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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 52 13.13 feetLast Year: 13.44 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Fire damages Ft. Drum home ... Page 5 Woman accused of killing puppy ... Page 10 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A brush re burned 61.3 acres in a wooded area on the north side of S.W. 16th Street, near S.W. 48th Avenue on Saturday. It took re ghters about three hours to contain the blaze, which was rst reported around 2 p.m. The Florida Forest Service crews used two Wild re burns 61 acres Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenA brush re burned 61 acres of a wooded area on the north side of S.W. 16th Street in Okeechobee on Saturday. Livestock Show photos inside! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Two separate violations during FCAT testing at Osceola Middle School and Seminole Elementary School have prompted investigations by the school system and the Florida Department of Education. School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy con rmed the allegations this week. At Osceola Middle School a teacher was alleged to have assisted one student with a math problem. At Seminole Elementary, the math FCAT test results of 18 fth grade students were thrown out when an improper reference sheet that included the personal handwriting of the teacher was given to students as they took the test. This incident could lead to an impact on the overall school grade at Seminole this year. Mr. Kenworthy said the 18 students will be held harmless by the incident and their promotion to the next grade will be determined by their overall grades during the year. The penalties against the teachers involved could range from a letter of reprimand to more severe sanctions, he added. Mr. Kenworthy said FCAT violations have been rare in the district since the tests were implemented. "It is disappointing that we did have two incidents. We emphasize that no negative impacts will take place against the students. Regulations are spelled out and all of our employees are trained to follow them," he noted. The investigation will try to determine whether these were accidental mistakes or intentional. If proven to be intentional, some discipline will be issued by both the district at the Florida Department of Education Professional Practices system. Schools accused of FCAT violations Man accused of causing fatal crash by jumping on hood of carBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The 4th District Court of Appeals (DCA) has overturned the conviction of James P. Mullin and ruled that he should get a new trial his third. In their opinion handed down Wednesday, April 23, the appellate court found Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson made comments during his closing argument to the jury that served "... to shift the burden o f proof." When contacted Tuesday, April 28, Mr. Richardson said no date has been set for the ne w trial. "I'm not sure yet. We have to bring him back for a scheduling hearing. It will be within the next few months," said the prosecutor. Mullin, 41, is currently being held in the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle. Mullin was arrested in August of 2009 for his Mullin to get third trial S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See FIRE — Page 12 See FCAT — Page 10 See MULLIN — Page 10 James P. Mullin

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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HOUSEHOLD AMNESTY DAY! HAZARDOUS WASTE SATURDAY, May 3 rd 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY 306 N.W. 9TH Ave., Okeechobee • FREE DROP OFF •To Okeechobee County ResidentsPaints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devises and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad and Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 tires ONLY)Per Household). NO Propane Tanks. NO Electronics For More Information, Contact Solid Waste Dept. at 763-1811 2 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 Today: Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low 72F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Extended ForecastThursday : Partly cloudy early with thunderstorms becoming likely during the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Thursday Night : Thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 71F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Friday : Mostly cloudy early with thunderstorms developing later in the day. High around 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Friday Night : Thunderstorms in the evening will give way to mostly cloudy skies overnight. Low around 70F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Saturday : Thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 4 include: kindergarten students, Rosalinda Medrano, Hayden Sullivan, Karissa Woods; rst graders, Br'shiya Williams, Hailey Hernandez, Diego Luviano Navarro, Alyssa Hunt-Garcia, Savannah Meeks; second grade students, Hailey Carter, Evan Gertze, Erick Reyes-Morales, Cammryn Hawes, Tucker Myers, Mariposa Gonzalez-Santibanez; third graders, Caysen Jarriel, Cody Rickard, Lynsey Ray, Jacob Perez, Rebecca Waddell, Cecilia Seca, Kayleigh Carter; fourth grade students, Hayley Syers; fth grade students, Eliel Esquivel and Caleb Yarbrough. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. May blood drives plannedThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on the following dates in May:  Friday, May 2: Samboree at KOA, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;  Friday, May 9: Publix, 1 to 6 p.m.;  Saturday, May 10: Walmart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;  Thursday, May 15: SFWMD Field Station, S.R. 70 E., 1 to 5 p.m.;  Friday, May 16: Platelet and whole blood drive at Wemmer’s Orthodontics, U.S. 441 N., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;  Sunday, May 18: Golden Corral, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;  Monday, May 26: Memorial Day observance in the Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and,  Saturday, May 31: Walmart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fundraiser helps OHS bandPapa John’s restaurant in Okeechobee is helping the Okeechobee High School Band Boosters. Every Thursday, if you order from Papa John’s, they will donate 10 percent back to Band Boosters. This is valid for carry-out or delivery. Please be sure to mention you are a supporter of Okeechobee High School Band Boosters when placing your order with Papa John’s. You can also order online using promo code: OCSD2014.

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Oh, he O cINcO de maYO.If you need grown-up libations for your upcoming “ esta, look no further than your Publix Liquors. Visit publix.com/store to “ nd the nearest Publix Liquors in your area.TO GET THE RECIPE for this Strawberry Basil Margarita, visit Publix Liquors. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFINGREBECCA BOLDT HAMILTON, P.A. Has Moved to a New Location: REBECCA H. BOLDTAttorney at LawRICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 180 NW 3rd863-467-1894 3 Okeechobee News A pril 30, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers March 29 tournament was held out of Okee-Tantie, and 18 anglers brought 61 sh to the scales with a total weight of 104.4 lbs. Winners in the 11 15 age group w ere:  First place, Josh Hiler, 9.38 lbs.;  Second place, Ryan Barndollar, 7.76 lbs.;  Third place, Luke Farmer, 7.51 lbs.;  Big Fish, Jonah Segovia, 4.96 lbs.; Winners in the 16 18 age group w ere:  First place, Kail Stevens, 10.94 lbs. and Big Fish, 5.92 lbs.;  Second place, Wesley Davis, 8.56 lbs.; and,  Third place, Alex Pluskot, 8.5 lbs. The Teen Anglers would like to thank the boat captains for all their support. Leroy Baurer, Mike Ingram, Robert Haff, Mike Jones, Jimbo Newell, Larry W ise, Mike Zubricky and Jim Pippin. Thank you Jamie Mellette for lunch following the tournament. Hiler, Stevens winners in teen tourney Special to the Okeechobee NewsRyan Barndollar claimed second place in the 11-15 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWesley Davis placed second in the 1618 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsAlex Pluskot was the third-place nisher in the 16-18 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJosh Hiler won rst place in the 11-15 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKail Stevens won rst place in the 1618 age group in the Big O Teen Anglers Tournament. He also won the prize for big sh.

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Property taxes The heavily wooded area on SW 48th and SW 16th that caught re Saturday is c lassi ed as agriculture by the property appraiser’s of ce. I have driven by that property many times over the years and I have never s een any livestock on it. If there is no lives tock on it, why does it have an ag exempt ion? I thought you had to show the property w as actually being used for agriculture.  If you want to do something fun, go to t he property appraiser’s web site, pull up y our own property, then zoom out to where y ou see some of these larger, empty pieces of property/land and look at the value versus t axable value. Then look at the owners and/ or how they are listed as tax exempt organizations and pay zero land tax. People can s ay the property appraisers of ce is short handed. If I can nd 15 properties within 15 minutes that raise questions, why can’t they? If they did 10 a week ... sooner or later they w ould come to that last piece of questionable property and the records would be up t o date and those who have been avoiding paying their fair share over the years would b e outed, caught, and made to pay what t heir property’s true value and use are.  It is long past time for someone to c irculate a petition to our devout Christian s upervisors and/or a ballot proposition that w ill: restore the EMT surcharge the churches s imply refused to continue paying (pennies per pew occupant), thus doubling everyone else’s; tax revenue-generating previously religion-exempt property as the commercial enterprise it is; tax non-active ag land as the real estate investment property it is; stop t he giveaway of land and streets for church c ampus “integration/consolidation”; and, require ALL non-pro ts desiring exemptions t o le certi ed accounting records and meet a threshold of 75 percent of total operating b udgets being spent on local, non-member, genuine charity bene ts.  Every property that has ag status should be checked once a year to make sure it is actually being used for agriculture and still quali es for that tax break.  Tax the churches and you could appropriately pay the sheriffs’s correctional ofcers and maintain our facility.Vote change If you watch the county commission meeting, Commissioner Hoover makes the motion to offer a $500,000 compromise and Commissioner Helton votes with him in favor of it. The other three vote against it, so it fails. Then they take a 5-minute break. Then they come back and Commissioner Culpepper asks to vote again. Commissioner Hoover makes the motion again, and this time the vote is 4-1 in favor of the motion with only Commissioner Domer voting against it. So what happened in that 5 minutes? Editor’s note: Commissioner Bryant Culpepper told the Okeechobee News that during the break, Sheriff Paul May told him that he would accept the $500,000 compromise. Sheriff May con rmed to the Okeechobee News that he did speak to Mr. Culpepper during the break.School start times I heard the school board is going to discuss the school starting times at a workshop meeting. If you know any school board members, please encourage them to have the high school start later as 7 a.m. is too early for teenagers’ brains to function. Just ask the teachers what it is like to teach those 7 a.m. classes. And it is dangerous for the kids to walk to the bus stops in the winter because it is pitch black. If they are going to consider changing school times, they should start with the high school and move it back to 8 a.m. or even 9 a.m. I think we would see improvement in their class work.BLM Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd — and since 2008, it’s taken a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell’s 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — the same agency at odds with Bundy — seized them. Drainage ditches and culverts are clearedI would like to share with my neighbors in Connors Gables and the administrators at Everglades Elementary School, who they should direct their thanks and appreciation to for the neighborhood and school perimeters drainage ditches being dug out and culverts cleared well in advance of the coming rainy season. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper is responsible for these timely actions. I met Commissioner Culpepper a few months ago at the Agri-Civic Center during the County Health Fair & Expo. We had a very nice conversation — as he is quite personable. I ran into him again a week or so later having lunch at the Tin Fish Restaurant. He invited my wife and I to join him at his table. I accepted, and I took that opportunity to discuss with him my concerns with the poor drainage in my neighborhood. After explaining what we experienced last rainy season, he insisted on following me to my house to investigate. After a great lunch at the Tin Fish, we toured Connors Gables and Everglades Elementary perimeter. Commissioner Culpepper took pictures of all the crushed-in culverts and non-existent ditches. He also had the opportunity to speak to Everglades Elementar y School Assistant Principal, Mr. Ball, who was opening the bus circle gates. Mr. Ball conrmed that the school yard oods when i t rains due to the poor drainage. Commissioner Culpepper stood ther e on Southeast Sixth Street, pulled out his cell phone and made a call. I don’t know who he spoke to, but he explained the condition of the culverts and ditches and said that th e situation needed to be xed. It wasn’t too long before utilities personnel were in th e neighborhood marking buried cables and water pipes with ground ags and spra y paint. soon after that — ditch digging and culvert replacements took place. We have already had a few heavy rainstorms since then, and I have not had an y standing water in my yard! I am very appreciative of Commissioner Culpepper’s sincer e desire to help all citizens of Okeechobee — even if they do not live in his district! Count y Commissioner Bryant Culpepper gets things done! Thank you. Respectfully, Bobby Keefe April 30, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak 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!  Join us on Tuesday, May 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the “Roper’s Paradise Cafe” for our monthly Power Networking Breakfast Get to know your local businesses and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. Do not miss this opportunity!  Have you been considering starting a business, but getting it started feels overwhelming? Where do you start? How can you get started on the right path? We’ve assembled a team of area professionals to provide you necessary information for you to consider before starting a business. We’ll provide you information on permits, insurance, accounting, human resources, legal issues, web site and marketing. Join us on June 5 at 9 a.m. and determine if starting a business is right for you. Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. Please call Antoinette Rodriguez or Mariah Parriott at 863-467-6246 to RSVP! 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 Bene t set for Eddie CasonOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause is hosting its monthly quarter auction Tuesday, May 20, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., bene tting Eddie Cason who has stage-4 colon cancer. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come out and help support and bring lots of quarters. We’re looking for new vendors. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLANOKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners on ursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Room 270, Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. e purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee County, Florida and to consider authorizing transmittal of the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. e proposed comprehensive plan amendment is described as follows: Rosen and Associates is the applicant. e amendment is a request to reclassify approximately 848 acres from the Agriculture future land use classication to the Resort Activity Center future land use classication. e change would increase the density for residential development from 1 unit per 10 acres to up to 1 unit per 2 acres and allow for recreational and commercial uses including recreational vehicle spaces. e aected property is described as follows: All of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and All that land lying in the South one-half of Section 4, Township 36 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, that is not within the boundary of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be available for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed amendment, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Development Department prior to the hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Publish in e Okeechobee News : April 30, 2014 5 Okeechobee News A pril 30, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Hitching aid 6 Journalist Paula 10 Silo occupant, briefly 14 Place to practice plis 15 Arab League member 16 __ Tea Latte: Starbucks offering 17 Cost to join the elite? 19 Smoke Gets in Your EyesŽ composer 20 Pay for, in a way 21 Wonder Woman accessory 22 Stroke gently 25 Kindle download thats too good to delete? 27 Like some felonies 29 Seuss pondruling reptile 30 Ready for FedEx, perhaps 31 Yahoo 34 Only 20thcentury president whose three distinct initials are in alphabetical order 35 Origami tablet? 39 Common HDTV feature 41 Basic water transport 42 French royal 45 California city on Humboldt Bay 48 Certain allergy sufferers bane 49 Expert on circular gaskets? 53 Induced 54 Places for pews 55 Places for sweaters? 57 Makes certain of 58 List of reversals? 62 Jeanne __ 63 Feigned 64 Inventor Howe 65 Fair 66 Bellicose god 67 They may be hammered out DOWN 1 TV Guide abbr. 2 McRae of the 70s-80s Royals 3 Ocean State sch. 4 Richies mom, to Fonzie 5 National Institutes of Health home 6 Don Diego de la Vegas alter ego 7 Pal of 6-Down 8 Czech diacritical 9 Terre Haute-toSouth Bend dir. 10 More repulsive 11 Event offering superficial pleasure 12 Crude containers 13 Muezzins tower 18 Early sunscreen ingredient 21 Tapered support item 22 Chem. pollutant 23 Evil WomanŽ rock gp. 24 Hacks 26 The CloserŽ star Sedgwick 28 Libras mo., perhaps 31 Glitzy wrap 32 On vacation 33 Stop wavering 36 Wee bit o Glenlivet, say 37 Apportioned 38 Unagi, at a sushi bar 39 November meteor shower,with theŽ 40 Liqueur named for an island 43 Once known as 44 The Worlds __Ž: 2013 sci-fi comedy 46 Romanian RhapsodiesŽ composer 47 Metric wts. 48 One of the Ivies 50 Fur tycoon 51 Ristorante potful 52 Iraqis neighbors 56 Word with white or fire 58 Thurman of film 59 Recycling vessel 60 Delt neighbor 61 Superhero symbol By David Poole (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/11/14 04/11/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An estimated $55,000 in damage was reported after a re that engulfed a vehicle spread to the garage, a pump house and other areas on Saturday evening, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Lieutenant Robert Ban eld reported. Crews responded to 30004 N.E. 69th Terrace just before 6 p.m. and found a 1994 Honda Acura fully involved and that ames had spread to the garage area. The threebay garage, vehicle and a four-wheel-drive Kubota tractor and other contents were all destroyed in the blaze. Lt. Ban eld's report stated the re also spread to a nearby pump house with a water pump and storage tank and threatened a nearby doublewide trailer. "The doublewide was 50 feet away and sustained damage to the entire north end of the trailer with all the siding melted off the trailer," the report stated. The blaze also spread to some nearby trees, oaks and a grassy area. Fire crews pulled two lines and extinguished the ames that were burning the north end of the trailer and then the pump house, garage and vehicles. The Okeechobee City Fire Department provided mutual aid in the re. Approximately 4,000 gallons of water and 10 gallons of foam were used to put out the ames. The Okeechobee of ce of the American Red Cross came to the assistance of the family. The family was without water due to the damage to the water pump and pump house. The State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the blaze. Five re units and nine remen were on the scene for over three hours putting out the blaze and cleaning up the scene. Fire damages Fort Drum home

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A ngela Jo Arnold, 44OKEECHOBEE — Angela Jo Arnold passed A pril 14, 2014. She w as born Feb. 23, 1970. A lifelong resident of Okeechobee, she enjoyed spending time with her family and dog and riding her Harley. She owned and operated A rnold’s land clearing where she was a heavy equipment operator. She was a member of Dunklin Memorial. Miss Arnold was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Arnold; her biological mother, Louise Arnold; brother, Mark Arnold; sister, Chrissie Williams. She is survived by her mother, Sue Ann Arnold; son/dogs, Radar and Callie; two brothers, Mike Arnold (Joy) and Kevin Arnold; three sisters, Irene Rowell, Bonnie Arnold (Eddie) all of Okeechobee and Stacey Chapman (Jason) of Port St. Lucie; a host of nieces and nephews; and special brother-in-law, Danny Williams. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, A pril 19, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Basinger Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Heroes 4 Hope. 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. George William Reichert, Jr., 31OKEECHOBEE — George William Reichert, Jr. died April 26, 2014. He was born June 12, 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland to George W. Sr. and Judy Whitley Reichert. A resident of Okeechobee since 1987, he was a member of Oakview Baptist Church. He enjoyed baseball, shing and computers. Mr. Reichert is surv ived by his parents, W illiam and Judy Reichert; daughter, Kali Marie Reichert; sister, Michelle Derry all of Okeechobee. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Oakview Baptist Church. 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. Helen Lucille Newman, 86OKEECHOBEE — Helen Lucille Newman died April 26, 2014. She was born August 15, 1927 in Spring eld, Ohio to Clarence and Rose Thompson DePriest. A resident of Okeechobee for 40 years, she was a homemaker and member of the North Okeechobee Church of God. Mrs. Newman was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Gibson and her husband, Harvey Newman. She is survived by three sons, James Rowe, Sr. (Joanne) of Okeechobee, Steve Cartwright of Adelle, Georgia and Harvey Lee Newman (Robin) of Okeechobee; three daughters, Diane Morris (Ben) of Jackson, Ohio, Ruth Brown of St. Louis, Missouri and Debbie Newman of Okeechobee; 18 grandchildren; numerous greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Paul of Spring eld, Ohio; and sister, Joanne of Melbourne. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at North Okeechobee Church of God with Pastor Don Leon 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. Philip Anthony ‘Tony’ Mathis, 71OKEECHOBEE — Tony Mathis died April 27, 2014. He was born January 14, 1943 in Pahokee to Philip and Jonnie Mae Mathis. A resident of Okeechobee since 1984, he coached baseball for over 30 years from youth leagues through High School. He treated all his players like they were his own children. Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kay Mathis of Okeechobee; son, Tiger Mathis (Lisa) of Port St. Lucie; three daughters, Tonya Coppock (Darryl) of Lebo, Kansas, Kathy LeConey (David) of Gainesville and Jackie Morales (Luis) of Okeechobee; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; two brothers, Dennis Mathis of Hobe Sound and Jeff Mathis (Tonie) of South Carolina; and sister, Peggy Windsor (JD) of West Palm Beach. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Cary McKee of ciating. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Okeechobee High School Baseball Team. 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. Robert J. ‘Bob’ Lee, 95LIVE OAK — Robert J. ‘Bob’ Lee from Live Oak, Fla., was born on April 22, 1919. The Shiloh, Tenn. native lived in Live Oak for 25 years and was a Veteran of WWII while serving in the Army. He raised chickens, owned a coin store, worked at Mac’s Sports Shop and was an avid coin collector. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clara Mae Lee, Live Oak; ve daughters, Peggy Cashmore, Live Oak, Sally (Ralph) Beach, Okeechobee, Fla., Ann Lee, Live Oak, Marie Croft, Gainesville, Fla., Yolanda Lee, Elko, Nev.; three sons, Robert E. (Cheryl) Lee, Memphis, Tenn., Randy (Patty) Lee, Dallas, Texas, Jason (Julia) Lee, Hilton Head, S.C.; grandchildren, Kevin, Shannon, Ashley, Amanda, David, Elissya, Paul and numerous great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by George Cashmore, Richard Lee, Alan Gowan and Audrey Gowan. The family wants to send a special thanks out to the wonderful care givers, nurses and Hospice staff. Please sign the guest book at www.danielsfuneralhome.com Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. Live Oak & Branford, Fla. in charge of arrangements. Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: • Superintendent Letter • School Calendar • SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE • School Listing • Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014Obituaries 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. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Peace Lutheran Church will host a free family movie Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., outdoors on the church grounds. It will be a big screen event with free popcorn and drinks. Everyone is welcome. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy a family movie. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church will host a Theology 101 class Sunday evenings, at 6:15 p.m., through May 16. All who want to learn more of divine truth are welcome. Big Lake Church of God by Faith 1002 N.W. Ninth Ave., will present a ne w program, Courageous Women, Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. The public is welcome. For information, call 863-484-2961. The Okeechobee Church of God 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will host a yard sale Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Spaces are available for a $10 donation and come with a table. All donations go to the church. To reserve your space or to donate items, call Norma Kemp at 863-634-2930. There are many opportunities at Peace Lutheran Church including Peace Outreach, whose goals include getting everyone to discover their gifts and use them for the Glory of God. Another new event is the Peace Garden Club which focuses on church grounds. Club meetings are the last Monda y of each month at 7 p.m. Okeechobee Mission Baptist Church will host a discover youth program ever y Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 8637-763-3681. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Ministr y Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 1401 N.E. Park St., is in need of donations of any type. The thrift store is open Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and the building fund yard sale will be the rst and second Saturday o f every month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 863-634-9194. Note: An Okeechobee Church Directory is now available at Florida.Newszap. com with addresses and service times fo r local churches, or go to www.newszap. com/okeechobeechurches. Send additions or corrections for the online directory to okeenews@newszap.com, or ll out the form provided on the website. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches fo r this weekly column. E-mail okeenews@newszap. com. Churches plan events

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7 Okeechobee News A pril 30, 2014 F ood pantry needs freezerThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church f ood pantry is in need of a large (25 cubic f oot capacity) chest-type freezer. It must be i n excellent running condition and a newer e nergy-ef cient model. For information or to m ake a donation, call Kip Gardner at 8633 57-0427 or 863-610-6659. E agles hosting dinnerOn Wednesday, April 30 the Cypress H ut Eagles will host a ham or meat loaf dinn er prepared by the auxiliary. On Thursday, M ay 1, tacos will be served at the bar. The p ublic is invited. Proceeds will go to various c harities. For information, call the Cypress H ut Eagles at 863 467 1154. M oose offers bingo, dinnerOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N .W. 36th St., invites you to join them for b ingo at the lodge on Thursday, May 1 at 1 p.m. and on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. L unch will be available for a small charge on T hursday. Sunday, May 4, is a pot luck dinner a t 2 p.m. Please bring a covered dish. Sund ay breakfast will resume in the fall.Run aids Special OlympicsThe Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida will be held Friday, May 2 The run will start at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, 504 N.W. Fourth St., at 9 a.m. and will conclude at the Publix Supermarket parking lot, 3551 U.S. 441 S. Following the run, a barbecue will be held in the Publix parking lot. If you would like to run, be at the sheriff's of ce at 8:30 am. Friday and buy a T-shirt. For information, call Michele Bell at 863-763-3117.Trail Club planning bene t The Big Lake Trail Riders Club is a nonpro t organization that puts on an equestrian 5-speed show event every third Saturday of the month at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. 441 N. We have been a part of history at that arena since 1986. Our club is having a quarter auction to help pay for our expenses on Friday, May 2 at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. Doors will open at 6 p.m. There will also be a spaghetti dinner for $6. For information, call Donna Munn at 863-447-9595.Youth grid sign-ups slatedOkeechobee Wolverines youth football and cheer travel league sign-ups are at W&W Lumber on S.R. 70 E. on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The price is $40. You must be 4-6 years old for ag football and cheer, and 7-15 years old for tackle football and cheer. All players most have a physical and present a birth certi cate before July 7. There will be ve teams in the age range. There will be ve away games and ve home games. Games are on Saturdays only. They are asking for parent volunteers and coaching help. Call Alan Hayes at 863697-0398 or Leann Wester at 863-801-6157 for information.Martha's House hosting saleMartha's House, 4134 U.S. 441 N., will host a yard sale Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All clothing is $1.Pitch, hit and run scheduledPitch, hit and run will be held Saturday, May 3 at the sports complex baseball eld #4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For information, call 863-763-6950.OCSO hosting memorialThe annual Law Enforcement Memorial will be held Monday, May 5 on the steps of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce starting at 9 a.m. The memorial will honor those members of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty.Moose to host Taco DayOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host Taco Day on Monday, May 5 from noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, is Wing Night from 5 until 7 p.m. Bingo is Thursday, May 8, at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for a small charge on Thursday. Volunteer to help seniorsIf you are 55 or older, join us on Thursday, May 8 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. for a free cup of coffee and light breakfast at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St. Learn ho w you can volunteer to help other seniors in your community. For information, contact: Darlene Forage by calling 772-349-5073 or b y e-mail at dforage@youradrc.org; or, contact Marco Cuevas by calling 863-484-2907 or b y e-mail at mcuevas@okeechobeevolunteers. org. RSVP to Darlene Forage or Marco Cuevas as space is limited.Moose Rally set for May 10Okeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host its Moose Rally with food at the Tiki Hut on Friday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, at noon with food from 2 until 6 p.m.Shared Services meeting setThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the board room of the Okeechobee Count y School Board of ce. For information, call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 8 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 Over 3,000 graduates is largest number of bachelor’s degrees ever awarded by IRSCPORT ST. LUCIE—On Friday, May 2, Indian River State College will hold its 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. at Tradition Field/Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie, topping the 3,000 mark in the number of graduates for the second straight year and awarding the largest number of bachelor’s degrees ever. During this academic year, 3,110 students have earned an associate or bachelor’s degrees from IRSC. The growth of the college’s bachelor’s degree programs is re ected in a 17 percent increase in graduates, with 514 baccalaureate graduates. Almost 2,600 students earned associate degrees in 2013-14, with 1,857 students earning an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and 736 students earning an Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Associate in Arts graduates are typically focused on gaining the academic foundation to progress toward a bachelor’s degree at IRSC or other college to a university. Associate in Science graduates have gained skills for in-demand technical careers after two years of college and may opt to enter the workforce or continue toward a bachelor’s degree at IRSC. This year’s commencement speaker will be Dr. William E. Trueheart, president of Achieving the Dream, the nation’s most comprehensive movement for student success in higher education. IRSC was recently selected to join the prestigious national Achieving the Dream network of colleges to enhance student outcomes and increase achievement for rst generation in college and minority students. For the rst time, IRSC will also feature a student commencement speaker. Olivia Sims, an outstanding IRSC graduate, will provide re ections on her experiences as an IRSC student. Sims, 20, has been named a national 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and is a member of the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team. She completed her AA degree with a “straight A” 4.0 grade point average, served as Vice President of IRSC’s Campus Coalition Government, and is a member of the College’s National Championship Swimming and Diving Team. Extremely involved in community service, Olivia is preparing for a career in nursing. Dr. Trueheart serves as a member of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Statistics Pathways Steering Committee, the Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success National Advisory Board, and as co-chair of the Data/Metrics Advisory Panel for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. He serves on the Board of the Association of Governing Boards, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Commonfund, Inc., and as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of Johnson and Wales University. During the commencement ceremon y 151 outstanding graduates will receive transfer scholarships from the IRSC Foundation, totaling over $566,885 to continue their education to upper division universities and IRSC. These graduates will be awarded scholarships based on academic achievement, community service and leadership thanks to the generous contributions of local businesses, individuals and communit y organizations to the IRSC Foundation. In celebration of commencement, IRSC students and employees are invited to IRSC Night at Tradition Field/Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie when the St. Lucie Mets play the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. The rain date for commencement is Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. in Tradition Field / Mets Stadium. Students and families are advised to monitor www.irsc.edu, IRSC Facebook, WQCS 88.9 FM or call 1-866-792-4772 in case of rain. A commencement ceremon y will also be held in December. IRSC spring commencement set for May 2 Special to the Okeechobee NewsIndian River State College congratulates the following Okeechobee residents who will graduate this spring. (The commencement lists include students who applied for graduation by A pril 11.) The IRSC Spring Commencement will be held on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Tradition Field (St. Lucie Mets Stadium), St. Lucie West.Associate in Arts Degree Jochen Anglin Monica Marie Anuez Jennifer Arellano Kristen Ann Barnes Emily Ann Berggren Richard Leon Blackwood Jr. Katrina Ruth Bosworth Thomas Burford Michael William Carter Morgan M. Carter Taylor Nicole Davis Cain Carlitos Elliott Andrea Lizette Estrada Taylor Renee’ Fulford Logan Glenn Furiato Amanda Lynn Goggans Kyla Danielle Hargraves Angela Marie Hazellief Kim Faye Hopkins Jessica Jaimes Renee L. Juarez Erin Jill Kersey Mary B. Kimbrough Logan Maxwell Kindell Teresa Marie Leppert Yujun Han Lincoln Diareny Medina Wesley Taylor Mims Stanly Tran Ngo Kayla Leann Orr Shelby Dawn Pollock Garrett S. Rucks Oscar Ruiz Amanda Rumbaugh Vannesa Marie Sanchez Carlos Santibanez Andrew A. Selvey Laura Elizabeth Shaheen Tabitha Rae Smith Ruth Sarai Solorzano Sara Joelle Sparks Andrea Guadalupe Stark Ryan M. Starnes Gregory Scott Straight Krista Marie Ward Ashley Lynn Watson Chelsea Michele WharinAssociate in Applied Science Degree Javier Garcia-Gomez Erin Jill Kersey Frederick Williams Lester Yeates Jr.Associate in Science DegreeCasandra Helble Almazan Kelly Marie Anderson Brett Bridges Summer Savannah Callaway Audelia R. Chapa Bonnie Chappell Philip James-Knoetgen Dejean Sherry Watson Douglas Victor Gabriel Gandarilla Jr. Reina Roble Garcia Stephanie Chouinard Garrison Lora Nicole Gomez David Michael Harris Ruben Hernandez Jr. Krystal Sue Kemp Rachael Renee Laskey Hayley Caroline Orr Tiffany Lyn Peters Vianey Pineda Erica Victoria Rodriguez Robert Michael Rodriguez Vicenta Torres Ruiz Roshni Sabuji Heather Shadix Whitney Collins Smith Stephanie Tamara Summers Raquel Torres Hailey M. Venables Tabitha Lousie Vonderau Taylor Mckenzie Waldron Ann Walters Nathan John Willbarger Erika WilliamsBachelor of Applied Science DegreePhillip Roland Arnold Amanda Lynn Rodriguez Juliet Adeltha Skinner Jeffery WhitlockBachelor of Science DegreeMaria Soledad Hernandez Robert Duane Staton Alicia Torres IRSC spring graduates from Okeechobee County

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9 Okeechobee News A pril 30, 2014 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Aysia Simone Browdy, 29, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Officer J.P. Zeigler on a felony charge of grand theft. Her bond on that charge w as set at $2,500. Browdy was later arrested by Deputy Yero Todman on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felonies of criminal use of personal identification information (two counts), forgery (two counts) and uttering a forged instrument (two counts). Her bond on those charges was set at $11,000.  Pittman Jason Sampson, 39, N.E. 49th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested A pril 25 by Deputy Yero Todman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation driving under the influence. He is being held without bond.  Eric Caballero, 39, N.W. 160th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Detective Ted Van Deman on felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and sexual battery victim 12 y ears of age or under. His bond was set at $200,000.  Jose Luis Carrasco, 40, N.E. 224th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Detective Ted Van Deman on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious battery victim 12-15 years of age. His bond was set at $100,000.  Penny Marie Nowlin, 57, S.W. 23rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 26 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Her bond was set at $500.  Christopher Jacob Willet, 20, S.E. 33rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear possession of a legend drug without a prescription and the misdemeanor charge of failure to appear contempt of court. He is being held without bond.  Steven Mitchell Alderete, 26, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Officer J.P. Zeigler on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation. His bond was set at $2,500.  Bobby Wade Walker, 33, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Deputy Timothy Porter on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. His bond was set at $500.  David Thomas Stagani, 43, S.W. 23rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. His bond was set at $500.  Donald Leo Gordon, 52, N.W. 28th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Gustavo Anthony Escobedo, 57, N.W. 18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. He was released on his own recognizance. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be confirmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercisingUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running, and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on S.R. 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility. While the county encourages area residents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the facility grounds for exercise, the staff asked everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering.

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florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 10 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 connection in the death of Anthony ‘Tony’ Richard Gehle. On May 14, 2010, he was found guilty of manslaughter and two counts of culpable negligence. Then, because of his 10 prior felony convictions, Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger declared Mullin to be a habitual felony offender and sentenced him to a maximum of 30 years in prison. Mullin was found guilty of jumping onto the hood of Mr. Gehle’s car and trying to punch him through the open window of the driver’s door. In the car with Mr. Gehle were his then 5-year-old daughter, Catelyn, and A mber Anthony — the sister of his estranged w ife, Angela. Mr. Gehle was taking his daughter to her mother’s Oak Park home, which Mrs. Gehle w as sharing with Mullin at the time. Mullin became enraged and tried to goad Mr. Gehle into a ght. When Mr. Gehle got into his car to leave, Mullin chased after him and jumped onto the hood. Because Mr. Gehle’s vision was apparently blocked by Mullin, he ran a stop sign at the intersection of S.W. 32nd Ave. and S.W. 21st St. His red Toyota Corolla was then hit in the driver’s door by an oncoming F-350 Ford pickup truck. Mr. Gehle died shortly after the crash. Catelyn, who was in the back seat of the car, survived the crash but has had to undergo a number of surgical procedures to her face. Ms. Anthony, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered a back injury. Because of the injuries to Catelyn and Ms. Anthony, Mullin was charged with two counts of culpable negligence. In 2012, Mullin led his rst appeal and w as granted a new trial because the jury did not hear all of Mrs. Gehle’s taped testimony. As the jury was deliberating at the 2010 trial, they asked that the testimony of Angela regarding Mullin jumping on the hood of Mr. Gehle’s car be replayed. The 4th DCA ruled that even though the trial court replayed the relevant portions of Mrs. Gehle’s testimony under direct examination by Mr. Richardson, her cross examination by Public Defender Stanley Glenn was not replayed for the jury. “The defendant insists the failure to include the cross examination, as requested by the defense, was reversible error. We agree,” penned the appellate justices. On June 29, 2012, Mullin was again found guilty by a six-member Okeechobee County jury at his second trial. During the rebuttal portion of Mr. Richardson’s closing argument at that trial, he told the jury in order to nd Mullin not guilty they had to believe that three witnesses lied about Mullin jumping onto the hood of Mr. Gehle’s car. According to the appellate court’s opinion, Mr. Richardson told the jury: “... if you want to nd him not guilty here are the things that you would have to nd to make that not — to check that not guilty box off (on the verdict form). Angela Gehle, K.G. sp (Catelyn) and Amber Anthony all fabricated their testimony. They all got up on the stand. They raised their right hand, they looked you square in the eye and they lied. Are you prepared to believe that?” The appellate justices ruled that statement served “... to shift the burden of proof.” The justices went on to point out that after the prosecutor made that statement, Mr. Glenn objected. Then, as the two attorneys discussed the objection during a sidebar with Judge Belanger, Mr. Richardson did not take down a power point presentation that pointed out what the jury would have to believe to nd Mullin not guilty. In their most recent opinion, the justices stated: “The standard for a criminal conviction is not which side is more believable, but whether, taking all the evidence into consideration, the state has proven every essential element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. For that reason, it is error for a prosecutor to make statements that shift the burden of proof and invite the jury to convict the defendant for some reason other than that the state has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.” Even though Judge Belanger presided over the two previous trials, Mr. Richardson said this time current Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer would hear the case. Mullin will again be represented by Mr. Glenn, added the prosecutor. MULLINContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman is being held on bond after she was allegedly involved in a ght with another woman and then reportedly killed a 2-week-old puppy that belonged to the victim. An arrest report by Deputy Steven Pollock, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated Mary Virginia Raulerson grabbed up two, 2-week-old Chihuahua puppies that belonged to the victim. She then threw them onto the oor of the home and screamed “die, die die!” added the report. One of them died in front of the deputy. Raulerson, 49, S.W. 18th Ave., was arrested Monday, April 28, on two felony charges of animal cruelty causing cruel death, pain and suffering and one misdemeanor count of battery. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $6,000 bond. According to Deputy Pollock’s report Raulerson and the victim were arguing about some past issue when she twice grabbed the victim by the shoulders and shoved her. The victim apparently was not injured. At some point Raulerson went into a bedroom in the home where the puppies were being kept with their mother. One of the puppies was brown and white, and the other was all brown. The deputy stated Raulerson walked out of the bedroom with the puppies and threw them onto the oor. The woman then walked outside the home to wait for law enforcement to arrive, continued the report. “The white and brown puppy was lying in the hallway of the residence. I observed the puppy’s forehead to be swollen (the skull was deformed) and a small amount of blood coming from its mouth,” stated the deputy in his report. “The puppy was lightly breathing and while I was taking digital photographs of the puppy, it expired.” Deputy Pollock said the other puppy had a small amount of blood coming from its nose but it did not seem to be harmed in any other manner. The deputy went on to state he contacted Okeechobee Animal Control and Of cer Jef f Parramore responded. After checking the second puppy, he apparently told Deput y Pollock it appeared to be OK. That puppy was returned to its mother. Another witness to the events veri ed the victim’s account of what had happened, stated Deputy Pollock. Okeechobee woman charged with killing puppy Mary V. Raulerson “I’m very proud of the fact that most of our teachers are doing what they need to be doing. Sometimes accidents happen and sometimes a poor choice is made. Regardless, we’ll wait until the investigation is over to determine how to proceed,” he added. Because the 18 student test scores won’t be counted, Seminole could lose as many as 36 points used to calculate their school grade this year, Kenworthy stated, he noted the formula takes into account the number of students in the school that reach a certain level of pro ciency and also considers learning gains. “Every student is worth two points to the school so the school grade will be decreased more than likely by 36 points. It depends on how they fare in other tests like reading, science and writing on whether this will lower the school grade,” he added. The state would consider it an unfair advantage for the students to have the wrong reference sheet with the teacher’s handwriting on it. Impossible to determine is whether or how much each student used the reference sheet. Another issue will be the dif culty in proving intent on the part o f the teacher. “A reference sheet is pretty common. Any student that has to take the FCAT math should be able to produce a reference sheet, it just so happens there was the additional writing, the question is how did that sheet get distributed rather than the real reference sheet that should have been used. There are a lot of unknowns but the investigation will determine that,” he added. Mr. Kenworthy also put to bed a community-wide rumor that stated a substitute janitor interrupted two teachers after school hours in a sexually compromising position last week. He said an investigation was undertaken at that school and of cials could not con rm the incident occurred. “We interviewed 15 people. At this point we’ve exhausted all of the names we’ve had and nobody was able to report or con rm anything. We are calling it unfounded at this point.” In other school board-related news, Cheryl Kirton has led to run for School Board in District 1, Dixie Ball in District 3 and Jill Clericuzio Holcomb in District 5. FCATContinued From Page 1 Hershey Track/Field games plannedThe Hershey’s Track and Field games will be held Friday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee High School, 2800 N. U.S. 441. For more than 35 years, the games have inspired youth ages 9-14 to be their best while having fun with every run, jump and throw. For information, call 863-763-6950.Healthy Start group to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Friday, May 16, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee’s Fellowship Hall, 401 S.W. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee football coach Chris Branham is thrilled with the results of his offseason work out plan and predicts his team w ill do a good job installing a new offense once spring football practice begins next Friday. There were 116 players who showed up for off-season conditioning that includes sessions of weight lifting, a lot of running, and v arious conditioning drills. The program also played in numerous passing leagues known as 7-on-7 through the United States Sports Association. Okeechobee is installing the Pistol Wing T offense that comes from a coach in California. It is based out of a shotgun set and allows the team to have more skill players on the eld at one time. The offensive line w ill be asked to do zone blocks and kick out blocks rather than down eld blocks like in the I formations run in the past. It will also emphasize a short passing game. The depth chart entering preseason includes Antawyn Fludd and Cory Surls battling it out to become the starting quarterback. Fludd is looked at as a dual threat and has impressed in the passing leagues. Surls is the classic pocket passer who showed improvement throughout last season. Top returners include Dee Shockley who w ill shift to strong side linebacker and tailback, Devion Wigfall, a starter at defensive tackle who broke his leg last year, Mitchell Madrigal at middle linebacker, G.W. Jarriel at cornerback, Zeke Matthews at safety, Tristen A nderson at corner back, Andrew Wine at linebacker Arthur Woodruff at defensive end, Greg Hernandez at offensive tackle, Edrick Neal at offensive center, Mikel Sadler on the offensive line, Drayton Billie at running back and wing back, Marquez McLemore at wide receiver, Chris Epps at defensive back, and Tyrone Peterson, defensive linemen. JV players to get a long look in the preseason include, Juan Yae Ford, Alex Garcia, J acob Emmick and Wyatt Bessenbacher at w ide receiver, plus linemen Darion Kessler, J oe Benjamin, and Fred Bradley. Branham is very optimistic that May will be a productive month for his program. "We are very optimistic, we've had a great off season, it's a young team with quite a bit of talent, we hope we can learn, jell together and grow during spring ball," he said. The biggest area of concern will be the offensive line which lost four starters to graduation. Players like Hernandez, Sadler and Neal will be counted on. Neal appears healthier after a sophomore year battling knee issues. Branham said the new offensive philosophy will t in with the talent his players have. The backs will be asked to make quick cuts and he expects some growing pains but also some big plays. "I feel the system will really bene t the young kids. We want to get better now and we're already a little stronger than last year. In the next few years I think the system will pay off as the kids get older, more familiar with it, and more comfortable in the system," he added. Branham expects the offense to really kick into gear after the rst month of the season in 2014. The eighth grade group has had about 50 players at workouts after school. Key players to watch include Ja Juan Cherry, Lamar Williams, Robert Futch, Janavise Futch, Kysell Richardson, George Marshall, Jarrett Mills and several others. New coaches in the program include Nate Pollard, Steve Smith and Rex Irwin Jr. Chaka Smith, Tyrone Smith, Joe Smith and Jeff Whitlock also return to the sidelines. The annual purple white scrimmage is scheduled for Friday, May 30. The eighth graders will play rst with a team from Yearling to oppose a team from Osceola Middle School. The varsity team, will play after the younger kids play. Off-season camps planned include a Wellington camp on June 13, a skills camp on June 20-22, a linemen camp at the University of South Florida from June 27-29, and a camp known as grind it out from July 2123. The program will also hold a brickyard fundraiser and sell bricks to fans and supporters that will be placed near the restroom complex on the home side of Brahman Stadium. Each brick costs $100. Proceeds will also bene t the OHS wrestling program. The program also intends to have three teams next fall. A freshman team will pla y six games, a junior varsity an eight-game schedule and the varsity a 10-game regular season and a kickoff classic at home versus Lake Placid. Okeechobee plays Glades Da y School as their regular season opener at home this year. Branham excited about OHS spring grid practice 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: 215 N.E. 19th 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 dozers and two re engines to ght the re. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue re ghters also battled the brush re. According to the Florida Forest Service report, the cause of the re is unknown. Florida's dry season, which runs through J une, brings increased danger of wild res. "We need everyone to be extremely careful with anything that involves a ame, high heat or can cause a spark to y into dry brush," said Melissa Yunas, wild re mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Serv ice. FIREContinued From Page 1 "I feel this system will really bene t the younger kids. We want to get better now and we're already a little stronger than last year."OHS coach Chris Branham

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Interested applicants should submit an application to Human Resources at 504 NW 4th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Applications may be printed from our website okeesheriff.org. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Part Time Retired Professional Looking for a part time appointment generator, preferably mechanical exp., customer friendly, to work at sales booth in a big box store. Please call 863-385-2665 or send resume to info@advancedairsebring .com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. 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Now leasing to all Ag/Non-Ag Employees Handicap-Accessible Units Available Equal Housing Opportunity Apartments Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses RentGround Flr. 1br/1ba., Lake Front view, fully furnished, includes Utilities. $750 mo + Sec. 863-634-0663. Taylor Creek Condo 2br./1ba., screened in porch, pool, boat dock, Washer/Dryer, water included. $800 mo. No pets. Move in now! $700. 863-634-0663. Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. (941) 504-3954 FOR RENT 1BD/1BA, LIVING & DINING ROOM KITCHEN COMBINATION. RANCH ON 4 ACRES, FT DRUM AREA $600.00/MO. PLUS SECURITY CALL LIZ 734-637-2697 NICE, CLEAN 3B R HOUSE, FENCED YARD, PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. 375 SE 16TH AVE. $800/MO. 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Office Space Rent Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space, 500 SF and up. 863-467-0651 Waterfront RentalsWATERFRONT IN BUCKHEAD RIDGE, NICE 3/2, LARGE ROOMS, CENTRAL AIR, 1 CAR GARAGE. $850.00 PLUS SECURITY 1147 4TH ST. 561-968-4018 Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,000 down 1st, & security. $700 monthly (772) 464-9226 NICE CLEAN COMPLETELY FURNISHED 1BD & 2BD HOMES DIRECTV INCLUDED. RENT STARTS AT $140.00 WEEKLY CALL 863-517-5111 SMALL 1BD TRAVEL trailer, all utilities included. $425/month. + $300 security. On Rim Canal. Call 863-697-0214. TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE DOUBLEWIDE MH,ON DBLE LOT, 3BD 2BA ,2 LIVING ROOMS, LAUNDRY ROOM AND LARGE CLOSED IN PORCH. IN LARKEE LAKES OFF 15A. $50,000.00 863-467-4449 Palm Harbor Homes limited time offer! $5K towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes from the $60’s plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2000 TOYOTA CELICA GTS silver, black leather, sunroof, manual 6 speed, 117,000 m, cold A/C, killer sound system w/Bluetooth, well maintained with records. $5,000 /or best offer (561)222-7852 FOR SALE-2006 LINCOLN TOWN CARSIGNATURE LIMITED-24,887 MILESONE OWNER-FULLY LOADED WITH ALL THE EXTRASASKING $16,500 OBO (863) 447-0742 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Public Notice Public Notice Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000381-CAAX-MX GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, VS. FREDDIE PHIPPS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FREDDIE PHIPPS; LISA M. PHIPPS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LISA M. PHIPPS; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; UNKNOWN TENANT #3; UNKNOWN TENANT #4; 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 7, Block 5, REVISED PLAT OF WILCOX SHORES, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 5, 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 May 28, 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 7th day of April 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 33619-1328 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. 465006 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2013-CA-000366-CAAX-MX JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. ROBERT L. WALKER, JR. A/K/A ROBERT LARRY WALKER, JR. A/K/A ROBERT WALKER, JR A/K/A ROBERT L. WALKER A/K/A ROBERT WALKER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ROBERT L. WALKER, JR. A/K/A ROBERT LARRY WALKER, JR. A/K/A ROBERT WALKER, JR A/K/A ROBERT L. WALKER A/K/A ROBERT WALKER; WENDY L. WALKER A/K/A WENDY LINDA WALKER A/K/A WENDY WALKER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WENDY L. WALKER A/K/A WENDY LINDA WALKER A/K/A WENDY WALKER; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 599, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SECTION SIX, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 30, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH A 1988 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME, TITLE NUMBERS 45653097 AND 45679591. To include a: 1988 GLEN VIN FLFLJ791A07791GL 0045653097 1988 GLENN VIN FLFLJ791B07791GL 0045679591 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 May 28, 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 24th day of April, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 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 711.465172 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 472013CA000163CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, VS. JOAQUIN D. DOMINGUEZ, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated March 20, 2014, and entered in Case No. 472013CA000163CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which PNC Bank, National Association, successor by merger to National City Bank, successor by merger to Harbor Federal Savings Bank, is the Plaintiff and Joaquin D. Dominguez also known as Joaquin Dominguez, Ana Dominguez also known as Ana G. Dominguez, Tenant # 1 also known as JESSIE FUTCH, Tenant # 2 also known as VIRGINIA WINDOM, The Unknown Spouse of Joaquin D. Dominguez also known as Joaquin Dominguez, are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 28th day of May, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 7,TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, RUN THENCE EAST ALONG THE 1/2 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 02 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 33 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 947.50 THENCE RUN SOUTH 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 996.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WEST R/W LINE OF ALTMAN ROAD, THENCE RUN SOUTH 02 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 33 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE WEST R/W LINE OF SAID ALTMAN ROAD FOR A DISTANCE OF 135.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.00 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 02 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 135.00 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE S 1/2 OF SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2006 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(S) GMHGA40533666A AND GMHGA40533666B AND TITLE NUMBER(S) 95772093 AND 95772414 A/K/A 2093 NW 42ND AVE OKEECHOBEE FL 34972-8891 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 20th day of March, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 014605F01 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 464383 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 14000119 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS,; et al., Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Unknown Heirs, Bene ciaries, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, and all other parties claiming an Interest By, Through, Under or Against the Estate of Carlos Alvarado, Deceased Last Known Residence: Unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 117, PIONEER ESTATES UNIT NO. 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 31 AND 32, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 1994 MERI DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME WITH ID# FLHML2F38411375A AND FLHML2F38411375B AND TITLE #71102405 AND 71102404. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on ALDRIDGE CONNORS, LLP, Plaintiffs attorney, at 1615 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200, Delray Beach, FL 33445 (Phone Number: (561) 392-6391), within 30 days of the rst date of publication of this notice, and le the original with the clerk of this court; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated on April 17, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis 465016 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Public Notice Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 14 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 13000200CAAXMX JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. COURTNEY N. GAST A/K/A COURTNEY NICOLE GAST A/K/A COURTNEY GAST, ET AL., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: TIMOTHY L. GEORGE 7705 SE 57TH DRIVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 OR 1360 LAKE JOSEPHINE DR. SEBRING, FL 33875 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TIMOTHY L. GEORGE 7705 SE 57TH DRIVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 OR 1360 LAKE JOSEPHINE DR. SEBRING, FL 33875 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2014000052CP IN RE: ESTATE OF PATRICIA D. DURRANCE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of PATRICIA D. DURRANCE, deceased, whose date of death was March 13, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 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 decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this 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 rst publication of this notice is April 18, 2014. Personal Representative: Michael Dodd Bulger 23095 Tarpon Ln. Cudjoe Key, FL 33042 Attorney for Personal Representative: John J. Managan, Jr., Esq. Attorney for Petitioner Florida Bar No. 0010020 LAW OFFICES OF JOHN MANGAN, P.A. 901 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Ste. 201 Palm City, FL 34990 Telephone: (772) 324-9050 Email: jmangan@jmanganlaw.com 464960 ON 4/23,30/2014 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on MAY 16, 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. 2004 CHEVY SILVERADO VIN #1GCEC19X34Z210760 1996 FORD MUSTANG VIN #1FALP404XTF112265 2006 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER VIN #1GNDS13S462172535 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. 465169 ON 4/30/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CA-555 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. JAMES C. HESTER; TIFFANY D. HESTER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAMES C. HESTER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TIFFANY D. HESTER; CONNERS GABLES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; and JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, unknown parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 10, 2014 (the “Judgment”), entered in Civil Case No. 2012-CA-555 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and JAMES C. HESTER, TIFFANY D. HESTER, CONNERS GABLES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., JOHN DOE n/k/a JAMES HESTER SR. and JANE DOE n/k/a REBECCA HESTER are Defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell the Property as de ned in the Judgment and as set forth below at a public sale on May 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to the “highest bidder,” for cash in the Jury Assembly Room at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. The “highest bidder” for purposes of this Notice of Sale, is de ned as the party who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) and who completes the sale in a timely fashion, as hereinafter set out. The one who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) shall be permitted to complete the sale by delivering to the Clerk, the balance of such bid, over and above the deposit, by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. The following property located in Okeechobee, Florida, is the subject of this Notice of Sale: Lot 6, less the North 63 feet thereof and the North 66 feet of Lot 7, Block 18, of a revised and addition to plat of Conners Gables, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page(s) 15, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida together with all existing or subsequently erected or af xed buildings, improvements, and xtures (the “Property”). Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED on April 10, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 465039 ON 4/23,30/2014 ering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: LOT 143, PIONEER ESTATES, UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 81, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 2001, DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME, VIN #’S: FLHML2B34624111A AND FLHML2B34624111B. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Antonio Andres Caula, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and le the original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 17th day of April, 2014. 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 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. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 465019 ON 4/23,30/2014 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-000293-CAAX-MX NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC Plaintiff VS. EUGENE E. MCINTYRE A/K/A EUGENE MCINTYRE, et al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled case, I will sell the property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, described as: The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 5 and the East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 5, Section 25, in THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT of Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3 through 3E, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a/k/a Lots E and F. To include a: 2005 CLAY VIN WHC014475GAA Title #0093419653 2005 CLAY VIN WHC014475GAB Title #0093420058 Property address: 15373 Nw 270th St Okeechobee, FL 34972 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE. FL 34972, beginning at 11:00 A.M. the 28th day of May, 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 7th day of February, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 462509 ON 4/30;5/7/2013 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze!

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Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2012CA401 HARBOR COMMUNITY BANK, a Florida banking corporation, as successor by corporate reorganization of First Bank and Trust Company of Indiantown, Plaintiff, v. JERRY E. OBERLEY and MARY V. OBERLEY, etc., et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 2, 2014, entered by the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, in that certain case, the docket number of which is 2012CA401, wherein HARBOR COMMUNITY BANK, a Florida banking corporation, is Plaintiff, and JERRY E. OBERLEY and MARY V. OBERLEY, etc., et al., are Defendants, SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court, will, on the 21st day of May, 2014, at 11:00 o’clock A.M., or as soon thereafter as the sale may be held, sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida (Second Floor, Jury Assembly Room) the following described real estate, situate, lying, and being in Okeechobee County, Florida: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AND IN SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LYING SOUTHWESTERLY OF S.R. #15 (CONNER’S HIGHWAY), OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM A 5”X 5” CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 6, BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 42’42” WEST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE OF 4686.16 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST RIGHTOFWAY LINE OF S.R. #15; THENCE SOUTH 51 DEGREES 30’19” EAST ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 10.02 FEET TO A POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE PROCEED SOUTH 38 DEGREES 29’41” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 228.40 FEET TO THE CENTRAL & SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT LEVEL LD-4 RIGHTOFWAY LINE; THENCE PROCEED NORTH 54 DEGREES 55’02” WEST A DISTANCE OF 200.18 FEET; THENCE PROCEED NORTH 38 DEGREES 29’41” EAST A DISTANCE OF 240.32 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST RIGHTOFWAY LINE OF S.R. #15; THENCE PROCEED SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID RIGHTOFWAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 200 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THIS PROPERTY IS ALSO DESCRIBED AS: LOTS 3 AND 4 OF AN UNRECORDED SURVEY, PROPERTY LOCATED IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AND IN SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND PREPARED BY W. L. WILLIAMS DATED JANUARY 1971. TOGETHER WITH: 1977 FERN DOUBLE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFICATION NUMBER #TMGA5312FA & #TMGA5312FB 1973 CNCR SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFICATION NUMBER #3334226261 1970 CRAN SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFICATION NUMBER #4JC4512C1N6440 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 3RD DAY OF April, 2014 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk FRANK H. FEE, IV, ESQ. of FEE, DeROSS & FEE 426 Avenue A, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 (772) 461-5020 Fla. Bar No. 0576921 Attorneys for PlaintiffIf 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. 464940 ON 4/23,30/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 472012CA000133CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. LAURA S. JONES, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated on or about April 7, 2014, and entered in Case No. 472012CA000133CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which PNC Bank, National Association, is the Plaintiff and Laura S. Jones, Victor A. Jones, are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 28th day of May, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: PARCEL I A NEW PARCEL OF LAND, CREATED FROM A 100 ACRE PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 40 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 FOR A DISTANCE OF 612.63 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 40 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20 FOR A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE EAST 100 ACRES OF THE NORTH 1302.63 FEET OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF SAID SECTION 20, AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 594.38 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 40 SECONDS WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS EAST, PARALLEL WITH SAID SOUTH LINE OF THE EAST 100 ACRES OF THE NORTH 1302.63 FEET OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 594.38 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO A 110 FEET WIDE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS ALONG AN EXISTING 110 FEET WIDE EASEMENT FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE, (RUNNING ALONG AND PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463), AS RECORDED AND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 250, PAGE 393, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.AND PARCEL II A NEW PARCEL OF LAND, CREATED FROM A 100 ACRE PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1302.63 FEET TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE EAST 100 ACRES OF THE NORTH 1302.63 FEET OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF SAID SECTION 20, AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE SAID SOUTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 594.38 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 316.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 40 SECONDS WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS EAST, PARALLEL WITH THE SAID SOUTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 316.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 40 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET TO THE SAID SOUTH LINE OF OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO A 110 FEET WIDE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS ALONG AN EXISTING 110 FEET WIDE EASEMENT FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE, (RUNNING ALONG AND PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 124, PAGE 463) AS RECORDED AND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 250, PAGE 393, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 181 S.E. 80TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 10th day of April, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 465007 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CA-000275 SRMOF II 2012-1 TRUST, U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE, Plaintiff, vs. PHILLIP G. METCALF; et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Plaintiff’s Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on March 31, 2014, in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on May 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. EST at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd oor, the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida; Lot 14, Block 10, TROPICAL GARDENS, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 6, of the Public Records of Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News A pril 30, 2014 PUBLIC NOTICE: Cellco Partnership and its controlled af liates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to build a 250-foot Self-Support Communications Tower. Anticipated lighting application is medium intensity dual red/white strobes. The Site location is 16974 NW 284th Street, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, FL, 34972, N 27-30-15/ W 80-59-55. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration (ASR, Form 854) ling number is A0891737. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS Interested persons may review the application (www.fcc.gov/asr/applications) by entering the ling number. Environmental concerns may be raised by ling a Request for Environmental Review (www.fcc.gov/asr/environmentalrequest) and online lings are strongly encouraged. The mailing address to le a paper copy is: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. 465083 ON 4/30/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 47-2012-CA-000545 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP Plaintiff, vs. MYRA ELLEN GOPHER, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 47-2012-CA-000545 of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein, GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, and, MYRA ELLEN GOPHER, et. al., are Defendants, the Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, at the hour of 11:00am, on the 28th day of May, 2014, the following described property: The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 10, lying and being in Section 25, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. AND The East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 10, lying and being in Section 25, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. AND The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 10, lying and being in Section 25, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, 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. DATED this 3rd day of April, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 464901 ON 4/30;5/7/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2013-CA-000449 UCN: 472013CA000449XXCICI U.S. BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF MID-STATE TRUST VII BY GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, AS SERVICER WITH DELEGATED AUTHORITY Plaintiff, VS. SERAFIN LEYVA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, PURSUANT TO THE JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE ENTERED IN THE ABOVE CAUSE, I WILL SELL THE PROPERTY SITUATED IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, DESCRIBED AS: EXHIBIT “B” 880696 Commencing at the Southeast corner of Section 7, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, run thence North 8541’35” West along the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 70.02 feet Thence run North 0253’55” East parallel with the East boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 831.72 feet; Thence run North 3623’35” West for a distance of 759.28 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue North 3623’35” West for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run North 8541’35” West parallel with the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 140.57 feet; Thence run South 3623’35” East for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run South 8541’35” East for a distance of 140.67 feet to the Point of Beginning. Lying In and, comprising a part of the South One-half (1/2) of Section 7, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida AT PUBLIC SALE, TO THE HIGHEST AND BEST BIDDER, FOR CASH, ON May 21, 2014, AT 11:00 AM AT THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER. 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, SECOND FLOOR, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED: April 7, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 465005 ON 4/23,30/2014 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY ADVERTISE HERE FURNITURE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS 863-763-6742 7/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD & LLOYD HoskinsTurco.com 212 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee357-5800 Local donations helping Local peopleA ministry with a heart for the hurtingFREE PICKUPOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave, Okeechobee, FL863-763-4224www.faithfarm.orgAccepting donations of household goods. Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: okeeadsales@newszap.com County, Florida. Property address: 651 NW 30th Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34972 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated: April 10, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK BY: Sandra L. Creech 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. 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16 Okeechobee News April 30, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cory Vickers announced this week that he will play football for the Luther College V ikings, a Division III school in Decorah, Iowa, next fall. Vickers was the most valuable player for the Brahman football team and also for the w restling team this past season. Vickers visited the campus recently and said he felt comfortable there and was really excited about this opportunity. “Obviously, this feels really great knowing I’ll continue my football career. I scouted out the campus, learned it was a good program for what I want to do and I’m excited,” he said. Luther coaches met with Cory and gave him a tour of the campus. They like his footwork and speed and feel he can help them in multiple positions on defense this coming season. Vickers also expects to play right away and contribute. “I was greeted by a bunch of friendly people and the coaches were very informative. I think the college environment is great and it’s a small town much like Okeechobee,” he added. Vickers wants to study nursing like his grandmother, Diane Barker. He noted he’ll get to study some at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., during his junior and senior years and is really excited because Mayo Clinic is among the nest medical facilities in the country. He also visited with the college wrestling coach and might even give a second sport a try in college. The Vikings were 2-8 last season, 0-10 in 2012 and 3-7 during 2011. Vickers said the records don’t look great but he still thinks there is a solid corps of players who are committed to what they are doing. “They played a lot of close games. I like a challenge and that is why I’m going to college. I like putting in the work,” he added. Vickers admits he’s a late bloomer as he had a very strong senior year on both sides of the ball for the Brahmans. He is now 5-foot-9 and weighs 238 pounds. He was always known for having a high motor. “I feel my best days are ahead. I kno w my potential and I believe I can improve m y abilities in college ball. I think it’ll be great to have competition and to compete with better players,” he added. V ickers signs grid pact with Luther College Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCory Vickers has two MVP trophies this year and now has an opportunity continue his athletic career. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee Club Soccer hosted a tournament on Saturday, April 19, and will host another tournament on Saturday, May 3, at the soccer complex across from North Elementary School. Seven teams compete in the tournaments from LaBelle, Clewiston, Lehigh Acres, Bonita Springs, Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. This league has an under-6 team, that is currently in rst place. Vicente Jaimes leads the team with six goals. There is also an under-10 team, and an under-14 team. The under-16 team is currently in second place. Jose Jaimes leads the team with nine goals. Gustavo Mireles has ve goals for the team. The other boys team is an under-18 team which is currently in third place. There is also a woman’s open team which is currently in third place. Board member Celia Fox said Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation did a wonderful job as they worked to prepare the complex for the tournament. Director Albie Scroggins, Debbie Vega and Tiffany Gould were among the employees who helped make the tournament a success. Okeechobee Club Soccer also wanted to thank John Williamson, the Williamson Cattle Company, and JMC Landscaping for all of their support this year. There were several students from Osceola and Yearling middle school and the freshman campus that helped clean up the elds. Andy Kassela’s soccer team also helped with the work. Parents Nancy Mijares, Eva Chavez, Sulena Chavez and Ofelia Cruz and concession stand volunteers Salvador Gonzales, Braydon and Carter Kassela, A.J. Serrano, Viviana and Lindsey Mijares, and many more. The Okeechobee Police Department also provided some patrols to keep the elds safe. Ms. Fox also thanked Aida and Jocelyn Cardenas for preparing meals. The president of the league is Lupe Serrano and vice president is Andy Kassela. More information can be found on Facebook about the next tournament on May 3. Local club soccer hosting matches