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13.79 feetLast Year: 14.71 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Some farm animals still allowed within city limitsBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council approved an or dinance, 4-1, on Jan. 21 to transmit to the Florid a Department of Economic Opportunity an amend ment to the city comprehensive plan which pro vides for a de nition of limited agriculture. Cattle, horses, hogs, sheep and goats woul d continue to be allowed in limited capacity. Th e amendment would impact the property in the ol d city holding zoning category. It would not impac t bona de agriculture operations that have agricul ture exemptions from the property appraiser. City Planner Bill Brisson said the new pla n would make it clear what people can do wit h City council debates agriculture ordinance Wednesday, January 29, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 13 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS Softball team ready for new season ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who was injured in some sort of physical altercation outside a local nightspot has died in a Fort Pierce hospital. Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Detective Bill Saum said Gerardo Alvarez-Manzo, 45, died Jan. 27 at 7:44 p.m. at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Mr. Manzo had apparently received an injury to the back of his head after he was allegedly hit by Ramiro Reyna. Reyna, 23, N.W. 47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Monday, Jan. 27, on a felony charge of aggravated battery. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $200,000 bond. It's not yet known if, after Mr. Manzo's death, that charge will be changed. "Once I get all the information and the medical examiner's paperwork then it's possible the charges will be increased to manslaughter, if the cause of death is in fact due to his injuries," stated Assis tant State Attorney Ashley Albright on Tuesday Jan. 28. Detective Saum said an autopsy is bein g scheduled and the District 19 Medical Exam iner's Of ce will later issue their ndings as t o the cause of death. According to an arrest report by OCPD Of cer Ryan Holroyd, the two men had been i n the El Cielo Azul bar at 706 S.W. Second St. T he of cer's report then quoted a witnes s who said they saw Mr. Manzo walking throug h Man dies after parking lot ght See CITY — Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyFamily Health and Safety ExpoMarco Cuevas (right), with Okeechobee R.S.V.P., recruited new volunteers for local programs at the Seventh Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Community members stopped by the expo to take advantage of health screenings, demonstrations, free entertainment and lunch. Visitors could also apply for Florida KidCare, Medicaid and Food Stamps at the expo. For more photos online, go to orida.newszap.com. See DEATH — Page 5 63-year-old reportedly caught with meth ... Page 7 Ramiro Reyna

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Rainfall around a half an inch.Extended ForecastThursday: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 66F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday Night: Cloudy during the evening. A few showers developing late. Lo w 54F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Friday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 79F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear skies early, then becoming foggy and damp later at night. Low 62F. Winds light and variable. Saturday: Areas of fog early, then partl y cloudy in the afternoon. High 83F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Clear skies early, then becoming foggy and damp later at night. Low near 65F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Foggy early, becoming mostl y sunny in the afternoon. High 84F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast By Jonathan BeanSpecial to the Okeechobee News Martha’s House, Okeechobee’s Domestic Violence Services agency, is putting on a Comedy Game Show and Dinner fundraiser again this year on Feb. 8, at the KOA at 6 p.m. Domestic violence isn’t a fun subject. In fact it’s a social/criminal problem we’re glad someone else is taking care of. Martha’s House is that someone else. Every year since 1985 Martha’s House has been there for the hundreds of victims of this crime every year in Okeechobee. Last year the total crept close to 500 separate, unique, wonderful, human beings victimized right here in our county. The injury caused by this crime to women and children often lasts a lifetime. This is a serious problem. So, why a comedy evening? Life should be balanced with humor, something DV victims rarely experience. Our event highlights this to raise awareness and funds. Last year it was a great success and we hope to build on that this year. We’ll play the price is right, sort of, with a great show host you won’t believe isn’t the real Drew. We’ll be eating a delicious dinner created around Caribbean themes; there will be steel drum music; auctions of some really great items, including great hotel stays, theme park tickets, hunting equipment and more. There is something for everyone. Martha’s House hopes it will always be here to help out, but it needs your support to make that happen. As a local agency it relies on the support of local people. For about the same price as a movie ticket and dinner you can join us for $50 per couple! Tickets are available by advance purchase only at Centerstate Bank 863-763-5573 or at Martha’s House of ce, 863-763-2893. Martha’s House presents comedy game show  On Feb. 1 and 2 the Agri-Civic Center will host Okeechobee Youth Rodeo Association Y outh Rodeo. The rodeo starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Come out and watch the kids from Okeechobee and all over the state of Florida compete in the y outh rodeo. Admission is free to the public, and there is a concession stand. Watch for a few hours or stay and watch all day if you like. There are four age divisions, covering ages 4–18. Events include sheep riding, barrels, poles, calf riding (age 6-8), steer riding (age 9-13), junior saddle bronc riding, goat tying, team roping, and more. For more information, please contact Kristi Clemons at 863-697-1193.  Feb. 4 is Recreational Riding night. Bring your horse and ride in the arena from 6 to 9 p.m. Fee is $10. Riders under the age of 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.  On Feb. 7 a Turnin’ N Burnin’ Jackpot Barrel Race is planned. The Turnin’ N Burnin’ Barrel Club will hold the ninth and tenth races in its Winter Buckle series with exhibition at 5 p.m. and races starting at 7 p.m. A gri-Civic Center Calender Special to the Okeechobee NewsBattle eld Friends plan re-enactmentThe Okeechobee Battle eld Friends are busy planning the upcoming Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment. Members of the Friends pictured here are Greg Thorgersen, Dowling Watford, Steve Cates, Su George, Dan Culbert, Gary Ritter, Shawn Henderson and Willie Johns. This year the re-enactment will be held on Feb. 21 and 22, with festivities from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on the site of the ercest Seminole War Battle, 3500 S.E. 38th Ave., in Okeechobee. There will be animal exhibits, vendors, settlers, pow wow dancers, music and a re-enactment of the battle occurring at 2 p.m. each day. Admission will be $10 per car. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rosen PhotographyThe Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center hosted a Turnin' N Burnin' Bulls & Barrels show on Dec. 28, a three-day barrel race with a bull riding exhibition featuring bull riders from the Southern States Bull Riders Association, and the Professional Bull Riders. The show had an attendance of about 650 people for the bull riding exhibition, with a total attendance for the weekend of about 950 people.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Coupons r eady? Lets do this. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Optimism continues to abound for Okeechobee Lady Brahman softball this y ear as they expect to defend their district title and make a deep run in the state playoffs. The team is led by seven talented seniors w ho are battle tested and experienced. They also have a solid group of younger players that are expected to push for playing time. First-year coach Mary Huff got needed experience coaching the JV last year. She has been a part of the Brahman family for over 10 years and knows success is expected. Seniors this year include Danyelle Shef eld, Carisa LiCata, Stormy Stokes, Khrysta Herndon, Briana Nunez, Bethany Stuart, and Kaylen Fulford. Other players in the mix include Cheyenne Nunez, Delaney Osceola, Kim Tinajero, Hannah Collier, Raylee Coleman, Kelli Chapman, Lexi Ward and Elisia Garcia. Huff said no position has been earned and that each girl must come to practice and w ork hard to win a job, she said it doesn't matter what you did last year. She also wants a unit that is tight knit and pulls for one another. She compares it to a machine where all the parts work well together. "I want to continue the winning tradition and bring back the team concept and unit w e had when we went to state in 2007. The girls have bought into what the coaches are preaching and they look good." Huff said talent will only take you so far and the team unity and chemistry are what make the difference when they play tough opponents. She said she is excited about the competition for starting spots. Huff predicts the team will rely heavily on defense this year as they have no dominant over powering pitchers. She expects speed to play a key role on the offensive side and wants her hitters to have no fear at the plate. "I think our defense will be pretty stellar and we have a lot of speed. We have pitchers that understand the game and what I want from them. They have really responded and w e hope to develop some of the younger arms," she added. Garcia, Herndon and Chapman will vie for time behind the plate. B. Billie, Osceola, Shef eld and Fulford are in the mix at rst base. Lexi Ward returns at second base with Peyton Campbell providing competition. Stormy Stokes will be pushed by Jordan Lawlis at shortstop. Cheyenne Nunez, Herndon, and Chapman are working to start at third base. Stokes accepted an offer last week to play college softball for two years for Indian River State College. She is impressed with the leadership skills of the senior class. She admits it has been a roller coaster in the past three years with three different head coaches. She comes off a productive soccer season which kept her in top physical condition. "I'm so excited about the season. I will do whatever I can to help the team and work as hard as I can in practice. The younger girls are working hard and that makes me work harder," she added. Out elders include LiCata in center eld, Briana Nunez, Coleman, Lawlis, Bethany Stuart and Collier. Stuart could also compete at rst and third base when she returns from girls basketball. LiCata insists the team should work well together and will be very good this year. She already sees a close bond developing and notes the lack of drama will help the team succeed. "We'll be able to handle whatever is thrown at us. We have girls that put the ball in play and that is sometimes better than home runs," she said. "I'm not worried about the defense as we will have a lot of speed in the out eld." LiCata has already accepted a scholarship to play Division I softball for Florida Gulf Coast University. Pitchers in the mix include Breanna Billie, Lawlis, Shef eld, Fulford and Osceola. Shef eld said she feels better than she ever had during her high school career which has been slowed by injury. She said she has no guarantee of being the starting pitcher and wants to work hard to earn her spot. Shef eld plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall and study pharmacy. The team will hold an inter-squad scrimmage on Jan. 31 starting at p.m. Huff will be assisted by Elia Suarez this year. Top district opponents gure to be Jensen Beach and South Fork. Okeechobee will play in two tough tournaments this year. The rst tournament is the Doc for Life in Ocala and the second is the Lincoln Park Tournament to be held at Dodger Town in Vero Beach. OHS ladies set to defend softball title Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMary Huff admits she was more nervous than her players at the rst practice Jan. 7. But she feels the team has responded well to her and her assistant coach Elia Suarez.

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Help for local cancer patients In regard to the article about Sharon W allace and her experiences with ghting c ancer and nding no help for local canc er patients who need nancial assistance for medical care, once again Okeechobee County is left out of these programs. They c ollect donations here, but don’t send any of t hat money back to help people here. I say donate locally to people who need help.  All of the big national organizations t hat collect money pay a lot of that money for salaries for the employees. They say they are collecting money for research, but how much actually goes to research? With some organizations, they may spend 90 percent on salaries for their own employees.  I am afraid to say the same problem is happening in Port St. Lucie at an alarming rate. Our groomer of many years has stage 4 breast cancer and needs help. She makes t oo much for public help programs, not enough for medical insurance and Komen at out says they’re tapped for resources.  All of the money raised in Okeechobee s hould stay in Okeechobee. We should look out for our own.  They don’t have the money to help anyone in Okeechobee, but they sure do have t he money to sue them.  How much money that was donated t o the Komen Foundation to help cancer pat ients is being used to pay attorneys?  They will take our money but cannot help Okeechobee residents when they need it! Where I work we have donated to the Sus an G. Kohem. I wondered why all the donat ion went to West Palm Beach for an auction t here. I know why now!  I have been saying this for many years. I have helped so many people get to Moftt Cancer Center because they are the only ones who will help people from Okeechobee w ith cancer whether they have insurance or not. This is very sad and thankfully someone w as able to bring it to light publicly!  You’d be better off giving your money to someone directly that is suffering.  The residents of Okeechobee are great about coming together to help people in our own community. I really think we need to do our own fundraisers that will help anyone with anything insurance or any foundations will not help with. Mof tt Cancer Center was the only people that helped my mom, who had a rare cancer, when no organizations, state of Florida, or anyone else would help her. She lost her ght but Mof tt was willing to do whatever it took to help her ght it and have a chance at a longer life. Because of Mof tt we enjoyed one more year with my Mama before the good Lord took her home.  I hope the people who donate to these organizations from Okeechobee know that although they are doing a wonderful thing, their donations will not be used for residents of our own county. How sad and how wrong.  People in Okeechobee are very good and generous when someone needs help. They raised thousands for the little boy who needed brain surgery. They have helped many other people too. But people here are mostly living from paycheck to paycheck and we don’t have much money to donate. If you give to one, you may have to say ‘no’ to the next one who asks for help. So we have to do some research and try to put the available donation money where it will do the most good.  I think these organizations owe all donors a complete account of just where the money goes. How much goes to salaries of paid staff? Do they have their own scientists doing research or do they give grants to researchers? What research projects have they funded. What is the total amount they collected and the total amount spent on research? What programs do they run and how much does each cost?  Donate to paint all of Okeechobee County’s re hydrants Pink and keep the donations here.Convicted murderer’s appeal He did not give the victim a choice to live. He took a life. He is a monster. He deserves death. Why waste anymore time or money on a monster.  Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County invite everyone to the Mixer and Grand Opening at the Art Cottage, 111 N.E. Second St. This event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Come for light refreshments, door prizes, ribbon cutting and fun. There will be no charge for this event.  Big Congratulations to Tin Fish Restaurant from the chamber! A Grand Opening is planned for Feb. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tin Fish Restaurant is located at 301 N. Parrott Ave.  “Cupid’s Corner Marketplace” Valentine’s Day the second-busiest holiday buying season every year. Many of us go in search of the perfect, unique gift that says “I love you” to their special someone. Cosmetics, jewelry and gadgets are often given as Valentine’s Day gifts. Join us for our RED HOT shopping event on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10-2 p.m. at the Silver Palms Banquet Hall. If you would like to be a vendor, please call Antoinette a t 561-718-0536. That will conclude the chamber events for this month; however we encourage you to check out our community calendar a t www.okeechobeebusiness.com for mor e events as they become available in the community and in the chamber. Please remember to RSVP for each of the above events to reserve your spot. If you are interested in SPONSORING any of the chamber events, please contact Mariah at 863 467-6246 o r info@okeechobeebusiness.com. I look forward to seeing you at ou r events!! Executive Director Antoinette Rodriguez 863-467-6246 e-mail: antoinette@ okeechobeebusiness.com January 29, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Chamber Column Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in areas where road work is under way. Work planned this week includes the following.OKEECHOBEE COUNTY U.S. 441 at Taylor Creek Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Motorists should watch for aggers directing traf c from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, while crews make repairs to the bridge deck, joints and rails. Use caution and be prepared to stop.  U.S. 441 North from Northwest 179th Street to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: This two lane roadway will be reduced to one lane with aggers directing traf c while crews repair shoulders on either side of the road. Use caution when traveling in the work area.  U.S. 441 North from Southwest 9th Street to Southwest 16th Street: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  U.S. 441 Southeast from SR 78 to the Martin County line: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.  U.S. 98 (SR 700): Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed from the Okeechobee city limits to the Okeechobee Count y line. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.  SR 78 from Okeechobee Count y line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Construction project: Expect lane closures Monda y through Friday as crews nish removing and replacing the asphalt throughout the project, begin work on the shoulders and install guardrail. Flaggers will be directing traf c. Motorists should use caution, be prepared to stop and add additional time in their schedule to reach their destination.  SR 70 E from the Okeechobee cit y limits to NE 30th Avenue: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, Use caution and watch for workers close to the road.GLADES COUNTY SR 78 from Buckhead Ridge to Indian Prairie Canal: Maintenance Project: Crews will be trimming and chipping trees in the right of way. Motorists can expect the westbound lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Flaggers will direct traf c. Motorists are asked to Use caution as crews work in the roadway. Road Watch

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 their land. The City Planning Board recommended one goat, sheep or hog per acre and the plan w ould allow horses and cattle, small vegetable gardens, the cultivation of hay and 4-H and FFA projects. “We want it fairly limited. No more than w hat people have been doing in the city already,” Mr. Brisson said. “Were not looking at elephants, we look at domesticated animals and farm animals, and giving somebody some guidance,” he told the council. There are limited agriculture operations in various locations in the city. Most of them were zoned holding. That was eliminated by the city and could be replaced by a new district, perhaps named rural heritage. He emphasized properties with agriculture exemptions, as commercial operations, would not be impacted. Councilman Clayton Williams voiced concern about having too many farm animals, especially hogs. “Have you ever lived down wind with a hog with it wet and muddy? You may not be able to handle that,” he added. Mr. Brisson admitted some of these properties are too small to handle multiple animals. Councilman Dowling Watford said the goal is to allow 4-H and FFA students to continue to have projects. Councilman Devin Maxwell voted against the ordinance, and raised a number of questions. He said he was very confused by the ordinance, and likened it to gibberish. Mayor Jim Kirk said the city would not allow something that is not permitted. He said no matter how many words are put to paper, human error can take place. Councilman Watford said he questioned whether the city should allow ve horses and only three sheep. He said he doesn’t want a hog farm in the city limits. “What we’re trying to allow is the 4-H member to raise a hog,” he said. CITYContinued From Page 1 the parking lot shortly after midnight. He was w alking behind Reyna, added the report. The witness then reportedly told the ofcer that, for no apparent reason, Reyna turned around and hit the victim in the face. The older man then fell backwards and hit the back of his head on the asphalt-covered parking lot. Reyna apparently had a beer bottle in one hand, but the witness was not sure if he struck the victim with the bottle, added the report. The of cer’s report went on to point out that when he arrived on the scene Mr. Manzo was bleeding from his nose and mouth and his breathing “... was very heavy and labored.” At one point the victim went into cardiac arrest and emergency medical personnel had to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The report stated Mr. Manza had to be taken to Lawnwood by ambulance because he was too unstable to be airlifted. “He was later diagnosed with a life-threatening subdural bleed (brain bleed) near the rear of the brain,” stated the of cer. “Additionally, he was without oxygen for an extended period of time — approximately 40 minutes.” The report went pointed out no gun or any other type of weapon was found on, or around, Mr. Manzo. DEATHContinued From Page 1 A Gospel sing will be held at 7th Day Christian Church 912 N.W. Park St., featuring The W illing Vessels, on Friday, J an. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene 425 S.W. 28th St., w ill present a Southern Gospel Concert on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m., featuring the The Whisnants from Morgantown, N.C. For more information, call 863-763-3519 or 863763-7113. A revival with Bennie and Tammy Jones is planned at Point of Light Fellowship Church 15399 Hwy 78, in Lakeport. Tammy will minister to the ladies of the area on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. with a lunch to follow. Bishop Bennie will minister to all starting Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch after. Then again Monday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. each night. Sacred Heart Catholic Church will present the Music Ministry of Santos on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 863-763-3727. Treasure Island Baptist Church will host the Trust Quartet on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Fountain of Life Church welcomes two new associate ministers to their church family and to the city of Okeechobee: Pastor David Evans and Pastor Emory Polley. Pastor David Evans is our Creative Arts and Music Pastor and has moved here with his lovely w ife Rachel. Pastor David has helped grow the music ministries of Hillsong Australia, Youth Alive, and Planetshakers. Pastor Emory Polley and wife Donna and son Emory Jr. are from Vero Beach, Florida. Pastor Emory will oversee our Men’s Ministries. Our services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The weather is cooler, but it is still time to do Spring cleaning. The First United Methodist Youth Summer Camp Scholarship Fund needs your unwanted/unused items. Does it still work but you don’t need it anymore? Have you worn it in the past six months? Do you really need to watch that DVD again? Are those toys too young for your kids now? And be sure to come shop for new bargains on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 200 N.W. Second St. Contact Nancy Vaughan at 863-763-4021. Peace Lutheran Church will host critically acclaimed musician and singer, Paul Todd in concert on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The public is invited to hear Paul Todd’s unique concert which is totally different from anything anyone has ever seen before! Everyone is welcome to this free concert. Love Jesus? Every Monday morning, 8 a.m. at Hampton Inn, there is a Bible study held and you are invited. It is free if you don’t eat, or you can have a great breakfast for only $5. Brandon Tucker and Pastor Jim Benton are the speakers. More questions? Call 863-532-2482. The Gathering hosts “Joy in the Mourning” a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gale at 863-623-8504. There are many opportunities at Peace Lutheran Church including the newly founded Peace Outreach, whose goals include getting everyone to discover their gifts and use them for the Glory of God. Another new opportunity is the Peace Garden Club, focusing on church grounds beauti cation and growing vegetables in raised garden beds. All are welcome to attend the Peace Garden Club meetings on the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Okeechobee Mission Baptist Church will host a discover youth program every Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 8637-763-3681. The AWANA Club at Oakview Baptist Church invites all children from pre-Kindergarten, ages 3 to fth graders. The club is from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Come join in the fun as with the Cubbies, Sparks and T & T classes for Bible memory and game time fun! Call the church of ce for more details at 863-763-1699. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Ministry Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 1401 N.E. Park St., is in need of donations of any type. All donations are tax deductible. Help is needed in putting a roof on the church and painting the building. The thrift store is open Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and the building fund yard sale will be the rst and second Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The soup kitchen is under construction. For more information, call 863-634-9194. Local churches host special programs

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V FW ladies host dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary w ill host a dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. with Stick Meat Shish Kebabs by Paulette -one chicken and one beef kebab over a bed of rice with vegetables plus dessert for a $7 donation. All proceeds go to the V eterans and Family Needs Program. For information, call 863-467-2882.Eagles offering dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve a stuffed pepper dinner Wednesday, Jan. 29 by Carla. Thursday, Jan. 30, will be cook’s choice steak dinner. The public is invited both days. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Proceeds from these events will go to community and national charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Book signing is Jan. 30Former USA Today reporter Deborah Sharp will be the guest of honor Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library. Trash-themed attire is optional at the event, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Ms. Sharp will discuss “Mama Gets Trashed’’ (Midnight Ink, 2013, $14.99), followed by a book signing. For information, call the library at 863-783-3536.Legion hosting pageantThe annual Miss American Legion Post 64 beauty pageant will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All contestants must be female; unmarried; have no children; and attending ninth through 12th grades at Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a private school, home school or College Early Admissions Program.Church hosts potluck dinnerA Christian singles potluck dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. Please use the south door. For information, call Mollie at 863-7639626.Kiwanis has radio auctionKiwanis Club of Okeechobee annual Radio Auction to be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from noon until 3 p.m. on WOKC at CenterState Bank. The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will auction off items donated by area businesses live on 100.9FM/1570AM WOKC with the proceeds bene ting Kiwanis area scholarships and youth projects. The number to call to place a bid will be 863-763-5573. Bene t links tourney slatedOkeechobee Yatchette Club will hold their second annual golf tournament at the Blue Heron Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 1 to bene t the OHS scholarship fund and the senior citizen’s fund. Entry is $40 per golfer and includes lunch and prizes to follow at the Good Spirits Lounge. You can sign up at Good Spirits, Blue Heron Golf Club or the Big “O” RV Resort (Lot #86). A calcutta will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Good Spirits. For information call Garry at 863-5329033, or Suzzie at 352-209-9582.OCRA registration dates setOCRA will hold baseball/softball signups on Saturday, Feb. 1 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4-14 are eligible, and girls ages 4-18 can sign up. Girls softball is adding a Debs division this year for 16-18 year olds. Coaches are also needed for all leagues. For information, contact Micki at 863-634-0515. If your child is a rst-time player, a copy of the birth certi cate will be needed.OEF presents productionThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation will present “Mandate for Murder,” featuring the OHS Drama Club in the Freshman Campus Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and include a Death by Chocolate intermission courtesy of Waste Management, Inc. For information or to purchase a ticket, call 863462-5000 ext. 257.Single seniors host danceA new single senior club will host a dance Saturday, Feb. 1 at Cowboys, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. The dance will start at 7 p.m. For information, call Marie at 863-357-0676.Super Bowl celebration setThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host a Super Bowl Sunday celebration Sunday, Feb. 2 at 159 N.W. 36th St. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. Social quarters open at 1 p.m. Free munchies will be available. The kitchen will be open all day. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Cheryl Ann Leitner, age 55LABELLE — Cheryl Ann Leitner, age 55, of LaBelle, passed away January 24, 2014 in LaBelle. She was born Mar. 26, 1958 in Martin County, Fla.. Survivors include daughters, Becky Hunt, Barbara Largen, Paula Ferrer, Cheri Durance and Donna Brooks; father, Curt Leitner; brothers, Larry Jackson, Ken Leitner and Chris Leitner; and seventeen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Winifred Leitner. A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until start of the service at the funeral home. You may view the online obituary or leave condolences to the family at akin-davis.com Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle.George W. Carpenter Jr., 81OKEECHOBEE — George W. Carpenter J r., of Taylor Creek and Pascoag, R.I., passed away at his residence in Pascoag, RI, surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 21, 2014. He was the loving husband of Jean H. (Thomas) Carpenter. They were married on May 19, 1956. He was born in Riverside, R.I., a son of the late George Sr., and Pauline (Frank) Carpenter. He was a self-employed truck driver; he proudly served in the Army during Korea, he was a member of the following, VFW 10539 Okeechobee, Fla., BPOE Elk’s Lodge #850 in Woonsocket, RI; Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce, Search & Rescue, C.O.P.S., Boating Safety Life FL. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, George “Woody” Carpenter of Pascoag, and J effrey Carpenter of Pascoag; a daughter, Judith “Judy” Jenness of Harrisville; grandchildren, J oshua, Amanda, Keith, Kevin, Craig, Stephanie, and Billy; great-grandchildren, Dillon, Hailey, Noah, Trentyn, Camdyn and Jayda. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Carpenter Jr.; and two sisters, Pauline Patterson and Emma Dunn. Funeral services at RI Veteran’s Cemetery in Exeter, RI will be held privately. Arrangements were handled under the directions of the Brown Funeral Home 1496 Victory Hwy Oakland RI. In lieu of owers donations can be made to the VFW Foundation. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online g uestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After being stopped because the rear w indow of his pickup truck was covered w ith a piece of plywood, a 63-year-old man w as later jailed on a felony drug charge. Franklin Lee Whidden, Eighth Ave., LaBelle, was arrested Sunday, Jan. 26, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Whidden is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on an $8,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated he stopped Whidden around 2:18 a.m. in the 600 block of S.R. 70 E. The man was stopped because the rear window of his 2000 Chevrolet pickup was reportedly a piece of plywood instead of glass. After stopping the man Deputy Schoonmaker asked for, and received, permission to search the truck. According to the report the deputy then found a glass pipe that appeared to be burnt on one end. The deputy also found two ashlight end caps that each contained a suspicious substance, continued the report. That substance, as well as the glass pipe, was eld tested and those tests allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence o f meth. The deputy’s report does not indicate the weight o f the purported methamphetamine. Deputy Schoonmaker stated he also issued Whidden a warning citation for the covered up back window. Sexagenarian allegedly caught with meth 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When an Okeechobee man reported for his w eekend work detail at the Okeechobee County Jail he apparently forgot to check his pants pockets for prescription pills. Charles Eugene Sadler III, 22, N.E. 70th Ave., was arrested Saturday, J an. 25, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Sadler was booked into the county jail on $5,000 bond. He has since been released on bond. Deputy Corporal Mike Hazellief, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, stated in his arrest report that OCSO Detention Deputy Justin White had concerns about Sadler when he reported for his work detail Saturday morning. Cpl. Hazellief explained that Deputy White’s concern was due to Sadler smelling like marijuana. The detention deputy apparently asked Sadler twice if he had any marijuana on him. And both times, Sadler answered no. The OCSO corporal then asked Sadler if he could search him and during that search Cpl. Hazellief reportedly found two small blue pills wrapped in aluminum foil. The pills were identi ed as 30mg oxycodone. According to the report the corporal asked Sadler if he had any other illegal substances on his person, and the man replied he did not. However, when Sadler was taken to the jail he was turned over to Detention Deputy Fred Bulanda who did a more thorough search of Sadler’s person. During that search Deputy Bulanda reportedly found half of a pill that was identi ed as 20mg adderall. A records check indicated Sadler was sentenced Dec. 3, 2013, to serve 10 days on the work detail, which amounts to ve weekends. According to those records he entered a plea to a misdemeanor charge o f driving while license suspended and was found guilty by Judge Jerald Bryant. Report: Man caught with pills at county jail Charles Sadler Franklin Whidden By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 12-year-old Okeechobee boy is being held in a juvenile detention facility following his arrest for allegedly forcing a younger child to have sex. Detective Bryan Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), arrested the youngster Monday, Jan. 27, on one felony count of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age. The 12 year old was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. According to the detective’s arrest report the suspect allegedly threatened the victim in order to keep the victim silent. The alleged molestation began about a year ago, added the report. Editor’s note: Some details of this arrest are withheld from publication to protect the identity of the victim. Boy accused of sexual battery 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).  Joseph Nelson Rickey, 27, Brinkerhoff Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker (four counts) and violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Jordyn Brice Miller, 22, N.W. 40th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of an occupied dwelling (two counts) and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief (two counts). He was released on his own recognizance.  Dylan Colby Garcia, 21, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Bryan Eric Fabian Adams, 31, N.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation criminal mischief. He is being held without bond.  Jerkota Hyrell McNeil, 21, N.E. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 25 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of failure to obey a law enforcement of cer’s order to stop, and misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of a accident involving property damage and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $5,000. He was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of child abuse by intentionally in icting mental/physical injury. His bond on that charge was set at $5,000. 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

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 11 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC, is more than a good place to get your taxes done. They will help you start a business, or if you already have one, help your business grow. They are a CPA (Certi ed Public Accountant) rm. They are experienced and are happy to consult and help you in any way they can. Paula Younger is the manager there and has a masters degree in accounting from FSU. She is the licensed CPA at the rm. Joanna Hoover mastered in accounting from FAU and Sandra Torres has her associate degree in accounting and is currently w orking on her B.A. degree at IRSC and will continue to go on to her masters as well. Taxes are stressful and no one is comfortable handing over their personal or nancial information to someone they don't know v ery well. However, what you will nd very unique about CPA Tax Solutions is that they are there to make sure you feel at ease. They are very personal and are determined to get you the best refund they can. They do free consultations as well so if you are a little unsure on what you need to bring in; if this is you rst year with your business and you don't know how to le your taxes; or, maybe you have been lling wrong every year and not getting the most out of your refund and you want help; they will be happy to get you where you need to be. Paula, Joanna and Sandra are all Okeechobee High School graduates and all were born and raised here in Okeechobee. Combined, they have 30 years of accounting experience. They know their stuff and they even supply competitive pricing. So stop on in and let the ladies at CPA Tax Solutions take care of you and all your tax or accounting needs. CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC is located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and can be contacted at 863357-1099. Don't forget to give them a like on Facebook! Now open: CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyPaula Younger, Joanna Hoover and Sandra Torres at CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC are always happy to help you. Special to the Okeechobee NewsTerri c Kids honoredTeresa Chandler and Antoinette Rodriguez presented the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee’s “Terri c Kids” award at Osceola Middle School on Friday, Jan. 17. “Terri c” is a Kiwanis acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable. These fth grade students set a goal based on these character traits to achieve within a nineweek grading period. Congratulations to our newest Terri c Kids!

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OKEECHOBEE, FL 2910 SE 23rd St. Treasure Island, Thursday, Jan. 30th Only, 8 to ?. Huge Annual Yard Sale New 26” Women’s 18 Speed Bicycle, Fishing Misc., Long Guns, Antiques, Books, Old Stuff New Stuff Lots of Stuff! Come See! YARD SALE LAKEPORT CHRISTIAN CHURCH HWY 78 JAN 31ST & FEB. 1ST 8AM-4PM, HALF DAY ON SAT. FEB. 1ST. LOTS OF GOODIES COME JOIN US. Special NoticeTRYING TO LOCATE: Anna Mendoza. Please contact Linda or Lee Chang regarding the title for the Durango. (954)614-3211 or email lindagore15@yahoo.com 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 Employment Full Time You may apply online at www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole, Inc. has a full-time position available in the Accounts Payable Department. Applicants must have Accounts Payable experience, be proficient in data entry, detail oriented, organized, and possess critical thinking skills. 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Great job for the right person! LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! SALESPERSON Full time salesperson needed. Duties include sales, processing sales, order entry, customer service and other tasks. Must be able to work Saturday. Apply in person at Badcock Home Furniture & More. 512 NW Park Street Monday-Saturday 9 AM 5 PM NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Employment Full TimeSoutheast Milk is seeking Full Time CDL Class A drivers. New pay rate of $14.56 *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience. Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD,LTD, 401K. www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO Employment Full TimeSoutheast Milk is seeking a Full Time Lab Tech/PPD Clerk JOB SUMMARY: Lab-Run tests on milk samples; PPD-Perform data entry of milk pick up manifest data. Wed-Sun, $11-$13 hr., full bene ts options. Associates degree in science preferred. Contact Eric at 863-634-0379 for details. Access www.southeastmilk.org for an Employment Application DFWP & EEO 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. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Medical Sales & Service Pain Management Of cenow accepting new patients. South Florida Pain Management, LLC is the of ce of Andrea Zotovas MD, located in Stuart, and serving patients in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee. We provide safe, appropriate and responsible medical pain management services to patients with chronic, non-malignant pain conditions. I f you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at (772)221-9113 Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE PORTABLE ABOVE GROUND DOG KENNEL, COST $635 WILL SELL FOR $175. IDEAL FOR WHELPING PUPPIES, MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. 317-443-0486 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014

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Pets/Supplies Y ORKIPOO PUP Toy black male 16 wks old. Shots, health cert. Very Playful. $300. cash only 863-610-2725. Apartments ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO Ground oor, 1/1 fully furnished with utilities. Seasonal & long term rates. 863-634-0663. Houses RentKINGS BAY 3br./2ba. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $900 month plus sec., Move in special $1250 Call 863-634-0663. Newly remodeled & painted 3bdrm/1b. house in Dixie Ranch Estates on a large lot. First, Last & Security No Pets. $800.00 a month 863-634-2820 OKEE 2bd/1ba Clean CBS House, furnished, enclosed porch, w/d, large yard storage shed, well water, by 15-B. $725 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEE2/1 $490.00 and 3/2 $ 599.00 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. OKEE Little Farms 3 BR, 2 BA, doublewide, fenced, 2 acres plus. $1,095. per month. References & deposits required. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 Office Space Rent “Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500 SF and up First month rent free 863-467-0651 Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Houses Sale2002 Doublewide, Okeechobee Little Farms 3 BR, 2 BA, fenced, 2 acres plus. Pond. $139,000. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Call 863-610-1600 OAKS OF BLUE HERON BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME. PRICED TO SELL BY OWNER. RESIDENTIAL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE. $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE FENCED LOT WITH BEAUTIFUL OAK TREES. BUILD A HOME OR PUT MOBILE HOME ON LOT. $14,500.00 863-634-2820 Mobile Home Rent2/2 WATERFRONT FURNISHED, COMPLETELY REMODELED, MATURE ADULTS, NO PETS. $600/MO. & $500 DEPOSIT CALL 863-467-1308 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $750 mo. Call (863) 357-3830 M.H. FOR RENT, COVERED BOAT PARKING, STORAGE SHED, GOOD AREA, 50+, REF. 1ST & LAST $400.00 PER MO. CALL 502-803-1876 OR 502-682-2403 Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE MOBILE HOME WITH ADD ON, FURNISHED, GOLF CART, PONTOON BOAT W/TRAILER. $20,000 CALL HEIDI 561-762-3387 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 2/1, 1995 14FT WIDE,NEW SETUP, A/C, HEAT, PUMP AND CARPETING. 1YR OLD, ON 70 EAST BY BILL’S MINI MARKET $20,000 O.B.O.#815-298-0666 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2010 MERCURY MILAN WHITE, EXCELLENT COND., LOADED, LEATHER, NEW TIRES 29,000 MILES, $12,500.00 CALL 701-210-2066 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) No. 6000000595 Monitoring Services for Dispersed Water Management Program Contracts The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed proposals up to the 2:30 p.m opening time on February 26, 2014 for monitoring services for Dispersed Water Management Program contracts. All proposals must conform to the instructions in the RFP. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290 The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. Any meetings with District staff regarding this solicitation are subject to the provisions of Section 286.0113, Florida Statutes, which provides, in part, that any portion of a meeting at which a negotiation with a vendor is conducted pursuant to a competitive solicitation, at which a vendor makes an oral presentation as part of a competitive solicitation, or at which a vendor answers questions as part of a competitive solicitation is exempt from s. 286.011 and s. 24(b), Art. I of the State Constitution. 460706 ON 1/29/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472011CA000438 TD BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. ANTONIO RAYA AND MARIA CORTEZ RAYA, HUSBAND AND WIFE, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida by its Board of County Commissioners, STATE OF FLORIDA, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEIRS IN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S), WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 15, 2014 (the “Judgment”), entered in Civil Case No. 47-2011-CA-000438 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and ANTONIO RAYA, MARIA CORTEZ RAYA, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY and CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, are Defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell the Property as de ned in the Judgment and as set forth below at a public sale on February 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to the “highest bidder,” for cash in the Jury Assembly Room at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. The “highest bidder” for purposes of this Notice of Sale, is de ned as the party who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) and who completes the sale in a timely fashion, as hereinafter set out. The one who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) shall be permitted to complete the sale by delivering to the Clerk, the balance of such bid, over and above the deposit, by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. The following property located in Okeechobee, Florida, is the subject of this Notice of Sale: Lot 6, Block 5, Basswood Incorporated, Unit 1, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 22, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida together with all existing or subsequently erected or af xed buildings, improvements, and xtures (the “Property”), which Property has a street address of 3783 NW 17th Avenue, Okeechobee County, Florida 34972. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED on January 17, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 460545 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 09000391CAAXMX HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF DEUTSCHE ALT-A SECURITIES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-AR5 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, Plaintiff, VS. DAVID COMBS, et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 28, 2013 and entered in 09000391CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF DEUTSCHE ALT-A SECURITIES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-AR5 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, is the Plaintiff and DAVID COMBS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID COMBS are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash,in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on February 26, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A PORTION OF LOTS 7-16 OF BLOCK 16, OF THE SUBDIVISION ENTITLED “A REVISED AND ADDITION TO PLAT OF CONNERS GABLES”, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAID PORTION BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 1, OF SAID BLOCK 16, THENCE NORTH 53 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16, A DISTANCE OF 753.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE HEREIN DESCRIBED PARCEL; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 53 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16, A DISTANCE OF 77.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 36 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET OF THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16; THENCE SOUTH 53 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 77.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 36 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 1st day of November 2013. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 456817 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 14, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2003 SOUH STOCK TRAILER VIN #5B3SB12283C000056 1991 CHEVY S10 VIN #1GCCS19Z4M8119644 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 460868 ON 1/29/2014 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CA-224 JONNY ALPERN AND Q. MORTGAGE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 12CA000435 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. CLOCHER, ERNEST, et. al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 12CA000435 o f the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein, Plaintiff, and, CLOCHER, ERNEST, et. al., are Defendants, the Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, at the hour of 11:00 am, on the 26th day of February, 2014, the following described property: LOT 1, BLOCK 6, BRINDABAN FOREST, UNIT THREE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 66, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHE R WITH THAT CERTAIN MOBILE HOME DESIGNATED AT FOLLOWS: YEAR: 2003 MAKE: R M SPECIAL ID #S: N18787A AND N18787B TITLE #S 86086312 AND 86086335 WHICH MOBILE HOME IS PERMANENTL Y AFFIXED TO SAID LAND Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 1st day of November, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 456818 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472012CA000223CAAXMX DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, FORMERLY KNOWN AS BANKERS TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE ASSETS TRUST 2006-1, Plaintiff, VS. GARY A LEE; et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on October 28, 2013, in Civil Case No. 472012CA000223CAAXMX, of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein, DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, FORMERLY KNOWN AS BANKERS TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE ASSETS TRUST 2006-1 is the Plaintiff, and GARY A LEE; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN13 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS are Defendants. The clerk of the court will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 AM on February 26, 2014 in the Jury Assembly Room on the 2nd oor at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, BLOCK 30, UNIT NUMBER 2, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on November 1, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk IMPORTANTIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 456820 ON 1/29;2/5/2014you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, on this 2nd day of July 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 448736 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 10000426CAAXMX HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES INC, Plaintiff, VS. MARLEN FARINAS AND LUIS FARINAS, et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of ForecloIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000710 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. PEDRO DIAZ et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated December 5, 2013 and entered in Case NO. 47-2008CA-000710 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff and PEDRO DIAZ; ODALYS SOCA; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORID A 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 26th day of February, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 21, BLOCK 57, BASSWOOD 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3354 NW 38TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349720000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 10, 2013. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08110021 CHASEDIRECT-CONV-Team 3 F08110021 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disabilit y who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Collie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 458541 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 CORP., a Florida for-pro t-corporation, Plaintiffs, v. ROY L. GILCHRIST AND LAKISHA M. GILCHRIST a/k/a LAKISHA M. CLECKLEY, his Wife; AND UNKNOWN PARTIES IN POSSESSION OF 3404 NW 2ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 #1 #2 and #3; UNIVERSAL UNDERWRITERS ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION, a foreign for pro t Corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF SAL PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 19 2013 and entered in CASE NO.: 2012-CA-224 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, except as otherwise described in the Final Judgment, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Second Floor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00am on the 26th day of February, 2014 the following described property as set forth in and pursuant to said Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure: Legal Description: LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 49, EL MIRA SOL, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property address: 3404 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. The Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale. Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g, y ou are entitled at no cost to sure dated September 9, 2013, and entered in 10000426CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES INC, is the Plaintiff and MARLEN FARINAS; LUIS FARINAS; LEXINGTON NATIONAL INSURANCE CORPORATION; JEEJS, INC., D/B/A ALL STAR BUILDERS; ALL STAR BUILDERS, INC. are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on February 19, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST ONEQUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LESS THE NORTH 33.00 FEET ROAD RIGHT OF WAY. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 19TH day of NOVEMBER, 2013. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 457712 ON 1/22,29/2014 See puzzle on page 14

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BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY ADVERTISE HERE FURNITURE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS 863-763-6742 7/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD & LLOYD HoskinsTurco.com 212 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee357-5800 Local donations helping Local peopleA ministry with a heart for the hurtingFREE PICKUPOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave, Okeechobee, FL863-763-4224www.faithfarm.orgAccepting donations of household goods. Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: okeeadsales@newszap.com Public Notice 14 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 2-8-14 @ 10:00 AM Unit #246 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #249 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 460605 ON 1/24,29/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 000155 U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF MASTR ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES TRUST 2007-1, Plaintiff, V S. DONALD CHRISTOPHER SPATH, et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 31. 2012, and entered in 2009 CA 000155 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF MASTR A DJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES TRUST 2007-1, is the Plaintiff and DONALD CHRISTOPHER SPATH; UNKNOWN TENANTS are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on February 19, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 17, SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PUBLIC RECORDS. A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lb pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 16th day of December, 2014. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, A DA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if y ou are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 460703 ON 1/29;2/5/2014 See answers on page 13 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 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! 15 Okeechobee News January 29, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Davonte Richardson had 25 points and Fort Pierce Westwood hit eight, 3-point baskets in the rst half as they demolished Okeechobee High School, 83-45 in boys basketball action Friday in Ft. Pierce. The Panthers went on a 33-13 run in the game to take over after leading only 14-12 late in the rst quarter. Panther coach Lorenzo Lockett said when his team shoots a high percentage from the eld it is almost impossible to beat them. "When we shoot that well it's a good night for us. We won last night and the more you win, the more you want to win," he said. Westwood drained 3-pointer after 3-pointer in the rst half and knocked down almost every open shot opportunity they had in the rst half. Brahman coach Shawn Hays admitted it was a helpless feeling to watch the Panthers build a big lead. "They ran off 14 straight points in the minute. We turned the ball over, we did everything you can't do and expect to win a basketball game," said the OHS mentor. "Give them credit; they were quick and athletic and they shot the ball well." Tavaris Riley had 20 points for Westwood. Patrick Riggins added two, three-point baskets for the Panthers (7-12). Okeechobee was led by Jacob Stewart who had 14 points. Eddie Neal had six points and Roshell Thomas ve points and ve steals. Tyrell Taylor had six points and four rebounds. Fred Bradley pulled down seven rebounds for the Brahmans (8-12). Richardson said his coach told him to come out and win the game for his team and he stepped up to the plate. "In one game I had a lot of points but the team didn't win. I try to get my team involved and do what I can to help us win," he said. Westwood clearly out-hustled the Brahmans in the rst half as they got to almost every loose ball. They also played tight man-to-man defense and kept the Brahmans from getting high percentage shots. "I was impressed with the intensity we had," Lockett said. "We missed some rotations but we hustled to get back. I'm proud of the intensity and hustle we showed." Hays said his team was at for the third consecutive road game. He admits it is easy to get motivated and inspired at home with the crowd and your fans encouraging you. When the team goes on the road, there are few fans, and the players have to nd a way to motivate themselves. "I told them we need a better effort or Westwood will come out on top. It is tough to win on the road. I still believe we can win districts, but if we play like this we'll be an easy win for somebody," he added. Hays said he will continue to work the team hard this week. They have three road games: Tuesday they played St. Lucie West; Thursday they visit Martin County; and, Friday they visit Glades Day School in Belle Glade. "I told them come ready to work and I'll stick with them. The season is not over yet and we will keep ghting," said Hays. Panthers’ 3-point barrage dooms Brahmans Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJacob Stewart and the Brahmans were hounded all night by the aggressive Panthers, including Tavaris Riley (in white). By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Valerie Munley scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds and led Port St. Lucie High School on a 23-9 run in the second quarter, as they defeated Okeechobee High School 53-48 in the rst round of the district tournament Monday at Jensen Beach High School, ending the Lady Brahmans' season. Okeechobee was led by Taylor Trent, w ho had 21 points, which included ve three-point baskets in the rst half. Cheyenne Nunez scored 11 points and had three steals. Sha'Dajia Williams had ve points, seven steals, and grabbed ve rebounds. It was a tough and physical game throughout as both teams played aggressive basketball, especially after halftime. Shakema Polk grabbed 13 rebounds for Port St. Lucie and Shana DeWitt had 14 points and four assists for the Lady Jaguars, (6-13). Port St. Lucie coach Demetrius Lane said Okeechobee was a great ball club and their coach made excellent adjustments. "We knew both teams were equally matched and it would be a great ball game," said Lane. Okeechobee got off to a good start in the rst quarter as Trent had the hot hand. Okeechobee led, 14-10, after the rst quarter. Port St. Lucie picked up their intensity in the second quarter, and was more patient on offense, getting better shots for Munley and other players. Okeechobee used a variety of zone defenses to try and prevent Munley from getting the ball in good position on the oor. Munley made several scoop and unorthodox shots near the basket. Munley is only 5'6" and routinely gives up inches to taller centers. She said the key is position and drawing fouls inside. She attempted 13 free throws in the game while Okeechobee as a team only shot four free throws. Lane said Munley uses her body well and adjusts to the game and somehow always gets her hand on the ball. Okeechobee trailed, 33-23, at the half but was able to come out strongly in the third quarter and several times cut the Jaguar lead to one point. Okeechobee forced a number of turnovers and had numerous shots at the basket. Okeechobee though struggled shooting, 9-24 in the rst half, and 7-30 in the second half. Port St. Lucie held on to a 41-36 lead after the third quarter and then got big buckets from Polk and Munley down the stretch to hold off the Lady Brahmans. Bethany Stuart had six points, four blocks and six rebounds in her nal high school game. Thaddricka Sanders had four steals for OHS. Okeechobee ended the season at 7-15. PSL knocks OHS ladies out of district hoops play

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