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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 50¢ plus tax V ol. 105 No. 106 14.46 feetLast Year: 15.56 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Labor Day brings Labor Day brings parade parade ... Page 11 Motorcyclist dies in crash ... Page 14 Former teachers union president accused of misconduct ... Page 8 Runaway teens found ... Page 3 Clrng Or Cti! The Okeechobee Cattlemens Association presented Floridas Cowtown Labor Day Rodeo Sunday and Monday at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. At left, the bull riding was the last event of the day. For rodeo results, see page 14. At right, Caden Ciorrocco tries his hand in the Kids Mutton Bustin event before the rodeo. Floridas Cowtown Rodeo brings excitement By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May and the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. to continue budget discussions. At the Thursday, Aug. 28, meeting, the sheriff and the commissioners appeared to be close to a budget compromise. Today, the board will receive a revised 201415 budget offer from the sheriff and determine the funding level for the law enforcement budget, corrections and courthouse security. The sheriff had originally requested a budget of $14.8 million for law enforcement, courthouse security and the jail. When the commission rejected this budget, Sheriff May said he would return the responsibility of courthouse security and the jail operation to the commission. The sheriff maintains that although the Okeechobee County sheriff historically was in charge of the jail, he is not required to accept this responsibility as a Constitutional Of“ cer. He pointed to other Florida counties where the sheriff does not run the county jail. The county commission questioned whether or not a sheriff could return the jail responsibility to the county, and decided to take the matter to court. They sought a hearing before a judge to require the sheriff to continue operation o f the jail until the matter is settled. That hearing is set for Sept. 5. At the Aug. 28 meeting, however, the comSpecial county budget meeting todaySee BUDGET „ Page 14

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Today: Mostly sunny early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 87F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Mostly clear skies in the evening with isolated thunderstorms developing after midnight. Low 72F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.Extended ForecastThursday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially before midnight. Low 72F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Friday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 91F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance o f rain 50%. Friday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday Night: Isolated thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 73F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then becoming mainl y clear overnight. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High around 90F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 € Friday, Sept. 5: Turnin N Burnin Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race. Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel Race starts at 7:30 p.m. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. € Saturday, Sept. 6: Turnin N Burnin J ackpot Barrel Race & Speed Show. Exhibition runs start at 3 p.m. Barrel Race starts at 5 p.m. Speed Show follows the barrel race. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. € Wednesday, Sept. 10: Circus performing two shows on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 4 and 7 p.m. White lions, tigers, elephants, camels, ponies, aerial and juggling acts, clowns, and The Globe of Death, elephant rides, pony rides, and camel rides. € Saturday, Sept. 13: Okeechobee High School Cross Country Team Fundraiser starting at 8 a.m. Run or walk to support the OHS Cross Country team. For more information, contact Coach A.J. Mayernik at 412-225-7258 or ask any Brahman cross country team member. € Thursday, Sept. 18: Recreational riding/ barrel practice night from 6 … 9:30 p.m. $10 per rider, and you MUST show a current negative coggins test. € Friday, Sept. 19: Turnin N Burnin Fall Classic Barrel Race through Friday. Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel Race at 7:30 p.m. € Sunday, Sept. 21: Saturday and Sunday: Exhibition runs start at 8 a.m. Barrel Race at 11 a.m. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. € Friday, Sept. 26: Miss Rodeo Florida Horsemanship Competition at 8:30 a.m. Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant is open to Florida girls wishing to promote the great sport of rodeo. Queens attend rodeos, parades, community events and speak to schools educating others about the sport of rodeo. Miss Rodeo Florida will represent our state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. € Friday, Sept. 26: Martha Josey Barrel Racing & Horsemanship Clinic. Through a weekend of barrel racing and pole bending instruction given by experienced riders and instructors. Perfect for beginners or experienced riders. €Sunday, Sept. 28: start your new prospect or put more con“ dence and snappy turns in your “ nished horse. A gri-Civic Center September events Okeechobee Forecast Still time to register for fall classes at IRSCSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsStill thinking about classes this fall but missed the Fall registration deadline? Its not too late to register for Fall 2014 classes at Indian River State College. IRSC offers an Express Schedule with classes beginning Monday, Sept. 8. The Express Schedule is designed to help students who missed registering for fulltermŽ classes. The Express Schedule classes run for 14 weeks with the same instruction and curriculum provided in the 16-week full-termŽ classes. The Express Schedule provides an opportunity for the student to achieve success in a shorter amount of time. The last day to register and pay for classes for the Express Schedule in person is Friday, Sept. 5, or online by Sunday, Sept. 7. The IRSC Virtual Campus also offers expanded opportunities and ” exibility to earn a college degree. The online programs through the IRSC Virtual Campus re” ect the colleges emphasis on quality and affordability combined with the added convenience and ” exibility of online learning. IRSC offers entire degree programs online, as well as hundreds of online courses. The Virtual Campus encompasses a wide array of online student services. IRSC offers convenient one-stop student services centers to help students of all ages plan their educational and career path and obtain “ nancial aid information. Financial aid and scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students. In fact, more than $40 million in “ nancial aid was awarded to IRSC students last year to continue their education for a brighter future. Students are encouraged to apply early for “ nancial aid for upcoming semesters. Professional development courses enhance speci“ c skills and personal development classes encompass many areas of interest. Students can take advantage of Academic Support Centers for free tutoring to help them succeed in their classes. For information, call 1-866-792-4772, email info@irsc.edu or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC offers express schedule Blood donors can win NASCAR ticketsSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsThe Race to Save Lives, a special one-day blood drive, will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Okeechobees three car dealerships. Held as part of the Okeechobee Blood Roundup, Gilbert Ford, Gilbert Chevrolet, Okeechobee Dodge and Holiday Inn Express have donated two NASCAR ticket packages to be awarded by drawing of names from everyone who donates at this drive. Blood drives will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Gilbert Ford, 3175 U.S. 441 S.; Gilbert Chevrolet, 3550 U.S. 441 S.; and, Okeechobee Dodge, 4224 U. S. 441 S. Each blood donor will receive a ticket for the drawing, a coupon for an oil change and a commemorative tee shirt. Each NASCAR prize package, for the last race of the NASCAR season, Nov. 16, will have two tickets to the race, a two-night stay at a Holiday Inn near the race site and a dinner for two for a total value of almost $700. For information call, 1.888.9.DONATE (888-936-6283). The Big Red Bus, often seen in Okeechobee, is responsible for saving local lives. In 2013, Raulerson Hospital transfused 2082 units of blood platelets, plasma and packed red cells, averaging 4.5 transfusions every day of the year. Local blood donation saves local lives. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood. org. There are eight different blood types and each one holds a unique power to save lives. The OneBlood Target Your Type program gives donors the ability to learn the power of their blood type and how to donate the speci“ c components of their blood that are most needed by area hospitals. Car dealerships host blood drive

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Flu shot. Add it to your shopping list. 3 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsMarys Shelter and the Guardian ad Litem program were the featured presentations at the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council Tuesday. Marys Shelter opened in Stuart in 2010. The program was founded in Minneapolis, Minn. They are a faith-based, non-denominational program that serves women and their babies. They can come to the shelter at any time during the pregnancy. They offer many programs to train and educate the mother so they can be independent. Many of the women are unsure of whether they will put the baby up for adoption. They hope to work with other agencies to determine the need in the Treasure Coast community. It is designed to help homeless women w ho are pregnant. They have helped over 90 women and 36 healthy babies were born while the mom lived at the shelter. They can handle up to ten clients at a time. Guardian ad Litem spokesperson Gail Grif“ th presented a short video about the children w ho are the victims of neglect or abuse. Many attend “ ve or six foster homes in a year, some move from school to school, most are never told they are loved or encouraged in any way. Guardians try to protect the childs rights and “ nd them a permanent home. They are volunteer child advocates and they are in short supply. There are 155 children in the Okeechobee court system today. The guardian program gives the children a voice in the courts to be sure their needs are represented. Judges rely on the volunteers and their advice on what is best for the child. The child needs someone to speak to, someone who will tell the court about their speci“ c needs.Ž She said one child was in line to live with his aunt but was afraid because of her dogs. The guardian learned that the child w as placed in a better situation. All guardians are asked to volunteer 10 to 15 days per month to the program. They receive training and mentoring. They hope to have ten people take part in a training class here in Okeechobee in October. There are fewer than “ ve foster homes in Okeechobee. That means many children are sent out of the region to foster homes. We cant have children separated from each other,Ž she added. The program advocates for 800 children in the region but 400 kids are left without an advocate. There are 20 volunteers here in Okeechobee advocating for kids. The local training is at the Okeechobee County Public Library. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will hold a bowling fundraiser on Oct. 18 at the bowling alley. Florida Power and Light, local “ remen and the Okeechobee Childrens Services Council helped 342 students with school supplies and a backpack through a back-toschool fundraiser conducted by the Community Collaborative Council. The Okeechobee Children Services Council was able to fund 22 summer camps this summer that served over 1,500 Okeechobee kids. The Teen Pregnancy prevention task force is planning a Halloween Horror night event in October. The Okeechobee YMCA has started an after-school reading program at Everglades Elementary school to improve state test scores. Marthas House is holding a fundraiser with pearls valued at $4,000. Tickets are $100 each. Local programs help mothers and children Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGail Grif“ th of the Guardian ad Litem program spoke to the Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council Tuesday. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the weekCongratulations to the initial Students of the Week for Aug. 28! Students enjoying Dominos pizza included: Jordan Sperry, Emma Baird, Kaitlyn Williams, Quiana Scales, Danny Hays, Sara Wellborn, Autumn PinkyŽ Melear (not pictured) and Amy Trent. Way to go, guys! Runaway teenage girls found in LantanaBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two teenage girls reported as runaways from a youth facility on U.S. 441 were recovered unharmed in Lantana early Aug. 30. Michele Bell, public information of“ cer for the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), said the Lantana Police Department found Daniela Alzate, 15, and Cassandra Boneta, 15, around 3 a.m. Mrs. Bell went on to say Alzate was turned over to the Department of Children and Families, while Boneta was released to her father. The girls were reported missing from the Youth Treatment Center Tuesday, Aug. 26, around 9:52 p.m. It was thought they were picked up by someone else then taken to Palm Beach County. What happens to the girls now is up to other agencies. Our case is closed,Ž said Mrs. Bell.

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Dog attack€ If you dont want your pit shot, strangled, stabbed or otherwise killed, keep it c on“ ned. € Pit bulls arent the only packŽ of dogs t hat roam in the community. This couldve b een any breed, but because the majority w ere pits lets just condemn them all, right? W rong!! € People have a right to protect thems elves or others from deadly dog attacks. € Why dont we get to the actual base of the problem and ban the mistreatment and bad raising of them. Anyone can train a dog, any breed to be destructive, just as anyone can train any dog, even pit bulls, to b e the most gentle animals on the face of t his planet. € I dont have a problem with defending y ourself or others from being attacked by any breed of dogs. However, pit bulls arent t he only breed that are aggressive. Any breed has the ability to attack or threaten people and other animals. € The only dogs that bit me while grooming were schnauzers, yorkies, shitzus and lhasas. No pit bull ever attacked me. The only time I had a problem was with a pureb red chow who actually had me up on the t ub to get away from it with the phone in my hand calling owner to say come get your dog. € I think a lot of the problems with aggressive dogs could be prevented if these dogs were “ xed. I had a shepherd mix who s tarted acting aggressive to other dogs. I got him “ xed and it solved the problem. Unless y ou have a purebred dog and plan to breed it, every dog should be “ xed. And if you do have a dog that has not been “ xed, keep it on your own property whatever it takes. € It is not just pit bulls. Any dog running loose is a problem. If you own a dog, get it “ xed and keep it on your own property. The minute a dog leaves your property, it is a pot ential problem to someone else. If you cant afford to build a tall fence, and bury about a foot of wire underground to make sure the dog will not dig out, then either dont get a dog, or keep it in the house and take it out only on a leash and with an adult controlling it. € The problem with pit bulls is that they were originally bred to hold a bull or a bear. They were bred to have powerful jaws and to attack and hang on. They do not bite and retreat like other dogs. Their natural instinct when they “ ght is to hang on, and that causes a lot of damage if they are hanging on to a human or another dog. Another issue is that so many of these dogs were bred to be aggressive. Unless you know the breeder and have veri“ ed for yourself that both pit bull parents are very gentle and not aggressive toward people or other dogs, this is a breed to stay away from. € Part of the problem is that when dogs are running loose and come on your property, and you trap them and call animal control, animal control just gives the dogs back to the owner. And then the dog is running loose again. They dont follow up to make sure the owner follows the rules about keeping the dog on their own property.Drivers€ If the law enforcement of“ cers want the public to follow the laws, they should set the example. How many times have you seen a cop car speeding without the blue lights on? If it is an emergency and they need to get there fast to save someones life, then the blue lights should be on. Otherwise they should follow the speed limit.At the rodeo€ The audience participation barrel racing at the rodeo was the funniest thing I have ever seen at a rodeo. The boys who were in the event were great sports. € I am so happy the rodeo is back at the Cattlemens Arena on U.S. 441. We went on Monday and had a great time. My thanks to the cattlemen for bringing the rodeo back to the open air arena. It is so much more fun at the old arena. Its like stepping back in time,Budget€ I hope the sheriff and the county commissioners do reach a compromise on the budget. We have been through so much already, they need to “ nd a way to settle the budget and work together. But I hope they also “ nd a way to avoid this kind of dispute every year. Its not good for the county. September 3, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.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! By Nathaniel P. ReedSpecial to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is reviewing the status of the Florida manatee, a species that has been listed as endangered since the federal Endangered Species Act was created. The arguments heard to date to change the species classi“ cation to threatened seem centered around the number of sea cows that now swim in our waters. This is an over-simpli“ cation of a complex issue „ something that happens all too often. We need only to look at our Indian River Lagoon (IRL) to see the folly in this logic. For decades, due to intense management efforts, not unlike those that have been undertaken for the manatee, seagrass acreages were increasing in the lagoon, and had reached pre-development levels by 2009. Seagrass growth and coverage was used as a proxy for lagoon health. Then came 2010, record cold temperatures, superblooms, and mass die-offs of that precious seagrass that had been doing so well. Today we have an ecosystem in crisis; a lagoon that some fear may never recover. How could this happen? In retrospect, it appears that seagrass acreage may not have been the best metric for lagoon health, just as the current count of our manatees does nothing to indicate what dangers they face today, or could face in the future. Over time, our lagoon faced repeated assaults from loss of salt marshes, to freshwater discharges that degraded shell“ sh habitat and carried excess nutrients into the lagoon, and wastewater and storm water discharges that further contributed nutrient loads to the system. Periodic algae blooms indicated that something was awry, but not until 2011s superbloom did we really come to realize the dire consequences of decades of nutrient loading into the Lagoon. Not only have these changes affected the lagoon itself, but also the many species who call it home, including manatees. Over 100 manatees have died of a mysterious ailment in Brevard County, believed to be related to the loss of seagrass, and the species need to utilize other, potentially toxic food resources. As long as seagrass acreages were increasing, the IRL system was thought to be improving and the regulations on such things as septic tanks and storm water discharges remained more lax than they should have. In other words, we were “ ddling while Rome was burning, but we didnt notice the “ re. We cant afford to make the same mistake for our manatees, focusing on the species numbers and not on the current and future levels of threat the species faces from such challenges as climate change, sea level rise, Floridas expected population growth, and the continued degradation of our water quality and water supply. In 2013 we sa w unsustainable record levels of mortality for the species, caused in large part by red tide and the mysterious ailment in the Indian River Lagoon. Manatees are living in a polluted environment. Until the root causes of that pollution are addressed and corrected, having more manatees than we had so man y years ago simply means we have more to protect from an uncertain future. Moving to remove manatees from the endangered species list now would be foolish. Keep manatees on the endangered species list Boaters: Watch out for manatees!In honor of International Manatee Day on Sept. 7, and to heighten public awareness about this endangered species, Save the Manatee Club reminds Floridians and visitors to the Sunshine State to watch out for manatees on the crowded waterways and also be equipped to help protect the slow-moving marine mammals. The club produces free, bright yellow waterproof boating banners with the message, Please Slow: Manatees Below.Ž Displaying the banner helps alert other boaters to manatees in the area. Send requests for the clubs free public awareness materials via email to education@savethemanatee.org or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

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5 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men being held in the county jail for their alleged connection in the A ug. 8 shooting death of an Okeechobee man have been arrested on yet another felony charge. Travis Arterius Spencer, 25, and Terrance Torell Spivey, 22, are being held w ithout bond in the Okeechobee County J ail and are both charged with killing William B. Curry, 39. Spencer and Spivey are both charged with second-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed and robbery with a deadly weapon. On Friday, Aug. 29, both men were additionally charged with the felony of possession of a “ rearm or ammunition by a conv icted felon and were arrested on a warrant issued by the states attorneys of“ ce. Bond on that charge was set at $40,000 for each man. Both Spencer and Spivey have felony drug convictions in their criminal history. In addition, Department of Corrections (DOC) records show Spencer was released from prison Feb. 22 of this year after being found guilty of violating his probation after his June 2013 conviction for sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Also arrested in connection with the Aug. 8 killing was Latisha McBride, 38. She was charged with accessory after the fact of a capital felony and is also being held in the county jail without bond. Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) investigators have theorized McBride entered Currys room in Nabs Apartments at 580 N.E. 13th Ave. around 6 a.m. that Friday morning to buy drugs. Once that purchase was completed, Spencer and Spivey went into Currys room to rob him of cash and drugs, added the detectives. Curry, a mixed martial arts enthusiast and a personal trainer, fought with Spencer, who was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Spencer then shot Curry twice in the torso, once in the right hand and once in the right knee, stated OCSO arrest reports. OCSO detectives Corporal Ted Van Deman and Corporal Rosemary Farless said Curry wrestled the gun from Spencer and “ red back until it jammed. One round grazed the right side of Spencers head and Spivey was shot in the leg, said the detectives. From all appearances, this was a robbery that went bad,Ž said Cpl. Van Deman. Cpl. Van Deman said they really dont know yet how much cash or how many drugs were taken from Currys single-room apartment. Arrest reports indicate the trio made off with ... a large unknown amount of currency, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and mollies.Ž Some of the cash and drugs have been recovered. McBride allegedly drove Spencer and Spivey to a Sebring hospital for treatment. Hospital staff then contacted the Highlands County Sheriffs Of“ ce (HCSO) about the men and their gunshot wounds, as they are required to do. By this time the OCSO detectives had contacted HCSO and asked them to hold the three suspects. Cpl. Van Deman and Cpl. Farless then traveled to Highlands County where they interviewed then arrested the trio. Then, just three days after his arrest, Spencer reportedly tried to commit suicide in the Okeechobee County Jail by cutting his left wrist multiple times with a razor blade. He was taken to Raulerson Hospital where he was treated then returned to the county jail. Arraignment for the three suspects has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, in front of Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer. Murder suspects facing additional charges Travis Spencer Terrance Spivey By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men being held on bond in the county jail are charged w ith burglarizing a local concrete plant and trying to take several pieces of aluminum. Arrested Tuesday, Sept. 2, were Eric Andrew Pena, 25, N.W. Fourth St., and Richard Levon Cook, 26, N.W. 38th Ave. Pena is charged with the felonies of grand theft, possession of burglary tools and failure to obey a law enforcement of“ cer. He is also charged with resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence „ a misdemeanor. He is being held on $10,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Cook is charged with the felonies of grand theft and possession of burglary tools. His bond has been set at $4,000. An arrest report by Deputy Richard Varnadore, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), stated he watched as a white car pulled out of the Royal Concrete plant on N.W. 16th Boulevard. While it was shortly after 11 p.m., the vehicles headlights were not turned on and there were several pieces of metal sticking through the trunk into the passengers portion of the vehicle. The deputy reportedly tried to stop the car in the 800 block of U.S. 98 North, but the driver kept going. According to the report the driver of the white car, later identi“ ed as Pena, never reached speeds greater than 40 mph and did not stop until in the 2100 block of N.W. First Street. At that point, the driver leapt from the car and began to run in a southerly direction. As other OCSO deputies formed a perimeter around the area, the ” eeing driver surrendered about 10 minutes later to Of“ cer Ryan Holroyd of the Okeechobee City Police Department, stated the report. As Pena was trying to ” ee, Deputy Varnadore said Cook remained in the car and was placed under arrest. The deputy went on to point out that seven pieces of aluminum, ranging in length from 6 to 17 feet, were found in the car. Also found inside the vehicle was a Phillips-head screwdriver, a pair of Channellock’ pliers, a pair of black gloves and yellow rope that was used to tie the aluminum together, added the deputy. Deputy Varnadore stated Royal Concrete supervisor James Johnson was called to the scene. Mr. Johnson apparently identi“ ed the aluminum and told the deputy it belonged to Royal Concrete. Deputy sees alleged burglars leaving business Eric Pena Richard Cook The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Heather Kristin Ellsworth, 34, S.E. 25th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler. She is being held without bond. € Keith Patrick Lawrence, 33, S.W. 86th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Steven Pollock on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in” uence and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $500. € Christine Shannon Nash, 40, S.E. 32nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation felony battery. Her bond was set at $500. € Shawn Lynn Dietrich, 46, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Jose Garduno on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with felony battery. Her bond was set at $2,500. € Jose Ruben Nunez III, 29, S.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a dwelling with property damage over $1,000. His bond was set at $1,000. € Ashley Lynn Beltran, 26, S.E. 38th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felony of burglary of a dwelling with property damage over $1,000 and grand theft from person 65 years of age or older. Her bond was set at $55,000. € Sally Jo Huey Hat“ eld, 50, Watergate Circle, Boca Raton, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). She is being held without bond. € Isaias Mojica, 48, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Of“ cer Aurelio Almazan on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $10,000. € Stacy Lynn Sills, 25, 11th St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Aug. 30 by Of“ cer Cesar Romero on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a prescription and resisting a law enforcement of“ cer with violence. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,500. € Uriel Monjaras, 22, S.W. Third Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Deputy John Ashby on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. His bond was set at $5,500. € Isodoro Castilleja, 26, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Trooper D.N. Etienne on felony charges of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $10,000. € James William Cain, 62, S.W. Fifth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Of“ cer Michael Jordan on a misdemeanor charge o f driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $5,000. € Elizabeth Ann Inglin, 66, U.S. 441 S., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 1 by Of“ cer Jack Boon on misdemeanor charges o f driving under the in” uence, resisting a la w enforcement of“ cer without violence and refusal to obey a law enforcement of“ cer. Her bond was set at $1,500. € Christy Marie Williams, 26, N.E. Eighth Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 1 b y Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and a misdemeanor charge o f driving while license suspended with knowledge. Her bond was set at $5,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone liste d here who is later found innocent or has ha d the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. 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Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Carol Gordon Rider, 74OKEECHOBEE „ Carol Gordon Rider died August 29, 2014. She was born April 27, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Thomas August and Mabel Guillot Gordon. A resident of the Okeechobee area for over 25 years, she was a member of the Eastern Star in Moore Haven. Mrs. Rider was preceded in death by her husband, James Rider. She is survived by two daughters, Sally Binder (Danny) of Clewiston and Tamara Rider of Lakeport; “ ve grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda), Jeff (Yabel), Alici a (Manuel), Amanda and Ashley (Aaron); great grandchildren, Legacy, James, Natalie, Alex, Landon, Isabella; and two sisters, Miriam Pafford (Terry) of Ocala and Linda Antionette (Al) of Lakeport. Memorial services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Ortona Cemetery. In lieu of ” owers 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Healthy Start board to meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at the of“ ce located in the W hite House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877. A ir potato “ eld demo setAn Invasive Exotic Species and Management program is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the UF/ IFAS Okeechobee Extension of“ ce. There will be an air potato “ eld demonstration, presentations on herbicide safety, and 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 days program. Persons interested in attending may 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 $20 fee. V FW will host bingo, karaokeVFW North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo on Friday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. Friday karaoke will be Kenneys Country Classics from 7 until 10 p.m. The grill will be open on W ednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. The public is invited.Moose Lodge offering dinnerOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites the public to join them Friday, Sept. 5 for a pork loin dinner with salad, green beans, baked potato, Texas toast and dessert from 5 until 7 p.m. for an $8 donation. Proceeds will bene“ t Moose charities.Yard sale bene“ ts Judy KellyA bene“ t yard sale will be held in the parking lot at the former Ritas Furniture Store on U.S. 441 North at N.E. Seventh Street on Saturday, Sept. 6 starting at 7 a.m. The event will bene“ t Judy Kelly, a local bus driver, who has had multiple surgeries and has spent months in the hospital. Retired educators will meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will meet Monday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef OBradys Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Any retired educator is invited.Church offers Monday bingoThe Sacred Heart Catholic Church will start playing bingo on Monday nights at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 8 Everyone is welcome. For information, call 863-763-3727.FFA alumni meeting slatedOkeechobee FFA Alumni will have their “ rst meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane. Anyone is welcome. For information, call 863-610-2946.Udder Bunch plans meetingThe Okeechobee 4-H Udder Bunch Club will have their “ rst meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. For information, call 863-610-2946.Democratic committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic executive committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the front meeting room of the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Any interested Democrats are invited.NRA Banquet is Sept. 11The annual Okeechobee Friends of NRA Banquet and Fundraiser will be held Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Okeechobee KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the event will support a wide range of “ rearm and hunter safety programs, youth and adult shooting sports programs. For information, or to purchase tickets, call 863-634-8678, or go to www.friendsofnra.org. Tickets are also available at The Gun Shop, 2020 S. Parrot Ave.Church to host a craft fairA Fabric and Craft Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. All proceeds will be given to the Food Pantry in memory of Sandy Brown.Barnyard Buddies will meetThe Barnyard Buddies is a small animal noncompetitive 4-H club for children 5 to 18 years old. The “ rst meeting of this year will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at the 4-H extension of“ ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. Enrollment forms will be available at the “ rst meeting or at the of“ ce. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyHorses on paradeThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club Labor Day parade included plenty of horses, large and small.

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EXAMPLE 7 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 The 5th Sunday community-wide service sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA), will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It has been pushed forward due to the holiday w eekend. Lowell and Sally Senitz the founders and Directors of Wings of Shelter will preach. A love offering will be taken for the W ings of Shelter ministry. Come hear the word of the Lord. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will host a youth program for the 2014-2015 school year every Wednesday at 7 p.m. There are y outh classes for pre-school through 12th grade. Haven of Rest Church 912 N.W. Second St., would like to invite all to a weekly Bible study and or youth service every Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Tom Velie at 863357-3053. 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 863763-1699. Their website is oakviewbaptist. com. The Gathering Church 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., invites all to attend Living FreeŽ a Christian recovery group for women on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Theresa Brown at 863357-4418. The Gathering hosts Joy in the MourningŽ a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gale at 863-623-8504. Love Jesus? Every Monday morning, 8 a.m. at Hampton Inn, there is a Bible study held and you are invited. It is free if you dont eat, or you can have a great breakfast for only $5. Brandon Tucker and Pastor Jim Benton are the speakers. More questions? Call 863-532-2482. Gathering in Grace and Prayer meets every Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. in the park at the pavilion. All are welcome. 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 A rlen Cook bringing the messages. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., morning service 11 a.m. evening 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Northside Baptist Church invites all to join the church for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern-Gospel fav orites, with piano and bass duets on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Northside Baptist is located about 6 miles north on 441 at 51 NW 98th St. There are many opportunities at Peace Lutheran Church including the newly founded Peace Outreach, whose goals include getting everyone to discover their gifts and use them for the Glory of God. Another new opportunity is the Peace Garden Club, focusing on church grounds beauti“ cation and growing vegetables in raised garden beds. All are welcome to attend the Peace Garden Club meetings on the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Okeechobee Mission Baptist Church will host a discover youth program every Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 8637-763-3681. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Ministry Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 1401 N.E. Park St., is in need of donations of any type. All donations are tax deductible. Help is needed in putting a roof on the church and painting the building. The thrift store is open Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and the building fund yard sale will be the “ rst and second Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The soup kitchen is under construction. For more information, call 863-634-9194. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. 9th St, would like to invite the public to attend any or all of their services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashion singing and praising God. The youth band,Ž consists of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as, various singing groups. Be blessed with the preaching of Gods Word (KJV) and a church family with a heart of love. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, please call: 863-763-0669. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th St. The Hurting Womens Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Peace Lutheran Church Quilters meet every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who loves to quilt or wishes to learn is welcome to join the group at 11 a.m. Bring a snack for lunch break. Dessert and coffee is furnished. Note: An Okeechobee Church Directory is now available at Florida.Newszap. com with addresses and service times for local churches, or go to www.newszap. com/okeechobeechurches. Send additions or corrections for the online directory to okeenews@newszap.com, or “ ll out the form provided on the website. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this weekly column. E-mail okeenews@newszap. com. Churches host special programs

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board found eight grounds to dismiss long-time teacher and former union president Thomas Bonasera at a marathon hearing at the school board of“ ces Thursday. The board found Mr. Bonasera violated several policies, including committing an act that was inconsistent with the standards for good morals and disgraced the education profession. Other policies violated included misconduct in of“ ce, engaging in behavior that impacted the ability of other teachers to do their jobs, failure to adhere to qualities of integrity, high ideas and human understanding, failure to maintain good moral character, dispensing medicinal drugs without a license, neglecting his duty as a teacher and committing an immoral act. The board will decide whether or not to terminate Mr. Bonasera at their meeting on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Attorney for Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy, Rick Blystone said evidence w ould show that Mr. Bonasera gave another teacher prescription pain killers on multiple occasions without a license. He contended Mr. Bonasera was guilty of breaking the law. He also asserted Mr. Bonasera gave lower back rubs to the other teacher inside her shirt in a school classroom. Morality and integrity does not stop at the school house gate. As an educator you are held to a higher standard. He does not w ant to apologize for it. We hope that you tell him this was not OK,Ž he added. Attorney Mark Wilensky said his client, Mr. Bonasera was not hampered in his educational skills and these incidents did not impact any child. No child was affected in any way,Ž he said. Testimony will show that two consenting adults were involved in activities out of school.Ž Mr. Wilensky said both teachers had prescriptions for these pills and this exchange did not violate the school board drug-free w orkplace policy. He argued no exchange of pills occurred on campus. He said there w ere no emails that went to children and the emails were not sent on the school board email system. He argued Mr. Bonasera did not violate the law. Mr. Bonasera testi“ ed he knew the other teacher for 10 years as a teaching colleague. He said he thought people can act however they want outside of school and that this behavior should be judged on how it affects their ability to do their job. I think allegations are allegations, if you can prove them that is a different story,Ž he said. He admitted he solicited and received two photos of the other teacher in which she was nude above the waist and a third of her nude below the waist. I wasnt thinking of my “ anc or her husband. It was two friends kind of joking. I can see where you can interpret them of exchanging pills for nude photos. Obviously, I gave her the medication on more than two occasions. She would have received the medication whether or not she sent photos,Ž he testi“ ed. He admitted he gave her lower back rubs in her classroom during his lunch and her planning period without kids around. Its nothing something two adults should do with students walking around, that is why we closed the closet door,Ž he said. He added it was an innocent gesture that went on over a period of a couple of years. He admitted his students and some parents would look upon these activities in a negative way. A lot of this was joking. I dont remember the circumstances. I was shocked, honestly when she sent a picture of her undressed upper half,Ž he added. When I said the bottom half I expected to see a photo of her foot.Ž He said he deserved to keep his job, If you take into account the 10 plus years of service, yes, Im ashamed of what I did but it was out of character. I think termination is the wrong choice,Ž he said. He claimed that he doesnt know of any teacher over 10 years who always held up to the policies of integrity at all times. Mr. Bonasera resigned as union president when these allegations came to light. He said he deserved only progressive discipline. He noted the teacher had pain in her back and he was helping her. He noted she would do almost anything to get a re“ ll of tramadol. He defended his teaching skills and his moral and ethical character. He concluded that he enjoyed the attention of a younger, attractive woman. He admitted he felt this was a friendship that went too far. I try to be ethical and a person of good moral character,Ž he said. We are all humans and we all make mistakes.Ž The teacher testi“ ed that Mr. Bonasera took advantage of her. I believe he knew that I would do what I needed to do to get them, (pills)Ž she told the board. She admitted she lied when asked if pills were exchanged at school when questioned by Everglades principal Leslie Lundy, At that time I was scared of losing my job, losing my husband and losing my family,Ž she said. She later agreed to voluntarily resign her position. She agreed to testify truthfully about this matter and agreed to keep the matter con“ dential. She said Mr. Bonasera provided her 20 pills in her classroom around Feb. 20 of this year. She said she received pills from him on six to 10 occasions, and not more than 20 at one time. The teacher retained attorney Kathleen Scott but denied she intends to “ le a lawsuit. A letter from her attorney claims the district violated the Family Medical Leave Act and denied the teacher her due process. She testi“ ed she would like to rescind her separation agreement with the school board. A pharmacist testi“ ed Mr Bonaseras dispensing of the tramadol pills was illegal and extremely dangerous to the teacher and could have caused her seizures. At the time of these incidents, tramadol was considered a narcotic but not a controlled substance in Florida. Everglades Elementary School parents applied for zone waivers to other schools and told school staff they were worried Mr. Bonasera could return, a school employee testi“ ed. Chairman Joe Arnold said the case was disturbing and hurt the teaching profession. I preferred this had not been made public,Ž he said. The whole thing was kind o f surprising especially the fact children were nearby in an active classroom. Really, personally, this was more than I cared to hear.Ž Okeechobee Special Improve your appearance, your condence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, atten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!(863) 623-5346 | 114 N Parrott Ave€ Breast Li starting at $3,950 € Breast Enlargement (saline) $3,700 € Breast Enlargement (silicone) $4,700 € Tummy Tuck starting at $4,750 € Liposuction starting at $2,950 8 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 Former teachers union president accused of misconduct Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThomas Bonasera listens to testimony during an evidentiary hearing Thursday.

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HIRAM RAULERSONBy R. O. ACKERMAN HIRAM RAULERSON, owner of Okeechobee’s big department store, is a native son of our town and truly is of pioneer stock. His grandfather was Peter Raulerson — Okeechobee’s rst settler and later its rst mayor. Peter Raulerson came here in 1895 with his family, when this was all open cattle range land. His wife was Louisanna Raulerson, the new settlement’s rst postmistress — for whom our hospital is named. Their son, Lewis (Hiram’s father) established the town’s rst store in 1905, on Parrott Avenue. Later he built a much larger store at the present site. Hiram Raulerson was born in Okeechobee and raised in the tradition of the family business. After receiving his education here and at the University of Florida, he immediately was associated with his father in the general store. After the father passed away in 1940, the business was managed by Hiram and his b rother Charles. A reservist, Charles was called to active military duty and sold his interest to his brother. Hiram has been married since 1926. Mrs. Raulerson was the former Annie McKinnon. This very gracious lady is, like her husband, a willing worker in many civic activities. She also serves as bookkeeper for the department store, no small task in itself. To name but a few of Raulerson’s activities, past and present — he served as Okeechobee’s mayor for 14 years and as a member of the city council for six. He was the rst president of the local Rotary club and for several years the chairman of the Red Cross chapter. Currently he is chairman of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Okeechobee Chapter. The Boy Scout movement has always occupied a major position among his interests. For two years he was president of the Gulf Stream Council, and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his outstanding service to Scouting. He is still active on the executive board of the Gulf Stream Council. Hiram H. Raulerson has lived a life of service to his community, to his church and to his fellow man. He and Mrs. Raulerson have thoroughly earned their positions among Okeechobee’s leading citizens. 9 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! TEN CLASSROOM BUILDING TO COST COUNTY $118,000Okeechobee’s News ten-room elementary school will be built and in operation by Septemb er of this year. Contract was let March 20th to John H. Gossett, contractor of Hollywood on a low bid of $97,398. However, minor changes in speci cations pushed the bid to $100,307, which still was the lowest bid received. Added to this sum is $18,000 which includes architect fee, sewerage disposal and furniture and xtures for the new school, which runs the total cost to $118,307. The new school will have ten classrooms and a boiler room, and will accommodate 300 children. Each classroom will have toilet facilities, lavatory and drinking fountains. The school will be built in two wings, allowing for further expansion and covered walks will connect both wings. There will also be a covered walk approximately 10 feet wide on the south side of the wings. The contractor has 150 calendar days to complete the structure which means it will be ready for occupancy before the start of the 1958 school term. Only rst and second grade students will occupy the school this year, Omar Hunt, county superintendent said. Hunt pointed out that school enrollment in Okeechobee county has doubled during the pas t ten years and is increasing at the rate of about 100 students per year. The new school which has not been named, is located just west of the present school on Osceola Street. From the pages of the Okeechobee News, March 28, 1958NEW SCHOOL TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER From the pages of the Okeechobee News, January 31, 1958 Courtesy photo/ Thomas MarkhamLooking Back...Mary Padgett and Charles Hart are shown in this Rodeo Days photo taken at Padgetts Pharmacy in the Southland Hotel in 1949. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@newszap.com.

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Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Bus 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 children’s 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! SeasonalMonitor 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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. FurnitureFOR SALE DINING TABLE 6 CHAIRS W/CHINA CABINET AND HUTCH $350.00, SMALL MAROON CLOTH ROCKER CHAIR $50.00, CREAM COLOR LEATHER LOVESEAT $200.00, GOLD COLOR CLOTH DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT SOFA $200.00, 2 END TABLES-PAIR $50.00. OR ENTIRE LOT $650.00 CALL 863-763-8534 OR 772-971-0419 Shop here first! The classified ads Seeds/Plants/ FlowersMANGO TREES IN GALLON POTS $7.00 EACH CALL 863-357-0882 ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs 2br, 1ba, Tiled oors. Includes Water. $700 month + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128 Houses Rent3BD/1BA HOUSE ON 1 ACRE, CERAMIC TILE FLOORS, NEW CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $850.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 GREAT LOCATION NEWER 3/2 TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, APPLIANCES INCLUDED, FENCED YARD, SCREENED PORCH, SPLIT FLOOR PLAN, 2 CAR GARAGE, LARGE CONCRETE DRIVEWAY, EXCELLENT CONDITION $1,300.00 PER MONTH CALL 863-467-9250 LINDA OR 519-746-3776 JIM Large, 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 dhmcara@hotmail.com Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Houses RentOKEE In Town 2 1/2 br./1ba ., & 2br./2ba. (Screened porch, W/D) both have Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet ok. both $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941) 504-3954 OKEECHOBEE Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA, CENTRAL AIR, NICE PARK, ALL UTILITIES EXCEPT ELECTRIC $450.00/MO. CALL 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Mobile HomeSaleNew Palm Harbor Velocity Models! 3/2 starting in the $50’s, 4.2 starting in the $60’s. Limited time offer!! 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 10 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful!

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Your Future is in Your Hands! 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue € 863-824-6000 € www.irsc.edu I R S CDixon Hendry CampusQUICK JOB TRAINING HERE IN OKEECHOBEE! Certied Nursing Assistant Program Begins Next Week! CNA classes offered Tuesday & Thursday evenings Prepare to work in a hospital, physicians ofce or other health care facility meeting basic patient care needs for safety, comfort, and activities of daily living Financial Aid available for those who qualify 11 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 B.R.A.T. Club hosts Labor Day Parade Okeechobee News/ Tammi Kelly Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyOkeechobee community members gathered in downtown Okeechobee Monday, Sept. 1, for the annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. Leading the Labor Day parade was the B.R.A.T. Club banner (top left) along with some of it members. The B.R.A.T. Club hosts the Labor Day parade every year, and this year they had over 70 participants. Storm cheerleaders (far left) at the labor day parade with some wonderful dads all dolled up to support their daughters. (At left) the face painting booth proved popular with the young festival goers. (Above) Okeechobee Xplosion cheerleaders danced throughout the Labor Day parade.

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Automobiles2004 GRAND MARQUIS MERCURY RUNS AND DRIVES GOOD, COLD AIR, $2,300 CALL 812-989-3022 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Sport Utility2007 Lexus RX350 Fully Loaded, Light Blue, leather interior, navigator, good tires, 1 owner, serviced by Lexus, 137,000 miles. $9,900.00 863-763-3769 or 770-241-4015 Public Notice NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the Tallahassee Of ce until 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, for Proposal ID T1A11. The improvements under this contract consist of sidewalks, drainage improvements and signing and pavement marking at several road locations in Hendry County. A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for this project. Budget Estimate $245,543.00. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state. .us/cc-admin/Lettings/ Letting_Project_Info.shtm or by calling (850) 414-4000. 466889 ON 8/27;9/3/2014 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S 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 Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s 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 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 14-006-SE, submitted by Mr. Joel Perez, on behalf of property owner Seacoast National Bank, to allow a house of worship, on a lot less than ve acres within a Residential Single-Family One (RSF-1) Zoning District, Ref. Code Book Section 90-103(5). The proposed use is for a house of worship. Property is located at 1007 SW 4th Street, Legal: Lots 1 to 10 of Block 9, Southwest Addition to Okeechobee, Plat Book 2, Page 7, Okeechobee County public records, and is approximately 1.634 acres. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as dened by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 14-006-SE 467049 ON 9/3,10/2014 Public Notice PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION TEXT AMENDMENT A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board, meeting as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider and receive input on amending the Code of Ordinances, Subpart B Land Development Regulations, as submitted by Donna Wildes d/b/a Beasts and Barbells, LLC, Application No. 14-001-TA. The amendment is proposing to add Personal Services to the existing list of permitted uses allowed within the Commercial Professional Of ce (CPO) Zoning District (Ref. Code Section 90-222). The de nition of Services, Personal is as follows, per Code Section 66-1: An establishment primarily engaged in providing services involving the care of a person or his or her personal goods or apparel. These include barbershop, beauty shop, clothes cleaning and repair, nail care, pawnshop, reducing salons and health clubs, shoe repair, tailor, and similar uses not primarily offering a product for sale. The Planning Board will issue a recommendation on Application No. 14-001-TA, that will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration at the September 30 and October 21 meetings. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. The proposed amendment may be reviewed at the address above during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Application No. 14-001-TA 467050 ON 9/3,10/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 47-2014-CA-000167 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES OF RICHARD B. TURRIFF, DECEASED, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES OF RICHARD B. TURRIFF, DECEASED CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN You are noti ed that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 12, BLOCK 2, BRINDABAN FOREST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 25, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 1984 PALM HARBOR HOMES INC commonly known as 4503 SE 30TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Lindsay M. Alvarez of Kass Shuler, P.A., plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 800, Tampa, Florida 33601, (813) 229-0900, within 30 days from the rst date of publication, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated: August 22, 2014. CLERK OF THE COURT Honorable Sharon Robertson 312 N.W. Third Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 466970 ON 8/27;9/3/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 474 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. FOR RAMP 2004-RS4, Plaintiff, MARY LEE WRIGHT; ESTATE OF JAMES WRIGHT; et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Summary Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on in Civil Case No. 2012 CA 474, of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein, THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. FOR RAMP 2004-RS4 is the Plaintiff, and MARY LEE WRIGHT; ESTATE OF JAMES WRIGHT; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARY LEE WRIGHT; ATTORNEY FOR THE INDEPENDENT SAVING PLAN COMPANY; THE INDEPENDENT SAVINGS PLAN COMPANY D/B/A ISPC, are Defendants. The clerk of the court Sharon Robertson will sell to the highest bidder for cash 11:00 AM on the 1st day of October, 2014 in the Jury Assembly Room on the 2nd oor at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 21 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 22, BLOCK 24, OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 17, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING ALSO RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 30th day of May, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Aldridge I Connors, LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff(s) 7000 West Palmetto Park Rd., Suite 307 Boca Raton, FL 33433 Phone: 561.392.6391 Fax: 561-392-6965If 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 711.465743 ON 9/3,10/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 472011CA000414CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v. KENNETH W. HARRIS; NICHOLAS J. FUSCO; MARY E. HAGOOD; ALBERT R. FUSCO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NICHOLAS J. FUSCO NKA CARLA FUSCO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KENNETH W. HARRIS NKA JENNY HARRIS; SHERMAN WOOD RANCHES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC.; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 21, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 472011CA000414CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 1st day of October, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 2, in Sherman Wood Ranches, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 61, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772)807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis saa ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. Dated at OKEECHOBEE, Florida this 22nd day of May, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: SANDRA L. CREECH DEPUTY CLERK 465618 ON 9/3,10/2014 Public Notice Public Notice 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 BANK; 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 05’07” EAST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 18, A. DISTANCE OF 300.10 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S. 88 DEGREES 34’16” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 1075.72 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S. 88 DEGREES 34’16” 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 03’07” 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 54’53” EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY, A DISTANCE OF 214.01 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S. 00 DEGREES 05’07” 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 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 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 eservice@clegalgroup.com 466448 ON 8/20,27;9/3,10/2014 Public Notice 12 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013-CA-177 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, VS. BEATRICE MITCHELL, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 10, 2014, entered in Case No. 2013 CA 177 in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein PNC Bank, National Association, successor in interest to Harbor Federal Savings Bank is the plaintiff, and Beatrice Mitchell, et al. are the defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (2nd oor Jury Assembly Room) at 11:00 a.m. on September 24, 2014, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Lot 12, Block 6, DIXIE RANCH ACRES, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 35, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida Property address: 7201 NW 92nd Court, Okeechobee, FL 34972 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. 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 10th day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF COURT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 466335 ON 8/27;9/3/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 472013CA000292CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIAT ION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. KATRINA B. COOK, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 23, 2014, and entered in Case No. 472013CA000292CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which PNC Bank, National Association, successor by merger to National City Bank, successor by merger to Harbor Federal Savings Bank, is the Plaintiff and Katrina B. Cook also known as Katrina Cook also known as Katrina Vinson, Robert T. Cook also known as Robert Cook, are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 24th day of September, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 10, BLOCK 1, REVISED PLAT OF FIRST ADDITION TO PINE RIDGE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 90, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS A MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS GAFL535A91218CY3I AND GAFL535B91218CY31 AND TITLE NUMBERS 0095302601 AND 0095302791. A/K/A 2901 NE 11TH LN OKEECHOBEE FL 34972-3325 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 24th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A lbertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimile eService: servealaw@albertellilaw.com JR 015079F01 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 466123 ON 8/27;9/3/2014 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com

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SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to Advertise! email: okeeadsales@newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 140000125 CPAXMX IN RE: THE ESTATE OF MACY SUTTON RUCKS A/K/A MACY SUTTON RUCKS, SR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MACY SUTTON RUCKS, a/k/a MACY SUTTON RUCKS, SR., deceased, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is: Clerk, Circuit Court, Probate Division, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent, and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 47-2012-CA-000436-CAAX-MX GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, VS. EDWARD B. KISSAM, JR., et al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled case, I will sell the property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, described as: claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 27, 2014. Personal Representative: MACY SUTTON RUCKS, JR. P.O. Box 415 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0415 PERRY W. HODGES, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative 1401 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 300 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2116 Telephone: (954) 462-1431 Florida Bar Number: 0181190 pwhodges@rmzlaw.com 466929 ON 8/27;9/2014 LOT 27, OAK LAKE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 2, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property address: 2503 SW 22nd Cir, Okeechobee, FL 34974 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash in THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972, beginning at 11:00 A.M. on the 24th day of September, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 24th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. 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General Surgery € Endoscopy € Minimally Invasive Surgery Hours: Monday…Friday 8 a.m.…5 p.m. € Phone: 863-357-0540 € Fax: 863-357-0546 1924 Hwy 441 N. € Okeechobee, FL 34972 Carlos Alejo, M.D. Hablamos espaol Board Certi“ed in General Surgery 14 Okeechobee News September 3, 2014 Rodeo action came to Okeechobee over the weekend with Floridas Cowtown Labor Day Rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. The results for the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Associations rodeo were as follows. All-around cowboy: (tie) Juan Alcazar Jr, steer wrestling and team roping, and Corey Fussell, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and team roping, $808 each. Bareback riding: First round: 1. Colt Kitaif, 70 points on Silver Spurs Clubs Cher, $226; 2. Shelton Murphy, 68, $169; 3. Chris Smith, 66, $113; no other quali“ ed rides. Second round: 1. Colt Kitaif, 79 points on Silver Spurs Clubs Ned Ross, $226; 2. Jon Luse, 73, $169; 3. Blade Elliott, 69, $113; no other quali“ ed rides. Average: 1. Colt Kitaif, 149 points on two head, $226; 2. Jon Luse, 73, $169; 3. Blade Elliott, 69, $113; 4. Shelton Murphy, 68, $56. Steer wrestling: 1. Juan Alcazar Jr, 3.4 seconds, $808; 2. Erin Bullin, 4.5, $606; 3. Leo Mobley, 5.0, $404; 4. Payton Caudill, 5.1, $202. Team roping: 1. Bradley Massey/Shane Hester, 6.2 seconds, $1,034 each; 2. Dillon Bird/Mark Strickland, 7.3, $776; 3. Zeb Chapman/Tom Bourne, 8.1, $517; 4. Allen Ulrici/ Jordon Ulrici, 9.1, $259. Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Andrew Harris, 77 points on Silver Spurs Clubs Frog, $248; 2. Cole Bilbro, 73, $186; 3. Joe Farren, 69, $124; 4. Whit Ashe, 62, $62. Second round: 1. Justin Caylor, 79 points on Silver Spurs Clubs Frog, $248; 2. Cole Bilbro, 69, $186; 3. Joe Farren, 63, $124; 4. Whit Ashe, 56, $62. Average: 1. Cole Bilbro, 142 points on two head, $248; 2. Justin Caylor, 140, $186; 3. Joe Farren, 132, $124; 4. Whit Ashe, 118, $62. Tie-down roping: 1. Corey Fussell, 9.4 seconds, $808; 2. Ben Mayworth, 9.6, $606; 3. Lane Bateman, 9.7, $404; 4. (tie) Brad Hartt and Seth Rodriguez, 11.6, $101 each. Barrel racing: 1. Jodi Jansen, 16.09 seconds, $848; 2. Brittney Willis, 16.12, $737; 3. Megan Swint, 16.16, $626; 4. (tie) Shawn a Bourne and Tracy Bishop, 16.20, $461 each; 6. Amanda Amos, 16.22, $295; 7. (tie) Deb Brannon and Teal Hampton, 16.29, $129 each. Bull riding: 1. Alencar Anderson, 69 points on Silver Spurs Clubs Wham-o, $775; 2. Wagner Luciano, 64, $581; 3. Michael Riggs Jr., 52, $387; no other quali“ ed rides. Total payoff: $19,596. Stock contractor: Silver Spurs Club. Sub-contractor: Five Star Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Dottie Hayes. Of“ cials: Jay Shaw and Clint Simpson. Timers: Sheri Gornto and Dottie Hayes. Announcer: Jerry Todd. Specialty act: Robbie Hodges. Bull“ ghters: Matt Baldwin and Buddy Bush. Clowns/barrelmen: Robbie Hodges and Trent McFarland. Flankmen: Steve Knowles and Seth Louthan. Chute boss: Terry Hayes. Pickup men: Spook Whidden and Reed Durrance. Cattlemen host Floridas Cowtown Labor Day Rodeo By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was killed after the motorcycle he was operating hit a fence and he was then thrown from his 2005 Honda CBR. According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release Reece Ryan Lopez, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Sept. 1 accident. The release indicated Mr. Lopez was westbound on S.R. 68 around 5:47 p.m. Monday when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of S.R. 68 and U.S. 441 N. He reportedly traveled onto the west shoulder of U.S. 441 N. and continued in that direction until he struck a wooden fence and was thrown from his motorcycle. The crash remains under investigation. FHP investigators estimated damages to the motorcycle to be $10,000. Trooper Corporal Mark Zook is the crash and homicide investigator. Motorcyclist dies in crash mission and the sheriff both seemed to inch closer to a budget compromise. If they can reach agreement on the budget, the lawsuit over responsibility for the jail may be dropped, saving both sides the expense of a court battle, The commission will also review the millage rate options and determine the funding level needed based on the requested general fund budgets for the county departments and Constitutional Of“ cers. The meeting will be in the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom,Ž 304 N.W. Second St. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenIn steer wrestling, the cowboy drops off a galloping horse into the steer and wrestles it to the ground. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenCowgirls competed in barrel racing at Floridas Cowtown Rodeo.

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MurphyOkeechobee News A stubborn defense could not overcome 15 penalties and a sluggish offense as Glades Day scored in the “ nal 35 seconds of the game to defeat Okeechobee 6-0 in the season opener for both teams at Brahman Stadium Friday night. Former Brahman quarterback Cory Surls threw a third-down touchdown pass to tight end Christopher Guerry from the Okeechobee 8 yard line to give the Gators the victory. Okeechobee committed 15 penalties, most of them in the “ rst half, and had just 150 yards in total offense on the night. The Brahmans w asted a strong defensive effort by the team as they picked off two passes and held Glades Day to 228 in total yards. OHS coach Chris Branham said the team w as heartbroken by the defeat but fought hard with a lot of emotion and learned they must practice harder and prepare better for an opponent in order to be a successful football squad. The kids know inside how good they are and this was not the best week of practice. W e should have handled this game,Ž he said. Penalties hurt us and negated three plays of over 20 yards.Ž The game was dominated by the Brahman mistakes with false starts and illegal motion in the “ rst half. Okeechobee didnt reach the Glades Day side of the “ eld until the third quarter and never reached inside the Gator 30-yard line. We had a great game plan tonight but we didnt execute. We know they are better than that,Ž Branham added. Glades Day also struggled on offense. While they moved the ball a little better, the Brahman defense prevented the big play. Daniel Duncanson -13 carries for 72 yards -was their best threat in the “ rst half. Markens Pierre -17 carries for 47 yards -was their best weapon in the second half. The Gators reached the Brahman 11 early in the second quarter but Antawyn Fludd picked off a pass at the 5 yard line to end the threat. Brahman quarterback Brandon Shockley said the team wasnt real serious in practice this week and it showed in the game. We picked it up when we faced reality in this game. We didnt execute and it hurt us,Ž he said. Shockley vowed the team would practice harder this week as they continue their nondistrict schedule against old rival Sebring on the road Friday. The Brahmans best chance to score came after a 10-yard run by Fludd and a 15-yard run by Drayton Billie in the third quarter. Shockley and Williams had short runs but on third and 1, Guerry spilled Fludd for a 1-yard loss. OHS probably would have gone for it on fourth and two but an illegal procedure penalty brought on the punt team. Glades Day took advantage of one of the few Brahman mistakes on special teams in the “ nal six minutes of the game. Okeechobee faced a fourth and 2 at their 44 yard line. The punt snap was low and Arthur Woodruff couldnt get much on the punt. It struck one of the linemen near the line of scrimmage and bounced away as Pierre recovered at the Okeechobee 37 yard line. Glades Day then drove the 37 yards in eight plays over the “ nal “ ve minutes. Surls found Terry Hughes for a wide receiver screen that took the ball to the Brahman 23. Clayton Williams came off the bench and rushed inside for another 5 yards. Pierre converted a third and 2 with a 3-yard run. Duncanson followed with a burst up the middle for 7 yards. Bradley stuffed Pierre for a 2-yard loss on second down but on third and 5, Surls sold the run with a play action fake, found his big tight end open in the ” at and Guerry did the rest to win the game. Branham said the team had been executing the punt snaps very well all season and it was really nobodys fault after a strong rain storm hit the “ eld and made the football slick. You cant be disappointed tonight. We know were talented and we expect more than this. I guarantee a winning season this year. We will be better and smarter next week. We just need some time,Ž he said. Game notes Fred Bradley had a quarterback sack for OHS. Chris Epps and Antawyn Fludd added interceptions. Fludd added a 31-yard run in the “ rst half. Jajuan Cherrys 43-yard run up the sideline was called back in the “ rst quarter. Arthur Woodruff played a strong game with several tackles for loss and at the line of scrimmage plus a quarterback sack for a 13yard loss. Markies McDonald had a fumble recovery for OHS. Marquez McLemore downed two punts inside the Gator 10 yard line. Fludd had a 31-yard run in the second quarter. Late TD gives Gators 6-0 win over Brahmans

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