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Vol. 99 No. 279 Sunday, November 16, 2008 754 Plus tax


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What's your opinion
of the election?
When you come, be sure to
sign in for your organization,
club, RV park, church, etc. The
organization which brings in
the greatest number of donors
will receive a prize of $500,
with other awards of $300,
$200 and $100. What does the
recent presidential election
mean to you? Okeechobee
News readers are invited to
share their thoughts, opinions,
hopes and fears in letters to the
editor. Letters may be emailed
or mailed to Letters to the Edi
tor, Okeechobee News, 107
S.W. 17th Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974.
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Council to meet
The Community Collabora-
tive Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Serivces Net-
work will conduct their month
ly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 25
at 10 a.m. in the board room of
the Okeechobee School Board
Office. Guest speakers will be:
John Romano New Horizons;
Nedjie Joseph New Horizons;
and Jessica Ports American
Red Cross. The public is invited
to attend. For more informa-
tion, please call Sharon Vinson
at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Drought Index

Current: 571
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.61 feet
Last Year: 10.34 feet

red By:

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


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Opinion 4
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Public warn of cable TV

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Law enforcement has issued
a warning about a new scam
in the area that has already ac
counted for the identity theft of
at least one local citizen.
Detective Ted Van Deman, of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), said the new
scam uses the confusion caused
by new television broadcasting
laws to steal a person's identity.
So far, he said, con artists have
been targeting people in the im-

migrant community.
"They use the name of the
local cable company, Comcast,
and say they are going to update
the victim's TV somehow," he
After saying they will update
their cable system, the scam-
mer then asks for the potential
victim's name, address, date of
birth, Social Security number
and credit card number. If the
victim gives out this information,
their identity will then be stolen.
Detective Van Deman said the
public needs to understand that

their personal information is a
commodity that may be stolen
without their knowledge.
"To protect yourself, you must
never give any personal informa-
tion over the phone -- especially
to someone who initiated the
call and is claiming to be a gov-
ernment agency or a business,"
he continued. "Government
agencies and businesses do not
initiate such calls -- just because
of identity theft issues."
The detective suggested do-
ing the following if you receive
such a call:

Young scientists: Students learn about plants

Submitted photo/NES
North Elementary students, Gabe Greseth and Andee Garcia prepare slides using a red
onion. The students in Mr. Stanley's Science Class are learning about plant cells.

do not provide the caller
with any personal information
or credit card numbers until you
have confirmed with the agency
or company that the call is legiti-
write down the phone num
ber listed on your caller ID, if you
have this feature;
ask the caller for their name
and where they work;
ask for a call back number
and tell the caller you will call
them back;
try to confirm the caller's
identity through the agency or


business they claim to represent
by calling the phone number
found in the telephone directory;
should you receive such a
call, contact local law enforce-
ment and report it.
Detective Van Deman said
immigrant victims of this scam
should contact victim's advocate
Joan Johnson at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office, 863

School board

to consider

policy updates

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will meet on Tues-
day, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. for their
regular school board meeting
and reorganization meeting for
the new fiscal year. They will
also consider amendments to
the Bullying and Harassment
policy and salary schedules
for non-union bargaining unit
The board will elect the
chair, vice chair and establish
the regular meeting date, time
and place for meetings for the
next fiscal year. There were no
changes to the School Board

during the election process
as the members were unop-
The board will consider
policy changes that were cre-
ated by a committee that was
charged with reviewing all of
the literature on bullying and
harassment and any supple-
mental literature deemed nec-
essary. The committee cor-
roboratively developed a draft
policy prohibiting bullying and
harassment of any student or
employee and submitted it
to the superintendent for ap
Superintendent of Schools
See Policy Page 2

City looks at

land use rules

Submitted photo/North Elementary
In science, at North Elementary School, Mr. Stanley's fourth grade class including stu-
dents, William Rexroad, Nancy Olvera and Dylon Eubanks learn about plant cells. They
made and labeled models of plant cells. The students also made slides using a red
onion letting them look at an onion at a cellular level.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet Tuesday
evening the Okeechobee City
Council is expected to spend
a good portion of the meeting
considering actions dealing
with land development.
They will consider two peti-
tions submitted by Elbert Bat-
ton and Frannie Watford on be-
half of property owners Abdul
and Yasmin Cumber. In order
to use their 1.92 acres on N.E.

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee City Council
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18
Where: Council chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.
Fourth Street for commercial
purposes, the owners have re-
quested a change in the future
land use map from single fam-
ily to commercial and a zoning
See City Page 2

Writer paints colorful tale

in fourth children's book

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee resident, Jan
Day, the author of several chil-
dren's books, paints a colorful
tall tale in her latest "Kissimmee
Pete and the Hurricane."
The book's hero, "Kissimmee
Pete," and his friends find adven-
ture as he and his herd of wild
cattle are blown by a hurricane
across the "Big Lake." They en-
counter adventure at every turn
and rise above the danger to save
the day.
Mrs. Day, an eight-year resi-
dent of Okeechobee, originated
from Cuba, Ill., a small town in
the midwest where she played
in cornfields and dreamed of far
off adventures. She has lived in

many other places over the years
and always dreamed of adven-
Her first book, "The Pirate,
Pink" was reflective of her
dreams of seafaring adventures.
It was selected for the Children's
Book Council's Children's Choic-
es 2002 program. The book's
main character, Pink, thinks that
she wants to be a "real pirate"
and search for gold until she ac-
tually gets the chance. She finds
that being herself is always best.
Pink sets sail once again in
Ms. Day's second book, "Pirate
Pink and Treasures of the Reef,"
searching for underwater trea-
sures. Pink and her friends make
discoveries learning that sea life
on the reef is the greatest trea-
sure of all.

Colorful scenes in "Carribean
colors" were illustrated by her
friend and award-winning ma-
rine illustrator, Janeen Mason of
Stuart, whom she met by fate,
she said at a convention.
Jan Day's books took a new
turn with her third children's
book, "Kissimmee Pete, Cracker
Cow Hunter."
"I was inspired by where I
live," said Mrs. Day about how
the new character was devel
oped. "Pete" is a frontier cowboy
and his adventures are set out as
a tall tale about a cow poke and
his dog. The two pair up and
forge their way through prairies
and swamps with courage and
clever ingenuity bringing their
See Author Page 2

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Jan Day, a local children's book author will be signing
copies of her new book, "Kissimmee Pete and the Hur-
ricane" on Nov. 18, from 5 until 7 p.m at Syble's Flowers
and Gifts.

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, November 16, 2008

Continued From Page 1

Dr. Patricia Cooper is recom-
mending approval of the policy
changes that would bring the
Okeechobee School district into
compliance before the Dec. 1,
The policy was developed
to focus on victims, bullies,
bystanders, encouragers, and
those who allow it to happen.
Florida Department of Edu-
cation (FLDOE) Criteria for Bul-
lying and Harassment Policies
were followed and a model
policy was also used to create
the local policy.
The previous policy for bul-
lying and harassment was only
a paragraph long and had not
been revised since 1998. The
newly revised policy is not eight
pages and adequately covers
the required specifics concern
ing bullying and harassment.
In other business the board
will consider approval of the
salary schedules of non-bar-
gaining unit members and the
Superintendent's contract.
They will also consider bids
for telephone system replace-
ment from CML Communica-
tions, Inc. at North Elementary,
Seminole Elementary and Ever-
glades Elementary which will
cost a total of $180,860.
They will also consider a bid

Continued From Page 1

change from residential single
family to light commercial for the
property. The planning board has
recommended approval.
Next, the city will take up a
rezoning request from Roland
and Michele Mossel to rezone
0.321 acres on N.W Ninth Street
from industrial to residential sin-
gle family. At the Nov. 4 council
meeting city planner Bill Brisson
told the council that the property
is nonconforming and contains a
residence. The owners want to re-
finance but the lending institution
is requesting the zoning change.
Under the heading of new
business the council will hold the
first reading and set a final pub-
lic hearing date for an ordinance
rezoning 0.162 acres on S.W Sec
ond Avenue from residential sin
gle family to heavy commercial.
The owner, Gianinna Mitchell,
wishes to use the property for a
professional office.
The council will also hold the
first reading and set a final public
hearing date on a zoning change
submitted by David and Anita
Nunez. The request deals with a
portion of the property on N.W.
Seventh Avenue at the Taylor

Continued From Page 1

herd to safety.
Mrs. Day stated that she enjoys
learning about area history and
incorporates what she learns into
her stories.
"The history included in the
Kissimmee Pete adventures helps
to prepare young readers for
Florida history lessons mandated
for students in fourth grade and
encourages writing in young chil-
dren," she said.
Mrs. Day added that she will be
doing school presentations in the
spring, bringing the characters
in the stories to local elementary
school students.
All of Mrs. Day's children's
book selections are geared for 4
to 8-year-old readers and will be
highlighted at an upcoming book
signing set to take place as part
of the Main Street Mixer. She and
local fellow writer, Nancy Dale,
will sign copies of their books on
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 until 7
p.m. at Syble's Flowers on Parrot
Another new book, "The
World's Greatest Explorer," load-


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by Ocean Gate General Contrac
tors, Inc. for the Okeechobee
High School calf barn replace-
ment project in the amount of
The expenditures of the
School Recognition monies for
Seminole, South, Osceola and
Yearling are also up for approve
al. Distribution of school rec-
ognition funds was determined
at the school level for bonuses
for employees at each site and
other student incentives such as
educational trips and education-
al equipment and materials.
In unrelated business the
board will also consider:
ratification of the memo-
randa of agreement with the
Okeechobee County Educa-
tion Association for the Florida
Atlantic University FIAT pro-
Literacy First agreement for
professional development and
web-site license and services at
Seminole Elementary School;
the parent improvement
the district plan for services
to English Language Learners;
designations and appoint
ments to various committees
and councils of the school board
members for the fiscal year;
revisions to personnel al-
locations and employment of
personnel; and
the donation of a 1995 Blue
Bird Bus to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.

Creek Bridge where the Nunez'
are planning to build a commer-
cial complex. They are requesting
a zoning change from residential
single family and holding to heavy
commercial for the property in
The council is also expected to
adopt a resolution listing issues to
be presented to the Okeechobee
Legislative Delegation for consid-
eration during the 2009 legislative
session. Those issues include ca
nal cleanup, stormwater retrofit,
municipal building improve-
ments, support of Okeechobee
Utility Authority's request for
wastewater treatment funding,
and intersection improvements.
In other action the council is
scheduled to:
*consider a resolution to up-
date various forms used in con
junction with the land develop-
ment regulations;
*consider an ordinance to in-
crease fees and charges imposed
in connection with land develop
ment regulations;
*approve the certified elec-
tion returns and declare James
Kirk and Mike O'Connor to be city
council members to take office
the first Monday in January for
four year terms; and
*ratify the appointment of
Betty Clement to the general em
ployee/OUA pension board.

ed with adventures for young
readers, will be out in February
Mrs. Day's books are available
through Pelican Publishing and
are available at Barnes and Noble
and online and locally at Eli's
Western Wear on State Road 70.
She is active locally as a peer

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Magistrate to hear code cases

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate Hearings
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
Where: Health Department
Auditorium, 1798 N.W. Ninth

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols
is scheduled to hear two new cas-
es, consider imposition of fines in
11 cases and consider a fine re-
duction Tuesday afternoon.
According to code enforce
ment officer Beth Albert, Ethel
Jackson has a derelict, con-
demned structure on a N.E. 14th
Avenue lot.
Lot 42 Crystal Lake LLC was
cited for the same offense be
cause of a partially collapsed
structure on U.S. 441 S.E. Law-
rence Szarfaniec could be fined
up to $250 a day if he has not
removed weeds and overgrowth
from his S.E. Second Street lot.
Titus Sweat is facing a fine if
he has not removed all equip
ment stored outdoors on his N.W
Sixth Street lot.
At the October special mag-
istrate hearing, Elbert Kline was
given a month to bring his N.E.
16th Street property into compli
ance including removal of accu
mulated household goods and
derelict RVs or face a fine.
If Kenneth Goyens has not
gotten the required permits and
inspections on his N.E. 11 Street
property, he could be fined up to
$250 a day.
Last month Stephanie and


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leader for the Life Long Learning
Institute at Indian River State Col
lege and is offering three classes
this semester on writing fiction.
She is also on the Friends of the
Library of the Okeechobee Li-
brary Board and is also a facilita-
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Library Book Club.

Charles Crates were ordered to
remove the equipment stored
outdoors on their U.S. 441 S.E.
If they have not complied they
could be fined up to $250 a day.
N&A Real Estate is facing a fine
if they have not either removed or
repaired a derelict structure on
their S.R. 70 W. property.
The case against Edward Boyd
was not heard last month because
of lack of proper notification. If
he has not removed the derelict
block structure from his U.S. 441
N. property, he could be fined up
to $250 a day.
The Abdul and Yasmine Cum-
ber Trust could also be fined if the
derelict structure has not been
removed from their N.E. 15th Av-
enue property.
Andres Sanchez and Yudaisy
Miranda were ordered to obtain
the necessary permits and inspec-
tions for their N.E. Third Drive
property. If that has not been ac-
complished, they could be fined
up to $250 a day.
Timothy Crews and Angela
Cross are facing a fine if they have
not removed the derelict mobile
home from their N.E. 12th Lane
Everett Lawson could be fined
if he has not obtained the neces-
sary permits and inspections for

the metal building on his N.E.
22nd Avenue lot.
Turning to fine reductions, Gina
Villarreal and Ida Harrel have ac-
crued a total of $113,625 in fines

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OFC honors local veterans

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

It still fits!
Vergil Hayes, who served in
the U.S. Army Air Corps dur-
ing World War II can still get
into his uniform. He wore it
proudly as the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus celebrat-
ed Veterans' Day on Friday,
Nov. 14 at the First Baptist
Church ROC.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"In Flanders Field the poppies
blow Between the crosses row on
On Friday, Nov. 14 students at
the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus honored the men and wom-
en who made history. On that
date the school held a Veterans'
Day Program at the First Baptist
Church ROC. The first few rows
were filled with veterans from
World War II and more recent
"Time and again ordinary
people have served our country
in extraordinary ways," Principal
Carol Revels said in her welcom-
ing comments. "Thank you for all
you have done to preserve our
"We probably would not be at
this assembly without them fight-
ing for our freedom," said FFA Jr.
Treasurer Brittany Serrano.
The students were challenged
by agriculture teacher Brian
Dryden to take advantage of all

the opportunities that are theirs
because of the sacrifices of veter-
Vicki Lopez, FFA Jr. Reporter,
read the poem "Flanders Field"
which honors those killed in
World War I.
"Veterans are like the super
heros of the U.S. without the
cape, said Taylor Fulford, FFA Jr.
Parliamentarian. She urged the
students to pray for veterans and
not take for granted what they
To make the holiday more
meaningful and personal, the
students watched a slide presen-
tation of photographs of their
family members and teachers'
family members who served in
the military.
The Okeechobee High School
JROTC posted the colors and
the JROTC drill team performed.
Joshua Lea, FFA Jr. Advisor, led
the group in the Pledge of Alle-
giance. Makenzie Tomlinson and
Ashley Hassan sang the National
Anthem. The veterans were intro-

Golden Corral restaurants hold

Military Appreciation Monday

On Monday, Nov. 17 from 5
until 9 p.m. all 485 Golden Corral
restaurants across America will
offer any person who has served
in the United States Military (in-
cluding National Guard and Re-
serves) a free dinner buffet and
beverage no identification re-
quired and no questions asked.
This will be the eighth an-
nual free "thank you" meal to
our nations heroes from Golden
Corral restaurants. Golden Cor-
ral restaurants with their local
media partners and the Disabled
American Veterans Organization

have raised over $2,540,000 for
disabled veterans while serving
over 1,835,000 complimentary
meals to military personnel over
the history of the event.
For the second year, Golden
Corral's guests and restaurant
teams may send personal greet-
ings to America's military per-
sonnel on active duty serving
overseas. From Sept. 1 through
Nov. 17, special postcards will
be available at all Golden Corral
restaurants to send a message of
thanks and encouragement to
the troops overseas. They will be

delivered to our troops prior to
the holidays. In 2007, over 55,000
post cards were delivered to mili-
tary troops overseas.
The DAV is an 87-year-old,
non-profit organization dedi-
cated to provided services free
of charge through its nationwide
network to disabled veterans
and their families. Founded in
1973, privately held Golden Cor-
ral Corporation is headquartered
in Raleigh, N.C. Theodore M.
Fowler, Jr. is President and CEO.
Golden Corral restaurants are lo-
cated in 41 states.

New sentence meted out for Ramirez

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man convicted in the 2007
death of an 8-year-old Fort My-
ers girl in a car crash was back
in Okeechobee Circuit Court this
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright said an appellate court
had ruled that the sentences hand-
ed down for Arnulfo Ramirez, 31,
were incorrect. With the adjusted
sentences, Ramirez will serve a
total of 17-1/2 years in prison plus
2-1/2 years of probation.
Ramirez was originally con-
victed of driving while license
suspended (DWLS) or without
- death or serious injury, driving
while license suspended (DWLS)
or without death or serious in-
jury, DUI manslaughter, DUI with
serious injury, DUI with damage
to property or person and attach-
ing a tag license plate not as-
Mr. Albright explained that
one set of charges was for Pre-
cious Santana, the girl killed in
the crash, while the other set was
for her dad, Anthony Santana.
Mr. Santana, 32, who was injured
in the crash and airlifted to St.
Mary's Medical Center.
"The appellate court said we
couldn't enhance the DUI and
DWLS for the same victim," said
Mr. Albright. "We couldn't do
manslaughter and DWLS with
death. The court kicked it back to
adjust the charges."
With the changes, Ramirez
was sentenced Wednesday by Cir-
cuit Judge Lawrence Mirman on

DWLS for Mr. Santana, and DUI
for Precious.
him (Judge
Mirman) to dis-
miss the DWLS
charge (for Pre-
cious) because
it coincided
with the DUI
manslaugh- Arnulfo
ter charge," Ramirez
explained Mr.
Albright. "The DWLS for the fa-
ther and the DUI with serious in-
jury coincided, so he was charged
with DWLS because it has stiffer
He said the DWLS -- in the case
of Mr. Santana -- carries a prison
term of five years, while the DUI
with serious injury has a sentence
of five years probation.
"I asked him to dismiss the
probationary DUI charge," said
Mr. Albright.
Prior to the adjustment of
charges, Ramirez was sentenced
to 20 years in prison and five years
The crash occurred Dec. 9,
2007, on S.R. 70 E. when the 1993
Ford Ranger pickup driven by
Ramirez crossed the center line,
stated an accident report by FHP
Trooper Corporal Katherine A.
Ramirez first crossed into the
path of a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
driven by Timothy Bessenbacher,
35, of Okeechobee. Mr. Bessen-
bacher was able to swerve to
the right to avoid a collision. The
right rear of his SUV did, howev-

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er, strike a guard rail. That impact
slightly injured two youngsters
riding in the back seat.
Mr. Santana, however, was un-
able to avoid colliding with the
small pickup. His 2004 Chevrolet
Impala was struck in the front by
the front of the pickup. Precious
was seated in the right rear seat
of the car.
She was pronounced dead at
the scene.
Mr. Albright said Ramirez had
already started his prison sen-
tence and was returned to prison
following the Nov. 12, 2008, hear-
ing in front of Judge Mirman.
In other court actions Wednes-
Evi Serrano entered into a
plea agreement with the state
and was adjudicated guilty of
grand theft. He was sentenced to
five years in prison to be followed
by two years probation. He must
also pay court costs and fees to-
taling $1,095, as well as $798 in
restitution to a local business.
Lorrie Barber Rodriguez en-
tered into a plea agreement with
the state and was adjudicated
guilty of two counts of forgery and
two counts of uttering a forged in-
strument. Judge Mirman ordered
her to serve two years probation,
plus pay all court costs and fees.
She must also pay $826.85 in res-
titution to a local business. The
judge ruled that her probation
can terminate after a period of
one year if all costs, fees and resti-
tution have been paid. Rodriguez
was looking at a total prison term
of 20 years.

31, Arson.
David Yoder, 26; FTA Poss
Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery.



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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!
PRESIDENT: Hey hey hey, what about the President? The new
president of Okeechobee and all Americans. Thank you Jesus, Thank
you Lord.
LIBRARY: We have a real nice library here in Okeechobee. We go
there and sit for a while and read or study or get on the computer or
whatever, researching. But when we want a cold drink of water all
we can do is go out and listen to the water fountains run. They run
constantly and never get the water cold. Think we could maybe get
something done about that?
OBAMA: How about we give Obama and his new cabinet a chance.
Some here think he's already failed when he's not even taken office
yet. How can anyone condemn a party or a man who was voted in by
the people when he's not even taken office yet? I am excited about
the next four years. Too bad Hillary didn't get it, but just the same
we are a part of unprecedented historical times. It's a shame when
people only use a party as a guiding light good bad or indifferent and
not vote for the better person based in their track record and what
they are bringing to the table to help you and me out of this nightmare
that the Bush Administration brought us in the last 8 long years. I
don't respect Bush whatsoever. What has Bush actually done for our
economy except throw us deeper into a debt we can't possibly repay
back to China, start fights with any and all who disagree with him.
Can we say America is now known as the bully? Bush has the lowest
rating of any U.S. president in the history of the great nation and that
is worldwide opinion as well.
AUTO INDUSTRY: If people would buy American, there would
be no problem. 01' Bill Clinton opened the doors to foreign countries
to bring their factories here.
BAIL OUT: Why should the government bail out the auto makers?
No one bailed my husband out when his company had to close down
and people were laid off. Of course, his company was just a little con-
struction company in Palm Beach, but it was our livelihood & that of
his employees. Does the government care that these people are not
able to make ends meet now? I don't think so. Let the auto makers
sink or swim on their own. The "LITTLE" people have to.
CARS: I don't think the government should bail out these com-
panies that pay their CEOs millions. The CEOs should have to take
pay cuts and keep the business going. If they can't do that, they don't
need to be in business. Small businesses have had to cut back. People
have taken pay cuts to keep from losing their jobs altogether. Expect-
ing the government to bail out a large company is not the answer.
NEWSPAPER: I find it interesting that the newspaper prints let
ters and comments from people who criticize them. How many busi-
nesses would put a customer's complaints up on their wall or on
their web site? I think it takes guts to publicly accept criticism and
answer your critics and I commend the paper for doing that. I know
our little small town newspaper has faults and makes mistakes, but I
give them credit for trying.
PETS: If you are thinking about getting the kids a puppy or a kitty
for Christmas, consider instead taking them to the Animal Shelter to
adopt a pet. You could do it before the holidays as an early present or
give them a certificate on Christmas to go there right after Christmas.
There are so many animals there that need homes and most of them
will be put to sleep if no one adopts them. Imagine what a great pres-
ent that would be, saving an animal's life. I see the photos in the pa
per for pet of the week and you can see there are nice animals there
who just need a home.
DEATH: Regarding the death of the boy at EYDC, I wonder what
the autopsy will show. I guess we have to wait and see. But it is not
unknown for a teenager to just drop dead. You just never know when
your time is up. Sometimes there is a heart defect no one knows
about. It is sad for his family and I am sure the EYDC staff and clients
are upset. But that is how things go and you just have to be ready to
meet your maker at any time.
BUSH: I think McCain lost because people associated him with
Bush. I think any Republican would have had a hard time in this elec-
tion year because people are so fed up with the Bush administration.
I don't think that anything McCain or Palin did cost them the election.
I think George Bush cost them the election.
DOGS: I hope all dog owners realize how many unwanted dogs
are being euthanized every month in Okeechobee. Get your dogs
spayed or neutered. We don't need to produce more puppies when
there are hundreds of unwanted dogs put to sleep every month!
YMCA: How great to see in the paper that there are plans for a
YMCA here. That would be wonderful! I think there are plenty of fami-
lies who would buy memberships and support it. We had a YMCA in
my hometown when I was a kid and it was great. We took swimming
lessons, tennis lessons, gymnastics and dance lessons. I would re
ally love it if they would include an indoor skating rink in the YMCA.
Since the old rink closed, that has really been something missing in
Okeechobee. We already have a pretty nice swimming pool at the
Sports complex and since pools are so expensive to build and main
tain, maybe they could offer other recreational activities.
RECYCLING: I live in the Lazy 7 area and we don't have curb
side recycling. Before the election, some of the county officials were
saying they would try to expand curb side recycling to our area but
nothing has happened. How about at least putting some recycling
bins in the area? It's hard to even find a place to drop off items to re-
cycle. We try to teach our kids that we should recycle, but the county
doesn't make it easy. Some parts of the county have curb side pickup
and some don't. It is not fair to those who don't have this service,
because we pay the same taxes and the same garbage pickup rates
as everyone else.
GAY MARRIAGE: I do not believe I will live to see the acceptance
of gay marriage sweep across this country. One by one, each state
is joining the effort to make marriage defined as one man and one
woman. States that originally thought what the hey, have reversed
their decision, in some cases ending some same sex marriages.
SPAY PROGRAM: What we need in this town is a low cost pro-
gram for pet owners, for those of us who have more than one animal
it gets costly running from county to county, Can anyone answer the
question on how can animal control get it all done so cheap and
when we go it's over $200 for the spaying and all shots that are done?
We need a local vet to offer something like that, that is easy to do. I
am glad that Animal Control gets the discounts and can adopt the
animals at a reasonable price. Maybe people will go there instead of
buying dogs that came from puppy mills.
COURTS: I think the court system needs some new rules about
all these appeals. It costs a lot for these guys to keep going back to
court trying one thing after another to try to get out of the sentence
the judge gives them after a jury finds them guilty. And who pays for
that? We do. The taxpayers pay for that.
ELECTION: The election was over more than a week ago people.
It's time to get all those signs down. If your man lost, we need to ac
cept the election results and move on. If your man won, it's over. Take
the signs down and put them away. Besides, it's nearly time to start
decorating for Christmas.
VETERANS DAY: I think the Veterans Day programs at the schools
were wonderful. It made the kids stop and think about who veterans
are and what they did for us. I think it actually is better for the kids to
go to school on Veterans Day because then they learn about veterans.
If they had stayed home, they would have just watched cartoons or
played video games.
FOOD: The price of food is getting outrageous. We need a food
co-op here like people had in the 60s and 70s. The price of gasoline
has come down, but food prices are still way higher than they were a
year ago. Most people did not get a raise this year because businesses
are struggling. We are lucky to even have jobs at all. Something needs
to be done about the food prices.

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
Well, another presidential elec-
tion has come and gone. And I, for
one, am glad that it's over. I don't
know about you, but I get weary
of all the campaign rhetoric and
media hype that goes along with
the selection and election pro-
cess. Doesn't it seem like every
election that same things are said
and the same dire consequences
are predicted if the wrong person
is put into office? Of course, on
the flip side, there is also the rosy
picture that is painted about the
utopia that will result if the right
person is voted in. And, the fact
is that we are all guilty of this to
some extent.
In all the noise that makes up a
presidential contest, the one thing
that always seems to invariably
get lost, or at least, "misplaced"
or is that "misspoke," is the truth.
So what truth was lost in all the
chest-thumping and posturing in
this election? The one thing that
always seems to be forgotten as
the candidates rant about their
qualification and their opponents'
shortcoming which is the truth
that God is still the deciding fac-
tor when all is said and done. You
see, God wasn't surprised with
the outcome of the election. He
knew all along that Barak Obama
was going to be the winner. No
one rises to power without the
approval of the ultimate power,
God Himself.
Which brings me to the point
of this article. Now that Barak
Obama has been elected as the
nest president of the United States,
what should my response be as
a Christian? Thankfully, God has
spelled out for me exactly what
my response must be in the Scrip-

tures. First Timothy 2:1-2 makes
it very clear that I am to dedicate
myself to pray for the one that
God has allowed to be placed in
authority over this nation (over
me). First Peter 2:13-17 declares
that I have an obligation to sub-
mit to those in authority over me
and to honor them. Does this
mean that I have to always agree
with all that they do or say? No,
but we must be careful to show
them the honor and respect that
is their right given to them by the
process of a democratic election
and, more importantly, by God.
When I think back to the time
when Bill Clinton was in office, I
am bothered at how he was treat
ed by many evangelical Chris-
tians. Yes, there were policies that
President Clinton pursued that
were in opposition to he views of
many in the Christian community
and there were incidents in his
presidency that placed a black
mark on his administration. I'm
not seeking to minimize that ide
logical differences that divided
the country back then and even
to a greater extent, still do today.
They are real and need to be de-
bated vigorously. However, these
issues did not give Christians the
freedom to heap on President
Clinton the invective he received
from the evangelical community.
At a time when the President was
at his greatest need for the prayers
of the church, the response of the
Christian community was not to
pray and to show him honor but
to ridicule him publicly as well as
privately. Don't misunderstand
me, I was no fan of President
Clinton. I strongly disagreed with
him on many occasions, as I am
sure I will with President elect
Obama. But, I still owed the man
the loyalty that comes with being

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a citizen of this great country and
a child of God.
I will be honest and confess
that I did not vote for Mr. Obama.
I will confess that I was disap-
pointed when I found out that he
had won by such an overwhelm-
ing victory. But, with all that said,
I am resolved to submit myself to
his leadership and to honor him
with the things I say about him.
For as God has seen fit to place
him in the highest office in the
land so He has also called me to
be his loyal subject. I realize this is
a sentiment that is out of step with
many in the evangelical commu-

nity today. I realize that many will
say that those on the "other side"
don't play fair, so why should we?
But, if we wish for those in gov-
ernment to adhere to the dictates
of God's Word, then we must be
willing to adhere to them as well.
We must not allow the world
around us to set the standards in
this area. We must follow God's
Word and in doing so set the stan-
dard for the world to follow.
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Community Calendar

Sunday, Nov. 16
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
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, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Nov. 17
A.A meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee. This
chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in Buck-
head Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves, Chap-
ter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863 763 7165 or 863 697 0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

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Students of the Week
Students are achieving excellence everyday at Osceola Middle School: Students of the
week are: Jessy Bailey, Alex Gaitan, Jesus Perez, Joshua Ferris, Ruth Palacios, Sierrra
Shuey, Lynn Romer, Thania Liberato, Victoria Holt.

CES students learn to

Third Grade: At Central El-
ementary School this week we
are reading Stone Soup. Monday
we have a guest reader. Tuesday
and Wednesday we will have the
Kaplan test. In science, we are
learning about simple machines.
Please continue to practice your
multiplication, it needs to be
memorized. Remember to read
every night to keep getting your
100 book challenge steps.
Ms. Cowden's class is work-
ing hard on Multiplying, Time,
and Money in Math. In Science,
we just learned about Simple Ma-
chines and now we are talking
about Rocks and Minerals. Social
Studies, we have discussed maps
and learned how to use Maps.
We also held our own election
in the school and learned about
how you become the President.
We have worked on Author's
Purpose, Summarizing, Fact and
Opinion, and worked on Main
Idea and Details in Reading. We
are extremely happy to congratu-
late the following Students of the
Week: Mashiya Corde, Armando
Santibanez, Sara Bishop, and
Ethyn Johnson. Also, I wanted to
Congratulate Mr. Paulson for re-
ceiving the Principal Achievement
Award. Thanks for all you do.
In Mrs. Snyder's third grade
classroom we areworking hard on
trying to reach our AR goal to go
to Golden Corral. We just started
multiplication and are having fun
making sets to get our answers.
In Science we have learned about
rocks and minerals and how they
are formed. Our only November
birthday was Alyssa Baird on the
12th, Happy Birthday!. Students
of the Week for November were:
Melissa Rosalino, Jonathan Bus-
tos and Emily Harrison. Way to
go! I would like to say Thank You
to all the parents who are signing
the agenda books nightly. This is
the best way to be able to com-
municate daily. Don't forget to
have your child read for at least
15 minutes a night and to sign
their 100 Book Challenge Folder.
Lindsay Lipscomb is already in
her second folder. Way to read


time and money

Ms. DelPrete is proud of her
class. They are working hard to
meet their nine weeks goal. We
just fin-

the movie.
We found
the simi-
larities and differences in the two.
We're ready to begin Unit 3 in the
new reading series. In Writing,
we are working on an expository
writing about what we're thank-
ful for. In Science, we are learning
about Rocks and Minerals, and
in Math, we are finishing up the
chapter on Telling Time. Remem-
ber parents to have your child
read every day to practice those
skills we're learning in the class-
room. Congratulations to our re-
cent "Students of the Week," Cole
Melton and Haley Bryner.
Students in Ms Enfinger's class
have sailed across the Atlantic
with the Pilgrims as they learned
of the voyage. They are discover-
ing days in the 1600's.Students
have also made turkeys in vari-
ous forms. They are learning the
calendar and elapsed time. They
must learn their multiplication
facts before Christmas so get out
those cards and practice every
night. We have all earned a free
pizza from Pizza Hut. Thanks you
Pizza Hut for sponsoring this read-
ing program! Also a big thank you
to Mrs. Flowers for thinking of our
class and providing goodies and
encouragement. Our students
of the week are, Teodolo Yanez,
Sabrina Wells, and Alyssa Purviss.
Birthday wishes go out to Devan
Resendez and Ashley Valesquez.
don't forget to read!
Mrs. Norman's class is staying
very busy! We are working with
time and calendars in math, and
learning about rocks and miner-
als in science. The students had a
great time making their own sedi-
mentary rock this week. We have

also been working on writing ex-
pository essays and interviews.
The students had the opportunity
to interview each other and write
a paragraph about the person
they interviewed. Our students
of the week have been Kiara Her-
nandez, Felix Pineda, and Tommi
White. Congratulations you guys,
and keep up the good work.
Thank you parents and fam-
ily for all of your help! The stu-
dents enjoyed all of the snacks at
our Oktoberfest extravaganza. It
would not have been such a suc-
cess without your help. You are
the greatest.
Fourth Grade: In fourth grade
we have been working hard on
learning our multiplication facts
and hopefully November is the
month were every child masters
them! It is very important to have
them memorized to make all the
multiple step problems go quick-
er. We need all of our parents to
help with this. Please practice so
these facts with your children so
the facts become memorized.
In our Florida studies, we re-
viewed the different tribes who
lived in Florida and we also
learned about their customs and
culture. Several classes have writ-
ten biographies and others have
written poetry. Writing is still a
major focus for us in the fourth
grade. We presently are work-
ing on expository writings, but
will soon switch to narratives.
We are using dialogue, figurative
language and great adjectives to
spice up our writings.
Mr. Goff's students are very
amazed that the second quarter is
already half over. Time sure flies
when you are having fun. Mr. Goff
is very proud of his class for all of
the effort they have put into their
work and he is also very proud
of the great behavior they have
shown this quarter. In math we
just wrapped up chapters 6 and
4, which dealt with graphs. In
reading we have read some really
good stories lately. Our favorite
story this quarter is How Benja-
min Franklin Stole the Lightning.
We were also working hard so we
could meet our Accelerated Read-
er goal so we could go to Golden
Corral at the end of the quarter.
We had four students earn this
privilege first quarter and we
want at least half the class to earn
it for the second quarter. We are
also busy recording our 100 book
challenge steps so we can get to
200 steps very soon. In science
we finished chapter 4 which was
on energy and electricity.
Specials: In PE. news stu-
dents at Central are learning
the skills necessary to play Bad-
minton. Skills include forehand,
backhand, overhead smash and
serving. Also students will be
climbing the ropes the week of

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Community Events

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 priz-
es, live music, and more. Tickets
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-

SA.L. Sponsor
steak dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Nov. 16 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
American Legion Post 64. Dinner
includes: steak, baked potato,
salad, roll, iced tea or coffee and
dessert for $12 donation. Steak
cooked to order by Dan Hood.
Live entertainment provided for
your enjoyment. The public is

'Controlling Garden
Pests' workshop planned
Are Bugs bugging you? There
are over ten thousand insects in
Florida but only about ten that are
harmful to plants. Small in num-
ber, but they can cause lots of
destruction. Come to our garden
pest workshop on Monday, Nov.
17, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. or from
5:30 until 7 p.m. at the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Service,
458 Highway 98 North and learn
easy and sensible ways to control
the terrible ten without poison-
ing the planet. The program will
show you how to prevent pests
and also good ways to deter them
when they do show up. The work-
shop will be presented by Angela
Sachson, Florida Yards & Neigh-
borhoods. Space is limited and
pre-registration is required. Call
863-763-6469 to sign up.

Guest reader day
at CES
Central Elementary School
is synonymous with "Achieving
Excellence through Literacy."
On Nov. 17, local members of
Okeechobee are invited to read a
book to a child. Would you like to
read a book to a child? For further
information, contact Mrs. Sherion
Jennings or Mrs. Peggy Friend at
863-462-5077. Please state the
grade level or name of classroom
teacher and time. Spanish speak-
ing persons are invited to partici-
pate also during this important lit-
eracy event.

Cowboys for Christ
sponsors event
On Nov. 20, Nashville Record-
ing 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
863-763-2285; Kim Davis 863-467-
2855; or David Eng 863-634-3360.

Winter book
discussion list posted
Friends of the Library Book
Club List for Spring.
The Friends of the Okeecho-
bee Library Book Club will meet
at the Okeechobee Library in
the board room this winter and
spring at 6 p.m. to discuss the fol-
lowing books: The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thursday,
Nov. 20, Playing for Pizza by John
Grisham, Thursday, Dec. 18; The
Doctor Prescribes Dancing at Day-
break by Connie Titus, Jan. 22;
Robinson Carusoe by Daniel De-
foe, Feb. 20; A Thousand Splendid
Suns by Khalaed Hossiani, March
26; Luncheon of the Boating Party
by Susan Vreeland, April 23. For
more information please call Jan
Fehrman at 863-357-9980.


Farm City Week
Luncheon to be held
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee and he Okeechobee Area
Agri-Councilwill be co-hosting the
15th Annual Kiwanis/Ag Council
Farm City Week Luncheon at the
Okeechobee KOA. The luncheon
is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
on Thursday, Nov. 20. Tickets can
be purchased in advance at Farm
Credit 863-763-6466, Berger In-
surance Services 863-763-6411, or
Farm Bureau 863-763-3101. They
can also be purchased at the door
on the day of the luncheon.

Clerk of Circuit Court
office to be closed
The Office of the Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court will be closed from
noon until 1 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 21, for our annual Holiday

Turkeys available for
The Masonic Lodge is selling
holiday turkeys. Place orders at
Porter's Cleaners, 1700 S. Parrott
Ave. for your fully cooked whole
roasted turkey 18-20 pounds.
Turkeys are $30 each. Order by
Nov. 22, pick up on Thursday,
Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge.
(Limited to the first 75 orders).

Order of the Eastern
Star holds breakfast
Sunday, Nov. 23 from 8 until
11 a.m. the Okeechobee Chap-
ter No. 128 Order of the Eastern
Star will sponsor a breakfast at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave., Okeechobee.
Breakfast menu is as follows for
a $7 donation: Homemade bis-
cuits and sausage gravy, scram-
bled eggs, hash brown casserole,
sausage and bacon, grits, orange
juice and coffee.

Okeechobee Orchid
Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension
Office, 458 Highway 98 N. follow-
ing the Garden Club at 6;00pm.
Club member Dera Muszick will
speak to the group on growing
orchids in your yard. This will
be followed by a repotting and
dividing workshop. If you would
like help repotting bring your or-
chid, medium, and tools. Club
president and local grower, Harry
Hoffner, and others will assist. For
more information please call the
Cooperative Extension Office at

Healthy Start Yard
Healthy Start of Okeechobee
will hold their annual yard sale
where they will have a variety of
baby items for excellent prices on
Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Health Department audi-

Christmas trees are
headed to Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club
will have Live Christmas Trees,
snow-fresh from Michigan. Doug-
las Fir and Scotch Pine will be
available beginning Friday, Nov.
28, (day after Thanksgiving) in
Flagler Park. 5-8 ft. trees will be
available. All proceeds will benefit
the Okeechobee Shrine Club and
Amara Shrine Temple. For more
information call the Okeechobee
Shrine Club at 863-763-3378; Kip
Gardner at 863-610-6659; or Da-
vid Pittard at 863-801-1678. Come
early for the best selections.

Habitat for Humanity
holds fundraiser
Habitat for Humanity will hold
a 50/50 drawing fundraiser. Tick-
ets are available at Regions Bank,
1 for $1 or 6 for $5. The winner
will be notified on Dec. 1.

AARP Driver Safety
Class offered
Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Wednes-
day, Dec. 10, Nell Bostwick will
instructing an AARP Driver Safety
Class at the Okeechobee County
Extension Office, 458 Hwy 98 W,
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day.
Tuition fee is $10 per person to
cover work books. There are no
tests, but you must attend both
day to obtain your certificate.
Contact your insurance company
to see if you qualify for a discount.
Most all insurance companies in
Florida do. Please bring a check
or money order for $10 please
no cash. You do not have to be a
member of AARP to attend these
classes. For information or to sign
up for the class please call Nell
Bostwick at 863-763-4134.

YMS collecting printer
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be
dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W
23rd Lane or at the Stitchin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Miss
Webb at 863-462-5056 or Linda at
863-467-1484 for free pickup.

Sour Orange Fest has
new date
Lakeport will have the Sour
Orange Festival on Saturday, Jan.
10, (new date for 2009). They are
looking for vendors, volunteers,
and patrons. If interested call
863-227-4323 or attend the next
Lakeport Community Association
meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at
7:30 at the Community Center.

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.

Low cost spay/neuter
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@ Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-

Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Charles W
Eichlin Jr., 70
EAGLE LAKE Charles W Eichlin
Jr., of Eagle Lake, died Sunday, Oct.
26, 2008, at home of cardiomyopa-
thy. He was 70.
He is survived by his wife, Diana
Eichlin, who was editor of the Okee-
chobee News from 1984-86; his son,
Jim Eichlin of Winter Haven; daugh-
ter, Elaine Box of Lancaster, Pa., and
five grandchildren.
Mr. Eichlin operated the C.A.R.
Shop in Okeechobee before moving
to Winter Haven. He also had been
a member of the Okeechobee Ma-
sonic Lodge.
Burial was in Rolling Hills Ceme-
tery, Winter Haven.
Memorials may be sent to 615 S.
Lakeside Ter., Eagle Lake, FL 33839.

Ralph B. Hazellief, 75
FORT PIERCE Ralph B. Hazel-
lief, passed away on Thursday, Nov.
13, 2008. He was 75.
Ralph was born in St. Lucie County
on Aug. 20, 1933. He was a member
of the 20th Avenue Church of God in
Vero Beach, before retiring, he
worked for Dandy Bakery in Fort
Pierce, for 35 years, DOT for 10 years
and John's Island security for 10
He was preceded in death by his
mother, Martha Hazellief; and broth-
er, Doyle Hazellief.
Survivors include his wife of 50
years, Jeanette Hazellief, of Fort
Pierce; daughter and son-in-law,
Pam and Jack Weaver, of Vero
Beach; daughter and son-in-law,
Dorothy and Mark Hair, of Okeecho-
bee; son and daughter-in-law, Alfred
and Cheryl Hazellief, of Franklin ,
N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Mi-
chael and Amanda Hazellief, of Fort
Pierce; 100 year old father, Wilson
Hazellief, of Okeechobee; brother
and sister-in-law, Clarence and Hel-
en Hazellief, of Vero Beach; brother
and sister-in-law, Earl and Louise
Hazellief, of Okeechobee; sister and
brother-in-law, Elaine and Edward
Brown, of Interlaken; brother and
sister-in-law, Allen and Francis Ha-
zellief, of Okeechobee; brother and
sister-in-law, Woody and Jan Hazel-
lief, of Okeechobee; brother and sis-
ter-in-law, Tommy Joe and Kay
Hazellief, of Mo.; sister and brother-
in-law, Ruth and Calvin Fryar, of
Okeechobee; sister-in-law, Sybil Ha-
zellief, of Okeechobee; grandson,
Daniel Weaver, of Jacksonville;
granddaughter and spouse, Alicia
and Jarrod Taylor, of St. Cloud;
granddaughter and spouse, Stepha-
nie and Daniel Pelham, of Okeecho-
bee; grandson, Mark Hair;
granddaughter, Rebekka Hair, of
Okeechobee; granddaughter and
spouse, Joe Palladino, of Sebastian;
granddaughter, Christine Hazellief,
of Franklin, N.C.; granddaughter,
Elizabeth Hazellief, of Franklin, N.C.;
grandson, Michael Hazellief, of Fort
Pierce; granddaughter, Kimberly Ha-
zellief, of Fort Pierce; and seven
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Mon-
day, Nov. 17, 2008, at Aycock Funer-
al Home. A funeral service will be 2
p.m. Monday. Burial will be held at
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort
Pierce. Services will be presided over
by his pastor, Joe Brooks, of 20th
Avenue Church of God.
Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice, 5090 Dunn Road,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981.

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Students go,

'North to Safari Adventure'

There will be ti-
gers creeping all over
North Elementary
on Friday, Nov. 21. A
safari will be taking
place to find great
books and have fun
at the North Elemen-
tary Fall Festival! Join
the action on Nov.
21, from 5-8 p.m.
There will be fun for all ages with
games, contests, prizes, horse
rides, a cake walk, face painting,
pifiatas and a silent auction!
Bring the family for dinner. We
will have hot dogs, hamburgers,
and BBQ sandwiches. There will
be popcorn, soda, cotton candy

and snow
S cones for you
to enjoy.
Tickets go
on sale on
Monday, Nov.
$217. Tickets are
50 cents each
S or forty (40) for
$20. Buy your
tickets before
Friday! Everyone who purchases
$20 worth of tickets before Friday,
the 21st, will receive 10 tickets free
and have his/her name entered in
a drawing for a free book!
The Scholastic Book Fair will
be in full swing in the library all
week. Come celebrate the chang-

ing of the season and support
North Elementary.
First Grade News
On Oct. 31, the first grade
students from North Elemen-
tary School enjoyed a trip to the
Bowling Alley. This trip was spon-
sored by the school, and was an
award for all their hard work and
effort in achieving the Acceler-
ated Reader Program goal for the
first nine weeks. We would like
to thank the parents and family
members who helped us, and the
Bowling Alley for having us. We
had a wonderful time. Keep on
reading those books! (pictures
are included)

Fifth Grade News
As part of their Social Studies
class, several fifth graders at North
Elementary were busy in Octo-
ber doing research on famous
Hispanic Americans to help cel-
ebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The students learned how to do
research on the internet and take
notes on their subject. They then
created a poster highlighting each
person's life and gave an oral
presentation so that the whole
class could also learn about each
notable person. In November,
they will continue learning about
various people and cultures by
working on Native American proj-
ects. Each student will research
to find information about a spe-
cific North American tribe, write

a written report, create a diorama seeing all of the hard work come
depicting the chosen tribe, and together as the students complete
give an ra presentation on their their wonderful projects and
share them with the class!
topic. We are looking forward to

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OFC students have fun with Algebra

Mrs. King's Algebra IB classes
have been solving Systems of Lin-
ear Equations by the "graphing"
technique. To help her students
better understand the spacial
sense of graphing Slope and y-
intercept, Mrs. King moved all the
desks aside and taped a Cartesian
Coordinate Plane on the floor of

her room. At the front of the room
she placed cards which contained
the parts of a linear equation. As
the students modeled a system of
equations (two linear equations),
they found the slopes and y-in-
tercepts, respectively, and plot-
ted them on the floor using the
students, themselves. Once the

plots were in place for each line,
ropes were stretched tight and
the solution was arrived at. If the
lines crossed, that point was the
solution to the system. If the lines

were parallel, there was NO solu-
tion to the system, and if the line
fell on top of the other line, there
were MANY solutions to that sys-
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Top 12
Okeechobee Freshman Campus Assistant Principal, Matt
Koff, drew names to determine the most recent Top 12 stu-
dents for the 2008-2009 school year. The students were
entered into the drawing if they received five positive sig-
natures in the last three weeks. The winning students from
the class of 2012 received a book or t-shirt and candy.
In the top row from left to right Amber Holbert, Brittany
Ball, Amber Hembree. In the middle row from left to right
are: Mrs. Sills, Katherine Peterman, Jennifer Corwin, Ernan
Martinez, Diego Fonseca. In the bottom row from left to
right are: Gabby Carden, Ashleigh Ezard, Christian Bern-
hard. Not pictured are Erica Frederick, Abigail Robledo.

Submitted photo/OFC
Freshman Campus students, Nicole Johnson form a life-
sized linear equation. Nicole is the y-intercept "2" and Rigo
Ruiz is the slope 2/4.

Submitted photo/NEHS

Fourth grade winners
During Red Ribbon Week students from the Alpha Program at New Endeavors High School
made posters supporting being drug and alcohol free. Winners from the fourth grade are: First
place Isa Ortega; Second place Kelvin Ford; Third place Emilea Hullett. Congratulations!

Holiday Briefs

Main Street has
Holiday ham sale
Main Street is once again of-
fering Honey Baked Hams for the
holiday. Spiral hams, boneless
hams, whole smoked turkeys,
side dishes and desserts are avail-
able. The pick up date is Tuesday,
Nov. 25, after noon at Syble's
Flowers, 119 South Parrott Ave.
To place an order or for more
information call 863-763-2225 or

Moose Lodge selling
Koeze Nuts
The Okeechobee Loyal Order
of Moose, Legionnaires re again
holding their annual Koeze Nut
Fund Raiser for Food Baskets for
the less fortunate. Order forms
and catalogs may be picked up
at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Par-
rott Ave. See Paul at the Lodge,
159 NW 36th Street, or call 863-
763-4954. You can also call Paul
Diamond P.. Fund Chairman,
863-467-1484 to order.

Tree lighting
ceremony Dec. 2
The City of Okeechobee's An-
nual Tree Lighting Ceremony will
be Dec. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.,
in the City Hall Park. Okeechobee
County Schools' Chorus Group
will perform. Santa will arrive to
visit with children.

Santa in the Park
Kiwanis will sponsor Santa in
Flagler Park 4 on Dec. 6, 13, 19,
20, 22, 23 & 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

City Hall Park
to hosts Santa
Santa will be at City Hall on
Dec. 2, following the Lighting
Ceremony; December 3, 4, 9, 10,
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USDA Announces amended Farm Bill provisions

Deadline to sign up
is Nov. 26

operators of farms with 10 or
fewer base acres have the oppor-
tunity to receive payments for the
2008 Direct and Counter-cyclical
Payment Program. On Oct. 13,
President George W Bush signed
a bill that made amendments to
the 2008 Farm Bill.
These amendments apply to
farms with crop acreage bases of
10 acres or less. These changes
and clarifications allow some pro-
ducers more flexibility in farming
practices and create new sign-up
opportunities with new deadlines
for some farms. The amendments
also apply to the new Supplemen-
tal Revenue Assistance (SURE)
10-Base Acre Limit Changes
As originally enacted under
the 2008 Farm Bill, direct and
countercyclical payments (DCP)
could not be made with respect
to farms with crop acreage bases
of 10 acres or less. The new law
makes that provision inapplicable
for the 2008 crop year. Related to
this, producers on a farm with 10
acres or less of base may now,
under the new law, enroll their
farms until Nov. 26, in the 2008

DCP program. This extension of
the original Sept. 30, deadline
only applies to producers who
were previously excluded be-
cause of the minimum acreage
requirement. USDA began issuing
payments to producers on farms
with 10 base acres or less who
had already enrolled in the DCP
program soon after the President
signed the new law.
USDA's Farm Service Agency
(FSA) will now resume allowing
reconstitutions for farms with 10
acres of base or less according to
normal reconstitution rules and
policy. Eligible producers may
sign up for DCP at any FSA office
or enroll on the FSA website at: click on
Access eDCP Services.
Supplemental Revenue Assis-
tance Program (SURE) Changes
Under SURE in the 2008 Farm
Bill, producers seeking disaster
benefits must generally have ob-
tained crop insurance or cover-
age under the Non-insured crop
disaster Assistance Program
(NAP) for all crops on all farms.
Under the new law (P.L. 110-398),
producers with crops that had
2009 crop insurance sales closing
dates before Aug. 14, may pay a
fee through Jan. 12, 2009, to par-
ticipate in SURE. Producers may
make their SURE participation fee

payments to their local FSA office
at this time.
The SURE program fee is
equal to the fee for catastrophic
coverage. Payment of the SURE
program fee will not make the
producer eligible for insurance
Producers also have a new
minimum loss threshold under
SURE. Under the new law, to
qualify for payments, there must
be a production loss of at least
10 percent for at least one crop
of economic significance on the
Under the SURE program, the
new law provides that when a
second crop is planted after the
first crop was prevented from
being planted, or if such first
crop failed, the second planting
will not count toward the SURE
program guarantee or total farm
revenue. This is true except in ar-
eas where double-cropping is a
normal practice. Producers also
are not required to purchase crop
insurance or a NAP policy for the
second crop.
By provision of the new stat-
ute, the purchase of insurance or
a NAP policy for grazed acreage
is no longer a requirement for the
SURE program. However, such in-
surance is required as a condition
for payment for the livestock feed

program, tree assistance program
and the emergency livestock,
honeybees and farm-related fish
In addition, the new law
amends SURE eligibility so that
crop insurance or NAP coverage is
no longer required for crops that
are not of economic significance
or those where the administrative
fee required to buy NAP coverage
exceeds 10 percent of the value of
the coverage.
Producers can contact their
local FSA office for more infor-
mation regarding SURE program
NAP (Non-Insured crop disas-
ter Assistance Program) Applica-
tion Deadline Changes
NAP application closing dates
for the 2009 crops have been ex-
tended to Dec. 1. This extension
for 2009 NAP applies to those
crops having an application clos-
ing date prior to Dec. 1. This ex-
tension was authorized due to the
late enactment of the 2008 Farm
Bill and to accommodate those
applicants wanting to participate
in disaster assistance programs
under the 2008 Act's Supplemen-
tal Agricultural Disaster Assistance
for their 2009 crops.
FSA's news releases are avail-
able on the Web at FSA's home

Fla. Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding programs

The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration honored Okeechobee
County Farm Bureau for outstand-
ing programs at the Federation's
annual meeting Oct. 8-10, at The
Peabody in Orlando.
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau was recognized in all five
program categories: Public Rela-
tions/information, legislative/pol-
icy implementation, education/
agriculture promotions outreach,
organization and management
and leadership development.
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau President Trey Whitehurst
accepted the award from Florida
Farm Bureau President John L.
"We are pleased to recognize
so many of the 61 county Farm

Bureaus in Florida for their good
work on behalf of their mem-
bers," Mr. Hoblick said. "The
County Recognition Program al-
lows counties to be recognized in
front of their peers."
Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau is headquartered in
Okeechobee and serves more
than 1,100 member-families. It
is affiliated with the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation, headquar-
tered in Gainesville. More than
400 leading farmers and ranch-
ers attended the annual meeting
in Orlando. Florida Farm Bureau
has approximately 140,000 mem-
ber families. Farm Bureau is a
nonprofit trade organization that
advocates on behalf of agriculture
and agricultural producers.

Submitted photo
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau President Trey Whitehurst
receives a plaque recognizing achievements during 2008
from Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick at the
state annual meeting Oct. 8-10, at The Peabody in Orlando.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

County Farm City Week
At their meeting on Nov. 6, Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners proclaimed the week of Nov. 21-27, to be Farm
City Week in Okeechobee County. Commission chairman
Clif Betts, right, presented the proclamation to Trey White-
hurst, left, of the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau.

Livestock Market Report
November 10 and 11, 2008 Cows and bulls are still down-
lots of supply. Good quality feeder
Cows calves are still selling pretty good.
Breaking $45.00 $48.00 Off colored and plain calves are
Cutter $38.00 $47.00 cheap.
Canner $28.00 $40.00 Murray Logan, West Palm Beach
topped the calf market with a high
Bulls of $1.85. Seminole Tribe, Brighton
1000-1500 $50.00 $60.00 topped the cow market with a
high of 49.50.
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Flat Stanley returns to South Elementary

Submitted photo/SES
South Elementary Students who were part of the Flat Stan-
ley Class are: Darrius Houze, Jaylen Boswell, Mason Adams,
Chandler Pearce, Maggie Congdon, Jeny Hernandez, Shelby
Kirton and Ashton Coffey.

Flat Stanley has been around
the world and is coming home!
As was reported a few weeks
ago, third grade is learning about
different places around the world
by sending our paper friend, Flat
Stanley, to visit people in faraway
places. The hosts take him to
places of interest in their areas
and send him home with pho-
tos, souvenirs, and a journal from
his trip. So far we have received
dozens of parcels from dozens of
great places.
Shelby Kirton's Flat Stanley
collected seashells in Japan and
returned wearing a kimono. He
brought back candy and play
money for the whole class.
The Stanley that Darrius Houze
sent picked cotton in Georgia and
visited the home of the author,
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and

visited the University of Florida.
He brought back a bagful of sou-
venirs for Darrius.
Stanley picked tomatoes and
worked in a barber shop in Ten-
nessee during his trip to stay with
Maggie Congdon's grandparents.
Julia Dupree's Uncle Matt, Aunt
Kim and little cousins enjoyed his
company in Louisiana. They took
him to a revival, a fair, and even
for a helicopter ride. They said
he was a very polite guest and
cleaned up after himself.
Mason Adam's Flat Stanley
went to Atlanta, Ga. In Atlanta,
Stanley visited the Georgia Aquar-
ium, Georgia Technical Institute
and the World of Coke. He saw
the stadium lights and thousands
of people at Turner Field where
the Atlanta Braves play.
Another Stanley, the one Jeny

Hernandez sent, stayed with an
Indiantown family. He had a blast
traveling with bikers to Key West
and to Maggie Valley, N.C. He
brought back a photo album of
his travels, souvenirs and a very
colorful story. Stanley has a new
appreciation for bikers.
Mackenzie Johnson's flat Stan-
ley went to North Carolina too
where he visited many exciting
tourist attractions like the coal
mines and rock museums. He
even went white-water rafting.
Jaylen Boswell sent his Flat
Stanley to Murray, Ky., home of
the Murray State Racers. Murray is
close to the Ohio and Mississippi
Rivers. He learned about the Jack-
son Purchase, and saw the leaves
changing colors. He brought back
souvenirs from the college, maps,
and popcorn for the whole class
because movie popcorn is grown
Lauren Coffey's Stanley went
to New Jersey and saw Atlantic
City. He looked at the casinos and
walked on the boardwalk. He
learned some history of Smith-
ville and brought back some
Bailie Shurley's friend headed
south to Marco Island. He hunted
for treasures on the beach and ex-
plored local shops.
Valentin Perez sent his to a
former SES teacher, Miss Gilbert,
in Illinois. While there, he helped
her plan her wedding. He said he
was glad to be home and away
from all that girlie stuff.
Zachary Mullins sent his friend
to Illinois too. Zack's grandmoth-
er took him to work and said he
was very helpful.
Brianna Jewell's grandparents
hosted Flat Stanley in Virginia. He
went to the mall and got to meet
Hello Kitty.

Finally, Colton Goggans' Flat
Stanley went to Michigan to stay
with Miss Rackley's mom. He got
to enjoy more colorful leaves and
the cool weather. It got so cold he
saw snow for the first time and
had a blast catching snowflakes
on his tongue. Flat Stanley wasn't
dressed for the Michigan weather
so Miss Rackley's mom knitted
him a vest, scarf, and mittens
to keep him warm and toasty.
Students are looking forward to
more Flat Stanleys returning in
the mail so we can learn about
more of the world.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, there was
short play and assembly at 1:50
p.m. in the courtyard at South
Elementary in observance of
Veterans' Day. The Spirit Com-
mittee collected red hands with
the names of Veterans in our stu-
dents' families. These hands have
been posted in the Cafeteria.
Upcoming dates to remem-
Make Up Day There will be
school on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and
on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Progress Reports Progress
Reports went home with students
on Nov. 13.
Nov. 18-19, Kaplan testing in
grades 3 and 4.
There will not be after school
tutorial on Nov. 25. There will not
be school on Nov. 27 and 28 due
to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Colby Rivero, Juan Navarro, Aubrie Hataway, Kasan-
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Veteran's Day respect
A Veteran's Day assembly was held in the open courtyard
at South Elementary on Nov. 11, at 1:50 p.m. The Student
Council, sponsored by Guidance Counselor Drema Brew-
er, performed a short play explaining who Veterans are and
why they have a day designated to honor them. The South
Singers, led by music teacher Shelby Schutt, then sang
one of several songs they had rehearsed. The Pep 'N' Drill
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story on page 3, under the head-
line "Two juveniles charged in
break in." The alleged burglary
occurred at the Migrant Head

Start offices, not the Okeechobee
County Health Department as
stated in the article. We apologize
for any inconvenience caused by
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Person Needed to be on prem-
ises of upcoming tent sale.
Hours will be for overnight.
Cell phone required. Call
1-863-385-5250 For more


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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10am 4pm

Accepting Applications
for these and herposifios:
Competitive Pay, 401K,& Insurance Benefits
E-mail Resume:
Fax Resume: (863) 467-1197
or Apply in Person
17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 34974
Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation
K Drug Free Workplace/Background Check Required


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offred415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Car-
Power Washing

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

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!


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

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

w/access, never used, orig
box, $255. Suggested retail
$400 (863)697-2161

DRUM SET 5 pc. Starion
model. Like new condition.
Red wine color Cymbals in-
cluded. $300 863-763-2726

CHIHUAHUAS (2)- F's, 1 Long
Hair & 1 Short Hair. UKC
Reg. w/health cert. $350 &
$400. (863)763-3073
Female, 22 mo's old. Ready
to breed. Papered & chipped.
$750 (863)697-8731
w/shots & health certificates.
Must see! Various colors. Call
Melody@ (863)634-2110

Snap On Tool Boxes and re-
tired mechanics tools-Best
Offer (772)205-0121


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

Moving Must Sell- Like New
Craftsman 5600 Watt, 10 HP
Generator $500 OBO


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

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780

OKEE Lg 2br, w/full wall
closets, eat-in kitch, quiet
area, scenic yard, $750/mo,
$500 sec. (863)467-2784
lbr/lba, Furnished.
Avail Dec 1st.
For Details. 561-352-4243

SPACE FOR RENT: 1,000 sq.
ft. Located at Sun Plaza.
Great location! High traffic
area. Call 863-610-1281

Super clean, nice
family location in
the SW section.
$650.00 a month.
1st, last, &
security deposit
needed for
move in.
Please call
DUPLEX in BHR, 800 Sq Ft-
1/1 Extra back room.
Includes lawn maintenance.
KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs., etc. $750
mo. + sec. Water & Cable
included. 863-697-6428
KINGS BAY, 2br/lba, w/gar-
age, all appl., w&d, $600
mo. 1st, last & $300 sec.
townhouse wall amenities
incld, by the week or by the
month. Located in Kings
Bay. (863)634-9850

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Sit on the large screen porch
overlooking Taylor Creek,
cast your pole and catch the
fish. 2 bdnm one ba, fully fur-
nished cute as can be rental.
Slice of Key West Doll House
in this 1/1 1920 vintage cot-

Fully furnished.

with Lake Okeechobee
access. 3 bedrooms, 2 full
baths. Tile flooring, natural
stone countertops, tile
showers, split floor plan, and
energy star certified. Rent
to own option available.
Call for details
Please ask for Amber.
3/2 Home,
w/detached garage, open
plan, $850/mo, first & sec
Call Brandi 863-634-3407
Okeechobee Real Estate
A LARGE 2BR House Water-
front, w/boat dock, great
neighborhood, no pets,
$750 mo. (863)467-1308
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
? arage, $950/mo, 1st & last
BEAUTIFUL 2 Bdrm., In Bass-
wood Estates. Big yard.
$750 mo. + 1st & last. Call
CBS- 2200 SW 3rd Ave. 3BR,
1BA, Near Wal-Mart, Nice
yard. $850 mo, $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
CBS 3BR, 1.5 BA, 1600 SW
3rd Ave. Nearlibrary. Fenced
yard. $900 mo. $2000 to
move in. (863)634-0512
CITY 2/1 home, $675/month
Call (561) 743-0192
In City Limits- 4/2 1st, last &
Sec. (863) 634-9139

CITY OF OKEE., 3br, 2ba, SW
section City. Clean. Great
neighborhood. $950. mo.+
Sec. dep. (863)634-1554
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
Canal. Pool & Dock. Fur-
nished w/Bedding, Linens &
Cookware. (561)234-0277
plex, DW, W/D connector,
C/A & heat, $750 mo. +
$500 sec. (863) 763-4414
OKEE., 3B/2BA 10 acres.
Horses welcome. 70 W 12mi.
out of town $800. me. + 1st,
Last & Sec. (863)634-3262
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, iba, Lg
yard, inside citylimits, $800.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. Lazy 7 area.
1st, last & sec.
R-BAR, 4br, 2ba, Gar., 2.5 ac.,
Lawn maint. included.
$1395. mo. 863-801-9163
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Landlords, tenants Welcome
Century 21 Horizon
1.5ba, Cent/AC, on water,
gar, fenced yard $800/mo,
1st & last, (561)308-7566
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale10ol
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

WPB Condo-Very nice 2/2 will
trade for home in Okeecho-
bee. Call 561-662-4563
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!

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OKEE- 3/1, oversized lot, total-
ly remodeled CBS, Tile, Oak
cabinets, 21 x 24 enclosed
Fla room. Room to add Mas-
ter bath, 309 SW 10th Ave.
863-357-0391 $159,900,
NEW! 4/2 -1450 Sq. Ft., Con-
crete w/vaulted ceilings, ja-
cuzzi tub. Make Offer Asking
$120,000 Leader waiting to
lend you money 3698 NW
7th St. 863-484-0809

4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,
$215.000 ? culldng o
Ready now
Financing Available


$154,500 ''nludig i

Neal Log

C ecvO cueness a c1111 one
CBC125170 CMC24943 CFC05B088

Bank Owned Land, Several
parcels ranging from .5 to 40
acres call for info
(561)346-5952 Carola Rath-
ke, Keller Williams RE
each! Located at 23401 SW
Arrowroot St., Indiantown,
FL 34956 w/4" Well & Elec-
tricity. Some Oaks & Cab-
bage Palms. Mostly cleared.
$384,000 per parcel, or best
offer (772)233-9863

Mobile Homes

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

Rent: 2/1 unique Loft unit
and/or 3/2 home. Both units
newly remodeled. Located
12 minutes north of Okee-
chobee on Equestrian
Ranch. Monthly water, trash
& lawn maintenance includ-
ed. No Pets! $550 / $650 -
Move in special. M-F
Bdrm., 2 Ba., w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk. $300 sec.
dep. (863)824-0981
Kississimmee River Est- 2/1,
2 car gar on private lot $550
per mo. + Dep

Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee's Nicest.
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
- 2br, 2ba, nice large yard.
Small pet okay. $850/mo.
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
Mobile Home Angels
FLEETWOOD 1999 16x70,
3BR, 2BA. Great condition.
$13,000 or best offer.
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified



Health Care

Okeechobee News, Sunday, November 16, 2008 11

PatsRpar. 44

We are now able to do all phases
of mechanical work. Full time
mechanic on duty. Stop by and
give us a try!!!!
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Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate wll hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
November 18, 2008 t 200 inm.n public meeinl will beheld at he Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 t W 9th Avenue, OkeechO-
bee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Devel-
opnent oepaitent, 499 N.w 5i Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
(863) 763-549h et 3001
All interested parties shall have the oppartniy to he beard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Mag-
sate with respect toany maer considered at this meeting will needtoensurethat
a verbaim record of the proceedings is made and thatthe record includes the tesll
money and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code Enforcement tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department.
Faye Hufman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
300587 ON 11/14,16/08

The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene at he office of the Super-
visor of Elections, 307 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 9:00 a.m., on
Wednesday, November 16, 2008 The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board i
convening for the pos-election cer nation voting system audi and to perform any
olher duties that may be prescribed by law.
In accordance with the Sunshine Laws of Florida, this meeting will be open to the
Gwen Chandler
Supervisor of Elecions
Okeechobee County, Florida
300831 ON 11/16/08

3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appis, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CA/H,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$95,000 863-467-7911
for appt.
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot.
30 minutes from Ft Myers.
M-F, 863-675-7555.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

Like New 72"x84" ALU. Pick
up Topper, fits Ford Crew
Cab Short Bed. Stored Inside
$500 OBO (863)697-9713
2006 Sandpiper, Bunk
House Edition. Sleeps 11.
Kitchen, Full bath. 3 slides.
$23,000 or best offer.

engine w/kill switch. Recent-
ly serviced. Exc. cond. $495
TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a '95 Windstar,
bolts on, cost $120 asking
$80. OBO (863)610-0521.


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

Ford Crown Victoria-1998 8
Cylinder, Very good condi-
tion, Beige. $4000
MERCEDES 1998 500SL, 2
Tops, white w/tan int. Very
low miles. 67K. Value
$18-$20K. Consider trade
for property or Motor Home.
(954)946-1741 leave mes-

Tires- 6 245/70 R 19.5 6K
miles $850. OBO
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the

Great cond., less than 5K mi.
Take over pymts balance
$20,000. 863-763-4610

81,500 MILES $10000/neg.
(863 )7 6 3 0 3 8 0

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO.: 2006-DP-075
J.M. DOB: 6/2/06
Mohef of the minor child.
Angelica Manquez
TO Mother of J M Anelica Marquez
Residence and Address Unknown
312 N.W 3rd STREET
AT 230 PM ON THE 1211 DAY OF
By. KnmbergyJ Sarros
296656 ON 11/2,9,16,23/08
Case No. 200-DR-472
tion lor issolution of Marriage has
been filed against you and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your written
defense, i any, to it on ARMANDA
ARIAS, 3852 NW 361h Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 and file the
Orl final with the Clerk of the above
slyed Court within hin rty (30 days
from the date of publication at the first
bicatonotherwise a judgment may
e enteed aganst you or the relief
demanded in the Petition.
WITNESS may hand and the seal of said
Court on this 12th day of November,
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Arlene Neals
Deputy Clerk
300836 ON 11/16,23,30;12/7/08


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20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


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Kindergarten: Mrs.
Moore would like to congrat-
ulate Justin Bennett and Rion
Ernst. They are the "Students
of the Week" for the first two
weeks of November! Way to
go guys! Parents, remember
to read for 100 Book Chal-
lenge steps with your child
every day!
Miss Snyder would like
to welcome Jose Aguillon,
Cindy Castanon, and Nancy
Garcia to the class! Welcome
to Everglades 'Gator Country!
In science the students are
learning about hibernation.
Do you know which animal
hibernate and where they hi-
bernate? These boys and girls
do! The boys and girls are
also learning important street
signs as an integrated lesson
for social studies. The chil-
dren have enjoyed making a
city street mural using solid
shapes from our math unit.
First Grade: Ms. Walsh's
students are getting ready to
participate in our school wide
read aloud, Are You Smarter
Than A Flying 'Gator?. We are
very excited about that. Also,
Mrs. Perviss' and Ms. Walsh's
classes are getting ready for
their second "Reading Fun
Day." The fun day is entitled,
"We elect to read!" Thanks to
all that have made these days
run smoothly!
Mrs. Perviss' students have
been working very hard and
are excited about the Thanks-
giving break. Our class has
been working each week to
create their own books. Our
latest "master piece" is titled,
"My Sign Book". Thanks to
all who helped with our class
Second Grade: Ms.
Hunt's class is very excited
about the Veteran's Day Cel-
ebration. We have been talk-
ing about what an honor it is
to serve our country and how
lucky we are that others have
served to make us free!
Mrs. Brady's class was very
excited to get the opportunity
to vote for our next President.
Our class vote predicted
Obama to win and we were
pretty excited that he did. We
have been reading a chapter
book called Marvin Redpost,
class President. It is about the
President of the United States
visiting an elementary school.
We can't wait to see what
happens next!

Mrs. Campbell's class
wrote acrostic poems for our
Veteran's Day celebration, we
remember those who gave
so much for our freedom. we
have been working hard to do
two-digit addition with and
without regrouping. It takes
a lot of practice and it is im-
portant to
the basic
facts, that
helps with
speed and
Mrs. Kir-
by's class
is busy studying for the unit
two test in reading. We are re-
viewing skills, grammar, pho-
nics, and spelling that is pre-
sented in the second unit. We
have also written a "Turkey's
Opinion" for the November
Literacy Display!
Mr. Wright's class would
like to say thank you to Mr. Vi-
ens and LCPL Brian J. Wright,
USMC for their Veteran's Day
Ms. Gumz's class has been
practicing skills for our unit
two reading test. We made a
cook book with "Delightful,
Delicious Dishes for Thanks-
giving Dinner." Keep on read-
ing! Happy Thanksgiving!
Third Grade: Mr. Viens
class is just finishing up learn-
ing about money and are
now working on telling time
in math. We covered four
sections of our solar system
in reading where we studied
the Milky Way Galaxy and
what makes it up. We just
finished learning about sim-
ple machines in science and
completed an on line planet
experiment. Congratulations
to Janavise Futch, last week's
Student Of The Week. Re-
member to read for 100 Book
Challenge steps. When you
meet your monthly goal, you
will be rewarded with a Pizza
Hut "BOOK IT" certificate for
the month of November!
Mrs. Tilton's class is learn-
ing to tell elapsed time with
a computerized interactive
clock face and calendar. The
continents of North and South
America are our focus in so-
cial studies. In science we are
exploring rocks and minerals,
tracing the rock cycle, and
creating our own fossil casts
and molds.
Mrs. Koff's class is be-

ginning our next chapter in
math...telling time. In reading
our next story is "Author, A
True Story." The reading skill
for this week will be author's
purpose (why did the author
tell the story?). In writing the
students are writing Thanks-
giving cinquains and learning
about different kinds of poet-
ry. In science we are learning
about rocks and minerals.
Mrs. Forde's class is fin
fishing up subtraction with
regrouping. We are covering
fact and opinion in reading.
The students are constantly
working on phonics and vo-
cabulary skills. The students
are enjoying writing Thanks-
giving stories. They have been
challenged to type their final
draft on the computer... In
science we are finishing up
"force and simple machines."
Congratulations to Destiny
Deese, Junior Eleias, and Des-
mond Gonzalez our students
of the week for November!
Mrs. Weigum would like
to remind everyone that it is
proven that attending school
on a consistent basis is criti-
cal to a student's academic
success. What is often over-
looked is when parents bring
their child in late every day or
check them out early. For in-
stance, if your child is fifteen
minutes late every day, those
minutes add up to seventy-five
minutes per week. Which,
over time equates to an enor-
mous amount of instructional
time. So, please parents give
your child the best opportu-
nity to succeed in school and
have them here every day on
time, only checking them out
on a need basis.
Student Council: Dur-
ing the week of Nov. 17, our
school will participate in the
WPTV-5 Food For Families
Drive. We have been suc
cessful in collecting food for
needy families in the past.
The food drive will extend
through Nov. 21. Please send
in canned or nonperishable
foods. Together we can make
a difference. The Student
Council will also sponsor the
annual "Turkey Trot" contest
for our food drive. The grade
with the most items collected
during the wee of Nov. 17,
will receive a "Grand Gator"

Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary
Everglades Elementary School is pleased to announce the list of students who
are achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Nov. 10-14, including:
Kindergarten: Wilson Lopez, Aleyana Phillips, Balin Webb, Rion Ernst, Sundance
Burford, Jolene Sutton; First grade: Kyla Gayo, Jehosafat Tapia, Tyler Tucker, Mi-
chael Martinez, Janet Garcia, Alexis Torres; Second grade: Jonah West, Zachary
Johnson, Margarita Barrera, Sierra Pounds, Cheyenne Crum, Blaze Clark; Third
grade: Richard Fresolone, Baylee Baker, Ricky Lopez, Colton Leppert, Aleene
Romero, Desmond Gonzalez; Fourth grade: Jose Garcia, Michael Pritts, Matthew
Barlow, Kyle Giles; Fifth grade: Jasmine Moyett, Ares Hernandez, Lacey Brown,
Robby Hays.

Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary

Moving parts
As a culminating activity of a science unit on simple
machines, Mrs. Tilton's third grade class at Everglades
Elementary dismantles a bike, revealing such simple
machines as screws, levers, pulleys, wheel and axles, in-
clined planes and wedges.

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Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary

Veteran's Day as EES
Veteran's Day was a hurricane make up day for Everglades
Elementary School. Staff Sergeant, Scott Viens spoke to
students about the history of Veteran's day and what it
means and he introduced LCpl. Brian Wright who is cur-
rently serving our country as a marine in Afghanistan.

Submitted photo/OHS

Students of the week
Okeechobee High School students who "made the grade" as this week's stu-
dents of the week are (the front row) Jacquitta Boswell, Emily Dreher, Stepha-
nie Horvath, (back row) Justin Goins, Troy Howard, Eduardo Garcia, Gabriel
Esquivel, Joseph Menendez.

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Okeechobee pounds the Clewiston Tigers

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee just keeps on rolling. No
matter who they play.
The Brahmans improved to (8-2) Fri-
day night with an impressive 38 14 win at
Clewiston, their first win there in nearly 20
Lonnie Pryor rushed for 181 yards and
two touchdowns and also caught a touch-
down pass, but it was some other unsung
hero's like Shane Taggart and Mike Minon-
do that helped Okeechobee dominate the
"I'm very proud of my teammates,"
Taggart said, "The offensive line blocked
well and the defense stepped up and only
allowed 14 points We had a big pass rush,
we stopped the run, and we played hard."
Taggart had a career high 59 yards rushing
which included a big 27 yard touchdown
run in the third quarter
Minondo came to the rescue of the of-
fense on more than one occasion He got
Okeechobee out of a second and long situa
tion with a 25 yard reception in the first half
and also caught a touchdown pass on the
Brahmans first scoring drive.
Okeechobee drove 67 yards in eight
plays to open the game. Key plays included
runs of 17 and 13 by Pryor. Garrett Madrigal
found Minondo on a 23 yard crossing pat-
tern for a touchdown to give Okeechobee
a (7-0) lead.
Clewiston responded with a long drive
of their own to tie the score. They went 80
yards in 12 plays. Darris Hughes (131 yards
rushing and two touchdowns) showed why
he is one of the best backs in Florida as he
pounded out 41 of those yards. A key defen-
sive holding penalty on fourth down gave
Clewiston a first down at the Brahmans 13
and Hughes carried the rest of the way on
the following play.
Okeechobee appeared to be poised to
score again on their second possession but
Taggart was stripped from behind after a 12
yard gain on a swing pass and the Tigers
took over.
The score remained tied until late in
the first half. Okeechobee was backed up
after two offensive holding calls at their
own 12 yard line and faced a second and
24 Madngal pulled a rabbit out of the hat
with a brilliant toss to Minondo on a side-
line pass. The play covered 25 yards and got
Okeechobee out of a huge hole. From there
the Brahmans drove down field for the go
ahead score Clewiston was penalized for
unsportsmanlike conduct to help the drive
along. Pryor also had to convert a fourth
and two situation with a four yard run The
Brahmans were fortunate on the touch-
down play as Clewiston tipped a pass from
Madrigal to Pryor in the flat. The deflection
caught Clewiston off guard temporarily and
Pryor found a crease and ran 21 yards for
a touchdown. Okeechobee led at the half
14 7
Okeechobee's defense took over in the
second half as they picked off four Clewis
ton passes
After an ill advised on side kick was re-
covered by Clewiston at midfield, the Brah
man defense showed their mettle as they
held Clewiston without a first down. The of-
fense, mostly without Pryor, moved the bail
80 yards in 11 plays to go ahead 21 7 Key
plays included a 25 yard pass to Minondo,
and a 16 yard run by Pryor. Lonnie carried
the final three yards for the touchdown to
give Okeechobee a two touchdown advan-
A 46 yard kick return by Clewiston gave
the Tigers life at midfield and Hughes rum-
bled 28 yards to put the ball at the Okeecho-
bee 21 However QB Isandro Marquez over
threw his receiver in the end zone and Nate
Pollard was there to make a nice over the

shoulder interception to stop the drive
The defense made another big play late
in the third quarter when Enck McQueen
stepped in front of a Marquez pass and re
turned it 25 yards to the Tiger 33 yard line.
Taggart took over from there and on second
down and four, found a hole up the middle
and rumbled 27 yards for his longest run of
the year The touchdown gave Okeechobee
a28-7 lead.
Offensive guard Kyle McGee, who
helped open a lot of holes this season,
praised his offensive line coach Cary McKee
for his assistance this year, "He's been a real
blessing to us this year We all finally started
to work together as a team The offensive
line has done their job. We do good things
when we work as a team."
Clewiston responded with a touchdown
drive to stay in the game They drove 53
yards after an interception by John Williams
on a deflected pass at the line of scrimmage.
Hughes carried the final five yards for the
score to make it 28-14.
Okeechobee responded with a 75 yard
drive to put the game away Pryor, Kareem
Jones and Taggart continuously ran the ball
up the middle to keep the Clewiston offense
off the field. Pryor broke loose on a sweep
for a 45 yard touchdown to put Okeechobee
up 35-14.
Okeechobee's final score came after an
interception by Terrance Allen. Alan Najara
kicked a 34 yard field goal from the left hash
mark to put an exclamation point on the
"I feel real good. This is my first year
playing. I wish I'd come out early. I want to
thank God because we are a family. Most
teams don't appreciate that, but we do We
know what family is Team work can get
you a long way."
Game notes
Okeechobee earned a spot in the play-
offs and will once again meet Dwyer for the
second straight year in the first round of
the playoffs next Friday at Dwyer. Clewis-
ton moves on to host Mulberry in a playoff
game next Friday.
Lonnie Pryor had a pass defense for
Okeechobee. Kareem Jones constantly had
pressure on the Clewiston QB in the first half.
He stopped their fullback Leonard Newton
for no gain in the first quarter. Shane Taggart
stopped Newton for no gain on the same
drive. Taggart also stopped Hughes cold for
no gain in the third quarter.
Damlon Smith recovered a fumble for
Clewiston. Lemarcus Thickihn knocked
down a pass for Clewiston. Terrance Allen
had an interception for Okeechobee
Pryor also had a 13 yard touchdown run
that was called back by a holding penalty
Leland Schoonmaker and Sam Dixon
shared a sack in the final minutes.
Okeechobee 7 7 7 17---38
Clewiston 7 0 0 7----14

How they scored:
First Quarter
Okeechobee: Minondo 23 yard pass
from Madngal. (Najara kick) 8 23 7-0
Clewiston. Hughes 13 yard run. (Marquez
kick) 2:00 7-7
Second Quarter
Okeechobee: Pryor 21 yard pass from
Madrigal. (Najara kick) 0-23 14-7
Third Quarter
Okeechobee; Pryor three yard run.
(Najara kick) 5-09 21-7.
Fourth Quarter
Okeechobee: Taggart 28 yard run.
(Najara kick) 10-58 28-7
Clewiston. Hughes five yard run.
(Marquez kick) 7:59. 28-14.
Okeechobee: Pryor 45 yard run. (Nalara
kick) 424 35-14
Okeechobee: Pryor 34 yard field Goal

1'51 38-14
Team statistics
First Downs
Third Downs
Rushing yards
Passing yards
Punt returns
Kick returns
Passing At
Madrigal 20
Rushing Att
Madrigal 1
Pryor 26
McQueen 4
Taggart 11
Jones 4
Totals 46
Pryor 1
McQueen 2
Taggart 1
Pollard 2
Minondo 4
Jones 1
Totals 11
Passing Att
Marquez 17
Rushing No.
Marquez 1
Hughes 18
Newton 4
J. Smith 3
Cordova 1
Totals 27
Hughes 1
J.Smith 1
Cordova 1
D Smith 1
Ramos 1
DAllen 1
Totals 6
Area scores
Palmetto 31
Sebring 27
Sebastian 41
South Fork 35
Jensen Beach 5
Centennial 40
Vero Beach 56
Lemon Bay 34
John Carroll 32
Mariner 48

1 46

2 1
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45 2
5 0
28 1
6 0
45 3
21 1
7 0
12 0
8 0
25 1
8 0
25 2

0 4
-7 0
31 2
2 0
12 0
7 0
31 2
-3 0
17 0
22 0
8 0
10 0
10 0
22 0

Avon Park 0
Port Charlotte 24
Amencan Her Delray
Martin County 10
i3 Port St Lucie 1
Treasure Coast 14
Olympic Heights 14
Lake Placid 31
Lake Mary Prep 0
Labelle 0

St Edwards 13 Merntt Island Chris 12
Moore Haven 58 Central Fla Christian 20
Westwood, Fort Pierce idle
Jupiter Christ 28 Glades Day 13
Pahokee vs. Glades Central played
How Okeechobee opponents fared'
Jupiter Christian defeated Glades Day
28-13, Avon Park lost to Palmetto 31-0
Sebring defeated Port Charlotte 27-
24 Sebastian River defeated American
Heritage Delray Beach 41-17 Glades
Day lost to Jupiter Christian 28-13. Fort
Pierce was idle. Fort Pierce Westwood
was idle. Martin County lost to South
Fork 35-10. Jensen Beach defeated
Port St. Lucie 35-10. Clewiston lost to
Okeechobee 38-14.
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Ash of Sebastian River. He rushed for 114
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