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Friday, February 8, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 17 14.47 feetLast Year: 13.21 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Good catch ... Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Sobering and staggering statistics greeted Okeechobee School Board members at a special workshop Tuesday as they considered the merits of a new policy to mandate random drug testing for student athletes and students at our public schools with certain privileges. This isnt the rst time the district has considered such a policy. The district experimented with random drug tests for student athletes between 1997 and 1999 to provide for health and safety of all student athletes, and to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for athletes to refuse to use illegal drugs. Another goal was to encourage student athletes who use drugs to participate in drug treatment programs. The district also kept statistics for student discipline which involved drug use and or abuse. In 2009-2010, 20 students were disciSchool board considers drug testing City wont allow mixed drinks to be sold on Sunday ... Page 3 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A good bit of the discussion at Thursdays meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission dealt with the Okeechobee County AgriCivic Center. While the board was unanimous in deciding on an improvement project that would be funded by a grant, there appeared to be some misunderstanding about the purpose of the agri-civic center advisory committee. Commissioners were asked to apply for a 2013 Rural Business Development Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for the agri-civic center. This is the same grant that provided funds for the fans in the arena. It requires detailed plans for a speci c improvement project that would increase revenue at the facility. The commission had a list of four projects recommended by the agri-civic center advisory committee. Terry Burroughs, chairman of the advisory committee, said his organization looked at revenue generating projects and decided that installing overhead electricity in the barn was the best use for the money. Unlike some of the other suggested projects, this would not require a change in the master plan for development of the agri-civic center. Currently there are no equestrian events scheduled in the summer. The way the stalls are constructed, there is no cross ventilation. Installing overhead electricit y Commission seeks grant for ag center 82-year-old stranded on lake overnightBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Robert Jones launched his boat at the Henry Creek ramp to go speck shing Tuesday, the last thing he intended to do was spend over 30 hours on Lake Okeechobee. Mr. Jones, 82, had told his wife Margaret he was going to sh around the mouth of the Kissimmee River. But when he hadnt returned home by later that afternoon she became concerned and contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO). With temperatures forecast to dip into the high 40s, of cers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) immediately began to search for the missing Indiana angler. They searched the lake in boats while a helicopter provided aerial support. Records at the Henry Creek navigational locks indicated that Mr. Jones passed through the locks around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Some 30 hours later Mr. Jones and his Cajun bass boat were found in thick grass a couple of miles behind Tin House Covean estimated 5 miles away from the mouth of the river. Detective Captain Daryl Lewis, from the Glades County Sheriffs Of ce (GCSO), used an airboat to navigate his way through the marshy area and found Robert on Wednesday. He was dehydrated so we gave him some water, said Capt. Lewis, adding that he appeared to be OK otherwise. The GCSO detective said Mr. Jones fourstroke Honda outboard may have blown up when he tried to get out of the thick grass. Then, when he tried to work his way out with the trolling motor, the batteries went dead. At that point there was nothing left for him to do but hunker down. I think he kind of napped after it got dark, said Margaret Jones, who admitted Thursda y afternoon she was slowly coming down. She said her husband had quite a bit o f stuff with him in the form of extra clothes and food. But, he didnt have any water or his oxygen. According to FWC Public Information Of cer Carli Segelson the man was taken to shore Missing angler found in marshy areaSee BOATER Page 5 See DRUG Page 10 See GRANT Page 5 Will this policy actually deter drug use? That is a question I dont know if I can answer for you. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworth y Couple accused of using stolen ATM card Page 8
Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Main Street and the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility provided a hearty welcome to Lee Jones, esteemed street chalk artist and President of the Florida Chalk Artists Association. Lee provided an exciting program about the history of chalk art, beginning in the early 1500s to present, including many amazing works that have been completed through the years. Street painting, or chalk art is a temporary work, subject to weather conditions. It gives the artist an opportunity to demonstrate their ability as people watch the works in progress. Completing a chalk art project is a very different form of art utilizing pastels designed for this purpose. The surface area has to be specially prepped and the design has to be enlarged to cover an expansive area. Lee Jones provided her demonstration to provide assistance to chalk artists participating in the upcoming Top of the Lake Art Fest and Chalk Walk on Feb. 9 and 10. She was also asked as part of the Community Partners for Health through the Arts program established by Main Street in 2012. Lee demonstrated her art for residents of the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility for their enjoyment. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 82F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 54F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Extended Forecast Saturday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 79F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News Teams of teachers from all OCSB Title I schools recently participated in a Parental Involvement Workshop and Math-a-Phobia Hotline Training that prepared them to hold their own Family Night/Workshop at their school. The parental involvement training was Engaging Families through Fun. Dr. Walker modeled the process she goes through to incorporate laugh to learn techniques when planning training for families. Participants planned the family engagement activity for their individual school setting using the new techniques they learned and practiced. Through the Math-a-phobia Hotline experience, students and families will learn that: 1) Math is used in daily life to solve realworld problems. 2) Math is nothing to fear: it can be mastered and personally empowering. 3) Math opens up career choices because it is a desired skill in the workforce. 4) Math skills are more relevant than ever, given todays advanced technologies. 5) Their teachers and families are dedicated to making their learning of math a positive experience. Yearling Middle School will be the rst school to host their event on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with from 5:30-7 p.m. Central, North, South, Everglades and Seminole Elementar y Schools are the other Title I schools that will provide this event for their families. Those dates will be announced as they are scheduled. The link below is to the web page for the Math-a-Phobia Parent Night. http://workshops-in-a-box.com/programs_math.shtml. Parents help defeat Math-a-Phobia at Yearling Main Street hosts chalk art demo Special to the Okeechobee NewsChalk Artist Lee Jones demonstrates the art while local artist, Kathie Papasso watches. Kathie will be one of the local artists at the Chalk Walk this weekend. Special to the Okeechobee News(Left to right) Glenna Rucks, Elizabeth Pearce, from North Elementary and Dr. Angela Walker (with the white boa) enjoyed the workshop. Sylvia Bandi from Yearling Middle School donned a Superman costume to help ght the fear of math.
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As the result of inaction of the Okeechobee City Council at their Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, meeting, Applebees will still not be able to sell hard liquor on Sundays. According to current city ordinance the sale of beer and wine is allowed on Sunday afternoons but not hard liquor. David Sherrill, manger of Applebees, requested that ordinance be changed to allow his restaurant to sell hard liquor on Sunday afternoons. He said that Sunday sale of hard liquor would allow him to hire six to nine new employees as well as increase the hours of the current employees. He asserted that such a move w ould also increase sales resulting in more taxes to the city. I think it would have an impact on the community more positive than negative, he said. Developer Brad Goodbread said that property owners in the city were treated unfairly in that they pay a premium tax but are limited by current ordinance as to the development of their property. Ted Denisuk stated that a change in the ordinance would help bring new restaurants into town. Arguing the opposite side was Rev. Randy Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church, You cant put a price on family values, he said. I think we are being very fair. He continued by saying that the sale of beer and wine on Sunday was a compromise. Lets stay the course, he urged. Councilman Mike OConnor voted in favor of Sunday sales of hard liquor when the issue rst came up. At that time it was defeated. However, he seemed to have second thoughts when noted that at the rst hearing when the matter was previously discussed only one person came to speak for the Sunday sale of hard liquor. At the second hearing he said there were 11 or 12 church people speaking against the issue, but no one at all spoke in favor of it. I think there are a lot of things we could look at, Councilman Devin Maxwell said. He suggested that parts of the current ordinance might be in con ict with state law. Councilman Dowling Watford noted that Applebees came here aware of the Sunday ban on hard liquor sales. He noted that this was one of the things that makes Okeechobee special. People move here because of our values, stated Councilman Clayton Williams. Mayor James Kirk stated that it was a hard decision for him the rst time the issue came up and that if it were a tie vote this time he would have to vote no. The mayor directed the city administrator to look at possible con icts with state law in the current ordinance. After all this discussion there was no response when the mayor asked for a motion either to reaf rm the present ban or a motion to allow Sunday sales of hard liquor. Therefore the current ordinance stays in effect. Turning to other action the council approved a revised assignment of lease between the city and Glades Gas Company to FLO Gas for use of an alley. The agreement had been previously approved but had to be revised due to a technicality. They also approved an extension of up to 90 days for workmens compensation bene ts to cit y employee Brain Padgett who was injured on the job.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ban on Sunday sale of mixed drinks still in effect 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Fri., Feb. 8TH Thurs., Feb. 14THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: GUILT TRIPFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: LIFE OF PIFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG-13 R 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! 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 3 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Free tax preparation at the American LegionFree tax preparation and eling by AARP Taxaide volunteers began Feb. 4 and run until April 15 at the American Legion located at 501 S.E. 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must bring a picture ID, SS cards for dependents, last years tax return and all 2012 nancial papers. No appointment necessary, rst come rst serve and doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legionfor more information call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bloodmobile to visit Okeechobee County in FebruaryThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee County in February. If you are in good health and at least 17 years old, you can help save lives by giving blood. For more information, visit a blood drive and speak to the medical professionals there. Blood drives are planned for: Friday, Feb. 15 Walgreens, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Publix, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 High School (inside), 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21High School (outside), 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Big O RV Park, Hwy 78W, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Wal Mart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 More to Life Ministries, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Liquor sales Well, it looks like our City Council w ants us to remain in 1957 within the City Limits. It is already legal to sell beer and w ine on Sunday, but if you want a margarita or any other cocktail, you are out luck. If I remember my younger days clearly, y ou can get just as drunk on wine and b eer as you can Liquor. Liquor sales on Sunday is already legal in the county, just not in the city limits. I was told that three individuals spoke in favor of the change and only one spoke against it. Come on Okeechobee, wake up and enter the 21st Century. I dont want to hear anymore b elly-aching from the council members w ho are against the Sunday sale of mixed drinks about loss of tax revenue and why restaurants dont want to come to this c ity. Faith-based initiatives have to end plan and simple. What is freedom when y ou are not truly free because of some faith-based decision making. Ive never understood the logic behind banning the sale of anything based on what day of the week it is. Commerce is commerce and sale restrictions should not be limited to what day of the week the purchase can be made. I dont drink, but I really dont care if other people do or not, so long as they dont get behind the wheel of a car when t hey are intoxicated. Since beer and wine are already allowed, I dont see the point in banning mixed drinks. Beer is cheaper t han mixed drinks in restaurants so it s eems like it is easier for someone to get drunk on beer. If a religion bans drinking on Sunday, surely members of that church c an refrain from drinking even if others are allowed to do. Censorship In regarding to some libraries banning 50 Shades of Gray, the thought I had about good parenting is this: your kid says mom can I go to the library after school? I need to access some info for an assignment, Moms reply, sure, honey. What could be more innocent? Do we need to accompany the kids to the library nowadays? Its not like they need to check out and bring everything home. I saw another book there that has murder, incest, homosexuality, bestiality and sodomy. Its called the Bible. I may be wrong on this but I think erotic is supposed to be artsy and romantically suggestive and porn is down right dirty stuff. In that context I dont think it is harmful to have erotic books in the library, e.g. a book depicting nude paintings, or some such. I am not saying it is right or wrong to have them in the library, but since parents usually gure the library is an innocent and decent place for their kids to be, they may often be unchaperoned while there. Perhaps 50 Shades belongs in an adult book store. No kid is going to go to the library to look for some dirty book or National Geographic when they can sit at home or use their phones to connect to hundreds of porn web sites. While I am not worried about whats in the library, I do think parents have a responsibility to know what their children are reading and I do think parents should look at all of the books the kids bring home. I have found some books troubling that were assigned by teachers. For example, a book called The Giver is about a society in which babies may be euthanized if anything is wrong with them. My child, who I think was in fth grade at the time, was very upset by this and had nightmares about it. I had to read the book to understand why she was so upset. From then on, I made sure that I asked the teachers at the beginning of the school year for a list of the books that would be assigned so that I could read them in advance. Of course, usually I nd I have already read most of the books on the list, but there are always a few newer ones that I havent read yet. Okeechobee KOA says thanksOkeechobee KOA would like to thank the following Okeechobee and other out-of-state businesses for donating door prizes to raise funds For KOA Care Camps. All proceeds from these popular events are donated to KOA care camps which are designed especially for children with cancer. All of the events will be held January 2013 through February 2013. Charlie Head, Applebees, Okeechobee Store n-Lock, Rochelles Boutique, Chain Saw Art by Jack c. Ritter, The Closeout King, Sharons Lovely Linens, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson Of Stuart, FL., The Crystal Queen, Tropical Wall Art Of Stuart, FL., Darice.Com, The Honda Classic, Daytona International Speedway, Todd Everett Flooring inc., Silpada, Marsh Beast Air boat Tours.com, Bealls Outlet, Walgreens Pharmacy, Lightseys Restaurant, Hawaiian Shoe Shack, Scrubs & More, Maggie Klement Coach Purses, Raulerson Hospital, Moores Shirts, CVS Pharmacy, The Home Depot, Lorrie Meyer, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Okeechobee Store-n-Lock, Dans Golf Cart Repair, Bev & Tom Kaub, Rings & Things, MidFlorida Hardware, Do it Best Corp, Fabulous Fragrances B&A Flea market Stuart FL., Nikis Boutique, Hampton Inn, Gilberts Snapper & Golf Cars, Daves Mattress Outlet, Ultimat e Shine, Lindas hand-crafted Jewelry, Rosemaries. Okeechobee is a unique community tha t has treated us well. What a wonderful community we live in as you have touched th e hearts of many children that have cancer tha t are now able to go to camp. We wish you well in your future business endeavors and than k you from our heart for your generosity. Wendy Woodman, General Manager February 8, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, w here it is quicker and easier to share y our ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on t he community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a s am pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Top of the Lake Art Festival Saturday in OkeechobeeThe 2013 Top of the Lake Art and Chalk Walk Festival is scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 in the Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The main event will be a juried ne art show with a competition for student artists. This year the newest feature will be a Chalk Walk which will include street painters using a chalk medium. For more information, go online to www.mainstreetokeechobee.com.Puppy Pageant during art festivalIs your dog the fairest of them all? Okeechobee Main Street will host their rst Puppy Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Flagler Park. Registration will start at 10 a.m. and the pageant will start at 11 a.m. The pageant will open with a canine parade which will be open to all dogs (not just those in the pageant). This pageant 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. Those who did not sign up in advance can still register on the day of the pageant. Entry fee is $10. For more information, call 863-357-6246. Sour Orange Festival in LakeportLAKEPORTThe Lakeport Sour Orange Festival will be held Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road, off State Road 78 between Moore Haven and Okeechobee. A $1 donation is requested for parking. The festival features the traditional sour orange cookoff. An arts and crafts fair will feature local vendors. Plate lunches available will include a rib dinner. The festival will also feature a quilt show, Mr. and Mrs. Bubbles the Clown, a historical display, a photography display, childrens games, a display by the Lakeport Fire Department and sour orange pies. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited.Chalo Nitka Fest vendors soughtMOORE HAVENMarch 1 and 2 of 2013 mark the 65th annual Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo in Moore Haven. Vendor booth applications for the festival are now available and can be lled out online at www.chalonitka.com. For more information about becoming a vendor, please call 863-946-0300 or email Emily at email@example.com. Applications are being accepted from church groups, civic groups, individuals, community associations, and any others interested in participating in the 65th annual Chalo Nitk a parade. There is no fee to enter. If you or your group are interested in participating, you ma y submit an entry form online at www.chalonitka.com. You may also call 863-946-0300 or email Emily at erigdon@gladescountyedc. com and well send one to you. Festival Briefs
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates! Cougar Trail Golf Course Specials18 HOLESSpecials Include Tax & Cart!$2800Before 11:00am$2400After 11:00am$96004somes anytime PANTHER CREEK PLAYERS ADD $2 PER PLAY For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST YOUR CHURCH EPISCOPAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOURCome worship with usSunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org 301 NE 4th Ave. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 DinnerChurch of Our Saviour 200 NW 3rd. Street 863-763-4843Shrimp Jambalaya; Etouffe, Gumbo, Oysters, Red Beans & Rice, Yellow Corn, French Bread, Desserts, Hurricanes & Bloody Marys will be for sale!2 For $20 or 1 for $12Raf e Tickets for a Laptop Computer $5 each or 3 for $10.Sat. Feb 9 at 6 pm Advertise Your Church Here. email email@example.com 5 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 by FWC of cers where emergency medical personnel were waiting. But Mr. Jones declined medical attention, she added. FWC also towed the boat to shore. Mrs. Jones said her husband has been shing Lake Okeechobee for 23 years but this was the rst time he had gone across the lake for quite some time. "Things didn't look the same and he got disoriented. It was an honest mistake," she said, adding that her husband couldn't come to the phone because he was catching up on some much needed rest. Mrs. Jones added that she couldn't say enough about the people who searched for, and found, her husband. "Those men that helped rescued him, I could not have asked for nicer people. They went way out of their way to keep us informed. They were very polite, considerate and compassionate," she said. "They said it was their job, but they need recognition. I really owe them a lot." BOATERContinued From Page 1 w ould allow for fans in the stalls to cool the horses. It was noted in the discussion that the proposed electricity would make the barn more useful for non-livestock events w ith the temporary removal of the stalls. Commissioner Joey Hoover stated that it is common for competitors in other livestock events to bring generators. Once that item was successfully settled, the board spent considerable time discussing the agri-civic center advisory committee itself. That discussion was generated by comments made at the last commission meeting by Commissioner Joey Hoover and county administrator Robbie Charter. Commissioner Hoover was concerned that the mission statement of the advisory commission might need to be revised or updated. "We have not strayed from the mission statement," asserted Mr. Burroughs. In response to Mrs. Chartier's comments at the last meeting, Mr. Burroughs read into the record a letter signed by most of the advisory board members. The letter disputed information provided by the county administrator. It denied that the committee had been critical of agri-civic center directors and stated that the committee had not exerted improper in uence on the directors. "We serve as liaisons for the citizens of Okeechobee County as well as consultants for the BOCC," the letter stated. The letter did concede that commissioners have not been receiving minutes from the committee meetings since 2009 and pledged that that w ould be corrected. "The purpose of this letter was to provide the facts to the BOCC so an informed decision could be made regarding the agri-civic advisory group," the letter stated. "I am all in favor of continuing the committee," said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. He expressed gratitude for the efforts of the committee to secure grants. "We are a passionate bunch," said committee member Frank Cunningham. "We really care about that place. Don't dump us, help us." The board voted 4-to-1 to advertise for applicants to ll two advisory board seats that have terms expiring the end of this month. GRANTContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig bassA 9 lb. 1oz. bass, 26.5in. long, was caught by Ron Andres on a Bitters Bait skip shad watermelon red with the help of Norm Tilman on Jan. 28. They were shing at Indian Prairie on Lake Okeechobee. Mr. Andres is from southern Indiana and enjoys winters at Palm Village Ranch in Okeechobee.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Darrell Doc Collins, 58OKEECHOBEE Darrell Doc Collins died Wed., Jan. 16, 2013 in his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Nick and Shirley A. Collins; and brother, Dana Collins. He leaves behind a daughter, Melyssa Powell; and three grandchildren, Gauge, Leann, and Alyssa Powell. We will be holding a memorial in his behalf at Evergreen Cemetery on Feb. 19, 2013 at noon. Anyone that knew him is welcome to come join us in paying our last respects. Michael Anthony Van Howe, 55OKEECHOBEE Michael Anthony Van Howe passed away Feb. 3, 2013. He was born Mar. 10, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Ponce. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Angie Van Howe; two sons, Remington Carson and Andrew Martin Van Howe; and ve siblings. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by funeral mass at 11 a.m. with Father Hugh Duffy of ciating. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. 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. A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog. Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogs than watchdogs. Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdog role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 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! 6 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Obituaries Bene t for Austin Villars setThere 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 on Parrott Avenue. A pork dinner with slaw, baked beans and roll will be $8. A whole pork butt can be purchased for $30, but 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 valve that was operated on two years ago. For information contact: Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523; or, Sarah Reno at 863-6340-2276. A mvets plan weekend events Amvets Post 200, 8591 S.R. 78 W., will host karaoke on Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9, will be from 8 11 a.m. On Sunday, Feb. 10, come and am with Wil from 1 to 4 p.m.Eagles North hosts eventsEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host a steak night on Friday, Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the Eagles will host a Turkey Shoot starting at 10 a.m. and card bingo at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Eagles offering dinnersCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp for $10, or sh for $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Saturday, Feb. 9, baby back ribs will be served from 4-7 p.m. for dinner for $10. Music starts at 6 p.m. The public is welcome. A ll proceeds go to the community charity funds. For information, call 863-467-1154.Moose hosting bingo, dinnerOkeechobee Moose, N.W. 36th Street, w ill host Friday night bingo, starting with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. Saturday night they will have DJ karaoke starting at 4 p.m. There will be food and dancing. Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.North VFW planning eventsThe North VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. will host bingo starting at 1 p.m. Friday Feb. 8. The grill will be open from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, there will be burgers on the grill from noon to 3 p.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Seafood baskets as well as a full menu w ill be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance programs.Bene t aids Marthas HouseA comedy game show night is planned for Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA to bene t Marthas 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. Tickets are $50 per couple or $35 per person. For tickets, or more information, call Marthas House at 863-763-2893; or, Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.Masons hosting hog roastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, located on 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will have a hog roast dinner Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 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, contact: Hugh Alger at 863-532-1097; or, Jim Lozano at 863-610-1887.Church hosts turkey dinnerSaint Theresa of the Child Jesus Knights of Columbus, S.R. 78 West and Chobee Loop, in Buckhead Ridge will have a turkey dinner Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Take out is available. Dinners are offered for a donation of $8 for adults and $3 for children.Eastern Star plans yard saleOkeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53 St. (S.R. 78 W). Proceeds bene t the various charities supported by the Eastern Star. Contact Cathy Wolford at 863-801-9966, or Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210 for information.Church hosts Feb. 9 yard saleThe youth of the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will hold their annual yard sale Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. noon.Bus garage site of yard saleOn, Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7 a.m. 1 p.m. at 3150 N.W. 10th Terrace. Lots of treasures, clothing and goodies will be offered Community Events
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A husband and wife are being held on bond in the county jail after they w ere arrested for allegedly taking a friends ATM card and using it to withdraw over $13,000. Stephen L. Garrett, 52, U.S. 441 S.E., and his w ife Cathleen Marie, 48, w ere both arrested Wednesday, Feb. 6. Stephen was charged with two felony counts of grand theft, while his wife was charged with one felony count of grand theft. He is being held on $10,000 bond, while his wifes bond is set at $5,000. An arrest report by Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), indicated that the couple took the victims card and used it to withdraw cash or buy beer and cigarettes. The couple apparently drained the victims bank account, added the report. According to the detective the Garretts completed over 50 transactions which ranged from small purchases to cash withdrawals up to $400 each. These transactions were made sometimes two or three times daily, and weekly, at all hours of the day. The total over $13,000, stated Detective Morrison in her report. The report went on to add that the victims bank will give her an exact total. Detective Morrison pointed out that the victim didnt give the couple permission to use the card. In fact, she added, he had never used the card and didnt even known his personal identi cation number (PIN). The couple had apparently been in the victims home on numerous occasions and could have taken the card at any time, stated the investigator. Local Couple accused of using a stolen ATM card Cathleen Garrett Stephen Garrett The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Arthur Lee Lane, 48, S.W. 22nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 5 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation uttering forged bills (eight counts) and v iolation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. William Clayton Bass, 30, S.E. 43rd Trace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond. Larry Junior Wilson, 52, S.W. 19th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Of cer Jack Boon on felony charges of grand theft and credit card theft. His bond was set at $100,000. 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 Health Center holds Valentines DinnerA Valentines Dinner bene ting Open Hands Health Center, Inc. will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The minimum dinner donation is $50 per couple. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 10 A silent auction will be available, for more information, please call Nicole Talley at 863-697-3488 or Beth White at 863-634-8660.Buckhead VFW 9528 host chicken dinnerBuckhead VFW 9528 will have a chicken dinner with all the xins on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. $7 per plate. The cook is Dale Darling. All proceeds go to homeless vets.American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Masonic Lodge breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xins on Sunday, Feb. 10, for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be severed from 8 a.m. 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.
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 isnt 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 certied 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. 9 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsEverglades Elementary School Students of the Week namedEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 4-8 include: kindergarten students, Zoe Russell, Nathan Courson, Cassie Lawrence, Isaac Schlosser, Emily Steen, Nevaeh Rodriguez; rst grade students, Amanda Crapps, Luke Perry, Mar'lun Scott, Remington Weaver, Natalie Jimenez, Star Phillips; second grade students, Mathew Johnson, Jessy Arriaga, John Roberts, Rebecca Waddell, Kaylee Connelly, Bethany Hersey, Rosa Palacios; third grade students, Jaylene Johnson, Colton McPeak, Yonteria Stallworth, Ryleigh Hortman, Princessa Orteaga, Dominick Garza; fourth grade students, Casharia Felton, Sierra Sutton, Jesse Nunez, Julbert Laguna-Salmeron; fth grade students, Skyla StanleyChism, Searira Boatright, Jannette Garcia, Noelia Ruiz and Kevin Dryden. Congratulations to the many outstanding students.
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 Certied 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! 10 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 plined for marijuana and 12 for prescription pills. In 2010-2011, 10 students were disciplined for synthetic drugs, 23 for marijuana, and 15 for prescription pills. In 2011-12, 15 students were disciplined for synthetic drugs, and 17 for marijuana. So far this school year, eight students were disciplined for synthetic drugs and 12 for marijuana. Informal surveys were conducted in the past three years to gauge parent and community opinions about random drug testing for student athletes. Informal surveys were conducted in the past three years to gauge parent and community opinions about random drug testing for student athletes. In 2010-2011, 857 residents strongly agreed or agreed with random drug testing, or 78.9 percent of those surveyed. In 2011-12, 1,220 of those who responded to the survey agreed or strongly agreed in drug testing, over 79 percent. At the same time there has been a sudden shift of opinion among teachers on how sev ere our drug problem is at school. In a 2009-10 survey, over 82 percent of teachers disagreed or strongly disagreed that drug and alcohol abuse was a problem among students at school. That number declined to 69.4 percent in 2010-11. For 201112, 96 percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that alcohol and drug abuse was a problem. Another informal survey taken in the past year found 92 percent of those surveyed agreed that athletes, members of extra curricular clubs, and those with parking permits should be subject to random drug testing. The survey found 92 percent of those surveyed agreed parents should have the option to include their child in a random drug test. The opinions on the consequences for a positive drug test were varied. Under 3 percent said there should be no consequence. Over 85 percent said parents should be noti ed, over 68 percent said the student should be suspended from his extra curricular activity and over 34 percent supported suspension from school. Nearly 23 percent said the student should be sent to alternative school. In a phone survey conducted on Jan. 29, the district found that 83 percent of parents support random drug tests for students involved in extra curricular activities. According to the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey in 2012, nearly 41 percent of middle school students and 67 percent of high school kids reported they had consumed alcohol in their life. The survey found 12.4 percent of middle school students used marijuana, and 25 percent reported using illicit drugs during their lives. 33 percent used marijuana and 39 percent of high school students reported the use of illicit drugs. The survey also found 2.6 percent of students at the middle school and 7.5 percent at the high school level reported they sold drugs. The survey found 15 percent of students claimed they were either drunk or under the in uence of drugs while at high school. The survey also found over 30 percent of Okeechobee High School students rode in a vehicle where the driver had used alcohol. Over 25 percent rode in a vehicle of a driver who had used marijuana. School of cials defended the programs they have to battle drug use and abuse. They include the DARE program through the Sheriffs Of ce, school resource of cers at each secondary school, security monitors at OHS, Red Ribbon Week, an assembly put on by Phil Chalmers to discuss bullying and destructive decisions, undercover drug operations at school, the publicizing of the crime stopper hotline, security cameras, a strict code of conduct, counseling, student crime watch and safety patrol and other policies and events. The workshop was designed to discuss policies of other school systems, review the statistics of drug and alcohol use in Okeechobee, and discuss the issues. The school board will meet on Feb. 12 and could direct superintendent Ken Kenworthy to develop a new drug testing policy. One of the major issues would be the cost of these tests. The St. Lucie County drug screening lab charges up to $65 for various tests on drugs that detect cocaine, marijuana, spice, and various prescription pills. Several Florida counties have implemented drug testing policies. The district does have random drug testing for their transportation department. One test for steroids would cost $125. Only two vendors were approached for quotes on the price of these tests. "There are pros and cons to this policy and will this policy actually deter drug use? That is a question I don't know if I can answer for you," Mr. Kenworthy told the board. This year there are 350 parking permits issued for OHS students and between 250 and 300 students who will participate in athletics. Board member India Riedel said she was concerned if the district only tested athletes and not every student. She said athletics can be a positive experience for students. "I would hope the money we spend will reduce drug use." She supports mandatory noti cation of parents about a positive drug test. School Board attorney Tom Conley said the law did not allow random drug tests for all students. Mr. Kenworthy said he would not recommend students be suspended from school if they test positive for drug use. "This has got to be an act of prevention and not a gotcha. I wouldn't send them to the alternative school. My personal opinion is suspension of the activity they are involved in would be warranted." He said positive assistance, counseling, and other services should be offered these children. DRUGContinued From Page 1
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PUBLIC AUCTION Quick & Easy Storage 4619 SE Hwy 441, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 863-763-2232 Feb. 14 at 11:30 amUnit #8 Tobin B., cases of cleaning supplies Unit #18 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #23 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #25 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #47-I McCoy James,Household misc. Unit #49 Roberts G, Tools,golf cart, household & misc. Unit#52 Green Todd, Rest. equip. Unit #67 Hardison Gina,Household Unit#81-B Bradley George,Household, no papers. Unit#81-J Toole Carol, Household Unit#84-J Lowe Robert,Household Unit#84-F Eckenwiler Cindy, Ceramics & Household Unit#48-J Scott Milisa, Household Unit#48-H Hays Janet,Piano, Household misc.CASH ONLY, 48 Hours to remove all goods. $50.00 and $100.00 deposit for each unit purchased. Bid amount subject to sales tax or purchaser must provide a valid resale/exemption certi cate. Goods sold as is, all sales are nal. Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard 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. LAKEPORT 1256 Milum Dr, February 9, 8 am 3 pm. RV park yard sale with lots of tools, aluminum boat and trailer, 91 Chevy S-10, we even have a kitchen sink. Follow signs for Sour Orange Festival and turn left at Ted Beck Rd. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 BUSY CHILD CARE Center looking for self motivated Preschool Teacher offering full and/or part time positions. Must have experience, a CDA, and a level II background screen. Please call Debbie at 863-467-5588.GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dans Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 Pets/SuppliesYorkie Pups Tiny Toys M/$500,F/$600.cashShots,Health Cert.CKC papers.Parents on prem.Adorable must meet them!863-610-2725. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads Farm Feed/ ProductsHAY Jiggs Bermuda. Weed Free and Fertilized. Square Bales and Round Bales. Delivery Available. Call For More Information. (863)228-0580 Lawn & GardenCraftsman DYP 4000 Riding lawn mower 24hp Briggs and Stratton engine, 48 deck, almost new, Sacri ce for $700.00 Call 270-250-1941 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. ApartmentsVIKING/PRAIRIE 1 BR Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. 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 CLEWISTON 2BR/2BA, Bass & Sun Condo. Pool. Tennis Courts. Boat Ramp. On canal view lake view/access. Furnished. Tile oors. 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Must have veri able job/references. Low utility bills. $975 mo. + security. 772-216-1669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Houses Sale Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE 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 Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FO R MORE INFO 863-824-0944 Lots SaleBHR Waterfront double lot for sale on Trout St. 100x135 w/135 of solid seawall. Ready for your mobile home w/utilities. $48,000. Call 561-908-1959. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Auctions READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!
CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will be meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityof okeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 436350 ON 2/8/2013 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO: 2013-CC-17 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT IN RE: One (1) neglected chestnut brown gelding horse. NOTICE OF OF HEARING TO: UNKNOWN OWNER OF ONE (1) NEGLECTED CHESTNUT BROWN GELDING HORSE Publication PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, February 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, the undersigned will bring on to be heard OKEECHOBEE COUNTYS PETITION FOR DISPOSITION OF ONE (1) NEGLECTED CHESTNUT BROWN GELDING HORSE pursuant to Section 828.073, Florida Statutes, before the Honorable Jerald D. Bryant, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Courtroom D, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY. Law Of ce of CASSELS & McCALL By: LAURA ANN McCALL County Attorney Fla Bar No: 389749 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0968 (863) 763-3131 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding or call 1-772-807-4370 within two working days of your receipt of this Notice of Hearing. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770. 435720 ON 2/1,8/2013 Public Notice Sport Utility2007 FORD SPORT TRAC FOR SALE. V-8, 4 DOOR, 38,000 MILES, MINT CONDITION. $18,500.00 CALL VERN 863-467-0740 BLUE BOOK AND NADA VALUES ARE $20,000-21,000 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1962 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: W 1/2 OF NW 1/4 OF NW 1/4 OF NE 1/4 & E 3/4 OF N 1/2 OF NE 1/4 OF NW 1/4 6 33S 35E 20 ACRES 1-06-33-35-0A00-00010-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: WINDER VI LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434638 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 158 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 6 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 6 11 34S 33E 1-11-34-33-0A00-00006-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MICHAEL A ERICKSON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434627 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD004 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ELLA III LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1055 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007 Description of Property: LOTS I & P OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434632 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 22ND day of FEBRUARY 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows WHITE CHEV MALIBU SEDAN 1G1ND52M1WY124580 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 436314 ON 2/8/2013 Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock West (formerly known as Okee Warehouses) to be conducted at 2701 Hwy 70 West, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am. The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. GAYLE BUTTS Unit #9-15 RUSSELL PERRY Unit #4-2 JESSICA MARTIN Unit #7-36 JESSE ZIPPERER Unit #7-45 LOUISE & WILLIE KIDD, Unit #8-46 A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock North (formerly known as Galaxy Warehouse) to be conducted at 3050 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 10:30am The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. PAMELA ALEXANDER, Unit #80 JESSICA GRINSLADE Unit #56 JOE LEVY Unit #11 JEFF ZARRELLA, Unit #74 JANICE PETERS, Unit #132 A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-NLock South to be conducted at 4129 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on February 16, 2013 beginning at 12:00 pm. The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction.ANGEL HARDY, Unit #23 CAROLYN PIERCY & HARRY MURPHY Unit #174 CARRIE B. MILLS Unit #147 DARLENE F. STAGANI Unit #141 DORA SHAW, Unit #82 JEROME PERKINS, Unit #14 JESSE J. REYNA, Unit #43 JUSTIN BOLING, Unit #20 MARY D. BROWN, Unit #84 MISSY HUFF, Unit #142 REBECCA JOACHIM, Unit #172 MONICA SMITH, Unit #102 SHARON L. DARI, Unit #75 WHITNEY A. COFFEY Unit #74 435950 ON 2/1,8/2013 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 RentTreasure Island For Rent Waterfront 1/1 furnished trailer, Direct Tv and electric included $125.00 weekly plus security Call 863-517-5111 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 36FT RV, FL ROOM, SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING WATER, SHED, DOCK ON TAYLOR CREEK IN CITY LIMITS, SENIOR PARK $18,000 CALL 863-801-4012 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $35,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 Mobile Home for Sale 2bd,1 updated bath, 12 by 24 Florida room w/tile oor, windows. Metal roof over, very safe, Lots of light. Brand new A/C w/heat strip, new thermostat. Fully furnished, new washing machine, new refrigerator, new microwave, dishwasher, etc. Lots of extras. Brand new kitchen cabinets. Wall hugger recliner/massage couch,loveseat rocker/recliner. Queen size bedroom set in master. 2 yard sheds, 1 w/electric, window and workbench. Long carport, quiet street, nice neighbors. Asking $24,000.00 negotiable. Owner nancing for half. Call 863-467-7996 Mobile HomeSaleOlder 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 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 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 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD005 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1505 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 19 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 19 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00019-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KIM MCMAHON ORLANDO SANTA ANA GARCIA Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434633 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC 10L LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 634 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOTS I J K L OF TRACT 30 NORTH 1/2 OF SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 30 17 34S 33E AND LOTS I J K L M N O P OF TRACT 31 SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 31 17 34S 33E 1-17-34-33-0A00-00030-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEOCHAND DOODNAUTH NADIRA RAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434631 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10L LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2013 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010Description of Property: LAKE MONTAZA ESTATES SEC 1 LOT 3 BLOCK 3 1-27-33-35-0010-00030-0030 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEANA M RODRIGUEZ LAZARO RODRIGUEZ LEE ALAN MYERS MARGARET ANN MCCLELLAND MARGARET ANN MYERS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434639 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public Notice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 13 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. 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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD002 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 341 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 22 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 22 13 34S 33E 1-13-34-33-0A00-00022-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KRYSTYNA DUNIECKI NORBERT PAUL DUNIECKI PATRYCIA DUNIECKI ROBERT DUNIECKI ESTATE TADEUSZ DUNIECKI Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434629 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD006 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TC 10U LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1920 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: FRA MAR RANCHES LOT 8 1-36-36-34-0010-00000-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOVAN RAUF Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of February, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 434637 ON 1/18,25;2/1,8/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE A wesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on Feb. 20, 2013. Owner Unit # Booker, Eyvonne E682 Hancock, Sonny C328 Maxwell, Brian R. E654 436336 ON 2/8,15/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2013-CP-05 In Re: Estate of HOWARD C. DAVIS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HOWARD C. DAVIS, deceased, whose date of death was December 14, 2012, and whose social security number is ***-**-1150, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,-Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF T HIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER T HE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is February 1, 2013. Personal Representative: LESSIE L. LASSETER 702 Adlerly Lane Peachtree City, GA 30269 A ttorney for Personal Representative: DEBORAH M. HOOKER Florida Bar No. 0897582 Conely & Conely, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 T elephone: (863) 763-3825 Facsimile: (863) 763-6856 Primary E-mail Address: email@example.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: khayesReonelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address firstname.lastname@example.org 435802 ON 2/1,8/2013 NOTICE There will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County 436304 ON 2/8/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 472012CA000393CAXXXX CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff vs. GABRIELA M. VICTORIA, et al Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION TO: GABRIELA M. VICTORIA and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GABRIELA M. VICTORIA RESIDENT: Unknown LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3218 NORTH WEST 33RD AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 20, Block 45, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED UNIT NO. 4, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 49, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy to your written defenses, if any, to this action on Phelan Hallinan, PLC, attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is 2727 West Cypress Creek Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, and le the original with the Clerk of the Court, within 30 days after the rst publication of this notice, otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. DATED: Feb. 4, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk of the Court Phelan Hallinan, PLC 2727 West Cypress Creek Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Movant counsel certi es that a bona de effort to resolve this matter on the motion noticed has been made or that, because of time consideration, such effort has not yet been made but will be made prior to the scheduled hearing.Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities. 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 seven (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 cacionn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. 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PERDUE, DECEASED; JEANETTE PERDUE; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; UNKNOWN TENANT # 1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2, ET AL Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES OF THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF EVELYN L. PERDUE, DECEASED whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, 14 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 18 AND ALL OF LOTS 19 AND 20, OF BLOCK 17, NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 25, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 3010 North Military Trail, Suite 300, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 on or before March 2, 2013 and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida, this 28th day of January, 2013. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Three Okeechobee High School seniors are expected to play big roles if the baseball team is to take the next step toward regional and state tournament competition this year. Shortstop Alex Estremara recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Indian River State College. Tyler Barber has battled some off-season arm woes but still brings a bulldog mentality to the mound. Catcher Dalton Murray has battled shoulder issues, but appears healthy, and could be an impact bat for the team. Murray said there have been changes in camp this year as the coach has demanded more hustle, attention to detail and more drills. He has gone over the basics, worked on his conditioning, but made big strides in arm strength when he throws. Ive come a long way and my arm gets stronger every day. I try not to go too fast, he admitted. Murray broke his growth plate in his shoulder after his sophomore year and the injury has taken a long time to heal. He did not play in the eld as a junior. Murray did hit, and hit well. He joined A merican Legion Post 358 in Fort Pierce, coached by Andy Wells, as the designated hitter. The team won the District Title and the Florida State Title and competed in the A merican Legion Post World Series in South Carolina this past summer. Murray said his dream is to play college baseball. He said he expects to get consideration from college coaches. It is something I would love to do but I take it step-by-step. Im getting back to w here I want to be and I improve every day, he said. Estremara said the Indian River State College opportunity was too good to pass up. He has hopes of going to a four-year school after two years at IRSC. He will lead off for the Brahmans and also provide a stabilizing force on the in eld. Estremara is also a solid pitcher who could work in either the rotation or bullpen. I expect to be patient and work the pitcher and help the guys who bat after me, telling them what the pitcher throws. I hope to set the tone for the game, he explained. Alex also praises coach Jeff Blackstone for his positive attitude and for making the game fun. He said Blackstone also pushes the guys real hard to improve their skills. Estremara said he also plans to push the other guys real hard and make them better players and lead by example. He said the goal is for the team to win 20 games this year. He admits that his decision on his college choice also will take a lot of pressure off him and allow him to focus just on baseball. Barber also improved in the off season as he joined Palm Beach Select in Jupiter. He competed against top competition all over Florida and against out of state teams. He said the better competition should rub off on his skills and make him better. Tyler also suffered some elbow woes in the off season but worked hard on getting in better shape and his arm has responded. He said he has not been slowed by the injury and his velocity is back up over 80 miles per hour. My senior year came fast but Im prepared for it. Ive been waiting for this my whole life, he said. Barber also realized how far he has to improve when he played over the summer. He said a player who might dominate in OCRA or at Okeechobee High School, might not fare as well against top competition. You see yourself in Okeechobee as the stuff but when you play great competition it is an awakening. When you have batters hit back-to-back homeruns against you it makes you want to work harder and put more dedication into the game, he added. Barber said he has concentrated on location and mixing up his pitches during camp. He likes to watch Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitch and emulate what he does on the mound. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News February 8, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman tennis team hopes to build on a w inning season in 2012 thanks to a strong returning group led by seniors Samantha Rivero and Jenna Rath. The girls will be coached by Morgan Ungerott and Julie Halsey this year. Halsey brings expertise in conditioning from cross country and track and has pushed the girls to get in better shape this year. Ungerott has three years of experience in coaching tennis at OHS. She played basketball in high school and received her degree from Cleveland State University. Ungerott said having Rivero back for her senior year is a good start to the squad. She said Samantha improved her serve in the off season and has a chance to do very well at tournament time. If she can keep her head in the game and learn from her mistakes she can be one of the top players around, she added. Ungerott also has high hopes for Rath w ho offers steady play and ground strokes. A key for her will be her improvement in quickness so she gets to more balls. Her game is really steady and she keeps balls in plays. If she gets to more balls she can be a contender, she added. Other girls in the mix include Dayla Ferneau, Elizabeth Santelices, Alexis Lopez and Kearstin Dorrance. Coach Ungerott said there are a lot of jobs open on the team and itll be interesting to see who steps up and takes those spots during practices. Ungerott said the team is more mature and are great to be around. She said all of the kids get along well and really bond well together, I hope their maturity shows on the court because they are a great group of boys and girls. The teams really motivate and cheer for each other and it is great to have that extra support, she added. Rivero said she looks forward to her senior year. She took some time off this year and was involved in cheerleading. She said that kept her in shape and gave her a mental break from tennis. She intends to enroll at the University of Central Florida and major in accounting with her eye on a master degree so she can become a certi ed public accountant. She also intends to try out for the college tennis team. I probably have the ability to play college tennis. Last year I wasnt 100-percent sure of what I wanted to do and waited too long to get recruited. I think being on a college tennis team would be a great thing to add to my resume, she added. Rivero said she wants to nish off her high school career with a strong senior year and plans to work hard to make up for the time she took off from the sport. She plans to be a good leader for the team and encourage the younger girls to love the game of tennis and put their time and effort into the sport. We have a pretty old group. I look forward to see how much the girls can improve this year. My goal is to win the district title and I will push to the very end until I cant go anymore, she added. Rivero said the district plays at a high level with a lot of players that play USTA and have personal coaches so it will be a challenge for all of the girls to be successful. This is a very dif cult district. The level of play is intense. I wont give up, I plan to push and strive to the end, she added. Returning seniors key for OHS lady net team By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahman boys basketball season came to an end with a 71-48 loss in the rst round of the District 12-7A Tournament to Fort Pierce Central on Monday night. Okeechobee had played better in recent weeks but were no match for most Treasure Coast teams this y ear. Sylvester Butler led the Brahmans with 13 points. Brendon Jonassaint added 12 points. OHS nished the season at (8-18). Fort Pierce led 23-5 after the rst quarter and w as never threatened in the game. Three Brahman wrestlers earned district titles at the District 2A-14 wrestling tournament last weekend in Stuart. Ryan Hagan at 145 pounds, Jake Menendez at 182 pounds and Greg Hernandez at 285 pounds, wrestled very well at the tournament. Okeechobee nished third overall as a team. Coach Robert Olive said the kids w restled very hard and came close to beating perennial power Olympic Heights for second place. Jensen Beach was the district champion. OHS will have 12 wrestlers at this w eeks regional in Stuart. We surprised a lot of people and some personal bests were shattered and hurdles were leaped, he added. Larry Tabor, 138 pounds, Sebastian Fulleda 152 pounds, Allen Leitner at 170 pounds, were second place nishers. Del no Garcia, 106 pounds, Cody Grif th 132 pounds, Edwin Robles 195 pounds, Cory Vickers, 220, all nished in this place. Fourth place nishers included Todd Lanning at 120 pounds and Bryan Levins at 160 pounds. Coach Olive said Menendez was the biggest surprise at the tournament and he praised him for really working hard in the last month. He also praised Leitner who defeated his rival from Martin County, Adam Schineis to reach the nal. Olive said he was very con dent some OHS wrestlers will qualify for the state tournament this year. The OHS tennis teams opened with an impressive victory over Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. The boys team swept the Jaguars 7-0 while the Lady Brahmans won easily, 6-1. Okeechobee boys lost just one game in singles. Otto Ramirez, Colt Root, Kirby Dobbs and Brandon Ball all won matches by shutout. Colton McCreary dropped just one game. The doubles teams of Ramirez and Root and McCreary and Dobbs lost just one game. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief