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KEECHOBEE


EWS


Vol. 100 No. 32 Sunday, March 15, 2009 75C Plus tax


Briefs


'Business in a soft
economy' seminar set
"Doing business in a soft
economy" a small business
seminar will be held at Indian
River State College, Williamson
Conference Center Rm c-105 on
March 19, from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m. With a slow economy af-
fecting most areas of business,
the time has come to make
sure that business owners are
exploring every potential issue
that could be costing money.
This seminar will examine prod-
uct and service mix, advertis-
ing strategy, and proper market
identification techniques to help
ensure that business owners are
dotting every "i" and crossing ev-
ery "t" to get through this rough
period in this tough economy. To
reserve your spot please contact
Sean Moore at 863-517-0097 or
by email, spmoore@fgcu.edu.

Homeless Coalition
to meet
A one-hour meeting on the
proposed homeless coalition
for Okeechobee County will be
held on Friday, March 20 at 10
a.m. at the Lamb of God Recov-
ery Center, 1012 S. Parrott Ave.
Prospective coalition partners in
the Okeechobee area will meet
to hear some details of what is
in store for the future. Richard
Reinhardt, Executive Director of
Highlands County Coalition for
the Homeless will be the guest
speaker and the agenda will be
as follows: role of a homeless
coalition, funding opportuni-
ties, planning and development,
organizational structure, brief
Q&A. There will be refreshments
and excellent information.

Family Learning
Event invites
participants
The East Coast Migrant Head
Start Project invites participants
to attend a Family Learning Event
planned for March 28, from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Commu-
nity Civic Center in Okeechobee,
1003 N.W Second Street. The
event will provide parents with
information on Okeechobee
community services. We are
inviting Community Partners to
come and join us to help local
families. If your organization is
interested in attending, please
call Sharon Vinson for more in-
formation at 863-467-1822. Sign
up for the event should be no
later than March 24.

Drought Index

Current: 699
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.47 feet
Last Year: 10.16 feet

S ored By:


Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level


At the fair: Rodeo continues today!

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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Third Annual Okeechobee County Fair opened Friday with midway rides, 4-H ex-
hibits, contests and entertainment at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Curt
Brown (right) and Kyle Gosman enjoyed the bumper boats at the fair on Saturday. The
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo started Saturday and continues today. The en-
trance to the fair is off State Road 710. The fair opens today at noon.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Ty Yesterday won a new pair Saturday was Heritage Day at the Fair. Seminole royalty
of spurs for his first place from Brighton Seminole Reservation were on hand to
ride in the Mutton Bustin' help open the rodeo. The Cattlemen's Rodeo continues
competition at the rodeo on Sunday. Little Cowboys Mutton Bustin' is at 2:30 p.m. and
Saturday. the rodeo starts at 3 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center arena.


JIr |Okeechbee News.Katrina Elsken
b- NCarson Watford was dressed
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elken in style at the Okeechobee
Members of the Diamond Divas drill team were joined by Cattlemen's Rodeo on Sat-
other young riders to present the rodeo sponsor flags. urday.


Submitted photo/Rafael Pacheco
The County Fair Pageant was held Friday. Pictured (left to right) are Kathleen Turner;
Lee Ann Davis; Dianna Rodriguez; Brittany Nethers; Erin Moore (2nd Alternate); Alex-
andria Ming (Queen, Photogenic & Business Achievement); Valerie McKee (1st Runner
Up); Miranda Dubois (3rd Alternate); Megan Clements and Cassandra Murray.


City considers


plan to boost


local economy


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Tuesday
evening, the city council will be
concerned with signs, home-
stead exemption and economic
development.
Mark Smith of Okeechobee
Main Street's Economic Re-
structuring Committee will be
presenting his organization's
economic development plan
designed to help existing busi-
nesses and attract new busi-
nesses to the area. Goals of the
program include increasing
the tax base, increasing pay-
rolls, increasing employment
opportunities and increasing
the diversity and size of our
economic base. The program
revolves around a full time
economic development direc-
tor. The goal of the program
is to be able to operate in a
few years strictly from private
contributions. However, in the
beginning they are asking for
government funding, The City
of Okeechobee is being asked
to contribute $15,000 to the
program.
Turning to other action the
board will once again take up a
sign ordinance which was first
considered in 2007. The pro-
posed sign ordinance would
provide definitions of signs, set
requirements for permitting
and maintenance, provide for
exempted, prohibited and tem-
porary signs and signs for com-
mercial and residential areas.
The council is expected to
hold the first reading of the sign
ordinance and set April 7 as a
final public hearing date.
The next ordinance to be
considered would allow an ad-


If you go ...

What: City of Okeechobee
Council Meeting
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday,
March 17
Where: Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.

ditional homestead exemption
for persons 65 and older. To
be eligible for this additional
$25,000 exemption, the per-
son's household income must
not exceed $25,873. This maxi-
mum salary would be adjusted
annually.
The council is expected to
hold the first reading on this or-
dinance and set April 7 as the
final public hearing date.
The council is also sched-
uled to award a ground main-
tenance contract and consider
approval of a fire medical direc-
tor agreement. In addition there
is a resolution on the agenda to
notify the city's insurer, Public
Risk Management, that the city
is withdrawing from coverage
and requesting competitive
bids.
In other action, the mayor is
expected to:
present a 25 year service
award to Billy Douglas;
proclaim the month of
March to be American Red
Cross Month in the city; and
proclaim the month of
April to be Motorcycle Safety
Awareness Month in the city.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
In a span of about 10 hours,
two local people died in sepa-
rate car crashes on Okeecho-
bee County roads.
The first crash occurred
about 4:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 12, and claimed the life
of Anthony Richard Gehle, 24,
Maple St., Buckhead Ridge. He
was killed when he reportedly
failed to stop at a stop sign and
his vehicle was hit in the driv-
er's side of his 2004 Toyota by
an F-250 Ford pickup truck.
According to Detective Ted
Van Deman, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office


(OCSO), Mr. Gehle was killed
upon impact.
In the four-door vehicle with
Mr.Gehle were his 5-year-old
daughter, Catelin Jean Gehle,
and his 19-year-old sister, Am-
ber Nicole Anthony. Ms. An-
thony, of a N.W Second St. ad-
dress, was in the front seat of
the car and Catelin was in the
back seat.
Detective Van Deman said
both were airlifted to St. Mary's
Hospital in West Palm Beach.
"They are still being treated,
but are expected to survive," he
said.
The detective said Mr. Ge-
See Accidents Page 9


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Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Community Events .. --........... . 6
Crossword ..... ..... ...... 11
Okeechobee's Most Wanted .... 3
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 12
Sudoku 11
Weather 2
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County Fair hosts karaoke


This year there will be two
separate Karaoke contests at
the County Fair. The Okeecho-
bee Idol contest will be on
Monday and Thursday and the
regular Karaoke Contest on
Wednesday.
On Monday night starting at
7 p.m. will be the preliminaries
for the Okeechobee Idol Con-
test. The top five scores will
move on to the finals to be held
on Thursday night. This contest
will be a judged contest. There
will be three judges awarding
points on voice quality, stage
comfort, timing and overall en-
tertainment. Each category will
be judged on a scale of 1-10.


The five top total scores will
move to the finals on Thurs-
day night. The judges will be
encouraged to give comments
to the contestants to help them
should they reach the finals.
This contest is open to all ex-
cept band members, Karaoke
hosts and performers in the
music industry of any kind.
On Wednesday night start-
ing at 7 p.m. will be the Open
Karaoke contest. This contest
will be judged on audience ap-
plause as recorded by a deci-
bel meter. The more friends
and family you bring with you
to make noise the better your
chances will be of winning. This


contest is open to all and will
conclude the same night. Each
singer should be prepared to
sing three songs but may only
sing one or two songs based on
the number of contestants.
On Thursday night starting
at 8 p.m. will be the finals for
the Okeechobee Idol contest.
The five finalists will sing three
songs each in a rotation. The
judges will pick the winner
based on the same criteria as
the Monday night preliminar-
ies.
Call David Lee (the host) at
863-261-3354, with your name
and phone number if you would
like to enter the contests.


Submitted photo/Joe Papasso

Come fly away
Frank Webster holds a Forker Tri-Plane during a recent
outing of the Okeechobee RC Airplane Club. The club will
host a "Meet and Greet Fly-In" on March 21, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. (Rain date is March 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at their
local flying field located at N.E. 80th Avenue. The event is
free and open to the public and will feature expert super-
vision and instruction from "seasoned pilots."


Two die in


separate car


accidents




2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009


Okeechobee's March for Babies was a fun and rewarding day New s om
I I All _rNew s ,clmn


Almost 500 Okeechobee resi-
dents took part in the March of
Dimes' March for Babies on Sat-
urday, March 7. A fun time was
had by all, while raising almost
$40,000 for a very worthy cause
- to save babies from premature
birth and birth defects.
Participants began showing
up at about 7 a.m., and enjoyed
a continental breakfast and music
provided by DJ George Miranda.
Team Photos were taken by San-
dra Pearce Photography. The
crowd was then welcomed by
Honorary Co-Chairs, John and
Karen Cassels, joined by their
3-year old granddaughter Gabby.
Gabby was born 14 weeks pre-
maturely and weighed less than 3
pounds at birth. She spent the first
several months of life in a neona-
tal intensive care unit, but is now
a happy, healthy child, thanks in
part, to March of Dimes research
and the regionalization of the
neonatal intensive care system.
Heath Schoenfeld, husband of Dr.
Jenny Wemmer Schoenfeld, then
spoke about the premature birth
of their twins Jacob and Casey.
Jacob and Casey are this year's
March of Dimes Treasure Coast
ambassadors.
Following warm-up exer-
cises, the National Anthem was
sung a cappella by Okeechobee
High School student, Melissa
Ritter. March for Babies started
promptly at 8:30 a.m.. The crowd
of walkers, many of whom were
students, took up the entire width
of South Park Street as they took
off on the 3.5 mile journey. Along
the walk route, participants were
treated to refreshments by Spirit
Station sponsors Bank of Amer-
ica, Cowboy's Steak and BBQ,
Visiting Nurse Association, Publix
Super Market, and Wemmer Fam-
ily Orthodontics. After the Walk,
which began and ended in Fla-
gler Park, the park was filled with
lots of fun and music, while lunch
was served, cooked by Larry
McWhorter, Randy McCall, and
Joe Zrioka.
At the awards ceremony fol-
lowing March for Babies, the fol-
lowing awards were given out:
The contest for Favorite T shirt
was too close this year to award
to only one team, and was given
to Healthy Start and Publix Super
Market.
The team with the Greatest
Year-Over-Year Increase was Sea-


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Children's Day
At their meeting on Thursday, March 10 Okeechobee
County Commissioners proclaimed March 29 to be Chil-
dren's Day and April 5 to be Parents and Children's Day
in Okeechobee County. Commission chairman Clif Betts
presented a copy of the proclamation to Pat Houston of
the The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin
and Okeechobee Counties


Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 87. Calm wind becom-
ing south southeast between 5
and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with
a low around 63. South wind
around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 82. Calm wind.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 62. North wind
around 5 mph becoming west.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance
of showers. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 79. Northeast wind
around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 60.
North northeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny,
with a high near 78. Northeast
wind around 5 mph.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are
the numbers selected Thursday
in the Florida Lottery: Cash 3:
1 88; Play 4: 7927; Fantasy 5:
12-18-24-25-32; Mega Money:
4-21-23-26 MB 4; Florida Lotto:
7-16-17-34-44-47; Powerball:
3-7-13-34-47 PB30 x5. Numbers
drawn Friday, Cash 3: 6-7-0; Play
4:3-6-9-1.


coast National Bank.
The award for the Outstand-
ing New Team went to Stepping
Stones Academy. Stepping Stones
Academy also won the award
for Outstanding Team Spirit. The
Top Three Fundraising Individuals
were: third: Beth Suggs of Beth
Suggs Accounting; second: Kath-
leen Shatto of Seacoast National
Bank; and first: Laura McCall of
Cassels & McCall.
The Top Fundraising School
was Everglades Elementary,
which raised over $2,600.
North Elementary's team can
boast yet again that the First-to-
Finish was on their team, with
Justin D. running the route in very
short time. The Team with Most
Registered Participants and the
Team with the Most Walkers on
Walk Day was Healthy Start.
The award for Top On-line
Fundraising went to The Chobee
Mommas. Eileen Casian won the
Volunteer Champion award, for
going above and beyond in her
efforts towards this year's March
for Babies.
Once again, participants voted
Wemmer Family Orthodontics as
their Favorite Spirit Station. The
Wemmer Spirit Station had a
Mardi Gras theme, and they even
gave out Mardi Gras beads.
The Chairman's Club award is
given to all teams raising at least
$1,000, and this year, that award
went to the following 14 teams:
Bank of America, Everglades El-
ementary School, Cassels & Mc-
Call, Healthy Start, North Elemen-
tary School, Okeechobee High
School Beta Club, Publix Super-
market #118, Riverside National
Bank, Seacoast National Bank,
Seminole Elementary, Seminole
Tribe of Florida, Stepping Stones
Academy, Wemmer Family Or-
thodontics, and Yearling Middle
School.
TheTop Five FundraisingTeams
were: fifth: Stepping Stones Acad-
emy; fourth: Riverside National
Bank; third: Everglades Elemen-
tary School; second: Seacoast Na-
tional Bank; and first: Seminole
Tribe of Okeechobee.
This year's Okeechobee Coun-
ty March for Babies committee
consisted of Shelly Batton, Karen
Cassels, Jennifer Cannon, Cindi
Fairtrace, Laura McCall, Patricia
McWhorter, Susan Pilgrim, Sha-
ron Vinson, and Cheryl Zrioka.
The Premier Sponsors for


March for Babies 2009 were: Sea
coast National Bank, Seminole
Tribe of Florida, and Publix Su-
perMarkets. The event also had
the following sponsors: Cassels &
McCall, Clif Betts, Jr., Coker Cattle,
Cowboys Steak & BBQ, Colin M.
Cameron Esquire, K & N Mobile
Welding, Lance's Treehouse Con-
signment, Glenn J. Sneider, LC,
Okeechobee Motor Co., Riverside
National Bank, Roper's Cafe, Vis-
iting Nurse Association, Wemmer
Family Orthodontics, Women's
Health Specialists, and Walpole,
Inc.
The following persons and
businesses were in-kind spon-
sors: Sandra Pearce Photography,
The Donut Connection, Winn-Di-
xie, Rotary Club of Okeechobee,


Lunker's Sports Grill, Waste Man-
agement, The Big 0 Cooler, The
Country Drive Thru, Darrell Enfin-
ger and Tony Ard of Okeechobee
County, and Jim Vensel.
Unfortunately, the amount
raised fell short of the $56,000
goal for Okeechobee's March for
Babies 2009.
Anyone interested in making
a contribution should make their
check payable to the March of
Dimes and mail it to P.O. Box 968,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. The mis-
sion of the March of Dimes is to
improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, prema-
ture birth, and infant mortality.
The March of Dimes carries out
this mission through programs
of research, community services,


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Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009 3


Vision Quest clients charged


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two girls were removed from
the Vision Quest facility, 42660
U.S. 441 N., after they attacked
another female client and struck a
staff member with a chair.
Siarria Rudolph, 14, was ar-
rested on felony charges of ag-
gravated battery on detention staff
and battery on detention staff. She
was also arrested on misdemean-
or charges of battery and criminal
mischief.
Another 16-year-old client
was arrested on misdemeanor


charges of battery (two counts)
and criminal
mischief. Since
the charges are
misdemeanors,
her name was
not released.
Both girls
werebookedinto
the Okeecho-
bee County Jail
then taken to the Siarria
Department of Rudolph
Juvenile Justice
Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Depu-
ty Howard Pickering, of the


Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), stated the fight be-
gan shortly before midnight when
the 16-year-old client attacked a
14-year-old client who was eating
ice in bed.
The 16-year-old then struck an-
other female client who vocally in-
tervened on behalf of the younger
girl, stated the deputy. Rudolph
then jumped into the fray and hit
the girl in the eye.
Staff member Jennifer Denise
Shirey, 32, stepped in between
Rudolph and the other girl and
was hit in the nose and mouth by
Rudolph, the report continued.


Rudolph then picked up a chair
and hit Ms. Shirey in the left leg.
Rudolph and the other girl who
was arrested were also charged
with destroying some books and
turning over an ice machine.
According to Deputy Hazellief,
the first girl who was attacked suf-
fered a bruise to the right side of
her face. The second girl had a
swollen right eye, and Ms. Shirey
had a swollen upper lip and a
bruise to her left leg. None of the
victims were taken to the hospital
for their injuries, said the deputy.


Man sent to prison after DUI arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Following his arrest last month
on a driving under the influence
charge (DUI), an Okeechobee
man has been remanded to the
Department of Corrections (DOC)
to begin serving a 10-year prison
sentence.
Bobby Mitchell Kemp, 23, was
sentenced Monday, March 9, by
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence
Mirman for violating the terms of
his probation.
Kemp was arrested April 24,
2006, for his part in the beating
and robbery of Eduardo Aguirre
Solis, 58, behind a convenience
store on U.S. 98 N.
Kemp, along with Jeremiah
Bockoras, were arrested for beat-


ing the victim with a baseball bat
and robbing him of $2,000 cash.
Both men were
charged with
robbery, aggra-
vated battery
and grand theft.
According
to reports from
the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Bobby
Mr. Solis suf- Mitchell
fered a fractured Kemp
skull and other
injuries.
Records from the Okeechobee
County Clerk of Courts office indi-
cates that Bockoras received five
years probation for his part in the
crime.
Kemp, on the other hand, en-


tered into a plea agreement with
the state on Aug. 31, 2007, and
was sentenced to 24 months and
12 days in prison on a witness
tampering charge. That sentence
was to be followed by five years
probation for his being adjudicat-
ed guilty on the robbery charge.
Court records show that the
state dropped the aggravated bat-
tery and grand theft charges.
When Kemp was arrested
Dec. 20, 2008, by Sergeant Tom
Tamer, of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), on
the DUI charge that violated the
terms of his probation. Because
Kemp is listed as a violent offend-
er he was arrested without a war-
rant by DOC's Joseph Cracchiola
on Dec. 22, 2008, for violating his
probation.


Kemp will receive credit for the
time he spent in prison, as well as
in the Okeechobee County Jail.
State prosecutors estimate that he
will serve around seven years in
prison.
DOC records indicate that
Kemp began his first stint in pris-
on on Sept. 19, 2007, and was re-
leased July 4, 2008.
OCSO records also show
that Kemp was arrested March
9, 2006, and charged with two
counts of performing the duties
of a bail bonding agent without a
license. Then-Circuit Court Judge
Sherwood Bauer sentenced him
to 24 months and 12 days in
prison. That sentence was to run
concurrently with Kemp's witness
tampering sentence.


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By Eric Kopp
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A client at the Okeechobee
Redirectional Center (Red Road
Academy) was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail after he
had briefly escaped from the facil-
ity.
Lamar Jamal Brooks, 16, Ex-
ecutive Drive, West Palm Beach,
was arrested Thursday, March 12,
and booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on a felony charge of
escape.
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Okeechobee
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Department of Brooks
Juvenile Justice
Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
Deputy Pickering states in his
report that two supervisors at
the facility -- Wayne Harper, 35,


and Raymond Collins, 35, -- saw
Brooks leave his dorm and run
into some nearby woods shortly
before 9 p.m.
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the woods.
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the facility on N.E. 39th Blvd. and
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p.m. the search was halted.
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later Deputy Pickering was called
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Breaking $45
Cutter $42
Canner $36

Bulls
1000-1500 $53
1500-2000 $55

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FYI: Obama's first 50 days
POWER: If the President could "order" congress to do anything,
we would be living under a dictator. President Obama pledged to re-
form earmarks; he never pledged to "keep all earmarks out"; he can't.
If congress would pass a Line Item Veto for the President he might be
able to get closer to such a pledge, but even there, under our Consti-
tution, Congress could override his veto on each item, if they chose.
If you want to live in a nation where the President can "order" the
legislature to do something, I can name dozens of places where you
might be happier, starting with places like Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, etc.
Otherwise, you are just going to have to live with compromise.

Are you being overcharged?
FEES: There are a few businesses that have started a new policy on
outstanding balances. Example: in 2008 a flat fee was charged month-
ly to any outstanding balance. Then beginning in 2009, they decided to
charge like 18% interest. In doing some research my friend found that
they can charge the 18 percent interest, (which is questionable as to if
it can go that high legally), but most important is that they cannot add
it to any outstanding balance that was there before the new policy be-
gan. When a flat fee was being charged every month and was on the
receipts/invoices, that is considered a contract, therefore they cannot
charge 18 percent on that back balance, (your agreement was the flat
fee). They can only charge the 18 percent on any future outstanding
balance you may end up with. So if you have come across this prob-
lem, don't let them do it to you. Call an attorney who will give you the
info I just posted. My friend got the information from an attorney.

Friday the 13th
HOW OFTEN: February 13th, 2009 was a Friday. March 13th, 2009
is a Friday. November 13, 2009 is a Friday. I wonder when the last time
that happened, three in the same year?
CALENDARS: It has happened six times in the past 50 years count-
ing 2009, 1998, 1987, 1991, 1970 and 1959. It will happen again in
2015. There are only 14 possible calendars. Jan. 1 can be on a Sun-
day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, that
makes seven possible calendars. In leap year, there is an extra day
added in February, so that makes another seven possible calendars.

Another grow house raided
TEENS: I do not believe the majority of teens in Okeechobee
smoke marijuana and sell prescription drugs. Some do to be sure. But
I know a lot of teenagers who do not participate in that type of destruc-
tive behavior because they care about their own lives and have plans
and hopes for the future. The attitude that "everybody does it," just
doesn't fly. Many teens do not do drugs or sell drugs. They are smarter
than that.
SEEN IT: I have seen it with my own eyes. My child knows many
straight A students, getting ready for college and have never been in
trouble with the law at all. I try my hardest to counsel them, and warn
them that one day they will get caught. The teenage mentality does not
comprehend the ramifications of what they are doing. They obviously
know it is wrong, but they don't seem to understand the seriousness
if they get caught. Prescription drug use is on the rise, and the nicest
friend your child may have "could" be selling prescription drugs. There
answer to when I ask "why?" The money is too good to pass up. I am
sorry to say, this is what is going on all over small town America.
DESPERATE: After reading today's paper I am concerned that
as people lose their jobs and struggle to pay bills or face losing their
homes, some are tempted to grow or sell marijuana. The same thing
happened in California. People who had been law abiding citizens all
their lives were tempted by the chance to make some big money. Peo-
ple get desperate and they do stupid things. Then instead of making a
lot of money, they wind up losing everything when they get caught.

Lake level
DIKE: If you lived on the south end of the lake at an elevation of 11
or 12 feet, and saw the lake was at nearly 15 feet, and you knew the
dike had problems as you had already seen "bubble ups" and breach-
es in the past -- wouldn't you think there is a good reason to keep the
lake lower?
CONSERVE: How hard it is for people to understand that Florida
was not meant to support this many people. That is why there is a
water shortage. There are too many people using it and wasting it. We
need statewide water conservation year round. And the biggest waste
of water is lawn irrigation. If everyone would just plant native grass
and stop watering their lawns, that would go a huge way to solving
any water shortages. What do you want, year round green grass or
drinking water?
RESERVOIR: The purchase of USSC and the fact they will not sign
an agreement that the STAs are not just huge holding cells for Miami
and the farmers' use isn't the only thing. When this job started I told
my husband it wouldn't be long before they were shut down. How
can you go from a 200 million dollar project to over 800 million? There
were so many holes in this project that it isn't even funny and the
audits are online for all to see. It never should have went solely to one
contractor/joint venture, and to pay them $1.9 million per month too
until they figure out their blunder?




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Letters to the Editor


Illegal advertising
clutters county
My family resides here and
I am a local, licensed and state
registered business owner in
Okeechobee County.
Are you as sick and tired as I
am of seeing satellite, foreclosure,
for sale and companies' advertis-
ing signs stuck in the ground,
plastered on walls and poles
scattered through Okeechobee
County, which flagrantly ignore
and spit in the face of legal ad-
vertisers, county lawmakers and
regulators?
My business does not place
small advertisements at intersec-
tions, county and state main-
tained easements, telephone/
power poles: Why? Because it is
illegal!
I REFUSE to patronize a com-
pany or an individual that chooses
to break the law to advertise their
business.
My company is advertised in
local papers, Yellow pages, lo-
cal directories, online and on my
trucks: this advertising is expen-
sive but necessary to run a lawful
service business. Any signs that
I have placed are with approval
and permitted by Okeechobee
County official on private prop-
erty.
If every business owner felt
free to place illegal signs at inter-
sections and other areas, private


or not, we would be inundated
with even more clutter through-
out the county.
To the best of my knowl-
edge, EVERY sign of ANY size in
Okeechobee County is supposed
to be approved by the county/city
with a permit (not including real
estate signs on private property.
The county had stated to me
that they try to their best ability
but do not have the manpower to
monitor/control illegal advertising
litter on county easements and do
not have the authority to control
illegal advertising on state owned
easements.
Even though advertisements
are illegally placed on state or
county easements, we as citi-
zens cannot remove then, as the
signs are, according to the code
enforcement, "Private property."
Could the county at least allow
citizens to pull these illegal signs
and turn them (the private prop-
erty) into the code enforcement
office so the county can issue a
citation and fine?
Business Owners: Why should
we spend our hard earned local
money to advertise legally and
stand by while others break the
law by cluttering the county to
save a buck?
If you cannot afford to adver-
tise your business legally, you
probably should not be running a
business in the first place. If this
statement offends you, you're
most likely one of the law break-


Reflections from the Pulpit


Lenten lessons from
the loyalty of a dog
By Rev. Loy Mershiner
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church
Until Wyatt, I would have nev-
er believed a human could have
such a connection with a dog.
Many times, at just the slightest
look or motion from me, he'd
do exactly as I wished. He lived
to please me: his life a lesson of
loyalty!
Which is why, one day, I was
so surprised when he seemed not
to listen.
We would run through the
woods: I'd jog the miles of Penn-
sylvania trails and logging roads,
and he'd run beside me, or range
slightly ahead or behind ... al-
ways coming to heel at my com-
mand. So neat!
I could be facing away from
him, jogging, whistle once, and
he'd run, catch up with me, and
hit my hand, and then race in
front, tail wagging! I wouldn't
even have to look at him to know
he'd heed. For him it was a friend-
ly game of tag: joyful obedience.
But this day, I decided to do
a longer run, and split off the
trail, running along a creek that
cut through a mountain gorge.
Beautiful scenery, a railroad path
through hardwood trees and
rushing water! I was caught up
in the wonder and glory ... Sud-
denly I realized that Wyatt wasn't
running behind me.
So, immediately I stopped and
whistled. Nothing. Then I yelled,
"Wyatt!" "Ho!" But still nothing.
My voice echoed lonely on the
mountain. No Wyatt, not even a
distant bark.
This frightened me. Where was
Wyatt? We were a couple miles
from home now, and surrounded
by a forest that stretched out for
miles. Why wouldn't he at least
answer? Was he hurt? Or worse,
chasing a deer? I had trained him
not to do that! But what if a few
whitetail deer had tempted him
over the line and he was now far
away ... lost?
All these thoughts poured
through my mind. I walked back,
calling his name. "Wyatt!" Noth-
ing. Only an empty echo. I grew
sick at my stomach. Oh, why had
I come this way? Why didn't I
keep a closer eye on him?
The minutes passed, and with
each minute, my heart fell further.
I breathed a quick prayer, and
called again: "Wyatt!"
Suddenly, I heard a yelp. Wy-
att ran out of the woods, wet
and breathless. Panting. Hard.
What was this? He was totally ex-
hausted! Saliva dripping from his
mouth, but his tail was wagging
non-stop!
Relief surged through me. But
then my fear turned to real anger.
"Wyatt!" "Why didn't you come?"
"Why didn't you answer?" I was
having none of his tail-wagging
nonsense. It was clear: He had
disobeyed and risked harm. I
grabbed his collar, shook him,
scolded him and smacked him,
hard.
In my mind, his life was at risk.
If he disobeyed like this in the fu-
ture, someday he wouldn't come
back! So I was not easy on him.
I'll never forget the look of


confusion in his eyes when I dis-
ciplined him. He took it, but there
was something else there: he was
crushed, and not feeling guilty.
So after stern reprimand I then
discerned that he wanted me to
follow him. He ran, looked back
at me, ran, and looked back...
and I followed him. He crashed
through the brush, over a ditch,
and then picked up his prize, eyes
beaming and tail wagging. What?
What was this? A groundhog?
Yes! He had chased down a
groundhog, killed it. He had car-
ried it over rocks and hilly ter-
rain, through a small creek... to
me. He was bringing it to me,
as a prize, this huge groundhog
fully 30 percent his weight: He
couldn't answer my call because
he was carrying that groundhog,
running as quickly as he could
through impossible terrain!
In his mind, he was not dis-
obeying me; he was treating me
and serving me. He had exhaust-
ed himself trying to do two tasks:
come when I called, yet bring me
a prize.
My eyes filled with tears: I
knew I had been unjust. Wyatt
was trying his best to serve me,
to gain my applause ... and I had
hit him and scolded him instead.
Oh!
I held out my arms and called
him: "Good boy!" He leapt into my
arms. I knelt down then, hugged
him tightly, wet hair and saliva
and all, and cried. "I'm sorry, Wy-
att!" I kept saying over and over,
"Good Wyatt! Good dog!" "I'm so
sorry!" His entire body quivered
with forgiveness and delight. He
licked my face as if to say, "Yes, I
forgive you!"
I picked up the groundhog
then and did a warrior pose with
it, held it up as Wyatt's kill, and
his eyes shone!
I hung it high in a tree and
hugged Wyatt again. Then I took
him down to the larger creek, let
him drink, and washed him. I let
him sport in the water for awhile
to renew his strength, and then
we ran home.
I'll never forget that day.
I learned loyalty from my dog.
I learned that justice must often
decide between appearance and
reality. I learned about myself,
about life, and about higher rela-
tion with God.
For God never has to decide
between appearance and real-
ity. He is always just, ever wise
and true: He sees perfectly, first
glance. And, oh! If I would have
the faith to serve Him without
judging His justice as Wyatt had
served me!
P.T. Forsyth says that the slow
ness of God is not the absence
of God, but rather a phase of His
wise justice and concern. George
MacDonald comments that life is
no series of chances with a few
providence sprinkled between to
keep up a justly failing belief, but
one providence of God.
That is our Master. There is no
shadow of turning in Him. His
sight is true. His providence for
us is perfect and whole, even to
the details of this day. His calling
is true vision.
God grant us to follow Him like
that, this Lent, and so be raised to
new life with Christ!
Selah.


I, I


ers!
County officials: Wake up and
smell the coffee! No, just look
around as you drive!
If the county starts enforcing
their rules and regulations con-
cerning advertising by fining the
offenders, it seems to me they
would be able to afford more
manpower to enforce their own
laws. Commissioners, there is
a lot of money to be made in
Okeechobee County by enforc-
ing big and small sign rules: It's
a win-win situation. This is an op-
portunity to hire additional em-
ployees, enforce your laws with
fines and penalties, fund some of
the county annual roads budget,
improve intersection visibility and
most of all, improve the appear-
ance of the county.
Let's get on the band wagon


and get this Okeechobee clutter
cleaned up.
It's time to take a stand, won't
you join me?
Call Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement when you see a sign
that you think is illegal. A large
volume of complaints usually
results in action being taken; or
would you rather see more illegal
signs cluttering Okeechobee?
Come on citizens! Call these il-
legally advertising business own-
ers and tell them how much you
do not appreciate their signs litter-
ing our county and let them know
that you will not patronize their
business as long as they continue
to ignore local sign, easement
and littering laws.
Lonnie Price
Okeechobee


Community Calendar

Sunday
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
open discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick open
discussion 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
www.rootsweb.com/~flgso.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the
Coast Guard Auxiliary Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie
on Road 78 on the second Monday of each month. Call to enroll for
course or to inquire about membership 863-763-0165.

Tuesday
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeecho-
bee Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-
697-9915
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group open discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group open
discussion.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or have been abused. They meet on the first and
third Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of
every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
357-2106.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
697-1792.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
6808.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.




Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009 5


SES students visit Children's Museum


The Kindergarten classes at
South Elementary attended the
Children's Museum and loved
every minute of it. There were
many hands-on learning activi-
ties. Some of these were a display
of cars, a drum section to play
along with a dance pad, and the
favorite activity the bubble mak-
er. It was a hula hoop that sat in
soapy water. The children were
able to stand in the middle of the
hula hoop on a platform and pull
a rope. The hula hoop would lift
around them. When this was be-
ing done, a giant bubble formed
and the child was in the bubble.
They had a lot of fun and couldn't
wait to go back again sometime.
In reading class, Kindergartners
have been talking about sunflow-
ers. They read a few books that
explained how sunflowers grow.
One book had so many sunflow-
ers in the garden that a boy called
it his sunflower house. Since they


are talking about plants that grow,
the students have learned many
interesting facts about plants.
Many of the students said they
are going to grow gardens when
they get older. We will have many
wonderful green thumbs in our
community.
Third graders have been mak-
ing terrariums in order to observe
the water cycle. They also have
been memorizing multiplication
facts to earn ice cream sundaes.
Fourth graders at South El-
ementary are busy preparing for
the upcoming activities of the
month. One group of students
recently completed a study of
crystals. They actually made crys-
tals using borax detergent. Their
project will be on display at the
Okeechobee County Fair next
week. All classes are studying for
the spelling bee. Classroom win-
ners will be selected by March
16. The top two winners in each
room will compete in the school
bee on Wednesday, March 18.
Good luck to all participants. The
students are also involved in ac-
tivities related to the Dr. Seuss
birthday celebration to be held on
March 31. Some groups are mak-
ing oobleck, performing skits,
gathering research materials, and
other activities related to the top-
ic. In writing class, the students


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Submitted photo/South Elementary
Students of the Week at South Elementary included: Ma-
ria Hernandez, Alyssa Vavra, Rosie Miller, Elisa Perez, Kyle
Padgett, Consuelo Flores, Megan Mitchell, Felicity Deutscher,
Rocky Chauhan, Sarina Vavra, Brianna Gomez, Jose Marti-
nez, Jonathan Aldridge, Alyssa Romero, Meagan Clay, Daka-
ta Ray, and Ra'Shin Williams.


are preparing for the Tropicana
Speech Contest sponsored by the
Okeechobee County 4-H. Parents
are encouraged to work with their
child on this project.
Many classrooms created proj-
ects for display at the Okeecho-
bee County Fair, so please go
and enjoy these creations. South
Elementary students continue to
Achieve Excellence.


School Climate Surveys will
be available on line next week,
March 16-20. Your input is ap-
preciated. Information will be
coming home regarding how to
access the survey on line and pa-
per copies are being sent home
to parents in randomly selected
classrooms. We look forward to
hearing from you!


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Seminole Elementary School News


Set aside an area, room, or
space as your child's Special
Study Area.
Some students need privacy,
others prefer people around
them. Find a place in your home
where your child is comfortable
doing his or her homework.
Have the tools they need to get
their work done. Children may
become frustrated and will some-
times give up if they do not have
the materials they need to com-
plete an assignment. Pick a time
and stick to it.
Routines make children feel
safe and secure. Set aside time
each evening for your child to
complete his or her homework.
Make yourself available during
this time frame should there be
questions.
Get on top of the situation...
before there is a problem.
Get to know your child's
teacher. Talk to them regularly
about the progress your child is
making. You may be interested in
volunteering in one of your child's
classes. Please call Mr. James for
information about volunteering.
Get ideas about helping your
child on the World Wide Web.
There are many Internet sites
devoted to helping students in-
crease their academic perfor-
mance. Here are a few:
www.eduweb.com
www.learner.org
www.ushistory.org
www.cionline.org
www.library.thinkquest.org
www.askasia.org
www.artlex.com
Third grade
The entire third grade is thank
ful that FCAT is finally come and
gone. Students can now relax that
all the stress is over. Third graders
have been working so hard and
have pushed their minds to the
max. Our students of the week
for 2/23 were Juan Valdez, Lici


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Lara, Verenice Cardoso, Guadal-
upe Mojica, and Bethany Shirey.
For the week or 3/2 Rebecca
Hancock, Cierra Schoonmaker,
Ashley Cheney, Jacob Shirey, and
Berenice Elias. Congratulations
students on completing your first
FCAT.
Fifth grade
Wow! FCAT is here. The fifth
grade teachers are very confident
in all of their students! They will
achieve excellence! Mr. Paige has
been bringing his students to the
computer lab in the mornings to
access comprehension practice
activities on the Internet4Class-
rooms website, as well as online
FCAT practice tests. Mr. Ochoa's
class has also been using tech-
nology to help enhance his stu-
dents' skills for the math FCAT.
They have been visiting the web-
site Math Playground to improve
computation and speed. Ms. Lar-
comb and Ms. Weber have been
pushing their students to the max
as well! All the fifth graders have
and will make Seminole proud.
Ms. Larcomb's class is actively
learning as well! They have been
using hands on materials to make
various polygons out of shaving
cream and clay. They will also be
using tangrams to make unique
figures. Her student's have been
having a blast.
Ms. Weber's class has also
had the privilege of working with
an FAU student teacher each
Wednesday. Ms. Mann has been
doing a tremendous job teach-
ing the students about main idea
and detail. Last Wednesday the
students were actively engaged in
a Main Idea Mystery lesson. Ms.
Mann will definitely be an asset to
the Okeechobee School District
when she finishes college.
After FCAT all the fifth graders
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instructional practices. Thank you Mrs. Gruca and Mrs. Free-
man for your dedication to our Seminole students.


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novel and completing Bottle Bud-
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visit the science topic, "Weather
and the Water Cycle" in their text-
books to complete an animated
digital story about a drop of water
traveling through the stages of the
water cycle!
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project. His students will learn to
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6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009


Edward Jones ranks high on list of best employers


The financial-services firm
Edward Jones ranked No. 2 on
FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best
Companies to Work For 2009" list
in its 10th year on the prestigious
list, according to Sharon Ming.
Edward Jones also ranked No.
I for large-sized companies. The
full list and related stories appear
in the Feb. 2, issue of FORTUNE,
available on newsstands Jan. 26
and currently at www.fortune.
com.
The FORTUNE ranking is
one of several important honors
based on associate input that
Edward Jones has received in
recent weeks. In early Decem-
ber, the firm was ranked No. I
in Registered Rep. magazine's
annual brokerage report card for
the 16th consecutive year. Last
month, Edward Jones ranked
No. 4 among the "50 Best Em-
ployers in Canada" in the Globe
and Mail's annual listing in Re-
port on Business Magazine. Over
the past year, Edward Jones also


has received workplace recogni-
tions from dozens of state and
provincial publications in the
U.S. and Canada.
Edward Jones' 10 FORTUNE
rankings include top 10 finishes
for seven years and consecutive
No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003.
"We are delighted by this
honor and feel especially proud
because it is based largely upon
associate feedback during these
particularly challenging times,"
said Sharon Ming. 'It indicates
we are succeeding in our goal
to make Edward Jones a career
destination."
"A driving factor for the list
this year is that these companies
excel in creating jobs," FOR-
TUNE said. "The 100 companies
on the 2008 list added 67,000
employees to their payrolls in
the past year and employ a total
of nearly 1.6 million employees;
up 16 percent from the number
employed by companies com-
prising last year's list."


More than 81,000 employees
from 353 companies responded
to the 57-question survey cre-
ated by the Institute. Two-thirds
of a company's score is based
on the survey, which is sent to
a minimum of 400 randomly
selected employees. The remain-
ing third is based on a com-
pany's responses to the Culture
Audit questionnaire, which asks
detailed questions about demo-
graphics, pay and benefits, and
open-ended questions on phi-
losophy, communication and
more.
Edward Jones provides finan-
cial services for individual inves-
tors in the United States and,
through its affiliates, in Canada
and the United Kingdom. Every
aspect of the firm's business,
from the types of investment
options offered to the location
of branch offices, is designed to
cater to individual investors in
the communities in which they
live and work. The firm's 10,000-


plus financial advisors work di-
rectly with more than 7 million
clients to understand their per-
sonal goals -- from college sav-
ings to retirement and create
long-term investment solutions
that emphasize a well-balanced
portfolio and a buy-and-hold
strategy. Edward Jones embrac-
es the importance of building
long-term, face-to-face relation-
ships with clients, helping them
to understand and make sense of
the investment options available
today.
Edward Jones, which ranked
No. 2 on FORTUNE magazine's
"100 Best Companies to Work
For 2009," is headquartered in
St. Louis. The Edward Jones in-
teractive Web site is located at:
www.edwardjones.com, and its
recruiting Web site is www.ca-
reers.edwardjones.com. Mem-
ber SIPC.


Natural resources celebrated in new book


The Indian River Lagoon is a
cherished natural resource along
the Treasure Coast. Celebrating
its latest book release, the Indian
River State College Foundation's
Pioneer River Press will host a
book signing reception and art ex-
hibit for "Treasured Waters -The
Indian River Lagoon," which fea-
tures stunning landscape paint-
ings by artist Richard A. Kelly and
descriptive text by author Camille
S. Yates. This book is destined to
become a must-have addition to
local book collections. The event
will be Friday, March 27, 5:30 to


7:30 p.m. at the IRSC Williamson
Conference and Education Cen-
ter at the Dixon Hendry Campus
at 2229 N.W. Ninth Avenue in
Okeechobee.
Attendees will have the oppor-
tunity to purchase books, original
artwork and gicl6e reproductions
featured in the book, and other
gift items. All proceeds from the
sale of the book, gift items and
artwork will go to support student
scholarships.
To preview the book or some
of Kelly's artwork, you can stop
by to see the Treasured Waters


display at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library.
The glossy, 176-page coffee
table book documents the habi-
tats of the Indian River Lagoon
with a collection of more than 75
stunning landscape paintings by
Kelly. Kelly captures the unique-
ness of the area, exploring the In-
dian River Lagoon, an estuary of
national significance on Florida's
East Coast stretching from New
Smyrna Beach to Jupiter.
Kelly, a Florida landscape art-
ist known for his ability to bring
nature to life through the detail


in his oil paintings on canvas,
studied under artist A.E. "Bean"
Backus from 1985 to 1990. Yates
is an experienced wildlife biolo-
gist who has studied the Lagoon
for more than two decades.
Tickets are $25 per person and
include heavy hors d'oeuvres,
soda, beer, wine, and a chance
to win a signed, numbered, and
framed Kelly gicl6e. Space is lim-
ited. Secure your reservations by
March 20. Call 772-462-4786 or
toll-free 866-792-4772 ext. 4786.


Community Events


SAL steak dinner
planned
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
March 15, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64,
501 S.E. Second Street. Dinner in-
cludes: live entertainment, ribeye
steak, baked potato, salad, home-
made dessert, roll and butter and
iced tea or coffee for a $12 dona-
tion.

RC Club to host
'Fly-In'
The Okeechobee Model Air-
plane Club is hosting a "Meet and
Greet Fly-In" on March 21, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain Date is March
28,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at their local
flying field located at N.E. 80th Av-
enue, this is the road off of Route
70 East that leads back to Thun
dercross Motocross Track. This
event is open to the public and
for the public to try their hand at
flying a Radio Control Model Air-
craft under the expert supervision
of one of our instructor pilots. Ad-
mission is FREE as are the flights
which will be provided courtesy of
the Okeechobee Model Airplane
Club. There is lots of free park-
ing, so bring your friends along!
Hot dogs and soft drinks will be
available for a minimal fee. Also
scheduled at noon for your enjoy
ment will be an Aerobatic Model
Airplane demonstration which is
a must see event. This will be a
real fun day; anyone interested
is encouraged to come out, grab
one of our 'Buddy Boxes" and
try their hand at flying these air-
craft. Other Radio Control Model
Aircraft will also be on display.
Please come out, meet our pilots
and experience a different kind of
sport first hand!
If you have any questions
about this event, Model Aviation
or the Okeechobee Model Air-
plane Club please contact Bob
Bales at 863-763-8367 or visit our
website at: http://omac.embarqs-
pace.com/#. Meetings are the
first Monday of the month (Oct
to May) at 7 to about 8:30 p.m. at
the Peace Lutheran Church Youth
Hall, 750 N.W 23rd Ln., Okeecho-


Pancake breakfast at Farm Bureau


Lakeport Fire
Department
The Lakeport Volunteer Fire
Department will hold an all you
can eat pancake breakfast on
March 21, at 7 a.m., at their fire
station in Lakeport. All money
collected is to purchase future
equipment. The breakfast will
feature pancakes, sausage patties
and coffee or iced tea until they
are sold out. Price is $3 for all you
can eat. Come out and support
the Lakeport Volunteer Fire De-
partment.

Relay for Life
fundraiser
The City of Okeechobee's Re-
lay for Life team "Hunt for a Cure"
will hold a fundraiser at City Hall
on Saturday, March 21, from 8
a.m. until 1 p.m. Included in the
fundraiser will be a bake sale, car
wash, and rummage sale. All pro-
ceeds go to benefit Relay for Life
and the American Cancer Society.


sponsors barbecue
The Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau will be sponsoring their
27th Annual Young Farmers and
Ranchers Scholarship Barbecue
this year on Saturday, March 21,
at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy
70 East. The 4-H and FFA Live-
stock Sale will be starting at 2
p.m. The barbecue will begin at 1
p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Tickets are
$10 per person and can be pur-
chased at the Farm Bureau office,
the Okeechobee Extension Of-
fice, and from any FFA member.
Tickets can also be purchased at
the 4-H concession stand March
14-20 and on the day of the bar-
becue. For more information call
863-763-3101. All proceeds go
towards the Young Farmers and
Ranchers Scholarship fund.

Fancy ME! (machine
embroidery) meeting
If you have an embroidery ma-
chine, plan to buy one or are just
interested in the concept, please


join us at our next meeting. It will
be held on Saturday, March 21,
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the
Red Cross classroom, 323 N. Par-
rott Avenue. Bring your machine
and lunch for a fun-filled day. Me-
tallic thread is known to present
a special challenge to machine
embroidery so we decided we
would take that on as a group
project this month. Bring a couple
of your designs and your metallic
threads to see what you can cre-
ate. For more information please
call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry
at 863-467-2231.


Commission approves

donation to Crisis Center


Submitted photo
Okeechobee Commission awards $20,000 from Law Enforce-
ment Trust Fund to New Horizons for Center for Children.(L to
R) Major Noel Stephen, Commissioner Ray Domer, Commis-
sioner Noel Chandler, "Friend" Marie Culbreth, New Horizons
Development Director Cathleen Owen, Sheriff's Executive
Assistant Juanita White, Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May and
Commission Chairman, Cliff Betts.


Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May
is a member of the "Okeecho-
bee Friends of New Horizons." At
their Feb. 26, meeting Sheriff May
requested that the Okeechobee
Commissioners approve a dona-
tion from the Okeechobee Law
Enforcement Trust Fund for the
New Horizons Center for Children
currently underway on Midway
Road in Fort Pierce.
Commissioners Cliff Betts,
Chairman, Ray Domer, Noel
Chandler and Margaret Garrard
Helton approved Sheriff May's re-
quest and awarded a $20,000 do-
nation from the trust fund to go
towards the construction of this
critically needed center for chil-
dren. The 20-bed Children's Crisis
Unit will provide emergency treat-
ment for boys and girls ages 6-17
who are experiencing a mental


health or substance abuse crisis.
Currently, the four county areas
served by New Horizons has only
three beds available for our chil-
dren in crisis and they are in Vero
Beach. This number is sadly inad-
equate. Last year alone, 792 kids
were admitted to a crisis unit.
For additional information
about New Horizons or the "4
Our Kids" capital campaign call
Cathleen Owen at 772-672-8333
or visit our web site at www.
nhtcinc.org.
New Horizons of Okeechobee
and the Treasure Coast is a non-
profit organization that provides
mental health care and substance
abuse treatment for children and
adults living in Indian River, Mar-
tin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
Counties.


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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009


Central Elementary School News


At Central Elementary School
we have big news in Kindergar-
ten. We had Mr. Dryden and his
Ag kids from the Freshman Cam-
pus come and teach our kids
how to lay out a garden. They
rototillered our spot, fertilized it,
and helped the kindergarteners
plant the seeds. They also read a
story to us. Now we will watch it
grow!
On March 2, we celebrated
Dr. Seuss' birthday with a school
wide read as a part of Read Across
America. We are getting ready to
go to the The Sebring Children's
Museum on the week of March
23.
Everyone is looking forward
to going to the Wooden Jungle
on April 17, for our good behavior
reward for March and Field Day,
Friday, April 3.


Also Kindergarten Roundup
will be held at Central on April
20.
Mrs. Vaughn's class has been
studying objects in the sky. We
learned about the sun, stars,
moon and planets. If you re-
member the sentence, "My very
educated mother just saw Uncle
Nick," you can remember the or-
der of the planets from the sun.
Pluto is no longer considered a
planet. We are looking forward to
our field trip the Hallstrom Plan-
etarium at IRSC.
Happy Birthday to Matthew
Mangold and Orlan Hagins. Con-
gratulations to the following Stu-
dents of the Week: Daviana Miller
and Saul Mondragon.
First Grade
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has been


learning about i
different ways
we can mea-
sure the weath-
er and how
water travels
in a cycle. We
learned about
weather vanes, rain gauges,
thermometers, anemometers,
evaporation, condensation, and
precipitation! Big words for big
first graders! In reading we fin-
ished our Unit 4 review and have
begun Unit 5. This week we are
learning different ways we ex-
press ourselves, and why it's im-
portant to be you! We are also
studying adjectives and how they
describe things so we can make
pictures in our minds! In math we
learned about identifying and cre-
ating different types of patterns.


Japanese Club enjoys Megacon
A group from the Okeechobee Animae costume contest, partici- and a wide variety of vendors sell-
High School Japanese Club tray- pants dress like characters in the ing art, costumes and memora-
eled to Orlando Feb. 27-March 1, cartoons or graphic novels. bilia.
for the annual Megacon Conven- Other items of interest at the For those who missed the
tion. ; 1. i..A 4 1,.., Megacon event, a Mini Megacon


While, the convention brings
together a wide variety of art
forms the Japanese Club mem-
bers were most interested in dis-
plays and workshops involving
animae (a Japanese form of ani-
mation) and manga (the art form
used in popular graphic novels).
They had a chance to meet some
of the artists in "Artists alley"
which featured booths with hun-
dreds of artists.
Megacon also offered a portfo-
lio review booth for new artists.
One of the most interesting
parts of a Megacon is the cos-
tumes. There is a tradition that
convention goers are encour-
aged to dress in costume, giving
the convention the fun of giant
three-day costume party. Some
of these costumes are elaborate
and look like they stepped off a
movie set. The costume contests
draw hundreds of entries. For the


convention ncu e spay o
famous robots from the movies
and television, celebrity guests, a


video gaming area, Lego displays


is planned for August. For more
information, go to www.mega-
convention.com.


auDminea pnoio
Some members of the Okeechobee High School Japanese
Club attended Megacon in Orlando Feb. 27- March 1. The an-
nual event showcases Japanese magna and animae as well
as comic books, science fiction and fantasy.


Now we're using different strat-
egies for making addition easier
and faster for us! Students of the
Week these past few weeks were
Nickalus Dailey and Katie Bryde-
bell. Congratulations, superstars!
Keep making those responsible
and respectful choices.
Miss Shineldecker's first grade
class is super excited for our field
trip to Hallstrom Planetarium on
Friday, March 13. We've blasted
into space with our imagina-
tions and have learned many
new and very interesting things.
Students have learned "My Very
Educated Mother Just Saw Uncle
Nick" is a way to remember the
planets and the order starting
with the closest to the sun. (Mer-
cury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune).
They've learned that Pluto was
once a planet, however, now it's
not considered as such. Maybe
someone might have a future as
an astronaut! Yearbooks are on
sale until March 30. This is such
a great way for kids to remem-
ber their 2008/2009 school year!
Also, remember that there is no
school on Friday, March 27.
First Grade B.A.S.E. News
Learning to read through our
social studies and science theme
units has inspired the children
to learn more and do their own
"teaching" at home. It's exciting
to get a call from a parent tell-
ing about all the cool things their
child is learning in the classroom
and taking home with them.
Congratulations to our stu-
dents of the week: Pedro Perez,
Ashley Snyder, Halle McDuffie,
Brook Watford, Joseline Flores,
and Cason Cooper. Happy Birth-
day to: Cole Younger and Nichole
Folbrecht
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class has been
enjoying the chapter books they
have been reading. One group
just finished reading Stone Fox.
They really enjoyed the story of a
young boy and his amazing dog.
That same group just started read-
ing Charlotte's Web. We seem to
like stories about children and


North Elementary News


North Elementary is Reading,
Reading, Reading! In grades K-2
students are learning to read.
From grades 3-5 a student's focus
changes to read to learn. North is
dedicated to many educational,
fun reading activities throughout
the school year that will help their
students become lifelong readers
and to achieve any goal they set
for themselves.
School-wide Read Aloud
This school year began with
North Elementary's annual
school-wide read aloud. All class-
room teachers, Kindergarten
through Fifth Grade, read the
same book to their students, "The
Hour of the Olympics" from the
Magic Treehouse series. This title
was selected in honor of the re-
cent summer Olympics and since
there are many books in this se-
ries, we hoped to inspire students
to continue to read more of these
books independently. At the con-
clusion of the book, a school-wide
Literacy Fun Day was organized
by the Special Area Teachers and
the Paraprofessionals that con-
tinued the theme of the book by
holding its own North Elementary
Olympics. The day began with
the Parade of Rooms. Each class-
room entered the field proudly
displaying their classroom-cre-
ated flag. The Magic Treehouse
series takes modern day children
and transports them back to a
historical time. Students had to
guess if the activities for North's
Olympics were from the present
or ancient Olympics. Some of the
activities included: chariot races,
discus throw with Frisbees, relay
races, face painting, storytell-
ing, and snacks. A "golden" time
was had by all! Literacy Council
is working on selecting the next
school-wide read scheduled to
begin this spring.
Accelerated Readers
Accelerated Reader is a reading
incentive program that motivates
students to read books and take
short quizzes on the computer.
The students are rewarded with
points for completing a quiz suc-
cessfully. Points will earn students
a special trip to go to the bowling
alley, wooden jungle, rock mine,
public library, or the movie the-
ater. Points can also be spent for
prizes at the AR Store sponsored
by PTO. Students learn valuable
lessons by having options at the
store, such as, spend all their
earned points, spend some/save
some, or save all their earned
points until they have enough for
that special item, such as a bike or
i-pod. Students are also working
to get their scoop of ice cream on
the reading coach's hall of fame
and appearing on North Elemen-
tary's morning news TV program
by entering the 50 Point Club, 100
Point Club, or 200 Point Club.
The school was earned over
20,000 AR Points, with second
grade in the lead with almost
6000.
The following students have
earned their way into the 100


Point Club: Anthony Metcalf,
Mason Heater, Kylee Field, Alexi
Morgan, Dalton Hillard, Brooke
Santiago, Makenzy Dunson, Rafe
Tucker, Hannah Boshell, Devin
Hillard, Matthew Covert, Larry
Boswell, Jose Rodriguez, Ethan
Durfee, A.J. Serrano.
The following students have
earned their way into the 50 Point
Club: Alexi Morgan, Mason Heat-
er, Kylee Field, Anthony Metcalf,
Hannah Boshell, Brooke Santia-
go, Johnathan Fox, Larry Boswell,
David Resendiz, Taylor Amadon,
Devin Hillard, Matthew Hair, Dal-
ton Hillard, Kylei Harvey, Brenden
Doyle, Matthew Covert, Makenzy
Dunson, Jade Joyce, Nancy 01-
vera, Devin Tedders, Chelsea
Walker, Angel Limon, Katy Pope,
Ethan Durfee, Jose Rodriguez,
Colvin Knowles, Kendall Harri-
son, Lacarvis Kelly, Britney Stutts,
Cameron Whitlock, Rafe Tucker,
Addy Sizemore, Dakota Thomp-
son, Shelby Johnson, AJ Serrano,
Angel Perron, David Yanez, Na-
than Campbell, Jordan Hair, Ja-
net Ramos, Jackson Castro, Alex
Soriano, Gabrielle Wilbarger,
Artha Jonassaint, Maci Weseman,
Carlos Herrera, Daniel Groso,
Chris Lutjen, Jay McCoy, Matthew
Lanning, Evan Blankenbaker,
Richard Tovar, Aljay Holt, Delae-
nam Akahoho, Corey Coleman,
Sierra Ochoa, Cody Tarvin, Serina
Ochoa, Sey'moura Humphries,
Jesus Hernandez, Samantha Re-


bollo, Cecila Ceja, Alexis Chitten-
den, Patrick McDonald, Toriesha
Freeman, Kara Hawk, Jose Her-
nandez, Chloe Tomlinson, Zaid
Calzada, Danielle Tyson, Lyn'd
Lewis, Austin Pope, Kimberly Mar-
tinez, Shalee Underhill, Caroline
Rebollar, D'erra Byrd, Will Con-
ner, Kimberly Martinez, Savannah
Goggans, Arleth Arellanes, Chris-
tina Vega, Brendaesia Byrd, Sarah
Roehm, Marieht
Barrera, Tay-
lor Carter, Tyra
Smith, Sean Wil-
liams, Christian
Doyle, Destiny
Swanson, Rossa
Morales-Ruiz, "
Cade Pierce,
Patrick Lehman, Ruben Rodri-
guez, Lucas Seals, Adrian Guer-
rera, Kennedee Brewer, Rachel
Dean, Madison Gurrola, Bracen
Harvey, Dalton Cross, Angela


Aries, Ana Solis, Chance Deen,
Giovanny Aguirre, Ashley Juback,
Kwame Karanja, Kado Caron,
John Pearce, Clinesha Williams,
Colton Taylor, Cindy Fralix, Brady
Pearce, Austin Cross, Samuel
Moore, Gavin Driggers.
The more children read, the
better readers they become. The
better reader they become, the
more they like and understand
what they read. Parents can help
North Elementary build lifelong
readers that can go out in the
world and accomplish any goal
they have for their life by setting
a daily routine, of at least 15 min-
utes, to read to your child, read a
story together, or have your child
read to you or younger siblings.
Checking the agenda and home-
work every day will keep you in-
formed and the lines of commu
nication open. An involved parent
can make a difference!


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finished reading The Littles. They
really liked reading about the
little people living in the walls.
They just started reading Hor-
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The whole class had fun mak-
ing totem poles after reading a
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the County Extension Office for
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Congratulations to the stu-
dents who represented our class
in the Spelling Bee: Tyla Harper,
Natalie Saucedo, Kaitlyn McKay,


OFC School Brief


UtF hosts parent meeting
of new students
On Tuesday, March 31,
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
will be hosting a Parent Meeting
for parents of incoming 9th grade
students. This meeting will be
held in the Freshman Campus Au-
ditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If
your son/daughter will be enter-
ing ninth grade in the 2009-2010
school year you should plan to


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students who read every night
for 100 Book Challenge. We are
also excited at the super job all
students are doing on A.R. tests!
Keep reading, "little smarties!"
Luz Rodriguez
Mrs. Entry's class has been
working hard! We have been
learning about Earth's surface
in science. We are doing an ex-
cellent job reading plays to our
neighboring classrooms and we
are learning about folk tales! In
math we are learning about inch-
es, feet and yards. We would like
to say Thank You to the County
Extension Office for sending two
lovely ladies that helped us plant
our garden. We can't wait until
they start growing! Congratula-
tions to our students of the week;
Christina Lense, Jordyn Shreves,
Jose Rodriguez, Mayra Garcia,
Cassandra Brown and Raelyn
Bell.


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will be on hand to discuss sched-
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other important information that
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009 9



Kennel owner questioned on rabies vaccinations


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Most code violations involve
such things as derelict cars and
overgrown yards. However, Tues-
day afternoon special magistrate
Lois Nichols will be hearing a
case concerning the owner of a
dog kennel and rabies vaccina-
tions for her dogs.
Ms. Nichols will also be hear-
ing nine new code violation cases,
possibly imposing fines in nine
more cases and ruling on one re-
quest for a fine reduction.
Last month, Diane Epperly,
operator of Lai Kai Kennel, ap-
peared before the special magis-
trate to answer charges brought
by animal control officer Claire


Hudson that the dogs in her ken-
nel were not properly vaccinated
against rabies. At that hearing,
Mrs. Epperly produced vaccina-
tion certificates for 109 dogs. Ms.
Hudson requested that she be al-
lowed to go immediately to the
kennel and match the dogs there
against the certificates to ensure
all dogs present were vaccinated.
Mrs. Epperly stated that she had a
previous engagement out of town
that afternoon and wanted to be
present with her lawyer when the
animal control officer came. The
case was tabled until this month
and Mrs. Epperly was ordered by
the special magistrate to contact
animal control and arrange a time
for a meeting by 2:30 p.m. the fol-
lowing day, Feb. 18.


If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County
Special Magistrate Code En-
forcement Hearings
When: 2 p.m., Tuesday,
March 17
Where: Okeechobee Coun-
ty Health Department Auditori-
um, 1728 N.W Ninth Ave.

Turning to other matters,
George and Kathy Hauser have
requested that their $37,400
code violation fine be reduced to
$3,470. They stated in their writ-
ten request that this is all they
could afford to pay.
James and Jessica Wilkerson
were cited by code enforcement
officer Blanca Saucedo for not


having a building permit for a
pole barn they are building and
having an old refrigerator on their
N.W 95th Court property which
is considered a safety hazard for
children.
Mitchell Rucks needs to secure
a demolition permit and remove
the burned structure from his S.E.
25 Street property, according to
code enforcement officer Beth
Albert.
According to Mrs. Saucedo,
Maria Anselmo has household
goods, tires, unregistered/inoper-
able vehicles and other accumu-
lations on her S.W. Second Way
lot.
Timothy and Jamie Pritchett
will have to answer charges of
having a burned structure on their
S.E. 26th Street property.


Teresa Ledford was cited for
having overgrowth and an accu-
mulation of debris and trash on
her N.W Second Street property.
Unlicensed and or inoperable
vehicles were found on the N.W
364th Road property of Timmy
and Melissa Sellers according to
code enforcement officer Albert.
Extreme overgrowth, main-
tenance of a nuisance and a de-
teriorated/abandoned structure
are the charges against Ronetta
Johnson White because of the
condition of her N.W First Street
property.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Saucedo, Robert
Skinner has junk, mechanical
parts and trash on his S.E. 59th
Drive property.
Fitzpatrick Land Company
was cited for accumulation of


junk and debris and maintenance
of a nuisance on their S.E. 34th
Avenue lot
Enos Clark, trustee, ANDS
Management, Jose Baltazar, La-
wana Green, Toni Steed, Jo Ann
Baron, DBR Lease Exchange,
Charles Whitchurch and Donald
Bastura have already been judged
to be in noncompliance and are
all facing possible fines of up to
$250 a day for every day of non-
compliance.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


OFC announces Take Stock in Children Scholarship Awards


The following Okeechobee
Freshman Campus students were
selected for the Take Stock in


Children Scholarship through the that pays tuition for two years to
IRSC Foundation. These students IRSC and two years to a state uni-
will receive a pre-paid scholarship versity: Kristian "Tadd" Acheson,


Omar Alvarado, Jesus Castillejo, Kaitlyn Furphy, Veronica Gilchrist, Eduardo Sanchez and Andrea
Cesar Chavez, Kiesha Cleckley, Elizabeth Hans, Jessica Jimenez,
Marvin Cruz, Brianne Furphy, Nicholas Methner, Oscar Ruiz, Young.


Kindergarten registration planned


Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary

Students of the week
Everglades students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of March 9-13
include: Kindergarten students, Zachary Sutherland, Kayla Morgan, Balin Webb, Tiadora
Sontay-Perez, Gisselle Delgado; first graders, Tyler Boatwright, Destiney Jones, Haley Un-
derhill, Rocio Garcia; second grade students, Larry Fresolone, Erika Serrano, Abi Morales,
Kyle Reynolds, Danielle Tribbitt; third graders, Maria Garcia, Jessica Arnold, Janavise
Futch, Kayla Aguilar, Monica Velazquez; fourth graders, Troy Faye, Briceyda Granados,
Aurelio Urbina, Jake Winchester, Mariah Whaley; fifth graders, Lony Castaneda, Jessica
Cason, Alex Garcia, Robby Hays. Congratulations to our many outstanding students!


Driving habits leads


to fight and arrest


Kindergarten Registration for
the 2009-10 School Year
The Okeechobee County
School Board will be holding
Kindergarten registration at the
following schools:
April 20, Central Elemen-
tary School 863-462-5077.
April 21, South Elementary
School 863-462-5087.
April 22, Everglades Ele-
mentary School 863-462-5108.
April 23, Seminole Elemen-
tary School 863-462-5116.
April 24, North Elementary
School 863-462-5100.
If your child will be 5 years
old on or before Sept. 1, 2009,
you should begin gathering the
following information required
by law to enter public school:
Legal proof of birth date.
Up to date immunization
records.
Health exam record that


has been completed by a physi-
cian since Sept. 1, 2008.
Proof of residence (FPL
statement; OUA statement, etc.)
Please contact the school
your child will attend to schedule
an appointment for kindergarten
registration. If you do not know
which school your child should
attend, contact the Student Ser-
vices Office at 863-462-5000 ex-
tension 260.

Matriculacion del
kinder
20 de abril, Central Elemen-
tary School 863-462-5077.
21 de abril, South Elemen-
tary School 863-462-5087.
22 de abril, Everglades Ele-
mentary School 863-462-5108.
23 de abril, Seminole Ele-
mentary School 863-462-5116.
24 de abril, North Elemen-


tary School 863-462-5100.
Su nino/a debera tener cinco
de edad en o antes, del primero
de septiembre, 2009, para powder
ser eligible.
Antes de que su nino(a) entire
a la escuela, usted necesita traer
los documents siguientes:
Acta de Nacimiento (Prue-
ba de Nacimiento).
Expedientes de lasVacumas
(Estar al dia y documentadas por
un doctor o el Departmento de
Salud.)
Un Certificado de Examen
Fisico (Hecho por un doctor
desde el 1 de septiembre de
2008.)
Prueba de Recidencia
(Cuenta de FPL, Cuenta de OUA,
etc.)
Pongase en contact con la
escuela elemental de su area
para hacor una cita.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman was arrested Thurs-
day when she became incensed
over the driving habits of another
woman and she allegedly hurled
a stone at the woman.
Tabatha McKenzie, 20, Farrar
Court, Decatur, Ga., was arrested
March 12 on felony charges of
shooting/throwing a deadly mis
sile and aggravated assault. She
was also arrested on misdemean-
or charges of criminal mischief,
disorderly conduct and resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $6,500.
McKenzie was arrested by
Officer Scott Morgan, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), after she reported-
ly threw a softball-sized stone at
a woman during an argument on
N.W 12th St. around 7:30 p.m.


Accidents
Continued From Page 1
hle was on S.W 21st St. when he
came upon the stop sign at the in-
tersection of S.W 32nd Ave. and
tried to turn left. The pickup, with
a lawmower trailer on the back,
was southbound.
The truck was driven by Es-
dras Gomez, 32, N.W. 38th Ter-
race, Okeechobee. He received
only minor injuries.
"No charges will be filed
against the driver of the truck,"
said Detective Van Deman. "At
this point, we are looking into the
cause of the crash and why he
(Mr. Gehle) failed to stop at the
stop sign."
In the second accident, an
Okeechobee woman died early
Friday morning in a single vehicle
accident on U.S. 441 S.E. near S.E.
88th Blvd.


Although
she missed the
woman, the
stone struck
the tailgate of
the woman's
Ford pickup
then bounced
off and struck
that woman's Tabatha
daughter in McKenzie
the side, stated
the officer's report.
The daughter was not seri-
ously injured, although damage
to the F-150 was estimated to be
$700, added the report.
Officer Morgan said McKen-
zie and the other woman were
arguing over the way the other
woman drives. McKenzie was
upset that the woman had appar-
ently slammed on the brakes of
her vehicle so hard that it threw
McKenzie's daughter against the
vehicle's seat, the OCPD report
stated.


Sherry Anita Whaley, 36, ap-
parently lost control of the 1998
Dodge Ram pickup she was driv-
ing and she was thrown from
the vehicle as it began to over-
turn, stated an accident report by
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
Pamela J. Wyatt.
The report states Ms. Whaley
was southbound on U.S. 441 S.E.
around 2:30 a.m. on March 13
when she lost control of her ve-
hicle and left the roadway. The
half-ton pickup then struck a util-
ity pole on the driver's side and
veered back across the highway.
Ms. Whaley crossed the high-
way onto the west shoulder
where the truck began to roll over.
Trooper Wyatt said the woman
was thrown from the vehicle, and
that the truck overturned twice.
According to the report, Ms.
Whaley was not wearing her seat
belt.
The accident is still under in-
vestigation, said Trooper Wyatt.


7638 sqft w/ 8166 total sqft built 1954 on 1.56 acres in city limits.
Seats approx 150, 6 classrooms, nursery & 4 restrooms. Recent
updates made. Includes central a/c, baptismal, kitchen. Call Sena
Treadway for more info, 863-697-3207


Submitted photo

Drawing winner
Christine Clifford of ZT Bait and Tackle held a drawing for
a tackle pack and rod and reel giveaway. Chris Eaton was
the lucky winner of the tackle pack. The giveaway was
held at the Zachary Taylor RV Resort's Annual yard sale
on Feb. 21, 2009.


New CBS Homes
3/2 cathedral ceil-
ings, tile throughout,
Swood cabinets, plant
l shelves, appliances,
$113,000. inc. lot.
(Reduced price if built on your lot)
Contact (863) 634-0571
Lic# Crc1328235

Patricia Louise Goolsby,
frfi Licensed Real Estate Broker
as I. 634-5588 M ..t
FULL SERVICE REALTOR patgoolsby@embarqmail.com
Vicki Anderson 863-634-4106 Eric Anderson 863-6344107





JUST HBING OU RUSH A turn key MODULARHOMEON2.50ACRES.Frutorchardwith
waterfront DWMH. Furnished with large workshop 10 different flit trees. Kitchen has all stainless steel
and shed Screen room This 3/2 is pnced to sell and appliances w/child safe locking Deck with pool
ready for you. DON'T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY. Includes a nice vacant lot with plenty of trees. MLS
MLS 201290, $79,500. Call Vicki at 863-634-4106. #200986, $299,000. Call Vicki at 8636344106.




WATERFRONT PROPERTY. Well maintained
DWMH Many mature trees Two nice sheds, fish
FISHING PARADISE Park Model on a deep pnvate cleaning station with dock Large private well
canal, Tum Key condo unit completely furnished, stocked captured lake MLS #201595, $89,000.
MLS #9442, $124,900. Call Vicki a 86334-4106. Call Vicki at 863-634-4106.


Pritchard's
GMAC
Real ,I at


1804 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee

(863) 357-4622


ivang quarters above 8-stall barn w/tack & feed rm
Bath w/laundry combo, humcane shutters Property
is cross-fenced, automatic entrance gate Pasture &
yard imgaton Wooley shed Set back off main road
for privacy, Come take a look #201639 $399,000






This 2/2 on Lake access canal -s read r you to
just walk in to 2 car carport attached and a
17xl8 florida rm Canal has a covered boat dock
Most furnishings stay. #20174 $129,000
J kin t lll' l!hllillu4Ml ( !1', 4 Yg


4/2 DWMH in Treasure Island w/new wood front
porch, fenced yard, living rm family rm w/fireplace,
Ig kitchen w/flat top cook top & wall oven, walk in
closets, garden tub in master bath Owners moti-
vatedi Bring offers #200924 $105,000


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Great Price on this 3BR 1 1/2 Bath CBS home! Almost 4 acres justsouthofHwy 70., High Traffic
Home has been remodeled and looks like new, Location CBS 16,183 sq ft bldg & a 2,400 sq ft
Come take a look! #202428 $85,000o metal warehouse, 2 acres of property vacant.
Call for more details. #200159


LARGE WATERFRONT HOME. This lot has a canal on
two sides of property. Mature oaks and a nice boat dock,
Well maintained home and ready to move in MLS
#201606, $150,000. Call Vicki at 863-634-4106.


VERY NICE SWMH. FL Room, two screened poithes,
two sheds, boat dock, fenced in yard Painted white wth
drywall and vertical blinds Auminum Humcane Shuters
MLS #202416, $67,900. Call Vicki 8634344106.


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Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


ELDERLY LADY'S HANDBAG,
Lost on Mon. 3/09. Possibly
downtown Okee or at Wal-
mart parking lot. She is very
distraught over loss of con-
tents. Reward, no questions
asked. Call 863-634-5748 or
561-767-7263
LOST BRACELET Dia-
mond/Sapphire bracelet lost
either at Los Coco's or
Comm. Theater, March
7.2009 (863)467-1547 or
532-9701



FREEDOM OUT-
REACH
MINISTRY YARD
SALE
OKEECHOBEE, Sun., Mar. 15th
9am-9, 912 NW 2nd St.
(2 blocks west of the Meat
Shoppe on NW 2nd St.)
Furniture, Clothes, Tools,
Toys, Electronics, H/H tems...

Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!


WANTED LIVE IN Housekeep-
er (863)467-6688


Emlymn
Ful Tie I'l


How fast can your car
?o? It can go even
ster when you sell it
in the classified.



CNA. LPN or RN
Experienced only need apply.
For nights, weekends &
some weekdays (6pm-6am).
Smoke free environment.
Must be CPR Certified & able
to pass drug & TB tests.
Background check also req'd.
Fax resume to (863)763-9302
or call (863)634-5765
MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Must have 1 yr. exp.
Bilingual Spanish/English
preferred. Fax resume to
(863)357-2991 or apply at
Community Health Cen-
ters, 1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP


Emlymn
FullTime 020


CDL DRIVERS .I -
NEEDED


Private School One on One
Tractor Trailer Training @ IRCC.
No exp. req'd. Job Placement.
Earn $35,000 $50,000 +
benefits. 866-832-7243
www.saaeschools.com


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




EXPERIENCED BAR TENDER -
Full liquor, apply in person
only. Big Mike's Sports Grill
441 SE&15-B
MYSTERY SHOPPERS
Earn up to $150 a day!
Undercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining es-
tablishments. Experence not
required. Call 888-755-8323
Find t faster. Sll it sooner
In the classified

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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



WANTED COMPANION/CARE-
TAKER for ambulatory elder-
ly lady. Need one for live-in
arrangement in comfortable
home in gated adult commu-
niy in SW Okeechobee.
Room and board, plus sala-
ry. Also need part-time com-
panions to relieve the live in
care taker a few days a
week. Start in Apil. Only ma-
ture female applicants con-
sidered. Must provide
references and pass back-
ground check. Call
(863)467-5553. Leave mes-
sage if no answer.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


HBI is currently recruiting for a
Part-Time Employment Specialist.
Will provide job placement and case management services to
youth and young adults enrolled in vocational education pro-
gram. Will assist with developing student's employability
skills, network for job opportunities, and coordinate social
service needs before and after job placement. BA/BS in a re-
lated field required and at least two years related experience
with excellent communication skills.
All candidates must be able to satisfy an extensive background
screening. E-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@hbi.org or
fax to 202-266-8948. Visit www.hbi.org for more details.
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EmploymentI


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SEMINOLE TRIBE
OF FLORIDA



Department of Fire Rescue
Accepting applications for the position of:
Firefighter/Paramedic
(Part-time and Full-time positions available)

**Positions may be located on the Hollywood,
Brighton, Immokalee or Big Cypress Reserva-
tion, or as deemed necessary.

Applicants must submit the following documents at
time of application.

* State of Florida Firefighter II certification per
Florida Statutes.
* State of Florida Paramedic certification per Florida
Statutes.
* State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician
certification per Florida Statutes.
* Emergency Vehicle Operators Course certification-
"E.VO.C".
* Valid Florida Drivers License-Class D or above
* High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
* Social Security Card
* Birth Certificate (must be 21 years of age by May 1,
2009).
* Proof of citizenship or permanent residence.

Candidates are required to pass a written exam,
physical agility test, medical exam, drug screening
and comprehensive background investigation.

Salary: S 42.365.03 plus:

* Rescue Diver certification incentive *Driver Opera-
tor certification incentive Comprehensive benefits
package 24/72 schedule


Instructions: Download application
www.seminoletribe.com Or contact Human
at 954-966-6300 ext 11136


Applications will be accepted
March 9th thru March 27th
6:00pm Monday to Friday at:


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, ULinens & Fabrlics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To j & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



TWO WHIRLPOOL Refrigera-
tors (interchangeable parts)
$250 for both
(863)484-0210


form (
Resources


Health Foods
Vitamins, Minerals

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243


Shop here first?
The classified ads


Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified

1= =l1


_Wyott Model
31S with Hot
Dog Sausage
Cooker, slanted
roller grill with
-stainless steel
bun storage (not shown)
Cost new over $1,500 -- will sell
for $600. Works fine.
863-763-4617


Ioues-Re


Starting at $850 Mth/Yearly
Washer/Dryer Lawn Maintained
On Large Private Lots

I Ask About Rent to Own with 10% Down


CLUB CAR, 1997- New paint,
batteries & tires w/folding
windshield & charger $1800
(863)253-2617
CLUB CAR FOUR SEATER -
2000, w/folding windshield
& lights, charger $2,650
(863)253-2617



POWDER COATED STEEL
WEIGHTS. TOTAL 65 LBS.
$40 (863)801-1272


A.1 v


in person from
from 8:00am to


Big Cypress Reservation- Fire
Rescue Department
Jimmy Cypress Public Safety Building
30280 Josie Billie Hwy
Big Cypress, Florida 33440
Contact Telephone Numbers (863) 983-2150 or
(863) 805-5450

All applicants must bring originals of all required
certificates and documentation at time of application.
Copier will be provided. Incomplete applications
will not be processed. All applications mailed, faxed
or received by any other method will not be processed.
For further information contact the Department of
Fire Rescue at: 863-983-2150 or 863-805-5450 Mon -
Fri, 8:00am-6:00pm.


DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or(863)261-6425
Lense #698Ѧ

? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified


DELL Desktop Computer and
monitor with keypad $150
(772)205-0121
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.



Beautiful Rec 1/2 Glass 6'
Table on glass pedistal w/6
Cream color Parsons chairs
$400 (561)799-0161 PBG





Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.



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IIONIZERS 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175
(863)763-3932
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
WATER SYSTEM Complete,
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932


METAL LATHE 6"X18" Manu-
al feed with lots of tooling.
Very good shape. $450
(863)357-5754
How fast can your car
? o? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.



BOAT DOLLY Used for plac-
ing boat and trailer into small
storage areas/parking.
(908)295-1765
FLORIDA ART A.E. Backus,
H. Newton, A. Hair, G. Buck-
ner, Highwaymen Big $$
(772)562-5567
When doing those chores is
doing you in, its time to
look for a helper in the
classified.
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus,
H. Newton, BIG $$
(772)562-5567


Agriculluire

:11 ..

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



Miniature zebu cows, 3 bulls
and 2 heifers. Good for small
acreages. Call to see
(863 801-4417 or
561)352-3015


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec, (863)634-5780
KINGS BAY (Two) 2/2, $695
per mo 1st & last, no pets.
(863)763-7301 or
(863)697-1623
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean' $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205



Bass Capital Townhouse -
2br/2ba, fully turn., yearly or
seasonal, walking distance
to lake. (863)983-5260
Shop here first!
The classified ads


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MEETING
ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERE; TED IN ELIMINATING CRIME &
UNKEPT PROPERTIES IN OUR COMMUNITY
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18"
WHERE: CLOCK RESTAURANT, PARROTT AVE, OKEECHOBEE
TIME: 6:30 PM


Special Noice01


AAA CASTLE
CASTLE The Parenting
C/STL Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771


I Health Care


I Health Care


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the Lake Aea863-467-5243 se habia espaaol


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1,
98 Ford F-150 ....... '4295
01] Ford Exlgorer ... cms1895
2kdorrcpori L1861
'05 tlhevy Equmox ....olea 06995
S i.. i, .1 .... .. 3295

'03 Ford P350 BIox Truck..onll7495
t anail. a,/. Iit aie. w\- ean #17TTo
S I ... ... ... 6595

'01 Fond Muslad ... .n1 14995
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CITY OF OKEE 3br, 2ba, gar-
age, good neighborhood,
$875 + sec dep.
(863)634-1554
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/1ba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEE 2/1, clear furnished,
carpeting, new alc, enclosed
porch, W/D. Shed, $825/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002
WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, lacuzzI & Ig
deck $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd (863)467-6472





Professional
Office Space
for Lease


Near
Courthouse.
Immediate
Occupancy.
(863)
467-0831
PROFESSIONALL OFFICE
SUITES 3 Available Start-
ing at $250 mo. Electric.
Water. Internet. Conference
Room included Call Brian
863-634-5352 Century 21



FEMALE looking for female
roommate for house in Oak-
park $325/mo All utils ind
Call 863-261-5789
RIVER OAK ACRES New
Home (Off Hwy 70 W) Full
house prv. $550, mo. Al util.
included. (561) 756-0436



OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ, private entrance, w/d
$140/wk & deposit, utils ncd.
(863)763-7331 leave msg.




TREASURE ISLAND -
3BR, 2BA, with shed $800
move in, $750/month.
Call 863-824-0981



Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspeetioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




TEN ACRE RANCH 3/2 MH, 7
stall barn, RV in, cross
fenced, $162,000 MUST
SELL, Bank owned, call
agent (863)697-0288



BY OWNER: 3/1.5 CBS
Desirable S W area
2204 SW 3rd Ave
($124,500) (863)357-8305


Looking for
hang your
no further
classified.


a place to
hat? Look
than the


INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 2 89 acres,
$275000 Also have a 2 85
acres lot $59,900 Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
Realtor/ O w ner
(561)635-8478



5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$79,900,00 (561)801-3002


'0I Mazda Tnhbue .. .on 4395
6 l o o. t liian deal xnoil #i 4156
'02 F50, lxtl.... Onl 14595
,tU /I alirlr I #15933
'99 Dodge 1500.......... 3895
ri-b. slo.l /C. IS #11T11o
98 Toyor ola oo ........3995
aenl. u/i, .it miles, on ycar #18247
"00 V JIt a ........ t lly 4295
5 spxl, /f loial W#19990
-98 Ford Explorer XIT......3995
I ended 4 Boer #W 6717
'03 Ford Taurus SE ..... 1995
luaded #8310
'01 Dodgie lraid oirail.oir '3995
bied -ito #1197





BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, car port, shed,
$138.500 OBO
(561)818-2348



Mobile Homes




Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020





BEST VALUE
ON MARKET!
Newly remodeled 3BR/1.5BA
(or) 2BR/1BA situated on very
clean equestrian ranch 14
minutes from town center,
Please No Pets. Call for move-
in special M-F: 863-467-9800
CABIN 1/1,$525. MO + Sec
& elec also 1/1 RV, 8HR
$400 mo + Sec & elec.
55+ Comm (863)763-7164
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.

MOBILE HOME 1BR/1BA, all
until, $650 mo 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
Mobile Home: 2BD/1BA un-
furnished; newly renovated,
7 miles north of town $500
per month plus $500 clean-
ng/security deposit. Taking
applications, Call 467-1346
leave message or call
697-2448
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT
2/2, $610 mo., 1st, last
& security, 1st Month Free!
(863)983-8106
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba with
large back porch & front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot $800
mo. Also a 1 br, 1ba $500
mo Call 863-634-3451
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities) + $300 sec. dep
(863)697-0214




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2br, 1ba mob homes, com-
pletely furnished, 1 with
large workshop, 1 with large
garage, $45,000, MUST
SELL (863)946-0989
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, atti,
basement or closet in
today's classifieds.

-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Brand New Park Model
12x36, Very Nice!
$26,800
800-330-6623
MOBILE HOMES
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28 years experience.
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(863)983-8106


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035




AIRBOAT HULL Apache, 12',
with good trailer & cage
works, no motor, $1500 or
best offer. (863)357-5754
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified.

BROWNING 18' open bow,
with trailer, inboard/outboard
Mere cruiser,175 hp, 4 cyl
eng. $2000 neg
(863)763-5253
CAROLINA SKIFF 40 hp mo-
tor $1700 (863)763-8132



HONDA SHADOW 750 2004,
With trailer, many extras
$3000 (863)634-4765


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St. Lucie Battery & Tire
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee
(863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com


Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



TOYOTA SCION XB 2005 4-
cyl, air bags, 1 owner, p/w,
a/c, auto. CD, p/I, tinted
windows 30MPG $10000.
(863)983-5357
TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles Auto,tilh,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
(812)989-3022
TWO STOCK CARS One
1979 Malibu and one 1979
Z28 Camaro $2400 for both
or will separate.
(772)323-7096
USED CUSTOM RIMS 20"
$700 call (863)697-3524




DEISEL DODGE RAM 1992,
5 speed, extra tires, excellent
condition, $3000 neg
(863)763-5253



CHEVY 1951, Complete 350
Camaro eng & trans, needs
hooked up. Body Mint $3800
(863)801-9136
DODGE THUNDER ROAD
HEMI 2005 Loaded, 1
owner, V-8 Hemi w/chip
Flowmaster exhaust dark
tinted windows 20" factory
chrome wheels SLT package
$13400. (863)983-5357



Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

II


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-063
LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST
FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST
MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-FF2
Plainti
vs
LIGIA L HUNT, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
LIGIA U HUNT, UNKNOWN TENANT I,
UNKNOWN TENANT Ii, STATE OF
FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REVE-
NUE, BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS'
ASSOCIATION, INC, AN ADMINISTRA-
TIVELY DISSOLVED CORPORATION
and any unknown heirs, deisees,
grantees, creditors and other un-
known persons or unknown spouses
claiming by, through and under any of
the above-named Defendants,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS'
A SOCIATION, INC AN
AiMINISTRATIVELY DISSOLVED
CORPORATION
3 01 NW37THAVE
0 EECHOBEE, FL 34972
0
3 83 NW 19 AVE
0 EECHOBEE. FL 34972
0
3 4 N W 37THAVE
0 EEHOCHOBEE, FL 34972
0
3 78 NW 36TH AVE
0 EECHOBEE, FL 34972
0
21932 N W 36THAVE
0 EECHOBEE, FL 34972
L ST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED,
CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN
And any unknown heirs dersees, grant-
ees, creditors and other unknown per-
sons or unknown spouses claiming
by through and under the above-
named Defendants), if decreased or
whose las know addresses are un-
known
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED thr an ac-
tion to foreclose Mortgage covenng
the following real and personal proper-
ty described as follows, to-wi
Lot 16, Block 52, BASSWOOD UNITS ,
according to the plat thereof as re-
corded in Plat Book 3, Page 51, of
the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been ailed Saainst you and you are
rethured to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, any, to it on Enn
Amate Zebel, Buher & Hosch, PA,
3185 South Conway Road, Suite E,
Oflando, Flonda 32812 and file he
oginal with the Clerk of the above-
styled Courl on or before 30 days from
the first publication, otherwise a Judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in Ire Complaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of sad Court
on the 11th day of March, 2008
In accordance witi the Amencans with
Disbilitie Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en (7) days pnor to proceeding 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St Lucie,
Flonda 34986, 1-772-807-4370 wihin
two working days of you receipt of this
NOTICE, IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771 IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By Arene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
313450 ON 03/15,22/09

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in today's paper Have
you looked for it?

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"


NOTICE OF HEARING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT
SPECIAL MAGISTRATE
The Okeechobl e I "- .- ic meeting on Tuesday
March 17, 20C i i ld ot the Okeechobee
County Health i i 'i 9th Avenue, Okeecho-
e, Florida For more information contact Faye Hufiman at the Planning and Devel-
opment Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
(863) 763.5548 eSot 3001
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting

mory and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code enforcement tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
313404 on 3/13,15/09


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the perfect gift. Look
for it n the classified.


Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it?


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
TAYLOR, BEAN& WHITAKER
MORTGAGE CORP.
Plainhff
VS CASE NO 0-557-CA
DAVID W TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF DAVID W TRIPLETT
MfARY E TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF MARY E TRIPLETT
S OTT MICHAEL KOCHAKIAN, IF LIV
ING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
R MARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
R SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
S ES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
C EDITORS, UENORS, AND THUS
T ES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
C AIMING BY, THROUGH UNDER OR
AaAINST THE NAMED DEFEN
DANT(S):; ITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, ING, WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY TESTING,
TOGETHER NWTH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS,
OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFEN
DANTS) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST . . IOWN
TENANT ,, .. #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DAVID W TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DAIVD W TRIPLETT,
MARY E TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARY E TRIPLETT UN
KNOWN TENANT #1. UNKNOWN
TENANT #2 Whose residence is
7065 NE 11th Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or wtoen defenses d any,
within 30 days of frst publication date,
in the above proeeding with the Clerk
of this Court, and to serve a copy
thereof upon the plaintiffs attorney,
Law Otices of Daniel C onsuegra,
S Palm DCie, Tampa, FL
telephone
(B13) 915-8660, facsimile
(313) 915-0559, within 30 days of
date of firs publication, the nature of
this proceeding orng a su t for fe-
closure of mortgage against thoe tl-
lowing described property to wi
LOT 28, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES,
AN UNRECORDED PLAT OF PART OF
SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 27 SOUTH,
ANGE 36 EAST MORE PARTICU-
ARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
OAMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
O NER OF THE WEST BOUNDARY
II OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
0 TH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN
H NCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24DIS"
A T ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE
O A DISTANCE OF 190530 FEET
1, E OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE
A T RIGHT OF WAY OF FOUR SEA
O.S DRIVE: THENCE RUN NORTH 0
EaREES 04'22" EAST PARALLEL
W H THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE FO
SA ) SECTION 17, AND ALONG THE
EA ;T RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR
SE SONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF
138800 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH
89 DEGREES 24'08" EAST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100 00 FEET, THENCE RUN
SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04'2" EAST FOR
A DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET TO A
POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CON
TINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04t22"
EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 10000
FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DE
AGREES 24'i0" EAST FOR A DISTANCE
OF 10000 FEET, THENCE RUN
NORTH 0 DEGREES 04'22" WEST FOR
A DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES
24'08 WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF
10000 FEET TO THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING OF THE PARCEL HEREIN DE-
SCRIBED
THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL IS
ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 28b OF AN UN
RECORDED PLAT OF A PART OF SEC-
TION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST LYING AND BEING
IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
To include a
1988 Mentt Livestock Trailer,
VIN TW364C25814Aand 46191070
1988 Merri Livestock Toailoer,
VIN TW354C25814B and 46197824
AW^A
7065 NE 1th Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34974
If you foil to file your answer of wntoen
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plntff' s attorney, a default will be en
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Pettlion
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this
1 lh day of March, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of he Circ Counrt
By Arlene Neais
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 190o In
accordance wih the American with
DiSabhiliies Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to parnicl.
pate in this proceeding should contact
Cut Adminisrulin no later than sev-
en (7) days prior to the proceeding at
250 NW Counry Club Drive, Port St.
Lucie, Florida 34986, (772)807.4370
within wo working days of your receptl
of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1.8Oo,965-3771, IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-B770,
313479 ON 3/15,22/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #2008-CA-O0
Wells Fargo Bank, N A, as Trustee I
he Certiocateholders of Soundvi
Home Loan Trust 2007-OPT1, Ass
Backed Certificates, Senes 200
OPT1,
Plaintiff,
vs
Bryant Bowman and Cindy Bowmi
//a Cyntia Bowman, his wife, al,



TO Bryant Bowman, WHOSE
RESIDENCE IS 369 NW CHEHALIS
AVE, #203 CHEHALIS, WA 98532
If iinn, including any unknown soon
of said Defendants, i either has rema
ned and if either or both of sad DCe
daets are dead, Iteir respecive unknoi
heirs, devisees, grant
creios i nors, aid
other persons claiming by, through,
der or against the named DefendantIl
and the aforemenhoned nanned Defe
dant(s) and such of the aforenention
unknown Defoendants and such of t
aforementioned unknown Defendants
may be inanls, incompeents or oth
wise not su juris
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
lion has been commenced to freolos
a mortgage on the following real pro
erly, lying and being and situated
Okeechhoee County, Fltonda, mo
particulary described as follows
PARCEL
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION
34, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLOF
DA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY D
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
BEGINNING AT A 3 INCH X 3 INC
CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING
HE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF TI
LORTH 1/2 OF THE S E 1/4 OF TI
E 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 3
HENCE 89 DEGREES 40 MINUTE
4 SECONDS W ALONG THE SOUO
BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID N 1/2 I
HE SE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4, A DI
-ANCE OF 770 56 FEET TO A 5/8 R
AR WITH CAP #LB6329 MARKING
HE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF TH,
'ARICULAR UNRECORDED 5 LI
SUBDIVISION PREPARED BY L
WILLIS, LS #1358, DATED 12/14/7
THENCE N 46 DEGREES 57 MINUTE
27 SECONDS E ALONG THE SOUTH
ERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID U
RECORDED SUBDIVISION,
DISTANCE OF 275 71 FEET TO A 5/
REBAR MARKING THE EASTERMOI
CORNER OF SAID SUBDIVISION,
THENCE N 43 DEGREES 00 MINUTE
18 SECONDS W ALONG THE EASTE
LY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID UNR
CORDED SUBDIVISION, A DtSTANI
OF 20026 FEET TO A 5/B" REBA
WITH CAP LB6329 MARKING TI
NORTHERNMOST CORNER OF SA
SUBDIVISION AND MARKING A POIl
ON THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF TI
NE 39TH BLVD RItGHT-OF-WAY (11
FEET IN WIDTH),
THENCE N 48 DEGREES 07 MINUTE
19 SECONDS E ALONG SAID SOUTH
EARLY RFW LINE, A DISTANCE I
571 76 FEET TO A 5/8" REBAR WI
CAP #LB6329,
THENCE SOUTH 40 DEGREES 10 Ml
UTES 30 SECONDS EAST, A Dl
STANCE OF 451 45 FEET TO A 5/
REBAR WITH CAP #LB6329 MAR
ING A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNA
BY LINE OF AFORSAID SECTION 34,
THENCE S 01 DEGREES 45 MINUTE
58 SECONDS W ALONG SAID WEt
BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 34
DISTANCE OF 36719 FEET TO TI
POINT OF BEGINNING
more commonly known as 14i
Northeast 39th Boulevard, Okech
bee, FL 34972
This action has been filed against y
and you are required to serve a co
of your written defense, if any, up
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLR Atorne
for Plaitff, whose address is 24:
North Feder ., Suite 36
Boca Raton, wi Wil Ih
ty (30) days after the first public'
of this notice and tile the original w
the clerk of this Court either betfc
service on Plantrff's anorney or imm
diatey there after, other wise a dera
will be entered against you for the
list demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Coi
on the 1lth day of March, 2009
SHARON ROFERTSO
Circuit and County Coun
By KathyArno
Depaly Cle
313474 ON 3/15,22/09

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Public NoticeI50


Everglades Elementary News


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8 Kindergarten
or Mrs. Moore's class has enjoyed
w learning about Dr. Seuss and
7- many of his books. We are also
studying about seeds and plants
and have enjoyed planting some
an Bachelor Button seeds. with our
volunteer, Miss Shannon, Kaylee
Smith's mom. Parents, remem
ber to practice each night with
your child on their letters, sounds,
and words.
M r s
e Claypool's
n- class cel-
ow ebrated Dr.
d Seuss' birth-
h day this past
0-
ot week. We
be made and
ate "green
eggs and
ac- ham." We
s also decorated Dr. Seuss hats and
in made Oobleck.
0e Mrs. Dodson's class has been
all about the letters Kk and Uu.
IN We're also learning some first
-, grade secrets, like the sounds ch,
E- sh, and th make. Congratulations
to Kaitlynn, Jace, and Tiffany for
HG earning "BOOKIT" coupons for
HE 100 Book Challenge! in February.
HE Mrs. Wright's class read and
sN enjoyed Dr. Seuss books this
ON week. We ate "dum-dum" loI-
s- lipops to reinforce the short /u/
EG sound. Last we made and flew
AT kites for the letter Kk. We planted
H lima beans and they sprouted in
1 just one day.
ES Miss Snyder's class is begin-
H-
N- ning a wonderful theme, Amaz-
A ing Creatures. We are going to be
ST reading about memorial insects
like the giant beetles, ocean life,
ES and many other strange but real
F- creatures.
BE
OR
HE First Grade
NT The first grade celebrated Dr.
HE Seuss and Read Across Amer-
go ica Week with a field trip to the
ES Okeechobee Public Library for
H- story hour. They were also able
HE to tour the library and learn about
the importance of reading. The
N- students and teachers would like
s: to thank the Okeechobee County
K- Library and Mrs. Pat 0' Conner
R' for a great day at the library'
First grade would like to thank
ST Erica Robbins at the Army Corps
A Of Engineers office in West Palm
for sending our school "Wayne
02 Drops Journey Through the Ev-
e- erglades" and materials for each
teacher.
ou Mrs. Hollins Class: celebrated
o Dr. Seuss and Read Across Ameri-
ys ca by reading many of our favorite
24, stories written By Dr. Seuss. Our
, class would like to thank our stu-
it dent teacher Ms. Coffey for help-
ien ing with all the special projects
it and lessons.
Ms. Rowley would like to rec-
rt ognize all super 100 Book Chal-
lenge readers in her class. Haley
N Underhill has just passed 900
id steps. Brenda Sixto has reached
500 steps and Edwin Reyes has
made it to 300 steps! We also
have Tanner Adams and Shelby
Haaka who have both made it to
200 steps!
Second Grade

Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
writing plays and making sock
puppet characters. In math we are
interpreting tables and graphs.
Mrs. Kirby's class is busy writ-
ing St. Patrick's Day stories and
making colorful shamrocks.
There are also working on a mu-
ral of the Everglades to display at
the fair.
Mrs. Brady's class is studying
about deserts and the Everglades.
We are reading the BFG by Ron-
ald Dahl and the students LOVE
it! We are also growing grass for
a cool Leprechaun craft.


Mr. Wright's class has had an
animal book published. We have
crafted a technology project on
the Everglades in computer and
book form.
Miss Kosinski's class has been
moving on in our journey of plant
investigations. The students are
creating videos using the parts of
a plant. They are using the PIXIE
program on their computers.
Ms. Gumz's class has been re-
ally working on writing skills. We
wrote "animal fact" books, where
we used describing words to write
about stuffed animals.

Third Grade
Mrs. Koff's class has finished
taking the FCAT. The students
have worked extremely hard! This
week we started our new reading
story "Boom Town." The reading
skill that we will be focusing on
is chronological order. In math,
we will be learning about metric
units and temperature.
Mr. Viens' class has finished
their first ever FCAT reading and
math assessment. The students
worked very hard and were very
motivated to show how success-
ful they can be.
Mrs. Tilton's class is tackling
3-digit multiplication and long
division in math. In Social Stud-
ies, we are comparing forms of
post Renaissance governments in
small groups.
Mrs. Forde's class is happy to
celebrate the end of FCAT. Mrs.
Forde is very proud of her stu-
dents for their hard work and
wonderful behavior during FCAT
week! We would like to congratu-
late our students of the week;
Stephanie Sippert, Cody Floyd,
Jared Joiner, Desmond Gonzalez,
and Monica Velazquez.

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Davis' fourth graders
are so excited to learn that their
"Geometric Shapes at Everglades
Elementary" power point projects
are some of the featured EETT
projects on the county web site.
Ms. Stokes classroom theme
for this year has been "A Land
Remembered." The class just fin-
ished an oral reading of the book
and made wonderful dioramas
depicting their favorite scene
from the book.

Student Council
The Everglades Elementary
School Student Council, students,
parents, and faculty and staff par-
ticipated in the 'Gator Walk and
March of Dimes Walk For Ba-
bies at Flagler Park on Saturday,
March 7. Congratulations to the
Everglades' winners of "Top Fund
Raising School Trophy."

Reading
Leadership Team
The Reading Leadership team,
along with, Mrs. Weigum, Mr.
Ball,and Miss Shofner would like
to thank the second grade for
their great performance at last
week's PTO meeting. The boys
and girls were hip-hoppin' to the
sounds of Ireland during their St.
Patrick's Day performance! Also
we would like to thank everyone
who participated in the monthly
Literacy Display.
Don't forget to read each night
for at least 15 minutes to earn a
step for 100 Book Challenge.
County Fair
The teachers, students, and
administration of Everglades are
very proud of our display for the
upcoming County Fair. We are
working on individual, class and
grade level projects that represent
our theme, "The Everglades."


IMI,




12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 15, 2009


Girls tennis team upends Clewiston


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Katie Walker showed off a lot of power on her volleys as she
rallied to defeat Adele Espinoza.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Spurred on by great singles
play, the Okeechobee High School
Girls Tennis Team continued their
strong season with a 6-1 match vic-
tory over Clewiston High School on
Thursday.
All of their singles players were
impressive as all of them won
straight set victories. The only blem-
ish was a loss in doubles.
"All of the girls really stepped up
today and took care of business,"
said Brahman tennis coach Mor-
gan Ungerott. "In our last match
with Clewiston we won only 4-3,
so the girls came out ready to prove
something. Today was a great team
win."
Kari Berger defeated Sarah Es-
pinoza in the top seed match 6-0,
6-4, and Shaina Ragamat defeated
Deli Morero 6-3, 6-0. Alisha Wilcox
outlasted Taylor Beatty 6-3, 6-2, and
Katie Walker overcame a slow start
to defeat Adela Espinoza in straight
sets, 7-6, 6-0. Katherine Ragamat
defeated Brandi Herring in the fifth
seed match, 6-1, 6-1.
Walker came off a loss Tuesday
to win Thursday. She fell behind 5-3
in the first set, thanks to two service
breaks by Espinoza before she ral-


lied.
"I just got my head into the game.
I just did what my coach told me to
do. It really helped me out, listening
to my coach," she noted.
Walker noted her opponent did a
good job keeping the ball in play in
the first set and made herwork hard,
"I was running back and forth. She
hit some really good shots. Overall I
think I did really good today."
Walker dominated the second
set as she won all six games and
didn't face a break point. She noted
she loves tennis and has to work
on being consistent from match to
match. She noted she intends to
keep working hard in the off season
and has a goal of playing college
tennis. She also is excited about the
girls record this year, (6-1). "I think
it's awesome. We've never really
done extremely well. I just hope we
can pull it off against LPA and Martin
County in districts."
Wilcox played a tough match
with an arm injury which caused
her to lay back a bit on her serves.
She noted she didn't play tennis until
last June and has really taken to the
game. "It was a good match today.
She was a pretty good server and a
decent player. My serve wasn't as
fast today due to an arm injury."
Wilcox had an easy time with


Beatty's serve. She broke serve three
times in the first set. The two players
did exchange some long rallies and
did play a high level of tennis.
A high level of tennis is no
stranger to Wilcox who noted a
member of her family has high
hopes of becoming a professional
tennis player.
Wilcox nine year old brother,
John, got her interested in tennis.
He has played for several years and
she notes is able to beat her in sin-


gles matches.
Wilcox broke Beatty three times
in the second set and went on to the
straight set win.
Wilcox noted the team is really
pumped about how well they have
been playing early in the season.
"I feel pretty good about it. We
love our coach, both of them. I
just hope to keep doing the best I
can."
The tennis team will travel to
Sebring on Monday.


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Okeechobee High School's
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the two teams met Thursday at
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Okeechobee (7-0) defeated
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their top seeded singles match.
Corey White lost for the first
time at home to Nasees Azan, 7-5,
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Adolfo Fuentes 6-2, 6-1. Kyle Lunt
defeated Francisco Reyes 6-0, 6-1
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Clewiston's only win came
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behind the teams of White and
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White and Fowler defeated the
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and T. Reyes, 8-4.
The boys team travels to
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