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Friday, January 25, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 11 14.82 feetLast Year: 13.37 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. 2 0 1 3 2013 O k e e c h o b e e Okeechobee C o m m u n i t y Community G u i d e i n s i d e Guide inside! Peer to host Ropers Gathering ... Page 3 Lease extensions approved for Florida Crystals and Duda over objections from environmentalistsBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper knew, with only 5 minutes to present their cases, he and other environmentalists had little to no chance of stopping the no-bid lease extensions for two giant agricultural concerns. And Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet didnt surprise him. That cabinet on Wednesday, Jan. 23, unanimously approved 30-year, no-bid leases for A. Duda & Sons and Florida Crystals in southern Glades County despite the objections of the environmentalists. The agencies had pressed upon the governor that these leases were really essential to restoration projects and we couldnt compellingly make the case to turn that around, said Mr. Draper. He went on to say that the cabinets vote was probably based on its own rules. The cabinet can create its own rules. Its not a level playing eld, he offered. With the approval of the board of trustees, Duda can now sell 638 acres of their propert y to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for $1.9 million ($2,984 per acre). That is a discount of 56 percent from the appraised value of $6,800 per acre. The district will also have the option of buying an additional 2,489 acres of property from Duda for $16.9 million. That price is not discounted. The 638 acres expected to be purchased b y Governor OKs SFWMD land deal The cabinet can create its own rules. Its not a level playing eld. Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Drape r By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners Thursday rejected the proposal for a 99-year lease for the Lake Okeechobee RV and Resort at Okee-Tantie. The proposal had been on hold for months with no action. County of cials had questions about South Florida Water Management District owage easements and the states revisionary rights to the property. At the Jan. 25 commission meeting county administrator Robbie Chartier explained the board was asked to consider if they want to look at an addendum to the original proposal submitted by Randall Henderson in May 2012. We were in very early stages of the agreement when were told by the board to stop, said county attorney John Cassels. As far as staff is concerned, we were not going into this with this proposal or any other proposal, he said. All those things were put on hold. He said the Florida Department of Environmental Protection requested this proposal, which the staff sent to them. Staff has not presented back to you what we could recommend you consider approving, he said. Tallahassee doesnt want to give Okeechobee County the freedom to do whatever they want to do with the property. They want to see the deal. He said the state will not conceptually approve a deal when a lot of the negotiations havent been eshed out. In some sense we didnt get to where I wanted to be, said Commission Chairman Frank Irby. The state doesnt want us to do Okee-Tantie 99-year lease proposal rejected See LEASE Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Five students were arrested on misdemeanor charges and one for a felony stalking charge in late December after an incident at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus in the rst criminal case that involves school bullying in our community in some time. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said the students were all arrested and taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce last month and later released into the custody of their parents. They all attended arraignment hearings last week, pleaded not guilty and their cases were scheduled for a docket call hearing in February before Okeechobee County Judge Jerry Bryant. Assistant Superintendent Joni Ard said the school administration began a thorough investigation as soon as the situation was brought to their attention after an incident at school on Dec. 14, 2012. Deputy Donnie Holmes, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), said a 14-year old-boy reported that several different students in his art class threw pens, pencils and books at him. The other students were also accused o f pulling his desk out from underneath the vicBullying case scheduled for hearingSee BULLY Page 5 See LAND Page 4
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOURCome worship with usSunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org 301 NE 4th Ave. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 2 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 75F. Winds from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Low of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 54F. Winds less than 5 mph. Sunday : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 73F. Winds from the northeast at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Sunday Night: Clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the east northeast at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbie PooleMiss American LegionMacy Gamiotea, daughter of Jamie and Lane Gamiotea, won the Miss American Legion pageant of 2013, held Jan. 17. Macy was asked, as her interview question, what she believed her best characteristic is, her answer was leadership. Macy has been accepted to Gulf Coast University and she hopes to pursue a career in Criminal Law. Speckled Perch Pageant plannedThe Speckled Perch Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at OHS. Main Street is looking for contestants in each of the following categories: Tiny Miss, Tiny Mister (age 3); Little Miss, Little Mister (ages 4-5); Princess (ages 6-9); Junior Miss (ages 10-13) and Miss Speckled Perch (ages 14-18). Contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce863-357-6246 for app. Rotary plans Annual L.O.S.T. Bike RideThe Okeechobee Rotary Club will hold their 10th Annual L.O.S.T. Bike Ride on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail on April 20, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. ride is a great trek for people of all ages and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a world-wide destination for bird-watching and world class shing. This great fund raising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative T-shirt and more. A barbecue meal will be provided for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e for prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.Speckled Perch Festival plannedOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the annual Speckled Perch Festival and Parade, which is scheduled for March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park. Anyone interested in setting up a booth or entering the parade should contact the Main Street of ce at 863-357-6246 or e-mail email@example.com for an application.
Public invited to free Friday night camp reBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The cowboy arts of roping, whip cracking, knife throwing and shooting will be the subjects of study at the Cowboy Schoolhouse during the 13th Annual Ropers GetTogether at Gordie Peers VP Ranch, Feb. 7-10. The gathering draws visitors from all over the United States and even from other countries. In years past, cowboys have come to the gathering from Australia, Sweden and Czechoslovakia. While some years the gathering has attracted around 100 visitors, Mr. Peer said he is more comfortable with a group of about 40 to 50. On Friday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., the gathering will have a camp re open to the public (weather permitting), giving Okeechobee area residents a chance to learn more about the real cowboy way. And there will be stories told, Gordie Peer promised. Lots of story-telling. Gordie Peer is an old hand at riding, roping and cracking a whip. As a young man he dodges questions about his exact age he joined a wild west show. He also found work as an extra and a stunt man in western movies and teaching the actors some of the cowboy skills. He taught movie legend Lash LaRue how to crack a whip. He was proud of his own stage show. He started with trick roping but was known for his skills with a whip. Nobody has ever matched what I did with a whip ... yet, he said. Gordie found a home in Okeechobee in 1959, still traveling to shows and rodeos for part of the year. He has always been interested in sharing his knowledge with others, especially with young people. I did programs in the schools for 50 years, he said. But then they told me I couldnt bring my guns to the schools anymore. Guns are not the problem, he said. Lack of education is the problem. He said children would be safer if they had rearm safety education. Its not like in the video games, he said. You dont shoot someone and then they stand up again. When he was a boy, he said, most kids knew how to use a gun safely. When I was 8 years old, I carried a gun to school, he recalled. A lot of kids did. That was a one-room schoolhouse in North Dakota, and a youngster riding a horse to school might have the need of a weapon. Kids were more familiar with rearms than they were with cars, he recalled. The cowboy gatherings started in 2001. I was retired and there were a lot of people who were trying to do what I used to do with whips and ropes and such, explained Gordie. And they said, why dont you teach us? It just spread by word of mouth, he said. The gathering is held at the VP Ranch, 2176 N.W. 50th Avenue. Volunteers help cook the meals and run the programs. Participants nd lodging in area motels. Mr. Peer explained that the modest fees charged are just to cover the expenses, mostly the cost of the food. Price per person is $40 for the weekend if pre-registered by Feb. 1, or $50 after Feb. 1. Children under the age o f 11 are admitted free, but all those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Daily rates are also available. Admission to the Friday evening camp re is free. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on ranch property. (Need we explain this? states the brochure.) For more information about registration, call Gordie Peer evenings at 863-763-3773. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sixth AnnualSaturday, January 26 9am 2pmFor more information, call 863.462.5000 ext 257Okeechobee Agri Civic Center, just off Hwy 710 Demonstrations Display of rst responder vehicles Over 100 vender booths, giveaways and prizes Apply for Florida KidCare, Medicaid and Food Stamps Complete the KNOW YOUR NUMBERS report card for a chance to win prizes Enjoy Walk Down Memory Lane with Dr. Brown hosted by his family & friendsGet children moving while they learn about the bene ts of an active lifestyle!Sponsored in part by: Childrens Services Council of Okeechobee, Raulerson Hospital, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., Health Council of Southeast Florida, Nurse On Call, Interim Healthcare, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Inc., Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County, Innovative Treatment Services, Inc. Florida KidCare, State Farm, Heartland Discount Pharmacy, Okeechobee County Health Department and Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County. OKEECHOBEE FAMILY HEALTH AND SAFETY EXPO FREE Health Screenings and EducationFREE entertainment and lunch! Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan 25TH Thurs., Jan. 31STFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: MAMAFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: THE LAST STANDFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: HANSEL & GRETELFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 R R 3 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Cowboy skills shared at annual gathering Special to the Okeechobee NewsMr. Peer entertained and educated a crowd at the Okeechobee County Library in July, 2012. Marthas House plans auction at dinner on Feb. 9Marthas House is seeking items for silent and live auction to be held at the Caribbean Night Dinner and Comedy Show, featuring music by The Chobee Steelers on Feb. 9 at the KOA. They would greatly appreciate any and all donations.
School prayer I totally believe in separation of government (school as in this instance) and religion ... and that it be left right where it is ... no single religion promoted over another, and if a c hild/children want to pray together, they be given quiet time to do s o. But de nitely NOT t o favor/authorize one over the other. Thank goodness t hey are not forced to pray or be subject to it in a place of learning. Talking to yours elf telepathically gets y ou nowhere fast. Learning facts in schools is the only way to go. If you want to pray in s chool, pay your church to teach them. Just b ecause Christianity is the majority religion in this country doesnt mean you can just dictate to others. As long as there are Math tests, there w ill be prayer in schools!Eluding charges David Gregory during an interview with W ayne LaPierre brandished an empty highc apacity magazine on air. The problem, its illegal in the District of Columbia to have one. Gregory should have been charged. Aft er all, there was clear, taped evidence of the c rime. But it seems that he will skate on the c harges. Why do we need new laws if we dont prosecute the ones we have? And if Wayne LaPierre had shown it as his prop, and been charged, there would be an uproar from the other side of the issue. And if Wayne LaPierre had shown it and was NOT charged, the liberals would have been frothing at the mouth! Or it was it all just a big set up to throw you guys off the main trail. Its actually a cover up for the aliens that were being escorted b ehind the White House by secret service agents! County and new business The county needs to cut their expenses and the people need to decide what they are willing to give up to get the expenses down. Its hard for a new business to move here. I am referring to the new business having trouble getting permission from the government. A local man tried for a long time to open a restaurant across from Walmart. He did everything they required of him but still couldnt get approval, so now we have another bank there. Someone is trying to bring a new business to the industrial park but he needs a reduced tax rate because this county is too high. The tax rate is too high for what the county has to offer. Our tax rate is the same or higher than the counties on the coast so why move here other than reduced land prices and cheap manual labor. I believe if you watch the commission meetings, you will see that Commissioner Culpepper is trying to help new businesses. He continually is opposed on everything he is trying to do to entice new business to re-locate to Okeechobee. Recently he attempted to enact a one-year moratorium on impact fees and was defeated 3 to 2. Only Chairman Irby voted to suspend impact fees as did Commissioner Culpepper. It takes three votes to accomplish anything. This current administration does not entertain new small businesses. When you open or attempt to start a small business and research the requirements imposed by this county and the cost of ful lling those requirements are sickening and redundant. Then paying for inspectors and assorted documents this county says you need to open. Then compare those costs of red tape to similar counties. No wonder people move to greener pastures. Sure the superstores do have an impact but that is a constant everywhere. The county government is the entity who issues these pointless requirements solely for income yet they are blind to see the other source of incomes these businesses could bring. Just look at all the empty commercial space, its sickening. We have enough banks. Banks dont catch a vacationing familys eye. Banks dont attract people to our area looking to spend a few bucks and a few days in our area. We need ideas to make visiting Okeechobee a positive event. We need restaurants that are more than a place to ll your stomach. We have so much potential but in order to gain, people have to know we are here. They have to WANT to come here. Right now we are not very attractive. January 25, 2013 4 Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out 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! the district will be used to re-hydrate Lake Hicpochee, provide water storage for the Caloosahatchee River and improve water quality. The SFWMD governing board unanimously approved Resolution 2013-105 earlier this month that paved the way for the district to begin negotiations with the Duda. This entire deal was contingent upon the state giving Duda the 30-year extensions on the property. As for Florida Crystals, the district is expected to swap nearly 9,000 acres it acquired in the 2010 land deal with U.S. Sugar for 4,700 owned by Florida Crystals. That land will be used as a wetland to store and lter water bound for the Everglades. Audubon Florida and the Florida Wildlife Federation both presented objections to the cabinet about the long-term leases. The cabinetmade up of Gov. Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Of cer Jeff Atwaterignored the objections, however, and cast their votes without comment. The SFWMD land purchase policies have raised questions before. Commissioner Putnam and his family sold 2,042 acres of their property in Highlands County to the district in 2005. The district purchased that property because it needed about 600 acres for environmental purposes, and paid the Putnam family $25.5 million for the property. That same property had been appraised at $5.5 million the year before. And, by the time the district paid the Putnam family attorney $3.9 million, the total deal cost Florida taxpayers close to $30 million. The district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a joint statement after the vote that said the district can now move ahead with plans to clean up the Everglades. The Trustees decision to extend agricultural leases for two lessees on state-owned land makes it possible for the SFWMD to move forward with aggressive plans for water quality improvements. This approach supports the states timely implementation of these water quality projects critical to the health of the Everglades and the vital Caloosahatchee watershed, said that statement. But, Mr. Draper voiced concerns about the quality of water that will be moving of f the properties and into the Everglades. One of our objections is that farming is bringing in too much fertilizer, he said, adding that the area is already a high-nutrient environment. He went on to say Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Agriculture Area (EAA) are complying with existing regulations to control nutrients but its still not enough to keep the Everglades from degrading even more. Two of the largest areas where the leases are to be lengthened (Duda #1935 5,765 acres, and Florida Crystals #1447 2,544 acres) ... also appear to be sites that produce some of the worst phosphorus pollution in the EAA, stated one of Audubons objections. Audubon also argued that the extensions would prevent the trustees from using these lands for possible expansion of Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs), Water Storage Areas or similar purposes related to the restoration of the Everglades. The group also argued that the cash to be paid to Duda and the land swap with Florid a Crystals ... amounts to unjusti able windfalls, and that the leases should not be extended because the land in these areas are comprised of muck and are oxidizing rapidl y at a rate of .5 to 1 inches per year. In the case of the Duda lease tract, there appears to be less than 30 inches of muc k soil remaining, the Audubon stated. When asked what his groups next step would be, Mr. Draper said they will continue to try and get stiffer rules regarding the use of fertilizer. Were not going to do a legal challenge on the leases. Were going to continue to press the government to set up rules to require farmers to use less fertilizer, he said. We think thats the only way to control the source of pollution. It may take a long time to get there, but you just have to keep going back at it. LANDContinued From Page 1 Community yard sale bene ts March of Dimes A community yard sale will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables will be available for $10 rental, while supplies last. Spaces to set your own table will be $5. Proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes. To reserve a table or space, or to donate your items, please email or call Marnie Ayers at 863-462-5288 or 863-677-6378.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 w hat we want to with property we own. On the 28th of June last year we came before you, said Randall Henderson, president of Okeechobee RV Resort LLC. In theory, at least, this proposal we submitted to the county was approved 3-1. I came back over to discuss the parameters of the lease. A s we were looking at the parameters to prepare a lease, we ran upon several issues w hich had to be addressed before anyone could use the property. One issue is the districts owage easement over the property. Another issue is the states reversionary rights to the property. Mr. Henderson said the questions about the states rights to the property shifted around for months, from one person to the next. One problem was the original legal description of the property, went from one cypress stump to the next. It was not a good legal description. He said the property belongs to the county but the state has reversionary rights to a portion of it. The next question came up, how much of this is reversionary interest land, what portions of this land would we get getting revenue from, Mr. Henderson continued. We told them the restaurant, the marina and parking lot did not fall under their jurisdiction. We told them of the 440 lots we proposed, 220 fall under their jurisdiction as they see it. He said the state wants to be paid for use of that property. They wanted to know what real value w e were willing to pay, he said. The state w as saying were entitled to 50 percent of w hat the county gets. He said usually the state expects payment if the property is sold or leased for a use that w as not the original public use of the property. My objective was to point up to the state that we were using it for the original purpose. We were simply upgrading, he said. Mr. Henderson said most of the area parks are changing to park models and there are few spaces available in the county for true RVs. He said their proposal of Okee-Tantie w ould not include any park models. He said the State of Florida is ready to go forward with negotiations on the amount of money the state will receive if the proposal is approved. He said the current proposal would be $550,000 for the state and $1,650,000 for Okeechobee County. I dont thinkno matter what you do w ith the propertythat you are going to nd a different scenario regarding dealing with the state and reversionary rights, he said. He said the Okee-Tantie area is ideal for RVers. The property is right on the lake and centrally located to the rest of the state. The coasts are built out, he said. Youve got what the RVer is looking for. He added that RVers like to buy their supplies at big box stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said the county needs the income this project would generate, because of the current economic status, not just this county but the whole country is in. This year the commission had to borrow from the land ll trust fund to balance the budget, he said, and employees havent had a raise in ve years. I think we sorely need cash in ow, he said. This is the gift that will keep on giving. The question today is that now we have some clearance from the state whether we want to proceed or not, said Chairman Frank Irby. Theres three things the community approaches me about, said Commissioner Ray Domer. Some people say sell it outright. Get rid of it. Some say it lease it. But the majority of people tell me they want to keep it and use it the way they always have. It seems like weve got the cart ahead of the horse, he said. If we go back to where we started, it might be to our advantage. In my opinion, I think we should reject this letter that started out as a proposal for letters of interest and ended up as a proposal. I have shermen coming through my shop all day long, said Commissioner Margaret Helton. All of the citizens that come into my shop are devastated that we would even think of this. They want to keep it as their property. In concept at rst when we looked at a private/public partnership, in my mind it was some kind of operator partnership, said Commissioner Joey Hoover. This is totally different from what I had in a mindset. A 99-year lease might as well be a sale. He said he has not had any positive response from the voters for the exclusionary use as presented at this level. If the board feels that a 99-year lease type of format or an exclusionary use type of format is what you envisioned when we talked about a private/public format then we should go ahead with this, he continued. I for one, from what I know right now, would not support an exclusionary use like this. Mr. Cassels said a 99-year lease with thirdparty nancing would create some potential complications for the county. Most leases, if someone defaults, you terminate the lease and you regain the property. That would not be the case based on the last conversations I had. If there was a default, the lender would take over, he said. Its not your typical ve-year lease on a commercial building. You will have thirdparty purchasers who have an interest and you have a lender who has an interest. He said the proposal sort of took on a life of its own and we had the developer negotiating with DEP when we should have had the county negotiate with DEP. Chairman Irby said the consideration of a public/private partnership began because the county had not done anything with Okee-Tantie for a number of years. It used to generate a signi cant amount of money for the county, he said. After the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 damaged the park, much of the campground was shut down, he continued. We havent spent much money maintaining or improving it. I thought soliciting some interest from private entities to help us with that was a good move, Mr. Irby said. I think we need to do something with the property, he said, adding that it is his understanding that even with the 99-year lease, the boat ramps and the restaurant would still be available for the public to use. I know the airboat folks were concerned and Mr. Henderson said they would make arrangements for them. Mr. Irby said he would prefer to sell the property outright rather than go into a 99year lease. A long-term lease is like a sale but it takes a long time to get your money, he said. Anytime you have a partnershipthe taxpayers, developers and the lenders would be partnersthe division of the risk and reward in a relationship have to have some match said Mr. Hoover. The county cant walk away. You will never be able to walk away for the next 99 years. If either of them fail, they are gone. He said the taxpayers of Okeechobee County would still have the obligation to maintain the roads, wastewater system and other infrastructure. This partner in the three legged partnership cant shake the obligation, he said. I am not in favor of exclusionary use that piece of property the taxpayers own that they would be excluded from its use for 99 years, he said. Mr. Domer said he would like county staff to go to the state without a speci c proposal to nd out what the countys options are for the Okee-Tantie property. Generally I am in favor of moving forward and attempting to do something with the property, said Mr. Irby. I would like to see if we can move forward with this project and see how it goes, see if we can come up with an agreement and see how it impacts the county. But you have to look at real numbers. I just want to know from DEP what we can do or not do with the property. Then we can more forward with the negotiations, said Mrs. Chartier. I want to nd out whats our nancial obligation to them and what triggers it, agreed Mr. Hoover. Mr. Domer made the motion to reject the proposal letter that started out as a letter o f interest from the Lake Okeechobee RV Resort and Marina LLC. If there is any reason to go forward with this the way it is now structured, I cant see it, said Mr. Domer. The motion passed 3-1 with commissioners Domer, Hoover and Helton voting in favor of it and Commissioner Culpepper opposed. I feel horrible for the amount of wor k these people went through, Mr. Culpepper said. LEASEContinued From Page 1 tims head so the victim could not lay his head down. One female allegedly threw a book down on top of his head and a male student hit him in the side of the head with the book, Deputy Holmes report stated. Another female reportedly threw a book that struck the victim in the arm. Deputy Holmes stated he reviewed videos from students cell phones which appeared to con rm the victims account of the alleged events. In a supplement report, OCSO Deputy Bart Potter stated the victim had made violent threats against students at the school on Dec. 19. A follow-up report stated one student stated a substitute teacher that day was sitting behind the computer and at no time got up to see what was going on during class, or tell the students to stop what they were doing. In an interview with the teacher, she stated she was helping students get pictures from their computer for their art project, and advised while the class was being loud, she did not see or hear anything going on in the class and denied that she saw any of the kids throw things at the victim. She advised that the student never told her anything about this incident and that if she had seen anything going on she would have stopped it immediately. Mrs. Ard said the substitute has been removed from the schools list and all schools have been noti ed she can no longer substitute teach in our schools. Deputy Holmes applied for battery warrants for four students, and charges of battery and stalking against two male students and for child neglect against the teacher. Mr. Albright said the application for child neglect was denied because it could not be proven that the teacher knew or saw what was going on in the classroom during this incident. Mrs. Ard said the investigation was completed as soon as the situation was brought to their attention. The investigation followed school board policy. As a result of this investigation, there were six students who received discipline referrals for bullying and four students who received referrals for disruptive behavior. The students received suspension days from school, (with) the number of days determined by the severity of their actions. Four of the students were recommended for alternative placement at Okeechobee Achievement Academy. The parents of the victim met with law enforcement and asked to press charges. Ms. Ard said the schools of the students involved are currently working to monitor the situation and to provide continued support to all the students involved. BULLYContinued From Page 1 An article appearing on the front page of the Sunday, Jan. 20, issue of the Okeechobee News under the headline Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers needs clari cation. The article stated that Brian Sell, medical reserve unit coordinator with the Okeechobee County Health Department, coordinates the activities of volunteer relief organizations such as the Red Cross. The Red Cross and other relief organizations referred to are independent organizations. Therefore, it would be more accurate to say that Mr. Sell works with other volunteer organizations. Clari cation
Heart Gallery exhibit slatedThe Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display from Friday, 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 w ho 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. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009.Eagles plan weekend eventsFriday, Jan. 25, the Eagles North, located at 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak night from 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. Followed by music w ith the HARPERS!!!! Saturday, Jan. 26 is card bingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 29 is bingo at 1 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 30 is bingo at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE4137 community bene t fund.Eagles hosting steak dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will be serving choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, J an. 25 Music by Phil Eddings. Saturday J an. 26, serving baby back ribs for dinner w ith two sides for $10 from 4-7 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. by Music by Wes and Deb. Sunday, Jan. 27, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday Jan. 29 starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesdays proceeds go for the Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community charity funds. For more info please call 863467-1154.Church hosting gospel singThe 7th Day Christian Church, located at 912 N.W. Park St., will be having a gospel sing featuring Ron and Sharon Frazier. On, Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The public is w elcome, come and enjoy an evening of w orshiping and singing. V FW to have bingo, karaoke The North VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend of fun and food planned. Friday, Jan. 25 starts with bingo at 1 p.m. The grill will be open from 5-9 p.m. with karaoke by D & K (Danny & Kathy) from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, there will be burgers on the grill from noon-3 p.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be seafood baskets as well as a full menu from 5-7 p.m. and karaoke by Steve On A Stick from 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, Lori will be serving a Yankee pot roast dinner from 1-3 p.m. for a $6.50 donation. Karaoke will be from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to stop by and support the veterans. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.Post #64 hosting bingoAmerican Legion #64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the 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.Masons planning breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. Fifth St. will have a breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. 11 a.m. for a donation of $6 per person. The public is welcome and carry out is available. Breakfast is every other Sunday and all proceeds go to local Mason giving.Church hosting speakerReverend Joel Stockstill of Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La., will be the special guest speaker at Fountain of Life Church. 1302 S.W. 32nd St., on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m.Public invited to lectureA free medical lecture will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Raulerson Hospital as part of their monthly Dine with the Doctor series. The lecture is free and starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is $5 and starts at 4:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call 863-763-9228.Mixon Real Estate plans Jan. 29 open houseLori Mixon of the Mixon Real Estate Group is celebrating her new location at 1305 S.W. Second Ave., with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29 Join Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County as we welcome the members of the Mixon Real Estate Group into their new of ces. The open house will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Mayor Jim Kirk conducting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m.KOA hosts drivers programThe Okeechobee KOA Community Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S., will host an AARP Driver Safety Program on, Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Complete the class in one day, no driving and no tests. You could get a discount on your auto insurance. To register, call 1-877-390-8806.Writers group will meetOur next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in the library board room. If you want to read please bring 6-8 copies of your work. Five pages or less, double spaced. Dont forget Gary Hoffmans event & book signing tomorrow at the library at 5 p.m.Dinner bene ts veteransTuesday, Jan. 29, the North VFW will host a rib dinner from 5-7 p.m. at a cost of $7.50 for 1/2 rack and $15 for a full rack. Reservations not necessary but would be greatly appreciated at 863-763-0818. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs. Public invited to meet Raulerson Hospital leadersThe public is invited to meet the Raulerson Hospital Leadership Team at the hospital on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, or for more information, call 863-763-9228.Grand opening set for studioOkeechobee Main Street is announcing the of cial grand opening of Fawns Studio at 1136 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. The public is welcome to come and meet owner and artist Fawn McNeill-Barr.Library hosting documentaryThe public is invited to the library on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. to see the The Lost Bird Documentary and how sculptor Todd McGrain uses his sculptures to keep these extinct birds alive in our collective memories. For more information call the Okeechobee County Public Library at 863763-3536. Family Health and Safety Expo Saturday at Ag CenterThe Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center, with entrance of State Road 710. The expo will bea fun lled free day for all who attend, with over 120 vendor booths, educational material, rst responder vehicles, health screenings, over $2,000 in prizes plus raf es at each vendor booth, insurance information and application assistance, entertainment and lunch! Be sure to complete a Know Your Numbers Health Report Card while taking advantage of free health screenings. Enjoy a Walk Down Memory Lane with Dr. Brown fun activities, fun facts, great memories of an amazing doctor who loved the children in our community. CIS yard sale plannedCleaning out your closet? Let us take your old and unused items off your hands. No item is too big or small. On Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be having a yard sale in the Brahman Theater parking lot, 1610 S. Parrott Ave. Donations can be dropped of f at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy, 1000 N.W. 34th St. For pick of donations or more information call Jill Roger, Amand a Blewett or Cortney Crews at 863-462-5125 EXT 128 or 863-634-0870.OCRA baseball/softball sign ups will start Feb. 2OCRA will hold baseball/softball sign ups the rst three Saturdays in Feb. 2 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the Sports Complex. All children ages 4 thru 14 can sign up. The fee is $80 per child and a copy of the birth certi cate is needed. For more information, call 863-634-0515.Church hosts dinner St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church The Knights of Columbus Buckhead Ridge located HWY 78 W and Chobee Loop will be having a Mexican Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Take out is available, a donation for $8 and $3 for the children. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee 6 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co 202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) OkeechobeeD S NEW MONDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKS!$1 Margaritas All Day TUESDAY 1LB RIB EYE $1399Karaoke with Cowboy WEDNESDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH 25¢Drafts THURSDAY rack Baby Back Ribs with 6 golden shrimp & 1 side $1299Ladies Night 6-10pm Karaoke with Cowboy FRIDAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKSwith 2 sides $1399 SUNDAY 4 PIECE FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $899$150 Drafts 15% CHURCH discount SATURDAY Slow roasted Prime Ribwith baked potato & salad$1900(Starting at 4pm)$150 Drafts L 8 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Club Guest SpeakerSuzanne Boyd, news anchor for Channel 12, came down with a bug and was a last-second scratch from the program. New Rotary Club of Okeechobee member Jay Fuld lled in admirably as the guest speaker today talking about pest control. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon every Tuesday at the Golden Corral. Special to the Okeechobee NewsHistory of TransportationFormer Circuit Judge W.L. (Bill) Hendry spoke at the Okeechobee Historical Societys meeting in December. Judge Hendry spoke of the different modes of transportation in the history of our county. He stated the Indian and Military trails were the rst used, also trails from the cattle drives and pioneer wagons. In the late 1800s steam boats hauled passengers, mail freight and a lot of citrus. The Florida East Coast Railroad arrived in 1914 ( rst passenger came in 1915), the second was the Seaboard line in 1926. Shown in the picture left to right, Retired Circuit Judge, W.L. (Bill) Hendry, Okeechobee Historical President, Betty Williamson and director, Frank (Sonny) Williamson, Jr. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Club Newest MembersThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee welcomes new members. Pictured are (left to right) sponsor Sean Downing, new member Traci Brown, Michelle Creegan and sponsor Tabitha Trent. Congratulations to Traci and Michelle!
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The hip joint is one of the bodys largest weight-bearing joints. Its a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip joint allows y ou to walk, squat, and turn without pain. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. Hip replacement surgery helps more than 200,000 Americans each y ear to relieve their hip pain, and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. Total hip replacement surgery almost always: pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. hip pain, youll be able to use your legs more. This will build up your muscles.Hip Replacement Surgery Helps Thousands Annually allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort. movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. ORTHOPAEDICS Dont let hip pain keep you from what you enjoy doing. You may live for scenic walks, playing doubles with friends or swimming laps in the pool. Dont let hip pain stop you from moving! Get the treatment you need to comfortably move with ease. Dr. Benjamin Epstein, Board Raulerson explains My patients seeking relief from joint pain love having access to great orthopaedic care, right here in Okeechobee. No more traveling great distances and inconveniencing yourself and others. The orthopaedic procedures you require are available in you r very own community. If hip pain is keeping you from everyday activities and the weekend recreation you cannot live without, trust an experienced, Board Certi ed physician to help you love your joints again sooner. PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr Okeechobee www. oridafootspecialist.comDr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph:(863) 357-1166 Your Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialist Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Most insurances and Medicare are accepted.Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Orthopaedic Surgeon Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in Okeechobee 1924 Hwy 441 N. | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | 863-357-0540 Dr. Epstein will be guest speaker at Raulerson Hospitals Dine with the Doctor Event on Feb. 26th 9 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Waste Management Community Relations Consultant, Teresa Chandler, attended and successfully completed the FEMA Basic Public Information Of cer (PIO) training course. This intense twoday class teaches skills for providing information to the public and media in times of disaster. Several other county personnel also successfully completed the two day class. Ms. Chandler previously completed all eight FEMA prerequisite courses to serve as a member of the Okeechobee County Emergency Response Team (OERT). The team is comprised of individuals from city, county, state, federal and non-pro t organizations. Some of the agencies which comprise the team are: Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, City of Okeechobee Police, City of Okeechobee Fire, Okeechobee County Health Department, American Red Cross, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Emergency management volunteers, faith-based organizations and local business and industry volunteers. The Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serves as a central operations hub when natural or manmade disasters threaten our community. Through the unity of effort, coordination of resources is achieved to provide a timely response to disasters which occur in our community. For more information about the Emergency Operations Center please call Director, Mitch Smeykal at 863-763-3212 or visit the Okeechobee County Emergency Management Facebook and/or Twitter page. Chandler completes FEMA PIO training Special to the Okeechobee NewsTeresa Chandler (left) attended and successfully completed the FEMA Basic Public Information Of cer (PIO) training course. She was congratulated by Emergency Operations Director Mitch Smeykal.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features: Daily Local News Updates New interactive and easy to navigate format Plus much, much more! Look for the 2013 Okeechobee County Community Guide in the 1/25 Edition of the Okeechobee News!Also available online at orida.newszap.com and in many local businesses and retailers 10 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Jan. 21-25 include: kindergarten students, Jiovany Villegas, Jonathan Hartze, Grey Garza; rst grade students, Blane Boyer, Joshua O'Shield's, Regan Tucker, Dakota Woods, Jennifer Sanchez, Justin Jenkins, Angelina Rosa; second grade students, Corrie Wilfreard, Caysen Campbell, Annalee Dubel, Alicia Eden eld, Brisa Castaneda, Rachel Hogenkamp; third grade students, Tyler Vest, Daniel Nyerges, Teresa Ramirez, Aubrey McWhorter, Zoe Evans, Cheyenne Hinchcliff; fourth grade students, William Saldarriaga, Nicki Schwendeman, Haley Garcia, Sadie Lamb; fth grade students, David Cox, Rebecca Mims, Tyler Lamb, Brenden Christmas. Congratulations to the many outstanding students. Shrine Club collects aluminum can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the pull tabs from aluminum cans. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Seniors play country music on WednesdaysThe senior country bluegrass music program is at Okeechobee Senior Center on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. All persons age 60 and over who has a musical talent are invited to participate. Listeners are welcome too!
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In: Root Canals Dental Implants Laser Periodental Therapy Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 11 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013
Employment Full Time EXPRESS SERVICE MANAGERwith the following quali cations: Service Experience Preferred Good people skills Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: Reasonable work schedule Health bene ts 401K Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our service team, contact James Jackson NO Phone Calls Apply within Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm Sat 9am 5pm 4224 Hwy 441 S.Okeechobee EOE/DFWP The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce is accepting applications for a Grant Manager/Fixed Asset Specialist. Apply online at okeesheriff.org or pick one up at: 504 NW 4th Street. Submit completed application along with resume no later than January 31st to H. R. Director Mariah Anuez. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesLakeport Christian Church Will host a Yard Sale at:10947 East Hwy 78 in Lakeport. Jan 24,25&26 8-4 on 24&25 8-12 on 26th for info call 863-946-2160 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dans Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Employment Full Time RN Clinic SupervisorClinic Setting, MondayFriday 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. LOCAL & REGIONAL Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! HVAC HVAC Co seeking motivated individual. No experience necessary, will train. Valid driver lic., DFWP, Apply 312 SW 2nd St, Okeechobee, FL. Looking for someone with restaurant experience. Fun, Fast paced environment. Please contact Krissy at 863-381-5381 Employment Full TimeThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce is accepting applications for an Information Technology Specialist. Apply online at okeesheriff.org or pick one up at: 504 NW 4th Street. Submit completed application along with resume no later than January 31st to H. R. Director Mariah Anuez. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full TimeAIR CONDITIONING SERVICE TECH NEEDED! Experience is a MUST! Top pay including bene ts. Must have references & apply in person at: 5351 SW 16th Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. Great job for the right person! Business OpportunitiesBUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 Employment Full Time Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! BookkeepingFor the Self Employed. Daily/Weekly; Monthly/Quarterly & prep. for your Accountant. Located in Okeechobee. References Available. Call Laura (772)260-4792 Buildings & Sheds Car Trailer Shed full of yard and construction equip and misc.items built on car trailer with new tires. $1,200.00/neg. (772)349-0612 or (772)545-9921 Household ItemsMoving Sale, Futon $50,Oak head board $50,upholstered swivel rocker$25, antique table seats 10 $300, Stove/convection oven $200,faux wooden blindes,Gazelle exerciser $25,exercise bike $200 Call 863-623-7689 Pets/SuppliesYorkipoo Pups Toys (males )13 wks and 11 wks.$350. shots/vets health cert.Reduced to good homes.cash only 863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $12.00 a piece. Coastal $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE 2/1.5 2 story. 90B Oak Lake Apts. $700. 1st, last, $500 Security. Call 863-634-3312. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1br. Condo on ground oor with utilities included. Fully furnished. Pool access. $775 month. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent2bd /1ba Dixie Ranch Acres, $800.00 monthly 1st, last & $500.00 sec. Call 863-763-7032 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!
Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1962 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: W 1/2 OF NW 1/4 OF NW 1/4 OF NE 1/4 & E 3/4 OF N 1/2 OF NE 1/4 OF NW 1/4 6 33S 35E 20 ACRES 1-06-33-35-0A00-00010-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: WINDER VI LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434638 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 158 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 6 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 6 11 34S 33E 1-11-34-33-0A00-00006-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MICHAEL A ERICKSON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434627 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA File No. 2012CP177 Division PROBATE IN RE: ESTATE OF THELMA L. LUDVIG, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Thelma L. Ludvig, deceased, whose date of death was April 22, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is January 18, 2013. Personal Representative: Ronald P. Ludvig 1520 Aqui Esta Drive Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 Cheyenne R Young Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar Number: 0515299 Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley 223 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Telephone: (941) 639-2171 Fax: (941) 639-2197 E-Mail: email@example.com Secondary E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 434794 ON 1/18,25/2013 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 2-9-13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 435421 ON 1/25;2/1/2013 Houses RentBeautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. Near Blue Heron Golf Course, Double car garage, screened patio, 2,500 sq. ft. under roof, a/c, sprinkler system, appliances, large yard, Oak and Palm trees, Quiet Street, $1,250.00 mo. plus security. Call 519-746-4844/ 863-467-8559 or e-mail email@example.com OKEE2/1 3/2 Large First class property. 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash, back-up generator & utilities included $545. mo. and $495. mo. For alternate unit 3/2 $595. mo. call for details. Mon-Fri. No Pets. 863-467-9800 Land Rent7.5 acres of Farm Land located in Imperial Texas, $4,500 total price, or $500 down and $98.12 for 45 months owners nancing Call 863-655-6936 RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 Houses Sale(4)Houses in Okeechobee All on water close to Taylor Creek & Lock. All have covered boat docks, w/excellent or new seawalls. All clean and like new inside w/or without furniture. Prices start at $60,000 or make offer. Motivated Seller 765-348-8270 OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home. Gated Community. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Lots SaleSILVER PALMS RV RESORT. 2 LOTS,PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED,EXTENDED PAVERS, IRRIGATION&WELL. LOT#33 WATER FRONT CABANA W/KITCHEN/LAUNDRY $94,000. 2012 FIFTH WHEEL ALSO AVAIL FOR INFO CALL 703-216-2194 LOT#14 W/10X10 CABANA $72,000 CALL 229-310-0398 Waterfront PropertyFOR SALE 1 Acre+ Newly renovated duplex on Rim Canal between 15A and 15B,New Dock 20x30,RV Hook-up $79,500 will consider cash offers or partial nancing.561-853-6669 Mobile Home Rent2/2 Furnished, completely remodeled NO PETS, 2 persons max, waterfront in Treasure Island $500 deposit, $600 monthly Call 863-467-1308 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH MOBILE HOME, WASHER & DRYER, CENTRAL AIR, FURNISHED, NICE PARK $450.00 MONTHLY CALL 812-989-3022 Mobile HomeSaleCASABLANCA PARK 9441 Hwy 78 West, Adult Park,3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, Big Florida room, Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 Due to health, For Sale 3bed/2bath, carport, screened porch, fully furnished. Must see to appreciate. Call 863-824-0559 and Make Offer. FOR SALE:2BD/1BA MOBILE HOME IN SENOIR PARK,IS FULLY FURNISHED AND READY FOR NEW OWNERS, HAS LARGE FLORIDA ROOM AND STORAGE SHED. PRICED TO SELL 863-357-2642 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleOKEECHOBEE 2 br. 1 1/2 baths. Furnd 14x56. Includes 2 sheds, Florida room & carport. Asking $18,000. 859-893-2405 or 863-447-3111. Palm Harbor Homes New Homes at $39,900 $5K for your used mobile home 3 New models, 1,100-2,400 SQ FT 800-622-2832 x210 TOWN AND COUNTRY 2 BEDROOM, 1.5 BATH, FLORIDA ROOM, COVERED CARPORT, ATTACHED WORKSHED. REMODELED KITCHEN/BATHS, W/D, C/A/H LOT 51A $17,000 O.B.O. MUST SELL 904-755-2775 BoatsBayliner Classic 25 Cabin Cruiser. Exc cond. New motor professionally installed. New alum trailer. Serious illness forces sale $11,500. 863-824-0801 or cell 561-386-7756. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentTHE PLACE TO BE!! Big O RV Resort Weekly/monthly/seasonal Dble wide concrete Landscaped pads Huge clubhouse Recreation hall Fun activities Friendly people www.bigorvpark.com Call Ken (716)240-0689 Fifth Wheels2012 Road King 5th Wheel 44 ft, 2bd/2ba 4 slide outs, all options must see! $35,000 o.b.o Call 941-894-5219 Marine AccessoriesEVINRUDE 12/24 foot control trolling motor, $300. Call 863-467-8682. Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,000 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 MotorcyclesHonda Helix 250cc Trike. 3,200 mi. Exc. cond. Must sell due to illness. Automatic. Asking $4,900 or best offer. 863-824-0801 or Cell 561-386-7756. Autos WantedWe buy all junk cars starting at $400.00 and up! Call us at: (863)983-Junk (5865) or (305)970-4231 Located in Clewiston 24 hrs a day 7 days a week Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD006 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1920 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: FRA MAR RANCHES LOT 8 1-36-36-34-0010-00000-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOVAN RAUF Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434637 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 RFP NO. ADM-01-00-01-13 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of Okeechobee hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation and/or demo/replacement of up to three (3) single family housing units located in the City as a part of the Citys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 11DB-H08 project. Proposals are due no later than 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 and delivered or mailed to: City of Okeechobee General Services Department, 55 S.E. Third Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (the City will not assume any responsibility for proposals received past the bid opening time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope marked RFP No. ADM-01-00-01-13 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM in accordance with the instructions distributed at the mandatory walk-thru meeting. All bids must be accompanied by copy of license and proof of insurance if not already provided to City. Each contractor must satisfactorily complete one job through the Housing Rehabilitation Program before receiving any additional contracts. No contactor will be awarded more than ve (5) homes unless they are able to demonstrate that they have the nancial capacity, staf ng, and ability to nish projects within the speci ed completion time. For speci c project information, contact Mr. Clint Hines at 863-990-3070. Bids will be opened as soon after the 11:00 a.m. submission time on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor, at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. A mandatory meeting and contractor walk-thru for review of these projects will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. Any rm not represented at this meeting will be unable to bid. All potential bidders must be in the Council Chambers no later than 10:05 a.m. in order to participate in this RFP. City of Okeechobee reserves the right to accept or reject bids. City of Okeechobee is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. JAMES E. KIRK, Mayor 435432 ON 1/25/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD002 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 341 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 22 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 22 13 34S 33E 1-13-34-33-0A00-00022-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KRYSTYNA DUNIECKI NORBERT PAUL DUNIECKI PATRYCIA DUNIECKI ROBERT DUNIECKI ESTATE TADEUSZ DUNIECKI Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434629 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. Pickup TrucksPick-up/Boat Combo, 2000 Ford Ranger 118K and 2006 Lundy Alum. Bass boat 17ft,50 Evenrude E Tech, Trolling Motor, Fish Finder Both $7,500 o.b.o. Call 863-610-0421NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10L LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2013 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010Description of Property: LAKE MONTAZA ESTATES SEC 1 LOT 3 BLOCK 3 1-27-33-35-0010-00030-0030 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEANA M RODRIGUEZ LAZARO RODRIGUEZ LEE ALAN MYERS MARGARET ANN MCCLELLAND MARGARET ANN MYERS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434639 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 13 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 12000453CAAXMX Bank of America, NA Plaintiff Vs. TAMMY ELLERBEE AKA TAMMY LYNNE ELLERBEE NKA TAMMY COLBURN, et al Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant: TAMMY ELLERBEE AKA TAMMY LYNNE ELLERBEE NKA TAMMY COLBURN 1053 NE 28TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 TAMMY ELLERBEE AKA TAMMY LYNNE ELLERBEE NKA TAMMY COLBURN 2237 HONEYCOMB LANE, LAKELAND, FL 33801 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TAMMY ELLERBEE AKA TAMMY LYNNE ELLERBEE NKA TAMMY COLBURN 1053 NE 28TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TAMMY ELLERBEE AKA TAMMY LYNNE ELLERBEE NKA TAMMY COLBURN 2237 HONEYCOMB LANE, LAKELAND, FL 33801 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: TRACT 1 COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER, SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, RUN THENCE ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NW ONEQUARTER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER AND THE CENTER LINE OF THE ELLERBEE ROAD FOR A DISTANCE OF 528.70 FEET FOR P.O.B. THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH FOR A DISTANCE OF 527.58 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES, 52 MINUTES, 20 SECONDS W. PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NE ONE-QUARTER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER, THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 54 SECONDS W ALONG SAID WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONEQUARTER FOR A DISTANCE OF 527.58 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 20 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 658.8 FEET TO P.O.B. LESS THE EAST 30.00 FEET RESERVED FOR A ROAD EASEMENT. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, AND CONTAINING 7.98 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, OKECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TRACT 11 BEGINNING AT THE NE CORNER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER OF SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 37, RANGE 35 EAST, RUN SOUTH ALONG EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONEQUARTER FOR A DISTANCE OF 1320 FEET TO THE SE CORNER OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER FOR A P.O.B., RUN THENCE WEST ALONG SOUTH BOUNDARY OF THE SW ONEQUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER A DISTANCE OF 650 FEET TO A POINT; RUN THENCE NORTH ON A LINE PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER A DISTANCE OF 132 FEET TO A POINT; RUN THENCE EAST ON A LINE PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF SAID SW ONEQUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER FOR A DISTANCE OF 660 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNDARY OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER AFORESAID; THENCE RUN SOUTH ALONG EAST BOUNDARY OF THE SW ONE-QUARTER OF THE NE ONE-QUARTER FOR A DISTANCE OF 132 FEET TO THE P.O.B. SAID TRACT CONTAINING 2 ACRES MORE OF LESS. LESS AND EXCEPTING A STRIP OF LAND OF 30 FEET WIDE OFF EAST SIDE OF SAID TRACT FOR HIGHWAY PURPOSES. A/K/A 1053 NE 28TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-0000 Has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Udren Law Of ces, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 4651 Sheridan Street, Suite 460, Hollywood, FL 33021 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in The Okeechobee News and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You have 30 calendar days after the rst publication of this Notice to le a written response to the attached complaint with the clerk of this court. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be led if you want the court to hear your side of the case. If you do not le your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid of ce (listed in the phone book). This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the 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 impaired call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 22nd day of Jan. 2013. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court by: By: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk 435455 ON 1/25;2/1/2013 NOTICE OF SALE Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statutes on February 07, 2013 at 10 A.M. *AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED* 2000 HONDA, VIN#1HGCG5640YA98745 2006 AUDI, VIN#WAUAF78E36A260968Located at: 1254 N.W. 106 Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. (954) 920-6020 *ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction LIC # AB-0001256 434844 ON 1/25/2013 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT T he Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the T reasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board and Consortium to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:00 a.m. Place : Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE : To approve the 5-Year Local Workforce Strategic Plan, discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 435392 ON 1/25/2013 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10L LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 634 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOTS I J K L OF TRACT 30 NORTH 1/2 OF SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 30 17 34S 33E AND LOTS I J K L M N O P OF TRACT 31 SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 31 17 34S 33E 1-17-34-33-0A00-00030-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH NADIRA RAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434631 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD004 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ELLA III LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1055 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007 Description of Property: LOTS I & P OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434632 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD005 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1505 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 19 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 19 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00019-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KIM MCMAHON ORLANDO SANTA ANA GARCIA Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434633 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 14 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee resident Donny Bush will ght for the IFG Featherweight Title in the Main Event at Rise of the Warrior on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Havert L Fenn Center on Virginia A venue in Fort Pierce. Bush, (7-1) will tangle with the champion Matt Wagy, (9-1) in a card expected to include 12 ghts. Rise of the Warrior was recently voted top Amateur MMA in Florida. Bush said he expects a great turnout of his Okeechobee fans and that he is excited about his rst ever title ght. "My career has progressed and I've joined a new gym, American Top Team, and have really improved my striking and martial arts," he explained. Bush also starred as a wrestler and state quali er for Okeechobee High Schools wrestling team. He expects his wrestling skills to be an advantage in this ght. "My opponent used to wrestle, too, and he takes down his opponents and grinds it out. I nish my ghts. I feel like I have the edge on him," he added. Bush has concentrated his training on strikes and kicks and martial arts moves. He felt his wrestling skills were already strong enough. The ght will be in a steel cage known as an Octagon. Bush said he is used to large crowds and he expects to have a strong fan base at the ght. The card also includes a Bantam weight tournament in the 135-pound weight class and the winner not only gets a title by $1,000 in prize money. "If I have Okeechobee there it will help me a lot," he added. "I'm a good ghter and I like ghting, which helps. My opponent respects me. It's a sport. It's not two people that hate each other." A weigh-in for the ghters will take place Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. at the St. Lucie Draft House. For more information, contact Riseofawarrior.com. Bush continued to thank Okeechobee, his granmother Shirley Bush, his father Scott Bush, and close family friends Emerson and Jeannie Billie for their support. Bush to ght for MMA amateur title 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 email@example.com 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Century21okeechobee.co m Foreclosure Tropical Gardens (NW 20th St). 5+/fenced buildable acres close to schools and shopping. $24,000 MLS #206537 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street in front of the property. $125,000 NOW $120,000 MLS #206360 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000 Make Offer! Foreclosure 4 lots SE of 441 ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at $5,900 NOW $4,900. David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 1005-H: Wilcox Shores 3 bed, 2 bath CBS with vinyl siding on a corner lot, concrete driveway, 1774 Total Sq Ft/1204 under air. Tile oor throughout home. $78,000 MLS #206555 NEW LISTING REDUCED NEW LISTING 5019-M: Four Seasons 2004, 3 bed, 2 bath on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! $69,900 NOW $59,900 MLS #206303 5018-H: Dixie Ranch Acres Stilt 3BR/2BA on an acre with ceramic tile oors. Pond, Shed, Large open porch. Offered as a short sale. $50,000 NOW $45,000 MLS #206457 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ community w/clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, large driveway, Single/Metal roof, 1023 Sq Ft under air/1957Total Sq ft $69,900 MLS #206023 5023-H: Otter Creek Spacious 3/2, double garage, lots of kitchen cabinets, screen porch, beautiful Oak Trees all on 1+/acre. Built in 2002, 2336 Total Sq Ft/1380 under air. $115,000 MLS #206521 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features, too many to list!. $159,900 NOW $155,900 MLS #206138 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you to increase your propertys exposure and allow me to reach the maximum potential buyers around the country. Anything Less is Second Best.Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE BrokerTHINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?GRACIE MORTONgraciemorton06@gmail.com863.634.5283 (CELL)863.763.5335 (OFFICE) V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee firstname.lastname@example.org 15 Okeechobee News January 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsUltimate State BashOn, Jan. 12 the Okeechobee STORM competitive cheer squads traveled to Boca Raton for the 2013 Ultimate State Bash. All four squads took rst place in their divisions. Congratulations to all. STORM is supported by OCRA, Childrens Service Council and Gene Fulford.
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Ami Edwards and Bethany Stuart both had six points for Okeechobee, (8-11). Edwards led OHS with seven rebounds. Vero Beach displayed a tight man-to-man pressure defense in the rst half which limited Okeechobee shots, caused numerous turnovers, and gave the Indians easy baskets. It was 18-4 after four minutes and 29-4 after the rst quarter in favor of Vero Beach. Coach Rashard Morgan said he wanted to get all of his girls in the game, get them some exercise, and execute their plays and game plan. "I'm pleased with the outcome. All of the girls got to play and that is always a plus," he added. Morgan said OHS really misses their star player Carley McCoin who was lost for the season with a knee injury. As an opposing coach, he has seen McCoin play and has been really impressed with her skills. "Her loss really hurt them because she is a really talented young girl. I wish her the best," he added. Senior guard Margie Smith said the team w anted to play together and consistently in this game. They want to get sharp for the District Tournament which begins next week and have high hopes to reach Lakeland and the state Final 4 this year. "I feel this was a good win tonight. Everybody on our team knows what we have to do and it feels good when we play well," she admitted. Okeechobee managed just one basket in the second quarter and trailed 42-6 at the half. There was a running clock throughout the second half as Vero continued to increase the lead. Edwards had a couple of blocked shots while Lehna Sedatol and Sha'Dajia Williams, three rebounds, showed some heart and hustle in the second half by diving to the oor for loose balls. Still it was a frustrating night for the Lady Brahmans. Coach Erin Morrow said the team continues to lack leadership and really have a hard time getting focused and ready to play games. "Were struggling offensively to get the ball up the court and get good looks. I'd like our intensity and focus to be on defense. The team doesn't understand that," she admitted. Vero was able to score almost at will against the Brahman zone defense and even when they switched to a man-to-man defense. "Right now there is not a lot of leadership on the team. They've been taught the things to do but saying and doing it in practice is not the same as in a game. Obviously the girls are down, we've lost seven straight, but we have to work hard to get better. We can't accept playing at this level." V eros D smothering; OHS ladies fall, 57-14 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAmi Edwards passes the ball against tight Vero Beach pressure defense Tuesday. OHS struggled to get in a rhythm offensively and lost 57-14. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySha Dajia Williams (right) was one of the bright spots Tuesday with constant effort and hustle.