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14.51 feetLast Year: 15.80 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Community shocked and saddened by sudden death of commissionerBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee community was shocked and saddened Sunday by the death of Okeechobee County Commissioner Ray R. Domer. Commissioner Domer, 58, died in his sleep at the familys house in Pine Island Sunday morning. The medical examiner ruled cause of death as an unexpected cardiac arrest, according to the family. In a press release issued Tuesday, the county administration stated, We are overwhelmed with sadness at the untimely passing of Commissioner Ray R. Domer on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was rst elected to of ce in November 2004 and successfully was re-elected for two more terms. He served the community he loved for the past 10 years with a tremendous commitment to being scally conservative in order to keep Okeechobee an affordable place to live and own a business. Commissioner Domer served as Chairman of the board from November, 2006 to November, 2007. He represented Okeechobee County on numerous boards and committees, including serving as a member to the Small County Coalition, the Lake Okeechobee Coalition, and the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, on which he was an active member of the Finance Committee. Commissioner Domer was a native Floridian and a life-long resident of Okeechobee. He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1974 and attended Indian River Community College. He was a member of the Masons. For many years, he coached Dixie boys baseball. Except for a short time when he worked in Louisiana, Commissioner Domer worked all his life at his family business, Domers Machine Shop and Well Drilling, Friend, scal conservative will be missed Wednesday, August 20, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 100 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS football guide inside! Man sentenced to 18 months for beating woman ... Page 22 Clrng Or Cti! Special to the Okeechobee NewsVeteran honored by governorWorld War II Veteran Lemoyne C. Ezell (center) was presented with the Governors Veterans Service Award on Aug. 15 by Governor Rick Scott (right) at the Avon Park U.S. Army National Guard Armory. Mr. Ezell, 85, enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a teenager. At left is Ray Worley, historian for Sons of the American Legion Post 64. Ray Domer See DOMER Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News While jobless rates rose from 7.6 to 8.3 percent from June to July, rates remain lower than they did in 2013 in Okeechobee County according to the monthly report from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Okeechobee had 1,481 residents collect bene ts last month, up from 1,362 in June, but down from 1,770 that collected bene ts in July 2013. Okeechobee still ranked 12th Unemployment upSee JOBS Page 5
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Tonight: Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Lows around 75F. Southeast wind 2 to 7 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent. Extended ForecastThursday : Day: Mostly sunny. Highs around 91F. Heat index around 105F. Southwest wind 0 to 8 MPH. Thursday Night : Mostly clear. Lows around 75F. East southeast wind to 7 MPH. Friday : Day: Mostly sunny with scattered showers. Highs around 91F. Heat index around 107F. South wind 1 to 6 MPH. Okeechobee Forecast Auxiliary serving sandwichesThe Cypress Hut Eagles Auxiliary will serve sandwich selections with sides on Wednesday, Aug. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 863-467-1154.Photo workshop plannedA free photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Learn to crop, brighten, or color correct the photos you take with your digital camera or phone using free software. For information, call 772-708-6764.Eagles to host steak dinnerFraternal Order Of Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will serve a 16-ounce rib eye steak dinner Friday, Aug. 22 with salad, garlic bread and baked potatoes from 6 until 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Lisa from 7 until 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, a 50s Sock Hop will be held from 7 until 11 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Gerry Harmon. Come out and have a great time. All events open to the public. For information, call 863-763-2552.VFW to host bingoVFW North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo Friday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. Friday karaoke will be D&K Entertainment from 7 until 10 p.m. The Grill will be open Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 until 7 p.m. Please join us for Loris Sunday, Aug. 24, dinner from 1 until 3 p.m. that will feature a ham dinner. All proceeds will bene t our veterans programs. The public is invited.OHS fundraiser to be held2nd Street Pizza, 202 N.E. Second St., will host a fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for the Okeechobee High School athletic department. Fifty percent of all sales will be donated to OHS. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and more. For information, call 863-763-5000; or, Annie at 772-267-8168.Enjoy 4-H night with the MetsCome join your fellow Okeechobee 4-H club members for 4-H night at the Mets game Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. 4-H families and 4-H day campers from H20, history, cooking and horse camps. Tickets are $10 each and include admission, hot dog and drink. Call the extension of ce at 863763-6469 to RSVP and your ticket. Be sure to wear your 4-H club shirt or camp shirt to the game.OCRA sign up date setOCRA will hold football/cheerleader sign ups Saturday, Aug. 23, at the sports complex from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Any child 5 to 12 years of age can register. The cost for football is $80 and cheerleading is $60. Bring a copy of the childs birth certi cate and payment to register. OCRA is also offering fall baseball/softball to boys and girls ages 5-13 (boys) and 5-14 (girls). The cost to sign up for fall ball is $50 per child. Sign ups will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the sports complex. For information, call 863-634-0515 for football and cheerleading; or, for fall ball 863-234-8024.60s reunion party plannedBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417, 1016 Linda Road, is hosting a 60s reunion party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 DJ John Gallagher will be playing 60s music. There will also be a $25 bar tab for best woman and man out ts, and 60s TV theme trivia. Hamburgers and fries will be served for a donation. For information, call John Gallagher at 954-592-3111. Bene t angling tourney setSkull Hill Steel Archery will host Somethin for Nothin, a bow and trash shing tournament to bene t Tony Sudduth, at Okee-Tantie airboat ramp on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and $10 per person for the 50/50 big sh entry. For information call Jacob May eld 561-635-7470; or, email jmay email@example.com. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.OCT will hold open auditionsThe Okeechobee Community Theatre will hold open auditions Aug. 25 and 26 for parts in its rst two shows of the season -the gospel-music comedy Service at Rocky Bluff and The Wizard of Oz. The auditions will begin at 7 p.m. and will be staged in the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610 S,W, Second Ave. For information, call 863-763-1307; or, visit www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com/ postings.
More than 35 BOGOs every week! Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 20, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Late summer is a great time to watch the forces of nature at work. Here in Okeechobee there are many different kinds of newcomers always trying to take hold of this area and make it their new home. But a new weapon was recently unleashed to help reduce the spread of a most unloved weed the air potato has now met its match. County Horticulture Agent Dan Culbert has arranged with the Florida Department of Agriculture to release a brick-red colored beetle that chews up the air potato like theres no tomorrow. This beetle has been extensively tested by USDA and FDACS and the only thing it will eat is the air potato vine. Use of this beetle will reduce this pest, much like what has occurred with the Tropical Soda Apple. In the three weeks since it has been working over the vines, holes are now appearing on the weedy leaves in the test site due to feeding damage from the adult beetles. And new growth of the air potato vines is also being attacked by small grubs that are feasting. Examining this air potato demonstration site will be a key part of an upcoming program on Invasive Exotic Species and Management. It is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension of ce. Besides the air potato eld demonstration, there will be presentations on herbicide safety, identi cation of local invasive species, and what can be done about them. Partnerships, programs and assistance available will also be a focus of the days program. The program is sponsored by the Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). Other presenters will be Michael Sowinski, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission; Cheryl Millett, The Nature Conservancy; Rose Godfrey, UF / IFAS School of Forestry; Ken Gioeli, St. Lucie County Natural Resources Agent and Ken Hibbard, FDACS Division of Plant Industry. The days workshop agenda is available on line, and will include lunch and program materials. Ranchers and property owners will learn how to get their own air potato beetles! Pesticide applicators can earn 3 CEUs towards their licenses. Persons interested in attending ma y preregister on-line at http://fsp-workshop090414.eventbrite.com/ or by calling the UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension of ce at 863-763-6469. There is a $15 fee if registered by Aug. 25 or a $20 fee after Aug. 25. Come out and watch the beginning of the end of air potatoes woes! The Florida Cooperative Extension Service Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/af rmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. Extension Of ce offers help in ghting invasive species Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sara May/ NRCS Soil ConservationistUF Extension Agent Dan Culbert places a leaf covered with air potato beetles on a air potato vine in preparation for an Invasive species workshop. The program will be held at the Okeechobee Extension of ce on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special to the Okeechobee News4-H Show Stoppers compete in Regionals4-H Club Show Stoppers Horse Club attended Regionals on July 29 through Aug. 2 in Raleigh N.C. competing against 14 different states. Show Stoppers 4-H Horse Club member Hunter Bryant (left) with his horse Reba placed eighth in Ground Handling and fth in Reining. Katie Brummett (center) with her horse Sandy placed sixth in the Working Cow Horse competition. Sierra Coward (right) and her horse Remy placed rst in the state for Ranch Roping. All interested youth are invited to join the club. Contact the 4-H extension of ce at 863-763-6469. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPet of the weekCowgirl, a 2-year-old female Aussie mix, wants a home with a fencedin yard. Shes house trained, crate trained, and likes a lot of attention. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-3571104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to foster animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.
MSTU? At the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Mr. Culpepper brought up the MSTU for law enforcement and said they should have used it t o broaden the tax base. He was quickly corrected by the administrator who explained t hat the MSTU would be subject to the same homestead exemptions as ad valorem taxes. T o his credit, the commissioner admitted his mistake and that he had misunderstood how it works. One of the speakers at the political forum mentioned using a MSBU which is a bene t unit rather than a taxing unit to fund the sheriffs of ce. The problem is the c ounty staff already researched that idea and found out that under state law they cant use a MSBU for law enforcement services. You c an use it for things like re protection or mosquito control that have a direct bene t t o each property. But other counties tried to use it for law enforcement and it was thrown out in court. T he calling Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper. David had an affair. Noah got drunk. J onah ran from God. Paul was a murderer. Gideon was insecure. Miriam was a goss iper. Martha was a worrier. Thomas was a doubter. Sarah was impatient. Elijah was depressed. Moses stuttered. Zaccheus was s hort. Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead ... God doesnt call the quali ed. He quali es the called.Safety As a mother, I will be preaching to my kids no matter what time of day or night, c all me for ride. Someone will be there and dont be ashamed for asking their friends to let them out of the car because they are driving recklessly. Wearing a seat belt is the single best w ay to prevent death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash. Though a small percentage of people in motor vehicle crashes are better off not wearing a seat belt those examples are outliers in the statistics. According to the CDC, People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries. It is a personal choice to wear a seat belt or not and I respect that choice but, one should at least be educated on the survival and injury statistics before making that choice. My personal choice is to always wear my seat belt as I have a better chance of surviving with it on than with it off. Just as they do in Vegas, I always play the better odds. When youre a passenger in a vehicle with your peers, never feel embarrassed to ask the driver to let you out in these reckless situations. Always tell your children and show them how much you love them as we know not what God has planned for us the next moment in time.FPL What is happening with FPL? Our electric goes out every day and last night it was off for over an hour. We have never had this problem before. FPL cannot blame the storms. Storms have not caused this much problem before. So, does anyone know what the problem is? One issue is not enough people with the outage call in to complain. FPL also does not listen too closely to their linemen on area issues. They ask for tree trimming and get one or two branches trimmed. The main thing is call in every time an outage happens, even if it is just for a few seconds. Call, call, call!Back to school Time for our kids to go back to school. Im so happy they have awesome schools to go to and have good, quality teachers. We are blessed to have such a great school system here in Okeechobee! We have excellent teachers who care so much for our students. I went to Open House last week and was reminded again how much work our administrators and teachers go to. I saw the superintendent out at Open House too talking to parents and making people feel welcome. I love it that he cares so much for our kids. You can tell he loves his job when you see him talking to kids. Keep the good commissionersI am taking this time to remind all registered voters to get out and vote and make this a year to stand up and make our county realize that we do care about it and its future. As a voter living in district one, I applaud Bryant Culpepper (district two) as a working county commissioner who represents the entire county of Okeechobee. As property owners in the northwest section of Okeechobee on and near the area of 141st Street, we have been dealing with a severe drainage problem for several years now and could not seem to get the problem taken care of. After contacting Bryant regarding the problem, as recommended by several people, the problem has been addressed, approved and the project is underway. As citizens of Okeechobee, we need to get personal situations out of the way and keep in of ce the working commissioners. As residents, property owners and people that love Okeechobee, lets get out and vote for the men or women who love our count y and will work to keep it alive! Thanking you once again for your help, Bryant Culpepper, from the residents of the 141st Street area who care. Sincerely, Marilyn A. Chandler and many others August 20, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Publisher/Editor: Katrina ElskenCirculation Manager: Dee Gaudin 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 Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues. Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! The next Chamber of Commerce Networking breakfast will be held on Sept. 9, at Applebees Okeechobee. The Chamber of Commerce Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening Sept. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range quali cation will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during quali cation. The cost to attend this class is $40. The next Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours will be on Sept. 30, at Beef O Bradys. Fee is $5 and $10 for members. Mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Luncheon on Oct. 16, at 11:45 a.m. This will be the Inaugural Presentation of the Business of the Year Awards! 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 personall y 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 bac k to your community. Each year, the program accepts up to 10 individuals to serve as ambassadors for the following calendar year. I f 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. Contact: Mariah Parriott, administration 863-467-6246 firstname.lastname@example.org Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce News Health and Safety Expo meeting plannedThe Eighth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The Expo will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. If your organization would like the opportunity to share information about your local services as they relate to health and/or safety, this is the event for you. The rst planning session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in the board room of the school board of ce. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.
In a 2012 election interview with the Okeechobee News Commissioner Domer said he ran for county of ce because he w anted to make a difference in Okeechobee. Mr. Domer was a graduate of the Florida A ssociation of Counties Advanced Commissioner course. County Commissioner Joey Hoover said Commissioner Domer was a lifelong friend. I do not remember a time when I did not know Ray, said Commissioner Hoover. He said Commissioner Domer was the most consistently conservative member of the board. Rays message was always the same: Youve got to get your spending in line. The ush times are not going to last. His message never changed, he said. You see some people whose positions may change. Rays message was always to get the spending in line and make sure the tax rate is affordable for the taxpayers. He added that while Commissioner Domer worked hard as a commissioners and at his business, he also knew how to relax and have fun. Ray worked hard, but he also knew how to put that down and enjoy his life, he said. Ill miss him a lot, as a commissioner and as a friend, he said. Ray was a personal friend as well as a fellow commissioner, said County Commissioner Margaret Helton. He was a dedicated and compassionate commissioner and only wanted to serve the citizens of Okeechobee County and leave the county nancially sound when he vacated his seat. He will be greatly missed as a friend and commissioner, she said. Ray was a man of conviction and he believed that each of us living in this community, or any community, have a civic responsibility to serve, said County Commission Chairman Frank Irby. I think that willingness to serve is the essence of true leadership. I certainly will miss him in the dais, and I am sure everyone else will. He was always thoughtful with his comments, he continued. I think that was obvious to most people, He didnt just give his answer. He tried to explain why he felt that way or why he believed that. Even though Mr. Domer and I were sometimes at 180 degree opposite opinions, I certainly respected that opinion and the time he gave to his job as a county commissioner, said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. As the news spread in the Okeechobee community and beyond on Monday, many shared their thoughts on Mr. Domers page on Facebook. He was one of a kind. He loved his family and friends and the town he lived in ... always willing to help others and had a grin like no other, wrote Francine WoodhamKeezer. You couldnt help but admire him immediately because he wore his integrity like a name badge. Ill miss that man who I looked up to from the day I met him, wrote Curt Todd Siegmeister II. Okeechobee has lost one of its most dedicated public servants. Ray Domer cared deeply for the people of Okeechobee and fought passionately for the ideals that he knew would improve the lives of everyone. We were lucky to have him as our commissioner and even luckier still to call him our friend, wrote Libby Alexander Maxwell. Commissioner Domer was proud of the heritage of the family-run operation, Domers Machine Shop and Well Drilling, which was established in 1926 by his grandfather, Victor Jacob Domer. Justin Domer said Tuesda y that the family business will continue. Dad left a tremendous legacy, he said. We will continue to run this business with our family and with our team, which is like our family. Jacob and I will be the fourth generation in the business. Well make Dad proud. County attorney Laura McCall said Florida Governor Rick Scott will appoint a ne w commissioner to represent Okeechobee County District 1. She explained the Florid a Constitution states, the governor shall ll b y appointment any vacancy for the remainder of the term if it is less than 28 months. Funeral services will be Friday, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Okeechobee. For more information, see the Obituary notice on page 5. 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 20, 2014 Crossword PuzzleACROSS 1 Email for the spam folder, probably 5 Comparable 9 Indy participant 14 __ socks 15 Fiddling emperor 16 Drop names, maybe? 17 Flightless flock 18 Swarm member 19 Nodding off at a meeting, say 20 Ballplayers home renovation advice about the bare hallway floor? 23 Caution to drivers 24 Flamenco cheer 25 ... but I could be wrong 27 Techs home renovation advice about a dark basement? 32 Bygone TV control 33 Reef denizen 34 Small drink 35 Autumn bloom 38 Nursery rhyme fiddler 39 Pleasing to the palate 41 Luau bowlful 42 Wheels 43 Limit 44 Housekeepers home renovation advice about a cheap fourposter offer? 50 Joyous hymn 51 Lee follower 52 Cold War jet 54 Bartenders home renovation advice about the tiny kitchen sink? 58 Capital on the 30th parallel 60 Mill site 61 Sticky stuff 62 Day one 63 Aquatic predator 64 Catches 65 Mild cheese 66 Bucks, perhaps 67 Hooks right hand DOWN 1 Mother May I? movements 2 Fluffy clouds 3 Lie alongside 4 Monument Valley sight 5 Sharp-cornered 6 Boxers hotel 7 Caspian Sea land 8 Sticky writing? 9 Energized anew 10 In the vicinity 11 They may be political 12 Chicago-to-D.C. dir. 13 Former Riverfront Stadium player 21 Chopper topper 22 Provoke 26 Flibbertigibbet 28 Ewe or doe 29 Pay attention in class 30 Drizzly 31 Many a character in TVs The Americans 35 Quick on the uptake 36 Opposite of nuts? 37 Italian dessert 38 Raucous call 39 Popular exercise regimen 40 LAPD alert 42 Cold Stone Creamery purchase 43 It may be extra sharp 45 Came closer to 46 Territory divided in 1889 47 Spell 48 Infinitis infinity symbol, e.g. 49 Weaken 53 Formation fliers 55 Apple product 56 Zoomed 57 Fleece-lined boot brand 58 Gear tooth 59 Mayo to mayo By C.W. Stewart (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC06/05/1406/05/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com DOMERContinued From Page 1 highest among Florida counties in unemployment, the report noted. Glades County saw an increase in unemployment from 8.1 to 9-percent in July. The rate was 9.1 percent in July, 2013. Glades County had 430 residents collect bene ts in July, compared to 388 in June and 483 in July 2013. Glades ranked fourth highest among Florida counties trailing only Hendry, Flagler and Hamilton counties. Around the region, Hardee County had 8.8 percent, St. Lucie 8.7 percent, Indian River 8.5 percent, Highlands 8.5 percent, DeSoto 7.8 percent, Osceola 6.9 percent, and Martin 6.8 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1 OHS Class of 15 senior photos scheduledSenior pictures are coming. Okeechobee High School seniors are reminded to visit prestigeportraits.com/ to view your session options and FAQs. You can book your appointment online or call 800.749.2796, ext. 1. Photo sessions will be held: Aug. 26, 1 until 9 p.m. Aug. 27, 1 until 9 p.m. It is your responsibility to set up your appointment. For information, contact Mr. Pung at email@example.com. .us.Community Collaborative Council to meet Aug. 26The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. For August the special guest speakers are Gina Thompson, of Marys Shelter, and Gail Grif th, Guardian ad Litem. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Entries sought for annual Labor Day parade Okeechobees 49th Labor Day Parade is set for Monday, Sept. 1. If you would like to be part of the parade, please pick up an applications at Okeechobee News or the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. Hurry deadline is Thursday, Aug. 28 For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.
Briana Kay Banuelos, 17OKEECHOBEE Briana Kay Banuelos died A ugust 15, 2014. She w as born January 3, 1997 in Stuart to Jose Banuelos and Esther Tagle. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, who considered her a mother. She was a waitress at Cowboys and had a laugh and smile that w ill never be forgotten. She was a member of the Okeechobee High School class of 2015. Briana is survived by her father, Jose Banuelos (Denise); mother, Esther Banuelos (Davy); three brothers, Jose Banuelos, Jr., Jose Tagle and W illiam Grace all of Okeechobee; three sisters, Cassandra Rodriguez of Lake Placid, Natalie Banuelos and Erin Grace both of Okeechobee; grandparents, Idalia Mendoza (Martin) of Moore Haven, Tomasita Corral (Rafael) of Indiantown and Gilbert and Esther Tagle of Palm Beach; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. a public service will be held for her friends w ith time set aside for them to share memories. The private family services will be held Thursday, A ugust 21, 2014. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. David D. Sparks, 43FRANKLIN, Ind. David D. Sparks, 43, of Franklin, Indiana passed on away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born on April 28, 1971 in Salem, Indiana. He had been a driver for Heritage Crystal Clean in Indianapolis for 5 years. He was a member of Nineveh Christian Church and he enjoyed drag racing, building race cars, motorcycles and the outdoors, and was a warm hearted, loving man who cared for his wife, children and his family. His son Logan Sparks was his world and his extended children as well. He married Mindy (Kottlowski) Benge Sparks on July 19, 2014 in Franklin; she survives. Other survivors include his children, Logan D. Sparks, Chesney B. Benge and Brody T. Benge, all of Franklin; his mother, Janie (Sparks) Ingersoll of Franklin; his mother-in-law, Teri Johnson and step-father-in-law, Don Johnson of Nineveh, Indiana; his sister, Sylvia Anuez (Manolo); stepbrothers, Bobby Ingersoll and Nathan Ingersoll, both of Mobile, Alabama and Win eld Ingersoll of Okeechobee, Florida; step-sister, Linda Robertson (Dave) of Okeechobee, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ingersoll; grandparents Henry and Elsie Sparks; and stepbrother, Van Ingersoll. Reverend Tom Knight and Reverend Don Klutz will conduct a service on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton Street (US 31) in Franklin. Friends may call on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.swartzmortuary.com. Information: 317-738-0202.Harry Mickey Osteen, 69OKEECHOBEE Harry Mickey Osteen, 69, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Hospice of Okeechobee in Okeechobee, FL. Mickey was born in Dothan, AL. and had been a lifelong resident of Okeechobee and Fort Pierce, FL. Mickey served in the US Army during the Korean and Vietnam War. Prior to retirement, Mickey worked for Pratt Whitney in West Palm Beach, FL. and he was also a Heavy Equipment Operator. Mickey also spent time working for Forest Services in Utah, Idaho and Alaska. He loved hunting, shing and being outdoors. Survivors include his companion, Vera Maguire; sons, Michael Wade Osteen, of Okla., Jeremiah Osteen, of Okla.; daughter, Linda Watters, of Okla.; sister, Constance (Beth) Enders, of Houston, Texas; brothers, Robert Allen Osteen, of Milton, Fla., Roger Eric Osteen, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL. Friends may visit the online guest book at www. aycock-hillcrest.com Arrangements are under the care of Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL. James Jim A. Sanders, 70OKEECHOBEE James Jim A. Sanders of Okeechobee died August 16, 2014 in Palm Beach. He was born November 10, 1943 in Columbus, Georgia. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. A retired heavy equipment mechanic, he came to Okeechobee from Las Vegas in 2000. He enjoyed shing, NASCAR, and bowling. Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his father, James Douglas Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cara Sanders of Okeechobee; two daughters, Kristine Farnsworth (Roby) of Salt Lake City, Utah and Heather Jaynes (Clinton) of Wichita, Kansas; three sons, Keith Sanders of Las Vegas, James Martini, Jr. (Lisa) of Lincolnton, N.C. and Johnny Crow (Kelly) Las Vegas; ten grandchildren; mother, Vivian Rosser of Palm Bay; sister, Linda Trenner (Bob) of Palm Bay. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of owers memorial donations in honor of James A. Sanders may be made to Fisher House (122), 1201 NW 16th Street, Miami, FL 33125. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families o f the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. V iolet Louise Williams, 86OKEECHOBEE Violet Louise Williams died A ugust 17, 2014. She was born July 28, 1928 in W auchula to William Elmer and Teanie Branning Howell. A resident of Okeechobee since 1968, she was a member of Oakview Baptist Church and enjoyed life and good laughs and music. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, James Amos Williams. She is survived by two daughters, Robin Wilson of Okeechobee and Holly Belser of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Ronnie Williams of Okeechobee; grandson, Josh Wilson of Orlando; granddaughter, Lindsey Williams of Okeechobee; and one great grandchild. The family will receive friends 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Graveside services w ill be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Lake Dale Baptist Church Cemetery in Wauchula. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. 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 August 20, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@ n ewszap.com. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at orida.newszap.comEmory Sam Richard McGee, Jr., 77OKEECHOBEE Emory Sam Richard McGee, Jr. died August 16, 2014 at his home. He was born February 20, 1937 in Sebring to Emory Richard McGee, Sr. and Hazel Beatrice Raulerson. He was a former longtime resident of Okeechobee and a member of First Baptist Church, Cottondale, Florida. He was a man who deeply loved the Lord Jesus and was devoted to his wife and family. His friends knew him as a man of integrity. He was an accomplished cattleman that was well known among the local ranchers and dairymen. He was a member of the Cattlemans Association over the years and he also enjoyed ying. Mr. McGee was preceded in death by his parents, Emory Richard Sr. and Hazel McGee; and his brothers, Clarence and Paul. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jackie Jacqueline McGee of Okeechobee; children, David McGee (Tracy) of Okeechobee, Karen Lewis (Alan) of Kansas, Bennie McGee (Karen) of Okeechobee, Steve McGee (Rhonda) of Lakeland, Mary Ellen McGee of Lake Placid and Richard McGee (Cynthia) of Okeechobee; 14 grandchildren, Michael, Justin, Matt, Seth, Dusty, Caleb, John Mike, Colby, Jill, Cori, Leslie, Jessica, Whitney and Tiffany; 18 great grandchildren, Aubrie, Emma, Monte, William, Macey, Samuel, Jacqueline, Josh, Madison, Kinley, Mollie, Lucas, Kason, Reece, Cole, Eli, Trista and Laney; sister, Lavern Williams (Robert) of Okeechobee; brother, Jimmy McGee (Joan) of Clewiston. Visitation was at Oakview Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Steve McGee and Pastor Jack Brock of ciating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.
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As a sixth generation Floridian, Ray was born in Okeechobee on February 29, 1956 to Russell and Martha (Walker) Domer. At just twenty-two years old, Ray became the third generation owner and operator of Domers Machine Shop. Started by Rays grandfather, V ictor, in 1926, Domers is one of the oldest family owned storefronts in Okeechobee and is celebrating its 88th year in business. In 1982, Ray married the late Ginger Greenberger Domer (1956-1987). In 1987, the couple welcomed son Justin to their family. In 1989, Ray married Cynthia (Cindi) Woodham Domer in Roseburg, Oregon. Some of Rays fondest memories were made while traveling through the Paci c Northw est with Cindi shortly after their wedding. Cindi quickly stepped into the role of mother to Justin and the family welcomed son J acob in 1995. Ray and Cindi gave birth to, but sadly lost, daughter Nettie Graceson in 1996. While he was happiest spending his days on the water with his loved ones, Ray was passionate about continuing his familys dedication to service in Okeechobee County. In November 2004, Ray upheld this tradition when he beat a second-term incumbent and w as elected to the Okeechobee County Commission. Ray proudly continued to serve his community with subsequent reelections in both 2008 and 2012. In addition to his service as a County Commissioner, Ray also was a dedicated member of the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge for over thirty- ve years. Ray was predeceased by his late wife, Ginger Greenberger Domer; his daughter, Nettie Graceson Domer; his father, Russell Victor Domer; and his mother, Martha Walker Domer. He is survived by his wife of twenty- ve years, Cynthia Woodham Domer; his sons, Justin Ray Domer and Jacob Holdon Domer; his sisters, Alvina Domer Robertson and Jean Domer Rogers (Steve), as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends. Rays legacy will forever live on, not only in the hearts of his friends and family, but in the community as a whole. He served as a beacon of strength, morality, and love and we were all made better by his presence. A viewing will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Buxton and Bass Funeral Home (400 N. Parrott Ave.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The family requests that you bring your favorite photo of Ray to add to a family memory book. The funeral service will take place at the First Baptist Church (401 S.W. 4th Street) on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10 a.m.; graveside service and reception to follow. Obituaries Special to the Okeechobee News PALMDALE It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world. Gatorama is hosting its annual Alligator Hatching Festival Aug. 23-Sept. 1 at their animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale, Fla. This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of natures fascinating life cycles, said Allen Register. For the next couple of weeks we will welcome over three thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will actually be able to see these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs. Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators have been off the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program. We have been very busy this last year, making huge improvements to the farm, and we cant wait to share it with everyone. We are so proud of the new additions to this piece of Florida History weve been sharing with folks for over 50 years, says Allen Register. Come see the new wetland area added to the nature park and hatch eggs under our new pole barn which we affectionately call the Crackin Barn in August! There will be four programs each day. Regular admission includes the educational hatching program. For guests who want a hands-on experience, a Hatch and Hold package is available. This year we are offering an afterhours program, The Baby Break-OUT on Tuesday and Thursday evenings said Patty Register. Its a smaller more intimate gathering after the park closes to the general public. This special opportunity requires reservations and includes a dinner and everybody gets to hatch a baby! Incubator reports can be followed on Gatoramas Facebook page. Gatorama opened in 1957 as one of Floridas rst alligator attractions. It is still a popular tourist attraction as well as an operating alligator farm. For information, ticket prices and directions call 863-675-0623 or visit www.Gatorama.com. Gatorama hosts annual Alligator Hatching Festival
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Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 8 Okeechobee News August 20, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men are being held on bond in the St. Lucie County Jail following their arrests on felony charges in Fort Pierce last week. Jerome Myron Johnson, 19, and Chase Wyatt Weeks, 19, were both arrested Aug. 12 by the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of ce (SLCSO). Johnson was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon ( rearm) and Weeks was charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams. Johnsons bond on that charge has been set at $35,000, while Weeks is being held on a $75,000 bond. According to SLCSO Jail information Johnson was also arrested on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the misdemeanor of battery. He is also charged with the felonies of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, criminal mischief and grand theft. Johnson is being held on a total bond of $71,500. It was not clear when Johnson will be returned to Okeechobee County to answer to those charges. The SLCSO arrest report stated Johnson was stopped for speeding last week on south U.S. 1 near the intersection of Farmers Market Road in Fort Pierce around 11:40 p.m. When the deputy walked up to the 2014 Honda sports utility vehicle, he purportedly saw Johnson behind the wheel and Weeks in the back seat. The deputys report goes on to state there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. SLCSO Deputy N. Stubley went on to state in his report that a total of 39 grams of suspected marijuana was found under the front passenger seat and that it was easily seen from the rear passenger-side door. The suspected pot was packaged in three separate bags. The seat, continued the report, was moved forward as far as it would go. The suspected marijuana was eld tested and that test allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. Deputy Stubley stated when he moved the SUVs front passenger seat back he found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm semiautomatic handgun. The gun, stated the deputy, was on the front oorboard and was readily accessible to the driver only. Deputy Stubley next ran a check on the gun and it came back as stolen in Okeechobee County, continued the report. According to Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) Public Information Of cer Michele Bell the gun was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in 2010. In the local cases against Johnson, OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman obtained warrants for the man after linking him to a Kings Bay incident in which a woman was supposedly attacked by two men as she walked to her front door. The men struck her in the face, knocked her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach, indicated the detectives report. She managed to get away from her attackers and secure herself in her home. As for the other case, an arrest report by OCSO Detective Howard Pickering stated he had enough probable cause to charge Johnson with the July burglary of the A&J Discount Store at 4340 S.E. 26th St. That store was formerly known as the Shady Rest Grocery. Detective Pickering stated in his report that Johnson was in and out of the store in less than a minute and that he allegedly took miscellaneous jewelry items, a display case of tobacco pipes, a case of cigars and a case of cigarettes. The total loss was $6,500, added the detective. Johnson was also the victim in a July 24 shooting incident in front of a home at 804 N.W. 11th St. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said Johnson and Anthony Brown, 50, were standing next to a car parked at the residence when a man walked up to them and opened re from a distance of about 10 feet. The detective said he found four spent high caliber rounds at the scene. Witnesses, however, reportedly heard one to nine shots red. Johnson was shot in the nger, and Brown suffered an injury to his chest from shrapnel, said Detective Saum. No arrests have been made in that case yet, and that probe continues. Detective Pickering also stated in his report that his investigation is continuing. Local men arrested in Fort Pierce Jerome Johnson Chase Weeks
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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 email@example.com DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 LOWBED DRIVER J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and is accepting applications for Lowbed Driver. Requires a Class A CDL, Valid Medical Card and acceptable MVR. Must have experience loading and chaining heavy construction equipment i.e. loader, dozer, grader, paver. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeMECHANIC 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 Needed 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 5:00. Employment Full Time RANCH FOREMAN needed, must have experience with Rotational Grazing, Electric fencing, Equip. maintenance & Pasture mowing. Housing is available. Apply at: Helpwanted4755@ gmail.com or by mail to: Ranch Foreman c/o Okeechobee News 107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974 SeasonalBus Driver Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Driver for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for providing transportation for children Preferred : High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or B), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training and documented years of experience driving a bus. Accepted: High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or 8), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training Starting salary $12.32 15.01. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. SeasonalBus Monitor Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Monitor(s) for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for ensuring childrens safety on the bus and providing an environment, which is conducive to the optimum development of each child while they are being transported. Serve as liaison between center and families, maintaining on-going communication between the center and families. Preferred: High School Diploma/GED and CDL. Accepted: High School Diploma/GED. Starting salary $8.66 10.34. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Monitor de autobus o De 6 a 9 meses cada temporada ECMHSP esta aceptando solicitudes de empleo para el puesto de monitor de autobus para un programa de Migrant Head Start. Tendra la responsabilidad de asegurarse de la seguridad de los ni os en el autobus y proveer un ambiente adecuado para el 6ptimo desarrollo de cada ni o mientras son transportados. Ademas servira coma enlace entre el centro y las familias manteniendo una comunicaci6n continua entre el centro y las familias. Se pre ere: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED y COL. Se acepta: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED. Salario inicial $8.66 -10.34. Se ofrece permiso personal, pemliso por enfermedad y benecios de retiro con contribuci6n del empleador Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Shop here first! The classified ads 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. Financial ServicesBUSINESS LOANS to nance equipment or working capital $25,000/$100,000 in one week. No collateral required but must be an established business to qualify. 1-800-256-2988 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Antiques*ANTIQUES* CO-OP ANTIQUES50% OFF THROUGH AUGUST 1214 SW 2ND AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) TUES-SAT 10-4, 634-1552 OR 532-9138 Guns/Supplies Gun & Knife Show LaBelle Civic Center 481 W. Hickpochee Ave. SR 80W LaBelle, FL Sat, August 23, 9-5 Sun, August 24, 9-4 Admission $5.00 Free Parking CWP classes $50. 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. daily Tel: 239-223-3370GunShowsFlorida.comBuy Sell Trade ApartmentsFOR RENT FURNISHED EFFICIENCY CABIN FO R 1 OR 2 PEOPLE INCLUDES WATER ELECTRIC CABLE AND GARBAGE PICK-UP MUST HAVE REFERENCES, RENT $600/MO. AND $300 SECURIT Y CALL 863-697-6412 Ground FL 1br./1ba fully furnished with utilities. Move in now $950, $775 per month. 863-634-0663. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs 2br, 1ba, Tiled oors. Includes Water. $700 month + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 20, 2014
ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. Houses RentLarge, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. depCall: (863)467-9250 or (519)746-4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent. $800 mo. Call 863-467-1466 OKEE ADORABLE In Town, 2 1/2 br., 1ba., W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet ok. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941)504-3954 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard a (1 small pet ok) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 OKEE/ In town, 2br./2ba. Laundry rm with W/D, Screened porch. Lawn service. Sm. pet OK. Non Smkg. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 security. 941-504-3954 On Rim Canal Newly renovated Brick Home. 3br./2 1/2 ba. 1 garage. Boat dock & deck. $950mo. 772-359-1640 Rental NeededChristian couple looking for VERY CLEAN house, condo, single or doublewide, to rent Dec.-March. Non smokers, No pets. 765-621-2434 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 OKEECHOBEE-NICE CLEAN 1BD/1BA FULLY FURNISHED, SMALL DOG OK, NO CATS, STARTING AT $400/MO. SECURITY REQUIRED 239-246-6301 OR 863-517-5111 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes limited time offer! $5 towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes for the $60s plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol BoatsFIBER GLASS 13X7 AIRBOAT HULL, GRASS RAKE, POLYMER BOTTOM. PHONE TRIPLE W AIRBOAT 863-467-6265 ASKING $1,400.00 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 AutomobilesFORD1996 F10 xlt, Reg cab, LWB, 2nd owner, runs great, ice cold air, New tires, 151k miles, Asking $4,000 rm. 850-557-7968 ask for Larry Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeSouth Florida Water Management District PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680 email@example.com NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, that the application(s) for permit described below has been received for project(s) in Okeechobee County. The application(s) and future additional application documents can be obtained by any of the following methods: 1) Accessing the Districts website (www.sfwmd.gov) and clicking on Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page; 2) Submitting a written request to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680; or 3) Submitting an electronic request at firstname.lastname@example.org. FQLLC (Finn Ranch) 22 West Frontage Road, North eld, IL 60093, has submitted Application 131220-18 for a new Water Use Permit to irrigate 579 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Lower Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 28,29,32, Township 37 South, Range 36 East. Watershed Technologies LLC (HWTT Nutrient Removal Projects) 3208 Westchester Drive, Cocoa, FL 32926, has submitted Application 140515-17 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00854-W for an industrial use on 1 acre. The water will be withdrawn from Lemkin Creek and the project is located in Sections 5,18, Townships 37,38 South, Ranges 35,36 East. 466810 ON 8/20/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF SHERIFFS SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued by the County Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 11th day of July, 2014, in the cause wherein CACH, LLC Plaintiff and CLINTON B CHAPMAN Defendant(s), being Case No. 13000143CCAXMX in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida, have this day levied upon all of the right, title and interest of the Defendant CLINTON B CHAPMAN in and to the following described personal property lying and situate in Okeechobee County, Florida to wit: DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY 2005 WHITE CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 VIN # 1GCEK19V55E296101 I shall offer the above described personal property for sale subject to all prior liens and encumbrances if any, on the 23rd day of September, 2014 at 10:00 AM, or as soon as possible thereafter at the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce, 504 N.W. 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, all right, title, and interest of said Defendant CLINTON B CHAPMAN in said property. Vehicle may be seen one hour prior to sale at BMJ Towing 414 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 18th day of August, 2014. Paul C. May, Sheriff Okeechobee County In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, ext. 5028. 466867 ON 8/20,27;9/3.10/2014 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE, in compliance with the Consultants Competitive Negotiations Act, FS 287-055, desires ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING SERVICES for the design and construction supervision of the following project: INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE (IRSC) Former FAU Buildings Remodel Located at the IRSC Pruitt Campus (St. Lucie West/Port Saint Lucie) Firms desiring to provide Professional Services for the subject project shall submit One (1) original and Five (5) copies of the following information in the order listed: 1. Letter of Interest 2. General Services Administration (GSA) Form SF330 3. Consultant Questionnaire Form -which can be obtained by calling the IRSC Facilities Planning Of ce at 772-462-7360, or preferably by e-mailing your request to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from owners with whom you have had experience in the past three (3) years 5. Copy of rms current Florida Professional Registration License 6. If your rm is a corporation, please provide a copy of your current Florida Corporate Charter Submittal documents will be accepted at the Indian River State College Facilities Planning Of ce, Building S, Room #233, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596, no later than 12:00 Noon on September 3, 2014. Submittals received after that time/date will not be considered. Scope of services include, but are not limited to, the design and architectural supervision of the remodel of the former FAU Buildings on IRSCs Pruitt Campus. The subject facility is located at the IRSC Pruitt Campus, 500 N. W. California Boulevard, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986. Please direct inquiries to the IRSC Facilities Planning Of ce by calling 772-462-7360, or by e-mailing email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in our projects. 466618 ON 8/6,13,20/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000444 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. JASON S. LAWLIS; JENNIFER F. LAWLIS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JASON S. LAWLIS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JENNIFER F. LAWLIS; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S), WHO (IS/ARE) NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIM AS HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, SPOUSES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on October 28, 2013, and the Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale entered on August 4, 2014, in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, the clerk shall sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 16 AND THE SOUTH ONE-HALF (S 1/2) OF LOT 15, BLOCK 76, CONNERS HIGHLANDS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 21, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 1600 NW 7TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-4324 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room on the Second Floor of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on September 17, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must le a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to le a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 12th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech 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. 466801 ON 8/20,27/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 2009-CA-494 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-FF16, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FF16, Plaintiff, vs. MANUEL MORALES, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MANUEL MORALES; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 24th day of July, 2014, and entered in Case No. 2009-CA-494 of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-FF16, ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FF16 is the Plaintiff and MANUEL MORALES and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 17th day of September, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, BLOCK 41, BASSWOOD UNIT 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 37, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.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.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, Coordlnadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 por to menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despuis 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 at 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, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen poll, ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated this 25th day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP. Attorney for the Plaintiff 1 East Broward Blvd. Suite 1111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Telephone: (954) 522-3233 Fax: (954) 200-7770 DESIGNATED PRIMARY E-MAIL FOR SERVICE PURSUANT TO FLA. R. JUD. ADMIN 2.516 eservice@ wlaw.com 466531 ON 8/20,27/2014 Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTThe Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, CareerSource Research Coast) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board and Consortium to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 a.m. Place: CareerSource Research Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, CareerSource Research Coast). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: CareerSource Research Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 466786 ON 8/20/2014 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472014CP000100CPAXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF STANLEY E. GARVEY, SR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Stanley E. Garvey, Sr., deceased, whose date of death was April 28, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents 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. 18 Okeechobee News August 20, 2014 All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN 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 DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 20th, 2014. Personal Representative: Stanley E. Garvey, Jr. 7219 Native Oak Lane Irving, Texas 75063 Attorney for Personal Representative: Rachel G. Zetouni, Esq. Attorney Florida Bar Number: 741701 The Karp Law Firm, P.A. 2875 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Telephone: (561) 625-1100 Fax: (561) 625-0060 E-Mail: email@example.com Secondary E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 466848 ON 8/20,27/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 2013 CA 0386 WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, VS. KAREN D. PINDER; WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL BANE; BRIAN PINDER; UNKNOWN TENANT; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KAREN D. PINDER; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale dated the 14th day of July, 2014, and entered in Case No. 2013 CA 0386, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC. is the Plaintiff and KAREN D. PINDER WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL BANK BRIAN PINDER UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KAREN D. PINDER UNKNOWN TENANT; and IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 17th day of September, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: ADDENDUM A TO MORTGAGE Description of PropertyTHE LAND REFERRED TO IN THIS EXHIBIT IS LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN DEED BOOK 640 AT PAGE 1047 AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 31K ON THE UNRECORDED PLAT OF FOUR SEASONS ESTATES AND BEING FURTHER BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 18; THENCE N. 00 DEGREES 0507 EAST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 18, A. DISTANCE OF 300.10 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S. 88 DEGREES 3416 WEST, A DISTANCE OF 1075.72 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S. 88 DEGREES 3416 WEST, A DISTANCE OF 214.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY OF N.E. 60th AVENUE (B&K MCARTHUR ROAD); THENCE N. 00 DEGREES 0307 EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY, A DISTANCE OF 364.30 FEET TO A POINT LYING IN THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY OF NE 2nd STREET (SW 3rd PLAT); THENCE S. 89 DEGREES 5453 EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY, A DISTANCE OF 214.01 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S. 00 DEGREES 0570 WEST, A DISTANCE OF 358.62 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.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 cation 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, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated this 18th day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Choice Legal Group, P.A. P.O. Box 9908, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33310-0908 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438 DESIGNATED PRIMARY E-MAIL FOR SERVICE PURSUANT TO FLA. R. JUD. ADMIN 2.516 email@example.com 466448 ON 8/20,27/2014 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Check out our Okeechobee Brahmans Football Salute on pages 9 16! Featuring team photos and game schedules, its a Must See for any Brahman fan!
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RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: firstname.lastname@example.org Public Notice Public Notice 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 20, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013-CA-000276 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, vs. ANTONIO ARROYO, ET AL. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 24, 2014, and entered in Case No. 2013-CA-000276, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC (hereafter Plaintiff ), is Plaintiff and ANTONIO ARROYO; YOLANDA MUNGARAY; STATE OF FLORIDA; NORMA L. SANDOVAL; STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center; 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, at 11:00 a.m., on the 10th day of September, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 5N, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS; COMMENCING AT THE QUARTER (1/4) SECTION CORNER ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST; RUN THENCE NORTH 0 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF (1/2) OF SAID SECTION 18, FOR A DISTANCE OF 533.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 594.00 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF (1/2) OF SAID SECTION 18, FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGRESS 54 MINUTES 53 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF (1/2) OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.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 24th day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk Van Ness Law Firm, PLC 1239 E. 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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Dustin Lee Werk, 29, N.E. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 15 by Sergeant Belen Reyna on felony charges of burglary and grand theft. His bond was set at $3,500. Mark Daniel Smedley, 32, Billie Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 15 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and driving while license suspended habitual offender. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,000. Kevin Oscar Larson, 28, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy Yero Todman on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation felony battery and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He is being held without bond. Kristin Nicole Clendenin, 32, N.E. 11th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Detective Kelley Margerum on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $15,000. Dazsma Lorethea Washington, 25, N.W. Seventh Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of child abuse. Her bond was set at $2,500. Justin Luis Rodriguez, 22, S.R. 70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy John Hazy on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, refusal to submit to DUI test and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $750. Janet Nichole Raynor, 32, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy Matt Crawford on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $15,500. Reba Lynn Bailey, 24, N.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 17 by Deputy Yero Todman on a felony charge of battery on an inmate by an inmate. Her bond was set at $5,000. Tab Milton Morgan, 25, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication. His bond was set at $2,000. Harrison George Eaton, 26, N.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. Jesus Ildefonso Alvarado, 16, N.E. 13th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 b y Deputy Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer. 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 The Florida Humanities Council and Indian River State College will present the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition lm documentary and panel discussion at the Williamson Conference Center at Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided at 6:00 p.m. followed by a screening of the documentary lm, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee. 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A covered-dish supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. The W illing Vessels of Venus w ill be the featured guests. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-7632285. Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 2nd St., is having a special guest speaker, Bryan Boan, on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. If you have any questions, call the church at 863-763-8945. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will host a discovery youth program for the 2014-2015 school y ear and will kick it off on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. There are youth classes for preschool through 12th grade. 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, 677 S.W. 32nd St., 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. For more information, please call 863-763-1699. Our website is oakviewbaptist. com. The Gathering Church 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., invites you to attend Living Free a Christian recovery group for women on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Theresa Brown at 863-357-4418. The Gathering hosts Joy in the Mourning a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every 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 dont 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. Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church Hunter Rd. would like to invite everyone to attend services for good fellowship, good gospel singing and salvation preaching. The church has added six new members in the last two weeks. Come grow with us, Pastor Arlen Cook bringing the messages. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., morning service 11 a.m. evening 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will present The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.. This free program started will run through Sept. 3, 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 863763-8945. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 host special programs
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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man with a history of battering women and then escaping prosecution when they refuse to testify ran into a determined states attorney earlier this week and is going back to prison. Jeremy Lamont Jones, 27, was slated to go to trial Wednesday, Aug. 20, for allegedly beating and raping a local woman in May. However, when he learned he was going to go to trial with or without a victim as a witness Jones decided to enter a plea to the court. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright explained that during the jury selection process Monday, Aug. 18, he told the potential jurors there may not be a victim to take the witness stand when the trial got under way. But, he was going to proceed with his case against Jones anyway. Then, during a break in the selection process, Jones chose to enter a plea to the court. Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer found Jones guilty of felony battery and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. He will receive credit for the 102 days he has already served in the Okeechobee County Jail. Mr. Albright said he had the victim in this case subpoenaed last week and that she was supposed to be in court Monday so he could talk to her. But, she didnt show up. I was going to get a writ of bodily attachment for the victim and, if warranted by the judge, she could have been taken into custody and held until trial. The detectives hunted for her but could not nd her, he said. Weve not been able to nd her since we served her last Thursday. Jones latest arrest came on May 8 when Detective Kelley Margerum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), arrested him on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery and sexual battery. The detectives arrest report stated the alleged incidents started April 9 when the victim was at Joness N.W. 17th Ave. home where he was smoking crack cocaine. The 180-pound man apparently became paranoid and started to hit the 115-pound victim. Then, continued the report, Jones took the woman outside and threw her to the ground where she landed on an ant bed and suffered ant bits on her back. At this point, stated the detective, he was hitting her in the face and kicking her. Detective Margerum went on to state Jones literally threw the victim into the rear seat of his 2011 four-door Ford Raptor pickup truck with her legs behind the drivers seat and her head behind the front passengers seat. As he was driving he was smoking crack in a glass pipe and would occasionally touch the hot pipe to the victims legs, added the detective. Youre going to die today. Bitch, youre going to die today, he reportedly told the woman. Detective Margerum stated in her report that Jones laughed when he threatened the victim. At some point he drove to the Okeechobee County Sports Complex and raped the woman, stated the report. Jones returned to his home where he picked up a bottle of bleach and poured it on the victims head, stated the detective. He then demanded she x him something to eat. Detective Margerum said the woman xed Jones some hot dogs and he passed out in his bedroom. While he was asleep, she ed the house. She was later found by a female friend who took her to Raulerson Hospital. This was not the rst time Jones had beaten and abused women. A criminal history check revealed he has been arrested: four times on felony battery charges; once on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge; and, twice on felony aggravated battery charges. In each one of those cases the charges were dropped. Mr. Albright said in six of those cases the charges were dropped because the victim either decided not to prosecute or failed to show up for meetings with the state attorney. In one case, he added, the victims mother actually witnessed the attack on her daughter but would not testify. As an example, Jones was arrested Feb. 21, 2012, and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. In that case he reportedly battered the female victim by punching her in the head, then hitting her in the head with the handle of a screwdriver. Then, according to the arrest report, he made her get on the oor and he urinated her. He also allegedly burnt her with a cigarette. Mr. Albright said those charges wer e eventually dropped because the victim faile d to show up for any state attorney hearings. She also would not answer letters sent t o her, or return phone calls from his of ce. But now, because of Mr. Albrights deter mination, Jones is returning to prison. He explained Tuesday that if he couldn t nd Jones latest victim he was going to pro ceed without her. Id put on evidence and argue that he r not testifying was based on his actions h e caused her to not be present, Mr. Albrigh t explained. We did have a prior statemen t from her at the time of his arrest. The prosecutor went on to say he wa s happy Jones decided to enter the plea. I think he deserved a lot more. But th e equal possibility was he could have bee n found not guilty. So, it was a good resolutio n for the state, said Mr. Albright. Department of Corrections (DOC) record s show Jones was convicted of felony batter y in 2008 and was sentenced to 18 months i n prison. He began his DOC incarceration Jan. 15, 2009, and was released from the Taylo r Correctional Institution April 5, 2009. Historical Retrospective: In celebration of Okeechobee City and the Okeechobee News turning 100 in 2015, every Wednesday from now until July 2015, we will be featuring stories reprinted from a historical Okeechobee News edition. A 10 by 1 full color sponsor ad will be featured at the bottom of the page. We invite our advertisers to be a part of this special celebration. Please contact our sales staff today at 863.763.3134 or email email@example.com 22 Okeechobee News August 20, 2014 Jones gets 18 months for beating woman Jeremy Jones By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA man being held on bond for allegedly molesting a young girl was charged w ith another felony after it w as learned the child is reportedly pregnant. Assistant State Attorney Robert Moeller said Tuesday the child, who is under the age of 16, is due to give birth in December of this year. Because of that, the prosecutor issued a w arrant for Leopoldo Ruiz and he was arrested at the Okeechobee County Jail late last week on a felony charge of child abuse impregnating a minor. His bond on the thirddegree felony is $50,000. Ruiz, 36, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was already being held on $300,000 bond following his arrest in July on three felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery victim 12 to 15 years of age. If convicted as charged, the lowest permissible sentence is 283.65 months, said Mr. Moeller. The maximum penalty Ruiz could receive is 45 years, added the prosecutor. According to an arrest report by Detective Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), Ruiz and the girl began a sexual relationship in January of this year. The girl learned she was pregnant in June, added the report. Detective Farless went on to point out Ruiz is already married with a family. When asked, Mr. Moeller said there was no physical force in this case. Man faces felony charge for impregnating minor Lepoldo Ruiz
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(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fl 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 24 Okeechobee News August 20, 2014 Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! By Dennis KevlinAdding uoride to public water supplies is nothing new. It stormed in Americas towns during the 1950s and 60s. While health experts touted the minerals ability to ght dental cavities, opponents claimed uoridation was a communist plot to poison the U.S. citizenry. Since the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services offered to pay for the rst two years of starting a uoride program here, uoridation has sparked controversy in the city of Okeechobee. When they receive their July water bills, city and Okeechobee Beach Water Association customers will nd a ballot by which the issue to uoridate or not to uoridate will be partially decided. Okeechobee city councilmen, who could not settle the matter during a public hearing last Tuesday night, voted 3-2 for the straw poll. After the ballots are turned in and tallied Sept. 15, the council hopes to use popular opinion to decide whether to accept the state grant. The HRS money is being offered statewide. It pays for engineering fees, all equipment needed to add uoride into the water system, installation costs, monitoring devices, training local water plant operators and the cost of chemicals for two years. Afterwards, the chemicals would cost $1,500 or 10 cents per water customer annually. To remain eligible, the city must spend the HRS money by Oct. 1. After hearing nearly three hours of pro and con testimony, council nally agreed on the straw poll despite opposition from Councilmen Dowling Waterford and Jim Knight. Earlier, Watford and Knight voted in favor of uoridation. They were out-voted b y Councilmen David Burk and Oakland Chapman and Mayor Dr. Edward Douglas, who cast the tie-breaking vote three times during discussion. Council also voted 3-2 against a motion by Burk who wanted the issue settled by a citywide referendum. A group of Okeechobee dentists and physicians voiced arguments in favor of uoridation. All said it especially bene ts children by guarding against tooth decay. From the Okeechobee News July 1, 1981City to hold straw vote on uoride Special to the Okeechobee NewsLooking Back ...This house on Southeast 10th Avenue in Okeechobee was built by Victor Jacob Domer in the 1920s. At rst, Domers Machine Shop was housed in the front of the house. Later, Mr. Domer built a shop adjacent to his house. The rst meeting of what was to become Grace Brethren Church was held in this house. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to the Okeechobee News at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it by the newspaper of ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street (in the plaza next door to Brahman Movie Theater.) A Holstein cow owned by the B.B. McArthur Dairy, east of Okeechobee, gave birth to a set of triplets Aug. 6. All were healthy, normal calves, The cow was about six years old and had given birth to four singles before the birth of triplets. The calves were sired in the old fashioned way. McArthur says that this is the rst triplets born to his herd of over 1000 at his farm in the past ve years. He did state, however, that a cow formerly owned by them when they were in business in south Florida had given birth to triplets, but they did not live. Mother and calves are reportedly doing ne. From the Okeechobee News, August 18, 1961Cow Gives Birth To Triplets A combined operation of the State Beverage Department, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit agents swooped down in Okeechobee and St. Lucie County Saturday and pounced upon two large stills and bolita bank. The stills with a weekly capacity of 700 gallons produced bootleg whiskey worth approximately $14,000 a week when sold w holesale with about 90 percent of the output being distributed in the two counties. Ground work for the simultaneous raids started last April, according to Tom Lee, State Beverage Department Director, and for the past four or six weeks, undercover agents have worked directly with the illicit operators. While agents were working the Fort Pierce area, the raids in Okeechobee were being conducted under SBD Agent Dick Romelle, w ho told the News that a bolita bank with a w eekly take of $3,500 was broken up. The raiding operation started from West Palm Beach early Saturday morning with more than 40 agents, carrying Federal arrest w arrants for nine persons, along with John Doe warrants for others not named at that time. In Okeechobee operations, warrants w ere handed to J.C. Rogers and his two sons, J.C. Jr. and Adrian, Lacey Tillman, Ernest Burgess and George Winn, who along w ith others, appeared before Judge Pink in W est Palm Beach and were released on a $1,000 bond, In the bootlegging operation, Lee said the arrests in this particular raid were the result of a raid on a 3,000-gallon still which was seized and ngerprints taken from the metallic surfaces by experts from the department. He also stated that as a result of this lead, undercover agents Grady Grimes of Ocala, Bob Wolfe of Jacksonville and George Gould of Tallahassee were able to slip into the operation. Lee said that the people arrested were all major operators in a vicious professional ring of criminals and that the agents who conducted the undercover investigation should be commended for their outstanding work. Con scated during the raids was a 1959 station wagon and a truck belonging to Cassaras Produce Co. of Vero Beach, but agents said that in all probability, the produce concern was unaware that its truck was being used to transport illicit liquor. Meanwhile, a third still was being sought by agents on foot and by airplane, but it is not known whether the agents had been successful in locating it, or whether additional arrests had been made in this instance. (Editors note from 2014: According to Wikipedia, Bolita is a type of lottery which was popular in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. In the basic bolita game, 100 small numbered balls are placed into a bag and mixed thoroughly, and bets are taken on which number will be drawn.) From the pages of the Okeechobee News, August 25, 1961BOLITA AND BOOTLEG ACTIVITIES HALTED BY RAIDS BY FEDERAL MEN