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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 82 13.04 feetLast Year: 14.72 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. 3 arrested in connection with burglary ... Page 7 Health Care Facility named among best nursing homes ... Page 3 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O Teen AnglersCatching the big onesKail Stevens took “ rst place in a recent Big O Teen Anglers tournament on Lake Okeechobee, with “ sh totalling 12.36 pounds and a big “ sh weighing in at 6.74 pounds. For the story, see page 5. Looking back to July 4, 1942, celebration in Okeechobee ... Page 9 Accident damaged light pole, caused transformer to blowBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local attorney and member of the Okeechobee City Council is under investigation after his car was reportedly involved in a single-car accident and he allegedly ” ed the scene before the arrival of law enforcement. According to a report by Of“ cer Jack Boon, of the Okeechobee Cit y Police Department (OCPD), Devin Maxwell reportedly ” ed from the July 4 accident scene on foot. When the of“ cer tried to speak to Mr. Maxwell at his home the councilmans wife, attorney Elizabeth Maxwell, denied Of“ ce r Boons request, the report pointed out. OCPD Chief Denny Davis said his department will handle the ongoing investigation and will not hand it off to another agency due to Councilman accused of ” eeing from car crash S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See MAXWELL „ Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News Get ready to “ nd out how to jumpstart career options in two pro“ table and in-demand career “ elds. Those interested in preparing for a career in Automotive Technology or Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology will want to attend a special IRSC information session Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. in room B111 at the Indian River State College Main Campus located at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. IRSC offers automotive training that builds increasingly sophisticated skills in all aspects o f automotive repair, maintenance and service. Students can choose the Automotive Service Technology certi“ cate program or the degree program in Automotive Service Management. IRSC offers auto technology, AC trainingSee IRSC „ Page 5 Devin Maxwell

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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 Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 Today: Partly cloudy earl y with thunderstorms becoming likely during the afternoon. High 91F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Locally heav y thunderstorms in the evening will give way to partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 72F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.Extended ForecastThursday: Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 87F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Thursday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 72F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Friday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 91F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 73F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Saturday Night: Partly to mostly cloud y skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 73F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High near 90F. Okeechobee Forecast Smokin Pink BBQ Takeout will have their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on Monday, J uly 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, they are located at 116 S.W. Fourth A ve. Please come out and support your local business! Owner Laurie Stephen would love to have you stop by! The Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday July 29, at 5 to 7 p.m. at Buxton Bass Funeral Home. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. So dont miss the opportunity. RSVP NOW www.okeechobeebusiness.com. Leadership Okeechobee Class of 2015 is now taking applications. The purpose of the Leadership Okeechobee Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service. The following are our program objectives: To prepare future/ potential leaders to meet the challenges ahead for Okeechobee; you will explore critical issues via a series of seminars and related activities; you will interact with key decision-makers, local leaders and representatives of local government to gain a better understanding of the forces which impact your community as a whole. The key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life is a well-informed citizen. If you are interested in being considered for the class, you may pick an application from the Chamber of Commerce or you may go to the Chambers website (www.okeechobeebusiness.com) and select Leadership Okeechobee under Chamber Programs on the home page to download the application. Contact: Mariah Parriott, administration 863-467-6246; info@okeechobeebusiness.com. Inaugural Business of the Year Award, The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee would like to announce the Inaugural Business of the Year Award! Make sure to check your email and mail, we will be sending out NOMINATION forms for the awards. SELF NOMINATION IS ENCOURAGED!! The Chamber Ambassador Program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of chamber activities and bene“ ts. In doing so, the ambassadors grow professionally and personally by building business relationships within the community. The program is ideal if you have a desire to: € Become more active in the local business environment; € Raise awareness of your business or organization; € Give back to your community. Each year, the program accepts up to 10 individuals to serve as ambassadors for the following calendar year. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive training on the skills and responsibilities necessary to succeed in the program. Getting involved with the Ambassador Program is one of the “ rst steps you can take to become more involved with the chamber. 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 come 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!! Antoinette Rodriguez executive director 863-467-6246 antoinette@okeechobeebusiness.com Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County News Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club is co-ordinating the 49th annual Labor Day Parade. The event will be presented by Walpole, Inc. and Waste Management. B.R.A.T. Club, Inc. is a local non-pro“ t organization in Okeechobee serving children and teens. The club holds dances once a month giving tweens and teens a place to v isit with their friends, enjoy music, games, food and fun. The dances are held at the Okeechobee Freshman auditorium and schools. B.R.A.T. Club also participates in other events throughout the year and recruits teen volunteers to obtain their community service hours for high school by volunteering. The B.R.A.T. Club, Inc. board members are; Sheriff Paul May, Judge Jerry Bryant, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Allison Chandler/vice president, Frank DeCarlo, Tiffany Hancock/secretary, Matt Buxton and Tamara Kelly. The board strives to serve the mission of the club: To build relationships among our youth by providing positive, safe, fun-“ lled activities in our community,Ž said Ms. Chandler. The 2014 Labor Day Parade will be sponsored by Walpole, Inc., and Waste Management/Okeechobee Land“ ll, Inc. The parade will be held on Sept. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will travel the regular parade route starting at Southwest Second Street and traveling north on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) to State Road 70 and then west to the end of Flagler Park. The Labor Day Parade is one of Okeechobees largest annual events providing residents a great show. Businesses, clubs and individuals are welcome to participate. We are proud to continue organizing this parade for the communityŽ said Ms. Chandler. For information about the parade or to obtain an application, call Ms. Chandler at 863-697-9096 or e-mail her at chandleralsn18@gmail.com. Applications are available for pick up at the Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; Okeechobee News, 107 S.W. 17th St. (in Fountain Square, next door to the Brahman Theater); and, WOKC Radio, 210 N.W. Park St. Fax completed applications to 863357-0772 or e-mail to chandleralsn18@ gmail.com. Completed applications may be dropped off at pick-up sites as well. B.R.A.T. Club plans Labor Day Parade

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Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Healthcare Facility, the skilled nursing facility in Okeechobee, has been named among Americas Best Nursing HomesŽ by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine publishes the list annually from data compiled from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), w hich is the federal agency that sets and enforces the standards of care of nursing homes nationally. In Florida, Okeechobee Healthcare Facility is among nearly 30 percent of nursing homes that have achieved an overall ranking of “ ve starsŽ from CMS. This ranking covers areas of measurement such as inspections, nurse staf“ ng and quality of medical care. Okeechobee Healthcare Facility received “ ve stars in each of these areas. Florida is fortunate to have these facilities, which have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their residents,Ž said Emmett Reed, executive director of the Florida Health Care Association. Behind the increasing number of Best Nursing Homes are improvements in clinical care and nurses spending more time with residents, all of which means a better quality of life for Floridas seniors and individuals with disabilities.Ž Best Nursing HomesŽ provides data and information from CMS related to care, safety, health inspections and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. The ratings, which cover 16,000 nursing homes, show the share of nursing facilities nationwide with the top “ ve-star rating has reached 25 percent, up sharply from 19 percent last year. Visit health.usnews.com/best-nursinghomes to access the list of Florida facilities named Best Nursing HomesŽ in 2014 and for more information about how the rankings are determined. Healthcare Facility named among best nursing homes by the U.S. magazine 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 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 By Jenn MillerU.S. Army Corps of Engineers J acksonville District Eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District projects that will provide critical infrastructure to local ports and ecosystem restoration efforts in Florida received approval as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, which was signed by President Barack Obama, June 10. Four navigation projects and four Everglades restoration projects were included in the bill that, in total, authorized 34 Corps projects across the nation. Receiving authorization for these projects demonstrates the valuable work were doing here in Florida and the quality work J acksonville District continues to deliver,Ž said Col. Alan Dodd, Jacksonville District commander. Congressional authorization is the “ rst step. It now makes these projects eligible for funding during the appropriations process. After receiving appropriations, we can then “ nalize designs, partnership agreements and contract actions that will enable us to start construction.Ž The eight Jacksonville District projects that have received congressional authorization are: € Jacksonville Harbors Mile Point Project: Will improve navigation safety by reducing the impacts of ebb tide crosscurrents at the con” uence of the St. Johns River with the Intracoastal Waterway. € Jacksonville Harbor Project: Will deepen the Jacksonville Harbor channel to allow passage of larger ships, thereby reducing transportation costs and improving navigation safety. € Canaveral Harbor Project: Will deepen Canaveral Harbor to improve navigation safety and allow passage of larger ships. € Lake Worth Inlet Project: Will widen and deepen Lake Worth Inlet to increase overall port ef“ ciency and safety and generate transportation cost savings. € Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir Project: Will capture and store basin stormwater runoff, along with a portion of water discharged from Lake Okeechobee; water will be slowly released into the Caloosahatchee River. € C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project: Will preserve clean water for Everglades National Park and restore freshwater ” ows to Florida Bay. € Broward County Water Preserve Areas: Will reduce seepage loss from Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A/3B to the C-11 and C-9 basins and capture, store and distribute surface water runoff from the western C-11 Basin that has been discharged into WCA 3A/3B. € Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project: Will improve the ecology of Biscayne Bay, including the freshwater wetlands, tidal creeks and near-shore habitat by redirecting freshwater runoff that is currently being discharged through man-made canals directly into Biscayne Bay. Congress authorizes ACOE projects Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Friends of the Okeechobee library generated $5,000 from their twice annual book sales to help the library budget this year. They were honored at the last Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners meeting by chairman Frank Irby. Library director Kresta King and president of the Friends, Marion Davis. Board members Jonette Myers, Hazel Parnis, Ian Nairnsey, Fran Syfrett and Jan Fehrman were on hand for the presentation. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis hosts guest speakerKiwanis board member and community relations representative at Waste Management spoke to the group about the exciting projects happening at Okeechobee Land“ ll. The wildlife habitat has been enhanced with a pollinator garden and the release of rehabilitated animals from Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Teresa Chandler educated the group on the process of animal releases, compost production and land“ ll daily operations. Pictured are Teresa Chandler and Kiwanis president J.D. Mixon. In the MilitaryBishop graduates basic trainingAir Force Airman Gray C. Bishop graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical “ tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Airman Bishop is the son of Glen Bishop of Okeechobee. He is a 2005 graduate of Okeechobee High School.

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4 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 Sheriffs of“ ce budget dispute€ This isnt going to end well for anyone, especially the taxpayers of Okeechobee County. The county attorney is right that they have no business playing chicken over something as important as public safety. I imagine them in a scene from the movie Footloose,Ž with the sheriff on one tractor and the county commissioners on another, playing chicken on the dike ... and even if they do manage to jump before they crash, the taxpayers are going to have to pay for the mess it makes.Taxes€ The BOCC should scrutinize every single operational budget in this county to see if there was something they missed. € The franchise fee is still a tax that we dont need but it could be a way to distribute the burden as long as it is capped. Remember, new taxes never seem to go away. Taxes are v ery high in Okeechobee County compared to what we actually have in the way of bene“ ts to the community. Admit it, we all travel to other cities 30-60 miles away to do most of our shopping and entertainment. I would like to see the sheriff cut his budget more. If a business has to lay people off to survive, the sheriff can do the same. Sorry, its a tough decision he does not want to do, but it seems the department is rather large for what we need. If other cuts can be made on other line items for now, you could allow time for people to look for other opportunities of employment knowing that cuts will have to be made. Pensions and insurance are a big cost to absorb for a lifetime. I wish the sheriff would turn in his line item budget to explore ways to trim things we do not really need. € I dont know what the county and the sheriff are going to do about the jail, but I do know one thing. I cannot pay higher taxes. I am taxed to the limit. They need to “ nd a w ay to make those who arent paying taxes kick in their fair share, and that includes those who dont pay any taxes due to homestead exemption and those who get a big break for the phony ag exemptions.Accountability€ We the taxpayers deserve more accountability. Every constitutional of“ cer should present their line item budget at a public hearing so that we, the taxpayers, can ask questions and hold them accountable. Its our money. They all act like its their money. But we are the ones who are paying the bills and we deserve to know exactly how our money is being spent. The sheriff and other constitutional of“ cers say they shouldnt have to explain their line item budgets to the county commission. But they should all have to explain their line item budgets to the taxpayers.Crist€ I am not a huge fan of Rick Scott, but I am really disappointed that the best alternatives the Florida Democratic Party can come up with is Charlie Crist. The guy was a Republican governor. He served one term and decided to run for the Senate. Then he switched to Independent when he did not get the Republican nomination for the Senate race. Then he didnt win the Senate race so he is running for governor as a Democrat. He doesnt seem to have any convictions. He switches parties as needed to get into an election. I just dont trust him. Surely there were some real Democratic candidates who wanted to run.Questions for candidates€ With the upcoming county elections, I would like for the candidates for county commission to give their proposals for how they would get Okee-Tantie repaired and the campground reopened. Candidates should also give their views on the proposed FPL franchise fee. And of course, we want to know their views on the sheriffs budget. € How many cows do you have? € Are you wise, sel” ess, and kind?Reserve fund€ The degree of misinformation prevalent upon the dais, and the resulting unfortunate disservice to the citizens of Okeechobee County...Ž Mr. Fetterman (OCSO attorney) WHEW! I was starting to think it was just me. Is there a difference between spending money you have hoarded/taken by force from taxpayers via ad valorem versus having to have a bond vote when you want to have the taxpayers pay for another boondoggle like the aggravation center or an unnecessary, redundant, building for the property appraiser? Public Forum/Speak OutSpeak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and c onverse with others. Go to www.newszap. c om, click on the community name and your l ocal or state Public Forum. There, you can c reate new topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Taste of the Islands LuauOn June 14, the Rotary Club of Okeechobee held their “ rst Unique Taste of the Islands Luau. We had a fabulous event, despite the hour-long deluge. But it was party time; not one person got upset. Why? We had an enormous tent, wonderful island food, an open bar and spectacular entertainment. Okeechobees own Chobee Steelers performed for the social hour, until the black sky and lightening had them packing up for safety. The OHS Band members were also there, handling parking duties. When the weather started to get ugly, we pulled them out of the “ eld and under cover. As the rain pelted the one end of the tent, they quickly relocated a half dozen tables and chairs out of the elements. Unfortunately, the rain kept many of our supporters and ticket holders from entering the Philippine-American Cultural Center. It was a virtual lake at the entrance; once you got to the tents, we were pretty dry, from the ankles up! Of course, we could not have a successful event if it werent for our wonderful sponsors and donations. Our table sponsors were Gateway Medical Group and Nephrology Associates. The entertainment sponsors were Raulerson Hospital; Garcia and Garcia MDs; and Espiritu and Espiritu MDs. Tiki Torch sponsors were Rays Combat Kickboxing and Lawntamer Equipment, Inc. For our silent, or Chinese, auction, the following provided gifts or gift certi“ cates: Alma Shakoor, Drs. E.Z. and Maria Benemerito, Flamingo Educational Tours, Gayle Molyneaux (Mary Kay), Golden Corral, Hair Cuttery, Hot Spot Tanning Salon, Nephrology and Associates, Rays Combat Kickboxing Suzies Hallmark Shop, and Drs. Trini and Manny Garcia. We also must acknowledge our in-kind sponsors: Thanks to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce for providing us the use of their tent, tables and chairs; Okeechobee News; Okeechobee The Magazine and Pennysaver; Taylor Rental; WOKC; CenterState Bank; and the Philippine American Cultural Center. A special thanks goes to Susan Giddings for her original idea to have a luau with over-the-top entertainment, plus her guidance and support. The Rotarians who truly practiced our motto, Service above SelfŽ were our cochair, Trini Garcia and her food staff of dozens; the decoration and cleanup committee members were Sean Downing, Carl Gaiser, Debi Large, Gayle Molyneaux, Jeanette Miller, Denise and Makaya Whitehead; and registrar and treasurer, Kristy Crawford, kept funds accounted for and donations documented. Our special treats were the watermelon carvings by Ruben, all the way from Orlando. One watermelon had the Rotary logo carved out of the rind. (Visit our Faceboo k page to see them.) What talent! Thank you, Ruben, for adding that elegant touch to the food tables. One hundred percent of the food was prepared and donated by members of the Philippine-American community, according to island recipes. Huge containers of various meat dishes, assorted veggies and salads, unending array of desserts were unloaded one after another. No one left hungry. And a suckling pig was even cooked on a spit, on site, along with some chickens; the meat fell off the bones. It was exactly like being in the Philippines, savoring native foods. After dinner, we had the entertainment treat that beat all expectations. South Seas Productions, out of Orlando, performed signature dances from the South Seas islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand, complete with authentic costumes and instruments. Wow! What an experience. However, for their last act, they got local talentŽ up on stage. You missed the fruit salad dance of coconuts and pineapple hip movements, mangos shaking up tushes and the banana. (Figure that one out yourselves....) We laughed til we had tears in our eyes. Proceeds of the evening go to the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, Inc., the OHS band uniform fund and the Chobee Steelers. Thank you, Okeechobee, for continuing to support Rotarys events and fundraisers. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to give back to our community. Donna Gaiser co-chairperson P.S. We have a velour jacket and an umbrella that were left. Contact Donna at 6109416 to identify your lost items. Letter to the Editor Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.

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5 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 IRSC programs are certi“ ed in all eight categories by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and students gain valuable skills for ASE certi“ cation. Florida has one of the nations most active air conditioning industries. Today, all phases of the air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry require skilled employees who have the educational background and technical training to develop and apply ne w advances in the “ eld. Students who complete the A.A.S. Degree in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Technology or the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology certi“ cate program at IRSC are prepared for employment opportunities in residential, commercial and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration. For more information, email info@irsc. edu, visit www.irsc.edu or call the IRSC Information Call Center toll-free at 1-866-7924772. IRSCContinued From Page 1 Councilman Maxwells position. He said he was contacted by his of“ cers about the incident around 3 a.m. Friday. I told them we were going to work it the same as anyone else. I understand his position in the community, but we have a job to do,Ž said the chief. The accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. in the area of S.W. 21st Street and S.W. Sixth A venue, stated the of“ cers report. Of“ cer Boon indicated when he arrived at that scene he found a red, 2013 Mercedes Benz that had crashed into a culvert on the north side of the roadway. The driver of the car was not at the scene, added the of“ cer. Of“ cer Boon then spoke with a resident of the area who said he had helped a man w earing a white shirt and tan shorts out of the two-door automobile. Then, as he was calling 9-1-1, the driver ran from the area on foot. The witness reportedly identi“ ed the driver of the car as Councilman Maxwell. A short time later Of“ cer Boon went to the Maxwell home and spoke to Mrs. Maxw ell. She reportedly told the of“ cer her husband was not at home. The of“ cer then told her about the car crash and asked her several questions. Every time I asked a question, Mrs. Maxwell looked over her left shoulder as if she was receiving instructions from outside my view,Ž stated the of“ cer in his report. I asked if I could enter the home and she refused, until a warrant could be obtained.Ž However, in a prepared statement, Councilman Maxwell has a different take on what happened during those early morning hours on July 4. That statement was sent to this newspaper Tuesday, July 8. Following is that statement as it was written: A car that I own was crashed last week and damaged. A city policeman named Jack Boon has been trying to build a circumstantial case against me, harassing my family and neighbors. He came into my fenced y ard and searched around my house without permission, and tried to come inside my house while my kids were sleeping, but my w ife wouldnt let him. I guess its for political reasons because Im up for re-election this year. I havent been contacted at all about it by the police. I went to see the Chief (Denny Davis) last week as soon as I heard about what Boon was doing, but he was out of town. A s of yesterday (Monday, July 7) I still hadnt heard back from anyone, so I hired a lawyer to make contact, but they left a voice mail and havent got a return call either. I have heard rumors like everyone else, including that I was in jail, but I still havent had any personal contact whatsoever with the police. I guess this is what happens when someone has the audacity to come in and landscape the medians and try to beautify the city, instead of spending all of the money on life safety. I didnt know that local politics was this brutal.Ž According to the OCPD report, when Of“ cer Boon returned to the crash site, a female witness apparently told him she saw Councilman Maxwell leave the Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., around 2:15 a.m. She followed the red Mercedes but lost sight of the car in the area of Wolff Road. The woman then saw the car in the ditch at S.W. Sixth Avenue and S.W. 21st Street, stated the of“ cer. As she approached the car, continued the report, she allegedly saw Mr. Maxwell crouched beside the vehicle. Of“ cer Boon stated the driver of the Mercedes left the roadway on S.W. 21st Street near S.W. Fifth Drive, then crossed over to the south side of the road and struck a culvert in a yard on S.W. 21st Street. According to the of“ cer, the vehicle tore out six shrubs, struck a guide wire on the east side of a utility pole, missed the pole then struck the guide wire on the west side of the pole. That utility pole then ” exed and caused the guide wires to ” y up, which apparently caused a transformer to blow up and break a second utility pole in half, continued the of“ cer. Power lines then fell near the street, added Of“ cer Boon. The of“ cer went on to indicate Florida Power & Light has estimated damages to their equipment to be around $10,000. The shrubs, added Of“ cer Boon, were valued at $300. OCPD Detective Bill Saum said when the utility pole ” exed some electrical wiring was pulled from a home at 517 S.W. 21st St. That damage, he added, is estimated to be around $2,000. Detective Saum is assisting Of“ cer Boon in the investigation. Because the investigation is ongoing, Detective Saum had no further comment on that probe other than to say the estimated damage to the Mercedes was $8,000. Councilman Maxwell was elected to the Okeechobee City Council in November of 2010 and of“ cially took his seat on the board Jan. 4, 2011. MAXWELLContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News The Big O Teen Anglers, Inc. May 31 tournament was held out of Okee-Tantie. Twenty anglers brought 55 “ sh to the scales w ith a total weight of 123.39 lbs. Winners in the 11 15 age group were: € First place Kenny Whaley, 8.45 lbs., Big Fish 5.04 lbs.; € Second place Cody Bigford, 7.52 lbs.; and, € Third place tie Luke Farmer, 6.38 lbs. and Ryan Barndollar, 6.38 lbs. Winners in the 16 18 age group were: € First place Kail Stevens, 12.36 lbs., Big Fish, 6.74 lbs.; € Second place Drew Wanczak, 10.5 lbs.; and, € Third place Matthew Haff, 9.61 lbs. The Teen Anglers would like to thank the boat captains for all their support. Mike Ingram, Robert Haff, Leroy Bauer, Ben Carroll, James Newell, David Straight, Bob Haarer, Roy Delozier, Mike Zubricky and Roger Bohannon. Thank you Jamie Mellette and your family for our lunch following the tournament. W haley, Stevens win teen bass tournament Special to the Okeechobee NewsDrew Wanczak claimed second place in the 16-18 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLuke Farmer tied for third place in the 11-15 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsIn the 11-15 age group, “ rst place went to Kenny Whaley with 8.45 lbs. and a big “ sh that weighed 5.04 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCody Bigford took second place in the 11-15 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRyan Barndollar tied for third in the 1115 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsMatthew Haff placed third in the 16-18 group.

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A my Toots L. Lunsford, 89OKEECHOBEE „ Amy TootsŽ L. Lunsford, 89, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born in Fort Pierce and a lifetime resident of Okeechobee. She w as a member of Oakview Baptist Church. TootsŽ found great pleasure working in her yard, caring for her cats and feeding her squirrels. She had been employed by the movie theatre, cared for the children at First Baptist Church and had been the Cotton Candy LadyŽ at Walmart. Amy was preceded in death by her husband, J .C. Lunsford. She is survived by her son, KJ (Karin) Ammons of Okeechobee; daughters, Sharon Robertson, also of Okeechobee, Mary (Bill) Wall of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; stepsons, Larry (Barbara) Lunsford and Don Lunsford; and two brothers, Edward (Leo) Blanton of Fort Pierce and Delmar (Barbara) Blanton of Palm Bay, Fla. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Oakview Baptist Church at 10 a.m. with Chan Garrett of“ ciating. Interment w ill follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of ” owers, donations may be made to the Oakview Baptist Mission Fund. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction of the Buxton, Bass, and Conway families of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Diane Forrester, 64CLEWISTON „ Diane Forrester, age 64, of Clewiston, passed away July 6, 2014 peacefully w ith her family by her side. She was born March 21, 1950 in Baltimore, Md., to the late James V ernon Forrester I and Ina A. (Hicks) Forrester. She is survived by her mother, Ina Forrester; children, Sonny Stevens, Dee Stevens; siblings, J immy Forrester (Sue Forrester), Mike Forrester, Lynne Forrester; grandchildren, Kristy Ruff (Jesse Vincil), Clayton Ruff, Cassey Ayala (Michael Ayala), Brandon Stevens; great grandchildren, Allianna Shofner, Micah Shofner, Leilani A yala, Kylie Ayala; two nieces, (their families); nephew, (his family); and Curtis Stevens (Joanna). Diane was a unique a special one of a kind mom, lady and friend. She will be missed. A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston. Following the service the family and friends are invited to come to Brendas place, bring a pot luck dish if you wish, come celebrate and remember all of the great times. In lieu of ” owers please donate to Hope Hospice (Clewiston) or any charities Brendas place participates in or a womans shelter. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston.Ruth A. Lee, 75OKEECHOBEE „ Ruth A. Lee died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Raulerson Hospital. She was born in Miami, Florida to Emery and Annette Odom. She was a resident of Okeechobee for the past 16 years and a member of First Baptist Church. Ruths favorite time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and working outside with her orchid plants. She enjoyed her church family and attending Sunday School. Ruth was preceded in death by her son Andrew Norris. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Thomas Lee; three sons, Gary Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., Tyler (Emily) Lee of Tallahassee, Thomas Gordon Lee, Jr. of Davie, Fla.; one daughter, Pamela (Keith) Swalwell of Homestead, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 10 am until service time of 11 am at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Bobby White 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 of the Buxton, Bass, and Conway families of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. James W. Young, Founder Seawinds Funeral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..............................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ..$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) ..........$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ................$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online g uestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at ” orida.newszap.com. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com YMS to host volleyball clinicYearling Middle Schools inaugural Summer Volleyball Clinic will be held July 9 for children ages 6-10, and July 10-11 for children ages 11-14, at the Yearling Middle School gym from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost for both days is $50. For information, call Kellyann Campbell at 863-801-6636; or ,Carrie Heineman at 863-484-0812.Stroke support group to meetThere will be a stroke support group meeting Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave. For information, contact New American Physical Therapy at 863-763-7773; or, Harry Richards at 863-634-8412.OCRA hosting Dixie tourneyOCRA is hosting the Dixie Softball State Tournament beginning Friday, July 11 at 9 a.m. There are 33 teams competing for the title of state champion. There are six age divisions from age 5 to 18. There is a $5 donation for the day. The OCRA monthly meeting is cancelled this month due to the tournament. Next months meeting will be held the second Monday in August.Adult softball starts soonThe deadline to sign up for summer adult softball leagues (men, women and coed) will be July 11 at the Parks and Rec of“ ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The “ rst game of the regular season will be on July 21 at the Okeechobee softball “ eld. For information, call 863-763-6950; or, visit facebook.com/ OkeeParksandRec.Legion hosting fundraiserAmerican Legion Post 64 will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, July 12 at Jersey Mikes Subs, 611 S.W. Park St., from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. All funds raised will be used for the War Memorial on-going maintenance and purchasing of American ” ags and lights. Make this a sub-tasting day for the entire family, or for that hungry individual. Walk in; or, call your order in to 863-467-8100. Our fallen deserve the best and lets give it to them.Free disaster training offeredThe Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corps will be offering C.E.R.T. Training (Community Emergency Response Team) over a fourday period on July 12 13, 19 and 20. Saturday times will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Training is free, but participants should bring their own lunch. Training location will be at Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, 707 N.W. Sixth St. For information or to RSVP, call Brian Sell 863-462-5865.Breast cancer seminar setA Breast Cancer Treatment in-a-day seminar will be held Saturday, July 19, at the KOA Kampground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by e-mail if you are able to attend and if you are bringing a guest. Send your e-mail to: rgardner. foundation1@gmail.com. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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! 7 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A detective has arrested three more Okeechobee residents for their alleged connection to a June home burglary in which medication, cash and about $20,000 in jewelry was reportedly taken. Arrested Monday, July 7 w ere: Adam Lee Murphy, 27, S.E. 37th Ave.; Dawn Nicole Hel“ nstine, 28, S.E. 38th Ave.; and Patricia Dianne Regan, 45, S.E. 38th A ve. Murphy was arrested on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $12,500. Hel“ nstine was arrested on one count of grand theft, and her bond has been set at $5,000. Regan was charged with one felony count of tampering with evidence. Her bond was set at $2,500. The arrests by Detective Javier Gonzalez, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), were made in conjunction with a June burglary. The detective arrested Christopher Lance English, 24, S.E. 35th Ave., on June 18 for reportedly entering the home and taking a safe containing pain medications, $2,400 in cash and about $20,000 worth of jewelry. English was charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond has been set at $15,000. According to the detectives arrest report several pieces of the jewelry taken in that June break-in were found to be in the possession of Murphy and Hel“ nstine. Detective Gonzalez went on to state some of the jewelry taken from the safe was traded to Hel“ nstine by Regan for $20 and a dilantin capsule. The detective indicated in an earlier arrest report that English apparently removed a window air conditioning unit, entered the home then replaced the unit. English reportedly made off with a small safe, that was found June 17 by Okeechobee County Road Department personnel who were cleaning a canal on S.E. 80th Ave. The serial numbers on that safe matched those of the safe taken from the victims home on June 7. A second safe was also found in that canal, but it apparently is not connected to the June 7 theft. English has also been arrested by two other OCSO detectives for two other alleged burglaries. Those charges include burglary, grand theft (two counts), dealing in stolen property and uttering a forged instrument. His total bond on those two arrests is $20,000. Records show he is still incarcerated in the county jail. 3 arrested in connection with June burglar y Adam Murphy Dawn Hel“ nstine Patricia Regan 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). € Amanda Raecyne Fortune, 33, S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 3 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a Palm Beach County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation. She is being held w ithout bond. € Roosevelt Futch, 37, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 3 by Deputy Brant Harden on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation sale/delivery of a controlled substance (alprazolam). He is being held without bond. € Franklin Gene Harden, 55, S.W. 26th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested July 3 by Deputy Tammy Sera“ ni on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of cheating or gross fraud and dealing in stolen property, and misdemeanor charges of violation of FWC rule/order regarding captive wildlife (two counts). His bond was set at $14,000. € Ashley Renee Shef“ eld, 27, S.E. 30th Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested July 3 by Of“ cer Charles Green on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. Her bond was set at $500. € Dali Edgardo Cortez, 22, N.W. 46th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 4 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $1,000. € Deveon Scott Jones, 17, N.W. 24th St., was arrested July 4 by Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrel on a felony charge of discharging a “ rearm in public and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent/guardian. € Granthan Kyle Steve, 29, S.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 4 by Deputy Yero Todman on a charge of felony battery and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. His bond was set at $21,000. € Maggie Lara, 42, Frank Shore Road, Okeechobee, was arrested July 4 by Deputy Brant Harden on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felonies of failure to return leased property (“ ve counts) and failure to appear for a felony offense, and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. She is being held without bond. € David Walter Raulerson, 50, N.W. 180th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 5 by FWC Of“ cer Cristopher Douglas on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $250. € Sara Elizabeth Hawk, 31, S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 5 by Deputy Jose Garduno on a felony charge of child abuse, and misdemeanor charges of battery and resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. Her bond was set at $2,000. € Robert Aponte, 32, W. Bloxham St., Lantana, was arrested July 5 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $5,000. € Edsal Conklin III, 54, N.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 6 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500. € Joshua Alcott, 34, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 7 by Deputy Jose Garduno on a felony charge of aggravated battery on an inmate by an inmate. His bond was set at $15,000. € Shane Lee Lanham, 48, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested July 7 by Deputy Tammy Sera“ ni on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. His bond was set at $5,000. He was also arrested by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of ” eeing and eluding a law enforcement of“ cer. His bond on that charge was set at $10,000. € Edward Michael Johnson, 55, N.E. 69th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 7 by Deputy John Hazy on a felony charge o f resisting a law enforcement of“ cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. His bond was set at $3,500. € Augustus Rose, 37, N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 8 by Deput y Corporal Michael Hazellief on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of elderly/disabled adult abuse. His bond was set at $50,000. € Jeffery Michael Mosteller, 50, N.W. Seventh Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 8 by Deputy Cpl. Michael Hazellief on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a dwelling/structure with damage over $1,000. His bond was set at $5,000. € Daniel Robert Blaha, 44, S.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 8 by Deput y Cpl. Michael Hazellief on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of criminal use of personal identi“ cation. His bond was set at $2,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report

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9 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 One of the largest crowds ever to attend a celebration in Okeechobee was on hand to attend the Fourth of July celebration from Saturday. The program started with the dedication of the new ag pole at the court house at eleven o’clock in the morning when Circuit Court Judge A. O. Kanner reviewed brie y the history of the nation since the Declaration of Independence was signed 166 years ago. He pointed out that the United States Flag that was hoisted there on that ag pole represented a free people and a free country in which our way of life and living was in direct contrast to the people of the dictator nations of the world. After the patriotic program at the courthouse all adjourned to the city park where Bill Hendry, C.H. Parkerson and others were cooking fresh sh and corn bread with which to feed the large crowd that had gathered. At 2:30 the parade of cowboys and cowgirls formed at the city hall and paraded through the streets and then on to the airport where the horse racing was held. A number of good races with cow ponies were run before a very large crowd. The day wound up with a hill billy show at the school auditorium in which the queen of the rodeo was crowned before a large crowd. Miss Jene Lee Raulerson was the winner of the crown as queen of the rodeo with 295,940 votes while Miss Virginia Cason was second and Miss Perilie Hunt was third. The day was such a complete success until already there is a move on foot to make this celebration a regular event each year. From the pages of the Okeechobee News, July 10, 1942July Fourth Celebration Grand Success With An All Day Program of Patriotic Exercises and Entertainment for AllFlag Pole Dedicated; Fish Fry Enjoyed; Big Parade Witnessed by Large Crowd; Thrilling Pony Races; Rodeo Queen Crowned; Hill Billy Show and Other Features Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial The ObserverBy BillŽ Page CHOBEE RODEO A bit of heaven dropped from the skies one day. Remember that one? Well a little bit of this and that dropped from somewhere last week and fell in Okeechobee and what did we have — a ne time shore nuf. And the seed was planted for what will be the leading Rodeo of the State of Florida in about two jerks of a heifer’s tail, it peers to me. I shore feel sorry for the few who pulled stakes and went to the woods or a shing trip or burned gas and tires to get where they weren’t. We shore had some ne speaking up at the Court House by one of the nest orators in the South. That was quite solemn — it was an affair of importance and an important milestone in the history of Okeechobee. But from that time on things were popping right smart for the rest of the day. Oh boy, I can still taste that fried mullet and hush puppies they were dishing out down in he City Park for about two hours. Never did sh taste so good and never have I seen crispier, crunchier quiet bow-wows than those prepared by Chef Parkerson and Pastry Cook Hon. ‘Big Boy’ Hendry. May they live long and prosper. Then, just to keep things “squealing” along, His Honor the Mayor announced that the pig had been greased quite properly and to clear the way and make a square circle so I can turn the darn thing loose. That he did. That he did. And did the dozen or so young’uns have themselves a mess trying to pounce on the young porker. I don’t know who it was that nally caught the porker but he is welcome to the “buck.” He earned it. Then came the parade. It’s shore something to just have a parade, but to have one that starts practically on time is something else yet. This one did. And it shore looked good to this country boy. Wasn’t it purty. I tried to count all the horses in the parade, but shaw, with all ne costumes and the purty girls I found I had other business to attend to. Then out to the airport and the races were on ... Gosh I don’t know how many races there were nor all the riders. But I do know the program read something like this. 200 yard race, several cow ponies and Johnnie Pearce on a mule. 250 yard race, cow ponies and Johnnie Pearce on a jackass. 300 yard race, cow ponies and Johnnie Pearce on a donkey. 400 yard race .... and Johnnie Pearce, etc. Well, he tried them all and to tell the truth, I honestly believe he shore ’nuf won the triangle race. And wasn’t Nathan Z. proud of that old plug he entered. Won twice. Well after the races we had just enough time to go grab a snack and a dry handkerchief and then head down to the school auditorium and the big show of the night was on. Fiddlers, singers and harmonicas. A couple of shore ne numbers by the male quartet for an opening. Don’t know what their moniker is but they were plenty good. Also the trio of young ladies sang beautifully, says I. Too bad they could not use the loud speaker system. But the hill billy entertainment is what really took the house. Roy Ackoff and his bunch is as much out of date around from now on as hoop skirts and bussles are on Miami Beach. Didn’t know one could do so many things with a mouth organ (old name) harmonica. I mean Cecil Johnson played one upside down, backwards, crosstie fashion, with his nose, and darned if he didn’t swallow it a couple of times. But Bud Carter went to town when he nally got started. How about that Fox Hunt number he played so well. Someone said they thought Zibe Williams done the grunting, dog barking, calling and other imitations for Bud. But not so. Bud was the works. The Hansen sisters were wonderful and received plenty of ‘come on back’ stuff from the huge audience. And all the ddlers were shore on their best. The judges had a hard time but nally awarded K. C. Collins rst in the fancy ddling. When Dickie Thomas went to work even the old man asleep in the fourth row up woke up and blistered his hands clapping. Fine work, Dickie. But Ward Klienkauf and his ’gitar and winning smile seemed to be the hit. You know, that feller who was always lonely for so and so, or had been done wrong by, or had everything and was now happy. Plenty of changing moods and a world of expression to just tell you about it. And then last, but not least, the Hog Calling exhibition. But the least said about that the better. I really think Lawrence Stuart had something on me there anyway. But all in all it was a great day in Okeechobee and I shore think a good time was enjoyed by everyone. Well, be seeing you. OBIE (July 10, 1942) Photo courtesy Florida State ArchivesLooking Back ...This photo from Okeechobees past shows a 1950 parade celebrating the establishment of the Flood Control District. Do you have an old photo to share? Bring it by the Okeechobee News of“ ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street, during of“ ce hours, or email it to okeenews@newszap.com

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsMore than 850 restaurants mark a decade of support with target of $5 million in total fundraising Special to the Okeechobee News In the summer of 2000, the idea behind A lexs Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) w as born when 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra AlexŽ Scott set up a front yard lemonade stand to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer cures. Now, over a decade later, the foundation bearing her name has become one of the nations leading philanthropic organizations in support of pediatric cancer research. During the month of July, Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar franchisees will support Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation for the 10th straight year. With a record $756,000 raised in 2013, and more than $4 million raised since 2005, more than 850 Applebees restaurants nationwide will work toward topping the $5 million mark in 2014. As part of the brands broader Applebees Serves program, participating restaurants will raise funds in support of ALSF Fundraising efforts, which vary by restaurant, include donating a portion of each lemonade sale (all varieties) through the restaurants Summer Squeeze promotion to ALSF. Applebees Guests may also have an opportunity to donate to ALSF through the purchase of a paper lemon in support of childhood cancer research. Additionally, Applebees restaurants will host a variety of events, including lemonade stands, golf outings, donation nights and more. Applebees guests are encouraged to contact their local Applebees restaurant for location-speci“ c information and event details. The Apple American Group and Applebees partnerships with Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation are extremely important to our organization and our neighborhood communities,Ž said Diann Banaszek, Marketing Partner of Apple American Group, a participating Applebees franchise organization. Since we “ rst began supporting Alexs Lemonade Stand, Applebees participation has grown signi“ cantly. We are pleased that over 850 locations, including all of our 468 restaurants, will be joining in the “ ght against childhood cancer this year. With the outpouring of support from our guests and fellow franchise groups, were expecting this years fundraiser to be the most successful yet.Ž Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandr a AlexŽ Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-yearold Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help “ nd a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that “ rst stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward ful“ lling Alexs dream of “ nding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org. For more information on this years Alexs Lemonade Stand Fundraising efforts, visit your local Applebees restaurant. Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. 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EXAMPLE 10 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 Crossword PuzzleACROSS 1 Trick or treat, e.g. 5 Center of authority 9 One on the lam, perhaps 13 DH, usually 14 Novelist Jaffe 15 Mixed bag 16 Be a part of treaty negotiations? 19 Silver LiningŽ album maker 20 Tulsa sch. 21 Satisfied sound 23 Bay State cape 24 Unexpected political upheaval? 29 Trick or treat, e.g. 31 Irish __ 32 It helps smooth things out 33 Palm Pre predecessor 34 Like laŽ in Fr. 35 Smelting waste 36 White Fang,Ž for example? 40 Words after give or take 43 Nice setting 44 Touch 48 Humorous 50 Item tied with a decorative knot 51 Shore thing 52 One that keeps bumping into senators? 55 Runion, par exemple 56 Midnight indicator, maybe 57 W, for one 58 Champagne toast? 60 Endless spiel? 65 Yu the Greats dynasty 66 No problemŽ 67 Coach Ks team 68 Bibliog. term 69 Trick 70 1974 CIA spoof DOWN 1 Drifter 2 First lady after Lou 3 Attendants 4 One putting a tyre into a boot 5 Sellout sign, briefly 6 Its quite a stretch 7 Pantry raider 8 Lake near the Kirkwood Mountain Resort 9 Theyre often blocked 10 She, in Lisbon 11 Sitcom family name 12 Thick soups 17 Some Windows systems 18 Sea eagles 22 Indicator of possession in the bathroom 25 Failed 80s gridiron org. 26 Indicator of possession 27 Janitors tool 28 Like much spam 30 Calming words 37 Agreeing words 38 First name in country 39 It may be left in a copier: Abbr. 40 Mr. Clean rival 41 Concerned question about a sick friend 42 Most gross 45 Developed 46 Word from a grumpy gambler 47 Sprouts incisors 49 Home to Sen OCasey 53 One full of hot air 54 Clairvoyance 59 Is more than a bystander 61 __ Dolorosa 62 French quencher 63 Pack animal 64 Deli choice By Jack McInturff (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC05/16/1405/16/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com A pplebees helps raise money to “ ght cancer

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11 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 By Bob WattendorfFish Busters BulletinThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) encourages families and young anglers to try a diversity of freshwater “ shing locations and techniques to catch a variety of “ sh. The Big CatchŽ program is Floridas family-friendly, freshwater angler-recognition program, w ith 33 different freshwater “ sh to target. Simply catch a “ sh that exceeds the qualifying length or weight, take a photo and submit it to BigCatchFlorida.com. Special y outh sizes encourage their participation, and quali“ ers earn a customized color certi“ cate, decal and discount for a photo mount. Big Catchs origins go back to 1953, but the concept was revamped in 1996 with creation of categories for Specialists (“ ve qualifying “ sh of the same species), Masters (“ ve qualifying “ sh of different species) and Elite anglers (10 qualifying “ sh of different species), as well as a youth category representing a size roughly 25-percent smaller than the adult quali“ cation size. Rules were relaxed to allow either a length or weight measurement to qualify. Ivan Salis of Callahan was an early participant following the programs rebirth and quickly quali“ ed as a Channel Cat“ sh Specialist, which remains his passion. Salis came from Ohio after a stint in the Merchant Marine. Now he is sharing his love of “ shing with the next generation. About nine months ago, Salis met Ishmael Lacoste, a 12-year-old, whose mother knew Lacostes wife. Lacoste saw Salis Specialist Certi“ cate and became intrigued. Salis has since mentored Lacoste in his quest to become a successful angler. We are talking commitment, passion and love for “ shing. In nine months, Lacoste has submitted nearly 40 qualifying Big Catches culminating in earning his Elite Angler Certi“ cate on June 4. His “ rst Big Catch was a longnose gar on Nov. 23, 2013. It was followed by bass, bluegill, brown bullhead and redear sun“ sh, earning him his Master Angler Certi“ cate in January. To attain his elite status he added spotted sun“ sh, Florida gar, warmouth, bow“ n and yellow bullhead. Along the way, he has been recognized as a specialist for six different species and documented a Bream Slam (catching four different pan“ sh species on the same day). Id like to make “ shing a career someday,Ž said Lacoste, who is home-schooled. He is very appreciative of Salis mentoring him and being so inspirational. Together they have persevered through wind, rain and yellow ” ies in their ongoing quest. Salis says he has enjoyed watching Lacoste learn and take on new challenges. Another thing that makes their productivity so impressive is that all of their catches have been from shore or “ shing piers. Thanks to the FWCs Fish Management Area (FMA) lakes in Duval County, they have had plenty of quality opportunities, including at Oceanway and Bethesda. FWC “ sheries technician Willie Prevatt has spent over 20 years ensuring anglers have great “ shing opportunities at those and other regional FMAs and helping teach youth and adults to “ sh. Prevatt is a favorite resource for Salis and Lacoste. I was very happy Ishmael made Elite Angler, not because he caught most of his “ sh in the FMAs I work in, but simply because he is a really good person/student,Ž Prevatt said. I think I am most proud of Ishmael and Mr. Salis because they proved by example that you can compete with anglers “ shing big lakes in expensive bass boats and with fancy equipment, in a small FMA on the shore or dock, even in an urban area.Ž Fishing is fun, challenging and a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, but there is more to it. A Special Report on Fishing and Boating 2013,Ž makes the case succinctly: Fishing … on lakes, streams, rivers and seas … is one of the most popular outdoor activities. As a gateway activity, it not only connects Americans with the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, but also introduces them to other outdoor activities. As active outdoor participants, Americans learn the value of environmental stewardship and a healthy connection to nature, while also supporting public lands and communit y programs nationwide through license fees and federal aid.Ž The FWC is creating the next generation that cares by reaching out to all youth vi a a variety of outreach programs, including the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (www.FYCCN.org). Through an effective statewide network of diverse partners, youngsters are provided education and guidance to safely engage in traditional outdoor activities and to accept stewardship of our precious outdoor heritage. In addition to Big Catch, which inspired Salis and Lacoste to get outdoors and go “ shing, the FWC has a TrophyCatch citizen-science program that rewards anglers for catching, documenting and releasing bass heavier than 8 pounds (TrophyCatchFlorida.com). You can register for TrophyCatch and Big Catch at the same time, which makes you eligible for a drawing for a Phoenix bass boat, powered by Mercur y Marine and equipped with a Power-Pole. Instant licenses are available at MyFWC. com/License or by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Big Catch program inspires young anglers The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes that w ere made by the Florida Legislature and approved by the governor to divers-down ” ag requirements. House Bill 1049, by Rep. Raschein and Sen. A bruzzo, created an additional opportunity for divers to stay safe. Effective July 1, when in the w ater, they may display a buoy with a series of divers-down symbols as an alternative to the traditional divers-down ” ag. The buoy can be three or four-sided and must have a divers-down symbol of at least 12-by-12-inches displayed on each of the ” at sides. Such a buoy should help divers, especially those in open waters, be more visible to passing boats. Divers-down symbols displayed onboard a boat must still be a ” ag at least 20-by-24-inches and displayed at a high point where it is v isible from any direction. Divers may still use a divers-down ” ag of at least 12-by-12-inches on a ” oat when towed along with them while in the water. Being highly visible to boaters is critical to keeping divers and snorkelers safe in the w ater. Divers should stay within the required distance of their ” ag or buoy „ 300 feet in open water and 100 feet in rivers, inlets and channels, as thats where boat operators are expecting you to be. Boat operators should do their best to stay these same distances away from any divers-down ” ag or buoy, and all boats being operated within these distances from a divers-down symbol must be slowed to no more than idle speed,Ž said Capt. Tom Shipp, who leads the FWCs boating safety efforts. This will ensure everyone gets to enjoy the water safely.Ž With bay scallop season … which just opened on June 28 … and spiny lobster miniseason … which begins July 30… lots of divers and snorkelers are taking advantage of the opportunity to get in the water. This is a great time for boaters and divers alike to remember to pay close attention to their surroundings and be safe,Ž Shipp said. For more information about the changes, the bill language can be viewed on the House of Representatives website. Boaters reminded to watch for divers Volunteer “ re“ ghters host Miss Firecracker pageantThe Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue volunteers will host their annual Firecracker Beauty Pageant on Saturday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Money raised by the pageant will be used to purchase volunteer “ re“ ghting equipment and “ re prevention materials for the children of Okeechobee. Age divisions for girls will include Baby Miss (0-11 months); Toddler Miss (12-23 months); Tiny Miss (2-3 years); Little Miss (4-6 years); Petite Miss (7-8 years); Junior Miss (12-15 years); and, Miss (14-18 years). Age divisions for boys will include Baby Master (0-11 months); Tiny Master (12-23 months); Little Master (2-3 years); and, Junior Master (4-6 years). The beauty competition is mandatory to be in the pageant. Optional competitions include photogenic, most beautiful/handsome and best dressed. For information, call Donny Arnold at 863-634-6464 or Lynn at Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue at 863-763-5544 during regular business hours; or, e-mail “ recrackerpageant@e-mail.com.

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesMOHAWK CONSTRUCTION INC. FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time Assistant Store Manager $25,783/year FT with Bene ts Okeechobee City Retail Store Please visit our website to apply: www.gulfstreamgoodwill.com We provide excellent bene ts NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! A. Duda & Sons, Inc. is currently looking for Experienced Mechanics. Pay commensurate with experience. You can apply in person at 12000 S. SR 29, Felda, Florida or online by sending your resume to hrlb@duda.com. CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Employment Full TimeDrivers: $5,000 SignOn Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time MAGNOLIA PACKING INC, a fresh vegetable packing house, is looking for a PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR with three (plus) years produce experience. Must be bi-lingual and be willing to work long hours during the season. Email your resume to royboy01@bellsouth.net MECHANIC J.W. Cheatham, LLC has an immediate opening for a eld mechanic. Must have experience troubing shooting, repairing and performing preventative maintenance on heavy construction equipment i.e. roller, loader, dozer, excavator, etc. Requires vaild drivers license, acceptable MVR and own tools. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Position is located in West Palm Beach, to apply please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Employment Part TimeGIRL FRIDAY Sun./Mon./Tues. Ranch and aviary work. Some experience required. Background Check. 863-824-0015 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Business OpportunitiesSEEKING PARTNERS, LOCAL FLYING CLUB CALL 772-579-1118 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. BicyclesFOR SALE MEN’S BIKE ONYX 29 GENESIS $90.00 CALL 863-467-5652 Buildings & Sheds WOOLEY SHED 14’X20’ EXTRA REINFORCED FLOOR FOR STORAGE CAR. $8,000 OR BEST OFFER 863-801-3700 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? ApartmentsNEW DUPLEX 3/2, in the City limits. Wood cabinets w/granite countertops. All appl’s. W/D Hookup. Available now. $850.00 per month $500.00 security deposit. (863)465-0053 NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. Commercial Property2100 sq ft Metal building 2 roll up doors behind Lakeside Carwash In Treasure Island $750/mo First-last+sec Call Tab 863-610-1027 OKEECHOBEE Commercial Bay for lease. 1000 +/sq. ft. Great visible location, downtown on SW 2nd Ave. $550 month + Sec. 863-763-4414. Houses Rent2BED/1BATH HOUSE ON WATER BUCKHEAD RIDGE CALL GREG TO SEE 863-763-3374 OR 863-447-9376 1ST, LAST & SEC. $750.00 MONTHLY. ADORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. Background chk req. (941)504-3954 Duplex 2bd/1ba $600 monthly plus $600 sec. deposit. Lawn, pest and garbage included. No dogs. Call for more information 863-801-9119 Shop here first! The classified ads Houses RentFOR RENT WITH OPTION TO BUY. RANCH Oak Hammock, 7 1/2 ac., fenced with 2 pastures, 3BR, 3BA, 2000 sq. ft. with porches, 48x24 2 story barn, with tack rm & chicken coop, 30’x30’ carport. Open House July 12th at 12 noon, available immediately. $1000 mo. Call 954-242-2558. 18088 NW 256 St. OAK PARK 2/1 NEW APPLIANCES $900 A MONTH CALL 863-467-1466 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. VILLA, 2/2. $800/month. Call 561-762-7660. Office Space RentCORNER OFFICE 2,500 SQ FT, WATER-SEWERDUMPSTER INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT, CALL 634-7994 FO R DETAILS. Premier of ce space for rent In Okeechobee High traf c area one block North of Hwy 441 & 70 intersection 2,300 sq ft 7 of ces, reception area, Kitchen, storage areas, 6x8 DoubleFaced Neon Sign on Hwy 441 (N. Parrott Ave) Call 863-610-2390 or 863-610-1290 For More Information. SMALL OFFICE FRONT FOR RENT, WATERSEWER-ELECTRIC INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT. CALL 634-7994 FOR DETAILS. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 12 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014

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Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,500 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 LARGE MOBILE HOME 3BD/2BA, 2 LIVING ROOMS, LARGE SCREENED PORCH, 1 DOG UNDER 20LBS., NON SMOKER, REFERENCES REQUIRED $700.00/MO. OFF 15A OKEE. 863-467-4449 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes end of the year sale!! 3 retirement models MUST go... Save over $26k, homes from the low $60’s, this week only. plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol* Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeNotice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Beth Albert at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3050. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Beth Albert Code Enforcement Of cer III 466185 ON 7/9/2014 Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed policy is available in the Superintendent’s Ofce, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Amendment of Board Policy 5.40 Student Control I. This policy includes the Code of Student Conduct. II. Proposed revisions to the Code of Student Conduct include addition of Discipline Offense Codes, addition of language resulting from statute changes regarding hazing and simulation of rearms or weapons while playing, minor editorial changes, and a review of the District’s Corporal Punishment policy. III. Legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 120.57(1), 1001.43, 1002.20, 1003.04, 1003.21, 1003.31, 1003.32, 1006.07, 1006.08, 1006.09, 1006.10, 1006.13. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 466110 ON 7/9/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 47-2008-CA-000651XXXX The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association FKA The Bank of New York Trust Company, NA. as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for RAMP 2005RZ4, Plaintiff, VS. Elizabeth Pineiro; Unknown Spouse of Elizabeth Pineiro A/K/A Raimel Rodriguez; Unknown Tenant(s) in Possession of Subject Property; Jane Doe; John Doe, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated June 16, 2014, entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000651XXXX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein is the Plaintiff and Elizabeth Pineiro; Unknown Spouse of Elizabeth Pineiro A/K/A Raimel Rodriguez; Unknown Tenant(s) in Possession of Subject Property; Jane Doe; John Doe are the Defendants, that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd oor, of the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34927, beginning at 11:00 AM on the 6th day of August, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 20, BLOCK 5, COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 97, 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 20th day of June, 2014. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy ClerkIf 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. 465993 ON 7/9,16/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 47-2012-CA-000549 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v. WILLIAM JOE RAWLS; CRYSTAL L. RAWLS; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 31, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 47-2012CA-000549 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 30th day of July, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 31, PIONEER ESTATES UNIT NO. 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 15 TO 17 INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MULTIWIDE MANUFACTURED HOME, WHICH IS PERMANENTLY AFFIXED AND ATTACHED TO THE LAND AND IT PART OF THE REAL PROPERTY AND WHICH, BY INTENTION OF THE PARTIES SHALL CONSTITUTE A PART OF THE REALTY AND SHALL PASS WITH IT: YEAR/MAKE: 1988/MERITT LXW: 56 X28 VIN:’ S TW25625252A & TW25625252B Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772)807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, Ilame al 711. Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis saa ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated at OKEECHOBEE, Florida this 3rd day of April, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 465214 ON 7/2,9/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2014-CP-62 IN RE: The Estate of: KUSTUS, ALBERT E. Deceased, NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of A LBERT E. KUSTUS, deceased, whose date of death was January 9, 2014, and whose last four digits of his social security number are 9680, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N. W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other p ersons havin g claims or dePublic Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2014-CA-000132 Green Tree Servicing LLC Plaintiff -VS.Diana Otersen-Kafton a/k/a Diana L. Otersen a/k/a Diana L. Kafton; et al. Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Ernest E. Kafton a/k/a Ernest Kafton; CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, 1801 Southwest 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOTS 9 AND 10, BLOCK 5, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 1801 Southwest 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, FT 34974. This action has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, FL 33431, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this notice and le the original with the clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 12th day of June, 2014. Sharon Robertson Circuit and County Courts By: /S/ Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With DisabilitiesIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 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. 466094 ON 7/2,9/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION. CASE NO. 2014-CA-000004 Uniform Case No. 472014CA000004CAMCMX KING’S BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, Plaintiff, VS. JOHN BARLOW, and COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 18, 2014, and entered in Case No.: 2014CA-000004 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein KING’S BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, is the Plaintiff and JOHN BARLOW, and COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., are the Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on the 6th day of August, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. the f o ll o win g d e s cri b e d p r op NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 7-26-2014 @ 10:00 AM Unit #255 Gary G. Miller 466180 ON 7/9,16/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CA-000491 JUDGE: GARY SWEET J&J LAND INVESTMENTS, L.L.C., a Florida limited liability company, Plaintiff, v. J.W. CHARLES HESTER, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 12, 2013 entered in Case No. 2012-CA-000491 in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida where J & J Land Investments, LLC., a Florida limited liability company is the Plaintiff and J.W. Charles Hester and Paige Cloud are the Defendants, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on August 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m on the second oor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee County Judicial Center located at 312 N.W. 3rd St., in Okeechobee County in Okeechobee, Florida the following described real property as set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Lot 17, CROOKED CREEK PLANTATION, UNIT I, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 77 and 78, 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 sixty (60) days after the sale. Dated this 26th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk CRARY-BUCHANAN 759 S.W. Federal Highway, Suite 106 Stuart, FL 34994 Telephone: (772) 287-2600 Direct Fax: (772) 223-4369 JJScrarybuchanan.com Mary-Ellencrarybuchanan.com Jeffrey J. Saunders Fla. Bar No. 13955 Attorneys for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entiIN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2014-CP-55 In re: Estate of LESLEY J. VAN HASSSEL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LESLEY J. VAN HASSEL, deceased, whose date of death was September 14, 2013, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-6812, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this notice is July 2, 2014. Personal Representative: DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT TWELVE DIVISION OF FARMINGTON DOCKET NO. RE-13-64 STATE OF MAINE FRANKLIN, ss. ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff v. KEITH A. BREWER AND FLORENCE L. MURPHY-BREWER Defendants This is an action for the foreclosure of a mortgage on real property and may affect real property of the Defendants located at, 44 Howard Road, Salem Township, ME 04983, and described in such Mortgage Deed as recorded in Book 3081 at Page 134 in the Franklin Registry of Deeds, Franklin, Maine. This Court has reviewed the motion of the Plaintiff for service by publication pursuant to Rule 4(g) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 6(b) and nds that Plaintiff is in compliance with Rule 4(g)(1)(A)-(C). It is ORDERED that service be made upon the Defendant Florence L. Murphy-Brewer by publishing a copy of this Order once a week for three (3) successive weeks in the Clewiston News which is a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Glades, Florida, and in the Okeechobee News which is a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Okeechobee, where Defendant Florence L. Murphy-Brewer is believed to be currently residing. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Defendant Florence L. MurphyBrewer bein g served b y p ublication 13 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 mands 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 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. NOT WITH STANDING THE TIME PERIOD 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 July 2, 2014. Personal Representative: LARRY C. EATON 27543 Evelyn Avenue Brownstown, MI 48183 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQUIRE 200 N. E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 Email: colin@ccameronlaw.com 466113 ON 7/2,9/2014 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifiedstled, 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. 466096 ON 7/9,16/2014 Paige Van Hassel 6070 N.W. 154th Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: tconely@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: blanier@conelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: service@conelyandconely.com By: Tom Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 466075 ON 7/2,9/2014 appear and serve an answer to the motion or complaint on counsel for Plaintiff, Stephanie Cummings, Bendett & McHugh, PC, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 151, Farmington, CT 06032. The answer must be led with the Court within forty-one (41) days after the rst publication of this Order. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s counsel mail a copy of the Order as published to the Defendant at 44 Howard Road, Salem Township, ME 04983 and 300 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida, the last known addresses of Defendant Florence L. Murphy-Brewer Failing to serve an answer will cause judgment by default to be entered, granting relief sought in the motion or complaint. The clerk may incorporate this order by reference on the docket. DATE: 5/14/2014 JUDGE/ Nancy D. Carlson 4659681 CN 6/26;7/3,10 ON 6/25;7/2,9 erty as set forth in said Final Judgment, lying and being situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: PARCEL ID: 1-31-37-36-0010-00060-0230 LOT 23, BLOCK 6, KING’S BAY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 91 THROUGH 94, 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 sixty (60) days of 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; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 24th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ., P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 200 NE 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 telephone 466043 ON 7/9,16/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. CIVIL DIVISION. CASE NO. 2014-CA-000010 KING’S BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, Plaintiff, VS. RODNEY B. FORREST and MARIA E. FORREST, his wife, Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 18, 2014, and entered in Case No.: 2014CA-000010 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein KING’S BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, is the Plaintiff and RODNEY B. FORREST and MARIA E. FORREST, his wife, are the Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on the 6th day of August, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, lying and being situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: PARCEL ID: 1-31-37-36-0020-0005B-0090 LOT 21, BLOCK 5, KING’S BAY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 91 THROUGH 94, 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 sixty (60) days of the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 20th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ., P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 200 NE 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 telephone 465991 ON 7/9,16/2014 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?

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BOLDT, Esq. RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: okeeadsales@newszap.com Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 10000290CA DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF MERRILL LYNCH MORTGAGE INVESTORS TRUST, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-MLN1 Plaintiff, v. CLAUDETTE NORMAN F/K/A CLAUDETTE Y. ARNOLD; MATTHEW SHAWN NORMAN; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale dated June 18, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 10000290CA of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 23rd day of July, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, RUN THENCE N 89 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 12 FOR A DISTANCE OF 3,630.00 FEET FOR A P.O.B., THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 36 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 122.50 FEET TO A POINT IN THE CENTER OF EXISTING ROAD, THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 08 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID CENTER OF ROAD BEING PARCEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 12 FOR A DISTANCE OF 660.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTH RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF MITCHELL ROAD, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 36 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID MITCHELL ROAD A DISTANCE OF 122.50 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 08 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 660.00 FEET TO P.O.B. EXCEPTING AND RESERVING FOR ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY A STRIP OF LAND 27.50 FEET IN WIDTH OFF THE WEST SIDE OF SAID PROPERTY. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772)807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis saa ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated at OKEECHOBEE, Florida this 24th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: SANDRA L. CREECH DEPUTY CLERK 466042 ON 7/2,9/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2014-DR-69 JESSICA LYNN RAULERSON Petitioner/Mother, and THOMAS CIAMPA, Respondent/Father NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE T O: THOMAS CIAMPA Addresses Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a paternity action has been led and commenced in this court. You are required to serve a copy of Public Notice 14 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014your written defenses, if any to it, on the Petitioner/Mother’s attorney, whose name and address is SNEIDER LAW, 200 S.W. 9th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and le the original with the clerk of the above-styled Court on or before 8/1/2014; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief prayed for in the complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for four consecutive weeks in The Okeechobee News. Witness my hand and the seal of said Court at Okeechobee, Florida on this 27th day of March 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of Said Court BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 466104 ON 7/2,9,16,23/2014 CALL 511 TOLL FREE FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER VISIT FL511.COM FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS A toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply) TRAFFIC INFO ALL THE TIME

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Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 15 Okeechobee News July 9, 2014 Dr. Charles Gauldin, Associate Professor of Religion at Southeastern University in Lakeland, will be the guest speaker at Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St. on Sunday, July 13, at 11 a.m. For more information, call 863-763-8945. The Okeechobee Seventh Day Adventist Church 412 N.W. 6th St., w ill host Vacation Bible School from July 6-11 from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. This y ear the VBS theme is Weird AnimalsŽ where Jesus Love is one of a kind. For preschool through sixth grade. For information, call 863-357-3680. First Baptist Church of Okeechobees Vacation Bible School, Agency D3, will be held July 7-11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. V BS is for kids going into kindergarten through “ fth grades. For more information, call 863-763-2171, go online to fbcokee.org, or come by the church at 401 S.W. Fourth St. Peace Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 7-11, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, Okeechobee. It is for ages 3 through “ fth graders. For information, call 863-763-5042. Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will present The Bait of Satan,Ž by John Bevere. This free program started June 18 and will run for 12 weeks, each Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a 30-minute DVD of John Bevere teaching with a brief follow-up emphasis on key points of scripture and how to apply each to us today. Worksheets for each lesson will be available at the church. Bring your Bible and a heart and mind open to receive instructions through the word of God. For questions, call the church at 863-763-8945. Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St. will host a Vacation Bible School Monday, July 28 Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for 1st-5th grade. For more information, call 863763-8945. Haven of Rest Church 912 N.W. Second St. would like to invite you to a weekly Bible study and or youth service every Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Tom Velie at 863-357-3053. Oakview Baptist Church welcomes everyone to join them on Sunday mornings for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. they have a Bible Study in the sanctuary. They also have a Wednesday evening Worship Service at 6 p.m. We are located at 677 S.W. 32 Street in Okeechobee. For more information please call 863-763-1699. The Gathering Church 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., invites you to attend Living FreeŽ a Christian recovery group for women on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Theresa Brown at 863357-4418. The Gathering hosts Joy in the MourningŽ a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gale at 863-623-8504. Love Jesus? Every Monday morning, 8 a.m. at Hampton Inn, there is a Bible study held and you are invited. It is free if you dont eat, or you can have a great breakfast for only $5. Brandon Tucker and Pastor Jim Benton are the speakers. More questions? Call 863-532-2482. Gathering in Grace and Prayer meets every Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. in the park at the pavilion. All are welcome. Note: An Okeechobee Church Directory is now available at Florida.Newszap. com with addresses and service times for 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 for this weekly column. E-mail okeenews@newszap. com. Churches plan special speakers and VBS

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