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Publication Date: 07-19-2012
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Sheriff hopefuls speak out at political forumEditor’s Note: A forum presented by The Clewiston News and the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce at John Boy Auditorium allowed candidates participating in the area’s upcoming elections to voice their platforms, concerns and why they should be elected to of ce. The following is an exerpt from one of the questions posed to the sheriff candidates on Tuesday night: What do you consider to be the main factor contributing to our crime rate and how do you plan to address this issue? E. Carmona (Republican) The main factor contributing to the crime is drugs. We have a lot of drugs going on, especially in Hendry County. We have pill mills that haven’t been shut. We have a lot of doctors that are giving out pills for money’s sake. We need to put a stop of that. We put a stop on drugs, we can then control some crimes. Drug addicts, they need to get somehow funds to get their own drugs and what do they do, they go burglarize homes. They go steal from people, rob and hurt other people, and also it comes down to even sexual battery on women because they think they got the most money. Generally, I think they always carry more money than men, but that’s the main thing, is drugs. If we can suppress that and if we can take care of that, we got it made with the rest of it. Mark. R. Chamberlain (Republican) I don’t think there’s any one specific factor that you can pinpoint, whether it’s drugs, gang activity, I think it’s a combination of a lot of different things. Gang activity is on the rise because a lot of times our kids don’t have a lot of focus or a lot of activities outside of hanging out with their friends and associates, and sometimes that’s the wrong friends and associates to be hanging out with. I think if we give kids something to do other than just meander about and get into trouble, give them some structure, partner them with deputy sheriffs as part of their mentoring program, I think that’s very helpful. Drugs are a problem in this county, there’s no doubt about it. I think where we drop the ball in this county, we lock people up for drug possession, we do nothing or very little as far as treatment goes. I think it’s the sheriff’s responsibility to assist in that process, and I come from an area where we are very successful in doing so. Another problem we have in Hendry County is traf c fatalities. Nobody ever talks about that, but if you look at our per capita trafc fatalities, they’re very high. That’s an educational problem and that’s an enforcement problem. It’s not just the highway patrol’s responsibility to enforce traf c laws within the county borders. It also falls to the city of Clewiston, sheriff’s of ce and all the other agencies that work here. V. N V N T, J H.S. S P S CP SEE FORUM  3 How Will The Future Sheriff Tackle Crime? BY JOSE JESUS ZARAGOZA jzaragoza@newszap.comAdelaida is a spry woman who shakes hands with a rm, motherly grip, and ashes a smile she’s worn for more than 100 years now. She is alert in her age and remains as independent as she can since losing her husband in 1970, as a still positively young 65-year-old. She lives with one of her daughters and spends most of her time watching television or, what has become her favorite pastime, eating anything with “harina.” Because her hearing is weak, she doesn’t listen much to music anymore. She has, however, developed the habit of singing whatever is on her mind and can be heard from across the house humming or uttering a melodic sing-song. Accepting reporters at her home in Clewiston, the woman is glowing with affection. “We understand you just celebrated a birthday. May we ask how old you are now?” “Yes, my family celebrated my birthday,” she says in Spanish. “I am one hundred something.” Her family kindly interjects at the next question, when Adelaida responds that she has only three children – all adults. “You have ten children, mother! You’ve had ten,” one of her daughters says loudly so that her mother can hear. “Ah, I’ve had ten children but the others have died,” she responds softly. Her daughter smiles, explaining to the reporter, “Three of her children died, and seven of us survive.” While she may forget details like Clewiston Woman Celebrates 107th BirthdayORIGINALLY FROM CUBA, WOMAN’S HEALTHY APPETITE KEEPS HER YOUNG PHOTO / JENNY WOODSAdelaida said she felt sleepy a few days after her birthday, but was happy and content. SEE INTERVIEW  6

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Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural A rea (EAA), south of Lake Okeechobee, achieved a 71 percent reduction in phosphorus leaving the farming region for the 2011-12 water year— almost three times better than required under Florida’s Everglades Forever Act. This follows last year’s record-breaking success of 79 percent on-farm reduction and an overall average reduction of 55 percent for the past 17 years. The South Florida Water Management District, the agency tasked with Everglades restoration, announced the successful results demonstrating the EAA’s on-farm Best Management Practices (BMPs), developed by university scientists in collaboration with farmers, continue to be a resounding success. “Contrary to what some detractors claim about restoration, the numbers do not lie and the facts speak for themselves—water owing to the Everglades is signi cantly cleaner today as a direct result of the farmers’, the State’s and the SFWMD’s efforts,” said Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs. “The farmers’ BMP program is an outstanding success and nearly two decades of scienti c data proves farmers are doing their fair share to improve water quality in South Florida.” In addition to improving water quality through high-tech sustainable farming practices, farmers have paid “agricultural privilege taxes” of than $200 million for the construction of Stormwater Treatment Area (STAs) to further clean water from farms, urban areas and Lake Okeechobee. Built on nearly 60,000 acres of former farmland, the STAs had their best performance year ever in 2012. STAs have removed an additional 1560 metric tons of phosphorus, on top of the 2,500 metric tons farmers have removed through onfarm BMPs. “Florida’s sugar industry has been a stable economic force and major job provider for South Florida for more than 80 years and we have a strong track record of working with state and federal partners on developing successful, sciencebased solutions to Everglades restoration,” Sanchez said. “These latest results again demonstrate the signi cant role sugar farmers play in protecting the Everglades as well as providing jobs producing safe, affordable food for all Americans.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Covenant Academy Preschool & Daycare, LLCElaine Williams & Shanan Johnson, Owners 309 E. Trinidad Ave. Clewiston 863-983-3300 Fax: 863-983-2280 Summer slots still available Sugar Realty Pamela RedondoAgent Cell: (954) 612-1300 Office: (863) 983-2933 Fax: (863) 983-2871 Email: pam.sugarrealty@gmail.com 700 Sugarland Highway • Clewiston, FL 33440 www.sugarrealty.com“The Sweetest Deal In Town” $90 for 6 weeks Call 863-983-9148 or email us @newszap.com to learn more! The School of Opportunity! Program Begins September 4, 2012FORT MYERS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY3800 Michigan Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33916(239) 334-4544At Edison State College Hendry/Glades Center 1092 East Cowboy Way LaBelle, FL 33935 Edison State College Articulation agreement in nursing—LPN bridge to RN at Edison State College Full-time day program Regional workforce funding www.fortmyerstech.edu 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 Sugar Farmers Nearly Triple Everglades Restoration Water Quality Requirements

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Caloosa Federated Republican WomenCaloosa Federated Republican Women have cancelled all meetings for July 2012.Bass AnglersYouth Bass Anglers will be having a mandatory meeting on July 21. If you would like to donate to the club, please contact John D. Cote Sr. at 561-512-4347 or Roy Catone at 863-228-6717. Vacation Bible SchoolFirst Baptist Church is holding a Vacation Bible School from Aug. 5 to 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Jan Miller at 561-449-1418.Football CampA ‘Muck Area’ Christian Football Camp will be held July 28 at the Moore Haven Junior/Senior High School Field for grades 7-12. There is a cost. The camp will feature former and current pro and college players along with high school coaches. Recruiters from various colleges are also expected to attend. To reserve a spot or for more information, please call Rod at 561-809-8300 or e-mail at rfelt10@aol.com.Community Fun DayThere will be a Community Fun Day held at the Clewiston Civic Park on Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free food, refreshments, and live entertainment. Outstanding Community Service Award NominationsThe City of Clewiston City Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Community Service Award to honor an individual who has made a sustained commitment to volunteer service. If you wish to nominate someone in the Clewiston area who deserves recognition, complete the nomination form and return to Marilyn McCorvey at City Hall or call 863-983-1484. Nomination forms are available at City Hall and on the city’s web site. The City Commissioners will recognize the honoree at the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in September. Nominations must be received by Aug. 10.Flea MarketThe VFW Post #4185 will be having their weekly ea market throughout the month of June but their schedule will change after their June 30th market. The dates are as follows: Aug. 4, Sept. 8. In October, it goes back to the regular schedule of every Saturday. All markets will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact the VFW at 863-983-9748. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 It has been my honor to serve you as Sheriff. In just three and a half years, we have made dozens of major, positive accomplishments and additions that better our agency. Because of these changes, Hendry County is a safer place to live. Below are just a few accomplishments that I would like to highlight. • I have never raised the budget. In fact, I have been able to absorb within the budget approximately $3,000,000 in federal mandates and cost increases outside my control. • Added ten deputies to the road to better serve the outlying communities such as Montura, Pioneer and Felda. • Our narcotics arrests have doubled • Deputies self initiated calls for service have over doubled, deputies are now proactive instead of reactive. • Our overall crime rate is down. In my brochure that you either have or will be receiving, you will see all the changes we have made. We have come far but I’m not satisfied yet. Every day we find ways to better our community. Please allow me to continue to be your Sheriff for a second term. Hendry County deserves some stability in the office of Sheriff. I ask for your vote on August 14th. Thank you, Steve Whidden Hendry County Sheriff “Paid for by Steve Whidden, candidate for Hendry Co. Sheriff, Democrat.” 3 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION Raymond A. Van Houten (Republican) Crime in the county, as you can see it, if you look at your violent crimes you’ll see that the crimes are up. I agree with Mr. Carmona, I also agree with Mr. Chamberlain, I’ll pinpoint it to drugs. Drugs are on the rise. You have four major highways that run to two different ports of the United States that bring in drugs. We fell short in the county to do anything about that. The burglaries are on a rise. One of the other things that the county fails to do is the county fails to have zones. They fail to set up zones inside the cities and inside the county so what happens is you nd deputies hanging out four-deep, three-deep or two-deep, hanging out with each other, not only for breakfast but for lunch or dinner or other time there is when they should be patrolling their zones. If you zone the county correctly, you put the right amount of deputies in there, they’ll have their backup there and they’ll also deter crime by just being in their zones. One of the things I’m going to look to do is I’m going to look to zone out the county and hold the sergeant responsible for keeping the deputy in their zone. I think that will deter crime and lower crime rates. Matthew A. Beatty (Democrats) The main factor is like the other gentleman said, drugs are one of our number one problems. They attribute to other crimes. To prevent that you put trained deputies on the road. The deputies that are out there aren’t all trained. There’s deputies right now with ri es and other things in their patrol vehicles that they are not certi ed with, they’re not up to date on their training. The deputies that did leave, you need to ask yourself, why did they leave? Because of this admin? Because of other problems? Maybe they haven’t gotten a raise in three, four years. You have to ask yourself why. Put the deputies with the right training on the road, to combat the gangs, to combat the drugs, to go after these other things and then put the deputies that are involved in the community, let them know these children. It is the parents’ job and responsibility to raise your children, but sometimes kids won’t go with their parents, they may go with that friendly deputy. I personally went to some deputies. That’s why I think I’m back here today, 25, 26 years later, after being in law enforcement in the auxiliary for a few years. I believe you come back to what you start and you know if you get somebody that you look up to and can talk to, maybe mom and dad aren’t the best people. Maybe you put a deputy on the road and when he’s off he drives his patrol car to a Pop Warner football game, or to practice to coach. That kid sees that patrol vehicle at practice and says, “There’s my friend the deputy. I can’t tell mom and dad that I’ve smoked dope today, but I can go tell him and gure out why I did or what I can do to stop. Or maybe I know if I tell him why little Johnny broke into so and so’s house, maybe we can stop him from breaking in or doing other crimes that lead to other things.” The crime rate is up and the current admin will have you believe otherwise: check. The other problem is there’s not enough deputies on the road. In the city of Clewiston we help cover calls. FORUMContinued  1 SEE FORUM  8

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BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry-Glades AudubonThe Great Blue Heron is the tallest North A merican heron. This majestic long-legged bird stands three to four and a half feet tall with a wingspan of ve and a half to six and a half feet. These herons live and breed in coastal and inland Florida. Adults have a blue-gray back, wings, and belly. They have with a wide black strip over the eye and a white crown and face. In ight they curl their neck into an "S" shape. Immature birds have a black cap but lack the black plume extending from the eye. Their back, and upper wings are brownish-gray. On the breeding grounds, adults will greet their partner with squawking "roh-roh-rohs." Other calls include clucking or screaming sounds. Chicks will call "tik-tik-tik" within minutes of hatching. Great Blue Heron are often seen foraging along coastal shorelines, marshes, sloughs, lakes, rivers, and backyard ponds. They also hunt in grasslands and agricultural elds. These herons forage day or night by wading slowly or standing still while stalking prey. They will quickly thrust their neck and head to stab sh, snakes, insects, small mammals, and other birds with their strong bills. These colonial nesters are known for their courtship and pair-bonding displays which include greetings, stick transfers, and nest relief ceremonies. The male chooses the nest site and then attracts a mate. He collects most of the nest material which he presents to the female who weaves a saucershaped nest cup that is lined with pine needles, moss, reeds, leaves, or small trigs. Nest building can take from three days to two w eeks. When the nest is completed, the female w ill lay three to four pale blue eggs which are incubated by both adults for 27 to 29 days. The chicks are covered in pale gray down. The nestlings are capable of ight at about 60 days of age. During the Breeding Bird Atlas 1 Survey, Great Blue were reported breeding in inland Florida w est of Lake Okeechobee except for Hendry County. The Breeding Bird Atlas Survey (2012-2016) is underway with 90 percent of survey conducted May through July. To help document the breeding birds or to participate in a morning survey during July or August in Hendry or Glades County, contact Margaret England. You are invited to join Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers for free birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA5) located 20 miles south of Clewiston on Saturday Aug. 18. Photographers, groups, and families are welcome to participate in the escorted trips. For reservations for these trips contact Margaret England at sta5birding@embarqmail.com or call 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. Visit the HGAS website at www.hendrygladesaudubon.org for the 2012-2013 STA5 schedules. Check for updates on the Hendry-Glades Audubon Facebook page. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 E-Z In-Store Financing Available 5000btu—18,000btu Sale prices starting at only $159.95 All on sale and in stock now. Are You Ready For The Summer Heat? Summer A/C Sale!! Cheaper than the non-pro“ts and the traveling vets! Disclaimer: The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. L L O O K I N G F F O R M M O T I V A T E D P P E O P L E M A N A G E M E N T P P O S I T I O N S L I T T L E C C A E S A R S C C L E W I S T O N N e e d t t o b b e c c o m m i t t e d t t o e e x c e l l e n c e M a n a g e m e n t e e x p e r i e n c e a a m m u s t F o o d i i n d u s t r y e e x p e r i e n c e a a p p l u s W i l l t t r a i n t t o m m e e t L L i t t l e C C a e s a r s s s t a n d a r d s P a y m e n t s s c h e d u l e b b o n u s s s t r u c t u r e + + b b e n e f i t s Please send resume to cathy@jamapizza.com See Better, Look Better, Feel Better No-Glare Lenses“The Optical Center” at Family Eye Care 100 N. Main Street LaBelle, FL 33935 863-675-0761 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 Inland Birding Fun (GBHE) PHOTO / LARRY FROGGEGreat Blue Heron. Margaret England

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The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for Elementary and Middle Schools across the state. In order to better prepare students for college and careers, the state has been moving to higher academic standards, new assessments that measure students’ progress toward meeting the standards, and higher achievement levels for reading, math, science and writing. These new standards, assessments, and achievement levels were used to determine school grades this year. According to Gerard Robinson, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, the combination of changes to Florida’s accountability system has caused a temporary drop in some school grades. This does not necessarily mean that the schools, teachers, or students are not doing as well as they were before. The tougher standards and new cut scores raised the bar. These changes also makes it dif cult to compare scoring from previous years to the current scores. This can best be thought of as a transitional year for school grades. Statewide in 2012, there was 2,513 graded elementary and middle schools that also received grades in 2011. Of these schools: 237 increased their school grade 1,291 received the same school grade 985 dropped one school grade School grades for Hendry County School District Elementary and Middle Schools for 2011 and 2012: Westside Elementary 2011, C. 2012, C. Eastside Elementary 2011, B. 2012, B. Central Elementary 2011, B. 2012, B. LaBelle Elementary 2011, B. 2012, C. Country Oaks Elementary 2011, A. 2012, B. Upthegrove Elementary 2011, A. 2012, B. Clewiston Middle 2011, C. 2012, D. LaBelle Middle 2011, C. 2012, D. High School Grades will be released by the state in December. In School Year 2011 both Clewiston and LaBelle High had school grades of C. The Hendry County School District received an overall district grade of C, unchanged from 2011. Richard Murphy, Superintendent of Schools states, “I and the Hendry County School Board will continue to work to provide our schools and teachers the resources they need to ensure that the students of Hendry County are provided the opportunity to be successful in school. Staff will use this year’s school grades data to help plan improvement activities to increase student achievement in all schools across the district.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers m ay also request photos and links to online g uest books. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at www.newsza p .com.James Melvin WeeksPahokee James Melvin Weeks, 87, died on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Lakeside Medical Center. His loving family was by his side when he passed. James was born in Lake Worth to the late Jacob G. and V enera Weeks. He grew up in Canal Point where he attended Canal Point Elementary School and then Pahokee High School where he graduated. After graduation James enlisted in the Marines from February 1943 until February 1946. While in the Marines he served as an anti-aircraft radar operator at Funafuti in the Ellison Island. In 1948, James married the late Frances Dodson Weeks, they had six children. James was a member of Canal Point Baptist Church, which he loved to attend when he was able. He was self-employed at J.G. Weeks & Son, Inc. for over 45 years. After retirement he delivered Avon for his wife, which made him better known as the A von man. James was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and greatgreat grandfather. James was predeceased by his wife, Frances; daughter, Jackie McKinstry; and son, Billy W eeks. He is survived by three daughters, Sandy Maynor (Dennis) of Pahokee, Debbie Sigmon of Port Saint Lucie, Cindy Sullivan (David) of Johnston, S.C.; one son, Jimbo Weeks (Debra) of Canal Point; son-in-law, Billy McKinstry of Loxahatchee; daughter-in-law, Loretta Weeks of Okeechobee, ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Myrtice Calhoun of Louisville, Ky., Christina Wood of Chipley, Y vonne Guerry of Belle Glade, Elaine Wright of St. Augustine; and brothers, Trevette Weeks (Joann) of Orlando, and Jacob Weeks of Okeechobee. Funeral services for James were held July 2, 2012 at Canal Point Baptist Church with Pastors Trevette Weeks, Bill Taylor, and Doug Nickalson presiding. He was laid to rest at Port Mayaca Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Glades Funeral Chapel. Anyone that wishes can make donations to Canal Point Baptist Church, P.O. Box 235, Canal Point Fl. 33438. Linda I. Price, 65CLEWISTON — Linda I. Price passed away J uly 3, 2012, in Fort Myers, FL. She was born April 8, 1947, in Whitehall, N.Y., to the late Frederick J. and the late Louise (Gordon) Greenough. She was a resident of Hendry County for 26 years. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Erlan Price; two sons, Rickey Shipman, Ronnie Shipman; two daughters, Melissa McDonald, Dawn Phausch; brother, William Greenough, many grandchildren; some great grandchildren and nephews. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. VOTE BRENDA HOOTS for HENDRY COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS21 Years of Experience in the Elections Of“cePolitical Advertisement Paid for and approved by Brenda Hoots Democrat for Supervisor of Elections Primary Election Aug. 14, 2012 Early Voting July 30 to Aug. 11 General Election Nov. 6, 2012 Early Voting Oct. 22 to Nov. 3 Unable to Vote Early or go to the Polls on Election Day, request an absentee ballot from the Supervisor of Elections Of“ce. In LaBelle call 863-675-5230 and in Clewiston call 863-902-3393. Belle Glade Gardens UNDER NEW MANAGEMENTCome Home ToBelle Glade Gardens Apartments 2000 South Main Street Belle Glade, FL 888-657-6956Apartments Starting at $495 monthWith Low Move-in Costs! 6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 OBITUARIES Hendry County School District School Grades those, Adelaida’s memory of her native Cuba is as strong as it ever was. It’s the thing she refers to the most, speaking nostalgically about her acquaintances in Provincia Santa Clara as though she had spoken with them just the day before. She remembers her old friends, and names them one by one. “Yes, I remember them,” she says, talking about one of her old girlfriends “who played music and who sang.” Asked about her late husband, she takes a little longer to answer. “He has died. With me, he was good. He loved me a lot and I loved him.” Here, her daughters also interrupt. “Sometimes, she says he is outside, waiting for her,” says her daughter. “In the nights, with her mind being what it is, she says he has come to take her with him. ‘I’m not leaving yet,’ she tells him. ‘My children, they still need me.’” INTERVIEWContinued  1 PHOTO / AMY MCKOWNAdelaida celebrating her 107th birthday.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe Glades County School District will soon consider a budget for 2012-2013.A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: Monday, July 23, 2012 7:00 P.M. At Glades County School Board Administrative Building 400 10th Street Moore Haven, Florida 33471 PUBLISH: 7/19/2012, Glades County Democrat 7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 BY MARK KINGWhat a great summer we are having here in South Florida with some really nice weather and some great shing. The shing on Lake Okeechobee has been really good in spite of the eighty degree water temperatures and very little wind. We have been getting some good rains so the w ater level has remained around the twelve foot above sea level mark so far this summer. That is about two foot higher then what it was last year. For those of you who read my reports you may not realize that Lake Okeechobee is a very shallow lake and two foot of water can make a big difference on the shing. To put it in perspective, it is only about eight foot deep in the middle of the lake and we sh in about two to three foot of w ater everyday. The water has been very clear so the early morning bites seem to be the best before the sun gets too high in the sky. I have been shing a variety of areas from up around Indian Prairie canal area all the way down to Ritta Island. I have been shing both shallow w ater weed lines and open water. I have been starting the morning throwing a Gambler Lures Buzz'n Cane Toad in watermelon color in the grass along the outside grass line. You need to retrieve this bait fast and it will produce a reaction strike from the bass in the outside grass closest to open water. I like to use a fast retrieve reel like a seven to one ratio Okuma Komodo for the Buzz'n Toad and also for lipless crank baits. Spool it with fty pound braided line and you will be set to catch the big ones on Okeechobee. Throwing a worm along this outside grass has also been working but once that sun gets up high in the sky this bite really slows down. That is when I will move out to open water and start shing a Zara Super Spook, lipless crank bait, and a carolinia rig. I sh out on the reef, holes in the reef, and other open water structures that you will need a good GPS with maps to nd on Okeechobee. During the summer months I try to start my charters early in the morning and as the sun gets up high in the sky and the shing really slows down it is usually time to call it a day. There are windy and sometimes overcast days that you can catch bass all day long on the lake and I will stay out and sh till they quit biting. But a typical summertime charter it is good to start by six a.m. and end around noon. You will want to use plenty of sunscreen to avoid a nasty sunburn and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You will also want to keep an eye on the weather as storms can roll in pretty quickly in South Florida. Whether you are shing on the coast or shing on Okeechobee, I keep an eye on the weather and the radar through an app on my iPhone. Now is also the time to do some shark shing and if anyone is interested, I do charters in the Florida Keys for sharks this time of the year. I am looking forward to an awesome year on Okeechobee with the water level staying up through the summer. We should be able to access some great spawning areas this winter. I am already booking trips for 2013 for bass on Okeechobee and tarpon during May and June in the Florida Keys.Captain Mark King is a full time guide and tournament angler guiding out of Roland Martin’s Marina and Resort in Clewiston and also in the Florida Keys out of Marathon area. Mark is an IGFA Certi ed Captain, active member of the Florida Guide Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He can be contacted to book a guide trip, seminars, personal appearances, test rides in his Evinrude powered Range r or to sh a tournament with him at 863-6770983 or at www.markking shing.com and www. tarponinthekeys.com. Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report PHOTO / MARK KING

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As far as deputies ganging up and eating to gether, these guys, I have mixed emotions. You need to eat with some of these people. These guys will save your life. Your mom and dad, wife and children, theyre there for you afterwards but these guys are on the road with you and you need to know what theyre gonna do and vice versa. You need to spend a little bit of time with them. Thank you. Steven Maldonado (Democrat) The reality is that money is a big motivator. If you aint got a job, youre gonna try to sur vive. People who are trying to take care of their families, their wives, their children, if they dont have a job, theyre going to go steal. Theyll go buy that meat. Theyll buy the food, and possibly go buy drugs. You gotta be able to create jobs. Im going to try to get with the county commis sion to try to help get jobs. Well talk with them and work with them to try to bring in some busi nesses here so that we can try to create jobs to put people to work. A lot of people who dont have a job are gonna go out and steal. A lot of these guys that dont have anything to do, like these kids have nowhere to go, they go to Ft. Myers, they hang out with their friends out there, then they come back here and what do they got? Nothing. They got nowhere to go, nothing to do. First thing theyre going to do is break into some place and steal. Yes, drugs is a problem, weve heard that ve times. We know that that is a problem. Its going to be a problem. Ill tell you right now, you can suppress it, but you cant get rid of it. You can reduce it, but its never going to go away. So its going to be a long-lasting battle to be able to say, were going to get rid of drugs. If you do, youre a genius because it aint gonna happen. We need to be able to work as a team together, as a county together, and try to nd big businesses to come into Hendry County, in crease the workforce. It worked in Riviera Beach and itll work here. We gotta work together as a team to make that happen and bring in jobs to this county. I think jobs are creating a problem with crime because people are going to go out and try to nd another way to make it happen. Thank you. Steve Whidden (Democrat and Incum bent) Ladies and gentleman, it all sounds real good, but you know theres a lot of factors that involve crime rates, but again, I ask that you please check the crime rates. You know, when I took ofce last time, when I ran for ofce, I talked about one major problem especially that affected the city of Clewiston, thats gangs. If you recall, Im asking you to go back on your own memories, not statistics, your own memories here in Clewiston, seems like we had a shoot ing, arsons, violent crimes, grafti, every week that were gang related in the Clewiston area. It was rampant. I know it because I worked here at the Clewiston Police Department, I ran a lot of those calls and those calls bled into the city from the county. On day one of my ofce I met with the deputies, we came up with a plan of action, we followed that plan of action and weve won. Every now and again something will come up. Like the gentleman said, youre never going to be able to totally stop gangs or drug use, you cant, its impossible. But what you can do is snuff it out to a point where they dont want to be here. Weve sent dozens of gang leaders to jail or prison. Some have even left the county be cause of the pressure the deputies were putting on them. And they were right, it takes involve ment from the community, it takes involvement from the deputies. But we have deputies right now that help coach youth basketball leagues and other sports, they are involved. But you know a lot of the stuff theyre talking about, it takes money. You dont want your millage rate to go up, Im sure. Weve tried our best and weve done a wonderful job with keeping the budget down, adding deputies, getting the depu ties out there to do you a better job. I dont think anyone can argue that. I really dont. Were striv ing to do better, were looking for a second term because every day we nd ways to make this a better community to live in. And Im proud to be here. Im from here. Ive spent my entire career here. This is a great place and were going to make it better. Thank you. Tiger Pride Wrestling strikes again, said Coach Flynn, as the team traveled to Calvary Christian Academy this weekend. All three wres tlers that competed placed. We were supposed to take two weeks off and come back on the Monday the 16th to start back up and get ready for the next tournament that was going to be coming up on Aug. 4 in Wellington, but these young athletes wanted to wrestle and wrestle they did, said Coach Flynn. This tournament was a very competitive one due to the type of competition that is in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area. Bryce Barnes started it all off as he was the rst of the Clewiston Tiger Pride wrestlers to step on the mat. After a tough rst match in which he lost, he battled back and ended the day getting third place (winning two matches by pin.) Bryce has come such a long way from where he started. I am very proud of him and how he constantly improves his wrestling skills, said Coach Flynn. Hunter Barnes also competed this past Satur day were he ended the day 7-0 with ve pins and two major decisions. He beat three wrestlers that hed lost to earlier in the season. Hunter came in that morning -as all wrestlers do -nervous, but Coach Chris Smith sat him down and explained how he deserved to be there and all of the hard work that he has been putting in will pay off. Hunter made a statement right off the bat with his rst match as he pinned an op ponent whom had beaten him in the rst meet of the season. After that, Hunter was in the zone. He had that look in his eyes, said Coach Flynn. It was going to be a good day. Hunter came out with two more pins over competitors that had beaten him in the past as well. The following match proved to be the toughest and most competitive match for the young wrestler. It was a battle of takedowns, positioning, and back points. Back and forth, it was a very tiring match -even for the coaches -but in the end he came out on top. Hunter wrestled three more matches after that and was successful. But Hunter did not know that there was going to be a bigger award for his great per formance. Hunter could possibly win the MVP award being that hed went undefeated for the day, said Coach Flynn. The MVP award was tallied over all of the wrestlers that competed in the tournament. After all of the bouts were tallied up, the announcement came over the P.A. sys tem that Hunter Barnes was the recipient of the award. He was so happy that he won the MVP award, said Coach Kris. Kris pulled him aside from all of the pictures and all of the excitement and told him, That is what hard work gets you. He earned it, agreed coach Flynn. The next wrestler to compete this weekend was Joe Hernandez who had taken a break from football for a weekend. Joe had a great day. He ended the day with a record of 3-1. He came out hot in his rst match against a wrestler from Olympic Heights, winning by pin. Joe came off the mat and looked at coach Flynn and said, I am out of shape Coach. Coach Flynn told him that he did good for being in football season. He advised Joe to keep up the intensity and work on the moves that they have been going over. Joes next match was the best one of the day. He wrestled a competitor that was about a foot taller than him and the match was very intense. The two were battling it out in heavy weight fashion, driving and pushing each other, trying to set their shots up. Joe ended up losing by one point. However, he came back and won his last two matches by pin. Overall this weekend was a great expe rience for these young wrestlers, they have learned so much in these past months. I am very proud of these kids as they showed some great sportsmanship and great attitudes toward each other and their sport. I also would like to thank Coach Kris for all of his hard work this weekend because without him it would have been very tough. Coach Kris brings a lot of great technique to the wrestling room and is going to work great in the coaching staff. To all of the family mem bers that went this weekend, thank you for your support in these young athletes, said Coach Flynn. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1200 South Main Street Suite 100 Belle Glade Florida 33430 Call 561.795.5130 James J. Goad, M.D., F .A.C.S. General Sur gery Specialist 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 SUBMITTED PHOTO Van Samuels visits the Library Outreach Specialist Van Samuels, representing the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, spoke to the children of Camp Crayon and Camp Fun-a-Rama during a special Summer Reading pro gram on Wednesday, June 13. Van told traditional Seminole and Choctaw stories as well as gave information on Seminole culture and on the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum itself. Calvary Christian Wrestling Tournament FORUM FIND US ON FACEBOOK!Search Clewiston News

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 John and Cindy Ledbetter, of Clewiston, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, John H. Ledbetter, Jr., to Tonya Longo, daughter of James and Lisa Longo of Cape Coral, Fla. The future groom graduated from Clewiston High School in 2001 and Edison State College with a degree in “re science. He is a paramedic/“re“ghter. The future bride is currently attending Edison State College to receive her degree in legal studies. A Septemeber 2012 wedding is planned. After the honeymoon the couple with return to their home in Cape Coral. JOHN LEDBETTER ENGAGEMENT TONYA LONGO & 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012Battery by strangulation Aggravated assault w/ deadly weapon, no intent to kill Arrested July 13 by Ofc. Blackman de ki Bl Guardionex Nieves Mercado, 31Possession of a controlled substance w/o prescription Arrested July 10 by Ofc. J. Brown tr o sc J Rosie Lee Jim, 38Driving w/ suspended license, third or subsequent offense Arrested July 10 by Ofc. J. Ewing li c of J. Jose Noe Vidaurri, 26Driving w/ suspended license, habitual offender Arrested July 9 ce Amos Leon Bradford, 23DUI, unlawful blood alcohol level .15 or higher w/ person under 18 years of age, third offense Arrested July 14 co pe th Eduardo Perez, 39 ARREST REPORTThis column lists arrests, not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone w ho is listed here and who is later found not guilty, or has the charges against them dropped, is welcome to inform the newspaper. We will con rm the information and print it. Time ChangeThe Clewiston school times will remain the same as last year except for Clewiston High School. Clewiston High School will be extending class time as part of the Florida Department of Education School Improvement Grant requirement. The increased instructional time will bene t all students and meet the goals set by the Grant. The School Improvement Grant has and will continue to provide valuable resources, staff and the after school program for students. The student’s day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:04 p.m. except for the Tiger Rise after school program. SCHOOL BRIEFS

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYThe Glades County School District will soon consider a measure to impose a 1.500 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school board’s proposed tax of 6.153 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $ 823,774.00 to be used for the following projects: MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR – District Wide MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of 2 school buses Purchase of 1 maintenance vehicle NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT, COMPUTERS AND ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE Furniture and Equipment – District Wide Enterprise Software – District Wide PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSU ANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. in the administrative building of the Glades County School District, 400 10th Street, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing. PUBLISH: 7/19/2012, Glades County Democrat It all began in 1962. Fast forward 50 years and more than 35,000 graduates later, Edison State College continues to be a Southwest Florida leader in higher education. Our instructors are passionate about bringing real-world expertise to the classroom so our global market. See for yourself. Visit us on campus or online today. 863-674-6000www.edison.eduA Higher Degree of You 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 Crossword Puzzle We are not alone.Theres a wonderful world around us. Full of fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our kids are not getting the chance to learn about their world. When surveys show that half of Americas youth cannot locate India or Iraq on a map, then we have to wonder what they do know about their world. Thats why we created MyWonderfulWorld.org. Its part of a free National Geographic-led campaign to give your kids the power of global knowledge. Go there today and help them succeed tomorrow. Start with our free parent and teacher action kits. And let your kids begin the adventure of a lifetime. Its a wonderful world. Explore!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF GLADES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ARE 1% MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.LOCAL EFFORT 5.405 DISCRETIONARY 0.748 DISCRETIONARY CRITICAL NEEDS 0.000 ADDITIONAL OPERATING 0.000 CAPITAL OUTLAY 1.500 TOTAL MILLAGE: 7.653 GENERAL SPECIAL CAPITAL TOTAL ALL ESTIMATED REVENUES: FUND REVENUE PROJECTS FUNDS FEDERAL SOURCES 220,000.00 1,573,417.61 STATE SOURCES 8,830,469.68 14,000.00 43,500.00 LOCAL SOURCES 3,411,392.00 128,545.00 823,773.75 TOTAL REVENUE SOURCES: 12,461,861.68 1,715,962.61 867,273.75 15,045,098.04 TRANSFERS IN: 579,325.44 NONREVENUE SOURCES FUND BALANCE (JULY 1, 2012) 1 ,628,218.10 89,797.03 509,722.63 2,227,737.76 TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES: 14,669,405.22 1,805,759.64 1,376,996.38 17,272,835.80 EXPENDITURES: INSTRUCTION 7,134,404.00 440,315.04 7,724.02 PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 418,715.51 59,848.10 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 200,544.00 0.00 INSTRUCTION & CURRICULUM SERVICES 293,970.00 119,378.96 INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING 33,517.00 234,746.10 INSTRUCTIONAL RELATED TECHNOLOGY 0.00 6,536.50 BOARD OF EDUCATION 308,210.00 0.00 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 205,213.00 21,166.30 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 679,282.00 0.00 FACILITIES ACQUISTION & CONSTRUCTION 1,522,275.78 0.00 759,288.00 FISCAL SERVICES 168,033.00 0.00 FOOD SERVICES 0.00 724,126.00 CENTRAL SERVICES 32,620.00 52,981.98 PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 525,693.00 0.00 OPERATION OF PLANT 974,233.00 0.00 MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 432,828.83 0.00 ADMIN. TECHNOLOGY SERVICES 111,648.00 0.00 RESERVE FOR SEQUESTRATION 0.00 56,863.63 TOTAL EXPENDITURES: 13,041,187.12 1,715,962.61 767,012.02 15,524,161.75 TRANSFERS OUT: FUND BALANCE (JUNE 30, 2013) 1,628,218.10 89,797.03 609,984.36 2,327,999.49 TOTAL EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES 14,669,405.22 1,805,759.64 1,376,996.38 17,852,161.24 THE TENTATIVE ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY PUBLISH: 7/19/2012, Glades County Democrat 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012

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Published 3 weeks*in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and T he Sun* Ads will run in the Wednesday Okeechobee News and weekly publications.TO PLACE YOUR AD GOTO:WWW.NEWSZAP.COMCLICK ON CLASSIFIEDS For Legal Ads Email: legalads@newszap.com For All Other Classified Ads Email: classads@newszap.comCGS BUSINESS HOURS Monday Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m.DEADLINES Monday11 a.m. for Thursday publication € All personal items under $5,000 ABSOLUTELY FREE when placed online € Ads phoned in subject to charge € Price must be included in ad € Private parties only € 2 items per household per issue 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 CLEWISTON HOMES/MOBILE HOMES •4/2 w/furnishings 620 Haiti $135K •2/2 M.Home 504 Water Oak (Seminole Manor 45K •4/2 Mobile Home 2.5 ac, 145 Palmino $55K •2/2 Bass and Sun Condo furnished $89,9K •3/2 Mobile Home, 631 Merit St. $45K •3/2 1134 Della Tobias $70K •2/2 Condo 943 Del Monte $89,9K •2/1 CBS 303 E. Alverdez w/building $75K MOORE HAVEN/LAKEPORT/ORTONA •3/2 M.H. 1030 Donna Dr 2 Large Sheds, Furnished $89,9K •3/2 w/large garage 083ac 456 Ave.O Furnished •Waterfront/Lake Access 2/2 w/Boat House Lowry Ln. $110K •Waterfront/Lake Access 2/2 Lowry Ln CBS Reduced $195K •3/2 Lrg. Home, 784 Ave. N. reduced $17K •2/1 1199 Donna Dr., 51ac $40K •1/1 1339 Old Lakeport Rd. #22B. $22.5K •1313Jerdik Dr. W/imp $40K •3/2 1017 Aster Ave Mobile Home w/dock $65,5K •2/1 CBS, 401 Ave. F. $39,9K •3/2 CBS w/barn, Bring horses, fenced $205K •2/2 Ortona Locks Rd. w/ Polebarn over 2 ac. $59,9K ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS •1143 acres So. Clewiston Exc. hunting retreat $3.5K per ac. •Highlands Co. 10,28 & 80 Ac parcels, Owner Fin. Avail • Sky valley Lots: deep discounty “Ready to Build” $14,5K • 1.25 Acre lots Montura ranch Estates $4500 •20 Acre lots, Ladeca, Wooded reduced $135K • E.Del Mone/N. Francisco, Res. Lot 75K •185 ac former Shrimp/Fish Farm So. LaBelle $4K per acre •918 ac former Shrimp/Fish So. 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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 10-74-DR Luesal Brown, Petitioner and Dorothy Brown, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Dorothy Brown Address Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Luesal Brown, whose address is 710 S. Lopez Street, Clewiston, FL 33440 on or before, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided: N/A Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.Dated: 6/22/2012 CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: R. DeLaCruz Deputy Clerk 421048 CN 7/5,12,19,26/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1021 2009 1274331-010000D0010 Raul Martinez & Katia Caballero The Northeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 27, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Lot 1, Block D, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Subject to an easement for an access road of the North 30.00 feet thereof. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420459 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4071 2008 4104329-06021970130 Anthony A. Marino Lot 13, Block 2197, Port LaBelle Unit 6, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 109, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420448 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4073 2008 4104329-06021980020 Efren & Carlita Tambio Lot 2, Block 2198, Port LaBelle Unit 6, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 109, Public Records of Hendry County,Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420450 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2507 2008 1314433-A0000310000 Eileen J. Otano The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 31, Township 44 South, Range 33 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 6028, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420446 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 ACCOUNTING POSITIONKing Ranch, located near South Bay, is seeking a candidate to ll an accounting position immediately. Basic knowledge of accounting principles and knowledge of computer operation and spreadsheet applications is required. Prior accounting/ bookkeeping and computer experience required. Valid Florida driver’s license required. Excellent bene ts. Bilingual preferred. Interested candidates, please send resume to fax number (561)996-0113 or email to oridahr@king-ranch.com EOE. Drug-Free Workplace Animal Control Of cer (Seminole Tribe of Florida Immokalee Reservation): Enforce ordinance & state laws pertaining to animal control. Patrol & respond to animal control issues. HS Dip/GED reqd. Animal Control Of cer License. 3 yrs.exp.. Able to work varied hours & on-call. Valid FL DL. Contact: joshualohn@semtribe.com Senior Family Support Worker-II Purpose of Position: Serve as a leader with the family support team in creating and nurturing relationships with families that will lead to the development and ful llment of goals for their children. Desired Quali cations: Commits to Professionalism, Experience in Early Childhood preferred, a Family Development Credential (or willing to obtain within a year), a Bachelors Degree in social work. Live in or familiar with the Clewiston community. CPR/First Aid. Able to work exible hours and bilingual a plus. Please fax resume to (863) 983-2455 attention Felicia Brown or email to feliciab@ccsw .org No phone calls please. Part-Time Maintenance/JanitorialNeeding a part-time person to x minor repairs and to maintain grounds and clean classrooms and of ces. On-call will be part of the job requirement. Flexible/Evening hours. Obtain an application online from our website (ccsw .org) and fax it to Attention: Felicia Brown (863) 983-2455. No phone calls please. Dental Assistant Florida Community Health Centers, Moore Haven. Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Competitive salary & excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (561) 844-1013 or email hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time RECEPTIONIST NEEDEDF/T, P/T position. Must be reliable, organized, work independently, and have excellent people/phone skills. Computer experience and proper phone etiquette required. Please ll out an application at: Palm Terrace of Clewiston, 301 S. Gloria St., Clewiston Employment MedicalFlorida Community Health Centers has the following full time positions available: Medical Assistant Must have 1 yr exp Front Desk Computer exp. needed. Exp. with healthcare and medical records a plus. Bilingual Spanish/English pref. Competitive salary and excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 983-9604 or apply at FCHC, 315 South W. C. Owen Ave. Clewiston, FL. e-mail: hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Medical Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Equipment WANTED: USED WHOPPER CHOPPER, GOOD CONDITION ONLY (239)633-3128 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsClewiston 1 br. Wildwood Apt. Call: 863-983-3151. Greentree East Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments •Spacious Apartment in quiet, country setting •Full time bilingual Site Manager • Rental rates starting at $535 plus Utilities Call 902-1577 TDD #1-800-955-8771 701 W Ventura, Clewiston 8:00 AM -3:00 PM, Mon-Fri Equal Housing Opportunity How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. ApartmentsRoom for Rent, on a large property in Belle Glade near Gove elementary, behind the U-Save. $350 per month, $200 security deposit is required. Electricity, water, cable, internet, and a Laundry is included. Plus, a personal refrigerator. Proof of employment or income is required. (786)499-9701. Condos/Townhouses RentCLEWISTON, 2BR/2BA, Bass & Sun Condo. Pool. Lake view/access. Furnished. 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Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice Shop here first! The classified ads Public Notice Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the cl a ssifie d s IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-DR-47 ELIZABETH MAJOR, Petitioner/Mother, and MICHAEL D. PATRICK, Respondent/Father NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: MICHAEL D. PATRICK Addresses Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Dissolution of Marriage action has been led and commenced in this court. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any to it, on the Petitioner/Wife’s attorney. whose name and address is GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQUIRE, 200 S.W. 9th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974, and le the original with the clerk of the above-styled Court on or before June 10, 2011; otherwise a default will he entered against you for the relief prayed for in the complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for four consecutive weeks in The Glades County Democrat. Witness my hand and the seal of said Court at Moore Haven, Florida on this 21st day of April, 2011. JOE FLINT As Clerk of Said Court BY: /S/ Julie Braddock As Deputy Clerk 420360 GCD 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012

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Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING SCHEDULE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 FOR COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Board of Supervisors’ Meetings of Collins Slough Water Control District are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month. In the event the fourth Monday of the month falls on a holiday, the Meeting would be held on the next business day. Collins Slough Water Control District Meetings begin at 3:30 P.M. and are held at the Of ce of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (239) 2262000 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of proceeding. DATED this 9th day of July 2012. COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 421840 CN 7/19/2012 NOTICE The public is hereby noti ed that the City of Clewiston Code Enforcement Special Magistrate will hold a public hearing on August 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida pursuant to Chapter 26 of the City of Clewiston’ s Code of Ordinances. All interested persons are invited to attend. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, any person needing a special accommodation to participate in this matter should contact the City Clerk by mail at 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440, or by telephone at number (863) 983-1484, no later than three (3) days prior to the hearing or proceeding for which this notice has been given. Notice is hereby given, that any person wishing to appeal any decision made by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at the meeting or hearing that is the subject of this advertisement/notice, will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA Travis Reese, Community Development Director 422115 CN 7/19/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4074 2008 4104329-06021980050 Leo G. Wade Lot 5, Block 2198, Port LaBelle Unit 6, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 109, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012, which is the 2nd day of August, 2012 Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420451 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 5001 2008 4104329-03021260010 Emilia G. Guerrero Lot 1, Block 2126, Port LaBelle Unit 3, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420452 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4072 2008 4104329-06021970190 Filbert & Annette Dorlouis Lot 19, Block 2197, Port LaBelle Unit 6, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 109, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420449 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 Public Notice REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000375 C-44 RESERVOIR/STA PROJECT COMMUNICATION TOWER, MARTIN COUNTY, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Thursday, August 16, 2012 for the C-44 RESERVOIR /STA PROJECT COMMUNICATION TOWER, MARTIN COUNTY, FL. Project Description: This project includes but shall not be limited to; a 300-foot communication tower with a fully functional microwave system which allows the C-44 Project to operate remotely, allow communication within the SFWMD backbone system, and eliminates SFWMD need for the Indiantown Tower. This work includes a Microwave Equipment Shelter, Generator Shelter, generator, and a buried Liquid Petroleum (LP) tank. The antennas and microwave equipment will be owner supplied. The Contractor will test, install and integrate the antennas and equipment at ve tower sites (C-44, C-18, Allapattah, S-135, and Indiantown). This work also includes shellrock for an improved access road, stone, grass and fencing as part of the C-44 Tower site work. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the C-44 Construction Trailer, C-44 Reservoir/ STA Project site, 13225 SW Minute Maid Road, Indiantown, FL 34956. For directions call (561) 236-5344. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov 421834 CN 7/19/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 537 2009 1174329-03000000190 JPFD Investment Corporation The North 66 feet of Lot 27 and the South 33 feet of the right-of-way of the street running East and West which lies between Lots 27 and 30, Favors Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recor ded in Plat Book 1, Page 27, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012, which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420455 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1046 2009 1274331-010000Q0160 Ralph B. Seymour & Gail Seymour The Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 27, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Lot 16, Block Q, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420468 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1055 2009 1284331-A0000260000 Kettly Cherubin The Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 28, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30.00 feet thereof. Also known as Lot 363, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012 Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420728 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1045 2009 1274331-010000Q0150 Ralph B. Seymour & Gail Seymour The Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 27, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Lot 15, Block Q, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012, which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420467 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 968 2009 1224331-010000F0040 Raul Martinez and Katia Caballero The Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 22, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the North 30.00 feet thereof. Also known as Lot 4, Block F, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. And The Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 22, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 30.00 feet thereof. Also known as Lot 5, Block F, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012 which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420457 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following application(s) for permit have been received for project(s) in Hendry County: Murray Family Ventures, LLP (Murray Groves) 4379 County Road 78, Labelle, FL 33935, has submitted Application 120613-11 for modi cation of Water Use Permit 26-00031-W to irrigate 160 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Water Table Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 14, 23, Township 43 South, Range 28 East. Skyland Properties International, LLC, PO Box 1489, Sanibel, FL 33957, has submitted Application 120615-3 for renewal of Water Use Permit 26-00477-W to irrigate 374.8 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Sandstone Aquifer and the project is located in Section 19, Township 45 South, Range 29 East. Old Grove Ventures, LLC (Old Groves) 1870 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907, has submitted Application 120626-8 for renewal of Water Use Permit 26-00845-W to irrigate 133.61 acres of landscape lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Sandstone Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 17, 18, Township 43 South, Range 29 East. Jackman Cattle, Inc., 15693 CR 835, Clewiston, FL 33440, has submitted Application 120627-12 for renewal of Everglades Agricultural Area Works of the District Permit 26-00322-E for 6,556.99 acres of pasture lands. The water will be discharged to the L-1 Canal and the project is located in Sections 11, 13-15, 22-27, 34, Township 44 South, Range 33 East. Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Application status and associated documents can also be obtained by accessing the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov) and selecting the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request after reviewing the staff report. 422021 CN 7/19/2012 LEGAL NOTICE The following vehicles will be sold at public auction on July 30, 2012 @ 10 a.m. at Clewiston Towing 600 E Sugarland Hwy Clewiston FL 33440: 1997 Mercury, VIN: 2MELM74W4VX653804 ***We have the right to refuse any and all bids**** 422113 CN 7/19/2012 NOTICE TO PUBLICThe Hendry County Hospital Authority Board of Directors will conduct their monthly Board meeting on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 1:30pm in Suite 1 at Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center, 450 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. The public is invited to attend.422176 CN 7/19/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 26-2012-CA-000260 M & T BANK, Plaintiff, VS. RUTH S. HERRING A/K/A RUTH SUZANNE HERRING; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RUTH S. HERRING A/K/A RUTH SUZANNE HERRING; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); BASS CAPITAL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: RUTH S. HERRING A/K/A RUTH SUZANNE HERRINGWhose residence(s) is/are unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY required to le your answer or written defenses, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the rst publication of this Notice, the nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mortgage against the following described property, to wit: Unit 902, in the COURTYARDS OF CLEWISTON, a subdivision located within the corporate limits of the City of Clewiston, in Section 10, Township 43 South, Range 34 East, Hendry County, Florida, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 6, rages 113 and 114, of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. If you fail to le your response or answer, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Dr., Tampa, Florida 336194328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the rst publication of this Notice, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. DATED at HENDRY County this 2nd day of July, 2012. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Sheila Mann, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, and whose telephone number is (239) 533-1700, 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. 421307 CN 7/12,19/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 26-2012CA000091 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, f/k/a Farmers Home Administration, a/k/a Rural Housing Service, Plaintiff, V5, DEANDREA Y. MARION, Defendant. NOTICE OF ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF HENDRY TO: DEANDREA Y. MARION, whose last known address is 1052 Kentucky Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage regarding the following property in HENDR Y County, Florida: Lot 26, Block B, of Harlem Addition No. 9, Phase One, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book, 6, Pages 138 and 139, o f the current Public Records o f Hendry County, Florida has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on: FREDERICK J. MURPHY, JR., Esquire, Attorney for Plaintiff, Boswell & Dunlap LLP, 245 South Central Avenue, Post Of ce Drawer 30, Bartow, FL 33831, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice O f Action, and le the original with the Clerk of th is Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. DATED on this 5th day of July, 2012. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE TN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTAC T FREDERICK J, MURPHY, JR., ESQUIRE, 245 SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE, BARTOW, FLORIDA 33830, TELEPHONE (863) 533-7117, WITHIN TWO (2) WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE. IF HEARING IMPAIRED, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, OR VOICE (V) 1-800-955-8770, VIA FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE. BARBARA S. BUTLE R Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Cler k 421594 CN 7/12,19/2012 NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOP/ SPECIAL MEETING The Board of Supervisors for the Central County Water Control District will be holding a budget workshop/special meeting on Wednesday July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm, at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street. The purpose of this workshop/special meeting will be to discuss the District’s budget and any other business which comes before the Board. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard with respect to the proposed budget. Interested persons may appear on their own behalf or by agent or attorney. If anyone decides to appeal a decision made by the Board with respect to any matters considered at the meeting or hearing, a record of the proceeding will be needed for the appeal and that for such purposes, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL AID OR SERVICES AS ADDRESSED IN THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT CLERK’S OFFICE AT (863)983-5797, NO LESS THAN FIVE (5) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE STATED HEARING DATE. CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 421041 CN 7/12,19/2012 14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. 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Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING HENDRY COUNTY CONSTRUCTION LICENSING BOARD Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Construction Licensing Board will hold a meeting Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, Labelle, Florida. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting site is accessible by the disabled. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 421936 CN/CB 7/19/2012 NOTICE OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING SCHEDULE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 FOR DEVIL’S GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Board of Supervisors’ Meetings of Devil’s Garden Water Control District are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month. In the event the fourth Monday of the month falls on a holiday, the Meeting would be held on the next business day. Devil’s Garden Water Control District Meetings begin at 3:00 P.M. and are held at the Of ce of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (239) 2262000 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of proceeding. DATED this 9th day of July 2012. DEVIL’S GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 421841 CN 7/19/2012 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING PORT LABELLE UTILITY ADVISORY BOARD Notice is hereby given that the Port LaBelle Utility Advisory Board will hold a meeting Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpoochee Avenue, Commission Chambers, LaBelle, Florida. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting site is accessible by the disabled. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Port LaBelle Advisory Committee 421950 CN/CB 7/19/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 430 2009 1324229-02000120011 Alta S. Baker Lots 3, 4 and 5, Block 12, North LaBelle Subdivision, in Section 32, Township 42 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 83, Public Records of DeSoto County, Florida, lying and being in Hendry County, Florida and the South one-half of vacated Bonanza Avenue along the North side of said lots and the North one-half of vacated alley abutting the South side of said lots. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the First Thursday in the month of August, 2012, which is the 2nd day of August, 2012. Dated this 20th day of June, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 420453 CN 6/28;7/5,12,19/2012 NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT You are hereby noti ed that the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Central County Water Control District will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012_ at 7 pm at the Central County Conference Room located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm St. Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to transact any and all business which may come before the Board. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting or hearing herein referred he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. 420250 CN 7/12,19/2012 15 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 BY BARBARA OEHLBECKHow many times have most of us heard the statement, “I’m going to write a book?” Alas, mostly this is an empty statement, yet there are exceptions. This is one of them. “Bitter Secrets” by Patty Brant, editor of the Immokalee Bulletin, is a just-out book, the result of Patty’s determination. While this is Patty’s rst book, the sequel is well under way. “Bitter Secrets” tells the ctional tale of Molly Martindale, an orphan who came to the small, very southern, town of “Oxbow” in South Central Florida, to live with a great aunt she barely knew. The loss of her parents and uprooting from her home in western Pennsylvania was wrenching, but before long “Oxbow” became Molly’s town. Ms. Brant’s characters are so real the reader all but talks back to them. Molly paints the picture of Oxbow with its share of good ‘n bad and enough mystery to make excitement run high. With every passing day Molly begins to weave together the story of the lost Parker family, who left Oxbow in 1943 under some very dubious circumstances. Back in 1983, nobody in Oxbow will talk about the family, in fact all traces of their existence have been erased. Molly’s curiosity leads her to Georgia, where it is said the family was bound, and where she struggles to reveal more bits of the whole story. Molly learned in a hurry that all the pieces of the puzzle didn’t t, but not being the giving-up kind she kept digging. When fate led her steps to cross with a wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran doors began to open that she’d never known to exist. When an old, worn diary words of a lonely 13-year-old girl gone 40 years surfaced, Molly could not erase from her mind. Throughout the book Molly moves cautiously from clue to clue guided in part by cold, misty visages that apparently only she is aware of. With each visitaion Molly’s terror ramps up, pushing her to nd answers to the question she cannot evade. What really happened to the Parker family? “Bitter Secrets” has earned a spot as iUniverse’s Editor’s Choice for 2012, and is available locally at the Caloosa Belle newspaper, where Patty is happy to autography copies, and at the LaBeIle Chamber of Commerce. It’s also available at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and Amazon.com in paperback, hard back and e-book versions. A book signing for “Bitter Secrets” will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LaBelle Heritage Museum, 360 N. Bridge Street. The public is cordially invited. Editor Publishes Mystery Book Book cover. PHOTO / UF LIBRARIESA window into 85 years agoThis large group of folks gathered for a picture after an Easter Egg Hunt in Belle Glade. The picture is from 1927.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ELECTIONS OFFICE NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PUBLIC TESTING FOR THE AUGUST 14, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTIONWill be conducted on Thursday, July 26, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Of“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle The CANVASSING BOARD MEETINGS Canvassing Board will convene at the Supervisor of Elections located at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle on: August 10, at 5:00 p.m. August 11, at 12:00 p.m. August 13, at 5:00 p.m. August 14, at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of Canvassing Absentee Ballots and the Votes cast in the August 14th Primary Election. THE PUBLIC TESTING, CANVASSING, CERTIFICATION AND POST ELECTION AUDIT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EARLY VOTING Will begin on July 30 to August 11, Monday through Saturday for the Primary Election at the: LaBelle Elections Of“ce 25 E. Hickpochee Ave. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clewiston Elections Of“ce 100 E. El Paso Ave, the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ABSENTEE VOTING Absentee Ballot are also available anyone unable to Vote their ballot without assistance such as blind, loss of limb, or illiterate, please contact the Supervisor of Elections. TO REQUEST A BALLOT BY MAIL FOR THE ELECTION CALL 863-675-5230 OR 902-3392AVISO DE OFFICINA DE ELECCIONES POR LA PRESENTE SE COMUNICA ESE TIEMPO AGOSTO 14, 2012 ELECCION PRIMARIASera conducido el jueves, 26 de Julio, comensando alas 2 de la tarde en la o“cina de Supervisor de Elecciones en 25 E. Hickpoche Ave., LaBelle EL SONDEO DELAS REUNIONES DE LA JUNTA Escrutinio de la junta se reunira en la o“cina de Supervisor de Elecciones, localizado en 25 E. Hickpochee Ave.,LaBelle, Agosto 10, alas 5:00 pm Agosto 11, alas 12:00 pm Agosto 13, alas 5:00 pm Agosto 14, alas 5:00 pm A affectos de prospeccion de las boletas ausentes y los votos emitidos en el 14 de Agosto, Eleccion Primaria. LAS PRUEBAS PUBLICAS, DE PROSPECCION, CERTIFICACION Y AUDITORIA DE ELECCION POSTAL ESTARAN ABIERTOS PARA EL PUBLICO VOTAR TEMPRANO Comenzara el 30 de Julio asta el 11 de Agosto, de lunes a sabado para la Eleccion Primaria en la o“cina de Elecciones en 25 E Hickpochee Ave.,de 9:00 am asta 5:00pm Y la o“cina de Elecciones en Clewiston, 100 E. El Paso Ave., horas seran De las 8:00 am asta 1:00p y 2:00 pm asta 5 ;00 pm. VOTAR AUSENTE Las boletas ausente estaran disponible para quienes no puedan votar su boleta sin assistencia como, ciego, perdida de extremidades o analfabetos. Por favor pongase en contacto con el Supervisor de Elecciones. Para solicitor una boleta por correo par alas elecciones, llame 863-675-2530 o 863-902-3393 Lucretia A. Strickland Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida 16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee July 19, 2012 On Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ladies Auxiliary will participate at the City Park by hosting a fund raiser. All donations will go to the purchase of supplies to be given randomly to students entering kindergarten through fth grade at Central, Eastside, and Westside schools. We will have a cake walk, chinese auction, face painting, and snow cones. Tickets for these activities will be donations. Registration for the Aug. 4 Corn Hole Tournament has begun. The cost per team will also be used for purchasing school supplies. You can register your team at the VFW Post 4185 or contact Jackie at 863-254-3394 for more information about any of the activities. Come join us for a day of fun for a good cause. For students entering grades 6, 7, and 8, the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Patriot's Pen competition is now underway. This year's essay topic is "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers." Winners will be selected rst at local level and then advance through regional, state, and then national level. Grand Prize is a $10,000 savings bond plus an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the national winner and a parent or guardian. The National Association of Secondary Schools has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities. Entry deadline is Nov. 1. You can request more information, rules, and entry form by emailing vfw. kipp@yahoo.com. For students entering 9th 12th grade, the Voice of Democracy competition theme is "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" This competition is The Veterans of Foreign Wars premier scholarship program. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script. Winners will be rst selected at local level and advance to regional, then state. State winners will receive an all expense paid trip to Washington DC (Mar. 2-6, 2013), to tour the city, meet our nation's leaders, and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000. Deadline for entry is Nov. 1. For more information, rules, and entry form send your request to vfw.kipp@yahoo.com. We will hold our monthly meeting Saturday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Members please make plans to attend. After the meeting, we will play Bar Bingo starting at 6 p.m. There is a donation and everyone is welcome to play. It's a lot of fun. Ladies Auxiliary Happenings Are You Touched?BY PASTOR JOHN HICKS First United Methodist ChurchTouched -it's a great word that can mean many things! When we touch up something, we remove blemishes. A touch down means we score. Being touched in the head can mean something is not right mentally. Being touched in the heart means that you were affected deeply. Saying, "He touched me!" can mean excitement if it's someone you like, but it can be an expression seeking punishment if it happens to be your brother after your parents told you both to behave and keep your hands to yourself. Touching can mean a warm embrace between friends or signi cant others, a rm handshake in greeting, or a pat on the back. It can also mean inappropriate groping, a shove away, or a slap in the face (physically or emotionally). The truth is, all of us need to be appropriately touched. Researchers say that an appropriate touch can trigger the release of oxytocin, a chemical that induces trust. It can also light up the brain's reward centers and lower the heart rate. These generally give a boost in the mood and happiness of an individual. Our bodies are made for touch, covering about 20 square feet (some more, some less), which is about the size of a twin mattress. There are as many as ve million touch receptors in our skin; 3,000 in a single ngertip! Touch is one of the rst sense humans develop and one of the last to fade. I suspect many take touch for granted, but one study stated that we need the equivalent of 12 good touches or positive af rmations a day in order to survive, and 17 or more in order to thrive. In the name of God, for the glory of God, let us go out and help people thrive! Touching can also produce other positive results. Two social psychologists, both avid basketball fans, analyzed 90 hours of NBA televised professional play. They looked at every team and player in the league, taking note of what they determined to be 15 kinds of touch, including hugs, high ves and even ying shoulder bumps. Their conclusion: The teams that touch the most win the most. They concluded that touch instilled trust and contagiously spread good will and helped players play better on behalf of each other. What's more, the study showed that individual players who touched the most performed the best. "I think it's all about encouragement," one researchers said. "You feel a little better when you make a good play and somebody pats you on the back and tells you, Good job,' or you know, they kind of bring you out of your shell and it's good for the team." And it's not just basketball players who bene t. A touch of the hand, a pat on the back, a hug: These small physical gestures might not seem like much, but they can make a huge difference. I never will forget visiting a person with AIDS when I was a chaplain at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. I wanted to comfort him, but no words came. Instinctively, I placed my hand on his shoulder while trying to come up with something "pastoral" to say. With tears in his eyes, he looked up to me and said, "Thank you." My rst thought was, "For what?" I learned never to underestimate the remarkable power of a touch. Frederick Buechner wrote, "Through simply touch, more directly than any other way, we can transmit to each other something of the power of the life we have inside us." It's no wonder that the laying on of hands has always been a traditional part of healing and ordination or that when Jesus was around, the crowds sought to touch him. It's no wonder that just the touch of another human at a dark time can be enough to save the day. Religion Column