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					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.
OHS Tennis
teams beat
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
                                                                                                                                                                   Okeechobee News

Lake Levels
            13.52 feet
                                                                  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—
                                                                       See BUDGET — Page 2                                                                                                See FSB — Page 8

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BUDGET                                             half.
                                                       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
Okeechobee News
    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

                                                                                                                                                                 Blue Heron
                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                   Golf Club
                                                  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.
                                                                                       or call: 772-871-7225 or
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    The following individuals were arrested           • Corey Nathan Hardy, 28, N.W. 12th St.,
                                                                                                visit our website at
                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                 More Fun
                                                  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-
                                                  at $500.
                                                      • Selena Maude Billie, 40, S.E. 21st St.,
                                                                                                       Register: 6 pm - Pageant 7 pm
                                                                                                     • • • • • • • • • • •
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
cer Ryan Holroyd on a charge of felony petit
                                                  is welcome to inform this newspaper. The        Brochures at www.florida
theft. His bond was set at $2,500.                                                                                                            Please include all of the information
                                                  information will be confirmed and printed. 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
                                                                               Jonathan Sanders, M.D., J.D.             Board of County Commissioners
                                                                                                                                                       Sharon Robertson, Clerk
                                                                                                                                                                                            Okeechobee News
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, 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
Community Events
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
                                                                                                                                                      consignment auction
   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 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 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.                                    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-
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL Belle, and Jean (Byron) Harrison Smith of La-                                                                Specializing in Granite, Bronze, Grave
34972.                                            Belle; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-                                                                  Coverings, Resettings, Cleanings & ALL
                                                                                                                                                       your Memorilization needs. Give us a call
   Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas- grandchildren.                                                                                               & allow us to help you create an                                  A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday,
                                                                                                                                                                  Everlasting Memorial
                                                  March 5, 2010, at Oakbrook of LaBelle.
       Search obituaries nationally at              In lieu of flowers, the family requests dona-                                                       4001 SEBRING PARKWAY
                   tions be made to the American Heart Associa-                                                         SEBRING • 863-414-1005
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- Reporter Pete Gawda can
economic outlook. However, one recent             part of the bankruptcy settlement all back      cant portion of that amount.                          be reached at
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.

                                                                                                    WATER’S EDGE DERMATOLOGY
                                                                                                         Ted Schiff, M.D., Dwayne Montie, D.O.,                                                     Adult and Pediatric
                                                                                                         Mark Leach, R-PA , Sharon Barrineau, ARNP,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Acne • Psoriasis • Eczema
                                                                                                         and John Minni, D.O. lead the Water’s Edge
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Skin, Hair & Nail Disorders
                                                                                                         Dermatology team of skin care professionals. They will
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • MO HS Skin Cancer Surgery
                                                                                                         provide you with high quality medical and cosmetic skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Skin Allergies and Rashes
                                                                                                         care services in a personal and caring environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Laser Vein Treatments
                                                                                                                          NEW PATIENTS WELCOME
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anti-Aging Treatments
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Evolence ® • Botox ®
                                                                                                               467-6767                                     805-0030                                • Juv´ derm TM • Radiesse ®
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                                                                                                             ( Next to the hospital )                                                               • Restylane ® • Perlane ®
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Removal of:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tattoos • Skin Tags

                                                                                                     Ted Shiff, M.D. Dwayne Montie, D.O. Mark Leach, R-PA Sharon Barrineau, ARNP John Minni, D.O.
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
on earth.”
                                                 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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‘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                                           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                   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.
                                                                                                                                                        Livestock Market
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
                                                                                                                                                             (863) 763-3127
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                                             Special to the Okeechobee News/NEHS

 Excellence recognized
 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!

                                              Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS

 Osceola Middle Students of the Week
 Students of the Week at Osceola Middle School for the week of Feb. 22-26.
 These students were caught being good all over campus - and the faculty
 and staff appreciate them! Front row, left to right: Amber Savage, Alexander
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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,
 Hunter Smith, Minh Thy Nguyen, and Florivella Gonzales. South Elementary
 School—Where Eagles Soar!
12                                                                    Okeechobee News                                                                         February 28, 2010

                                                                                     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.
                                                                                         The group spent just over a week in the
                                                                                     saddle as they reprised the old cattle drives           The Law Office of
                                                                                     where Spanish herds were taken to harbors
                                                                                     in Tampa, Fort Pierce and Bradenton and
                                                                                     then shipped out to Cuba.
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                                                                                         Spirits were high and the riders were very             “Compare my experience and
                                                                                                                                             credentials to any other attorney’s”
                                                                                     friendly as they passed through Cornwell,
                                                                                     Basinger, and remote areas of Okeechobee
                                                                                         The group also stopped off at the Edna
                                                                                     Pearce Lockett Estate before being led over
                                                                                     the bridge by Okeechobee and Highlands
                                                                                     County Sheriff Deputies.
                                                                                         At each night camp there were various
                                                                                     forms of entertainment. For example in Lori-
                                                                                     da, the group took part in various rodeo type
                                                                                     events like barrel racing, pole bending and
                                                                                     speed events at the Ashton Ranch. The also      

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 Teen dances benefit Children’s Center                                                                           graduated from                            from the University of
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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

                                                                                                                            to Seacoast is a b
is Kenny’s second year as boat captain of the
                                                     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-

                                                                                                                   wi                            z
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,
tackle boxes added to the door prizes awarded        Tony Floyd, Larry Wise, George Marshall Jr.,                       branches, we offer service you should
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.
le Shop and Guide Service, provided rods and             Thanks also go to the sponsors: Pogey’s
reels for the anglers of the year as well as eight   Family Restaurant, Porter’s Cleaners, Advanced
gift cards for door prizes.                          Engraving, Stitchin’ Post, Garrard’s Bait & Tack-                          Variety of checking accounts to
    Stan Speed provided custom rods for the
two top anglers.
                                                     le Shop & Guide Service, Okeechobee Fishing                                meet your needs
                                                     Headquarters, Okeechobee News, Publix,
    Koby Kreiger and Okeechobee Fishing
Headquarters presented a huge box of worms,
                                                     Coverall Cleaning Concepts, Rut N’ Strut N’                                Free checking with no minimum balance
                                                     Taxidermy, Stan Speed, Bill O’Keefe, and all
lures, fishing line, etc. which was used to fill
the bags each angler received with their partici-    the parents and volunteers for their continued                             No monthly fee Visa® Check Card
pation certificates.                                  support.
    Kevin Folsom and Publix donated balloons             Garrett and Ryan both won the 2009 Florida                             Free first order of standard checks
and canned drinks and water.                         Bass Federation Nation State Qualifier for their
    The Oil Can donated the oil for the boat         age group and will be competing in the 2010                                Free online banking, bill pay,
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14                                                                                                                                Okeechobee News                                                                                                     February 28, 2010

Girls tennis shuts out Fort Pierce                                                                                                                           Tennis coach Amanda Van Camp said she
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                                           In doubles the team of Lanning and Riv-                                                                                                                                                                    area. MLS #203135, $69,900.
         Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Heather Lanning, OHS girls tennis, ero defeated Mendez and Lindstadt 8-0. The                                                                                                                                                                         OLDER MOBILE HOME with a lot of
played well in their first match of the team of Liz Turner and Vanessa Watt defeat-
year against the Lady Cobras.           ed Reynoso-Wright 8-5.
                                                                                                                                                              BUYER BROKERAGE                                                                         possibilities. Needs some TLC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Additional 1/1 efficiency in back yard.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MLS #203642, $64,900.

 Boys tennis loses tight                                                                                                                                      BILL F. STEGKEMPER,
                                                                                                                                                                 CRS, GRI, APPRAISER
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Across Kissimmee River next to Fire Station & Glades County Building.
 By Charles M. Murphy                                                      beginning, but he was pleased the team
 Okeechobee News                                                           kept working hard, “We just kept hanging                                                                                               David Hazellief • 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief • 863-610-0144
                                                                           around. Austin and Zach did a good job ral-
    Okeechobee High School got off to a
                                                                           lying to win the second and third sets of                                                                                               Sharon Prevatt • 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder • 863-610-2485
 slow start and despite some success was                                   their matches.”
 not able to defeat a solid John Carroll Rams
 team in a boys tennis match Tuesday at the
                                                                               In other singles matches Hudoff lost to
                                                                           Osgood 1-6, 4-6. Max Norman extended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (863) 763-2104
 Okeechobee Sports Complex.
    Okeechobee got singles victories from
                                                                           his opponent Dominic Charles to a third                                                                                                                                            Se Habla
                                                                           set before he fell, 6-0, 1-6, 4-6. Chris Weg-
 Zach Fowler, and Austin Willard. The dou-                                 man lost to Santiago Abondano 2-6, 2-6 in                                                                                                                                          Español
 bles team of Willard and Jonathan Huddoff                                 the fifth seed match.
 was also victorious.
    Fowler defeated Mateo Abondano 2-6,
                                                                               Van Camp said Norman had the best                                               CALL FOR A LIST OF FORECLOSURES
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 DJ Osgood and Dominic Charles 8-1.                                            The boys team hosted Fort Pierce on                                                                     further info. $115,000                                                     porch. $62,000 MLS
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 said it looked pretty bad for his team at the                             day, March 2.
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February 28, 2010                                                                  Okeechobee News                                                                                        15

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-
said he worked on his game at the net and
on his serve.                                         cause he gets all of the glory. He said he                                                -- subscribing to the
   “The net game is something new I want              did a good job dealing with the wind during
to learn. I’m good at playing defense, now            Thursday’s match.                                                                           Okeechobee News
I want to add more to my offensive game,”                 Hudoff teams up with Austin Willard in               Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
he said.                                              doubles and they had an easy 8-1 win on Zach Fowler looked impressive in a                 is a real no brainer!
   He had two service faults in the first game         Thursday.                                      straight set win Thursday.
but still won the game which bode well for                “We play a lot together and have known                                                And if you enroll today in
the rest of the match. Glenton didn’t have a
strong serve and while he hit a number of
                                                      each other for a long time. We lift each other
                                                      up when we’re down,” he added.
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long volleys, was unable to put points away.              Hudoff lost the first game of the second                                               subscription plan, you’ll
   Fowler won a number of points by hit-              set and had few problems after that in his
ting volleys and overheads at the net. Those          straight set 6-0, 6-1 victory in singles.
                                                                                                                                                  not only save REAL
points made Fowler feel good about the                    “I could have played better but I had fun                                                 money, but you’ll
improvement he’s made in his game, “I’m               out there and that’s all that matters,” he
learning a new serve and it has worked                                                                                                           s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent.
pretty well. I’m hitting the ball harder. I’ll just       In other matches Willard defeated Youri                                                 Plus we’ll give you a
                                                      Daniel 6-0, and 6-1. Chris Wegman defeated
                                                      Brian Altman 6-1, 6-0. Max Norman won by                                                        complimentary
 Wrestling club                                       forfeit.
                                                          The team of Fowler and Norman also
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                                                          Okeechobee travels to Sebring on Tues-               Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
                                                      day and hosts Lincoln Park Academy next Jonathan Hudoff wasn’t pushed by his
                                                      Thursday.                                      opponent as he won 12 of 13 games.
                                                                                                                                                        anywhere via the
    The Okeechobee Wrestling Club will
 hold sign ups and registration for the                                                                                                                      Internet.
 upcoming spring season starting in early
 March.                                                                                                                                                        That’s a value
    Sign ups are scheduled for Tuesday                                                                                                                            of $72 --
 March 2, Wednesday March 3, Thursday
 March 4, and Tuesday March 9, at the                                                                                                                             Yours for
 Okeechobee High School gymnasium.                                                                                                                                    FREE
 The cost is $40 per wrestler. The club                   2 Implants & Ball
 coaches will train students between the                Attachments Included
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 students from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays
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16                                                                                  Okeechobee News                                                                                                               February 28, 2010

Girls battle cold, Jensen Beach
By Charles M. Murphy                                                                                      Feb. 26th - March 4th
                                                                                                                 th          th                                                                        You get a health
Okeechobee News
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    checkup every year--
    Samantha Harrell tossed a one-hit shut-
out and Okeechobee High School’s softball                                                                         THEATRE I: “COP OUT”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     how about a health
team scratched across two runs with aggres-                                                                Fri. @ 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. @                                                   insurance checkup?
                                                                                                           2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. @ 3:00 &
sive base running in the bottom of the sixth                                                                 7:00, Tues. & Thurs. @ 7:00 & 9:15    R                                            Free review and no obligation quote.
inning to defeat Jensen Beach 2-0 Thursday
night despite frigid temperatures.                                                                         THEATRE II: “VALENTINE’S DAY”                                                         We write with CIGNA,
    Harrell allowed just three runs to reach                                                               Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun.
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scoring position as she struck out seven. She                                                                           3:00 & 7:00               PG-13                                          Aetna, and United Healthcare.
also had excellent control as she walked just
                                                                                                          III: “PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS”
one batter.                                                                                                Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun.
    She explained she seemed to gain
strength as the game went on because she
                                                                                                            & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon.
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                                                   Samantha Harrell was dominant on the                                                                                                                   (863) 763-6411
dled together amid winter jackets, portable        mound in Okeechobee’s win Thursday.

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heaters, and blankets to stay warm.
    “I got with it and told myself this is just        Okeechobee’s winning rally was based
another team and I did my job,” Harrell            on aggressive base running, which has been
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                                                   the plan this year. Ashtyn Brown reached on
    Okeechobee and Jensen have been bat-           an error to start the rally and Blevins followed
tling each other for years so it was no sur-       with a solid single up the middle. A double

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prise that this game would be another tight        steal put runners on second and third. After
battle. Coach Kim Hargraves said she knew          Courtney Wilson popped up, Megan Cle-

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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
                                                   six batters and 10 of the final 11 she faced.
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a base runner and an error by the shortstop        but if one girl is doing well enough, we                                                                           
failed to produce a run in the second for          won’t take it off her shoulders,” Hargraves
Okeechobee, (2-0).                                 said, “If a horse is running well were going
    Okeechobee in fact had base runners on         to keep riding it.”                                               Engaged? Just married?
base in every inning but the fifth.                     “We got our heads together and got some
    “I told the girls I’m tired of seeing blanks   runs scored. We just looked better. I’m so
                                                                                                                Golden anniversary? New baby?
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-
                                                   third and won $400. A season pass was also      
                                                   given out to the ball that landed furthest
graves said, “I think that was a momentum          from the base.
changer for our entire team. The girls stuck           Fire Chief Herb Smith and the Okeecho-                                          WEDDING                                                   Each Celebrations
                                                                                                                           JOSEPH W.
together, played great defense, and made it        bee City Fire Department donated the use of                            & JANE A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 package includes:
happen when we needed it.”                         their ladder truck for the annual ball drop.

                                                                                                                                   SUSAN A.

                                                                                                                          She is the
                                                                                                                                       daughter of
                                                                                                                                                     Joseph and

                                                                                                                                                                                                 and family
                                                                                                             JOSEPH W.
                                                                                                              & JANE A.

                                                                                                                                                        JOSEPH W.
                                                                                                                                                        & JANE A.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Submit your good news today at
                                                              Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Coaches Heather Gillis and Kim Hargraves are assisted by Fire Chief Herb
Smith at the ball drop Thursday. (inset right) Volunteers measured how close
each ball came to the base.
February 28, 2010                                                                              Okeechobee News                                                                                                                  17

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                            fax resume to Angel,                                                                                               Wanted to Rent: clean,        Mobile Home Sale
                                                         quire an extra charge, as     Top Soil                  Houses - Rent                 furnished residence in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grab a bargain from your
                            863-763-5191 or call         well as long distance toll                                                                                                                        neighbor’s garage, attic,
                            863-763-7337                                                                                                       Okeechobee area for
                                                         costs. We will do our best                                                            2010/2011 season for ap-         BANK REPO’S                basement or closet in
                                                         to alert our reader of         JACK’S TOP SOIL          3/2 CBS in town with                                        MOVE TO YOUR LAND             today’s classifieds.
                                                                                                                 fenced in yard. $950          prox. 6 mos., we are
                            Your next job could be       these charges in the ads,       Fill Dirt/Shell Rock                                  non-smokers, non-drink-       Mobile Home Angels
                             in today’s classifieds.     but occasionally we may          & Bob Cat work.        p/mo. First, last & se-                                       561-721-2230               SWM -1/1 dollhouse
                                                                                                                 curity. 863-634-7725.         ers & have no pets. Call
                             Did you look for it?        not be aware of the           Call 863-467-4734                                       765-621-2434                                               starter home, beautiful
                                                         charges. Therefore, if                                                                                              DW MH - 4BR, 2.5BA,          country lot, totally priva-
                            How do you find a job        you call a number out of                                AFFORDABLE           NEW                                    renovated, on 1 acre         cy fenced, lg florida
                             in today’s competi-         your area, use caution.       Looking for a place to     HOUSES - 3/2/2 and           When doing those chores       fenced in lot, screened      room, newely remodled,
                             tive market? In the                                        hang your hat? Look       3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi    is doing you in, it’s time   patio, shed, off 710 &       furnished, minutes from
                             employment section               Shop here first!          no further than the       tub, Bring Pets, Large        to look for a helper in      15A.     $79,900.   Call     river access $40,000.00
                             of the classifieds              The classified ads         classifieds.              Yards (561)723-2226           the classifieds.             (863)610-1600                (863)763-8761.
18                                                                                            Okeechobee News                                                                                                                                                        February 28, 2010
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.
                                                                                                                                                       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-
                                                         from                                                    Records.
                                                                                                                 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Personal Representative:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shirley D. May
                                                                                                                                                                                Executive Director.
 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
                                                                                                                                                                               DANIELLE BERNARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SAUL A. GUSTAMA AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DANIELLE BERNARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                 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,
       go to
                             3      slides,    die-
                             sel,14,800 miles, like
                                                             interesting person.                                                                                                               SHARON ROBERTSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clerk of the Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SHARON ROBERTSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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                                           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
                                                                                                                      largely preventable.
                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SHARON ROBERTSON
                                                                                                                                                                               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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (954) 473-6605
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.
February 28, 2010                                                                                                                           Okeechobee News                                                                                                                                                                     19

Public Notice                              Public Notice                              Public Notice                            Public Notice                          Public Notice                               Public Notice                      Public Notice                                Public Notice
                           PUBLIC NOTICE                                                                        PUBLIC NOTICE                                                                   PUBLIC NOTICE                                                                    PUBLIC NOTICE
                    CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED                                                           CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED                                                      CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED                                                      CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
                   COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT                                                            ZONING RECLASSIFICATION                                                            SPECIAL EXCEPTION                                                                SPECIAL EXCEPTION
 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, or contact the General Services Department,                 , or contact the General Services Department,                      website, or contact the General Services De-           website, or contact the General Services De-, 863-763-3372 x 217.                        , 863-763-3372 x 217.                             partment,, 863-763-3372 x 217.                   partment,, 863-763-3372 x 217.
 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
                                                IN THE FAMILY COURT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
                                                                                                                       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                                                       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
(954) 473-6605
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
Okeechobee News
                                                     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
                                                                                                                                   $ 89
Sheriff ’s Office (OCSO) and the Okeechobee                                                                                                                       All You Can Eat $ 99
City Police Department (OCPD) took part in a
training exercise.
                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                       $ 99

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                       $ 99

unknown assailant in the home. The officer                                                                 with Potato                                          Shrimp Ceasar Salad                      7
                                                                                                                                                                                                       $ 99

escaped and notified his department of what                                                              5. Strawberry Pancakes                   489
                                                                                                                                                 $             Sweet ‘N Sour Shrimp                     7
                                                                                                                                                                                                       $ 99

had just transpired. It was learned later that the                                                        and whipped cream                                    Sweet Alfredo                            7
                                                                                                                                                                                                       $ 99

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
                                                                                                                                 $ 99
                                                                                                                                         5                     2 Dinners -
                                                                                                                                                              Your Choice
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.

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