl 34972 Humane Society Pet Rescue, 1203 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Fl 34972 or a charity of your choice. 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. William Morgan Compton, Jr.OKEECHOBEE — William Morgan Compton, Jr., age 64, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his residence. He was born October 13, 1947, in Nashville, Tenn., to William and Jerreldea (Davenport) Compton. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Robert ‘Bobby’ Earl Nelson, 67OKEECHOBEE — Robert “Bobby” Earl Nelson, formerly of Okeechobee, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 in Waynesboro, Georgia. He was born December 5, 1944, to Walter and Ethel (Vinson) Nelson in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a crane operator, member of Operating Engineers Union, and the Church of God of Prophecy. His favorite thing to do was sh. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ethel Nelson and a brother, Joseph Wade Nelson, II. Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Glenda Nelson of Waynesboro, Ga.; daughter, Brenda Nelson (Danny Vann); grandson, Robert Vann all of Augusta, Ga.; brothers, Steve Nelson (Mary) of Fla., Philip Nelson (Sadhna) of S.C., Jimmy Nelson (Margaret) of N.Y.; sister, Elaine Proctor (Larry) of Ga.; sister in-law, Teresa Nelson of Ga.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 1 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. Pastor Mike Bevis will be of ciating and interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All local arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. 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! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012 Eagles North hosts steak nightEagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, will have steak night Friday, Aug. 3 starts at 5:30 p.m. Music will be by Michaels Memories. Come dance the night away. Saturday, card Bingo starts at 5 p.m. Come play! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Special Blood Drive announcedIt’s time for football and also time for the Okeechobee High School Football team to sponsor a special blood drive at the school Friday, Aug 3. These athletes have put in a lot of practice time and effort to get ready for this year’s games and ask you, their families and friends, to put in time supporting them in this drive. Let’s show them our appreciation. On Thursday, Aug. 30, after school is under way, there will also be a drive for the general school population Community Events Eagles to host dinner nightCypress Hut Eagles will hold dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 Steak, shrimp, or haddock will be served. Music b y Jimmy and Debbie Harper. All proceeds go to charity. For more information please call 863-467-1154.Family Fun Day is SaturdayFree Family Fun Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Northlake Village Shopping Plaza from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include a demonstration from the K-9 unit, Sheriff’s Of ce nger prints, low rider show, Publix hot dog wagon, face painting, The Big Red Bus and many more! So make sure to join us for this fun free event for the whole family.Eagles to host Birthday BashCypress Hut Eagles will be holding it’s montly Birthday Bash on Saturday, Aug. 4 2 p.m. One free drink to any member whose birthday falls in August. Music by Cowboys. Lorraine’s famous black and blue burgers. All food proceeds go to the girls High School track team uniforms. For more information, please call 863-467-1154Golf tourney to bene t youth programThere will be a golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Tournament to sponsor countywide youth event, “UNIFIED,” coming to Okeechobee in January. If you would like to sponsor the tournament or have a team in the tournament, or for more information call Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523.Car wash to bene t injured teenKaleb “Fred” Langdale, a member of the Moore Haven FFA Chapter was attacked b y a alligator in Moore Haven on July 9. The Okeechobee Brahman Senior FFA and District 11 FFA Chapters will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Tractor Supply. They are asking for a $10 donation per vehicle. All proceeds will go the Langdale family. For more information, contact Curtis Evans at 863-801-4468 or 863763-4475. You may donate to the family at www.gofundme.com/ulvr0.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net MRI FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted Specialty Trained/Board Certi ed Radiologists The Best is Right Here! Okeechobee’s FINEST Open MRI OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVS Drugstore115 NE 3rd St. Suite A 863-824-6736 The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 8 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“ cant side effects, while continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dolla r machine is available at the of“ ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtes y transportation is available to get to this of“ ce for those patients in need. Please call 863467-9500 for more information. HEALTH WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL IMMEDIATE WEIGHT LOSSWEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL ALL NEW THERAMOGENIC FAT BURNINGWEIGHT LOSS PLAN FAST! EASY!AMAZING RESULTSIN JUST 30 DAYS CALL NOW! 863-357-9967414 S. Parrott Ave., B Okeechobee, FL Locations Nationwide to Serve You RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System Swim team invites new teammatesOHS Swim Team all 9th to 12th graders interested in being on the 2012-13 team should come to the sports complex pool beginning Monday, Aug. 6, from 8-11 a.m. Y ou will need a swim suit & goggles. Team meeting is Aug. 6, 6:15 p.m. at OHS RM#4212 (Science), parents are encouraged to attend with their athlete. Call Coach Turner for more info 317-372-5639.Bowling team tryouts set for Aug. 13Try outs for the Okeechobee High School Bowling Team will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. at Lucky Lanes family entertainment center on U.S. 441 S.E. Please contact George Marshall Jr. 863-801-2498 or Carol Olney 863-261-1081 for any questions for more information.OHS football squad sponsoring blood driveIt’s time for football and also time for the Okeechobee High School football team to sponsor a special blood drive at the school on Friday, Aug 3. These athletes have put in a lot of practice time and effort to get ready for this year’s games and ask you, their families and friends, to put in time supporting them in this drive. Let’s show them our appreciation. On Thursday, Aug. 30, after school is under way, there will also be a drive for the general school population. Dates are set for inaugural Okeechobee Summer GamesThe Summer Olympics in London has begun and millions of spectators watch and cheer on their countries. You too can experience the spirit of competition by attending Okeechobee’s rst Summer Games. On Saturday, Aug. 11, local competitors will participate in events for a chance to win bronze, silver and gold medals. The competition originally scheduled for Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, was merged to only one day, Aug. 11. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sports Complex. We are now accepting individual and team entries. Team fee $100 to participate in all 10 events. Individual events $10; group events $20. Sign-up by Aug. 7. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. for more information at 863-763-6950.Bowlers needed for local fall leaguesDo you want to bowl on a league this fall? Come and join a team at Lucky Lanes Bowling. Mondays and Tuesdays are Mix Nights with a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Wednesday is Men’s Night, Thursday mornings and evening belongs to the ladies. For more information, please call Lucky Lanes at 863-763-1800.OCRA to open 2012 fall signupsIt’s time for football! OCRA is gearing up for their 2012 football season. Signups will be held in August for football players and cheerleaders ages 5 through 14. They 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. If you have any questions or are interested in any of the areas mentioned above, please call 863-6340515 or 863-634-1437. Golf tourney to bene t youth programThere will be a golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Tournament to sponsor countywide youth event, “UNIFIED,” coming to Okeechobee in January. If you would like to sponsor the tournament or have a team in the tournament, or for more information call Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523. Sports News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ELECT Billy MARCUM FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District #1 Most Of All I Am ... One Of You!I CAN RELATE TO THE DAILY STRUGGLES AND NEEDS OF THE EVERYDAY CITIZEN.Being self-employed for over 30 years. I bring the expertise of my locally owned businesses along with a broad understanding of the values and integrity of our community on a personal and business level. I recognize the need for informed, positive growth, open doors, trust and honesty in our community. If elected as YOUR County Commissioner, every citizen of Okeechobee will know where I stand on the hard issues, common questions and the individual needs of our community. I will answer to NO special interest groups or individuals, but I am committed to everyone. I am extremely Pro Active toward: • Agriculture • Youth 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 7pmCIVIC CONTRIBUTIONSCurrent Director of The Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association OHS Booster • Presenting Sponsor of the Okeeechobee Cattlemen’s Labor Day & Spring Rodeos • Past Jaycee • Past RotarianBUSINESS HISTORY Marcum & Associates • Marcum Cattle • Florida Farm Equipment 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ KarleeSue HasanArt exhibitLocal resident KarleeSue Hasan’s art was accepted for display in the Orlando Museum of Art First Thursday exhibit. By Tabitha TrentSpecial to the Okeechobee News Teachers touch countless lives as they go through their daily work. They are magical people who can take hopeless situations and shine a positive light on the very dismal of days. They work with little funds and make school exciting and their classrooms a place of adventure. They provide joy, hope, excitement, and peace to thousands of children every year and are responsible for changing many young people into productive human beings. The skills learned in the classroom are carried over into life and many times inspire greatness. As a token of appreciation to the many community heroes in our school system CenterState Bank awarded a back-toschool shopping spree to a few lucky teachers, to say “thank you” to all the teachers, administrators and support staff at the Okeechobee County School District! CenterState Bank Community Hero recognition honors Karen Cotton Special to the Okeechobee News/ CenterState BankFrom left to right are: Tabitha Trent, CenterState Bank Manager; Karen Cotton, North Elementary Teacher. 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, or Correy Geissinger, 863-467-2231.

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EXTENDED DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE 12 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012 Students in Mrs. Fulwider and Mrs. Yeilding’s classes at Seminole Elementary School participated in a very special, educational program this summer called Jump Start to First Grade. On May 31, during the Jump Start to rst grade meet and greet, Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent, Mary Hurley, assistant superintendent, and Leslie Lundy, director of Grant and Special Programs, extended a personal invitation to parents and students to attend this program designed to give students a jump start into rst grade. Mr. Kenworthy discussed the importance of students participating in educational activities during the summer months to be better prepared to enter school in August. He said this program offered students the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their love of learning. Mr. Kenworthy also said that while the focus is on rigorous academics and learning using complex text, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program. Mrs. Tracy Downing, Seminole Elementary School’s Principal, thanked the county of ce personnel for making this program possible by supporting their initiative. She explained that students in this program receive free breakfast, free lunch, a free snack and are provided an educational experience beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. In the morning, the students focus on reading and math activities, and in the afternoon the students do arts and crafts and spend time using computers. They get exercise too by participating in structured recess. Mrs. Guthrie and Mrs. Waldron, Seminole Computer and Art teachers, supervise the afternoon activities. Their creativity and preparation has made for an exciting, fun, and educational afternoon. Summer is a time to relax, enjoy family, and to LEARN! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Y eilding, Mrs. Fulwider, Mrs. Waldron, and Mrs. Guthrie for volunteering their time and providing an early education to our students at Seminole Elementary School. Seminole Elementary School announces ‘Jump Start to First Grade’ program Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMRuth Yeilding teaches her students math during the Seminole Elementary School Jump Start to First Grade Program. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Seminole ElementaryJennifer Fulwider teaches her students reading strategies during the Seminole Elementary School Jump Start to First Grade Program.

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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).  Richard Ellis Duncan, 45, New Jersey St., Clearwater, was arrested July 31 by Deputy Cari Arnold on Okeechobee County w arrants charging him with the felony of aggravated battery, and the misdemeanors of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and failure to appear for arraignment battery. He is being held without bond.  Daniel Mark Bishop, 28, S.E. Highpoint W ay, Hobe Sound, was arrested July 31 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft and fraud. His bond w as set at $10,000.  Christopher Thomas Spells, 32, Texas Court, Fort Pierce, was arrested July 31 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation trespass (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Flavia Leticia Escobar, 29, N.W. Seventh Ave. Okeechobee, was arrested July 31 by Detective Augustin Saucedo on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker. Her bond was set at $15,000.  Emily Margaret Close, 17, S.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 31 by Detective Augustin Saucedo on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center.  Nancy June Harthan-LaRoche, 49, N.W. 90th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $3,000.  Ricky Leenorris Ford, 47, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of sale or possession with intent to sell a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. His bond was set at $30,000.  Debra Morris Young, 43, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Barbara Ann Tyner, 59, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of cocaine and violation of probation driving under the in uence. She is being held without bond.  Michael Dale Crose II, 27, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 1 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation uttering a forged instrument (two counts) and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 14 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012 Okeechobee Arrest Report Eagles to host Bingo Cypress Hut Eagles will hold ve card bingo on Sunday, Aug 5 at 3 p.m. All proceeds go to charity. For more information please call 863-467-1154.Special blood drive announcedAdvance America, located in the Publix shopping center, will welcome many area businesses as, together, they hold a community blood drive. This will be a real Family Fun Day with Arnold’s Wild Life, the Sheriff’s Canine Unit, Martha’s House, Home Depot, Publix and many others participating. What a great opportunity to show the next generation what it is to be a citizen of a caring community. Please come to this special drive on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 to 3. Picture ID is required for donation.Bene t barbecue planned for Darren WashingtonA barbecue dinner bene t planned for Darren Washington will be held this Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Douglas Brown Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mr. Washington is in ICU at Raulerson Hospital. Donations will be appreciated at St. Stephen’s Church.Church to host special serviceCome hear a stirring and spiritual message this Sunday, Aug. 5 by Pastor Jim McCutchen on the subject, “How to handle tragedy,” a response the Colorado Massacre. This message will be helpful in dealing with the troubles of life when we ask the question “Why.” The Okeechobee Christian Church services are at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning located on 3055 SE Terrace .OCRA plan August meetingOCRA will hold the August monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the sports complex. This meeting will be about the upcoming football season Anyone interest is invited to attend. For information, please call 863-634-0515. Eagles to host Dinner NightCypress Hut Eagles will serve pot roast dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to charities. For more information please call 863-467-1154.Pet Day event announcedTractor Supply Okeechobee is hosting a pet day on Aug. 18 Our rescue will be there to show off some of our beautiful available pets for adoption, We will be there from 9 a.m. until. Please drop by to support your local Humane Society. Teacher In-Service Workshop plannedOn Aug. 7 “Archaeology in the Classroom” Teacher In-Service Workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Library. This class is free and quali es for CEUs and is sponsored by The Florida Public Archaeology Network.Early Learning Coalition meeting plannedOkeechobee Provider/Advisory meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at noon. Oakview Baptist Church, 677 SW 32nd Street, Building B (using West doors), Okeechobee. Community Events

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There was no public comment at the hearing. While local revenues are down, the district will receive an increase of just over $1 million from the state this year, or just over $24.9 million. The budget of nearly every school in the district has been cut. The district did bene t from the additional $1 billion allocated to education by Governor Rick Scott. Student enrollment was estimated at 6,525 students by the state which is a decrease of 161 from enrollment during the 2011-2012 school year. The base allocation for students in Okeechobee was set at $85.95 which is below the state average of just over $103. The budget has about a $2.2 million fund balance, which is just over the district goal of 5 percent. The budget also re ects no salary adjustments for employees at this point. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said the district has nine open positions to ll and will have approximately 30 new teachers on staff this year. The rst day of school is Aug. 20. Open house for schools has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5-9 p.m. In other actions the board appointed Joseph Stanley as Assistant Principal at North Elementary School. He had been the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology. The board approved a ve-year agreement with Keiser University to provide career and technical program dual enrollment courses to Okeechobee High School students. Credits can be earned in accounting, administrative assistant, digital design, emergency medical responder and nursing assistant. The board also rescheduled their September board meeting to Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. The agenda will include the nal public hearing on their proposed 2012-2013 school year budget. The board also approved an agreement with the retired and seniors volunteer program to provide volunteers for the school system under the guidance of the Area Agency on Aging. "I'm excited about this," Superintendent Kenworthy said. "This was a one-year effort and I'm glad it'll come to fruition." He said retired teachers could volunteer their time and improve the academics and school performance. The Area Agency on Aging will pay the cost of background checks for volunteers and the program will not cost the school system anything. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 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. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! 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 E A R L Y V O T I N GSaturday, August 4th Saturday, August 11th Early Voting for the August 14th Primary 8:30 am 4:30 pm OPEN ON SUNDAY LOCATION:The Historic Courthouse Supervisor of Elections Of ce 304 NW 2nd StreetPlease contact the Elections Of ce if you have any questions about voting in the August 14th Primary at elections@voteokeechobee.com or call 763-4014 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Thanks to corrections made in past due Medicaid bills by the state, Okeechobee County's predicted de cit in the coming y ear's budget has been reduced. According to HB 5301, which became law earlier this year, the state is making individual counties pay disputed Medicaid bills back ten years. Originally this county's bill was $1,264,437.02. County Administrator Robbie Chartier paid the state $194,331.56 toward that amount even though she stated that she felt there were errors in the billing system. One of the problems with the billing system w as that the county was charged some bills for people living outside the county because they had an Okeechobee County zip code. Since this new law would adversely affect counties statewide, the Florida Association of Counties intervened to try to get some relief for the counties. The state went back and recalculated the amount owed. After taking the zip code problem and other discrepancies into account, the state reduced the total amount owed by the counties from $373,384,958.93 to $14,5626,594.26. Okeechobee's bill was reduced drastically down to $370,934.98. The state plans to recoup the past-due Medicaid money it says it is owed by withholding sales tax receipts to the counties. Each county will have three years to pay the past-due bill. The rst year the state will withhold one third of the amount it says it is owed. Then half of the remainder will be withheld each year for the following two years. Since these are funds withheld by the state they would have no bearing on planning the county's budget. However, current Medicaid bills would have to be budgeted. Based on the original bill presented to the county, Mrs. Chartier included $700,000 in the proposed budget for current Medicaid bills. Based on the reduced amount now owed, she reduced the amount of money budgeted for Medicaid to $55,000 which is more in line with what current bills have been in the past. Therefore the estimated de cit in the proposed budged was reduced from $2.5 million to $2.1 million. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Medicaid recalculation reduces county de cit Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployedThe 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 t 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.

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LostLost Treasured Gold Heart locket and chain on 7/31 in or near Goodwill or Bealls Outlet in Okeechobee. Reward offered 863-763-7210 Garage/ Yard SalesLarge-Yard Sale 2530 SE 18th Terrace Taylor Creek Isles. Sat. 8/4 & Sun. 8/5 9 a.m. to ? No Early Birds! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Part TimeWe are looking for a part time Administrative Assistant for a busy of ce. Apply in person at: 1500 State Road 70 East, Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeTechnical Consultant Needed at Wireless Planet(Sprint Preferred Retailer)Full Time,$8.50hr. Must be Motivated and Energetic! Bring resume to: 204 N. Parrott Ave. NO Phone calls please. 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop Computer w/Flat screen, like new! Must sell $75 Also wireless dell laptop w/ new battery and charger $125 Call Tony 863-517-2782. Pets/SuppliesBrindle Pit mixed puppies 8 weeks old, health cert. and current shots. $200 or best offer, puppies are located in Okeechobee Call 561-414-4300 Pools & SuppliesPool Pump, Flow Tech 1hp, with sand lter in good condition. $250 Call 561-236-1656 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 ApartmentsIN TOWN1BR Unfurnished APT nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $700/mo 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 IN TOWNUnfurnished Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $600/mo. 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. VIKING/PRAIRIE 1 br. Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $700/mo. 1st month free. 863-801-3713 TAYLORCREEK Condo, 2/2, ground oor, screened porch, tile. $800/mo. + sec., inclds water, & pool. 863-801-3713 Houses RentContract Fell Through CBS 3BR, Southwest section, great location, remodeled & upgraded, Corian, marble, Oak cabinets,tile oors, 24/14 enclosed FL rm, huge fenced backyard, 12/12 wood shed,landscaped, comes with w/d.$900/mo. 1st & sec. 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Call 863-467-4678 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 Rent3/2 Very Clean Double Wide $600.00 per month $600 deposit, 1st and security to move in. Call for more information 304-277-0427 BUCKHEAD 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 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 16 Okeechobee News August 3, 2012

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Mobile Home RentCountry Living 2/1 MH $400.00 monthly & $400.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Village New Homes Start at $39,900. $5K for your used mobile home... Any condition! 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsFREE23’ Wellcraft No Motor Bring your own trailer. 863-467-9703 or 863-697-3853 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentBIG O RESORT Two canal lots for rent. Yearly lease only. 55+ park, boat dock. $3,000 per lot per year plus elec. Call 239-218-1269 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles1996 Eclipse GL convertible 2.3, 5 speed, needs crank sensor, fast car, $1,700. See at 3040 SE 38th Ave 863-801-5673 ask for James Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND BUDGET WORKSHOP NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the August 7, 2012, City of Okeechobee City Council Meeting has been cancelled. The City Council will conduct a Regular Meeting and a Budget Workshop at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and review the proposed 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Annual Budget. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 423254 ON 8/3/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD150 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 09 LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2703 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SEC 3 LOT 371 1-35-37-35-0040-00000-3710 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHARLES R HAWES MITCHELL WAYNE HAWES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 6th day of September, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422318 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD152 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 09 LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3385 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SOUTH OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 & 2 BLK X 3-21-37-35-0040-0004A-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SUSAN J SULLIVAN ESTATE SUSAN SEVIER SULLIVAN ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 6th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422322 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD151 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 09 LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2970 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TALL PINES ESTATES LOT 4 1-18-37-36-0010-00000-0040 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH JAY P HUGHES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 6th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 422319 ON 7/27;8/3,10,17/2012 NOTICE OF HEARING TO IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF FIRE RESCUE SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS Notice is hereby given that the County Commission of Okeechobee County will conduct a public hearing to consider the imposition of annual re rescue special assessments for the provision of re rescue services, programs, and facilities within the unincorporated area of Okeechobee County that constitutes the Okeechobee County Municipal Service Bene t Unit for Fire Rescue Services. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., on August 23, 2012, in the Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to le written objections with the County Commission within 20 days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the County Commission with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County at (863) 763-6441 prior to the date of the hearing. The assessment for each parcel of residential use property will be based upon the total number of dwelling units attributed to that parcel. Copies of the Fire Rescue Assessment Ordinance, the Initial Assessment Resolution, the Final Assessment Resolution, the proposed Annual Rate Resolution for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2012 and the updated Assessment Roll are available for inspection at the of ce of the County Administrator located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 103, Okeechobee, Florida. The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2012, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certi cate to be issued against the property which may result in a loss of title. If you have any questions, please contact the County at (863) 763-6441, on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners 423274 ON 8/3/2012 NOTICE OF HEARING TO IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS Notice is hereby given that the County Commission of Okeechobee County will conduct a public hearing to consider the imposition of annual solid waste collection special assessments for the provision of residential solid waste collection and disposal services within the unincorporated area of Okeechobee County that constitutes the Okeechobee County Municipal Service Bene t Unit for Residential Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Services. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., on August 23, 2012, in the Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to le written objections with the County Commission. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the County Commission with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County at (863) 763-6441 prior to the date of the hearing. The assessment for each parcel of residential use property will be based upon the total number of dwelling units attributed to that parcel. Copies of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance, the Initial Assessment Resolution, the Final Assessment Resolution, the proposed Annual Rate Resolution for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2012 and the updated Assessment Roll are available for inspection at the of ce of the County Administrator located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 103, Okeechobee, Florida. The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2012, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certi cate to be issued against the property which may result in a loss of title. If you have any questions, please contact the County at (863) 763-6441, on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Margaret Garrard-Helton, Cha Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners 423272 ON 8/3/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public NoticeNOTICE OF HEARING TO IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS Notice is hereby given that the County Commission of Okeechobee County will conduct a public hearing to consider the imposition of annual emergency medical service special assessments for the provision of emergency medical services, programs, and facilities within the incorporated and unincorporated area of Okeechobee County that constitutes the Okeechobee County Municipal Service Bene t Unit for Emergency Medical Services. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., on August 23, 2012, in the Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to le written objections with the County Commission within 20 days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the County Commission with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County at (863) 763-6441 prior to the date of the hearing. The assessment for each parcel of residential use property will be based upon the total number of dwelling units attributed to that parcel. Copies of the Emergency Medical Service Assessment Ordinance, the Initial Assessment Resolution, the Final Assessment Resolution, the proposed Annual Rate Resolution for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2012 and the updated Assessment Roll are available for inspection at the of ce of the County Administrator located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 103, Okeechobee, Florida. The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2012, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certi cate to be issued against the property which may result in a loss of title. If you have any questions, please contact the County at (863) 763-6441, on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners 423273 ON 8/3/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 DR86 Donna J. Dortch Kellman, Petitioner and Lloyd E. Kellman, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Lloyd E. Kellman YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Donna Kellman, whose address is PO Box 2794, Okeechobee on or before 3-27-2012, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: 7-30-2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT 423138 ON 8/3,10,17,24/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010-CP-154 IN RE: ESTATE OF BETTY M. WHITE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of BETTY M. WHITE, deceased, whose date of death was September 3, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate 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 other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 3rd, 2012. Personal Representative: MARGIE GREEN 6805 NE 4th Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representatives: GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 280461 Glenn J. Sneider, LC 200 SW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-6570 423271 ON 8/3,10/2012 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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swered his mother’s phone and had to tell his dad—“I’ve got to call 9-1-1! He (Eric Sr.) said ‘Why? Why?’ I said, ‘mom’s dead!’” Middleton, Mr. Albright told the jury, lived just 139 feet from Bobbie and Eric Sr. It also came out in testimony that Middleton would visit Bobbie and drink coffee with her. Sometimes he would borrow money from her. But on July 28, 2009, when Middleton allegedly asked her for a loan she told him she didn’t have any money. At some point Middleton apparently grabbed the 49-yearold woman and began to stab her and cut her throat—three to four times. “He cut her throat so deeply it went to the front of her spine,” Mr. Albright told the 12-member jury. The prosecutor went on to tell the jury that Bobbie “struggled” and described the crime scene as “brutal and bloody.” He told the jury that Middleton then stole a 42-inch LG at screen television from the Christensen’s home—the same TV Bobbie won at a Christmas party put on by the Golden Corral. “I’ll never forget how happy she was. She w anted one ( at screen TV) so bad,” Eric Sr. told the jury. He was working in New Jersey at the time and living with the couple’s son Todd who, testi ed Eric Sr., was having some problems and he was there trying to help. Various witnesses later testi ed seeing the TV in Middleton’s mobile home. Those witnesses said he told them that someone owed him some money so they gave him the TV in exchange and now he needed to sell it. Which, he did—for $200. While on the witness stand Thursday morning, a roommate of Middleton’s recounted for the jury how he went to the Christensen’s home when he heard someone screaming sometime around 6 p.m. Garrett Wade Fowler told the jury he was standing outside talking to someone when he heard the screams for help. He ran to the Christen’s home and saw a young woman—Eric Jr.’s wife Ashley—visibly upset and nearly to the point of fainting. “She was out of it,” he said. He then went into the home and ran into Eric Jr. who told him to get out. But, he said, before he did he saw Bobbie’s body. “It was bad,” he told Bernard Romero, who is prosecuting the case along with Tom Bakkedahl and Mr. Albright. “You could tell it was a murder scene. There was blood everywhere.” Middleton was arrested the next morning after investigators from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce spent the night interviewing nearly 100 people. On Sept. 9, 2009, a local grand jury found suf cient evidence to charge Middleton with premeditated rst-degree murder. He is also charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and armed burglary of a dwelling. Eric Sr. told the jury that the last time he talked to his wife, his “best friend”, was around 2:50 p.m. on July 28, 2009. “I said ‘I love you and I miss you,” he told his wife of 31 years. Bobbie then spoke her last words to Eric Sr.: “I love you more.” The trial continues today. TRIALContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 2739 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$7,250,000 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. 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Each county will have three years to pay the past due bill. The rst year the state will w ithhold one third of the amount it says it is owed. Then half of the remainder will be w ithheld each year for the following two y ears. Okeechobee and most of the state’s other counties have joined the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) in a lawsuit protesting the law. According to Cragin Mosteller, FAC’s communications director, the lawsuit involves two points. The FAC claims this law is an unfunded mandate. According to the state constitution, unfunded mandates require a two-thirds majority from both houses of the state legislature for passage. The new medicaid law did not receive a two-third majority. The FAC also contends that the statue of limitations only goes back four years. However the state is requiring payment back 11 years. “Counties have held all along that there are problems in the billing system,” Ms. Mosteller said. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Thanks to a grant from the Okeechobee Children’s Services Council, an average of 25 to 30 Okeechobee youth enjoyed a weeklong skate camp at the Okeechobee skate park. Communities in Schools/Police Athletic League of Okeechobee have put on the annual camp for several years and it appears to be as popular as ever this year. The children learn about safety and get tips from veteran skaters and also get to take a trip to Fort Pierce to visit their skate board park. For only $40, the campers not only get the week-long instruction, but a year pass for the skate board park which is open Monday thru Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. This year there are a lot of beginner skaters, and the kids range in age from six to 16. Trae Kissam and Dylan Sweat are the instructors. Kissam will be a senior at OHS this y ear. He has been a skater for eight years. He said instructing children is a lot of fun, “I think this is a great opportunity for kids to learn to skate. It’s been a really fun camp.” He emphasizes safety with the kids and the proper equipment. He also urges them to learn about the sport. His main priority is for the kids to have fun. “I just want to help them learn tricks, progress and get better. I think the skate park is the best thing in Okeechobee,” he added. Sweat said he is glad to see so many young children at this year’s camp. He has skated for ve years. He said he wishes he could have attended a camp when he was younger because it really teaches kids a lot. “I want to get everybody skating and encourage the sport. I tell the kids to just keep going and don’t give up. They learn a lot quicker than I did,” he added. He said he is glad to see the community has done something positive for skate boarders in Okeechobee. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 3, 2012 Grant funds help make skate camp a success Special to the Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyIsaella Saucedo, and Joshua Baselice have enjoyed the skate board camp. Special to the News/ Charles MurphyTrae Kissam gives advice to Diego Reyna at the Skate Camp Tuesday. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLanden Doyle, age 6, has enjoyed the skate camp along with his older brother, Ethan, (not pictured).

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