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Publication Date: October 31, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 272


Briefs

Early voting
hours extended
Early hours will be offered
on Friday, Oct. 31 and Satur-
day, Nov. 1, from 7 a.m. until 7
p.m. at the Supervisor of Elec-
tion's Office, 307 NW Second
Street. Remember to bring
your driver's license for iden-
tification. For more informa-
tion contact the Supervisor of
Elections Gwen Chandler at
863-763-4014 or at the office lo-
cated at 307 NW Second Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 or visit
www.voteokeechobee.com.

IRSC hosts Hispanic
Health Fair
The Public is Invited to this
Free Event
Indian River State College,
the Mexican Consulate and
other healthcare agencies will
co-sponsor a health fair focus-
ing on the Hispanic community
Saturday, Nov. 1. Agencies will
be conducting various screen-
ings for HIV, cancer, diabetes
and dental issues. IRSC will
also provide information about
its educational programs and
services. The event is from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Koblegard
Student Union at the IRSC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. Over
ten agencies will provide infor-
mation and screenings for the
Hispanic community on health
and safety issues including hy-
pertension, diabetes, sexually
transmitted diseases, heart dis-
ease, obesity, nutrition, dental
health, women's health, men-
tal health and more.

Grief support group
for parents
A grief and healing group dedi-
cated to helping parents deal
with the loss of a child will
meet at the Red Cross Building
on Thursday nights from 7 to
8:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion contact Georgene at 863-
763-2957.

Drought Index
Current: 493
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.80 feet
Last Year: 10.25 feet



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

Index
C lassifieds .......................... 11-12
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword........................... 12
Financial Cents ................... 12
O bituaries ................................. 6
O pinio n ..................................... 4
Speak Out ............................. 4
Sports....... .................. 14-15
Sudoku ......... .......... ... 12
Weather ..................................... 3

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Friday, October 31, 2008


500 Plus tax


Sugar buyout progressing


SFWMD exercising
due diligence in
U.S. Sugar buyout

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Since Gov. Charlie Christ's
June 24 announcement of the
sale of all of U.S. Sugar's assets
in Florida to South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD),
the district has been working
with due diligence preparing


to close the deal, finance it and
make best use of the property.
The land will be used as part
of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Program (CERP). It
will be used for water storage
and treatment to clean the wa-
ter before it is sent to the water
conservation areas. The land
purchase will also protect the St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee estu-
aries from freshwater discharges
from the lake by providing for
more excess water to be sent
south.


Fright night: It's Halloween!


Officials have pledged that
the public will be kept informed
throughout the process.
"Public participation is as vi-
tal to the Everglades restoration
process as the projects them-
selves," said Sheryl Wood, SF-
WMD general counsel. "The citi-
zens of Florida and stakeholders
will play a valuable role in this
process."
The public will have the op-
portunity to review and com-
ment on the contract before clos-
ing. A firm acquisition price has


not yet been established, but an
estimated price tag of $1.75 bil-
lion was mentioned at when the
purchase was first announced.
Certificates of participation
(COPs) are being used to fiance
the acquisition. This is a type of
revenue bond that government
agencies may issue to finance
projects such land acquisition.
District officials stress the acqui-
sition will be possible without
raising taxes.
No timetable has been es-
tablished for closing the deal. It


appears that early estimates of a
November closing were not ac-
curate.
Water management officials
hired the Duff & Phelps Corpora-
tion to scrutinize the appraisals,
property and all aspects of the
potential transaction. They will
issue an independent "fairness
opinion" which will give their
opinion as to whether or not the
sale represents a good and fair
deal to taxpayers.
Engineers are evaluating res-
See Sugar Page 8


Prosecutor



astounded



by verdict


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee County jury
Thursday left a state prosecutor
astounded when they found a
man guilty of a misdemeanor
when he had been charged
with capital sexual battery on a
9-year-old girl.
After deliberating for sev-
eral hours, the six-member
jury found Lewis V Willis Jr.


UKeechobee news/Pete Gawda
Jerett Butts proudly displays the pumpkin he got at First United Methodist Church's
pumpkin patch. Jerret and other children from A Child's World came to the pumpkin
patch on Thursday, Oct. 30 for storytelling, pumpkin decorating, refreshments and to
search through the pumpkin patch for Jack O'Lantern's brothers.


Community plans holiday fun


The Okeechobee commu-
nity offers a variety of holiday
activities for Halloween night.
For those planning to cel-
ebrate with traditional trick-
or-treating, the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office suggests
the following hours for those
who trick-or-treat: younger
children, 5 to 7 p.m.; older chil-
dren, 7 to 9 p.m. All trick-or-
treaters should be off the street
by 9 p.m. Children should be
accompanied by an adult and
follow all traffic safety rules.
Most Okeechobee neighbor-
hoods do not have sidewalks;
parents should take care to
keep children out of the street


when there is traffic.
Okeechobee Main Street,
the City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County will host
the Fourth Annual Halloween
Celebration at the Agri-
Civic Center on State Road
70 East, from 6 until 9 p.m.
A costume contest will be in
four age groups: 0-2 from 6:45
to 7:15 p.m., 3-5 from 7:15 to
7:45 p.m., 6-10 from 7:45 to
8:15 p.m. and 11-14 from 8:15
to 8:45 p.m. Registration for the
costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
The celebration will also have
games and activities, a haunt-
ed house contest and treats!


For more information, please
contact Toni Doyle at 863-357-
MAIN (6246).
Martha's House will host a
haunted house in their ad-
ministrative building, 4134 U.S.
441 N, past Cemetery Road on
the right, from 8 p.m. until 11
p.m. Admission is $5 per per-
son with all proceeds going
to Martha's House. For more
information or to volunteer to
help with the haunted house
call 863-763-2893.
A Family Fall Festival will
be sponsored by First Baptist
See Fun Page 9


Value Adjustment Board


hears property tax cases
By Pete Gawda was not fair. Property taxes for the petitioner's wife owned
Okeechobee News 2008 are based on the value of homesteaded property in Palm
Benjamin Franklin said that the property on Jan. 1, 2008. Beach County.
Benjamin Franklin said tha Out of the 14 petitioners to One petitioner built a dwell-
nothing is certain in this world the board, only one was suc- ing late in 2007. The certificate
except death and taxes. cessful. of occupancy was not issued
The inevitability of taxes Realtor Haynes Williams until after Jan. 1. 2008. However,
was brought home to the pe- made a lengthy and docu- the board ruled that the dwell-
titioners to the 2008 Okeecho- mented plea for all business ing was suitable for occupancy
bee County Value Adjustment owners. Several residential on Jan. 1. 2008. Therefore, the
Board that met on Tuesday. Oct. property owners protested petitioner was taxed on the full
28 and Wednesday, Oct. 29. their assessed value. However, value of the dwelling.
This board is made up of two in each case the property ap- Most of the challenges were
commissioners, two business praiser presented three 2007 from commercial property
people and one school board sales of comparable properties owners who felt their business-
member. Its purpose is to hear in the same price range. es were assessed at too high
the claims of property owners One claim for homestead
who feel their tax assessment exemption was denied because See Board Page 8


not guilty on
a charge of
lewd and las-
civious mo-
lestation of a
victim under
the age of
12. The jury
did find the
fire alarm in- Lewis V.
spector guilty Willis, Jr.
See Verdict Page 8


Amendment 3


pushes storm


preparedness


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
While Amendment 3, if
passed, might not mean much
of a tax break, there could be
other benefits.
The title of Amendment 3 is:
"Changes and improvements
not affecting the assessed value
of residential real property."
What this means is that


improvements which increase
resistance to wind damage,
such as storm shutters or wind
resistant glass, and installation
of renewable energy source
devices would not increase
the assessed value of property
for tax purposes. This amend-
ment does not apply to new
See Amendment- Page 9


Submitted photo
Blood donor to win quilt
Marie Kirchhoff, a member of Tantie Quilters, has donat-
ed a $300 quilt which she made, to be awarded a lucky
blood donor at the Okeechobee Blood Roundup which
will be held Nov. 14 and 15 at the First United Method-
ist Church. This third annual drive is seeking 450 dona-
tions in the two days and has received other donations
to be awarded donors through drawings. Every donor is
entered in a drawing for the grand prize of a chest freezer
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Moore Haven trio charged



in theft of culvert, wire


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN -
Moore Haven residents
been arrested in connection
the theft of copper wire a
aluminum culvert from a g
ment work site near this
County community.
Jason Hough, 25, was
ed Oct. 16 on a charge of
theft. He was booked in
Glades County Jail under
of $5,000. Also charged
Lena Lamb, 42, and John
art, 49. They were both ct
with two counts of gran
and one count of trespa
They were both booked
the county jail under a b
$10,500 each.
According to Detectiv
geant Steve Harris, of the


County Sheriff's Office (GCSO),
Hough is also charged with vio-
Three lasting his probation on an origi-
have nal charge of possession of co-
n withcaine and is being held without
and wi bond on that charge.
nd an Hough was put on 18-months
overn- probation on Oct. 6, said the de-
Glades tective.
Hough was arrested on Oct.
arrest- 16 by Deputy Victor Alvarez of
grand the GCSO after the deputy ascer-
,to the tained that the man was involved
a bond in the theft of a generator and
were lawn mower. It was later learned
Stew- that Lamb and Stewart were also
charged involved in that theft, stated in-
d theft formation from the GCSO.
passing. Sgt. Harris and Detective Mike
d into Pepitone were given the case
ond of and on Oct. 21 arrested Lamb
and Stewart for their alleged in-
e Ser- volvement. Through the course
Glades of their investigation the detec-


tives learned that the couple
were also reportedly involved in
the theft of a culvert and 100-feet
of heavy duty copper wire from
a South Florida Water Manage-
ment District work site.
The culvert, wire and lawn
mower were then sold as scrap
metal to a business in Clewiston.
The generator has been recov-
ered and returned to its owner.
Sgt. Harris said the trio re-
ceived $8.50 for the rechargeable
lawn mower, $20 for the culvert
and $15 to $18 for the copper
wire.
The detective went on to say
that Hough became the focus of
their investigation when Hough's
wallet -- containing his identifica-
tion was found near the crime
site.


Company fined by Dept. of



Labor for accidental death


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Gamez Enterprises, Incorpo-
rated was fined $6,300 by the U.S.
Department of Labor Occupa-
tional Safety and Health Admin-
istration on Oct. 1 due to a May
9 accident that claimed a life on
Micco Bluff Road in Basinger.
Gamez Enterprises did not
contest the fine but the case re-


Les Grove said.


The OSHA report said the op-


The company was cited for a erator of the machine drove in re-


serious violation which claimed
the employer did not instruct
every employee in the safe op-
eration and servicing of all their
covered equipment with which
he or she was involved, the OSHA
report said.
Sergio Depaz died on May 9
when he was struck by a citrus


mains open, OSHA Spokesman fruit loader.


verse with an obstructed view to
the rear without making sure ev-
eryone was clear of the machine.
The company was also re-
quired to submit an abatement
certificate to OSHA. That abate-
ment can include additional train-
ing for employees.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of
fice (OCSO), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Francisco Zuniga, 25, Moore
Haven, was arrested Oct. 20 on
a felony charge of smuggling
contraband into a detention fa-
cility and a misdemeanor charge
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams. He was returned to the
Moore Haven Correctional Insti-
tute.
Alvaro Cappas, 26, Moore


Haven, was arrested Oct. 20 on a
charge of possession of cocaine.
He was returned to the Moore Ha-
ven Correctional Institute.
John Stewart, 49, Moore
Haven, was arrested Oct. 21 on
a felony charge of grand theft
(two counts) and a misdemeanor
charge of trespassing. His bond
was set at $10,500.
Lena Lamb, 42, Moore Ha-
ven, was arrested Oct. 21 on a
felony charge of grand theft (two
counts) and a misdemeanor
charge of trespassing. Her bond
was set at $10,500.
Patrick Fagan, 21, Moore
Haven, was arrested Oct. 21, on
a felony charge of fraudulent
use of a credit card. He was also


charged with the misdemeanors
of battery (domestic violence)
and petit theft. His bond was set
at $11,000.
Bonetta Ballard, 40, Crescent
Acres, was arrested Oct. 23 on a
charge of obstructing justice. Her
bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a northeast wind between 10 and 20 mph, with
gusts as high as 25.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Winds from the northeast between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 80. Winds from the north-
west between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Winds from the north, northwest around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 79. Winds from the north-
east between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with a low near 64. Winds from the
northeast around 5 mph.


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Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Jason Anthony Dysinger, 27,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 24 by Officer R. Hol-
royd on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $1,000.
Gloria Marie Lowe, 58, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 28 by Deputy Matthew
Hurst on a warrant charging her
with violation of probation pos-
session of cocaine. She is being
held without bond.
Charles William Buchanan,
26, N.W 36th Terrace, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Oct. 28 by
DOC's Alfreda L. McFarlane on a
charge of violation of probation -
possession of cocaine. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Carlos Rafael Colon, 24,
N.W 18th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 28 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with failure to re-deliver leased
property more than $300. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Christopher Gillaspy, 35,
S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy
Bart Potter on a warrant charging
him with failure to appear driv-
ing while license suspended. His
bond was set at $2,500. Gillaspy
was arrested later that same day
by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation driving under the in-
fluence. He is being held without
bond on that charge.
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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
HALLOWEEN: Parents, please make sure your children under-
stand that when the porch and/or yard lights are off, there are no
treats. So don't knock at the door. When I am home and plan on
giving out treats both my porch and yard light are on. When treats
are gone or I am not home the lights are off and I don't want to be
bothered. My dogs go crazy enough when the kids come so after the
lights are off, Please don't ring the bell. This is a good way to know
who has treats and who doesn't want to be bothered. Have a Happy
Halloween
ELECTORAL COLLEGE: In my opinion, having a third or even
a fourth party is healthy for the country. The two main political par-
ties are too powerful and such power often leads to corruption. The
American people deserve more choices. In this election, a lot of
people are not happy with either choice. In a popular vote system,
with a runoff if no one gets at least 50 percent plus one vote, every
vote would count. Currently this simply isn't true. Every vote does not
count. It is possible -- and it has happened -- that the candidate who
received the majority of the votes did not win the office. When the
country was formed, there was a need for the electoral college. With
modern mass communication, that need no longer exists. It is time
for change. I think we should put it to a vote -- a popular vote -- to
amend the Constitution.
REDISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH: We already have a "redistribu-
tion of wealth that's been in effect for years. President Reagan insti-
tuted a thing called earned income tax credit. Basically that's where
if you're poor, the government takes a portion of what us regular
taxpayers pay and give it to low income people when they file their
taxes. Nobody seems to realize this is nothing new.
BOMB: I read the story about the kids learning how to make a
bomb on YouTube. They are very lucky that they were not injured and
that none of the other children who were there watching them deto-
nate their bomb were injured. This could have been very serious with
kids in the hospital or maimed for life. Parents need to sit their chil-
dren down and make sure they understand that what happened is not
fun or funny. These kids did a stupid and dangerous thing and they
are very lucky that the worst thing that happened to them was a trip
to the jail. The story is also a warning to parents that children should
not be allowed to surf the web without adult supervision. Don't let
your kids go online unless you are in the room and pay attention to
which web sites they visit. A good idea is to keep the computer in the
family room. Don't let kids go online alone in their rooms. The web is
not a safe place for children. They need adult supervision.
CAMPAIGN: Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than
John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has
ever been at this stage of the campaign. Just to throw a number out:
He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign,
close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.
Without question, Obama has set the bar at a new height with a truly
staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this No-
vember, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last
November. One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept
public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure
that they both operated within those limits. Then it became clear to
Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise,
on his own, far more cash than he would get with public financing.
So Obama went back on his word.
POLLS: I found it interesting that Nickelodeon has a voters poll
for the kids and it came out 51 percent for Obama and 49 percent for
McCain. I would be willing to bet their polls are closer to fact than any
others taken or posted. Kids seem to vote what they hear their parents
talking about.
EXPERIENCE: Past experience isn't always what it takes to do a
good job.
DANGEROUS DOGS: They say that this incident with the dogs at-
tacking a woman happened in May of 2007 in Collier County. Where
have the dogs been all this time? And they say the dogs were taken
from the area and dropped off in LaBelle and Okeechobee County. By
whom were they dropped off? And why is this story just coming out
now to the public when one of the dogs that was put down has been
in Okeechobee County in February of 2008. Also whose dogs were
they, just stray dogs? Editor's note: According to Okeechobee County
Animal Control Supervisor Gary Barber, his office along with officers
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
were conducting the investigation and had told residents in the
north portion of the county to watch for these dogs. Mr. Barber said
it finally got to the point that they weren't getting any more informa-
tion from the area so he decided to go public with the case. He went
on to say that they also didn't want to alarm a lot of people. As for
the dogs, they were reportedly dropped off by a Clewiston woman
who is a friend of the dog's owner, Shirley Newell. At the time of the
incident, Mrs. Newell was suffering from a broken ankle and could
not take care of the dogs. That task was turned over to Mrs. Newell's
ex husband, Charles Newell, and the friend. Reports from the Col
lier County Sheriff's Office indicate that Mr. Newell heard about the
death of Carshena Benjamin, who was killed by dogs May 26, 2007.
He wanted the friend to kill the dogs, even though he told investiga-
tors that he didn't know if the dogs had actually been involved in the
attack. However, the friend told detectives she couldn't do that and
she believed the dogs were innocent of the attack. She did, however,
take the dogs away from Mrs. Newell's home in Collier County on
May 27, 2007. The woman told detectives one of the dogs, the Welsh
Corgi, actually belonged to her. Detective Raymond Wilkinson's re-
ports indicate that on May 31, 2007, the woman put the animals into
her truck and took them away. The Corgi was released in an area
north of LaBelle. She then drove to Okeechobee and released a dog
named Sierra in an area near Potter Road and N.W 141st St. She
then dropped the other dog, Pie-Pie, in the area around N.W Ninth
Ave. and N.W 141st St. The woman reportedly told the detective she
released the dogs in neighborhoods hoping that someone would
take them in and care for them.
VOTING: With the early voting hours extended, people don't have
an excuse for not voting this year. They can vote on Friday until 7
p.m. or on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you work out of town
and didn't get an absentee ballot, you can go to the elections office
on Saturday and vote. The Supervisor of Elections is predicting a 70
percent turnout this year. I would love to see that be 80 or 90 percent.
Every registered voter should vote.
JOE THE PLUMBER: Ohio state computers were used to inves-
tigate Joe the plumber. If you're against Obama they will go to any
length to get you. How can Obama people get use of state computers
to investigate anyone?
POLITICS: I am sick and tired of the dozens of emails I am re-
ceiving every day from the National Democratic Party and the Florida
Democratic Party. If they think sending out dozens of emails every
day is going to sway voters, they are wrong. Or they may be surprised
that people will be sick and tired of the emails, they will vote against
the candidates the emails promote. Every time I delete these political
emails, more pop up. I didn't ask to be on their list. I have responded


asking to be off the list. I even tried to block them as SPAM, but they
keep coming. I would change my party affiliation if that would help
but nothing seems to discourage them. I will be so glad when this
election is over and hope that the email avalanche will finally end.
AMENDMENT 2: In this great county of ours, there are many peo-
ple who call themselves Christians, go to church and read the bible
that have been so blind sided by the liberal agenda that they now
believe that marriage has somehow been changed in God's eyes. The
bible tells us plainly that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Are there people who would like defy that? Sure, just like people who
would like to defy other moral issues that we hold dear. How dare
we change what God has ordained. We will be held accountable for
what we stand for. Who cares if the liberals call it discrimination. We
have to stand up for what is right in God's eyes, not what is politically
correct.


Letters to the Editor


Kids' Day support
appreciated
The members and officers of
Taylor Creek Bass Club would
like to thank the many sponsors
of the 2008 Lee Mc Allister Memo-
rial Okeechobee Kids' Day Fishing
Festival. Their support of our 23rd
annual event with fishing equip-
ment, prizes, food, drinks, cash
and personal time helped provide


Okeechobee kids and their fami-
lies a day of wholesome activities
based on fun, fishing, fellowship
and competition.
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patronize our 2008 supporters
as we start preparations for the
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Community Calendar

Friday, Oct. 31
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
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth Street,
(Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sic, speaker, open dis-
cussion, 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or
weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Nov. 1
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon Open
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.

Sunday, Nov. 2
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.


Pet of the Week
This is a male chocolate seal point domestic short hair,
affectionately named 'Truffle.' He is quite opinionated and
independent. He was found as a stray and he is looking for
a good home. His adoption fee is $90.00 which includes
his neuter, vaccines and feline leukemia/aids test. Please
call Animal Control at 863 357-3225 for further informa-
tion.



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Smiling pumpkins
These Jack-o'-lanterns set the mood for Halloween. They
were spotted in a yard near downtown Okeechobee.



Halloween safety tips


The American Red Cross offers
the following safety tips for Hal-
loween Night:
With witches, goblins, and
super-heroes descending on
neighborhoods across America,
the American Red Cross offers
parents some safety tips to help
prepare their children for a safe
and enjoyable trick-or-treat holi-
day. Halloween should be filled
with surprise and enjoyment, and
following some common sense
practices can keep events safer
and more fun.
Walk, slither, and sneak on
sidewalks, not in the street.
Look both ways before cross-
ing the street to check for cars,
trucks, and low-flying brooms.
Cross the street only at cor-
ners.
Don't hide or cross the street
between parked cars.
Wear light-colored or re-
flective-type clothing so you are
more visible. (And remember to


put reflective tape on bikes, skate-
boards, and brooms, too!)
Plan your route and share it
with your family. If possible, have
an adult go with you.
Carry a flashlight to light
your way.
Keep away from open fires
and candles. (Costumes can be
extremely flammable.)
Visit homes that have the
porch light on.
Accept your treats at the
door and never go into a strang-
er's house.
Use face paint rather than
masks or things that will cover
your eyes.
Be cautious of animals and
strangers.
Have a grown-up inspect
your treats before eating. And
don't eat candy if the package is
already opened.
Small, hard pieces of candy
are a choking hazard for young
children.


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Community theatre presents 'Christmas Belles'


"It's the merriest time you'll
have this holiday season." That's
the way the Okeechobee Com-
munity Theatre (OCT) is describ-
ing "Christmas Belles," the first
of three shows in its 30th year of
producing live comedies, dramas
and musicals for local audiences.
The comedy will run for four
performances at 8 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday nights, Nov. 7-8, 14-
15. It promises a jump-start to the
holidays as it follows the activities


Horses are among the victims
of the current economic crisis.
Horse owners are feeling
the pinch of problems with the
economy and the rising cost of
animal feed. The price of corn
rose sharply in the past two years
due to the use of corn for etha-
nol production. Other grains also
became more expensive when
more farm land was switched to
production of corn for ethanol.
With feed bills rising, more
and more people are surrender-
ing their horses to horse rescue
organizations such as the one
run by Sue Bonham in Viking
properties along with her friend
Debbi Allison-Cook in Fellsmere.
Mrs. Bonham and Ms. Allison-
Cook have been working with


of the residents of fictitious Fayro,
Texas through the process of pro-
ducing a church Christmas pag-
eant. Even with unusual ingredi-
ents like and Elvis impersonator at
the manger and problems which
threaten to ruin the entire show,
the real meaning of the season
still manages to come through.
Reserved seat tickets for the
play are $12 each, and are now
on sale at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Chamber of Commerce during


rescue horses for about one year.
Together they have placed more
than 100 horses in new homes.
They do it out of the goodness
of their hearts and love of the
animals. Some people surrender
their horses voluntarily when
they see they cannot properly
care for them. Some horses are
surrendered after threats of turn-
ing the owners over to animal
control for animal cruelty.
Their goal is to have unwanted
horses adopted. The adoptions
are free. The person wishing to
adopt must have at least one
acre of land in fenced pasture
with some type of shade or shel-
ter. The adopted horse cannot be
sold or traded. At first, the adop-
tive owners are checked once


regular business hours. Perfor-
mances are at the theatre on S.W
Second Avenue at Seventh Street,
one block behind Golden Corral
Restaurant.
The play is a follow-up to
"Dearly Beloved," which was pre-
sented to sold-out houses by the
Okeechobee Community Theatre
in 2007.
Most of the same all-adult cast
is back to reprise their roles from
that production. The performers


a month and later every other
month. She also has a program
of foster parenting. The foster
parent can treat a horse as their
own until the horse is adopted.
Sometimes foster parents decide
to adopt the horse.
Mrs. Bonham said they ap-
preciate donations of hay, feed,
fencing supplies, veterinary
supplies and other items for the
horses. They do not accept cash
donations.
They welcome volunteers
who have some type of horse
experience.
For more information on do-
nating feed or supplies, adopting
or fostering a horse call 863-763-
6959.


include OCT veterans Joanie Mof-
fatt, Laurie Garner, Brynne Emley,
John Garner, Louise Chandler,
James Garner, Joyce Taylor, Cathy
Womble, Josh Van Wormer, Joey
Marcinek, and Paulette Wise.
The play is directed by Ron and
Jacque Hayes.
Also scheduled for the current
OCT theatre season is the stage
adaptation of Harper Lee's be-
loved novel of racial tensions as
seen through the eyes of a young
girl, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
That show is set to be per-
formed in early March. Auditions
for acting roles will take place dur-
ing the first few days of January.
The conclusion of the theatre
group's 30th birthday season will
be an encore production of A.R.
Gurney's beautifully romantic
play "Love Letters," which chron-
icles the love of a man and a
woman which exists over several
decades, but is only demonstrated
by their letters to one another.
Along with that play will be a
free reception for the audience,
cast and crew, honoring the
theatre company's accomplish-
ments over 30 years. The show
and receptions are set for March
27 and 28.


The Okeechobee Community
Theatre is an all volunteer not-
for-profit organization which is
operated under the care of the
Okeechobee Educational Foun-


dation. Anyone wishing more in-
formation on the group, or would
like to volunteer to be part of its
activities, may call Ron or Jacque
Hayes at 863-763-1307.


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Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Looking for some entertain-
ment in and around Okeecho-
bee?
Arnold's Wildlife and Re-
habilitation Center will hold an
open house on Saturday, Nov. 8,
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will be
held at 14895 N.W 30th Terrace.
Adult tickets are $10 and children
under 12 years of age are $5. Be
sure to visit the half-acre free-
roaming butterfly garden. There
are also thirty different species of
native and exotic animals for you
to see and photograph. A lunch
of hot dogs, chips and a drink will
be available for a donation. There
will also be activities for the chil-
dren. Go north on 441 until you
get to the flashing light. Turn left
and go west for about two miles
and look for the Arnold Wildlife
sign. For more information or di-
rections please call Sue Arnold at
863-763-4630.
The Visiting Nurse Association
is holding their 2008 Air Show
on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday,
Nov. 9, at the Witham Field in Stu-
art. Tickets are available at CVS


Pharmacy for $10 in advance and
they will be $15 at the gates which
are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
each day with the air show acts at
1 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. Children 10
and under are free. The event has
a fun-filled Kidz Zone full of rides
and activities and even Helicopter
rides are available. For more in-
formation visit www.vnaairshow.
com or call 1-800-694-9183.
On Nov. 16, Barracudas will
present "Ride for the Troops."
There will be a slow drag race,
weenie bite contest, drawing
prizes, live music, and more. Tick-
ets are available at Barracudas for
$20, which includes: t-shirt, draw-
ing ticket and ride. All proceeds
will be donated to Military Order
of The Purple Hearts. Run leaves
Barracuda's a noon sharp. For
more information call 863-801-


6268.
The 17th Annual Waldau Ju-
nior Golf Tournament to ben-
efit Junior Golf will now be
held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club. Complimentary lunch starts
at 11 a.m. with scramble shotgun
start at noon. After the tourna-
ment and awards, it's Waldau's
Famous Dance Party with D.J.
David Padgitt. All entry, sponsor-
ship forms and information can
be obtained by visiting www.flor-
idajuniorgolf.org. Or you can call
Bridgette Waldau at 863-467-7300
or the Golf and Country Club at
863-763-6228.
If your organization or busi
ness has some entertaining
events coming up, please for
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Proposed Amendment to Code of Ordinances
of Okeechobee County, Florida

Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to receive public
input regarding adoption of an ordinance amending the Code of
Ordinances of Okeechobee County, Florida. The title of the proposed
ordinance is:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMM-
SIONERS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AMEND-
ING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA, PART II, LAND DEVELOPMENT REG-
ULATIONS, ADDING SECTION 7.11 LANDSCAPE REGU-
LATIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICA-
TION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 5:01
p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.

Interested persons may appear and be heard. This public hearing is the
second of two hearings.

A copy of the proposed amendment will be available for public inspection
at the Planning and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida each weekday, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will 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. County Clerk tapes are for the sole pur-
pose of backup from official records of the Clerk.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida

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Community Events I| wealitt ain


OHS reunion 1950
through 1959
A reunion will be held for
those that graduated or were in
Okeechobee High School in the
1950s. The event will be held Nov.
8 at the Shrine Club. If you know
someone who should be invited
send that name to Betty William-
son, P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee,
FL, 34973. Also if you are eligible
and have changed your address in
the past five years please let them
know so you can have more infor-
mation sent to you. The occasion
is sponsored by the Okeechobee
Historical Society and any profit
will assist with projects such as
two $500 scholarships given each
year to a deserving senior female
and male student.


OHS Class of 1979
plans reunion
Join in a celebration at the 30
year reunion of the Class of 1979
for Okeechobee High School on
Friday, Nov. 7. The Class of '79
will gather at the homecoming
football game at 7:30 p.m. Af-
ter the game, they will meet at
Kahootz for refreshments and
to reminisce with old friends.
Saturday, Nov. 8 there will be a
dinner dance at Good Spirits spe-
cial event room. Meet and greet
friends at Happy Hour in the Tiki
bar at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m.
with dancing afterwards. For in-
formation and tickets go to www.
OHS 1979. ClassQuest.com or call
Diane Mitchum Prescott at 863-
634-1257. Class of '79 members
are encouraged to spread the
word about the reunion.


OCEA has
membership meeting
The Okeechobee County
Education Association will have
its second General Membership
Meeting of the 2008-2009 school
year on Thursday, Nov. 13, at
4:30 p.m. in the Media Center at
Osceola Middle School, 825 SW
28th St. They will conduct busi-
ness, report on the recent annual
FEA Delegate Assembly, and also
address issues of members. If you
are not a member of OCEA, you
may join at the meeting. Door
prizes and refreshments will be
given. Be informed!


Free memory loss
screenings
Friday, Nov. 14 the Alzheim-
er's Association will be sponsor-
ing free memory loss screenings
at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St. Appointments
are needed and available from 11
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For more in-
formation or to make an appoint-
ment please call Donna True at
800-861-7826, ext. 1. Screenings
are for anyone any age con-
cerned about memory loss.
Screenings conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
Center. Immediate results.


Obituaries


BHR VFD to host
Fntnre of Citrus tonice


of radio show
Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 a.m.
on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, Doug
Bournique, Executive Vice Presi-
dent and General Manager, Indian
River Citrus League, will be on to
discuss the topic of the 2008/2009
Citrus Crop and the future of the
citrus industry with ongoing re-
search into citrus canker and cit-
rus greening. For more informa-
tion call 772-562-2728 or email
info@ircitrusleague.org.


spaghetti dinner
BHR VFD will be hosting a spa-
ghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Donation of $5. Call 863-532-9015
or 863-467-8220 for information.

Class of 99' reunion
planned
Plans are in motion for the
Class of 1999 reunion on the
weekend of Nov. 7-8. For more
information go to www.myspace.
com/OHS1999 or email OHS99-
GRADS@yahoo.com.


First United Method-
. ,, Wildlife Center holds


ist women sponsor
Bazaar
The First United Methodist
Women of Okeechobee will host
their Annual Bazaar on Saturday,
Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 200 N.W
Second St. in Okeechobee. There
will be a variety of crafts, quilted
items, knives, nuts, baked goods,
white elephant items and a silent
auction. A lunch consisting of
soup, sandwiches and desserts
will be available from 11 a.m. until
1 p.m. Proceeds will go to Mission
projects local and abroad. For in-
formation call 863-763-4021.

Attention Okeechobee
Class of 89
Class of '89 reunion organiz-
ers are currently collecting emails
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to
okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo.
com.

Masonic Lodge holds
breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W
Fifth will hold a breakfast on Sun-
day, Nov. 2, all you can eat. Tick-
ets are a $5 donation. Call Hugh
Alger or Tom Jolly for tickets, 863-
467-1491.

Friends of the


open house
Arnold's Wildlife and Rehabili-
tation Center will hold an open
house on Saturday, Nov. 8, from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will be held
at 14895 N.W 30th Terrace. Adult
tickets are $10 and children un-
der twelve years of age are $5.
Be sure to visit the half-acre free-
roaming butterfly garden. There
are also thirty different species of
native and exotic animals for you
to see and photograph. A lunch
of hot dogs, chips and a drink will
be available for a donation. There
will also be activities for the chil-
dren. Go north on 441 until you
get to the flashing light. Turn left
and go west for about two miles
and look for the Arnold Wildlife
sign. For more information or di-
rections please call Sue Arnold at
863-763-4630.

Croppin' Crew to meet
The "Croppin' Crew" scrap-
bookers will hold an all-day crop
on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m. This month the crop
will take place at Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane.
There will be a hands-on dem-
onstration of eyelets and brads to
add a little pizzaz to your scrap-
booking and cardmaking proj-
ects. All levels of scrapbookers are
welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you wish to participate in
our pot luck luncheon. Bring any
scrapbook pages on which you
are currently working. For more
information call Joan at 863-467-
0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.


Okeechobee Library Cha r
-1 .- v Chamber luncheon


Board Election
The election of officers for
the Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Board for the coming year
will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4
at 4:30 p.m. in the library board
room. The nominations are as
follows: Marion Davis, President;
Jan Fehrman, Vice-President;
Hazel Parnis, Secretary; Renee
Witter Treasurer, Janet McKenna,
Membership Chairman. Nomina-
tions will also be accepted from
the floor. The public is invited to
attend. The board meets the first
Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
in the Okeechobee Library Board
Room and is open to the public.


planned
The new Okeechobee cham-
ber of commerce luncheon will
be on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Sean Moore with the Small Busi-
ness Development Center will be
speaking. Their services include
Free, confidential one on one
counseling for prospective or cur-
rent business owners. They offer
free, monthly, one day seminars
on Steps to owning a Business,
Business Plans, and Marketing.
The Chamber is donating office
space to the Small Business De-
velopment Center. Do you have a
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Alice Louise Micco
Snow, 86
BRIGHTON RESERVATION -
Alice Louise Micco Snow, died
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, in Rauler-
son Hospital. She was 86.
Born Sept. 15, 1922, she had been
a lifetime resident of Brighton/Okee-
chobee and was a member of the
1st Indian Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Bob; son, Jim Snow;
daughters, Jennie Chalfant, Smawley
Holata, and Carolyn S. Billie; her sis-
ters, Goby Tiger, Cody Micco, and
Leona Smith; brothers, Little Charlie
Micco, and Jack Micco; and grand-
children, Dawn Snow Fertitta and
Clayton Billie.
She is survived by her son, Albert
Snow (Judy); daughter, Salina Dor-
gan (John), all of ( l.... i .1 and
brother, Howard Micco of Brighton.
In addition she is survived by 19
grandchildren, 35 great-grandchil-
dren, and a host of nieces and neph-
ews.
The family will receive friends from
9 a.m. until service time of 10 a.m.
Friday at the 1st Indian Baptist
Church of Brighton. Burial will fol-
low in Ortona Cemetery.
All arrangements under the direc-
tion and care of the Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory, 110 N.E. 5th
St., Okeechobee.

John A. Bowery Jr., 85
AUGUSTA, GA John A. Bowery
Jr., formerly of Okeechobee, passed
away on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. He
was 85.
Mr. Bowery was a native of West
Palm Beach, a graduate of St. Ann's
School and attended the University
of Florida.
Prior to his retirement and move to
Okeechobee, he was employed by
McLaren Construction Co. and later
was with A.G. Holley Hospital in
Lantana.
He has held membership in the
Knights of Columbus and The
American Legion, and continued his
Fleet Reserve membership.
His Service record included three
years of submarine duty during
World War II, one year in Vietnam
and twenty-five years with the Naval
Reserve Construction Battalion
RMCB 6-17.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Mary Agnes Bowery; sisters,
Sister John Loretto Bowery, Loretta
Randolph, Louise Smith, Bernice
Helena Good, and Sarah Carraher.
He is survived by two sisters,
Frances Bowery of Adrian, Mich.,
and Martha Tosti of Bumpass, Va.;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2008,
with Scripture Service at 7 p.m. at El-
liott Sons Funeral Home, 2524
Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Ga.
Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 1, 2008, at St. Joseph
Catholic Church, with the Father Bill
Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, any donations
can be made to the Knights of Co-
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OKEECHOBEE Kathryn Alma
(Conrad) Holt, died Wednesday,
Oct. 29, 2008, in the Okeechobee
Health Care Facil-
ity. She was 80.
Born June 16,
1928 in Okeecho-
bee, she had
been a lifetime
resident.
She was preced-
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husband of many
years, William I.
"Bill" Holt Jr.; mother, Alma Jane
(Walker) Conrad Holley; father,
Lewis L. Conrad Sr., former Sheriff
of Okeechobee County from 1941 -
1945 also former Chief of Police;
and brother, Clarence Laverne Con-
rad.
She is survived by her children,
Richard A. Holt (Mary Ann), Karen S.
Cooper (Terry), all of Okeechobee,
and Sharon Roberts of Belle Glade;
grandchildren, Greg Caldwell (Debi)
of Okeechobee, Jeff Holt of Alva,
Khristian Moore (Julie) of Okeecho-
bee, and Julie C. Bramlett of Belle
Glade; great-grandchildren, Mason
Caldwell and Kameron Moore of
(il., ,l brothers, Lewis L.
"Cossie" Conrad Jr. (Wanda), and
Robert I. Conrad, all of Okeechobee;
sisters, Dorothy Constable of Alvord,
Texas, and Susanne (James) Mor-
ton, of (,Il.l, ,,,,,,and sister-in-
law, Patsy Conrad of Okeechobee.
In addition, she is survived by sever-
al nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends
from 9 a.m. until service time of 10
a.m. Saturday in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, with Pastor Matt K.
Morton officiating.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Ce-
metery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Shrin-
er's Hospital for Children, 2900
Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl
33607-1460.
Friends may send condolences to
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of thee Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., ( I .. .li,,- ,

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Besides providing 144 golfers
with an enjoyable day, the 16th
annual Skip Bryant Golf Tour-
nament netted approximately
$14,000 for the Skip Bryant Me-
morial Fund.
The fund -- named after Dep-
uty Glover 'Skip' Bryant III who
was the first deputy from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) to lose his life in the
line of duty -- assists families of
law enforcement officers and fire-
fighters. The fund provides schol-
arships, as well as assistance to
these families in times of hard-
ship.
"This is the 16th year of the
Skip Bryant Golf Tournament and
we have raised over $200,000 for
families of law enforcement and
firefighters," said OCSO Major
Noel Stephen. "This year we have
exceeded $100,000 in school
scholarships and $60,000 in assis-
tance funds.
"In these tough economic
times we appreciate the assis-
tance of the community and their
support. We also appreciate the
support we have received from
the community for our local law
enforcement officers and fire-
fighters," he added.
Maj. Stephen went on to say
that next year's tourney has been
set for the last Saturday in Octo-
ber and that team registrations
have already begun.
A full field of golfers took part
in the Oct. 25 event held this
year at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club (OG&CC).
Finishing in first place was
the Billy White Team -- made
up of Adam White, Billy White,
Bret Macias and Jimmy Jones.
The first-place prize was a $500
gift certificate at the OG&CC pro
shop.
Other prize-winning teams
were: fifth place Dudley Kirton
Team, $400 gift certificate at the
OG&CC pro shop; ninth place -
Robert Cook Team, $300 gift cer-
tificate at the OG&CC pro shop;
and next to last Stark Masonry
Team $200 gift certificate at the
OG&CC pro shop.
Closest to the pin winners and
their awards were: Chuck Swan-
son (#2), $100; Matt Koff (#11),


19-inch color TV; Jeff Vest (#17),
Edwin Watts gift certificate for
golf lessons.
Winners in the longest drive
contest all won a dozen golf balls.
Those winners were: red tee -
Vicky Johnson; gold tee Richard
Vest; white tee Saul Tijerina.
In addition, every player re-


Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Laurie Stephen (left) and Delores May (right) were on hand
to help at the 16th annual Skip Bryant Golf Tournament held
Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club.
Laurie is the wife of Major Noel Stephen and Delores is the
wife of Sheriff Paul May.


ceived a door prize.
Maj. Stephen said the cost for
entering the one-day event was
$60 per player. Of that, $22 went
to the country club for their ex-
penses (golf and food), with the
remainder going to the memorial
fund.
Businesses sponsor holes at a
cost of $250 per hole and more
than one business may sponsor
a hole. A hole sponsorship al-
lows the business to advertise at
that hole. All of this money goes
directly to the memorial fund,
minus the cost of the advertising
sign.
Also, businesses that don't


sponsor a hole may donate door
prizes that are given to the golf-
ers.
Maj. Stephen said the final tally
for this year's event is still being
calculated. This golf tournament
is the sole fundraiser for the me-
morial fund, he added.
Deputy Bryant died Nov. 8,
1991, in a plane crash on Lake
Okeechobee while searching for
missing boaters. He was survived
by his wife and three daughters.
For information on the event
or to register for next year's tour-
nament contact Maj. Stephen at
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, 863-763-3117.


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Tournament held Saturday, Oct. 25. A field of 144 linksters took part in the one-day event that
is the sole fundraiser for the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund. The tournament has raised over
$200,000 for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters. According to Major Noel
Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, the fund has awarded over $100,000 in
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toration concepts. They are look-
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and conveyance components.
To aid in contract develop-
ment SFWMD has secured the
international business law firm
Sidny Auston, LLP. This firm will
be assisting in reviewing more
than 5,000 documents includ-
ing title policies, surveys, leases,
contracts, permits, sugar mill and
citrus processing logs and main-
tenance records. Many of these
documents are not public record
until a contract is secured.
The district has assembled a
team of seven independent ap-
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a value. Here again the property
appraiser was able to document
2007 commercial sales in the
same price range.
Owners of several properties
that had been classified as agri-
culture protested losing their agri-
culture assessment. In those cas-
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in appraising agriculture property,
presented pictures showing that
there was no agriculture activity
on the properties in 2007.
Ronald and Guy Celli, the only
successful petitioners, operate a
self storage business. They pre-
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had renters who were behind on
rental payments, lowering their
income. The property appraiser
took into consideration the lower
income and reduced the assess-
ment.
While Mr. Williams protested
the increase in taxes on his two


Verdict
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of misdemeanor battery, even
though he was charged with the
more serious felony of capital
sexual battery.
Willis, 43, was sentenced to
serve one year in the Okeechobee
County Jail.
Following the Oct. 30 verdict,
Assistant State Attorney Daniel
Kuczler was at a loss for words
and couldn't put his finger on why
the jury returned the verdicts.
Among Mr. Kuczler's top wit-
nesses were not only the victim,
but her uncle.
"Our witness testimony came


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all U.S. Sugar assets including
185,839 acres of land in Palm
Beach, Hendry and Glades coun-
ties, a sugar mill and refinery in
Clewiston, a citrus processing
plant in Clewiston, two railroads
which own about 225 miles of
track and all tangible property
owned by U.S. Sugar including
such things as computers, desks,
and tractors. It is possible that
some assets not needed for Ever-
glades restoration will be sold to
reduce the debt load.
There are ten engineering and
environmental firms performing
an environmental assessment for
all 392 square miles. This assess-
ment will determine the viability
of the property for its intended fu-
ture uses as well as the necessity
of remediation.


commercial properties, he ex-
pressed concern about all down-
town commercial properties.
"I'm here to talk about the
general increase in the value of
downtown property. I'm con-
cerned about the economy of
Okeechobee County."
He claimed that while the as-
sessed value of agriculture and
residential properties have gone
down, assessed value of com-
mercial properties have not. Mr.
Williams presented documenta-
tion to show that of 602 parcels in
the commercial area, 374 showed
an increase in assessed value, 190
showed a decrease in value and
38 showed no value change.
"I'm here for the 374 pieces of
business property that went up
this year," he asserted.
Mr. Williams presented figures
documenting a decrease in real
estate transactions, building per-
mits and unemployment and an
increase in foreclosures in 2007 in
the county. The realtor noted that
five local restaurants have gone
out of business recently and that


across pretty well," he said. "I
thought with the witness state-
ments we had a good shot."
Obviously, the jury saw things
differently.
Willis, of Lake Worth, was
arrested Dec. 3, 2007, by Detec-
tive Sergeant Brad Stark of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO).
The detective's arrest report
indicates that Willis allegedly
fondled the girl while at her home
and that the girl's uncle walked
into the room and saw the moles-
tation taking place. When Willis
saw the other man he pushed the
girl off his lap and onto the floor,
continued the report.
The girl's uncle then confront-


An independent engineering
firm is conducting an analysis of
the condition of the sugar mill and
refinery, citrus processing plant,
vehicles, equipment, machinery,
railroads and air strip.
"This acquisition represents
an unprecedented opportunity
to protect and restore the Ever-
glades in a way we never antici-
pated," said Kenneth Ammon,
District Deputy Executive Director
for Everglades Restoration. "The
increased flexibility provided by
these lands will present a suite of
restoration options and will work
to build up and enhance the fed-
eral/state partnership known as
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan."
While SFWMD is working on
the financial, ecological and en-
gineering aspects of the sale, the


one of the criteria for assessing
commercial property is the in-
come from the property.
The assessed value of a vacant
lot Mr. Williams owns increased
24 percent while the assessed val-
ue of his real estate office building
went up 11 percent.
He noted that in the 1930s and
1940s people were taxed out of
business.
"I don't want to see that hap-
pen again," he said. "This is the
year to hold the line and not go
up on anybody."
Mr. Williams' presentation
brought a smattering of applause
from the others who had gathered
to protest their tax assessments.
While he received sympathy,
Mr. Williams did not get any tax
relief.
"We certainly realize these are
hard times," said county com-
missioner Marvin Wherrell who
serves as chairman of the board.
Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser Bill Sherman said
he has certified tax roles for 34
years.


ed Willis and told him he needed
to leave, and Willis did.
The youngster and her uncle
met with Sgt. Stark the next day.
Sgt. Stark's arrest report states
that Willis later called another
family member. In that taped
phone conversation Willis report-
edly apologized for what he had
done and told the family member
that "he had messed up," the re-
port said.
The detective then stated in his
report that Willis had left Okeecho -
bee County and was staying in
a motel, but he wouldn't tell the
family member where he was.


Office of Trade Tourism and Eco-
nomic Development (OTED) is
working on the economic aspect.
There will be 700 employees of
U.S. Sugar out of work plus the
impact on the economy of the
towns at the south end of the lake.
A survey has been conducted of
the communities involved and
OTED is working on an impact
study. Florida's Heartland Region-
al Economic Development Initia-
tive will use this impact study to
develop a regional economic de-
velopment package. No details of
this economic development pro-
gram have been announced yet.
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"This is the hardest tax roll I
ever had to get approved," the as-
sessor said. "We tried to assess as
low as possible." He said the tax
roll had to be adjusted two times.
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The bald eagle soars in Florida to 10,000 ft.


It's only fitting the bald eagle
should make such stunning
population gains in recent years
in Florida and across the United
States. With a diving speed be-
tween 75 and 100 miles per hour
and the ability to soar to 10,000
feet and to sail through the air for
hours, this national symbol rep-
resents majesty and strength and
tenacity.
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC), through sound conserva-
tion plans, will ensure the bald
eagle continues to increase in
numbers in Florida. The FWC's
Bald Eagle Management Plan sets
very rigid regulations for protect-
ing the areas where this migra-
tory bird makes its home during
the cold-weather months.
"The goal of the plan is to
maintain a stable or increasing
bald eagle population through-
out the state in perpetuity," said
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Bald eagle nests in Florida
are protected by the Bald Ea-
gle Management Plan.


plan coordinator. "To achieve this
goal, bald eagles and their nests
have to be protected through sci-
ence-based management, regu-
lation, public education and law
enforcement."
When the founding fathers
named the bald eagle as the na-
tional symbol in 1782, its popula-
tion was estimated at more than
300,000. Nearly 200 years later,
its population decline reflected
man's intrusion into eagle habi-
tat. Fewer than 500 pairs existed
by the 1960s.
This drastic decline sounded
the alarm, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS) officia-
ly named the bald eagle as endan-
gered in 1967, a full five years be-
fore the Endangered Species Act
passed in 1973. In Florida, moni-
toring of the bald eagle began
in 1973 and only 88 active nests
were found. That call to arms for
the nation's symbol worked, al-
lowing the majestic bird to make
a comeback. In 2007, the FWC
reported more than 1,100 docu-
mented nests a 300-percent in-
crease.
The USFWS removed the bald
eagle from the endangered spe-
cies list in 2007, and in 2008, the
FWC also delisted the bald eagle
along with adoption of a new state
Bald Eagle Management Plan.
"This is a historic occasion,"
FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto
said in April 2008 when the bald
eagle was delisted. "Bald eagle


conservation efforts have been a
success story that reflects great
credit on agencies and people
who worked tirelessly to make
it happen. Good news is hard to
come by sometimes when we're
dealing with an imperiled species,
but we've all earned the right to
celebrate a victory today."
Delisting the largest bird of
prey -- and one of the largest birds
in all of North America -- does
not mean the bald eagle will not
be protected.Florida is the des-
tination for approximately 1,400
breeding pairs of bald eagles, ac-
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in 2005. They leave the colder cli-
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warmer temperatures, but also
the abundance of water Florida
provides.
Bald eagles nest in pine trees
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seacoasts. The nesting season in
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couple works together to build a
large nest with twigs, leaves and
grasses. By spring, the female will
lay between one and three eggs.
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incubation duties. At 12 weeks,
the fledglings are ready to leave
the nest, but despite their status
as fully-fledged birds, they have
a 50-percent chance of surviving
that first year.
While the FWC and other enti-
ties have worked to enact protec-
tions for the bald eagle, the eagle
itself has adapted to urbanization


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and on telephone poles. Its recov-
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The FWC's Bald Eagle
Management Plan
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Service Club Briefs


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street,
Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate meet-
ings, weddings and parties of any
size.
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open I to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. So-
cial Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. -
"Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos- $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. 8
p.m. Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m.-Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6
p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.
Friday night dinners resume
on Nov. 7.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Helen James at
863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-
357-0467.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy


Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Monday: WOTM Chapter
meeting the first and third Mon-
days of every month 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at
6 p.m.
Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner
served from 6 until 8 p.m. the first
Saturday of the month.
Karaoke at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12
and 26 with Phil Eddings.
Friday: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Halloween Costume Party. Get
dressed up and join the fun. Draw-
ing for the barbecue grill will be
held, so get your tickets soon.
Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. The lodge, along with
Glades County Sheriff will offer
Children's I.D. (finger prints, hair
samples, DNA and photo) free of
charge. Children will receive free
hamburgers, chips and soda. For
more information call the lodge.

Moose Family
Center #1753
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#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
served.
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763-
0818.
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1
p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill, 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza
and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3
Monday of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
ner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of


the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Robert Hare at 863-467-
2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buckhead
Ridge, is having an open mic night
with Nellie from 6 until 9 p.m. ev-
ery Tuesday evening. Come on
out and support her by singing
your favorite songs.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 p.m.
on Sunday. Closing times are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
urdays.
Monday: Card Bingo at 6
p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-
dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-
iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Men's Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family mem-
ber serving overseas? We send
packages of urgently needed sup-
plies to them. We accept dona-
tions for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call
863-763-2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.
They are now open three


days a week.
Weekly specials are:
Tuesday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Spaghetti dinner donations only,
music from 6 until 9 p.m.; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.
Thursday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Fried Shrimp dinner or clams $6
donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.;
shrimp skewers 2 for $3.
Friday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Catfish dinner $6 donation; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10


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p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
863-467-1154.
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month.
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
com.


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208 S.W. 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 763-6742
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balance until payment in full of your promotional purchase balance A reduced fixed APR of 6 90% will be
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In the Military


Furphy graduates
USMC boot camp
PFC Edmund J. Furphy III,
age 18 of Okeechobee, graduate
from United States Marine Corps
Recruit Depot
Parris Island
on Oct. 24,
2008.
PFC Furphy
successfully
completed
13 weeks of
intensive ba-
sic training at PFC Edmund
MCRD Parris Furphy, III
Island as one
of 81 recruits in Training Platoon
2078.
While in basic training, PFC
Furphy qualified as a sharpshoot-
er.
Following 10 days home leave
he will report to Camp Geiger for
one month at Military Combat
training then Military Occupation
School.

Kurey to be deployed
Army National Guard Capt.
Tamara R. Kurey has been mobi-
lized and activated for deployment
overseas to a forward operating
base in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is
the official name given to military
operations involving members of
the U.S. armed forces and coali-
tion forces, participating in efforts
to free and secure Iraq. Mission
objectives focus on force protec-
tion, peacekeeping, stabilization,
security and counter-insurgency
operations as the Iraqi transition-
al governing bodies assume full
sovereign powers to govern the
peoples of Iraq.
Members from all branches
of the U.S. military and multina-
tional forces are also assisting in
rebuilding Iraq's economic and
governmental infrastructure, and
training and preparing Iraqi mili-
tary and security forces to assume
full authority and responsibility in
defending and preserving Iraq's
sovereignty and independence as


a democracy.
The captain, a detachment
commander with 17 years of mili-
tary service, is normally assigned
to the 338th Military Police Battal-
ion, San Antonio, Texas.
Capt. Kurey's mother is Lela D.
Arvant of Okeechobee, Fla.


Capt. Kurey graduated in 1998
from Colonial High School, Or-
lando, Fla., and received an as-
sociate degree in 1995 from Anne
Arundel Community College, Ar-
nold, Md. In 1998, Kurey earned
a bachelor's degree from the Uni-
versity of Arizona, Tucson.


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CHIHUAHUA Black & Tan,
Very Small. 4 Seasons area.
Family pet. Dearly missed!
(863)634-9082/634-9769
Female/Spade- Black & White
Boston Terrier lost in the vi-
cinity of Dark Hammock rd.
3 weeks ago (863)467-6100
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.



Lazy 7 Area- 7439 SW 13th
St.- Fri & Sat 10/31 & 11/1-
8am-3pm Furniture, Small
Appliances, Clothes & More.
.on't. "

OKEECHOBEE Sat. Nov 1st,
8am-?, 1409 Chobee Loop
(BHR) Furniture, men &
women clothing, HH items,
Lighthouse memorabilia,
pickup toolbox and more
Potter Road- 870 NW 141st
st. Nov 1 & 2 Sat & sun 7:30
am-? Lg family yard sale-
lot's of misc...Don't miss this
one
Will the couple who pur-
chased the large painting at
the Yard & Barn Sale
PLEASE CALL
(863)763-5986


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




Camp Cook/Housekeeper,
must be neat, clean de-
pendable. Exp'd in cooking &
cleaning for large crowds.
Weekends a must. Call Jack-
ie (863)763-9950
(863) 634-0798



~ LPN/RN ~
Must be experienced. Needed
for Cardiologist Office.
Please bring resume to office:
@ 204 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 or
kindly fax to: 863-467-1156.
Please DO NOT call the office.



Needed Bird Exp, clean cag-
es, water & feed, sweep &
clean flrs,Background check
(863)824-0015
Now Hiring- Wireless Zone
Verizon Wireless Authorized
Retailer, Exp Sales person
needed for outside & inside
sales. Sales exp a must, ap-
ply in person at 603 SW Park
St. Okeechobee, FL
SEMI RETIRED Person for
inspections. $200-$300 per
wk. Part Time in Okeecho-
bee, St. Lucie & Martin Co..
Fax 352-799-1225


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315


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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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complaints.
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435







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Buckhead Ridge area's. Call
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Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.



THINK GREEN!!! Plants &
Trees Starting @ $5
Hwy. 720, 2nd curve to left.
Fri., Sat. & Sun. 8am-5pm
Landscapers Welcome!
Call (954)727-6108
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Merchandise



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




Saddles w/pads 3-misc items
all $200 OB0... Transport
wheelchair good cond $50.
(863)634-4722
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helps you understand
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No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!


MANY ITEMS- High perfor-
mance rebuilt 350 engine all
new internals $500 OBO,
Chevy 283 engine $500
OBO, Rebuilt Ford Engine
2300, D-Porthead 30 over
$500 OBO, 9" Poseytrack re-
arend w/coil overshocks
$500 OBO, various size bar
clamps- prices vary, 1 pro-
fessional built metal "A"
frame $400 OBO, 5 hp 3
phase rotary power convert-
er $500 OBO, 300 spring
clamps $150 OBO, 220 air
compressor for shop $500
OBO. (863)447-6286


METAL GYM Locker 78in
high x 18in deep x 30in wide,
4 lockable cabinets $35/or
best offer (863)983-7041


Rentals



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



OAK LAKE APTS 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, + sec.
(863)634-3313
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
2br, 1ba, New kitch, carpet &
paint. $650/mo. 1st & $500
sec. Call 772-215-0098
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205



KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs., etc. $800
mo. + sec. Water & Cable
included. 863-697-6428


1/1 Dade County
Hardwood Floors
Wrap around
Porch/Huge
Cypress Trees
Fully Furnished.
$750 month

863-467-8683

A LARGE STUCCO HOME -
2 Bdrm., Waterfront w/boat
dock. Great neighborhood.
$850 month (863)467-1308
BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
New floors. Basswood Es-
tates. $900. mo. + dep. &
ref's. Call (786)417-2135
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year
3429 NW 40th Dr, Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2 Story,
3BR, 2BA, Front Screen
Porch, Hot Tub. W&D., Short
Term or Long Term. $850
mo. 863-634-5236
CITY OF OKEE., 3br, 2ba, SW
section City. Great neighbor-
hood. $950. mo.+ Sec. dep.
(863)634-1554
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY, 2/2/1 CBS home,
W&D, comm pool $1000/mo.
+ 1st, last & $500 sec.
863-801-9163
*NEW*
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
(863)634-7722
NEW DUPLEX- 3/2, in the city
limits, Avail Immediately,
$900/mo + 1st, & deposit.
(863)465-0053
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1BA,
Kings Bay, closed in carport,
$850/mo, 1st, last, $700
sec. (321) 262-9278
OKEECHOBEE remodeled 2/2
Villa, $850/mo, also 2/1
house for rent $700/mo 1st,
last & sec req.
(561)743-0192
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1 ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $900.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air Lazy 7 area.
1st, last & sec.
863-467-2541
Rent to Own- 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
SW Okeechobee- 1600 SW
3rd Ave, CBS House Close to
library, Close to everything,
3BR/1.5BA extra room Nice
fenced yard, $900 a month
$2000 to move in, year
lease. (863)634-0512
SW Section- 2200 SW 3rd
Ave. CBS, 3BR/1BA, Close
to Wal-Mart,Nice yard, Car-
port, $850 mo., $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
TREASURE ISLAND 3br,
1.5ba, Cent/AC, on water,
gar, fenced yard $800/mo,
1st & last, (561)308-7566
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
classified.




Great Location!
OFFICE SPACE
Upstairs &
Downstairs Available
863-763-4740
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee wil
meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to
attend. A copy of the agenda will be available on our website at www.ctvofokee-
chobee.com, or contact City Administration at (863) 763-3372 x 212.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for suc[
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
City Clerk media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the Clerk's Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate ir
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214; if you are hearing or voice impaired
call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
298512 ON 10/31/08


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




WPB Condo-Very nice 2/2 will
trade for home in Okeecho-
bee. Call 561-662-4563


LAND FOR SALE
$200,000 or best offer.
Access to road, electric,
water, 15 acres of pasture.
305-877-8688.
Visit link for map:
htto-//www reachon corn/
LandforSale.htm
NEW! 4/2 1450 Sq. Ft., Con-
crete w/vaulted ceilings, ja-
cuzzi tub. Make Offer Asking
$120,000 Leader waiting to
lend you money. 3698 NW
7th St. 863-484-0809
OKEECHOBEE 2BR, 2BA,
Kings Bay house. $800. mo.
$500. Sec. dep
863-634-7460 or 634-7895
R BAR 4br, 2ba, 2 car gar-
age, 2.5 acres, Pond, $225K
Best Price in R-Bar
(863)801-9163


Mobile Homes



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




A 55+, 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home in Indianwood, 2 golf
courses, partially furn., w/d,
$575 mo. or sale $32,500.
(772)341-6617
ADJUSTABLE RENTS in
BHR, 2br starting at
$225/mo, & 3br $300/mo.,
+ $500 sec, Single family
no pets (863)763-4031
BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
Rent: 2/1 unique Loft unit
and/or 3/2 home. Both units
newly remodeled. Located
12 minutes north of Okee-
chobee on Equestrian
Ranch. Monthly water, trash
& lawn maintenance includ-
ed. $550 / $650 Move in
special. M-F (863)467-2982
DWMH 3BR/2BA sits on
1.25 acres, located in Prai-
rie/Viking, outside pets wel-
come (863)763-2049
FOR RENT: Nice 3bd/2ba on 2
lots. $750/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. to move in. Call
(863)634-4480/228-0580.
FT. DRUM 2 BR, Completely
furnished. C/Air & Heat.
$400 mo. (917)836-8628 or
(863)801-1517
HOTEL/MOTEL ALT. 2
Bdrm., 2 Ba., w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk. $300 sec.
dep. (863)824-0981
NORTHWEST 63rd Terrace,
2BR, 1BA, on big lot.
$600/mo. + dep. Call
757-431-0331
Off Potter Rd- $625. per mo.
1st and last (863)763-3482
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-4164 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HIGHLAND COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: GS 06-60
IN RE: GUARDIANSHIP OF
SAMANTHA LYNN SCHMIDT,
Minor Ward.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO MAKE
APPLICATION TO CONVEY REAL
PROPERTY OF WARD
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
the undersigned will call up for hearing
before the Honorable OLIN W. SHIN-
HOLSER, judge of the above court, in
the judge's chambers in the HIGH-
LANDS County Courthouse, the ad-
dress of which is 590 S. Commerce
Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870, on Mon-
day, November 24, 2008, at 10:00
o'clock A.M., or as soon thereafter as
same may be heard, RHONDA
SCHMIDT, as guardian of the proper-
ty of SAMANTHA LYNN SCHMIDT,
PETITION FOR AUTHORITY TO CAN-
VEY REAL PROPERTY OF WARD.
CLIFFORD R. RHOADES, ESQ.
CLIFFORD R. RHOADES, RA.
Attorney for Petitioner,
RHONDA SCHMIDT, as Guardian
of the Property ol
Samantha Lynn Schmidt
2141 Lakeview Drive
Sebring, FL 33870
Florida Bar No.: 308714
Telephone: (863) 385-0346
296444 ON 10/17,24,31;1 /7/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008-CA-451
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
A Florida Corporation
Plaintiff
V.
ROBITSON LILITE
Defendant
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: ROBITSON LILITE
4754 ELMHURST RD. #2
WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33417
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a Com
plaint for Foreclosure of Mortgage in
evolving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le
gaily described as follows:
THE W V2 OF THE E V2 OF THE S
AND TEH W OF THE W 2 OF THE
12 OF THE S AND THE E V2 OF THE
W VOFTHE S 2OFTHE S OF
TRACT 19 SECTION 28 IN TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEE
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, AC
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES
3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHO
BEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS.
Strap Number(s):
1-28-34-33-OAOO-00019-M,N,O000
has been filed against you and you ar
required to serve a copy of your writ
ten defenses, if any, to it on KENNETH
M. JONES, of Moody, Jones, Ingino &
Morehead, PA., Attorneys for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1333 S. University
Drive, Suite 201, Plantation, Florida
33324, within 30 days of first public
tion and file the original with the Cler
of this Court either before service on
the Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise, a default will be
entered against you for the relief de
manded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on 10/21/2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
By:/S/Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
Moody, Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, #201
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
297675 ON 10/24,31/08
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 14th day of November 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model
Vin's as follows:
1993 White Ford F150
1FTEX15YOPK824368
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserve
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
298538 ON 10/31/08
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
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561-721-2230
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(863)357-3567 After 5pm
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3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CA/H,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$95,000 863-467-7911
for appt.
OKEECHOBEE 14x60, 2br,
2ba, Fla Room, Util Room,
workshop, carport, River
Bend Lot 32, $25,000 or
best offer (863)824-0473
leave message.
ON CANAL 24x48, 3BR, 2BA
2 Screen rms, 3 sheds, car-
port. River Bend Park. Lot 37
$42,500 (863)467-4712
Pine Ridge Park-2/1 SW Mo-
bile Home asking $10,500
OBO (863)634-5965


Recreation



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




WELLCRAFT 180 FISHER-
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Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070




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$3,500. Call 863-634-0779
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classified.




12 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 31, 2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000509
US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE
HOLDERS OF THE CREDIT SUISSE
FIRST BOSTON MORTGAGE SECURITIES
CORP HOME EQUITY PASS THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES, 2006-8
Plaintiff
LAZARO RIVER, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MIGUEL A. TORANZO
Last Known Address: 645 SW 67th Dr.
Okeechobee, FL
34974
Also Attempted At: 691 W 40th St.
Hialeah, FL 33013
(Current Residence Unknown)
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MIGUEL A.
TORANZO
Last Known Address: 645 SW 67th Dr.
Okeechobee, FL
34974
Also Attempted At: 691 W 40th St.
Hialeah, FL 33013
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property:
LOT 11, LAZY SEVEN RANCH ACRES,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE
10 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDER-
DALE, FL 33309 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of this
Notice in the Okeechobee News and
file the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tiff's attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the complaint.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tions to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 21st day of Oct.. 2008.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Arlene Naalis
As Deputy Clerk
297756 ON 10/24,31/08
REQUEST FOR STATEMENT
OF QUALIFICATIONS
RFQ: 6000000213
The Procurement Department of the
South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Florida,
33406, will receive sealed responses
up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, for
Contractor Pre-Qualification; South
Florida Water Management District
Construction Projects.
PUBLIC OPENING OF THE PACKAG-
ES WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY,
DECEMBER 3, 2008 AT 8:30 A.M.
AND CONTINUE DURING NORMAL
BUSINESS HOURS UNTIL SUCH
TIME ALL PACKAGES HAVE BEEN
OPENED.
ALL FIRMS PREVIOUSLY
PRE-QUALIFIED UNDER RFQ
CN051214 WILL NEED TO
RE-APPLY WITH THIS RFQ.
An OPTIONAL pre-solicitation confer-
ence will be held on Friday, Novem-
ber 7, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at SFWMD
Headquarters, B-1 Building, Auditori-
um, 3301 Gun Club Rd., WPB, FL
33406 for all interested respondents.
For directions call 561-682-6391.
All responses must conform to the in-
structions in the Request for State-
ment of Qualifications (RFQ).
Interested respondents may obtain a
copy of the complete (RFQ) at the
above address, by downloading a free
copy from the District's website at
'm by calling
I or by calling the
24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290.
The public is invited to attend the re-
sponse opening. Information on the
status of this solicitation can be ob-
tained at our web site -
www.sfwmd.ov. Persons with
disabilities or handicaps who need as-
sistance may contact the District
Clerk's office at (561) 682-6010, at
least two business days in advance of
the meeting to make appropriate ar-
rangements.
298714 ON 10/31/08


I*Public Notice


I*Public Notice


STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its
preparation of a draft permit revision to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The pro-
posed permit revision to the existing NPDES permit number FL0569071 authorizes
the discharge of water recovered from an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) to
the Kissimmee River with a limited mixing zone for arsenic of 50 meters radius from
the end-of pipe. The mixing zone is temporary, to allow the intermittent discharge of
recovery water from the ASR well and data collection during "cycle testing" during
the two year Kissimmee River ASR Pilot Project. The discharge will occur for a total
of approximately 3 V2 months over a two year period beginning in January 2009.
The discharge is located on the east embankment of the Kissimmee River approxi-
mately 1 mile northwest of the Highway 78 bridge in the City of Okeechobee, Flori-
da.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Tim Powell, FDEP
Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL
33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The
comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth be-
ow and must be received in the Office within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall
institutee a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or re-
quest a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
tion:
(a) The commenter's name, address, and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project
s proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed ac-
tion was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final
decision;
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the
Department action or proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement
of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the De-
partment may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written
commentss should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a
public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the
;lose of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral
or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action.
As a result of significant public comment the Department final action may be differ-
ent from the position taken by it in this draft permit.
The permit application file and supporting data are available for public inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, ex-
cept legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District office, 400 North Congress Ave-
nue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600.
298592 ON 10/31/08

PUBLIC MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD AND
CANVASSING OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE
NOVEMBER 4, 2008, GENERAL ELECTION
All meetings of the Okeechobee County Canvassing Board ("Canvassing Board") are
open to the public and are conducted at the Supervisor of Elections Office, located
it 307 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Sealed absentee ballots for the 2008 General Election received prior to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 31, 2008, will be available for public inspection from 5:00 p.m. until
6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 at the office of the Supervisor of Elections. The
Canvassing Board will convene Saturday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. to canvass,
open, and process the referenced ballots; however, not tabulate. Tabulation of all
absentee ballots will not be until after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.
Absentee ballots received between Saturday, November 1 and Election Day, Tues-
day, November 4 by 7:00 p.m. will be available to the public for public inspection
until they are opened. The Canvassing Board will reconvene Tuesday, November 4
at 6:00 p.m. to canvass referenced ballots and perform any other duties that may be
prescribed by law.
'ursuant to Section 101.68(2)(c)2, Florida Statutes, if any elector or candidate
present believes an absentee ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the voter's
certificate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is removed from the enve-
ope, file with the Canvassing Board a protest against the canvass of the ballot,
specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he or she believes the ballot to be
Legal. A challenge based upon a defect in the voter's certificate may not be accept-
ed after the ballot has been removed from the mailing envelope.
The Canvassing Board will reconvene Friday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. to canvass
provisional ballots and perform any other duties as prescribed by law. Canvassing
Board will reconvene on Friday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to canvass ab-
sentee ballots from overseas voters and perform any other duties as prescribed by
aw. At the conclusion of the November 14 meeting, the race for the post-election
audit will be randomly selected by the Canvassing Board.
f the Canvassing Board reconvening at times or places other than those specified
above become n.-.re --,r public notice of the change will by publically posted.
The location, ,.- ..,,' i..,- will be announced at the conclusion of the pertinent
meeting, posted online at www.voteokeechobee.com, and posted at the Okeecho-
bee County Supervisor of Elections, the Okeechobee County Tax Collector, and the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center.
n accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, all Canvassing Board meetings are
open to the public.
3wen Chandler
Supervisor of Elections
Okeechobee County, Florida
298787 ON 10/31/08


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I Public Notice


Okeechobee Utility Authority Public Notification
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Okeechobee Utility Authority Did Not Meet Treatment Requirements
Our water system recently exceeded a drinking water standard. Although this
was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what
happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct this situation.
Este informed contiene information imporante sobre su agua de beber
Traduzcalo
o hable con alguien que lo entienda biers.
We routinely monitor your water for turbidity (cloudiness). This tells us whether we
are effectively filtering the water supply. Water samples for the month of September
2008 showed that an average of 10% of turbidity measurements taken were over
0.3 Turbidity Units. The standard is no more than 5% of samples may exceed 0.3
Turbidity Units per month. The turbidity levels are relatively low; however, their
persistence is a concern. Normal turbidity levels at our plant are between 0.10 to
0.15 Turbidity Units. Due to Tropical Storm Fay the water released down the river,
and all of the runoff, the water is somewhat harder to treat. The treatment now
however is under control.
What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other actions. We do not know
of any contamination, and none of our testing has shown disease-causing
organisms in the drinking water.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some
elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about
drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways
to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe
Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800)426-4791.
What does this mean?
Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with
disinfection and
provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the
presence of
disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses,
and
parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea,
and
associated headaches. These symptoms are not caused only by organ-
isms in
drinking water If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may
want to seek medical advice.
What happened? What was done?
A problem occurred with the treatment system at the surface water plant. Due to
Tropical Storm FAY the water that was released down the river along with the
runoffthat occurred, the water was somewhat harder to treat. The treatment now
however is under control. Corrective actions were initiated by adding additional
chemicals that reduce turbidity. Both source water and treated water were sampled
for the presence of coliform bacteria. Chlorine levels were adjusted to compensate
for filtration problems. The filters were inspected and washed more frequently
during this time.
For more information, please contact Roy Reno at 863-763-9460 or Kevin Rogers
at 863-763-3239 at 371 State Road 78 West, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this
water,
especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for
example,
people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You
can do this
by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand
or mall.
This notice is being sent to you by Okeechobee Utility Authority.
State Water System ID#: 4470257 Date distributed: 10-31-08
297776 ON 10/31/08

STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a draft Administrative
Order for Permit No. 200917-003-UC (CERP Kissimmee ASR) has been prepared
for Mr. Eric Summa, Chief Environmental Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. This administrative order is compliant
with Departmental policy regarding the testing of new aquifer storage and recovery
systems so that they may be tested, although exceedences of some ground water
standards may occur, until the system has been worked out to the Department's sat-
isfaction. This order shall be attached to the current, and referenced, permit. The
CERP Kissimmee ASR is located at Highway 78 bridge over the Kissimmee River
near the confluence of the Kissimmee River with Lake Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida.
The Department has jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chap-
ters 62-4, 62-520,62-522, 62-528, 62-550, 62-600 and 62-601 of the Florida Ad-
ministrative Code.
All persons interested in the foregoing permitting decision are invited to attend a
public meeting to be held on December 1, 2008 at 10:00 A.M., at the South Florida
Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center, 205 North Parrott Avenue,
Suite 201, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Written comments may be sent to the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection, 400 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33401, up until the close of the public meeting. All comments received
within the thirty day period will be considered in formulation of the Department's fi-
nal decision regarding permit issuance. Comments may be in the form of letter, fac-
simile, electronic mail or hand delivered prior to the meeting; or verbally at the public
meeting.
The administrative order is available for public inspection during normal business
hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the
Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Office, 400 North Con-
gress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional information concerning this
project may be obtained by contacting Joseph R. May, PG., or Vanessa Osborne of
this office at (561) 681-6691 or (561) 681-6750, respectively.
298593 ON 10/31/08


America's banks: Get the facts


By Tabitha Trent
Branch Manager, Riverside Bank,
Okeechobee
Abraham Lincoln, one of America's great-
est "crisis managers," was a firm believer in
Americans' ability to handle a crisis.
"If given the truth, they can be depended
upon to meet any national crisis," he said.
"The great point is to bring them the real
facts."
Though the intense
change that America's econ-
omy and financial system 7
is undergoing now is not
nearly as profound as the cri-
sis Lincoln confronted in his
day, Lincoln's observation
remains fundamentally true
today. In that spirit, I would
like to offer you facts about the state of our
nation's banking system that I hope you will
find both informative and reassuring.
Fact. The vast majority of America's banks
are highly capitalized. What does that mean?
It means the industry has a cushion of about
$1.3 trillion that stands as a backstop against
possible losses, making the possibility of
anyone's bank being taken over by the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
remote. And if it did happen, you would con-
tinue to have uninterrupted access to your


FDIC insured deposits.
Fact. Deposits in commercial banks and
thrift institutions are insured by the FDIC, and
no one has ever lost a penny of insured de-
posits. Even better, the agency has temporar-
ily raised its coverage amount from $100,000
to $250,000 per depositor per insured institu-
tion through December 31, 2009.
Fact. Banks pay premiums to provide FDIC
insurance for their customers. The fund that
guarantees bank customers'
deposits is completely, 100-
percent funded by banks
not by the government, not
by taxpayers.
Fact. Most of the current
financial turmoil revolves
around activities of large non-
bank institutions (Fannie Mae,
Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, AIG).
American commercial banks are among
the most highly regulated in the world. The
current crisis may force reforms on less regu-
lated industries involved in the crisis. Remem-
ber, no FDIC-insured depositor has ever lost
a penny.
Lincoln was only one of many presidents
who witnessed Americans' resiliency. In cri-
ses, Americans pull together. We've been
through tough times before and we'll get
through this.


The Mainstreet Clipboard


By Toni Doyle
Executive Director,
Okeechobee Mainstreet
The Okeechobee Mainstreet would like to
extend a great big WELCOME to our newest
members: Corporate Member: Seacoast Na-
tional Bank; Friend Members: Mechelle Harp-
er, Shanda Padgett, Penny Bickel.

Exciting News!
To better serve our community Okeecho-
bee Main Street and the Tourist Development
Council is establishing the Community Cal-
endar. The Community Calendar will list not
only the big events in our community but all
meetings, fundraisers and socials of every
club, group or organization that would like to
submit information. Our goal is to have a cen-
tral hub for all of the calendared happenings
of our community that will be posted on web
sites and local news media. This service is not
only our citizens but anyone visiting the area
to have access too.
Whether it's a school function, nonprofit
organization, club, group, or church event
we'd like to post it for you. To submit infor-
mation or to be added to the e-mail distribu-
tion list please e-mail: communitycalendar@
mainstreetokeechobee.com.

Don't forget...
It's membership renewal time. Okeecho-
bee Main Street now offers a special "Corpo-
rate Membership" that entitles you to spon-
sorship of all events including The Top of the
Lake BBQ Affair, Top of the Lake ArtFest, The


National Day of the American Cowboy and
MORE! If you'd like to know more about cor-
porate membership, give me a call at 863-357-
6246. Also if any of your contact information
has changed, please let me know.


Submitted photo/Toni Doyle

Fall mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's monthly
mixer was hosted by Annie's Con-
signment and Mike's Okeechobee
Guns at Annie's Consignment, 808
East North Park Street on Tuesday,
Oct. 21. A large crowd of the mem-
bership and public enjoyed network-
ing, refreshments, door prizes, music
and a raffle of two beautiful Coach
purses. Main Street's next mixer will
be on Nov. 20, at Syble's Flowers
and Gifts, 119 South Parrott Avenue.
The public is invited to attend.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 31, 2008 13



BBBS skeet shoot this weekend PNewszap.com


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
If your looking for some fun
with guns and fundraising, get
a team together and head down
to the Big Brothers Big Sisters
(BBBS) first ever skeet shoot
fundraiser. Get off to a rolling start
at 8 a.m. On Saturday, Nov. 1 at
the Quail Creek Plantation.
BBBS currently provides men-
toring in three Okeechobee Coun-
ty Schools: Seminole Elementary,
Everglades Elementary and North
Elementary.
Shooters will start at 8 a.m.
with the last shooter at 10 a.m.
Lunch and awards will follow at
noon. Teams of four can get in on
the action for $375 (fee includes
lunch) or individual shooters
can join in for $100 (fee includes
lunch) or if you just want to come
watch and eat lunch will be avail-
able for $20.
Sponsor participation levels
are: Banner Sponsor $1,000. In-
cludes: team of four, banner on
course, recognition at the awards
ceremony, mention in pre-event
press releases, and mention in the


Outdoors
newsletter and annual report; Sig-
nature Sponsor $500. Includes:
team of four, sign on course, rec-
ognition at the awards ceremony,
and mention in pre-event press
releases; Station Sponsor $150.
Includes: Sign on course and
mention in pre-event press re-
leases.
So go out and have some fun
and support our Big Brothers and
Big Sisters. For more information
or to register call 863-824-2227 or
772-466-8535.


Fishing news
Bass Busters tournament dates
have been set. The Bass Buster
Classic will be held on Nov. 15
and 16, for qualifying teams.
Please visit the official web site
and look on the 2008 standings
page for qualifying team names.
Also the 18th ANNUAL TOYS
FOR KIDS fishing tournament will
be held on Sunday Dec. 14, in
Clewiston on Lake Okeechobee.
The entry fee for the tournament
is $50 and two unwrapped toys.
The tournament runs safelight to
3 p.m. 100 percent Pay-Back with
Cash and Prizes.
For more information or entry
forms for these events please con-
tact Chris Fickey at 941-232-9539
or go to www.bassbustersflorida.
corn and we look forward to see-
ing you at the ramp.
Big 0 Hike
Ready for some exercise? It is
time to organize your schedule so
that you can take the time off dur-
ing Thanksgiving week to attend
the Big "0" Hike around Lake
Okeechobee.


The Hike will begin in Pahokee
on Nov. 22 and end at Pahokee
on Nov. 30. That's nine days of
walking from 9 to 14 miles a day
to make it all the way around the
lake. There is a little bit of a chal-
lenge to this walk. Hundreds of
people have tried over the years
and (for some reason) only about
20 to 30 percent of the walkers
manage to finish the nine days.
So plan now and get in shape
for November. For further infor-
mation, call Paul at 561-963-9906.
Hunting season is here and we want
your news! If you would like to share
any information with the Okeecho-
bee News about an outdoors event
please email Teresa Mataushek at
tmataushek@newszap.com or call
863-763-3134. We welcome news on
all sporting events, outdoors activi-
ties, nature inspired hobbies and
with hunting season nearing, please
send in pictures of your prize kills.
Please include your name, phone
number and specific dates of the
events. The Okeechobee News Out-
doors column will run every Friday
so please be sure to have all your
information into the office no later
than 5 p.m. Wednesday. Information
can also be emailed to OkeeNews@
newszap.com or faxed to 863-763-
5901. Refer all material to Teresa
Mataushek.


Ladies Golf Association elects new officers


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Newly elected 2008-2009 Officers are Fran Dierig Secre-
tary, Dale Bryant Treasurer, Kay Duball Vice President, and
Saba Curren President, for the 2008-2009 Ladies Golf As-
sociation.


April 2008, officers were elect-
ed and sworn in for the 2008-
2009 Ladies Golf Association at
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club.
The new officers are: Saba Cur-
ren President, Kay Duball Vice
President, Fran Dierig Secretary,
Dale Bryant Treasurer.
The new season started Oct. 3,
2008, the ladies association plays
every Tuesday (pick your own tee
time) and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. for


group play.
A fun time is had by all so
come and see and join. Our sea-
son is from October to April.
For information call the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club at 863-763-6228.



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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Martin County High School's
football team (0-7) is not having
a good season, but that doesn't
mean the Okeechobee High
School Brahmans will be looking
past them on Friday night.
The Tigers come in with a
young team that hasn't been able
to run the ball and haven't been
able to stop the run. That doesn't
seem like a good formula against
the Brahmans.
Coach Chris Branham said last
week's loss hurt as bad as any
loss he had ever experienced. He
noted that loss has carried over
into practice this week and that
his team is angry, and ready to
atone for a bad performance.
"We need to play our best
football. Last week shouldn't
have happened. We just didn't get
the job done up front," he noted.
Branham said he told his play-
ers to refocus because they still
have a chance to accomplish a
number of great things, which in-
clude making the playoffs for the
second straight year.
"I talked a lot this week about
our best effort. I told them to give
it all. We are still a great football
team, but we must come out and
play our game."
Martin County has struggled
to score points this year. How-
ever they are capable of putting
together decent efforts. They led
Westwood in the fourth quarter
earlier this month before they lost
35-24.
"The Tigers have trailed a lot
and have had to pass the ball to
come back. I don't know if that's
their plan but when you're behind
you have to throw. I expect the
ball to be in the air a lot tonight.
Top players for the Tigers in-
clude wide receiver and defensive
back Gillie St. Hill, running back
Jamar Spencer, and QB's Mike
Duhart and Austin Larson. The Ti-
gers have thrown 10 touchdown
passes and for over 1,000 yards
this year. They have also thrown
10 interceptions.
St. Hill has 18 pass receptions
and five touchdowns. R.J Fyne
has caught 10 balls and four of
those were for touchdowns.
Top defenders for the Tigers
include Nick Jones, 86 tackles,
and Matt Diekman, 51 tackles and
three sacks.
Tiger Coach Chuck Kenyon
said his team scheduled some
top teams, Deltona and Nease


this year so that they wouldn't be
intimidated when they began dis-
trict play. He said despite the 0-7
start, his team is showing prog-
ress.
"We are gaining experience
but it doesn't show on the score-
board. We are getting better and
making progress," he noted.
Kenyon said his team prob-
ably played Westwood as well as
any area team this year. They led
until late in the game. He said it
was a game that his squad should
have won.
"We have some weaknesses
but we are working to shore up
what we do. We are looking for
positives and I think are young
players will rise up and complete
some plays," he added.
Kenyon said Okeechobee
will be a daunting task. He said
the Brahmans have several great
players and have a good coaching
staff that knows how to expose a
team's weaknesses.
"We're going to try to be in this
game. Last year we weren't and I
feel our team was better than this
year. You never know, that is why


they play the games."
Okeechobee QB Garrett Mad-
rigal has thrown for 822 yards and
11 touchdowns. Lonnie Pryor has
rushed for 1,450 yards and 14
touchdowns.
On the injury front, defensive
end Sam Dixon broke his hand
in practice this week. He will be
a game time decision. Wide re-
ceiver Walt Fortner is also battling
some leg soreness but is expect-
ed to play. Fortner leads the team
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marching band and in cheerlead-
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game.
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week bonfire to the public this
year. It will be held next Thurs-
day, Nov. 6. Those attending
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school grounds by 6 p.m. as
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14 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 31, 2008



Softball tournament to help family Post youropinions online
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Tournament to
benefit Gainer Family

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Friends and family of James
"Jimbo" Thomas Gainer, Sr. are
holding a softball tournament to
help raise funds for the Jimbo
Gainer family on Saturday, Nov. 8,
and Sunday, Nov. 9.
Mr. Gainer died of a massive
heart attack on Sunday, Oct. 12.
He was 37 years old and left be-
hind a wife and five boys.
They did not have any life
insurance and his wife, Becky
Gainer, is currently in school to
become a Registered Nurse.
Mr. Gainer had lived in
Okeechobee since he was two
years old and worked to support
his family as a heavy equipment
operator. Mr. and Mrs. Gainer
have five sons: Heath Gainer, 14;
James Gainer, 17; Robbie Du-
quette, 18; Justin Duquette, 16;
and Damion Duquette, 13.
The softball tournament will
be held at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Softball field across from Year-
ling Middle School and the Indian
River State College.
Saturday, Nov. 8, is a men's
tournament and Sunday, Nov.
9, is a co-ed tournament. Entry
fee is $200 per team. Bring your
own balls, 44 core. Independent


Submitted photo
The Jimbo Gainer family fundraiser Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday,
Nov. 8 and 9, at the Okeechobee County Softball Field. Jimbo Gainer passed from a massive
heart attack. His family (left to right) Damian Duquette, Jimbo Gainer, Rebecca Gainer, Rob-
ert Duquette, Heath Gainer, Justin Duquette, and James Gainer, Jr will receive all proceeds
from the event.


Softball Association (ISA) Rules
apply.
All proceeds from the tourna-
ments will be going to the fam-
ily of Jimbo Gainer. Donations
can also be made directly to the
"Jimbo Gainer Fund" at Regions
Bank.
For more information about
the tournament contact Jeanine
Rhuda 863-634-2171, Jill Rogers
863-634-0870, or Ginni Mullis 863-
634-0680.
In addition to the tournament,
friends and family are coordinat-


ing a wild hog dinner at The Brah-
man Bull on Nov. 16, as a ben-
efit for the Gainer Family. Dinner
includes pork, swamp cabbage,
baked beans, green beans, and
potato salad for $7, dine-in or
take-out.
Live entertainment will be pro-
vided by two local bands: Hard
Livin' and Saddle Tramp.
Additional items have also
been donated for the event that
will be given out as prizes for
drawings or auctioned to the
highest bidder.


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Courtesy photo/Chan Garrett
Bassmaster Casting Kids winners with State Youth Director and Club President, are (left to
right) Donald Padgett, Charlie Hays (Youth Director Florida BASS Federation Nation), Chan
Garrett (President, Taylor Creek Bass Club), and April Floyd.


For more information contact
Kandi Lynn 863-634-5707.
All proceeds from the dinner
will go to the Jimbo Gainer Fam-
ily.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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The 23rd annual Lee McAl-
lister Memorial Kid's Day Fishing
Festival was held on October 26th
at the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center. Taylor Creek Bass
Club, with the support of many
local sponsors, conducted the
Bassmaster Casting Kid's Com-
petition as part of the all day event.
In near perfect weather, approxi-
mately 50 anglers demonstrated
their skills in the morning Casting


Courtesy photo/Chan Garrett
Bassmaster Casting Kid's
Winner for the Age 7-10 group
was Donald Padgett.


Kids event. Free soft drinks, hot
dogs and an attendance gift were
provided to all participants.
The Bassmaster Casting
Kid's Competition was open to
girls and boys in two age groups,
7-10 and 11-14. Following in-
structions given by the members
of Taylor Creek Bass Club and a
practice period, each participant
tested their flipping, pitching and
casting skills. Donald Padgett fin-
ished first 7-10 age group with a
score of 80 out of a possible 150.
April Floyd won the 11-14 age
group competition with a score of
130 out of a possible 150. For their
efforts, Donald and April received
first place medals, a Bassmaster
rod and reel, a practice target, a
hat and a framed certificate. Both
of these champions will advance
to the Florida State competition.
Over 130 winners from across the
state of Florida will compete in
the November 1st championship
event at Okeechobee's Scott Driv-
er Park ramp area. State winners
advance to the semi-finals and po-
tentially to the National Bassmas-
ter Casting Kid's Championship
for a share of over $20,000 in
scholarships. Congratulations to
both Donald and April.
Taylor Creek Bass Club has
organized this event as part of
our civic activities for the past 23
years. Weather permitting it is
held the last Sunday in October.
The B.A.S.S. affiliated club, which


was formed in 1981, is actively
seeking new civic-minded mem-
bers (non-boaters and boaters)
who love the sport of bass fish-
ing. Regularly scheduled monthly
meetings are held the second
Thursday of the month at the
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528.
Meetings start at 7 p.m. Club
tournaments are held on the fol-
lowing weekend. For additional
information, contact Dave Stout
(863-467-2255).


Courtesy photo/Chan Garrett
Bassmaster Casting Kid's
Winner in the Age 11-14
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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 31, 2008 15



OHS Volleyball fights to keep season going


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Volleyball team ended several
years of frustration by qualifying
for the state regional tournament
Wednesday night when they de-
feated long-time nemesis Sun-
coast, 25-4, 25-18, and 25-16.
The win moved OHS into the
championship match of the Dis-
trict 14-4A tournament against
Jensen Beach Thursday night.
Jensen defeated Lincoln Park in
impressive fashion to reach the
final.
Okeechobee opened up their
District tournament with an im-
pressive display against Glades
Central on Tuesday at the Brah-
man gymnasium. Okeechobee
won in three consecutive games,
25-2, 25-7, and 25-7.
The team displayed strong
serves and focus and weren't
forced into many long rallies with
the Lady Raiders.
"Our practice is probably 30
percent harder than that," Se-


nior Kari Berger said. Berger and
Courtney Marker were honored
after the game as the only seniors
on this year's squad. The team
had planned senior night festivi-
ties last Thursday against Summit
Christian but the match was can-
celled when the referees didn't
show up.
Marker said she liked the fact
that the team took the match seri-
ously and didn't let down against
a weaker opponent, "I think we
held it together and we didn't
slack off at all."
Berger said she would like to
play volleyball in college and has
targeted Florida Golf Coast Uni-
versity as her top choice.
Berger and Marker said the
trip to the state regional next
week would almost be a dream
come true. In the past two years
Okeechobee had been eliminated
by Suncoast in a state qualifying
match.
Okeechobee wrapped up
the regular season last Friday in
Tampa with a loss to Tampa Prep
in four games, 23-25, 25-2, 25-11,
and 25-13.


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Senior Courtney Marker with her younger sister and her fa- Senior Kari Berger with her parents, Laurie and Phil Berger.
their.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Paige McCrary and Rebekah Bryan (right) get ready for a
Glades Central serve in Tuesday's game.


Submitted photo

Kids Day
Abby Ison shows off her
third place trophy in the
7-10 year old division on
Sunday at the 23rd Annual
Lee McAllister Memorial
Kids' day Fishing Tourna-
ment at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
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serve against Glades Central Hannah Frank gives Athletic Director Heather Stillians a new
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16 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 31, 2008


Civilian Conservation Corps Festival at Highlands Hammock


By Dorothy L. Harris,
Park Services Specialist
Highlands Hammock State
Park's 23rd annual Civilian Con-
servation Corps (CCC) Festival is
Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. More than 75 craft vendors
will exhibit woodcrafts, paintings,
pottery, jewelry, floral arrange-
ments, stained glass, and much
more. You can also buy local
fruits, vegetables, herbs, native
plants, fresh honey and home-
made jellies.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center of Okeechobee will
bring Professor Possum, Rocky
Raccoon, Bobby the Bobcat and
other native animals to highlight
their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate
and return animals to their natu-
ral habitats. Croc Encounters of
Tampa offers a close-up look at
our reptilian residents with the
alligators, crocodiles and other
reptiles they bring and Heartland
Horses and Handicapped, Inc will
be here too, providing pony rides
for just $3 each.
Your kids will enjoy the magi-
cal experience provided by
Weatherbee's Magic of Lake-
land. More excitement is found
at Peace River Electric Coopera-
tive's Electric Junction Safety City
demonstration. Don't forget the
antique cars, tractors, and expan-
sive model railroad exhibit. Keep
an eye out for the Division of
Forestry's Smokey Bear and our
Highlands County Fire Services
too. Park staff will provide hay-
rides and tram rides for just a dol-
lar. Get your tickets at the Friends
of Highlands Hammock tent. Your
kids will also enjoy Party Bounce
House Rental's bounce house
nearby the playground.
Don't forget to bring a hearty
appetite. The Hammock Inn will
serve breakfast sandwiches and
biscuits & gravy from 8 to 10 a.m.,
and their regular menu including
those wild orange goodies until 4
p.m. Additional food vendors in-
clude Smoken' Flames BBQ with
gator tail and fries, smoked ribs
and chicken, cold sandwiches
and boiled peanuts. There will
also be hot dogs, cotton candy,
snow cones, funnel cakes, frozen
coffees, pastries, ice cream, fresh
fruit and more.
In the CCC Museum you can
visit with our CCC Alumni. For-
mer park ranger Darrel Smith
will also present his living history
program, "The Best of Times, The
Worst of Times," at 10:30 a.m.
and 1:30 p.m.
This annual festival is held
to honor the men of the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC), a ci-


vilian workforce established by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
in 1933. During the festival, you'll
meet men who served all over
the United States, and some who
served right here in Florida. Lis-
ten to their stories and memories


of life in the Civilian Conserva-
tion Corps. Almost five thousand
camps consisting of over three
million men were put to work in
every state of the Union, includ-
ing Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands. Enrollees,


just like the ones you'll meet
during the festival, were fondly
referred to as Tree Troopers, Soil
Soldiers, and the Colossal College
of Calluses. These young men re-
forested wastelands, developed
recreational facilities, worked in


erosion control, fire fighting, and
built dams, bridges, and road-
ways during the grips of the Great
Depression.
Come revisit history with us
during this fun event. Park admis-
sion is just $4 per vehicle with


up to eight people per car. Come
enjoy some outdoor, family fun in
"the REAL Florida." For more in-
formation on the festival, contact
Dorothy Harris at 863-386-6094
or: dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.
fl.us.


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Submitted photo/Dorothy Harris
John Paner from Croc En-
counter in Tampa will be
just one of the entertaining,
informative exhibits at the
upcoming Civilian Conser-
vation Corps Festival set for
Saturday, Nov. 1 at Highlands
Hammock. Other exhibitors
scheduled for the event in-
clude Sue Arnold from Ar-
nold's Wildlife in Okeecho-
bee with Willow the panther,
numerous vendors with food
and crafts, antique cars and
more.


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