Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-15-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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13.13 feetLast Year: 12.33 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $1,000,000 bond following his arrest after being accused of trying to rape a woman in her home. Richard Lee Yates, 24, N.W. Eighth Ave., was arrested Friday, Feb. 10, on charges of attempted sexual battery victim over 12 years of age and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault or battery. Jail records indicate that he is still being held on bond in the county jail. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated in his arrest report that the crimes were committed after Yates went with the victim while Man charged in rape attempt; judge sets bond at $1 million Wednesday, February 15, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 20 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Unconscious man run over by car ... Page 18 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaTaylor Creek Lock still openWhile it may look like this barge with the large crane is completely blocking the Taylor Creek Lock, boaters can still use the lock. The barge is there in preparation for a complete overhaul of the lock for the rst time in 40 years. The lock will remain open until April 1 with a lock tender on duty and someone on the barge to direct boaters. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School science teacher Samantha Hord was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year for Okeechobee Schools at the 40th annual Teacher and School Related Employee Recognition Banquet on Saturday night at Osceola Middle School. Ms. Hord graduated from OHS in 2003. She said she went on to the University of South Florida and earned her bachelors degree in biology. She didn’t really intend to become a teacher until she became a Christian during her senior year in college. She called teaching the best thing she could have ever done. “Coming back home has been wonderful—I teach in a classroom that I sat in as a student. I found some of my old papers which were a neat thing and have worked alongside the teachers who taught me. They were important to me in high school and just as important as a colleague,” she added. She also thanked OHS Principal Toni Wiersma for her guidance and support during her ve years as a teacher. She said teachers at OHS taught her how to love and what learning was all about. She also complimented the skills of the other teachers nominated this year and noted they all deserved the award. “It’s a great honor. The other teacher of the year nominees were wonderful people, some who taught me. I feel honored they chose me, but it could just as easily have been any of those wonderful people,” she said. While OHS students have lagged behind other districts on FCAT Science scores in recent years, there has been signi cant improvement. Ms. Hord teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and said she enjoys every day at work. “I love waking up everyday knowing I’ll be able to spend the day with my students. They are my family and I appreciate each and every one of them,” she added. Ms. Hord said she takes pride in the fact that she teaches students to be problem solvers, and not just science. She explained that problem solving is a life skill that they will use throughout their own careers. “We root for each other, and I know they will be happy for me when they learn I won Samantha Hord is Teacher of the YearExpedition draws attention to wildlife corridor ... Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee High School Teacher of the Year Samantha Hord was the District Teacher of the year. She was presented the award from the 2011 winner Emily Streelman of Everglades Elementary School (left). For photos of other teachers who were honored, see page 12. See TEACHER — Page 13 Richard Lee Yates See YATES — Page 18


By Gary E. BitnerSpecial to the Okeechobee News BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE RESERVATION, Fla. – Back roads to the west of Lake Okeechobee will be the backdrop for the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition over the next week, as a photographer, bear biologist, and lmmaker continue their cross-Florida trek from Flamingo in Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. They are scheduled to cross State Road 70 somewhere west of Okeechobee on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Along the way, the hardy travelers will move through public and private wilderness v ia kayak, bicycle and on foot in order to call attention to the urgent need for the establishment of a wildlife corridor from one end of Florida to the other. The corridor is needed, they say, for the movement of water and animals, especially animals that need a w ide range for breeding in order to ensure the genetic health of their species. Members of the expedition recently stopped at Billie Swamp Safari on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. They were w armly welcomed by Seminole leaders, w ho strongly supported their conservation outreach efforts. “The Tribe has always made it a part of their way of life to take care of the land,” said Tony Sanchez, President of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., and Vice Chairman of the Tribal Council. “Being in the woods was always part of how we grew up. We had to pay respect to our surroundings.” Mr. Sanchez, Seminole Tribe of Florida Board Member Joe Frank, and Billie Swamp Safari Director Jacob Osceola Jr. were among a group of Seminoles and friends w ho were on hand to show their support for the adventurous trip from the bottom to the top of Florida. Florida folk music and lunch w ere shared with the three visiting trekkers: photographer Carlton Ward Jr., bear biologist Joe Guthrie and lmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, who is documenting the expedition for public television. The trio is quick to point out that many educators, conservationists and government of cials have long been focused on establishing a wildlife corridor, which all consider critical to a healthy environmental future for Florida. They say their 400+-mile off-road trek through wilderness, rivers and swamps is all about building awareness of the hard work of many committed conservationists throughout the state. “People have been working toward a wildlife corridor for a very long time,” said Mr. Ward, who posts many of his expedition photographs to Facebook as part of a focus on public awareness. “We’re following the Florida Ecological Greenways Network, critical linkages created by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and scientists at the University of Florida.” “We’re trying to be a lens into these landscapes and the stories people have toward conservation. Crossing the Big Cypress National Preserve, the diversity of animals out there was really incredibl,” said Mr. Guthrie. “We saw tracks for panthers and bears, plus otter, fox, bobcat, opossum, raccoon and rabbit.” The health of Florida’s black bear population is a critical issue, says Guthrie, a bear biologist. Estimates of the state’s bear population run from over two thousand to over three thousand bears, with the largest population in Big Cypress and the highest density in Ocala National Forest. Smaller bear populations pocketed in other parts of Florida need to stay connected to stay healthy, he says. Added Mr. Ward, “What can happen, if you’re not careful, is that you could turn these places into islands; these places need to be connected so that water can move and wildlife can move.” Seminole Tribe Board Member Joe Frank said it was his pleasure to welcome members of the Expedition to the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation and Billie Swamp Safari. “Florida is losing wildlife habitat by the minute,” said Mr. Frank. “The Tribe has always taken development at a slower pace, so we can take into account wildlife concerns. We’re at the epicenter of panther habitat. We thank you for trying to raise awareness of it.” Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner also met the trekkers at Billie Swamp Safari. “We’re excited about this group here,” he said. “We’re excited about you being in Hendry County. I hope this gains a lot of traction.” Margaret England, president of the Hendry-Glades Audobon Society, said, “This is raising awareness of inland Florida, the heart blood of Florida, because of the water. This brings awareness of the diversity of habitat that birds need for food, shelter and water.” Following their stop at Billie Swamp Safari, south of Clewiston, the group headed north and then west along the Caloosahatchee River, before turning north again and then tracking back east toward Lake Okeechobee. They also plan a stop at the Brighton Seminole Reservation, crossing U.S. 27 several times as they head north toward Sebring. From there, the route passes east of Orlando, as the expedition heads north to the Florida-Georgia state line. They plan to cross a combination o f public and private land, much of it owned by large landholders who are sympathetic to the goals of the group. Members of the expedition say conservation easements support local landowners and help to establish the wildlife corridor. The trip hasn’t been without its minor mishaps, according to the team. Just as the y began their trip at Flamingo in Everglades National Park, a battery caught re on board their boat. And early one evening, as the y were trying to make up time while daylight slipped away, they accidentally poled up onto the backs of two alligators. Both incidents ended safely, if not quietly. 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. Christian Trey Bockoras and Kristin Leann Leonard exchanged marriage vows on January 21, 2012, at Abundant Blessings Church in Okeechobee. Christian is the son of David and Lisa Bockoras of Okeechobee; grandparents are, Jerry & Juanita Walker and David & Betty Bockoras of Okeechobee. Kristin is the daughter of the late Richard Keith Leonard of Alabama and Kelly Leonard of Ocala; grandparents are, Vera & Vance Leonard and Gene & Jean McBride. Christian is employed by Premiere Fabrications in Fort Pierce. The bride and groom met at Okeechobee High School, where they graduated in 2008. CHRISTIAN TREY BOCKORAS WEDDING KRISTIN LEANN LEONARD 2 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 W ildlife Corridor Expedition raises awareness Special to the Okeechobee News/ Gary BitnerMembers of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are, from left to right, photographer Carlton Ward Jr., bear biologist Joe Guthrie and lmmaker Elam Stoltzfus.


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School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a PRCA Rodeo, with rodeo events Feb. 16-18. On Thursday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, off State Road 721 in Glades County. From Okeechobee, take State Road 70 west to SR 721 and turn left (south) or take SR 78 West to SR 721 and turn right (north). For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www. REZRODEO.com. Brighton Seminole Field Day and Rodeo this weekend The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced Friday that it w ill continue releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, sending additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release began Feb. 10. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a seven-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. Water managers expect this release of w ater to help to push back saltwater intrusion, which will have other associated bene ts to the estuary. The low volume releases are expected to help push back saltwater intrusion, reducing impacts and degradation of the freshwater tapegrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation. Tuesday, the lake stage was at 13.13 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). At current levels, the Corps may make releases up to 450 cfs to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 200 cfs to the St Lucie. The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ows. Corps to continue water releases from ‘Big O’ Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet RescuePet of the WeekBuddy is a Jack Russell mix. Buddy is house trained, neutered, and quite lovable. He must be adopted as an inside dog. When left outside alone, he barks. His adoption fee is $175, which includes neuter and current shots. Buddy is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-3571104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Okeechobee Forecast Kiwanis Club meetsOn the top left, Thursday, Feb. 2, Kiwanis meeting which was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. Teresa Chandler, Kiwanis member, introduced her speaker, Travis Erickson, circuit director of Florida Guardian Ad Litem. Travis is a graduate from the University of Florida and he talked to the Kiwanis members about Guardian Ad Litem and how they help abused and neglected children that have been removed from their homes. Guardian Ad Litem is in need of 20 Guardians who volunteer once a month, 8 to 10 hours. To learn more about the organization, you may visit their website at: www. GuardianadLitem.org. In the photo on the left, from left to right are Pastor Loy Mershimer, from the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church and Marcos Montes De Oca, Kiwanis member. Marcos helped coordinate the Kiwanis Club's Annual Souper Bowl of Caring and he presented Pastor Loy with a $610 check as well as several food and paper products for the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. These donations will help our many local families and individuals who are in need. Okeechobee News/ Diana Whitehall


Honesty appreciated Honesty is the best policy. Whoever rescued my purse on the night of Feb. 8, in t he Walmart parking lot is a saint! Thank you s o much!Okee-Tantie proposals If you can stay 30 days, then someone else stay 30, isn’t that similar to a time share? More than one owner for the same property.  It is against human nature to x up a place just so others can tear it up. Yes, I know, they probably won’t go out there with pick axes on the pavers but a person’s money is tight and if he puts his sweat equity into a lot and others rent it out for a few nights and treat it like many people do a rented car, t hen we have a problem.  There isn’t enough lipstick to make this pig look better.  We have camping property in another s tate and by the time we pull into the drive, I c an tell when someone else has been there b y the cigarette butts, beer can tabs in the re ring, bread ties on the ground, etc ... This is just the reason we don’t even let “family” use our property unless we are present too, as NO ONE takes care of your property the w ay you will. I couldn’t imagine purchasing even a camping lot with that kind of restrict ion/requirement!  Living in an RV gives the owners the ability to enjoy seeing the country in the c omfort of their home i.e. no bedbugs and s lamming hotel room doors at three in the morning. Recent statistics show RVing is making a strong comeback. No park models or permanent structures will ever be allowed on any site at Okee-Tantie as they would bec ome eligible to qualify for homestead exemption and that would become a burden on our infrastructure such as schools, roads, etc. One of the main sources of the county’s revenue from the park, is the Ad-Valorem t axes we would receive from the sites. That is why no park models would be allowed.Sheriff race Hello to all! Jon Folbrecht is running for Sheriff of the town of Okeechobee. We all think a lot of Sheriff May. He has done a great job. But he is at a point in his life where other factors are creeping in. I see that this year he has been in the Okeechobee Newspaper a lot with his counterpart Mr. Noel. The daggers are coming out. Who would have thought I mean no ill will, believe me, but it comes to a time, when there will be other challenges. Sorry, he is not used to that. Oh my, I hope I don’t have my police friends hating me now. But can’t you see, it’s a good game (challenges). Don’t you think so? I wonder who is the best man?Can a teacher videotape class? Classrooms are taped all the time. Teachers seeking National Board Certi cation must submit themselves on tape presenting instruction. Just this week I taped students presenting projects to the class so they could see how they did, providing them with material to assist in improving their presentation skills (as they are going to be graded on a presentation during their senior year which is a signi cant grade in one particular class). It is what is done with the taping where the legalities come into play. As most students are underage they cannot “consent” to their image being publicly released. When taping occurs on campus, in non public events (and students faces are shown) a “media consent” form must be signed by parents for every child appearing on screen in order for the tape to be released. Events the public have access to are the exception such as sports, dramatic presentation, awards presentation, etc. Would I tape a particular student sleeping in class to present to a parent no way. My ability to control, engage, present interesting content in class would be called into play. And I would be violating the rights of the other students who also appear in the tape if they were not blurred out – as the TV stations.  Just search YouTube and you nd out what your children and their classmates are up to each and every day. They are not restricted by pesky forms and laws. Look for the subject matter “Okeechobee Classroom” and “A ght between students.” The tags on these videos say Okeechobee and while I cannot con rm this for a fact, I believe the ght is at the Sports Complex. As to the rst video, it more than likely occurred when a substitute was present and not the assigned teacher. Teachers concerned about evaluation systemYour article in the Feb. 8 edition of your paper titled “Teacher contract negotiations stalled” contained several statements that don’t tell the whole story. Your article placed a heavy emphasis on salary, leaving the impression that negotiations stalled because teachers didn’t like the salary offer. I have to say though, that salary increases are on the bottom of my list (and I am an Okeechobee teacher) as well as many of the colleagues I have spoken with. My concern is over the fairness of the new evaluation system the District is foisting upon us. I have attended almost every negotiation session since last June, and I am disheartened at the district’s refusal to see to it that I am treated fairly throughout the evaluation process. The evaluation system is very dependent on the evaluator conducting and documenting observations in the computer. The district refuses to allow language that would permit me to request substantiation of a principal’s evaluation if I believe it was done inaccurately or incorrectly. Senate Bill 736 laid out speci c criteria, which mandates the termination of teachers receiving two consecutive years of unsatisfactory evaluation, or three years (or combination thereof) of unsatisfactory/needs improvement evaluations. (And yes this applies to teachers currently on professional services or continuing contracts.) Half the score on the evaluation will come from principal observations. The district has to follow the law; I know that. But why is the District refusing to safeguard the rights of teachers? If the District is so con dent that their administrators will evaluate teachers fairly, they should have no problem guaranteeing language in the contract to safeguard against that administrator in the future who won’t be fair. The reason for this type of language in the contract is to protect current and future employees from unfairness. The District is concerned about moving up in ranking from our 54th position on a list of Florida’s counties. What isn’t being said though is that the state refuses to look at the socio-economic status of students when they do the ranking. Did you know that if Okeechobee were ranked based on which counties had the lowest number of children who did not come from low income families, we would rank 54th? Is it just a coincidence that our high poverty rate and lo w district ranking are the same? Tom Bonasera OkeechobeeGwen ChandlerSeveral elections past I was afforded the opportunity to be a precinct Captain o f 13, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. On e would ask why would anyone want to b e a precinct captain when you hear of all th e problems during elections. Also I was taking the place of a well respected lady in our community Dot Kinsaul who managed 13 for many elections. I accepted and fel t honored to be part of an election process and right fought for our forefathers giving us that freedom to vote in a democrati c society. Another main reason is because I knew the lady in charge would prepare m e to deal with types of issues that could aris e during an election. Gwen’s training was in depth ensuring that we could make sound decisions. If I was unsure, Gwen and he r staff were just a phone call away to guid e me through. Another reason why I accepted was Gwen’s staff. I don’t mind saying I was a nervous person because you really can’ t afford to make a mistake that would embarrass the Election Of ce or cost a candidat e an election. Gwen’s staff are well trained, show kindness and display patience and a t times, they needed it with me. There is a lot to learn and one must prov e themselves by passing a battery of tests, and standards are high because Gwen and he r staff want to ensure that every “T” is crossed and every “I” dotted. Gwen’s professionalism stands second to none and she will be missed and as voters, we should be proud of the job she and her staff have performed in her four terms. But, knowing Gwen and her expectations, you can be sure there is a staff in the wings quali ed and ready to take her place. That is what a good leader does. God bless you Gwen Chandler and ma y you have a well-deserved retirement. Than k you for your service. Jim Vensel Wednesday, February 15, 2012 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. 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 audiences will have the opportunity to experience this gripping true story in a very personal way, as the people involved are brought to life on stage in the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The show will be presented for four performances on Friday and Saturday nights, March 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 8 p.m., at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Reserved seat tickets are now available for $12 each at the of ce of the Pennysaver at 111 N.E. Second Street, just north of CVS Pharmacy. The play relates the trials of ve adults and three young people who went into hiding from the Nazis in cramped quarters above an of ce in Amsterdam during the war. Hiding out in such a manner was often the only option available for Jews to avoid being sent to a concentration camp, and ultimately, in many cases, the gas chamber. During the period, Anne Frank, the young author of the diary, achieves physical maturity as well as a maturity beyond her years in both character and spirit as she chronicles the human interaction around her. Teaching the horrors of the holocaust in which six million Jews were exterminated is included in the required curriculum for schools in the State of Florida. Seeing the live performance of the play offers children and adults a means of learning the important message in an entertaining manner. The play is lled with tension, but also is, at times, light-hearted, hopeful, and even quite funny. The cast is comprised of a number of the OCT’s nest veteran actors, along with three extremely talented newcomers. The title role of young Anne is played by the surprisingly gifted twelve-year-old, Blaire Law, who recently appeared in the theatre’s holiday production, “Christmas On the Air.” Her father, Otto Frank, is played by Michael White, who will be remembered for his performances as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Andrew Hall, who made his stage debut as Jem Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be seen as Peter Van Daan. OCT newcomers, Sharon Wallace and Maddie Bean will play Mrs. Edith Frank and Margot Frank, respectively, and Kisha La w appears as Miep Gies. Other cast members include John Garner as Mr. Van Daan, Laurie Garner as Mrs. Van Daan, Matt Garner as Mr. Kraler, and Mike Zierden as Mr. Dussel. All have played memorable featured roles in numerous past OCT productions. The play will conclude the current season by the all-volunteer theatre group which was founded in 1979. The Okeechobee Community Theatre is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre, and the Florida Theatre Conference. For more information, or to volunteer, call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307, or visit the theatre website: okeecommunitytheatre.com. Okeechobee Theatre to present ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentRotary guestRotary President Lyle Fried extended a warm Rotary welcome to guest speaker Nick Andersen (left), a large swine producer from Clear Lake, Iowa. Nick shared with club members the many facets and caveats of owning a swine farm that raises and markets 35,000 pigs annually. In addition to swine, Nick and his wife also farm corn and soybeans. According to Nick’s expert opinion the preferred choice of meat is the pork tenderloin, which is now leaner than a chicken breast. Modern pigs are so lean they require the same environment as humans, meaning they need to be raised indoors. The indoor environment produces much healthier animals and safer meat. As such, chops and loins can now be cooked to 145 degrees rather than the customary 165 degrees, resulting in a juicier, more avorful meat. The mission of today’s pork producer is to produce better, safer, and more affordable food, provide better care for their animals while increasing production and protecting the environment. In the next 40 years food production must double to feed the world population. The additional food production will need to come from new technology and increased ef ciencies as there is little “new” land available for food production. With the use of modern technology and innovations, farmers are able to produce more food more ef ciently while using fewer natural resources than ever before. Nick stated, “we clearly have to do more with less… do it smarter and in a more sustainable way.” The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Service Above Self” in action! Hospitality is one of Florida’s most diverse and exciting industries. Those interested in careers involving hotel or restaurant operations, travel services and special events planning will bene t from completing the new 12-credit Hospitality Specialist Certi cate program offered by Indian River State College. Classes are offered backto-back in short 8-week “mini-semesters” on Monday nights that will allow for the completion of the entire program in just four months. The 12-credit IRSC Hospitality Specialist Certi cate program transfers to an Associate Degree in Business Administration, so taking the next step in continuing education is easy for those who complete the program. For registration and information, visit www.irsc.edu or call the Information Call Center at: 772-462-4772 or toll free at 866-792-4772 ext. 7660. Earn a hospitality specialist certi cate quick for job advancement The Okeechobee County Fair Association is now accepting applications for exhibitor space at the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair. This year they will feature a new and different look to the exhibit tent. The exhibitors will be housed in a clear span tent which allows the fair patrons full view and access to each exhibitor without the worry of walking up and downs rows. Clear span tents have no poles which restrict the view and space of the exhibitor. They are also offering kiosk space for those exhibitors that desire to have a static display. If you are interested in securing exhibit space, please go to the web site at www.okeechobeecountyfair.com and download the exhibitor application. If you have further questions, please contact Jeff Jones at 863-634-2321. County Fair Association has space for exhibitors


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: w ww.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. You must register for this class and you must pay in advance. The class size is limited to 30 participants. ODEC announce meeting dateThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m., in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. Any interested Democrats are encourage to attend. Cypress Eagles to host Dinner Night Friday, Feb.17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving Steak $12, Fish $8 or Shrimp $12 Dinners. Music By: XXL Karaoke. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome.Eagles North to host Steak nightFriday, Feb. 17 Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have our regular steak night plus a Valentines Dance with your picture taken 8x10 with your Sweetheart for a small donation. Music by Jay, and the "Sho Nuff Band." Lot's of fun! Proceeds from photos and extras go to the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary community bene t fund. Proceeds from the dinner go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community bene t fund.Quilt show in LakeportNorth Lake Estates Quilters, North Lake Estates RV Resort, 12044 E. SR 78, Lakeport w ill host their Biannual Quilt Show on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Quilts and quilted items will be displayed. Homemade fabric goods will be on sale. There will be quilting demonstrations and a drawing for a quilt (pictured above) as well as door prizes. Lunch will be available.Eagles North to host Steak Night on FridayFriday, Feb. 17 Eagles North will be having their weekly steak dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music will be by "The Harpers" Always good tunes and fun. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee. For information, call 863-763-2552. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host Fish FrySaturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fish Fry $6. Public Welcome. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund.Masonic Lodge to host Hog RoastThe Annual Masonic Lodge Hog Roast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4 until 7 p.m., Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, No. 237, 107 NW 5th Avenue. Eat-In or Take Out is available $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. $25 buys whole pork butts including sauce. For tickets buy at the door or contact George Williams WM 863467-0038, Hugh Alger SW 863-532-1097 or Jim Lozano JW 863-610-1887. Proceeds from the event will bene t Okeechobee Youth Programs.Moose Lodge to hold fundraiserThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold a Las Vegas night fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 37 p.m. This event will provide funding for local Moose charities. For information, call JoAnn at 863-467-4551.Blood drive to bene t ill childEllie Corbeil was born on Oct. 26, 2010. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Sept. 30, 2011. She is being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. There will be a blood drive on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1-6 p.m. at Cowboy's Restaurant for her bene t. Any donations are very much appreciated as well. You can also follow her on Facebook. Click on the like button on Love Ellie and follow her journey. Smile, Laugh, Dance.Service Club to host Indiana DayCome and join us for Indiana Day at the American Legion Hall at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18 Bring a covered dish. Call Jane Morehead for more information at 765-4257306.Breakfast to bene t Hamrick HouseA breakfast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.E. 863-467-8232, to bene t the Hamrick House and will include homemade biscuits and Jimmy Dean Sausage Gravy for a donation of $5. The breakfast will be held in memory of Lib Rogers. 100% of the proceeds will bene t Hamrick House.Gordie Peer available at the library one last timeOne last time, on Saturday, Feb. 18 Gordie Peer will be available at the library to answer questions about his display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Local author/poet at LibraryCelebrate Black History Month with local author/poet Brenda Scott at the public library on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. She will be signing her book and host poetry readings. All poets, writers and guests in attendance will be encouraged to read their poetry.K of C hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at Hwy. 78 W. and Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, will hold a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday, Feb. 18 All meals include a dessert and choice of beverage. Dinner served from 4:306:30 p.m. (takeout is available). Donation of $8, adults and $3 children. Proceeds will go to church projects.Quilt show in LakeportNorth Lake Estates Quilters, North Lake Estates RV Resort, 12044 E. SR 78, Lakeport will host their Biannual Quilt Show on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Quilts and quilted items will be displayed. Homemade fabric goods wil be on sale. There will be quilting demonstrations and a drawing for a quilt as well as door prizes. Lunch will be available. North Lake Estate Quilters was begun in 2002 when a group of women living in the North Lake Estates RV Resort decided to work together to teach each other to quilt. The group membership uctuates from a dozen to 25 or more. The ladies assemble quilts individually and as a group. They also hand quilt their own and others' quilts much like the old time quilting bees. This is the 6th quilt show; the rst was in 2003. Since 2004, the group has had a show every other year. Additionally, the group made over 50 lap quilts for Grace Healthcare in Clewiston, donated two $500 scholarships to Moore Haven High School, and donated to the Lakeport Volunteer Fire Department. Lighthouse holds Barbecue fund raiserOn Saturday, Feb. 18 the Lighthouse, a non pro t abused women's shelter, will have a take out barbecue fund raiser at the First Baptist Church ROC, 401 S.W. Fifth St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will consist of barbecue pork, corn, and baked beans. Orders must be called in to 863-763-2171 by Wednesday, Feb. 15. The price is $7.50 a meal. Proceeds from the fund raiser will go toward purchasing a house for the shelter. Animal Adventures plans open houseOn Saturday, Feb. 18 Animal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Road (off SR 70 W, in Glades County just past the Kissimmee River bridge), will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to come and see the cubs "MJ" and "NEWG", born Jan. 14. Animal Adventures is home to 25 big cats (lions, tigers, cougars and more) along with bears, baboons, alligators, birds and other native and non-native animals. Staff members will be available to give guided tours and to mingle with the public with reptiles, birds, tarantuls and alligators. For more information online go to www.animaladventureslive.com or call 863-447-6050.Eagles North to host Card BingoSaturday, Feb. 18 Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, will have Card Bingo starting at 4 p.m. Come join us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Freedom Outreach shing tournaments begin The Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. Must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks Free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Eagles North to host Sunday BreakfastSunday, Feb. 19 starting at 8:30 a.m., until 11 a.m. Eagles North will have their Famous Breakfast. Bet you can't eat it all. 9985 Hwy. 441 North Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host Fried Chicken NightSunday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Historical Society announces meeting dateThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be having their monthly covered dish meeting on Monday, Feb. 20 beginning at noon at the Historical Museum on Hwy 98 N. Anyone in interested in attending is welcome to come and join us, dues are only $10 per person for the year.Orchid and Garden Clubs change meeting dateThe Orchid and Garden Clubs will no w meet on the third Monday of the month, the Garden Club at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 Highway 98 N. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 20 Bring a favorite orchid or problem to discuss. For more information call 863763-3189. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 Cowboys for Christ of Basinger will meet on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Basinger Community Center. Pam Weston, Nashville gospel recording star will be the featured singer. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m., followed by services at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Doyle McDuf e at 863-763-2285. Revival services begin at Brighton Baptist Church this week with Evangelist, Brother Ed Ritchie. Kaila and Dustin Vargo w ill bring the special music. The Revival Serv ice will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19; the Sunday morning service will begin at 10:40 a.m. For those who come early on Friday, a sh fry will be served at 5 p.m. Brighton Baptist Church is located west of Okeechobee at 24050 Highway 70 West; for more information, you may call 863-763-3063. Come and join usbring someone with you. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church will host a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings on Feb. 18, from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. at the church hall, State Road 78 W est at Chobee Loop. Suggested donation is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Take out is available. Starting Feb. 24, the church w ill sponsor a regular Friday night Fish Fry throughout the Lenten season. There will be a multi-family yard sale to bene t the Adventist Christian School on Sunday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 20. 908 SW 2nd Ave, Okeechobee. Sale opens at 8 a.m. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women's Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-2548304. The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24 Ave., is hosting weekly "growth groups" on Wednesday night. Each group will focus on a different area of need as well as interactive Bible studies; such as, Financial Freedom, Fit for a King (weight loss group), Men's Bible Study, Single Women's Group. Meet in the main sanctuary at 7 p.m. and be dismissed to the group of their choice. For information, call the church of ce at 863-357-4418. Everyone welcome. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonicacome and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863-801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863-697-697-8924. West Virginia Day will be celebrated on Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church 401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee. Bring covered dish. For information call 863-467-8636 or 863-634-1427, Ray or Phyllis. Women's conference "In the Fire" will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come and be blessed at House of Refuge Are you going through a re or have gone through a re? Come and hear God's word on how to walk through a re victoriously. There will be worship music, dramas and preaching. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost everything is free including lunch. Pastors Brian and Donn a Dryden will be your hosts. 7405 Hwy. 70 East Okeechobee. For directions or questions, please call 863-467-0673 or 863-697-1789. The Southern Gospel group The Whisnants will perform at the Church of the Nazarene at 425 S.W. 28th St., on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. For information, call 863-763-7113. A "Faith Community Nurse" basic preparation course and retreat will be offered b y the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association this summer. Developed within an interfaith model, this educational course and personal growth retreat prepares Registered Nurses to deliver wholistic care in faith communities. The program provides 33.5 contact hours and includes materials, lodging, meals, snacks, International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) pin and certi cate of attendance. Participants develop the knowledge necessary for practice & have an experience of a life-time. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. Local churches plan special February events Share your news and photos for this column by email to okeenews @ newsza p .comPlaces ofWorship Special to the Okeechobee News/ FUMCSOUPer Bowl SundayOn Feb. 5, when most of the country was over indulging in food and drink, the children of First United Methodist Church were taking steps to remember those who are hungry in our community. Before and after worship services, they stationed themselves at the entrances with large soup pots encouraging folks to donate to a celebration called SOUPer Bowl Sunday. They collected 107 cans of food that was given to the Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry and $374 in cash which was given to Big Lake Missions. Mary Ann Swinford of Big Lake Missions accepted the funds from the children.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 8 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man currently out of jail on bond has been locked up again for his alleged connection in a burglary and the theft of a ri e. Travis Eugene Butts, 18, S.W. Sixth St., was arrested Sunday, Feb. 12, on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied conv eyance and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and petit theft. Butts, who is also a registered sexual offender, is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $21,000 bond. An arrest report by Of cer Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Butts broke into a locked vehicle sometime after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. He apparently drove the truck around the county, drank some beer that was in the truck then returned the 2007 Dodge pickup, stated the report. A girl who was picked up by Butts around 1:24 a.m. said he drove the truck out to the Prairie then down to the lake, indicated the report. The of cer's report stated that Butts also took a .22 caliber ri e that was in the cab of the vehicle. The gun was later recovered from his home, added Of cer Troutman. According to the of cer, the gun was valued at $100. A records check indicated that Butts was arrested Oct. 30, 2011, on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He was currently out of jail on $2,000 bond when arrested Sunday. In 2007, when he was 14, Butts was found guilty of attempted sexual battery victim under 12 years of age and sexual battery victim under 12 years of age. He entered a plea of no contest to the charges and was classi ed as both a juvenile delinquent and a sexual offender. Convicted felon arrested on burglary, gun charges Travis Butts 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). Elizabeth Ann Bonnell, 33, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 11 by Of cer Scott Morgan on a Hendry County warrant charging her with violation of probation carrying a concealed weapon. Her bond was set at $5,000. Richard Anthony Bonnell, 33, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 11 by Of cer Chad Troutman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of dealing in stolen property and petit theft. His bond was set at $51,000. Raul Delgado, 27, N.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 11 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle ( ve counts). His bond was set at $15,000. Abraham Morales, 21, Dille St., Lakeland, was arrested Feb. 11 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Robin Olesen, 58, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Feb. 11 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a St. Lucie County warrant charging her with possession of oxycodone and sale/delivery of oxycodone. Her bond was set at $35,000. Robert Jacob Weeks, 37, S.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 b y Sergeant Justin Bernst on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $2,000. Luis Sauceda, 60, N.W. 32nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deput y Rusty Harts eld on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $1,000. Nelson DeWitt Ross, 46, Poinsetti a Ave., Sebring, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Joe Gracie on charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $12,500. Tanya Leigh Law, 26, S.W. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of carisoprodol. She was then arrested Feb. 13 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with violation of probation grand theft (three counts). She is being held without bond. Jessica Lyons, 32, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Arrest Report


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News North Elementary School book keeper Debbie Fraser was named the School Related Employee of the Year for 2012 at the Okeechobee teacher and school related employee recognition banquet held Saturday night at Osceola Middle School. “I’m excited and honored to represent North Elementary and then the county,” Ms. Fraser said, “It’s made me speechless, and a lot of time I’m not that way, I feel very honored.” Ms. Fraser was praised by her principal Pat McCoy for a perfect internal audit this year at the school. She said it was a great accomplishment for the school. Ms. Fraser said her job isn’t that hard because the people she works with make it easy by doing their jobs well and doing what there supposed to do. “I love my job and this makes it worthwhile, I just love working for Okeechobee schools,” she explained. Ms. Fraser graduated from OHS in 1978. She raised a daughter and two twin boys and enjoyed being a part of their education in Okeechobee schools. She joined the school system in 2008. “I enjoy doing the job and being with the kids and with the schools, I think North will be very excited when they learn I won the award,” she added. Other nominees this year included Janeth Perdomo, a secretary at Central Elementary; custodian Roland Arnold of Everglades Elementary School; Kim Wolff, a technician in the Information Technology Department; Ethel Delegall, a paraprofessional at Okeechobee Achievement Academy; paraprofessional Steve Szentmartoni of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus; Karen Matthews of Okeechobee High School; custodian Rebeca Rivera of Osceola Middle; James Bigford, Food Service Manager at Seminole Elementary; paraprofessional Teresa McCloskey of South Elementary; warehouse man Donna Thomas of the Maintenance Department; and migrant advocate Patricia Grant of Yearling Middle School. The selection committee for the award included School Board Member Gay Carlton, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mary Hurley and Seminole Elementary Assistant Principal Brian Barrett. Debbie Fraser named School Related Employee of the Year Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDebbie Fraser of North Elementary School is the 2012 School Related Employee of the year. She poses with last year’s winner Cindy Pearce, right. Roland Arnold, Everglades Elementary School nominee was congratulated by Kelly Owens. Steve Szentmartoni, Okeechobee Freshman Campus, nominee for School Related Employee of the Year, and Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Jamie Bigford was Seminole Elementary employee of the year in 2012. She poses with Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Kim Wolff, nominee from the Information Technology Department poses with Kelly Owens. Karen Matthews of Okeechobee High School was nominated for school related employee of the year, here with Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Teresa McCloskey of South Elementary School’s employee of the year for 2012. She poses with Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Ethel Delagall, nominee for Okeechobee Achievement Academy poses with Kelly Owens. Rebeca Rivera, Osceola Middle School, poses with her award with Okeechobee School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. District Employee of the Year Debbie Fraser gives a short acceptance speech at Saturday’s banquet at Osceola Middle School. Patricia Grant, migrant advocate for Yearling Middle School, won the employee of the year award this year. She poses with her award with School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Open Evenings Emergencies Welcome All InsuranceWelcomeFREEDigital X-Ray & Consultation or Second OpinionNEW DENTURES$359from(D7140) (D5110) (D5120)Exp. 2/29/12 Exp. 2/29/12(D6010)FROM ea.(D9310) (D0330)DENTALIMPLANTS$499 IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENTANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENT ORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. Simple Extractions Start at $25.00 12 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 Rachel Jones is Central Elementary School Teacher of the year with School Board chairperson Kelly Owens. Robert Walsh is Everglades Elementary School Teacher of the year for 2012. He poses with chairperson Kelly Owens. Okeechobee Achievement Academy Teacher of the Year Manuel Sanchez poses with School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Julie Anne Bohannon won the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Teacher of the Year Award. She accepted the award from Kelly Owens. Sherley Jackson won the Teacher of the year for the Exceptional Student Education Department. She accepted the award from School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Colleen Smith of North Elementary School poses with her teacher of the year award with School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Lauren Myers won the Osceola Middle School Teacher of the Year award. Also in the photo is School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Judy Reed won the Seminole Elementary Teacher of the Year Award for 2012. She accepts her award from School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens. Tammy Thomas, of South Elementary School claimed the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award for her school. She received the award from School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens on Saturday. Rosemary Palmero (right) was Yearling Middle School 2012 Teacher of the Year. She accepted the award from School Board chairperson Kelly Owens.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The question concerning proposed Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) rate increases is: do you want to pay now or later? A t their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, OUA Board members looked at several possible scenarios of rate forecasts. Projections were made with and without the proposed eastside force main and Treasure Island sewer projects and with and without grants in various amounts helping to fund these projects. The scenarios bore out that the addition of the two capital projects would raise debt service costs, however, increased revenues from the projects would offset much of the increased debt service cost. The possible scenarios also showed that the earlier a rate increase is implemented, the bigger the positive impact on the forecasted budget and the earlier a rate increase is implemented the lower the total overall rate increases would be. However, all scenarios predicted a de cit by scal year 2012 except the one that considered two 3.5 percent rate increases instead of 1 percent. The board also discussed the proposed extension of S.R. 710 to connect with U. S. 441 N. One of the possible routes would be adjacent to and would adversely impact the utility's well eld and groundwater treatment plant. The consensus of the board was that the utility would prefer another route. Staff was asked to work with the Florida Department of Transportation to try to get them to choose another route. The board voted "no" to a proposal to hold their meeting in the Commission Chambers at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. If the meetings were moved to the courthouse the board would have to pay $26.32 an hour for use of the equipment and an operator as well as paying for insurance and cleaning up the room afterward. John Hayford, OUA's executive director noted that there probably would be other incidental expenses. One of the negative points was that if a special county commission meeting were required when the OUA meeting was scheduled, the utility would have to relinquish the commission chambers and reschedule and re-advertise their meeting. After some discussion the board decided against moving their regular meetings to the courthouse. Chairman Steve Nelson stated that earlier in the meeting nance director Basil Coule had to go to his of ce to make a telephone call for some information that was requested before the board could decide an issue. He said such an action would be inconvenient if the meeting were held at the courthouse. He wondered how much interest there would be in a webcast given the usual attendance at the board meetings. He noted that there were only four people in the audience that morning. One of those in attendance was an OUA supervisor who regularly attends meetings, another was an engineer who had a proposal before the board, the other two audience members were there to report on the meeting. Audio recordings are currently made of the meetings. Mr. Hayford said he would look into the possibility of putting these recordings on the utility's website after the meetings. He will also look into the possibility of live audio streaming or live audio and video streaming of the meetings from their boardroom on the utility's website. Board attorney Tom Conley stated that OUA's proposal to buy the wastewater treatment plant site from the state is in limbo. He said that now state of cials were talking about charging the utility interest. The utility's offer was for no-interest nancing and he did not think it was a good business decision to pay interest. OUA ponders force main project: Pay now or pay later? 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SECOND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The City of Okeechobee is applying to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the Economic Development category in an amount up to $257,827.00 under the FFY 2011 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit low and moderate income persons. The activities, dollar amounts and estimated percentage benefit to low and moderate income persons for which is applying are: Percentage Benefit to Low and Moderate Activities Proposed Dollar Amounts Income Persons 03KStreet Improvements$200,994100% Engineering$ 31,735100% Type D Additional Engineering$ 6,000100% 21AAdministration$ 19,098 N/A $257,827 At the time of this notice, it is unknown if the grant application will have any leverage. The CDBG project will undertake street improvements to SR 70 required so Applebees Neighborhood Bar & Grill may create fifty ( 50) Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs of which fifteen (15) will be claimed for points in the grant application. Out of the fifteen (15) FTEs, twelve (12) FTE positions will be made available to low-to-moderate income (LMI) people. The job creation location is 1210 HWY70 East in the city limits of Okeechobee, Florida. The City of Okeechobee plans to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG funded activities in the following manner: No permanent displacement is anticipated. If any persons are displaced as a result of these planned activities, the City will assist such persons in the following manner : The City will follow the guidelines outlined in their Antidisplacement and Relocation Policy. Apublic hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application will be held at the City Council meeting on Tu esday, February 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Avenue. Adraft copy of par ts of the application will be available for review at that time. Afinal copy of the application will be made available at the City Ad ministrators Office on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. no more than five days a fter February 29, 2012. The application will be submitted to DEO on or before February 29, 2012. To obtain additional information co ncerning the application and the public hearing contact Mr. Brian Whitehall, City Administrator, City of Okeechobee, 55 S.E. Third A venue, Okeechobee, or telephone 863-763-3372. Apublic hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for th e hearing impaired or the visually impaired shall contact Mr. Whitehall at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and an i nterpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Mr. Whitehall at least fi ve calendar days prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf Perso ns (TDD), please call the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting should contact Mr. Whitehall at least five calendar days prior to the meeting. Pursuant to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following disclosures will be submitted to DCAwith the application. The disclosures will be made available by the City of Okeechobee and DCAfor public inspection upon request. These disclosures will be available on and after the date of submission of the application and shall continue to be available for a minimum period of six years. 1. Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project in the form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insuran ce payment, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any other form of direct or indirect benefit by source and amount; 2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or consultants involved in the application for assist ance or in the planning or development of the project or activity; 3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any other persons with a pecuniary interest in the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed $50,000 or 10% of the grant request (whichever is lower); 4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or others listed in two (2) or three (3) above which are co rporations, or other entities, the identification and pecuniary interests by corporations or entity of each officer, director, principal st ockholder, or other official of the entity; 5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each of the providers of those funds and the amount provi ded; and 6.The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount. Apublic workshop on Fair Housing will also be conducted for elected officials and the general public. PUBLISH:2/15/2012 Okeechobee News 13 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 OCRA is proud to announce the return of the "Chobee Bulls" football team. This year OCRA is taking giant strides with both our football and cheerleading programs. They have rejoined the Mid Florida football conference. This year promises to be very exciting as our Midget league will once again be representing Okeechobee's Middle School age groups. Also, if enough interest is generated in younger age groups to travel, they offer that as well as regular "Rec" league play. OCRA has also organized a competition cheer league for girls ages 5-14. These young ladies will cheer for the travel football teams as well as competing in "Rec" Division competitions throughout the year. There is a one-time signup fee for both of these leagues. Keep watching the Okeechobee News for upcoming information and watch for OCRA in the Speckled Perch Parade. For more information, call 863-634-0515 or 863-634-1437. OCRA announces return of Chobee Bulls football this award," she added. Other nominees this year included Rachel J ones of Central Elementary School, Robert W alsh, a fth grade teacher at Everglades Elementary, Sherley Jackson a speech teacher for the Exception Student Education program, Colleen Smith, a kindergarten teacher at North, Manuel Sanchez, a middle school disciplinary teacher at the Okeechobee A chievement Academy, and Julie Anne Bohannon, the ESE Department Chairperson at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Also nominated this year were Lauren Myers, a seventh grade teacher for Osceola Middle School, Judy Reed, a third grade teacher at Seminole Elementary, Tammy Thomas a rst grade teacher at South Elementary, and veteran teacher Rosemary Palmero of Yearling Middle School. Members of the selection committee this y ear included School Board member David W illiams, 2011 Teacher of the Year Emily Streelman, and Community Representative J .D. Mixon, President of the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club. The banquet was well attended and included individual tables for each school which featured photos of their staff. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said he appreciated how hard all of the teachers work and said education is a blessed profession because it has great impact on the future lives of students. TEACHERContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy presents the Teacher of the Year Award Plaque to OHS Principal Toni Wiersma (right).


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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 Campers/RVs2010 PREMIER TRAVEL TRAILER 35ft, self contained. 2 slide outs, awning, C/A, Mint cond. $20,900 (561)684-5836 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 Fifth Wheels98 Prowler Fifth Wheel Camper 25ft. long. New tires with newer model refrigerator. No title, clean, good shape. Call(828)-682-7381 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 2009 3 Wheel Truck street legal, 4 cyl., water cooled eng., 5 speed trans., heat and air conditioning, dump bed, 179 miles asking $5,600 Call(828)682-7381 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) No. 6000000516 Okeechobee Service Center Of ce Lease The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on February 29, 2012 for lease of professional of ce space in or near downtown Okeechobee, Florida All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling (561) 682-6568, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. 410036 ON 2/15/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold an “Economic Development Workshop” on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the 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, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 409678 ON 2/15/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, February 23, 2012 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 408480 ON 2/15/2012 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY DESKTOP AND LAPTOP COMPUTER PURCHASE Bid No. 2012-03 INVITATION TO BID Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County Florida, hereby requests sealed bids to provide the following equipment: Thirty-Four (34) Desktop Computers meeting the attached speci cations. Eleven (11) Laptop Computers meeting the attached speci cations. 1) Please include a list of options and/or accessories with appropriate pricing 2) Operation and maintenance manuals 3) Provide method of delivery and cost The criteria used to evaluate proposals will be as follows: a. Cost b. Delivery Schedule c. Warranties d. Parts availability Four copies of the bid must be submitted in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY COMPUTER PURCHASE BID NO. 2012-03” marked clearly on the outside. The sealed bids shall be delivered to: Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee County Fl 34972 no later than Friday, February 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Bids received after that time will be returned unopened. For additional information, contact Kresta King, Library Director at (863) 763-3536. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibilities for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive errors or informalities and to accept the proposal: which, in its judgment, best serves the County’s needs. Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chair Okeechobee Board of Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners County Commissioners 410034 ON 2/15/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-014 IN RE: ESTATE OF Monte W. Pollock a/k/a Monte Wayne Pollock Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: The administration of the Estate of MONTE W. POLLOCK a/k/a MONTE WAYNE POLLOCK, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the rst publication of this notice must le their claims with the Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY 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 decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent and unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is February 15th, 2012. Personal Representative: DIANE RASCH a/k/a DIANE RASCH-POLLOCK 3924 Espan Court Palm Springs, FL 33461 Attorney for Personal Representative: JORDAN FIELDS, ESQUIRE Florida Bar No. 205745 416 SE Cortez Avenue Stuart, FL 34994 Phone: (772) 286-0890 Fax: (772) 288-1728 409873 ON 2/15,22/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000326 JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff vs. CAROLYN HAYES RIPPY, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF DON R. RIPPY: ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: N/A. Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the afore-mentioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown name Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property to-wit: Lot 3 of TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 54 and 55, Public Records o f Okeechobee County, Florida. more commonly known as 2758 SE 18TH TERRACE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on the Plaintiff’s attorney, FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC, whose address is 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690, Clearwater, FL 33755, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relie f demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal o f this Court on this 3rd day of February, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court Okeechobee County, Florida By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690 Clearwater, FL 33755 (727) 446-4826 Our File No: CT-A909720 409535 ON 2/8,15/2012 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statue,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Lawrence Insurance Agency Inc. Under which we expect to engage in business at: 2020 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Insurance Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 13th day of February 2012. By: Ronnie Lawrence 410139 ON 2/15/2012 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 2nd day of March 2012 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: 1997 GREEN OLDS 88 1G3HN52K7V4804506 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. 410162 ON 2/15/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2011-CA-188THE HOWARD E. HILL FOUNDATION, INC., a Florida corporation, Plaintiff, VS. JOHN AGUILAR and MICHELLE DELGADO, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment dated January 25, 2012, and entered in Civil Action Case No.: 2011-CA-188 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which the Clerk of this Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, Second Floor Jury Assembly Room, at 11am on the 7th day of March, 2012, the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: Lots 22, 23, and 24, Block 36, EL MIRASOL, according to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 2006 Fleetwood double-wide mobile home having Identi cation Nos.: GAFL535A90792-5C31 and GAFL535B90792-5C31, which is permanently af xed thereto. Parcel ID: 1-18-37-35-0020-00360-0220 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, the 27th day of January, 2012. THE HONORABLE SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Chase H. Zobec, Esq. McGahee & Perez, PL Florida Bar No.: 084818 417 West Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-1677 Fax: (863) 983-1973 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT, 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) 8074370 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. 408971 ON 2/8,15/2012School Board Workshop Members of the School Board of Okeechobee County will meet in a 4-hour workshop session to receive Master Board training on Wednesday, February 22, 2011, 3:30-7:30 p.m., in Room 307 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee, and it is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 410124 ON 2/15/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000289 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, VS. GUSTAVO CASTREJON; MARIA N. CASTREJON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARIA N. CASTREJON; RAFAEL CASTREJON RODRIQUEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAFAEL CASTREJON RODRIQUEZ; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAUL LIBERATO Last Known Address 1111 SW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NORMA BLITCH Last Known Address 1111 SW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: THE WEST 20.0 FEET OF LOT 9, ALL OF LOT 10, BLOCK 7, SOUTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 1111 SW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on Marinosci Law Group, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in THE OKECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-9558771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing Notice of Filing was mailed to all the parties in the attached mailing list. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 1st day of February, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33060 Telephone: (954) 644-8704 Telefacsimile: (954) 772-9601 409646 ON 2/8,15/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 17 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011-CP-068 IN RE: ESTATE OF FENTON JOHN MOORE Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Fenton John Moore, deceased, whose date of death was February 2, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is February 15, 2012. Personal Representative: Jacqueline Moore Herta 1200 SW 4th Ave. Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Attorney for Personal Representative: Patrick J. Murphy, Esq. Attorney for Jacqueline Moore Hertz Florida Bar Number: 562475 Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, P.A. 272 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Deer eld Beach, FL 33441 Telephone: (954) 525-5509 Fax: (954) 525-4509 E-Mail: pmurphy@murphy-law.cc 409965 ON 2/15,22/2012 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds


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JORDAN, a/k/a HELEN JORDAN, deceased, whose date of death was June 22, 2011, 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 SERV ICE 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, A NY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Y EARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is February 8, 2012. Ancillary Personal Representative: Yvonne H. Ramsey-Lefevre 135 Dill Avenue Parkasie, PA 18944 A ttorney for Ancillary Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3825 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 409645 ON 2/8,15/2012 18 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! she ran some errands. Then, before taking him home, she stopped by her home to put some groceries in a refrigerator. As she got out of the car, the victim told Yates to wait in the car. After putting the groceries away, Detective Saum said the woman walked out of her home only to nd Yates waiting for her on the porch. Yates allegedly grabbed the woman and, before she could get away from him, he attacked her by pulling down her shorts and panties, stated the detective. She reportedly told him to stop, but he refused. According to the detective's report the victim was able to wrestle herself away from her attacker and she ran into a utility room, but she did not get the door closed quickly enough. Yates grabbed her again and, ignoring her pleas, pushed her against a washing machine and continued his attack. She then kicked the man in the left shin and freed herself from Yates, added the report. Detective Saum said the victim did not immediately come forward about the attac k because she knew Yates had been in prison and she was afraid. The detective went on to say that Yates apparently told the woman he had been sent to prison for attempted murder. The victim reportedly told him that Yates even came to her workplace and told her "... she would really regret it if she told anyone what happened." A check of the man's criminal history indicated that on April 24, 2007, he was found guilty of aggravated battery and sentenced to 51 months in prison by then-Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer. While he was also charged in that case with attempted second degree murder and robbery with a rearm or other deadly weapon, both of those charges were dropped by the state. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that he started his prison sentence May 19, 2007, and was released from the Charlotte Correctional Institution Aug. 20, 2010. YATESContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested after he allegedly drove over a man lying in a parking lot who had been knocked unconscious during a ght at a local night spot. James Michael Bonea, 33, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Feb. 10, on a charge of aggravated battery with a vehicle. He was also arrested by a second deputy on a felony charge of eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a total bond of $28,000. An arrest report by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated that during a ght with four to ve men in the parking lot of Brewski's, U.S. 441 S.E., the 39-year-old victim was hit and kicked until he blacked out. According to witness statements one of the men involved in the ght was Bonea, continued the report. As the victim was lying on the ground Bonea reportedly got into a black Ford Taurus sedan, revved up the engine then backed over the unconscious man. Bonea then ran over the man a second time and ed from the scene, added the deputy's report. Witnesses reportedly told Cpl. Hans that Bonea had room to pull out of the parking lot without running over the victim. A second OCSO arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter stated that as he was arriving at the bar a description of the eeing car was, as well as its Kentucky tag number, given out by dispatchers. Deputy Potter's report stated that he activated his emergency lights and tried to stop the black sedan but it continued south on U.S. 441 S.E. at a normal rate of speed. The car nally stopped in the 5000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. and Bonea was taken into custody. Cpl. Hans went on to state in his report that the victim was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment, but no other information on the victim's condition was available. A records check indicated that Bonea was released from prison Sept. 4, 2011, after he was found guilty Jan. 7, 2010, of giving a false name while arrested and criminal use of personal identi cation information. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger sentenced him to 13 months in prison. Unconscious man run over by car; 1 arrested James M. Bonea Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf Country Club Gold Tees Golf winners for Feb. 10 were: rst place tie, G. Guydosh and P. Fenton; second place tie, R. Carbia and C. Hendren; B. Meyers and L. Birdshaw. Gold Tee Winners Weatherization helps cut electric billsOkeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc., is collaborating with Indiantown Non Pro t Housing Inc., to implement a weatherization program provided by the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs. Low income families in Okeechobee County can obtain funds through the program to add insulation and make other improvements to their homes that will held cut electric cuts. The program is open to both homeowners and renters. In the case of a renter, the owner of the rental property must agree to pay 10 percent of the cost of the improvements. The program mission is to reduce heating and cooling costs by improving the energy ef ciency of the home. Strategies include sealing windows and doors to prevent waste of heating and cooling, attic insulation, installation of smart thermostats for central health and cooling, replacing inef cient refrigerators, and many other improvements at no cost to the applicant. For more information, contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc. by calling 863-467-5525, or stop by the of ce at 115 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee.Help available for seniors to help with electric billsOkeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAP grant. You must be sixty or over or have someone in the household sixty and over. This grant will pay for electric bills and space heaters. You must have a Final Notice. Call Sheila at 863462-5180 to nd out the documentation you will have to apply.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A four-run, fth inning propelled the Okeechobee Brahmans to a 4-2 win on Friday over the Glades Day Gators in the opener of the Brahman Pre-Season Classic. Brad Coleman had two bunt singles, and a trio of pitchers kept the Gator bats at bay as the Brahmans won their season opener. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said the goal of the preseason tournament was to get players some experience. Even players that have earned a starting position haven't had a lot of game experience at those spots. "I'm proud of the way the guys battled. W e had some trouble with their pitcher early on because we weren't as patient as w e needed to be. We battled and the pitchers kept us in the game which allowed us to come back," he explained. Glades Day took a two-run lead in the top of the third thanks to a couple of walks and an error. Marshall Britt hit a two-run double. Both runs were unearned against Brahman starter Timmy Farrell. Gator pitcher Colton Cortes kept the Brahman bats at bay through the rst four innings. Jesse Stebbins had a rst-inning single, and Brad Coleman had a bunt single in the third. Tyler Barber and Christian Crews had singles in the fourth. Okeechobee nally broke through in the fth with a bunt single by Coleman, three hit batters, and a walk. A ground ball off the bat of Barber was turned into two errors which scored three runs and gave Okeechobee the lead. Coleman said he wanted to take advantage of the pitcher because he appeared to be slow off the mound and in elding bunts. "I just wanted to take advantage of the situation and make a smart baseball play. This win gives us a lot of con dence but we know it is time to work hard. The good thing is nothing gets us down," he added. Relievers Christian Crews and Macho Estremera pitched four shutout innings for Okeechobee and Estremera earned the save with a quick seventh inning that featured two strikeouts. Glades Day had just three hits in the game. Okeechobee pitchers had 12 strikeouts with six by Farrell, four by Crews, and Estremera's two Ks. Coach Blackstone said he tried to get his starters as much experience as he could in the tournament because games begin for real this week. "We want to get as many guys involved as we can but some of these starters need these innings and the experience," he added. Coleman predicted the Brahmans would be a scrappy group all year that plays with intensity and comes to work every day. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 19 Okeechobee News February 15, 2012 OHS baseball team takes Glades Day in 4-1 win By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee tennis teams won their second match of the year by shutout as they dominated Avon Park on Monday in Highlands County. For the girls team Samantha Rivero defeated Jessica Leitch 6-0 and 6-0. Jenna Rath defeated Ashley Harris 6-1 and 6-1. Vanessa W att defeated Shontonia Williams 6-3 and 6-1. J essica Luna defeated Kathryn Welch 6-2 and 6-1. Dayla Ferneau defeated Christine Rokosh 6-0 and 6-1. Okeechobee swept the doubles match 8-0. On the boys team Otto Ramirez defeated Dawson Calero 6-1 and 6-2. Cody Walker defeated Michel Guerndt 6-1 and 6-3. Lucas Penido defeated Rhett Tylee 6-4 and 6-3. Colt Root defeated Javon Wells 6-2 and 6-4. Brendon Jonassaint defeated Eric Parker 6-4 and 6-1. The team of Ramirez and Penido defeated Calero and Jahana, 8-5. Walker and Kirby Dobbs swept the second doubles match 8-0. Bob Branestter got his rst career hole in one on Jan. 30 when he hit a perfect nine iron on the par 3, 15th hole into the cup at the Blue Heron Golf Club in Okeechobee. The shot was w itnessed by Bill Kinney, Paul Dewitt and Clyd Price. Okeechobee district foe Palm Beach Lakes might turn it around in football with the hire of former Glades Central Coach Willie Snead last week. Snead led the Raiders to their last state championship in 2006. Rams Coach A lonzo Jefferson and the school parted ways last month. North Port defeated Okeechobee 13-7 in the second day of the Brahman Preseason baseball classic on Saturday. The Brahman baseball team started their regular season on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Academy. The Lady Brahman softball team opens their home schedule on Saturday with JV at 10 a.m., and the varsity at 12 against Eau Gallie. A chili cook-off fund raiser will also be held. Sports News in Brief Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTimmy Farrell struck out six Glades Day Gators in his rst start of the year on Friday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCatcher Jesse Stebbins impresses as a hitter as he hit several balls hard, and drilled a single on Friday.


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