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Publication Date: 02-06-2013
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 50¢ Plus tax Vol. 104 No. 16 14.53 feetLast Year: 13.21 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.County starts work on budget ... Page 3 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenBattle of Okeechobee Re-enactmentSeminole War Re-enactors took to the eld over the weekend for the Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment. The battle, fought on Christmas Day 1837, was considered the largest and bloodiest battle of the Second Seminole War. The annual re-enactments help educate the public about the area's history and promote the preservation of the battle eld as part of the state park system. For more, see page 12. Phosphorus levels in water entering Lake Okeechobee getting worse, says of cialBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News While the condition of Lake Okeechobee is supposed to be improving, an Audubon Florida of cial said large amounts of phosphorus are still streaming into the big lake and, because of that, its condition is actually declining. To learn what the state plans to do about reversing this problem, Audubon of cials had a meeting with three state agencies Monday, Feb. 4. To date, those agenciesthe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)have not been doing their part to meet the rolling ve-year average of 140 metric tons going into the lake, according to Audubon reports. "It's premature to say point blank they don't want to meet water quality goals, but they just can't continue with what's being done," said Audubon's Everglades Policy Associate Jane Graham. "They made a few small changes but it's still status quo. We think there needs to be a major course correction to stop pollution coming off the farms." High phosphorus levels have been linked to blue green algae blooms, and a heightened growth of vegetation like cattails that not only block navigation but damage wildlife habitat in marsh areas of the lake. Ms. Graham explained that a 2001 DEP rule established a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to reduce the amount of phosphorus coming into the big lake. That TMDL proposed the rolling ve-year average of 140 metric tons, which would then lead to a target concentration of 40 parts per billion (ppb) in the openwater areas of the lake. The Lake Okeechobee Protection Act (LOPA) requires that goal to be met by 2015. But instead of getting better, Ms. Graham said the levels of phosphorus going into the lake are actually going up. The averages range Audubon insists state do more for lakeSee LAKE Page 5 "They made a few small changes but it's still status quo. We think there needs to be a major course correction to stop pollution coming off the farms."— Jane Graham Churches host revivals and concerts ... Page 8 Horse so badly neglected esh grew over tight halter ... Page 5 OHS boys start tennis season ... Page 20

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It looks like Okeechobee County Commissioners will have a busy day tomorrow. They will begin the long process of developing a budget for the next scal year. Also on the agenda are proposed improvements to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, a regional transportation planning organization and a drainage grant. After successfully applying for a Rural Business Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install fans in the agri-civic center, commissioners will consider applying for another such grant. This particular grant does not require the county to provide matching funds. However, it does require a business plan and evidence of how the project would promote more revenue opportunities for the facility. Projects proposed by the agri-civic center advisory committee include a multi-purpose building, installation of concrete ooring and overhead electricity in the horse barn, a multiuse pavilion and a shedrow barn and stalls. The only project that staff would be able to complete the complicated application process for by the deadline would be the proposed improvements to the horse barn. As to the agri-civic center advisory committee, their fate could be decided tomorrow. Commissioners will discuss whether or not the committee has ful lled its purpose and whether or not it should continue in existence, perhaps with a revised mission statement. Commissioners will be asked to support the efforts of Highlands County to form a regional transportation planning organization. Okeechobee and other area counties could possibly join this proposed organization to plan and develop transportation strategies for the area. County Administrator Robbie Chartier will seek direction concerning development of the scal year 2013/14 budget. In her advance information to the board she stated a prediction that statewide county taxable values would increase 0.6 percent over current taxable values. There is also a 1 percent increase in sales tax expected as well as a decrease in fuel taxes. At this point the administrator is predicting a shortfall of $500,000. The good news is that no increase in needed in re and EMS assessments. However, among the options under consideration are increasing existing fees and imposing new fees. A big question to be decided is whether or nor to give county employees their rst raise in several years. Turning to other business, the board is expected to apply for a 25 percent matching grant in the amount of $463,649 for drainage improvements along the Airport Ditch. This ditch serves the Playland Park area and was the site of extensive ooding during Tropical Storm Isaac. Commissioners will also hear a status report on the new building for the property appraiser and tax collector. 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 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING HUGE DISCOUNTS at Show Only!SHOW LOCATION:Holiday Inn Express 3101 US Hwy 441 S. 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Low of 54F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsMarch of Dimes at the ExpoMarch of Dimes volunteers Teresa Chandler, Laura McCall, Jim Vensel, and Sue Vensel attended the recent Health and Safety Expo, giving out balloons, bookmarks, and March of Dimes literature. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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Okee-Tantie I think most of the RVers who came and camped at Okee-Tantie in the past came there to sh. That is the draw, Lake Okeechobee. If they xed up the water, sewer and electric hook-ups, they could probably draw a lot of campers during the winter season, especially when there are tournaments. Since the hurricanes, more than half of the camp could not be used because of the damage to the infrastructure. Why doesn’t the county look for grants to help pay for the repairs? Improvements and things such as kayak and bicycle rentals would be nice. Maybe the bait shop could also have those. I don’t think a swimming pool would be feasible inside the dike, but they might be able to have some kind of water attraction, like a splash park. I agree to succeed, the place would have to be a lot more customer-friendly than it was in the past, and hours of operation should keep customer demand in mind, especially when there is a tournament.  I don’t believe that shing is the reason for most of the RVers who camped there. There were simply looking for a cheap place to park for the winter. Most were travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers that are not set up to tow a boat. If you look at the rest of the campgrounds up and down 441 you will see that many have a storage area or some boats are parked inside screen rooms for the summer, Okee-Tantie doesn’t have that. Fishing is not the big draw that many would have you believe, other than a way for tourists to pass the time. During the summer go by any boat ramp in the county and take your pick of any parking place. Serious tournament shermen bring most of what they need for three or four days and then they’re off to another or back home. They pull a boat, not a camper and stay in a motel, likely paid for by their sponsor.  Some choose to see the glass as half full, others choose to see it as half empty, and yet some even insist that there is no glass at all! Makes the world work pretty well overall in my opinion.10-year-old left to watch baby Who leaves a 10-year-old to watch eight other children, including two toddlers and a baby? That is too many kids for one adult to watch, much less expecting a child to be able to do it.  I thought children have to be 12 years old before they can legally babysit and they have to have CPR and all the other training! But even what with CPR and all the other training she still should not have been left with that many children.Taxes When someone gets an exemption the rest of us have to pay more. The question I have is why is Okeechobee County tax rate higher than or equal to the rates of the counties on the coast and higher than the counties to our west but we receive less from the county than the others do? They have more industrial property and less expenses per tax payer. A lot of the taxpayers want all the stuff the bigger counties offer and since they pay no taxes because of exemptions they don’t care. I’m for a smaller county government. A sheriff’s department, a road crew to maintain some roads and ditches but most of the work would be contracted out, and only the of ces that are required by the state. If you want what the bigger counties can provide then move there and leave us country folk alone.  Okeechobee County tax rates are high? Compared to who? Glades County is >20 mils, Palm Beach is 19 and 20 mils, Martin County is 16.5; and Okeechobee County is ... drum roll ... 17.4! How about that? We simply do not have the number of taxpayers living in this county and when taken together with the low property values, the homestead exemption, save our homes, etc. results in not a lot of income to run the county. I own a lot more, and from my point of view better property, than I did in Palm Beach County and pay less here then I did there.  Highlands County is 14 mils with no extra taxes added, and I believe Hendry County is close to that. What is Okeechobee’s rate when you include the extra taxes. The property value is less so your taxes are less. The rate is pretty high for what you receive.  Extra taxes? Do you mean those little things that appear on our telephone, internet, cell phone, auto registration; and on ad in nitum? Those taxes on money that we were already taxed on at least once? Long ago Ben Franklin said the only things certain are death and taxes. However, the Pollyanna in me still counts my blessings and life is good! February 6, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! IRS Tax TipsMany people look for help from professionals when it’s time to le their tax return. If you use a paid tax preparer to le your federal income tax return this year, the IRS urges you to choose that preparer carefully. Even if someone else prepares your return, you are legally responsible for what is on it. Here are ten tips to keep in mind when choosing a tax return preparer: 1. Check the preparer’s quali cations. All paid tax return preparers are required to have a Preparer Tax Identi cation Number. In addition to making sure they have a PTIN, ask if the preparer belongs to a professional organization and attends continuing education classes. 2. Check on the preparer’s history. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the preparer has a questionable history. Also check for any disciplinary actions and for the status of their licenses. For certi ed public accountants, check with the state boards of accountancy. For attorneys, check with the state bar associations. For enrolled agents, check with the IRS Of ce of Enrollment. 3. Ask about service fees. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers can. Also, always make sure any refund due is sent to you or deposited into an account in your name. Taxpayers should not deposit their refund into a preparer’s bank account. 4. Ask to ele your return. Make sure your preparer offers IRS ele. Any paid preparer who prepares and les more than 10 returns for clients must le the returns electronically, unless the client opts to le a paper return. IRS has safely and securely processed more than one billion individual tax returns since the debut of electronic ling in 1990. 5. Make sure the preparer is accessible. Make sure you will be able to contact the tax preparer after you le your return, even after the April 15 due date. This may be helpful in the event questions arise about your tax return. 6. Provide records and receipts. Reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts. They will ask you questions to determine your total income and your quali cations for deductions, credits and other items. Do not use a preparer who is willing to ele your return by using your last pay stub before you receive your Form W-2. This is against IRS ele rules. 7. Never sign a blank return. Avoid tax preparers that ask you to sign a blank tax form. 8. Review the entire return before signing. Before you sign your tax return, revie w it and ask questions. Make sure you understand everything and are comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign it. 9. Make sure the preparer signs and includes their PTIN. A paid preparer must sign the return and include their PTIN as required by law. The preparer must also give you a copy of the return. 10. Report abusive tax preparers to the IRS. You can report abusive tax preparers and suspected tax fraud to the IRS on Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer. I f you suspect a return preparer led or altered a return without your consent, you should also le Form 14157-A, Return Preparer Fraud or Misconduct Af davit. Download the forms on the IRS.gov website or order them by mail at 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Ten tips to help you choose a tax preparer First United Methodist Church annual Yard SaleThe youth of the First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd Street, will be holding their annual YARD SALE, Saturday, Feb. 9 starting at 8 a.m. noon, to bene t summer camp scholarships. This year there is furniture, appliances, electronics, TVs, in addition to the clothes, nick-nacks, books and movies. Treasures galore! Y’all come!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 from as high as 714 in 2007, to 387 metric tons last year. “We’re going to get to 2015 and Lake Okeechobee is going to be in much worse shape than it was in 2001,” said Ms. Graham. Hence, the meeting with the three state agencies that are supposed to be implementing best management practices (BMPs) for agricultural concerns, and nding ways to fund these practices for the small farms that just don’t have the money. These BMPs are for farming interests, not dairies. “We are actively engaging the three agencies in discussion and are hopeful they are going to move ahead and get funding for the BMPs in the Okeechobee watershed,” said Ms. Graham in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “Audubon is still hoping the agencies will take a closer look at how the BMPs are functioning in the Northern Everglades.” In a phone interview prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Ms. Graham said her group was looking for some commitment from those three state agencies. “We want to see a signi cant commitment in funding and staff levels to help make improvements so farms can hold water on their lands in better ways,” she said. She said small farm operations need help with culverts and detention ponds that can hold water and allow for the ltering of phosphorus before it ows into Lake Okeechobee and then on to the Everglades. The phosphorus is coming from various types of farming concerns, but some of the highest levels come from improved pastures. That phosphorus is coming from fertilizers and animal feeds. High amounts o f phosphorus are also coming from vegetable farms, again, where large amounts of fertilizer are used. Ms. Graham said Audubon is also asking that water contaminated with animal waste be held in “... detention ponds and culverts that can be blocked to hold water and temper it before it ows off.” FDACS, DEP and SFWMD are the coordinating agencies and are supposed to be working together to clean up both Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. The primary funding for the BMPs and other programs is to come from the state. “I know there’s money from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called EQIP (Environmental Qualities Incentive Program) funds. I think in the BMP process there is some federal funding,” Ms. Graham pointed out. She went on to say her organization has tried to be patient and work with these three state agencies, but because there is a lack o f commitment on their part and little is being done to improve water quality she expects Audubon to become more assertive. “We’ve tried to advocate for this for a while. We’re getting a little impatient here,” she said. “It’s been a couple of years and it’s still going in the wrong direction.” LAKEContinued From Page 1 Horse’s halter was so tight the esh grew over itBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A phone call from a concerned animal control of cer led to the arrest of an Okeechobee man on a charge of animal neglect. James Lee Weimann, 27, Johns Road, was arrested Feb. 4 on a felony charge of cruelty to animals. He was booked into the Glades County Jail under a bond of $5,500. Jail records indicate he has since been released on bond. An arrest report from the Seminole Police Department (SPD) on the Brighton Reservation stated that the animal control of cer contacted the police department and voiced concern about the condition of a small male horse. According to the arresting of cer’s report the white and gray horse was moderately thin and that there was no sign of any supplemental foods in the horse’s enclosure. The of cer’s report went on to add that the horse’s water container was empty, except for a small amount of greenish-brown water and slime. The report also stated that the front strap of a halter across the horse’s muzzle was imbedded under his skin. “The skin had grown back together over the strap, causing large mounds of skin to build up above and below the strap,” stated the report. “The skin on top of his head had also begun to grow around the halter strap as well.” The of cer went on to state that large amounts of puss had coagulated on each side of the animal’s muzzle where the strap was exposed. There was also puss draining from the ends of the exposed strap, the of cer added. After speaking with the of cer, Weimann reportedly surrendered the horse to the animal control of cer. Veterinarian Dr. Paul Bryant examined the horse the next day and removed the halter from the animal’s head. The doctor noted in his report that he also found sores in the jaw region of the horse’s head. The of cer’s report indicated the horse is being kept and cared for in an impound area. Okeechobee man accused of badly neglecting horseJames Lee Weimann Special to the Okeechobee News On Jan. 29, the Rotary Club of Okeechobee welcomed three outstanding students from the OHS National Honors Society to present their outreach program End The Hunger. Emily Murrow, Brendon Jonassaint and Krista Ward passionately described the unending need of hungry elementary aged students in our own community. Partnering with North Elementary School, End The Hunger is working to provide six non-perishable meals to selected students during the w eekend. The meals will be age appropriate and easy to prepare. Emily Murrow explained that many of the students selected for the program will have no meals available to them from the time they leave school Friday afternoon until they return on Monday morning. She added that Seminole Elementary School already has a food program in place so their current goal is to address the needs of North Elementary School. End The Program is asking for tax deductible donations sent to Okeechobee High School designated for “End The Hunger” on the memo line of the payment. They reported that a one-time donation of only $28 will sponsor one child in our local community for one month. A donation of $280 will sponsor one child for the academic year but Ms. Murrow explained that a donation of any time will help meet their goal of feeding at least one student per classroom at North Elementary for the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee supports all of our amazing students in our community and invites you to join us Tuesdays at Noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant for a wonderful time of fellowship. Come and experience “Service Above Self” in action in our own community. Email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com for more information on how you can be involved. Pictured are Brandon Jonassaint, Krista Ward, Emily Murrow and Rotarian Mike Costopoulos. Rotary of Okeechobee w elcomes End The Hunger Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Club’s Student of the MonthThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee is proud to honor Jesus JaimesCarbajal as the January Student of the Month. Heather Gillis from Okeechobee High School presented Jesus by explaining that he has completed an amazing 391 Community Service Hours. Although he is a very soft spoken young man Jesus has left lasting impressions on his teachers, fellow students and Rotarians. His teachers noted that Jesus demonstrates the Rotary motto of Service Above Self in his demeanor and actions toward others as an Advanced Placement Student and a Member of Beta Club. He willingly works with others, offers his assistance and expresses a sincere regard for the well-being of those around him. Jesus talked about his role tutoring ESOL students and providing community service at the library. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee supports all of our amazing students in our community and invites you to join us Tuesdays at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant for a wonderful time of fellowship. Come and experience “Service Above Self” in action in our own community. Email OkeechobeeRotary@ live.com for more information on how you can be involved. Pictured are Jesus, Heather Gillis from OHS and Rotarian Mike Costopoulos.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Curtis J. Waldron, 84OKEECHOBEE — Curtis J. Waldron of St. Cloud, Fla. passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Winter Gardens, Fla. Mr. Waldron w as born May 18, 1928 in Stuart, Fla. to Celin and Mattie (Lightsey) Waldron. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and Army. In addition he was a member of the Florida Cattleman Association and a member of the Basinger Church of the Brethren. He was a lifetime Florida Rancher. He is preceded in death by his parents, Celin W aldron and Mattie Raulerson; sister, Lucille Rudd; brothers, Clifford and Hubert Waldron; and grandson, Cole Watford. Mr. Waldron is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marjorie Waldron of Okeechobee; daughters, Karen Lynn (Barry) of St. Cloud, Jaunett Lee (Gary) of Okeechobee; son, Randy W aldron (Roxanne) of Okeechobee; brothers, Mervin Waldron, Marvin Waldron, Melvin Waldron, Morris Waldron; ve grandchildren, JC Lynn, Lee Watford, Franny Watford, Megan Sharma, Cade Waldron; six great-grandchildren; and a host of many more loving family and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 from noon until service time of 1 p.m. Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee with Pastor Monroe Arnold of ciating. Interment will follow in the Basinger Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of owers memorial contributions may be made to the Dunklin Memorial Camp, 3342 SW Hosannah Lane, Okeechobee, Fla. 34974 All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Oddlene ‘Nanny’ Timmons, 80OKEECHOBEE — Oddlene “Nanny” Timmons passed away Feb. 4, 2013 in Okeechobee. She was born Jan. 7, 1933 in Red Bay, Ala. She came to Okeechobee from Ft. Lauderdale in 1972. She was a member of the Church of God of Okeechobee. She enjoyed reading, quilting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Roger Timmons; son, Raymond Timmons; sisters, Betty Herndon and Joan Salter. She is survived by two sons, Joey Timmons (Shirlene) of Okeechobee and Mike Timmons (Bobbie) of Palm Beach; daughter, Janie Timmons of Okeechobee; sister-in-law, Francis Kemp of Okeechobee; and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with services following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Mark Smith will of ciate. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Ramona ‘Raquel’ Rodriguez, 67OKEECHOBEE — Ramona “Raquel” Rodriguez ended her battle with cancer on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Hamrick Home. Born in Puerto Rico, Raquel was a resident of Okeechobee for the past year. She was a member of The Harvest Church. She loved the Lord and being active at church. Raquel was an animal lover, especially her dogs. She enjoyed dancing, gardening and making everyone laugh. She is survived by daughters, Sandra Giuseppe of New Jersey, Nancy Giuseppe (Julio Contreras) of Miami Lakes, Fla., Betty (Emilio) Perera of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren; brothers, Pedro and Jose Ignacio Madera; sisters, Marta Rangel and Lupe Madera, all of Venezuela; and nephews, Robert Rangel and Beggy Ruiz, both of Miami. A service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Oakview Baptist Church. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Raquel’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Obituaries should be submitted t o the Okeechobee News by emaili ng obits@newszap.com. Custome rs may also request photos and l inks to online guest books. A link t o the obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com Grand Oaks hosts Free Diabetes Education Living 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.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.COPD support group to meetThe Better Breathers COPD Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. For more information, call 877-819-2357.VFW hosts BingoVFW Post 10539, at 3912 Highway 441 S.E. will host bingo on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 12:30 p.m. Four jar balls. Questions, call 357-1344. All proceeds will bene t Veteran Services.VFW to host dinner at BHR VFW Post 9528On Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Serving Homemade Lasagna, Cole Slaw & dessert for a $7 donation. Music by Sandoone The proceeds to bene t Homeless Veterans For information call Gordie at 863-467-2882.Fundraiser for Austin VillarsThere will be a barbecue bene t on Friday, Feb. 8 for Austin Villars from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from Pizza Heaven. A pork dinner with slaw, baked beans and roll will be $8. A whole pork butt can be purchased for $30, however they should be ordered ahead of time. Austin Villars is 13 years old. On Feb. 1 he underwent heart surgery for the second time in two years. He has a 75 percent blockage on the heart value that was operated on two years ago. For more information contact Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523 or Sarah Reno at 863-63402276.Amvets Post 200 weekend events & entertainmentAmvets Post 200 located at 8591 Hwy 78 west will be having Karaoke Friday, Feb. 8 night from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. with Sandoone please stop by and welcome her back! Now serving breakfast On Saturday Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. 11 a.m. Then pizza and subs from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Sunday Feb. 10 come and Jam with Wil from 1 p.m. -4 p.m. with free Hot dogs.Eagles North hosts eventsEagles North located at 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee on, Friday, Feb. 8 a Steak Night from 5:30 p.m. 9 p.m. followed by Music with Rick and Julie. Great Music. Saturday Feb. 9, a Turkey Shoot starts at 10 a.m. and a Card Bingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesda y Feb. 12, Bingo at 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 13 Bingo at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Library hosts theater programThe Okeechobee Library will host Ian R.B. Nairnsey, musical theater presenter. A series depicting Broadway shows with musical selections and narratives will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. This week will feature “Paint Your Wagon.”Comedy gameshow fundraiser plannedA comedy game show night is planned for Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA to bene t Martha’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Participants will have the chance to play a version of “The Price is Right.” Grand prize will be $500. There will be a live auction and silent auction. There will be a Caribbean dinner and music. Tickets are $50 per couple or $35 per person. For tickets, or more information, contact Martha’s House at 863-763-2893 or Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.Annual Hog Roast Dinner plannedThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, located on 107 N.W. 5th Ave. will have a Hog Roast dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. 7 p.m. Eat in or take out with a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Whole pork butts can be purchased to go for $30. For ticket information, please contact Hugh Alger WM 863-5321097 or Jim Lozano SW 863-610-1887.Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus Knights of Columbus host a turkey dinnerSaint Theresa of the Child Jesus Knights of Columbus located on Hwy. 78 West and Chobee Loop, in Buckhead Ridge will have a turkey dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 starting at 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Take out is available, a donation of $8 and $3 will be taken for the children.Okeechobee No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star Yard SaleOkeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order o f the Eastern Star will hold a Yard Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53 St. (Hwy. 78 W). Proceeds from this event will bene t the various charities supported by the Eastern Star, a charitable organization registered with the State of Florida. Donations for this sale are welcome. Contact Cathy Wolford at 863-801-9966 or Mary Ann Holt at 863-7635210, for information. 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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just posted draft action plans to conserve 23 species of native w ildlife and wants the public to weigh in by reviewing them online. Those reading the plans for animals familiar and not so familiar – such as the osprey, Everglades mink, Pine Barrens treefrog and reddish egret – will learn about the species’ biological backgrounds and habitats. After reviewing the individual action plans at MyFWC.com/Imperiled, people can comment on what is proposed in the scienti c material to conserve each animal. The comment period on these plans continues through March 13. “Encouraging public and stakeholder involvement is at the heart of what the FWC is doing to conserve imperiled native wildlife,” said Claire Sunquist Blunden, the FWC’s stakeholder coordinator for imperiled species management planning. “Please take advantage of this chance to look at our draft action plans for 23 species and tell us how they can be improved,” she said. The 23 draft species action plans include 11 bird species (Wakulla seaside sparrow, Scott’s seaside sparrow, Worthington’s marsh wren, Marian’s marsh wren, reddish egret, little blue heron, roseate spoonbill, tricolored heron, snowy egret, white ibis and osprey in Monroe County); ve sh species (blackmouth shiner, Southeastern tessellated darter, bluenose shiner, harlequin darter and Lake Eustis pup sh); four mammals (Everglades mink, Sanibel island rice rat, Homosassa shrew and Eastern chipmunk); two reptiles (Barbour’s map turtle and Suwannee cooter); and one amphibian (Pine Barrens treefrog). 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! In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Bass Fishing Trips Duck Hunts Turkey Hunts • Gator Hunts 7 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Wanda Sue Adkins, 55, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone). Her bond was set at $10,000.  Raymond Edward Arnold, 46, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of sale of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.  Joshua Aaron Scott, 30, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by Trooper Corporal T.B. White on a felony charge of driving while license suspended. His bond w as set at $1,500.  Dionicio Garcia, 44, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of using a false identi cation for a workman’s compensation claim. His bond was set at $1,000.  Eric Michael Collins, 31, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond w as set at $2,000.  Gregory Alan Vickers, 50, N.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by Ofcer Vanessa Williams on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence and a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methadone). His bond was set at $1,500.  Matthew Shane Tate, 32, Chobee Loop, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $5,000.  Clete Ferguson, 41, S.E. 31st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy Joe Gracie on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation arson, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He is being held without bond.  Phillip James Miller III, 58, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 2 by Deputy Max Waldron on a felony charge of burglary of an unoccupied structure. His bond was set at $10,000.  Kellie Marie Aaron, 35, S.E. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 2 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $20,000.  Duane Dwight McDeavitt, 43, S.E. 25th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 3 by Deputy Cpl. Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000.  Leyver Obdulio Soto-Chan, 30, N.E. Eighth Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 3 by Trooper Cpl. T.B. White on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $1,000.  Brittany Marie Daugherty, 24, N.E. 120th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a felony charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $500. She was later arrested by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on DOC warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler (three counts), violation of probation uttering a forged instrument and violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond on those charges.  Mark Anthony Lehman, 30, S.E. Sixth Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000.  Jeffrey Wayne Barnhill, 25, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with the felony of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $25,000.  Matthew Garon Barfoot, 28, N.E. Fourth Ave., Okeechobee was arrested Feb. 4 by Of cer Cesar Romero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $10,000.  John Curtis Everett, 22, S.W. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 5 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. 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 FWC unveils plans to conserve 23 species

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Believers fellowship church 300 S.W. 6th Avenue (behind the ROC) will host their A nnual “LOVE Banquet” and gospel sing on Friday night, Feb. 8. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. with the community sing beginning at 7:30 p.m. The menu is your choice of chicken and ribs with all the xings, $10 per person. If you would like to dine with us, call 863-634-4327 for reservations. All proceeds w ill go towards sending our youth group to W ord of Life Camp this summer. Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. 3rd. St. will hold a Mardi Gras Celebration on Feb. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The menu will include Shrimp, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, lots of wonderful spicy stuff, yellow corn, French bread, French butter and desserts. Bloody Marys and Hurricanes will be available for $3 each. Dinner costs are two for $20 or one for $12. A drawing for a laptop computer will be part of the evening. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Music will be typical New Orleans jazz; with Satchmo. Pete Fountain, Fats Domino. For more information, contact Francee Malone at 863-357-1713. Southern Gospel recording artists, The Perrys, will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. For more information, please call 863-7633519. Northside Baptist 51 N.W. 98th St, will host Forgiven, a Southern-Gospel trio from Lawrenceburg, Ind., Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10:45 a.m. Cloid Baker, formerly with the Bill Gaither Trio, & his wife, Debbie, formerly with the Weatherford’s, have been singing together for over 40 years. Jeremy Dickerson, from Somerset, Ky., joins them singing tenor. Come and enjoy the fellowship at an old-fashioned church where the music is Southern Gospel and the hymns are the ones you grew up on! Buckhead Ridge Church 1731 Hunter Rd, would like to invite everyone to a good time of preaching, singing and of course eating. The revival will be Feb. 10 Feb. 13, with Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. followed by a covered dish dinner; evening service at 6 p.m. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. On Monday the church will have a sh fry at 5 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. It is free. The Bakers will be playing music in the sanctuary until service starts at 7 p.m. The Tuesday evening service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening service will begin at 7 p.m. This will be the last day of the revival. Pastor John Holder will preach. If you have not heard Bro. Holder, come out for a good message. He will also lead the singing, accompanied by his wife, Sue Holder. The North Okeechobee Church of God will have its annual homecoming on Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. with a fellowship meal afterwards. Evangelist Bennie Jones will be the guest speaker and will also speak in the evening service at 6 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 11 through Wednesday, Feb. 13, Mr. Jones will speak at 7:30 p.m. each evening. For further information, contact Don Leon at 863634-0344. Buckhead Ridge Christian Church 1167 Linda Rd. behind the Moose Lodge on Highway 78, will have a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Victory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. Ninth St, would like to invite the public to attend any or all services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned singing and praising God. Enjoy our youth “band,” consisting of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as, various singing groups. Be blessed with the preaching of God’s Word (KJV) and a church family with a heart of love. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 863763-0669. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cowboys ’ BBQ & Steak Co presents202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) OkeechobeeThis Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 & 9, from 9 1,Come enjoy dinner, then hit the No Cover Charge Nashville recording artistWarren Silvers 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! 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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 8 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 A rea churches plan concerts and entertainment Special to the Okeechobee News On Feb. 1, 2011, Charles Graves was driving a semi-tractor trailer near Clearwater, when he suddenly became very ill. He managed to phone an ambulance and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator in critical condition. Charles had multiple esophageal varices, which had ruptured. These blood vessels in the esophagus and stomach cause no symptoms until they rupture, and are a life-threatening condition. Thirty-three days later, he was discharged, but has been unable to work ever since. He has been in and out of the hospital too many times to count, and the medical expenses are astronomical. Living on Sissy’s income and a small disability supplement, they are barely able to make ends meet for utilities and household expense. Charles has been a resident of Okeechobee nearly all his life, worked for the Sheriff’s department for ten years, Diamond R for two years and employed by Walpole at the time his illness struck. A bene t barbecue for Charles and Sissy will be held on March 2 at the Believer’s Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. 6th Ave. Several music groups are scheduled. A silent auction and a drawing for a handmade wooden glider are planned. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tickets are a $10 donation for a chicken dinner with baked beans, slaw, bread, dessert and tea. For tickets or if you would like to volunteer to help with the bene t or to donate an item for the silent auction, please call Micki at 863-634-4327 or Cathy at 863-763-4843. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.facebook.com/flwfishing www.twitter.com/flwfishing www.flwoutdoors.com Presented byFISHING. ADVANCED. WALMART PRO DAY I SATURDAY, FEB. 2 I NOON … 2 P.M.MEET THE FLW PRO ANGLERS I GET AUTOGRAPHS & PHOTOS I LEARN THE BEST FISHING TIPS & TECHNIQUES02.07 02.10LAKE OKEECHOBEECLEWISTON, FLFLW EXPO & WEIGH-INSAT. & SUN. AT WALMART I NOON 4 P.M.SCAN FOR EVENT DETAILS 9 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News The public is invited to the unveiling and dedication of two new murals on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in Flagler Park during the seventh annual Top of the Lake Art Fest. The new murals depict the historic old Okeechobee Hardware Store during 19161917. Two large 16’ x 8’ panels will be installed on the CarQuest building located in the heart of Okeechobee on State Road 70. Mary Beth and George Cooper, Monrad and Gwen Chandler and Sandra Wherrell, in memory of the Wherrell family, are sponsoring the project. Mural artist, Joseph Steiert has been painting commercial and residential murals for 21 years mostly in the Palm Beaches, Florida where he resides. His recent work in Okeechobee is the massive mural installation on the old bank building. The 2013 Top of the Lake Art Fest and Chalk Walk is a perfect setting for the unveiling and dedication of the murals and the public is encouraged to come out early and enjoy the art fest. The Art Fest takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. There will be juried ne artists including several of the well-known Highwaymen artists and artesian crafters showing and selling their artwork as well as heritage demonstrations by leather crafters and the Seminole tribe. Local artists and student artists works will be on display in the large art gallery tent. The of cial 2013 Top of the Lake Art Fest poster features the work of Highwayman Jimmy Stovall who will be on site to sign posters purchased by the public. Jimmy will also again be presenting his artwork. New to the art fest this year is the Top of the Lake Chalk Walk. Chalk artists will be street painting both days on 4th Avenue between parks 3 and 4. The public is encouraged to come and watch the artists in person as they create their works of art. Muralist Joseph Steiert is the featured chalk artist at this year’s event. On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 am, the inaugural Okeechobee Main Street’s Puppy Pageant will also be held. Co-sponsored by Bandanas and Bows and Love on a Leash, all dogs entered in this event will be competing in up to six categories including Best Dressed, Best Trick, Pet/Parent Look-a-Likes, Most Obedient, Friendliest and Most Adorable. Enter your favorite canine for $10 to compete in all events or just come out and watch this fun event. The Top of the Lake Art Fest and Chalk Walk will also feature children’s art activities, food and entertainment. It is an event that is not-to-be-missed! To enter the Art Fest or Puppy Pageant or for further information contact the Main Street of ce at 863-3576246 or stop by our of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Mural Dedication planned at the Art Fest Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Community Hero AwardOn Feb. 1, a commemorative accolade “The Community Hero Award” was presented to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce School Resource Team. CenterState Bank presented this award to recognize the of cers for the vital role that they each play in the lives of our youth, community and schools. Their patience, dedication and leadership is much appreciated and well respected. Each team member was presented with a framed commemorative certi cate and gift card. “Of cers of the OCSO School Resource Team, we salute you for going above and beyond the call of duty!” Pictured are (back row, left to right) Deputy Donnie Holmes; Deputy Steve McKenley; Deputy Keith Murrish (second row) Tabitha Trent, Center State Bank Manager; Sergeant Charles Hood; Sergeant Keith Stripling; (front row) Sergeant Mark Roberts. Not pictured are Major Noel Stephens and Deputy Dale Hardy. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThis new murals depict the historic old Okeechobee Hardware Store during 1916-1917.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Local FFA students are not only demonstrating their skills with livestock, but are demonstrating their knowledge in the world of horticulture as shown by their success at last Friday’s contest at the South Florida Fair. UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Agent Dan Culbert is proud to report that Okeechobee teams took one rst place and two second place team awards, and local students earned top individual honors in both the Junior and senior categories. In the senior high division, Okeechobee J unior FFA member Kristen Dryden earned the highest score in the contest; her score of 846 indicates that she was able to correctly identify 90 percent of the 156 different specimens of Florida vegetable varieties, pests, and seed that were presented at this year’s competition in West Palm Beach. The contest also involves judging four classes of vegetables on quality and consumer appeal. Dryden was one of the four members of the second place senior team from the Okeechobee Freshman FFA chapter; her team mates were John McGehee, Jacob McGehee and Willie Pattison. John was also the third high individual in the contest. However, their scores were not high enough to edge out the Orlando Colonial FFA “A” team, which have earned top team honors for the past three years. Okeechobee Senior FFA member Travis Register competed as an individual, and earned fourth place high individual honors. In the junior category for middle schools and junior high school students, Okeechobee’s Yearling Middle school took top team honors with team members Maria Carillo, Morgan Buxton and Meghan Kuschel. Carillo was second high junior individual and Buxton took third place high individual in the event. High Point individual in the junior division was Osceola Middle School’s Hunter Sills. Hunter’s teammates were Joel Davis, Hunter Wagner, and Donnie Watson. This team took the second place team award; Davis was 4th high individual, Wagner was 7th, and Watson was 8th high individual. Overall there were 42 participants from 11 teams from Orange, Highlands, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties. Many o f these students will be converging on the Osceola County Fair on Feb. 15, for another invitational contest, and several will be coming to our own Okeechobee Fair contest in March. All of this is in preparation for the State FFA Vegetable Identi cation and Judging Career Development Event, to be held on the UF campus in April. Okeechobee FFA members take honors at fair Special to the Okeechobee NewsOverall there were 42 participants from 11 teams from Orange, Highlands, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties. Many of these students will be converging on the Osceola County Fair on Feb. 15, for another invitational contest, and several will be coming to our own Okeechobee Fair contest in March. Special to the Okeechobee News100th Day of SchoolStudents and teachers at Rock Solid Christian Academy celebrated the 100th Day of School by dressing like and learning about places hundreds of miles away. Students learned dances from Swaziland, ate snacks from Reunion Island, made pottery from Nicaragua, spoke Icelandic, explored the history of Jordan, and played a game from Kazakhstan. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed this opportunity to explore the world around us.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these features: PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr O ee ho ee ori afootspe ialist o Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph:(863) 357-1166 Many Americans are so busy working and taking care of their families that when an injury or illness oc curs they may not have a trusted healthcare partner to turn to. Make time for your health by beginning a Many Americans are without a primary care physician relationship with a Primary Care Physician. It isnt expensive or time consuming, but having an existing relationship with a trusted medical professional will be a comfort to you and your family when you experience an unexpected medical issue. Raulerson Primary Care is a conveniently located Family Medicine Practice right here in Okeechobee. Raulerson Primary Care accepts new patients of all ages and the staff members are ”uent in Spanish. The provider, Dr. Jose Villarreal, is Board certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Primary Care Physicians like Dr. Villarreal not only treat patients medical conditions, provide sports physicals, and refer patients to a specialist if necessary; they also perform another important service, which is preventative healthcare. Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or are in good physical health, consider scheduling an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider, like Dr. Jose Villarreal. The staff at Raulerson Primary Care are ready to meet you and your family and be your trusted source for primary care. 11 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeminole Elementary School Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 1, Brayden Rodriguez, Hannah Adams, Caleb Vega, Aquilina Zaragosa Torres, Nathan Pettit, Krystall Carter, Giselle Mandujano-Pena, Carmen Betancourt, Michael Ibarra-Medrano, Will Thomas, Kaylie Cross, Bethany Sallette, Margaret Virto, Kyle Barrett, Luis Bucio, Kyla Thurman, Maria Bucio, Jayda Carrera, Emily Granados, Janessa Rhymes, Yareli Rojo, Kimberly Rayo, Salatiel Castaneda, Samuel Tagle, Monica Luviano, Jeremy Arnold and Evan Galvan.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Look for the next edition on February 15th ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.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! 12 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Ray WorleyBattle of Okeechobee Re-EnactmentThe Okeechobee Battle of Okeechobee Re-Enactment was held Feb. 1-3 at the Battle eld Park off U.S. 441 S.E. On Friday, area school children visited to learn more about Florida history. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenNative American dancers entertained visitors to the Battle of Okeechobee Re-Enactment last weekend. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThis re-enactor, portraying a gun runner, fought on the Seminole side in the Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment on Saturday at the Battle eld Park.

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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 13 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013

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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 Annual Parkwide Yard Sale with crafts, baked goods, western books, something for everyone Fri. 2/8 & Sat. 2/9,8am-? Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. 10 miles West on 70, 1st right over bridge. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Employment Full Time Experienced Cook Needed F/T with benets Apply in person at 406 NW 4th St, Okeechobeefor institution cooking requiring food prepared with various textures. Following recipes exactly is a must. AM & PM shis. Double on Sundays.EOE Employment Full Time Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. BookkeepingFor the Self Employed. Daily/Weekly; Monthly/Quarterly & prep. for your Accountant. Located in Okeechobee. References Available. Call Laura (772)260-4792 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads FurnitureSofa, coffee table and end tables, lamps, Rattan table w/4 matching chairs all in excellent condition. Must sell call for prices 863-623-4563 Medical ItemsGO-GO HANDICAP SCOOTER ULTRA X, 1 YR OLD $475.00 CALL 863-801-3320 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 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. 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 Rent2bd/1ba Town Home in Kings Bay. Water, sewer and lawn included, w/d. 1st months free with $700 sec. moves you in 863-634-8331 Houses Rent Basswood 3 br./2 ba. $800 month. Security & refs. Call 804-502-0114 or aliciamorales2012@ comcast.net Beautiful, 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 Apartments Houses RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2BR/1.5BA CBS, GARAGE, SCREENED PORCH, BOAT HOUSE, LAKE ACCESS, WASHER & DRYER, RANGE & REFRIG. $800.00 MONTHLY 863-763-5970 Charming 3/1.5 ba. Newer interior and up grades. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. No pets, approx. 12 min. N.E. of town center. $590.00 mo. Call Mon-Fri. 9-4 863-467-9800 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 Large CBS 5 acres, 2/2 w/sm.of ce, replace, tack room, fenced, surrounded by shady oak tree’s and wildlife @ end of private road. Well kept w/lots of room. No smoking. Must have veri able job/references. Low utility bills. $995 mo. + security. Pet deposit if applicable. 772-216-1669 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service.$150/wk + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 Office Space RentOFFICE SUITES AVAILABLE 500 SQ. FT. Move-in Incentive, Rent Negotiable. (863)467-0651 Houses SaleJust 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. OKEECHOBEE 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 14 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-824-0944 Lots SaleSILVER PALMS RV RESORT. 2 LOTS,PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED,EXTENDED PAVERS, IRRIGATION&WELL. LOT#33 WATER FRONT CABANA W/KITCHEN/LAUNDRY $94,000. 2012 FIFTH WHEEL ALSO AVAIL FOR INFO CALL 703-216-2194 LOT#14 W/10X10 CABANA $72,000 CALL 229-310-0398 Mobile Home Lots2RV Sites for sale in Quiet Okeechobee 5 Star RV Park. One priced at $76,000 the other $91,000 buy directly from owner and avoid Real Estate fees for more info call 701-260-1364 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. Mobile HomeSale24x60 Double Wide w/add ons, 10x60 Front porch & Of ce, 10x60 Back screened room & utility. Professional brick enclosed, 1/2 acre, hurricane screened swimming pool, adjoining cabana, fenced, shop & storage. Lake Port Fl. I will sell or trade $149,000 some nancing to a desirable buyer. 573-718-8074 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $6,500. or best offer Call 828-208-0980 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleMobile 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 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels5th WHEEL TRAVEL SUPREME $15,000 (LAKE OKEECHOBEE) 1998 37’ BEAUTIFUL UNIT MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. UNIT IS SETTING IN ARUBA RV RESORT 1073 OLD LAKEPORT ROAD, MOORE HAVEN ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE CANAL. PARK HAS ALL AMENITIES, HEATED POOL, REC ROOM, EXERCISE ROOM, DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER SEASON. LOT RENT IS $2,450 PER YEAR PLUS UTILITIES. THE LOT RENT IS CURRENT FOR YEAR 2013. UNIT CAN BE MOVED! W&D, DISHWASHER, MICROWAVE, ELECTRIC FIREPLACE, WOOD FLOOR IN KITCHEN, CERAMIC TILE IN BATHROOM, CARPET IN LIVING ROOM&BEDROOM, KING SIZE BED, NEW HIDE-A-BED SOFA IN LIVING ROOM, 3 SLIDES W/AWNINGS, OUTSIDE STORAGE BUILT UNDER, TRIMMED LATTICE ALL AROUND AND AN EXTRA LARGE PORCH. PLEASE CALL ANDY 810-577-0431 OR JUDY 810-577-0374 Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,000 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 Automobiles1992 FORD THUNDERBIRD Air conditioning, automatic transmission, CD, V-6 Runs good, cruise control $925 /or best offer (772)597-4190 or (772)985-9417 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE Due to increased investments we’re making in technology, programming and customer care to bring you the best products and value, we are adjusting our prices. Beginning March 1st, 2013 the following price changes will take effect in the West Palm area: • Additional Voice Line with Calling Features will increase from $20.00 to $21.95. • Additional Voice Line without Calling Features will increase from $10.00 to $11.95. GENERAL INFORMATION After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service or a rate increase, you may change your level of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effective date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the annual rate card. Prices are exclusive of applicable franchise fees and related costs, FCC user fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate arrangements, some product, pricing and other information may not apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel locations and packaging are subject to change Please call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) with any questions 436181 CGS 2/7/2013 ON 2/6/2013 LEGAL NOTICE Due to increased investments we’re making in technology, programming and customer care to bring you the best products and value, we are adjusting our prices. Beginning March 1st, 2013 the following price changes will take effect in the West Palm area: • The CableLatino a la carte service currently available for $9.99 or $14.99 will be discontinued. • The new MultiLatino a la carte service will launch at $14.95. • New MultiLatino Packages will launch: MultiLatino Plus at $31.95, MultiLatino Plus with HBO at $41.95 MultiLatino Extra at $41.95 MultiLatino Max at $61.95 MultiLatino Ultra at $78.90 MutliLatino Ultra with HBO at $88.95 MultiLatino Ultra with 2 Premiums at $98.95. • New MultiLatino Triple Play Packages will launch: MultiLatino Plus at $89.95 MultiLatino Extra at $99.95 MultiLatino Max at $144.95 MultiLatino Ultra at $154.95 MutliLatino Ultra HD at $164.95 MultiLatino Ultra HD Plus at $184.95 MultiLatino Total at $214.95 GENERAL INFORMATION After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service or a rate increase, you may change your level of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effective date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the annual rate card. Prices are exclusive of applicable franchise fees and related costs, FCC user fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate arrangements, some product, pricing and other information may not apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel locations and packaging are subject to change. Please call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) with any questions. 436179 CGS 2/7/2013 ON 2/6/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000551 CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, -VS.Ronald G. Williams a/k/a Ronnie G. Williams and Tina M. Williams, His Wife Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000551 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein CitiMortgage, Inc., Plaintiff and Ronald G. Williams a/k/a Ronnie G. Williams and Tina M. Williams, His Wife are defendant(s), I, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on February 27, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 9 AND THE SOUTH ONE HALF OF LOT 8, BLOCK 6, REVISED PLAT OF WILCOX SHORES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT 432567 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., Case No. 472010CA000228CAXXXX CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Jennifer L. Marquis a/k/a Jennifer Marquis, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, entered in Case No. 472010CA000228CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc. is the Plaintiff and Jennifer L. Marquis a/k/a Jennifer Marquis; Unknown Spouse of Jennifer L. Marquis a/k/a Jennifer Marquis if any; Any And All Unknown Parties Claiming By, Through, Under And Against The Herein Named Individual Defendant(S) Who Are Not Known To Be Dead Or Alive, Whether Said Unknown Parties May Claim An Interest As Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees Or Other Claimants; John Doe and Jane Doe as Unknown Tenants in Possession; Jennifer L. Marquis a/k/a Jennifer Marquis; Unknown Spouse of Jennifer L. Marquis a/k/a Jennifer Marquis if any are the Defendants, that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at, the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd oor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34927, beginning at 11:00 AM on the 6th day of March, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 4, A REVISED PLAT OF FIRST ADDITION TO PINE RIDGE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 90, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apardy pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 432655 ON 2/6,13/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 2010 CA 000291 American General Home Equity, Inc. Plaintiff, -VS.Gary F. Skinner and Maxine Skinner, His Wife; Sand Canyon Corporation f/k/a Option One Mortgage Corporation; Ousley Estates Homeowners Association, Inc.; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2010 CA 000291 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein American General Home Equity, Inc., Plaintiff and Gary F. Skinner and Maxine Skinner, His Wife are defendant(s), I, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on March 6, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 8, OUSLEY ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 36 AND 37, THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN YEAR: 1988, MAKE: MERITT, VIN#: TW256MB25955A AND VIN#: TW256MB25955B, MANUFACTURED HOME, WHICH IS PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LANDS. AS SUCH IT IS DEEMED TO BE A FIXTURE AND A PART OF THE REAL ESTATE.ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With DisabilitiesIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT 432649 ON 2/6,13/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009-CA-788 SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, VS. ROBERT DIAZ, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009CA-788 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL. 34972 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 27th day of February, 2013 at 11:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, towit: Parcel 34, BRIDLEWOOD RANCHES, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 34, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 432565 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 Public Notice 15 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472009CA000471XXXXXX US BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR SASCO AAMES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2003-1, Plaintiff, VS. JOAN CRAWFORD et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472009CA000471XXXXXX of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein US BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR SASCO AAMES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2003-1 is Plaintiff and JOAN CRAWFORD; CHARLES CRAWFORD; STEWART M. SMITH; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the 27th day of February, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 20, IN BLOCK 52, OF CONNERS HIGHLANDS AN ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEEFLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, AT PAGE 21, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED at Okeechobee, Florida, on December 4, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk, Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 432594 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2013-CP-04 In Re: Estate of JAMES EDWARD PETRICK, a/k/a JAMES E. PETRICK Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JAMES EDWARD PETRICK a/k/a JAMES E. PETRICK, deceased, whose date of death was December 18, 2012, and whose social security number is ***-**-7057, 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 FLORID A PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication o f this notice is February 6, 2013. Personal Representative: JOHN PETRIC K 6310 MacLaurin Dr. Tampa, FL 33647 Attorney for Personal Representative: CONELY & CONELY, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Facsimile: (863) 763-6856 Primary E-mail Address: tconely@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: blanier@conelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address service@conelyandconely.com BY: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 435827 ON 2/6,13/2013 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? 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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 10000101CA WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR OPTION ONE MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-FXD2, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007FXD2 Plaintiff VS. JUDSON SHURLEY AKA JUDSON M. SHURLEY, ET AL, ET AL. Defendant NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 29th day of November, 2012, and entered in Case No. 10000101 CA, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00A.M. on the 27th day of February, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, BEAR S 88 DEGREES 54’41” W ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20 TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF S.W. 19TH AVENUE, A DISTANCE OF 329.39 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE S 8 DEGREES 54’41” W ALONG THE SAID NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 330.09 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 88 DEGREES 57’07” W ALONG THE SAID NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 329.32 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 01 DEGREES 16’26” E TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY TINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 360.91 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 01 DEGREES 16’26” E TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 300.09 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 88 DEGREES 58’15” W TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE SAID SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 01 DEGREES 16’26” W ALONG THE WEST LINE OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 146.98 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 87 DEGREES 25’44” E, A DISTANCE OF 280.74 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 01 DEGREES 18’42” W TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EXTENSION OF THE SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 170.66 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 88 DEGREES 52’ 15” E ALONG THE SAID EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; TOGETHER WITH AN EASEMENT 70.00 FEET IN WIDTH, FOR PURPOSES OF INGRESS AND EGRESS, IN THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING 35.00 FEET ON EACH SIDE OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED CENTERLINE: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, BEAR S 88 DEGREES 54’41” W ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20 TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF S.W. 19TH AVENUE, A DISTANCE OF 329.39 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 00 DEGREES 28’25” E ALONG THE SAID CENTERLINE OF S.W. 19TH AVENUE TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 325.93 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 88 DEGREES 55’54” W ALONG THE SAID CENTERLINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 654.85 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 88 DEGREES 55’ 54” W ALONG THE EXTENSION OF THE CENTERLINE OF S.W. 3RD STREET, A DISTANCE OF 50.02 FEET TO THE POINT OF TERMINUS OF SAID CENTERLINE. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.Dated this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of The Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 432590 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19Th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 472008CA000400CAXXXX DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC. ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-R9, Plaintiff, VS. JOANNE A. STEWART; RUSSELL P. STEWART; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF HOWARD PINDER A/K/A HOWARD G. PINDER III; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 29th day of November, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472008CA000400CAXXXX, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC. ASSET-BACKEDPASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-R9 is the Plaintiff and JOANNE A. STEWART; RUSSELL P. STEWART; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF HOWARD PINDER A/K/A HOWARD G. PINDER III N/K/A KATHY PINDER; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 27th day of February, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LEGAL DESCRIPTION Pinder & Whittaker & Puterbaugh A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17; THENCE N 0041’06” E, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 3433.40 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 347, PAGE 635, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 8918’54” W, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET; THENCE S 0041’06” W, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 1.23 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 631, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 8918’54” W, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET, TO THE EAST LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 779, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 0041’06” W, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 658.77 FEET, TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 779; THENCE N 8918’54” W, A DISTANCE OF 364.75, TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE PLAT OF CEDAR II, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 30, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE S 0041’06” W, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID PLAT, A DISTANCE OF 499.26 FEET THENCE N 8918’54” W A DISTANCE OF 257,00 FEET; THENCE N 0104’46” E A DISTANCE OF 88.00 FEET; THENCE S 8918’54” E, A DISTANCE OF 186.40 FEET; THENCE N 0041’06” E, A DISTANCE OF 436.86 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 366, PAGE 1138, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 8823’51” W, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS AND THE NORTH LINE OF LOTS 18A AND 19A, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 755.90 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 440, PAGE 1549; THENCE N 0104’26” E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 946.02 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NE 11TH STREET; THENCE S 8824’13” E, ALONG SAID EASTERLY EXTENSION OF SE 11TH STREET, A DISTANCE OF 1073.94 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 415, PAGE 1211, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE S 4021’53” E, ALONG SAID EASTERLY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 168.00 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 27.032 ACRES, MORE OR LESS TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING: A PARCEL OF LAND 66.00 FEET IN WIDTH AND BEING DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17; THENCE N 0041’06” E, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 3433.40 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 347, PAGE 635, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 8918’54” W, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET; THENCE S 0041’06” W, ALONG THE WEST LINEOF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCEOF 1.23 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 631, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 8918’54” W, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS, A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET, TO THE EAST LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 779, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 0041’06” E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE A DISTANCE OF 181.16 FEET, TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 779; THENCE N 4021’53” W, ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 415, PAGE 1211, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A DISTANCE OF 168.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NE 11TH STREET AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 8824’13” W, ALONG SAID EASTERLY EXTENSION, A DISTANCE OF 1484.42 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHERLY EXTENSION OF THE EAST LINE OF LOT 20B. FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION THENCE N 0120’06” E, ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY EXTENSION, A DISTANCE OF 66.00 FEET, TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 20B; THENCE S 8824’13” E, A DISTANCE OF 1425.42 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID EASTERLY LINE OF O.R. BOOK 415, PAGE 1211; THENCE S 4021’53” E, ALONG SAID EASTERLY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 88.76 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OVER AND ACROSS THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 0478, PAGE 1778, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu saa, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou part nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated this 11th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 433404 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472010CA000413CAXXXX BENEFICIAL FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, V S. KARESSA M. FOLSOM; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KARESSA M. FOLSOM; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 5, BLOCK 2, SECOND REVISED PLAT OF WILCOX SHORES ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 16, PUBLIC RECORDS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As16 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 sembly Room of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 o’clock, A.M., on March 6, 2013. DATED THIS 3rd day of December, 2012. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 3rd day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk NOTICE If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apary pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tand ou pale byen, rele 711. 432648 ON 2/6,13/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 08-000585-CA FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, VS. NICHOLAS P. ALBRITTON, CHARLOTTE ALBRITTON, et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 4, 2012, and entered in Case No. 08-000585-CA of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein Flagstar Bank, FSB Plaintiff and Nicholas P. Albritton and CharIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000193 CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, VS. DAVID A. RACITI; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID A. RACITI; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); ALFRED R. RACITI; SHIRLEY A. RACITI; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 62, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT III, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 95 AND 96, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH PH091831A AND PH091831B. To include a: 1988 PALM VIN PH091831A 45718206 1988 PALM VIN lotte Albritton, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor Jury Assembly Room, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, beginning at 11:00 o’clock A.M. on the 6th day of March 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: THE EAST 165.00 FEET OF LOT 12, BLOCK 4, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 27th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk, Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Attorney for Plaintiff Kelly E. McGuire, Esq. Robertson, Anschutz & Schneid, P.L. 3010 North Military Trail, Suite 300 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 434389 ON 2/6,13/2013 PH091831B 45718214 A/K/A 2570 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 o’clock, A.M., on March 6, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 30th day of November. NOTICE If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptation para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que faith menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame a1 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou park nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si l ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 432935 ON 2/6,13/2013NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERSPursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. Ethan A. Cappiello Last known address: 116 NW 9th St Okeechobee, FL Angela M. Gehle Last known address: 3897 NW 21st Ave Okeechobee, FL Dadricka L. Riles Last known address: 1257 NE 15th Ave Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 436219 ON 2/6/2013 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds

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Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000077 T HE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON T RUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW Y ORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. AS TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. A NGELA WIREMAN, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated on or about November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2011-CA-000077 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which The Bank of New Y ork Mellon Trust Company, National A ssociation fka The Bank of New Y ork Trust Company, N.A. as successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. as T rust, is the Plaintiff and Angela Wireman, RHS Industries, Inc., Hobert G. Wireman, Tenant #1 n/k/a T im Buchanan, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at 11:00AM on the 6th day of March, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 3, BLOCK 48, BASSWOOD INC. UNIT NO. 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 49, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3101 NW 33RD AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-1269 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A lbertelli Law A ttorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 T ampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimileeService: servealaw@albertellilaw.comIn Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432652 ON 2/6,13/2013 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns T owing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 22, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1964 CHEVY 2DOOR VIN # 41447T108742 1978 FLOA TRAILER VIN # NOVIN000083270531 1978 N AME FBGLASS VIN # NAB090007M78C T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 436248 ON 2/6/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000218 HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, Plaintiff, V S. LARK GILFUS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated on or about November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2010-CA-000218 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial CirPublic Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 08-CA-89 INDYMAC BANK, FSB Plaintiff, v. MYRNA RAVELO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; SHERMAN WOOD RANCHES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29th, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 08-CA-89 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 27th day of February, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,. Okeechobee, Florida 34972, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 22 IN SHERMAN WOOD RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 00007 PAGE 0061, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. ATTENTION: PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000387 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2005KS12, Plaintiff, vs. MELISSA A. SMILEY, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated on or about November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2011-CA-000387 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee for RASC 2005KS 12, is the Plaintiff and Robert T. Smiley a/k/a Robert T. Smiley, Jr., Melissa A. Smiley, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at 11:00AM on the 6th day of March, 2013 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 18, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SECTION 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 59, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO BEARING SERIAL NUMBER FLHMLCF163725147A AND FLHMLCF163725147B A/K/A 3534 SE 24TH TER, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-7026 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimileeService: servealaw@albertellilaw.comIn Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432653 ON 2/6,13/2013 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Heartfelt Memories Under which we expect to engage in business at: Craft Shows Website In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: Judith L. Throop Timothy D. Throop Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 1st day of February, 2013. BY: Judith R. Throop 436067 ON 2/6/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000062 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. ALFONSO ARANA, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2010-CA-000062 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC1, is the Plaintiff and ALFONSO ARANA; TERESA ARANA; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA BY ITS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THROUGH ITS STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) HOUSING REHABILITATION AND PURCHASE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS; TENANT #1 N/K/A ALEXANDER ARANA are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 27th day of February, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 13 IN BLOCK 9, BASSWOOD UNIT 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 22, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 3722 NW 20TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349721Plaintiff name has changed pursuant to order previously entered. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 4, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F 10002847 CHASEDIRECT-FHA-Team 6 F 10002847 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432571 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 Public Notice 17 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 cuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Household Finance Corporation III, is the Plaintiff and Lark Gilfus, Leslie J. Gilfus, Tenant #1 N/K/A Blair Gilfus, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 6th day of March, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 18, SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2003 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(S) FLHMBA165648285A AND FLHMBA165648285B AND TITLE NUMBER(S) 0086732937 AND 0086733012. A/K/A 17976 NORTHWEST 280TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 4th day of December, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimileeService: servealaw@albertellilaw.com SG 10-39976 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 Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432691 ON 2/6,13/2013 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 3rd day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 432564 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds.IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000840 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. JENNIFER L. HERBST; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JENNIFER L. HERBST; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendant(s), who (is/are) not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants; Defendants. Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Candy vehicle 5 Imported wheels 9 Gone crackers? 14 Education acronym 15 Brads role in Inglourious BasterdsŽ 16 Certain Yemeni 17 Brings out 18 Side of beef part 19 Like some raincoats 20 Line before Et tu, Brute?Ž 23 Tailless mammal 24 Self-titled 1988 R&B album 25 Initial response to a yenta? 26 Skyscraper feature 28 Part of psi?: Abbr. 30 Dom alternative 31 Metaphors, e.g. 33 Ice cream parlor order 34 ... lay the sod __ meŽ: Streets of LaredoŽ lyric 35 Celebrity mentioned in Warren Zevons 1978 hit Werewolves of LondonŽ 38 World Chess Champion after Botvinnik 40 Valley in the first book of Samuel 41 Heavy hitter 44 Santa __ 45 Some signatures 46 Blend 47 Beetle BaileyŽ cartoonist Walker 49 Members of an Afrocentric movement 53 Exhaust 54 Ethical concern for a bar association 57 Daughter of Muhammad 58 Court ritual 59 Green 60 Coty Award winner Perry 61 Fondas beekeeper 62 Golden __ 63 Willowy woman 64 Polanski film based on a Hardy novel 65 Wrote, as an AOL buddy DOWN 1 Epicures condiment 2 Fast ship 3 Symbol of phoniness 4 Travelers need 5 White House girl 6 __ once 7 Hersey setting 8 Winner of a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Special citation for his profound impact on popular music and American cultureŽ 9 Game division 10 Way of putting things 11 Dearborn attraction 12 Encore, basically 13 News supplement 21 Box for a cold 22 Luxury furs 27 Mail hub: Abbr. 29 In 32 White of the eye 33 __-jongg 36 Isnt trapped 37 To Kill a MockingbirdŽ brother 38 Cantina servings 39 Unusual occurrence 42 Princess in Disneys EnchantedŽ 43 Applied 48 __ mania, 17thcentury Dutch phenomenon 50 Model aspect 51 Sorbonne heads? 52 Inflammation symptoms 55 Tie securely 56 Business intro? By Gareth Bain (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/04/11 06/04/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, in this cause, I will sell the property situated in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, described as: Lots 3 and 4, Block 29, Subdivision of a Portion of Okeechobee Park, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 28, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. a/k/a 2242 NW 4TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 at public sale on February 27, 2013, at eleven o’clock a.m., in the Jury Assembly Room on the Second Floor of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, to the highest bidder for cash, except as prescribed in paragraph 4, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida, this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A. 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 (727) 536-4911 phone (727) 539-1094 faxIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432568 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 Shop here first! The classified ads READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!

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Rotary Club plans 10th Annual L.O.S.T. Bike Ride on Lake Okeechobee dikeThe 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. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and more. A barbecue meal will be provided for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e for prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.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. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School soccer coach Lonnie Sears said he was a little disappointed that the team was not district champions again. He said Okeechobee had a more talented team than the team that defeated them Boyton Beach. He said Plantation American Heritage was as good as advertised in the regional match. "American Heritage was the defending state champion for a reason. They are very talented and they create a lot of opportunities for themselves," he said. Sears said it appeared the young Brahmans were a little intimidated as they entered the match, and then made a quick mistake, and that forced Okeechobee to make adjustments. Daniel Rodriguez switched from defense to outside mid elder and scored all three goals, almost scoring a fourth goal. Okeechobee also used some younger players to give them experience like Hugo Torres, Josue Santibanez and A lexis Calvillo. Sears praised Torres and his younger players for helping the Brahmans rally and give a scare to the state champs as they won the second half 2-1 in a 5-3 loss. Sears said it appeared Sergio Vargas would not play college soccer in the fall despite some interest from colleges. The Lady Brahman basketball team season came to an end in the semi nals of the District 12-7A Tournament Friday night as they were blown out by defending state champion Sebastian River 75-15. K.P Pound led the Sharks with 22 points as they jumped out to a huge early lead 37-3 and were never threatened. Ami Edwards had six points in her nal Brahman game. Okeechobee nished the season at (9-13) but struggled after a season ending injury to all state point guard Carley McCoin. The Lady Brahman softball team got their season underway with a split at the Palm Beach Gardens Lady Gator preseason classic this weekend. Okeechobee routed Forest Hill 13-0 and lost to the host team 10-0. The season opener for OHS is Thursday night against Lincoln Park Academy. Treasure Coast blew out the Brahman boys basketball team 71-29 on Friday night in the regular season nale. Phil Jones led Okeechobee with 11 points. Treasure Coast led 23-8 after the rst quarter and 43-17 at the half. They held Okeechobee to a poor shooting percentage. Sylvester Butler and Brendon Jonassaint both had ve points for Okeechobee, (8-17). Okeechobee opened the district tournament on Monday night against Fort Pierce Central in Stuart. The City of Okeechobee Police Auxiliary will sponsor the Sgt. Thomas Tarner Scholarship Golf tournament on 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. will be offered for just $50 per person. Company sponsorships and special golf programs are available. For information, call Bill Casian at 863-6970211; or, by e-mail at pepper@strato.net. The Young Farmer and Ranch fth annual 3-D Archer y Shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4351 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds go to support the Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship Program. There will be 20 targets, (two 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, so register early. OCRA will hold baseball/softball sign ups the rst three Saturdays in February. Sign ups will be held Feb. 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the Sports Complex. All children ages 4 though 14 can sign up. The fee is $80 per child. A copy of the birth certi cate is needed. For information, call 863-634-0515. The Okeechobee Golf & Country Club member / guest tournament will be held Feb. 16 and 17. Saturday's BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS THRIFT STORE WANTED TO BUY FURNITURE HEALTHCARE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O. Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton www.floridacare.net Vitamins, Minerals Herbal Detox Nature’s Pantry 417 WS Park St. • (863) 467-1243 N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Okeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org Family Thrift Store•Prices Can’t Be Beat!•Layaway Available •Locally Owned & Operated•We Accept all Major Credit Cards8675 Hwy 441S.E. (at 441 & 15A) 863-623-4443 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000125 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC. F/K/A NORWEST MORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, v. CHRISTOPHER W. MERRITT; BRENDA A. MERRITT; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendant(s), who (is/are) not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants; ONYX ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, in this cause, I will sell the property situated in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, described as: LOT 4 AND THE NORTH 1/2 OF LOT 5, BLOCK 8, SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 12, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 1006 SW 2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 at public sale on February 27, 2013, 2013, at eleven o’clock a.m., in the Jury Assembly Room on the Second Floor of the Okeechobee Judicial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, to the highest bidder for cash, except as prescribed in paragraph 4, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida, this 4th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A. 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 (727) 536-4911 phone (727) 539-1094 faxIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, A DA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 432570 ON 1/30;2/6/2013 18 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 Okeechobee Sports News in Brief play will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sunday's tee times will start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per person, per two-person team. All entries must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 13. The tourney's format will be modi ed Pinehurst on holes 1-9, and scramble on holes 10-18. The event is open to all golfers, and the rst 50 paid teams will be secured a position. Men 60 years of age and older will pla y from the gold tees. There will also be a special event after the rst round, and food will be served both days at the conclusion of play. Each ight will receive a prize. For information, call the club at 863-763-6228. Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf & C.C. Gold Tee Golf Scores Feb. 1 were: First place, Gary Lee; second place, Larry Kehers; third place tie, Norman Koff and Wally Dierig, and; fourth place, Chete Hendren. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A total of $19,700 in grants was handed out to Okeechobee school teachers Monday by the Okeechobee Education Foundation and several businesses and civic organizations. Over $2.52 million has been given out by the organization since 1996 to assist teachers in the education of our youth. Seminole Elementary Principal Tracy Downing watched as several of her teachers received grants. She said it really speaks loudly about our community’s support for education. “I was very proud. I’m really happy with the fact that teachers at Seminole Elementary stake advantage of all the opportunities the district presents to them. We are fortunate to be in a district where teachers have so many opportunities,” she explained. Last year the school received a grant to start a garden. They are in the process of building a fence around the garden and will expand the garden this year. The plan is to sell some of the fruits and vegetables that the students care for and grow, back to the community. “I want to thank the Okeechobee Education Foundation for providing the teachers in our district the opportunity for grants to provide opportunities for our students,” she added. Downing said Okeechobee is a very giving community and an example of that is the many scholarships graduating high school seniors receive each year. Middle School teacher Aaron Kinty received two grants. In one, he will create a hydroponic sh farm of tilapia sh. They will take the water from the sh farm to grow vegetables and study the yields they achieve. ESE to gifted students will take part in the project. The second grant will create a solar power water puri cation system at Osceola Middle School. They will take water from one of the drainage ponds at Osceola and use solar power to distill the water so students can learn about the process and about water quality. “I think the students will be fascinated by it,” Mr. Kinty said. “The kids can get their hands dirty, take part in scienti c measurements and studies and really learn something hands on.” Eleven agencies, individuals and businesses provided grants this year which include the Okeechobee Community Theatre, Center State Bank, Gay Carlton, Glades Electric, the Kiwanis Club/Blair Memorial grant, the Okeechobee Battle eld Friends, the Rotary Club Service above Self grant, the Kiwanis Club Adam Bryant Memorial, Bob and Kelly Owens Science and Technolog y grant an anonymous donor. Okeechobee Education Foundation presents grants Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation awarded Rotary Club of Okeechobee “Service Above Self” mini-grants to six local teachers. Pictured left to right: Mrs. Crawford – Rotary Club; Mrs. Garcia – OMS representing recipient Mrs. Tomlinson; Mr. Kielbasa recipient; Mrs. Streelman recipient; Mrs. Reed recipient; Mr. Kinty recipient; Mrs. Rucks recipient; Mrs. Trent – Rotary Club and Foundation member; and Mrs. Whitehead – Rotary Club and Foundation member. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGay Carlton, School Board member and retired physical education teacher, contributed funds for her annual Gay Carlton P.E. Grant. The Okeechobee Educational Foundation committee selected several successful grants. Pictured left to right: Mary Hurley – Foundation Vice President; recipients Mrs. Streelman and Mrs. Hardy; Gay Carlton donor; and recipients Ms. Rucks and Mrs. Seelinger. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCenterState Bank “We Believe In You” mini-grant was awarded for the rst time this year. The Okeechobee Educational Foundation wrote a grant to the Consortium and those funds were matched dollar for dollar. Pictured left to right: Kristi Crawford CenterState Bank; recipients Mrs. Streelman and Mrs. Williamson; and Tabitha Trent – CenterState Bank and foundation member. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKiwanis Club of Okeechobee really supported education by offering a second new mini-grant to local teachers this year. The grant, Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee “Adam Bryant” Memorial was awarded to Mrs. Sickels and Mr. Kinty. Pictured left to right: Ken Kenworthy – Foundation member and School Superintendent; Mrs. Sickels; Mr. Kinty; and Dowling Watford – Kiwanis Club. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation was delighted to award the Bob and Kelly Owens Science and Technology mini grants on Jan. 28. Pictured left to right: Recipients Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Tilton, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. Streelman and grant donor and foundation member, Mrs. Owens. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee offered a new mini-grant this year, “We Share Our Talents.” The Foundation was delighted to offer their donation to the Consortium for state match, therefore, doubling the minigrant offering to local teachers. Pictured left to right: Kelly Owens Kiwanis Club and foundation member; recipient Mrs. Streelman, Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Williamson; and Dowling Watford – Kiwanis Club. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Okeechobee Community Theatre, with state match money, contributed mini grants to local teachers through the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Pictured left to right: Linda Syfrett, Okeechobee Educational Foundation President; recipient Mrs. Neal; Ron Hayes Okeechobee Community Theatre; and recipient Mrs. Williamson. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Okeechobee Battle eld Friends continue to award mini-grants to district teachers each year through the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Pictured left to right: Linda Syfrett – Foundation President; Mrs. Phillips recipient; Dowling Watford – Battle eld representative; and Mrs. Williamson reci p ient.

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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! 20 Okeechobee News February 6, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahman boys tennis team gures to enjoy a strong 2013 campaign. The team went (9-3) last y ear and returns all of their players while adding a few young players. Coach Morgan Ungerott begins her third season with the Brahmans. She said she is really optimistic about the team because they worked hard in the off season and played a lot of tennis. "I think the younger faces will push the upper guys to play. No spot is secure anymore. That is a nice situation for a young team," she explained. Players in the mix include Otto Ramirez, Brendon Jonassaint, Cody Walker, Colt Root, and Lucas Penido. Ungerott said all of the players have ability and experience and that the lineup for singles could change week to w eek. She said the competition is a good thing for the team. "This is such a mental game. You have to get your mind into the game. I think all of the players will give Otto a run for his money. They will be competitive," she added. One certainty will be doubles where W alker and Jonassaint team up to create one of the area's best doubles team. Ungerott said she enjoys watching them develop their teamwork as a team. "Obviously they work well together. It's a football guy joining up with a basketball guy and they having something special. At tournament time they could show something," she added. Other schools to watch in the district included Olympic Heights, Martin County and Jensen Beach. Other possible singles player for the Brahmans is Dylan Ferneau, who has won a couple of preseason challenge matches. "I think the Jensen Beach match will be a good indicator for us to see where we are. I don't want to get too excited, but I have high hopes for these guys," she added. Walker said he felt great about the season because the group has worked harder than ever. He said other schools better watch out for Okeechobee this year. Walker has used tennis to improve his football skills. He noticed his quickness has greatly improved. He plans on being recruited as a fullback rather than a defensive or offensive tackle next year thanks to tennis. "I've become quicker than a lot of people. Tennis has also helped me with my technique and in tackling. I've worked hard to improve my serve and my technique," he added, "The talent level on the boys' team is incredible, and the younger players can beat seniors. We could have a tremendous year." OHS boys tennis looks forward to new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCody Walker excels already in football and has been a team leader for the tennis team during his high school career. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyColton Root is one among the younger Brahmans that will push for playing time on the tennis team this year. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJersey Mike’s donates to OHSOn Jan. 11, Jersey Mike’s donated the proceeds that they raised during their grand opening to the Okeechobee High School. Pictured above left to right are: Krissy Dail, Bert Culbreth, Toni Wiersma, Traci Brown and Dylan Tedders. Puppy Pageant during art festivalIs your dog the fairest of them all? Okeechobee 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. The Puppy Pageant is open to the public and applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, Photography by Bobbi and Katie's Pets. If you are interested in entering your pet or putting up a pet-related booth at the festival, please contact Cindy at 863-357-6246.