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Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-14-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 149 13.78 feetLast Year: 12.68 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OUA approves bonus for Hayford in lieu of raise ... Page 5 Okeechobee residents earn degrees from IRSC ... Page 7 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenHoliday cheerFlower Petal’s “Fairytale Christmas” oat won the Best Float Award in the Okeechobee Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Okeechobee. Honorable Mentions were given to Home Builders Institute at the Okeechobee Girls Academy, Okeechobee Christian Academy and Okeechobee Youth Development Center. There were 105 entries in the 2011 Lighted Chrstmas parade, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street. Frosty the Snowman (David Garcia Aleman) was ready to throw away his corncob pipe in the Students Working Against Tobacco entry in the Christmas parade Saturday in Okeechobee. At right is SWAT member Savannah Goggans/ Home Depot’s entry in the Christmas parade included plenty of elves. Left to right are Brenden Everharn and Bobby Wright. Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s oat advertised the church’s annual Christmas Around the World celebration. For more, see page 19. For more photos and a video, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot another man in the back of the head with a small caliber handgun during an argument. According to Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the victim was initially treated at Local man accused of attempted murder Glen Davis See DAVIS — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man is being held in the county jail without bond following his arrest on charges of having sex with a 13year-old girl for the last seven years. Timothy Travis Murphy, 41, N.E. 272nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Monday, Dec. 12, on charges of capital Detective: Man molested child for seven years Timothy Murphy See MURPHY — Page 5 Local youth earns rank of Eagle Scout ... Page 3


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastThursday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph. Friday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 5 mph. Friday Night : Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone A Merry ChristmasDisplay AdvertisingFriday, December 23 @ 3 pm For Wednesday December 28 The Okeechobee News will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 The Okeechobee Community ChoirUnder the Direction of Sandy Perry,Will Present Its 13thAnnual Christmas Cantata Concert J o y t o A l l t h e W o r l d Dec.16 & 17 € 7PM Dec.18 € 3PM First United Methodist Church € 200 NW 2ndST € Okeechobee(Northwest of Walgreens at the Intersection of US 441 & SR 70)The beautiful blend of 48 voices comprising this seasons choir represents singers from fifteen local churches. Frank Carter,a very talented concert pianist,arranger,composer & Director of Arts &Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach has once again composed the Christmas cantata as he did for Easter.In addition to accompanying,Frank will sing and play some of his Christmas arrangements. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the final selection,Handels Hallelujah!Chorus. A love offering will be taken to cover advertising costs. For more information,call Sandy at 634-7714 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2. They are: Arielle Trimnal, Anthony Smith, Tori Trent, Kailey May, Emily Rogers, Marcos Hidalgo Gomez, Ruby Anselmo, Jacob Hernandez, Kyler Morgan, Elijah Cortez, Penelope Rodriguez, Arena Haywood, Denisse Garcia, Alivia Ferrell, Jacey White, Jay Krall, Gauge Chandler, Karina Romero Ortega and Cutter Harris. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OFCOutstanding employeesOkeechobee Freshman Campus congratulates its Teacher of the Year, Julie Bohannon and also School Related Employee of the Year, Steve Szentmartoni. Okeechobee Forecast Last week for ‘Rec time’ at Sports Complex PavilionThe County Parks & Recreation Department is offering “Rec. Space” only one more time. Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:30-5 p.m., activities will be set up on one side of the Sports Complex Pavilion. Anyone can enjoy at no cost. Children 10 years or younger should be accompanied by an adult.


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THEPATIENTANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENT ORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. $9.95 & up863-763-3824Serving You Since 1945 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 Once again, Okeechobee’s BSA Troop 955 is proud to announce that another young man has graduated from their Scouting program, achieving the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers. Daniel Jansen of Big Lake District’s Troop 955 has earned the Eagle Scout Award. A member of the Okeechobee Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s Troop 955, Daniel is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to the National BSA of ce. During the Boy Scout program, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle, prior to the young man reaching the age of 18. Daniel has earned a total of 34 merit badges, his favorite being the Aviation Merit Badge he earned while attending a summer program at the Gulf Stream Council’s Camp Tanah Keeta in Jupiter. Daniel stated that earning this badge is one step towards the Aerospace Engineering future that he hopes to achieve. Daniel’s community-related service project involved the unique design and construction of numerous heavy-duty wooden tables & benches that have been installed at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility for use by the patients, visitors and staff. As we have seen over the year, this particular scout unit, Troop 955, has been very successful in their teaching, training and advancement of Boy Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout, primarily due to the efforts of its two main leaders Kurt Jansen and Tom McDeavitt. However, Daniel stated that it took a combined effort by both of his parents, Kurt and Tammy Jansen as being the driving force behind his involvement and completion of the Scouting program. While with the Boy Scouts, Daniel has held several Troop leadership ranks, including Sr. Patrol Leader along with a host of other positions. Mr. Jansen now joins other out-standing American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., 32 astronauts, including James Lovell and Neil A. Armstrong, head of the F.B.I. William Sessions, and Robert M. Gates, former Director, CIA. Other notable Eagle Scouts include Walter Cronkite, Steven Spielberg and Hank Aaron. Daniel Jansen is a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee, and is a senior at the Okeechobee High School. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, giving rise to the phrase “Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle”. Daniel Jansen achieves rank of Eagle Scout Santa to visitThe Kiwanis will sponsor Santa in Flagler Park! Santa will be available for children and pictures on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19-23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Santa on the re truckThe Okeechobee City Fire Department will take Santa on a tour of the area within the Okeechobee City limits on a re truck Dec. 15-17, to wave to local children. The re truck will visit the northwest and northeast sections of Okeechobee on Dec. 15; the southwest section of Okeechobee on Dec. 16, and the southeast section of town on Dec. 17. For more information, please call Kim Barnes at 863-763-3372 ext. 222.SES to host Winter CarnivalThe annual South Elementary School Winter Carnival will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please come join us for food, games and silent auction. Christmas boat parade set for this Saturday, Dec. 17The annual Okeechobee lighted boat parade, sponsored by the Yatchette Club, will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m., on Taylor Creek, beginning at S.R. 70 behind Burger King. The parade will travel up Taylor Creek ending at the VFW. Boats should be decorated with a holiday theme. For questions or further information, please call Susie at 352-209-9582.Historic ornaments on saleThe Okeechobee Retired Teacher’s Annual Historic Christmas Ornament is now in and available for your Christmas Tree! This year’s numbered and limited edition ornament honors the 1914 Florida East Coast Railroad Station. This station was the reason “Tantie” became “Okeechobee.” The cost o f the ornament is $15 and previous year ornaments are also available. You may purchase an ornament from any OREA member or it’s President, Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755. Holiday Happenings Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kurt JansenFather Duffy of Sacred Heart Catholic Church congratulates Daniel Jansen on earning the rank of Eagle Scout.


Christmas wishes Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas are s ome new Republican candidates for president. All the candidates we have now keep s elf destructing!  Dear Santa, I would like to see all our A merican Soldiers come home from these ridiculous wars we are ghting where the people we are ghting for hate us. It would b e nice if they could arrive by Christmas so t here families can have peace and comfort during the holidays. Yes Santa, let them ght t heir own wars because what we are doing does not help. These countries have been at w ar with each other for thousands of years. W hat good are we doing there? Santa, just s end the soldiers home.Shop local My teenager’s Christmas list is mostly related to video games. I checked prices at a big chain store and a specialty chain store b efore going to the locally-owned store. I was pleasantly surprised to nd that the s tore owned by local folks had the best prices for the exact same items. My point is, don’t assume the big boys have the best prices. Sometimes the small business has prices that meet or beat the big guys. And t he locally owned store also had the best c ustomer service—they took time to answer my questions and did not get impatient with me, even though I know absolutely nothing about video gaming.  As long as you can check out prices over the phone without running all over the c ountry, it’s ne. Trouble is, it’s hard to get anyone on the phone that knows anything. I c hecked on the availability of a TV last Christmas time and was told by one store they had t his certain model that I found online, only t o go to the store and nd out he was referring to a display model, which he had only one of, and would not sell it. That cost me $9 in wasted gas money.  I have found you get much more accurate information from the small businesses over the phone and in the store. They know what they have in stock. They take the time to answer questions. They appreciate their customers because their monthly income is dependent on keeping those local customers happy. The employees of the big chain stores are just clocking their hours, and half the time they have no idea what products the store does or does not have in stock.Christmas parade I think the Christmas parade was one of the best ones I have seen. It had so many entries that it went on for more than an hour. And everyone seemed to really be in the spirit of the holiday. People around me were singing along with the Christmas songs as the oats went by. Kids were smiling and laughing. People were waving to the beauty queens and the people on the oats. It was a nice, old-fashioned parade and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Passports May I offer some advice? Get your passport now, while you are not in a rush. It’s much easier that way. Then, when the opportunity presents itself, you can pick up and go to far away places.  The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air. Validity: 10 years.Christmas lightsThe Okeechobee News would be happy to publish a list of the holiday light displays. You can post addresses on the forum thread at www.newszap.com, or on the Okeechobee News Facebook page, email addresses to okeenews@newszap.com, or drop them by the Okeechobee News of ce at 107 S.W. 17th Street.  If any of you would like to come out to see our Christmas light display, our address is 3616 S.W. 19th St. in Oak Park!  Light display N.E. 42nd Terrace off 70 by AG center, down by water management is another display. They have where you can drive around their driveway to view lights. Christmas paradeAfter standing, watching all the smiling faces in the parade as it passed by, for the hour and a half, I can only say, once again. ONLY in Okeechobee, do we know how to do this and do it so well. I have either been in, helped with or viewed many, many parades over the years, and each one impresses me more and more. As the older folks hold the little ones in their laps as they go by, I think to myself, “here is the next generation of parade goers.” We, as adults, are passing on the heritage, the traditions of how to participate in a parade. They are learning from us how to do these things. May we never forget. I heard multiples of kids and adults yelling “Merry Christmas” leaving me with a very happy heart as the commercialism of “Happy Holidays” was not uttered once. Like I said, “Only in Okeechobee,” do we hang on to traditions that are dear to us. Lets all continually strive to do these gestures for each other. Thank you Main Street for keeping the parades going, it is a great time of the year, to have one, we all look forward to it, and it is well worth all the time and effort put into it, organizing and seeing it through. The smiles on the faces of the children tell it all. I’m trying to decide whose oat I loved the best, and came to the conclusion, I cannot choose one. Each were so different, so entertaining and beautiful. The group around me, kept commenting, “It just keeps on coming,” as we looked in anticipation for Santa to come by. The children received many toys, cups and candy offered by the parade walkers. They loved it. Then, before we knew it, here came Santa to complete ou r great heartwarming time at the Okeechobe e Christmas parade. Merry Christmas to all of you, reading this notation, May God richly Bless each of you in the New Year. In His Love, Bobbi PooleThanksgiving dinner a success“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him.” Psalm 100:4 And Bruce and MaryAnn Swinford, codirectors of the local mission, Big Lake Missions, DO give thanks to Him for the volunteers that helped with serving Thanksgiving dinner to our local needy and homeless. About 40 volunteers helped to cook, and then served over 80 meals in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church, here in Okeechobee. In addition, 1,000 meals were delivered, thanks to Christ Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach, who provided the meals. Thank you to those who so faithfully delivered all those meals to th e needy and shut-ins. There are too many people to nam e here, but thank you, thank you, thank you each and every one who helped set up th e hall, served the meals, helped with cleanup, cooked turkeys, made mashed potatoes, provided dressing, prepared sweet potatoes, baked pumpkin pies, and brought cranberr y sauce, gravy, and rolls to make Thanksgiving Day a special day for those less fortunate. We appreciate all of you more than you will ever know and may God richly bless you!! In Christ, MaryAnn and Bruce Swinford Wednesday, December 14, 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. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleMany Okeechobee families enjoyed the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday evening. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe annual Thanksgiving Dinner, offered by Big Lake Missions, successfully served 80 meals at church and delivered 1,000 meals to shut-ins.


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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 5 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A salary hike for the Okeechobee Utility Authority executive director and a pointed discussion about spending on the eastside force main project highlighted the agenda when its board met on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Board member Melanie Anderson said John Hayford has done an excellent job but felt it was not appropriate to consider a raise b ecause other employees did not receive one. She said she has no problem with giving him a bonus. She suggested $2,500. The board decided Mr. Hayford’s bonus should mirror what other employees received and after much discussion approved a $1,000 b onus. The utility’s largest bonus to an employee in the 2011-2012 budget was 3.97 percent. Most employees received a bonus of between $800 and $1,000. Land Ventures of America led an appeal of a recent Okeechobee court decision that ruled in favor of the utility authority. The b oard retained the law rm of Melville and Sowerby to handle this appeal. The board also approved the expenditure of $7,500 to purchase an easement necessary for the Eastside Force Main Project. Board member Tommy Clay said the OUA has spent $598,000 on this project without any assurances that it will happen, “This is pie in the sky. There is nothing to suggest we will get a dime out of this deal. I get heartburn when we spend money like this.” The OUA needs to complete the design phase which is necessary to secure a grant to make the project possible. The utility could use the FDOT right of way but there are plans to expand State Road 70 which would require the utility to move the line and add to their costs. The estimated construction cost is approximately $7.5 million. Mr. Hayford said grants could pay for up to 50 percent of the cost. The project is tied together with the Treasure Island utility project. The combined cost is estimated to be $15 million. The utility would acquire some 1,600 new customers. Mr. Hayford said the new project could impact rates of existing customers. “Are rates going to go up? That is probably a safe assumption,” he said. Mr. Clay said the utility has an obligation to the community which struggles with high unemployment, a large percentage of seniors on xed incomes, and poverty, and shouldn’t be looking for ways to spend more money. He said the utility has some of the highest bills for water and sewer in Florida. “At some point you have to stop spending and pay off your debt,” he added. He suggested the OUA expand service in Basswood and Whispering Pines because it would be more cost effective. The board approved the purchase of the easement in a 4-1 vote. Mr. Clay cast the dissenting vote. Frank Irby was honored for seven years of service to the utility board. He has been named to the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners by Governor Rick Scott. Mr. Irby said he enjoyed his work for the utility and praised the board for making sound decisions without the in uence of politics. “This is one of the best boards I have ever served on. It has truly been a joy. I believe we have made decisions that are good for the OUA and for those people we serve,” he added. Board chairman Steve Nelson also honored employees Andrew Silvas for 20 years of service and Anthony Ortiz for ve years of service to the utility. OUA executive director given bonus Raulerson Hospital. He was then transported by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce where he was treated then released. Arrested in the case was 61-year-old Glen W ilson Davis, S.E. Ninth St. He is currently being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. An arrest report by OCPD Of cer Ryan Holroyd stated that Davis, the victim and the victim's girlfriend were in Davis' home w hen the incident occurred Saturday, Dec. 10, around 10 p.m. Apparently the three people were in the living room of the home when an argument broke out between Davis and the victim, w ho were both drinking beer. At some point Davis walked to his bedroom and the victim started walking toward the kitchen door that leads to the carport. The of cer's report stated that Davis reportedly walked up behind the victim, who was still in the kitchen, and shot him one time in the back of the head with a .32 caliber handgun from a distance of 5 to 6 inches. The victim's girlfriend was still in the living room and had an unobstructed view of the alleged shooting, stated Of cer Holroyd. At that point the victim and his girlfriend left the home and walked to their car. However, the keys to their car and the victim's dog, were still in the home. The woman reportedly told the of cer that when the victim went back inside the home to get the keys and dog, Davis was carrying a ri e, but no other shots were red. The victim and his girlfriend left the home and went to the emergency room at Raulerson Hospital. According to the of cer's report, the victim stated that he and Davis were walking down a hallway when the .32 automatic handgun accidentally discharged. The victim reportedly told the of cer that he had turned his head just prior to the gun ring and that's why it struck him in the lower left side of the back of his head. However, Of cer Holroyd said a spent .32 caliber shell casing and the bullet were found on the kitchen oor, which would be consistent with the woman's statement. Davis allegedly told the of cer that he red the shot at the victim, who was in the living room, because he wanted to scare him. Davis also stated that the victim was facing him when the gun was red, indicated the of cer's report. "The location of the shell casing and bullet that were found in the kitchen don't support Davis' story as to where the incident took place within the residence. However, they do support (the girlfriend's) account of the incident," Of cer Holroyd stated in his report. "The bullet fragmented and we have part of the bullet. But, the rest of the bullet was not recovered," added Detective Saum. Davis reportedly told the of cer that he didn't mean to shoot the other manhe just wanted him to leave his house. DAVISContinued From Page 1 sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12. Murphy is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond on the capital sexual battery charge. His bond on the second charge has been set at $100,000. An arrest report by Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Murphy started having sex with the child when she was 6 y ears old. According to the detective's report, Murphy has been sexually molesting the child as often as a "... couple of times a week," for the last couple of years. The detective's report indicated that on one occasion Murphy allegedly gave the child a cell phone in exchange for sex. Murphy reportedly gave the girl "stuff" in exchange for sex on different occasions. Apparently the girl didn't say anything about the abuse because Murphy supposedly told her that if she ever told anyone he would kill himself. And, because he has a lot of guns she was afraid to say anything, offered the arrest report. The detective's report also alleges that Murphy gave his cell phone to another girl who was 14 or 15 years of age and told her to take nude photos of herself. It's unknown at this time if he ever sexually abused that girl, added the report. Murphy allegedly told that girl he would pay her for taking photos of herself. However, continued the report, he never did. Detective Suggs went on to indicate that the man's cell phone has been seized and that members of the OCSO internet technology department will search the phone for the alleged photographs. On at least one occasion Murphy allegedly told the child he would marry her if she were older. The detective went on to state that the girl didn't remember what she said, but she did remember that she was "really weirded out" by the man's statement. The detective added that he seized bedding that, through the use of an alternative light source, indicated the presence of bodily uids in several areas. That bedding, he added, is being held as evidence. Murphy, added the detective, provided a sample of his DNA which has also been placed into evidence. Detective Suggs said his investigation into this case is continuing. MURPHYContinued From Page 1


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.Carol E. Gaure, 67LABELLE — Carol E. Gaure, age 67, of LaBelle passed away, Dec. 10, 2011, in Lehigh Acres. She was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Okeechobee. Survivors include her daughters, Sarah Jimenez and Judy Graham of LaBelle, Sheila Mace of Palmdale; son, James Mace of Ft. Myers; two brothers, three sisters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at International Christian Fellowship in LaBelle with Pastor Sammy Co ofciating. Cremation Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelleRobert ‘Dead Bug’ EdwardsOKEECHOBEE — Robert “Dead Bug” Edwards passed away Dec. 11, 2011. He was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Beaver City, Neb. He owned and operated “Dead Bug Edwards Exterminating” in South Florida until 1991. He then continued to operate Edwards Ranch which he had started in the early 1960s. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Kandi Edwards; children, Michael, Ted, Bruce, Jeff, Diana, Scott and Brent; 19 grandchildren; and ve great-grandchildren. No services will be held at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO BOX 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Terry H. Day OKEECHOBEE — Terry H. Day died peacefully at home on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Terry was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Okeechobee in 1980. She is survived by sons, Bill Walls of Okeechobee, and Phil Walls of Lake Worth, Fla.; a daughter, Kay (John) Coolong of North Palm Beach, Fla.; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; a stepdaughter, Jane Young of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a nephew, Terry Higbee of New York. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, from 1 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, friends may make memorial donations.in Terry’s name to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34972.Syble ‘Granny’ Lee Story McGlamory, 62OKEECHOBEE — Syble “Granny” Lee Story McGlamory, age 62, died at St. Lucie Medical Center on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Syble was born in Kissimmee to Carl and Victoria (Miller) Story. In 1975, she relocated to Okeechobee. She was a member of the Fountain of Life Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of children. She loved going to church, reading the Bible, singing, reaching and teaching her grandchildren. Syble was predeceased by a brother, Kirby Story; and two sisters, Mary Ann Browning and Leona Maxwell. She is survived by Edward “Paw Paw” Earl McGlamory Sr., her husband of 42 years; son, J unior (Barbara) McGlamory of Okeechobee; daughters, Darlene (AJ) Murphy of Kansas, Mollie (Ronnie) Rexroad of Okeechobee; a special friend, Melissa Morse of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Candance, Summer, Austin, William, Lizzy, Robert and Megan; a brother, John Lewis (Virginia) Story of Tenn.; sisters, Hazel (Lamar) J ohns of Georgia, Ollie Mae Johnson, and Lucille (Buddy) Cole, both of St. Cloud, Fla., Earlene (Edwin) Pilgrim of Clewiston, Fla., Leverne Story of Georgia; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be today, Dec. 14, 2011, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Fountain of Life Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Ullrich RiordanOKEECHOBEE — Virginia “Ginnie” Ullrich Riordan passed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the age of 91. Ginnie, a resident of Okeechobee, Fla., was born on May 24, 1920, in St. Louis, Mo. Her parents, Walter and Alma Ullrich, were also from St. Louis. Ginnie married Norman Gerren in 1937, William Cesak in 1958 and William Riordan in 2006. Ginnie earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from St. Louis University. She attended Holy Trinity Church in St. Louis where she was a Stephens’ Minister before moving to Florida. She was a proud member of the Merry Widows, a Christian fellowship group at Holy Trinity and cherished the close friendship. Ginnie loved to sing, dance, and make those around her happy. She was known for her incredible smile that brought warmth and joy to many. Ginnie was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church. She performed in plays at the Okeechobee Community Theater, sang in the Peace Lutheran Choir, and entertained many with her wit and genuine, caring nature. Ginnie’s Lutheran faith was strong throughout her entire life. She took great pleasure in sharing the Word of our Lord in hopes of helping others find the love of Jesus. Ginnie was an animal lover and cherished all of God’s creatures. She was an avid reader and loved to learn and experience new things. She loved to travel and visited many faraway places including many European countries, Egypt, and Kenya; where she stayed with local tribes and enjoyed animal safaris; Israel and most of our United States. She loved spending time with her family and many friends. Most of all, Ginnie loved life and loved bringing happiness to others. Ginnie was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Alma Ullrich; husbands, Norman Gerren, William Cesak, William Riordan; brother, Norman Ullrich; son-in-law, Richard Weber; grandsons, Jerry Long, Dean Gerren; granddaughter, Laura Long; and many cherished pets. Ginnie is survived by daughters, Yvonne (Larry) LaMee of Okeechobee, Elaine (Rex) Kenyon of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; sons, Rick (Harriet) Gerren of Okeechobee, Bill (Sheri) Cesak of Atlanta, Ga; grandchildren, Mike and Rae Long, Greg Weber and Scott Reagan, Mark Jordon and Bret Cesak; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Ullrich; cousins; nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends. A memorial service was held at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, Okeechobee, Fla. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. In lieu of owers, please consider a donation to the church or a favorite charity. Ginnie, a follower of Our Lord Jesus Christ, lover of life, family and friends will be missed by many. We love you Mom, with all our hearts. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Cowboys for Christ to hold December meetingCowboys for Christ of Basinger will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Basinger Community Center. A pot luck supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. Ginger Fender will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-763-2285Chamber Concealed Weapons Permit Class at Hampton InnThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Preregistration is required. Register online at: www.OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the Dec. 15 Concealed Weapons Permit Class. Then follow instructions to register online. You may also pick up a registration form at the Hampton Inn. If you should have additional questions, please contact the Chamber at info@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Democrats to meet Dec. 15The Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be having its regular monthl y meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Beef O’Brady’s meeting room. Any Democrats are invited to attend.Brennen Eye Care to help needy patients in communityOn December 22, 2011, Brennen Eye Care, 710 S. Parrott Avenue, will provide eye care for those in need. This is the second year they have provided free eye exams for 25 needy patients, and in conjunction with Treasure Coast Optometric Society they will be providing free eyewear. If you are aware of a person in need, please have them stop by the of ce on Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee to ll out an application. It must be returned by Dec. 15 An of cer of the Optometric Society will screen the applications so that those most in need will be selected.Eagles host spaghetti dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will host a spaghetti Dinner, Thursday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 pm. for $6 a plate. All proceeds go to Communit y Charity Fund.Businesswomen’s network meetsThe Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will hold their Christmas meeting Friday, Dec. 16 at The Lodge. Networking time begins at 11:30 a.m. Each woman is asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child which will be donated to Guardian ad Litem for distribution to area children. The meeting usually lasts until 1 p.m. For further information, call Raye at 863-610-2176. Community Events


On Thursday, Dec. 15, Indian River State College will hold its rst Fall Commencement, adding a second Commencement ceremony during 2011 in response to the dramatically increasing number of IRSC graduates. IRSC has announced that 1,696 students earned their Bachelor's Degree or A ssociate Degree so far during the 2011/2012 academic year, including the 2011 Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. The Fall Commencement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia A venue in Fort Pierce. IRSC will continue to hold the traditional Spring Commencement Ceremony in May. Okeechobee County residents who w ill graduate include: A ssociate in Arts Degree Fall 2011 Alexis Victoria Ariail John T. Benbow Jason C. Berry Hannah Kay Bishop Frances Ann Bosworth Juan C. Botello Brenda Renee Box Ashley Marie Bray Ashley Tarae Brennan Mitchell L. Bryner Jessica M. Burnette Veronica Santoy Castilleja Talena Bevis Chittenden Amy Danielle Davis Candice Donaldson Ciara Rose Egerton Jude Fischer Megen E. Gabler Victor Gabriel Gandarilla Brenda Sandoval Garcia Tonia Ciarra Gray Karen E. Grif th Katherine Kolina Gunsolus Suzanne Carol Gunter Aaron Joseph Hall Kayla Nicole Hardin Robert Wayne Harrell Jr. Michael Bruce Hazellief John Alan Hodges Nickey Lynn Ingram Timothy S. Knowles Jr. Sarah Elizabeth Lay Magda S. Leiva April Marie Martin Kasey Michelle McKane Steven J. McKinley Jessica Marie Medina Terra Yolanda Morris Celica M. Mungaray Jordyn Wray Nealis Sara Rebecca Parkerson Kayla Lynn Parks Kayla Elaine Patterson Thomas Gray Plant Kitaki Roberts Katherine Aleese Rucks Maria Guadalupe Ruiz Daisy M. Samuel Ximena Sanchez Jose Luis Santibanez Jonathan Paul Schrock Megan Louise Schrock Cesar Serrano Roxanne R. Shef eld Matthew Ryan Skipper Matthew B. Strickland Katelyn Brooke Stuart Katarina Victoria Suarez Stephanie Tamara Summers Ana M. Toledo Graciela Miriam Varela Marla Sue Wandrum Tamara E. Wendt Rodney Lee Wingate Jr. Associate in Applied Science Degree Shirley Lee Bar eld Christopher Leo Campbell Cora Geneve Palmer Charlene Marie Peck Trevor Adolphus Rowe Jr. Alisa V. Whyte Associate in Science Degree Melissa Ann Aguilar Shaunaye LaCole Brown Shannon Marie Gagliardi Judy Garcia Margarita Gibson Ann-Marie Luks Andrea Nicole Murphy Sara Rebecca Parkerson Nicole Rebecca Talley Saul Tijerina Jordan R. Verano Mariah Danielle Wagoner John R. 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For cash orders, our church of ce at 401 S.W. 4th Street is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the church of ce at 863-763-2171. One Harvest Food Ministries helps locally with food costs


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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Rebekah Bryan won the Most Valuable Player Award and Krista Ward took home the Brahman Award at the OHS Lady Brahman volleyball banquet held Dec. 1 at OHS. The Lady Brahmans quali ed again for the post season and reached the post season for the eighth time in the past 12 years. This y ear the Brahmans did it at Class 7A. The District Champion Martin County was the State Champion this year and Okeechobee w as one of the only teams to win a game against the Lady Tigers. Coach Todd Jones said he always knew that his team would show up and play hard every match. He called them a dedicated team and one of his favorite teams since he began coaching better than a decade ago. "This was an amazing year. I watched the state nals and it is amazing how close we are to being in that arena," he added. Three seniors were honored as they have played their nal high school matches. Paige McCrary, Maranda Serrano and Bryan all had w onderful careers for the Lady Brahmans. Bryan took home awards for the most kills and for her passing pro ciency. Serrano earned a two-year letter award. McCrary w as honored for her hitting percentage, 45 percent. Sarah Davis earned awards for the most assists, and service aces, 37. Maci Thomas w on an award for the most defensive digs, 318. Ward earned an award for service percentage, 98.7 percent. Coach Jones said it was really nice to see the bond the girls have for each other. He said at one match a key player took the w rong color jersey. Instead of having to sit the bench, her teammate's swapped jerseys and one actually wore a very large jersey that didn't t her, so that player could take the oor. "They were totally unsel sh. I've coached teams where that would have never happened. In the past that girl would have sat the bench and been the victim of bad luck," he added. Jones said it will be hard to replace the three graduating seniors. He noted there is not a lot of height on the squad right now and it's possible that freshmen could play key roles for the team next year. Bryan said she was very excited to get the MVP award. She said her senior year was a great year and all of the seniors deserved to get the MVP. She plans to try out for Indian River State College with McCrary and Serrano next weekend. She said her four years in high school went way too fast. "It is sad because I'm going to miss everyone. This team was like a family and we all love one another," she stated. Ward said she was happy to win the Brahman Award. She was praised for her attention to detail and her intensity. Krista said when she missed a serve she took it personally. "I like to serve and be consistent. This year I tried to hit the ball hard and improve my game," she added. Ward said she thinks the younger players have potential and should add a lot to the team next year. "I think we can win districts if we keep trying and practicing. We were very close this year and just barely missed some championships," she added. The junior varsity Brahman Award winner was Tiffany Bowers and the Most Valuable Player was Delany Osceola. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GET $500 OFF Any Hot Spring SpaPLUS get our Comfort Package for FREE. Thats a $1,320 value off our everyday low, direct from the factory prices. 9 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 OCRA taking coaching appsOCRA is accepting coaching applications for the 2012 Baseball. Applications are at the Okeechobee County Parks and Rec Dept., 640 N.W. 27th Ln. MF, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Deadline is Jan. 15, 2012. For questions or concerns please call 863634-0515 or 863-697-3212. Youth Basketball League signups startOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation will be conducting sign-ups for the 2012 Youth Basketball League Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Jan. 6. Registration is $40 per child and is being held at 640 NW 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2012. For more information, call 863-763-6950. Coaches, sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to inquire. OHS volleyball team honored at banquet Rebekah Bryan accepts the MVP trophy from coach Todd Jones as teammates Paige McCrary (center) and Sarah Davis (left) look on. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKrista Ward is congratulated by coach Todd Jones as she won the Brahman Award at the annual OHS volleyball banquet. OGCC Gold Tee winnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Winners for last week were: rst place-B. Meyers; second place tie-R. Carbia and J. Masters; third place-W. Parker; and, fourth place tie D. Birdshaw and D. Thomas.


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Excellent condition $14,000 Call 863-763-8534 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeOkeechobee County Board of County Commissioners RFP 2011-24 Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) program. Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 16, 2012 and delivered or mailed to: Okeechobee County SHIP Program, 304 NW 2nd Street Room 105, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) Program Stripling For speci c project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-9312 or by fax at (863) 763-0118 or email sdupree@co.okeechobee. .us. Speci cations may be obtained from the Deputy County Administrator’s of ce located at 304 NW 2nd Street Room 103, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05 p.m. on January 16, 2012, in the BOCC Clerk’s of ce Room 222 at the above address. A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the property located at 20760 NW 176th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Any rm who is not in attendance at this address by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid. The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing. Margaret Garrard Helton Okeechobee County Commission 405133 ON 12/14/2011 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000005 GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, VS. MARTIN TINAJERO; R.A. ALMASY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE BRINDABAN TRUST; UNKNOWN TENANT (S); THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTIN TINAJERO; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 21st day of October, 2011 and entered in Case No. 47-2009-CA-000005, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC is the Plaintiff and MARTIN TINAJERO, R.A. ALMASY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE BRINDABAN TRUST, UNKNOWN TENANT (S) and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTIN TINAJERO IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall 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, 11:00 AM on the 4th day of January, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 5, BRINDABAN FOREST, UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 2 AND 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1987 ZIMM DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFIED BY VIN NUMBERS: ZZF1525BAC AND ZZF1525AAC. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 5th day of December, 2011 SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free:1-800-441-2438 404816 ON 12/7,14/2011 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472010CA000138XXXXXX SPACE COAST CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, VS. BONNIE C. PEER; et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated December 8, 2011, and entered in Case No. 472010CA000138XXXXXX of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein Space Coast Credit Union is Plaintiff and BONNIE C. PEER; THOMAS M. PEER; SPACE COAST CREDIT UNION; LEGACY COURT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, beginning at Okeechobee County, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 12th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 6, LEGACY COURT, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. 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 Corrie 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. DATED at Okeechobee, Florida, on December 9, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk, Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk SMITH, HIATT & DIAZ, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff PO BOX 11438 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339-1438 Telephone: (954) 564-0071 Pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2), this notice shall be published twice, once a week for two consecutive weeks, with the last publication being at least 5 days prior to the sale. 405384 ON 12/14,21/2011 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on December 26, 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. 1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VIN #1J4GX58YOWC190756 Terms 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. 405327 ON 12/14/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 30th day of Dec. 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 Green Ford Explorer 1FMZU63K23UA43775 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. 405491 ON 12/14/2011 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE Case No.: 2010-CA-000349 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. F/K/A COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., Plaintiff, vs. HAYDEE ROSA RIVERA, et al. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 22, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2010CA-000349, of the Circuit Court o f the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP (hereafter “Plaintiff’), is Plaintif f and HAYDEE ROSA RIVERA; EZEQUIEL RIVERA; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC, AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST MAGNUS FINANCIAL CORPORATION are defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL at 11:00 a.m., on the 4th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 45, BLOCK 46, BASSWOOD UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 49, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 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 Corrie 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. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 28th day of November, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Cler k Van Ness Law Firm, P.A. 1239 E. Newport Center Drive Suite #110 Deer eld Beach, Florida 33442 Phone (954) 571-2031 Fax (954) 571-2033 403948 ON 12/7,14/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-CA-225 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, VS. EDWIN SERRANO, et. al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 21, 2011, entered in Case No. 2011-CA-225 in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein Seacoast National Bank, successor by merger to Big Lake National Bank is Plaintif f and Edwin Serrano, Debra J. Serrano, Madeline Nieves and Midland Funding, LLC, as assignee of Emerge Mastercard are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the 11th day of January, 2012, the following described property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Lot 17, TALL PINES ESTATES, according to the plat thereo f recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 41, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 2001 Homes of Merit, Model BM3232 76 x 32, ID’s FLHML3B1547-24252 A&B Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 25 day of October, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLER K 401565 ON 12/14,21/2011 15 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011


Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472010CA0000432XXXX OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, V S. A MBER L. GRIESEMER, “JOHN DOE”. her husband, if married, real name unknown, and “UNKNOWN TENANT #1” and “UNKNOWN TENANT #2” as occupants, real names unknown, NAT IONAL CITY BANK, n/k/a PNC BANK, N.A., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472010CA000432XXXX on October 27, 2011, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, AMBER L. GRIESMER (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit E, of Dwelling Structure 30, OAK T REE PLACE, together with the land immediately underlying the unit, as described and depicted in Declaration of Party Facilities and Protective Covenants for OAK TREE PLACE, as recorded in Of cial Record Book 260, Page 999, and amendment thereto as recorded in Of cial Records Book 261, Page 1405, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 4th day of January, 2012. A NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 1st day of December, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A ttorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 561-627-3585 404818 ON 12/7,14/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 405359 ON 12/14/2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-167 In Re: Estate of TOMMY RAY MALONE, a/k/a TOMMY R. MALONE, Deceased 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. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 16 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of TOMMY RAY MALONE, a/k/a TOMMY R. MALONE, deceased, whose date of death was September 2, 2011, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-0168, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names 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 persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent 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 PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is December 14, 2011. Personal Representative: Billy Ray Morris 1325 North Ridgewood Avenue Deland, Florida 32720Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 404896 ON 12/14,21/2011 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An man was arrested after he agreed to provide a prostitute to a local man, who just happened to be a detective from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Pedro Domingo, 37, S.W. Kanner Highway, Indiantown, was arrested Friday, Dec. 9, on a felony charge of deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,500 bond. The woman accompanying Domingo was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of prostitution. The 38-year-old Jupiter woman was booked into the county jail, but has since been released on $500 bond. According to the detective’s report, Domingo was contacted by phone and agreed to bring a woman to Okeechobee for the purpose of having sex. When Domingo and the woman arrived at a predetermined location in Okeechobee he met with the ‘john’ and was paid $25, stated the detective. The detective stated that when Domingo was paid he returned to his blue Honda passenger car. The woman was arrested when she entered and Domingo was arrested as he was leaving the area. She initially told the detective she was forced into prostitution to pay her rent, the detective stated. However, added the detective, as she was being arrested she invoked her Miranda rights and refused to say anything to law enforcement. Also taking part in the operation were agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along with investigators from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Of ce. Man arrested when ‘john’ turned out to be detective Pedro Domingo By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man and woman have been arrested after being accused of using a stolen debit card to buy street-level prescription pills. Samantha Nichole Jewell, 20, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, and Mitchell Ray Hat eld, 22, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, were both arrested Dec. 7. Each face felony charges of grand theft and criminal use of personal identi cation information. Jewell is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bond, while Hat eld is being held there on $5,000 bond. An arrest report by Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Jewell took the victim’s debit card. She and Hat eld, her boyfriend, then used the card 22 times to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account, continued the detective’s report. The report indicated that the card was allegedly used Nov. 7 through Nov. 10 to withdraw a total of $1,312.63. According to Detective Morrison, Jewell stated that “... we took it and used it and bought pills with it.” Jewell reportedly told the detective that they were able to use the card because the victim had written down her personal identi cation number (PIN) and left it with the card. Report: couple stole debit card to buy pills Samantha N. Jewell Mitchell Ray Hat eld


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has a suggestion for anyone shopping for a boater this holiday. A new, comfortable life jacket makes an ideal gift, and it could save someone’s life. “A lot of people don’t wear life jackets because they feel they’re uncomfortable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the FWC’s Boating and W aterways Section. “However, with newer models, such as belt packs or suspenders, y ou hardly feel them. Replacing an old, bulky life jacket with a newer model makes a great gift.” Belt-pack and suspender life jackets are in atable. Some in ate automatically when a person falls into the water, while others inate after the wearer pulls a cord. Prices of the belt-pack and suspender life jackets start at approximately $60. “Frequently, a life jacket can save a life during a boating accident,” Shipp said. One of the main responsibilities for FWC of cers is helping residents and visitors boat safely. They often check boaters for adherence to safety regulations and educate them about safe boating practices. Unfortunately, at other times, FWC of cers are called to the scene of boating accidents. “Many people don’t expect to need a life jacket, particularly if they feel they are good swimmers,” Shipp said. “However, when boating accidents happen, you may not be able to rely on your swimming skills.” Many of the boating accidents the FWC investigates involve drowning deaths. Last year, there were 79 boating fatalities—49 of them by drowning. The FWC con rms that life jackets may have saved those lives and recommends boaters wear one at all times on the water. Bottom line: If you fall overboard with a life jacket on, your chances of survival are greatly enhanced. This holiday season, the gift of a life jacket could be a gift of life. For more boating safety information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating or call 850-488-5600. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 17 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Reyna Ortega, 26, S.E. 57th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 9 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. She was released on her own recognizance.  Jesus Ismael Hunt, 21, N.E. 43rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felony of violation of probation robbery/no gun or deadly weapon and the misdemeanor of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $500 on the misdemeanor charge. He is being held without bond on the felony charge.  Mary Hamner, 58, Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with failure to appear driving under the in uence, failure to appear refusal to submit to breath/blood/urine test and failure to appear contempt. She is being held without bond.  Walter Steven Nelson, 62, U.S. 441 S., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear scheme to defraud over $50,000. His bond on that charge was set at $10,000. Nelson was also arrested on a Hillsborough County warrant charging him with grand theft motor vehicle. His bond on that charge was set at $2,000.  Shaun Daniels Billie, 21, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 12 by Ofcer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $1,000.  Therese Renee Huskey, 48, Martin Road, Zebulon, N.C., was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Cpl. Ryan Holroyd on an amended DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation tampering with physical evidence. She 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An 18-year-old Okeechobee man arrested last week in connection w ith the theft of a small safe from an unlocked area home has been arrested on additional charges. Joshua David Grossman, N.W. 42nd Ave., was arrested Monday, Dec. 12, w ith the felonies of dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker. His bond on those charges has been set at $12,500. Grossman was already being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $5,750 bond following his Dec. 9 arrest on felony charges of burglary of a dwelling and grand theft. He w as also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly having his 16-year-old brother, Jeremy, help him with the burglary. Jeremy was also arrested Dec. 9 on burglary and grand theft charges. He was booked into the county jail then released into the custody of a parent. Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said Joshua’s most recent arrest came about after it was learned he had pawned some of the jewelry that was in the safe. According to the detective’s arrest report, Joshua broke into the unlocked home while Jeremy acted as a lookout and stayed outside the home. Once inside, Joshua allegedly kicked open a locked bedroom door and retrieved the small safe. Following their arrest, the brothers reportedly said they opened the lockbox and when they found it contained no money—only prescription medications and jewelry—they threw it in Taylor Creek. The safe was found Friday, Dec. 9, near a bridge on N.E. 39th Blvd. that spans Taylor Creek by members of the OCSO dive team—Detective Captain John Rhoden and Deputy John Ashby. When Capt. Rhoden retrieved the safe from the bottom of the canal, several prescription bottles oated to the surface. No jewelry was found. Detective Van Deman said the stolen jewelry was valued at $1,600. Through the course of his investigation, Detective Van Deman learned that some of the jewelry had been sold at a local pawn shop. He then learned that Joshua reportedly pawned some of the items and was paid $50. The detective’s report stated that Joshua claimed he was the owner of the jewelry by signing his name to the pawn slip and putting his thumb print on the form, stated the detective’s report. Detective Van Deman said the rest of the missing jewelry has since been recovered. Jailed man arrested on more charges Joshua D. Grossman FWC suggests life-saving holiday gift for boaters Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCAn FWC of cer conducts a boating safety check. Newer model life jackets, such as the belt packs worn by the these three anglers, are comfortable and make great gifts for boaters and anglers.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 19 Okeechobee News December 14, 2011 Spaghetti dinner at Moose LodgeThe Okeechobee Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will serve a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Dec. 17 for a $5 donation. Music by Lisa, will be from 5–9 p.m. for your listening or dancing pleasure. Please come. All welcome.Library to host book signingDeborah Sharp, former USA Today reporter, will be the guest of honor Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. for an author’s tea at the Okeechobee Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and she’ll discuss her new book, “Mama Sees Stars.” (Midnight Ink, 2011, $14.95).Community yard sale to bene t Relay for LifeRelay for Life is hosting a community yard sale on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The table fee is $15 (bring own table and/or tent) with all proceeds going to ACS American Cancer Society. All monies made at your table is yours to keep or you may donate it to ACS. Please call Missy at 863-634-8674 or contact Stafford’s Salon at 863-763-3933 to sign-up for your table. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot on U.S. 441 South. Donations of items will be accepted before 7 a.m., the morning of yard sale. Teen Dance party plannedCome and enjoy the holidays at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7-10 p.m. for the December Teen Dance Party. Admission of just $7 includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, call Teres a Chandler at 863-801-4996.Eagles to host Turkey ShootThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will host a Turkey Shoot at 4701 U.S.. 441 S.E. on Dec. 17-18 All shoot begins at 9 a.m. for $2 per shot. Proceeds go to Christmas for Kids. Gun to be raf ed at Dec. 18 shoot: Winner gets choice of Winchester Mod 1400 12 g a Auto and Marlin Model 90 12 ga Over/Under.Financial management seminar at the libraryLearn to manage your own nancial future with a seminar set for Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St, hosted by Pat Shepherd. For reservations and more information, call 772-713-1837.Conkerr Cancer plans yard saleConKerr Cancer will have its nal yard sale of the year on Friday, Dec.16 at 2704 S.E. 34th Lane in Taylor Creek Isles from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Community Events Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenChristmas paradePeace Lutheran Preschool’s entry in the Christmas parade in down Okeechobee on Saturday included lots of angels, including (top photo, left to right) Jenna Johnston, Kelcei Harvey and Kelci Weseman. (At right) Chobee Minis 4-H Club brought a small herd of miniature horses to the parade. Left to right are Becky Coffee, Spirt and Blaire Law. At left, Audrey Driggers adds a western touch to the Cattlewomen’s entry which caried some of the rodeo queens. For more photos, nd us on Facebook.


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