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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 95 12.12 feetLast Year: 10.26 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. S o l a r p o w e r e d Solar powered b o a t c r o s s e s boat crosses B i g O Big O ... Page 14 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “He is a murderer!” prosecutor Tom Bakkedahl told the jury as he pointed to Dale Middleton. “What we have here is a killing done in a cruel and unusual manner!” The assistant state attorney’s closing argument was powerful and often as brutal as the killing of Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Christensen. And the 12-member jury was just as strong as they took little time in nding Middleton, 39, guilty of murder. After deliberating for 60 minutes Monday, Aug. 6, the jury found Middleton guilty of premeditated rst-degree murder, burglary while armed and dealing in stolen property. Middleton, who could face the death penalty, will learn his fate later this week as the penalty phase gets under way Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, when the same 12 jurors will hear additional testimony. Mr. Bakkedahl wasn’t sure just how long this phase will take. Middleton is also facing a maximum sentence of life in prison on the burglary conviction, and a max of 15 years for his conviction on the third charge. During his nal statements to the jury, Mr. Bakkedahl recounted how Middleton knocked on the front door of Mrs. Christensen’s singlewide mobile home on July 28, 2009, and asked if he could borrow some money. She told him she didn’t have any cash, but he didn’t believe her. With his mind on re from the methamphetamine he’d been smoking all day and the roxycodone pills he’d crushed and snorted, continued the prosecutor, Middleton pulled a kitchen knife from his back pocket and attacked the 49-yearold woman in the kitchen of her home. As Mrs. Christensen fought for her life, Middleton continued to stab her as the ght went from the kitchen, to the hallway then to her bedroom. He stabbed her a total of 35 times, said Mr. Bakkedahl. Once in the bedroom, Middleton pulled the knife across her throat three times in a sawing motion. Middleton found guilty of murder Editor’s note: The Okeechobee News invited readers to submit questions for the candidates for sheriff. The candidates were each given the following questions and asked to respond in 150 words or less (per question). Their responses appear below. 1. How can the sheriff’s of ce best deal with the changes in criminal activity caused by or ampli ed by the recession? PAUL MAY: Since the recession has hit, we have had a dramatic increase in breaking and entering into automobiles, theft of metal, copper from air conditioners, basically anything that can be sold. This is directly tied to a loss of jobs, insurance and a lack of money. This stealing is more often than not drug related. We have seven, sometimes nine, persons working narcotics and we will continue a strong ght against drugs. J.H, FOLBRECHT: I plan to compile crime data over every 90 days and use a free crime mapping software that will track the location, time and types of crimes. By analyzing that data the Sheriff’s Of ce will be aided in providing more pro-active policing. Being pro-active and preventing crime from occurring is the best way to deal with the changing criminal activity. 2. The budget will continue to be a major concern due to rising costs and declining property values. How will you provide the law enforcement services the county needs while dealing with the budget constraints? PAUL MAY: We have had ve years in a row of a declining budget and last year had a less than 1 percent increase in crime. Violent crimes were down but non-violent such as burglary and stealing were up. We are trying to do more with less as is everyone else. Honestly there will come a time when we can’t cut anymore and still provide the law enforcement our citizens expect. Until that time, we will do the best we can with what we have. J.H. FOLBRECHT: I plan to reduce our overall cost in the sheriff’s of ce by budgeting for the items and services that we need and not necessarily want. The taxpayers cannot afford to give the government a shopping spree from their taxes. I will never threaten the safety o f the citizens of Okeechobee County and I will always provide fair and equal to service to you. I also have no intentions of going to the Governor’s of ce to have my budget approved, we must live within our means and not exceed our income. The sheriff’s of ce budget increased over 6 million dolSheriff candidates respond to questions County commission meets Thursday ... Page 3 County fair earns blue ribbon ... Page 3 Dale Middleton Roberta Christensen See MURDER — Page 22 Sheriff Paul May J.H. “Jon” Folbrecht See VOTE— Page 8 “He just cut this woman’s head off and he doesn’t remember that day–he had total recall of that day up until he sawed Roberta Christensen’s neck. Is that plausible?”— Tom Bakkedahl, prosecutor

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Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 101. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Light east southeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Amy Barber is HAPPY to be BACK at A Barber’s Barber Shop & SalonShop Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 8 am to 4 pm 863-801-4552Ashley Furniture Plaza, Okeechobee(Next to Zippy’s Wings) Saturday, August 11, 2012 • 10am 2pmLucy Look-Alike Contest at the band tent 12:30pm — 1ST, 2ND and 3RD prizes! Cost: $6 per person Children 6 and under FREE Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 “The future of OUR COMMUNITY relies upon strong leadership. With your support, I will continue to work for YOU!” Re-Elect Margaret Garrard Helton County Commissioner Democrats & Republicans will be able to vote for me in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14. Paid by Margaret Garrard Helton, Republican for County Commissioner 2 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Traf c AdvisoryMotorists are advised that beginning Monday, Aug. 13, in anticipation of the start of the school year, the traf c signals near the schools will become fully operational. That includes the signals on U.S. 441 at Okeechobee High School, S.R. 710 at Everglades Boulevard and U.S. 98 at N.W. 30th Street. Indian River State College is providing U.S. military veterans who have served together w ith the opportunity to learn together in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and the new IRSC Veterans Business Institute. Those interested in learning about V RAP or the new Veterans Business Institute and how to start a post-military life with a certi cate or degree from IRSC will want to attend a special Information Session on W ednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. in V-110 in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies on the IRSC Main Campus. Veterans Retraining Assistance Program pays unemployed veterans between the ages of 35-60 to attend school full time to be retrained in high-demand occupations. In the new Veterans Business Institute at IRSC v eterans take classes with other veterans in an atmosphere and learning environment made especially for them. Representatives from both programs, as well as from Financial Aid and Admissions will be on hand to provide information on how to get started. Information will also be available on other education bene ts that can help veterans get a College degree with IRSC. The Kight Center is located just off 35th Street on the IRSC Main Campus which is located at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information on the Veterans Business Institute, call 1-866-792-4772. Contact Julie Clark about the Veterans Business Institute at 772-462-7685 or jaclark@irsc. edu. Contact Ruby Jefferson for information about the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program at 772-462-4722 or rjeffers@irsc. edu. IRSC offers veterans programs School suppliesThe Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of Okeechobee, Local 2918, spent three days collecting school supplies for needy and foster children. All supplies were delivered to Judy Watts, volunteer at My Aunt’s House (501c3) for disbursement in Okeechobee. Delivering the trailer load of supplies to My Aunt’s House and representing the re ghters, from left to right are: Judy Watts, volunteer at My Aunt’s House; re ghters Earl Wooten; Keith Bourgault; little Kinsley Vinson – supporter; re ghters Matt Vinson and Ricky Hansford. For information on how you can make a donation to My Aunt’s House (501c3), please call 863-634-2306. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Shared Services

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The Florida Federation of Fairs has awarded the Okeechobee County Fair as a Blue Ribbon Fair for 2011-12. The Florida Federation of Fairs recognizes and awards the top fairs in the state that excel after a rigorous evaluation process. This Blue Ribbon Fair Improvement Program is designed to highlight improvements the fairs have made, award excellence in different programs, and promote the exchange of information and knowledge between fairs. The mission of the Florida Federation of Fairs is to increase the overall quality of Florida’s Agricultural Fairs, provide the members the support and guidance needed to enlighten our youth and educate the fairgoers on agriculture, trade, entertainment and the heritage of Florida. The 2013 Okeechobee County Fair will be held Tuesday through Sunday, March 12-17, and will feature exciting rides from Wade Shows, Eudora Petting Zoo, The Dennis Lee Show, Horses, Horses, Horses Show, the Magic Show, Fantastic Fireworks, yummy food, competitive events and the Youth Livestock Show & Sale. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SHERIFFOF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY PAUL MAY, REPUBLICAN, FOR SHERIFFPAULRe-ElectRe-ElectMAY Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING RE-ELECT Kelly OWENS School Board, District 2 Acknowledged leadership and experience in education Paid by Kelly Owens for School Board 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 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Based on the length of the agenda, Thursday’s meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission should be very brief and routine. The agenda consists of only three action items under general business. Probably the most interesting item will be Linda Syfrett’s annual report on the Okeechobee County Fair. She is expected to give an overview of the 2012 fair, list some of the accomplishments of the fair over the years, give a nancial report and a preview of the 2013 fair. The other two items are routine funding matters. On July 12 the board voted to terminate a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Grant for the Okee Tantie Trailhead project. The reason for that action was the limited amount of time remaining to complete the project. The FDOT transferred $550,000 from that project to the Lock 7 project. The board will be asked to approve a supplemental agreement on the Lock 7 project to incorporate those funds. In the other agenda item, commissioners will be asked to forgive the amount owed to the county on a SHIP home. This action would allow for its sale and avoid foreclosure.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commission to face short agenda If you go ...What: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission When: 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 Where: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tara RowleyEconomic Council meetsThe Economic Council of Okeechobee met on Aug. 1, at the Indian River State College Williamson Conference and Education Center. Pictured (L-R) are Dennis Corrick, Michele Ritter, Fred Fanizzi, Teresa Chandler, Albie Scoggins, Jon Geitner, Jim Threewits, Greg Brown and Tara Rowley. Albie Scoggins, who was hired in February as the Director of the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department, was the guest speaker for the meeting. To learn more about the Economic Council of Okeechobee, please visit our website at www.ecok.org. Okeechobee County Fair awarded Blue Ribbon 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

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Not ‘Just a dog’ For those who don’t understand about having a dog and don’t take care of them properly ... From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand t he distance traveled, time spent, or costs inv olved for “Just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.” Many hours have passed with my only c ompanion being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose t o overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog, “you will probably understand phrases like “Just a friend,” “Just a sunrise,” or “Just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, t rust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” b rings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the fut ure, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s the good in me and diverts my t houghts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s the thing t hat gives me humanity and keeps me from b eing “Just a man or woman.” So next time y ou hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, bec ause they “Just Don’t Understand.”Is the Constitution living? Everything changes, except the principles our country was founded upon. Constit ution is the base of those principles. What s peci cally in the Constitution are you looking to bring to life?No help? This is in reference to the parent who wanted help for her 16-year-old who was hooked on drugs. Complaining about law enforcement is not going to help you. They enforce the law. That is their job. If you disagree with the laws, you should talk to your Legislators about what you think should be changed. The cops don’t get to choose which laws to enforce. However, you are obviously in a lot of pain and worried about your child, and I hope that you get in contact with Narcotics Anonymous and nd a support group for parents of addicts. You can go to their web site at www.na.org to nd a meeting near you. You need help from people who know what you are going through.  It may sound harsh but sometimes jail is the best thing for a kid who is doing drugs. Sometimes it takes being arrested and seeing the inside of a jail cell to wake a kid up to the reality that if they keep using drugs, it will ruin their lives. My cousin was doing drugs and the family got him into rehab programs, but he would get out and just start using again. Finally he wound up in jail and that is what it took to wake him up and make him realize that he could not go on that way. He had to make up his own mind to clean up his act.Hot cars With temperatures so hot nationwide, I cannot believe that some people are still leaving their dogs, and in some cases even their children, in the car while they “run in” somewhere. This is so dangerous. It could be a fatal mistake. If you are going somewhere that you can’t take them inside with you, make other arrangements. Never leave a child or a pet in the car.Politics I am sick and tired of the election season. There are so many wild stories going around about the local, state and national candidates. There is so much crazy stuff on the internet. It is enough to make your head explode! Obviously all of this stuff cannot be true. Anyone can post anything they want to on the internet. Maybe all of the candidates are aliens from another planet trying to take over the earth. That theory makes as much sense as some of the stuff I have seen online. Commissioner did respondThis letter is in response to a letter from Mr. Michael Connch, regarding a traf c control device at the intersection of U.S. 441 north and Cemetery Road. Mr. Connch stated that he spoke to me a couple of months ago regarding this dangerous intersection and that I had done nothing to address his concerns. First of all, had Mr. Connch watched the BOCC Meeting on May 24, he would have seen that I in fact directed staff, Jim Threewitts, Assistant County Administrator to check with the Fla. Dept. of Transportation to conduct a traf c study to determine if there was a possibility of installing a light at that intersection. I also asked that the intersection at U.S. Hwy. 70 east at the Racetrac Gas Station and WW Lumber on the north side could be addressed at the same time. There have also been fatalities at this intersection in the past. They are both state highways and must receive state approval. I must inquire why you called me rst instead of your district Commissioner, whom I believe is Commissioner Domer, as a courtesy to him. Any and all calls I receive from residents who have a problem, I lock their number into my cell phone so that I can follow up to see if their problem has been resolved. Strangely, your name or number does not appear in the phonebook. I attempted to locate your address from the property appraisers of ce and they have no record of you owning property in Okeechobee. You also stated that you voted for me in 2010 however the elections of ce has no record of you being an elector in Okeechobee County. I have tried everything in an attempt to contact you to advise you of my progress but unfortunately have been unsuccessful and apologize for that. Regarding Okee-Tantie, I certainly respect your opinion and welcome your suggestions on how to acquire the best use for the park. Ironically the suggestion about River Ranch is a coincidence since Randall Henderson, the developer who built River Ranch, is the same developer that is building Okee-Tantie. If Outdoor Resorts of America is willing to put up $35 million dollars of his money, I feel he is pretty con dent it will be successful. Just for the record, Mr. Henderson has built over 90 percent of all the Luxury RV Resorts in the U.S. in the last 31 years. I would be delighted to meet with you and discuss alternate ways that you may have about developing the park without using taxpayers money. We currently don’t have and will not have the funds in the near future to develop this park in any other way. If you have any suggestions to help me nd a way to restore this park please call me. My personal cell phone number is 863-801-4097, I look forward to a dialog with you. Respectfully, Bryant H. CulpepperOCDEC JJ PicnicOn behalf of the Okeechobee County Democratic Executive Committee I want to than k the candidates who came to our JJ Picni c and the community members. We would lik e everyone to be an informed voter and it is a t events like these that we learn what a candidate stands for. I want to thank the Democratic candidates who attended: Stan Curren for Property Appraiser; Phil Baughman for County Commissioner, District 1; Crystal Drake running fo r State House of Representatives, District 55; Stacy McCland who is a candidate for State Senate, District 21 and Will Bronson, U.S. Congress candidate for District 17. These candidates will all be on the November 6 ballot and deserv e consideration for these of ces. I want to thank the Republican candidates who are to be in the “universal primary” on Aug. 14, which means Democrats WILL b e able to vote for them. Of the ve candidates fo r County Commissioner, only twoFrank Irby, District 3 and Margaret Garrard Helton, Distric t 5 came to ask Democrats to support them. Sheriff Paul May, who is no longer a universal candidate, also addressed the crowd asking fo r our continued support in anticipation of his being on the November ballot, at which tim e Democrats could vote for him. Democrats cannot vote in the Sheriff race in August due to th e late ling of a write-in candidate which makes that race a closed primary, unlike the two Commission seats that are in the universal primary. We appreciate their attendance at our event. We also had two “no-party af liates” address the participants. Diane Hagan and Libb y Maxwell, who are both running for Superviso r of Elections as a “no-party af liate,” were in attendance and spoke to the crowd. They will b e on the ballot in November. Even though attendance was not as large as we would have liked, we had a decent crowd for such a busy weekend. Everyone remarked on what a good event this was which would not have been possible without the hard wor k of the Okeechobee Democratic Executiv e Committee. We also are grateful to the number of locally-owned businesses that supported ou r event. In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to turn out to vote on Aug. 14 (or during early voting Aug. 4-11) and again on Novembe r 6th (early voting from Oct 27-Nov 3). There will also be another Community Forum on Octobe r 25, for the candidates to address the crowd and answer questions. Be an informed voter! Magi Cable Secretary Okeechobee County Democratic Executive Committee August 8, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facilitate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues. We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And were proud to understand the difference. Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism W W e r e p o r t W e r e p o r t b u t Y O U b u t Y O U d e c i d e d e c i d e 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 All too often, those elected to Congress arrive in Washington with the idea of not falling into the partisan politics trap, but soon trip over the wire. The Florida Cattlemen’s A ssociation (FCA) would like to commend Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for not falling into this trap and choosing to not support the “2012 Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments” (H.R. 3798). Florida cattle and dairymen truly appreciate the interest and dedication Congress has shown in helping A merica’s farmers and ranchers. By choosing to not support this legislation, Rep. West understands just how far-reaching the implications of a federal mandate on production practices could be. Passing H.R. 3798 would set a dangerous precedent for allowing the federal government to dictate everything that happens on farms, potentially affecting every corner of agriculture and interfering with the livelihoods of cattle and dairymen not only in Florida but across the country. New technology resulting from ongoing research into animal agriculture has enabled food animal veterinarians, farmers and ranchers to improve animal health and w ell-being while ensuring public health and food safety. But setting these standards in federal regulation would effectively hamper the ability of the animal agriculture industry to enhance animal welfare. The legislation w ould limit scienti c research and industry innovation that could ultimately bene t animals. Federal legislation dictating speci c farm production practices is not a wise method for promoting the goals of improving animal w elfare and agriculture. Cattle producers recognize their moral obligation to provide for the well-being of their animals and to raise them in a humane and compassionate manner. By passing “one size ts all” legislation, Congress would actually take away a producer’s freedom to operate in a way that is best for their animals. Florida’s farm and ranch families are committed to raising healthy animals, which are the foundation of a safe, wholesome food supply. Decades ago, our farmers and ranchers voluntarily took it upon themselves to work with veterinarians, animal health specialists, university researchers and with each other to develop animal care practices and guidelines. That is why the programs have been so successful, certainly not because politicians in Washington, D.C., mandated them. By withdrawing support of H.R. 3798, Rep. West is clearly supporting the efforts of Florida’s farmers, ranchers and food animal veterinarians in continuing to ensure U.S. consumers enjoy the safest, most w holesome and least expensive food in the w orld. Gene Lollis Chairman Environmental Committee, former Animal Health Committee Chairman Florida Cattlemen’s Association.Okeechobee Summer NewsA quick summer shout out! Yes! It is HOT! Here, so are our other mid-west states. So w hat to do about these Okeechobee summer blues. Okeechobee Olympics/Political forums/Democrat picnic planned for Saturday, July 28, at the Ag-Civic Center off Hwy. 98 As Americans all of us (are you listening?) are somewhat weary of the latest twist of the news, so enjoy, lighten up, attend the movies, ride to the sports complex, swim, exercise. Go to Palm Beach, Sebring, Avon Park only 45 minutes to an hour away roll out for a weekend or mid-week mall run or to visit relatives, watch DVDs, the upcoming summer Olympics. Also, as I am so often quoted as saying, “Life is all about choices!” Therefore as America grows more diverse, we as individuals can choose to embrace one another’s diversity or let it divide us. I pray that we select the rst. There is room in the Lord’s house for every race/color/creed and background. Why not start today a little with tolerance, acceptance, wisdom, love, interaction. I recently spoke at IRSC Summer Youth program about cultural diversity. It works! Brenda Scott Poet, playwright, authorThanks to allOn June 18, my life was saved by a new ER doctor named Dr. Houston. He had to ventilate me in ER because there were no ICU beds open so they took me back to ER. They had to have someone sit with me from ICU. She was my angel—her name is Joann in ICU. She stayed with me until after 1 p.m. on the day of the 18th. Thank you to Dr. Houston—Joann thank you. I also want to thank Dr. Naeem for being there also. Also, a big thank you to Louise, Theresa, all of the aides including Carmen, Loretta, my nurses, Estella, Donna, Sharon for checking on me also in ICU. To Cindy for all the Cat Scans, thank you. Jona in ER you are wonderful. All of you are. Thank you. Also, my doctors Dr. Khan, Dr. Shakoor, Dr. Syed. Last but not least dietary, Mrs. Emily, Rob, Mary Tyler Moore, Jenny, Debra, Mary, Paula, Esmyie, and Kim. I can’t remember everyone’s name but I do thank you. In dietary they kept me going. They aim to please, that’s for sure. Thanks also to Erica RN, James R.N., Bill in nuclear for putting up with me, and Clint PCA. Thank you to all. Thank you for everything that anyone has done for me. Marie BrownFinancial data disputedI have to compliment Commissioner Domer on a well-written letter to the editor on July 27, but I have to disagree with him on his facts. In his letter he stated, “despite the economic downturn that’s wreaked havoc with all of our lives, growth in our county has continued.” Using his time line and gures, the facts say different. $52.8 million in total commercial permits, but $32.3 million went to outside contractors and did not stay in Okeechobee. $20.3 million was new construction. $9.8 million was government spending, as follows: Okeechobee County: $698,878 OUA: $71,375 SFWMD: $1,290,703 State (Turnpike): $6,826,591 State (Other): $917,048 (These government entities pay NO taxes back to our county revenues. Every time we run a re truck, ambulance or sheriff to these government facilities, the taxpayers are shouldering the burden.) The remaining $22.7 million was spent by local businesses reinvesting in their businesses, such as remodels, additions and other repairs. It is not as rosy as it seems. We need to nd a way to keep this money in Okeechobee and put Okeechobee people to work. Carl Shumate County Commission Candidate Letters to the editor Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSDevon Venables Memorial ScholarshipDevon Venables Memorial 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 William Childers, Haley Venables and Justin Morgan. In the back is Timothy Farrell.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Genny Lynn Thompson, 21 LORIDA — Genny Lynn Thompson, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012 in Lorida, Fla. She was born Nov ember 6, 1990 in Bucyrus, Ohio. She had been a resident of Lorida since 1995, and was a graduate of Okeechobee High School. She is survived by her daughter, Aryanna Lynn Branham of Lorida, Fla; mother, Krista White (Willie Boyd) of Lorida, Fla; father, Ronnie Thompson (Traci) of Bucyrus, Ohio; brothers, Justin and Michael Boyd, sister, Ashley Boyd; grandparents, Brenda Oberdier of Lorida, Fla; Terry and Linda White of Marion, Ohio; Claude and Gwenn Thompson of Bucyrus, Ohio; and many loving family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 10, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. and a service will be held at 6 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfueneralhome.com. Margaret L. Miezejewski, 89JUPITER — Margaret L. Miezejewski died peacefully, Aug. 4, 2012. She is survived by her son, Brian Miezejewski; daughter, Cynthia Ann Miezejewski Wilson; and grandson, Zachary Scott Wilson. She was a treasure loved by many and will not be forgotten. A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2012, at The Pavillion Nursing Home in Jupiter, FL. Richard L. Kaspar, 70OKEECHOBEE — Richard L. Kaspar, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. Born in Jersey City, N.J., Richard moved to Okeechobee ve years ago. Serving as a medic in the U.S. Army, Richard retired as a Master Sargent following two tours of duty in Viet Nam and 27 years of enlistment. He also retired as a Ward Master from West Point Military Academy. For relaxation he enjoyed taking care of his yard and doing woodcrafts, games and puzzles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Gladys Kaspar; and sister, Elaine. Richard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruby Kaspar of Okeechobee; son, James Kaspar; daughters, Laura Kaspar, Charlotte Kaspar and Thea (Adam) Jacquez, all of Arizona; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur and Walter Green of Arizona, Charles Kaspar of Pa., Mark and Michael Kaspar of Calif.; sisters, Virginia Flores of Calif., Ruth Gadley of Ohio, Susan Downey of Ariz., and Patricia Kasper of N.J. A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at the North Okeechobee Church of God with Pastor Don Leon of ciating. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. 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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okechobee News by emailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links t o online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available online at orida.newszap.com 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. Living with Diabetes program todayOn Wednesday Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Living W ith Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE 2nd Street, located in the Activities Room. The presentation is offered by the Visiting Nurses. Local Elks to meetELKS will be meeting Thursday, Aug. 9 7 p.m. at VFW South in Treasure Island on 441 S. just past the blinking light. Come early for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.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.Bene t shing tourney planned for Ramsey familyA bene t saltwater shing tournament is being planned for Saturday, Aug. 11 starting at 6 a.m. at Palm Beach Inlet. Proceeds to help and assist the Ramsey family. Ricky Ramsey was killed in July in an airboat accident. He leaves behind two young children. Only $100 per boat entry fee, four anglers in each boat. A “Captain’s” meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Renegades Nightclub. Vendor, volunteers and sponsor opportunities still available. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes. A barbecue and silent auction and awards ceremony are also planned for Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge 2010. Call for more information at 561-7199517 Holly.Amateur Radio Club set to meetOkeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be holding it’s August Business Meeting in the Club Room at Beef O’Brady’s on Monday evening, Aug. 13 An informal supper meeting will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the business meeting beginning at 7 p.m. All area Amateur Radio Operators are invited to attend, all club members are urged to attend as we will be doing some planning on the “Hamfest in the Woods” to take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.OREA plan meetingThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association will be meeting on Monday, Aug. 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant. ANY retired educator (teacher or paraprofessional) is welcomed to join us. American Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting changeThe scheduled meeting for the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 64, has been changed from Tuesday, Aug. 14 to Wednesday, Aug. 15. at 6 p.m.4H club hosts farm swap' eventSwine Time 4-H club is hosting a Farm Swap at Tractor Supply in Okeechobee from 8 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18 Buy Sell or Trade anything farm related, animals, equipment, citrus, plants, fencing, tractor and vegetables, etc! For a space or more information please contact Tomi Zeller at 863-634-1061.Democratic Executive Committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s beginning at 6 pm. Any interested Democratic is invited to attend. Community Events

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Laura Rodriquez, 37, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy J ustin Akins on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $500.  Michael Prescott Brantley, 47, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation possession of methamphetamine. He is being held w ithout bond.  Trinity Casselton, 22, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a Hillsborough County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property (two counts), violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metal recycler and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond.  Robert Ashford Hair, 24, S.R. 710, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Susan Ann Hovey, 63, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation insurance fraud. She is being held without bond.  Cassondra Lamb, 29, S.E. Seventh, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy A rlene Durbin on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. Her bond w as set at $1,000.  Fermin Olvera-Servin, 49, N.W. 42nd A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Jesus Plascencia, 39, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 3 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Cheyanne Nicole Jones, 29, S.E. 42nd Trace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of petit theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Robert Joel Suggs, 26, N.W. 38th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, driving under the in uence-refusal to submit to blood/breath/urine test and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $1,500.  Teddy David Prescott, 54, S.W. 19th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Joseph Hall on a felony charge of driving while license permanently revoked. His bond was set at $2,500.  Derrick Lamont Rose, 28, Huntington Lane, Rockledge, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $15,000.  John W. McAbee, 39, S.E. 35th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Raul Marrero on a Missouri fugitive warrant charging him with the felony of second-degree assault. He is being held without bond.  Elmer Paul Leitner, 24, N.W. 80th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Raul Marrero on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation trespassing on construction site (two counts), violation of probation burglary of a dwelling and violation of probation dealing in stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance.  Van Willis Smith, 42, S. Seminole, Wewoka,, Okla., was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Oklahoma fugitive arrest warrant charging him with the felony of eluding a police of cer and the misdemeanor of domestic abuse assault and battery. His bond was set at $15,000.  Lorenzo Rivera, 25, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Troy Garrison on felony charges of violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and violation of probation felony battery. He is being held without bond.  Noel Ernand, 50, N.W. 73rd Place, Miami, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief on a felony charge o f battery on emergency medical staff, and the misdemeanor of breach of peace. His bond was set at $5,500.  William Allen McClure, 32, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 b y Of cer Kelley Margerum on felony charges of resisting a merchant and felony theft. His bond was set at $3,500. 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 IMPORTANT ELECTION INFORMATION Please take a few minutes to review this information to make sure you are an informed voter. If you have questions, please call the Elections Of ce (763-4014) or email us at elections@voteokeechobee.com. 1. EARLY VOTE Early Vote Dates: Sunday, August 5th – Saturday, August 11th Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. One Location: Elections Of ce 2. ADDRESS AND/OR NAME CHANGES You can make an address or name change up to and including Election Day. Contact us at –763-4014 or elections@voteokeechobee.com Making changes before Election Day will save you time when you go to vote. 3. NEW VOTER CARDS MAILED TO ALL VOTERS All voters were mailed new voter registration cards. If you did not receive one, contact the Elections Of ce immediately at – 763-4014 or elections@voteokeechobee.com 4. VOTE BY MAIL Vote at home by absentee ballot. Contact us by phone or website – 763-4014 or www.voteokeechobee.com 5. UNIVERSAL PRIMARY RACES Three universal races will be on everyone’s ballot. Voters may vote any race that is on their ballot. ALL VOTERS REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION CAN VOTE IN THESE RACES: District 3, County Commissioner, District 5, County Commissioner, and District 2, School Board. The winner of each of these three races will be elected on August 14th. FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 A rrest Report Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee Of ce, 500 N.W. Sixth St. You may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!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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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Where do you vote?The number of polling places has been reduced to save money and because of the legislative redistricting. All voters were mailed new voter registration cards to notify everyone where to vote. I f you prefer, rather than going to your new polling place to vote, you may vote an absentee ballot (call 763-4014) or vote early (Wednesday Saturday, 8:30 – 4:30) at the historic courthouse. There will be NO VOTING at the following locations: American Legion #64 Episcopal Church of Our Savior First United Methodist Church FPL Service Center The Gathering Moose Lodge Okeechobee Christian Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church VFW #10539IMPORTANT NOTE! If you are a registered voter and did not receive a new voter card, immediately contact the Elections Of ce at 763-4014 or elections@voteokeechobee.com (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee 8 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 lars from 2005 to 2008 and while we have nice pickup trucks for employees to drive and family health insurance that no one can afford to participate in, we continue to lose good quality employees to other agencies. 3. Would you ever consider allowing the county to privatize the jail? Why or w hy not? PAUL MAY: Who runs the county jail is the sole discretion of the County Commission. I believe that public safety is the responsibility of the government and not private enterprise. We run the jail with the safety of the community, the persons who w ork there and the inmates foremost in our minds. A private company runs it for pro t. The two do not mix. If the County Commission wants to privatize the jail it is ne with me but I believe it will cost more money in the long run. There is more liability in the jail than in any other place in this department. Private companies pay less money to employees, have less people on duty and sometimes forget their responsibility to the county. I don't think they can run it cheaper, safer or more ef cient than our staff can in the long run. J.H. FOLBRECHT: No. Private business is always looking to make a pro t. I believe that a private company has no place in operating a government agency. The government was designed to provide service to everyone and not make a pro t from those it serves. 4. Have you ever been terminated, suspended or red from a law enforcement or corrections agency or law enforcement or corrections auxiliary? If so, explain. PAUL MAY: Other than working as a bag boy in a grocery store and working in a lumber yard between jobs, I have only had three jobs in my life. I spent 4 years in the US Air Force Military Police, was honorably discharged, 34 years on the Florida Highway patrol and 8 years as your Sheriff. The answer to your questions is no, I have never been terminated, suspended or red from a law enforcement or corrections agency or law enforcement or corrections auxiliary. J.H. FOLBRECHT: My answer to this question exceeded the allowed space available per question, please visit my website at www.VoteFolbrecht.com for any questions regarding my past employment. You may also call me on my cell phone at 863-6348429 with your questions. 5. How does the gang problem in Okeechobee today compare to the gang problem 10 years ago? What steps would you take to address the gang problem in Okeechobee? PAUL MAY: Your Sheriff's Of ce is very lucky to have a true gang expert employed, Lt. Brad Stark. He is recognized State wide for his knowledge of the gangs. He tells me, and I trust his opinion, that at the present time the gang problem is minimal. Our gangs and gang members are documented, we know who they are and to what gang they belong, and approximately four years ago I assigned two detectives to a Street Crimes Unit to monitor these gangs. Reporting to Lt. Stark, this unit has been an outstanding success. The gang problem in our county now is not near what it was 10 years ago. From time to time they raise their heads and we deal with them. No one should ever tell you that they will wipe out the gangs, but we will deal with them and they know it. J.H. FOLBRECHT: Gangs 10 years ago were dressing in a certain way, leaving their spray paint art all over the place and committing some of the most violent crimes and selling drugs. Now we look and we still have the violent crimes and drug dealers, but we appear to have gotten rid of the gangs, or have we? The fact is that criminals are smart enough to realize what constitutes, a gang according to the law, and have altered their behavior to avoid being charged with the gang member enhancement for their crimes. Gangs are still very active here, they have just found new ways to disguise their membership. As sheriff, I would create a full time gang unit and partner with the MultiAgency Gang Task Force to help combat this problem and keep our community safe. V OTEContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. E A R L Y V O T I N GWednesday, August 8th Saturday, August 11th Early Voting Continues 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 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 2012 OHS Scholarship night awards Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBylsma ScholarshipThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni Bylsma Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are: Calixtro Villalpando, Dr. Randall Mims. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSGang Free OkeechobeeThe Gang Free Okeechobee Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Jerice McDonald, Andrea Stark Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSFFA Alumni ScholarshipThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front are: Brittany Serrano. In the middle from left to right are: Ashley Hassan, Kelsi Brown. In the back: Dr. Randall Mims. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSFirst United Methodist Men ScholarshipThe First United Methodist Men 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: Rev. Jim Dawson, Danielle Crane, Rev. Bruce Simpson. In the back from left to right are: Savannah Simpson, Kayla Harrison. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSHamrick Memorial ScholarshipThe Hamrick Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front is: Regina Hamrick. In the middle from left to right are: Brianne Furphy, Sara Wallace, Mariah Parriott. In the back from left to right are: Kaitlyn Furphy, Savannah Simpson, Jordan Maynard. Line dance lessons free at the Okeechobee Senior CenterThe Okeechobee Senior Center is having fun at free line dancing classes. Come join the fun Mondays at noon at Okeechobee Senior Services at 1019 S.W. Park St.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the Look for the puzzles in the Classifieds section 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 10 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce. Grand Oaks residents visit YMCA Summer Camp Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksVisiting summer campGrand Oaks residents enjoyed visiting and spending time with the kids at the Okeechobee YMCA Summer Camp program. The residents enjoyed making bracelets and playing Bingo with the children. Joe Staedelin played saxophone for the kids and the children were amazed to learn that he had been playing for 75 years. Gretchen Deaton read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” while the children enjoyed snacks the residents brought. The children performed the Macarena for the residents. It was a great opportunity for both the residents and the children. Above, YMCA kids perform the Macarena for the Grand Oaks residents. Gretchen Deaton reads ”The Very Hungry Guest” with her assistant YMCA camper Sarah Rose Dodd. Linda Vick enjoyed calling Bingo for the children at the Okeechobee YMCA Summer Camp. Fran East helps the children with a project. Ellen Bastianelli had a lot of fun making bracelets with the children.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! ELECT Billy MARCUM FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District #1 All because...I am One of You! As your County Commissioner, I can bring my years of business expertise to the table. Stemming from my understanding the complexities of issues facing all of us now and in the future, I am confident I will add another dimension to the leadership in Okeechobee. I am proven. Period. With my background as an insurance professional and as a cattleman, I understand world markets and the lessons thereof. Those are assets to be shared. In sharing my background and expertise, you will recognize that I am a problem solver.Join Us for An Open TOWN HALL MEETING at the Civic Center Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm I am not into the political nastiness that a local election can bring out. With over 150 empty commercial buildings and storefronts in the county, we have to start thinking outside of the box. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work for you.Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Billy Marcum, Republican, for County CommissionersI PROPOSE: • Greater use of local contractors • Developing mentor workshops for upstart new businesses • Heavily market and increase tourism • Develop agro tourism • Find ways to increase revenue for the Ag Center • Provide an alternative plan to Okee-Tantie • Hold Town Hall meetings for the public • Make the County user friendly to local vendors • Working to drop homeowner insurance rates • Streamline the permitting process for homeowners OPEN INVITATION “Town Hall” Meeting Wed., Aug. 8th 7pm 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 Peace Lutheran Church w ill welcome Okeechobee’s new teachers to the community with a luncheon in their honor on Monday, Aug. 13, at 11:45 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Teachers that attend Peace Lutheran Church are also invited to the luncheon. New St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church 1050 N.E. 16th Ave, Okeechobee announces it’s 59th Church Anniversary Week from Aug. 12-19. Events for the week include: A ug. 12 Rev. Richard Sinclair McNair, Jr., 11 a.m. Wayman Memorial AME, Baltimore MD.; Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Riviera Beach — 4 p.m.; Rev. Hudson Williams; A ug. 15 Okeechobee Intercity Ministerial A lliance—7 p.m.; Aug. 17, Harvest A.M.E. Pahokee — 7 p.m., Rev. Patricia Wallace; A ug. 18, Gospel Explosion—4 p.m.; Aug. 19, Rev. Zebdee Fennell, Boynton Beach—11 a.m.; Aug. 19 Coconut Groove Ministerial and Greater St. Paul A.M.E.—4 p.m. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! The Peace Lutheran School is now accepting enrollment for 2012-13 school y ear, ages 2 through Kindergarten. There are limited scholarships for Preschool available, as well as Step Up for students and McKay Scholarships for Kindergarten. Call 863-7637566 for more information. Peace Lutheran Church 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, has two worship services each Sunday, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come hear God’s message of love and forgiveness for all people through Jesus Christ. Web site is www. peace-okee.org. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-2548304. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join the group at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. The Peace Lutheran Church has a wonderful ministry to youth called CRAVE Youth Ministry. Senior CRAVE is for high school students in 9-12th grades and meets on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Junior CRAVE is for junior high students in 5-8th grades and meets on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. There are all kinds of great activities for CRAVE youth groups, including trips and family campouts. All youth are welcome! If you would like to know more about Peace Lutheran Church, our faith and fellowship, you are invited to join the Discover Peace Class. For more information, call 863-763-5042. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, on State Road 78 at Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, is one of the meal sites for the Glades County School District Summer Food Service Program through Aug. 9. Meals will be provided Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children ages 2 to 18 years old are eligible for meals and activities at no charge. No pre-registration or paperwork is required. All children are welcome!The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. A rea churches plan special programs and events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through August 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service 12 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 The Band Boosters of Okeechobee County received funding for their rst Music Matters Camp, from the Children's Services Council of Okeechobee. The Music Matters Camp will be held at Osceola Middle School and Yearling Middle School beginning Monday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. until noon. Camp ends Thursday, Aug. 16. The students must be in middle school or entering middle school this fall. There is no charge for the camp and students do not need to have an instrument to attend. Students who have never played an instrument are welcome and they do not have to be enrolled in Band at school to attend. The purpose of this camp and the Band Booster's organization is to expand, support and enhance music education in Okeechobee County. The Band Boosters desire is for all children to be able to have affordable musical opportunities in addition to school based music programs. Music really does matter to our kids. According to the Children's Music Workshop there are a number of reasons why music is important to children. Early musical training helps develop areas of the brain involving language and reasoning. There is a link between music and spatial intelligence. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on tests such as the SAT. The study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and helps them to learn empathy for other cultures. Music students learn craftsmanship, as they study how details are put together and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre work. In music, a mistake is a mistake. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained efforts and the concrete rewards of hard work. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and take risks. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable. This information and more can be found at: www.childrensmusicworkshop.com. If you have a child who is middle-school aged, please encourage them to attend this worthwhile camp. No preregistration is required. You can bring your child to the middle school they will attend in the fall on the rst day of camp and we will ensure that they have a great time learning a new skill! If your child is homeschooled or in another educational setting, they are also welcome. Please contact Robert Orr at 863-634-1381 or Leah Suarez at 863-697-8718 for information on where your child can attend. Middle School band gets camp—starts Monday Special to the Okeechobee News/ Joe SuarezMiddle school band camp begins soon and band members in middle school will have the opportunity to attend Band Camp at no charge and have an instrument provided. As of July 1, Florida motorists now have the ability to donate $1 or more to "Autism Services" when they renew a driver's license and/or motor vehicle registration. Monies generated by these voluntary check offs will provide additional funding for autism-related service programs throughout the State of Florida. Championed by former State Representative Susan Goldstein, legislation making this possible was sponsored by Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff and Representative Joe Abruzzo during the 2011 Florida Legislative Session. In 2009, the Florida Legislature authorized the "Support Autism Services" specialty license plate and provided for the creation of the Autism Services Grants Council (ASGC). The ASGC is responsible for all dollars generated by the "Support Autism" specialty license plates and now the dollars generated by the voluntary "Autism Services" check off options. By marketing the Florida "Support Autism Programs" specialty license plate and voluntary check offs, the ASGC not only supports non-pro t programs throughout Florida with grant funding, it increases public awareness about autism. To renew your drivers license or registration visit www. hsmv.gov/html/dlnew.html or for information about how to purchase a "Support Autism" specialty license plate visit www.autismlicenseplate.com. Supporting Autism is one just ‘check’ away Pet of the WeekTony is a beautiful long hair and long bushy tailed kitten about 6 months old. He available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder. com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet Rescue

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL SHERMAN FOR PROPERTY APPRAISER OF OKEECHOBEEPROVEN ABILITY THROUGH PAST PERFORMANCE *Experience 43 years in Appraisal Work 38 years in Property Appraiser’s Ofce 5 years as a Fee Appraiser 5 years as a review appraiser 21 years continuous as Property Appraiser 43 years Administration Experience *Education Coursework by Society of Real Estate Appraisal Coursework by International Association of Assessing Ofcers C.F.A. Designation: Certied Florida Appraiser Over 480 Hours of Continuing Education University of Florida 1954-1955 OKEECHOBEE NEWS HEADLINE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 “UTILITIES FORCED TO PAY UP” “COUNTY WINS PROPERTY TAX SUITS OVER UTILITY GIANTS” “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER BILL SHERMAN”*Committed When I ran for election in 1992 I promised a fair impartial assessment for all taxpayers from larger corporations to vacant land owners. As a result of that commitment I have been sued by some of the largest corporations in Okeechobee. Our success in those litigations have resulted in additional tax revenue for the County and School Board.I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON AUGUST 14th TO CONTINUE THAT COMMITMENT. RE-ELECTRE-ELECTPaid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, For Property Appraiser 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 Most children know the basics of traf c lights but despite the simplicity of the signals, not all drivers obey the law. Red light running is preventable and dangerous, which is why FHP is highlighting the issue during National Stop on Red Week, Aug. 5 11. Troopers will join other state and local law enforcement of cers, who will be on the lookout for drivers who fail to stop at red traf c signals, and who place innocent pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists in danger. "As motorist in Florida, it is our duty to drive responsibly, drive safely and stop on red," said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. "Troopers will take the appropriate enforcement action on those drivers who place themselves and others in danger by running red lights."FHP tips on red light safety: Intersections can be dangerouswhen the light turns green, look in all directions for red light runners before proceeding whether driving, cycling or walking. Do not race through a yellow light; apply the brakes and safely decelerate to a stop prior to reaching the intersection. If you run a red light, you are risking a citation and moving violation on your record, damage to your vehicle, higher insurance costs, hospital expenses and most importantly irreversible consequences if you injure or kill someone else. Decide today that you will always be ready to stop on red as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. Obey speed limits so you have time and space to stop prior to entering the intersection. The tragedies and costs resulting from red light running are preventable. The Patrol encourages motorists who experience car trouble on the highway or who otherwise need assistance from the FHP to dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone. FHP urges motorists to contact FHP or local la w enforcement of cials to report an impaired, aggressive or dangerous driver. Callers ma y remain anonymous. The Florida Department of Highwa y Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www. hsmv.gov or follow us on Twitter @FDHSMV. You can nd us on Facebook, too. FHP reminds motorists to stop on red By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The election scene for local of ces this y ear has been confusing to some people. One of the things that is confusing is that in some races registered Democrats will be able to vote for Republican candidates in the Primary Election. According to Florida law, if a race is to be settled in the Primary Election, all voters, regardless of political af liation, w ill be able to vote in that particular race. On the local scene in two races all the candidates are Republicans. Therefore, all registered voters, regardless of political af liation, will be able to vote for the Republican candidates in the races for County Commission Districts 3 and 5. The candidates in the Primary Election for County Commission District 1, Property Appraiser and Sheriff, are also Republicans. However, since they will all face opposition in the General Election, only registered Republicans will be able to vote in the Primary Elections for those of ces. All registered voters, regardless of political af liation, will be able to vote in the nonpartisan school board election. Some primary races are open to all voters Special to the Okeechobee News/ Faith AcademyChildren celebrate music weekMr. and Mrs. Ellinger came to Faith Academy Preschool to help the children celebrate music week. The children played the drums, the rhythm sticks, and the shakers under Mr. and Mrs. Ellinger’s leadership (above). At right, Mr. Ellinger shows Ivette how to play the African drum at music week at Faith Academy.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Couple Celebrates 60th AnniversaryMr. & Mrs. Frank (Sonny & Betty) Williamson, Jr. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, Saturday, April 21, 2012 with a “Cowboy” brunch. The event was held at the Williamson Conference Center, located at IRSC, on the Dixon-Hendry Campus here in Okeechobee. Many families & friends attended this celebration. Pictures of couples married over fty years were taken; several had attended the couples “Golden Jubilee” in 2002. Sonny & Betty are both 5th generation Floridian. This couple was joined in “Holy Matrimony” at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, FL, April 20, 1952. They have three children Kim, Wes (Darin) & Karen (Dave) and four grandchildren, John (Megan), Heather (Clint), Kristin (Alex) & John Louis. Their four great-grandchildren are: Marshall, John Wesley, Delainey & Brady. All were present at this Sixth decade wedding anniversary party for their parents, grandparents & great-grandparents. Pastor Randy Huckabee, Minister of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, blessed the food & those present. Judge W.L. Hendry gave a synopsis of the couple’s life. Cowboy poet, Doyle Rigdon recited some of his down to earth poems, describing the days of the “Old Cowboy.” He writes his own prose & recites from memory. To top the day off, a surprise solo was sung by Jim Clark, entitled “You are the wind beneath my wings.” Along with the brunch a beautifully decorated cake, with the family cattle brands, was served. The cake was prepared by Megan Hardy Mattson. After the party the couple ew to North Carolina to their favorite vacation place in America “The Swag.” They were accompanied by their daughter, Kim Williamson. In lieu of gifts the couple suggested a donation to Dunklin Memorial or school supplies. The couple was astounded at the response and wishes to thank everyone who attended and participated. 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 14 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A 6,600 mile journey dubbed the ‘Solar Odyssey’ began in late July for a ship that is completely solar powered. The ‘Ra,’ started in Clearwater on July 22, stopped in Fort Myers on July 25, and traveled up the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee and into the St. Lucie Canal and on to Ft. Pierce, before heading up north. The Ra stopped in Clewiston on July 26 and Indiantown on July 27. The crew planned to stop at 122 different locations on the tour. It could take the Captain Jim Greer, and his crew, close to six months to complete the voyage. The goal of the project is to prove that solar power can be used to power boats and ships. A lm crew is also on board and they will take high-de nition video of the places they visit. They have also accepted donations of cash, fuel and other items for the trip. Among the other stops on the trip are Jekyll Island, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Beaufort, N.C., Portsmouth, Va., Annapolis, Md., Philadelphia, Pa., Atlantic City, N.J., New York City, Catskill, N.Y., Albion, N.Y., Erie, Pa., Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., Racine, Wis., Cairo, Ill., Clinton, Tenn., Gulf Shores, Ala. and then back into Florida. The solar powered boat would be the rst ever to traverse what is known as the great loop. The footage taken will be put into a new reality show and the lm could last as long as three seasons. More information on the voyage can be obtained at www.thesolarodyssey.com. Solar-powered boat crosses Lake Okeechobee Courtesy photo/ Dan Spiess/Digital Lighthouse ProductionsThe Ra, a solar powered boat, recently crossed Lake Okeechobee.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 florida.newszap.com NEW features:• Daily LOCAL news updates from our network of community newspapers. • NEW Format Interactive, plus easy to use and navigate! • Easy access to loads of special publications throughout the years. • Newly designed, easy to use Community Calendar Come see for yourself!Courtesy Raulerson Primary CareJose Villarreal, D.O., member of the Raulerson Primary Care team and graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is certi“ ed in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He treats all ages from newborn to the eldery. Dr. Villarreal tries to give the best care possible to his patients and can refer them to a specialist if necessary. He does sport physicals and preventive care. Dr. Villarreal treats such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and high Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine cholesterol. About one in every four Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to WebMD. High blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and contribute to heart disease and stroke. One thing that makes high blood pressure so dangerous is that you may not kno w you have it because there are generall y no symptoms. Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the prope r amounts. A variety of factors including diet, exercise, age and herdity can affect cholesterol levels. Dr. Villarreals of“ ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave, and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and on Friday from 8am to 4pm. The of“ ce is closed for lunch every da y from noon to 1pm. For an appointment, please call 863.467.2159. Look for the 2012-2013 School Information Guide in the 8-15 edition of the This section is packed full of valuable information • School calendars • School addresses and phone numbers • Immunization information • Free and reduced lunch policy • School bus rules and regulations • Bus schedules. • Student safety information • And more! Also available at schools, the School Board Office, and participating businesses, and online at florida.newszap.com 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012

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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 16 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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 SalesHuge 50% off sale Friday 8/10 only! Throughout the store at: 2nd Blessings 128 SE Park Street for more info call 863-801-9448 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time CITY OF OKEECHOBEE Now Hiring FULL TIME DISPATCHER www.cityofokeechobee.com See website for application & job descriptionApplications also available at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Rm 100, Okeechobee, Fl 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Accepted until August 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP A/C MechanicRequires a minimum of 5 yrs exp DFWP Apply in person: 312 SW 2nd St Okeechobee, FL 34974 F/T CDL Bus Driver/ Teachers Aid position. Working with adults with developmentally disabilities. Fax resumes to: 863-467-9656 No phone calls please Technical 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. Employment Full TimeWANTED Lic. Beautician needed for new upscale salon and boutique. Best pay scale in Town. Great location across street from theater. Call Jim 1-305-923-9270 or 763-6140 Employment Part 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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Business Opportunities Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Computer/ SuppliesFast Dell Desktop Computers w/Flat screen, keyb, mouse. Works great! Like new! Fast $75 Faster $125 Call Tony 863-517-2782 to reserve one now.. FurnitureQueen Set, Cherrywood, boxspring, mattress, new.$400 Breakfast table round, marble glass wood trim,4 chairs. $200 Call 357-2300 Rebecka or Brenda 9-4 only. 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 ApartmentsIN TOWN1BR Unfurnished APT nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $700/mo 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 ApartmentsIN 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 Rent2bdrm/ 1bath Unfurnished, Water, Sewer, W/D, in Kings Bay, small pet ok Pool etc. $690/mo. Call 863-634-8331 TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $675/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 Rent$599/ 3 brBEST VALUE ON MARKET (OKEECHOBEE COUNTY) 3 bedroom, 2 bath situated on beautiful Ranch. Newer interior upgrades, paint, carpet, ooring, etc. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. Call Monday Friday: 863-467-9800. NO PETS Approx 12 minutes Northeast of town center. SEASONAL RENTAL: 2/1 1/2,furnished home w/garage in city limits. Minimum 6 months. No children,pets or smokers. $1,000/mo. plus electric. $500 sec.dep. and 1st month. (863)447-2715 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012

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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. Credit & background check. 863-697-2161. Dixie Ranch Acres Area, 3 BR, Clean, Quiet. $700/mo., water and lawn care included. $600 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. Call 863-610-0001 FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA duplex, great location in Okeechobee Estates, A/C, laundry room. $675/month. Call 863-835-2391 OKEE 3/1 Small Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $700 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoommateWANT SOMEONE TO SHARE 3/2 mobile home. $90/wk. Call (772)332-6180 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land Sale10 Acres Owner Financing $3,000 down Park your trailer or build your house 7 mins to town $59,000(863) 763-6358 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. $21,000 obo. Call 863-467-4678 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 3/2 Very Clean Double Wide $600.00 per month $600 security deposit, Large yard. 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 Country Living 2/1 MH $400.00 monthly & $400.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. Just 15 minutes from Okeechobee and 1 1/2 mile from Kissimmee River boat ramp. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Village Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. New Homes Start at $39,900 800-622-2832 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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 Classic CarsClassic 1987 Ford Mustang GT all original, all new tires etc. $6,500 o.b.o. Call 863-467-2383 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD TO BEGIN CANVASS OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE AUGUST 14, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will meet at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 for the canvass of absentee ballots. This meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections of ce, in the Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL and is open to the public. Sealed absentee ballots received prior to 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, for the Primary Election will be available for public inspection from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections. Immediately afterwards, the referenced ballots will be canvassed, opened, and processed; however, not tabulated. Tabulation of all absentee ballots will not be until after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Pursuant to Section 101.68(2)(c)2, Florida Statutes, if any elector or candidate present believes an absentee ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the voter’s certi cate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is removed from the envelope, le with the canvassing board a protest against the canvass of the ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon a defect in the voter’s certi cate may not be accepted after the ballot has been removed from the mailing envelope. The Canvassing Board will reconvene, Election Day, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Any absentee ballots received between 8:30 a.m., August 11, 2012 and 5:00 p.m., August 13, 2012 will be available for public inspection until opened. The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 14, 2012 to continue canvassing, opening, and processing absentee ballots and will remain in session until the results of the election are obtained. Any unprocessed absentee ballots will be available for public inspection until opened. The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections to canvass precinct returns and canvass provisional ballots. The Board will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Monday, August 20, 2012 to continue, if necessary, canvassing provisional ballots and to complete the canvass of the of cial results. At the conclusion of August 20, 2012 meeting, the race for the post-election audit will be randomly selected by the canvassing board. In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, all Canvassing Board meetings are open to the public. Gwen Chandler Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County, Florida 423653 ON 8/8/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 11000198CA REGIONS BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH UNION PLANTERS BANK, N.A., D/B/A REGIONS MORTGAGE, Plaintiff, -vs-HECTOR V. GALINDO; and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF HECTOR V. GALINDO Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, Clerk will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: EXHIBIT A That portion of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 28, Township 33 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, described as follows: COMMENCE at the Center of said Section 28; thence run N. 89 degrees 34’33” E., perpendicularly to the West line of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 28, for a distance of 679.75 feet, to a point; thence run N. 0 degrees 25’27” W., parallel with the West line of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 28, for a distance of 845.19 feet, to a point; thence run N. 56 degrees 20’51” E., 1,353 feet Southeasterly of -measured at right angles-, and parallel with the centerline of Osowow Road as laid down and used, for a distance of 1,320 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING of the parcel of land hereinafter to be described; thence continue N. 56 degrees 20’51” E., along the described course, for a distance of 650 feet, to a point; thence run S. 29 degrees 19’12” E., for a distance of 661.89 feet, to a point; thence run S. 56 degrees 20’51” W, 2013 feet Southeasterly of and parallel -measured at right angles with the centerline of said Osowow Road, for a distance of 400 feet, to a point; thence run N. 51 degrees 48’18” W., for a distance of 641.95 feet, to a point; thence run N. 33 degrees 39’09” W., for a distance of 50 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING; the Northwesterly 50 feet of the Southwesterly 100 feet thereof being subject to road. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Tract 25 of Block 2 of recorded plat of Sun & Country Ranches, as recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 98, 99, 100, 101, and 102 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 am. on August 29, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FUNDS FROM THIS SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 45.031(1)(a), FLORIDA STATUTES. DATED this 21st day of June, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 421017 ON 8/1,8/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 472009CA000305CAXXXX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. CARLENE J. MANGAROO; FINLETER A. MANGAROO; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale dated the 14th day of June, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472009CA000305CAXXXX, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is the Plaintiff and CARLENE J. MANGAROO and FINLETER A. MANGAROO IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 29th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: EXHIBIT ONE Parcel 1 The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 3, Section 20, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A to 3D of the Public Records of Okeechobee, Florida. (A/K/A Lot D) Parcel 2 The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 4, Section 20, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 3A to 3D of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. (A/K/A Lot A) ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido ksta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, name al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou park nan tribu ial, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tandi ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated this 14th day of June, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk Of The Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free:1-800-441-2438 420511 ON 8/1,8/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2012-CA-154 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD G. TANNER and ANGELA K. TANNER, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 21, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2012-CA-154, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, is the Plaintiff and RICHARD G. TANNER and ANGELA K. TANNER, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 29th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: PARCEL I: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LYING SOUTHWESTERLY OF S.R. NO. 15 (CONNER’S HIGHWAY) IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM A 5” X 5” CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 31, BEAR SOUTH 8942’42” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE OF 4686.16 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S.R. NO. 15; THENCE NORTH 5130’19” WEST, ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 1089.98 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 51 DEGREES 30’19” WEST A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 3829’41” WEST A DISTANCE OF 282 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE; THENCE SOUTH 5258’33” EAST ALONG SAID CONTOUR LINE A DISTANCE OF 50.02 FEET; THENCE NORTH 3829’41” EAST A DISTANCE OF 280.72 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE SOUTHEASTERLY ONEHALF OF LOT NO: 14 OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT LYING WITHIN SAID SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST. PARCEL II: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LYING SOUTHWESTERLY OF S.R. NO: 15 (CONNER’S HIGHWAY) IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM A 5’ X 5’ CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 31, BEAR SOUTH 8942’42” WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE OF 4686.16 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S.R. NO: 15; THENCE NORTH 5130’19” WEST, ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 1139.98 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 5130’19” WEST A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 3829’41” WEST A DISTANCE OF 283.29 FEET TO THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE; THENCE SOUTH 5258’33” EAST ALONG SAID CONTOUR LINE A DISTANCE OF 50.02 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 3829’41” EAST A DISTANCE OF 282.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.TOGETHER WITH A 1981 FLEETWOOD DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME, BEARING ID NUMBER GAFL2AB23054055 AND TITLE NUMBER 19812289 AND ID NUMBER GAFL2BB23054055, TOGETHER WITH ANY ATTACHMENTS THERETO. Property address: 5080 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-4370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated the 22nd day of June, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Devin R. Maxwell, Esq. MAXWELL & MAXWELL, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 172693 405 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-1119 Telephone 421026 ON 8/1,8/2012 Public Notice 18 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000601 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, VS. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIRCUIT CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000089 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGERTO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP; Plaintiff, vs. MELINDA BONEY, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 47-2012CA-000089 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, Plaintiff, and, MELINDA BONEY, et. al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NORTHWEST 3RD ST, SECOND FLOOR, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM AT OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at the hour of 11:00 AM, on the 5th day of SEPTEMBER 2012, the following described property: LOT 35, OF EDGEWATER ACRES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7 AT PAGE 59 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 1st day of July, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 421404 ON 8/1,8/2012 LISA KAREN HICKOK, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated July 24, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2009-CA000601 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION is the Plaintiff and LISA KAREN HICKOK; THE UNKNOWN, SPOUSE OF LISA KAREN HICKOK N/K/A DANNY BEARD; JACKIE WILSON RAINES; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 5th day of September 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 3, SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A THROUGH 3D, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON, 2003 PALM, SERIAL NUMBER PH0913809AFL & PH0913809BFL. A/K/A 19629 NW 268TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on July 27, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09092115 CHASEDIRECT-FHA-Team 3 F09092115 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 423103 ON 8/1,8/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011CP105 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF VELMA L. DAWES Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of VELMA L. DAWES, deceased, whose date of death was June 16, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 9016, Stuart, Florida 34995. 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 PRORATE 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 1, 2012. Personal Representative: Phyllis Lockard 7357 NE 1st Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974Attorney for Personal Representative:Beth Teardo Prinz Attorney for Phyllis Lockard Florida Bar Number: 0786462 Spraker & Prinz 815 Colorado Avenue Suite 103 Stuart, Florida 34994 Telephone: (772) 220-0212 Fax: (772) 220-0422 E-Mail: sprakerp@bellsouth.net 422980 ON 8/1,8/2012 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 823 CIRAS, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, Plaintiff, VS. J. BLAND LAND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, JULIAN BLAND, JOHN J. RICE and A.B. SURVEY SUPPLIES ENTERPRISES, INC., a Florida corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 21, 2012, entered in Civil Case No.: 2009 CA 823 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on the 29th day of August, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: Exhibit “A” Legal Description for File No.: 04-1462 Parcel II : A PART OF LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 3, 4, 5 AND 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION. ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1. PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALL BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE. ALSO BEING SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF LOT .6. BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKES SUBDIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT ON NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441. BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 196.18 TO THE POINT AND PLACE OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 6838’44” WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 107.82 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 295. PAGE 329, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE. COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES. 29’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENTERLINE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING TO SAID PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES 29’22” EAST ALONG THE SAID CENTERLINE OF CANAL 14 TO THE NORTHWESTERN MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT I, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 2874.92 FEET, ALSO BEING INTERSECTION WITH HOPKINS MEANDER LINE: THENCE BEAR SOUTH 38 DEGREES 49’ 05” EAST ALONG THE SAID HOPKINS MEANDER LINE AND ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID LOTS 1 AND 2. BLOCK 5. FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OP 626.50 FEET TO THE MOST NORTHERN AND EASTERN CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26’17” WEST ALONG THE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 2554.40 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN NORTH 6838’44” WEST A DISTANCE OF 195.75 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 3429’22” WEST A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Less and Except A PART OF LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT. THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALL BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ALSO BEING SOUTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER OF LOT 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKES SUBDIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT ON NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441, BEAR NORTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 196.18 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 34 DEGREES 29’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENTERLINE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING TO SAID PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 466.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 68 DEGREES 38’44” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 A DISTANCE OF 195.75 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26’17” WEST ALONG THE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY LAND BORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A DISTANCE OF 465.90 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF U.S. 441 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED THIS 22nd day of June, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk RICE PUGATCH ROBINSON & SCHILLER, P.A. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 101 North East Third Avenue, Suite 1800, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 Tel: (954) 462-8000 Fax: (954) 462-4300 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 420821 ON 8/1,8/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CA-148 Circuit Civil Division V ANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., a Tennessee corporation authorized to transact business in Florida, Plaintiff, V S. ESTATE OF BRENDA G. PHILLIPS, deceased; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRENDA PHILLIPS; MICHELLE PHILLIPS-REICHERT; LEVE ARNOLD; Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTIONTO: ESTATE OF BRENDA G. PHILLIPS, DECEASED; HER UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, CREDITORS, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2008CA510 IRENE PRICE, Plaintiff, vs. CLAUDETTE DIXON Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 17, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2008CA510 in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Irene Price, was Plaintiff and Claudette Dixon was Defendant. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 A.M. on the 29th day of August, 2012 the following described real property as set forth in said nal judgment, to wit: The East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 26, Section 26, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A-D, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, subject to an easement over the North 30 feet thereof, and The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 4, Section 35, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, pages 3A-D, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, subject to an easement over the South 30 feet thereof. Dated this 17th day of July, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE John D. Kurtz 1280 N. Congress Ave. #107 West Palm Beach, Fl. 33409 561-684-0550 Attorney for the Plaintiff. 422652 ON 8/1,8/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2008-CA-517 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. GREGORY A. AVANT, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 27, 2012 (the “Judgment”), entered in Civil Case No. 2008-CA-517 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is Plaintiff, and GREGORY A. AVANT, OAK TREE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., MARIAN K. DANIELS n/k/a MARIAN AVANT, MAURICE J. WILLIAMS, JOHN DOE n/k/a LAMAR RODGERS and JANE DOE n/k/a JENNY RODGERS are Defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell the Property as de ned in the Judgment and as set forth below at a public sale on August 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to the “highest bidder,” for cash in the Jury Assembly Room at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor. 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. The “highest bidder” for purposes of this Notice of Sale, is de ned as the party who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) and who completes the sale in a timely fashion, as hereinafter set out. The one who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) shall be permitted to complete the sale by delivering to the Clerk, the balance of such bid, over and above the deposit, by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000088 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE, OF THE JAKE M. JAMES LIVING TRUST DATED JUNE 21, 2007; et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTIONFORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS TO: SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE, OF THE JAKE M. JAMES LIVING TRUST DATED JUNE 21, 2007 & JASON T. JAMES, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESATE OF JAKE M. JAMES, DECEASED, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lien holders, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, towit: LOT # 39, Sunset Strip Airpark, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 23 and 24, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Along with all that part of Tract B adjacent to the South Boundry of Lot 39. More commonly known as 7370 South West 13th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., whose address is 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness my hand and seal of this Court on the 18th day of July, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk Weltman, Weinberg Reis, Co., L.P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone No.: 954-740-5200 Facsimile: 954-740-5290 If you a person who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 422480 ON 8/8,15/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012CA111 BLUE CYPRESS GOLF AND RV RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, VS. MICHAEL EDWARD BROWN, “JANE DOE”, “UNKNOWN PERSONS IN POSSESSION #1”, and “UNKNOWN PERSONS IN POSSESSION #2”, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Public Notice 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012UNDER OR AGAINST HER YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose that certain mortgage, now owned and held by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc., dated November 13, 2006 and recorded on November 29, 2006, in Of cial Records Book 617, Page 4022; encumbering the following real property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, to-wit: All that certain lot or parcel of land situate in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida, and being more particularly described as follows: Lots 3 AND 4, TAYLOR COVE, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 60, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to SONYA K. DAWS, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., 215 South Monroe Street, Suite 510, Tallahassee, FL 32301, within thirty (30) days of rst publication and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorneys or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on July 6, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 423139 ON 8/1,8/2012 The following property located in Okeechobee, Florida, is the subject of this Notice of Sale: Unit No. B of Dwelling Structure 30 of Oak Tree Place, a Condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium recorded in OR Book 260, Page 999, and all exhibits and amendments thereof, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida together with all existing or subsequently erected or af xed buildings, improvements, and xtures (the “Property”). Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED on July 1, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 421424 ON 8/1,8/2012 Crossword Puzzle PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472012CA000111CAXXXX on July 24, 2012, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, BLUE CYPRESS GOLF AND RV RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, MICHAEL EDWARD BROWN (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit #254, BLUE CYPRESS GOLF & RV RESORT, and RV Condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof, recorded on January 22, 1991, in Of cial Record Book 320, Pages 741 through 811, (Condominium Plat Book 1, Pages 45 through 51); of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with allthe appurtenances of such unit according to the Declaration of Condominium. (PHASE II) at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 5th day of September, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 24th day o f July, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 422911 ON 8/8,15/2012 ACROSS 1 Cote bleats 5 Further 9 Big name in restaurant guides 14 Flattop opposite 15 Steady fellow 16 Author Zola 17 Plane or sander 18 Elongated fish 19 Turning point 20 Last leg of a race 23 Nice season? 24 Snail mail need 25 Color in the fourcolor process 27 Chocolate bar with crisped rice 34 Plug-and-play PC port 37 Borat creator Sacha Baron __ 38 Trappers gear 39 Sheltered Greek walkway 41 Numberguessing fundraiser 43 IRS agent 44 False __ 46 Pariss __ la Paix 48 Ambulance initials 49 Overseas newsgatherers 52 Run or ruin 53 Times spent in prison or in office 57 Dusting aid 59 Very little, in slang 64 Remove from the videotape 66 Clevelands lake 67 DDEs alma mater 68 Argentine grassland 69 Ole Miss rival 70 Modern Roman, e.g.: Abbr. 71 Take badly? 72 Disappearing slope apparatus 73 Big Board letters DOWN 1 Theyre drawn in tubs 2 In progress 3 Bakery quality 4 Serious 5 Aids partner 6 Look that may be accompanied by a smirk 7 Shopping news 8 Bounce, as from a bar 9 Gentle winds 10 Porthos, to Athos 11 Abraham, to Lincoln 12 Oodles 13 Place for a beret 21 Risky business, briefly 22 Brutus 300 26 Bee or Em 28 Fa follower 29 Rose feature 30 Rain more gently 31 Rectangular computer key 32 Stuff (into) 33 Lady birds 34 DoD fliers 35 D-Day target city 36 Monopoly, for one 40 House painters calculation 42 Dedicated verse 45 Card players goof 47 Ballpark figs. 50 Letters under a 4 51 Fashion sparkler 54 Out of practice 55 Cass and Michelle, famously 56 Old hat 57 PR specialists, and a word associated with the ends of 20-, 27-, 49and 59Across 58 I smell __!Ž 60 Unpaid loan, e.g. 61 Not bright at all 62 Bean town? 63 Wine tasters guesstimate 65 Healthful resort By Gary Steinmehl (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/15/11 03/15/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2012-CA-000128 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, V S. COURTNEY 0. DAVIS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated July 24, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2012CA-000128 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is the Plaintiff and COURTNEY 0. DAV IS; ANDREA P. DAVIS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 5th day of September 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 32, SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING THE PLAT Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000214 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, Plaintiff, VS. JOHN M. O’CONNELL et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated July 31, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2011CA-000214 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP is the Plaintiff and JOHN M. O’CONNELL; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN M. O’CONNELL N/K/A DORTHEY O’CONNELL; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; TENANT #1 N/K/A TASHA O’FALLON are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 5th day of September, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 38 AND 39, BLOCK 5 OF AMENDED PLAT OF OWNERSHIP OF R.E. HAMRICK AND ANNIE B. HAMRICK, HIS WIFE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 58, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 6298 US HIGHWAY 441 SE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on August 3, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F 10106657 COUNTRY-SPECFNMA-RUNASSIGNED-Team 2 F 10106657 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA CoIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010-CA-565 GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, 9119 Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 175 Tampa, Florida 33634, Plaintiff, v. RONALD P. MANTHE, IF LIVING, BUT IF DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES OF RONALD P. MANTHE, DECEASED, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Summary Judgment For Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 29, SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1999, 48 x 24 WINNER MOBILE HOME, SERIAL NUMBER: 8D610317LAB.Property address: 19955 NW 256th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash on September 12, 2012, on the 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, beginning at 11:00 am. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL OF THIS COURT ON July 27, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 423109 ON 8/8,15/2012 20 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000024 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, V S. CHUNG HAO CHEN et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated July 24, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2010CA-000024 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC*, is the Plaintiff and CHUNG HAO CHEN; KRISTY L. CHEN; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INT EREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, T he Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 5th day of September, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 19, BLOCK 23, BASSWOOD, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3534 NW 27TH AVENUE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on July 27, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Plaintiff name has changed pursuant to order previously entered. Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 T ampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10000600 CHASEDIRECTSPECFHLMC--Team 3 F10000600 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if y ou are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 423070 ON 8/1,8/2012 THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 32, SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 3,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 16157 NW 256TH STREET LOTS M & N, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on July 27, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F11001167 COUNTRY-CONV B/C-R-jbonin-Team 2 F11001167 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 423105 ON 8/1,8/2012 ordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 423569 ON 8/8,15/2012 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. Special to the Okeechobee NewsVisiting Nurses FoundationVisiting Nurses Foundation Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Kayla Harrison, Diane Wood. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSEducational Foundation/United Way ScholarshipOkeechobee Educational Foundation/United Way 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: Brittney Ball, Emily Raulerson, Linda Syfrett, Carissa Tyson, Maria Zapata, Jessica Wackler. In the back from left to right are: Nicholas Methner, Brianne Furphy, Vicki Hawthorne, Anna Warren.

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BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY FURNITURE TYPE OF BUSINESS HEALTHCARE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O. Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton www.floridacare.net Vitamins, Minerals Herbal Detox Nature’s Pantry 417 WS Park St. • (863) 467-1243 N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Okeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org Place in business card here!! 21 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJim Enrico Memorial ScholarshipJim Enrico Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Front row: (left to right) Reno Hunter, Ashley Watson, Allyson Matthews and Jon Enrico; back row (left to right) Kelsi Brown and Raychel Rabon. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHS Y oung Farmer/Rancher ScholarshipOkeechobee Farm Bureau, Young Farmer/Rancher Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. In the front are: (left to right) Erika Jones, Sara Wallace, Ashley Hassan and Jacob Larson; middle (left to right) Makenzie Tomlinson, Emilie Lege’, Raychel Rabon and Shyanne Prescott; back (left to right) Jason Rucks, Joshua Lea, John Stratton and Benjamin Kielbasa. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSCommunity Improvement Association Okeechobee Community Improvement Association Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Weena Harris, Nikole Casanova, Kiesha Cleckley and George Roberson. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSMedVance InstituteMedVance Institute Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Christina Russe, Gabriela Aguilar, Tara McIntosh, Kayla Agnew and Araceli Sanchez. Not pictured is Andrea Yanez.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee Christian Academy th Grade thth Now Offered“Inspiring a generation to love Christ and impact the world” Elvie PoseyElect ForCounty CommissionerI have a strong work ethic and a commitment to see Okeechobee County and its citizens prosper. I want to keep Okeechobee County an affordable place to live and also provide the level of services that our citizens deserve. To do this we must follow a plan to develop our economy and improve our revenue stream. If we control spending and expand our tax base we can lower our tax burden, improve our community and enjoy a better quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future generations. EXPERIENCEI Need Your Early Vote OR Your Vote on August 14th634-4399 • VoteElvie@aol.comPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Elvie Posey, Republican, for County Commissioner. PAST SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER• Served as District 5 County Commissioner 2004-2008 • Graduate of Florida Association of Counties Advanced Commissioner Certi cation Program • Member of Business Development Board of Okeechobee County • Governor’s appointee to Central Florida Regional Planning Council • Member of Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee • Widening and resurfacing of Berman Rd. • Worked with FDOT to make turn lanes on S.R 70 West at 67th Ave. and 87th Ave. • Repair of railroad crossing at 15A and 15B on Hwy 710 • Construction of the restation on 441 North • The Southwest drainage project on Wolff Rd. • The Treasure Island canal-cleaning project • Restoration of the old courthouse • Creation of the Okeechobee Battle eld State Park 22 Okeechobee News August 8, 2012 “The life ebbed out of her in her own bedroom, where he had no right to be,” the prosecutor told the jury. Then, Middleton grabbed Mrs. Christensen’s 42-inch at screen TV and walked the 139 feet from her home to his. Once inside his mobile home, he set the TV on the kitchen oor. Later that evening he sold the television for $200 and immediately bought more drugs. In his statement to Detective Marty D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Middleton admitted to heavy drug use on that hot July day. Because of that, he had little memory of what had happened. “I was so tore up—like I’ve never been in my life,” he told the detective. “She tried to push me out the door and that’s where (it) went crazy. It just went crazy.” “Then what happened?” asked the detective, in a taped interview two days after the killing. “I did what I did,” Middleton replied. He said he then crammed everything, except his Wolverine work boots, into a bag. Then, sometime later, he threw that bag into a dumpster at a convenience store on S.R. 710. Detective Faulkner said other detectives went to that dumpster but, by then, it had already been emptied. When investigators found those boots, they also found a drop of blood on one of the boots. Mrs. Christensen’s DNA was later found in that one droplet. It was those same boots from which OCSO crime scene investigators found a shoeprint left in the blood on Mrs. Christensen’s paycheck receipt they found under her arm. According to testimony from shoeprint expert Mark Chapman, from the Indian River Crime Laboratory, it was those same Wolverine boots that left a print on the right side of Mrs. Christensen’s face. But, Mr. Bakkedahl wasn’t buying Middleton’s statement that he was so “tore up” he didn’t know what he was doing. “He just cut this woman’s head off and he doesn’t remember what happened? He had total recall of that day—he had total recall of that day up until he sawed Roberta Christensen’s neck. Is that plausible?” the prosecutor asked the jury incredulously. Tasked with trying to save his client’s life, defense attorney Michael Heisey argued in his closing statement that while Middleton killed Mrs. Christensen it was not premeditated. “I’m not going to tell you her death wasn’t the result of Dale Middleton’s actions. Clearly, it was,” he told the jury. “But he didn’t go over there to rob her. He didn’t go over there to kill her. He went over there with the intent to borrow money.” He alluded to the fact that the Christensen’s home was not ransacked or disheveled, as it would be if someone was searching for cash. The Fort Pierce defense attorney also argued that Mrs. Christensen’s injuries were evidence of an absence of thought and planning. And, he continued, the theft of the television was merely an afterthought. “When he sees what he has done he panics and grabs the television on his wa y out the door,” said Mr. Heisey. But, argued Mr. Bakkedahl, Middleton knew exactly what he was doing. As he was leaving the home, Middleton not only grabbed the TV—he also took the time to pick up the remote control and the power cord, said Mr. Bakkedahl. Then, attacking Middleton’s admissions to Detective Faulkner, the prosecutor urged the jury not to believe what was said. “His confession is not some act of contrition—it is half truths and aimed at saving his hide,” he said. But in the end, it didn’t work. MURDERContinued From Page 1 By Pat DobbinsSpecial to the Okeechobee News It’s summertime! Baseball games, swimming, camping, hiking, or just playing outdoors – These are all great summer activities, but don’t forget about ticks that may be in the same environment. There are several things you can do to help prevent tick bites and reduce your risk of tick-borne disease. After being in wooded areas, grassy areas, or even after a summer picnic, you should check your scalp and hair, behind the ears, the neck and under the arms. Usually ticks try to nd a nice warm spot to hide and latch onto to your skin, but sometimes they can choose the strangest places, so please check your whole body thoroughly. Some ticks are small enough to crawl into shoes or through socks, so when you are hiking, or taking a stroll through wooded areas, tuck your pant legs into your socks. Also, it’s a good idea to wear light-colored clothing, because it will help you spot any ticks that may be crawling around looking for a place to bite! For added protection, you can also use an insect repellent with DEET, but please always follow the product instructions! Repellents containing 20% or more DEET can be applied to the skin, and can provide some protection for several hours. Please talk to your healthcare provider before applying repellents on young children. Before you go into your home, check your clothing and your pets for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing and pets and any ticks that are found should be removed immediately. Watch for signs o f illness such as rash or fever, and see a health care provider if these develop. Remember that it can take up to 30 days before you have symptoms of a tick related disease. Your risk of getting a tick-borne illness depends on many factors, including where you live, what type of tick bit you, and how long the tick was attached. If you become ill after a tick bite, please see your doctor. You can get more information about ticks at this website: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/ Summer weather and activities increase chance of exposure to ticks

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2 on 2 Baseball competition plannedManny Sanguillen, former professional baseball player, will host a 2-on-2 Baseball Competition for boys ages 8-15 on Saturday, A ug. 18, at the Sports Complex Baseball Fields. The competition starts at 10 a.m. Register at Okeechobee Parks & Recreation of ce in the Sports Complex Monday-Friday. between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is $10 per child. For more information contact Harvey Lee 561-762-4533 or email: harveylee44@yahoo.com, or Parks & Recreation 863-763-6950. Y outh soccer signups to openSign-ups for the Youth Soccer League will begin Aug. 13-31, for youth ages 5-14. Registration is $35 per child and is conducted at the Parks & Recreation Dept., in the Sports Complex, Monday-Friday between 8:30-5 p.m. A birth certi cate is required at registration. The age determination date is December 31, 2012. League play will begin Saturday, Sept. 29, and end before Christmas. For more information, call 863-763-6950.OHS 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.Dates are set for inaugural Okeechobee Summer GamesOkeechobee's rst Summer Games are set for 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. Freedom Outreach shing tournament slatedThe nal Freedom Outreach shing tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the championship is to be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must have shed at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Wounded Warrior bene tFishing Tournament setA shing tournament for Wounded Warriors will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 beginning at 5 p.m. at Okee Tantie Campground and Marina. For more information call Ron Hall at 561-329-0002. Sports News in Brief 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PRICE APPETIZERS (from 11am until 7pm at the bar!!) After 9pm 2 for 1 Drinks All Day Starting at $ 7.99CHOOSE TWO TO CREATE YOUR OWN FAVORITE LUNCH COMBO THREE CHOICES FOR VOTING MAILEARLYELECTION DAY Absentee VotingAny registered voter may vote by mail. WOULD YOU LIKE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or through our website at www.voteokeechobee.com Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Elections Of ce by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. Early Voting Dates: Sunday, August 5 thru Saturday, August 11 8:30 am to 4:30 p.mAt Only One Location Elections Of ce 304 NW 2nd Street Historic CourthouseTuesday, August 14 POLLS OPEN 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. To verify your polling place, you may call the Elections Of ce at 763-4014, email the of ce at elections@voteokeechobee.com or use the of ce’s website at www.voteokeechobee.comDid you know voting in a precinct in which you do not live is illegal? Yes, it is illegal to vote in a precinct where you do not live. Section 101.045(1)F.S.VERY IMPORTANT! If you have moved or had a name change since you last voted, or if you are unsure if you changed your address or name, contact the Elections Of ce (763-4014)to avoid delays on Elections Day. 23 Okeechobee News A ugust 8, 2012 Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for the week of Aug. 3 are: rst place, Vern Johnson; second place, Jack Kidwell; third place, Rick Jordan; fourth place tie, Chet Hendren and Gary Lee. Gold Tee Winners

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