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coalition hears updates
as a busy morning for
*s of the County Coalition
ponsible Management of
keechobee, St. Lucie and
hatchee Estuaries and
north Lagoon. They met in
bee Friday morning July
eard updates on the 2009
re, the acquisition of U.S.
operty for Everglades res-
and water and economic
coalition is made up of
ing Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Lee, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades,
Highlands, Osceola and Polk coun-
Lee County Commissioner Ray
Judah reported that his county had
passed an ordinance prohibiting
the use of fertilizers containing
phosphorus from June to Septem-
ber to cut down on phosphorous
Commissioner Russel Echols of
Glades County expressed a desire
that counties be paid in perpetuity
a fair and just fee to compensate
for property taken off the tax roles
to be used in for Everglades resto-
Ernie Barnett, director of legisla-
tive affairs for South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD),
gave the coalition an overview of
recent legislation that would ben-
efit conservation causes.
He explained the new legisla-
tion that directs the executive di-
rector of SFWMD to sign permits
rather than requiring approval of
the board of governors.
"To me that is an unmitigated
disaster," stated Commissioner
Mr. Barnett noted that there
would be public meetings with the
executive director before permits
are approved and that if a permit is
denied, it could be appealed to the
board of governors.
Martin County Commissioner
Sarah Heard expressed the opin-
ion that the change would make it
harder to track permits.
Mr. Barnett also gave an update
on the purchase of U.S. Sugar land
for Everglades restoration. The
purchase of 180,000 acres was
announced last June. This land
was to be used to increase water
storage, deliver cleaner water to
the Everglades, prevent tons of
phosphorous from entering the
Everglades, eliminate the need for
back pumping and the sustainable
of agriculture and green energy
In December the purchase
price of $1.34 billion was ap-
proved. However, earlier this year
the purchase was scaled down in
order to be affordable, prevent any
new taxes, sustain agriculture and
See Purchase Page 2
mer Brahman doesn't let disability keep him down
arles M. Murphy
mber 23, 1981 isaday Da-
will always remember.
vas helping to install a
ne near a lift station west
chobee when a 16 foot
aved in, burying him un-
ns of dirt.
offered a broken back and
ST4 paraplegic. His condi-
him paralyzed from the
)wn. He does have com-
11 head and neck move
id the full use of his arms,
ses these abilities to good
he former basketball and
r has continued his inter-
he is ranked in the top 20
world in wheel chair tennis.
d to find something to do,"
"I got tired of playing bas-
You get to meet different
nd go different places."
Mr. Gant read books, learned
the rules, and got into wheel
chair tennis. He uses a 27 pound
titanium wheelchair that has tilted
wheels for extra mobility.
He has been able to travel a lot
and play tennis. He noted in third
world countries he played against
players with home made wheel
chairs and poor equipment.
"You get to go to different coun-
tries and meet different people with
disabilities. It makes me thankful
for what we have," he added.
One of his greatest memories is
playing tennis at the site of the U.S.
Open in New York, Arthur Ashe
Mr. Gant plays in tournaments
that are sanctioned by the United
States Tennis Association. He was
ranked 14th in the nation in 2007,
good for second in the state of
He has also remained active
See Gant Page 9
vid Gant lost the use of his legs in an accident when he was
ried under tons of dirt while installing a sewer line, but he
ntinues to excel as an athlete.
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minimize the impact to local communities.
The revised agreement calls for purchase
of 73,000 acres for $536 million with an op-
tion to purchase the remaining 107,000 acres
during the first 10 years. The closing date for
the sale is set to occur 90 days after bond
validation. This is predicted to be sometime
between April and June of next year.
"These lands were handpicked by our
engineers," Mr. Barnett said of the smaller
Of the land purchased, 3,000 acres will
be available for local government use. To
ease the economic impact of the loss of ag-
ricultural lands, SFWMD is spending $2 mil-
lion in fiscal year 2009 in Hendry and Glades
counties and the tri-cites of Belle Glade,
Pahokee and South Bay. The district will be
committing additional funds to economic
development of the area including hiring of
an economic development director and re-
According to the amended agreement,
U.S. Sugar can lease back part of the land
for agricultural use for up to 20 years.
Temperince Morgan discussed the plan-
ning that is going into the project. To date
10 water resource advisory commission
workshops have been held as part of Phase
I to discuss such topics as identifying prob-
lems, objectives and constraints, modelling
tools, maps and land information. Several
hypothetical configurations were examined.
Phase II will soon start. This will involve us-
ing the findings of Phase I as a starting point
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Susan Sylvester, director of operations
for SFWMD, stated the period November
through May was the driest six month peri-
od on record. However, May and June have
been the wettest months since 1932. So far,
rainfall in July has been slightly above aver-
"There is nobody in this room that can
say where we will go from here," she add-
The coalition also heard from private
consultant Forest Michael on water and eco-
nomic development. He gave examples of
how lakes and reservoirs can be used for
water treatment and storage as well as eco-
tourism activities such as fishing, canoeing
and bird watching. He stated that lakes and
reservoirs can store excess water cheaper
than some of the other methods proposed.
He noted that all ten counties in the coali-
tion have lakes and that in addition to being
affordable, his method benefited the com-
Commissioner Judah stated that the
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Pro-
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 92.
Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night: A30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87.
Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of pre-
cipitation is 40%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of pre-
cipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East
wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipi-
tation is 50%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind
around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
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gram is a dismal failure because there is not
enough water storage. Coalition members
expressed so much interest in Mr. Michael's
presentation that they decided to devote the
entire agenda of their next meeting to that
Col. Paul Grosskruger, commander of the
Jacksonville District of the U. S. Army Corps
of Engineers, will soon retire. The coalition
passed a resolution commending the colo-
nel for his work on Lake Okeechobee and
Everglades restoration issues and expressed
the desire that the Department of the Army,
the Department of the Interior and the State
of Florida consider appointing Col. Grosskru-
ger to a position where he can continue to
work with Everglades restoration.
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There
are active warrants for each of them. The cri-
teria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted
top five is based on the severity of the crime
in conjunction with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call
Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have
the option of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the information
results in an arrest.
William David Helms, DOB 2/11/1977,
5 ft 11 in Third Degree Grand Theft.
Felicia Jean Pringle DOB 7/23/1987,
5 ft 5 in, 1301bs VOP Grand theft, posses-
The following individuals were arrested on
felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Andrew Mark Richards, 17, N.W 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 16 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on take and hold warrants charg-
ing him with burglary of a conveyance, viola-
tion of probation burglary of a conveyance
and violation of probation grand theft. After
being booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
he was taken to the Department of Juvenile
Justice Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
Ethan Eugene William David Felicia
Harris II Helms Pringle
sion of hydrocodone, possession Alprazo-
Jesse James Lyng, DOB 2/9/1983, 6 ft,
1 in, 210 lbs Possession Carisoprodol, Re-
sisting w/o violence.
Brandon Wayne Ellis, DOB 4/11/1984,
5 ft, 6 inches, VOP Grand Theft Auto, Bur-
Howard Vincent Sims, Jr., 57, S.W. 11th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 16 by
Deputy Donnie Holmes on an Indian River
County warrant charging him with violation of
probation trafficking in cocaine. His bond was
set at $2,500.
Quninesha M. Ash, 15, N.W Second St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 16 by DOC's M.
Jonassaint on a charge of violation of probation
- aggravated assault. She was released on her
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
Jean Brandon Jesse James
Wayne Ellis Lyng
glary structure, grand theft.
Ethan Eugene Harris II, DOB 12-15-
1982, 5 ft. 8 in., 150 lb., From Belle Glade.
Wanted for attempted murder with a fire
arm. Caution: Armed and dangerous.
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in Hendry County
t In the news, 20 wild mustangs were
rounded up in Hendry County after appar-
ently being abandoned by whoever original-
ly adopted them from the Bureau of Land
Management. They were on the news and
they looked pretty bad. If anyone wants to
help donate some feed or adopt one of the
horses, contact the Hendry County Sher-
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I know some people in Okeechobee County
have some experience adopting and train-
ing mustangs so maybe someone can help
My husband saw these horses and
they were really poor. He said someone cut
the fence and
out on the
ranch. It seems
that the horses
that hard to
since they were i
adopted and '
a tat or some
type of tracker.
After all they
had to have
to cross state lines and there aren't that
many mustangs that come to Florida.
SMustangs are freeze branded with a
code that identifies where they came from
and I believe each has an individual number
so they can go back to the BLM records and
find out who adopted these horses. I hope
they press animal cruelty charges against
them. Just dumping the horses is wrong and
What is the proper, legal and caring
thing to do if you find yourself degrading from
good financial times in which you are able
to provide the expensive care for a bunch of
horses and then quite suddenly are not? I am
thinking that many people may have come
upon these times and cannot find anyone to
take them. Do the county humane societies
have the resources to take that many if they
were called upon to do so? I realize that it
is believed these horses were acquired out
west. I hope we are enlightened about the
reasons if they ever find out who dumped
them. I know of some people who used
to go out to Oklahoma and get some and
bring them back to Michigan to sell. What if
someone had orders for 20 horses, went and
got them, and then found out their people
would not take them? All very hypothetical,
I know. It's about the same as dropping cats
or dogs off near a farm except for the size.
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If people are hunting alligators, I guess
it makes sense they would just go down
to Nubbin Slough since the big reptiles are
sighted there on a regular basis. But they
should get a permit and do it right during
hunting season. Because if you hunt alliga-
tors out of season or without a permit, you
get in a lot of trouble with the law.
With the problems with the economy,
I know people can't donate cash the way
they did in previous years. But you can still
help the community by donating items you
no longer need. Real Life Children's Ranch
accepts donations for their charity yard sale.
Hospice and Goodwill both accept dona-
tions of household goods and clothing.
The new Habitat Restore accepts furniture
and household items. Okeechobee Special
Equestrians accepts donations of junked
cars. You get a tax credit for donating these
things that you no longer need. So clean out
the closets and the attic and do a little good
for your community.
Does anyone know how many cases
are in Okeechobee? I don't want my kids
becoming the guinea pigs. Editor's note: Ac-
cording to the Okeechobee County Health
Department, as of July 6 there were six con-
firmed cases of HIN1 virus in Okeechobee
Personally I have not had a flu shot
since I was in the Army because it was man-
datory every time I would get one I would
get the flu worse than it would if I hadn't
gotten one. Its been 30 years since then and
have had the flu maybe twice since then. I
wont be getting it and neither will child.
The H1NI seems to be dangerous for
certain high risk groups but not much dif-
ferent from other flu for most people. I think
they need to educate the public and let
people make their own decisions about vac-
cinations. Some of these vaccinations cause
more problems than they solve. I don't think
I want my child to get this shot. Most older
kids and healthy adults who get the flu have
a mild case and build up their own natural
immunity. I think they should just make it
voluntary and make the shots available at
no cost at the county health departments for
those who want them.
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How do we know if we have it? Editor's
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July 19, 2009
July 19, 2009
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Pauline G. Livatt
Pastor, Saint Stephens A.M.E. Church
Undertaking our Ministry
The mission of the church is to minister to
the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional
and environmental needs of all people by
spreading Christ's liberating gospel through
word and deed. Every local church is to seek
out and save the lost, and serve the needy
through a continuing program of preaching
the gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the na-
ked, housing the homeless, providing jobs for
the jobless, administering to the needs of those
in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums
and mental institutions, senior citizens' homes;
caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally
and socially disturbed and encouraging thrift
and economic advancement.
When we undertake our ministry we often
"Oh, that will never work."
"Been there, done that."
"We've tried to feed the hungry, and look,
we have more hungry."
How many times have you heard that as
your community poses a new idea, or a new
ministry? How may times have you said it?
I wonder how many of those responses
were on the tip of Peter's tongue as this itin-
erant preacher tells an experienced fisherman
where to fish. I wonder what caught Peter's
imagination and encouraged him to try again.
Perhaps it was the deeper water. Jesus said,
"Cast your net on the right side of the ship, and
you will find." (John 21:6) Jesus invites Peter
and us to "fish" in deeper water where we can-
not easily see the fish or the bottom, out into
places beyond our depth.
When a community of faith begins a min-
istry, it generally starts small and grows. Yes,
world hunger is a problem, especially in our
community. Let's start a food pantry, a clothing
ministry, and mentoring programs for the fami-
lies and children in our community. We also
need to come up with ways to provide jobs for
the jobless and give them training sessions on
how to apply and to dress for a job. This will
reduce the crime rate within our community.
What if we dare to fish in the deeper water?
The problem isn't the lack of people that serve
the community, it's the lack of service to the
community. For people of faith who undertake
ministries of compassion and injustice this sto-
ry carries an important message. If we dare to
move into deeper territory (the broader need)
the results can be awesome (our nets will be
full). The story also suggests that we will need
partners to land our catch successfully.
What stands in your way of taking Jesus' ad-
vice, of following Jesus' call? What keeps you
from casting your nets into deeper water? The
catch may be beyond your wildest dreams.
Letter to the Editor
2009/2010 County Budget
Concerning the July 10, Okeechobee News
report on the budget plans by the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC). My first com-
ment is to remind the BOCC whom they work
for and as one of those, I do not want to see
any additional taxes or assessment increases.
Just remember that additional equipment,
even if donated, cost to keep maintained. That
the BOCC is asking the constitutional officers
to reduce their budgets, reasonable request to
a degree. These are the same offices who will
return a large amount to the county to try to
offset the shortfall for this year.
I am really concerned about the sheriff's
office. I can work around the offices of the
other elected officials being closed a half day
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For informa-
tion or to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy
Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets
at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a cov-
ered dish for lunch, followed by a business meet-
ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and
are due in September. For information, call Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at
the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. All are welcome. For information call 863-
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915 Rotary Club of
Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
The meetings are open to the public. For infor-
mation, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
a week, but not the sheriff. The sheriff is, from
what I understand, already reducing his bud-
get estimate by some $1,000,000 and now you
want an additional cut of some $1,300,000. I
think the sheriff can do this, no problem, just
do not supply the security for the court house
and drop the jail from your responsibility. I
guess the BOCC may not realize these are not
your responsibility unless you select to do so.
This will reduce your expenses by millions
and leave you with much less of a headache.
I think you told them it would cost $1 million
plus for the new courthouse security, how
soon they forget.
So back to the BOCC. Let me say once
again that the Agri-Civic Center is costing over
$1,000,000 per year above what it generates
and is therefore subsidized by the tax payers.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
meets at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th
Ave, at 7 p.m. in the youth building behind the
church. For information, call Monika at 801-
3244 or Rocy at 610-0975.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
AI-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on
the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For more information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith
at 863-261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
(3rd quarter report ready yet BOCC?) Close it
down and open only for the rodeo and maybe
the fair and ag sale. You could send the em-
ployees to the court house security and to run
the jail and the inmates maintain the ag center
while not in use.
As for Mr. Bonner, I would suggest he look
at his immediate staff and their expenses. This
needs to be reviewed, maybe I'll do that. As for
the remainder of the county employees I am
sure none wants to lose their job but some-
thing will have to be done. Some paid holi-
days changed to non-paid holidays; sick pay
for sick people. Any employee who receives
a gross pay of a given amount has a percent
reduction on an increasing scale. Reduce by
1 percent below $30K a year then 1 percent
(or more) for each $10K increase; (30,000.01
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building
located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every Tuesday
and is open to all who deal with someone with ad-
dictions. There is support with this epidemic. The
meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 SE. Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
to 39,999.99 at 2 percent etc.). And naturally
no pay increases and continued freeze on re-
placement of employees unless required by
Just a reminder to those who are on a fixed
Social Security income, no Cost Of Living Ad-
justment (COLA) for two years thanks to our
congress and Mr. Change Obama. I was so
happy to see he got a good room for the G8
conference, only cost $13,000 per night. So
the 50,000,000 million on Social Security think
again at election time. Someone can keep his
change and give me my money back.
Tax time is soon upon us, save your money
so we can pay $3,000 per day on the Agri-Civic
Center to grow grass.
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Sons of the American
Legion host Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak dinner
on Sunday, July 19, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64, 501 SE Second
Dinner includes steak, baked potato, sal-
ad, roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and cof
fee. Live entertainment for your enjoyment.
The public is welcome. Donation is $12.
Main Street has general
Okeechobee Main Street will have their
quarterly General Membership Meeting on
Wednesday, July 22, 12 noon at the Brah-
ma Bull Restaurant on Hwy 441 SE.
All members and anyone interested in
Okeechobee Main Street are encouraged to
attend. For more information, call 863-357-
Free school/sports physicals
As a service to the community, the Visit-
ing Nurse Association's mobile medical clin-
ic will provide school and/or sports physicals
free of charge to any students in need of this
service on July 23 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Physicals are performed by Sandra Ripper-
Brown, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse
Practitioner), who is licensed in the State of
Florida to provide this service.
Parents and/or guardians are strongly
encouraged to bring any available medical
history information, as well as immuniza-
tion records and student identification. Visit
ing Nurse Association (VNA), 208 E.S. Park
Library book club meeting
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Book Club will meet on Thursday, July 23
at 6:00 p.m. in the library board room to dis-
cuss "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohialian.
The meeting is open to the public. For more
information call Jan Fehrman at 357-9980.
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VA to host local
The Dept of Veterans Affairs and
Okeechobee Community Based Outpatient
Clinic will be hosting an Open House on Sat
urday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the
Okeechobee Community Based Outpatient
Clinic, 1201 N. Parrott Ave.
All veterans are invited. Staff will be avail-
able to assist with healthcare and benefit
Lewis Thomas, 54
OKEECHOBEE Lewis Thomas died July 16,
2009, at Raulerson Hospital.
Born April 24, 1955 in Alliance, Ohio to the
late George and Margaret Thomas, he was a
truck driver and mechanic. He came to Okee
chobee from Wiersdale, Fla. in 1980. He was of
the Presbyterian faith and a member of the Li-
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 31 years,
Maureen Thomas of Okeechobee; two daugh-
ters, Christina (Kirby) Norman and Amanda
(Sonny) Baughman; grandsons, Denny Baugh-
man and soon to be born Baby Norman all of
Okeechobee; brother, George Thomas of
Woodstock, Ga.; and sisters, Peggy Newman of
Leesburg and Polly Clements of Umatilla.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009
until service time of 3 p.m. at Okeechobee Pres-
byterian Church with Reverend Loy Mershimer
Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Please make memorials to Okeechobee Pres-
byterian Church Memorial Fund or Food Pantry.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
The County Veterans Service Officer will
be available to answer VA benefit questions.
Registration and enrollment in VA Healthcare
will be conducted. Veterans who have been
previously denied due to excess income are
encouraged to reapply.
Refreshments will be provided. For fur-
ther information contact the VA Clinic at
863-824-3232 or the County Veterans Service
Office at 863-763-8124.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Lorayne Claire Johnson, 63
OKEECHOBEE Lorayne Claire Johnson
died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Lawnwood Re-
gional Medical Center.
Born December 26, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pa.,
she had been a resident of Okeechobee since
1971 and was an active member and past presi-
dent of the Merah Ladies of the Shrine and
member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed ce-
ramics, playing cards, and painting.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lo-
She is survived by her brother, Fred Kresser
and three nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday,
July 21, from 5 p.m. until service time of 6 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
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Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
July 13 and 14, ZUUS Med #F
Breaking $47.50 $50.00 250-300
Cutter $45.00 $52.50 300-350
Canner $28.00 $40.00 350-400
1000-1500 $53.00 $58.50 450-500
1500-2000 $56.00 $59.00 550-600
Monday Tuesday 600-650
Calves 251 1904
Cows 72 358 Med #2
Str 0 24 150-200
Hfrs 2 32 200-250
Bulls 12 25 250-300
Yrlngs 26 68 300-350
Mix 0 46 350-400
Total 363 2457 400-450
small #1 Steers Mfrs
450-500 90-95 82-84
We had lots of cattle this week.
Everything stayed pretty steady.
Lots of good heavy calves
showed up and there was good
demand. Pedro Rodriguez,
of Hialeah topped the calf
market with a high of $1.70, also
Fletcher Nail, Ft. Pierce, bought
by Curt Wilson. William Turner
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City Council On July 29, 2009
9:00 A.M., Following The Public Workshop, The Okeechobee
County Board Of County Commissioners Will At 9:30 A.M., Or
As Soon Thereafter, Hold A Public Hearing
At The Okeechobee County Health Department Building, 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
To Consider The Adoption Of
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, FACILITIES, AND PROGRAMS IN
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE IMPOSITION, APPORTIONMENT
AND COLLECTION OF AN EMS TAX ASSESSMENT; AUTHORIZING THE
IMPOSITION AND COLLECTION OF EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS AGAINST
PROPERTY; PROVIDING CERTAIN DEFINITIONS INCLUDING A DEFINITION FOR
THE TERM "EMS TAX ASSESSMENT"; ESTABLISHING A PROCEDURE FOR
IMPOSING EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF EMS TAX
ASSESSMENT PROCEEDS; PROVIDING THAT EMS TAX ASSESSMENTS
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AND AN ALTERNATIVE COLLECTION PROCEDURE; PROVIDING A MECHANISM
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PUBLISH: 7/19/09, OKEECHOBEE NEWS
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The camp was held July 13-17 at the Okeechobee High School. While at the
camp, children between the ages of 8-14 took part in varying activities that
included team sports, arts and crafts, environmental education and games.
OCSO deputies also put on different demonstrations during the week. "We
had a great group of kids," said OCSO Deputy Sergeant and School Re-
source Officer Mark Roberts. Sgt. Roberts, along with OCSO Deputy Lieu-
tenant Lester Yeates and other school resource officers, ran the camp. The
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is U-SAVE Manager Johnny Gant.
IGant Mr. Gant said it is true what people say
when they are in a life threatening situation.
Continued From Page 1 As he lay under tons of dirt some 28 years
ago, a lot of thoughts rushed through his
over the years with bowling, swimming, road head.
racing, wheel chair basketball, and coaching "You're going to do some thinking when
youth basketball. He lives in Lake Park. He you're underneath all that dirt," he said. "It's
coached for many years at the Wells Recre- true. People say they see bright lights and
ation Center in Riviera Beach. He said he is your whole life flashes in front of you for a
proud of the fact that the players he coached few seconds. I thought how is my Mom go-
all went to college and graduated, ing to take this and is my girlfriend going to
"I stayed positive from day one when I be a widow? I thought I was going to the
got hurt," he said. "If you sit around and do happy hunting ground."
nothing, you'll go to waste." Rescuers dug for close to 90 minutes be-
Mr Gant has gone
through nine operations
and has learned how
to dress, cook, push a
shopping cart, and do
other everyday activities.
He gets regular physical
therapy to keep up his
physical skills and mobil-
Mr. Gant was a
highly regarded high
school basketball player
for Okeechobee High
School. He ran track
in events like the 120
high hurdles and 440.
In basketball he prided
himself on defense and
blocked shots. "I didn't
care about scoring, but
I'd block a shot in a sec-
ond." Mr. Gant still aver-
age 17 points per game.
He remembers his
coaches Web Pell, Tom
Kingery and Gary Elliott.
He noted the team went ubmitted photo
to second round of post David Gant, a former Okeechobee High School Brahman
season one year. Back who ran track and played basketball, now plays tennis in
then they didn't have dis- a wheelchair league, where he has earned both state and
trict tournaments. national rankings. He encourages other handicapped
Mr. Gant still has persons to be as active as they can. "If you sit and do
family and friends in nothing, you'll go to waste," he said.
Okeechobee. His brother
fore they found Mr. Gant and another man
in the trench. He said because he was so
tall, the dirt hit him below the shoulder. If he
had been shorter, he likely would have been
killed or left a quadriplegic.
Mr. Gant said he hoped his story will in-
spire disabled people in Okeechobee. He
noted the worst thing you can do is give up
and do nothing.
"There is a nice tennis complex in
Okeechobee," he said. "It will be hard work
at first, but they'll find that they like it and
they'll stick with it."
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Okeechobee city council to face lengthy agenda
By Pete Gawda
When they meet Tuesday for their only
meeting this month, the Okeechobee City
Council will face a lengthy agenda as they
discuss an EMS tax assessment and a pos-
sible suspension of impact fees.
The council will have the first reading of
a proposed ordinance to establish an EMS
assessment. Based on their joint workshop
with the county commission on the assess-
ment, this topic should generate some dis-
Tara Minton of the Economic Council is
scheduled to request that the council tem-
porarily suspend and/or reduce impact fees.
This topic was brought before the council
once before with little response. However,
since then the county commission has dis-
cussed the issue several times and will be
looking at an ordinance to suspend county
impact fees when they meet later this week.
The council will also be considering a
resolution that would allow law enforce-
ment officials to impound a vehicle if there is
evidence the occupants have been engaged
in criminal conduct.
The mayor is scheduled to proclaim the
month of August to be Firefighter Appre-
Elder Affairs SHINE
program seeks volunteers
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs,
along with the Area Agency on Aging Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast, invites you to join the
award-winning SHINE team of volunteers.
This program helps elders make informed
decisions about Medicare, health insurance
and prescription drug plans.
SHINE volunteers provide individual
counseling and assistance to elders and their
caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-
ciation Month in the city, present a 20 year
service award to Lane Gamiotea, present a
15 year service award to Glenn Hodges, and
present certificates of appreciation to Mar-
sha Montesi and Allison Murphy for service
on the code enforcement board.
In other action, the council is expected
discuss the National Day of the Ameri-
consider a request to place a mobile
home in the Okeechobee Trailer & Fishing
consider a request to permit liquor sales
on Sunday at Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co.;
consider approving a declaration of
covenants, conditions and restrictions per-
If you go ...
What: Okeechobee City
When: 6 p.m. July 21
Where: City Council Cham-
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Okeechobee Kiwanis Club busy F ma aB
By Jim Vensel Paul Buxton a K-member requested addi- the program she has taken full responsibil- Free Hearing
Okeechobee Kiwanis Club tional funding for "Grad Night." We already ity for past actions, is employed and caring Evaluations
Over the past month the Okeehobee Ki- donated our yearly $1,000. Because of to- for her child. She is also getting ready to re- ll
wanis Club has had the opportunity to hear day's hard times and being such an impor- turn to school to further her education, and Call
from various quest speakers informing our tant event for our graduating students we most of all, has return to her faith thanking 877-4 8-F.HEAR
members, how funds are dispersed i n our approved an additional $500. the Lord for a second chance in life. She also 877498-HEAR
medumbtsa fundsst are dispese in ouni Grad Night began 22 years ago as a spe- gives special thanks for Judge Bryant's Drug 863467-5333
projects, informed on a newly formed Agri- cial Kiwanis project to protect our most Court for affording her another opportunity -
culture Emergency Contact Decal Program, precious jewels, our children. For 22 years in life rather than jail.
Boat Safety, Red Cross Heroes Program, there has not been one death or drug related Kiwanis believes in our youth and we are
Grad Night and Drug Court. incident as a result of Grad Night. Kiwanis fully committed to continue our support in
Mary Hurley, Assistant Superintendent graciously thanks the Buxton family for their whatever manor we can to meet the needs
and Renee Geeting Principal of South El- overwhelming generosity monetarily and for of our students in their educational needs U D I TB
ementary and several students came to chairing the event year after year. We thank and their safety. Come have lunch with us. A U D 1 L .
thank Kiwanis for the $1,000 donation to- our Sheriffs Department/City Police Depart- We meet every Thursday from noon to 1 Hearing Care Centers
ward "Reading is Fundamental" a program
that enables the school system to purchase
additional reading materials enhancing the
reading skills at the elementary level. Read-
ing is Fundamental is an ongoing Kiwanis
project giving no less than a thousand dol-
lars per year.
Sharon Vinson, Treasure of the Okeecho-
bee Educational Foundation Inc. came to
thank Kiwanis for the $1,500 Dick & Marge
Blair Memorial Elementary Mini Math Grant.
South Elementary, Seminole Elementary
and Central Elementary were recipients of
the grant receiving $500 each.
Mrs. Brown, third grade teacher from
South utilized their funds to purchase mate-
rials to create a wide variety of instant math
centers. Each math center is geared toward
making it a fun way to learn their math
Mrs. Padgett, third grade teacher from
Seminole Elementary, utilized the funds
to purchase elapsed time teacher manipu-
latives, elapsed time games, timers, and
geared student clocks that allow students
to see time pass in a real time manner. The
manipulatives will continue to make a huge
difference in Mrs. Padgett's instruction and
in the children's understanding of elapsed
Mrs. Howard, Kindergarten/First Grade
Teacher, Central Elementary. Kindergarten
students will be using the sensory math kits,
3D and texture cards, to stimulate retention
of learning numbers and basic counting con-
cepts. First grade students will use the ad-
dition and subtraction kits to improve their
speed at which, each student accomplished
simple adding and subtracting facts.
Over the past ten years our Club has do-
nated $43,000 in Scholarships.
ment for their time and all the volunteers
who worked through the night.
Noel Stephen, Undersheriff introduced
Deputy Hazellief who presently is oversee-
ing his dream project the Agriculture Emer-
gency Contact Decal Program (AECDP)
established guidelines for a countywide sys-
tem for the immediate contact of livestock,
citrus, horticulture, and aquaculture owners
during emergencies that relate to their busi-
ness property and/or livestock. This system
will facilitate the use of law enforcement
personnel more efficiently in locating and
informing owners of emergencies that take
place on their properties.
Teresa Chandler, Chairman of Red Cross's
newly formed program Heroes In the Park
requested a club donation, which the mem-
bers approved $100 as a Gold Sponsor. All
monies donated stay right here in Okeecho-
bee and are used for disaster relief.
Dowling Watford introduced Col. Daniel
Moore from the United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary. Col. Moore informed members on
water and boat safety. Important points of
the topic; don't forget to put those life jackets
on each person in the boat. Make sure you
have plenty of water on hand in case you get
stranded. Make sure your boat is properly in-
spected, which is free by the USCGA. Make
sure you have a back up radio. To learn
more call 1-937-335-0877.
The most moving moment for members
came when a young female gave her testi-
mony on her drug/alcohol abuse. This was a
young lady who had only three ways to go in
her life. One, continue on drugs/alcohol and
die, two, get arrested, which she did, third,
seek help, which she did through Judge Bry-
ant's Drug Court, a one-year commitment
program. Now that she has graduated from
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Beginning (On or About) June 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009
IN COMPLIANCE WITH Federal Air Regulations of the Federal Aviation Agency, Public Notice is hereby given
that the Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District of Buckhead Ridge, Glades County, Florida has authorized
Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. to apply insecticides approved and labeled for this use over
the congested areas of the community known as Buckhead Ridge by low flying aircraft at altitudes under 500
feet from time to time through the mosquito season of 2009.
Populations of both potential disease hearing and pest mosquitoes will be surpressed by spray flights with-
in the area. All such flights will be made in the public interest at such times as are considered necessary and
under such conditions as are considered effective and safe for the purpose of providing comfort and public
health protection for residents.
Spray flights will be made over congested areas which ordinarily cannot be adequately treated for the sup-
pression of adult mosquitoes with ground equipment
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Fourth District Court denies Alvarez's appeal A REALM 0
By Eric Kopp tective Sergeant T J. Brock, of the Okeecho- tang convertible. After killing them, Alvarez B R I E R
Okeechobee News bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO). He was then set the car on fire. The car and bodies I
An Okeechobee man then given a voice stress test by OCSO Detec- were found on N.E. c ath St. boes at
convicted in the 2006 tive M.D. Faulkner, and when thatwas endedR
Alvarez was interrogated again by Sgt. Brock. Robert Udell, who represented AItyou're looking to
murder of a local man A r was ingtd ntrgai tt trial, argued that his client was taking the fall f OU'r king to
and woman saw his ap- varez confessed to the killings, for his brother, Junior Alvarez. "You might
District Court of Appeals At the heart of the appeal was that Sgt. not take the fall for a family member, but save MOI -
earlier this weekBrock gave Alvarez a pre-printed Miranda he is," Mr. Udell told the jury in his closing h i 't t S da sP
Mark Anthsony Alvarez rights form and read it aloud. Then, before who isn aVS
and his attorneys raised the voice stress test, Detective Faulkner gave statement. "Have you never heard of that
issues fttor appeal in re Mark A. Alvarez a pre-printed Miranda rights form happening before? That's what's happening -- subscribing to the
gard to his June 2007 trial Alvarez and went over it with him. in this case." Sgt. Brock, however, said he
inard to w hich he was found Sgt. Brock then questioned Alvarez a sec- spoke with Junior Alvarez during the inves- Okeechobhe News
guilty of killing Wayne Lindon Tenney an d ond time and it was at the end of this inter tigation and could find no evidence that he
Elizabeth Johnson. rotation that Alvarez confessed. However ad any responsibility in the case. is a real ba i
......h/c nnel at utiumemeruu'indv ab(ulse tha-a hmcll
The appeals court handed down its rul-
ing Wednesday, July 15. Alvarez, 20, was
sentenced to two life sentences for the kill-
ings and another 15 years for second de-
gree arson. Each murder charge carries a
minimum mandatory prison sentence of 25
years. The minimum mandatory sentence
on the arson charge is 10 years. This means
Alvarez will have to serve a mandatory 65
years in prison. Alvarez, through his public
defenders, argued that his Miranda warning
failed to tell him he had he right to have an
attorney present before questioning.
Carey Haughwout and Margaret Good-
Earnest, from the public defenders office in
West Palm Beach, also argued that their cli-
ent's subsequent confession was given after
he clearly invoked his right to remain silent.
Alvarez was first questioned by former De-
Sgt. Brock did not read the Miranda rights
form again, that the confession should be
The trial court denied that motion, and
the appeals court confirmed that denial.
As for Alvarez invoking his right to remain
silent, the appeals court ruled that he was
given his Miranda rights both orally and in
writing and that he was adequately informed
that "... he had the right to a court-appointed
attorney at all times, both prior to and during
questioning." The high court went on to say
that he was specifically told that he had the
right to an attorney "at this time."
Alvarez was found guilty of killing Mr.
Tenney and Miss Johnson on Jan. 8, 2006,
by shooting each of them in the head with
a .38 caliber revolver while they sat in Miss
Johnson's 2004 40th anniversary Ford Mus-
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Lucy Hatfield and Patricia Ann Fryar
will have to appear before the special
magistrate to answer charges of having
a condemned mobile home on their N.E.
Seventh Lane property, at Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement Special Mag-
istrate hearing at 2 p.m., July 21, at the
Okeechobee County Health Department
Auditorium, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. In ad-
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Lake area land uses proposed community Brief
By Charles M. Murphy
Pete Quasias of the Audubon Society up-
dated the Galdes County Commission last
week on discussions over the purchase of
land near Lake Hicopochee in Glades County
as part of the purchase of United States Sug-
ar. He urged Glades County to participate in
meetings that discuss the Everglades, under
the Water Resources Advisory Council of the
South Florida Water Management District.
By the end of this summer, the committee
will present three plans for the lands around
Lake Hicopochee to the Governing Board of
Commissioner Paul Beck talked about
recent developments with Curry Island in
Lakeport. He noted the County lease will be
extended in that area. Grants will be avail-
able through the state to provide infrastruc-
ture if boat docks, rest rooms, Indian huts,
wildlife viewing areas, walkways, and hiking
and biking paths are pursued by the County.
State Representative Denise Grimsley an-
nounced that the state will likely approve a
grant within 30 days to build a new health
department complex in Glades County. She
thanked Congressman Tom Rooney and
State Senator J.D. Alexander for their assis-
tance. The dollars will come from federal di-
saster funds set aside earlier this decade for
hurricane relief, Ms. Grimsley stated.
In other business, the commission ap-
proved a small scale amendment to their
comprehensive plan to change the future
land use map on just under 20 acres at 9555
Main Street in Palmdale from agriculture res-
idential to commercial. Bessie Enterprises of
Punta Gorda would like to expand the Sabal
Palms RV park by 71 RV sites and also build
a bath house and activity center.
Commissioners will hold a budget work-
shop on Wednesday, July 22, at 9 a.m. They
set their first budget hearing for Monday,
July 27, at 6 p.m.
Big Lake Mission to sponsor
school supply drive
Big Lake Mission Outreach is currently spon-
soring their annual school supplies drive for their
needy families. Last year the Mission helped 135
children with their list, but this year the need is
even greater. They will be accepting donations
Town Home $650.00
1804 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee
up until school starts on Aug. 24. Most all school
supplies are needed (No Trapper Keepers). For a
complete list, check out the local stores or call the
schools. The mission will gladly accept checks
made out to the Mission and staff can do the shop-
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more information or drop off locations.
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The second Local Mitigation Strategy to be covered on the mitigation project pri-
meeting will be held on Monday, July 20, in ority list as follows:
the Okeechobee County Planning and Zon- Stormwater improvement projects;
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At this meeting the Local Mitigation roads, and other structural improvements;
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new mitigation project proposal list. Items Okeechobee Utility Authority projects.
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1st last & sec. All utils
including cable & inter-
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2/1, New fir tile. Incds
Water, Elec. $800 mo.
+ sec. 863-697-6428
Oak Lake Villa #53- 2/2
furn., TV, W/D, Linens,
etc. Immaculate, $950
+ Dep (863)634-3313
OAKLAKE VILLA 17 -
Good cond., $800/mo.
1st, last & $500 sec. Call
2 BR/lB w/large den;
fenced yard washed.
Near Taylor Creek Bridge.
ACRES 4.4 w/3BR, 2BA
in Equestrian neighbor-
hood. W&D, Barn,
Fenced, Private. Pets
okay. Jacuzzi. $800 mo.
BASSWOOD, 3/2 new
home, fenced yard.
$1100/mth, 1st, last &
BHR 3BR, 1/2BA, Fur-
nished, new appl. W/D,
on water, cable and
yard maint. ind. $900
FOR RENT: 3/2 House,
2 car garage, C/Air &
Heat, W&D Hook Up in
garage. On Eagle Bay
Dr., Call (863)634-9330
IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA,
W&D, porch, lawn serv.
small pet ok, Non-smk.
env., $800 mo. + $500
IN TOWN 3BR/2BA,
laundry rm., porch, gar-
age, lawn svc., non-
smkg. env., small pet
OK. $1,000 mo. + $800
sec. (941) 504-3954
LEAVE THE CITY Live
in the country! 3/2
Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $595, FLS, appl's,
lease, plus utilities.
OKEE 3BR, 2BA, Newly
remodeled. All apple. NO
PETS. 2272 NW 4th St.
$850 mo. + $600 sec.
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $1000 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
RIVER ACRES Cozy
cottage 1/1, on the wa-
ter. Furn. w/Dock,
utils., Satellite, clean.
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Call the Auctioneers 800-711-9175!
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Call (561)718-1212 or
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For more listings,
CBS 4/2 + efficiency,
in ground pool, fenced,
metal roof, .48 acres,
2,000 + s.f, $149,900
CBS w/metal roof, com-
pletely remdeled. Hwy
70 East. $79,000. Call
Brandi at (863)634-3407
Okeechobee Real Estate
Pioneer Estates 3/1
CBS, 1/2 acre, needs
work, newer roof,
$69,000. Debra Pinson,
I I e .
lba with large back
porch & front porch on
large scenic, wooded,
fenced lot. $700 mo. Also
a 1 br, Iba $500 mo. Call
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IN THE IRCUIT COUr OF THE
CIRCUIT OF TE STATE OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
CASE NO. 2009 CA 278
TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORT-
MATTHEW LEE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF MATTEW LEE" BRANDON B.
TANKERSLEY; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF BRANDON B. TANRSLOEY; IF
LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID OEFENODANT(S), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED,
T6E RESPEC-VE UNKNOWN HEIRS
CREDITS, LIENORS, AND TRUS!
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAME DEFEN-
DANTS); FLORIDA LIVING, ;
MHEH DISSOLVED OR PRES-
ENTLY EXISTING TOGETHER WITH
ANY GRAN4E0S, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, U IRS OR TRUS-
TEES OF SAID DEFENDANTs) AND
ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH UNDER, OR AGAINST
DEFENDANT S); UNKNOWN TENANT
H1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
TO: BRANDON B TA0 NKERSLEYIF
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF
REMARRIED AND IF DECEASED
THE RESPE0IVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVIS EES, GRANTEES, ASIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
Ohos Sresdene a/Is unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to ie
your aner or wrien denses
any, in the above proceeding wuh
the Clerk of this Court, and to serve
a copy tereof upon the pinff's
aoey, Law Ofcesof Danel
onugra, 9204 King Palm De,
Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone
1813 915-8660 facsimile
813) 91-05S9, within thirty days of
the first publicatlon of this Notice,
the nature of this proeeding being a
it for foreoure of mortgage
against O following derbed prop-
eftO, to 0t:
LOT I OF rACT 14 OF THE
EAST 1/2 Of THE EAST 1/2 OF
TH1E NORTH 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 14, SEC-
WION 36, TOWNSIP 34
SOUt0 RANGE 33 EAST AND
LOT 3, TRACT 14 OF THE WEST
1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 112 OF THE SOUTH
1/2 OF TRACT 14, NECION
36, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT OHEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4,
PAGES 3A THROUGH 3D, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNlF, FLOeI-
14M30 NW 2SDTH STREET AND
14882 NW 2510TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
If you fail to file your answe or
women defere in the above pro-
ceeding, on plaintff's attorney, a de-
foult null be entered against you for
the relief demanded In the Complaint
DATED at OKEEHOEE County
this Bth day of July, 2009.
Oerk of tha Crcuit Court
By: Arle. Neatis
NO Depu Clerk
NOlrCE REGARDING THE
DISABILTES ACT OF 1990; In
acuomdanne with the Americans
Wiot Diablitie Act, peA ss
needing a peial a mada-
on to partidpate in this pro-
Adminrstaton n later than
seven days preor to the procesd
im at 250 NW Coumntr Club
Dve, Port St. Lude, lodida
34986,(772) 807-4370 within
two working days o2 your ri
cHipt of this notice= IF YOU ARE
HSONG IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8771; IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
327023 ON 7/12,19/09
The classifieds are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
IN ThE IRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOB
CASE NO. 47-2009 -0 9
CHASE HOME FINANCE ULC,
BLUE BISHOP AKA
BLUE C. BISHOP, et al,
TO: BASHLEY GAR1A
LAST KNOWN AORESS:
2276 NW6th ST 4
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
N/K/A CHARITY HOPE LEE
N/K/A CHAIT HOPE LEE
N/K/A CHARITY HOPE LEE
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
2874 NW 3Sth Avenue
Okeeshoaee, Fl 34972
LAST KNOWN AL RESS:
2874 NW 35th Avenue
Oeehobee, F 134972
CURRENT A RESS:
2874 NW 35'o Avenue
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAME
INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MY CLAIM AN INTEREST
SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRanT ADDRESSM: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an aihon
to foro a mortgage the fol-E
LOT 47, BLOCK 51, BASSWOOD
UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED
IN PLMAT BOOK 3, PAGE Sl, OF
onE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
has ben filed against you and you
fte 11rquiblatedfo if any, on Fod-
da Default Law Group, RL Paintiffs
attorney, whose adress is 9119
Tampa Florda 33634, and file the
original with this Court either before
default will be entered against you
for the relf demanded in the Com-
plaint or petiton
Thi noace shall be published one
each week for 1- consetve
weeks in the Okeechobee News (In-
WTNESS my hand and the seal of
this Coort on this 20th day of May,
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
AS Deputy Oe&k
327663 ON 7/19,26/09
NOTICE OF CONSIDERATIONS OF PROPOSED
OTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wll be held before the Okeehobe
:Couinty Planning BOard On Tuesday, July 2, 2009 at 7:00 pM in th
:ommissio Neeng Room Okeeahobee County Health Deparnent Audi
orin, 0728 NW 91h Aene, Oheehobee, Florida o nsider a reAqus
ora change in zoning from te n eistng dasficatos of Commeral (C
id Residential Single Famiy SF to h proposed oassifcatn of Hear
ornmnercial (C-2). The pompery /owner and appdlant is Rondo Communit
ealth Center The property addes is 22S NW 20th Lane. The property i
noe parrculary desrbed as follows:
LOTS 4, AND6, TOGETHER WITH LOTS 11,12 13, 14, 5 6 18
19, 20. 21 22 2 24 25 AND 26 OF BLOC 21, CONfORI HIGH
LANDS1 ACCObRDIN TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOe
1, PAGE 21 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLOM,
DA LESS THE FOLLOWING PORTION OF LOTS 4, 5 AND 6: BEGIN A"
THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 4; THENCE SOUTH 000858
EAST ON THE EAST LINE OF SAID LOTS 4, 5 AND 6 FOR 150,04 FEET T(
THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 6; THENCE SOUTH 894350
WEST ON 20(E SOUTH ONE OF SAID LOT 6 FOR 10.35 FEET; THENCI
NORTH M'EW04" WEST 150.03 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH IHI
NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 4; THENCE NORTH 89-4350" EAST ON SAI[
NORTH UNE 10.31 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
hn the event that all oems scheduled before the Boaid are not heard, ithi
lea s shall be continued to Wednesday, uly29,2009 at 700pminthi
ommsio Meenng Room, Okeeco= e County curTouse, 304 NW 2"(
b2et, Okeechobee, Roda.
k SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to nsider the reqest for a cheage ii
oning will be held befor the Board of County Commtssionem on Thus
lay, August 13, 2009 at 9:00 am in the Okeobee County Health Depart
nent Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, oheechobee, Flonda,
kLL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEAR[
kT THIS PUBLIC HEARING, Any person deciding to appeal any decision Ir
he Board of Conty Commistone tho e Board of Adjustments and Ap
leals with respect to any matter consrided at thes meetings or hearing
,ill need to ensure thatn a verbatim reord of thFe proeding is maUde an
hat the record includes the tesmony and edence upon whih the adpea
,ill be based. Conty Clerk and Planning and Deveopment tapes are fo
he sole purpo of backup for offial ord of the erk and of the Plan
Vilam D. Roye Planning Director
toon # R-E204S-084
126506 ON 7/10,19/09
NOTIE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enfoement
he Okeechobee County Spedal Magirate wll hold a pPlic aing or
esday, July 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The publ meeting wll be held at o i
keechobee Couinty Health Deparebnt Auditorium, located at 172I NW
ith Aenue, Okeheobee Floda. For more informant, mntac Faye Huff
nan at the Planing an Development Depatmet, 499 N.W. St Aen.e
oeechobee, Fleda 304972, (863) 82-305.
i Interested parties shall hae the opportunity to be heard at this publ
hneeoing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enfore
nent Spedal Nagstrate wio respect to any matter considered at thi
neetng will needto enu that a rbim reord of the poeedings it
nade and that the ecord Inudes the testimony and eidee upon whid
he appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tape are for h0 sole purlos
f backup for official records of the Department,
'ye HRuffian, Seoreary to the
:ode Enforcement S, al NadItrate
127300 ON 7/17,9/09
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Xplosion cheerleading to join with Pop Warner football
By Charles M. Murphy
Pop Warner President James Shockley
announced a partnership with Xplosion
cheerleading for the 2009 fall football sea-
Victoria Osteen and Paige Cloud will be
cheer coordinators for Pop Warner.
Xplosion is the only competitive cheer
leading tumbling gym in Okeechobee. They
are nationally ranked. All of their coaches
are certified. They have an indoor facility for
It is the first time Okeechobee has had
football cheerleaders that are able to prac-
tice in a gym.
"I think it's great and hopefully it will
strengthen our cheerleading in Pop War-
ner," Shockley said, "Her mom has worked
Charles Murphy/Okeechobee News
Pop Warner President James Shock-
ley (right) has announced a partner-
ship with Xplosion Cheerleading for
the 2009 fall football season. Victoria
Osteen (left) will be a cheer coordina-
tor for Pop Warner.
with Lake Placid Pop Warner in the Peace
River Conference for years."
Osteen said she thinks it will be wonder-
ful for her organization. "It's a way to give
back to the community, train them the way
they're supposed to be, it's great."
Boys and girls ages 5-15 can sign up to
be cheerleaders. Anyone interested can
stop by the new Xplosion gym at 3125 SW
3rd Terrace. The phone number is 863-441-
Signup forms will be available. Osteen
said she expects a good response. "It's a
great way for the kids to get involved and
not spend big bucks."
The cost is $75 for cheerleading.
Signups also continue for football play-
ers. Practices begin on August 1. Anyone in-
terested in signing up for football can con
tact James Shockley at 863-634-3482. Late
signups will be accepted until August 1.
The Pop Warner also plans to hold the
Treasure Coast Conference jamboree in
Okeechobee which includes 140 football
teams and 130 cheerleading teams. It is
held at the Okeechobee soccer fields on
August 29 and 30.
"It will be two days of daylight to dark
football," Shockley noted.
He said there will be a huge economic
impact for local businesses.
A fund raiser golf tournament for Pop
Warner will be held on August 1 at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club.
Pop Warner begins their fifth year this
fall. They have a number of championships
and teams that qualified for the post season
over the years. "I'm pleased that we can
add Xplosion to our team."
He noted it should better prepare young
people to be ready for high school.
Xplosion all stars offers year round com-
petitive cheer leading programs. Osteen
noted she is volunteering her coaching ser-
vices to help the community.
She noted the partnership might also
help get more girls and boys interested in
competitive cheerleading in Okeechobee.
Pop Warner Xplosion cheerleading sign-
ups continue until August 15 at Xplosion at
3125 SW 3rd Terrace. Children ages 5-15
can participate. They must bring a copy of
their report card, wallet size picture, and
birth certificate to sign up. For more infor-
mation call 863-441-3826 or 863-634-3482.
The cost is for football players and cheer
leaders is $75 apiece.
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July 19, 2009