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Man charged with drug trafficking
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man has
been booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail under a bond
of $600,000 following his arrest
on charges that include traffick-
ing in cocaine.
Stephan Lee Batton, 30, N.W
93rd Court, was arrested Feb. 12
on Okeechobee County war-
rants. The warrants charged him
with two counts of trafficking in
cocaine 28 grams or more, two
counts sale of cocaine and two
counts of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell.
Reports from the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) indicate that on at least
three occasions Batton sold a
substance to a confidential
source that was thought to be
cocaine. On each occasion, the
substance was field tested and
indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine.
In another incident, Batton
was found to be in possession of
$1,900 in cash
grams of a
thought to be
cocaine, stat- .
Again, the sub-
field tested Stephen
and indicated Batton
result for the
presence of cocaine.
These cases date back as far
as Nov. 16, 2006.
On that date, report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force states that Batton sold an
undercover officer 1.3 grams of a
substance that when tested later
indicated the presence of
On Nov. 27, 2006, a confiden-
tial source met up with Batton at
a pr location and was
sold 55 grams of a sub-
stan indicated the pres-
enct ine when it was
In another operation con-
ducted by the Task Force on Dec.
6, 2006, an undercover officer
, posing as a drug buyer met with
Batton at a predetermined site
for the purpose of buying
cocaine, stated a Task Force
Batton, who is unemployed,
reportedly sold the undercover
officer 96 grams of a substance
that was later field tested and
indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine.
Finally, on Dec. 14, 2006, the
Task Force received a tip that a
drug transaction had taken place
at a convenience store on S.R. 70
E. This information was passed
on to OCSO Corporal Paul Fer-
rell, who a short time later saw a
van that matched the description
of a van that was apparently
involved in the drug deal, contin-
ued the report.
Cpl. Ferrell stopped the van
on S.R. 710. The deputy met with
the driver of the vehicle who told
See Trafficking Page 2
Jeffers and Faison
athletes of month
Okeechobee High School
seniors Kayla Jeffers and
Devon Faison were selected
as the Publix/Okeechobee
News female and male ath-
letes of the month for
November, 2006 by the
coaches of O.H.S. at their
most recent meeting. The
young athletes were nomi-
nated by their .respective
coaches for the honor.
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Recognition: School board honors teach
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Darrell Ferneau, physical education teacher at Everglades Elementary School, was hon-
ored by Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Patricia Cooper upon his retire-
ment after 33 years with the school district. The recognition took place at the Feb. 13,
meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Mr. Ferneau said that he had been
able to work at his play and play at his work.
Ryan Reister, a fifth grader at Central Elementary School, was selected to participate in
the state elementary chorus. He was recognized at the Feb. 13 school board meeting by
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper.
OCI officer, mother
By Eric Kopp
A corrections officer from the
Okeechobee Correctional Insti-
tute (OCI) and his mother have
been arrested and charged with
the felony of obtaining a pre-
scription by fraud.
Arrested and charged were
Zachary William Cowart, 19,
and his mother Zilla Virginia
Cowart, 56. Both were booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
Wednesday, Feb. 14, under a
bond of $5,000 each.
Zilla Cowart was arrested
later on a warrant charging her
with two counts of worthless
check. Her total bond on these
two misdemeanor charges is
According to Detective
Richard Durfee of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Zachary went to a local
pharmacy and picked up a pre-
scription for Percocet for his
mother. The prescription, stated
the detective, was for a man
with whom Zilla Cowart was liv-
The man, Robert Fiscus, 63,
was in the Okeechobee County
Jail at the time. He was charged
See Fruad Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Are teachers overpaid? It
might seem that way com-
pared to other vocations based
on total amount of salary
A recent study by .the Man-
hatten Institute for Policy
Research reported that the
average public school teacher
was paid 36 percent more per
hour than the average non-
sales white-collar worker, and
11 percent more than the aver-
age professional specialty and
The Manhattan Institute
supports and publicizes
research on such public policy
issues as taxes, welfare, crime,
urban life, race and education.
Although the results of that
survey come from U. S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS) from
66 metropolitan areas, Okee-
chobee teachers follow the
The Manhattan Institute
report was authored by Jay P.
Greene, Ph.D., who is head of
the Department of Education
Reform at the University of
Arkansas and Marcus A. Win-
ter, a Doctoral Academy Fellow
at the University of Arkansas.
Both, authors have written
about other education policy
See Salary Page 2
By Pete Gawda
It was a night of recogni-
tions at the monthly meeting of
the Okeechobee 'County.
School Board on Tuesday, Feb.
Judy Raulerson, a secretary
at the school board office, was
honored upon her retirement
after 26 years' service to the dis-
Debra Tilton, third grade
teacher at Everglades Elemen-
tary School, was honored for
completing National Board
"It takes a community to
.teach a child,". stated Dr. Patri-
cia Cooper, superintendent of
schools, as she recognized
guidance counselors and ESE
staff as part of Student Services
Dr. Cooper recognized guid-
ance counselors Bill Black,
Okeechobee High School;
See Honored -Page 2
Vehicle hits tree
A 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by a 24-year-old woman was involved in a single car
accident Thursday afternoon at the intersection of N.W. Second Street and N.W. Sixth
Avenue. According to Sergeant W. Hill of the Okeechobee City Police Department, It
appears the vehicle went through the intersection then left the road and traveled through a
field before impacting with a large oak tree. Sgt. Hill stated that there were three children
in the vehicle at the time. All were secured in child safety seats in the back seat of the vehi-
cle. The driver was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach. The children were
transported to Raulerson Hospital. The number of injuries and the names of those Involved
were not available as of newspaper press time. The accident is still under investigation.
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One finding of the Manhattan
Institute report goes contrary to
current Florida education con-
cepts. The report concluded that
reduction of classroom size does
not improve student perform-
The average wage of all work-
ers in Okeechobee, based on
earnings in the second quarter of
2006, is $14.20 per hour accord-
ing to Employ Florida, a network
of workforce services and
resources. That source reports
that the largest major industry
sector was, health care and social
assistance at 17 percent, followed
by retail trade at 15 percent. Agri-
culture, forestry, fishing and hunt-
ing came in third at 11 percent.
Ken Kenworthy, assistant
superintendent of Okeechobee
schools, said that Okeechobee
teachers are paid to work 37.5
hours a week, which means they
put in a 7.5-hour day. This
includes a paid half-hour lunch
However, he conceded that
most teachers put in more hours
than that. He said it was realistic
to expect teachers to put in an
additional hour-and-a-half each
In Okeechobee, the average
teacher salary is $27.87 per hour.
This figures out to be almost dou-
ble the average hourly Okee-
chobee wage of $14.20.
Beginning teachers with no
experience earn $22.05 per hour,
while teachers with 22 years or
more experience earn $36.12 per
Another factor that must be
considered, however; is the fact
that a teacher's annual salary is
based on a nine-month year,
while other professionals are paid
based on a 12-month year.
Mr. Winters stated that it is
important to keep both hourly
and annual salaries in mind when
considering teacher compensa-
tion. He considers the shorter
work year a compensation, not-
ing that teachers could be
become investment bankers and
work 80 hours a week.
Yearling Middle School physi-
cal education teacher Candy
Walker commented on the
amount of extra time that is nec-
essary if a teacher is really dedi-
cated to the job.
Mr. Kenworthy said a teacher
is paid for 186 days annually while
a white-collar worker is pad for
about 254 days a year. He said the
annual salary could be mislead-
ing. On the other hand, he said
that an hourly rate doesn't take
into consideration the work that a
teacher takes home.
He said it was a tradeoff
because a teacher puts in long
hours for 10 months, and then
has two months off. While- a
teacher works for nine months -
with Christmas, spring break and
holidays off-- a 10-month period
is covered in their contract.
The Manhattan Institute report
uses figures that are considered to
capture all hours the employer
thinks are necessary to do the
expected job. The report goes on
to say that if the BLS figures were,
inaccurate it would be because,
teachers put in more hours work-
ing at home than other white-col-
They state that even if all hours
necessary to do the job were con-
sidered, teachers would still have
a higher rate of pay than other
professionals. Their figures do not
allow for teachers to put in more
hours than other professional
The average annual salary for
Okeechobee teachers is $40,969.
Beginning teachers earn $32,410.
annually, while those at the top of
the pay scale earn $53,100.
Employ Florida lists the aver-
age annual wage in Okeechobee
as $29,536 based on a 40-hour
week worked year round.
When asked about competi-
tion from other professions in
recruiting teachers, Mr. Kenwor-
thy answered "Yes and no."
He said some teachers leave
the teaching profession to go into
other jobs while some people
leave private industry to teach.
He said the attraction to teach-
ers is not tied to salary as much as
to working conditions and to how
well teachers relate to students.
"Money may not be as impor-
tant as the ability to deal with
youth," Mr. Kenworthy said.
Another economic factor to be
considered is that Florida has no
income tax. He said that while
there was no way Okeechobee
schools could compete with Cali-
fornia teacher salaries, they are
competitive to Midwest teaching
Even then it is trade off, he
said, because the cost of living
here is higher than in the Mid-
west. But that is offset by the fact
that Florida has no income tax.
Another recruitment incentive is
that Okeechobee schools pay full
As for Florida's classroom size
reduction program which the
report says is not effective Mr.
Kenworthy said the idea is that
with less students teachers would
have a decreased work load and
more time to prepare meaningful
He said the wisdom of this phi-
losophy remains to be seen and
as the classroom size reduction
program continues Florida would
soon be able to produce statistics
to show a data trend one way
or the other.
"The verdict is still out in terms
of Florida," he added.
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Michelle Branham, Osceola Mid-
dle School; Drema Brewer, Year-
ling Middle School; Ginny Bryant,
Okeechobee High School; Sharon
Coker, Okeechobee High School;
Wendy Coker, South Elementary
School; Jeannine Gran, Central
Elementary School; Mike Joseph,
New Endeavor High. School;
Linda McGlamory, Osceola Mid-
dle School; Wendy Padgett, Okee-
chobee High School; Deanna
Sharpe, North Elementary
School; Tracy Sills, Okeechobee
Freshman Campus; Melanie Stin-
nett, Everglades Elementary
School; and Carl Witt, Yearling
Unfortunately, most of the
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him he had driven Batton a
passenger in the van to the
convenience store on S.R, 70 E.
The OCSO corporal searched
the driver but found nothing.
Cpl. Ferrell then asked Batton
to get out of the vehicle. During a
search of Batton's person,
$1,900 in cash was found in Bat-
ton's right-front pocket, stated
the report. The money was in
The corporal then found a
counselors were absent as they
were doing eighth grade schedul-
Most of the ESE staff was pres-
ent to be recognized. They
include: Pam Chandler, school
psychologist; Pam Harwas, case
manager; Tresa Huggins, school
psychologist; Laura Murray,
school psychologist; Jo Norris,
ESE counselor; Kathy Williams,
ESE counselor; and Bill Wilson,
In other action, the board:
after some discussion, decid-
ed not to amend or make excep-
tions to the board policy on stu-
dents riding different school
buses from the assigned ones;
expelled an 11th grade stu-
dent at Okeechobee High School
for alcohol and drugs;
proclaimed February to be
gym back between the front two
front seats of the van. The bag
was searched and 348.8 grams
of a substance that, when tested,
indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine.
Task Force reports go on to
state that during the arranged
undercover drug buys, not only
were Task Force members pres-
ent during the alleged buys but
so were agents from the Drug
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Black History Month in the Okee-
chobee County School District;
proclaimed March 5-9 as
School Breakfast Week for the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
proclaimed February as
Career and Technical Education
Month for the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School District;
passed a resolution pro-
claiming the school system's
intent to participate in classroom
technology purchases and train-
ing as provided by Florida statues;
approved a job description
for food service quality assurance
manager-at-large and amended
personnel allocations to include
awarded a contract for a 14-
classroom addition and replacement
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with eight counts of worthless
checks. Jail records indicate he has
since been released from jail.
The detective's arrest report
states that Zilla Cowart apparently
went to the man's doctor and
obtained a prescription in the man's
name. She also signed for the Perco-
cet, stated Detective Durfee.
The report goes on to state that
the woman was told at the doctor's
office that they would give her the
prescription but she needed to
make an appointment to see the
of a voice/interconm/clock/video
retrieval system at Osceola Middle
School foratotal of $2,918,815;
approved a change order for
the roof top unit replacement
project at Yearling Middle School
approved a scope of services
and contract with Kimley-Horn
and Associates for concurrency
studies for $46,000;
approved the audit for all
schools for the period ending
reimbursed teachers in Title
I schools for certification exams;
reinstated Nathaniel Mitchell
as ROTC instructor.
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doctor in the"... next few days."
Zilla Cowart reportedly agreed
to make the appointment, and then
left the office with the prescription.
The prescription for 30 pills was
then filled by the man's pharmacy,
and Zachary Cowart picked up the
prescription the next day. He also
signed for the prescription before it
was given to him, continued the
It was not known as of newspa-
per deadline if Zachary Cowart was
still employed as a guard at OCI. A
call to the Department of Correc-
tions (DOC) office in Tallahassee
seeking information was not
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ested applicants to serve on the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
board of directors.
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term of four years, or as an alternate to serve a two-year term.
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live in the OUA service area.
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Call (863) 467-1360 for information.
Avon Park hosting cat show
AVON PARK A professional cat show, sanctioned by American
Cat Fanciers Association, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-
19, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Florida National Guard Armory
on U.S. 27 South in Avon Park.
Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.
Lunch will be available.
Dance slated for Feb. 23
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. onFriday, Feb. 23, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, located one mile east of U.S. 27.
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The
dance is open to the public, with club membership available to all.
Free ballroom dance classes continue through February with the
rumba being featured every Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
WVa. day luncheon planned
SEBRING The annual West Virginia Day luncheon will be held
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Agri-CMc Cen-
ter on U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Tableware, bread,
butter and cold beverages will be furnished.
A $3 donation per person will be taken at the door.
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FWC sharpening captive
Commissioners for the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) approved
new rules concerning reptiles and
other captive wildlife. The rules
went into effect as early as Jan. 1.
FWC staff is currently working
with stakeholders and others to
stem the invasion of nonnative
species that displace or prey on
Florida's native species in the wild.'
FWC officials plan to work with
the agency's Captive Wildlife Tech-
nical Advisory Group during the
next year to address unresolved
issues such as classification of
wildlife, regulation of crossbred
animals, public contact with
wildlife, wildlife sanctuaries and
New rules address appropriate
locations for housing certain
wildlife and the possession and
housing of certain reptiles. The
new rules require persons who
keep wildlife in captivity to have
critical incident/disaster plans
describing what they will do in the
event of a hurricane, flood or fire to
prevent animals from escaping
into the wild.
They prohibit providing false
information to qualify for permits
where documented experience is
required. The rules also define
"reptiles of concern" and establish
requirements for possession. Also,
they require having a bite-response
plan and cage card identification
system for facilities with venomous
Escapes of reptiles of concern aware that Florida laws prohibit
or nonnative species of venomous the release of nonnative animals."
reptiles must be reported immedi- Violations of these rules could
ately upon discovery to FWC's lead to non-criminal infractions
Division of Law Enforcement. ($50 fine) up to criminal misde-
These rules create the list of rep- meanor charges (up to one year in
tiles of concern the Indian or jail and a $1,000 fine).
Burmese python, reticulated "Before we begin enforcing
python, African rock python, these new rules we will focus on
Amethystine or scrub python, educating the public and those
green anaconda and theNilemoni- who are interested in possessing
tor lizard. captive wildlife," Harrison said.
As ofJan. 1, permit is required The FWC also is offering an
to possess these reptiles of con- to pet owners who no
cern. People who possess these optionger are able or willing to take
reptiles as pets must be at least18care of their fish, amphibians, rep-
years old and complete an applica- tiles or birds.
tion and questionnaire for the free
permit. The only scheduled, organized'
The applicant must demon- Pet Amnesty Day will be from 10
state knowledge of the reptile of a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 24 at
n swearing questions Crest Lake Park, 1556 Gulf to Bay
concern by answering questions Blvd. in Clearwater. Pet owners
about the species, dietary needs, may relinquish their animals at
basic husbandry and caging and FWC's second Pet Amnesty Day.
safe housing requirements. People Owners of animals that require a
who possess reptiles of concern permit, may bring the pets in with
will have to ensure their pets are no questions asked. The FWC will
permanently identified by implanti- attempt to place surrendered pets
ng a microchip once the reptile with qualified caregivers. Also,
reaches 2 inches in diameter. They some rescuers, pet stores, breed-
also must meet specific record- ers, veterinarian offices or animal.
keeping, reporting, safe. housing control facilities may offer alterna-
and minimum cage requirements. tive solutions to unwanted, nonna-
"FWC supports responsible pet tive pets. During this event, people
ownership. We encourage people may visit nonnative fish and reptile
wanting to own captive wildlife to exhibits and a snake micro-chip-
learn about the animal, its needs ping demonstration.
and behaviors before getting the For more information, visit
animal," said FWC Capt. Linda MyFWC.com and follow the
'Harrison.' "Owners also should be "Wildlife" link to "Nonnatives."
Children's Services Council
announces an exciting opportu-
nity to creative groups wanting
to provide a quality summer pro-
gram for children and youth of
Any agency or group who
has always had an idea for a
great summer activity, but never
had the means to carry it out,
can apply to the Children's Ser-
vices Council for a Special Pro-
ject. The timeline is quick!
The major goal is to provide a
summer program a maximum
of nine weeks and a minimum
of three weeks for children and
.youth, ages 4-18. The project
must detail who is going to be
served, where the program will
be located and the activities the
program will be providing. Pro-
grams must be for Okeechobee
County children and cannot dis-
criminate due to race or religion.
If an agency already receives a
Children's Services Council
grant, the summer project must
be written to enhance or expand
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Edna May Marshall
Edna May Marshall, age 63, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, Feb.
15, 2007, at her residence. Born
Dec. 7, 1943, in Brownsville, Pa.,
she has been a
for the past 22
crafts, playing .
bingo and ..
She is pre-
ceded in death Edna
by: her mother, Marshall
hiet; and, sister, Florence Ren-
Mrs. Marshall is survived by:
her loving husband of 44 years,
George Marshall, Sr. of Okee-
chobee; father, John Malley, Sr. of
Hookset, N.H.; dear friend and
cousin, Mildren Lilley; sons, John
(Mary Ann) Marshall of East Mills-
boro, Pa. and George (Brenda)
Marshall, Jr. of Okeechobee; and,
daughters, Lavinia Marshall, Thel-
ma (Jerald) Ball, Georgia (Cecil)
Perrine, and Bernice (Edward)
Burton, all of Okeechobee. In
addition, she is survived by broth-
er, John Smalley, Jr. of Okee-
chobee; sister, Christine (Terry)
Upton of Pennsylvania; 17 grand-
children; and, six great-grandchil-
Visitation will be held Sunday,
Feb. 18, 2007, from 2 p.m. until
service time at 4 p.m. in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
William James Works
William James Works, age 77,
died Feb. 14, 2007, at Raulerson
Hospital in Okeechobee. Born
Aug. 2, 1929, in St. Johns, New
Finland, he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 12 years.
He enjoyed his family, lawn main-
tenance, woodworking, nature
and the outdoors.
He is preceded in death by a
brother, Louis "Buddy" Works.
Survivors include: his wife of
59 years, Alberta Works of Okee-
chobee; son, William A. (Donna)
Works of Ft. Lauderdale; and,
daughters, Joann (Wayne)
Williams of Anthony, Sandra
Works, Diana Works and Mary
Ellen Works, all of Hollywood,
Fla. In addition, he is survived by
six grandchildren and six great-
Visitation will be held Satur-
day, Feb. 17, 2007, from 10 a.mi.
until service time at noon in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of' Buxton
Funeral Home and Cremratory;
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Freda Mae Paxton
Freda Mae Paxton, age 86, of
West College Corner, Ilnd. died
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at
Raulerson Hospital: in Okee-
chobee. She was born Aug. 16,
1920, in Union County, Ind. and
was a member of the First United
Presbyterian:Church. She owned
a ceramic shop and enjoyed
shopping and spending time with
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Russell Paxton.
Mrs. Paxton is survived by:
daughters, Phyllis (Joe) Wiwi of
West College Corner, Ind., Connie
(Paul) Liming of College Corner,
Ohio; sister, Ester (Buford) Fowler
of Richmond, Ind.; five grandchil-
dren; 14 great-grandchildren;
and, one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will take place
at the Showalter-Blackwell-
Home, 312 U. Union, Liberty, Ind.
47353, phone, (765) 458-5151.
All local arrangements are
under the care and direction of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okee-
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FAIR: The American Legion Fair is not connected with the upcoming
Okeechobee County Fair. The American Legion Fair has been held for
about as many years as the Legion has been here in Okeechobee. In the
past there have been a lot of booths inside the great hall. This year no one
signed up to rent the spaces. I think they are waiting to set up at the agri-
center. I have not seen the prices for vendor spaces. Next year might be
different. People will know if setting up at the county fair was worth the
price of the space.
BUILDING: On the Kissimmee River a few hundred yards west of the
highway bridge on S.R. 78, they are building something and have been
for about a year but nobody seems to know what it is. I would like to
know what they are building.
Editor's Note: According to the South Florida WaterManagement Dis-
trict, nothing is being built on that parcel. The original landowner want-
ed to put in a mobile home park, but SFWMD would not issue permits
for it. So, the property was sold. The current owner is clearing it, but
nothing is being built there. SFWMD said it would be next to impossible
to obtain permits in order to build anything on that particular parcel.
SAD: I'm really sad about the nude bar not coming here because my
daughter and I could have gone to work there because both look like
.i ,ii Monroe. I can't believe these hicks around this town don't even
xvant a club like that to come here. Thanks a lot cowboys.
LITTLE CHOICE: After watching American Idol and knowing that we
have an opportunity to vote for the best of the best, it's kind of exciting.
It's no wonder they get more votes than a presidential election. Lookwho
we got to vote for a Clinton re-run and a Muslim. We don't have much
choice do we?
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Volunteer training session is slated
Treasure Coast Hospices will hold a volunteer training session on
Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their Big Lake Branch
located at Marketplace, 3543 U.S. 441 S., in Okeechobee. Lunch will
be provided. For information and to register for training, call (863) 763-
Show benefits camp for ill kids
The KOA Variety Show "A Wonderful World" will have the Bob
Roberts Society Band at the Orange Grove, the Happy Hoofers and
other variety acts Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 & 24, at the
KOA convention center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors will open at 6 p.m.,
and the show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $6).t the door. All pro-
ceeds benefit the KOA Care Camp Charity, a summer camp for kids
Local fair group to meet Feb. 22
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be meeting Thurs-
day, Feb. 22, at the Okeechobee County Extension Office on U.S. 98.
All those interested in the upcoming county fair are invited. The meet-
ing will begin at 5 p.m.
Chamber hosting gun safety class
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott
Ave., will host a gun safety and handling class in their offices on Thurs-
day, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The second segment of the class will be held at a
shooting range on Saturday, Feb. 24. Class participants will meet at the
Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. and go to the range from there. For infor-
mation, contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.
Chamber plans Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch
will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, starting at 8 a.m. at Big Lake Hospice,
3154 U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-0707.
Book discussion group sets schedule
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
meet at 7 p.m. in the library board room, 206 S.W 16th St. The group's
schedule is: Feb 22 "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durell;
March 22 "Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child" by Elva Hart;
April 26 "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin" by Gordon
Wood; May 24- "Girl in Blue Hyacinth" by Susan Vreeland; and, June
21 "Howard's End" by E.M. Forester. For information, call Jan
Fehrmarin at (863) 357-9980.
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Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invit-
ed. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tick-
ets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
AA meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be
at noon. Women should bring business cards and information to
promote their business. The meeting provides networking oppor-
tunities for women in business and is open to the public. No mem-
bership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow
a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride.twice before
joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-
2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-
A.A meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 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.
AA 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 meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or to
schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call
Melissa Arnold (863) 610-2280.
Narcotics Anonymous meets., at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian' Church, 3 Linda Road. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
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, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology;
and, how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
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-
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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 meet-
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham. as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St.,
at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or
on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Indian Hammock's Community Center from
10:30 until 11 a.m. Firewise Communities/USA gbal is to encourage
and acknowledge action that minimizes home loss to wildfire. It
teaches homeowners to prepare for a fire before it occurs. The pro-
gram adapts especially well to small communities, developments
and residential associations of all types. For information call Melis-
sa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Division of Forestry,
at (772) 219-1248.
Blackwood Brothers will be in concert
The Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will
present the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert on Tuesday,
Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-7858.
Red Cross hosting classes
The American Red Cross will hold the following health and safe-
ty classes at the Okeechobee Branch office, 323 N. Parrott Ave.:
adult CPR Wednesday, Feb. 21; adult CPR Wednesday, March 7;
first aid basics Monday, March 12; and infant/child CPR Wednes-
day, March 28. All classes run from 6 until 8:30 p.m.
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Sheepdog Trial benefits FFA club
The 10th Okeechobee Sheepdog Trial will be held Feb. 16, 17
and 18 at the Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 120th St. Nursery and Pro
Novice competition will be held Friday, Feb. 16. The Open division
will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18. Competition
starts at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 per person or $15 a carload. All pro-
ceeds benefit the Okeechobee High School F.F.A.
Library hosting 'Florida Folk Tales'
"Florida Folk Tales," an interactive storytelling show with
nationally recognized storyteller Katie Adams will be presented at
the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th St., on Friday, Feb.
16, at 7 p.m. This program is brought to you by a grant from the
Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. For
information, call (863) 763-3536.
Stamping party planned for Friday
A rubber stamping party will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 6
until 9 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 20300 Hunter
Road/8 Cypress Road. Learn new techniques and make your own
greeting cards. For information, call Wilma at (863) 763-2106.
Merah Ladies plan yard sale
The Merah Ladies of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 West,
are seeking vendors for a yard sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-
17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Table space is available for $15 for indi-
viduals and $20 for organizations. A snack bar will be open. Call
(863) 610-3373 for reservations.
Habitat for Humanity taking applications
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County is accepting appli-
cations for the opportunity to partner to help build and purchase a
family's first home. The applicant must be a legal resident of Okee-
chobee County, have suffered damage during the. hurricanes of
2004 or 2005, qualify within the income limits set by Habitat and
the HHRP and meet other requirements. Applications are available
in the waiting room of the Habitat's local office. Return the com-
pleted application no. later than Friday, Feb. 16. You should call for
an appointment to drop the application off, or mail the application
to: Habitat for Humanity, of Okeechobee County, Inc. 1600B S.W
Second Ave., Okeechobee, FL, 34974. If you have any questions
call the office at (863) 357-1371 leave your name and phone'
number and your call will be returned.
Water resources topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, Feb.
17, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at I and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guests will be
Robert Weinman and Stein Kretsinger of Beachwalk Project. The
topic will be walking and kayaking along the seashore from Miami
-to New York to raise awareness of the Waterkeeper Alliance and to
encourage children to practice responsible stewardshipof our
water resources. Join Mr. Weinman and Mr. Kretsinger at Hobe
Sound Nature Center on Feb. 19, and at Walton Rocks Beach in Ft.
Pierce on Feb. 24 for a beach cleanup from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For
information, contact www.beachwalkproject.com or
YMS students raise money for trip
The eighth grade students at Yearling Middle School will hold a
yard sale/bake sale/car wash on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 7 a.m. until
1 p.m. at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane. Donations
will help defray the cost of their trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
Habitat for Humanity seeking volunteers
Habitat for Humanity needs help .ith their yard sale scheduled
for Saturday, Feb. 17, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S.
441 S., beginning at 8 a.m. For information, call (863) 357-1371 or
Health Department plans community walk
The Okeechobee County Health Department will host a com-
munity walk on Saturday, Feb. 17, as part of the "Step Up, Florida -
on our way to healthy living" statewide campaign. This campaign
promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles for Floridians of all
abilities. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the soccer field
across from the sports complex. Warm up and exercise will start at
9 a.m. and will be led by Keosha Butler from Okeechobee Fitness
Center. The walk will follow. For information call Barbara Gode-
john, Step-up, Florida coordinator, at (863) 462-5800.
Church hosting gospel musician
Gospel comedian and musician Tim Lovelace and his wife Mary
Alice will be appearing at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth
St., on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. There will be no admission
charge. For information, call (863) 763-7113.
Trailriders' plans February horse show
The first show date is Feb. 17. The exhibition starts at 2 p.m. and
the saddle series at 4 p.m. Information can be found at
BHR church hosting annual car show
The Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, will host
their third annual car show on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. A variety of trophies will be awarded. There will be a grilled
lunch and baked goods for sale. For information call (863) 467-
7604 or (863) 634-8964; or, visit their website at www.buckhead-
Church hosting annual homecoming
The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, will be hosting their annual church homecoming on Sunday,
Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a guest speaker, a
noon meal and special singing afterwards. All who have been a
part of the church's past and present are invited. For information,
call (863) 634-0344.
Church hosting gospel meetings
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will
hold gospel meetings beginning Sunday, Feb. 18, through Wednes-
day, Feb. 21. Guest speakers will be: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Don Jones
of Stuart; Sunday, 6 p.m., Frank Parker of Sebring; Monday, 7 p.m.,
Dan Jenkins of West Palm Beach; Tuesday, 7 p.m., David Sproule of
West Palm Beach;, and Wednesday 7 p.m., Taylor Hagood of Stu-
art. For information, call (863) 763-4477.
Local area is Firewise Community
Indian Hammock will be recognized as a Firewise Community
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Submitted to Okeechobee News/D. Roehm
Kayla Jeffers (left) was selected as the female Publix/Okee-
chobee News Okeechobee High School female athlete of the
month for November, 2006 by the OHS varsity coaches at their
most recent meeting. She received her award from her soccer
coach Brian King (right).
Devon Faison (left) received the Publix/Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School male athlete of the month award for
November, 2006 from Brahman head coach Jon Enrico (right)
for his outstanding performance on the basketball court.
Jeffers and Faison named athletes of the month
By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee High School sen-
iors Kayla Jeffers and Devon Faison
were selected as the Publix/Okee-
chobee News female and male
athletes of the.month for Novem-
ber, 2006 by the coaches of O.H.S.
at their most recent meeting. The
young athletes were nominated by
their respective coaches for the
Kayla Jeffers received the award
for her outstanding performance
on the soccer field. She has played
soccer for 11 years and has been
on the O.H.S. girls' soccer team for
four years. During the month of,
November, she has 33 saves as
goalkeeper, with one save being a
penalty kick placed for post.
"Kayla worked hard for her spot
on our soccer team. Between sea-
sons she has become faster and
more skilled. She deserves this
honor," stated Lady Brahman soc-
cer coach Brian King.
She is also on the Lady Brah-
man flag football team.
Off the field Jeffers is an out-
standing student. She currently has
a 3.96 cumulative grade point aver-
age and is in the top 15 of her grad-
uating class. She has received the
citizen award and the Brahman
Her future plans include attend-
ing the University of Central Florida
and becoming an animal
She is the daughter of Bruce
and Kellye Jeffers.
Brahman hoopster Devon Fai-
son was chosen for this award
because of his outstanding on-
court record during the month of
November. He averaged 17.4
points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists
and 2.1 steals per game.
"Devon continues to work hard
and is a team player," stated head
basketball coach Jon Enrico.
Faison is an all-around athlete
and represents the Brahmans on
the football and track teams, as
well as on the basketball court. He
would like to extend his 10-year
career by playing basketball in col-
Faison is the son of Marvin and
The national Dodge Xtreme
Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour will
make its first-ever stop in Okee-
chobee on Saturday, March 10 at 8
p.m. at the Brighton Seminole
Reservation's Fred Smith Arena for
The Seminole Classic, a nationally
televised event on ESPN.
Xtreme Bulls is sanctioned by
the largest pro-rodeo organization
in the world, the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Forty of the world's top bull rid-
ers will converge on the fully cov-
ered, 5,000 seat, Fred Smith Arena
to take their shot at a $60,00,0
purse, including 2000 world cham-'
pion Cody Hancock who won the
first 2007 Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour
stop in Rapid City, S.D. in January.
Also expected to compete are
Wrangler NFR World Champion
bull riders Dustin Elliott (2004) and
B.J. Schumacher (2006), as well as
2006 Dodge Xtreme Bulls national
champion Zeb Lanham.
Okeechobee will also welcome
the meanest, most rank one-ton
athletes in the world. These bulls
have thrown cowboys at the Wran-
gler National Finals Rodeo in Las
Vegas, Houston, San Antonio,
Cheyenne and many points in-
between. Hancock noted, "You
can't have a great bull ride without
The Brahman boys' tennis team
traveled to the Lawnwood tennis
courts in Ft. Pierce Wednesday to
take on the Golden Rams of John
Carroll High School. They returned
to Okeechobee with their first win
(6-1) of the 2007 season.
The results of the individual
Singles: Bobby Spelts (Okee.)
def. Matt Guettler (JC) 6-3, 6-2;
Corey White (Okee.) def. Eddie
Humenik (JC) 6-2, 7-6, (7-5);
Mateo Abordano (JC) def. Elj
Cabansay (Okee.) 7-6, 5-7, (7-10);
Logan Perry (Okee.) def. Neal Chi-
a great bull and this tour always
has great bulls. It allows for some
fantastic match-ups and exciting
On March 10, the Seminole
Classic format will have all 40 riders
compete beginning at 8 p.m. After
the first ride, the top 12 will be
immediately brought back for the
final round to ride for the event
Tickets for the Dodge Xtreme
Bulls Tour Seminole Classic event
can be purchased by calling (863)
467-6039 or at Eddie Accardi
Dodge, 4224 U.S. 441 South or Eli's
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Ticket prices are $25 for general
admission with children under 5
admitted free and $35 for premium
The Fred Smith Arena is located
west of Okeechobee between S.R.
70 and 78, just north of Lakeport.
Directions can be found at
The Seminole Classic will be tel-
evised on ESPN and ESPN2 with
eight-time PRCA world champion
bull rider Donne Gay handling the
color commentary. The event will
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p.m. ET; it will run again on ESPN2
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Doubles: Spelts and White
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and Perry def. JC team 8-4.
"The team has gotten off to a
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The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 16,2007
6 OTHER AREA NEWS
Lawmakers work to
help rural counties
By Patty Brant
Special to Okeechobee News
LABELLE Not many legis-
lators in Tallahassee understand
the needs of rural inland coun-
ties, so it's essential that resi-
dents provide them with the
Florida Senator JD Alexander
of Lake Wales told a group at a
recent Farm Bureau luncheon
that, in addition to their local leg-
islators, they must seek the sup-
port of urban legislators they
must be made to see the larger
picture and how rural counties
fit in to their own welfare.
Sen. Alexander was joined by
Florida Rep. for District 77
Denise Grimsley as well as aides
for Florida Sen. Dave Aaronberg
and U.S. Senators Bill Nelson
and Mel Martinez Feb. 1 at a
luncheon hosted by the Hendry-
Glades Farm Bureau at the Cap-
tain Hendry House.
Sen. Alexander was center
stage for most of the event and
fielded questions like how intro-
ducing more ethanol as an alter-
nate energy source might affect
Sen. Alexander said balance
is needed. Ethanol from corn
provides only a 15 percent gain
in energy and is not cost effec-
tive, he noted. As it stands at this
time, the use of ethanol would
not help Florida economically,
the senator said. Rep. Grimsley
said the use of sugarcane to pro-
duce ethanol is being explored.
Questions from the crowd
included the legal responsibility
of employers for hiring illegal
workers. Rep. Grimsley agreed
the issue is difficult since it can
be very hard to know if a worker
is illegal. She said the law states
that you cannot "knowingly"
hire illegal residents.
Gulf Citrus Growers Associa-
tion Executive Director Ron
Hamil agreed that doing away
with the greenbelt law would
effectively "kill" the farmer.
Greenbelt laws slow the conver-
sion of inappropriate land to
"less well thought out uses," he
Some were concerned about
how a proposal to double home-
stead exemption from $25,000 to
$50,000 would impact the ability
of rural counties to operate. Sen.
Alexander responded that the
legislature must be attentive to
small county needs. If their tax
base erodes, they will not be
able to meet basic services. The
legislature needs to be aware
that "it's different in rural coun-
ties," he said. He also noted that
rural counties need more than
"prisons, landfills and power
plants" for a healthy economy.
One attendee pointed out that
property taxes are unaffordable,
and the legislature should be
looking at alternate plans like
taxing the first $10,000 of proper-
ty value so all would pay their
Sen. Alexander agreed that all
should pay some property taxes
but it's "hard to change what's
there." He said that the issue
must be discussed honestly and
that it's a challenge for rural
counties to provide basic servic-
Glades County Commissioner
Donna Storter was concerned
about the portability of home-
stead exemption. It may make
sense to allow it in a move inside
the county, but not from a mil-
lion dollar home on coast to a
county like Glades.
Bryan Beer was concerned
about the inequities and compe-
tition from other counties an
increased minimum wage can
For Hugh English, it was the
amount of public lands being
purchased by the state for envi-
ronmental purposes. Sen.
Alexander said that most of
those purchases have been in
this area and has the effect of
inhibiting the ability of local gov-
ernment to serve the communi-
ty. He also noted that, although
some 30 percent of Florida is
now in public ownership, there
is broad support for this pro-
He said there is a need for
state land for purposes like stor-
ing and purifying water.
Hamil said the federal govern-
ment must honor its Everglades
funding commitment. Sen.
Alexander agreed, saying he is
proud of what Florida has done
to solve real issues in the Ever-
glades to "keep Florida, Florida."
He said currently the state is
working on restoring the integri-
ty of the Hoover Dike around
Lake Okeechobee, especially on
the south and east sides.
Farm Bureau Director of State
Legislative Affairs Ben Parks
addressed the organization's leg-
islative priorities for 2007. They
Expansion of agri-tourism
in Florida, which is the nation's
top tourist destination.
Support of current Green-
belt Tax Assessments on agricul-
tural property which taxes the
value of the production it sup-
ports rather than its resale value.
Energy Tax Relief n the
Farm Bureau will ask the Legisla-
ture to expand the exemption for
taxes on electricity used for agri-
cultural production to non-resi-
dential farm buildings and farm
offices. It will also work for a
similar exemption on pipe and
other irrigation equipment, elec-
trical, low volume irrigation,
building materials and fences.
In addition, Farm Bureau sup-
ports complete funding for the
University of Florida Institute of
Food, Agriculture and Sciences
(IFAS) and is watching such
issues as private property rights,
farm building code exemptions
and sales tax exemptions for
Hendry-Glades Farm Bureau
President Bill Maddox noted that
together agriculture and environ-
mentalists can provide better
management and keep agricul-
Bell Glade fire fighter recognized by the city
for 27 years
By Naji Tobias
Special to Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE The city com-
mission has presented former fire
lieutenant Devon Edwards with a
retirement recognition award.
Mr. Edwards is being recog-
nized for his 27 years of service to
the Glades area.
Mr. Edwards said that at first, he
didn't look to get into the fire res-
cue industry, until a special person
in Mr. Edwards' life influenced him
to become a firefighter.
Since 1978, Mr. Edwards has
been with fire rescue, with his first
two years at South Bay and the rest
of the time here in Belle Glade.
Mr. Edwards said that through-
out his career, he has witnessed
many improvements with the
operations of the fire rescue,
including equipment needed to
fight fires, the modernization of fire
engines, extrication equipment
For much of Mr. Edwards' time
working for the fire rescue, he said
that he was the only African-Ameri-
can serving in the department. .
However, when Mr. Edwards
looks back on his life and career,
he inevitably looks at his life and
most remembers his childhood.
Born in Jamaica, Mr. Edwards
remembers his stepfather teaching
him the importance of manners,
discipline, and a great work ethic,
which carried on throughout his INI/Naji Tobias
slfe Palm Beach County Fire Res-
As long as you try to do good, cue Lieutenant Devon
good things will happen to you," Edwards is proud of what he
said Mr. Edwards. Edwards is proud of what he
When Mr. Edwards came to has done to help the Glades
Florida at age 16, he spent a half community throughout his
day at school and the other half career and life.
working as a busboy at the Days "Young people need a profes-
Inn restaurant. sion," said Mr. Edwards.
Mr. Edwards said that it wasn't Mr. Edwards graduated from
the greatest job, but it helped him Glades Central High School in
develop some skills needed in his 1978. He went back to school to
current profession. become a certified fire fighter and
then started his job in West Palm
One experience that Mr.
Edwards fondly remembers
regarding his career was when he
saw an accident at Cardinal New-
man High School in West Palm
Beach. A car flipped over into a
Mr. Edwards remembers the
wheels being up in the air, with a
girl face down in the water. He said
that he went down and grabbed
the girl by her feet and pulled her
straight out of the canal.
Mr. Edwards said that he has
worked with a lot of good people,
with firefighter paramedic Rebec-.
ca Clevenger being one of them.
"The city is lucky to have Mr.
Edwards," said Ms. Clevenger. "Cit-
izens and fellow workers appreci-
ate the fact that he's knowledge-
able, a teacher, and a very good
mentor to us all."
Editor's Note: Staff writer Naji
Tobias can be reached at nto-
Glades County Roundup
Hospice to host
Learn about special opportuni-
ties to help others in the communi-
ty at the Volunteer Fair for Hope
Hospice and Hope Connections.
Anyone 14 years of age and older is
invited to attend the fair on Tues-
day, Feb. 20, from 3 until 5 p.m. at
60 Calhoun Street in Labelle (at the
intersection of Calhoun and S.R.
Hope Hospice provides care to
people and families facing end of
life issues. Hope Connections pro-
vides meals and home care assis-
tance to the elderly. The work of
Hope Hospice is rewarding with
-many different opportunities to
volunteer. For more information,
please call (239) 415-7217.
Friends of the Library
to host programs
The Friends of the Library in
Glades County will be hosting
"Food for Thought" at the library
from noon until 1 p.m. The follow-
ing are the programs for this sea-
son. Those in attendance are wel-
come to bring lunch to the
Programming is as follows:
Feb. 16, Glades History; March 2,
How to plan a New England trip
- Where to go and what to see;
March 16, Future for Glades Coun-
For more information, please
contact the Glades County Library.
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them stay connected with family,
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community. Anyone can log onto
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and click on "post your opinions."
Encourage those in the service to
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Red Cross to
hold golf tourney
The American Red Cross is hav-
ing their Fifth Annual Golf Tourna-
ment on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the
Clewiston Golf Course. Players
may combine their own three man
teams or sign up and be placed on
a team. To sign up or for more
information call (863) 983-1448.
For more information on how
to be a sponsor of the event call
Come out and support your
local American Red Cross.
Glades County Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Glades County Sheriff's Office
(GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Jimmy Garcia, 40, LaBelle,
was arrested Feb. 3 by Deputy
David Hampton on a charge of
battery. His bond was set at
Bert Orf, 47, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Don
Watts on charges of possession of
a weapon by a convicted felon and
crimes against a disabled adult
without great harm. His bond was
set at $12,500.
Emmanuel Dixon, 21, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 7 by
Deputy David Hampton on
charges of battery and criminal
mischief. His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent ori.has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.
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Oak-Fest slated for Friday Feb. 23
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will hold a free family fun
night at Oak-Fest on Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Oak-Fest will
provide food, crafts and games for everyone. There will also be hot dogs,
popcorn, snow cones, balloons, face painting, rock-climbing wall, inflata-
bles, horses, petting zoo, clowns, live musical entertainment and more.
For information, call (863) 763-1699.
Church hosting ping pong tourney
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., has sched-
uled their third annual Ping Pong Tournament. The doubles tournament
will be Friday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Singles divisions will be played on Sat-
urday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. There will be cash prizes for each division.
Entrance fees are $20 for each team (doubles) and $10 for each in the sin-
gle division. Tournament rules can be picked up at the First United
Methodist Church. To sign up call Jim at (863) 763-4021 or (863) 447-2715.
DuPuis to host program on bats
DuPuis Management Area will present a program about Florida's bats
and their importance to our ecosystem at the Visitor's Center, 23500 S.W
Kanner Highway, Canal Point, on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Cynthia W
Marks, co-founder of the Florida Bat Conservancy, will share the true nature
of Florida Bats. The event is free. For information call Kim Kanter at 1-800-
432-2045, ext. 3339; or, kkanter@sfwmd.,gov.
Links tourney benefits Ranch
The Peoria Investment Group (P.I.G.S.) League of the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club will sponsor a benefit 18-hole golf tournament for Real Life
Children's Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 24. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m.
with a shotgun start. The cost to enter is $50 per person, or $200 per team.
Sponsorships are available at $100 per tee. Entry fees will include golf and
lunch. All proceeds will go directly to the care and operation of the Ranch. For
information, contact Okeechobee Golf and Country Club at (863) 763-6228.
Sale benefits DA.R. scholarship fund
The Okeechobee Chapter of the D.A.R. will hold a yard sale to supple-
ment the annual scholarship fund on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. until 2
p.m. The sale will be held at the Okeechobee Livestock Market, 1055 U.S.
Christian church will host revival
Westside Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, will hold their 2007 revival
services on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at 6 p.m. Services on Sunday,
Feb. 25, will begin at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Reverend Louis Hall
of Patrick Springs, Va. For information, call (863) 467-2278.
Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Flagler Parks
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At the Movies
The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Movie times for Friday, Feb.
16th, through Thursday, Feb.
22nd, are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Norbit" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Ghost
Rider"(PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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CEMETERY PLOTS, 3 adjoin-
ing lots in Bassinger Ceme-
tery. $2100 (252)456-3012.
Will baby sit one child in my
home. For mor e information
DOGS (2) Both Brown...Found
in Fort Drum area on 2/1st.
Contact Animal Control of
FOUND: Smiley faces and
photos belonging to Kathe-
rine. Return to Hospice to re-
GOATS (2)- Call
TAB- Tabby, white & rust.
Very friendly. Vic. South
BEAGLE- (M) 8 mos old,
wearing blue harness, micro-
chip, needs meds. Tri color
(772)418-2569 / 879-1718
GOLDEN LAB, Vic. of Okee-
chobee Estates, last seen on
2/2/07, missing from yard,
Family pet, dearly missed.
(863)610-1476 or 763-7205
JACK RUSSELL (f): Black &
white, lost on prairie.
LOST DOG REWARDII! Walker
Hound. Looks like a big Bea-
gal. Okee. Little Farms area,
MALE PIT BULL- chocolate
w/white chest, vie of Country
Hills Estates. Reward
ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
en Retriever mix, Eng Setter
mix, Choc Lab mix. Must
CAT, Large male, mature, very
friendly & affectionate. To
good home. (863)763-4109
COON HOUND (m): Black &
tan, very lovable but likes to
dig, free to good home.
KITTEN, Free to good home
only, adorable, affectionate.
FISHING TACKLE YARD SALE
1115 SW 10th St.
Fri.-Sun., Feb.16th- 18th
Okeechobee, 3302 SE 33rd
Terrace, 1 block East of Taylor
Creek off of 441.
Sat., Feb. 17th
Tools, household items,
equipment & antiques.
OKEECHOBEE- Sat & Sun, Feb
17 & 18, 7am-2prnm, 2331 SE
23rd Terrace. Dual Station
weight bench, generator,
baby clothes, baby items,
other misc items
OKEECHOBEE., Sat. Feb. 17th,
8:30-?, 4031 SE 28th St.
Treasure Island. HH,
Tools,Clothing & a lot of
Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
CDL DRIVER WANTED: Class
A with Hazmat, Long hours
but good payl Call now!
OPERATOR. Good pay &
benefits. Call 772-528-8661
Must have own tools and
transportation. Good starting
pay based on experience.
communication skills a must,
ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Benefits avail. Apply In person
between 9am-3pm @ Adron
Fence 2762 NW 4th St.,Okee.
For Busy Restaurant
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Now taking applications
for Certified Nursing
Assistants. Please call
TIRE CHANGER Exp. pref.
but will train,must have valid
DL w/clean record. Avail. for
on-call 24hrs. Competitive
pay! F/T position. Total Road-
side Svcs. 863-634-5094
Some welding exp.
needed in a busy Cardiology
office. Some medical
knowledge and experience
preferred, but will train on
job, Excellent benefit plan
offered. Fax resume to
(863)467-8708 or call
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Utility Operator / Mechanics
Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corporation has
immediate opening for a utility operator/mechanic with
3 to 5 years experience working with utility systems
including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Also need mechanics with working knowledge of
hydraulics, pneumatics, conveyors, and citrus process-
ing equipment. High school or equivalent, shift work and
Good pay, bonus, 401 K, benefits,and overtime.
Contact HR Dept. @
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American Red Cross seeks F/T professional
for Branch Specialist, Glades Area Branch.
Ideal candidate will be responsible for the dai-
ly operations of branch office by performing
administrative and secretarial functions. As-
sist Glades Area Branch Manager and help to
promote and coordinate Red Cross Service De-
livery for disaster and health and safety,
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CARRIER PURON- New, 1.5
ton. Cools/Heats 600 sq ft,
'2005, Never used. Needs fan/
motor $300. (863)471-9582
DUCTLESS 10K BTU AIR
COND- Brand new still in
box on wheels, $350
SLIDE PROJECTOR- Screen, 3
slide cases. All excellent
DEEP FREEZER: Frigidaire, up-
right, 17.5 cu ft, excellent
condition, auto defrost,
white. $175. 863-763-1055
works great. $175
REFRIGERATOR- Maytag, 2
years old, with ice maker,
paid $700, asking $200.
REFRIGERATOR- White, Ken-
more side by side w/ice mak-
er, dispenser & water. Exc
cond. $450. 863-824-6712
STOVE- White with black front,
Kenmore, Electric, Excellent
cond. Needs 1 top burner.
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, over 10 years old but in
ood working condition.
CINDER BLOCKS- approxi-
mately 1000 blocks. Asking
$1000 or best offer
FORMICA COUNTER, 16',
Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681
HALF CULVERTS- $600 or will
sell separate: Size 18x20ft,
METAL FLOOR FRAME, for
10x12x14' utility shed, $30.
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seunless
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
SLIDING DOORS (2), With
.G.rer. 7.4 5"h 34.5"w.
STA$I & SEALENT- 5 Gallon
containers, IExc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
COACH LEATHER BUSINESS
BAG w/ laptop compartment,
men's, black, barely used.
$100 neg. 863-447-0002
STROLLER, Cool Stride Jog-
ger, aluminum, $100
PANTS & SHIRTS, size 3X,
new, name brands with tick-
ets, $30 will separately.
PROM DRESSES- Precious
formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small. $300
or sell sep. (863)635-6677
WINTER COAT: Liz Claiborne,
black, full length, size 6.
WOMEN CLOTHES- Size 7-9.
$100. or will separate.
WHEAT PENNIES: 65 Rows,
1920-1950's. $195 for all,
will sep. (863)936-2700
COCA COLA COOLER:
3.5'Tx2.5'W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
DOLL COLLECTION: Crystal
and Fenton Glass. $200 of
will sell separately.
ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer. 863,824-3358
COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XP, Pentium 4,
30GB, 256K RAM, CDRW,
speakers & more. $400.
COMPUTER DESK: Large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
DELL COMPUTER XP, Office,
games, Fast, $149
DELL P4 COMPUTER SYS.,
80 GB, 512 MB. XP Pro,
DVD RW, KB/M/Spkr.
PRINTER, Lexmark & HP 4in1
Scanner/Printer, $20 will sell
KILN Paragone, used. $200
FIRM. (863)675-0550 La-
.BED, Queen, Serta, pillowtop,
mattress, boxspring & frame.
Only slept on 5 times. $300
BOOKSHELVES/ENT. CTR., 3
interlocking units, 30"x72",
dark oak w/rattan doors,
$450 neg. (863)635-6905
BR SET, 5 pc., 2 nightstands,
headboard, tall dresser &
dresser w/mirror, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-1358
BR SET, king sz., 4 poster bed
w/pillow top mattress, Ig.
dresser w/mirror & chest,
$1200 neg. (863)635-6905
CHAIRS 6: High back, 2 cap-
tain, egg shell, padded seats,
light & dark wood. Pd. $2000
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.
DRESSER, Mahogany, Long
with 3 drawers on each side,
open doors in middle w/2 Ig.
mirrors. $150 (239)324-2115
DRESSERS- 3 piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $1000.
LOVESEAT FRAME, Custom
made, cypress, $300
MATTRESSES (2), Queen,
Serta, brand new in plastic.
$1000 for both or will separ-
RECLINER, Burgundy, $15 or
best offer. (863)946-3622
RECLINER, Medium gray with
thin blue lines. $60
TV STAND- solid wood,
bought at Rustic Furniture
TWIN BED- headboard, Sealy
mattress & boxspring, bed-
spread, $40 (863)357-1499
WOLF COFFEE TABLE, Limit-
ed edition, 2 large gray
GOLF CLUBS- Complete set,
metal woods, irons, putter &
Callaway BB #1, ladies 10
clubs. $185. 863-946-3123
GOLF CLUBS- Kid size, Good
HAND GUN- Taurus 9 mm.
Nearly new. $400. or best
LLAMA PISTOL, MiniMax II,
45 auto., 10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
REVOLVER 32 & 22 RIFLE-
asking $275 or will sell sep-
Ruger Carbine, 44 Magnum,
semi auto, old style, $450.
SMITH & WESSON- Highway
Patrolman model 28, 357
mag, 4" bbl., target sights
NORDIC TRACK, Back &
stomach machine. $60
TREADMILL- ProForm 585,
Electric. Good condition
TREADMILL- Proform Ad-
vanced. Heart rate monitor,
cool air fan, cushioned deck
TREADMILL, Weslow Ca-
dence DX 5, with safe key, fit-
ness guide, 4 spds, cupholder,
folds. $100 (863)467-8184
NECKLACE: 18 kt., 20" with
ruby & crucifix on nugget. Like
new $800 Firm.
(863)357-2233 Okee. area.
TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
PATIO FURNITURE, Redwood,
includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
PATIO TABLE- 42"x60" & 4
chairs. $100. or best offer.
PATIO TABLE- Oval, with six
reen & white stripe chairs.
150. 863-763-6220 or
BUZZ AROUND SCOOTER-
Max weight 300 lbs. Orig.
cost $1395. Barely used.
HANDICAP SCOOTER: Pride
Legend, 3 wheel. $495 firm.
SCOOTER, CRAFTMATIC 4 while.
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$1500. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.
WHEELCHAIR- Electric, Im-
age, 1 year old. Excellent
AUTO LUGGAGE CARRIER-
18cu ft Sears Excargo. Ex-
cellent condition. $65.
LIFE VESTS, (9), youth to
adult XXL sizes, like new,
valued at $370, sell $200
will sep. (863)763-0669
NEXTEL PHONE, 1710, Great
condition. $125 or best offer.
BANJO, Harmony 5 string,
Made in USA, brand new,
very pre.tty. $100
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
PIANO: Digital, KORG, 76
keys, Good condition. $75.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet, Upright
with bench. Good condition.
BROTHER FAX/COPY MA-
CHINE- in great condition,
asking $50 (863)763-0669
BULL MASTIFF PUPS- 4 mos
old, 2m, 2f, red fawn, AKC,
Vet Cert. Champ bloodline,
dame & sire on location
CRITTER' CAGE- for hamster
or small critter, metal/plastic,
wall accessories, pd. $25,
FISH TANKS, (2), 10 gallon,
with 9 fish & all accessories,
FLOPPY EARED RABBIT, 8
mos. old, large, red &
brown. $150 includes cage,
food, etc. (863)357-1310
KING'S PARROT CAGES (2):
Extra large, excellent condi-
tion. $600 or will separate.
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
NETHERLAND DWARF RAB-
BIT: $15. (863)610-0843
PEKINGESE- Male, 3 mo. old.
Can be reg. CKC. $400.
(863)763-7666 or 697-2631
POOL TABLE- regulation size,
rack, balls & que, $600
SPEAKER BOXES- For 10"
speaker. Good condition.
ARAB / PAINT COLT: 3 yrs.
Will sell for $4000 or trade
for registered older Arab
BAY THOROUGHBRED- Mare
15 yr old rideable with mo
old filly. $1500.
CHILD HORSE- 10 yrs old.
13.2, Dapple Palomino. Very
GILDING: 4 yrs, AQHA, broke /
trained, roam, for 4H Club.
$1500 neg. 954-805-5133
HART GOOSENECK TRAILER,
'91, 3 stalls needs some
body work, $1800 or best
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $2000 or best of-
fer. 863-675-2215 LaBelle
MINI MARE, very cute, current
on all shots, easy keeper,
$600. (863)763-3253 or
PAINT MARE- 3yrs old, have
been broke, $1900
QH Filly, 10 mos. old, halter
broke, very sweet, gentle,
$500. Call Sharon
CHIPPER SHREDDER- Crafts-
man, 5 hp Briggs & Straton
engine. Good condition.
JOHN DEERE L TRACTOR,
LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
RIDING MOWER: Dixon, 42"
with 15.5hp Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjust-
ment. $300 (239)986-0296
RIDING MOWER: Snapper.
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.
39 Braford Cows
150 Black Cows (ages 3-6)
REG BRANGUS BULLS-
asking $2000 (863)357-3770
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SUB WOOFERS- 4, Memphis
12's in a custom ported box.
Brand new. $400. or best of-
BIG SCREEN 42", works
Bood, just needs a home.
COLOR TV- Sharp 13", 2yrs
old. Seldom used. $25.
RCA WEB TV: Get on Internet
& email w/out computer. 2
system. $50. Will separate.
Find it faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds
HONDA GENERATOR- 3500
watt, good working condi-
tion, has wheels, $350 neg
(419)566-3796 cell (Okee)
TABLE SAW, 10" with stand.
$75 or best offer."
TABLE SAW, Craftsman, 10",
with stand, $125.,
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600
WELDER- Lincoln Ranger
G8000, Gasoline engine, Air
cooled. $2300. or best offer.
FOOTBALL TABLE, Like new,
all wood, barely used, paid
$200, asking $150 firm.
PLAY STATION II- Used. $30.
or best offer. (863)634-8708
MP3 PLAYER- Samsung 2gb,
brand new, $125
SPEAKERS: Pro Studio Mock
3 w/ 15" woofers, great
shape. $220 or best offer.
MOUNTED FISH & WILDLIFE
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted B30
Lawn & Garden 850
FARM TRACTOR- John Deere
Model 4050. Make Offer
..ade" Mu.imS rnr.oy. i 7
Fixer Upper, selling as is, well
& septic incl., 3BR/2BA, on
private lot, good neighbor-
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
OKEECHOBEE: 2br/2ba manu-
factured home & lot. Home is
in good condition, includes all
appliances, central air & heat,
new kitchen and bath cabinets,
new carpeting, flooring, light-
ing, and completely repainted
inside. Large laundry & utility
room, covered porch & car
port, new metal roof and con-
nections for stay over RV.
OPEN HOUSE -
Sat., Feb., 17th, 9am-3pm &
Sun., Feb. 18th, Noon-3 pm
1401 S.E. 8th Dr.. 3 BR/2BA
Pool & Fireplace. Price
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
CLOSE TO TOWN: 2BR Only
$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
OKEECHOBEE: 2br, 2ba, 2
story apt. in Kings Bay, No
pets. $800/mo. + $800.
Sec. Dep. (561)248-5311 or
OKEECHOBEE: Lg lbr & 2br
In town, water access to lake,
No pets, $750/mo + util. 1st
& sec. (863)634-0322
RESTAURANT & BAR SPACE
FOR RENT: 5800 sq. ft. in
Okeechobee County, just
outside of town. Heavy Traffic
Area. Formerly Barlows Rest.
For more info. 561-662-3169
BHR, DWMH, 2+BR/2BA,
p ool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
ake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
BRAND NEW HOMES FOR
RENT Be the first ones In!!
3/2, W/D, lawn & water
maint incld, $1100, 1st, last
& $500 sec. 2 avail in Bass-
wood, 1st week in March
Small pets ok. Call
DUPLEX FOR RENT: 3br/lba
with laundry room. $775/mo.
1st, last & security of $500.
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/1 ba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, spacious
CBS, in town, Ig fenced bk
yard, shed, $1200/mo 1st,
ast & sec. (863)467-7838
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/lba, cen-
tral air. $800 / mnth.
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/2BA/2 car
garage, wood floors through-
out, CA, Located at 792 SE
14th Ave. 1st, Last &sec.
Ref's a must. No pets.
$1100/mo. Option to Buy.
Drive by, if you like, please call
WATERFRONT, 28R, Really
nice & spacious. $950/mo.
& 1st, last & sec.
[i 'liia -
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MALLARD '78: Class C Type,
clean & In good cond, reno-
vated in '97, new tires, a/c,
awning, battery, radiator &
windshield recently. Current
mileage 69k. Asking $6995.
Call 863-675-7743 or
NEAR LaBelle, 30 Ft.Fumished
w/built up roof. Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell)
TRUCK CAMPER'94: Like new
condition, self contained,
shower, toilet & kitchen.
$3500 neg. 863-634-2362
CARRIAGE '03: 32', 2 slides,
GelCoat, loaded, many extras!
CHEVY DURAMAX '03: 57K,
w/ PullRite attachment.
$52,000 total or $25,500 for
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yeady lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
NEAR 128th St. Dble. Wide,
4BR/2BA, private on large par-
cel. $1000/mo. + 1st., last &
sec. No pets. 863-697-3247
OKEE., On Rim Canal 1br
$150. per wk. Min. down &
2br $200. per wk. Min. down
Call 863-6 4-1802
Brand new, waterfront, all new
appl's incl. w/d, lake access.
BASSINGER: Kissimee River,
2 BR, 1 BA, New Firs. & Kitch-
en, Tiled Screen Rm., Carport,
New shed, load ramp & docks.
$69,900. or best offer. Call
BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1BA, with
FL room, 14x48 concrete car-
Dort, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
le sink & washer/dryer, fish
cleaning station, grapefruit,
orange & banana trees, a/c
with heat, furniture included,
Immediate possession in adult
park. Inquire at Lot 134 at
own & Country Park.
PARK MObEL: 4 yrs old, like
new, w/ bay window, furnished
Stevens, 78 West. mmed occ.
Cais rs/RVs 3010
Jet Skis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Sport Vehils/ATVs 3035
ALUM LOWE: 14' w/trailer.
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, mercy, MK troll mtr.
$2000 firm. 863-224-5017
ANGLER '82, 21ft., walk
around cuddy, 140hp John-
son, trailer, nice boat, must
see $5500 (561 67'0-3636
BASS BOAT '88 16 Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with-galva'-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
BOAT- 17.6 ft, center console,
115 Mariner, T-top, Trailer,
Good condition. $2000.
CAROLINA SKIFF: 16ft cc, 70
hp Johnson trolling motor,
biminy top trailer. $2500.
EVINRUDE ENGINE- Outboard,
35 HPR good runner, all con-
trols, elec. start, $500 or
best offer (937)215-0307
NITRO BASS BOAT- 21' on
dual axle. 175 Evin motor.
Extras. $2000. or best offer.
PALM BEACH-'1998, Center
console, 19', 115 hp Yama-
-ha low hrs, 711bs thrust, '03
trolling motor, Many extras.
Good cond. $8000. Neg.
POLAR '98- Saltwater series,
90hp Yamaha, centercon-
sole, Bimini top, trolling mo-
tor, trir, $6500 neg
STARCRAFT: Aluminum, 18ft
center console, 90 hp Johnson
motor & troll motor, full elec &
tro. $2000 (863)763-0728
ALLEGRO 32BA '03-work
horse, 20K, 2 slides, no
smoking/pets, exc cond.
$55,000 neg (317)431-9561
AUTOFORMER: By HUGHES
30 amp, voltage booster &
surge protection for RV's
CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sips 6,
stove, porta-potty, solid
sides w/real windows, awn-
ing, $1295. (863)805-0272
CARIBOU 12FT, overhead
camper, refrig, AC, full bath,
MWO, 4 jacks, $4500 or
best offer (863)467-6484
COUGAR '03, 5th Wheel,
28.5ft long with super slide &
attachments. $18,900. 2004
Dormax Diesel also avail.
JAYCO '92, 32 ft., w/porch &
shed. Fumished. In Hendry Sa-
bal Palms Cmpgrnd. in Palm
Dale. $7000. (863)675-7145
CHEVY SUBURBAN '89, 350,
auto., 4" lift, 36" Super
Swampers. $2500 or best
DODGE DURANGO '98- 4x4,
SLT, some body damage,
can be repaired. runs great
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
JEEP CJ5- '78, 304, V-8, 4x4,
$2000. or best offer.
JEEP CJ5 '81, 4 cyl., 4 spd.,
soft top & doors. $1700 or
best offer. (772)370-0776
FIFTH WHEEL HITCH- Excel-
lent condition. $500. or best
REESE SLIDER 16k FIFTH
WHEEL HITCH, all reels &
hardware, fits any full sz.
truck, $500. (863)357-1784
BOAT TRAILER: 2005, Drive
On $2000. See @ Awesome
Self Storage. 6489 US 44 SE
BOAT TRAILER: For 16 18
Ft. Boat. New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
HARLEYS- garage kept,
1999 883 Hugger $4000,
1993 Dyna Wide Glide
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
$1400 or best offer.
MINIBIKE, old school, runs,
SCOOTER- '04 RC Moto,
50cc, Yellow, No license re-
quired. Excellent condition
Suzuki Katana 750, '01, 10k
mi., Yoshimura exhaust,
w/helmet, gold platinum col-
or, $3250. (863)634-5781
FOUR WHEELER, 2004 Polaris
Predator 500, has Fox Rac-
ing Suspension & Nerf Bars.
$4500 neg. (863)634-2839
GO-PED, not running, $50.
SUZUKI OZARK 250, '02, 4
wheeler, garaged, runs like
new, turn key ready, $2400
Damon, 1999: 21 ft., never
traveled, kept under roof in
LaBelle, Must See! $6500.
NOMAD- '92, 32', New FL/rm,
Furnished. Lot #19 on Canal
in Fijian Park. $6500. Neg.
PULL TRAILER: 3Oft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $2500.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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
BMW 5351- '86, Brand new
18" chrome rims. Needs new
CADILLAC DEVILLE '90, Runs,
needs minor work, $400 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
CAMARO Z28 '80: all original,
350 auto, power windows.
Great restoration project. $1200
(863)634-6601 Iv msg.
CHEVY CAVALIER '97- must
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
CHRYSLER LEBARON- '92,
Convertible, New tires & top.
Runs. $500. (863)902-0477
ELECTRIC CAR, '76 Sebring
FORD ESCORT 1995 Wagon,
Runs very good. $1400
FORD ESCORT- '88, 4 dr, New
battery. Needs work. Must
sell. $500. (863)357-6315
Ford T-Bird '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88: excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
FORD THUNDERBIRD '97: V8,
great shape. $2500. Call Dot
HONDA ACCORD9,'89, 2 door,
stick shift, white, runs great,
priced to sell FAST! $600.
HUNTING BUGGY: 1984 Ford
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
BOB CAT ATTACHMENT, ATI
Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $850
CONST. SCAFFOLD- 2 story,
with trailer, $1200 neg
J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms mm
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044
I Fifth Wheels 3012 1
-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
*(1) 450 S.E downstairs &
*(2) 900 S.F. 1 upstairs
& 1 downstairs.
Close proximity to new
The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 16, 2007 11
[Pbic Noice 005
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby iven that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 9th day of March, 2007, at
11:00 A.M,, at the Okeechobee County Juridical Center, 312Northwest 3rd
Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Floriodda 34972, in the
City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best
bidder for cash, the following described property situated In Okeechobee County,
TRACT 14 IN BLOCK 1, OF THE REPLAT OF PORTIONS OF BLOCKS 1,3 AND 4
OF OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 13, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
1986 DOUBLEWIDE WELL MOBILE HOME BEARING VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION
NUMBERS FLHWO4860041OAHS AND FLHW048600410BHS AND TITLE NUM-
BERS 440S3641 AND 43991503, RESPECTIVELY.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered In a case pending in said Court,
the style of which Is:
MICHAEL ROTH, a single man and LORI DICKSON, a single woman,
and the docket number of which is: 2006-CA-297.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,. IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 13th day of February,
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee
Law Offices of Cassels & McCall
John 0. Cassels, Jr., Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
192672 ON 2/16,23/07
NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The Ok bee County Construction industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 @ 3:3. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers located at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Flodda. For more informa-
ton, contact Arnold Verwey at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548.
Il Interested parties shall have the opportunity to b heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board wth respect
to any matter considered at this meeting wil need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings Is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department.
Arnold Verwey, Building Official
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
192968 ON 2/16,25/07
CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
(863) 467-5401 or
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bell housing, $450
FRAME MOUNT TRAILER
HITCH, Trailer weight limit,
3500 Ibs. $75
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
PLATE & BALL, For goose-
neck hitch mount in bed of
truck, fits bed of Ford F350.
RIMS, 22", 6 lug, with tires,
good condition, $1200.
63-634-4886 Iv. msg.
TIRES (4) Super Swampeir
LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.
Get a quick response to
any Itom you may be sell-
i with a cassfled ad.
CHEV 1 TON '92- with Reading
Utility body, low miles, runs
great, $3500 neg.,
CHEVY S10 '02: 6cyl, ac, new
front end tires, toolbox. Ask-
CHEVY STEPSIDE, '97, runs
great, red, 114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
CHEVY SUBURBAN, '95, 4
whi. dr., exc. cond., 90k,mi.,
one owner, new-tires,
DODGE DAKOTA '06: 4WD,
Laramie; silver, loaded.
"Ready to tow" behind a mo-
tor home. Blue ox hitch
adaptor, M&G air brake sys-
tem, awesome telescoping
tailgate ramp for easy load-
ing of motorcycle, air bag
leveling. 6500 mi, over $35k
invested. Must sell. $23,900
DODGE RAM 1500 MAG., '96,
AC, pwr steering & brakes,
auto overdrve, tow pkg, good
FORD F350 1990 Dually, 360
engine, gas, single cab.
$1500 Firm. (863)763-3451
MAZDA B-3000, '02, New mo-
tor & tires. Cold A/C, Auto.
AM/FM CD. Runs great.
NISSAN FRONTIER '02- V6,
auto, 2wd, 40K mi., cold air,
new tires, grey cloth interior
TOYOTA- '88, 4x4, 5 speed,
Ext. cab. Runs good Hwy or
woods. $2500. or best offer.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, '98,
Limited Ed., 4x4, 5.21, 99k
mi., $5000. (863)763-5372
JEEP PICKUP, '90, needs mi-
nor rear end repair & battery,
4300. (863)467-5401 or
CHEVY LUMINA 93 Van, 3.1,
Runs good. $1600
CHEVY LUMINA VAN '94,
3.1L, runs good, $1500 or
best offer. (863)447-5213
DODGE CARAVAN; '93, blue,
auto, a/c, new tires, brakes
& battery, 185k mi., $1300
or best offer. (863)885-1026
TOYOTA PREVIA VAN- '91,
Good running condition.
$800. If interested, call
863-610-1266. Van in Okee.
How do you find a Job in
market? In the employ-
meot section of tilhe Clas-
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
NOTICE TO CREDrTORS
The administration of the estate of
NATHALIE BAUM, deceased, whose
date of death was February 17, 2006,
and whose Social Secur Number is
012-20-2870, Is pending hn the Circuit
Court for Okeechbee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against Decedents estate on whom a
copyof this .notice Is required to be
mservedmust file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3c-
i MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
RISTPUBLIBCATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the Decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against Decedent's estate must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO 181 YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE OECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publication of this notice
Is February 9th, 2007.
1376 NE 138th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Attorney for Personal Representative:
RAteri j uT,=,,i .' u,,e
Fi BarliAu S2',
Attomey for Personal Representative
RoberJ. GOorman, PA.
1209 Delaware Avenue
Fort Pierce, Flodda 34950
191623 ON 2/9,16/07
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the under-
signed, Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, will on the 1st day of March,
2007, at 11:00 a.m., at the front steps of
the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
Okeechobee County, in the City of Okee-
chobee, Florida, Offer for sale, and sell at
public outcry to the highest and best bid-
der for CASH the following described
operty situated in Okeechobee County,
A parcel of land lying in Section 23,
Township 38 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida, being more
particularly described as follows:
Commencing at the southerly must cor-
ner of that parcel of land as described in
Exhibit "A" of Official Record Book 0421,
Page 1635, of the Public Records of
Okeechobeeas County, Florida, said point
of commencement also being on the
Northely dght of way line of State Road
15 as shown on the Right Of Way Map
Section No.8905-S.R. No. 15; thence
bear N 48 Deg 46'14'W along the South-
westerly line of said parcel and the said
Northerly right of way line a distance of
798,13 feet; thence bear N43Deg35'59"E
a distance of 760 feet to the point of be-
ginning; thence bear N430eg35'59"E a
distance of 150.00 feet; thence bear
S48Deg46'14"E a distance of 100.00
feet; thence bear S43De35'59"W a dis-
tance of 150.00 feet; thence
N48Deg46'14"W a distance of 100.00
feet to the point of beginning.
Pursuant to the Final Judgment of Fore.
closure entered In a case pending in said
Court, the style of which Is
WOODLAND CAPITAL CORPORATION
DOYLE TY VOLIN and
KARIN JEAN VALLONE
and the Docket Number of which is
WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal
of said Court, this 16th day of February,
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Okeechobee County, Flodda
Attorney for Plalntiff
1515 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34236
192782 ON 2/16,23/07
READING A NNWSPAPIR
HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch will be held Tuesday, Feb.
27, at Homer's in Sebring starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are not required. The
group will be in the large dining room.
SSN council meeting scheduled
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Ser-
vices Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in
the auditorium of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The
purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and
share information regarding services for children and their families. The guest speak-
er will be Cathy Viggiano, from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitationt with the
Department of Education. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson
at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Library hosting annual book sale
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library annual book sale will be held at the Okee-
chobee County Public Lilrary, 206 S.W 16th St. Sale days will be: Thursday, March 1,
from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 2, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and Satur-
day, March 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are
$1. Library discards are half price. For information, call the library at (863) 763-3536.
KOA to host Speckled Perch contest
The annual Speckled Perch Beauty Contest, sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday, March 2, at the KOA Convention
Center on U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March 2 and 3. Those
wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-MAIN.
Church hosting gospel concert
Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, will present McMillan & Life in a
Southern gospel concert on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. A free potluck supper is
open to the public and will be held from 5 until 6 p.m., prior to the concert. This con-
cert will precede a week of revival meetings, with guest speaker Reverend Richard
Pickup. Services will be held nightly at 7 p.m. with special music beginning at 6:45
p.m. A nursery will be available. For information, call (863) 763-6626 or (863) 763-
Yard sale benefits Grad Nite
Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Church will hold ayard sale on Saturday, March 3,
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd
Lane. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee community Grad Nite and other proj-
ects. Donated items can be dropped off during the week of Feb. 25 in room 205 in the
Fellowship Hall. For information call (863) 763-5042, or Debbie at (863) 610-1738.
Fire volunteers to host breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 will have an all-you-
can-eat pancake breakfast served with sausage, juice and drinks on Saturday, March
3, from 8 until 11 a.m. for a donation of $4. For information, call (863) 357-1364.
Women's Ministry plans quilt show
The Women's Ministry of Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 8 Cypress
Street/Hunter Road, will be having their second quilt show on Saturday, March 3,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For information, call (863) 763-2106
or (863) 763-1555.
Quilt show planned for March 3
Tantie-Quilters will hold a quilt show at the Historical Society building on U.S. 98
N. on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission will be a $3 donation at
the door. Tickets are available for a donated quilt by calling (863) 357-0166, or (863)
467-2473 and at the Historical building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion on crime prevention for
seniors at their Tuesday, March 6, breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. The meeting will be
held at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. The program will be presented by
Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone is the regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, a special
project of the Florida Attorney General. The purpose of the project is to not only
inform seniors 'of possible scams, but to aid them in disputes of overcharging, scams
and other problems that confront them. The public is invited. Non-members should
make a reservation by calling (863) 763-2004.
AARP driver's course scheduled
An AARP driver safety course will be held Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday,
March 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St.
Both days must be attended to complete the course. The $10 tuition covers course
material. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. For
information, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
VNA hosting memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free memory loss
screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association on Friday, March 9, from 11
a.m. until 2;30 p.m. The screenings will be conducted by St. Mary's Memory Disor-
der Center staff for anyone, of any age, who might be concerned about memory
loss. The screenings are free of charge and results are immediate. For information,
call Donna True at (772) 285-6291.
Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest participants in our
inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests consist of quilting, sewing,
painting, drawing, photography and woodworking. There will also be food competi-
tions such ashome baking and canned goods; and a vegetable competition featur-
ing categories such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable.
Entry forms and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458
U.S. 98 North. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne
Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday, March 10, in downtown
Okeechobee. A car show will also be held in Flagler Park. The annual festival, spon-
sored by the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will continue on Sunday,
March 11. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Sharron Kay King on
Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. King was nominated for Christian music's Top
Vocalist of the Year and Christian Bluegrass album of the year. For information, call
Lee Minton at (863) 697-8517.
Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., on
Saturday, March 17. She will be speaking on many current events. Everyone is wel-
come. There is no charge. For information, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.
Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail Creek Plantation,
1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okeechobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper
will provide lunch, and Davey Raulerson will provide the swamp cabbage. There will
also be prize giveaways. Fax registration requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hospice
of Okeechobee at (863) 467-2321 for information.
Legion Fair winners
Judy Groth is holding her calendar cross-stitch that won first place
at the American Legion Free Fair.
Judy Groth is holding her birdhouse cross-stitch that won second
place at the American Legion Free Fair.
Ruth Munger is holding her painting called White Egret. It won first
place at the American Legion Free Fair.
Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128 Order of the Eastern Star will hold an all-you-can-eat
breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave., for a donation of $5. The breakfast is open to the public.
For information, call Mary Ann at (863) 634-8087.
Methodist church hosting concert
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will hold a concert Sun-
day, Feb. 25, at 8 and 9:30 a.m. presented by A New Song International. The group is
made up of members from Chile, Hungary and Romania and will be in their national
dress while singing and playing traditional instruments during the first half of the
concert. The second half will focus on the tremendous way God has been working
in their country and the challenges of being witness for the Lord.
Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council,. a part of the Shared Services Network,
will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium
located next to, the Okeechobee County school district offices at 610 S.W. Second
Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
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