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Publication Date: 02-01-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, February 1, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 14 p Free SpeechFree Ads 14.68 feetLast Year: 13.28 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Chamber lawsuit still not settled ... Page 3 orida.newszap.com By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Florida Department of Transportation could spend over $165 million over the next decade to improve State Road 710 and add a new road from the SR 710/SR 70 intersection to connect to U.S. 441 North just north of Northeast 13th Street. FDOT presented the plan Wednesday at a public hearing at the KOA convention center. Only two speakers voiced any concern to state of cials. Project Manager Jeffrey James said the goal of the project is to enhance the state hurricane evacuation route and to improve traf c safety. SR 710 extension plannedSee ROAD — Page 5 Surveyors admit they never visited propertyBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News During eminent domain trial proceedings Wednesday, surveyors from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) admitted that property the district is trying to take was never surveyed. The district is trying to acquire over 300 acres along the Kissimmee River in northern Okeechobee Count y that belongs to members of the Luna family. The district now says the property is needed for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. Attorney Tim Wright, representing Bonnie Lun a Byars and BLB Holdings, pointed out in his opening statement Monday, Jan. 28, that a U.S. Army Corps o f Engineers and SFWMD letter stated that the acquisition of property for the project was complete. That April 4, 2006, letter went on to state that 102,061 acres SFWMD trial raises more questions By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man died as a result of injuries he received after he was involved in a crash on S.R. 710, thrown from his vehicle and then struck by another vehicle. According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report Eric Allen Smith, 32, died as a result of the 12:30 a.m. accident on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Area man killed in S.R. 710 crashSee FATALITY — Page 5 See SFWMD — Page 14 Senior players honored at basketball game ... Page 12 Dr. Fred Brown remembered with bene t poker tourney ... Page 4

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Today: Clear. High of 70F. Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Low of 45F. Winds less than 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy. High of 73F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph. Sunday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 73F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night : Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 48F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If tears could build a stairway And memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again! Author UnknownWe never promised forever but always! Always, Charlie Hays 2 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Educational FoundationKelly Owens, foundation member and former school board member, was nominated by the Okeechobee Educational Foundation to be recognized by the Consortium of Florida Educational Foundations as a Statewide STAR School Board Member. Mrs. Owens was recognized for her nomination at a recent Okeechobee Educational Foundation meeting. Presenting a certi cate and owers to Mrs. Owens were Mary Hurley, Foundation Vice President and Linda Syfrett Foundation President. Thank you Mrs. Owens for your commitment to education in Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSpelling Bee ChampionsCongratulations to Cristian Rios and Simran Merchant as Osceola Middle School's Spelling Bee Champions! Both students will represent Osceola Middle School in the Final Regional Southeastern Florida Scripps Spelling Bee held in South Florida on Feb. 21. Okeechobee Forecast Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will be holding a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Feb. 5 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and a reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer Smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 p.m. 8 p.m. THe complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “It ain’t over till it’s over.” That statement made by Yogi Berra concerning the 1973 National League pennant race, could be said about the circumstances surrounding the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. Many people probably thought everything was settled. However, that is not the case. The original organization that occupied the building at the intersection of Parrott A venue and Park Street, the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, has been inactive for some time. A completely separate organization, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County was recently formed and now occupies that building. The building used by the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce was seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax liens from 2001 to 2009 totaling over $105,000. Even though that organization was nonpro t, it had employees and was required to pay certain taxes. The contents of the city-owned building were auctioned by the IRS to settle those tax liens. Then the city leased the building to the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. However, a former of cial of the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce still has a lawsuit pending against that organization. According to documents led in circuit court, Ray Worley, past president of the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, tried to help that organization straighten out its records, but ended up being trespassed from the building and having his membership revoked. Mr. Worley charges that “Candace Burke, individually and as executive director of the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce and the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce” denied him his right as a member of that organization to inspect its records and had him trespassed from the building. He is seeking a declarative action that he was improperly trespassed from the building, that his membership was improperly cancelled and that the defendants pay his court costs and attorney’s fees. In a letter addressed to Ms. Burke dated May 29, 2009, Mr. Worley requested access to a list of documents including minutes for the previous three years, all treasurer’s reports for the previous three years, all income and expense statements for the past three years and the current membership list. The letter went on to cite the applicable Florida Statutes (FS) that describe the records a corporation is required to keep and the right of that corporation’s members to have access to those documents. According to FS 617.1602, the member of a nonpro t organization is entitled to “inspect and copy” the records that organization is required to keep. Mr. Worley went on to write, “It is time to move on and create the chamber of tomorrow, one based on transparency and trust. ...Candace (Burke), this is an offer to help repair the damage that is currently in place and possibly pushing us into closure of our organization.” In response, Mr. Worley received a letter dated June 8, 2009, signed by Matthew Buxton, president of the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, denying his request for information and returning the reminder of his membership dues. Mr. Buxton stated that while it was the policy of his organization to allow members to review any material they wish, it was also their policy that no copies be taken out of the of ce. Mr. Butxon wrote, “Based on the information given to us by another source, we feel we do not want to be involved in whatever your ultimate goals and involvement o f other persons may be leaning toward. We feel strongly there are no improprieties in the operation of the chamber and we are striving to work with every organization in this county and statewide, in this time o f economic strife, and do our best to ful ll our obligation to supporting our members and their endeavor to do business in Okeechobee County.“ An Okeechobee Police Department report dated June 10, 2009, led by Of cer Phillip Eddings stated that on that date he was asked that Mr. Worley be trespassed from the chamber building due to an altercation on June 8. In court documents Mr. Worle y stated that he was not in the chamber building on June 8 and was not involved in an altercation on that date. There is also a third chamber of commerce, completely independent of the other two. Mr. Worley has formed the Okeechobee Area Chamber of Commerce, serving the southern part of Osceola County southward to the east and west sides of Lake Okeechobee. He has stated that his concerns are developing tourism, education and small business development in rural areas not currently served by a chamber of commerce. However, he plans to delay activation of this chamber until after the lawsuit is settled.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates! Cougar Trail Golf Course Specials18 HOLESSpecials Include Tax & Cart!$2800Before 11:00am$2400After 11:00am$96004somes anytime PANTHER CREEK PLAYERS ADD $2 PER PLAY For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 1ST Thurs., Feb. 7THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MAMA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “HANSEL & GRETEL”Fri., 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 February 1, 2013 Chamber of Commerce issue not over yet Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis Club welcomes RitterGary Ritter, the intergovernmental representative for the South Florida Water Management District, was the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee’s weekly meeting. Ritter represents Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and St. Lucie Counties. Mr. Ritter’s main focus during his presentation was highlighting speci c local projects tabbed in the budget for 2013. Ritter also discussed the challenge SFWMD faces with a drastically reduced budget. Their budget has been reduced by over 40 percent over the years. Ritter says going back to basics and focusing on ood control, water supply and water quality has helped. For more information about local project progress, go to sfwmd.org or call Mr. Ritter at 863-634-4857. The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee is a volunteer organization that raises funds geared toward helping youth oriented projects and scholarships. They meet Thursdays at noon at the Lodge Restaurant on South Parrott Avenue. Guests are welcome to attend.

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W hy Okeechobee? The people that got the county in the c urrent condition have been removed from of ce—unfortunately we are dealing with t heir bad decisions. I want my kids and grandkids to have a better life than myself and I don’t want them to have to drive an hour to and from work, they can’t do that and live in this county.  Why choose Okeechobee? Wide open s paces. Fresh air.  Taxes are very high. Services are low for what we pay.  Moving a larger city might not help with t he driving times. I visited a friend in Orlando last year and we wanted to go out to eat. It t ook an hour to get to the restaurant due t o the traf c. The same thing went for the friend’s job. She said it sometimes takes an hour or longer to get to work. The distances are shorter, but you wind up spending a lot of time in the car trying to get there.  I agree the taxes are high here, but the F lorida Legislature and the voters caused t hat problem with the way the property tax s ystem is set up. For the rural counties, so many pieces of property generate little or no t axes that those few who do pay taxes get s tuck with high rates. Every time one group of residents gets an exemption that means t hose who are still paying taxes will have to pay more, or else the government will have t o cut services.Recession The news media speaks of the 2007 2009 recession in the context that it is over. I Googled recession 2013 and found a lot of predictions of gloom and despair for our new year, even in the U.K.  I’ve been hearing every year for the past s ix years that this country is on the brink of falling into a giant hole of despair and darkness ... still waiting.  I just Googled “2013 end of the world” and got over three BILLION results. People like predicting terrible things.  Unless people are taking note of what has happened in foreign countries as a result of certain government policies, I think they may as well stop predicting. I have observed that if people are unemployed or otherwise down and out they will see a current recession. If they are doing quite well, they can’t see any recession. If they have just recently obtained employment after being unemployed, they think the economy is “recovering.”  I enjoyed Okee-Tantie years ago and would like to see it return to its glory days. I vaguely recall that the SFWMD gave it to the county because it was a money loser for them to operate. Even the State Park system is hurting in this economy. It is remarkable that they are still doing as well as they are, thanks to help from volunteers. Okee-Tantie is/was a pretty much seasonal business trying to compete with the mom & pops located all around the lake. I feel we have to assume that the commissioners have access to valid nancial information and studies to make informed decisions, and parks and recreation are the rst place to cut, and rightly so. I don’t have a solution to offer, but I want to try and understand. I didn’t think the 99year privatization route was the best thing, just the only present. Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak was a county park that went private, grew, and is successful.  If I recall correctly, the state was making money or at least breaking even when they ran Okee-Tantie. The reason for getting rid of it was that it was water management and the Corps did not want to be in the park business. At the time they were just going to close it completely, but the public protested and the county agreed to take it over. It has a unique position of being inside the dike right on the lake. It should be able to make money as an RV campground. No park models could ever be allowed inside the dike. If a storm is coming, the RVs need to drive away. When it was operated successfully as a campground—before the storms—the county policy was to keep the prices higher than the commercial RV parks so that the county did not undercut the parks that were paying taxes to the county. Since most of the commercial parks are lling up with park models, I think there would be a demand for these RV spaces if the county xed the place up. This would help the local businesses because the RVers would spend money at local restaurants and stores as well as paying the fees to use the campground. Freedom of SpeechThis letter is in response to Cheryl Gawda’s letter of Jan. 2013, expressing her opinion of the president and his inauguration. Fortunately, we live in a free and democratic country which allows such a letter to be written and published. Regardless of his political af liation, the inauguration of every president, is a celebration of that right and freedom. I do not profess to be a profoundly devout and religious person, and I admire and respect those who are, regardless of the faith they profess. However, I think it would take an unbelievably giant leap of anyone’s faith to think that the loving and forgiving Jesus, whom Mrs. Gawda describes at the end of her letter, would ask to have such a letter published or encourage His followers to do so. That expectation is what I found most offensive about Mrs. Gawda’s letter. Sincerely, Mary Kay NicholsonScholarship honors Dr. BrownDr. Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship Poker Tournament took place on Jan. 23 at the Speckled Perch Steak House and was a great success. The purpose of the tournament was to raise money for the scholarship fund that will bene t high school students with goals of pursuing a career in the medical/health sciences eld. The support from the community is immensely appreciated by the family of Dr. Fred Brown. It was trul y special to see one of his favorite past times enjoyed so much by so many people in an effort to support education. An event as touching and supported as this one cannot go without recognizing the following people and businesses fo r their dedication and support: The Speckled Perch Steak House, Mark and Janney Ward and family, Quality Tee’s, Platt Chiropractic, Morgan’s Furniture, 1 Stop Party Shop, Lakeshore Marine, CVS Pharmacy, Mama Flegos Italian Restaurant, Flower Petals, Newman air Conditioning, Dr. Tenniswood and Associates, Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Highland Pest Control, the Hideaway DriveThru, Beef O’ Brady’s, Applebee’s, Hampton Inn, Wemmer Family Orthodontics, Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Bobby Steiert, Doug Vest and Rhonda Altman. We all appreciate Dr. Brown for his 30+ years of dedicated, compassionate care to Okeechobee’s families. He had a love fo r children, raising ve of his own, caring fo r hundreds of others, and making each on e feel loved as if they were his. The memories live on within us. If you have questions o r would like to donate to the scholarship fund, you may contact 772-285-9914. Dr. Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund organizers February 1, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Rotary Club plans 10th 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 863-7635573.Humane Society offers pet wellness clinicThe Humane Society Pet Rescue will host a pet wellness clinic on Feb. 2 and March 2. Vaccinations, heartworm and ea preventives will be offered by a licensed veterinarian from South Florida. They will also have pet items for sale to raise money to help care for the shelter pets. The clinic will be open from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, at the Pet Rescue Shelter, 1203 U.S. Hwy 98N (next door to the Okeechobee Livestock Market.) For more information, contact the Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue at 863-357-1104.

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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 NON-DENOMINATIONAL EPISCOPAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 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 pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 DinnerChurch of Our Saviour 200 NW 3rd. Street 863-763-4843Shrimp Jambalaya; Etouffe, Gumbo, Oysters, Red Beans & Rice, Yellow Corn, French Bread, Desserts, Hurricanes & Bloody Mary’s will be for sale!2 For $20 or 1 for $12Raf e Tickets for a Laptop Computer $5 each or 3 for $10.Sat. Feb 9 at 6 pm Evangelist Bennie JonesAn ordained bishop, has been in full ministry for over three decades. He is a full time evangelist serving mainly in U.S., Canada and Mexico. Bennie is a musician and singer with several gospel recordings to his credit. Point of Life Fellowship 15399 E. Hwy 78, LakeportSun., Feb. 3: 10:30am & 6:30pm Mon. thru Wed. Feb.4 thru Feb. 6 at 6:30pm SPECIAL SERVICES 5 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 The road project has been broken up into three major segments. The rst covers 3.4 miles from U.S. 441 North to the L-63 north Canal. The estimated cost is $53.3 million. The plan would send the road behind residential areas like Pine Ridge Park, curve around Northeast 32nd Avenue, intersect w ith SR 70 near Northeast 36th Street and connect the new road with SR 710 just north of Everglades Boulevard. Segment two would include 2.9 miles of pavement from the L-63 canal to Sherman W ood Ranches. The estimated price tag is $42.9 million. The third and nal segment covers 6.2 miles and runs from Sherman W ood Ranches to County Road 714 at an estimated cost of $65 million. The state will have to deal with FPL power lines, two existing natural gas pipelines and the CSX railroad in certain segments. They also plan to add a 12-foot wide paved path or multi-use trail on the north end of SR 710 throughout the project. Another issue to be decided involves County Road 714. The county would like the state plan to connect the County Road 15B to County Road 714. The realignment would cost approximately $3 million. There are no construction dollars currently programmed in FDOT budgets. There is money to design the segment between 441 North and the L-63 canal in the current scal y ear. Present day construction costs would approach $100 million. Right of way would cost between $17 and $20 million, with design itself to cost over $15.4 million. The FDOT also will consider a no-build alternative with no improvements to the road. The state ve-year work plan does fund right-of-way acquisition for the SR 710 extension in 2017. The estimated cost for road right-of-way and drainage right-of-way for that segment is close to $9.2 million. W ork on this project began back in 2008. A w idening and expansion of 710 to six lanes from West Palm Beach to Indiantown and four lanes onto Okeechobee County are also being considered. George Sanchez of St. Lucie County suggested the road should be placed closer to more populated areas on the Treasure Coast. He said the state should enhance State Road 609 or other roads instead. Executive Director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority John Hayford said the FDOT still needs to work out some issues with the OUA well eld and their Water Treatment Plant site. The current proposals would relocate three homes and one business along the route. The study also took into account issues like wetlands, oodplains, water quality, threatened and endangered species like the Indigo snake and wood stork, hazardous material sites, recreation sites, historic structures, noise and archeological sites. The proposed path would potentially impact 22 historic sites. The project would also impact local schools like Everglades Elementary and bus routes. FDOT Spokesperson Debbie Tower agreed it was a good sign for the project that there wasn't any spoken opposition to it at the public hearing. "The one-on-one conversation we had was very positive. We feel the community is very supportive. If you have a comment, speak up, we want to know." Tower said design could begin on the extension if the federal highway administration approves the plan. "We are getting pretty close to our nal recommendations. We really understood what the community wantedto relieve traf c in Okeechobee and to keep traf c moving and trucks moving around Okeechobee," she added. Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposed project can postmark their comments or email them by Feb. 11. The email address is jeffreyw.james@dot.state. .us. More details on the project can be obtained online at www.sr710-okeechobee. com. Mailed comments can be address to Jeffrey W. James, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249 Bartow, FL 33831. ROADContinued From Page 1 The report by FHP Trooper R. Rodriguez indicated that Mr. Smith was traveling toward Okeechobee in his 2006 Chevrolet when he apparently left the roadway just west of Everglades Boulevard near the entrance to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. He reportedly overcorrected and his car began to spin. As the car was spinning it apparently struck an unoccupied 1994 Ford v an and then continued to spin in a counterclockwise direction. At some point, Mr. Smith was thrown from his vehicle into the eastbound lane of the two-lane highway. He was then reportedly struck by 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Samantha Louise Leon, 28, of Okeechobee. Ms. Leon was not injured, stated the trooper. Records at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) indicate that a deputy was rst on the scene and, at some point, requested a trauma helicopter to respond to the crash site. However, that helicopter was soon ordered to "stand down," stated the OCSO report. The trooper's report stated that Mr. Smith's vehicle sustained damages estimated at $10,000. Damage to the van was estimated at $5,000, while damages to Ms. Leon's vehicle was said to be around $2,000, stated Trooper Rodriguez. FATALITYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMac Worley (right) makes a point to St. Lucie County resident George Sanchez during the public hearing Wednesday on the Route 710 project.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Bertie D. Rogers, 96OKEECHOBEE — Bertie D. Rogers died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born June 8, 1916, to Will and Bertha Miller in Savannah, Tenn., Bertie was a resident of West Alton, Mo. before relocating to Okeechobee in 1978. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, the VFW Post 4219 Auxiliary in Portage Des Sioux, Mo. and the Order of the Eastern Star 242 in St. Charles, Mo. Bertie was also an avid quilter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Rogers; a son, James H. Rogers; brother, Ancel Miller; and four sisters, Willie Larson, Gladys Mathes, Cessel Jenkins, and Josephine Miller. Survivors include her daughter-inlaw, Janice Rogers of St. Charles Mo.; granddaughters, Jennifer (Brian) Price of St. Peters, Mo., Jamie Rogers of St. Charles, Mo.; greatgrandsons, Tyler Price and Joshua Rogers; a brother, Douglas (Carolyn) Miller of Phelan, Ca.; sisters-in-law, Ruth Dark and Loretta B. Smith, both of Okeechobee; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 2 pm at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. If friends desire, donations may be made in Bertie’s memory to First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W. 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Luis ‘Gab’ Garcia, 23OKEECHOBEE — Luis ‘Gab’ Garcia passed away Jan. 28, 2013. He was born June 18, 1989 in Fort Pierce, Fla. He enjoyed working at the CVS Pharmacy, sports, grilling out with his family, eating at Los Cocos and chilling with his homies. He was a member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge. Mr. Garcia is survived by his parents, Regino and Nellys Garcia; sisters, Mayreli, Liliana, Rubi and Crystal; brothers, Oscar, Javier, Del no, Junior and Angel; girlfriend, Jannet Gonzalez; grandparents, Del no Garcia and Maria Javier Flores, Heliodoro Gomez and Estela Valdez; over 50 cousins and many loving friends. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at Buxton Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Father Lorenzo Gonzalez of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the online register boo k and leave a condolence message may do so at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are under the care of Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th Street (Corner of SR 441), Okeechobee, FL. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 V FW post 10539 pavilion openVFW Post 10539 on HWY 441 S.E. will serve hotdogs and hamburgers in the outside pavilion on Friday, Feb. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. there will be bingo. All proceeds bene t veteran assistance programs. North VFW plans eventsThe North VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend of fun and food planned. Friday, Feb. 1 starts with Bingo at 1 p.m. The the grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with karaoke by Lisa 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday there will be burgers on the grill from noon to 3 p.m., Bingo at 1 p.m., seafood baskets as well as a full menu, from 5 to 7 p.m. and karaoke by D & K (Danny & Kathy). Sunday Feb. 3, Lori will be serving a sausage, peppers & onion Dinner 1 to 3 p.m. for a $6.50 donation. Bring y our favorite nger food and come watch the Super Bowl. Be sure to stop by and support the veterans. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance programsComing events for Eagles northEagles north located at 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee Friday, Feb. 1, is steak night from 5:30 p.m. 9 p.m. followed by Music BY Michael’s Memories. Saturday. Feb. 2 Card Bingo at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, bingo at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Bingo at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the ROE 4137 community bene t fund.Library hosts musical theater programThe Okeechobee Library will host Ian R.B. Nairnsey with a series of programs depicting broadway shows with musical selections and narratives. On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. he will present, “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.” Y ard sale plannedCleaning out your closet? Let us take y our old and unused items off your hands. No item is too big or small. On Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, Okeechobee Achievement A cademy will have a yard sale located in the Brahman Theater parking lot, 1610 S. Parrott Ave. Donations can be dropped off at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, 1000 N.W. 34th St. For pick of donations or more information call Jill Roger, Amanda Blewett or Cortney Crews at 863-462-5125 EXT 128 or 863-634-0870.South Florida Pig Preview plannedThe fourth annual South Florida Pig Prev iew hosted by Bacon Bunch 4-H Club will be held on, Saturday, Feb. 2, at Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 70 E. Registration is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. To pre-register, email information on registration form to: Baconbunch@earthlink.net or mail to Joyce Thomas, 21655 N.W. 266th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. For more information, please call Scott Durand at 863-6340500 or Joyce Thomas at 863-697-1904.Yard sale benefits March of Dimes A community yard sale will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., 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. Can’t make it that weekend? Any donations will be appreciated. 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.Animal Adventures hosts Dollar Day on SaturdayAnimal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Rd., will have a “Dollar Day” where everyone gets in for $1, on Saturday, Feb. 2 Food will be available or bring a picnic lunch. The facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozer, tiger cub, will be doing interactions for $25 per person for 5 minutes. Those interested must make appointment upon arrival. Lions, cougars, tigers, leopards, bears, baboons, snakes, alligators, birds and many more will be on exhibit.Lethal LecturePlease join the Okeechobee High School Drama Club/Troupe 7319 as they present Lethal Lecture by Craig Sodare. Presentation will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Freshman Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $20, please call today to purchase or reserve a ticket. Proceeds from this presentation bene t the Okeechobee Educational Foundation scholarship and mini-grant programs in Okeechobee.Free tax preparation at the American LegionFree tax preparation and eling by AARP Taxaide volunteers will begin Feb. 4 and run until April 15 at the American Legion located at 501 S.E. 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Participants must bring a picture ID, SS cards for dependents, last year’s tax return and all 2012 nancial papers. No appointment necessary, rst come rst serve and doors open at 8:45 a.m. For more information call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Do not call the American Legion.Moose Lodge hosts Super Bowl Party on SundayCome Join the Okeechobee Moose located at N.W. 36th Street, for a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 4, staring at 6 p.m. and lasting until the game is over! Additional up coming Moose events are Thursday Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Friday Night Bingo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available both days, Saturday Night D/J & Karaoke in Social Quarters and Sunday Breakfast served 8 a.m.11 a.m. All Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs. ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary’s Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. We will be making pillowcases for Valentine’s Day, so put your heart in it and sew for our kids. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate, please call Joan at 863-467-0290.Legion Post 64 opens bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. Kitchen offers 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.Grand Oaks Free Diabetes EdLiving With Diabetes Presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community located at 203 S.E. 2nd St. and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Activities Room. Offered by the Visiting Nurses. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY 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: drbradfield@earthlink.net 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 8 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? 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 A s most people know, the Super Bowl matchup has been set. On February 3rd, the Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers. There are several storylines including the Harbaugh brothers and Ray Lewis last game. A nother storyline surrounds Terrel Suggs, a defense end for the Ravens who tore his Achilles tendon in off-season workouts last summer. He returned to the team midseason, after surgical repair of the tendon and extensive rehab. This is an example of the advancements that have been made in surgical technique and rehab, as this injury may have kept him out for an entire year just “ve y ears ago. The Achilles tendon is the tendon on the back of the ankle that is responsible for pushing the ball of the foot down. It is the largest, thickest tendon in the body. It is also responsible for pulling the most amount of weight of any tendon in the body. A rupture of the tendon requires a signi“cant amount of force accompanied by a lack of elasticity of the tendon. The majority of Achilles tendon ruptures occur in men after the age of 40. Tendon ruptures in all people (athletes or not) usually require surgical repair, and a signi“cant amount of rehab. It is important to remember to stretch before any athletic activities to prevent injuries. At Florida Foot Specialist, we treat all problems with the foot and ankle. There are a wide range of problems that affect the foot and ankle. These can range from orthopedic problems such as Achilles tendon ruptures to neurologic problem i.e. neuropathy. A large number of our patients are diabetic, due to the numerous complications that accompany diabetes. We also deal with fungal infections of the nails and feet, as well as vascular disorders that can cause long-term problems with the foot and ankle. We are also a full-service surgical practice. We perform several minimally invasive surgeries to treat a wide range of problems. If you currently have any problem in your feet or ankles make an appointment to see us in the of“ce today. Delaying treatment can increase the problem and require more extensive treatment. CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Dr. ShariffDr. Roberts Florida Foot Specialist Your Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialist 9 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Students of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Jan. 28 Feb. 01 include: kindergarten students, Hayden Brennan, Hannah Harris, Jaidyn Brooks, Julio Alcantara; rst grade, Izaiah Bradley, Chris Eckenwiler, Aydian Cruz, Jaedon Gilbert, Omar Hernandez, John Mowery; second grade, Lynsey Ray, Jasell Rueda, Ryan Sanchez, Alaq Dowd, Anyah Johnson, Marianna Luviano; third grade students, Maria Campos, Caleb Reynolds, Keenan Rucks, Payton Besaw, Arianna Pickett, Asael Cardenas; fourth grade students, Jesse Luna-Raya, Eduardo Nemec, Jihad Yamin, Seth Joiner, Elia Garcia; fth grade students, Jerry Stalans, Moises Elias, Jacob Palm and Lloyd Stone. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EES

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Look for the next edition on February 15th ORTHOPAEDICS Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Most insurances and Medicare are accepted.Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Orthopaedic Surgeon Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in Okeechobee 1924 Hwy 441 N. | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | 863-357-0540 10 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBP gives to HospiceTown Star in coordination with BP selected Hospice of Okeechobee to participate in their annual program to show their appreciation for the local community’s support of their stores. Okeechobee Town Star employees presented the $3500 check to members of the Hospice board of directors on Jan. 25 at the Town Star location on Hwy 710. Shown in Photo: front row left to right: Frank Irby, Tina Clemons, Gina Jolly, Nikkie Stalons, Amy Walker, Jovita Hernancez, Carla Shrout, Pam Rucks, Marie Culbreth. Back row left to right: Rosemary Herron, Frank Viera, Randall Smith, Mike Gazzella, Melinda Martinez and Brittany Osborne. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJersey Mike’s donationOn Jan. 11, Jersey Mike’s donated the proceeds that were raised during their grand opening for Okeechobee Christian Academy. Pictured above left to right are: Nick Reynolds, Sabina Perera, Bert Culbreth and Krissy Dail.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Health Expo WinnersThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation participated in the Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo. Cindy Stratton was the lucky recipient of the gift basket drawing sponsored by the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Pictured left to right: Cindy Stratton and Mary Hurley, Vice President, Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCentral Florida Treatment Center hosted a booth at the Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo last Saturday. CFTC offered a grocery store gift card and the lucky winner, Ethel VanZuiden. Congratulations Mrs. VanZuiden and thank you CFTC for participating in the Expo.Special to the Okeechobee News Special to the Okeechobee NewsGuardian ad Litem participated in the Sixth Annual Health and Safety Expo sharing information about their program. Many signed up to be a guardian, thank you. The lucky winner of the scooter drawing, Angelica Liberato! Speckled Perch festival and parade applications openOkeechobee 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 okms@okeechobeemainstreet.com for an application.Speckled Perch Pageant planned for Feb. 16The annual Speckled Perch Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Auditorium. Okeechobee 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). Anyone interested in the pageant should contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce863-357-6246 for applications. Hospice Yard Sale plannedHospice of Okeechobee's yard sales are held on Wednesday and Thursdays from 8 a.m. noon. The February sales will be Feb. 6 and 7, and Feb. 20 and 21. The yard sale is located at the corner of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 3rd Ave. For information, call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Roshell Thomas hit a three-point basket w ith two seconds left in overtime to give Okeechobee a 52-51 victory over Jensen Beach at the Brahman basketball senior night game Tuesday at OHS. Thomas scrambled to get a loose ball on the nal possession with seconds left, passed out to Brendon Jonassaint and camped himself along the baseline, getting loose for the w ide open three pointer. "I'm speechless. Coach said we must get rebounds and I got the rebound, tried to set a play up, passed the ball out, it came right back to me, I had the shot and once again I hit it. I'm real con dent in my shot," he told the Okeechobee News. Senior Brendon Jonassaint helped Okeechobee get the nal shot opportunity as he forced a ve-second call on a Jensen Beach inbounds pass with 30 seconds left in overtime. He got the assist on the winning shot. "The play was designed to go the left baseline but they swung it around and the ball came to me on the wing. It would be easy for somebody on senior night to try and be the hero and shoot it but Roshell was open and I passed it and it proved to be a good decision," he said. Coach Shawn Hays said the win was a reward for his team's hard work. He said the kids gave it everything they had and have really bought into the system in recent games. "Even when things went wrong tonight they pulled together and continued to battle. Roshell has forced me to play him because he plays hard and smart and he plays for the team. I trust him to hit a big shot." Okeechobee got off to a slow start on offense. Luckily so did Jensen Beach. Okeechobee didn't score for the rst three and half minutes of the game. Jensen led 12-6 after the rst quarter. Jensen Beach built a 12-point lead midway through the second quarter thanks to a (10-0) run. Okeechobee got a three pointer by Jonassaint (10 points and 10 rebounds) and a eld goal by Eddie Neal (10 points) late in the rst half and trailed 27-19 at halftime. Okeechobee took a lead in the third quarter as they outscored the Falcons, (15-8), 18-5 to take a 37-32 advantage when Phil Jones got a basket off a steal. OHS led 39-37 after the third quarter. The fourth quarter was classic basketball as the crowd got into the game and cheered the Brahmans on. A runner by Jonassaint made it 46-44. OHS and Neal hit a three pointer to give the Brahmans a 49-47 lead. Thomas sent the game to overtime with a steal and layup off Falcon point guard David Thompson. OHS had some chances to win in the nal 30 seconds of regulation but lost two possessions to turnovers. Thompson threw up an air ball from behind the arc at the end of regulation. "Every possession counted," Coach Hays admitted. "I told the kids to run our sets and get a good shot. We continued to work on defense, we rebounded and we fought on every possession." Defense was the name of the game in the overtime period. Jensen's only points came with under a minute left on a 14footer by Jean Alexis (15 points). Sylvester Butler missed two three-point baskets in an attempt to give Okeechobee the lead. Jonassaint atoned for a missed layup with great defense that gave Okeechobee the ball for the nal shot. "I'm the senior leader and you can't be down because that takes the whole team down. I kept my head up and played hard. I tried to distract the passer on the last possession and I guess it worked," he explained. Jonassaint admitted he could not have written a better script for a senior night game. Thomas got a nice treat when his mother Samantha Ervin and other fans stormed the oor after his winning shot. He said it was a memory he won't soon forget. "It felt great. I can't explain it. It was craz y out there. That's the rst time my mom ever grabbed me like that," he said. OHS boys basketball team edges out Jensen Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGavin Liford was joined by his mom Lisa Feltenberger at senior night for the basketball team. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySenior Phil Jones was joined by his parents Stacy Jones and William Osceola at senior night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySid Whitaker was joined by his mom Joyce. He intends to study at the University of Central Florida for a job in the medical eld. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJose Loredo was joined by his parents Jose and Rita at senior night for the basketball team. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrendon Jonassaint was joined at senior night by his dad Mar and mom Lison.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! 13 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Looking for a part-time or retirement job? Being a school bus driver might be just the thing. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people w ho like children and want to be off when their children are off,” according to Louise Piper, transportation director for Okeechobee schools. The Okeechobee school system currently has two or possibly three positions open. One driver retired and another moved away. A third position may come open if a person on extended leave does not return. Bus drivers are guaranteed six hours a day and 187 days a years. The starting pay is slightly over $11 an hour. One of the drawbacks of the job, however, is that there is no work in the summer months. All drivers drive for multiple schools. The driver’s day is divided. The rst segment is from about 5:30 a.m. until around 9 a.m., then from about 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The school system has a total of 49 routes. Each route services two, three or four schools. A prospective bus driver must have had some type of driver’s license for at least ve years with a good driving record. If a person does not have the required commercial license, the school system will help them get their commercial license after they receive their permit. They must complete a twoweek training course, be of good moral character with no arrests and have a high school diploma or GED. “It’s always a challenge to nd people we believe will be successful,” said Ms. Piper.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Okeechobee schools in demand of bus drivers Special to the Okeechobee NewsProud occasionIt was a proud occasion for Paul Connors, a retired professional stock car race driver of Okeechobee, to be honorably selected as the West Palm Beach Fairgrounds Speedway “Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee.” A memorable trophy was presented at the annual speedway reunion, South Florida Fair on Jan. 28. Puppy Pageant during art festivalOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for their inaugural “Puppy Pageant” to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. in Flagler Park. This exciting event is open to dogs and puppies of all ages and includes competitions for Most Obedient, Best Dressed, Most Adorable, Friendliest, Best Trick and Pet/Parent Look-a-Likes. For more information Cindy at 863-357-6246.

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was needed for the project and that it had all been acquired. “But, they hadn’t taken the Luna property,” Mr. Wright told Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Metzger. Since this is a bench trial and there is no jury, Judge Metzger will decide the outcome of the case. Because of budget constraints, the district said in May of 2008 that they weren’t going forward with the acquisition of property known as Montoya Ranch. This property is also owned by the Luna family and is located in the same area. But, in 2010, the district’s governing board passed a resolution stating the district was going to take the 373 acres belonging to the family. The defendant’s case centers around two simple truths, said Mr. Wright. First, the district is trying to take more property than it needs for the project; and, two, the district told the Luna family they would only take easements on the property if the family agreed to their offer price of $1.3 million. If not, water managers then would then take the entire 303.70 acres. “The family is willing to grant them easements, that’s all they (SFWMD) need,” said Mr. Wright. But instead of taking easements, the district is also wanting to take approximately 263 acres in fee simple. This means the SFWMD would then own that property outright and could do whatever it wants with the land. SFWMD paperwork indicates the nal purchase price would be $1,354,194, which is 10 percent over the appraised value. The acreage was appraised July 24, 2011. That paperwork goes on to state that if the owner doesn’t accept that offer—they didn’t— within 10 days, the district would start eminent domain proceedings. As part of the taking process, the property owned by Mrs. Luna Byars, Patrick Henry Luna and others, must be surveyed. While being questioned by SFWMD attorney Ed Artau, Robert Schaffer, a geographer and mapper with the district, testi ed that he did the mapping of the property to be acquired and created a legal description of the property located in both the 5and 100-year ood plain. Mr. Shaffer also testi ed that he changed the property boundary lines from the curvy, contour lines done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to totally straight lines. “It’s more easily identi ed and managed, and makes the legal description easy to describe,” he said. During his Jan. 30 cross examination by Mr. Wright, Mr. Schaffer testi ed that “... no surveyor ever went out and surveyed the land planned to be taken.” When he was queried by attorney John W. Little III, who represents Montoya Ranch, Patrick Luna and Glendoria Sutton, Mr. Shaffer also admitted when asked that the district is taking 7 more acres than is needed. It was also brought up that the legal description of the property had been altered in that a line was added that not only put in an access easement, but increased the acreage that would be taken in fee. Rick Barnes, SFWMD sectional administrator for the mapping and surveying section, told Mr. Artau that he contracted with a private surveying rm—Cooner and Associates of Fort Myers—to survey the tracts to be taken. He also testi ed straightening the boundary lines is a common practice. And, in the case of the property in question, straightening the boundary lines didn’t change the con guration of the tracts or the acreage. Then, under cross examination, he also admitted that the surveyor did not do a boundary survey of the property. Mr. Wright told Judge Metzger that surveyors used “surveying techniques” instead of actually doing a survey. The trial will resume Feb. 25. SFWMDContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 14 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Okeechobee attorney, Glenn J. Sneider and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. are hosting a free monthly Ask-A-Lawyer session for the public at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. on Feb. 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Okeechobee area residents in need of legal information and who do not have a lawyer will have an opportunity to meet Attorney Sneider to discuss their legal matters. With a long tradition of providing pro bono service to the community, Attorney Sneider will meet with individuals who have questions related to speci c case types such as Family Law, Criminal, Civil, Domestic Violence, Dependency, Probate and Tenant/Landlord matters. Please call to register for a free appointment. Florida Rural Legal Services 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410. Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. is a non-pro t law rm dedicated to providing quality civil legal advice, representation and education for low income people and communities. Sneider Law is a rm dedicated to providing, professional, principled and passionate, legal services in Family Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation to the residents of Okeechobee and the surrounding areas. With over 30 years of legal experience, Sneider Law is committed to providing clients with a thorough communications plan to keep them updated on their case. Ask-A-Lawyer session at public library “The family is willing to grant them easements, that’s all they (SFWMD) need.”— Attorney Tim Wright

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Jessica Lynn Waddell, 35, S.W. 19th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 29 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of criminal possession of personal identi cation (seven counts), credit card fraud (seven counts) and grand theft, and misdemeanor charges of credit card fraud (three counts) and credit card theft. Her bond was set at $41,500.  Stacy Lee Kae Byrd, 21, S.E. 38th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 29 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Victor Allen Parker, 52, South Road, Palmetto, was arrested Jan. 29 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a misdemeanor charge of refusing to submit to driving under the in uence test. He was released on his own recognizance.  Charles Allen Fox, 23, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Joseph Hall on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement ofcer without violence. His bond was set at $500. He was also arrested on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of a structure and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond on those charges. Fox was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of failure to appear driving while license suspended. His bond on that charge is set at $5,000.  Cheyanne N. Kaufman, 19, N.W. 37th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Bart Potter on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of cocaine. She is being held without bond.  Willie Joe Harris, 34, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property. He is being held without bond.  Audie Millard Grogg, 56, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a fugitive warrant out of Tennessee charging him with felony failure to appear to stand trial on charges of driving under the in uence, failure to provide evidence of nancial responsibility and violation of registration. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you. We have the strength of teamwork, the reputation for results. Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE BrokerBUYING OR SELLING A HOME?GRACIE MORTON863.634.5283 graciemorton06@gmail.com“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” 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 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 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 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 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com Over 100 Listings COUNTRY ESTATE~5 Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba Exquisite Plantation Style Main Home. 2693 SF, w/ 621 SF Studio. PLUS 2 Bd/2 Ba/ 2 Garage Guest house. CBS w/siding. PLUS four rentals including a duplex and 2 MH’s. Let the rent pay the mortgage. Grand Oaks and gracious living. $749,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 5 ACRES 15 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News LAKELAND—Improvements and expansion of the Tenoroc Shooting Center range in northeast Lakeland are under way. “The expansion and facelift project will make this one of the nest public shooting ranges in the country,” said John Weatherholt, regional hunter safety administrator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The Tenoroc Shooting Center in northeast Lakeland will remain open with no interruption in services while improvements are made. Construction is scheduled in two phases. Phase one supports Hunter Safety and Florida Youth Conservation Centers Netw ork activities and involves:  construction of a new classroom and of ce building;  a free .22-caliber, youth-only shooting range;  an enhanced sporting clays course; and,  a trap eld. Phase two construction includes a new ve-stand sporting clays range and a second trap eld. Funds for the project, given to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, come from several sources, including donations from FWC Commissioner Richard Corbett, the Flowers Foundation and the National Ri e Association. Additional funding comes through the Wildlife Restoration Fund, via moneys collected from a portion of the sales of sporting arms and ammunition. Another piece of good news for marksmen: The cost of shooting at the range will not increase and, in some cases, charges will be reduced. If you would like more information about improvements to the Tenoroc Shooting Range, contact John Weatherholt at 863648-3200. Shooting Center upgrades

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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 publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to 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 Sales BIG-YARD SALE OUSLEY ESTATES FEB. 2, 7:00-4:00 WAY TO MUCH TO LIST! CLOTHES, PURSES, BEDSPREADS, SLEEPING BAGS, SUITCASES & FLOWER POTS. Community-Yard Sale Hi-LO Acres, 2mi off 710 6125, 6105, 6375 SE 30th Pkwy, Fri. 2/1 & Sat 2/2 8:00am till 3:00pm Lots of Everything!!! SEMINOLE COVE BIG FLEA MARKET FEB. 2ND, 7AM-2PM BREAKFAST, LUNCH AVAILABLE, ARTS, CRAFTS, COLLECTIBLES, HOUSEHOLD, JEWELRY, BAKED GOODIES. OFF 32ND ST AND SW 16TH AVE. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 PersonalsODD FELLOWS MEET ME ON THE 7th OF FEB. AT THE LODGE ON THE LAKE AT 7 PM. YANKEE Caring,Sharing Gentleman,Fisherman Seeks Sharing Single Lady to Share Fishing and all Happiness in Life. Lets Talk:PO Box 2059 Okeechobee, Fl. 34973 or Call 719-966-9181 ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Business OpportunitiesBUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 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. BookkeepingFor the Self Employed. Daily/Weekly; Monthly/Quarterly & prep. for your Accountant. Located in Okeechobee. References Available. Call Laura (772)260-4792 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Wanted to buy, Outboard Boat Motor 40-95 hp. & Adult Horse Saddle, good condition. Call 217-412-5484 Farm Feed/ ProductsHAY Jiggs Bermuda. Weed Free and Fertilized. Square Bales and Round Bales. Delivery Available. Call For More Information. (863)228-0580 ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. Apartments2BR/1BA Duplex in Town. $625.00 mo. $625.00 Security No Smoking No Pets, w/d hook up, Background check required Call (352)528-4795 and leave message. Apartments For Rent 1 Bedroom for $510 mo., 3 Bedroom for $600 mo. and RV spots for $175 mo. No Money No Call 561-386-5636or 561-968-2083 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1br. Condo on ground oor with utilities included. Fully furnished. Pool access. $775 month. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent3BR, 2BA, New cent. A/H, washer/dryer included, large screened porch, shed, huge corner waterfront lot. Excellent condition and very clean! $975.00. Jeanne 561-312-8471 Kings Bay 2br 1 ba, 1 car att gar., lndry rm. lawn mowing, pool, tennis ct incld. $900. mth Home Realty Services LLC 863-801-4498. Apartments 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 d.mcara@hotmail.com FOR RENT: 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX W/1 CAR GARAGE WASHER, DRYER, DISHWASHER AVAILABLE LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742. FOR RENT: 1/1 FURNISHED TRAILER LONG OR SHORT TERM ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED $750.00. 863-447-0742 RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service.$150/wk + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 Treasure Island 3 br. 1 ba. Duplex. Remodeled, new appliances, tiled oors, fenced yard & shed. Shared laundry. $950. mo. incld’s Water, Elec. & mowing. Home Realty Services, LLC. Broker Diane Dangremond. 863-801-4498. 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Houses Sale(4)Houses in Okeechobee All on water close to Taylor Creek & Lock. All have covered boat docks, w/excellent or new seawall’s. All clean and like new inside w/or without furniture. Prices start at $60,000 or make offer. Motivated Seller 765-348-8270 Just Reduced $143,000 Palm Creek Estates 3/2 2 car garage home on Taylor Creek easy to show and plenty of room for your boat. Beautifully clean home with many extras. This home has pocket doors, ceiling fans, tinted windows, blinds, tile throughout, accordion shutters, well with irrigation, 2 car garage. Most of the furniture is included as well as all built in furniture. The Palm Creek Estates community is gated and lovely with beautiful views a club house and pool. Agent related to seller Jeanne Price 772-631-9933. OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home, Lake access. Gated Comm. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE HOME FOR SALE $75,000, Well Maintained 2 bd/ 2 ba home, eat in kitchen, formal dining, living room, Florida Room, additional storage building and 4 car detached garage wired for 220 and 110 Volt Electric, and 3 car carport. Public access dock about 1/2 mile from Community. For more info Call Optima One Realty @ (239)848-2071 or (352)243-6784 Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FO R MORE INFO 863-824-0944 Lots SaleLot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 SILVER 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 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013

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Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD 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 On The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1br each 1 with enclosure $450. mth, the other is $400. mth incd ele/gas, sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. Waterfront Treasure Island 2bd/1ba fully furnished, dock and covered boathouse, $1,300 moves you in. $550.00 mo. plus utilities, yearly lease. 863-763-6600 Mobile HomeSale2/1 MH 80x100, Lot on canal, carport, patio frt&bk, shed, Fla. Room, boat house, furnished, Lake access. Call 315-783-5005 Due to health, For Sale 3bed/2bath, carport, screened porch, fully furnished. Must see to appreciate. Call 863-824-0559 and Make Offer. Mobile Home for Sale 2bd,1 updated bath, 12’ by 24’ Florida room w/tile oor, windows. Metal roof over, very safe, Lots of light. Brand new A/C w/heat strip, new thermostat. Fully furnished, new washing machine, new refrigerator, new microwave, dishwasher, etc. Lots of extras. Brand new kitchen cabinets. Wall hugger recliner/massage couch,loveseat rocker/recliner. Queen size bedroom set in master. 2 yard sheds, 1 w/electric, window and workbench. Long carport, quiet street, nice neighbors. Asking $24,000.00 negotiable. Owner nancing for half. Call 863-467-7996 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $7,000. Call 828-208-0980 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 435833 ON 2/1/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 9:00 a.m in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 435619 ON 2/1/2013 NOTICE 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 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 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 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO: 2013-CA-06 ALS V-CCG, LLC. Plaintiff, VS. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF EVELYN L. PERDUE, DECEASED; JEANETTE PERDUE; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; UNKNOWN TENANT # 1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2, ET AL Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES OF THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF EVELYN L. PERDUE, DECEASED whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 18 AND ALL OF LOTS 19 AND 20, OF BLOCK 17, NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 25, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 3010 North Military Trail, Suite 300, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 on or before March 2, 2013 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 or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida, this 28th day of January, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis DEPUTY CLERK 435805 ON 2/1,8/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2013-CP-05 In Re: Estate of HOWARD C. DAVIS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HOWARD C. DAVIS, deceased, whose date of death was December 14, 2012, and whose social security number is ***-**-1150, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,-Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is February 1, 2013. Personal Representative: LESSIE L. LASSETER 702 Adlerly Lane Peachtree City, GA 30269 Attorney for Personal Representative: DEBORAH M. HOOKER Florida Bar No. 0897582 Conely & Conely, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Facsimile: (863) 763-6856 Primary E-mail Address: dhooker@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: khayesReonelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address service@conelyandconely.com 435802 ON 2/1,8/2013 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 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock West (formerly known as Okee Warehouses) to be conducted at 2701 Hwy 70 West, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am. The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. GAYLE BUTTS Unit #9-15 RUSSELL PERRY Unit #4-2 JESSICA MARTIN Unit #7-36 JESSE ZIPPERER Unit #7-45 LOUISE & WILLIE KIDD, Unit #8-46 A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock North (formerly known as Galaxy Warehouse) to be conducted at 3050 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 10:30am The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. PAMELA ALEXANDER, Unit #80 JESSICA GRINSLADE Unit #56 JOE LEVY Unit #11 JEFF ZARRELLA, Unit #74 JANICE PETERS, Unit #132 A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock South to be conducted at 4129 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 12:00 pm. The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction.ANGEL HARDY, Unit #23 CAROLYN PIERCY & HARRY MURPHY Unit #174 CARRIE B. MILLS Unit #147 DARLENE F. STAGANI Unit #141 DORA SHAW, Unit #82 JEROME PERKINS, Unit #14 JESSE J. REYNA, Unit #43 JUSTIN BOLING, Unit #20 MARY D. BROWN, Unit #84 MISSY HUFF, Unit #142 REBECCA JOACHIM, Unit #172 MONICA SMITH, Unit #102 SHARON L. DARI, Unit #75 WHITNEY A. COFFEY Unit #74 435950 ON 2/1,8/2013 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 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 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 Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,000 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 Pickup TrucksFor SaleVery Nice Show Truck/Hot Rod. 1989 Chevrolet with 454 cu. in. Must See This GORGEOUS Custom Built Beauty! Asking $12,000.00 (863)357-7409 or (863)447-0616 Shop here first! The classified ads When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Public Notice Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds

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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 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 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 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO: 2013-CC-17 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT IN RE: One (1) neglected chestnut brown gelding horse. NOTICE OF OF HEARING TO: UNKNOWN OWNER OF ONE (1) NEGLECTED CHESTNUT BROWN GELDING HORSE Publication PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, February 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, the undersigned will bring on to be heard OKEECHOBEE COUNTY’S PETITION FOR DISPOSITION OF ONE (1) NEGLECTED CHESTNUT BROWN GELDING HORSE pursuant to Section 828.073, Florida Statutes, before the Honorable Jerald D. Bryant, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Courtroom D, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY. Law Of ce of CASSELS & McCALL By: LAURA ANN McCALL County Attorney Fla Bar No: 389749 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0968 (863) 763-3131 laura@legal-one.com pleadings@legal-one.com 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 than seven days prior to the proceeding or call 1-772-807-4370 within two working days of your receipt of this Notice of Hearing. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770. 435720 ON 2/1,8/2013 NOTICE 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 Public Notice Public Notice Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 18 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 ACROSS 1 Elbows and bow ties 7 Floppy-eared Buffy the Vampire SlayerŽ demon 11 RMNs first veep 14 Pre-deal demand 15 Roll call response 16 Gist 17 City on the Rio Grande 18 Plane folks? 20 Words of regret 22 Lair 23 Vodka brand that sounds like a toast 24 Martial arts schools 26 TVs Mrs. Peel 28 Oil holder, perhaps 31 Hawaiian coffee region 32 Samaritans assurance 36 Freq. performer at Tanglewood 37 Lauderdale neighbor 38 Bleachers sound 40 Non-Rx 43 Classic kids wagons 48 Good time 50 Memo starter 51 Physical, e.g. 52 Responded to a bailiffs request 54 Brittle cookie 57 Actress Zadora 58 Paddy Chayefsky novel, and literally, what the beginnings of 20-, 32-, and 43Across all are 62 Pikers nickname 63 Nailed the test 65 Earl or Lady Grey 66 Rodent control brand 67 Like pine pitch 68 N.C. summer hrs. 69 Africas Mobutu __ Seko 70 Things on strings DOWN 1 Sidekick 2 Angels home 3 Off-the-wall 4 Fit to be tied, with offŽ 5 Wiesbaden wheels 6 Scare 7 Traditional Jewish bread 8 Assess 9 The Phantom of the Opera 10 __ My ShadowŽ: 1927 song 11 Flattering trickery 12 Excitement generators 13 Six-pack __ 19 Had the desired effect 21 Some mutual funds 22 Soft & __: deodorant 25 __ Paulo 27 Jabber 29 Abandons at sea 30 Plums title, briefly 33 Postal motto word 34 Sweet Sixteen gp. 35 __ de mer 39 Catchers place? 40 Dictionary cousin of arch. 41 Unsalvageable after an accident 42 Hipster 44 Cooks announcement 45 Where you book mattersŽ online service 46 Barn ritual 47 Hell hae misfortunes great an __Ž: Burns 49 Adult silkworm 53 Some sealed documents 55 Arcade games leader 56 Took measured strides 59 Americas Cup competition, say 60 Poetic saga 61 Drill 62 Summer in the cit 64 TV host Pennington et al. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: C T Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 19 Okeechobee News February 1, 2013 Golf tournament to bene t Sgt. Thomas Tarner ScholarshipThe City of Okeechobee Police Auxiliary will sponsor the Sgt. Thomas Tarner Scholarship Golf tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Golf, 18 holes with a cart, luncheon, and numerous prizes for rst, second, closest to the pin, etc. w ill be offered for just $50 per person. Company sponsorships and special golf programs are available. For more information, call Bill Casian at 863-697-0211 or e-mail at pepper@ strato.net. Y oung Farmers and Ranchers host 3-D Archery shootThe Young Farmer and Ranch Fifth Annual 3-D Archery Shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4351 U.S. Hwy. 441, in North Okeechobee. All proceeds go to support the Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship Program. There will be 20 targets, (2 rounds). Scoring will be on an individual basis. Cost is $25 per person. Children under 10 will be $15. Non-shooters pay $5 for lunch. Target sponsorships are $100 per station for business name or individual name to appear at one station. Vendors will be on site to showcase new products. The event will feature donation drawings and awards for each class of shooters. Tim Craig of Okeechobee Farm Bureau is the event organizer with help from the Farm Bureau Staff. For more information, please contact Okeechobee County Farm Bureau at 863-763-3101. Shoot participation is limited, register early!Sign up for OCRA baseball and softballOCRA will hold baseball/softball sign ups the rst three Saturdays in February. Sign up on 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. Sports News in Brief Special to the Okeechobee NewsMiami Dolphins DayOn, Saturday, Jan. 19, the “STORM” cheerleaders were invited to perform at Gilbert Chevrolet “Miami Dolphins Day.” Everyone had a great time, they meet some of the Dolphin Cheerleaders and Football Player Tony Nathan. Thanks for the invitation and we are looking forward to next year! Bloodmobile to visit Okeechobee County in FebruaryThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee County in February. If you are in good health and at least 17 years old, you can help save lives by giving blood. For more information, visit a blood drive and speak to the medical professionals there. Blood drives are planned for: Friday, Feb.1 Okeechobee Health Dept., 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 Seacoast Bank, Hwy 441S, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 Walgreen's, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Publix, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 High School (inside), 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21High School (outside), 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Big O RV Park, Hwy 78W, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Wal Mart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 More to Life Ministries, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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