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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 09-28-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 116 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.10 feetLast Year: 14.02 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.County hires new health dept. director ... Page 3 Fire damages home at Davie Dairy ... Page 5 Conserving water still important ... Page 12 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O Teen AnglersFishing the ‘Big O’Keith Chamberland took rst place with a catch of 25.27 lbs. in the Big O Teen Anglers Tournament on Lake Okeechobee. He also had the Big Fish at 7.64 lbs. For more on the event, see page 9. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In central Florida it is either feast or famine when it comes to water. What is the ideal lake level? What means should be taken to keep the lake at that level? Should lake levels be based on the best levels for ecology, drinking water supply or irrigation? These are all aspects of a complicated situation for which there is no quick, easy answer. Bryan Honnerlaw of Friends of Lake Okeechobee, claims the lake should be maintained at 12.5 to 16 feet with the ideal being 12.5 to 13.5 feet. He blames the current low lake level, in part, on the regulation schedules for Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee chain of lakes. He said water mangers are holding back water in the Kissimmee chain of lakes that could help raise the level of Lake Okeechobee. He also claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) released too much water before the rainy season began, contributing to the low lake level. The level of Lake Okeechobee is governed by a schedule that has been devised through consultation with representatives of all parties having an interest in the lake, including those involved with ood control, water supply and conservation, according to Luis Alejandro, water manger for COE. Under the regulation schedule the lake can vary in depth between 10.5 feet and 17.25 feet with the ideal range being between 12.5 and 15.5. The schedule uses many factors to determine whether or not to release water from the lake. "One factor out of many is rainfall," Mr. Alejandro said. If decisions on lake level regulation are based, in part, on a prediction of above normal rainfall and the rainfall turns out to be considerabl y less than predicted, that could have a negative impact on the lake level. Mr. Alejandro said that after the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike, water managers would once again look at the lake regulation schedule to see if the maximum level could be raised. However, he said that a sustained high lake level Regulating lake level is a balancing act Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppThis 2007 Dodge Charger is catching everyone's eye. Left to right are Sheriff Paul May, Sgt. Mark Roberts and Deputy Dale Hardy. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) patrol car is sporting a new look that is turning heads wherever it goes. Thanks to local sponsorship and backing for the OCSO Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program, the OCSO 2007 Dodge Charger has been Patrol car is turning headsSee DARE — Page 2 See LAKE — Page 2 IRSC has culinary arts program ... Page 7


Toni Wiersma, principal of Okeechobee High School, has announced that Emily Raulerson has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as the key role their schools pla y in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” Okeechobee student commended by National Merit Scholarship Program 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? 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Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 tted with a custom-made wrap to give the program more visibility. “It draws the kids’ attention to it. People comment on it and say how cool it is,” said OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts, who heads up the local D.A.R.E. program. The car is driven by OCSO Deputy Dale Hardy, who is the school resource of cer at Okeechobee High School. “It’s probably geared toward the younger age, but it ended up here because the car w as already being used by Deputy Hardy and we decided it was the best car to be used,” explained Sgt. Roberts. The OCSO sergeant went on to state that the wrap was paid for by local corporate sponsors—primarily, St. Lucie Battery & Tire and Custom Graphics & Signs, who designed and installed the wrap. “It’s just, basically, a large decal,” said Melissa McKay, owner of Custom Graphics & Signs and the designer of the D.A.R.E. wrap. “It’s a way to make something old look new and, if it’s new, it will preserve it.” She went on to explain that the artwork and printing take the largest amount of time, and that it only takes about six hours, at most, to install the wrap. In all, she added, it’s about a twoto ve-day process. Ms. McKay said the wrap was put on the car in February. Sgt. Roberts said the six-cylinder patrol car is equipped with a law enforcement light kit and radio and can be used for patrol, although it isn’t. “We can use it to make traf c stops, but we don’t,” he added. Sgt. Roberts said the wrap was put on the car to show Sheriff Paul May’s support for the D.A.R.E. program, and for the kids. The D.A.R.E. program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and is now in place in 75 percent of the school districts in the United States. The program is a law enforcementled series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drugand violence-free lives. According to the D.A.R.E. web site, the program:  allows young people to relate to law enforcement of cers as people;  permits students to see of cers in a help role, and not just in an enforcement role;  opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth;  helps of cers serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics; and,  opens dialogue between the school, police and parents to deal with other issues. If you or your organization would like to help the local D.A.R.E. program with a contribution, contact Sgt. Roberts at 863-7633117. Sgt. Roberts said all money donated to the local program stays in Okeechobee County. DAREContinued From Page 1 is bad for water quality. He said regulating the lake level is a balancing act that takes into conservation all interests involved in the lake. While the COE manages higher lake levels to prevent ooding, when the lake drops below a certain level any discharges for irrigation are regulated by the SFWMD. “Clearly more storage is necessary” stated Susan Sylvester, chief of the water control operations bureau for SFWMD. She said that w ith the construction of levees and canals exibility in water control was lost. Now the water level can only go up or down. At one time the lake would either increase or decrease in area depending on rainfall. She said that part of the problem with regulating the lake level is that water can come into the lake faster than it can be drained out. When releasing water to the estuaries to lower the level of the lake, local basin runoff has to be handled rst before lake water can be released. Paul Gray, of the Audubon Society of Florida agrees that the solution is completion of more water storage areas. Mr. Gray said we will have this problem until more storage areas are built. He was saddened to learn of the governor’s cut to SFWMD funding, saying this will slow down Everglades Restoration projects. Mr. Gray noted that the current water management system was designed in the 1940s. The population has increased tremendously since that time and the objectives of the program have changed from the original objective of ood control. Mr. Gray refuted Mr. Honnerlaw’s claim about the Kissimmee chain of lakes regulation schedule contributing to lower lake levels. He said that because the area of Lake Okeechobee is so much larger than the area of the Kissimmee chain of lakes, releasing the maximum amount of water from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes would only raise Lake Okeechobee about 6 inches. Correy Lee, shery biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, stated that at the present lake level the sh aren’t hurting, but the wading birds are a little harder hit. He said there should be some uctuation in lake levels. “The system is awed,” he said concerning the lake regulation schedule. He said completion of Everglades Restoration projects would give more room for storage of excess water without affecting lake levels.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. LAKEContinued From Page 1 Co-op Antiques has movedCo-op Antiques has a new location. It has moved to 1214 S.W. 2nd Ave., with six big rooms of beautiful antiques. 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Commission Chairperson Margaret Garrard Helton said she was very impressed w ith Ms. Hess’ resume. “I think you can do a great job for us. It will be an honor to work w ith you,” she said. Ms. Hess, whose rst day will be Friday, Sept. 30, has a Bachelors Degree from Indiana University and a Masters from the University of Central Florid and six years experience in the public health eld. Turning to other items, the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) is proposing to build a forcemain from their wastewater treatment plant on Cemetery Road to Treasure Island. This proposed system would eliminate 1,600 septic tanks on Treasure Island canals. The utility needs a site for a master lift station and approached the county for donation of land at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. John Hayford, OUA’s executive director said that with the acquisition of land for a lift station design plans could proceed and the utility could apply for a grant. Commissioners approved donation of the land. During the public comment time there were two speakers. Steve Dobbs, an engineer representing Blue Cypress Golf and RV Resort, informed the commissioners of drinking water problems at Blue Cypress which caused the shut down of one of their wells. Mr. Dobbs and other engineers have been working on designing an extension of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) water line from Kings Bay to Blue Cypress. Blue Cypress is trying to secure OUA as a sponsor to apply for a grant for the project. While Mr. Dobb’s purpose was to inform the commission of pending plans, he said that later he might come back to the commissioners to ask for their assistance. Alan Morris, a correctional of cer at Okeechobee Correctional Institute (OCI), expressed concern about possible privatization of the prison. Not only was he concerned about loss of employment, he felt a private organization would cause a public safety risk. He said a private organization would not be as concerned about security since they would not be required to have state certi ed correctional of cers. He presented a nonbinding resolution opposing privatization to commissioners for their consideration. Staff will review the resolution and present it at the next commission meeting. In other action, the board:  passed a resolution approving issuance of Solid Waste Disposal Revenue Bonds for Waste Management facilities improvement by the Miami-Dade County Industrial Development Authority with no risk and no liability to the county;  in connection with above action approved an interlocal agreement with the Miami-Dade County Industrial Development;  adopted an ordinance to change wording in county ordinances to conform to state statutes;  appointed Elbert Batton to the affordable housing committee with an expiration date of Sept. 15, 2013;  approved a Florida Department o f Transportation (FDOT) grant for airport security upgrade;  adopted a policy dealing with group health care insurance with Commissioner Joey Hoover voting ‘no’;  approved a one-year lease renewal for the Douglas Brown Community Center for Little Peoples Academy II;  awarded contracts for janitorial services for county buildings; and,  approved a proposal for professional engineering services for the Douglas Brown Community Center Wastewater Lift Station and Force Main in the amount of $19,425.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County health department has new director By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Will gas prices continue a downward trend or go up? It depends on your source. While the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts falling gasoline prices, one local gasoline distributor is not so sure. “It’s all guessing,” said Buddy Lisle, of Gilbert Oil Company, a local company that deals in wholesale and retail gasoline sales, adding “It’s a tough market. It’s all luck.” He said the price of gasoline is not based on supply and demand but on investors. He said the price of gasoline can change rapidly either way and as of Monday morning, Sept. 26 it was going up. Mr. Lisle said the constantly changing prices contribute to the differences in prices between various service stations. He said one dealer will buy gasoline and set his retail price based on what he paid for that tank of gas. Before that tank runs out a second dealer will re ll his tank. The second dealer will pay a different price, either higher or lower, and will base his wholesale price on what he paid for gasoline at the time he lled his tank. Different dealers re ll their tanks at different times and change their prices accordingly. A random check of 10 gasoline stations in Okeechobee on Monday, Sept. 26, showed gasoline ranging from $3.34 to $3.39 with an average of $3.36. According to the AAA the national average on Monday, Sept. 26, was $3.505 per gallon nation wide while the Florida average was a little lower at $3.470. Both averages showed a drop from last week when the national average was $3.593 and the Florida average was $3.543. Both the national average and the Florida average, according to the AAA, are about $0.80 a gallon more than one year ago.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Gas prices uctuate School district to negotiate Race to the Top' evaluationsThe Okeechobee County Educators Association representatives and Okeechobee County School District representatives will participate in negotiations regarding the teachers’ evaluations to be used for the “Race to the Top” criteria, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County School Board Of ce. The negotiations will be open to the public.


Fire department I think the re department does a great j ob. Not too long ago my daughter had a dryer re and they were there within minutes after s he called. They saved her home with very little damage. Also they did a terri c job on t he feed mill re. They kept the silos from exploding which would/could have injured a lot of people including re ghters. No one w as even injured. Great job. Out in the county w here we do not have the luxury of being c lose, we know that it is going to take longer b efore they can get to a re out here. It is our c hoice to live out in the county and we have t o take the good with the bad.  I have with the re department is that I pay extra like everyone else does for Fire and EMS tax but because of the location of the re department, I receive nothing for my money. I do live in the county by choice but when the rst responder is over 30 minutes, what good is it? Why do I have to pay the same amount or more as someone who lives within minutes of the re station? The county can locate the reman around the county like other counties do so that the response would be better for all.  You can have a hydrant in your front y ard, but if it takes 30 minutes for someone t o hook up to it, it’s useless. The Okeechobee F ire Department hasn’t lost a slab yet in the Prairie.Fire in the lake Fires along the lake shore are part of nature and part of local history. Even before t hey built the dike, these res were common. T he lake level uctuates with the seasons. W hen the water levels drop, the areas around t he edge of the lake dry out. Lightning strikes are common in Florida and when lightning hits the dry brush, it starts a re. If there is muck under the brush, the re can burn for w eeks or months. One legend I heard is that Buckhead Ridge was named for a muck re t hat burned for months. The story goes that t he smoke from the re had two plumes and from a distance, it looked like a buck head. Once a muck re starts, it won’t go out until it either burns off all the muck or is drowned by the rising water level. These natural res clear out the brush and some of the muck and this is good for the lake.OHS I think the principal is doing as good a job as she is able given the tough situation education is in right now. I like football, but that is certainly not my main concern with the high school. As far as I know, employers do not use FCAT scores to select employees. Most students nish the FCAT years before graduation. I would think employers would look at education level, grades in certain courses, attendance, and activities.  Athletic scholarships help put a lot of kids through college that might not get to go on an academic scholarship.  The principal at OHS is not only an outstanding one, she is also a person of the same. She cares about the kids probably more than most of their actual parents do. The education coming out of the high school has been good enough for 27 seniors last year to be accepted at UF, many more at UCF, USF, and FSU. What’s the complaint? Overall scores? You can’t help those students who have no drive or ambition to succeed. Their overall desire is to oat thru, work for the city or county when a relative slips them in, get a 3 percent raise every year and oat thru life on the backs of taxpayers. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The school provides more than enough for a kid to succeed if they have the drive.  Mrs. Wiersma has tried to “right” a ship that was like the Titanic ... all that was left was to pick up the china from the ocean oor and sell it at Sotheby’s! UCF has become one of the hardest schools to enter, and yet we seem to have kids graduating from Okeechobee High School who not only get in, but lo and behold, they are doing well there.  Okeechobee is just like every other high school in the state. The problems at this school are the same problems at the other schools in the state so why does everyone always seem to make excuses as to why the students in this county don’t receive an equal education to the rest of the state. Simply put, kids are the same everywhere. FCAT is a test to compare them on equal terms, the problems are the same at all schools, teachers are both good and bad at all schools. With this being said then what is different between the schools; the amount of money spent per student for education, the staff in charge of the teachers. Stimulus II is not the answerBy U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16)Listening to President Obama’s address to Congress, as he called for a new $447 billion stimulus package, I had a sense of dj vu. Massive federal spending on construction projects and aid to states – haven’t we heard all this before? The President’s new stimulus plan looks like a smaller version of his last stimulus plan, which cost $830 billion. He promised the rst stimulus would keep unemployment below eight percent. Instead, it has stayed above eight percent for 31 straight months and remains above 10 percent in Florida. Rather than abandoning these failed policies, President Obama is asking Congress to pass a second stimulus, without explaining how this one will succeed where the rst failed so miserably. You’ve seen the results of Stimulus I – do you think Stimulus II is the solution? I don’t. The American people need jobs. Squandering this opportunity by repeating the mistakes of the past is unacceptable. I disagree with President Obama that more federal spending is the best way to create jobs. However, he has made some concessions in other areas that I hope will open the door to potential areas of agreement. By focusing on common ground, we can get results. For example, the President recently agreed to our request to withdraw proposed EPA ozone regulations, which would have cost the economy $90 billion. He indicated during his address that he would look at other mandates that are hurting small businesses and costing much-needed jobs. I appreciate the President acknowledging the toll that regulatory over reach has on economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, his Administration has also proposed 219 new regulations costing more than $100 million each—many of which will cost more than $1 billion apiece. To get serious about reducing the burden of Washington mandates, he should accept our proposal to subject all regulations costing more than $100 million to Congressional approval. He should urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead as we vote to repeal many of the costliest, most unnecessary federal regulations this fall. The President now talks about the need to keep taxes low for small businesses and working families. His recognition that taxes matter for job creators as they make decisions about investments and hiring is a refreshing change from his past rhetoric. Last year, I supported an extension of payroll tax relief, which the President has advocated. However, we need more than one-time, targeted deductions if we want to see long-term economic growth. What happens when these temporary programs expire? Small business owners are already asking that question, and the uncertainty is stopping them from investing in their businesses or hiring new workers. Instead of focusing on temporary, Band-Aid solutions, I urge the President to work with us on meaningful tax code reform, which would eliminate certain loopholes and deductions and replace them with permanent reductions in tax rates for families and businesses. A atter tax code would allow small businesses to grow and compete on a level playing eld. Permanent tax rate relief would increase demand by putting more money in the pockets of American families, while giving job creators the certainty they need to invest and hire ne w workers. Rather than throw billions of dollars a t “shovel ready” projects, we should look a t more cost-effective ways to improve our nation’s infrastructure. For example, federal la w now requires states to set aside 10 percent o f their surface-transportation funds for projects like transportation museums and educational programs. Waiving this requirement would give states the exibility to use these funds fo r pressing infrastructure needs without adding to the de cit. Expanding markets for American producers will help small businesses, manufacturers and farmers here in Florida creat e jobs right away. I again urge the President to send Congress pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, so w e can pass them quickly. We can also work together on reforms to the unemployment system to assist the longterm unemployed. President Obama cited th e “Georgia Works” program, which connects employers with job seekers to help individuals receiving unemployment bene ts nd permanent jobs. Getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible should be our goal. Finally, I agree with the President when h e says that any new package must be paid for – but I don’t think we should wait years to do it. The American people are tired of Washington spending money now and promising to sav e later. The American people need jobs, but w e cannot tax, borrow and spend our way to job creation. Government doesn’t create jobs – small businesses do. The small business owners that I talk to in Florida are looking for a ne w approach that will get Washington out of th e way and let real, private sector job creators pu t Americans back to work. We’ve tried the stimulus approach, and we’ve seen the results. We need a new, progrowth agenda that focuses on relief from costly mandates, permanent reforms to the ta x code, and real cuts in spending. Short-term, government-centered xes are not the solution. Wednesday, September 28, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Approximately $35,000 in damage was reported to a residence at 11600 State Road 70 East Friday in a blaze apparently sparked by a candle, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue reported. Lt. Terry Parrish reported that ve units and nine remen responded to the home just before 8 a.m., and found smoke coming from the eves and the front door of the home. The re damage was con ned to the bathroom area and the ceiling in the hall, Parrish added. About 250 gallons of water was used to put out the ames. Two adults and one child inside the residence were unhurt. The State Fire Marshall was called to investigate but the original re report listed the cause as a candle and unintentional. A fan was used to clear the home of smoke. Firemen were on the scene for about two hours at the James Harper residence. The Okeechobee American Red Cross also responded to the scene to assist remen and the family with their needs. They provided food and clothing for the family. The Red Cross volunteers were members of the Chapter's Disaster Action Team which is a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of local disasters when called upon. To make a nancial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house res and other disasters here in Okeechobee people can click, call or text visit www. pbtcredcross.org, call 1-800-833-0599, or text the word Red Cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Structure re damages home at Davie Dairy The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Tony Lee Frost, 26, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 23 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with interference with child custody of parent/guardian. His bond w as set at $20,000. Linden Benjamin Buccino, 16, N.E. 22nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County juvenile take and hold w arrant charging him with lewd or lascivious molestation offender under 18 victim under 12. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of his parents. Miranda Kashyra Steve, 27, S.W. Ninth Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 24 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $3,000. Charles Smith III, 31, May ower Road, Fort Pierce, was arrested Sept. 24 by Deputy Steven McKinley on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $11,000. John David Thomas, 44, N.W. 141st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $250. Steven Cody Crose, 22, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a felony charge of burglary of a structure, and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $12,500. Missy Chae Huff, 19, Linda Road, Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Sept. 26 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. Her bond was set at $1,000. Alexander Gonzales, 37, S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Cari Arnold on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine and violation of probation possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He is being held without bond. Richard Chapman, 26, N.W. 262nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Sarah Green on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with providing false information to a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $5,000. Miguel Benitez, 18, S.W. Second Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation sale/delivery of a controlled substance, violation of probation sale/delivery of oxycodone and violation of probation possession of a legend drug without a prescription. His bond was set at $100. Jennifer Lynn Shaw, 26, S.W. Fifth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 27 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation burglary of a conveyance. She is being held without bond. Brandon Clinton Pitt, 19, N.W. 36th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 27 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft rearm. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Lake City teen was arrested locally after she reportedly stole a family member's car and drove to Okeechobee to see a y oung man. Kara Luann Lightsey, 16, w as arrested Friday, Sept. 23, on a felony charge of grand theft auto. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a family member. An arrest report by deputies with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Street Crimes Unit said the boy apparently called the girl and asked her repeatedly to come to Okeechobee. She nally relented and stole a 2011 Honda vehicle. She then drove to Yee Haw Junction where the boy met up with her. After spending a couple of nights together, Lightsey decided she needed to return to Columbia County, so she dropped the boy off at his father's home and started back to Lake City. While on her way back to Lake City, she received a call from a friend in Okeechobee who was checking on her well being. The friend convinced Lightsey, who was now listed as a runaway, to return to Okeechobee. Upon her return to Okeechobee, she contacted the sheriff's of ce and the street crimes unit responded and arrested her on a Columbia County warrant without incident. Lake City teenager charged with car theft Kara Luann Lightsey By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The victim of a single-vehicle crash in J uly has succumbed to his injuries, stated a press release from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). According to the release Pedro Juan Lopez DeHaro, 51, died Sept. 14 due to "complications from multiple blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the crash." Mr. DeHaro was southbound on S.E. 128th Ave. around 5:59 a.m. on July 23 when his truck left the roadway. The vehicle then traveled on the shoulder for about 500 feet. He reportedly over-corrected, which caused his vehicle to spin and slide across both lanes of the road. The vehicle then left the roadway around the 400 block, overturned and wound up in a drainage ditch on the east side of S.E. 128th Ave. Mr. DeHaro was thrown from the vehicle. He was treated at the scene by medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue then airlifted to Lawnwood Medical Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce by OMNIFlight. A utomobile accident victim dies from injuries


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Barbara Jane Nichols, 53OKEECHOBEE — Barbara Nichols, 53, of Okeechobee, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 5, 1958, in Columbus, Ind., to Betty and Billy Thompson. She was a homemaker and community volunteer having come to Okeechobee from W est Palm Beach in 1979. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, crafts and cooking. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Kenneth Robert Nichols; son, Matthew Lowell Nichols; and daughters, Carina Kimberly Collins, and Deborah Patricia Nichols. A gathering will be 2 p.m. until memorial serv ices at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Miguel A. Aguirre, 54OKEECHOBEE — Miguel A. Aguirre, age 54, died at home on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Born in Miami, he had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1979 and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. His favorite hobby was shing but he also enjoyed a wide range of sports, music, and work. He is survived by former wife, Deborah V andegrift; and mother of sons, Miguel (Sandra) A guirre of Crestview, Fla., Jeremiah (Leigh A nne) Aguirre of Roanoke, Va., Nicholas A guirre of Port St. Lucie; and grandchildren, Mariah and Naomi Aguirre of Roanoke, Va. and Luke Aguirre of Gainesville, Fla. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at noon w ith a service following at 2 p.m. Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. S u p p lem e nt to th e Ok e e c ho b e e N e w s € J a nua ry 28 2 0 1 1 € A ls o A v a ila ble O nlin e a t n e w sz a p.c o m S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e ch o b e e N e w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e d d B B r r o o w n n C C h h i i l d d r r e e n n   s s H H e e a a l l t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r 2 2 0 1 1 5 5 H w w y y 4 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t t h h , O O k e e e e c h o o b e e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . 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Se e Ba c k C o v e r f or G i f t C er t i f i c a t e f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e e n n H H o o u u s s e e : : A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 8 8Ad v e rti s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant :http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide :http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Editor’s note: The community events column runs news from local organizations and clubs at no charge, on a space available basis. To qualify for this column, the event must be open to the public. If there is any charge or fee, the organizers must be raising money for a charitable cause or non-pro t organization. Starting next week, if there is a charge, the event notice must explain where the money is going. For example, proceeds might be for a local scholarship, to bene t the Shrine Children’s hospital, etc. E-mail items for this column to okeenews@newszap. com. For advertisements for events that are “members only” or if proceeds are not going to a charitable cause, please contact the newspaper’s advertising department for the ad rates. Yard sale at Martha’s HouseMartha’s House, at 4134 U.S. 441 N., is holding a yard sale on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 863-763-2893.Fall softball sign ups startRegistration for the Fall Adult Softball League is being conducted by the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Dept. at 640 NW 27th Lane (Sports Complex). Team fees are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 Fees are as follows: men--$375 (plus $30 ISA fee if not registered in 2011 season); women-$325; co-ed-$325. For more information, call the of ce at 863-763-6950.DAR meetings scheduledOkeechobee Chapter of the American Revolution will begin our 2011-12 meetings on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., at the Okeechobee County Library. All members and potential members are invited to attend. One of the highlights of this season is the dedication of the Seminole War Memorial upon it’s being moved from the present location to the re-enactment site in February 2012. This is being achieved through the hard and continuous work of Su George and other and with the cooperation of the Cora Stickney Harper and Seminole Chapters as well. For more information contact Kenna Noonan, secretary, at 863-634-5669.Book singing to include B.R.A.T. Club fundraiserLocal author, Jerry Ferrara invites you to a book signing of “The Rock-O File.” This is a story about a sweet, lovable Miniature Schnauzer and how one sunny afternoon in Brooklyn, N.Y., an event happened that changed his life. Rock-O ends up in the wonderful community of Okeechobee. This book is lled with excited that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Find out how Rock-O’s life brought him to Okeechobee, and why The Doggie Bureau of Investigation places Rock-O in The Puppy Protection Program. Wildly imaginative, and full of tension, this K9 crime story will keep you panting for more! The Rock-O File is fun for adults and children alike. Join author Jerry Ferrara and the main character, “Rock-O” on Saturday, Oct. 1 The book signing event will be held at the Hampton Inn from 1-5 p.m. Come out and enjoy lunch at noon with the B.R.A.T. Club. The B.R.A.T.’s will be serving hot dogs, sodas, chips, popcorn and smoothies for a small donation. There will also be face painting, hula hoop and other fun activities. For more information call Teresa Chandler at: 863-801-4996.Locks of Love event slatedColour Me Crazy Salon (next to Dominos Pizza and the Okeechobee News) is the location of the next hair donation event for “Locks of Love,” a public, non-pro t organization that provides vacuum tted hairpieces to nancially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term, illness-caused hair loss. Hair cuts will be done on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 12–3 p.m. Local resident, Lonnie Yates, lost his daughter to cancer a year ago this October. In honor of her life, we ask you to donate your cut hair to bene t children. = Free lunch for those that donate hair. This haircut is tax deductible—women $14, men $10. Call 863-467-3031 for information.Eagles to host bingoEagles North is hosting card bingo Saturday, Oct. 1 from 4 p.m. until? Proceeds go to community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee You can call us at 863763-2552.Eagles to host Sunday BreakfastThe Fraternal Order of Eagles, 4137, 9985 U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee will host Sunday breakfast on Oct. 2 from 9-11 a.m. Donation for the breakfast is $5 with proceeds to bene t ? To contact us call 863-763-2552.Kiwanis to host Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta on Oct. 8The Inaugural Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 701 SE 6th Ave, Okeechobee. Boat check-in will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Races are expected to start around 9:30 a.m. This is a homemade boat race for which boats are constructed of a 4’x8’ sheet of ” luan plywood, 24’ o f 2”x4”s, one roll of duct tape, one pound o f screws, and all the paint you want! No caulking or adhesive of any kind may be used. Feel free to get there early to look at all the boats! Parking will be at Grace Brethren Church. Bring the kids, as there will be bounce houses, face painting, and more! We still have room for more boats, so call J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778 or visit www.MinimalRegatta. com for more information.Legislative delegation to meetThe Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the commission chambers of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street, second oor. For more information, please call State Representative Mike Horner’s of ce at 407-943-3077.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Ray Domer on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.–noon and will be held in Commissioner Domer’s ofce located at the Okeechobee Count y Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., Room 245, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Community Events


Find out how the Culinary Institute at Indian River State College prepares students for success with culinary careers at an upcoming Information Session for prospective students Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Center on the Mueller Campus at 6155 College Lane in Vero Beach. Program information on the Associate in A pplied Science Degree in Restaurant Management with a Culinary Arts specialization w ill be provided along with a presentation on applying for nancial aid. This two-year, full-time, selective admissions program leads to an A.A.S. Degree in Restaurant Management with a Culinary Arts specialization. Paid internships allow students the opportunity to gain hands-on job skills while working side-by-side with top industry professionals in the eld. This practical experience, combined with the rigorous educational training, enables students the opportunity to build strong career portfolios, solid contacts and references to prepare for rewarding employment. Applications for the two-year program will be available and must be completed before Dec. 2. For more information, call the Culinary Institute at 772-226-2511 or the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-7924772. Information is also available at www. irscculinaryinstitute.com or by emailing culinary@irsc.edu. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 7 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Seventh Day Christian Church, 912 N.W. Park St., will host a Gospel Sing w ith the Okeechobee Gospel Singers on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Youth Ministry of Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. Third Lane, will sponsor a family ea market at the church fellowship hall on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each family will sponsor a table where they will have a variety of items for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the ea market w ill go to the youth ministry. Operation Christmas Child spokesperson Livia Satter eld will speak at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd st., at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. She will be speaking abut her experience receiving a shoebox as a child living in an orphanage in Galati, Romania. Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse and will hand deliver more than 8.5 million shoe box gifts to hurting children in some 100 countries this year. This event will inform the community about Operation Christmas Child and how to participate in the program. Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave, will host a concert by American Idol Season Six Top 10 Finalist Chris Sligh on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. For more information call 863-763-4127. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com@ or call Pete Gawda at 863-7633134, extension 4225. Churches host gospel sing & special guests IRSC Culinary Institute offers two-year program Places ofWorship Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 100. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Extended ForecastThursday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Okeechobee Forecast


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Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensDakota Dietrich was second place in the 15-18 age group with a catch weighing 5.77 lbs. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Savings Stacked High. REAL HIGH . Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Receive up to $1,650 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** Special Financing Available***OR CAC014022 Offer expires 12/2/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar. gov for more information. ***See dealer for details or visit Lennox.com. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 9 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 On July 30, a Big O Teen Angler tournament was held out of the Scott Driver Boat Ramp. Fifteen anglers competed and 37 sh were brought to the scales with a total w eight of 78.6 lbs. Winners in the 11 14 age group were: 1st Keith Chamberland 25.27 lbs, Big Fish 7.64 lbs; 2nd Jose Hernandez 4.79 lbs; 3rd Luke Farmer 4.77 lbs. Winners in the 15 18 age group were: 1st Matthew Robbins 25.17 lbs, Big Fish 8.45 lbs; 2nd Dakota Dietrich 5.77 lbs; 3rd Ethan Larson 4.79 lbs. Big Lake Teen Anglers would like to thank the boat captains for their continued support: Skip Jeslosky, Carl Lewis, Leroy Bauer, Bob Haarer, Ernie Johnson, David Straight, Kenny Farmer, Mike Jones & Mike Zubricky. Thank you George and Madalyne DuPont for the donated hotdogs and drinks after weigh in and to Thomas and Elaine Jackamore. Big O Teens close out summer season Ethan Larson won third place in the 15-18 age group with a catch weighing 4.79 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensMatthew Robbins won rst place in the 15-18 age group with 25.17 lbs. He also took the prize for big sh-8.45 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensLuke Farmer won third place in the 1114 age group with 4.77 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensJose Hernandez won second place in the 11-14 age group with 4.79 lbs. Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for the week of Sept. 23 were: First place B. Meyers; Second place J. Masters; Third place tie with H. White, C. Hendren and R. Cardia. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


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OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent TAYLOR CREEK Condos: Avail. Immed. Fully furnished, Pool, Tennis & Boat Dock 1br/1ba + Utilities. $625. Annual Lease. 215-359-7779 Houses-Rent 2 Bed/1Bath Between Okeechobee and Indiantown on Tommy Clements Street. 5 Acres w/pond and fenced $790 a month. Call 772-260-3068 2 br-2 ba w/den & Florida room. Between Okeechobee & Indiantown. 5 acres w/pond. $990 mo. 772-260-3068. 3 BD/1BA House on 1 acre in Dixie Ranch Acres. No Pets! First, Last & Security $800.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 Furnished 1/1 or 2/1 in Kings Bay with garage, washer and dryer starting at $650 per month, plus utilities call 863-467-4371 Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 TREASURE ISLAND 2BR, 2BA. On Water. Storage shed. 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It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 13 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011


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Utilities* Call863-763-4417 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNoticeLEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns T owing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on October 14, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1997 SATURN S-SERIES VIN # 1G8ZK5276VZ360511 2003 GMC ENVOY VIN # 1GKDS13SX32315660 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 399311 ON 9/28/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 201 1-CP-93 IN RE: ESTATE OF LORRAINE M. MANNING Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LORRAINE M. MANNING, deceased, whose date of death was October 20, 2010; File Number 2011-CP-93 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N. W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is: September 29, 2011. Derek B. Alvarez, Esquire FBN: 114278 dba@gendersalvarez.com Anthony F. Diecidue, Esquire FBN: 146528 afd@gendersalvarez.com GENDERS ALVAREZ DIECIDUE, P.A. 2307 West Cleveland Street Tampa, Florida 33609 Phone: (813) 254-4744 Fax: (813) 254-5222 BETH ANNE RICHARDSON Personal Representative 3004 Pin Oak Drive Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 398508 ON 9/28;10/5/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 14th day of Oct. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2003 Silver Hyundai Elantra KMHDN45D73U624179 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 398826 ON 9/28/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 47-2010-CA-000404 CONSUMER SOLUTIONS 3, LLC, Plaintiff VS. ROBERTO SORHEGUI, ET AL Defendants TO: Roberto Sorhegui 1101 NE 361th St. Ct. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unknown Spouse of Roberto Sorhegui 1101 NE 361th St., Ct. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unknown Tenant #1 1101 NE 361th St. Ct. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unknown Tenant #2 1101 NE 361th St. Ct. Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for foreclosure has been led against you regarding the subject property with a legal description, to-wit: LOT 15, Block 7, Lake Montaza Estates, Section Six, According to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 61, Public records of Okeechobee County, Florida Together with that certain mobile home designated as follows: Make : Spec Year 1990 Title Numbers: 49483877 & 9483900 ID Number: FH3611096A & FH3611096B PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 2009-CA-000481 Central Mortgage Company Plaintiff, vs. F. Earl Grif n, Jr. Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure Including Award of Attorneys’ Fees and Costs dated September 16, 2011, entered in Case No. 2009-CA-000481 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Central Mortgage Company is the Plaintiff and F. Earl Grif n, Jr. are the Defendants. that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 am on October 19, 2011, the following described property, as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure including Award of Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, to-wit: LOTS 21 AND 22, BLOCK 100, OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Dated this 19th day of September, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, Okeechobee County Clerk of Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Conic Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en code o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Coordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pouou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tan& ou pale byen, reld 711. 398312 ON 9/28;10/5/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CA-161 RUDOLFO J. UNCEIN, Plaintiff, VS. YESSINA MIRABAL; ARNALDO MIRABAL; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ARNALDO MIRABAL n/k/a OLGA MIRABAL, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 15, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-161, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein RUDOLFO J. UNCEIN, is the Plaintiff and YESSINA MIRABAL; ARNALDO MIRABAL; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ARNALDO MIRABAL n/k/a OLGA MIRABAL, and any unknown tenants in possession, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 19th day of October, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 35, RANGE 35 EAST, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33, THENCE S 0127’24” W ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SECTION 33, A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH/ R/W LINE OF N.W. 160TH STREET (100 R/W); THENCE N 8934’54” E ALONG SAID SOUTH R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1166.86 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST R/W LINE OF N.W. 12TH TERRACE (50’ R/W); THENCE S 0136’26” W ALONG SAID EAST R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1409.27 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 0136’26” W ALONG SAID R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 260.00 FEET; THENCE N 7733’16” E, A DISTANCE OF 465.63 FEET; THENCE N 0143’23” E, A DISTANCE OF 533.49 FEET; THENCE S 8849’03” E, A DISTANCE OF 660.06; THENCE N 0145’43” E, A DISTANCE OF 947.46 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF THE OTTER CREEK EASEMENT (180 FEET WIDE); THENCE S 4057’38” W ALONG SAID EASEMENT CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 1465.18 FEET TO THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE IN SAID CENTERLINE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 2864.91 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0533’22”; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, A DISTANCE OF 277.82 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated the 16th day of September, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk NOTICE TO PERSON WITH DISABILITIES If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Collie Johnson, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 807-7370 within 2 working days of your receipt of this Order; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 398088 ON 9/28;10/5/2011 14 Okeechobee News September 28, 2011 Which Mobile Home is permanently af xed to said land. and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Gary I. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Rain and lightning did not stop the Yearling Bulls from extending their winning streak last Wednesday as they defeated Oslo Middle School, 6-2. The match was delayed by more than an hour due to the rain and lightning in the area that afternoon. Coach Erick Rios said the Bulls had control of the action for most of the game but continued to make a few errors that allowed their opponents to remain competitive. “Two defensive errors on the back line allowed Oslo to score twice,” he noted. Wilson Barahona continued to score at a torrid pace as he put four balls into the Wildcats net. Logan Laskey and Alberto Diaz each scored one goal. The Bulls faced their toughest task of the season Monday when they hosted the Sebastian Sharks. Coach Rios said this will be the most decisive trial for his team so far this year. “Sebastian has always been the most difcult and talented opponent we have faced in our conference,” he noted. Yearling was also scheduled to travel to Gifford Middle School in Vero Beach on Wednesday. Osceola volleyball lost a competitive match last Thursday to the Pemayetv Emahakv Seminoles 21-25 and 14-25. Makayla Root had four kills while Riylie Nortan and Hannah Collier had two kills each. Brittani Mellette had one kill, four aces, and seven service points. Judy Soriano and Andee Garcia had two assists. Coach Kati Lawson said both teams played a strong match last Thursday, “It was an intense game with several long volleys. I felt both teams played well.” Y earling Middle School Bulls extend winning streak BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. 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Okeechobee coach Tarrance Pryor said he felt the team has earned their victories through hard work, good coaching, and teamwork. “They have worked real hard. We appreciate the crowds coming out to see us and support us,” he added. Jafabian Smith and Mark Youmans earned praise from the coaches for their w ork on defense. Luellman was among the Brahmans who scored touchdowns in their win over Port Salerno on Sept. 17. The “Lil Brahmans Mighty Mites team lost 36-6 to Port Salerno on Sept. 17 and their game against Jupiter was cancelled due to w eather last Saturday. Coach Chris Scruggs said the team played hard but came up against a tougher opponent that had some older players and more w eight and size. “We were no match for their bigger team,” he added. The ‘Lil Brahmans Midget Division team has run into a slump as they dropped road games at Martin County South 31-0 on Sept. 17 and to Jupiter Maroon 29-0 on Sept. 24. Coach Eric Williams said his team must work on their tackling skills because they have missed a lot of tackles and aren’t aggressive enough on defense. “I do feel Pop Warner has helped these kids as they are playing tough out of town teams and not their friends. Pop Warner really shows the kids how aggressive they have to be to achieve in high school football,” he noted. The Midget Division features teams with kids who are 15 years old and advanced in terms of skill and size. Simeon Washington had double digit tackles for the Midget squad against Jupiter. Antawyn Fludd provided excellent work in the defensive secondary. The team also started Brendan Barcia at quarterback and returned Fludd to wide receiver. The team will also receive a boost when rising football star Lamar Williams returns to the lineup to play running back and linebacker in October. Williams has been sidelined with a back injury since August. Coach Williams said he wants his offensive linemen to be more aggressive in the trenches when they host Jensen Beach on Saturday. Pop Warner games are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday at the soccer elds across from North Elementary School. Pop Warner grid team tops Port Salerno and Jupiter The Brahman boys bowling team recently lost a pair of competitive matches to the South Fork Bulldogs. George Marshall bowled a 156 and Dillon Resendiz bowled a 152 in a match with the Bulldogs on Sept. 13. Resendiz bowled a high game of 185 and Marshall added a 171 in a loss to the Bulldogs on Sept. 22. Team members this year include Team Captain and Senior Angel Garcia, Marco Raya, Adam Davis, Samuel Rogers, and Austin Walker. The team is coached by Josh Stoddard. He said he felt good about the improvement the team has shown after a month of practice. “The team is beginning to become more consistent and have improved scores on a weekly basis,” he added. The next scheduled meet for the Brahmans is Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Lucky Lanes in Okeechobee. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m. Brahman keglers fall to the Bulldogs


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