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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 50¢ plus tax V ol. 105 No. 112 14.56 feetLast Year: 15.48 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. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local law enforcement has issued a warning to citizens to ignore callers who say they are with Florida Power and Light (FP&L) and then demand you immediately pay your bill. Detective James Pickering, from the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said Monday, Sept. 15, the scammers are demanding that people not only pay their bills immediately but to do so via Green Dot cards, which are prepaid Mastercard or Visa cards. That, Green Dot, is the clue I want everybody to home in on,Ž said the detective, adding the demand to use that card is the “ rst clue to the scam. Once the Green Dot card is purchased and sent, I cant touch them. All the bad guys need is the number on the card. The y dont actually have to have the card.Ž Bill Orlove, a spokesperson with FP&L, said the company does not ask customers to pa y their bills with a prepaid card. We would never call a customer and as k for credit card information or take a prepaid Detective warns of FP&L scamHistoric lake publication ... Inside! Soup kitchen warns residents of door-to-door scam ... Page 2 Clrng Or Cti! Special to the Okeechobee News Final preparations are underway for the Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant to be held at the KOA Conference Center in Okeechobee, Sept. 25-27. The three-day event is sponsored in part by the Okeechobee Tourist Development Council. Contestants, along with family and friends from around the entire state of Florida will begin arriving in Okeechobee on Thursday, Sept. 25. Four rodeo queens ranging in age from 7 to 25 will be selected for the various age groups. Contestants will compete in horsemanship, speech, modeling, appearance, personality, personal interviews, and impromptu quesOkeechobee to host Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant Elizabeth Lamm Vero Beach Caitlin Harris St. Clous Alexandra Ortiz Jupiter Lauren Lamm Vero Beach Kelly Harper Inverness Haylee Crosby Ft. McCoy Bailey Jeannin St. Cloud Heaven Crosby Ft. McCoy Addison Roberts Davie Alexis Radatz Fort Pierce Jenna Herstich St. Cloud Maranda Crosby Ft. McCoy Sheila Shirah St. Cloud Felicity Mejeris Oldtown Kayla Butler Bradenton See RODEO „ Page 5 See SCAM „ Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A near $9.8 million budget was approved this month by the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Most water and sewer customers will see no increases in their monthly bills. Revenues and expenses will be basically ” at according to OUA “ nance director Basil Coule. Fuel and electrical costs are the only expenses that could ” uctuate in the coming year. Fuel costs are budgeted to increase by 8 percent, chemicals by 5 percent and electric by 5 percent. There was a little concern about fuel prices but the predicted increase has not transpired and is lower than last year,Ž Mr. Coule said. That affects a lot of the commodities we use. We are happy that didnt increase and thro w our budget out of whack.Ž OUA approves $9.8 million budgetSee OUA „ Page 5 Adopt a shelter pet ... Page 10 Youth football teams play W inter Haven ... Page 12

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€ The Chamber of Commerce Concealed W eapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening, Sept. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range quali“ cation w ill take place on Saturday, Sept. 20. You w ill be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during quali“ cation. The cost to attend this class is $40. € Cowboys BBQ & Steak will hold the Okeechobee business womans referral network gather this Friday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. in Cowboys own Bull Pen.Ž Open to the public. Please RSVP with Raye Deusinger 863-467-2557. € Cowboys BBQ & Steak presents The LeaksŽ this Friday, Sept. 19, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. See you there! € Rodeo & Juliet Boutique will have their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on Monday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. with the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County; they are located at 205 S.W. Park St. Please come out and support your local business. Owner Debra Caine would love to have you stop by! € 3 Bees Layne will have their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. with the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County; they are located at 104 S.W. Third Ave. Please come out and support your local business! Owner Whitney Christian would love to have you stop by! € The next Chamber of Commerce Business after HoursŽ will be on Sept. 30, at Beef O Bradys. Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-members. € Mark your calendars for The Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Luncheon on Oct. 16, at 11:45 a.m.. This will be the Inaugural Presentation of the Business of the Year Awards!!! € The Chamber Ambassador Program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of chamber activities and bene“ ts. In doing so, the ambassadors grow professionally and personally by building business relationships within the community. The program is ideal if you have a desire to: Become more active in the local business environment, Raise awareness of your business or organization, Give back to your community. Each year, the program accepts up to 10 individuals to serve as Ambassadors for the following calendar year. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive training on the skills and responsibilities necessar y to succeed in the program. Getting involved with the Ambassador Program is one of the “ rst steps you can take to become more involved with the chamber. Contact: Mariah Parriott, administration 863-467-6246 info@okeechobeebusiness.com Today: Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 83F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low near 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Thursday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 71F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 84F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Friday Night: Showers and thundershowers in the evening, then overcast overnight with occasional rain. Low near 70F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Sale Hours: 9am 6pm, Friday 9am 5pm, SaturdayFri., Sept. 19thSat., Sept. 20th3541 US Hwy. 441 S • Okeechobee(863) 763-6557 UP TO 75% OFF!(Excluding Christmas & Cards) Suzie’s ShopNOTICE OF VACANCIESOKEECHOBEE COUNTY CITIZEN BOARDS AND COMMITTEESe Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking residents of Okeechobee County interested in serving on the following Citizen Boards and Committees: Construction Industry Licensing Board 1 term expires March 1, 2016 1 term expires March 1, 2017 If possible, member positions should be lled with 3 active certied or registered contractors and 1 lay person. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department at (863) 763-5548. Descriptions of the Citizen Boards and Committees, along with eligibility requirements, current membership and other information, may be viewed at www.co.okeechobee..us/committees. Applications for appointment to a Citizen Board or Committee may be obtained from the County Administrators oce in the Historic Courthouse at 304 NW 2rd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida, phone (863) 763-6441, or downloaded from www.co.okeechobee..us/committees. Please submit applications to the County Administrators oce along with proof of residency in Okeechobee County and evidence of status as a certied, registered or specialty contractor if applicable by noon on Friday, September 26, 2014. e Board of County Commissioners appreciates the time and assistance members of the Citizen Boards and Committees volunteer to the Board of County Commissioners and to the citizens of Okeechobee County. Frank Irby, Chair € Board of County Commissioners Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents 2014-2015 Okeechobee County School Information Guide Featuring 763-3937 Big Lake Eye CareSupplement to the Okeechobee NewsAugust 13, 2014 See our Dad’s ad on page 3 2 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Okeechobee Forecast Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County News By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) has announced a DUI/drivers license checkpoint will be held Friday, Sept. 19, on S.R. 70. The purpose of the initiative is to meet with drivers passing through the checkpoint and check for alcohol or drug impairment. Law enforcement personnel will also be checking to make sure all drivers have the proper licensing. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool that are effective in reducing the number of persons killed and/or injured in alcoholinvolved automobile accidents. Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are held enough. Drivers caught operating a vehicle while impaired can expect jail, license suspension and an increase in insurance costs, “ nes, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. The Okeechobee City Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be taking part in the checkpoint. DUI checkpoint set for Sept. 19 The City of Okeechobee Planning Board/ Board of Adjustment and Appeals will meet on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Items on the agenda include: € Donna Wildes is requested to amend the permitted uses within the Commercial Professional District of the Land Development Regulations. € Seacoast National Bank will ask the planners to allow a house of worship, on a lot less than “ ve acres, within a Residential Single Family-One Zoning District, for Lots 1 to 10 of Block 9, Southwest Addition, and located at 1007 S.W. Fourth Street. The property is contains approximately 1.634 acre. A pproval sought for church Local model airplane club ” ies on SaturdayThe Okeechobee Model Airplane Club is a local group focused on building and ” ying Radio Controlled Aircraft which includes airplanes and helicopters. We have a lot of experienced instructors and ” y everything from fun sport aircraft to scale reproductions and aerobatics. We ” y every Saturday morning at the Agri-Civic Center (Fair Grounds) typically from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. located on Rt. 70 just east of Okeechobee. Meetings are the “ rst Saturday of the month at the “ eld starting at 8:30 p.m. Come on out and meet us or join us, everyone is welcome and we will even teach you how to ” y. For information, please call Joe Papasso 561-252-0916.

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Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Historical Society got off a great start after a short summer break! Marco Cuevas, project director for RSVP (Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program) was the guest speaker. Mr. Cuevas spoke to the membership about recruiting some volunteers for the programs that RSVP runs in Okeechobee County. One deals with disaster preparedness, one is supporting a food pantry that serves some 34 families within the Okeechobee County Schools; another is for mentoring students in the public schools and “ nally, providing volunteers to help with administrative tasks. Several of the members of the Historical Society are already involved with RSVP through their work with CIS and Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Food Pantry. The food pantry support needs volunteers approximately once a month to sort the food provided by the Treasure Coast Food Bank. The disaster services train volunteers to serve as reception staff for times of emergency. Mr. Cuevas announced that he will soon be leaving his post here in Okeechobee but that another project director will be hired soon. In other action, there was a symbolic passing of the gavel. After 20 years as president of the Okeechobee Historical Society, Betty Chandler Williamson wanted to step down and serve in a more advisory role. Replacing the irreplaceable will be Magi Cable. Susanne Morton, who was unable to be at this September meeting, also served as secretary of the organization for 20 years and Eleanor Shepherd has taken on this task. The society provided ” owers, gifts, cake and a certi“ cate in appreciation for the many contributions made by Betty and Susanne to this organization. Local RSVP director visits Historical Society 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 TRUST.ITS MORE THAN A WORD TO US. ITS OUR WORD TO YOU.Let us earn your trust today „ call Emory Walker Company.CAC014022 OFFER EXPIRES 11/28/2014. *System rebate offers range from $300 to $1,700. See your local Lennox dealer for details. 2014 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. One offer available per quali fying purchase.(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 SPECIAL FINANCING AVAILABLESEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. RECEIVE UP TO A$1,700REBATE* with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. OR 3 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBetty Chandler Williamson, President Emeritus of the Okeechobee Historical Society with Marco Cuevas, Project Director of RSVP, Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBetty Chandler Williamson passes the gavel to incoming president, Magi Cable. Radical ReadersSecond grader Thomas Jackson and his mother, Tammi Jackson, read a book together at Seminole Elementarys Radical Readers NightŽ on Sept. 9. One evening each month, Seminoles library is open for students and parents to read together and take AR tests. Parents are also given assistance in accessing and utilizing educational websites. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMES

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Music festival€ The music festival is exciting news. This is what we have been wanting to see for a long time. I am very thrilled about this. I hope it doesnt get muddled with personal agendas and power plays. € I sure hope this works out well. I would enjoy a bluegrass festival. € It sounds like they want to have four festivals a year „ two in March and two in November „ so the music styles may be different in order to attract more people. At the meeting, the organizer said they will also have smaller events throughout the year „ he even mentioned some kind of theatre festival with a theatre group from New York. € I have stopped at a place called Carolina Crossroads once or twice. It had nice R/V Camping and an outside amphitheater right next door. Something like this could be done at Okee-Tantie. € For those who live close to Sundance Trails and dont like music festivals, I would suggest making the most of the festivals. If you dont want to attend, consider renting your home out to friends or family members. I know someone who lived in Atlanta during the Olympics. She rented her apartment to out-of-town relatives for two weeks, and used the money to take a vacation. The relatives who wanted to go to the Olympics were thrilled because it was much less expensive than hotel rooms since two families bunked together in the apartment, and a better location than most hotels. She got out of the chaos of the big event and enjoyed a free trip. € If I lived closer to Dark Hammock, I would not rent my place out, but I am sure I would have a houseful of friends and relatives visiting while enjoying the music festival.Okee-Tantie€ Now that the county “ nally has settled the budget dispute, can we please do something about Okee-Tantie? Every month the park is closed is one more month of lost revenue. Lets get some RV spaces operational before the next big bass tournament. And please, get the bait and tackle shop open again. Memories of Mickey EvansThe “ rst thing you need to know about Mickey Evans is that he would not be comfortable with any description that described his accomplishments as anything like amazing. He was humble almost to a fault, yet he “ lled his life with laughter and friends, in spite of the fact he had little family to turn to and no shoulders to lean on. From an early age he had the responsibility for his own care including his clothes and spending money, all of lifes essentials. While still in high school he found a vocation, he became a butcher. Now some people with that start in life would have found all the excuse they needed to be cynical and bitter. Yet with absolutely no reason to be so, he was happy and outgoing, a joy to be around. Back then, about 1951, just before he graduated from high school, he made a profession of faith and joined the Grace Brethren Church in Okeechobee, Fla. This man with a heart as big as the world gave his life to God, and he meant it with the assurance that is seldom seen. He had developed at that early age the simple humility and love of others that would mark him for a lifetime „ qualities that few people of any age ever achieve. Upon graduating from high school, Mickey married Laura Maye Campbell who became the rudder that steadied the ship of life for Mickey. And she could play the piano „ oh, how she could play. Just “ nd an auditorium and let Laura Maye sit down at the piano and you had the essentials of a joyous singing and worship service. When she sat down at the piano and placed hands to the keys, everyone in the tabernacle knew there would be some great singing tonight. I sometimes wonder if Laura Maye knows how great her playing sounded even outside, when people were walking to the auditorium from their parked cars. That beautiful piano music, ringing out across the parking lot, was a call to worship that stands out in the memory of so many who attended. Of course, all of us who knew Mickey thought he had really found his place in Gods service. He and Laura Maye went away for his seminary training, returned, and Mickey settled in as a minister in Indiantown. But it was not to be so; God wanted this speci“ c preacher for a special ministry. Mickey got a clear call to minister to men who were caught up in drug addiction, which also includes alcoholism. And so, when Mickey took Laura Maye to a remote site, six or eight miles out in the woods from Indiantown, he knew that this was the perfect place for his ministry to be carried out. The rest is a miracle story. Essential parts of the project began to fall into place week by week. People from far and near showed up literally to give their life to join in ful“ lling the dream. His dream became their dream. A mos t beautiful spirit settled upon Dunklin Memorial Camp, which by now had become called, in everyday talk, Mickeys Camp. And men who needed the help came too. Some came by reference from a church, and some actually jus t walked in, having heard by word of mouth from a friend. All over south Florida cam e people who had been suffering from addiction for years. When it opened, the camp was “ lled, and it has remained with a waiting list. It cannot be said that the age of miracles is over. It is clear that miracles are a rarity no t because God lacks the ability to make miracles but the rarity is a Mickey Evans, who can hea r the whispered call and will say, Here am I Lord, send me.Ž Maybe what we can learn from the Miracle of Dunklin is that God often just whispers, so that the quiet and humble, like Mickey, are the ones who hear. Frank Williamson, Jr.Fly your ” ag!The members of the Okeechobee Chapte r Daughters of the American Revolution encourage you to celebrate Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. Fly your ” ag! Proclamations have been received from the County Commission and from the City Council honoring the week and Constitution Day on Sept. 17. If you hear bells at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, know that they mar k the signing of this document 227 years ago. In these perilous times, and in light of th e upcoming elections, it is even more importan t to be familiar with and to celebrate this document upon which the laws of our nation ar e based and know its role in our government. The founding fathers who created the Constitution gave their lives and fortunes to secur e and support the tenets it set forth. They stated in the Preamble that its purpose is to establish justice, insure its domestic tranquility, provid e for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty fo r ourselves and our posterity....Ž Every Presiden t of the United States vows to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.Ž New citizens in the oath swear to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic....Ž Can we do any less? Join us in honoring the foundation of ou r freedoms, our Constitution. Fly your Flag. Consider the candidates who are running for election and choose the ones you feel are the best. Vote in November! Celebrate your Citizenship. Kenna Noonan, Secretary Su George, Regent Okeechobee Chapter NSSDAR September 17, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.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! Door-to-door collection fraudTo all the supporters of Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade (Mission/Soup Kitchen). We would like to “ rst thank you for all your support to our soup kitchen. Our prayers for you and y our family is that God would bless you and y our family greatly. I would like for you to know that our soup kitchen is still under c onstruction. We are looking to open it back up soon. So, until we can open the soup kitchen, w e want to ask you to please know that we no longer will be seeking donations door-todoor. So, please know that if anyone comes and asks for a donation for the soup kitchen, it is none of us because we are no longer soliciting door-to-door for the soup kitchen. If you would like to give to our soup kitchen, we ask that you make your check payable to Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade and mail it to P.O. Box 2355, Okeechobee, FL 34972. If someone comes to your house asking for a donation, please do not give it to them. If you do, it is for their own gain. Again, thank you so much for your concern in this matter. If there is more information needed, please contact me at 863-634-9194. Pastor Dorothy Adams Whats your opinion? Join the conversation on the forums at Florida. Newszap.com or on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook!

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We also never ask for personal information from a customer unless they have contacted us. Those are key points customers need to understand,Ž he said. Mr. Orlove went on to say his company normally only contacts a customer by mail. However, FP&L may contact a customer electronically if they receive their bills in that manner. If a customer is contacted by phone, it is only as a last resort and only if the customer allows FP&L to contact them that way. If one of our customers is in arrears, w e would work with the customer in terms of making a payment on that bill. But, we w ould never call for a credit card number or a prepaid card,Ž added Mr. Orlove. Detective Pickering said two businesses w ere contacted Monday by the scammers. In one of those cases, the business was contacted around 11 a.m. and told they had until 12:15 p.m. to pay their bill or their power w ould be shut off. When the victim asked what they owed, the scammer told them $989.97. The victim w as also told to go to a Circle K or a Pilot convenience store and get a Green Dot card. Detective Pickering said the nearest Pilot store he could think of is in Fort Pierce. When she asked if that amount would catch her up, the caller said no. But, it would keep them from getting their electricity shut off,Ž said the OCPD investigator, who went on to say the scammer told the woman her actual bill was over $1,200. Both complainants said the caller was Haitian or Jamaican with a heavy, thick accent. They said he was very hard to understand,Ž explained the detective. Detective Pickering also described the caller as very convincing.Ž The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) also received a call from a citizen w ho said they had been contacted by someone purporting to be with FP&L. When the OCSO dispatcher called the number left with the complainant by the scammer, she was left holding the phone because the scammer hung up on her when she told them she was with the sheriffs of“ ce. According to the dispatcher the number she called had a 636 area code, which is in Missouri. That area code includes the cities of St. Charles and Warrenton, and the areas surrounding them. Fortunately, said Detective Pickering, neither of the complainants in his cases fell for the scam. If customers get a call from a scammer, they can report it online to the Federal Trade Commission. Complaints are entered in their secure online database which is used by many local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies,Ž said Mr. Orlove. The complaint helps detect patterns of fraud and abuse, which may lead to investigations and arrests. FP&L works with local and state law enforcement to investigate all cases of customer scams of which we are made aware.Ž He went on to suggest if you believe you are the victim of a scam, you should: € notify your local law enforcement agency immediately; € contact FP&L at the number listed at the bottom of your bill; € report it to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (www.800help” a.com or 1-800-435-7352) or the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (www.stopfraud.gov); and, € “ nd more information on how to protect yourself against scams by visiting www. fpl.com/protect. Additional information is also available by going to moneypak.com. Once you are on that home page, scroll down to the bottom of the page for information on how to protect yourself from scams. If you believe you are the victim of a scam, contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-763-5521 or the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce at 863-763-3117. SCAMContinued From Page 1 tions. The winner of the Miss Rodeo Florida title, (age 19 … 25) will go on to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nev. The local Okeechobee business community has been extremely supportive of the Pageant,Ž said Sandy Steinruck, president of the Miss Rodeo Florida Association, a nonpro“ t organization. Local businesses who have partnered with the pageant include Tin Fish, Okeechobee Dodge, Elis Western Wear, CenterState Bank, Golden Corral, Publix, Cowboys Restaurant, Waters Edge RV Resort and the Holiday Inn Express. Terry Burroughs, Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County president, is serving as the Master of Ceremony for the upcoming pageant. All events are open the public. The horsemanship competition is free of charge and takes place on Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The Fashion Show & Dinner is Frida y evening at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays luncheon and awards ceremony begin at 12:30 p.m. The dinner and luncheon will be held at the KOA; tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 10 years old and under. Tickets may be purchased at Tin Fish and Elis Western Wear in Okeechobee. For information, contact Trac y Clements at 407-908-2182; or, www.MissRodeoFlorida.com. RODEOContinued From Page 1 No salary hikes are planned for employees although $50,231 has been set aside for possible merit increases for employees. Mr. Coule said that will be up to the OUA Board to decide when and if those merit raises will be handed out. Approximately $2.8 million will be spent on debt service. The OUA also expects to incur up to $1 million in expense for the addition of Pine Ridge Utilities. The court is expected to “ nalize the assignment of that abandoned system to the OUA in the next two months. An additional 140 customers could be added to their service list. The installation of sewer w ill cost $750,000 and water mane installation will cost $375,000. Other capital projects include the replacement of a water line in Bet-Her Acres at the cost of $500,000, and improvement of “ re protection and hydrants in Buckhead Ridge, at a cost of $91,600. Another $1.98 million will be spent on a water softening project at the ground water treatment plant. $250,000 will be spent to replace and or improve water mains in the southeast section of town. The budget will include $5.94 million in water revenue and $3.69 million in revenue from sewer rates. Over $348,000 is budgeted for capital connection charges. Operating expenses are budgeted to increase by $12,339 to just over $6.37 million. The budget also includes $10.3 million in reserves as of Oct. 1. Mr. Coule said the budget hearing went smoothly with little or no public comment. He said they have asked all supervisors to be conservative and save where they can because that can help at the end of the year in the form of no rate hikes. He said it looks like the “ scal picture of the utility is stable this year, I would state that we are maintaining. There are individual units in foreclosure that are coming back online and that is encouraging. They certainly arent breaking down the doors necessarily,Ž he said. We have so much extra capacity right now and we are waiting for growth to occur.Ž OUAContinued From Page 1

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Moose Lodge hosting bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them Thursday, Sept. 18, for bingo at 1:30 p.m. Lunch w ill be available for a small fee. Sept. 19 is the Women of the Moose Fried Chicken Star Recorder dinner from 5 until 7 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. Music will be provided by John Gallagher starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will bene“ t Moose charities.Lions Club forming locallyThe Lions Club would like to invite you to its “ rst charter organization meeting which w ill be held at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., Thursday, Sept. 18 from noon until 1 p.m. The club mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities and humanitarian needs. For information, call Sharon Johnson at 863-357-6880.Class to host 20-year reunionThe class of 1995 20-year reunion planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at Create & Decorate, 609 S.W. Park St. Anyone available to assist is welcome.Legion offers dinner, karaokeAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will have a spaghetti dinner Friday, Sept. 19, from 4 until 7 p.m. Karaoke with W ild Bill is from 5 until 8 p.m. The event is pen to the public. Also like us on our Facebook page, and keep up with upcoming events. For information, call 863-763-5309.Referral network to meetThe Okeechobee Businesswomens Referral Network will meet Friday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Cowboys, 102 S.W. 14th St. This group offers an opportunity to share fellowship, information and encouragement w hile learning how to build your business. Bring information about your business, ” yers, cards and promotions as well as a small exchange gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.Bits and Spurs club will meetBits and Spurs 4-H is going to have their “ rst meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, rain or Shine. Anyone interested in horses and riding should come by to “ nd out w hat Bits and Spurs 4-H is all about. Meet Mike and Laura at MySin Ranch, 1000 N.W. 50th Dr., to help organize activities for this y ear. The club plans to run ” ags at the rodeos, practice drill team maneuvers for parades and have a great time with the horses and friends. For additional information, call Laura 863-801-3599. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Bring your horse if you like -negative coggins is required.Legion offering Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene“ t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Photo workshop is Sept. 25A photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your laptop or paper and pencil. Learn how to lighten, color correct and straighten your images like a pro. For information, call 772-07-6764.Tourney bene“ ts soccer teamA cornhole tournament to bene“ t the Okeechobee High School soccer team will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 starting at 9 a.m. in the Yearling Middle School gymnasium, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane. The tournament will be for two-man teams. The cost is $25 per player. For details, contact Lonnie Sears at 863-634-1334.Hospital hosting lectureThe Dine with the Doctors topic this month is Sepsis is Serious! This lecture will be held in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria Tuesday, Sept. 30, with dinner being served at 4:30 p.m. for $5. The lecture is free and will start at 5 p.m. RSVP by calling 863-7639228.Halloween events soughtThe Okeechobee News is compiling a list of area Halloween activities. If your business, club or organization is planning something special for Halloween, we want to hear from you. The list will be published Oct. 1. Email information to okeenews@newszap.com.Minimal Regatta is Oct. 4Okeechobees own homemade boat race, the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta, is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Scott Driver boat ramps, 10100 S.R. 78 E., at the Kissimmee River. Teams build boats out of minimal materials. A Captains Dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Scott Driver boat ramp. Boats must be checked in at this time. Tickets for the dinner are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Captains Dinner is open to the public. A “ reworks show is planned after the Captains Dinner. At 9 a.m. on Oct. 4, spectators will line the shore to watch the boats race -or, sometimes, sink with style. Spectator admission on the day of the races is free. The celebration also includes special activities for children in the booth area. 6 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Special to Okeechobee News Robert Rodriguez, a 2007 graduate of Okeechobee High School, climbed the health care career ladder step by step for increasing success. He was attracted to health care to help people, but also because of the job opportunities. His “ rst step was the Fire“ ghter Basic Recruit Academy at Indian River State College, which he completed in 2009. Eager to increase his knowledge and skills even more, the Okeechobee resident then earned an Applied Technical Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology. Reaching for the next rung in his climb to career advancement, Rodriguez completed the paramedic certi“ cate program in 2010. I really like the small classes at IRSC and the teachers that care,Ž he said. His training enabled him to work at Raulerson Hospital and for Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. Rodriguez didnt stop there. His next step was the Associate Degree in Nursing program and the Registered Nurse credential. He earned the degree in May and is working as an ER Nurse at Raulerson Hospital, while continuing his employment with Okeechobee Fire Rescue. Interacting with people in my work really appeals to me,Ž Rodriguez added. Still climbing the career ladder to success, the 25-year-old is enrolled in the Bachelors Degree program in Nursing at IRSC. Rodriguez climbs health care career ladder Robert Rodriguez € The Osceola Warrior soccer team opened their season with a 6-0 trashing over Oslo Sept. 11 after over an hour rain delay. Alejandro Bucio had two goals and Gage Ingram, Jesus Mojica, Carlos Segura and Justin Comfort had one goal apiece. Coach Jorje Botello said the players are a special group this year that should bring a lot of pride back to the campus, These young men have been with me since the sixth grade and they have something special that I have not seen on this “ eld for a few years now.Ž € The Yearling Middle School volleyball team prevailed indoors 25-9 and 25-11. Lynd Lewis had 10 aces and Kennedee Brewer had six service aces. Mallorie Thomas and Ashley Bowers combined for two aces, “ ve combined kills and three assists. Coach Kellyann Campbell said the girls were on top of their games, especially at the service line, The girls played really well and we have a busy schedule this week. We continue to work hard.Ž € The OHS bowling team match with Treasure Coast Friday was cancelled. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Aggressive driving is dangerous drivingSpecial to the Okeechobee News Passenger vehicles and tractor trailers share Floridas highways every day, but too often aggressive driving habits result in deadly crashes between the two. Today, the Florida Highway Patrol is launching one of its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) safety campaigns aimed at educating drivers of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks about the dangers of aggressive driving. Confronting the aggressive habits of drivers, whether they are in a car or a large truck, is essential to making Floridas highways safer to travel,Ž said Lt. Col. Troy Thompson, Deputy Director of the Florida Highway Patrols Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau. If all motorists exercise patience and caution, avoid aggressive driving behaviors and remain alert, we can reduce the number of crashes that occur on our states roads.Ž The latest TACT campaign runs through Sept. 25. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, and unsafe lane changes. FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks: € Stay out of the No Zone: Watch for the extensive blind spots (No Zones) around large trucks. € Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed. € Dont cut trucks off. Large trucks simply cant stop as quickly as other vehicles. € Practice patience. Try to be predictable. Avoid making erratic moves if a truck isnt going as fast as youd like. For more information about TACT and FHPs Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, visit: http:// www.” hsmv.gov/fhp/. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef“ cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.” hsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or “ nd us on Facebook. Slow down, be patient, save a life, warns FHP

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NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGe Childrens Services Council of Okeechobee has tentatively adopted a budget for 2014-2015. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: September 22, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. at Okeechobee County School Board oce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 BUDGET SUMMARYChildren Services Council of Okeechobee Fiscal Year 2014-2015THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CHILDREN SERVICES COUNCIL OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY ARE 18.81% LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURESTHE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND / OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. 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. 7 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News More than 2.5 million families have positively changed their “ nancial future through Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University (FPU). The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their “ nances and set themselves up for long-term “ nancial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Okeechobee at Christ Fellowship, 701 South Parrott A ve. in Okeechobee. The classes will begin W ednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Matt Bowen at 561-799-7600 for more information or to register. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed “ nancially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the “ rst 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly. FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,Ž said Mr. Ramsey. This isnt a boring “ nancial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can bene“ t from the information.Ž Mr. Ramsey knows “ rst-hand the pain that “ nancial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Mr. Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their “ nances and avoid debt so they dont have to experience the same pain he did. FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization. After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramseys Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to www.daveramsey.com. Church hosts Financial Peace University Cowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Basinger Community Center. A covered-dish supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by serv ices at 7 p.m. Linda Farmer of Avon Park will be the speaker. For more information, call Doyle McDuf“ e at 863-763-2285. Trust Quartet, singing Gaither-style gospel four-part harmony, are scheduled to perform in concert on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church 412 N.W. 6th St. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will host a youth program for the 20142015 school year every Wednesday at 7 p.m. There are youth classes for pre-school through 12th grade. Okeechobee Mission Baptist Church w ill host a discover youth program every W ednesday, 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. The soup kitchen is under construction. For more information, call 863-634-9194. 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 First United Methodist Church Library would like to invite everyone to visit their Lending Library, Room 20, at 200 N.W. Second St., in Okeechobee. All are welcome to complete an application, no charge. Churches host special programs

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8 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! By R. O. Ackerman J.C. “Jack” McPherson, Okeechobee County’s able sheriff, was born in Bellewood, Fla., below Titusville. The date was N ov. 11, 1926 — then “Armistice Day.” After graduation from Titusville High School in 1944, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service. Most of his 19 months of service were spent in hazardous duty — on an ammunition ship in the Paci c. After the war, he went to work for his b rother in the trucking business. Then followed a year with Correct Craft Boatbuilders in Titusville. Jack also tried construction work — as a boom engine operator. Early 1950 saw his entry into law enforcement, with the police department of Titusville. Six months later he was given a position with the sheriff’s of ce. Almost immediately after this, Jack was noti ed that his application has been approved as a Florida Highway Patrolman. McPherson entered that service in July 1950. On Sept. 1 of that year, he was ordered to Okeechobee for duty. At the beginning of his probationary year here, Jack was determined to transfer elsewhere upon its completion. By the end of the year, however, after getting to know the people, he said he only regretted that he had not lived here all his life. McPherson was with the patrol until April of 1955, when he resigned to enter the cattle trucking business for himself. He moved to Bartow, but the venture was unsuccessful and after just six weeks he moved back to Okeechobee. Still a law enforcement of cial at heart, he went to work as a deputy for Sheriff N.O. Stewart. McPherson was a nominee for sheriff in 1956. The popular young man was elected with minimum effort on his part — a result which probably surprised no one but Jack. He entered of ce on Jan. 8, 1957. His exp erience, training in modern methods and straight forward refusal to “play favorites” have paid off handsomely for Okeechobee County. Jack’s charming wife, Iris, is a native of Okeechobee. One son, Niles is three. The husky, quiet-spoken county of cer is a real outdoorsman. He likes to y sh and hunt — with boating his favorite sport. The sheriff places high value on a true friend, and he has many. On the other hand, when he loses a friendship because his principles do not permit certain of cial favors, he does not consider that type a personal loss. McPherson asked to take this opportunity to thank Okeechobee citizens for their wonderful cooperation and encouragement. “Receiving credit for doing one’s best,” he says, “makes one try harder.” From the pages of the Okeechobee News, 1958 J.C. JackŽ McPherson By LaMonte H. Moore A young lad 17 years of age, was brought into city court Monday on a reckless driving charge. He admitted driving recklessly in a school zone. It was his rst offense and Mayor Audley Dunham, after lecturing him severely, released him. Following his hearing, however, a discussion of safety, particularly as applied to driving in school zones, was held by Mayor Dunham, Chief of Police Carlisle Thomas, Patrolman Harold Hancock, City Councilman Claude Gardner and an Okeechobee News reporter. City Councilman Thomas said there were six or eight high school “show off” drivers, boys who thought it was smart to race over the city at breakneck speeds. He named them, and amazingly, they came from the better-known families, people who are supposed to be intelligent, law-abiding, God-fearing residents. Thomas deplored the fact that these 16, 17, 18-year-old boys are giving the privilege of driving automobiles to school. He said there are 70 or 80 cars parked around the building each day, most of them driven there by teenagers. While the lack of parental supervision was soundly criticized, the school teachers did not escape notice during the discussion. They, too, are guilty of negligence, according to some statements made during the discussion. It was believed that too little emphasis is being placed on traf c safety not only as it concerns motorists but also pedestrians. The arrogant attitude of students walking in the streets was scored by all who entered the conversation and it was pointed out that teaacher-drivers do not set too good an example. The court released the teenage reckless driver Monday but said the next one to appear would be punished. The practice must be stopped before a child is killed. In the meantime, it might be well to drill into the students the importance of safety, not only from the driver level but as pedestrians also. That education should start in the home as soon as the child is old enough to understand and be continued at home and in school as long as he is under parental in uence. Mayor Dunham stated that the court had the power to levy a maximum sentenced of a $500 ne, 90 days imprisonment in jail and suspension of driver’s license for one year. From the pages of the Okeechobee News, Feb. 14, 1958PLACE EMPHASIS ON SAFETY Courtesy photo/ Thomas Markham/www.tommymarkham.comLooking back ...This photo from Okeechobees past was probably taken in the 1930s. It shows the “ rst electric train on Seaboard Railroad. The photo was taken across from the depot in Okeechobee. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@newszap.com.

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Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 9 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 77-year-old woman was injured recently when she was knocked down by her car door and her vehicle then ran over her ankle. According to an accident report by Deputy John Ashby, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the woman was taken to Raulerson Hospital by emergency medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. The deputys report states the woman w as southbound in the 200 block of S.W. 24th Avenue around 8:55 p.m. Monday, A ug. 8, when an alarm, indicating a door of the vehicle was open, began to sound. She pulled her 2011 Ford sports utility vehicle to the side of the road and stepped out of her vehicle. Although she thought she had put the vehicles automatic transmission in park, continued the report, she apparently hadnt. Deputy Ashby stated when she got out of her car she left the drivers side door open. When her SUV then started to roll backwards the open door knocked her down and the left front tire ran over her ankle. A passenger in the vehicle was able to stop the SUV. The SUV was not damaged, stated the deputys report. W oman injured by rolling SUV The following individuals were arr ested on felony or driving under t he in” uence (DUI) charges by the O keechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police D epartment (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correct ions (DOC). € Allen Ray Broadwater, 24, S.W. 13th W ay, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 8 by D eputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee C ounty warrant charging him with the felony o f lewd or lascivious exhibition offender 18 y ears of age or older, victim under 16 years o f age. His bond was set at $25,000. € Valintina Parrish, 22, Escape Drive, Well ington, was arrested Sept. 11 by Deputy Nat haniel Mitchell on a Broward County warr ant charging her with the misdemeanors of d riving under the in” uence and possession o f marijuana under 20 grams. She is being h eld without bond. € Angel Lacinda Cortez, 32, S.W. Ninth W ay, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 12 b y Deputy Fred Bradley on a DOC warrant c harging her with the felony of violation of p robation possession of a controlled subs tance (buprenorphine). She is being held w ithout bond. € Jamie Glenn Wilson, 32, N.E. 22nd C ourt, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 12 b y Detective Mark Shireman on a felony c harge of grand theft-auto. His bond was set a t $2,500. € Jimmy Carroll Huff, 39, U.S. 441 S.E., O keechobee, was arrested Sept. 12 by D eputy Jonathan Kemp on an Okeechobee C ounty warrant charging him with the felon y of uttering a forged document. His bond w as set at $2,500. € Franklin Heath Everhart, 38, S.W. 28th S t., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 12 by O f“ cer Michael Jordan on a felony charge of p ossession of a controlled substance (metha mphetamine) and a misdemeanor charge o f possession of drug paraphernalia. His b ond was set at $3,000. € Jim Leon Yates, 25, N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 13 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with violation of probation petit theft, violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence and violation of probation battery. He is being held without bond. € Sharon Ann Smith, 49, Kelmar Drive, West Palm Beach, was arrested Sept. 13 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. Her bond was set at $750. € Christopher Lane Olivarez, 20, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 13 by Deputy Steven Pollock on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in” uence and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He was released on his own recognizance. € Edenio Merino, 46, N.W. 67th Ave., Hialeah, was arrested Sept. 13 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $750. € Olger Alberto Cano-Castillo, 31, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 14 by Detective Corporal Shane Snyder on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in” uence and no valid drivers licenses. His bond was set at $1,250. € Edward Paul Collins, 50, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 15 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycontin) without a prescription. His bond was set at $5,000. € Heather Lynn Bloom, 26, N.W. 169th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 15 by Deputy Tammy Sera“ ni on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of assault on a law enforcement of“ cer. Her bond was set at $3,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report

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Big O Drive Thru 203 SW 2nd St • Okeechobee 863.467.0946 www.MarianneWindridge.comMarianne Windridge 772.708.5592 10 Okeechobee NewsAdopt A Shelter Pet September 17, 2014 Domers would like to encourage you to adopt your next pet during Pet Adoption Month! Caroline (black lab and pointer mix) and Brody (Weimaraner) have been part of our family since Justin Domer adopted them about 5 years ago. Both Caroline and Brody are loving, outgoing dogs full of energy. They enjoy being able to run and play while at home and occasionally even put in a few hours at Domers. We highly recommend adopting your next furry family member from an animal shelter or pet rescue. 204 SE 10th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974863.763.3417info@DomersInc.comwww.DomersInc.comHELP A HOMELESS PET 11 Okeechobee News Adopt a Shelter Pet Save a Shelter Pet Adopt A Pet Today Pierce is a young, male Dachshund and Golden Retriever mix. He is calm and sweet. He tested positive for heartworms and is currently on treatment. If he is adopted before the treatment is complete, the Human Society will assist the adopter with treatment. He has been neutered and is house trained and shots are current. Teddy is believed to be a Terrier and Mountain Cur Mix. This male puppy is just six or seven weeks old, He has already been trained to use pee pee pads and even fusses to go outside to potty. Teddy can be adopted but must stay at the shelter until he is 8 weeks old. He is too young to be neutered, but the shelter will pay for his neuter at their veterinarian in Vero Beach at 5 months. Arrangements are made for this during the adoption procedure. Bella Dawn is a young, female Boston Terrier mix. Bella Dawn is a nice girl who gets along great with other dogs. Shes quiet and easy going. A home without very young children is recommended. She has been spayed and is up to date on shots. Bella Dawn Pierce Teddy Abby Alle Nicki Newman Cricket Little Man Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubThese dogs are available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For adoption fees or more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104 or go to pet“nder.com. Homes are also needed to fosterŽ animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Abby is a female Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy. Abby enjoys meeting and playing with other puppies; shes easy going. She has been trained to use a pee pee pad. She is too young to be spayed, but the shelter will pay for her spay at their veterinarian in Vero Beach at 5 months. Arrangements are made for this during the adoption procedure. Little Man is a young, male Terrier and Corgi mix. Little Man is such a gentleman, smart and a little bit of a clown at times. He is affectionate and a good boy. He likes long walks. A fenced in yard is a must for this little one. He would be great with children age 7 and up. He is house trained, neutered and up to date on shots. Allie is a female Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy. She has been trained to use a pee pee pad. Allie was the alpha dog of the litter. She is too young to be spayed, but the shelter will pay for her spay at their veterinarian in Vero Beach at 5 months. Arrangements are made for this during the adoption procedure. Cricket is a young, male Chihuahua mix. Cricket is a real lover boy. He does well around children, and just always looks happy. He loves everyone who will talk to him. He has been house trained, neutered and is up to date on shots. Nicki is a male Labrador Retriever and Catahoula Leopard Dog mix puppy. He is too young to be neutered, but the shelter will pay for his neuter at their veterinarian in Vero Beach at 5 months. Arrangements are made for this during the adoption procedure. Newman is a Catahoula Leopard Dog and Labrador Retriever mix puppy, He is too young to be neutered, but the shelter will pay for his neuter at their veterinarian in Vero Beach at 5 months. Arrangements are made for this during the adoption procedure.

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The state of Florida has issued a 2014 Sales Tax Holiday for New Energy Star and W aterSense Products Sept. 19 through Sept. 21, 2014. During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) w ill be collected on the “ rst $1,500 of the sales price of a new qualifying Energy Star or WaterSense product. The exemption is limited to a single purchase for each speci“ c type of qualifying item having a sales price of $500 or more. There are no quantity limits on qualifying items with a sales price of less than $500.Qualifying Energy Star Products€ Air puri“ er € Ceiling fan € Clothes dryer € Clothes washer € Dehumidi“ er € Dishwasher € Freezer € Light bulbs (packages) € Refrigerator € Room air conditioner € Swimming pool pump € Water heaterQualifying WaterSense Products€ Bathroom sink faucet € Faucet accessory € High-ef“ ciency toilet or urinal € Showerhead € Weather or sensor-based irrigation controller A WaterSense item must be recognized as water ef“ cient by the WaterSense Program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. A WaterSense label must be af“ xed to the product. This holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of these items. More information can be found at this web site: http://dor.my” orida.com/dor/tips/ pdf/tip14a01-06_TIP.pdf. Tax holiday this weekend October isThe Okeechobee News will be featuring a special section that includes valuable information about breast cancer prevention. Join us in raising awareness for this great cause. The section will be published on Wednesday, October 1. The deadline for ad copy is Monday, September 29.Contact a Sales Representative today to place your advertisement (863) 763-3134 • Fax (863) 763-7949 • okeeadsales@newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Youth Football League w on two games out of “ ve against the Winter Haven Wolverines in Mid Florida Conference games Saturday at Brahman Stadium. The Junior squad lost a competitive game 19-12, the Pee Wee squad won in a blowout 44-0, the senior team fell 26-16, the ” ag squad fell 28-0 and the Mighty Mites prev ailed 20-6. In the juniors game Bridges Sabata hit Michael Larkin on two long passing plays for touchdowns. Larkin scored on a 69-yard pass play on the “ rst play from scrimmage and caught a 58-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Larkin also scored on an 8-yard touchdown run late in the game Okeechobees Veyon Washington rushed for over 100 yards and scored on a 27-yard touchdown run in the “ rst half. He also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from TyJuan Lewis late in the fourth quarter. Lewis Barnett recovered a fumble for Winter Haven and Isaiah Smith added an interception for the Wolverines. The Pee Wee squad had no problems as they jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the “ rst quarter. Ramone Baker had a 15-yard touchdown run. Orlando Arana scored on a 5-yard touchdown after a fumble recovery by Creek Gopher. Leonides Castellanos had a 30-yard touchdown run, and Baker added a 25-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 3-yard touchdown run. Braelon Pelt “ nished off the scoring with a 32-yard touchdown run. Okeechobee also got extra-point kicks from Jayquavious Thomas and Orlando Arana. The senior squad battled back and forth with the Wolverines throughout the day. Dewarren Stokes caught a 6-yard touchdown from Kamare Stephens to give Winter Haven an early lead. The touchdown was set up by a 44-yard pass reception by Khalid McKenzie. Terel Bowman added a 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Winter Haven a 13-0 lead. Okeechobees Robert Futch scored on the “ rst play of the second half on a 40-yard touchdown to make it 13-7. He added a 16yard touchdown later in the quarter to tie the game at 13. Ridge Bailey ran in the conversion to give Okeechobee a 14-13 lead. Bowman answered for Winter Haven with a 17-yard touchdown run, and Damion Bennett added a 12-yard touchdown run to give Winter Haven a 26-14 lead. A fumble into the end zone resulted in a two-point safety for Okeechobee late in the game. Okeechobee also had two passes intercepted in the “ nal minutes by Elijah Dugar. Evan Neal forced a fumble for Okeechobee, and Dillon Hill had a fumble recovery for Okeechobee. Derrick Pinder had a quarterback sack for the Brahmans. The Wolverines controlled the ” ag game as they scored defensively on a safety, two plays into the game. Kamrin Brown ran for 33 yards to set up an 8-yard touchdown run by T.J Dopson to make it 9-0. Damantae Dixon scored on a 56-yard touchdown run. D.J. Hicks added a 38-yard touchdown and Jordan Tarver a 16-yard touchdown run in the second half. Okeechobees John White the third had a 26-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty. Anthony Smith broke loose for a 17-yard run for Okeechobee. Okeechobee controlled the Mitey Mite game as Kenyon Garner opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run. The opening drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Emory Coleman. Garner ran for 18 yards and Aundre Baker for 15 yards on the drive. Garner added a 21-yard touchdown run in the “ rst half. Baker iced the game for Okeechobee with a 68-yard run in the fourth quarter. Winter Havens score came on a 29-yard run by Aldred Smithers. Local youth grid teams get wins against Winter Haven Blood donations neededCommunity volunteers are needed to help save lives by donating blood. Scheduled bloodmobile visits in the area include the following: € Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hair Cuttery by Publix. Bene“ t blood drive for J. Bailey Hedrick, 15, who is “ ghting Hodgkins Lymphoma at DiMaggio Childrens Hospital from 2 until 7 p.m. € Thursday, Sept. 25, at IRSC Campus from 3 until 8 p.m. € Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Walmart from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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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 13 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Sept. 12. They are: Luke Saucedo, Mikayla Anuez, Marlee Bunting, Bryleigh Skelton, Taylor Rathbun, Kali Morse, Devon Ferrell, Brian Lewis, Alton Azcona, Kaydence Swanson, Kaylin Dotson, Dusty Jernigan, Ellie Gayford, Payton Collins, Rosalia Jaimes, Daniel Nyerges, Tristin Powers and Sabine Guerra Rios. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate the Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 8: Dixie Cook, Enrique Castillo, Jareliz Roman Nunez, Nina Beckman, Emilio Rodriguez, Seylin Hernandez-Medina, Hannah Ashton, Gisselle Rodriguez, Steffany Rosales, Cristian Guillen, Austin Gandy, Noelani Lopez, Marlene Huerta, Anna Vandergroef, Jasmin Alanis, Ke-arah Small, Brooke Widdows, Jamiyah Worthen, Andres Castaneda, Rayfe Cannon, Rosio Aguilar, Morgan Townsend, Angel Nettles, Adam Moore, Oscar Delapaz, Angel Herrera-Aguilar, Cristian Diaz, Veronica Tenorio, JoNavia Sewell, Naquai Gandy, Carol Marker and Adamaris Fernandez-Urieta. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 19 include: Kindergarten, Jade Byrd, John Thacker III, Daniel Eastman, Keira Sallette, Lani He” in; “ rst grade students, Alex Harris-Shadix, Fred Hill, Stephen Rueda, Cheyenne Hunt, Marek Stanley, Elijah Buhlmaier; second grade students, Drake May, Francisco Avalos, Emily Steen, Hannah Harris, Brianne Turner, Seth Woolerton; third grade students, Manuel Mora, Emma Meeks, Shyla Koos, Colton Collins, Erick Reyes-Morales; fourth grade students, Madelyn Ruark, Ty Easterday, Francisco Ramirez; “ fth grade students, Breannah Garcia, Carlos DeLaCruz, Tiadora Sontay-Perez, Bellana Schlosser and Elijah Barney. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekOsceola Middle School would like to congratulate the students of the week for the week of Sept. 11: Saint Barbosa, Anela Tiu, Luis Alanis-Ceron, Logan Clay, Erin Rodriguez, Mark Holmes, Autumn Melear and Cameron RucksSinck.

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions e Largest Government Surplus Equipment Auction on the SW Coast of FloridaLive & Online Bidding for Farm, Ranch, Construction Equip., Misc tools. Sat. Oct. 4th at 9AMNow Accepting Consignments Go to online bidding at LandAuctionService.com Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd. N. Ft Myers, FL 33917 Frank E. Land, Auctioneer (239) 936-4121AB2084/AU2814 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Auctions HUGE AUCTION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH 12:00 NOON 25355 S. TAMIAMI TRL, BONITA SPRINGS, FL 34134 BID ONLINE OR IN PERSON Art, Antiques, Guns, Gold & Silver Jewlery, Gold & Silver Coins, & Much more. www.gulfcoastcoin.com 800-465-3909 ab1389/au415 Garage/ Yard SalesHospice of Okeechobee Yard Sale Sept 17th & 18th 8:00 till Noon We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesMOHAWK CONSTRUCTION INC. FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENINGThe Okeechobee Utility Authority is seeking a Customer Service Clerk I with strong communication, organizational, and analytical skills. Applicant must be able to work well with employees and the public. Applicant must have High School Diploma or equivprocedures such as telephone skills, cash handling experience, data entry, and accounts receivable. Applicant should have computer skills that include knowledge of internet (40hour work week consists of Mon. – Thurs. 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM)An Equal Opportunity Employer A Drug-Free Workplace. NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Cal-Maine Foods is looking for motivated and reliable person to perform maintenance and electrical duties. Electrical skills a plus. 40+hrs, good bene ts Apply at: 6800 NE 120th St. Okeechobee Fl. 34972 or Email resume to: dberry@cmfoods.com Employment Full TimeNeeded CLASS A CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 5:00. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time **HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS**Join a team that supports you professionally and personally Correctional Healthcare Companies is currently seeking top-notch Mental Health professionals to join our team in Moore Haven & South Bay Florida. Mental Health Opportunities Include: PRN (as needed) Mental Health Professional We invite you to take a look at our career opportunities. Please apply online at www.correctioncare.com/careers CHC is an EEO Employer DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 MILK HAULERS (CDL, Class A) APPLY TODAY! Okeechobee and Avon Park $$ GREAT PAY $$, plus BENEFITS! Drivers must have 2 recent years of exp, valid CDL-A, and acceptable MVR. For details, call (800) 598-7866. Download application online at www.southeastmilk.org Fax to: (352)307-0499 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment MedicalRECEPTIONIST : needed for busy medical of ce, minimum of 1 year of ce experience preferred. Please send resumes to PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or fax resume to 863-467-6833. Employment Part TimeWANTED: MAINTENANCE PERSON Part time odd jobs light maintenance Apply in person at: 301 N.W. 4th Ave DFWP How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them 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. Dental EMERGENCY DENTIST 24/7 Urgent Dental Care 7 days a week. Accepting most PPO & Private Insurance. We offer care credit & accept all major credit cards. Call 1-855-683-0990 or 561-683-0990 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Real Estate Servicescommercial bay 1000+/sq feet. Very secure location for lawn service. Opportunity to trade rent for services. (863)532-0099 commercial bay 1000+/sq feet, great downtown visibility, other businesses in building are automotive. Perfect for small engine, motorcycle repair, tinting etc. (863)763-4414 Miscellaneous3,800 sq ft Thrift Store Contents, Merchandise ONLY, Open your store tomorrow or Flea Market! $6,000 for all (561)346-4692 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, 8 WEEKS OLD, REGISTERED WITH ADBA. $500.00 CALL 863-634-4407 ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs 2br, 1ba, Tiled oors. Includes Water. $700 month + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128 2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN, WALKING DISTANCE TO STORES. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $600.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 14 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014

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Apartments1/1 UNFURNISHED DUPLEX w/GARAGE-WASHER & DRYER HOOK UPDISHWASHERWALK-IN CLOSETCOMMUNITY POOL/ TENNIS COURT/ SHUFFLEBOARD-CORNER LOT $760.00/MONTH INC WATER,LAWN CARE, PEST CONTROL & GARBAGEPREFER 1 TO 2 ADULTS-SMALL PET WELCOME-1ST & SECURITY-CALL 863-447-0742. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. Commercial Property4,800 sq ft CBS w/ 2br1ba Loft apt, Lrg garg doors, secure fenced yard. Live in or rent apt. Off of hwy 70 $2,500/mo (561)346-4692 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 CLEAN 3BR HOUSE, DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA, 10011 NW 64TH AVE. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $700/MO. WATER & LAWN CARE INCLUDED. $600 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 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 OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent, circle drive, new appliances. $700 mo. Call 863-467-1466 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Houses RentOKEECHOBEE 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. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard a (1 small pet ok) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 On Rim Canal Newly renovated Brick Home. 3br./2 1/2 ba. 1 garage. Boat dock & deck. $895mo. 772-359-1640 SINGLE FAMILY 3BD/2BA 311 SE 8TH DRIVE. 1/4 ACRE IN CITY, PRIVATE SETTING, GARAGE, LIKE NEW. $900.00 MONTHLY CALL 786-253-5072 Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500, 1000, 1300 SF. 863-467-0651 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA MOBILE HOME $650.00 MONTHLY ELECTRIC INCLUDED CALL 863-467-5946 2BD/1BA NICE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM, LARGE YARD. ON 2.5 ACRES $500.00/MO. CALL 954-752-6184 3/2 MH, LARGE SHED, LARGE WOOD DECK, LOCATED OFF 15A. $750.00/MO. SECURITY/LAST MONTH CALL 863-634-2787 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,600 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 Mobile Home RentFOR RENT 55 & OLDER PARK, RV TRAILER $150.00 DEPOSIT, $350.00/MO. PLUS ELECTRIC 863-763-7164 NICE TRAILER FOR RENT 1 OR 2 PERSONS $700.00 MO SMALL PET OK, ONLY 1ST MONTH REQUIRED ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED. ALSO LOTS FOR RENT $350.00 A MONTH CLOSE TO CANAL ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED. 863-801-6993 Campers/RVsFOR SALE RV WITH FLORIDA ROOM $3,000 O.B.O. MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE, FULLY FURNISHED CALL 863-763-7164 OR 863-763-9966 Campers/RVs2006 PALOMINO POP UP RV. KING AND QUEEN, PULL OUT, BUILT IN TOILET & SHOWER, A/C, WATER HEATER & STOVE, GOOD COND. $3,500.00 CALL 863-873-1719 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Motorcycles2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING CLASSIC, 10,000 MILES, LOTS OF CHROME, ALL MAINTENANCE RECORDS. $13,000. MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. 863-697-9066 OR 863-467-8003 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeNOTICE OF LIVESTOCK SALE BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE You are hereby noti ed that I will offer for sale and sell at public sale to the highest and best bidder for cash the following described livestock; One Mini Paint Stud Horse approximately 7 years old. at 11:00AM on the 25th Day of September, 2014 at the following place: Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 504 NW 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, to satisfy a claim in the sum of $68.40 for fees, expenses and care and costs thereof. Dated this 15TH day of September, 2014 Paul C. May, Sheriff Okeechobee County, Florida 467275 ON 9/17/2014 South Florida Water Management District PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680 permits@sfwmd.gov NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, that the application(s) for permit described below has been received for project(s) in Okeechobee County. The application(s) and future additional application documents can be obtained by any of the following methods: 1) Accessing the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov) and clicking on Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page; 2) Submitting a written request to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680; or 3) Submitting an electronic request at permits@sfwmd.gov. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (Williamson Cattle Company Wetland Restoration Project) 2614 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606-6611, has submitted Application 140908-16 for a new Water Use Permit 47-01170-W to dewater on undeveloped lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Water Table Aquifer and the project is located in Section 14, Township 36 South, Range 35 East. 467243 ON 9/17/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2012 CA 000104 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. MARILYN A. CHANDLER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARILYN A. CHANDLER; and JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, unknown parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 21, 2014 (the “Judgment”), entered in Civil Case No. 2012-CA-000104 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and MARILYN A. CHANDLER, JOHN DOE n/k/a JEB CHANDLER and JANE DOE n/k/a MIRANDA TRENT are Defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell the Property as de ned in the Judgment and as set forth below at a public sale on October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to the “highest bidder,” for cash in the Jury Assembly Room at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes. The “highest bidder” for purposes of this Notice of Sale, is de ned as the party who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) and who completes the sale in a timely fashion, as hereinafter set out. The one who bids the largest amount of money to purchase the Property (as de ned below) shall be permitted to complete the sale by delivering to the Clerk, the balance of such bid, over and above the deposit, by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. The following property located in Okeechobee, Florida, is the subject of this Notice of Sale: Lot 17, Block 56, Basswood Unit 5, according to the plat recorded in Plat book 3, Page 51, of the Public records of Okeechobee County, Florida together with all existing or subsequently erected or af xed buildings, improvements, and xtures (the “Property”). Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED on August 22nd, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 467009 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND REGULAR MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: 1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR; 2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND 3. TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE BOARD. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING AT 9:30 A.M. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 447-1015 467273 ON 9/19,26/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 13000074CAAXMX JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, VS. JOHNNY J. HERNANDEZ A/K/A JOHNNY HERNANDEZ et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 25, 2014, and entered in Case No. 13000074CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor by merger to Chase Home Finance LLC, successor by merger to Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, is the Plaintiff and Johnny J. Hernandez a/k/a Johnny Hernandez, Marsha L. Hernandez, UNKNOWN TENANT, 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 15th day of October, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 9, OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, SECTION 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 43, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 9160 SE 63RD DR, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 29th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimile eService: servealaw@albertellilaw.com JR 14-130974 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. 467041 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2013-CA-000250 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. RODNEY B. FORREST, MARIA E. FORREST, KINGS BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., NATIONAL CITY BANK, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 2, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure led August 20, 2014 entered in Civil Case No. 47-2013CA-000250 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL. 34972 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 8th day of October, 2014 at 11:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, towit: Lot 21, Block 5, King’s Bay, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 91 to 94, inclusive, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 22nd day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk MCCALLA RAYMER, LLC, ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 110 SE 6TH STREET FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301 (407) 674-1850If 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. 467007 ON 9/10,17/2014 15 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Pursuant to the nal decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, docket number: 2014CA-40, the style of which is: GREAT SOUTHERN BANK a Missouri chartered Trust Company, Plaintiff, VS. AMY L. RAULERSON, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AMY L. RAULERSON and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 8th day of October, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the folIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2014-CA-000099 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. WILLIAM A. CANTRELL; ELIZABETH A. CANTRELL, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 20, 2014, and entered in 47-2014-CA-000099 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC is the Plaintiff and WILLIAM A. CANTRELL; ELIZABETH A. CANTRELL are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM, on October 08, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 2, BLOCK 52, OF BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within lowing described property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: Lot 11, Block 11, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 22, 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. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 22nd day of August, 2014.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled 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.SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels, Jr., Esquire Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 467005 ON 9/10,17/2014 60 days after the sale. Dated this 26TH day of August, 2014. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 467033 ON 9/10,17/2014

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 13000469CAAXMX FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (“FNMA”)” Plaintiff, VS. FRAN P. FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; JOHN EARL FRAZER, HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; CYNTHIA JOAN BETTS, HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; EVAN FRAZER, AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; EVAN FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES, FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; UNKNOWN TENANT # 1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2” Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 20, 2014_, and entered in 13000469CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (“FNMA”), is the Plaintiff and FRAN P. FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; JOHN EARL FRAZER, HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; CYNTHIA JOAN BETTS, HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; EVAN FRAZER, AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; EVAN FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES, FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED; UNKNOWN TENANT # 1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2, are the Defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM, on October 08, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 128 IN TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE 57 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 26th day of August, 2014. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.467034 ON 9/10,17/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 2012 CA 000055 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL OR BANKING CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FOR THE RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE TRUST 2008-R1 Plaintiff, vs. POORNAWATIE TIWARI A/K/A POORNAWATIE TIWARI UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF POORNAWATIE TIWARI A/K/A POORNAWATIE TIWARI; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHARLES E. HIGHT AS OF 9/3/2002; PRINCIPAL RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE INC.; JODIE TAYLOR; ROGER TAYLOR; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; UNKNOWN TENANT #3; UNKNOWN TENANT #4; UNKNOWN TENANT #5; UNKNOWN TENANT #6; UNKNOWN TENANT #7; UNKNOWN TENANT #8, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on August 25, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LYING SOUTHWESTERLY OF S.R. #15 (CONNERS HIGHWAY) AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM A 5” X 5” CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 6, BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 42’ 42” WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 6, A DISTANCE OF 4686.16 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R.#15; THENCE SOUTH 51 DEGREES 30’ 19”’ EAST ALONG SAID LINE OF DISTANCE OF 10.02 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE ON A BEARING OF SOUTH 51 DEGREES 30’ 19” EAST A DISTANCE OF 29.41 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 55 DEGREES 37’ 15” EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 20.59 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 34 DEGREES 22’ 45” WEST TO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; THENCE NORTH 54 DEGREES 55’ 02” WEST ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 66.32 FEET; THENCE NORTH 38 DEGREES 29’ 41” EAST A DISTANCE OF 228.40 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1964 TITAN MOTOR HOME MOBILE HOME, VIN(S) 5141391. and commonly known as: 5390 US HWY 441 SE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, 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 on October 15, 2014 at 11 am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 29th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: SANDRA L. CREECH DEPUTY CLERK 467040 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000710 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. PEDRO DIAZ et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated August 25, 2014 and entered in Case NO. 47-2008CA-000710 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff and PEDRO DIAZ; ODALYS SOCA; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 8th day of October, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 21, BLOCK 57, BASSWOOD 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3354 NW 38TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349720000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on August 26, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Ronald R. Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08110021 CHASEDIRECT-CONV-cpadilla-Team 4-F08110021If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 467036 ON 9/10,17/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 47-2012-CA-000464 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v. VIANEY CARDENAS; PERFECTO BALTAZAR; YASMIN CARDENAS; SERGIO PENA; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order on Motion to Cancel and Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated August 6, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 47-2012-CA-000464 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 15th 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 13, BLOCK 15, A PLAT OF UNIT NUMBER 2 BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, 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 7th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: SANDRA L. CREECH DEPUTY CLERK 466740 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 14000311CAAXMX WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. APRIL CLARK et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST JAMES E. CLARK, JR., DECEASED LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN 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 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: LOT 17, BLOCK 4, LAR-KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A CERTAIN RETIRED 2005 GENERAL MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO: VIN# GMHGA40432212A AND GMHGA40432212B has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News (Independent Newspapers). WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 11th day of Sept. 2014. SHARON ROBERTSONClerk of the Court BY: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk Ronald R. Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 WELLSLPS-FHA-R-esarwark-Team 1 F14007673-F14007673 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 cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 467248 ON 9/17,24/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 47-2014-CA-000002-CAAX-MX SPECIALIZED LOAN SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, VS.UNKNOWN HEIRS OF JAMES EDWARD PETRICK, NOW DECEASED, 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: LOT 15, LESS THE NORTH 19 FEET THEREOF AND THE NORTH 38 FEET OF LOT 14, BLOCK 18, A REVISED AND ADDITION TO PLAT OF CONNERS GABLES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property address: 822 SE 37th Terrace, 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 8th day of October, 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 22nd day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff 467008 ON 9/10,17/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000009 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. EMILE LUXE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 25, 2014, and entered in Case No. 47-2013-CA-000009 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 Emile Luxe, Nysola Grant, Tenant # 1, Tenant # 2, The Unknown Spouse of Emile Luxe, 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 in Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Or Other Claimants 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 15th day of October, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 5: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE BEAR NORTH 87 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 19 SECONDS WEST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, BEING ALSO THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NORTHWEST 96TH STREET FOR A DISTANCE OF 2236.25 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 55 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 3251.26 FEET TO THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 55 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 817.21 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 87 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 19 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 2236.25 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 55 SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 817.21 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR NORTH 87 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 19 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 2236.25 FEET TO THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING. BEING SUBJECT TO ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RESERVATIONS AND/OR RIGHTSOF-WAY OF RECORD TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO A 70.00 FEET EASEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INGRESS AND EGRESS, LYING IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING 35.00 FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF AND PARALLEL WITH THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED CENTERLINE: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE BEAR NORTH 87 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 19 SECONDS WEST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, BEING ALSO THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NORTHWEST 96TH STREET, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2236.25 FEET TO THE POINTOF-BEGINNING OF SAID CENTERLINE OF EASEMENT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 55 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 5109.24 FEET TO THE POINT-OF-TERMINUS OF SAID CENTERLINE OF EASEMENT. A/K/A NW 96TH ST., 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 le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 29th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813)221-9171 facsimile eService: servealaw@albertellilaw.com JR 013529F01 PUBLISH: 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. 467044 ON 9/17,24/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at YOUR 1 STOP AUTO SHOP, INC. Lot at 521 East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 on Thursday the 25th of September at 10:00 Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2004 Ford Vin # 1FAFP42X24F177102 1999 CHEV Vin # 1G1ND52T4X6151132 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS “ with no guarantees. 467272 ON 9/17/2014 Public Notice 16 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. CALL 511 TOLL FREE VISIT FL511.COM FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS TRAFFIC INFOA toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply)

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 2013CA000075 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. WALTER F LAWLER; CACH,LLC; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER F LAWLER; UNKNOWN TENANT; HARMON J TOMKINS; ALYCE J TOMKINS; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 25th day of August, 2014, and entered in Case No. 2013CA000075, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC is the Plaintiff and WALTER F LAWLER CACH,LLC UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER F LAWLER N/K/A LAURA FAWLER HARMON J TOMKINS; and ALYCE J TOMKINS UNKNOWN TENANT 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 15th day of October, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 162, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 23, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND THE SOUTH ONE-HALF (S 1/2) OF LOT 163, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 23, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGIN AT THE EASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 163, SAID CORNER BEING ON THE WESTERLY RIGHTOF WAY LINE OF S.E. 8TH DRIVE (FORMERLY ALABAMA AVENUE) AND ALSO BEING THE NORTHERLY CORNER OF LOT 162; THENCE S 6302’54” W, ALONG THE COMMON LOT LINE BETWEEN SAID LOTS 162 AND 163, A DISTANCE OF 110.00 FEET, TO THE SOUTHERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 163; THENCE N 2657’06” W, ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 163 AND THE CANAL RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE 0F 37.50 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF (N 1/2) OF SAID LOT 163 AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 345, PAGE 1636, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 6302’54” E, ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOT 163, A DISTANCE OF 110.00 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.E.8TH DRIVE AND THE NORTHEASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 163; THENCE S 2657’06” E, ALONG SAID WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.E. 8TH DRIVE AND THE NORTHEASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 163, A DISTANCE OF 37.50 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 27th day of August, 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 467039 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013 CA 000198PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, v. THOMAS G. RATHBUN, et. al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 10, 2014, entered in Case No. 2013 CA 198 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 Thomas G. Rathbun, 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 October 15, 2014, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Lot 1, LAKESIDE COUNTRY ESTATES, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 96, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida Property address: 9357 Southeast 126th Boulevard, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST 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 466338 ON 9/17,24/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2014-CA-000121 GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC, A FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA Plaintiff(s), VS. SHERRI A. HATCHER A/K/A SHERRI HATCHER; ET AL Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, PURSUANT TO THE JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE ENTERED IN THE ABOVE CAUSE, THE CLERK SHALL OFFER FOR SALE THE PROPERTY SITUATED IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, DESCRIBED AS: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 5, SECTION 21, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. AT PUBLIC SALE, TO THE HIGHEST AND BEST BIDDER, FOR CASH, ON OCTOBER 8, 2014, AT 11:00AM, AT THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NORTH WEST 3RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED: August 25, 2014 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 467004 ON 9/17,24/2014 17 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY ADVERTISE HERE FURNITURE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. 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In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 19 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobees offensive woes continued Friday night as they were held to 106 total y ards and three points in a 10-3 loss to arch rival Martin County at Brahman Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Austin Kuyrkendall found Clayton Kidwell for a 40-yard touchdown pass with just over 11 minutes left to provide the difference for the Tigers (1-2). Okeechobees only points came on a 36y ard “ eld goal by freshman Jarrett Mills as the Brahmans fell to 0-3 on the season. Okeechobees passing game was particularly troublesome with just three completions in 20 attempts for 62 yards. The Brahmans running game wasnt much better with 22 carries for 44 yards. Okeechobees defense played particularly w ell, especially when you consider they were on the “ eld for most of the “ rst half, as the Tigers ran 30 offensive plays to the Brahmans 17. Okeechobee bent but didnt break in the game as the Tigers four times drove inside the Brahman 30 but came away with only 10 points. Bubba Fludd ended a 31-yard drive to start the game with a leaping interception at the Brahman 2-yard line. The Tigers drove 30 yards in 10 plays on their second drive to get a 34-yard “ eld goal by Luke Kendall early in the second quarter. Okeechobee showed some spark late in the half when Fludd caught a 27-yard pass on third down, and followed that with a 21y ard sweep. On the next play the snap went through the “ ngers of quarterback Brandon Shockley and went for a 15-yard loss. OHS coach Chris Branham said the offensive can have positive plays and then go backward. The big thing is not shooting yourselves in the foot. We had penalties and a few bad snaps,Ž he said. Were getting in our own way, seems like its a weekly thing.Ž Okeechobees only scoring drive came to start the third quarter as they drove 49 yards in eight plays keyed by a 30-yard pass from Fludd to Zeke Matthews. Mills “ eld goal tied the score 3-3 four minutes into the half. The Tigers drove to the Brahman 30 on their next drive but an illegal procedure penalty on fourth and three stopped them at the Brahman 32. After a 7-yard punt by OHS, the Tigers had back-to-back holding calls that halted their next drive. The Tigers winning score came after a four-play, 56-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter. Kidwell caught a 12-yard pass on the sideline and two plays later drifted behind the safeties to catch a pass from Kuyrkendall at the Brahman “ ve and walk in to give the Tigers the lead. OHS could not reach mid“ eld for the remainder of the game. Branham said Martin County played power football and ran the clock. He said his offense couldnt consistently keep things going and made too many mistakes to score points. Its a group not used to losing and they are playing major high school football. We have to execute and put things together. You cant point a “ nger or come up with excuses, just stick together, and keep battling,Ž he added. Senior Greg Hernandez was a key player on the defensive line for OHS. He noted the team held together despite the loss of “ ve defensive starters. It felt pretty good and it was a good game for the defense. We came out to play hard. We continue to play as a team. If we stay together we will win games,Ž he said. Sophomore Joseph Benjamin said the coaches continue to encourage the team and they plan to keep working hard. We must continue to play as a team. We have to have other players come off the bench and “ ght and help us out. We must keep our heads high and keep “ ghting. Its a little tough to bounce back from the loss, but were only a couple points away, our defense and offense played phenomenal, we must believe in ourselves, have concentration and continue to “ ght,Ž he added.Game notesOkeechobee converted “ ve third downs and had a season low 49 yards in penalties. Despite one 7-yard punt that was de” ected, Mills had 85 yards on the other three punt attempts. Bubba Fludd had a 27-yard kick return for OHS. Devion Wigfall, Tristen Anderson, Matt McClanahan, Joseph Benjamin and Greg Hernandez had tackles for loss for Okeechobee. Fludd added an interception and blocked a “ eld goal. Nick Eimann had an interception and a pass defense for the Tigers. Steven Moss and Marc Scollard had sacks for Martin County. Desmond Thomas had an interception for the Tigers. Robbie Parent recovered a fumble for Martin County. Okeechobee plays at Fort Pierce Westwood next Friday night. Grid loss drops Brahmans to 0-3 for season

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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 20 Okeechobee News September 17, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsIndian River State College was named as a top-ten “ nalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Americas most respected and selective recognition of sustained high achievement and performance in state and community colleges. After a rigorous review of the colleges performance, IRSC w as selected as one of ten prize “ nalists from a pool of more than 1,000 colleges nationw ide. The announcement was made Sept. 4 at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce and streamed to the colleges four branch campuses, with over 1,200 students and faculty members joining members of the IRSC Board of Trustees, IRSC Foundation Board members, community leaders and legislators in celebrating the outstanding achievement. Senator Joe Negron (Florida District 32) commended the college for attaining this national stature and Governor Rick Scott shared a video message of congratulations. Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President, outlined the reasons for the colleges selection for the coveted honor. The selection of IRSC as a top-ten college “ nalist for the Aspen Prize is one of the most signi“ cant accomplishments in the history of the college, and recognizes IRSC at the national level for consistently outstanding results in helping students succeed,Ž said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. He noted that the Aspen Institute assesses colleges achievements in student learning, certi“ cate and degree completion, high rates of employment, earnings for graduates and high levels of access and success for minority and lowincome students. Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institutes College for Excellence Program in Washington, D.C. and author of What Excellent Community Colleges Do, said in a statement: Indian River State College shows how a sustained and concerted effort by an entire college can yield strong results for students. IRSCs hard work to consistently support students from the moment they enroll through graduation and into the workforce has yielded steady, compelling increases in the number of students earning certi“ cates and degrees.Ž Ashley Gilbert, President of the Campus Coalition Government, student government association said, At IRSC I was given every tool I need. Thats what the Aspen Prize is all about „ student success „ and its awesome that the outstanding efforts of everyone at IRSC to help students succeed have received this national recognition. Thank you for providing a supportive learning environment to every student who walks on campus.Ž The Aspen Prize recognized IRSC for exceptional achievements culminating in student success: € College-Wide Focus on Student Success „ IRSC has increased the number of degrees and certi“ cates awarded by 69% over a “ ve-year period. This signi“ cant increase is the result of continuous focus on quality of instruction, student services, academic support, learning environment and innovative technologies to ensure students complete a degree or certi“ cate. € Extreme Affordability „ Recognizing that over 60% of IRSC students come from counties with a relatively low average income, IRSC takes an extremely proactive approach to keep college affordable through low tuition rates, exceptional scholarship support, and creative strategies such as a $10,000 Bachelors degree in STEM Teacher Education. As a result, IRSC has been ranked as the 4th Most Affordable College in the Nation (and 1st in Florida) by the U.S. Department of Education for the second consecutive year. Further, through careful “ nancial planning, IRSC has not raised its tuition rate for the past two years. € Workforce Readiness Through Hands-on Partnerships „ Over 90% of IRSC graduates in career-based “ elds are placed directly in jobs related to their degree within one year of graduation. Students are job-ready through internships, practicums, capstone experiences, and service learning opportunities developed by IRSC in partnership with over 400 businesses, industries, schools, public agencies and medical facilities. € Leadership in Emerging Industry Job Creation „ IRSC is taking a national lead in creating new jobs in emerging industries, through establishment of industry/college partnerships in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the regional, state and national levels. IRSC has been selected b y the National Science Foundation as the lead institution for three Regional Centers for Nuclear Energy, Laser/Fiber Optics, and Photonics (co-lead) bringing together 119 colleges / universities and over 4,6000 industry and agency partners to develop industry-standard training programs that will fuel economic development with a highly skilled workforce. As one example, IRSCs Power Plant Technology Institute with NextEra Energy has placed 159 graduates in jobs with salaries exceeding $55,000 per year, resulting in national recognition as one of the Top 5 Industry Partnerships by the American Association of Communit y Colleges. Aspens Finalist Selection Committee, comprised of former community college presidents, respected researchers and policy experts, selected the ten “ nalist institutions after reviewing extensive data on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes, and equitable outcomes for all students. IRSC named “ nalist for 2015 Aspen Prize Special to the Okeechobee NewsCongratulating Dr. Edwin R. Massey (center), IRSC president, on the colleges designation as a top ten “ nalist for the Aspen Prize, were: (left to right) Sam Smith, retired IRSC provost in Okeechobee; Russ Brown, IRSC provost for Okeechobee County; Dr. Massey; Florida Representative Dr. Cary Pigman; and, Christa Luna, IRSC Board of Trustees member for Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOCSO raising money for March of DimesThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) is holding a drawing to raise money for its March of Dimes team. They are giving away a set of custom cornhole boards. The winner may chose the color of the bags as well as a custom wrap. Tickets are $5 each, or “ ve tickets for $20. Contact either Lieutenant John Rhoden at 863-634-9188 or Ana Starnes 863-801-4298 to obtain tickets. The drawing will be Sept. 26. Pictured are March of Dimes 2015 Chair, Donna Gaiser; Lt. John Rhoden; and Justin White of the OCSO March for Babies Team.