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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-12-2012
Frequency: daily
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Sunday, February 12, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 19 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.20 feetLast Year: 12.47 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.New gate system would help save manatees ...Page 19 Man convicted of manslaughter in Tony Gehle death to get new trial ...Page 8 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 15 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A board has been elected, donations are being accepted, and a league has been formed to create the new Okeechobee Youth Football League Brahman football team. The board of directors and volunteers were busy collecting donations this week at a celebrity server event held at the Okeechobee Golden Corral Restaurant. The league plans to eld ve teams that will compete against other Heartland area teams like Lake Placid, Sebring, Hardee County, Desoto County, Haines City, Avon Park and perhaps other communities. It will be an unlimited weight league based on ages. Okeechobee would have ve teams which include a young ag football team for six and seven year olds. Eric Williams, Tarrance Pryor, Brad Gibson, James Shockley and Scott Boyer will serve as head coaches of the various teams this year. New youth football league plan gains momentum By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper has big ideas for Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina that he is excited about. "This will be the most unique park in the U.S. when it is done, he said. The commissioner believes his ideas will rejuvenate the park and bring in extra income to the county. His proposal involves leasing the park to a developer for 99 years. The developer would install RV lots and sell them. The county would receive a percentage of the sale price on each lot and would also receive ad valorum taxes after the property is sold. At the end of the 99 years the entire park, including the RV lots, would revert back to the county. Commissioner has big ideas for park Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrad Gibson, Chaka Smith, Marvin Roberts, Marvin Plummer, Sheila Neal, Paige Cloud, Charlie Hukriede, and Eric Williams were celebrity servers at Golden Corral to raise funds for the Okeechobee Youth Football League. See PARK — Page 5 See LEAGUE — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Like a scene from the movie "Fatal Attraction," a local woman has been arrested for allegedly burying an ex-boyfriend's cat alive. Katherine Elaine Thomas, 53, N.E. Second St., was arrested Thursday, Feb. 9, on a felony charge of cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor charge of stalking. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $15,000 bond. A report by Deputy Joe Gracie, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated that Thomas and her boyfriend were involved in an argument on Jan. 17 and she was eventually trespassed from the man's home. During that argument she allegedly told the man she had gotten rid of his black and while male house cat. He told Deputy Gracie he didn't think much about that statement until Thomas started leaving messages on his answering machine. According to the report, those messages included: Woman accused of burying cat aliveSee CAT — Page 5 Katherine Thomas


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Bikes with no lights I would like to know who I can talk to about people riding bikes at night with no lights or re ectors. I live in Buckhead Ridge, and I have to go to work at 6 a.m. and each morning I have narrowly missed someone on his bike with no lights and no re ectors on Hwy. 78 near Okee-Tantie. I missed him by mere inches. Something needs to be done about this problem! And indeed it is a problem. At 6 or 7 there ought to be someone patrolling this area or someone will lose a life! And then who will be at fault?Can a teacher videotape the class? There are “children” under the age of 18 who come to class in the morning at the Okeechobee High School and sleep the entire class. Can a teacher video the person sleeping for evidence as to why he or she received an F for the class? It seems to be so easy to do that now-a-days with cell phones or relatively cheap cameras. This would show parents why their sons or daughters are not making it. Of course the parents are probably not making it either.  Since in a school almost all the outside areas are on camera why couldn’t the classrooms be, just like the buses?  Why not an online video feed so parents can watch what their little darlings do all day? Certainly could make for some interesting conversations when the kids get home!  Video surveillance brings to mind George Orwell’s prophetic novel 1984!  If the student opts to sleep through the class...head down, snoring, etc...he doesn’t deserve our tax money. If a person is the parent of said student, he should do something to wake that student up. We will not give money to people who do not care anymore. W e do not have the money to give them for nothing to show for it.SFWMD lease According to the story in another newspaper, water managers let an Okeechobee of cial graze cattle on SFWMD land without a lease and then gave a lease on the land to the of cial’s daughter without going out for bid. Looks like they don’t give the other ranchers a chance, just give leases to their cronies, even though someone else is willing to pay more money. Once again, the taxpayers lose out.  The issue I see is that a few ranchers get these sweetheart deals and others are not even allowed to bid. If the SFWMD is going to lease out PUBLIC land, it should go out for bids so that the taxpayers get the most money possible for the lease. Just because it was SFWMD “policy” does not make it right. We, the taxpayers, are the ones who lose out when things like this go on. Our taxes are higher because they don’t get the high bid.  The SFWMD had no business wasting our tax money buying all that property for the river. It is not being taken care of properly -it takes alot of money for upkeep for land -and has fast become very large playgrounds for a few people. Millions spent for a few. More questionable dealings.Okee-Tantie The plans for Okee-Tantie might not take away public access at rst, but it would be real easy for them to do it in the future. Why is it that other counties are buying land for public access to the ocean or lakes and rivers and our county commission is trying to sell ours? Will we end up paying to use something that is ours to begin with? Next, they will restrict what happens at Lock 7. How easy would it be to put up a toll both at both locations? If you have an airboat and this goes through, the next place to launch is Lakeport.  The sites are to be sold, and the owners are only allowed to stay on their site a maximum of 30 days at a time. The other 30 days, the park can rent the site to someone else, then the owners can come back for another 30 days. So, you buy a site, plant your pretty owers, put down your concrete pavers, and just kind of personalize your little retirement dream, then in 30 days, you are forced to leave so the Clampets can live there for 30 days and tear up all your stuff and the park gets the money? Let me know how that works out. Sunday, February 12, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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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! Okeechobee KOA says thanksOkeechobee KOA would like to thank the following Okeechobee and other out of state businesses for donating door prizes to raise funds for KOA Care Camps. All proceeds from these popular events are donated to KOA care camps which are designed especially for children with cancer. All of the events were held November 2011 through March, 2012. Thanks go to Design By Jenna, Darice. com, Walt Disney World, The Honda Classic, Daytona International Speedway, Todd Everett Flooring inc., Country Side Florist, Silpada, Shipwreck Beads, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Copper Creations, Lee & Ann Murrell, Jewels by Marie, Enchanted Designs, Monique’s Unique’s of Palm Beach, Jars of Love Karen Carrier, Noreen & Nancy Trading post #513&514, Marsh Beast Air boat Tours.com, Sculptor, Ace Pest Control, Darice Co., Bealls Outlet, Three Tiara’s, Shipwreck Beads, Walgreens Pharmacy, Lightsey’s Restaurant, Two Saucy Gals, Hawaiian Shoe Shack, Scrubs & More, Maggie Klement Coach Purse’s, Amy Zoet, ASW Collections, Hawk Nest Indian Art Jewelry, Midway Arcade, Big Lake Eye Care, Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Gisele J. Blossom, Moore’s Shirts, CVS Pharmacy, Lala’s Western Wear, Montoyas produce Trading Post Flea Market, Roger Park, 777 by Hammerheads, Hammerheads Restaurant, Brown’s Embroidery, Judy Russ, Tammy Pope, Margaret Nast, Patricia A Daniels, Harvest House Grocery, Norph Vintage Costume Jewelry, Avon Janet Morman, Sues Ceramics, Detti Originals, De De’s Design, Scentsy, The Material Girls, The Home Depot, Robin Tresch, C&D Jewelry, Dishey Garden Art, Earths Ribbons, Barbara Swift, Shirley E Cox Georgia Gerren Learning Toolbox, Paradise Glass Jewelry, Susan Karnes, Sara Flores, Kay Duke, Debbie Graves, Lorrie Meyer, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Flamingo 2 Arcade, Mom’s Kitchen, Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Florida Airboat Charters Capt. Jason Williams, Publix, H&R Block (Lillian Barden), Okeechobee Storen-Lock, Bev & Tom Kaub, Wanda Kubitz, Magiclean, Rings & Things, Mid orida Hardware, Hampton Inn, Winn Dixie, Glades Gas, Gilberts Snapper & Golf Cars, Indianwood Adult Golf & Country Club, Dave’s Mattress Outlet. Okeechobee is a unique communit y that has treated us well. What a wonderful community we live in as you have touched the hearts of many children that have cancer that are now able to go to camp. We wish you well in your future business endeavors and thank you from our heart for your generosity. Wendy Woodman General ManagerMistaken RV parkThis is in regards to a news item on Feb. 1, page 5, “Arrest of RV Owner.”It’s obvious by now, you got the wrong park! I have been a resident of Jim’s Place Park for 25 years, and the owner, not the arrested person, former owner of Dew Drop Inn, has been a law abiding, tax paying, business owner in Okeechobee for over 30 years. Where have you guys been? The present owner is a friend, neighbor, former employer, and loyal citizen. I demand a retraction. John J. Murphy Hwy. 78 West, Okeechobee Editor’s note: We regret the mixup of the names of Jim’s RV Park and Jim’s Place Park. The OCSO detective made an error in regard to the par k name, and the newspaper staff did not catch that error. When advised of the mistake, we apologized to the owne r of Jim’s Place Park and ran a correction in the Friday, Feb. 3 edition of this newspaper. Since the original stor y had a photo of the man who was arrested along with the correct last name, we hope that also helped reduce an y confusion over which “Jim” the stor y referred to. Letters to the Editor ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.


“Have you seen your little cat? Have you? The same thing is going to happen to you.” She then called back at least 20 more times, stated the report, and on one of those messages she told him she was sorry for w hat she did. But she went on to say “I’m coming to get you. Have you seen the little kitty? Meow, meow,” stated Deputy Gracie’s report. The man started looking for his cat and, on Jan. 18, he reportedly found it partially buried in a hole in a wooded area behind his home. Deputy Gracie said it had been “... thrown in the hole with approximately a half inch of dirt on top of him.” After unearthing the feline, Deputy Gracie stated he could see no visible injuries to the cat. The report went on to say that the man found a sweater belonging to Thomas hanging on a chair behind his house -some 50 feet from where the cat was buried. Deputy Gracie went on to state that on the morning of Jan. 17 Thomas was apparently talking to her ex-boyfriend’s mother who said she wished someone would take the cat because it had eas. “I’ll get rid of the cat,” Thomas reportedly replied. Deputy Gracie then took the information to the state attorney’s of ce, who issued an arrest warrant for Thomas. She was eventually arrested Feb. 9 by OCSO Deputy Robbie Lamb. The deputy’s report does not give the age of the cat. CATContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 F l o w e r P e t a l s Florist & Gifts 202 NE 2nd Street 863-763-5051 Come see us before Sat. Feb. 11 & Save $5 On Your Order ORDER EARLYSAVE $5 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 port personnel, and volunteers are still being pursued by the league. President Marvin Roberts said the community support has been great so far. He said the games will be close to home with ve home games and ve other games within one hour of Okeechobee. “I think this will be real competitive football. The goal is to help the high school program and we have joined forces with the Pop Warner league to make this thing successful,” he noted. Roberts said kids should give the league a try because they will get excellent coaching. They will use similar schemes to what the high school plans to do and be closely related to new high school coach Chris Branham and his staff. Board member Chaka Smith called the league an awesome thing for the community to band kids together, build relationships, and be a united town for one football program. “I see a lot of cooperation and corroboration between the leagues. People are putting aside personal differences to come together for one common purpose,” he explained. Smith said Okeechobee has a rich history in football and they need to get back to their roots and rebuild the program with pride, effort, and cooperation. “I feel other things haven’t worked as well as they should have been, some things have worked quite well. Why not put them all together because when you do, there is no way to go but up,” he added. Smith said a positive football experience keeps kids out of school and away from crime and mischief. He said it also builds character because kids learn discipline and build friendships that last a lifetime. Board Treasurer Charlie Hukriede said he was attered and honored to be a part of this program. He said the goal is to get the kids in competitive football because Okeechobee deserves a strong high school program. He predicted this is the group that will get the job done. “I think it’ll be great for the kids to play ve home games at Brahman stadium. It will be a unique experience for them,” he added. Golden Corral hosts a number of celebrity servers through the year to raise funds for needy causes like this. Hukriede thanked Deborah Hall who works with the schools and community organization to host as many fund raisers as possible. “We want this league to work and have a competitive high school football team. To do that you have to start young and once they get to high school they’ll be ready to compete, win and have fun,” he concluded. LEAGUEContinued From Page 1 While the concept of selling leased land is new to Okeechobee, Commissioner Culpepper said it has been done in other places. He said that up north small counties with limited nances have leased land to developers to build skii resorts on the same principle. “It’s legitimate, it works.” he said. The question that immediately comes up is what part, if any, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) would play in such a transaction. John Campbell, spokesperson for COE’s J acksonville District, said his organization w ould have no interest in the sale of lots at Okee-Tantie. All they would be interested in is any action that would have an impact on the environment and might require permitting. Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD’s Okeechobee Service Center, likewise said his organization would be concerned with any possible environmental impacts from development of the park. He was unfamiliar w ith the concept of selling leased land. A good number of the camping spots at Okee-Tantie were damaged by hurricanes in 2004 and have remained unusable since then. There was some hope that FEMA funds could be used to repair that section of the park. However, Commissioner Culpepper said former county administrator Lyndon Bonner investigated that possibility to no avail. The commissioner said that FEMA was under the impression that the damage to the park was not storm related. “We have all the ingredients to make this work effectively,’ Commissioner Culpepper said. He feels that the fact that the park is on the lake inside the dike is what makes it unique. Silver Palms RV Park in Okeechobee was developed using the concept of selling RV lots. But Commissioner Culpepper said that park failed because it was not waterfront property like Okee-Tantie. He called Okee Tantie a “destination RV resort.” Instead of stopping here en route to a vacation destination, he said RVers would spend their vacation at Okee Tantie. There would be no park models and no permanent structures allowed on the lots. In order to make the venture pro table for a developer there would have to be about 400 lots available for sale. Funds from a renovated and leased OkeeTantie would give the county the ability to develop Jaycees Park, the commissioner believes. At one time there were plans to bring an Outdoor World to Okeechobee. However, those plans were put on hold. Commissioner Culpepper thinks a revitalized Okee-Tantie would provide the stimulus for Outdoor World to reconsider coming to Okeechobee. The commissioner said he already has one investor who is willing to put up the required money to develop the park. However he said he did not know if this person would be the best developer for the park. The county has hired a the consulting rm of Kimley Horne to screen potential developers. By law, the county must advertise for a developer and consider all business plans submitted to see which one would be best for the county. It is possible the county commissioners could decide on a developer that is interested in going a different route to develop the park if they felt that particular developer had the best plan. PARKContinued 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. W illiam H. Clark, 80OKEECHOBEE — William H. Clark, 80, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in the Hospice of Okeechobee. He was born in Royalston, Mass., on June 14, 1931, the son of the late Walter E. and the late Alice (Bowers) Clark Sr. William grew up in Royalston and was a life-long resident, moving to Florida at age sixtyve. He worked as a truck driver for several years and for Richardson & Son Excavating for several years. He drove bus for the Athol-Royalston School District for many y ears and was manager of the school bus company for several years. He also worked for the A thol Daily News, the L.S. Starrett Company and operated Bill’s Auto Body in Royalston for many y ears, the place where everyone went to get their inspection stickers. He and his wife Phyllis ran Clark’s Mowing Service in Florida for many y ears. He was on Selectman in Royalston and served on the Board of Assessors for many years. He w as on the Auxiliary Police Department in Royalston for many years. He was Past President of the River Acres Homeowners Association in Okeechobee Florida. He leaves his wife of 58 years, Phyllis A. (Buis) Clark; two daughters, Nancy D. Melbourne and her husband James of Royalston, Laurie M. Dev eneau and her husband Curtis of Royalston; three sisters, Marguerite Langlois of Royalston, V irginia Gingras of Royalston, Patricia Berry Lamb of Orange; ve grandchildren, William Deveneau of Bennington, Vt., Jameson Melbourne of Japan, Nathan Melbourne of Brighton, Mass., Christopher Deveneau of Royalston, Mieka Melbourne of Royalston; three great grandchildren, Colden Deveneau, Benjamin Dev eneau and Nomidai Melbourne; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Eugene Emerson Clark who died in 1980, and by John W Clark who died in 1957. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, Mass. Burial w ill be at a later date in Lawrence Brook Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of owers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made in his memory to the Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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Proceeds to bene t Okeechobee youth programs.Amateur Radio Club to meetThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s next meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Red Cross Classroom 323 North Parrott Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend and anyone in the Okeechobee area who has an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio is welcomed at all meetings. Remember, When all else fails, HAM RADIO WORKS.Free Nutritional Class offeredDouglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center is offering a free nutritional analysis class on Monday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Douglas Chiropractic Center on S.R. 70 West. For more information, please call 863-763-4320.Shrine Club to host Spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will host their Tuesday evening Feb. 14 spaghetti dinner from 4 until 7 p.m. A no-smoking atmosphere with music starting at 5 until 8 p.m. Donation is just $6 per person. For information call the club at 863763-3378 or Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659. Eagles North to host Bingo nightTuesday, Feb. 14 Eagles North will have Bingo starting at 1 p.m., 9985 U.S,. 441 N., Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Have coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.–noon, and will be held in Commissioner Irby’s of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Secnd St., Room 241. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Moose Lodge Plans Valentines DinnerThe North Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., is planning a special evening on Tuesday, Feb. 14. There will be a Rib Dinner 6-8pm with entertainment by Saxman & Posse 7-11 p.m. Tickets are available at the lodge for $10 each or $18 per couple. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Valentines Dance at the VFWGrab your sweetheart and join the good people at the North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St. for a special evening on Valentines Day. Tuesday, Feb. 14 there will be a Steak Dinner (steak, shrimp cocktail, salad, potato & roll) beginning at 5 p.m., for $12.50 per meal. Music will be provided by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy). Proceeds to bene t veterans assistance programs.Concealed Weapon Permit class registration openThe February Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted at the Hampton Inn on Feb. 16 You may register on-line at: www.okeechobeebusiness.com, click on the calendar, then click on the date of the event (Feb. 16), then click online registration, once this window opens click on the non-member login, ll out the application and click nish when you have completed the form. You must come by the Chamber of ce and pay in advance. You may also pickup a registration form at the Hampton Inn. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A former Okeechobee man currently in prison following his conviction for manslaughter and culpable negligence will get a new trial. In their Feb. 1 opinion, the 4th District Court of Appeals (DCA) overturned the conviction of James P. Mullin and ordered that he receive a new trial. The new trial, to be held in Okeechobee, must take place w ithin 90 days of the DCA ruling. Mullin, 38, was found guilty of causing the death of Anthony ‘Tony’ Gehle when he jumped on the hood of Mr. Gehle’s car and tried to punch the man through an open w indow on the driver’s side of the car. Mr. Gehle’s vision was blocked by Mullin which caused him to run a stop sign at the intersection of S.W. 32nd Ave. and S.W. 21st St. Mr. Gehle’s vehicle was then almost immediately struck by an oncoming Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by Esdras Gomez. Mr. Gehle died shortly after impact. As the jury was deliberating at Mullin’s 2010 trial, they asked to hear the testimony of Angela Gehle, Mr. Gehle’s wife, about Mullin jumping on the hood of the car. The DCA ruling states that the trial court replayed the relevant portions of Mrs. Gehle’s testimony on direct examination by Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson. However, the cross examination on the same subject was not replayed. “The defendant insists the failure to include the cross examination, as requested by the defense, was reversible error. We agree,” penned the appellate justices. According to the ruling, the failure to include the cross examination was misleading in that testimony on cross examination by Stanley Glenn of the public defender’s of ce w as within the scope of the jury’s request and yet the jury was not told that the playback included only the testimony elicited on direct examination. “And, more importantly, the partial playback served to emphasize a v ersion of events favorable to the State and diminish a version favorable to the defense,” the DCA’s ndings stated. During her direct examination Mrs. Gehle told Mr. Richardson that it was obvious to her that Mullin intended to end up on the hood and that the car was already moving w hen he jumped on the hood. But, stated the DCA ruling, on cross examination she told Mr. Stanley that Mullin jumped on the hood and then the car took off. And, continued the ruling, this point is signi cant because Mr. Richardson successfully argued that Mullin’s action showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. “This reckless disregard was an essential component of the charged offenses,” stated the DCA opinion. The opinion also pointed out that Mr. Gomez testi ed that the man rolled off and jumped off the hood of the car before impact. When queried by Mr. Stanley, Mr. Gomez said Mullin rolled off the hood before the stop sign and that, at the time “... he was pretty close and probably one car length away.” Because of that testimony, and the unrefuted testimony from the accident reconstruction expert that Mr. Gehle was still accelerating when he went through the stop sign, there is some support to the defense’s theory “... that Mr. Gehle was the aggressor and not acting out of panic or fear due to the defendant’s jumping on the hood,” penned the justices. According to testimony Mr. Gehle went to his wife’s home to pick up his daughter, Catelyn. The Gehles had been separated for two years and Mrs. Gehle was now living with Mullin. Testimony also indicated that Mullin and Mrs. Gehle were arguing that March 2009 afternoon because he was jealous of her estranged husband. The Okeechobee jury heard how Mullin tried his best to goad Mr. Gehle into a ght but when the much larger man would not take the bait, Mullin hit him anyway. Mr. Gehle then picked up his 5-year-old daughter and got into his 2004 red Toyota and tried to leave his wife’s Oak Park home. But, according to testimony, Mullin jumped onto the hood of the car and was trying to punch Mr. Gehle in the face through the open window. After the accident, Mullin ed the Okeechobee area and was nally arrested on June 7, 2009, in Pinellas County as he was walking off the charter shing boat “Quality Time.” Mullin’s arrest came about due to the hard work and persistence of Mr. Gehle’s family, who followed the man on the social networking site MySpace and tipped off law enforcement in Pinellas County of the man’s whereabouts. Because Mr. Richardson successfully argued that Mullin -with his 10 prior felony convictions -should be classi ed as a habitual felony offender Mullin was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Without that classi cation, he would only have been given a maximum of 15 years. He is currently being held in the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka. A date for the new trial has not been set. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CENTERSTATE BANK LIFES A BREEZE SWEEPSTAKES ABBREVIATED RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside FL and where prohibited. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *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. Bonnie Sweazey Kimsey and Lex Kimsey will celebrate 50 years of marriage this week. The Kimseys were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., on February 15, 1962. Their children are Lex and Melody Kimsey of Okeechobee, Brian and Lori Kimsey of Margate, FL, and Lisa and Anderson Passman of Rogers, AR; they have seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Lex is retired from Florida Power and Light. They are members of Oakview Baptist Church. They are enjoying their retirement by bowling, hunting, “shing, and traveling. They reside in the Buckhead Ridge area of Okeechobee. We love you Nanny and Pop! LEX KIMSEY ANNIVERSARY BONNIE & Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 10 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 8-10 include: kindergarten, Zion Mitchell, Gillian Gerber, Yazmin Urvina, Iris Moncada, Anaya Gomez; rst graders, Shaun Martinez, Daniela Sontay-Perez, Kayden Carnley, Hannah Bernard, Ryan Sanchez, Sebastian Hodges; second graders, Brennen Sell, Maria Hernandez, Itzabelly Meza, Teresa Ramirez-Garcia, Westyn Boone; third graders, Tara Wilcox, Ashley Brown, Mario Castaneda, Jolene Sutton, Alehandro Aguilera, Jace Selph; fourth graders, Yuri Hernandez, Bianca Fulks, Jose Santibanez, Brandon Mowat, Diana Rivera; fth graders, Herberto Gutierrez, Brittany Blackstone, Perla Contreras, Mariah Wooten, Patty Fussell. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the week for the week of Feb. 3: Jaden Arnold, Mekhia Ward, Kyle Barrett, Mariah Spells, Jorge Garcia, Salvador Ventura, Emily Granados, Leslie Gomez, Raquel Tijerina, Rafe Sexton, Diosili Martinez, Miganella Ernest, Dylan Boully, Foy Cunningham, Marc Rediker, Martin Mederos, Adryauna Baker, Daniel Duran, Erik Roman, Monroe Lucky, Patricia Leon, Jaysha Marshall, Alize Speed, Mikey Bobrowski, Ricky Tijerina, Iris Celestino, Bryan Pinon and Joel Treadway.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 Education Foundation Mini-Grant Awards Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Okeechobee Education Foundation handed out 54 grants that total $23,500 to local teachers at a special ceremony on Jan. 29. The Kiwanis Club/Dick and Marge Blair Memorial Elementary Math Mini Grant was one of the grants awarded. Left to right are: (back row) Greg Thogersen Donor, Russ Brown of the Foundation Board, Jennifer Marquis, Stella Fulleda, Marge Merrill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blair, Kathy Jo Walpole, Emily Streelman, Rachel Jones and Ashley Davis, (front row) Kelly Owens-Foundation, Rickki Blair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blair, Shelly Sickels, Megan Williamson and Teresa Chandler-donor. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee Mini grant was awarded Jan. 29. Left to right are: (back row) Kristy Crawford, donor, Tabitha Trent, donor and Foundation Board member, Judy Reed, Debbie Raulerson, Pat McCoy for Alicia Walker, Karen VanBeek, Rachel Jones and Jim Benton-donor. Foster parents needed Free training program availableHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 REDUCED 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, oors, and new appliances. large replace. $144,900 NOW $131,900 MLS # 205524 3005-M: Treasure Island 2BR/2BA MH completely furnished. Roof is approx 5 yrs old, new front porch with decorative stone, Living sq ft. 1,248, carport with shed. Well taken care of over the yrs. $63,900 MLS #205608. 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/ 2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5002-H: Larodo Shores Lg 3BR/3BA plus extra room for of ce on the Rim Canal with Lake access (3,088 Living sq ft.). Too much to list call for further info. Short Sale. $175,000 MLS # 205575 7003-C: Opportunity to be your own boss! Lucky Gator Arcade (Business Only). Lucky Gator Arcade $200,000 with 59 games OR $75,000 with just the business and machine lease. 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Fourth St.  2000 block of Center St.  200 block of S.E. 37th Court  4000 block of S.E. 21st Court  4100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2300 block of S.W. 28th St.  1600 block of N.W. Fourth St.  3600 block of N.W. Fourth St. THEFTS  9000 block of S.E. 63rd Drive (identity)  1900 block of S.W. 53rd St. (culvert)  4000 block of S.E. 29th Court (money)  1800 block of S.W. Third Lane (identity)  29000 block of N.W. 72nd Ave. (livestock)  9000 block of S.E. 66th Drive (utility trailer)  330 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace ( rearm)  6500 block of Center St. (electronic game system)  2300 block of S.R. 70 W. (money) VANDALISM  2200 block of S.E. 40th Ave.  3000 block of N.W. 18th Ave. Okeechobee City Police Department : SEXUAL BATTERY  S.W. Ninth St. Investigations 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).  William M. Clark, 81, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Mark Margerum on a Brevard County warrant charging him with lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12 years of age. He is being held without bond.  Jason Anthony Dysinger, 30, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 9 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and the misdemeanors of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $7,250.  Paul Warren Cox, 31, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 9 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felony of burglary of a conveyance, and the misdemeanors of petit theft and failure to appear loitering and prowling. His total bond was set at $5,500. 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 Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club to meet on MondayThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s next meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Red Cross Classroom 323 North Parrott Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend and anyone in the Okeechobee area who has an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio is welcomed at all meetings. Remember, When all else fails, HAM RADIO WORKS.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 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. 15 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 The following persons are on Okeechobee’s Most W anted list. There are an active warrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant.  Johnny Lynn Brasw ell 30, is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches and w eighs 175 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation – Possession controlled substance w ith intent to distribute. Michael Allen 27 is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia. (He was previously listed on the Okeechobee Most Wanted as “Michael Allen White.” This was an error.)  Jennifer Lynn Herbst age 35, is a white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs. She is wanted for violation of probation – Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Johnny Braswell Michael Allen Jenniver Herbst By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two local deputies, responding to home w here a man was unconscious and had no pulse, together performed CPR and had the man breathing again by the time paramedics arrived. A report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), indicated that when Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson and Deputy Matthew Hurst arrived at the Okeechobee home the man was on an air mattress in a bedroom. A woman in the home was administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation but the man w as not responding. Deputy Hurst stated in his report that the 31-year-old man was not breathing, and that he and Sgt. Peterson could not nd a pulse. Deputy Hurst began chest compressions while Sgt. Peterson gave rescue breaths. Emergency medical personnel from the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue arrived a few minutes later. By the time the man was placed in the ambulance he had a pulse and was breathing on his own. Detective Shireman’s report said the man was taken to Raulerson Hospital and later transferred to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. The detective’s report goes on to state that the man has been placed on life support and, according to doctors, apparently suffered a heart attack. The report stated that the man is not from Okeechobee, and was here visiting friends. Deputies team up to revive unconscious man American Red Cross offers health and safety classesThe Okeechobee County Branch of ce of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, will offer the following rst aid and CPR courses in February. To register for a class or nd a class in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass. Advance Registration Required. Courses, times and locations subject to change.


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Garage/ YardSales3116 SE 34th Court Friday 17 and Saturday 18 8:00 am till 4:00 pm Lot’s of Household Items and miscellaneous Fishing Tackle 50 Year Collection of Fresh Water and Salt Water Lures, Reels & Rods. Antique Reels, Lures and etc. Reels and Rods for Shiner Fishing. Crappie Rods, Reels and Jigs. Bass Casting and Spinning Rods and Reels. Don’t Miss this Huge Fishing Tackle Yard Sale Friday Feb. 17 and Saturday Feb. 18. 8:00 AM Till 2:00 PM Buckhead Ridge Marina 2199 Hunter Road Garage/ YardSales KISSIMMEE RIVER SHORE 24 Country Road, Lorida, Feb.11&12, 9am-6pm, community sale, HH, knickknacks, tools, shing, toys, etc. Take 98 to 721, follow the signs. 763-3551. OKEECHOBEE 13801 Hwy 441 SE, Sunday Feb 12, 9-3. Multi-family Rummage Sale in the Clubhouse at Blue Cypress. Something for eyeryone. Breakfast available. RIVER ACRES LARGE ANNUAL COMMUNITY YARD AND GARAGE SALE. THUR. 16TH AND FRI. 17TH,8-4 HOUSEHOLD,FISHING, TOOLS,ANTIQUES,AND MUCH MORE. 98 N. TO 144TH TRAIL SIGNS POSTED Services Ann’s Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more “me” Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time New Horizons of the TC is hiring for a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner for our Okeechobee Of ce. For more information and to apply online: www.nhtcinc.org EOE/DFWP Employment Full Time DIESEL TECHNICIAN 269 NW 9th St. • Okeechobee Walpole, Inc. is currently seeking an experienced Diesal Technician for our Okeechobee terminal. APPLY IN PERSON (863) 763-5593 EOE/DFWP Now Hiring! Applebee’s is now hiring for our new location in Okeechobee, FL New Location -New Opportunity Hiring all positions! Please stop by Mon. Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,Fl In front of the Hampton Inn R&D Maintenance is accepting applications for a Heavy Equipment Operator. Work includes running loaders, excavators, skidsters. Must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, CDL preferred and pass pre-employment drug screen. Also must have certi cations in training for heavy equipment. Competitive salary and bene t package. Apply in person 475 Ridgelawn Road. Clewiston, FL 33440 EEO Employer Employment Full Time Employment Full Time The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 7.5 million residents. We currently have an opening at our Clewiston Field Station location:OMC PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORThis position will assist with managing the physical, scal, and human resources of the Trades Support Mechanical/Hydraulic unit of the Clewiston Field Station. Supervise water resource operations and maintenance program efforts including coordination, implementation, tracking and communication of comprehensive program and project objectives, milestones and schedules. Supervises Diesel Engine Specialist, Millwright, Electronics I/C and Industrial Electrician personnel. Incumbent works with both the superintendent and assistant superintendent to ensure staff’s readiness to respond and support the eld station’s emergency management operations. This includes addressing all regional issues/ concerns speci c to a eld station location. Provides direct input to the emergency management operations procedures used by all eld stations. Conduct interviews, train, motivate, assign and evaluate work. Provide technical and programmatic coordination and interaction with other District units, government agencies, and the public. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related eld is preferred and six (6) plus years experience in the operation and maintenance of water management works or related eld including at least two (2) years supervisory experience. Certi cations in Mechanical and/or Hydraulic eld(s) preferred. Valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required. Due to the District’s response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. To Apply/Learn More About The South Florida Water Management District Please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov. Click on careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job # 753BR. The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer Employment Full Time Employment Medical Immediate openings: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL €Housekeeper: PRN €Security Guard: F/T €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Medical 16 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds.


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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsBoats For Sale 2 Pontoon Boats w/motor and trailer $2,000 each. 6 Fishing Boats w/motor and trailers $1,500 to $2,500.More Available Tropical Breeze Marina 863-467-8875 RVSpace Rent RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $450 Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PickupTrucks1988 S-10 Pick-up Runs Good, 5 speed, 4 cylinder $1,100. Call 812-989-3022 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Amendment to Bid Date Subcontractors Notice of Bid Request Notice of Intent to Accept Proposals/Bids For Construction of Veteran’s Park Phase IV Lodge Construction, Inc. the Construction Manager for the named project, will be accepting bids for the work related to bid packages and scope as de ned by the Bid Documents for the project known as Veterans Park Phase IV. General Scope: This project consists of the construction of a 6 acre park situated within the boundaries of Veterans Park, Homestead Blvd., Lehigh acres. The park is being constructed to include amenities such as a, Cricket Field, Dog park, Rest Room Facility, Picnic Shelters, Boundary Fencing, New Parking and Roadway Construction, Sidewalks, a Pervious Concrete Maintenance Roadway, Handball Court and Supporting infrastructure. There will be new boundary Landscape and Irrigation as well as the development of a new 6” well. Site lighting will be extended into the new roadway and parking along with service to several shelters. New park directories and signage will be included within the scope of the project. The play eld shall be sprigged and maintained throughout the grow-in period. Time Frame for Starting: Work is scheduled to commence in April 2012. Owner: Lee County Board of County Commissioners Design Representative: David M. Jones Jr. & Associates Greg Diserio, RLA Fort Myers, Fl. Sealed Bids will be received at the of ce of Lodge Construction, Inc. on the following date and time: Friday, March 9th, 2012 @ 3:00 P.M in accordance with Addendum No.1,. Bid Documents: In order to insure proper communications during bid period, please register your contact and company information with Lodge Construction of ce at mike@lodgeconstruction.com and information on plans and speci cations. Bid Documents will be available on Friday, January 27th, 2012. These documents will be available through Lodge Construction’s FTP Bid site as well as Blue Book. Instructions for Downloading Documents from the FTP site can be obtained by Contacting: Mike@Lodgeconstruction.com Local Business and Economic Support: Lodge Construction is actively seeking Local Businesses to participate in the bid process. It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to monitor the 2nd round of capital spending. In addition to identifying the bidder as local or non-local, the bidder will also be required to identify their participation in their 3rd round of capital expenditure and portion thereof, going to local businesses. For more information on this subject visit, www.neweconomics.org. (LM3) Local Multiplier 3 rounds Disadvantaged Business and WBE minority Business Development: It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to track the expressed goals of Lee County Board of County Commissioners in the expenditure of capital funds as it relates to the businesses who are developing and are part of a minority group. The stated goal of this project is to provide a minimum of 10% revenue based contracts to this section of our economic community here in Lee County. Each bidder shall make it their policy to work in good faith to seek out and give deference to proposals from these classi ed Minority Businesses including DBE and WBE groups. 409972 ON 2/12,17,19,24,26;3/2/2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Walter Jackson, Jr Last known address: 1124 NE 16th Ave Okeechobee, FL Victor U Ayala Last known address: 5180 SE 42nd Trce Okeechobee, FL Leroy E Felt Last known address: 16880 NW 38th Ave Okeechobee, FL Jennifer L Shaw Last known address: 2201 SW 28th St #75 Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Gwen Chandler Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 (863) 763-4014 409992 ON 2/12/2012 17 Okeechobee News February 12, 2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds


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