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Vol. 99 No. 275 Friday, November 7, 2008 500 Plus tax


Former resident
found murdered
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee resident was found
shot to death in the driveway of
his Lake Placid home Monday,
Nov. 3.
Detective Lieutenant Tim
Lethbridge, of the Highlands
County Sheriff's Office (HCSO),
said Michael Vernon Arnold, 29,
was found dead at the scene
around 5:49 p.m.
As of Wednesday, Nov. 5, no
arrests had been made.
"We are investigating it as
a homicide," he said in a tele-
phone interview. "But we don't
have anybody charged."
Lt. Lethbridge declined to
disclose what type of weapon
was used or any possible mo-
tive for the slaying.
The detective asked that
anyone with information about
this case contact the Highlands
County Sheriff's Office at 863

School bus hit by car
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The driver of a car involved
in a crash with a local school
bus was taken to a hospital with
unspecified injuries Wednesday,
Nov. 5.
According to information
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the ac-
cident occurred on U.S. 98 N.
near the Flying G Ranch at 6:27
There were no children on
the Okeechobee County School
District bus at the time of the ac-
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said a small black car was
attempting to pass the school
bus in the fog. He said the car
pulled back in front of the bus
too quickly and clipped the
front of the bus.
Following impact, the car
ended up in the ditch, said the
The detective said no names
are being released at this time.
The bus driver was unin-

Drought Index

Current: 539
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.72 feet
Last Year: 10.38 feet

A honored By:.

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


Classifieds..................... 10-11
Community Events.................. 6
Crossword............... ... 11
Entertainment........................... 7
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 13
Weather 2
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Local voters buck state trend

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County bucked
the state trend and made history
on Nov. 4.
While the state and the major-
ity of the rest of the nation went
for Democratic President-elect
Barack Obama by 50.9 percent,
58.8 percent of local voters fa-
vored Republican Senator John
McCain for president.
Okeechobee voters also
elected the first-ever Republican

county commissioner, Margaret
Garrard-Helton. Prior to Tuesday,
the only Republican elected of-
ficials were current Sheriff Paul
May and former Sheriff Ed Mill-
Okeechobee resident Ray
Worley (D) was unsuccessful in
his race for State House District
79. He was defeated by Mike
Horner (R) by a count of 34,068
to 30,041.
The county helped re-elect
State Senator J.D. Alexander,

The county followed the state-
wide trend in defeating amend-
ment 1 dealing with aliens own-
ing property and amendment 8,
establishing a local option tax for
communitycolleges. Localvoters
overwhelmingly -- 76.9 percent --
voted in favor of Amendment 2
defining marriage. Statewide the
vote on amendment 2 was 62.1
The person responsible for
the success of the local election,

Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler, was glad it was all
"Nov. 5, is the day I have been
looking forward to," she said.
Mrs. Chandler went on to say
that "our machines worked ex-
tremely well."
She said that normally there
are minor problems that techni-
cians have to be sent to fix. That
did not happen this election.
"We really had a good day,"
she added.

While pleased with the
weather, Mrs. Chandler was dis-
appointed with the 68.3 percent
voter turnout. She was hoping
for a little higher turnout. The
statewide voter turnout was
72.43 percent.
Mrs. Chandler said the num-
ber of people voting early was
higher than usual. More people
voted early at the supervisor of
elections' office and by absentee
ballot than voted at the polls on
See Elections Page 5


is updated

by OMS panel

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, Nov. 6 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners discussed
economic development, the
airport and fire protection. They
also approved a long discussed
landscape ordinance and dis-
cussed financing a low income
apartment project.
Mark Smith of Okeechobee
Main Street (OMS) gave the
commissioners an update on
the OMS Economic Restructur

ing Committee.
The eight-to-10 person com-
mittee has been meeting twice
a month to promote economic
development. The ultimate goal
is for the committee to become
a stand alone entity with a paid
executive director.
"These have been very pro-
ductive meetings," said Com-
missioner Elvie Posey, who is a
member of the committee.
The committee has been
meeting with members of the
See Update- Page 5

Three charged

in undercover

pot operation

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is the intake area where water is pumped from Mos-
quito Creek to be treated to remove phosphorous in the
experimental Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology pro-

the process marries two tech-
nologies -- chemical treatment
and plant treatment. While the
project currently uses water hy-
acinth to absorb phosphorus,
other aquatic plants are being
The chemical used is alumi-
num sulfate. It bonds with the

phosphorous in the water to
form a substance called "floc"
that settles out of the water.
Mr. Laing said that floc itself
has phosphorous absorbing
capacities. Project managers
are looking at spreading it on

See Removal Page 5

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Narcotics
Task arrested three local men
on felony drug charges Tues-
day afternoon and confiscated
a box containing 23 pounds of
suspected marijuana.
Charged with the felonies of
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell and possession of
marijuana over 20 grams were:
Nuvemie Garcia Rivas, 31, S.E.
Sixth St.; Christopher Betan

court, 26, N.W 44th Ave.; and
Rafael Cancino Jr, 27, N.E. 11th
All three men were booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $20,000
Pablo Betancourt, Jr., 25,
N.W 23rd Ave., was arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of
resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence. His
bond was set at $100.
See Drugs Page 5

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A new process to remove
phosphorous from the water
is being tested on the banks
of Mosquito Creek, at Larson
The Hybrid Wetland Treat
ment Technology is being used
to improve the quality of water
entering Lake Okeechobee.
The project is a joint effort of
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD), the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) and
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Affairs.
The project uses two ponds.
The larger one, about one-half
acre in size, is designed for high
flow. The smaller pond is de-
signed for smaller flows. Water
is pumped from the creek into
whichever pond is being used.
The water then flows through
the pond for treatment and
back out into Mosquito Creek.
James Laing of SFWMD said

Peede-Little take top

spot in fishing tourney

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By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Christian Team Trail has
started up their monthly bass
tournaments once again, this
month's tournament was held
on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Okee
Tantie with 32 boats participat-
The day was a good one for
all the participants with only
about 8 pounds difference be-
tween first and seventh place.
Warren Peede and Chris
Little, who came in first place
with a total 16.15 lbs., were
followed by Carl Lewis and
Hunter Broggie with 13.06 lbs.

in second and David Anderson
and Donnie Bass in third with
12.77 lbs.
Other results are as follows:
Fred George and Bob Owens
came in fourth with 11.54 lbs.;
fifth place went to Mike Holland
and Kermit Russell with 11.41
lbs.; Frank Boyer and Al Reed
came in sixth place with 9.57
lbs.; and seventh place went to
David Cepeck and Ron Roker
with a total weight of 8.92 lbs.
John Kappauf was the big
fish winner with a 5.18-lb. He
was followed closely by War-
ren Peede and Chris Little in
See Tourney Page 2

Submitted photo
Chris Little and Warren Peede took first place along with plac-
ing second in the 'Big Fish' category, at the Christian Team
Trails monthly tournament held on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Mosquito Creek: site of SFWMD testing

'- S .-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
James Laing of South Florida Water Management District looks over one of the ponds
being used to test the new Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology.

Nutrient removal process tested

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 7, 2008

Continued From Page 1

Submitted photo
John Kappauf took first place
in the 'Big Fish' category at
the Christian Team Trails fish-
ing tournament held on Sat-
urday, Nov. 1, at Okee-Tantie.

second with a largemouth that
weighed 5.04 Ibs.
Ronald Rodgers and Darryl
Rodgers took home the Endur-
ance Award which gained them
free entry for the tournament
next month, which will be held
Dec. 6.
Don't forget that the Christian
Team Trails holds a monthly fish-
ing tournament on the first Satur-
day of each month at Okee Tan
tie. The cost is $75 per boat. You
may register at the Oakview Bap-
tist Church office or on the day of
the event. For more information
please call 863-763-1699.
Bass Busters tourney dates
have been set. The Bass Busters
Classic will be held Nov. 15-16, for
qualifying teams. Please visit the
official website and look on the
2008 standings page for qualify-
ing 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 is $50 and two un-

wrapped toys. The tournament
will be from safe light until 3 p.m.,
with a 100 percent pay back in
cash and prizes.
For more information or to
get entry forms for these events
please contact Chris Fickey at
941-232-9539 or go to www.
The Annual 5K Turkey Trot
will be held Thursday, Nov. 27,
(Thanksgiving morning.) The
race begins promptly at 8 a.m.
Entry fees will be: $15 before
Nov. 20, and entrant will receive a
T-shirt; after Nov. 20 and on race
day registration will be $20, and
no T-shirt will be given. Partici-
pants should arrive by 7 a.m. for
same-day registration.
Pre-registration is recommend-
ed since over 300 participants en-
joyed this race in 2007. To get on
the mailing list, e-mail jilw@em- You may pick up
your entry form at the Ranger Sta-
tion anytime after Nov. 1 so head
on down.
The "First Turkey" award (free
commemorative T-shirt) is award-

ed to the first person to mail back
their entry form and donation.
This run/walk is a fund-raiser
hosted by the Friends of High-
lands Hammock and is held on
the park's beautiful Loop Drive.
This flat, paved one-way roadway
travels under the dense hardwood
hammock. Expect full shade and
cool temperatures. Park admis-
sion fees are waived for all par-

FWC announces hog
hunt dates
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission an-
nounces a notice of intent to is-
sue permits for the purpose of
controlling the feral hog popula-
tion and protecting the ecological
values on the Fisheating Creek
Wildlife Management Area, west
of U.S. 27.
Permits will be issued for two
hog control time periods, Dec.
12-14 and Dec. 19-21. Twenty-
five permits will be issued for
each hog control period. Permits

Gethsemane Ranch: training the next generation

Learning about the
Lord and Rodeo

By Cherish Pilgrim
So what's been happening out
at Gethsemane Ranch you ask?
Things have been very busy, with
the bull riding practices Wednes-
day nights at 6:30 p.m., roping
Saturday mornings and barrels on
Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

There is a new generation of
little ones that
bring a smile
to everyone's
face. One in
particular is Ca-
sen Yates, son
of Corby and
Shelly Yates.
Casen is five
years old and Steven
has started his Bruner

training to become a bullfighter.
He practices with his mentor, and
close friend to the family, Stephen
Last Wednesday a bull calf
named Scrappy was brought for
Casen to show what all he has
learned and this little guy is going
to be one to watch. He has a love
for rodeo and a heart for Jesus.
There have also been some
new addi-

i -m

Submitted photo/Cherish Pilgrim
Casen Yates, 5, puts his bull fighting skills to good use as he takes on a
calf named Scrappy.

tions to the ranch.
Gethsemane has been blessed
with some sons of "Plus One"
and a grandson of "Bodacious"
to carry on their father's name.
These are wonderful blessings
but to those who have attended
the ranch, you know that there is
much more to be thankful for.
And that is what Gethsemane
Ranch is all about.

Submitted photo/Cherish Pilgrim
Bull fighter Steven Bruner has to practice him-
self, in order to teach Casen and others how its

will be issued on a first-come,
first-serve basis to individuals 16
years of age or older.
Permits will only be distrib-
uted at the Fisheating Creek
WMA check-station at the FEC
Campground located on U.S. 27
in Palmdale on Saturday, Dec. 6,
beginning at 10 a.m.
Permitees will be allowed to

take wild hogs with no size or bag
limit. The use of dogs for captur-
ing or taking hogs is prohibited.
Firearms will be limited to a shot
gun with #1 buckshot or larger.
For additional information you
may contact the Fisheating Creek
WMA office at 863-946-1194.
Email your "Outdoor" news to

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Patchy fog before 9 a.m. otherwise mostly sunny, with a
high near 81. Winds from the northeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Winds from the
east northeast around 5 mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with
a high around 84. Winds from the north around 5 mph.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 60. Winds from the north northwest
around 5 mph.


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Store owner caught selling booze to minor

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An operation aimed at under-
age drinking and the sale of al-
cohol to minors resulted in five
juveniles being caught in a local
bar and a store owner facing a
possible $1,000 fine.
Detectives from the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) accompanied Al Citelli,
an investigator with the Bureau
of Alcoholic Beverage and To-
bacco (ABT), on the Saturday,
Nov. 1, operation.
An OCSO report indicates that
a confidential informant under
the age of 21 was taken to sev-

eral businesses in the county
for the purpose of buying alco-
hol. Buys were made at the Fort
Drum Diner and at the Fort Drum
General Store.
Mr. Citelli said the owner of
the store, Nadaniah Baskaron,
sold alcohol to the minor. As a re-
sult of that sale he is now facing
a fine of $1,000 and a seven-day
suspension. If given a suspen-
sion, no alcohol can be sold at
the store during that seven-day
Mr. Baskaron was given a no-
tice to appear and will have the
opportunity to appeal, added the
ABT investigator.
In the case of the Fort Drum

Diner, OCSO Detective Rick Dur-
fee said that an employee, who is
over 21, sold alcohol to the minor
and could receive a fine of $100.
Since Mr. Baskaron is the
owner of the business, and is ac-
cused of selling to the minor, his
penalty is much stiffer than that
of the employee.
Mr. Citelli indicated this was
the first time that anyone has
been caught selling alcohol to a
minor in the Fort Drum area.
"They have a clean slate up
there," he said.
Once that operation had con-
cluded, the investigators con-
ducted walkthroughs of local

At one nightspot, five teenag-
ers were each given a summons
to appear in misdemeanor court.
The underage drinkers ranged in
age from 16 to 20. Three of the
five were charged with posses-
sion of alcohol by a person un-
der 21 years of age. A 19-year-old
male and a 17-year-old female
were charged with unlawful use
or display of a driver's license not
issued to him/her.
Detective Durfee said they
were all trespassed from the
business until they are 21 years
of age.
The detective said nothing
was done to the owners of the
bar because "they were doing

their job."
"They had caught some oth-
ers and threw them out," said
Detective Durfee. "They were ID-
ing people."
This particular bar allows
persons under the age of 21, but
older than 18, to enter after pre-
senting proper identification.
When using an underage
confidential informant to pur-
chase alcohol, the minor enters

the store while the investigators
watch from the parking lot. The
informant is given money tc
purchase alcohol. If asked, the
informant is to tell the clerk theii
correct age, said Mr. Citelli.
If a purchase is made, the
booze is then given to the investi-
gators as evidence. The investiga
tors will then confront the persor
making the sale and issue them e
summons to appear in court.

Teen arrested on juvenile warrants

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was tak-
en into custody on juvenile arrest
warrants while he was fishing on
the Kissimmee River earlier this
Cory Ray Jenkins, 19, N.W
Broadland Lane, was arrested
Nov. 3, on a juvenile pick up order
charging him with failure to ap-
pear possession of cocaine and

failure to appear petit theft. He
was processed at the Okeecho-
bee County Jail then taken to the
Department of Juvenile Justice
Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
The charges against Jenkins
were filed while he was a juve-
nile, which is why he was taken
to the detention center.
Deputy Mark Shireman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) stated in his arrest
report that he was dispatched to

the south end
of S.W. 128th
Ave. at 10:51
p.m. Monday
in regard to a
trespass com-
plaint. The re-
port said there
were three
people fishing
on the Kissim-
mee River at
the naviga-

Cory Ray

tion locks, even though the area
is marked with no trespassing
While he was speaking with
the anglers, Deputy Shireman
was told by OCSO dispatch that
there were active pick up orders
calling for Jenkins' arrest.
According to the deputy's re-
port the other fishermen were
allowed to leave after a verbal

Witnesses sought

in armed robbery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Detectives are looking for wit-
nesses who may have seen an
elderly woman robbed of a large
amount of cash Monday, Nov. 3.
Detective Bettye Taylor, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), said the incident
occurred around 6:45 p.m. at the
corner of N.W 12th St. and Ninth
The detective said two boys
put their bicycles in the middle
of the road and when the wom-
an stopped to keep from hitting
the bikes two black males ap-

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
SJames Wallace McElroy IV,
22, N.E. 115th Terrace, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Nov. 4, by DOC's
Joshua Watkins on charges of vio-
lation of probation burglary of a
dwelling/occupied conveyance
and violation of probation grand
theft of a motor vehicle. He is be-
ing held without bond.
Martez Daniels, 24, N.E. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 4, by Deputy Sergeant J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with sale of
a substance in lieu of a controlled
substance. His bond was set at
SKrystal Elaine Daughtery, 24,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Nov.
5, by the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force on a felony charge of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance. She was also charged
with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. She
was released on her own recog-
Casey Bernard Bonneau, 36,
N.W Fifth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 5, by the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force on
charges of sale of cocaine and
possession of cocaine with in-
tent to sell. His bond was set at
SWilliam Roberts, 38, N.E.
16th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 5, by Deputy Lieuten-
ant Keith Murrish on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon (two counts). His
bond was set at $100,000.
SAbel Alarcon, 21, N.W. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 5, by Deputy Lt. Keith Mur-
rish on a warrant charging him
with aggravated battery on a preg-
nant person. He was released on
his own recognizance.
Cosme Resindez, 30, N.W
10th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 5, by Deputy Paul
Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence. He is be-
ing held without bond.
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.

preached the car and robbed her
at gunpoint with a small caliber
handgun. One of the men was
very large and wore a black stock-
ing over his head, said Detective
The men took the woman's
purse which contained an un-
specified amount of cash.
Detective Taylor said therewere
apparently several people sitting
in front of an apartment complex
who witnessed the armed rob-
bery but have not come forward
with information.
"I know somebody over there
saw something," she said.
Anyone who saw the brazen
robbery or may have information
about it is asked to contact Detec-
tive Bettye Taylor at the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department, 863-

Teen charged in

theft of vehicle

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After being put in the
Okeechobee County Jail for
driving without a valid driver's li-
cense, an 18-year-old Okeecho-
bee man was later charged with
stealing the car he was operat-
Martin Gerardo Godinez,
N.W. Second St., was charged
with the felony of grand theft
auto by Officer Chad Troutman
of the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD). He was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a total bond
of $3,000.
After responding to a suspi-
ciousperson complaint Wednes-
day afternoon, OCPD Lieutenant
Donald Hagan stopped a white
1999 Pontiac Grand Am auto-
mobile that was being driven
by Godinez. Officer Troutman
ran a driver's license check and
learned that the man did not
have a valid license.
Godinez was then arrested

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and booked into the county jail.
later the owner
of the car went
to the police
and Officer
Troutman that
her car had
been stolen.

arrest report, Godinez
was a 1999
white Pontiac Grand Am.
Officer Troutman's arrest re-
port goes on to state that Godi-
nez had apparently entered the
woman's home while she was
at work on Nov. 5 and took the
keys to the car.
The officer then arrested
Godinez on the grand theft auto
charge, and the vehicle was re-
turned to the woman.
Godinez was also issued a
traffic citation for no motor ve-
hicle registration, indicated the
officer's report.

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Speak Out
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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
AMERICAN DREAM: My opinion of the American Dream has
nothing to do with money or material possessions. I believe the
American Dream for me is being able to live comfortable in my own
skin. Meaning that I can look at myself in the mirror every day and
know that I did the best I could do with what I had for that day. I was
told a long time ago that money was the root of all evil. I understand
that fully today. If you don't make as much as the next person, then
you don't fit into their little niche. I could care less how much or how
little you make. That does not make any one person better than the
next. To be comfortable with what I have and to not want for more
than what I need. I have a roof over my head, my bills are paid, I can
eat for another day, and I have had the opportunities that a lot of
people have never had nor probably ever will. I was fortunate enough
to have beautiful, healthy children and to raise them to the best of
my ability. To own the biggest house, 2 or 3 cars, have a butler and a
maid, does not impress me. I would not like to be the person who is
running for office due to the fact that you can't do anything without
Secret Service sniffing around. My husband and I are both disabled
and living on disability and yet, each and every day we are living the
American Dream. Unless you have love, respect, honesty, truth, and
a loving God to support you through all of the hard times, I don't
believe there would be the American Dream. The American Dream
comes from within yourself. To be comfortable with who you are and
how you live your life to its fullest.
DOCTOR SHOPPING: My comment is on the "Doctor Shopping"
case that I have seen in the paper. I have been seeing a lot of these
cases and this last one, the lady was only charged with one count
of doctor shopping, but the possibility was with charging her with
23 counts but the judge released her on her own recognizance. The
bond was set at $5,000 and the judge released her without paying
anything. I think we need to rethink who we have in office for judge.
YOU MIGHT BE FROM OKEECHOBEE: If you can tell what
kind of animals are in a barn by the smell of the manure. If you've
ever gotten divorced and remarried in the same month. If you know
all the words to "Redneck Woman" and proudly sing it in public. If
the first part of the newspaper you read is the Speak Out column. If
you've ever repaired your hurricane damaged roof with Duct tape.
SIDEWALKS: I read in a recent article that the city is paying to
have several sidewalks redone, and that's great to hear; however, I
was wondering what it would take to get the city to install a sidewalk
along S.W 15th Street west of Seventh Avenue. There is a lot of pedes-
trian traffic along that road and there is nothing but a ditch on either
side making it hard to walk or bike on the shoulder. It seems very
dangerous and its just a matter of time until someone else gets hit by
a car and killed there.
SENIOR NIGHT: Yes, we were supposed to have senior night
at the high school on Thursday night for the volleyball players. We
ended up not playing, because no referees showed up. What kind of
organization do we have here? I mean, we have people who drove
30-40 miles to get to this game and then we get there and 30 min-
utes to an hour after we get there they are calling it off because no
referees showed up. They said they went elsewhere to ref. I thought
these ref's were on the schedule marked in advance and then they
just don't show up. There has got to be some kind of consequences
for these referees. These poor girls were there to play and people
drove miles and miles to watch them and we get told that we have
to go home.
ACCIDENT: I would like to add a tidbit to your article "Okeecho-
bee fatalities due to alcohol." It gave the count for 2007 and I can't
wonder why the count wouldn't go up, In 2006 my wife and I were
hit head on by a drunk driver and my gosh, if the man didn't hide for
about six months. The states attorney's office said that he didn't exist.
Finally, they put the handcuffs on him about a year after the accident.
The papers mysteriously got lost, and they claimed the accident didn't
happen. Then the man walks into court, a convicted felon who was
recently released from prison and he walks out of court with a $250
ECONOMY AND RESTAURANTS: Recently, on our way home
from appointments on the coast my wife and I decided that we would
stop at a local restaurant and have a nice meal before arriving home.
We have eaten there before and the food, service and decor are very
good. Our problem occurred when the waiters showed us a booth
way in the back of the restaurant, we thought we had a disease, the
front of the restaurant was empty. Soon, the waiters joined three ta-
bles together and then three young families were seated across from
our booth. The little darlings came complete with the loudest high
pitched squeals and screams imaginable. This continued throughout
the remainder of our meal that we thought was going to be quiet and
peaceful. The parents of these little darlings obviously sat and sucked
on their drinks and conversed together while the patrons listened to
their loud, shrieking offspring. We promptly finished as much of our
dinner as we could stand, paid the check and tip and left. We were
asked if our dining experience was all right and I replied that I didn't
know Okeechobee had a Chuck E Cheese. I guess modern working
parents don't know how to discipline and teach their children how
to act in public and to respect others around them. It is very unfortu-
nate for the child to start out this way and I do not blame the child as
we have children of our own, it is the responsibility of the parents to
teach their children the rules of correct behavior in society.
PORTRAIT: A beautiful and unique biographical portrait and story
display portraying 13 of Okeechobee's finest horsemen, and women
will be shown in the library for all Okeechobee residents to enjoy.
Stop by to learn more about horsemen Rick Steed, a national reining
horse champion, along with Buck Daniel, an additional national rein-
ing horse trainer and breeder. Other notables include Rene Burk, and
"Hoot" Worley and many more. Each horseman was independently
interviewed and separately photographed in their barn, pasture, or
sitting on a fence post.
FUNDRAISERS: Here we go again with the fundraisers. Every kid
I know has a catalog of something to sell. The schools and clubs need
to get a clue. In this economy, we can't afford to buy a bunch of junk.
If you want to raise money, come up with something that is actually
worthwhile instead trying to sell me more overpriced wrapping pa-
per. How about hiring out groups of supervised youngsters to do yard
work, wash windows or clean out garages?
Okeechobee if your idea of a gorgeous creature has four legs and
goes "MOOOO: if your second wife was your first wives best friend;
or, if you spend more on animal feed than you do on groceries for
your family.
DOGS LOOSE: I read the story about the dogs that killed a wom-
an in Collier County that were brought to Okeechobee County and
turned loose. Whoever brought those dogs here and dumped them
should go to prison. Dumping dangerous animals on an unsuspect-
ing public is criminal. The one dog had been harassing children at a
bus stop before animal control picked it up. Think what could have
happened. The officials say there isn't a law to enforce. Well then we
need a county ordinance making it a crime to dump an animal on
public property or on private property without the owners' permis-
sion. Maybe they could find a way to add it to the cruelty to animals
law. I know it would not be easy to enforce, but at least we would
have something on the books. If it got enough publicity, maybe peo-
ple from the coast would not be so eager to dump their animals in
DANGEROUS DOG: Regarding the dangerous dogs being
dumped in Okeechobee County, I am surprised that the county offi-
cials did not warn the general public when they first learned the dogs
were probably in our area. Those who live on Potter Road were not
the only ones affected. Anyone could have seen the dogs, felt sorry for
them and tried to pick them up, not knowing they were dangerous.
I think the Animal Control office should have sent announcements
to the newspaper and the radio station the first day they learned the
dogs were probably dumped here.

C.H.E.O. Cake Decorating
The Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee (C.H.E.O.) have a cake decorating class each school year, instructed by
Cathy Womble. Here are some of the students and their cakes that were done at the final class for the year: (standing)
Heather Lanning, Hannah Cutler, Neresa McClaren & Jessica Drawdy, (sitting) Justin Drawdy (he made a football cake
instead of a doll), Tyler Addington, Kaley Whidden, Sarah Welborn and Emily Welborn. Great job!

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the Building

As the president of Cypress
Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles
4509, 1 would like to take the time
to express my appreciation for
the professionalism of the County
Building Dept., and in particular
to Tim English. He has shown a
lot of respect, diligence and pa-
tience with us.
At the Eagles, there has been a
lot of work to upgrade the prop-

erty. The Building Dept. stepped
up to the plate and has helped
to guide us to meet the building
codes that are required.
Over the years going to the
building dept. hasn't been much
fun. But, under Tim's leadership,
things are changing for the bet-
Fraternally yours,
Bill Huston
Worthy President
FOE 4509

Speak Out
YOU MIGHT BE FROM OKEECHOBEE: If you take visitors to
Nubbin Slough to see the alligators, you might be from Okeechobee.
If you hang dryer sheets on your front door to keep the mosquitoes
away, you might be from Okeechobee. You might be from Okeecho-
bee if your barn cost more than your house.
ELECTION SIGNS: People are stealing all kinds of signs. It hap-
pens every election year. No one is going to decide who to vote for
based on signs anyway. Can you imagine going to vote and thinking,
"Now who should I vote for? Oh yes, I saw a nice sign for this person,
I'll vote for him!"
ABORTION: If we allow abortions with little or no exceptions.
If we allow partial birth or botched abortions to be dumped in the
waste can and allowed to simply die. Are we not only a few steps from
accepting euthanasia as an acceptable option? That would be some
great addition to a Universal Health Care System. Grams in her 70's
and gets really sick? Oh well, there is no long term care anymore but
we can end her suffering when she is ready (or your pocket book is)
Little Susie has incurable cancer. Sorry, It's all genocide. And unless
it gets stopped it will be come a reality. 1. Infanticide: The practice of
killing newborn infants. 2. Euthanasia: Ending life or failing to prevent
death. 2. Genocide: The systematic and planned extermination of a
group of people. In this case those who are no longer strong or pro-
ductive members of society. Wake up.
DOGS: The Collier County Sheriff's office seems to think the dog
owner and the person who dumped the dogs can't be charged with
anything. But shouldn't the dog owner's ex-husband, -- who knew
about the woman getting killed and decided to get rid of the dogs -- be
charged with obstruction of justice? He suspected the dogs had killed
someone and wanted to get rid of them before the investigators got
there. And the woman who took the dogs and didn't have the heart
to kill them, and decided to dump them in residential areas instead.
Shouldn't she be charged with animal cruelty and/or reckless endan-
germent? The one dog they found -- and it's teeth were matched to
the bite marks on the dead woman -- was picked up in Okeechobee
because it was going after kids at a bus stop. Shouldn't the woman
who dumped that dog in Okeechobee be held responsible for endan-
gering those children?

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Tape Toni!
Okeechobee High School Toni Wiersma (left) was taped
up with Duct Tape during lunch today where students and
staff bought a foot of tape for $1 in celebration of Home-
coming. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper
(center) and student Jewell Buck (right) also put in their
donation to Duct Tape the Principal.

Community Calendar

Friday, Nov. 7
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-
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. Highlands The
club welcomes the public to their dance every Friday, from 7 until 10
p.m. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information,
call 863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind NapaAuto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick- Open
Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee
is not affiliated 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 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. 8
Worship in Songatthe Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon; NA.
Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Sunday, Nov. 9
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.

Okeechobee News, Friday, November 7, 2008 5

Continued From Page 1

Okeechobee City Council, as well
as South Florida Water Manage-
ment District officials. Future
meetings are scheduled with
Okeechobee Utility Authority,
the Okeechobee County School
Board and Indian River State Col-
The committee is in the pro-
cess of developing a marketing
plan. A draft of this plan will be
completed by the end of Novem-
ber. The draft will include the
demographics of the county, in-
dustrial property inventories and
incentives that may be available
for the county and the city for per-
spective businesses.
Jim Kriss, vice president of AV-
CON which is the county's airport
consultant, briefed commission-
ers on the airport master plan and
improvements at the airport. He
identified current and projected
demands including industrial
park issues and mitigation and
environmental issues. Recent
improvements noted included
apron lighting, installation of an
emergency generator, runway re-
habilitation and installation of an
automated weather observation
"You've got a little gold mine
here," Mr. Kriss said. "The airport
has turned a come, administra-
tively, since we started. I think we
are in an excellent position to go
He discussed future plans in-
cluding more hangars, extension
of runways, expanding the termi-
nal ramp and expanding terminal
and restaurant areas.
"I think we have come a long
was in the last few years," com-
mission Chairman Clif Betts said
of the airport.
Mr. Betts went on to thank Ver-
non Gray, the former airport man-
ager, for the work he did. Mr. Gray

is leaving Okeechobee to manage
an airport in upstate New York.
"It's been a pleasure having
Vernon at the airport," said Mr.
Betts. "I appreciate your efforts."
Commissioners gave approval
to an ordinance that will set up
landscaping requirements for
single family, multifamily and
non-residential properties. It es-
tablishes the number of trees and
shrubs required on a lot. It also
prevents removal of oak trees
greater than 48 inches in circum-
ference at 4.5 feet above the base
on properties other than single
family residential.
Except for single family resi-
dences, the ordinance requires
the use of a registered landscape
architect for commercial and in-
dustrial properties above a certain
minimum size. It also has a list of
nuisance plants that cannot be
At the last commission meeting
Linda Syfrett, of the Okeechobee
County Fair Association, told the
commissioners that the years re-
maining on fair contracts are con-
sidered by vendors as investment
security. Since the county's cur-
rent agreement with the fair asso-
ciation for use of the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center has only
three more years, the fair's ability
to negotiate with vendors is lim-
ited. Therefore she requested an
extension of the agreement.
On Thursday commission-
ers voted to extend the original
agreement to 2016. According to
the terms of the agreement, the
fair association pays no fees to
the county for use of the facility
and reimburses the county for the
utilities used.
The board also considered
O'Town Properties' request for
additional Hurricane Housing
Recovery Program funds for con-
struction of a previously approved
low income apartment complex.
The matter was tabled until the
next meeting on Dec. 4 to allow

the corporation to secure a bank
loan to help finance the project.
At the Sept. 25 budget hearing
questions arose concerning the
staffing of Fire/Rescue Station 4
which opened in February of this
year on the prison road.
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue Chief Nick Hopkins respond-
ed to those questions with details
as to the manning of station 4 and
the number of calls responded to
by that station. He presented sta-
tistics from surrounding fire de-
partments indicating that in 2008
Okeechobee has the highest calls
per man average of all but one
fire department. He stated that
36 employees responded to 5,273
calls resulting in 146.48 calls per
person. Of the 25 fire departments
surveyed -- including Fort Lauder-
dale, Fort Myers and St. Augustine
-- only Margate had a higher aver-
age with 148.56.
The chief stated that station 4
responded to 435 calls from the
time it opened on Feb. 14 until
Sept. 15.
"We are in far, far better shape
than we were 10 years ago," the
chief said.
He said the fire assessment
will allow them to keep their fleet
of vehicles up to date.
It was noted that the fire as-
sessment pays the cost of fighting
fires, while the cost of EMT must
be borne from other sources.
Commissioners discussed the
possibility of a separate EMT as-
sessment or ad valorum tax.
In another Fire/Rescue fund-
ing item, the board passed an or-
dinance that allows Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue to reclaim
the cost of responding to acci-
dents. This ordinance allows the
department to bill the insurance
company of the person at fault
for the costs incurred in respond-
ing to an accident. This ordinance
will be especially helpful in deal-
ing with accidents on the Florida

Turning to another revenue
matter, the board discussed delin-
quent rent at the industrial park.
The county attorney was request-
ed to send letters to tenants who
are behind in the rent.
Mr. Posey, whose term is end-
ing, had a parting statement.
"I've enjoyed the last four
years tremendously," he said, "I
think I'm turning it over to good
At the board's Nov. 20 meeting
his successor, Margaret Garrard-
Helton, will be sworn in and will
be the county's first Republican
In other action, the board:
awarded a five-year mainte-
nance agreement contract with
Siemens Building Technologies
for the HVAC system at the jail for
a total cost of $53,000;
ratified expenditure of
$16,850 for remedial work per-
formed by LEB Demolition &
Consulting Contractor on the
Alderman building exterior up-
conducted an executive ses-
sion concerning pending litiga-
tion with Tir Na N'Og.
renewed the contract with
Curren Electric for maintenance
work at the airport;
*approved a contract with
Classic Asphalt in the amount
of $400 per month for monthly
inspections and reporting work,
and $50 per hour for other pave-
ment related inspections at the
county airport;
reduced a code violation
fine from $35,575 to $30,00 if paid
within a timely manner; and,
approved maintenance costs
for new railroad crossing gates on
Lofton Road to be installed by the
Florida Department of Transpor-
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i n or 4,783, or 37 percent of total sioner Elvie Posey said he con- Ralph Nader, the best known
Election s votes, gratulated Mrs. Garrard-Helton of the non-major party candidates
Continued From Page 1 There were 5,530 people vot- and wished her well. He said he for president, received 54 votes. In
ing on election day. That amounts wants to stay involved in civic af- 2004 he only received 28 votes.
election day. to 43 percent of total votes. The fairs. He intends to be involved As a sign of discontent with
Absentees accounted for 2,574 total vote count was 12,887, or in the economic development both major presidential candi-
ballots, or 20 percent of the total 68.7 percent of registered voters, program being sponsored by dates, there were 53 write in
votes. Early voters accounted Defeated incumbent commis- Okeechobee Main Street. votes.

l promising," Mr. Laing said, al- more flow control. "It is particularly exciting that
Reioval though he emphasized that the After two years they should this technology allows the treat-
Continued From Page 1 project is experimental, have enough information to re- ment to be tailored to address
The SFWMD governing board produce the project on a larger the highly variable water quality
soil that has a high phosphorous just authorized another year for scale. issues that occur both seasonally
content. the project. During the second Stormwater treatment areas and within specific basins in the
The treatment process re- year project managers will be require a much larger area and Lake Okeechobee watershed
looking at maximizing efficiency. are slower than this process. area," said Florida Commissioner
moves about 90 percent of phos-
oes out 90 erc o p For instance, the smaller pond is "The district has been a lead- of Agriculture Charles Bronson.
porous from the water lined. Mr. Laing said that during er in the development and de- "The technology also minimizes
The capacity of the project is the second year of the project, the ployment of new technology to the amount of land required for
6,000 gallons per minute, but is cost benefit of the lining will be improve water quality in South the facility."
currently set at about 447 gallons considered. Florida," said Eric Baurermann, The Mosquito Creek project is
per minute. This rate of flow can Also being considered is the SFWMD governing board chair- one of four such projects. Another
treat the entire flow of Mosquito use of a diesel pump that draws man. "This new treatment ap- experimental project also treats a
Creek the majority of the time. water from Mosquito Creek. Mr. proach, which can improve the major tributary. A third project
The project started in March of Laing said it will be replaced next Lake Okeechobee watershed, treats a dairy lagoon, while the
this year. year by an electric pump that will will ultimately provide benefits to fourth treats citrus runoff into the
"The first year's data looks be more efficient and allow for the entire Everglades ecosystem." Indian River Lagoon.

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The task force received as-
sistance in this case from the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment and the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA).
Rivas, Betancourt and Cancino
may also face enhanced penal-
ties, said Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO). Since all
three men are members of the
La Plebada Car Club they could
now be found to be members of
a criminal street gang.
"Under Florida statutes, when
you have a group of three or more
individuals with a common name,
sign, symbols or colors and they
are engaged in a criminal activity
then that group becomes a crimi-

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Nuvemie Christopher
Garcia Rivas Betancourt
nal street gang," explained Sgt.
Stark, who heads up the OCSO
gang unit.
According to an arrest report
by task force detectives, an under-
cover officer delivered a package
containing the green leafy sub-
stance to a building on N.W. Park
St. The owner of the building re-
ceived the 23-pound package and
signed for it.
The owner was not charged
because he was unaware of what
was in the box and because the

m -
Pablo Rafael
Betancourt Cancino
box was intended for someone
else, explained a task force detec-
Once the owner took posses-
sion of the box, he called for Can-
cino and gave the box to him, stat-
ed the report. Cancino reportedly
took the box and placed it on the
east side of the building, where it

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placed it in front of a garage door,
continued the report.
The task force report goes
on to state that Christopher Be-
tancourt then walked over to
the box, picked it up and took it
inside the garage. Rivas walked
inside the garage with him, the
report added.
According to the report, the
contents of the box was field test-
ed and indicated a positive result
for the presence of marijuana.
Sgt. Stark said the arrests could
have a negative impact on how
the club is viewed by others.
"It just takes a few individuals
to take something that could be
a positive and turn it into a nega-
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Blake Elliott Peirick, 17
OKEECHOBEE Blake Elliott Pei-
rick, of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
Nov. 1, 2008, un-
expectedly in his
home. He was 17.
Born April 21,
1991, in Ft. Atkin-
son, Wis., he had
been a resident of
Okeechobee for
the past 16 years
and was Junior at OHS and a mem-
ber of the Okeechobee High School
crime watch.
He is survived by his parents, Jean-
ette and Craig Miller; sister, Cali Mill-
er of Okeechobee; brother, Jordyn
Miller of Denver, Colo.; grandpar-
ents, Jim and Sandra Peirick of Wa-
tertown, Wis., Robert Miller and Bev
Hornbeck of Madison, Wis.; great-
grandmother, Mary Ellen Peirick of
Watertown, Wis.; aunts and uncles,
Michelle (Brendan) Pritchard of
Okeechobee, Daryl (Tiffany) Peirick,
Aaron (Laurie) Peirick, Christopher
(Kristi) Peirick, Diandra (Brad)
Kuenzi, Trevor (Marcie) Peirick all of
Watertown, Wis., Nathan (Tina) Pei-
rick of Neenah, Wis., and Brittan
Peirick also of Watertown, Wis.,
Scott (Pam) Miller of Cottage Grove,
Wis., Mark Miller of Stoughton, Wis.,
Kristi (Rod) Klein of Edgerton, Wis.,
Sean Miller (Sheri Gann) of Denver,
Colo., and Wendi Miller of Okeecho-
bee, Florida. In addition he is sur-
vived by many cousins including
Taylor and Hunter Pritchard and
Saint Barbosa of Okeechobee and
A Celebration of Life service will be
5:30 p.m. Tuesday the Roc of Okee-
In lieu flowers, the family has
asked for a memorial contribution of
an unwrapped new toy to be collect-
ed for the "Blaker Toy Caper" which
will distribute the toys for needy lo
cal children during the holiday sea-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.
Ray Jara, 76
passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.
He was 76.
Ray was born in Folcroft, Pa. and
moved to Boynton Beach in 1956.
He served in the United States Navy
active and reserve for over 20 years.
He was an entrepreneur of several
local businesses, and member of
many civic organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Helen;
sons, Stephen (Ann), and John
(Kim); and grandchildren, Carter,
Logan, Peyton, and Brody.
A funeral service will be 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at Scobee
Combs-Bowden Funeral Home, cor-
ner of US Hwy. 1 and N.E. 15th Ave.,
Boynton Beach, followed by a grave-
side service at 11 a.m., with military
honors at the S. Florida VA. Nation
al Cemetery, Lake Worth.
In lieu of flowers, donations can
be sent to
Arrangements by Scobee-Combs
Bowden Funeral Home & Cremato-
ry, Boynton Beach.
Josephine Eudora
Abner, 80
OKEECHOBEE Josephine Eudo
ra Abner, died Tuesday, Sept. 23,
2008, in her residence. She was 80.
Born Oct. 27, 1927 in Greenville,
Ohio, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1981 and was a
member of the Moose VFW Eagles.
She is survived by her sons, Ronnie
Abner (Sandra), of Fairborne, Ohio,
and Danny Abner, of Ohio; four
grandchildren and five great-grand-
children; nephew, Jerry James; and
niece, Donna Price, both of Brook-
ville, Ohio. In addition she is sur
vived by her companion, Robert
Boyle, of Okeechobee.
A Memorial Service will be at 11
a.m. Sunday in the Moose Lodge.
All arrangements are under the di
reaction and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Vernon 'Michael'
Arnold, 29
chael" Arnold, died Monday, Nov. 3,
2008, in Lake Placid. He was 29.
Born Sept. 28,
1979 in Okeecho-
bee, he was a
truck driver. He
was also a mem-
ber of Buckhead
Ridge Christian
He is survived
by his wife, Tonya R. Arnold; two
sons, Michael "Shane" Arnold, and
Tyler B. Arnold; mother and father,
Pamella and Vernon L. Arnold; sis-
ter, Tiffany N. Collins (B.J.); brother,
Daniel "Scooter" Arnold, all of Okee
chobee; and aunts, uncles, several
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be 4 p.m.
Friday at Bass Okeechobee Chapel,
with Pastor Dave Robertson officiat-
Friends may sign the guest book at
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 205 N.E.
2nd St., Okeechobee.

Community Events

Dixie Echoes Quartet Ladies Auxiliary holds

in Concert
this weekend
The Dixie Echoes Quartet
will be in concert at His House
Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. on
Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. A love
offering will be taken. For more
information, call 863 763 7113.

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. or call
Diane Mitchum Prescott at 863-
634-1257. Class of '79 members
are encouraged to spread the
word about the reunion.

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-

Wildlife Center
holds 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
reactions please call Sue Arnold at

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.

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 Lutheran
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.

turkey drawing
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post
9528, Buckhead Ridge will hold a
Turkey drawing on Sunday, Nov.
9, from 2 p.m. until ? There will
be 15 turkeys or gift certificates
will be given in the drawing.
Open face turkey sandwiches will
be available for $1. There will be
door prizes and a bake sale.

North VFW to host
Sock Hop
Come to the "Sun and Snow-
bird Sock Hop" Sunday, Nov. 9
for music of the 60s and 70s, or
as you request at the North VFW
Post 4423, N.W 34th Ave. Hosted
by Lisa, from 5 until 9 p.m., all
members and guests are more
than welcome.

Nutritional Analysis
Class to be held
Monday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis Class at
the Douglas Chiropractic and Fit
ness Center. For more informa-
tion call 863-763-4320. This is a
free community service.

Chamber luncheon
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
suggestion for a Chamber logo? If
so email me at candace7@gmail.

Shared Services
Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of
the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct
its monthly meeting at 1:30 on
Friday, Nov. 14, at the Williamson
Conference Center, Indian River
State College, Okeechobee. The
public is welcome to attend. For
more information call 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.

Healthy Start
Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali
tion will meet on Wednesday,
Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in their of-
fice, located at 575 S.W. 28 St.
within the New Endeavors School
Building. This meeting is open to
the public. For information con
tact Executive Director, Kay Begin
at 863-462-5877.

Friends of the Library
host book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book Sale will be held
at the library on Thursday, Nov.
13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri-
day, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7
p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 15,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Hardcover
books are $2, Paperbacks are $1,
Library discards are half price. On
Saturday a bag of books is $2 and
a box is $5. For more information
please call the library at 863-763-

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
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Friday, Nov. 14, the Alzheim-
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Annual Turkey
dinner to be held
Saturday, Nov. 15, from 4 until
7 p.m. the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge will hold their Annual Tur-
key Dinner. Suggested donation is
$8 per adult and $4 per child un-
der 10. Proceeds will benefit the
Lodge building fund. For more
information call Jim Green at 863-
634-4401; Jose Verano at 863-634-
2071; or Kip Gardner at 863-357-

Barracudas presents
"Ride for the Troops"
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-

Cowboys for Christ
sponsors event
Nov. 20, Nashville Recording
Artist Tommy Brandt will be at
the Okeechobee County Basinger
Civic Center. A covered dish sup-
per will begin at 6 p.m. at 7 p.m.
Christian Country Music Artist
Tommy Brandt. This event is spon-
sored by Cowboys for Christ. For
information call Doyle McDuffie
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Local author to hold book signing

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local resident, Robyn Kern
Spradlin, will be holding a book
signing on Saturday, Nov. 8, and
Sunday, Nov. 9, at Suzie's Hall-
mark Store located in the Publix
shopping center.
Mrs. Spradlin was born in
Mt. Vernon, Ill. and relocated to
Okeechobee in 1976.
She went on to graduate from
the American School of Corre-
spondence of Chicago in 1981
and the Writer's Institute of New
York in 1992.
She is also an ordained minis-
ter with the International Ministe-
rial Association since 1992 and a
licensed minister with the World
Harvest Church Ministerial Fel-
lowship. Mrs. Spradlin has been a
minister since 1987.
The new release, entitled
"Grace Revealed," is the accom-
plishment of her life long dream.

Her English teacher during eighth
grade at the Okeechobee Junior
High School was the catalyst
which set her desire to be a writer
in stone. She also works in the
pharmacy at Walgreens.
Mrs. Spradlin has now made
that dream a reality with the re-
lease of this book and more to
come in the future. "Grace Re-
vealed" is a compilation of three
years of study on God's grace and
two years of ministering on the
The book is available locally
at Suzie's Hallmark and online
booksellers www.barnesandno- and
Post your opinions in the Public
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Submitted photo
Robyn Spradlin will hold a
book signing for her book
"Grace Revealed," on Satur-
day, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov.
9, at Suzie's Hallmark store in
the Publix shopping center.

Male vocalist of the year to hold free concert

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
Tommy Brandt, the 2006 and
2007 Male Vocalist of the Year for
Inspirational Country Music will
be in concert at
the Okeechobee
Basinger Civic
Center on Thurs-
day, Nov. 20. The
concert is free to
the public. There
will be a covered
dish supper at 6
p.m. and the con-
cert begins at 7
Brandt has Your
hits such as Enter
Mercy Brought
Me Out; Triple G
Play; Hangin' On Share your
For Life; and No for this col
Turning Back that caguilar@
topped the charts
over the last four years.
For more information contact
Doyle McDuffie 863-763-2285 or
David Eng 863-634-3360.
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
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.
The event features an air show
put on by East Coast Hornet Dem-
onstration Team which displays
the awesome capabilities of the
The F/A-18 Hornet, an all-
weather aircraft, is used as an
attack aircraft as well as a fighter.
In its fighter mode, the F/A-18 is
used primarily as a fighter escort
and for fleet air defense; in its at-
tack mode, it is used for force pro-
jection, interdiction and close and
deep air support.
The F-18 demonstrated its ca-
pabilities and versatility during
Operation Desert Strom, shoot-
ing down enemy fighters and
subsequently bombing enemy
targets with the same aircraft on
the same mission and breaking
all records for tactical aircraft in
availability, reliability, and main-
For more information visit or call
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, includes: t-shirt, drawing tick-
et and ride. All proceeds will be
donated to Military Order of The
Purple Hearts. Run leaves Barra-
cuda's a noon sharp. For more
information call 863-801-6268.
The 17th Annual Waldau Ju-
nior Golf Tournament to benefit

Junior Golf will now be held on
Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. (The
date changed due to weather.) It's
an 18 Hole four-person Scramble.
Complimentary lunch starts at 11
a.m. with scramble shotgun start
at noon.
The hole in one prize on a des-
ignated par-3 is $10,000.00 cash
plus other hole in one prizes on
the other par 3s.
Each golfer will also receive

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After the
and awards,
it's Waldau's
Famous Dance
Party with D.J.
David Padgitt.
All entry,
mation can be
obtained by vis-
iting www.flor-
org. Or you can
call Bridgette
Waldau at 863-

467-7300 or the
Golf and Country
Club at 863-763-6228.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,

special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by e-mail

Submitted Photo
Tommy Brandt will be in con-
cert on Thursday, Nov. 20,
at the Okeechobee County
Basinger Civic Center with a
covered dish dinner begin-
ning at 6 p.m. and the concert
beginning at 7 p.m.


The Filing October 31st

On October 31, 2008, Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT)
filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct an expansion
of its existing interstate pipeline system. The project has been designated the
Phase VIII Expansion Project and has been assigned Docket No. CP09-17-000
at the FERC.

Flonida Gas Transmission -your dean energypartner

FGT is Florida's leader in providing clean energy solutions, safely and
reliably. FGT is an interstate natural gas pipeline with offices in Maitland,
Florida and Houston, Texas and employees at field offices along our pipeline
system. FGT operates a 4,900-mile pipeline system that runs from South
Texas to Homestead, Florida. FGT has been supplying the majority of
Florida's natural gas needs for almost 50 years through an extensive network
of underground pipelines.

Phase V/// Epansion Poject it scope and purpose

The Phase VIII Expansion Project refers to Florida Gas Transmission's
proposal to construct eleven pipeline loops, three new pipeline segments, add
compression at eight existing compressor stations, construct one new compressor
station, three new meter stations, two meter station upgrades, and associated
auxiliary facilities. FGT proposes to construct 357.3 miles of 24-inch, 36-inch
and 42-inch diameter mainline loops, approximately 89.8 miles of 30-inch new
mainline and approximately 36.1 miles of 20-inch and 24-inch diameter new
lateral pipelines. The project also includes the acquisition from Florida Power
& Light of approximately 22.7 miles of an existing 20-inch lateral connecting
FGT's mainline. Compression horsepower additions totaling 213,600 will be
constructed as part of the project. FGT is requesting authorization from the
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to operate certain
segments of its existing pipeline system in addition to portions of the proposed
pipeline expansion at greater pressures than currently authorized. This
authorization would eliminate the need to construct an additional 80.5 miles
of 36-inch mainline loops. The proposed in service date for the project is
April 1, 2011, with the exception of one new lateral segment in which it has
been requested to be completed by July 1, 2010.
The purpose of the PhaseVIII Expansion Project is to deliver needed
natural gas volumes to six electric generation utilities within the state of Florida.

Planned Construction in your area

Please refer to the map for a list of facilities to be constructed in your area.
A copy the FERC application is available for viewing at the following locations:

* DeSoto County Library
125 N. Hillsborough Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266

* Lake Placid Public Library
205 W. Interlake Blvd.
Lake Placid, FL 33852

Okeechobee County Public Library Indiantown Branch Library
206 SW 16th Street 15210 SW Adams Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974 Indiantown, FL 34956-3432

A legitimate role for the press is that of "the public's watchdog." Most
citizens can't spend the time necessary to personally observe their
public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions
are carrying out their public mission.

But too many newspapers these days act more like "mad dogs" than

We're proud to be different. We try to carry out our "watchdog" role
as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courte-
ous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality.

How are we doing?

Let us know by mailing or calling your edi-


Community Service Through Journalism

* South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189-2809

HowLandowners are affected:

A pipeline normally requires a permanent 50-foot wide right-of-way.
During construction, FGT will need an additional 50-75 feet of workspace next to
the permanent right-of-way. FGT may also need temporary workspace in certain
areas, such as road, railroad, or stream crossings, to accommodate particular con-
struction activities. Property owners are entitled by law to receive compensation
for having a pipeline on their property. FGT will negotiate with the property
owners to receive approvals with a signed easement for needed property rights.
To the extent that FGT is unable to negotiate easement rights with
landowners whose property the pipeline construction impacts, such easement
rights may be determined in accordance with the eminent domain laws of the
state in which your property is located.

How to obtain addition/ information:

Additional information including the application and a publication
entitled An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I need to
know? is available through the FERC website, www.fergovusing the"For
Citizens" link. For assistance, please contact the FERC Online Support at or call toll-free at (866) 208-3676. The FERC
Office of External Affairs can be contacted at (866) 208-3372.

Facilities to be constructed
in your areas are as follows:
Greenfield 3 -89 8 miles
in DeSoto, Highlands,
Okeechobee, and Martin
Counties, FL.
Compressor Station 29
New compressor station in
Highlands County, FL
Acquisition 1 Acquire 22.7
miles of existing pipelie in
Martin County, FL.
Loop 11 6 6 miles in
Miami-Dade County, FL

A separate notice concerning the application is being mailed to affected
landowners and government agencies involved in the project.

If you would ike to learn more about the project please contact
Tom Bray, Right of Way Manager, tol-free at (877) 663-9161 or log on
to: www.panhandleenergy.comn/FGrPhase VII

Florida Gas Transmission Company
A Southern Unlon/El Paso Affiliate


8 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 7, 2008

Service Club News in Brief

The American
Legion Post 64
501 S E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-763-
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size
The public s always welcome unless it's
a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 am to 3 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and 1 to 8 p m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p m Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday Open 11-8 p.m. Social Bingo
1 PM
Tuesday Open 11-8 p m
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11 am 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 pm -Karaoke
from 6 p.m. Hosted 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
am 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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events, call
* 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 donation Music will be by
Jimmy Harper
* Saturday and Sundays music at 7
* First and third Sunday. breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 am for
$5 donation

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
is located at 107 NW Fifth Ave For
information about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
* The Masonic Lodge holdstheir 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

activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on US 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
* Monday. WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays 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 dancing 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 dancing 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 pm the first Saturday of the

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #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 tournaments
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 every
Saturday night

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N W 34 St The Post phone number is
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.
Fndays 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 located 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 Auxiliary dinner
and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Music will
be available
* Every Thursday is bar bingo at 12.45
p m Lunch will be available
* Every Friday a steak dinner with baked
potato, salad and rolls will be served from
530 until 7 pm for an $11 donation
Dancing immediately follows the dinner
* 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 Commander
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. every Tuesday evening. Come
on out and support her by singing your
favorite songs

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a m Monday through
Saturday and 1 p m on Sunday Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 pm on weekdays and 11 pm
on weekends.
* Happy hours 10 to 11 am and 3 to 6
pm Monday through Thursday Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* 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 Auxiliary 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
* Saturday' Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chill and all the
fixings Card bingo at 5 pm Music and
dancing at 7 p m $50 gas card giveaway
* Scheduled meetings VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p m Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p m
* Do you have a family member serving

overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them We accept
donations for this worth cause Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930
For further information call 863-763-

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-
* 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 pm 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 Fraternal 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 pm,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m Information can
be found by visiting wwwfoe4509 com, or
calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
* 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.
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make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.



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Assisted Care Living Community ... Coming soon?

By Betty Bockoras
"How soon is soon?" you
many be wondering. This sign
on 441 North by the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility is announcing
an Assisted Living Community in
the near future. Here is what we
found out:
This facility has a tentative

completion date of the fall of
2009. It is to have 31 spacious
apartments set up for single and
double occupancy. Each of these
apartments will have a private
bath, kitchenette and emergency
call system.
Residents can enjoy three nu-
tritional meals every day, served

restaurant style in the dining
room. There will be a full service
salon and spa, a library, several
TV/Movie lounges, an activities
room and a chapel.
An assisted living community
provides housing that has sup-
portive services, personalized as-
sistance and health care designed

to cater to individuals who need
assistance with their daily activi-
ties. For those of you who might
need this kind of facility it's not
too soon to put your name on
the waiting list. Call Debbie at the
Visiting Nurses Association, 863-

Blood Roundup to draw crowds and support

The Third Annual Okeecho-
bee Blood Roundup is only two
weeks away. On Nov. 14, from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 15, from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., the drive is seeking
to draw 450 units of blood in just
two days. There will be multiple
prize drawings every hour, en-
tertainment and goodie bags for
every donor and a grand prize of
a chest freezer from Okeechobee
Listed are one half of the priz-
es you might win and a listing of
all the Okeechobee businesses
which have contributed to the
success of this drive. The second
half of the prize list will be pub-
lished next week. As you shop,
thank each for their help. Please
come, join your neighbors, enjoy
entertainment, donate blood and
save lives.
Aaron Rents, discount cards &
Advance Auto Parts, car main-
tenance supplies
Affordable Art, decorative gift
Always Stitchin', decorated
Audibel Hearing Aids, hearing
Badcock Furniture, TV-Radio
Bank of America, goodies
Bass Funeral Home, goodies
Bass Pro Shops, Came toilet
Beall's, gift certificate
Beef O'Brady's, food coupons
Beverly Backoff, wallet
Big Lake Roofing, Roof Inspec-
tions, goodies
Bill Donahue, Christian shirt
Bouffant Hair Stylist, gift certifi-
cate, discount cards
Brahma Bull Restaurant, gift

Brahman Theater, movie pass-
Brennan Eye Care, eye exams,
sunglasses, goodies
Bruce Homer Insurance, mon-
etary support
Buddy's Rents, goodies
Buxton Funeral Home, good-
Carol Wagoner, two handbags,
two wallets
Clock Restaurant, gift cards,
food contribution
Coca Cola Co., beverage con-
Color Me Crazy Salon, gift cer-
Cowgirl Diva, hat
Curves, three memberships
Custom Window Treatments,
goodie bags
CVS Pharmacy, blender
Dairy Farmer's Assn., attache
bags, goodies, totes
Ding a Ling Restaurant, gift
Donut Connection, food con-
Ear Art, earrings
Echol's Plumbing, goodies
Edward Jones, tote bags,
Everglades Farm & Equipment,
monetary support, goodies
Frivolous Chatchkes, three
yard ornaments
Gail Boyles, toy fire engine
Galaxy Art, decor plaque
Gerald Lefebvre, monetary
Glades Electric Cooperative,
monetary support
Gloria's Sweets & Blooms, dis-
count cards
Golden Corral, food coupons
Got Sun sunglasses
The Gun Shop, gift certificates
Happy Hour Tavern, gift cer-

Hungry Howie's Pizza, food
Izzy's Tires, three car-care
J & S Etched Glass, glass decal
Jan Day, author, book
Jeanette's Interiors, goodies
Jersey Mike's, food contribu-
Jewelry, two sterling-crystal
Julie Huff, small freezer
King House Restaurant, gift
LaCascada Restaurant, food
Lazy Acres Woodworking,
carved plaque
Lighthouse Lover's, gift
Lightsey's Restaurant, gift

Lincare Health, goodie bag
Los Cocos Restaurant, gift cer-
Louise Ryland Jewelry, two
stained glass crosses
Maggie Klement, two brace-
lets, set of documents
MagiClean, goodies
Mandy Phillips Design, candle
Marie Kirchhoff, quilt
Mary Kay Cosmetics, gift bas-
ket, discount cards
Maximum Tanning, cosmetic
McDonald's, food contribu-
Pizza Heaven, food contribu-

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nonprofit Identity Theft Resource
Center found children are most often
targeted between the ages of zero
to five years old. Unfortunately, the
ID thieves may often be the parents
themselves, or relatives who have ac-
cess to a child's social security num-

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with this crime is for adults to their
child's social security number to se-
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information online, which can be ac-
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Employee recognition
At the Thursday, Oct. 23 meeting of the Okeechobee
County Commissioners, commissioners recognized Bren-
da Harden, Animal Control Officer I for ten years' service
to the county. Commission chairman Clif Betts presented
Ms. Harden with a certificate and pin. Ms. Harden began
employment with the county as a part-time animal control
officer in 1998. She became full-time on Jan. 2. 2003, Ms.
Harden came to the county from Okeechobee Rehabilita-
tion Facility.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Twenty five years' service
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman, Clif Betts,
right, presents Lt. Douglas Werk, left, with a certificate
and pin recognizing his 25 years' service to Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue. Lt. Werk began employment with the
county on Aug. 6, 1983 as an ambulance driver. During
his tenure he has obtained his Fireflghter, EMT and Medic
certifications. He was promoted to Lieutenant Firefighter/
Medic on May 6, 1989. The presentation took place at the
Thursday, Oct. 23 commission meeting.

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Booksale at the Library
Library Director, Kresta King, Librarian, Marcia Distefano
and Friends of the Okeechobeee Library Board members,
Renee Witter, Marion Davis, and Hazel Parnis show off
some of the books that will be available during the Friends
Book Sale, Thursday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri-
day, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov.
16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee County li-
brary. Hardcover books are $2, Paperbacks are $1, Library
discards are half price and on Saturday, a bag of books is
$2, a box is $5. This is the Friends major fund-raiser which
offers support to the library. For more information please
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County employee

Trences Ryles, foreman with the Okeechobee County Road
Maintenance Department, has been with the county for 20
years. County commissioners recognized his service at
their Thursday, Oct. 23 meeting. Commission chairman
Clif Betts, right, presented Mr. Ryles with a certificate and
a pin. Mr. Ryles began his employment with the county on
Aug. 12, 1988. He started out as a truck driver and was
promoted to foreman on Oct. 3, 1995. Mr. Ryles came to
the county from Seder Construction.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Landscaping appreciated
Mike Corwin (right) with Allied Pivot Sales, received an
award for community recognition for his participation in
starting a landscaping program with the Okeechobee High
School from Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper (center)
and Mike Radebaugh, director of Career and Technical
Education (left).

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Fiftieth Anniversary
At their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners issued a proclamation designating Oct.
25 as New Horizon's 50th Anniversary Celebration on
Okeechobee County. Commission chairman, Clif Betts,
right, presented the proclamation to John Romano, CEO
of New Horizons, a community mental health center.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Employee Service Award
Robert Holley, equipment operator II with the Okeechobee
County Road Department, has been a county employee
for five years. At the Thursday, Oct. 23, meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commission, commission chairman
Clif Betts, right, presented Mr. Holley with a certificate and
a pin. Mr. Holley began employment with the county on
Sept. 22, 2003 as equipment operator I. He was promoted
to equipment operator II on May 10, 2006. Mr. Holley came
to the county from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
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Brahmans vs. Falcons scouting report

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jensen Beach (4-4) still holds
out hope for a playoff berth and
they must defeat Okeechobee
(6-2) tonight to earn their first post
season in the school's history.
Okeechobee has other ideas
as they only have to win to reach
their second post season in two
years. They also could be in a
three-way tie with Sebastian
River, if they beat Martin County
Brahman Coach Chris Bra-
nham said he was embarrassed
at how poorly his defense played
last week against Martin County.
He also worries that the distrac-
tions of homecoming week will
hurt his team's focus. He noted
the Brahmans have only won one
homecoming game in the past
seven years.
Jensen Beach has a better run-
ning game than Martin County
and Branham challenged his
defense this week to play more
physical hard hitting football.
Several Brahmans will be nurs-
ing injuries tonight, and several
are key players. Shane Taggart,
Sam Dixon, Walt Fortner and Cur-
tis Everett are among the walk
ing wounded who might play
Jensen Beach is led by Ger-
ald Footman who has scored 12
touchdowns this year. He has
rushed for 483 yards and has 163
yards in receptions. Jensen also
has injury problems. Their start-
ing quarterback John Glenn was
hurt three weeks ago. They have
used three backup QBs including
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Dustin Paonessa, who could get
the starting nod tonight.
Coach Floyd Graham said he
also has defensive problems.
They gave up 42 points to Sebring,
36 to South Fork and 41 to West-
wood this season.
"We're doing decent, but we
can always do better," Graham
said, "Okeechobee is a pretty
good football team. Everybody
knows Lonnie Pryor is a good
back but they also throw the ball
well. They are just as good throw-
ing as they are running."
Jensen Beach is a young team
with only one senior, Footman, in
the backfield. They have a num
ber of underclassmen that are go-
ing to be impact players. Among
them are running back Tevin
Wilson, who has rushed for 258
yards in the past two weeks.
"Our defense must play better.
We had some big leads in recent
games and nearly lost them," Gra-
ham said.
Kevin Drennan is the top re-
ceiver for the Falcons. He has 14

catches for 209 yards.
On defense, Ryan Burke leads
the team with 73 tackles and two
interceptions. Other top defend-
ers are Bobby Romano and Ryan
Coach Branham said his team
must play better defense. They
gave up 40 to Martin County, and
have given up 40 points or more
on three different occasions this
year. He also noted his team
must take Jensen Beach seriously
because they could easily upset
Okeechobee. He noted he was
impressed with Jensen Beach on
film and stated they could really
run wild on Okeechobee.
"Okeechobee has been known
in the past for hard hitting, aggres-
sive defense, I haven't seen much
of that lately," he noted in a chal-
lenge to his defense.
Branham noted he watched
players like Shannon Washing-
ton, John Grace, Josh Raulerson,
Kyle Lanier and Jody Raulerson
over the years set the tone for a
tradition of hard hitting tough de
fenses in Okeechobee. He noted
no one on his defense has done
that this year and he wants some-
body to step up their effort. He
said if that doesn't happen soon,
the season could be lost.
Offense hasn't been a problem
for Okeechobee. Lonnie Pryor
was named the Most Valuable
Player of District 17 and player
of the year in Class 4A in District
17 for the second straight year
in a voting of coaches this week.
Pryor won the award thanks to
his 1800 yards rushing and his 15
touchdowns. Offensive linemen
Tony Kibler was also named to

the Florida Athletic Coaches As-
sociations District 17 first team.
QB Garrett Madrigal continues
to throw at a very high level. His
touchdown pass in overtime last
week saved the Brahmans against
Martin County.

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move to score a first half
touchdown for Okeecho-
bee at last Friday's game
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On November 22nd, hikers
will gather at the Pahokee Marina
to kick off the 17th Annual Big O
Sinced 1992, the 109 mile Flor-
ida Trail circuit walk known as the
Big O Hike has pumped tourism
dollars into small towns around
the lake while encouraging hiking
for fitness, drawing visitors from
as far away as Ontario and Cali-
fornia. For nine days the partici-
pants walk from 9.3 to 14.7 miles,
starting at sunrise and ending at
their leisure, usually before noon.
Although flat and open, the trail
offers outstanding scenic views,

especially at sunrise and sunset.
The hike passes through five
counties around Lake Okeecho-
bee where hikers experience the
quiet side of South Florida.
As one of the Florida Trail
Gateway Communities, Pahokee
is an ideal kickoff point for the Big
O Hike.
Join us on November 22nd at
the Pahokee Marina at 8 a.m., or
at any point along the hike for an
interesting and educational walk.
Learn more, including details
of stops along the way at Lox.

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Seniors honored
Parents lined up for the senior night celebration last Fri-
day night. Sixteen football players and their parents were
honored at Senior night. Also honored were senior cheer-
leaders and band members.

Okeechobee News/Charles

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