April 19, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 13.41 feetLast Year: 11.96 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Most of the big lakes water loss is to evaporation ... Page 2 Residents share opinions about letting school employees carry guns ... Page 4 Community News ... Page 3 CHS hosts Spring Expo ... Page 6 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018VOL. 91 NUMBER 16 50 theclewistonnews.com Clewiston Elks Club installs ... Page 7 By Megan Nicole NarehoodSpecial to The Clewiston News LABELLE Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden explained the requirements for volunteers in the Guardian Program after having those in attendance at the School Safety Forum, April 9 at LaBelle High School, envision a hypothetical school shooting. The Parkland shooting scared the hell out of me, Sheriff Whidden said. He said he realizes that if someone does their homework, they can enter a school. The rst person a shooter will kill is the deputy, said Mr. Whidden. What happens then? The sheriff told citizens attending the forum to stop and think about the situation. The shooter is walking through the halls with an AK-47, a 12-gauge (shotgun), or a pistol, and shooting one child at a time, Sheriff Whidden said. -1-1 calls are being made and going to the dispatch. And, we have to wait for a road response. In any county in the state, or the country, a three-minute response time is really fast. Sheriff Whidden said that the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed 17 people and left the campus in under three minutes. The only reason he only killed 17 people is because his weapon jammed, he said. Sheriff Whidden agrees 100 percent with hardening our schools, he said, plus having metal detectors and bulletproof glass, but, it isnt a foolproof plan. He said someone is going to gure out how to get into the schools. When a shooter is standing in our cafeteria at 10 or 11 a.m. with a rearm, what then? he asked rhetorically. We dont know where Sheriff reviews school safety options Special to The Clewiston News Clewiston High School hosted its annual Career Day Friday, April 6, and representatives from local businesses shared in-depth information about their careers. All students across campus participated in the event and were able to select career sessions that they were interested in prior to the event. Students had the opportunity to be in a classroom with a representative from their chosen career and learn more about the job quali cations and expectations, and to meet actual employees in the chosen profession. Senior guidance counselor Mrs. Llossas was enthusiastic about the event. This event exposes our students to career opportunities that they may not otherwise encounter, she said. Seniors especially enjoy Career Day because they are trying to decide on a major for college or which technical school or trade best suits their skill set. Senior Markevious Terry is attending Fort Valley State University in Georgia on a partial athletic scholarship and was able to learn more about what it takes to be a Career Day engages Clewiston High studentsSee GUARDIAN Page 4 See CAREER Page 4 Special to the Glades County Democrat Sheriff Steve Whidden explains the requirements for volunteers in the Guardian Program. By Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News Former Hendry County Commissioner Janet B. Taylor appeared before her ex-colleagues last week in her capacity as a member of the board of Florida Community Health Centers to introduce Dr. Wilhelmina Lewis-Lyons as the FCHCs new CEO. A private, nonpro t, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution designated as a Federally Quali ed Health Center, FCHC operates a network of clinics in Clewiston, Moore Haven, Okeechobee, Indiantown, Pahokee, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Stuart; its corporate headquarters is in West Palm Beach. The clinics are accredited by The Joint Commission and comprise a comprehensive local health care system with over 400 employees, about 100 of whom are clinicians. Ms. Taylor was accompanied to the Hendry County Board meeting in Clewiston on Tuesday, April 10, by Nardina Johnson, the Clewiston centers manager. Were more than honored this afternoon to present to you one of our own. Theres a history, and Im going to let her tell it. I want her to give you her story, how she came full circle with the Community Health Centers. With that, Dr. Lewis, who previously was the FCHCs chief medical of cer, stepped to the podium. Its such an honor to be back in Clewiston today, she began. As Miss Janet said, this is my home. I was born and raised in Clewiston, and when Florida Community Health Centers opened 40-some years ago, I was on the playground, in front of what they Florida Community Health Centers has new CEO Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy of FCHCFormer CEO Dr. Michael Gervais and his replacement, Dr. Wilhelmina Lewis-Lyons, at Dr. Gervaiss retirement party March 30. See HEALTH Page 4
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 19, 2018 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Weather patterns are on track to drop Lake Okeechobee to 12.5 feet by the start of the rainy season, according to a forecast shared at the last meeting of the 16 County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Calo osahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth La goon. Not all forecasters agree with the pre diction and of course the meteorologists have no control over Mother Nature. It will rain or not no matter what they predict. The forecasters also have no control over how rapidly water leaves the lake. While much of the water that enters the lake is controlled by the South Florida Water Man agement Districts locks, culverts and other water control structures, there are no human controls on most of the water that leaves the lake. Thats because most of the water that leaves Lake Okeechobee does not go east, west or south; it goes up into the air. Evaporation and evapotranspiration estimates are based on historical data. While some water from the lake has been released south since the start of the dry season, and some is released west to prevent saltwater intrusion in the Caloosahatchee River, no water has been released east this year. The water released east and west is minimal compared with the lakes total volume. The lake level is dropping due to the warm tem peratures and sunny skies. If the level does drop to 12.5 or lower, it will be a good thing for the lake, according to biologists. Lake Okeechobees ecology needs regular periods of low water. The hab itat for the sh and the wading birds depend on a healthy system of marshes. Ideally, Lake Okeechobee should never rise above 15.5 feet and should drop to about 12 feet most dry seasons, states Lake Okeechobee: A Synthesis of Information and Recommendations for its Restoration, by P. N. Gray, C. J. Farrell, M. L. Kraus, and A. H. Grom nicki. The study, published in 2005 by Audubon of Florida, was funded in part by the Batchelor Foundation and by the Everglades Foundation. Whats the difference between evaporation and evapotranspiration? Websters Dic tionary explains that evaporation is the move ment of water to the air from sources such as the soil, canopy interception, and water bod ies. Evapotranspiration is the sum of evapora tion and plant transpiration from the Earths land and ocean surface to the atmosphere. Evaporation and evapotranspiration rates are difcult to measure. Scientists use differ ent models. On average, they estimate Lake Okeechobee drops from around 4.3 ft. to more than 5 ft. each year due to the move ment of water into the air. A study conducted in Florida in 1995 by the United States Geological Survey found there are many factors in play including the temperature of the air, temperature of the water, depth of the water, temperature of the soil under the water, horizontal wind speed, vertical wind speed. Water evaporates more quickly in open water, less quickly in marshy areas. Soil composition and types of vegetation affect evapotranspiration rates. Evaporation rates in open water increase on a sunny, cloudless day. Evaporation Estimation for Lake Okeechobee in South Florida, by Wossenu Abtew, published in the June 2001 edition of Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering analyzed meteorology data from 1993-1997 and estimated a loss of 132 centimeters per year (about 4.3 feet) from evaporation. Evapotranspiration Estimate for South Florida published in 2003 by Wossenu Abtew, Jayantha Obeysekera, Michelle Irizzary-Ortiz, Danielle Lyons and Anna Reardon, found that average evaporation rates in the South Florida Water Management District range from 122 cm (about 4 ft.) in the north part of the SFWMD to 137 cm (about 4.5 ft) in the south. Evaporation and evapotranspiration are functions of solar radiation, temperature, wind speed, vapor pressure decit, atmo spheric pressure, characteristics of the surrounding environment and type and condition of vegetation. South Florida is an area of high rainfall, high humidity and generally low wind speed. Air temperature is high with relatively warm winter months. Solar radiation is abundant with seasonal and daily variation, the authors state. Annual lake evaporation in the continental United States ranges from 51 cm in the extreme northeast to 218 cm in Southern California, the authors note. The 2005 Audubon study estimated water loss to evaporation around 5 ft. per year usually higher during dry periods. In an average year, Lake Okeechobee receives enough rain and inow to raise it about 7.5 feet (note: this discussion of the water budget uses rounded numbers for simplicity). This water does not come in at once, but is spread over the entire year, thus the lake does not actually rise 7.5 feet each year. Roughly 5 feet of this water will evaporate, leaving 2.5 feet of water in the lake. On average, irrigation and municipal demands use 1 to 2 feet of lake water per year, leaving an excess of about one foot of water that must be discharged, the 2005 Audubon report explains. While water is coming in through direct rainfall into the lake, and runoff from the north of the lake throughout the year, water is also leaving the lake through evaporation all year, the researchers explain. Nothing about water management is simple, but in simple terms that additional about one foot of water is what went east and west in 2016, helping to disrupt the salinity levels in the estuaries and contributing to the conditions that spawned a massive algal bloom. That extra one foot of water is what the environmentalists hope to send south through the Central Everglades Planning Project, and what they want use pro posed Everglades Agricultural Reservoir and accompanying stormwater treatment areas to store, clean and move south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. That scenario the option of sending the excess water south will also depend on how much water is already south of the lake from direct rainfall. In 2017, there was so much water in the water conservation areas south of the lake that 8.7 billion gallons of water had to be backpumped into the lake to protect the Everglades wildlife and also pro tect the east coast protection levy. (Not that this made much difference to the lake. One inch of the lake is about 12 billion gallons of water.) Had the EAA reservoir been in place in 2017, it likely would have been lled by direct rain and local runoff with no capacity left to store water from the lake. Politicians and water managers often re mind the public that when it comes to issues of water quality and quantity in South Flori da there are no silver bullets, no easy solu tions. Understanding the scope of the issues involved is a start. Most of big lakes water loss is to evaporation Member Spotlight Are you ready for the summer? Sweet Party Rentals sweetpartyrental.com 863-983-2020 Big Lake Crusiers rf rrfr rntfb t bff tbtt tr A continuing series TRUTH
April 19, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Special to The Clewiston News HENDRY/GLADES The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is raising awareness about the important steps families can take to improve the health of babies and reduce the impact of birth defects. The department is encouraging women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to prevent infections for babys protection. Children are Floridas most precious resource, and we want all moms to have safe pregnancies and healthy full-term babies, said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. Our Florida Birth Defects Registry surveillance program enables us to monitor the numbers and types of birth defects that are occurring so we can develop prevention, intervention, education, and referral programs to assist affected individuals, families, and their health care providers. While not all birth defects can be prevented, taking certain proactive steps can increase the likelihood of having a healthy baby. Of the more than 220,000 babies born in Florida each year, 1 in 28 may be diagnosed with a major birth defect before their rst birthday. Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Infections before and during pregnancy can have serious consequences for the mother-to-be and the developing baby. Women and their loved ones can participate in these strategies and take these important steps toward a healthy pregnancy. This year we are encouraging all women to prevent infections and protect their babies by observing the following guidelines: Talk to your health care provider. Talk to your health care provider about what you can do to prevent infections. Make sure that you are up-to-date with vaccinations (shots) before getting pregnant and know what vaccines you should receive during pregnancy Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially Before preparing or eating foods; After handling raw meat, raw eggs, or unwashed vegetables; After being around or touching pets and other animals; and After changing diapers or wiping runny noses. Do not put a young childs food, utensils, drinking cups, or paciers in your mouth. Properly prepare food. Wash your hands before and after pre paring food. Do not eat raw or runny eggs or raw sprouts. Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese, and other foods made from them. Protect yourself from animals and in sects known to carry diseases such as Zika virus and rabies. When mosquitoes and ticks are ac tive, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (para-menthane-3,8-diol). Stay away from wild or pet rodents, live poultry, lizards and turtles, and do not clean cat litter boxes while pregnant. The Florida Birth Defects Registry is a statewide, population-based surveillance system that identies children born with birth defects with the goal of determining risk factors, identifying at-risk populations, and promoting collaboration to prevent birth defects and reduce associated morbid ity and mortality. For more information about the preven tion of birth defects in Florida, please visit www.fbdr.org. The department also part ners with the National Birth Defects Preven tion Network (NBDPN) and the 2018 NBD PN Birth Defects Prevention information packet is available online at: http://www. nbdpn.org/bdpm.php. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through inte grated state, county and community efforts. 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To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Special to The Clewiston News New Hope Deliverance Christian Ministries Inc. will host a special fundraising event for William Bigham, son of Pastors James and Michelle Bigham. William is awaiting a heart transplant and recently was told by his doctors that he will be receiving his new heart any day now. A barbecue and yard sale benet event will take place Saturday, April 21, at the U-Save parking lot located on U.S. 27 in Clewiston. The yard sale will begin at 7 a.m., and dinners will be sold at 11 a.m. Chicken dinners will be sold for a donation of $10, and rib dinners will be $12. Dinners will include two sides, soda and dessert. Mr. Bighams doctors have asked that he has a certain amount of money saved so he doesnt have the added stress of worrying about how he is going to pay his bills after he receives his new heart. The proceeds of the BBQ and yard sale events will go toward Williams goal amount. New Hope Deliverance Christian Ministries is asking the community to help in their quest to assist William by purchasing a dinner or buying items from the yard sale, or by simply donating whatever is on your heart. To donate or pre-order, call Pastor James Bigham at 863-228-0673. Benet planned for William Bigham Florida B. Thomas LibraryTwo high-level scientist will be at the Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston, on Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. to conduct an interactive educational session for children in observance of April being the librarys Science Month. Science equipment and tools will be on display. For information, call 863902-3322.Secret Church SimulcastFirst United Methodist Church of Clewiston Life Enrichment Center, 331 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiston, invites the public to join them on Friday, April 20 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., as they go deep into scripture on the topic of cults and counterfeit gospels. The Bible teacher is David Platt, author and missionary and teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church. Refreshments, workbook and comfortable seats will be provided. A donation for the workbook and a love gift will be received. Register by emailing Pastor Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.Coloring for adults at library Coffee & Coloring for Adults will be available at the Clewiston library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. Supplies will be provided. Come relax as we color our stress away while listening to calming music and enjoying coffee and donuts!Food trucks visit April 26Chow Down Food Trucks will be at the Civic Park, U.S. Highway 27 in Clewiston, on April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. This event will occur on the last Thursday of each month.Swing into SpringSwing Into Spring, a benet for United Way of Hendry & Glades Counties, will be on Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m at the RiverBend Motorcoach Resort, 5800 W S.R. 80, LaBelle. Individual tickets are $50 per person. For reservations or aditional information, contact Lisa at 239-433-7559. Community News Health dept. encourages steps to prevent birth defects
4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 19, 2018 the School Resource Ofcer is going to be on campus. We need someone there who will be able to engage and act quickly when minutes and seconds count, the sheriff said. Volunteers will have to be of a certain type of mind-set that ts what they may have to do. Volunteers in the Guardian Program may have to kill another child if that child comes in to murder other children, said Sheriff Whidden. He explained the requirements volunteers in the Guardian Program will have to meet and the training they will undergo. Volunteers will have recurring psychological testing, polygraphs, background and drug screens, he said. They will have 132 hours of active shooter training, 12 hours additional training, will have to shoot 1,3001,500 rounds and pass with 85 percent accuracy. Sheriff Whidden said the volunteers will have more training than the deputies who are already on the school campus. There is nothing special about a deputy other than the training. Im going to be 100 percent condent that volunteers are procient in what they are doing and that they are safe, he said. The number of volunteers will be unknown, and the weapon will be carried concealed on an undershirt with a totally enclosed, secure pocket that cannot come out unless they physically remove it themselves, he said. The gun will not be fully cocked and loaded. If someone comes into our school to morrow and kills the deputy, if the deputy calls in sick, or is on the opposite end of the campus, how do you stop him? Mr. Whid den asked. I can enact a plan that will keep your children safe if a school shooter was to come on campus, he said. When a shooter comes in, he is going to have a big, mean gun and will do a lot of damage, Sheriff Whidden said. GUARDIANContinued From Page 1 called the Dome. I was going there with my mom for health care and, many years later, now I return and am honored to be the CEO for FCHC, which has been in Clewiston for all of that time. The FCHC has grown rapidly during the intervening decades, she pointed out. We now have 12 sites around Lake Okeechobee, but its very important that we continue to maintain a strong presence, and that we continue to increase our presence here be cause our mission is to provide cost-effec tive care, which means affordable care for all people regardless of their socioeconomic status, Dr. Lewis told the Hendry commissioners. We want to thank the Board of County Commissioners for the support that theyve given us over the years. In 2013, we came and asked your support as we were obtaining a grant for renovations that allowed us to expand pediatric services as well as increase dental services to community citizens who might not otherwise be able to afford care. And because of the support of this board, we were able to do so. And recently we hosted a chamber open house at that location to show some of those expanded services, she said. Dr. Lewis was recently named the FCHCs president and CEO to replace Dr. Michael Gervasi, who retired effective March 31. She is a board-certied family practice physician with a background in geriatrics and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. We are here as committed community partners, and if theres anything at all that I or our organization can do for yourselves or the citizens and your constituents, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Janet, Miss Nardina or myself, and well be glad to answer that call. We appreciate your help to us, and we are here committed to be of help to Clewiston and Hendry County, Dr. Lewis nished. Thank you very much for bringing your talents back home, County Board Chair man Mitchell Wills told Dr. Lewis. We ap preciate that. Commissioner Michael Swindle piped up to add: Can I say that Miss Lewis is the same age as my sister, and I remember all through growing up, Miss Lewis has always been impressive and shes even more so to day, so thank you for being here. Thank you so much, and tell Jennifer I said hi! Dr. Lewis responded. HEALTH professional football player from retired NFL player Eric Green. Eric Green said to just keep striving for greatness, which made me feel like I can make it pro, said Mr. Terry. Underclassmen also thoroughly enjoy Career Day. Sophomore Wisam Ramadan met with the National Guard, the Hendry County Adult School and Basquin Welding programs. The welding presentation was the best, and Mr. Basquin described the position and job very well, and gave us some cool facts. It denitely made me more interested in that career, he said. Mr. Ramadan further stated, I am glad CHS puts this event on, because if you arent sure what you want to do outside of high school, this gives us a chance to envision our future when you see real peo ple in front of you, talking about their real experiences. Principal Roberto Sanchez was appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community. We appreciate our local business community coming out and taking the time to come here to inspire our students to move in a positive direction. The 42 businesses that helped make CHSs Career Day a success are: Ah-Tah-ThiKi Museum; Atkinson Construction; Bellows Jewelry; Cape Coral Technical College; the City of Clewiston; chef William Sellner; Clewiston Adult School; the Clewiston Police Department; Crouch Railroad Consulting Co.; D&J Machinery; drummer Jalen Rushing; First Bank; Florida Community Health Centers; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Fort Myers Technical College; Harlem Academy Day Care; the Hendry County Engineering Department; the Hendry County Health Department; Hendry Regional Medical Center; Jimmy Pittman Electrical; Johnson Prewitt & Associates Inc.; Jon Basquin Welding; McDonalds Corp.; Michael Atkinson Construction; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; the Palm Beach Fire Depart ment; RAMS; retired NFL football player Eric Green; Ross Dynasty Cares; the South Flor ida Water Management District; Simplied Technologies; Southern Gardens; sports writer and public relations manager Y.A. Teitelbaum; Sugar Realty; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; Unique Hair and Boutique; the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Ofce; the U.S. Army; the Army Corps of Engineers; the National Guard; U.S. Sugar Corp.; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CAREERContinued From Page 1 By Megan Nicole NarehoodSpecial to The Clewiston News LABELLE Residents of Hendry and Glades counties voiced their opinions on the Guardian Program at the School Safety Forum on Monday, April 9, at LaBelle High School. Ramiro Rodriguez, head of the Hendry County Recreation Department, agreed with protecting schools but said there are other ways besides using guns. He suggested that teachers, administrators and staff carry radios. Communication is the best thing you can do, said Rodriguez. A thousand eyes are better than four deputies with guns. Gary Zielicke, a retired law enforcement ofcer, encountered an active shooter in Wis consin on April 1, 1998. Mr. Zielicke said that a 14-year-old student, who scored poorly on a test, took his dads three hunting guns and 800 rounds of ammunition to school. It took me three and a half minutes to get to the school, said Zielicke, and the shooter had already en tered the school, shot windows and exited the school. He told Hendry Sheriff Steve Whidden that he is percent behind the Guardian Program. Hugo Vargas, a parent of three students attending LaBelle High School, said he is completely for the program. Another person in attendance said, Personally, Im not for the program. But he added that there should be protection in schools. I believe there should be police ofcers or trained security whose sole job is to protect the kids. Laura Germino, mother of a LaBelle High School student, said that arming anyone, except for law enforcement, in schools is not safe. She said she would rather see more school resource ofcers in the schools. I feel allowing someone, who is not law enforcement, to carry a concealed weapon is not safe. Mike Kemp, an employee of Hendry County schools for over 15 years, said that hes undecided whether to support the program. He said there are a lot of school districts that are small and on a tight budget in Florida. Mr. Kemp asked what other districts are doing to protect themselves. Are there avenues other than the Guardian Program to protect the students, staff and children that we all care about? Ken Mayo, a soldier and fth-grade math teacher at West Glades Elementary, said he supports the Guardian Program. He said he will complete a training exercise to simulate engaging an enemy with an automatic weapon to protect our land in two weeks. At what point did I leave campus and transition into solider? Mr. Mayo asked. Where does one stop and the other begin? Im trained to do both. If you have the training, ability and desire to keep our children safe, then you have what it takes. Jamie Ledford, whose husband teaches at LaBelle High School and has a son in second grade, said she prays for the safety of her family when they go to school and work. I dont love the idea of having anyone additionally armed, but budgetary restrictions are what they are. She said that if someone is highly trained to protect her family, she supports the program. I trust the board is going to make the right decision, said Mrs. Ledford. I am putting the safety of my family in your hands. Kristen Walker, teacher and mother of three, said shes concerned about a shooter on campus but said it would be even worse if an employee accidentally shot students. Im concerned, as a parent and a teacher, that we could have someone on campus whose shooting accuracy is less than 20 percent and we have 800 students on campus, Mrs. Walker said. The bullets are going to go somewhere. Brian Quinn said that the only person who can stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. I want a solider protecting my children, he said. Chris McAvoy, whose daughter is about to start kindergarten, said he is pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment. He said he wants to make sure there is more than nothing that can be done. One thing I kept hearing out of police ofcers and the school board in Fort Lauderdale with the Parkland shooting was there is nothing we can do, Mr. McAvoy said. He added that the writing was all over the wall with the kid at Parkland who shot many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The sheriff there said we cant arrest him, we cant charge with anything, hes a mi nor, Mr. McAvoy said, adding I dont think thats acceptable. Kevin Holland, a teacher at LaBelle Middle School, said, I would die for your kids. He said the Guardian Program isnt an extra bur den on teachers and staff; it takes some bur den off of the employees. Residents share their opinions on Guardian Program
April 19, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Irene Darlene Hunter, 69 MOORE HAVEN Irene Darlene Hunter passed away April 10, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Sept. 6, 1948 in Miami, to the late Ira and Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier. Survivors include two sons, Derek Hunter of New Port Richey and Kevin Dewayne Milam; mother Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier; a brother, Thomas Campbell Collier; a sister, Dianne Conley. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Eddie Lee Massey, Sr., 68 MOORE HAVEN Eddie Lee Massey, Sr. passed away April 9, 2018 in Moore Haven. He was born Aug. 18, 1949 in Somerset, Ky., to the late Oscar and Julia (Brown) Massey. He served during Viet nam War in the U.S. Army from 11/30/1968 to 08/31/1970. He and his wife own Uncle Joes Fish Camp in Moore Haven. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Jean (Smith) Massey; two sons, Eddie Lee Massey Jr. and Scotty Massey; three daughters, Susan Massey, Jennifer Werthman and Melissa Werthman; two brothers, Curtis Massey and Jerry Lawson; three sisters, Glenna Faye Coward, Ann Jones and Louise Manning; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Cledith Buddy Massey; and a sister, Pauline Holzapfel. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, Tenn. Interment will be Monday, April 16, 2018 in Massey Cemetery, Scott County, Tenn. Visitation will be Thursday, April 12. 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston. John N. Williams, Sr., 79 CLEWISTON John N. Williams, Sr. passed away April 15, 2018 in his home with his family around him. John was born in Yu lee on Dec. 27, 1938 to the late Jasper and Ida M. Bennett Williams. He married Martha Joyce Whitehead. He was a diesel mechan ic for many years. He and Joyce attended Evangel Assembly of God church in Clewiston for many years. John leaves behind his wife, Joyce of Clewiston; sons, Jason Williams and his wife Lori, John N. Jr.; daughters, Julie LaChance and husband Daniel, Jenette Jenkins and husband Jeff, Jennifer Atkinson and husband David; 12 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; one precious great-great grandchild; one brother, J.W. Williams; ve sisters, Margaret Folkner, Virginia Taylor, Dora Chapel, Linda Bocciello, and Irma Gillis. Celebration of Johns life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Evangel Assembly of God Church. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. William Tod Clinard, 51 CLEWISTON William Tod Clinard passed away April 15, 2018 in Clewiston. Tod was born in Pa hokee to the late Wil liam Ray Clinard and Anna Postell Clinard on Feb. 10, 1967. He mar ried Yvonne Louise An dress. He owned and operated an used car dealership in Clewis ton for many years. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and had a passion for motorcycles. Tod was a loving and caring son, husband, father, uncle, brother and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his entire family. Tod leaves behind his loving wife, Yvonne Louise Clinard; mother, Anna Clinard; children, Tiffany Vanderbaan and her husband Kris, Yvette Clinard and Garrett Clinard; a granddaughter, Kaylianne Vanderbaan; youngest sister, Kristi Durance and her husband Kevin; along with his niece and nephew, Kacie Durance and Kody Durance. Tod was preceded in death by his father, Ray Clinard; and younger sister, Connie Clinard. The celebration of Tods life will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Evangel Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with Memorial service starting at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. OBITUARIES Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to email@example.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Re ections from the PulpitWhen I gave the wrong answer to a motherhood question!By The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston A while ago people came to my home and asked what I thought about terrorists. My answer was They are people without a large army or country who wish to make a political statement and do it by acts of terrorism. My response got a Huh? in reply. The answer I got back was, But innocent people are getting killed. Yes I retorted, and thats in the Bible; The rain falls on the just and the unjust. There was a pause, so I went on. It depends on what you mean by terrorist. Was Stalin a terrorist? Was Hitler a terrorist? Just because they had armies and countries, doesnt mean that they were not terrorists! I gathered my answers were not acceptable to my inquisitors; I got the impression they were looking for something like Theyre bad or Theyre terrible or Theyre evil. Yes, all of those things were so, but my reply had more to do with motivations and getting to the root of the problem of terrorism as I saw it. I dont like name-calling or labeling without thinking through just why I am for or against something. Terrorism exploits the vulnerabilities of open societies and, as I see it, cannot come up with a better system of living in society than the ones the terrorists attack. Repression of freedom does not promote human growth or well-being. Selective use of religious beliefs to the exclusion of the basic tenets of a faith is really no religion at all. When terrorists do such things, they deserve to be challenged. Before making commitments to what to believe, make an examination of what its all about; ask hard questions and be willing to search for answers. Think things through as best as you can and explore. A long time ago, those with their own beliefs and positions to protect were faced with a dilemma. They had to come up with a story to refute what people were coming to see for themselves. The rationale is fascinating but falls on its face. It did not correspond to what was going on in the lives of the people around them. Its a part of the Biblical account of the Resurrection and found in the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 27, verses 62ff). Jesus was cruci ed, died and was buried. People were saddened and disappointed but not entirely without hope. Jesus had quite an impact on His followers and left those with other beliefs and commitments uncomfortable. They went to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Sir, they said, we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said After three days I will rise again so give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that He has been raised from the dead. This deception will be worse than the rst (vss 63-64). Pilate acceded to their request and told them to ,,,make the tomb as secure as you know how (vs.65) and they did. Now, the problem with their thinking is that seeing a dead body wouldnt prove to anyone that Jesus had risen from the dead! The appearances of Jesus after three days was the appearance of a risen, living savior who conversed with them, met with them, told them to touch Him (Luke 24:39), asked them if they had anything to eat and shares breakfast (John 21:10ff). Nobody, even Jesus distractors, suggested that He might have a twin! No, the accounts of Jesus appearances all attest to a living being, a resurrected Lord, and His having been seen. The revelation left to us after Jesus resurrection came following Thomas refusal to believe unless he touched Jesus hand and side (John 20:25). Thomas was changed forever afterward. Jesus told him Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (v.29). Thats all who know the words of Job; I know that my Redeemer liveth, and at the last He will stand upon the Earth, and after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet shall I see God, and my eyes shall behold Him and not as a stranger (Job 19:25-27). Thats us! Phishing con nabs your browser tabsBetter Business Bureau Scammers have a new technique called tabnabbing. They hijack inactive browser tabs and trick people into giving up their login and password information. Heres how it works. How the Scam Works You are working, shopping or just browsing online. As you do so, the open tabs on your browser begin to add up. No harm there, right? Unfortunately, those open, inactive tabs on your browser could put you at risk. Tabnabbing is a phishing scam in which scammers load a fake webpage (typically a login form) in an inactive tab. 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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 19, 2018 rf08/06/1942 04/21/2013 ntbr brbr rr rbr rr Valles goes from gold to collegiate head coachSpecial to The Clewiston News Arelys Valles is a Clewiston High School 2013 alumna and a University of the Cum berlands 2017 alumna. In August, she will achieve her master of science degree in coaching, to be added to reaching huge personal goals. On March 30, Valles traveled to New York City to compete at the Bill Farrell Interna tional Open. Usually, Valles competes at the 50 kg weight class, which used to be 48 kg before weight change; however, for this tourna ment she decided to move up to the 53 kg weight class. Because of making this deci sion, Valles left the tournament as an inter national champ. Winning this tournament was huge for me! This is my rst international medal, and I went up a weight class, said Valles. This is one of Valless goals; however, while leaving this tournament, she can cross off two other goals from her list. For winning the tournament, Valles qualied for the World Team Trials that takes place in May, and she is now an athlete sponsored by NYAC (New York Athlete Club). In the past, I have been close to qualifying but came short. So this is very exciting, and being sponsored by NYAC is great! said Valles. She will compete again on April 26 at the U.S. Open at 50 kg in Las Vegas, and on May 18 at the Womens Freestyle World Team Trails at 50 kg in Rochester, Minn. In one day, Valles was able to reach three of her goals; however, she reached another goal shortly after. Four days after winning the event, Valles was offered a career goal opportunity. Valles accepted the position as the head womens wrestling coach for Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga. I spent a lot of time thinking and talking to my family and mentor. I have wanted to be a coach since I was in high school, especially in the collegiate level. The opportunity was given to me, and I could not turn it down. I am very excited to take the role as a head wrestling coach, help the growth of women wrestling, and give the girls the opportunities I was given, said Valles. Valles is now the fth or sixth head coach who is a woman in the WCWA (Women College Wrestling Association) level. For the past 10 years, I have been involved with wresting from being an athlete and coaching. I knew for my future career I wanted to still be around the sport. Like that saying goes Do something you love, and youll never work a day in your life, and that is how I see it with wrestling from being an athlete or a coach, she said. Wrestling has given me many opportunities from getting an education, traveling all over the world, meeting many people, building friendships, to my career job, and the list goes on. I am excited for the opportunity I have been given, said Valles. Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photo Arelys Valles accepted the position as the head womens wrestling coach for Brewton-Parker College in Mount Ver non, Ga.Incoming CHS Tigers Class of 2022 welcomed Special to The Clewiston News Clewiston High School hosted its third annual Clewiston Expo Spring Open House on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Incoming freshmen students and their parents started the night in the CHS Auditorium, where members of CHS administration and Guidance Department explained the culture, rules and procedures, along with class offering for next school year. Freshmen Guidance Counselor Tori Roberts explained: This was the best turnout in the auditorium for the upcoming freshmen families. We are looking forward to a great year. We want to build and expand our parent and school communication and we feel like it builds when we host these types of events. The goal is to make parents and teachers partners in the students education. Expo attendees then moved into the CHS Cafeteria, where clubs and courses had trifold panels and other presentations set up. Every booth had a teacher or sponsor representative, along with a student currently enrolled in the class or club. The next event for the incoming Class of 2022 will be the second annual Tiger Take-off, which is an on-campus freshmen orientation, where students get to interact and build rapport with teachers and get acquainted with the campus. Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photoFlorida B. Thomas LibraryThree happy prize winners in the March 5 Science Bingo event at the Flor ida B. Thomas Library show off their awards. Couples Championship winnersJack and Mary Ann Basquins won rst place in the 2018 Clewiston Golf Course Couples Championship on Sunday, March 4.Special to The Clewiston News/ Courtesy photo
April 19, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 Progress on training center picks up speedBy Patty BrantSpecial to The Clewiston News For years there has been a widely held belief that education training is the way this longtime agricultural area will sur vive and thrive in the future. Although it is a standing goal to bring vocational training to Hendry and Glades counties on a large scale, the reality has been extremely difcult to ac complish. For several years, both Hendry and Glades have been systematically working to ward that goal. The Glades County Regional Training Center (GCRTC) is at the core of the plan, the place where they hope to provide the training that will spark this areas eco nomic rebirth by providing trained employ ees for manufacturing and logistics jobs. In terest has waxed and waned over the years as a number of large companies have shown strong interest in the center, then backed away as the recession took its toll. Now the counties are again ready to pool their efforts to make that center, which is located at the junction of U.S. 27 and State Road 78 near the Glades County Sheriffs Ofce and health department, a focal point for growth. Several years ago, the State of Florida provided $3.5 million for the centers rst year and Glades kicked in $500,000 for the building and park ing lot, along with another $1 million for in frastructure, including roads, power and wa ter. The facility is currently offering GED and citizenship classes, provided by the Glades County School Board, and commercial driv er license classes, run by Suncoast Trucking. At a joint meeting on Thursday, April 5, com missioners, administrators and educators from both counties continued brainstorming about the future of GCRTC and its potential impact on the area. A successful training program like the one envisioned for the center could provide residents with good, solid employment and the county with economic stability. Planners know that goal is not yet in reach, and they know they will need support from outside the immediate area to make it so. One of the topics of discussion was lining up just that kind of support. In previous conversations, the commissioners had discussed hiring a director for the facility. At this joint meeting, however, they were more inclined toward hiring a single administrative person to coordinate the center. The planners had a consensus that the GCRTC should be run through the Local Educational Agency (LEA), keeping control of the project local. The hope, though, is that an experienced educational entity can be found to underwrite and run the project. Planners are looking forward to providing a center like the Immokalee Technical College (known as iTech), on a smaller scale. Collier County Public Schools, with its highly successful iTech facility, is willing to work on the project. In fact, CCPS Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton is scheduled to visit here in the next few weeks. Assistance is also being sought from Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University, Florida Southwestern College, Fort Myers Technical College and other institutions. An experienced educational entity would be able to run the facility and expand into appropriate courses for incoming businesses. Perhaps, a local volunteer from the VISTA program (Volunteers In Service To America), which would not require any local funding, would be useful as well. Planners are seriously considering using money from Hendry, Glades and the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board (each has pledged $20,000) for three years to cover salary and benets for an administrator to coordinate the facility. State Sen. Denise Grimsley is looking at possible funding that might be available from Senate Bill 10, which expedites con struction of a water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Tuition may also provide some funding. Planners agreed that they need to mar ket the center to area high school students, including Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and other surrounding counties, to make the project viable. There are many variables to consider, but the commissioners would like to see some additional progress for the fall term. They realize local students are at an economic disadvantage and that this center could ultimately provide them with a way of life through a good living in a trade. The two county commissions will meet again on June 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Glades County to continue sharing information and discussion points. Clewiston Elks installs their rst woman Exalted Ruler Special to The Clewiston News On the evening of April 7, Southeast District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Greg West berry had the honor of installing Linda Allen as the incoming Exalted Ruler of Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 at their ofcer installation ceremony. During her acceptance, Linda noted that Clewiston is the premier Elks Lodge in our district and that it will take help and partic ipation from all of our members to Make the Best Better. Linda became the rst woman to serve as the Exalted Ruler of the Clewiston Elks. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was originally founded in 1868 and are celebrating their 150th anniversa ry this year. The Clewiston Elks Lodge was established in 1952 and will celebrate their 66th birthday this year. The original constitution allowed only for male membership, but in 1996 the constitu tion was amended to allow women to be come members, and later that year Clewis ton initiated its rst women members. In the years since, several women have served as ofcers of the lodge, but none has reached the level of Exalted Ruler. Congratulations and good luck to Linda and all of the Clew iston Elks ofcers during their ensuing year. Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photoLeft to right: Les Baucum, treasurer; Steve Clark, secretary; Quinn Miller, Esteemed Leading Knight; Jimmy McDufe, Esquire; Linda Allen, Exalted Ruler; Harlan Griggs, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Danielle Soles, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Roxianne Engel, Lodge Inner Guard; George Duckstein, Trustee; Not pictured: Father Samuel Thomas, Lodge Chaplain; Ian Stone, Lodge Tiler. CHS senior class April and May eventsSpecial to The Clewiston NewsApril 2018 Friday, April 20: Grad Bash (Must be present at school) Friday, April 20: Last day to submit letter to the guidance department for College Sign ing Day! Saturday, April 28: Last day to turn in A grades to Alan Jay Chrysler Dodge dealership for FREE car rafe at graduation. Monday, April 30: College Signing Day (CSD) at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 30: Reserved seats for graduation go on sale! Ten dollars a seat up to 10 per graduate. Tickets may be purchased from Mrs. Barnes in the attendance ofce and are available on a rst come, rst served ba sis while supplies last. Ticket sales begin after CSD event.May 2018 Monday, May 7: Senior exams begin! Thursday, May 10: Seniors last day on campus Thursday, May 10: Senior Key Exchange ceremony. Senior Barbeque catered by Ed wards Brothers Barbeque! BBQ Tickets will be $10. Monday, May 14: Graduation practice at 8 a.m. at Caneeld Monday, May 14: Senior awards night at 6 p.m. at the CHS Auditorium. Monday, May 14: Senior Ofcer meet ing, 1 p.m., Guidance Ofce Tuesday, May 15: Graduation practice at 8 a.m. at Caneeld Wednesday, May 16: Graduation practice at 8 a.m. at Caneeld Wednesday, May 16: Baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. at New Harvest Church Thursday, May 17: Elementary WalkThrough. Buses will pick you up at 8 a.m. at Caneeld. Graduation practice following Walk-Through at Caneeld Friday, May 18: Graduation practice at 8 a.m., Caneeld Friday, May 18: Graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. at Caneeld
8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 19, 2018 Notice is hereby given that the Barron Park Master Plan Committee will hold a meeting/workshop to discuss and take input from the public on the Barron Park Master Plan. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The workshop is open to the public and will be held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 481 W. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle. Everyone is invited to attend. If you need assistance, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify the Clerk at least two days prior to the meeting at City Hall 863.675.2872. CITY OF LABELLE BARRON PARK MASTER PLAN WORKSHOP Special to INI Florida WEST PALM BEACH On April 12, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved a key land purchase from a willing seller nec essary to build the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir. This was one of the objectives the Legislature set for us, to acquire lands to the west of the A-2 parcel from willing sellers for the reservoir project, said SFWMD Governing Board member Dan OKeefe. Thanks to the governors vision of a restored and thriv ing Everglades and the guidance provided by the Legislature, this district has accom plished the goals laid out in Senate Bill 10 and delivered a scientically sound report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Governing Board approved the purchase of 490 acres from the Seventh Day Baptist Church Memorial Fund west of the state-owned A-2 parcel. The district previ ously purchased another 9.97 acres from a separate private owner adjacent to the A-2 parcel. These lands were identied by Sen ate Bill 10 for purchase when the bill was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott last year. The Nature Conservancy has had a long-term commitment to the restoration of the Everglades including assisting with land acquisition in the Everglades Agricul tural Area. We are thrilled the board has ap proved the purchase of this critical property for inclusion in the reservoir project, said Temperince Morgan, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in Florida.About the EAA Storage Reservoir Through an extensive process of scientic-based modeling and public meetings, SFWMD staff created the Tentatively Select ed Plan (TSP) for the EAA Storage Reservoir. Together with authorized projects, the TSP will send an annual average of approximately 370,000 additional acre-feet of clean water south to the Everglades that will be pro tected by rule or reservation to benet the natural system. The TSP will also reduce the number of damaging discharge events from Lake Okeechobee to the northern estuaries by 63 percent when used in conjunction with authorized projects. Additional ows south to the Everglades proposed by the TSP will be treated in a new 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) in combination with existing STAs and Flow Equalization Basins (FEBs), such as the A-1 FEB, to achieve state water quality standards. The reservoir will store 240,000 acre-feet of water on the 10,100-acre site comprised of the district-owned A-2 parcel and lands to the west as identied in Senate Bill 10. The TSP will work in conjunction with Gov. Rick Scotts Restoration Strategies for a total of 350,000 acre-feet of storage south of Lake Okeechobee. A Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Post Authorization Change Report (PACR), seeking federal approval to build the EAA Storage Reservoir, was sent to the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works in March and is currently under federal review. The net increase in cost over the currently authorized CEPP is $1.1 billion. The total cost, dened as the capital investment costs, of the authorized CEPP, as modied by the PACR TSP, is $3.17 billion (2018 price level). To read the CEPP PACR report seeking federal approval to build the EAA Storage Reservoir or for modeling data and more information on the previously held meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir. SFWMD approves land purchase from willing seller Special to INI Florida/ SFWMD Map shows the land the SFWMD Governing Board approved for purchase. Veterans motorcycle ride planned for Saturday, April 21BUCKHEAD RIDGE The second annual all-veterans ride will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 8 a.m. Meet up at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528, 29012 State Road 78. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. The ride ends at VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m., live music at 2 p.m., a ribs or chicken dinner available for a $9 donation and more. For information, call 863-763-0818.
Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case#: 2017-CAJ.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. Plaintiff, VS.Gloria Rodriguez; Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors and Lienors of Juan Martin Castillo, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s); Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors and Lienors of Violeta Castillo, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s); Unknown Spouse of Gloria Rodriguez; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, if liv ing, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, if living. and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors and Lienors of Juan Martin Castillo. and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s): ADDRESS UNKNOWN and Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors and Lienors of Violeta Castillo, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s): ADDRESS UNKNOWN Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Hendry County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 17, IN BLOCK 366, OF THE GENERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON. FLORIDA, AS REVISED SEPTEMBER 7, 1937, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES 71-78, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 430 East Trinidad Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. This action has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACH, LLP, Attor neys for Plaintiff, whose address is 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33614, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this notice and file the original with the clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately there after; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 10th day of April, 2018. Barbara S. Butler Circuit and County Courts BY: 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 the ADA Coordinator;1700 Monroe Street, Suite 1213, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (239) 533-1521 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification of the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 255696 CN 4/19,26/2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Hendry County Clerk of Court is seeking applications for Staff Accountant Staff Accountant job duties: Maintains and balances an automated consolidation system by imputing data, scheduling required jobs, verifying data Analyzes information and options by developing spreadsheet reports, verifying information Prepares general ledger entries by maintaining records and files, reconciling accounts Prepares payments by accruing expenses, assigning account numbers, requesting disbursements, reconciling accounts Answers accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data Protects organizations value by keeping information confidential Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed Requires a BS Degree in Accounting or 5 years of ac counting experience. 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Equal Housing Opportunity Provider Houses Sale MONTURA Site built 3/2 /2 home in Montura fresh paint inside and out new carpeting. 863-214-0073. Public Notice HENDRY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Clewiston, Florida Notice to PublicThe Hendry County Hospital Authori ty Board of Trustees will conduct their monthly Board meeting on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Conference Room at Hendry Regional Medical Center, 524 W. Saga more Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440. The public is invited to attend. 255461 CN 4/19/2018 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2018-CP20 In re: Estate of RAYMOND P. AMBROSE, Deceased.NOTICE TO CREDITORS (ancillary administration) The ancillary administration of the estate of RAYMOND P. AMBROSE, deceased, date of death June 16, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J, P.O. Box 10, Moore haven, Florida 33471. The names and addresses of the ancillary personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below, All creditors of the decedent and oth er persons having claims or demands against decedents estaie on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: April 19, 2018. Ancillary Personal Representative: James R. Ambrose 4930 Woodfield Drive St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 Attorney for Ancillary Personal Representative: CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Office Box 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 349731367 (863)763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: email@example.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org BY: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 255082 GCD 4/19,26/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 04/30/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEW ISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2011 CHRYSLER 1C3BC1FB1BN581744 1997 MERCURY 4M2DV1118VDJ40517 1993 FORD 1FBHE31H4PHB31894 255848 CN 4/19/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 04/04/2018, 10:00 am at 74 S INDUSTRIAL LOOP LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ or all bids. 5Y2SM62864Z402996 2004 PONTIAC 255860 CN 4/19/2018 THE HENDRY COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS HOLDING ELECTRONICS, PERSONAL BELONGINGS, BIKES, JEWELRY, TOOLS, AND CURRENCY THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED IN AS FOUND PROPERTY. IF NOT CLAIMED BY THE OWNER, IT WILL BE DISPOSED OF AS AUTHORIZED BY F.S.S. 705.133 INQUIRES: 863-674-5600 EVIDENCE 255661 CB 4/19,26/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 18-000023-CP-AXMXIN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM M. MITCHELL aka WILLIAM MURRAY MITCHELL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM M. MITCHELL aka WILLIAM MURRAY MITCHELL deceased, whose date of death was January 5, 2018; Case Number 18-000023-CP-AXMX, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and oth er persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this no tice is April 19th, 2018. James A. McCurdy. Personal Representative 1311 Bedford Drive Melbourne, Florida 32940 Karl W. Bohne, Jr. Karl W. Bohne, Jr, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 0767409 Attorney for Personal Representative 1311 Bedford Drive Melbourne, Florida 32940 321-255-3737 Telephone 321-255-3141 Facsimile 255317 CN 4/19,26/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 18-000023-CP-AXMXIN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM M. MITCHELL aka WILLIAM MURRAY MITCHELL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM M. MITCHELL aka WILLIAM MURRAY MITCHELL deceased, whose date of death was January 5, 2018; Case Number 18-000023-CP-AXMX, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and oth er persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this no tice is April 19th, 2018. James A. McCurdy. Personal Representative 1311 Bedford Drive Melbourne, Florida 32940 Karl W. Bohne, Jr. Karl W. Bohne, Jr, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 0767409 Attorney for Personal Representative 1311 Bedford Drive Melbourne, Florida 32940 321-255-3737 Telephone 321-255-3141 Facsimile 255317 CN 4/19,26/2018 April 19, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 rrfrn t rrfrn brrn trr rrfrfrntr rrfr f r rr rrrfrnf r r frrfr fr frr rrfrn rr rrfrn f f rrfrn rr r rrfrnfr rr r r rrr rrfrnrrr rr nr r rrfrnr rr n r rr rrf tff r rrfrn tfr rrfr rrfr rrrrfrr rn r r rrr fr rr rr f rrfrn r rr rrfrn rn f rn f rrrfrn f rr r rrfn rf ffn frrfrn
10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 19, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Notice of Intended Agency Action The South Florida Water Management District gives notice of its intent to issue renewals of the following Everglades Works of the District Permits (Chapter 40E-63 Fla. Admin. Code) with conditions within the Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida. The permits approve the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP) Plan(s) and water quality Discharge Monitoring Plan(s). The BMP implementation requirements, performance measures, and compliance methodology established in the permits pertain to phosphorus only. Permittee within the permit(s) refers to all landowners, lessees, and operators responsible for compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit(s) and are listed under the Administrative Information section of the Staff Report(s): Permit 50-00010-E (Application 170324-28), issued on April 10, 2018, to South Florida Conservancy District, P. O. Box 969, Belle Glade, Florida 33430 and other named owner/operators for a project called South Florida Conservancy District, consisting of approximately 32,666.54 acres including all or parts of the following: Sections 3-12, 37, T44/R37; Sections 1, 7, 11-18, 22, T44/R36; Sections 13-14, 23-26, 36, T43/R36; Sections 2-6, 11-15, T44/R35; Sections 7-8, 17-21, 28-32, 41, T43/R37; Sections 18-21, 27-35, T43/R35; Section 34, T43/R34, Palm Beach County; and, Sections 13-14, 23-26, 35-36, T43/R34; and, Sections 1-2, T44/R34, Hendry County, Florida discharging to Hillsboro, North New River and Miami Canals. The Staff Reports setting forth the staff recommendation regarding the permits, issued on the dates listed above, including permit conditions to provide reasonable assurances that the projects meet SFWMD statutes and rules, can be obtained by contacting the Regulatory Records Management Section, during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, Regulation Division, by telephone at 561-682-6911, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by accessing the Staff Reports directly from the Districts website www.sfwmd.gov, using the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page. The Districts proposed agency action as set forth in the Staff Reports shall become final unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for filing a petition. As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., the following is notice of the opportunities which may be available for administrative hearing or judicial review when the substantial interests of a party are determined by an agency. Please note that this Notice of Rights is not intended to provide legal advice. Not all the legal proceedings detailed below may be an applicable or appropriate remedy. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding your legal rights. Right to Request Administrative Hearing A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by any of the above listed South Florida Water Management Districts (SFWMD or District) action(s) has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action(s) pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a SFWMD decision which affects or may affect their substantial interests shall file a petition for hearing with the Office of the District Clerk of the SFWMD, in accordance with the filing instructions set forth herein, within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision, unless one of the following shorter time periods apply: (1) within 14 days of the notice of consolidated intent to grant or deny concurrently reviewed applications for environmental resource permits and use of sovereign submerged lands pursuant to Section 373.427, Fla. Stat.; or (2) within 14 days of service of an Administrative Order pursuant to Subsection 373.119(1), Fla. Stat. Receipt of written notice of agency decision means receipt of either written notice through mail, or electronic mail, or posting that the District has or intends to take final agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take final agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to file a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. If the District takes final agency action which materially differs from the noticed intended agency decision, persons who may be substantially affected shall, unless otherwise provided by law, have an additional Rule 28-106.111, Fla. Admin. Code, point of entry. Any person to whom an emergency order is directed pursuant to Section 373.119(2), Fla. Stat., shall comply therewith immediately, but on petition to the board shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. A person may file a request for an extension of time for filing a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for filing a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certificate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties concerning the extension and that the SFWMD and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Filing Instructions The petition must be filed with the Office of the Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or e-mail. Filings by facsimile will not be accepted. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed filed upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Districts normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and District holidays. Any document received by the office of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be filed as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional filing instructions are as follows: Filings by mail must be addressed to the Office of the District Clerk, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Office of the District Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMDs security desk does not constitute filing. To ensure proper filing, it will be necessary to request the SFWMDs security officer to contact the Office of the District Clerk. An employee of the SFWMDs Clerks office will receive and file the petition. Filings by e-mail must be transmitted to the Office of the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. The filing date for a document transmitted by electronic mail shall be the date the Office of the District Clerk receives the complete document. A party who files a document by e-mail shall: (1) represent that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of the proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause and that the party shall produce it upon the request of other parties; and, (2) be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly filed. Initiation of an Administrative Hearing Pursuant to Sections 120.54(5)(b)4, and 120.569(2)(c), Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Fla. Admin. Code, initiation of an administrative hearing shall be made by written petition to the SFWMD in legible form and on 8 by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1. Identification of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District file number or any other SFWMD identification number, if known. 2. The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petition and petitioners representative, if any. 3. An explanation of how the petitioners substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4. A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMDs decision. 5. A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate. 6. A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the SFWMDs proposed action. 7. A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the SFWMDs proposed action. 8. If disputed issues of material fact exist, the statement must also include an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes. 9. A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the SFWMD to take with respect to the SFWMDs proposed action. Mediation The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. Right To Seek Judicial Review Pursuant to Section 120.68, Fla. Stat., and in accordance with Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110, a party who is adversely affected by final SFWMD action may seek judicial review of the SFWMDs final decision by filing a notice of appeal with the Office of the District Clerk of the SFWMD in accordance with the filing instructions set forth herein within 30 days of rendition of the order to be reviewed, and by filing a copy of the notice with the Clerk of the appropriate District Court of Appeal. 255326 CN 4/19/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 18-DR-47DAWN GODINEZ, Wife, and GABRIEL BANUELOS GODINEZ, Husband,AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATIONTO: Gabriel Banuelos Godinez, 175 Adam Lane, Angier, NC 27501 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Petition for Dissolution of Marriage including allegations for equitable distribution has been filed against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action on Melissa Barris, Petitioners attorney, whose address is 2423 First Street, Fort My ers, FL 33901, on or before May 14, 2018 and file the original with the clerk of this court at Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL 33471, either before service on Petitioners attorney or immediately thereafter; other wise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. 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 this 4th day of April, 2018. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk 254960 GCD 4/19,26;5/3,11/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 15000157CAMXAX JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. MARK ALAN PETERSON, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN, JR. A/K/A CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES L. PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES PERRIEN, DECEASED, et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dat ed July 18, 2017, and entered in 15000157CAMXAX of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY is the Plaintiff and MARK ALAN PETERSON, AS PER SONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN, JR. A/K/A CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES L. PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES PERRIEN, DECEASED; MARK ALAN PETERSON; DEBORAH PER RIEN; DAWN PERRIEN; JANALEE PERRIEN; LISA PERRIEN; PHILIP PERRIEN; SCOTT PERRIEN; GREG PERRIEN A/K/A GREGORY MICHAEL PERRIEN; LYNN PERRIEN A/K/A LYNN MARSHALL PERRIEN; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT are the Defendant(s). Sandra Brown as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Steps, South Door 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL 33471, at 11:00 AM, on May 31, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A PARCEL OF LAND IN STATE LOT 3, FRACTIONAL SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 40 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT A STATE PIPE MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 13, RUN NORTH 89 11 20 EAST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 13, A DISTANCE OF 2167.51 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE AS RUN BY W. T. WALLIS, JR. IN 1926 AND BALANCED; THENCE NORTH 33 59 EAST ALONG THE SAID 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE A DISTANCE OF 504.13 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE NORTH 27 51 WEST ALONG SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION AND ACROSS STATE ROAD 721 TO THE NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SAID STATE ROAD 721 A DISTANCE OF 70.88 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 27 51 WEST ALONG THE SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 138.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 34 20 WEST A DISTANCE OF 135.66 FEET TO P.O.B; THENCE SOUTH 27 51 EAST A DISTANCE OF 140.42 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SAID NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF WAY LINE OF S. R. 721; THENCE SOUTH 33 26 WEST ALONG THE SAID NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S. R. 721 A DISTANCE OF 68.40 FEET; THENCE NORTH 27 51 WEST 141.64 FEET; THENCE NORTH 34 20 EAST A DISTANCE OF 67.83 FEET TO THE SAID P.O.B. Property Address: 436 COUNTY ROAD 721 LOOP NE A/K/A 2751 COUNTY RD 721 LOOP, MOORE HAVEN FL 33471 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 29th day of March, 2018. Sandra Brown As Clerk of the Court By: As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or other court service, program, or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Requests for accommodations may be presented on this form, in another written format, or orally. Please complete the attached form (see website) and return it to email@example.com as far in advance as possible, but preferably at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance or other court activity. Upon request by a qualified individual with a disability, this document will be made available in an alternate format. If you need assistance in completing this form due to your disability, or to request this document in an alternate format, please contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager, phone (863) 675-5229, e-mail doliver@ ca.cjis20.org 252476 GCD 4/12,19/2018 NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY HENDRY COUNTY STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) PROGRAMHendry County hereby announces that funds for Housing Assistance are available from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Fund ing for fiscal year 2016/2017 through fiscal year 2017/18 have been allocated from SHIP. Funds will be made available for first-time homebuyers assistance. Hendry County will be hosting two homeowner orientations to explain the program details and answer questions applicants may have. The first home owner orientation will be conducted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County Extension Office, located at 1085 Pratt Boulevard, LaBelle, FL 33975. The second homeowner orientation will be conducted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County Annex Offices, Janet B. Taylor Auditorium, 1100 S. Olympia Street, Clewiston, FL 33440. Individual applications for down payment assistance will be available begin ning on Friday, April 27, 2018 through Friday, May 25, 2018 or until funds are expended. The applications will be available on the Hendry County website and at the Hendry County Housing Department locations at 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida and 1100 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, Florida. Contact the Hendry County Housing at 863-675-5297 or Sabrina.Gadson@hendryfla. net for more information. The program does not reimburse for homes that has already been purchased. The application period is for thirty (30) days, beginning Friday, April 27, 2018 or until all funds have been expended. Applications will be available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All applications must be received by the Housing Department, 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. Pick up/drop off time for the Clewiston office is as follows: Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Thurs day and Friday. Pick up/drop off times for the Labelle office is as follows: Monday through Wednesday 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Thursday and Friday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. All SHIP assistance recipients must agree to comply with all SHIP Program criteria and requirements as set forth in Chapter 67-37, Florida Administrative Code and are frequently modified and amended. The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to close any program application period by Board resolution. Hendry County SHIP programs do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, age or any other protected classes. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS A FAIR HOUSING, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, AND DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE JURISDICTION485015 CN/CB 3/22,29;4/5,12,19/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2017-00560-CAAXMX ERNESTO GOMEZ AND ANA MARIA GOMEZ, Plaintiff, v. JAMES A. CROSSER, an individual, and RBC CENTURA BANK, Defendant, NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: JAMES A. CROSSER LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 10500 Woldrich Street Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 And 10545 Woldrich Street Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on the following property in Hendry County, Florida: Tract 6 Block G, being in the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 34, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida also known as Lot 6 in Block G of Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded plat. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, on or before mAY 11, 2018, on The Law Office of Ray Garcia, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 14850 SW 26th Street, Suite 204, Miami, Florida 33185, and file the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks in THE CLEWISTON NEWS. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Court ADA Coordinator at (305) 349-7175 or (305) 349-7174 (T.D.D.), no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 29th day of March, 2018. Clerk of the Court By: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk 253159 CN 4/12,19/2018 South Florida Water Management District 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 firstname.lastname@example.org NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONNotice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, that the application(s) for permit described below has been received for project(s) in Glades County. The application(s) and future additional application documents can be obtained by any of the following methods: 1) Accessing the Districts website (www.sfwmd.gov) and clicking on Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page; 2) Submitting a written request to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 3) Submitting an electronic request at permits@ sfwmd.gov. Roma Ranch LLC (Roma Ranch) PO Box 454, Belle Glade, FL 33430 has submitted Application 180220-8 for a new Water Use Permit 22-00592-W to irrigate 85 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer System and the project is located in Sections 16, 21, Township 38 South, Range 33 East. 255064 GCD 4/19/2018 South Florida Water Management District 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 email@example.com NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONNotice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, that the application(s) for permit described below has been received for project(s) in Hendry County. The application(s) and future additional application documents can be obtained by any of the following methods: 1) Accessing the Districts website (www.sfwmd.gov) and clicking on Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page; 2) Submitting a written request to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 3) Submitting an electronic request at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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