Vol. 101 No. 26 Sunday, February 28, 2010 75¢ Plus tax
To the rescue...
Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce (OCSO) Special
Response Team use the cover of dense green smoke to storm a home
and rescue a female hostage during a training exercise held Friday
morning, Feb. 26. For more on the story, see page 20.
Fort Pierce out FSB
... Page 14
Boys reportedly were
Classiﬁeds .................................. 17-19
Community Events ............................ 6 abused at Florida
Crossword ....................................... 19
Obituaries .......................................... 6
School for Boys in the
Opinion .............................................. 5 1940s, ’50s and ’60s
Speak Out ......................................... 4
Sports ................................... 13, 15-16
Weather ............................................. 5
By Eric Kopp
County Historic trail
“When I came home from Viet-
nam I felt my country had betrayed
me, and now the justice system
has done the same thing.”
Bryant Middleton, who was one
Last Year: 12.86 feet
budget of the many boys beaten and sod-
omized at the Florida School for
Boys in Marianna and Okeechobee,
was speaking about a class action
looking lawsuit against the State of Florida
that was dismissed Tuesday, Feb.
23, in a Tallahassee courtroom.
Circuit Judge James Shelfer’s
dismissal was based on the prem-
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth given
in feet above sea level
bleak ise “... that while there are consti-
tutional rights violations, you can-
not recover monetary damages for
those violations,” explained Greg
By Pete Gawda
See page 4 for information about Okeechobee news Hoag, a St. Petersburg attorney
how to contact this newspaper. who was one of the lawyers repre-
From comments made at senting the men who were brutal-
the last meeting of Okeechobee ized in the schools.
County Commissioners, it looks “I feel betrayed by the courts,”
Free Speech Free Ads like the budget battle for the said Mr. Middleton, from his Fort
coming ﬁscal year is about to Walton Beach home Friday. “I feel
begin. betrayed by the judges and I feel
Up until a few years ago, bud- betrayed by the state of Florida—
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2 Okeechobee News February 28, 2010
The proposed millage rate was 7.6530.
Commissioners voted to lower the millage
Continued From Page 1 rate to 7.5030. That rate, taking into consid-
eration decreased property values, was cal-
get hearings were dull and boring with no culated to bring in the same amount of taxes
public interest or participation. The last few as collected the previous year.
years they have gotten increasingly interest- While these moves looked good to tax-
ing as the economy gets tougher. payers at the time, they had their conse-
At the last commission meeting on Feb. quences. The budget, as originally prepared,
25, deputy county administrator Robbie had expenditures based on the income from
Chartier reported that as of Jan. 31, reve- the original EMS assessment rate and the
nues exceeded expenditures by 17 percent original millage rate. Without a reduction in
as compared to the budget. However, that expenditures or locating another sources of
trend is not expected to continue through revenue, the difference was made up from
the year. At the beginning of the year the vast the county’s dwindling reserves which are
majority of ad valorum taxes are received. now dangerously close to the $8 million
As the year continues the county’s income ﬂoor set by commissioners.
is expected to decrease while expenditures The motion to exempt non proﬁts was
increase. made by Commissioner Noel Chandler who
County administrator Lyndon Bonner suggested a one cent sales tax be imposed
predicted a shortfall of $2.8 to $4.2 million in the following year to help offset EMS costs.
the ﬁscal year 2010-2011 budget. In order to place that item on the Oct. 4
Part of that shortfall is caused by a last general election ballot commissioners must
minute move by county commissioners act by about Aug. 24. If the additional tax is
in the preparation of the current budget. A approved in the general election it would
move was made which looked good to vot- not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2011. The bud-
ers at the time. However, they may not have get would have to be approved by Sept. 30
realized the long range consequences. without knowing if the sales tax would go
The emergency medical services (EMS) into effect. Unlike an assessment, which is a
assessment, new with this year’s budget, ﬁxed rate, the amount of money from a sales
brought a storm of controversy. The con- tax would be uncertain and ﬂuctuating.
sultants who prepared the assessment rates More than likely there would be no cost
took the entire cost of the EMS program and to the county to put this item on the ballot,
apportioned it among residential, commer- according to Gwen Chandler, supervisor of
cial and industrial properties. elections. If the sales tax issue ﬁts on the ex-
Voters ﬂocked to public hearings to isting ballot, there would be no charge. In
protest the proposed EMS assessment. In the unlikely event that the addition of that
response to these protests, commissioners one item would cause the ballot to have
voted to exempt churches and other non- to be printed on larger paper or go to two
proﬁts from the assessment. At the same pages then the county would have to pay the
time they cut everyone else’s assessment in nominal cost of the additional paper.
Magistrate imposes ﬁne
By Pete Gawda compliance date was set at March 11.
Okeechobee News Penny Chaisson was given until May 13
to either obtain a construction permit or de-
In hearings held Tuesday, Feb. 16, molish with the proper permit an unpermit-
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement ted concrete block addition to her N.W. 18th
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols imposed a Street dwelling.
ﬁne in one case and set compliance dates in Robeldan Acosta was given until March
eight other cases. 11 to mow and trim the overgrowth on his
Kellie Chapman had been cited for build- N.W. 98th Street property.
ing a wall and installing a door on a garage Code enforcement ofﬁcer Albert stated
on S.E. 42nd Street without the proper per- that Phillip McCallister has removed most
mits. At the hearing, Code Enforcement Of- of the debris from his S.E. 37th Way lot. She
ﬁcer Beth Albert stated that as of the compli- said he still had to obtain a demolition per-
ance date, Feb. 15, the proper permits had mit and demolish the mobile home on the
not been obtained. Therefore the property property. He was given until March 11 to do
owner was ﬁned $50 a day for every day of so.
noncompliance beginning Feb. 17. John Holt had also made considerable
Larry Glen Shrader asked for an exten- progress toward removing the derelict build-
sion of time to build a pole barn to house ing on his S.E. 60th Drive property. Mrs. Albert
the material he was cited for storing outside. said that the only thing left was to remove
He was given until April 15 to come into a concrete slab. Therefore, his compliance
compliance. date was moved from Feb. 16 to March 11.
Howard Richards was also cited for con- Gloria Jean Vonderau requested an exten-
struction without a permit. Since he had sion of time to come into compliance. She
contacted a contractor to draw up plans in had cleared the overgrowth and removed
preparation for applying for a permit he was the unlicensed vehicles from her N.E. 103rd
given until April 15 to come into compli- Avenue property. She was given until March
ance. 11 to either demolish or repair the derelict
Mrs. Albert noted that foreclosure and structure on her property.
bankruptcy proceedings were pending The property of Eduardo and Maylin De
against the N.W. 38th Avenue property of Vega was found to be in compliance and
Arthur Steinberg. She stated that the mort- that case was not heard. The case of John-
gage holder had boarded up the abandoned nie Mays was not heard because of lack of
building on the property and had done some proper notiﬁcation. That case as well as the
mowing. She said that hopefully the property ﬁne reduction request of Lakeshore Restau-
would be in compliance by next month. The rant will be heard in March.
February 28, 2010 Okeechobee News 3
Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend Assisted Living
By Eric Kopp reportedly took the child upstairs and when Deputy Jackson’s report goes on to state
the baby’s mother entered the upstairs bed- that he contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline
24 Hour Care by
An Okeechobee man has been arrested room she saw Aranda allegedly hitting the Susan Stegkemper,
and charged with hitting his 17-year-old baby about the buttocks and yelling at him about the situation. Registered Nurse
pregnant girlfriend about to stop crying.
her head with his ﬁsts. The mother then grabbed her son and
Jose Aranda, 21, N.E. laid down on top of the baby to protect him. Register for free volunteer • Reasonable Rates
Fifth St., was arrested Sun- As she did, Aranda allegedly hit her in the Guardian ad Litem Training • TLC in Very Nice
day, Feb. 21, on a felony head six times with his ﬁst. Deputy Jackson’s Family Home
charge of battery on a report states that the woman had a “knot” On March 2, the Guardian ad Litem • 1 Opening NOW
pregnant person. He was on her forehead and there was bruising and Program will train individuals interested for Patient/Resident
booked into the Okeecho- redness on the baby’s buttocks. in helping nearly 300 abused and neglect- • References
bee County Jail under a Deputy Jackson’s report added that Aran-
bond of $15,000.
ed children living in Saint Lucie, Martin, Furnished
Jose da is not the boy’s father. Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
According to an original Aranda
report by Deputy Paul Jack-
Even though Deputy Jackson and other Guardian ad Litem volunteers, and 863-763-2334
deputies searched for Aranda they were un- the attorneys working with them, make
son of the Okeechobee County Sheriff ’s Of- able to ﬁnd him. Deputy Jackson then ap- sure victims of child abuse and neglect
ﬁce (OCSO), Aranda was at his girlfriend’s
plied for, and received, an arrest warrant. are protected and have a safe place to live The New
home on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when her 1-year- Aranda was then arrested on the warrant and the necessary services to overcome
old baby boy would not stop crying. Aranda
Sunday by Deputy Joseph Hall. their circumstances.
If you wish to make a difference in this
Okeechobee Arrest Report community, contact Pattra Dodd at Pattra.
Dodd@gal.ﬂ.gov or call: 772-871-7225 or
The following individuals were arrested • Corey Nathan Hardy, 28, N.W. 12th St.,
visit our website at GuardianadLitem.org
for more information. It has never been Weekends $25 It’s
on felony or driving under the inﬂuence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Dep- easier to serve. Before 8 am
After 2 pm
uty Brian Cross on an Okeechobee County
Sheriff ’s Ofﬁce (OCSO), the Okeechobee warrant charging him with failure to appear Here!
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City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
- possession of a controlled substance. He is 26TH ANNUAL BABY CONTEST
being held without bond.
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) • James Lee Fountain, 51, S.E. 29th & BEAUTY PAGEANT Home of the Fishing/GolfTournament
or the Department of Corrections (DOC). & Wednesday RV Park Battle
• Sandra Phillips, 39, S.E. 26th St., Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by America’s Cover Miss & Cover Boy, USA
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by Dep- Deputy Thomas Kitchen on a charge of driv- Okeechobee: Thursday, March 18
uty Tami Seraﬁni on an Okeechobee County ing under the inﬂuence. His bond was set Okeechobee Civic Center
1925 SE 9th Ave. Okeechobee
warrant charging her with the felonies of
violation of probation - possession of hydro-
• Selena Maude Billie, 40, S.E. 21st St.,
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• • • • • • • • • • •
codone, violation of probation - possession Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by Ofﬁ- Girls: birth - 11mo, 12-23 mo, 2-3 yr, 4-6 yr,
of oxycodone and violation of probation - cer Chad Troutman on a charge of driving OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
7-9 yr, 10-12 yr and 16 up
possession of diazepam. The warrant also under the inﬂuence. She is being held with- Boys: 0-23 mo, 2-3 yr, 4-6 yr INVITATION TO BID
charged her with the misdemeanor of viola- out bond. • • • • • • • • • • •
tion of probation - possession of drug para- Okeechobee County requests bid from qualified vendors
This column lists arrests and not con- Over 2 million $$ in cash & prizes awarded yearly!
phernalia. Her bond was set at $1,000. for the purchase of fuel, motor oils and other lubricants on
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone Qualify today to win a $10,000 Bond an annual contract basis. Bids should be submitted on
• Randy G. Whaley, 32, N.W. 98th St., listed here who is later found innocent or at the 2010 finals!
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by Ofﬁ- the “Invitation to Bid” summary sheet. This bid sheet may
has had the charges against them dropped be obtained by calling (863)763-9312 or via www.co.okee-
cer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of felony petit
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The Brochures at www.florida covermiss.com
theft. His bond was set at $2,500. chobee.fl.us. Please include all of the information
information will be conﬁrmed and printed. Amcovermiss@yahoo.com 870.837.1075 requested in the bid summary sheet in the proposal sub-
• Julio Luna, 25, Lorida, was arrested
Feb. 23 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on a mitted to the County. The bidder does not have to provide
a bid on all groups listed on the Invitation to Bid. The bid-
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
der may submit bids on portions of the fuel/oil types
bation - impersonating a law enforcement
requested but must respond to the sections requesting
ofﬁcer. He is being held without bond.
information on emergency delivery, taxes and discounts
• Angela Denise Cooper, 32, N.E. 12th
for prompt payment sections for any bid.
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 23, by
Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee Bids will be due no later than March 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM
County warrant charging her with battery on
an elderly person. She is being held without Specializing in the Treatment of Skin Cancer and should be submitted in a sealed envelope and clear-
ly marked “Sealed Bid Okeechobee County Motor Fuel,
bond. Motor Oil and Lubricants.” Any question or inquires
• Jose Aranda, 21, N.E. Fifth St., Okeecho- should be directed to: Robbie L. Chartier, Deputy County
bee, was arrested Feb. 24, by Deputy Lieu- BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE Administrator at (863)763-9312. Proposals should be
tenant Keith Murrish on a warrant charging AMERICAN BOARD OF DERMATOLOGY sent to: Okeechobee County, 312 NW 3rd Street, Room
him with child abuse. His bond was set at 206, Okeechobee, FL 34972. All bids received after the
$5,000. deadline for submission will not be opened or considered.
FELLOW OF THE
• Monica Elaine Adams, 42, S.W. 19th St., AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MOHS SURGERY
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 24, by Dep- Okeechobee County reserves the right to waive formali-
uty Tami Seraﬁni on an Okeechobee County ties or informalities, to reject or award any and all bids or
warrant charging her with failure to appear
- possession of cocaine, failure to appear -
Okeechobee part(s) thereof, or to negotiate further with any or all bid-
ders and accepts no responsibility for the expense of
possession of oxycodone, failure to appear 863-467-9555 preparation or delivery of bids to the County. Responses
- possession of diazepam and failure to ap- to the “Invitation to Bid” will be submitted to the Board of
pear - possession of drug paraphernalia. Her Vero Beach County Commissioners on or after March 25, 2010 with
bond was set at $10,000. recommendation(s) for bid award(s).
• William Leslie Thomas, 45, S.W. 11th 772-778-7782
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Of- Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
ﬁcer Kelley Margerum on a charge of felony
battery. His bond had not been set as of
www.tcdermatology.com Jonathan Sanders, M.D., J.D. Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
newspaper deadline. Board of County Commissioners
4 Okeechobee News OPINION Sunday, February 28, 2010
Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor
Speak Out has moved online, where Obama an interest in aviation, while providing a pa-
it is quicker and easier to share your
• How long will it take for every last
CAP hosts open house triotic service to the local community.
ideas and converse with others. Go to American to realize President Barack The Civil Air Patrol is sponsoring a special The Cadet Program seeks to provide
www.newszap.com, click on the com- Obama is not about bipartisanship, recon- Open House for former Sea Cadets, JRROTC America with a pool of young, dynamic
munity name and your local or state ciliation (other than as a process to cram and their families. aerospace leaders for the future.” The Ca-
Public Forum. There, you can create his health care bill through Congress) and The cancellation of the Sea Cadet Pro- dets achieve the goals of the Cadet program
new topics or comment on existing uniting Americans? As his latest gyrations gram in Okeechobee is an unfortunate situ- through study and performance while work-
topics. What follows is a sampling of ation. Not only is it sad to see such a worth ing through a series of achievements and
on health care demonstrate, he will not be
some of the discussions currently tak- while program for the youth of our commu- milestone awards. As cadets progress, they
deterred in his quest to saddle Americans
ing place. Thanks for participating! nity cancelled, but it is also a disappointment advance in grade, increase the scope of their
with socialized medicine, even if it greatly for the former Sea Cadets and their families.
increases the likelihood he won’t be re- leadership responsibilities, earn awards, and
Riding without lights elected. Here we have Obama, frenetically
And it is also a loss to the community. As become eligible for nationally-sponsored
a result, the Okeechobee Composite Squad- special activities and scholarships, while
• Did anyone see this? Two cops on pa- busy with at least three of his hands, push- ron is hosting a special Open House on their
trol stopped a guy who was on a bike that ing different buttons and sending mixed sig- developing young, dynamic aerospace lead-
went across the road in front of them. It was regular meeting night, Tuesday March 2, ers through the application of the program’s
nals. I guess being a self-perceived messiah starting at 19:30 (7:30 p.m.) at their Squad-
dark out and they told the man he could not means you don’t have to worry about being ﬁve key elements: Leadership, Aerospace
ride the bike at night because it had no lights ron Headquarters located in T-Hanger #1 at Education, Character Development, Physi-
on it. My question is this. No one called this ﬂagrantly inconsistent, even on the same the Okeechobee County Airport to introduce
day or in the context of one speech. He’s in- cal Fitness and Activities.
crime in so there was not a witness, so ... did former Sea Cadets, JRROTC, their families CAP, through the Air Force also provides
the cops have the right to stop the man and vited Republicans to a bipartisan summit on and anyone in the community to the Civil Air ten “hands on the controls” ﬂights for the
tell him he couldn’t ride since no harm was health care, intending to create the illusion Patrol Cadet Program. Cadets called Orientation Rides or O-Rides
done to anyone and no one saw it? If a tree that he’s interested in conservative ideas on Lt. Gray, the Cadet Program Director for which include ﬁve in gliders and ﬁve pow-
falls in a forest and no one is there to hear the subject. But at the same time—he can’t the Squadron explains the Civil Air Patrol
it, does it still make a noise? Lets see, a cop ered ﬂights in our Cessna 172 Aircraft. These
even pretend long enough to let this ruse Cadet Program is one of the three core mis- are all syllabus based and teamwork orient-
can go to a noise complaint, see the thugs play out—he is threatening Republicans sions of CAP along with Emergency Services
doing it, but he can’t do anything about it ed to enhance the learning experience. The
that if they ﬁlibuster current congressional and Aerospace Education. The Cadet pro- Cessna 172 is the same aircraft we use on
because no one made a written complaint? health care proposals, he will urge Congress gram is a stand alone program within CAP,
Thank God John Wayne cant see this. our Search & Rescue Missions we provide to
• The law says you have to have lights or to pass Obamacare by bastardizing the rec- but Cadets are also trained to be an active the Community, State and Air Force.
reﬂectors on a bike at night. If the cops saw onciliation process. But wait, just like a Gin- part of our Emergency Service Missions and If you have any questions please contact
it, then they would be the witnesses. su knife infomercial, there’s more. Obama our Aerospace Education Mission. Capt. Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916, Lt. Joe
• It is dangerous to ride at night with- has also unveiled the outlines of his own Captain Papasso, the Squadron Com- Ragon at 954-695-8000 or Lt. Greg Gernat at
out lights, both to the bicyclists and to the new health care proposal, but it is hardly a mander describes the mission of the Civil 863-697-9915. Hope to see you there.
other drivers on the road, who might have model of bipartisanship. Air Patrol Cadet Program “as to provide the Your local Civil Air Patrol perform-
to swerve to avoid him. youth of our nation with a quality program ing Missions for America. Okeechobee
Drugs that enhances their leadership skills through Composite Squadron
• Why do teachers get a free pass on
• Recently I was eastbound, driving taking a drug test at their work place. Of all
the speed limit on SR 70 towards town
and there was a pickup hauling a trailer places that job should be on the top of the
right behind me. A red Mazda with Michi- list for mandatory drug testing, but hey it’s
gan plates came ﬂying up behind us and only our children they’re teaching.
passed the truck and trailer and my car at
one time, nearly colliding with an oncoming Space shuttle
westbound car, and sped away. I continued • What hurts my head is the $400 mil-
driving the speed limit, slowing down each lion just spent for the new observation deck
time the speed limit changed. And when at the space station. With only four more
I got to the main intersection, I was right
behind that speeder. What’s the big hurry? visits from the space shuttle before they
You aren’t going to get anywhere that much shut down the program ... who gets to use
faster. There is no reason to drive faster than it then?
the speed limit. • There are only four more NASA visits,
the Russians and anyone else with a space
Hospital ﬁre ship can visit it, after all it is called the “Inter-
• In regard to the story about the man national” Space Station.
accused of setting the ﬁre in the bathroom • I do say - after four more visits the U.S.
in the ER at Raulerson Hospital, I heard this will be standing on the ground looking up
is a trend in the bigger cities. They set a ﬁre at someone else on their observation deck. Special to the Okeechobee News
to get everyone’s attention so they can rob They’ll probably outsource the space travel Civil Air Patrol Cadets Miller and Holliday worked as a team to position the
the place. business to China or India. glider for the next ﬂight of the glider orientation rides.
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February 28, 2010 Okeechobee News 5
Hunters aid in the ﬁght against nonnative snakes
As I See It rock python, amethystine or scrub python, efforts. We’ve offered pet amnesty days to ecosystem beneﬁts our native wildlife, thus
green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on folks who want to surrender their nonnative beneﬁtting us all.
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land pets legally with no questions asked, and Just a reminder, reptiles of concern may
By Rodney Barreto and Rotenberger wildlife management areas we’ve put tighter restrictions on ownership
FWC Chairman be taken by all legal methods (including
(WMAs). of reptiles of concern. We’ve engaged the shotguns, rimﬁre riﬂes and pistols) used in
It never ceases to amaze me. We just The specially created season, established reptile industry and have enlisted its experts the taking of game animals; however, the
wrapped up a big event in the Everglades, by executive order, follows the close of small to capture and remove nonnative snakes use of centerﬁre riﬂes is prohibited. Rep-
in which we trained hunters on how to game season on the three WMAs, and con- on state-managed lands. Now, we’re asking tiles of concern may not be taken out of the
capture and remove nonnative snakes, and tinues during a period when the nonnative hunters to get involved. wildlife management areas alive and must
we sent them out to test their skills. It was snakes are likely to be encountered. During This is about conservation. We are work- be reported to the FWC within 36 hours by
a cold, damp day. The experts said the py- cooler months, cold-blooded reptiles sun ing together to protect our fragile ecosystem
calling, toll-free, 866-392-4286, or by visiting
thons would be hiding due to the inclement themselves on levees, canal banks and road- from these exotic predators. A balanced
ways to warm up. This makes them easier to
The media that gathered were not opti-
mistic. In fact, none of us were. We pretty
spot, capture and remove.
We are once again engaging our stake- Reﬂections from the pulpit
much resigned ourselves to the prospect holders, in this case, the hunting community,
that the hunters might go home empty- to help us reduce the number of reptiles of What God cannot do The issues that you and I have to deal
handed. But sure enough, a team of freshly with are very trying. Health issues, our aging
concern in the Everglades. Our hunters are By Rev. Bruce Simpson parents, illegal drugs, teen pregnancies, lack
trained hunters spotted a 5-foot Burmese on the front lines, and we hope, by tapping I had dropped by to visit at the local nurs-
python in the brush along the L-67 levee. into their knowledge of the Everglades, we ing home. Bessie had just ﬁnished a Bible of enough money, loss of home and marital
The hunter told us he was able to spot and can make signiﬁcant progress in this effort. study lead by a local minister. She said, issues are some of the things that pull on our
stalk the snake after receiving our training. We provided the hunters with the knowl- “Preacher, do you know what God cannot hearts. No one can handle life alone! The in-
He had never caught a wild python before. It edge they need to succeed in this endeavor. do?” After thinking for a moment, I said, vitation is the following:
just goes to show these snakes are out there, A large group of hunters received training on “Bessie, I don’t know.” She said, “God can- “Come to me, all of you who are tired
and they are more common than we might how to identify, stalk, capture and remove not lie.” [Hebrews 6:18] and have heavy loads, and I will give you
think. reptiles of concern. The FWC and experts As I was preparing for this week’s ser- rest. Accept my teaching and learn from me,
We just unveiled a new weapon in the from the reptile industry provided the train- mon, I was reminded of an additional an- because I am gentle and humble in spirit,
ﬁght against nonnative snakes in the Ever- ing, which included lessons in biology and swer to Bessie’s question; which is that God and you will ﬁnd rest for your lives. The bur-
glades. Hunters are the latest tool in our tool- behavior. cannot make someone love Him. God un- den that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I
box. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva- I was recently introduced to a South derstood that true love must be freely given.
tion Commission (FWC) created a special give you to carry is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Florida tanner who explained the value of Therefore, he created each of us with “free-
chance for hunters to capture and remove harvested hides. He showed me python-skin New Century Version
will” to make choices. At a cemetery in Lake
reptiles of concern from state-managed belts, boots and pants. I was surprised to The choice to love God is in your hands.
City, I saw the following inscription on a
lands around the Everglades. From March 8 learn that python skins can sell for as much tombstone: “In life with God, In Death with Choose to accept His love. Find a church to
to April 17, those with a hunting license and as $5 a foot. God.” This is the choice God wants each of attend to ﬁnd out more about God’s amaz-
a $26 management area permit may take We are serious about helping to stop the us to make. ing love.
reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticu- spread of reptiles of concern in the Ever-
A C C I D E N T L AW O F F I C E S O F
lated python, northern and southern African glades. Over the years, we’ve ramped up our
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Employee recognition Lotteries
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts, left, presents Richard
24 Hours, 7 days-a-week!
Florida Lottery — Here are the num-
Watford, right with a certiﬁcate honoring his twenty years with the county. bers selected Thursday in the Florida Lottery:
Mr. Watford is an Okeechobee native. He worked through the CETA program 114 N. Parrott Avenue
Cash 3: 1-1-4; Play 4: 8-9-9-6; Fantasy 5:
as a laborer for Okeechobee County Road Maintenance 1975-1978. He left 2-13-17-23-24; Mega Money: 2-4-17-30 MB Okeechobee, FL 34972
to pursue other interests and came back to Okeechobee County in 1990 as 18; Florida Lotto: 7-16-24-39-49-53 X 5;
a laborer and dog-catcher. In 1994 he was promoted to Equipment Operator
I with the road department and has run a mower for the last eighteen years.
The presentation took place at the Thursday, Jan. 28 commission meeting.
Powerball: 4-17-35-50-57 PB12 x2. Num-
bers drawn Friday, Cash 3: 8-3-1; Play 4: 467-7100
6 Okeechobee News February 28, 2010
Lodge Breakfast date set Freedom Outreach Fishing CAP to host open house event PA Assoc. of School Retirees
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will The Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol is host- The Citrus Chap. of the PA. Assoc. of
host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Tournament today School Retirees (PASR) will meet March 9,
ing an open house on Tuesday, March 2,
The breakfast will be $6 for eggs, bacon, The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna- starting at 7:30 p.m. for former Sea Cadets, at 11 a.m. At Inn on the Lakes, Sebring. All
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy, ment series III will be held on Sunday Feb. former PA school staff members and their
JRROTC Cadets, their families and anyone
juice and coffee. The public is welcome. 28 with an $80 entry fee. Tournaments are guests are invited to attend the meeting. For
Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. interested in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Pro- information or reservations, please call Vicki
held at Scott Driver park from safe light until gram. The open house will be at our Squad-
2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate in at 863-385-6408 before March 3.
ron Headquarters in T-Hanger #1 at the
Miss Rodeo Queen Contest case of low water. Okeechobee County Airport. For directions VFW to hold public
deadline approaches or more information please call Joe Papasso
Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s As- Moose Lodge to host Beneﬁt at 863-824-0916 or 561-252-0916.
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will hold
sociation presents: Miss Rodeo Okeechobee fundraiser for Don Hadley a public consignment auction on Saturday,
Rodeo Queen Contest. The categories are:
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host
Hospice hosting Special Yard March 6, at 10 a.m. Submit a list of items
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (19-24), Miss to the VFW Post by March 4. Please include
Teen Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (13-18), a beneﬁt fundraiser for Don Hadley on Sun- Sale March 4 and March 5 name and phone number. No titled items,
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (10-12), day, Feb. 28. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE Fourth ﬁrearms or junk will be accepted. A 15%
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart (7-9), the Shadow Creek Band playing inside and commission will be charged on sales. Items
Deadline & Orientation is March 1, at 6 Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Donnie Martin playing outside. The fund- will not be accepted before 7 a.m. the day
p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Ofﬁce 452 Hwy. 98 Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5 of the sale.
raiser event will also feature a ﬁsh fry or
North. Contest is March 4, at 5:00 p.m. Cat- barbecue chicken or hog for $5 a plate or from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty Items This
tlemen’s Arena Hwy. 441 North. Concession Sale: Many NEW furniture items, appliances ELC meeting set for March 10
sample all three for $10. Kids plate (under
stand will be open. Please see contest rules and wedding dresses! We have NEW ITEMS
for age restrictions, all criteria and entry fees age 10) for just $2. There will also be an auc- Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
tion held with Auctioneer Keith of Port St. galore offered at extremely reasonable pric- er, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
& form. Available at: Eli’s Western Wear. For
questions or Electronic Copy Email or Call: Lucie. Merchandise donated by merchants es. Funds raised will beneﬁt patient care, in- – Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory
Okeechobeecattlewomen@ymail.com or of three counties. Bake sale and craft will cluding services at The Hamrick Home. For Council Meeting. Wednesday, March 10, at
information call 863-467-2321. noon at the American Red Cross, 323 N. Par-
863-801-5258 or 863-763-6575. also be available. rott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Barbara Perry Childs, 75
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also TALLAHASEE — Barbara Perry Childs, age 75,
request photos and links to online guest passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Talla-
books. A link to the obituaries is available at hassee.
www.newszap.com. She was born
on June 24,
1934, in Elkland,
Pa., to Willis J. and
Richard Lewis Fitzhugh, 60 Hazel (Lindsey)
OKEECHOBEE — Richard Lewis Fitzhugh, Perry.
passed away Friday, February 26, 2010, in his A long time resi-
home. He was 60. dent of Palm Beach Special to the Okeechobee News
He was born April 8, 1949 in Sacramento, Cal- County, Barbara
if., to Ralph and Mavis Fitzhugh. He was the moved to Okeecho- Environmental consultant at Kiwanis
manager for a self storage company. Mr. Fit- bee, in 1985, then to The Thursday, Feb. 18 Kiwanis Club meeting was held at the Okeechobee
zhugh came to Okeechobee from Sacramento Tallahassee in 2001. American Legion. L-R are Jim Vensel, President of the Kiwanis Club; Greg Ken-
in 1986. He was a member of the Moose Lodge She is survived by nedy, the speaker and Devin Maxwell who introduced his guest. Mr. Kennedy is
and an avid golfer. her sons, John an Environmental Consultant for the Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Fitzhugh is survived by his wife of 33 (wife-Donna) Carl- (DEP) which is located on Hwy. 98 N., in Okeechobee. DEP is state mandated
years, Johanna Fitzhugh of Okeechobee; two son, and Steve (wife- by the Federal Government to regulate all submerged lands such as storm wa-
sons, Brian (Denise) Fitzhugh of Sacramento, Stacey) Carlson of Panacea; and three grand- ter run-off and overseeing waste water management on farms which includes
Calif. and Jason (Elaine) Fitzhugh of Loxahatch- children, Jennifer, Perry, and Tyler. the dairy industry as well as working with the Okeechobee Utility Authority in
ee; six daughters, Janiene (Brian) Friend of Sac- regulating our drinking water. Human impact plays a huge role since fertilizing
ramento, Calif., Dawn (Travis) Usher of Ellen Jane McCartney Harrison yards, citrus groves, etc. can have a damaging effect on our water source.
Okeechobee, Shawntell (Keith) Ezard of Okee- LABELLE — Ellen Jane McCartney Harrison,
chobee, Tiffany (Jonathan) Fitzhugh of Okee- passed away February 12, 2010. EVERLASTING MEMORIALS
chobee, Kari Bowers of Okeechobee and Charla She was born in Logansport, Ind. and had
Conley of Stuart; 20 grandchildren; one great- lived in LaBelle for 32 years. She was a house- AND MONUMENTS, INC.
grandchild; two brothers, Kent Fitzhugh of Sac- wife. She was a member of the 9th Street Chris- Locally owned and operated by
Darin & Kathy MacNeill
ramento, Calif. and Billy Smith of Jensen Beach; tian Church and the Logansport Order of 24 years in the funeral service industry
and one sister, Cece Erickson of California. Eastern Star Lodge 058.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, She was preceded in death by her husband,
March 2, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Richard Jackson Harrison; and daughter, Penny
Home. Harrison Haynes.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving She is survived by her children, Jack (Rowena)
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Harrison of Okeechobee, Fred Harrison of La-
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February 28, 2010 Okeechobee News 7
Bankruptcy settlement results in windfall for the county
By Pete Gawda poration that will be using sugar from sugar sources, South Florida Water Management There have been two payments made on
Okeechobee News cane to produce diesel. District, Okeechobee County School Board, the 2009 taxes with one payment remaining.
In these hard times, many businesses Biomass owed property taxes on their ﬁre assessments and other applicable taxes. The total 2009 taxes total about $74,000.
buildings and equipment back to 2004. As Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
have gone bankrupt, adding to the dismal However, the county will receive a signiﬁ- www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
economic outlook. However, one recent part of the bankruptcy settlement all back cant portion of that amount. be reached at email@example.com.
bankruptcy settlement beneﬁtted the coun- taxes, ﬁnes and penalties had to be cleared
Biomass, a recently bankrupt company,
up before the buildings and equipment could
be sold to LS9. Okeechobee County Tax
City Council to consider street closings
had been leasing property from Larson Dairy Collector Celeste Watford announced that It looks like Tuesday night’s city council
to develop new methods of producing cattle the back taxes from 2004 to 2008 amount- meeting will be brief and routine. What: Okeechobee City Council
feed additives and alternate energy sources. The council is scheduled to hear an up-
ing to $1.6 million dollars have now been
date on their insurance program by Andy When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 2
Their facilities were taken over by LS9, a cor- paid. That total includes taxes owed from all
Cooper, Vice President of World Risk Man- Where: City Council Chambers,
agement and Ross Fury, Executive Director
C.R. 621 to experience ﬁve months of Public Risk Management.
There are two requests for temporary
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 Third
of periodic trafﬁc interruptions street closings from the Chamber of Com-
merce on the agenda. The Chamber wants
to close Second through Fifth avenues in
In addition, the council will discuss the
annual evaluations of the city administrator
S-68 ﬂood gate overhaul bridge for C.R. 621 as the road skirts the Flagler Park from 7 a.m. on Sept. 3 to 4:30 and the city attorney and consider renewal
eastern edge of Lake Istokpoga. p.m. on Sept. 6 for the Labor Day Festival. of the city administrator’s two-year employ-
project to run from March The District will take only one gate out The second temporary street closing request ment agreement.
through July of service at a time to continue providing involves Second through Fourth avenues in The mayor is scheduled to proclaim the
ﬂood protection with the other two gates. Flagler Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 for month of March to be American Red Cross
In order to access the gates, workers must the Christmas Parade. Month in the city.
Work planned for the S-68 water control be positioned on the C.R. 621 bridge peri-
structure, located on County Road 621 in odically for the next ﬁve months.
Highlands County, will result in intermit-
tent road closures beginning March 9 and
lasting through July 2010.
Trafﬁc interruptions are expected to
occur only a few days each month. A ﬂag
man will be present to allow trafﬁc to pass
AARP to sponsor drivers program
As part of its ongoing maintenance in one direction at a time. Each work day AARP will sponsor a Driver Safety break. The fee is $12 with AARP member-
program, the South Florida Water Manage- will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. program on Thursday, March 4, at the ship and $14 for non-members. Please
ment District (SFWMD) will be overhauling For more information about this proj- Okeechobee County Extension Ofﬁce, 458 bring check or money order as cash can-
the three ﬂood control gates on the S-68 ect, including speciﬁc road closure dates Hwy 98 North from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for not be accepted. Checks should be made
structure, which provides ﬂood protection or trafﬁc routing, please call the SFWMD one day only. Please bring a sandwich/ out to AARP. For more information, please
for residents within the Lake Istokpoga Okeechobee Service Center at 863-462- snack and a drink as we will have a lunch contact Nell Bostwick at 863-763-4134.
watershed. The structure also serves as a 5260.
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8 Okeechobee News February 28, 2010
FSB ‘I feel betrayed by the State of Florida’
unsure about how to handle the claims bill.
Mr. Hoag stated in an earlier interview that
he doesn’t know if an appeal has to be ﬁled
Continued From Page 1 Bryant Middleton, former Florida School for Boys client and then ruled on before they can act on the
and that really hurts. claims bill, or if Tuesday’s ruling will allow
“I’ve been trying to impress on our cli- mattress and told to bite into a pillow soiled
“The judge’s decision to dismiss is a ents that this is not the end—we’re still go- with blood, vomit and the tears of hundreds them to ignore the appeal and go to straight
good example of when case law trumps ac- ing to proceed with the claims bill,” said Mr. of other boys between the ages of 8 and 16. to SB-48. Mr. Hoag said the claims bill is “a
tual justice and the victims get disregarded,” Hoag. Men would then beat the boys with a measure of last resort.”
he added. That claims bill was ﬁled by State Senator thick leather strap—often to the point that Although he didn’t say so speciﬁcally, Mr.
Defendants in the case include the state’s Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on July 31, 2009. the boys’ clothes would become embedded Middleton sounded as if he holds little hope
Department of Agriculture, Department of Senate Bill 48 (SB-48) simply states that the in their buttocks. in any action being taken on the claims bill.
Children and Family Services, Department of men who were victims of abuse, torture One of the men accused of administering “I’ve written to every single state senator
Juvenile Justice and the Department of Cor- and sodomy should be compensated by the these beatings was Tidwell. and asked them their position on this claims
rections. Also named as defendants were state. In Okeechobee, white boys were taken to bill. I did not get any replies—not a single
Troy Tidwell and Robert E. Curry, two men First, however, a decision will have to a room dubbed the “library’ and black boys one,” he said. “The issue with the claims bill
who are accused of beating and molesting be made about a possible appeal of Judge were taken to the “adjustment room.” is we can’t get anyone in Tallahassee to tell
boys at the Marianna school. Shelfer’s ruling. If the plaintiffs decide to ap- In some cases boys were literally beaten us if we can ﬁle it. They’ve got us over a bar-
The suit against Tidwell was dismissed peal, they must do so within 30 days from to death.
rel, and it’s an issue that weighs heavily on
because of the statute of limitations. the time the judge’s order is entered. Both Mr. Hoag and Mr. Middleton are
“Tidwell got away,” said Mr. Middleton. Mr. Middleton, 65, said he and three other me.”
“I’m truly upset that he’s not going to have men who are named as plaintiffs in the suit
to face some type of justice for what he did. must now decide what to do—whether to
But, there will come a point in time when
he will face justice—it just may not be here
appeal or go straight to the claims bill.
“It’s difﬁcult for four of us to make a deci-
sion for pretty close to 500 guys,” said Mr.
Car crash claims man’s life
Mr. Hoag said he really wasn’t surprised Middleton. “I know there are some guys By Eric Kopp Corporal Brian Hagan states that the acci-
by the judge’s ruling. who are really shattered (by the Feb. 23 rul- Okeechobee News dent occurred at 1:34 p.m. at the intersec-
“We knew it was an uphill battle with ing).” A 91-year-old Okeechobee man has tion of N.W. 115th Drive and U.S. 441 N.
some of the legal issues,” he said. The other three plaintiffs are William died as a result of injuries he received in a According to Cpl. Hagan’s report Jo-
At the core of the dismissal was a case Horne, Roger Kiser and Jimmy Jackson. two-car accident on U.S. 441 N. Thursday, seph Paul Osteen, 22, N.W. 144th Drive,
known as Bradsheers vs. Florida Depart- All four men were among the many boys Feb. 25. Okeechobee, was southbound on U.S. 441
ment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. who became known as The White House According to Detective Ted Van Deman, N. when Mr. Nichols apparently turned into
In that case, the appeals court ruled that the Boys. The White House was a small, foul of the Okeechobee County Sheriff ’s Ofﬁce Mr. Osteen’s path of travel at the highway’s
state was protected from paying monetary smelling, white concrete building on the (OCSO), Kermit Davidson Nichols, N.E. intersection with N.W. 115th Drive.
damages due to the sovereign immunity Marianna campus where boys were taken Third Drive, died at Lawnwood Regional Mr. Nichols, added the report, was
doctrine. That doctrine simply means that to be beaten. Medical Center in Fort Pierce. northbound on the same highway.
the state cannot be sued in its own court Once inside, the boys were made to lay An accident report by OCSO Deputy The accident report does not indicate if
without its permission. on an iron cot that was covered with a thin Mr. Osteen was injured.
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February 28, 2010 Okeechobee News 9
‘High tunnels’ extend growing season
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s know that these ﬁxtures can help producers farms, limited-resource farmers and organic
Natural Resources Conservation Service extend their growing season and hopefully producers. There may also be advantages to
(NRCS) has announced a new pilot project add to their bottom line,” said USDA Deputy Florida’s natural resources with high tunnel
under the ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. production.
Food’ initiative for farmers to establish high A high tunnel is a greenhouse-like struc- Qualiﬁed participants can receive funding
tunnels -- also known as hoop houses -- to ture made of ribs of plastic or metal pipe for one high tunnel that can cover as much
increase the availability of locally grown pro- covered with a layer of plastic sheeting, at as 5 percent of one acre; or approximately
duce in a conservation-friendly way. NRCS least six feet in height, which modiﬁes the a 30 by 72 foot structure. Farmers who
will provide ﬁnancial assistance to quali- climate inside to create more favorable would like to sign-up for the high tunnel pi-
ﬁed producers for the project through the growing conditions for vegetables and other lot should call or visit their local NRCS ofﬁce
Environmental Quality Incentives Program specialty crops grown in the natural soil be- before the March 12, 2010, application dead-
(EQIP) and the EQIP Organic Initiative. neath it. line. The Okeechobee USDA Service Center
“This pilot project is going to give us High tunnels are easy to build, maintain is located at 452 Hwy 98 N, Okeechobee or
real-world information that farmers all over and move and may be used year-round in call 863-763-3619 ext. 502. Visit on-line at
the country can use to decide if they want Florida, providing steady incomes to farmers http://ofﬁces.usda.gov.General program in-
to add high tunnels to their operations. We - a signiﬁcant advantage to owners of small formation is available on the NRCS Florida
website at www.ﬂ.nrcs.usda.gov. We pledge to operate our
Okeechobee Livestock Market Report newspaper as a public
February 22-23, 2010 Med #1 Steers Hfrs Small #1
Cows 170-200 180-190 250-300 125-130 108-110 trust.
Breaking $52.00 $58.00 200-250 145-160 155-165 300-350 113-120 90-105
Cutter $48.00 $58.00 250-300 130-150 122-155 350-400 104-119
Canner $40.00 $43.00 300-350 126-139 114-125 Cow prices came back to We believe journalists are
Bulls 350-400 117-132 110-117 earth this week after what was
probably the highest cow prices nothing more than
1000-1500 $56.00 $68.00 400-450 115-125 101-107
1500-2000 $63.00 $74.00 450-500 110-119 99-108
we’ll see in a while! Good cows Sales: guardians of every citi-
still pushing $60. Calf prices
550-600 104-113 95-108 are still good. Demand is good, Monday at 12 p.m. zen’s right to a free press.
Monday Tuesday 600-650 99-109 89-104 not many of them around. M.
Calves 372 1168 Williams topped the market Tuesday at 11 a.m. We have no authority to
Cows 254 542 Med #2 Steers Hfrs with a high of $2, bought by
Curt Wilson. Andy and Amber compromise, bargain
Str 16 73 200-250 120-132 90-120
Murphy topped the cow market Okeechobee
Hfrs 7 107 250-300 110-137 95-117 away or dishonor the prin-
Bulls 31 25 300-350 110-127 95-110 with a high of $64, bought by
Central Bred Heifers For Sale.
Yrlngs 26 67 350-400 100-122 85-100 ciples underlying the First
Mix 16 7 400-450 99-117 90-95
Call the ofﬁce at 863-763-3127. U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee
Don’t forget, we do preg check
Total 722 1989 cows on Mondays. Todd
Florida beef cattle OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC We don’t play loose with
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We encourage vigorous
TALLAHASSEE — Florida cattle produc- Will hold its monthly meeting to discuss and work on issues relating to discussion of public issues,
ers have a new marketing tool to help them tobacco prevention and education in the community but try to keep every-
increase exports of Florida bulls, heifers,
brood cows and genetics as seedstock to Wednesday, March 31, April 28, May 26, body’s comments within
other countries seeking to improve and ex- June 23, 2010
pand their beef herds. the bounds of fair play.
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Special to the Okeechobee News/NEHS
New Endeavor recently celebrated those students who excelled in academ-
ics or behavior for the months of January and December. Pictured: Tava-
res Whitehead, Jerome Johnson, Ethan McWhorter, Travis Butts, Johnathan
Wigle, Ana Hernadez, Kaya Henry, Dalton Bradley, Thomas Coberly, Jakaris
Morris, Briana Kemp, Gabby Mendez. Not Pictured: Jessica Camp, Tyler
Bleakley, Cody Souder. Congratulations! Keep up the good work!
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rlando Sentinel. Jessie Carr, a
majorette with the University
of Central Florida Marching
Knights, performed at the Tropicana
Bowl in St. Petersburg on December 19,
2009. This was her last game perform-
ing as a majorette. She has performed
as a majorette for the Knights for the
last four years. As a freshman, she won
rookie of the year, which was the ﬁrst
time a majorette won. She was chosen
Special to the Okeechobee News/YMS by her peers consisting of 365 members.
Jessie had the honor of partici-
Students of the Week pating in the opening of the new
Yearling Middle School students selected for this week’s students of the Brighthouse Stadium built at UCF
week included: from left to right, Conner Hall, Matthew Coleman, Adrianna in 2007. She was also able to attend
Donis-Florian, Ana Alonso, Ardano Ramos, and Elio Campos. Not pictured; two bowl games in her four years.
Ryan Folsom and also pictured; Mr. Tedders, Mrs. Markham, and Mr. Brewer. Jessie started twirling at six years
old and competing at seven. She
won numerous district, regional, and
state titles, winning her ﬁrst National
Competition at eleven years old in
Dayton, Ohio. She plans to stay in
twirling by teaching private lessons.
Jessie is majoring in educa-
tion and plans to teach ﬁrst grade.
She has a 3.298 GPA and earned
a place on the President’s Honor
Roll with a 4.0 in the fall of 2009. She would like to thank family and friends
She was born in Okeechobee of a fourth for their support through the years. A spe-
generation Okeechobee family. She gradu- cial thank you to her uncle, John Williams,
ated from Okeechobee High School in for unfailing moral and ﬁnancial support.
2006 and was feature twirler four years. Congratulations, Jessie, on a job well done.
Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
OMS Students of the Week
Students of the Week for Feb. 15-19 at Osceola Middle School are pictured,
after they dined on pizza supplied by Domino’s Pizza. Thanks to Domino’s
for helping us honor our outstanding students and their accomplishments!
Front row, left to right: Reagan Smith, Daniel Alvarez, Jacqueline Phares.
In the back row, left to right are: Colton Rusinko, Hannah Whiting, Shelby
Pearce, Emilse Serrano.
Special to the Okeechobee News/SES
Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week for Feb. 26. They are: Chelsea
Hastings, Zachary Patterson, Katlin McDeavitt, Luz Hernandez, Itzel Perera
Lombera, Cristian Trejo, Chase Beal, Jortravious Marshall, Stormy Requena,
Danielle Geary, Daniel Parker, Victoria Hamby, Grace Luna, Jeny Hernandez,
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Cracker Trail Ride travels
through Okeechobee County
By Charles M. Murphy visit Cracker Trail Elementary in Sebring ev-
Okeechobee News ery year. The purpose of the ride is to draw
About 100 riders took part in the 22nd attention to Florida’s horse and cattle heri-
annual Cracker Trail ride across Florida tage. The Florida Cracker Trail Association is
this year. The group arrived in Okeechobee dedicated to ‘keeping history alive’ through
Thursday. They crossed the Kissimmee River education and demonstration about the old
at Basinger in the late afternoon and spent Florida pioneer ways of agriculture, animal
the night at the Bass Ranch on route 700A. husbandry, and respect for the land. The ride
They crossed the county on Friday with a better educates those who take part about
special escort by the Okeechobee Sheriff ’s the importance of the State of Florida in the
Citizen Observer Patrol and spent the night introduction of horses and cattle by Spanish
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy at the Adams Ranch west of Fort Pierce. Explorers into the New World.
The annual Florida Cracker Trail ride is held during the last week in February The group then took part in the annual
each year. The group traveled through Okeechobee County on Thursday. Cracker Day Parade in Fort Pierce.
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Former ‘Anglers’ leader honored at celebration
Big O Teen Anglers celebrated their ﬁve year
anniversary this year at the annual banquet
Jan. 29. Over 100 people were in attendance
for this event which included a memorial slide
show honoring corporation Vice President Bill
Kyle Monti, the 2009 president, gave the
opening prayer and presented the awards.
Ryan Edwards was 2009 angler of the year
for the 11-14 year olds, with a total weight of
103.03 lbs. This is Ryan’s third year as angler
of the year.
Garrett Farmer was 2009 angler of the year
for the 15-18 year olds, with a total weight of Special to the Okeechobee News
119.50 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News
Garrett Farmer was 2009 Angler of the Kenny Farmer, 2009 Boat Captain of Special to the Okeechobee News
Six anglers had perfect attendance: Logan Year for the 15-18 year olds.
Bohannon, Garrett Farmer, April Floyd, Robby the year. Jack Fulce, was the guest of honor.
Hays, Luke Joles and Matthew Robbins. Marsha and Tony and Advanced Engraving
Kenny Farmer was 2009 boat captain of and Stitchin’ Post provided the trophies.
the year with a total weight of 99.18 lbs. This
Janice Floyd and Rut N’ Strut N’ Taxidermy
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donated a free ﬁsh mount to each angler of the
Jack Fulce was the guest of honor and re- year for a future catch of a lifetime.
Doug and Sandy Vest and Pogey’s Restau-
ceived an award of appreciation for his $10,000
donation to the junior bass club. Mr. Fulce pre- rant catered another great dinner for the ban-
sented Charlie Hays, the corporation president quet.
of the Big “O” Teen Anglers, Inc., with the gen- Big O Teen Anglers would like to thank the
erous donation at the B.A.S.S. weigh-in recent- boat captains: Kenny Farmer, Mike Zubricky,
ly held at Scott Driver’s. He has also pledged to Ken Hall, Leroy Bauer, David Straight, Ernie
become a boat captain for the anglers. Johnson, Kevin Folsom, Skip Jeslowski, Da-
Thomas and Elaine Jackamore were also vid Pearce, Mike Jones, Matt Johnson, Mike
honored guests at the banquet. Their dona- Ingram, Brian Hays, Carl Lewis, John Supley, With deep community roots, and friendly
tions of rods, reels, miscellaneous tackle and Richard Stislitz, Bob Stafford, Justin Schewier,
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to the anglers. Mike Frost, Tim Arnold, Roy O’Dell and Bill
Margaret Helton and Garrard’s Bait & Tack- Sietz. expect from a local bank.
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reels for the anglers of the year as well as eight Family Restaurant, Porter’s Cleaners, Advanced
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Boys tennis rips Fort Pierce Central
By Charles M. Murphy keep working on it.”
Okeechobee News As impressive as Fowler was Jonathan
Okeechobee High School boys tennis Hudoff was even more impressive in the
won their ﬁrst match of the year in style number two seed match. He won the ﬁrst
Thursday, 7-0, over Fort Pierce Central. set in 14 minutes against Dominic Smith,
who appeared content to just get the ball
If you’re looking to
Okeechobee had few problems as all of
their singles players won in impressive fash-
ion against an outmatched Cobra team.
over the net.
“We both worked hard,” Hudoff said, “I
save money -- and
Zach Fowler paced the Brahmans with a
6-0, 6-1 victory over Kraig Glenton. Fowler
just had a better day than he did.”
Hudoff, a doubles specialist, said he en-
who isn’t these days?
joys playing singles matches this year be-
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on his serve. cause he gets all of the glory. He said he -- subscribing to the
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to learn. I’m good at playing defense, now Thursday’s match. Okeechobee News
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“Jensen put themselves in position to around the tag of catcher Erin Brickson. Ka-
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score several times but we played good tarina Suarez followed with an RBI ground
enough defense to keep them out of it,” she out as Blevins waited for the third basemen
said. to throw to ﬁrst, broke for the plate, and
Okeechobee didn’t have a great night at scored easily. (Some Restrictions Apply)
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anna Parker. A double play took them out of
a rally in the ﬁrst inning, and a dispute over
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base in every inning but the ﬁfth. “We got our heads together and got some
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on the scoreboard,” Hargraves said, “We glad we beat Jensen,” Harrell said. Share your news in print and online
had multiple opportunities to score but we The Brahman JV lost a very competitive
couldn’t come through.” game, 5-4. Before the JV game the annual
On defense Harrell retired the ﬁrst six bat- ball drop fund raiser was held. Dana Os-
ters, and didn’t walk a batter until the fourth ceola won the closest to the base and won
inning. She was helped out in the second $1,500. Amanda Smith was second closest
when Victoria Blevins made an excellent and earned $600. Shannon Gagliardi was
diving catch in the second inning.
“That was a big league diving catch,” Har-
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graves said, “I think that was a momentum from the base.
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each ball came to the base.
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Auctions Auctions Auctions Auctions Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2009CP235
For more listings, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
IN RE: ESTATE OF
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010 AT 9:00 A.M.
go to AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EX- CLINTON G. MAY, JR.
TENSION OFFICE, SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., Deceased.
www.newszap.com OKEECHOBEE, FL. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED
UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
Thursday • March 18th • 4 p.m.
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD The administration of the estate of
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY CLINTON G. MAY, JR., deceased,
FLORIDA NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, whose date of death was June 19,
CASE NO. 2009 CA 796 WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE AP- 2009, is pending in the Circuit Court
DIVISION: Civil Division
4 Oak Tree Place Condo’s
PEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA bate Division, the address of which is
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC., ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeecho-
A Florida Corporation WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. bee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal represen-
v. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER- tative and the personal representa-
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO tive’s attorney are set forth below.
DANIELLE BERNARD PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S All creditors of the decedent and
1 Ancient Oaks RV Park Unit
Defendants OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO other persons having claims or de-
THE DATE OF THE MEETING. mands against decedent’s estate on
NOTICE OF ACTION NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT- whom a copy of this notice is re-
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE IC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. quired to be served must ﬁle their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
TO: DANIELLE BERNARD WILLARD M. BYARS LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
Auction Location: Oak Tree Place, 2355 SW 28th Street 1299 E. 93RD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
Okeechobee, Florida YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
347142 ON 2/28/10
gage involving real estate located in and other persons having claims or
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le- demands against decedent’s estate
gally described as follows: must ﬁle their claims with this court
PUBLIC NOTICE WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the S1/2 DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Section 25 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet OF THIS NOTICE.
all in Township 34 South, Range in regular session on Tuesday March 9, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeecho- ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
33 East, Okeechobee County, bee Utility Authority Ofﬁces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
Florida, according to the Plat SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to ap- PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
peal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he
To be sold Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
Strap Number(s): cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
OAK TREE 1-25-34-33-0A00-00021-P000 person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
PLACE has been ﬁled against you and your
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
The date of ﬁrst publication of this
are required to serve a copy of your notice is February 21, 2010.
written defenses, if any, to it on UTILITY AUTHORITY
OAK TREE PLACE L ANCIENT OAKS
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At- John F. Hayford, P.E.
Shirley D. May
4 Units: O RV RESORT
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
347393 ON 2/28/10
6430 SE 52nd Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
• 70A - 1 Bedroom - leased $595 (8/01/10) C RV Unit #111,Lot 7, Block 19
days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the
original with the Clerk of this Court IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
Thomas H. Thurlow III
Florida Bar No. 0127043
either before service on the Plaintiffs
• 70C - 2 Bedroom - townhouse - vacant A • 1 Bedroom Mobile Home attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
Thurlow, Thurlow & Giachino, P.A.
17 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 106
• 70H - 1 Bedroom - leased $595 (9/01/10) T • Screened Florida Room against you for the relief demanded
CASE NO. 2009 CA 796 CASE NO. 2009 CA 797 Stuart, Florida 34995-0106
in the Complaint. DIVISION: Civil Division DIVISION: Civil Division Telephone: (772) 287-0980
• 40G - 1 Bedroom - leased $595 (2/01/11) • Double Carport WITNESS my hand and seal of this 346637 ON 2/21,28/10
I Court on 2/23/2010. LIVE OAK TRUST, INC., LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
All units recently updated to new O • Leased $550 monthly until 8/01/10 SHARON ROBERTSON
A Florida Corporation
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
Clerk of the Court v. v. 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
2355 SW 28th Street N 6657 SE 51st Lane By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
MOODY, JONES, INGINO Defendants Defendants CASE NO. 2009 CA 795
All units have recently refurbished to “like new” An active 55+ community & MOREHEAD, P.A.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
DIVISION: Civil Division
NOTICE OF ACTION NOTICE OF ACTION
New appliances, plumbing, ﬂooring and kitchens Membership in Condominium Association req’d 1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Central AC/heat - $100 monthly association fee (954) 473-6605 TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA TO: DANIELLE BERNARD Plaintiff
KENNETH M. JONES 1299 E. 93RD STREET 1299 E. 93RD STREET v.
CBS 1st ﬂoor, stucco on frame 2nd ﬂoor Many recreational facilities - Country Store, rec Florida Bar No. 142618 BROOKLYN, NY 11236 BROOKLYN, NY 11236 SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
347425 ON 2/28;3/7/10 DANIELLE BERNARD
New roofs building, heated swimming pool & spa, laundry YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a Defendants
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort- Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
Vacant unit ready to lease or move in facilities, shufﬂeboard courts, horseshoe pits, This is personal. gage involving real estate located in gage involving real estate located in NOTICE OF ACTION
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le- Okeechobee County, Florida, and le- CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
Leased units - earn good income and boat basin w/ boat docks gally described as follows: gally described as follows:
TO: DANIELLE BERNARD
Centrally located Lake Okeechobee access by boat The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the S1/2 The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2 of 1299 E. 93RD STREET
the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26
HOA membership req'd - $145 monthly Gated entrance of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Section 25
all in Township 34 South, Range all in Township 34 South, Range
BROOKLYN, NY 11236
plus annual insurance billing 33 East, Okeechobee County, 33 East, Okeechobee County, YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a
Florida, according to the Plat Florida, according to the Plat Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
TERMS: NO MINIMUM! • All units sell without reserve! •10% buyer's premium • Cash to bid thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
gage involving real estate located in
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
Seller Financing Available! Okeechobee County Public Okeechobee County Public gally described as follows:
Conducted by: Records. Records.
OWNER: John Ames Strap Number(s) Strap Number(s): The W1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2
Karlin Daniel & Associates, Inc. 1-25-34-33-0A00-00021-P000 1-26-34-33-0A00-0032-A000 of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Section 25
subject to an easement of the
Lic R.E. Broker • AB878AU1207 has been ﬁled against you and your has been ﬁled against you and your North 30 feet thereof for road and
are required to serve a copy of your are required to serve a copy of your drainage purposes all in Township
written defenses, if any, to it on
Call for More Information written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody, KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, according
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At- to the Plat thereof, recorded in
Photo: Andrew Macpherson
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
800-329-0036 Ext 103 torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201, 1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201, of the Okeechobee County Public
www.karlindaniel.com Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30 Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30 Records.
days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the Strap Number(s):
original with the Clerk of this Court original with the Clerk of this Court 1-25-34-33-0A00-0007-J000
either before service on the Plaintiffs either before service on the Plaintiffs
My mother died of attorney or immediately thereafter;
Campers/RVs attorney or immediately thereafter; has been ﬁled against you and your
Reading a newspaper makes colon cancer when
she was only 56.
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
2005 National RV
TROPICAL LX - 37 ft.
you a more informed and Terrence Howard, actor/musician WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
For more listings,
3 slides, die-
sel,14,800 miles, like
interesting person. SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the
original with the Clerk of this Court
new,no pets or By: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk either before service on the Plaintiffs
www.newszap.com No wonder newspaper As Deputy Clerk MOODY, JONES, INGINO attorney or immediately thereafter;
smokers $84,500.00 Colorectal cancer is the
MOODY, JONES, INGINO & MOREHEAD, P.A. otherwise, a default will be entered
(863)6343183-3183 2nd leading cancer killer & MOREHEAD, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff against you for the relief demanded
Boats readers are more successful! in the U.S., but it’s Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation Florida 33324
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Plantation, FL 33324 (954) 473-6605 Court on 2/23/2010.
Earn some extra cash. If you’re 50 or older, (954) 473-6605 KENNETH M. JONES
For Sale: 18.6 2000 Tri- Sell your used items please get screened. KENNETH M. JONES Florida Bar No. 142618
347409 ON 2/28;3/7/10
Florida Bar No. 142618 Clerk of the Court
ton Bass Boat & Trailer, in the classifieds 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) 347428 ON 2/28;3/7/10
150 Johnson OB SS www.cdc.gov/screenforlife By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Prop. Very low hours. Your new home could be MOODY, JONES, INGINO
ph#863-763-2712 in today’s paper. Have & MOREHEAD, P.A.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
cell#860-617-4164. you looked for it?
Buying a car? Look in Love the earth Recycle 1333 S. University y Drive, Suite 201
It’s never too late to find Looking for a place to the classifieds. Selling your used items by Plantation FL 33124
Join all the people who The classifieds are the the perfect gift. Look hang your hat? Look a car? Look in the selling them in the KENNETH M. JONES
say, “I sold it in the most successful sales- for it in the classifieds. no further than the classifieds. classifieds. Florida Bar No. 142618
347258 ON 2/28;3/7/10
classifieds.” person in town. classifieds.
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A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
Board on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter Board on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee- as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee- as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Cham- as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Cham-
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo- chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo- bers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City bers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City
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Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 10-001-R, submitted by the Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 10-002-SE, submitted Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 10-002-SE, submitted
Map Amendment Application No. 10-002-SSA, submitted by the property property owners, D & A Properties, Inc., Anita Nunez, President. For the by property owner, Triple E. Management Inc., Emilio Perez, President, to by property owner, Triple E. Management Inc., Emilio Perez, President, to
owner, D & A Properties, Inc., Anita Nunez, President. For the purpose of purpose of changing the Zoning District, on approximately 0.84 acres, from allow mechanical and repair services and an outdoor vehicle sales lot within allow mechanical and repair services and an outdoor vehicle sales lot within
changing the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Com- Residential Single Family-One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for prop- a CHV Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-283(7)(18). Property is lo- a CHV Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-283(7)(18). Property is lo-
mercial (C) for property located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5 erty located at 310 NE 7th Street. Legal: Lots 1 to 5 of Block 147, City of cated at 601 S. Parrott Ave. Legal: Lots 4 to 6 of Block 229, First Addition cated at 601 S. Parrott Ave. Legal: Lots 4 to 6 of Block 229, First Addition
of Block 147, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okee- to City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Records to City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Records
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. chobee County, Florida. of Okeechobee County, Florida. of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board’s role will be to make a recommendation for approval or The Planning Board’s role will be to make a recommendation for approval or The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
denial, to the City Council, ﬁnal adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tues- denial, to the City Council, ﬁnal adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tues- (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep- (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
day, April 6, 2010. day, April 20, 2010. tions. tions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re- appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re-
considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en- spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to en-
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi- of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi- sure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes sure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart- Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe- with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe- ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
cial accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the cial accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
General Services Ofﬁce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. General Services Ofﬁce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. should contact the General Services Ofﬁce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. should contact the General Services Ofﬁce at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 10-002-SSA Petition No. 10-001-R Petition No. 10-002-SE Petition No. 10-002-SE
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
IN THE FAMILY COURT CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION DIVISION: Civil Division
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, 2010-DR-01
FLORIDA ACROSS 4 Coral formation 33 Era that began 46 Strip yip File No. 2009-CP-126
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
CASE NO. 2009 CA 795 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 1 Iraqi seaport 5 Gulches with a blast? 49 Scoots along, as A Florida Corporation
DIVISION: Civil Division IN RE: ESTATE OF:
COUNTY OF ABBEVILLE KENNETH W. SCHWERTEGER Plaintiff
6 Detriment 6 Warm place to 37 Montana a cloud v.
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC., Deceased
SUMMONS 10 Dessert chain chill resource site 50 “Thin Ice” star, SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
A Florida Corporation DANIELLE BERNARD
Plaintiff with Waffle Cone 7 Subject matter 38 Press initials 1937 NOTICE TO CREDITORS
South Carolina Department of Defendants
v. Social Services, Wednesday 8 Ottawa-based 39 Fused 51 Autumn blossom
SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND The administration of the estate
Plaintiff, of KENNETH W. SCHWERTFEGER, NOTICE OF ACTION
DANIELLE BERNARD 14 Pigment of iron law gp. 41 Casino delicacy? 53 Make changes to CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
vs. deceased, whose date of death was
Defendants Tusha Jacobs oxide 9 Derivative ’80s 42 Either of two 54 Ricci of fashion October 9, 2008, and whose Social
Alan C. Foley 15 Tolkien brutes game in which notable jumpers 55 Zilch security number is 561-84-0561, is TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA
NOTICE OF ACTION Defendants 1299 E. 93RD STREET
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE the Circuit Court for Okeechobee,
16 Anorak feature one ghost’s 44 Long-winded 56 She played Emma Florida, Probate Division, File No.: BROOKLYN, NY 11236
In the interests of: 17 See-through name was 45 Book that tells in “The Avengers” 2009-CP-126; the address of is Pro-
TO: SAUL A. GUSTAMA Lovie Jacobs DOB: 11/21/96 YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a
1299 E. 93RD STREET 18 Office sub changed from the story of 57 Good thing to bate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Elaine Jacobs DOB: 01/07/98 Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
BROOKLYN, NY 11236 Minors under the age of 18. 19 Lodge group Clyde to Sue Samson beat gage involving real estate located in
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal rep- Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
YOU ARE HEREBY notiﬁed that a TO: ALAN C. FOLEY, DEFENDANT
20 Soothe 10 Old Boston resentative’s attorney are set forth gally described as follows:
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Geronimo’s nickname ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: below.
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2 of
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and people? 11 “Kubla Khan” All creditors of the decedent and
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le- required to answer the complaint for the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26 all
gally described as follows: other persons having claims or de-
termination of your parental rights in 23 Infield bounce poet mands against decedent’s estate, in- in Township 34 South, Range 33
and to the minor child(ren) in this cluding unmatured, contingent or East, Okeechobee County, Florida,
The W1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2 action, the original of which has been
24 “___ first!” 12 With 22-Down, according to the Plat thereof, re-
of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Section 25 unliquidated claims, on whom a copy
ﬁled in the Ofﬁce of the Clerk of 25 Wedding setting Asian cabbage of this notice is served must ﬁle their corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-
subject to an easement of the Court for Abbeville County, a copy of D, inclusive of the Okeechobee
North 30 feet thereof for road and 28 Sherman tank, 13 Abbr. on a golf claims with this court WITHIN THE
which will be delivered to you upon LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE County Public Records.
drainage purposes all in Township request; and to serve a copy of your for one? tee sign Strap Number(s):
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee- DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
answer to the complaint upon the OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER 1-26-34-33-0A00-0032-A000
chobee County, Florida, according 31 Bygone rulers 21 CD-__
undersigned attorney for the plaintiff THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
to the Plat thereof, recorded in at 105 W. Pinckney St. Abbeville, SC 34 Strong wagon 22 See 12-Down has been ﬁled against you and your
Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
29620 within thirty (30) days follow- 35 Crow cousin 26 Bow in pictures All other creditors of the decedent are required to serve a copy of your
of the Okeechobee County Public ing the date of service upon you, ex- written defenses, if any, to it on
Records. 36 DOJ employee 27 Cut down and other persons who have claims
clusive of the day of such service; or demands against the decedent’s KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody,
Strap Number(s): and if you fail to answer the com- 37 Spice often 28 Turn on the Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At-
1-25-34-33-0A00-00007-J000 estate, including unmatured, contin-
plaint within the time stated, the gent or unliquidated claims, must ﬁle torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
plaintiff will proceed to seek to termi- added to curries waterworks their claims with this Court WITHIN 1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
has been ﬁled against you and your nate your parental rights to the 39 Fiend 29 Campaign Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
are required to serve a copy of your THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE
above-captioned child DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the
written defenses, if any, to it on 40 English site of a creators OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT original with the Clerk of this Court
KENNETH M. JONES, of Moody, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you royal flush? 30 Half of sex- either before service on the Plaintiff’s
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., At- FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
have the right to request the ap- SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF attorney or immediately thereafter;
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is pointment of an attorney to repre-
41 Hold one’s own 31 Easily otherwise, a default will be entered
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201, THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL
sent you, should you be unable to 42 Massage scratched BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITH- against you for the relief demanded
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30 afford an attorney. If you are ﬁnan- in the Complaint.
days of ﬁrst publication, and ﬁle the 43 “If Tarzan’s minerals STANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET
cially unable to afford legal counsel, FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED WITNESS my hand and seal of this
original with the Clerk of this Court then you should apply to the Clerk of bothering you, 32 Condescend firstname.lastname@example.org 05/15/09 Court on 2/23/2010.
either before service on the Plaintiff’s TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
Court for the appointment of counsel speak up!”? THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH
attorney or immediately thereafter; to represent you, upon proper show- SHARON ROBERTSON
otherwise, a default will be entered IS BARRED.
ing of indigency. YOU MUST APPLY 47 Skillful pass The date of ﬁrst publication of this Clerk of the Court
against you for the relief demanded FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF AN AT-
in the Complaint. 48 Ocean State sch. Notice is 2/21/2010.
TORNEY NO LATER THAN THIRTY By: Arlene Nealis
WITNESS my hand and seal of this DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE THESE 49 Doo-wop syllable As Deputy Clerk
Court on Feb. 23, 2010. Kate Ellen Anthony
PLEADINGS. IF YOU DO NOT AP- 52 Speak highly of Personal Representative MOODY, JONES, INGINO
PLY FOR AN ATTORNEY WITHIN 8622 150th Court North & MOREHEAD, P.A.
SHARON ROBERTSON THIS THIRTY DAY PERIOD, AN AT- enclosures? Attorneys for Plaintiff
Clerk of the Court Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
TORNEY WILL NOT BE APPOINTED 56 River through WILLIAM J. WALLACE, P.A. 1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
FOR YOU. Attorney for Personal Representative Plantation FL 33324
By: Arlene Nealis Name: R. Eugene Pruitt, Jr. Kazakhstan 115 NW 11th Avenue (954) 473-6605
As Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff 58 Hippie’s “Yeah, KENNETH M. JONES
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
105 W. Pinckney St. Telephone: 863-467-4671 Florida Bar No. 142618
MOODY, JONES, INGINO Abbeville, SC 29620
man!” Florida Bar No.: 778125 347421 ON 2/28;3/7/10
& MOREHEAD, P.A. 864-366-8900 59 Brag
Attorneys for Plaintiff 346865 ON 2/21,28/10
Fax: 864-366-8902 60 Star followers
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201 S.C. Bar No. 4590
Plantation FL 33324
KENNETH M. JONES
Florida Bar No. 142618
Abbeville, South Carolina
February 23, 2010
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20 Okeechobee News February 28, 2010
Training exercise stresses safety 1111 S. Parrott Ave,
2 Senior Dinners
from senior menu
By Eric Kopp
that demand. After several minutes Smith said
he was done talking and that he was going to Okeechobee Includes Soup or Salad Ice
“take out” his hostage. Once negotiations had Cream or Pudding
After the smoke had cleared and the yelling
had ceased the female hostage was found to be
broken down, it was time for the SRT to take Anytime
over. As they neared the house SRT members 7 Days a Week
in good condition, the bad guy was taken into threw canisters at the home that exploded and
custody and then everyone went to lunch. then emitted a dense green smoke that gave FRIDAY & SATURDAY
That was the scene Friday morning, Feb. 26, Weekday Breakfast Specials
as different units from the Okeechobee County
the deputies cover. 4PM - 11PM
Those deputies then broke down the front 1. Touchdown Breakfast 4
Sheriff ’s Ofﬁce (OCSO) and the Okeechobee All You Can Eat $ 99
City Police Department (OCPD) took part in a
door, stormed inside the home, took down
Smith and rescued the female hostage—OCSO
Detective Susan Morrison. Everyone then gath-
2 Eggs, 2 bacon, 2 links, 2 pancakes
2. French Toast Combo 4
$ 89 Fish or Shrimp 9
The scenario of the exercise was that an 2 eggs, 2 links, 2 bacon Served with Fries and Cole Slaw
ered inside the home to talk about the exercise
OCPD ofﬁcer had gone to the house at 2103 and things that could be improved upon to en- 3. Diced Ham Scramble 489
$ Shrimp Fest
S.W. Second Ave. to do a welfare check. As the sure that the hostage was safely rescued and Choice of Potato, grits or pancake Land ‘N Sea 9
ofﬁcer went to the house he was shot by an the deputies could go home to their families. 4. Breakfast Croissant 4
$ 89 Shrimp Scampi 7
unknown assailant in the home. The ofﬁcer with Potato Shrimp Ceasar Salad 7
escaped and notiﬁed his department of what 5. Strawberry Pancakes 489
$ Sweet ‘N Sour Shrimp 7
had just transpired. It was learned later that the and whipped cream Sweet Alfredo 7
man inside the home was named John Smith.
Shortly thereafter the OCSO Special Response 6. Bagel with cream cheese 489
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Salad,
fruit cup, and coffee and complimentary pudding or ice cream
Team (SRT) rolled onto the scene. They were
joined by OCSO snipers and hostage negotia- SATURDAY & SUNDAY SPECIALS SERVED
tors. As the snipers donned their Ghillie suits, 1. Any Regular Omelette 7 DAYS • 6 AM - 11 PM
they and the SRT unit gathered around OCSO with Potato, Toast or Pancake 1. N.Y. Strip Steak
Lieutenant Gary Bell. “We have to get ready
as soon as we get here before something bad
happens,” he said. “The object is to get ready
2. County Fried Steak
with 2 eggs, Potato & Toast
6 39 2.
Veal Parmigiana with Spaghetti
Chicken and Shrimp
as fast as we can.” 4. Grilled Mahi Mahi
Once the snipers had taken up their posi- Weekday Lunch Specials 5. Hearty Homemade Meatloaf
tions around the home, SRT members then 1. Bistro Ham ‘N Cheese 6. Shrimp Alfredo over pasta
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Salad,
threw a telephone through a side window so
OCSO negotiators could talk with the armed
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp 2.Turkey Reuben Sandwich and complimentary pudding or ice cream
Lieutenant Gary Bell (facing), of the
suspect inside the home. OCSO Detective Rick
Durfee was handling the talks with Smith.
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce
(OCSO), spoke with members of his
3. Patty Melt
4. Philly Cheese Steak
5 2 Dinners -
During the negotiations Smith made various 5. Golden Fish Fillet Sandwich
demands, including his desire to speak with Special Response Team and OCSO For the Price of one!
Governor Charlie Crist. Detective Durfee told snipers prior to their taking part in a All served with fries or onion rings
Smith that, unfortunately, he could not meet training exercise Friday, Feb. 26.
• Each of the first two teams with 50 registered fans by February 28, will receive one $50 gift certificate from Domino’s Pizza.
Must be actively reporting game scores, photos, etc. on the site to participate (1 certificate per team)
1. Have your family and friends 2. Click the “Become a Fan” 3. They have now “Become a
locate your teams on the icon and provide an email Fan” of your team and will
Okeechobee SportsNetwork. address. receive updates as the stories
are posted to the site.
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then click on the Sports tab in the upper right part of the page”