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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 22 14.01 feetLast Year: 14.45 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Blood donors needed ... Page 4 ‘Cowtown’ Rodeo planned ... Page 3 Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment ... Page 7 Four displaced by re ... Page 5 S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRaeAnn Whiteside is anked by school board members India Riedel and Malissa Morgan By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News RaeAnn Whiteside was named Teacher of the Year for Okeechobee Schools at the 42nd annual Teacher and School Related Employee Recognition Banquet held Saturday night at Osceola Middle School. Mrs. Whiteside has been a second grade teacher at Central for all 12 years of her teaching career. She said it was unreal when she heard her name called as teacher of the year for the entire district. “It sounds wonderful. I was completely surprised but it feels great, I’m shocked,” she said. Mrs. Whiteside said it was appropriate that a Central Elementary teacher would win this year with their long-time principal Randy Paulson retiring at the end of the school year. She said it has been a bittersweet year knowing that Mr. Paulson will be leaving. “We will miss him,” she said. “We are like a family at Central and it’s like we are losing a member of our family.” Mrs. Whiteside thanked the team she works with at school and also her husband, Albert Whiteside, the dean at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. “We both started to teach at the same time and it’s hard to be married to a teacher because of all the extra work you bring home,” she said. “He’s been a great help to me with grading papers and stuff.” Mrs. Whiteside said she is glad that she chose education as her profession. She said it is really rewarding to have seven and eight year old kids give you love every day. “Not only do they love you for teaching them something, you give them a kind hug and it makes RaeAnn Whiteside of OMS is Okeechobee Teacher of the YearSee TEACHER — Page 9 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After 14 years, the Florida Department of Revenue’s Of ce (DOR) of Child Support Enforcement in Okeechobee will close, and it will be consolidated with a similar of ce in Fort Pierce. The move will save the state $32,729 annually, stated a DOR spokeswoman. It will also merge the Okeechobee staff with Fort Pierce staff in a building alread y owned by the state. “The department currently leases space in the Fort Pierce of ce that can accommodate the staff in the Okeechobee of ce,” said DOR’s Renee Watters. “The number o f families served in the Okeechobee of ce has been declining, and the need for services in Fort Pierce has been increasing.” Ms. Watters went on to sa y there were 2,013 cases assigned to the Okeechobee of ce as of Sept. 30, 2013. Despite the decline in cases, the Economic Council of Okeechobee (ECO) sent DOR Executive Director Marshall Stranburg a letter stating their opposition to closing the local of ce at 502 N.W. Second St. “In keeping with your mission ‘to make it easy for parents to provide support for their children’ Child support of ce closingSee SUPPORT — Page 5

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E agles host meatloaf dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve a meatloaf dinner Wednesday, Feb. 19 by C arla. Thursday, Feb. 20, will be a cook’s c hoice dinner. The public is invited both d ays. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Proc eeds from these events go to community a nd national charity funds. For information, c all the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154. H ospice plans yard saleHospice, at 411 S.E. Fourth St., will host a yard sale Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursd ay, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon. For inf ormation, call 863-467-2321. B ridal Expo meeting slatedA Bridal Expo vendor and informational m eeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 a t the Okeechobee County Library from 5:30 u ntil 7 p.m. A schedule of events, volunteers a nd other important vendor information will b e discussed. The expo will be held Saturd ay, April 12, at the American Legion. This i s a charity fundraiser and all proceeds will g o to My Aunt’s House. For information, call T ammi at 772-708-6764. M oose hosting eventsEvents at the Okeechobee Moose 1753, a t 159 N.W. 36th St., include: Thursday, Feb. 2 0 bingo at 1 p.m. and lunch will be availa ble. Friday bingo bonanza will start at 6:30 p .m. and food will be available. Saturday, F eb. 22, The Medicine Man will be entertaini ng in the main hall from 6 until 10 p.m. The M oose Lodge is now serving breakfast from 8 until 11 a.m. in the dining room only. The s ocial quarters will open at 1 p.m. Proceeds f rom these events will go to support Moose c harities. A mvets hosting bingoAmvets Post 200, at 8590 S.R. 78 W. will h old paper bingo Friday, Feb. 21 Doors will o pen at 11:30 a.m. and will be held every F riday. Early bingo will be held at 12:20 p.m. a nd regular bingo at 1 p.m. Eagles plan race partyThe Fraternal Order Of Eagles/Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host a steak dinner Friday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Hard Country Band from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds will go to support charities of the Fraternal of Eagles #4137. Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. is a Daytona 500 Race Party with barbecue ribs or chicken, and all the xings. Donations will be accepted for meals. Both events are open to the public. For information, call 863-763-2552.Business women will meetThe Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network’s regular monthly meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lodge at the Lake, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. This is an opportunity to share ideas, announce successes as well as changes and offer new opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. This group has been meeting for more than 10 years. The exchange of small gifts will conclude the meeting.Learn about heart healthLearn about heart health this February with cardiologist Dr. Shakoor A. Arain who will speak at Raulerson Hospital on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 863-763-9228.Food pantry opens Feb. 22The Point of Light Fellowship Church, at 15399 E. S.R. 78 in Lakeport, will open their food pantry on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 until 10 a.m. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.F&AM Lodge offers dinnerOkeechobee Lodge No. 237 F&AM will host a pork dinner Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Eat in or take out for a suggested donation of $8. For information, call Hugh at 863-532-1097 or George at 863-467-0038.West Virginia Day slatedWest Virginia Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W. Fourth St., in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring a covered dish. For information, call 863-467-8636 or 863-634-1427.Library hosting Brenda ScottCelebrate Black History Month with poet, playwright and author Brenda Scott on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Okeechobee County Library beginning at 10:30 a.m. The program will include an open mic, poetry readings, plays and movies. For information, call the library at 863-763-3536.Softball tourney plannedA men’s softball tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the men’s softball eld starting at 9 a.m. The tournament is a March of Dimes fundraiser for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. For information call John at 863-634-9188; or, Jill at 863-6340870.Chalo Nitka Bass tourney setThe Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament will be held at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore Haven on Saturday, Feb. 22 from safe light until 1 p.m. The entry fee is $25 person with a guaranteed rst place prize of $1,000. If you weigh-in the winning bass while wearing a 2014 Chalo Nitka T-shirt, you will win an additional $100. Weigh-in the largest mud sh, gar or cat sh and win an additional $100. Entry forms and rules can be picked up and the Glades County Economic Development Council building or visit ChaloNitka.com. The Chalo Nitka Small Fry Fishing Contest will be held at the pond located behind the T-ball Field on Friday, Feb. 28. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and shing starts at 9:30 a.m.Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area, and the kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Masons offer breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xings Sunday, Feb. 23 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 More than 35 BOGOs every week! 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 February 19, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Betsey Lafoy won out over 47 other teachers to win the First Year Teacher of the Y ear Award for Okeechobee Schools Saturday night. Mrs. Lafoy is a third grade teacher at South Elementary School. She moved here from Jupiter when her husband, David Lafoy was hired to be a Florida Fish and Wildlife Of cer stationed in Okeechobee County. She explained she has fallen in love with both the community and the school system. "I love South Elementary School. The staff is great, the faculty is very friendly and I get along great with my team," she explained. Mrs. Lafoy also praised her administrators for their support and guidance, Principal Mike Radebaugh and Assistant Principal Mrs. Paulson. "I feel grateful to my school and my class for this award," she explained. "I have a really great class and I was blessed to have a really good rst year. I just thank God and my family." Mrs. Lafoy said her rst year has really exceeded her expectations about her education career. She said she is so happy to be an educator and was inspired by one of her teachers growing up. She said the teacher was really creative and cared a lot for his students and that lit a spark in her about education. "I knew that I always wanted to teach and my rst year is con rmation that I'm on the right career path," she added. Mrs. Lafoy said she plans to stick around and teach in Okeechobee for a long time. She predicted her class will be thrilled when they learn she received this award. "They knew about the nomination and I think they will be really happy for me. They're so sweet I think they will jump for joy," she said. Betsey Lafoy earns First Year Teacher of the Year Award Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBetsey Lafoy received her award from school board member Gay Carlton (right). Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association will present Florida's Cow Town Rodeo, a two-day sanctioned professional rodeo event with bull riding, barrel racing, specialty acts and additional rodeo events on March 8 and 9, at the Historic Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena, on U.S. 441 North in Okeechobee. The gates open at 1 p.m. each day with Mutton Bustin' at 2 p.m. followed by the rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Rodeo events will include bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets or for more information, go online to www. okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com. Tickets are also available at Eli's Western Wear. Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo set for March Hooked on BooksOkeechobee Retired Educators member Judith Mix and President Gay Carlton show off a small sampling of the donated books and school supplies the OREA members made this month. Twice a year, the organization does a “Hooked on Books” project in which their members donate books to be distributed among the 11 public school media centers. To date, the 45 members have donated over 400 books to the schools. A second project that they undertook was to provide teacher school supplies for a Haitian school that Lee Jolicoeur is helping with. They cleaned out drawers and asked fellow educators to donate pens, pencils, chalk, paper and other materials that can be used and appreciated by others with so little. A special thanks to Peggy Harlow in collecting a trunk full of supplies. Special to the Okeechobee News

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Strange food In one of our grocery stores there are s ome strange items. In the canned vegetab le aisle are glass jars of vegetables. If you look at the jars you will see these jars of vegetables are from China. Why? No one can answer why we have Chinese veggies. I will not buy them. We do not know how they process them.  While worrying what is in those Chinese imported foods, you should also be w orrying what’s in American processed foods. I rmly believe American processed/ grown foods are just as contaminated and b ad for us as any import ... some maybe even worse; especially foods containg GMOs (genetically modi ed organisims), which the list gets bigger and bigger with each passing day! There is hardly a product on our shelves t hat does not contain GMO products.  Many countries will not accept U.S. imports of GMO crops. We’ve even had food aid turned down by starving Africans! T his is a terrible example, but if you like a Coca-Cola once in a while, the ones from Mexico are way better than the ones from here because they are made with real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup (one of t he worst creations of man). They taste like Cokes used to taste. They still come in the old glass bottles too.  Now alfalfa is approved for GMO and Roundup Ready seeds are on the market. It’s depressing. Was it really so hard to grow alfalfa without Roundup? Are farmers really, at t he end of the day, once all of the inputs are paid for and the soil depleted another notch, going to make more money (short and long t erm) with GMO alfalfa? If so, is the extra c ash worth it? The seed alone costs double and Roundup ain’t cheap either.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading on GMOs, and once you start reading you quickly learn it is VERY HARD to purchase anything that does not contain GMOs, yet t here is no disclosure on the label that the product contains the GMO products. I believe it is important that our government get on board and start making these companies disclose this information on labels ... but that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon because of the HUGE amount of money that is poured into lobbying our government to keep this information off the labels and secret.  For my family, if we can’t grow it ourselves, we like to buy U.S. grown products because other countries use pesticides that are not allowed here. Also, I think we should support our American farmers because they are held to higher standards than the imports. But I also do not like the GMO stuff and that makes it dif cult to buy anything. I do read labels and I would like to have the GMO information on the label. Florida was among the rst states to require that supermarkets label fresh produce with country of origin. Maybe we could lobby our state ofcials to require GMO foods be labeled.Housing program The county is purchasing two houses for resale to home buyers. These houses are bought with grants, which isn’t private money but money, we the public, pay in our taxes. I totally disagree with the county purchasing homes, becoming a landlord or nding money (SHIP) to give to people to buy homes who supposedly otherwise couldn’t afford to buy a home. Well, then, so be it, they don’t buy a home. How many of those homes are defaulted on? My guess is, many.  Who decides who deserves the homes? What is that based on?  In my opinion, the house rehab program is good for the county. They nd houses that are eyesores, need lots of work and in general are a drain on the neighborhood. The county purchases them cheap as no one else wants them. Then they sell them and the money from the sale goes back into the program to buy and x up more houses, etc. The seed money to start the whole thing was provided by a grant, and if we didn’t take it another community would get it. It helps clean up the community and the improved houses are on the tax rolls. Plus it puts more affordable housing on the market for low income residents to have a chance to own a home with payments they can afford. Blood donations neededRemember these names, Walter Morgan and Kennedy Dillon. Walter, 18, the son of police Detective Scott Morgan and Kennedy, 2, the daughter of Josh Dillon, are two young people in desperate need of blood—your blood. Because each needs not only whole blood, but also plasma for Walter and platelets for Kennedy, we will be having blood drives over the next few weeks. Walter was burned over 85 percent of his body and is ghting his battle at Tampa General Hospital. Though progress is slow, he has been removed from his medically-induced coma. Kennedy has been diagnosed with leukemia, which affects production of blood components. With treatment, leukemia can be eradicated, and part of that treatment is through blood. The blood you donate can be used to treat patients needing whol e blood, plasma, platelets and red cells. Pleas e partner with Walter and Kennedy by attending these upcoming blood drives. The drive for Kennedy will be held Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wemme r Family Orthodontics, 2025 Hwy. 441 N. In addition to this drive for whole blood, a special drive to collect blood platelets for Kennedy will be held later in March at the sam e location, date and time to be announced. The drive for Walter will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at th e Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. During his prolonged recovery, Walter will need many transfusions and the need for blood will be on-going. Please watch for more drives to be held for these two Okeechobee young peopl e and support their recovery. Raye Deusinger February 19, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! On Feb. 26, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold its Quarterly Business Exchange Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. 1 p.m. at Indian River State College. We will have speakers from Edwards Jones Investments, The Small Business Association and our Gold Sponsor Tobacco Free Partnership. That will conclude the chamber events for this month. However, we encourage you to check out our community calendar at www.okeechobeebusiness.com for more 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 or info@okeechobeebusiness.com. I look forward to seeing you at our events! Executive Director Antoinette Rodriguez 863-467-6246 antoinette@okeechobeebusiness.com Chamber of Commerce News Pet of the WeekChaCha, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix, is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on U.S. 98 N., next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News/ 4-H Picture Perfect Photography Club

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Higgenbotham, CAI, CES, AARE FL Lic# AU305 AB158800-257-4161higgenbotham.com auction@higgenbotham.com ESTATE AUCTION 6 PM € THURSDAY € FEBRUARY 27TH € Located in the Gerber Groves Subdivision € 5500 1st Road, LaBelle, Florida € 341 Net Tree Acres of Valencias € 60 Acres of 7 year olds € 281 Acres of mature with mixed age resets *is years Valencia crop included in sale € 140 Net Tree Acres of Hamlins € 3 years old or less € Irrigated by low volume jets or seepage € Powered by diesel centrifugal pumps y p 4 ACRE DEVELOPMENT TRACT & HOMESITES Auction Site: Turner Agri-Civic Center € 2250 NE Roan St., Arcadia, FL 545 TOTAL ACRES OF CITRUS GROVE OFFERED IN 4 PARCELS € 4 acre development tract in Immokalee, Florida € 5 Lake June homesites in Lake Placid, Florida € Homesite on Lake Bonnet in Haines City, Florida 5 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 and to ‘work with parents, partners and the community to continually improve the child support program,’ the ECO respectfully requests that you maintain an of ce located in Okeechobee County and the valuable services made accessible to our citizens there,” stated ECO Chairman Jon Geitner in the letter. There are currently four people manning the Okeechobee of ce. However, explained Ms. Watters, one of those employees will retire before the consolidation so the remaining three employees will be absorbed into the Fort Pierce of ce. The local of ce started off with six positions, but since 2009 it has operated with four staff members. “Customers will be able to continue to contact us through our 1-800 number (800622-5437), the eServices portal on our web site, through web chat and at the of ce location in Fort Pierce,” pointed out Ms. Watters. “When the consolidation takes place, we will also be providing a dedicated phone number for Okeechobee customers to contact the Fort Pierce of ce directly to assist them with their needs.” Consolidating the of ces means it will save the state leasing costs for the Okeechobee of ce, as well as travel expense for the manager to visit the local site once a week. According to their missive, the ECO opposed the closing because: services provided in the local of ce impacts the day-today well being of local children; many local citizens would have dif culty traveling to another county for services; the local unemployment rate is 7.3 percent, which is higher than state and national averages; and, the closing would leave another open building “... in the heart of our community.” But, as Ms. Watters pointed out earlier, the three people left in the local of ce will keep their jobs. She also added that the majority of child support actions are initiated through DOR’s automated system. “Staff receives tasks or work lists when human intervention is needed to determine the next action on a case. The tasks and wor k lists for the cases assigned to the Okeechobee of ce will be handled at the Fort Pierce of ce,” she explained. Ms. Watters went on to point out that the child support program uses a number of enforcement remedies to encourage parents to comply with their child support order. “These enforcement remedies will be unchanged by the of ce consolidation,” she said. She added that court hearings are held each month to help parents “... establish paternity and establish, modify and enforce support orders. The court schedule is not impacted by this of ce consolidation.” The ECO sent their letter of opposition to state leaders including Governor Rick Scott, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Dr. Cary Pigman, whose districts include Okeechobee County. This consolidation is not DOR’s rst. A 1,153-square-foot of ce in Tallahassee was closed in the last year and the two staf f members in that of ce were consolidated into existing leased space in the state’s capital city. “The department (DOR) evaluates leased space needs at the end of each lease,” offered Ms. Watters. SUPPORTContinued From Page 1 Cowboys for Christy of Basinger will meet Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Basinger Community Center. A covered dish supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-763-2285. Okeechobee Christian Church on Charles Harvey Hwy. will have a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 863467-7858. Point of Light Fellowship Church, at 15399 E. Hwy. 78, Lakeport will have their food pantry open again on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. Come out for free food. “USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” Every Saturday morning at the Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St., starting on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. “The Daniel Plan” w ill be in effect. The plan is for 40 days and w ill meet every Saturday in one of the classrooms at the church. There is no charge. Bring a small notepad and a bottle of water. The group will be led by Francie Malone w ith extra magic headed by Pam Chesley. The Daniel Plan is based on Faith, Food and Friends and promises to be a fun way to get rid of pounds while enjoying friends. If you have any questions, call Francie at 863-3571713. The Okeechobee Church of God at 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. will host guest singers, Royal City in concert on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 10:45 a.m. For more information call 863763-4127. Evangelist Ken Gaub, author of many books, including “God’s Got Your Number,” w ill speak at Fountain of Life Church on Sunday, Feb. 23, at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. His ministry is exciting, unique, humorous and dynamic. You will be motivated in your walk with God. Everyone is w elcome. If you have any questions, please call Fountain of Life Church at 863-763-8945. He will make you laugh, cry, but listening to Ken Gaub is a never to be forgotten experience. Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church Hunter Rd. will host a revival starting Sunday, Feb. 23. Brother Ashley Butler will bring the message, and John and Sue Holder will present the music. The revival goes Feb. 23-26. There will be a covered dish dinner after the Sunday morning service. The annual sh fry will be on Monday evening at 5 p.m., with music in the church by Grace and Ralph Baker, Keith Bass and John Henry Thomas until 7 p.m., when service starts. Evening service starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, Monday-Wednesday evening service at 7 p.m. Our regular services are Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., church at 11 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Wednesday, dinner 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. Pastor Arlen Cook. Everyone is welcome, come for good food to eat, spiritual for the soul and good fellowship. Christian Singles of The Gathering of Okeechobee are taking a trip to The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. The bus leaves the parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information, call 863-610-1088 or 863-801-0184. Brother Earl Cline, pastor of Palm Dale Baptist Church, will be the evangelist for a week of revival at Brighton Baptist Church March 2-7. Services will begin each evening at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., there will be special Gaither style sing around the piano for your enjoyment. On Saturday, March 1, to kick off the Revival meetings, a covered dish supper will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and a concert featuring McMillan and Life will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 1-863-763-3063. 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. Churches host revivals Places ofWorship By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The State Fire Marshal is investigating a re that broke out at 2201 S.W. 28th St., Villa #38, early Tuesday morning. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue responded just after 2:45 a.m. with three units and six remen and found heavy smoke coming from the home, Lieutenant Ron Suit said. The estimate of damage was placed at $22,000, the re report added. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce deputies Heath Hughes and Matthew Grumbling arrived on the scene rst and used re extinguishers to help knock down the ames. Two occupants of the residence, Cory Kelly and Nick Richey, used a garden hose to ght the re. The re report stated all four occupants were sleeping and Mr. Kelly got up to go to work. When he opened his bedroom door, he was blinded by an apartment full of smoke. He awoke his girlfriend, Amanda Franklin, and ed the apartment by a window and then awoke a second couple, Samantha and Nick Richey, by knocking on the window. The pets in the home also got out safely. Fire crews were on the scene for approximately three hours. The report listed the owner of the structure as Burt Caso. The Okeechobee of ce of the American Red Cross came to the aid of the residents who lost most of their possessions in the re. Four displaced by re Community Collaborative Council to meet Feb. 25The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. Special guest speakers will be: Marco Cuevas, RSVP Program; and Sabrina Seme, Big Brothers Big Sisters. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary election is Feb. 26The Cypress Hut FOE Auxiliary, 4509, will accept nominations and have a special election Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. to ll the vacant of ce of madam vice president. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Billy ‘Don’ Allen, 54OKEECHOBEE — Billy “Don” Allen, lifetime resident of Okeechobee, died Friday, February 14, 2014. Born April 2, 1959 in Plant City to Bill Allen Jr. and Dessie Dobbs Allen, he was the parts w arehouse manager for Everglades Farm Equipment. He enjoyed dancing, spending time with his family, including his grandchildren, cooking on the grill and spending time outdoors. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his w ife, Glenda Smith A llen; brother, Gene A llen; father, Bill Allen, Jr. and granddaughter, A shley Blackburn. He is survived by his daughter, Cortney Crews (Shawn) of Okeechobee; brothers, Doyce Allen (Gloria) and Doyal Allen (Linda); sisters, Jeanette Tyner (John), Janice Boyer (John) and June Raulerson (Larry); grandchildren, Christian and Braison Crews; great grandchildren, Addison Wetherington and Kaylee Woods; stepdaughters, Julie W etherington (Kent) and Karen Woods (Keith); stepson, Tony Smith; and friends of Heart, Freddie McEwin (Dorothy). Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Jamie Surles and Pastor Mack Hampton of ciating. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Glenn B. Kiser, 92OKEECHOBEE — Glenn B. Kiser died Feb. 16, 2014. He was born April 8, 1921 in New Haven, Ind. to Ezra and Gertrude Kiser. He was a construction worker and enjoyed antique cars. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Moose Lodge. Mr. Kiser was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Roberta Kiser. He is survived by his son, Bill Kiser of Okeechobee; two daughters, Carol Bonner of Lake Worth and Charol Klepper (Robert) of New Haven, Indiana; companion, Gloria Hintz; sister-in-law, Annie Wells of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Indiana. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Glenn Elton Parrish, 84OKEECHOBEE — Glenn Elton Parrish died Feb. 17, 2014. He was born Oct. 17, 1929 in Herman, Nebraska. Mr. Parrish proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Eagles, the Elks and Past Master of Gardens Lodge #366 in Palm Beach Gardens. A resident of Okeechobee for 15 years, he enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ann I. Parrish of Okeechobee; two sons, David Parrish and Matthew Parrish (Jeanine) both of California; daughter, Sarah Creech (Keith) of Ft. Myers; and two grandchildren. Private services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.Harry James Hawes, 63OKEECHOBEE — Harry James Hawes died Feb. 18, 2014. He was born March 23, 1950 in Logan, W.Va. to Orville and Alene Hawes. A resident of Okeechobee for more than 30 years, he enjoyed shooting, thrift stores, westerns, loved to write notes and was a huge Elvis Presley fan. He was a Christian man and enjoyed working as a handyman. Mr. Hawes was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Perry. He is survived by two sons, Doug Hawes (Beth) and Justin Hawes; two daughters, Jennifer Hawes (Robert Seigh) all of Okeechobee and Renee Hawes of Hobe Sound; six grandchildren, Haley, Cammryn, Jaelynn, Kalyx, Christopher and Kyle; two brothers, Richard Hawes of Okeechobee and Lowell Hawes (Becky) of Georgia; and close friends, Donnie Dunlap of North Florida and Doug Carter of Tennessee. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. Leve Arnold, Sr., 79OKEECHOBEE — Leve Arnold died Feb. 17, 2014. He was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Ft. Pierce to William T. and Lena Arnold. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Con ict. He was retired from the Coca-Cola Company. He enjoyed shing and hunting. Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his wife, Dottie Irene Arnold; daughter, Robin D. Arnold Flynn; granddaughter, Michelle Lynn Arnold; grandson, David Shane Arnold; and great grandson, Kaden M. Syler. He is survived by two sons, Leve Arnold, Jr. (Michelle) and Timmy Arnold (Kathy) of Okeechobee; three daughters, Sandra Freeman (Bruce) of Roseboro, N.C., Josephine Smith (Wayne) of North Port, Fla. and Rachel McKinney (Greg) of Okeechobee; sisters, Jeanette Lofton of Okeechobee, Juanell Goodman, Ethel Durdan of Kissimmee, Tammy Thompson and Janice Arnold (Eddie Conklin); brother, William “Billy” Arnold; aunt, Carrine Grokey of Kissimmee; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, Feb., 19, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 with Pastor Monroe Arnold of ciating. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Norneta Marie Bartoe, 65OKEECHOBEE — Norneta Marie Bartoe passed away Feb. 14, 2014 peacefully at home. She was born July 29, 1948 in Logansport, Indiana to Pauline Pearson and Ronald Foust. Mrs. Bartoe came to Okeechobee from Fort Myers in 1984. For the most part she was a homemaker, but would help out in the family business when needed. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nornetta enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking for her family and friends. She loved her kids and grandkids, and devoted the majority of her time talking to them and spending time with them. She was thought of as a loving, devoted, kind, compassionate and humble woman to her kids, grandkids and anyone that knew her. Mrs. Bartoe was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Ray Bartoe, who passed away Ma y 2011. She is survived by her mother, Pauline Pearson of Vero; two sisters, Noreen Waytowich (Gerald) of Baltimore, Md. and Paula Finney (Tom) o f Vero; six children, Ronald Bartoe (Alana) of Port St. Lucie, Randall Bartoe (Susan) of Tampa, Richard Bartoe (Marci) of North Port, Russell Bartoe (Melissa) of Cataula, Georgia, Haley Hill (William) of Okeechobee, Heather Shireman (Mark) of Okeechobee; 15 grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mike Hall of ciated. In lieu of owers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Associating or the American Diabetes Association. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com CALL 511 TOLL FREE VISIT FL511.COM FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS TRAFFIC INFOA toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply)

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By Gregory Gernat, 1Lt., CAPCommander of the 453rd Squadron Special to the Okeechobee News We were performing a Drill and Ceremony exercise outside during one of our meetings when we saw what looked like an FWC helicopter come in for fuel. We went over expecting to see one of the FWC of cers that have come to our meetings to give lectures on various subjects. We were surprised to nd that the aircraft contained two civilian gentleman from South America. The pilot had been hired to "ferry" this helicopter to Chile, South America. His passenger was a representative of the company that bought the aircraft. We struck up a conversation with them while they were refueling. The helicopter is a Bell 407GX, a commercial model capable of carrying a total of seven people. The pilot stated that they had taken delivery of the 407GX in Tennessee and were beginning their ferry ight back to Chile. After the fuel stop in Okeechobee, they would then go to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport where they would spend the night. The next day an auxiliary fuel tank w as to be installed in the passenger area to give them more range. Their ight plan is to island hop through the Caribbean to South America and then overland on to Chile. This particular helicopter only has a range of about 330 nautical miles, and, at a fuel burn rate of about 33.5 gallons per hour, the extra fuel will be needed. One interesting thing that was observed was a helium bottle attached to the underside of the aircraft. (It can be seen in the photo behind the pilot on the underside of the helicopter). Upon questioning the pilot it was learned that in case of a forced landing between islands, a lanyard could be pulled and in atable pontoons af xed to the landing skids would in ate, hopefully giving the craft enough buoyancy to stay a oat. The pilot said he has never had to use this item so he didn't know how well it worked. And this ferry pilot has a few trips under his belt. This was his 95th such ferry ight. We also got some of the stats on the 407GX. Standard fuel capacity is 127.8 gallons, it can carry 2,309 pounds and the most interesting was that the four-bladed rotor was made out of composite material rather than metal. The manufacturer claims this gives the craft superior hover performance, speed (133Kts) and a smooth quiet ride. Before it got much darker, we said our good-byes and watched as the Bell took off headed to Fort Lauderdale wondering if we would cross paths again with the ferry pilot on his 96th run. The Civil Air Patrol participates in about 95 percent of the land-based search and rescue missions in the United States. We are also af liated with FEMA, DEA, Homeland Security, state and local governments and help them with their missions when called upon. We are the of cial Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, yet operate as a notfor-pro t 501 (C) 3 corporation. For more information, contact 1Lt. Greg Gernat at 863-357-2888, or come visit us at our new meeting site: Monday nights at 6:30 p.m., building A, Room 104 at IRSC on Northwest Ninth Avenue. Florida Public Utilities (FPU) is pleased to announce that it will join Florida State Park Service, Williamson Cattle Company and the various other organizations set to co-sponsor the 2014 Battle Of Okeechobee Reenactment. Marking the Second Seminole War Battle Reenactment, the upcoming three-day event will take place Friday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 23 at Okeechobee Battle eld Historic State Park. In addition to battle reenactments, this y ear's entertainment roster will feature a w ide range of attractions, including Irish folk music, pow wow dancing, children's horse rides, an alligator demonstration, and a special appearance by Historical Artist, Guy LaBree! Admission is $10 per car. Gates open at 10 a.m. Battle reenactments begin at 2 p.m. Funds, including donations and sponsorships, will bene t preservation efforts for the Park and its surrounding habitat. Let the Battle begin... For further information, updates and support opportunities, interested parties can v isit www.okeechobeeBattle eld.com. Florida Public Utilities Company is a w holly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) is a diversi ed utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and w holesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake's businesses is available at www.chpk.com. FPU co-sponsors ’14 re-enactment 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 7 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 CAP cadets get close-up look at new chopper Special to the Okeechobee NewsA ferry pilot explains some of the features of the Bell 407GX helicopter to the Cadets.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ORTHOPAEDICS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries Paging all doctors and medical practitioners! Advertise your business here! Call 863.763.3134 today for more info! RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž GYNECOLOGY Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health Issues J E. B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Infertility • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL • 863-763-8000 FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician € Pediatrics Physicals € Family Care & Medicine Womens Health € Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visits W hen you are sick or need to see a doctor, you likely do not feel or act like your normal healthy self. Whether you are experiencing fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or a host of other symptoms, y our ability to thoroughly communicate about your condition and comprehend the doctors medical advice may be compromised. This is just one reason w hy it is bene“ cial to have an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider, before you actually need one. Another bene“ t to having an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider is having a baseline point of reference for your physical health (for example your weight, cholesterol & blood pressure). This knowledge, as w ell as you and your familys medical history, can help promote an accurate diagnosis and help proactively monitor patients risk factors. Generally a patients overall comfort level and con“ dence in their physician is increased when the patient has an existing relationship with the physician. W ith this increased con“ dence, comes trust. When patients know and trust their physician (vs. meeting the physician for the “ rst time when they are sick or need healthcare) patients can more easily and openly communicate ALL of their health and wellness concerns. Certainly patient outcomes bene“ t when physicians have the whole picture of their patients health. One of the reasons people give for not proactively seeing a doctor is their lack of time. If you think you are too busy to have your cholesterol levels checked, j ust imagine how your schedule will Having a Primary Care Provider is important, even if you are healthybe affected if you suffer a heart attack? Another reason people give for not visiting a doctor annually is that they are worried about what the doctor, lab results or a screening may reveal. Ignorance is not bliss, when it comes to your health. Studies have shown that early detection and treatment are critical to a successful outcome, whether the diagnosis is breast cancer, diabetes or heart disease. A very popular reason for many people to avoid scheduling a wellness visit is uncertainty regarding the cost and how to pay for the visit. Yet, many insurances, as well as Medicare, often include an annual wellness visit in their bene“ ts. Contact your insurance provider to learn if annual wellness visits are included in your health plan. If you have a healthcare question or need help “ nding a doctor, Raulerson Hospital provides a free 24/7 ConsultA-Nurse hotline: 863-763-9228 8 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014

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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. 9 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Academic para-professional Joseph Szentmartoni was named the School Related Employee of the Year for Okeechobee Schools at the annual Teacher and School Related Employee Recognition Banquet Saturday night at Osceola Middle School. Mr. Szentmartoni said he was very excited but didn’t expect to win the award, “I’m v ery honored and glad I got the opportunity to represent Okeechobee and our school. I thank my principal for allowing me to come here and represent our school.” It is believed that Szentmartoni is the rst employee from the alternative school to win this award. He works with students that have behavior disorders. Many of the students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. He tries to build up their con dent and self-esteem and also help to encourage them with their social behavior and interaction with others. “I focus on math and science. I just enjoy being with the students and work with them daily. The pleasure of doing my job is to see these students succeed. That is the biggest reward in my life,” he added. Mr. Szentmartoni is a product of the Okeechobee school system. He attended Indian River State College for two years and joined the Okeechobee School Board seven years ago. This is his fourth year at OAA. He explained that his job is very challenging because he deals with such a wide variety of students. He said some have learning disorders and others behavior disorders and it can be a challenge to meet all of their needs. “A lot of people don’t give OAA the credit it deserves. They think it’s just a bunch of bad students. They don’t realize that our school takes on some of the toughest students, ones that couldn’t make it in the regular school and work with them,” he explained. Mr. Szentmartoni said he felt the staff at the school does one heck of a job. Other nominees this year included Peggy Friend of Central Elementary School, Crystal Flynn of Everglades Elementary School, Regina Jolly of North Elementary School, Shannon Arnold of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Cassie Sanders of Okeechobee High School, Mayra Talavera of Osceola Middle School, Rosa Ruiz of Seminole Elementary School, Tamara Higgins of South Elementary School, Christina Todd of the Operations Department and Jacqueline Goggans of Yearling Middle School. The committee that helped to select the winner included school board member David Williams, assistant superintendent Renee Geeting and Seminole Elementary assistant principal Brian Barrett. Szentmartoni is School Related Employee of the Year Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJoseph Szantmartoni is anked by school board members David Williams (left) and Joe Arnold (right). their day, she said. “They light up and that brings joy to my day to have them feel so good.” She predicted her students will be overjoyed when they hear that she won the district award. “They just broke out in applause when they announced I had won the Teacher of the Year at Central. I would imagine that will be the same reaction when they hear this.” Mrs. Whiteside is a home-grown product of the school. She attended Central Elementary as a student. She called this award extra icing on the cake. She said teaching is hard w ork but there is nothing else in the world she would rather be doing. “It’s a calling and I just love it. I’m proud to represent Okeechobee because I grew up here and I’m from here,” she said. “I had some great teachers growing up and I hope I can be the same for my students.” Other nominees this year included Theresa Forde of Everglades Elementary School, Katherine Williams of Exceptional Student Education, Jerilynn Ward of North Elementary School, Jesse Stephan of the Okeechobee Achievement Academy, Bobbie Ingram of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Deborah Raulerson of Okeechobee High School, Christine Finch of Osceola Middle School, Jennifer Ellis of Seminole Elementary School and Carrie Heinen of South Elementary. The committee members who helped to select the teacher of the year included school board member India Riedel, last year’s teacher of the year Megan Williamson and Sharon Johnson. Donna Garcia served as mistress of ceremony and hostess this year. The theme this year was Apples for Educators. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy thanked the teachers for the positive impacts they have on students and for being instrumental in the district achieving excellence. TEACHERContinued From Page 1 Hospital hosts dinner, speakerDine with the Doctor at Raulerson Hospital will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 The featured speaker will be orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Epstein. Dinner will be available at 4:30 p.m. for $5. The free lecture begins at 5 p.m. RSVP to 863-763-9228.

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Employment Full Time 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! DISPATCHER / DRIVER Class B, Hazmat & Tanker Must have excellent computer and communication skills. Bene ts, Vacation, Insurance, and good pay. Palmdale Oil Co. 863-763-3617 120 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENINGOKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for a Meter Reader Applicant must be willing and able to perform light to heavy physical labor, courteous and professional in dealing with general public and fellow workers. Applicant must have neat and legible handwriting, basic mathematical skills and possess a high a school diploma or the equivalent. is position will entail working outside with the reading, installation and repairs of water meters. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (requires clean driving record for the last three years). Please visit our oces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 to complete the application paperwork or you may obtain an application at www.oua.com. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full TimeEXPERIENCED ONLY, Electrician, Clean D/L, drug free work place, if you do not want to work do not apply. Bass Electric 2801 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee. (863)467-8705 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENING Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance Department has an opening for Distribution System Operator Applicant must be willing and able to perform heavy physical labor, work well with other employees and the general public. e position will entail working outside with the installation and maintenance of the water distribution and wastewater collection system. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (requires clean driving record for the last three years), high school diploma or equivalent, neat legible handwriting and basic mathematical skills. Please visit our oce at 100 S.W. 5th. Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 to complete the application paperwork or obtain an application at www.oua.com. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE We are immediately hiring experienced carpenters & nishers for a concrete construction project. Please contact Doug Creel at 305-970-9868. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community PT Caregiver Needed Level II Background check required. Apply in Person 203 SE 2nd Street When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads 10 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. CALL 511 TOLL FREE VISIT FL511.COM FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS TRAFFIC INFOA toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply) Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Reithoffer Shows, Inc. 115 temporary jobs from 31-Mar2014 through 30-Nov-2014. Duties: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Post-employment, random drug testing and background checks may be required. Travel with the carnival is required. No training or experience is required. Equal Opportunity, FLSA (13)(a)(3) exempt employer not subject to Federal hourly wage, overtime or recordkeeping requirements. No overtime expected. Overtime, if any, calculated and paid as per applicable regulations. Work schedule varies widely, typically 40 Hrs/Wk, Wed-Sat 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Employer will pay the prevailing hourly wage for each work location, ranging from $8.22 to $10.73 per hour. Work starts in Okeechobee County, FL; traveling to: District of Columbia, DC; City of Colonial Heights, Chester eld Counties, VA; New York, Oswego, Delaware, Albany, Rensselaer Counties, NY; Washington, Allegany, Frederick Counties, MD; Montgomery, Luzerne, Bucks, Chester, Clear eld, Columbia Counties, PA; Plymouth, Franklin Counties, MA; Monmouth, Middlesex, Sussex Counties, NJ; Wood, Greenbrier Counties, WV; Chittenden Co, VT; Tolland Co, CT; Davidson, Cleveland Counties, NC; Houston, Chatham Counties, GA; Spartanburg, Aiken Counties, SC; Escambia, Hillsborough Counties, FL; Houston Co, AL. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $100.00/week. If employee opts to utilize this housing there will be a $35.00/week payroll deduction where permitted by state regulation. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $20.00/week. Please apply by either: Email: rsiblue@aol.com or phone 813-347-6317 Reithoffer Shows, Inc., P.O. Box 1080, Gibsonton, FL 33534 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Business OpportunitiesNewspaper Carriers Wanted call 863-467-1371 and leave Name and Phone number The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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. 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. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. FurnitureFOR SALE COUCH, 2 BEDROOM SETS, 2 RECLINERS, TABLE-4 CHAIRS, COFFEE AND 2 END TABLES, CALL FOR PRICES 863-610-0596 Guns/SuppliesWINCHESTER .30/.30 MODEL 94 LEGACY, MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CT. NEW IN BOX, NEVER FIRED. CALL 863-467-7539 Apartments2/1 B.H.R. CONCRETE ON WATER, A/C, FLORIDA RM., ADULTS ONLY, TRASH, WATER, LAWN INC. $600.00/MO. PLUS SECURITY 863-532-8709 2bd/1ba Fully Furnished utilities included, w/d, pool, tennis court, club house privileges. Linens, dishes. In Kings Bay long/short term lease. 863-634-8331 OKEE 2br. 1 1/2ba. Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $700 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)360-9901 Houses RentBUCKHEAD 3bd/2ba WATERFRONT, DOUBLE LOT, SEAWALL, AVAILABLE MARCH 1st., ALL APPLIANCES INCLUDING WASHER/DRYER, VERY CLEAN, SCREENED PORCH AND STORAGE SHED, $1,050.00/mo. CALL (561)312-8471 HOUSE FOR RENT, 2BD/1BA, CBS IN TAYLOR CREEK ISLES. $800.00 MONTHLY PLUS UTILITIES, NON SMOKING & SMALL PET POSSIBLE. CALL 863-610-1276 Houses RentNICE 3 BDRM, CAN BE 4 BDRM, 1 BATH HOUSE IN DIXIE RANCH. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $800.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 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. RIVER RUN: 2BR, 2BA, DW MH Rent w/option to buy. Option deposit $3,000 Rent $750 mo. ANCIENT OAKS: 1BR, 1BA w/Florida Rm. & Carport. Rent w/option to buy. Option deposit $4,000 Rent $500 mo. (55+ older community) Home Realty Services LLC. 863-801-4498. Ask for Diane. Office Space Rent “Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500 SF and up First month rent free 863-467-0651 Waterfront RentalsBEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 2BD/3BA, ON RIM CANAL WITH A BOAT DOCK, AVAIL. MARCH 1ST CALL 239-246-6301 Houses SaleBUY THE HOUSE... GET THE CAR FOR FREE!!! Canal Point 3BR, 2BA, Laundry Room, 10x10 Shed, New Carpet & Vinyl throughout. Very clean. Includes 2005 Ford Explorer in great condition. Nice neighborhood, 2 blocks from Lake Okeechobee. $99,000 Call 561-385-4307 for additional information. No Brokers Please. Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Owner Finance Call 863-610-1600 FOR SALE BY OWNER. BEAUTIFUL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE IN THE OAKS OF BLUE HERON. PRICED TO SELL $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 Shop here first! The classified ads Lots SaleLARGE FENCED LOT IN TREASURE ISLAND. HAS OAK TREES & PAD FOR MOBILE HOME OR BUILD A HOME. $14,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17300 Brickerhoff Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 2 large sheds. $500 mo. + $500 sec. Call 317-402-5441. NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1bd home in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSale3BD/1.5BA MOBILE HOME ON THE WATER, DEAD END STREET, COMPLETELY FURNISHED $42,500.00 CALL 863-763-4174 OR 859-339-1888 Triple Your Tax Refund at Palm Harbor Homes Plant City!! www.plantcity. palmharbor.com Call John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. BoatsBOATS FOR SALE 15 USED BOATS & MOTORS, ASSORTED SIZES. $1,100.00 TO $1,500.00 PLUS TAX, ALL RUN AND HAVE TITLE. 863-467-8875 TROPICAL BREEZE MARINA Campers/RVs2001 DAMON ESCAPER, 40’, Cummins diesel, Spartan chassis, 2 slide outs, 7.3 generator, 2 A/C’s, much more. 43K miles. $45,000. Offers welcome. (863)234-9003 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Classic Cars1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE T-top, blue classic beauty, runs great, excellent interior; new tires/battery, rebuilt 350 Cross re eng, orig model stereo, automatic, air, 92K, needs some electr work. $8,500 (863)763-3286 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 13000443CAAXMX NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff VS. BOBBY J. LAYMAN A/K/A BOBBY J. LAYMAN JR., et. al., Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: BOBBY J. LAYMAN A/K/A BOBBY J. LAYMAN JR. ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 16349 NW 32ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN TENANT #1 ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 16349 NW 32ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN TENANT #2 ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 16349 NW 32ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown name Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris.YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property to-wit: PART OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 30 AND PART OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 29, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 30, RUN NORTH ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 30 A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SECTION SR S-68, THENCE RUN SOUTH 81 51’ 41” EAST LONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 1.01 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 09’ 11” WEST A DISTANCE 330 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 50’ 49” WEST A DISTANCE OF 205 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 50’ 49” EAST A DISTANCE OF 205 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO KNOWN AS THE SOUTH 205 FEET OF LOT 5, OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT OF ROBERT B. EDWARDS SUBDIVISION. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1997 HERITAGE LEGACY MOBILE HOME BEARING THE VINS FLFLT79Al2833HE31 AND FLFLT79B12833HE31 more commonly known as: 16349 NW 32ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on the Plaintiff’s attorney, FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC, whose address is 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690, Clearwater, FL 33755, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit 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. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 6th day of Feb., 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court OKEECHOBEE County, Florida BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 461782 ON 2/19,26/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-98 IN RE: ESTATE OF VERNON C. CONNER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Vernon C. Conner, deceased, whose date of death was May 22, 2013 and whose social security number is 193-09-4353, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Probate Division, the address o f which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTE R THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTE R THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is February 19, 2014. Dated this 14th day of February, 2014. Jack L. Boggs Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: Devin R. Maxwell Attorney for Petitioner Florida Bar No. 172693 eservice@maxwellandmaxwell.net dmaxwell@maxwellandmaxwell.net Maxwell & Maxwell, P.A. 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Telephone: (863) 763-1119 462207 ON 2/19,26/2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 11 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014

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NOTICE OF RECORDING OF NOTICE REGARDING MARKETABLE RECORD TITLES TO REAL PROPERTY ACT FOR OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Pursuant to Chapter 712, Florida Statutes (“MRTA”), OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-for-pro t corporation (the “Association”), recorded a Notice Regar ding Marketable Record Titles to Real Property Act for Oak Tree Place Homeowners Association, Inc. (“Notice”) to preserve and protect the governing documents and covenants and conditions therein listed from extinguishment by operation of MRTA. 1. The attached Notice was recorded by the Association in Of cial Records Book 742, at Page 541, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. 2. The Association sent a Statement of Marketable Title Action in the form set forth in Section 712.06(1) (b), Florida Statutes, to members of the Association, and duly approved preservation of such governing documents and covenants and conditions as required by Section 712.05 (1), Florida Statutes. An af davit relating to such action is attached as Exhibit “A-1” to the recorded Notice. 3. The lands affected by the Notice are depicted and legally described in Exhibit “E” in the recorded Notice. 4. The exhibits referred to in the Notice can be found in their entirety in the recorded Notice. Notice Prepared by: JACQUELINE C. MARZAN, ESQ. JAY STEVEN LEVINE LAW GROUP 2500 N. Military Trail, Suite 283,Boca Raton, Florida 33433 Attorney for Association February 6, 2014 NOTICE REGARDING MARKETABLE RECORD TITLES TO REAL PROPERTY ACT FOR OAK THE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. THIS NOTICE REGARDING MARKETABLE RECORD TITLES TO REAL PROPERTY ACT FOR OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. is made this 31st day of January, 2014, by the President and Secretary of OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. (the “Association”). The post of ce address for the Association is 2355 Southwest 28th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and the mailing address is P. 0. Box 242, Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0242. WITNESSETH: 1. This Notice Regarding the Marketable Record Titles to Real Property Act is recorded by the Association pursuant to Chapter 712, Florida Statutes. 2. The Association is subject to the following governing documents and covenants and conditions (hereinafter collectively referred to as “governing documents and covenants and conditions”): (A) Declaration of Party Facilities and Protective Covenants for Oak Tree Place recorded in Of cial Records Book 260, Page 999, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (the “Public Records”) and having recorded as an exhibit thereto, Articles of Incorporation of Oak Tree Place Homeowners Association beginning at Page 1013, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A”; and (B) Bylaws of Oak Tree Place Homeowners Association, Inc., recorded in Of cial Records Book 260, Page 1022, of the Public Records, and having attached thereto that certain Warranty Deed from Robert L. Bell to the Association, beginning at Page 1035, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “B”; and (C) First Amendment to Declaration of Party Facilities and Protective Covenants for Oak Tree Place, recorded in Of cial Records Book 261, Page 1405, of the Public Records, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “C”; and (D) By-Law Resolutions and Amendments to Declaration of Party Facilities and Protective Covenants for Oak Tree Place recorded in Of cial Records Book 303, Page 1083, of the Public Records, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “D”. 3. The legal description of the land affected by this Notice and encumbered by the governing documents and covenants and conditions is set forth on Exhibit “E” attached hereto and incorporated herein. NOW, THEREFORE, the President and Secretary of the Association hereby certify that: 4. The above referenced governing documents and covenants and conditions shall be preserved and protected from extinguishment by operation of Chapter 712, of the Florida Statutes, which is the Marketable Record Titles to Real Property Act. The above referenced governing documents and covenants and conditions as may be amended from time to time, currently burdening the property of each and every member of the Association, retain their status as the source of marketable title with regard to the transfer of a member’s residence. 5. The preservation of the above referenced governing documents and covenants and conditions has been duly approved at a meeting by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors at a meeting duly noticed and conducted in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 712, Florida Statutes and the governing documents and covenants and conditions of the Association. 6. Attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A-1” is an Af davit for Notice Regarding Marketable Record Titles to Real Property Act, which attests to the r equired notice being given to the Association members in accordance with Chapter 712, Florida Statutes. This Notice may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have set their hands and seals this 31st day of January, 2014. OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. BY: Robert Mobley, President of the Association Witnesses P.J. Rader Kim Rowland Attest: Judy Mobley, Secretary of the Association Witnesses P.J. Rader Kim Rowland STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE SS The foregoing Notice Regarding Marketable Record Ti tles to Real Property Act was acknowledged before me this 31st day of January, 2014, by Robert Mobley, as President of Oak Tree Place Homeowners Association, Inc. on behalf of said Corporation. He is personally known to me. WITNESS my signature and of cial seal at 1600 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida, the date and year last aforesaid. Myranda McAllister, NOTARY PUBLIC State of Florida at Large My Commission Expires: November 14, 2016 STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE SS The foregoing Notice Regarding Marketable Record Ti tles to Real Property Act was acknowledged before me this 31st day of January, 2014, by Judy Mobley, as Secretary of Oak Tree Place Homeowners Association, Inc. on behalf of said Corporation. She is personally known to me. WITNESS my signature and of cial seal at 1600 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida, the date and year last aforesaid. Myranda McAllister, NOTARY PUBLIC State of Florida at Large My Commission Expires: November 14, 2016 461740 ON 2/11,18/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 472010CA000086CAXXXX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, v. RAYMUNDO MEDRANO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAYMUNDO MEDRANO, N/K/A LUCIA MEDRANO Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 24, 2013, entered in Civil Case No. 472010CA000086CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 12th day of March, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 4, BLOCK 51, BASSWOOD, INC. UNIT NO. 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772)807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, Ilame al 711. Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. DATED AT OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA THIS 1st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 456821 ON 2/12,19/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000185-CAAX-MX U.S. BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF HOME IMPROVEMENT AND HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 1998-B BY GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, AS SERVICER WITH DELEGATED AUTHORITY UNDER THE TRANSACTION DOCUMENTS, Plaintiff, VS. LISA H. SARCINELLO, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CONNIE LOZINSKI A/K/A CONNIE AMIDON A/K/A CONSTANCE LOZINSKI A/K/A CONSTANCE AMIDON, DECEASED; THE ESTATE OF CONNIE LOZINSKI A/K/A CONNIE AMIDON A/K/A CONSTANCE LOZINSKI A/K/A CONSTANCE AMIDON, DECEASED; LISA H. SARCINELLO, HEIR; FRANCIS SARCINELLO A/K/A FRANK J. SARCINELLO, HEIR; VICTORIA L. SABISTON, HEIR; ALBERT F. SABISTON, HEIR; JAMES J. SABISTON, HEIR; ROBIN BRACH, HEIR; KAREN AMIDON, HEIR; JANET AMIDON, HEIR; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 19, UNIT 1, OF TREASURE ISLAND, ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 24, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 A.M., on March 19, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 3rd day of February, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 336194328 Attorneys for Plaintiff NOTICEIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 461525 ON 2/19,26/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 472012CA000412CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, VS. MARY ANN MORRIS A/K/A MARY ANN BIRKETT, et al Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated October 25, 2013, and entered in Case No. 472012CA000412CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, wherein PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, is Plaintiff, and MARY ANN MORRIS A/K/A MARY ANN BIRKETT, et al are Defendants, the clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, beginning at 11:00 AM at OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, Second Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes, on the 12 day of March, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: The West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 22, Section 28, Township 34 South. Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, also known as Lots M and N, Tract 22, Section 28, Viking. Together with that certain mobile home designated as follows: Make: Mert Year: 2002 Title Numbers: 85267714, 85267775 ID Numbers: FLHML3F158025661A, FLHML35158025661B Which Mobile Home is permanently af xed to said land. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, this 5th day of December, 2013. Sharon Robertson Clerk of said Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 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 cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 458532 ON 2/12,19/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 47-2010-CA-000075 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. MARIANO MEDRANO, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on November 18, 2013, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: LOT 26, BLOCK 48, BASSWOOD, UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 49, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. and commonly known as: 2579 NW 33RD AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida on March 19, 2014 at 11 am. Any persons 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. Clerk of the Circuit Court Sharon Robertson BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Robert L. McDonald (813) 229-0900 x1317 Kass Shuler, P.A. P.O. Box 800 Tampa, FL 33601-0800 ForeclosureService@kasslaw.com 457716 ON 2/19,26/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 13000389CAAXMX 21st Mortgage Corporation Plaintiff, VS. The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Creditors and other Persons or unknown Spouses claiming by, through under or against the Estate of Shirley E. Heater, deceased; Sheryl Heater; Unknown Spouse of Sheryl Heater; Unknown Tenant #1; Unknown Tenant #2 Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Creditors and other Persons or unknown Spouses claiming by, through under or against the Estate of Shirley E. Heater, deceased YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to for a replevin on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: 1999 Homes of Merit, mobile home, bearing ID No: FLHMBFP142444068A and FLHMBFP142444068B.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Yashmin Chen-Alexis, Esquire, Brock & Scott, PLLC., the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 1501 N.W. 49th Street, Suite 200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33309, within thirty days, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on October 24, 2013. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court By: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk 461818 ON 2/12,19/2014 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 MARCH 7, 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 DODGE NEON VIN #1B3ES56CX3D165728 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. 462211 ON 2/19/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-139 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROSARIO C. URBINO Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Rosario C. Urbino, deceased, whose date of death was May 10, 2013 and whose social security number is 565-65-6223, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Probate Division, the address o f which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTE R THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTE R THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is February 19, 2014. Dated this 14th day of February, 2014. Maria Luisa Urbino Gutierrez Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: Devin R. Maxwell Attorney for Personal Representative: Florida Bar No. 172693 eservice@maxwellandmaxwell.net dmaxwell@maxwellandmaxwell.net Maxwell & Maxwell, P.A. 405 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Telephone: (863) 763-1119 462227 ON 2/19,26/2014 12 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Okeechobee 2014Youth Livestock Show and SaleJoin us in congratulating our Future Farmers of America and our 4-H participates for another year of a job well done!! 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Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2014-CP-08 In Re: Estate of JAMES DORN PHILLIPS, JR. a/k/a JAMES DORN PHILLIPS a/k/a JAMES D. PHILLIPS Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JAMES DORN PHILLIPS, JR. a/k/a JAMES DORN PHILLIPS a/k/a JAMES D. PHILLIPS deceased, whose date of death was December 2, 2013, and whose social security number is *****-4778, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009 CA 511 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, A S TRUSTEE FOR J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST 2006-CH2, ASSET BACKED PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-CH2, Plaintiff, V S. DAVID COMBS, et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 27, 2013 and entered in 2009 CA 511 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONA L ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST 2006-CH2, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-CH2, is the Plaintiff and DAVID COMBS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID COMBS NKA LORI COMBS; CONNERS GABLES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT (S); A CREAGE PROPERTIES, INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT 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 March 12, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: EXHIBIT A PARCEL 16-I: A PORTION OF LOTS 7-16, 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 13 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Family nickname 5 Turkeys 10 Together, in scores 14 Say and mean 15 Star WarsŽ name 16 Locks that are hard to manage 17 Shed tool 18 Restraints to prevent the eating of forbidden fruit? 20 Who am __ judge?Ž 21 ID theft target 22 Eastern faith 23 Crooned while tipsy? 26 Sleep: Pref. 28 Present in court 29 Resistant to punches? 32 Officiate 34 Word often ignored in alphabetizing 35 Golfs, e.g. 36 Scary place to pray? 40 Thickness 42 Wide size 43 Big-league 44 Actor Holbrook under the weather? 48 Island mentioned in the Beach Boys KokomoŽ 52 At __: in one go 53 Underwater menace? 55 Doha resident 58 Patience-virtue link 59 Reguluss constellation 60 Rooster that doesnt wake you up? 62 End of school? 63 Rhode Island senator for whom an education grant is named 64 Struggling with 65 Community service org. 66 Escaped 67 Then ...Ž 68 One good at takeoffs DOWN 1 Model/actress Berenson 2 Online image 3 Vietnams __ Delta 4 Exist 5 Met villains, perhaps 6 Round gaskets 7 McKinley, e.g.: Abbr. 8 Leader 9 Junior-to-be 10 Key related to C 11 Cops order 12 Thus far 13 Twisting shape 19 Struggle with sassafras? 21 Absolute 24 Sage 25 Restaurant pots 27 They might happen 30 The Motorcycle DiariesŽ subject 31 McCain : Palin :: Dole : __ 33 Went up 36 One of seven in this clue 37 Casual SureŽ 38 Italian luxury label 39 Legendary accounts 40 Free TV ad 41 Strong finish? 45 Younger, as asister 46 Play-of-color gem 47 Camera store choices 49 Tanning booth item, briefly 50 The Devils DictionaryŽ author 51 12-time All-Star Roberto 54 Invite as ones date for 56 Self-titled 2000s sitcom 57 Self-assured statement 60 Baskers abbr. 61 A little off 62 One-named R&B singer By Michael Yanagisawa (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 12/02/11 12/02/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 2009000483CA DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST 2007-CH2, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-CH2, Plaintiff, VS. DAVID COMBS; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID COMBS; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4 THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 27TH day of September 2013, and entered in Case No. 2009000483CA, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST 2007-CH2 ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-CH2 is the Plaintiff and DAVID COMBS, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID COMBS N/K/A LORI COMBS, TENANT #1 N/K/A BRANDY HERRARA, TENANT #2 N/K/A MARANDA SERRANO and UNKNOWN which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is February 19, 2014. Personal Representative: James Dorn Phillips 817 S.E. 14th Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: CONELY & CONELY, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Facsimile: (863) 763-6856 Primary E-mail Address: tconely@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: blanier@conelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address service@conelyandconely.com BY: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 461786 ON 2/19,26/2014 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 53’54’53” WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16, A DISTANCE OF 1215.00, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE HEREIN DESCRIBED PARCEL: THENCE, CONTINUE NORTH 53’54’53” WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16, A DISTANCE OF 77.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 36’05’07” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET TO THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF SAID BLOCK 16; THENCE SOUTH 53’54’53” EAST, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 77.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 36’05’07” 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. 456822 ON 2/12,19/2014 TENANT (S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 12th day of March 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 13, BLOCK 40, OF BASSWOOD UNIT 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 37, 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. Dated this 6th day of November, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 456823 ON 2/12,19/2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Some elding miscues came back to haunt the Okeechobee High School Brahmans Monday as they lost a marathon 11inning battle to Avon Park, 5-4, spoiling the coaching debut in the regular season of Eric Kindell. The Red Devils scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie, and eventually won the game in extra innings on a wild pitch. The Brahmans got an excellent pitching performance from Kutter Crawford who allowed just two hits and struck out nine, not allowing an earned run over the rst ve innings. Kindell said the boys stayed in the game and fought but made too many mistakes. "We pretty much gave them their runs. W e have some mistakes behind the plate tonight but every mistake we made is mistakes we can x," he explained. "We get to learn from this and move on." Okeechobee gave up a run in the top of the rst as Luis Martinez opened the game w ith a double and came home to score on a wild pitch. Jarrod Morgan saved what might have been another run when he dove to stop a hard hit ground ball near second base. He threw home to nail a runner at the plate. Gabe Greseth, who had two hits in the game, did a nice job blocking the plate to record the putout. The Brahmans responded with a threerun rally in the bottom of the rst fueled by some hustle and a throwing error by the Red Devils. The Brahmans sent eight men to the plate to score the runs. Paul Jackson, Kutter Crawford and Christian Crews were among the batters to reach base. Crews made a key play in the rally as he hustled on a ground ball to second and contributed to the Avon Park elder rushing the throw and hurling it into foul territory. From there the pitchers settled in and neither team did much until the Red Devils loaded the bases in the top of the fth inning. Crawford got out of the jam when he got Norris Gordon to ground out to shortstop Elijah Finney. Okeechobee added what appeared to be an insurance run in the fth when pinch runner Evan Faulk scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. Avon Park got two runners on base in the seventh Jackson, who had come on in relief and had maneuvered out of a sixth-inning jam. Unfortunately, the Brahmans threw the ball away in an attempt to throw out a runner at third and two runs scored to tie the game. Okeechobee struggled to get going offensively in the later innings. Kindell said his players might have gone back to some old habits and have to believe in what the coaches are preaching in order to be successful. Greseth doubled in the 10th but a pinch runner was picked off. Kevin Coleman appeared to be headed for second when a throw got away in the ninth but the ball hit the wall perfectly, bounced back to AvonPark rst baseman Michael Gordon and he threw Coleman out at second. Trenton Hickman was hit by a pitch and Jackson singled in the bottom of the ninth but the Brahmans couldn't get them around to home plate. Avon Park's winning rally came as Norris Gordon was hit by a pitch by reliever Zeke Matthews, who threw nearly four innings of solid relief. Norris stole second, went to third on a elder's choice and scored on the wild pitch. Matthews laced a single in the bottom of the eleventh but was stranded at rst. Cody Pearlman had two hits and two runs scored for Avon Park. Kindell praised the performance of his pitching staff, that for the most part, threw strikes and weren't hit hard. Crews did make two nice grabs in the out eld in the later innings. Kindell admitted the Red Devils were a little more experienced but that shouldn't have mattered. "We made some silly mistakes. I feel like we should have won that game 4-1," said Kindell. "I think we're moving in the right direction, we just have to ip the page." 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SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: okeeadsales@newszap.com 15 Okeechobee News February 19, 2014 Brahmans lose home opener to Red Devils Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Kutter Crawford got his season off to a good start with ve strong innings on the mound Monday against Avon Park. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Christian Crews (left) takes a lead off rst in the rst inning of Monday's game at OHS as Avon Park rst baseman Michael Gordon tries to hold him close. FHP seeks information in fatality crash in Jensen BeachThe Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is looking for a 2007-13 black Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was involved in a hit and run fatality in the 10300 block of S.R. A1A in Jensen Beach. FHP said the driver of the pickup ed the scene after hitting the bicyclist Monday, Feb. 17. The bicyclist -Nelson A. Reeves, 64, of Jensen Beach -was pronounced dead at the scene. The extended-cab pickup has tinted windows and should have right-front and right-side damage. If anyone has information about this crash contact the FHP at 954-837-4012; CrimeStoppers at 800-273-8477; or, e-mail Thomaswhite@ hsmv.gov.

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