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Publication Date: 12-19-2012
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15.08 feetLast Year: 13.79 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, December 19, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 152 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Man accused of beating and raping woman ... Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenHoliday boat parade on Taylor CreekThe Okeechobee Yatchette Club’s 29th annual Christmas Boat Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 15, on Taylor Creek. The parade started at 6 p.m. and traveled south on Taylor Creek to the Rim Canal, and then turned left on the Rim Canal to end at the VFW Post on U.S. 441 S.E. For more photos online, go to Florida.newszap.com or nd the link on our Facebook page. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, parents across the nation, and in Okeechobee, are concerned about just how safe their children are in schools. And even though there are those who still describe Okeechobee as a sleepy little cowtown, local law enforcement and school of cials don't. They are acutely aware of the dangers and have been training for just this type of scenario for years. "We do have crisis plans and we update those every year," said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joani Ard. "While it's so absolutely tragic that these things happened, kids are actually very safe in school. We do everything in our power to assure students are safe." Mrs. Ard said administrators at the 10 local schools are reminded to meet with their staff to talk about what happened when situations like Sandy Hook arise, and to review require ments in their plans. She added that there is a total of about 6,300 students in local schools. She said the schools also work very closel y with the School Resource Of cer (SRO) i n each school. SROs are assigned to every lo cal school from the middle schools up t o Okeechobee High School. According to OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mar k Roberts those of cers will take time to visit lo Of cials train for school emergenciesTaylor Creek Bass Club holds 2012 classic ... Page 10 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Despite exhaustive efforts by the sheriff's of ce, a private all-volunteer organization will be in Okeechobee next month to conduct a search for a man reported missing out of Sarasota. The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) has made several attempts to nd Newton H. Whidden, 85, whose vehicle was found in a ditch in the area of N.E. 128th Ave. Mr. Whidden was last seen in the area of 4800 10th Street in Sarasota and has been missing since Aug. 20. Mr. Whidden's daughter, Linda Oelschlaeger, said even though she knows OCSO detectives and deputies have worked extremel y hard to nd her father she felt she had to reach out to the national organization. Volunteers from Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons will be here Jan. 5 and 6 to try and nd Mr. Whidden. CUE is based in Wilmington, N.C., and was founded in 1994. Private group will search for missing manSee SEARCH — Page 5 See SCHOOL — Page 19

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service 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! 2 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESCharacter Counts: CaringNorth Elementary participates in Character Counts. All students have the opportunity to participate in monthly character lessons. The following students were chosen by their teachers as the student who exhibits the character trait of Caring: (front row) Jaidyn McPeak, Maritza Jimenez, Bryan Marquez, Jenna Johnston, Linda Castillo, Roxana Hernandez, Ashley Sparkman, Belazario Aguirre, John Wesley Williamson: (middle row) Decoby Chavis, Cecilia Carran, Ruby Morejon, Sara Munoz, Madalyn Webb, Thorin Bays, James Burnsed, (back row) Mrs. Brewer, Guidance Counselor, Rodrigo Osorio-Beltran, Kay Gonzalez, Madison Ferguson, Nayeli Guzman, Arturo Ayala, Ricardo Hernandez and Riley Rimes. North Elementary School students who demonstrated the trait of Caring included: (front row) Linda Castillo, Yaquelin Gomez, Jenna Johnston, Abby Calzada, Lisa Yates. (back row) Mrs. Thomas, Reading Coach, Aubrey Clay, Beyonce Guzman, Verenice Garcia, Hailey Vasquez, Connor Rubin, Semaj Jasper, Sindy Marquez and Tatum Bickel. Not pictured are Brayden Harrison, Trinidad Salas and Steven Thornton.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3235 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee( Located at the Lakeview Inn Plaza Next To Okeechobee Thrift Store, Treasure Island)Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun 6am to 2pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 6am to 8pm CLOSED MONDAYS(863) 824-0347 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 Santa in Flagler ParkThe Okeechobee Kiwanis Club will sponsor Santa visits this week. Children can visit Santa Claus in the band stand in Flagler Park W ednesday, Dec. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 until 8 p.m.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.City plans holiday eventsSanta will also 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.My Aunt’s House seeks toysMy Aunt's 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 to speak to a volunteer at My A unt's House.Ring the Bell for Christmas!If you would like to Volunteer to "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army, please call 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.Mission hosting Toy DriveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their 17th annual Toy Drive for their underprivileged children in the community. Donations will be accepted until Christmas day. Individuals may also adopt a family. For more information, please call 863-763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.Christmas Eve service setCalvary Chapel of Okeechobee will celebrate the worlds greatest Birthday on Dec. 24 with a candlelight Christmas Eve service beginning at 7 p.m. For information, call the church of ce at 863-467-0863. The usual Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. and all are always welcome to fellowship with us.Holiday food drive under wayAttorney Glenn Sneider at Sneider Law is reaching out to members of the community to help collect food donations for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee Food Bank for the holidays. The rm will accept food donations now until Dec. 22 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at their of ce located at 200 S.W. Ninth St. Additional drop-off sites at: Hi-Tech Automotive, 129 N.W. 13th St.; Okeechobee Courthouse, 312 N.W. Third St.; Children's Home Society, 206 N.E. Seventh Ave.; Color-Me-Crazy Hair Salon, 107 S.W. 17th St.; K & M Nails, 1128 S. Parrott Ave.; Center State Bank, 2100 S. Parrott Avenue; Bank of America, 205 N Parrott Avenue; and, Florida Outdoors RV Country, 4300 U.S. 441 South. Holiday Happenings Special to the Okeechobee News At noon on Dec. 12, the March of Dimes held its kick-off for March for Babies 2013, at the Williamson Conference Center of Indian River State College. Guests were treated to a buffet lunch, amid beautiful purple decorations. Sheriff Paul May and his wife Delores May, who have been long-time supporters of the March of Dimes, are the co-chairs for March for Babies 2013. Delores introduced their grandson, Zachary, who was born 5 weeks early, and credited March of Dimes research with preventing an even earlier birth. Sheriff May has recruited the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department as a new team coming on board for 2013, and the team was well represented at the kick-off. Another new team will be Harbor Community Bank. The kick off was also attended by representatives of many veteran teams, such as Central Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Healthy Start Coalition, Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall, North Elementary, Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Okeechobee Achievement Academy, Okeechobee Schools Transportation Dept., Okeechobee High School BETA Club, Okeechobee County School Board, Publix, Regions Bank, Seacoast National Bank, Seminole Elementary, South Elementary, State Farm, Wemmer Family Orthodontics, and Winn Dixie. Seacoast National Bank will be a Premier Sponsor in Okeechobee. Other corporate sponsors were in attendance, such as Center State Bank and Publix, both of which will be sponsoring a Spirit Station along the wal k route. The festive lunch ended with a Cake Auction, with bidders competing to buy cakes from the Publix Bakery. Auction winners were Ronny White, County Commission Chairman Frank Irby, Delores May, Mar y Hurley, and Laura McCall. March for Babies 2013 will be held on March 9, 2013. Money raised through the event will help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. The committee for this event will be: Russ Brown of Indian River State College, Magi Cable, Karen Cassels of Everglades Elementary, Teresa Chandler of Waste Management, Kristy Crawford of Center State Bank, Sharon Johnson o f Harbor Community Bank, Laura McCall of the Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall, Pat O'Connor, Sharon Vinson of the Shared Services Network, and Betty Williams. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. This mission is achieved through programs of community service, education, research, and advocacy that save babies. Anyone interested in getting information about registering a team should call 863763-3131 and to discuss sponsorship opportunities, call the March of Dimes of ce at 772-562-0115. March of Dimes kicks off 2013 March for Babies Special to the Okeechobee News The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display from Jan. 25 through March 1 at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, located at 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are "dif cult to place" children who are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. The local Heart Gallery is displayed in high-traf c locations across Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive homes in our communities. Since it began in 2006, more than 50 children featured on the Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast have been adopted, including eight Okeechobee children in the past three years. The local gallery is partially funded b y both the Children's Services Council o f Okeechobee County and the United Way o f Okeechobee County. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009. Heart Gallery showcases children Today: Clear. High of 79F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 61F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastThursday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 81F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the West after midnight. Chance of rain 20%. Friday : Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 70F. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday Night : Clear. Low of 45F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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V iolence Can’t imagine where these thugs today get their violent tendencies? Check your kid’s game and music collections.  I’m here this morning watching Fox News Live, they said many things about the s hooting in Newtown, Conn., and they said a few things that stood out. “Youth outreach programs are a key to help kids out, and also Spiritual Guidance is an important factor.” Maybe politicians in all communities should reconsider what’s more valuable, our kids or their pockets!”  What can we as a people do in the wake of such tragedy? Perhaps one important step is a national dialogue about serious mental illness. If you have children at home, hold them tonight, and remind them, and yourselves, about love.Spice With all of the information about Spice in the news and how smoking it can cause brain damage and even kill you, why is anyone so foolish as to continue to buy it? This is toxic material. It even says on the package that is it not for human consumption. It is a dangerous toxin and inhaling it is just crazy. And shame on the businesses that continue to sell it, knowing that it is toxic and that it is hurting children. Talk to your children; answer their questionsBy Ken Frederic LMFTDirector, Outpatient and Children’s Services New Horizons of the Treasure Coast Parents will be faced with the challenge of discussing the recent tragedy with their children. There are no perfect ways to talk to your children about such traumatic events, as each family and its members are different. The following are some helpful concepts: 1) Parents are encouraged to have an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions. It is important to allow children to bring up the topic rst and not the parent. 2) Children learn from watching their parents. They will be tuned into how parents respond to local and national events. They also learn from listening to conversations with other adults. Don’t let children watch too much news coverage or internet with frightening images. Observing such scenes can be disturbing and confusing. Children who have experienced trauma or losses in the past are especially at risk of distress or intense reactions to news or images of violent incidents. These children may need extra support and attention. 3) Use words and concepts children can understand. Parents must use explanations that meet the child’s age, language, and developmental level. Because some children may not initially understand the information, be prepared to repeat the information or explanations several times. Asking the same question over and over may also be a way for a child to get a feeling of safety. Give children honest answers and information. Children will usually know or will eventuall y nd out, if their parent made up information. This could affect their ability to trust th e parent in the future. 4) Listen carefully and validate the child’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Let them know that their questions and concerns ar e important and appropriate. Listen for incorrect information, misconceptions and an y underlying fears or concerns. If the child expresses worries, sadness or fears, tell them what adults are doing to keep them safe bu t don’t provide false reassurance or dismiss their concerns. Parent can help them identify strategies to cope with dif cult feelings. 5) Do not feel obligated to give a reason for what happened. Parent often feel th e need to provide a reason for why someon e committed such a crime, and most times they don’t know. It is okay to tell your child that you don’t know why at this time such a crime was committed. If you feel overwhelmed and not con dent in talking to your children, look for som e support from other adults before reaching out to your child. Children who are preoccupied with ongoing questions or concerns about safety may need to be evaluated by a trained and quali ed mental health professional. The other signs that a child may need additional help include sleep disturbances, intrusive thoughts or worries, or recurring fears about death, leaving parents, or going to school. If these behaviors persist, discuss with your child’s pediatrician, family physician, or a mental health agency. Parents should keep their normal family routine going. However, do not pretend that there are not some fears there. This is the perfect time for a family to participate in activities together and for time to conside r the family’s spiritual beliefs and to seek additional spiritual support. December 19, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Guest Editorial Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Heartfelt ThanksOur heartfelt thanks to all our dear friends who comforted us during our loss. For all who prayed, visited, called, brought food, sent cards, owers and kind words we love and appreciate you. God has blessed us with wonderful caring friends who mean everything to us. You will be forever in our hearts. Thank you and God bless you, we love you. Sue and Scott Horrick, Suzanne, Jimmy, Hannah and Jacob Winkler Letter to the Editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsFamily Fun Fall FestivalButch’s and Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Clubs would like to thank you and your family for attending out 2012 family fun fall festival at Okee-Tantie campground. Young kids and old kids enjoyed delicious food, a giant slide, a cornhole tournament, ice cold adult beverages, music by local bands and the Chobee Steelers. Butch’s and Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Clubs would like to thank our sponsors for their support: VFW Big Lake Post #10539, Lunkers Sports Bar and Grill, Mardrigal Mangement LLC, The Stitchin Post and Advance Engraving, Taylor Rental, The Oil Can and East Coast Signs and Shirts. All proceeds from Butch’s and Bubba’s family fun fall festival will bene t local charitable organizations in Okeechobee. We would also like to thank Big Lake VFW Post #10539 Ladies Auxiliary, Barracudas’ Sports Grill, Florida Engine Builders, Pueblo Viejo Restaurant, St. Lucie Battery and Tire, Sinnett Painting. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Department, Okeechobee County Fire Department, our vendors and all of the BBQ contest teams. A special thanks to the members of Butch’s and Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Clubs for their many hours of dedication and hard work to help make this event a huge success. Donations for GeorgeOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue is collecting donations for George Dupont. The hot dog man outside of Mid Florida Hardware. He has helped out the Humane Society for four years now with donations being at his stand. Now he must close down his stand due to medical problems. Please bring all donations to Humane Society located at 1203 Hwy. 98 N. The deadline on the donations are Friday, Dec. 21 For more information, please call 863-957-1104.

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The organization’s web site states that it started as a small non-pro t but has now grown into a “... nationwide network of volunteers assisting families of the missing.” “I felt they utilized every resource they had access to at the time,” said Mrs. Oelschlaeger of the sheriff’s of ce. “I felt they really extended themselves and I was extremely impressed.” OCSO personnel has combed the area around where Mr. Whidden’s 2000 white Dodge Caravan was found Wednesday, Aug. 22, but have come up empty handed. The sheriff’s of ce has used a helicopter from another agency, dogs, volunteers on horseback and ATVs and have walked acre after acre in hopes of nding Mr. Whidden. Mr. Whidden is a white male standing 5-feet-9 and weighing 175 pounds. He has gray hair, hazel eyes and was thought to be wearing a plaid longsleeved shirt and tan slacks. It’s unknown why he would have come to Okeechobee County. A Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper article said Mr. Whidden suffered from dementia and was thought to be traveling to a cemetery near Horse Creek in DeSoto County. Mrs. Oelschlaeger said she contacted CUE and they have been in contact with OCSO Detective Mark Shireman and, together, have formulated a plan. She went on to say she’s been told CUE will bring about 50 people to conduct the search. Some of those volunteers will be on horseback while others will be using speciallytrained dogs. “It’s a joint effort at this point. We all have the same goal and that’s to locate my father,” she said in a Dec. 17 phone interview. Mrs. Oelschlaeger commented on how people in Okeechobee have been “warm and sympathetic” to her and her husband, Richard, and she’s now hoping that the local generosity can be extended to feeding the CUE volunteers. “It would be wonderful if someone would be able to make some sort of offering. Maybe we can look into box lunches from somewhere or pizzas,” she said. The sheriff’s of ce spent another day last week looking for whatever clues they could nd but, just as in their other attempts, the y were unable to nd anything. Although she “has her moments” Mrs. Oelschlaeger said she tries to remain focused and positive. “I have my times, of course, when it’s tempting to let it get me down. But, I try not to focus on the bad,” she said. She went on to say both she and her husband will be here during next month’s search. She’s also looking forward to seeing some of those “warm and friendly” people in Okeechobee once again. “We so much appreciate everyone’s help from the very rst day. People at the OK Corral have been absolutely wonderful and provided us kind of a home base to work from—they’ve just been very steadfast and supporting,” she said. “And Judy Benton from Faith Farms—we’ve been in prett y regular communication. “Everyone we’ve come across there has been warm and friendly, and that means a lot,” she added. SEARCHContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 ACROSS 1 Letters on some pre-1992 Olympic uniforms 5 Suze Ormans network 9 Bygone Mideast leaders 14 Landlocked Asian country 15 Take on 16 Best Supporting Actress before Paquin 17 Other, in Oaxaca 18 Verve 19 To the left, at sea 20 Divinity 22 Gadzooks!Ž 23 70s-90s Atlanta Hawks home 24 __ day: Wednesday 26 Intuiting 29 Puffed-up fare 34 Stand waiter 35 Obsolescent slope conveyance 37 Embryos home 38 Woodys boy 40 Germ-killing brand 42 Left 43 Medit. spouter 45 eBay caveat 47 Never, to Heinrich 48 Convalescents, maybe 50 Empties upon arrival 52 Some VCRs 54 Like some orders 55 Fox series with Alfred E. Neuman in the opening credits 59 Title of respect 63 Coming or going word 64 Baseball family name 65 Food for Fido 66 Sure to end badly 67 Criminal group 68 Astonished reaction 69 Medicinal plant 70 Chick follower? 71 Ornate molding DOWN 1 Stop up 2 Opponent of Caesar 3 Stuffed chicken dish 4 Longest Bible book 5 Loire Valley grape 6 River through Sudan 7 Foolhardy 8 Population profile 9 Remain in place 10 Early Grand Canyon settlers 11 Out of control 12 The Beatles __, There and EverywhereŽ 13 Is in session 21 Not out of contention 25 Paris nightspot 26 Puts one over on 27 One of eight, now 28 Merry 30 Not a whole lot 31 Its colors appear in proper sequence at the ends of 3-, 5and 25-Down 32 Soviet moon program 33 __ Park, Colorado 36 Pretorias land: Abbr. 39 Polo Grounds legend 41 Corvallis sch. 44 Kurt Cobains group 46 Boot attachment49 Much of Libya 51 Italian cheese 53 Well-built 55 Provides with personnel 56 Burn balm 57 Consume 58 Slender 60 Zero 61 __ dixit: assertion without proof 62 Manage By Mike Peluso (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/11/11 05/11/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edi te d b y Ri c h N orr i s an d J oyce Ni c h o l s L ew i s xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Newton Whidden

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Donna Lee Cooper, 66PORT ST. LUCIE — Donna Lee Cooper of Port St. Lucie, formerly a resident of Okeechobee for 63 years, passed away Dec. 14, 2012 at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1946 in Pahokee to the late O.D. and Pat Godwin. She was a beautician and a caregiver for many years in Okeechobee before moving to Port St. Lucie in 2009. Ms. Cooper is survived by two daughters, Crystal R. Cooper of Port St. Lucie and Shanda L. Cooper of Okeechobee; son, Waco H. Cooper of Okeechobee; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Larry Godwin of Blue Ridge, Georgia and John Godwin of Okeechobee. Visitation and services were held Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 with Bill Sherman of ciating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at, www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Ines Cordero, 79OKEECHOBEE — Ines Cordero passed away Dec. 17, 2012 in Okeechobee. She was born April 20, 1933 in Havana, Cuba. She came to Okeechobee from New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed taking care of animals at the farm. Mrs. Cordero is survived by ve children; seven grandchildren; ten greatgrandchildren; one sister and many loving nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Miami. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at; www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Matthew A. Smith, 24OKEECHOBEE — Matthew A. Smith died w hile in Ohio on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Matthew was born in Avon Park and a lifetime resident of Okeechobee. He attended Okeechobee High School. He enjoyed hunting and shing and loved children. Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jim “PaPaw” Maloyed; and uncles, Allen Maloyed and Glen J r. Smith. Survivors include his father, Mike (Lisa) Smith and mother, Tresa (Jacques) Smith, both of Okeechobee; step-daughters, Bella and Lexi and their mother, Stacy; sister, Brandi (Leo) Smith Centeno of North Carolina; nephew, Mason Centeno; god-daughter, Malia; granny, Mary Smith of Okeechobee; grandmother, Maxine Maloyed of Indiana; aunts, Marshelle Carter of Okeechobee, Teresa (Wes) Clements of Sebring; a host of cousins; and his former wife, Reba Osceola and family. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. 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. Terry F. ‘T-Bolt’ Bast, 56OKEECHOBEE — Terry F. “T-Bolt” Bast died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, relocated to Okeechobee 26 years ago, and was the owner-operator of T-Bolt Automotive. He was a member of More-2-Life Church. His wife, Teresa K. Bast, preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 2011. Survivors include his son, Travis (Katrina) Bast; daughters, Trina Bast (Hershcel Armstrong), Taylor Bast (Stephen Sorensen); six grandchildren; mother, Betty Jo Bast; brothers, Michael W. (Linda Lee) Bast, Timothy (Regina) Bast; nephews, Woodrow, Michael, and Mannix, all of Okeechobee; grandmother, Josephine Wallace of Coral Springs, Fla.; and a half-brother, Anton Bast of Dania, Fla. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. 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. William Kenneth ‘Wild Bill’ Rightsell, 64OKEECHOBEE — William Kenneth “Wild Bill” Rightsell passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 20, 1948 in Canada. He was a ranch hand and a member of the American Legion and Eagles in Okeechobee. He is preceded in death by his parents, William K. Rightsell and Mary Theresa (Waddleton) Dean. Mr. Rightsell is survived by his daughter, Terri Lynn Jackson; son, William K. Rightsell, Jr; dear friends, Domenic Mirabile, Michael Huggins (Terry), James VanDiver “Red Dog” (Gwendolyn), Steve Levitt and many more friends. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 School hosts Winter CarnivalSouth Elementary School will host their annual Winter Carnival on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. There will be games, food, entertainment and a silent auction. The public is welcome.Moose Lodge hosts dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417, at 1016 Linda Road will host a Friday night dinner dance on Friday, Dec. 21 Dinner will be served from 5-7:15 p.m. and will include allyou-can cat sh $8.50, shrimp $8 or pork loin $7. Music will start at 7 p.m. by Sax Appeal.The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral NetworkThe Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network will meet at The Lodge at the Lake, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at 11:30, Friday, Dec. 21 All women interested in sharing information about their business or learning ways to help the community are invited. Please share the joy of Christmas by bringing denim jeans, in any condition, for the BHR VFW ladies to make into sleeping mats for homeless vets. Also requested are toys to be distributed to those children in Okeechobee who are in the Guardian ad Litem program. These can be for any ages, infant to teens. Information: 863-467-2557. Community Events

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Safety and eectiveness have not been established for pregnancy and delivery; patients under the age of 16; or for patients with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your physician to decide whether InterStim Therapy is right for you. A prescription is required. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronics website at www.medtronic.com. USA Rx Only. Rev 0110 Co-sponsored by MedtronicDavid A. Sigalow, M.D. Lakeshore Urology 215 NE 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0217 If youve tried treatments that havent been successful, dont lose hope. Finding relief from bladder control problems can be a long journey. InterStim Therapy may be an option for patients who have not had success with, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments for overactive bladder or urinary retention.Make an appointment today to nd out if InterStim Therapy can eliminate or greatly reduce your bladder control problems by calling Lakeshore Urology at 863-763-0217. 7 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 Cowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Basinger Community Center. A covered dish supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863763-2285. Peace Lutheran Church will have Adv ent worship services W ednesday, Dec. 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 W orship Services will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. 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: 863-7630669. Peace Lutheran Church will not have an 8:30 a.m. service on Dec. 23. There will only be one Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. It will be a special Sunday School production involving the children and youth of the church. Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave. invites you to visit the Next 2 New Clothes Kloset open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon located in the building behind the church. Impact of Grade Assembly of God Church 1109 S.E. 7th Street, has a Dell Inspiron Computer which was donated and w hich they hope to sell to raise money to donate to a children's charity. If interested, please call 863-484-3173. On Sunday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m., there will be a Party in the Park, under the tent in Flagler Park #4. The party will include live music, a complimentary meal and fellowship, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association For more information contact Nancy Vaughan, 863-763-4021 or J im Benton of Faith Farm Ministries 863-7634224. The First United Methodist Church Library would like to invite you to visit their Lending Library, Room 20, at 200 N.E. 2nd St., in Okeechobee. All are welcome to complete an application, no charge, to take advantage of wholesome reading, viewing and educational material for adults, children and youth. They have ction and non ction in literature, philosophy, religion, social sciences, geography and history and Christian romance. Also over 200 DVDs, VCRs, cassettes, national magazines, etc. Hours are Sunday, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 68 p.m. 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 w ell as, various singing groups. Be blessed w ith the preaching of God's Word (KJV) and a church family with a heart of love. W ednesday evening prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, please call: 863763-0669. Oakview Baptist Church invites children to our new Awana Club. Awana Club includes children from Kindergarten to 5 grade. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Come join in all the fun! Please call the Church of ce for more details at 863-7631699. 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 863612-6395. 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! Peace Lutheran Church 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, has two worship services each Sunday, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come hear God's message of love and forgiveness for all people through Jesus Christ. Web site is www. peace-okee.org. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Women's Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join the group at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. The Peace Lutheran Church has a wonderful ministry to youth called CRAVE Youth Ministry. Senior CRAVE is for high school students in 9-12th grades and meets on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Junior CRAVE is for junior high students in 5-8th grades and meets on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. There are all kinds of great activities for CRAVE youth groups, including trips and family campouts. All youth are welcome! If you would like to know more about Peace Lutheran Church, our faith and fellowship, you are invited to join the Discover Peace Class. For more information, call 863-763-5042.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. A rea churches announce upcoming special events

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man was arrested after, out of jealous rage, he beat and raped a woman after he reportedly became upset because she was talking to someone else. Manuel Diaz-Hernandez, 20, N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Dec. 14, on felony charges of false imprisonment and sexual battery. He was also charged w ith domestic battery, a misdemeanor. Diaz is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bond. An arrest report by Detective Bryan Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Diaz apparently would not let the female victim leave the home and forced her to have sex with him at least twice even though she said no to his advances. The incident apparently started Thursday, Dec. 13, when the woman was talking to another woman and a man. Diaz became angry and reportedly told her “... she shouldn’t be talking to anyone but him... .” Detective Lowe indicated in his report the couple had been in a relationship for about four months. According to the report the victim went home with Diaz because he’d been drinking heavily and she didn’t want him to get angrier. When they got home Diaz opened the door and allowed the woman to enter the home rst. Once inside Diaz reportedly pushed her against a wall, punched her in the chest then slapped her across the face several times while calling her names. He then forced her into the bedroom, removed her clothes and pushed her onto the bed, stated the detective. She told her attacker “no.” but he only became angrier and, at some point, she apparently passed out “... from him slapping her ...,” continued the report. Detective Lowe stated that she woke about 4 a.m. and told Diaz she had to go home, but he would not let her leave. Instead, he pushed her back onto the bed and forced her to have sex again, added the investigator. Finally, around mid afternoon the next day, the victim was able to get out of the house and caught a ride to her home. The report went on to state that Diaz admitted to: punching the victim, even though he couldn’t remember how many times; forcing her to have sex; and, holding her in the home against her will. “He stated he really wanted her to sta y with him, but she didn’t want to,” stated Detective Lowe. The victim reportedly went to a hospital but the report did not mention the extent o f her injuries. 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 8 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 Local man accused of beating and raping woman Manuel Diaz-Hernandez By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An inmate at the G4S Okeechobee Youth Development Center has been arrested for allegedly injuring a fellow inmate in a ght and is now being held in a juvenile facility. Alfred Gregory Rivera, 15, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 15, on a felony charge of aggravated battery by a detainee on a detainee. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Steven Pollock, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Rivera punched the victim as many as three times in the area of the left eye. According to the report the victim’s orbital bone was fractured and he may have sustained permanent injury to his left eye. Although there was another inmate in the same room with Rivera and the victim, Deputy Pollock stated that inmate left the room prior to the ght and didn’t see what happened. Rivera, continued the report, refused to speak with the deputy about the incident. The deputy said he spoke twice with the injured inmate who gave the same account of the incident in both interviews. Deputy Pollock spoke with a doctor who said it’s not known at this time if the victim will lose sight in his left eye. Teen inmate injured in ght Alfred Rivera By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A prosecutor has dropped the charges led against a jewelry store owner who had been accused of melting down a ring and bracelet before it was legally allowed. Assistant State Attorney Brian M. Casey formally dropped the misdemeanor charges led against Wolfgang Beleanis Cortez, Sr. on Nov. 15. Cortez had been charged with three counts of failure to complete a secondhand dealer transaction form and three counts of failure to hold secondhand goods for at least 15 days. Under Florida law, stated an arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), a secondhand dealer cannot alter secondhand goods within 15 calendar days of the date they acquired the goods. Cortez, owner of Wolfgang Jewelers, apparently melted a tiger’s eye ring and a gold bracelet 14 days after buying them. The jeweler said those items were mistakenly mixed in with some other items that had been held for the 15-day period and were slated to be melted. State drops charges against jeweler American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the non-smoking bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.Martha's House Yard Sale to host special saleMartha’s House will have a 25-cent sale on all clothing Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. 1 p.m.

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MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School’s basketball team hoped to gain momentum with home cooking last week and it appeared to work Thursday as they defeated Centennial in a barn burner 71-68. Friday it was different as Okeechobee dueled arch rival Sebastian River and for 28 minutes and looked like they would pull the upset. The Sharks scored 20 of the game’s nal 28 points to defeat Okeechobee 70-63 in front of a partisan crowd. Shelvick Henry had 27 points and Jeremy Falzarano had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sharks to victory. “Anytime we come out here its tough,” Henry said afterward, “Okeechobee played a good tough game against us and played us really hard.” Henry said it was pretty physical on the court and that this was a good test for the team as they prepare for the district tournament at the end of the season. Okeechobee was led by Phil Jones with 22 points. However, Phil continued to have foot problems and had to leave the game with three minutes left. It was no coincidence that the Sharks took over from there. Eddie Neal had another solid game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Okeechobee and Sebastian traded baskets in the rst half which saw a number of tremendous individual efforts. Sebastian led 37-32 at halftime. Okeechobee came out hard in the third quarter and got a lead behind a couple of technical foul free throws by B.J. Jonassaint and a layup by Jose Loredo. OHS led 48-46 at the end of the third quarter. The Brahmans held on to the lead early in the fourth quarter as Neal hit a three pointer, Sid Whitaker hit a eld goal and Jonassaint added two free throws to give OHS a 55-50 lead. OHS last lead was at 59-58 with les s than two minutes left. From there it was al l Sharks as they used their advantage in spee d and quickness to take control. Henry said the team felt comfortabl e when they went up by four points in the na l 30 seconds. He said his coach advised hi m to stall, make Okeechobee commit fouls, make free throws and control the game. “The coach said spread the oor and g o to work. As the senior on the team I had t o take over and be a leader tonight,” he add ed. Henry lit up Okeechobee for 47 points i n last year’s game in Okeechobee. Brahman hoopsters top Centennial; fall to Sharks

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Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 14 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsBrian Guerrero scored a goal and added a pretty assist as Okeechobee High School’s soccer team defeated Jensen Beach 2-1 in a district match Friday night at Brahman Stadium. With the win Okeechobee will secure the number two seed in the district tournament next month as they try to capture a third straight district crown. Guerrero seemed to be around the ball most of the night. He had several shots on the net which included a header that sailed over the goal in the rst half. Another shot on goal w as whistled off because of an off-side penalty. Okeechobee continued to have a few problems on defense as they attempted to clear the ball. Goal keeper Tyler Selph continued to play w ell as freshmen in net. Brahman defender Frank Buccio had the toughest time as he twice had to leave the game in the rst half after tough collisions with Falcon players not far from the Brahman net. OHS coach Lonnie Sears called it a gutty district win and claimed every team plays harder in district matches, “There were a lot of negatives because our defense isn’t where it needs to be. We get a little lazy at times and fall asleep, but they’re kids and that is what kids do.” Sears said they will continue to work on defense at practice and elimination of mistakes. He has emphasized discipline and thinking ahead. He said the had some trouble clearing the ball away from the net and not guarding their man, leaving a few 2-on-1 opportunities for Jensen Beach. “Its basic stuff. We will coach them and make them better but we have to stop the mistakes,” he explained. Sears singled out praise on Guerrero for his awareness and his ability to score. In his rst half-goal Sears said he had just yelled to Guerrero to be ready and moments later he got a chance and executed. “He was ready. He just stood up and put the ball in the back of the net. Overall we’re coming along and we’re getting better and better and that is what I want,” he added. The Brahmans will not host a Christmas Tournament this year. They have three tough matches this week with road dates at unbeaten Sebastian River and the always tough Fort Pierce, and a home date with Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Boys earn ‘gutty’ soccer win By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News If the OHS Lady Brahman teammates didn’t realize how important Carley McCoin is to their success before Monday they could just look at the scoreboard. OHS trailed South Fork 16-5 in the rst quarter as McCoin sat out with a knee injury she suffered last week in Lake Placid. Once she entered the game Okeechobee went on a 30-9 run to end the half and took control of the game in a 75-49 victory. McCoin nished with 31 points and 10 steals and Ami Edwards had 15 points and 23 rebounds as Okeechobee improved to 5-3, while South Fork fell to 0-7. Lahna Sedatol scored seven points with three assists, Bethany Stuart added six points and three rebounds, and Taylor Trent chipped in with six points and two steals. OHS coach Erin Morrow said the team got off to a slow start and they held out McCoin to make sure she was healthy enough to play, “She said she was ready so we put her in, she lit a spark despite being a little hobbled and we got going.” While the team played hard throughout the game they had trouble on defense as they allowed South Fork too many easy chances. South Fork entered the game averaging only 14 points per game. “We must communicate better on defense. To give up 49 points was unacceptable,” Morrow added. Morrow said the offense was productive but the team must work on getting better. She admits the schedule will not get any easier for her team. Edwards said she had an easy time as she used her height advantage inside to continue domination of the boards. She has averaged nearly 15 rebounds per game this year. She did admit it was a surprise that South Fork led early in the game. “I was like what is going on and why are they beating us? Once Carley came in we picked up our defense and she brought us together. This was a good collaborative win tonight,” she added. Edwards said the team came in on a high as they defeated Lake Placid who had a Division I college player at point guard. “I’ve been satis ed with our player in some games, but tonight no, we could have played better,” she added. Edwards has gotten college interest herself from small schools in Georgia and Ohio. McCoin’s 31 paces OHS in win Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAmi Edwards get ready for a free throw in the rst half. Edwards led OHS with 23 rebounds. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPonce DeLeon continues to play well at mid eld for the OHS Brahman soccer team. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Lady Brahman soccer team continues to work hard as they improve their skills. OHS gave Martin County a tough ght in the rst half of their match on Tuesday. Martin County scored ve goals in the second half to win (7-0). Martin County went scoreless for the rst 13 minutes of the match as Okeechobee played tough defense near the net. Several chances on corner kicks also w ent awry. Martin County scored in the 35th minute to take a two-goal advantage and w ent on from there.  The Brahman boys basketball team broke a ve-game losing streak Thursday w hen they defeated St. Lucie West Centennial, 71-68. Eddie Neal had 11 rebounds and 12 points. Brendon Jonassaint had a game high of 23 points. Sylvester Butler and Roshell Thomas both had 15 points for Okeechobee. Centennial fell to (1-5) on the season.  Osceola Middle School girls basketball team made great strides but lost a tough game to Oslo 31-25 on Thursday. Mariah Mosley led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. She has played with more con dence in recent games. Alexandria Ducott had a three-point basket. Coach John Carroll also praised Kara Adams, Alyssa Howard, Alexa Delgado and Kylie Ramirez for their defensive effort. “I felt the girls played well. We had another slow start but we had a strong second half. We had good defense and that led to some transition points for us,” he added.  The Osceola boy’s basketball team celebrated their rst win of the year on W ednesday when they upset the Pemayetv Emahakv boys team. Thursday the Warriors fell at Oslo, 60-11. Oslo was biggest, stronger and faster as they overwhelmed Osceola.  The Lady Brahman girls basketball team ran up against a buzz saw in Sebastian River as they lost to the Lady Sharks on Thursday 80-22, one of the worst OHS losses in recent memory. The defending state champion had defeated OHS by 35 earlier in the y ear. Ami Edwards and Bethany Stuart both had six points and Carley McCoin added four points. Okeechobee was competitive in the rst quarter as they scored 11 points. Sebastian rolled after that with margins of 16-3 in the second, 25-5 in the third, and 16-3 in the fourth quarters. Edwards and Stuart both grabbed six rebounds and Sha’Dajia added ve boards. OHS had 24 turnovers in the game against a tight Sharks defense.  The Yearling girls basketball team fell to Storm Grove Middle School in Vero Beach 33-17 on Thursday. Raylee Coleman led the Lady Bulls with eight points. Shytria Ash had ve points and 12 rebounds. Storm Grove led 11-3 after one and 15-5 at the half. The Lady Sting Rays held a 28-10 lead after three quarters. YMS Girls fell short once again to Storm Grove Middle School. Final score was 33-17. Yearling Coach Tammy Wright said she felt her girls did a fantastic job on both ends of the court despite the loss, “I can’t complain about the effort because they listened to me, executed the plays properly, and followed through just as we had practiced.” Wright said Storm Grove was an aggressive bunch and were very physical on the court. “We were frustrated and a little disappointed but they persevered and showed great sportsmanship, heart and determination. I’m still optimistic and I’m con dent that we will grab a few more wins before the season ends.”  The Lady Seminoles of Pemayetv Emahakv remained undefeated with an impressive win over Osceola 36-6 on Wednesday. Shae Pierce led the way with 15 points. Sydnee Cypress had seven points and Sunny Bearden chipped in with six points.  Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation’s Youth Basketball League will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Jan. 11,. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information. If your daughter is planning to try out for the O keechobee High School softball team, there is a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. In the OHS Media Center. If you are unable to attend, please send another adult to represent you. Important information regarding the season will be presented.  There will be an organizational meeting for adult league ag football on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 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 contact Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation 863-763-6950.  The Brahman junior varsity basketball team continued to make strides Friday despite a 52-38 loss to Sebastian River. Okeechobee defeated St. Lucie West Centennial last Thursday night. Coach Jason Egli has a number of players contributing including freshman Fred Bradley and Chris Epps.  The Lady Brahman soccer team dropped their fth consecutive game, 4-1, at Fort Pierce Central on Friday afternoon. The Cobras had lost seven straight games. OHS fell to (2-13) on the season.  The Yearling boys basketball team outlasted Storm Grove in a tight game, 31-25 last Thursday. Antawyn Fludd led Yearling with 12 points. Juan’Yae Ford and Lamar Williams missed time due to an injury when they butted heads in the second quarter. Gabe Greseth made some big baskets for YMS. Coach Michael Wharin said nine players contributed to an overall stellar defensive performance. “This was a gut check and we passed the test. The rest of the team came together in their absence and were able to extend the lead,” he suggested. Wharin said he was pleased that more players could make a contribution in the game. 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PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 432285 ON 12/19/2012 NOTICE On January 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM, there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: 1. Donald Lundy Unit A-12 10x20 minimum bid $400 2. Elizabeth Wilson Unit C-20 10x20 minimum bid $400 Sabal Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 432960 ON 12/19,26/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowner’s Association Inc.; AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC.; Defendant. NOTICE OF ACTION TO PINE ISLAND HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowner’s Association Inc. last known address: 12575 Highway 70 East, Okeechobee FL 34972 Notice is hereby given to PINE ISLAND HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION OF OKEECHOBEE, INC. a/k/a Pine Island Homeowner’s 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 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeIN 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 decedent’s 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 DECEDENT’S 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 colin@ccameronlaw.com 432630 ON 12/12,19/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No.: 2012CA201 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR NOVASTAR MORTGAGE FUNDING TRUST, SERIES 2006-5 NOVASTAR HOME EQUITY LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERT IFICATES, SERIES 2006-5, Plaintiff, vs. Kyle D. Ottiwell and A ngela D. Ottiwell; Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 18th, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2012CA201 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR NOVASTAR MORTGAGE FUNDING TRUST, SERIES 2006-5 NOVASTAR HOME EQUITY LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERT IFICATES, SERIES 2006-5, is the Plaintiff, and Kyle D. Ottiwell and Angela D. Ottiwell are Defendants, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. on the 9th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: Lots 23 and 24, Block 43, Okeechobee Park, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 28, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Street Address: 2611 NW 5th St, Okeechobee, FL 34972 and all xtures and personal property located therein or thereon, which are included as security in Plaintiff s mortgage. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 18th day of October, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of said Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 429520 ON 12/19,26/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000426 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, VS. CHARLES E. PARKER, JR., KAREN L. PARKER TD BANK, N.A., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on October 31, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: LOTS 1 THROUGH 8, BLOCK 32, FIRST ADDITION TO PINEWOOD HEIGHTS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 46, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. and commonly known as: 703 NE 24TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, the sale will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on January 16, 2013 at 11am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 1st day of November, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 430355 ON 12/19,26/2012 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 Avenue, 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 Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Firm 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472008CA000209CA CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, v. JOHN S. VEST; SHANA M VEST; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD O R ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 472008CA000209CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk o f the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 9th day o f January, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 5, OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK SECTION 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 31, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. ATTENTION: 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. DATED AT OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA THIS 9th DAY OF November, 2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 431269 ON 12/19,26/2012 Mobile HomeSalePINE 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 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 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 O’mwen 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2009 CA 000308 U.S. Bank National Association, as Successor Trustee, to Bank of America, National Association as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee, for Ownit Mortgage Loan Trust, Ownit Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certi cates, Series 2006-3 Plaintiff, -VS.Richard C. Doss, Sr. a/k/a Richard Doss and Denise Doss, Husband and Wife; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Inc.; Asset Acceptance LLC.; 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. 2009 CA 000308 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. Bank National Association, as Successor Trustee, to Bank of America, National Association as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee, for Ownit Mortgage Loan Trust, Ownit Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certi cates, Series 2006-3, Plaintiff and Richard C. Doss, Sr. a/k/a Richard Doss and Denise Doss, Husband and Wife are defendant(s), I, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on January 16, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 19, UNIT NUMBER 2, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With 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 adaptaciOn pare 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 dlas antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dlas pare 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 pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT 430125 ON 12/19,26/2012 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 4, 2013 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. 1995 MERCURY SABLE VIN #1MELM5040SG643992 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 433104 ON 12/19/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2011-CA-000306 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Successor by Merger to Chase Home Finance, LLC Plaintiff, -VS.Cynthia Deuse Hand a/k/a Cynthia D. Hand; David Eugene Rogers, Jr. a/k/a David Eugene Rogers a/k/a David E. Rogers, Jr. a/k/a David Rogers, Jr.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 31, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2011CA-000306 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Successor by Merger to Chase Home Finance, LLC, Plaintiff and Cynthia Deuse Hand a/k/a Cynthia D. Hand are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court SHARON ROBERTSON, 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 16, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOTS 6 AND 7, BLOCK 3, DIXIE RANCH ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With 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 adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicaise con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida BY: 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 430329 ON 12/19,26/2012 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000634 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO FIDELITY BANK & TRUST Plaintiff, vs. ANDREA BADARACCO, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY given pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000634 of the Circuit Court of the 19 Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein PNC Bank, National Association successor by merger to National City Bank Successor by Merger to Fidelity Bank & Trust, is the Plaintiff and Andrea Badaracco; George G. King, Jr., A/K/A George G. King; Unknown Spouse of George, G. King, Jr. A/K/A George G. King N/K/A Alexandria King; Current Tenant(s); and Stuart A. Young, Esq., are the Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM, on January 16, 2013, the following described property set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to wit: The North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 12; LESS the East 1/2 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Solicitation of Contractors for Housing Rehabilitation/Replacement BidsOkeechobee County will be rehabilitating or demolishing and replacing approximately 10-12 vacant County-owned houses during the next year, and is soliciting applications from Florida certi ed residential, building, and general contractors to bid on the work. Interested contractors should contact Roumelis Planning and Development Services, Inc., 1104 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, phone 467-6600. 433098 ON 12/19/2012 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 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) T O: 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. T he 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 court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: November 30, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Clerk 431893 ON 12/5,12,19/2012 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 representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s 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 T HIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER T HE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is December 12, 2012. Personal Representative: GERALD W. BAGGETT 999 N.W. 11th Court Boca Raton, FL 33489 A ttorneys 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 09000344CA DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-1 Plaintiff, v. JUAN M MOLINA, ERANDI Y AGUIRRE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 09000344CA of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 16TH day of January, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: 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 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. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 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; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.430083 ON 12/12,19/2012 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 O’mwen 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 430103 ON 12/12,19/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 32’00” WEST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 12, FOR A DISTANCE OF 1386.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 40’00” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE AFORESAID SECTION 12, FOR A DISTANCE OF 676.68 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 08’00” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 609.15 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 08’00” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 127.09 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 40’00” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 342.75 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 08’00” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 127.09 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 40’00” 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 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 430104 on 12/12,19/2012 18 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012of the West 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 12, Section 10, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D, inclusive, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 1981 mobile home: Title No.: 0019222803 VIN#C0SGART0011327 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 430373 ON 12/19,26/2012 LOT 13 AND 14, BLOCK 7, OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 8, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. ATTENTION: 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 Phone: (772) 807-4370 DATED AT OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA THIS 29th DAY OF October, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 430126 ON 12/19,26/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 12000286CA WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER, TO WACHOVIA BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. MCCAROL PARTNERS, INC., GAIL A. MCGREGOR, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GAIL A. MCGREGOR, CAROL A. BELLMORE, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CAROL A. BELLMORE, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2, the names being ctitious to account for parties in possession, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered on October 31, 2012 in Case No. 12000286CA of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, and MCCAROL PARTNERS, INC., et. al, Defendants, will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at the hour of 11:00 a.m. on the 16th day of January, 2013, the following property: Lots 13, 14 and 15, Block D, of LAWRENCE INDUSTRIAL SUBDIVISION, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 37, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1669 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee, FL Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 1st day of November, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANTIf 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. 430360 ON 12/19,26/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No.: 2011CA431 HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2006-2, Plaintiff, vs. Eleden C. Fonseca and Jose Luis Fonseca; Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 18th, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011CA431 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2006-2, is the Plaintiff, and Eleden C. Fonseca and Jose Luis Fonseca are Defendants, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 3rd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. on the 9th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: PARCEL 1: COMMENCE AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24’08” EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE, THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION ALONG THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1122.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREE 24’08” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NORTH 1/2 SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 600.00 FEET, FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 24’08” EAST FOR THE A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 004’22” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 8924’08” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 004’22” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND PARCEL 2: COMMENCE AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24’08” EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE, THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION LONG THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1122.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREE 24’08” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NORTH 1/2 SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 600.00 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SAID SECTION FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24’08” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 24’08” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND PARCEL 3: COMMENCE AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24’08” EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE, THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04’22” EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION LONG THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1122.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREE 24’08” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 500.00 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 8924’08”EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 004’22” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 8924’08” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 004’22” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. Street Address: 7220 NE 11th Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34974 and all xtures and personal property located therein or thereon, which are included as security in Plaintiff’s mortgage. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 18th day of October, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of said Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 429518 ON 12/19,26/2012 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids.

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Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton www.floridacare.net Vitamins, Minerals Herbal Detox Nature’s Pantry 417 WS Park St. • (863) 467-1243 N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Okeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org Place in business card here!! 19 Okeechobee News December 19, 2012 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).  Nicole Lataye Futch, 20, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 14 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of failure to appear introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. She is being held without bond.  Joseph Earl Snyder, 47, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 15 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $5,500.  Tommie Lee Jackson Jr., 18, West Harney Pond Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 15 by Deputy Bart Potter on a felony charge of possession of a concealed rearm. His bond was set at $2,500.  Justin Luis Rodriguez, 21, S.R. 70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 15 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. He was later arrested by Deputy Heath Hughes on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and reckless driving. His bond was set at $1,250. 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. ARREST REPORT cal elementary schools. Sgt. Roberts said he also drives through the parking lots at the schools to check on their security. “Our schools have done well. The school board is really cooperative,” said Sgt. Roberts. “We trained just a couple of weeks before the Connecticut shooting with school of cials. That training included everyone from the front gate, to cafeteria personnel to the custodians. “We do all we can to stop them. We train but you can’t stop it—you can only minimize it,” he added. He went on to point out that to help prev ent such situations every utterance of a threat by a student is handled immediately by a threat assessment team. It doesn’t matter how serious, or how trivial, the threat may be, the assessment team handles it. Each team consists of a counselor, the school principal and an SRO. “We speak to the child and make sure they have a support system and nd out if they meant what they said,” explained Sgt. Roberts. “We also nd out if there are any w eapons in the home. We also talk to the parents to con rm if there are weapons in the home. We try to cover all the bases in that assessment.” Just last Friday, Dec. 7, alone there were three threat assessments done. But none w ere serious. “Very few threats are real. The majority of them are out of frustration,” explained Sgt. Roberts. “They say things they shouldn’t say—they’re just angry. That’s the majority of the causes.” Sgt. Roberts, who’s been doing threat assessments for 12 to 13 years, said threats are classi ed as low, medium and high. The majority of them, he added, are low. “We do each and every one of them regardless of how minor they are,” he continued. But, what happens when the threat is real and law enforcement has to contend with an armed intruder inside a school? “We have worked with the superintendent in the active shooter scenarios, and since Columbine we’ve been very pleased w ith the action of the school board,” said OCSO Major Noel Stephen. “We train yearly. That training is not only for law enforcement, but for teachers.” And since last Friday he and Sheriff May have talked to their staff, SROs and the schools about the dangers and how everyone needs to stay vigilant. “Especially around the holidays—emotions run a little high,” the major added. “We’re letting everyone know that we’re here.” Maj. Stephen went on to say the community can also play a big part in heading off dangerous situations. “The biggest thing is for folks to help us w ith their eyes and ears,” he said. “If they see or suspect something, let us know and let us get involved.” But if the worst-case scenario occurs and a shooter gets inside a school, OCSO Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell and his Special Response Team (SRT) will then get involved. Lt. Bell explained that the way things used to be done have changed drastically and instead of waiting for his 19-member team to arrive, it will be up to the SRO or an OCSO road patrol deputy to enter the school and eliminate the threat. “It used to be when you had an active shooter you would set up a perimeter and wait for more people. But, the train of thought now is that one person goes in. You have to stop the threat. You don’t have 30 or 40 minutes to wait for the team to arrive,” he explained. If there’s an SRO at the school, then that deputy must activate the search for the shooter. “The longer he waits—the more kids get hurt,” said Lt. Bell. He went on to say whether it’s the SRO, a road patrol deputy or his team everyone has one goal: “Eliminate the threat as fast as possible.” To prepare for these situations, Lt. Bell said his team has trained in every school in the county at one point or another. The SRT has also trained with the SWAT unit from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce in some of their schools. The seasoned deputy said often times the citizenry doesn’t understand why SRT or SWAT units handle matters the way that they do. “If the team goes in to an active situation, say in a commons area, the kids are hanging on you for help. But, you have to push them off. That’s hard for people to understand, but it’s a reality,” he explained. “If you stop to console, guess what? The numbers (of victims) rise.” He said his team has a systematic approach as to what they do and why they do it. And even though he and his team talk about these scenarios and how to handle them, he said the majority of them have families and incidents like Sandy Hook still hurt. “The rst thing I thought: I’m glad my daughter’s done and out of school. It brought a tear to my eye,” he said. “I’m hardened. After 25 years of this you get hard. But, just because we say I’m hardened it doesn’t take away from the thought process. It still bothers us just as much as anybody else.” SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Democrats to meetOn Thursday, Dec. 20, the ODEC will hold their re-organizational meeting and elect of cers., at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s. The positions to be elected include: Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDuring a recent training exercise at the now-empty New Endeavour High School Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell (left) and Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell (right) explain the training scenario. Taking part in the training was the OCSO Special Response Team (SRT) and the SWAT unit from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce.

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