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15.11 feetLast Year: 13.75 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A new federal report shows 58.9 percent of stu dents who attended Okeechobee High School an d or the Okeechobee Achievement Academy earned a standard diploma within four years during the 2011 2012 school year. The federal rate is more stringent than the ol d state rate which allowed students who earne d general education diplomas (GED) and those yo u earned performance based diplomas to be factore d into the graduation rate. The only diploma counte d now is a standard diploma. The rate also doesn t count students who earned a diploma in over fou r years. The federal graduation rate for Okeechobee wa s 54.8 percent in 2007-2008, 56.9 percent in 2009 2009, 58.5 percent in 2009-2010, and 61.9 percen t in 2010-2011. Okeechobee graduation rates drop Wednesday, December 12, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 149 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Deputies catch car burglar in the act ... Page 15 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenTwo little angels ...Okeechobee clubs, organizations, businesses and churches entered the annual Okeechobee Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Okeechobee. Peace Lutheran Preschools oat featured little angels. For more, see page 2. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News While its too early to know for sure, but one more day spent searching for an elderly man who went missing in August may have nally yielded some clues. Newton H. Whidden, 85, has been missing since Monday, Aug. 20. The Sarasota mans 2000 white Dodge Caravan was found Wednesday, Aug. 22, around 3 p.m. on N.E. 128th Avenue in Okeechobee County. The vehicle appeared to be stuck in a small ditch. Deputies and detectives from the Sarasota County Sheriffs Of ce (SCSO), Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) and the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of ce (SLCSO) spent all day Thursday, Aug. 23, combing the vast acres of pasture land for any signs of the missing man. OCSO deputies and detectives continued their search the next day by searching Search for missing man uncovers bonesOHS wrestlers compete in Big Lake Classic ... Page 8 See SCHOOL Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDetective Captain John Rhoden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), reaches for a bone from a pile found in a sod eld Tuesday morning, Dec. 11. See BONES Page 5
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription God With Usand other seasonal favoritesThe beautiful blend of 54 voices comprising this seasons choir represents singers from 18 local churches. Frank Carter, a very talented concert pianist, arranger, composer & Director of Arts & Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach has once again composed the Christmas cantata as he did for Easter. In addition to accompanying, Frank will play some of his Christmas Carol arrangements. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the nal selection, Handels Hallelujah! Chorus. Admission is Free, but a love offering will be taken to defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 634-7714 Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Today: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 81F. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers, then rain showers after midnight. Low of 64F. Chance of rain 40%. Thursday: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 77F. Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenChristmas parade in OkeechobeeThe Okeechobee Steelers took a few minutes to visit with Santa before the Okeechobee Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Okeechobee. For more photos onlne, go to Florida.newszap.com. In the lighted Christmas parade, even the horses sport holiday lights and decorations.
By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Teens across the state are being asked to take the Challengethe Teen Driver Challengeto not only save their lives but the lives of others. During the 12-hour course, teens will not only learn driving techniques that can save their lives; they will also learn about their vehicles, how to maintain their vehicles, the dynamics of their automobiles, the dangers of drinking and driving, and the dangers of aggressive driving. Classes are held on two consecutive days. The rst day includes instruction, while the teens will undergo an eight-hour session the second day that will feature vehicle operation. Participants in the class use their personal vehicles. These training courses are offered at no expense to participants, and are being sponsored statewide by State Farm Insurance. Gretchen Robertson, of Gretchen Robertson Insurance Agency in Okeechobee, on Friday, Dec. 7, presented Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May a check for $1,000 to help fund the local teen driving initiative. Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), said sponsorship funds will be used to buy items that are needed to make the program a success. Some examples may include course completion T-shirts and lunch on Saturday so the training can continue without interruption, said Sgt. Stripling, a certied class instructor. Sgt. Stripling went on to explain that the Teen Driver Challenge is an ongoing class for teens between the ages of 15 and 21. The classes are held on the second weekend o f each month, and teens can register by going to the OCSO web site, www.okeesheriff. org. All class participants must have a valid drivers license or permit, added Sgt. Stripling. Car crashes are the number one cause o f death among young people. Young people are more likely to be killed in a car crash than any other way. Nationwide, a car crash happens every 12 seconds. 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! Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Classes aimed at keeping teen drivers safe By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News About $3,200 in damage was estimated early Friday, Dec. 7, when a Waste Management garbage truck caught re not far from the Okeechobee Correctional Institution, paramedic David Harris said. Four re crews and ve units were dispatched just after 7 a.m. to 5050 N.E. 168th Street and found the rear of the truck engulfed in ames. Firemen said the load of garbage was dumped onto the road, separated and extinguished without dif culty. Fire crews did nd aerosol cans in the debris and speculated that might have started the blaze. The State Fire Marshall was dispatched to the scene to investigate. The Mack 2001 truck suffered extensive damage but there were no injuries reported. Fire crews from the nearby station were on the scene in less than two minutes. Crews were on the scene for over an hour. Garbage truck re under investigation Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppThe Gretchen Robertson Insurance Agency presented a $1,000 check Friday, Dec. 7, to Sheriff Paul May to help fund the ongoing Teen Driver Challenge. The free, two-day class teaches drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 such things as how to operate their vehicles safely, how to properly maintain their vehicles and the dangers of drinking and driving. On hand for the check presentation were: (front, left to right) Jessaka Starr, Maurisa Tremain, Gretchen Robertson, Sheriff May and Glorybee Corona; (back, left to right) Randi Davis, Matt Welbourne, Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling and Deputy Mark Roberts. BHR church Knights of Columbus to host dinnerKnights of Columbus, Buckhead Ridge, (St. Theresa church) located on Highway 78 West and Chobee Loop, will serve a Pork Roast Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, roll and dessert. Take out is available. A donation of $8 for adults and $3 for children is requested.Women of the Moose plan dinner/danceOkeechobee WOTM Chapter 956, 139 S.W. 36th St., will host a dinner/dance fund raiser on Saturday, Dec. 15 A Christmas dinner will be served featuring ham and all the xings from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by Lisa will be featured from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.
Y oung peopleWhile sitting in Judge Bryants Drug Court, I couldnt help feeling depressed about the direction that these young people w ere taking in their lives. They are the young people that are going to be taking care of my needs and others in the future. Then I come back to reality and realized that there is a bright future when there are young people like Taylor Fulford waiting in the wings to take control of mine and others lives. I recently had the honor of being asked by Taylors grandfather to participate in the J uvenile Diabetes Foundation walk-a-thon, I quickly responded yes. Being in the medical eld most of my life, I know the incredible dif culty faced by a child and her parents in living and caring for a child with Juvenile Diabetes. Every day presents new challenges as the parents struggle with regulating the childs blood sugar to keep them from going into insulin shock or diabetic coma. Taylor not only excelled as a student but has also been a role model for her fellow students, and has also been an inspiration to everyone she comes into contact with. Even though she may not have won the title of Miss Teenage Florida, she certainly put Okeechobee on the map proving the quality of young people coming out of Okeechobee. Ronald Reagan has always been my hero and I often recall how he said America was the shining City on the hill, if that is true then Taylor will surely be its Mayor. In my rst performance as a budding performer in Santa Monica, California at the ripe old age of four years old, I sang my rst song on stage. The song I sang to my cousin was You Are My Sunshine, and Taylor you are Mine and everyone in Okeechobees personal Sunshine. Bryant H. Culpepper Collaborative Council collecting toys for needyThe Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network, is once again collecting Christmas toys and clothing for needy and foster children. If you or your organization would like to donate a single toy, deliver a truck load or sponsor a family, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000 ext. 257. Thank you in advance for your generosity. City plans holiday eventsSanta will travel around inside the city limits on a City of Okeechobee re truck. On Dec. 19 he will drive through the northwest and northeast sections of the City of Okeechobee. On Dec. 20, he will travel through the southeast section. On Dec. 21, he will visit the southwest section of the city.Ring the Bell for Christmas!If you would like to volunteer to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army, please contact me at 863-357-0427. Volunteers are needed Monday though Saturday until Christmas eve (ringing began the day after Thanksgiving). The coverage needed will be from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. but you need only volunteer for two to three hours at a time.Big Lake Missions has Christmas Toy DriveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their 17th annual Toy Drive for their underprivileged children in the community. We screen our families for needs and the gifts are to be put under their tree Christmas morning. We are in need of gifts for all ages from one day old to teens. Donations can be toys, gifts, stores gift cards or monetary donations made out to Big Lake Mission Outreach. Donations will be accepted until Christmas day. Individuals may also adopt a family. People applying for the need of the toy drive for their children must be in by Dec. 16. For more information please call 863763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.Marines Toys for Tots drive under way locallyThe 2012 Marines Toys of Tots collection drive is under way. Local toy drop of f sites are: A Childs World, WOKC, Trends, Walgreens, The UPS Store, One Stop Party, Freshman Campus, Hoskins and Turco, Silver Dollar Internet Cafe, Advanced Americ a Physical Therapy of Okeechobee/Total Fitness Okeechobee, Fire Station and Custom Framing Art Gallery. Distribution will b e held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 710 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be present and proof of Okeechobee residency (photo ID with address) is required. If you have additional questions or would like to be added as a drop off site, please do not hesitate to contact at 863-634-5852. Special thanks to Santa, Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners & Okeechobee Count y Sheriffs Department for sponsorship of th e 2012 program.Community Choir presents Christmas CantataIn its 14th year under the direction o f Sandy Perry, the Community Choir will present the Christmas Cantata, God With Us, seasonal favorites and Handels Hallelujah! Chorus from the Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate, at 7 p.m. Frida y and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. 2nd St. Fifty-two voices representing 17 local churches will sing a variety of songs followed by the premier of the cantata which was composed b y Frank Carter, especially for the Okeechobe e Community Choir. Frank, who will be accompanying the choir, serves as the directo r of music and art at Good Shepherd United Methodist church in West Palm Beach, and is a very accomplished concert pianist as well as composer, and will be playing his Christmas Carol arrangements during th e prelude and offertory. Frank will also hav e Christmas CDs available for purchase. Tickets are NOT required for admission. A lov e offering will be taken to help defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sand y at 863-634-7714. December 12, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Holiday Happenings Letters to the editor Santa at the librarySanta and his Elf will be at the Library during Storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and parents are welcome to bring their cameras to capture the moment. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Okeechobee Library and is free to the public. Christmas Boat Parade to be heldThe Okeechobee Yatchette Clubs 29th annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15. The public is welcome. Decorate your boats and meet us on Taylor Creek at State Road 70 by Burger King between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and will travel down Taylor Creek to the Rim Canal and will then turn left. Anyone with a boat is welcome to decorate it and participate. The parade will end at the V FW Post on U.S. 441 S.E., where the VFW w ill serve a chili dinner. For more information, call Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.My Aunts House seeks toysMy Aunts House has hundreds of requests for Christmas assistance already this y ear. If you, your club, church or sorority can donate a toy, sponsor a child or an entire family, please do so. You can drop off your donation to the Community Collaborative Council or call 863-634-2306 Toy give away plannedOkeechobee County Fire Rescue, Volunteer Division Inc., will host a toy giveaway for children with special needs and/or disabilities this Christmas. Familys that have a child with a special need or disability should come by the WOKC radio station or the EOC at 707 N.W. 6th Street to pick an information form. Children must live within Okeechobee County. Applications must be lled out and returned to the EOC, by Saturday, Dec. 15. Toys will be hand delivered by re ghter in a re truck to each childs home Dec. 21, 22, and 23. Toys will be delivered until all are given out.Fountain of Life presents musical dramaPastor Dave and Linda Robertson and Fountain of Life Church present, Perspectives of Christmas, an original musical, on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. In this original musical drama, the story of the nativity is told from various points of view. Hear from Mary and Joseph as they remember back to that special occasion. Listen as Dimeon and Anna sing of that day they had awaited for so long. See the wisemen and shepherds proclaim the birth of a king; The King! Location: 1302 S.W. 32nd St. Nursery available for ages 3 and under. Call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297, for more information.
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. 5 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Okeechobee had one of the lowest graduation rates in the state as only three districts had lower rates. Okeechobee County was tied with Putnam County Schools. School of cials noted 78.5 percent of students, 266, earned a standard diploma in the 2011-2012 school year, nine students earned special diplomas, 29 received certi cates of compliance, and 13 received performance based diplomas. The district data showed 339 of 368 students received some sort of diploma, or 92-percent. This is an increase from 2010-2011 when 389 of 467 students received some sort of diploma, 83 percent. The report showed 64.3 percent of white students, 29.8 percent of black students, 62.4 percent of Hispanic students, and 10 percent of American Indian students earned a standard diploma within four years. The federal report showed of the 455 students who attended high school here, 2 percent earned special diplomas, 3.5 percent GEDs, and 18.7 percent dropped out. Okeechobee High School's rates are higher than the district-wide rates. Data shows that 72.6 percent of white students, 45.6 percent of black students and 71.6 percent of Hispanic students at Okeechobee High School graduated within four years. The Okeechobee Achievement Academy struggled with only one of 30 students able to earn a standard diploma in four years under the federal guidelines. The actual drop out rate stood at 4.5 percent for 2011-2012 a decline from 5.3 percent in 2010-2011. The state rate stood at 1.9-percent for 2011-2012. The report showed 34 of 784 white students at OHS dropped out or 4.3 percent. The report added 14 of 346 Hispanic and Latino students were considered drop outs and four out of 101 black students were listed as drop outs. The report said eight of 31 American Indian students at OHS dropped out of school. Glades County schools had a graduation rate of 64.8 percent for 2011-2012, up from 47.7 percent in 2010-2011. The federal report showed 68.8 percent of white students, 56.3 percent of black students, and 66.7 percent of Hispanic students received the standard diploma within four years. The state graduation rate stood at 74.5 percent for 2011-2012 an improvement from 70.6 percent in 2010-2011. Assistant Superintendent Joni Ard said the graduation rate increased at the high school but decreased at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy and that is a concern to the district. She said they will look very closely at all of the factors that are calculated in these rates and see what they can do to increase them. She said most of the Heartland Area Schools improved their graduation rates this year. "It is really good to have this data so we can see where the problems are and where we need to focus. An eye opener was our African American population and the number of graduates," she explained. On the positive side, drop out rates are down and school of cials hope to continue that trend, she added. "We take all the data seriously. Each year we have comprehensive planning and this data is a very important piece. It is not just about the high school. We have to look from the time students start school and make sure they have the skills necessary to be successful at the high school level when they get there," she added. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 several small ponds in the area, as well as trudging through acres and acres of grass in hopes of nding Mr. Whidden. Despite their efforts, their work was in v ain. But that may have changed Tuesday. OCSO personnel were searching the same again on Dec. 11 when two small piles of bones were found in a sod eld located behind Faith Farms. "We're not sure what they are (the bones). We've got crime scene coming," said OCSO Detective Captain John Rhoden at the scene. OCSO Detective William Suggs found a few pieces of bone in the eld Tuesday morning. As Capt. Rhoden was leaving that area to escort OCSO crime scene personnel to the area he found a larger area of bones several yards away from Detective Suggs' discovery. The veteran detective surmised that machines used to harvest the sod had probably run over the bones then scattered them, and broke them into smaller pieces. Capt. Rhoden said the bones will be collected and bagged then taken to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce. At this point, he cautioned, it's way too early to tell if these were even human bones much less those of the missing octogenarian. He also explained that the reason the sheriff's of ce was conducting another search on Tuesday because of the change in seasons. "We're doing it now because the grass is changing color and maybe something will show up," said Capt. Rhoden. Which is exactly what happened. As Detective Suggs was walking through the sod eld where the sod had been harvested, all that what was left was dirt and sod remnants that is turning brown, which then made the light colored bones stand out. Mr. Whidden was last seen in the area of 4800 10th St. in Sarasota. Law enforcement still does not know how his vehicle got to Okeechobee County, nor do they know if he drove it here or it was stolen then abandoned here. Capt. Rhoden said there were about 25 people searching the area Tuesday which included people on horseback, all terrain vehicles and on foot. Of cers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) were assisting, as well as members of the OCSO auxiliary. Even though the bones were found Tuesday morning, Capt. Rhoden said they would continue searching for at least the rest of the day. BONESContinued From Page 1 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Utility Authority Board may rethink plans to expand sewer service to the Treasure Island area. At their Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting, board members did not make any decisions about the future of the East Side Force Main project, but several members indicated they have doubts about the viability of the expansion plans. "I have been wrestling with a lot of things that need to be done," said OUA Chairman Steve Nelson. He proposed a moratorium on future projects due to current instability of the economy. Keith Walpole, representing the Economic Council of Okeechobee, said the plan to expand the waste water system made sense in 2007. He said the Economic Council supported the plans when they were rst proposed. At the time, several new developments were planned for Okeechobee County which would have added around 3,000 new customers to the OUA system. "Unfortunately, none of us saw what was coming," he continued. "That projected growth of 3,000 new customers just isn't there today," he said. Mr. Walpole encouraged the board to make the tough decisions necessary. "We know a signi cant amount of moneyroughly $1.6 millionhas already been spent on the project. It's hard to walk away from that. But at some point you have to stop," he continued. He said if they go ahead with the project, the $17 million (plus interest) expense will fall on the homeownersapproximately 1,600 people who live in the Treasure Island area. He said many of those homeowners are senior citizens living on xed incomes. Mr. Walpole also pointed out that if the concern is to get homes near the lake off septic tanks to improve water quality, there should be more state and federal funding to help. "We as a community give water management about $600,000 a year in taxes," he said. In the past 15 years, water management has only given OUA about $1.7 million, he continued. "It seems to me if it's that important to clean up the water, they should come up with more help with the sewer system. Water management has spent millions buying up land. If they think this system is important, they should participate at a higher level with funding help." OUA board member Thomas Hoover said the Economic Council's concerns are valid, but added that it is a struggle for the OUA to make a budget with no more customers than they have. He said OUA needs the city and the county's support to require water and sewer hookups for new construction and expansions in areas where lines are available. Mr. Hoover also pointed out that infrastructure such as the waste water expansion are necessary to promote growth. If in the future, this project becomes mandated, the expense could be much higher than it is today, he added. Mr. Nelson suggested the OUA hold regular quarterly workshops with city and county of cials to discuss issues such as the land development regulations and increasing the number of water and sewer customers. OUA board member Tommy Clay said he is uncomfortable with the thought of a 40-year loan and the interest that would build up on such a loan. "I have taken the time to ride through Treasure Island," he said. "I look at the businesses that are closed and the buildings that are empty. I don't see how we can put that burden on that community. "It's at a point where I think we have to stop and put things on hold and see what this economy is going to do," he said. Attorney Tom Conely cautioned the board that no decision should be made without a critical piece of information. At this point, they don't know how muchif anyUSDA grant money will be allocated for the East Side Force Main project. "What's going to happen with the grant? That's the missing piece of the puzzle," Mr. Conely said. The board cannot make an informed decision until we know what will happen with the grant." OUA may delay sewer line expansion plans
Stroke Support Group to meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Avenue, will host a Stroke Support Group on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:50 p.m. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during the session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, families and patients. For more information, feel free to call 863-763-1700.Poker tournament will bene t Aurora JuarezA Poker Tournament and dinner will be held to bene t Aurora Juarez, a former Okeechobee County School Board employee, on Wednesday, Dec. 12 The BBQ pork dinner will be held at the Redneck Yacht Club, 3912 Hwy. 441 S.E., 46:30 p.m. Lunch deliveries are available from 11 a.m.2 p.m. Call numbers for lunch are Lisa at 863-6973705 or Lauri at 863-634-0039. Tournament registration begins at 6 p.m. and cards in the air at 7 p.m. There is a $50 donation entry fee. For tournament information and signups call, Rhonda at 863-634-6586 or Moe at 863-634-0057, or sign up at Pogey's Restaurant.December Main Street MixerThe December mixer will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 Highway 441 North from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy a peaceful evening with friends during the Christmas Holiday season. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director, Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Avenue (across the street from CVS, in the Chamber building).Bene t blood drive plannedA bene t blood drive will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff's Department for the bene t of Paul McGee, husband of Linda McGee who is the communication of cer for the department. Paul is battling leukemia. The need for blood will be very great during this period and a large turnout is requested.Concealed Weapon Permit classThe December Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted at the Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Range class on the following Saturday. You may register on-line at www.okeechobeebusiness.com, click on the calendar, then click on the date of the event, then click online registration, once this windo w opens click on the non-member login, then ll out the application and then click nish when you have completed the form. You must come by the Chamber of ce and pa y in advance. The cost for this class is $35.00. Weapons will be provided or you may bring your own. See you there!Everglades Elementary School plans McTeacher NightEverglades Elementary fund raiser event will be held at the McDonald's on Park Street Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5-7 p.m. Ten percent of all sales during those hours will be used for rewards for our rst and second grade students. Please come out and support us!Okeechobee Elks LodgeLast chance to become a charter member of the Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge. If you are interested, please attend the meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the VFW South 441 at 7 p.m. If you have any questions, please call J. Jones at 863-467-2658.AmVets to host weekend funAmVets Post 200 #8591 on State Road 78 W, is offering the following activities the weekend of Dec. 14 17 : On Friday, karaoke by Chuck Darling. Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes dinner for only $5 donation, from 5:30-7 p.m. On Saturday, members Christmas party at 7 p.m. with music by Will. On Sunday, wings with music by Jam Session, with Will. On Monday, euchre at 1 p.m.Martha's House yard saleMartha's House will have a HUGE yard sale on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, at 4134 Hwy. 441 North from 8 a.m. 2 p.m. For more information, please call 863-763-2893.Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 to host dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 to host dinner on Friday, Dec. 14 Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Music by Mike King until 11 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy either steak, pork chops or sh and shrimp dinners for a donation of $11 and $7 with all proceeds to bene t Veterans & Family Needs. For more information, please call Gordie at 863-467-2882.4-Hers to clean saddlesThe Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will have a saddle cleaning fundraiser, Saturday, Dec. 15 at Eli's Trailer Sales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Suggested donations for cleaning are saddles $15, bridles $10, Full Set, $20, silver $5. Money raised will go towards competition expenses of the Equestrian Drill Team. For more information, please contact Laur a 863-801-3599. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Barbara L. Picklesimer, 78SEBRING Barbara L. Picklesimer,formerly a resident of Okeechobee from 1987 until 1995, died at her residence in Sebring on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Services and burial will take place in W. Va. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Local arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Brandy Nicole McKinney, 26OKEECHOBEE Brandy Nicole McKinney, died at her mother's home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The family will hold a memorial service at a future date. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Emily Jensen, 92OKEECHOBEE Emily Jensen passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Okeechobee Health Care Facility in Okeechobee, Fla. She was born in Hammond, Ind. on Dec. 12, 1919 to Robert and Francis Hook. She married her husband, Albert Jensen, on April 26, 1947. Together they raised three children and were in the farming business. She also worked as an aide in the local hospital in Winamac, Ind. She had been a member of Jehovah's Witnesses for over sixty years, the last thirty- ve y ears in Okeechobee. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers; sisters; husband, Albert Jensen; son, Lewis Jensen. Survivors include her son, Charles Jensen (Patti) of Winamac, Ind.; daughter, Lori Brazil (Sam) of Okeechobee; three grandchildren, W anda, Kenneth and Jessica; two great grandchildren, Arianna and Mia; as well as nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Okeechobee at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 with Brother Berney Hall of ciating. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at: www.BassOkeecchobeeFuneralHome.com. All local arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Helen Louise Lorenz, 86OKEECHOBEE Helen Louise Lorenz went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, while at her home surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Vero Beach, Fla., raised her family in West Palm Beach, Fla. and retired over 20 years ago to Okeechobee. She was the daughter of Iva Mae Hall and Avon Charles Cato. Helen was united in marriage on June 20, 1946, to her loving husband, Raymond L. Lorenz. Raymond preceded Helen in death as did her brothers, Charles, Leroy and Harold. Survivors include her children, Sandra (Terry) Gauger, Katherine (Randy) Fox, David (Barbara) Lorenz and Theresa (Gary) Humphrey; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her sisters, Shirley Mae Cato, (Betty Fred), (Louise "Tiny"); and brothers, Ronald (Brenda Boales) and Robert Cato. Visitation will be held, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Helen's memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Minnie Mae Robinson, 97OKEECHOBEE Minnie Mae Robinson died at Raulerson Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The family will hold a memorial service at a future date. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: Wed Sat 10am 4pm863-824-0484Savings Coupon25% OFF storewideCoupon must be presented at time of purchase. Expires December 29, 2012 Cant be combined with any other discounts.Our Sisters Place, Inc.THRIFT STORE3182 Highway 441 SE Okeechobee501c3 charity bene ts victims of domestic violence EIN 20-0932817 Donations accepted during store hours A special thank you to all our supporters since our October 3, 2012 opening valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service 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 7 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsKodi Stephen was honored with the Most V aluable Player Award while Kutter Crawford won the Brahman Award at the annual Okeechobee High School boys golf team awards banquet Wednesday night at Beef OBradys Restaurant. Stephen ended his high school career with a stellar senior year where he averaged 36.7 per nine holes, just over par. He quali ed for regional as he shot 73 at the district tournament. He shot a 76 at the regional and just missed the cut to qualify for the state nals. OHS Golf Coach Kenny Buckner applauded Stephen for his leadership and his play this y ear. He said he played the best golf of his career and will be hard to replace. He played very, very well. His back issues kind of put him behind everybody. I think if he didnt have those problems he could have w on a state title, he added. Stephen intends to attend Florida Gulf Coast University and become a golf coach, teacher, or pursue another job in the golf industry. He doesnt rule out playing golf in college. Stephen said he de nitely worked hard and that he felt he accomplished a lot of his goals this year. I did as well as I could have this year. I really felt I succeeded to make it to regional, he added. Stephen said he will always wonder what might have happened if he hadnt had injury problems with his back. Twice he was laid up with broken bones in his back in recent years. He has played golf since he was three years old and if nothing else, plans to play recreationally all his life. Crawford said he felt it was a pretty good accomplishment to claim the Brahman Award. He also was proud of the work he has done in the classroom this year. It was an up and down year for him on the links as he started off rough, had a good patch during the middle of the year, and shot well at the district tournament. It will be tough to take Kodis spot next year. He shot so well this year. I think the young guys will de nitely get better as they get older. They will hit the ball longer and be more consistent, he added. Crawfords main sport is baseball where he has a chance to star as a middle in elder and on the mound for the Brahmans over the next two seasons. His ultimate goal is to play college baseball. Coach Buckner said he felt the boys golf team has a bright future. He said the four freshmen have the potential to be very good players if they continue to play golf and work at their games. He noted the team shot the same score at the district tournament two years in a row, but in 2011 nished fourth, and eighth in 2012. That, he said, shows golf is getting much stronger on the Treasure Coast. It also shows our young guys played very well at districts. I think they will get much better. They learned a lot this year and we should improve next year, he added. The team had a number of scholar athletes this year that included Elijah Finney, Zach Hudson and Crawford. Finney, Hudson, Jarred Morgan and Kyle Mullins earned rst-year letters, Crawford a three-year letter, and Stephen a four year letter this year. OHS boys golf team honored at banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKutter Crawford won the Brahman Award. Also in photo is OHS Golf Coach and Athletic Director Kenny Buckner. Kodi Stephen claimed the Most Valuable Golfer Award for the 2012 Boys Golf Team. He accepted the award from Golf Coach Kenny Buckner.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful, knowledgeable Publix Pharmacy associates. To truly care about you and your health. Give you answers on prescription and over-the-counter medications. And work hard to help you feel better. Trust us to have your best interests at heartincluding ways to save money, with these FREE medications: antibiotics,* lisinopril,** and metformin.*** Publix at Northlake Village 3551 US Highway 441 S. OkeechobeePharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. 8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Pharmacy Phone number: 863.763.0428Everything you love about Publix. And more.Publix Pharmacy now open at Northlake Village.publix.com/pharmacy *Up to a 14-day supply of select antibiotics. **All strengths included. Maximum 30-day supply (60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded. *** All strengths of generic immediate-release metformin included. Maximum 30-day supply (90 tablets). 8 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee nished in sixth place at their annual home tournament, the Big Lake Classic, Dec. 10, as they wrestled some of the stronger teams in the state. Wellington was the team champion followed by Sebring, South Fort Myers, Avon Park and Lakeland. Coach Robert Olive admitted his team struggled a little bit against some of the top talent in the state, but that he wanted to challenge them. "We want to wrestle the best. This is a good barometer for our guys," he explained. Okeechobee defeated Haines City 38-31 and Sarasota Military Academy 47-34 in pool play before they fell to Avon Park in a tough match 39-36 and Wellington, 46-34. Allen Leitner (171 pounds) had a strong tournament as he nished in second place, just one point away from the championship. Greg Hernandez was also impressive as he took second place in the heavyweight division. Coach Olive said the wrestlers now know what they have to work on and how they have to improve if they want to reach the state tournament in February. "The season is now in high gear. We were in better condition than most of the other teams but we still need to work on our aggressiveness and movement," he added. Del no Garcia took the consolation championship, third place, in the 106pound weight class, Brandon Vickers nished fourth in the 113 pound weight class, Ryan Hagan took third at 145 pounds, and Edwin Robles nished third at 195 pounds. Haines City nished seventh, followed by Harmony (St. Cloud), Sebastian River and Sarasota Militar y Academy. Haines City wrestler, Garry Evans, 145 pounds, won the tournament MVP. Josh Miller of Sebring received the outstanding coach award. OHS wrestlers compete in Big Lake Classic Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEdwin Robles took third place at the Big Lake Wrestling Classic held Saturday at OHS. Cory Vickers (right) gets ready to tangle with his Wellington opponent on the mats Saturday. Greg Hernandez (below) wrestled well at the Big Lake Classic as he nished in second place in the heavyweight division.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 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 PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg! An An An kl kl kl e e e Fr Fr Fr ac ac ac tu tu tu re re re s s s Fo Fo Fo ot ot ot F F F ra ra ra ct ct ct ur ur ur es es es Fo Fo ot ot U U lc lc er er s s Ve Ve no no us us S S ta ta si si s s Ul Ul ce ce rs rs Le Le g g g In In fe fe ct ct io io ns ns We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)235 NE 19th Dr Okeechobee www. oridafootspecialist.com CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signicant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called realtime tracking and killing of tumor. What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has an y form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the ofces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this ofce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee. 9 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church 1731 Hunter Road, would like to announce they now have a full-time pastor, Pastor Arlen Cook. They invite everyone to attend serv ices: Sunday School 9:45 a.m., worship serv ice 11 a.m. and Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; W ednesday evening service at 7 p.m., with supper starting at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. 9th St. (4 blocks west of Sun Trust Bank). The public is invited to share this memorable service with us at 7 p.m. For more information, please call: 863-763-0669. Peace Lutheran Church will have Adv ent worship services Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 19. A light meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. With services following at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Christmas Eve Worship Services will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Victory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. Ninth St, would like to invite the public to attend any or all services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned singing and praising God. Enjoy our youth band, consisting of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as, various singing groups. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, please call: 863-763-0669. Oakview Baptist Church invites children to our Awana Club. Awana Club includes children from Kindergarten to 5 grade. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Please call the Church of ce for more details at 863-763-1699. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Church will have a yard sale/clothing sale every second Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1401 N.E. 14th Avenue, Okeechobee. All funds go to support the soup kitchen. Call Crystal Harris for more information at 863-612-6395. 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 harmonicacome and enjoy! Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Womens Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. 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. Okeechobee area churches plan holiday programs
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ORTHOPAEDICS Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Most insurances and Medicare are accepted.Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Orthopaedic Surgeon Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in Okeechobee 1924 Hwy 441 N. | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | 863-357-0540 New and Improved! Come check it out for yourself! orida.newszap.com What you will nd inside? Whos Who in the County, City, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, School Board, Etc. ~ Employment ~ Recreation ~ Festivals Publish Date: January 25, 2013 Call Now to reserve your advertising space! (863) 763-3134 RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center301 NE 19th Avenue Okeechobee 863.357.0039 772.202.0151Free Second Opinions Courtesy Transportation Free ConsultationThe only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including Medicaid 10 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School girls basketball team lost to Sebastian Middle, 37-7, Thursday. It was a close game for a quarter until the Sharks height advantage inside took over. Coach Tammy Wright said the team came out hard and strong and moved the ball ef ciently but couldnt score any points. From the second quarter until the end we lost our momentum, focus and our will to w in. We failed to produce on either end of the court for the most part, she said. Wright said Yearling gave up far too many easy buckets. Raylee Coleman had four points and Brooke OHagan added two points for Y MS. Osceola MIddle School girls basketball team lost to Storm Grove at home on Thursday 35-1. The young Lady Warriors continue to learn the game and really took it on the chin against a strong Sting Ray team. Breaira Smith had the only point for Osceola. Brittany Evans led Storm Grove with 10 points. Warrior Coach John Carroll said his team had trouble handling the Sting Rays tight man-to-man defense and couldnt get many open shots at the basket. OHS Lady Brahmans basketball team defeated Lake Placid on the road 65-60 on Thursday night. Carley McCoin led the way with 21 points, ve assists and ve steals. Bethany Stuart added 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Taylor Trent had two, three-point eld goals and 12 points. Ami Edwards added nine points, three steals and 13 rebounds. OHS and Lake Placid traded baskets for most of the night with Okeechobee leading 18-16 after one and 33-32 at the half. OHS led 50-46 after the third quarter. Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks & Recreations Youth Basketball League will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Dec. 17 through Jan. 11, 2013. Registration is $45 per child and is being conducted at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2013. A clinic for rst time players is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Yearling Middle School gymnasium as follows: 10 & under at 9:30 a.m., 12 & under at 10:30 a.m. and 14 & under at 11:30 a.m. Games are played locally and are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 26. Please call 863-7636950 for more information. There will be an organizational meeting for adult league ag football on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center. Fees are $350 per team, due Jan. 25. The season starts in February. For more information call 863-763-6950. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief
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 DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In: Root Canals Dental Implants Laser Periodental Therapy Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 11 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012
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OkeechobeePart Time Member Service RepresentativeGlades Electric Cooperative is seeking a quali ed individual to take charge of the front counter at its Okeechobee of ce. The position reports to the District Of ce Supervisor. We seek an individual with strong oral and written communication skills, a professional demeanor, Bi-lingual a plus and must be comfortable with change in the work environment. The successful candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in Customer Service. Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Of ce. Resumes may be e-mailed to: email@example.com or faxed to: (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal Opportunity Af rmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeAmerican Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. 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Must see to appreciate asking $22,000 Call Pat for appointment. 309-235-5467 or drive by lot# 126 and check it out. HERTIGAGE VILLAGE 2BR, 2BA, spacious DW, metal roof, carport, screen porch, laminated rs, newer appliances & AC. Call 863-357-1254 Palm Harbor HomesStilt Homes 34 Years Experience Go directly to the factory & Save 800-622-2832 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats Bayliner Classic 25 cruiser. Exc cond. New motor professionally installed. New alum trailer. Serious illness forces sale $13,500. 863-824-0801 or cell 561-386-7756. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012
Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentBIG O RV RESORT LOT 38 LARGE OUTSIDE LOT WITH PAVERS AND VIEW $250/MO. ANNUALLY PLUS ELECTRIC. $650/MO. WITH ELECTRIC. OBO CALL DAVE 715-216-6002 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTUnited for Families, Inc., the Community-Based Care Lead Agency for Child Welfare services in Circuit 19 of Florida, is accepting proposals for an experienced Dependency Case Management Organization to provide related services and activities in St. Lucie County Florida. This Invitation to Negotiate [ITN #1213-001-13 14-SLDCMO] contains important information related to activities and services and procurement deadline dates related to this solicitation. This ITN may be accessed at http://www.uff.us/publications.php, or a copy may be picked up at United for Families, Inc.s administrative location, 10570 S Federal Highway, Suite 300, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. All Bidder Notice of Intent to Submit a Proposal are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2012.431423 ON 11/30-12/21/2012 NOTICE The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom 304 N.W. 2nd Street, in Okeechobee Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Commissioner Joey Hoover, Chairman Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 432286 ON 12/12/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 472008CA000175CAXXXX SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, VS. MARC A. RAMER A/K/A MARC RAMER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARC A. RAMER A/K/A MARC RAMER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM WEST; WILLIAM WEST; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 29th day of October, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472008CA000175CAXXXX, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST BANK is the Plaintiff and MARC A. RAMER A/K/A MARC RAMER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARC A. RAMER A/K/A MARC RAMER A/K/A MARC RAMER, WILLIAM WEST and UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM WEST 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 9th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: PARCEL 12, BRIDLEWOOD RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.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 in paired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen pays 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 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou ou paretou park nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of The Circuit Court 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 430119 ON 12/12,19/2012 2013 meeting schedule announced for the St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing BoardMeetings of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District are open to the public for input in the governance process. As required by Florida law (189.417 Florida Statutes), this notice is given so that the public has an opportunity to attend meetings that may be of interest. Governing Board meetings are held at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 west), Palatka, Fla. Date, time and location are subject to change at the discretion of the Governing Board. For additional information about the District, its Board and meeting dates, visit www.floridaswater. com. Meetings for 2013 are currently held upon conclusion of the 10:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting and scheduled as follows:YEAR 2013 MONTHDATE JANUARY08 FEBRUARY12 MARCH12 APRIL09 MAY14 JUNE11 JULY09 AUGUST13 SEPTEMBER10 SEPTEMBER24 (final budget hearing 5:05pm)OCTOBER09 NOVEMBER12 DECEMBER10 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 472008CA000189CAXXXX U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR BANK OF AMERICA, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ABFC 2006-HE1, Plaintiff, VS. FRANK PACIOUS A/K/A FRANK L. PACIOUS; RHONDA L. PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE VEST; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR SOUTHBANC MORTGAGE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRANK PACIOUS A/K/A FRANK L. PACIOUS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RHONDA L. PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE VEST; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 25th day of October, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472008CA000189CAXXXX, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR BANK OF AMERICA, A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ABFC 2006-HE1 is the Plaintiff and FRANK PACIOUS A/K/A FRANK L. PACIOUS, RHONDA L. PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE VEST, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR SOUTHBANC MORTGAGE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRANK PACIOUS A/K/A FRANK L. PACIOUS, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RHONDA L. PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE PERALDO A/K/A RHONDA LEE VEST and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) 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 9th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 34 OF TAYLOR CREEK ISLES UNIT VI, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 20 AND 21, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 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 id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avian ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated this 30th day of October, 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012-DR-406 Ehrica Alonso, Petitioner and Jose Gomez, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION TO ESTABLISH PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PARENTING PLAN WITH TIME-SHARING SCHEDULE TO: Jose Gomez 540 NE 62nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your answer to it on Ehrica Alonso, whose address is 540 NE 62nd A venue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or before January 8, 2013, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Firm 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks of ce. Dated: 12/7/2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Clerk 432414 ON 12/12,19,26 1/2 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2010 CA 000023 CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, -VS.Mark P. Ronkko and Debra A. Ronkko, His Wife; Seacoast National Bank, Successor in interest to Big Lake National Bank; JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2010 CA 000023 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein CitiMortgage, Inc., Plaintiff and Mark P. Ronkko and Debra A. Ronkko, His Wife are defendant(s), I, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on January 9, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: TRACT 5, TROPICAL ACRES, AN UNRECORDED PLAT LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 3200 WEST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 12, FOR A DISTANCE OF 1386.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 4000 EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE AFORESAID SECTION 12, FOR A DISTANCE OF 676.68 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 0800 WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 609.15 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 0800 WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 127.09 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 4000 WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 342.75 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 0800 EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 127.09 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 4000 EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 342.75 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS THE WEST 30.00 FEET OF TRACT RESERVED FOR ROAD RIGHT-OFWAY. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With DisabilitiesIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaci6n para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dfas antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caci6n si es que falta menos de 7 dfas para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey you ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen you ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 430104 on 12/12,19/2012 Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012DR341 Sharon Mayberry-Reyes Petitioner Carlos Reyes Pena Respondent PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY I, Sharon Lynn Mayberry-Reyes, the Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true: 1. Wife has lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the ling of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. 2. The husband and wife are not member of the military service. 3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: 07-24-07 Place of marriage: Elkton, MD Date of separation: 12-26-09. 4. THERE ARE NO MINOR (under 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT. 5. A complete Notice of Social Security Number is led with the petition. 6. THIS PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE GRANTED BECAUSE: The marriage is irretrievably broken. 7. THERE ARE NO MARITAL ASSETS OR LIABILITIES. 8. PETITIONER FOREVER GIVES UP HIS/HER RIGHTS TO SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) FROM RESPONDENT. 9. The Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was Sharon Lynn Mayberry. PETITIONERS REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the nal judgment of dissolution of marriage).Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and restoring Wifes former name as speci ed in paragraph 9 of this petition. I understand that I am swearing or af rming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes nes and/or imprisonment. DATED: 10/8/12 Sharon Mayberry Reyes 602 NW 6th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE Sworn to or af rmed and signed before me on 10/8/2012 by Sharon Mayberry Reyes. Debra Goodard DEPUTY CLERK 431302 ON 11/21,28;12/5,12/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-133 IN RE: ESTATE OF JAMES W. ARMSTRONG, JR. Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of JAMES W. ARMSTRONG JR., deceased, File Number 2012-CP-133, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedents date of death was January 29, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $3,782.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Patti Armstrong 11891 South Avenue, Apt. A North Lima, OH 44452 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is December 12th, 2012. Person Giving Notice: PATTI ARMSTRONG 11891 South Avenue, Apt. A North Lima, OH 44452 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 firstname.lastname@example.org 432630 ON 12/12,19/2012 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on DECEMBER 28, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1993 FORD F-150 VIN #1FTEX15Y1PKA47249 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in As Is condition with no guarantees. 432632 ON 12/12/2012 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the Fictitious Name Statute, will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Trinity Ranch Under which we expect to engage in business at: 9045 NE 48th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Frankie Chesler, LLC Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 6th day of December, 2012. By: Erin C. Wall 432386 ON 12/12/2012 IN THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACase No. 2009 CA 444 CLEARVUE OPPORTUNITY XIII, LLC, Plaintiff vs. KELLY CARTER-KNAPIK; SCOTT WEAVER; PINE ISLAND HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowners Association Inc.; AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC.; Defendant. NOTICE OF ACTION TO PINE ISLAND HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowners Association Inc. last known address: 12575 Highway 70 East, Okeechobee FL 34972 Notice is hereby given to PINE ISLAND HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowners Association Inc. that an action of foreclosure on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Legal: Lot 6, PINE ISLAND PHASE I, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 52 to 56, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with the attached mobile home described as a 2005 General Cypress, Serial No. 6LYP. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Leslie S. White, Esquire, the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is, 109 E. Church Street, 5th oor, P.O. Box 3146, Orlando, Florida 32802-3146 30 days from the rst date of publication and le the original with the clerk of the court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED ON Nov. 29, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK Okeechobee County Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 431952 ON 12/12,19/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACase No.: 2012-DR-404 Santiago Piedra, Petitioner and Maria MagdaLena Abreu Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE ( NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Maria MagdaLena Abreu, 1008 NW 39th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Santiago Piedra whose address is 1008 NW 39th Cir., Okeechobee, FL on or before January 4, 2013 and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit courts of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuits Courts of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure o f documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: November 30, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COUR T BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Cler k 431893 ON 12/5,12,19/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds
Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000646 NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, vs. ROSILY PANIKULANGARA; JOSEPH P. AUGUSTHY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY given pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000646 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein National City Bank Successor by Merger to Harbor Federal Savings Bank, is the Plaintiff and ROSILY PANIKULANGARA; JOSEPH P. AUGUSTHY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, are the Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on January 9, 2013, the following described property set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to wit: WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 4, SECTION 33 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO A ROAD AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT ACROSS THE WEST & NORTH THIRTY FEET, (30), OF THE AFOREMENTIONED LOT. IF YOU ARE A PERSON CLAIMING A RIGHT TO FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK OF COURT NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAINING FUNDS. AFTER 60 DAYS, ONLY THE OWNER OF RECORD AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MAY CLAIM THE SURPLUS. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 30th day of October, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 429855 ON 12/5,12/2012 Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board and Consortium to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To approve the 5-Year Local Workforce Strategic Plan, discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 432280 ON 12/12/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 28TH day of DECEMBER 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows 1999 GREEN CADILLAC DEVILLE 1G6KD54Y0XU747467 93 GREEN JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT 1J4FT67S8PL643596 1996 GREEN SATURN S SERIES 1G8ZH5281TZ170202 1994 CHEV CAMERO Z28 WHITE 2G1FP22PXR2169328 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 432645 on 12/12/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000343 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. ELIZABETH TIVNAN et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012 and entered in Case No. 47-2008CA-000343 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and 14 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-172 In Re: Estate of CATHERINE OPAL BAGGETT, a/k/a CATHERINE BAGGETT, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CATHERINE OPAL BAGGETT, a/k/a CATHERINE BAGGETT, deceased, whose date of death was July 9, 2012, and whose social security number is ***-**-7392, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with 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 decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is December 12, 2012. Personal Representative: GERALD W. BAGGETT 999 N.W. 11th Court Boca Raton, FL 33489Attorneys for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. P. O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Phone: (863) 763-3825 Primary E-mail Address: tconely@conelyand conely.com Secondary 1 E-mail Address: blanier@conelyand conely.com Secondary 2 E-mail Address: service@conelyand conely.com By Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 432140 ON 12/12,19/2012 Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08051503 WELLSLPSSPECFHLMC---Team 6 F08051503**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; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.430083 ON 12/12,19/2012 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 Natures 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!! CASE NO.: 2009 CA 000646 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2006KS8, Plaintiff, v. BRIAN TATUM; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN TATUM IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment dated October 25, 2012, entered in Civil Case No.: 2009 CA 000646, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2006KS8, is Plaintiff, and BRIAN TATUM; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN TATUM N/K/A YAMARIS HERNANDEZ-TATUM, are Defendant(s). SHARON ROBERTSON, the Clerk of Court shall sell to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 A.M., in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 on the 9th day of January, 2013 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 38, BLOCK 2, DIXIE RANCH ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.This property is located at the Street address of: 7273 NW 80th Court, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must le a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to le a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on October 26, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. 350 Jim Moran Blvd, Suite 100 Deer eld Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 354-3544 Facsimile: (954) 354-3545IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 429856 ON 12/5,12/2012 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds.for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and ELIZABETH TIVNAN; TENANT #1, and TENANT #2 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 9th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 2 AND 3, BLOCK 3, SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 7, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 804 SW 2ND AVENUE, 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 October 30, 2012. 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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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Johnathan Joseph Brooker, 22, Carl Brook Road, Keystone Heights, was arrested Dec. 6 by Deputy Justin Akins on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond. Stephan Lee Batton, 36, Silver Springs W insor Towers, Ocala, was arrested Dec. 6 by Deputy Justin Akins on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation sale/manufacture of cocaine. He is being held without bond. Batton was later arrested by Deputy Paul Jackson on amended Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of v iolation of probation traf cking in cocaine (two counts). He is being held without bond on those charges also. Christopher Lee Martin, 27, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 6 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving w hile license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $6,500. Tomijac Jones, 19, N.W. 39th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 7 by Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of giving false information to a pawnbroker and petit theft. His bond was set at $6,000. Mario Luis Rodriguez, 46, N.E. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 7 by Detective J avier Gonzalez on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond w as set at $12,500. Justin James Levitt, 25, S.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 7 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft and worthless checks (three counts). He w as released on his own recognizance. Lucas James Passey, 26, S.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith the felony of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). His bond was set at $2,500. Daniel Whitman Miner, 31, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith the felonies of violation of probation sale/manufacture/delivery of schedule I narcotic (two counts). He is being held without bond. Jesus Hernandez-Tapia, 20, N.E. 80th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Steven Pollock on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, no valid drivers license and resisting a law enforcement of cer w ithout violence. His bond was set at $1,750. Alfonso Martinez Franco, 23, Lake Placid, w as arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Joe Gracie on misdemeanor charges of driving under the inuence and no valid drivers license. His bond w as set at $1,000. Allen Michael Thornton, 17, S.E. 59th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a conveyance. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Alexander David Underwood, 21, Freedom Ave., Sarasota, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy John Ashby on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $750. Crystal Ann Price, 53, S. 10th St., Fort Pierce, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a Broward County warrant charging her with the felonies of obtaining property by fraud and petit theft. She is being held without bond. Patricia Ann Kosko, 47, S.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500. Laura Michelle Hernandez, 36, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of attempting to obtain a duplicate prescription for a controlled substance (six counts). Her bond was set at $9,000. James Brandon Pope, 38, Mill Stream Court, Eustis, was arrested Dec. 8 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation aggravated battery. He is being held without bond. Tristan Denise Buster, 16, S.W. 19th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 10 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of driving under the in uence. She was released into the custody of her parents. Alberto Mendoza, 40, Arcadia, was arrested Dec. 10 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a DeSoto County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $3,623. Michele Renee Parker, 44, N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 10 by Of cer Cesar Romero on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended/revoked. Her bond was set at $1,500. Nicole Renee Douglas, 28, N.E. 106th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 10 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation dealing in stolen property (three counts) and violation of probation giving false identi cation to a secondhand dealer (three counts). She is being held without bond. Richard Lawrence Watson, 36, N.W. 115th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 10 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on felony charges of violation of probation arson, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond. Van Lowe III, 20, 41st Ave., Vero Beach, was arrested Dec. 11 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation battery on detainee. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 15 Okeechobee News December 12, 2012 Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested early Sunday morning for his alleged connection in a pair of burglaries after a deputy reportedly found him going through a vehicle that didnt belong to him. Bryan Lee Gene Walburn, 19, S.W. Third St., was arrested Dec. 9 on felony charges of burglary (two counts) and possession of burglary tools. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and providing a false name during an investigation. Walburn is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $16,000 bond. According to Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) reports while deputies were working a vehicle burglary at an RV park on S.R. 78 W. around 4:50 a.m., Walburn was caught going through another vehicle at the park by another deputy. OCSO Deputy William Jolly stated in his report that someone broke into a vehicle in the Big O RV Resort on S.R. 78 W. The owner of the car wasnt sure at that time if anything was taken. Deputy Jolly went on to point out that a fresh set of ngerprints, as well as a palm print, were found on the drivers side window of the car. A pair Oakley sunglasses were also found at the scene. Once nished at that crime scene Deputy Jolly, along with Deputy Marcus Collier, drove through the park to check on other parked vehicles. At the very west end o f the resort Deputy Collier saw a vehicle door open and a light moving around inside the auto. The deputy parked his patrol unit and started to walk up to the vehicle when a man wearing a camou age shirt and dark pants reportedly stepped out of the vehicle. The man was not wearing an y shoes. Deputy Collier pointed out in his report that when he asked the man, later identied as Walburn, what he was doing in the vehicle the man said he was looking for his shoes that had been stolen. The deputys report goes on to state that in a later interview with OCSO Detective William Suggs, Walburn allegedly said he broke into the vehicles because he was high on Spice and needed money to buy more. Spice is a synthetic marijuana product that that is now illegal to sell or possess. Deputy apparently catches car burglar in the act Bryan Walburn
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