Vol. 101 No. 49 Friday, April 23, 2010
500 Plus tax
By Pete Gawda
A recent audit revealed that
the county needs to change some
The Thursday, April 22 meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County
Commission was short for the
second week in a row with the
budget warning being the most
Julie Fowler of The NCT Group
presented an overview of the au-
dit her firm conducted on finan-
cial practices for the fiscal year
that ended Sept. 30, 2009. She
stated that the county used gen-
erally accepted financial practices
and that the county received the
desired "clean and qualified au-
dit." However, she did caution
against some unacceptable prac-
tices which could cause problems
later on if not corrected.
Over the last five years she
stated that there has been a
downward trend of revenues and
expenditures. However the trend
showed revenues going down
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Alert and proactive corrections
officers at the Okeechobee Cor-
rectional Institute (OCI) apparently
halted yet-to-be-determined plans
of inmates when they found 28 cell
phones and chargers.
OCI Corrections Officer Walter
McHargue III and Corrections Of-
ficer Joe Gaucin found the phones
about 100 yards from the prison's
main entrance. The phones were
wrapped in electrical tape, placed
in sealable plastic sandwich bags
then put into a plastic shopping
"It was quite a find," said Paula
Bryant, a public information spe-
cialist with the Florida Department
of Corrections (DOC). "Cell phones
in a prison are a serious problem.
They can be sold or bartered-any
way that can benefit the person."
DOC Secretary Walter McNeil
said cell phones also pose a threat
to prison security.
"They're used by inmates to
coordinate escape attempts, in-
timidate witnesses, introduce con-
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faster than expenditures. Fund balances
have also gone down. Standard accounting
practices call for fund balances to be greater
than two months of operating expenses.
As of September 30, 2009, Ms. Fowler said
there was less than one month of operating
expenses held in reserve in some accounts.
The audit revealed that last year the coun-
ty was dipping into reserves for operating
expenses not a recommended accounting
However, Ms. Fowler added: "We feel
you are headed in the right direction."
The county has enacted a "floor" on re-
serves and adopted a policy that would re-
quire a four fifth-majority to go below the re-
serve floor and would require a repayment
"It's not a financial emergency," she said.
"It's a financial condition for concern."
The audit recommended that additional
monitoring be placed on the emergency
medical system bill collecting process.
"We are chasing expenditures with reve-
nues we don't have," commented Okeecho-
bee County Administrator Lyndon Bonner.
"We did make improvements," Mr. Bon-
ner added. "I'm pleased with the audit over-
all. It could have been a lot worse."
"I think it is urgent," Commissioner Ray
Domer said of the financial situation.
Deputy County Administrator Robbie
Chartier stated that for the month of March,
revenues exceeded expenditures.
On the recommendation of Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins, the
board accepted a FEMA Assistance to Fire-
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traband like drugs and weapons into the
prison and engage in numerous other illegal
activities," he said.
Ms. Bryant said no drugs were found with
the phones, which were located just outside
the prison grounds.
Officer McHargue, who has worked at
OCI since January of 1999, became curious
when an inmate on his work crew twice
asked if he could mow a particular area be-
hind the OCI warehouse.
Officer McHargue and Officer Gaucin,
who has been with OCI since September
of 2001, then searched the area behind the
warehouse and found the phones.
"We don't know how long they had been
there, but they had been exposed to the ele-
ments," said Ms. Bryant.
While she didn't know what type of
phones were found, Ms. Bryant said they are
normally "drop" phones which can be pur-
chased at nearly any convenience store.
DOC staff is trained to perform daily in-
fighters Grant in the amount of $176,400.
Chief Hopkins said the grant would be used
to purchase an ionic device for disinfect-
ing the ambulances, radio headsets for the
ambulances and fire trucks and a computer
based tracking system that would allow the
safety officer to track all firefighters inside a
burning building. This is a 10 percent match-
ing grant with the county's share being
$17,640. Chief Hopkins said this grant was
unanticipated and that he had already bud-
geted $28,000 to purchase headsets to go
with the new radio system. The good news
is that these budgeted funds can be used to-
ward the county's portion of the grant and
no additional funds would have to be appro-
Turning to another item, the board ap-
proved receipt of a Federal Aviation Admin-
istration Grant of $78,600 for relocation and
replacement of the rotating beacon at the
Okeechobee County Airport. This is a match
grant with the Florida Department of Trans-
portation and the county each paying two
and a half percent. The contract was award-
ed to ITRAN Partners, Inc. of Naples.
In other action, the board:
delayed until next meeting adoption of
a resolution honoring Judge William Hen-
dry since the judge was not present;
approved expenditure of $25,000 in
emergency medical service grant funds
for two sets of Champion Rescue Tools for
emergency medical services;
granted a request from Chaka Smith to
use the Douglas Park Auditorium for a sum-
mer camp for eight weeks for $2,200; and
declined to declare a particular county
owned property in Viking as surplus but di-
rected staff to propose a policy dealing with
county owned property in Viking.
spections of items both inside and outside
prison grounds that may look innocent, but
may contain contraband. Examples of these
'innocent' items include empty drink con-
tainers, fast food restaurant bags and other
Ms. Bryant also said that the Department
of Inspector General office has two dogs that
are trained specifically to locate cell phones.
In fiscal year 2008-09, 1,018 cell phones
and 297 chargers were found and seized in
Florida prisons. Many times these phones
are found by one of the DOC's eight drug
detecting canine teams since drugs and
phones are often hidden together.
On Oct. 1, 2008, it became a third-degree
felony to smuggle cell phones or similar por-
table communications devices into a state
prison. A third-degree felony is punishable
by up to five years in prison.
Ms. Bryant said it's not known how the
phones were going to be smuggled into the
OCI facility, but since they were wrapped in
electrical tape, it's possible they were going
to be hidden in a body cavity.
She went on to say that the incident is
currently under investigation by the inspec-
tor general's office.
Victor Elliot to present program on Orchids
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the Exten-
sion Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Local grower Victor Elliott will present a program on Car-
ing for Orchids in the Spring. He will also bring orchids to sell. The Garden Club will meet
beforehand at 6 p.m. For more information please call extension at 863-763-6469.
April 23, 2010
Attention Riverside National Bank
of Florida Customers:
At the close of business on Friday, April 16, 2010,
TD Bank, N.A. entered into an agreement with the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to acquire certain
assets and liabilities of Riverside National Bank of Florida.
This means that TD Bank now stands behind the deposits of
Riverside National Bank of Florida Customers, and going
forward, we will conduct Riverside's day-to-day operations.
As former Riverside National Bank of Florida Customers,
you are now Customers of TD Bank. Your deposits are safe,
sound and readily accessible. You can continue to conduct
your banking exactly as you did with Riverside National Bank
of Florida. At this time, your account numbers will remain
the same. You can continue using your existing checks, ATM
and debit cards, and online banking. You DO NOT have to
take any action to transfer your account to TD Bank, and
the FDIC insurance remains in effect. If you already have
deposit accounts with TD Bank, your new deposits are
separately insured by the FDIC for at least six months from
April 16, 2010. This grace period gives you time to restructure
your accounts if necessary. You can negotiate rates or terms,
or withdraw funds from your deposits without penalty until
you enter a new agreement with TD Bank, provided you are
not using your deposits to secure a loan. TD Bank participates
in the FDIC's Transaction Account Guarantee Program
which means that through December 31, 2010, all TD Bank
Customers' non-interest-bearing transaction accounts are fully
guaranteed by the FDIC for the entire amount in the account.
Coverage under the Transaction Account Guarantee Program
is in addition to and separate from the $250,000 coverage
available under the FDIC's general deposit insurance rules.
As a deposit Customer, you will receive a letter via U.S. Mail,
sent April 23, 2010, which will include procedures for how to
claim your deposits in a "Notice to Depositors" and "Notice
of Changes to your Interest Bearing Accounts" as well as
notification of any interest rate changes. Your existing interest
rates will be in effect until April 23, 2010.
TD Bank will be reviewing the Riverside National Bank of
Florida accounts over the next few months and Customers will
be notified in advance of changes. In the meantime, if you
have questions or need additional information, please stop by,
call 1-888-751-9000, or visit www.riversidenb.com
April 23, 2010 Okeechobee News
Vero Beach man killed in crash
By Eric Kopp
An investigation into the cause of a single-
car fatality accident early Tuesday on U.S. 98
N. is continuing, indicated an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) report.
Steven Scott Hill, 46, of Vero Beach, was
killed when he apparently lost control of the
1996 Nissan Maxima he was driving. He was
pronounced dead at the scene by emergen-
cy medical personnel, indicated a report by
Submitted photo/Okeechobee City Police Department
Officers named employees of the year
Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Davis (center) recently announced that
dispatcher Aurelio Almazan (left) and Officer Scott Morgan (right) had been
named as employees of the year at the Okeechobee City Police Department.
They were honored for "their hard work and dedication," said Chief Davis.
Okeechobee Arrest Report
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 Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Steven Allen Albritton, 20, N.W 84th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 12 by
Detective Rick Durfee on a charge of deal-
ing in stolen property. His bond was set at
Evelyn Carbrera, 49, U.S. 98 N.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 20 by De-
tective Rick Durfee on felony charges of
possession of a controlled substance and
driving while license suspended/revoked
with knowledge habitual offender. She was
also arrested on misdemeanor charges of
possession of a legend drug without a pre-
scription and possession of a drug not in a
prescription bottle (two counts). Her bond
was set at $5,500.
Benjamin M. Britnell, 22, S.E. 38th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 21 by Of-
ficer Charles Green on a charge of driving
while license suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $3,000.
Wayne Powell Woodham II, 30, N.W
Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested April
22 by Deputy Thomas Kitchen on a felony
charge of leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage. He was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at $1,000.
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 wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.
OCSO Deputy Adrian Rogers.
Mr. Hill was the only person in the car,
and no other vehicles were involved.
Deputy Rogers stated that Mr. Hill was
northbound on U.S. 98 N. around 4:44 a.m.
when, for reasons unknown, he ran off the
road then over-corrected. The over-correc-
tion caused the vehicle to spin around until
it slid into a mailbox and into a ditch where
it then became airborne.
The car then struck a telephone service
box, a fence and then a pine tree.
According to Deputy Rogers, his inves-
tigation into the cause of the accident will
remain open until he receives the autopsy
result and the toxicology report.
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We are pleased to announce that Ms. Penny Revels and Ms. Deanna
Hardin are the winners of the naming contest for Okeechobee's own
assisted living community.
The Heritage reflects our commitment to our community.
We welcome everyone to
Chamber of Commerce
Koffee Klatch on
April 22nd at 8 AM where 7
representatives will be .
available to answer ques- -
tions. We also invite you to the official ground breaking ceremony at the
site on 608 NE Second Avenue, at 12 noon on April 30th 2010. For
further information, please contact Lou O'Bannon at (863) 697-3813 cell
or 863-467-7865. Refreshments will be served at both occasions.
April 23, 2010
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ing place. Thanks for participating!
If you live in the Lazy 7 or Sunset Air-
strip area, be aware that there are raccoons
on the prowl in the area. They look cute, but
they can create a lot of mess and they can also
carry disease. You can discourage raccoons
and other wild animals from coming into your
yard by making sure you do not leave anything
out that will attract them. Do not leave dog
or cat food out at night. Empty the pet dishes
or take them inside. Use garbage cans with
locking lids. Do not put out garbage in bags
or open cans. Raccoons will rip right through
plastic bags and they can easily knock over or
climb into an open garbage can. If you store
pet food in a garage or shed, put it in an air-
tight container with a locking lid. A raccoon's
sharp claws will rip open a paper bag of pet
food. Also make sure all of your pets are up
to date on their vaccinations, as they might
come in contact with a wild animal that could
Pain clinics are a joke. People "doctor
shop" and get several prescriptions of differ-
ent things and die of overdose.
Every pain management clinic should
test their patients prior to another prescrip-
tion is written. There should be no reason
why a doctor does not drug test his patients
on a monthly basis.
Anybody else wonder why all of the
locks on this end of the lake have to be
closed for repair at the same time? Last year
they were closed just after the end of speck
season because of low water and did not re-
open until the start of the season, when all of
our northern friends began showing up. Now
I read in the paper on Sunday, April 18, that
the locks at J&S-Henry Creek and Lake Port
will be closed until December 2010. There is
no way the maintenance crews will be able
to work on all at the same time. The people
that live here year round should be able to
have access through at least one of the locks.
Am I the only one upset about this closure?
To be denied the use of these locks until next
December is completely wrong. I understand
that repair work is necessary, but not all at
the same time.
Hurricane season starts June 1. Some
tips: Get the trees cut, Trim up anything near
the house so it does not blow around, slap
and break windows. Maybe this is the year to
purchase HURRICANE SHUTTERS for at least
some of the windows. Remember that there are
all kinds of gizmos to hold plywood over win-
dows, even spring clips that you do not have to
drill any holes for. Check your (and you neigh-
bor's) house for loose items, boards, shingles,
etc. Be prepared to tie down boats, sheds, etc.,
make a contact list of land line numbers im-
portant to you and your in house siblings, fam-
ily, friends, doctors, pharmacies. Cell phones
may not work. Think about inexpensive walkie
talkies if you and family only live a mile or so
apart. Plan now for the elderly or special needs
persons. Make a plan, know where everyone
will be and how to make contact or where to
meet if separated. Make a list of needs: water,
food, health and sanitary items. Put important
papers in zip-lock baggies. If you are riding out
a hurricane, put your ID in your pocket.
Property owners beware
If you have an old steel pipe well that
is pulling sand or dirt, most of the time they
are fixable by putting in a sleeve. Some well
drilling companies will tell you they are not.
The truth is, most all this water equipment is
fixable at a reasonable price. Ask around. Get
a second opinion.
This person accused of doctor shop-
ping who said she didn't know she was do-
ing anything wrong, who does she think she
was kidding? When you go to any doctor,
they ask what medications you are on before
they prescribe anything new. They would
not have prescribed more pain pills had they
known she already had prescriptions for the
same. And she must have known that a phar-
macy would not fill more than one prescrip-
tion for the same medication as she went
to a bunch of different pharmacies. People
generally use just one pharmacy for all of
their medications. The only reason to go to
a bunch of different pharmacies is because
they won't give you more of the same drug
you already have another prescription for.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
FWC reaches out to the public
As I see it ...
By Rodney Barreto, chairman
Keeping the public informed about the ac
tivities of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) is more than a full-
time job. It is a part of every FWC employee's
day to-day duties, as well as the goal of agency
The FWC communicates with the public
through a variety of formats, including print, in-
person and electronic. Some interactions may
be brief, while others may be more in-depth.
FWC staff members respond to phone calls
and e-mails, distribute news releases, answer
questions from reporters, produce public
tions, present seminars and workshops, post
new information on the agency's social media
and Web sites and much more.
It is a challenging task to reach everyone
who plays a role in fish and wildlife conserve
tion in Florida, especially when the audience
includes 18 million Florida residents and the
many people who visit our great state. Yet, with
an area of responsibility as large as the whole
state, and with the diversity of species and hab-
itats that fall under the agency's umbrella, the
FWC recognizes that a well-informed public is
a vital part of fish and wildlife conservation.
To reach the public directly with inform
tion about Florida's fish and wildlife, the FWC
hosts and participates in a variety of outreach
activities throughout the state. Outreach events
such as festivals, trade shows, open houses and
fairs provide not only opportunities to display
and demonstrate the work conducted by the
FWC, but also avenue for distributing resource
information to event attendees. These events
provide FWC employees the chance to explain
their role within the agency, discuss their cur-
rent projects and answer questions.
The FWC's participation as an exhibitor
at the Florida State Fair is a great example of
public outreach aimed at creating awareness
of the agency and its mission. Each February,
the FWC hosts an exhibit in the red barn at the
state fairgrounds in Tampa. In 2010, many of
the 354,000 fair visitors made their way through
the FWC's exhibit during the 12-day event. As
they strolled through the red barn, the slogan
of "FWC is research, management and law
enforcement" informed visitors of the three
core agency functions. To emphasize the slo-
gan, portions of the exhibit showcased items
related to each of the core areas.
To highlight the FWC's current research
projects, interactive question-and-answer pan-
els accompanied graphic displays with photo-
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graphs and video. Live largemouth bass and
snook, as well as a panther and a black bear,
were on display to draw attention to species
native to our state and the important manage
ment messages relative to them. In addition, a
Burmese python, a Nile monitor and a lionfish
were present to emphasize the nonnative spe-
cies issues that face Florida. The role of law en-
forcement in ensuring compliance with rules
and promoting public safety was illustrated
with a law enforcement airboat and a video
promoting the "Wear-It" life jacket campaign.
The effectiveness of the state fair exhibit
was enhanced by the presence of FWC staff
from across the agency. While fair goers were
definitely drawn to live animals on display, law
enforcement officers also drew quite a crowd.
These knowledgeable officers took time to
answer questions and share their experiences
for those who might be interested in pursuing
a similar career. Other FWC experts were on
hand to share information about the agency's
management activities and describe details of
scientific studies that enhance knowledge of
our state's fish and wildlife. The personal con-
tact with FWC staff helps to "put a face" on the
agency and encourages communication be-
tween the FWC and the public, which is critical
to the success of conservation efforts.
Another outreach event designed to show-
case the work of the FWC is MarineQuest.
Visitors of all ages can experience science first-
hand at MarineQuest, the annual open house
of the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Insti-
tute (FWRI). 2010 marks the 16th year of this
free event, which will take place Saturday, April
17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FWRI head-
quarters in downtown St. Petersburg.
Visitors to MarineQuest can check out live
animals in touch tanks, interact with some of
Florida's top scientists and learn about fish and
wildlife research in Florida. The science behind
the FWC's management is presented for all
ages. There are even special activities for chil-
dren, including wildlife origami, face painting,
the Japanese art of "gyotaku" fish painting and
"reel" fishing for redfish.
FWRI has what I believe to be the finest
staff of researchers in the world. Their passion
for their work is clearly demonstrated in their
enthusiasm and creativity to make science fun
at MarineQuest. More information about this
hands-on, interactive event can be found at
biii1 .. i. i.MyFWC.com/marinequest.
You can view a list of many activities on the
FWC's online calendar of events. You may also
hear about other activities through local event
organizers or your local news media. I encour-
age you to learn more about the FWC and its
outreach activities by going to MyFWC.com.
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debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
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potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Fun Day raised $38,000 toward YMCA project
The YMCA Family Fun Day was a huge
success creating awareness and generat-
ing much interest and excitement from
Okeechobee! Residents of all ages came out
to show their support for the YMCA project
and enjoyed the many activities provided by
local businesses and volunteers.
This day was made with the hard work
of the event committee: Teresa Chandler,
Brandon Tucker, John Lass, Shawn Keil, Alli-
son Chandler, Danielle Shockley, Elvie Posey,
Chaka Smith, JD Mixon, Margaret Helton,
Jim Vensel, Ted Kelchner, Greg Thorgorsen,
Raye Deusinger, Keith Walpole, Frank Decar-
lo, Dale Barrett and Phil Baughman.
Sponsors for the YMCA Event: Platinum
($1,000 or more) American Drilling Services.
Children's Services Council, Cowboy's, Flor-
ida Crystals, Lake Okeechobee Digestive Dis-
ease Center, Pine Creek Sporting Club, Raul-
erson Hospital, Seacoast National Bank, SK
Services, The Tucker Group, Wal-Mart, Wal-
pole, Inc., and Williamson Cattle Co. Gold
sponsors: Bank of America, Bass Electric,
Best Buds, Colin Cameron, Communities in
Schools, CP Wilson Company, Cybex Inter-
national, DP Productions, East Coast Signs
& Shirts, Elvie Posey, Florida Blood Centers,
Glades Electric Coop, G.M. Worley, Greg
Thorgerson, Joe Alderman, K Builders, Mid
Fla. Toilets, Mike's Okeechobee Guns, Mr. &
Mrs. Sonny Williamson, Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Assoc., Okeechobee Christian Acad-
emy, Okeechobee Tourism Dev., Okeecho-
bee Kiwanis, Okeechobee Motor Co., Pier
II Resort, Real Life Children's Ranch, Sheriff
& Delores May, Skull Hill Steel, Stitchin Post,
Syble's Flowers & Gifts, Syfrett Feed, Taylor
Rental, Teresa Chandler, The Office Bar &
Grill, Vicki & Perry Green, Waste Manage-
ment, and Xtreme Properties, Inc.
The YMCA of the Treasure Coast will ex-
pand the mission of service this summer in
the Okeechobee community beginning with
providing a full day of summer camp for
sixty to a hundred children. Plans are being
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finalized to hold the YMCA Summer Camp
on the Grace Brethren Church/Okeechobee
Christian Academy campus and offer recre-
ation swim time, swim lessons, sports, field
trips, art, literacy training and much more.
At the YMCA, we build strong kids-
strong in self esteem, confidence and the
character-building values that help children
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Charles W. Dowling, 78
OKEECHOBEE Charles W Dowling, age
78, of ('i.. .. i.... - passed away April 21, 2010,
at Raulerson Hospital.
He was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Champaign,
Ill., to Walter and Lena Dowling. Mr. Dowling
proudly served our country in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. He retired after 38 years
as a firefighter in Champaign, Ill., and Palm
Beach County. He came to Okeechobee from
Boynton Beach in 1984. He attended the First
United Methodist Church. He was a member of
the Western Star Lodge #240 in Champaign, Ill.,
Ancient Scottish Rites Valley of Danville, Ameri-
can Legion of Okeechobee and the Illinois Asso-
ciation of Retired Firefighters.
Mr. Dowling is survived by his wife of 41 years,
Jane Dowling of ('1i.'.. i. .-. three sons, Mike
Dowling of Greenbrae, Calif., Jeff Welch of Hay-
den Lake, Idaho, and Paul Welch of Sidney, Ill.;
three daughters, Katherine Babiniec of Littleton,
Colo., Missy Hansen of Lago Vista, Texas, and
Ellen Dowling of Chicago, Ill.; nine grandchil-
dren; two great-grandchildren; and brother,
John Dowling of Okeechobee.
Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Humane Society
Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 233, (i.... i,,l. ,,I FL
Friends may sign the '.-. -il ...... at www.bas-
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All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
All Obituaries now include OnUie Guestbooks
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remembrances and condolences.
Robert Earl Williams
OKEECHOBEE Robert Earl Williams, 97, of
('I.... I.l formerly of Charlestown, Ind.,
died April 10, 2010, after a long battle with Alz-
He was born in Kentucky on Aug. 8, 1912, to
the late Thomas Jef-
ferson "TJ" and Min-
Williams. He was an
but left school in the
eighth grade to work
with his parents on a
tobacco farm. He
eventually worked at
a bakery with
thoughts of making
it a career.
Dorothy Naomi Berry in Evansville and
married her on Aug. 13, 1949. They relocated to
Charlestown, where they started a Western
Auto store with a $5,000 loan from his brother-
in-law, Herman Wade. He was told by the com-
pany that the store would never be a success,
but they didn't know how determined he could
be. He loved the store and the people he served.
After 25 successful years, due in no small part to
his wife and faithful employees, Juanita Combs
and Wilma Mangels, he sold the business to re-
tire. The store would that would never be a suc-
cess is still open after 60 years.
He was a long time member of the Charles-
town Church of God serving as deacon and
song leader. Bob and Dorothy were dedicated
to supporting many Christian organizations and
missionaries. He was a member of and active in
many civic organizations including Sheriff's Or-
ganization and the Chamber of Commerce.
He was an avid fisherman and had many spe-
cial friends with whom he shared his passion
on the lakes of Canada, Indiana, Kentucky, Loui-
siana, and Florida. In his earlier years, he was
also an avid hunter. He also enjoyed traveling
the world with Dorothy, the love of his life.
We love you with all our hearts, Dad. You
helped all your children become successes in
life because of your love and generosity. We re-
member you today with memories humorous,
fond, and sweet.
Survivors include his daughters, Diana McAfee
and her husband John of Carhage, Mo., and
Adeline Ashby and her husband Frank of Deca-
tur, Ill.; sons, Henry Williams and his wife Bren
da, and Robert Alan Williams and his wife
Beverly, all of Evansville; stepson, David Riley
and his wife Pat of Lewes, Del.; 18 grandchil-
dren, 34 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-
grandchildren; his faithful friend and caregiver,
Polley Russell of Buckhead Ridge, Fla.; and his
little kitty buddy, Charlie.
He was preceded in death by Dorothy, his wife
of 54 years, who died Oct. 2, 2003; his parents,
TJ and Minnie; brother, Homer; sisters, Lucille
Schrode, and Hazel Williams; granddaughter,
Kristi Riley Mcllwee; and grandsons, Ricky and
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 15,
at Grayson Funeral Home, Charlestown, fol-
lowed by a graveside service at Charlestown Ce-
The family requests that expressions of sym-
pathy take the form of contributions to the Mis-
sions Dept. of Grace Point Assembly of God,
1605 Baker Blvd., Carthage, MO 64836; or to
North Charlestown Church of God, 1803 Edge-
wood Drive, Charlestown, IN 47111.
Hospice hosts yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE Fourth
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patient care, including services at The Ham-
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Eagles to hold steak night
Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, will
have Steak Night on Friday, April 23, begin-
ning at 5:30 p.m. Located at 9985 Hwy. 441
N. Steak dinners will include steak, salad,
baked potato or sweet potato, garlic bread
and dessert for $12. Live entertainment by
Michael's Memories from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Christian Music Fest
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Oakfest 2010 will be held on Saturday,
April 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Free-
dom Ranch, located at 11655 Hwy. 441S.E.
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other groups such as City of David, In The
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Eagles to hold Turkey Shoot
Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at 9985
Hwy. 441 N. on Saturday, April 24, will hold
a turkey shoot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a
spring yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring
your items to sell and donate a percentage
back to the Ladies Auxiliary.
Basinger School Reunion set
The Basinger School Reunion will be held
on Sunday, April 25, at the Basinger Com-
munity Center at 1 p.m. LeRue Tripp will pro-
vide the meat again this year. Please bring a
covered dish of your choice. Paper goods,
tea and ice will be provided. Please notify
anyone you know who attended Basinger
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or 863-467-1303 or Beedie Mae Thomas at
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Babysitter class planned
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold a Babysitter's
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until 4 p.m. and will take place at the Ameri-
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Kenny Anderson visits high school
By Charles M. Murphy
A long time NBA star, who realized early
in life that athletes must put good things into
their body, spoke to kids at Okeechobee High
School Tuesday about nutrition as part of the
NBA Got Milk Campaign.
Kenny Anderson honored Okeechobee
football coach Melissa Tomlinson for her
work in the encouragement of athletes to
have good diets that include milk and choco-
Okeechobee High School also received
$1,000 from the program for their athletic
Tomlinson said she was overjoyed to be
one of three coaches nationwide who have
been honored this year, "For our kids and
this community this rocks. It is hard for us
to get anyone to come here. When some-
body of this stature comes here it's big for
Tomlinson said most of the students re-
ally enjoyed the experience and love to meet
somebody who is famous, "Winning the
contest was just icing on the cake, make it
chocolate icing in the cake."
Tomlinson is wide receivers coach for the
football team. She encourages the kids to
have healthy drinks after practice and work
outs. She said chocolate milk is very good
"It's always been around. It's inexpensive,
it's right here and it's accessible. It's crazy
that people don't drink more of it. It's a great
way to recover from a workout," she added.
Anderson who played with the New Jer-
sey Nets, Boston Celtics and other teams,
said it wasn't memories of playing in the pros
and not even an appearance in the College
Basketball Final 4 while he played at Georgia
Tech, that top his list of sports memories. He
said the biggest memory he has is earning a
"My mother couldn't afford to send me
to college so I worked very hard to get the
scholarship. I was able to attend one of the
top schools in the country. It paid off for me.
If I hadn't of gone to college there is no tell-
ing what might have happened."
Anderson said he also likes to talk to
young people to give them positive advice.
He said no matter what career they choose,
students should give their all to it, and be dis-
"I'm trying to reach them. Coach Tomlin-
son here does a great job preaching to her
athletes about nutrition. They should listen
if they want to become a good athlete. Life
is about choices. I hope and pray these kids
take good advice when it is given to them,"
Anderson has retired from the NBA after
14 years as a pro. He now works with young
people and preaches the nutritional value of
milk products and other drinks. He said it
replenishes your body after a workout. "The
next day it helps you recover so you're en-
ergized and not sluggish. It tastes good, and
it helps your body. I preach to these kids to
take care of their body. Your body is your
Anderson was getting attention at a
young age when he was a basketball player
in the Queens, N.Y. He was such a special
player that there were recruiters at his games
in sixth grade. He made the front page of
New York papers when he was 14 years old.
In high school he earned three Parade All
American Awards, and was the first player
in history to be named all city in New York
"I love New York. It can make you or
break you. You must have a strong will, and
be mentally strong. It has helped me become
a stronger person," he added.
Anderson remembered his days with his
first pro team, the New Jersey Nets fondly.
He was drafted second overall in the NBA
draft after two seasons at Georgia Tech. He
was the youngest player in the league at that
time. He earned an all star berth in 1994. He
played with such stars as Derrick Coleman
and Drazen Petrovic. The Nets were hurt
when Petrovic was tragically killed in a car
crash in Europe.
"I think the Nets will rebuild. I was for-
tunate to play 14 years. I also loved playing
for the Boston Celtics for five years. It was a
blessing to play for them," he added.
McArthur Dairy provided free milk for all
of the high school students at the event.
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Kenny Anderson and Melissa Tomlinson show off the $1,000 check given to
OHS sports from the NBA Got Milk campaign.
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COURTNEY ADLER &
om and Judy Adler of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter, Courtney Adler to Taylor
Vincent, son of Matt and the late Kathy
Vincent of Monroe, Wis. Courtney
is a graduate of Okeechobee High
School in 2005 and Taylor is a gradu-
ate of Monroe High School in 2005
and is currently attending Edgewood
College in Madison, Wis., with a ma-
jor in English. Courtney currently works at Racetrac in Okeechobee. The two will reside
in Madison, Wis., and a wedding will be held in Florida sometime in 2011.
MATHEW RYAN JOHNSON ---
Mathew Ryan Johnson was born at
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Ft. Bliss, TX. He weighed 7 lbs 5.5 oz and was
19.5 in long Mat is the son of Jonathan and
M'Lynn Johnson of Okeechobee County. He
is the paternal great great grandson of Edith
Joiner of Okeechobee County, great grandson
of Johnny Johnson of Okeechobee County,
and grandson of Randy and April Johnson of
Okeechobee County. He is the maternal great
grandson of Harold Hair and Eulalia Stennett of
Okeechobee County and grandson of Ruben
and Sonia Silvas of Okeechobee County.
Okeechobee News April 23, 2010
Smoke-free parks proposed for Okeechobee
By Katrina Elsken
Should smoking be banned from some
areas of public parks? Local representa-
tives of Students Working Against Tobacco
(SWAT) hope to convince local officials to
limit smoking to designated areas.
"Second hand smoke seems to be a more
serious danger to young children," said Der-
ek Borroto, president of the Okeechobee
High School Chapter of SWAT.
Derek and Kimberly Mullin, were guest
speakers at the April lunch meeting of the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. They
shared information on the SWAT program
and the dangers of smoking.
Derek explained there is concern about
young children being exposed to cigarette
smoke at the ball fields. He said they pro-
pose adding designated smoking areas so
that second hand smoke will not endanger
children in the bleachers.
He said they have noticed this seems to
be the trend in the large public parks. They
don't want to punish the smokers or ban
them from the parks, but they do want to
protect nonsmokers-especially children-
from exposure to second hand smoke.
Kimberly said she saw the dangers of cig-
arette smoking in her own family. She said
her grandfather died from a smoking related
illness and her grandmother's health was
also affected by smoking.
SWAT clubs are active in the local middle
schools and the high schools. The clubs
educate young people about the dangers of
"We're not against people who use to-
bacco," explained Candace Pope, who
works with SWAT through the Okeechobee
County Health Department. "We want peo-
ple to be aware of the health issues.
"Big Tobacco tends to target young peo-
ple," she continued. "We don't tell students
what to do. We give them information.
"Most people who smoke wish they had
never started. If we can prevent children
from smoking, that is our goal."
Mrs. Pope said when smoking is banned
in public areas, it sends the message to chil-
dren that smoking is not something that is
The Tobacco Free Initiative of Okeecho-
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providers, law enforcement, city and county
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1401 South Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, Fl 34974
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Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 AM.
Sunday Evening Worship: 6:00 P.M.
Monday Wednesday Nights: 7:00 PM.
We have no head but Jesus.
We have no creed but the New Testament
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and silent where the Bible is silent
3055 SE 18th Terrace
(Corner of Charles Harvey Highway and SE 18th Terr.)
Sunday School: Adult & Children 9:30am
Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:30am
Wednesday Carry-In Dinner 6pm;
Bible Study 7pm
Youth Class Available during Worship
Nursery Available at all services
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 1:30 -4:30pm
Minister Jim McCutchen
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Sunday Evening 6:00 pm
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Thursday Youth 7:00oo pm
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4550 Hwy 441 N. 763-3736
Mark & Kathy Witt Pastor
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3666 E. Hwy 70 Okeechobee
(Old Elks Lodge)
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Tues. & Thurs. 7:30pm
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April 23, 2010 Okeechobee News
Pill mill moratorium proposed
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee City Council, at their
meeting on Tuesday evening, April 20 acted
out of concern for the growing number of
pain management clinics.
The council held the first reading and
set May 4 as the date for final reading for a
proposed ordinance to establish a one-year
moratorium on the opening of pain manage-
ment clinics. The ordinance expresses the
fear that as neighboring counties and mu-
nicipalities enact moratoriums or ordinances
controlling such clinics, it would cause them
to relocate to more rural locations, such as
"This ordinance does not regulate pain
management clinics," stated city attorney
John Cook who wrote the proposed ordi-
nance. He said it would help temporarily until
more comprehensive laws could be enacted.
He predicted that some time in the coming
year the city would pass an ordinance that
would regulate pain management clinics.
"The legislature might do it for us," stated
Councilman Dowling Watford.
The proposed ordinance states: "That,
the intent of this ordinance is to prohibit the
establishment of Pain Management Clinics
within the City of Okeechobee for a period
of one year..." However, there was no discus-
sion as to the disposition of any existing pain
In a related matter, the council passed a
resolution urging the legislature to enact leg-
islation controlling pain management clin-
Turning to other matters, with very little
discussion, the council approved two or-
dinances that directly affect newly opened
Hammerhead's Billiards. The first ordinance
rezoned a tract of land adjacent to the res-
taurant from residential single family one to
light commercial to allow for a parking lot.
The other ordinance set hours of operation
for billiard parlors, amusement parlors and
In an item held over from the last meet-
ing for clarification, the council approved a
resolution that would relinquish the city's
claim to land in Flagler Park at such time
as the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion needs that land to expand S.R. 70. The
resolution estimates the property to be 0.80
acres. The exact description of the property
will be listed at the completion of the survey
and project engineering. The resolution fur-
ther states that until such time as the Florida
Department of Transportation takes posses-
sion of the property, it will be a public park
and the Hamrick Trust, current owner of the
property which is leased to the city, will not
be subject to any property tax.
Mayor James Kirk proclaimed the week of
May 2-8 to be Municipal Clerk's Week in the
city and presented an award to Russell Cale
for five years' service on the police force.
In other action the council:
in a housekeeping matter, approved an
amended and restated interlocal agreement
containing minor changes creating the Trea-
sure Cost Regional League of Cities;
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James Kirk proclaimed May 2-8 to be
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and to his left is deputy clerk Melisa
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Okeechobee News April 23, 2010
Mustangs sold at auction
By Katrina Elsken
Fifteen mustangs captured on public lands
near the Kissimmee River have new homes
thanks to the efforts of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee Animal Control,
a network of horse rescue agencies and some
The horses, which had been running loose
on South Florida Water Management District
Lands, were first spotted by fishermen in Sep-
tember. Deputies spent months putting food
out for the horses, hoping to lure them into
an enclosure. Earlier this month, those efforts
paid off, although three mares were too wary
to be caught and are still loose on the river, and
one of those mares has since given birth.
A network of horse rescue organizations in
Florida is familiar with the story of these mus-
tangs. Brogan Horton, of Animal Recovery Mis-
sion (ARM) in Miami, explained that Myakka
City rancher Larry Jones had intended for the
mustangs to live out their days on his LB Ranch.
"It was Larry Jones' dying wish the horses stay
on his property," said Ms. Horton. "He was in
the process of setting up a trust for the mus-
tangs, but he died before it was complete." Af-
ter Mr. Jones died, his sons decided the ranch
could no longer afford the mustangs. A herd of
83 horses-including the mustangs and some
ranch horses-was taken off the ranch. The
family claims they gave the horses to someone
who agreed to take the entire herd.
In July 2008, some of the horses were
found running loose on the roadway of Mon-
tura Ranch Estates in Hendry County. Aided by
local cowboys, deputies were able to round up
17 of the mustangs. A few still remain on the
loose on property owned by Alico Inc.
The horses found loose on SFWMD land
in Okeechobee County were part of the same
herd, according to the sheriff's office.
Ms. Horton said she spent the 72 hours be-
fore Thursday's auction online, coordinating
donations, trailers and homes for the mustangs.
When the ARM group arrived in Okeechobee,
they brought enough cash and horse trailers
to take all of the horses home. She explained
some horses will go to adoptive homes and
others to horse sanctuaries.
"We heard the kill buyers in Miami had got
ten wind of the horse auction," she said, ex
plaining that on the black market horse meat
goes for $30 to $40 a cut.
At the auction, ARM purchased ten hors-
es paying from $5 to $155 per mustang-
and made sure the rest were going to good
Darlene Stevensen of the South Florida
Mustang Club in Loxahatchee was the high
bidder of the day, paying $350 for a pregnant
roan mare. Ms. Stevensen, who has also adopt-
ed mustangs from the Bureau of Land Manage
ment, said she already had eight mustangs.
Kelli Donovan of Buckhead Ridge paid $75
for a little filly with a club foot. "I wanted her
because she needs the most help," Ms. Dono-
van explained. She said she is a farrier and has
the skills needed to care for the horse.
Proceeds from the auction will help offset
a portion of the county's expense in catching
and feeding the horses. Sheriff Paul May esti-
mated the sheriff's office expended more than
$3,000 in man hours and horse feed.
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April 23, 2010
Port St. Lucie ruins Brahman senior night
By Charles M. Murphy
Corey Reid hit a two run double in the
top of the seventh inning to rally Port St.
Lucie to a 3-2 win over Okeechobee High
School in boys baseball action Tuesday at
Port St. Lucie completed a season sweep
of the Brahmans and improved to (13-8) on
the season. Okeechobee fell to (14-9).
It was a pitchers duel throughout as both
starters were in command from the start.
Jonathan Crawford allowed just one run in
six innings and went over 200 strikeouts for
The only run against Crawford came in
the sixth due to four bases on balls.
Okeechobee's only runs came on a two
run double by Brice Buckner in the fifth
that was nearly a homerun. The drive to left
scored Drew Selvey who singled and Mark
Weir who was hit by a pitch.
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders agreed
that his team has bullpen problems in the
late innings. "It will be disappointing for the
kids because it's senior night and they put
extra weight on this. The good thing is we
can practice tomorrow."
Tedders said next week the team won't be
able to rebound from a poor performance
as the District tournament gets underway on
Monday at home against Fort Pierce West-
Tedders said Crawford threw a lot of
pitches and they didn't want to risk his arm
by putting him out there in the seventh. He
said another problem has been the team
doesn't score at the end of games to pad
their lead or come from behind.
"We didn't hit the ball when we needed
to hit. We gave up runs late and we had no
attack late in the game. That is going to be
the story for us. Somebody is going to have
to spark us," he added.
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threw nearly 40 pitches. His wildness was
the only reason the Jaguars scored as they
had only one hit against the Brahman se-
Crawford and fellow senior Cameron
Tewksbury both have recorded over 200
strikeouts at Okeechobee High School.
Tewksbury struck out 10 on Monday night.
"It's been a long time since we've had
two, 200 career guys in Okeechobee," Ted-
ders said, "We just have to give them some
Okeechobee played at home Thursday
against St. Lucie West Centennial.
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Ashtyn Brown had two hits as Okeecho-
bee (20-6) advanced to meet long time rival
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only area teams with 20 victories. Lincoln
park ended their season at (14-9).
Coach Kim Hargraves said she wasn't
surprised that the game was a pitcher's duel
because both teams hadn't played a game
in about 13 days, "Overall the girls did what
they needed to. We got the lead and we held
the lead and played good defense. We were
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Okeechobee scored single runs in the
second and sixth innings to provide the
scoring in the game. LeAnna Cotton hit a
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moved to third on a ground out by Emily
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In the sixth Naomi Stevens tripled to right
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Lincoln Park on a ground ball by Courtney
Harrell was in control for most of the
game. She allowed only two runners to
reach scoring position and didn't allow a
runner to third base. Harrell had to be on
top of her game because Greyhound pitcher
Shannen Marchu allowed just five hits to
Brahman Catcher Ashtyn Brown said
the game was really nerve wracking for her
especially when the top of the lineup didn't
time we played them. I knew we'd come
together as a team and win it."
Brown stepped in behind the plate when
Taylor Douglas was lost for the season.
Ashtyn admits catcher wasn't her first choice
of a position, "It was not something I was
looking forward to but Coach said the job
had to be done and I had to do the job."
In the first game Jensen Beach defeated
last year's district champ Suncoast, 4-3.
Okeechobee defeated Jensen earlier in the
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We have a great group of girls and the fun
part of the year is the post season. We'll
come out Friday and give it all we have. We
hope to have a great crowd and a lot of sup-
port," Hargraves said.
Game time Friday is at 7 p.m. at OHS.
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Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$850 mo. 1st. & last sec.
I ^ SPACE
for 2 roommates, share
4 br hse. $275/mo
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
Oak Lake Villa one sto-
ry, 2/2, tile floors, w/d,
all apple's incl., exc.
For more listings,
Furn. W&D. $975
move in, $725 mo.
1ST MONTH FREE.
Small pets ok
COUNTRY LIVING -
2br, iba, single wide
MH, on 1.5 acres, 12 mi
N of high school.
$650/mo, lawn maint
incld., 1st & Last, Sec.
neg. (863)467-2563 or
FOR RENT: 3/2 (avail.
July) and 2/1 Cottages.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
NO PETS! M-F.
For Rent: Well main-
tained Treasure Island
2bd/2ba w/lake access,
furn. or unfurn., Ig Fl.
rm., screened in porch,
dock must see to ap-
preciate $800 mo.
1st,last & sec. call
Iba with large back
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot, $525
mo. Call 863-634-3451
April 23, 2010
Park model, 12x36, laun-
dry room, 30x10 CBS
building, 150x100' lot,
oak trees, 6mi N off 441.
$6+50/mo, 1st & sec.
ON WATER 2/1, Large
yard. Quiet street. No
mowing. $550 mo.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
DW MH 4BR, 2.5BA,
renovated, on 1/2 acre
fenced in lot, screened
patio, shed, off 710 &
15A. $85k. Owner fi-
nance w/10% down. Call
dbl wide on water, porch,
Ig edition, boathouse,
For more listings,
60 hp evinrude 60 hp
evinrude with controls
2.5 years left on 5 year
warrenty conpleat re-
build lots of power
$ 2 4 0 0 0 .
60 hp evinrude 60 hp
evinrude with controls
2.5 years left on 5 year
warranty complete re-
build lots of power
$ 2 ,4 0 0 0 .
For more listings,
2003 DODGE RAM 1500
Black, single cab,
cloth seats, one owner,
V-6, automatic trans-
mission, air condition-
ing, air bags, CD, cruise
control, 109K miles.
Please call after 5pm.
2004 BMW 5301 04
BMW 530i blue w tan
leather int. orig owner,
68K miles, new tires,
bluetooth, runs great,
all records. $15,900 /or
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
1983 FORD F=250 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
2wd,x-cab,auto good CIVIL DIVISION
work truck $1,500 /or 472010CA000138XXXXXX
(863)801-1151 or SPACE COAST CREDIT UNION,
(863)801-1151 or PlaIntiff
BONNIE C. PEER, etal.,
TO: BONNIE C. PEER AND
UTILITY TRAILER THOMAS M. PEER
Last Known Address
heavy duty, single axle, 2247 SW 2nd Ct.
farm hitch, no lights, Okeechobee, FL 34974
13.5' x 6.5' overall (bed Current Residence is Unknown
8'x 5.5) Good condition, YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acbon
$195, Mon.-Fri. to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property in Okee-
8:30-3:30. 863-467-9800 chobee County, Florida:
S LOT 6, LEGACY COURT, ACCORD-
ING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE-
OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
6, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
FORD PEOPLE MOVER
1998 29 Passenger. has been filed against you and you
9a98 C o PassengerA are required to serve a copy of your
Great condition. A/C. written defenses, if any, to it on
$1,500. (863)484-2757. SMITH, HIATT & DIAZ, PA., Plain-
tiff's attorneys, whose address is P
BOX 11438, Fort Lauderdale, FL
. 33339--1438, (954) 564-0071, within
30 days from first date of publica-
tion, and filed the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorneys or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
or m o listings, for the relief demanded in the com-
For more listings, plaint or petition.
go to DATED on 4/9/2010.
www.newszap.com SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
PUBLIC NOTICE By: Arlene Nealis
Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 As Deputy Clerk
SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dis- In accordance with the Ameri-
pose of stored teams on May 8, cans with Disabilities Act of
2010. 1990, persons needing special
Owner Unit # accommodation to participate in
Cher Burgin 307 this proceeding should contact
352351 ON 4/23,30/10 Court Administration no later
then seven business days prior
to the proceeding at Telephone
_____________ 772-807-4370 or 1-800-955-
8770 via Florida Relay Service.
351490 ON 4/16,23/10
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL
MEET TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION
BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE -2:15 P.M.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE 3:00 RM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
352234 ON 4/23/10
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flori-
da will on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos-
sible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: 1063: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA ENACTING A ONE YEAR MORATORIUM UPON THE
ACCEPTANCE OF ZONING OR LAND USE AMENDMENTS, IN THE
LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, ORDINANCE 716, AND THE ISSUANCE
OF BUSINESS TAX LICENSE UNDER CH. 50 CODE OF ORDINANCES,
AND APPLICABLE REQUESTS FOR APPROVAL OF PAIN MANAGE-
MENT CLINICS, OR DRUG MANAGEMENT CLINICS, AS DEFINED
HEREIN, WITHIN THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, FURTHER
PROVIDING FOR APPEAL AND REVIEW PROCESS; PROVfDING FOR
CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy
of the entire applications) is available at the City Clerk's Office during regu-
lar business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap-
peal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter con
sidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Administration Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
352308 ON 4/23/10
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is requesting proposals from qualified
firms of Certified Public Accountants to provide annual audit services. The
Request for Proposal (RFP) outlines the services desired concerning the
auditing of the Authority's general-purpose financial statements and pro-
vides the requirements for submitting a proposal.
An audit services RFP package will be available April 19, 2010 in either elec-
tronic or traditional paper media. Those interested in receiving the RFP
package are asked to contact the OUA by telephone at (863) 763-9460 or
by e-mailing email@example.com
Final firm responses must be received by 3:00 PM EST, on May 14,
2010, at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 349744221, to be eli
gible for consideration.
350044 ON 4/18,21,23/10
April 23, 2010
I THECIRCUITCOURTOF IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
AND DEPOSITORS OF CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COUNTY, FLORIDA
T ROKEECHOBEE COUNTY, CASE NO. 2010 CA-157
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2010-CP-046 MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION,
FORT PIERCE, FL Division: Probate Plaintiff,
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF: V.
On April 16, 2010 (the "Closing Date"), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed KEITH ARTHUR BURLEY, TP EACKIE NSGEARY,
AT COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.;
Riverside National Bank of Florida, Fort Pierce, FL 34954 (the "Failed Institution") and Deceased. TENANT #1; TENANT #2; and ANY
appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver (the "Receiver") to NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, AND UN-
handle all matters relating to the Failed Institution. DER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS NAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE
TO THE CREDITORS OF THE FAILED INSTITUTION OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ABOVE ESTATE: ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
All creditors having claims against the Failed Institution must submit their claims in writing, You are hereby notified that an Or- PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
der of Summary Administration AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
together with proof of the claims, to the Receiver on or before July 21,2010 (the "Claims has been entered in the estate of GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
Bar Date"). Claims may be submitted via the internet on the FDIC web site, by fax or by KEITH ARTHUR BURLEY, de- Defendants.
ceased, Case Number 2010
mail to the following address: CP-046, by the Circuit Court for NOTICE OF ACTION
Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
FDIC as Receiver of RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA bate Division, the address of which TO: ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
7777 Baymeadows Way West, Jacksonville, FL 32256 is 312 Ne West 312 No d treet, TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 that AND UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
Attention: Claims Agent the decedent's date of death was HEREIN-NAMED DEFENDANTS
September 25, 2009; that the total WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
You can obtain an official Proof of Claim form and instructions at www.fdic.gov or by calling value of the estate is exempt from DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID
(904) 256-3925. creditor claims, and that the UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM
names and addresses of those to AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,
Under federal law, failure to file a claim on or before the Claims Bar Date will result such order en assigned by HEIRS DIMSEES,GRANTEES, OR
in disallowance of the claim by the Receiver. The disallowance will be final. 12 U.S.C.
Section 1821(d)(5)(C). NAME &ADDRESS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
Douglas Burley an action to foreclose on the follow-
3626 Windflower Circle ing real property in Okeechobee
NOTE TO CLASS CLAIMANTS: By law, the Receiver will not accept a claim filed on behalf Colorado Springs, CO 80918 County, Flor i n Okeechobee
of a proposed class of individuals or entities or a class of individuals or entities certified Lot 33, LAZY 7 ESTATES, a subdi-
by a court. EACH individual or entity must file a separate claim with the Receiver. 1300 Welcome Road recorded acct Plat Book 6, Pagthesre 27
TO THE DEPOSITORS OF THE FAILED INSTITUTION Roopdille, GA 30170 and 28, in the Public Records of
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NO- hahs been filed against you in the Fir-
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures your deposits in its corporate TIFIED THAT: hcut Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
capacity (the "FDIC"), arranged for the transfer of all deposits including the uninsured All creditors of the estate of the de- Circult, Okeechobee County, Florida,
cedent and persons having claims and you are required to serve a copy
amounts at the Failed Institution to another insured depository institution, TD Bank, or demands against the estate of your written defenses to the Com-
National Association, 2035 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 (the "New the decedent other than those for plaint, if any, to Gregory A. Sanoba,
whom provision for full payment Esq 422 South Flonda Avenue,
Institution"). This arrangement should minimize any inconvenience from the closing of the was made in the rder of um- Laland, Florida 33801, wia hienu 30
Failed Institution. You may leave your deposits in the New Institution, but you must mary Administration must file their days of first publicabon, and file the
take action to claim ownership of your deposits. claims with this court WITHIN THE original with the Clerk of this Court
take action to claim ownership of your deposits. TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN eiter before service on Plainbffs at
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORI- rney or immediately thereafter;
Federal law, 12 U.S.C. Section 1822(e), requires you to claim ownership of ("claim") DA PROBATE CODE. otherwise, a default wll be entere
your deposits at the New Institution by taking any of the following actions within eighteen ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO against you for the relief demanded
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. ginst you for the reli ef demandedt
(18) months from the Closing Date. If you have more than one account, your action in NOTHWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER DATED:om April 15, 2010.
claiming your deposit in one account will automatically claim your deposits in all of your APPICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANYA
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR BY. Kathy Arnold
accounts. MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S SHARON ROBERTSON
1. Make a deposit to or withdrawal from your accountss. This includes writing a check The date of first pubcatonD.of this If you are a person with asabty
on any account, having an automated direct deposit credited to or an automated Nobce is April 16, 2010. who needs any accommodation order
withdrawal debited from any account or closing the account; Person Giving Notice: to participate in this proceeding, you
2. Execute a new signature card on your accountss, enter into a new deposit agreement Douglas Burley provision of certain assistance.
with the New Institution, change the ownership on your accountss, or renegotiate the Attorney for Person Giving Nobce: th e Court Administra-
nr within two working days of your
terms of your certificate of deposit accounts) (if any); JEFFREY A. FADLEY, P.A. receipt of ths Notice. I you are
3. Provide the New Institution with a completed change of address form; or Fla. Bar No.: 035667 hearing or voice impaired, ca Florida
Attorney for Petitioner Relay Service (800) 955-8770.
4. Write to the New Institution and notify it that you wish to keep your accounts) active 807 South West 2nd Avenue 351701 ON 4/23,3 /9505-8770/
with the New Institution. Please be sure to include the name of the accountss, the Okeechobee, FL 3497433
account numberss, the signature of an authorized signer on the accounts) and a Facsimile: (863)763-6199
name and address. 351482 ON 04/16,23/10
Please be advised that Official Items issued by the Failed Institution, e.g., cashier's checks,
dividend checks, interest checks, expense checks, and money orders are all considered
to be deposits and must be claimed within 18 months from the Closing Date.
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the Closing Date, federal law requires the New Institution to return your deposits to the
FDIC, which may be required to deliver them as unclaimed property to the State indicated FunByThe
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April 23, 2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000121
WACHOVIA MORTGAGE CORPO-
WILLIAM J.LAKEMAN, et al,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: WILLIAM J. LAKEMAN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1777 SE
24th Boulevard, Okeechobee, FL
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1777 SE
24th Boulevard, Okeechobee, FL
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST, AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the follow-
ing property in OKEECHOBEE
LOTS 157 AND 158, TAYLOR
CREEKISLES, UNIT II, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5,
PAGES 84 AND 85, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiffs
attorney, whose address is 9119 Cor-
porate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, 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 peti-
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive
weeks in the Okeechobee News (In-
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on this 15th day of April,
Clerk of the Court
By: Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, PL.
has been filed against you and you P.O. Box 25018
are required to serve a copy of your Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
written defenses within 30 days after F09117770
the first publication, if any, on Florida 351801 ON 04/23,30/10
Available from Commercial News Providers
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Local student presented with scholarship
Tabitha Trent, Riverside Bank's Okeechobee office
manager, presented Justin Hoover with $1,000 in the
bank's eighth annual College Scholarship Program.
Students attending either a two or four-year post-
secondary school were eligible to apply. Justin was
selected based on his academic goals, community ser-
vice and written essay about why he feels he deserves
the money. ,
Justin will graduate Okeechobee High School in a
few months and has already been accepted to the Uni-
versity of Florida where he plans to pursue a Bachelor
in Business and a Doctorate of Law with an emphasis
on Property Law and Agricultural Land Use.
"Our scholarship program is another example of Special to the Okeechobee News/Riverside Bank
Riverside's commitment to the town of Okeechobee," Dawn Hoover (Mom), Tabitha Trent (Riverside
said Trent. "Riverside is dedicated to support educa- Office Manager), Justin Hoover ($1,OOO Schol-
tion. We know this program will make a difference in arship Winner) and Joey Hoover (Dad).
the life of the scholarship recipient."
Special to the Okeechobee News/Hospice of
The Tuckahoe Motorcycle Club of Okeechobee
recently held their First Chili Cook Off & Family
Fun Day event. It is Tuckahoe MC policy to do-
nate partial proceeds from all events to a not-for-
profit organization in their hometown community.
The Tuckahoe MC is proud to present Hospice of
Okeechobee with a donation of $1,200. Tuckahoe
MC President, Johnny Estes (pictured on right) and
club Treasurer/Secretary, Paul Bramlett (pictured
on left), presented the donation to Lisa Blackman
(center), CEO of Hospice of Okeechobee.
Special to the Okeechobee News/Shrine Club
Flat screen winners
Amara Shrine Club recently held a drawing for two High-Def flat screen TVs. First prize was won
by Betty Wilkerson of Okeechobee who took home a 46 inch LCD/HD with surround sound. Sec-
ond prize was taken home by Judy Hill of Okeechobee. She was excited about her brand new 32
inch LCD/HD TV. Kip Gardner of Amara Shrine represented the Club in presenting the top prizes.
Congratulations to the winners!
Special to the Okeechobee News/Seacoast Bank
Seacoast National Bank hosts an appreciation
luncheon for all city, county and Sheriff's office
employees. A luncheon was held at Thomas
Park. Pictured here Lucinda Tevlin with Sharon
Cotton and Marion Schramm.
Okeechobee Sports Network -o-
Special to the Okeechobee News/Parks and Rec
14 U Basketball Champs
Okeechobee Parks and Rec would like to congratulations to the 14U Basket-
ball Champs of New Hope Lodge #450. The Kings finished with a record of
11-1 on March 16. Team members include: (left to right, top) Cory Vickers,
Bruce Snell, Jr., Adrian Minondo, Jr., Myrick Puente, Lavonte Spivey, Isaiah
Rutherford, Roman Mattson; (bottom, left to right) Coach Matthew Piz, Coach
Bruce Snell, Sr. and Zachary Wingfield.
Sports Network winning photo
This photo of Okeecho-
bee X-Plosion Cheer-
leading and Dance was
chosen as the winner of
last month's Okeecho-
bee Sports Network
Photo Contest. The pho-
tographer will receive a
$25 gift card to Ultimate
Gamer. The photo shows
the Junior Dynamite
Team featuring flyer Kas-
side Cloud, bases Crisa
Brown and Aalia Murphy
and back spot Hanna
Bostwick. Anyone who
submitted a photo to
the Okeechobee Sports
Network was eligible for
the contest. For more
information, go to www.
newszap.com, click on
"Okeechobee" and then
click on the "Sports" tab
in the upper right cor-
ner of the Okeechobee
Community web page.
To sign your team up for
a free web page on the
Sports Network, contact
Renee Hawley at rhaw-
desk.com or call 1-888-
Special to the Okeechobee News/Okeechobee X-Plosion
WEEcHOBEE NEWS ODIRi a-aptp 1
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Atlantic and Gulf Grouper
Located on Taylor Creek
202 NE 7th Ave. & Hwy 70
Restaurant & Watering Hole
Hammerhead's Signature Soup
a r- ,ggrums Chicken Monterey
Chicken Wings Tortilla Soup
Soups Salads Sandwiches Seafood
Steaks and Hammerhead Specialties
April 23, 2010